List of characters in Astro City


List of characters in Astro City

The world of "Astro City" has numerous heroes and villains in the cast, as well as normal, everyday civilians along with other, stranger entities. It is a rich, well textured array of characters, influenced from a broad spectrum of history, myths, classic literature, and the world of comics itself (both real and fictitious).

Heroes

*Air Ace — a flying hero active in the wake of World War I; the earliest superhero publicly active in what became Astro City, and so considered its first "real" superhero.
*The All-American — a hero of the 1940s and 1950s who wore stylized football gear. Retired in 1959.
*Alligator - a young outcast hero active in the 1970s; a monster from the sewers recruited by Bravo to become one of the original members of the Astro City Irregulars in the early to mid 1970s.
*Altar Boy (Brian Kinney) (viewpoint) - The Confessor's sidekick; becomes the second Confessor after his mentor sacrifices himself to expose an alien invasion.
*Astra Furst (viewpoint) - a young adventurer/hero able to transform into energy and fly. Daughter of Rex and Natalie Furst, born in 1986. A member of the First Family. Almost singlehandedly defeated the Silver Brain in 1996.
*The Astro-Naut - a hero of the 1930s and 1940s, active in World War II. Astro City was renamed (from Romeyn Falls) in his honor after he gave his life to save it.
*Atomicus (featured) - Nuclear-powered being from another world who was active in the 1960s.
*Augustus Furst (featured) – a scientist/adventurer active from the 1950s through the present. Brother of Julius Furst and adoptive father of Nick and Natalie. Leader of the First Family.
*Barrier – Australian hero who helped rally other Australian heroes in Canberra against the Enelsians. Only mentioned, not seen.
*Beautie - a powerful android resembling a life-sized Barbie doll. A current member of Honor Guard. Beautie was constructed by the brilliant daughter of a supervillian genius but is unable to recall her past.
*The Black Badge (K.O. Carson) (featured) - an urban hero active from the 1950s until 1972, when he retired and opened the superhero bar Bruiser's, which he currently owns and operates under his civilian name.
*The Black Rapier - a detective hero based in New Orleans who wields an electric sword and wears a modified fencing outfit. Current leader of Honor Guard.
*Black Velvet - A mysterious woman with shadow-like powers and a grim demeanor. Became the partner of the Street Angel.
*The Blue Knight (featured) - a gun-toting vigilante who wears a police-style riot mask with a ghostly skull outlined by a blue glow for a face. He takes very direct, very violent action against the criminals that he hunts, usually killing rather than capturing them. A frightening crime-fighter who stalks quietly and delivers justice from the barrel of a gun. Active from 1972 to the early 1980s, and a representative example of the type of violent, vengeance-driven hero that emerged during that period. Rumors abound about his current status, but no definitive sighting has occurred since 1988.
*The Bouncing Beatnik - acrobatic hero of the 1950s and 1960s. An early ally of Honor Guard. He has also been seen (during a time crisis) in a more late 1960s/early 1970s "hippie" style appearance, possibly a parallel world version of the character (Herocopia gives his name as Halcyon Hippie). A wink-and-nod influence of the colorful and eccentric heroes created by Steve Ditko.
*Bravo (------ Ruiz) - an originally Los Angeles-based hero who started out as El Hombre's sidekick in the early 1970s and struck out on his own after his patron's disgrace, moving to Astro City and founding the Astro City Irregulars. Now retired as a superhero, he serves as Detective Ruiz on the Astro City's police force, and apparently remains the secret patron of the group he founded.
*Cleopatra - magical heroine whose primary weapon is a mystical staff. The name and staff have been borne by two women in succession, the second of whom is also super-strong. The first Cleopatra was a founding member of Honor Guard in the late 1950s who fought Steeljack in the early 1970s; the current version is also a member. Exact deatails of her powers and origins have yet to be revealed, but she seems inspired by the heritage of Classical antiquity.
*The Cloak of Night – shadowy Prohibition era hero who fought against bootleggers and racketeers. Described as often vanishing without a trace and is rumored to have been a vigilante who didn't have quarrels with killing.
*Commando K - a hero of the 1940s and 1950s, believed lost near Pyongyang during the Korean War.
*The Confessor (Jeremiah Parrish) (featured) - the first Confessor was Jeremiah Parrish, originally a nineteenth century Catholic priest who came to what became Astro City in 1869 to help Cardinal Grandenetti build Grandenetti Cathedral. Given administrative duties, including the importation of materials and dealing with immigrant workers from Eastern Europe, he was killed by a vampire, becoming a vampire himself. Fighting his hunger for blood he resorted to study, and after his discovery, to seclusion for decades. Inspired by the example of Air Ace and other early public superheroes, he eventually became one himself, apparently in the late 1940s or early 1950s. Active into the mid-1990s, when he sacrificed himself to expose the Enelsian invasion. A patron of Butler's in civilian guise. A few years after his death, his apprentice Altar Boy (Brian Kinney) became the second Confessor. A religiously motivated hero.
*Crackerjack (featured) - an egocentric and reckless blowhard with amazing agility and a staff weapon. Active since 1991. Visually akin to screen swashbucklers and actors like Errol Flynn who portrayed them, he also recalls the marked contrasts that frequently existed between their sterling public personas and their unappealing private behavior.
*Daniel (featured) - a religious hero, leonine in appearance. Trained as a healer. A member of the Crossbreed. Named for the biblical figure Daniel.
*David (featured) - a gigantic religious hero. A member of the Crossbreed. Named for the biblical figure David.
*"Energy" Brown - a female prostitute turned vigilante with energy powers. Active in the 1970s.
*The Flying Fox (Samantha Cronin) (featured) — a non-powered crimefighter who uses an aero-cycle for transportation; rumored to be a lesbian and is in fact openly gay in her civilian life. Somewhat ironically, her mother was also involved with the '60s superhero Atomicus, and was responsible for his abandoning Earth. Is the second hero to use the name.
*The Frontiersman - a hero of the 1950s who dressed like Davy Crockett in a domino mask, smoked, and appeared in "Frontiers" cigarette advertisements. Active in 1959. Apparently died of lung cancer. Inspired by Davy Crockett and the Marlboro Man.
*The Gentleman - a tuxedo-clad and scrupulously polite hero active since the 1940s, super-strong and capable of flight.
*Grimoire - assistant, servant or student of Simon Magus. Wrote a book about their relationship and struck out on her own after his disappearance.
*The Hanged Man (featured) - a ghostly figure who protects Shadow Hill fiercely for reasons unknown. He appears to be a jet-black corpse with a burlap sack over his head and a noose around his neck. Invariably seen as a floating apparition, usually human-scaled, although it can also expand to great heights. His specific powers are unknown, but appear to include a kind of empathy that guides him to those in need of comfort after traumatic events. Active since at least the 19th century.
*Hawk of the Alleyways - costumed vigilante active in the 1920s.
*Hellhound (M/Sgt. Harvard Amos Chester, USMC) - Vietnam War veteran transformed into a monster by black magic, active in the early 1970s.
*El Hombre (Esteban Rodrigo Suarez Hidalgo) (featured) - an urban hero active in Los Angeles in the 1960s and early 1970s. A member of Honor Guard and partner of Bravo. Disgraced in April 1973 by the misfire of a crisis he manufactured to restore his fading reputation, he became a recluse haunted by his failure and eventually declined into insanity. In 1998, intending to reprise his earlier scheme in order to relaunch his heroic career in the new guise of El Guerrerro, he masqueraded as the villainous Conquistador and incidentally became the Black Mask Killer.
*Homegirl - a young outcast hero, a flying knife-fighter. A current member of the Astro City Irregulars. Formerly known as Jailbait.
*Hummingbird - winged heroine of the 1970s. A member of Honor Guard. Now inactive. Apparently her daughter has recently assumed the mantle.
*Ironhorse, the Human Locomotive - apparently a steam-powered human-machine hybrid who became active in 1862, “give or take a decade,” and is still extant, though apparently retired.
*Jack-in-the-Box (viewpoint) - a bouncy clown-themed vigilante with no real powers but an arsenal of similarly themed weaponry and amazing agility. The role has been taken by three different men: the first, Jack Johnson, active from 1964-1983 (when he died); the second, his son Zachary Johnson, active from 1989 through the mid 1990s; and the third, Zachary's protégé Roscoe James, active thereafter. The first Jack-in-the-Box fought Steeljack in the early 1970s. The second is known to have patronized Butler's. A wink and nod tribute to the kind of unusual and flamboyant characters created by Steve Ditko;
*Johnny Lightfoot - a legendary trapper-hero active in the 1850s.
*Joshua (featured) - a sonic-powered religious hero. A member of the Crossbreed. Named for the biblical figure Joshua.
*Juice - a "cool" young outcast hero with electrical powers. A current member of the Astro City Irregulars, and apparently their leader.
*Julius Furst (featured) - a scientist/adventurer active from the 1950s through the present. Brother of Augustus Furst and a member of the First Family. Patron of Bruiser's. Visually based on and named for Julius Schwartz.
*Kitkat - sidekick of Leopardman in the 1960s who could cling to vertical surfaces. A founding member of Honor Guard.
*The Lamplighter - night-prowling hero of the 1940s and 1950s who retired in 1959.
*Larkspur - British hero who fought the Mock Turtle about 1996.
*Leopardman (rumored to have been Anders Van Rupert) - a feline-themed crimefighter of the 1960s, now deceased. A founding member of Honor Guard.
*The Lightning Kid - Western legend active in and around Romeyn Falls in the 1850s. Subject of "a recent Val Kilmer film".
*The Lion - British hero, capable of flight who fought the Mock Turtle; partner to the Unicorn. Active in the 1990s. Had a female predecessor in 1973.
*Lonestar – a hero based in Austin, Texas.
*M.P.H.(Michael Hendrie) - superhero with the power to run at high speeds either aided or controlled through a worn harness. Apparently has 85% human DNA with 15% alien overlay. Based in Detroit, Michigan he is nicknamed the "Acceleration Ace of the Motor City". A current member of Honor Guard.
*Mary (featured) - an angelic, winged religious heroine. A member of the Crossbreed. Named for the biblical figure Mary.
*Max O'Millions - a size-changing hero of the 1950s and 1960s who wore a domino mask and red tuxedo. Founder of the superhero team Honor Guard.
*Mermaid - an aquatic heroine of the 1970s. A member of Honor Guard. Currently inactive.
*Mirage - a hero of the 1970s with a neon-themed costume. A member of Honor Guard. Currently inactive.
*Nadia - a mysterious woman with energy powers. Third wife of Augustus Furst, later married to Kaspian. Mother by Kaspian of Nick and Natalie Furst. Disappeared in 1961.
*Natalia Furst (Natalie) (featured) - an adventurer/hero with energy powers that allow her to shift in size and phase through solid objects. Natural daughter of Prince Kaspian of the Beastmen, adoptive daughter of Augustus Furst, twin sister of Nikolai Furst, wife (since 1979) of Rex, and mother of Astra. A member of the First Family.
*The N-Forcer - a corporate-sponsored bearer of hi-tech armor. Apparently a number of people in succession have assumed the role. The original N-Forcer was a founding member of Honor Guard; the current version is also a member. One N-Forcer fought Steeljack in the early 1970s.
*Nightingale - dark and moody heroine, partner of Sunbird. Fought the Enelsians. Their names are partially inspired by the Kandorian Nightwing and Flamebird, the Ak-Var and Van-Zee versions.
*Nikolai Furst (Nick) (featured) - an adventurer/hero with projective energy powers. Natural son of Prince Kaspian of the Beastmen, adoptive son of Augustus Furst and twin brother of Natalie Furst. A member of the First Family.
*Noah (featured) - a bearded, weather-controlling religious hero who wields a staff in the shape of a shepherd's crook; leader of the Crossbreed. Named for the biblical figure Noah.
*The Old Soldier — a symbolic, legendary figure clad in martial attire of many eras who manifests in wartime, including 1863, 1898, 1918, 1944, 1959, when he assisted Honor Guard against Shirak, October 1972, when he intervened against U.S. soldiers in Vietnam, and 1975, at the fall of Saigon. The factuality of the 1972 appearance, in which he played a controversial role, was doubted by many for that reason.
*Orphan - a young outcast heroine active in the 1970s; originally an emotionally damaged psychic child rescued from her abusers by the Astro City Irregulars in their first case, she consequently became a member of that team in the early to mid 1970s.
*The Pale Horseman – rogue vigilante superhero active at some point in the past, possibly the 1970s.
*Palmetto - a young outcast hero, insectoid in form. Better known as Roach, a nickname he hates. Astra considers him "icky." A current member of the Astro City Irregulars.
*Palomino - female half-Indian legendary figure active in the 1850s.
*Peter (featured) - a bald, grey-skinned religious hero with rock-shaping powers. A member of the Crossbreed. Named for the biblical figure Saint Peter.
*Popstar - British hero who fought the Mock Turtle about 1996.
*Quark - former sidekick to Starfighter, now inactive; real name Charlie Provost.
*Quarrel (II) (Jessica "Jess" Darlene Taggart) (featured) - daughter of the deceased supervillain of the same name, she is a sharp-shooting archer with trick arrows and a dry sense of humor. A current member of Honor Guard. Patron of Butler's.
*Rex (featured) - an adventurer/hero, super-strong and dinosaurian in form. Son of the villainess Madame Majestrix, husband (since 1979) of Natalie Furst, and father of Astra. A member of the First Family. Patron of Bruiser's.
*El Robo (Manuel de la Cruz) - a young outcast hero, a human-machine hybrid. A current member of the Astro City Irregulars.
*Roustabout (Calvin Arnold Rory) - the 'local superhero' for a large section of the American Midwest. The result of corporate genetic research on unwilling test subjects. Has superhuman strength, speed and can fly. Has a good memory for faces and there are at least six outstanding criminal warrants on him as well as a $250,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
*Ruby - a young outcast hero, a living jewel. Astra considers her "nice." A current member of the Astro City Irregulars.
*Samaritan (viewpoint) - an extremely powerful hero who traveled from the future to make the world a better place. Appeared in this era in 1985; active as a hero since 1986. A current member of Honor Guard.
*The Silver Agent (Alan Craig, 1932-1973) (featured) - an armored vigilante active from 1956 through 1973. A founding member of Honor Guard. Fought Steeljack in the early 1970s. Now deceased. Sentenced to death for the murder of a mastermind type middle eastern villain.
*The Silversmith – a Boston-based hero who fought the Enelsians there. Appears to make use of silver objects, both inanimate and animated through unknown means, possibly creating them out of his silver body.
*Simon Magus - a European magician who settled in Shadow Hill in the early 1970s. Disappeared in the mid-1980s.
*Skitter - a young outcast hero active in the 1970s; an artificial insectoid creature who rebelled against his criminal creators and was recruited by Bravo to become one of the original members of the Astro City Irregulars in the early to mid 1970s.
*Slugger, the Junior Dynamo - sidekick of the All-American in the 1940s, who wore modified baseball gear and used a bat as a weapon.
*Starfighter (featured) - a cosmic hero of the 1970s, active from at least 1972. A member of Honor Guard. Part of the K'ntar royal family. Currently inactive.
*Starwoman (Pr'slla of K'ntar) - a heroine of the 1960s from outer space who had energy powers. A founding member of Honor Guard. Currently inactive.
*Stray - a young outcast hero, with the form of a wolf or large dog. It is not known whether he has lycanthropic powers, is a natural werewolf or has some other origin. A current member of the Astro City Irregulars.
*The Street Angel (Ramon ------) - urban hero formerly associated with Quarrel II who began his career as a jaunty, upbeat hero whose viewpoint darkened due to a mysterious event - connected by many to his sudden partnership with Black Velvet. He originally fought crime using trick halos - large golden-colored hard rubber rings which had different functions, such as constricting to trip opponents or serve as handcuffs (sonic and adhesive halos are also mentioned). With his dark period he switched to steel circles topped with a layer of ceramic which were simple bludgeons, as well as dove-shaped shuriken. Known to have fought Goldenglove I in the past. Possibly deceased.
*Supersonic (Dale Enright) (viewpoint) - a flying speedster, now retired. An engineer working for Hillman Holdaway Aircraft in Phoenix, Arizona imbued with superpowers by a wind tunnel accident involving experimental turbines. Was active from 1958 to 1982 in Phoenix and occasionally Astro City but reluctantly donned his costume once again in 2004 to save Astro City from a rampaging robot.
*Sunbird - sunny and happy heroine, partner of Nightingale. Fought the Enelsians.
*Switchblade - a young outcast hero active in the 1970s, aggressive and vengeance-minded; recruited by Bravo to become one of the original members of the Astro City Irregulars in the early to mid 1970s.
*Umbra - a young outcast heroine active in the 1970s, doomed to live half in shadow; recruited by Bravo to become one of the original members of the Astro City Irregulars in the early to mid 1970s.
*The Unicorn - British heroine, capable of flight and projecting energy beams from her forehead, who fought the Mock Turtle; partner to the Lion. Active in the 1990s. Had a male predecessor in 1973.
*Winged Victory (featured) - a feminist, Greco-Roman themed superhero. Considered controversial due to her emphasis on protecting women first before men regardless of the situation; due to her funding of women's centers and clinics, she has also been called "a cult leader". Patterned after the famous Hellenistic sculpture the Winged Victory of Samothrace.
*The Young Gentleman – was frequently partnered with the Gentleman in the 1950s. Has not been seen in decades.

Villains

*Andy Tugliewski – a member of a carjacking gang stopped by the Confessor and Altar Boy.
*The Anti-Bodies - human-shaped black energy beings who defend the Silver Brain; possibly aspects of the Brain himself.
*The Assemblyman - a twisted robotics genius hired by El Hombre in 1973 to manufacture a crisis and help restore the hero's fortunes; his betrayal ensured El Hombre's downfall.
*Aunt Acid - British crimemistress who once employed the Mock Turtle.
*Bamboo (Kuo Tse-Shi) - Asian crimemistress active in the 1970s, based in Fujitani Bay, Astro City. Daughter of international crimelord Lord Talon. Antagonist of Jack-in-the-Box, the Silver Agent, Hellhound and others. Apparently had a romance with the Black Rapier.
*The Birdman - crime boss active in the late 1970s, possibly in Los Angeles or San Francisco.
*The Bishop - armored British-based villain, a member of the Red Queen's resurrected Chessmen, and the only one allowed to escape the debacle of the Chessmen's ill-fated assault on Kiefer Square.
*The Black Mask Killer - serial murderer of various supervillains of the Kiefer Square area, so-called by area residents. Ultimately revealed as the Conquistador.
*Block - villain resident in Kiefer Square, caught up in the Conquistador's grand scheme. Partner and clueless follower of Tackle.
*Boilermaker - villain cited as a suitable sparring partner for the Confessor. Only mentioned, not seen.
*The Box (featured) - future son of Jack-in-the-Box II, an alternate version of the Jackson and Jerome Johnson. An insane cyborg vigilante.
*Braintrust - villain with several brains and a mechanical body. Active in the 1970s. Employed the Dominos.
*The Brass Monkey (featured) - a living metallic simian statue with a human mind.
*Bridwell (viewpoint) - Enelsian spy gathering intelligence on Earth's heroes; enamored of humanity's better instincts, but ultimately disgusted by its baser ones. Later impersonated Crackerjack in order to discredit him in the run-up to the Enelsian invasion; captured and exposed by Altar Boy, he escaped due to the grandstanding of Crackerjack. Name and encyclopedic knowledge based on E. Nelson Bridwell.
*The Chain (Gordon ------) - villain resident in Kiefer Square, caught up in the Conquistador's grand scheme and murdered by the Black Mask Killer on suspicion of knowing too much. Was able to shift his mind into a metal body made of links, which he could always pull back together provided that the brain-link was unhurt. Busted to bits. One of the series' few gay characters, he was survived by his lover, an African-American man.
*Clever Dick - British crimelord who once employed the Mock Turtle. Nearly driven out of business by the Red Queen, he turned the tables on her by hiring the Turtle to destroy her operation.
*The Conquerlord - a would-be world-ruler who attacked the U.N. and was defeated by Honor Guard.
*The Conquistador - a mysterious armored villain who hired villains from Kiefer Square and elsewhere as part of a grand scheme to discredit America's superheroes; secretly the disgraced hero El Hombre, his actual intention was to establish a new heroic reputation for himself by thwarting the scheme in the proposed guise of El Guerrerro. To protect his secret he murdered those of his hirelings he suspected of having learned too much, thus becoming the dreaded Black Mask Killer. His larger plot was uncovered through the efforts of Steeljack.
*Cutlass - a pirate-themed villainess active in the 1970s as a member of the Terrifying Three.
*The Deacon (Deke McManus) - head of the crime families of Astro City in the 1990s; despite years of investigation, has never been convicted of any crime. While speculated to be a reuse of the public domain supervillain of the same name, a former arch-enemy of Cat-Man, any similarity is apparently coincidental.
*Demolitia - large supervillainess, clad in a suit of armor, welds a wrecking ball and jackhammer, and leads a group called the Unholy Alliance.
*Derelikt - a space wanderer, opponent of the First Family, current whereabouts unknown.
*The Devil's Own – a villain or possibly a group of villains defeated by the Crossbreed in Montana.
*The Deuce – a crime boss active in Astro City in the 1970s. Employed the Shaders.
*Doc Toxic – a villain who fought the Experimentals.
*Dr. Deezer - criminal scientist. Died in 1958.
*Dr. Ganss - criminal scientist who turned Carl Donewicz into Steeljack about 1970.
*Dr. Gearbox (Anton Teodor Girbachs) - criminal robotics scientist active in the 1960s. Father of Elaine Girbachs. Deceased.
*Dr. Nautilus - criminal scientist who created Tentacus.
*Dr. Saturday - villain who uses toys based on Saturday morning cartoons to commit his crimes.
*The Dragon Shogun (Leyasu Takamura) - Crime lord and leader of the Dragon Society. Fathered twins who inherited his power and in time became the Jade Dragons. Deceased.
*Andrew "Eyes" Eisenstein (viewpoint) - a small-time crook who discovers Jack-in-the-Box's secret identity.
*Ersatz Ed - a villain defeated by the Astro-Naut in 1943.
*Donnelly Fergusson - villain resident in Kiefer Square, caught up in the Conquistador's grand scheme. Rumored to have been the Scarlet Snake in the 1940s; now a broker linking criminal "muscle" to prospective employers.
*Fever - a villain who targets women.
*Flame-thrower - a pyromaniac villain. A member of the Unholy Alliance.
*The Fog - gaseous villain possibly resident in Kiefer Square, caught up in the Conquistador's grand scheme.
*Foxie Loxy - gun-toting thug and member, possibly head, of the Menagerie Gang. It is not entirely certain that he uses the name "Foxie Loxy"; Quarrel, who calls him that, may just be making a snide joke.
*Garrity – criminal fought by the second Confessor.
*Getaway - Los Angeles-based villain of the 1970s who dressed as a wild West outlaw and possessed super-speed; an antagonist of El Hombre.
*Glue Gun - villain possibly resident in Kiefer Square, caught up in the Conquistador's grand scheme. He once invaded Butler's, where he was defeated by busboy Brian Kinney prior to his debut as Altar Boy.
*Glowworm (featured) - a glowing villain with energy-projecting powers and a long, eel-like tail in place of his lower body. A member of the Unholy Alliance. Apparently an African-American man prior to his accident.
*Gnomicron - a mystically powered mechanical warrior created by the Mountain Gnomes.
*Goldenboy - a pretty-boy villain with metallic golden skin and hair who targets women using his enhanced charisma; he leads a cult who worships him as a god-king.
*Goldenglove (I) (Maxie Costello) - boxing-themed villain resident in Kiefer Square, caught up in the Conquistador's grand scheme and murdered by the Black Mask Killer on suspicion of knowing too much. Utilized alien power gloves with various capabilities. Active since the late 1960s, his villainous career had lasted more than 30 years when he was killed in 1998. Father of Goldenglove (II).
*Goldenglove (II) (Yolanda Costello) - 15-year old daughter of Goldenglove (I), she attempted to use her father's weaponry to launch a career as a sneak thief. Taken in hand by Detective Ruiz and steered toward the Astro City Irregulars, she may reform.
*The Gunslinger – an internationally wanted assassin, half American and half Vietnamese, who dressed as a hi-tech cowboy and utilized teleporting firearms and jet boots. Captured by the Confessor.
*Handgun (Chester Morisi) - villain resident in Kiefer Square, caught up in the Conquistador's grand scheme and murdered by the Black Mask Killer on suspicion of knowing too much. Specialized in gimmick glove or prosthetic hand weaponry.
*The Headmaster of Crime - British crimelord who once employed the Mock Turtle.
*Headstone – an Astro City crimelord who once employed Sean Hanrahan as one of his lieutenants.
*Los Hermanos - Los Angeles-based villain of the 1970s who could duplicate himself; an antagonist of El Hombre.
*The Human Weasel - a short, wiry villain with weasel-like physical characteristics.
*Infidel - Samaritan's greatest enemy, Infidel is an African-slave-turned-immortal-sorcerer from the past who ruled the futuristic wasteland of the 36th century. As a result of Samaritan's quest to save the future, Infidel's empire was made to have never existed. Infidel faced the hero, and, unable to beat him, instead tried to recreate the world without Samaritan, the first of several such attempts. After their battles escalated to the point where they temporarily destroyed reality, the enemies called a truce. Since neither could kill the other, they instead opted to meet once a year for dinner and an exchange of ideas.
*Insectra - villainess, opponent of the First Family, currently in custody.
*The Jackdaw - villain possibly resident in Kiefer Square, caught up in the Conquistador's grand scheme.
*The Jackson (featured) - future son of Jack-in-the-Box II, an alternate version of the Box and Jerome Johnson. A fanatic feral vigilante.
*Jitterjack the Divided Man - top PYRAMID assassin and mob enforcer, operated out of Chicago in the 1970s. A fusion of two men with multiplied speed, senses and strength but becoming mad in the process. Kept subdued by PYRAMID handlers.
*Johnny Dark - crime boss active in the late 1970s, possibly in Los Angeles or San Francisco.
*The Junkman (Hiram Potterstone) (viewpoint) - an aged villain seeking vengeance on society for age discrimination. Recycles and enhances his weaponry from discarded trash. His primary antagonist, Jack-in-the-Box, has a similar background and skill set. Their origin, inventive genius, and use of gimmicks have interesting parallels.
*Karnus - cult leader and devotee of Shirak the Devourer, active in 1959.
*Kaspian - Prince of the Beastmen of Eastern Europe and natural father of the heroes Nick and Natalie Furst. Fought the Praetor in Astro City's city hall in October 1972.
*King Missile - missile-themed flying antagonist of Samaritan.
*The Kirlian Man - villain, an acquaintance of the Mock Turtle from whom the latter first learned about Kiefer Square. An antagonist of Supersonic.
*Korrga - a gorilla outfitted like a Roman legionary, a movie menace brought to life by Professor Borzoi in 1946 to fight the Gentleman. Destroyed by Looney Leo.
*Kratorr the Invincible - a living moon rock, ruler of a race of similar creatures based on the moon. His name notwithstanding, he has been defeated by the First Family nine or ten times, beginning in 1954.
*L. S. Deviant - villain possessed of a "tropogenic field" that triggers unpredictable physical transformations in those nearby, as well as other reality changes. In September, 1972, with his powers augmented by alien "puppeteers," his tropogenic field temporarily blanketed the world, causing widespread chaos and panic, with lingering psychological trauma to the population. This incident is considered the beginning of Astro City's "Dark Age." Defeated by Honor Guard.
*Lady Lethal - an antagonist of Supersonic. Only mentioned and not seen.
*The Living Nightmare (featured) - monstrous creature composed of peoples' subconscious fears made real, the Nightmare has been both hero and villain at times, and is currently a mindless, random force of nature destroying everything in its path. Similar in standing and history to The Incredible Hulk.
*Longhorn - villain possibly resident in Kiefer Square, caught up in the Conquistador's grand scheme. A minotaur-like monster.
*Lord Volcanus - ruler of the Insiders, a race of volcanic lava men. Possibly a Mayan deity.
*The Lummox – a blue-skinned behemoth, not based in Astro City, but who comes there to visit Bruiser's.
*The Mad Maharajah - villainous despot; an antagonist of the Silver Agent.
*Madame Majestrix - villainous ruler of the undersea Monstro City and mother of the heroic Rex of the First Family.
*Mechanimator - villain who attacked St. Louis as part of the Conquistador's grand scheme.
*Microplex - villain who used small robot bodies, antagonist of Jack in the Box.
*The Middleman - a smuggler and gunrunner specializing in acquiring the weaponry of defeated villains and fencing them to other villains.
*The Mock Turtle (Dr. Martin "Marty" Chefwick) (viewpoint) - British engineer who created an armored environment suit, who stole his invention from his employers when he discovered they intended it to be tested and used by another man, thus launching his villainous career. Later took refuge in Astro City's Kiefer Square; caught up in the Conquistador's grand scheme and murdered by the Black Mask Killer on suspicion of knowing too much. Inspired by the character from Alice in Wonderland.
*Morningstar - villain who battled the original Jack-In-The-Box September 8, 1976.
*Mr. Teleport - an antagonist of Supersonic. Only mentioned and not seen.
*Muscleman - villain possibly resident in Kiefer Square, caught up in the Conquistador's grand scheme.
*The Myth-Master - armored villain who fought Honor Guard in 1964; actually the disguised Looney Leo, acting as the pawn of Zzardo.
*Omniac - an artificial intelligence utilized by Praetor to further his villainous schemes.
*Omnius Rex - giant cosmic entity, sealed in a green gem and at least at that point needed a human host to manifest. Fought Starfighter in the 1970s.
*The Otter - A small time criminal who uses a bionic otter suit, with a tail.
*The Platinum Blonde - Los Angeles-based villainess of the 1970s; a sultry robot who was an antagonist of El Hombre.
*The Platypus; Platypus Joe (Josef Andros Platapopulous) - Astro City-based crimeboss of the 1970s. Employed Royal Williams and Deke McManus and was backed by PYRAMID.
*Praetor - a high-tech, armored villain, possibly an alien, like a Roman legionary in appearance. Opponent of the First Family. Fought Kaspian in Astro City's city hall in October 1972.
*Professor Borzoi - villain active in 1946, arch-enemy of the Gentleman.
*Prospero - villain, opponent of Jack-in-the-Box, currently incarcerated.
*Quarrel (I) (Doolittle Taggart) - supervillain of the 1970s, father of the heroine Quarrel (II), he was a sharp-shooting crossbowman with trick quarrels. Was a member of the Terrifying Three. Now deceased.
*The Red Dahlia - an antagonist of Supersonic. Only mentioned, not seen.
*The Red Queen (Lucia ------) - childhood acquaintance of the Mock Turtle who exploited their relationship to become a criminal mastermind in Britain; her scheme was ruined when Clever Dick turned the clueless Turtle against her.
*Sagra - criminal technology user. Commanded a team of ninjas equipped with flying harnesses. Fought the Jade Dragons in the winter of 1976 and allegedly had some hand in the death of the Dragon Shogun.
*The Scarlet Snake - criminal mastermind of the 1940s; in the 1990s, Donnelly Fergusson was rumored to have been him.
*Sean Hanrahan – villain, the original Queen's Bishop in the Chessmen; later one of Headstone's lieutenants. Incarcerated in 1987, and paroled in April, 1992.
*Senhor Technico - a Brazilian supervillain, opponent of the Birds of Paradise.
*The Shadow Hill Killer – a serial killer whose ritual murder victims were discovered at the outskirts of Shadow Hill; apparently an evil cosmic Cthulhu-like being ultimately defeated by the Hanged Man.
*Shirak the Devourer (featured) - a shark-like demon from another dimension that attempted to invade the Earth in 1959 and 1964. He was stopped in one of the first (and rather odd) missions of the newly-formed Honor Guard.
*The Silver Brain (featured) - a scientist who became pure brain, whose goal is to enslave the world. Imprisoned by the Samaritan in the Mentoverse, and banished back there by the First Family after he escaped.
*Slamburger (featured) - a bulky, powerful villain with mottled red skin and hot, sulfurous breath. A member of the Unholy Alliance with whom he was caught up in the Conquistador's grand scheme in 1998. Apparently an acquaintance of Steeljack, he may have originally been a resident of Kiefer Square.
*Spice - a whip-wielding, dominatrix-type villainess, formerly partners with Sugar. A member of the Unholy Alliance.
*Steel Devil - a robotic thief wielding a trident that fires energy blasts.
*The Steel Scimitar - from the same nation as the Mad Maharajah. Only mentioned, not seen.
*Strangematter - villain caught up in the Conquistador's grand scheme.
*Sugar - a villainess who formerly partnered with Spice. Now deceased.
*The Supreme Commandrix – leader of the Enelsian invasion fleet.
*Tackle - villainess resident in Kiefer Square, caught up in the Conquistador's grand scheme and murdered by the Black Mask Killer on suspicion of knowing too much. Partner of Block; she was the brains of the duo.
*Temblor – villain defeated by the Crossbreed in San Francisco.
*Tidal Waif – villainess prevented from flooding Honolulu under a tidal wave by Samaritan.
*The Time-Keeper (featured) - a time-stopping villain from the 1940s who nearly destroyed time itself in an attempt to rid the world of superheroes. A typical expample of the themed (if mostly non-super) villains of the period.
*The Toff - British crimelord who once employed the Mock Turtle.
*Tommy Gunn (Thomas Aloysius Gunn) - crimelord with a prosthetic firearm hand. Active in the 1970s.
*Ugly Max - villain, opponent of the First Family, currently catatonic.
*The Underlord - criminal mastermind, opponent of Jack-in-the-Box, active in the 1980s. He blew up Torres Island in 1983.
*White Lightning - villain with electrical powers, opponent of Samaritan.
*The Wolfhound (------ Kennealy) - villain resident in Kiefer Square, caught up in the Conquistador's grand scheme. Apparently able to shapeshift into the form of a large wolf or dog; possibly a werewolf.
*Wotan - an ax-wielding giant capable of flight, clad like an ancient Norseman. The name is conjectured by the prominent "W" symbols at the top of his boots.
*Wrestla – a massive, powerful female villain, not based in Astro City, but who comes there to visit Bruiser's.
*The Xenoform - a huge, homicidal, shape-shifting alien entity, currently confined.
*Zzardo - alien villain, arch-foe of Honor Guard, who used Looney Leo as a pawn and proxy to attack the hero group. Active circa 1963-64.

Groups

*The Apollo Eleven - a group of astronauts sent to establish the first moon base who were transformed by aliens to serve as their emissaries to Earth. In their transformed states they each bore different alien forms, mostly quite inhuman, and were possessed of a variety of super powers. Active in the early 1970s.
*The Astro City Irregulars - a group of outcast heroes founded by Bravo in the early to mid 1970s, after El Hombre's disgrace; its original roster also included Alligator, Skitter, Switchblade, and Umbra; Orphan was added to the membership as a result of their first case. The current (1998) roster consists of Juice (the apparent leader), Ruby, Palmetto, Jailbait, El Robo and Stray. The name echoes the Baker Street Irregulars of the Sherlock Holmes stories.
*The Balloon Bandits - a group of villains fought by Atomicus in the 1960s.
*The Barnstormers - a group of villains fought by Air Ace in the post-World War I era.
* [Birdmen] – unnamed group of three flying villains fought by Jack-in-the-Box.
*The Birds of Paradise – a group of at least three Brazilian flying superheroines, all elaborately garbed and capable of flight, who fought the Enelsians in Rio de Janeiro. Later two of them apprehended Senhor Technico.
*The Blackout Bandits - a gang of villains defeated by the All-American and Slugger in 1943.
*The Brothers of Trouble - devotees of Jack-in-the-Box from the future who have made him the basis of a religion. Possibly a future version of the Trouble Boys.
*The Chessmen - group of armored villains patterned after chess pieces; Sean Hanrahan was the original Queen's Bishop. Fought the original Jack-In-The-Box April 6, 1968. After a defeat by Samaritan their armor was abandoned and later salvaged by the Red Queen to create a new team of Chessmen to serve as her strike force, with equipment improved by the Mock Turtle. This team later hunted the Mock Turtle to Astro City, where it was defeated by residents of Kiefer Square under the direction of Steeljack, on the assumption that it was acting on behalf of the Black Mask Killer. Only one, the Bishop, was allowed to escape, to warn off his employer.
*The Computermen - a group of villains fought by Atomicus in the 1960s.
*The Crossbreed (featured) - a group of pariah religious heroes, led by Noah and consisting also of Daniel, David, Joshua, Mary, and Peter. Stigmatized by society as "Jesus freaks." Based on biblical figures.
*The Dominos - a group of villains employed by Braintrust. Dressed as dominos. Active in 1977.
*The Dopple Gang - a group of villains capable of assuming the forms of others, particularly of noted celebrities.
*The Disastroids - a group of villains, opponents of the First Family.
*E.A.G.L.E. Troopers - Short for Extranormal Activities Garrison for Law Enforcement, a federal-level law enforcement agency designed to deal with superhumans.
*The Experimentals - a hero group active in the 1970s, and perhaps still. Their stasis pods were confiscated by Enelsian-infiltrated authorities during the run-up to the Enelsian invasion.
*The First Family (featured) - A family of inter-dimensional explorers and superheroes consisting of brothers Augustus and Julius Furst, Augustus' adopted children Nick and Natalie, Natalie's husband Rex, and their daughter Astra.
*The Five Fists - masked Chinese warriors active in the 1920s.
*The Frigians – extra-dimensional race, enemies of the Thermians.
*The Gorilla Troops - henchmen of the Brass Monkey who wear gorilla masks.
*Gunbirds – cybernetic henchmen employed by Tommy Gunn. Active in the 1970s.
*The Guilloteam – group of villains mentioned by the Confessor.
*Honor Guard (featured) - the most prestigious grouping of superheroes. Founded in 1959 by Max O'Millions; its original roster also included the Silver Agent, Starwoman, Leopardman and Kitkat, the first N-Forcer, and the first Cleopatra. The Bouncing Beatnik and the Old Soldier assisted Honor Guard on its second case, but did not become members. Throughout its history, Honor Guard appears to have maintained an active membership of seven members. Kitkat seems to have been replaced by the Mermaid early on, and Max by El Hombre by 1964. During the next few years Hummingbird and Mirage took the places of Leopardman and Starwoman. The Living Nightmare was also a member at some point before November 1972, though it is uncertain whether this was before or during the period of El Hombre's membership. By April 1973, at the time of El Hombre's downfall, the Black Rapier and Starfighter had taken the places of Cleopatra (I) and the Silver Agent. It has not been revealed what new member was brought in to fill the vacancy left by El Hombre's disgrace; possibly the Living Nightmare again, as he was apparently once more a member again sometime in the 1970s and is known to have served on two separate occasions. The current (1998) roster consists of Beautie, the Black Rapier, Cleopatra (II), M.P.H., the current N-Forcer, Quarrel (II), and Samaritan. The Black Rapier is the current leader. The modern team has been shown working with Winged Victory and the Gentleman, but these have not become members.
*The Iron Horde - a group of villains defeated in the recent past and now apparently inactive.
*The Iron Legion - armored criminals, defeated by the Samaritan. Possibly the same as the Iron Horde.
*The Jade Dragons (Gary Samuel Novak, Keiko Shimasa Takamura) - a brother and sister duo of martial artists who can combine their tattoos to form a single image of a dragon, they are able to manifest that dragon in energy form. Active in the 1970s.
*The Legions of Midnight - a group of villains defeated by Honor Guard during their first case in 1959.
*The Menagerie Gang - a band of non-powered, gun-toting thugs who wear animal masks.
*PYRAMID - an international conspiracy seeking world domination, active for decades if not centuries. It has fought Honor Guard and Samaritan in the past, and doubtless many other heroes.
*The Queen's Men - British villains, costumed henchmen of the Red Queen who dressed as playing cards. Distinct from her strike force, the armored Chessmen. The name, perhaps coincidentally, is the same as that of an early Elizabethan acting troupe.
*Ravagers - also known as the Shark Men, acolytes of Karnus' Shirak cult in 1959, transformed into shark men by Shirak.
*The Shaders - a group of villains employed by the Deuce. Appear to all be black males dressed in black and shades and can materialize out of shadows. Many if not all were killed by Jitterjack in January 1977.
*The Skullcrushers - a Kiefer Square street gang the young Carl Donewicz once belonged to.
*Smoke & Mirrors - villainous duo with illusion-casting powers, opponents of Jack-in-the-Box; as hirelings of the Conquistador, created an illusion of a city-wide conflagration. Currently incarcerated.
*Special Incarceration Squad - Astro City's municipal police department counterpart to the EAGLE Troopers.
*Team Carnivore - a group of human/animal hybrid villains created and controlled by the corporation that made Roustabout superhuman.
*The Techsperts - a group of villains who facilitate their robberies with high technology. They once infiltrated Honor Guard headquarters.
*Tempus Fugitives - a gang assembled by the Time-Keeper, active in 1943.
*The Terrifying Three - a group of villains active in the 1970s, whose members included Steeljack, the first Quarrel, and Cutlass. Steeljack reformed after twenty years in prison, Quarrel died, and the fate of Cutlass is unknown.
*The Thermians – extra-dimensional race, enemies of the Frigians.
*The Trouble Boys - a Bakerville street gang "cum" athletic group founded by Roscoe James to keep himself and his friends out of "real" trouble. Imitators and tormentors of Jack-in-the-Box.
*The Unclean – Indian hero group with at least three members, apparently based in New Delhi.
*The Unholy Alliance (featured) - a group of villains led by Demolitia. Current members include Flame-thrower, Glowworm, Slamburger and Spice; apparently other villains have also been members in the past. They attacked Detroit as part of the Conquistador's grand scheme in 1998.
*The Worst Family - The First Family's "evil twins" from a parallel earth; thus far only mentioned and not seen.

Civilians

*Maria Luisa Alvarado - charity director based in Los Angeles in the 1960s and former girlfriend of Esteban Hidalgo (El Hombre). Later married to Ramon Vega, and later still, divorced, the chief executive of Alvarado Funds, an investment house based in Astro City's Astrobank Tower.
*Bob – a friend of Michael Tenicek.
*Busboys at Butler's – there were five in addition to Brian Kinney at the time he worked there; the most senior, unnamed, had been there two years. The others were Benny, who had been there eighteen months, Sandy, Jim, and Rachel.
*Cammie – a teenage girl from Astro City who spends a summer with relatives in Caplinville and discovers that there may be more to country life than she expected.
*Chet – roommate of Brian Kinney at Robinson Prep. A different Chet was a friend of Michael Tenicek.
*Darcy Conroy (featured) - a former district attorney, now a partner in one of Astro City's law firms; known for a tough attitude. The fiancé of Nick Furst.
*Danielle (viewpoint) – a tourist on Astro City Extreme Tours. Picked up a gem which transformed her into Omnius Rex. Restored by Honor Guard..
*Irene Costello - widow of Goldenglove (I); mother of Yolanda Costello (Goldenglove II) and at least two sons.
*Johnny Crash – person whose memoirs were considered by Brian Kinney as an authority on Astro City, and which mentioned Bruiser's.
*Barry Daniels – deputy mayor of Astro City under Mayor Stevenson.
*Tamra Dixon (viewpoint) - Anchorwoman of Channel 3's Morning News, married to toymaker and entrepreneur Zachary Johnson (aka Jack-in-the-Box).
*Marcy Doerr - a roving reporter with the "KAST-TV Roving Report".
*Pete Donacek (viewpoint) - Bell captain at the Astro City Classic, the premier hotel in the town. Directs visitors to the best locations to see the heroes "at work", but reminds them that what occurs is real and dangerous, and that the heroes "don't come out and do shows, you know."
*Rosa Vlacek Donewicz (1927-1973) - mother of Carl Donewicz (Steeljack).
*Eric - actor colleague of Mitch Goodman on soap opera "Tomorrow's Dawn".
*Sara-Lynne Felton – a girl murdered by the Shadow Hill Killer; as the first white victim, her death brought public attention to the killings.
*Elaine Girbachs - daughter of Dr. Gearbox and creator of the android Beautie
*Jedson Godfrey - former butler for Anders van Rupert (rumored to have been Leopardman); upon Van Rupert's death, Godfrey inherited the mansion that eventually became Butler's, of which he is the owner and proprietor.
*Cherry Goldstein - an early girlfriend of Carl Donewicz; later married the Mockery.
*Mitch Goodman (viewpoint) - a former stuntman and actor on popular soap opera "Tomorrow's Dawn" who attained notoriety by performing actual heroic acts.
*Cardinal Enzio Grandenetti – a nineteenth century cardinal of what became Astro City who began the construction of Grandenetti Cathedral in 1869. Died in 1908.
*Mayor Gerald "Jerry" Greenwald – Mayor of Astro City since 2004.
*Peter Hanlan - an acquaintance of Carl Donewicz, a harmless rummie and "known felon."
*Gretchen Hastings - a brilliant scientist deciphering notes left by Infidel.
*Roscoe James - leader of the Trouble Boys street gang, later recruited by Jack-in-the-Box II to become Jack-in-the-Box III.
*Jerome Johnson - future son of Jack-in-the-Box II, an alternate version of the Box and the Jackson. A college professor in his home time period.
*Mick Keneally - a childhood acquaintance of Carl Donewicz; the Wolfhound's older brother. Turned out bad.
*Kennealy, Miss – employee of Butler's who handles business issues.
*Margaret Isles Kinney (1954-1982) – mother of Brian Kinney. Deceased.
*Thomas William Kinney (1931-1989) – father of Brian Kinney, a physician in Buchanan Corners. Deceased.
*Steve McAnn – a student who once spent a night in Shadow Hill on a dare.
*Dirk McCallum - the man the Mock Turtle's employers intended to be the person to test and wear his environment suit.
*Jose Manziano (1952-1966) - a street gang member shot and killed by the young Carl Donewicz.
*Marta (viewpoint) - a resident of Shadow Hill who works in the City Center.
*Corliss McBride - a young prostitute who died of a drug overdose in Loony Leo's Hollywood bungalow in 1957.
*Gordon Meadows - television reporter, evening co-anchor of "KBAC3 News" with Tamra Dixon.
*Irene Merriwether (viewpoint) - a mayoral aide to Astro City Mayor Norton during the 1960s, she helped Atomicus solve several cases.
*Elliot Mills (viewpoint) - the editor of the "Astro City Rocket".
*Manny Monkton (featured) - The editor of an Astro City-based comics company, he is responsible for the comics based on real-life superheroes. Manny is a long-time veteran of the comic-book industry shown at one convention answering questions with Stan Lee. A smooth-talking, shrewd and deceitful little man, he ostensibly publishes comics based on actual adventures the heroes have, but always changes the stories around to make them more marketable. He has a deal with Crackerjack, allowing him to legally exploit his fame through excessive merchandise, but always withholds Crackerjack's share on the (false) grounds that it is not selling. He has come under considerable attack from numerous heroes and villains (including Nightingale, whom he implies to be a lesbian), but stubbornly refuses to change his stories. He gets his comeuppance when he publishes a comic featured Jack-in-the-Box and Glowworm, based on a real fight they had but changing details to make Glowworm seem more villainous; among the things he adds is the implication that Glowworm is a racist. Sometime later, the "real" Glowworm bursts in on him, and, furious to be called a racist, beats Monkton severely. Soon after, Monkton decides to instead start writing about cosmically-powered villains and heroes instead, deciding that they would not be concerned enough to harass him. However, he misjudges, and, one day, he is yanked out of existence along with the building he is in, and never seen again.
*Aggie Morisi - widow of Handgun and one of Carl Donewicz's employers in the Black Mask Killer mystery. Used her husband's weaponry to help defeat the Chessmen.
*Nadia - a young Yugoslavian woman rescued from a pocket of alien energy by Augustus Furst. She became his third wife then left him for Kaspian. Later disappeared leaving Augustus Furst to adopt her twin children Nick and Natalie Furst.
*Mayor Norton - Mayor of Astro City in the 1960s.
*Vincent Oleck (viewpoint) - a lawyer who invented the so-called "superhero defense" in 1974.
*Dr. Prochnow - scientist Samaritan considers consulting about the current incarnation of the Living Nightmare, possibly the psychologist who accidentally created it.
*Ben Pullam (viewpoint) - a new resident of Astro City.
*Sharon - a former girlfriend of Carl Donewicz.
*Sherrie – a student at Robinson Prep.
*Sitterud girl, The – an ill child in Buchanan Corners treated by Thomas Kinney.
*Steeljack (Carl "Carlie" Donewicz) (viewpoint) - A former supervillain with steel skin and superstrength, originally dubbed the Steeljacketed Man, and resident in Kiefer Square who attempts to reform after serving his time. He was active as a villain from about 1970 to 1978, with interruptions due to incarceration. Was a member of the villain group the Terrifying Three. He was in jail when his mother died in 1973. Served 20 years in Biro Island from 1978-1998. Later tapped by former associates as a private investigator to solve the mystery of the Black Mask Killer's string of murders in the supervillain community. Consciously modeled after Robert Mitchum.
*Mayor Stevenson – Mayor of Astro City, whose place was taken for a time by an alien in 1997.
*Martha "Sully" Sullivan – dreamed of becoming a superhero when her telekinesis powers first manifested, but became a SFX specialist for television such as soap opera "Tomorrow's Dawn".
*Michael Tenicek (viewpoint) - an ordinary man whose wife was wiped from reality (but not his dreams) by a timestorm.
*Miranda Tenicek – wife of Michael Tenicek, wiped from reality (but not his dreams) by a timestorm.
*Mrs. Tenicek – mother of Michael Tenicek.
*Trench – a homeless Vietnam veteran who supplied information that helped lead to the apprehension of the Gunslinger.
*Stanley Tripp - host of the television program "Astro Kidz 2-Day" on Channel 2.
*Anders Van Rupert – a third generation copper millionaire resident in Astro City, rumored to have been Leopardman. Now deceased. His former butler Jedson Godfrey is the proprietor of Butler's.
*Ramon Vega - Los Angeles-based activist in the late 1960s and early 1970s who married Maria Alvarado; they were later divorced.
*Mr. Vlacek – a prominent figure in Shadow Hill. Possibly related to Rosa Vlacek Donewicz.
*Charles Raymond Williams (viewpoint) - police officer who sees superheroes as instigating chaos in the world. Born October 19, 1946 and active as a policeman in the early 1970s. Brother of Royal Williams.
*Royal James Williams (viewpoint) - petty crook who sees superheroes as instigating chaos in the world. Born June 5, 1950 and active as a criminal in the early 1970s. Brother of Charles Williams.

Others

*Anansi – an illusion-casting character based in Kenya who fought the Enelsians there. Only mentioned, not seen.
*The Brahmin - a Boston area-based character. Only mentioned, not seen.
*Bullroarer – an Australian character who fought the Enelsians in Sydney.
*The Colonial – an Australian character based in Melbourne who fought the Enelsians in Sydney.
*The Crimson Cougar — a fictitious superhero on popular soap opera "Tomorrow's Dawn".
*The Dark Centurion — an armored figure who defeated the Crimson Cougar and then vanished from public sight.
*El Guerrero - heroic identity the Conquistador (El Hombre) intended to adopt in 1998 for the culmination of his grand scheme.
*The Enelsians (featured) - a matriarchal extraterrestrial race of shape-shifters that invaded Earth, with Astro City as their focal point. They managed to discredit several heroes, but were defeated when the Confessor sacrificed his life to expose their plan. The name of the race is a sly homage to E. Nelson Bridwell. See also Bridwell.
*Eterneon (featured) - Lord and watcher of the timestream, fought Samaritan while the latter was on a time-traveling mission. Also fought the Time-keeper to prevent the destruction of time itself.
*Giant Spiders - monsters that attacked Dallas in 1972.
*The Gorilla Swarm - a horde of ant-headed gorillas whose brains are linked into a hive mind; probably inspired by the frequent use of gorillas on comic book covers of the 1950s and 1960s. Enslaved on one occasion by the Silver Brain in one of his bids to conquer the world.
*Helia - a cosmic entity, possibly an ancient goddess of light. Married to Thunderhead.
*The Incarnate - a cosmic being that appeared over the Astro City skies on January 19, 1977 and was nicknamed "Big Joe" by the populace. He eventually formed a body out of leaves and other stray matter, and made mental contact with every human on the planet. The creature then disappeared upon the arrival of the Apollo Eleven. According to noted occultist and sorcerer Simon Magus, the being was an emissary of a galactic civilization, sent either to offer new cultures membership, or eliminate threats. Magus speculated that our planet was deemed the latter.
*The Insiders - a race of volcanic lava men, apparently based in a Central American volcano. Ruled by Lord Volcanus.
*Iron Cross – a German gun-wielding character who fought the Enelsians in Stuttgart.
*Kookaburra – an Australian character who fought the Enelsians in Canberra. Only mentioned, not seen.
*Krunch – a Popeye-like strongman with huge forearms and fists who frequents Bruiser's.
*Looney Leo (viewpoint) - A cartoon lion brought to life in 1946, he was briefly the Gentleman's sidekick, then a media star, a homeless bum, a supervillain's pawn and a recluse before becoming part owner and host of a nostalgic nightclub bearing his name in the entertainment district.
*Mind-Over-Mattie - heroic identity Martha Sullivan dreamed of assuming when her telekinesis first manifested.
*Mister Smartie - a holographic artificial intelligence invented by Augustus Furst to serve as Astra's teacher.
*Mister Soul - most likely a disembodied intelligence that allegedly inhabited bodies like a normal man would put on a suit. Appears to have been active some time in the 1970s. Only mentioned, not seen.
*The Mockery - character who married Cherry Goldstein. Only mentioned, not seen.
*Monstro City residents - the subjects of Madame Majestrix, inhabitants of the undersea Monstro City. Driven from their home by the Trenchers.
*Moon people - a race of living moon rocks, ruled by Kratorr the Invincible. (Note: the race is thus far not named in the series; the entry title here is a generic description.)
*Mordecai Chalk — a cyborg whose missing body parts were destroyed by occult creatures. A professional monster hunter and former radio personality. Contracted by Mayor Stevenson to apprehend the Shadow Hill Killer (in reality some kind of demonic Cthulhu-like entity), he was left nearly dead by the assignment.
*Mountain Gnomes - also known as the Gnomes, an intelligent race of magical little people who share the Earth with humanity.
*Night Creatures - endemic menaces in Shadow Hill; a part of the environment.
*The Ogliarchons - confronted by Supersonic. Possibly extraterrestrial. Only mentioned, not seen.
*Ominuss - owner of a giant robot unearthed in the Hartley neighborhood of Astro City which was then destroyed by a retired Supersonic. Only mentioned, not seen.
*Onggu the Omnivorous - entity draining energy from a Romanian manufacturing plant in 1950. Discovered by Dr. Augustus Furst. Only mentioned, not seen.
*The Radium Ants - confronted by Supersonic. Possibly extraterrestrial. Only mentioned, not seen.
*The Real Thing – a gigantic Atlanta-based character who fought the Enelsians there. Only mentioned, not seen.
*Rockslide – a monstrous rock-creature who frequents Bruiser's.
*Scavenger Peoples - non-human intelligent races living beneath the Earth.
*Sledgehammer – a monstrous metallic character who frequents Bruiser's.
*Skyscraper – a New York-based flying character who fought the Enelsians there. Only mentioned, not seen.
*Skrek - a small, sycophantic creature, one of the residents of Monstro City.
*Tentacus - underwater monster created by Doctor Nautilus.
*Teusz - a benevolent deity whose sigil is used as a protective symbol in Shadow Hill.
*Thunderhead (featured) - a cosmic entity that destroyed Draketown, Alaska and later threatened Astro City. Possibly an ancient weather god. Married to Helia, who mockingly refers to him as "Dunderhead."
*The Torori - extraterrestrial race that has invaded Earth on several occasions. Look something like bipedal, humanoid bulls. Their goal for Earth is to turn the human race into beasts of burden and a source for foodstuffs.
*The Tourist - a gigantic insectoid "extraterrestrial gadabout" regarded by Samaritan as an intolerable pest. First seen in 1972, when he attempted to appropriate Mount Rushmore as a souvenir and was stopped by the First Family. Apparently not a villain, but definitely trouble.
*The Trenchers - a barbaric undersea race who drove the residents of Monstro City from their home after the disappearance of Madame Majestrix.
*Trolls - a race of gigantic humanoids with cold-based powers inhabiting Glittertinden on Hortensfjord, Norway. Attacked Astro City's city center from the sewers in 1972. Later fought the Enelsians.
*The Untouchable – a Chicago-based character who fought the Enelsians there. Only mentioned, not seen.
*Vampires - endemic menaces in Shadow Hill, stated by a resident to not be as bad as reputed (though Shadow Hill residents still draw back in fear when confronted by one).
*The Zonn - extraterrestrial race who attacked Earth sometime prior to August 1995 and caused the Honor Guard alien detector to be down, which helped set the stages for the Enelsian attack upon Earth.

ee also

*Astro City

External links

* [http://www.astrocity.us The Astro City Rocket] "Astro City" official site
* [http://www.herocopia.com Herocopia] -"Astro City" wiki


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