History Comicbook / Starman

4th May '16 5:27:03 PM Civanfan
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** When we get a glimpse into Barry O'Dare's POV, we see that he thinks of himself as the OnlySaneMan of the family, who never takes risks and doesn't stick his neck out. [[spoiler:We get to see just ''how'' different he is from the other O'Dares during the ''Grand Guignol'' arc, when he joins Culp's takeover of Opal City and kills his brother Matt.]]

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** When we get a glimpse into Barry O'Dare's POV, we see that he thinks of himself as the OnlySaneMan of the family, who never takes risks and doesn't stick has no taste for heroism or sticking his neck out. [[spoiler:We get to see just ''how'' different he is from the other O'Dares during the ''Grand Guignol'' arc, when he joins Culp's takeover of Opal City and kills his brother Matt.]]



* FusionDance: [[spoiler:Prince Gavyn was apparently killed, but his essence actually crossed space to reach Earth, where it became a mysterious beam of light that hit Will Payton. At first, it seemed like a Power Booster type where Will Payton received cosmic powers at the cost of Gavyn's existence, but it turns out to be more of a Composite, with Will Payton having been killed on impact and an amnesiac Gavyn taking his body and memories as his own. Probably. They're still working it out.]]



* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: By Farris Knight's time, Jack's tenure as Starman is almost completely lost to history, and Ted is only remembered for his scientific accomplishments--then again, it ''is'' over ''83,000'' years into the future.

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* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: TheGreatestStoryNeverTold:
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By Farris Knight's time, Jack's tenure as Starman is almost completely lost to history, and Ted is only remembered for his scientific accomplishments--then again, it ''is'' over ''83,000'' years into the future.future.
** The full story of the Starman of 1951 goes unrevealed until [[spoiler:Jack goes back in time and meets him]].



* HeroicBSOD: As explained in flashbacks, Ted's response to his role in the creation of the atomic bomb. It forced him to live for years in a mental institution.

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* HeroicBSOD: As explained in flashbacks, Ted's response to his role in the creation of the atomic bomb. It forced him to live for years in a mental institution. [[spoiler:Just when he was getting better, his first love Doris Lee was killed, making him worse than before. He finally snaps out of it after solving her murder and becoming Starman again.]]


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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After the Tuesday Club blows up Brian "Scalphunter" Savage's offices, killing all his deputies but Carny O'Dare, he and Carny proceed to go on one of these, killing all fifty-seven members in one night. [[spoiler:[[InTheBack Too bad for him]], there were actually fifty-''eight''.]]
2nd May '16 1:14:57 PM Civanfan
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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: [[spoiler:After believing Prince Gavyn dead, Lady Merria eventually married his best friend Jediah Rikane. This turns out to have been a terrible mistake, and not just the way you may [[FaceHeelTurn be]] [[DrunkWithPower thinking.]]

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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: [[spoiler:After believing Prince Gavyn dead, Lady Merria eventually married his best friend Jediah Rikane. This turns out to have been a terrible mistake, and not just the way you may [[FaceHeelTurn be]] [[DrunkWithPower thinking.]]]]]]



** [[spoiler:After Ragdoll threatened the loved ones of Starman and his allies, Ted Knight blasted him--he thought--to death, and spent over a decade feeling guilty about it afterward. However, Ragdoll barely survived.]]

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** [[spoiler:After Ragdoll threatened the loved ones of Starman and his allies, Ted Knight blasted him--he thought--to death, and spent over a decade feeling guilty about it afterward. However, Ragdoll barely survived.survived, albeit in a terrible state.]]
30th Apr '16 11:54:05 PM Civanfan
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* MilhollandRelationshipMoment: [[spoiler:After Jack decides to retire as Starman, he meets his deceased father and brother one last time. With some trepidation he tells them that he plans to quit. Ted's response is basically to shrug and say that there would always be a Starman, no matter who, and when Jack's surprised at how casual he was about it to respond that not everything has to be dramatic.]]

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* MilhollandRelationshipMoment: [[spoiler:After Jack decides to retire as Starman, he meets his deceased father and brother one last time. With some trepidation he tells them that he plans to quit. Ted's response is basically to shrug and say that there would always be a Starman, no matter who, and when Jack's surprised at how casual he was about it to respond reply that not everything has to be dramatic.]]
30th Apr '16 11:35:10 PM Civanfan
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** The betrayal of [[spoiler:Medphyl]] foreshadows the betrayal of [[spoiler:Barry O'Dare]. [[spoiler:Both were police (or the equivalent in Medphyl's case), both turned traitor when offered power and wealth, and both express their surprise at just how easy it was for them to accept.]]

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** The betrayal of [[spoiler:Medphyl]] foreshadows the betrayal of [[spoiler:Barry O'Dare].O'Dare]]. [[spoiler:Both were police (or the equivalent in Medphyl's case), both turned traitor when offered power and wealth, and both express their surprise at just how easy it was for them to accept.]]
30th Apr '16 11:33:30 PM Civanfan
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** [[spoiler:Jediah Rikane, once one of Prince Gavyn's most loyal allies, found the taste of power he got after from marrying Lady Merria to his liking and quickly became a [[DrunkWithPower tyrant]].

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** [[spoiler:Jediah Rikane, once one of Prince Gavyn's most loyal allies, found the taste of power he got after from marrying Lady Merria to his liking and quickly became a [[DrunkWithPower tyrant]].tyrant]]]].
30th Apr '16 11:31:46 PM Civanfan
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* MilhollandRelationshipMoment: [[spoiler:After Jack decides to retire as Starman, he meets his deceased father and brother one last time. WQith some trepidation he tells them that he plans to quit. Ted's response is basically to shrug and say that there would always be a Starman, no matter who, and when Jack's surprised at how casual he was about it to respond that not everything has to be dramatic.]]

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* MilhollandRelationshipMoment: [[spoiler:After Jack decides to retire as Starman, he meets his deceased father and brother one last time. WQith With some trepidation he tells them that he plans to quit. Ted's response is basically to shrug and say that there would always be a Starman, no matter who, and when Jack's surprised at how casual he was about it to respond that not everything has to be dramatic.]]
30th Apr '16 11:30:04 PM Civanfan
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* ThrowItIn: Robinson screwed up the title of Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray in one issue, calling it "The Portrait..." instead--[[spoiler:In story, it's revealed that this is Culp awakening and speaking through The Shade for a moment, having forgotten the real title.]]
30th Apr '16 11:28:51 PM Civanfan
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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: [[spoiler:After believing Prince Gavyn dead, Lady Merria eventually married his best friend Jediah Rikane. This turns out to have been a terrible mistake, and not just the way you may [[FaceHeelTurn be]] [[DrunkWithPower thinking.]]



* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:Jediah Rikane became a power-mad tyrant and tried to kill his old friend Prince Gavyn, but as Gavyn burns him to death he seems to finally snap out of it. His last words: "Long live Prince Gavyn.". He's even smiling while he says it.]]



* EvilerThanThou: [[spoiler:The original Mist and Culp reduce Nash to this.]]

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* EvilerThanThou: [[spoiler:The original Double Subverted. [[spoiler:For all her talk of becoming a brilliant villain, it seems like Nash is reduced to a mere lackey for Culp...until it turns out she and her father The Mist and Culp reduce were playing him. But suddenly The Mist reveals that the plans to destroy all of Opal City, Nash and her son included, and then shoots her after he convinces her to this.give him her gun.]]
* FaceHeelTurn:
** [[spoiler:Jediah Rikane, once one of Prince Gavyn's most loyal allies, found the taste of power he got after from marrying Lady Merria to his liking and quickly became a [[DrunkWithPower tyrant]].
** [[spoiler:Medphyl, former Green Lantern, sides with Rikane in exchange for a planet of his own.]]
** [[spoiler:Barry O'Dare is offered a place in Culp's organization, and readily accepts.
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** The betrayal of [[spoiler:Medphyl]] foreshadows the betrayal of [[spoiler:Barry O'Dare]. [[spoiler:Both were police (or the equivalent in Medphyl's case), both turned traitor when offered power and wealth, and both express their surprise at just how easy it was for them to accept.]]



** Although he never became a villain, Mikaal Tomas went from a superhero to a frazzled, slightly unstable junkie, but was considering getting off the pills and rebuilding his life...[[spoiler:getting kidnapped, severely drugged, used a living collectible, then a sex slave, then finally a sideshow attraction put paid to ''that'' idea.]]

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** Although he never became a villain, Mikaal Tomas went from a superhero to a frazzled, slightly unstable junkie, but was considering getting off the pills and rebuilding changing his life...[[spoiler:getting kidnapped, severely drugged, used a living collectible, then a sex slave, then finally a sideshow attraction put paid to ''that'' idea.]]



* [[KnightInSourArmor (Jack) Knight In Sour Armor]]: To put it mildly, Jack has a very caustic personality.

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* [[KnightInSourArmor (Jack) Knight In Sour Armor]]: To put it mildly, Jack has a very caustic personality.personality at the start of the series, though not nearly so much as in his youth.



* MadBomber: The Infernal Mr. Pip is a merely a selfish, amoral mercenary at first. [[spoiler:After getting caught in one of his own bombs thanks to Jack and Grundy, the dying Pip flips out and decides to [[TakingYouWithMe take everyone with him]]. ''[[NukeEm Everyone]]'']].
* MagicFeather: [[spoiler:Although charged with cosmic energy, Prince Gavyn's staff was only a means for him to channel his powers more easily. The true power lay within him all along. Learning this allows him to turn the tables on Rikane, who had been using it to attack him.]]
* MilhollandRelationshipMoment: [[spoiler:After Jack decides to retire as Starman, he meets his deceased father and brother one last time. WQith some trepidation he tells them that he plans to quit. Ted's response is basically to shrug and say that there would always be a Starman, no matter who, and when Jack's surprised at how casual he was about it to respond that not everything has to be dramatic.]]



* MuggingTheMonster: [[spoiler:René, a genius dwarf known as the "Pocket Encyclopedia", figured out that Culp was inhabiting the Shade's body, and demanded ten percent of his takings in exchange for silence. A [[{{Lobotomy}} shadow tentacle through one ear and out the other later]] and René found himself in need of a new sobriquet.]]



* NotQuiteDead:
** [[spoiler:After Ragdoll threatened the loved ones of Starman and his allies, Ted Knight blasted him--he thought--to death, and spent over a decade feeling guilty about it afterward. However, Ragdoll barely survived.]]
** [[spoiler:Culp's ally Crusher beats a restrained "Bobo" Benetti to death, but in a few hours he comes back to life and breaks free.]]



* OccultDetective: Very few of Hamilton Drew's cases actually involved the supernatural, but this is what he's remembered best for, much to his chagrin.



* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: [[spoiler:Mikaal's]] race.

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* PowerupLetdown: Doctor Phosphorous notes that his deal with Neron led to him having much more control over his radioactive powers, but also weakened them considerably.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: [[spoiler:Mikaal's]] race. [[spoiler:Following his trip into space and the restoration of his memories, Mikaal's personality starts shifting toward this, much more than it had been even before he lost them.]]



** ''Sand and Stars'' more-or-less canonizes ComicBook/SandmanMysteryTheatre, and retcons out the period in which Sandman wore yellow and purple spandex.

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** ''Sand and Stars'' more-or-less canonizes ComicBook/SandmanMysteryTheatre, and retcons out the period in which Sandman wore yellow and purple spandex. (It gets retconned back in later.)



* SummonMagic: Although the Shade can use his shadow powers in the form of bolts and tendrils, he has a fondness for conjuring demonic-appearing entities.

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* SummonMagic: Although the Shade can use his shadow powers in the form of bolts and tendrils, he has a fondness for conjuring demonic-appearing entities. One of them in particular, Smudge, is a sidekick of sorts.


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* SuperSmoke: Both Mists.


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* ThrowItIn: Robinson screwed up the title of Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray in one issue, calling it "The Portrait..." instead--[[spoiler:In story, it's revealed that this is Culp awakening and speaking through The Shade for a moment, having forgotten the real title.]]


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** The Shade's powers let him do this, though it takes a while for him to find out.
28th Apr '16 1:54:09 AM Civanfan
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* BloodKnight: Hourman was addicted to the thrill of superheroism as much as Miraclo, neglecting the other parts of his life. He warns Jack about going down the same path.



* {{Irony}}: Terry Sloane notes that in spite of being a genius RenaissanceMan, who could master any skill almost instantly, he was somehow never able to make it as a superhero.



* LoveCannotOvercome: [[spoiler:Sadie hates the danger Jack gets into, but thinks she doesn't have been able to handle it if it was just the two of them. After she discovers she's pregnant, however, she realizes she can't raise a family in that world and leaves him. Jack, after some deliberation, decides to give up being Starman and join her.]]

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* LoveCannotOvercome: [[spoiler:Sadie hates the danger Jack gets into, but thinks she doesn't could have been able to handle handled it if it was just the two of them. After she discovers she's pregnant, however, she realizes she can't raise a family in that world and leaves him.Jack. Jack, after some deliberation, decides to give up being Starman and join her.]]
28th Apr '16 1:37:34 AM Civanfan
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* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: "Bobo" Benetti was a Navy Diver who ran afoul of a floating mine during WWII. Waking up in the hispital with barely any injuries, he discovered his other superhuman physical powers shortly afterward.

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* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: "Bobo" Benetti was a Navy Diver who ran afoul of a floating mine during WWII. Waking up in the hispital hospital with barely any injuries, he discovered his other superhuman physical powers shortly afterward.
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