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Character sheet for the list of characters of The Authority (as well as the members of the series' titular team)

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The Authority

    The Team in General
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  • Anti-Hero Team: They're basically what you get when a bunch of dangerous and arbitrarily moral antiheroes decide to enforce order on the world their way. The only reason they're heroes is because their enemies are far worse.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Personality wise, they're a pretty dysfunctional group, being delusional, apathetic, short-sighted, temperamental, violent, murderous, drug-riddled, perverted or all of the above. The Engineer herself admitted they were an anarchist cell that just happened to save the world from time to time.
  • Knight Templar: The point of the team is to improve the world through enforcing hard-line order and control whenever desired. They were created by Jenny as a way to protect the world by any means necessary after Stormwatch was disbanded due to lack of government funding and the Changers were brutally dispatched for trying to using more lenient measures of helping the world.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Jenny assembled the team with the idea in mind that the team together should carry as much weight as the average world-superpower in order to strike fear into nations.
  • Sketchy Successor: They are this to the Changers, the idealistic team of metahumans that inspired Jenny Sparks to create the team. Unlike the Authority, they didn't engage in nearly as much dirty business and nastiness.

    Jenny Sparks
Team-founder and first leader. She's the ageless female Spirit of the 20th Century (a person who is reborn every 100 years) embodying that century's—or in past times, era's—central concept - in this case, electricity. She was the leader of Stormwatch's black-ops subteam, and assembled the Authority to continue their job on her terms.

    Jack Hawksmoor
Second-in-Command. A vicious man experimented on by aliens who were actually humans from the 70th century who has a symbiotic relationship with cities, giving him the moniker The God of Cities. He was a member of Jenny's Stormwatch Black Team.
  • Alien Abduction: His whole shtick was how this happened to him which replaced many of his body parts and made him a city empath.
  • Exotic Equipment: Whatever became of his genitals after his modifications made one observer vomit on sight.
  • Fisher King: His basic powerset is to be empowered by, commune with and control cities.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Though he looks human enough on the outside, nearly all of his internal organs and systems have been replaced with alien parts.
  • Jerkass: One of the biggest on the team to the point even Midnighter calls him out on it from time to time.
  • The Lancer
  • Sketchy Successor: The Authority's darker aspects only fully manifested when he took over the team leadership.

    The Engineer
Also Known as The Maker. An American woman who replaced her blood with liquid Nanomachines who serves as the technology and ship technology expert for the team.
  • Ascended Fan Girl: She was once just a comic book fanatic (to the point she had every DC comic since 1956) and computer geek in Brooklyn dreaming of being a superhero who inherited the original Engineer's nanomachines and replaced her blood with them.
  • The Dark Chick
  • Experimented in College: She once claimed to have had a lesbian fling when she was in college.
  • Me's a Crowd: She can make copies of herself to carry out various functions around the world.
  • Power Perversion Potential: She has used her copies to have sex with Jack, but has to maintain concentration as to prevent her other clones from sharing the same feeling during their worldly duties (i.e. having an orgasm while giving a speech to the UN.)
  • Rape as Drama: It's implied that during the G7 Authority arc that she was treated as a sex slave during her brainwashing.
  • Techno Wizard: Coupled with her Machine Empathy and natural Gadgeteer Genius, she essentially became this for the team.

    The Doctor
Also known as The Shaman. A nebbish billionaire ex-heroin junkie who serves as the mightiest magic-user on Earth and the latest in a long line of reincarnated shamans chosen to defend the planet from danger. He serves as the magic expert of the team.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Between what remained of his former genius-level intellect and the powers he gained as the Doctor, Jeroen could have changed the world for the better all by himself, but usually he can barely be arsed to leave his room.
  • Cowardly Lion: Admitted to be the strongest member of team, but his crippling self-esteem issues and cowardice cripple his full potential.
  • Functional Addict: He's an admitted heroin junkie that is sometimes high on the stuff during battle to cope with stress. Albeit how functional he is tends to vary at times.
  • Reality Warper: Everyone who has the role of the Doctor is actually this. In his own words, all he has to do is draw a detailed mental picture of what he wants to happen and reality builds it for him. However, more powerful feats can take their toll both on the Doctor and the planet's ecosystem so he tries to use the full extent of his power sparingly.

Also known as Night's Bringer of War. An ex-metahuman soldier who became a rebel from a Stormwatch splinter cell before reconciling with the main organization. Lover, later husband, and battle partner to Apollo. He serves as the team's combat expert and tactician.
  • Axe-Crazy
  • Badass Gay: He's the lover of Apollo, and while not on the level of Apollo, he's still a competent fighter, and serves as the team's combat expert and tactician. They would officially get married later on.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: His whole shtick is that he can see how a battle plays in his head out before making a step and often frightens his opponents by saying he's played out their fight a million times in his head already.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: It's implied he responded to what the Commander's of Apollo by doing the same thing to the Commander—with a rusty jackhammer.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: During Millar's first arc, he declared he didn't realize how racist he was until the team took in several refugess.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He's this for the Authority and that's really saying something for a team of already murderous amoral superheroes. He handles most of the dirty business of the team and has admitted he's a murderous monster and killer, but accepts it as who he is.

Also known as The Sun God. An ex-metahuman soldier who became a rebel from a Stormwatch splinter cell before reconciling with the main organization. Lover, later husband, and battle partner to the Midnighter.
  • Badass Gay: He's the lover of Midnighter, and he's a powerful superhero who's based on Superman. They would officially get married later on.
  • Flying Brick
  • Holy Halo: Fitting his title as "The Sun God", he's almost always depicted with his head surrounded by a shining halo.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • The Needless: Apollo does not require food or drink as his body is entirely sustained by his solar energy. He can survive in anaerobic environments indefinitely (he flies in space, by the simple method of not breathing).
  • The Power of the Sun: Like Superman, Apollo's powers are dependent on the Sun needing only exposure or access to sunlight to activate. Unlike Superman however, Apollo's body behaves more like a battery as his powers are far more directly dependent on the sun; whereas Superman's abilities are somewhat more 'internal'.
  • Rape as Drama: During Millar's first arc, it was implied that he was raped by the Captain America stand-in and it almost happened again during the G7 Authority story arc.

A Buddhist Asian woman with the ability to grow wings and claws and superhuman senses. She was part of Jenny Sparks's Stormwatch team and is known as The World's Greatest Huntress.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She and Jenny Sparks had a fling back in the 90's, but she also had a relationship with Grunge.
  • The Chick
  • Ethical Slut: She had an apparent friends-with-benefits fling with Jenny Sparks back when they were both in Stormwatch, and during her time with the Authority, she had a no-strings-attached affair with Grunge.
  • Martial Pacifist: Described herself as being a Buddhist who tossed aside her personal beliefs to do good in the world by any means necessary. However, this reasoning degraded as she started abandoning all the principles of her faith and decided to just give up being a Buddhist or a pacifist entirely.
  • Rape as Drama: She was brainwashed to be a Sex Slave during the G7 Authority arc and killed her abusers.
  • Winged Humanoid

Supporting Characters and Allies

    Jacob Krigstein 
A tiny, dyslexic genius who helped create America's Cold War-era super-soldier program, and who now runs the Authority's efforts to rebuilt Indonesia.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is basically an alternate-universe version of Jack Kirby; he is what Kirby might have become if he'd been snatched up by the US Government after World War II.



    Kaizen Gamorra 
The absolute ruler of Gamorra Island (formerly Parousia).
  • Cain and Abel: He murdered his brothers Sum and Wai.
  • Evil Old Folks: A seventy year-old tyrant.
  • Evil Overlord: Parousia was remade into an island factory of terror named Gamorra Island under him.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He tried to carve his insignia into the planet, attempting to destroy several major cities in the process.

    Regis Slzfi 
The warmongering dictator of Sliding Albion, an Alternate Universe where the city-states of Renaissance Italy made an alliance with an alien race called the Blues, creating a worldwide colonial empire. With the Blues having become sterile from environmental damage to their world, he leads an invasion of the Wildstorm Universe, hoping to revitalize his species.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Legally, he is Jenny Sparks' father-in-law; she married his son Lorenzo back in the 1920's in hopes of sparking a revolution against Regis, but this plan failed when she discovered that Lorenzo was just as bad.
  • Ax-Crazy: A downright vicious brute with a hair-trigger temper more than willing to get his hands dirty at the slightest provocation.
  • Child Eater: Hints at devouring Windsor's children after killing him.
  • Eunuchs Are Evil: Become a eunuch following his confrontation with Jenny, and is one of the vilest foes the Authority has faced.
  • Evil Old Folks: He was one of the first Blues to make contact with the humans of his world, way back in the 14th century.
  • Groin Attack: Jenny Sparks castrated him during her sojourn to Sliding Albion back in the 1920's.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: His final fate, courtesy of Hawksmoor.
  • Horns of Villainy: Has a pair of massive, ram-like horns atop his head.
  • Humanoid Alien: He mostly resembles a human, except for his blue skin and massive, ram-like horns.
  • Serial Rapist: Roars to Midnighter during their battle about the number of people he's raped and killed during the past half millennium.

    The Renegade Doctor 
A former heart surgeon, the Renegade Doctor was chosen to be the world's shaman in 1966. This ended up being a colossally bad move, and 18 months later, he'd gone so mad with power that he murdered three entire countries, forcing the world's combined superhero population to team up to kick his ass. Kicked out of the Garden of Ancestral Memory and banished to a jail 20 million years in the past, he spent the next four decades rotting away, until he hatched a complicated plan to force the current Doctor to loan him his powers.
  • Abusive Precursors: To say that he abused his powers would be a gross understatement. The crimes he committed were so terrible that every doctor since has had a Restraining Bolt put on them to prevent them from doing the same kind of damage.
  • Brought Down to Normal: After his rampage in 1967, the previous Doctors stripped him of all of his powers.
  • The Chessmaster: He manages to outwit the entire Authority to such an extent that they were forced to arrange for him to be released from prison and restored to full power.
  • Hero's Evil Predecessor: Not immediate predecessor, but the principle stands.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He completely wiped out the populations of three entire countries before the combined heroes of the world finally took him down.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He spent four decades locked in a prison cell twenty eons in the past.

A genetically modified hillbilly created by a secret G7 cabal with the purpose of dealing with the Authority for interfering into their affairs.
  • Baleful Polymorph: His augmentations are reversed by Jenny Quantum, returning him to his human form and his final fate is being transformed into a chicken.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Is said to be the result of one between his seven uncles and his mother.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Freely admits to the President that he is a "cackling super-villain who gets off on hurting people".
  • Corrupt Hick: An extreme example, and possible one of the darkest ones in comics.
  • Flight, Strength, Heart: In addition to superhuman attributes and telepathy, he has very random superpowers like "nuclear poop vision".
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Seth was originally a skinny, inbred redneck that was kidnapped by the government and turned into a Super Soldier capable of taking on the most powerful superheroes on the planet singlehandedly.
  • The Sociopath: A truly depraved piece of work that gets off hurting people as he himself admits.
  • Superpower Lottery: The government spent billions expending money on adding any superpower possible to him, to the point he has superpowers in the quadruple digits.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He is heavily implied to sexually abuse children, and the government rewards him with a harem of prepubescent girls after defeating the Authority for them.

The Big Bad of "The Outer Dark", the entity best described as God is a massive alien lifeform that is the original creator of the planet we know as Earth, having physically created the planet and moved it into orbit billions of years ago to serve as a retirement home for it when it returned from travelling the universe. It is not at all pleased to discover a biosphere having developed on the planet by pure chance, and intends to wipe out all life and return Earth to its original Death World state.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: It never actually communicates in the story, Jenny Sparks even wonders if it can think at all before she lobotomizes it, but it's definitely capable of intelligent action, most of which is bizarre.
  • Eldritch Abomination: It's a gigantic, alien lifeform roughly the size of the moon, so big it's the host of several independent biospheres inside its body that it's not even aware of.
  • Empty Shell: With no way of destroying the being, Jenny Sparks performs a Heroic Sacrifice, destroying its higher brain functions while leaving its body alive
  • God Is Evil: Insofar that morality even applies to it, it's planning to wipe out all life on Earth because it doesn't like the biosphere we need to live.
  • Starfish Alien: There's nothing remotely human about it, it's essentially a giant, pyramid-shaped living planet. Its body is home to an alien civilization evolved from parasites over millions of years.

    G 7 Authority 

A new, corporate-sponsored, religiously-sanctioned version of the Authority who take over the Carrier after the apparent deaths of the original Authority.

  • Ambiguously Gay: Rush says that she isn't into guys, has a retinue of young women who shower with her, and some of her interactions with Machine suggest that they are a couple, or at least friends with benefits, but it's never explicitly said that she's a lesbian.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Last Call feels constantly compelled to mention his girlfriend, in an attempt to distance himself from his notorious predecessor.
  • Psycho Rangers: They are for the most part evil versions of the Authority.
  • Token Good Teammate: Rush is the only member who actually tries to do good. The rest of the team are only in it for the money and perks.


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