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¿Quando? ¡Ahora! Dark Watch Universe
¿Quando? ¡Ahora! Dark Watch
From left to right: Shockwave, Lucky Strike, Lady Luck, and Rat Beast
Lucky Strike (Setback)
Lady Luck (Kismet)
Rat Beast (Plague Rat / Eduardo Lopez)
The prime universe Wraith's Eduardo López, who was killed by Spite, if he'd been a cop instead of a paralegal, and if he'd gone on to become patient zero for the Plague Rat curse/contagion.
- By-the-Book Cop: He used to be this. Unfortunately, he was a cop in Rook City which isn't exactly the best environment for those looking to do good.
- Composite Character: Of Wraith's paralegal friend Eduardo López who was killed by Spite in the main universe, with Plague Rat's curse.
- Expy: His backstory of being a friend of the resident Batman expy's friend who goes on to be mutated seems to be a nod to the Ethan Bennett version of Clayface from The Batman.
- I Am a Monster: He feels this way about being a rat beast.
- Unstoppable Rage: He flies into a frenzy when badly damaged, in which his self-control plummets as his monstrous strength skyrockets.
- Was Once a Man: Was once a well-intentioned police officer.
- Anti-Hero: He's rude and condescending to his teammates, and is implied to get into a lot of shady, dirty business as a bounty hunter. Part of his joining the team involves promising to keep a lid on this sort of thing, and the creators confirm that if his story wasn't just a one-shot, he'd probably undergo Character Development to move past this.
- Bounty Hunter: His day job at the point in time when he comes to this version of Earth.
- For Want of a Nail: Not finding the aid his people needed on Earth or the acceptance of the other Prime Wardens, this version of M'kk became an alien bounty hunter like Greazer Clutch. He's also something of what Greazer might have been like if he never came to enjoy the work.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: He's a much darker take on Tempest, with red lightning instead of blue and a caped cowl.
- Guttural Growler: If Adam's impression of him on the Letters Page is any indication.
- In the Hood: Has a long cape and peaked cowl.
Possibly an alternate version of Nightmist with the Wraith's name.
- Apocalypse Cult: If the Coven of Gloom is anything like the mainstream Cult of Gloom.
- Our Mages Are Different: Seemingly some sort of undead witch who's part of the Coven of Gloom.
- Summon Magic: She summoned a monstrous, demonic version of Spite to cover her escape.
- Last of Their Kind: If he's anything like mainstream Bloogo then he's this.
- Pokémon Speak: Like mainstream Bloogo he can only say his name (which is likely how he got his name in the first place).
- Unexpected Character: If anyone from the mainline setting was going to appear as a villain, chances are no one was expecting it to be Deadline's fairly literal Morality Pet, a one-off target from the Enclave of the Endlings.
Night Terror (Expatriette)
- The Bus Came Back: In-universe (and technically out, too). Just when you thought she was just a one-shot character she comes back as part of the cast of the new Disparation comic line post-MistStorm timeline destruction.
- Cool Guns: They're temporary but being able to make guns out of shadows is pretty damn cool.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: To Lucky Strike.
- Rebellious Spirit: She got so rebellious she broke into a freaking lab that was trying to do good stuff and almost died while defacing it.
- Toxic Friend Influence: To Lucky Strike in the past. So very much.
The Chairman (Citizen Dawn)
Officer Kel-Voss (Grand Warlord Voss)
- The Ghost: We never see him. He's just mentioned by Shockwave as the reason for why he's hiding out on Earth.
- Good Counterpart: Presumably, since this version of Tempest isn't exactly heroic.
¿Quando? ¡Ahora! Freedom Five Universe
¿Quando? ¡Ahora! Freedom Five
The Freedom Five
From left to right: Plaything on top of Infinitor-Apenote , Unity, The Ashen Heir, and Apex.
The Ashen Heir (The Argent Adept)
The gender-flipped version of Anthony Drake, but with Nightmist's mist-based curse.
- Composite Character: She's Argent Adept's Alternate Self but has looks and magical twists to her powers that also resemble Nightmist.
- Gender Flip: In this universe, she's Angela Drake instead of Anthony.
- Magical Flutist: She carries a pan flute with the soul of her grandmother Abigail Grey, the previous Virtuoso of the Void, inside.
- Magic Music: As is typical of a Virtuoso of the Void.
- Powers via Possession: Until she finally learns everything she needs to about being a Virtuoso on her own, she gains the bulk of her powers and knowledge from her great-to-the-nth grandmother possessing her.
Unity (composite of Unity & Omnitron X)
Plaything (The Dreamer)
- The Atoner: Still trying to make up for all the chaos caused by the Dreamer.
- I Am a Monster: She's having trouble getting over her Dreamer phase.
Apex (composite of Bugbear & The Naturalist)
- Animorphism: He can turn into various apex predators.
- Composite Character: In this universe Moris Dugal gets powers like Naturalist's instead of his main counterpart's Bugbear powers.
- Meaningful Name: His name is Apex and he transforms into Apex predators.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Zigzagged. He can deliberately trigger the changes, but they also sometimes come on him with little warning. He trains to minimize this.
Infinitor-Ape / "Apefinitor" (Infinitor)
- Bash Brothers: In this universe Hugh (Captain Cosmic) and Nigel both ended up sane and heroic, and fought villains together for a time.
- Early-Bird Cameo: A long time coming: an evil version of the same ape appears as an enemy (Treacherous Ape) in The Dreamer's villain deck. That same ape actually appears in front of the same circus ape in the art for Tachyon's Lightning Reflexes card, all the way back in the base game!
- Good Counterpart: This version of Infinitor is fully a hero.
- Killer Gorilla: Possibly an orangutan, but nevertheless, a big scary ape.
- Power Crystal: The green oblivion shard that granted Infinitor his powers. This version of the character has the crystal embedded in his forehead.
- Soul Jar: After his physical body was obliterated by this universe's vastly more powerful Empyreon, all that's left of him is the oblivion shard containing his consciousness. The ape he has to inhabit is built as a replacement for the old one.
- Status Buff: An In-Universe example. His power is that he uses energy to increase his strength in parts of his body.
- Was Once a Man: Is now inhabiting the body of an ape due to some weird comic book resurrection shenanigans.
The Fearsome Five
The Fearsome Five
From left to right: Terminal Velocity, Black Frost, Legacy of Destruction, White Wraith, and Rampart
Legacy of Destruction (Legacy)
- Beware the Superman: Actually not as bad as Iron Legacy's example, but he's still pretty out-of-control and super powerful. The digital game actually has the heroic Luminary of this universe spell out the fact that if nothing else, at least Legacy of Destruction seems to have fun being evil.
Black Frost (Absolute Zero)
- An Ice Person: Like mainstream Absolute Zero.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns as part of the post-MistStorm Disparation books.
- Control Freak: The creators have said that part of his villainous characterization is wanting to freeze the world in place.
Terminal Velocity (Tachyon)
White Wraith (Wraith)
The Founding Five
The Founding Five
Luminary (Baron Blade)
- Gadgeteer Genius: And how! For one there's her lunar prison where she traps Legacy of Destruction on the moon (which doesn't last very long). There's the Omnitron Defense System which defends Megalopolis and other cities from destruction. And of course, there's the beam she used to trap Legacy of Destruction in stasis and then beam him to a prison in Antarctica.
- Gender Flip: Of Baron Blade.
- Promoted to Playable: She appears as the promo variant for Luminary in OblivAeon.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's a princess who uses her gadgets to fight evil.
- Body Horror: Volunteering for medical experiments left him superstrong, but also deformed and unable to breath anything but ammonia.
- Dumb Is Good: In contrast to his mainline counterpart, this Donovan is not terribly bright, but has the best of intentions.
- The Empath: He can sense peoples emotions and also calm them down.
- Nice Guy: He is the ultimate nice guy, which makes sense since his counterpart, Spite, is the ultimate psychopath.
Express (Fright Train)
- Gender Flip: A female version of the male Fright Train.
- Hurricane of Puns: In any universe, in any gender, Fright Train absolutely loves train puns.
- Gender Flip: Is a male version of the female Ermine.
- Hurricane of Puns: Loves photography puns.
- Light 'em Up: Can create blasts of light from his hands. Unusually, rather than doing damage, these instead serve to blind and stun adversaries.
- Pretty Boy: Is outright described as being a "foppish pretty boy".
- Invisibility: As long as he has eye contact with you, you can't see him.
- Intangibility: In conjunction with that, he can phase through other matter.
Zosimos Alchemista (Biomancer)
- Flesh Golem: He still makes these but he only has one and whenever one dies he replaces it. However, instead of them being disposable he thinks of each of them as a very good friend and when they die he relays their story to the next flesh child.
- Walking the Earth: And collecting knowledge on the way.
- HeelFace Turn: Was a career criminal but the Bloodsworn Colosseum turned him around.
The Bloodsworn Colosseum (The Bloodsworn Colosseum)
- Boisterous Bruiser: Most of them seem to be very boisterous since they're putting on a show instead of fighting to the death.
The Omnitron Defense System (Omnitron)
- Citadel City: Is responsible for turning several cities into this.
Mayor Pike (The Chairman)
- Benevolent Boss: Does it count if he's the boss of a bunch of authority figures such as the police?
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He generally is a rather reasonable and good man who will fully support the heroes.
Chief DeLeon (The Operative)
- By-the-Book Cop: She's a good cop and always does what's right.
- Da Chief: We don't see her boss around any subordinates but it's likely she is this.
The XTREME! Prime Wardens
Xtreme Prime Wardens
From left to right: Haka, Tempest, The Argent Adept, Fanatic, and Captain Cosmic
- '90s Anti-Hero: Their universe is basically one big love letter to said era and the decade as a whole, in particular to Rob Liefeld-inspired character designs, the crazy fashion and hair, and how everything was marketed as being XTREME and over-the-top. To quote Guise: "Leather! Metal! Spikes! Chains!"
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: Xtreme Argent Adept is the only one whose base power deals more than 1 damage, but it's actually better spent ordering other characters to play an extra card and use an extra power. Surely no accident, then, that this synergizes especially well with Xtreme Captain Cosmic, allowing him to toss out more constructs and then fire them all at a single target, and Xtreme Fanatic — if she can burn an enemy to the ground with one of her AOE cards, she can then choose a new target for Kill the Spirit, not to mention Rebel Yell's damage priming her for Wrathful Retribution.
- Denser and Wackier: The creators note that the original stories set in this universe were actually reasonably sober and serious, but over time, it turned into over-the-top parody.
- Let's You and Him Fight: They pass through a portal into the mainline universe and immediately start fighting with their Alternate Selves, but eventually sort things out, leaving the prime Prime Wardens with a warning as they return to their own reality.
- Not Your Daddy's X: The devs keep saying this all through the XPW's Letters Page episode. The episode is even referred to in the show notes as Not your dads episode.
- Perma-Stubble: As Adam puts it, "You have permanent five-o'clock shadow; it will not go lower than that".
- Theme Naming: All of the powers for the Xtreme Prime Wardens variant character cards are named for various '90s hard rock and metal songs.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: It is the Xtreme-verse, after all. Though in the actual comics nobody says Xtreme.
Xtreme Argent Adept
- '90s Hair: Fashionably shaggy reddish Bon Jovi-style long hair.
- Cool Shades: Wears a silver pair of these in contrast to his main counterpart not wearing any sort of face covering. The creators note that they're evenly matched in power except that Xtreme Argent Adept has "those sweet shades and his guitar".
- The Power of Rock: In this universe his Virtuoso instrument is an electric guitar and a rebel yell.
- Punk Rock: Channels this with a base power that's a Shout-Out (Pun intended) to Billy Idol.
- Worthy Opponent: In the digital version Akash'Bhuta notes that she actually kinda likes this version of Argent better for being "loud and dissonant" and "chaotic", though she's still going to kill him anyway.
Xtreme Captain Cosmic
- '90s Hair: This version of Cap rocks an Ultimate Warrior-esque mane.
- Cool Shades: Like Argent, he wears a pair of mirrorshades, gold in his case, in place of his usual Domino Mask.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: This version of him has a power that deals a target one energy damage, then causes each of his constructs in play to deal that same target 1 energy damage.
- London Gangster: In this incarnation he brandishes Hard Light submachine guns, and has a much lower-class, more confrontational attitude than his "prime" universe counterpart.
- More Dakka: He shouts in his intro dialogue in the digital game that he has "more golden guns than you've had hot dinners", and demonstrates by posing like Cable with a couple of them.
- Draw Aggro: He has the only base power in the game that lets a hero take damage in place of another target, and regenerates a free point of health the first time he takes damage each turn after activating it.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: He has one of these with the sleeves artfully ripped off, based on one of Wolverine's old costumes, complete with a dusting of shoulder hair and a heavy five o'clock shadow.
- Samurai Ponytail: Loose in the back, rather than his usual man-bun. Wolverine occasionally wore one of these, too.