History ComicBook / PlasticMan

14th Jun '16 4:04:15 AM rafi
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** Batman has said that if Plastic Man decided to go evil, not even the entire Justice League could stop him.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: "I only ''act'' dumb, sister."

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: He is usually portrayed as being ''genuinely'' a bit dopey. During "World War III," Creator/GrantMorrison's final story arc for ''{{JLA}}'', however, he reveals that, thanks to his longtime friendship with a CListFodder hero named the Red Bee, he knows just about everything there is to know about "apian management." Since an alien [[EvilOverlord Evil Overlady]] named the Queen Bee is taking over New York City, and all the big-name heroes are busy on the Moon, Plastic Man ends up masterminding their victory. [[ComicBook/NewGods Big Barda]] even mentions how out of character this is for him, remarking, "This almost seems like a plan." To which he responds (while disguised as a big clown), "I only ''act'' act dumb, sister."
13th Jun '16 10:59:39 PM drac0blade
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In this new version, Plasic Man was never rehabilitated by monks, and briefly considered suicide in the first issue because he considered himself no longer human, until he decided to become a hero instead. Woozy, meanwhile, was now a former mental patient who got booted out of his comfortable padded cell thanks to "something called 'Reaganomics.'" While it was slightly more mature, it was mature the way "Ren and Stimpy" was more mature then "Loony Tunes."

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In this new version, Plasic Plastic Man was never rehabilitated by monks, and briefly considered suicide in the first issue because he considered himself no longer human, until he decided to become a hero instead. Woozy, meanwhile, was now a former mental patient who got booted out of was quite content in his comfortable padded cell before he got booted out thanks to "something called 'Reaganomics.'" While it was slightly more mature, it was mature the way "Ren and Stimpy" was more mature then "Loony Tunes."
13th Jun '16 10:57:13 PM drac0blade
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* TheAtoner

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* TheAtonerTheAtoner: For his criminal past.
13th Jun '16 10:56:04 PM drac0blade
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ComicBook/PostCrisis, they changed Plastic Man's origin to make him DarkerAndEdgier - a little. Sorta. "Dimmer and Slightly More Pointed" might work better.

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ComicBook/PostCrisis, they changed Plastic Man's origin to make him DarkerAndEdgier - a little. Sorta. DarkerAndEdgier...ish. Kinda. "Dimmer and Slightly More Pointed" might work better.
Pointed," more like.
13th Jun '16 10:53:31 PM drac0blade
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** The Pre-Crisis Earth-12 had two Plastic Mans, with the second one being the son of the first.
* LethalJokeCharacter
* MookFaceTurn

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** The Pre-Crisis Earth-12 had two Plastic Mans, Men, with the second one being the son of the first.
* LethalJokeCharacter
LethalJokeCharacter: Plas is very silly character with a silly power, that can be absolutely deadly in the wrong hands.
* MookFaceTurnMookFaceTurn: Famously, Plastic Man is one of the few classic heroes who's a redeemed crook.



* OnlySaneMan: Go read the original stories by Jack Cole. Yes, the adventures are cartoonish in a good way, but Plas himself is as serious as any other hero around at the time.
** Which was the point. Later, DC semi-inverted this by saying that the Cole-style adventures were how Plas perceived himself and them due to the effects of the chemicals that gave him his powers; to everyone else, he was a kook in a world of (supposedly) sane people... [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.

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* OnlySaneMan: Go read the original stories by Jack Cole. Yes, the adventures are cartoonish in a good way, but Plas himself is as serious as any other hero around at the time.
** Which
time. In fact, that was the point. point - a serious hero with silly powers in cartoon capers.
**
Later, DC semi-inverted this by saying that the Cole-style adventures were how Plas perceived himself and them due to the effects of the chemicals that gave him his powers; to everyone else, he was a kook in a world of (supposedly) sane people... [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.



* PersonalityPowers

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* PersonalityPowersPersonalityPowers: Actually subverted in the first issues, as Plastic Man had a StraightMan personality to contrast his wacky powers and supporting characters. Later issues has Plas act just as cartoonish as the forms he shape-shifts into.
13th Jun '16 10:32:12 PM drac0blade
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ComicBook/PostCrisis, they changed Plastic Man's origin to make him DarkerAndEdgier. Now he never was rehabilitated by monks, instead he tried to commit suicide because he considered himself no longer human, and Woozy was a mental patient. Hey, it was the DorkAge. Fortunately, later portrayals have been more positive: his first origin got restored, Plas is his cheerful self again, and he joined the Justice League where he proved his mettle.

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ComicBook/PostCrisis, they changed Plastic Man's origin to make him DarkerAndEdgier. Now he DarkerAndEdgier - a little. Sorta. "Dimmer and Slightly More Pointed" might work better.

In this new version, Plasic Man was
never was rehabilitated by monks, instead he tried to commit and briefly considered suicide in the first issue because he considered himself no longer human, and Woozy until he decided to become a hero instead. Woozy, meanwhile, was now a former mental patient. Hey, patient who got booted out of his comfortable padded cell thanks to "something called 'Reaganomics.'" While it was slightly more mature, it was mature the DorkAge. Fortunately, later way "Ren and Stimpy" was more mature then "Loony Tunes."

Later
portrayals have been more positive: his first would restore the old origin got restored, Plas is his cheerful self again, and he joined have Plastic Man join the Justice League League, where he proved his mettle.
6th May '16 2:46:29 AM TitoMosquito
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* CanonDiscontinuity: The 1988-89 4-issue mini-series by Phil Foglio took place during the early part of the modern age of heroes[[note]]Woozy Winks mentions [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Reaganomics]][[/note]], and the timeline in ''Zero Hour'' #0 seem to confirm it. But this was mostly ignored and reestablished his Golden Age debut.



* DependingOnTheWriter:
** Most Post-Crisis retellings, he debuted during the Golden Age. A few have him debut during the Silver Age, like in the ''Plastic Man'' 4-issue mini-series and on the timeline in ''Zero Hour'' #0, but this was mostly ignored.
** Plastic Man's son is either Offspring or Baby Plas.

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* DependingOnTheWriter:
** Most Post-Crisis retellings, he debuted during the Golden Age. A few have him debut during the Silver Age, like in the ''Plastic Man'' 4-issue mini-series and on the timeline in ''Zero Hour'' #0, but this was mostly ignored.
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DependingOnTheWriter: Plastic Man's son is either Offspring or Baby Plas.
25th Apr '16 4:21:52 PM TitoMosquito
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** While overprotective, he was also a decent dad for Edwina in his 2004-2006 story and did care about her a lot, but the two argued a lot since Edwina was kinda goin through a RebelTeen phase at the time, but [[AwwTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther Plas and her do see each other as father and daughter]]

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** While overprotective, he was also a decent dad for Edwina in his 2004-2006 story and did care about her a lot, but the two argued a lot since Edwina was kinda goin through a RebelTeen phase at the time, but [[AwwTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther Plas and her do see each other as father and daughter]]daughter]].
15th Apr '16 2:31:17 PM ShadowDJ
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** Which was the point. Later, DC semi-inverted this by saying that the Cole-style adventures were how Plas perceived himself and them due to the effects of the chemicals that gave him his powers; to everyone else, he was a kook in a world of (supposedly) sane people... [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.



** Which was the point. Later, DC semi-inverted this by saying that the Cole-style adventures were how Plas perceived himself and them due to the effects of the chemicals that gave him his powers; to everyone else, he was a kook in a world of (supposedly) sane people... [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
15th Apr '16 2:29:40 PM ShadowDJ
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** While overprotective, he was also a decent dad for Edwina in his 2004-2006 story and did care about her a lot, but the two argued a lot since Edwina was kinda goin through a RebelTeen phase at the time, but [[AwwTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther Plas and her do see each other as father and daughter]]
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