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The HeroYour hero avatar, who serves as the main character in the game.
- The Cape: This is your default role as the protagonist. Both the Kingpin and Trixie expressedly label you this way, the former in a derogatory manner when you defeat him, the latter while flirting with you in Dr. Fulkerth's item store. Of course, through the wonders of avatar designing, you can make your character's appearance to be more like The Cowl (among numerous other options).
- The Determinator: Especially evident during your character's second in-story fight against Alloy.
- Flying Brick: Just one of many abilities you have and can collect in-story.
- Hand Blast: In many, many varieties.
- Made of Iron / Super Toughness: The only reason you don't get turned to paste the first time you fight Alloy.
- Super Speed: You get several abilities that give you this, and it's frequently used in-story.
Shadow KnightA former superhero who's still well-known and famous despite having retired from heroics prior to your coming on the scene. His real name is Jefferson Night (no, that's not a typo) and he's the owner of the Night Tech company.
- BFG: It's later revealed that he's got a whole cache of these.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": He wears a stylized "S" on his belt buckle.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: As he is described on a recent Ability card called Knight's Code: "Guardian of the people and upholder of justice, Shadow Knight will do everything in his power to keep the city safe from villainy. He will put himself in between you and danger, without hesitation."
- Dating Catwoman: Used to do this with Catalyst, in both their identities. This was outlined during a recent Tug-of-War event in the game that explained their past history.
- Expy: He's essentially Superman with energy-based powers.
- Handicapped Badass: Shadow Knight walks with a cane these days, but this apparently doesn't hamper his heroics one bit.
- Papa Wolf: For his daughter Starry.
Starry KnightShadow Knight's daughter, real name Jessica Night, and an aspiring superhero herself. She plays a critical role in the Supervillain City and Sins' City missions.
- Antihero: Starry under the influence of the Dark Matter Entity is this, complete with an Evil Costume Switch.
- FaceHeel Turn / Superpowered Evil Side: After being replaced by a robot, captured by the forces of hell, and finally bonded with the Dark Matter Entity, Starry came back to superhero to curb-stomp bad guys. The Dark Matter raid is about the fight to cleanse her of the Entity.
- Took a Level in Badass / Took a Level in Jerkass: During her FaceHeel Turn while under control of the Dark Matter Entity.
The TravelerA time-traveling hero who pops up often to give you cryptic advice.
Alexandra ThorneThe leader of the law-enforcement organization known as BADGE.
- Action Girl
- Expy: Of Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D..
- Glass Eye: She sports a red one in place of her right eye.
Henry the HammerArchaeologist Henry Jones sought a mystical hammer said to give its wielder great power. On finding the hammer, with your hero character's help, he transforms into the mighty hero Henry the Hammer.
The FoundryA group of five metallic superheroes who you meet during the SHC Labs missions. Led by Neutronium (whose body is black and purple), the other members are Plutonium (green and yellow), Titanium (white and blue), Steel (sea-blue and sky-blue) and Copper (brown and gold).
SunstoneA superhero who you meet in the Cairo missions, who's dressed like an ancient Egyptian pharaoh.
- Badass in Distress: During the Cairo missions.
IshaA female ally who you first meet in the New Delhi missions. Initially appearing as an Indian native, she's later revealed to actually be an Atlantean.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: In her true form.
- Fauxreigner: When you first meet her, she's masquerading as a mysterious Indian woman.
KaseyA young girl and resident of Supervillain City, who you meet during that city's missions. She offers to become your sidekick in exchange for you getting her out of that dimension.
- Does Not Like Spam: She dislikes eating vegetables. Getting her to eat her veggies is one of the missions on that tier.
- HeelFace Turn: Shortly after you meet her, Kasey offers to become your sidekick in exchange for an opportunity to escape Supervillain City.
Hell On WheelsA red-skinned devil-hero who serves as your ally in the fight against the Lords of Sin, the Seven Deadly Sins, and the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Dr. Reginald FulkerthA genius scientist and Shadow Knight's arch-nemesis.
- Ambiguously Evil: He claims that his experiments are for the betterment of the city, but some of his aside comments are, at best, suspect. Then he turns out to be the Big Bad of the Supervillain City missions.
- Arch-Enemy: To Shadow Knight.
- Big Bad: Of the franchise as a whole. Fulkerth tends to be the go-to villain in the game materials.
- Friendly Enemy: To your hero character, somewhat, as he's quite willing to sell you stat-boosting items whose effects last for limited periods (if only because so doing will further Dr. Fulkerth's own purposes).
TrixieDr. Fulkerth's personal assistant.
- The Dragon: Dr. Fulkerth's.
- Evil Counterpart: To Starry Knight.
- Friendly Enemy: To your hero character, somewhat; she's quite pleased to serve you in Dr. Fulkerth's store.
- Guns Akimbo: She later takes on a pistol.
- Naughty Nurse Outfit: She wears this kind of outfit in Dr. Fulkerth's store, a red-and-white nurse's cap and a green-and-purple lingerie-type outfit.
- Stripperific: She later wears a red-and-black outfit that's basically this.
HardwireThe very first villain you fight during Shadow Knight's initial training segment in the Justified Tutorial. He later returns in the revamped Tokyo missions.
- Arch-Enemy: To your hero character, arguably.
- More Dakka: Hardwire utilizes multiple rocket launchers as seen in one of his in-game artworks.
- Took a Level in Badass: Originally just a tutorial villain for you to defeat when you're just starting out in the game, he was previously characterized simply for his More Dakka artwork. As of the revamped Tokyo missions, his Gadgeteer Genius skills are more emphasized, with him building an army of cybernetic ninjas and showing up in more missions in that city.
HeatwaveOne of the first villains you face during the Manhattan missions. He leads a gang called the Circle of Flames.
- Kill It with Fire: His gang's entire schtick.
- Killed Off for Real: During the Supervillain City missions.
IcecapOne of the first villains you face during the Manhattan missions, and a minor one at that.
The KingpinThe boss of the Manhattan missions, and the leader of a widespread criminal syndicate.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Unlike the Suit, his outfit is a normal brown suit with a hat.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He's a cigar-smoking bad guy.
The SuitThe leader of the Las Vegas branch of the Kingpin's criminal empire.
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Clothes Make the Superman: The Suit's tuxedo is designed with state-of-the-art technology that allow for various superhuman feats.
- The Dragon: The Kingpin's, possibly.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He's a cigarette-smoking bad guy.
LokiThe boss of the Midgard stage, and the traditional Norse god of trickery.
- Red Right Hand: Sports a literal clawed example.
CatalystA super-thief who antagonizes Shadow Knight's Night Tech corporation.
- Black and Grey Morality: She breaks into Night Tech to steal various pieces of equipment, but only because she believes the tech's being used to supply criminals with weapons.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: Although she prefers the term "corporate saboteur."
- Death by Origin Story: Catalyst's father, a top BADGE agent, was murdered while investigating a corrupt corporation.
- Friendly Enemy: To your hero character; during her Tug-of-War event with Shadow Knight, she would offer to upgrade certain ability cards in your possession (treated in-story as training of certain skill-sets and upgrading of equipment she'd stolen from Night Tech).
- Knight Templar: Catalyst's alter ego, attorney Carmen Trent, comes across this way, as explained in the back-story detailing her first meeting with Jefferson Night, Shadow Knight's alter ego. In brief, she demanded that he own up to various wrongdoings being perpetrated by his company, Night Tech; as Catalyst, she went the extra mile and stole technology from the company to keep criminals from getting their hands on it.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Catalyst sees herself this way. Of course, Shadow Knight doesn't agree.
HaxxorA skilled cyber-thief who's exclusive to April Fool's Day missions.
- The Cracker: He only appears on April Fool's Day to "take over" the Superhero City window-browser and challenge the hero to fulfill various tasks.
- Not So Harmless: Recently got a HUGE push, taking over Dr. Fulkerth's plans and burning his face on the moon. But it turns out he's Actually a Doombot.
- Deface of the Moon: His raid after his major Not So Harmless event is you fighting the moon after he's done this.
Voodoo King LouA living zombie, formerly a voodoo priest who tried to raise an undead army to help him rule the world.
- Black Magic: "This Houngan abused his mystical voodoo powers to bring the dead back to serve him in his unending quest for lordship over the living. But his powers soon overtook him, turning him into a juggernaut of death with an undiminished thirst for blood."
- Zombie Apocalypse: What you have to fight against when you summon a raid to battle Lou.
Pack Leader SilvermaneA powerful werewolf and the leader of an alpha-pack of wolf-creatures.
- The Dreaded: "This great dark monster of a werewolf smells faintly of death and his massive size and bloodthirsty history gives even the strongest of his own alphas cause to cower in his presence."
- Wolf Man: Silvermane controls an army of them that you fight in a Raid, and he is one himself.
Lord Lucius BloodvayneA vampire lord seeking global domination.
- Fallen Hero: "This man was once a great general of an army of valiant men and women. He has been changed by dark powers and now leads scores of vampires in his fiendish quest to herd humanity like farm animals."
- Looks Like Orlok: His vampire army, in the Raid you summon specifically to fight them. However, none of them wear trench-coats as per the trope description.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
Astronickus, Bringer of JudgmentAn intergalactic would-be conqueror. According to part of his in-game back-story: "Immortals from another world want the human race eradicated because of acquisition of powers beyond its control. One of them, Astronickus, is over 500 feet tall with blazing eyes and stands ready and emotionless in its mysterious space armor."
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Attack of the 500-Foot Alien
- Badass Boast: Included in his in-game back-story.I am Astronickus, hand of the Stellar Space Gods! Prepare yourselves, mankind, for you shall be systematically eliminated and replaced by a more suitable race of our choosing and design.
- Fantastic Racism: Against humankind.
- Galactic Conqueror: Albeit one whose forces can only be summoned in a Raid.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes glow purple.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- Powered Armor: His forces wear these.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: The guy is over 500 feet tall.
Ninja Lord Fuma HanzoA dreaded master ninja. According to his in-game back-story: "This hulking ninja lord in armor resembles an ogre and is rumored to actually be an oni. He wields all of the powers of a sorcerer and the strength of a demon... and of course all of the awesome skills of a ninja. To make matters worse, he's about to flip out."
- Highly Visible Ninja: Fuma Hanzo wears bright red in his outfit.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Wears two on his back and two on his belt.
- Sai Guy: Fuma Hanzo wields two.
- Technicolor Ninjas: Several of these, answering to him, emerge from a rainbow (don't ask) to fight you during a specific set of missions that come at random.
- Youkai: What he's stated to actually be.
Amazon Queen ShiekaThe queen of Xergond's cybernetic Amazon forces.
- Amazonian Beauty: She and her forces, despite being partially cybernetic, still look good enough and are action-packed enough to qualify.
- Cyborg: The Xergond race, of which Shieka is ruler.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The Sword of Penance, one of the items needed to summon a Raid to fight Shieka's forces, is in-universe the only weapon that can harm her.
VerconaQueen Shieka's lieutenant in the Xergond armies...and possibly something more, if Shieka's own statements and reaction to your having defeated Vercona are any indication.
- Killed Off for Real: Although you can fight her again and again in that particular mission.
Zigonian Queen, Kemma AzonixThe queen of the Zigonian armies, who cross over from another Klicknation game, Starship Command: Battle for Earth.
- Galactic Conqueror: Hailing from Starship Command, as noted above. In Superhero City, you fight her in a Raid specially designed tom summon her forces.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Her skin is as red as a boiled lobster.
Heavy MetalA villain you face during the Midgard missions, who controls a gang of thugs.
FerrousThe arch-enemy of the Foundry, with the power to manipulate metal. He later steals their powers to become the monstrous Alloy.
- All Your Powers Combined: An evil and non-consensual variant—Ferrous steals the abilities of all the Foundry members to turn himself into Alloy.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Foundry.
- Expy: Of Magneto.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: As Alloy, he has four arms. This is justified in that he's just absorbed all the powers and abilities of the Foundry plus having his original Extra-ore-dinary powers.
- One-Winged Angel: As Alloy.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Of the Foundry's Copper.
- Voice of the Legion: As Alloy.
General NaronA military general who's initially believed to be an Atlantean, he was imprisoned by them for numerous atrocities. It's later revealed that he's a key figure to the extraterrestrial race known as the Hyperboreans, from whom the Atlanteans are descended.
- Arch-Enemy: To Isha and the Atlantean populace (at least, those who aren't secretly his supporters).
- Fantastic Racism: He believes humans are inferior to Hyperboreans.
UmbriaA minor female alien supervillain who you fight during the Hyperboreans' invasion of Earth.
- Mind Rape: She weaponizes this. It's her main mode of attack.
Dr. KemetA mad genius who appears in a set of missions in between Cairo and New Delhi when you're seeking 100% completion of both cities' tiers.
- Transformation Trauma: Not Dr. Kemet himself, but the people he experiments on. Specifically, he lures in potential victims with a fake spa treatment, then performs experiments on them that cause them to turn into horrifying creatures, while bilking them out of their money as a bonus.
KrampusA devilish villain who appears only during the Christmas missions.
- Demon Lords and Archdevils
- Evil Plan: He presents one during his appearance in the Christmas missions, concerning the kidnapping of Santa Claus and distributing cursed lumps of mystical coal all over the place.
Hollow KingAn otherworldly monster that only shows up in October for Halloween-centric missions.
- Eldritch Abomination: He basically resembles a winged, horned skeletal creature with a crown of green flames on his head.
Baron AxonA villain who wears a Doctor Doom-like hood and who aspires to rule the world, as stereotypical supervillains are wont to do.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He turns on you after briefly teaming up with you.
- Enemy Mine: You and he team up to fight the invading forces during the DC missions; however, see the above trope.
- Expy: Of Doctor Doom, based on his costume design and expertise with machinery.
- Take Over the World: What he wants to do.
King KhanA gorilla villain who leads a primate army that you fight during the DC missions.
The Seven Deadly SinsSeven devilish monsters who each embody a different vice.
The Lords of SinA group of seven fiendish beings who serve as antagonists from the Sins' City missions onward.
- Big Bad Ensemble: For the entire game, from all indications.
- The End of the World as We Know It: What they want to achieve.
White OniThe Big Bad of the revamped Tokyo missions.
Dr. ArgonAn Atlantean genius scientist who wants to take over Atlantis as a means of overthrowing the human race. Part of his plan involves freeing General Naron from his prison.
- Fantastic Racism: Toward humans.
The WatchmakerA mechanically-minded villain from the old Tokyo missions.
Red FissionA Supervillain City native.
SwitchbladeAnother Supervillain City native.
- Laser Blade: See immediately below.
- Wolverine Claws: Switchblade has Laser Blades that protrude from his arms, one blade for each arm.
Harsh WinterA cold-themed villain who only appears during the Thanksgiving missions.
Shadow LordA shadow-monster who you fight in the Elite Bosses 2 tier.
- Living Shadow: He is one.
The Grisley FamilyA family of evil circus clowns, who were recently (as of this writing, October 11, 2012) introduced as a special Halloween-exclusive raid. The group is led by the demented Evil Clown.
- Circus of Fear: They run one.
- Expy: of the Firefly family
- Machete Mayhem: One of their female members uses a bloody machete.
Dark MatterOne of the more recently-added Raid bosses, she's a psychotic villain bent on destroying everything in existence. She's Starry Knight's Superpowered Evil Side.
- The Corrupter: "I am the very essence of corruption!"
- Omnicidal Maniac: "Your world will crumble and burn in the ABYSS!"
- Stripperific: Her outfit.
- Walking Wasteland: One of her powers. "No creature can resist my blighted touch!"
The League of HateNewest supervillain team on the block, consisting of three powerful baddies: the sly and dynamic Micro-Titan, the malevolent and supreme Oblivion, and the deviously brilliant strategist Cerebellum.
- Deathtrap: Oblivion is fond of these. Both the issues that involve him have you dealing with his elaborate death traps. These include a horde of flaming, exploding squirrels, a room full of hallucinatory gas that have you fighting malevolent children in panda costumes, a robot gorilla with the head of Elvis (seriously), and forcing you to done a heat-resistant suit to overcome a living lava man, which almost has you fighting Shadow Knight (in the same bulky, face-concealing costume) to save the mayor's daughter.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Micron, until he becomes Micro-Titan
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: After Micron becomes Micro-Titan
- Incredible Shrinking Man: One of Micron's powers...he doesn't just shrink himself, he can turn his powers on you!
Boxer ZysonThe first opponent you face in the Nexus Fight Night tournament.
- Humanoid Aliens: He's the most human-looking alien you're going to see in this tournament.
- Scars Are Forever: He has a scar along the side of his head.
KarradineAn alien martial artist and one of three opponents you face during the Nexus Fight Night tournament.
- Badass Boast: "So, young hero, you wish to challenge Karradine, the ultimate martial artist. My knowledge spans several galaxies and tonight, you will feel the pain from 12 worlds."
Rourk the WrestlerThe final opponent you face in the Nexus Fight Night tournament, he's green-skinned (a la The Incredible Hulk) and a wrestler.
Santa ClausYes, the jolly red-suited man himself. Appropriately, he's your ally during the Christmas missions when you engage Krampus in combat.
- Badass Santa: He teams up with you to stop the machinations of the villain Krampus, who's delivering mystical lumps of coal in random places throughout Manhattan.