Trump is one of the twelve power classifications created by the PRT still in modern day use. Trumps have powers that can manipulate powers in some capacity; altering, granting, strengthening, weakening or removing them entirely. It also includes parahumans that can adapt new powers. Some Trumps have powers that solely interact with the powers of others. Trump powers are very rare: only about three to five percent of parahumans have a Trump rating.
A notable characteristic of Trump ratings is that they will always be connected to one of the other eleven classifications, albeit the exact relation can vary. Some powers can have a small Trump note, while others have the Trump aspect as the most noticeable, where the other rating is only a method of expression or even just a complimentary factor.
That said, the Trump rating covers an incredibly wide range of abilities, but can be roughly categorized in eleven or twelve different groups, where individual powers can fall in multiple groups:
Reducing the effectiveness of other powers, sometimes outright nullifying or erasing them.
Involves an adverse, direct, and ongoing relationship with power in question.
Powers with variable aspects, where one part of the power is fixed while other is flexible.
Concrete, immediate effect at work, prompting trigger.
Powers involved with partnering, bonding and gifting.
Involves a positive relationship with the powers involved.
Allows the parahuman to steal, borrow, or copy other powers.
Involves a mental or emotional relationship to the powers.
Abilities where one can pick between different options, but the powers are often slower, weaker or clunkier.
Powers were a factor or reality over a longer period of time. (This not necessarily a long-term trigger).
Scrambling, disrupting, or altering powers in some manner.
Involves an indirect relationship to powers, but the environment or situation is threatening, with a single source.
Powers that can effect large groups of people.
The power affecting the individual covers a wide area, environmental or detached enough to be close to such.
Powers that cycle between different variants, where unpredictability is rewarded with more raw power.
Involves a crazy, chaotic situation, with many powers actively in use.
Abilities that can toggle between different modes, often expressed as different Breaker states.
Abilities that create minions or other vehicles with Trump effects.
Powers impinged, altered or distorted interpersonal relationships.
Enhancing, granting, or boosting powers, often with a secondary effect.
Power sets nearly limitless in both option and choice, but where other large drawbacks often apply.
Involves a power breaking reality in the vicinity.
Trigger events that lead to Trump powers are actually extremely similar to other trigger events, with one key difference: They involve powers. As such, Trump trigger events always match one of the other eleven classifications in terms of what kind of powers it might give. How the Trump aspect expresses itself depends on two factors.
First of all, the degree powers are involved and the proximity of the parahuman using these powers. As powers become more involved and the parahuman gets closer, the Trump aspect gets stronger, relatively to other classifications.
Secondly, the type of Trump power to manifest depends heavily on the relationship (level of focus, level of abstraction, and feelings) to the powers: For example, if the relationship is a positive one, the ability to gift powers becomes more likely, while the ability to steal them is indicative of a negative relationship.
The person triggering does not need to know that powers are involved in his trigger event.
When dealing with Trumps, the PRT encourages the use of PRT-squads, with capes sidelined, barring all but the most threatening situations. Ranged fire and distance is encouraged, with minimal contact and involvement to preserve the safety of involved capes. Other countermeasures depend on the nature of the target's power.
↑ 2.02.12.2Can manipulate powers in some capacity, altering, granting, strengthening, weakening or removing them entirely, or has powers that interact solely with the powers of others.
PRT squads are encouraged, with capes sidelined, barring all but the most threatening situations. Ranged fire and distance is encouraged, with minimal contact and involvement, to preserve safety of involved capes.
Remainder depends on nature of power. - PRT Master Reference - Classifications - Trump
↑“Official classification for capes who can either acquire new powers on the fly,” Tattletale gestured towards Grue, “Have an interaction with other powers that can’t be categorized or they nullify powers.” - Excerpt from Imago 21.1
↑As such, only about 1 in 24 to 1 in 36 powers are Trump powers in a noticeable, categorizable way. - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑ 5.05.1Any trump trigger will also match one of the other eleven classifications in terms of what kind of powers it might give. - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑This can serve as a vector for the trump power to be expressed. If a power has low trumpness and fits the Mover trigger requisites, then it will be a Mover power with perhaps a note or touch of flavor as a nod to the trump classification, such as the ability to shrug off powers while moving full speed. If that trigger has a high trump fixation, then the power might well be a trump power with the mover power being a vector or complimentary factor. - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑Finally, the relationship to the powers falls into several categories, listed below (to be expanded into fuller descriptions): - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑ 9.09.1Null - Power nullifies, erases or dampens powers. Trigger: Adverse, direct, ongoing relationship with power in question. (Being controlled by a Master, or actively burned by a acetokinetic) - TRUMP, document by Wildbow
↑ 10.010.1One - Power varies, has one aspect set in stone, other end of power varies. Smoke power that varies in how it applies, or always a shotgun blast, but the effect varies, or always a positive aura for allies but effect changes. Trigger: Concrete, immediate effect at work, prompting trigger. Resultant power likely won’t directly match the effect, but could be related or a step removed. (Surrounded by pyrokinetic’s flames, get smoke or magma power, or a something-kinesis) - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑ 11.011.111.2Two - Partner, bond, gift powers. Trigger: Positive relationship with powers plays into trigger. (Being protected by a hero, to no use, in agonizing pain while a cape uses power to keep you alive) - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑ 12.012.112.2Three - Steal, borrow, copy powers. Trigger: Mental or emotional relationship to the powers. More negative, more ‘steal’ than ‘borrow’ or ‘copy’. (Triggering after being captured and emotionally manipulated by a Heartbreaker type, rejected by a cape who led you on with the idea you could be a sidekick) - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑ 13.013.1Four - Can select options on the fly, often slower, weaker, or clunkier. Trigger - Powers were a factor or reality over the longer term, not necessarily a long-term trigger. (The moment of realization when you get fired and realize a chronokinetic has literally been stealing your time to get ahead, multiple organ failure after radiation buildup from sleeping/living with your cape spouse) - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑ 14.014.1Five - Scramble, disrupt, alter powers. Trigger: Indirect relationship to powers. May not be aware of powers/cape, but environment/situation is threatening, with a single source. (Power-created parasites make a mob of people frenzied and vicious, bank robbery in another part of building leads to rapidly dropping temperature in triggeree’s office, causing hypothermia) - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑ 15.015.1Six - En masse, groups. Power affects multiple people. Trigger: The power affecting the individual covers a wide area, environmental or detached enough to be close to such. (ie. Apartment building is turned into hostile flesh-labyrinth) - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑ 16.016.1Seven - Chaos, rotation, cycling through variant powers, unpredictability rewarded with power. Trigger: Crazy, chaotic situation, many powers actively in use. (Bystander during an endbringer defense, henchman of a villain with a kill order and a dozen powered manhunters on his heels) - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑Eight - Balance, modes, toggle. Breakerish or switching between related or complementary tools. Trigger: - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑ 18.018.1Nine - Vector. Minions or other vehicles for trump effects. Trigger: Powers impinged/altered/distorted interpersonal relationship(s) - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑Ten Power. Enhancing, granting, or boosting powers, often with secondary effect. - Detail Generator - Trump, spreadsheet by Wildbow.
↑ 20.020.1Ten - No limits on the power, choice allowed, but often big drawbacks. Trigger - Power breaks reality in vicinity, playing into trigger. - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑ 21.021.1Trump triggers involve powers. The person triggering need not know this - it matters to the shard. - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑ 22.022.1In terms of ‘trumpness’, take note of how close the relationship is between the triggeree’s shard and the other shards that it ‘pings’. Proximity and degrees of separation matter here. Being face to face with a threatening cape would be the most direct relationship in both proximity and separation, while a tinker drone might be a serious degree of separation, with proximity varying. A fire created by a pyrokinetic that has since left the scene or ceased uffecting said flames would be very low in both categories, to the point that it might have very little ‘trumpness’, even to the point of not being recognizable as a trump classification. - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑The key points to pay attention to in such a trigger are the degree of ‘trumpness’, the associated elements of the trigger, and finally, the relationship to the powers: how focused, positive, negative, or abstract they might be. - TRUMP, document by Wildbow.
↑Super common. Just take all of the Trump edge cases where people wonder "Is this really trump?" - Trumps are rare, so just dump overflow here. The individual attacked by a tinker-empowered drone. The man caught in the storm of shaker-created power energies, where the creator of those energies is either very far away or dead; the door is open, but not so open that the shard is about to work out a trump-esque result. - reddit comment by Wildbow.
↑ 25.025.1Bonesaw – If Jack Slash is the leader, the child Bonesaw is the figurehead of the group. A medical tinker, her power allows her to work with biology and the physical form, creating hybrid capes, performing plastic surgery in minutes, reviving the recently dead, transplanting limbs and creating virulent plagues and diseases. She has outfitted much of the group with safeguards and protection, including sheaths to protect vital organs, a ‘pain switch’ to allow them to ignore pain and more. Bonesaw is a cheerful young girl (no older than fourteen) with tight blonde curls, wearing no regular costume but a durable apron filled with surgical implements and pre-prepared vials. - Cast (In Depth)
↑CASK; Lawrence Batson (“L.B.”) Classification: Tinker 5 (Sub: Blaster 1, Brute 2*, Master 1, Trump 2) Medicine and performance enhancing admixtures. - PRT Quest (Anchorage)
↑Produces chemical batches that enhance strength, flexibility, resistance to toxins, resistance to the elements, resistance to harm, reflexes, or focus. Produces chemical batches that quickly restore damaged tissues and prompt rapid cellular growth. One dose is a minimum of 1.33 liters, administered orally, limiting the speed consumption, emergency application and the number of successive doses that can be given. Potentially shortens patrol runs or prompts somewhat frequent pit stops. - PRT Quest (Anchorage)
↑“No dust or glass being disturbed, none of that. I might think his ‘friend’ is invisible and intangible, but then what’s the point? Accord tends to have people with good powers. Citrine, only bits I could figure out were that she’s got an offensive power, something with substance, and her focus was in a strange place. She was more focused on places in the room where the strongest powers were clustered, and her focus was fairly indiscriminate beyond that. Either her power wasn’t anything that anyone here would have been able to defend against, like Flechette’s arrows or a controlled version of Scrub’s blasts, or she’s a trump classification.” - Excerpt from Imago 21.1
↑“I wouldn’t normally share, but Accord told me I should disclose anyinformation you request. I attune areas to particular functions.”
“To what ends?” Grue asked.
“More gravity, less gravity, more intense temperature variation, less intense temperature variation. Friction, light intensity, the progression of time… More possibilities than I can count, many so minor you wouldn’t notice. But if someone powered is in the area, and I find the right attunement, as though I were searching a radio station, I can cut off their powers. If I’m exact enough, which never takes more than twenty or thirty seconds to narrow down, I can use my power to cancel out the filters that keep someone’s powers in their control. I can also remove the filters that keep their power from affecting them.” - Excerpt from Imago 21.4
↑Dauntless is a striker/trump. The two aspects are irrevocably linked, thus the slash. In briefer terms, he'd simply be a trump - he gives himself powers, in an indirect fashion. If his shard had manifested differently, he wouldn't have the need for 'totems' - objects linked to the manifestation of his power. He'd simply grant himself the power. - Private message by Wildbow, posted on Spacebattles.
↑Dauntless (Deceased) – Armsmaster’s unwitting rival. Had the ability to empower items with a gradual, cumulative degree of power. Bore a spear with devastating arcs of electricity, a shield that generated forcefields and boots that let him fly, with other abilities not outlined in the story. - Cast (In Depth)
↑Thinker in basis, tinker in execution. Execution is technically what matters but is misleading for the purposes of the conversation at hand. When in doubt, best to call her a thinker. If you're a PRT trooper or cape on the ground and you're up against Dragon, you can call her a tinker. - reddit comment by Wildbow.
↑ 34.034.1A lot of the components and technology she utilizes mirror those of tinkers we're familiar with, and that it makes sense that she'd maneuver to be in a position where she'd have access to records and analysis of tinker work as a tertiary member of the PRT and its databases. I can say that it matches up with the trend that people who trigger in circumstances where powered individuals are present or involved get powers that often relate to powers; trump powers (see Grue). Dragon is a thinker who co-opts and draws inspiration from other tinkers' work. - reddit comment by Wildbow.
↑“Tentative ratings, based on what we know, we have her down as a brute eight, a changer two and a combination of striker and master with a rating of ten.” - Excerpt from Queen 18.4
↑“Chevalier, take your team, follow after my Wards. If she can detect capes, we’ll need to assign her a thinker classification, and we’ll need to assume that any isolated groups are at risk. Undersiders? Take Myrddin’s Wards and pursue Flechette and Parian. Ensure they aren’t intercepted. The rest of us will track down Noelle. Any indications about her location from the video?” - Excerpt from Queen 18.5
Oliver would be a low-level shifter. - Cell 22.6, comment by Wildbow.
↑“I’ll be just as bad as the Simurgh. In a different way. I touch someone, and then I spit out copies. Uglier, stronger… meaner. I can’t control them. If I got my hands on one of the major heroes? Someone like that Myrddin guy?” - Excerpt from Migration 17.8
↑Eidolon – Third member of the Protectorate’s ‘Triumvirate’. Eidolon has the ability to use any power he needs at a given point in time, maintaining a set of two to four powers at a time. Adopting a new power is not immediate, but after minutes, his abilities with that power grow to the point they rival or surpass veteran users of the same abilities. - Cast (In Depth)
↑ 41.041.141.241.3The question is essentially, 'What part of the Trump's trigger event determines the nuances of the resulting power?'
In short, what was the relationship to powers at the time of the trigger event? - reddit comment by Wildbow. (Lists Galvanate, Grue, Othala and Usher)
↑Galvanate grants invincibility, a brute effect, and an electric touch. - reddit comment by Wildbow.
↑“No. I got it. Chronologically, you’re older, and by those measures, your youth is only a mask you wear. By other measures, you’re still a child. You triggered at a very young age, you were no doubt isolated, as masters tend to be. No doubt surviving purely by your own methods. Somewhere along the way, something happened. You stole the wrong power, you fought someone and lost, or you found yourself in a bad situation. In the course of that event or in the wake of it, you unlocked stronger powers, and they eclipsed you as a person. Am I too far off track, here?” - Excerpt from Teneral e.1
↑I could only think of one powerful individual who was on a par with the others she’d named. Contessa and Glaistig Uaine were easily twelves or higher on the power-ratings scale, and I could look to others with powers in that neighborhood to figure out who she was referring to. Panacea, Labyrinth… - Excerpt from Extinction 27.4
↑Glaistig Uaine – A cape that seems much younger than she is, Glaistig Uaine styles herself as a Faerie Queen, and claims that she collects the lesser faerie that grant other parahumans their powers. Whatever the true nature of her abilities, she can draw in the essence of recently dead parahumans she has come in contact with – or kill wounded or dying parahumans – and store it within herself. At any one time, she can have two or three of the parahumans she has ‘claimed’ manifest as ghostly spectres, complete with the ability to physically affect the world and use their powers. - Cast (In Depth)
↑ 47.047.147.247.3An attack from two directions. She wasn’t immune, only resistant. I felt myself assert control. I understood her power, even if I didn’t understand a thing about her. A personal, point-blank trump power, allowing her to tune abilities and defenses much like Scion did. A powerful long-ranged telekinesis, a compulsion power like Canary’s, presence-based rather than voice based, and a personal power battery that let her be stronger, for limited times. - Excerpt from Speck 30.4
↑“Prisoner 601, codename Canary. PRT powers designation Master 8. Recommended protocols were properly carried out, with provided restraints and no human personnel being brought within three hundred yards of said individual’s position. Hi Canary.” - Excerpt from Interlude 6
↑Of the six of them, four were shakers in some respect. The classification included forcefields, effects like Grue’s, and powers that reshaped the battlefield, like Vista’s. - Excerpt from Crushed 24.1
↑I won’t spoil anything, but he’s not a trump 8, nor is he quite in that neighborhood.
There is, I should say (going by comments) a recurring, significant misconception as to how that particular sub-power works. - Comment by Wildbow on Interlude 18.f
↑Grue, Brian Laborn – Controls the West side of the city. His powers allow him to generate a darkness that consumes or dampens visual and most auditory information, as well as some specific signals. This serves to blind and nearly deafen those within, confuses the sense of touch, dampens the effects of radiation and weakens the powers of those within (to varying ends). Since his second trigger event, Grue has the ability to use a single, weaker, less informed version of a power anyone within his darkness possesses. This second trigger event proved traumatic enough that he’s stepped down from his position as group leader. - Cast (In Depth)
↑ 52.052.152.2“Let’s face the facts, Simurgh. Ziz. Israfel. Ulama. Whatever you want to go by. You started acting funny pretty much right away, after Eidolon bit it. Maybe that’s mourning. Maybe you respected him as an enemy, ’cause he was one of only two individuals who could really give you guys a run for your money. Or maybe you had a different relationship.” - Excerpt from Cockroaches 28.4
↑ 53.053.1Jouster’s blaster-striker hybrid power involved his lance, a power that conducted along the usual channels, only the form it took varied. He speared through the computer, then swung the blunted side of the weapon at the couch. The woman rolled out of the way, and energy rippled away from the lance, freezing and shredding cushions.
He could choose the effect, making it fairly versatile. Concussive blasts, fire, ice, lightning, suction and disintegration, among other things. Trick was that he had to hit to deliver the effect. - Excerpt from Drone 23.1
↑ 54.054.1<Bruticus> He's got a set, he can't just create more, right?
<Wildbow> That's not quite how it works, Brut
<Wildbow> TRUMP touches on trump powers and the type of trump trigger that gives the type of trump power (not a hard rule, mind you)
<Wildbow> In Jouster's case, he's a one-four.
<Wildbow> The fact that it's an 'augment weapon' striker power is set in stone, and the elemental variable is chosen by him. - IRC chat archived Spacebattles
↑ 55.055.1◈ UNICORN IV / MONOKEROS; Kathlee Rosenthal Classification:Master/Trump Power connects to single target, applies immunity, psychometry, clairvoyance and domination. - WD Helena, document by Wildbow.
↑Monokeros can, at whim, with only a brief period between each selection, apply her power to a nearby individual she is aware of. While under the effect of her power, the individual is attacked with an overwhelming wave of emotion, typically admiration for Monokeros. Though this can be resisted for a time, Monokeros also remains immune to anything and everything that individual does, has clairvoyance through their eyes, and can psychometrically observe their history/memories, though apparently not to an overwhelming degree of accuracy. - WD Helena, document by Wildbow.
↑Othala's power grants powers. It does so by means of a striker venue (touch) and it's a positive relationship. - reddit comment by Wildbow.
↑Othala – Can grant powers with a touch, drawing them from a limited, rather basic subset, including enhanced speed, strength, invincibility and flight. Othala wears a red bodysuit with a rune at the chest. - Cast (In Depth)
↑Capes with the ‘breaker’ classification were generally those who had some ability to ‘break’ the natural laws of the universe as far as those laws applied to them. Shadow Stalker was one. Scion was apparently another. - Excerpt from Sentinel 9.2
↑Scion had an adaptive nullifying defense that was just borg shield, basically, auto-tuning against whatever was used against him, and would work against anything to one hundred percent efficacy, after the initial hit. - reddit comment by Wildbow.
↑“Uncontrolled matter-annihilation bursts in his immediate vicinity,” I said. “Ex-member of the Merchants, a local gang of dealers and users.”
“Blaster-eight, easy, if not a straight ten, despite his relatively short range,” Tattletale supplied, “But I’m not sure he does what Skitter thinks he does, and that’s why I want to talk to him.” - Excerpt from Queen 18.5
↑Consistency - Is the power accurate? Does it always do what you want it to when it's used? Scrub was a powerful shaker/blaster but couldn't really control where the blasts hit with any degree of accuracy. At most he spammed a general area. We nerf consistency here and Mr. Snatch moves objects 5 feet, but in random directions. Or he reaches out blind, seizes objects in the general direction he's pointing, but might grab the gun instead of the screw, or the target's watch. - reddit comment, by Wildbow.
↑ 64.064.1Scrub dips into trump with the heavy interdimensional slam and ability to ignore/negate most brute defenses. He'd take a chunk out of Alexandria, for example.
↑Trainwreck is a case 53 tinker. No proper limbs/body, had to build it.
The Simurgh is another case of a tinker as a secondary power. Picked up details from tinkers and executed it via. a thinker/trump sort of approach. - reddit comment by Wildbow.
↑The Simurgh is the third. She's only 15 feet tall but has a massive wingspan. The key to understanding her is her psychic 'scream' - this is basically a kind of psychic echolocation allowing her to scan her surroundings while exerting a psychic pressure to alter behavior, implant messages or create compulsions. She has precognition, perfect awareness of the immediate future, and the more she sings/scans the further it reaches. The byline for dealing with the Simurgh is that you'll probably win the fight but you'll lose the war. She uses these scans to make long-term predictions of behavior and activity (in the order of months and years) to turn human beings into rube-goldberg devices, with whole streams or strings of horrific events occuring in areas she's been active. This includes laying the groundwork for major heroes to be attacked at the opening of a future crisis, or the creation of supervillains of international notoriety. She's a telekinetic capable of tossing buildings, she flies, and her scanning ability lets her borrow and copy techniques and mental powers from others - including the power of tinkers (essentially scanning Iron Man and gaining the ability to make what he can make, then telekinetically pulling together a macro-scale version of his devices from surrounding materials). - reddit comment by Wildbow.
↑ 70.070.1Upperhand Trump. Could copy the general nature of powers with an output, and produced his own output in form of powerful hypergravity, pulverizing targets. - parahumanList, bolded edit by Wildbow.
↑Usher - Consistent trump effect (one parahuman?), focused to the point
of applying to one person, (threat to one individual), ranged application (blaster-esque situation?), protective (harm involved?).
The trump effect blocks powers, implying that the relationship to the power at the time of the trigger is direct and negative. I'm picturing Usher being lifted by TK and dragged toward some threat (building's edge? churning machinery?) with the telekinetic further
back, advancing. It fulfills the trend for gaining powers to have ironic consequences if he inadvertently cancels the other parahuman's
powers while being threatened and held over a large drop, and that the resulting power reshapes his life to fling him again and again into
confrontations vs. parahumans like the one that nearly killed him. - reddit comment by Wildbow.
↑She liked the wings, though. The wings were good. The rest would take getting used to, after thirty years as the childlike Faerie Queen, but the wings were a natural fit from the start.
“You’ve formed a new Triumvirate,” a cape in the crowd said.
It might have sounded accusatory.
“Valkyrie will be starting on the bottom,” Legend said. “She’ll earn her way to whatever rank is most fitting.” - Excerpt from Teneral e.1
↑The blaring noise stopped as a voice emanated from the speakers.
“Scion. Zion. Golden Man. It’s Lisette. Kevin Norton introduced us. What the man down there is saying… whatever he’s saying, don’t listen. Turn away. Please.“