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  • Combo Platter Powers: Thanks to the random nature of the second phase's Super Empowering, some Morituri get only a single power while others gain multiple random ones. Sometimes the single power turns out to be more versatile than it first appears (e.g. Scanner's seeming enhanced senses actually being full-on Psychic Powers)
  • Deadly Upgrade: Shortly before the Morituri Effect takes their lives, a Morituri gets a strong spike upwards in their level of power, although this itself is (usually) not fatal, only a symptom of their imminent death.
  • Fanservice Pack: In-universe. The first phase of the Morituri Process puts the subject into better-than-perfect health, usually adds height and muscle, and can cause other physical alterations as well. Blackthorn was particularly enthused about her newly-cleared skin and slight bust enhancement.
  • Improbable Age: Since the Morituri Process works best in people around the age of eighteen (and the Morituri Effect takes longer to happen), most Morituri members are in their early twenties at best. This wasn't discovered until after the Black Watch was created, resulting in the deaths of two of them while on a mission.
  • Lightning Bruiser: As part of the Morituri Process, all Morituri gain a powerful overall physical enhancement in order to prepare their bodies for the second phase, and thus have a degree of Super Strength, Super Speed, Super Reflexes, and Super Toughness.
  • Multinational Team: The members of the Strikeforce are drawn from different backgrounds, nations, and cultures. Justified as the rare people who qualify for the process could come from anywhere.
  • Propaganda Hero: There's a lot of media in-universe about the Morituri, intended to bolster Earth's morals during the war against the Horde (and also increase their trust in the Paideia).
  • Super Empowering: The second Phase of the Morituri Process involves gaining bona fide superpowers.
  • Superpower Meltdown: Depending on the subjects powers and state of mind, their deaths due to the Morituri Effect can end up being rather dramatic—or very peaceful.
  • Taking You with Me: At least one Morituri managed to weaponize the Morituri Effect itself once it started, destroying themselves and their foes in an explosion of energy.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: In many cases the superpowers developed during the second part of the Process don't develop until a subject faces a high amount of stress. Dr. Tuolema and Commander Nion therefore developed The Garden, a potentially deadly training facility.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Once the Morituri Process is finished, a subject has a year or less to live, dying in what is known as the Morituri Effect. Eventually, a cure for this aspect of their powers is developed, however.


    The First Wave 


Harold Carl Everson

An aspiring writer and de facto leader of the first wave.

  • Attack Reflector: He can absorb and reflect energy attacks.
  • Aura Vision: He can see the "auras" of any lifeforms nearby, and identify them, this allows him to keep track of his teammates location and status.
  • Decoy Protagonist: He's the main character until he abruptly dies in issue 6.
  • Died During Production: He was writing a book about his experiences, but the Morituri Effect caught up with him on a mission.
  • Hot-Blooded: Even before getting his full powers, he is just itching for a fight.
  • The Leader: He becomes the leader of the first wave because of his hot-blooded nature and ability to bark out orders.
  • Would Hit a Girl: After his teammates are nearly killed in The Garden, he becomes convinced that Commander Nion is a Horde plant who's trying to kill them off before they can become a threat and savagely beats her before he's stopped. Given the horrifically stressful circumstances he was under, she finds it perfectly understandable and forgives him.


Louis Armanetti

A man with energy-projection abilities.

  • Batman Gambit: Afraid that death by the Morituri process would constitute suicide, and fearing for the life of Aline and her unborn child, he betrays the team in order to find out if the Horde's rumored cure is true. When he finds that the Horde was lying about a cure by bluffing them, he returns to the team, where Shear picks a fight with him and kills him, allowing him to die in battle as he wished.
  • Blinded by the Light: Part of his ability to project along the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Dirty Coward: Deconstructed; when he learns that the Horde may have a cure for the Morituri effect, he is the first to consider making a deal for it, but when he actually does take the deal, it's not for himself, but to find out if there's a cure so that Aline and her unborn child could survive.
  • Hand Blast: He can beam energy from the entire electromagnetic spectrum. He wears focusing sleeves on his forearms to direct them.
  • Playing with Fire: My combining his EM-projection with a source of plasma, such as Snapdragon's power or one of the Horde's welders, he can project flame.
  • Religious Bruiser: He re-develops some religious beliefs after his near-death experience in The Garden, and ultimately decides that waiting for the Morituri process to kill him would be the same as suicide, a mortal sin, even though a priest assured him otherwise.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Radian is killed by Shear when the latter believes he became a traitor to the Horde. In reality, Radian had feared that succumbing to the Morituri effect would be tantamount to the mortal sin of suicide, and he wanted to die in battle instead.
  • There Is a God!: Although he was apparently raised religious, he lapsed in later life. This changed in The Garden when he was paralyzed and at the brink of death after he became terrified at the prospect of burning for eternity. The fear both unleashed his secondary powers and started him wrestling with some heavy concepts.
  • Time to Step Up, Commander: He replaces Vyking as the de facto leader after the latter's death.
  • Walkie-Talkie Static: He can use his microwave powers to transmit a landline phone signal, though the first time he tries it it's very faint and staticky.


Aline Pagrovna

A young woman with the ability to break down solid matter.

  • Death by Childbirth: She dies after giving birth to Guy Harding's child. However, this is also potentially an inversion: since she survived past the one-year mark and only died after the child was born, her pregnancy might have been the only thing keeping her alive.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The death of Jelene sends her right up against the edge, and then Radian's murder at the hands of Shear sends her right over.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Aline dies in the arms of her lover, knowing their child will be able to develop normally in Dr. Tulolema's incubator and at peace with her death. Instead of exploding like so many others, she gently dissolves into nothing.
  • Make Them Rot: She can break down the molecular bonds in solid matter, causing things to rot and melt.
  • The Nondescript: She explains that she volunteered for the Morituri process to avoid this trope; she was perpetually ignored as uninteresting by everyone else around her, and decided a year of attention was preferable to an apathetic life.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: She quits the team after Shear murders Radian.


Lorna Raeburn

The first member of the first wave to get her powers, and also the first one to die.

  • Hand Blast: She uses wrist-mounted projectors to focus her plasma blasts.
  • Playing with Fire: She can create a flamethrower effect by combining her plasma bursts with Radian's energy projection powers.
  • Plucky Girl: Although we didn't get to see much of her, this appears to be her characterization.
  • Sacrificial Lion: She is the first member of the first wave to die.


Jelene Anderson

A devout Christian with the ability to intuitively understand anything she touches.

  • Healing Hands: She can synthesize antidotes and cures within her body by touching an infected person.
  • The Heart: She is the one who holds the original team together. Much of the reason why the second team is so dysfunctional is because they don't have someone like her on their team.
  • Instant Expert: She learns how to fly an aircraft just by touching the controls. On the other hand, figuring out how to use alien artifacts taken from the Horde takes her weeks of study.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: She remains almost as slim (albeit well-toned) as she was before the process, but she's as strong as most of her more muscular teammates.
  • Nice Girl: She is the nicest, sweetest Morituri ever. Even Harold Everson's parents, who otherwise despise the Morituri for failing to protect their son, think she's a lovely girl.
  • Personality Powers: The sweet Christian girl-next-door get a power that lets her heal people.
  • Possession Implies Mastery: She is able to intuitively understand anything she touches. This proves very useful when the team raids a Horde ship.
  • Religious Bruiser: Although the "bruiser" part is downplayed as her power makes her more useful as an analyst, she's religious and has the same physical enhancements as her teammates.
  • There Is a God!: Although she was already a devout Christian, she describes gaining the ability to analyze anything as allowing her appreciate the hand of God in everything more than she ever could before.
  • Token Religious Teammate: While many of the Morituri members are religious to varying degrees, Adept wears her faith up front. Her costume bears a heavy resemblance to priestly robes, and she often prays for guidance during stressful situations.


Robert Greenbaum

A hulking recruit with superhuman strength, endurance, and agility over and above his teammates.

  • The Berserker: After Vyking's death, he becomes obsessed with killing the Horde at all costs.
  • Big Eater: While his body was growing larger and more powerful, he was also constantly hungry.
  • The Big Guy: He's the largest of the Morituri recruits.
  • Facial Markings: He uses a laser to burn a large "M" onto his face.
  • Last Stand: He dies while destroying a major Horde ship in Jupiter's orbit.
  • Super Strength: He has a variation; his strength increases the longer he refrains from using it.
  • Taking You with Me: As he felt the beginnings of the Morituri Effect, he stored up his strength for a day or two, then combined the energy he'd been saving up with the explosive Effect, destroying a Horde ship.

    Second Wave 


William Deguchi

A telepath with the ability to send and receive thoughts.

  • Deadly Upgrade: After contacting the mind of one of the monstrous failed Morituri he becomes unable to turn off his powers, which begin developing rapidly until he starts being able to remotely sense things from great distances. Unfortunately, he becomes obsessed with death and begins exploring what happened to people as they died, which led to him retreating into himself and falling into a coma.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crosses this after discovering the failed Morituri.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He and Scaredycat dared each other to give each other the worst codenames they could think of.
  • Emotion Bomb: He can broadcast mental states to anyone nearby.
  • Handicapped Badass: During his empowering, he sustained an injury that required him to permanently wear a leg brace.
  • Heroic BSoD: As mentioned, following his contact with the failed Morituri, he started to become obsessed with death, eventually shuttering himself into his own mind.
  • Heroic RRoD: After languishing in a coma for a while, he burns out the last of his powers delivering a telepathic warning to Scanner.
  • Mad Oracle: As his powers began expanding and he grows obsessed with death, his sanity starts slipping in a case of rapid-onset depression.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Normally a mild-mannered Nice Guy, when he sees that the Paideia tried to make Morituri without Tulolema's supervision—and instead created twisted, agonized failures—Deguchi ends up killing the man in charge of the project—which starts a downward spiral for him.
  • Power Incontinence: His control over his abilities is limited to turning them on and off; when his powers are active, any thought or emotion he sends out will be received by anyone within range, and he picks up the thoughts of anyone nearby. Later, he finds it increasingly difficult to turn this power off, and ends up putting himself into a coma after it becomes too much for him.
  • Ship Tease: Has it with Scaredycat until he goes into a coma not even her entreaties can snap him out of.
  • Telepathy: He can broadcast thoughts and emotions indiscriminately to anyone within range. He also figures out how to read other people's thoughts, but this is also indiscriminate, so it doesn't help him as much as one would expect.


Pilar Lisieux

A speedster with the ability to cause panic in others.

  • Condescending Compassion: In her Day in the Limelight, she expresses pity for Jelene for dying as a Christian, feeling that her faith blinded her to the truth about the world beyond.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: She and Scatterbrain dared each other to give each other the worst codenames they could think of.
  • Emotion Bomb: She can broadcast fear and panic into anyone nearby.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She accidentally kills Wildcard when she jumps on his shoulders and squeezes his throat with her thighs. He panics and over-exerts himself trying to find a power that would allow him to shake her off.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: She is a mystic. This causes some friction with the devout Christian Jelene, who is a bit put off when Pilar refers to Jesus Christ as "one of the Great Masters". She also gets on Brava's nerves when she asks her about astronomy (Brava's former profession) and then actually tries to question her expertise when Brava presents a thoroughly unromantic view of the universe.
  • Ship Tease: She and Scatterbrain are hinted, though his descent keeps this from happening.
  • Super Speed: She is the fastest member from either the first or second wave.


Ruth Mastorakis

A confident young woman with the ability to generate various chemicals and toxins.

  • Ambiguously Bi: She doesn't need to kiss other girls in order to administer her chemicals (she could transmit those chemicals via touch or breath), but she does it anyway.
  • Breath Weapon: She can load her breath (technically her saliva) with a chemical (such as Knockout Gas) and exhale it.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was spurred to join the Morituri by a relationship that went horribly wrong. It seems she was involved with a man named Niko who ended up beating and humiliating her when she brought up the prospect of marriage.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: After Jason Edwards (the future Revenge) helped her and the rest of the Morituri escape from a Horde ship, she confessed that she was attracted to Jason and they shared a kiss. Then to their despair, the Morituri Effect hit and she had to flee before she detonated. Her last words were to declare that she loved him.
  • Healing Hands/Poisonous Person: She can generate a variety of helpful or harmful biochemicals after touching someone.
  • Kiss of Death: She can administer one of these by altering the chemical composition of her saliva.
  • Love at First Sight: She and Jason Edwards felt an immediate attraction but they didn't get to act on it beyond kissing and making a date.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: In her first mission, she disarms a Hordian by pretending to surrender and then generating a contact paralytic.


Greg Mattingly

A holovision actor who previously played Vyking on the Strikeforce Morituri TV show. After Harold Everson's death, he joined the Morituri program, and now has the ability to absorb and reflect energies directed at him.

  • Heroic Sacrifice: Feeling the Morituri Effect coming on him during a losing battle, he harnessed the power spike it gave him into an self-explosion that turned things around for the team.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Intended to be a replacement for Vyking, he turns out to be far less competent and less brave than Everson, and ends up being a second-stringer in the new team.
  • Purple Prose: Occasionally he has outbursts of overblown dialogue more fitting for his old job and has to be reminded to reign it in.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He looks a lot like Harold Everson, and has similar powers to him.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It's hinted that his self-explosion somehow (radioactivity?) caused Shear to develop the brain tumor that drove him mad.


Walther Feyzioglu

A Turkish-German hothead with the power to telekinetically cut through matter. He ends up becoming the new leader after Radian's death, much to his chagrin.

  • Blood Knight: During a talk show appearance, he talk about how much he loves tearing his enemies apart in great detail.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He is constantly pissed off about something. Scatterbrain describes him as "violence that eats itself." After his death, the scientists discover that he had an inoperable brain tumor that was slowly destroying his judgment.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: As his death grows nearer, he gets increasingly violent and paranoid, before finally snapping and killing Pogorelich.
  • Klingon Promotion: He is nearly promoted to team leader after killing Radian, but declines.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Despite the fact that he serves in the Morituri, he hates the Paideia, as their One World Government overlooks the poor and displaced like his family.
  • Sanity Slippage: As mentioned, he slowly grows insane over time thanks to the malignant tumor in his brain.
  • Secretly Dying: After his death, it's discovered that he had a brain tumor that was slowly killing him.
  • Shout-Out: An in-universe case, as he based his costume off an old 20th Century comic book character called The Punisher.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: A variant in that he gets along well enough with the rest of the team, but he resents the Paideia (the world government sponsoring the Morituri) for allowing Turks like himself to be treated as second-class citizens in his native Germany, and for keeping the poor struggling while the rich thrive.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: He is horrified when Pogorelich wants to promote him as a reward for killing Radian, as he despises the Paideia and does not want to be their puppet.


Domenica Contrera

A Spanish giantess with superhuman strength and endurance greater than those of the other members. She becomes the new leader after Radian's death.

  • Amazonian Beauty: She's just shy of seven feet tall, with a muscular build, sculpted European features, flowing black hair, and a very flattering blue leotard for a costume. She's well aware of the attention she gets and likes it.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Her powers basically make her a female version of Marathon.
  • Genius Bruiser: She was an astronomer before the Horde invaded.
  • Ice Queen: Scatterbrain compares her to a very cold mountain.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Her secondary "power" is to develop more physical prowess than the usual Morituri subject, though she's not quite at Marathon's baseline level, and lacks his ability to build up power.
  • Retirony: Shortly after leaving the team to spend her last days living peacefully in Spain, she assassinated by Tiger, working with the conspiracy.
  • Super Strength: She is the strongest Morituri after Marathon passes.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Following the death of Shear, she becomes the last surviving member of the Second Team, and the only one to live to see the Horde's defeat.
  • Team Leader: After it becomes clear that Walther isn't cut out to lead, she takes over as the team's leader.


Lt. Burke O'Halloran

A former West Point cadet and 2nd lieutenant in the defense forces with the ability to harden any substance.

  • Blood Knight: He's never happier than when he's battling the Horde. When the Paideia orders the Morituri to shelter in place, Hardcase is outraged.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He can fight really dirty when he wants to. During the showdown with the previous Morituri, he uses his powers to harden Aline's skin, rendering her incapable of breathing too deeply without risking severe internal injuries.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He and Silencer are burned alive by a microwave blast.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: In any conflict between the Paideia and his peers, he instinctively takes the Paideia's side.
  • Consummate Professional: A professional soldier before he joined, he follows the orders of his superiors even when he doesn't like them.
  • Genre Savvy: Having been a military officer, he has a special insight on some of the Horde's similar techniques, as well as being able to understand Pogorelich's training methods.
  • Sex Equals Death: He dies shortly after losing his virginity to Silencer.
  • Super Toughness: He can increase the density of anything he touches to produce this effect, and use it to incapacitate enemies.


Akiya Badaranaike

A refugee from Gabon with the ability to silence all sound within a certain range.

  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Her powers basically involve stopping vibrations. She quickly figures out a deadly use for this ability - stopping heartbeats.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her family and her lover were slaughtered by the Horde.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: She and Hardcase die when the Horde blast them with microwaves from a satellite. It's one of the most unpleasant deaths in the series.
  • Painting the Medium: When she uses her powers, the color is removed from the area she's silencing, to represent the lack of sound.
  • Sex Equals Death: She and Hardcase both die after having sex.
  • Sex for Solace: She offers to have sex with Hardcase after learning that he's never even had a girlfriend.
  • The Stoic: According to William, Akiya is filled with rage and grief for her homeland that would consume her if she ever expressed it.


John Crenella

A recruit with the ability to mimic the abilities of his teammates.

  • Facial Markings: He paints a black diamond over his right eye.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: His dying act is to absorb Blackthorn's power, which combined with her pregnancy staves off her death from the Morituri effect. It's unclear if this was an intentional dying gesture or just random chance .
  • It's Personal: He chose to become a Morituri because his father was enslaved.
  • Power Copying: He could duplicate the ability of any other Morituri member nearby.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He is the first member of the second wave to die.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: Carries a hand weapon of some sort in a hip holster—one of the only Morituri to do so.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He constantly misapplies his powers, which causes his powers to burn him out during his fight with the first team.

    The Third Wave 


Dan Baker

One of the few survivors of a Horde attack on Utah. As luck would have it, he was deemed suitable for the Morituri process, and gained clairsentience.

  • Death Seeker: After his hometown, family, friends and pregnant fiancee were all wiped out by a badly-targeted bomb, he volunteered to become a Morituri, seeing it as a long suicide.
  • Doomed Hometown: His hometown of Pinecrest, Utah, was wiped out by the Horde.
  • Lost Lenore: His beloved girlfriend was killed by aerial bombardment.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Scanner has clairsentience, though he initially thinks it's super senses until the psychic aspect became known.
  • Second Love: He eventually falls in mutual love with Pyro.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He happens to join just as Scatterbrain is about to die, and just happens to have telepathy as part of his power set.
  • Technopath: A neural jack installed in his head allows him some control over machines.


Jason Edwards

A former prisoner and slave of the Horde. He was freed by Toxyn when the team raided a Horde ship. Extremely knowledgeable about the Va-Shakk and their culture, the Paideia views him with suspicion and thus forced him to undergo the Morituri process, which granted him the power to make objects explode.

  • Boxed Crook: Unlike the other recruits, his recruitment was less than voluntary; he had been a soldier before his capture, and thus when he returned, the Paideia accused him of desertion and gave him the choice between execution and service in the Morituri.
  • Cassandra Truth: Try as he might to explain that he was kidnapped and enslaved by the Horde and rescued the Morituri by hijacking a Horde vehicle, the Paideia still treat him like a deserter and willing collaborator.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His time as a slave of the Horde gave him a lot of valuable insight into their culture.
  • Frame-Up: When the conspiracy within the Paideia tries to kill the other members of the team by bombing the bridge their train is about go go over, he manages to reach the train just too late to stop the bridge from blowing and is attacked by Ghost. Thanks to Edwards's explosive powers and the fact that it looked like he was using them on nothing, it was easy for the conspirators to frame him.
  • Love at First Sight: He and Toxyn felt an immediate, powerful attraction but they didn't get to act on it beyond kissing and making a date before the Morituri effect blew her up.
  • Made of Explodium: He can convert anything to energy by touching it. He once managed to kill someone with super speed just by touching them once.
  • Sole Survivor: Of his unit. After being overlooked during the Curb-Stomp Battle they suffered, he swiped some civilian clothing (knowing the Horde would kill a soldier on sight) but still got caught while trying to escape.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He just happens to join the team shortly after Backhand's death, with powers comparable to Backhand's.


Yoko Wantanabe

A Japanese pyrokinetic.


Fiona Windsor

An English-born telepath and telekinetic.

    The Shadow Team 

In the wake of the VXX199's sudden appearance and the abrupt end of Earth's war with the Horde, the Paideia feared that their government would be declared obsolete, and thus commissioned a trio of hardened criminals to be given powers to protect their interests.


Tam Van Ok

A former Cambodian assassin with invisibility powers.

  • Affably Evil: After he kills off the conspirators who cheated him, he reveals himself to the Morituri, apologizes for trying to kill them, and teams up with them to hunt down Lamont.
  • Consummate Professional: A masterful assassin who follows his contracts—as long as he isn't cheated. He also doesn't murder innocent bystanders, and puts Wind on his kill list after learning that he has.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: While at Guy Harding's house to kill Tuolema, he happens to hear Tuolema talking about how they have no idea whether or not the closest thing they had to a cure for the Morituri Effect would even work, which gives Ghost pause. He's about to try again, when Tuolema mentions that the cure is actually a benign virus which he'd spread to Guy (and, unknowingly, Ghost) by being in their presence. This makes him spare Tuolema, likely out of pragmatism.
  • Invisibility: This is the power he gained as a result of the Morituri Process, and it works via psychically confusing the senses so they can't detect him. It even works on electronic devices! But not psychic powers.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: His POV mentions being able to do things like read peoples' thoughts and cloud their minds before the Morituri treatment. It's unclear if he somehow had powers of some sort beforehand or was "just" ridiculously perceptive and skilled.
  • Stealth Expert: He was a master at not being seen before he could actually be invisible.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: The government told him that the Morituri process was safe because it could be cured. They didn't mention that no one was sure if the cure actually worked or was safe. Upon learning that he was tricked, he decided to kill the conspirators who'd hired him.


Zakir Shastri

A Pakistani mercenary with the ability to generate energy blades.

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Takes over India once the Paideia collapses.
  • Blood Knight: "Death sounds are my music. Sex and drugs are no substitute for hot adrenalin."
  • Carpet of Virility: A hairy, hairy man.
  • Laser Cutter: His powers allow him to generate energy blades around his hands.
  • Make Them Rot: In addition to cutting, his energy "claws" break down molecular bonds, much like Blackthorn's power.
  • Professional Killer: He has no qualms about killing women and children as long as the Paideia's paying him.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Before killing Brava he tells her to "submit" to him, and after she starts fighting, he tells her if she'd let him have his way with her he might have spared her a little longer.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Like Ghost, the government lied to him about a cure for the Morituri Effect, and he'd've killed the conspirators who'd hired him if Ghost hadn't gotten to them first.


Julio Diego Gonzales (A.K.A. Red Cougar)

A serial killer of Mexican/possibly Native American descent with superhuman speed powers.

  • A God Am I: Starts believing this after the Morituri treatment.
  • Ax-Crazy: Your typical insane serial killer-type.
  • Boxed Crook: The Paideia was willing to overlook his criminal past in exchange for his service in their black-ops squad.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Because people going quietly insane doesn't work for a superhero comic.
  • Insistent Terminology: Beat up a guy for not calling him "Red Cougar". That's pretty insistent.
  • Magical Native American: He thinks he's one, first believing himself to be The Chosen One, then believing himself an actual God.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: Before being recruited, he was serving a life sentence for murdering transients.
  • Super Speed: His powers allow him to run at high speeds.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: He dies after punching Revenge, unaware that doing so allows Revenge to convert him into energy.
  • Windmill Crusader: He believes that he's a Native chief named "Red Cougar" who's on a divine mission to keep the world from being overrun by "broken people" (i.e. transients).

    The Paideia 

The One World Government that rules Earth in the wake of the Horde's invasion.

Dr. Kimo Tuolema

The scientist who came up with the Morituri Process.

  • Frame-Up: The conspirators within the Paideia frame him for their crimes, claiming that he used the Morituri Process to make terrorists in order to overthrow the government.
  • It's Personal: After the Morituri effect killed the Black Watch on their first mission, Tuolema quit the project...but then his only child was killed in a Horde invasion.
  • My Greatest Failure: He regrets allowing the military to have the Morituri Process before figuring out a way to prevent the Morituri from dying.

Commander Beth Luis Nion

A former television network producer, and the first commander of the Morituri.

  • Blessed with Suck: The Morituri process gave her the ability to make flowers bloom. And that's it.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her former ties to the media world allow her to make the team into celebrities, which also has the knock-on effect of forcing the Paideia to keep the team public instead of letting it be turned into a black-ops program.
  • A Father to His Men: She becomes a mother figure to her team, to the point of undergoing the Morituri Process herself in the hopes of being able to contribute. Unfortunately, it doesn't work properly in her case.
  • Green Thumb: Her secret power was the ability to make flowers bloom.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She is tough and demanding, but also cares about the Morituri under her command.
  • Secretly Dying: Before becoming the team's commander, she underwent the Morituri process, but ended up with the relatively useless power of making flowers bloom, leaving her with a power that she couldn't use and only a year left to live.
  • Shoot the Dog: She acquiesces to put the budding Morituri through The Garden, a potentially-fatal training room which has killed two people already, in the hopes of jump-starting their secondary powers. They very nearly do die to The Garden's threats, but she keeps the simulation going until they demonstrate said powers, much to her later guilt.
  • Team Mom: A major reason why the first team was so successful was the fact that she was around to keep them together.

Commander Yuri Pogorelich

A career soldier in the Paideia, and the second commander of the Strikeforce Morituri.

  • Creator Cameo: He is modelled after series co-creator Peter Gillis.
  • Too Clever by Half: He turned the Strikeforce into a lean, efficient machine for fighting and killing the Horde. Unfortunately for him, his higher-ups suddenly decide to switch to a defensive posture, leaving him with a team full of restless soldiers with severe anger-management problems. It does not end well for him.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: In sharp contrast to Nion, Pogorelich cares only about discipline, results and victories. This attitude ends up biting him in the ass when, after months of trying to groom the violent and unstable Walther to take over the squad, based purely on Walther's violent instincts, Walther instead snaps and murders him, convinced that Pogorelich is planning to kill him.


    The Black Watch 
The predecessors of the Morituri program, the Black Watch consisted of three ordinary soldiers granted abilities by Tuloema's process. Naturally, they are long dead.

Bruce Higashi

A Japanese-American soldier with super-speed powers.

  • A Fate Worse Than Death: The Horde figures out a way to keep him alive past the point where the Morituri Effect would have killed them, but they torture him the whole time.

Clinton Rogers

A superhumanly-strong American soldier.

Woodrow Green

A soldier with eye-blasting powers.

  • Eye Beams: He was able to shoot energy beams out of his eyes.