Team Firehawk In General
- Action Girl: All of the female members, with Tala, Willow, and Dahlia of the Dark variety.
- Appropriated Appellation: The team name was initially an off-the-cuff adjective used dismissively by Alexei; the party ends up rolling with it.
- Badass Crew: As their reputation grows over the course of the series, these particular students are recognized as a group that is not to be trifled with.
- Ensemble Cast: There's no real "main protagonist" out of the team, with each one getting their own important arc and development. The closest thing to a point of view character for the audience would be Dawn, who's a total newcomer to the superhero business.
- La Résistance: Serves as this when Knight takes over Kragsmark.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Particularly at the beginning.
- Sliding Scale of Beauty:
- Level II (World Class Beauty): Alderon, Alice, Beth, Simon, Tala
- Level III (Common Beauty): Dahlia, Helena, Layla, Sam, Talan, Val, Willow
- Level IV (Imperfect Beauty): Corvus, Dawn (though she's Level II in Fogon's eyes), Fogron, Isaac
- Level V (Cool/Special Average): Gill
- The Team
- Technical Pacifists: With Alderon, Dahlia, Dark!Simon, Tala, and (depending on the persona) Willow being exceptions that are willing to kill.
- True Companions: What they develop into.
Val was a frequent target of bullies for her mutant traits—cryokinetic powers and azure hair—and nerdy interests growing up. Starting in her early teens, she was trained to be a crimefighter by her adoptive mother and fellow mutant, Lily (who later joins the Academy as a nurse). Taking a cue from the magical girl manga she loves, she took it upon herself to use her powers for the greater good, to protect the defenseless and give others the help she never received. When she arrives at the Academy, Val becomes a founding member of the ANGELs team, helping organize things as a de facto leader.
- All of the Other Reindeer: She was constantly picked on/bullied in her childhood for her powers and hair color, though this just reinforced her altruistic nature.
- Badass Adorable: Cutesy, girly, affectionate, adorably awkward...and undoubtedly capable of kicking ass.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Tends to favor dark and brooding (though not outright evil) people, like Tala or Simon.
- Bully Hunter: She detests bullies, which makes sense given her backstory.
- Calling the Old Man Out: During their final fight, she gives Slade an epic speech mid-battle detailing how he is, in no uncertain terms, an utter failure as a hero and a father.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Finds herself constantly sidetracked by people in need. A big part of her character arc involves her trying to avoid burning herself out.
- Cool Sword: Literally. She often wields an ice rapier or dual ice daggers, forming them in her hands.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: To the point where she designs the outfits for her team.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: If she can wear a miniskirt into battle, she usually will. She uses this as an homage to the Magical Girl manga she enjoys.
- Dual Wielding: Often dual-wields ice daggers.
- Fangirl: Of manga and anime, as well as cute things.
- Fun Size: Notably a little shorter than most of the other students, on par with Fogron and Sam.
- An Ice Person: Deconstructed; except in special conditions, she has to wear specialized gloves to keep from freezing whatever she touches. Later, Talan makes a special pair of heat bracelets for her, which allow her to go without her gloves.
- The Kirk: When presented with two extremes, she often tries to find a balance between them.
- Official Couple: With Tala.
- Porn Stash: Of her two sketchbooks, one is filled with yaoi and is always kept in her room.
- Tricked-Out Gloves: Which she has to wear to keep from freezing everything she touches. Until she receives the heat bracelets, that is.
Talanous "Talan" Fairweather
Born to the rare breed of shapeshifters, Talanous learned he had technopathic abilities when he made a smashed TV repair itself. He's a hero in his own right, though it has been a long road for him; he started out as rivals with Swilium, and eventually found himself fighting more villains.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: When hit with a gender-flip ray, female!Talan looks and sounds exactly like Tala.
- Broken Ace: Despite Tala and Layla regarding him as near-perfect, Talan has some serious demons haunting him, and he's much more fragile than previously thought, revealed when his traumatic incident with Helena humiliated him nearly to the point of suicide.
- Cain and Abel: Subverted. He would have been the Abel to Tala's Cain, but she rebelled against her orders.
- Crush Filter: Whenever he looks at someone he's attracted to.
- Cry Cute: When recounting the traumatic incident Helena put him through.
- Hurting Hero: At first glance, he seems like a well-balanced individual...but he's hiding a lot of angst over horrific things that happened in his past. He slowly learns to move past it, however.
- Keet: Once he comes out of his shell.
- Manic Pixie Dream Boy: According to Lightning.
- Official Couple: With Layla.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: The most prevalent example in the school, it seems.
- Polar Opposite Twins / Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Tala's Red.
- Power Armor: Has a set based off of N7 armor.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Alderon's Manly Man.
- Shapeshifting: While he is part of the shapeshifter race, his natural abilities are downplayed in favor of his technopathy.
- Shirtless Scene: Tons of them; Layla even lampshades this.
- Shrinking Violet: Starts out as this, then gradually comes out of his shell.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: To Isaac.
- Terrible Artist: As seen in his diary.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: He's lived with parents who make a habit of food fights at the dinner table.
Hailing from the 18th century, Gill was just an everyday postman—one who could telepathically communicate with bugs. Eventually, his town found out about his ability, and ran him out of town, dubbing him a freak. His life was further changed forever when he discovered Tripp, the sentient time gauntlet. Following various adventures through time (gathering several bug companions along the way), Gill has eventually found his way to Power Academy in the present. (Or future. Or yet another alternate timeline. Whatever.)
- All of the Other Reindeer: He was run out of his hometown for his ability to communicate with bugs (including both insects and arachnids).
- An Arm and a Leg: His left leg below the knee is hacked off in a fight with Ezekiel, later replaced with a cybernetic peg leg.
- The Atoner: He views himself as responsible for his family's misfortunes and has set out to correct his mistakes.
- The Beastmaster: His main ability is relying on and coordinating his insectoid companions.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not quite to Simon levels of snarkiness, but he's up there.
- Doom Magnet: Believes himself to be one.
- Expy: Bears quite a resemblance to Homura Akemi, in that he travels from one timeline to the next, constantly reliving his life and trying to set right what once went wrong.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Originally from the 18th century.
- MacGyvering: Unlike the other inventors of the school, he tends to use random, mundane objects to great effect.
- Indy Ploy: Frequently improvises during missions, including throwing together gadgets (as seen above).
- Willow, I Am Your Ancestor: Though she doesn't realize it.
- My Greatest Failure: The death of his family, which he inadvertently caused.
- Near Kiss: He and a female PC can have one if he decides to stay with Claire.
- Nice Hat: His postman's cap.
- Triang Relations: It's possible for him to have feelings for both Claire and a female player character (and vice versa). During his romance arc, he can be asked to make a decision for one or the other.
A scorpion familiar, often found at Gill's side. She often has a fitting snarky retort for whatever strange situation the group finds themselves in.
The result of Vilhelm attempting cybernetic modification on a giant spider, Snare is surprisingly upbeat. He's very friendly with the students—and at least tries to be so with the arachnophobic ones.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Defied; Snare maintains a relatively lively outlook on life despite his circumstances.
- Demonic Spiders: Demonic Spider: In-Universe.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Giant cyborg jumping spider!
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Talks like one, anyway.
Anna R. Kleiner
- Audience Surrogate: The closest thing to one the team has, considering her status as a temporal outsider.
- Fanservice with a Smile: Works at the Maid Hall cafe.
- Fish out of Temporal Water
- Fun with Acronyms: "ARK".
- Ill Girl: Was suffering from a rare heart disease before her father, the CEO of Normco, found a cure.
- In the Hood: Wears a hood as part of her regular costume.
- Meido: Her miniskirted maid uniform at the Maid Hall cafe. In-story, a battle between the party and members of the Shadow Court ends up taking them right outside the cafe, right in the middle of her shift. She runs out to help them, and is surprised at how easy her uniform is to fight in.
- Parental Abandonment: Both of her parents are dead. At least, her mother APPEARS to be dead, and her father's still alive at this point in the timeline before he goes back in time.
Layla "Lightning" Ulrich (aka Subject 003)
A cute and cheerful girl with electric powers, Layla showed up in Val's life seemingly out of nowhere to help her fight evil. Her motives seem to consist of having fun first, saving the world second—though not necessarily spaced apart. Though she was orphaned at a young age, "Lightning" is always there with a smile, ready to offer moral support or zap an enemy or two.
What she doesn't know, however, is that her life as she knows it is a lie. The real Layla is dead, having been killed in a plane crash years before. Her distraught mother sought to bring her back in some way, creating three clones. "Lightning" is the youngest of the three, considered the closest to the real Layla. When Vilhelm tried to repurpose her, Blaze and Hydro as super soldiers, their mother helped them escape; the group decided that "Lightning" would be the one to live a normal life, and her memories were thus altered.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Has some tendencies that would suggest ADD and/or OCD.
- Artificial Human: Revealed to be one.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Ooh, a Butterfly!
- Badass in Distress: Eris kidnaps Layla as a hostage at one point.
- Break the Cutie: Basically, her entire backstory and revelation thereof. Even so, she tries to remain as cheerful and positive as ever.
- Cloning Blues: Briefly, but is brought out of her angst by Talan.
- The Cutie: Especially in Talan's eyes.
- Fun Personified: Her backstory and resulting brief Heroic BSoD notwithstanding, she's one of the most lighthearted characters in The 'Verse, thanks in part to her cheerful, cutesy and hyperactive demeanor.
- Genius Ditz: Though Layla is often flighty and naive, she's far from stupid. She's good with technology, for instance—as long as she's well-grounded. She also has advanced scientific knowledge imprinted into her mind.
- Genki Girl: Talan even jokes that she radiates energy.
- Mega Twintails: Her hair is just past shoulder-length when taken down.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Talan perceives her as one, but subverted in that she has interests and a life beyond Talan. It turns out she's far from perfect.
- Mixed Ancestry: Had an Austrian mother and Swedish father, and speaks a bit of both German and Swedish.
- Official Couple: With Talan.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted; she has red eyes but is a hero and a total sweetheart.
- Replacement Goldfish: Her creator/"mother" considered her the closest to the original Layla, according to Hydro.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Val.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Downplayed; she generally looks cute/pretty without having to dress all fancy. But when she makes the effort for formal events, she looks elegantly phenomenal.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Once she gets together with Talan, she more or less becomes Talan-sexual. She even jokes about wanting to date Tala.
- Squee!: Does this very frequently.
- Stepford Smiler: Very temporarily, when her backstory is revealed during her personal quest. She tries to remain upbeat to avoid appearing weak in front of the others...but she doesn't keep it up for long, breaking down into tears during a lull in the action.
- Walking Techbane: If she's not well-grounded, Layla tends to inadvertently fry any piece of advanced technology she interacts with, given her powers.
- Younger Than They Look: Physically and mentally 17 (later 18), but chronologically 9.
The friendlier of the DeRain brothers, Alderon has spent much of his life training in the underworld to become the Angel of Death. Although he starts out fairly neutral, he soon becomes firmly heroic, using his powers to fight evil. More relevantly to the plot, he has brought Helena (the evil version, that is) back from the dead to keep her from taking over the underworld, and views himself as responsible for setting things right by defeating her.
- Angelic Beauty: Angel of Death, anyway. A couple of generic students even compare him to a standard angel.
- Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain: He starts out as purely neutral, but ends up as the former.
- The Beastmaster: Can summon the undead to do his bidding and assist in battle.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He incredibly kind and friendly—more than one would expect the Grim Reaper to be.
- Eating the Eye Candy: Male variant; he tends to get distracted by attractive guys' looks when first meeting them. He's also the subject of this, with various women (and some men) ogling him once he becomes the Angel of Death.
- Every Scar Has a Story / Scar Survey: He and Alice have a mutual case, when they share the stories about their scars to each other. Doubles as a nice Shirtless Scene twofold.
- Familiar: His skeleton wolf, who can be summoned into combat.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has scars across his right arm and left eye.
- The Grim Reaper: Training to be one. He succeeds.
- Healing Hands: Has some healing abilities, though not quite as potent as Beth.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Alice and Tala are the only girls he would consider dating.
- In the Hood: Before he got his wings, that is.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Lampshaded as part of his physical appeal.
- Mr. Fanservice: Constantly goes around shirtless, is well-built, has long pretty hair and is rather dark and mysterious but friendly and approachable? All apply to him here.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! / I Did What I Had to Do: He brings Eris back from the dead, but only to prevent her from taking over the underworld—which would be even worse.
- One-Winged Angel: Gains large black wings upon becoming the Angel of Death.
- Out-of-Clothes Experience: While training in the Underworld to become the Angel of Death, he did so sans clothing.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Talan.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Talan and Corvus' Sensitive Guys.
- Shirtless Scene: Has plenty of them. Eventually...
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Once he becomes the Angel of Death and gains his wings, he gets rid of his shirt, noting that it gets in the way.
- The Smart Guy: Especially when it comes to magic and the underworld.
- Straight Gay: Played with. He loves cute things, and while off-duty he slips into a few Valley Girl speech patterns around friends, but otherwise doesn't go for camp.
- Winged Humanoid: Has large black raven wings as the Angel of Death.
Bethany "Beth" Knight
Beth is the daughter of Jonathan Knight, head of Knight Research, but not biologically. She was born from Jonathan's reality-bending when he was lonely, based off of a woman he apparently had an affair with. She's ostensibly his little angel, but he ignores her more often than not. In fact, she's nothing like him in terms of personality and morality, and wants to use her powers to help others. One day, she runs away, taking a large sum of her "father's" money with her, eventually coming to the Academy.
She specializes in using her reality-warping abilities to heal people. The same healing magic can be used to attack, a fact which she's constantly (and painfully) aware of.
- Action Fashionista: Nearly always dressed in stylish clothes, usually with a skirt and heels, and willing to fight in them.
- Artificial Human: Born from Jonathan's reality-bending when he was lonely.
- Badass Adorable: Though she's more "beautiful"/"sexy" than "cute," she still has her adorable moments nonetheless.
- Barely-There Swimwear: During the Beach Episode.
- Beware the Nice Ones: One of the sweetest people at the Academy, and despite her support-focused powers, one you don't want to mess with.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle Girl to Simon's Brooding Boy.
- Clark Kenting: Normally wears a pair of glasses.
- Cruel Mercy: After her final fight with Jonathan, she decides to spare him, saying that killing him won't solve anything. In response, Terminus kills him instead.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Defied; she wants nothing to do with Jonathan or his company. Though he treated her as his little angel for a brief time, he generally ignored her.
- Dark Is Not Evil: As she puts it to Simon, "I'd like to welcome you to the club of 'Using Evil for Good.'"
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Some of her alternate outfits.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: She first notices her attraction to Simon when she helps him heal after a tough battle.
- Friendless Background: Sam was her very first real friend.
- Gilded Cage: Her entire life until she ran away.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-human, half-Creator.
- Head-Turning Beauty: She can't walk down the halls of the Academy without turning at least one head. This is not lost on her peers at all.
- Light Feminine Dark Feminine: Light to Tala's Dark, considering the two grew up in similar circumstances.
- The Medic / Combat Medic: Can use her reality-warping powers, inherent to her as a half-Creator, to heal people. Her powers are primarily focused around support, but if the circumstances call for it, she can supercharge her healing magic into a concentrated beam to deal out damage.
- Ms. Fanservice: Just look at all the fanservice tropes. Though she's uneasy about her father literally creating her to look this way, she owns her sexuality nonetheless; she loves how she looks and enjoys showing off.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Non-sexual variety. When meeting Gill's familiar Snare for the first time, she finds him adorable and even stops to pet him.
- Official Couple: With Simon.
- Reality Warper: Though not as powerful as her father in this regard, being a Half-Human Hybrid. However, it turns out she's the only one who can possibly defeat him for good.
- She's Got Legs: Many of her outfits show off her long legs.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Simon first catches her attention when he comments on something other than her figure.
- Daughter of a Whore: Subverted. Though Sabrina was a lady of the night, Jonathan simply used her as a template when creating Beth.
- Statuesque Stunner: One of the taller party members, just below Alice, Simon, and Wendy. She's roughly the same height as Lily.
- Support Party Member: Beth uses her reality-warping powers mainly for non-destructive ends, such as healing and teleportation. Partly because she doesn't want to become like her father, and partly because she knows just how much destruction she could wreak if she doesn't control her powers.
- White Magician Girl: See above; played with in that her powers come from a malevolent origin.
- Willfully Weak: Despite sharing a lot of Jonathan's powers, she purposely limits herself power-wise, since she doesn't want to abuse her powers and end up like him. She temporarily cuts loose when fighting him, though.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: During the final fight with Jonathan, Beth gives him one of these before proceeding to cut loose and utterly kick the crap out of him.
Tala Hardgreaves (real name Fairweather)
Talan's twin sister, though the two were separated at birth. While her brother was raised as a hero, Tala was brought up by her villainous foster father, Wardson Hardgreaves, to be a powerful living weapon. She definitely succeeded in this regard, but because of his overly controlling tendencies, she found herself miserable and friendless. Once she met Talan (and had a brief romance with his friend Alderon), she has begun to question her loyalties. Tala is much more antiheroic than her brother, caring only about kicking ass and having fun doing so.
She makes frequent use of her shapeshifting abilities, though she is limited to turning her arms into various weapons.
- Anti-Villain: Deep down, she wants to be more heroic; villainy is just what she's always been used to thanks to how she was raised.
- Anything That Moves: Although she's definitely more towards the same-sex end of the Kinsey scale.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: In her gender-flipped form, she looks like a more muscular version of Talan.
- Battle Strip: Frequently strips down excess clothing for a fight.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Has shades of this.
- Does Not Like Men: More specifically, she doesn't so much hate men as distrust them.
- Good Costume Switch: Once she makes her HeelFace Turn, she switches her default outfit for a less evil-looking one.
- Love Redeems: She cites her feelings for Val as one of the factors that steered her away from evil.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Her default outfit is a black leather ensemble.
- If It's You, It's Okay: For Alderon and Isaac.
- Last Het Romance: She and Alderon were this for each other.
- Leotard of Power: One of her alternate costumes.
- Little Black Dress: Wears a black minidress for special occasions.
- Making Love in All the Wrong Places: If she can have sex in it, she probably will. She even mentions that sex in a library is exhilarating.
- More Dakka: Her solution to everything in a fight.
- No Social Skills: Finds herself very withdrawn thanks to her upbringing; she never had time for friends until she met Talan and Alderon.
- Official Couple: With Val.
- One Head Taller: Than Val.
- Polar Opposite Twins / Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Talan's Blue.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: She often finds herself scantily clad and doesn't even mind.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: She describes herself as a living weapon, and her specialty is shapeshifting into various weapons.
- A Threesome Is Hot: Mentions during a truth or dare game that she holds this idea.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Val's Girly Girl.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: For instance, she's incredibly embarrassed to bring up the fact that she secretly loves the color pink.
- Tsundere: Zig-zags between Types A and B.
- Wrench Wench: She's a machine/mechanical work otaku.
Hailing from Alabama (which in this timeline has been reduced to a monster-infested wasteland following a strange meteor impact), Alice left her home to seek out a new life for herself and her family, after having spent years surviving the hellish wasteland. She ended up finding Val and her companions, joining them in the fight against evil.
- Action Survivor: In her backstory.
- Amazonian Beauty: A downplayed example; she's fairly muscular, but is considered sexy for it.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: In the game, she gains a bonus to melee damage when fighting unarmed. Justified due to her Super Strength.
- Bare Your Midriff: Loves wearing clothes that show off her rock-hard six-pack abs.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Zig-zagged. She has her fair share of scars, including a blind eye, but is still considered attractive for various other reasons.
- Best Her to Bed Her: Alderon goes through a few sparring matches with her as they grow closer.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Played with. She's normally very calm, stoic even, when not in combat. In a fight, however, she unleashes the Large Ham within.
- Boobs of Steel: Among the students, she's one of the most proficient at hand-to-hand combat—as well as very well-endowed.
- Cute Bruiser: An older version.
- Every Scar Has a Story / Scar Survey: A mutual case in one scene with Alderon.
- Eye Scream: Lost an eye to a vicious monster in the Outlands when she was 8.
- Indy Ploy: During missions, she'll often improvise with the environment (using debris as cover, for instance).
- Last Het Romance: For Corvus, in a way (see below). Though the two were just friends and casual sex partners, he eventually came out to her—though he enjoyed their time nonetheless.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Starts out like this, but is subverted.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Corvus—though the two were formerly Friends with Benefits.
- Lovable Jock: An accomplished athlete, and star player for the school's volleyball and dodgeball teams.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Inevitable in most pairings with her.
- Megaton Punch: Her specialty in a fistfight.
- Modesty Shorts: Anytime she wears a miniskirt.
- Ms. Fanservice: Physically strong and attractive for it? Check. Wears outfits that show off her six-pack abs and her large chest? Check. Loves playfully teasing others? Check.
- Official Couple: With Alderon.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Alderon already finds her beautiful, but during the school dance, finds her absolutely stunning.
- Shirtless Scene: Often uses her shirt as a rag while doing mechanical work.
- Southern-Fried Genius: When it comes to mechanical work.
- Statuesque Stunner: Notably, the tallest party member.
- Huge Schoolgirl: Shown in flashbacks to be really tall even as a child, making her somewhat awkward. But clearly she's grown out of it by the present.
- Sweet Home Alabama: Speaks with a distinct Dixie accent.
- Slipknot Ponytail: Has a chance of happening during battle.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She makes it clear that nobody messes with her boyfriend.
- Wrench Wench: Whereas Gill and Isaac lean more towards the inventive end of mechanical work, Alice is more towards the practical side, focusing on repairing and maintaining things like armor.
The snarky but well-meaning Simon is descended from a line of magically-sensitive people. In most of his family this affinity is too stunted to be of any significant use, but he possesses great power laying dormant. He has fought alongside Valerie as a crimefighter many times; early on, the two discover a pair of gauntlets that amplify his shadow magic. Simon decides to hang onto them, wanting to keep them out of the wrong hands.
With these devastating powers in combat (focusing on debuffing, crowd control and damage-over-time spells), he vows to use them for good. He can temporarily switch to a "Dark Side" persona that offers greater abilities at a price. However, these eldritch gauntlets are not quite as they seem. They are slowly corrupting Simon over time, and they threaten to irreversibly turn him to evil if he uses too much power.
- Anti-Hero: Knight in Sour Armor variety, bordering on Unscrupulous Hero
- Aroused by Their Voice: Frequently described by the other students as having a sexy voice.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: When hit with the gender-flip ray; female!Simon strongly resembles Beth, but with red hair.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Brooding Boy to Beth's Gentle Girl.
- Everything Sounds Sexier With An Estuary Accent: His accent (though leaning slightly more towards RP) is often noted in-universe as highly attractive.
- Fiery Redhead: Downplayed; he's not Hot-Blooded, but is prone to cutting remarks and can be easily annoyed.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a small scar next to his eye, from the night he first picked up the gauntlets.
- He Who Fights Monsters: In danger of turning evil thanks to the gauntlets' corrupting influence.
- Impoverished Patrician: The Locksleys were once one of Londinium's most affluent families, but fell on hard times a short time before he was born.
- Mr. Fanservice: Of the "dark and brooding on the outside/sweet and cuddly on the inside handsome guy" variety. The accent and voice also help, as noted above.
- Official Couple: With Beth.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Which hide his scar.
- Perky Goth: Somewhat; he's more sardonic than anything else, but certainly much more optimistic than the stereotypical Goth kid.
- Split-Personality Merge: Eventually fully merges with Nero in his mind, while remaining the more dominant side.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Swilium.
Dark Side!Simon (aka Nero)
- Amplifier Artifact: Comes from one.
- Artifact of Doom: The gauntlets were created by Terminus, intended to be used by a suitable second-in-command for her. They just happened to find their way into unlikely hands.
- Cast from Hit Points: This form puts a significant strain on the user's endurance, with his most powerful techniques requiring a health sacrifice.
- Character Name Alias: Goes with the name "Nero" practically on a whim—and because he thinks "Dark Side Simon" is a lazy and cliched name.
- Fighting Spirit: Becomes this once he and Simon fully merge.
- Laughing Mad: Especially during battle.
- Paint It Black: His appearance changes in a few ways in this state—his hair grows longer and drops the side fringe, the gauntlets merge into his hands, and his voice becomes deeper and raspier.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes turn blood-red temporarily in this state.
- Shipper on Deck: For Beth and Simon.
- Superpowered Evil Side: At first. At the end of Simon's personal arc he ends up as a neutral summoned ally.
- This Is Your Brain on Evil: As a battle goes on, Nero loses more of his self-control, becoming more violent and having fewer compunctions about lethal force.
Val's younger brother by a year and a half, Isaac is a prodigy with a knack for invention, taking after their father Slade. He's fairly selfish for a hero, caring mainly about using his inventions for profit and fun rather than about saving the world—not that he doesn't care about the latter, though. He's constantly looking for ways to show off his intellect, and is currently working on a suit of Powered Armor.
- An Arm and a Leg: About midway through the story, he loses his right forearm in a fight with Eris. This causes a Heroic BSoD for him, since he realizes that no amount of scientific knowledge or technological expertise can make him invulnerable—but he can still use it to protect his friends.
- Anti-Hero: Starts out as a selfish Jerkass, but matures into a Knight in Sour Armor.
- Artificial Limbs: After evil!Helena forcibly amputates his arm in a fight, he creates a special Swiss Army Appendage to help him in combat.
- Rival Romance Subtext: A couple of his journal entries indicate he might be attracted to Talan (who is himself bisexual, albeit leaning more towards women).
- Gadgeteer Genius: To the point where prides himself on his inventions.
- Handsome Lech: Around women, at least. Around men, he's much more shy and reserved.
- I Just Want to Be Special: A big part of his motivation, since he feels overshadowed and upstaged by so many superpowered people around.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: The reason why he considers Talan a rival. Isaac has spent much of his life learning about mechanics and technology, becoming an accomplished Gadgeteer Genius...and then Talan, who can near-instantly repair a machine, suddenly appears in his life, as if to upstage him. Has hints of Foe Romance Subtext as well.
- Jet Pack: Part of his armor.
- Macross Missile Massacre: One of the most powerful attacks built into his Powered Armor.
- Pride: His biggest flaw, along with a bit of envy for others' powers.
- Sexy Spectacles: To him, any attractive person with glasses is instantly sexier. Also applies to him, as Wendy says his glasses make him cuter.
- Shameless Fanservice Guy: While working on inventions in his room, to avoid staining his clothes or generating potentially-damaging static electricity. At least, that's his excuse.
- Shirtless Scene: Lots of them. He also tends to do mechanical work shirtless to avoid stains.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Many of his pairings.
- Spy Catsuit: Isaac wears a tight-fitting bodysuit underneath his Power Armor; numerous electronic tactile-feedback receptors are built into it for greater ease of interfacing with his armor. It doesn't stop Wendy from commenting on it.
- Stoic Spectacles: Without which he's quite nearsighted.
- Swiss Army Appendage: Post-amputation. Doubles as an Arm Cannon.
- Tsundere: Male example (especially towards Talan and Xavier).
When he was 14, Sam's parents (both psychics) were killed in a suspicious accident—and soon after, Jonathan Knight offered him a chance to live with him and his daughter. The young psychic suspected an obvious connection, but had little choice in the matter. He was intended as an heir to Knight Research and a future husband for Beth; though the two became close friends (even sharing dresses) over the next few years, Sam refused to have anything to do with the company once he learned what they were up to. Upon catching wind of this, Jonathan changed plans and made him a test subject. He was regularly beaten by the company's guards for two months during their downtime. However, he escaped during the mass breakout Eris caused; he has been on the run ever since, eventually coming to the Academy.
- Arranged Marriage: Originally had a de facto one with Beth, but things didn't go to Jonathan's plans.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Played for Laughs with the gender-flip ray. female!Sam looks exactly the same as her male self, but with slightly longer hair, noticeable breasts, and a clearly (but still soft and breathy) female voice. It stirs up repressed memories for hero!Helena, however.
- Berserk Button: When he sees Simon using the gauntlets, he practically explodes at him, saying that he saw people tortured to death at Knight Research with the kind of power Simon uses.
- Bishōnen: To the point where he is sometimes jokingly referred to as a she. Though he thinks of himself as male, he's nonetheless amused when he's accidentally referred to as a girl.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Suffice it to say that his life sucked.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Once he ditches the Knight Research jumpsuit, this becomes his default outfit.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Often gets this reaction; it helps he makes a very convincing (and cute) girl.
- Fake Boobs: Downplayed; he wears a padded bra to look more womanly.
- Friendless Background: Beth was his first real friend.
- Girly Bruiser: A male example, being a Wholesome Crossdresser and all.
- Hot-Blooded: Has his moments, but becomes especially evident once he comes out of his shell.
- If It's You, It's Okay: A female PC can romance him, but it is very challenging to do so. Additionally, Beth, Wendy and Alice are exceptions for him.
- Incompatible Orientation: Subverted. When Jonathan took him away, he was intended to be a boyfriend for Bethany, but at the time he was less interested in her and more interested in her dresses. She didn't even mind. In the present day, however, he mentions that he'd be willing to date her.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Played straight with Alice and Wendy, downplayed with Beth.
- Nice Shoes: A pair of black low-heeled Mary-Janes.
- Parental Abandonment: The dead kind, killed in an "accident" arranged by Jonathan.
- Psychic Powers: Mentioned by Alderon as one of the most powerful psychics he knows.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Drake's Blue.
- Shrinking Violet: Starts out this way, but gradually comes out of his shell over time.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: At the start of the game, he and Drake are constantly bickering with each other. If the player persuades them to stay together, they eventually work their problems out, becoming more Like an Old Married Couple.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Goes out of his way to look and dress like a girl.
Willow is an escaped test subject from Normco, a company that performed brutal experiments to learn what makes mutants and psychics what they are. She has spent her life on the run, avoiding the company's pursuers while she goes on adventures. Thanks to her psychic powers, Willow also serves as the host for many of her ancestors; however, she has no idea that Gill, one of her ancestors, has traveled forward to the present day.
In addition to her parkour abilities and psychic powers coming in handy, Willow's fighting style changes depending on which ancestor/persona is currently taking hold (five in total).
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: She tends to go after people she can bounce her trolling tendencies off of.
- Bifauxnen: Can easily pass for a young man.
- Cool Shades: During missions, she'll often switch out her glasses for these.
- Genki Girl: Has a goofy sense of humor and is always trying to lighten the mood—especially around Dahlia.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears a leather jacket over her jumpsuit.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Her personality changes greatly with a persona switch.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Le Parkour: A master of it; her skills have gone a long way towards helping her evade the authorities.
- Meganekko: Sports a pair of glasses, which a few characters describe as making her look more attractive.
- Mind over Matter: As her present-day self.
- Perky Goth: A recurring motif for all her incarnations.
- Petite Pride: She believes being so petite helps her blend in as a guy.
- Punny Name: For "will o' the wisp".
- Savvy Girl Energetic Girl: Energetic to Dahlia's Savvy.
- Split Personality: Many of her ancestors inhabit her mind and body via the psychic link they share.
- Spy Catsuit: Wears a skintight blue-and-yellow jumpsuit. By her admission to the player character, she agrees that it's rather revealing. She even playfully teases people by leaving it slightly unzipped every now and again.
- Vapor Wear: And by appearances, she doesn't wear a bra underneath.
- Straight Gay: She has a very...close relationship with Dahlia, and mentions to Talan she's not that into guys.
- Superpowered Evil Side: One that is slowly erasing her other personas. The ones she uses in-game? Those are just the ones that are still left.
- The Tease: See above.
A distant relative of Jackal, Fogron was born with a rare disease. His father Franklin, a great scientist, came up with a cure...which caused much of Fogron's skin to be horrifically burned and scarred below the neck. To stop him from burning, his father panicked and threw an experimental solution at his son's face. Although his disease was apparently cured, he ended up with a glowing throat and eyes, having to wear a fake skin and contacts to conceal them in addition to the scars. As he got into crimefighting (alongside his friends Talan and Alderon), Fogron has been forced to clean up the mess of Jackal's evil shenanigans—not that chasing after him is hard, given his powers.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: As a result of the makeshift cure his father created for him, Fogron is immune to most poisonous effects.
- Black and Nerdy: Mostly seen when he's talking music theory in a couple of scenes.
- Body Horror: Much of his skin has been horrifically burned, and he has a glowing throat; he wears a fake skin to cover it up.
- Find the Cure!: One of his core motives is to find a cure for his condition. Especially once he finds that his father's cure simply prolonged his lifespan rather than curing him altogether.
- In a sidequest, Subject Zero finds that Vilhelm has been doing extensive research on the same condition Fogron has. The data can be copied and passed on to him to help expedite the cure.
- Freakiness Shame: He believes he looks like a freak, but the player character can tell him otherwise.
- Guttural Growler: As a result of his vocal chords being damaged by the cure administered by his father. However, he can use his Super Speed to soften his voice's tone via modulated vocal chord vibration.
- Hyper-Awareness: Not only can he move really fast, but his brain can process images at a much faster rate than most other people.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Above all, he wants to cure his scars.
- Lead Bassist: In the band he, Alderon and Talan have going.
- Living on Borrowed Time: His father's "cure" didn't cure him entirely—it merely prolonged his lifespan.
- Official Couple: With Wendy.
- Physical Scars, Psychological Scars: The scars and glowing parts have made him somewhat self-conscious.
Helena Mychro (Heroic)
This is an alternate version of Helena who crossed over from an alternate universe. Unlike the one that the heroes are familiar with, this Helena has vowed to use her powers for good after experiencing great tragedy. First, the Talan and Swilium of her world ended up killing each other during a heated fight. She later found love and solace in the form of Samantha, a gender-flipped Sam, but that didn't end well either—albeit for different reasons. A few months after they met, an unstoppable demonic force invaded and attacked the city they lived in—led by Eris. The two repelled the attack, but despite Helena's attempts to save her, Samantha ended up being killed in the fight.
Distraught, she began wandering between worlds to stop such a tragedy from occurring again, eventually finding her way to our heroes' dimension. It is later revealed that her universe was conquered by Terminus some time after she left.
- Cycle of Revenge: Ends up averting this; she's about to kill her demonic self, but ends up choosing not to go through with it.
- Doom Magnet: At least, she's convinced she is one.
- Earthy Barefoot Character / Does Not Like Shoes: She always goes barefoot, and needs to be in order to use her powers.
- Evil Me Scares Me: She's horrified when she sees her evil self living in this universe.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Just as powerful at metalbending as her evil self.
- Gay Option: For female player characters.
- Heartbroken Badass: She had feelings for both the Talan and Swilium of her universe, and each loved her. However, the two ended up killing each other in a heated fight. And then she lost Samantha later.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: She blames herself for not being able to save Samantha.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: In terms of power and ability variety.
- The Beastmaster: One of her later powers involves creating a scrap metal minion to fight alongside the party.
- Last Girl Wins: If romanced. She only first appears in the middle of the first chapter, when everyone else in the party has already been introduced.
- Loving a Shadow: During her romance arc, it turns out she hasn't gotten over Samantha's death yet. This is even more apparent if a female PC is romancing her.
- Mini Dress Of Power: Often seen in a simple sundress.
- Powered Armor: Can create an improvised suit of armor out of metal scraps, increasing her melee damage and defense until it is broken through.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: During the fight in Hell, she's utterly tempted to kill her demonic self on the spot once she's been defeated—but then she remembers Samantha once saying that getting revenge doesn't solve anything. Helena ends up sparing her, leaving her fate to Alderon.
- Survivor Guilt: Experiences this after the incident with the Talan and Swilium of her universe. And then again with Samantha's death. And then yet again with Terminus' destroying her home dimension.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Takes this vow in memory of her universe's Swilium.
- Triang Relations: See Heartbroken Badass. It didn't end well.