History Comicbook / TheAuthority

28th May '17 4:25:24 PM nombretomado
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Created by writer WarrenEllis and artist Bryan Hitch, ''The Authority'' took the standard superhero tropes and shook them up with a {{manga}}-influenced "widescreen" style that used splash pages and large panels to make the business of saving the world actually look impressive for once.

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Created by writer WarrenEllis Creator/WarrenEllis and artist Bryan Hitch, ''The Authority'' took the standard superhero tropes and shook them up with a {{manga}}-influenced "widescreen" style that used splash pages and large panels to make the business of saving the world actually look impressive for once.
16th Apr '17 8:23:49 AM Frankencastle
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* StrawmanHasAPoint: Whenever a political figure, journalist, or really ''anyone'', tried calling the team on their excessive and often times borderline fascist esque-vigilante activity. This was especially true during Mark Millar's run. When said strawman had a ''very'' legitimate reason to be concerned with the team over stepping their jurisdiction.
16th Apr '17 8:16:08 AM Frankencastle
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* ShockAndAwe: Jenny Sparks.

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* ShockAndAwe: Jenny Sparks.Sparks' electricity based powers. Which also plays into her being the "spirit of the twentieth century" and all that.



* StrawmanPolitical: Pretty much any politician who appears in the series will be portrayed as one of these. The more opposed they are to the team the more straw they get. They were ''very'' apparent during Mark Millers run, whenever he needed to get a point across. Made especially pretentious when the politician actually [[StrawmanHasAPoint does have a logically sound argument]] yet is dismissed either way.

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* StrawmanHasAPoint: Whenever a political figure, journalist, or really ''anyone'', tried calling the team on their excessive and often times borderline fascist esque-vigilante activity. This was especially true during Mark Millar's run. When said strawman had a ''very'' legitimate reason to be concerned with the team over stepping their jurisdiction.
* StrawmanPolitical: Pretty much any politician who appears in the series will be portrayed as one of these. The more opposed they are to the team the more straw they get. They were ''very'' apparent during Mark Millers run, whenever he needed to get a point across. Made especially pretentious when the politician actually [[StrawmanHasAPoint does have a logically sound argument]] yet is dismissed either way. Usually with some sort of lame rebuttal.
1st Apr '17 1:24:42 PM valar55
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* EvilCounterpart: After defeat at the hands of Seth, the Authority was replaced by corporate versions of each member:

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* EvilCounterpart: After their defeat at the hands of Seth, the Authority was replaced by corporate versions of each member:
24th Jan '17 2:53:03 PM scaredinmate#94
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--> '''Midnighter:''' [''To a super powered goon''] Let me make this situation clear for you. I know what speacial abilities you have. I can see the enchancements. I can detect the increased electrical activity in your brain. I know what moves you're preparing to make. I've fought our fight already in my head, in a million different ways. I can hit you without you even ''seeing'' me. I'm what soldiers dream of growning into. I'm what children see when they first imagine what death is like. I'm the Midnighter. '''''Put the child down'''''.

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--> '''Midnighter:''' [''To a super powered goon''] Let me make this situation clear for you. I know what speacial special abilities you have. I can see the enchancements.enhancements. I can detect the increased electrical activity in your brain. I know what moves you're preparing to make. I've fought our fight already in my head, in a million different ways. I can hit you without you even ''seeing'' me. I'm what soldiers dream of growning growing into. I'm what children see when they first imagine what death is like. I'm the Midnighter. '''''Put the child down'''''.
24th Jan '17 2:51:46 PM scaredinmate#94
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* BadassBoast: TheMidnighter ''loves'' delivering these.
** '''Midnighter:''' [''To a super powered goon''] Let me make this situation clear for you. I know what speacial abilities you have. I can see the enchancements. I can detect the increased electrical activity in your brain. I know what moves you're preparing to make. I've fought our fight already in my head, in a million different ways. I can hit you without you even ''seeing'' me. I'm what soldiers dream of growning into. I'm what children see when they first imagine what death is like. I'm the Midnighter. '''''Put the child down'''''.
* BadassLongCoat: Midnighter

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* BadassBoast: TheMidnighter The Midnighter ''loves'' delivering these.
** --> '''Midnighter:''' [''To a super powered goon''] Let me make this situation clear for you. I know what speacial abilities you have. I can see the enchancements. I can detect the increased electrical activity in your brain. I know what moves you're preparing to make. I've fought our fight already in my head, in a million different ways. I can hit you without you even ''seeing'' me. I'm what soldiers dream of growning into. I'm what children see when they first imagine what death is like. I'm the Midnighter. '''''Put the child down'''''.
** Unfortunately, this gets flipped around later on, when [[BigBad Warrior King Regis]] delivers one of these to the Midnighter while simultaneously kicking his ass.
--> '''Regis:''' I can see inside your head, white boy. Did you think your little fight enhancements would let you kill '''''me'''''? You've never fought anything like me, boy. I am '''''Regis'''''. I have been raping and killing better humans than you for half a millennium. ''That's it''. ''Fight me''. Try to '''hurt''' me. I've lost count of how many men's fingers and women's nails have shattered on my skin. Your mothers and sisters will bear my children. You cannot stop me. Burn Albion, burn Europe -- it won't matter. I am '''Regis''', warrior king of this entire filthy planet -- And I will wipe myself with your skin when I'm done violating '''''yours'''''.
* BadassLongCoat: MidnighterMidnighter wears one quite nicely.



** '''Swift:''' [''singing''] Now I have often... Heard it spoken... That on this team I'm... just a token... The rest are white, but it's okay, because not one but two are gay... It sure can leave you feeling poor, when you're ethnicity du jour... When you're an ''Asian chick''... Asian ''chick''! way I get used it ''makes me sick''! Trapped here with this ''bunch of dicks''! Just cause I'm an Asian chick... Hollywood gets terrified when black men kiss white girls, as if two people fucking could somehow end the world but all Caucasian action's really not the wisest choice, so I get drafted in to please the goddamned village voice... 'cause I'm an ''Asian chick''... Asian chick! How the hell did I get picked? Who pulled this lousy rotten trick? On this poor Asian chick...? They always tell me that I should be played by Lucy Liu, But don't they know I saw '''''[[PrecisionFStrike Ecks versus fucking Sever too?]]''''' I'm stuck wit the Authority up here in space so high, my only girlfriend looks a bit like early CGI... It's no fun for an Asian chick... '''Asian chick'''! I should just leave this team of ''pricks''! Escape to live free double quick! Free to be... '''''An Asian... CHIIIIICK...'''''

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** --> '''Swift:''' [''singing''] Now I have often... Heard it spoken... That on this team I'm... just a token... The rest are white, but it's okay, because not one but two are gay... It sure can leave you feeling poor, when you're ethnicity du jour... When you're an ''Asian chick''... Asian ''chick''! way I get used it ''makes me sick''! Trapped here with this ''bunch of dicks''! Just cause I'm an Asian chick... Hollywood gets terrified when black men kiss white girls, as if two people fucking could somehow end the world but all Caucasian action's really not the wisest choice, so I get drafted in to please the goddamned village voice... 'cause I'm an ''Asian chick''... Asian chick! How the hell did I get picked? Who pulled this lousy rotten trick? On this poor Asian chick...? They always tell me that I should be played by Lucy Liu, But don't they know I saw '''''[[PrecisionFStrike Ecks versus fucking Sever too?]]''''' I'm stuck wit the Authority up here in space so high, my only girlfriend looks a bit like early CGI... It's no fun for an Asian chick... '''Asian chick'''! I should just leave this team of ''pricks''! Escape to live free double quick! Free to be... '''''An Asian... CHIIIIICK...'''''
24th Jan '17 2:36:10 PM scaredinmate#94
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%%* BadassCrew

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%%* BadassCrew* BadassBoast: TheMidnighter ''loves'' delivering these.
** '''Midnighter:''' [''To a super powered goon''] Let me make this situation clear for you. I know what speacial abilities you have. I can see the enchancements. I can detect the increased electrical activity in your brain. I know what moves you're preparing to make. I've fought our fight already in my head, in a million different ways. I can hit you without you even ''seeing'' me. I'm what soldiers dream of growning into. I'm what children see when they first imagine what death is like. I'm the Midnighter. '''''Put the child down'''''.


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* TokenMinority: Swift, the sole non-white member in the team. ''Relentlessly mocked and lampshaded'' in Garth Ennis' run.
** '''Swift:''' [''singing''] Now I have often... Heard it spoken... That on this team I'm... just a token... The rest are white, but it's okay, because not one but two are gay... It sure can leave you feeling poor, when you're ethnicity du jour... When you're an ''Asian chick''... Asian ''chick''! way I get used it ''makes me sick''! Trapped here with this ''bunch of dicks''! Just cause I'm an Asian chick... Hollywood gets terrified when black men kiss white girls, as if two people fucking could somehow end the world but all Caucasian action's really not the wisest choice, so I get drafted in to please the goddamned village voice... 'cause I'm an ''Asian chick''... Asian chick! How the hell did I get picked? Who pulled this lousy rotten trick? On this poor Asian chick...? They always tell me that I should be played by Lucy Liu, But don't they know I saw '''''[[PrecisionFStrike Ecks versus fucking Sever too?]]''''' I'm stuck wit the Authority up here in space so high, my only girlfriend looks a bit like early CGI... It's no fun for an Asian chick... '''Asian chick'''! I should just leave this team of ''pricks''! Escape to live free double quick! Free to be... '''''An Asian... CHIIIIICK...'''''
19th Jan '17 12:50:20 AM DustSnitch
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* {{Jobber}}: There was a period where the Authority didn't have their own ongoing series, yet were still supposed to be the most powerful superhero team of their Earth. This led to the team only being used so that they could be jerks to the protagonists of other series, then swatted down to show off how cool those other heroes were. Examples include ''Stormwatch: Team Achilles'', and Creator/GailSimone's ''ComicBook/{{Gen 13}}'' (where they substitute "[[HeelRealization realize what jerks they're being]]" for "swatted down"). Notably ''not'' the case in ''[[ComicBook/CaptainAtom Captain Atom: Armageddon]]'', where they were portrayed as the {{Badass}}es they are... it's just they were up against [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter a bigger Badass than they were]].

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* {{Jobber}}: There was a period where the Authority didn't have their own ongoing series, yet were still supposed to be the most powerful superhero team of their Earth. This led to the team only being used so that they could be jerks to the protagonists of other series, then swatted down to show off how cool those other heroes were. Examples include ''Stormwatch: Team Achilles'', and Creator/GailSimone's ''ComicBook/{{Gen 13}}'' (where they substitute "[[HeelRealization realize what jerks they're being]]" for "swatted down"). Notably ''not'' the case in ''[[ComicBook/CaptainAtom Captain Atom: Armageddon]]'', where they were portrayed as the {{Badass}}es badasses they are... it's just they were up against [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter a bigger Badass than they were]].
8th Jan '17 11:43:19 AM SeptimusHeap
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** A prime example is when [[spoiler: Apollo is subdued and then raped by a member of a government-sponsored superteam given the directive to neutralize The Authority. In a later confrontation this same super is paralyzed from the waist down by Apollo and the last we see of him is a look of horror on his face as The Midnighter stands over him with an evil grin, holding a rusty, but operational jackhammer.]] [[FreudWasRight Make whichever Dr. Horrible references you deem appropriate.]]

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** A prime example is when [[spoiler: Apollo is subdued and then raped by a member of a government-sponsored superteam given the directive to neutralize The Authority. In a later confrontation this same super is paralyzed from the waist down by Apollo and the last we see of him is a look of horror on his face as The Midnighter stands over him with an evil grin, holding a rusty, but operational jackhammer.]] [[FreudWasRight Make whichever Dr. Horrible references you deem appropriate.]]
25th Dec '16 5:58:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Midnighter
** Let's just save time by saying that this trope applies to ''all'' of the team members.
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