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21st Sep '17 10:52:40 PM foxley
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* SmokyGentlemensClub: Butler's: an upper class club where superheroes can relax in their identities (and formal wear) while the staff wear masks. Discretion is absolutely guaranteed.

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* SmokyGentlemensClub: Butler's: an upper class club where superheroes can relax in their secret identities (and formal wear) while the staff wear masks. Discretion is absolutely guaranteed.
21st Sep '17 10:50:38 PM foxley
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* SmokyGentlemensClub: Butler's: an upper class club where superheroes can relax in their identities (and formal wear) while the staff wear masks. Discretion is absolutely guaranteed.
26th Aug '17 10:15:52 AM Scorntex
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* AnimalMotif: The Oubor is associated with snakes.



** Later on in the same issue we see a glimpse of what looks like one that's been imprisoned.
** Whatever the 'Oubor' is that the Broken Man is so afraid of sounds like one.

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** Later on in the same issue we see a glimpse of what looks like one that's been imprisoned.
imprisoned. [[spoiler:It's a fragment of the Oubor, locked up but still capable of influencing the world outside.]]
** Whatever the 'Oubor' is that the Broken Man is so afraid of sounds like one. It's eventually confirmed that it is. [[spoiler:It existed before mankind was around, and takes their existence personally. It's been manipulating and infecting heroes, erasing any and all knowledge of itself, and attacking the living incarnations of counterculture music.]]



* EvilIsNotAToy: Dr. Egyptus tried summoning the Oubor in exchange for eternal life. He didn't get what he was after.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The end of issue 5 of the Vertigo series has the Broken Man holding some newspaper clippings about the Menagerie Gang, the Ore-Master and the Silver Adept, all of whom are mentioned or featured in following issues.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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The end of issue 5 of the Vertigo series has the Broken Man holding some newspaper clippings about the Menagerie Gang, the Ore-Master and the Silver Adept, all of whom are mentioned or featured in following issues.issues.
** During issue 100, the narrator mentions the Gentleman first appeared fighting the Bund-o-teurs, but despite this there was damage and death, including children being orphaned, and one specific man in a green sweater. These details prove to be very important a few issues later.


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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Part of the reason the Broken Man has no allies against the Oubor; it erases any and all evidence it was around, including visual records.
29th Jun '17 6:59:49 AM narm00
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** Mister Cakewalk and Jazzbaby are living personifications of music.

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** Mister Cakewalk Cakewalk, Jazzbaby, and Jazzbaby their successors are living personifications of counterculture music.



* BeingEvilSucks: A recurring theme, especially in later stories. Many stories show that villains are driven by a combination of greed and various personality disorders, and even when they DO win, they dont gain any real satisfaction from it. Many could have made a ton of money with CutLexLuthorACheck but for one reason or another arent interested in legitimate work. As a result, the ones who make it to old age like Steeljack often have little to nothing to show for it.

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* BeingEvilSucks: A recurring theme, especially in later stories. Many stories show that villains are driven by a combination of greed and various personality disorders, and even when they DO win, they dont don't gain any real satisfaction from it. Many could have made a ton of money with CutLexLuthorACheck but for one reason or another arent aren't interested in legitimate work. As a result, the ones who make it to old age like Steeljack often have little to nothing to show for it.



** Flashbacks to The Fifties might feature an appearance by the Bouncing Beatnik, who actually changes identities to social trends of the time. There've been at least [[TheNthDoctor four known incarnations]] in-universe: [[spoiler: Mister Cakewalk, Jazzbaby, the Bouncing Beatnik and the Halcyon Hippie. The first Vertigo issue's last page implies we may have seen another, very meta identity]]. The Beatnik's story began in the mid-19th century, before the founding of Astro City, with the murder of the mystic troubadour Silverstring, and the immolation of his namesake silver-stringed guitar in silver fire.

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** Flashbacks to The Fifties might feature an appearance by the Bouncing Beatnik, who actually changes identities to social trends of the time. There've been at least [[TheNthDoctor four six known incarnations]] in-universe: [[spoiler: Mister Cakewalk, Jazzbaby, Zootsuit, the Bouncing Beatnik and Beatnik, the Halcyon Hippie.Hippie, and Glamorax. The first Vertigo issue's last page implies we may have seen another, very meta identity]]. The Beatnik's story began in the mid-19th century, before the founding of Astro City, with the murder of the mystic troubadour Silverstring, and the immolation of his namesake silver-stringed guitar in silver fire.



* GlorySeeker: Altar Boy snaps out of this mindset after the Confessor's death.

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* GlorySeeker: Altar Boy snaps out of this mindset after the [[spoiler:the Confessor's death.death]].



*** Also Jack-in-the-Box II, as the current Jack initially took up the mantle to capture the crime boss his father died pursuing.

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*** Also Jack-in-the-Box II, as the current Jack he initially took up the mantle to capture the crime boss his father died pursuing.



* TheNthDoctor: [[spoiler: As times change, and the cakewalk disappears from memory, Mister Cakewalk fades away. When jazz kicks up, Jazzbaby appears, and turns out to be a reincarnation of Cakewalk with no recollection of her origins. It's implied it happened later on with Jazzbaby herself.]]

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* TheNthDoctor: [[spoiler: As times change, and the cakewalk disappears from memory, Mister Cakewalk fades away. When jazz kicks up, Jazzbaby appears, and turns out to be a reincarnation of Cakewalk with no recollection of her origins. It's implied it happened later on The pattern repeats with Jazzbaby herself.subsequent incarnations, each forgetting their previous lives.]]



* UngratefulBastard: As a result of a HatePlague going around during the ''Confessions'' storyline, the people of Astro City complain about the Honor Guard stopping dual alien incursions rather than solving a murder case.

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* UngratefulBastard: As a result of a HatePlague going around during the ''Confessions'' ''Confession'' storyline, the people of Astro City complain about the Honor Guard stopping dual alien incursions rather than solving a murder case.



** One issue featured a flashback to The Assemblyman, who built weapons and gadgets for anyone with the cash.

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** One issue featured a flashback to The the villainous Assemblyman, who built weapons and gadgets for anyone with the cash.
24th Jun '17 9:42:53 PM SilentStranger
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* BeingEvilSucks: A recurring theme, especially in later stories. Many stories show that villains are driven by a combination of greed and various personality disorders, and even when they DO win, they dont gain any real satisfaction from it. Many could have made a ton of money with CutLexLuthorACheck but for one reason or another arent interested in legitimate work. As a result, the ones who make it to old age like Steeljack often have little to nothing to show for it.



** It is also deconstructed in the Eisner Award winning "Show Em' All" issue. It shows that while supervillains COULD get rich from their creations or even by being more clever with their crimes, that's not why they do it.

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** It is also deconstructed in the Eisner Award winning "Show Em' All" issue. It shows that while supervillains COULD get rich from their creations or even by being more clever with their crimes, that's not why they do it.it, it's mostly the result of a desperate need for validation.
18th May '17 10:56:27 AM narm00
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** Jack-In-the-Box meets three alternate versions of his unborn son; two of them became ruthless vigilantes after his death, the third one became a non-vigilante college professor. This realization that he could leave his son without a father prompts him to go into retirement, training one of the Trouble Boys to [[PassingTheTorch take his place]] as [[LegacyHero the new Jack-In-the-Box]].

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** Jack-In-the-Box II meets three alternate versions of his unborn son; two of them became ruthless vigilantes after his death, the third one became a non-vigilante college professor. This realization that he could leave his son without a father prompts him to go into retirement, training one of the Trouble Boys to [[PassingTheTorch take his place]] as [[LegacyHero the new Jack-In-the-Box]].



** In the first issue of the original series in 1995, POV character Ben Pullam is an adult man with two young daughters moving to Astro City for the first time. In the first issue of the Vertigo series in 2013, Ben is back as an older man and his two daughters return now as grown women in their late twenties.

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** In the first issue of the original second series in 1995, POV character Ben Pullam is an adult man with two young daughters moving to Astro City for the first time. In the first issue of the Vertigo series in 2013, Ben is back as an older man and his two daughters return now as grown women in their late twenties.



** Jack-In-The-Box's two bad-future possible sons are perfect examples of the absolute worst kind of "heroic" characters from the Dark Age of Comics- one is a Sabertooth expy, the other is a cyborg killer (with a spring-loaded ''head'', no less), and both are absolutely convinced that they are entitled to kill anyone they want because they are the good guys. Jack spends the rest of the story arc moving heaven and earth to make sure they never come into existence.

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** Jack-In-The-Box's Jack-In-The-Box II's two bad-future possible sons are perfect examples of the absolute worst kind of "heroic" characters from the Dark Age of Comics- Comics - one is a Sabertooth expy, the other is a cyborg killer (with a spring-loaded ''head'', no less), and both are absolutely convinced that they are entitled to kill anyone they want because they are the good guys. Jack spends the rest of the story arc moving heaven and earth to make sure they never come into existence.



** Then there's Jack-In-The-Box, who is the CEO and lead inventor at a toy company, and whose weapons are enhanced versions of his various products. He's also smart enough to cobble together a quick-freeze spray from leftover car parts in a junkyard.

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** Then there's Jack-In-The-Box, Jack-In-The-Box II, who is the CEO and lead inventor at a toy company, and whose weapons are enhanced versions of his various products. He's also smart enough to cobble together a quick-freeze spray from leftover car parts in a junkyard.



* GiveHimANormalLife: Inverted in "Serpent's Teeth", after Jack-In-The-Box is attacked by evil future versions of his unborn son (they turned evil because he died and wasn't available as a father). Jack eventually decides to semi-retire from super-heroics to raise the child; he recruits a replacement and relegates himself to MissionControl support.

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* GiveHimANormalLife: Inverted in "Serpent's Teeth", after Jack-In-The-Box II is attacked by evil future versions of his unborn son (they turned evil because he died and wasn't available as a father). Jack eventually decides to semi-retire from super-heroics to raise the child; he recruits a replacement and relegates himself to MissionControl support.



* MonsterClown: The Box and Jackson, evil versions of Jack-in-the-Box's son from the future. Indeed, even Jack-in-the-Box himself, though a hero, meets the qualifications for this trope from the villains' perspective.

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* MonsterClown: The Box and Jackson, evil versions of Jack-in-the-Box's Jack-in-the-Box II's son from the future. Indeed, even Jack-in-the-Box himself, though a hero, meets the qualifications for this trope from the villains' perspective.



* ThisMeansWar: Played for drama in "Serpent's Teeth", when an alternate-timeline version of Jack-in-the-Box's son uses Jack's "Of course you realize, this means war" as motivation to become a KnightTemplar on the city's criminals... without realizing Jack was quoting WesternAnimation/BugsBunny.

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* ThisMeansWar: Played for drama in "Serpent's Teeth", when an alternate-timeline version of Jack-in-the-Box's Jack-in-the-Box II's son uses Jack's "Of course you realize, this means war" as motivation to become a KnightTemplar on the city's criminals... without realizing Jack was quoting WesternAnimation/BugsBunny.
9th May '17 4:01:03 PM Goldfritha
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** Similarly, Infidel took his name from the cries of the ignorant masses who opposed his research on the grounds that it was "unnatural", saying he would embrace the name to mock them.

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** Similarly, Infidel took his name from the cries of the ignorant masses who opposed his research on the grounds that it was "unnatural", "unnatural" and used kidnapped human subjects, saying he would embrace the name to mock them.
5th May '17 11:11:32 AM EraserheadBayB
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** In the first issue of the original series in 1995, POV character Ben Pullam is an adult man with two young daughters moving to Astro City for the first time. In the first issue of the Vertigo series in 2013, Ben is back as an older man and his two daughters return now as grown women in their late twenties.
30th Mar '17 7:34:43 PM PaulA
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* LongingForFictionland: As a child, the [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Mock Turtle]] always was trapped in wardrobes. Everyone thought he was an idiot. But he was trying to find a portal to [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]. If he could [[TheWizardOfOz have found a twister]] or [[Literature/AliceInWonderland a rabbit hole]], he would have tried that too. Once he is an adult and gets to Astro City, where the super human community saved him from some assassins and accepted him, he gets to a building's roof to see all the city, [[TheWizardOfOz put in her green visor, and all the city looks like an Emerald City]].

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* LongingForFictionland: As a child, the [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Mock Turtle]] always was trapped in wardrobes. Everyone thought he was an idiot. But he was trying to find a portal to [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]. If he could [[TheWizardOfOz [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz have found a twister]] or [[Literature/AliceInWonderland a rabbit hole]], he would have tried that too. Once he is an adult and gets to Astro City, where the super human community saved him from some assassins and accepted him, he gets to a building's roof to see all the city, [[TheWizardOfOz [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz put in her green visor, and all the city looks like an Emerald City]].
16th Mar '17 6:58:44 PM Scorntex
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** Specifically, a Shadow Hill resident's daily routine includes ignoring a tentacle monster as it retreats from the daylight while she walks past it on her way to work.

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** Specifically, a Shadow Hill resident's daily routine includes ignoring a tentacle monster as it retreats from the daylight while she walks past it on her way to work. Issue #39 of the Vertigo series shows that another part of their daily routine includes repeating the blessing and wards needed to fend off whatever might be out there. The people who live there get by on a day to day basis, but only because they've gotten used to the vampires, the things that terrify the vampires into behaving, the Hanged Man hanging about, and the other unsettling weirdness that comes with the place.



* JigsawPuzzlePlot: The Broken Man arc is shaping up this way. Issue #5 is nothing but intriguing, frustratingly bizarre story fragments.

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* JigsawPuzzlePlot: The Broken Man arc is shaping up this way. Issue #5 is nothing but intriguing, frustratingly bizarre story fragments. It's not until issue #37 that any answers start showing up.



* PleaseSelectNewCityName: Issue #100, Vertigo issue #41, tells the story of how Romeyn Falls was renamed Astro City, in honor of Golden Age hero the Astro-Naut.

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* PleaseSelectNewCityName: Issue #100, Vertigo issue #41, tells the story of how Romeyn Falls was renamed Astro City, in honor of Golden Age hero the Astro-Naut. He saved the city from an alien invasion, which had levelled most of it.


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* UngratefulBastard: As a result of a HatePlague going around during the ''Confessions'' storyline, the people of Astro City complain about the Honor Guard stopping dual alien incursions rather than solving a murder case.
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