In the superhero genre, a vast majority of superheroes use a secret identity in order to protect their loved ones or as a way to name their alter ego. Some superhero names are impressive while others are uninteresting, but they nevertheless play a role in the life of a superhero. When I created the main characters of my series, I decided to avoid giving them superhero names because original names are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Despite this, some superheroes allow their real names to become public knowledge, which is what the Young Guardians do because after an unexpectedly traumatic event, the Young Guardians found no point in having secret identities. Instead, they go by their real names as though they are normal people, which can serve as a reminder of who and what they were before they became neohumans.
Joshua Rauje is the short-tempered loose cannon of the Young Guardians. I based him on one of my best friends, who wanted to be a kind of superhero who is fearless and possesses a powerful hatred towards criminals. When engaging convicts, Joshua is not afraid to use violent methods to stop them, which makes his teammates nervous while around him. The answer to his prejudice towards crooks is revealed in the second volume of the series. Joshua’s powers consist of potent wind manipulation, which he can use to either create solid air balls that he could use to shoot from his fingers like bullets or overwhelming vortexes to blow his opponents away. In addition, Joshua has a pair of eagle-like wings that he can use to fly. Despite his short temper and unpredictability, Joshua is fiercely loyal to his teammates and a devout believer in their crusade against evil.
Tinisha Dolaira is the female lead of my series and love interest of Patrick Donovan. When I created her, I based aspects of her personality on my late grandmother, which include a compassionate heart, a sharp mind, and strong moral code. In addition, I made Tinisha the same age as my grandmother when she passed away. In terms of species, I made Tinisha one of my favorite of all mythological beings, a high elf. However, to avoid cliches from other sword and sorcery stories, I placed Tinisha outside of her comfort zone when she is transported from her home world into twenty-first century Earth. She is very afraid and curious about how the modern world works and often turns to Patrick Donovan for comfort and explanations. While she is inexperienced about the modern world, she is morally wise and has strong ideals. Due to her advanced age, Tinisha serves as the big sister or motherly figure of the team. Because of the nature of their first encounter, Tinisha feels like watching over Patrick and his friends to be her responsibility.
When I designed one of the main characters of my series, Patrick Donovan, I based him on the positive aspects of my personality. In addition, I gave him the powers that I would want to have if I was a superhero, which included fire-based powers. Also, he has insecurities and doubts about his potential as a superhero. He is haunted by the murder of his younger sister, which gives him a strong dislike of all that is evil. Patrick starts out as an average teenager who is a social outcast and trying to live a normal life. However, when he becomes superhuman, Patrick has a psychological struggle with his own power, which is linked with his anger and hatred. He does not feel comfortable with the idea that he is considered the team leader, but nevertheless, is eager to join his teammates in their crusade against evil.