History Literature / WorldDominationInRetrospect

11th Dec '16 1:19:30 AM laserpen
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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: So far Gecko has saved SantaClaus and Baby New Year from those attempting to ruin their holidays for various reasons. He has also beaten up [[spoiler:Father Time]] for attempting to ruin one of the aforementioned holidays.



** Later played straight by [[spoiler:Oligarch]], in the very specific sense that PowerArmor is worse than useless when the person out to get you is a {{Technopath}}.



* CreateYourOwnVillain: The government program in charge of making ChildSoldiers from [[{{Technopath}} Gecko's species]] resulted in Gecko. Fast forward several years, and he came within minutes of initiating a EarthShatteringKaboom.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: These are sprinkled throughout the serial, but a standout is what Gecko did to [[SizeShifter Ampli]][[EyeBeams tude.]] Having previously severed his spinal column, Gecko decided to finish the job by filling a dump truck with angry ants and using a gigantic set of rubber bands to slingshot the truck into Amplitude's hospital room.
** [[spoiler:Subverted in that Hephastus was able to salvage Amplitude's head.]]



* HyperAwareness: Gecko's PowerArmor has a 360 degree display, a fact he takes full advantage of.
* IdentityAmnesia: Many of the [[{{Mutant}} Rejects]] have this.
** Later, [[CatGirl Wild]][[PlantPerson flower]] is in similar circumstances.



* MonochromaticEyes: By default, Gecko's cybernetic eyes are a blank white.



* MuggingTheMonster: People have, on a few occasions, attempted to mug Gecko. Gecko shows them the folly of their ways, then introduces them to their friend Mr Dumpster. Mr Dumpster is a good home for unconscious bodies/mutilated corpses!



* OnceForYesTwiceForNo: Gecko attempts this with Moai over the phone. Moai responds in Morse,

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* OnceForYesTwiceForNo: Gecko attempts this with Moai over the phone. Moai responds in Morse,Morse Code,


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* YourHeadAsplode: Having enhanced durability may save you from Gecko punching your head off. It does not, however, save you from Gecko putting his hand in your mouth and charging his gauntlets until everything above the shoulder ruptures in a [[PinkMist fine red mist.]] [[spoiler:Pink Pixie]] discovered this the hard way.
11th Dec '16 12:19:57 AM laserpen
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* HeroicSacrifice: In an alternate future, [[spoiler:Gecko of all people,]] makes one of these to save Empyreal City.


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** [[BringMyBrownPants Delicious chocolate pudding.]]


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* SizeShifter: Amplitude is one of these, and can induce it in others via EyeBeams.


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* SuperSerum: Hephastus and the FBI have these. The FBI's are temporary, while Hephastus works on producing reliable, permanent ones.


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* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Gecko occasionally does this, and doesn't tell what the plans are mainly [[NoFourthWall for dramatic effect.]]
11th Dec '16 12:12:55 AM laserpen
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* BoobyTrap: Gecko has a tendency to come up with creative ones.

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* BoobyTrap: Gecko has a tendency to come up with creative ones.ones, ranging from a [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods squid]] in a shower stall, to reverse punji pits, to [[{{Pun}}using crows as lethal projectiles, to frozen turkeys.]]


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** Leah considered being this for a time, but decided against it.
11th Dec '16 12:09:26 AM laserpen
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* ChekhovsGun: Gecko is a frequent builder of these, with just about everything he makes [[RunningGag except the laser potato peeler]] will come in handy later
** Gecko intentionally sets one of these up when he tampers with Long Life's nanites. Come [[spoiler:The Trial 4, he uses them to TakeOverTheWorld.]]
** The receivers embedded in Gecko's neck to stave off the effects of a NeckSnap come in handy later on when Gecko needs to deal with being [[spoiler:[[StrappedToAnOperatingTable Paralysed on an operating table]] in the [[TheAlcatraz Rubiks Cube.]]]]


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** In one of the archived stories, Gecko uses one of these made out of ''wood.''


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* {{Kaiju}}: There is a hero who goes by the name of Kelly Kaiju. His gimmick is that he's [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever about 50 feet tall.]]
** Later, Gecko makes his own for [[spoiler:The battle with Cercophagus Lysis.]]
7th Dec '16 7:06:20 PM laserpen
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* HeroKiller: An informal agreement dating back to World War 2 states that there is to be no murdering of heroes or villains by other heroes or villains. Gecko, the Good Doctor, and Mix'N'Max don't really care about this.


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* SerialEscalation: If you keep pressuring him, Gecko ''will'' pull this on you. His grudge with Shieldwall started with a little bit of violence and a murder or two. It ended several months later with Gecko burning down a large tract of Empyreal City and collapsing the Empire State Building.
** The serial as a whole is this as well, with the SortingAlgorithmOfVillainThreat in full effect.
7th Dec '16 6:58:42 PM laserpen
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* TheDreaded: There are supervillain ghost stories about the [[CrazyAwesome things]] Gecko gets up to.
-->“One time, I heard he destroyed a helicopter with a banana.”
--> “I heard he used a walnut. He threw it at the correct angle to ricochet into the pilot’s mouth, thus choking him and making him crash.”



* MostCommonSuperpower: Elita the Warrior Woman. From the website’s character dossiers: “Powers: SuperStrength, Enhanced Physique, [[NighInvulnerability Increased Durability]], Most Common”

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* MostCommonSuperpower: Elita the Warrior Woman. From the website’s character dossiers: “Powers: “Powers: SuperStrength, Enhanced Physique, [[NighInvulnerability Increased Durability]], Most Common”
2nd Dec '16 1:07:28 PM laserpen
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* KightOfCerebus: Amusingly enough, it is the formation of a group of heroes that signals the shift from smaller chapters to multi-chapter story arcs.

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* KightOfCerebus: KnightOfCerebus: Amusingly enough, it is the formation of a group of heroes that signals the shift from smaller chapters to multi-chapter story arcs.



* SelfSurgery: As far as the reader can tell, the majority of Gecko's cybernetics were installed by him. This certainly occurs when he [[needs another power core.]]
* Sentai: In his old reality, Gecko had to deal with a group of these Called the Phenomenal Fighting Justice Rangers. In his new one, he encountered the Nature Rangers during a trip to Japan.

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* SelfSurgery: As far as the reader can tell, the majority of Gecko's cybernetics were installed by him. This certainly occurs when he [[needs [[spoiler:needs another power core.]]
* Sentai: {{Sentai}}: In his old reality, Gecko had to deal with a group of these Called the Phenomenal Fighting Justice Rangers. In his new one, he encountered the Nature Rangers during a trip to Japan.
2nd Dec '16 1:04:26 PM laserpen
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* OnceForYesTwiceForNo: Gecko attempts this with Moai over the phone. Moai responds in Morse,
--> "[[DeadpanSnarker You. Didn’t. Say. Anything. About. Maybe.]]”
* [[StrappedToAnOperatingTable Paralysed On An Operating Table]]: The staff of the [[TheAlcatraz Rubiks Cube]] inflict this on Gecko. As it turned out, he wasn't nearly paralysed enough for their safety.


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* RoofHopping: Since reinstalling his [[InASingleBound leg muscle enhancers]] Gecko has been using this as a major means of mobility.
* Rule34: A guest chapter has Gecko create a manifestation of this. It immediately goes rogue and has to be eliminated by Gecko's other project, [[CreepyPasta Creepy Pasta.]]


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* SlaveToPr: Shieldwall is broken up over PR damage. Specifically, a news camera recording most of the members engaged in a discussion on whether or not to execute Gecko.


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* SuperheroesWearCapes: Superheroes such as Captain Lightning and of course the Missile Patriot wear capes. Those heroes who can't fly, not so much.


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* TemporaryBlindness: When imprisoned, Gecko has his eyes confiscated, and is left blind until he gets his hands on something with a camera he can use.


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* ThouShaltNotKill: Many of the heroes ascribe to this philosophy, but notably Venus. She has had multiple opportunities to off Gecko, [[spoiler:some of which were set up by [[DeathSeeker Gecko]] himself,]] and yet he is still kicking.
2nd Dec '16 12:45:32 PM laserpen
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* PowerTrio: Gecko, The Good Doctor and Mix'N'Max used to form one of these. They reform it for a short time during the AlienInvasion.


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* PyrrhicVictory: Anybody who manages to utterly defeat Gecko (except for Venus in close combat) probably experienced one of these. The sheer scale of the damage Gecko can do in a corner is sufficient to qualify for this trope.


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* RequiredSecondaryPowers: These are a large part of why Gecko considers SuperSpeed one of the most broken powers out there.
* RunningGag: Gecko's poor laser potato peeler never gets a chance to shine. It is either broken or forgotten about at every possible opportunity.
** Crash is lucky to have a car that isn't broken by the end of the page. And is then unlucky because it ''will'' be broken on the ''next'' page.


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* SelfSurgery: As far as the reader can tell, the majority of Gecko's cybernetics were installed by him. This certainly occurs when he [[needs another power core.]]
* Sentai: In his old reality, Gecko had to deal with a group of these Called the Phenomenal Fighting Justice Rangers. In his new one, he encountered the Nature Rangers during a trip to Japan.
2nd Dec '16 12:26:00 PM laserpen
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* AttackItsWeakPoint: The Good Doctor does this with the aid of his XRayVision. If the asshole counts as a weak point, Gecko is also a fan of this strategy.
** [[spoiler:The only way to kill the Fluidics is to break their crystalline core.]]


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* CerebusSyndrome: The serial has moved from a series of almost unconnected short stories to longer story arcs. Over the course of this, there has been zero reduction of comedy.


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* KightOfCerebus: Amusingly enough, it is the formation of a group of heroes that signals the shift from smaller chapters to multi-chapter story arcs.
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