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    Doctor Ruth Goldstein 

  • Flight: Theoretically, she should be able to fly by projecting a stream of molten metal from her feet. Thus inflicting Toasted Buns on everyone else.
  • Hand Blast: She can shoot white-hot molten steel (~5000 F) (mingled with plasma, just for fun) from her hands.
  • Walking Spoiler: The reveal of her other identity is a major turning point in the fic, to the point where the narration (both from Taylor's perspective and from third-person perspective) stops calling her Doctor Goldstein and starts calling her Aster.

    Sergeant James Mc Martin Kinsey 

  • Badass in Distress
    • In Part 3-1, he's under Nice Guy's influence, until she beats him up and kills Nice Guy.
    • In Part 4-10, he's abducted in order to coerce Taylor into going on a date with Marquis. It doesn't work out.
  • Bald of Awesome: he keeps his scalp trimmed very short.

    Andrea Campbell 
  • Bi the Way: Yes, she's bisexual. She's even Taylor's girlfriend. But she means more to the plot than that.
  • But Not Too Bi: She prefers women, but will flirt with guys. And sometimes do much more.
  • Cuddle Bug: She's very physical.
  • The Cutie: If anyone can pull off 'innocently sexy', it's her.
  • Ethical Slut Turned Up to Eleven: Andrea enjoys sex, a lot. She also has zero sense of shame. But she won't break up someone else's relationship.
  • Experimented in College: Before she went away to school, she considered herself straight. Boy, did she learn a lot.
  • Genki Girl
    "Darn tootin'."
  • If It's You, It's Okay
    • Taylor is straight. Andrea is gay. Somehow, they make it work.
    • Andrea is (mainly) girl-oriented. Kinsey is very male. She doesn't care in the slightest.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: She has been this to Taylor, on occasion (it's part of why their relationship works).
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: In Part 4-11, Andrea answers the door wearing not much in the way of clothing. The police officers make this request of her.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: With an accent on 'comic relief'. She can pass for The Ditz or the Cloudcuckoolander with little difficulty; silly is her natural state of being. If she's actually being serious, you know the situation is dire.
    Kinsey offered me the last piece of fish; I declined, so he ate it. Andrea stuffed her mouth with fries again, and bounced up to take the remains of our meal to the nearest garbage can. While she was doing this, Kinsey took the opportunity to lean in toward me.
    “Ma'am,” he murmured, “it strikes me that your friend is brighter than she seems.”
    “Oh, I know,” I replied, just as softly. “I've known for years. Don't ever assume she doesn't know something, just because you didn't tell her.”
    “But why does she put on the bimbo act?” he asked, his eyebrows drawing together; mild frustration, I guessed. I got the impression that he'd wanted to add 'brainless' in there, but had left it out due to tact.
    I grinned. “I don't think it's an act.”
  • The Reliable One: She's the one Taylor picked to run her financial empire ... and she's doing a pretty good job of it.
  • Slut-Shaming: absolutely averted. The most that happens is that Franklin (Gladys' other half) is somewhat boggled that she's so casual about picking up girls from a college bar (and that's only because she's supposed to be in a relationship with Taylor).

    Kari Schultz 

    Roberto Garcia (aka Aguijón) 

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