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Starfire Project Subjects

    Changeling 

Changeling / Garfield "Gar" Logan

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A young man who develops green skin and the ability to transform into any animal.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: In the normal universe, pre-Beast Boy Garfield Logan originally had brown hair before it was retconned to blond a few issues later. Here he is a brunette again before his powers activate.
  • Adaptational Name Change: He's not identified as Beast Boy. Not yet anyway.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin turns green when he develops his powers.
  • Anti-Climax: His reaction to the activation of his powers.
    Gar: Also, I'm a cat now. A green cat.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's usually played as the youthful comic relief like in most adaptations, shrugging off angst even when the gang reaches the lab. When he sees Steve's body, however, he goes berserk, growing claws to slash at Dr. Stone and screaming that he'll kill her
  • Animorphism: His powers.
  • Happily Adopted: He's probably the only child to have a good relationship with his parents. And he's adopted no less.
  • Has Two Mommies: Gender-inverted, as he is adopted by Steve and Richard.
  • Mythology Gag: His red and white hoodie is a reference to his original costume.
    • When he sees Vic's liquid metal, he blurts out, "Dude," a word he constantly says in Teen Titans.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: It is heavily implied that he and Kole kissed when they were alone. It's also note worthy that in the last page of issue 2 they are seen holding hands.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He's the youngest member of the kids, but yet is in the same grade as them. Yeah, Garfield Logan skipped a couple grades.
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    Cyborg 

Cyborg / Victor Stone

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Son of Elinore Stone who begins developing liquid metal over his body.
  • And I Must Scream: As the metal spreads over his body, he worries that he will either be trapped in this state or suffocate.
  • Body Horror: How he views the liquid metal consuming his body. He's terrified of not being able to breathe when it reaches his face.
  • Broken Pedestal: He didn't have that good of a relationship with his mother to begin with, but as volume 1 progresses, her actions mount up more and more to the point that he can't even acknowledge she's his mother.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After the first two volumes of losing his senses and his humanity, he is allowed his freedom by gaining Rover, allowing him a sense of normalcy.
  • Feel No Pain:
    Victor: I'm sorry, Tara, but I don't really feel...anything. It's better this way...if I just let go.
    Tara: You need to fight it!
    Victor: I don't want to.
    Tara: How can you say that?!
    Victor: Because now it doesn't hurt anymore.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Unlike most versions of Cyborg, his is not a set of mechanical parts, but rather a liquid metal that is slowly covering his entire body.
  • Powered Armor: During the battle between the protagonists against Blackfire and Jericho, the liquid metal that's been encasing him merges with Starfire's ship and transforms into a gigantic suit of armor that Vic must be in constant contact with. He calls it Rover.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Victor Stone and Tara Markov are portrayed as a high-school couple here, despite never having been shown to have any interest in each other in other continuities.
  • Superpower Disability: By the beginning of Volume 2, the metal has covered most of his body, and he struggles with the equivalent of chronic pain and numbness.
    Victor: No, look at me. The metal's spread all over. Hurts just to move now...I can't cry, Tara. I want to—but I can't even cry! Not anymore. And I can barely feel your hands on my face. Soon, I'm not even gonna be...
    (Later)
    Tara: He says he can't feel things like he used to...that it's just cold now. Cold and numb.
  • Unable to Cry: Due to the spreading metal. See Superpower Disability.

    Jericho 

Jericho / Joseph Wilson

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Son of Deathstroke/Slade Wilson.
  • Adaptational Villainy: A major villain in the series, even above his father. Even serves as the enemy in a major fight at the end of Volume Two.
  • And I Must Scream: His father accidentally slashed at his throat, meaning that he must possess somebody else or else he'll bleed to death. Just like in canon he can only talk through those he possesses.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A male example.
  • Blinding Bangs: His long bleach-blond hair obscures his eyes for most of the first volume. Justified, since his ability to possess people is controlled by eye contact. When the characters and readers finally see both of his eyes head-on, it's just in time for The Reveal that he's The Mole.
  • Body and Host: the Guest to those he possesses, especially Slade
  • Body Surf: Spends most of Volume Two doing this. It backfires when he tries to possess Raven, whose psychic abilities can contain him fairly easily.
  • Cassandra Truth: When he was still with the other kids, whenever they tried to make a plan, he would make the suggestions nobody listened to. It didn't take them long to figure out he was The Mole.
  • Flip Personality: When he's sharing a body with Slade, he stutters, and his speech balloons have wavy outlines, while Slade's personality has no such variation
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Justified. He just moved into town, so he hasn't been considered a good friend yet. But he does make suggestions nobody listens to, stating it sounds like something Elinore would want. Then we find out he's a mole.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he possesses people, their eyes glow blue.
  • Grand Theft Me: At the end of volume 2, he's taken over Blackfire's body.
  • Light Is Not Good: His Color Motif is yellow/white but primarily blue. The most vile of the kids.
  • The Mole: Jericho was secretly acting on Elinore's orders the whole time.
  • Sharing a Body: With Slade in Volume Two
  • Two Beings, One Body: At the end of Volume One, he jumps into Slade's body because his throat was slit. Throughout most of Volume Two, the two of them are locked in a power struggle, using each others skills and arguing out loud.

    Starfire 

Starfire/Koriand'r

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An alien who landed on Earth, setting off the plot.

    Tempest 

Tempest

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A test subject from the Starfire Project who was not integrated into normal society.

    Terra 

Tara Markov/Terra

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The terrakinetic member of the Titans, and Victor's girlfriend.
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    Deathstroke 

Deathstroke/Slade Wilson

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A killer working for S.T.A.R. Labs, but one who has a soft spot for kids.
  • Action Dad: As ever.
  • Adaptational Heroism: He still worked for Elinore Stone and has a bloody history, but is far less willing to actually hurt any of the kids and is actually less antagonistic than his son Joey.
  • Adult Fear: Accidentally slitting your own son's throat tends to do this.
  • The Atoner: Slade becomes this in Volume Two, turning against Caulder to help Joey and the others.
  • Badass Grandpa: Don't let the white hair fool you, he can still take down whole squads of armed soldiers.
  • Badass Mustache: Has a good one.
  • Body and Host: Joey's host for most of Volume Two.
  • Dysfunctional Family: His son's a growing elitist, and he seems like an average dad, with likes including sports and hunting. Seems to fit this bill pretty good.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While in this continuity he's no villain, he still did some questionable things in the past to earn the name Deathstroke. But no matter what, he's against absolute murder and what's been done to the kids.
  • Flip Personality: When he's sharing a body with Joey, his speech balloons are smooth and normal, and he doesn't stutter, while Joey stutters and has wavery speech balloons.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Volume Two, whenever he's in control of his actual body.
  • Mythology Gag: Joey tried to stab him in the eye. If only he got an eyepatch.
  • Sharing a Body: Through most of Volume Two.
  • Willing Channeler: As Joey was dying, Slade asked him to take over his body so that he wouldn't die. In Volume Two, he and Joey are Sharing a Body
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Averted and played straight. While he isn't afraid to rough up a kid in a fight, he is however against the things that Elinore and Caulder had done to the kids for their causes.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Do you see any orange in his suit?

    Elinore Stone 

Elinore Stone

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Mother of Victor Stone and leader of the Starfire project.
  • 0% Approval Rating: Absolutely nobody in this series thinks positively of her. She's been called tight-ass behind her back, she's experimented on her own son to the point he refuses to call her mom, Caulder's agent Clay makes snide comments at her incompetence to her face, and her actions disgusted Slade Wilson — Deathstroke himself.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In most continuity's, she's merely Victor's dead mom. Here, she's the antagonist of volume 1.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: She could only say please before Starfire vaporized her.
  • Admiring the Abomination: Literally the only time she's shown to even like her son.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Gender Flip. She's Victor's mother and his first big enemy.
  • Asshole Victim: Nobody was really sorry for her when Starfire completely obliterated her.
  • Bald Women: Played With. She isn't quite bald, but her hair is so short it's hard to tell.
  • Berserk Button: Don't mention Project Starfire failing. When Rita mentioned allowing the project to be abandoned, she nearly choked the woman to death.
  • Big Bad: Of Volume 1.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Despite being the main antagonist, she's not nearly as competent as she likes to think. Think about it, she had over ten years to plan for the children to get those powers, and she loses Starfire, the kids, the facility, and her life, all thanks to her arrogance.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Doesn't hide it very well.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of The Sociopathic Mad Scientist. On paper, she's a brilliant woman who is trying to revolutionize the world and is just ruthless enough to see things through to the end. In reality, she is a short-sighted, unapologetic bitch, and it burns a bridge with everyone she knows. Even people loyal to her abandon her and people she's loyal to use her as an excuse to make a Fall Guy.
  • Despair Event Horizon: as Starfire was about to vaporize her, she was left begging for her life.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Forget the fact that she should've had a plan for the moment things didn't go her way (which is the kids accepting their change and being loyal like Joey, and for when Starfire started to break free}. She should've run from Starfire the moment she was freed. She'd still be alive at least.
  • Dysfunctional Family: To say the least.
  • Fall Guy: What's she's made into by Caulder.
  • For Science!: See I Regret Nothing
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: By far the least moral of the scientists in Volume One, and wears glasses.
  • Hate Sink: Seems to be designed this way. The fact she is this In-Universe says something.
  • I Regret Nothing: In her and Vics words:
    Vic: Special?! Look at me, mom! Look what you did to me! How can you live with yourself?
    Elinore: I can live and die knowing that the work I've done is the single greatest leap for mankind since fire.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She seems very controlling and abrasive towards Victor in the beginning, but she seems to start opening up when she sees that her son is mutating. However, instead of concern, she's actually viewing him like he's a successful test subject. She only gets worse from there.
  • Kick the Dog: Murders Steve Dayton when he tries to become a Defector from Decadence.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: What she's done isn't exactly moral at all.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: The most she gets in terms of action is shooting Steve for defecting. She usually leaves physical work to subordinates. Justified since she's just a scientist. She isn't trained for action.
  • Off-Model: Elinore Stone is depicted as completely bald near the beginning of the book, then when her son Victor goes to reveal his newly metal skin to her, she suddenly has short-cut light brown hair from then onwards for no narrative reason and this is never noticed by the characters or mentioned in-story. More bizarrely a one-panel flashback shortly after has her briefly depicted with short-cut black hair.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: She comments to Steve's face that his family isn't real. Not the part where his adopted son is becoming Changeling.
  • The Sociopath: She shows several signs of this. From her manipulative and dishonest nature and superficial charm to her lack of empathy and remorse. She has a grandiose sense of self-worth that makes her prone to being very impulsive despite her status as a scientist. Interestingly, while it could be assumed that she's high-functioning at first glance, a better case could be made for her being a low-functioning example.
  • Starter Villain: She's that incompetent.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Happens over the course of Volume 1, being a sort of Break the Haughty. She starts off as a smug, arrogant woman whose only care is the project, and other smart people, and by the end, she's begging for forgiveness by Starfire. she doesn't accept.

    Rita Markov 

Rita Markov

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Tara Markov's mother who was a part of Project Starfire, has since become an alcoholic.
  • Abusive Parents: Verbally, and in one case physically. Both are implied to be partially because of the alcohol.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Just before the kids leave, she and Tara have a heart-to-heart moment. It's the main indicator that either of them really cares for the other.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Her alcoholism seems to be a coping mechanism to deal with the death of her husband.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Has never been really at ease with any of what happened at the facility. It's implied this is why she and her husband got stuck with "babysitting duty", as Stone so sensitively put it.
  • Killed Offscreen: We don't actually see her die.
  • Parental Neglect: Rita has been very absent in her daughter's life, leading to Tara having very Age-Appropriate Angst.
  • Redemption Equals Death: On the verge of being Killed to Uphold the Masquerade, she gives the kids the name of Caulder, the location of the Blackfire facility in Utah and a helmet to let them escape with Tempest, then leaves to await her fate.
  • Resentful Guardian: She's Tara's adoptive mother, and by the time the story proper starts, she's left her job at Star Labs to take a job at a restaurant, her husband was killed to uphold the masquerade, and she's a substance-abusing wreck. She blames Tara.
    Rita: You think any of this was my choice? It was forced on me! I never wanted any of this. I never wanted you!
  • Troubled Abuser: Her mistreatment of her "daughter" is implied to stem from the death of her husband, as well as possible guilt over her inability to explain to Tara what's actually happening.

    Steve Dayton 

Steve Dayton

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Gar's adopted father. Although they aren't biologically related, they have the most loving father-son relationship.
  • Adaptational Heroism: While the mainstream continuity is heroic, he was more of Jerkass and unhinged by his powers. Here, he's a normal guy who cares about his family.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Same as Adaptational Heroism
  • Adaptational Sexuality: In the original continuity, he was married to Rita Farr. Now, he's a homosexual man in a relationship with a man named Richard. He's still Gar's adopted father.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the original continuity, he's a superhero with a special helmet. Now, he's a normal human.
  • Adult Fear: Is the most concerned for his son out of all of the parents. It got him shot.
  • Berserk Button: Don't say his family isn't real to his face, Elinore got a "Reason You Suck" Speech from him.
  • Defector from Decadence: Worked with the Starfire project loyally, but after his family started to get affected by the project in a way he never intended, he was ready to blow the whistle... It did not go well.
  • Straight Gay: Couldn't even tell based on his behaviour.
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    Niles Caulder 

Niles Caulder

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The leader of both the Starfire and Blackfire programs, and the Titans’ “father.”
  • Abusive Parents: His "children" are completely terrified of offending him.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Though he is sometimes rather amoral, Niles Caulder is rarely ever a true villain in the main DC continuity.
  • Affably Evil: He’s charismatic, manipulative, and friendly. His Child Soldiers see him as a perfect father figure. He’s also willing to experiment on unknown numbers of innocent children, shape the survivors into a private army of child soldiers, and overthrow the government.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Either he hates wheelchairs or there's a legitimate reason he wants the Robot Man exoskeleton.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a much thicker beard than in canon.
  • Big Bad: Of Volume 2.
  • Composite Character: Niles needs to wear a "Robot Man" exoskeleton to walk.
  • Evil Cripple: He needs a "Robot Man" prototype exoskeleton to walk.
  • Evil Old Folks: The oldest man other than Raven's Grandfather, and easily the most vile of all the characters.
  • Faux Affably Evil: While he is charismatic and a perfect father figure in the Titans’ descriptions of him, his destructive and frequent bouts of explosive anger show how much of his kind and fatherly behavior is simply a front to better manipulate the children.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Only referenced in Volume 1, he becomes the Big Bad in Volume 2.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: While he usually tries to at least appear friendly, he becomes enraged at any sign of disrespect or insubordination, to the point where his “children,” the Titans, are terrified of arguing with him.
  • Karma Houdini: STAR Labs is under scrutiny after the fight at it's front door, but he and Joey are nowhere to be found.
  • Mad Scientist: The heroes' abilities are almost all his handiwork.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He can go from a father figure to the Titans to complete monster in an instant.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: How he views himself.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He led the Starfire and Blackfire Projects. Everything that the parents and scientists at the Starfire Project did, the unethical experimentation that caused all the conflict in Volume One? That all went through him if it wasn’t his brainchild to begin with.

    Impulse 

Impulse/Wallace "Wally" West

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The oldest member of and leader of the Titans, and the team’s speedster.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's affectionate and nurturing to Cassie, Kole, and later the Starfire Project kids.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He mediates fights between his siblings, helps comfort them, and generally keeps them under control in a nearly parental role.
  • Broken Pedestal: His reaction to finding his "father" has a morgue's worth of failed test subjects. He's ready to kill Caulder on the spot.
  • Child Soldier: What he and the other titans were raised by Caulder to be.
  • Composite Character: Between Wally West and Bart Allen.
  • Evil Redhead: Initially. After his Heel Realization, he mellows out.
  • Heel Realization: Initially a major Jerkass to the children; after seeing the morgue of failed test subjects, he becomes their ally and friend.
  • Promotion to Parent: Although their adopted father is alive and takes an active role in their lives, he serves as the most immediate parental figure in the mediocre day-to-day problem solving, mediation, and parenting of Kole and Cassie.
  • Super Speed: He naturally ends up with this power despite his different origin.
  • Team Dad: Of the Titans.

    Kole 

Kole

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The sweet middle child of the Titans, with power over crystals.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: As per her Race Lift, her hair is black, instead of red.
  • Child Soldier: What Caulder raised her and the other Titans to be.
  • Crystal Prison: In one fight, she traps Tempest’s hands in a block of crystal. Generally, she uses her powers defensively to trap her opponents instead of directly attacking them
  • Gemstone Assault: Her power is creating crystals, although she doesn’t use it as much as her “siblings”
  • Race Lift: She is Asian in this comic, rather than Caucasian.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: It is heavily implied that she and Beast Boy kissed when they were alone. It's also note worthy that in the last page of issue 2 they are seen holding hands.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Is the most sympathetic of the Titans to the other kids. She even frees them even before the reveal of the morgue's worth of failed test subjects.

    Wonder Girl 

Wonder Girl / Cassandra "Cassie" Sandsmark

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A little girl who likes fighting and is the youngest member of the Titans.

    Blackfire 

Blackfire

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A second Tamaranian aside from Starfire. Is eventually revealed to be a clone of Starfire.

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    Raven's Grandfather 

Raven's Grandfather

A relatively nameless man who is helping his granddaughter through her growing powers.


  • Badass Grandpa: When STAR Labs sends Deathstroke and a team of soldiers to capture Starfire and Raven, he takes up a rifle and tells the girls to run. And this is a normal guy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everyone, including non-relatives like Starfire, calls him Grandpa.

    Raven 

Raven

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A Navajo teenager who has recurring dreams about those who will become the Teen Titans.


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