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The members of Team Firehawk in Power Academy. For the other students, see here.

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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.

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    Valerie Ashen 

Valerie Ashen

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.

  • Adorkable / Socially Awkward Heroine: Less so than Dawn, though.
  • 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.
  • Bi the Way: Falls for Tala, but also describes Alderon, Simon and Warpen as attractive (the last one physically so, anyway).
  • Big Sister Instinct
  • 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.
  • Covert Pervert
  • 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 / Waif-Fu: Notably a little shorter than most of the other students, on par with Fogron and Sam.
  • Hair Decorations / Goggles Do Nothing: Her goggles, worn as a hairband.
  • 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.

    Talanous "Talan" Fairweather 

Talanous "Talan" Fairweather

Power: Technopath; is a shapeshifter, but uses this power rarely

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.

    Gill Barrows and his familiars 

Gill Barrows

Power: Telepathic communication with bugs
Unique Ability: Time Wanderer (Can summon his familiars to assist in combat or puzzles. Able to craft items and equipment.)

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.)


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.



    Anna R. Kleiner and Wattzon 

Anna R. Kleiner

Power: Apparently none, aside from quick reflexes and fast wits


Power: Atmokinesis

    Layla "Lightning" Ulrich 

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Girlish Pigtails
    • Mega Twintails: Her hair is just past shoulder-length when taken down.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • Living Emotional Crutch: For Talan.
  • 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.
  • Shock and Awe
  • 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.

    Alderon DeRain 

Alderon DeRain

Power: Necromancy

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.

    Bethany Knight 

Bethany "Beth" Knight

Power: Limited reality warping; uses it to heal people and teleport

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.

    Tala Hardgreaves 

Tala Hardgreaves (real name Fairweather)

Power: Shapeshifter; specializes in turning her arms into various weapons

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.

    Alice Solheim 

Alice Solheim

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.

    Simon Locksley 

Simon Locksley

Power: Shadow

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.

Dark Side!Simon (aka Nero)

    Isaac Ashen 

Isaac Ashen

Unique Ability: Mecha Hero (Isaac gains new abilities based on modifications to his powered armor.)

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.

    Sam Grayson 

Sam Grayson

Power: Telekinesis

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.

    Willow DeWhisp 

Willow DeWhisp

Power: Psychic powers, mainly telepathy

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).

    Fogron Cannus 

Fogron Cannus

Unique Ability: Sharpened Senses (Has a 15% chance to dodge attacks. Immune to damage-over-time attacks. Can craft items and equipment.)

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.

    Helena Mychro 

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.


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