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17th May '18 2:47:53 PM FirstStrike
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** ''ComicBook/WestCoastAvengers2018:'' Modern revamp featuring a mostly new cast and premise.
9th May '18 3:00:40 PM DragonRanger
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The Avengers have been adapted for other mediums multiple times; a complete list of which can be found on [[Franchise/TheAvengers the Franchise page]]. The highest-profile and most influential version is the one that features in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, with several members getting their own films and a few others being supporting characters, and the MCU usually brings the entire team together in an ''Avengers'' movie at the climax of a multi-film story arc. The movies that feature the entire team are ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', and an untitled fourth ''Avengers'' film. Like the comics, the team has a flexible roster, consisting of:


The Avengers have been adapted for other mediums multiple times; a complete list of which can be found on [[Franchise/TheAvengers the Franchise page]]. The highest-profile and most influential version is the one that features in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, with several members getting their own films and a few others being supporting characters, and the MCU usually brings the entire team together in an ''Avengers'' movie at the climax of a multi-film story arc. The movies that feature the entire team are ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', and an untitled fourth ''Avengers'' film."''Film/Avengers4''". Like the comics, the team has a flexible roster, consisting of:

* Allied heroes: ComicBook/AntMan (Creator/PaulRudd), ComicBook/BlackPanther (Creator/ChadwickBoseman), ComicBook/BuckyBarnes (Creator/SebastianStan) and ComicBook/SpiderMan (Creator/TomHolland) fought alongside established Avengers in ''Civil War''; Spider-Man is later offered membership but declines. ComicBook/DoctorStrange (Creator/BenedictCumberbatch), ComicBook/TheWasp (Creator/EvangelineLilly), and [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]] (Creator/BrieLarson) also feature in movies of their own, and all the heroes listed are expected to gain at least honorary membership in either ''Infinity War'' or its sequel.


* Allied heroes: ComicBook/AntMan (Creator/PaulRudd), ''Civil War'':
** Team Iron Man: Iron Man, Black Widow, War Machine, Vision,
ComicBook/BlackPanther (Creator/ChadwickBoseman), ComicBook/BuckyBarnes (Creator/SebastianStan) and ComicBook/SpiderMan (Creator/TomHolland) fought alongside established Avengers in ''Civil War''; (Creator/TomHolland). Afterwards, the membership is reduced to Iron Man, War Machine, and Vision; Spider-Man is later offered membership but declines. declines.
** Team Cap: Captain America, Falcon, ComicBook/BuckyBarnes (Creator/SebastianStan), Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and ComicBook/AntMan (Creator/PaulRudd). After the movie, Captain America, Falcon, and Black Widow (moving from Iron Man's team) continue operating underground.
* ''Infinity War'': The movie's main team is formed by Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, Vision, Scarlet Witch, War Machine, Bruce Banner,[[note]]not the Hulk, despite Banner's best efforts[[/note]] Black Panther, and Bucky Barnes; with Thor in a separate subplot until he meets up with them as an EleventhHourRanger. Iron Man,
ComicBook/DoctorStrange (Creator/BenedictCumberbatch), and Spider-Man act as a smaller independent team.
* The fourth movie will involve all of the above heroes[[note]]with the sole exception of Quicksilver, who died in ''Age of Ultron''[[/note]] plus
ComicBook/TheWasp (Creator/EvangelineLilly), (Creator/EvangelineLilly) and [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]] (Creator/BrieLarson) also feature in movies of their own, and all the heroes listed are expected to gain at least honorary membership in either ''Infinity War'' or its sequel.
9th May '18 10:24:34 AM gurkle2
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17th Apr '18 5:37:22 PM Digifiend
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** The Avengers break up in "Avengers Disasembled", and return as a small team in ''New Avengers'', which has a vastly different line-up (most of the "classic" members being off doing other things). The team broke up again during Comicbook/CivilWar, as the characters had conflicting views about the Registration act.


** The Avengers break up in "Avengers Disasembled", Disassembled", and return as a small team in ''New Avengers'', which has a vastly different line-up (most of the "classic" members being off doing other things). The team broke up again during Comicbook/CivilWar, as the characters had conflicting views about the Registration act.
** ''ComicBook/AvengersNoSurrender''.
10th Apr '18 4:39:07 AM StFan
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[[caption-width-right:350:AVENGERS ASSEMBLE![[note]]Pictured, left to right: [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]], ComicBook/IronMan, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], ComicBook/TheVision, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/WonderMan, [[ComicBook/AntMan Henry Pym]], Comicbook/ScarletWitch, ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}, Comicbook/MsMarvel, and Triathlon. Not pictured: [[ComicBook/TheWasp Wasp]], Franchise/{{Hawkeye}}, and about [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters a hundred other heroes]]]][[/note]]

->''"And there came a ''day,'' a day unlike any ''other,'' when ''[[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Earth's]] [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor mightiest]] [[ComicBook/IronMan heroes]] [[ComicBook/AntMan and]] [[ComicBook/TheWasp heroines]]'' found themselves ''united'' against a common threat! On that day, the ''[==]'''Avengers'''[==]'' were born—to fight the foes no ''single'' super hero could withstand! Through the years, their roster has ''prospered,'' changing ''many times,'' but their ''glory'' has never been denied! Heed the ''call,'' then—for now, the ''[==]'''AvengersAssemble!'''[==]''"''

The Franchise/MarvelUniverse's all-star super-hero team, [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent equivalent]] to Franchise/TheDCU's Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica... except with more B-List heroes originally and a name that is based firmly on the concept of RuleOfCool (literally, Wasp picked the name because it sounded cool; some adaptations provide better explanations, though). The team debuted in The Avengers #1 in 1963. The classic lineup is ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/IronMan, ComicBook/AntMan, ComicBook/TheWasp, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], and [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]]. The team also within the first few issues gained the series trademark of [[RevolvingDoorBand shifting lineups]], with the Hulk leaving the group with issue two, and Captain America not actually joining until issue 4, and with the major change of all the originals save Captain America being replaced by issue 16. Over the years, half of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse has been a member (to the point that every member of the ComicBook/FantasticFour has been a member at some point), with new members being recruited and old members coming back or leaving [[RotatingArcs as story dictates]]. Other long-serving members include ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}, the ComicBook/ScarletWitch, ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}, ComicBook/TheVision, [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]], ComicBook/SheHulk, ComicBook/WonderMan, [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]], ComicBook/{{Beast|Marvel Comics}}, ComicBook/BlackPanther, Comicbook/BlackWidow, and many many more.

The comic has produced a good number of spin-offs and side team books including:
[[folder:Other Avengers teams]]
* ''ComicBook/WestCoastAvengers'' (later renamed ''Avengers West Coast''): A spin-off book that began in 1985 running through 1993.
** ''Force Works'': A 1994-96 DarkerAndEdgier reboot/revamp of ''West Coast''.
* ''Solo Avengers'' (later renamed ''Avengers Spotlight''): An anthology/companion book for ''West Coast Avengers''; running from 1987 through 1989.
* ''ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers'': A joke team that debuted in 1989 and received their own books in 2006 and 2016.
* ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'': First debuting in 1997, the Thunderbolts are [[ThePsychoRangers the Avengers' evil counterpart]]. Although there have been a few {{Retool}}s in its history, all versions share the concept that they feature "ex-"supervillains attempting to act heroic (despite [[HeroWithAnFInGood not necessarily being good at it]]). One incarnation was officially tied to the Avengers when it served as their BoxedCrook rehabilitation program.
** ''ComicBook/DarkAvengers'': A second book featuring an evil counterpart team, this time with the villains only pretending to be heroes and taking on the identities of actual Avengers. The book was eventually merged with the Thunderbolts while still using the "Dark Avengers" title, and a separate Thunderbolts team launched in its place.
* ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'': Replaced the regular Avengers comic in 2004. With the return of the main Avengers title, it has continued as the adventures of a second official team.
** As part of ComicBook/JonathanHickmansAvengers storyline, ''New Avengers'' featured ComicBook/TheIlluminati trying to stop the destruction of the multiverse, going behind the backs of the main Avengers team and the rest of the heroes.
** ''ComicBook/NewAvengers2015'': Following ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'', another new volume was released featuring Sunspot having taken over A.I.M. and turning it into Avengers Idea Mechanics.
** ''ComicBook/USAvengers'': A relaunch of the 2015 ''New'' team, where A.I.M. now works for the American government.
* ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'': (2005-2006, 2013-) about a {{Comicbook/Teen Titan|s}}-esque group of young heroes. Despite patterning themselves after the Avengers, most have completely different connections to the originals, if any at all.
* ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers'': Running from 2007 to 2010, was at first a team of Avengers who were on the Pro-Registration side of the ''Civil War'' storyline, then later a team led by Hank Pym that was active outside the United States during the events of ''Comicbook/DarkReign''.
** ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers2013'' (later renamed ''Captain America and the Mighty Avengers''): The "Mighty" name was revived between the ''Comicbook/{{Infinity}}'' and ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'' {{Crisis Crossover}}s.
* A series of books involving young Avengers-in-training:
** ''ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative'': Running from 2007 to 2010, the book follows the aftermath of the ComicBook/CivilWar, Iron Man opens "Camp Hammond", a military base where heroes old and young are put into bootcamp to train them to be "proper" heroes. Unfortunately everything that can go wrong actually goes almost horribly wrong with young heroes dying, mysterious attacks on faculty, a secret black ops team, alien invasions, numerous betrayals, and ComicBook/NormanOsborn. Ultimately shut down following the events of ''ComicBook/DarkReign'' and The ''ComicBook/{{Siege}}'' and relaunched (literally and figuratively) as ''Comicbook/AvengersAcademy''.
** ''Comicbook/AvengersAcademy'': Running from 2010 to 2012, the book originally focused upon some veteran Avengers teaching a group of young teenagers recruited or forcibly turned into super-powered beings by Norman Osborn during his time running the Avengers Initiative, in hopes of ensuring that they don't become super-villains. Following the events of ''ComicBook/FearItself'', they opened the team up to all young heroes who wanted mentoring.
** ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'': A 2013 series launching with the premise of young heroes of Marvel (including five characters from ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'') fighting to the death, trapped on an island by supervillain Arcade, who has taken several levels in being a bad-ass as far as him seeking to kill the kids in order to regain his reputation as an assassin.
** ''Comicbook/AvengersUndercover'': A 2014 series that is a direct follow-up to ''Comicbook/AvengersArena'' which follows five teen survivors of the book ([[BreakTheCutie who are beyond broken]]) infiltrating Bagalia, the Masters of Evil's own sovereign nation, all the while deciding if they want to be heroes or join the dark side.
* ''Comicbook/PetAvengers'': Running from 2009 to 2011, a series of mini-series that focuses upon various animal companions of superheroes teaming up to fight evil.
* ''ComicBook/SecretAvengers'': Debuting in 2010, it follows teams sent on secret black-ops missions. It was originally led by (then-former) Captain America Steve Rogers, but has since been run by ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}.
* ''Avengers Assemble'': This book initially launched in 2012 as a tie-in to the film, featuring an in-continuity version of the film team. After issue eight, it turned into a "down time" book, following what the Avengers do in-between missions, with more of a focus on the female Avengers (namely, Black Widow, Spider-Woman, and Captain Marvel).
* ''Comicbook/UncannyAvengers'': Launched in 2012, this new title deals with the aftermath of ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' that acts as a sort of bridge team between the Avengers and the X-Men as a result of Captain America wanting to reach out and do a better job of helping out the mutants.
* ''ComicBook/AvengersAI'': Running from 2013 to 2014, the book focused on a team of robotics-based heroes out to stop rogue [=AIs=] that spun out of the ''ComicBook/AgeOfUltron'' event.
* ''Avengers World'': A 2014-2015 comic focusing on the new expanded roster of the Avengers as they work to tackle multiple threats across the world. It acted as additional supplemental material, with each issue focusing on individual characters in the team as the two main Avengers books began to focus more on [[ComicBook/JonathanHickmansAvengers their interconnected story]] that led into ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015''.
* ''ComicBook/AForce'': A 2015-16 title launched during ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'' featuring a AmazonBrigade of Avengers from a number of different worlds coming together.
* ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'': The ComicBook/UltimateMarvel counterpart of the Avengers debuting in 2002. This version draws many comparisons to ''Comicbook/TheAuthority'', with taking a "widescreen" action approach along with attempts to take a look at how such actions would come across in a closer to real world setting. After a line wide relaunch it split into two different teams: Ultimate Avengers and The Ultimates, but another relaunch reunited under the Ultimates banner.
** ''ComicBook/TheUltimates2015'': A main-universe Ultimates team, launched as part of ComicBook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel after the Ultimate line concluded. It features some of Marvel's most powerful and intelligent heroes as they seek to solve omniversal problems that are normally above even the Avengers' weight class, such as curing Galactus' hunger.
* ''ComicBook/AllNewAllDifferentAvengers'': Released during the ''ComicBook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel'' initiative following ''Secret Wars'' starring a more grounded version of the team. This version deals with the team not having unlimited funds and half the team still being teenagers with problems like school. It ran from 2015-2016 before the title went back to being just ''Avengers''.
** ''ComicBook/{{Champions|2016}}'': Disillusioned with how the adult heroes have been acting after ''ComicBook/CivilWarII'', the teen half of ''All-New All-Different'' gather some other younger heroes and strike out on their own.
* ''Occupy Avengers'': Another team formed from the aftermath of ''ComicBook/CivilWarII'', ''Occupy'' features unpowered heroes going on the road to help everyday people.

The Avengers have been adapted for other mediums multiple times; a complete list of which can be found on [[Franchise/TheAvengers the Franchise page]]. The highest-profile and most influential version is the one that features in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, with several members getting their own films and a few others being supporting characters, and the MCU usually brings the entire team together in an ''Avengers'' movie at the climax of a multi-film story arc. The movies that feature the entire team are ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', and an untitled fourth ''Avengers'' film. Like the comics, the team has a flexible roster, consisting of:
* Founding members: Comicbook/IronMan (Creator/RobertDowneyJr), Comicbook/CaptainAmerica (Creator/ChrisEvans), [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]] (Creator/ChrisHemsworth), ComicBook/BlackWidow (Creator/ScarlettJohansson), ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} (Creator/JeremyRenner), and [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]] (Creator/MarkRuffalo)
** ''Age of Ultron'' additions: ComicBook/ScarletWitch (Creator/ElizabethOlsen), ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} (Creator/AaronJohnson), and Comicbook/TheVision (Creator/PaulBettany)
* New Avengers (between ''Age of Ultron'' and ''Civil War''): Captain America, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Vision, ComicBook/WarMachine (Creator/DonCheadle) and ComicBook/TheFalcon (Creator/AnthonyMackie)
* Allied heroes: ComicBook/AntMan (Creator/PaulRudd), ComicBook/BlackPanther (Creator/ChadwickBoseman), ComicBook/BuckyBarnes (Creator/SebastianStan) and ComicBook/SpiderMan (Creator/TomHolland) fought alongside established Avengers in ''Civil War''; Spider-Man is later offered membership but declines. ComicBook/DoctorStrange (Creator/BenedictCumberbatch), ComicBook/TheWasp (Creator/EvangelineLilly), and [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Captain Marvel]] (Creator/BrieLarson) also feature in movies of their own, and all the heroes listed are expected to gain at least honorary membership in either ''Infinity War'' or its sequel.

Not to be confused with the British AgentsDating/Spy Couple series ''Series/TheAvengers''.
!!''The Avengers'' provides examples of:


[[folder:Tropes A to C]]
* TheAce: ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} was this during the early run of ''West Coast Avengers''. In a scene in which he's fighting to keep the Quinjet he's piloting from crashing, the narrator comments that many Avengers get praise for doing one thing well, but not Hawkeye — because he does MANY things well.
* AesopCollateralDamage: The first story of the "Sons of the Serpent" explained at every page everything that was wrong with racism. Poor Bill Foster (who was not Black Goliath nor had any special powers back then) received a huge beating by the Serpents, just so that the Avengers could keep telling that racism was so awfully wrong.
* TheAlcoholic: Comicbook/IronMan and Comicbook/MsMarvel both fell OffTheWagon.
* AlienInvasion: ComicBook/TheKreeSkrullWar, Operation Galactic Storm, ComicBook/SecretInvasion... and several {{Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion}}s. Being Earth's Mightiest Heroes, they have to live up to that name.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: The "ComicBook/UnderSiege" storyline which featured the Masters of Evil, under the direction of Baron Zemo, succeeding in taking control of Avengers Mansion.
* AllYourPowersCombined: Super-Adaptoid.
** Count Nefaria copied the powers of Power Man[[note]]Erik Josten, not ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}; Nefaria predates Cage[[/note]], the Living Laser, and Whirlwind; the combination turned him into an evil CaptainErsatz of Franchise/{{Superman}}.
** Wolverine got this, getting the powers of the whole new Avengers and the two Supreme Sorcerers ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And Hellfire]]) to fight [[EldritchAbomination Agamotto]].
* AnAssKickingChristmas: Avengers 157 takes place on Christmas Eve. The "Ghost of stone" (a living statue of the Black Knight) beats Beast, Iron Man, Yellowjacket, Captain America, Wasp, Jarvis, the Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man, and finally the Vision [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath talked him to death]]. And, as the next story continues right where the previous one ended, issues 158 and 159 are also on Christmas. Graviton captures a whole city with his power, takes it to the air, defeats the Avengers badly, takes it to float above New York, gives an ultimatum to the UN, drives a woman to suicide, and tries to kill the Avengers. And, as issue 160 also starts where the previous one ended, it is ''also'' in christmas. The Grim Reaper found out about the resurrection of Wonder Man, and wants to find which one is his brother, the Vision or him, and kill the other. What a Christmas! Those guys must be at the top of Santa's naughty list!
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Tons of members: ComicBook/AntMan (three versions), ComicBook/TheWasp (two versions), Yellowjacket (also two versions), Comicbook/SpiderWoman (again, there were two different versions; funnily enough, the original one joined the team ''later'') Mockingbird, [[Comicbook/TheFalcon Falcon]], Hellcat / Tigra, Stingray, Mantis, ComicBook/BlackPanther, Comicbook/BlackWidow, Franchise/SpiderMan, and {{Wolverine}}.
** They have also fought dozens of villains with animal-based themes: Scorpion, Rhino, Porcupine, Armadillo, Dr. Octopus, Cobra, the Serpent Society, the Unicorn, the Gryphon, etc.
* AlternateContinuity: ComicBook/TheUltimates is a version of the team that is tilted heavily towards a [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical viewpoint]].
* AmazonBrigade: A one-off issue has the Lady Liberators (It was the seventies), formed of Wasp, the Scarlet Witch, Medusa and suspiciously grouchy newcomer Valkyrie, the one who brings them together, and who turned out to be Enchantress in disguise, having brought them together as part of yet another petty revenge scheme. Once she's found out, the Liberators disband.
* ArchEnemy: Depending on who you ask, either Kang or Ultron. Possibly both.
* ArchivedArmy: One iteration of the Lethal Legion villain team, recurring enemies of the team, was composed of history's greatest murderers, given superpowers by hell. They were [[Characters/TheBorgias Lucrezia Borgia]], UsefulNotes/LizzieBorden, UsefulNotes/JosefStalin, and [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Heinrich Himmler]]. Lucrezia was codenamed "Cyana", granted [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation blue skin]], AbsurdlySharpClaws coated with [[PoisonousPerson poison]], and a literal KissOfDeath. Lizzie was codenamed "Axe of Violence", granted light red skin, [[ArtificialLimbs her right hand was replaced by a double-headed axe]], and she carried two other [[AnAxeToGrind double-headed axes used as throwing weapons]]. Josef was codenamed "Coldsteel", becoming a ChromeChampion with a body made of living steel, granting him SuperStrength and SuperToughness. Heinrich was codenamed "Zyklon", granted a PoweredArmor which allowed him to [[JetPack fly]]. He released DeadlyGas from his mask and gauntlets. They appeared in ''Avengers West Coast'' #98-100 (September-November, 1993).
* ArcWords: During Hickman's run; "Everything dies", and "the System is broken".
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Avengers confronted the threat of the Serpent Crown, a [[MindControlDevice mind control device]] channeling the power of Set, an [[EldritchAbomination Elder God]].
** They have also faced Thanos when he had possession of the [[Comicbook/TheInfinityGauntlet Infinity Gauntlet]], which allows gives its user literal omnipotence; both Iron Man and Captain America have wielded the gauntlet as well.
* ArmyOfTheAges: The Anachronauts, Kang's elite fighting force.
* AvengersAssemble: The {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* BackFromTheDead: [[DeathIsCheap Pretty much the entire roster has died at one point of another during an Avengers storyline]] (most notably "The Korvac Saga", "Onslaught Saga", and ''Avengers Annual'' #17).
** Separately: Captain America, Hawkeye, Wonder Man, Vision, Wasp, Thor, Mockingbird, Hellcat, Jack of Hearts, Quasar, and Ant Man II have all come back from the dead in various ways and forms.
* BackupTwin: The second Swordsman (the one who goes around with Magdalena) is not the original one, who was KilledOffForReal and stays that way. He's the Sworsdman from a parallel universe, taken to the main one.
* BadassNormal: Team members ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}, Comicbook/BlackWidow, Mantis (until she gained powers), ComicBook/BlackPanther, and ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}}.
* BattleButler: Jarvis.
* BattleCouple: Hank Pym/Wasp, Vision/Scarlet Witch, Mockingbird/Hawkeye, [[Comicbook/{{Alias}} Jessica Jones]]/Luke Cage
* BettyAndVeronica: Crystal and Sersi, fighting over Black Knight.
* BeyondTheImpossible: It is impossible for someone unworthy to lift Thor's hammer. Still, the Ghost Rider once tricked his way around it: he escaped the hammer with his motorbike, and grabbed it when the throw lost momentum and started to return to Thor. It returned all right, bringing Ghost Rider with itself, who took advantage of the speed to knock down Thor with even higher force.
* BigApplesauce: Like so many Marvel heroes, they're headquartered in New York City, New York.
* BigDamnHeroes: A famous line: "ULTRON! We would have words with thee."
* BittersweetEnding: ComicBook/SecretInvasion. They save the world from the Skrulls, at least one character who was thought to be dead is revealed to have been a Skrull prisoner, but they lose Jan in the process.
* BoisterousBruiser: Hercules, Luke Cage. Thor on a good day can be one too.
* BreakingTheFellowship: Happenes several times:
** The first time is in Avengers 16, when the original team retires, with the exception of Captain America, who stays to guide the new recruits: Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch.
** Roy Thomas reunited all the Avengers that had even been into a big group... only to reduce the team in a very short time: Iron Man and Thor ended their visit and left, Captain America gave up being a superhero, Hercules returned to the Olympus, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch returned with ComicBook/{{Magneto}}... with left probably the smallest and weakest Avengers team ever: Hawkeye, the Wasp, and Henry Pym (who was not able to grow to a giant size, if things were not bad enough). Yes: only 3, and 2 could basically just get to an insect size.
** The Council of Cross-Time Kangs storyline culminates with the entire team quitting in issue 297. Issue 298 features Jarvis alone having to deal with the onset of ComicBook/{{Inferno}} at street level. The next two issues have the team reform with the Captain, Thor, Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, and [[ComicBook/TheEternals The Forgotten One]] (choosing to go by the name Gilgamesh). The lineup doesn't last too long, as Reed and Sue soon return to the ComicBook/FantasticFour (succeeded on the Avengers by ComicBook/{{Quasar}} and returning members She-Hulk, Black Panther, and Namor), and Gilgamesh soon was replaced by fellow Eternal Sersi.
** Although Onslaught doesn't kill ''all'' the Avengers, just an important number, the team broke up, and the ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} filled the void. The Avengers returned a year later.
** The Avengers break up in "Avengers Disasembled", and return as a small team in ''New Avengers'', which has a vastly different line-up (most of the "classic" members being off doing other things). The team broke up again during Comicbook/CivilWar, as the characters had conflicting views about the Registration act.
* BrieferThanTheyThink: Though many, including this article, place Hulk as a member of the "iconic lineup," he quit the team in the second issue, and outside of the occasional CrisisCrossover teamup, he only properly rejoined around ''Avengers Vs. X-Men'' (though the Avengers had never actually revoked his membership, Hulk just didn't want anything to do with them).
* ButtMonkey: Hank Pym, Hank Pym, [[RuleOfThree Hank Pym]]. The latter era runs did a good job trying to lift him from his ButtMonkey status, but then, [[http://i.imgur.com/VkgP17z.jpg THIS is the cover image of the final issue of ''Mighty Avengers'']].
** No worries, that was just CoversAlwaysLie.
* CallBack: During Gyrich's initial encounter with the Avengers, he tries to have Ms. Marvel fingerprinted. She tells the poor schmuck charged with this that if he tries, she'll rip his hand off. Many, ''many'' years later, during vol 3., Carol runs into the guy working at Project P.E.G.A.S.US., and reminds him of this fact, so that the Avengers can prove they are who they say they are.
* CardCarryingVillain: The Masters of ''Evil'', long-time recurring foes of the Avengers.
* CatGirl:
** Tigra is the team's woman/cat hybrid.
** Hellcat is another feline-themed heroine.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "AVENGERS ASSEMBLE" - so cool, it gets its own font.
* TheCameo: Devil Dinosaur briefly appears in an issue of Vol 4, which promptly turns into DeathByCameo when he suddenly explodes.
* TheChosenOne: Mantis [[spoiler:who is destined to be the Celestial Madonna, the future mother of a [[FauxSymbolism Celestial Messiah]].]]
* ChurchOfHappyology: The Triune Understanding was a {{Cult}} that harassed the Avengers and gave powers to the team member 3-D Man AKA Triathlon.
* CircusEpisode: The origin story of the formation of the team (''Avengers'' #1 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby) features the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk disguised as a clown and juggling animals for a circus audience. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Svl_4EsjG8A No, really.]]
* CivvieSpandex: The early 1990s "leather jackets" period.
* ClothingDamage: Averted in ''Avengers'' #252. Hercules is attacked by the Blood Brothers, counter-attacks and defeats them... but his skirt is damaged in the attack, leaving his godly attributes fully visible. The Scarlet Witch lends him her cape, to avoid further humilliation.
* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: Deathcry meets the Avengers this way. They had just destroyed Proctor's base, but were stranded on foot in the middle of the Andes, and chased by Kree Sentinels.
* ConflictBall: During Geoff Johns' run, Ant-Man and Jack of Hearts could barely get through a conversation without yelling at one another.
* ConquerorFromTheFuture: Kang the Conqueror, an invading warlord and ruler of the world in the distant future, has attempted to conquer the Earth in our modern time period. The Avengers have repeatedly thwarted his ambitions. And then there are his counterparts from different points in his timeline: [[IHaveManyNames Rama-Tut, the Scarlet Centurion, Immortus]]....
* ConspicuousGloves: Introduced in 1981's ''Avengers Annual'' # 10, Rogue wears gloves so as not to accidentally touch anyone, [[PoisonousPerson since touch with her skin causes her to absorb others' powers, often harming or potentially killing them]]. Case in point, Carol Danvers, whom Rogue manages to render comatose while damaging her memory at the same time.
* ContinuitySnarl: Kang's backstory.
* CoolPlane: The Quinjet.
* CorporateSponsoredSuperhero: Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, sponsors the Avengers through Stark Industries.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Check the cover of [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JJnpFfdw9HU/TnYga3oy4MI/AAAAAAAABR0/UL770KovqnU/s1600/avengers+123+mantis+libra+celestial+madonna.jpg Avengers 123]]. All three quotations are lies. First, Mantis was not protecting Libra: she wanted to kill him, and the others tried to stop her. Libra is not the most dangerous member of Zodiac (that would be either Tauro or Aries), he's just a blind man, who in fact had just ''saved'' the Avengers from his peer (long story). And Mantis was not the newest Avenger, she was just the girlfriend of the Swordsman, tuned into an avenger many issues later.
* {{Cult}}: A recurring group of enemies for the Avengers are the Zodiac, though in different incarnations / people in the role, they usually have this as their guise or true purpose.

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* DeadlyTrainingArea: They've got one, though it's far less deadly than [[ComicBook/XMen some other superhero training areas]].
* DefectorFromCommieLand: The Black Widow. Captain Marvel was a borderline case, since the Kree Empire he left was basically the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens space version]] of the Commies.
* DeusExMachina: The Avengers spent many issues trying to follow Captain Marvel, who had been kidnapped to another galaxy. Eventually they find her, ally with the Skrulls against Nebula, and gradually take down her defenses. And, when they are about to win... the Beyonder shows up to "help", and erases Nebula from existence.
* DieHardOnAnX: "Avengers: Under Siege"[[note]]Writeen in 1986 by Roger Stern, John Buscema and Tom Palmer; do not confuse it with ''ComicBook/{{Siege}}''[[/note]] is basically "''Film/DieHard'' in the Avengers Mansion"
* DisabilityImmunity: Hawkeye used a sonic arrow to make himself almost completely deaf but immune to sonic mind control.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Hank Pym used to smoke a pipe from time to time, before it became [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad PC]] not to smoke.
* DistressBall:
** Scarlet Witch and Wasp used to be held prisoner a lot in the 1960s.
** Hawkeye being captured by Norman Osborn was a plot point during ''Dark Reign''.
** It also happened to Captain America in the last story before ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen''.
* DistressCall: How the group first formed.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: In one issue, Giant Man accidentally smashes the meeting table while in his giant form.
* DownerEnding:
** "Vision Quest"
** "ComicBook/TheCrossing"
** "ComicBook/AvengersDisassembled"
** "Comicbook/CivilWar"
** "ComicBook/SecretInvasion"
** "ComicBook/TheKorvacSaga"
** "ComicBook/OperationGalacticStorm", about the Kree-Shi'ar War, ends with the Kree Supreme Intelligence detonating a nega-bomb and obliterating most of its own species in an attempt to jump start their evolution (which [[AllForNothing didn't work]]). Half of the Avengers were so disgusted with this that they executed him.
*** It goes into an even bigger downer than that: Iron Man's participation in this sparked his descent into evil and the start of ''The Crossing'', the aforementioned ContinuitySnarl of a crossover. Then it all feeds into Onslaught...
** West Coast Avengers/Avengers West Coast. Mockingbird is killed, Hawkeye leaves the team because he can't stand to go back to the compound without her, the team is disbanded and the remaining members quit after refusing to become reserve members of the east coast team.
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: The Scarlet Witch, the Sentry, Sersi and Moondragon. The Avengers fought against other heroes who were DrunkOnTheDarkSide in ''ComicBook/AvengersThunderbolts'' (Moonstone) and ''Avengers vs. X-Men'' (Cyclops).
* DynamicAkimbo: Not used as much their counterparts, the Comicbook/JusticeLeague, but usually, TheBigGuy on the team (Thor, Hercules, Wonder Man, etc.) will take this in contrast to the smaller and less imposing teammates. Cap also does it often, as the leader and most iconic of the group.
* DysfunctionJunction: More than a few lineups over the years, but ''especially'' Avengers Academy, teachers and students both.
** There's possibly [[UpToEleven more]] dysfunction between the Avengers then there is between the ComicBook/XMen. ''Yeah''. To be specific, while they don't always get along the X-Men still have a close family dynamic comparable to the ComicBook/FantasticFour, whereas the Avengers sometimes come off as a group of people who barely tolerate each other half the time.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Can you imagine Hulk costumed as a clown, with costume and make-up, making tricks to entertain the circus audience? (and no, he was not being mind-controlled). Not a "what if...?", not a dream, not an imaginary tale, not an alternate universe, not a parody by Sergio Aragones... Avengers #1, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. 'nuff said!
** The original design of Ares in the 1960s is also a bit laughable, if compared with the character we have seen those recent years.
* EarthShatteringPoster
* EvilCounterpart: A version shows up during Jonathan Hickman's run. It has Colonel America, Iron Monger (an evil Jarvis, who smothered infant Tony and has a worse armour than his), Thorr (whose hammer can only be carried by the ''unworthy''), Ant-Man, The Wasp, and a Hulk who has been lobotomised, and is controlled by Wasp. Apparently they ruled their world from a fortress, until an Incursion happened and they were dragged to the main universe (where Ant-Man quickly died).
* FaceHeelTurn: In ''Avengers: The Initiative,'' Hardball defects to the terrorist group Hydra; also, ComicBook/TheSentry deciding to join up with ComicBook/NormanOsborn's ComicBook/DarkAvengers.
* FantasyKitchenSink: {{Badass Normal}}s, {{Physical God}}s, Mutants, Aliens, {{Science Hero}}es (PoweredArmor optional), Wizards, [[ILoveNuclearPower Radiation Recipients]], Robots, etc. Since day one just about any lineup of more than four members had at ''least'' three of these archtypes on hand.
* FiveManBand: The original lineup:
** TheHero: Iron Man
** TheLancer: Thor
** TheBigGuy: Hulk
** TheSmartGuy: Ant-Man
** TheChick: Wasp
*** And, let's not forget the SixthRanger, Captain America, who later became the Hero as Iron Man became the Lancer and Thor replaced Hulk as the Big Guy.
** The Initiative's first wave of recruits had its own Band
*** TheHero: MVP
*** TheLancer: Hardball
*** TheBigGuy: Komodo and Armory
*** TheSmartGuy: Trauma
*** TheChick: Cloud 9.
*** [[spoiler:MVP is accidentally killed by Armory in the first issue; Armory is then sent to a psychiatric hospital after having the source of her powers removed. When the remaining cadets graduate, they're all sent to different teams.]]
** The ''New Avengers'' lineup from the first arc:
*** TheHero: ComicBook/CaptainAmerica
*** TheLancer: Comicbook/IronMan
*** TheSmartGuy: Spider-Man
*** TheBigGuy: Luke Cage
*** TheChick: Spider-Woman
*** The SixthRanger: {{Wolverine}}
** Listing the different Five Man Bands [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters could take all day]].
* {{Flanderization}}: In Ultron's origin story, he attempted to kill his creator, Hank Pym, while referring to him as "father"; this prompted Pym to remark that the robot had developed an OedipusComplex. Later writers took that connection and ran with it, having Ultron attempt to turn Pym's wife, the Wasp (his "mother"), into a robot bride named [[Theatre/OedipusTheKing Jocasta]], and at one point he was reduced to a talking head being carried by a robot offspring named Antigone, after Oedipus's daughter who took care of him after his blinding. Ultron's {{retool}} in ''Mighty Avengers'' had him actually take the Wasp's likeness.
** Another Ultron (number 12) was peaceful and loved his "father". Jocasta and Pym started dating (yes, people have pointed out in comic she's more or less dating her grandfather... which she sees as dating ''GOD'') and the current Ultron is an EvilOverlord with a (bigger) god complex. The Pym family is ''weird''...
* FlyingBrick: Thor, Iron Man, Wonder Man, Ms. Marvel, [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]], The Sentry, the Blue Marvel.
* FlyingFirepower: Firebird (reserve Avenger, briefly an active member of the West Coast Avengers) uses her pyrokinesis to fly.
* FogFeet: Veil from ''Comicbook/AvengersAcademy''.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Warlock #11, in the 1970s. Trying to prevent himself from turning into the Magus, Warlock (with Thanos' help) uses a time probe to go some months into the future. He finds his future self in some destroyed sci-fi setting, dying among the remains. The dying Warlock is fully aware of what is his younger self about to do: capture his soul with the soul gem. He is completely bitter and cynical, and ready to die. "''[[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-19yt71Nt_DI/UJbWdb_pneI/AAAAAAAADTY/udSmH6BR8wc/s1600/welcome+its+end.jpg Short time? You fool, it's been an eternity. During that time, everything I've ever cared for or accomplished has fallen into ruin! Everyone I've ever loved now lies dead! My life has been a failure! I welcome it's end!]]''" Warlock captures his future self's soul, and returns to the present. You asked about the Avengers? Oh, well, the Avengers, Warlock and Captain Marvel fought against Thanos' armada in ''Avengers Annual #7''. His main ship was actually a decoy, so Warlock and Marvel left the Avengers and foght Thanos at his real ship. And, after the battle... [[http://www.soundonsight.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/StrangeDeathofWarlock.png exactly the same thing happened]].
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: "ComicBook/CapsKookyQuartet", aka the second lineup: Cap was choleric, Hawkeye sanguine, Quicksilver melancholic, and Scarlet Witch phlegmatic.
* FugitiveArc: Happens to half of the Avengers members following Marvel's ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' storyline. With the SuperRegistrationAct in effect, the team members that rebelled against the law are forced to go underground and remain on the run. First from ComicBook/IronMan's regime and then from ComicBook/{{Norman Osborn}}'s.
* FullyAbsorbedFinale: The first ''Spider-Woman series'', ending with her apparent death, was resolved in ''The Avengers'' #239-242 with Jessica Drew losing her powers in order to help the Avengers beat Morgaine [=LeFey=].
* GenerationXerox: The Young Avengers Stature, Iron Lad, and Vision (not quite the "same" Vision... well, long story) reenacted the weird LoveTriangle of the Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Wonder Man.
* TheGoodCaptain: Captain America, Captain Marvel, Captain Britain.
* GravityMaster: Graviton, one of the Avengers most formidable foes, has the ability to create and manipulate fields of gravitational force.
* HeelFaceTurn: Quite a few of these. Hawkeye, Black Widow, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Wonder Man, the Swordsman, the Sandman, Rage, the second Living Laser, [=USAgent=] (back when he replaced Steve Rogers as Captain America), [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]], and the Vision all started off as villains.
* HeroDoesPublicService: In "The Search for She-Hulk" Shulkie is eventually found helping repair a community devastated by one of [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk her cousin's]] rampages.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Cap and Iron Man, though following ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' they went through a bit of a rough patch that put them in VitriolicBestBuds territory. Tony even voiced his concern about working with Steve when the Avengers reformed following the Siege of Asgard, but relented when he learned that it wouldn't be Steve who'd coordinate the team, but Tony's ''Civil War''-time [[TheLancer Lancer]] Maria Hill. Their friendship's since gotten back on track.
** Hawkeye and Hank Pym, [[FanDiscontinuity ignoring Chuck Austen's attempts to derail the duo]].
** Wonder Man and the Beast. Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Spider-Woman and Ms. Marvel.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The fifth Lethal Legion, four spirits taken from Hell by Satannish. They are Axe of Violence, Cyana, Zyklon and Cold Steel (who wanted the name "[[{{Superman}} Man of Steel]]", but unfortunately [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall it was already taken]]). As the story advances, we are informed that those villains were actually Lizzie Borden, Lucrezia Borgia, Heinrich Himmler and Joseph Stalin, turned into supervillains (or, more exactly, receiving superpowers). No CommieNazis: Zyklon and Cold Steel tried to kill each other when they recognized the other; they only worked together because Satanish forces them to. No afterlife for them, not even in hell: they [[CessationOfExistence ceased to exist]] during the fight of Satannish and Mephisto.
** The Hate-Monger is a subversion, as he's a clone of Hitler, not the real deal (and he's historically an enemy of the ComicBook/FantasticFour anyway).
* HollywoodHypeMachine: Rob Liefield's run, the ''ComicBook/HeroesReborn'' thing, received all the hype, as finally the Avengers get updated for the nineties! They thought that the audience would rejoice, but there were ChirpingCrickets instead. Liefield was allowed to reboot the Avengers in a UltimateUniverse, with complete freedom, for some initial 12 issues that may be renewed later. It was so disastrous that he was fired after just 6 issues.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Giant-Man and The Wasp in what may be the biggest example available. Pym growing up to skyscraper height and Wasp dropping down to only a few inches tall.
* IdiotBall: The "Carol Danvers starts drinking" storyline has Iron Man holding a big one - despite Carol being a ''very'' bad-tempered drunk (not something you want a FlyingBrick to be), he refuses to speak up even as she repeatedly drinks on duty, and lashes out at everyone and everything, because he feels it's "not [his] place" to say anything.
* IHaveManyNames:
** Hank Pym, aka Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, Wasp, and now Giant-Man again.
** Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, Goliath, Ronin ...
** Carol Danvers, aka Ms Marvel, Binary, Warbird, Captain Marvel.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Komodo. The suggestion of having her powers removed causes her to break down in tears.
* InternalHomage: the Gatherers included the Coal Tiger, an alternate T'Challa from an ExpendableAlternateUniverse. That is actually one of the names that Lee and Kirby considered when they were first creating the Black Panther.
* InterruptedCooldownHug: Happens to the Hulk himself when fighting the Avengers, but also a recurring theme with arch-villain Ultron as his "extended family" among the Avengers. Subverted in "Ultron Unlimited" when Ultron betrays the cooldown hug-administering Vision before the cavalry comes charging in.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Hawkeye, when [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Henry Peter Gyrich]] imposes an Avengers line-up that removes him, in favor of the Falcon. ''Several'' Avengers were removed from the team (basically all the former Avengers, still present because of ComicBook/TheKorvacSaga, and regulars Wonder Man and Yellowjacket), but Hawkeye took it personally.
* IWorkAlone: Way back during the 70s, Daredevil was offered membership, and gave this response. Spider-Man tended to do the same, up until ''New Avengers''.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Proctor (a Dane Whitman of an alternate reality) gives a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the Black Knight, pointing out how he escapes from problems instead of dealing with them: his relationship with Sersi, and the Ebony Sword. When Proctor was finally defeated, Sersi (who became TooPowerfulToLive and DrunkWithPower) receives a gift from a dying Watcher: [[PutOnABus a portal to another reality]], where she would be free of her madness. The Black Knight points out that Proctor was right, and departs with Sersi.
* KillerRobot:
** Ultron, a long time Avengers foe, consumed with a desire to KillAllHumans.
** Alkema, another robot made by Ultron, is also of this type
** The first villain of Hickman's run is an Aleph, an aeon-old robot designed to sterilise worlds. Later on, several more show up, along with their owners.
* LargeHam: Lord Pagan. Only speaks with EvilGloating, and EmphasizeEverything with capital letters and unneeded bolded words. '''DID YOU HEAR THE TROPER, [[PunyEarthlings PUNY MORTAL]]?''' '''''LORD PAGAN [[EmphasizeEverything EMPHASIZES EVERYTHING]]!!!!'''''
* LateArrivalSpoiler
** Wonder Man dies at the end of his first adventure with the Avengers. And, many years later, he would return.
** The events taking place in ComicBook/AvengersDisassembled were caused by the Scarlet Witch.
** Iron Man won the ''ComicBook/CivilWar''.
** Yellowjacket did not kill Henry Pym, he ''is'' Henry Pym. That's also the reason why the Wasp was getting married with a complete stranger who claimed to have killed her boyfriend.
** The relation between Hawkeye and the mobster Barney Barton? He is his brother. You may have suspected it earlier if the writer had ever revealed before that Hawkeye's real name was Clint Barton.
* LetsYouAndHimFight:
** When the Vision is considered for membership, the team wonder about his full-range of capabilities. So Cap decides to attack him in order to see. When the Vision predictably defends himself, Iron Man and Thor leap in as well. Hank Pym quickly tells them to knock it off.
** In the first year of Busiek's run, the Avengers fight the Squadron Supreme more than once, with one instance being the Squadron thinking the Avengers are imposters, and refuse to listen to reason.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Pretty much every single Marvel hero who is not an X-Man, except for Wolverine and the Beast, has been an Avenger at some point.
** This is starting to be less and less the case, as far as X-Men not being Avengers are concerned. Beast and Wolverine may have been the first two X-Men to join, but just in the last year alone, we've had Havok, Rogue, Sunspot, Cannonball, and even Sunfire join up, and Storm was also a member for a brief time. (Sunfire was only counted as an X-Man for one mission, but that technically still counts.) That makes for a total of ''8'' X-Men to have joined the Avengers, (9 if you count Namor, who first joined the Avengers for a few stints, then joined the X-Men much later,) so the line between X-Man and Avenger is steadily becoming thinner and thinner. It's quite possible that these X-Men that have already joined won't be the last to join the Avengers. Justified because Cap ''finally'' realized, following ''[=AvX=]'', that the Avengers could, and should, do more for the mutant community (the whole thing with questions like "where were the Avengers when the Sentinels razed Genosha?"). Hence the joint team informally called Uncanny Avengers.
** It's more guaranteed to go the other way: Namor was an Avenger before his current tenure with the X-Men.
** Longtime solo player Daredevil eventually joined the New Avengers in 2011. Out of the well-known heroes who don't fit the previous categories (remembering that SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} is more closely associated to the X-Men, being an X-Force member and all), only Comicbook/ThePunisher remains unaffiliated, but considering it's [[KnightTemplar the Punisher]] we're talking about...
** Actually becomes a plot point early on in Kurt Busiek's run, when the Avengers have ''thirty-six'' active members around, and can't even stop Whirlwind robbing a bank without tripping over each other. This is what prompts Cap and Iron Man to consider reducing them to a more manageable level.
* LookMaNoPlane: A 1970s-era comic has the title heroes engaged in a battle against ComicBook/{{Thanos}}' starfleet. Most of the heroes fly around in small, vaguely ''Franchise/StarWars''-ian ships, but Thor flies around smashing apart enemy ships under his own power!
* LoveDodecahedron: The nineties team. Where to begin? Quicksilver and Crystal were having a crisis, and on the verge of breaking up. Crystal likes the Black Knight, but Sersi also likes him, and is a lot more dominant. She even took it as far as to make him his "Gann Josin", her husband under Eternal laws, with a mind link (even if Dane [[ShotgunWedding had never accepted that, or even be asked]]). But Sersi is stalked by Proctor, a scorned Black Knight from an alternate reality dumped by his local Sersi and who kills all the Sersis of the multiverse. He works with the Gatherers, other Avengers rescued from alternate realities, and loves one of those, Magdalena. But Magdalena loves her fellow gatherer the Swordsman, who reminds her of her late husband, the Swordsman of her own reality (note that the Swordsman of the main reality is still dead amid all this). Hércules, famed womanizer, falls in real love with Taylor Madison, a shy girl who thinks that she's about to die and does not dare to get engaged. The Black Widow starts to have a crush on Captain America. If you thought that the Vision, turned into an emotionless machine, would be spared from all this, think again. First he is kidnapped and replaced by an alternate Vision, who is a pervert that almost ruined Proctor's plans by trying to rape Crystal. The real Vision gets back, but he's so confused by everyone's emotional crises that he wants to retrieve his lost emotions and be capable to love the Scarlet Witch again. But before that, he must get rid of that annoying Deathbird, who makes it her life goal to seduce the all-logical Vision. Better than a Mexican telenovela, right?
* LukeIAmYourFather: The Zodiac sent some traitors within their ranks to space, in a house that was actually a rocket... and, by a random chance, the Avengers were sent with them. However, Libra betrayed his team and rescued the Avengers. Why? Because he thought that Mantis was among them, and she's his daughter.
* MasterSwordsman: The Swordsman, duh.
* MechanicalEvolution: Often invoked by Ultron's appearances.
* TheMole: Evil, shapeshifting Skrulls impersonated scads of heroes during the ''Secret Invasion'' storyline - and even before!
* MoleInCharge: In one storyline, the ComicBook/RedSkull becomes the Secretary of Defense.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: InUniverse, during the fight between Hercules and Tifon, at the end of his first time as an Avenger. Tifon buried him in a landslide, and Hawkeye attacked, commenting that if Hercules can get out from all those rocks, he will be his favourite hero. Tifon gets an explosive arrow in the face, and heads to fight the mortal warriors once more, but at that moment, in a massive display of power... ah, how did you guess it? Yes! Hercules is still kickin' ass!
* MonsterModesty: [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing]], [[ComicBook/AlphaFlight Marrina]], ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, and [[ComicBook/XMen Beast]] were all members at one point or another.
** Well, they ''are'' all intelligent enough to keep their modesty... Maybe even the Hulk. And Marrina and Hank aren't so big as to not find clothes that fit them.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Gorgon appears at the Avengers mansion to take them to the wedding of Quicksilver and Crystal, only to realize that (contrary to promises) Quicksilver had not invited them. He begins to kick the floor in anger, as Mantis requests he not destroy their house. The Scarlet Witch corrects her: the Avengers house, she's no Avenger, she was there just as a courtesy to her boyfriend the Swordsman (who was an Avenger). Sounds mean? Well, have in mind that in that time Mantis was trying to seduce the Vision and make him leave the Scarlet Witch for her... so Wanda was actually being polite.
* MyOwnGrampa: Marcus Immortus is his own father. Initially a son of Immortus, he could not leave Limbo the conventional way without disrupting the timeline, so he abducted Ms. Marvel, seduced her, and impregnated her... arranging things so that the baby (who grew at a fantastic speed, all pregnancy in a pair of days, and from baby to young adult in hours) was Marcus himself.
* {{Narm}}: InUniverse, when the Enchantress wanted to use the late Zemo's machines on Zemo's mook, Erik Josten. He had no problems to go along with it, as long as she did not give him a corny name such as "Wonder Man", the previous guy. She called him "Power Man", and he protested: that name is even more corny than the other, but what the hell...
* NeverLiveItDown:
** Invoked in-universe, ''everyone'' is suspicious of Spider-Woman, because [[ParanoiaFuel they think she is still the Skrull Queen - even after Norman Osborn vehemently ''shot her in the face to death'']].
*** [[MemeticMutation The queen was a skrull!!!]]
** Who could forget Hank Pym who slapped his wife just once, while he was having a (possibly phlebotinum-fueled) mental breakdown. Which only happened because of a miscommunication between writer and artist. It's not for nothing that this incident was used as the trope image.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain:
** Nice job, Loki. If not for you, the Avengers would have not existed.
** He also deliberately causes the formation of Hank Pym's Mighty Avengers, disguised as the Scarlet Witch. By the time he starts to manipulate events to form a new Young Avengers team, he's referring to getting Avengers together as "Loki's greatest hit".
** Morgana Le Fay's actions cause the Avengers to reform after ''Heroes Return'', and as an added bonus, brings Wonder Man part-way back to life. Later on, the Grim Reaper's attempt at getting revenge on the Avengers yet again allows Simon to come ''all'' the way back to life.
* NinetiesAntiHero: Force Works.
* NotGoodWithRejection: Mantis declares her love to the Vision, but he mantains his love for the Scarlet Witch, and tells her to be JustFriends. Her despair is so great that, several centuries in the future, Kang detects it, and finally identifies her as the elusive Celestial Madonna.
* NoTrueScotsman: All the Avengers have high standards of superheroism, and "Once an Avenger, always an Avenger"... except for the [[ComicBook/DarkReign Dark Avengers]].
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Henry Peter Gyrich, '''''the''''' Obstructive Bureaucrat of the Marvel Universe, was first introduced in this title. How awful is he? ''Captain America'' can't stand the man. Except during Geoff Johns' run, where he TookALevelInKindness.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Most people think that Spider-man only joined up in 2004, when Bendis took over the franchise and radically changed the direction of the series. The truth is that Spidey's been a member been since 1991, and while he may have initially joined only as a reservist, he wasn't the first. Black Knight and Black Widow followed much the same path, starting out as reservists before joining full time decades later, and Spidey followed suit. But when most people think of when Spidey joined the Avengers, 2004's New Avengers is what they tend to point to.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Hank Pym is an expert in many scientific disciplines. In fact, the depth of his scientific knowledge has earned him the title of "Scientist Supreme" from Eternity, [[AnthropomorphicPersonification the living embodiment]] of the universe's {{life energy}}... until it's later revealed to have been either a hallucination or Loki in disguise.
* OpeningACanOfClones: The Gatherers, a group of Avengers from alternate realities, who could hunt alternate Avengers at will.
* ParodyReligion: The [[ChurchOfHappyology Triune Understanding]].
* PerformerGuise: In the first (1963) issue, the Hulk is hiding out as a clownfaced circus strongman/robot.
* ProdigalHero: The first story arc of Hercules. He was banished from the Olympus for a year by Zeus, and stayed with the Avengers. When the year passed, he returned... and had to save the Greek Gods from their exile in a shadow dimension arranged by the titan Tifon.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Thor, Hercules.

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* RagtagBandOfMisfits: Many, many a team. It's not uncommon for a team to fall apart and a major crisis to come about to force a new team to be built. Among the notable were Cap's Kooky Quartet, with Captain America suddenly having a team of HeelFaceTurn adventurers on his hands when the other Avengers decided it was break time, and the original New Avengers, who formed due to the breakout at the Raft.
* RealityEnsues: During vol 3, Morgana Le Fay uses her powers to re-write reality so she's in charge. The Reality Ensues part kicks in when being in charge means she has to actually be ''in charge'', and deal with matters of state, as Mordred keeps pointing out.
* TheRealRemingtonSteele: The "Ronin" identity.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Henry Pym has: discovered Pym Particles, sub-atomic particles which can cause anything to shrink or grow (with an attendant increase in mass); created devices which allows communication with insects; and invented a device which converts thoughts into radio waves for transmission. Any of these scientific achievements would change the world. Pym uses them to pursue his passion of being a costumed adventurer. Talk about useless...
* TheRemnant: The Supreme Inteligence of the Kree destroyed his own Empire with a Nega-Bomb, and the Avengers executed him for that. Still, a small group of Krees, called the "Lunar Legion" (because they set their base on the blue area of the moon) blame the Avengers for the destruction of their Empire and their beloved Supreme Inteligence, and try to kill them.
* TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised: The first series "Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D." had the recurring mystery of the identity of the villain Scorpio. Nick Fury once unmasked him, but just cried out "You!"; readers were still left in the dark. The series was cancelled, without closure for the Scorpio thing, and Nick Fury was killed. Then, Roy Thomas tied up the loose ends in the Avengers: Skorpio was Jake Fury, Nick's brother. Nick took up the Scorpio identity and, taking advantage of his supposed death (the Nick who was shot was [[ActuallyADoombot actually a LMD]]) he infiltrated the Zodiac, to destroy them from within.
* RetGone: The 1950s team of Avengers, shown to have been wiped out when Immortus destroyed their timeline in ''Avengers Forever''. They were later "resurrected" in 616 canon as the ComicBook/AgentsOfAtlas.
* {{Revision}}: Baron Heinrich Zemo was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in Avengers 4, and retroactively treated as Captain America's archnemesis during World War II. Readers may get the wrong idea by the stories, but Zemo was not created during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks. And the famous story of the plane where Bucky "died" and Captain America fell to the ocean and froze, was not Captain America's finale retconned as NotQuiteDead, but a plot created by Lee and Kirby when they brought him back.
* RevisitingTheRoots: During the nineties, there were some attempts to fit the Avengers into UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. The Wasp turned into a freak monster, Iron Man a time displaced freak, many members with leather jackets, a X-Men tone, Deathcry... the fandom did not rejoice. Marvel tried to fix it with ComicBook/HeroesReborn: it was like trying to extinguish the fire with oil. Finally, the Avengers became once more a viable comic book with Kurt Busiek and George Perez, who took a "back to the roots" angle and ignored the nineties stuff.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Team members Vision, [[FemBot Jocasta]], and [[DoAnythingRobot Machine Man]]. Vision probably comes the closest of all, as a synthezoid. His body is an exact replica of a human's, just made of machinery.
** Jim Hammond, aka [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks the Golden Age]] Human Torch, was a member of the WestCoastTeam for a short time.
* RobotClown: The very first issue of the very first series offers an extremely weird example of this trope, with ComicBook/TheHulk disguising himself as a robot in clown makeup.
* RoboticSpouse: The Vision, who happens to be a "[[RidiculouslyHumanRobots synthezoid]]", married the Scarlet Witch.
* RousingSpeech: Captain America is good at these. Vol 3. has him unleash one on the Avengers, who've been brainwashed by Morgana Le Fay. It manages to snap some of them out of it instantly, and would've worked on ''everyone'', were it not for Namor's crappy temper.
* RuleOfCool: The Avengers do not have that name because of actually avenging anyone. Sometimes they mention that they have to "earn their title", some adaptions or alternate versions provide a figure to avenge in their origin story; but in the original story by Lee and Kirby, the Wasp proposed the name simply because it was cool, the Hulk liked it, and that was that.
* ScienceHero: Iron Man and Hank Pym are both prone to using their scientific/technological acumen against a threat when brute force proves insufficient.
** And there's absolutely no shortage of scientists when you look at the team's history
* ShotgunWedding: The Eternals visit the Avengers, and Sersi tells Ikaris not to threaten the Black Knight, because she wants him to be her "Gann Josin". Meaning, her husband under Eternal laws, and that includes a permanent telephatic link between them, so both shared the other's thoughts as in a single mind. Angered by his discussion with the Avengers, Ikaris turns the Black Knight into Sersi's Gann Josin right away. And the Black Knight? Fine, thanks for asking. Nobody ever ''asked'' him if he wanted that, and he certainly didn't.
* {{Sidekick}}: Rick Jones, honorary member and sidekick of The Hulk, Captain America, and Captain Marvel. The Wasp began as a sidekick of Giant Man, and in time grew as a standalone character.
* {{Sizeshifter}}: Ant-Man (all three of them) and The Wasp, Hawkeye as Goliath, and Stature of the Young Avengers.
* SociopathicHero: Norman Osborn, at least in the eyes of the civilians of the MU, as he runs the Dark Avengers.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: The ending of Avengers 61. Please don't try to summon Asgardian demons at home.
* SpinOffspring: The ComicBook/YoungAvengers. Subverted in that most of them aren't the Avengers' children.
* SpotTheImposter: Basically the plot of ''Secret Invasion.''
** And the second issue ever.
* TheSquire: The Black Knight ends up with one for a time, when he rescues young Irish orphan Sean Dolan and takes him under his wing. Then it goes incredibly wrong when Sean draws the Ebony Blade to defend Whitman's family castle and is transformed by the curse into the monstrous Bloodwraith. Though Whitman eventually recovered the sword via unknown means, he implies in ''ComicBook/CaptainBritainAndMI13'' that Sean's still trapped by the curse.
* StalkerWithACrush: Whirlwind to the Wasp, going as far as to be her chauffeur to be near her. In ''Avengers Academy'', he attacks the young heroes and Hank Pym for letting the Wasp die in ''Secret Invasion''.
* StaringDownCthulhu: The team confronted the threat of the [[EldritchAbomination Elder God]] Chthon on Wundagore Mountain.
** Though it's really sometimes a matter of perspective. Last time it happened, he was possessing Quicksilver's body.
* StatusQuoIsGod: During Geoff Johns' run, the Red Skull infiltrates the U.S. government and manages to unleash a biological weapon that spreads across several states, killing thousands. The consequences of this horrific and unequalled terror attack? Nothing. No-one ever mentions it again.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: Jack of Hearts, true name Jack Hart.
* StrangeSyntaxSpeaker: The Mephistoid, from an alien race enemy of the Shi'Ar, seen in the 1990s. Like Yoda, to speak he likes. In a strange order, the words he says.
* SuicideDare: D-list villain Whirlwind verbally demoralized Hank Pym to the point that Hank put a gun to his head in a once-controversial ''West Coast Avengers'' storyline. Only another superhero interrupting Hank prevented it from being a successful attempt.
* SuperHero
* SuperHeroGods: Team members Thor, Hercules, and Comicbook/{{Ares}} all claim to be actual mythological deities. Which, in the Marvel Universe, they ''are''.
* SuperTeam: Marvel's primary answer to DC's Justice League of America.
* SurferDude: Mettle, before his recruitment into the Initiative/Avengers Academy, also making him one of the few ethnically Hawaiian superheroes.
* TakingTheBullet: Kang the Conqueror had a crush on the princess Ravonna, who rejected him. He gave her an alternative: get married with him by free will, or he would unleash all of his XXX century armies against her puny state, and crush it like an anthill. She still resisted, so Kang gave the order to attack, and the war was over in less than 2 pages. But there was a problem: Kang lieutenants wanted to execute Ravonna, as they did with all defeated royals, and attempted a coup against him. And so, Kang fought against his own army, to save Ravonna's life, and liberated her state. As the Avengers were being returned to the XX century, Baltag got free and shot Kang... but Ravonna, who finally fell in love with him, took the bullet to save him. And for a couple of years, [[BolivianArmyEnding the Avengers and the readers would be left with the doubt of Ravonna's ultimate fate, if she died saving Kang or not]].
* TangledFamilyTree: Ultron. No, seriously. You've got his "father" Hank Pym, Pym's wife Janet, his bride Jocasta based on Janet's brain patterns, his bride Alkhema based on Mockingbird's brain patterns, his "son" Vision, Vision's wife the ComicBook/ScarletWitch (and her brother ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}), Quicksilver's ex-wife [[ComicBook/TheInhumans Crystal, and their daughter Luna]], Vision's brother-by-way-of-once-being-the-same-guy the original Human Torch, Vision's brother-by-way-of-copied-brain-patterns Wonder Man, Wonder Man's brother the Grim Reaper, Mockingbird and her husband Hawkeye, and Ultron's second son Victor Mancha. Ultron actually calls this entire group his family. Vision was later brought back but with the mental imprint of Iron Lad aka Kang the Conqueror and is currently dating Ant Man's daughter. Everyone is also a part of the [[{{Comicbook/Cyclops}} Summers]] Family Tree. (Vision -> Vision II -> Iron Lad -> Kang -> Mr. Fantastic -> Franklin Richards -> Hyperstorm -> Rachel Summers -> Cyclops).
* ThouShaltNotKill: ''Usually'' played straight. However, the Avengers recognize that the rules are different in times of war. And when they say war, they mean actual ''war'', such as ComicBook/{{Thanos}} invading with a massive space fleet, or Kang bringing in his army from the future to conquer the whole planet. Even then, however, they take it very seriously; after defeating Kang, for example, [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Warbird]] requested an official inquiry into ''her own'' actions, to see if they thought she had gone too far at one point. They decided she hadn't, but gave it the full consideration she requested.
** Hawkeye's always hated killing, although he has undergone character development from the time when he objected to his wife letting the man who raped her die; he now accepts that others can and will kill, but refuses to do so himself.
** Averted in ''New Avengers'', where {{Wolverine}} is recruited to the team specifically because he will cross a line they won't.
* TimeCrash: The beginning of vol 4 centers around one caused by Kang, who keeps picking a fight with a version of Ultron who's taken over the world, but keeps losing, going back in time to try again, and still loses.
* TimeMachine: Kang the Conqueror uses various machines to travel through time and conquer various periods in time, stopped only in our own due to the efforts of the Avengers.
* TimeMaster: Immortus, whose motives have always been a mystery to the Avengers. On several occasions he has worked to aid them in crucial times of need; on others he is trying to destroy them. [[spoiler:According to ''Avengers Forever'' he has been engaged in a millennia long GambitRoulette at the behest of his masters, the Time-Keepers.]]
* TokenMinority: Comicbook/TheFalcon resigned because he felt he had been recruited due to affirmative action - which he was - but he was the second Avenger of African descent (the first was Black Panther, who couldn't be with the team full-time because it conflicts with his duties as King of Wakanda). There were echoes of this when Triathlon (now named 3-D Man) was forced onto the team.
** In a humorously ironic twist, the Falcon was used as the token minority member in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'', and ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble''.
** Triatholon was a two-for token, being of African descent, as well as being a member of the [[ChurchOfHappyology Triune Understanding]], the new cult that was responsible for the Avengers getting a lot of bad press at the time.
* TornadoMove: Whirlwind is an old villain who, as the name implies, can generate whirlwinds by spinning around. Sometimes, he can simply launch them or ride on top of them while his upper body remains stationary.
* TrickArrow: Hawkeye, long time resident bowman.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Norman Osborn as director of H.A.M.M.E.R. (formerly S.H.I.E.L.D.) counted as this for the entire Marvel universe.
** Maria Hill, but to a lesser extent.
* UnexpectedCharacter: Depending on the era of the team, the Avengers can consist of nothing but Marvel's biggest guns or an entire roster of C-List fodder. Whenever it's at either of those two extremes, the way a writer may try to shake things up is by adding characters from the opposite end of the hierarchy. For example, the unknown Black Panther replacing Captain America in the 60s was considered a surprise, while Captain America re-joining the team in the 90s was equally a shock. And it's always a surprise when characters associated with other teams or "franchises" join (Justice and Firestar from ''Comicbook/NewWarriors'', Beast and Wolverine from the ''Comicbook/XMen'', or Comicbook/SpiderMan).
* UnlimitedWardrobe: The original Wasp, Janet van Dyne, has worn dozens of different costumes over the years. While this was originally just a joke based on her Chick personality, it was later justified as being a side perk of being a fashion designer, since she could make them all herself.
** And despite being a female superhero with so many costumes, the vast majority are ''not'' {{Stripperiffic}}.
** How many are actually ''different'' costumes, and how many are just drawing/coloring continuity errors is questionable, but still, ''[[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ffl-9020T0A/T7cFhxUfKwI/AAAAAAAAQIc/KIGwZPmM28E/s1600/wasp-costumes-456-SecretInvasionRequiem1.jpg Damn.]]''
* VillainTeamUp: The Masters of Evil, The Lethal Legion, and well, the Thunderbolts.
* WeCanRebuildHim:
** Yelena Belova, the second Black Widow. [[spoiler:After receiving crippling injuries, she was made into the new Super-Adaptoid.]]
** Also the Vision (the original), in the run-up to ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen''.
* WestCoastTeam: West Coast Avengers; co-{{Trope Namer|s}} with the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''' "Titans West".
* WhamEpisode: Avengers # 16. All the original Avengers decide to take leaves of absence, leaving Captain America in charge of a completely new team of reformed villains: Hawkeye, the ComicBook/ScarletWitch and Quicksilver.
** Avengers vol. 3, #49. Kang [[spoiler:drops a futuristic nuclear bomb on Washington. Earth surrenders.]]
** ''Comicbook/AvengersDisassembled''.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Operation Galactic Storm is an in-story example with the execution of the Supreme Intelligence.
** Another in-story example occurs in issue 200, when a being from Limbo named Marcus impregnates Ms. Marvel with himself to properly incarnate on Earth. The Avengers show more excitement for the baby than concern for Carol, even when she has clear angst about the whole situation. Things get worse when Marcus manipulates Carol into falling in love with him, and the Avengers did nothing to stop it. At the end of the issue, when Marcus decides to return to Limbo, Carol seems compelled to join him, and the best the Avengers could do is Iron Man asking her if she knows what she's doing. She leaves, and all the Avengers could do is hope things work out well for her. Of course, when Carol returned in the 1981 annual, she expresses disappointment in how the Avengers handled the whole thing.
* WithAFootOnTheBus: Issues #183 and #184. Instead of seeking revenge, the Absorbing Man tried to take a ship to South America. There are no super heroes in there (at least, not many ones), and he could be a jerk without any interference. Bad luck: he was a jerk with Hawkeye in his civilian identity when he waited at the port. This made the Avengers come after him, and by the time he got rid of them, the ship had already left.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Scarlet Witch and Iron Man. The former from having merged with an alien power source which was taking orders from Doctor Doom and the latter, when he was appointed by the US Government to oversee forced registration of the super-hero community, which led Tony to do crazy morally unethical and downright illegal crap.
** Sentry, full stop.
* WolverinePublicity: Guess who happened to be on not one, but two Avengers teams at the same time at one point.
** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint ...Spider-Man?]]
*** It's even lampshaded when Logan jokingly points out that the only way he could possibly be on as many teams is if he were a Skrull.
*** Lampshaded again. When Spider-Man and Wolverine finally resigned from the main Avengers team (they stayed with the New Avengers, though), Wolverine claimed it was time to leave since the Avengers already had a new mutant (Storm) and spider-themed hero (Spider-Woman).
*** It's even possible that them having been drafted to the original New Avengers gave the team the highest visibility in quite some time before the movie (especially considering how much their ranks were filled with second-stringers in the 80's and 90's).
* WomanScorned: Proctor is a [[GenderInvertedTrope gender-inverted example]]. In his alternate reality, he got married to Sersi, and shared a PsychicLink with her. However, she eventually lost interest in him, and left him to have fun elsewhere. Proctor got mad from her rejection, retrieved the cursed Ebony Sword and killed her with it, and not having enough with that, he started to kill all the Sersis from all alternate universes.
* WorkingWithTheEx: Ant Man and The Wasp, to the point where this is almost what the two are most famous for.
** Also Hawkeye and Mockingbird, Scarlet Witch and Vision. And that's only the couples known for their long-term relationships.
* WrittenByTheWinners: Once upon a time, the Shi'Ar were almost destroyed by the Mephitisoids, an AlwaysChaoticEvil race with CompellingVoice. But, in their darkest hour, T'Kyll Alabar managed to inspire bravery in the Shi'Ar troops, who fought with renewed strength and managed to turn the tide of the war and win. The Mephitisoid leader was sentenced to roam the space in a SleeperStarship, alongside the hero that defeated him. LegendFadesToMyth, until the day the ship crashed on Earth. Alabar, the living legend, explained to the Shi'Ar Deathcry that it was all Shi'Ar propaganda, that the reviled Mephitisoids were actually [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters noble aliens defending their homeland from an invading Empire]]. And the Vision figured out something else as well. Legend says that Alabar inspired bravery on the soldiers all by himself, but does not mention [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt how did he do it]]. [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide It would be better to forget that little detail]]...
* XanatosGambit: Subverted in the first X-Men crossover, back in the days of Roy Thomas. Magneto boasted that he had calculated everything, that he was ready for all possible outcomes. Then, the Avengers defeated the mind-controlled X-Men. Toad asked, now what? Which is the plan for this specific scenario? None. No plan. From then on, Magneto's whole business in the island began to fall to pieces.
* YouTasteDelicious: Whirlwind once licked an unconscious Wasp, making this instance one of the male-pervert inversion variety.
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