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28th Jan '16 8:54:00 AM rjd1922
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While never a major Marvel series, Power Pack lasted a surprisingly long time and had a loyal following. The series lasted for 62 issues (August, 1984-February, 1991)At one point, Franklin Richards (son of Mr. Fantastic and The Invisible Woman of the ComicBook/FantasticFour) joined them for a while under the name ''Tattletale'' (his godlike powers were at the time reduced to just telepathy, precognitive dreaming, and a ghost body). The Pack met various other heroes, including Spider-Man and Wolverine. Strangely, for a long while few people called them on being superheroes at such a young age (Katie was only ''five years old!'') or going around without adult supervision (unless you count Friday's) much less doing dangerous stuff behind their parents' backs.
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While never a major Marvel series, Power Pack lasted a surprisingly long time and had a loyal following. The series lasted for 62 issues (August, 1984-February, 1991)At 1991). At one point, Franklin Richards (son of Mr. Fantastic and The Invisible Woman of the ComicBook/FantasticFour) joined them for a while under the name ''Tattletale'' (his godlike powers were at the time reduced to just telepathy, precognitive dreaming, and a ghost body). The Pack met various other heroes, including Spider-Man and Wolverine. Strangely, for a long while few people called them on being superheroes at such a young age (Katie was only ''five years old!'') or going around without adult supervision (unless you count Friday's) much less doing dangerous stuff behind their parents' backs.
15th Jan '16 9:46:57 PM Pennyforth
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* HowDoIShotWeb: the kids don't automatically know how to use the powers given to them (neither in the original series nor the all ages series) and have to experiment to get the hang of them. The trope comes into play again after each power switch they go through.
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* HowDoIShotWeb: the kids don't automatically know how to use the powers given to them (neither in the original series nor the all ages series) and have to experiment to get the hang of them. The trope comes into play again after each power switch they go through.through, with the occasional by-product of the new owner figuring out new ways to use the power in the process.

* OhCrap: After one of the team power shuffles, Snark Queen Mother Maraud has a moment of this when Jack acquires the energy power, and she realizes that he's just mature enough not to accidentally lose control of it (as Katie sometimes did), but still enough of a kid that he's not going to overthink the ramifications of the power (as Alex often did)--in essence, he's fully capable of just disintegrating and/or blowing stuff up until nothing's left standing.
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* OhCrap: After one of the team power shuffles, Snark Queen Mother Maraud has a moment of this when Jack acquires the energy power, and she realizes that he's just mature enough not to accidentally lose control of it (as Katie sometimes did), but still enough of a kid that he's not going to overthink the ramifications of the power (as Alex often did)--in essence, he's fully capable of just disintegrating and/or blowing stuff up until nothing's left standing.standing, without putting his siblings and allies at risk from PowerIncontinence.
14th Jan '16 11:37:05 AM Maniago
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* BroughtDownToBadass: both times they lost their powers to the Snarks (see below), it didn't stop the kids from standing up to the giant space lizzards.
6th Jan '16 10:29:52 PM Maniago
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* CoolOldLady: in an alternate future seen in "The New Mutants #49", Katie, the last remaining member of Power Pack, continues to be an active superhero that can hold her own in battles, despite being an old woman now. It helps that in this future she has all four powers at her disposal.

* HealingFactor: In the original series, if the kids were in the same general vicinity, they could concentrate and vastly reduce the time it took for them to recover from injuries or diseases. Katie gets over a broken arm in a couple of days, and one issue has Jack and Alex suffering from a cold that they only still have because Julie is out of town.

* HealingFactor: ** AllYourPowersCombined: In the original series, if Earth-616 continuity, Alex eventually gained the kids were in ability to absorb all four powers into himself. He used this to briefly join the same general vicinity, they could concentrate and vastly reduce the time it took for them New Warriors before giving his powers back to recover from injuries or diseases. his siblings. In an alternate future seen in "The New Mutants #49", Katie gets over a broken arm in a couple had all the powers of days, and one issue has Jack and Alex suffering from a cold that they only still have her team because Julie is out of town.her siblings had been killed off.

** {{Flight}}: the primary ability of whoever possesses the “velocity/lightspeed” powers (most of the time Julie). The “gravity” and “density” powers can also be used to achieve this (“gravity” by making yourself weightless in order to float, and “density” by turning into a cloud and thus be able to float). Only the “energy” powers cannot be used to achieve flight, so whoever has those powers (mostly Katie) always needs to be carried around by one of the others.
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** {{Flight}}: One of the 2 primary ability abilities of whoever possesses the “velocity/lightspeed” powers (most of the time Julie). The Julie); she can fly with great speed. To a lesser degree, the “gravity” and “density” powers can also be used to achieve this (“gravity” by making yourself weightless in order to float, and “density” by turning into a cloud and thus be able to float). Only the “energy” powers cannot be used to achieve flight, so whoever has those powers (mostly Katie) always needs to be carried around by one of the others.

** {{Flight}}: HealingFactor: In the primary ability of whoever possesses original series, if the “velocity/lightspeed” powers (most of kids were in the same general vicinity, they could concentrate and vastly reduce the time Julie). The “gravity” it took for them to recover from injuries or diseases. Katie gets over a broken arm in a couple of days, and “density” one issue has Jack and Alex suffering from a cold that they only still have because Julie is out of town. ** InASingleBound: the gravity powers can also be used for this. In the original series, Jack was the first one to achieve figure this (“gravity” by making yourself weightless in order out when he received this powers, to float, and “density” by turning into a cloud and thus be able to float). Only the “energy” dismay of Alex who never though of using the powers cannot be used to achieve flight, so whoever has those powers (mostly Katie) always needs to be carried around by one of in this way when he had them. ** IncredibleShrinkingMan: the others.Density Powers allow a person to shrink to a small, yet very dense and heavy form by increasing one's density.

** TeleportersAndTransporters: In the mainstream Earth-616 continuity, the Lightspeed powers allow for this. Julie discovered this ability when she wanted to be in two places at once. SixthRanger Kofi Whitemane also possesses this power.
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** TeleportersAndTransporters: In the mainstream Earth-616 continuity, the Lightspeed Velocity powers allow for this. Julie discovered this ability when she wanted to be in two places at once.once during the 2000 miniseries. SixthRanger Kofi Whitemane also possesses this power.
28th Dec '15 12:45:19 PM Anddrix
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* GrandTheftMe: DoctorDoom does this to Franklin Richards in the all-ages version, using Franklin’s body to attack the Fantastic Four in their own headquarters while simultaneous [[AndIMustScream trapping Franklin in his, temporarily paralyzed, body]]
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* GrandTheftMe: DoctorDoom Doctor Doom does this to Franklin Richards in the all-ages version, using Franklin’s body to attack the Fantastic Four in their own headquarters while simultaneous [[AndIMustScream trapping Franklin in his, temporarily paralyzed, body]]
23rd Dec '15 1:01:24 AM Maniago
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* DefectorFromDecadence: Kofi, after seeing how Power Pack is treated during their visit to Kymmellia II and realizing they are right about Kymmmellian society (see WhatTheHellHero below), decides to leave his race and return to Earth with Power Pack. He returns after his species relocates to a new planet and renounces their old ways.

** Not to mention they have grown so used to artificial environments as a consequence of destroying their world that natural environments are actually repellent to most of them. Whitemane, it seems, was ''not'' a typical example of his race.
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** Not to mention they have grown so used to artificial environments as a consequence of destroying their world that natural environments are actually repellent to most of them. Whitemane, it seems, was ''not'' a typical example of his race. Fortunately, they get better.
21st Dec '15 4:09:21 AM Maniago
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* HowDoIShotWeb: the kids don't automatically know how to use the powers given to them (neither in the original series nor the all ages series) and have to experiment to get the hang of them. The trope comes into play again after each power switch they go through.

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* ParentsInDistress: in the very first story already, and several times afterwards.
8th Dec '15 10:45:42 AM Maniago
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''Power Pack'' was a 1980s comic book series by Marvel Comics that starred four child superheroes. While this concept is not unusual in WesternAnimation, it was new for the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. Unlike those of TV cartoon super-kids, most of the Pack's adventures were straight superhero action, with deeper real-world themes as well, such as child abuse, guns in school, bullying, and genocide - the kids were unwilling witnesses to the mass-murder of the sewer-dwelling Morlocks. The mood was lighter than other Marvel fare, but darker than typical super-kid stories.
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''Power Pack'' was a 1980s comic book series by Marvel Comics that starred four child superheroes. While this concept is not unusual in WesternAnimation, it was new for the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. Unlike those of TV cartoon super-kids, most of the Pack's adventures were straight superhero action, with deeper real-world themes as well, such as child abuse, guns in school, bullying, and genocide - the kids were unwilling witnesses to the mass-murder of the sewer-dwelling Morlocks. The mood was lighter than other Marvel fare, but darker than typical super-kid stories. st* ories.

''Power Pack'' was a 1980s comic book * FranchiseZombie: an in-universe example. In issue #21 of the original series, Jack and Katie get to meet their favorite author, upon which Jack asks her why she stopped writing the "Cody Davis: Space Exporer" series by Marvel Comics (which he is a fan of) in favor of writing the more childish series "Goo-Gam" (which Katie is a huge fan of). She explains that starred four child superheroes. While this concept she is not unusual in WesternAnimation, it was new for the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. Unlike those of TV cartoon super-kids, most of the Pack's adventures were straight superhero action, basically forced to do so by both her fans and editor, since Goo-Gam became far more popular with deeper real-world themes as well, such as child abuse, guns in school, bullying, and genocide - the kids were unwilling witnesses to the mass-murder of the sewer-dwelling Morlocks. The mood was lighter fans than her other Marvel fare, but darker than typical super-kid stories. works, and brought in more money. By now the series takes up so much of her time that she cannot write anything else.

* LonelyTogether: In the original series, in issue #19, the kids' mother is badly injured (due to an incident that happened in a Thor comic), and their father spends Thanksgiving with her at the hospital. Figuring being lonely together is better than being lonely separately, Katie contacts a number of people the kids have met up to that point (Kitty Pryde and Wolverine, Cloak and Dagger, Leech and Annalee of the Morlocks, even Spider-Man) and invites them to Thanksgiving dinner. Though Spidey never shows up (and [[ContinuityNod apologizes for it in a later issue]]), everyone else does. * MagicPants: The teams costumes are made of "unstable molecules" (or "[[MythologyGag pseudoplasm]]" in the all-ages comics), which allows for [[PowersAsPrograms whoever has the density power at the moment]] to not have to worry about damaging or losing their clothes because of it. Their regular clothes naturally avert the trope (in the first issue, Jack actually ends up naked when he turns into a cloud). In the All-Ages version however, their normal clothes somehow also follow this trope. In the crossover with the Fantastic Four, Jack shrinks down in size to ttake out two bullies while he is not in his costume, but his clothes still shrink with him.
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* LonelyTogether: In the original series, in issue #19, the kids' mother is badly injured (due to an incident that happened in a Thor comic), and their father spends Thanksgiving with her at the hospital. Figuring being lonely together is better than being lonely separately, Katie contacts a number of people the kids have met up to that point (Kitty Pryde and Wolverine, Cloak and Dagger, Leech and Annalee of the Morlocks, even Spider-Man) and invites them to Thanksgiving dinner. Though Spidey never shows up (and [[ContinuityNod apologizes for it in a later issue]]), issue #21]]), everyone else does. * MagicPants: The teams costumes are made of "unstable molecules" (or "[[MythologyGag pseudoplasm]]" in the all-ages comics), which allows for [[PowersAsPrograms whoever has the density power at the moment]] to not have to worry about damaging or losing their clothes because of it. Their regular clothes naturally avert the trope (in the first issue, Jack actually ends up naked when he turns into a cloud). In the All-Ages version however, their normal clothes somehow also follow this trope. In the crossover with the Fantastic Four, Jack shrinks down in size to ttake take out two bullies while he is not in his costume, but his clothes still shrink with him.
29th Nov '15 10:24:42 PM Maniago
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* Alex -- age 12 original version, age 13 all-ages version -- with the power of ''Gravity'', controlling an object/person's gravity by touch; he called himself '''Gee'''.
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* Alex -- age 12 original version, age 13 14 all-ages version -- with the power of ''Gravity'', controlling an object/person's gravity by touch; he called himself '''Gee'''.

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* Alex -- age 12 original version, age 13 all-ages version -- with ** TeleportersAndTransporters: In the power of ''Gravity'', controlling an object/person's gravity by touch; he called himself '''Gee'''.mainstream Earth-616 continuity, the Lightspeed powers allow for this. Julie discovered this ability when she wanted to be in two places at once. SixthRanger Kofi Whitemane also possesses this power.
29th Nov '15 6:19:08 AM Maniago
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* BroughtDownToNormal: Happens at least twice to the entire team during the original series, but each time they get their powers back again. In the all-ages series, Katie can temporarily do this to Hulk and She-Hulk by absorbing the gamma energy from their bodies.

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* ChristmasEpisode: The holiday special, naturally. Issue #20 of the original series is also set at Christmas time.
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