The city of Phaeton used to be perfect; its people content, its government fair, and its way of life normal and easy. Nothing could have prepared its people for The Switch, an event which rocked their world and turned their world upside down... in more ways than one.
No-one in Phaeton can seem to remember The Switch exactly, if at all. All that is known, is that one minute everything is fine, the next, gravity reversed.
Since then, things havent been the same. Walkways and ropes swings and pulleys have been installed to get from one place to another. Contact from anywhere outside Phaeton has been lost. It is no longer safe to go beyond the city, for you may fall into the sky. A new government has risen to power, headed by the mysterious Regent Black, and is enforcing a dictatorship on the significantly reduced populace in the wake of the catastrophic Switch through the use of Polis; the police, secret police and army of Blacks regime all rolled into one.
Anyone who defies Black, or tries to figure out what exactly happened in The Switch, or is of particular interest to the government, is arrested without trial.
But a resistance has risen, and with a device able to generate portals to other worlds, they aim to bring in help from beyond
The Switch is a cyberpunk / dystopian Original Character Tournament where you must explore the city of Phaeton, fight other competitors to prove your strength and trustworthiness, and find out why The Switch occurred - and if there is a way to reverse it!
The Switch is brought to you by: Hipster-Coyote
Basic Tropes in The Switch:
- After the End: ...Well, after the end of Phaeton, anyway (as far as the city is aware).
- Art Shift: Between different artists' interpretations of the characters, and entries where artists began to run low on time.
- Alien Sky: It may not be THAT alien, but it sure is disconcerting to see an upside-down skyline with no sun or moon.
- Being Good Sucks: On the run from people who want to imprison you all the time, on another world entirely, with no guarantee to the state of where you'll be sleeping next, or even if you'll be safe there. Being part of the resistance is HARD.
- City Noir: Imposing skyscrapers and walkways dominate the background.
- The City Narrows: Phaeton may have once been a shining utopia, but it has fallen into varying states of disrepair after The Switch. Naturally, it now has many of these around the city.
- Common Tongue: Despite Phaeton being on another world, and the resistance going to multiple different universes, and planets therein, ONLY ONE OF THE CHARACTERS CANNOT SPEAK ENGLISH.
- Crystal Spires and Togas: What Phaeton was before The Switch... minus the togas.
- Evidence Scavenger Hunt: As well as the fighting, the contestants should also be looking for clues to why The Switch occurred, and if it can be reversed
- Stern Chase: as well as hiding from the Polis. This doesnt always go as planned, though.
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: The central tower of Phaeton is the tallest building in the city, and can be seen anywhere throughout the place. Its also home to Regent Black.
- Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Despite everyone and everything in Phaeton being able to fall into the sky, the weather still works normally; rain and snow (if it should ever occur) still fall towards the pavement as it should.
- Gravity Screw: A good chunk of the entire premise.
- La Résistance: Who you'll (hopefully) be fighting for and alongside.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Part of the point of the whole OCT.
- Not in Kansas Anymore: This reaction can largely sum up the contestants thoughts on first arrival into Phaeton.
- There Are No Therapists: to help the citizens of Phaeton deal with losing loved ones, friends, and colleagues, along with a good chunk of their possessions in a catastrophic gravitational disaster. Ammunition for angst and repression is rife. Not everyone lets this affect them though.
- Command Roster: Most of the judge characters fulfill roles within this.
- Noble Fugitive: The resistance is just trying to figure out what happened in The Switch.
Dr. Genevieve 'Gene' Hawkins
- The Captain: See Rebel Leader below
- Good Running Evil: The end goal of Gene's plan.
- The Leader: Teetering between Types I and II
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: It's not clear what her scientific field of expertise is/was, if she has/had one.
- Rebel Leader: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. The founder and leader of the resistance against Regent Black, as well as the one every other contestant and judge within the resistance reports to, and follows the orders of.
- Stoic Spectacles: A rare female example.
- Artificial Limbs: His left arm. No-one else is supposed to know this, however.
- Master Actor: All part of being a...
- Master of Disguise: It's in his description.
- Nice Hat
- Only One Name: He has no surname. It's not even known/explained if Alvaro is his forename...
- Unlimited Wardrobe: The disguises and possible combinations of items to create NEW disguises is huge; he can even make himself look like a woman. Disturbingly so.
- Dark and Troubled Past: See his description above. Yeeeeesh.
- Funny Animal: He's a walking talking ant-eater.
- The Medic: Pretty much.
- The Stoic: Considering what he's been through, you can't really blame him.
- Blind Weapon Master: See Handicapped Badass.
- Disability Superpower: His blindness meant he had to train his ears to guide him instead.
- Gunslinger His main weapons are a pistol and a rifle.
- Handicapped Badass: He may be blind, but he's lethal with a gun.
- Little Bit Beastly: Mathias is part-lion.
- The Stoic: Even before The Switch.
- Building Swing: She does a lot of these every day.
- Courier: Her main job.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: She has to get around somehow...
- Le Parkour: ...if and when she isn't using this.
- Unstoppable Mailman: This girl IS going to get your mail to you.
- Ambiguous Gender: Alex answers to both 'he' and 'she'; what gender Alex actually is, is left entirely to the entrants.
- Everything's Better With Explosions
- Rocket Boots: Well, rocket SHOES, really, but even so.
- Stuff Blowing Up: All that dynamite's gonna get put to use one way or another...
- Throw Down the Bomblet: Yes Alex, you probably CAN blow that thing up. But WHO THE HELL TAUGHT YOU HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN DYNAMITE?!
- Tricked-Out Shoes: ...They have rocket thrusters in them. Need I say more?
- Angst? What Angst?: For the most part, this applies. Just don't bring up Woodstock.
- The Ditz: "IQ: Questionable"
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Oscar" is apparently a nickname given to him by a friend.
- Only One Name: Oscar.
- The Pollyanna: The only thing that gets Oscar down is talking about his pet dog, Woodstock, whom he lost in The Switch.
- Government Conspiracy: Exactly WHY do the government want to imprison anyone who tries to investigate The Switch?
- Masquerade: Everything's okay, citizens of Phaeton. We aren't hiding anything from you at all.
Dr. Regent Black
- Big Bad: Despite his regime, Depending on the Writer, he might not actually be this. Although...
- Depending on the Writer: ...most of his entire character is up in the air for the contestants to fill in the creative blanks.
- The Man: See Big Bad.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Crosses over with Fashion-Victim Villain - he has an extensive wardrobe of various forms of formal attire.
- Depending on the Artist: There is no set official uniform for the Polis; it's up to the contestant creators to decide what the Polis look like.
- Mooks: They usually fall into this category; the contestants have to plough through SOMETHING when it's not one another.
- Praetorian Guard: As well as policing Phaeton, they serve as THE obstacle between the resistance and Regent.
- State Sec: A complete summary of what they do in Phaeton, minus the above.
- Gambit Pileup: Some characters are in the resistance to help, some are in for their own reasons, and some refuse to join at all once in Phaeton, because they never wanted to be there in the first place.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A very apt description for the recruited contestants while they're in the city.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Due to the sheer variety in appearance, abilities and moralities of the contestants, not to mention the fact that they'll be fighting each other at some point, this does tend to happen.
Cottus & Hector
- Deadpan Snarker: Hector.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Inverted with Cottus; his clothes are symmetrical (due to being all one colour and style), but his actual body isn't.
- Flight: Hector's main ability.
- Lazy Bum: Hector, SO VERY MUCH. The only thing he brought to Phaeton was a PILLOW, so he could drop off to sleep any time he wanted.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hector might love to play pranks and generally snark off at people, he's quite loyal to Cottus (especially after hearing about his mother).
- Kryptonite Factor: Water against Hector.
- Not Good with People: Cottus is a Type 1, most of the time. He's getting better, though.
- Shrinking Violet: Cottus.
- Super Drowning Skills: Hector absolutely hates water. He can't fly if he's wet, either.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Rattle's species don't seem to wear clothes, but despite being largely close to human biologically, they don't seem to have nipples or genitals. At least, not obviously.
- Frame-Up: His audition round shows him about to suffer punishment for a crime he didn't commit.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can change his height and outward biology at will, though he only has two forms. In his larger form, his human features are more defined and normal-looking.
- The Blank: Darwin actually doesn't have a face; an electronic display is in its place. Darwin's expressions come from...
- Expressive Mask: ...which can display any expression they choose.
- Intangibility: Darwin has a limited example of this; they can phase through matter, but only for around 6 inches and if there's a living thing on the other side. Other living things just go straight through them.
- No Biological Sex: Though Darwin is referred to interchangeably as "he" and "she" in their reference sheet, they don't have any actual gender.
- No, I Am Behind You: Darwin has the ability to phase through living beings, so this is inevitable.
- The Quiet One: Can talk, but prefers not to.
Ravin Mirage & July
- Arm Cannon: July has one of these, but she much prefers handguns, and her cannon uses up a LOT of her energy.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Ravin has an excellent one.
- Deal with the Devil: Ravin's unbreakable pinky-promises. While they don't provide the other party with instant riches or powers, they do create an unbreakable alliance.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: July.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Both, to an extent. Ravin's are more obvious.
- It Amused Me: Ravin's basic motivation for most of the things she does.
- Master of Illusion: Ravin.
- Mind Rape: Don't break a pinky-promise with Ravin, don't look in her eyes and whatever you do DON'T go to the Hedge.Reference Sheet: Sanity grows back, right?
- Nice Hat: July has a schoolgirl's beret; Ravin has a cap with some odd sigil marked on it.
- Portal Door: Ravin can create these from any existing doorway. They lead to the Hedge.
- Robot Girl: July.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: JEEZ, July...
- The Snark Knight: July will hate you, no matter who you are.
- The Trickster: Ravin. CONSTANTLY.
James "Jim" Elliot & Cherry Chapel
- Badass Longcoat: Jim.
- Everything Is Better With Explosions: Jim doesn't know a thing about dynamite, aside from the fact that it's fun.
- Gag Boobs: ...Having a corset doesn't help this matter, Cherry.
- Genius Ditz: Cherry may have been able to build an interdimensional teleporter, a jetpack, and a grappling gun in a backwater Southern U.S. setting, but that doesn't mean she knows how the science that they come with works.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: As mentioned above (though to be fair, it's pretty big, and is used in a manner similar to a rifle, so it's more realistic in that sense)...
- Jetpack: ...along with this.
- Jerkass: Jim just doesn't get on with ANYONE aside from Cherry, and even then he's not all that nice to her.
- Love Hurts: Even before he fell in love with Cherry.Being heart broken and confused, Jim took up an outlet to drown all his misery in: getting DRUNK AND BANGING SLUTS. And trying to make everyone around him as miserable as he is of course!
- Nice Hat: Jim.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Jim.
- Sliding Scale of Vampire Friendliness: ...Where the HELL do you put Jim?! He's never been seen actively killing people for their blood, nor has he been seen biting people, but he's a complete asshole.
Kiff & Conscience
- Animate Inanimate Object: Conscience is a living doll.
- Badass Adorable: Look at Conscience. She's tiny, with super cute hair and ears and face, and has little stubby limbs... but those fangs. And that temper. And that hammer. You do NOT want to be in her way.
- Crowbar Combatant: Kiff.
- I Call It "Vera": "Outlet" the hammer.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Subverted: Kiff may be savvy, and Conscience may be energetic, but they're not exactly pairing bait.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Kiff and Conscience don't really seem to get on, but you can tell they're both looking out for one another and trying to work together.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer...: A very apt AND LITERAL example with Conscience; Outlet is her only worldly possession.
- Cloudcuckoolander: His imagination colours his reality so much it's untrue.
- Cute Mute: Upon arriving in Phaeton, he lost the ability to speak anything other than dog toy.
- Nice Hat
- Rule of Funny: This justifies most of Nym's thought processes, actions, and even the fact that his hat bobbles seem to float.
- They're actually attached by very fine wire, but even so...
- Undead Child: Nym is 14. And a walking corpse stuffed with straw.
- Undeathly Pallor: His skin and hair are grey.
- Written Sound Effect: "Squeak!"
Helios Daima & Luthiah Ito
- Actual Pacifist: Helios has taken an oath never to hurt another living being.
- Ambiguously Brown: Luthiah.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: With two scimitars and a bow with arrows, Luthiah's certainly prepared.
- Healing Hands: Helios' only ability. He's REALLY GOOD at it, though.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: One look at the reference sheet, and you'll be SOOO confused as to which is which.
- Sinister Scimitar: Subverted; Luthiah is actually a really nice guy with good intentions. He just happens to use scimitars.
- Squishy Wizard: Though his main (and only) magical sort of ability is healing, Helios is still physically weaker than most people.
- White Magic: Helios' healing falls into this. His chest even glows white while he's doing it.
Dantalia Albion & Lisa Portabella
- Action Girl: As a lieutenant in her world's military, Dantalia has seen her fair share of action.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Dantalia takes a long time to warm up to most people.
- Dual Wielding: Dantalia's swords. And...
- Flaming Sword: This happens when she channels her fire magic through them.
- Flight: The cockroach wings Dantalia has allow her to do this, but only really for short bursts; anything too long or sustained tires her out quickly.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Dantalia is part-cockroach, as a result of a chemical fire.
- Knife Nut: Lisa, upon entering a "bad trip". She keeps them in her sleeves.
- Mushroom Samba: The mushrooms in the back of Lisa's head periodically put her into a good or bad trip, which she can spread to others by breathing spores on them.
- Nice Hat: Dantalia's officer cap.
- Playing with Fire: Dantalia is a pyromancer.
- Reluctant Psycho - Lisa is plenty aware of the mushrooms on her head causing her trips (the monsters), but she is powerless to stop it, and at best can only hide herself where she cant harm anyone.
- Sweet Tooth: Lisa loves, loves, loves, loves, LOVES sweets.
- Cute Giant: He's over 7', and super fluffy.
- Energy Absorption: His claws can store electricity.
- One-Winged Angel: A more heroically-aligned example, but Anorak's Pure Spirit Form serves as a great example of this.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: His main quest is to try and find a way to become human.
- Super Mode: See One Winged Angel
- Sweet Tooth: Anorak LOVES sweet things, like donuts and candy.
- Wolverine Claws: And HUGE ones at that. They also help channel his energy, can repair themselves, and can conduct and store electricity. They don't retract, though.
Hydrolus & Cass
- A God Am I: Hydrolus. Justified in that he is as good as, on his homeworld.
- Berserk Button: Hydrolus has a LOT of these. A good few are to do with not giving him the treatment/respect he feels he deserves.
- Elemental Powers: Hydrolus has a couple of these.
- Jerkass: ...Hydrolus, you may be a god, but that doesn't mean you can be a dick.
- Mortality Ensues: Upon arriving to Phaeton, Hydrolus has lost a lot of his power, and even some of his Immortality. He still largely commands water, and even gravity to a degree, but he only has eternal youth, and can be killed through other standard means.
- Physical God: Hydrolus is the equivalent of a deity, of water, death and gravity on his own world.
- Lovable Rogue: Cass.
- Action Girl: Due to being hunted for her magic, Hermia has had to rely on herself a lot of the time.
- Cursed with Awesome: Hermia has the power to absorb and use magic; a skill that is shunned in her homeworld.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She'd get rid of it if she could.
- Energy Absorption: One of her primary magic abilities.
- Magic Staff: Her weapon of choice. It has magnets on both ends and "gravitational capabilities".
- Noble Fugitive: See Cursed With Awesome
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Subverted; her hair is actually black, but her creator's style means that her hair only LOOKS blue.
XIXIIX and Mecre-Disa
- The Ageless: XIXIIX, though he acts 13.
- All There in the Manual: XIXIIX is a nigma, an embodiment of a phobia. In his case, he's the phobia of rabies.
- Bishōnen: Mecre-Disa.
- Cluster F-Bomb: It's literally the only swear XIXIIX knows.
- Flight: Through the use of Mecre-Disa's wings.
- Jerkass: XIXIIX.
- Love Martyr: A platonic and friendship-based example; XIXIIX hurls insults at Mecre-Disa, who just shrugs them off as if they never happened.
- Odd Friendship: See Love Martyr above.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: XIXIIX is Red, and Mecre-Disa is Blue.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Justified: XIXIIX created his "name" by scratching lines in the dust, so even he doesn't know how to pronounce it.
- With Friends Like These...: A rather one-sided example with XIXIIX.
- Wolverine Claws: XIXIIX fights with "Pixel Claws", magical artifacts that have the added ability of manipulating inorganic material.
Moly B. Denum & Sprocket McKormic
- Blood from the Mouth: A side effect of Moly's illness. Thankfully, this never got a chance to crop up in the story proper.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: Night vision! Sunglasses! Pebble protection! Style!
- Hair Antennae: Moly has three of them.
- Meaningful Name: Moly's full name is shared with the element Molybdenum.
- Motor Mouth: Of the word-cloud variety.Moly: The Council is going to be so pleased with this and it don't even matter that it was Darrel that found it no sir no sir today EVERYONE gets paid ohgosh with the money I'm gonna go buy a car NO wait no I'm gonna go on vacation yes vacation buy myself a boat and maybe hire some pirates and get myself the greatest vacation and...
- Money Fetish: Moly, again.
- The Nicknamer: "Mapboy", "Panda", "Ghost mugger"... She really doesn't care about your name.
- One Head Taller: A platonic example.
- Parental Abandonment: Moly's died in a cave-in. Subverted with Sprocket; they left Mysoteria after he was 18 and old enough to look after himself.
- Powerful Pick: Weapons of choice.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Sprocket.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: More vitriolic, less buds.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or green. Aparently, it's natural.
Seritpuel "Copper" Copperfox
- Action Girl: BOY, can Copper handle herself. See Berserk Button below, along with Determinator and Playing With Fire.
- Berserk Button: "It's. Just. COPPER."
- Dark and Troubled Past: There's a reason she doesn't like being called by her full name.If her Round 2 prologue is anything to go by at least...
- Determinator: Not only does she take care of a large group of orphans on her own, despite not yet being an adult, while receiving little to no pay from her job as a miner due to the Contractors taking most of her mine's income, she also has to protect said orphans FROM the Contractors, who want them gone because they aren't biologically related, AND still maintain the brace for her cripplingly weak right leg. And yet she's still got a passionate, strong demeanor.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Her main method of fighting, while combined with her pyrokinesis.
- Playing with Fire: She has innate pyrokinesis, amplified and channelled by her magitech gloves and boots.
- Tsundere: According to Word of God, she may not seem to care what happens to Phaeton outwardly, but really, she would put her life on the line for it.
- Artful Dodger: Back home.
- Dark and Troubled Past: And HOW; his parents passed away on his birthday, and he's also lost the girl of his dreams.
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Faceless: We never see what whoever hes texting looks like.
- Five-Finger Discount: "Although living in poverty, he has managed to "aquire" some very nice clothes..."
- Handguns: Well, handGUN.
- Ironic Birthday: According to his bio, his thirteenth birthday was the day his parents passed away.
- Jerkass: What a jerk, right?
- Only One Name
- Parental Abandonment: At age 13.
- Young Gun
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Kitty & Cedric
- Big Brother Instinct: Cedric towards Kitty. If you ever even SEEM to pose any threat to Kitty, Cedric WILL NOT be happy.
- Cats Are Magic: Cedric, of sorts; see Voluntary Shapeshifting
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Cedric and Kitty respectively.
- Moe: Kitty, if only in looks and physicality.
- Running on All Fours: Something Cedric does in both his forms.
- Transformation Sequence: Averted, in a way; we never actually see it, and Cedric refuses to let anyone see it, even Kitty.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: For Cedric, between Civilized Animal and Funny Animal.
Nick Colridge & Stephen Elwell
- Big Brother Instinct: Stephen, all the time towards Nick, turned up to eleven and beyond.
- Berserk Button: If you either become too personally close to Nick for Stephen's liking, show too much affection to Nick for Stephen's liking, or generally seem to pose any inconvenience or threat to the relationship of Nick and Stephen (at least from Stephen's point of view), Stephen WILL end up stabbing you. Probably a lot.
- Cain and Abel: Stephen to Nick, when the former is feeling what the mentally sound recognize as 'abusive'.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Nick.
- Jerkass: Stephen towards anyone who doesn't treat him with the respect and adoration he feels he deserves. Which is most people.
- Knife Nut: Stephen's main method of offense and defense.
- The Sociopath: Stephen.
- Troubled Backstory Flashback: Nick can have quite a few of these, usually if dreaming.
- Flashback Nightmare: This can therefore eventually happen, unfortunately.
- The Woobie: Nick. Oh, poor dear Nick...
- Yandere: See Berserk Button for more specific details, but Stephen is a decidedly twisted fraternal version towards Nick. Throw in the fact that he really REALLY loves his brother, and you have the recipe for some major crazy on your hands.
Aura / Zoë Johnson
- Action Girl: She's a superhero with peak physical strength and endurance AND psychic powers. Enough said.
- Ambiguously Brown
- Cool Mask: As Aura, Zoë wears a plain white female mask which shows none of her face save her eyes, and a hood.
- Handicapped Badass: Zoë may be deaf-mute, but she's capable of flipping cars and forcing people into a specific task (effectively gaining control of a person's entire nervous system and motor functions) with her mind.
- Heroic Willpower: She has this in spades.
- Psychic Powers: Her most identifiable set of abilities.
- Mind over Matter
- Power Incontinence: Her psychic abilities suffer from this a fair bit, however, to both logical extremes and every spot inbetween; they can fail entirely, work too well, not quite work enough...
- Power-Strain Blackout: What happens if she forces her psychic abilities to work too often or to too great a strength.
- Pstandard Psychic Pstance: Subverted most of the time, but only justified for her telekinesis, as it's channeled and controlled through arm, hand and finger motions.
- The Speechless: Of a literal sort, due to her deafness. Even before she was deaf, she was quiet.
- This doesn't stop her using telepathy to project her thoughts as a voice into your head, mind...
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She may seem cold, blunt and standoffish at first, but she really does want to get along with and help people.
- Superheroes Wear Tights: Completely and utterly averted with her baggy Aura costume, fashioned from plain clothes.
The Doctor & The Killer
- Berserk Button: With Killer, it's most things.
- Card-Carrying Villain: What ARE they up to?
- Evil Duo
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Justified; as far as can be discerned, those ARE their names.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Doctor and The Killer. (Not to mention The Malevolent Seven)
- For the Evulz: Doctor's main motivation. Sometimes Killer's, too.
- Knife Nut: BOTH of them, but Doctor falls into this much more commonly than Killer.
- Mad Doctor: Doctor.
- Malevolent Masked Men
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Killer's main attitude towards most living things. Doctor can indulge in this, however.
- Obviously Evil: It only takes one look at these two...
- Sinister Scythe: Killer's main weapon.
- Slasher Smile: Doctor has an excellent one. Just look at those pointy teeth!
- Villain Protagonist: And HOW!
- Villainous Friendship: The pair certainly qualify for Type IV.
Gin & Tobi Twicetail
- Bash Brothers: Usually, it's Gin who does the fighting, but when they work together...
- Casting a Shadow: Gin wields shadow magic.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Subverted with Gin, with him being a good guy.
- Light Is Good: With Tobi.
- Functional Magic: Even to the point of Mundane Utility, depending if the situation calls for it.
- Funny Animals
- Light 'em Up: In contrast to Gin, Tobi wields light magic.
- Nice Hat: Both of them.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Subverted; they may have yin-yang styled physical appearances and magic, and differing personalities, but both fight on the same side.
- Sidekick: Tobi to Gin.
Rose & Jack
- Badass Adorable: Rose. Jack too, sometimes.
- Big Eyes, Little Eyes: Both have big eyes, but Jack's monster form has little ones.
- Functional Magic: Jack's pendant, seemingly.
- Hot-Blooded: Rose.
- The Power of the Sun: With Jack. However...
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Rose is Red, Jack is Blue.
- Security Blanket: Jack has one. Justified in that he needs it to stop melting to death in the sun.
- The Speechless: Jack. His pendant, however, can subvert this in a strange way; he can speak with other people's voices, saying exact words and phrases that they've said.
- Talking Animal: Rose.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: A particularly odd example. " 'Rose is the only one that can tolerate Jack's attacks and transformations.' 'Jack is the only one that will take Rose's harassment and fits of anger.' 'The two of them have become inseparably close.' "
- Weakened by the Light: Jack with the sun, although the weakening is actually mental. Physically, see The Power Of The Sun.
- Blood Magic: The stem of Xenos' main ability.
- Bloody Murder: Xenos can control his own blood.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: A much less Body Horror fueled example, but he CAN CONTROL HIS OWN BLOOD.
- Cool Sword: The drill blade.
- Dudley Do-Right Stops to Help: Despite being in dangerous amounts of debt to a local loan shark, who's getting mighty impatient about that money of his getting paid, Quedar goes off to Phaeton to help the resistance, leaving his 'family' behind.
- Good Is Not Soft
- His Heart Will Go On: If his audition and backstory are anything to go by, then the mysterious Helena seems to be QUITE important in how Quedar became the man he is today.
- I Was Told There Would Be Cake: Quedar LOVES cake.
- Nice Hat
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: His family consists of orphans with special abilities.
- Rubber Man: Quedar can stretch any part of his body up to 39.5 feet.
- Sweet Tooth
- Technical Pacifist
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cake.
Magical Maid Margaret
- Emotionless Girl: She doesn't seem to be very expressive, at least...
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: She'll go into hostile situations still dressed in her maid outfit.
- Knife Nut: All that cutlery...
- Maid Cafe: Where Margaret works.
- Ninja Maid: She's lethal with cutlery; SHE CAN BLOCK CHAINSAWS WITH IT.
- Super Mode: "Perfect Maid Mode". Thouhg it also counts as a Deadly Upgrade; if she uses it too long, she'll die.
- Tranquil Fury: According to Word of God.
Esther Frontpaw & Laka
- Bad with the Bone: Esther's weapon of choice is a folding bone club.
- Cute Bruiser: Esther.
- Funny Animal: Esther, again.
- Sidekick: Laka to Esther.
- Tsundere: A rare "bigger-sister" example with Esther, towards Lisa, the young rabbit girl she was looking after and has gotten lost in Phaeton.
Kitorsky "Kit" Gerwehn Wavenski
- The Big Guy
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Beneath all that muscle, Kit's a pretty nice guy.
- Fiery Redhead
- Good Old Fisticuffs
- Jetpack: Kit's is solar-powered.
- Lightning Bruiser: Especially with his Jetpack.
- Scars Are Forever: Because of a past injury, part of his right eyebrow is permanently gone.
- Aliens Speaking English: He lives on Earth, and knows English, but he CERTAINLY isn't from there.
- Coat, Hat, Mask: The hat is a bowler, and the mask is either the bandages on Xenon's head, or his cloaking device.
- Humanoid Aliens
- Inner Monologue: Has traits of Private Eye Monologue in that he's a detective, but he ALWAYS SAYS HIS MONOLOGUES ALOUD.
- Master of Disguise: Through the use of his cloaking device.
- Private Detective
- Street Smart
- Appendage Assimilation: She can reattach lost extremities.
- Elemental Embodiment: She's actually a living piece of metal with a molten core.
- Emotionless Girl
- Feel No Pain: She has no pain receptors at all.
- Healing Factor: Of a sort. See Shapeshifter Baggage for more details.
- Made of Iron: Or, at least, metal. This is due to her biology, really, as she feels pain differently to humans.
- Meaningful Name: The material "elinvar" is a nickel-steel alloy.
- No Social Skills: Elinvar just doesn't fully understand other living things, both biologically and psychologically.
- No Biological Sex: The only reason she's referred to as female is because her belt makes her look like a human woman.
- Shapeshifter Baggage: Zigzagged - Her belt means she can stay looking relatively human, when her true form is similar to a snake. And when she auto-regenerates, it takes metal from around her body to repair it, which decreases her overall size. If she replaces the lost metal/materials, her mass balances out again.
- Super Toughness
Snowflake / Kara Rodwaller / Juliet Casey
- Action Girl: She's a hitman.
- Badass Normal
- Cold Sniper
- I Can Still Fight!
- Improbable Aiming Skills
- Long-Range Fighter: She prefers fighting with a gun in her hand.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Hurt her, and she'll still come after you.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: NO-ONE knows her real name is Juliet Casey.
- Pillow Pistol
- Quick Draw: She can pull out a gun at record-breaking speed.
- Recruiting the Criminal: She's actually only a part of the resistance, because she's been hired to kill Regent Black.
Pierre & Cheryl
- Aliens Speaking English: Zigzagged; Pierre can't actually speak English naturally, but Cheryl translates for him, and says aloud whatever he's said in English.
- Human Aliens: Aside from the green skin and weird fingers, Pierre looks pretty much human.
- Le Parkour: Pierre is very good at this.
- Sidekick: Cheryl to Pierre.
- Smoke Out: Pierre uses smoke balls...
- Stuff Blowing Up: ...along with regular grenades.
- TV Head Robot: Cheryl.
- Animate Inanimate Object: Drifter is a living balloon.
- Naïve Newcomer
- Parasol of Pain: Drifter's main tool. He can use it as a shield, or as a blunt weapon if needs be.
- And even a Parasol Parachute.
- Playing with Fire: Drifter's secret ability is his manipulation of a sort of fire expelled from his spirit.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist