Miles Benedict is a mutant who possesses a superhuman intuitive talent for inventing mechanical devices, a skill that combined with his natural intelligence gives him the ability to conceive, design and build highly-advanced mechanical devices with little effort.
After being betrayed by his commanding officer and framed for a crime he didn't commit, former Marine Grant Reeves was dishonorably discharged and sent home. After being recruited by a private paramilitary corporation called CANNON, Grant again discovered his overseers to be corrupt. Absconding with a suit of powered armor, Grant exposed his boss's crimes and illegal dealings. With a renewed sense of purpose Grant donned the ARGOS armor once more and become the superpowered patriot known as Valiant.
College frat boy Brodie Peterson mistakenly consumed an intelligent Devouring Earth spore during a party at Paragon City University. Waking up the next day, he discovered the symbiotic had bonded itself to him. Now symbiotically connected to the spore as it’s host, Brodie uses the abilities it grants him to fight crime as the radioactive superhero called Acid.
After mistakenly consuming enchanted beans he thought were hallucinogenic drugs given to him by a duplicitous and mischievous nature spirit at a music festival, Skylar Woods discovered he could manipulate and control plant life as well as cast spells.
Though he possesses a villainous visage, Carson Crane is anything but. When his ancestor angered a witch, she cursed his bloodline, promising that his seventh son would be born a monster and bring ruin to the once proud family's legacy.
Sure enough, Carson came out looking quite... different. With a devilish appearance and inherent demonic abilities, Carson does his best to fit in and change the public's perception of himself and those that look like him. What better way to do it than be a superhero?
Jackson Reid, a skilled hacker using the pseudonym SPY//dr, was investigating a mysterious site recruiting youth to play-test a high-tech virtual-reality game when he discovered it was secretly using their testers' brainpower for nefarious purposes. But he got more than he bargained for however when he tried infiltrating the circle and jacking into to game to shut the program down. Way more.
Construction worker Cliff Parker stumbled upon a conspiracy involving Obsidian International and the illegal dumping of toxic chemicals. When his interference was discovered by his corrupt foreman, he was beaten, thrown into a quarry and buried alive. Miraculously, he awoke hours later, unfortunately still buried underground. As Cliff struggled to get free, the dirt and soil parted around him! Inspired by words from a friend, he decided to use these strange new abilities to defend the innocent and fight corruption.
College student Ridley Hollis wields the fabled Oathkeeper, an enchanted sword that possesses the spirit of Sir Rowan Bancroft, a legendary knight. Unbreakable and indestructible, the sword endows its wielder with a degree of invulnerability and the ability to wield magic. Ridley uses the sword (and Sir Rowan's guidance) to defend the innocent.
Marcus Cooper's parents were experts in the field of cryogenics at Crey Industries. When his mother died of cancer due to faulty lab equipment installed by Crey, his father spent years attempting to prove their culpability. Eventually, Crey killed him to keep him quiet. After discovering his father had also been working on a secret project involving cryogenic weaponry, Marcus Cooper became Cold, and vowed he would have his revenge.
After being caught in the explosion of a prototype particle collider, Theodore "Theo" Gibbs became trapped in a void-like dimension called The White Room. After years in this pocket dimension, Theo was rescued and returned home with strange new abilities. With little else to do, Theo decided to use his newfound powers to become a superhero and fight crime.
Luke Lawson is a Keeper, the latest in a centuries-long line of protectors, entrusted with the safekeeping of the Cowl of the Kraken, an ancient supernatural artifact. The evil Cult of the Kraken seek to regain the cowl and use its power to amass wealth and influence as well as indoctrinate followers.
Down on his luck boxer Mickey O'Connell got roped into joining The Skulls gang when his pal Gino claimed he could make big money pulling a few jobs. He got more than he bargained for however, when he got dragged to the sacrifice of a teenage runaway. Refusing to be a bystander in such an act, Mick sabotaged the ritual. Though he managed to save the girl, he also got very dead for his troubles. Discovering he'd become essentially immortal, Mickey became a hero-for-hire.
Dexter Davidson, a tenacious young cop within the PPD, was investigating a string of brutal murders carried out by a notorious Family enforcer when he began receiving threats on his life. When he didn't back down, the mob gunned down his fiance, smashed his kneecaps, then blinded him as a message to any other persistant police officers.
Directionless and struggling author Rex Baker signed up for what he thought was a self-help TED talk but in reality, was a scientific research experiment designed to test mind-expanding drugs on unsuspecting subjects. Granted telepathic abilities from the serum he unknowingly ingested, Rex also possesses the power to control the minds of those he makes direct eye contact with. Using his newfound abilities he escaped his captors and has been on the run ever since.
After defending a sacred temple in Greece from desecration by thugs, Tyler Vega was empowered by the Greek god Hermes and chosen as his avatar on Earth. After discovering he'd been tricked by Hermes however, Tyler severed his allegiance with the god and struck out on his own.
Calvin Callahan was a surf rat from Seattle who, as a teen, discovered he possessed the ability to manipulate and control water. Now, Cal uses his newfound superpowers to gain fame & fortune, hook up with bodacious babes, and save the occasional life every now and then.
Stricken with a rare strain of cancer as a young man, Donnie Hopkins' only hope for salvation lie in the field of cryogenics in which his body would be placed in stasis until a cure could be found. But when the scientists who were monitoring him died unexpectedly, Donnie's pod was left abandoned and forgotten about until a power surge overloaded the generator and thawed him. Now cancer-free and possessing incredible powers, Donnie decided to use his newfound abilities to protect the innocent.
A cowboy from The Old West, Jedediah Keller unexpectedly found himself involved in the accidental death of a time traveler. Now pursued by The Time Corps, an agency of time travelers hunting him for his role in the death of one of their own, Jed travels through space and time, hopping from one adventure to the next.
After defending his younger sister from a gang leader, Isiah Pope fled, but slipped and fell into a quarry, landing in a pool of mutagenic chemicals. He later discovered the toxic waste had granted him the ability to transform his body into a super-dense and invulnerable metallic form. Isiah vowed to use his newfound superpowers to protect his neighborhood and the people he cares about in it.
Fame-hungry treasure hunter Hector Garza stole The Daystar, an ancient Aztec artifact from a village in South America. But when the village was raided by mercenaries searching for the artifact, Hector returned to stand up against them. He was promptly killed. But for his bravery and selflessness, he was resurrected by Huītzilōpōchtli, the Aztec sun god, and given the power to reshape the earth and control fire. Using his newfound abilities, Hector became the superhero known Aztec, Huītzilōpōchtli's champion.
Brock Barnes became a horror movie icon after his breakout lead role in 2012’s “I Heart You, Frankenstein”.The sequel was shot in a small village in Croatia and the wrap party was held at a carnival just outside. A local fortune teller promised to grant his one wish and a very drunk Brock wished to play the role that made him famous for the rest of his life. Transformed into the movie's titular monster, Brock Barnes became a reluctant superhero.
Former astronaut Eric Reid and his crew were exploring an alien planet when they were ambushed, captured, and experimented upon by the Ig-Zex, the natives species. After being rescued by another species at war with the Ig-Zex, Eric realized he was granted superhuman abilities by the experimentation and volunteered to fight in the war against the Ig-Zex. When they were defeated, Eric returned home to Earth where he continues to use his abilities to protect the innocent.
In 1987, teenager Bradley Barnhart was stargazing when a time traveler from the year 3000 fell from the sky, totaling his Corvette in the process. Before he died, he entrusted Brad with The Eternity Band, an immensely powerful weapon of alien design that's being hunted by an intergalactic warlord. As he fled, Bradley accidentally traveled through time to present-day Paragon City. Now stuck in the future with no way home, Bradley makes the best of it by using the Eternity Band's power to make mon- Er, fight crime.
Globetrotting billionaire Erik Olsten was abandoned by his climbing crew and left for dead while hiking in the Scandinavian wilderness. He came across an injured wolf and after nursing it back to health, the mighty Norse god Fenrir appeared and bestowed upon him superhuman abilities in thanks for selflessly rescuing one of its avatars.
Terra Volta reactor technician Guy Allen was accidentally locked in an unshielded closet by an inexperienced superhero who attempted to defend the reactor against Freakshow saboteurs by himself. When the reactor overloaded, Guy was bombarded with deadly radiation. But instead of killing him, his body absorbed the radiation. Now able to emit toxic radiation with a mere thought and blaming superheroes for his condition, Guy acts as a lethal assassin with a reputation for targeting caped crusaders.
A religious zealot, Jeremiah Warren views himself as God's righteous warrior whose duty is to purge the Earth of those with superhuman abilities who he views as "abominations". He is a high-ranking member of the Humans First initiative, a pro-human organization who campaign (often violently) against superhumans, aliens, artificial intelligenci, and non-human looking metahumans.
Legendary stage magician Clayton Lane owned and performed at the Copper Crown Theater in Kings Row. When The Skulls gang moved into his neighborhood and demanded protection money, the self-proclaimed Master of Illusions decided to defend his home the only way he knew how - with a little bit of theatrics!
Stage actor by trade, Leonardo Paige discovered he possessed the superhuman ability to heal nearly any injury as a teenager. Years later, after angering a mob capo's son, Leo was targeted and almost killed. He used his training and abilities to take down his attackers and decided to become a vigilante soon after.
Former psychiatrist and therapist Thaddeus Rackham was determined to develop a full-proof procedure that allowed his patients to conquer their greatest fears. But his passion ballooned into an obsession as his hunger for fame and notoriety overrode his morals. After he was stripped of his medical license, he suffered a severe mental breakdown, completely losing his grip on reality as he became determined to rid the world of fear. By any means necessary. Injecting himself with a cocktail of synthetic drugs stolen from a research laboratory, Rackham was ecstatic when he discovered he now possessed the ability to spread a airborne pheromone that causes fear and panic in its victims.
An orphan whose parents were killed in a car accident on Christmas Eve, Emmett Kraminski grew up as an angry youth in Berlin, Germany. Emmett eventually relocated to America after being accepted into MIT, going on the graduate and start his own business. After discovering his business partner had been committing corporate crimes, Emmett's company was driven bankrupt and he lost every penny he owned... on Christmas Day. Enraged, Emmett adopted the Tannenbomb persona, developed hand grenade-like explosive weapons and set out to spread "Christmas cheer" to his enemies and business rivals.
A mutant with the ability to emit an earsplitting sonic scream, Reilly Parker was cast out by his parents and sent to live with his aunt in Paragon City. After he interrupted and stopped a mugging one night, Reilly decided to train and use his abilities to fight crime.
Black hat hacktivist Abel Hawkins infiltrated an Obsidian International black site to recover information on their illegal dumping of toxic waste that killed dozens but instead discovered and injected himself with experimental serum of nanites that granted him a host of different technological abilities. Abilities he used used to become the vigilante known as Hacker, unveiler of corruption and defender of the underprivileged.
Renowned professor of history Aleister Cromwell happened to be present at the site of an archaeological dig when an otherworldly portal to a dimension of darkness was opened, releasing the banished eldritch creature known as Krallok the Dreaded. It merged with Aleister and now with both minds sharing one body, he and Krallok begrudgingly cooperate to protect our world from supernatural threats.
Former henchman Nick Hyde has served under over a dozen different super-villains. After his latest boss, King Calamity, was apprehended, Nick stole a high tech suit that grants its wearer complete invisibility from the armory before escaping. Using the training and skills he'd amassed from years of serving as an underling, Nick became the notorious thief known as Hideout, targeting only the richest of the rich.
Born with photographic reflexes that allow him to copy and duplicate any physical movement he sees, billionaire businessman Kenji Kyoshi moonlights as Skill, one of the world's most deadly assassins. Having memorized and absorbed nearly every martial arts style ever created, Kenji's hand-to-hand combat prowess knows no equal.
Cybernetic Legs, superior tactical and combat skills
Raymond Neil was a PPD officer crippled in the line of duty when debris from a falling building crushed his legs during a fight between a superhero and his nemesis. Forcibly retired, the veteran officer grew increasingly resentful of the careless superheroes of the city and when an anonymous benefactor donated cybernetic prosthetic legs, he decided to do something about it...
Timid and fearful throughout childhood and adolescence, Aiden O'Connor finally became fed-up after being beaten and kidnapped by a gang of Skulls. A skilled engineer, Aiden crafted Halloween-themed weapons and confronted his enemies. After defeating them, Aiden decided to continue bringing the fear to villains who terrorize the innocent.
World class big game hunter Jack Porter was jailed after his illegal poaching and smuggling activities were discovered. To escape imprisonment he fled to the Rogue Isles. While hunting Snakes he was attacked and bitten, but escaped by diving into a pool of contaminated waters. The toxic waste combined with the Snake venom coursing through his veins caused him to mutate into a monstrous reptilian humanoid. Now, Jack Porter uses his savage strength and predatory instincts to hunt the most dangerous prey of all - Superheroes.
College student Kirby Powers was sent a mysterious email by his on-the-run girlfriend containing what appeared to be a complex computer code which became subliminally embedded in Kirby's brain. In actuality, the code is what theoretical physicists have dubbed 'The Terminus Equation', a mathematical formula that grants the being who learns it total control over the forces of gravity. He uses his newfound superpowers to save others, all the while searching for his long-lost girlfriend.
College student Sidney Evans studied at the university in Salamanca long before the eerie mists of Croatoa closed in. A budding historian, Sid was one of several tasked with gathering artifacts and relics in an attempt to free the village of Salamanca from Croatoa's mystical hold. In search of an ancient artifact, Sidney ventured into a large estate on the outskirts of New Connaught to solve a seemingly impossible puzzle to unlock the tomb it reside in...
After discovering his cultist father had sacrificed his mother in an insane attempt to attain immortality, Jonathan Frye murdered him and in doing so, gained the ability to harness the Shadow Flames, a supernatural force that compels its inheritor to punish the wicked. With his new, supernatural powers, Jonathan delivers vengeance upon the evil as the fabled Half Jack.
For years, historian and archaeologist Harry Houser searched for the fabled Ring of Ages, a legendary relic from Arthurian mythology. In doing so, he inadvertently crossed paths with a shadowy corporation called Obsidian International who were also hunting the ring for their own nefarious purposes. Luckily, Harry beat Obsidian to the Ring and when he touched it, he was visited by the Lady of the Lake, a powerful enchantress who bestowed amazing abilities upon him...
Intangibility, density control, superhuman strength
After a freak accident involving his eccentric super-scientist neighbor's prototype matter manipulator machine, Andre Parker gained complete control over his body's density, which at it's lowest, allows flight and complete intangibility and at it's highest, grants him superhuman strength and nigh invulnerability.
Former child actor and prodigious medium, Franklin Faust fell on hard times after a drug and alcohol addiction ruined his career. Relying on residuals from his show's syndication and a self-written memoir, Frank now uses his abilities as a paranormal investigator.
Sam Halloway worked as an investigative reporter who was chasing a story on the disappearance of several women. When he got a lead on some odd occurrences happening at a farm just outside Paragon City, Sam did some snooping and found a strange barn full of cultists in dark robes. In an attempt to blend in, he snatched a robe from a pillar and draped it around himself. Unbeknownst to him, the robes were lined with the hide of demons, which permanently bonded to the wearers.
Centuries ago, Jasper Wyatt’s ancestors angered a witch who cursed their bloodline. Every generation would suffer and be overtaken by animalistic urges. As a teen, Jasper’s father taught him to control the urges and to summon specific traits of these animals when he needed to. Today, Jasper uses his unique abilities to work as a bounty hunter.
Armed with advanced weaponry masked by a steampunk aesthetic, the brash and rebellious Jack Quinn is the latest in a long line of vigilantes and has traveled across the pond from Manchester, England to Paragon City to track down his grandfather's murderer and bring them to justice.
Career cop Jack Delaney died in a shootout with The Family decades ago. So imagine his surprise when his spirit was summoned back to the land of the living by an inexperienced Circle of Thorns initiate. But before he could question him, he dropped dead of fright, leaving Delaney stuck on this plane as a ghost. Now possessing the power of possession along with a host of other spectral abilities, Jack uses the body of his dearly departed summoner to fight the forces of evil. Because he really has nothing better to do.
Betrayed and murdered by his brothers for questioning the dishonorable path their clan of Tsoo warriors had taken over the last decade, Kaito Kushida literally crawled his way back to the land of the living, empowered by the souls of thousands of other long dead warriors, who were all similarly killed unjustly. Kaito has returned to exact vengeance upon his betrayers and atone for the many crimes both he, and his clan, have committed over the years.
Simon Mysteria comes from a long family line of anti-mages. Though they're unable to learn magic directly, they're gifted with nigh total immunuity to direct magic... and the ability to duplicate any magical power they are exposed to.
Soldier. Mercenary. Assassin. Hardened ex-Malta agent Clyde Morgan was was framed by a rival assassin in an attempt to take his spot. His clients turned on him, brutally beating him, severing his right arm and leaving him for dead, though he managed to survive. Barely alive, Morgan made his way to an acquaintance - an underworld surgeon, who fitted him with a bleeding-edge cybernetic prosthetic with the ability to project super-heated plasma.
Former Golden Gloves boxing champion Andrade Vega was banned from the sport after he was caught throwing fights for the mob. Unable to find legitimate work doing the only thing he was good at, Andrade eventually found himself bare-knuckle boxing in the underground fight circuit in St. Martial. When a friend suggested he try his luck in the "major leagues" (the Freakshow's superpowered fights), Andrade couldn't resist. He possessed no superpowers however, so he did the most logical thing - he bought some. Fitted with cybernetic prosthetics, Andrade's become a champion in the superhuman fight club scene.
A former table-tennis pro who was bounced from tournaments for using superhuman performance-enhancing drugs, Roderick Pong possesses Hyperkinesis, the ability to predict trajectory by eyesight. Using gimmicked exploding Ping-Pong balls, Roderick's first heist was robbing a bank to provide the purse to fund an underground table-tennis tournament. He is a dangerous, dangerous man.
Darius Cade was a member of the Time Corps, a splinter group of Ouroboros menders who, after suspecting corruption in their ranks, formed their own agency in a pocket dimension one second out of sync with reality. After he received a dire message from the future, Darius brought the report to his superiors. They promptly ignored it. In defiance, Darius "borrowed" a Time Knit, a skintight technological wondersuit built for time travel, engaged it and was catapulted through the time stream, landing in present day Paragon City.
Abandoned as a kid on the streets of Kings Row, Lester Sharpe was taken in by the Skulls and raised within the gang. As the years passed he rose through the ranks to become one of their fiercest and most intimidating lieutenants. Harnessing the power of death itself, Lester is able to literally drain the life-force from his victims as well as envelop himself in shadows.
The son of two lesser known arcane heroes, William Westmore accidentally disrupted one of his parents' rituals as a child, causing them to be sucked into a void, with Will absorbing an incredible amount of arcane energy in the process. A colleague of his parents erased Will's memory of the accident and adopted the boy.
But when his surrogate father was murdered, the spell was broken, causing Will to remember the traumatic event. Wracked with guilt and grief over the deaths of both his parents and mentor, William vowed to honor their lives by protecting the innocent and finding his guardian's killer in the process.
Drifter Sebastian Hart became a photojournalist after arriving in Paragon City. Covering a science expo, Sebastian was caught in an explosion when a prototype energy converter exploded. Somehow Sebastian survived, but later discovered the accident had granted him the ability to move at superhuman speeds and manipulate electricity. After stopping a mugging, Sebastian decided to become a superhero.
Eddie Edwards was a scientist, tasked with developing a formula for cellular regeneration. When he discovered his corrupt boss was conducting human trials, he was dosed with the experimental serum and expected to die. But he didn’t. For some reason the serum actually worked, albeit with a few side effects - schizophrenia, mania, and bouts of uncontrollable laughter, just to name a few. Despite this, Eddie became the certifiably insane and (so far) unkillable costumed crimefighter known as Humor.
Fletcher “Tuesday” Carlson was killed by the jealous ex-boyfriend of a girl he’d slept with. Resurrected as a revenant by a Circle of Thorns mage intent on controlling him, Fletcher somehow managed to retain his soul and resist the mage’s attempt at controlling him. Now a member of the living undead, Fletcher works as a soldier of fortune, combating supernatural threats for cash.
Adam Han is the latest bearer of the Hao Yùn talisman, an ancient Chinese relic that grants its bearer incredibly good fortune. Armed with the ability to harness chi energy as well, Adam resolved to use the talisman to combat the forces of evil and keep the talisman out of the hands of those who'd use it selfishly.
A product of the pairing of a mortal woman and Hades, lord of the underworld, Jackson Webber acts as a sort of repo man to the deceased. With so many cults and mystical groups like the Circle of Thorns and the Carnival of Shadows, and more being formed every day, spirits and souls were being summoned back to the land of the living left and right. So, when he came of age, his father tasked him with returning those escaped souls back to the Underworld. Hey, it's a living.
Reinhard Schmultz was a former German scientist tasked by Hitler to discover a way to create super soldiers for The Fuhrer's army. Unfortunately, Schmultz was killed before he had any noteworthy discoveries. But a rogue faction of the Nazi agenda, well versed in the arcane, removed Schmultz's brain, inserted it into a comatose man's body, and brought him back to life, Schmultz resumed his experiments. After a breakthrough test on apes, Schmultz had his team once more transfer his brain into the most powerful gorilla he could find. Repeating the process on many of his (mostly unwilling) followers, Schmultz amassed an army of mind-controlled, monkey henchman promising the world that Herr Silverback and his Chimpanzerfaust Troops will one day reign supreme.
The notoriously dangerous mercenary Floyd Walker wields the Terminus Engine, an arcane artifact that harnesses negative energy pulled from the underworld and allows the user to instantly teleport across vast distances as well as manipulate dark energy.