The main protagonists of the series, they are team of six young adults, five boys and one girl, who specialize in search and rescues. Their ranks include: The Commander (Amanda), Red Hot (Kyle), Fluke (Paul), Spooky Jones, Tsunami (Gordon), and Flyboy (Mitch).
- Action Girl: The Commander has contacts with the military and trained with the marines for 11 months.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Fluke is a Nice Guy, but don't mess with his friends or else.
- Genius Bruiser: Flyboy. He then team's technical expert and has proved that he has street smarts on top of it.
- Hero of Another Story: Spooky is a detective of sorts on the side, and Commander used to help her mom out at work. Spooky's side is show in full force in the Double Cross arc. Also, Flyboy had an entire adventure stopping a confrontation, saving part of a city from destruction and rescuing one of his friends in the span of Kyle having a date with Annihilator.
- Kid Heroes: Well, not really kids, as they are all young adults and two members are still teens, but otherwise they are defacto this trope.
- Five-Token Band: Or rather, Six Token Band. The Commander is Native American and the only woman, Red Hot is gay, Fluke is black, Spooky is Chinese, Tsunami is Samoan, and Flyboy is white and a minor and as of chapter 3 of Engaging the Enemy, we find out he's gay too.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: All except for Spooky were rejected as interns for adult teams of superheroes for one reason or another. Red Hot's past and psychological profile were considered worrisome, and Fluke was flat out told his powers would do more far harm than good. Their misfit statuses, as well as their young ages, make them not well liked by adult superheroes. Spooky is the exception, as adult teams would really like him to join their ranks, but he refuses.
- The Truth or Dare bonus comic sheds a bit of light on Tsunami and Flyboy. Flyboy had an internship with another superhero team, but was expelled for doing freelance crime-fighting. And while Tsunami never says clearly what happened, he was responsible for people he cared for getting hurt and he carries a lot of guilt for that.
- Secret Identity: They're all quite liberal with using their real names even while on the job. The Annihilator says their identities are an Open Secret among superheroes and super-villains, though it doesn't seem to put even the members of the team older than eighteen in danger at all either. Which makes sense considering they're just a search and rescue team.
- The Smurfette Principle: They have only one female member, the Commander, though as she was the one who put the team together in the first place, she's their leader.
- Super Hero Origin: The bonus comic covers Spooky's as well as how he met the Commander.
Kyle Conlen / Red HotKyle is the main protagonist of the Engaging the Enemy arc and a member of the Young Protectors, the series' titular team of heroic young people. He is the hero known as Red Hot and is in possession of some pretty hot powers. However, Kyle harbors many secrets and hidden fears, one of which being that he is gay.
- Blessed with Suck: His powers are connected to his emotions, which makes certain things in life hard to enjoy. this gets solved by the end of the arc, though.
- Buffy Speak: Kyle slips into this on a few occasions.
- Celibate Hero: He's afraid of having sex or any other sexual relations because he fears losing control of his powers during the act and hurting someone. His fears are justified by his Dark and Troubled Past.
- Considering what happens on his 18th birthday when he loses his virginity to Annihilator - getting ambushed and sent to Hell as part of a plan to help open a portal between it and Earth - it'd be a wonder if he didn't remain skittish about sex for some time afterward.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Twice. What happened to his first parents is a mystery, but his foster parents abandoned him after he nearly killed them and their daughter while on A Date with Rosie Palms.
- Later, his real father is revealed to be alive and well. He's a Big Red Devil, yes, but alive and apparently willing to make Kyle his heir. His mother is still a mystery, though just imagining who or what she could be brings several squicky thoughts to mind.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His powers haven't exactly made his life easy.
- Emotional Powers: Kyle's fire powers are linked to his feelings, even pleasure.
- Fiery Red Head: He didn't seem like one at first, but proved otherwise during his and Anni's fight with Hunter and Killer.
- He seems level-headed for most of chapter 5, but when he sees Annihilator reverted to a teenager - who claims to not remember a thing, from his own name to anything else - Kyle snaps and accuses him of lying, and seems ready to outright deck the kid. And his fist is flaring up with a big-ass ball of flame, too.
- Foreshadowing: Kyle's first line in the entire comic, "Oh, to hell with it" is this.
- The "Truth or Dare" bonus comic reveals that he and Spooky will sometimes share a bed, since Spooky gets cold very easily and Kyle's body temperature is apparently naturally quite high, which warms him. The audience is also shown that Kyle really enjoys it and will kiss the back of Spooky's neck at times. Along with a few other bits of banter, this can count as foreshadowing the reveal that Kyle's in love with Spooky. And, as of chapter 5, it seems to be very mutual.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Could be this if his mom turns out human. Regardless of if she is or isn't, his dad is still a Demon King.
- Hell Gate: He's the key, or at least one step in the process, to opening it.
- Honey Trap: Fell for one of these.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Laampros, his father, believes he's this at first simply for being weak. When he proves otherwise, he gives Kyle a bizarre So Proud of You moment, complete with The Reveal of his parentage and the declaration that Kyle may well be a suitable heir after all. Cue Kyle's utter horror.
- Invisible Streaker: His first date did not go well. Invisibility was involved. Of the sort that doesn't turn his clothes invisible as well.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: When he gets pissed at the Annihilator for betraying him and actually manages to burn him with his flames, despite the Annihilator's noted Nigh-Invulnerability, Laampros is so impressed that chooses to reveal he is Kyle's father with a tender kiss on the forehead and a Wham Line.
- Muggle Foster Parents: Had some until his powers kicked in.
- Playing with Fire: He has the ability to control fire.
- Stealth Pun: Kyle is gay and has fire-based superpowers. He's literally a flaming homosexual. Well, in a technical sense. Personality-wise, he's actually a...
- Straight Gay: His typical demeanor does not suggest that he is gay.
- The Reveal: He is the key to unlocking a portal that will allow the Demon King Laampros to come to Earth and wreak havoc there, eating and raping humans to his heart's content. Oh, and Laampros is also his dad.
Paul Nicholas Jackson / FlukeKyle's friend and fellow member of the Young Protectors. He is rather unlucky, but by choice, and uses his powers to help others like the rest of his teammates.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Don't mess with his friends.
- Cursed with Awesome: Zigzagged with Blessed with Suck. Fluke has incredibly bad luck, but only so he can accumulate a mass of good luck to give to others to save their lives. One crashed, recently paid off car = saving people's lives from falling debris of a burning building. Seems like a pretty fair trade off.
- Equivalent Exchange: His powers work by balancing luck, so he has to suffer some bad luck in order to pass along the good. Whether this can work the other way around hasn't been addressed yet.
- Tsunami implies it's perfectly possible for him inflict bad luck on people and put the odds in his own favor to get what he wants like maybe a fight with the Annihilator and Platinum Priestess.
- Has a Type: Apparently he likes redheads. And no, the point was not lost on anyone.
- Nice Guy: Very easily one of these.
- Sidekick: He and Tsunami get the least screentime of the team members.
- Winds of Destiny, Change!: With a slight drawback.
Spooky JonesKyle's friend and fellow member of the Young Protectors. Spooky lives up to his name by being an expert at magic and the occult, and outside of his work with the Young Protectors, he often investigates things involving the paranormal.
- The Ace: He's one of the two true magic users on the planet. He's the most capable member of the team, so much he has rejected proposals to join adult teams multiple times. As Tsunami says, he's also full of sex appeal and incredibly easy to like, and when Flyboy gets himself in trouble he thinks that Spooky would be able to solve it in minutes without casualties.
- Ascended Extra: He and Flyboy were supporting characters in Embracing the Enemy, that was focused on Kyle. Then he starred in Past Sins, and now he and Flyboy are the main characters in Double Cross.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a trenchcoat.
- The Casanova: At least this is the perception Kyle has of him.
- Cosmic Plaything: If Velliok is to be believed, there is something about him that makes him special and desirable for demonic powers.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When he was thirteen he spent a year in Hell. In his own words, he was the shiniest new toy they'd had there in awhile. This makes him very empathetic towards Kyle's plight, as well as the trauma victims he deals with on a regular basis.
- Ethnic Magician: His exact ethnicity is unspecified, but he's of east Asian descent.
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: Played with. One of the consequences of his time in hell is that he gets really cold when he sleeps, unless he's touching another person.
- The Hypocrite: He makes a few comments about "racial sensitivities" and is implied to be sensitive about his own nationality and ethnicity, but has no problem poking fun at others' ethnicity and/or orientation, albeit all in good fun.
- Hidden Depths: When he's not being the comic relief of the series, Spooky can be very insightful and mature. He's also quite empathetic and sympathetic towards others mostly due to his own Dark and Troubled Past.
- Hollywood Pudgy: Some care is taken to make shown that he's rather overweight, specially his teen version.
- Intimate Healing: Smooches Kyle to heal him immediately after releasing all the souls meant to be sacrifices for Laampros in Chapter 5. It wasn't actually necessary, but why waste a good chance?
- Ladykiller in Love: The second half of Legendary deals with this part towards Kyle.
- Meaningful Name: He got the name Spooky from his "spooky eyes".
- Occult Detective: His job outside the Young Protectors.
- One Hero, Hold the Weaksauce: One of only two non-insane magic users on the planet, which, according to the other, should be impossible given what happened.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Because, after escaping hell, he doesn't know what his name used to be.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He fulfills this role best out of all the members of the team.
- Really Gets Around: So har he's gotten action with Commander, Kyle and Flyboy. That's half of the YP squad (and basically every single member of it that is attracted to men)
- Submissive Badass: He's probably the most capable member of the team, yet he fully recognizes Commander's authority. Almost all the time, at least.
- To Hell and Back: Age thirteen was not a good year for him.
- Ukefication: Prone to this In-Universe. It's his one complaint about the team's fanbase.
Amanda Charleyboy / The CommanderThe leader of the Young Protectors and their only female member. She is a telepath and in charge of organizing and directing the team's movements when on missions.
- Action Girl: She's the leader of the team and has military training. Her alias alone instills this image.
- Amicable Exes: She and Spooky.
- Badass Family: By the looks of her mom, she comes from one of these.
- Commanding Coolness: Her superhero name is The Commander and she's definitely cool.
- The Fettered: She has a strong set of principles and doesn't deviate from them.
- Former Teen Rebel: Averted. When she was fourteen she stole a car and was caught by the police, but the cops didn't treat her like a criminal like she thought they would, nor did she do it with any criminal intent. The police thought she was a Military Brat from the base acting out for attention when she really stole the car because she thought she had to in order help someone.
- Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: her perspective, at least where Spooky is involved.
- I Gave My Word: She's adamant on not breaking her promises during the Truth Or Dare bonus comic.
- Team Mom: She's largely the Only Sane Woman of the team, and in charge of keeping the guys in line.
- Telepathy: She's actually a telepath.
- Sensible Heroine, Skimpy Villainess: She's the former to the Platinum Priestess' latter. Specifically, her outfit appears to be based on a military uniform of some sort while the Priestess sports a Chainmail Bikini.
- Supporting Leader: She doesn't really get protagonism (except for sharing an arc with Spooky), but she's still in charge of the team, and even in Double Cross when there is no team, she calls a lot of the shots with Spooky.
Gordon / TsunamiOne of the oldest members of the team.
- The Comically Serious: To the point where the entire team is stunned by him cracking a joke in chapter 5. Probably amplified by the fact that he was making a light-hearted crack about Spooky kissing him to heal his injuries from battle. His response is basically a sheepish, "What? I can make jokes, too."
- Noble Bigot: Tsunami is the only member of the team to display outright disapproval at Kyle being openly gay to the team, his reasons being because the team includes Flyboy who's a minor.
- As of chapter 5, he's come around and tells Kyle that he doesn't care what Kyle is - both in terms of his sexuality and his demonic heritage. In fact, his only objection to seeing Spooky and Kyle kiss in front of everyone at that point seems to be the fact that the other teammates are still injured and in need of Spooky's healing magic as well, and the hostages are still tied up. He even manages to make an honest-to-god joke about how he'd just prefer that Spooky use a little less tongue when healing him.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Given his biased views and caustic personality, he's not exactly the most popular member of the team.
- Seems to be moving past this as of chapter 5, where he - of all people - gives a very effective You Are Better Than You Think You Are speech to Kyle as the latter is facing off against Laampros and trying to fight off the demon king's influence.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's writing as downright unlikeable during the first part of his appearances in Engaging The Enemy, but the later part of the arc shows how much he actually values his teammates.
- Making a Splash: He can control water and shape it into various objects.
- My Greatest Failure: Is deeply ashamed of some (hitherto unrevealed) event in his past where (secret and unsupervised) vigilante activity on his part directly resulted in unspecified casualties. As such, he is NOT receptive to similar behavior from his teammates.
- Sick and Wrong: He is not a fan of the team's fans' artwork of them.
- Sidekick: He and Fluck get the least screentime of all the members of the team.
- Team Dad: Pretty much literally. He's the legal guardian along with Amanda of Kyle and Mitch and he cares a lot about the safety of the younger members of the team. This justifies his reaction to the team's fanbase's antics a bit more in hindsight considering they were pairing him with his legal wards.
- Though a degree of prejudice had a hand in it as well it seems.
Mitchell Thibeau / FlyboyThe team's youngest member after Fluke, and their tech-expert.
- Ascended Extra: He and Spooky Jones were supporting characters in Embracing the Enemy, but then each got a mini-comic focused on him, and now they're the protagonists in Double Cross.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Downplayed. He's the team's tech expert, but it took him a few days to find the deleted history on the team's computer that Fluke erased. Whether it took so long because he simply didn't have the time to do it earlier or it took some effort on his part is never made clear.
- Genius Bruiser: He's the team tech expert, but his powers have nothing to do with technology or intelligence, but physical feats.
- Get Back to the Future: His plot in Double Cross.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Averted. He uses them when flying.
- Hero Of Anotherstory: The Flyboy bonus comic focuses on what he and Cory were up to right before Kyle's plot caught up with them.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: This attitude got him booted off his last superhero team and he's still not stopping.
- Spoiled Sweet: He comes from a very privileged background, but the only times this comes over is when his wealth or contacts can be helpful to others.
- Straight Gay: If his confession is genuine and not just an attempt to make Kyle feel better.
- Confirmed in his bonus comic - has a boyfriend named Cory, who also has powers of his own.
- Superpower Lottery: He's the most overpowered member of the team, having supersonic flight, contact telekinesis and enhanced senses. In chapter 3 of Engaging the Enemy, his teammates conclude he would be the logical choice if one of them had to fight the Annihilator.
- Temporal Sickness: Past!Amanda concludes he is suffering cell damage due to "quantum friction" in Chapter 3 of Double-Cross while recuperating from his injuries.
- Vigilante Man: Spends his nights doing covert rescues and arrests. This actually led to him being kicked off a superhero team he was interning with.
- Villains Of Another Story: All the villains who've reared their ugly heads so far in the series are this.
- Refusal of the Call: A villainous example. Something big currently in the story has many superheroes and villains alike preoccupied. However, the Annihilator and the Platinum Priestess stayed behind and as we find out, not because they weren't interested in a little villainy.
Duncan Wells / The AnnihilatorThe first villain we're introduced to in the series and the main love interest of our protagonist Kyle, or so he seemed. Like Kyle, he has a Dark and Troubled Past and some secrets, as almost all villains do, though even his secrets seem to have secrets lately.
- Ambiguously Bi: He's gay or at least he told Kyle he was, but his exact relationship with the Platinum Priestess is left ambiguous. They are at least co-conspirators in gaining immortality, and Laampros calls her the Annihilator's "sow", which can be interpreted a number of ways.
- Ambiguously Evil: His evilness is mostly an Informed Attribute until the latter half of chapter two.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: When out of costume.
- Anti-Villain: Initially displayed himself as a sort of Punch-Clock Villain with a Freudian Excuse. Later this is revealed to be a ruse, but his goals are instead revealed to be altruistic, wanting to fix the walls of reality for humanity's sake. And he is having second thoughts about this.
- Compensating for Something: His name makes it sound like he is, even in his own opinion.
- Deal with the Devil: His intended gambit with Kyle involved this as a stepping stone.
- Even Evil Has Standards: A more complex example with his and Sircea's plan. Though ultimately it's a Necessary Evil sort of situation, he clearly is having second thoughts about the lengths required to go there.
- Faustian Rebellion: ...but he and the Platinum Priestess aren't exactly planning on letting the demon have its way.
- Fountain of Youth: He reverts to a twentysomething after the battle in Chapter 5 probably due to Laampros literally granting his desire of youth.
- More like a teenager, as the notes apparently say he's supposed to look around 15-16.
- Immortality Seeker: He's getting on in years, so he makes a Deal with the Devil for renewed youth and eternal life.
- Light Is Not Good: Somewhat. His white/blue/silver coloration isn't exactly your typical villainous pallet.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The Platinum Priestess accuses him of having this in Chapter 3.
- Noble Demon: Sure he's working on selling out half the human race, but considering the alternative is the entire planet being doomed...
- School Bullying Is Harmless: His situation was a subversion of type 3. He was bullied as a kid for being weaker than other kids his age. Then he got his powers. Sadly, this was his Start of Darkness, as after the deed was done, he had to go on the run.
- Straight Gay: Or so he said.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His reason for selling the earth to the powers of hell is to have enough power to fix the walls of reality, which are crumbling. He is having second thoughts about it, though.
Sircea / Platinum PriestessA mystical villainess and acquaintance of the Annihilator. She has some history with Spooky apparently.
- Above Good and Evil: Claims to be as such, citing that the exact definitions of both have been constantly changing across mankind's history.
- A God Am I: Though less powerful now than she once was, she has been worshiped as a goddess throughout the ages, and is quite comfortable with the label.
- Ambiguously Human: Somewhat. Her origins are shrouded in mystery, but we do know that she is (or was) immortal and has an intimate knowledge of the magics that govern reality.
- Arch-Nemesis: She is the closest thing to one Spooky has.
- Badass Boast: "...but have no doubt, I will be a goddess once more.
- Breaking Speech: The Platinum Priestess knows guilt when she sees it, and isn't having any of it.
- Cool Crown: Has one.
- Chainmail Bikini: Wears what looks like one.
- God Guise: Has been worshiped as a goddess multiple times in the past.
- Hot Witch: Has remained a quite the looker despite being at least in her late 40's.
- Immortality Seeker: Though unlike most, she's retrieving what she'd had before but lost.
- Lady of Black Magic: A beautiful and regal mystic sorceress who has been worshipped as a goddess.
- Large Ham: Especially during her rant against Duncan in chapter 3. She practically comes off like the offspring of Maleficent, Ursula, and Mother Gothel in terms of hamminess.
- Light Is Not Good: A white-clad, white-haired sorceress and consummate super villain, by reputation at least. Exactly how "not good" she is isn't clear yet, though. Additionally, her magic powers are manifested by a bright white/silver.
- Mystical White Hair: White haired sorceress.
- Meaningful Name: Sircea is pronounced the exact same way as Circe, the witch/goddess in The Odyssey.
- Really 700 Years Old: And quite attractive since she's actually well over 6000 years old. Subverted slightly since she's only started to age in (relatively) recent memory.
- Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: She's the latter to the Commander's former. As mentioned, she wears a Chainmail Bikini while Commander's costume bears a resemblance to some sort of military uniform.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Kyle x Duncan for completely selfish reasons.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Unusually for a supervillain.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She seeks to use Duncan's Deal with the Devil to fix the walls of reality, though mostly because it's easier to thrive in a world that's not another circle of hell.
LaamprosThe Greater-Scope Villain of the series brought forth by the Annihilator and the Platinum Priestess in their quest for immortality and eternal youth. He is a King of Hell and evil as they come.
- Big Red Devil: He's big. He's red. He's a devil. Complete with horns and wings such-like.
- Disappeared Dad: He may or may not be Kyle's.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He claims to be Kyle's father.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He seems rather fond of it.
- So Proud of You: When Kyle actually manages to injure the Annihilator, he has an apparent change of heart about his "weak" son.
- Walking Spoiler: Look out the amount of spoiler tags and try and say he isn't one.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: It's a matter of pride.
- Wham Line: "My darling son."
VelliokA duke of hell that has some unfinished business with Spooky jones. This conflict is behind the main plot on Past Sins where it's eventually revealed that he has been posing as Aanado the entire time, trying to lure Spooky into letting him in his mind.
- Entitled to Have You: A non-romantic example, Velliok insists that Spooky belongs to him from birth and will end up in his hands.
- Evil Plan: He had a plan to use Spooky to create a door to Earth. He seems to still be trying to do it.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: He takes great pleasure in describing his past torture of Aanado.
- More Than Mind Control: Apparently he can't possess Spooky without his consent.
SunglassesA powerful wizad that is the main antagonist in Double Cross. He leads a cult with multiple Crazies that kidnapped a child and is attempting a dark working that seems related to Spooky's inability to recall that period in the past and to the symbol of a prince of hell that Mitch saw in the present.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He figured out Mitch's powers on the fly and devised a way to go through them in the middle of a fight.
- I Want Them Alive!: He states (just like Velliok) that he wants to capture Spooky alive. No reasons given.
- Mundane Solution: When Spooky decides he will be unable to beat him using magic he simply drops a giant ferris wheel on him. It's still to be revealed if that will be enough to stop him.
- The Nameless: Four chapters in, still no name for him has been given.
- Sinister Shades: So far we haven't seen his eyes.
- Trap Master: Every confrontation with him has had the heroes fall into complex and unexpected traps.
The CraziesMagic is extremely dangerous in this world, and apart from Platinum Priestess and Spooky Jones, every single user of magic has their sanity eaten away. The term "crazies" is a catch-all term for all of them.
- Fanfic: One of the crazies that got trapped by a bunch of demonic snakes in Embracing the Enemy got a multichapter fan story giving him a named and depicting his domestic life with the snakes.
- In the Hood: Their standard clothing.
- Men Are the Expendable Gender: Averted. A significant share of crazies are women, and they are just as crazy, violent and disposable as the male crazies.
- Mooks: None of them has been given more than a face so far.
CoryFlyboy's friend and ex-boyfriend as of Flyboy's bonus comic. Has powerful telekinetic powers but very little control over them. By the end of the first volume of the comic he's living with Flyboy and apparently they rekindled their relationship.
AanadoA demon who met Spooky during his time in hell. Also his lover. He's shown in passing during one of the bonus comic, then has a large role during a Patreon-only comic about him and Spooky. He appears at the end of Legendary, the second volume of the comic, and then is one of the main characters of Spooky Jones: Past Sins. Except that it's not him, it's a powerful and evil demon passing as him trying to entrap Spooky. Apparently, Aanado is currently his prisoner.
- Break the Cutie: Prisoner in hell? Check. Finding love and a chance to escape, only to lose both? Check. being prisoner of a much powerful demon who only wants to use him as a tool to hurt Spooky? Check.
- My Greatest Failure: Spooky's biggest regrets is not having been able to rescue Aanado from hell.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: For some reason he's never shown wearing any clothes.
CassidySpooky's receptionist before he joined the Young Protectors, back when he freelanced as a hero. Mitch meets her when he is sent to the past in Double-Crosed A throwaway sentence in the first chapter hints that she's dead.
Kanya JayA mafia guard that Flyboy meets during his bonus comic. She's pretty pragmatic, helping him because she thinks it's convenient to her to have friends in high places. During the bonus comic, she covers up for him so he can take Cory's brother to safety.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She may be amoral, but she respects Flyboy's ethics.
- Just a Gangster: Yep. She IS a mafia guard and that will probably not change.
- Morality Pet: Flyboy may be this to her. Maybe.
- Only in It for the Money
- Satisfied Street Rat
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: She's not there yet, but that's what she wants.
- Villainous Friendship: With Flyboy