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     The Dragon "Family" 

(The) Dragon a.k.a. Emperor Kurr

  • Back from the Dead: He survived certain deaths so many times thanks to his potent healing factor.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Grows one after Debbie's death.
  • Body Horror: After being beaten to a pulp and stuffed into a narrow smokestack, his Healing Factor turns him into a twisted monstrosity. Later, he has to have Mighty Man break every bone in his body so they can be set properly.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: As a result of Horde.
  • The Chosen One: Of his home species, which is the source of his superpowers.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: He's naked in his climactic battle with Overlord, as a result of Overlord vaporizing his clothes along with the team of Red Shirts that came along.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Dragon has been Impaled with Extreme Prejudice on a church spire, been repeatedly dismembered, had a bowling-ball sized hole blasted through his chest on at least three separate occasions, his skin burned off, etc.
  • Fusion Dance: The circumstances of his death result in his essence getting entangled with William Jonson's body, allowing Dragon to periodically take control, bulking Jonson up in the process.
  • Healing Factor: It's so powerful, he even develops immunity to mind-control. It's also a family trait, but not a racial one, and is associated with the Chosen One status; his brother survived his mother being disintegrated when he was literally minutes post-conception — the fetal mass was fished from her ashes and proceeded to grow into a normal, healthy baby.
    • There's a bit of Reality Ensues to go with it. Once, when severely beaten (his jaw broken, fingers mangled, among other injuries), he had to go to Mighty Man (who is a nurse in his/her civilian identity) to have his bones re-broken so they would heal correctly. So while he'll eventually recover from almost any injury, his body won't automatically just straighten everything out.
  • HULK MASH!-Up: Dragon's creator, Erik Larsen, cited Hulk being one of his inspirations or the character and stories, along with Batman, Captain Marvel and Speed Racer. Through the book's run, Dragon was often derided by real-life critics as being "Hulk with a fin on his head". This criticism was parodied in issue #64, where Dragon and his girlfriend come across a statue erected in Dragon's honor, which is too large and makes him look brutish, more closely fitting a "Hulk with a fin".
  • Immune to Bullets: Bullets have no effect on him. They bounce right off.
  • Immune to Mind Control: Downplayed. He doesn't resist completely the first time but all subsequent attempts using the same technique are ineffective thanks to his Healing Factor.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: His aim is perfect from the first time he steps onto a shooting range.
    • In fact, it has been stated to be one of his powers. When he was struck by negate and had his abilities stripped, he noted that this power was removed and this was the first time he ever missed.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's a big strong guy but unlike most strongmen, he is extremely fast and is as agile as characters like Spider-Man.
  • Mysterious Past: For the first part of the series, Dragon is a total amnesiac who remembers absolutely nothing about who he is or where he came from.
  • Naked on Arrival: Dragon first shows up naked in a burning field.
  • Not Wearing Tights: The only time Dragon wears spandex is during his stint in SOS. Before that, he wore a police uniform.
  • Omniglot: He lost count of the number of languages he knows, so all he's sure of is that it's around a hundred.
    • Typically, he doesn't even realize he knows the language until he hears it due to Laser-Guided Amnesia.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Dragon started out as a nickname given to him by Nurse Ann due to his appearance. Since he didn't remember his original name, he adopted "Dragon" as his legal name.
  • Planet Looters: In his former life as the psychotic emperor of a race of aliens searching for a new home, he wanted to develop a virus to wipe out humanity so his race could displace them.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner e.g. When about to blow up a monster's head using one of Dung's high-pressure diarrhea-spraying cannons: "Eat shit and die!"
  • Rubber-Forehead Alien: He looks essentially human, save the green skin and fin on his head.
  • Super Strength: He is massively strong, and more powerful than any human could ever be.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: He has large muscles and comparatively small legs, and according to Erik Larsen that look isn't stylistic - he's really shaped like that because it's normal for his species.
  • Upgrade Artifact: How he knows so much about Earth.
  • Wall Crawl: Since he's strong enough to dig his fingers into solid stone.

Malcolm Dragon

  • Electric Black Guy: Inherited his mother's power but only uses it as a last resort.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He's the product of an Interspecies Romance between the male alien Dragon and an African-American human woman.
  • Healing Factor: As The Dragon's son, he inherited the Chosen One genes, and that includes the regeneration. The fact it, and the Super Strength, pass on through the generations actually plays a plot point in his story: it's discussed during his wife's pregnancy that it's actually ideal for her to have the baby surgically removed from her uterus prior to its full development, since its healing factor will allow it to survive the premature birth much better than her frail human womb could handle its growing Super Strength. His step-sister Angel, who aborted a child they conceived, learns that their son survived being aborted because of this trait. And another lover of his, Tierra Jones, actually dies because she got pregnant by him and refused to have the baby extracted, resulting in their son fatally kicking its way out of her at some point in her pregnancy and going on to raise itself on the streets.
  • Super Strength: Like his father, he has enormous strength and is far stronger than any human.
  • Legacy Character: He's basically replacing his father as the title's hero.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Kind of; he's alien on the father's side and African-American on the mother's side.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Angel. Siblings in everything but blood, something is bound to happen. Angel's behavior certainly doesn't help.

Jennifer Dragon (nee Murphy) AKA Smasher

  • Cute Bruiser: She's beautiful and a pleasant person, but also a super-strong, super-tough vigilante who can more than hold her own in a fight.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Pulped the head of her abusive first husband to protect her daughter when her superpowers manifested.
  • Mama Bear: She first used her powers to protect her daughter from her abusive husband who wanted to take out his frustration on her since Jennifer was no longer suffering anymore.
  • Most Common Superpower: As is typical of Larson's style.
  • Killed Off for Real: At least in the current reality.
    • She was later spotted in Dimension X — only to be killed again. And again. And again.

Angel Dragon (nee Murphy)

  • Abusive Parents: Her own father, on top of being an domestic abuser, tried to beat her up after her mom's superpowers made her resilient to his beatings. Keep in mind Angel was a infant/toddler at the time.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: With her half-brother's child, no less.
  • Cute Bruiser: Has superhuman strength and invulnerability just like her mom and manifested these powers at an earlier age as a young teen.
  • Dark Mistress: Her Savage World counterpart became one to Mr. Glum.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Her power manifested in pretty much the same situation as her mother's.
  • Evil Twin: Her Savage World counterpart.
  • Generation Xerox: She has the exact same super powers as her mother.
  • Going Commando: At first, only when in costume: see image. Eventually she stops wearing underwear all together, much to Malcolm's embarrassment.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Averted; she does end up getting her baby to Malcolm aborted. It turns out fine, though.
  • Incest Subtext: With her half brother, Malcolm. As of Issue 200, it's just text.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: She has this for a while with Malcolm, before they finally did the deed. And again in Issue 201.

She-Dragon AKA Amy Belcher (formerly Sensation)

Alex Wilde

    Freak Force 

Barbaric & Ricochet:

  • Altar the Speed: Barbaric proposes to Ricochet at the insistence of SOS's merchandising guy, since Ricochet is pregnant and he can't market a couple having a baby out of wedlock.
  • Dumb Muscle: Barbaric.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: luckily, Ricochet has stretching powers.
  • Playing with Syringes: How they got powers.
  • Rubber Woman: Ricochet has a very limited form of this— she bounces and can be stretched by external forces, but can't actually shapeshift.
  • The Runaway: Both of them are teen runaways.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Ricochet is much more attractive looking than the big, hulking brutish Barbic.
  • Wedding Smashers: Predictably, a bunch of villains show up and start a fight, but Ricochet yells at them and they stop. This trope was lampshaded beforehand; when Barbaric invites lots of superheroes to the wedding because he wants a big superhero wedding "like Reed and Sue", Ricochet points out how much of a disaster that was.

Dart AKA Jill August

  • Badass Normal: She's a completely normal human who keeps up with a team of superpowered
  • Improbable Weapon User: Darts.
  • Leotard of Power: Her superhero outfit is based around a leotard that helps show off her figure.
  • Reality Ensues: Her whole schtick is impaling people with throwing darts. This leads to a perp she helps arrest suing the city for millions for police brutality.
  • Scars Are Forever: Dread Knight disintegrates her legs from the knees down.
  • Legacy Character: After the Savage World Dart's accidental murder, her niece takes up the mantle.

Horridus AKA Sara Hill

  • Abusive Parents: Her parents were deeply religious people who thought God was punishing them for having premarital sex and therefor treated her more like an animal then a daughter.
  • Combat Tentacles: Her tail is used this way.
  • Crossover Ship: With Michelangelo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Cute Monster Girl: She's a little more monstrous than some examples of this trope, having an anthropomorphic reptilian head instead of a human face, but she's still very cute and a lovely girl despite looking like a humanoid spiny lizard.
  • Driven to Suicide: How she became an orphan.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Her mother was abducted by aliens, who impregnated her with a genetically altered embryo that become Horridus.
  • Happily Married: To Battle Tank.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Because of how socially inept she is, and because her parents didn't think of her as human enough to being worthy of learning what their interpretation of the bible demanded of "proper" behavior, Horridus has very little understanding of modesty, and unthinkingly flaunts or shows off her rather nicely curved figure.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: Her parents kept her locked up in their basement for her entire childhood, which made her quite socially inept for the longest time.

Mighty Man AKA Nurse Ann Stevens
As Mighty Man

  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Ann as Mighty Man. Her friend Phyllis wants to sleep with Mighty Man even though she knows he's really Ann.
  • Blessed with Suck: Being an Expy of Captain Marvel sounds cool, except for the Gender Bender and, more seriously, that Ann can't get any nourishment of anything Mighty Man eats, which means she could starve or die of thirst if she is transformed too long.
  • Flying Brick: She can fly and has super strength and durability.
  • Gender Bender: Nurse Stevens' entire power set is that she has the ability to transform between her birth form, that of a human woman, and that of a male Flying Brick.
  • Hospital Hottie: Ann in her natural form is a fully licensed hospital nurse and a very attractive woman.
  • Killed Off for Real: her Earth version is killed by Chelsea Nirvana.
  • Missed the Call: She just happened to be the one at the deathbed of the previous Mighty Man, Robert Berman. His Grandson Billy didn't get to the hospital in time, so he transferred his powers to her instead.
    • Ann almost Missed The Call herself, being unaware of the transfer for weeks until she accidentally made the motion to transform into Mighty Man (striking her forearms together, while trying to break a fall). Her Savage World counterpart never had the accident, and went unknowing for years, until the Dragon from the original timeline showed her how to transform.
  • Secret Identity: A very effective one, since her super-identity and her true identity are completely different genders with very obviously different physiques.

Superpatriot AKA John Quincy Armstrong

  • Bottomless Magazines: His nanomachines can fabricate replacement bullets, shells and other ammunition as fast as he uses it, so he never has to worry about running out of shots in combat.

Rapture AKA Sharona Jackson

  • Anything That Moves: The Savage World version of Rapture. Unfortunately, she's also disgustingly obese, unhygienic, and insane.
  • Breeding Slave: Implied to have happened to her in Dimension X, before she fought back and took control of the monsters. After she captures her former allies who have become trapped there, she tells them in no uncertain terms that she plans to have her monsters do the same thing to them.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl To Dragon.
  • Electric Black Guy: Electric Black Girl, actually; she's a African-American woman with Shock and Awe abilities, which is one of the most common power sets for African-American superhumans in comics.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In Issue 230, she is revealed to be alive in Dimension X, and very, very evil.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Invoked but ultimately subverted.
  • Killed Off for Real: On Earth, Darkworld, and Savage World.
  • Most Common Superpower: she admits that she relies on static cling to keep her costume in place.
  • Psycho Electro: Rapture in The Savage World is a homeless schizophrenic who believes she's an angel/alien with invisible wings.
  • Shock and Awe: She has electric powers.



    Liberty & Justice 

Liberty Farrell

Justice Farrell



Roxanne Wells

    The Deadly Duo 


The Kid Avenger

     The Vicious Circle 


  • Legacy Character: There were three Overlords so far: Antonio Seghetti, Vic Nixon and Flash Mercury.
  • Powered Armor: Uses highly advanced armored exoskeletons to be a threat.

Cyberface or King Khan

  • Back from the Dead: Twice: First thanks to project born again so he could testify against Overlord and later through Brain Upload.
  • Big Bad: Of the "This Savage World" arc.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Was quick to replace Overlord when the later died.
  • Enemy Mine: Fought with dragon against booth Overlord and Horde.
  • Technopath: His powers. His Savage world counterpart was even powerful enough to control the entire worlds technology.


  • Anti-Villain: His goal is to create a world where "freaks" like him can live without suppression. It's just unfortunate that his hatred of humanity gets in the way.
  • Defector from Decadence: He absolutely couldn't stand Horde's leadership and briefly helped Dragon by becoming The Mole. He was quick to rejoin the vicious circle once Overlord III came.
  • Flying Brick: A classic example. The fact that he can fly also is one of the few reasons Dragon has never been able to defeat him in a fight as he is otherwise just as strong.
  • Freudian Excuse: Why he hangs around with the vicious circle: Was constantly bullied throughout his life and had to see booth his parents and grandparent commit suicide.
  • The Dragon: To Cyberface before he died and later to Overlord III.

Abner Carvader



Horde/The Wicked Worms

  • The Worm That Walks: Horde is an amalgamation of thousands of Wicked Worms
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The Wicked Worms were introduced long before Horde but the true significance of their power was yet to be revealed.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Horde preferred to work from the shadows by utilizing the mind control abilities of the wicked worms to make sure he could't be be linked to any of his activities.
  • Mind Control: The Wicked Worms can do this by attaching themselves to people.

    Other Villains 


  • Affably Evil: He is actually quite a nice guy. It's just that he also loves maiming and eating people.
  • Meaningful Name: "Mako" is a type of shark, while he is giant walking shark.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Mauled Superpatriot prior to the start of the series, which was one of the events that inspired Dragon to become a police.

Mr. Glum
With his power armor
Without Power Armor 

  • Boldly Coming: Lets just say he's not one to take questions of his virility lying down.
  • Mister Big: Outside of his Powered Armor, he is a very diminitive alien who is towered by anyone else, specially around his human girlfriend.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He is in genuinely in love with Savage World!Angel Dragon and tends to react very violently when she is injured.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Evil!Angel Dragon.
  • Galactic Conqueror: In Dimension-X, he had conquered several planets and laid waste to many others that stood in his way.
  • Killer Rabbit: Glum looks a little red doll and has a rather harmless name, but he is not to be underestimated: he is a fearsome Galactic Conqueror that devastated armies in his powered suit and could very well destroy Earth.
  • Powered Armor: To make up for his height, he wears a power armor that makes him a much more formidable foe capable of trading blows with the dragons.




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