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22nd Mar '18 9:31:41 PM MBG
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* ExpendableAlternateUniverse: One of the defining examples in comics. You'd have a harder time naming an issue that doesn't feature at least a few major characters biting it, and a good number straight-up end on some level of ApocalypseHow. Spider-Man and Wolverine are probably the most chronic cases.
8th Mar '18 8:35:34 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* BittersweetEnding: A fairly common occurrence - arguably moreso than clear-cut happy endings or [[DownerEnding Downer Endings]] - but the most-remembered one is probably "What If Dr. Doom Had Become A Hero?" Page after page demonstrates to the reader that, had Victor von Doom had just a ''little'' more humility, he could've become one of the greatest, most selfless heroes of all time... but [[spoiler:his childhood sweetheart would still be doomed to Hell, thanks to [[DiabolusExMachina an unusually proactive Mephisto]].]]
8th Feb '18 5:22:08 PM MagiMecha
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* TheBadGuyWins: Some issues end with the villains victorious. In "What if Steve Rogers had refused to give up being Captain America?" (v2 #3), Steve Rogers is cleared of all charges by President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, only for the ComicBook/RedSkull order Cap assassinated. Cap is killed and John Walker takes over as Cap, but goes insane and the title is retired, leading to the Skull to gloat in victory.

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* TheBadGuyWins: Some issues end with the villains victorious. Including in these:
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In "What if Steve Rogers had refused to give up being Captain America?" (v2 #3), Steve Rogers is cleared of all charges by President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, only for the ComicBook/RedSkull order Cap assassinated. Cap is killed and John Walker takes over as Cap, but goes insane and the title is retired, leading to the Skull to gloat in victory.
** In "What if Spider-Man's Parents destroyed his family?", Spidey is framed for the deaths of Mary Jane and Aunt May, who were killed by the robots of Richard and Mary Parker. Spidey goes on a rampage, murdering the Vulture and the Chameleon, but upon catching up to his "parents", their final battle ends with them shifting back into their human forms, dying as them and framing Spidey for their deaths. Spidey is arrested and a shadowy figure [[spoiler:implied to be the Harry Osborn Green Goblin]] laughs in
victory.
6th Feb '18 7:21:01 PM MagiMecha
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* TheBadGuyWins: Some issues end with the villains victorious. In "What if Steve Rogers had refused to give up being Captain America?" (v2 #3), Steve Rogers is cleared of all charges by President UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, only for the ComicBook/RedSkull order Cap assassinated. Cap is killed and John Walker takes over as Cap, but goes insane and the title is retired, leading to the Skull to gloat in victory.
18th Jan '18 4:20:53 PM NESBoy
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* OutsideContextProblem: The ''What If? Annihilation'' special begins with the events of ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'' being treated as this in regards to ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', as Nova arrives on Earth during the climax of the latter crossover and is shocked and appalled that Earth's heroes have been ignorant of the threat of the Annihilation Wave up until then.
7th Jan '18 7:28:43 PM NESBoy
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* Volume 1, issue 32: "What if the Avengers Had Become Pawns of Korvac?" -- The ultimate KillEmAll story of the series, in which Korvac, on a quest for order, achieves total annihilation of the universe with the Ultimate Nullifier.

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* Volume 1, issue 32: "What if the Avengers Had Become Pawns of Korvac?" -- The ultimate KillEmAll story of the series, in which in alternate outcome for ''ComicBook/TheKorvacSaga'', Korvac, on a quest for order, achieves total annihilation of the universe with the Ultimate Nullifier.
7th Jan '18 7:07:06 PM NESBoy
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* CounterpartComparison: An in-universe example occurs in Vol. 1 #9, in which Iron Man gathers a select few Avengers to show them an alternate reality where the Avengers had formed in the 1950's. Captain America notes that he and 3-D Man were alike in many ways, such as their fighting styles; Iron Man himself compares his repulsor rays to Marvel Boy's wrist laser-beam, the Beast makes an obvious comparison with Gorilla-Man, the Vision sees himself and the Human Robot in a similar light, and Thor notes that he and Venus are the only immortals of their respective teams.
7th Jan '18 5:47:12 PM NESBoy
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* ContinuityCavalcade: Creator/JimShooter penned a one-pager in Vol. 1 No. 34 in which Iron Man summons every character who had been a member of ComicBook/TheAvengers at one point or another at the time the issue was printed in order to stop a candy store robbery.


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* YouJustHadToSayIt: In Vol. 1 #34's "What If... anyone who'd ever been an Avenger had ''remained'' an avenger?" Iron Man decides to [[AvengersAssemble sound the call to arms]], leading to this exchange between him and Ant-Man:
-->'''Ant-Man:''' [-No, Iron Man! Not that! Don't say...-]\\
'''Iron Man:''' Don't say what, Ant-Man? [[AC:Avengers Assemble?]]\\
'''Ant-Man:''' ''(thinking)'' Some people never learn!
7th Jan '18 5:33:16 PM NESBoy
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** This was {{discussed|Trope}} in Creator/FredHembeck's segment in v1 #34, in which the Watcher discusses the difference between "Imaginary Stories" and "Alternate Reality Stories". According to the Watcher, "An Imaginary Story can proceed from ''any'' premise whatsoever, no matter how absurd, with no thought to how a given situation came about." As illustration, he presents "What if the Fantastic Four were ''bananas''?", "What if Odin were Peter Parker's ''uncle''?", "What if Don Blake and Tony Stark were ''brothers''?", "What if Aunt May were Ant ''Man''?", and "What if Spider-Man ''married'' Spider-Woman?" Moving on, the Watcher explains that Alternate Reality Stories "must proceed logically from an established event, by showing a single variable and following its consequences." He then presents absurd alternate realities where Reed Richards allowed Willie Lumpkin to join the Fantastic Four, Captain America remained Nomad, Rick Jones left Captain Marvel in the Negatic Zone, and Nick Fury had to wear his eyepatch over his other eye.
-->'''The Watcher:''' Now, friends, you too know the difference. Just remember, in ''any'' reality, comic book stories are imaginary! So says the Watcher!"

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** This was {{discussed|Trope}} in Creator/FredHembeck's segment in v1 #34, in which the Watcher discusses the difference between "Imaginary Stories" and "Alternate Reality Stories". According to the Watcher, "An Imaginary Story can proceed from ''any'' premise whatsoever, no matter how absurd, with no thought to how a given situation came about." As illustration, he presents "What if the Fantastic Four were ''bananas''?", "What if Odin were Peter Parker's ''uncle''?", "What if Don Blake and Tony Stark were ''brothers''?", "What if Aunt May were Ant ''Man''?", and "What if Spider-Man ''married'' Spider-Woman?" Moving on, the Watcher explains that Alternate Reality Stories "must proceed logically from an established event, by showing a single variable and following its consequences." He then presents absurd alternate realities where Reed Richards allowed Willie Lumpkin to join the Fantastic Four, Captain America remained Nomad, Rick Jones left Captain Marvel in the Negatic Negative Zone, and Nick Fury had to wear his eyepatch over his other eye.
-->'''The Watcher:''' Now, friends, you too know the difference. Just remember, in ''any'' reality, comic book stories are imaginary! So says the Watcher!"Watcher!
7th Jan '18 5:17:33 PM NESBoy
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* BaitAndSwitchOpening: Vol. 1 #34 opens with the traditional opening spiel by the Watcher about the core premise of the series, and the tone is just like any other issue so far...
-->'''Watch:''' Today, I wish to share with you the most awe-inspiring alternate reality I have ever witnessed... A world in which you will learn[=--=]\\
''(another, goofier Watcher [[BreakingTheFourthWall bursts through the panel]])''\\
'''Watcher 2:''' BAH! Enough of this super-serious pseudo-scientific claptrap! Let's have some FUN for once! Let's do a whole book filled with alternate UNREALITIES!


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* FakeOutOpening: Vol. 1 #34 opens with the traditional opening spiel by the Watcher about the core premise of the series, and the tone is just like any other issue so far...
-->'''Watch:''' Today, I wish to share with you the most awe-inspiring alternate reality I have ever witnessed... A world in which you will learn[=--=]\\
''(another, goofier Watcher [[BreakingTheFourthWall bursts through the panel]])''\\
'''Watcher 2:''' BAH! Enough of this super-serious pseudo-scientific claptrap! Let's have some FUN for once! Let's do a whole book filled with alternate UNREALITIES!
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