History ComicBook / ExMachina

3rd May '16 2:56:07 AM LondonPurple
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* AnimalsHateHim: A side-effect of Hundred gaining his powers is that animals are now extremely hostile to him. Pherson beleives it's because they can tell that he is failing to use his powers to help him, but his judgement is heavily skewed by his insanity.
* AntiHeroSubstitute: Automaton is more unbalanced than the Great Machine, and at one point shoots a prostitute's client with a less than lethal round.


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* RoguesGallery: Mitchell notably lacks a true one, as the only true supervillain he faced was Pherson. Any other unusual criminals he faced tended to just be psychologically unbalanced one-time enemies.


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* Sucksessor: Automaton. [[spoiler: Leon is a loser and mentally disturbed]].
3rd May '16 2:28:24 AM LondonPurple
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* BackFromTheDead: Defied. Although Kremlin and even Mitchell believe that Pherson may have managed a true super-villain stunt and returned from the dead, he didn't.



* BodyHorror: Mitchell's accident gave him glowing green flesh under his skin that looks like circuitry. It's revealed after the accident when he has a good chunk of his face blown off.



* ChestInsignia: And also possible leitmotif, a gear.

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* ChestInsignia: And also possible leitmotif, a gear. [[spoiler: All of Mitchell's alternate selves have variations of this insignia.]]



* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Hundred's green speech commands machines. [[spoiler: There's also the "Violet" for animals, and the "White" for people. The alien probe mentions that there's also a Red for plants.]]

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* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Hundred's green speech commands machines. [[spoiler: There's also the "Violet" for animals, animals wielded by Pherson and the drone, and the "White" for people.people wielded by Suzanne. The alien probe mentions that there's also a Red for plants.]]]]
* ComboPlatterPowers: [[spoiler: Suzanne]] receives super strength, flight and CompellingVoice.



* DifferentWorldDifferentMovies: One of the first clues that the green devise is from another dimension is when it sends a broadcast of a Beatles song that never existed. There is, however, a lot of crossover with some other dimensions. Also demonstrated with the series' own alternate timeline: apparently, Creator/MichaelMoore made a documentary about the Great Machine at one point.

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* DifferentWorldDifferentMovies: One of the first clues that the green devise device is from another dimension is when it sends a broadcast of a Beatles Nirvana song that never existed. There is, however, a lot of crossover with some other dimensions. Also demonstrated with the series' own alternate timeline: apparently, Creator/MichaelMoore made a documentary about the Great Machine at one point.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:It's implied in the final issue that Hundred rigged his own election to get elected. He then turns his back on Bradbury and kills Kremlin to protect his political career. The sudden descent into villainy in our seemingly idealistic hero is a major downer. There's also the ambiguous threat of whether the extra-dimensional invaders will try again]].
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Mitchell's dreams. Few of them are pleasant.

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:It's implied in the final issue that Hundred rigged his own election to get elected.election. He then turns his back on Bradbury and kills Kremlin to protect his political career. The sudden descent into reveal of villainy in our seemingly idealistic hero is a major downer. There's also the ambiguous threat of whether the extra-dimensional invaders will try again]].
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Mitchell's dreams. Few of them are pleasant.pleasant, as [[spoiler: many imply that his world will be invaded and destroyed by cross-dimensional legions of hell]].



* GlowingEyes: A sign of someone using their powers. If they were gained any wounds when granted their powers, they glow too.



* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: [[spoiler:Asked by Mitchell to Kremlin regarding Suzanne's files]].

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* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: [[spoiler:Asked by Mitchell to Kremlin regarding Suzanne's files]].files. In a rare lack of genre savviness Kremlin admits that he hadn't.]]



* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Hundred asserts this as his reason for not wanting to kill Pherson. Kremlin strongly disagrees with the trope.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Mitchell

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* IJustWantToBeNormal: Mitchell describes temporarily losing his powers as being cured
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Hundred asserts this as his reason for not wanting to kill Pherson. Kremlin strongly disagrees with the trope.
trope, and Hundred eventually agrees.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: ImmuneToMindControl: Mitchell is immune to [[spoiler: Suzanne's powers]], and since his mother is similarly resistant it's implied this may be either genetic or a result of being taught by Martha to be strong-willed.


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* MindControl: [[spoiler: The White gives Suzanne this power, and this is possibly how Mitchell won the election through the White Box.]]


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* NotInFrontOfTheParrot: Pherson uses his parrot as a spy, ordering it to follow Hundred and then commanding it to repeat what it heard.


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* PollyWantsAMicrophone: Pherson's parrot granted him his powers, as it repeated one of the Great Machine's commands to him causing a seizure.


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* ReligiousHorror: [[spoiler: Mitchell's 'benefactors']] often present themselves through religious imagery.


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** [[spoiler: One of the alternate world Mitchells is clearly a version of the Rocketeer, and another has powers similar to Superman.]]
30th Apr '16 5:10:24 AM LondonPurple
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* TheCommissionerGordon: Mitchell tries to establish a police alliance. It doesn't work out so well. It's not the first time this former comic-book geek wasn't more GenreSavvy.

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* TheCommissionerGordon: Mitchell tries to establish a police alliance. It alliance, but it doesn't work out so well. It's not the first time this former comic-book geek wasn't more GenreSavvy.



* EmptyShell: [[spoiler: Mitchell at the end. He's Lonely At The Top as the Vice Presidential candidate, has driven off or otherwise lost everyone who was close to him, committed murder, and is haunted by the thought that the invaders will try again]].

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* EmptyShell: [[spoiler: Mitchell at the end. He's Lonely At The Top as the Vice Presidential candidate, has driven off or otherwise lost everyone who was close those closest to him, committed murder, and is haunted by the thought that the invaders will try again]].



* GenreSavvy: Mitchell was a massive comicbook fan, as was Kremlin, so they both anticipate tropes. [[spoiler: The most relevant display of savviness is that Mitchell guessed that his KryptoniteRing could be stolen from its safekeepers, so it's just a dud.]]



* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Hundred asserts this as his reason for not wanting to kill Pherson. Kremlin strongly disagrees wioth the trope.

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* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Hundred asserts this as his reason for not wanting to kill Pherson. Kremlin strongly disagrees wioth with the trope.



* KryptoniteRing: Mitchell invented two, and gives one apiece to Kremlin and Bradbury. [[spoiler: They're both duds.]]

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* KryptoniteRing: Mitchell invented two, two which scramble his powers, and gives one apiece to Kremlin and Bradbury. [[spoiler: They're both duds.]]



* LogicalWeakness: Mitchell is vulnerable to weapons which aren't machines. Knives and bows are too simple to communicate with, and basic bombs are just chemicals waiting to be mixed.



--> '''Dave''': Sorry sir but if your looking for a magical negro to be all "lordy lord i can help the master speak to the spirits..." you're wasting the wrong terrible mind.

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--> '''Dave''': Sorry sir but if your looking for a magical negro to be all "lordy lord i I can help the master speak to the spirits..." you're wasting the wrong terrible mind.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The juror who claims to have similar powers to Mitchell may just be insane, but in a much later issue it's confirmed that at least part of his story is true.



* PsychicNosebleed: Mitchell suffers these if he overexerts himself. It happened while redirecting the second plane, and when he had to communicate with the police from across town.

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* PsychicNosebleed: Mitchell suffers these if he overexerts himself. It happened while redirecting the second plane, and when he had to communicate with the police plaster an SOS message across Times Square from across town.


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** Mitchell's parents are called Thomas and Martha, like Batman's.
8th Feb '16 4:31:14 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* ArcWords: "The Stars are Down". First introduced as [[spoiler: the title of a Music/{{Nirvana}} song released in one of the {{Alternate Universe}}s]].
29th Jan '16 4:56:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy: A big part of Automaton's VigilanteMan schtick. [[spoiler: Leto poses as a robot, knowing that the police won't try to unmask him if they don't think there ''is'' a man under the mask]].
28th Jan '16 9:08:28 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* DifferentWorldDifferentMovies: One of the first clues that the green devise is from another dimension is when it sends a broadcast of a Beatles song that never existed. There is, however, a lot of crossover with some other dimensions

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* DifferentWorldDifferentMovies: One of the first clues that the green devise is from another dimension is when it sends a broadcast of a Beatles song that never existed. There is, however, a lot of crossover with some other dimensions dimensions. Also demonstrated with the series' own alternate timeline: apparently, Creator/MichaelMoore made a documentary about the Great Machine at one point.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: A few examples.
** "The First Hundred Days" is about Mitchell Hundred's first days in office as Mayor, but it also alludes to an old adage about politics (that a politician's first 100 days in office are the most important).
** "Smoke Smoke" is about Mitchell and co. investigating a string of crimes apparently committed by a rogue firefighter, but also about the administration getting into a debate about marijuana legalization, ending with the revelation that [[spoiler: Mitch smokes marijuana himself]].


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* GenreSavvy: A big part of Automaton's VigilanteMan schtick. [[spoiler: Leto poses as a robot, knowing that the police won't try to unmask him if they don't think there ''is'' a man under the mask]].


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* ThereIsAnother: Two of the first few story arcs feature this as a plot point. It turns out that [[spoiler: Connie Georges]] and [[spoiler: Easy Benson]] can both control machines too, but neither of them can control their powers as well as Mitch can, and their powers end up driving them insane. There's also the revelation that Mitch's old enemy Jack Pherson was another man who got "speech powers", though he controlled animals instead of machines.
27th Jan '16 7:13:15 AM VoxAquila
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* CompanionCube: The fireman killer treats his vacuum cleaner, which he [[ADateWithRosiePalms attaches to his penis]], as a lover.

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* CompanionCube: The fireman killer treats his vacuum cleaner, oxygen tank, which he [[ADateWithRosiePalms attaches to his penis]], as a lover.



* SurrogateSoliloquy: At first the fireman killer seems to be telling his philosophy to a lover, until it's revealed that he's speaking to the vacuum cleaner that he uses to masturbate.

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* SurrogateSoliloquy: At first the fireman killer seems to be telling his philosophy to a lover, until it's revealed that he's speaking to the vacuum cleaner oxygen tank that he uses to masturbate.
10th Jan '16 12:13:41 AM Kadorhal
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Has nothing to do with either the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/ExMachina 2015 film]], or with the 2005 [[VideoGame/HardTruckApocalypse post-apocalyptic truck driving game]].

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Has nothing to do with either the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/ExMachina [[Film/ExMachina 2015 film]], or with the 2005 [[VideoGame/HardTruckApocalypse post-apocalyptic truck driving game]].
2nd Dec '15 7:54:04 AM NTC3
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Has nothing to do with either the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/ExMachina 2015 film]], or with the 2005 [[VideoGame/HardTruckApocalypse post-apocalyptic truck driving game]].
9th Nov '15 6:12:28 PM nombretomado
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** Mitchell gives Journal the title of "Special Advisor on Youth Affairs". This happens to be the same title that Walter F. Starbuck held as part of the [[RichardNixon Nixon]] administration in the novel ''Literature/{{Jailbird}}'' by Creator/KurtVonnegut, and BKV is known to be a fan of Vonnegut's work.

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** Mitchell gives Journal the title of "Special Advisor on Youth Affairs". This happens to be the same title that Walter F. Starbuck held as part of the [[RichardNixon [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon Nixon]] administration in the novel ''Literature/{{Jailbird}}'' by Creator/KurtVonnegut, and BKV is known to be a fan of Vonnegut's work.
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