|“||What does the future look like? I try all the time, but I can't imagine it.||”|
–Nico, in "In the Afterlight"
Nicolas Ramirez, better known as Nico, meets Ruby Daly in the Children's League after the League rescues him from an experimental facility in Philadelphia. He is a Green that was previously experimented on in Thurmond by Leda Corp, and later revealed to have been close friends with Clancy Gray while there.
Nico was eight when he first was experimented on at Thurmond. It is revealed in Clancy's short Story within In the Afterlight that he and Clancy Gray were roommates. It's also shown that Nico seems to have no family to return to.
Clancy seems to care an abnormal amount for Nico, whom he views as less strong than him, worrying about him and going as far as to try to protect him against experiments and bullies. However, Clancy ends up leaving Thurmond without Nico, believing that convincing researchers that both of them are "rehabilitated" will be too complicated and instead vowing to come back one day when he manages to make the world accept them.
Nico loved Clancy, as the Orange was his hero and Clancy did care for Nico in some way. Nico and Clancy were both experimented on in Thurmond and built a sort of relationship, Clancy using his Orange powers to manipulate the doctors at times in an attempt to lessen the pain for him and Nico. They even go as far as to form a makeshift promise to stay with each other, which Clancy breaks when he manages to use his Orange powers to manipulate himself out of Thurmond, leaving Nico behind. Regardless of his seemingly reluctant yet persevering care of sorts towards Nico, Clancy still manipulates Nico as a tool for his plans. The first time we are told about him using Nico is in Never Fade, when he uses Nico's Green abilities to hack Cate and Vida's chatter conversation. In In the Afterlight, during a conversation prompted by a memory seen by Ruby, it's revealed that Nico was in love with Clancy.
Jude was Nico's best friend in the Children's League before Jude died in the bombing of L.A.
Ruby is placed as Team Leader in Never Fade, and Nico and she start to become close. In In the Afterlight, they grow apart when Nico betrays the League to Clancy, but eventually he realizes this was a mistake and they grow back together.