History Comicbook / Irredeemable

7th Feb '16 4:00:09 PM timotaka
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* ShoutOut: Tony's tragic childhood is a shout-out to ''Literature/ItsAGoodLife''. {{Lampshaded}} by Hornet.
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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut: ** Tony's tragic childhood is a shout-out to ''Literature/ItsAGoodLife''. {{Lampshaded}} by Hornet.Hornet. ** At one point Volt quips: [[{{ComicBook/Static}} "Surprise, I'm a black super hero with electrical powers. I know. I know."]]
24th Jan '16 7:32:20 PM nombretomado
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* TheWorldIsNotReady / SecretIdentity: Tony makes the mistake of revealing to Alana his secret identity as the Plutonian, which only results in her revealing this to her co-workers and them revealing it to the world; it's implied that The Plutonian's Dan Hartigan was like Superman's Clark Kent, meaning his only possibility of blending in and having a normal life. Superman argues that ''he is Clark Kent'' and that he would go insane if he had to be Superman all the time[[note]]-as seen in SupermanTheAnimatedSeries-[[/note]]; the story takes this point and amplifies it to its logical, albeit monstrous, conclusion, which is The Plutonian going insane for not being able to be Dan Hartigan (among other even more messed up things).
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* TheWorldIsNotReady / SecretIdentity: Tony makes the mistake of revealing to Alana his secret identity as the Plutonian, which only results in her revealing this to her co-workers and them revealing it to the world; it's implied that The Plutonian's Dan Hartigan was like Superman's Clark Kent, meaning his only possibility of blending in and having a normal life. Superman argues that ''he is Clark Kent'' and that he would go insane if he had to be Superman all the time[[note]]-as seen in SupermanTheAnimatedSeries-[[/note]]; ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''-[[/note]]; the story takes this point and amplifies it to its logical, albeit monstrous, conclusion, which is The Plutonian going insane for not being able to be Dan Hartigan (among other even more messed up things).
20th Jan '16 10:35:12 PM KizunaTallis
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* KidsAreCruel: The Plutonian was forced to put up with bullying, as a child, because any retaliation could have killed the kids bullying him. After his FaceHeelTurn, he uses that history of bullying to justify his willingness to murder children. * KickTheSonOfABitch: Plutonian frying Modeus's face off is done for the sake of being evil, but considering that Modeus is just as bad as the Plutonian is it's kind of hard to feel sympathy.
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* KidsAreCruel: The Plutonian was forced to put up with bullying, being bullied as a child, child because any retaliation could have killed the kids bullying him. After his FaceHeelTurn, he uses that history of bullying to justify his willingness to murder children. * KickTheSonOfABitch: Plutonian frying Modeus's Modeus' face off is done for the sake of being evil, but considering that Modeus is just as bad as one of the Plutonian is most dangerous criminals in the ''Irredeemable'' universe, it's kind of hard to feel sympathy.sympathy for him.

* LotusEaterMachine: The Vespans have [[spoiler:stuck the Plutonian in one at the end of Chapter 19. When disengaged from it, he's ''still'' stuck inside, having chosen not to awaken.]]
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* LotusEaterMachine: The As a reference to ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything'', the Vespans have [[spoiler:stuck the Plutonian in one at the end of Chapter 19. When disengaged from it, he's ''still'' stuck inside, having chosen not to awaken.]]
16th Jan '16 2:14:46 PM KizunaTallis
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Lolicon is a man who has it for much younger (like prepubescent) girls.
* TheRevealPromptsRomance: The Plutonian was going for this, except that his girlfriend became so upset that he had lied to her all this time that she immediately broke up with him (and revealed his secret to their coworkers). One of the main differences between him and Superman. Superman isn't the kind of PsychopathicManchild who would naturally assume that Lois Lane would be thrilled about being lied to all those years. Empathy and maturity would have gone a long way in that delicate situation. Then again, Plutonian pursued his girlfriend by actually entering the radio station because of her; on Superman's case, Lois happened to work at The Daily Planet before any romance sprang, making Plutonian's case all the creepier. * RuleOfCool: Kaidan's superpower is the art of telling ghost stories. The characters in said stories are souls of samurai and Feudal warriors. It's awesome. [[spoiler:She can now summon the spirits of superheroes and open a path through the underworld.]] ''Double'' awesome. Even Qubit is surprised by this (not mentioning he's the one that figures it out for Kaidan), and this is a dude than can create technological wonders out of thin air!
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* TheRevealPromptsRomance: The Plutonian was going for this, except that his girlfriend became so upset that he had lied to her all this time that she immediately broke up with him (and revealed his secret to their coworkers). One of the main differences between him and Superman. Superman - Superman isn't the kind of PsychopathicManchild who would naturally assume that Lois Lane would be thrilled about being lied to all those years. Empathy and maturity would have gone a long way in that delicate situation. Then again, Plutonian pursued his girlfriend by actually entering the radio station because of her; on in Superman's case, Lois happened to work at The Daily Planet before any romance sprang, making Plutonian's case all the creepier. * RuleOfCool: Kaidan's superpower is the art of telling ghost stories. The characters in said stories are souls of samurai and Feudal warriors. It's awesome. [[spoiler:She can now summon the spirits of superheroes and open a path through the underworld.]] underworld]]. ''Double'' awesome. Even Qubit is surprised by this (not mentioning he's the one that figures it out for Kaidan), and this is a dude than can create technological wonders out of thin air!

* SealedEvilInACan: Keeps happening to the Plutonian, including a interplanetary travel, a black hole, a sun, a LotusEaterMachine, and time travel.
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* SealedEvilInACan: Keeps happening to the Plutonian, including a interplanetary travel, a black hole, a sun, a LotusEaterMachine, and time travel.

* SecretIdentity: The Plutonian had one, and upon revealing it to the woman he loved [[spoiler:she promptly told their four coworkers and rejected his affection.]] It was one of the bigger contributing factors to his FaceHeelTurn. * {{Sexbot}}: Modeus builds a half-dozen sexbots resembling Tony.
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* SecretIdentity: The Plutonian had one, and upon revealing it to the woman he loved [[spoiler:she promptly told their four coworkers and rejected his affection.]] affection]]. It was one of the bigger contributing factors to his FaceHeelTurn. * {{Sexbot}}: Modeus builds built a half-dozen sexbots resembling Tony.

* BruceWayneHeldHostage: When former villain Max Damage learns about Dan Hartigan being Plutonian's SecretIdentity, he gets mad because he had that "weakling" as a hostage many times and now realizes Tony has been making fun of him all this time.
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* BruceWayneHeldHostage: When former villain Max Damage learns about Dan Hartigan being Plutonian's SecretIdentity, he gets mad because he had that "weakling" as a hostage many times and now realizes Tony has been making fun of him all this time.

* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Headcase learns this the hard way.
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* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Headcase Annie/Headcase learns this the hard way.

* CoversAlwaysLie: Incorruptible has become extremely guilty of this since Christian Nauck became the main cover artist. See that epic fight scene between Alana and Headcase on the cover of issue 13? Yeah, that's exactly what happens in the comic, just without Alana and Headcase fighting each other, being angry at each other, or having much interaction at all. * DarkerAndEdgier: Not in the sense that it's more pessimistic than Irredeemable (let's face it, how could it be?) but it has a much more "[[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks gritty]]" tone, with villains modelled on Neo-Nazis and magicians who power their spells with VillainousIncest. Plus, the [[DarkAgeOfSupernames unfortunate codenames]] of Max Damage's sidekicks -- Jailbait, [[BrokenBird Headcase]], [[BondageIsBad Safeword]], [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Hatecrime]] -- are practically a RunningGag.
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* CoversAlwaysLie: Incorruptible ''Incorruptible'' has become extremely guilty of this since Christian Nauck became the main cover artist. See that epic fight scene between Alana and Headcase on the cover of issue 13? Yeah, that's exactly what happens in the comic, just without Alana and Headcase fighting each other, being angry at each other, or having much interaction at all. * DarkerAndEdgier: Not in the sense that it's more pessimistic than Irredeemable (let's face it, how could it be?) ''Irredeemable'' (which is definitely not a sunshine and rainbows kind of story) but it has a much more "[[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks gritty]]" tone, with villains modelled modeled on Neo-Nazis and magicians who power their spells with VillainousIncest. Plus, the [[DarkAgeOfSupernames unfortunate codenames]] of Max Damage's sidekicks -- Jailbait, (Jailbait, [[BrokenBird Headcase]], [[BondageIsBad Safeword]], [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Hatecrime]] -- Hatecrime]]) are practically a RunningGag.

* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:After Max runs of the Plutonian out of town and everyone thinks he is the ultimate hero, he enters into one with forces of St. Lucifer and the military forces that intended to take over the only place Plutonian was ever repelled from.]] * EvenEvilHasStandards: Besides the standard enlightened self-interest angle he usually cites, Max seems to have hit this when he saw the Plutonian wipe out an entire city. Keep in mind, Max was on the verge of wiping the city out ''himself'' in a fit of depression [[BlessedWithSuck about the drawbacks of his powers]]... but seeing the Plutonian actually do it shook him to his core. In short, Max was on the receiving end of the treatment of a supervillian -- the sort of thing he did before. It made him feel helpless and like a victim but also made him realize he could be better. Perhaps as a side "benefit", one of the reasons he was a super villain in the first place was because his powers prevented him from being normal. Thus Plutonian's rampage let him experience that in a very real way.
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* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:After Max runs of the Plutonian out of town and everyone thinks he is the ultimate hero, he enters into one with forces of St. Lucifer and the military forces that intended to take over the only place Plutonian was ever repelled from.]] * {{Ephebophile}}: Max Damage likes 'em young: he met sidekick/girlfriend {{Jailbait}} in a brothel when she was fifteen and he was 28-30. She's sixteen when the series rolls around, but his HeelFaceTurn drove him to break up with her for a JailbaitWait. * EvenEvilHasStandards: Besides the standard enlightened self-interest angle he usually cites, Max seems to have hit this when he saw the Plutonian wipe out an entire city. Keep in mind, Max was on the verge of wiping the city out ''himself'' in a fit of depression [[BlessedWithSuck about the drawbacks of his powers]]... but seeing the Plutonian actually do it shook him to his core. In short, Max was on the receiving end of the treatment of a supervillian -- the sort of thing he did before. It made him feel helpless and like a victim but also made him realize he could be better. Perhaps as a side "benefit", one of the reasons he was a super villain supervillain in the first place was because his powers prevented him from being normal. Thus Plutonian's rampage let him experience that in a very real way.

* HeroWithAnFInGood: {{Subverted|Trope}} in that Max is actually doing a pretty good job at doing good, but he has no actual idea how to be good, other than to do the opposite of whatever he did as a villain. This is exactly why he asked Alana to join him. This is also why his friends are wondering how they will tell Max, [[spoiler:who heard the whole thing, that the Plutonian has been captured, meaning that Max has little reason now to continue on as a hero.]]
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* HeroWithAnFInGood: {{Subverted|Trope}} in that Max is actually doing a pretty good job at doing good, but he has no actual idea how to be ''be'' good, other than to do the opposite of whatever he did as a villain. This is exactly why he asked Alana to join him. This is also why his friends are wondering how they will tell Max, [[spoiler:who heard the whole thing, that the Plutonian has been captured, meaning that Max has little reason now to continue on as a hero.]]

* TheInsomniac: Max Damage's strength and invulnerabilty increase in direct proportion to how long he's been awake. A bit of BlessedWithSuck, as he is still affected by the mental instability that naturally occurs from the lack of sleep. After issue 29, [[spoiler:this applies to Alana, too]].
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* TheInsomniac: Max Damage's strength and invulnerabilty invulnerability increase in direct proportion to how long he's been awake. A bit of BlessedWithSuck, as he is still affected by the mental instability that naturally occurs from the lack of sleep. After issue 29, [[spoiler:this applies to Alana, too]].

* {{Lolicon}}: Max Damage likes 'em young: he met sidekick/girlfriend {{Jailbait}} in a brothel when she was fifteen and he was 28-30. She's now sixteen, but his HeelFaceTurn drove him to break up with her for a JailbaitWait. * MoralityPet: Max adds Lois Lane and Jim Gordon analogues to his posse to invoke this trope. And boy, does he need it -- it is horrifyingly subverted by Jailbait and Headcase, both of whom do their cute girl best to drag Max back down (Jailbait is a sixteen-year-old he saved from sex slavery... who became a bloodthirsty adrenaline junkie and daily ''begged'' Max not to keep being heroic, while Headcase is apparently 22 but looks just like Jailbait, and after the murder of her whole family, has become a truly frightening DeathSeeker {{Yandere}} who would ''kill'' anyone that threatens her warped worldview or her relationship to Max). [[spoiler:He ultimately realizes that a Morality Pet isn't enough, and he resolves to be a better hero by being more open to other people in general.]]
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* {{Lolicon}}: Max Damage likes 'em young: he met sidekick/girlfriend {{Jailbait}} in a brothel when she was fifteen and he was 28-30. She's now sixteen, but his HeelFaceTurn drove him to break up with her for a JailbaitWait. * MoralityPet: Max adds Lois Lane Alana and Jim Gordon analogues Armadale to his posse to invoke this trope. And boy, does he need it -- it is horrifyingly subverted by Jailbait and Headcase, both of whom do their cute girl best to drag Max back down (Jailbait is a sixteen-year-old he saved from sex slavery... who became a bloodthirsty adrenaline junkie and daily ''begged'' Max not to keep being heroic, while Headcase is apparently 22 but looks just like Jailbait, and heroic; meanwhile Headcase, after the murder of her whole family, has become a truly frightening DeathSeeker {{Yandere}} who would ''kill'' anyone that threatens her warped worldview or her relationship to Max). [[spoiler:He ultimately realizes that a Morality Pet isn't enough, and he resolves to be a better hero by being more open to other people in general.]]

* NoodleIncident: [[MsFanservice Jailbait's]] [[FetishFuel cage match]] against the {{Hentai}} [[{{Fanservice}} Brothers]]. [[spoiler:Jailbait won.]] And it was hot.
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* NoodleIncident: [[MsFanservice Jailbait's]] [[FetishFuel cage match]] against the {{Hentai}} [[{{Fanservice}} Brothers]]. [[spoiler:Jailbait won.]] won]]. And it was hot.

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* NoodleIncident: [[MsFanservice Jailbait's]] [[FetishFuel cage match]] against YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Tells Alana this to get her to stop beating herself up over feeling like she caused the {{Hentai}} [[{{Fanservice}} Brothers]]. [[spoiler:Jailbait won.]] And it was hot.Plutonian's SanitySlippage and breakdown.
13th Jan '16 7:09:10 AM KizunaTallis
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Subverted for Kaidan, who chooses the more timid Scylla over Cary, whom she and Qubit fear is becoming [[HeWhoFightsMonsters as bad as the Plutonian]]. It didn't help that he nearly got her killed while showing off.
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Subverted AllGirlsWantBadBoys: ** An odd example for Kaidan, who chooses the more timid chose Scylla over Cary, whom even though the former was a bit childish and cocky at times, because she liked his initiative and openness. Cary tries to make the moves on her after Scylla's disappearance, but she and Qubit fear he is becoming [[HeWhoFightsMonsters as bad as the Plutonian]]. It didn't help that he nearly got her killed while showing off.Plutonian]].
31st Dec '15 1:11:50 AM Anddrix
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** Orian is an Expy of, of all people, Myxztplk, though not played for laughs. A touch of ComicBook/{{Lobo}} is thrown into the mix as well, also not played for laughs.
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** Orian is an Expy of, of all people, Myxztplk, though not played for laughs. A touch of ComicBook/{{Lobo}} Lobo is thrown into the mix as well, also not played for laughs.
30th Dec '15 1:05:26 AM Anddrix
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** Modeus is an Expy of SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor with a little bit of [[AiIsACrapshoot Brainiac]] thrown in.
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** Modeus is an Expy of SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor with a little bit of [[AiIsACrapshoot Brainiac]] thrown in.
25th Dec '15 5:57:45 PM nombretomado
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* SuperDickery: Deconstructed; a flashback describes the Plutonian's relationship with a Lois Lane {{Expy}}, which occurs in a similar fashion as Superman and Lois Lane's in the SilverAge of comics. Except when the Plutonian reveals his true identity, confidently expecting her to fall into his arms and agree to marry him, she freaks out about the sudden revelation of all the mind games he's been playing on her all this time. He doesn't take it well. A major recurring plot thread in these flashbacks to the Plutonian's "good days" seems to be his frustration over how even though he lives in a classic super-hero universe type setting, no-one reacts the way they did in the old comics.
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* SuperDickery: Deconstructed; a flashback describes the Plutonian's relationship with a Lois Lane {{Expy}}, which occurs in a similar fashion as Superman and Lois Lane's in the SilverAge UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age of comics.comic|books}}s. Except when the Plutonian reveals his true identity, confidently expecting her to fall into his arms and agree to marry him, she freaks out about the sudden revelation of all the mind games he's been playing on her all this time. He doesn't take it well. A major recurring plot thread in these flashbacks to the Plutonian's "good days" seems to be his frustration over how even though he lives in a classic super-hero universe type setting, no-one reacts the way they did in the old comics.

* TakeThat: Just to make sure that no-one misses the subtext, the first issue comes with a long essay about how comic fans saying mean things on the internet suck and will destroy comic heroes. The essay was written by Creator/GrantMorrison, not Mark Waid, and is not quite as simplistic as that. If anything, the subsequent issues since number one have indicated Morrison's reading of the point is a bit off from Waid's true intent. To elaborate, said essay wasn't saying anything about people talking on the Internet destroying heroes. Morrison was talking about people's opinions, the difficulties in changing them, and what a hero must have to do to become completely [[TitleDrop Irredeemable]]. And how Waid showed him the script for the first two issues, after their discussion if the internauts will ever stop seeing him as a SilverAge {{Fanboy}}, a reputation Waid earned after ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''.
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* TakeThat: Just to make sure that no-one misses the subtext, the first issue comes with a long essay about how comic fans saying mean things on the internet suck and will destroy comic heroes. The essay was written by Creator/GrantMorrison, not Mark Waid, and is not quite as simplistic as that. If anything, the subsequent issues since number one have indicated Morrison's reading of the point is a bit off from Waid's true intent. To elaborate, said essay wasn't saying anything about people talking on the Internet destroying heroes. Morrison was talking about people's opinions, the difficulties in changing them, and what a hero must have to do to become completely [[TitleDrop Irredeemable]]. And how Waid showed him the script for the first two issues, after their discussion if the internauts will ever stop seeing him as a SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] {{Fanboy}}, a reputation Waid earned after ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''.

* GenreSavvy: Max Damage decides to switch sides because he was smart enough to know that the Plutonian turning evil meant there was nobody around to protect the general populace from aliens, demons, and one another. This, coupled with the Plutonian killing millions with no end in sight, meant the human race could die out in a matter of months if someone didn't try to pick up the slack. But also WrongGenreSavvy, as he intentionally wastes resources due to having acquired them through villainy while keeping his name and appearance from his life of crime. For a while, he even keeps Jailbait on as a sidekick -- and all the while, expressing frustration at people not trusting him. This behavior flew in SilverAge comics (Hawkeye and Black Widow most famously), but not so much after RealityEnsues.
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* GenreSavvy: Max Damage decides to switch sides because he was smart enough to know that the Plutonian turning evil meant there was nobody around to protect the general populace from aliens, demons, and one another. This, coupled with the Plutonian killing millions with no end in sight, meant the human race could die out in a matter of months if someone didn't try to pick up the slack. But also WrongGenreSavvy, as he intentionally wastes resources due to having acquired them through villainy while keeping his name and appearance from his life of crime. For a while, he even keeps Jailbait on as a sidekick -- and all the while, expressing frustration at people not trusting him. This behavior flew in SilverAge UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} comics (Hawkeye and Black Widow most famously), but not so much after RealityEnsues.
14th Nov '15 11:42:21 AM KizunaTallis
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** The Inferno was pretty much an Expy of ComicBook/{{Batman}}. He got nonchalantly killed by the Plutonian off-stage, probably as a TakeThat aimed at those who place Batman high in UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny contests. ** Hornet, meanwhile, was ''another'' BadassNormal on the team (what little we see of him makes him seem more like Green Arrow), and was also effortlessly killed by The Plutonian. *** It could be argued that ''both'' characters are a mix and match of Batman and Green Arrow. Hornet exhibited more of Batman's attributes, however, due to having a "cave" located under his house, reliance on skills and gadgets, demonstrating CrazyPrepared in his deal with the Vespan, his infamous friendship with Tony la Superman/Batman and detective skills in noticing subtle clues weeks before that The Plutonian was going to break down sooner or later (Tony asked about his wife ''by name'', Hornet never told Tony his wife's name).
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** The Inferno was pretty much an Expy had some elements of ComicBook/{{Batman}}.ComicBook/{{Batman}} (namely being a rich banker who moonlit as a superhero on the side). He got nonchalantly killed by the Plutonian off-stage, probably as a TakeThat aimed at those who place Batman high in UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny contests. ** Hornet, meanwhile, was ''another'' The Hornet shares traits with both Batman and ComicBook/GreenArrow, being the main BadassNormal on the team (what little we see of him makes him seem more like Green Arrow), Paradigm, and was also effortlessly killed by The Plutonian. *** It could be argued that ''both'' characters are a mix and match Plutonian. His base of Batman and Green Arrow. Hornet exhibited more of Batman's attributes, however, due to having operations was a "cave" located under his house, reliance he relied on skills and gadgets, demonstrating CrazyPrepared gadgets to get by, demonstrated {{Crazy Prepared}}ness in his deal with the Vespan, his infamous friendship Vespan aliens, was friends with Tony la Superman/Batman and demonstrated detective skills in noticing subtle clues weeks before that The the Plutonian was going to break down sooner or later (Tony (for example, Tony asked about his the Hornet's wife ''by name'', a piece of information Hornet never told shared with anyone, leading him to realize Tony was spying on his wife's name).teammates).

** Hilariously, Volt is perfectly aware he's an Expy. As a black man with electrical super-powers, he's all too conscious that he's one of maybe a half dozen other people with that exact description (Static, Black Vulcan, Black Lightning), and frequently bemoans it.
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** Hilariously, Volt is perfectly aware he's an Expy. As a black man with electrical super-powers, he's all too conscious that he's one of maybe a half dozen other people with that exact description (Static, Black Vulcan, Black Lightning), (ComicBook/{{Static}}, ComicBook/BlackAdam, ComicBook/BlackLightning), and frequently bemoans it.

** Scylla and Charybdis are a really deconstructive take on the original Hawk and Dove... notably, when Hawk dies, Dove goes insane and violent in mourning.
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** Scylla and Charybdis are a really deconstructive take on the original Hawk and Dove...ComicBook/HawkAndDove... notably, when Hawk dies, Dove goes insane and violent in mourning.

** Ironically enough, Max's origin is revealed to be IJustWantToBeSpecial. He started out as a common criminal, but when actual ''super'' heroes (like the Plutonian) became part of everyday life, he realized it's pretty pointless being a criminal if you can't match their powers. One huge cash payment to a mad scientist later, he's the only surviving guinea pig of a Super Soldier Serum and BlessedWithSuck.
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** Ironically enough, Max's origin is revealed to be IJustWantToBeSpecial. He started out as a common criminal, but when actual ''super'' heroes (like the Plutonian) became part of everyday life, he realized it's pretty pointless being a criminal if you can't match their powers. One huge cash payment to a mad scientist later, he's the only surviving guinea pig of a Super Soldier SuperSoldier Serum and [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor ended up]] being BlessedWithSuck.

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* SceneryGornSceneryGorn: The destruction Tony leaves behind lends to several shots of these.
15th Oct '15 3:38:48 PM KizunaTallis
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Kaidan chooses Cary over Scylla even though he's childish, impertinent and nearly got her killed while showing off. She says that she'd still prefer a man who's confident instead of one who's timid.
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Kaidan Subverted for Kaidan, who chooses Cary over the more timid Scylla even though he's childish, impertinent over Cary, whom she and Qubit fear is becoming [[HeWhoFightsMonsters as bad as the Plutonian]]. It didn't help that he nearly got her killed while showing off. She says that she'd still prefer a man who's confident instead of one who's timid.off.

** The Plutonian himself. Yes, he has roughly the powerset of Superman without any weaknesses, with some extras. The only problem is, he cannot turn most of his powers off, only control them by constant effort of will. He is MadeOfDiamond, and even touching his hair can cut the hand of a normal person. He has tremendous SuperStrength, and because of not-unfounded fear of accidentally splattering someone if he fails to measure exerted force just for a moment, he was never able to protect himself from bullying as a child. And of course, super-hearing forced him to know every ungrateful asshole's opinion about him. This gets especially interesting with the eventual reveal that [[spoiler:The Plutonian is a RealityWarper, who subconsciously uses his powers to appear to be a FlyingBrick. Nobody has remarked upon it yet, but we may thereby conclude all the BlessedWithSuck attributes of his powers are his own martyr complex manifesting itself.]]
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** The Plutonian himself. Yes, he has roughly the powerset of Superman without any weaknesses, with some extras. The only problem is, he cannot turn most of his powers off, only control them by constant effort of will. He is MadeOfDiamond, and even touching his hair can cut the hand of a normal person. He has tremendous SuperStrength, and because of not-unfounded fear of accidentally splattering someone if he fails to measure exerted force just for a moment, he was never able to protect himself from bullying as a child. And of course, his super-hearing forced him to know every ungrateful asshole's opinion about him. This gets especially interesting with the eventual reveal that [[spoiler:The Plutonian is a RealityWarper, who subconsciously uses his powers to appear to be a FlyingBrick. Nobody has remarked upon it yet, but we may thereby conclude all the BlessedWithSuck attributes of his powers are his own martyr complex manifesting itself.]]itself]].

* CapePunk: Pretty much illustrating what happens when you push the Silver Age Superman to his complete breaking point. * ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Tony's ability to change his hair colour is the first real clue that he has more than the normal FlyingBrick powers.]]
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* CapePunk: Pretty much illustrating This comic is an illustration in what happens when you push the Silver Age Superman to his complete breaking point. * ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Tony's ability to change his hair colour color is the first real clue that he has more than the normal FlyingBrick powers.]]

** The Inferno was pretty much an Expy of Batman. He got nonchalantly killed by the Plutonian off-stage, probably as a TakeThat aimed at those who place Batman high in UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny contests.
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** The Inferno was pretty much an Expy of Batman.ComicBook/{{Batman}}. He got nonchalantly killed by the Plutonian off-stage, probably as a TakeThat aimed at those who place Batman high in UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny contests.

** It could be argued that ''both'' characters are a mix and match of Batman and Green Arrow. Hornet exhibited more of Batman's attributes, however, due to having a "cave" located under his house, reliance on skills and gadgets, demonstrating CrazyPrepared in his deal with the Vespan, his infamous friendship with Tony la Superman/Batman and detective skills in noticing subtle clues weeks before that The Plutonian was going to breakdown sooner or later (Tony asked about his wife ''by name'', Hornet never told Tony his wife's name).
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** *** It could be argued that ''both'' characters are a mix and match of Batman and Green Arrow. Hornet exhibited more of Batman's attributes, however, due to having a "cave" located under his house, reliance on skills and gadgets, demonstrating CrazyPrepared in his deal with the Vespan, his infamous friendship with Tony la Superman/Batman and detective skills in noticing subtle clues weeks before that The Plutonian was going to breakdown break down sooner or later (Tony asked about his wife ''by name'', Hornet never told Tony his wife's name).

** The superhero Qubit is a rather unusual case of this, being based on a non-comics, non-superhero character. He's clearly based off of the [[Series/DoctorWho Tenth Doctor]] (admittedly, with some similarities to Mr. Fantastic and Forge from the X-Men).
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** The superhero Qubit is a rather unusual case of this, being based on a non-comics, non-superhero character. He's clearly based off of the [[Series/DoctorWho Tenth Doctor]] (admittedly, with some similarities to [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic Fantastic]] and Forge from the X-Men).ComicBook/XMen).

** Orian is an Expy of, of all people, Myxztplk, though not played for laughs. A touch of Lobo is thrown into the mix as well, also not played for laughs. ** Jailbait has a lot of thematic elements with Harley Quinn.
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** Orian is an Expy of, of all people, Myxztplk, though not played for laughs. A touch of Lobo ComicBook/{{Lobo}} is thrown into the mix as well, also not played for laughs. ** Jailbait has a lot of thematic elements with Harley Quinn.ComicBook/HarleyQuinn.

** Ironically enough, Max's origin is revealed to be IJustWantToBeSpecial. He started out as a common criminal, when actual ''super'' heroes (like the Plutonian) become part of the world, he realizes its pretty pointless being a criminal if you can't match their powers. One huge cash payment to a mad scientist later, he's the only surviving guinea pig of a Super Soldier Serum and BlessedWithSuck. * ItsPersonal: The Plutonian hates Max Damage because [[spoiler:Max was the first victim of Plutonian's unrestrained rage back when Max was a teen and Tony was still a boy. Max was a constant reminder to Tony that he wasn't a perfect Ace.]]
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** Ironically enough, Max's origin is revealed to be IJustWantToBeSpecial. He started out as a common criminal, but when actual ''super'' heroes (like the Plutonian) become became part of the world, everyday life, he realizes its realized it's pretty pointless being a criminal if you can't match their powers. One huge cash payment to a mad scientist later, he's the only surviving guinea pig of a Super Soldier Serum and BlessedWithSuck. * ItsPersonal: The Plutonian hates Max Damage because [[spoiler:Max was the first victim of Plutonian's unrestrained rage back when Max was a teen and Tony was still a boy. Max was a constant reminder to Tony that he wasn't a perfect Ace.]]Ace]].

** [[spoiler:The ending for the series has Qubit pull an ultimate one on Plutonian, due to the radioactive cloud that will destroy all life on the planet with the release of his parents. Qubit strikes a deal to give Plutonian "redemption" if he helps save the planet. When the Plutonian starts to go back on the deal believing Qubit can't live to his end, Qubit pulls out the bullet made from the candle of the Nahru Visna that he saved Plutonian from before and teleports it into his heart for added motivation. Knowing that once he followed through with their plan, the radiation would most likely kill Plutonian as well and that his "redemption" that Qubit had in mind would be be his essence being spread across the multiverse.]]
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** [[spoiler:The ending for the series has Qubit pull an ultimate one on Plutonian, due to the radioactive cloud that will destroy all life on the planet with the release of his parents. Qubit strikes a deal to give Plutonian "redemption" if he helps save the planet. When the Plutonian starts to go back on the deal deal, believing Qubit can't live to his end, Qubit pulls out the bullet made from the candle of the Nahru Visna that he saved Plutonian from before and teleports it into his heart for added motivation. Knowing that once he followed through with their plan, the radiation would most likely kill Plutonian as well and that his "redemption" that Qubit had in mind would be be his essence being spread across the multiverse.]]

* DeadSidekick: Samsara's not ''quite'' dead- but he's been lobotomized. The reason for this is that Samsara's power protects him from mortal harm and he thus can't be killed, so he had to be neutralized another way. And of course, the Plutonian did it himself to keep him from spilling the beans on his secrets.
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* DeadSidekick: Samsara's not ''quite'' dead- dead, but he's been lobotomized. The reason for this is that Samsara's power protects him from mortal harm and he thus can't be killed, so he had to be neutralized another way. And of course, the Plutonian did it himself to keep him from spilling the beans on his secrets.
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