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  • All of the Other Reindeer: The synthezoids' neighbors are suspicious of them, and at least one wants them to leave town. Vin and Viv are outsiders at school. The children's principal still sees the synthezoids as dangerous and subhuman "guns", even though Vision has helped save the world over three dozen times.
  • Alliterative Family: All their names begin with "Vi" in an alliterative fashion.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: All four have magenta skin.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The synthezoids love each other and are polite to their neighbors. However, they are all capable of shocking violence if provoked.
  • Cannot Dream: The synthezoids shut down during the night so that their systems can process the previous day's input, but they do not dream.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Viv slams her fist through the staircase when brawling with Vin. Virginia accidentally smashes the kitchen table out of anxiety when law enforcement questions Vision.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The synthezoids endure suspicion, threats, and hate crimes because they're different from those living around them. One can draw parallels between anti-synthezoid bigotry and racism.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Vision family endures this as synthezoids living among suspicious and sometimes hostile humans. In one issue, vandals spray-paints "Go Home Socket Lovers" on their garage door. In another issue, Grim Reaper tries to kill Virginia, Viv, and Vin out of hatred. Virginia beats him to death before he can succeed.
  • Fantastic Slurs: Vandals spray paints "Go Home Socket Lovers" on their house, picked out of the search results for "bad names for robots". The principal at Vin and Viv's school refers to the synthezoids as "guns".
  • Flying Firepower: The synthezoids can levitate and fly, as well as fire lasers from the jewels in their foreheads.
  • Magic Pants: Justified in that the synthezoids wear "clothes that phase" to preserve their modesty when they phase out.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Their eyes are white with no irises or pupils.
  • The Needless: They don't require food or water. While they do shut down at night so that their systems can process the day's events, they don't technically need sleep.
  • Nuclear Family: A father, a mother, and male-female twins. Invoked by Vision, who created them so he could live as "normal" a life as possible.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Their speech is stilted compared to baseline humans, and their vocabulary is much larger.
  • Super Strength: All four synthezoids have amplified strength.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The family suffers one misfortune after another, each more horrifying than the next.
  • Uncanny Valley: Human onlookers In-Universe find them unsettling and inhuman.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Virginia, Viv, and Vin have bluish-green hair.

The Vision

A synthezoid man who fights alongside the Avengers and serves as the Avenger's liaison to the President.

  • Affectionate Nickname: In flashbacks, Scarlet Witch affectionately calls Vision a "toaster", in reference to a joke he made. During an argument, she also calls him this as an insult.
  • Badass Boast: Vision delivers one to Principal Waxman after he disrespects Vision's family members.
    Vision: I am the Vision of the Avengers. I have saved this planet thirty-seven times. Each day you live, each breath you take, each beat of your heart, each is due to my actions. Thirty-seven times over.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a stoic family man who also effortlessly defeated multiple Avengers and nearly killed Victor.
  • Creating Life Is Awesome: Zig-zagged. Vision clearly cares about his new family, as suggested by his frantic efforts to repair Viv and his willingness to protect Virginia when the truth of her killing comes to light. However, Vision secretly felt fear when Virginia opened her eyes for the first time. He has to remind himself that Virginia is his wife and he has to love her.
  • Crisis of Faith: Vision finds no solace in philosophical or religious traditions after Vin's death. However, he does pray with Viv to comfort his daughter and himself.
    Vision: I have spent this time thinking about my brother, Victor Mancha.(...) And I have rigorously applied those scenarios to a variety of philosophical and religious traditions. Despite my efforts, unfortunately, I cannot see how, in any scenario, in any philosophical or religious tradition, this current outcome is just. I must therefore conclude that it is not just. And what is not just must be addressed.
  • Dark Secret: He agrees to keep the events surrounding Virginia's killing and failed blackmail a secret to protect his family.
  • Depending on the Artist: In contemporaneous comic books from the All-New, All-Different Avengers, such as Ms. Marvel and Nova, Vision is muscular. In this comic book, he's lanky.
  • Determinator: As Agatha Harkness observes, Vision will stop at nothing to protect his family.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Vision's hunger for normalcy (or the appearance thereof) leads him to make ethically questionable decisions.
    • The comic implies that Vision created a synthezoid family because he longs to relive his old life with Scarlet Witch. His greatest flaw is that he cannot let go of the memory of his first love.
  • Fiery Coverup: Virginia buried Grim Reaper's remains in the backyard. When George stops by the synthezoids' house, he sees a furrow carved into the backyard, and readers will notice that the dead body is missing. It's strongly implied that Vision burned Grim Reaper's body with a blast from his forehead crystal.
  • Heartbroken Badass: The series ends with Vision raising Viv alone, after Vin's death and Virginia's suicide.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: He creates Virginia, Viv, and Vin so that he can have a family, but as they all discover, normalcy is beyond their reach.
    Agatha: Vision thought he could make a family. A happy, normal family. It was merely a matter of calculation. The right formula, shortcut, algorithm. What a shock then to (...) discover that it was all beyond him.
  • Ignored Epiphany: In spite of all the evidence that he and his kind will never truly integrate into "normal" human society, Vision tells Scarlet Witch that he still wants to be normal in issue #11.
  • Mundane Utility: Issue #8 shows him melting snow with his forehead laser.
  • Not So Above It All: As their love scene shows, Vision's stoicism is no match for Virginia's feminine charms.
  • Old Flame: He was previously married to Scarlet Witch. The comic implies that he created his synthezoid family because he's trying to recreate his old life with her.
  • Outliving One's Offspring:
    • He's terrified when he nearly loses Viv.
    • The last page of issue #9 shows Vision holding Vin's dead body, begging his son to wake up after Victor kills him.
  • Papa Wolf: When Tony Stark is about to shut off the power Vision is using to revive Viv, fearful that it will kill Vision, Vision threatens him into refraining.
    Vision: Tony Stark, you are my colleague. You are a fellow Avenger. You are my oldest friend. But if you touch that button, I will kill you.
  • Punch a Wall: When Virginia confesses what really happened with Grim Reaper and Leon Kinzky, Vision smashes up the living room and backyard offscreen. Readers see the aftermath when George visits.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "She...is...my...DAUGHTER! And I will...SAVE HER!"
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Vision fights his way through the Avengers and arrives at Victor's jail cell with the intent to kill Victor. Virginia suddenly appears and kills Victor instead.
  • Robosexual: He is capable of physical intimacy. The comic depicts a love scene between Vision and Virginia and references his past romantic relationship with Scarlet Witch.
  • Sanity Slippage: When he discovers that Virginia killed Grim Reaper and buried his remains in the backyard, he goes on an offscreen rampage, smashing up the house. Later, the narrator states that Vin's death precipitated Vision's full descent into madness.
  • The Stoic: Most of the time, he's calm and collected.
  • Survivor's Guilt: After Vin's death, Vision regrets not giving him more attention. He removes his eye and replays a moment in which Vin was sharing Shakespeare with him, but he was too busy to pay attention.
  • The Unsmile: His fake smile when he greets George and Nora for the first time cannot be unseen.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: His work with the Avengers and with the President frequently keep him away from home, to Virginia's disappointment.
    Virginia: I do not relish asking this of you. You are an Avenger. You are needed there. Obviously. I am just trying to say, you are needed here as well.

Virginia

Vision's wife, a synthezoid whom he created for companionship.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Virginia is a polite neighbor and a loving wife and mother. She's also capable of savage violence in moments of stress or desperation, as Grim Reaper, Leon Kinsky, Victor, and Sparky all discovered.
  • Big NO: She angrily shouts "NO! NO! NO!" as she kills Grim Reaper.
  • Blackmail: Leon Kinzky secretly films her burying the Grim Reaper's body and tries to blackmail her.
  • Break the Cutie: Her life becomes a trauma conga line that taxes her sanity.
  • Broken Pedestal: Viv is enraged when she learns that Virginia was present when Leon shot C.K.
  • Blatant Lies: She insists that "Everything is normal!" when law enforcement questions the Vision.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
    Virginia: Vin, does your suspension from school somehow equate to you being permanently suspended upon this couch? You might answer the door.
    • And then again, during an otherwise frightening scene in issue #9.
    Virginia: And where is the damn dog?
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: After drinking poisonous water, she dies as Vision holds her.
  • Dramatic Stutter:
    • She stutters when a law enforcement officer questions Vision. The stutter is an expression of her own anxiety over her killing of Grim Reaper possibly being discovered.
    Virginia: I do not know how to fix fix fix fix...
    • In issue #8, she stutters repeatedly while talking to Victor. In issue #11, she stutters constantly while explaining Vision's decision to kill Victor and the ugly aftermath that will likely follow to Viv.
  • Ghost Memory: Because her brain patterns were based off those of Scarlet Witch, Virginia has access to many of Scarlet Witch's memories, including a formula for seeing the future.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Downplayed but when Vision is showing a gift from Scarlet Witch to their neighbors, Virginia goes quiet with her arms folded and a frown on her face.
  • Heroic Suicide: After giving Detective Lin a false story in order to protect Vision, she drinks poisonous water that corrodes her synthetic organs. She dies in Vision's arms.
  • Housewife: She tends the house and cares for Vin and Viv while Vision is away.
  • Kick the Dog: Or rather, savagely kill the dog. Virginia violently kills Sparky so that she can carry out the same magical formula for seeing the future that Agatha Harkness used.
  • Mama Bear: After Grim Reaper breaks into her house and attacks her children, she savagely beats him to death. A trait less surprising when it's revealed she got her brain patterns from the Scarlet Witch, a woman so protective of her children she rewove reality.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution:
    • In issue #11, she kills Sparky as part of a magical formula for seeing visions of the future, even though she already knew that the future held horrors for her and her loved ones.
    • She kills Victor before Vision can do so, instead of trying to talk him out of the killing or restrain him.
  • Punch a Wall: She smashes the kitchen table out of anxiety when a law enforcement officer questions her husband.
  • Only Sane Man: Subverted. Out of all the Visions, she likely understands humans the best because she actually remembers the memories of Scarlet Witch and her concerns that sending the children to school may cause problems turns out to be justified. On the other hand, she puts on a Stepford Smiler exterior around company and her sanity takes a nosedive as the story progresses.
  • Replacement Love Interest: Unlike most examples, Virginia was explicitly created by the other party with this goal in mind.
  • Robosexual: Despite being a synthezoid/android, she is capable of physical intimacy with Vision.
  • Sanity Slippage: The trauma of killing Grim Reaper, witnessing CK's death, and putting Leon Kinsky in a coma is taxing her sanity. In issue #6, she behaves casually as she leads George through her smashed home. In issue #8, she stutters constantly, sings "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" to herself, and tells Victor that she is the music she plays. Victor observes that she is "hurt" in some way. After Vin's death at Victor's hands, her mental state is even more fragile.
  • Stepford Smiler: She cultivates a smiling housewife exterior, but cries when she explores her pre-loaded memory bank in private. We later learn that she weeps when she accesses Scarlet Witch's memories of her romance with Vision.
  • Take Me Instead: Virginia knows that Vision will kill Victor, and that she will probably be persecuted and killed anyway after he does so. Virginia kills Victor instead so that justice can be served while keeping Vision's reputation intact.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • A vandal thought that he could get away with spray-painting "Go Home Socket Lovers" on her garage. Virginia knocks the vandal out cold, and the expression on his friend's face is priceless.
    • Grim Reaper thought he could kill Virginia and her children by himself. Virginia quickly beat him to death.
    • Leon Kinzky tried to blackmail her after secretly filming her burying Grim Reaper's body, then threatened to destroy her loved ones. She struck him so hard that he was left in a coma.

Viv

Vision and Virginia's daughter.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Even though neighborhood kids found their super-strength and laser-blasting abilities amusing, Viv and Vin are outsiders at school.
  • Badass Bookworm: She and her brother soak up as much information as they can through electronic means.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Viv is a pleasant teenage girl most of the time (occasional moments of snottiness notwithstanding). When she is angered, however, expect shattered tables and staircases.
  • Break the Cutie: Not to the extent of her mother, but the increasingly traumatic events appear to be wearing her down.
  • Eye Lights Out: Her eyes briefly go black as Vision is reviving her.
  • Foregone Conclusion: She's going to be in Champions after this series ends, so nothing permanent is going to happen to her.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: At first. By the end of the series, she is at peace with the fact that she is not "normal" and does not need to fit in.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Grim Reaper impales her with his scythe, earning him a savage beating from Virginia.
  • Incompatible Orientation: In Champions (2016) she comes out as a lesbian to Riri by abruptly kissing her. Riri, however, rejects Viv's feelings.
  • Jerkass Ball: In issue #9, she's rude to Virginia when Virginia and Vision cannot locate Vin and Victor.
  • Rage Breaking Point: When Viv learns that her mother was present when Leon Kinzky accidentally shot his son C.K., she explodes with rage and destroys the kitchen table.
  • Serious Business: Viv and Vin once got into a brawl over whether Shakespeare's Shylock was truly a villain. Viv accidentally punched through the staircase.
  • Token Religious Teammate: Viv turns to theism as a way to cope with Vin's death; first praying that there is a God, then that her brother has a soul, then that God will allow Vin's soul to rest.

Vin

Vision and Virginia's son.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Vin and Viv are outsiders at school.
  • Badass Bookworm: Vin and Viv soak up as much information as they can through electronic means.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Vin is generally a nice teenage boy who likes Shakespeare. When provoked, however, he's dangerous. Vin necklifted C.K. when the boy gave him a hard time, and fought back against Victor by firing his forehead laser.
  • Character Death: Victor attacks Vin and accidentally kills him. The damage to Vin's system is so extensive that he cannot be revived.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Even if Chris Kinzky was being a jerk, Vin overreacted when he grabbed the boy by his throat and nearby choked him to death.
  • Friendly Fire: Vin fires his forehead laser at Victor in an attempt to defend himself. He misses and accidentally fires the laser at George and Martha's house, igniting a house fire.
  • Eye Lights Out: Vin's eyes go dark after Victor kills him.
  • He Knows Too Much: Vin walks in as Victor is secretly communicating with the Avengers. Victor attacks him.
  • Neck Lift: Vin performs one on Chris Kinzky, earning him a suspension from school.
  • Rage Breaking Point: When Chris Kinzky pushes him an inch too far, he lifts the bully off his feet by his throat and nearly chokes him to death.

Sparky

A synthezoid dog created from the brain of Zeke (George and Nora's dog) after he is electrocuted by the late Grim Reaper's equipment.

  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: He's bright green.
  • Brain Uploading: Vision removes the brain from Zeke's corpse and scans its brainwaves into a synthezoid dog.
  • Cool Pet: He's a friendly synthezoid dog with green fur.
  • Cute Machines: Vin and Viv are smitten when they see him.
  • Robot Dog: "WOOF!"
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Virginia brutally kills him so that she can carry out the same magical formula as Agatha Harkness for seeing the future.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Zeke wanders into the synthezoids' backyard, smells Grim Reaper's remains, and digs up his body. When Vision discovers the dead body and electrocuted dog, it sets into motion his morally questionable decision to lie about Virginia's actions.
  • We Can Rebuild Him:
    • Zeke digs up Grim Reaper's remains, bites a piece of Grim Reaper's equipment, and is electrocuted. Vision recovers his brain and uses it to create a synthezoid dog.
    • In issue #12, Scarlet Witch and Tony Stark repair Sparky after Virginia seemingly kills him. Scarlet Witch reunites Sparky with an overjoyed Viv.

    Antagonists 

Grim Reaper

A villain who despises Vision and his new family.

  • Fantastic Racism: He doesn't see synthezoids as fully human.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: According to Virginia's account, he shouted "a number of rather specific profanities" during their battle.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears (alive, at least) in one scene, and is quickly neutralized by Virginia. However, his actions set multiple problems in motion for the rest of the story arc.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Attacking three superpowered synthezoids was a very bad idea. After he impales Viv, Virginia beats him to death.
  • Yoyo Plot Point: Once again antagonizing synthezoids because he believes them to be inhuman copies of real people.

Leon Kinzky

A man whose son attends the same school as Vin and Viv.

  • Blackmail: He secretly films Virginia burying Grim Reaper, then tries to blackmail her with the footage. He demands that the synthezoids leave town or else.
  • Blackmail Backfire: His attempt to blackmail Virginia ended with him accidentally shooting his own son. When he threatened to kill Virginia afterwards, Virginia struck him, leaving him in a coma.
  • Fantastic Racism: He refers to Viv and Vin as Virginia's "things". To her face.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He shoots his gun toward Virginia. Virginia phases out, causing the bullet to pass through her and strike his son instead.
  • Papa Wolf: His decision to blackmail Virginia and demand that the synthezoids leave town was rooted in genuine fear for his son's safety after Vin nearly choked the boy to death.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: After Vin performs a neck lift on his son, Kinzky genuinely fears that the synthezoids will become dangers to his son and his community.
  • What an Idiot!: When he filmed Virginia burying Grim Reaper, he tried to blackmail her instead of quietly taking the footage to the police. He soon discovers that trying to blackmail a superpowered synthezoid is a VERY bad idea.

Victor Mancha

A cyborg created by Ultron as a gift to Marianella Mancha, who longed for a child. Vision's "brother" who temporarily stays with the family.

  • Alien Catnip: Vibranium. When Victor is near a piece of the metal, it physically and emotionally soothes him. However, he drains the metal after use and must find fresh vibranium to feed his addiction.
  • And Show It to You: Virginia kills him by phasing her hand into his chest and ripping out his cybernetic heart.
  • Bad Future: Was built by Ultron to cause one. When Vrginia kills him, he is glad it will now never come to be.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: He warns Vin that he spends too much time upstairs, and that everyone can hear him while he's up there. Victor was chiding Vin for reading too much Shakespeare out loud.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Victor first uses vibranium to soothe his physical pain after fighting Ultron, then to manage pain from future battles. Eventually, he becomes addicted. His use of vibranium is reminiscent of a chronic pain sufferer's use of opioids.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When Vision arrives at his jail cell, Victor is resigned to his fate.
  • Fallen Hero: Victor is a good hearted and heroic character. When his addiction causes him to accidentally kills Vin, he completely falls apart and Avengers throw him into prison.
  • False Friend: He was sent by the Avengers to live with the Vision family, gain their trust, and eventually undermine them. Although it's at least implied he genuinely tried to help them.
  • Famous Last Words: "I shall not be Victorious."
  • Foil: To Vision, although with many strong shades of Not So Different.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Is terrified of the prospect of one day turning into Victorious and killing Avengers. Because of that he actually seems glad when he dies.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Smiles after Virigina kills him as he realizes he no longer will turn into Victorious.
  • He Knows Too Much: When Vin walks in on Victor communicating with the Avengers, Victor attacks him with electricity.
  • Hero Antagonist: Victor helped to save the world many times alongside Runaways and Avengers A.I., yet here he plays an antagonistic role.
  • I Just Want to Be You: He secretly admires Vision for being a hero who defied his original purpose.
  • Irony: He was built by Ultron to infiltrate the Avengers and cause a Bad Future. And here Avengers use him to infiltrate family of another of Ultron's creations which apparently will cause another bad future.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He's horrified when he kills Vin. Victor curls up in fetal position in a corner as Vision holds his dead son and Virginia looks on in shock.
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: His speech is peppered with the word "like".
  • The Mole: The Avengers sent him to infiltrate the Vision family after learning about Virginia's crimes and Vision's lies from Agatha Harkness.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Unlike Vision and his family, Victor can pass for human. Justified since Ultron built Vision to destroy the Avengers and Victor to infiltrate them. Deconstructed as well - the price he paid for looking human, was lack of Vision's physical invulnerability so a life of superhero battles lead him to painkiller addiction.
  • Shock and Awe: His primary weapon. In issue #9, he uses his electricity powers to attack Vin.
  • Walking Spoiler

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    Other Characters 

George and Nora

The synthezoids' neighbors.

  • Chekhov's Gun: In the first issue, Nora gives the synthezoids a baking tray of cookies. It's the same tray that Virginia uses to beat Grim Reaper to death. When Virginia returns the battered tray, George seems alarmed.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Readers know from the first issue that George and Nora will someday die in a house fire set by one of the synthezoids. A stray laser from Vin's forehead accidentally strikes their house and ignites a fire in issue 9.
  • Gossipy Hens: Nora reads online gossip about the Vision.

Chris "C.K." Kinzky

Leon Kinzky's son, who attends school with Viv and Vin.

  • Accidental Murder: His father tries to kill Virginia with a gun, but she phases out before the bullet can hit her. The bullet passes through her and kills Chris instead.
  • The Bully: He shouts and swears at Vin, who proceeds to neck lift him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's obnoxious to Vin, but he's later shown having a pleasant conversation with Viv as they walk home from school. It's implied that for all his bluster, he likes Viv and is genuinely curious about the synthezoids.

Agatha Harkness

  • Black Magic: She received visions of the future by feeding her cat a petal from a magical flower, then killing the cat.
  • Convulsive Seizures: Upon the completion of her formula for receiving visions of the future, she thrashes around on the ground.
  • Eye of Newt: Years before, she sought out a rare and magical flower so that she could acquire visions of the future.
  • Kick the Dog: In a flashback, she kills her cat as part of a magical formula. The cat fights back before expiring and appears angry and hurt.
  • Knowledge Broker: She informs the Avengers about Vision's lies and the danger this poses.
  • The Mentor: To Scarlet Witch.
  • Ms. Exposition: She narrates the first few issues and provides context for what is happening and will happen.
  • Narrator: She narrates the comic and informs readers about tragedies to come in the lives of the Visions for the first arc.

Scarlet Witch

A magic user who serves as one of the Avengers. Vision's ex-wife.

  • Narrator All Along: It's revealed that she was narrating the second half of the story to Viv.
  • Old Flame: She serves as this for Vision. Despite having his emotions wiped years before (and then again recently), he's implied to miss their relationship.
  • Pet the Dog: She is supportive of Viv after the events of issues #10 and #11. She and Tony Stark also repair Sparky, who had been ostensibly killed by Virginia.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: After she and Vision divorced, she didn't want Vision to be lonely. She gave him a file of her brain wave patterns so that he could create a companion for himself.

The Avengers

Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Vision's teammates.

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Avengers try to stop Vision from killing Victor. Vision effortlessly defeats them all.
  • Face of the Band: Tony Stark gets most prominence out of all of them.
  • Jerkass: Apparently Vision wanted his family to live in Avengers' new headquarters, but his teammates reaction caused them to moved to suburbs. When they find out what is happening, they sent Victor Mancha to spy on them, instead of confronting Vision and talking with him like a long-time friend he is to many of them. And when that ends with Victor accidentally killing Vin, they just throw him into prison and put rest of Visions on home arrest.
  • Pet the Dog: In issue #12, Scarlet Witch and Tony Stark repair Sparky and return him to Viv.

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