Bugs (Bunny Cormick)
Seemingly airheaded gadgeteer genius whose brilliance is hidden by her obsessions with bunnies and eggs.
- Appropriated Appellation: "Bugs" used to be an Embarrassing Nickname for her, until Nikki pointed out how Bugs Bunny is clever and always wins.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's a brilliant scientist and inventor, but all of her gadgets tend to be rabbit- or egg-themed.
- Cuteness Proximity
- Gadgeteer Genius: She's both a gadgeteer and a devisor, so she cannot be certain whether one of her inventions is breaking reality or not until somebody else tries to build it.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Hot Scientist: A genius who happens to be among the hottest girls in a school full of superheroines.
- Meaningful Name
- Mundane Utility: She is the goddess of special effects.
Riptide (Elena Neva Natividad Amicella Lucita "Rip" Obregon)
- Elemental Eye Colors: Blue, because she's an aquakinetic.
- Making a Splash: She is aquakinetic.
- Motor Mouth
- Multicolored Hair: Black hair with a red streak down the center.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Like Beltane, she's pretty much always addressed by her codename or a shortening thereof.
- Overly Long Name
- Sky Surfing: Riptide's cloud-board. Built especially to use her powers by Bugs, it's a flight board that uses Riptide's aquakinetic powers to fly, and it generates a tiny cloud around itself while Riptide 'surfs' on it.
- Took a Level in Badass: She takes on the Lamplighter in a one-on-one match and gets it to a draw. (She wasn't trying to win, she was just trying to stop him from killing the good guys long enough for him to snap out of the illusion spell he was under.)
Vox (Vanessa Jackson)City girl from a disadvantaged background who is determined to grab onto the opportunities Whateley presents with both hands and not allow foolish romantic notions to hold her back, right up until she meets Phase, who represents both.
- Abusive Parents: Her dad beat up her mother and her repeatedly. She's got serious issues.
- Compelling Voice: Well, with a codename like Vox, what would she be able to do? (There are other mutants at Whateley who are resistant to her power.)
- Lethal Harmless Powers: She can perfectly mimic someone else's voice, make them do whatever she wants and break glass with sound alone.
- Mark of the Supernatural: She has violet eyes which mark her as being a mutant.
- Mundane Utility: Goes way beyond singing harmony with herself; she can imitate entire pop songs with just her voice alone.
- Opposites Attract: Played with: On the surface she has nothing in common with Phase; deep down their personal goals differ only in scale (as in millions instead of billions).
- The Smart Guy: She wants to become a businesswoman and not end up like her mother (i.e. working herself into an early grave.) This is mainly why Phase is so attracted to her.
Wallflower (Lily Turner)Lancer's girlfriend, a Poe cottage legacy who's the daughter of Superheroes. She's in Poe ostensibly because her mother, Tabby Cat, a former Poe t-girl herself, is afraid Lily will gender bend in the opposite direction.
- Barrier Warrior: Spherical shields, invisibility, and the psychic ability to 'see' when inside her 'invisibility' sphere.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: She's the product of it, which causes her some Amazingly Embarrassing Parents moments.
- Captain Ersatz: She has the same powers, family of superheroes and appearance as Violet Parr.
- Domino Mask: Lampshaded. Apparently, it takes a lot of mascara to complete the effect.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Hermaphrodite: She was born as an incomplete hermaphrodite. Her male organs were removed because her female organs were more complete and her parents wanted a daughter.
- Invisibility: Being an Expy of The Invisible Woman, she can do the 'Invisible Girl' bit with an invisible forcefield bubble around her and anyone nearby.
- Her force field uses the light-warping approach. She can still 'see' from inside the field (using a sensory power she wasn't even aware she had until it was pointed out to her), but others do find themselves in total darkness.
- Open-Minded Parent: Her parents, Falcon and Tabby Cat. Turns out they have good reasons for this.
- Required Secondary Powers: She can see in the dark, such as when she's got her force-field up.
- There Are No Therapists: Averted. Her BIT is unambiguously female and the real reason the faculty acceded to her mother's desire to put her in Poe was they believed she'd make a good unofficial peer counselor for some of the transitioning Poesies.
Gateway (Molly Harrington)A shy mage/warper who always assumed she was straight until she fell in love with Chou Lee.
- Covert Pervert: Revealed in "Summoning Sweeties". Pity her girlfriend.
- If It's You, It's Okay: With Chou.
- The Magnificent: The creatures she summons call her "The" Summoner. She doesn't know why, yet.
- Meganekko: Oddly enough, what she summons the most often is a Mega Neko.
- Polyamory: With Chou and Dorjee.
- Shrinking Violet
- Squishy Wizard: Who has decided she has to become less squishy, starting with Le Parkour training.
- Summon Magic: Her primary talent is summoning mystical creatures through the portals she creates.
- Thinking Up Portals: Gateway has found out she has this power. She has been able to summon beings from other dimensions, like Rythax, and also things like fire elementals. She can also connected different places on the same dimension with them, using them to teleport. And she's learned it's a really fun power to abuse.
- Familiar: To Gateway. Sort of.
- Fun Size: Can turn into this.
- Meganeko: His apparent natural form when not shrunk for human convenience.
- Occult Blue Eyes
- Panthera Awesome
- Sizeshifter: Usually appears in cute chibified kitten form.
- Talking Animal
- Vertebrate with Extra Limbs: Wings.
Whisper (Brianna Peters, formerly Brian)Technopath who became infected with nanobots, then turned into a female Sidhe by computer game. While she has been at Whateley since early Spring 2007, whether she would join the other changelings at Poe or not was left as a Cliffhanger.
- Combo Platter Powers: Brian's base powers seem to have been a form of Technopathy, similar to Circuit Breaker but not as powerful. These powers activated a test tube full of dormant MILSPEC medical and communications nanomachines, which enhanced those powers, added several new abilities, and hooked him into the military Command and Control network. This in turn interacted with a computer roleplaying game, Good and Evil Online, which is secretly using real magic to interface with the players subconscious, causing him to become a duplicate of her elf rogue/wizard character.
- The Fair Folk: It is a mystery just how the video game is using actual magic over the Internet, and how it happened to have a digitized form of the Sidhe genome, but Aunghadhail did confirm that Brianna is a true member of the Sidhe race now.
- Glamour: Not as intense as Fey's but definitely there.
- Inside a Computer System: While she is not as powerful as Circuit Breaker, the fact that she has these powers at all would be certain to draw unwelcome attention if the wrong people found out.
- Rescued from the Underworld: Fey and Carmilla have to enter Whisper's dream-space while she is in a coma, to find out why she isn't waking up.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: It's more a matter of connections showing up to protect her of their own accord, but with Fey, Carmilla, Assistant Secretary Reilly, the US Department of Defense, and President George W. Bush all putting their weight behind her, she's got more pull than she knows what to do with.
- Super Soldier: while not intentionally turned into one, a lot of her power come from US DoD property, and the military are bending over backwards to keep on her good side so she will agree to enlist after graduation.
Anomaly (Monica/Matthew Carter)See her entry under 'Outcast Corner', below.
Absinthe (Gwendolynn Wylann, formerly Adam)
- All of the Other Reindeer: As a baseline, Adam was bullied by mutants because his father is an MCO officer. As a mutant, Gwen is bullied because she's interning for the MCO.
- Category Traitor: As of part four of The Absinthe Of Malice, she's accused of being one by other students because she works for the MCO, though she's only there as an intern, to help the local team realise that mutants aren't by definition hostile.
- Crippling Overspecialization: She specialises in illusion magic, and can easily learn spells relating to it, but she has trouble learning other kinds of magic as a result.
- Curtains Match the Window: As said in her origin story:I [...] turn[ed] to look into the small bathroom mirror. The same girl with the green hair and beautiful emerald eyes stared back.
- The Fair Folk: She's a Sidhe mutant.
- Gender Bender: Thanks to being the heir of her Sidhe ancestor.
- Identical Grandson: She's the heir of her Sidhe ancestor, Vauldrene, which has resulted in her looking identical to and gaining all the powers of Vauldrene, though she had no idea she even had a Sidhe ancestor before then.
- Master of Illusion: Specialises in all kinds of illusion spells, along with her hallucination glamour.
- Meaningful Name: Absinthe refers less to her hair and eyes and more to her glamour, which makes people dizzy and causes them to hallucinate.
- Morph Weapon: Her weapon, Needle, has sword and spear forms.
- Past-Life Memories: Has also inherited her ancestor's memories, but in the form of random flashes of her ancestor's life when she dreams, which meant that it took her a while to just learn her ancestor's name after she manifested.
Archon (Victory Jaxton)
Envy (Serafina Sophia Valocco, formerly Serafino)Wizard/Psi combo whose mother is the supervillain Strega.
- The Ageless: A common trait among the Bloodline, which Envy shares with her mother.
- Ancient Conspiracy: Strega was a member of the Bloodline who broke from them decades earlier. Then one of the Bloodline's up-and-comers, Robur, decided to bring Envy into the fold by force. This turned out to be a very bad idea.
- Generation Xerox: Described as pasty and doughy as a boy, Envy is now the same kind of olive-skinned hottie as her mother.
- The Mafia: While not in La Cosa Nostra herself, Strega has strong ties to the Mob.
- White Sheep: Despite being well-versed in fighting and magic, and having strong connections to the Mob, Fino didn't want to be in the Mob, nor did he want to be a supervillain.
Esoteric (Erin Danielson, formerly Frank)
- Astral Projection: And unlike other projectors, his entire self shifts to the astral plane, which is very uncommon.
- Blessed with Suck: He's a low-level Exemplar. Not only is he becoming female, which he doesn't want, he used to be an endurance runner, but his BIT has severely limited how far he can run, effectively crippling him.
- Gender Bender: And not happy about it.
- Late to the Tragedy: His powers wind up putting him in the right place to meet and free Heyoka's spirit, long before he even knew what Whateley Academy was or what had happened to Heyoka (aside from the obvious).
- Self-Harm: His powers are tied to an ancient sacrificial knife, and he has to cut himself and draw blood, which is absorbed into the knife, to shift across planes.
Jinx (Amanda Conner)Run out of her hometown by Humanity First, only to find that one of the people who hadn't turned on her - Sphere, who as a boy had a crush on her but hadn't known she was a lesbian - was now her roommate.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: Her power is akin to Murphy's, but she seems to have better control of it.
Knockoff (Martina Hughes, formerly Martin)Son of Setup, a 'gray hat' character assassin for hire with strong regeneration powers. After an accident, Setup had to give him a transfusion, which caused his own mutation to manifest, and turning him into a near-exact duplicate of her.
- Generation Xerox: Nearly identical to her mother, though her mutation gave her slightly different powers.
Peacock (Lina Samhurst)
- Hermaphrodite: While she still appears female, she has both sets of genitalia.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blue and green, like a peacock's feathers.
Pounce (Daniel/Danica Franks)Younger brother/sister of Pejuta whose Avatar spirit prefers a female host.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Kayda.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He looks and acts like an overgrown cat, but when let off the leash, Wihinape can and will cut up anyone seeking to harm Danny.
- Cat Girl: One of the forms Danny can shift into, and Wihinape's (his/her spirit) preferred form. Danny also has a cat-boy form, and prefers to use that one when possible.
- Sex Shifter: And he hates it, wanting to remain a boy.
Ribbon (Alyss Morgan, formerly Albert)Retired car mechanic whose latent mutation was triggered by a Devisor cancer treatment, causing him to regress in age and become female.
- Compulsory School Age: While it was her choice to enroll at Whateley, she really didn't have many viable alternatives at the time.
- Creepy Child: Because she isn't actually a child.
- Cute Bruiser / Glacier Waif: She looks like a fragile pre-teen, but she's bulletproof and strong enough to lift a car.
- Fountain of Youth: Went from a physical age of 50 to one of around 10 over the course of a week.
- Gothic Lolita: Knowing that she comes across as a Creepy Child, Alyss decided to run with it and adopted this look.
- Healing Factor: She took a plasma blast to her face at point blank range and recovered in a couple of hours.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: At first, manifesting ribbons didn't seem very powerful, but as it turns out, she can manifest many different kinds of cloth, all of which are much stronger than they look. She's been able to tie people up in ribbons and manifest outfits directly onto their bodies that can't be removed without being cut off. She's also dispensed with laundry and buying clothes, since she can just make her own every day.
- Older Than They Look: Looks like a ten year old girl, is actually a 50 year old man.
- Third Law of Gender-Bending: Basically decided that if she is starting her life over, she might as well jump in feet first. The clothing-related powers seemed to influence this decision.
Roulette (Amy Maguire, formerly Austin)Fixed-form Shapeshifter, except that instead of her body changing, her powers change, with them getting reset every time she sleeps in a manner similar to The Sleeper (including the risk of dying of burnout overnight, but without the days of insomnia or the severe amphetamine abuse).
- Blessed with Suck: Her powers are pretty good, but none are great, and she never gets much time to learn them... and then there's that pesky 'risk of fatal burnout' always hanging over her head.
- Combo Platter Powers: She appears to have five different power sets which she switches between at random: Devisor; Package Deal Psychic, meaning she has several different psi powers, but can only only one at a time; Exemplar-style enhanced senses and strength, plus a Healing Factor; Wizard; and low-level Magneto-style electromagnetic Energizer.
- Meaningful Name: 'Roulette' invokes both the casino game (in that her powers change every day and the outcome is random), and Russian Roulette (in that every shift has a chance of killing her).
- Power at a Price: every time her powers change, there is a risk of burnout, and she is particularly susceptible to it from overexertion as well.
- Supreme Chef: Due to doing all the cooking at home and having a neighbour who ran a catering business, who employed her.
- Unfazed Everyman: Austin grew up a baseline with a mother who's a Devisor with Diedrick's Syndrome. His life got pretty weird at times, so by the time he became Amy, he'd pretty much seen it all.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple.
Sphere (Dana Martin, formerly David Michaels)Power Mimic of a type which permanently imprints on the first set of powers the ability comes in contact with, which happened to be a female Exemplar named Pinball. Turned in to the MCO by her mother, then rescued by Pinball, who arranged for her to get to Whateley after some misadventures.
- Must Have Caffeine: Loves coffee, though Pinball's regen powers means that regular coffee doesn't have much effect.
- Power Copying: Permanently copied Pinball's BIT, with the result that Sphere became becoming a near-exact duplicate of her. She can also get temporary copies of other powers, but not as strong.
Blue Streak (Christina Violante)Daughter of an Italian superhero who was initially assigned to room with Knockoff.
- Generation Xerox: She wants to be a hero like her father.
- Jerkass: She's apparently interpreted 'being a hero' as 'harassing anyone with connections to supervillains', leading her to hound Knockoff out of their room.
- Name's the Same: There's also a Blue Streak among SPECTRUM.
Teka (Shawn Grace)The only completely female-to-male changeling among the new students mentioned so far.
Scapegrace (Jessie Harrow)The descendant of a multi-generational supervillain family.
- Affably Evil: She's the child of supervillains and was raised in the business, but she's also a very nice person.
- Gender Bender: And loving it.
- Gentleman Thief: The Harrows as a family do their best to emulate this trope when they're not using disguises.
- Massively Numbered Siblings: She's one of six.
- Spoiled by the Format: Her intro story, "The Final Trump", is written in third-person, unlike nearly all of Bek D. Corbin's other works, which tend to be in first-person. The format works to conceal some very important facts from the reader, namely that JJ had already manifested, despite what everyone thought, and that he was planning everything.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Played an epic game against several supervillains to become a girl.
Downpour (Emily Tran)A clinically depressed weather manipulator whose mutation caused her medications to stop working.
- Driven to Suicide: She's attempted it at least once since arriving at Whateley, and was talked down another time.
- Personal Raincloud: Always has a cloud above her head, and she can't turn it off.
- Weather Manipulation: Most commonly in the form of a raincloud that appears above her head when she's upset.
Elle Ruud (codename unknown, formerly Einar)The avatar of the Sidhe queen Aegloswen.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: She's being targeted by the dwarf king Durnir, who wants to marry her, and by a coven of witches who are sworn to Durnir and have to give him Elle to be free.
- The Fair Folk: More specifically, a Sidhe queen.
- An Ice Person: Can manifest and control ice.
- Light 'em Up: Can produce bursts of light that resemble auroras.
- Technicolor Eyes: That change, resembling the Northern Lights.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: White with blue highlights.
Beltane (Kendall "Belle" Forbes)Transgender British gadfly who got sent to Whateley after suffering severe square peg/round hole problems in the UK Public (as in Boarding) School system. Manifests ectoplasm.
- Grammar Nazi: Too many 'ands', dear.
- Master of Illusion: Her ectoplasm powers let her create fancy illusions, which she first used to make her school appear haunted.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Known pretty much exclusively by her codename, or her nickname, which is a shortening of her codename.
- The Prankster: Belle simply cannot pass up the opportunity to prank someone. She's looking for a Worthy Opponent, and may have found one in Thorn.
- The Trickster: In "Ask Not For Whom Belle Tolls", she counters an attempt to beat her up by faking her own death, then "haunts" the perpetrators and lets them publicly humiliate themselves.
Mega-Girl (Marty Penn)Geeky, scrawny fourteen year old boy who manifests a PK shell that makes him look like a statuesque blonde and is gradually changing his body to match, which Marty doesn't mind because that's exactly what she wants.
- Flying Brick: Flying, super strength and toughness.
- Leeroy Jenkins: She has a bad habit of running off and doing her own thing, which is mainly why the Guard don't want her in their team.
- Official Couple: With Stronghold.
- The Team Wannabe: She keeps trying to get into the Empire City Guard, and they keep turning her down.
- Younger Than They Look: She's only 14, which is another reason why the Guard won't take her.
Scrambler (Joanne Jackie "Jay-Jay" Jendleschmidt)Energizer with a mouth that runs much faster than her brain. Imagine all the 'act before you think' impulsiveness of youth turned up to eleven and given super-speed.
- Alliterative Name
- Chewbacca Defense: Whenever she argues with someone, it involves a lot of strange jumps in logic and not letting them get a word in edgewise. Not that that's any different from a regular conversation with her.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Does not allow anything — rules, laws, the needs of others, reality — to get in the way of her ideas.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Comes from California where there was no shortage of ultra-tanned blondes for her BIT to model itself on.
- The Ditz: Her heart is in the right place... her brain? Not so much.
- Motor Mouth: She's a speedster, and has the standard tendency to talk at a hundred miles an hour and overlook what everyone else is saying. Heaven forbid she's talking about Stephenie Meyer books or something else she loves.
- Super Speed: That she has little control over because she has zero discipline.
Delta Spike (Elaine Fleischer)Drop-dead gorgeous gadgeteer, deviser and flying brick who unfortunately treats "Genius Ditz" like a mission statement.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Her backstory involves being transformed by a Mad Scientist who turned her into a girl. However, said mad scientist also made all his subjects loyal to him, and while Delta doesn't appear to be affected, Phase has speculated that she might have been affected and doesn't know it, since she hasn't come into contact with the mad scientist since.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Most people see her as the Explosion Queen who can't do anything without explosions happening. Phase speculates that her super-suit is full of weaponry and she's got an Energizer power that gives her a bunch of other attacks and strategies.
- Didn't Think This Through: She has a lot of good ideas, but often fails to think of other factors that could be involved.
- Explosive Instrumentation: nearly everything she builds.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Hollywood Nerd: Dressed up like a Type 2 in an attempt to look more professional for the Weapons Fair. Phase lampshaded the whole concept and speculated that she'd draw in a larger crowd if she just wore her super-suit.
- Hot Scientist: A genius who happens to be among the hottest girls in a school full of superheroines.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: Every time she blows something up. Phase doesn't want to fund her because of this.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Happens a lot with her. Her creations are known for going spectacularly wrong, earning her the nickname "Explosion Queen" around the Workshop. It's because she doesn't observe proper safety protocols, or think things through.
Hippolyta (Anosha Ibrahimi)An Afgani brick who is sponsored by the CIA and really, really hates men.
- Amazonian Beauty: She's 6 feet tall and muscular. She wears tight, skimpy outfits even though she doesn't like guys ogling her. (She does, however like girls ogling her. That's why she is in Poe cottage.)
- Dark-Skinned Blonde
- Does Not Like Men: To the point where expressing concern for Lancer's burnout comes as major character development.
- Healing Factor
- Honor Before Reason: Assaulted Tennyo for supposed cheating in martial arts. After she got out of the hospital she then yelled at Tennyo for pulling the blow that nearly killed her because she views holding back as a sign of disrespect.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Her codename, to be exact. Her real name wasn't revealed until 2018.
Pejuta (Kayda Franks)Part-Lakota Gender Bender who is the avatar of Ptesanwi, the legendary White Buffalo Spirit Woman whose return foreshadows the resurgence of all Native American peoples, especially the Lakota. Her English name Kayda is a transliteration of her Lakota name "Wihakayada" which roughly translates to "youngest daughter" or "little one".
- Clear Their Name: She's framed for murdering Heyoka.
- Does Not Like Men: Actually, it's more that she is mortally terrified of men approaching her in any manner.
- Gender Bender
- Magical Native American: Perhaps the most extreme case in the series, as she is bound to the Great Spirit Herself.
- Mind Rape: Cagliostro's attempt to seduce her using his psi powers led to her remembering being gang-raped by her former friends.
- Prophecy Twist: She wasn't meant to be the Ptesanwi, her (or rather, Brandon's) daughter was. Once Brandon manifested as an avatar, Wakan Tanka decided not to wait and did a little interfering.
- Rape Leads to Insanity: She was gang-raped by her former friends during their second attempt on her life, but had repressed the memories until after she arrived at Whateley. When she does remember, she has a full-blown nervous breakdown.
Vamp (Alex O'Brien / Abby Carfax)
A former Boston street hustler turned teen supervillain who plays up her bad girl image and was considered an enemy until she showed up at Whateley under the witness protection program. Tropes relating to her villain persona are listed with the rest of the Children of the Night
- Characterization Marches On: After she arrives at Poe, some of her actions while a member of The Children of The Night are revealed to be either Spanner in the Works or Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Cute Little Fangs
- Depraved Bisexual: Deliberately played up as part of her "bad girl" image.
- Freudian Excuse: Her backstory is just loaded with it.
- The Gadfly: To her roommate, Ayla.
- Good Bad Girl: Plays up the image but has never actually slept with anyone.
- Hermaphrodite: The reason she was assigned to Poe, according to Mrs Horton. She was born intersexed and surgically altered to male as a baby, but that was reversed when she manifested as a mutant, and constant use of her limited shapeshifting powers to present as a girl has had a permanent effect on her.
- Living MacGuffin: She doesn't know why The Necromancer wanted her as a minion, and is very afraid she's going to find out the hard way if he ever gets his hands on her again.
- The Mole: She was a mole for the Boston PD after being forcibly recruited into the Children of the Night, which is why she's now in witness protection at Whateley.
- Our Vampires Are Different: This world is specifically noted to have several varieties of actual vampires, in addition to the mutants that emulate the traditional powers by coincidence. She was assumed to be the latter, but Vamp is eventually revealed to have powers that come from the Bloodline, a sub-species of humanity with noticeable differences.
- Parental Abandonment: Her folks (excepting her mother and younger siblings) are Humanity Firsters, and treated her as a freak even before her manifestation due to her hermaphroditism and albinism.
- Pet the Dog: She went to a lot of effort to set up a truly epic practical joke on Phase but called it off at the last minute when she realized Ayla was already distraught over something else.
- Scars Are Forever: Still carries some horrific burn scars under her hairline from the torture The Necromancer used to keep her in line, and refuses to allow Nikki to heal them because some of the tortures were so unthinkable she's afraid she'll go insane without the scars to prove they actually happened.
- Southies: She's actually from Charlestown, but fits the stereotype.
- Spanner in the Works: Claims to have done this to the Children of the Night during their battles with Team Kimba.
- Vampiric Draining: She can drain her opponents' superpowers but it makes her increasingly manic until she becomes irrational.
Carmilla (Sara Waite aka The Kellith)
Your average everyday mostly-demon tentacle-wielding shape-changing Psi who eats by absorbing the lifeforce from living things. Named after Le Fanu's famous lesbian vampire. For a time after first arriving a member of Team Kimba, now has her own team, Sara's Pack. Put on a Bus as of The Riddle Of Sappho.
- Alien Blood: A purplish-black 'ichor'.
- Aura Vision: She can see emotions as colored auras around people.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: In "Insanity Prerequisite".
- Bizarre Alien Biology: She has no organs. Her body is a solid mass of tendrils, made up of something similar to cancer cells, and each one acts as a neuron.
- Combat Tentacles: Not too surprising given that her father is Gothmog, demon of lust, while his mother is Shub-Niggurath - and she's related to Cthulhu on her mother's side. She can launch tentacles out of any part of her body, and those tentacles may then have mouths or eyes or worse if she wants. She has killed several people (and a LOT of animals) by thrusting her tentacles into them and draining their blood and life force. Oh, by the way, she's one of the good guys in this universe.
- Curtains Match the Window: After "The Blood Oath", her hair turns blood red like her eyes.
- Cute Little Fangs: Part of her image, she doesn't actually need or use them.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The difference between a lust demon and a lust goddess is a matter of intent.
- Dream Walker: Often involuntarily.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her original look.
- Eldritch Abomination: Growing up into one of these.
- The Empath: After "The Blood Oath", she has a connection to the living world.The world called to her, trees in the distance whispering in her head, the Earth thrumming with power, even the grass under her feet screaming in agony as it was crushed.
She felt it all, the process of life and death, the cycle of the world moving all around her, and she held it all in awe.
- Even the Girls Want Her: She's a demon (or a goddess, depending upon viewpoint) of lust.
- Evil Redhead: After "The Blood Oath", her hair turns blood red, giving her the appearance of a villainous redhead.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: She looks like this naturally, without wearing makeup.
- Expository Hairstyle Change
- Goth: Again, part of her image, since she could look like anything.
- Half-Human Hybrids: Genetically she's all demon, but her Deep One mother was human when she gave birth to her.
- Healing Factor: She once was decapitated; her head grew back while the assailant stared in shock.
- Hellish Pupils
- Humanoid Abomination: Her human form is only for the viewing pleasure and convenience of others and herself. But when she decides to either kick it up a notch or reveal herself, she becomes very disturbing.
- Kryptonite Factor: Orichalcum burns her.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: She's dark, Fey is light.
- Lesbian Vampire: Technically not a vampire, or a lesbian for that matter, though she does seem to prefer girls. She's clearly meant to evoke this, though; her codename is an obvious reference to that Carmilla.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Since she is a Humanoid Abomination: one of her grandparents is Shub-Niggurath, on on her mother's side she's directly related to Cthulhu and the Deep Ones. She's got the Combat Tentacles and weird shape-shifting down. In one story, she split her face open to reveal what it looked like inside, and scared a superhero so bad he wet himself.
- Metamorphosis: She was born human, but that was just her larval form.
- Oh, Crap!: Sara tends to induce Oh Crap moments in others. Like the time she greeted the demon summoned for her sacrifice with "Hi, Daddy."
- Older Than They Look: She was in her mid-twenties before her metamorphosis.
- Photographic Memory: She's not the only one, but hers is especially notable because she has a perfect memory of every second she's been conscious.
- Physical Goddess: To the Cult of Kellith, most of whom she finds quite annoying.
- Psychic Powers: That work on a level humans can only dimly comprehend.
- Put on a Bus / The Worf Effect: Due to manipulation by Nimbus, she was bound by Mythos magic she doesn't know how to escape from, and was hidden in a very out of the way location in the Devisor Labs. While she's trying to get out of it, she'll be out of action for awhile.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Screw Destiny: She's trying hard to become the first Pro-Human Transhuman Eldritch Abomination.
- Sixth Ranger: Formerly to Team Kimba, but they 'officially' split after the Halloween attack.
- The Sleepless: She does not need to sleep, though she does take time to meditate now and then.
- The Snark Knight -> Ethical Slut / Good Bad Girl: In fact, she's got her own harem, practically.
- Super Intelligence: After her metamorphosis, she posited a new branch of mathematics.
- Super Speed: Via time-slowing. At first it appeared to just be enhanced reflexes experienced through a Bullet Time-like effect, but it turned out she could move at 'normal' speed while everything else was slowed down.
- Vagina Dentata: Sara is perfectly capable of actually producing teeth there (and anywhere else she chooses), and has in fact castrated and transformed at least one of her opponents It's Jobe in the past (and even keeps his organ sealed in Lucite on the mantelpiece as a souvenir). With demons, the metaphor can become real very fast:I wasnt even bothered by the tiny flashes, like gnat-sized knives, that continued to spark like little bites at the base of my manhood.
It was clear Lucite. Inside was a severed male organ, floating above an inscribed bronze plaque. The plaque read only: Jobe.
- Vampiric Draining: She drains the blood and life force from the creatures she eats, which reduces them to ashes. If anyone objects she points out that it's just like eating meat without the luxury of middlemen to do the killing for you.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Her human appearance is just a convenience for herself and others.
- Waking Up at the Morgue: After her metamorphosis, immediately followed by puking up the remnants of her internal organs.
- Wall Crawl
- Weakened by the Light: Until the events of "Insanity Prerequisite".
Circuit Breaker (Chad Wilson / Merry Candice Powell / Paige & Petra Donner)
A cyberpath and electricity-wielding Energizer later cloned into two people (Petra and Paige Donner). The latter is a werepanther in Sara's Pack, while the former is a holy knight having her own adventures in Italy.
- Church Militant: She was one person when she first became this. After the split, the job went to Petra.
- Combo Platter Powers: First she was a technopath and energizer. Then she gained some mystical powers when she was inducted into the Knights of the Church, along with an unremovable ring and a tattoo. Then she was turned into a werecat, but they had to cut off her left forearm (the one with the ring and tattoo) in order to do it. The arm regenerated into a clone of Merry, who kept all her abilities from before.
- Digitized Hacker: When she is Inside a Computer System.
- Elemental Eye Colors: Electric blue.
- Happily Adopted: By the leaders of the local were tribe.
- Healing Factor
- Inside a Computer System: Merry is a cyberpath who can interface with computer networks simply by being within a few feet of a powerful CPU hooked to the network. When she does this, she's "in" the computer network. She meets a Whateley Academy kid who can do almost as much as she can, but who prefers the TRON visuals for his version of cyberspace.
- Lemony Narrator
- Literal Split Personality: By the time she was sent to ARC as a mental patient, she had four personalities: Chad, the original; Chaddy, a younger version of him; Merry, the girl, and the dominant personality; and Mai (Merry + A.I.), part of a Palm A.I. that got into Circuit Breaker's head and took on parts of the other personalities to repair itself. When a clone was split off from her, Chad and Chaddy were moved into the soulless body.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Only as a non-werecat.
- Playful Hacker
- Shock and Awe
- Split Personality: Merry has 4 personalities: Chaddy, her more innocent child self; Chad, her cynical, distrustful, early adolescent self; Merry, the most normal one and the dominant personality; and Mai, an evil AI she defeated that took up residence in and merged partially with her mind. Eventually these four were separated into pairs when Merry got accidentally cloned; Chad and Chaddy now live in Petra's head, while Merry and Mai now live in Paige's.
- Technopath: Merry is a cyberpath who can dive into computer networks and do whatever she wants.
- Techno Wizard: Even before manifesting, to a degree.
- Unreliable Narrator
Tropes specific to Paige/CyberKitty
- Artificial Limbs: Petra got most of Merry's regeneration ability, so Paige has to make due with a prosthetic arm.
- The Berserker: All young weres have this problem.
- Cat Girl
- Cute Little Fangs
- Our Werebeasts Are Different: Werecat.
- Unusual Ears
Tropes specific to Petra
- Blessed with Suck: She's the Knight's Official messenger to Satan. He hurts her. A lot.
- Church Militant: She inherited the Knight of the Church role from Merry.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Until she pushes it too far and weakens herself enough to require physical therapy.
Heyoka (Jamie Carson)
A Lakota shaman who is forced to channel some bothersome and occasionally downright unpleasant spirits.
- Ambiguous Gender: His/her default form.
- Blessed with Suck: The spirits Jamie channels all tend to mess with his/her body and/or head, and Jamie is often left to deal with the fallout from their Blue-and-Orange Morality.
- Character Death: Was brutally murdered in The Riddle Of Sappho.
- Gender-Blender Name
- Hermaphrodite: His/her default form.
- Involuntary Shape Shifting: His/her powers automatically force shapeshifting upon him/her.
- Magical Native American: A Lakota 'two-spirit' who can communicate with spirits and astral project, but can't keep from physically shifting into the form of spirits that Heyoka merges with. Deconstructed, as she was sorta dragged into this, doesn't get ALONG with said spirits and astral projections, and wasn't especially into the specifics of her religion. (Her dad was, but he got struck by lightning.) Her powers are also a pain in the ARSE. (Her gender and personality can change pretty drastically thanks to the spirits...)
- Pronoun Trouble: While she was born female, being an astral avatar makes her shift both form and gender.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
Feral (Erin Wynguard)
- Animorphism: Has the power to change into any predator mammal.
- Demoted to Extra: Made a few appearances before her author vanished, leaving the Canon Cabal uncertain what to do with her. She has only appeared in one liners since.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can turn into any natural predatory animal.
- Wild Hair
HippolytaSee their entry elsewhere on the page for tropes pertaining to them.
- Badass Crew: One of the hardest sim teams to beat. Before Team Kimba started making a name for themselves, they were second only to the Grunts.
- Breakfast Club: It's as though the only reason they haven't demolished the school yet is because they have each other. Everyone on the team is either a rager, a devisor, insane or all of the above, and Diamondback and Jericho, the most sane of the bunch, have some major issues.
- Garage Band: They play in a room under Hawthorne, and people often stop by to listen to them.
- Heroic BSoD: The original four after the events of Darwin.
- Sixth Ranger: Phobos and Deimos, who hang out with Outcast Corner but aren't on the training team, and Anomaly, who came to Whateley a year later than the others.
- True Companions: They band together almost specifically because they are all ridiculously outcast from rest of the school due to bad fashion sense (on purpose) and severe GSD (they look like monsters). The remaining six later form a blood-brother/sister bond, permanently adopting each other as siblings by magic.
Jericho (Joseph Turner)A blind gadgeteer who pushes bad fashion sense to Godzilla Threshold levels.
- Badass Pacifist: He's pretty badass, but all of his weapons are nonlethal.
- Blind Black Guy: And he deliberately plays to the trope.
- Blind Musician: He plays bass guitar.
- Brown Note: His wardrobe reaches this level in some stories.
- Childhood Friends: With Diamondback.
- Class Clown: Plays this role hard to keep up the morale of his fellow Twainies.
- Combat Medic: Saving lives is his highest priority.
- Disability Superpower: One of his powers allows him to 'see', although he can't detect light, so glass is opaque to him and he can't read normally. He keeps this power a secret from all but his teammates.
- Handicapped Badass: He's just as deadly as the others.
- Heroic BSoD: He had one after Darwin that was worse than the others', because he wound up having to order Eldritch to directly attack Doctor Reaper, which both of them thought would result in her death.
- Hidden Depths: He has serious reasons for most of the goofy things he does, and intentionally plays up his quirks to distract unwanted attention from the other outcasts.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: He intentionally dresses in the most hideous combination of clothes that he can find, to the point that it's a weapon. That poor, poor mook.
- Nerd Action Hero: He's Black and Nerdy. He's an inventor at Whateley Academy. He's working on power armor designed to help firemen and emergency medical technicians in combat areas. He's constantly combating his inherent chubbiness with fad diets. But he's also on a training team with Eldritch, Diamondback and Razorback. This training team is widely felt to be the scariest team on campus.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He's nearly as good as Loophole but deliberately plays up the "wacky deviser" stereotype to hide it.
- Powered Armor: He designed it for medics like himself to wear on battlefields.
- Prophet Eyes: They have no iris or pupil, and thus are entirely white.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: On the rare occasion that he wears the Whateley Uniform, like his date with Tennyo, he does it up right.
- We Were Your Team: He and the Carter twins were members of a group of friends back home; once Joe manifested and went to Whateley, the group fell apart.
Razorback (Jack Carlyle, formerly Erin)A mute speedster with the appearance of a dinosaur-like raptor, severe rage issues and a wacky sense of humour.
- The Berserker: He prefers not to enter rage-mode, though.
- Berserk Button: An arguable example: high-pitched sonics drive him crazy and cause him to enter an Unstoppable Rage, whether he wants to or not.
- The Voodoo Weres and other beings that are out of this universe make him instantly want to kill them.
- Big Eater: Devours food almost by the ton.
- Bully Hunter: He's a friend of the Underdogs and likes to make life hell for anyone who picks on them.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He owns a copy of the infamous "Fey barely covered by leaves" poster,note but he's unaware of the circumstances around it (no one had the heart to break it to him), and his teammates assure Fey that he'd probably throw it out in a heartbeat if it made her uncomfortable.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: And unlike most people with GSD, he's perfectly fine with how he looks (though he'd probably prefer to at least be able to speak normally).
- Gender Bender: One of the few female to male examples.
- Healing Factor: Second only to Tennyo in this regard.
- Hidden Depths: He plays guitar, and he's really good at it. The Grove called him 'a murderer with the soul of a bard'.
- Land Down Under: Where he's from.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Odd Friendship: With Fey and most of the Underdogs.
- Super Speed
Diamondback (Sandra/Ryan Carter)An empathic Lamia (snake-woman) with two personalities, whose monstrous appearance conceals a brilliant mind.
- Berserk Button: Sharisha insulting Chaka and Fey and carelessly outing them in the process was enough to make her cross the room and slap her before either of the other two could pull themselves together enough to react.
- Childhood Friends: With Jericho.
- The Empath: Which forces her to experience all of the fear her appearance instills in people.
- Fetish: She is one, much to her displeasure, as she's been approached by guys who were only interested in her for being a snake-woman.
- Genius Bruiser: She may just be the smartest kid on campus.
- Shrinking Violet: When it comes to singing in public. She also has a lot of problems with going into normal society, because people usually wind up calling the cops or the MCO on her for existing.
- Snake People
- Split Personality: Ryan and Sandra both cooperate, and claim that it's more like a "dual processor" than an actual case of this trope. However, they do have notably different mannerisms.
- Teen Genius: Has been alluded to as having one of the highest IQ's in the freshman class, if not the whole school.
Eldritch (Caitlin Bardue, formerly Erik Mahren)A meld of a human and an ancient super mage-smith with severe anger issues.
- Achilles' Heel: Any mage could turn her into a helpless slave by tattooing the requisite runes onto her skin.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty
- Empowered Badass Normal
- The Fettered: Artificers are, under most circumstances, completely subservient Golems, who are unable to do anything but what their master tells them. Caitlin is her own master, and nothing is stopping her from splitting the world in twain except her own hard-coded sense of justice.
- Good Is Not Nice
- The Insomniac / The Sleepless: She hardly ever needs sleep.
- Le Parkour: She's the leader of the "Parkour Hooligans" club, having taken over after Mahren died.
- Military Brat: Her cover story.
- Older Than They Look
- Person of Mass Destruction: When a fully-active Artificer is somehow destroyed, they turn into what Caitlin herself described as a 'MOAB', or Massive Ordnance Air Burst. This is understating the case, as others bring up events as severe as Tunguska.
- Poke in the Third Eye: She's set up a lot of mental defenses against invading telepaths — her brain is essentially a psychic minefield.
- Rock Monster: She looks like a normal human, but her entire body is made of various rocks and metals.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Along with the accompanying Thousand-Yard Stare. Especially after the events involving Dr. Reaper at Darwin.
- Tranquil Fury: When she does snap, she gets really focused, reverting back to her training.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: She's The Artificer, a construct magically designed to be The Ultimate Blacksmith. Things that a high-end mage would need months to make, she can make overnight with the right stuff.
- Unstoppable Rage: Certain situations can trigger this, sending her into a Tranquil Fury.
- Walking Wasteland: Without the wards — and later the tattoos which do many of the same things — Caitlin turns into an unfocused magical warping beacon which can be sensed from a thousand miles away and does unhealthy things to her immediate vicinity. This isn't helped in the slightest by the fact that when the wards and/or tattoos are damaged, it means physical injury... and unholy screaming rage.
Phobos and Deimos/The Fury Twins (Adrienne and Janine Richter)Twins with GSD due to genetic tampering that they weren't aware of that was made worse when Jobe tried to 'help' them during a Fury incident. Adrienne died of burnout in "Murphy's Laws Of Whateley", due to a long-term interaction between Jobe's attempted treatment and the earlier genetic manipulation by Wulfin the Purifier's pet mad scientist.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: Deimos.
- Blessed with Suck: They are projecting and receiving empaths. They look like the classic Western images of demons. They have a fear aura that makes everyone flee in panic. They are both ragers, and when they get too frightened or angry, and they merge into a reality-shredding monster called The Fury, which lasts until they get calmed down or taken down. Even with the help of the other Outcasts, their lives are pretty awful. And as inadvertently discovered by Phase, their fear aura can actually lessen the further apart they are, but since they rely on each other more than anyone else, they can't even use that.
- The Empath: They both are, which made their raging worse.
- Fusion Dance: They occasionally merged to create Fury when they raged out. However, they could also merge voluntarily without raging. After Outcast Corner took their blood oath, Deimos can merge with any of them and the remnant spirit of Phobos to create a new Fury.
- Morality Pet: To extent, Phobos was this for Phase when he first arrived at Whateley.
- Not Quite Dead: Phobos. Some part of her spirit remains with Deimos, and turns up whenever she becomes Fury.
- Odd Friendship: Phobos and Phase were friends, and Phase cared for her greatly.
- White Sheep: They're the daughters of the Purifier and a guy who was very anti-GSD, though his second wife was more supportive of them.
Anomaly (Monica Carter, formerly Matthew)Diamondback's twin, who manifested about a year after Sandra did, bonding with a Sidhe spirit from the Sundering which she helped 'move on', but in the process was transformed into a six-armed intersexed gravity warper.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: Matthew spent the year after Ryan vanished with no knowledge of whether Ryan was alive or not, and feeling horrible about what had happened, guilty because of his accidental role in it, and terrified because he knew he'd eventually manifest as well.
- Functional Magic
- Genre Blindness: Agreed to help a trapped spirit die while knowing that there'd be a price to pay, but didn't look into exactly what that price would be.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Six of them, to be precise.
She-Beast (Jadis Diabolik)Eldest child and only daughter of the most notorious supervillain on the planet. Loves her Dad and appreciates his goals but is ambivalent about his methods. De facto leader of the Bad Seeds and fixernote of Melville cottage. Striking, but not conventionally pretty and well aware of it.
- Abusive Parents: Dr. Diabolik isn't a bad father, but she and her brother were once stuck in an absolutely awful foster home. Their father was not amused.
- A-Cup Angst: Her lack of curves disgruntles her.
- Badass Bookworm: Like Phase, she reads a lot.
- Battle Aura: The true form of her PK field, when unaffected by the devil bonded to her, is "an odd wavering field that covered her and streamed off of her in purple, pale blue, and silver streaks, turning her into a silhouette." It's revealed when Seraphim accidentally knocks the devil unconscious.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Zig-zagged. She knows the exact number of casualties her father has caused (17,246) and when and where they occurred, but she's become so used to relatives of these victims giving her shit for deaths that she had nothing to do with that her response to a relative threatening to send her to prison was simply 'Take a number and get in line, bitch'.
- Childhood Friends: With Phase.
- Cultured Badass: She's very rich and her father did not skimp on her education.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She knows she lives in the shadows and must sometimes resort to criminal methods but she always tries to follow the spirit if not the letter of the law and a "live and let live" philosophy.
- Deadpan Snarker: One of the snarkiest in a very snarky group.
- Dragon Tamer: Dragonrider has a normally Shoulder-Sized Dragon named Pern that she can command that she brought into existence using her powers.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Defeated a supervillain threatening New York but the Prosecutor (who holds a serious grudge against her) and the Empire State Guard gave all of the credit to Mega Girl.
- Genre Savvy: She's familiar with in-universe fiction and its tropes, and makes comments along this line. One could say it's her true superpower.
- Hollywood Homely: In-universe. She's described as having a long, angular face and a prominent nose. Not bad-looking, but not conventionally attractive either. The thing is that Whateley, having many gorgeous Exemplars among its population, has a higher baseline standard for attractiveness.
- Horned Hairdo: A family trait.
- In-Series Nickname: Jads and Sheba/Sheeb/Sheebs.
- In the Blood: She's constantly harassed by people who believe that she's a supervillain because her father or blame her for the death of a loved one.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Aversion, and she's Genre Savvy enough to be aware of it.
- Mystical White Hair
- Not So Different: With Phase. She also leads Glorianna of the Cape Squad to a similar conclusion.
- Only Sane Man: Frequently.
- Photographic Memory: From Have Your Self an Evil Little Christmas (Part 1):Okay! The Bitch sold me Twilight, knowing that I HAD to read ALL of it!
Romeo winced. And, as an Exemplar, you have eidetic recall
So Ill never be able to forget all of that! Jadis growled, sparkly vampires, my alabaster ASS
- Psychic Block Defense: Her father bound a devil to her soul, which influenced her PK shield. It's also proven to be an effective defense against psychics- one tried to read her and freaked out. This has a negative effect however, in that any mystic capable of casting Detect Evil will read the devil and conclude she's worse than Hitler.
- Rules Lawyer: As the daughter of Dr. Diabolik, she knows damn well that the law will get her on anything wrong she does, so she learns all the laws so she knows her rights in any circumstance. It's helped her out more than a few times.
- Jadis ultimately defeated Gryphon, the successor to a deceased iron-man like super hero, by simply notifying his heirs that her power armor was rightfully part of his estate.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Was actually assigned "identify your arch-nemesis" as a research paper topic in a none-too-subtle dig at her family. While Jadis was inspired to identify the one person who could be her arch-nemesis (Loophole, the only superior rules lawyer) she wasn't about to make that public because it would only make trouble for them both. So she decided to write a bunch of deliberately over-the-top Sitcom Arch-Nemesis hooey about Aquerna instead. She had a lot of fun writing it but ultimately decided not to turn it in because she didn't want to cause any trouble for Anna either. Ironically? LINDSEY would be more likely one.
- The Smart Guy
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
- Team Dad: To the Bad Seeds.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: Works very, very hard to avert this trope, despite all the people trying to shoehorn her into it.
- White Sheep: Her father's a super-villain, her brother's an aspiring super-villain, but Jadis doesn't plan to go either hero or villain. She wants to be a financial consultant. She'd really love to be a lawyer but realizes that the daughter of a supervillain would never be allowed to practice law.
Jobe WilkinsOnly son (later daughter) of Gizmatic, a gadgeteer genius devisor and a genius devisor in the biological sciences in his own right. Growing up as the crown prince of a diminutive island kingdom run by a cyborg supervillain has given Jobe a rather... singular... outlook on life.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Played with: Headmistress Carson may have told Jobe that Belphoebe would be considered her child but that was just to get Jobe to take responsibility for her own actions. In reality they act more like sisters and and are treated as such.
- Badass Bookworm: More so after his transformation, which boosted his physical attributes.
- Baleful Polymorph: He's suffering from this himself due to the lab accident mentioned below, but aside from that, he's notorious for having done this to other students.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: His moral compass is almost as inhuman as Ecila Mason's. Yes, his upbringing has been sufficiently twisted that he is comparable to the immortal girl who chums around with Eldritch Abominations. This also has the effect of leaving him totally in the dark as to what other people really think of his actions.
- Code Name: More or less the only aversion: His official code name is simply "Jobe Wilkins" (he doesn't need one, nobody would dare go after his family).
- Even Evil Has Standards: As warped as his/her moral compass is, there are things which others do which genuinely offend him; his reaction to what Theophany did to Folder goes far beyond just the fact that he was implicated in the incident, and she went into a Tranquil Fury when she realized why the earlier treatment for Phobos and Deimos failed, what the cause of Phobos' death was, and who was responsible.
- Faux Affably Evil: On a couple of occasions, when he's lectured people who were being affected by Body Horror he caused himself.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: One for the other Bad Seeds. He hangs out with them and they put up with him.
- Geek Physique: Despite having received martial arts training from a young age, his original body was not in the best of shape.
- Girl Posse: a "Drow Collective" quickly coalesces around Jobe after he perfects the drow transformation serum, though true to the setting they act less like a posse and more like a harem.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: When he's not coming across as a Literal Genie.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He created a drow serum to make the perfect girlfriend for himself. And then he accidentally injected himself with it. It worked perfectly.
- Horny Scientist: He was working on a project to create his very own Drow wife, and succeeded in developing a procedure. However, in a cruel or poetic twist of fate, depending on your opinion of him, he has become his Drow wife. And, she is the semi-official mother of her own clone.
- Insufferable Genius: In a school full of genius devisers and gadgeteers, plus the people smart enough to teach said inventors, he treats everyone else like they're a moron compared to him. He could be right.
- Jerkass: He is much smarter than you and will helpfully point this out if you don't appear to get it on your own.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: He considers a lab coat an essential part of his wardrobe.
- Literal Genie: Saved from being a Jerkass Genie only because he doesn't deliberately screw with people, he just gives them exactly what he thinks they need as seen from his very singular point of view.Ayla: You think that hed try to cheat me and screw me over?
Jadis: No, I think that he would screw you over in complete honesty and sincerity.
- Loophole Abuse: Jobe is disgusted by people who involuntarily control the minds of others. He himself won't do such things, but he has no problem with taking over their bodies and leaving their minds free. His Drow serum also includes a number of features that, while not technically mind control, really push up to the line. Making sex addictive, for example. He at least seems to acknowledge that he violated his own standards on that one.
- Mad Doctor: Has the skills, if not the actual degree.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He's absolutely horrified by the very thought of wearing off the rack clothing.
- Master Poisoner: Jobe creates toxins in his lab to carry around just in case somebody attacks him, and injects himself with the corresponding antitoxin to prevent self-poisoning. He creates a new toxin daily so people cannot become immune/create their own antitoxin.
- Minored in Ass-Kicking: The NYPD once left Jobe in a holding cell with a bunch of notorious street thugs and when they came back the thugs were cowering in the corners.
- Modest Royalty: For some reason Prince Jobe is not insistent upon his royal titles, despite his massive ego. He sincerely believes intellect is more important than royalty and prefers to measure himself on that scale.
- More Deadly Than the Male: Firmly believed this even before his transformation.
- Pet the Dog:
- He defended his old roommate, Oak, a few times. He also helped catch the person who used a potentially deadly bioweapon against the Grunts in an attempt to affect the betting line in Vegas.
- Ayla also noted that he created an effective vaccine for dysentery that was estimated to save nearly a million lives a year and donated it to the Gates Foundation for free.
- Poisoned Weapons: And he invents a new poison every day.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Does not hesitate to use himself as a test subject.
- Royal Brat: Emphasis on "brat" more than "royal".
- Second Law of Gender-Bending: Steadily gaining ground on him due to the programming he included in his "drow girlfriend" serum, to the point where he's now considering a "drow boyfriend" serum.
- Teen Genius: Jobe's genius for bio-devising sticks out even at Whateley. He's already been considered for a Nobel Prize. He's also been placed under UN Sanctions.
- The Unfettered: Plagues, vaccines, it's all the same to him. His approach to famine in Africa was a new breed of cancerous cows. That dysentery vaccine? Created through experimentation on humans. Smart people consider him the most dangerous student on campus; really smart people wonder if he's the most dangerous person on the planet. Jobe's attitude towards other people growing up was informed by the fact that his father frequently disassembles his mother and Jobe figures it must be true love because he keeps putting her back together again.
- Unreliable Narrator: Due to his ego, his viewpoint can be highly slanted at times. One memorable scene in "The Second Book of Jobe" had him convinced that Jadis was madly in love with him, and interpreting everything she did or said accordingly.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: It grieves him that his father does not give the biological sciences sufficient credit.
Techno-Devil (Malachi "Mal" Diabolik)Jadis' younger brother who can't wait to join the family business.
- Affably Evil: He is planning to join the villain business...
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Jadis dedicates considerable effort to keeping him out of trouble.
- Childhood Friends: With Phase.
- Electronic Eye: It was a gift from Dad.
- Gadgeteer Genius: A chip off the old block.
- Horned Hairdo: Ditto.
- Mad Scientist
- Spell My Name with an "S": Malachai or Malachi? It varies from story to story.
Nephandus (Jean-Armand "Jay-Arm" St. Michel-du Chantraine)
Pretty boy son of the Troll Bride and the Hexmaster. A devisor and mage specializing in binding demons to his inventions.
- Cultured Badass: He likes to think that he's one of these.
- Deal with the Devil: He's stated to be very good at making contracts for these.
- Ermine Cape Effect: He's constantly wearing what Ayla refers to as a "Merchant-Ivory wardrobe."
- The Friend Nobody Likes: One for the other Bad Seeds. He hangs out with them and they put up with him.
- Half-Human Hybrids: His mother is a Trow.
- Hidden Depths: He's a big joke to most of the campus, but he's a decent deviser and has done a few things that didn't go horribly wrong. He's also reputed to be very good at contracts, specifically the kind involving demons and devils.
- Overly Long Name
- Postmodern Magik: He's been trying to combine magic and technology, with varying success.
- Pretty Boy
- Right-Hand Attack Dog: His cyber-golem.
- Royal Brat: His mother is a countess, though her claim to the title is rather spotty at best, considering she ate the count on their honeymoon.
Thrasher (Nathan Thurston)
The skater dude son of a former low-level supervillain, Nathan's a bad seed, but not a bad kid. He takes the unintentionally destructive aspects of skateboarding up to mutant-powered levels but he's more interested in extreme sports than outright villainy.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He fought fiercely when his Hooligan friends were attacked by the Lamplighter during a run.
- Cool Board: Creates one with his powers.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The "giant skate park" idea mentioned above? That was his.
- Le Parkour: A key member of the Parkour Hooligans.
- Surfer Dude: The skateboarding equivalent.
Nacht (Katrina "Kate" Margya Joszinya Tvardowski)Jadis' best friend, an Erebeal mage with an expressionless demeanor
- Abusive Parents: Her mother treats her like a tool, purposely withholds the identity of Kate's father as a way to manipulate her daughter, raised her in what her present guardian described as a prison, surrounded by people who'd humiliate and scorn her for showing weakness, and made her the focus of a cult when she was six.
- It gets worse: the last chapter of Silent Nacht reveals that Nacht has Erebeal Magic because as a baby, her mother dipped her into the Erebos and wasn't actually expecting her to survive. And in addition, she's not even Nacht's biological mother- the Bell Witch kidnapped baby Nacht, dipped her into the Erebos, and adopted her when she lived.
- Arch-Enemy: She's one to the Witch Hunter who pursues her throughout Silent Nacht. It's implied that he's the same one who broke up the cult focused on her when she was a kid, though she doesn't seem to know who he is.
- She enjoys tormenting Belphegor for fun.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: She temporarily becomes a demigoddess in Silent Nacht.
- Berserk Button: Hurting Jadis. Kate flipped her shit when Seraphim knocked her out in "There's an Angel in Dickinson Cottage".
- Casting a Shadow: Practices Erebeal Magic, which allows her to control darkness, including teleporting with it, using it as a shield and making clones of herself to attack enemies.
- Creepy Monotone: A number of other students are utterly terrified of her.
- Cultured Badass: She knows a lot of Edgar Allen Poe's works by heart.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: She's one of the few characters who uses reason and actually tries to talk potential opponents out of fighting, and it actually works sometimes.
- A Day in the Limelight: Her story, Silent Nacht.
- Deadpan Snarker: Though she's pretty much a deadpan always.
- Death Glare: She can make grown men beg for mercy just by looking at them.
- Different as Night and Day: Kate's guardians. The Bell Witch is a complete bitch who really doesn't care about her daughter, while Sunburst is her complete opposite, not only being happy and friendly, but also going out of her way to do things that Kate likes.
- Disappeared Dad: Kate has no idea who he is, and her mother (i.e. the one person who could tell her) is refusing to. Because her mother isn't her mother, and probably has no idea who he was.
- The Dog Bites Back: Successfully gets away from her mother by making her own plans and turning the tables on her.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Expy: Of Wednesday Addams (the movie version played by Christina Ricci).
- Happily Adopted: As much as she complains, she genuinely likes Sunburst and enjoys being her ward.
- Hidden Depths: She likes poetry (especially Poe), classic literature and extreme sports, and is suspected of actually smiling at Thorn's antics in secret.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The few times Kate drops the ice queen schtick shows that she actually does care about other people, and has a particular sympathy for those who have been used emotionally. (It's implied that either she was the victim of a bad relationship, or she was referring to her mother.)
- Kryptonite Factor: Sacred Moly, a rare herb that effects anyone attuned to the Erebos. It knocks her powers out of control, and leaves her unable to take control back or get away from the chaos. Also, one of the examples of abusing kryptonite being a BAD idea...as she can't keep her powers from hurting others, either.
- "No" Means "Yes": She says she hates everything and refuses to admit to liking anything, so it's best to take any personal opinion she gives with a grain of salt.
- Opposites Attract: Is being actively courted by Thorn, an absolutely ridiculous flamboyant ectoplasm manipulator. The one thing they have in common is a love of classic literature. He says all she has to do is tell him to go, and he'll go, and never come back; she hasn't told him to go.
- Overly Long Name: Though she's happy to go by Kate or Nacht.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Compared to the talents of Jadis, Jobe and some of the other more prominent Bad Seeds, Kate isn't a heavy hitter- but she's pretty damn ingenious and can hold off multiple attackers with magical weapons, and she has a very wide wealth of knowledge.
- Pet the Dog: She talked Dr. Venus' henchmen out of fighting, told them the truth that Venus had been concealing from them and got them all into protective custody.
- Shadow Walker: She can move between shadows as part of her Erebeal powers.
- The Reveal: The Bell Witch isn't her mother at all, she stole baby Kate from her real mother. It's possible that the reason why the Bell Witch kept refusing to tell Nacht the identity of her father is because she never knew.
- The Snark Knight: She has reasons why she acts this way, though.
- The Stoic: She hides her emotions from everyone except Jadis and occasionally Sunburst.
Rosethorn (Romeo LaClavar)
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Even the Guys Want Him
- Five Stages of Grief: The other Bad Seeds have their own set of these for him getting over a breakup. They're more or less the same ones, but in a slightly different order.
- Meaningful Name
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: As said in Have Your Self an Evil Little Christmas (Part 3), given the Exemplar trait grants physical attractiveness, usually:So, I have long hair! So what? I have GOOD hair! And Im an Exemplar!''
- Psychic Powers: As shown in Have Your Self an Evil Little Christmas (Part 3), which shows his telepathy, and psychokinesis.
- Self-Deprecation: Has a healthy sense of humor about his name, unless he's in the Unstoppable Rage phase of a breakup. He even jokes that the balcony scenes are the worst part.
- Serial Romeo: More or less his defining characteristic.
- Much to his own dismay. He'd rather find his One True Love.
- Unstoppable Rage: What happens when he reaches the "Anger" stage. He once wiped the floor with the whole Cadet Crusaders super team.
Winter (Marian Kilgareth-Donnehammer)
- Blow You Away: From here:You could have waited until _I_ asked her, Winter sniped as she lifted herself and her own considerable pile of luggage up into the air and down the stairwell on gusts of chilly wind.
- The Beautiful Elite: She's not one of the most stunning in the school, but she is the most beautiful member of the Bad Seeds excepting Romeo, and has pumped up her ego to go with this reputation.
- Elemental Powers: She has ice and wind powers.
- An Ice Person: From here:If the CNN report on this is accurate, then the cops witnessed someone sliding out of Tiffanys on an ice ramp, the stores armored doors had been super-cooled until frozen, then shattered, and the security systems had been iced over. If the cops come here, theyll be looking for someone with ICE powers! She glared at Winter.
- Small Name, Big Ego: See The Beautiful Elite, above. She thinks she's a lot more beautiful than she really is, to the point that when people outside the group try talking to or hitting on her friends, she automatically assumes that they mean her even if they didn't even look at her.
- The Team Wannabe: She wants to join the Capes, mostly just so she can say she did (and to annoy her parents).
Cheese (Victor Alexander Maria Stieglitz-Von Maas)
- Adult Child: He acts like an overexcited kid, but he has the vocabulary and knowledge of a skilled adult.
- Beware the Silly Ones
- Cheshire Cat Grin
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Einstein Hair: He's described with hair like this already, even though he is a teenaged supervillain.
- Giggling Villain: So much so that everyone in the Bad Seeds' intro story instantly compares him to the Joker.
- Multiple-Choice Past: When asked about the origins of his codename, he never tells the same story twice.
- Overly Long Name
Dragonrider (Lindsay Fellows)
- The Beastmaster: Dragons, mainly.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She gets angry a lot, and when she does, Pern, her pet dragon, gets very, very big and very, very pissed off.
- Power Crystal: She's got a small collection of power gems, garnered by getting Jay-Arm to fall for some sucker bet or another, time after time.
- The Ingenue
- Shoulder-Sized Dragon: Dragonrider, who has a dragon who can perch on her shoulder, as seen in this picture.
- Token Good Teammate: While the Bad Seeds are not (for the most part) actually bad people, she's the only one that would never be mistaken as the villainous sort. This is partially due to her sweet nature, and partially to a protective charm her father placed on her that keeps people from making the mental connection between "girl who hangs out with the Bad Seeds" and "daughter of a super villain".
- White Sheep: She doesn't plan to be a super villain, but she loves her father nevertheless.
Render (Raymond Banks)
- Extra-ore-dinary: His TK powers allow him to cut straight through things like glass, and he can liquify it (hence his codename).
- Pragmatic Villainy: When Jobe threatens him (with a credit card, no less) Render replies that he better be able to back it up with paid vacations, profit sharing and a decent dental plan.
- Scary Black Man
- Stock Superpowers: He's a TK superman.
Silver Serpent (Laurel Hua / Hua Chu Lan)
- Extra-ore-dinary: She's a high-end avatar with a spirit of metal, giving her some control over the element. Word of God is she can pass through it as if it were water, like the T-1000. She can also destroy power armor and manifested metal with a touch.
- Friendly Enemy: She views Chou as this- Chou has no plans to hurt her in any way, but Laurel knows who Chou is, what Chou can do and is as a result absolutely terrified of her.
- Lady of War
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Substituting 'would-be global conqueror' for 'mad scientist'.
- White Sheep: She isn't against her father, but she thinks that many of his plans are stupid and will only end in disaster. She just can't do anything about it.
Belphoebe "Belphie" Blackadar-WilkinsA physical clone of Jobe imprinted with a copy of Belphegor's mind who is rapidly becoming a very different person from either of them because she changed sex and lost Belphegor's mental illness and chemical imbalances in the process.
- Badass Bookworm: Demonstrated in "Saks and Violence".
- BrotherSister Incest: With Jobe, thanks to the biological triggers he included to enforce his drow harem fantasies.
- Code Name: The second aversion to date, together with her "mother" Jobe. On the other hand, this is probably because she's still working out who she is...
- Gadgeteer Genius: Like both of her "parents", though Belphoebe seems to be both devisor and bio-devisor.
- Gender Bender: Not really, but her personality diverges from Belphegor with remarkable rapidity due to the biological and social differences.
- Just Woke Up That Way: From her point of view.
- Really Was Born Yesterday: She's a cloned drow, so while she appears 16 and is treated as such by the administration, staff and students; chronologically she's 0.
- Author Avatars: Unusually perhaps, most if not all of them are fairly well-rounded, fun-to-read characters. They come a lot further down on the scale of Sue-ish-ness than the main characters, for the most part.
- Amateur Sleuths / Kid Detectives
- Gaming Clan
- Glasses Girls: Most of them.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The group's official name is the Literary Club.note Nobody actually calls them that.
- Parody Sues
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Chix = Chicks, in case you didn't get it.
Loophole (Elaine "Doc" Nalley)A gadgeteer who can build almost anything. She started out as one of the Lit Chix, then became one of the Alphas after she started dating Kodiak, and then took a much bigger role as she became involved with Tansy and Kayla. She almost died trying to stop a supervillain several years before the second generation started, but was eventually revived. However, she has amnesia and believes she is someone else, with almost no memories of her real self remaining.
- Ascended Extra: Sort of. She gradually grew in importance, until she eventually got her own one-shot, and then a very lengthy solo story that's actually fairly important to the main plot (as opposed to the early Lit Chix stories, which could be skipped without the reader missing anything of importance).
- She's gone from part of the Lit Chix to the 'head' of the Alpha plots.
- Awesome by Analysis / Instant Expert: It's part of her gadgeteer power.
- Badass Bookworm
- Beware the Nice Ones: After Kodiak's spirit made her believe that Songbird raped her, Elaine got 'revenge' on Songbird by chloroforming her, tying her up, repeatedly Tasering her and fucking with her head so that Songbird believed that Loophole stole her soul and could destroy it with a button.
- Brought Down to Normal: Merging with Grizzly made her temporarily unable to use her gadgeteer power.
- Demonic Possession: Kodiak's bear spirit got into her head, altered her memories and used her like a puppet.
- Fiery Redhead: She's a redhead, and screams why she's confrontational, like when she faced Freya, as seen in The Case of the Poisonous Patent:Doc stormed into the Melville common room in a rage of biblical proportions. Her face was so flushed it was difficult to see where skin stopped and her brilliant scarlet hair started. "Freya!" she screamed as she entered, drawing every eye in the room. The object of her ire, the tall, shapely queen of the Alphas, turned without a care from her chess game by the fireplace, her ice blue eyes coolly regarding the enraged freshman that had burst into her court.
- Gadgeteer Genius: One of the most terrifying. She has a 100% success rate. Now imagine what she might build...
- See Beware the Nice Ones above. While Loophole maintains that stealing someone's soul isn't actually possible, if she actually tried, she probably could do it.
- The Gunslinger
- Mind Rape: Kodiak's spirit altered her memories of her relationship with Songbird so she believed that Songbird raped her.
- Mis-blamed: In-universe, she built a gun for Freya that was later used by another student to kill himself. While Loophole had nothing to do with his suicide besides having built the gun, this hasn't stopped the student's roommate from blaming her and being determined to prove that she did it.
- Morality Pet: To Kodiak.
- Nerds Are Sexy
- Powered Armor: She has designed and built a suit of 'Iron Man' style power armor with flight, weaponry, and spacesuit capabilities. She's about 15. Dynamaxx has a similar power armor suit, but he may have bought some of the components.
- Rape as Backstory: Ultimately subverted. Loophole was in a consensual relationship with Songbird, but after breaking up, she asked Songbird to remove her memories of their relationship, which Songbird did. Kodiak's bear spirit then altered the memories so Loophole believed that Songbird had raped her.
- Rules Lawyer: Hence the codename.
- Southern-Fried Genius: A southern belle with an accent as thick as creamed corn, who also happens to be an inventor and gadgeteer who built her own ersatz, space-worthy Iron Man suit, who got her code name by knowing the rulebook (which rulebook, you ask? ALL OF THEM) inside and out and exploiting them ruthlessly.
- Technological Pacifist:
- After Snapshot committed suicide with a gun she built, she refused to make any form of weapon, barring a gun she built for Ayla. She loses sleep over worrying that an invention she created might be used by the military.
- Apart from being the queen of rules lawyers, she built a power source that's the solution to making power armour workable. She's currently in the process of having it suppressed because she doesn't want to be responsible for the kind of genocide that could ensue from everyone getting their hands on the kind of power armour that can be used for long periods of time. Also? It turns out that the power source can 'heterodyne' if there are two in close proximity. Which would lead to explosions.
- Unreliable Narrator: Kodiak's spirit fucked with her memories, so up until Whilst Any Speaks part four, everything both Loophole and Kodiak say about Songbird is incorrect, but neither knew it.
- Wrench Wench: in the traditional sense as well as the gadgeteer sense; her deceptively decrepit looking supercharged Mustang is justly feared by all of the street racers in the Berlin area.
Murphy (Joanne "Jo" Gunnarson)Blonde Alaskan girl with severe Attention Deficit Disorder.
- Animate Dead: She does this unintentionally.
- Blessed with Suck: Her power is luck - but using it always brings a disproportionate backlash of bad luck. She's a pretty effective teleporter and spacial warper, but using those powers burns so many calories that she's constantly on the edge of metabolic starvation even if she eats like a horse. And then there's that matter of dead things getting up and following her around...
- Combo Platter Powers: Regeneration, animating the dead, teleporting, and reality warping.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death from Above: A favorite tactic of hers is to teleport over an opponent and then use her warping to accelerate herself to dangerously high velocities. She often does more damage to herself than the one she is hitting, but that's what regeneration is for. Often combined with other Teleport Spam attacks.
- Discard and Draw: her powers and appearance were altered after unknown parties kidnapped her and Vamp and subjected her to the BIT-Slicer using Vamp's BIT as the template. The effect was only partial, causing part of her hair to turn white, as well as some skin in places where she regenerated, and raising the prospect of her becoming intersexed later.
- Genki Girl: She can get quite erratic when her Ritalin wears off.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Teleporting and reality warping would be a lethal combination without her powerful healing factor.
- Healing Factor: That was amped up considerably after she was used as an unwilling subject and picked up some of Vamp's BIT.
- Multicolored Hair: Blonde with purple bangs. It's actually dyed. and now some of it is pure white.
- Parody Sue: To a much greater degree than any of the other Chix.
- Rape as Drama: As a threat, though the actual assault was stopped. After shooting Loophole, the Kenner twins turn their attention towards Joanne, intent on raping her as a 'message' from Solange.note When they tell her of their plans, Joanne simply smiles and points out that Elaine was wearing body armor, just before they both open up a can off whoopass on Hamper and Damper.
- Reality Warper: Mostly probability and teleportation.
- Sixth Ranger
- Teleport Spam
- Unknown Rival: She spent a lot of time after the events of Even Murphy's Law Has Loopholes taking her revenge on Solange, Hamper and Damper whenever and wherever she could. But until The Bear, The Bitch And Everything, Solange had no idea why.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: Except that instead of good luck, she gets bad luck, hence the codename.
Foxfire (Rebecca "Becky/Bekky" Corbin)
- Berserk Button: Threatening Boots, her familiar. She spends her Combat Final going through a long fight designed to let her humiliate and crush her opponent for sexually harassing her friend and threatening Boots' life.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Is convinced that Team Kimba has a long thought-out plan for taking over campus.
- Believes in the Poe Hall conspiracy though she's unaware of the specifics.
- Familiar: A young silver fox named Boots (short for Slyboots).
- The Leader: Or at least the one most likely to drag the others into shenanigans.Loophole: Why did Bek get put in charge?Arachne: Mrs. Savage knows whos always behind all the naughty stuff we ever do, so she just figured shed assign blame preemptively.
- She's shown up at least twice in non-Lit Chix stories as a spectator, with someone wondering what she's even doing there and another person saying something along the lines of "Hey, try stopping her."
- Master of Illusion
- Ms. Exposition: In "The Clue of the Unseen Switch". This is apparently a thing of hers; in "The Big Idea", she commented on Reach's speech with: "Wow, and I thought that I loved exposition!"
- Skunk Stripe
- Spell My Name with an "S"
Compiler (Babs Younkle)
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: She used her mutant gift for nanotechnology to give herself the superhuman strength and speed her mutation itself failed to provide, but she hasn't quite learned to keep from activating purely by accident yet.
- Gone Horribly Right: She used nanomachines to make herself an Exemplar, but she ended up four times as dense as she should be. Combine this with super speed and super strength, and... yeah. Not good.
- Heroic Build: She was aiming for this; instead, she now looks like a life-size Barbie doll except with dark hair and oversized Animesque eyes.
- Professor Guinea Pig: She tested some of her inventions on herself.
- Punny Name: Like her author, her name is a play on the phrase "Bob's your uncle".
- Too Fast to Stop: Sometimes has uncontrolled bursts of speed. Combine this with her weighing four times more than she should, and you get a recipe for disaster. It's why she's in Hawthorne.
Fractious (Dee Castle)
- Freak Out: She had one in her combat final after falling into a mud puddle. It ended with reality fracturing like a bitch.
- Jewish and Nerdy
- Neat Freak / Super OCD: Her OCD has made her life impossible, and she can't do anything about it unless her medications work.
- Reality Warper: And a powerful one.
Lupine (Stella Wolfe)
- Aura Vision: Sort of, in that she can see other spirits, including those hosted by Avatars.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: After the Halloween attack, she viewed herself as a coward because she became scared and unable to act after nearly getting killed.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Technically, she isn't a werewolf at all, nor a mutant for that matter, but an incarnated wolf spirit hosted in a human body. So far as is known, she hasn't had any contact with any of the actual werewolves - yet - though presumably she's met Paige by now and thus knows something about werefolk (is she hadn't already).
- Pals with Jesus: Her uncle is Coyote. The Coyote.
- Reality Ensues: She was taught how to use a gun, but had no direct experience with battle, leading her to freeze up during the Halloween attack.
Lifeline (Margaret 'Maggie' Vincent)Healer mage and life-energy absorber. She used to be Loophole's roommate and best friend, but suddenly turned against Lanie after she bonded with Grizzly.
- Fantastic Racism: Believes that Grizzly manipulated Loophole into hosting her and intends to do her some kind of permanent damage.
- The Smart Guy: Correctly assessed that Mahren was a baseline and hadn't done anything that baselines couldn't do after watching him do Parkour in a sim run.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Loophole, due to her fear of GSD ragers.
Reverb (Renae Greist)Probability warper who can amplify others' powers and mimic their voices.
Arachne (Simone Bender)Avatar with a spider spirit.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: spiders, specifically.
Selkie (Heather O'Malley)Faerie and aquakinetic.
Don Sebastiano (Sebastiano Lorenz Valensuera y Ramirez)
- Anything That Moves: Though he only messes with boys in secret, and mostly just to assert his dominance.
- Big Bad: Within the school—or so he thinks. He's more like Disc-One Final Boss.
- Boxed Crook: Though he doesn't know it, Headmistress Carson only keeps him around because of omens and portents saying he will be essential in smoking out the real big bad.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He's quite capable when he puts his mind to it, but usually prefers to let other people handle the work.
- Charm Person: He's used this to slowly worm his way into someone's psyche.
- Depraved Bisexual: Not openly, but he raped both Cavalier and Skybolt while they were mind controlled, and appears to have convinced himself it's just another way of flaunting his power over people.
- The Dragon: To Freya, who outclassed him by a mile.
- Handsome Lech
- Latin Lover: Tall, dark, and extremely handsome, he loves the ladies. He has a long string of girls he has wooed, screwed, and abandoned (in the most humiliating way he can arrange). Campus girls still fall for him, even though everyone knows he's the biggest bastard in the school.
- Manipulative Bastard: Aided by his telepathic abilities.
- Sadist: Primarily the psychological sort, but there's evidence that he physically tortured Cavalier and Skybolt as well.
- Smug Snake: Convinced he's the smartest guy in the room, despite occasional reminders to the contrary.
- Telepathy: Though he doesn't follow the rules.
Hekate (Kallysta Thessellarean)
- Black Magic: Practices the darkest of black arts.
- Deal with the Devil
- The Dragon
- Evil Sorceress
- Man Behind the Man: She actually does a lot of the Don's work. In fact, The Don isn't the one who put Cavalier and Skybolt under mind control. She did that, using a thrall spell.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: After her defeat, she cannot be without wards, at all, or a 'broke an oath to Fey' curse will get her. All the evils she has done shall compound upon her threefold. She's done a lot of evil.
- Would Hurt a Child: Used children for blood sacrifices, and it's implied that may not even be the worst of her crimes.
Solange (Tansy Walcutt)Formerly ugly scion of a wealthy old New England family who hit the jackpot when she manifested, Tansy was the prettiest girl in school until Fey arrived and proof that a pretty face can cover an ugly personality. She later pulled a HeelFace Turn and renounced her old ways. 'Tansy Walcutt' died several years before the second generation started, fighting a supervillain; in actual fact, Loophole disguised herself as Tansy because Tansy was physically unable to fight, and Tansy has been disguising herself as Loophole ever since.
- Abusive Parents: Apparently dad was part of the wife-a-month club, and he flat out tried to whore his daughter out so she could read his business rivals' minds.
- Alpha Bitch: She tormented Ayla (then known as Trevor) at their old school, and carries on at Whateley after they both mutate.
- Later subverted when it turns out that the real mastermind behind her Girl Posse was Flicker.
- The Apprentice: To Amelia Hartford, who's decided to mentor her.
- Armored Closet Gay: Who takes violent exception to anyone who forces her to confront her unwanted feelings, until Pejuta and Loophole help her embrace her bisexuality.
- Back Stabbing The Alpha Bitch: One of her own Girl Posse backstabs her as soon as she becomes a liability.
- Book Dumb: She's cunning but not particularly smart and thinks education is just a waste of time for a girl with her wealth.
- Depending on the Writer: She started out as a vicious, intelligent bitch who was firmly in control of her minions. Then there was a period where when she appeared in certain stories, she was suddenly a complete moron who was being steered by Flicker. Then she suddenly went back to being smart, but underestimated.
- Evil Counterpart: In some ways, she's what Ayla could have been, had he not had a family who initially loved him. They're both rich, went to the same schools, are about as smart as each other... ...and both were friends with She-Beast as kids, but Tansy freaked out upon psychically coming into contact with the devil bound to Jadis' soul and ran as far away as she could.
- Femme Fatale: Aside from her antics at Whateley, she's also taken to seducing the sons of other corporate magnates in order to psychically manipulate them and steal company secrets for her father.
- Formerly Fat: Because of her mutation, as said in The Bear, The Bitch, and Everything (Part 2):She remembered waking up and stepping on the scale in her bathroom to find that, overnight, 15 pounds had vanished. She looked in the mirror and saw herself noticeably thinner, taller, and frankly prettier. She was much less the fat little girl she always had been and was obviously on her way to becoming a delicate young woman who was merely growing out of baby fat.
- Freudian Excuse: She was heavily bullied as a child and had a bad family life. Now that she's older, powerful, and beautiful it's payback time.
- HeelFace Turn: She eventually realises that she's a horrible person and starts trying to make amends, as well as aligning herself with Kodiak, Loophole and Pejuta.
- Hero with an F in Good: She honestly wants to reform, but she can't resist the temptation to use her powers to influence people "for their own good" or to convice them into prematurely providing the forgiveness she desperately wants but has not yet truly earned.
- Hidden Depths: She's a lot smarter than people take her for, and has been purposely withholding her real powers. While the faculty found out that she's an avatar, it's not known how strong she is, and she's been pretending to be an Exemplar 1 when she's actually a much higher level.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: All of her schemes eventually backfire, and the eventual comeuppance is in direct proportion to the initial success.
- Humiliation Conga: Started out competing with Hekate for control of the Alphas, ended up on permanent detention babysitting the three little witches.
- Her attempt to use her avatar powers to kidnap Jinn Sinclair failed after Jinn figured out how to possess her body while she was sleeping and subjected her to a truly epic terror and humiliation campaign that including giving away all of her clothes, shaving off all of her hair and waking her up in mid-fall from 5000 feet.
- Karma Houdini: Gets nothing more than permanent detention until the end of the year after her savage and near fatal assault on Greasy.
- Meaningful Name: Also an Unfortunate Name. Tansy is a toxic herb that can cause miscarriages and spontaneous abortions.
- Manipulative Bitch: She was, especially in the year before the Kimbas arrived, but she's slipped a lot. It's later revealed that her previous "successes" were actually due to the manipulations of Flicker, one of her "loyal" Girl Posse.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She eventually realises how horrible a person she's been, and begins to make amends.
- Odd Friendship: With Pejuta and Loophole.
- Oh, Crap!: Overhearing the conversation between Don Sebastiano and Nimbus made her realize how far over her head she's gotten.
- Perception Filter: She has a psychic projection that makes her seem special to people. She can invert it to make herself go unnoticed.Jade: [ ] Tansy can take her projection and turn it inside-out. Then shes radiating, dont look at me Im nothing special and she can walk around without anyone seeming to notice her. Sort of a poor mans invisibility.
- Pet the Dog: On one occasion, she expressed actual concern for someone other than herself. Headmistress Carson was pleased.
- Poor Little Rich Kid: This seems to be a major factor in her bitterness.
- Pretty in Mink: She thinks wearing just regular winter clothes shows a poor fashion sense for a lady.Tansy was wearing one of her fur coats. The ermine one made expressly for her by Henri of Paris. With the matching ermine toque
- Rich Bitch: One of the richest, in fact.
- Unfortunate Names: Tansy is a toxic herb that can cause miscarriages and spontaneous abortions.
Kodiak (Wyatt Cody)An avatar who bears the spirit of the great bear of the north.
- Abusive Parents: His father drinks heavily and spends his time trying to relive the past through his son's experiences, and his mother became distant after she saw him take on a mob of Humanity First! attackers single-handedly and won.
- Affably Evil: During the Don's reign.
- The Atoner: Mainly for everything he did and was powerless to stop under Freya's reign.
- Bears Are Bad News: Zig-zagged a bit. Even in his base form, he's a formidable fighter, and his bear form is vastly more powerful; worse, he's trapped in the role of Freya's (and later, the Don's) enforcer, which he only grudgingly accepts because it gives him a chance to compete against serious challengers. However, he's something of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, at least when he isn't being dicked around by The Kodiak in the spirit-bear's efforts to fulfill his Dying Curse, and when he has a chance to redeem himself and later, to help Solange do the same by undoing the mess Don Sebastiano created, he grabs it and doesn't look back.
- Berserk Button: Don't hurt Loophole. Even if you are his Avatar spirit.
- The Big Guy: He had a friendly fight with Champion, and while he lost, he dealt out and took enough of a beating that nobody wanted to fuck with him. And he was only a freshman!
- The Brute: His role as Freya's enforcer- anyone who Songbird couldn't control then had to go up against him, and with his reputation, everyone backed down.
- The Casanova: In his earlier years at the school.
- The Dragon: He and Songbird were Freya's enforcers.
- Genius Bruiser: He's a lot smarter than he looks. in the second generation stories we learn he's become a fully certified psychologist in a remarkably short period of time and is back at Whateley working as a therapist.
- My God, What Have I Done?: he's horrified after learning that he, or rather, his spirit, fucked with Loophole's head.
- Naked in Mink: He thinks Tansy looks so sexy in her ermine coat that he thinks about asking her to wear nothing else when they make love.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He fought off a mob trying to attack a GSD woman and her baby. His relationship with his mother got very damaged after she saw him fight off over twenty people and barely get hurt.
- One Steve Limit: Averted, having taken the name of his spirit as his Code Name.
- Passing the Torch: The Kodiak basically gave him the job of killing the Bastard, because he can't.
- Superpower Lottery: He ended up with a spirit that gives him a huge amount of strength, a body that's incredibly hard to hurt, invulnerability to cold and (most) psychic attacks, and it can even heal people under the right circumstances.
- Unstoppable Rage: He once nearly killed someone who provoked him far enough- the only thing that stopped the guy dying was regeneration (and the guy's brain regenerated completely- he wound up with an infant's personality, so whether he actually died or not is subjective.)
- Above Good and Evil: He claims that the concepts of good and evil are for 'the powerless', and thus don't apply to him or to Wyatt. Wyatt disagrees.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Wyatt grew up believing the Kodiak was his 'imaginary friend' until he learned about Avatars and spirits. Unfortunately for Wyatt, the Kodiak was running on an entirely different moral compass the whole time (see Blue-and-Orange Morality, below).
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: As nice and cordial as the Kodiak seemed, in the end, all he cared about was that Wyatt will apparently one day fight the Bastard, so everything he did came down to helping and preparing Wyatt for his eventual task. He helped remove the memory blanks in Loophole's mind, sure... and in the process, he altered the memories with the aim of eventually getting Loophole to date Wyatt because he liked her. Then he agreed to help heal Cavalier and Skybolt... because he wanted to do something similar to them because they would have been helpful to Wyatt.
- Character Death: Wyatt kills the part of the Kodiak's spirit that was within him and subsumes it in the final part of Whilst Any Speaks.
- Only Mostly Dead: However, the rest of it was still out there, and eventually joined with Kodiak.
- Combat Medic: he may be a healer, but he's still a bear and just as capable of causing injuries as he is at repairing them. The healer part eventually rubs off on Wyatt.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He's still pissed off that Aunghadhail died and Atlantis was destroyed.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As healers go, he's not the nicest, but he deals with his patients completely honestly and will do his best to heal them.
- Mind Rape: Knowing that Wyatt had a thing for Loophole, it altered Loophole's memories so she believed that Songbird, her ex-girlfriend, had repeatedly raped her, aiming to eventually drive Elaine into Wyatt's arms. It worked. It also said that it was planning to do something similar to Skybolt and Cavalier, because they would have been useful to Wyatt. However, this didn't happen.
- Odd Friendship: With Aunghadhail. They started out as healer and patient and became friends after he was honest with her.
- Overly Long Name: The Kodiak, spirit of the Untamed Earth, Duke of the Court of the Center, Master Healer and Court Physician to her Majesty, Gaia, High Queen of the Natural Realm".
- Vagueness Is Coming: He warned Wyatt that an 'enemy of life' is coming, and also gave him a vision of a nuclear bomb exploding over his home town. Later revealed to be the Bastard, the being that caused the Sundering.
- Walking Spoiler: As of Whilst Any Speaks, part four.
Bluejay (Jay Blue Lake)
- Ambiguously Bi: Has a thing for Jimmy T despite or because of his serial Gender Bending, though it's not clear if he's being genuine or just doing it to annoy Don Sebastiano.
- Enigmatic Minion: Is clearly playing his own game.
- Hidden Depths: He's the Lorekeeper in training for the local Indian tribe.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Also comes on to Carmilla.
- Teleportation: And he is fast.
- The Trickster
Hamper and Damper (James and Bradley Kenner)Twin brothers who act as bullies for the Alphas. They're expelled when Carson finds out about their attempt to rape Murphy and kill Loophole.
- Confusion Fu: Hamper's powers fog his opponent's thoughts.
- Creepy Twins
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences
- Power Nullifier: Damper's powers. It doesn't seem to be universally effective, however.
- Those Two Bad Guys
Aries (Arnold Harvey)The Don's increasingly reluctant enforcer who eventually becomes a mole and a reverse mole in the struggle between The Don and Kodiak.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: Phase tries to blackmail him by buying his parents' mortgage, not realizing that Aries is actually thrilled by the chance to get out from under The Don's thumb.
- Bully Hunter: Started as one, and is appalled to realize he's become a bully himself. Unfortunately for him, by then he was in too deep.
- Retcon: He was just another bully until we finally got his backstory.
- Mundane Utility: He uses his powers mostly helping his father run the family dairy farm.
- Spanner in the Works: Willing to take a dive if it messes up the Don's plans. For instance, he deliberately times his bullying so someone like Jimmy T or Razorback can "catch" him and run him off, allowing him to maintain his bad boy reputation without actually hurting anyone (much).
- Superpower Lottery: He's an exemplar, energizer, and speedster.
- Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Clover, Abra, and Palantir respectively.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Clover, Abra, and Palantir respectively.
- Cute Witch: All three of them. Clover even has a witch's hat. They regularly scheme to collect essence so they can do more impressive magic, usually stirring up trouble along the way. They also don't hesitate to play the 'cute and innocent' card when it suits them.
- Deliberately Cute Child: All three of them, though in Clover's case, it's not always an act.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Spanner in the Works: Constantly. They even managed to muck up Deathlist during the Halloween attack without knowing it.
Clover (Estelle ?)
- Canine Companion: Her dog, Buttons, who can Sizeshift into a Canis Major.
- Cheerful Child
- Children Are Innocent: She projects the idea when she learns that Gunny Bardue is seeing Mrs. Cantrel, in Call the Thunder: Chapter 5 - Idiots 'R Us:Bardue's glare only served to elicit a much-needed laugh from Caitlins throat as Clover pretended not to understand what the two were speaking of. Just because she wasnt old enough to be in high school didnt mean she didnt understand what was being said. Fortunately her oft-ignored common sense gene kicked in and she kept her mouth shut, keeping the wide-eyed, innocent expression on while taking mental notes to tell Abra and Pally.
- Familiar: Buttons is actually a Gabriel Hound, a type of faerie creature from Celtic and Welsh mythology.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's the most innocent of the three.
- Nice Hat: A witch hat, as she'll proudly let you know. (She stole it from Ms Grimes.)
- Reality Warper: She's a literal embodiment of chaos.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: With little or no control.
Palantir (Irene Durcell)
- Crystal Ball: Can summon one to scry with:Palantir shook her head. Howre we gonna do that, with all the detention we got? I got a much better way! She cupped her hands before her andOh. THIS again, Abra grumped.Youre just jealous cause you dont have a natural gift for this sort of thing.Sure, sure, Im all green with envy, cause youre the Goblin King from Labyrinth, David Bowie, Abra mocked.[...]Palantir concentrated on the magic ball, which glowed. As the three of them peered into it, an image of a low-slung rock in front of a gray-painted sheet of metal set into a hillside. A strange pale flame flickered over the rock.
- Fiery Redhead: She's a redhead that's "learned to fight for her fair share".
- Insistent Terminology: She's annoyed by people shortening her codename to "Pally".
- Lethal Harmless Powers: Destroyed one of Deathlist's hands by summoning one of her crystal balls around it.
- Massively Numbered Siblings: She's "the next youngest of five children, and she learned to fight for her fair share".
- Messy Hair: Her hair is described as 'flyaway'.
- Plucky Girl
- Shout-Out: Her codename is based on the palantír from The Lord of the Rings.
Abracadabra (Bethany Tarvetti)
- Brainy Brunette: She has long straight black hair and is taking high-schooler courses as a Junior High student.
- Insistent Terminology: Her "magic wand" is a stylus!
- Only Sane Man
- The Smart Guy: Especially compared to the other two. She's easily the most rational.
- Spanner in the Works: a handful of her spell slips bollixed Deathlist's tactical computer just enough to give Lady Astarte an edge.
- Magic Wand: The Three Little Witches:Clover, you dont NEED a witch-hat to do magic, Abra insisted.Oh? Then howcum you got that magic wand?I keep telling you, its not a wand its a stylus. It helps me focus the magic into my enchantments.I still say that it looks like a magic wand.Whatever! Palantir exploded.
Officially known as the "Intelligence Corps Cadets" and derisively called "The Secret Squirrels", the Spy Kids are Whateley's own crew of 007 wannabes. They're the arch-enemies of the Masterminds and convinced that the Bad Seeds must be up to something, if only they could find the evidence.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: The school administration orders them to lay off the Bad Seeds, but they just can't help themselves, thus getting them in even more trouble.
- Teen Superspy: What they want to be.
- Too Dumb to Live: They walk up to Imp and declare that they'll find out what she's up to and stop her. Not only are they threatening a teacher in the process (which Imp points out), but they're dumb enough to think that they're a match for someone who's been outsmarting heroes of all kinds for decades. Naturally, Imp runs rings around them.
Reach (Harlan "Harley" Sawyer)Freshman wannabe who becomes a member after an exemplar upgrade.
- Abusive Parents: His father uses him as a whipping boy and his mother is a doormat who lets it happen.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Though it works out for him in the end.
- For Want of a Nail: It's implied that he could have been an exemplar in his male form as well if it wasn't for the crippling inferiority complex his father instilled in him.
- Gender Bender / Sex Shifter: Because of an deviser accident, Reach now flips between Harlan and Harley.
- Power Perversion Potential: The most explicit example after Sara. Harley can change the size and shape of any body part and it is explicitly noted in this context.
- Required Secondary Powers: He lacks them in his male form.
- Rubber Man: He has the power set, but doesn't have some of the Required Secondary Powers that would let him make really effective use of it; namely, while he can make his arm 15 feet long, doing so stretches his muscles out so much that he can't do anything with his extra-long arm. Near the beginning of the story, however, a lab accident grants Reach the "exemplar" power set, which, among other things, includes Super Strength, so she (oh, yeah, that lab accident also turned him into a girl) is now much more effective.
- Second Law of Gender-Bending: Once he realizes it's an escape from the family loser identity his father's been hammering him into.
- Spy Catsuit: Spark makes him one.
- The Unfavorite: He's constantly unfavourably compared to his older brother.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: But they have yet to fully nail down the trigger so it isn't entirely voluntary yet.
Ace (Andy DeWitt)Sees himself as a hero-in-training. Absorbs skills from objects.
- Jerkass: He's a douche, and he refuses to see that a lot of the time, his decisions aren't good ones.
- Noble Bigot: Refuses to see that treating the Bad Seeds like criminals just because their parents are criminals might force them into supervillainy by foreclosing all of their other choices.
- Official Couple: With A-Plus.
- Rules Lawyer: He tries to use Exact Words to justify continued surveillance of the Bad Seeds. It doesn't end well.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He appears to be under the impression that he's the hero, the Masterminds and Bad Seeds are the villains, and that everything he and the other Spy Kids do is justified because they're the heroes. This has not done him or the team any good at all.
A-Plus (Anne Pollard)Excels at everything! Crush on Ace, hates Hazard and Sahar.
- The Ace: Even moreso than Ace.
- If It's You, It's Okay: It was Sahar, and it wasn't OK, Sahar was just using her.
- Official Couple: With Ace, after The Big Idea.
Holdout (Darren Colm)The guy who saves them in the lurch. Shrinks/grows things (mostly inanimate stuff) which allows him to keep a ridiculous array of tools and weaponry in his pockets.
- Inspector Javert: To Loophole. His roommate, Snapshot, killed himself with a gun Loophole built, leading Holdout to conclude that Loophole killed him. He refuses to believe differently even when Loophole has a solid alibi and there's no evidence that Loophole had anything to do with Snapshot's death apart from having built the gun, and intends to 'prove' that Loophole killed him.
- Official Couple: With Rez.
- Reality Warper: In a fairly limited and focused way.
Kew (Emily Anne Quentin)Genius gadgeteer, though her gizmos are more like those in the Spy Kids movies than the ones her counterpart provides to James Bond.
- Shrinking Violet: She's pretty meek, and can be easily cowed.
- Squick: She was part of the BIT-Slicer project, and wound up being the one to apply the sticky paste for the electrodes to both Tennyo and Phase - including the ones on their groins, in an experiment where nudity was mandatory. She was really put off by seeing genitalia, especially Phase's - apparently, she'd never seen a penis in the flesh before, and had been confused about just what Ayla's body was really like.Phase: She finally relented, and we got down to the extremely uncomfortable task of applying cold goo to my privates. Which was really not as much fun as it sounds, particularly when the application was being done by someone who was looking at my privates like they were some sort of Lovecraftian horror that might at any moment leap off my body and attack her.
- Sticky Fingers: Has an unfortunate tendency to "borrow" cool gadgets she wants to study, and incorporates features of other devisor's inventions gathered through surveillance into her own designs.
- Too Dumb to Live: She decided it'd be a good idea to steal weapons from Phase. While Phase is a lot nicer than his reputation makes him out to be, he does not react well to people crossing him. Kew's lucky that all he did was yell at her until she cried.
- Writing Around Trademarks: Her codename is an obvious James Bond reference.
Interface (Randy Welles)Lovable troublemaker, interfaces with minds and machines but no one can figure out how he does it.
- Nice Guy: One of the more reasonable members of the Spy Kidz.
Rez (Kenya McAllen)A PDP who mimics the gadgeteer ability, she joined the team because she's dating Holdout.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Official Couple: With Holdout.
- Sixth Ranger: She's the new kid, and very aware of it.
Geist (Carrie Porter)The newer kid. An energizer who also has the ability to shift her image, making her actual self invisible while appearing to be several feet away.
Not an official campus organizationnote , the Masterminds are Whateley's own SPECTRE wannabes: a bunch of would-be supervillains who would be dangerous if they were actually competent. Arch-enemies of the Spy Kids.
Dash (Alex Morgan)Irresponsible lazy kid, dreams of being a gentleman rogue.
- Logical Weakness: A variant: He has super speed and super strength, but he needs at least ten minutes to build up a charge and it doesn't last long. When he's not charged, he's as vulnerable and powerful as any other average teenage boy.
- Stock Superpowers: Super speed and super strength.
Heartbreaker (Eve Hilton)Bitter, ruthless, formerly ugly, hates bullies and sympathises with underdogs.
- Nice Guy: Despite her codename, she's quite a decent person.
- Odd Friendship: With Jello.
- Pet the Dog: Very protective of Jello.
Haywire (Roland Voorhees)Genuine career criminal. Selfish, deceitful, arrogant. (flunky)
Hazard (Amelia Conroy-Xiao)A Mastermind and bookie who has a secret crush on Ace and a rivalry with A-Plus.
- Call-Back: Her "mastermind who turns good" ambitions echo Wallflower's mother, Tabby Cat, who was a Mastermind during her own Whateley years.
- HeelFace Turn: Apparently wants to pull one.
- Odd Friendship: She's been invited twice to be part of the group that She-Beast puts together to buy Jobe and Belphoebe clothes.
- Sticky Fingers: She has a reputation for shoplifting and picking pockets.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: A probability warper.
Jello (Eleanor Ruskin)A resident of Hawthorne, Jello is a strong shifter who doesn't have a BIT, meaning she can't hold her form for long.
- Minion with an F in Evil: She wants a sense of belonging and acceptance more than anything else.
- Odd Friendship: With Heartbreaker.
Stopwatch (Niles Ridgely)Leader, genius, type A, wants to be a master criminal. Has a crush on Hazard.
- Bad Boss: He's a decent leader, but not many of his team actually like him.
- Time for Plan B: So severely type A (hence his Code Name) he invariably has plans A through Z with multiple roman numeral designated variations of each. They rarely work out for him.
- Time Master: He can speed up or slow down time.
- The Beautiful Elite: All of them except Knick-Knack are high-level Exemplars, as befits their divine nature.
- Have You Seen My God?: Poseidon and Dionysus escaped with the others, but no one knows where they are.
- Physical God: While they currently possess only a tiny fraction of their original powers, they nonetheless have world-shaking potential. It's implied that should they develop enough to channel their full power, they will immediately try to reclaim what they see as theirs and have good odds of succeeding.
- Sealed Badass in a Can: Until the trap they were caught in was weakened enough for some of them to escape.
Imperious (Jason Stratholm/Zeus)
- Anything That Moves: As befits Zeus.
- Charm Person / Glamour: He can mentally dominate most weaker individuals.
- Psycho Electro: He's awful quick with those lightning bolts whenever someone gets in his way.
- Shock and Awe
Majestic (June Summers/Hera)
- Alpha Bitch
- Berserk Button: The negative way she was usually portrayed by Greek and Roman writers.
- Hot Witch
Stygian (Michael Weatherson/Hades)
- I See Dead People: He not only sees ghosts, but can summon them to haunt others as well.
- Suicide by Cop: He's a depressive who's tried to get himself killed by other students (in order to return to his realm) several times.
Counterpoint (Christopher Watson/Ares)
- Blood Knight
- Jerkass: Will beat someone up for looking at him the wrong way, and takes pleasure in humiliating his opponents.
Judicator (Elizabeth Masa/Athena)
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Far more sensible than Stormwolf, she is one of the dorm fixers as well as one of the resident assistants at Whitman Cottage.
Cytherea (Victoria Donovan/Aphrodite)
- Charm Person / Glamour / Love Is in the Air: And unlike Fey, she has no qualms whatsoever about abusing the hell out of it.
- Empath: She can see romantic connections between people.
Prism (Richard Mills/Apollo)
- Healing Hands
- Light 'em Up
- Nice Guy: He's a hell of a lot more civil than most of the other New Olympians, and treats everyone decently.
Knick-Knack (Jean-Paul Alivares/Hephaestus)
Tracer (Shawn Collins/Hermes)
Feral (Erin Wynguard/Artemis)See her entry under Poe Cottage for most of her information.
- School Newspaper Newshound: They run W.A.R.S., the Whateley Academy Radio Station. It's not uncommon to find them (or rather, Peeper, with Greasy tagging along) trying to harass pretty girls for "interviews".
- Those Two Guys
Peeper (John Martin)The ringleader, a megalomanical, misogynistic geek whose perverted obsessions has had the unfortunate (for him) effect of isolating him from the girls he's so obsessed with, though his real objective appears to be creeping them out.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Shows signs of being clinically deluded (if not outright Diedrick's Syndrome) but nobody has any sympathy for him because he's such a perverted jerk.
- Butt-Monkey: Not that he doesn't ask for it.
- Casanova Wannabe: Of the impossibly lame kind.
- Combat Commentator: For the twice-annual combat finals.
- Jerkass: He exploits and abuses poor Greasy unmercifully.
- Ungrateful Bastard: One of the school's resident queen bees decides that Peeper was responsible for something he didn't do. She attacks him. Greasy tries to defend Peeper and fights back. Peeper's response? He runs and doesn't so much as call the authorities to help Greasy even when said queen bee is beating the poor guy into hospital.
- X-Ray Vision: And yes, he abuses it. Interestingly enough, he can't turn it OFF, explaining some of his issues. Not all, just some.
- Power Incontinence: He lies about this to get out of trouble with enraged females (aside from those in authority, who presumably already know), but his X-ray vision is always on.
Greasy (Adam Lambert)Peeper's much put-upon sidekick.
- Amusing Injuries: Right up until he tries to defend Peeper from an enraged Solange, and then it stops being funny very quickly.
- The Chew Toy
- Extreme Doormat: Peeper abuses him physically, mentally, emotionally, and above all, constantly.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He's actually one of the best devisors at Whateley, with a real knack for combining technologies developed by others, which he obtains legitimately through trading (unlike Belphegor) Unfortunately he never gets much credit since Peeper abuses his gizmos for his own perverted purposes.
- Mad Scientist: He makes all the gadgets Peeper uses to harass girls.
- Minion Shipping
- Odd Friendship: With Loophole, who makes a point of visiting in the hospital after Tansy nearly beats him to death.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Peeper appears to be his one true love, despite or perhaps because of all the abuse Greasy suffers from him.
Whateley's true clique of future super villains, all the more dangerous because they follow the team approach of superheroes instead of the "pack of wolves" approach typical of supervillains.
Mokele' (Peter Smith)
Keystone (Reggie Michaels)
- Bald of Evil
- Beard of Evil
- Evil Genius
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul
- Geek Physique
- Mad Doctor
- Sinister Shades
Nightshade (Tatiana Markov)
- Brainwashing: Turned her roommate Rachel into her devoted servant- though notably, not with psychic powers.
- Sensual Slavs
- Statuesque Stunner
Omega (Alika Fatelagola)
- Affably Evil: He and Phase seem to get along well.
- Camp Gay: Likes lounging around in colorful island clothes while reading romantic sonnets.
Brainflash (Atticus Martin)
- Affably Evil
- Boring, but Practical: His proposal for getting one of Jericho's old devices - just buy it from him.
- Gadgeteer Genius
Glitter (April Madison)
Paparazzi (Abigail Harrington)
- Affectionate Parody: Of the Avengers.
Kismet (Korende Mitterand)A moderately talented mage who leads the Vindicators, and doesn't do it well.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Kismet wormed her way into the Vindicators because of their winning reputation and then drove away most of the members who had created that reputation.
- It's All About Me: She ran off any team member competent enough to threaten her authority.
- The Man Behind the Man: While Cerebrex is the official leader, Kismet pretty much leads him around by his hormones.
- The Neidermeyer: To the point that when she knocks herself out early in a simulation, Sizemax takes over and the team beat the sim easily and worked together really well.
- Unknown Rival: She keeps comparing herself and the Vindicators to Fey and the rest of Team Kimba. Team Kimba doesn't even consider them rivals, and pretty much everyone else considers them a laughingstock.
- She also refuses to see that she's nowhere near Fey, power-wise.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: She can manipulate probability to give herself luck, but it can backfire horribly.
Lemure (Simone Billings)Reluctant teammate who is disgruntled because Kismet has driven her team into the ground.
- Bad Powers, Good People: She can walk into someone's body and take it over. She hates using this power.
- Deadpan Snarker: It's a defense mechanism.
- Intangible Man: As in truly intangible, which means her power is mostly useful when she's possessing somebody else, which horrifies them and upsets her.
- Only Sane Man: She knows why the Vindicators have sunk so low, but feels powerless to do anything about it, and would feel adrift without them.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Pretty much sums up her attitude every time she's forced to follow her teammates into battle.
- Also her reaction to using her body-controlling power- not because it hurts her, but because she has to see the horrified expressions of the people she controls when she watches the sim footage.
Sizemax (Pam Henry)
- A Father to His Men: When she became leader for a sim.
- The Big Guy: Literally, since she's a size warper.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She's a great leader, she just doesn't get many chances to show it.
- Extreme Doormat: She's by far a better leader than both Cerebrex and Kismet combined, but she lets Kismet walk all over her to prevent infighting, even though it hasn't made anything better for the team.
- Nice Guy: The nicest one in the Vindicators.
Cerebrex (Alvin "Captain Canada!" Cuthbert)The self-appointed leader of the Vindicators, Alvin is a package deal psychic who needs a focus to concentrate his powers. Alvin chose patriotism and calls himself "Captain Canada" over the objections of the Whateley faculty, who prohibit students from using titles, ranks, or degrees they have not earned, and his fellow Canadians, who consider him a doofus.
- Captain Patriotic: Irritatingly so, to the point where virtually every other Canadian student ganged up on him to express their displeasure. Whateley has a lot of Canadian students.
- Science-Related Memetic Disorder: Has a relatively mild case of Diedrick's Syndrome, just enough to make him "irritating but functional".
- Unwitting Pawn: He thinks he's the leader only because Kismet prefers manipulation to outright contradiction.
Donner (Pers Gundersson)The Swedish Thor expy.
- Your Costume Needs Work: His costume has been described as if superheroes wanted to look like Vikings but didnt do the research. It was a gray supersuit underneath fake Viking boots, fake Viking tunic, fake Viking arm bracers, and a fake Viking helmet.
Dynamaxx (Maximillian Dynsen)
- Casanova Wannabe: Uses some of the worst pick-up lines in existence but depends on the law of averages. If he tries often enough someone is bound to say yes.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Though "Gadgeteer Mediocrity" is probably closer to the truth.
- Powered Armor: Uses one he has bought because he is not quite up to creating his own.
- Dogged Nice Guy: His pursuit of Fey.
JT (Jimmy Trauger aka "Jimmy T.")
A shapeshifter who can assume virtually any form, and often does, involuntarily. He tends to change in his sleep, and some of his transformations are so extreme he's not allowed a roommate lest he put them in danger. A nice guy actually, if a bit lonely.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Pulled this off during the Halloween attack.
- Big Eater
- Blessed with Suck: Jimmy can easily turn into any living thing... except himself. That takes hours of concentration. And he's likely as not to wake up as a blob of protoplasm the next morning.
- Bully Hunter
- Combo Platter Powers: He was created with this in mind; his author stated that she just picked out three completely unrelated powers (shapeshifting, hearing the dead and being a psychic null).
- First-Person Smartass
- Gender Bender: Male, female, neither, both, other... Jimmy's been it all, and he never knows what he's going to wake up as tomorrow.
- He Who Fights Monsters: During the Halloween fight, he killed a lot of attackers in the form of a giant monster. A lot of people were worried that he'd play the trope straight.
- I See Dead People: According to Jimmy, Whateley Academy's founder, Noah Whateley, is quite bemused by what has become of his school.
- Official Couple: With Chimera, though 'couple' is the wrong word, given that Chimera are two people who share a body.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: In his freshman year, some guy tried to bully him. He responded by turning into a giant blob and consuming him. After security forced him to spit the guy out, he said - jokingly - that he was 'tasty'. Now people think he's a cannibal.
- Psychic Block Defense: He's a psychic null. Nothing gets in and nothing gets out. He's about the only person around who can play chess against Fubar.
- Third Law of Gender-Bending: Jimmy insists that his true gender is whatever gender he happens to look like at the moment. It appears to be a psychological coping mechanism.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting / Involuntary Shapeshifting: He can change his shape any time he wants, but he often changes shape in his sleep, sometimes to the extent that he sometimes has trouble getting himself presentable (e.g. human) for his morning classes.
Thuban (Stephen Chang)A warper with reptilian features and the informal leader of the GSD kids on campus, though his slowly progressing relationship with Generator is causing some dissension amongst those who accuse him of selling out to a "pretty".
- Bigger on the Inside: His superpower. He keeps it top secret, simply pretending that his only power is, well, being a dragon.
- The Chessmaster: A fairly minor example.
- Defrosting Ice King: To Jade.
- Fantastic Racism: Openly loathes anyone who doesn't have a variant of GSD.
- Pet the Dog: He formed Faction Three, a club designed to give GSD kids a place to hang out and be themselves.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Well, he looks like one, anyway.
Seraphim (Kerry Ellison) aka "The Angel of Hell's Kitchen"An empath and mystic focus with access to the highest reaches of mystical power, making her a much sought after "commodity" in the eyes of a great many of the powers both inside of and outside of Whateley.
- Ambiguous Gender: After manifesting, s/he initially leaned towards this.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She nearly killed Father John for his betrayal and the part he'd played in her being used and manipulated.
- Church Militant: She almost became one before she realized she was being manipulated, and resents the other Church Militants who held her hostage.
- Curtains Match the Window: Golden blonde hair and gold eyes.
- The Empath: Required for her healing powers.
- Extreme Doormat: Initially, but she's growing out of it.
- Famed in Story: as "The Angel of Hell's Kitchen", a mystical healer of enormous power
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Invoked, as it turns out. Father John's idea of an angel induced the change in her BIT.
- Healing Hands: Every time she heals someone, she takes on their illness or injury. And all the illnesses and injuries she's ever healed before. At least the older healings manifest themselves to a lesser and lesser degree over time, but it's still pretty grisly when she heals a cancer victim, after healing a blind person and a person with crippling arthritis and... Even worse, near the end of her intro novel, she's being held captive and forced to do this. And she's only 14.
- Mystical White Hair: Originally after manifesting.
- Power Gives You Wings: Well, her codename is Seraphim, so it's not exactly a big surprise. Though the first time she manifests her angelic wings she flaps around and can't fly straight until she gets used to them..
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
- Taking Advantage of Generosity: People were going to be lining up at the doors for a healer, but as time went on her own needs were no longer being taken into consideration. It started with bartering her services to curry favor with the rich and powerful without her knowlege, proceeded to overworking her without breaks to recuperate, and culminated in drugging and imprisoning her when she threatened to leave.
Aquerna (Anna Parsons)
A fairly low-powered avatar who gets her powers from the literal spirit of the squirrel and started out as something of a campus joke because of it. But she proves to be fairly competent with what powers she does have as she gets more story time.
- Expy: She's Squirrel Girl without the Plot Armor.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Once she stops lamenting how bad her powers are and figures out ways to use them, she starts kicking some serious arse.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: She started out as the daughter of a guy who worked in a junkyard, who became a mutant with powers that aren't exactly stellar and ended up in a school full of stunningly beautiful people, awe-inspiring powerhouses, and stunningly beautiful powerhouses. As a result, her self-esteem is nonexistent.
- Hollywood Homely: In-universe. She's seen as cute by baseline standards, but plain by Whateley ones. This point gets driven home during the Christmas story when, much to her surprise, several of the boys in Kamuro's home town are really attracted to her.
- The Ingenue / Naïve Everygirl: Comes from a fairly sheltered rural background. Not dumb, just inexperienced.
- Motor Mouth: Especially when she's nervous. For example, in the run-on narration in [[Straight from the Squirrels Mouth (Chapter 10):Jerry wasnt picking her up until five forty for their date, and she didnt need two hours to get ready this time, because she already shaved her legs, and filed her fingernails and toenails, and did three coats of polish on her toenails, and picked out her outfit. So all she needed to do was just showering and washing her hair and styling her hair and getting dressed and putting on just the right amount of makeup and then doing her nails.
- Mundane Utility: Anna's work-study job is with the groundskeeping department, where she excels. She intends to become a professional arborist after graduation.
- Parental Abandonment: Her folks aren't exactly Humanity First! members, but they are Christian fundamentalists with all of the mean-spirited narrow-mindedness that implies.
- The Power of Friendship: Anna is the nicest girl at Whateley, hands down, so when she needs help half the school practically falls all over themselves to lend her a hand.
- Le Parkour: And a natural at it, as one would expect.
- Odd Friendship: With Phase, at least until Ayla and the Mad Scientist. They're later said to have made up off screen.
- Official Couple: With Hazmat.
- Sinister Scythe: Well, a kama, anyway.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Can talk to squirrels.
- Teacher's Pet: Inverted. Anna does not fit the trope but the faculty and staff favor her anyway (because she's just so nice) going so far as to stock an indoor arena with live squirrels for her combat final.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: She frequently laments this.
Superchick (Misty Cooley)
Jadis' roommate. She's slightly ditzy and not too bright, but Jadis likes her because all of her previous roommates were either terrified or minion wannabes.
- All Girls Like Ponies: Unicorns, to be exact.
- Dressed in Layers: As said in No Beast So Fierce:Ah, MAN! Misty moaned, Wouldnt you know it? There isnt a phone booth, like, ANYWHERE!
Phone booth? we all hooted at her. You have your Superchick shirt on you? I asked.
Sure! she chirped. Its like, a rule, right? You always gotta have your supersuit with you at all time, cause you never know when the forces of Evil will strike, right?
- Gravity Master: She can lift several tons, or can slam someone to the ground with several tons of force. She has (unfortunately) named herself 'Superchick' and adopted a trademark-violating costume she made herself.
- Meaningful Name: And she picked it herself!
- Motor Mouth: Tends to get carried away when discussing her interests.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: There's been a few hints that at least some of her behaviour is an act.
- Something Person: Her name is of the Super-[thing] variety.
Belphegor (Philip "Pip" Blackadar)One of the better Devisors on campus (though not nearly as good as he thinks), Belphegor took his name from the Demon of Sloth, Invention, and Feces in traditional demonology, and does his best to live down to it. Notorious for stealing other people's inventions and combining them into something new.
- Compensating for Something: His MID card.
- Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: He steals other devisors and gadgeteers' work because he's lazy, impatient and his ego does not allow him to share credit with anyone else. He thinks it's easier but he probably puts as much effort into the thefts as his own work and he keeps getting caught, which is a constant setback for him and means his victims frequently reap the benefits of his efforts.
- Science-Related Memetic Disorder: He has Diedrick's Syndrome.
- Insufferable Genius: At least, he thinks he's a genius, and he's certainly insufferable.
- Lazy Bum: Sloth is is his major sin and problem. If he would put some effort into working with others he could be a fantastic asset to any group project. He prefers to steal stuff because it's easier and because that way he doesn't have to share credit.
- Mad Scientist: He's a devisor with a pronounced talent for combining diverse things into actually functional devises.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Subverted: He's named for the demon of Sloth and Invention and he's a neurotic coward.
Josie Gillman (formerly Josh Gillman, no codename)Technically not a mutant, Josie is a survivor of a family curse which endows at least one man in every generation of her family with savant-level mathematical abilities that provide the ability to transverse non-euclidean space. Unfortunately it also drives them insane and grants them "exceptional tastiness" making them the Eldritch Abomination equivalent of delivery pizza. Since this only applies to males of the Gilman line, Josh's Gender Bender to Josie saved her. Unfortunately, her non-mutant status leaves her one of the few students at Whateley without any real powers, unless you count occasionally falling through the cracks in our reality and being really, really good at math. Josie also has a "cat" named Schroedinger that is actually a baby shoggoth; just who is the pet in that relationship is up for debate.
- Alien Geometries: Whateley had to set up special math classes just for Josie, as there may be three people in the whole world who can comprehend non-euclidean geometries without going insane and the other two are also at Whateley. One is her tutor Ecila and the other is Sara Waite, who also wrote the book on the subject.
- Butt-Monkey: The universe conspires to heap horror and humiliation on Josie. She mostly copes by refusing to accept delivery.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: Josie can see multiple levels of reality at once, most of which are filled with Cosmic Horrors. Pretty much nothing scares her anymore.
- Comic Relief: Pretty much her place in the canon.
- Expy: Of Marcie from Peanuts. Lampshaded.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: Her Nerd Glasses filter out the sight of all of the unholy things clawing at the interstices of our universe.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: Josh's sister Melissa tormented him after his Gender Bender by giving him a very girly makeover. Turns out her true motivation was denying Josh the time to brood while teaching him things she thought a girl should know.
- First Law of Gender-Bending: Reversing her Gender Bender would essentially lead to madness and death.
- Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: The Gillman family curse.
- These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: Apparently women (and girls) have a much higher tolerance.
- Weirdness Magnet: Eldritch horrors really, really like her; her Gender Bender isn't even close to the weirdest thing that happens to her.
- The Woobie: Surprisingly averted: Josie simply refuses to view each humiliation as anything more than a temporary setback.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Nearly to Cloud Cuckoo Lander levels, but it allows her to mostly shrug off things that would drive most people insane.
Suzan ChyldsThe former Queen Bee of Josh's old school, now playing Peppermint Patty to Josie's Marcie.
- Alpha Bitch: Of her old school. Turns our she had reasons.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Has taken Josie under her wing now that they're stuck together at Whateley.
- Fallen Princess: From a mansion to a trailer park.
- An Ice Person: She's the Paladin of an ice goddess, and has done her best to conceal this.
- Internalized Categorism: Her father joined Humanity First after the untimely death of her mother, so she was raised in an environment guaranteed to cause self-loathing when her own powers manifested.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Not so much closeted as still in denial.
Stronghold (Stephen "Steve" Nalley)Loophole's pesky younger brother, who arrives at Whateley mid-year after emerging as an exemplar and PK superman, and proceeds to mortify his older sister beyond reason.
- Always Someone Better: Loophole was this to him before he got to Whateley.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: He alternates between trying to live up to her and getting angry when she does anything that he perceives as intruding into his business.
- In addition, he seems to believe that Loophole needs protecting, even though she's quite capable of looking after herself.
- Freudian Excuse: He spent a lot of his childhood believing that his parents loved Loophole more than him, especially when she was identified as a mutant.
- The Hero: What he wants to be.
- Hypocrite: He gets really annoyed when Loophole insists on asking him questions about the girl he wants to date, and yet he doesn't see anything wrong with repeatedly finding out things about and interfering with her relationship with Kodiak, simply because he doesn't like Kodiak.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He kind of melts down when he finally realizes that Whateley is not a Super Hero School.
- One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Hilarity Ensues when he tries to approach Phase for information about Mega-Girl and Ayla assumes Stephen is hitting on him.
- Sweet on Polly Oliver: Inverted. Steve falls hard for Marty "Mega-Girl" Penn, not knowing that she's transgendered. Will the course of young love run true if she reveals that she's still physically male under her shell? Well, yes, actually, it does.
"Nimbus", aka Hekate's MasterThe true source behind all of the evil lurking at Whateley and possibly the entire setting. He presents as male and appears to be a student (specifically, some form of devisor or gadgeteer), but given the nature of the setting, neither is concrete fact.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The Don describes his cover identity as a "sniveling nerd".
- Big Bad: Even that's questionable. It's possible that he's just a dragon for the real big bad.
- The Mole: Literally hiding amidst his enemies.
"Twist" (Jennifer ?)
- Homing Lasers: As she says: I can shoot these blasts of energy, and make them twist around and change directions in mid-air. In fact, thats my codename. Twist.
- Teleporter: She is one, but she says "My range is pretty short."
Mischief (Melissa Chambers)The daughter of the superhero Superhawk, who became a fan of his nemesis, Imp, and later became her apprentice.
- The Apprentice: To Imp, who sees her as something akin to a daughter.
- Black Sheep: She initially wanted to follow Imp into being a supervillain, but eventually changed her mind, only wanting to learn Imp's tricks.
- The Nicknamer: Which she picked up from Imp.
- The Pollyanna: She's a ball of sunshine, even after getting kidnapped and brainwashed twice.
Aegis (Chris Matthews)A PK brick who wants to be a hero, but is failing at it hard.
- The Apprentice: The Imp is teaching him how to actually use his powers, and it's surprisingly working.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: His 'fighting style'. Despite taking lessons from Ito, whenever he gets into a fight, he forgets everything he's been taught and relies on brute force, which doesn't work.
- Dead Guy Junior: His mother named him after her childhood friend, who died when they were young. However, the childhood friend was actually the Imp, who not only isn't dead, but also happens to be Chris' birth mother.
- Hero with an F in Good: His form of 'being a hero' amounts to diving into fights without thinking, and attacking anyone he sees as a villain, which unfortunately includes innocent GSD kids as well as kids who are linked to super villains, but aren't otherwise on that side of the spectrum. Carson straight out tells Imp that Aegis has already got into more fights in two months than other kids get into in their entire time at Whateley, and unless something is done, he might not make it to graduation.
- Hope Spot: Voodude made him a magical necklace that could lead him to anyone in the vicinity who is his blood relation. It almost instantly starts picking up a signal, but as he's following it, he bumps into Razorback and the necklace breaks and falls to the ground, and he can't find it again. And the relation in question, once she figures out how they're related, chooses not to tell Chris about their relationship.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Which works out badly for him, because he will dive into a fight or try to take a hit without thinking, and nearly every time gets his arse kicked.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: He's revealed to be the Imp's son, who definitely did not take after his mother. His father's identity is presently unknown.
- So Proud of You: He was adopted, and wants to make his parents proud of him. The fact that they're already proud of him isn't stopping him from trying to prove himself.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He thinks that he's a hero in the making who can overcome any problem or defeat any enemy just by putting in lots of effort and never giving up. He also thinks that his powers will suffice in any situation. Unfortunately for him, he's in a universe where brute force and charging blindly into situations will just get him killed, and his powers aren't nearly as strong as he thinks. And since he refuses to learn from his mistakes, he only continues to flounder until Carson asks Imp to teach him.
Fixx (Gunther Ledbow)A "devisor one, gadgeteer one, reality warper one" who hangs out with the Underdogs.
- Cynicism Catalyst: His sister died of cancer, leaving him disillusioned and upset. He took it out on everyone around him, and wound up in juvie. It took him realising that his sister would be disgusted at how he was acting to get him out of the mindset.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: He amplifies the properties of things. It doesn't sound like much, but he's made duct tape strong enough that bricks can't tear through it, baby oil so slippery that anyone who falls in it can't get up, and so on.
- Magic Enhancement: From Absinthe 2 The Absinthe of Malice (Part 1): His power:[The scientists] think my warper thing is really just an extension of my devisor power, or vice versa. All I can do with it is amplify the properties of things, so that theyre better at what they already do. You know, make glue stickier, metal stronger, and stuff like that. Still, thats pretty useful when Im fixing or building something.
- Name's the Same: There was another Fixx in the Underdogs, but he graduated the year before the present Fixx arrived at the school.
- Official Couple: Becomes one with Porcelain.
Porcelain (Isabelle DeLuca, previous name unknown)An Underdog who looks like a porcelain doll.
- Beige Prose: She has a very terse, emotionless way of speaking at times.
- Cain and Abel: Her brother, Killzone, wants to kill her. She's managed to fight him off at least once.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Her shell cracks easily, which others assume to be painful, and she moves slowly and with difficulty. This leads to her getting a lot of pity from other students, which she doesn't like at all.
- Gender Bender: Revealed to be one in her origin story. She was delighted with the change.
- Official Couple: With Fixx.
- The Promise: Her family holds promises as sacred- if any of them make a promise, they will never, ever break it, even if circumstances change or they change their minds. Her brother promised to kill her, and thus won't go back on his word, even if he changes his mind and no longer wants to kill her.
- Underestimating Badassery: Big time. Her origin story reveals that she spent her first months at Whateley pretending to be completely defenceless to fool everyone. In reality, not only can she make her shell into armour and weapons- and even temporarily destroy it-, she has a second shell beneath it that she can use to attack, climb and defend herself. She kills several armed mercenaries by herself, and fends off her brother. Oh, yeah, and she's also the daughter of a famous assassin who was trained by her father to follow in his footsteps.
Headmistress Elizabeth Carson (Lady Astarte)
- Big Good: Even the villains generally respect her.
- Flying Brick
- I Did What I Had to Do: She rather reluctantly has let a lot of the goings-on at the school slide, mainly because of a prophecy from Mrs. Potter, justifying this and several other rather troubling actions as painful necessity.
- Also, see Thou Shalt Not Kill, below. While she is far more principled than a lot of other supposed heroes, she is also practical enough to realize that sometimes, sticking assiduously to principles will only make things worse.
- I Have Many Names: She's been previously known as Miss Champion, Lady Champion, Ms Might and Comet Queen.
- Kid Sidekick: She was one to the original Champion.
- Magic Knight: Or a magic Brick, anyway.
- Older Than They Look: She looks like a hot movie starlet in her early thirties, but is actually over 70.
- Retired Badass: When Syndicate dropships and the unstoppable cyborg assassin Deathlist invade her school, the gloves come off. Oh, she turns out to be Lady Astarte, possibly the greatest superheroine still around.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: The fact that Deathlist goaded her into setting this principle aside, and the reason she did so (because he was threatening the students whom she was responsible for), was a significant piece of character insight.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Not forever, but she's aging at 1/3 the normal rate and has seen a lot of people die, including her husband and one of her children (sort of).
Chief Franklin Delarose
Head of Whateley security.
- Badass Normal: Respected by a supervillain (and Whateley alumni) who is feared worldwide.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Turns out to be a highly trained ex-special Forces military expert.
- Seen It All
Amelia Hartford (D33rcr0$$)
- Dean Bitterman: Despite not having the central administrative position, she still influences quite a few student affairs. A genuine smile from her managed to seriously creep out her student assistant. She has tried to get some of the protagonists expelled, and clearly gives the Alphas preferential treatment. And she seems to be in a 'vice principal' position at Whateley Academy.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: While she's not entirely on the good side, she's explained that she plays 'bad guy' so the students have someone to hate. Her nice side is reserved only for certain individuals.
- Leet Speak: Her codename, which she keeps hidden from the students but still uses professionally, is a pun on her last name ('Deer Cross' -> 'Hart Ford') written in 133t.
- Manipulative Bastard: She monitors - in the strict sense of managing and controlling - the betting around school, and is secretly the faculty advisor to the Masterminds.
- The Mentor: To Paige in hacking matters, and Solange for purposes as yet unknown.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: The superpowered version of this. She uses her power over computers as well as her malicious nature to be the Obstructive Bureaucrat of your nightmares, except for the chosen few who get special privileges from her.
- As the stories go on, it's shown from time to time that she does in fact have a human side as well. She's nonetheless quite possibly the most difficult actual member of the school staff to get along with, and there's not much love lost between her and Team Kimba in particular.
- Pet the Dog: During the Pejuta/Heyoka crisis, evidence came to light of Pejuta's alibi, a sex tape of her and Loophole. When this tape came to light, Hartford declared that while two students having sex is an expulsion offence, because the tape qualified as child porn as both Pejuta and Loophole aren't yet eighteen, it could not be used as evidence as viewing it would be a felony, and thus there would be no expulsion hearing.
- Sadist Teacher: Well, school administrator, anyway. Carson briefly mentioned her having actual clinical sadism, in such a way that it was difficult to tell if she was joking.
- Techno Wizard
- Token Evil Teammate: She's connected to the Syndicate, often acts as a conduit to the underworld, and is willing to Pay Evil unto Evil when Mrs. Carson won't.
- When She Smiles: The effect was actually disturbing to a student who witnessed it, seeing as it was such a change from her usual demeanour.
- Zero-Approval Gambit: She's stated that part of her job is to give the students someone to hate, namely herself.
Samantha Everheart (Hive)
- Empowered Badass Normal: Sam was already a retired Badass Normal before he took out a team of criminals looting a high-tech research facility and got dosed with nanotechnology. Now Hive is strong and fast enough to deal with the mutants at Whateley Academy.
- Karma Houdini: During her military service, she murdered a girl and boy for no apparent reason. When other people find out about it, they don't care.
- Nanomachines: Sam Everheart is walking around in the Whateley Universe because Sam interrupted an attempt to steal a nanotechnology experiment and ended up getting the nanotech, which then did a whole-body alteration. Luckily, Sam survived it.
- Older Than They Look
- Technopath: But she has merged with a nanite supercomputer called Hive so she has an unfair advantage.
- Badass Normal: An elderly baseline, he starts every term's aikido classes by picking the most dangerous mutant in the room and demonstrating that he can kick said mutant's ass.
- Combat Pragmatist: He encourages this in all of his students.
- Doesn't Like Guns: Being a martial artist, he used to not use guns. Then one of his sparring partners beat him by pulling a gun on him in the training room and shooting him with a paint round. He got over his aversion to guns real fast, after that.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: He's the short, elderly Old Master who teaches aikido at the Superhero School even though he's a baseline. More than once, Phase has thought of him as an evil old midget.
- Old Master: He is a little old man without powers who teaches martial arts to teens who are mutants with superpowers. In his first appearance (the first day of classes), he schools PK superboy Lancer. In later stories, we learn that Lancer was the fourth superpowered teen he clobbered that day.
Reverend Darren Englund
- Anti-Villain: He's still kept on staff after the disastrous Halloween assault, despite many complaints, because Carson thinks of him this way and thinks he can still find redemption.
- Badass Preacher: Not a mutant, maybe 80 or 90, but still fights the forces of darkness, including being willing to tackle Eldritch Abominations all by himself. At this point, he's a Knight Templar, though.
- Church Militant
- He Who Fights Monsters
- Inspector Javert: To Sara.
- Knight Templar
- Morality Pet: Kerry. Nightbane and the rest of the Goobers also count, whatever you may think of them.
- My Greatest Failure: Depending on the Writer, this can either be his early life as Cecil Barrows, or his failure to protect Cirque from the Class-X entities which took her life. The latter was the driving force behind him calling in the Syndicate during that fateful Halloween.
- Spell My Name With A U: It's Englund, not England. It doesn't help that half of the actual canon authors can't get it straight either.
- Van Helsing Hate Crimes: With Sara.
- Badass Normal: Before he manifested.
- Badass Teacher: You do not mess with his students. Even if you're the Lamplighter.
- Cape Buster: A former one.
- Combat Pragmatist: Before his emergence as a mutant. As one of the range instructors, he's the one who okays or used to what is and is not allowed to be used on the range. And he is a Badass Normal, and is more than capable of defending himself against most of the students at Whateley - even the ones who think it's funny to sneak up behind people and stab them in the kidneys.
- Don't Call Me "Sir"
- Good Is Not Nice: Coarse, angry, and clinically insane after the horrors he experienced in a Black Ops group for the U.S. Defense Department, he acts like a Jerkass to the students. Except he'll do anything to keep students from being hurt on his ranges, and he was willing to be brutally ripped to pieces to save a teenage girl from killing herself.
- Le Parkour
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Cat is killed at Halloween.
Louis Geinz (Fubar)Former student and extremely talented Esper who encountered... something... when he was a student, some twenty years ago. Now he's a permanent resident of Hawthorne Cottage (there's nowhere else he can go), and one of the senior Psychic Arts instructors.
- Cthulhumanoid: What his real body looks like.
- Nice Guy
- Projected Man: He communicates with people through a psychic projection.
- Psychic Powers
- The Smart Guy: One of the smartest in the world.
- Smart People Play Chess: Although thanks to his psychic powers only (unreadable, deceased-grandmaster-hearing) Jimmy T can give him a challenge.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Tends to do this with his projection.
- Hippy Teacher: pretty literally, given her past - her original code name was "Flower Child", and she was famous as an anti-war protester in the 1960s.
- Nice Guy
- Plant Person: She has plants growing out of her body.
- Expy: She's a dead ringer for Morticia Addams.
- Familiar: A black cat named Merlin.
- Not So Above It All: Upon learning that Caitlin has given the Three Little Witches a set of adamant essence foci, she stalks over to the Crystal Hall (while still smouldering) and starts beating Caitlin about the head and neck with her umbrella, in full view of everyone else. This was the restrained response.
- Stern Teacher: She's responsible for keeping the Three Little Witches under control, as she's the only one who isn't susceptible to their cuteness.
- Cool Old Lady: She's a good teacher and quite a nice person.
- Never Mess with Granny: She's the former Lady Hydra.
- Alice Allusion: Not exactly a subtle one, either, given her Sdrawkcab Name, her pastiche of the Mad Tea Party with Nyarlathotep cast reluctantly into the role of the Mad Hatter, and an intro scene taken almost verbatim from the the Lewis Carroll original. The author, Drunkfu, was clearly having fun with this.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality
- Eccentric Mentor: wow, that's an understatement of epic proportions.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant
- Raised by Wolves: Actually, if it had been wolves, she would probably be better-suited to understand humans than she is. It wasn't wolves.
Imp (Candice Kade, though for a long time she didn't use her given name)An art forger and thief who had a long career stealing things and mocking the hell out of the heroes trying to catch her. After being a thief lost its allure, Carson recruited her to be an art teacher and a role model for the GSD students of Whateley.
- Affably Evil
- Alliterative Name: Candice Kade.
- Attack the Tail: Her Berserk Button is having her tail pulled because, as she explains, it's an extension of her spine. And it's been cut off a few times, which hurts a lot. Likely also related to how it's a spot that has Fantastic Arousal.
- Beware the Silly Ones: She generally acts like a lunatic, but should never be underestimated.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: By the second generation, she's married to Superhawk and has a daughter with him.
- Exact Words: Years before the series started, she was pregnant and intended to keep the baby, but a superhero attacked her and nearly killed her, resulting in her 'losing her chance to become a mother'. While the fandom assumed that she'd miscarried, at no point did Imp actually say that she'd miscarried. Instead, she was able to carry the baby to term, but gave him to an old friend after realising that her life was too dangerous and she'd never be able to raise her child safely.
- Fantastic Arousal: Her tail, when stroked.
- It's Personal: In one story, an old contact has her repay a favour by stealing back one of his possessions from a hero who collects items belonging to heroes and villains. Imp finds it distasteful when she finds the possession set up to look like the hero beat her old contact in battle and took his possession as a trophy (because it never happened, the hero just bought it off the black market), but when she finds that the hero has one of her old costumes and the pitchfork she used to use, also set up to look like trophies (and again, she'd never met this hero, let alone lost a fight with him), she is pissed.
- Humiliation Conga: Imp is happy to get physical with people who attack her, but at the end of the day, she's not fond of killing them. Instead, she usually humiliates and exposes them in public.
- The Nicknamer: As a tactic to get superheroes (or villains) she's dealing with angry at her. At least some of these nicknames end up sticking, to the dismay of those so named.
- Obfuscating Insanity: She plays up her 'wacky' criminal persona to throw her opponents off guard.
- Odd Friendship: With Tabby Cat.
- Pet the Dog: She seems to keep getting into situations where her good nature shows through past her criminal history, first with Headrush, then with Mischief.
- Phantom Thief: One of the best in the business. Her favorite trick is to replace a painting she's fond of with one of her own forgeries, and she's a good enough forger that her targets rarely notice. Sometimes she even returns them, with no one the wiser.
- Recruiting the Criminal: Headmistress Carson catches up with Imp in the apartment she rents under her real name, and gives her an ultimatum, on threat of exposing her Secret Identity and taking her to the authorities. Fortunately for Imp, the 'mission' is just to teach art classes at Whateley, and provide a positive role model for the GSD students.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: She wasn't given much of a choice, though she's less 'evil' than she is 'naughty'.
- This Means War!: While she is usually easy-going, those who give her reason to come after them find that she is extremely clever when it comes to getting revenge.
- Unknown Rival: Heaven. Heaven's father hired Imp to steal a painting for him through an intermediary; Imp stole the painting successfully, but Heaven's father showed it off to the wrong people and was arrested and imprisoned for it, later dying of a heart attack on Heaven's wedding day. Heaven, who has an obsessive personality and a history of stalking people, has decided that Imp is single-handedly responsible for all of this and has sworn to make her pay; Imp didn't have a clue who Heaven was, and didn't even know who had hired her to steal the painting, let alone what had happened to him until Hartford found out Heaven's backstory.
- Villainous Crush: During the events of An Imp-perfect World, she falls in love with Superhawk. It's part of the reason why she decides to retire.
Songbird (Maria Contessa Elyssa Gomez y Ricardo)Freya's former sidekick, who was recruited by Carson to be a teacher for the sirens.
- Abusive Parents: Her stepfather raped her, her mother knew and didn't care, and after she graduated, her mother cleaned out Songbird's bank accounts and moved away without telling her daughter.
- Compelling Voice
- The Dragon: To Freya. She was one of, if not Freya's closest friend, and she was one of Freya's enforcers with Kodiak.
- Good All Along: Admittedly nobody who worked for Freya had clean hands, but Songbird was far from the raping monster Loophole thought she was.
- Lethal Harmless Powers: She can control people with her voice and wipe their memories, hence her role as Freya's enforcer.
- Lipstick Lesbian: She was in Poe and an openly out lesbian.
- Overly Long Name
- Rape as Backstory: She was raped by her stepfather.
- Unreliable Narrator: Whilst Any Speaks revealed that the entire 'Songbird raped Loophole and made her forget about it' story was bullshit. The author even pointed out that A Cold Plate Of Vengeance was being told to Ayla by Elaine, not a description of what exactly happened.