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Luke Brito[2], publicly known as Ballistic, a member of the Travelers.


Irony is worked into Ballistic's character, like many of Wildbow's characters. Prior to gaining powers, Luke was friends with all of his teammates and acted as the backbone connecting the other members. However, gaining his powers drove a wedge between him and the rest of the team, and his power itself only lets him destroy.[3]

Interestingly he did not shoot Cherish when he had the chance. [4] But this was likely the work of Cherish herself.[5]


Ballistic wears a square mask and bulky, angular black armor,[6] with hard-edged pads and pockets holding various ammunition.[7] Both Taylor[8] and Kid Win[9] describe him as having a build like a football player with his costume on.

Underneath his costume, Luke has a jockish appearance, with short brown hair, a snub nose, and a bit of a brow; Taylor calls him "not bad looking."[10][11]

Abilities and Powers[]

Luke is one of the offensive powerhouses of the Travelers — he has the ability to imbue any inorganic object he touches, from ball bearings to automobiles, with kinetic energy, causing it to go flying at a bullet-like speed in a direction of his choice,[12][13] faster than sound.[14]

He does not have to limit himself to small objects, as he can apply the effect to people's clothes and to large objects like cars.[8] Like most of the Travelers he had to be highly restrained and selective with his power to make sure he didn't hurt people.



Luke was a member of a professional-level high school video game team on Earth Aleph.


Luke and his team were preparing for a tournament in his apartment. When the Simurgh attacked Madison, Wisconsin on Earth Bet, she transported several buildings from the same city on Earth Aleph - including the apartment - which left him stranded on Earth Bet with his friends. Luke took a Cauldron vial from a suitcase that Francis Krouse found, giving him powers.

Story Start[]

Ballistic attended the meeting at Somer's Rock along with the other Travelers to plan how to deal with the ABB.

He was ineffective against Leviathan.  


Fought the Brockton Bay wards with the rest of the Travelers, he was holding back.  

Was affected by Cherish's power when he was supposed to be sniping her.

Post-Slaughterhouse Nine[]

Was sent to Dolltown With Skitter to remove Parian from play. Kept to himself while traveling there not answering any of Skitter's questions.

Fought the dragon flight when it came to Brockton Bay

Sided against Coil during his Betrayal of the Undersiders


Returned to Earth Aleph thanks to the Deal.

Gold Morning[]

Requisitioned by Khepri[15] and tested Zion's path to victory power. 

Chapter Appearances[]

Worm Chapter Appearances
1. Hive 5.1 Debut
2. Hive 5.2 Appears
3. Hive 5.3 Absent
4. Hive 5.4 Absent
5. Hive 5.5 Absent
6. Hive 5.6 Mentioned
7. Hive 5.7 Absent
8. Hive 5.8 Absent
9. Hive 5.9 Absent
10. Hive 5.10 Absent
x. Interlude 5 Absent
1. Tangle 6.1 Mentioned
2. Tangle 6.2 Absent
3. Tangle 6.3 Absent
4. Tangle 6.4 Absent
5. Tangle 6.5 Absent
6. Tangle 6.6 Absent
7. Tangle 6.7 Appears
8. Tangle 6.8 Absent
9. Tangle 6.9 Absent
x. Interlude 6 Absent
1. Extermination 8.1 Appears
2. Extermination 8.2 Appears
y. Interlude 8.y Appears
3. Extermination 8.3 Appears
4. Extermination 8.4 Absent
5. Extermination 8.5 Appears
6. Extermination 8.6 Absent
7. Extermination 8.7 Absent
8. Extermination 8.8 Absent
z. Interlude 8.z Absent
1. Sentinel 9.1 Absent
2. Sentinel 9.2 Absent
3. Sentinel 9.3 Appears
4. Sentinel 9.4 Appears
5. Sentinel 9.5 Absent
6. Sentinel 9.6 Absent
1. Infestation 11.1 Fantasy
2. Infestation 11.2 Absent
3. Infestation 11.3 Absent
4. Infestation 11.4 Absent
5. Infestation 11.5 Absent
6. Infestation 11.6 Absent
7. Infestation 11.7 Absent
8. Infestation 11.8 Absent
a. Interlude 11a Absent
b. Interlude 11b Absent
c. Interlude 11c Absent
d. Interlude 11d Absent
e. Interlude 11e Absent
f. Interlude 11f Absent
g. Interlude 11g Absent
h. Interlude 11h Absent
1. Plague 12.1 Absent
2. Plague 12.2 Appears
3. Plague 12.3 Appears
4. Plague 12.4 Appears
5. Plague 12.5 Absent
6. Plague 12.6 Absent
7. Plague 12.7 Absent
8. Plague 12.8 Absent
x. Interlude 12 Absent
y. Interlude 12.5 Absent
1. Snare 13.1 Appears
2. Snare 13.2 Mentioned
x. Interlude 13.5 (Donation Bonus) Absent
3. Snare 13.3 Mentioned
4. Snare 13.4 Absent
5. Snare 13.5 Appears
6. Snare 13.6 Appears
7. Snare 13.7 Mentioned
8. Snare 13.8 Appears
9. Snare 13.9 Appears
10. Snare 13.10 Mentioned
y. Interlude 13 Absent
1. Prey 14.1 Appears
2. Prey 14.2 Absent
3. Prey 14.3 Mentioned
4. Prey 14.4 Appears
5. Prey 14.5 Appears
6. Prey 14.6 Absent
7. Prey 14.7 Appears
8. Prey 14.8 Appears
9. Prey 14.9 Absent
10. Prey 14.10 Absent
11. Prey 14.11 Absent
x. Interlude 14.x Absent
y. Interlude 14.y Absent
1. Colony 15.1 Absent
x. Interlude 15.x Absent
2. Colony 15.2 Absent
3. Colony 15.3 Absent
y. Interlude 15.y Mentioned
4. Colony 15.4 Appears
5. Colony 15.5 Appears
6. Colony 15.6 Appears
7. Colony 15.7 Absent
z. Interlude 15.z Absent
8. Colony 15.8 Mentioned
9. Colony 15.9 Absent
10. Colony 15.10 Absent
i. Interlude 15 Mentioned
1. Monarch 16.1 Mentioned
2. Monarch 16.2 Mentioned
x. Interlude 16.x Absent
3. Monarch 16.3 Absent
4. Monarch 16.4 Mentioned
5. Monarch 16.5 Appears
6. Monarch 16.6 Appears
y. Interlude 16.y Absent
7. Monarch 16.7 Absent
8. Monarch 16.8 Absent
9. Monarch 16.9 Absent
10. Monarch 16.10 Appears
z. Interlude 16.z Absent
11. Monarch 16.11 Absent
12. Monarch 16.12 Absent
13. Monarch 16.13 Appears
1. Migration 17.1 Appears
2. Migration 17.2 Appears
3. Migration 17.3 Appears
4. Migration 17.4 Absent
5. Migration 17.5 Appears
6. Migration 17.6 Appears
7. Migration 17.7 Appears
8. Migration 17.8 Appears
1. Queen 18.1 Mentioned
2. Queen 18.2 Appears
x. Interlude 18.x Absent
3. Queen 18.3 Absent
4. Queen 18.4 Absent
y. Interlude 18.y Absent
5. Queen 18.5 Mentioned
6. Queen 18.6 Mentioned
z. Interlude 18.z Mentioned
7. Queen 18.7 Absent
8. Queen 18.8 Appears
f. Interlude 18.f Absent
i. Interlude 18 Appears
1. Scourge 19.1 Absent
2. Scourge 19.2 Absent
3. Scourge 19.3 Appears
x. Interlude 19.x Absent
4. Scourge 19.4 Mentioned
5. Scourge 19.5 Mentioned
6. Scourge 19.6 Absent
7. Scourge 19.7 Appears
y. Interlude 19.y Absent
z. Interlude 19.z Absent
1. Speck 30.1 Absent
2. Speck 30.2 Absent
3. Speck 30.3 Absent
4. Speck 30.4 Appears
5. Speck 30.5 Appears
6. Speck 30.6 Appears
7. Speck 30.7 Absent


  • Luke used the fake last name Casseus when checking into St. Mary's Hospital soon after being transported to Earth Bet because he needed medical attention.[16]
  • Luke drank the vial with the Cauldron formula E-0-7-1-2, or 'Robin',[17] because he thought it would let him fly.[18]

Fanart Gallery[]


  1. Migration 17.8
  2. Migration 17.4
  3. Xexilf: Cauldron have been working with this for a long while, and even they only have vague statistics and some hints. If it were as simple as "think of what you want while drinking the vial"....
    Mentality may play a role. But its far from a clear connection.

    Wildbow: There is a connection though.
    Luke was the pillar of the team, everyone's friend, the glue that held them together. Now he stands alone, and he destroys rather than support. - Post by Wildbow on Sufficient Velocity
  4. Snare 13.6
  5. Moral reasons? Oh. You mean when the emotion-manipulator was in play. Comment by Wildbow on Colony 15.5
  6. “I’ll be taking a chair, I think,” someone spoke from the door. Most heads turned to check out a male figure in a black costume with a red mask and tophat. It gave me sort of a Baron Samedi vibe. His teammates followed him into the room, all in matching costumes of red and black, differing only in design. A girl with a sun motif, a guy with bulky armor and a square mask, and a creature so large it had to crawl on its hands and knees to get through the door. It was hard to describe, approximating something like a four armed hairless gorilla, with a vest, mask and leggings in the red and black style its team was wearing, six-inch claws tipping each of its fingers and toes. - Excerpt from Hive 5.1
  7. Ballistic – Member of the Travelers, his power lets him turn any touched, inorganic object into a projectile traveling at the speed of a rifle shot. Wears a black costume with bulky, hard-edged pads and a square mask, complete with pockets of various ammunition. - Cast Page (Spoiler Free)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Tangle 6.7
  9. Sentinel 9.4
  10. Plague 12.3
  11. Luke was almost the opposite. Grungy, mismatched, dressed in layers, with a plaid green button-up shirt under a blue jacket, and a red t-shirt beneath that. His beard was a thin teenage scruff. He bumped fists with Krouse before sitting down. Krouse was almost embarrassed to realize he was doing something so stereotypically ‘cool’. It had started as something they did ironically and turned into habit. - Excerpt from Migration 17.1
  12. Tangle 6.1
  13. Ballistic, Luke (Returned home)– Can accelerate a touched object to a bullet-like velocity in a fraction of a second, from ball bearings to cars. It has been stated/implied by Sundancer that he can’t actually reduce this speed, rendering any use of his power fairly lethal. - Cast List (In Depth)
  14. Ballistic was unloading on him with projectiles that moved faster than sound. - Prey 14.4
  15. There were capes in Earth Aleph, barely C-list by our standards. Sundancer, Genesis, and Ballistic were there as well, the former two in civilian clothes, retired, the latter in a lavish penthouse, fully done up in costume. My portals opened, and I had control of them. I left Oliver behind. - Excerpt from Speck 30.4
  16. Migration 17.8
  17. Migration 17.6
  18. Migration 17.7

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