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Merciless and Cloak

     Merciless 

Gary Karkofsky a.k.a Merciless

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An average guy who discovers a magical cloak and decides the best use for it is to become a supervillain. Unfortunately, Gary isn't quite evil enough to pull off the evil. He is the brother of the late supervillain Stingray, the former fiance of Ultragoddess, best friends with Red Riding Hood, and happily married to a potential superhoine.

  • Action Dad: Becomes one of these in The Secrets of Supervillainy and later The Tournament of Supervillainy another child.
  • The Adjectival Superhero: ''Merciless: The Supervillain without Mercy!"
  • Adorkable: He's just so...happy...to be a supervillain.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Is very attracted to Angel Eyes despite his denial. However, this may be due to the man's superhuman beauty.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Gary reacts to things in a slightly off-way, finding humor in inappropriate things as well as saying whatever is on his mind regardless of whether it's appropriate or not. He also suffers no guilt for killing supervillains. This briefly leads him to think he's The Sociopath. Given he's prone to empathizing with everyone except the supervillains he kills, this is unlikely.
  • An Ice Person: Possesses these abilities in addition to his fire and intangibility ones.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Gary is clearly a huge fan of supervillains and his first story arc is becoming what he adores. The dissonance between what Gary thinks they are (lovable rogues) and what they are (vicious murderous psychopaths) forms much of the tension.
  • Antivillain: Refers to himself as such at the end of "The Rules of Supervillainy." Arguably, also an Antihero.
  • Batman Gambit: Perhaps appropriate, he makes a lot of strange but successful plans up on the fly.
  • Bed Trick: Is the subject to this with Spellbinder impersonating Mandy for years. Gary is not happy with this.
  • Berserk Button: Anything which threatened his people. Antiheroes. Those who don't care about collateral damage.
  • Black Cloak: The Reapers Cloak which bestows him all of his superpowers.
  • Bomb Throwing Anarchist: Gary fancies himself one of these. In fact, he is really just extremely left of center. It's just, well, he's a left-of-center supervillain.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: By all rights, he should have died on his first outing but achieves a surprising amount of success.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Openly calls himself a supervillain and considers it a lifestyle choice. Other supervillains find this bizarre and off-putting.
  • The Chosen One: Someone left the Reaper's Cloak on his doorstep. It turns out he's The Unchosen One because the Reaper's Cloak was left for Mandy. This causes him considerable distress until he decides to make it up to Mandy by supporting her career.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Gary successfully kills a lot of enemies by using his fire, ice, and intangibility powers in innovative ways. He also usually strikes to kill.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Is considered to be this one in-universe. Much more powerful and experienced villains tend to fall before him despite his quirks. Subverted as he's actually quite dangerous and it's really a case of Underestimating Badassery.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Gary is revealed to be suffering from one of these. His brother was murdered in front of him by Shoot-Em-Up despite the former having reformed. Gary then tracked down the villain and killed him—at the age of fourteen.
  • Darth Vader Clone: A rarer variant in that he's not a copy of Darth Vader from the Original Trilogy but the Prequels' Anakin Skywalker. He's an angry, moody, rebellious, and emotionally unstable wizard with an obsessive devotion to his loved ones as well as unwillingness to accept their fates. Lampshaded in-universe where he reacts negatively to the idea he's Prequel-Anakin. He's notably also possessed of a Sith look.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Played with as he's got a scary set of ghost-based powers and is a supervillain but mostly acts like a villainous Spiderman.
  • Dating Catwoman: Inverted with Gabrielle a.k.a Ultragoddess during their college years. Later with Mandy. Played straight when he and Gabrielle hook up. Somewhat deconstructed as superheroes and villains both despise the union.
  • Deadpan Snarker: An incredible example of this as every other line is either sarcastic, a witicism, or a pop-culture reference which is ALSO a quip.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Merciless: The Supervillain without Mercy!
  • Expy: Seems to be a combination of the Hood with Spiderman's personality.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Gary cannot stop with the wise cracks, pop culture references, and oddball observations. He's about as bad at it as Deadpool but even Deadpool realizes that he's insulting people. Gary just natters on no matter how improper the circumstances for making wisecracks are. The exception is when his wife dies.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Becomes one of these in the 3rd book but is, amusingly, really bad at it. He compares himself to a 3rd level Wizard.
  • Genre Savvy: Gary seems to be the only person in the world who realizes he lives in a comic book. As such, he actually has a great deal more success than other villains or heroes in his group.
  • Guile Hero: the only reason, along with creative use of his powers, Gary lasts even a single day as a supervillain.
  • Guns Akimbo: Possesses two magic pistols as of The Secrets Of Supervillainy but has no experience with guns so he tends to fire this way. Thankfully, he has unlimited ammo.
  • Handsome Lech: Is a somewhat dorky kind of guy who has been in relationships with an Expy of Supergirl, an Expy of Harley Quinn, and an Expy of Selene from Underworld. Perhaps justified as he's apparently very handsome in-universe, devoted, and Adorkable.
  • Happily Married: To Mandy. He's deeply devoted to her. Becomes a Heartbroken Badass when she dies and gets turned into a vampire at the end of The Games of Supervillainy. As the books continue, we learn that their marriage has quite a few straining points.
  • Heroic Lineage: Revealed by Death that his lineage has been manipulated by her for millennia. This is shown in the fact his sister can see ghosts and he's capable of wielding the Reaper's Cloak. Played with as he's implied to be less magically adept and superpowerful than most people. Then again, this may be what she was going for.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Gary is an enormous geek who references everything from Star Wars to video games to comic books. Simultaneously he also looks like a supermodel.
  • Hypocrite: Gary styles himself a Bomb Throwing Anarchist and routinely expresses socialist leanings. However, his goals including Take Over the World and becoming fantastically wealthy. Word of God says this is deliberate and Gary's internal divisions are part of what makes the character tick.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: The previous wielder of the Cloak was basically Batman meets Doctor Strange. His wife was also the Cloak's destined second wielder but he got it first. Gary especially feels the second is a mistake.
  • Informed Judaism: Averted. Gary is a (semi)faithful Jew who makes regular references to it in conversation as well as mentions it informs what little moral code he has.
  • Intangibility: One of Gary's main powers that allows him to survive fights with much-much stronger opponents. It's limited, though, because magical objects and certain technological devices can still hit him.
  • In the Hood: Gary has a magical hooded cloak. He is often described as looking like a "Discount Walmart costume Sith Lord."
  • Kavorka Man: Gary has been accused of being this in-universe. Not quite a straight view of it because he's described as being very good-looking and emotionally sensitive. It's just it doesn't explain the sheer volume of superhuman women falling for him.
  • Jack of All Trades: Gary has a number of minor (by comparison to the setting) abilities. Minor fire, ice, levitation (not flight), durability (not invulnerability), and insubstantibility powers. He can also see ghosts. Gary turns these all into a massive advantage.
    • Subverted when he makes a pact with Death and becomes a master of fire and ice throwing.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: Gary is a definite example of this. Cindy is definitely Jewish and UN-Nerdy.
  • Ladykiller in Love: He used to be extremely good at seducing women but has had three serious relationships. Amusingly, his "technique" for seducing women was listening to them, being upfront, and making sure they had a good time.
  • Papa Wolf: Is willing to tear apart the entirety of Falconcrest City to protect his newly discovered infant daughter.
  • Polyamory: Is involved with Vampire Mandy and Cindy simultaneously before discovering Vampire Mandy is actually an imposter. Then becomes involved with Gabrielle.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: While somewhat questionable in fighting ability, he uses his powers in innovative ways and is a veritable font of references.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Acts like supervillainy is a perfectly normal lifestyle choice and is irritated with more violent sadistic ones.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Gary constantly flouts the law, society, and its rules more or less because he can. Even the fact he's a supervillain seems to be just because he dislikes any kind of authority or order.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Gary appears to be this but turns out to have a startling number of relationships to many superheroes and villain.
  • Sad Clown: Gary has elements of this as he is constantly making jokes but is deeply troubled by his brother's death.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Gary has elements of this, talking at great length about political matters which all the other characters tune out as background noise.
  • The Sociopath: Gary believes himself to be this and he's actually a fairly realistic version of antisocial personality disorder. He has poor impulse control, a tendency to violence, and an oft-kilter reaction to events. He doesn't suffer the traditional Lack of Empathy, though.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Played with as Gary mostly talks in pop-culture then randomly inserts references to Nieztsche and obscure points of history.
  • Snark Knight: Uses his humor to cover up just how troubled he really is.
  • Squishy Wizard: Averted. Gary has durability (not invulnerability) as one of his superpowers. In practice, it means that he's able to survive heavy beatings and being thrown around much better than many other fighters but doesn't give him nearly the benefits of a Flying Brick.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Gary is, according to the cover of The Rules of Supervillainy 6'1 and it's often mentioned how handsome he is despite how geeky he is. As for snark, it's almost every word out of his mouth.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Gary Karkofsky is the Supervillain without Mercy.
  • Tradesnark™: He sometimes adds a trademark symbol to his last name.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Part of his success in the first book is people tend to assume he''s just a weird cosplayer out of his depth—then people start dying.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Gary isn't a very powerful supervillain but he has a lot of very versatile abilities he makes intelligent use of. He also then becomes MUCH more powerful once he makes a pact with Death.
  • Wild Card: Has this sort of place in the Supervillainy universe, being as inclined to help the heroes as the villains and vice versa.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Regularly makes jokes during battle as well as insults his opponents.
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     Cloak 

The Reaper's Cloak a.k.a Cloak A.K.A Lancel Warren A.K.A The Nightwalker

Gary's magical cloak, which possesses an intelligence and mind of it's own. It advised Gary on the best course of action and frequently has its suggestions ignored. It's actually the ghost of Lancelot Warren a.k.a. The Nightwalker.


  • Artifact of Doom: Is a powerful mystical relic which Gary can conjure at will.
  • The Atoner: For his role in founding the Brotherhood of Infamy.
  • Black Cloak: Cloak's soul is trapped in the Reaper's Cloak.
  • The Conscience: Serve as this to Gary, encouraging him to use his powers for the greater good.
  • The Cowl: Literally so, in this case. Even more appropriately since he's the Nightwalker.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Was formerly the head of the Brotherhood of Infamy and led the theft of the Reaper's Cloaks. He then had a Heel Realization and decided to try to work to stop their plans to destroy reality. This was notably after he lost his wife and son in a random drive-by shooting.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like just about everyone else in the group but quite a bit more subdued.
  • Expy: Serves as Gary's inner Alfred. Which is appropriate because he's actually the setting's equivalent of Batman with a hint of Doctor Strange.
  • Guile Hero: Frequently directs Gary into certain courses of actions via reverse-psychology, or maybe he's just lucky.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Uses up all of his power to create Counter-Earth and save Gary from dying at the hands of Other Gary.
  • Not So Above It All: Turns out to be a fanboy for the Backwoodsman. Which makes sense since he's a hero even older than the Nightwalker.
  • Odd Friendship: A deceased 100+ year old superhero and a 30 something Deadpan Snarker.
  • Only Sane Man: Gives wise, prudent, and pragamtic advice which almost always gets ignored.
  • The Reveal: Was the Nightwalker all along.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: As Lancel Warren he was born to a family of billionaires but chose to work as a cop despite this.
  • Servile Snarker: Positively drips with exasperated resignation to Gary's actions.

Family

     Mandy Karkofsky 

Mandy Karkofsky A.K.A Nighthuntress

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Gary's wife and the daughter of a Foundation for World Harmony agent. She was raised by her father to be one as well but committed a crime to disqualify herself. She now regrets that decision and the avenues it closed off. Later becomes the superheroine Nighthuntress and later is turned into a vampire.


  • The Ace: Was extremely good at everything she did before college and after. Unfortunately, she got hooked up with a supervillainess and lost her chance at being a secret agent.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears one of these with a Spy Catsuit as her costume.
  • Action Girl: Is a very good example of this in the series. Becomes a Dark Action Girl in The Games of Supervillainy.
  • Anti-Hero: Averted as she was a kind, compassionate, and decent hero. Played straight after she becomes a vampire.
  • Badass Normal: Possesses no supernatural abilities but keeps up with the rest of the group in The Games of Supervillainy anyway. Then she becomes a vampire.
  • Bi the Way: Was involved with both Gary as well as the Black Witch.
  • Came Back Strong: When she becomes a vampire. Doubles as Came Back Wrong when it's discovered she doesn't possess Mandy's soul.
  • Casting a Shadow: Develops this ability after becoming a vampire.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Kate Beckinsale as per the picture. However, Word of God says that isn't quite accurate and doesn't reflect her Eurasian ancestry.
  • Dating Catwoman: Before she met Gary, she was in a relationship with the Nightwitch, which ended up derailing her path to becoming an agent for the Foundation for World Harmony. Her relationship with Gary arguably counts as well, given that she's far more heroic than he claims to be.
  • Dead All Along: A rather peculiar example in that her vampire self with a soul was actually a long-dead sorceress possessing her soulless vampire self and pretending to be a vampire. Comics everybody.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Once she becomes a vampire.
  • Expy: Has elements of Barbara Gordon and the Huntress. Later becomes one for Selene from Underworld. Also, incorporates elements of Lucita from Vampire: The Masquerade.
  • Happily Married: To Gary. Their marriage is revealed to have had some cracks in it in The Secrets of Supervillainy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dies protecting Cindy from a dragon. Is resurrected by Gary using the Book of Midnight.
  • I Just Want to Be Special:Is inspired by Gary's own bout of this to want to become a superheroine.
  • Lesbian Vampire: Becomes a Depraved Bisexual vampire but only has sex after regaining her soul as vampires don't appear to be interested in that.
  • Missed the Call: Was Chosen by Sunlight to be the new Nightwalker. Gary got the Cloak instead. She becomes a superhero anyway.
  • Mission Control: Serves in this role for a brief time in The Rules of Supervillainy.
  • Nice Girl: Formerly the Betty to Cindy's Veronica but later the Veronica due to becoming a murderous antihero vampire.
  • Older Than They Look: Oddly enough, not due to being a vampire but Timey-Wimey Ball stuff.
  • Only Sane Man: Doubles with Women Are Wiser since she's considerably more mature than her husband. Though the fact she wants to become a superhero herself may put to lie this fact.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She gives a very harsh one to Merciless in Secrets, laying out all the ways he hurt her without realizing it before she became a vampire.
  • Reluctant Monster: Becomes one of these after she regains her soul.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Suffers from two hundred years of extra memories to Timey-Wimey Ball stuff. Most of these are fighting a war.
  • Spy Catsuit: Wears one with a great coat.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Became a respected and feared heroine during the Zombie Apocalypse afflicting Falconcrest City. This gets even more so when she becomes a vampire.
  • We Used to Be Friends: In Secrets, she has this going towards Gary and Cindy after becoming a vampire and losing her soul.

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Henchmen

     Red Riding Hood 

Cindy Wakowski a.k.a Red Riding Hood

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A former teenage prostitute who worked her way up from the gutter to becoming a doctor. However, the pressures of her past combined with financial needs resulted in her becoming a professional henchwench, err person. She and Gary were boyfriend and girlfriend in high school and remained best friends through college. Later, she became his first henchman and devoted partner.


  • Action Mom: She's the mother of Gary's daughter, Leia, conceived during the time Mandy was a soulless vampire.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Seems very attracted to Mandy and willing to have threesomes with women but her actual orientation is unclear. Confirmed in The Secrets of Supervillainy.
    • Bi the Way: Becomes completely unambiguous as the series gets by with her falling for both Mandy and Gabrielle both as well as stating she's been with other superwomen.
  • The Atoner: Tries to become one after Mandy's Heroic Sacrifice. It doesn't stick.
  • Ax-Crazy: Cindy is literally this once she gets a fire ax.
  • Big Fun: Her role in the story along with being The Dark Chick and The Lancer.
  • Co-Dragons: Starts as The Dark Chick but eventually ascends to be this with Diabloman to Gary.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She's a skilled fighter but lacks superpowers. Instead she makes a point of looting or buying high-tech weapons to use against superpowered foes.
  • Cute But Psycho: A good way of describing her.
  • The Dark Chick: Her original role in the stories but gradually evolves into a...
    • Dark Action Girl: Cindy is very possibly crazy but extremely dangerous, doubly so when she reveales she's been collecting supervillain gadgets.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When Gary and she first meet, she's a teenage prostitute and just witnessed him gun down the man who killed his brother. Cindy's reaction is to treat it as nothing particularly noteworthy and loot the man's corpse before giving Gary advice on how to dispose of the weapon.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost as much as Gary.
  • Expy: For Harley Quinn, though she lacks the psychotic fixation with a Joker-esque figure.
  • Fiery Redhead: Redheaded and psycho.
  • Friends with Benefits: She and Gary apparently had this relationship for years.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Played with as she makes use of plenty but they're all stolen.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Doubles with Jewish and Nerdy, she gets all of Gary's pop culture quips and makes quite a few of her own. It's mentioned, for example, she has a ridiculously high level orcish assassin in a Bland-Name Product version of Dungeons and Dragons Online
  • Hospital Hottie: Is both a Doctor as well as a supervillain. By Secrets, she's using the proceeds from her life of crime to run a free hospital.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: By Games, she's installed a Bag of Holding inside of a picnic basket, stuffing it full of various high-tech weapons and gadgets that she has either looted from dead villains or bought off the internet. Whenever she encounters an opponent outside of her weight class, she'll produce some random weapon and blast them with it.
  • Lack of Empathy: Like Gary, seems to suffer from this but lacks his other oddities.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Deliberately cultivates this role with a very revealing but functional outfit.
  • Paid Harem: Alludes to this as part of her backstory. Apparently, many supervillains expect their attractive female minions to be this.
  • Perky Female Minion: Serves in this role to Merciless, though is far more cynical and sassy than typical examples of the trope.
  • Polyamory: Would be happy to have this relationship with Gary and Mandy or Gary and Gabrielle. She ends up getting her wish.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: An almost literal one as she opens the series employed as a henchwoman to multiple supervillains in order to make ends meet.
  • Odd Friendship: Is much more supervillain-like than Gary but seems to be a good friend with Gabrielle a.k.a Ultragoddess without the excuse of a past romance.
  • Only in It for the Money: Her stated motivation, though she seems to have some small loyalty to Gary.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Becomes significantly more dangerous between books after stealing a number of other supervillain's gadgets.

     Diabloman 

Diabloman

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Diabloman used to one of the most feared and respected villains in the world before he started to suffer health problems from his black magic-related powers. Eventually reduced to henching for D-list supervillains, he eagerly takes up Gary's offer for better paying employment and more respect.


  • Affably Evil: Is friendly, kind, and seems far too nice of a man to have once been the most feared supervillain on the planet.
  • Apocalypse Cult: Was raised by one of these to be their The Chosen One (or to protect his sister to be their Anti Christ. It's a big vague.
  • The Atoner: A surprising revelation in Games. He joined Gary, in part, because he recognized he was essentially good. Also, to make up for killing his sister.
  • Back from the Dead: He's died twice in the books and Gary has been able to bring him back much easier than Mandy.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Was raised by a Satanic cult to destroy the world and eventually killed his sister who rebelled against his cult.
  • The Dragon: Zig-zags between this and The Mentor for Gary.
    • Used to be this for Entropicus as well as the Great Beasts.
  • Driven to Suicide: Attempted Suicide by Cop via the Nightwalker until he got married and had a child.
  • Expy: A combination of Brother Blood, Deathstroke, and Bane.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Is implied to be a deeply devoted father who is making no effort to raise his child to evil.
  • Genius Bruiser: Possesses low-grade superhuman strength and super-fighting prowess but is a philosophical and intelligent man.
  • Famed In-Story: Was once the most terrifying supervillain in the world. He successfully destroyed the universe once, but it didn't last.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Heroes will work with Diabloman to save the world but all of them hate his guts. Its problematic for Gabrielle especially as he killed a couple of her close friends.
  • Hero Killer: Used to have this reputation in-universe but is known to have suffered massive Villain Decay. How bad was he? He destroyed the entire universe. It got better.
  • The Mentor: Is the one responsible for giving Gary his initial rules to being a supervillain.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: His treatment by the Typewriter and Gary's admiration for him convince him to switch sides.
  • Morality Pet: His family is implied to be this for him.
  • Noodle Incident: Destroyed the universe once.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Was part of a Religion of Evil that wanted to destroy the world then later actually destroyed the entire universe on behalf of Entropicus.
  • Religion of Evil: Used to be in one of those. Has since left it.
  • Pet the Dog: Helped protect the citizens of Falconcrest City with Cindy when the city was under siege by zombies.
  • Power Incontinence: His magical tattoos have been slowly killing him for years.
  • Retired Monster: Semi-retired at the start of the series. He considers working for Gary actually a form of being The Atoner.
  • Villain Decay: In-universe. Diabloman used to be one of the most feared villains in the world but health problems have reduced him to being a D-Lister's sidekick. Gary offers him a position as his Dragon and Diabloman never looks back.

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The Heroes

     Ultragoddess 

Gabrielle Anders a.k.a Ultragoddess

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The Afro-Hispanic daughter of the hero Ultragod and his wife Polly Perkins. She is a hero who leads the Shadow Seven, a group of reformed and semi-reformed criminals on deniable missions against tyrannical governments.


  • Action Girl: Is every bit as tough as her father, if not tougher.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Is still strongly attracted to Gary. They were actually engaged in their civilian identities before she let him go.
  • All-Loving Hero: In a bizarre case, seems to be this as well as rather ruthless. Gabrielle will give people second chances but doesn't hesitate to end people who threaten others.
  • Boobs of Steel: Is quite...uh, blessed.
    • Played with as Gabrielle mentions superheroes use illusion spells to appear more attractive than they are. Apparently, she's still quite lovely without them, though.
  • Boxed Crook: She leads the equivalent of the Suicide Squad. Unlike Amanda Waller, though, she has apparently redeemed all of them.
  • The Cape: Is considered to be this in the public view. Is actually closer to The Cowl.
  • Clark Kenting: Used to have a secret identity which relied on this and "Ultra-hypnosis."
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Seems to be a case with Rosario Dawson.
  • Expy: Is a fairly blatant one for Supergirl. She's closer to Power Girl in many ways, though, because she's a mature adult.
  • Generation Xerox: Averted as her father and her have many differences in methodology.
  • Good Is Not Soft: One of her defining attributes is she's tougher than the vast majority of heroes who fight her.
  • Flying Brick: Possesses these powers in addition to energy construction.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: Her abilities work also a Green Lantern Ring.
  • Kick the Dog: Removed Gary's memories of her as Ultragoddess before breaking up with him.
    • Kissed Gary (albeit, he kissed back) despite him being married.
  • Kryptonite Factor: 'Ultranium' in a rather blatant homage.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Her father is African American, her mother is Hispanic.
  • Polyamory: Becomes involved with Gary while both are involved with other people.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Gabrielle constantly chooses Good, which actually puts her at odds with the Society of Superheroes.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Is 6'1 and gorgeous.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: Has one of these after Gary comforted her following her father's death.
  • You Killed My Father: Discovers Other Gary, Ultrademon, and President Omega were behind the murder of Ultragod. Turns to Gary for help bringing them down.

     Nightgirl 

Amanda Douglas a.k.a Nightgirl a.k.a Mercilass

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A Japanese American hotel heiress who has the public identity as a party girl and the private identity as the heir to the Nightwalker's name (or one of them). She never quite gets the respect she feels she deserves but helps save the world a few times.


  • Action Girl: Is quite a bit tougher upon her second appearance.
  • Ascended Extra: Goes from being a random kidnap victim to a heroine in her own right.
  • Bad “Bad Acting”: Pretends to be disabled by Gary in order to let him deal with an Asshole Victim. Gary is not amused by it or how transparent it is.
  • Black Cloak: Just like Gary.
  • Cool House: Actually grew up in a literal castle moved stone-by-stone to Falconcrest City.
  • Creepy Good: Just look at her. Otherwise averted despite her background.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Was raised in a creepy ass mansion by an evil cultist father after her mother disappeared. Later, she discovers her father actually murdered her mother as part of a Human Sacrifice. Worse, her father is bonded to the cloak she wears and will be part of her for the rest of her life.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Played with as she wants to be the new Nightwalker but Gary keeps calling her variants on the Nightwalker and his own name. She is less than pleased with this. May actually qualify as a Good Counterpart and Foil since she's rich while Gary is poor, good while Gary is bad (if not evil), serious where he is joking, and gets along with Sunlight.
  • Expy: Seems to be one for Batgirl and Spoiler to some degree. Also, one for Bruce Wayne himself as the playboy/party girl image she projects is very much not true.
  • Enemy Mine: Considers Merciless and his company to be dangerous criminals but works with them to stop the Brotherhood of Infamy. Gradually, their relationship warps into a Friendly Enemy one.
  • Hero of Another Story: Is operating in Falconcrest City during the Zombie Apocalypse, working to save as many lives as possible.
  • Noodle Incident: Is mentioned to have a sex tape out about her, which she claims was organized by her publicist. Combines with Old Shame.
  • Only Sane Man: Amanda seems to be one of the few people to not find their life-threatening circumstances a time for joking.
  • Shock and Awe: Possesses these powers along with intangibility and Super Strength.
  • Super Strength: Her most notable power aside form intangibility.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Trained under Sunlight and actually seems to have become legitimately dangerous.
  • You Killed My Father: Finds out her mother was murdered by her father.

The Villains

     Tom Terror 

An American born Nazi scientist and the world's most infamous supervillain.


     President Omega 

President Charles Omega

The President of the United States during the events of the first four novels. He's actually a time-travelling supervillain from the future who starts World War 3.


  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Averted as he actually was a Nazi during World War 2.
  • Absolute Xenophobe: Played with. He plans to murder all Supers on Earth but that's because he wants to start a War for Fun and Profit to amuse himself.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Has a powerful suit of futuretech armor able to go toe-to-toe with Gary and Diabloman.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Conqueors the world in two successive time loops before ruling it a century each time then shoving time back to its original point to win again.
  • Big Bad: Of The Secrets of Supervillainy and much of the series.
  • Been There, Shaped History: In this reality, led the Third Reich after Hitler was taken down by Ultragod.
  • Conqueror from the Future: Is a combination of Kang, the Red Skull, and Handsome Jack.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Ran Omega Corp before he became President of the United States.
  • Death Is Cheap: Can't be killed due to being a living time paradox.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is possibly the only villain who can keep up with Gary himself.
  • Defector from Paradise: Hated his paradise home time and came back to destroy it because it was boring.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: We get a glimpse of what the world ruled by him is like and it's explictly compared to Skynet's rule in The Terminator.
  • Expy: For Kang the Conqueror and The Red Skull (who already has an expy in Tom Terror). He also has elements of Handsome Jack.
  • Fantastic Racism: Is grossly anti-superhuman and uses his authority to make the Society of Superheroes look bad, even to the point of endangering a major American city. Hits its peak point when he starts World War 3 to wipe out all superhumans.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Basically has the personality of Handsome Jack but is guilty of countless atrocities and murders. He's also a former Nazi.
  • Final Solution: The objective of launching his armies of giant robots and brainwashed soldiers against the rest of the world. He plans to wipe out all superhumans.
  • For the Evulz: It turns out he's entirely motivated by this. All of his murders, torture, and violence is because he finds his utopian future to be boring.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Is mentioned in both The Rules of Supervillainy and The Games of Supervillainy as behind some of the more quetionable events before becoming the Big Bad of The Secrets of Supervillainy.
  • President Evil: A classic example of it and grossly misuses his authority.
  • Time Master: Is one of these due to his ability to go back in time and win every battle he fights Until Gary defeats him with magic and damaging his suit.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The Secrets of Supervillainy and previous books set up President Omega as one of the worst foes Gary had ever encountered. In fact, he's just a pawn for both Other Gary and Entropicus.
  • World War 3: Is explicitly responsible for this in the setting. It's later revealed Gary reduced it to "only" ten million people dying.

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Other Gary a.k.a Merciful

Gary's doppelganger from a The Silver Age of Comic Books themed previous universe. He takes over Gary's life for five years and rules Falconcrest City as its dictator.


  • Big Good: Has this reputation among superheroes due to stopping President Omega (which Merciless is actually responsible for).
  • Abusive Parents: Doesn't care about his robot children and considers them Replacement Goldfish, at best, for his real kids.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Not only won in two timelines ruled by President Omega but also ruled Falconcrest City for five years. He even achieved his goal—just didn't live long enough to enjoy it.
  • Complexity Addiction: Gary achieves what Other Gary couldn't do by simply creating a new Silver Age Earth rather than trying to remake the entire universe.
  • The Corrupter: Got the Society of Superheroes to look the other way despite his fascist tendencies.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Seeing President Omega elected followed by a group of rednecks killing a migrant family he was living with caused his Face–Heel Turn.
  • The Dragon: Appears to serve in this role to President Omega but is really The Man Behind the Man.
  • Evil Counterpart: Well, evil(er) counterpart. Notably, most people see him as Gary's Good Counterpart.
  • Just the First Citizen: Is the First Citizen of Falconcrest City and rules the state of Michigan as its superhero advisor.
  • Karmic Death: Gary recreates his world then kills him, so he dies knowing he failed to do what Gary could. May also qualify as Cruel Mercy.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Is treated as a much more serious threat than previous foes. He defeats Gary and Mandy, imprisons them for five years, and takes over Falconcrest City with the blessing of the Society of Superheroes. He then rebuilds the city in his image and turns Ultragoddess into a power source for the East Coast. He's also implied to have subdued, killed, or imprisoned most of the planet's supervillains.
  • Light Is Not Good: Merciful wears a white robe rather than a black one.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Is the Order to Gary's Chaos.
  • Repressive, but Efficient: Other Gary successfully cleans up Falconcrest City through a combination of robots, mind-control, and futuretech.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the previous universe which existed before the Garyverse's in-universe Crisis on Infinite Earths-esque reboot.
  • The Starscream: Plays this role to President Omega. He lets Gary and Diabloman kill him by Dragon Their Feet.
  • Start of Darkness: Is believed to be the fact his universe was destroyed but turns out to have been the murder of a migrant family by bigots he'd joined when he tried to live a normal life. That convinced him the world was too sick to survive.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Everyone in Falconcrest City loves him and treats him as a hero.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Intends to fix the world and bring back his dead universe by harvesting necromantic energy from the public.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Threatens Gary's daughter without a second thought.


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