This is the list of characters from the Marvel comic book series Runaways. Beware of unmarked spoilers.
The Original Team
The leader of the group, he possesses no super-human powers, but his keen intellect and his possession of his parents' Abstract make him a formidable strategist. His parents were mob bosses who ran the more traditional criminal ring of the Pride, with prostitution, drugs, murder, and whatnot. He is introduced while playing an Avengers MMORPG and has an affinity for classic television series, and begins to bond with Nico when he learns that she enjoyed the copy of The Prisoner that he had lent her. He is the most vocal of the group in their need to oppose their parents.
At the end of the first story-arc it is revealed that Alex has been working against the group the whole time. He had discovered the nature of their parents activities a year ago and, instead of being repulsed, decided to help his parents. He discovered that the Deans and Hayeses, the two non-human couples of the Pride, were planning to betray the rest of the group so that they and their children would live in paradise, instead of all the adults surrendering their positions to their children. Alex manipulated the rest of the kids into discovering the nature of their parents as part of his plan to defeat the machinations of the Deans and Hayeses, and betrayed the Runaways in their final confrontation with the Pride. However, ultimately, Alex and the Pride as a whole were defeated by the Runaways and he was killed in the battle.
Later issues reveal that he became trapped in The Nothing After Death, and tried to earn his way out by helping the Runaways back on Earth by passing messages to Molly. He was eventually resurrected in Avengers Undercover and became a villain in Power Man and Iron Fist.
In the 2017 series, he returns to the team at the end of issue 12, out of options and on the run from the Seed of the Gibborim, who want the Runaways to honor their parents' bargain.
- The Atoner: Subverted. Presumably to correct his past actions, he helps the team stop Chase from trying to sacrifice himself to bring back Gert, although post-resurrection he went back to being a villain in Power Man and Iron Fist #10, working to set up a new Pride. In the 2017 series, he tries to make a genuine HeelFace Turn by returning to the team. Whether this is because he is genuinely remorseful or simply because he needs the others' help to protect him from the Seed is unrevealed.
- All Your Powers Combined: In the final battle of the third volume, Alex ends up in control of Chase's fire-blasting gauntlets, Nico's Staff of One, and Gertrude's psychic connection to Old Lace. All of which would have been much more helpful if he weren't The Mole. He had no way to take Molly or Karolina's inborn abilities, but it's still a pretty impressive accomplishment for somebody with no powers of his own.
- Audience Surrogate: Subverted. Alex was set up to be the one that readers could get easily attached to as the most normal character in the Fantasy Kitchen Sink the series presents, being a Non-Action Guy only relying on his wits compared to his friends having a wide variety of fantastical origins. However, as it turns out, Alex was the most evil of them all, and was only using the others as secret Mole for the Pride, thus completely subverting expectations there.
- Badass Normal: He does not have any super powers or useful gadgets like the others, but makes up his lack of powers by using his intelligence.
- Black and Nerdy: He's the team strategist and is one of the most intelligent characters in the series.
- Back from the Dead: He gets resurrected in Avengers Undercover.
- Black Dude Dies First: He's the first member of the team to get killed.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: He insisted that he didn't betray the Runaways, because that would imply that he was ever loyal to them to begin with.
- Came Back Wrong: Ever since his resurrection, he's become increasingly unpredictable.
- The Chessmaster: The team's strategist. Ultimately revealed to be a Manipulative Bastard, as he is a traitor who sided with the Pride.
- Decoy Protagonist: He's initially set up to be the main character of the series as a whole, until it turns out that he was The Mole for the Pride and he's killed off not long after this is revealed. After that, there's no real main protagonist in the team, though Nico does get slightly more focus since she takes over as leader.
- Easily Forgiven: Averted. Out of the entire team, only Molly is at all happy to see him alive again, and none of them are willing to defend his actions. Chase in particular openly can't stand him and repeatedly brings up how Alex was plotting to murder them all.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Alex loves his parents through it all, and secretly assisted them because he was so fanatically loyal to their cause. Additionally, he genuinely loved Nico and offered her a place in the new world the Pride was creating (she obviously declined).
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: After he betrays the team and tells Nico he partly he did it for her so they could live together in paradise, he seems surprised when Nico rejects his offer.
- Failed a Spot Check: Was completely unaware that his parents and the rest of the Pride were fighting the Illuminati in his house. To be fair, he had headphones on and was playing video games at the time, but still.
- Glamour Failure: Zigzagged. Alex is a little traumatized having existed in The Nothing After Death for a few years, but otherwise looks normal. However, he reveals to Molly that touching him reveals his true nature that he is nothing more than a reanimated corpse. Those who experience it still see his face as normal, but his touch is that of cold, dead flesh.
- Hypocrite/Insane Troll Logic: He claims "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" to justify aiding his parents in destroying humanity. What he fails to grasp is that this will benefit absolutely no one except him and the people ''he'' wants to live through the apocalypse, and that while most of the Pride at least were willing to die so their children could inherit a better earth, Alex just wants to ensure himself, his crush, and their folks can have eternal life.
- I Did What I Had to Do:
- In the 2017 series, he tries to excuse his past betrayal by claiming that he had no choice but to side with his parents. The other Runaways aren't terribly impressed with this.
- He uses it again at the climax of "That Was Yesterday", regarding his threat to sacrifice Victor. He points out that the others considered sacrificing Gib, and that making hard decisions is part of being a leader. Nico retorts that a real leader would sacrifice themself, not someone else. There may be pragmatic reasons for this aside from his own narcissism... he later reveals to Molly that he is, for all intents and purposes, a living corpse, which implies he may not have a life to sacrifice.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: He can be just as ruthless as his parents, but at heart Alex isn't truly evil, just hopelessly devoted to pleasing his folks. He doesn't have anything against his team, and eventually tries to reconnect with them, but claims if the world was about to be destroyed, he'd still want his parents to live over them.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: David J. Walker, the writer of Power Man and Iron Fist, has said he views Alex as Donald Glover if he were a supervillain.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: He is quite knowledgeable about the other superheroes.
- The Reveal: Alex is revealed to be The Mole for The Pride, completely unbeknownst to his parents.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: The initial secret villain of the Runaways before his death. Since getting revived, he became a villain to Power Man and Iron Fist.
- The Strategist: He pretty much controls the team's actions. Becomes a Mole in Charge when his true allegiance is revealed.
- The Team Normal: Alex is the only member without a special gift, being born to the most mundane couple of the Pride. Nico, Molly, and Karolina have powers related to magic, super strength, and flight/energy projection, whereas Chase and Gert don't technically have any powers but make up for it with advanced tech and psychic links to a genetically-enhanced dinosaur. In his case, he's just a guy with his wits to rely on.
- Teen Genius: Utterly without powers of his own, Alex is nonetheless a highly skilled strategist and thus de-facto Team Leader.
- Token Evil Teammate: In the 2017 series, he is allowed to rejoin the team only because he has a unique understanding of how the Gibborim think. This is because he spent a year listening to them in Limbo. He naturally comes up with the idea to kill one of the Seed to obtain their power.
- Turn Out Like His Father: He ends up becoming a criminal boss like his father post-resurrection in Power Man and Iron Fist.
- The Undead: In the revived series. He looks perfectly normal, but feels like a corpse to anyone who actually touches him. He also no longer needs to eat (and can't hold the food down if he tries).
- Villainous Underdog: He's the only original Runaway that isn't an alien, magic, has super technology, psychic links to genetically engineered dinosaurs, or superhuman strength. Instead, he only has his wits to get by, and is also the secret villain of the first arc. His plan was very risky, as he had to lead the others, while also avoiding his parents controlling the law to capture them, the same ones he was trying to save, and he had very limited resources as a wanted criminal. Literally, all he had to rely on were the other runaways, the same ones he was trying to deceive. And if wasn't for the Gibborim, he would've succeeded.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy. He orchestrated the entire first run to make his parents proud and show them he was an adult. When the Gibborim come across him in The Nothing After Death, he admits he can relate to them - they didn't want to be monsters, they just wanted to make their father proud.
- Wham Line: When he intervenes to save his parents' lives, revealing himself to be The Mole.
Gertrude "Gert" Yorkes (Codename: Arsenic)
- "I've known our parents were evil since I was five. This perverted little gathering just confirms it."
Like Alex, she has no real powers, but her Time Travelling parents left her a very special inheritance: a genetically engineered, psychic dinosaur named Old Lace, who follows her every command. Unlike the rest of the group, Gertrude and Nico had been close friends for years and spent time together beyond the once-a-year Pride meetings, and she often serves as a voice of reason and (relative) maturity for the group. Forward-thinking even as a child, Nico recounts that when they were little kids Gert once took all of Nico's pony dolls and hid them in the woods, explaining that they deserved to be free.
Near the conclusion of the first story-arc she begins to develop romantic feelings for Chase, who reciprocates, and they become a couple for the remainder of their time together. She is self-conscious about her appearance, being shorter than average and slightly overweight, but how this is portrayed varies by the artist. It is revealed that, in the future, Gertrude will become a super-hero named "Heroine," and will become leader of The Avengers until she is killed by Victorious (see "Victor" below). However, due to the actions of her future self the timeline has been changed, and Gertrude instead died while still a young runaway. Dying in Chase's arms, she transferred telepathic control of Old Lace to him.
She is later revived in the 2017 series, though she is unable to get the control back and has been struggling with her new place.
- Anger Born of Worry: Her increased hostility and frustration during her and the Runaways' time with Doc Justice appears to be because of this. She doesn't like them staying there and grows more concerned as everyone enjoys becoming the new J-Team. This concern becomes more blatant when she learns of the various deaths on the J-Team and in her suspicions toward Doc Justice being at least partially justified.
- On the other hand, the Runaways' lives were danger-prone before becoming superheroes and Matthew suggests that she's really more concerned that her friends will prove capable of surviving without her. When she brings her concerns to Victor, he acknowledges that all of them are pretty aware of the dangers involved and had a meeting about to decide it.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Ends up getting one from Matthew, Doc Justice's assistant, over whether her concern regarding her friends' heroic actions is actually her envying them because they made the team. He then goes to warning her that her cynicism and bitterness could actually push her friends away with her, with the undertones being that it happened with Matthew.
- Back from the Dead: Chase ends up rescuing her by going back in time to when Geoffrey Wilder stabbed her and bringing her back to the present where Nico healed her before she died.
- Big Beautiful Woman
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She is the second smartest member of the original team, and probably could have become the team leader if she had wanted. But she prefers to take a background role, letting her teammates and Old Lace do most of the work.
- Brought Down to Normal: Post-resurrection, she no longer seems to have control over Old Lace, as she was unable to stop Old Lace from killing Dr. Hayes' cats.
- Character Death: Gets killed by a time-displaced member of the Pride.
- Covers Always Lie: Jo Chen's covers depicting Gertrude generally have her looking nothing like she does in the comic at all.
- The Cynic: By far the most jaded of the kids, even dismissing "with great power comes great responsibility" as inane.
- Deadpan Snarker: All of the main characters have their snarky moments, but Gert, being moodier and more introverted, fits this trope the best. She's often got a sarcastic quip ready for the occasion.Chase: I can, like, totally mold my flames into anything I can imagine!
Gert: And I see you've imagined a square. Very creative, Talkback.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Both versions of Gert die in Chase's embrace, while saying "I love you" to him.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Post-resurrection, she quickly gets frustrated when her teammates treat her like she's fragile.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: Gert refers to herself as an agnostic... while one of the team's greatest adversaries is a trio of fallen angels. This probably makes her more of a Nay-Theist.
- Future Badass: In one timeline, she grew up to lead the Avengers.
- Future Me Scares Me: She still didn't think too much of that future, but it's more out of boredom.
- The Heart: Chase and Nico insist that her death was where the team fell apart, and Karolina calls her the team's moral center, but as the 2017 series goes on, there are hints that she is sabotaging her teammates' lives, either deliberately or subconsciously, to keep them dependent upon her. This becomes particularly apparent in "Cannon Fodder", where she goes looking for proof that Doc Justice is a fake so that the others will quit J-Team.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Gert's biggest flaw is this. She is utterly insecure because of her appearance, lack of athletic capability and relative mundanity compared to her friends (she only has her psychic link to Old Lace and even then, she loses that to Chase when she dies.) As such, she tends to snark at her friends or have a condescending behavior with her intelligence. Despite that, she is more content to remain in the background rather than try and go for the leadership role, thus not taking any real responsibilities and not putting herself in a situation where misdecisions could lead to problems.
- This likely has increased by the 2017 revival. She has no powers and no real motivations or direction for her life. This has been leading her to act with greater suspicion and hostility, even as the team is happy to have her back. This attitude gets her called out by Matthew, Doc Justice's assistant, noting that her concern for her friends could likely be also envy that they were chosen and she wasn't. Given her insecurity and her actions, Matthew is at least partially right.
- Jewish and Nerdy: She was raised Jewish, and is one of the smarter members of the team (after Alex and, later, Victor).
- The Kid with the Remote Control: She had a telepathic link with a genetically engineered dinosaur called Old Lace. The link got transferred to Chase when she died.
- Make-Out Kids: With Chase, after he saves her life. They can't keep their hands off of each other, are outright stated to be sexually active, and many a joke is made about the areas of the lair they've "christened". It's implied (and later outright stated during her Dying Declaration of Love) that she's so tactile due to being insecure about her appearance and was always amazed at the idea that a jock like Chase would have ever been into her.
- Meaningful Name: Possibly a reference to Gertie the Dinosaur.
- The Millstone: Post-resurrection, her control over Old Lace has become unreliable, her combat skills are about what you'd expect from a teenager who disdains sports, and since she can't get a job and refuses to go back to school, she spends a lot of time lounging around the Hostel. This behavior persists when she's a reluctant member of the J-Team. Given how she has no more control over Old Lace and expresses no desire to physically better herself, she is not on the field team. She does end up learning about Mission Control with Matthew.
- Nerdy Bully: She often lords her superior intelligence over her teammates, particularly Karolina, as a cover for her insecurity about her weight and appearance. This becomes especially pronounced in issue #11 of the 2017 series, where she assumes that Klara must be stupid for quitting the team in order to live a normal life.
- Properly Paranoid: Issue #30 reveals she was right to be uncomfortable with the group subbing as the new J-Team when she gets into Doc Justice's files and discovers hard evidence he orchestrated the deaths of at least several of his teammates for the sake of keeping the J-Team both marketable and in the public eye. And he wants Karolina dead to serve that goal.
- Psychological Projection:
- Gert genuinely assumes that all parents are secretly as bad as her parents were. To be fair, up until the 2017 series, the only other parents she interacted with were her friends' parents, who were all supervillains.
- Throughout the second series, she constantly harps on Nico's supposed promiscuity, likely because she feels embarrassed about the fact that she was the first girl on the team to lose her virginity.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's usually an irritable jaded snarker, but sweetens up towards Chase.
- The Team Normal: Even more so than Chase in the 2017 incarnation given how she lost her connection to Old Chase and has no place on the J-Team (or desire to improve herself on it.)
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Since being resurrected, she feels useless and out of place with her friends, and compensates for this by becoming meaner, particularly toward Karolina and Klara.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Nico have been friends since they were kids. She likes to show her affection by snarking at Nico.
- The Watson: She's brought back to life in the relaunched series. Two years in-story, a whole decade in the real world. She fulfills this role by asking what has become of the members of the team in that time, which serves as something of a recap.
- Weaksauce Weakness: She claims to be "deathly allergic" to bees.
Karolina Dean (Codename: Princess Justice, formerly Lucy In The Sky)
- "I wish we'd never learned about any of this! I was much happier being kept in the dark! I... I hope our parents do kill us now! I... I... I can fly? I CAN FLY!"
Karolina at first appears to be a clichéd Valley Girl child of celebrity parents (tall, blond, attractive, and always fighting for "a cause"), but she is actually the most confused and internally conflicted member of the group. After discovering the nature of the Pride, Karolina learns that she is an alien from the planet Majesdane, which had exiled her parents to Earth for criminal activities. Solar powered, she also gained the power to fire energy blasts from her hands and generate forcefields. The revelation that she is not even human, along with more personal crises of identity, lead to severe depression, although her newfound ability to fly does provide her with some joy.
- Ambiguous Disorder: She is prone to bouts of severe depression and hypersexuality. It's unclear if this is due to bipolar disorder, a consequence of the stresses of being a Runaway, or a possible quirk of her Majesdanian physiology (though none of those answers are necessary exclusive.)
- Affectionate Nickname: Other members of the team occasionally call her "K." Molly once called her "Lina Bean". Nico's taken to calling her "Karrie" in the 2017 series.
- Badass Gay: Her being a lesbian doesn't stop her from having awesome powers and using them later on in the series.
- Bare Your Midriff: Karolina has worn many outfits like this, especially when Adrian Alphona is the artist.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She's known Nico for a long time, and has always loved her deep down.
- Closet Key: Implied to be this for Nico.
- Covers Always Lie: Similar to the Gert example above, one of the covers by Jo Chen depicts her flying in her de-powered form◊, which she is unable to do. (Again, the art looks very nice, but doesn't add up with the character's abilities).
- Death Seeker: She tries to commit suicide-by-vampire (in exchange for Molly being spared, but still) during the Teenage Wasteland arc. In the second series, she expresses a desire to kill herself after Nico rejects her advances, but gets better after meeting Xavin.
- Depending on the Artist: No two colorists can really agree on how Karolina looks powered-up. The first run had the colors and intensity vary wildly from panel to panel. Colorists on actual Runaways-titled books tend to follow the example set by Christina Strain in volume two: a set palette of bright blue, pink, and yellow, with glitter effects, though the positioning of the colors shift from panel to panel. However, when Karolina appears outside of her home book, in crossovers or guest appearances, it's more or less a free-for-all. Avengers Academy, S.W.O.R.D. and several covers portray her glow as something that just extends from her back, rather than encompassing her entire body.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: She starts feeling this way around the "But You Can't Hide" arc of the revived series.
- Driving Stick: Karolina has her driver's licence, but cannot drive a stick shift. Hilarity Ensues (and much cursing about the impossibility of stick shifts) when she has to drive Chase's van.
- Flight: Her alien powers allows her to fly.
- Flying Firepower: Her basic power set allows her to fly and fire light-based energy blasts.
- Gayngst: Her Coming-Out Story would have enough of this trope considering she's her parents' model daughter, but her crises and angst are only compounded by the revelation that she's a Human Alien with a fiancée, as well as her initial unrequited feelings for Nico.
- Genius Ditz: Despite her airhead reputation, she managed to get into Pomona College, one of the most exclusive colleges in California.
- Good Feels Good: In the revived series, she gets back into superhero work because she enjoys the rush that comes with helping people (and she really wants to do something useful.)
- The Heart: Chase definitely thinks of her in this role, pointing out how everyone was that much worse to each other when she was temporarily Put on a Bus.
- Human Aliens: Is virtually indistinguishable from a human girl, unless she powers up.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: The revelation that she is not even human, along with more personal crises of identity, lead to severe depression. She at first even prefers to tell people she is a mutant than admit she is an alien.
- The Joy of First Flight: Is exhilarated and excited upon discovering her flight powers.
- Light 'em Up: That suicide-by-vampire mentioned above? It kills the vampire. Her blood is essentially the same as sunlight.
- Lipstick Lesbian: She's one of the most feminine members of the group. That doesn't stop her from liking other girls.
- Look-Alike Lovers: With Julie Power. Lampshaded when Gert sees them together and says they look like twins.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Usually wears turtleneck sleeveless shirts.
- She's Got Legs: How can Nico tell she's been moonlighting as a superhero? "I'd recognize those thighs anywhere."
- Stepford Smiler: In the 2017 series, she seems to have gotten her life together, going off to college and acquiring a therapist. But in exchange, she is now heavily suppressing her powers, she's cut herself off from the other Runaways, and two of her affirmations suggest that she is forcing herself to forget about Xavin.
- Super Cute Superpowers: She turns into a rainbow-colored beam of light in human form, and can fire projectiles and make shields of the same color.
- They Do: After so long? Nico realizes she loves Karolina and her initial confusion was a struggle over her own sexuality... after Nico asks for another chance, Karolina becomes a couple with her.
- Twofer Token Minority: An extraterrestrial lesbian.
Victor Chase Stein (Codename: Gun Arm, formerly Talkback)
- "Hey, I may not be book smart, but I am street smart.""Which street? Sesame...?"
Chase is the third normal human in the group. His Mad Scientist parents had a number of inventions, which he puts to good use over time, but he mostly serves as the group's wheel-man (or, you know, giant robot frog-man). His relationship with his parents was much more hostile and confrontational than he rest of the group, and he takes their newfound homelessness in stride. He serves as the heart of the team, as well as much of the early comic relief, but he has a real mean streak which pops up from time to time.
- Abusive Parents: The original group all had supervillains for parents, but his were the only ones who treated him this way, and his father was once seen hitting him for getting a "C" in his studies.
- Badass Normal: He doesn't have super powers, but he is able to utilize his parents' inventions to be an effective fighter.
- Big Brother Instinct: As the oldest member of the Runaways, he eventually matures into being their main breadwinner, guardian, and a reluctant role model for the younger members like Molly.
- Book Dumb: Chase gets straight C's and has the lowest general knowledge of the group, but is quite street smart, and more than capable of cobbling together simple, yet effective plans, under pressure.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: When he had the fistigons, he had a thing for saying "Flame on!"
- Character Development: Chase starts off the series as a Jerk Jock but by the time of the 2017 relaunch he has matured into essentially being the closest thing the group has to a responsible adult.
- Dislikes the New Guy: Chase is initially very hostile towards Victor after he joins the team, because Victor is possibly fated to become the supervillain Victorious, who kills Chase's girlfriend Gert in the future. They later become good friends.
- Dr. Fakenstein: Subverted, as his parents were mad scientists with the last name of Stein, but Chase himself is fairly Book Dumb and rejects his parents.
- Dumb Jock: When the series starts, it's established that he's clearly more invested in lacrosse than he is in his studies. Other characters frequently remark how ironic it is that two Mad Scientist parents would have a Dumb Jock son. He does become more intelligent later on, capable of fixing his Fistogans and repairing a time machine. This is lampshaded in the 2017 series, where he tells Gert that he's always intuitively known how to fix things, but doesn't have the creativity to invent them.
- Embarrassing First Name: The 2017 series reveals his first name is actually Victor after his father, but he dislikes it and goes by Chase, his middle name.
- Former Bigot: He used to be rather homophobic, but when Karolina came out as a lesbian, he made a conscious effort to change, and was one of the few Runaways who actually made an attempt to befriend Karolina's fiancee Xavin.
- Has a Type: While he had a crush on the traditionally beautiful Karolina early on and has remarked that Nico is pretty in a scary goth kinda way, the girls he typically warms up to tend to be plus-sized with multicolored hair.
- Hidden Depths: He presents himself as a slacker with no ambition besides lacrosse, but the poor guy has issues.
- How Dare You Die on Me!: He goes kind of crazy after Gert's death. At his lowest, he considers sacrificing an innocent stranger to the Gibborim in order to bring her back. When he realizes that he doesn't have it in him, he tries to sacrifice himself instead.
- Incompatible Orientation: He has a very obvious crush on Karolina at the beginning of the series, but it later turns out that she's a lesbian.
- Insecure Love Interest: Thanks to everything he's internalized from his parents' abuse, Chase spends most of his relationship with Gert secretly convinced she's out of his league and acting as some kind of Morality Chain on him.
- Jerk Jock: Initially, he comes off as the stereotypical hormone-addled jerkass athlete, but it's later revealed that this is mostly a persona he adopted to protect himself.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all that he tries to pretend that he's a lone wolf who doesn't care about anyone, his actions often demonstrate otherwise. He serves as a big brother figure to Molly, for instance, insisted on rescuing Xavin during the Secret Invasion, and abandoned his efforts to bring Gert back after realizing that such efforts were hurting the rest of the team.
- The Kid with the Remote Control: He, too, has a telepathic bond with Old Lace... after Gert's death, that is.
- Knife Nut: Chase is very fond of his switchblade.
- Multiple-Choice Past: He made up stories to justify the way his parents treated him and ended up believing some of them. Even he's not quite sure which bits are real anymore.
- The One Guy: Very briefly the only guy on the team, in between Alex's death and Victor's introduction. Even lampshaded when he insisted that the leapfrog was a male vessel, because the team had "more than enough estrogen". He became this in the 2017 revival, which brought back the original team sans Alex and left him as the only guy until Victor joined once again.
- Opposites Attract: With Gert. He's a hot-blooded, fun-loving Book Dumb, while she's a Deadpan Snarker Badass Bookworm.
- Playing with Fire: The Fistigons, gauntlets stolen from his parents' lab. They're destroyed when Alex tries to use them against the team, but he finds some more of his parents' tech in Volume 3.
- Promoted to Parent: It takes a while, but Chase was always the oldest of the Runaways and by the time of the 2017 series the age gap has never been more obvious. He drives them around, is their main source of financial support, and even makes a rota to ensure they do all their chores and get Molly to school on time.
- The Slacker: Chase is a deliberate underachiever, as a way of rebelling against his parents' expectations.
- Street Smart: One of his most consistent yet overlooked traits. He chose a white van and switched out its license plates so it would blend in better. Told Alex he could stretch their meager convenience store resources. He found the storage facility where Old Lace and the Leapfrog were being held, and located both Hostels. And threatened Topher and later Victor with a knife.
- Team Dad: While always something like the team big brother, Chase steps up into the "male leadership" role in the 2017 series as it feels like his responsibility. He tries to get a job to support the team and acts as Molly's legal guardian alongside Nico.
- The Team Normal: Becomes this in the second iteration, as the other normals Alex and Gert died while additional supers Victor and Xavin replaced them, leaving Chase as the only one without any powers. He does access some super advanced tech, is an expert pilot of the Leapfrog, and he inherits Old Lace after Gert's death, all of which do a pretty good job at making up for his lack of actual superpowers.
- Troubled, but Cute: This is how Nico described Chase in "Homeschooling". She's not far wrong; he's a pretty affable guy whose snarky attitude hides very poor self-esteem owing to years of parental abuse.
Nico Minoru (Codename: The Gloom, formerly Sister Grimm)
- "I'm not a leader. I'm a den mother. And not a very good one."
Nico was a normal Goth teenager when everything kicked off. Imagine her surprise to find out that her parents were dark sorcerers, and she has inherited their powers.
During their escape, she absorbs her mother's magic staff, "The Staff of One". It allows her to do anything, cast any spell she can think of, but each spell only works once. To summon the staff, her blood must be spilled - she carries a small knife to for just that purpose (which she detests, since she is not, and never has been, a cutter), but does not always need to use it.
Her powers are only limited by her imagination. It is implied throughout the series that the staff is only the tip of the iceberg of her power, and she might be able to control magic without it one day; after being tortured by her great-grandmother, the Witchbreaker, this seems to be coming true.
She becomes the leader of the group after Alex's death.
- see the Nico Minoru page for more.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Chase, who does not return her feelings for him. In the "Homeschooling" arc, she takes advantage of the "Settle Down" spell to force herself on him, and when the spell wears off and he realizes what she's done, he quits the team.
- Belated Love Epiphany: She doesn't realize that she has feelings for Karolina until after Karolina becomes engaged to Xavin.
- Blood Magic: For most of her career, her Staff of One has been summoned whenever she gets cut. The Witchbreaker has hinted that she could find other ways to fuel her magic. In the 2017 series, her powers are now fueled by her soul.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: Doc Justice teaches Nico how to actually fight with the staff given his experience. She has grown more confident in using it.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "When blood is shed, let the Staff of One emerge!"
- The Chains of Commanding: She has never been comfortable with being the team leader, and the fact that her tenure included Gert's death did not help. Gert lampshades this and it seems to be why she's okay with following Doc.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Her two major paramours, Alex and Karolina, were both childhood friends before she developed romantic feelings for them.
- Combat Stilettos: She once used her high-heeled shoes as a weapon against Victor.
- Control Freak: She really doesn't like not being in control of her own life. Sometimes, she'll cut herself in order to control the Staff of One's emergence and withdrawal. She tried to manipulate Victor into cheating on her so that she could dump him before he figured out that she wasn't happy in their relationship. And she's mentioned that she used to have an eating disorder.
- Deal with the Devil: In the 2017 series, the spirit inhabiting her staff agrees to change the terms of their contract so that she no longer has to cut herself, but in exchange, she has agreed to let him have her body is she casts a certain number of spells.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: The Staff of One can only cast one spell per effect, although there are ways around this limitation. In the 2017 series, she also has a limited number of spells left; if she continues casting, the spirit inhabiting her staff will claim her body.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: In the first two series, she favors fancy Gothic clothes, implied to be created by her own hand. In the 2017 series, she seems to have outgrown this, wearing more practical clothing.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Karolina had a crush on her for years before she noticed the attention. During her time in A-Force, her teammate Singularity also had a Precocious Crush on her.
- The Fashionista: If she hadn't gotten stuck with her parents' legacy, she planned to become a fashion designer.
- Gender-Blender Name: Nico is a boy's name of Greek origin. Then again, it could also be a diminutive of "Nicole", a female name of French origin.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She gets very jealous of Karolina and Xavin. And Chase and Gert. And later Karolina and Julie.
- Hot Witch: She's a fairly attractive magic-user.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Fashionable: When Karolina becomes a superheroine while they are dating, Nico insists on designing her costume.
- Lady of Black Magic: She wears elegant and elaborate Gothic clothing and uses the Staff of One to cast magic. She becomes a much more powerful witch after Witchbreaker tortures her.
- Raised Catholic: She used to be an altar girl. Her family has been Catholic since at least the 1900's, when her ancestor Witchbreaker hunted "sinners" alongside the Adjudicator and Black Maria.
- Sex for Solace: After Gert's death, Nico has sex with Victor out of a desperate need to feel something other than grief. In "Homeschooling", she also forces herself on Chase, resulting in him quitting the team for a while.
- Shipper with an Agenda: She decides to encourage her then-boyfriend Victor to spend more time with Lillie because she can tell they're attracted to each other and she wants to dump Victor but doesn't want to hurt him. It backfires; Lillie gets cold feet and stays in the past, and Victor isn't pleased when he finds out Nico manipulated him.
- Team Mom: She's played den mother to the rest of the team since its inception.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Gert have been best friends and fierce rivals since they were kids. Most days, they usually end up being friends.
Molly Hayes (Codenames: Blue J, formerly Princess Powerful, Bruiser)
Species: Human mutant
- "I'm a mutant but not a bad one like Magneto a good one like Doop and the X-Statix and when I grow up I'm gonna join the X-Men and get married to Wolverine so you better not act prejudiced around me. 'Kay?"
The youngest member of the group, 11-year-old Molly's parents were mutants. They thought she did not inherit the X-Gene from them, but during their escape her eyes glow an eerie pink and she gains super strength. She has limited invulnerability and super strength, but using these abilities are extremely tiring and can only be sustained for a short time before she requires a nap (though this no longer seems to apply as of volume 3). Serving as the voice of innocence and child-like good-nature, numerous characters nonetheless explain that Molly is much more intelligent and mature than she appears, but she hides it well.
- Ascended Fangirl: Shown both in her original crush on Wolverinenote and in her visit to the X-Men in Vol 3 #10, where throughout the tour she (again) slips into overexcited motormouth mode.
- Badass Adorable: A very cute preteen who is nevertheless unafraid to use her mutant strength.
- The Big Guy: Despite having the smallest physique in the group, she is the strongest and most boisterous fighter.
- Boobs of Steel: Her future counterpart in Battle of the Atom is the bustiest and the most physically-endowed woman of her team.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: In the "Cannon Fodder" arc, she starts actually doing weight training in order to build up her notoriously low stamina.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Not her per se, but her future version from Battle of the Atom who attacks the X-Men while under the control of Xavier Jr..
- Breakout Character: Was well-liked during her run, and she gets involved in the most spin-offs.
- Civvie Spandex: Once put together a makeshift costume using her own clothes. It didn't stick.
- Cute Bruiser: An adorable young girl who punched Wolverine out of a church◊.
- Hidden Depths: She's actually much smarter than she appears to be but hides it because it's more fun.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Wolverine, of all people.
- Kiddie Kid: Subverted; she generally acts younger than her 11-12 years of age, but this is actually Obfuscating Stupidity on her part.
- Must Have Caffeine: Or anything with enough sugar to fuel her powers. Nico once magically gave her enough of a sugar rush to topple a giant.
- Mutants: Her powers come from the mutant X-gene like the X-Men.
- Nice Hat: Despite being on the run, she manages to have a whole collection of adorable hats. Xavin lampshades it.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She absentmindedly left Abigail's youth-freezing cupcake out in the open, which is when Julie found it and ate it in a moment of depression. While thankfully it turned out Abigail had an antidote and Julie's age was properly restored, this just served as the final nail in the coffin of Julie and Karolina's relationship.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She's a tiny little girl, but she's got super strength.
- Power-Strain Blackout: In early issues, she would black out from exhaustion after a throwing a single punch. As she got more used to it she wouldn't pass out, but would still need a nap after using her powers.
- Precocious Crush: On Wolverine, until he managed to scare her and she promptly Worf-Effected him.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She develops a really close friendship with Klara in the third series. In the 2017 series, when Klara declines to return to the team, Molly spends a long time sulking in her room.
- Sleepyhead: The more strength she uses the sleepier she will get. She adapted to this by learning to enjoy sleeping and it's now one of her favorite activities.
- Statuesque Stunner: Her future counterpart in Battle of the Atom positively towers over Wolverine◊. Not that towering over Wolverine is that hard.
- Super-Strong Child: Her mutant powers gives her Super Strength.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Hats-wise, anyway, she will never run out.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: "The girls I live with are just mutants. You guys are my friends."
Victor Mancha (Codename: Kid Justice)
Species: Human cyborg
- Molly: You're a villain, and your ringtone is stupid.
Victor: You don't know what you're talking about, little girl! That's a Rick Jones song!
An Ordinary High-School Student who the team basically kidnaps after a visitor from the future tells them that he will grow up to become a Big Bad called Victorius, who will murder all of the superheroes in the world. He joins the team to learn about himself and (hopefully) prevent himself from becoming what everybody fears.
He is later killed in The Vision (2015), although it turned out to be non-fatal.
- Adorkable: Turbo called him "charmingly fanboyish".
- Affirmative Action Girl: Gender-Inverted Trope. Victor was introduced to fill the "second male" void left by Alex's death at the end of the first arc, and essentially serves as his replacement being the permanent male member of the Runaways alongside Chase. Though unlike Alex, he's not a Non-Action Guy.
- Anime Hair: Depending on the Artist, this can range from mild to completely ridiculous.
- Archnemesis Dad: Subverted with Ultron. Despite being on opposite ends of the moral spectrum, and Victor being his "son", he's never fought his father after learning what he was. Even Victor's role in the Age of Ultron storyline was pretty minor.
- Ascended Fanboy: In the original timeline this is what led to the Bad Future: Victor becomes the Avenger Victorious and kills all other superheroes. In the main timeline he does partake in heroics, but it isn't until Hank Pym recruits him for his team in Avengers A.I. that he becomes a fully-fledged Avenger.
- Brain Bleach: Being a computer, he can delete his own memories, which comes in handy when the team's game of Truth or Dare gets into more disgusting territories.
- Breakout Character: Of the three Runaways introduced following the end of the first arc, Victor is the only one who's managed to last and become recognized as a core member that essentially replaces Alex. The fact that he's spread out into other books whereas Xavin and Klara were mostly contained to Runaways before being Put on a Bus further highlights this.
- Cool Big Bro: Not only has this dynamic with Molly once he joins the team, but with Klara as well. It sometimes has shades of Big Brother Instinct.
- Decapitation Presentation: His decapitated head is sent to the Runaways by Tony Stark after being killed in The Vision (2015). This is a benevolent example, though, as it is implied Stark did it so that the team could rebuild him.
- Driven to Suicide: Already unhappy with being resurrected and convinced that he's doomed to kill Gert as Victorious did in the Bad Future, he starts suffering from severe hallucinations and decides to deal with it by killing himself.
- Everyone Has Standards: After having been kidnapped for being the son of a supervillain meant to become one in the future, he was willing to play along to find out who his parent was... until they brought up the Red Skull as a potential candidate and seriously considered the possibility that it could be him. That was the moment Victor refused to cooperate and used force to escape because he didn't want to even entertain the idea that his father could be a Nazi. Fortunately, he was right, as instead his father was the still-evil-but-not-a-Nazi Ultron.
- Fake Memories: His entire life up until a few years ago is one big fake memory. He's actually younger than Molly, and what he remembers of his childhood and teenage years are all fabrication.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: At first, even when he joined the Runaways the other members had been cold and distrusting towards him because of his future as a supervillain, with Molly being the only exception. They eventually got over it, though.
- Future Me Scares Me: He's never actually met his Bad Future self, but the idea is more than enough to scare him.
- Genius Bruiser: It's easy to forget, since he mainly sticks to his long-range abilities, but he's definitely super-strong. One time a villain called the Swarm threw a mailbox at him, and he effortlessly punched it out of the way, flattening it in the process.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Since his Mexican mother raised him, he often utters exclamations in the language.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: At the start of the 2017 series, he's been reduced to a disembodied head, but discovered that he was able to regenerate his body by dumping his head in a full bathtub.
- Going Cold Turkey: Refuses to get anywhere near Vibranium in the 2017 series.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Part human, part robot His "father" is freaking Ultron.
- Heroic BSoD: Has one after getting a new body and finding out it was armed with weapons. He still remembers killing his nephew.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Victor is considered a core Runaway and yet wasn't introduced until the second volume.
- Logic Bomb: He was programmed to be both spiritual and logical, so something that contradicts one while supporting the other, e.g. "Could God make a sandwich so big even He couldn't finish it?" causes him to freak out and shut down. Chase mentions that he has about three statements left that could make him do this, and each one only works once.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has long-ish hair and is the most attractive boy in the group.
- Losing Your Head: After his body is destroyed, his head is sent to the Runaways. It turns out he can think and talk fine as a head, and was faking being "dead" after the head was activated.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Zigzagged. First it looks like Dr. Doom is his dad, having had a one-night-stand with his mother when she was on a trip in Latveria. Then the villain turns out to be a robot, and not one made by Dr. Doom. Ultron then shows up and explains that he is Victor's dad, and created him in an effort to make a sleeper agent who could bring down the Avengers; the Dr. Doom backstory was his idea of a false origin story for Victor that would set his plans back on track despite the Runaways' interference.
- Manchurian Agent: What Ultron planned to use Victor for, having him eventually join the Avengers to destroy them internally. It didn't pan out.
- Meat-Sack Robot: Victor Mancha is an Ultron construct whose body was designed so that over time, his organs would reconstruct themselves in ways that would enable them to mimic organic material, until his cybernetic nature became impossible to detect.
- Nice Guy: Victor is a pretty down to earth, easy going, calm and friendly guy most of the time.
- Orphan's Ordeal: His dad killed his mom and revealed his origins, leading him to join the Runaways.
- Raised Catholic: Ultron mentions his mother was very devout, and it goes along with his programming to be spiritual. He's more comfortable with it than Nico is, asking if he can pray with her at one point.
- The Smart Guy: He's very good with machines and computers. Possibly because he is one.
- Selective Magnetism: His electromagnetic powers.
- Shock and Awe: Again, electromagnetism, which often translates to firing lightning from his hands.
- So Proud of You: During the team's crossover with Avengers Academy, Hank Pym lets him know that all of his regrets over creating Ultron are worth it, because if he hadn't created Ultron, then Ultron wouldn't have created Victor.
- Tangled Family Tree: As Ultron's "son", he's related to half the Marvel Universe, including three of the Young Avengers and two of the Champions.
- Technopath: To an extent, he has some control over electronics due to being Ultron's son.
- Teen Genius: Due to being a computer, he is far more knowledgeable about trivia than Gert.
- Twofer Token Minority: "My mom was Mexican, you racist dipstick. My dad was a machine!"
- Tyke-Bomb: Originally created to destroy the Avengers from the inside.
- Unwanted Revival: In the 2017 series, he is livid that Chase reactivates him because he thought dying would finally prevent him from becoming Victorious.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It's heavily implied that his hacking some random computer was responsible for the accident that killed Old Lace.
- Wet Blanket Wife: After Nico slept with him in a moment of weakness, he assumed that they were going to become a normal couple and tried to play the role of the supportive boyfriend, but often ended up annoying her instead.
- Younger Than They Look: As mentioned above, despite looking the same age as Nico and the others, he's actually younger than Molly.
A Shapeshifting Super Skrull in training from the Planet Tarnax VII. Being a Skrull, for whom changing shape (and gender) is of no more importance or difficulty than changing the color of your hair, Xavin is sometimes male and sometimes female. They (even the characters become confused over the proper pronouns to use) possess all the powers of the Fantastic Four (though not nearly on the same level as them) and join the team as the result of a bargain made long ago between their parents and Karolina's.
- Abusive Parents: X's parents are both dead, but what little we hear of them suggests this.Xavin: "My father killed a family of screaming Majesdanians in front of me when I was five. I cried so, I was left with the corpses for three days."
- Action Girl: When shapeshifted into a female form.
- Ambiguous Gender Identity: Xavin's exact gender identity is fairly vague; the "official" interpretation is that Xavin should be treated as genderfluid.
- Arranged Marriage: Karolina's parents sold out their own home planet to the Skrulls after being exiled from it, and offered them K's hand in marriage as a bargaining chip. While both Xavin's and Karolina's parents are dead, Xavin attempted to use this as a way to end the war. Despite both their efforts, it didn't take.
- Barrier Warrior Xavin has Sue Storm's power to create invisible barriers.
- Child Soldiers: Before coming to Earth, they were trained to be a Super-Skrull.
- Everyone Has Standards: They initially oppose taking in Klara, because child labor is normal for Skrulls and getting a few bruises from an overseer is an occupational hazard, as far as they're concerned. But when Klara drags herself back to the team after having been thoroughly worked over by Mr. Prast, Xavin is clearly horrified.
- Fantastic Racism: A target of this trope from Majesdaneans after Skrulls destroy their homeworld. One calls their relationship with Karolina "perverted" (because it's interspecies).
- Flight: Thanks to possessing Johnny Storm's fire powers.
- Former Bigot: Xavin used to be a massive Skrull chauvinist, often using dehumanizing language towards their teammates, sometimes unintentionally (like calling Molly a "hatchling") and sometimes not (like referring to Klara as a "stray" or Victor as the "house android".) Seeing their own people destroy themselves in the Secret Invasion caused Xavin to greatly rethink their beliefs.
- Gender Bender: According to Xavin, changing genders is as simple as changing hairstyle for a Skrull. Well, physically anyway. Their mental self-image took longer to loosen up. They come to see a female form as the default, but in battle assumes a large male form to be more intimidating.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Starting in volume 3 - before then, Xavin defaulted to male when in Skrull form.
- In Love with Your Carnage: X admires the Kingpin of all people for keeping New York on a tight leash, despite being a Badass Normal in a city full of superheroes.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Xavin loves to boast about how they have the most training and military experience of anyone on the team and is happy to lord their Super-Skrull abilities over their teammates, but beneath all the bravado, Xavin is insecure about their abilities (by Skrull standards, they are considered a Master of None), is ashamed of their failure to end the war with Majesdane, and fears that Karolina is only putting up with them out of pity.
- Invisibility: Thanks to possessing Sue Storm's invisibility powers.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: By far the hardest to get along with but usually places everyone else's needs above their own.
- Just a Machine: Unsurprisingly, considering this is the general Skrull attitude towards bots, but the way Xavin treats Victor ranges from unthinkingly calling him the "house android" to being an outright Jerkass (particularly in the Civil War crossover). However, in later issues they seem to be getting along decently enough. In Secret Invasion, Xavin even begs Victor to protect the others and run away before the other Skrulls can get them.
- Love Martyr: To Karolina, despite their relationship being rather loving and healthy, Xavin is willing to give up much for her. This may be due to the fact that Karolina is one of the few good things in Xavin's life.
- Master of None: Despite having the powers of the Fantastic Four, they're apparently considered subpar by the standards of Xavin's fellow Super Skrulls. Might be what they try so hard with bragging about said powers with the rest of their Runaway friends.
- Playing with Fire: Again, Johnny Storm's powers.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Played with. Taking down a giant monster is gratifying, but full-scale war is a horror to be avoided at all costs.
- Rubber Man: Thanks to possessing Reed Richards' powers.
- Shapeshifting: They can change forms at will. At one point, they transform into Karolina to take her punishment.
- Smug Super: Xavin loves lording their Super-Skrull abilities over their teammates. It's implied they do so out of insecurity,
- Superpower Lottery: Xavin possesses the shapeshifting ability that all Skrulls have as well as the powers of the Fantastic Four, which the Skrulls obtained through genetic engineering. The only drawback is that they have trouble using multiple abilities at once due to their lack of training.
- Super Strength: Comes from Ben Grimm's powers.
- Token Enemy Minority: A Skrull among the good guys.
- Token Evil Teammate: Played with; heroism and friendship are almost literally foreign concepts to Skrulls, so Xavin is a lot more willing than their teammates to use underhanded methods to survive (for instance, they are one of the few people who backs Nico's plan to work for the Kingpin.) That said, while Xavin is not necessarily good at thinking like a hero, by following Karolina's lead, they usually end up on the side of angels anyway.
- Token Heroic Orc: Xavin is one of a handful of heroic Skrulls in the Marvel Universe.
- Transgender Fetishization: Or rather genderfluid. Initially created to act as a romantic/sexual partner for a lesbian character, although Characterization Marches On indeed as the comic progresses. Otherwise, considered very attractive in their natural form.
- Twofer Token Minority: Xavin is a Skrull, their default human form is black, and they're a genderqueer in a lesbian relationship.
Klara Prast (Codename: Rose Red, Tower of Flower)
Species: Human mutant
- "I have always just... I thought that was how plants grew. Because you asked them to. On our farm in Bern, I would speak and the crops would listen. But the roses... the roses would speak back."
A young immigrant girl from 1907 with the ability to control plants whom the team encountered when they had been flung back in time. When Karolina and Molly learned about the abuse she suffered at the hands of the (adult) man her mother had married her to, they convinced her to come back to the present with them. She is close with Molly, being the two youngest runaways, but her unfamiliarity with the present and her own abusive history make their relationship vastly different from "normal" friendship.
- Abusive Parents: Her mother thought her power was unnatural and was happy to arrange a marriage for her (even if her husband was old enough to be her father.)
- Ambiguously Christian/Ambiguously Jewish: It's never been explicitly stated which religion she belongs to. On the one hand, she hails from Bern, a traditional stronghold of the Swiss Reformed Church, and some of her stated beliefs suggest a belief in predestination. On the other hand, she used to be a laborer in the garment industry, which was often a field dominated by Jewish immigrants in the early 20th century, and child marriage was not known to be common in the Swiss Reformed Church, but did sometimes occur in conservative or Orthodox Jewish sects.
- Ambiguous Disorder: She has a great deal of difficulty socializing and can be prone to weird moods. Whether this is the result of the abuse she suffered or if there's some other factor at work is unrevealed. Avengers Academy hinted that she may have PTSD.
- Ambiguously Gay: For all her protests that she finds the sight of two women kissing to be disgusting, her initial character arc is essentially about embracing who and what she is, a plot that is often a metaphor for coming to grips with homosexual feelings.
- Ambiguously Human: There have been many theories as to the source of Klara's powers, ranging from mutation to some sort of connection to the gods. One of Marvel's handbooks listed her as a mutant, but it's never been stated in any of her appearances that this is the case.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's normally a sweet girl, but if you make her cry or threaten her, she (or at least her plant friends) will mess you up.
- Country Mouse: She is a country mouse twice over, having been pulled off a farm in Switzerland in the early 20th century to live in New York City, and then later brought into the 21st century.
- Cowardly Lion: She hates fighting and doesn't do well with confrontation, but if her friends are in danger, she will not hesitate to risk her life to save them.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: She initially finds Xavin and Karolina's relationship disgusting, attitudes which would not have been out of place in the early 20th century.
- Disappeared Dad: According to the Marvel Handbook, she was raised by her mother alone. Her missing father may be connected to her powers.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Her mother pushed her into a marriage to try and discourage her habit of talking to plants.
- The Fatalist: Between her extremely strict upbringing and the abuse she suffered at Mr. Prast's hands, she used to believe that her sole lot in life was to suffer for being different and then die. She snaps out of this pretty quickly after the Secret Invasion miniseries, where, in the face of near-certain death at the hands of a Super-Skrull, she decides that she'd very much like to live.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Mostly averted during the series' third volume. The only indications that she is from another time are her old-fashioned views of homosexuality, interracial relations (it's not clear whether she was more squicked by Xavin (in female human form) and Karolina kissing because they were both girls or because one of them was black) and the occasional mention of her husband. She adapts pretty quickly to most of the modern world and enjoys playing Wii.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Non-lethal example. In the 2017 series, she's never mentioned outside one brief instance in which she was taken by social services. And despite the Putting the Band Back Together feel the renewal has, nobody ever suggests bringing her back into the group. Issue 11 later reveals the group did try to retrieve her, but Klara's happy where she is and asks not to return.
- Former Bigot: She almost rejected Molly and Karolina's efforts to recruit her because she was uncomfortable being on a team with a black genderfluid alien and a lesbian. She got over this pretty quickly, though, and in the 2017 series, has been adopted by an interracial gay couple.
- Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: During Terry Moore's run, she had a feminine personality, but wore Chase's old clothes, even his old pajamas.
- Green Thumb: Her powers allows her to control plants.
- Happily Adopted: The 2017 series reveals she's being adopted by a loving gay couple and finally has a sense of stability that wasn't present when she was with the group.
- Has Two Daddies: Her foster parents are two gay men, which surprises Nico given Klara's previous views on homosexuality. Klara apologizes to Nico for her past beliefs by saying the group showed her she was wrong and love is all that matters.
- Heroic Bastard: According to the Marvel Handbook, she was raised by her mother alone, which suggests that her mother never married.
- Punny Name: Klara Plast = Chloroplast.
- Put on a Bus to Hell: In the 2017 series, Nico and Chase reveal that after Nico left the team, the state came for Klara and put her in foster care, which is generally portrayed in a negative light in the series. And given that Klara is precisely the sort of kid that would not do well in the system, her future prospects did not look bright. Subverted in that it later turns out Klara's quite happy with her new foster dads and has no desire to return to the Runaways, even though she still considers them her friends.
- Really 700 Years Old: She was born in the late nineteenth century, but arrived in the modern day via time travel, which technically makes her the oldest Runaway.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: She and Molly are nearly inseparable, and it's possible that she cares more about Molly's safety and well-being than her own.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She is shockingly rude to strangers, but extremely loyal to her friends.
- Talking to Plants: As far as anyone can tell, her powers work by her issuing either verbal or perhaps telepathic commands to plants. Since it comes naturally to her and she's been doing it since she was a little girl, she has difficulty explaining how her powers work to other people.
- Too Hungry to Be Polite: Any time she's seen eating, she's usually wolfing down her food.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She is a pyrophobe, a consequence of nearly dying in a factory fire back in 1907. Among the reasons for her reluctance to return to the Runaways is the fact that so many people connected to them have suffered fire-related deaths.
Gib (Codename: Old God)
A member of the Seed, the children of the Gibborim, born alongside Bo and Rim. Assigned to watch over the Runaways when the Seed tried to demand that the kids complete their parents' work, Gib began to question whether his nestmates were right and decided to protect the Runaways when Rim attacked them.
- The Big Guy: He is, to date, the tallest person on the team.
- Gentle Giant: Despite his imposing size and fearsome appearance, he seems to hate violence.
- Horror Hunger: He bluntly states several times that the Gibborim, and subsequently, him, needs to feed on human souls from sacrifices to satiate their hunger and to grow. Naturally since the Runaways aren't keen on killing innocent people, they've been trying to get him on regular food and perform non-lethal sacrifices, both to little success. Sadly, they don't find one in time before he nearly dies and he's only saved when Old Lace drags the body of Doc Justice to him to feed on.
- Jabba Table Manners: Prior to joining the Runaways, he had never physically eaten anything in his life, and thus doesn't even comprehend the mechanics of chewing.
- Lima Syndrome: He grows to sympathize with the Runaways after holding them captive for a week. The fact that they fed him and invited him to Christmas probably helps.
- Obliviously Evil: Prior to living with the Runaways, he had no idea that people don't like being sacrificed. He just assumed that that was what non-Gibborim were made for. Even afterwards, he struggles with the notion that other creatures feel pain, as he thoughtlessly tries to chew on Old Lace's arm.
- Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Once he's fed on Doc Justice's soul, not only is he returned to full health, but his horns grows even longer, along with several more accessories spontaneously appearing on his face and horns.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: He rebels against his nestmates because he could barely live with killing a robot, and can't stomach the thought of exterminating six million sentient beings.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: With his green skin, pointy ears, and connection to a fanatically genocidal race, one could be forgiven for mistaking him for Xavin, the only Runaway who remains unaccounted for in the 2017 series.
- Token Enemy Minority: He is the only Gibborim member of the Runaways.
- Archnemesis Dad: They think they're doing what's best for their kids. With one exception the kids beg to differ, and view The Pride's members as antagonistic parents.
- Aristocrat Team: The original Pride consisted of six rich and powerful families.
- Battle Couple: Each member of The Pride is married to one of the others, and all of them can fight.
- Cosmopolitan Council: They're come from a variety of backgrounds.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The members of The Pride are all Happily Married, and each couple loves their particular child. Katherine Wilder also mentions wanting to save her mother from the Gibborim.
- Evil Matriarch: The mothers tend to be rather heavy-handed when it comes to their offspring.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: They kept their activities a secret from their kids.
- Family Values Villain: Although those particular values may differ (i.e. the Deans are liberal and the Yorkes conservative and all of them vary in strictness), they all frequently express typical parental attitudes in between being ruthless supervillains.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: With the possible exception of the Deans it seems none of them were originally anywhere near the threat level they became after striking a deal with Gibborim.
- Happily Married: All of them, despite being evil.
- Kill All Humans: Their overall plan.
- Knight Templar Parent: Everything they do is for the sake of their children.
- The Psycho Rangers: Each couple is in one way or another evil reflection of their respective child. And their only appearance in books other than Runaways (an Iron Man storyline set in the past) had them serve as this for the Avengers Illuminati.
- Start of Darkness: Issue #13 of vol.1 describes their origin as a group.
- Unholy Matrimony: A group of six married couples who regularly engage in human sacrifice together.
- Villains With Good Publicity: All of them maintain covers of being fairly well-liked rich L.A. socialites.
- West Coast Team: A big part of the premise is that they are set up in an area where there is no real superhero presence, because as far as anyone knows, there are no supervillains set up there—the Pride are much better at keeping their activities secret than anyone else in the Marvel Universe.
- "I know you think I'm a monster, Alex, but someday you'll understand that everything I did was done out of love."
The parents of Alex. They are two mob bosses whose organized crime syndicate controls all of Los Angeles and, apparently, California. Though they are killed during the Rite of Thunder, several of Alex's online friends accidentally transport the 1980's version of Geoffrey to the present in a failed attempt to save Alex. He convinces them that the Pride was made up of heroes and tries to sacrifice Nico to the Gibborim in exchange for resurrecting his wife and son and creating a new Pride. He is defeated and, with his memory wiped, returned to the eighties.
- Archenemy: If anybody qualifies for the status of the Runaways' archnemesis it's Geoffrey Wilder.
- Badass Baritone: Geoffrey is an evil man with a deep voice, who nonetheless runs California's organized crime. See Evil Sounds Deep below.
- Badass Normal: Don't have super science knowledge, magic, mutations, or time travel, making them The Team Normal. Geoffrey in particular. No one has done more damage to those kids than he has, despite his lack of powers. His 1985 counterpart even managed to neutralize Xavin, a Super-Skrull in training.
- Bald, Black Leader Guy: Geoffrey is bald, black, and the de facto leader of the Pride.
- Bald of Evil: Geoffrey as an adult is balding; lampshaded by Chase when they meet his past self.
- Beard of Evil: Geoffrey sports a well-trimmed goatee.
- Big Bad: Geoffrey is the leader of The Pride, in the first arc. His 1985 incarnation is the Big Bad of the second arc.
- Diabolical Mastermind: The two of them control almost all of LA, and have agents everywhere else.
- Evil Sounds Deep: According to Nico she would "recognise Mr. Wilder's baritone anywhere."
- Expy: The rest of The Pride refer to them as a pair of Kingpin wannabes and this is a pretty accurate description of Geoffrey in particular.
- Fake Brit: In-Universe example. 1985!Geoffrey impersonates British mutant Chamber in order to infiltrate Excelsior.
- Former Teen Rebel: From punk-ass bank robbers to Diabolical Masterminds.
- Hero Killer: Geoffrey, particularly in his 1980s incarnation.
- Jive Turkey: Somewhat fit this in manner of speaking in their youth, given that they were involved in organized crime.
- Knife Fight: 1985!Geoffrey briefly engages Chase in one.
- Knife Nut: Geoffrey seems inordinately fond of the sacrificial knife used in the Gibborim's rituals.
- Large and in Charge: Geoffrey is an imposing man.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Both Katherine and Geoffrey favour expensive suits.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Geoffrey shows elements of this in his younger days, what with repeatedly referring to the Gibborim as "Big Brother".
- Satellite Character: Katherine gets very little characterization, as compared to her husband who plays a massive role in the story.
- Scary Black Man: Geoffrey is very intimidating.
- The Team Normal: Out of a team with time travelers, aliens, mutants, magic users, and super scientists, the Wilders are the only real Badass Normals.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Catherine maintains her good looks into her middle years. Geoffrey loses his hair, gains weight, and grows a Beard of Evil.
- Villainous Friendship: Mr. Wilder and Mr. Stein seem fairly close.
- You Have Failed Me: Geoffrey shoots Lt. Flores for failing to contain the kids a second time.
- "The future is still ours."
The parents of Gert. They were recruited by the Gibborim when their time machine broke down in The '80s, which they consider the worst decade of the millennium. At some point in their travels, they went to the 87th century and created a deinonychus whom they would psychically link to their daughter Gert. They are killed during the Rite of Thunder with the rest of the Pride, but their past selves appear when the Runaways accidentally time travel back to 1907, where they lead a gang of superpowered criminals called the Sinners, who begin a war with a group of superheroes called the Upward Path. When they learn of Gert's future death, they desperately try to return to the 21st century. Nico, in retaliation for the war they caused, casts a spell on them that prevents them from acting on their new knowledge. They wield various weapons from different time periods including a samurai battle axe (from an "alternate past"), an ornate musket, and a glove that bursts into flames.
- Affably Evil: They're still a rather jovial and friendly pair in spite of their atrocities, and genuinely want their daughter to have a good life.
- And I Must Scream: Subjected to this by Nico when the team is sent back in time - despite fully knowing that their actions will lead to Gert's death, they are forced to carry on the plot by magic.
- An Axe to Grind: Dale uses one during their first run in with the kids.
- Badass Mustache: Dale sports a heavy mustache, and is a formidable time traveler.
- Evil Redhead: Stacey sports a head of curly red hair, and is just as complicit in crime as her husband.
- Face Death with Dignity: As the Marine Vivarium collapses around them, they sadly reflect on what they've been reduced to, watching their daughter escape with her friends.
- Fat Bastard: They're both on the heavy set side, and they're both unrepentant criminals.
- Give Her A Normal Life: They state part of the reason they're on board with the Gibborim's world devastation is that they've visited thousands of possible futures, each worse than the last. As Stacey says, "A world filled with fifty year old men punching one another is no place for children." Granted, she might have a point there.
- Henpecked Husband: Dale seems to be this sometimes, when Stacey harps at him.
- Kosher Nostra: Very Jewish, and deeply involved in LA's organized crime.
- The Masochism Tango: Dale and Stacey argue constantly, and often appear to be at one another's throats, but they really do love one another.
- Time Travel: They're time travelers.
- Time Travel for Fun and Profit: They steal valuables and then sell them in other times.
- Steampunk: Their costumes and equipment seem inspired by this genre.
- "We're heroes! We've dedicated our lives to making this world a better place for those kids!"
The parents of Karolina. They are extraterrestrials from the planet Majesdane, who were exiled to Earth for unspecified criminal activity. They took their new surname from actor James Dean and became Hollywood actors. When Karolina was born, they made her wear a med-alert bracelet at all times, which in actuality suppressed her Majesdanean form and made her appear human. At some point before the events of the series, the Deans fended off a Skrull invasion of Earth by giving them the coordinates to the planet Majesdane and arranging a marriage between their daughter and Skrull prince/princess Xavin, who they hoped would die before he/she could take their offer. They conspired with the Hayeses to murder the human members of the Pride, hoping to secure the six seats in the Gibborim's paradise for themselves and their children. They believed that the Gibborim, hating humans for their role in ruining the Earth, would favor aliens and mutants. However, later dialogue shows that the Gibborim detest aliens, whom they consider invasive creatures.
- All Women Love Shoes: Nico said Leslie has more shoes than a season of Cribs put together.
- Arms Dealer: Frank is in negotiations to buy Skrullish weapons when he gets the call about Karolina.
- Arranged Marriage: They set up K and Xavin's in the process of selling out their home planet.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: So very, very much. Beneath their crunchy hippie exteriors, they are cruel xenophobes whose crimes include starting a war that ended up wiping out two planets.
- Broken Pedestal: Karolina seems to have the hardest time coming to grips with her parents being evil, because that's just not how they presented themselves. When Alex reads them the Abstract, describing how their parents agreed to donate their places in the Gibborim's paradise to their children, Karolina's parents are among the few who are totally against the idea. The only reason Leslie agrees to try for a baby is because it might get her on the cover of People magazine. When the scene cuts back to the kids in the Hostel, Karolina is just muttering "... the cover of People?" in hurt surprise.
- Expy: Of General Zod and Ursa of Superman- they are criminals from another planet who have sun-powered abilities on Earth, and Alex even starts to compare Karolina's bracelet to kryptonite before being cut off.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards humans.
- Flight: Their powerset includes the ability to fly.
- Granola Girl: Invoked as part of their personas; they play the part of hippie actors who raised their daughter vegan.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Compared to his wife, Frank is more paranoid and angry, tending to flip out and point fingers when things start to go wrong. This might be a Majesdanian thing, since Karolina is also prone to mood swings.
- Hitler Ate Sugar: When Karolina insists her parents don't eat meat, and thus cannot be evil, Gert's response is "Neither did Hitler."
- Human Aliens: As are all Majesdanians.
- Easily the worst ones in the organization. They barely hide how much contempt they have for their fellow Pride members,take sadistic joy in hurting others, and conspire to betray and kill their own teammates out of hatred and greed for immortality. Notably, while the rest agreed to be parents out of genuine love, Leslie did so because it'd get her on the cover of People magazine.
- Leslie is clearer the eviler of the pairing, because while Frank is shown getting upset upon learning Karolina's missing AND knows about her powers, Leslie dismisses Karolina right off and assures Frank their daughter's far too spineless to be a threat. The next time she sees Karolina, Leslie tries to flatter Karolina by saying how "special" and "powerful" she is, clearly for the sake of manipulating her.
- Light 'em Up: Frank and Leslie's main mode of attack is to turn their light into concussive laser blasts.
- Light Is Not Good: They have light-based powers, but are two of the cruelest members of the Pride.
- Master Actor: Besides being their day jobs, the Deans present themselves as happy-go-lucky Hollywood hippies. They're actually a lot more psychotic.
- Named After Somebody Famous: In-Universe; they took their surname from James Dean.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: They are very popular actors, but it's all an act.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Their intent to betray the rest of the Pride (aside from the Hayeses) is what inspires Alex to found the Runaways in an effort to stop them, which ultimately leads to the thwarting of the Gibborim's plan in its entirety.
- Psycho for Hire: To the Gibborim."But what's in it for us? Beyond the usual entertainment value of wasting Earthlings of course?"
- Satellite Character: Frank, who gets little characterization compared to his wife.
- Soapbox Sadie: Invoked and subverted; they pretend to care about many social causes as expected of Hollywood celebrities.
- The Starscream: They plotted to betray Geoffrey so that the six slots could be taken by the Hayses and themselves.
- Stepford Smiler: Both, but especially Leslie. They're Brady Bunch on the outside and homicidal on the inside.
- Villains With Good Publicity: Prior to their deaths, they ran a charity, the Dean Foundation, which has somehow managed to survive the scandal of having alien warlords as its founders.
- "My son and I have had our differences, but I love Chase more than life itself. Literally."
A pair of scientists who supposedly invented a tool to easily remove the plastic wrap from CDs. In fact, they are the Pride's main scientists and have created x-ray goggles, weaponized gauntlets called the Fistigons, rocket boots that Chase dubbed the "Footstigons," and several transport ships called Leapfrogs. Victor often beats his son for reasons such as bad grades. Despite this, he claims to truly love Chase and wants him to get a place in the Gibborim's post-apocalyptic paradise. He has also been shown hitting his wife. He has a brother named Hunter, with whom he has an antagonistic relationship over his criminal activity.
- Abusive Dad:
- Victor's Establishing Character Moment is him punching Chase for getting a bad grade.
- Janet is later revealed to be emotionally abusive to Chase. When he was younger, she threw away a lacrosse trophy Chase earned because she didn't want Victor to get angry.
- Destructive Romance: They refuse immortality if it means living without each other, but throw things at each other when arguments get bad.
- Domestic Abuse: Victor regularly beat Chase for getting bad grades or for showing an interest in sports and athleticism over science, acting as a reminder of the jocks who used to pick on him when he was a kid.
- Dr. Fakenstein: Mad scientists with the name "Stein."
- Evil Genius: For The Pride as a whole.
- Gadgeteer Genius: They're Mad Scientists who make gadgets.
- Glurge Addict: Chase's mom seems to like cute things. When Mrs. Yorkes commented on how whimsical the Leapfrog's design was, Victor says "Blame Janet." All their other ships also resembled cutesy sort of frogs.
- Goggles Do Nothing: They've created X-Ray specs before, but the ones they're wearing don't seem to do much.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Victor gets angry at the drop of a hat.
- Hand Blast: Victor fires a laser from his watch.
- Inventor of the Mundane: This is given as a reason why the Steins are wealthy enough to hang out with families of other characters, whose parents are doctors, businessmen and famous actors, among others. Subverted because it's a lie - Chase's parents, just like those of other kids, are actually supervillains in control of the entire West Coast criminal underground.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Inverted. It's often pointed out that despite being mad scientists, their kid is a straight-C lacrosse jock.
- Mad Scientist: Inventors of various devices like X-ray goggles, the Fistigons and rocket boots.
- Meaningful Name: Victor Stein's name is likely inspired by Victor Frankenstein.
- Pædo Hunt: There was a seventh member of the Pride at one point, Eli, but the Steins had him expelled after they found him hanging out in Chase's room.
- Paper Tiger: When Victor hits Chase, he responds by telling him that he hits like a girl.
- Satellite Character: Janet is far less prominent than Victor and receives little characterization.
- Sticky Situation: Janet's gauntlets fire glue, as Alex unfortunately discovers.
- Tricked-Out Gloves: Janet's fire glue. Then there's the Fistigons, which they invented, which are a Power Fist that enables Chase to turn himself into a walking flamethrower.
- Troubled Abuser: Victor, who is prone to taking out his anger on his son, yet is also prepared to die for him.
- Unusual Weapon Mounting: Victor has Frickin' Laser Beams in his watch.
- Villainous Friendship: All the members of The Pride at least pretend to be friends, but Victor Stein and Geoffrey Wilder genuinely seem to enjoy one another's company.
- "Yes, to the parents of the year."
A pair of telepathic mutants who are doctors by profession. They had originally thought that Molly was not a mutant. They both have a sadistic side, once telepathically forcing a rival gang leader to watch as they butchered his crew. They conspired with the Deans to murder the human members of the Pride, hoping to secure the six seats in the Gibborim's paradise for themselves and their kids.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Emma Frost of all people thinks they were monsters.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards humans (despite originally believing Molly to be one.)
- Freudian Excuse: Both were shunned and tormented for their telepathic powers. And when the Gibborim recruited them, they see the opportunity to rid the world of the cruel humans who made their life so hard.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Their eyes glow purple when their telepathy is in use.
- Meaningful Name: A mutant named Gene?
- Mind Rape: They enjoy using their telepathic abilities to destroy people's minds. One unfortunate rival ended up being trapped in his own body for seven years after going up against them.
- Mutants: Their powers come from the mutant X-gene like the X-Men. Seems to have been retconned in the 2017 series, which revealed that Molly's grandmother genetically engineered their abilities, explaining why they had the same powers.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Their intent to betray the rest of the Pride (aside from the Deans) is what inspires Alex to found the Runaways in an effort to stop them, which ultimately leads to the thwarting of the Gibborim's plan in its entirety.
- Not Blood Siblings: Alices mother took Gene in when he ran away from home and they were raised together.
- Psychic Powers: They're telepaths.
- Psycho Psychologist: Alice is an evil speech therapist.
- Religious Bruiser: Perhaps not as religious as the Minorus, but they know enough to quote Proverbs, and their daughter is always asking if people go to Heaven.
- The Starscream: To Geoffrey, as they plotted to betray him and take the six slots for the Deans and themselves.
- Superhero Speciation: Not within the Pride (they would fall under the "pairs with the same power" clause, like the other couples), but among mutants. Gene says that it's very rare for two mutants to have the exact same mutation, "my own pureblood union notwithstanding." Interestingly, Molly doesn't show signs of having their exact mutation: Gene and Alice have telepathy while Molly has super-strength, but all three are characterized by a reddish-pink glow from their eyes when their mutation is in use.
- Villainous Incest: Gene and Alice were raised as siblings before becoming lovers.
- Villain Team-Up: Defied. Apparently they were once offered a place in the Hellfire Club but refused.
- "Faith is a complicated thing, sweetie."
A pair of dark magicians who are abducted by the Gibborim on their wedding day. Tina wields the Staff of One, which is taken by Nico. Robert is usually seen reading a spellbook when casting magic. According to the Witchbreaker, Robert fought something called his "Grimshape" by the time he was Nico's age. The Minorus were somehow acquainted with a Monk Theppie, a.k.a. "Mother," a male magician who worked for the California Witchcraft Community and coveted the Staff of One.
- Boom Stick: Tina wielded the Staff of One before Nico stole it.
- Combination Attack: Strangely enough, every spell they cast is this.
- Ethnic Magician: Played with. Though the Minorus are Japanese, their powers are not derived from Japanese culture. An ancestor from the 20th century, though, sports a Miko-inspired costume.
- Evil Sorcerer: They're sorcerers, and part of a supervillain group that wants to exterminate humanity.
- Generation Xerox: Inverted. In the flashback to the early years of the Pride, it's shown that Tina was genuinely enthusiastic about being a mom. Nico, on the other hand, is weirded out when Victor raises the subject of whether she wants kids.
- Religious Bruiser: Both are very Catholic.
- Satellite Character: Neither of them gets a lot of characterization when compared to the other members of The Pride. We know they pretended to be fairly religious, and that was about it.
- So Proud of You: Tina's reaction to finding out the kids have killed a vampire.
- Spell Book: Robert's Weapon of Choice is a book from which he reads spells.
- Token Good Teammate: Good is a relative word with The Pride, but Robert is shown to have more hesitation about planetary genocide than his fellow members, and he and Tina are the only ones shown actively helping the kids escape when The Gibborim declares Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies.
A group formed by the Geoffrey Wilder from The '80s and several of Alex's friends from an online MMORPG. Geoffrey is brought to the present when Alex's friends attempt to transport him from the moment before he died into the present. Geoffrey convinces them that the original Pride was made up of heroes and that the runaways likely killed Alex. They are armed with gadgets and magic talismans left behind by the original Pride.
- Stretch: An overweight boy who lives with his grandmother and role-plays as scantily clad superheroines. He wielded a sword made out of the same metal as Karolina's bracelet, allowing him to cut through her force-fields.
- Hunter: A boy with overgrown hair. He is a technological expert who was able to briefly hack into both Victor and Leapfrog.
- Lotus: A girl who often dresses in archaic-style dresses and loves Renaissance fairs. She quickly gets the hang of magic and is later forced by Chase to help him find the Gibborim in hopes of bringing Gert back to life.
- Oscar: A temp worker who is often fired for playing online RPGs at work. He figures out the decoder ring and partially translates the Abstract. He is accidentally killed when they try to resurrect Alex.
- "We are the Gibborim, and we hunger."
The six-toed giants that create the Pride in order to gain sacrificed human souls, regain their power, and eventually purge the Earth of humanity. They are the Half-Human Hybrid descendants of fallen angels. When Molly Hayes frees a sacrificed soul and stops the Rite of Thunder, the Gibborim turn against the Pride, killing them and Alex. Both 1980's Geoffrey Wilder and Chase Stein later seek their help in resurrecting deceased loved ones for which the cost is one human sacrifice. Wilder tries and fails while Chase tries to sacrifice himself. Unable to gain sufficient human souls, the Gibborim fade from Earth to The Nothing After Death. They run into Alex, who speculates that they, like him, did evil things in the hope that their father would be proud of them.
- Bad Boss: Their idea of "motivation" is to inform the Pride that half of them will die when the world ends.
- Greater-Scope Villain: They are responsible for the existence of the Pride, but take almost no direct action themselves.
- Fallen Angel: Or rather, the children of fallen angels, which would effectively make them Nephilim or the Marvel universe's equivalent.
- Freudian Excuse: Their conversation with Alex after fading into The Nothing After Death reflects Freud's theory that God and the father figure are ultimately the same thing in one's mind.
- Kill All Humans: Their plan.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: House-sized, to be exact.
- Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: The Gibborim are surprisingly quick to throw up their hands and declare "screw it" after it all goes up in smoke, opting to kill their servants with the power they gave them.
- You Have Failed Me: After the Runaways prevent the end of the world, the Gibborim choose to kill all twelve of the Pride rather than simply starting over.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: They, like their parents, want to rule over an Earth free of humanity. Gert decides to give them just that - by sending them 999 years into the future, by which point she expects humans will be extinct(Not the case since 999 years would send them to Kang's timeline).
- Fate Worse than Death: Gert uses the time machine to send them nearly a millennium into the future, with no guarantee that there will still be humans for them to feed on..
- Generation Xerox: They look very much like the trio of Gibborim from the first two volumes, except that they are smaller and their clothes look more modern.
- Horror Hunger: Like their parents, they eat souls, and only those souls who have been properly sacrificed.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Bo and Rim act like spoiled, angry children who happen to have godlike power.
Los Angeles' oldest continuously-serving superhero, and the leader of the J-Team. After helping Nico and Karolina, he gives them his card and ends up taking them in.
- Abusive Parents: He's done a number on Matthew's self-esteem and treats him like a hired hand instead of his own son. Doc makes passive-aggressive digs against Matthew's weight (and adds he inherited the problem from his deceased mom Sarah Jo), and as #30 shows did a good job of brainwashing Matthew into believing all the deaths Doc orchestrated were for a good cause: himself.
- Badass Normal: For the most part, he and his teammates were all normal people who tried to go and fight crime and managed to do it for the most part. He's athletic, intelligent and quite skilled with a variety of tools and weapons. Justified as he was inspired by Captain America and wished to be as such to the people of Las Angeles.
- The Bluebeard: His files show that his decision to kill off the second Princess Justice coincided with his "personal feeling" rating reaching -6. And his decision to set up Karolina to die came after his personal feeling rating towards her reached -1. It's very likely that his enthusiasm for "Fallen Princess" operations came from his marital problems.
- Broken Ace: On the surface, he appears to be a capable, courageous and cunning hero who wants to do the right thing and admired by the population. He even becomes a powerful pillar of stability and guidance for the Runaways. However, he is plagued by what is a long career of failures given the loss of his wife and comrades as well as subsequent members of the J-Team leaving (or possibly dying.) Additionally, his war against the Pride has left in serious financial troubles and thus jeopardizing everything he has worked for in his life.
- Captain Ersatz: A villainous take on Shazam and his family.
- Determinator: He's been at this for decades go and shows no signs of wanting to stop. Matthew even comments that Doc will never retire. Deconstructed because it's not shown as healthy. He continues on and remains latched onto the past, which in part could because how bad it went. After the loss of two of his comrades (one being his wife) and the others gave up with the first iteration of the J-Team, he doubled down and became a full-time superhero. He has taken two breaks (once after everyone retired, likely to raise Matthew and the second time unknown, leaving the fourth Princess Justice to become the second Doc Justice for a year.)
- Green-Eyed Monster: By issue #30, he immediately becomes jealous of Karolina getting more time in the spotlight and begins conspiring to kill her off.
- Has a Type: Blonds, as all three of his wives were this, coincidentally, they were the three previous Princess Justices.
- Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: Played for Drama. Issue #29 reveals that the J-Team is in difficult financial straits and that his reasoning for his plan to make the kids into media darlings is in part to financially save all the assets of the J-Team and their future.
- It's also revealed that in the early days, the team was funded by Doc Justice's family, owning a chain of steakhouses. This likely declined as Doc became a full-time superhero.
- While not confirmed, given how he mentions their conflict with the Pride, it's likely the financial troubles were due to Doc Justice being unable to keep up with the vast resources of the Pride.
- Hopeless War: Until the Runaways defeated their parents, Doc and the J-Team couldn't defeat the Pride with their powers and wealth. Even against new and weaker Pride, Doc Justice can't do more than take down some of their assets.
- Incompatible Orientation: Downplayed. Issue #29 has him hint at maybe trying to get Karolina into a relationship or at least project themselves as one, if namely because all the Princess Justices before her have been romantically close to Doc (heck, the first three were his wives.) It does not offset the Squick factor though. #30 shows him clearly annoyed that the media would rather focus on Karolina instead of him, and he proceeds to set her up to die.
- It's All About Me: All those past members of the J-Team who died? As Doc views it, they were necessary sacrifices to keep the J-Team, and more importantly himself, relevant in the eyes of the public.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He's not a large jerk, but he can be insensitive and self-centered regarding his desires over the genuine well-being of his wards. Nonetheless, he's got a couple of reasonable points with his decisions:
- Sure his choice for excluding Gert regarding her pudginess is pretty harsh (with Matthew noting body positivity as a counter-reason), but Gert possesses no Stout Strength, athletic ability or any skill or proficiency with a weapon. Heck, she doesn't even show interest in improving herself or in the J-Team for that matter. Doc's exclusion of her makes perfect sense in that regard, especially since the others are willing to change and train for it (such as Nico learning to actually fight with her staff.)
- His choice for the reality TV angle and promoting the kids as media stars is viewed in a negative light, but as noted, Heroism Won't Pay the Bills and it's not like they have the connections like the Avengers or Fantastic Four to get their finances. Nor would they be the first team to try the approach (look at West Coast Avengers before them in their latest iteration and even the Fantastic Four was started by Reed to help the team deal with their powers.) The Runaways for their part seem to be somewhat aware that they are being marketed at the very least (if Gert's comments on them being teen idols is to be taken and the promotions going on), but the actual details remain unknown. As of Issue #29, it comes off as more as a necessary action fueled by financial desperation.
- Kid Hero: He was only about sixteen years old when he and his friends went to fight crime.
- Manipulative Bastard: Gert gets into his computer and sees all the files on the previous J-Team members had details on plans to exploit their image and their deaths, revealing he basically set up many of them to die to either improve the J-Team's image or increase the team's market value. It also turns out Ashley, the criminal he's got the guys going after at that very moment, was SPF of Matthew's team and it's strongly implied Doc's forcing her to attack Karolina.
- My Greatest Second Chance: A variation of sorts. He views the Runaways as probably the strongest form of the J-Team ever and is looking to portray the whole thing as a "rising from the ashes" story for television. It's implied he sees it as his best (and possibly final) chance to achieve his ambitions, whatever they may be.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: Possibly. He has an honorary doctorate degree (probably why he began calling himself Doc Justice), but we don't know in what.
- Older Than They Look: He looks like he is only around forty, with a streak of gray in his hair being the sole indicator of age, but he's been at this for nearly fifty years. According to Matthew, his real age is the only thing he'd fire Matthew for revealing.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: He doesn't want Gert on J-Team because she's overweight and wouldn't look good on magazines or TV. Then he adds that the "good-looking girls" need to shed a few pounds too.
- Simple Staff: He mentions being quite skilled at fighting with a staff, using it longer than Nico has been alive. He begins teaching her how to fight physically with the Staff of One and she has grown pretty capable with it.
- Team Dad: He acts as such to the team, taking them in and encourages their growth and capabilities. Granted, it's revealed that his motives for doing so are not entirely altruistic... plus his relationship with his actual son Matthew is a bit complicated.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: A variation of sorts. Doc Justice and his team are well-known enough to the people of Los Angeles to be famous and for someone like Victor to admire, so he's not entirely derelict and past examinations shows they were always more localized heroes, which was his goal, given how he wanted to be the "Captain America of Los Angeles." On the other hand, he has the behavior of a man longing for the past and looking at the past tragedies of the team, one gets the impression that he resents that he and the J-Team were not as famous or well-known as he perceives they could've been. Granted, it's implied this behavior has been worse in part because of financial difficulties and his word-choice indicated that the J-Team have lost some prestige, likely with the rise of more modern superhero teams and their successes.
The second Kid Justice, and Doc Justice's long-suffering yet loyal assistant. He's also his son with his mother being the late first Princess Justice.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Gives one over to Gertrude regarding her behavior in Issue 29:Matthew: Is that what this is, Gert? Concern? Or are you just... jealous. Because you didn't make the team. All of this cynicism and bitterness won't keep your friends close to you, take it from me. It will just push them further and further away.
- Beleaguered Assistant: He can be pretty exasperated by his boss and tries giving better advice though at the same time does seem to understand where Doc is coming from. The heavy implications that Matthew is Doc's son gives an extra layer to do this, showing Matthew is concerned with his father's emotional well-being and trying best to support him yet also rein him in.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The final issue of "Cannon Fodder" reveals that he either used to be, or still is, in a relationship with Ashley Pearson.
- Berserk Button: He gets snappy and defensive when Gert begins making comments regarding the fate of his friends from his time as Kid Justice. Given how he asks the Armor-Piercing Question, it's implied that things went down uglier than just their potentially tragic deaths.
- Kid Hero: He was the second Kid Justice. He had to beg Doc to take him on. Given how he's Doc's son and what happened to his mother, it makes sense why he'd have to beg Doc to join up.
- Meaningful Name: His surname, Caniglia, is only one letter off from canaglia, which means "villain" in Italian.
- Mission Control: He acts as this for Doc and later on for the entire J-Team. It's implied that this happened after his time as the second Kid Justice. His conversation with Gertrude implies the circumstances that led up to it were pretty painful.
- Undying Loyalty: Matthew is pretty loyal and defensive of his boss when talking with Gert. Justified given how Matthew is Doc's son.
A moniker held by four different women before Karolina - Sarah Jo Caniglia, Natalie McClure, Jen Gaines, and Melinda Cass - all of them blondes.
- Generation Xerox: Every girl who's ever held the mantle has been blonde and each of the first three eventually became one of Doc's wives.
- Replacement Goldfish: Every time the Princess dies, Doc Justice hires another one.
- You Are in Command Now: The fourth Princess Justice, Melinda Cass, became Doc Justice for a year when Doc disappeared.
The token black member of the original team, and also the second one to die on a mission. His real name was James.
- Black Dude Dies First: Averted, but only because the original Princess Justice died before he did.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: After his death, Doc Justice found another black dude named James to replace him, albeit with the codename "Trench".
- Token Minority: Every iteration of the team has had a single black member. He was the first.
A young, blue-clad member from the team's second incarnation. May have been the girlfriend of the original Kid Justice, given the similar costume design. Her real name was Jennifer Moore.
- Loyal Animal Companion: She was accompanied by her German Shepherd.
A member of the second iteration of the team, and one of the few who had actual superpowers. Her real name is Ashley Pearson. Now a wanted eco-terrorist.
- FaceHeel Turn: Since leaving the team, she's become a supervillain. Or possibly not; there are hints that she's being blackmailed.
- Man of Kryptonite: Matthew states that she has the ability to absorb solar energy, which makes her the perfect counter to Karolina.
- Meaningful Name: Her codename "S.P.F." hints at her powers - she absorbs sunlight, making her capable of hurting Karolina.
- Power Incontinence: Matthew not only states that she's unable to stop absorbing solar energy once she starts, he also states that absorbing it is painful for her.
- Stripperiffic: Her costume was essentially a bunch of thin straps wrapped around her body and a mask. When Nico tried out the costume, Gert joked if anyone was gonna shoot at Nico she should draw attention to her nipples since they're mostly protected.
A lieutenant in the LAPD. He is also a minion of the Pride, which does not seem to be a secret within the LAPD. He enlists the superheroes Cloak and Dagger to help find the Pride's children, which displeases them. He later tracks the Runaways to the first Hostel and is buried when Nico collapses the cave on top of them. He is pulled out of the rubble by his fellow officers but executed by Geoffrey Wilder.
- Dirty Cop: As a cop aiding super villains.
- The Mole: Within the LAPD, as he reports to Geoffrey Wilder.
- You Have Failed Me: Executed by Geoffrey Wilder for failing to find the Runaways.
A pair of superheroes who gained their powers after being forcibly given drugs. Like the main characters, they were once teenage runaways and avoid the Adults Are Useless theme that pervades the series. Cloak has a mystical cloak that allows him to draw others into a hellish dark dimension. He can also teleport himself and others through the dark dimension and become intangible. He has a hunger for light that he gets either from Dagger or from the people he absorbs. Dagger has the power to generate blades of light that can, according to Nico, show you your sins. Cloak and Dagger are enlisted by Lt. Flores, a Pride agent in the NYPD, to find his bosses' children. Realizing who the Runaways' parents are, Cloak and Dagger promise to bring the Avengers to LA, but are captured by the Pride and have their memories telepathically wiped.
Later on, Cloak is accused of trying to kill his partner Dagger. While being pursued by the Avengers, Cloak is hit on the head and regains his memory. He seeks out the Runaways and asks them to investigate the attack on Dagger, claiming that he was framed. Dagger's attacker turns out to have been a Stalker with a Crush who used Mutant Growth Hormone combined with the drug that gave Cloak his powers to impersonate him.
- Absolute Cleavage: Dagger's costume dips heavily into her cleavage; her scanty costume is even lampshaded by other characters.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Cloak has darkness-related powers but is nonetheless a good guy.
- Eldritch Abomination: The main characters see these when Cloak teleports them to New York using the Darkforce.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: The Hayeses wipe their memories after encountering them, so they never do get the Avengers to help out the Runaways.
- Running Gag: The anger of Moral Guardians over Cloak and Dagger's origin story, thinking that it glorifies drug use.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Molly thinks Dagger is Cloak's wife; Cloak corrects her, referring to her as his companion.
A teenager who is on a crime spree with a pair of adults. The Runaways meet him when they foil their attempt to rob a convenience store. Topher tells them that the two adults are his parents who were in a Freak Lab Accident, gaining superpowers and going insane. His parents then forced him to join in their crime spree. The truth is that Topher is a vampire and his "parents" are actually two vampires he transformed himself. He is killed when he tries to drink Karolina's blood, not realizing that her alien blood has properties similar to sunlight. The other two vampires are destroyed by the Pride after interrogating them for the location of their children.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Topher is not affected by stakes to the heart, only sunlight. This even applies in universe, as he's far different from the type of vampires that (say) Blade usually hunts.
- Outside-Context Problem: In the Marvel Universe, vampires are not a common foe, to the point that they're usually hunted by specialists like Blade or Hannibal King, so Topher easily manages to wipe the floor with the Runaways, facing defeat only because he tries to feed on Karolina, whose alien blood turns out to... disagree with him.
- Really 700 Years Old: Was born around 1900, making him over a century old by the time he appears.
- Take That!: To Joss Whedon, whose Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the major vampire pop culture piece of the era; Vaughan knew that Whedon was a fan of the series, and thus decided to troll him a little by having a vampire menace the team.
- Archnemesis Dad: Despite creating Victor, Victor utterly rejects him.
- Big "NO!": Utters one when Darkhawk destroyed him.
- Blatant Lies: While narrating his backstory, he mentions that he offered nothing but loyalty and love for his creator until he betrayed him for no reason. Anybody who knows about Ultron beforehand knows that this is a HUGE lie.
- The Dreaded: The Runaways know that they have no chance against a foe that A-List heroes are scared of.
- Killer Robot: His most defining trait is that he's a murderous robot.
- Unreliable Expositor: His retelling of his own backstory is distorted to make him look more sympathetic and Pym and the Avengers more villanous.
- You Have Failed Me: Executes Marianella for failing to keep their son's origins a secret.
- Character Death: Ultron kills her for failing to keep their son's origins a secret.
- Deal with the Devil: She helped Ultron to rebuild his body in exchange for a child. What Ultron didn't tell her is that he planned to use said child to destroy the Avengers from the inside (though at that point she didn't know about Ultron's true nature.) At some point she quotes this trope verbatim.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Courtesy of being Mexican, she'll often drop Spanish phrases in dialogue.
- The Plot Reaper: If Victor was to join the Runaways, she has to be taken out of the picture somehow.
- Lillie: "They ain't the Sinners, but neither are they saints. Us as has to make a living have run afoul of them — and not all come out alive."
A group of superheroes from 1907. Their methods cause some in-universe Values Dissonance with the main characters. They use torture as well as allow civilians to join them in combat, two things most superheroes in the 21st century do not do.
- The Adjudicator: A religious, gun-wielding superhero whose appearance is likely inspired by The Punisher."I fight to end this injustice."
- Black Maria: A superheroine with a nun-inspired costume. The nature of her power is unknown but involves her touching the heads of her victims, causing a halo-like light to shine around them. A similar halo also appears around her own head.
- The Difference Engine: A superhero who is either a robot or a man in Powered Armor. He can fire explosive shells from arm-mounted cannons and contains an advanced (for the time period) computer. His primary weakness is water."Magic is a thing of the past. I'm the Difference Engine. I'm the future."
- Nightstick: A superhero with a police-inspired uniform. He is often relied upon to control his hot-tempered partner, Daystick.
- Daystick: A superhero with a police-inspired uniform. He plays the Bad Cop to Nightstick's Good Cop (or Slightly-More-Levelheaded Cop).(To Nico): "Don't ye be callin' us [Sinners], chink! We's the Upward Path, the city's protectors, and we'll kick you all the way back to Mott Street with the other burny blowers!"
- The Witchbreaker: A magician with a miko-inspired costume. She tortures witches, aiming to bring out their true potential. She is Nico's great-grandmother. She also appears to have some knowledge of the future concerning her descendants."Every generation weakens. Until the world turns on them, as it will on yours."
- Ethnic Magician: Witchbreaker's costume is based on that of a Miko, and she's a Japanese magician.
- Knight Templar: They're heroes but they don't draw any distinction between the villainous Sinners and the petty criminals of the Street Arabs.
- Nuns Are Spooky: Black Maria is drawn as very dark and shadowy. She also rarely speaks.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Daystick is a superhero but he's very racist as shown in the above quote.
- The Quiet One: Nightstick has no spoken lines.
- Rabid Cop: Daystick loses his temper at Nico without provocation and dresses like a policeman.
- Steampunk: The Difference Engine is a robot modeled after one of the world's earliest computers.
- Thank the Maker: Difference Engine's "For Babbage's sake..."
- Tough Love: Witchbreaker is concerned about her descendant's success and subjects her to Training from Hell.
- Training from Hell: Witchbreaker's preferred method of training Nico."The more pain you learn to take..."
- "And their group is called the Sinners because they're solid citizens, right?"
A criminal gang of Wonders (people with superpowers) led by Gertrude's parents. They travel on a luxurious train called the Mineola. They are the main enemies of the Upward Path.
- Maneater: A cannibalistic giant with a jaw so strong that punching it hurt Xavin's Thing-like fist. Nico defeats him by magically turning him into a vegan.
- Kid Twist: A marksman with two revolvers."Kid Twist has never missed."
- Forget-Me-Not: A beautiful, centuries-old woman who can use her scent to cause men to fall in love with her and fight over her. She is usually seen lounging on a couch or bed, almost never standing upright."Men have fought over me for centuries... it's very dull."
- Morphine: A chemist who fights by throwing syringes. It is unclear if he has any superpowers or if he is simply a brilliant scientist.
- Goldbrick: A muscular man with gold-colored skin.
- Ratdog/Ratbag: A large, half-man, half-rat creature. Called "Ratdog" in "Dead End Kids" but called "Ratbag" in the Secret Invasion tie-in.
- Daphne: A woman whose elbows branch off into three forearms each. They are apparently very strong. She is only named in the index for the Runaways/ Young Avengers Secret Invasion crossover.
- Always Accurate Attack: Kid Twist can hit any target he's seen and his bullets follow their victims like heat-seeking missiles.
- I'm a Humanitarian: About a minute after meeting Chase, Maneater decides it's a good thing he skipped lunch.
- Living Aphrodisiac: Forget-Me-Not uses her scent to make men fall insanely in love with her and fight over her.
- Love Is in the Air: Forget-Me-Not's powers induce jealous, violent love.
- Mage Marksman: Kid Twist's bullets can hit any target he's laid eyes on, no matter how improbable.
- Really 700 Years Old: Forget-Me-Not claims that men have fought over her for centuries.
- Reluctant Warrior: Morphine claims to hate fighting.
- Super Strength: Maneater is very strong.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: Forget-Me-Not seems especially attracted to the Adjudicator.
A group of superpowered "Wonders" who live on the streets. They remain neutral between the Sinners and the Upward Path but have done jobs for both sides.
- Eddie Gunnam/The Swell: The leader of the Street Arabs. An otherwise ordinary man who obtains an enchanted walking stick that brings him good luck. He pried the stick from the hand of a dead man who had been struck by lightning five times. The stick was destroyed when it blocked a bullet from Kid Twist that otherwise would have killed Eddie."No more scroungers' work for Eddie Gunnam; not with a' power of this."
- Lillie McGurty/Spieler: A young girl who is able to fly if she hears music, even if that music is in her own head. She falls in love with Victor, who begs her to come with them in the future. She refuses, afraid, and her regretful future self in the 21st century arranges to have the Runaways transported back in time, setting in motion the whole Dead End Kids arc."Regret? It is my meat and drink. My air, my everything. The faces fade, the names get jumbled, but regret... regret never ages."
- Tristan: A man with incredible strength fitted with mechanical wings. He is in love with Lillie, but she puts him firmly in the friend zone. He is badly scarred while stopping a bomb planted by the Yorkes. He remains with the future Lillie in the 21st century, giving her message to Victor right before the Runaways go back in time.(To Victor): "I'll kill you before I let you take [Lillie] from me!"
- Creeper: A tiny man with a close bond to Hoyden. He often rides on her shoulder. He is killed by Kid Twist."I say what Hoyden said, mainly because she said it."
- Dead George Pelham: A brain-eating zombie. He is impervious to most kinds of physical harm.(To Kid Twist):"I'm partial to brains myself. But you just emptied your gun into a dead man so I doubt this'll be much of a meal."
- Megan the Hoyden: A tomboyish young girl whose power is super speed. She is killed by Kid Twist.Creeper: "This coming from the girl that put six bulls in the hospital for callin' her a tom."
- Yellow Kid: The "most notorious" member of the Street Arabs. He is seen generating blasts of yellow light during a fight, though it is unclear what they do. His profile in the Runaway's Secret Invasion tie-in says that his thoughts generate words on his shirt and that he was seen in a Manhattan bar nearly a century after "Dead End Kids." A Shout Out to the very first comic strip character.(On his shirt) "Eat dis ya bums!"
- Jacob: A fiddler who lives with the Street Arabs. He plays to allow Lillie to fly. He has no known powers though the appendix of the Secret Invasion issue says his music has "unique qualities."
- Professor Duck: A Chinese scientist who crafted Tristan's mechanical wings. He is not a Street Arab but is liked and respected by them. It is unclear if he has any powers but he was able to recognize a time travel device from the future.
- Ambiguously Human: While it could be assumed that many of the "Wonders" are mutants, Tristan and Lillie in particular live to their mid-110's, which is possible but unlikely for a normal human.
- Big Bad Slippage: Tristan and Lillie's lives were ruined by a gang war, so they spent a century trying to develop Time Travel to undo the damage, ironically leading to them causing the gang war in the first place by sending the Runaways back in time.
- The Big Guy: Tristan is bloody enormous.
- Brain Food: Dead George, being a zombie, eats brains.
- Fiery Redhead: Lillie is a high-spirited, excitable redhead.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Tristan had a pair of metal wings affixed to his back and managed to survive a massive bomb explosion without losing any limbs or appendages. It can be assumed he probably has a healing factor.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Victor is instantly attracted to Lillie, who has bright red hair.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: Creeper's power is apparently being very, very small. He is probably like that permanently as he has never been shown at any other size.
- Just Friends: Lillie's view of her and Tristan's relationship. Tristan has a different view.
- Love Martyr: Tristan is obsessively loyal to Lillie in the hopes that she will return his affection.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Tristan nearly kills Victor after realizing that there's something going on between him and Lillie, but stops when they discover a bomb waiting to kill everyone.
- Not Using the "Z" Word: Dead George is very obviously a zombie, but no one ever calls him that.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Dead George is (obviously) stated to be "dead", looks rather emaciated, and has a liking for brains, but otherwise he seems completely normal.
- Public Domain Character: The Yellow Kid, who is widely considered to be the first comic strip character.
- The Slow Path: After Lillie turned down Victor's offer to join her in the future, she spent the next 100 years trying to figure out a way to send him back in time.
- Smug Snake: Eddie greatly overestimated his value to the Sinners, and both he and his entire group paid dearly for it.
- Tomboy: Megan the Hoyden wears boys' clothing and has short hair.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: All the terrible things that happened in 1907 was an indirect result of Old Lillie's machinations in 2007.
- Winged Humanoid: Tristan has a pair of gigantic metal wings affixed to his back.
A group of four Majesdanean soldiers who travel to Earth to capture Karolina Dean, intending to punish her for her parents' role in the Skrulls' invasion and destruction of planet Majesdane. To avoid further bloodshed, Karolina decides to surrender to them but Xavin shapeshifts into her and goes in her place.
- vaDanti: A former university student from Majesdane. VaDanti was off Majesdane visiting his sister deHalle when the planet was destroyed by the Skrulls. Though not a proper soldier, he joins the group searching for Karolina Dean. He is taken prisoner by the Runaways where he explains who they are and why they want to capture Karolina.
- deHalle: vaDanti's sister and a sergeant in the Light Brigade, an elite Majesdanean military unit.
- vaRikk: A lieutenant in the Light Brigade and the group's pilot and navigator. He is also deHalle's ex-boyfriend and it seems that their breakup was less than amicable.
- vaDrann: The leader of the Majesdaneans hunting for Karolina. He is named only in the index of the Runaways / Young Avengers Secret Invasion crossover.
- Aliens Speaking English: Even when conversing with each other they speak English, suggesting that the Majesdaneans have no language of their own.
- Anti-Villain: Aside from wanting to punish Karolina over something that wasn't her fault, these guys really aren't very evil. They show concern when innocent bystanders get too close to their battle and actually help the Runaways get them to safety. And one of them asks their prisoner "Karolina" (actually Xavin in disguise) if she's comfortable.
- Expecting Someone Taller: vaDrann says this about Karolina (actually Xavin) when they finally meet face-to-face to discuss her surrender.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards Skrulls.
- Human Aliens: When not using their powers, the Majesdanians look like normal humans.
- Oh My Gods!: Majesdaneans seem to worship the sun. They use expressions such as "What the sun?" and "I swear by the sun."
- Sins of Our Fathers: Their motive for hunting Karolina is that her parents started the war. She had no control over any of it, and even agreed to give up her life on Earth to stop it, but they don't care. Their planet has been destroyed, their species is almost extinct, and they need someone to blame, however warped the logic.
- Heh, I like the way you roll, little man. Reminds me of me when I was your age.
Drug dealer and his right hand, Chase and Nico go to them to find man who bought darkforce-empowering drungs and used them to frame Cloak into assaulting Dagger.
- Big Bad Wannabe: After Chase convinced him they work for the Pride, Pusher Man thought that with friends like these he has a chance in big league of New York crime scene. Kingpin proved him wrong.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Through it happened offscreen, Kingpin's description paints Pusher Man's demise as very unpleasant.
- Evil Counterpart: Chase and Nico if they were drug dealers.
- Not So Different: As they both point out, Chase and Nico reminds them of younger versions of themselves. Only while Pusher Man takes liking to Chase for that reason, Bo doesn't.
Molly's grandmother, a scientist introduced in the 2017 series. In the period leading up to the group's dissolution, she arrived to offer Molly a place to live which Molly accepted.
- Affably Evil: Her only real goal is that she does not want to lose Molly the way she lost Gene and Alice, and Molly was fine living with her because she was only "sort of" bad. That said, she's nowhere near as depraved as Gene and Alice became when they formed the Pride.
- Ambiguously Evil: She's been keeping an eye on Chase and the others through what appear to be genetically modified cats whose eyes glow in the same way Molly's and her parents' did. Dr. Hayes has also got someone or something inside her basement she seems to be experimenting on, takes samples of Molly's blood on a regular basis, and discreetly plucked a sample of Victor's hair. The fifth issue confirms on the very first page she's had ulterior motives from the start and has definitely got sinister motives for Gert and the others, but what these are hasn't yet been made clear.
- Ambiguous Situation: Possibly to keep in line with the fact that mutants are legally prohibited from being adapted outside of X-men properties, her splicing experiments are a narrative out to retcon Molly and her parents from being actual mutants.
- Cool Old Lady: She instantly welcomes the other Runaways into her home and offers to aid Chase in rebuilding Victor's body. Because she's eager at the possibilities of what all that magnificent genetic material can help her create.
- Crazy Cat Lady: She takes in a lot of strays, and uses them to spy on people.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She genuinely did love her children and does love Molly, but she's made it clear she's not going to lose Molly to the Pride's children the way she lost Gene and Alice to their parents. She's even going so far as to create clones of them enhanced with the DNA she took from the Runaways.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- She expresses nothing but contempt for the Pride, not only viewing them as a bunch of half-baked charlatans (she expressly considered Chase's parents to be insults as scientists), but also because she recognized Gene and Alice became Drunk with Power because of them and it led to their deaths.
- She seems horrified when she learns Gert's parents never took her to Disneyworld.
- Evil All Along: She's the reason Gene and Alice had powers, and it's implied she not only experiments on stray cats but other people as well. There's also the question of cloning Gene and Alice.
- Evilutionary Biologist: In a way, her Motive Rant suggests that she believes superpowers should be a privilege everyone can enjoy.
- For Science!: Her motives for giving her children their abilities and for wanting to give Gert powers as well, just for the sake of making new scientific discoveries instead of for a power trip or attempt to rule the world.
- I Have No Son!: Inverted. Molly's parents severed ties with her when she voiced her disapproval about the Pride, which is why she hasn't been present in Molly's life until recently.
- It Runs in the Family: Molly's inherited two things from her grandmother: her love of cute things, and her ability to deceive people into thinking she's harmless.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: As Molly puts it her, her grandmother is bad, but not as bad as her parents were.
- Open-Minded Parent: It seems she had absolutely no issue with Molly's parents being mutant to the point every photo in her home with Gene and Alice Hayes shows them with their eyes glowing. Though it was them dealing with the Pride she worried about. She also takes the appearance of an actual dinosaur, the severed head of a robotic boy, and a girl who died two years ago completely in stride. This is because she was the one who gave them their powers.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Whereas Gene and Alice basically reveled in everything they reaped by joining the Pride, such as using their powers for wealth and to torture anyone who got in their way, Dr. Hayes's only real concern with the experiments she carries out seems to be just for the sake of scientific exploration. With her resources and intellect she could've easily became a criminal threat on the same level as her children, but didn't. She in fact makes it clear she viewed the Pride as deplorable and blames them for Gene and Alice's death, saying she gladly would've given them the power they sought from the group if they'd been more patient.
Molly's manipulative new friend.
- Ambiguously Gay: After fifty-plus years, she chose Molly Hayes to share her life with. Make of that what you will.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She wanted to stay young forever, and now she will. Only, after Julie Power takes the antidote Abigail hypocritically hoarded does it mean she'll now experience all the drawbacks of this wish instead of only getting the perks.
- Creepy Child: Her eyes are a little too green and her friendship with Molly is a little too close.
- The Fake Cutie: She may look like and act like a cute thirteen-year-old, but she's much older than she looks and she's got a hidden mean streak.
- False Friend: She attached herself to Molly when the latter transferred to Hollywood Hills High, and the two soon became inseparable. And then it turns out that Abigail wants Molly to eat a magic cupcake so that she'll remain young forever.
- Hypocrite: For all her nagging about how horrible it is to grow up and her claims that it's wonderful to remain thirteen forever, she held onto the antidote Amora gave her and was willing to use it in case she outlived her parents and had no one else as a companion. When she tries to withhold the cure from Julie Power on the grounds she really will be thirteen forever, Gert and Nico point out she had fifty years to change her mind while Julie never agreed to halting her youth in the first place.
- Never Grew Up: Abigail halted her aging at thirteen, and wants Molly to do the same.
- Not So Harmless: Being young for decades means she's had a lot of time to focus on trying different things, and knows at least nine martial arts and how to fence.
- Older Than They Look: She and her parents actually acknowledged she was getting older even though her body physically stayed thirteen years old, and there are pictures of her graduating from high school and celebrating her 20th birthday even though she still looks like a preteen.
- Straw Fan: She is meant to be a stand-in for fans who supposedly refuse to accept that Molly will eventually grow up.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Gib leaves him broken and offline between issues #16 and #17. Chase seems to think they can repair him, but it's clearly going to be a lot of work.
- Innocently Insensitive: His initial attempt at a new body for Victor, designed with combat in mind, ends up upsetting Victor because he never wants to hurt anyone ever again.
- Large Ham: His personality is based off Doctor Doom.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When asked how he's able to travel back and forth to the Hostel without attracting attention from the Avengers, Doombot notes that ever since AI disbanded, everyone seems to have forgotten that he exists.
- Logic Bomb: Averted. He's programmed to believe he's the real Doom, and is also aware that he's a Doombot, but the contradiction doesn't seem to bother him.Chase: Do your components smoke when you think about that?
Doombot: No. Doom embraces the duality.
- One Steve Limit: Sharply averted; he is the fourth person named "Victor" to be associated in some capacity with the Runaways.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Doombot has eschewed the traditional tunic favored by Dr. Doom in favor of a stylish forest-green suit.
- Third-Person Person: Much like his creator.
- White Sheep: He is not quite as villainous as his namesake.
A seemingly all-powerful mage that is trapped in the form of Staff of One and serves as a source of its power.
- Ancestral Weapon: It turns out that the women in Nico's family have been passing the staff down to each other for generations.
- And I Must Scream: The way he describes being trapped in the Staff - being imprisoned in a dark void with absolutely nothing else." Minoru, No!. You can't leave me in the dark again. I've been going mad for these months. The hours don't pass, the days don't end! There is nothing but nothingness."
- Ax-Crazy: Shows shades of it. It's unclear whether he was driven mad by hundreds of years as a staff, was like it before it happened or if it merely made him worse, but there is clearly something wrong with him.
- Blood Magic: Subverted. Turns out he doesn't need the blood of the Staff's users, it was just a rather petty revenge on his tormentors. He was disappointed many of them came to like it and made a spectacle of harming themselves to summon the Staff.
- Cloning Body Parts: Upon seeing his current owner had her arm replaced with an Artifact of Doom, he created a perfectly functional new arm for her when she was asleep. It's unknown what he did with the artifact.
- Deal with the Devil: He and Nico agree to alter the rules under which she uses the Staff so that she doesn't have to cut herself anymore. Instead every time she summons it, a part of him will bleed into her soul, allowing him to experience the real world through her eyes and ears.
- Demonic Possession: It is implied that the new deal Nico made with him could one day allow him to take over her body.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He is evil and is used to Minorus being equally horrible people, so finding out Nico is different makes him really confused. But even after realizing she feels compassion towards him, the thought she might not want to unleash a supervillain of his caliber on the world didn't occur to him.
- Evil Gloating: Upon hearing Nico wants to release him, he can't help but launch into a long speech about using his newfound freedom to commit atrocities, making her realize how evil he is and taking her offer away at the last moment.
- Evil Is Petty: All the rules Nico has to follow? He made them just to make descendants of his captor's lives harder. Justified since it was really the only revenge he was allowed.
- Evil Sorcerer: To a "t".
- Evil vs. Evil: Upon realizing how evil he is, Nico asks if it means her ancestor who trapped him was a hero. To her disappointment, he states she was merely better at being evil than him.
- Faux Affably Evil: While contempt he has to Minoru family is obvious, he appears well-mannered and overall not that bad for his predicament... and then his Ax-Crazy tendencies start showing.
- Genie in a Bottle: Trapped in an inmate object, forced to serve its owner and longing for freedom...so he can use his power for his own, cruel desires. He fits quite well. For all we know he could even be a Genie, despite looking human.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Nico's mom made him plead for his freedom over a breakfast at a human restaurant to humiliate him. Joke's on her - turns out he loves pancakes.
- I Just Want to Be Free: His goal is to free himself from servitude.
- It Amused Me: He made it so only women of Minoru family can wield his power, made them cut themselves to call him and never be able to use the same spell twice because the prospect of the family who enslaved him having to go through such ridiculous hoops is his last bit of entertainment.
- The women only rule was actually something Nicos ancestor insisted on likely due to Women Are Wiser.
- Jerkass: To be fair, only people he can ever interact with are subsequent members of a family that enslaved him for their own needs, so it's not like he has a lot of reasons to be nice to them.
- Jerkass Genie: He is the reason for every instance of Staff acting like one.
- Magically Binding Contract: Nico's ancestor defeated him and forced to sing one, forcing him in servitude of Minoru family until last of them dies or one releases him.
- Hand Wave: Serves as this to every inconsistency about Staff of One, like why it sometimes allows to cast the same spell under different commands and sometimes not - because he was or wasn't in a right mood.
- Large Ham: Once Nico offers to free him.
- Not So Stoic: He appears rather controlled and calm but once a prospect of freedom arises, he shows how hammy he can be.
- Power at a Price: He made Staff owners cut themselves to call it so that his captors always remember magic has a price. He later makes it so that Nico can do so without blood, but instead a bit of him will bleed over into her instead.
- Rules Lawyer: The way he set up rules of the Staff are vague enough to allow him to change his interpretation on a whim, sometimes allowing a workaround an already cast spell if he feels generous enough.
- Smug Super: He is rather fond of his own power. To the point that it's implied he healed Nico's arm and apparently threw the Witch Arm away because he found it beneath someone allowed to use his abilities.
- Sorcerous Overlord: Before being defeated by Nico's ancestor, he had a whole army at his command. Too bad said ancestor had an army twice as big.
- Superpowered Evil Side: He more or less becomes this to Nico when they agree to alter the terms of their deal.
- When the Planets Align: Whenever Mars is in the right position, he is allowed to temporarily take his form back and beg his current user to release him. Since Nico was unaware of it, the first time it happened, he found her asleep.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His hair is completely white and he is clearly evil.
- A Wizard Did It: Every unexplained and then forgotten power-up or instance of the Staff acting out is explained by being dependent on his whims. Except for the Witch Arm, since he wouldn't likely call it pathetic if it was his work. He is, however, responsible for its disappearance and Nico suddenly regrowing her arm precisely because he was appalled by it.
Karolina's roommate at Pomona College.
- Ambiguously Brown: Her race isn't specified, but she appears to have Asian features, and her wall has a Namaste poster on it, suggesting that she is of Indian or Southeast-Asian descent.
- The Ghost: She is mentioned in issue #3, but doesn't appear on-panel until seventeen issues later.
- Naturalized Name: "Nevaeh" is a relatively recently-appearing name, only becoming widespread after 2000, so it's possible that she adopted the name.
- Sdrawkcab Name: Her name is "Heaven" spelled backwards.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has bright blue hair.
Chase's new love interest, an employee at the local Haul-Mart.