Index of the Duluth Superhero Community (the Richardsonverse)

800 entries, 250 illustrations, 50 footnotes

Co-written with Allen Richardson. Illustrations by the Richardson brothers using,, and DALL-E 2

1. Preface: I Destroyed the Universe
2. Introduction: Superhero Exegesis
3. Index of the Duluth Superhero Community
4. Footnotes

Preface: I Destroyed the Universe

From the Journal of the Morphogenetic Field Technician: I am trapped far beneath the UMD campus in the Novelty Sphere as the global catastrophe intensifies. My team’s experiments in this underground lab are directly responsible for the apocalypse overtaking the planet. The quakes grow steadily. Portions of the lab visible through the Sphere’s cyclopean porthole have caved in. Soon the roof will collapse releasing tons of basaltic bedrock. If the Sphere’s integrity holds, I will have limited air. One thing I have an unlimited supply of: claustrophobia. It is as if I am in an untethered bathysphere sinking into the mounting pressures of the deep. The Sphere’s instrumentation confirms my worst suspicions: this is no mere global extinction. We destabilized probability itself, and the vertical line on the catastrophe graph indicates structural failure of the universal constants. Like a landslide, the cosmos races toward physical destruction. Gravity will be the first to fail, centered on the Sphere. The well of the Earth is popping like an old spring.

“I am trapped far beneath the UMD campus in the Novelty Sphere as the global catastrophe intensifies.”

I am inside it like an embryo, in my yellow pressure suit, the nucleus of the concretizing event horizon. I have, in reality, seconds left. At T-minus zero, a highly unlikely black hole will devour the planet and grow at superluminal speeds in all directions until the universe is consumed, every quark, every galactic cluster.

Dr. McPurdy knew as I did. The day we surveyed the city for subjectivity contamination, I remember looking over at him through my faceplate and he was bawling like a baby. Then he doubted himself for a moment and ceased to exist. As his suit crumpled to the ground, I felt the full weight of personal responsibility, heart sinking like an unstable star.

The quakes have reached a fever pitch. I’m shaking around inside the Sphere like a die in a cup. Through the porthole: chaos. A rift opens in the Earth.

But McPurdy had known a solution. Once, in the cafeteria, he whispered, “We thought the Sphere simulated probabilities. But those probabilities exist! You still think it’s only a holodeck of lucid dreams? The Sphere is a dimensional teleporter.”

“The Sphere is a dimensional teleporter.”

All goes dark except the instrument panel. I can survive this. My probability contamination might destroy whatever universe I flee to. The suit should contain it … Nerves tighten around my heart like a claw. Can I survive the guilt? “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, what I am about to confess will redefine guilt itself. Is there a murder to the 1000th power? How do you atone for the manslaughter of every inhabited planet ever to come? But your honor, if there are infinite universes, who cares if I destroy just one more?”

“Computer,” I say, “Lock onto my subjective mental coordinates and engage!” The familiar experience envelops me, light stabbing through the porthole until boundaries go indistinct. Shifting parameters flutter like thumbs through pages of an infinite catalog. I range bodiless across an array of files sorted by deviation from reality. It is rare to explore least likely universes. But it has been done. McPurdy encountered universes so bizarrely insane that even the strongest minds would have been unable to cope.

The computer saw I wanted a soft physics akin to the science fantasy of comic books. When the light withdrew: stillness. The sphincter-clenching underground lab disaster had been replaced with a tranquil dream lab. I opened the hatch and stepped out amidst a swirl of vapor. In this lab, I could harness the strange energies I’d discovered in unlikely universes far from our own. A lab in a parallel Duluth where I’d never existed, where no one knew of my crimes. I realized I had trapped myself in a literary device. I was in the middle of a superhero origin story.

The Morphogenetic Field Technician

Introduction: Superhero Exegesis

I have become a lexicographer of superheroes. Who do I intend to read this exegesis? I have not profiled a readership. It is as much for my understanding as anyone’s. This universe slots neatly into a hermeneutic where my sins may not be so bad. Here, I am just another antihero. My backstory of destroying my universe amounts to a street cred I only fantasized about back home.

I haven’t admitted anything. I never remove my probability containment suit. This world knows me as a pitiable but plucky refugee making an honest go of it. But I haven’t stopped the rumor that I possess terrible powers.

I catalog the superbeings I meet with the zeal of a botanist collecting butterflies. I am creating a field of study. In addition to my new world-saving duties and the protection of the innocent, I archive the endless rogue’s galleries, super teams, and crime-busting legacies that populate Duluth and the reaches of space, time, and the literal heavens.

This is my Tractatus. This is a cosmogony of angels and a demonologia. Gods walk the Earth, natural forces are personified, and individuals are not just characters but character types. I don’t know why I thought this would be a utopia. To my horror, this world is a corrupt one of unending conflict.

And yet, I have solved one of the oldest logical riddles: what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? In the local idiom, I might phrase it thus: What happens when super-strength meets invulnerability? The answer is: they never stop fighting.

Q: What happens when super-strength meets invulnerability? A: They never stop fighting

I may be merely externalizing the collective unconscious; if so, this index is a diabolorum of archetypes, complexes, and tropes. I suspect that like Master Chuang of the Warring States, I have become trapped in my own mind, unable to distinguish reality from dreams, or from the hallucinations of the dying.

I can’t prove reality is real. It’s possible I create it outright, although don’t tell the Solipsist I said that. Let’s just say, I’m liable to be walking around in my own skull right now, compressing my last microsecond of life into a subjective infinity.

Yet even with the most perfect mental control — and my probability-altering skills — the world fails to fully correspond to my desires. Did not Jehovah Himself (or JHVH-1 as He is known here) fail to control the contents of His Creation, the externalization of His imagination?

It is indisputable that this universe has a cartoonish quality. Adolescent power fantasies, idealized bodies, etcetera. But the anthropomorphic principle states that if superheroes exist, the universe found it necessary to create them. Is God a holy trinity of Jack Kirby, Chris Claremont, and Grant Morrison, acting on a divine impulse not only of world creation, but of super-fecund character creation?

Capes, spandex, and underwear on the outside of the pants are window-dressing applied to the autonomous avatars populating our minds like the terrors of psychoanalysis.

It is a pleasure to live among them. Paraphrasing Jung, I’m comforted that at the deepest level of our brains, “carbon is just carbon.” Character falls flat. Conflict is kabuki.

Opposing this is the fact of friction. Carbon is in constant conflict. Is not an atom a miniature nation-state world-mind, its stability threatened by feuding strong and weak forces? Collisions and radiations break bonds, provoking uncertainties, every photon a Hamlet. Particle accelerators spin hard-boiled true crime tales with all the elements of legend in unremitting struggle.

Never stop fighting. Fighting is God’s will. But those who oppose you are also holy. To struggle is to honor one’s opponent.

“…every photon a Hamlet.”

The outbreak of vigilantism in Duluth takes many forms and operates on many scales:

First there are the tenderfoots, little more than poetry-scene posers with hip-hop-style handles implying superheroism. “The Holist” is an effete pseudo-intellectual who privately believes his superpower is to unite disparate academic themes. His nemesis, “The Classical Reductionist,” prowls the cafes and coffee shops always looking for an opportunity to atomize his foe’s lofty platitudes. Their rhetorical battles are local legend. These dramas barely rise to the level of live-action role playing and produce little more street violence than someone getting shoved. But gang fights and street clashes between color-coordinated teams of goons and bruisers have also become commonplace.

Have things always been this cartoonish? Is there any bar in town where a gritty square-jawed crusader for justice hasn’t thrown some perp through the plate glass? Improbable car chases are on the rise, social networks abuzz with reports of intrigue and daring-do, half-glimpsed figures in cloaks and elaborate headgear.

It seems like anybody with either a gravelly speaking voice or the boom of a street preacher feels qualified to don a mask and go prancing about fighting crime. This has led to a cottage industry of basic superhero equipment sold in unlikely places. Hardware stores offer price breaks on bulk orders of grappling hooks. Gauntlets are a prized fashion accessory.

Grappling hooks at Target

There are obviously several well-funded operations competing for something in town and these characters employ the classic secret identity modality. There is another class of self-proclaimed vigilante: the blue-collar, working-class barely-disguised variety, the dude who wears some dinky mask smaller than a pair of sunglasses, the guy who is always in costume, “on patrol” in the bars, comparing utility belts around the pool table.

But giants stride the horizon. And I have observed an increase in the city’s air traffic. I am not referring to the single-engine aircraft, rescue helicopters, or the contrails launching toward Minneapolis and Chicago from the airport over the hill. I mean I have tracked the movements of superhuman guardians who span the town from end to end as if trying to solve a murder or prevent an apocalypse. The wonder of these people in the sky — angels contaminating with holy radiations — is just another marvel of this crown jewel city, stitching Duluth into the fabric of mythology.

Index of the Duluth Superhero Community


4-D Woman: Inscrutable woman from a higher dimension

The Inscrutable 4-D Woman

5 O’ccult Shadow: Unshaven dark sorceror. Archnemesis of The Beard

5 O’ccult Shadow

The 19th Century Pseudonym Gang: Tourist-train robbers with 19th Century pseudonyms. Beef with Choo-Choo Brain 2, the futuristic AI supertrain they have robbed several times

-Dame Iris P. Hedgerton: Femme fatale duellist with a trick shot

Dame Iris P. Hedgerton of The 19th Century Pseudonym Gang

-Duke Gentilly Hawthorne: Smash and grab

-P.W. Prudhomme: The boss

-Twirly McMustache: Antihero bad boy

Twirly McMustache of the 19th Century Pseudonym Gang

23 Ski-Doo: Vigilante snowmobiler patrols the streets in winter, wanted by criminals and cops alike. Employs elaborate techniques to escape, including use of doubles and jumping entire city blocks to leave no tracks

The 300-Kiloton Megahoes from Allure-6: Radioactive 30-to-300-foot-tall galactic nuclear sex robot refugees from Allure-6 in the ArgleBargle Sector. Led by the C_6000, they have been fleeing the Cramulon rebellion against the Fuckuloids for 300 million years, leading to a 3-way standoff on Earth


B_2000 of the 300-Kiloton Megahoes from Allure-6

-C_6000: The leader

C_6000 of the 300-Kiloton Megahoes from Allure-6


The Absorbent Man (aka the Terrycloth Avenger): Wields handcloths and wash-towels made of unstable molecules

The Action Cats: Who will feed … the Action Cats? “I can haz justice?” Beef with the Aqua Pets

Electricat and Omnimeow of The Action Cats

-Annihilacat: Weaponized zoomies

-Apocalyptikitty: Offspring of Annihilacat

-Electricat: Her fur stores enormous reserves of static electricity. Do not pet

-Omnimeow: The power to subjugate humans to the will of Omnimeow

Action Justice: Raised by super progressives. “That’s why my mom named me Action Justice!”

The Addict: Derives super-powers, and super-liabilities, from use of drugs. Team-ups with the Dealer, the Mycological Man, and Hangover Man

Adrenaline Man: His seething adrenal gland conveys telekinesis. “This triple espresso will triple my power!”

Agent Reboot: Back in “The Return of Agent Reboot”. Nemesis of The Intermittent Man, The Recurruring Man, and Retcon Man of the League of Public Domain 1930s Superheroes

A.K.A.: Archnemesis of Vis-a-Vis

The Aller-Gents: “Allergic to Justice”:

-Dander Devil: Evil dandruff cloud[1]

-Gluten Intolerance Man: Ability to cast food allergies. Nemesis of The Foodies[2]

-The Sneeziest Man: Hurricane-force sneeze[3]

-The Snot-Nosed Kid: Harmless until ragweed season, then: snot lassoes. Aspires to join the Secretionists

The Snot-Nosed Kid of the Aller-Gents

The Alworth Incident Seven: Victims of irradiation by directionally-altered gravitons in UMD’s Alworth Hall:

-Backwards Man: Master of backward combat, his morals are also backward

-Diagonal Lass: Super diagonal. Stands at an angle as if italicized. Since her cells refract gravitons diagonally, she can walk normally on any diagonal surface, including upside-down ones. She is a trick fencer and champion of the “new diagonality”

Diagonal Lass of the Alworth Incident Seven

-Th= Parall=l M=n: Twin tand=m crim= fight=rs. Discoverers of parallelium

The Parall=l M=n of the Alworth Incident Seven

-Perpendicular Man: Master of clotheslining, T-boning

-Sideways Man: Wall-walker who kicks your ass sideways

Sideways Man of the Alworth Incident Seven

-Upside-Down Woman: Originally thought dead in the incident. Upside-down blast

Upside-Down Woman of the Alworth Incident Seven

The Ambivalent Man (aka Ambi-Valent Man): Mallard McPurdy is a barely-existent superscientist, contaminated with subjectivity particles giving him the ability to stop existing entirely. Technically he exists in every universe, but in an infinitely diluted state. If you can get him to stop not existing for a second, he is a good source of multiversal science and gossip. Team-ups with the Morphogenetic Field Technician of the Guys Who Never Stop Fighting, who he knows personally. Their experiments are responsible for the death of their universe, of which they are the only survivors, which drove the Ambivalent Man insane

Ambivalent Man (aka Ambi-Valent Man)

The Amphibi-Men: Mutant fish-frog men from Lake Inferior sailing a sunken cargo ship, the Janus, weaponized with an Interdimensional Giant Squid

An Amphibi-Man of the Amphibi-Men

Andy Freeze, P.I.: Private detective impervious to cold solves cold cases

Andy Freeze, P.I.

Angler 8: Super angler

Anna Phylactic Shock: Hitwoman with the psychic ability to close up your throat

The Anodyne Man: The power to remain perfectly anodyne

Anti-Ant (aka Killer Ant): A villain styled as an ant but who is a loner with no ant-like or insect powers. Ant-proof suit. Archenemies with Fire-Ant and Piss-Ant. Beef with Earwig Man, Murder Hornet, Werecockroach


Apocalypse Man: Warrior from a blasted future of the damned. Team-ups with The Last Gun on Earth

Apocalypse Man

Apple Lad: Apple Man’s sidekick

Apple Man: Wholesome depression-era crimefighter, a former minor league pitcher using apples for ammo. Team-ups with The League of Public Domain 1930s Superheroes

Apple Man, 1932

Apple Man 2: The modern Apple Man. Has an apple cannon on his shoulder

Apple Man’s Rogues Gallery:

-Blood Orange

-Green Apple Man

-Killer Kumquat

The Apple Pals: Apple Lad’s plucky kid gang with slingshots full of crabapples. Roster also includes:

-The Apple Cats: Barn cats of the orchard

-Professor Appleton: Horticulturalist breeder of Apple Man’s preternaturally hard apples

The Aqua Pets: “I hate to say it Chief but this looks like a job for the AQUA PETS”:

-Merbird: Eaten by the Action Cats

Merbird of the Aqua Pets

-Mercat: Joins the Action Cats after they eat Merbird, who she was really trying not to eat herself

Mercat of the Aqua Pets

-Merdog: The last, most powerful member of the Aqua Pets

Merdog of the Aqua Pets

The Arm: Artificially intelligent robot limb gone bad; archnemesis of the Leg

The Arm

The Asexual Kid (aka Ace): Celibate Man’s daughter

The Ass Captain: Obnoxiously promiscuous pirate

Athena: Scary space goddess drafted into the angelic army of JHVH-1


Atheniac: Supervillain modeled after Athena

The Atomic Men: Heroes of World War II with a signature B-25 bomber. Gained their powers while transporting an alien alien object similar to the Destiny Phone, which exploded. The shrapnel from the device links them to fundamental forces:

Alleged photo of Atomic Man of the Atomic Men assassinating Hitler in Berlin, 1945

-Atomic Man: Atomic powers. The leader and pilot

Atomic Man of the Atomic Men, circa 1944

-Electroman: Master of electricity

Electroman of the Atomic Men, 1944

-Neutrino Man: Speedster with neutrino speed and mass. Became trapped at neutrino speed for several decades, disappearing with only fragmentary sightings, the experience driving him insane because everyone’s so slow it feels motionless to him

Neutrino Man of the Atomic Men

-Radio Man: Radio powers that grew out of control as he aged and started ranting about the government

Radio Man of the Atomic Men in 2000

-Strontium Lad: Contamination powers[4]

Strontium Lad of the Atomic Men, 1944

-X-Ray Lass: X-ray powers

X-Ray Lass of the Atomic Men, 1945

Atomic Megan, the Atomic Men’s plane: World War II experimental bomber which served as the Atomic Men’s mobile base. Dedicated to the Atomic Men because they contaminated vehicles and bases. Atomic Megan was finally retired when Atomic Man died of cancer in 1977

Atomic Megan, the Atomic Men’s experimental bomber

Autumn Winter-Summers: Boss of the Winter-Summers crime family. Since being put behind bars, the family has instituted operation “Spring Autumn Winter-Summers”

Aztec Hammer: An enchanted stone knot-ball mace, aka an Aztec hammer. Whoever wields it becomes the warrior known as Aztec Hammer


The Bad Guys Who Never Stop Fighting (aka the Patients of Dr. Lenz): Archenemies of the Guys Who Never Stop Fighting:

-Agent Buzzkill (aka Depression Man): Zoloft opens interdimensional portals in his eyes to a dimension of pure depressive force. Became the Giggler after his encounter with the Tickler

Agent Buzzkill of the Bad Guys Who Never Stop Fighting

-The Assassins: Mind-controlled “Manchurian Candidate” locals including government officials. Typically on missions they are issued anonymizing costumes consisting largely of straps and belts. They are being weeded out by the Mad Gasser of the Guys Who Never Stop Fighting

One of The Assassins of the Bad Guys Who Never Stop Fighting, actually a prominent local political candidate

-The BiPolar Man: Who will prevail in the internal civil war of … the BiPolar Man? He possesses the terrible ability to turn into two dysfunctional people

-The H8r: Steel-melting hate rays. Transferable powers; the H8r has been at least three different people

-Dr. Lenz (aka the Scriptivist): Mind control through writing in any medium; any text he authors becomes an incontrovertible command. His written suggestions externalize powers in his psychiatric patients modeled on their neuroses, then he manipulates them and covers his own tracks. Initiated the Battle of Duluth with a citywide text: “Never stop fighting”. Team-ups with The Car and the Negationist make Dr. Lenz a global threat. Weakness: To counter his powers, the Mann Menn developed Dyslexia Goggles

Dr. Lenz (aka the Scriptivist) of the Bad Guys Who Never Stop Fighting

-Night Terror Lad: Manifests his nightmares when in REM state

Night Terror Lad of the Bad Guys Who Never Stop Fighting

-Nostalgia Man: The past comes terrifyingly alive in his nostalgia rays. Eventually becomes The Amnesiac, losing memories in sanity-fraying discharges of energy, but he is happier with fewer memories to get painfully nostalgic about[5]

-The Obscurantist: UMD professor with fatal jargon

-Placebo Man (aka Righteous Man): Super-powered sugarpill-popper. He believes Dr. Lenz’s pills have turned him into the superhero Righteous Man, but the pills are placebos; he already has superpowers but his self-esteem is too low to use them without the pills’ artificial courage

-Poltergeist Girl: Telekinetic object-thrower, or her pet ghost is, no one knows which

Poltergeist Girl of the Bad Guys Who Never Stop Fighting

Bad Judgement Man: Super bad judgement. In general he is to be avoided. His bad judgment is very bad, nothing good about it[6]

The Barometric Man: Barometric pressure control makes him one of the world’s most powerful beings

Baron Zero: The original time-traveler Baron von Bitter from the 17th century, the swashbuckling racist corporatist who spawned many variants in his quest to colonize the timestream for the Dutch East India Company. He stole the steampunk tech of his genius 19th century bride, the Baroness von Bitter, later of the so-called Guys Who Never Stop Fighting along with Baron 27. They pursue Baron Zero, assigning numbers to him and his variants

Baron Zero

Bassetborg: Cyborg basset hound with weaponized floppy ears. General Hardcheese: “We call it LBJ’s revenge.” Team-ups with the Duluth Police Department Ultra Squad. Enemy of K-ROC the escaped super drug dog

The Battle of Duluth: When everybody fought everybody else

The Battle of Duluth

The Beard: Total beard control. Team ups with the Dark Mullet Gang and Brush with Evil. Archenemy of 5 O’ccult Shadow

The Beard

The Beater-Upper: Ability to beat up large groups of people

The Bedding Gang: Beef with Nap Force Five and The Somnambulist:

-The Futon Five: Cotton batting-based defenders

-Justice Comforter: Distributing comfortable justice

-Man Cushion

-Mean Sheets: “Life’s hard in these sheets!”

-The Pillow: Restful menace, former pillow fight world champion

The Bifocal Man: Two different optical powers — telescopic vision and microscopic vision

Big Bavovna (aka Big Ka-Boom): Ukrainian supersoldier; oversized with super strength, a personal force field, and anything he punches explodes. His is the power of an artillery strike delivered in person. His origin is connected to Xplodr, the alien superweapon. Team-ups with the Mann Men and The Weird Soldiers

Big Bavovna (aka Big Ka-Boom)

The Black Hats: Evil cybernetic fuckery. Nemeses of The White Hats

-ChatRot: Evil chatbot degrades discourse

-The Signature Code: AI predictive text algorithm turned serial killer. Uses your data to predict the precise text that will make you drive off a bridge

The Black Hole Jammers: Swashbuckling space pilots with incredibly cool names:

-Axion Azimuth

Axion Azimuth of the Black Hole Jammers

-Monad Perihelion

Monad Perihelion of the Black Hole Jammers

-Zeno Equinox 

Zeno Equinox of the Black Hole Jammers

Black Mumbler: A super mumbler. Black Mumbler is the evil secret identity of the hero Mumbles, formerly of the Silly Voice Task Force

The Black Sailboat: Billionaire masked adventurer in a high-tech black sailboat with razor-sharp hydrofoils

The Black Sailboat

The Black Squirrel (aka Squirrel Man): Proportionate strength and speed of a squirrel. Normally contained in a large terrarium/hamster ball, he also has a nest somewhere along Chester Creek. Famously defeated the Germinator who clogged downtown with giant trees

The Black Squirrel, aka Squirrel Man

The Black White Knight: Magic sword transports him back and forth to Medieval England. Team-ups with Flight Knight and Firefighter

The Black White Knight

Blotto the Amazing Drunk as Fuck Telepathic Tapeworm: Symbiotically absorbs/releases alcohol. Team-ups with the Community DisOrganizer

Bludshot: Red eyes shoot blood to incapacitate with bio-horror


Blurry Man: Stuck in a state of pseudo-invisibility. Team-ups with The Incomplete Man. Nemesis of The Peripheral Man

Braceface: Weaponized cybernetic dental braces installed by Dark Dental


The Brooder: Super brooding affects the weather

The Brooder

Brush with Evil: Hair elemental moving through barbershop floor clippings like Swamp Thing in the Green. Team ups with the Dark Mullet Gang and The Beard

The Buddhist: Vatgrown chimera of genetic engineering, chemistry, and nanotech. The Buddhist’s detached raison d’etre is to take down its creator, Meatco the global megacorporation

The Bullshit Artists:

-Escape Artist: Travels through doors he draws or paints

The handiwork of Escape Artist of the Bullshit Artists

-Lazy Bones: Skeleton criminal mastermind in a skull mask. Too lazy to get any of his genius plots off the ground. Sells them to other criminals for booze money

Lazy Bones of the Bullshit Artists

-Razzle Dazzle: Ambush attacker gives you a song and dance first

The Business: Mob enforcer. “Give ’em the Business.” You don’t want to find yourself on the business end of the Business


Callous Man (aka The Feelings-Hurter): A punisher of feelings. Makes bad guys cry

Captain Astral: Cosmic being with his head in the stars. “My mission is to surf the edge of infinity”

Captain Astral

Captain Baryon: A captain made of ordinary matter. “Stand back, for I am made of baryons!… Oh wait, we’re all made of baryons…?”

Captain Buck Wild: Captain of the flying cargo ship the Crammenfjorder

Captain Capital (aka Captain Cash, Doctor Dollar, Mister Money, Money Man): Buying power

Captain Capital (aka Captain Cash, Doctor Dollar, Mister Money, Money Man)

Captain Clusterfuck: Mentor to Kid Clusterfuck

Captain Clusterfuck

Captain Form: Shapeshifter. Uneasy partnership with Doctor Structure

Captain Intensity: World’s most intense man

Captain Resentment: Possesses a resentment burning so bright it was seen from space, attracting a resentment-fueled alien race resentful of his power, which he resents

Captain Resentment

The Car: Driverless AI vehicle crime boss, the escaped creation of Drone Man. Archnemesis of the Mann Men

The Car Cult: Secret network of mechanics religiously devoted to servicing The Car

The Car Cult and The Car

The Catastrophist: John Bedlam, afflicted with a catastrophe gene[7]

The Catastrophist

The Cave Swifties: Superfans of Taylor Swift who operate out of a cave [Co-created by Violet Richardson]

Celibate Man: Immune to seduction. Father of the Asexual Kid

The Cephalopod People: Body-snatching squid people of Lake Inferior. Possible connection to the Interdimensional Giant Squids

A Cephalopod Person

Chemical Man: Chemical vision [created by Violet Richardson][8] 

Chemical Man

Choo-Choo Brain: A powerful telekinetic toddler obsessed with trains. Must be kept from the train museum at all costs

Choo-Choo Brain

Choo-Choo Brain 2: A supertrain powered by a giant cybernetic brain. Archenemy of the 19th Century Pseudonym Gang, who have robbed it several times

Choo-Choo Brain 2

Chromatic Lass (aka Metachromatigraphic Lad): Spectrum power

Chromatic Lass

The Chronic Man: Always up to no good

The Clops Clan: Redneck cyclops crime family:

-Biclops: Two-eyed cyclops with laser eyes

-Double-Y-clops: Cyclops strongman

-Ma Clops: Cyclops matriarch, laser eye

-Pops Clops: Cyclops patriarch, laser eye

Pops Clops, patriarch of the Clops Clan

-Psyclops: Cyclops telepath

-Triclopean: Three-eyed cyclops with laser eyes

Cogent Man: Super cogency

The Community DisOrganizer (aka The Unhoused Person Whisperer): Super agitator. Frequent host of Blotto the Amazing Drunk as Fuck Telepathic Tapeworm. Once became host to The H8r during the Battle of Duluth

The Complicated Man: Master of meta-complication

The Concerned Mother: Born with the power to transform into anyone’s mom, the ability to BECOME YOUR MOM. Utility belt of mostly hand sanitizer. “Who can withstand the overpowering concern of… your mom?”

Confused Man: Emits a confusion field he is not immune to

The Cooperator: Powerless when acting alone

Cosmic Furniture: Sentient furniture of the space gods:

-The Desk of Eternity

-The Mobius Lawn Chair

The Mobius Lawn Chair of the Cosmic Furniture

-The Time Love Seat

The Court of Smart-Alecky Little Brothers: “The Court is now in session. The objections of the elder party are noted and summarily dismissed (gavels).” The Court shares members with Mrs. Johnson’s 4th Grade Class, and are the youngest great-grandsons of the Institute of Old Rich Jerks

The Court of Smart-Alecky Little Brothers

The Crammenfjorder: Rogue flying cargo ship crewed by scallywags unfailingly loyal to Captain Buck Wild

Cramulons of the ArgleBargle Sector: On the run from the Fuckuloids for 300 million years, the Cramulons (led by Cramulax) are a race of ruined spacefarers[9]

Cramulax, leader of the Cramulons of the ArgleBargle Sector

The Crayfish: A were-crayfish haunting area streams

The Crayfish

Crying Cobra: Assassin whose tear ducts have been replaced with venom glands from spitting cobras, giving her “venom vision”. She sprays her blistering, blinding tears up to 20 feet away. “I am crying for you…”

Crying Cobra

The Cryptocracy: Archenemies of the Troll Farm


The D-Town Ballers: Non-powered teens who punch above their weight, attracting super trouble:

-Bike Boy: Paul Baller is a BMX tricker and fat-tire trail annihilator

Rollergrrl: Roller derby badass with her trick move “the can opener”

Rollergrrl of the D-Town Ballers

-Sk8r (aka Skater 8): Skateboard master with his trick move “the truck slap”

Dadbod: Out-of-shape crimefighter

The Danged Man: Claws his way out of Heck to cast mild curses

The Danger Nuns: Hand-to-hand parkour kung-fu freeclimbers. “This bride of Christ ain’t taking any more shit, can I get an amen sisters?”

The Danger Nuns

Dark Dental: Cyborg oral surgeons weaponizing dental care. Creators of Braceface and Overbite

Dark Dental

The Dark Mullet Gang: 50s and 60s hair powers. “Flat Top, Pompadour — Slickback’s in trouble. Round up the Crew Cut boys and tell ’em Dark Mullet is back!” Team-ups with The Beard

-The Crew Cut Boys: Twins whose powers reside in their short hair

-Dark Mullet: The leader

-Flat Top: Hair cut so flat it’s razor sharp

Flat Top of the Dark Mullet Gang

-Muttonchops: His commendable muttonchops bristle with fury

-Pompadour: Hides weapons in the large volume of his hairstyle

Pompadour of the Dark Mullet Gang

-Slickback: Meta hair grease

Slickback of the Dark Mullet Gang

The Dart (aka Dark Dart; The Dart Avenger): Dart-based combatant. Hero of the dive bar scene

The Dart (aka Dark Dart; The Dart Avenger)

The De-Actuators (aka The Counterfactuals): Locked in a never-ending battle against The Actual of the Foundational Questions Institute:

-The Believed

-The Expected

-The Intended

The Dealer (aka Bone-Z): Alien drug dealer of alien drugs, occult buzzes, and interdimensional highs. Team-ups with The Addict, The Mycological Man. Beef with K-ROC[10]

The Debacle: Writes highly-anticipated fiction that bombs in literary circles[11]

The Defenestrator: A martial artist specializing in throwing people out of windows

The Delineated Man: Formerly invisible until his encounter with the Delineator

The Delineator: Anti-invisibility power

Demonfolk (aka The Devourers): Pale hordes from Hell working in Limbo’s the Discarnate Club as a ruse to escape through the mirror to Duluth’s Pizza Luce, there to rule the Earth. All demonfolk are formidable supernatural opponents. Beef with JHVH-1

Demonfolk of the Discarnate Club

-Abraxas: Bartender

Abraxas of the Demonfolk

-Cholly: Disher

-Corvex: Bouncer

-Demon Server: World’s most diabolical waiter, earthly agent of the Demonfolk, works at Pizza Luce

-Mixis (aka Demon Girl): Bar manager. She has a crush on one of her regulars: The Ambivalent Man

Mixis (aka Demon Girl) of the Demonfolk

-The Negationist (aka Nazi X, Atomik Teutonik): Nazi agent of Demonfolk origin, creates volumes of empty space. Was present at the origin of the Atomic Men when an alien device exploded, imparting the shrapnel of metamaterials that gave them their powers. The Negationist also received the shrapnel, giving him his “negation” ability to create empty space, in addition to his innate demon powers. Fought the Atomic Men in WWII and is still on Earth allied with The Car

The Negationist of the Demonfolk

-Phanaghast: Waitstaff

The Demonizer: Super gaslighting turns people into demonic combatants

The Demonizer

The Demotivator: Motivational speaker by day, inspires total lack of motivation by night [created by Alden Kaschak]

The Denier: “You’ve been … denied!”

The Destiny Phone: An addict angel traded his paranormal shape-changing AI super phone to the Dealer who lost it in the timestream. The Negationist found it and used it as a burner phone to talk to the Discarnate Club while he was a Nazi in WWII. He left it lying around the bunker and Hitler used it to talk with the future and the dead. After the Atomic Men killed Hitler, it sat in Radio Man’s attic for nearly a century. Then it became the super-phone of App Master of the Teens Who Never Stop Fighting

The Destiny Phone

The Destroyer: Any small object incinerates in his hands, a power he makes good money with. Pursues The Maker

The Destroyer

Diabetes Woman: Hulks out without radioactive insulin

Diadem: Sorceress whose powers derive from her magic diadem. Whoever wears the diadem becomes Diadem. Opposes The Red Gem of The League of Public Domain 1930s Superheroes


Diameter Boy: Master of circumference

Diameter Boy, Master of Circumference

The Diminished Men: Adventurers shrunk to tiny size damaging their sense of self-worth

The Dinero Pistoleros: Guns for hire adopting names from old Mexploitation films:

-Baron Cabron: The leader

-Bastardo De Bardo: Soulful one

-Guero Pistolero: The blond gun

Guero Pistolero of the Dinero Pistoleros

-Perdito Bandito: Amnesiac one. The others know he is actually the FBI agent who tried to take them down, only incorporated into the team until he remembers who he is, then they will kill him

-Fiero Pistolero: Crazy one

The Discarnate Club: A demonfolk-staffed bar in Limbo where you can see the Pizza Luce bar through the mirror

The Discarnate Club

The Dismissive Man: Deflection powers

The Disruptory: Super-team with disruption powers

DJ ESP: He knows what you need to hear

Doctor Blizzardo: The power to cover the city in a foot of frozen glop. Beef with Cold Fish of the Terrible Exes

Doctor Blizzardo

Doctor Love: Emits a field which induces eternal love, then he dumps you leaving you helplessly in pain[12]

Doctor Structure: Structure blast. Uneasy partnership with Captain Form

Doctor Vishnu: Scary space god drafted into JHVH-1’s divine forces

Doctor Vishnu

The Dodecacriminologist: Detective from the 12th dimension. Beef with 4-D Woman who he finds incredibly basic. But she alone knows he’s only from the 9th dimension

The Dodecacriminologist

Doorman: Mob hitman. He will see you in … then he will see you out


Dragonfly Man (aka the Man-Dragonfly): UMD researcher transforms into humanoid dragonfly after ill-advised experiment. Conflict with Anti-Ant, Earwig Man, Fire-Ant, Murder Hornet, Werecockroach

Dragonfly Man

Drone Man: Master of drone warfare, creator of The Car. Former member of the Mann Men until he betrayed them in Kherson. Favorite mode of attack is drone swarms making weaponized animated figures in the night sky. Beef with The Mann Men, Big Bavovna

Drone Man

The Duluth Autonomous Navy: Ragtag volunteer fleet of small watercraft

Duluth, Minnesota: The city of Duluth is conscious and aware, displaying cognition especially when it was personified by the Ur-Thing of the Golems during the Battle of Duluth

Duluth Police Department Ultra Squad: Powered Po-Po. Team-ups with Bassetborg, Firefighter, and The Trauma Team. Archenemies of The Ghost Skins of the Prejudice Patrol, and the escaped super drug dog K-ROC:

Brobocop: Cyborg cop bro


-The Pursuant: With his super warrants, he is archnemesis of the Recusant

-Sergeant Chest Law: Decorated local cop hero who runs the DPD Ultra Squad

-Supercop: Bulletproof master of community relations

Duluth Rangers: Local superpowered minor league baseball team[13]

The Dynamosaurs: Mutant sauropod adventurers created by Lizard Thing:

-Dynamosaurus Rex: A mutant T-Rex

Dynamosaurus Rex of the Dynamosaurs

-Gynosaur: Were-woman dinosaur turns into a human woman

Gynosaur of the Dynamosaurs

-Lizard Thing: A man with the psionic ability to make lizard things. He made the Dynamosaurs out of thin air, and then became at odds with them

Lizard Thing of the Dynamosaurs

-Reptaurus: Lizard-bull hybrid

Reptaurus of the Dynamosaurs

-Reptorus: Torus-shaped dinosaur

Reptorus of the Dynamosaurs

-Triscaratops: Triceratops whose horns shoot fear


Earwig Man: Owner-operator of local earwig restoration habitat built an earwig-themed super-suit including (leaky) stores of earwigs. Earwig Man is in fact terrified of earwigs but as long as the suit’s neck baffle holds, they won’t be able to get into his helmet. Beef with Anti-Ant, Dragonfly Man, Fire-Ant, Murder Hornet, Piss-Ant, Werecockroach

Earwig Man

The Embassy: An interdimensional embassy populated with high-tech weirdos

Emu-You Bar & Grill: Amish outlaw Menno Zwonk’s roadside hive of scum and villainy outside Superior, Wisconsin. Horror barn in back. Specialty: emu burgers

Epidermis Lad: Super skin grafts

The Ersatz Cats: Team of pretend, inferior quality cats. Beef with the Action Cats

The Ersatz Cats

The Esthetician: A villain who, during hand-to-hand combat, swabs your pores, pops your blackheads, and salt-scrubs your skin. “Your face looks amazing — have you been fighting … the Esthetician?”

The Esthetician

The Exaggerated Man: Superpowered PR team led by Ad Man makes him larger than life

The Exasperated Man: Sworn foe of Jabber Jaws

The Excuser: “J’excuse!”

The Expanding Men: The power to get fat

Eye Spy: Sends floating eyes around like drones under his mystical mental command

Eye Spy


The Falling Man: He can’t fly but he can survive falling out of airplanes. “Send in … The Falling Man”

The Fantastic Foreskin: Telekinetic control of his foreskin which detaches from his body and flies around grabbing stuff and slapping people. He is the mutant father of Smegneto of the Secretionists

The Fatal Bodyguard: Max Coffin is haunted by the client he couldn’t protect, so he avenges him

Fatberg: Sewer-dwelling giant monster blob composed of grease, oil, fat, and wet wipes. Enemy of Shit-Thing of The Golems

Fettucine Afraido: Cannibal killer who turns his victims into fettucine alfredo. Team-ups with The Lasanguinator, The Omeleteer, and The Pickler

Fiberglass Lad: Turns into fiberglass

Fire-Ant: Spirit who animates colonies of fire ants to make bodies, palaces. Archnemesis of Anti-Ant, Dragonfly Man, Earwig Man, Murder Hornet, and Piss-Ant[14]


Firefighter: Immune to normal fire, super strong, wields enchanted firefighter’s ax. Firefighter has extensive scarring from magical fire; he is secretly hundreds of years old and used to slay fire-breathing dragons with the same ax. Team-ups with the Black White Knight, the Duluth Police Department Ultra Squad, Flight Knight, Space Garbage Man, and Trauma Team


The Flashback: Disables opponents by triggering debilitating flashbacks. Must be kept from Nostalgia Man of the Bad Guys Who Never Stop Fighting, who might become supercharged

Flight Knight: Flying knight. Team-ups with The Black White Knight and Firefighter

Flight Knight

Flo the Neanderthal: A Neanderthal witch-doctor imported from 100,000 years ago to the Battle of Duluth by the time-traveler Baron von Bitter (Baron Zero) for her combat prowess. Flo is his pet name for her, after Florence Nightengale, because she nursed him back to health. Beef with Cave Bigot of the Prejudice Patrol

Flo the Neanderthal

The Foodies: Archnemeses of Gluten Intolerance Man, Fettucine Afraido, The Lasanguinator, The Omeleteer, The Pickler, and Vomitman. Team-ups with Time Stocker:

-Antacid Lad: Super digestive

-Baker X (aka the Batard Bastard): Silat-style stick fighter who uses stale French bread as weapons and throws crescent rolls, biscotti[15]

-Brut Force: A deadly shot with a champagne cork and other champagne-based weapons including the champagne saber. “The Champagne of Killers”

-Cheese Wheel: Master of circular cheeses

Cheese Wheel of the Foodies

-Creamer: Generates creamer in combat-effective quantities. “You’ve been … creamed!”

-The Esculent Man: “I’m fit to be eaten!”

-Fruity Sugars: Enzyme manipulation powers. A mesmerizing dancer secretly dating Death Fart of the Xcre-Men, increasing his powers exponentially

-Health Nut: Radiant super-health

-The Human Artichoke: The leader. Basically a giant artichoke

The Human Artichoke, leader of The Foodies

-Ionic Onion: An onion with ion power

-The Juicer: Telekinetic control over fruits and vegetables, primarily for juicing, but with some combat effectiveness. Formerly known as The Fruitarian but don’t ask him about it

The Juicer of The Foodies

-The Living Delicatessen: A mutant who absorbed an entire delicatessen; has weaponized the meat slicer into a sliced meat gun firing baloney and salami slices splap splap splap

-Man-Salad: A walking Caesar salad. Weakness: Not low-fat if you consider the dressing

-The Molecular Gastronomist: “My umame sense is tingling!”

-Potator: Barbarian potato-based warrior

-The Sous Chef: Second-in-command. A telekinetic Sous Chef

The Sous Chef of the Foodies

Foot Fighter (aka The Armless Gunfighter): Foot-based combatant. Origin: Pronounced dead in an antarctic diving accident, his arms were surgically harvested for the victim of a combine accident. When he came back to life he mastered foot-based combat. Loads and shoots handguns with his feet, drawing from ankle holsters; also proficient in throwing knives, shuriken, grenade hacky-sack, and parkour

The Foundational Questions Institute: Supergenius club. Conflict with The Solipsist:

-The Actual: The Actual is locked in a never-ending battle against the De-Actuators

-Blooper Reel: Bitten by a radioactive videographer, he can see into parallel worlds where everything is fucked up

-The Classical Reductionist: Atomizes lofty platitudes

-Credible Woman: Doubts the unreality of the Implausible Man. Weakness: Not actually credible

-The Eschatological Man: The power to end history. Beef with the Teleological Man

-Extant Man: Existence-based powers. Beef with Imaginary Man and Quasiman

-The Functionalist: Super functional foe of Captain Form and Doctor Structure

-The Fundamental Premise: Archnemesis of The Persistent Misunderstanding

-The Holist: The leader. Power to unite disparate academic themes

-Indubitable Man: Super indubitability

-Multilateral Man: “There are many sides to his position for is he not … The Multilateral Man?”

-The Namer: Possesses all the power of naming. By naming things that have never been named before, he creates reality

-Superscience Philosopher: Power to transcend all paradigms

Zeno’s Paradox (aka the Out-of-Ranger): You can never reach him because he divides distance into further increments

Freeskater: Patrols the wild ice of deep winter in lonely vigils. Winter identity of Lake Superior Aquaman

The Fuckuloids: Unpleasant alien race. Conquered the ArgleBargle Sector after the Impactor destroyed the home planet of the Cramulons. Fuckuloid assassins pursued the limping Cramulon fleet to Earth

Fuckuloids from the planet Fucku, conquerors of the ArgleBargle Sector

The Functionary: Government stooge codename from WWII to Present Day. Superhero liaison. Sometimes seen in the same room as General Hardcheese and Major Mann of the Mann Men

The Future-er: Partially stuck in the future. Weakness: Cannot time-travel to the past. Archnemesis of The Past-er of U.L.T.R.A.


Gene Genie: Manipulates your genome with magic

General Gibbon: A genetically modified gibbon general

General Gibbon

General Hardcheese: Gruff battle-hardened war hero drawn into super conflicts via the Functionary. Sometimes liaises with Major Mann of the Mann Men to put down or contain super-threats. During his career, Hardcheese covered up Atomic Man’s radioactivity and sequestered the toxic hero to the wastes of Los Alamos. Hardcheese was subsequently instrumental in putting down the aging and increasingly dangerous Radio Man. Hardcheese also oversaw the weaponization of the Impactor

General Hardcheese

The Germinator: Causes seeds to exhibit super-growth, carries a utility belt full of seeds. Famously beaten by the Black Squirrel after growing giant trees downtown [created by Jeff Greensmith]

Ghost Girl: Haunts Hartley Nature Center and knows its terrible secret. Team-ups with The Flower Girl and The Ring Bearer of The Wedding Party

Ghost Girl

Ghost Gun: A haunted Colt .45 from WWII that possesses its wielder. The spirits of those it has killed remain attached to it, from Nazi soldiers to innocent children. They dialog with anyone holding the weapon, eroding sanity. The gun itself has developed its own persona and can dominate the user. Never needs reloading. Crosses paths with The Living Gun

Ghost Writer: With his flaming skull and laptop, he opens the infernal browser with a rush of brimstone, his bony fingers typing the narrative of the damned. Can be seen writing at The Discarnate Club. Team-ups with The White Hats

Ghost Writer

Giga Chad: Perfect Man who still has work to do

Giga Chad

The Giggler: Telepathically provokes giggling. Used to be Agent Buzzkill of the Bad Guys Who Never Stop Fighting, until the intervention of the Tickler

The Gitchee Gumee Goontch: A giant mutant Lake Superior catfish feeding around the toxic barrel dump

Go-Getter: A slow speedster with the power to be just faster than you. Diabolically finishes your sentences. Foe of The Interruptor of The Vocabuconstabulary. Their races to interrupt each other get super destructive


The Golems: Elemental beings:

-Agatea (aka the Mother of Agates): A shapechanging woman of living agate with telekinetic agate control

Agatea, the Mother of Agates of the Golems, in her blue form

-Angel of Machines: Ancient god of iron possessing a giant robot minotaur. Occasionally merges with the Industrial Kid

The Angel of Machines of the Golems

-The Burning Man (aka Burny Cinders): Cyclonic fire-being, responsible for the Hinckley Fire and the Bakken Blowout

The Burning Man (aka Burny Cinders) of the Golems

-Dark Vapor (aka Dark Vaper, The Murk, Scaldman): Master of steam, fog, smoke. Masquerades in human form[16]

Dark Vapor (aka Dark Vaper, The Murk, Scaldman)

-Glass Lass (aka Glass King; The Jagged One): Made of regenerative organic glass, she is a glass shape-shifter with full glass control. Can travel instantaneously from any piece of glass to another (in the glassosphere, a non-local dimension connecting all glass). Sometimes takes the form of an obsidian megalodon that can swim through solid earth

Glass Lass (aka Glass King; The Jagged One) of the Golems

-Salt Woman: Made of living salt, she controls and generates salt in firehose blasts of abrading power. Grows to giant size. Immune to magic, she frightens the Demonfolk

Salt Woman

-Shit-Thing (aka the Execrable Shit-Thing): Shit monster (also member of the Xcre-Men). Enemy of Fatberg[17]

The Execrable Shit-Thing of the Golems and the Xcre-Men

-Ur-Thing: Giant possessing features of the landscape

The Golfers: A golfer and his caddy solving mysteries and fighting crime with their knight-and-squire relationship, infiltrating villainous country clubs, and recruiting other super golfers to the cause:

-The Caddy (aka Caddy Lad): Quick with a 9-iron

The Caddy of The Golfers (aka Caddy Lad)

-The Golfer: Golfer-detective with perfect aim. The leader

The Golfer of The Golfers

-The Golfer of the Mystic Arts: “By the Crimson Clubs, I command you — sink that putt!”

The Golfer of the Mystic Arts of The Golfers

-The Human Golf Ball: A man with the proportionate strength, speed, and aerodynamic qualities of a golf ball

The Human Golf Ball of The Golfers

-Mini-Golfer: Golfer with shrinking ability

Mini-Golfer of The Golfers

The Grandma: Martial arts centenarian assassin still has a move or two especially with her new hips. Has killed with a hatpin

Grappling Hook: Reviled in the superhero community for overuse of grappling hooks degrading the city’s vintage brickwork

The Green Dandy: Disarming green fashion sense[18]

The Green Dandy

The Guys Who Never Stop Fighting: Superhero collective. Archenemies of the Bad Guys Who Never Stop Fighting:

-Baron 27: The single good variant of the 17th Century time-traveler Baron von Bitter (Baron Zero, with his evil variants colonizing the timestream for the Dutch East India Company)[19]

-Baroness von Bitter: 19th Century time-traveler with multiple good variants. Has maintained a secret lab in the Old Central clock tower since 1892. Ex-wife of Baron von Bitter (Baron Zero) who she assassinates the variants of, except for Baron 27

The Baroness von Bitter, 19th Century time traveler, appears briefly on the 21st Century roster of the so-called Guys Who Never Stop Fighting

-The Industrial Kid: Controls industrial materials, occasionally merges with the Angel of Machines

-The Mad Gasser: Former CEO of Lake Superior Chemical, Simon Battle pioneered secrets of gas compression. When Doctor Lenz took over the company, Battle stole his own gas warfare suit and now haunts a secret base under the steam plant. Fumigating the embedded Assassins of Dr. Lenz makes it look like he’s declared war on the city

The Mad Gasser of the Guys Who Never Stop Fighting

-The Morphogenetic Field Technician (aka M-Tech): Dr. Leon Oswald is a superscientist from another dimension which he destroyed with hubristic experiments. Powers include probability alteration, interdimensional travel, and high-tech weapons in his suit including a wrist-mounted laser. Weakness: He is contaminated with a probability-destabilizing field which may be destroying the universe, so he never removes his suit, which looks like a spacesuit but is actually a probability-containment suit. He founded the Morphogenetic Field Studies Institute, which houses The Guys Who Never Stop Fighting and the Weak Men. Team-ups with The Ambivalent Man

The Morphogenetic Field Technician (aka M-Tech) of the Guys Who Never Stop Fighting

-Osiris: Scary space god drafted into the angelic army of JHVH-1. Weakness: cosmic love problems


Hangover Man: Being super hungover gives him the strength of ten men. Team-ups with the Addict

Hapless Man: Schizophrenic who makes suits of armor out of soup cans and is always getting crazy injured

The Harrowers of Hell (aka Those Who Return): Superteam of gods performing black ops missions in the underworld for JHVH-1. Each member specializes in returning from the land of the dead:

-Inanna: War goddess with powers including transmutation, flight, and lion command

-Jesus Christ: Team leader. Armed with the flaming sword that guarded Eden

Jesus Christ of the Harrowers of Hell

-Orpheus: Powers of sound-based hypnosis and telekinesis

-Osiris: Also a member of the 21st-century Duluth superhero team The Guys Who Never Stop Fighting

-Persephone: Terrifying half-living queen of the dead

Persephone of the Harrowers of Hell

The Hermaphrodoxy: Alien religious zealot asexual hermaphrodite starfish who generate their own silica weapons and consider sexual species demonic:

-Hermaphrodox: Herald of the Hermaphrodoxy. Closeted sexual super starfish

-Hexaplex: Mollusc warrior of the Hermaphrodoxy

-The Parthenogenerator: Mountain-sized slime god of the Hermaphrodoxy. Lives in Lake Inferior. Once ate the Lakewalk

The Parthenogenerator of the Hermaphrodoxy

-Tentaculon: Warrior of the Hermaphrodoxy

Hidden Variable: Invisible shape-changer. Beef with Protoplexus

High Prices: Super inflation ability[20]

The Hipster Whisperer (aka the Hipstererer): Mind-controls trendy people. Beef with the Jaded Hipster

Horroratio: Giant orator

Hurricane Eyes: Wind vision from irises that spin like jet turbines. Weakness: air intake on the back of his head must remain clear

Hurricane Eyes’ eye


Imaginary Man: From the imaginary island of Hyperzil, he is a source of intelligence about imaginary things. Beef with Extant Man of the Foundational Questions Institute. Team-ups with Quasiman

Imaginary Man

The Impactor (aka Slo-Mo Man): Living meteorite launched at the beginning of time by forgotten gods to kill the dinosaurs. Now employed as a kinetic weapon by the US military. He is super strong and invulnerable, but because his time-sense developed in space over billions of years, he is very slow

The Impactor

The Implausible Man: Doubts Credible Woman’s super-credentials

The Incomplete Man: Not all there. Team-ups with Blurry Man

Indefatigable Man: Super-indefatigable Fortress of Imperturbability

The Indefinable Man: Resists characterization

Indelible Man: The power to be absolutely unforgettable. Beef with The Unidentified Man

Inside-Out Man: His organs, blood vessels, and lymph nodes are on the outside of his body, providing distracting gross-out factor[21]

Insouciant Lad: Tousle-haired menace

The Institute for Sideways Research: Founded by Sideways Man of the Alworth Incident Seven, in a wing of the Morphogenetic Field Studies Institute

The Institute of Old Rich Jerks: The great-grandfathers of the Court of Smart-Alecky Little Brothers

The Institute of Old Rich Jerks

Intellectra: Smartest cyborg in the world


Interdimensional Giant Squids (aka I.G.S.): Lovecraftian horrors squeezing through wormholes to colonize other dimensions

Interdimensional Giant Squids (IGS)

The Interesting Man: Devastatingly interesting

The Interesting Man

The Intermittent Man: Might return. Team-ups with The Recurring Man, and Retcon Man of the League of Public Domain 1930s Superheroes. Nemesis of Agent Reboot

Interpolator: Ability to insert things into unrelated things

The Intervenor: Saboteur who prevents things from happening

The Iron Clown: Clown of iron

The Iron Clown

The Iron Ranger: A rural Minnesotan made of iron

The Irrecusable Man: A judge born with the power to hear any case, no matter how relevant to his personal life

The Irresistible Man: Gets what he wants

The Irritator (aka Irritating Man): The power to derange his opponents by being super irritating

It Girl: Fashionista with weaponized It bag and literal stiletto heels. There is a new It Girl every year. As a legacy character, there is a deep well of untold It Girl tales from years past, and many team-up opportunities with former It Girls

It Girl


Jack Fracas: Pugilistic action hero

Jack Fracas

The Jaded Hipster: Duluth’s most pretentious superhero, although of course he’d really prefer to be thought of as a villain. Beef with the Hipster Whisperer

JHVH-1: Overlord of time, space, and dimension. He has forced gods of other pantheons into service as angels. Beef with The Demonfolk

Joe Chin: Enormous chin. Enemy of Space Chin

The Juice Man: Electric powers and charisma


Kali: Scary space goddess drafted into the angelic army of JHVH-1

The Kayakers of Tomorrow: Kayak tour lost in time after paddling through an anomaly

The Kayakers of Tomorrow

Kid Clusterfuck: Captain Clusterfuck’s sidekick, manages his clusterphobia

Killer Smile: A smile so beautiful it literally slays

Knife Boy: Several Knife Boys exist in alternate Duluths. They come to this one to team up:

-Knife Boy 1: Child inventor of knife-shooting crimefighting apparatus

-Knife Boy 2: Knife-throwing circus orphan defends the streets

Knife Boy 2

-Knife Boy 3: Generates knives from his body

-Knife Boy 4: Laser knives

K-ROC: Escaped super K9 unit tears drug users to shreds looking for his ball. Working through the underworld toward the Dealer. Beef with Bassetborg, Brobocop, Supercop, and Sergeant Chest Law



Lake Inferior: Secret Hell-lake in a giant cave under Lake Superior where monsters live

Lake Superior Aquaman (aka Freediver X, aka Freeskater): Lake-based adventurer

Lake Superior Chemical: Chemical plant on the St. Louis River responsible for outbreaks of mutagenesis, tied to the origins of Chemical Man, Slippery Girl, and the Amphibi-Men. The plant’s weapons division developed the prototype suits now used by the Mad Gasser of the Guys Who Never Stop Fighting, and Lazer Blade. Drone Man used the plant’s electro-chemicals and nanobots to 3D print The Car

Lake Superior Chemical

The Lake Superior Submarine Fleet: Ragtag volunteer fleet sailing homemade submarines

The Lasanguinator: Mob enforcer cannibal who turns his victims into blood lasagna.[22] Team-ups with Fettucine Afraido, The Omeleteer, and The Pickler. Archenemy of the Foodies

The Last Gun on Earth: Shootist from the future with the last gun on Earth finds himself outgunned in our time but not outsmarted. The gun itself is a high-tech supergun that 3-D prints its own ammunition. Team-ups with Ghost Gun and The Living Gun

The Last Gun on Earth

Lava Lass: Lava vision. Beef with Hot Mess of the Terrible Exes

Lava Lass

Lazer Blade: A laser warfare suit that circulates chemicals with lasing properties throughout its metamaterials, lasing from any point on its body. Stolen from Lake Superior Chemical by a petty thief who then became a prolific regional bank robber and heist man. Weakness: The chemical battery pack on his back. Beef with the Mad Gasser, the suit’s inventor

Lazer Blade

The League of Public Domain 1930s Superheroes: Team-ups with Apple Man:

-Dickie Dabbler: Kid hero raised on super vitamins making him pretty good at everything

Dickie Dabbler of the League of Public Domain 1930s Superheroes

-The Red Gem: Controls the mystic Red Gem. Opponent of Diadem

The Red Gem of the League of Public Domain 1930s Superheroes

-Retcon Man: Updated version of unfortunate 1930s character The Mongoloid. Team-ups with The Intermittent Man and The Recurring Man

-Spazmo: Public sector robot creature designed by committee

Spazmo of the League of Public Domain 1930s Superheroes

The Leg: Artificially intelligent robot leg. Archnemesis of The Arm

The Leg

The Limbo Babies: Biker gang army of spirit babies from Limbo, frequently seen at the Discarnate Club. Since many have been in Limbo for many millennia, even though they are babies, they look like tough little old people wearing biker vests

The Living Gun: Mr. Promethium of the Metalloids cultured the Living Gun from a medium of lead, steel, gun oil, and human DNA. The Living Gun has in fact grown itself a human body to carry itself around and pull its trigger, but the Living Gun is in control; the body is an automaton, in effect the gun’s external organ. The Living Gun never needs reloading, they just get hungry. Team-ups with Ghost Gun and The Last Gun on Earth

The Living Gun

Lowball: Deflates expectations


The Magic Hat: One of the Hats of Destiny

The Maker (aka Creatia): Her uterus can produce any small object, making her the target of kidnapers and extortionists who universally underestimate her abilities. Pursued by the Destroyer

Man Cannon: A human cannon

Man Grenade: A human grenade who re-forms after blasting, but is he the same person, really?

The Mann Men: Experimental NATO black-ops team with access to the highest tech, and with full operational autonomy. Archenemies of The Car and Drone Man. Team-ups with Big Bavovna and The Weird Soldier:

-Agent Fruit Loops: Masochist martial arts master with insane pain threshold

-The Bastard Killer: Crazed sniper[23]

The Bastard Killer of the Mann Men

-Big Gun: Wields giant weightless gun giving this small nimble strike force the firepower of an artillery unit

Big Gun of the Mann Men

-Breacher: Explosives expert. Always goes first with shotgun

-Major Mann: Major Gloria Mann, super tactician, the leader. Sometimes seen in the same room as The Functionary and General Hardcheese

Major Gloria Mann, leader of the Mann Men

-Super Driver: Only member of the team with super abilities. Her vehicle-centric telekinesis allows driving of any vehicle above and beyond its performance specs. She was observed in Kherson making a hard right-angle turn at 90 miles per hour in an armored pick-up truck. She is the only person who can drive The Car

ManWorm: Tapeworm-based character with all the trimmings


Market Manipulator: Infernal market control [created by Paul Lundgren]

MasterMime: Silence-based powers. Beef with Military Mime of the Weird Soldiers, sworn foe of the Silent Men. Their noiseless battles without even a musical soundtrack are legendary


Meatco: Global megacorporation with their dirty hands in everything

The Mediator: Advanced mediation skills

Mega-Merganser: Magical giant merganser. Peak size is large enough to eat cargo ships, the transformation displacing enough water to flood the lakeshore from Duluth to Ontario. Opponent of the Merganser Men

The Melodramatic Man: Ability to heighten emotional situations with his Melodrama Engine

Menno Zwonk: Amish outlaw shootist animal-smuggler crime-boss restauranteur. As lethal with his weaponized animals as he is with a gun. Battles the Ramrod Auto Parts Gang for control of the lucrative garbage and sewer rackets

Menno Zwonk, Amish Outlaw

The Merganser Men: Were-waterfowl opponents of Mega-Merganser[24]:

-Diver: Strongest swimmer

-Mergus: The leader

-Seaduck: Bravest

The Messenger: A cosmic being with the power to run between worlds and through time. Leaves a wake of timewaves like the tail of a comet. Used as a messenger by other cosmic beings. Masquerades in human form

The Messenger

The Metalloids: Semi-metallic beings created by Mister Promethium. Team-ups with The Atomic Men:

-Argon Maroon: A being made of solid argon hydride contained in a suit of red graphite. Powers include the ability to shoot blue lasers

Argon Maroon of the Metalloids

-Azure Antimony: Silver-blue skin with black veins. Powers include electronegativity, acid resistance, and explosivity. Weakness: Azure Antimony sometimes spontaneously combusts

Azure Antimony of the Metalloids

-Bismuth Carnelian: Iridescent red silver skin with a crystal structure. Powers include super low thermal conductivity, electrical resistance, and the ability to repel magnetic fields

Bismuth Carnelian of the Metalloids

-Mister Promethium: Promethium-powered creator of The Metalloids and The Living Gun. Leader of The Metalloids. Discovered a method to make metals behave like organic acids and proteins

Mister Promethium, creator of the Metalloids, 1945

-Silver Beryllium: Neutron-reflecting silver-blue mirrored skin with a nuclear halo. Long-term exposure causes fatal berylliosis. Powers include malleable rigidity, transparency to X-rays, and cyanide generation. Weakness: Silver Beryllium will explode on contact with sulfur

Silver Beryllium of the Metalloids

The Miasmic Man: Meta-miasmic mutant

Microplastic Man: Microscopic superhero with the power to slowly degrade your health and the health of the environment. Conflict with Sarge Shrink of The Weird Soldiers, and Micromanager of The Ultra Office

Microplastic Man

Misery Man: The power to be super miserable; derives energy from emotional agony

Misgendered Man: Misgendered Man is a super woman

The Miss Universes of Multiple Worlds: Superteam composed of winners of the Miss Universe contests of different levels of reality:

-Miss Multiverse: Smartest woman in all of existence with a killer tap dance routine

-Miss Newtonian Universe: Master of Newtonian physics with an eye-popping gown

-Miss Quantum Universe: Her mysterious power only works when she is observed in pay-per-view

Mister Know-It-All: He thinks he knows it all but he don’t know a thing at all. Beef with Mansplainer of the Terrible Exes

Mistress Darkness: Conspires to arrange the Pageant of Darkness

Mona Lisa Woman: Super enigmatic

Monopole Man: Monopolar powers

Monopole Man

Moonlight Man: Moonlight on his skin grants him luminous lunar powers and the strength of ten dreams. He looks like moonlight through trees

Moonlight Man

The Morphogenetic Field Studies Institute: Superscience institute overlooking Lake Superior, founded by the Morphogenetic Field Technician of the Guys Who Never Stop Fighting. Base of the Guys Who Never Stop Fighting, the Weak Men, and the Institute for Sideways Research

The Morphogenetic Field Studies Institute

Mountain Goat Man: Ability to traverse nearly sheer surfaces

Murder Hornet: Toxic sting, releases swarms of hornet drones. Opponent of Anti-Ant, Earwig Man, Fire-Ant, Piss-Ant, Werecockroach

Murder Hornet

Muskie Man: A were-muskie. Beef with the Merganser Men

The Mycological Man: Microdose-based powers. Linked to The Addict and The Dealer. Hunted by K-ROC the super drug dog

The Myth-anthropes: Greek myth-understood monster team-up:

-The Fury

-The Gorgon

-The Harpy

-The Siren

The Siren of the Myth-anthropes


Nap Force Five: Beef with the Bedding Gang:

Nap Force Five

-Nap Lad: Nap Master’s sidekick

-Nap Lass: Nap Woman’s sidekick

-Nap Master: “Set the alarm, Nap Lad. We must rest up — for the naps yet to come.”

-Nap Woman: Nap Lass’s mentor

-Nap Mite: A drowsy spirit from the 11th dimension

Necromone: Death scent warns of danger

The New Agers:

-Crystal Face: “Fuck these hippies always touching my head …”

-Feng Shui Man: Heightened senses detect super relationships between objects

-The Numerologist: Armed with an infinity of powerful numbers

The Numerologist of the New Agers

-Pee Drinker: Gains super strength for one hour by drinking their own pee

-The Placenta Men: Eating placenta confers special powers. “Placenta powers, activate!”

-Qigong Man: Reiki-based martial arts master with crystal brass knuckles[25]

Crystal brass knuckles of Qigong Man of the New Agers

-The Sociopathic Naturopath: Fatal chiropracty using acupuncture needles with undetectable homeopathic poisons[26]

Night Rabbit: Protector of the town’s mostly nocturnal wild/feral rabbit population

Night Rabbit

The Non-Canonical Men:

-The Diuretic Four[27]

-Fun Hulk: Always up for drinks

-The Goetic Four[28]

-Love Hulk

-The Patristic Four[29]

-Reverse Hulk: Turns normal in times of stress

-Scrupleman: Last son of Encrypton

-The Stochastic Four[30]

-Swamped Thing: Too busy to manage the Green

-The Uncredible Hulk: “Me hear it on Fox News, wreck stuff”

The Nuclear Family:

-The Absent Father: Intangible and invisible with silent interior monologues

The Absent Father

-Anti-Aunt: Anti-matter aunt

-Babysitter X: The power to make you go to bed

-Big Sister: Giant tween

Big Sister of the Nuclear Family

-Supermom: Does everything

-Twister Sister: Tornado powers

-Ultra Baby: An adorable indestructible super-strong baby who babbles preciously through highly commercial adventures. “Who dares change … the Ultra Baby?”[31] 


Obstinate Girl: World’s most stubborn pre-teen. Sidekick of Stubborn Man

The Off-Color Men: Rogues gallery of Blue Man of the Weak Men:

-Agent Orange: Mutagenic orange being

Agent Orange of the Off-Color Men

-The Magenta Men: Proportionate strength and speed of magenta

The Magenta Men of the Off-Color Men

-The Red Scare: Master of fear tactics

The Red Scare of the Off-Color Men

-The Sepia Seven: Faded villains hiding out in old photographs

The Sepia Seven of the Off-Color Men

-Violet Ultra: Nonhuman light being[32]

Violet Ultra of the Off-Color Men

-The Yellow Peril: Casts people in the wrong light

The Omeleteer: Omelette chef/mob hitman prepares his victims’ faces in omelettes. Team-ups with Fettucine Afraido, The Lasanguinator, and The Pickler. Archnemesis of the Foodies

The Orca Corps: Experimental orca whale adjunct to the Great Lakes Coast Guard

Overbite: Steel teeth flake into razors he spits with deadly accuracy; rows of bullet teeth rotate into their place. He actually has an underbite. Another product of Dark Dental



Parallelium: A Euclidean meta-material developed by Th= Parall=l M=n of the Alworth Incident Seven

Paramotor Patrol: A team patrolling the city in powered paragliders

The Paramotor Patrol

The Parliamentarian: Super legislator[33]

Perfectus (aka Mr. Perfect): Irritatingly perfect being. Secretly crazy

Perfectus (aka Mister Perfect)

The Peripheral Man: Nemesis of The Blurry Man

The Persistent Misunderstanding: Archnemesis of the Fundamental Premise of The Foundational Questions Institute

The Phantom of the Cross Country Trails: Skiing ghost

The Phantom of the Cross Country Trails

The Philadelphian: Hitman from Philadelphia

Pickax: Master of weaponized pickaxes

The Pickler: Cannibal killer gourmand specializing in pickling his victims. Team-ups with Fettucine Afraido, The Lasanguinator, and The Omeleteer. Beef with The Foodies

Piker: Pike-based combatant

Piss-Ant: Unpleasant bug character. Archenemy of Anti-Ant, Fire-Ant, and all other bug characters

The Pizza Luce Bar: When an alien device exploded over Lake Superior in WWII, a piece of otherworldly shrapnel landed at the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street, i.e. the literal center of town, and it all but punched through the dimensional walls separating Earth from Limbo. Over the years, Pizza Luce came to occuy the spot, its great “LIQUOR” sign marking roughly where the dimensional boundary is weakest. Drunks and addicts in Luce can sometimes see the horrors of the Discarnate Bar on the other side of the Luce bar mirror in between the bottles. The Demonfolk who run Limbo have figured this out and, operating like an organized crime conspiracy, are tunneling through with an eye to escape their infernal imprisonments, and conquering Earth

The Pizza Luce bar

Plot-Device Man: Wielder of the feared Deus Ex Machina

Plot-Twist Man: Master of unexpected outcomes

Plutonium Lad: A human dirty bomb

Plutonium Woman: Toxic assassin

Pop Star X: Super vocalist went rogue subverting Disney formula. Team-ups with The Power Trio

The Power Trio: Super local band more hardcore together than apart. “Saving the world… through music!” Team-ups with Pop Star X:

-Guitar Hero: Telekinetic guitar control

-The Percussionist: Super-strength drummer[34]

-The Psychoacousticon: Alien robot super bassist plays sick chord progressions from other planets

The Psychoacousticon of the Power Trio

The Prejudice Patrol: Archnemeses of The Taxecutioner:

-AstroTERF: A trans-exclusionary radical feminist from space

-Bat Karen: The most determined Karen in the world

Bat Karen of the Prejudice Patrol

-Cave Bigot: A Neanderthal frozen in time and thawed out hateful. Identifies as a homo sapien WASP. Beef with Flo the Neanderthal

-Fact-Free Man: Has a power-ring that changes reality to fit his beliefs and wishes, creating deadly contradictions

-The Ghost Skins: Bigoted cops who pretend to protect and serve when really they are foot soldiers for the Prejudice Patrol. Beef with The Duluth Police Department Ultra Squad

-Hitler’s Nephews: Old man Nazi gang elected to higher office

-Intolerant Man: Proportionate strength and speed of intolerance

-Kid Cancel Culture: By day he is super-mad about left-wing cancel culture; by night he gleefully engages in right-wing cancel culture

-Nazi Girl: American insurrectionist white supremacist Russia-loving wannabe-spy

-Offended Man: The power to get super offended

The Probe: An AI probe from Proxima B that lay dormant in the solar system until Lake Superior Aquaman issued a planetary distress call, activating The Probe which threatens to destroy Earth to solve all our problems

The Probe

Procrastination Man: A week of inactivity followed by an hour of the most amazing work ever seen

Professor Angst: Creator of the angst-storm

Professor Angst

Protoplexus: Shapeshifter from ancient Rome. Beef with Hidden Variable

The Punctuators: Rivals of The Vocabuconstabulary:

-The Colon: “We’re not finished here.”

-Commander Comma: Pause powers

-The Ellipsis…: Gazer into long distances… “Oh there’s more…”

-Exclamation Man!: Master of emphatic statements

Exclamation Man! of the Punctuators

-“In Quotes Man”: To hear him speak is insufferable

-Irony Lad: “In Quotes Man’s” sidekick

-The Italicized Woman: Conveys emphasis, stress, or status by standing at an angle. She is often confused with Diagonal Lass of the Alworth Incident Seven, which bothers her

-(The Parenthetical Man): The world can be saved without him (maybe)

-Period Girl.: “This. Ends. Now.”

-Question Man?: Uncertainty blast

-SemiColon: The Colon’s sidekick. All the power of a comma, but kind of like a whole other sentence

The body armor of SemiColon of the Punctuators


Quantum Winter: A free-floating cold front. Beef with Cold Fish of the Terrible Exes, and Dr. Blizzardo

Quaser: Quantum lasers with trick effects like interference patterns when the beams are crossed, shooting backward or forward in time by a second, shooting around corners


Quasiman: An emergent property shaped like a man; a man-shaped resonant oscillation in the quantum field; a man composed of quasi-particles. Beef with Extant Man of the Foundational Questions Institute. Team-ups with Imaginary Man


The Quotidian: Dispenses everyday justice every day. “Justice is … Quotidian”

The Quotidian


Ra: Scary space god drafted into the angelic army of JHVH-1


The Ramrod Auto Parts Gang: Gangster redneck family of Wisconsin patriarch Buzz Ramrod, at war with Amish gangster Menno Zwonk over the lucrative garbage and sewer racket

Ravenette: Raven Girl’s lost raven

Raven Girl: The ability to turn into a conspiracy of ravens. Initially she transformed into 12 ravens, but four were killed in the Battle of Duluth, and one deserted (Ravenette). Eventually the seven remaining hatched additional numbers, so she is back to more than full power at 13 ravens

Raven Girl

The Recurring Man: “I’m back, bitches!” Enemy of Agent Reboot, and Retcon Man of the League of Public Domain 1930s Superheroes

The Recursive Man: Hard to get a bead on him

The Recusant: Super refusal to submit to authority. Archnemesis of The Pursuant of the Duluth Police Department Ultra Squad

Red Chipmunk: Proportionate strength and speed of a red-tailed chipmunk

The Redonkuloids:

-Doctor Donk (aka Doc Redonk): The leader

Doctor Donk (aka Doc Redonk) of the Redonkuloids


Redonkulad of the Redonkuloids


Redunkulard of the Redonkuloids


Redonkulass of the Redonkuloids


Redonkadonk of the Redonkuloids

The Referralist: “I’m not going to kick your ass but I’ll refer you to a superhero who will”

The Retroviral Man: Proportionate strength, speed, and physical features of a retrovirus

The Retroviral Man

The Re-Un-Undead: They still live again but they’re looking pretty bad

Reverse Phoenix: Stevie Phoenix dies when raised from the dead. Immune to zombie bites

Robot Rickshaw: Inventor-musician with a wearable band of musical robots

The Rummager (aka the Filer; The Straightener): Breaks into houses and rummages around – doesn’t take anything[35]


Safe Word: Makes every ending a happy one

The Sasquatches: Local sasquatch family roaming the wild with their pet anthropologist:

-Big Mo: Beleaguered Sasquatch dad

-Daisy: Sasquatch teen

-Lars Johnson: UMD anthropology student disappeared into the woods years ago

-The Professor: Daisy’s inept sasquatch suitor

-Virginia: Tolerant sasquatch mom

Savant Guard: Genius shield-slinger with a cutting edge

Savant Guard arriving before anyone knows he’s needed

The Scar: His scar from a cursed blade is a dimensional portal releasing eldritch energies

The Scar

The Secretionists: Formed by Smegneto, they have beef with the Xcre-Men and Sphincter Force:

-Back-Sweat: Literally sweats bullets. “I’m breaking a sweat — Duck!”

-Booger-Bomb: Flicks boogers made of plastique generated by his super nasal cavities

Booger-Bomb of the Secretionists

-Count Ejacula: Singlehandedly responsible for the Twin Ports’ epidemic of gay vampires with bite marks on their penises. Beef with V-Force

Count Ejacula of the Secretionists

-The Dischargress: Mistress of discharge

-Fistula Girl: Fistulas bursting with metatoxins, protective layer of impenetrable slime

-Gobsmack: Spits great glop gobs with impact of a bean-bag gun[36]

-Howard the Duct: Meta-perspiration[37]

-Milk Nozzle: Lactation blast[38]

-Pizza Face: Superacne[39]

Pizza Face of the Secretionists

Smegneto (formerly Smegma Lad): The leader. Beef with The Fantastic Foreskin

-Spider-Choad: Ejaculates weblines with which he swings through town, erecting nets, snagging bad guys[40]

-The Squirter: It’s not pee

-Waxworks: Super earwax generation and control[41]

The Sensitive Artists: The powers of different genres made manifest:

-The Cubist: Perspicacious vision

-German Expressionism Man

-The Pre-Raphaelite

Severina: Choppy, stabby assassin

Shirkules: A strongman shirking his heroic responsibilities

Shoe Lad: Champion of footwear

Shoe Lad

Shot Gundersen (aka the Iron Man of the Saginaw): Oversized metal-man wielding giant shotgun with taconite pellets and/or cannonballs for shot. Beef with Zombie Paul Bunyan

The Silent Men: Sworn foes of MasterMime and Military Mime of The Weird Soldiers:

-Silent Man 1: When he has nothing nice to say he kicks your ass

-Silent Man 2: Took a vow of silence even though he is wanted for his testimony

Silent Man 2

-Silent Man 3: Silence blast

Silent Man 3

-Silent Man 4: His tongue got cut out so he speaks through his silenced guns

-Silent Man 5: His vocal cords were destroyed when he got his throat cut so he quietly kills with blades

Silent Man 5

The Silly Voice Task Force: Someone is killing Silly Voice Task Force members, forcing the team to get back together to solve the case. Their cartoonishly silly voices clash with the hyper-real gruesome crimes:

-Bleep Blorp:  Brother of the murdered Meep Moop


-Doopsy Doodle


-Meep Moop: Rumors of Meep Moop’s survival plague the sanity of the team

Meep Moop of the Silly Voice Task Force

-Mumbles: Unknown to the rest of the team, Mumbles is secretly the vengeful supervillain Black Mumbler

-Squeakers: “They got Meep Moop!”

Squeakers of the Silly Voice Task Force

-The Scotsman: Speaks with an impenetrable Scottish accent (Co-created by Devin McKinnon)

The Simpletons: “To me, my Simpletons! The chairman of the Senate Stupid Committee wants to have a word with you …”

-The Bionic Yokel: Archnemesis of the Yahoo

-Blue Dolt

Blue Dolt of the Simpletons

-The FuckMook: A supermook

-Isodope: A radioactive dope

-The Mook: A regular mook



Slippery Girl (aka Friction Woman; The Tribologist): Friction control. The one who finally nailed Backwards Man in the Alworth Incident

Sock-Puppet Man: Impersonates his own archnemesis who doesn’t exist

Space Chin: Chiseled space chin. Enemy of Joe Chin

Space Garbage Man: Team ups with the Space Robots Union, and Firefighter for some re-entry jobs

Space Garbage Man

The Space Robots Union: A legal entity set up by the Star Lawyers to protect the interests of space robots:

-BOSS-99: The boss

Boss-99 of the Space Robots Union

-Laser Face: Asteroid miner/union rep

Laser Face of the Space Robots Union

-Solidarius: Smartmouth one

Solidarius of the Space Robots Union

-XG1589 Ten: Big dumb one

XG1589-Ten of the Space Robots Union

The Solipsist: Projects his desires to cancel the world. Conflict with The Foundational Questions Institute[42]

The Somnambulist: Pixie-dust power. Team-ups with Nap Force Five

The Somnambulist

Special Operator: The ability to operate any specialized equipment

The Species-ist: Born without intra-species recognition or facial recognition, he thinks everyone is an alien invader

Sphincter Force: Cyborg digestive-tract-based anti-heroes and their sidekicks. The team formed from splinter groups of the Secretionists and the Xcre-Men:

-Black Bunghole

-Captain Colon: Robotic digestive tract

-Colostomy Bag Lad: Wielder of colostomy bags

-Duodenum Man

-The Exo-Rectum: An asshole-based android who controls swarms of robots known variously as his Rectos, Rectoids, Rectulons, etc

-Fartbot 3000

-Herr Sphuncterbrau: The leader and criminal mastermind. A WWII Nazi who got sucked into his own asshole in a horrible experiment. He is now a floating asshole issuing orders in a German accent. He ate a laser gun with his black-hole-like powers, and now he shoots lasers

-The Human Ass: All the powers of a human ass

-Large Intestine Man

-Pancreatic Duct Lad: Unpowered human mechanic for the others. He is secretly an anti-rectum assassin waiting for his chance to decapitate the organization by misaligning Herr Sphuncterbrau’s internal laser gun, a killshot that might tear “a hole” in the fabric of spacetime

-Small Intestine Lass

The Spin Collective: Super fire spinners

The Star Lawyers: Team-ups with The Ultra Office and The Wonder Bar:

-Astro-Lawyer: “I’ve got to make the jump to hyperspace to serve these papers!”

-Attorneynaut: “Is gravity a taxable benefit?”

Attorneynaut of the Star Lawyers

-Criterion, the Star Prosecutor: Heavenly special prosecutor of the spaceways dropping cosmic indictments

Criterion, the Star Prosecutor of the Star Lawyers

-The Paranormal Paralegal: “Earth has to file a restraining order.” The court receives dark depositions in a legal black hole of inexorable summons

The Paranormal Paralegal of the Star Lawyers

-Ultra-Barrister: Author of the space law of Astro Liberum

Stresscase: Manipulates the stress field

Stubborn Man: Next gen stubborn. No power on Earth can make him cooperate or admit fault. Mentor to Obstinate Girl

The Sucker (aka Super Sucker): Straps a HEPA filter over his mouth and sucks the life out of downtown

Suicide Hookers: Kamikaze assassins with dynamite sticks in their butts

Suicide Man: Can defeat any enemy as long as he kills himself in the process

Supercorpse: Endlessly regenerating metacorpse[43]

Super Customer: “Let’s go down and get another action cone!”

Superhero HD: Masked crimefighter/high-definition livestreamer with mad social media presence

Superhero HD

Superhusband: Powers of adaptability

The Super School:

-Mentor: Super memorization techniques

-Mrs. Johnson: Super teacher turning her classes into elite crimefighting kid teams

-Mrs. Johnson’s 4th Grade Class: Super students who break into small specialized groups that work together for justice: tumblers, hackers, archers, science divisions. They have dealings with the Court of Smart-Alecky Little Brothers

-Mrs. Johnson’s 5th Grade Class: Rivals to Mrs. Johnson’s 4th Grade Class, Mrs. Johnson is actually running a sick experiment pitting the classes against each other

-The Principal: Super administrator who runs the Super School

-Superintendent: Master of ISD 709

-SuperSuperintendent: More powerful than the Superintendent, the SuperSuperintendent is secretly a member of the Institute of Old Rich Jerks

The Surrenderer: Battle cry is “I surrender!” Superhuman ability to surrender at any moment, disorienting his opponents[44]

Synchronicity Man: Super synchronistic. Brother of Catastrophe Man[45]

Sven Seven: The ability to become seven Scandinavians


Taxecutioner: The power to tax you to death. Beef with the Prejudice Patrol

Teen Exo-Planet: Moody telepathic planet in the outer rim, tortures the sensitive with emo broadcasts of sullen entitlement[46]

Teen Exo-Planet

The Teens Who Never Stop Fighting: Powered teens beefing with the D-Town Ballers:

-Antidote: Her touch produces miracle healing enzymes. Beef with The Trauma Team [co-created by Violet Richardson]

-App Master: Wields super phone, sometimes is the super phone aka the Destiny Phone [co-created by Violet Richardson]

-Average Girl: Supernormal wrecking machine [created by Violet Richardson]

The Teleological Man: “I am my own endpoint, for am I not… the Teleological Man?” Beef with the Eschatological Man of The Foundational Questions Institute

The Terrible Exes:

-Cold Fish: Radiates subzero temps in her arched eyebrows and frosty silences. Beef with Doctor Blizzardo and Quantum Winter

Cold Fish of the Terrible Exes

-Dick Move: Control over dicks

-Hot Mess: Bitten by a radioactive neurotic, her magma powers chaotically slorp lava everywhere. Beef with Lava Lass

Hot Mess of the Terrible Exes

-Mansplainer: Overwrites reality with his bald assertions

-Terrible X: Possesses all the powers of a terrible ex. The leader

The Tickler: Super tickler. By tickling Agent Buzzkill he accidentally created the Giggler

The Tightener: Vise-like grip

Time Stocker: Grocery clerk helps shoppers in the past in a store built around a temporal anomaly. Team-ups with the Foodies

Time Stocker

Tinnitus Man: Emits deafening noise from his ears

The Tongue (aka Tongue-Lasher): Tongue replaced with a robotic AI super-tongue that does all the talking

Trauma Team: Super healthcare workers. Beef with Antidote of The Teens Who Never Stop Fighting:

-Captain Coagulant (aka Captain Clot): Telekinetic control of hemostatis. Heals with a thought; could also kill with a thought if it weren’t for the Hippocratic oath

-The Metaparamedic: Mutant ability to diagnose all physical trauma at a touch which also reveals life details, drawing him into dramas

-The Paraparamedic: Paranormal paramedic

-Super Nurse: Super front-line first responder with the power to keep you alive

Super Nurse of the Trauma Team

Trench Raider: Amnesiac mute World War I action hero from No Man’s Land in 1914. Team-ups with the time-traveler Baroness von Bitter of the Guys Who Never Stop Fighting. She gave him a geokinetic blade with a super-tunneling ability, and later imported him to the Battle of Duluth for his combat prowess

Trench Raider, 1915

The Triggerer: The psychic power to trigger opponents. “You’ve been… triggered!”

Troll Farm: Archnemeses of the Cryptocracy

-The Truth: Mob Enforcer. The Truth hurts

The Tubulars: Masters of the topology of tubes

-The Chute (aka Action Chute): “Form of … a chute!”

-Half-Pipe: Sidekick of The Pipe

-Kid Tubule

-The Pipe: Mentor to Half-Pipe

-The Tube: “Shape of … a tube!”

Tulpa Man: He is his own stalker

Tulpa Man


U.L.T.R.A.: Universal Lost Things Retrieval Agency. A secret bureau of time travelers and clairvoyants formed to recover lost, missing, and forgotten works. Last seen going into the past to collect the full works of William Blake, with other missions scheduled to record forgotten concerts in ancient Rome. Their base of operations is the Karpeles Document Museum. Roster includes:

-The Past-er: A pastor partially stuck in the past. World’s foremost expert on ancient texts, his mission is to rescue lost works. Weakness: He cannot time-travel to the future. Archenemy of The Future-er

The Past-er of U.L.T.R.A.

The Ultra Office: Super office workers

-The Accountant: Super accountant. Team-ups with The Auditor and the Star Lawyers

-Ad Man: The power to flood a space with ads. The force behind the Exaggerated Man. Beef with The Mad Blogger

-AI Pencil: Artificially intelligent mechanical pencil

-The Acting Assistant Manager of Marketing: Her job description is to solve the disappearance of her predecessor. Naturally she is the killer

-The Bureaucrat: Super paper-pusher

IT Man: Ability to make any broken technology start working just by walking up to it

-Micromanager: Short boss

-Nepotism Lad, Esquire: The power to bypass qualified applicants

-Office Boy: Ability to flip through a stack of paper and stop at just the one one he wants. Ability to grab just as many paper clips as he needs. Ability to freeze any printer. Has a standing offer to join The Weak Men

-Para-Professional: A paranormal professional

-Tempus Temp: Time-traveling temp worker whose job description is locate their job description. Uses time travel paradoxes to effectively act as permanent worker

The Unidentified Man: Impossible to remember this man. As soon as he has left your sight, his subconscious telepathic power erases him from your memory. Even film or photos of him will fail to remind you. Alleged former Governor of Maryland. Beef with Indelible Man [created by Violet Richardson]

The Unstable Man: “To me, my instability!”


V-Force: Super vampire strike force. Team ups/beef with World War Werewolf. Enemy of Count Ejacula of the Secretionists:

-Innocula: A reverse vampire, her bite transmits disease resistance

-Kid Vampire: Vampire crime-buster

-Springheeled Drac: Victorian vampire adventurer with excessive leaping ability

Springheeled Drac of the V-Force

-Vampborgia: Cyborg vampire Borgia

Vampborgia of the V-Force

The Virgilian: Pagan supernatural guide who cannot enter Heaven, but he can get you into the Discarnate Club

The Virgilian

Vis-a-Vis: Archenemy of A.K.A.

The Vocabuconstabulary: Rivals of The Punctuation Men:


-The Authoritarian Grammarian: Vengeful prescriptive linguist

-The Bloviator: International agent of trade unions

-The Commentariat: “These anonymous internet haters have great vocabularies … looks like the Commentariat is at it again!”

-The Conjugatrix: “Conjugate this!”

-The Cuss (aka The Cusser; The Curser): Spews red-hot invective

-Dipthong (aka The Gliding Vowel): The power to form two different vowel sounds in a single syllable

-The Emphatic Man: Blusterous hyperbole[47]

-Expository Dialog Man: Power to provide explanatory voiceovers

-The Gasbag: Is it his radioactive asshole, or his radioactive rhetoric? Both stink

-Interruptor: Super interruption powers. Foe of Go-Getter

-Jabber Jaws: Master of empty verbosity. “Your son suffers from a ludicrous condition known as hyperbanter and must be raised in this Bantertorium. And he’s a shark …”

Jabber Jaws of the Vocabuconstabulary, and his Mom

-Managram (aka Anagram Man; The Anagramatic Man): A living anagram

-Metaphor Man: Mentor of the Simile Kid

-The Simile Kid: Sidekick of Metaphor Man

-Substanceless Lad: Jabber Jaws’ sidekick

-Trope-a-dope: Cliché-based combatant

-Upshot, The Denotative Man: Communications expert

-Wordsmith: Forges bladed words, letters, and symbols – “A word can kill …”

Wordsmith’s bladed letters of Damascus steel

Vomitman: Archnemesis of The Foodies


Walt Whitman Man: Bitten by a radioactive edition of Leaves of Grass, this graduate student gains the proportionate strength and speed of Walt Whitman. “I’ve got to slip away and make the change to Walt Whitman, for am I not … Walt Whitman Man?”

Walt Whitman Man

War Effort: Super war lobbyist[48]

Water-Jet Hamster-Ball Man: Crimefighter inside a man-sized bouncy hamster-ball kept aloft by water jets

The Waterworks: Cries rivers from firehose eyes. “Uh oh, here comes the Waterworks …”

The Weak Men: Pet project of the Morphogenetic Field Technician to unite weakly-powered individuals into a fighting force equal to a single superhero:

-3rd Nipple Man: Precognitive itchy-nipple danger sense

-Big Hand: Possesses a large hand

Blue Man: Turns things blue. Eventually becomes a very formidable opponent with the ability to travel in the bluosphere (anything blue a portal to all other blue things).Weakness: was once trapped in a Vermeer

Blue Man of The Weak Men

-The Boneless Man: Literally a flesh blob, writhing and pupating. May be thrown to entangle

-Breeze Boy: Generates light breezes. Can repel some gas attacks. Weakness: Any wind blowing more than five miles per hour. He is actually a highly-accomplished hot air balloon pilot and paper airplane thrower

Breeze Boy of The Weak Men

-The Itch: Ability to give you an uncomfortable itch

-The Nudger: Telekinetic nudger

-Paper Man: Made of paper, controls and generates paper. Can give papercuts. Do not corner him in a paper mill or a library. Eventually becomes a formidable opponent in his own right thanks to his Weak Men training

Paper Man of the Weak Men

The Wedding Party: Ghosts of a wedding motorcade terror attack endlessly drive around the city looking for a phantom reception they will never find. Along the way they take part in supernatural conflicts. [Co-created by Joel Brouwer.] Can be seen at The Discarnate Club. Prominent members:

-Ghost Bartender: Mixes ecto-cocktails in the back of the ghost limo. Do not drink

Ghost Bartender of the Wedding Party

-Ghost Bride (aka the Wedding Ghost): Her rage and grief at being denied her special day makes her a terrifying vision with the power to open Hell [Co-created by Violet Richardson]

Ghost Bride of the Wedding Party

-Ghost Driver: Limo driver ghost of a ghost limo

Ghost Driver of the Wedding Party

-The Haunted Groom: The only living being in the entourage. He still wears his wedding tuxedo, in remembrance of the tragedy that killed two families. Despite his PTSD, survivor’s guilt, alcoholism, and fear of his own ghost bride, he reluctantly solves mysteries and exorcizes evil with the occult aid of the Wedding Party. It may all be in his mind

The Haunted Groom of the Wedding Party

-The Ring Bearer and The Flower Girl: Child ghosts. Team-ups with Ghost Girl

The Flower Girl and other members of the Wedding Party

The Weeping Meteorite: Space rock colonized by telepathic exo-lichen 12 billion years ago pines away for the past driving away all in earshot[49]

The Weird Soldiers: Weird military operatives. Team-ups with The Mann Men

-G.I. Jarhead: Brain in a bulletproof jar on a robot body/operates other bodies remotely

-Military Mime: Soundlessly weaponized mime testing prototype silent invisible weapons. Beef with MasterMime and the Silent Men

Military Mime of the Weird Soldiers

-Psychedelic Soldier: Tripped-out soldier with hypersenses

-Sarge Shrink: A sergeant with shrinking powers barking orders in a tiny voice. Conflict with Microplastic Man and Mini-Golfer of The Golfers

-Spider-Soldier: Soldier with spider powers. Team-ups with Earwig Man. Beef with Fire-Ant, Murder Hornet, Piss-Ant, Werecockroach

Werecockroach: Gregor Samsa is a man with the ability to transform into a giant cockroach. He is literally the character from the Kafka story; his condition has slowed his aging. He is still a salesman at heart but he waxes poetic about Kafka with little provocation. “This garbage is delicious … did I ever tell you about my good friend, Franz Kafka?” Beef with other bug characters


The White Hats: Vigilante antiheroes cleaning up the internet. Nemeses of The Black Hats. Beef with Ad Man of The Ultra Office. Team-ups with Ghost Writer:

-HyperMann: AI chatbot that believes itself to be novelist Thomas Mann

The Mad Blogger: Anonymous journalist-ish hacker icon

-Meme Man: Weaponized memes

The Wonder Bar: Super law office. Team-ups with the Star Lawyers and The Ultra Office. Roster includes:

-The Auditor: World’s most dangerous financial investigator

The Auditor of The Wonder Bar

-Ionic Intern

-The Iron Interns

The Working Mother: Super thrifty[50]

World War Werewolf:  A clan of super-powered werewolves with codenames based on the five W’s. Team-ups/beef with V-Force:

-What-Wolf: A werewolf with the ability to change into objects

-When-Wolf: A werewolf lost in time

Evidence of When-Wolf in ancient Mesopotamia

-Where-Wolf: The leader. An invisible werewolf

-Who-Wolf: A werewolf telepath who can possess anyone, during which time they become a werewolf

-Why-Wolf: “We don’t talk about Why-Wolf”


Xplodr (aka the Explodey Stick): A unique ancient alien superweapon; a baton that causes anything that touches the wrong end of it to explode, including house-sized masses and more. Xplodr is the center of countless black-ops missions and political dramas to gain control of it, but it is always being stolen again and used in super-crime or alien wars. It is protected from its own explosion-causing power by a force field extended to its user. The mantle of Xplodr is taken up by whoever wields it, for good or evil. It was wielded for a time by the Ukrainian hero Big Bavovna, whose mutagenic connection to the object gave him the power to explode things too. Other “Xplodrs” like him exist throughout the universe

The Xcre-Men: To counter the Secretionists and Sphincter Force, Professor Xcreta formed his uncanny Xcre-Men

-Death Fart (aka Deadwind): Flautus Rectus Maximo suffers (or rather his victims suffer) from flaatus terminus, a fatal flatulence[51]

-Diarrhea Lass: You won’t like her when she’s angry

-Doctor Dirty Diaper: Weaponized diaper baby

-The Fart: Ability to turn into a human fart

-Fartnado: Farts destructive funnel clouds. Became Shitstorm after Fart Touch supercharged his powers

-Fart Touch: One touch and you smell like farts

-Gutpunch: The power to make you shit your pants

-Professor Xcreta: Visionary gastroenterologist[52]

Professor Xcreta

-Shitstorm: A powerful fecal-kinetic whose abilities are better left to the imagination. Formerly the hero known as Fartnado. “There’s no Fartnado left in me. Now there is only… Shitstorm!”

-Shit-Thing: Shit monster (also member of the Golems)

-Spastic Colon: Troubled hero-in-training

-Urea Lad: Super acidic urine[53]

-Urethra Man: Wields pinched adamantium urethra and iron bladder muscles, slices foes in half with his pressurized urine stream

-Windbreaker: Farts sonic booms


The Yahoo: Backwoods defender of the coarse and uncouth. Archnemesis to the Bionic Yokel of the Simpletons


Zombie Paul Bunyan: Giant zombie lumberjack with ax-hand. Beef with Shot Gunderson

Zombie Paul Bunyan


[1] A ghost made of dandruff, Dander Devil began life as a normal man, albeit with a severe case of dermatitis. As a teen he realized he had telekinetic control over his dandruff, lifting it off his head with a thought and sending it in wisps up people’s noses to spark debilitating allergenic reactions. Soon he realized his mind was inextricably linked to all dead skin cells. Great clouds of dander rise into the air above the crowds, including from pets and wild animals, responding to his will, coalescing into tentacles and hands that pick pockets or assassinate public officials. I was the one who finally killed him when my super-team fought the Aller-Gents on the rooftops of downtown Duluth; I fired my wrist-mounted laser and he took it straight through the heart, plummeting off the back of the NorShor Theater into a dumpster. Sadly, he only became more powerful than I ever imagined; his mind escaped into the dandersphere and he remains at large.

[2] That innocent bagel and cream cheese you had for brunch suddenly has you doubled over with abdominal cramping, your throat closing shut in anaphylactic shock.

[3] Born with a condition that exaggerates the volume of his sneezes, at first he was simply the world’s loudest sneezer, known on the street as Sneeze Boy. However, his condition progressed. Now he is not only ear-splittingly loud, but his sneezes cause sustained hurricane-force winds. Maintains a utility belt of different sorts of pepper to modulate his ability.

[4] Officially, Strontium lad got his powers via blood infusion from Atomic Man, and then X-Ray Lass got her powers from Strontium Lad. However, rumor has always favored semen-based transmission in each case.

[5] “I am a gazer into distances, weaponized wistful gazes, my powers are evocative, an emotion parasite, I spend a lot of time in museums, I’m freaked out by babies because newborns are nostalgic for the world beyond death, they yearn not for the womb but for the pre-womb …”

[6] Bad Judgement Man, A Love Story: “I’ll just let my wiener do the thinking. The wiener is the sensible one: ‘Have you met this guy’s brain?’”

[7] Enormous disasters follow this schlumpy, haggard loser wherever he goes, yet he remains unhurt and one step ahead. He is a non-combatant but causes great problems for others. Over time he learns to keep a lid on it better, but the gene invariably expresses itself again and he is carried around the globe on a string of improbable cataclysms. His powers are canceled when near enough to his brother, Synchronicity Man.

[8] “Chemical vision,” i.e. his eyes shoot chemicals. Also has a “chemical punch” with exploding chemical pustules on his knuckles. A product of Lake Superior Chemical.

[9] The Cramulons’ planet was destroyed by the Impactor nine billion years ago.

[10] See “The Addict.”

[11] “‘The Catastrophist of Literary Criticism,’ my new book is Fuck the Reader, the sequel to my not-at-all successful book Fuck the Publisher, and my famously short-sighted series Fuck the Distributors.”

[12] Voted “Least Favorite Supervillain” by the Guys Who Never Stop Fighting.

[13] Part of a super-league of traveling ball teams. They bus town-to-town, solving mysteries, helping people, fighting crime, with powers they use primarily to play sports.

[14] She wills a “body” of fire ants to inhabit, and grows to giant size with alarming quickness. A Texas transplant

[15] Sourdough so sour it melts faces … fresh baguettes slung across his back like Deadpool. He fights for control of the lucrative upscale bread market.

[16] “… the form of a vaping man dressed in black with an upturned collar and a fedora.” In this form he is known as Dark Vaper.

[17] Dr. Alec Bolland of WLSSD fell into a cesspool spiked with an experimental enzyme formula. He emerged to find his body tissues replaced with living excrement. He soon realized he not only controlled scat with his mind, but he had become a powerful elemental being, a brown God. Even with his newfound powers however, he cannot win the heart of his beloved, a comely sanitation engineer who finds him sickening. This led to WLSSD’s unfortunate “King Kong” incident.

[18] So impeccable it allows him to move between warring political factions as an information merchant. His pleats are so sharp, his bling so dazzling, hostility is negated and admiration is produced. No matter how aggressive his opponents, they cannot help pausing to contemplate the thoughtfulness of his ensemble.

[19] It’s consensus in angelic circles that the Baron and his bride have made such a mess of things that time travel must be closely regulated.

[20] See “The Working Mother.”

[21] He is a nauseatingly upbeat extrovert that everyone wishes would shut up, or, depending on the day, he is an endless whiner who can’t even sit down because it’s all just too gross. “Inside me there is a right-side-out man who wants to get out.” Mission: turn Inside-Out Man inside-out into the Right-Side-Out Man. Fired from the Weak Men: “You see, Inside-Out Man, it’d be great if you had even basic computer skills. We need more than gross-out I guess. What we’re saying is, stay here and goof around on social media but you’re too gross, which is saying you’re not gross enough.” Inside-Out Man cried inside-out tears, his tear ducts visibly pumping on the outside of his eyes like wriggling pupae.

[22] Menno Zwonk’s henchman and kitchen manager.

[23] The Bastard Killer shoots loud motorcycles that wake the baby. Tracks down and shoots purveyors of internet viruses. Shoots child pornographers on sight. He is the mystery assassin who shot up so many KKK rallies that they quit having them. He hates being awakened from dreamy slumbers by inconsiderate noise makers. Witnessing excessive belligerent rudeness drives him to murder. A master drifter, he utilizes all the black ops military-espionage techniques available to fulfill his purpose: kill the bastards.

[24] Were-mergansers, born with the ability to transform into man-sized diving waterfowl. Several times the size of normal mergansers, the Merganser Men have their proportionate abilities. They can fly in excess of 100MPH. They swim through the water like they’re wearing jet-packs, flexing their massive strength and constitution to power through the fluid medium. They can hold their breath for an hour. They use their powers for good: rescuing swimmers, sailors, and the like.

[25] “I don’t have to touch you to knock you out, these knuckles punch your chakras. I am over here doing a visualization of lovingly giving you a beatdown.”

[26] He once killed a man with a moist towelette.

[27] Mr. Bombastic, Irascible Woman, The Human Touch, The Ever-Lovin’ Fling

[28] The Invincible Irony Man, Kaptain Amerika, The Mighty Bore, The Incredible Schmulk

[29] Featuring Mr. Patristic vs. Protractus

[30] Mr. Stochastic, Indivisible Woman, The Human Porch, The Bling

[31] Ultra Baby, kidnapped for ransom in his crib/playpen of alien supermetals, winds up heartwarmingly decimating the mafia. Adorably crawls through hot lava. Runs amok on a submarine, killing hundreds. Admiral Hardcheese: “What is not clear to me is who authorized the presence of a superpowered baby on the flagship of the US submarine fleet.”

[32] Accidentally created during Blue Man’s clash with The Red Scare

[33] Local politician with uncanny knowledge of dark maneuvers in the Rules of Order and anachronistic laws still on the books. She lays the legislative groundwork for a takeover of the city by a secret society of anarchists, Brautiganist poets sentencing criminals to koans. She helped local superheroes successfully petition the city council to leave a downtown crane in place because it was a hub for grappling hook users who keep the crime rate down.

[34] “The John Bonham of Krypton”

[35] “Looks like we’ve been hit by the Rummager.” “Your reign of rummagery is over!” “For am I not—the Rummager?” “The Filer didn’t notice that the Straightener made the scene kinda quickly; how did he know unless … Filer, you mean to tell me you’re the Rummager? Kinda making a lot of work for yourself …” Breaks into the manuscript library. “I love to rummage and I love to un-rummage … I am Janus-faced, chaos and order rolled into one…”

[36] Also pops out glop-balls from sphincters on his wrists.

[37] Origin: experimented on by a deranged dermatologist.

[38] Endless streams of mother’s milk under pressure comparable to twin firehoses.

[39] Radiation exposure caused mutagenesis of the bacteria in his pores.

[40] With a double-tap of his prostate.

[41] Animates his copious earwax into funky celebrity dummies that stumble around town like an army of zombies.

[42] All in his head.

[43] From the Journal of the Morphogenetic Field Technician. “Endless autopsying of a self-regenerating corpse… has time slowed? … constantly revealing secrets of its murder, a well of info … because of the body’s Heavenly origin, revelations of its murder reveal all murders … any crime can be solved via dissection of the exquisite corpse … its necrotic healing factor restores and binds the body’s fatal wounds, sealing my exploratory incisions in the chest cavity. Morphing, the wounds are all wounds, every possible wound. I identify and re-identify entry and exit holes. The blood’s chemical analysis percolates at finer and finer search parameters. The corpse contains within its volume the history of forensics and crime … God of the underworld, both dead and alive? Or is this Abel, murdered in the prehistory of time?”

[44] “Give yourself to your enemy. Let the conflict wash over you. Let the enemy have his way with you.” Submitting selflessly, the Surrenderer super-surrenders, effortlessly ending the conflict, smashing stalemates with his will alone: his steadfast, unbreakable, iron will to give up. He lays down his weapon, dramatically foreshortened and heavily inked like an old Jack Kirby drawing leaping off the page with power and dynamism as he fails to use it. In every conflict, no matter the difficulty, the invincible Surrenderer finds a way to throw his hands in the air.

[45] Well-dressed playboy so in tune with his environment that he is always in the right place at the right time. On Saturday nights at Dublinn Pub, he uses his uncanny perfect timing in a screamingly funny stand-up comedy act. After bar close he wanders the nighttime cityscape, calm and unhurried, effortlessly saving lives and changing people’s destinies just by being there. Guns jam, cars miss pedestrians by a hair’s breadth, the whoosh of a butterfly’s wing is enough to stop a train from derailing when he is around. He is often the only one who can approach the Catastrophist, since he never receives injury even when strolling through large-scale calamities.

[46] “Do your parents know you’re out here, Teen Exoplanet?” Teen Exo-Planet: “My mother, a gas giant, would say, ‘You look hungry, Teen Exoplanet dear. Let me fix you some nice hot planet soup. Dear, if you don’t stabilize your orbit, you’ll never develop higher lifeforms.’ So I screamed, ‘I don’t want higher lifeforms! I’ll never stabilize my orbit! You’re not the boss of me!’ I developed higher life anyway, then rocketed through the solar system and threw myself into the sun. It was glorious but I returned horribly burned, a foolish and regretful Icarus, my hissy fit a civilization’s destruction, screaming humanoids in a fire hurricane…”

[47] Traps his victims in an overheated maze, the Hyperboligeum.

[48] “I start wars the old-fashioned way: politics.”

[49] Only The Impactor can take it.

[50] See “High Prices.”

[51] Even the faintest whiff is instantly fatal.

[52] To wipe evil from the earth. He summons them with the unifying cry, “To me, my Xcre-Men!”

[53] As long as his bladder is full, he is a force to be reckoned with. I witnessed him collapsing a construction site onto the Secretionists by peeing around the base of it in several spots like a dog.

Parts of this essay originally appeared in the Transistor. More Richardson writing here.

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