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Red is the colour classification for all those who developed pyrokinetic powers as a result of IAAN, as well as the individuals we know least about. Stereotypically aggressive and violent, Reds have the ability to create and manipulate fire. As a result, they possess immense destructive potential, and are considered the most dangerous of the Psi, which is why Project Jamboree was focused on them.

Although the ratios are not well documented, it is likely that individuals possessing Red powers were relatively rare, even at the onset of IAAN. Reds were the only ones who all received some sort of physical side effect as a result of their powers. It caused some part of their body twitch or shake uncontrollably at times. This is how Mason got his nickname 'Twitch', (Never fade, book 2) and the cause of Cole's hand's spasms. Apparently, Reds and Oranges would be killed on sight. However, this may not be the case for Reds, as there are multiple Reds in which the government and Clancy Gray use to destroy people throughout the books. Here are the abilities of reds.

  • Able to manipulate fire.
  • Create magma from water.
  • Breathe fire (in the movie)
  • Some can escape mind control from Oranges.
  • Able to create fog with smoke or water vapor.
  • Can explode flammable objects (guns, trucks, cars)
  • The air around them becomes hot if they are angry or agitated.
  • Can catch most parts of their body on fire.


After some time in Thurmond, they were taken away and were assumed to be killed like the Oranges, but were instead brainwashed in a training program called Project Jamboree. Project Jamboree was an attempt by the Gray government to study Reds- the second-most dangerous children/teenagers. Clancy Gray used his powers to influence the program, in order to turn them into obedient weapons. Certain PSFs known as Trainers transformed them into mindless drones. They would lock and torture Reds until they were weak enought to be ‘bent’ and then would start training the Reds (fist fighting, killing etc). Later on they would be waterborded if they used the 'Reds calling card' (twitching) in an inappropriate timing. All the un-breakables would go through sever brainwashing or would be killed if the Trainers found out. Lucas Orfeo is the only known Red to have managed to resist this brainwashing and maintain his identity but, after the trainers realised it, he was subjected to torture yet again. He was too weak to maintain himself this time, though. Since the Reds were considered very dangerous, they were killed by the other colors as well even if they managed to escape.

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Ability Classifications
Green Blue Yellow Orange Red