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  • Amazon Brigade: Really close, considering that their team has only two boys and one was then given the appearance of a girl.
  • Atrocious Alias: 'Team Kimba'. Never going to strike fear in the hearts of opponents. You can thank Jade and Toni for that one.
  • Author Appeal: Oh, definitely. Most of the canon authors have written other TG fiction.
  • Back Story: Every main character except Lancer has a novella or novel for this.
  • Badass Crew: High school freshmen who have already fought The Necromancer and his Children of the Night? And won? Twice? Very badass.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Breakfast Club: They get together because they are put together on their first day since they all have a secret that makes them outsiders. They are all transgender, most of them against their will. Subversion: they rapidly become well-liked and considered heroic, after they happen to defeat a band of superpowered ninjas before the first day of school.
  • Busman's Holiday: They can't go anywhere without getting attacked or fighting villains. This doesn't seem to happen to anyone else.
    • Well, nearly everywhere. Phase and Vox managed to go to Miami without any chaos.
  • Cool Loser: They live in Poe, which is supposedly the 'loony bin' dorm.
  • Demoted to Extra: the focus has moved on to other characters as their authors have all either drifted off or run out of inspiration,
  • Extraordinarily Empowered Girl: They're superheroines, for Pete's sake!
  • Fight Magnet: They get in fights all the time. Most peculiarly, all three times the group visited Boston, they battle The Necromancer and his Children of the Night. To date (Jan 2012), only one member has left Whateley for a significant length of time and not become involved in a fight or battle.
  • Five-Token Band: Played with in the reason they come together and stay together: they're the transgender mutants in their high school grade. Chaka, the nominal leader, is black, but comes from an upper-middle-class family. Generator is Japanese-American. Shroud? Not even really alive. Phase is a WASP and the disinherited scion of one of the richest families on the planet. Lancer is an Army brat. Tennyo? Her mutation has made her look like an anime character. Fey not only looks like one of the Sidhe, she is. Other characters around them include a hermaphrodite who is Lakota (American Indian), a half-demon, a Hispanic... You get the idea.
  • Gender Bender: Except Jade, who's finding ways to transition on her own.
  • Part-Time Hero: Since they're at the Super Hero School Whateley Academy in the webfiction 'verse, and they're not supposed to be getting into superhero fights since they're minors. And they have classes they're not supposed to cut.
  • Plug 'n' Play Friends: Not only is the original team quick to gel, there's almost no friction when Bladedancer joins them, and while there's some initially between Carmilla and both Fey and Bladedancer, these get ironed out awfully fast.
  • A Shared Suffering: The original six characters (plus Bladedancer, Carmilla, and Heyoka) are all transgender in some way, some of them because of their powers, so they have a commonality.
  • Superhero: Duh!
  • Superhero Speciation: They're a pack of high schoolers, rather than an established super-team, but they fit this model. Like the Justice League, they also have a wide range of power levels, ranging from Tennyo (so powerful there's a school rule against attacking her) down to Generator (can animate stuff, and now has regeneration too) and Bladedancer (Badass Normal with magic sword). The team has blasters, a PK superboy, a powerful mage, a Vision-like density-changer, healers, martial artists, and a fake deviser. And there's only seven of them.
  • Super Team: They're only teenagers at Superhero School Whateley Academy, but they've already beaten superpowered ninjas from the Yama Dojo, the Necromancer and his team The Children of the Night, and Lovecraftian horrors. Plus, they're not supposed to be superheroing, so they keep getting detention for this stuff.
  • Team Pet: Tennyo's stuffed cabbit, which is animated anytime Generator wants. It Makes Sense in Context. While cute and silly and usually played for laughs, the cabbit can alert Generator instanteously, and in "Christmas Crisis" demonstrated that it can be horrifically effective.
  • True Companions: Not only are they brought together by a common characteristic, but many of them have the classic family issues: Phase (disowned), Generator (mother dead, abusive father in prison), Bladedancer (orphaned), Lancer (his brother sicked an anti-mutant military force on him), Tennyo (forced to leave her family because of assassins and worse), Carmilla (mother dead, father a demon), Heyoka (orphaned)... Only a couple of them have a supportive family. This true-companion group ends up shifting quite a bit. Carmilla forms her own, loosely allied team. (Sara's Pack). Also, it is stated in Jade's stories that Poe is designed to specifically create this, and Whateley itself has some elements of it.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Inverted; Hank and Ayla are the only guys. However, initially Hank was the only guy, Ayla being considered one of the girls; his gender was retconned once he got his own stories.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: This describes their life in a nutshell, what with the Boston Brawls, the Voodoo Wolves, etc. Still, the emphasis is a bit more on "Go to School" then with other things.
  • Weirdness Magnet: All of them, together or apart. They got into more trouble in their first six weeks at Whateley than most students do all year. See also Busman's Holiday above.


Chaka (Antonia "Toni" Chandler)

Genki Girl martial artist who controls Ki.

  • The All-Solving Hammer: When all you have are Ki powers, Ki solves everything. Though she has a very large variety of weapons.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: One of her skills is the ability to see Ki flows, so she has learned several attacks by watching an expert use them.
  • Bring It: This is the essence of Toni. She first did this when facing five superpowered ninjas when she was in a nightie.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: She got power gloves as a Christmas present from a teammate, and they have an activation phrase.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "Chaka Chaka Bang Bang!"
  • Casual Danger Dialog: She and Phase are two of the worst about this.
  • The Chosen One: She's the Soke no Do, the future founder of the school of being.
  • Combat Commentator: She can't help it. She's the only one who can see the Ki flows.
  • Combat Parkour: She uses her agility, boosted by ki, to avoid getting hit.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Her fight against Counterpoint. He would have won if he hadn't passed out, and Toni was really banged up.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: It's still 'Mark', though she altered it to 'Marc'.
  • Energy Ball: Her Chaka Chaka Bang Bang shoots a ki projectile from her finger.
  • Epic Flail: She's recently been learning how to use meteor hammers.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The start of her origin story. She flips out of bed, excited for the start of her new life, and when her brother Vince makes some snide comments while she's getting dressed, she verbally tears into him and lets him know what she really thinks of him.
  • First-Person Smartass: A flippant sense of humor pervades her point-of-view narration.
  • Fun Personified: She's constantly getting into silly adventures (being attacked by Tigger while trying to go on a date?). In the serious adventures, she's one of the ones constantly throwing out one-liners.
  • Genki Girl: She's full of energy, sometimes literally bouncing off the walls.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Definitely. It drives several other people nuts that she can learn Ki skills just by observing, mainly those who put a lot of effort into learning and hate seeing a new kid just picking things up in seconds.
    • This backfires whenever she runs into a real master capable of turning her own reflexes against her.
  • The Hero: She was at the forefront of the team's earliest adventures.
    • The Lancer: Her role nowadays. At one point, some of the Tigers approached her hoping that she'd be the lancer to their leader.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: When she plays darts, she uses a board the size of a coin, and darts the size of toothpicks. Even then, throwing from the far side of the room will only sometimes land her anything less than a perfect bullseye.
  • Improbable Weapon User and Improvised Weapon: Playing cards and sewing needles, which she uses as throwing weapons.
  • Indy Ploy: She lives by this trope, when she's not actually thinking things through enough to be The Chessmaster.
  • Instant Expert: She has the power to manipulate chi instinctively without the sort of training that anyone else requires. When her powers manifest, she does the sort of thing that takes a master 50 years to learn by accident, in her judo class. In the ninja fight, she watches the leader do a really complicated chi technique that is supposed to allow a paralyzing strike, then blocks it and does it back to him, perfectly, the first time. Oh, and she paraphrases his attack name (Coiling Viper Fang Strike) as "Something something strike!" Despite all this, she still needs to keep working on basics — so in a sense, she has to learn backwards.
  • I Shall Taunt You: In fights, her taunting is somewhere between Sassy Black Woman and Spider-Man.
  • Jive Turkey: Often talks like this in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, or just to annoy Ayla.
    [Phase knocks at Chaka and Fey's room]
    Chaka: [whips door open] Hey, 'sup dawg?
    Fey: [looks up from her book] What is it with you when Ayla comes over? You were being perfectly normal just two seconds ago.
  • Jumped at the Call: She was a very unhappy transgender girl who finally got the hot (female) body she had always dreamed of, ass-kicking Ki powers, the chance to finally tell off her two older siblings, and the chance to go to Superhero School and drag her new friends into mishaps and adventures.
  • Ki Manipulation: She can sense and manipulate ki.
  • Magnetic Hero: She pulled Fey and Lancer along in her wake when they first met, and then helped pull Team Kimba together. Since then, she's also pulled in more boyfriends and girlfriends than any 14-year-old could possibly handle.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: She has a Kiai shout that projects her Ki like a weapon.
  • Martial Arts and Crafts: She has the superpower of Ki control, and has invented new Martial Arts and Crafts at the drop of a shuriken. When given detention, she invented (on the fly) martial arts mopping (instant cleaning by attuning her Ki with the mop), martial arts linen folding, martial arts grime scrubbing... She has used her martial arts skills for healing problems beyond medicine, like Doctor Heavy's inability to turn off his local 8-G gravity field (she turned it into a local 0-G field by accident). And she has developed all kinds of martial arts weapons for herself, including sewing needles, forks, playing cards...
  • Massively Numbered Siblings: Chaka's the middle child of five children. Her siblings from oldest to youngest: Cindy, Vincent, Lucy, and Matt.
  • Mundane Utility: She's constantly using her Ki powers to do things like dry off after a shower, or mop the floor faster. She later finds them ideal for therapeutic massage.
  • Noodle Incident. Her fall combat final, which was too awesome for words.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Her fall combat final, against a brick, a giant, and a deviser/wizard, with a tornado and an earthquake thrown in for good measure.
  • Oh, Crap!: Her fight with Slab. She couldn't do anything except get thrown into the wall.
  • Plucky Girl: According to her author, she was envisioned as "the anti-angst girl".
  • Polyamory: She's dating Thunderbird (male) and also Riptide (female). Thunderbird doesn't know about Riptide yet, which makes it a bad example. Riptide is lesbian and not happy about Thunderbird. The poor handling of the situation is justified by being teenagers.
  • Power Copying: She can copy a lot of martial arts and ki techniques just by observing them.
  • Power Fist: One of her Christmas presents was a pair of gloves that she can infuse with ki for a powered punch.
  • Psychic Block Defense: She can use her Ki powers to close her brow chakra, blocking psychic attacks.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: As the hyper, cheerful one, she's the Red Oni to Chou's Blue, as well as to Nikki's — except when Nikki loses her temper.
  • Salt and Pepper: Toni and her roommate Nikki.
  • Second Law of Gender-Bending: Toni was extremely transgender, and greeted her actual Gender Bender with unbridled joy.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Well, Girl. She uses it especially to mess with Ayla.
  • She-Fu: Specializes in this style of fighting. Justified in that her ki powers make it extraordinarily easy for her to do so. In her first superhero fight with a bunch of ninjas, she drives her opponent up the wall by dodging his attacks with unnecessary flips.
  • Sobriquet Sex Switch: From Anthony 'Tony', to Antonia 'Toni'.
  • Spider-Sense: Her Ki ability lets her know when someone is focusing on her.
  • Spirited Competitor: She's always looking for anyone who can give her a good fight and stretch her abilities. She mostly keeps it to her martial arts classes.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: She has amber eyes as part of her mutation.
  • Super Senses: Ki. It's always Ki with Chaka.
  • Take Our Word for It: Chaka's fall Combat Final, which won't be written because it's just too awesome to be accurately depicted.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Sums up her relationship with Thunderbird.
  • Transgender: Until she manifested and got exactly what she wanted.
  • Waif-Fu: She's 14, female and slender, but her superpower is control of Ki, and the ability to pull extra Ki out of the Earth. In the short story "Duel Damsel", she challenges a superstrong upperclassman who looks like a blond Sasquatch, because of what the guy did to her friend. She pummels him without even using her most powerful techniques. She's also beaten an unstoppable super-werewolf, clobbered people wearing power armor, taken out a superpowered ninja..
  • Wall Crawl: She figured out how to use her Ki to stick to a wall.
  • Warrior Therapist: using her Ki powers. She also teaches Tai Chi.
  • Weapon of Choice: Her manrikigusari (a type of chain weapon). And her meteor hammer.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Her solution to everything is ki. This bites her in the arse occasionally when she's facing someone who isn't susceptible (like Slab or N'Dizi) or who outclasses her by far (like Counterpoint).
  • Worf Had the Flu: Over Christmas, Chaka had to help Bladedancer fight off ninjas. While recovering from broken hips and confined to a wheelchair.


Fey (Nichole "Nikki" Reilly)

Elven Wizard of unusual power, possessed by an ancient sidhe queen. Subconsciously makes people attracted to her.

  • Alien Blood: It's silver.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Fey is possessed with the spirit of an incredibly old Faerie, and yet she consistently pooh-poohs Phase's idea that some of the (far younger) Greek Gods have come back and are now at Whateley Academy. To be fair, her objection wasn't that it couldn't happen, but more that Phase had no solid evidence to support any of his theories. Until 'Ayla and the Great Shoulder Angel Conspiracy, Part Six', nothing was proven.
  • Attempted Rape: By a superpowered ninja psychopath.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Magic requires time, Essence, ingredients and (usually) uninterrupted silence and focus. While Fey is incredibly powerful and versatile, she can be easily taken by surprise.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The crystal wavers found this out the hard way.
  • Blood Brothers: She makes a blood pact with Carmilla.
  • Blood Magic: More than once, but most nastily in Christmas Elves.
  • The Chosen One: But she's OK with her destiny.
  • Cool Sword: Malachim's Feather, a scimitar made of mithril and adamantite that she can draw from an extra-dimensional sheath.
  • Darkest Hour: The end of chapter 2 of Christmas Elves.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father and brother live in another state, because of her dad's important job with DARPA.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Fey has a faerie glamour that at first she couldn't turn down or turn off. Even the gay guys in the dorm were gaping at her.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap:
    • In "Ayla and the Mad Scientist", it's discovered that her powers have been killing entire ecosystems around the country with the energy she's always pulling from ley lines. Because of this, she can no longer use power willy-nilly and has to come up with energy-saving alternatives.
    • In "Whilst Any Speaks", Aunghadhail's spirit is apparently destroyed entirely when battling the remains of Mythos magic in two mind control victims. Whether this sticks, how much of her knowledge remains, and if she is still immortal, remain to be seen.
  • The Empath: She's one of the most powerful mages around, has merged with an ancient Sidhe queen, but also has the ability to read emotions around her. Since she's also the most beautiful girl on earth ''and'' has a Faerie glamour that makes her even more all that, this has a downside, since every guy who sees her has the emotions you could guess.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: The effects of her glamour transcend orientation.
  • The Fair Folk: She was changed into her current appearance by an ancient Faerie spirit who now resides in her head. While she is inhumanly beautiful, in "Ill Winds" her true form is a luminescent energy form that isn't remotely human.
  • Fastball Special: Done with Fey as the 'fastball' once, before she learned how to fly on her own.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Has nearly befallen her twice so far, once at the hands of Nex, and once when trapped by Hekate.
  • Fiery Redhead: Usually pretty moderate as far as temperament goes, but she can get pretty scary when she's angry.
  • Functional Magic: Ley lines are a popular energy source for mages
  • Glamour: She has a glamour on her, a magical effect that enhances her beauty, grace, and attractiveness.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Not only possessed of the beauty of the Sidhe, but also having a Faerie glamour that (at the start of the series) she cannot turn off—though she later damps it down. Slightly.
  • Healing Hands: She can cure serious wounds with magic.
  • Insistent Terminology: She's Sidhe, not an elf. She's also rather insistent about calling Malachim's Feather a scimitar, as opposed to just 'sword'.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Fey's Instant Fan Club, which utterly embarrasses her.
  • Lady of War: Fey may only be a teenager but her spirit Aunghadhail is one of the original nine Queens of the Sidhe.
  • Life Energy: She can pull Essence from almost anything natural.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: She can pull life energy from almost anything natural. And kill it, or knock it unconscious. She wiped out entire ecosystems without knowing it by drawing too much Essence from them.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: She's light, Sara is dark.
  • Magical Gesture: She's done some hand movements so magical that it hurts other people to look at them.
  • Magical Incantation: She's used the language of the Sidhe.
  • Magic Knight: Fey is currently training to move from Squishy Wizard up to this.
  • The Medic: She's the Healer of the team.
  • Menstrual Menace: Her first period at Whateley Academy is the stuff of legend. There were thunderstorms. In the hallways.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Especially after that photo shoot for that Sierra Club poster.
  • Mundane Utility: Fey has enough Essence that she can waste it on things like magically drying her hair.
  • My Nayme Is: Her full name is 'Nichole', not the more commonly-spelled 'Nicole'.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Well, Spells... Justified because Aunghadhail knew hundreds if not thousands of spells. Until after Whilst Any Speaks Part 4, where her spellcrafting ability is reduced drastically as a result of Aunghadhail's death removing her Aunghadhail's spell knowledge which she never memorized. Aunghadhail had just provided them when needed.
  • Odd Friendship: With Razorback.
  • Oh, Crap!: When caught in Hekate's circle in Christmas Elves and separated from Aunghadhail in It's All In The Timing.
  • Our Elves Are Different: Sidhe are harmed by iron, and need Essence to live.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Sidhe are harmed by iron, and need Essence to live.
  • Pardon My Klingon: She sometimes curses in languages that haven't been spoken in millennia.
  • Playing with Fire: She once seduced the element of fire and had it do her bidding. She doesn't do this again, since the process is pretty embarrassing and the one time was an extreme emergency.
  • Pointy Ears: As a marker of Sidhe status.
  • Polyamory: Stalwart/Fey/Bugs. Stalwart doesn't know about Bugs, though, making it a bad example. The poor handling of the situation is justified by being teenagers.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Toni's Red. Well, usually.
  • Shrinking Violet: When she first arrived at Whateley.
  • Second Law of Gender-Bending: Fey exemplifies the justified version of the trope, as ancient forces are at work to make her accept her new gender.
  • So Beautiful It's a Curse: It's a curse, since Word of God says her glamour is due to the ancient Faerie wards that still provide protection.
  • Squirrels in My Pants: The first magic that Nick (accidentally) does.
  • Squishy Wizard: She was considered a pushover in a close-up fight. After she was nearly beaten to death by a mutant ninja, she's been learning Tai Chi and learning how to use a scimitar. It appears to have worked rather well, considering her fight against Mule.
  • Super Hearing: Her elf ears have sharper hearing than a human's.
  • Super Intelligence: The events of "The Blood Oath" leave her with enhanced mental faculties. She immediately puts it to use going overboard on a class assignment, designing a protective circle using quantum mechanics. Later, in "Ill Winds", she learns sign language in about ten minutes of Super-Speed Reading so she can better communicate with Razorback.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: She has violet eyes as part of her otherworldly Sidhe beauty.
  • Superpower Lottery: She's one of the most powerful Wizard-type mutants on earth, and she has the spirit of an ancient Faerie Queen to teach her spells.
  • Time Abyss: Depending on who you ask, Aunghadhail's era was anywhere from 20 thousand to 65 million years ago, and she was tens of thousands of years old at the time of the Sundering.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: To cold iron and, to a lesser degree, synthetic materials. Yes, she can be defeated by lingerie. Now that's a Kryptonite Factor.


Lancer (Hank Declan)

Super-strong invulnerable Flying Brick hero who uses a form of personal-ranged psychokinesis to enhance his physical abilities.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: He can create these by covering paper swords with his PK field.
  • The All-Solving Hammer: He's a three-trick pony (his PK field, his swords and his trick of absorbing energy blasts), and while his tricks are very good, they don't change. Without his team, he's not hard to take down.
  • Big Eater: Like everyone with energizer based powers.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He went through this stage early on.
  • Dual Wielding: With his paper shortswords.
  • Flat Character: He had no author for most of the series run, so he's not as developed as the others. One of the new authors has picked him up recently, though, and has begun covering him in greater depth.
  • Flying Brick: Being a 'telekinetic brick' with super-strength, flight, and a forcefield that he's learned to extend a bit to cover weapons he uses, but no ranged powers other than picking things up and throwing them thus far.
  • Military Brat: And it shows. He's the most likely candidate for Team Kimba's leader and their strategist, and he's damn good at it.
  • Nice Guy
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: He discovered the ability to absorb and redirect energy blasts at a very opportune moment.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the most reasonable and rational member of Team Kimba (possibly excepting Ayla, but Hank has a point of view more aligned to average people.)
  • The One Guy: Him and Ayla, but Hank is the only one who actually looks male.
  • Stock Superpowers: TK supermen aren't at all rare, but most find them hard to take down.
  • The Smart Guy: He's Team Kimba's tactician and the closest thing they've got to a leader.
  • Straight Man: In both senses of the term.
  • Team Dad: Especially in the sims.
  • Transgender: Growing up, he was fine with being a girl, but when his body started transitioning, it felt right to him. A Retcon in his own stories explains that this claim was a bit of whistling in the dark; turns out that Hannah was a Tomboy with a Girly Streak who resented not being able to form long-term friendships due to her father's frequent redeployments. As she began to change, her parents decided to have her stay home pretending to be sick until they moved again, and she spent two months sulking about the change. After the fight with the Army, he decided to just swallow his feelings and gut through it. While it was not nearly as traumatic as some others, and he's probably the best adjusted of the team, it wasn't as smooth as he implied.


Generator (Jade Sinclair)

A seemingly eleven year old girl who 'generates' psychokinetic copies of herself to possess objects and make them animate inanimate objects for a limited time. When the effect wears off, the copies' memories merge with Jade's. The copies are named Jinn, Jann, Jeanie, etc. in an order known only to Jade but which never varies. She is collectively known as the "J" Team. The singular/plural confusion is canon.

Shroud (Jinn Sinclair) is Jade's invented persona when her first copy (Jinn) takes human shape. Using props, she can appear as everything from an ordinary teenage girl, to a spooky eeriness and chains undead, to an empty black cloak. She pretends to be the ghost of Jade's elder sister.

  • Abusive Parents: Her father.
  • Abnormal Ammo: She has a linear accelerator gun which fires Tasers, explosives, and sticky nets of webbing. But her bracers are even better. While they appear to fire different kinds of missiles, what they really fire are psychokinetic copies of Generator herself, which then hold and direct the missiles.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: The only use of her powers. It gives her the knowledge she gains from having a separate body that can listen and think, and in-depth knowledge of possessed objects.
  • Aura Vision: As Jinn, she can see people's emotions as colored auras, and mutant energies as ultra-violet.
  • Berserk Button: Don't threaten Tennyo. Jade will kill you.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She nails a regenerating werewolf to a tree. With railroad spikes. Then she burned a message into his flesh saying that he attacks little girls as a warning for others.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: A prank war between her and Beltane could conceivably end all life as we know it.
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: She's prone to using these sorts of insults. "Poopyhead" is one of her favourites.
  • Chain Pain: One of Shroud's weapons.
  • The Chick: In part due to her immaturity, but also a role she plays to discourage physical attacks
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: She has a demon mark from the Star Stalker, and her link to it is what granted her regeneration. Interestingly neither Jade nor Tennyo know about this, though Sara has figured it out and told Fey. The upshot is that she'll do anything for Tennyo, to the point that she's privately thought that if Tennyo killed her the thing she'd be most worried about is making sure Tennyo didn't feel guilty. Then again, the only reason she was marked in the first place was because of her Undying Loyalty and devotion to Tenyo, so it's a mostly benevolent form of More Than Mind Control.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: While parts of it are just her having fun with her 'wacky devisor' persona, she has her genuine moments as well.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Anything is fair game, and she's the first Kimba to escalate to lethal force.
  • Confusion Fu: Jade herself plays this up to the hilt, having a bag of tricks nearly as large and varied as Jericho's, helped along by her devisor and gadgeteer friends (and a goodly amount of fabrication knowledge). Shroud, meanwhile, has the ability to turn into, in Phase's words, 'a whirling, slicing death machine'. Nobody knows what she's going to pull out of her hat next, and the very thought gives Gunny Bardue a very large migraine.
  • Cute and Psycho: An image she deliberately cultivates, and one her friends fear may become reality.
  • Flanderization: Her love of Hello Kitty.
  • Feel No Pain: After she gains her regeneration she's become worryingly sanguine about suffering horrific injury. She feels pain, she just doesn't care that much.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She's pretending to be one (with Bugs' assistance) in order to hide the details of her powers.
  • Grand Theft Me: A variant when Tansy used her avatar powers to steal one of the copies of Jade. Since she can cast herself into living things as well, it's likely that she could also do this to people.
  • Happy Fun Ball: Her Kitty Compact. Shroud is also somewhere between this and Swiss Army Weapon: she looks like a girl, who suddenly sprouts chains, blades, and liquid nitrogen.
  • Healing Factor: She gets this from Tennyo -or rather, the Star Stalker- while they're inside the BIT-Splicer together. Along with a demon mark from Tennyo that neither of them know about.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Thuban, who usually looks like a humanoid dragon. As she will readily tell you, his scales are soft when they kiss.
  • Kawaiiko: deliberately played up, bordering on self-flanderization
  • Killer Rabbit: She's turned Tennyo's toy cabbit into this. She's also something of a killer rabbit herself.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: She can put copies of herself into, say, a piece of wire... that could fly off by itself and strangle anyone. Or a grain of sand that could hear everything being said and transmit it back to Jade proper. Or a cloud of dust that could coalesce inside someone's lungs. She's actually one of the most horrifyingly lethal members of the team, because so many people underestimate her.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Towards Thuban.
  • Missing Mom: Who died.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: As Shroud, or any of her other combat bodies, she's only vulnerable to Avatars and Psionic attacks. Inverted in her real body, where she's just as vulnerable as any other little girl but for her regeneration.
  • Older Than They Look: She's physically stuck at eleven, but she's actually fourteen.
  • The Prankster: Jade's powers lend themselves to it, the fact that she's slightly deranged makes it inevitable.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Noted to be weapons grade.
  • Romantic Asexual: A side effect of being stuck at the physical age of eleven is that she experiences no sexual attraction, which includes being unaffected by Sara's lust aura. While she does have a lot of romantic fantasies they're mostly of the preadolescent, non-sexual "pretty princess" variety.
  • The Runaway: Ran away from home when she manifested to escape her abusive father.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: It is eventually revealed that this is the reason Jade never aged past 11. The exact cause of the lock isn't known, but implied to be an extremely powerful curse. In Tennyo Goes To Hell, the lock is broken on a copy of her via exposure to Shoggoth genetic material. She becomes an Omnimorph on par with Jimmy T, and the ability to pull Me's a Crowd. Since she's literally in a hell at the time, she needs it.
  • The Sneaky Guy: Her powers allow her to spy on things, get into small places, and snap back at a moment's notice, so she often does recon.
  • Sociopathic Hero: She's displayed some worrying tendencies towards this. Overlaps with Creepy Child at times, and borders on psychotic when someone triggers one of her Berserk Buttons.
    • Most characters who have had to kill someone were upset about it to Heroic BSoD levels. Jade has killed dozens of people in fairly horrific ways and she's fine with it. She also has a rather worrying fondness for weaponry and routinely carries dozens of varieties of high explosives.
      • Jade's sociopathy is due to a combination of the abuse in her background, her demon mark, the psychic shock of possessing a well-used sacrificial dagger, and her own lack of emotions when she's in her psychokinetic form. She's also well aware of her own sociopathy and it bothers her that killing people doesn't bother her.
    • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Most of her odd behavior is played for laughs.
    • Diane admits that when she writes Jade, she purposely emphasizes the Heroic part less than the Sociopath.
  • Spanner in the Works: Most notably in "Christmas Elves".
  • Swiss-Army Superpower: Jade can "possess" objects using "spirit-selves". After a radiation accident, she can regenerate. However, within the "possessing objects" thing, she has a variety of applications of her power.
  • Tagalong Kid: In appearance only, for the most part. She's actually the same age as most of the others, but naturally comes across as one of these, especially since she lacks raw power and usually plays supporting roles in combat (not counting her 'other selves' like Shroud, since they pretend that they're completely separate beings).
  • Technical Pacifist: Also referred to as 'NRA pacifism': She alternates between wearing a pacifist armband and an Ultraviolent armband. Randomly. Her point is that you should avoid violence whenever you can. But if you can't, deploy overwhelming force. She considers it Mama Bear training.
  • Transgender: Of all the Kimbas, she's the only one who didn't get the physical change. She gets it later, but not through mutant powers.
  • Which Me?: That's what happens when you can have up to five of you at once, in various bodies / objects. Even Jade can't keep her pronouns straight when talking about her selves, to the point that it is a Running Gag. ...
  • Yandere: A (probably) nonromantic version towards Tennyo. Between her initial Undying Loyalty to Tennyo, her later demon mark, and her mildly sociopathic traits it's more or less inevitable. She considers an earnest threat of decapitation to pranksters interfering with Tennyos date to be a restrained response...and then instead strips them naked and covers them in pink glitter.


Tennyo (Billie Wilson)

Flying blasting slicing regenerating Warper extraordinaire who looks rather like Ryoko from Tenchi Muyo! as a result of how she gained her superpowers. She's so powerful Headmistress Carson has invoked Section 33 of the Whateley Charter: No student is to engage her in combat under any circumstances outside of formal instruction.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: She's ostracized because people hear 'Section 33' and think 'dangerous, homicidal, wantonly-murdering psychopath'. Those who get to know her usually quite like her.
  • And I Must Scream: Fey locks her in another dimension during a sim, and after the flashback caused by the Waters of Memory, she recalls having been put somewhere she didn't want to be, implying that it'd happened before.
  • Anime Hair: It follows its own personal gravity. Her flight powers work on a similar principle by telling both gravity and inertia to take a hike.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: She can make her energy blasts and punches strike past a force field.
  • Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving: in her origin story.
  • Asexual: Billie has done a little platonic dating but her shyness, intimidation factor and All of the Other Reindeer issues have so far prevented any serious relationships, which she does not appear to mind in the least. The closest thing she has to a romantic interest is ballroom dancing.
  • Big Eater: It's implied that this is to compensate for a lack of proper nutrition, since her real diet is supposed to be demons.
  • The Big Guy: The main powerhouse of the team and the member with the most feared reputation.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: An apocalyptic cult once tried to control her by kidnapping her parents. By the time she was finished the US Air Force literally nuked the wreckage she left behind to close the holes she'd torn in reality while rescuing them. If any of the cultists managed to survive they probably wish they hadn't.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Her organs and even her cells are different from a human's.
  • Bloody Murder: Her blood has antimatter in it... But only sometimes.
  • Captain Ersatz: Invoked. One character even dismissed her as a Cosplay Otaku Girl before it became known that is her true appearance
  • Clothing Damage: A recurring problem for her. Combat frequently leaves her nearly or fully naked because no conceivable supersuit can survive the damage her body can withstand. Unfortunately, she's also quite shy. Her Hot-Blooded nature prevents Defeat by Modesty* but that doesn't mean she won't be mortified when the fight is over. Phase eventually gets her underwear of last resort: a bikini made of three disks of pure adamantium barely big enough to spare her an indecent exposure charge.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Keeps finding new things she can do. Flight, ability to ignore gravity and inertia, super-strength, the ability to move through force fields, the ability to produce some form of antimatter, the ability to cast spheres of plasma, the ability to heal frighteningly fast from incredible injuries, the ability to form some sort of plasma "light saber", resistance to temperature extremes, she doesn't need to breathe air, etc. She also has thrown some sort of energy ball that temporarily acted like a neutron star, she may be able to teleport (although she was unconscious at the time), she may give off deadly levels of radiation when she's straining hard in a fight, and in one battle against over a hundred armed badguys, she warped reality all around her and opened up a rift in space-time. Oh, and she may be the avatar of some extra-terrestrial or extra-dimensional demon. We don't know yet.
  • Cool Big Sis: Jade sees her this way.
  • Cultured Badass: She's the Section 33 nightmare, who can take down anyone without raising a sweat... who works in the library and likes ballroom dancing.
  • Cute Little Fangs: She's been told several times that her fangs are 'cute'.
  • Extreme Omnivore: She's eaten ectoplasmic spider-rats, voodoo wolves, and the souls of demons. Averted when it comes to actual human food.
  • Eldritch Abomination / Humanoid Abomination: The Stalker of the Stars/The Scourge/The Destroyer was one before it bonded with Billy to escape...something.
  • Flying Brick: As a subset of her powers; she can fly at 150 mph, change acceleration on a dime, and has Super Strength and Super Toughness.
  • Flying Firepower: Flies, hurls plasma blasts and more.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When they glow green you really need to start worrying - that means the Star Stalker has taken the wheel, and people are going to start hurting and dying. Her eyes also glow red when she's mad.
  • A God I Am Not: has this reaction when she discovers a cult worshiping the Star Stalker on a distant alien world: despite having both the power and provenance to qualify, she doesn't want to be worshiped. Eventually has a talk with Sara about it, who tells her that divinity is what you make it.
  • God-Mode Sue: Invoked, as she's intended as a deconstruction, in places:
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Several very graphic examples.
  • Healing Factor: Don't blow her limbs off, it just makes her mad. And the more damage she takes the faster it works. Eventually it's implied that at the higher ends she's not even 'healing' per se, her body is being restored from whole cloth using an inter-dimensional template. At one point video analysis showed that a severed hand was restored before it even hit the ground.
  • Heroic BSoD: In "Ayla and the Great Shoulder Angel Conspiracy", after she's forced to face the ghosts of those killed by the Star Stalker.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Many students are terrified of her and even the ones who aren't consider her the superheroic equivalent of a Hydrogen bomb: a weapon too powerful for any sane person to even contemplate using. That's probably a reasonable position given that the Star Stalker was created to deal with Galactic Level threats, not mere planetary ones.
    • This is why she gets excluded from Kodiak's plans to save the world. The collateral damage potential is too high for some of his key allies.
  • Hot-Blooded: As befits her anime-inspired origin, Billie is actually the calmest and gentlest of the Kimbas - but once you get her dander up all hell is out for noon.
  • Hot Librarian: Right down to the reading glasses.
  • Humiliation Conga: She got her job at the library after several previous student jobs went disastrously wrong, culminating a "haze the newbie" incident that accidentally ignited all of the flammable gases in the campus sewer system.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Tennyo has kept her teleportation powers secret from everyone, even Jade, because she wants to use it as an ace in the hole.
  • Immune to Mind Control: She has developed an immunity to most, if not all forms of psychic influence, including prying telepaths, the voodoo-wolves' insanity aura, and Sara's lust aura. Especially in regards to the last two, this probably has to do with the Star Stalker being made to fight (and sometimes eat) demons and other Eldritch Abominations.
  • Laser Blade: She can generate a "laser blade" made of anti-matter. How she makes anti-matter at will is a whole 'nother problem. The devisors and gadgeteers can't make working lightsabers, even though they all try, sooner or later.
  • Mundane Utility: Billie uses her gravity-warping "flight" powers constantly, she hardly even walks anymore. Phase has come up with a list of mundane utilities for Billie's powers, including repairing satellites in orbit and operating nuclear power plants from the inside.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Star Stalker/The Scourge/The Destroyer.
  • Nice Guy: Billie's actually one of the nicest people you're likely to meet at Whateley, second only to Aquerna in that regard. She probably had the least amount of personal issues on Team Kimba after Lancer and Toni, until the incident that sent her into a Heroic BSoD.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Bill's brother gave him what he thought was a food that induced hypnosis. It set the kitchen on fire, nearly killed Bill and ended up drawing the Star Stalker to him.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Thanks to her incredible Healing Factor.
  • No-Sell: Many powers revolving around mind influencing, such as Blinder's "look that way" power, are seen to have no effect on her. She is also unaffected by the sonic weapon in the Halloween invasion.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Her higher end powers generate hard radiation as a side effect. And if the Star Stalker starts to come out, just existing causes her to start damaging reality.
    • Eventually it's revealed that the Star Stalker was originally created as a magical WMD to fight Eldritch Abominations, in the form of an Artificial Human. The idea of this weapon loose on its own and having developed a conscience is enough to terrify those who know about it.
  • Psychic Block Defense: She is able to shrug off many forms of psychic influence, including prying telepaths.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Her irises sometimes go red when she's very angry.
  • Reality Warper: While most of her powers are ultimately based in this (for example, flying by ignoring gravity and manipulating her acceleration), they don't normally go into reality-rending territory unless she loses control of them.
  • Second Law of Gender-Bending: Billie apparently lacked a strong male gender identity or it was wiped out in her transformation because becoming a girl was no big thing after the initial confusion.
  • Shrinking Violet: Billie is actually quite shy until she gets to know you, which other people see as aloof and feeds her "All Of The Other Reindeer" problems.
  • Signature Scent: She's described as smelling like peaches and ozone.
  • Super Hearing: She has an enhanced sense of hearing.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes
  • Super Toughness: She takes hits very well, even before you take her Healing Factor into account. An adamantium needle is needed to get a blood sample from her. Matterhorn repeatedly stomping on her embedded her into the asphalt rather than squishing her. At one point it's implied that she's survived a nuclear explosion.
  • Time Abyss: According to Gothmog, the Star Stalker is over eight billion years old, having been created by the first widespread society in the universe, the Isokist.
  • Touch of Death: Her 'Death Blow', which destroys the pattern of its subject and erases it from reality. She is forced to use it on a particularly horrific supervillain named Killbot, and there isn't enough of him left to confirm it was the real Killbot and give her the ten million dollar bounty.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Billie barely survived her powers awakening, though if you want to get technical, she actually didn't. The 'Billie' we see is the Star Stalker endowed with Bill's personality, and its implied that the Star Stalker may have actually assimilated his soul.
  • Tsundere: She can be bold, confident, and in-your-face, or shy, retiring, and bookish, depending on the social situation.
  • Unusual Ears - anime style.


Phase (Ayla Goodkind)

An intersexed density-changer who can become intangible, super-dense, or anything in between. Comes from a very rich family of notorious mutant haters who reacted very poorly to his mutation.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: A huge number of people ostracise him for being a Goodkind, or for being intersexed.
    • 'Ayla and the Mad Scientist' has even more people ostracise him after rumours spread that he personally kicked Chou off the team. It gets better, though.
  • Badass Bookworm: Obviously a genius, on top of his extensive education, and extremely dangerous in a fight.
  • Bad Liar: From Hank 4: Life's But a Walking Shadow, Ayla:
    "How his whole body tenses and scrunches up when he lies," Hank sniggered.
    Nikki turned to Ayla and smiled. "It is kind of obvious when he tries," she agreed.
  • Benevolent Boss: He spends a lot of time criticising unfair and unkind work policies, and it's made clear that he'd be a great boss to work for.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Get him angry enough, and all bets are off. He has so many weapons at his disposal that you'd be lucky if he just killed you.
  • Blessed with Suck: At some point, he's going to be Circe's apprentice. And every single apprentice Circe has had died. Horribly. And Circe has always had the paperwork arranged before the death.
  • Blue Blood: Breeding tells, even though his family kicked him out
  • Break the Haughty: His origin story.
  • Character Development: Early on he is often disturbed by his fellow Kimbas due to his anti-mutant indoctrination. The implications of Jade's powers in particular disturb him greatly until he learns their limits. He hides it well and he gradually gets over it as they win him over.
  • Characterization Marches On: A variation. There's the Ayla before Diane Castle started writing for him and the Ayla after. Chronologically though, they exist simultaneously, because the Diane Castle version is a Retcon via Alternate Character Interpretation.
  • Childhood Friends: With Jadis and Mal. Inverted with Tansy, who bullied him.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He looks so much like a girl (because of his mutation) that he can shower in the girls' bathroom... and look at everyone else in there. On the other hand, he's really considerate of his girlfriend and his female friends, even if he's only about 15 and the girls in the bathroom haven't asked him to leave (yet).
  • Claustrophobia: Has some degree of claustrophobia. This is pretty reasonable. He's been tortured by a Mad Scientist while trapped in a box the size of a coffin, nearly suffocated underground, been trapped in a pitch-dark sewer with no flashlight while being attacked by a zombie army, and his own powers mean he can pass through solid objects but he can't see or breathe while he's doing it. Ouch.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Though it isn't always crazy enough.
  • Crimefighting with Cash:
    • Only 14, still a freshman at Whateley Academy, and already doing this. He's paying Whateley inventors to build weapons for him, including a utility belt that has nearly zero external volume but is chock full of Hammerspace, a specialized throwing dart made out of depleted uranium, and the latest thing is a collapsing tactical baton. Made out of adamantium. With osmium for weight in the tip. It cost nearly a quarter of a million dollars.
    • He is also trying to do a more literal version, crime fighting with economics. Apparently, many villainous gageteers are just in it for the money. So he is planning such things as courses in marketing and patent law to allow inventors (as opposed to corporations) to profit from their work. Then there's the job creation work he's planning, including work based on Mundane Utility. He reasons, correctly, that mutants are far less likely to turn to crime if they have legitimate options available.
  • Cultured Badass: Raised from an infant in the wealthiest family on earth, he's intelligent, urbane, well-read, and loves opera and classical music. He's a gourmet, and a brilliant businessman. This makes him utterly unprepared to be a high school girl in a Superhero School.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Does this with references most of the rest of the cast doesn't get. They return the favor. Girlfriend stuffed in a fridge, anyone?
  • Dressed in Layers: Phase wears his costume under his school uniform every day during winter term (because of Team Tactics class) and dislikes it. He has to wear a larger school uniform to go over everything.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: As an appearance trope, it's more suited to pre-Diane Ayla, who was characterized by a 'punk' look.
  • Fake Weakness: Phase deliberately included a fictional vulnerability to dark chocolate in his file on the theory that if anyone tried to "poison" him with it he'd know that his medical records had been hacked.
  • Fallen Princess: Male version. Once a member of the richest family in the world, he becomes a mutant and gets kicked out. He ends up at Whateley Academy hanging with the Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits that is Team Kimba.
  • First-Person Smartass: Phase is a superpowered mutant rather than a PI, but in the stories in which he is the narrator, he is a snarky commentator, very intellectual, well read, even for a teenager who has been to all the 'right' private schools, far too knowledgeable about food (even if he's spent his life as the heir to billions eating the finest food anywhere), and still associates with the other rich kids at the Super Hero School Whateley Academy.
  • Food Porn: A big part of his stories.
  • Guile Hero: He is genuinely concerned for people and sincerely wants to help them, and at need is ready to fight toe-to-toe with demons, monsters and supervillains. But Phase is at heart a Chessmaster whose preferred realm is espionage, trickery, manipulation, bribery and financial pressure. As a friend put it, "No one else quite has that When I rule the world I will not permit such behavior attitude".
  • Heroic BSoD: In "Ayla and the Tests", when he thinks that his own bigoted views on mutants and transgender people are what caused his body to change the way it did when he manifested.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: From Hank 4: Life's But a Walking Shadow, Ayla:
    "You don't need to lie and cheat to succeed at business," Ayla all but snarled. "The best deals are the ones that are mutually beneficial for everyone."

    "Good thing they're the kind you like then," Hank offered. "Because you truly suck at lying," he finished breaking down with laughter everyone shared.
  • Honor Before Reason: While he's a really reasonable person, sometimes he goes off on tangents.
  • Hurting Hero: Even more than the other Kimbas, Ayla suffers nightmares, PTSD, panic attacks, and sometimes goes into week-long depressions. His powers scare him and he blames himself for his screwed up appearance.
  • I Have No Son!: His parents disown him after he manifests.
    • His siblings (except Heather) still care about him, though.
  • Intangible Man: when he wants to be.
  • Internalized Categorism: refers to himself as "a revolting freako intersexed mutant" though he does get somewhat better as time goes on.
  • Irony: Ayla's transgender sister and her friends act like reverse Heteronormative Crusaders until Ayla calls them out on it.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: His mother started calling him "it" the minute he manifested.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Mutants are dangerous, do a lot of damage and need to be curtailed in certain cases. While the methods of curtailing need close examination and refinement, Ayla's not wrong when he says that the Knights of Purity are a needed force, though their crypofascist appellation is worrisome.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Having been raised by bigots, he had incredibly harsh things to say about his sister's choice to transition. About five minutes later he takes off the jumpsuit he was imprisoned in and finds out he's in a similar situation.
    • On a meta level, his transgender Body Image Template is a direct result of his bigoted upbringing, combining the two things he was raised to hate.
    • On yet another level, it turns out that his mutation resulted from a supervillain running a deliberate Laser-Guided Karma gambit on his family and his younger brother is the next target.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: Walking through objects? How boring. Being able to disintegrate matter by phasing back to solid within it? Not boring! Being able to fry electricity and knock people out by being partially solid? Definitely not boring! Being tough enough to slough off most attacks? Really not boring! Being able to trash the BITs of Exemplars and Shifters and turn them into monsters? Argh! To emphasize how "harmless" Phases' powers are, the only other person who has a similar powerset is Tinsnip, one of the deadliest assassins in the world.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Surprisingly averted; despite the high workloads the Goodkinds have, they all make it a point to eat dinner as a family and do things together.
  • Massively Numbered Siblings: Phase's the next youngest of six children, his siblings from oldest to youngest: Gracie, Paul, Heather, Connie, and David.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Phase thinks he turned Fireball into a monster by accidentally trashing her BIT, and keeps thinking about it despite the fact that he never intended to do it. And despite the number of Exemplars he did the same thing to, none of whom had any side effects. It's implied that Fireball's transformation was actually unrelated, due to a burnout caused by emotional instability.
    • When he was a child, he donated millions of dollars to the MCO and supported Emil Hammond, believing that the doctor was a good guy who was being slandered by a lot of people with a grudge. Ayla found out the truth, and now he won't stop beating himself up for it- despite repeatedly being told by his friends that nobody would blame a kid for donating money to a cause that his parents told him was right.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: He likes Brass Monkey (an alternative band) that the majority of other characters hate. They never stop bitching at him about it.
  • The One Guy: Him and Hank, but Hank is the only one who actually looks male.
  • Not So Above It All: Constantly grumbles about being the Only Sane Man on Team Kimba, but really doesn't seem to mind playing the straight man to their lunacy. He's also genuinely hurt when he has to play the designated bad guy in the "Kimbas expel Chou" gambit, though he hides it well.
  • Odd Friendship: with Harvey "Mega-Death" Calloway, the school's worst victim of the Science-Related Memetic Disorder known as Diedrick's Syndrome. And to a lesser extent with She-Beast, since she's the daughter of one of the most notorious supervillains on the planet. It helps that they're childhood friends with a shared interest in literature and business.
  • Parental Abandonment: When Ayla manifested his parents promptly handed him over to the Whateley's universes' equivalent of Dr. Mengele for experimentation. His mother calls him "it". You could say he has issues.
  • Pride Before a Fall: He describes his experiences as being "hit with a double-barrelled shotgun loaded with irony", and now realizes that on some level, he deserved it.
  • Pronoun Trouble: Identifies as male, but mostly goes by female pronouns. He's not happy about it. In-universe, he needs to stick with his 'Ayla' identity for legal reasons related to the fact that his family is claiming he's dead. The out-of-universe explanation is that Ayla's gender was retconned in long after other characters and the narration had been referring to him as 'she'.
  • Properly Paranoid: between the Goodkind haters and the Gay Bashers, Ayla gets attacked twice as often as anybody else on campus.
  • Self-Deprecation: Ayla constantly puts himself down, especially in the field of fighting- the rest of Team Kimba are so good he feels he's at a major disadvantage. Never mind the fact that he beat Chaka in a spar, nearly beat Lancer, beat Tennyo, and has managed to either win, get even if he didn't win, or get out of every fight he's been in. He's also one of the most potentially destructive members of Team Kimba. But he just can't get past that "revolting freako mutant" thing.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Born into the richest family on earth, and used to having his own way all the time. When he turns into a mutant and gets kicked out of the family, he finds out he doesn't know how to do anything, including use a can opener or a microwave. He has a coronary seeing what a real grocery store is like.
  • The Smart Guy: Probably the smart one, even if Chaka seems to be best at coming up with ideas in the middle of a fight. Phase is over-educated for a freshman in high school, is most likely to use the big words, and is a smart aleck too.
  • Straight Man
  • Teen Genius: Naturally; he's a teen financial genius, having been learning the ways of business and high finance roughly since he was able to talk.
  • Transvestite Ayla has a large lingerie collection. He admits it's twisted, but he really loves the feeling of high-quality silk.
  • Uncle Pennybags: He thinks nothing of spending money on his friends (when they allow it), or on anything he sees as a good cause. Justified, especially after 'Ayla and the Birthday Brawl', when he's the richest teenager on the planet minus some who are going to inherit fortunes.
    • Still justified beforehand, as Ayla has money in the millions, and most of the expenses are in the thousands. He's spending interest from the bank account.
  • Undying Loyalty: He is incredibly loyal to his friends. It gets to the point that, in a Danger Room training scenario involving fighting evil versions of their teammates, when it's his turn he has a panic attack and flatly refuses to participate.
  • Unreliable Narrator:
    • Semi-intentionally. He's got a pretty good opinion of the Goodkinds and their works, but canon has proven that they definitely aren't what Phase thinks they are. He knows it to an extent, but a lifetimes habit of thought are hard to break. Take everything he says about them with a grain of salt.
    • In one story he makes an inaccurate remark about Harlequin romance novels in his narration. The author confirmed that the inaccuracy is intended, since he's not all that informed on the topic.
    • He has some misinformed ideas about angular momentum; according to the author, this is because he has yet to take certain high school physics classes.
  • Utility Belt: The first character to buy one. The creator, "Mobius", had made a belt that had pockets that worked like Bags Of Holding. Phase paid Mobius several times the asking price, pointed out how much the uber-Utility Belt was really worth, and offered to help market the device for a small percentage of the huge amounts of profit he would be making for Mobius.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Averted. Phase is incredibly aware of the problems with his powers and how they can be countered, so he spends a lot of time buying or asking people to make new weapons for him.
  • Young Entrepreneur: An active businessperson.


Bladedancer (Chou Lee)

Handmaid of the Tao, superb martial artist, and wielder of the legendary sword Destiny's Wave.

  • Action Girl: Though she's just getting used to the "girl" part, but she has fought supervillains and is empowered with mystical powers that she sometimes uses for combat.
  • Action Girlfriend: To Molly.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Not really, she's an agent of balance, but history tends to dwell on the spectacularly bloody incidents.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: 'Ayla and the Mad Scientist' has Team Kimba pretend to ditch Chou so she'll appear to be more vulnerable.
  • Character Name Alias: In Destiny's Wave, Alexander Starshine, an typical American male, underwent a Gender Bender and turned into a Chinese girl, and picked a name from what is presumably The Legendary Couple from Comics One when he was asked:
    “First things first, what’s your name?”
    Here it was, the moment of truth. He remembered a name of a character from one of the Hong Kong comics he liked. “My name is Chou Lee.”
  • The Chosen One: And is not happy with what the Tao requires.
  • Closet Key: For Gateway.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Convenient for the Tao, maybe. Chou still has not gotten over her father's death.
  • Cultured Badass: The immortals are specifically grooming her for this role.
  • Different for Girls: The most prominent example as the least transgendered member of Team Kimba.
  • Healing Hands: Can use Taoist "chi" healing techniques through "laying on of hands".
  • Heroic BSoD: In "To The Mountain", after she has to kill an innocent man to ensure that certain events play out properly.
  • Ki Manipulation: She mostly uses her Ki for mobility: moving a great distance with a single stride, jumping, and sometimes Wall Crawling. She's starting to use it for healing, and once she used it to induce a heart attack.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Demons kill your family, you may have to kill your friends
    • There's also the little matters of both the Tong of the Black Madonna and the government of the People's Republic of China trying co-opt her for their own purposes - with disastrous results for both, but still.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Most of her clothing consists of mandarin tops and yoga pants, for practical reasons.
  • Missing Mom:
  • Orphan's Ordeal: After she was turned into a girl and her father was murdered by a demon she had to make her way to Whateley on foot, walking all the way from Tennessee to New Hampshire, and she was attacked several times along the way.
  • Polyamory: She, Molly, and Dorjee eventually decide to try this out. Unlike the other characters trying this, these three all know about each other and have talked things through.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Toni's Red.
  • Second Law of Gender-Bending: Of the reluctant admission variety. Chou has the hardest time with her Gender Bender aside from the self-loathing Ayla, probably because she's a baseline human transformed through magic instead of a mutant altered by their BIT.
  • Sixth Ranger: Becomes one to Team Kimba until she leaves to set up her own team.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: When the Tao decides to step in. Most of the time she's 'just' a fit and skilled martial artist; when the Tao comes upon her, however, she has been able to fight off a small military unit (including armored vehicles) and a Chinese super-team, despite having to be careful not kill certain of the individuals she was fighting which the Tao said would have a role to play later.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: gradually evolving into one.

Destiny's Wave

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Can cut through anything if the Tao demands it.
  • Talking Weapon: Talks due to being possessed by a ancient spirit.
  • Upgrade Artifact: Gives Chou knowledge of Mandarin/Chinese, martial arts skills, Ki skills, and turns him into a girl.

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