Adam Matthew Aris
side character turned main character
His hero name is Mercury because he's a speedster, and it's to match with his brother, whose name is Hermes.
Not even five minutes after he and his brother joined the League,
also calls him variants on "kid" and "kiddo". has tried to do the same, but Adam's only really comfortable when Cas does it.
Even before they started dating, Malcolm started calling him "southern belle" because of his accent. Now it just kinda sticks as a pet name.
a mess & in his eyeballs, unless it's gelled back, which it usually is
freckles & a lightning scar on his forehead becausethought it'd be hilarious if they both had matching lightning scars
He's planning to get his ears pierced, but he hasn't yet. He also has six tattoos. His first was pair of mushrooms on each wristbone to match with, and he has four other tattoos that match with : a lightbulb with butterflies inside in the center of his chest, a mini Sun tarot card on his right hip, a white rose with a black moon on his right shoulder, and a skeleton hand in a peace sign on his left forearm (which was entirely unintentional and exactly why you shouldn't get tattoos drunk).
Metahuman - mostly human species born with a recessive gene that, when activated, gives them superpowers in their adolescence. People may be carriers of the metahuman gene without it being active, but in this case, Adam has an active metahuman gene that activated when he was 14.
Very pro-human rights, tends to side with his friends, and he's very wary around politicians & trust-fund kids.
Definitely has anxiety but he tries to ignore it.
He plays with his hair an unnecessary amount.
His family, especially& , and his found family, especially & .
He has super speed, which he can use to do pretty much anything quickly, as well as phasing through solid matter and time travel.
He's also a remarkable singer and can play guitar.
The drawback of super speed is his accelerated metabolism. If he doesn't consume enough calories to support this metabolism, he'll pass out, so he has to be careful running long distances or overworking himself.
singing, hanging out with his people
Lawful Neutral & INFP
Dick Grayson (Young Justice), Larry Trainor (Doom Patrol)
Minus the fact that his cousin and closest friend died when he was only 12, he had a relatively stable childhood.
He graduated high school and is currently a sophomore in college; he’s currently taking online courses and is a biochemistry major on the pre-med track.
He's one of the newest members of the League.
He's also the co-founder of the Phases.
He's a basic white boy through and through, so he's a very layers kind of guy. He's a big fan of hoodies & flannels with basketball shorts. (No, he does not play basketball, nor has he ever.)
takes it upon himself to style Adam for every single formal event, which tend to be Prince family related. If Adam had his way, he'd be wearing a plain black tux to everything.
Although he now lives about 14 hours and 900 miles away from his parents, he does his best to stay in contact.
He's also extremely close with his twin brother,, and his older cousin, .
1980s Horror Film II by Wallows
His playlist covers his departure from the League to his relationship with Malcolm.
After the League defeated Madeline, Adam wanted something more from superheroing (& also he was sick of Dean (Gloom & Kids)), so he took up an offer from Arsenic to start a separate vigilante team. His family wasn't very on board but they understood (Let It Be).
Immediately, the life of a vigilante is much different than the life of a superhero. There are way more people after them than Adam intended and it's a bit much (Dog Days Are Over), but Malcolm and the rest of the team help him through it (Junior Varsity).
The team is a lot, however, and Adam ended up having to deal with them a good majority of the time. He began envying Malcolm and his way of just going with the flow (Jealous/Alien Blues), but Malcolm did his best to help Adam embrace the ways of vigilantism (Christmas Kids/Life Itself).
Especially considering the League's history with Madeline, Adam never thought he'd fall in love with Malcolm, but as the team continued their fight, the two of them grew much closer (Treehouse/Fahrradsattel) and eventually decided to date despite the pushback from both of their families (Listen to Your Friends/Washing Machine Heart).
Gloom by DJO
“And now I'm ready to go. I'm sick of hanging out and now I'm ready to go. I told you that our friendship couldn't handle much more, but then you went behind my back to settle the score, so goodbye. Farewell. Go fuck your mother. Go fuck yourself.”
Kids by Current Joys
“Oh, I'm no longer a kid and everything has changed. There's nothing in my heart and lightning in my brain. So listen up you kids, hear what I say: don't listen to your brain and follow your dreams. Just like this now.”
Let It Be by The Beatles
“And when the brokenhearted people living in the world agree, there will be an answer: let it be. For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see. There will be an answer: let it be.”
The Adults Are Talking by The Strokes
“Don't go there 'cause you'll never return. I know you think of me when you think of her, but then it don't make sense when you're tryin' hard to do the right thing but without recompense. And then you did something wrong and you said it was great and now you don't know how you could ever complain, because you're all confused 'cause you want me to, but then you want me to do it the same as you.”
Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine
“Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father. Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers. Leave all your love and your longing behind. You can't carry it with you if you want to survive.”
Junior Varsity by Dayglow
“Can you see it now? The changing in the leaves. It's all around us now, as foreign as it seems. Let's celebrate we never make the team. We're in the real world now not junior varsity.”
Wisdom by Mother Mother
“Out in the cold and tryin' to make fire. Two sticks and stone, still got no fire. Once I was shown, but I was inside then, and spit on that good advice. Wisdom, wisdom. Where can I get some? Wisdom, wisdom.”
Little Dark Age by MGMT
“Picking through the cards, knowing what's nearby. The carvings on the face say they find it hard. And the engine's failed again, all limits of disguise. The humor's not the same, coming from denial. Oh oh, I grieve in stereo, the stereo sounds strange. I know that if you hide, it doesn't go away. If you get out of bed and find me standing all alone, open-eyed, burn the page, my little dark age.”
Devil Town by Cavetown
“Devil town is colder in the summertime. I'll lose my mind at least another thousand times. Hold my hand tight, we'll make it another night. I still get a little scared of something new, but I feel a little safer when I'm with you. Falling doesn't feel so bad when I know you've fallen this way too.”
Jealous by Eyedress
“You could have anyone you want. Why would you want to be with me? You know, I'm nothing special. Be with whoever you want. I don't care, I don't care. I don't wanna know. Don't tell me about your problems if you're not trying to solve them. Don't ask me for my help.”
Alien Blues by Vundabar
“The sun is fun, the land is dandy. I only talk to dogs because they don't understand me. My teeth are yellow, hello world! Would you like me a little better if they were white like yours? I need to purge my urges, shame, shame, shame. I need an alibi to justify, somebody to blame. It's a halibut, party bitch, give it a name and say, ‘hey, hey’!”
Christmas Kids by ROAR
“The Christmas kids were nothing but a gift and love is a tower where all of us can live. You'll change your name or change your mind and leave this fucked up place behind, but I'll know, I'll know.”
Life Itself by Glass Animals
“I'm waking up, lost in boxes outside Tesco. Look like a bum, sipping codeine Coca-Cola. Thought that I was northern Camden's own Flash Gordon. Sonic raygun, gonna be a superstar. [...] Come back down to my knees, gotta get back, gotta get free. Come back down to my knees, be like them, lean back and breathe.”
parachute by second thoughts
“Don't know what I'm doing, but I don't mind, but I don't mind. I know where I wanna be. I tell you all the time. I said I got things under control. We don't know any exit, no. Falling without a parachute. I said I got things under control. We don't know any exit, no. Falling without a parachute.”
Rhinestone Eyes by Gorillaz
“So call the mainland from the beach, all parties now washed up in bleach. The waves are rising for this time of year, and nobody knows what to do with the heat. Under sunshine pylons, we'll meet while rain is falling like rhinestones from the sky.”
Freaks by Surf Curse
“My head is filled with parasites. Black holes cover up my eyes. I dream of you almost every night. Hopefully, I won't wake up this time.”
Tell Me It's Okay by Paramore
“Maybe it's been years since I genuinely smiled, and maybe it's been years since I wanted to be a part of anything, but lately I've been good. You know, I've actually been great. Man, I even laughed a little today. Oh, so strange, it's so strange.”
Be Nice to Me by The Front Bottoms
“But you're a killer and I'm your best friend. Think it's unfair, your situation. You say I'm changing. Sorry, I didn't know I had to stay the same. Can we talk about this later? Your voice is driving me, driving me insane.”
Too Close by Sir Chloe
“I want to want you, baby, but you're making it so hard. I try to bite the bullet and just take you as you are. You get too close, take the one I love the most, and I think it's time for you to go.”
Misery by Maroon 5
“Sometimes these cuts are so much deeper then they seem. You'd rather cover up, I'd rather let them bleed. So let me be and I'll set you free, oh yeah. I am in misery. There ain't nobody who can comfort me, oh yeah. Why won't you answer me? The silence is slowly killing me, oh yeah.”
bad idea! by girl in red
“It was a bad idea calling you up. Was such a bad idea, I'm totally fucked. It was a bad idea to think I could stop. Was such a bad idea, I can't get enough. It was a bad idea meeting you so late. Was such a bad idea 'cause I can't think straight. It was a bad idea to bring you back home. Was such a bad idea, I need to be alone.”
So Alright, Cool, Whatever by The Happy Fits
“Now your name makes all the life inside me shake, but I guess God wants us apart for heaven's sake. But how could you ever really know? If you never look, you don't know what you'll find. I've got an effervescent glow if you'd show me all the dark parts of your mind.”
Campus by Vampire Weekend
“Then I see you, you're walking 'cross the campus. Cruel professor, studying romances. How am I supposed to pretend I never want to see you again?”
Treehouse by Alex G, Emily Yacina
“Do Not Enter's written on the doorway. Why can't everyone just go away? Except you, you can stay. What do you think of my treehouse? It's where I sit and talk really loud. Usually, I'm all by myself.”
Baby Hotline by Jack Stauber’s Micropop
“I contend that your drinking eye has never opened. I insist somebody will die, and I hate hoping. Wishing that the pills let you cry, and I hate coping. Someday I will go back outside and see her, okay.”
Fahrradsattel by Pisse
“Du willst eine Jahreskarte, du willst einen Ring am Finger, eine Gummihand in deiner festgekettet und für immer. Aber ich will dein Fahrradsattel sein.”
English Translation: You want an annual pass, you want a ring on your finger, a rubber hand chained in your hand and forever. But I want to be your bike saddle.
One Day by Lovejoy
“One day, I know that you will be there. One day, I'll focus on the future, maybe. One day, oh, baby, isn't life so fucking inconsistent?”
Come a Little Closer by Cage The Elephant
“Come a little closer, then you'll see. Come on, come on, come on. Things aren't always what they seem to be. Come on, come on, come on. Do you understand the things that you've been seein'? Come on, come on, come on. Do you understand the things that you've been dreamin'? Come a little closer, then you'll see.”
Tongues by The Frights
“Do you think I'm cute? Well, is it too late to check? And I don't care, you’ve got your tongue against my neck. Do you like my style? Have you seen my shoes? 'Cause they've been ripped to shit from walking the world for you.”
Listen to Your Friends by Declan McKenna
“I know sometimes it's hard for me to say I love you every other day. You pour my heart away. And sometimes I'm scared of what they've done, so I look how far we've come. You think you don't have to put up a fight, but you might as well, so I tell you everything you won't admit. Tell me you don't care one bit, and I'll feel better for it.”
Quarterback by Wallows
“You said, ‘I'll be alright’. I knew by the look in your eyes, but anytime you want to know, I'll be the one. Do you feel the same or was it just for fun? 'Cause…summer’s gone. I'm all alone wishin' for your call, startin' to freak. I'm not sure if he's comin' over for the night. Quarterback's fine.”
Meet Me At Our Spot by THE ANXIETY
“Caught a vibe. Baby, are you coming for the ride? I just wanna look into your eyes, I just wanna stay for the night, night, night. When we take a drive, maybe we can hit the 405. Hypnotized by the lights. Man, this must be the life.”
505 by Arctic Monkeys
“Stop and wait a sec. When you look at me like that, my darlin', what did you expect? I'd probably still adore you with your hands around my neck, or I did last time I checked. Not shy of a spark. The knife twists at the thought that I should fall short of the mark. Frightened by the bite, though it's no harsher than the bark. The middle of adventure, such a perfect place to start.”
Washing Machine Heart by Mitski
“Toss your dirty shoes in my washing machine heart. Baby, bang it up inside. I'm not wearing my usual lipstick. I thought maybe we would kiss tonight. Baby will you kiss me already and toss your dirty shoes n my washing machine heart? Baby, bang it up inside.”
Always Forever by Cults
“You and me always forever. We could stay alone together. You and me always forever. Say you'll stay never be separate. You know you've got me in your pocket. You know just have to wait around. You know I'll keep you in my locket. Just come here and we can settle down.”
Malcolm: Honestly, I’m just so evil. So full of darkness. I feed off the souls of the living. I strike fear into--
Adam: You sleep with a stuffed raccoon.
Malcolm: he is sEcOnD iN COMMAND IN MY ARMY OF DARKNESS
Adam: So Mal, last time I saw you, you were trying to kill everyone. Where are you now?
Malcolm: It varies from moment to moment
Sarah: CJ, I don't know what's so interesting on your phone, but this is an important briefing and you need to concentrate.
Adam, the one who's been sending CJ memes nonstop throughout the meeting: Yeah, Cas, grow up.
Adam: Sounds like something a responsible parent wouldn't want you doing...good thing I'm an uncle! Avenge me, kids!
Noah: I didn't mean to say that. It just came out.
CJ: Ooh, crystals.
Adam: Wow, you really are gay.
Adam: Are you an idiot?
Noah, enthusiastically: Yes!
Noah: A definitive ranking. Women, Fortnite, men.
Simon: What about me?
Adam: I think you're Fortnite.
Noah: No! Women, Fortnite, men, Daddy.
Dean: dying in the corner
Sarah: Cas hasn't been answering their phone.
Adam: Let me try.
Sarah: We've been trying all morning, what makes—
CJ, on the phone: Hey what's up
CJ: Adam, your boyfriend wants to talk to you!
Adam: For fuck's sake, Malcolm's not my boyfriend.
Adam, taking the phone: Hi babe.
Malcolm: I’ve been dropping him the most insanely obvious hints for like a year now. No response.
Adam: Wow. He sounds stupid.
Malcolm: But he’s not. He’s really smart actually, just dense as hell.
Adam: Maybe you need to be more obvious? Like, I don’t know… “Hey! I love you!”
Malcolm: I guess you’re right. Hey Adam, I love you.
Adam: See, just say that!
Malcolm: Holy fucking shit.
Adam: If that flies over his head, then, sorry Mal, but he’s too dumb for you.
Malcolm: A d a m.
Kylie: In my defense, I was left unsupervised.
Adam: Wasn’t Melody with you?
Melody: In my defense, I was also left unsupervised.
Beck: It costs $400 to go see a therapist. It costs $0 to tell myself it be like that sometimes.
Adam, softly: No.
Adam: Wow, this food is amazing. Thea, did you cook this?
Malcolm: How do you know that I didn’t cook it?
Adam: Mal, 8 people live in this building and you’d still be my 12th guess.
Adam: Imagine if someone handed you a box full of all the items you have lost throughout your life.
Thea: It would be nice to get my sense of purpose back.
Bella: Oh wow, my childhood innocence. Thank you for finding this.
Beck: My will to live! I haven’t seen this in years!
Crystal: I knew I lost that potential somewhere.
Kylie: Mental stability, my old friend!
Adam: …y’all need therapy.
Adam: I don’t think we can mansplain, manipulate, or malewife our way out of it this time.
Malcolm: cracks his knuckles Manslaughter it is.
Adam: Excuse me, why I am considered the responsible one?
Crystal: Malcolm once picked up a kettle while it was still hot because he realized his reflection could be seen in it.
Beck: Once, Crystal ate ice cream with a knife because she refused to acknowledge that it was her turn to do the dishes.
Malcolm: Yesterday, Beck almost crashed our one car because they saw a dog on the sidewalk.
Adam: I’ll never question it again.
Melody: Why are people so obsessed with top and bottom? Honestly, I’d just be excited to have a bunk bed.
Malcolm: I’m gonna tell her.
Adam: Don’t you fucking dare.
Crystal: Why is blood so hard to wash off your hands?
Crystal: I just realized how bad this sounds. For the record, I had a nosebleed. I’m not a serial killer.
Beck: But we both know that’s not quite true.
Malcolm: Hydrogen peroxide dissolves blood, just FYI.
Kylie: Do you think if you gave someone a huge shot of hydrogen peroxide straight into their bloodstream, it would kill them?
Adam: Jesus, this building is filled with murderers.
Adam: We call that a “traumatic event”.
Adam, turning to Beck: Not a “bruh moment”.
Adam, turning to Crystal: Not a “major L”.
Adam, turning to Kylie: And definitely not an “oof lmao”.
Adam: I respect the “I can fix him” movement, but that’s just not me. He’ll fix himself if he knows what’s good for him.
Adam: You guys really put aside everything and came all this way for me?
Adam: How did you even get here so fast?
Malcolm: Several traffic violations.
Beck: Three counts of resisting arrests.
Kylie: Also, that’s not our car.
Adam: You killed them!
Kylie: Actually I believe she died of natural causes.
Crystal, checking the body: Knife to the neck
Adam: I thought you said she died of natural causes!
Kylie: There is nothing more natural than dying from a knife to the neck
Crystal, nodding: What would be unnatural is if she survived.
Malcolm, drunk and sobbing on the table: And I keep trying to tell Adam I'm in love with him, but he's so damn dense and he never notices when I flirt with him!
Adam, oblivious, dumb, and also drunk: You know another Adam?!
Adam: So... who's the little spoon and who's the big spoon?
Bella: We’re chopsticks.
Adam: Aww, that's cute.
Adam: Does that mean you two snuggle together perfectly?
Beck: No, it means that if you take one of us away, the only thing the other is good for is stabbing.
Kylie: hits Thea in the head with a spoon
Adam, three hours later, trying to coax her down from the tree: It’s okay, she’s gone. You can come down now—
Kylie, still shaking: She’s not gone, she’s just waiting.
Adam: When Freud said bisexuality is what happens when you don’t fully develop a brain, he was right & I am proof.
Crystal: Freud is a little bitch, my idiocy doesn’t have anything to do with my bisexuality and all to do with my own hubris.
Beck: I get offended when Freud says I’m a dumbass because I’m bi because I feel like he’s overlooking all the other perfectly valid reasons that I’m a dumbass.
Thea: I’m gonna be a smart bi just to flex on Freud.
[Adam & Malcolm leaving the base for ten minutes]
Kylie: Remember when you told us not to burn the base down?
Adam: You burned the base down?
Beck: No! We had the fire put out almost immediately. This is a success story.
Beck: Heads up, if you try to make a candle with food coloring, the food coloring will just sink to the bottom of the glass, and when the flame eventually reaches the bottom, all of the food coloring will catch fire and become one giant tall flame that you cannot possibly blow out, and the glass will start to crack so you’ll throw your tea on it in a panic and then the extremely hot food coloring will boil and sizzle horribly and then the glass will shatter.
Beck: Please take my word on this.
Adam: Beck, what did you do?
Beck: A mistake.
Adam: Malcolm, we’re in the middle of an argument, why is your dick hard?
Beck: No, I don’t have a crush on Bella. I mean, yeah, I stare into her eyes a lot. And sure, I like holding her hand and listening to her weird rambles. And okay, yes, sometimes I smell her hair because she uses that stupid rosemary and mint shampoo that just…suits her.
Adam: Beck, the denial is literally on its last straw.
Bella, trying desperately to come out in the team groupchat: i’m a lesbiab.
Bella: less bien
Adam: it’s okay take your time