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Administrative

    Headmaster James Mall 

Headmaster James Mall

Role: Headmaster and Founder of Power Academy

A soldier-turned-superhero, James Mall is the renowned headmaster of Power Academy. He's also a member of an order worshiping a mythical firehawk creature. He's been through no small amount of trouble over the years, and he has put all of his effort and money into the Academy. If it goes under, he's out on the streets.

  • Abusive Parents: His father tried several times to kick him out of the house before James finally ran away, leading to him joining the military at 16.
  • Badass in Distress: Early on he ends up going missing, held captive by a rogue Equinox cell. He's freed soon enough, though.
  • Badass Longcoat: One of his regular outfits, worn without a shirt.
  • Berserk Button: Threaten the school, the students, or Lily, and face his wrath.
  • Celibate Hero: Set up, but eventually subverted; for years, he remained this way until he met Lily.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Don't let the laid-back, somewhat bumbling facade fool you. He will lay down the law when he has to.
  • Deal with the Devil: His giving in to Jonathan's demands, such as letting Vilhelm on the staff, in order to get the Academy built.
  • Four-Star Badass: In his early days, leading an elite team of superhumans to defeat Vulcannus.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Shows up in a few boss fights.
  • Hidden Depths: He has an intense amount of pressure on him; Power Academy is his life's work, and if it fails (and it is already in danger of failing), he'll have nowhere to go. It's not until he opens up to Lily that his inner demons become apparent.
  • Kicked Upstairs: He was only hastily promoted to his general rank to be a public face for superhumans—so the authorities could say, "Hey, we like superhumans too!" Although he had the tactical know-how to back it up, he was just a general in name only.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The fact that he constantly goes around shirtless (or at least with his chest exposed) helps.
  • My Greatest Failure: He regards his failure to stop Wardson from destroying an entire city as this.
  • Really 17 Years Old: At age 16, he ran away from his family and faked his age to join the military, just to get away from them.
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    Lily Taylor 

Lily Taylor

Role: Nurse, Head of the Female Dorms

Lily was once a superpowered teen vigilante before dedicating herself to becoming a nurse. She was also a close friend of the Ashen family; after their mother died and father disappeared, Val and Isaac were adopted by Lily. In addition to being a mother figure, she has served as a crimefighting mentor for them, training Val to manage her powers. At the Academy, in addition to healing people and providing a calming influence for James, Lily is the head of the female dorms. She has the ability to control and summon plant life to do her bidding, from healing to combat.

  • Crippling Overspecialization: In a fight, she's devastating at long range...but not so effective in a melee fight. She makes up for this with her healing skills though.
  • Hospital Hottie: Lampshaded by a couple of generic students, who jokingly mention that getting to see her makes a trip to her office worth it.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Downplayed; she wears just enough to be comfortable, but it's often quite revealing. She can instantly create new clothes for herself anyway (see below).
  • Instant Armor: Although her casual outfits are very revealing, in combat she opts for a full-covering suit of natural armor (very dense layers of leaves, bark, and other materials), roughly as tough as leather armor. Even so, it's not meant for getting up close and personal, given her fighting style.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's nearly always half-naked in her various nature- or floral-themed outfits, many of which show off her ample chest, hips and legs.
  • Simple Staff: An old, worn wooden staff that serves as the conduit for her powers.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: A big part of her attraction to James, aside from the pretty white hair, is his virtues.

    Magi C. Waters 

Magi C. Waters

Role: Psychiatrist, guidance counselor, truancy officer
Power: Water
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's among one of the crazier staff members—and still manages to help the students with their psychological issues.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He believes himself to be a boy from Neverland.
  • Determinator: In the past, he was gravely wounded by an assassin and left for dead. However, his love for Harken helped him hold on long enough to signal for help and return home. He relates this anecdote to Selene, who is struggling with her unfamiliar feelings for Timmy; he explains that love can be a source of strength.

General Subject Teachers

    Tripp T. Ometer 

Tripp T. Ometer

Power: Elemental absorption, time manipulation (passive)
Role: Teacher, History and the Multiverse

For all he knows, he has always existed. But at one point or another, Tripp was bound to a mystical time gauntlet and charged with being the guardian of time. He serves as the school's History teacher, which naturally involves brief trips into alternate timelines.

  • Big Damn Heroes: In spite of the aforementioned non-interference, he promises his students he will save them from an absolutely hopeless situation, but only once for each. He eventually makes good on this promise. Subject Zero confronts Terminus and fights her for the first time...and finds her/himself way in over her/his head. As Terminus is about to kill her/him, Tripp intervenes and saves the PC.
  • Big Good: Although James is this for the Academy, Tripp can be considered this for the space-time continuum, especially considering some of the enemies they face.
  • Soul Jar: He is bound to a powerful pair of gauntlets; it is only when he is in this form and bound to a "catalyst" (host) that he can use his time manipulation powers.
  • Time Abyss: As far as he can tell, he has always existed.

     Harken Woods 

Harken Woods

Role: Teacher, Moral Dilemma 101

Harken is ostensibly the Moral Dilemma 101 teacher, but with every iteration of the class, the subject changes each time, forcing the students to think on their feet. He has served as a mentor for James, and despite being legally insane, he is one of the most intelligent members of the staff. Harken has the ability to teleport anywhere, an ability he often uses to surprise people (especially his students). Married to Magi.

  • He Knows Too Much: While they were still involved in the military, James was sent by the government to hunt down and kill Harken, who had gone rogue. However, it turns out he had defected because he learned too many secrets, asking the wrong questions and provoking the wrong people.
  • Insane Troll Logic: His moral dilemmas; a simple question is given, with no context given beforehand. Example: Burn it or drown it? (Answer: Burn it and then drown it. The target is a zombie; burning the zombie burns down the building you're protecting from the zombie apocalypse, drowning it doesn't kill it fully, and burning it and drowning it is the only way to ensure it's dead.)
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: His eyes are constantly changing color, though they are usually obscured by his bangs.
  • Shipper on Deck: With Magi. In preparation for Valentine's Day, the two even start assembling a collage photo album of every couple in the school sharing a tender kiss.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: His class is completely random, often requiring the students to think on their feet in order to pass. Naturally, it's optional. Or is it?
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    Mikoto Nakamura 

Mikoto Nakamura (real name unknown)

Role: Theater teacher, Newspaper Club advisor
Power: Super-fast reflexes

A member of the felis sapiens race, Mikoto was once a crimefighting journalist, writing exposes on the crimes she foiled. However, one day she stumbled across evidence of large-scale plans being made by Equinox—which made her a target. Now under a new identity as a theater teacher, Mikoto has come to the Academy, also serving as the head of the Newspaper Club. She's one of the more lighthearted members of the staff, tending to provide levity to very heavy situations.

  • She Knows Too Much: Equinox went after her because she found evidence of their plans and was about to publish them.

    Selene Petrucci 

Selene Petrucci

Role: Teacher, Villainy 101
Power: Life Drain

  • The Lad-ette: Loves video games, drinking, sex, killing, and sports. She does, however, wear a dress and heels on occasion.
  • Spy Catsuit: Her old supervillain outfit, a skintight black leather jumpsuit with a couple of armored components.

    Charmont Paige 

Charmont Paige

Subject: Various; co-librarian

Hailing from the same dimension as Helena, Charmont was a renowned hero in his dimension. Due to being struck by a car mid-teleportation, he has been trapped between different realities. He eventually finds himself in the heroes' world, quickly joining as a teacher at Power Academy. He teaches multiple classes on the various standard academic subjects—history, science, math, etc.—so the other teachers can specialize. His classes are just very rarely seen in the narrative itself. He even helps run the library in what spare time he has.

  • Encyclopaedic Knowledge: He covers a lot of the basic subjects so that the other teachers—Timmy, Alexei, etc.—can focus on their specialties.

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Tech Teachers

    Prof. Vilhelm Christiansen 

Professor Vilhelm Christiansen

Role: Co-teacher, Mad Science

    Jane Searpent 

Jane Searpent

Role: Teacher, Experimental Ethics
Power: None, but highly intelligent

    Timmy Woods 

Timmy/"Tammy" Woods

Harken's nephew, Timmy loves him like a father. When Harken was disowned from the family due to his insanity, he stood up for him, rebelling against his adoptive parents' wishes. Timmy was then disowned himself. He went through a rough childhood, but moved past it to become a successful mad scientist. One of his most prominent inventions is a gender-flip ray, which does exactly what one would expect. In the present, after Vilhelm deserts the Academy, Timmy assumes control of his Mad Science class.

Timmy has the ability to travel through the Internet and cell phones, making him a very specialized technopath. However, outside of some weapon skills, he's very much a Non-Action Guy, preferring a support role in combat.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: As a child, he was ostracized in school by peers and teachers alike when his ability to travel through the Internet was accidentally revealed.
  • Gender Bender: Often switches between a male and female form, thanks to his patented gender-flip ray.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Goes with the nickname "Tammy" in his female form.
  • Has Two Daddies: Though he was biologically produced by a male and female, his father Harken is now engaged to Magi.
  • Likes Older Women: Technically. He tells Selene at one point that her age isn't important; he loves her nonetheless.
  • Pronoun Trouble: Generally referred to as male for ease of communication. Timmy himself even lampshades this in dialogue.
  • Spiky Hair: In both his male and female forms (the latter resembling a pixie cut).

Magic Teachers

    Arielle DeVries 

Arielle DeVries

Role: Teacher, History of Magic and Mutants

Hailing from 10th-century Scotland, Arielle was a mage brought to the present by Tripp, with whom she often worked together. She has come to the Academy as a teacher, finding a place to teach her theory that magical beings and mutants are linked in some way. She plays a large role as an ally in the Shadow Court sidequests, being the Academy's foremost expert on magic.

  • Ambiguously Lesbian: She definitely cares for Victoria greatly, but apart from a couple of offhand comments about her beauty, it's only implied to be romantic on her part. She knows about her apprentice's crush and isn't really put off; she just sort of goes with it.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: Dark to Victoria's Light.
  • Merlin and Nimue: A variant involving two women and a much smaller age gap, with Arielle as the Merlin to Victoria's Nimue.
  • Moe Couplet: With Victoria. Despite her snarkiness, the two have a very close and intimate bond and bring out the best qualities in each other.
    • During the school dance, they are seen slow-dancing together.
  • Nice Hat: A witch hat.
  • Princess Curls: Has two large, drill-like curls.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: To contrast with Victoria.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Her wardrobe is very thrown-together, with pieces taken from numerous time periods.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: She's loyal to the Academy, but that won't stop her from mercilessly mocking people.
  • Sexy Mentor: Victoria mentions that she finds Arielle strikingly beautiful, and appreciates how protective she is (even if she's very darkly cynical about it).
  • Simple Staff: A shiny black obsidian staff with a large, glowing purple gem in its head.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She projects a sour and prickly demeanor, but in reality, she cares deeply for her students, the staff, and her new apprentice Victoria.
  • Troll: Gets a kick out of making snarky remarks about everything; often, it's a sign she cares.
  • You Gotta Have Violet Hair: Contrasting with the blonde Victoria.

    Victoria Scheherazade 

Victoria Scheherazade

Power: Magical affinity
Subject: Paranormal Activity in the Modern Day; library assistant and Arielle's assistant teacher

Victoria was trained as a mage in strict confinement for nearly her whole life, not allowed to leave her house. As a result, she had a lonely childhood and was treated as a freak by others. She was a quick learner, however, and took to magic naturally; eventually, Victoria left her home and came to Kragsmark to find work fighting evil. Despite what her ditzy behavior and general attention span may suggest, Victoria is a witch beyond her years.

She shows up in Kragsmark as the quest giver and main ally for a sidequest chain involving the Shadow Court, and eventually joins the Academy as a teacher (with Arielle taking her under her wing).

  • Damsel out of Distress: Gets kidnapped a couple of times, much to her chagrin; she even starts training harder to avoid damsel status. When the Shadow Court comes after her, they intend to use her as a new host for the Shadow Daemon Lord.
  • Dark Action Girl: While temporarily possessed during the penultimate Shadow Court mission.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Has a fairly tanned complexion to contrast with Arielle. Her exact ethnicity is ambiguous, but she mentions she has family in the Mediterranean.
  • Gamer Chick: Justified, as she was constantly isolated from other people in her childhood and had to keep herself entertained somehow.
  • Genius Ditz: Very clumsy and ditzy—but unbeatable when it comes to magic.
  • Grew a Spine: Over the course of the game, she goes from painfully shy to an assertive badass.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: Light to Arielle's Dark.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Has a fairly obvious crush on Arielle.
  • Merlin and Nimue: A variant involving two women and a much smaller age gap, with Victoria as the Nimue to Arielle's Merlin.
  • Moe: In-universe. Arielle describes her as being "adorable" and feels a need to protect her.
  • Moe Couplet: With Arielle. Despite her mentor's snarkiness, the two have a very close and intimate bond, and bring out the best qualities in each other.
    • During the school dance, they are seen slow-dancing together.
  • Shrinking Violet: Though Arielle (despite her harsh snarkiness) gently tries to get her to come out of her shell, and she starts making progress.
  • Simple Staff: One with intricate patterns carved into it.

Combat and Power Teachers

    Alexei Reznov 

Alexei Grigorovich Reznov

Power: None, but has various cybernetic enhancements, including various weapons built into his bionic arm
Subject: Self-Defense class

A longtime adversary of David Archer, Alexei is the head of the covert Equinox organization. He and his followers are determined to eliminate corruption and bring peace, order, and a new golden age to the world. Their golden age. At any cost. At the Academy, Alexei is the Self-Defense class teacher, in the vein of Defense Against the Dark Arts. He has no superpowers per se, but is cybernetically augmented with Super Strength and has a bionic arm with various weapons and gadgets built into his arm. Subject Zero and her/his allies find themselves, depending on the occasion, at odds with him or working alongside him.

  • Affably Evil: Especially compared to the other villains. His subordinates are shown to, if not like, at least respect him. He can even join forces with the heroes down the line.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost his right arm in the past. Later on, he has his legs replaced with cybernetics below the knee to improve his endurance.
  • And I Must Scream: If he is spared after his boss fight but not convinced to join forces with the heroes, Alexei later goes after Vilhelm's forces with a detachment of soldiers. He ends up being the sole survivor, and is captured and turned into an elite cyborg minion.
    • Body Horror: Par for the course for Vilhelm.
    • Mercy Kill: When the party encounters him in this state, they are forced to fight him to the death. If Dahlia is in the party, she is always the one to deliver the killing blow after the fight.
  • Give Her A Normal Life: He left the infant Dahlia in the care of a CEO he was friendly with, to distance her from his dangerous life.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Can be convinced in the game to join forces with the heroes.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: The same color as Dahlia's, notably.
  • In a Single Bound: Can jump high distances (and land perfectly) thanks to his cybernetic legs.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: It is revealed much later in the story that, deep down, he believes himself to have crossed the moral event horizon long ago. He genuinely believes that, if he does succeed in achieving utopia, there would be no place for him there.
  • Killer Game Master: He very rarely goes easy on his students.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The game starts out fairly lighthearted. The arc where he takes over the Academy is where the storyline takes a turn for the more serious.
  • Knight Templar
    • Tautological Templar: In his worst moments. Alexei believes himself to be utterly benevolent, justifying all of his actions as being For The Greater Good. So obviously, anyone who opposes him or his organization is misguided or evil, right? At least, this is how he outwardly appears.
  • Large and in Charge: He's at least a head taller than most other characters (with only Alice matching his height), likely due in part to his replacement legs, and he's in charge of Equinox.
  • Literal Change of Heart: Has a powerful mechanical heart, courtesy of Vilhelm, to replace his old one when he was mortally wounded in a mission years ago. It can trigger a massive self-destruct explosion in the worst case scenario.
  • The Mourning After: Years after the death of his wife and elder daughter, he still can't move on.
  • Pretty Boy: Not in the present (see below), but in flashbacks, he is shown to have been one in the past. His features have coarsened greatly over the years.
  • Purple Prose: He loves to hear himself speechify.
  • Taking You with Me: During the battle for Hell, if he's still alive at that point, one choice the party makes during that mission is whether to save Alexei or his men. If they choose the latter, Alexei charges into a horde of Helena's minions, activating his heart's self-destruct function in one last blaze of glory.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: When James goes missing, Alexei takes over as Headmaster (even though Lily and Magi were next in line for succession).

The Others

    Jackson Mall 

Jackson Mall

Role: The school's cook
Power: Can copy anyone's power by making eye contact with them for a period of time

    Pontoon 

Pontoon

Role: Teacher, Zen 101
Power: Telepathy
  • Not So Stoic: He's generally calm and quiet...as long as his meditation isn't interrupted.
  • Zen Survivor: It can be assumed that, as an immortal, he's seen a lot over the years.
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