- Dark Is Evil: Invoked in their name.
- Five-Man Band:
- The Big Bad - The Necromancer, dark mage and A-minus level supervillain
- The Dragon - his pal Lycanthros, who has super-werewolf powers
- The Evil Genius - while the Necromancer is the planner and brains, Nightgaunt is the smartest fighter
- The Brute - the Arch-Fiend, who turns into an eight-foot tall demon
- The Dark Chick - since Lady Darke has the name and the dark-based powers
- The Sixth Ranger Traitor - Vamp, who has been blackmailed into joining the team and isn't happy about it
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- Obviously Evil
The Necromancer (Charles Upton Darrow)
- Ax-Crazy: He flips between a Saturday Morning cartoon villain and a devious chessmaster and you have no idea when this happens...
- Big Bad
- Evil Sorcerer
- Necromancer: Are you surprised?
- Poisoned Weapons: His gauntlet darts.
- Villain Decay: It's hard to take the man seriously when he's lost to the same group of teenagers twice. he's starting to get better. Making this worse is the introduction of villains such as Mimeo, Mephisto, and to a lesser extent Lady Jettatura, all villains much more competent than him.
- Xanatos Gambit: He claims that his losses in Boston were him pulling these, but it comes off as a weak attempt to keep himself from looking bad. However, the Birthday Brawl features him masterfully executing several of these, making out like a bandit and only failing one of his many objectives — albeit, the most important one. That failure was caused by a fact that he couldn't have known: an Unknown Unknown.
- The Dragon: The Necromancer treats him like this, at least.
- Eyepatch of Power / Magical Eye: After Boston Brawl 1.
- Kryptonite Factor: To silver and mithril.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Between his human and werewolf forms.
Lady Darke (Sandra K. Darden)
- Dark Is Evil
- Casting a Shadow: Her favorite trick is to create psionic darkness that almost no one can see through.
- High Collar of Doom
- Psychic Powers: The source of her abilities
The Arch-Fiend (Wilbur Bunsen)
- Big Red Devil
- Breath Weapon
- The Brute
- The Man Behind the Curtain: His true form is a pudgy, middle-aged man.
- Spikes of Villainy: In his demon form.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Between his human and demon forms.
- Combat Pragmatist: His immediate reaction to being confronted by Lancer? Shoot him in the face.
- The Faceless: He never takes off his helmet.
- Legacy Character: The original Nightgaunt was a Badass Normal hero. The new one, is not.
- Power Crystal: Well, Power Gems. They're the source of his shadow-walking abilities.
- Teleportation: Via walking through shadows.
- The Voiceless
Vamp (Alex O'Brien)
- Dark Chick: Part of her image
- Depraved Bisexual: An image she deliberately cultivates. She's actually chaste, possibly even a virgin
- Evil Albino: The Evil is faked, the albinism is real
- Evil Is Sexy : she cultivates an image that deliberately mixes The Vamp and vampire.
- Hermaphrodite: A true bilateral hermaphrodite though it's not common knowledge as she always presents as female.
- Mouthy Kid: Just can't help it, even if it gets her tortured by her boss on occasion.
- Perky Female Minion: To her boss The Necromancer. You know no one named The Necromancer is going to be a comedian.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Goes along with her albinism
- Reverse Mole: She likes to think she's the Femme Fatale.
- Spanner in the Works: deliberately messes up as much as she dares get away with, because she's an unwilling draftee.
- The Vamp: In case you hadn't guessed.
- Vampiric Draining: If she draws too much energy from the victim (say, a mutant with Energizer powers) she tends to go bananas until it wears off.
- Big Bad: During the Halloween attack.
- The Chessmaster
- Chess Motifs: Uses a lot of these, shockingly enough given his name. His normal mooks are called the Chessmen (cyborgs), his backup are the Rooks, his battlefield planning table is the Chessboard, and all his plans are various gambits, openers etc.
- Deceptive Disciple
- Nightmare Fetishist: He's lovers with Deathlist.
- Scry vs. Scry: Against Mrs. Potter.
- Cyborg: All robot except for his brain and his face.
- The Dragon: To the Chessmaster.
- Freudian Excuse: His own parents drugged him and had him crushed with a trash compactor, back when he was a baby...
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: ...But what he later did is so horrible he hardly deserves any sympathy.
- Hero Killer: He's got the name because of the huge list of superheroes he has already killed, including Champion. The only person we know of who has survived this killer cyborg is Lady Astarte in the Halloween story, and she had help from a Reality Warper, a precognitive, and a really huge blaster. She still couldn't polish him off.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Wore a black pinstripe suit during the Halloween attack.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- We Can Rebuild Him: He's been rebuilt so many times the only human part of him is his head. Supposedly, his first rebuild was after his parents stuffed him into a trash compactor, decades ago.
Gizmatic/Emperor Joseph I of Karedonia (Joe Wilkins)
- Artificial Limbs: His right arm and several other body parts are cybernetic.
- Back from the Dead: He's managed at least two replacement-clone resurrections in the past.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Both an example and an aversion: while he is a Card-Carrying Villain and has a long history of criminal activity, since conquering and remaking Karedonia he has also made a fortune selling super-weapons to anyone and everyone.
- Gadgeteer Genius and Mad Scientist: He's both a devisor and a gadgeteer, and near the top in both power sets for electronics and electromechanical systems.
- Emperor Scientist
- Insufferable Genius: This is probably where Jobe gets his/her attitude from.
- My Greatest Failure: There recently have been hints that Joe's supposed disdain for mind control is due to having used it before, and the attempt having severe negative sideeffects. He's thought by most people to have used it on his wife, Lorna, with the side effects being her dramatic personality shifts.
- Social Darwinist: He puts his only child through hell trying to test him (later, her) in various ways.
Prince Vlad Brâncoveanu/Lord Fredrick Paramount
- Deadpan Snarker: One critic, bemoaning the fact that they had originally hoped to simply outlive him lamented, "He will bury us all!" To which, Lord Paramount asked whether the critic had a preference to a shovel with an ash handle or a pine handle for the job.
- Psychic Powers: He has both telepathy and clairvoyance.
- Retired Monster: supposedly retired from supervillainy.
- Sorcerous Overlord: Superpowered overlord actually.
- Super Strength
Lady JettaturaA member (and part of the Executive Board) of the New York Chapter of the Grand Hall of Sinister Wisdom.
- Evil Sorcerer: Well, Sorceress...
- Lady of Black Magic: A cultured, sophisticated sorceress with sinister intentions.
- Wicked Cultured
Dr. Diabolik (Leonides Daibliku)
- A Father to His Men: Diabolik inspires a lot of loyalty amongst his followers. Amongst other things, he'll make sure that so long as his minions don't engage in any spectacularly evil acts (your average looting and pillaging is just fine, for comparison's sake), he'll get them the best legal representation he can, and likely have them out in time for dinner. His minions see that, and reciprocate.
- Anti-Villain / Affably Evil: Caring father, hard-working inventor, Benevolent Boss, and by his own daughter's count, directly responsible for the lives of over 15,000 people in his raids on middle-sized cities around the world. When he attacks Cincinnati, he secretly encourages the heroes to triumph over his weapons, and when highly stressful problems occur, he politely asks his minions for ideas and rewards them for speaking up. Still, he attacks cities, knowing that tons of people will be killed or injured.
- When his children were the target of protestors and media outlets, he called each one of them up, at their homes, at their workplaces, on their mobiles... and calmly, politely, and non-threateningly explained to them that while he sympathized with them, attacking children over such a thing was a decidedly cowardly act. After that, the protestors just... went away.
- Artificial Limbs: A bionic left arm.
- Badass Normal: While he's certainly managed to get as far as he has with the assistance of prostheses and cybernetic implants, common speculation by many heroes and villains is that he's a normal, if extremely intelligent, baseline, rather than a gadgeteer or deviser.
- Benevolent Boss: Some supervillains at a birthday party, for example, complain that he's completely ruined the henchman and minion market with his fair and reasonable treatment thereof. He even hires the very best financial advisors and lawyers for them — and the latter get plenty of practice.
- Dating Catwoman: Jadis, Dr. Diabolik's daughter, suspects that she's the result of a union between Leonides and the White Witch, a Denver-area superheroine. Later events show this to be, if not true, then very near the bulls-eye.
- Electronic Eye: Well, Eyes.
- Herr Doktor: He invokes this by deliberately playing up his accent in front of the cameras.
- Horned Hairdo
- Lean and Mean
- Mad Scientist
- Older Than They Look: He's 75, but can pull off late forties.
- The Smart Guy: Jadis also mentions that he has no patience with idiots.
- Visionary Villain: He follows Timothy Leary's 'SMI2LE' concept (Space Migration, Increased Intelligence, Life Extension) and everything he does goes toward that aim.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In his quest to save Humanity from itself, he's caused over 17,000 casualties.
Imp (Candice Kade, though for a long time she didn't use her given name)See her entry in the Staff folder of the Whateley Academy page for tropes relating to her.
- All Your Powers Combined: Can get all the powers of up to six supers. For four hours. He fought the heavy hitters of Team Kimba and gained their powers, beating them up and getting enough powers to go rob an impregnable diamond exchange. In decades of superbattles he has supposedly been beaten only twice, one of which was when he was only thirteen.
- Day in the Limelight: After his first appearance, he got his own novella, "Mimeographic."
- Powers as Programs: Regular power mimics can do this with mutant powers. He can do this with any powers.
- Hero Killer: Despite not actually killing anyone, he is infamous for taking on entire superhero teams and winning.
- Pragmatic Villainy: A major reason why he doesn't kill is so he can copy that person's powers again in the future.
- Technical Pacifist: He doesn't kill people. Doesn't have a problem with people he works for doing it, though.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
- Younger Than They Look/Older Than They Look: When he first manifested at age 12, he would often look older than he was. Later on in life, he would look younger, though without regeneration it was only superficial. At the end of "Mimeographic" his body is physically 18, but he shapeshifts to appear as if he were 28, and mentally, he's actually 55.
Mephisto the Mystic
- Affably Evil
- Ancient Conspiracy: He's a member of the Red Brotherhood, a cabal dedicated to awakening humanity from their sleepwalking state - by causing mayhem and chaos.
- Arch-Nemesis: Despite stating that it's a bad idea to become to obsessed with a single hero, he really hates the Dark Avenger.
- Charles Atlas Superpower / Enlightenment Superpowers: The Red Brotherhood taught him several genuine mental powers, though he rarely uses them openly.
- Older Than They Look
- The Plan: More or less every scheme he's ever pulled.
- Kansas City Shuffle: Most of his more public capers were set up primarily to distract the heroes from more mundane crimes done by his Mob associates.
- The Power of Acting: Most of his plans involve using stage magic, hypnotism, and other tricks to fake super powers, and he's used elaborately staged hoaxes (everything from an Alien Invasion to a Zombie Apocalypse) to keep his enemies guessing.
- Unreliable Narrator: We learn about him through a story that he's telling to an Intrepid Reporter. It's obvious from the beginning that he's biasing the narrative in his favor. Then at the end, he reveals that most of what he said was made up, with enough of it true that it will pass scrutiny should someone like Doctor Amazing dig the details out of said reporter's mind.
Freya (Friedeslinge Larssen)
- A God Am I: She thinks she has done this in the climax of Whilst Any Speaks, but it was all a hoax.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: She returns in Whilst Any Speaks with a plan to find the actual Brisingamen and take it for her own, as she believes that it will make her a goddess.
- Beauty Is Bad: Zig-zagged. Whateley is full of Exemplars, folks who are of nigh-unparalleled physical beauty, but her real knack was instead to draw people towards her, like a very pretty snake.
- Benevolent Boss: Freya never gets angry, never yells, never forces people to do things her way. If someone has an objection, she explains, cajoles, slowly convinces them. If they have a legitimate point, she'll change her plan to work with their point. She's very good at making people loyal to her.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Even without the Brisingamen Effect, Freya was very good at acting like a nice person to deceive people.
- This also sums up the Alphas under her role- they were still cruel, but Freya at least gave everyone a good time. The Don just crushes them.
- Book Dumb: Turns out that Freya was woefully ignorant of pop culture, meaning that when She-Beast manufactured an obvious hoax with the aim of getting Freya beaten up and humiliated, Freya took it seriously and wound up genuinely believing that she could become a goddess.
- The Chessmaster
- The Evil Genius: Freya is an incredibly smart person.
- Lack of Empathy: Freya had no personal feelings or loyalty for anyone (possibly excepting Songbird). If she did something nice, it was only to manipulate them.
- Manipulative Bastard: One of the best.
- Mind Rape: Her 'Brisingamen Effect', which made everyone it was used on want to love her and serve her.
- Meaningful Name: She picked the codename because her power mimicked an artefact of the original Freya. (She was also a tall, blonde, beautiful Scandinavian.)
- Posthumous Character Well, Post-Graduation Character... She graduated the year the stories begin, so we only hear about her and see her in flashbacks, until Whilst Any Speaks.
- Villainous Breakdown: When her plot in Whilst Any Speaks is revealed to be a hoax by Jadis to get back at her for humiliating her at the Alpha party, she breaks down, refusing to believe that she has not become a goddess.
- Xanatos Gambit: Everything Freya did served her purpose on at least three levels.
- One example: She sends an Alpha called Wildman, a regenerator, to pick a fight with Kodiak. Wildman ends up provoking Kodiak so much that Kodiak effectively kills him (his body survives but his brain regenerates as blank) and Kodiak ends up friendless for the rest of the year. This achieves three things: 1, Kodiak, friendless, feared and lonely, is easy for Freya to recruit; 2, Wildman is out of the Alphas, and 3, a deviser Freya favoured gets a reprieve from Wildman's bullying.
Songbird (Maria Contessa Elyssa Gomez y Ricardo)See her entry in the Staff folder of the Whateley Academy page for tropes relating to her.
Dr. Fitzroy J. Cobb/Dr. Macabre/The Monster Maker
- Bad Boss
- The Friend Nobody Likes: To the Syndicate.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: He loses the spirit that guided him for years, and then afterwards, for abducting his kid, Mister Magic throws him into the Monster Maker and delivers the results to the California Crusaders.
- Mad Scientist
- Magic-Powered Pseudoscience: His Monster Maker changes those he puts in it by making them avatars for spirits. Nobody was able to figure it out because it was magic, but it looked like science.
- Magitek: what he wants to create. He's had little luck so far.
Marzena Twardovski/The Bell Witch
- Abusive Parents: Her relationship with Nacht in a nutshell.
- Because Destiny Says So: Nacht has her convinced that her fate is to die horribly at the hands of the Witch Hunter. As a result, she is unconcerned with other forms of death. Whether this is actually true or not is unknown, but given the power Nacht had at the time, it's entirely possible.
- Casting a Shadow: She uses Erebeal Magic, using Nacht as a power source.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: To get what she wants, she turns Nacht into a demigoddess capable of amazing things. However, what she didn't realise was that Nacht wanted nothing to do with her, and was making previous plans. In the end, Marzena ends up with nothing.
- Idiot Ball: Tries to gain ultimate power while making someone else- namely, the person making it possible- pay for it, something any competent mystic knows is just plain dumb.
- Nothing Can Stop Me Now: Believes this to be the case right before her downfall.
- The Reveal: She's not Nacht's mother at all. She abducted Nacht as a baby, dipped her into the Erebos and, finding that she survived, adopted her.
- Would Hurt a Child: When Nacht was a baby, Marzena dipped her into the Erebos and didn't expect her to survive.
- I Control My Minions Through...: Sex.
- Mad Scientist
- Professor Guinea Pig: Her appearance and Energizer powers are the result of selfinduced bio-engineering and have to be renewed often.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She really lays into Dr. Macabre for being the kind of person even the Syndicate considers too evil.
- The Rival: To Jobe.
SkyhawkOne of the Boston area superheros. He's The Protector of the Weak, and is imbued with the Power of the Hawk. He seems to talk like a parody of a bad comic book superhero.
- Dating Catwoman: actually Vamp
- The Ditz
- Ideal Hero: He always tries to do the right thing, and stands for morality and righteousness. Most of Team Kimba views him as a big dork, and his determination to do things the right way very nearly got Generator and Bladedancer killed by supervillains.
- Idiot Hero: Forethought is not his strong point.
- The Blank: He wears a white, featureless, full-face mask.
- Captain Ersatz: Of the Green Lantern, powers-wise.
- Jerk Ass
- Knight Templar: Overlaps with him being Lawful Stupid.
- Lawful Stupid
- Light Is Not Good
- Light 'em Up
- Big Good
- Captain Ersatz: It's made blatantly obvious from the moment he's introduced that he's a Superman equivalent. "Razzle-Dazzle" makes it even more obvious, revealing that he started out only with super strength and the ability to jump really far, but gained powers like flight and heat vision as he absorbed more power from his enemies — in other words, he followed the same progression the real Superman did.
- Kryptonite Factor: The original Champion believed that his powers could be negated by a substance called "Tartareum." No such substance exists; his reaction to "Tartareum" (That is to say, any black chunk of rock that he thought was actually Tartareum) was purely psychosomatic. Unfortunately, this was only discovered after his death, and his first successor (who learned everything he 'knew' about his powers from the original) shared this weakness; later ones do not, although we still have to meet the modern Champion in an actual story (beyond a brief encounter when he was seen confronting Baron Blitzen during the mess that was Charger and Dragonblade's intro story).
- Legacy Character: Champion's powers come from "The Champion Force," which can be passed on to someone else should he die. This has happened multiple times.
- Weaksauce Weakness: See "Kryptonite Factor" above. Any black glass he thought was 'Tartareum' could kill him via psychosomatic weakness. Luckily for him, no one discovered Tartareum wasn't real until after his death so no one could take full advantage. The second Champion shared this flaw, and tragically, it was used against him; he killed by a minor villain with nothing more than a glass knife.
The Dark Avenger
- Ancient Conspiracy: Is a member of one. Maybe.
- Captain Ersatz: Of various titular characters, mostly of Batman, but there are strong elements of The Punisher, The Green Hornet, and The Spirit as well.
- Knight Templar: Maybe.
- Big Man on Campus: What he used to be. That it didn't mean much once he was out of school was a bit of blow to his sanity.
- In Name Only: He is only called a hero because people aren't aware of what a nutjob he really is.
- Kid Sidekick: he keeps recruiting them, despite it being incredibly illegal, but also has gotten at least two killed.
- Mind Manipulation: How he recruits his sidekicks and why he isn't in jail.
- Power Crystal: the source of his powers.
Based in Providence, Rhode Island, STAR League is the first super team we meet in the stories. Composed mostly of Happily Married couples, they were all classmates or near classmates at Whateley in the early eighties. They're also the parents of STAR League junior, a current Whateley training team.
Falcon and Tabby Cat (Robert and Tabitha Turner)
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: to Lily "Wallflower" Turner. Tabitha later becomes an adjunct combat instructor for advanced students. Robert is Amelia Hartford's replacement in the second generation stories.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Not quite up to Slap-Slap-Kiss, but they still have a very passionate relationship, which comforts and embarrasses Lily by turns.
- Dating Catwoman: Falcon was a member of the Capes at Whateley, Tabby Cat was a member of the Masterminds, and they were constantly butting heads. They didn't actually fell in love until they met again later in college.
- Gender Bender: Tabby is a Poesy, with all that entails, and it's implied that a lot her issues at Whateley was caused by her acting out.
- Open-Minded Parent: Robert in particular: He has no problems with Lily dating a transgender student because he married a transgender woman himself, which is pretty remarkable for a man of his generation. He also delivers a lecture telling the students that making a real difference in the world matters more than identifying as a hero or a villain. Tabby a bit less so: she's a mom and a fairly protective one at that. She's still willing to let Lily take on a life-or-death mission once she's been convinced Lily is the only one who could pull it off.
- Rescue Arc / Roaring Rampage of Rescue: As part of their Back Story. After they married, Tabby Cat was initially satisfied to be an 'ordinary' housewife, while Falcon went out as a hero - until the day he didn't come back home. Tabby had her parents take Lily in for a while before diving deep into the criminal underworld looking for clues. She managed to locate the people holding him, who turned out to be a child sex-slave ring he had been investigating. Deeply moved by the plight of the children, she decides to rescued the 'merchandise' as well, breaking up the ring. After this, she insisted that she join Falcon and the rest of STAR League.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Tabby is very intense and so intent on teaching the kids to be ready for anything in her job as an advanced combat instructor she seriously injures Megagirl, earning her a dressing down from Mrs. Carson.
MagmaMother of Ashley "Phoenixfire" Strum. A fire manifestor and former member of the Alphas. Unlike her classmates she married a banker. They later adopt Ashley's friend Peggy/Pegasus after her parents are murdered by Humanity First!
Soldier of Fortune and LightwaveParents of Charles "Dredz" Twain, a devisor and an energizer.
Linebacker and Red Archer (Bill and Susan Willows)Parents of Mark "Psymod" Emerson, a pair of exemplars who aren't particularly thrilled that their son is a package deal psychic
SunburstA popular superhero and the duly appointed legal guardian of current Whateley Bad Seed Katrina "Kate" Tvardowski AKA Nacht. One of the leading Crusaders, though they aren't hierarchical and typically operate by consensus.
- Hidden Depths: She may look like a bimbo, but she's actually incredibly smart and tough. Her dynamorph is one of, if not the strongest one out there.
- Light 'em Up: She can shoot blasts of light due to her Dynamorph.
- Light Is Good: She's a very kind and sweet person, who genuinely cares about Kate.
- Nice Guy: When Kate (Nacht) surrendered to get out from under her mother's thumb, Sunburst took custody instead of just sending Kate to Child Services, and genuinely cares about Kate.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Her bubbly blond personality hides a sharp intellect.
- Older Than They Look: She's still appearing to be in her twenties despite being at least forty years older.
- Secret Public Identity
SwashbucklerA Zorro-esque swordsman
- Badass Normal: Not a mutant, but highly trained
- Combat Parkour: turns Flynning into an actual combat style
- Legacy Hero: He's the fourth to use the name Swashbuckler. His predecessor the second swashbuckler is currently consulting for Spectrum and mentoring Stacey "Siver Ghost" Conrad.
- Non-Powered Costumed Hero
BrujaA magic user with Central American theme.
- Aztec Mythology: She's the paladin of Quetzalcoatl.
- Inspector Javert: Doesn't like or trust Nacht, believing that she was lying to the team from the start and working with the bad guys. (She was, but it wasn't her choice.)
- Later, it turns out that she had a bet with Sunburst over it, so she was trying to prove that Nacht was a criminal so she could win.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Bruja" or "Brujah"? The text isn't quite clear on which.
- What You Are in the Dark: Invokes this on demigoddess!Nacht, saying that she can't destroy Marzena's mind to find out the identity of her real mother because Sunny will be upset. It works.
Daybreak and Nightfall
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences
- Polar Opposite Twins: Their schtick is to arrange their appearance so that they look like opposite halves of a whole- Nightfall is white, wears black and has black hair, while Daybreak is black, wears white and has white hair.
- Embarrassing First Name: Beauregard.
- Hidden Depths: He's a very successful businessman, one who aims to support the black community by finding people like Chiller, who can become his apprentices and then become successful businesspeople like him.
- Size Shifter
ChillerBig Dawg's xurrent apprentice, a former street kid with the brains recognize a legit opportunity and grab it with both hands
Golden KnightA seemingly Iron Man like hero, though his "suit" is actually a humanoid robot drone
- Badass Normal: the one non-powered hero in Spectrum
- Mission Control: in addition to his combat duties
- Surveillance Drone: he also uses them as additional powersources for his robot
GoldstarA former core member of the team who went too far and got sent to prison for assault and property destruction, he's now out on parole and wants to get back in the game, but none of the others want anything to do with him.
- Fantastic Racism: He's clearly not a fan of mutants, though so far he's mostly stopped short of blatant bigotry. Mostly.
- Jerk Ass: His younger brother found a dynamorph. He talked him out of using it only to keep it for himself, literally stealing his superpowers from someone else.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He actively interfered with Silver Ghost's pursuit of Madcap, and then blamed her for letting Madcap get away. The local District Attorney, who had pulled a lot of strings to get Silver Ghost into position for the takedown, had some less than happy words for him.
- The Team Wannabe: While he is actually still on the team despite his stretch in prison, not many of the members want to put up with him, even if they can't actually kick him out.
Green WitchA magic-based Legacy Character whose predecessors haven't necessarily been heroic.
- Benevolent Boss: She bankrolls Spectrum, but is not a dictator.
- Deal with the Devil: She gets her power from an infernal contract that she inherited from a several times great grandmother. She's the 7th in the line, and she has to cancel out the contract with a sufficient amount of Grace (good deeds) to balance the evil her ancestors have done, or she (and the rest of them) will pay the price.
- Elaborate Underground Base: Her Witchcave.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: thanks to her Pool of Vigor.
- Rags to Riches: she was raised by middle class parents. Then she inherited a fortune from her grandmother.
- Power Crystal: he's bonded with a powergem.
- Captain Patriotic: He leads a super-team in Cincinnati.
- Flying Brick
- My Greatest Failure: he once talked a a young mutant into surrendering to the MCO: the kid promptly disappeared and was never seen again, and the MCO still steadfastly denies he even existed. He will go rogue before he lets the MCO get their hands on Stacey and makes sure they know it.
- Atrocious Alias: While it isn't all that bad, 'Tawny' was the name given to her by the media (because it fit with SPECTRUM's color based Theme Naming) rather than one she chose, and she's not happy with it.
- Cat Girl / Petting Zoo People: Lioness, specifically
Silver Ghost (Stacy Conrad)A transgender teen runaway under the guardianship of the Green Witch (as Stacy) and the ward of the whole team in general (as Silver Ghost. Wealthy enough in her own right to keep the Green Witch's predatory family at bay, Stacey is mid-transition and desperately hiding that from everyone out of a (fully justified) fear of rejection.
- Abusive Parent: Had the classic abusive stepfather.
- Flying Brick: With some added benefits like invisibility.
- Gender Bender: And thrilled about it.
- I Have No Son!: His/her step-father George was looking for an excuse to kick Stanley out anyway, even before s/he manifested as a mutant.
- Invisibility: Her most important power, because it prevents her from being targeted.
- Mistaken for Badass: When her boyfriend Danny had her raiding local mobsters for money, everyone assumed that she was a really slick professional criminal to pull of what she did, when in fact she was mostly just lucky. When the Green Witch caught her, she broke down and started crying.
- Psychic Powers: Evidence indicates that she's a 'Package Deal Psychic' - her strength and invulnerability come from short-range psychokinesis, her invisibility is a form of mental shrouding, and she has (intermittent) telepathic and empathic powers. She's apparently quite powerful (at least for The Verse) despite her lack of experience, as unlike most others with this power set she can use more than one of these abilities at a time.
- The Runaway: She ran away from an abusive home.
- Self-Deprecation: Stacy's self esteem is in the pits, and it shows.
- Transgender: Stacy's in the same boat as Marty "Megagirl" Penn: her powers are gradually transforming her into her idealized self. But in the meantime she's still physically male and desperately hiding it out of a fear of rejection.
SwashbucklerThe second Swashbuckler is not a member of SPECTRUM, or an active hero anymore, but while he's passing through Cincinnati looking for a worthy student, he's acting as an adviser to the team and a mentor to Stacey.
- Badass Grandpa
- Combat Parkour: Though he was doing it long before Le Parkour came along.
- Legacy Hero: He's the second Swashbuckler, and was active mainly in the 1950s and 1960s. He's a predecessor to the current Swashbuckler (see California Crusaders above), but has been retired for years.
- Non-Powered Costumed Hero: While he does have at least one power item, he's mostly this.
- The Mentor: he's no longer an active hero, but he's now looking for a new student to teach his skills to.
Cornflower (Debra Matson)A Exemplar and Energizer, and recent Whateley graduate. The youngest member of the team at 19, so it doesn't raise many eyebrows when she becomes the girlfriend of 17 year old Kayda "Pejuta" Franks. Her alias was inspired by the intense blue color of her eyes.
Farm BoyA package deal psychic with the powers of strength, telekinesis and flight. He also has a glamour aura he can't entirely turn off
Tractor (Jake Barton)The team brick, he is also keen history buff, and is working on his Ph.D in the subject. Married to Vanity Girl, whom he pursued romantically when they were both Whateley students. Looks like a good ol' boy, but looks can be deceiving.
- Big Guy: classic PK superman type.
- Genius Bruiser: despite his appearance, he is quite intelligent, and an avid student of ancient history especially. In the second generation stories he's finished his Ph.D, teaching history at Whateley, and serves as faculty adviser to Laura "Cerulea" Samuels.
- Stout Strength: with a small double chin and the start of a beer belly, he actually looks more like a real farmer then his erstwhile associate Farm Boy.
TwinkletoesA Warper and a Telepath with a stylistic (but not physical) resemblance to Fred Astaire. Wears a costume that resembles a tuxedo
Vanity Girl (Vanessa Miles Barton)A mage and an empath, is not pathologically narcissistic despite the codename. Married to Tractor. Is retired in the second generation stories, having been rendered paraplegic by an incurable curse in the battle against the other.
- Anyone Can Die: As of the end of Vegas, Baby, Vegas!, the death toll is five.
- Combo Platter Powers: Most of the dyna-hosts, since dynamorphs don't tend to give the hosts the most basic kinds of powers. They've also picked up a variety of weapons and objects that give them extra powers.
- Gender Bender: Roxie, Rae, Chris and Evan all got dynamorphs that make them change genders when stressed, and revert back later.
- Indy Ploy: Their plans have a tendency to descend into this trope.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The original group were specifically chosen as the dregs of the high school, and they've been picking up random additions.
- Sixth Ranger: Marly, Yvonne, Megan, Rick and Ginny.
- Superhuman Trafficking: the starting point of their Story Arc, it comes up again and again throughout the series in various ways.
- Team Pet: Sparky, a very intelligent dog they rescued from UNITY.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Not with the MCO, the people who abducted them in the first place and the media looking for them.
- You Don't Look Like You: In-universe example: being made into dyna-hosts changed their looks enough that they're not immediately recognisable.
- Artificial Person: She and Rubber Boy are the only survivors of a group called the Designer Heroes, created as the 'custom-made superheroes of the future'.
- Psychic Powers
Bronze (Melody Havoc)Daughter of two Science Hero Adventure Archaeologists who gained superpowers after being kidnapped by a supervillain. Joined the CC sometime between late February and mid-April 2007.
Gryphon (Carla Balducci)
- Powered Armor: One she doesn't fully understand. It, and the Gargoyle armor, are later repossessed by Gargoyle's legal heirs thanks to She-Beast's legal maneuvering.
- The Mentor: The Gargoyle (Wayne Starkey) was Gryphon's father figure, and the one who created the Gargoyle and Gryphon armor suits. He was killed in battle some time before Winter 2006.
IronJackFormer member who 'graduated' to the Brooklyn Sentinels sometime in early 2007, between "Evil Little Christmas" and "Saks and Violence".
NightChylde (Jill ?)
- Casting a Shadow
- Kryptonite Factor: Sacred Moly, similar to Nacht's weakness to it. Fortunately, it is really, really hard to get a hold of any.
PowerJackWhile not much is known about him, he was apparently empowered by a Nano Technology accident.
Splendor (Geneva Tipton)
- Power Gem: She bought them, apparently just for the sake of showing Jadis Diabolik up.
- Rich Bitch: enough to put herself in danger just to piss off an elementary school rival.
Tiger Girl (Chrissey ?)
- Petting Zoo People: like her mentor, Lioness, she is a furred felinoid.