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-->''You all know about the so-called Godmarket from your history studies. You also know the rumors that the various pagan gods and demons seeking worshippers in 1997 and 1998 ignited the Causality Wars. This is wrong. Oh, it's close to the truth, and it assigns the blame to the right party, but the Godmarket didn't ignite the Causality Wars. They've been raging throughout time and space for millenia. What we experienced was merely a very minor battle in a very large war, a war which involved powers as far beyond our comprehension as we are beyond that of a stone.''.
-->'''The Professor, Academy #0'''

The [[http://www.eyrie.org/~dvandom/ASH/titles.html Academy of Super-Heroes Universe]] is a WebOriginal imprint on rec.arts.comics.creative (see also LegionOfNetHeroes), owned and maintained by Dave Van Domelen since 1994. The setting is mostly in the 2020s, a generation after a massive disaster (1998, in-setting) wiped out nearly half of humanity and took with it all but a handful of the world's superhumans.
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Relevant tropes:
* TheAce[=/=]RenaissanceMan: Dan "Grind" Tracey is omnicompetent. His superpower is canonically that he's better than 99% of mundane humans at -- pretty much everything, including learning.
* AGodAmI: Rebus's plan during the "Pyramid Scheme" arc.
* AliensAreBastards: The Pranir are organ traffickers and generally all-around dicks. The Santari, while not all-around dicks, legally consider anyone with artificial replacement parts as property rather than people.
* AnIcePerson: Ymir of the European superteam Europa. Cockatrice has what amounts to [[EyeBeams freeze vision]].
* AntiMagic: Anchors are completely immune to superpowers and supertech fails around them. The more skilled/powerful ones (like Rebus) can dilate or contract their radius of effect at will.
* AntiVillain: Derek Radner to a certain extent, Yvan Viau completely. It's the entire reason Derek Radner recruited him.
* TheArchmage: The Wanderer and Tymythy Twystyd, pre-1998. Peregryn seems to be headed in that direction.
* AscendedFanboy: Lightfoot started as a fanboy of paranormals then lucked into powers of his own.
* BadassNormal: Princess Ursula of Monaco.
** Morgan Adams.
* BadGuyBar: The Skin Crawl in Khadam.
* BioAugmentation: Khadam's stock in trade. The crimelord Rex Umbrae is a product thereof, as is the former president-for-life of Khadam, Arnold Zugmann.
* {{Brainwashed}}: Rebus does this to Agent Ridley, riddling her mind with "thetan bodies."
* BroughtDownToBadass: Warden when he was kidnapped by Anchors. Turned out he still remembered all the martial arts he'd telepathically stolen when he still had his powers.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: In-setting, it is fairly well known that paranormal abilities tend to work the way the user expects them to rather than the way science would suggest. The Tesla Index is a direct measurement of the degree to which a paranormal or mundane can do distort reality with their will. Mundanes who have a tiny - but nonetheless greater than zero Tesla Index - can learn to do ritual magic.
* ClassyCatBurglar: Princess Ursula is very good at what she does.
* ComplexityAddiction: Rebus, as his name indicates, is obsessed with puzzles, riddles and elaborate schemes. Radner and Grind are very good at unraveling them.
* TheCowl: Warden, in attitude if [[WalkingShirtlessScene not attire]].
* CrazyPrepared: Derek Radner, more and more so throughout the series - with good reason. Dr. Huang Sheng too.
* {{Cyborg}}: lots of 'em. The Cyber-Nostra gang, Khadamite cyborgs, various militaries worldwide, Robert Coulter.
* DishingOutDirt: Terrastar.
* EmperorScientist: Derek Radner, ruler of Khadam, GadgeteerGenius, all-round genius.
* EvilGenius: Huang Sheng is primarily a bioengineering expert but dabbles in nanotech too.
* {{Expy}}: Just as Huang Sheng is an expy of FuManchu, Jiang Sheng was an expy of [[MarvelComics Shang Chi]].
* FamouslyMundaneFictionallyMagical: The Worldmaze, Yvan "Labyrinthe" Viau's PortalNetwork, was created using the globally-scattered pieces of the Berlin Wall as foci.
** The Great Pyramid at Giza was revealed to be a power accumulator that after five millennia had enough juice to make one a god.
*** Magellan's oceanbound route around the world is used by Q'Nos in a magical ritual to summon Jorumngandr. Peregryn bases his counter-ritual on the flight path of the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Lady_II Lucky Lady II]]'', the first ''airplane'' to circumnavigate the globe.
* FantasticFightingStyle: The Onyx Way, practiced by the Onyx Eye Tong, grants even its BadassNormal practitioners the ability to fight blind, kill superhumans in single combat and, for the most advanced, negate telepathic assault.
* FunctionalMagic: Peregryn, Glyph and others all wield their separate magical styles.
* GadgeteerGenius: Essay, Gimble and Derek Radner. See TheSparkOfGenius.
* GangBangers[=/=]GangOfHats: the paragangs are a prominent part of the ASH universe, especially in ''Warden''.
* GenreSavvy: Derek "Triton" Radner is a fully genre-aware deliberately mustache-twirling supervillain.
* GravityMaster: Solar Max.
** Jen Kleinvogel's flight is a result of extremely specialized gravity control.
*** The supervillain Devastator has power over many different physical forces. Gravity is just one of them.
* HavingABlast: Arin Kalsey's power.
* HeroicSacrifice / IDidWhatIHadToDo: Tymythy Twystyd and The Wanderer sacrificed their own lives as well as those of nearly all of Earth's paranormals at the time to remove the gods from Earth. The alternative would have been every worshipper of every god dying to fuel the Causality Wars.
* HumanAliens: The Santari are almost exactly human. Though nobody realizes it in-setting, this was due to one of the gods, Santarus, [[TransplantedHumans moving his worshippers to another planet]] long ago, only to be removed from history.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Teller does this via weak telekinesis and a superhuman grasp of angles and geometries. Dan Tracey (Grind of STRAFE) is ''just that good''.
* [[IntrepidReporter Intrepid Cyborg Reporter]]: Robert Coulter. Briefly "Challenger" of the CSV.
* JerkassGods: The "massive disaster" mentioned at the top of the page? It was all their fault. Fighting each other with ridiculous collateral damage, violating causality, [[YourSoulIsMine soul-draining]] their millions of worshippers to fuel their efforts ...
* LegacyHero: Solar Max, Brightsword III, Gauntlet II, Red Widow II, Lady Lawful II and III. Centurion was a LegacyImmortality example during World War II, with a more traditional legacy taking up the role in the Fourth Age. Weapons Master claims this, but [[spoiler: he's actually the original, rejuvenated by an immortality potion]].
* LegionOfDoom: The Conclave of Supervillains. Leadership fluctuates between Rebus and Radner [[spoiler: until the Pyramid Scheme arc]].
* LightIsNotGood / LightEmUp: Doublecross became a photonic lifeform and one of the most dangerous supervillains in the ASH universe as a result. Several other supers with light-based powers became his followers/cultists. The pre-1998 Solar Max had solar powers.
* MasterOfYourDomain: Aaron Zander of ASH and Warden have total control of all their bodily functions and can amplify their physical abilities/senses to superhuman levels at will.
* MadeOfIron: Tony Drake is ''completely'' invulnerable to physical harm. Unfortunately, he still feels pain.
* MeatPuppet: Mr. Strings' raison d'etre. He/she/it is a telepath with near-global range, able to control and manipulate hundreds of people worldwide.
* MetaOrigin: Most people get their powers from the Magene but there are also aliens, alien-modified humans, human-modified humans, powered armor and so on.
* MuggingTheMonster: "Popper" i.e. the template-assassin that replaced him, should have known better than to try to soul-drain [[BigBad Devastator]].
* {{Nanomachines}}
* OneHeroHoldTheWeaksauce: Gimble is the only [[GadgeteerGenius gadgeteer]] in the ASH universe to whom TheSparkOfGenius does not apply; everyone from supernormals to mundanes to [[AntiMagic Anchors]] can use her tech.
* PlayingWithFire: C.J. Brown and Scorch.
* PortalNetwork: Sort of. Yvan Viau, a mage with a spatial affinity, created a teleport network of sorts by sympathetically binding every piece of the shattered Berlin Wall to every other piece worldwide. Anyone with a piece could teleport to the location of any other piece, [[spoiler: until the network was destroyed]].
* PowerCopying: Warden's other superpower is a very specialized form of telepathy that lets him instantly learn the physical skills of anyone within range. As a result, he has learned an absurd number of martial arts.
* PoweredArmor: several examples at varying levels of technology. Derek Radner is a big fan while Solar Max uses it in addition to his gravitational talents.
* PowerIncontinence: Aegis has the power to send other supers into "burnout" while borrowing their paranormal talents for himself.
* PsychicBlockDefense[=/=]PsychicStatic: All versions (technological solutions, training, friendly telepath, magic, mundane brainwashing, sheer force of will)
* PublicDomainArtifact: DIY variant. Peregryn creates his own version of Tyr's Boot (made from the shoe leather of soldiers), using bits from the footwear of his superhero teammates.
* RedRightHand: Mr. Strings' hosts tend to hum when he/she/it is pleased. Usually the only way to identify one of them.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Justified in that supertech only works for the gadgeteers that made it and, to a lesser extent, superpowered people. That said, there are lots of people with useless powers who find gainful employment in keeping the supertech working. Also, plenty of experimentation has been done to integrate normaltech components into supertech enabling it to be used by normals.
* SealedEvilInACan: The [[spoiler:Devastator]] that ate [[spoiler:"Popper"]].
* SelfDuplication: * Manson Haight, small-time paragang member, has the power to make one duplicate per day. There's a psychic link between them all so it's not entirely a useless talent.
* {{Sentai}}: The Otakuza warriors.
* SharingABody: Aaron Zander and Paul Mahler. [[spoiler:Subverted in that Paul Mahler was actually dead and it was really "just" a complete snapshot of his consciousness.]]
* {{Shapeshifting}}: Myriad of the CSV. She is just one of many manufactured in Khadam.
* ShockAndAwe: Derek Radner aka Triton uses his electrical powers to power his [[PoweredArmor technological inventions]].
** His wife, Sultry, being a weather manipulator, can throw lightning around, too.
* SpaceMaster: Yvan "Labyrinthe" Viau lives and breathes this power.
** Solar Max built up his gravity powers to the point where he can manipulate space fairly well, doing things like creating wormholes with one end in the sun and the other in front of his foes.
*** Devastator demonstrated this ability too by redirecting one of Solar Max's spatial warps to manifest in exactly the wrong place.
* TheSparkOfGenius: Many forms of supertech created by Gadgeteers will only work for gadgeteers and other paranormals. A lot of research, some of it successful, has gone into integrating as much normaltech into it as possible so non-supers can use it too. Gimble is an extraordinary exception because her supertech can be used by anyone -- even Anchors.
* SpeakInUnison: In this case, hum in unison. When Mr. Strings is happy, its puppets start to hum all at once.
* StockSuperpowers: Just about all of them.
* SuperheroSchool: The members of ASH and STRAFE all went to the Academy of Superheroes.
* SuperSpeed: Meteor.
** Lightfoot has a peculiar form: he can make anything he's touching go faster. This, naturally, includes his own body.
* SuperTeam: ASH is the premiere "big gun" superteam. STRAFE and EUROPA are more into covert operations and espionage. The Conclave of Super Villains is more of a LegionOfDoom. The Freedom Alliance is a patriotic team with sinister overtones.
* {{Telepathy}}
* TimeMaster: Christopher Kelsey is a baby with crazy time powers. Given this, FutureBadass and FutureMeScaresMe are inevitable.
** The current Solar Max, by distorting gravity just ''so'', can distort space and time in useful ways -- such as semi-accurate time travel.
* TimeTravel: The reason why the Causality Wars were so messy; the gods fought each other all over time and (to a lesser extent) space.
** Chris Kelsey again.
** Lightfoot, a pre-1998 superhero, survived to the current era by relativistic travel from and to Earth.
** The original Solar Max did the same thing.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Yvan Viau aka "Labyrinthe" of the CSV. Radner made him his right-hand man precisely for this reason; he's trustworthy, genuinely nice and only a supervillain because he's unflinchingly loyal to his evil sister. Radner has an image as a hardass supervillain to maintain but, with Yvan at his side, can get away with showing mercy by "letting" Yvan persuade him.
** Challenger was later recruited for this role when Viau was missing for a time.
* TookALevelInBadass: Conflicto after the Pyramid Scheme arc, specifically in CSV #19.
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: The Onyx Eye tong are simultaneously a crime syndicate and an evil martial arts school.
* {{Unobtanium}}: Collapsinum is a functionally indestructible metal. Its existence is permissible by mundane physics but its ''creation'' requires Violation Physics.
* WretchedHive[=/=]ViceCity: Khadam is a vice ''country''. Mad scientists, their even madder creations, bastard aliens, supervillains and criminals of every stripe can all be found there.
* YellowPeril: Dr. Huang Sheng started out as an Expy of Fu Manchu, albeit with a greater focus on science than mysticism.
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-->''You all know about the so-called Godmarket from your history studies. You also know the rumors that the various pagan gods and demons seeking worshippers in 1997 and 1998 ignited the Causality Wars. This is wrong. Oh, it's close to the truth, and it assigns the blame to the right party, but the Godmarket didn't ignite the Causality Wars. They've been raging throughout time and space for millenia. What we experienced was merely a very minor battle in a very large war, a war which involved powers as far beyond our comprehension as we are beyond that of a stone.''.
-->'''The Professor, Academy #0'''

The [[http://www.eyrie.org/~dvandom/ASH/titles.html Academy of Super-Heroes Universe]] is a WebOriginal imprint on rec.arts.comics.creative (see also LegionOfNetHeroes), owned and maintained by Dave Van Domelen since 1994. The setting is mostly in the 2020s, a generation after a massive disaster (1998, in-setting) wiped out nearly half of humanity and took with it all but a handful of the world's superhumans.
----
Relevant tropes:
* TheAce[=/=]RenaissanceMan: Dan "Grind" Tracey is omnicompetent. His superpower is canonically that he's better than 99% of mundane humans at -- pretty much everything, including learning.
* AGodAmI: Rebus's plan during the "Pyramid Scheme" arc.
* AliensAreBastards: The Pranir are organ traffickers and generally all-around dicks. The Santari, while not all-around dicks, legally consider anyone with artificial replacement parts as property rather than people.
* AnIcePerson: Ymir of the European superteam Europa. Cockatrice has what amounts to [[EyeBeams freeze vision]].
* AntiMagic: Anchors are completely immune to superpowers and supertech fails around them. The more skilled/powerful ones (like Rebus) can dilate or contract their radius of effect at will.
* AntiVillain: Derek Radner to a certain extent, Yvan Viau completely. It's the entire reason Derek Radner recruited him.
* TheArchmage: The Wanderer and Tymythy Twystyd, pre-1998. Peregryn seems to be headed in that direction.
* AscendedFanboy: Lightfoot started as a fanboy of paranormals then lucked into powers of his own.
* BadassNormal: Princess Ursula of Monaco.
** Morgan Adams.
* BadGuyBar: The Skin Crawl in Khadam.
* BioAugmentation: Khadam's stock in trade. The crimelord Rex Umbrae is a product thereof, as is the former president-for-life of Khadam, Arnold Zugmann.
* {{Brainwashed}}: Rebus does this to Agent Ridley, riddling her mind with "thetan bodies."
* BroughtDownToBadass: Warden when he was kidnapped by Anchors. Turned out he still remembered all the martial arts he'd telepathically stolen when he still had his powers.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: In-setting, it is fairly well known that paranormal abilities tend to work the way the user expects them to rather than the way science would suggest. The Tesla Index is a direct measurement of the degree to which a paranormal or mundane can do distort reality with their will. Mundanes who have a tiny - but nonetheless greater than zero Tesla Index - can learn to do ritual magic.
* ClassyCatBurglar: Princess Ursula is very good at what she does.
* ComplexityAddiction: Rebus, as his name indicates, is obsessed with puzzles, riddles and elaborate schemes. Radner and Grind are very good at unraveling them.
* TheCowl: Warden, in attitude if [[WalkingShirtlessScene not attire]].
* CrazyPrepared: Derek Radner, more and more so throughout the series - with good reason. Dr. Huang Sheng too.
* {{Cyborg}}: lots of 'em. The Cyber-Nostra gang, Khadamite cyborgs, various militaries worldwide, Robert Coulter.
* DishingOutDirt: Terrastar.
* EmperorScientist: Derek Radner, ruler of Khadam, GadgeteerGenius, all-round genius.
* EvilGenius: Huang Sheng is primarily a bioengineering expert but dabbles in nanotech too.
* {{Expy}}: Just as Huang Sheng is an expy of FuManchu, Jiang Sheng was an expy of [[MarvelComics Shang Chi]].
* FamouslyMundaneFictionallyMagical: The Worldmaze, Yvan "Labyrinthe" Viau's PortalNetwork, was created using the globally-scattered pieces of the Berlin Wall as foci.
** The Great Pyramid at Giza was revealed to be a power accumulator that after five millennia had enough juice to make one a god.
*** Magellan's oceanbound route around the world is used by Q'Nos in a magical ritual to summon Jorumngandr. Peregryn bases his counter-ritual on the flight path of the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Lady_II Lucky Lady II]]'', the first ''airplane'' to circumnavigate the globe.
* FantasticFightingStyle: The Onyx Way, practiced by the Onyx Eye Tong, grants even its BadassNormal practitioners the ability to fight blind, kill superhumans in single combat and, for the most advanced, negate telepathic assault.
* FunctionalMagic: Peregryn, Glyph and others all wield their separate magical styles.
* GadgeteerGenius: Essay, Gimble and Derek Radner. See TheSparkOfGenius.
* GangBangers[=/=]GangOfHats: the paragangs are a prominent part of the ASH universe, especially in ''Warden''.
* GenreSavvy: Derek "Triton" Radner is a fully genre-aware deliberately mustache-twirling supervillain.
* GravityMaster: Solar Max.
** Jen Kleinvogel's flight is a result of extremely specialized gravity control.
*** The supervillain Devastator has power over many different physical forces. Gravity is just one of them.
* HavingABlast: Arin Kalsey's power.
* HeroicSacrifice / IDidWhatIHadToDo: Tymythy Twystyd and The Wanderer sacrificed their own lives as well as those of nearly all of Earth's paranormals at the time to remove the gods from Earth. The alternative would have been every worshipper of every god dying to fuel the Causality Wars.
* HumanAliens: The Santari are almost exactly human. Though nobody realizes it in-setting, this was due to one of the gods, Santarus, [[TransplantedHumans moving his worshippers to another planet]] long ago, only to be removed from history.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Teller does this via weak telekinesis and a superhuman grasp of angles and geometries. Dan Tracey (Grind of STRAFE) is ''just that good''.
* [[IntrepidReporter Intrepid Cyborg Reporter]]: Robert Coulter. Briefly "Challenger" of the CSV.
* JerkassGods: The "massive disaster" mentioned at the top of the page? It was all their fault. Fighting each other with ridiculous collateral damage, violating causality, [[YourSoulIsMine soul-draining]] their millions of worshippers to fuel their efforts ...
* LegacyHero: Solar Max, Brightsword III, Gauntlet II, Red Widow II, Lady Lawful II and III. Centurion was a LegacyImmortality example during World War II, with a more traditional legacy taking up the role in the Fourth Age. Weapons Master claims this, but [[spoiler: he's actually the original, rejuvenated by an immortality potion]].
* LegionOfDoom: The Conclave of Supervillains. Leadership fluctuates between Rebus and Radner [[spoiler: until the Pyramid Scheme arc]].
* LightIsNotGood / LightEmUp: Doublecross became a photonic lifeform and one of the most dangerous supervillains in the ASH universe as a result. Several other supers with light-based powers became his followers/cultists. The pre-1998 Solar Max had solar powers.
* MasterOfYourDomain: Aaron Zander of ASH and Warden have total control of all their bodily functions and can amplify their physical abilities/senses to superhuman levels at will.
* MadeOfIron: Tony Drake is ''completely'' invulnerable to physical harm. Unfortunately, he still feels pain.
* MeatPuppet: Mr. Strings' raison d'etre. He/she/it is a telepath with near-global range, able to control and manipulate hundreds of people worldwide.
* MetaOrigin: Most people get their powers from the Magene but there are also aliens, alien-modified humans, human-modified humans, powered armor and so on.
* MuggingTheMonster: "Popper" i.e. the template-assassin that replaced him, should have known better than to try to soul-drain [[BigBad Devastator]].
* {{Nanomachines}}
* OneHeroHoldTheWeaksauce: Gimble is the only [[GadgeteerGenius gadgeteer]] in the ASH universe to whom TheSparkOfGenius does not apply; everyone from supernormals to mundanes to [[AntiMagic Anchors]] can use her tech.
* PlayingWithFire: C.J. Brown and Scorch.
* PortalNetwork: Sort of. Yvan Viau, a mage with a spatial affinity, created a teleport network of sorts by sympathetically binding every piece of the shattered Berlin Wall to every other piece worldwide. Anyone with a piece could teleport to the location of any other piece, [[spoiler: until the network was destroyed]].
* PowerCopying: Warden's other superpower is a very specialized form of telepathy that lets him instantly learn the physical skills of anyone within range. As a result, he has learned an absurd number of martial arts.
* PoweredArmor: several examples at varying levels of technology. Derek Radner is a big fan while Solar Max uses it in addition to his gravitational talents.
* PowerIncontinence: Aegis has the power to send other supers into "burnout" while borrowing their paranormal talents for himself.
* PsychicBlockDefense[=/=]PsychicStatic: All versions (technological solutions, training, friendly telepath, magic, mundane brainwashing, sheer force of will)
* PublicDomainArtifact: DIY variant. Peregryn creates his own version of Tyr's Boot (made from the shoe leather of soldiers), using bits from the footwear of his superhero teammates.
* RedRightHand: Mr. Strings' hosts tend to hum when he/she/it is pleased. Usually the only way to identify one of them.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Justified in that supertech only works for the gadgeteers that made it and, to a lesser extent, superpowered people. That said, there are lots of people with useless powers who find gainful employment in keeping the supertech working. Also, plenty of experimentation has been done to integrate normaltech components into supertech enabling it to be used by normals.
* SealedEvilInACan: The [[spoiler:Devastator]] that ate [[spoiler:"Popper"]].
* SelfDuplication: * Manson Haight, small-time paragang member, has the power to make one duplicate per day. There's a psychic link between them all so it's not entirely a useless talent.
* {{Sentai}}: The Otakuza warriors.
* SharingABody: Aaron Zander and Paul Mahler. [[spoiler:Subverted in that Paul Mahler was actually dead and it was really "just" a complete snapshot of his consciousness.]]
* {{Shapeshifting}}: Myriad of the CSV. She is just one of many manufactured in Khadam.
* ShockAndAwe: Derek Radner aka Triton uses his electrical powers to power his [[PoweredArmor technological inventions]].
** His wife, Sultry, being a weather manipulator, can throw lightning around, too.
* SpaceMaster: Yvan "Labyrinthe" Viau lives and breathes this power.
** Solar Max built up his gravity powers to the point where he can manipulate space fairly well, doing things like creating wormholes with one end in the sun and the other in front of his foes.
*** Devastator demonstrated this ability too by redirecting one of Solar Max's spatial warps to manifest in exactly the wrong place.
* TheSparkOfGenius: Many forms of supertech created by Gadgeteers will only work for gadgeteers and other paranormals. A lot of research, some of it successful, has gone into integrating as much normaltech into it as possible so non-supers can use it too. Gimble is an extraordinary exception because her supertech can be used by anyone -- even Anchors.
* SpeakInUnison: In this case, hum in unison. When Mr. Strings is happy, its puppets start to hum all at once.
* StockSuperpowers: Just about all of them.
* SuperheroSchool: The members of ASH and STRAFE all went to the Academy of Superheroes.
* SuperSpeed: Meteor.
** Lightfoot has a peculiar form: he can make anything he's touching go faster. This, naturally, includes his own body.
* SuperTeam: ASH is the premiere "big gun" superteam. STRAFE and EUROPA are more into covert operations and espionage. The Conclave of Super Villains is more of a LegionOfDoom. The Freedom Alliance is a patriotic team with sinister overtones.
* {{Telepathy}}
* TimeMaster: Christopher Kelsey is a baby with crazy time powers. Given this, FutureBadass and FutureMeScaresMe are inevitable.
** The current Solar Max, by distorting gravity just ''so'', can distort space and time in useful ways -- such as semi-accurate time travel.
* TimeTravel: The reason why the Causality Wars were so messy; the gods fought each other all over time and (to a lesser extent) space.
** Chris Kelsey again.
** Lightfoot, a pre-1998 superhero, survived to the current era by relativistic travel from and to Earth.
** The original Solar Max did the same thing.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Yvan Viau aka "Labyrinthe" of the CSV. Radner made him his right-hand man precisely for this reason; he's trustworthy, genuinely nice and only a supervillain because he's unflinchingly loyal to his evil sister. Radner has an image as a hardass supervillain to maintain but, with Yvan at his side, can get away with showing mercy by "letting" Yvan persuade him.
** Challenger was later recruited for this role when Viau was missing for a time.
* TookALevelInBadass: Conflicto after the Pyramid Scheme arc, specifically in CSV #19.
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: The Onyx Eye tong are simultaneously a crime syndicate and an evil martial arts school.
* {{Unobtanium}}: Collapsinum is a functionally indestructible metal. Its existence is permissible by mundane physics but its ''creation'' requires Violation Physics.
* WretchedHive[=/=]ViceCity: Khadam is a vice ''country''. Mad scientists, their even madder creations, bastard aliens, supervillains and criminals of every stripe can all be found there.
* YellowPeril: Dr. Huang Sheng started out as an Expy of Fu Manchu, albeit with a greater focus on science than mysticism.
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* {{Brainwashed}}: Rebus does this to Agent Ridley, [[IncrediblyLamePun riddling]] her mind with "thetan bodies."

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* {{Brainwashed}}: Rebus does this to Agent Ridley, [[IncrediblyLamePun riddling]] riddling her mind with "thetan bodies."
24th May '13 8:20:37 PM RazorSmile
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* SelfDuplication: * Manson Haight, small-time paragang member, has the power to make one duplicate per day. There's a psychic link between them all so it's not entirely a useless talent.
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* TheAce[=/=]RenaissanceMan: Dan "Grind" Tracey is omnicompetent. His superpower is canonically that he's better than any "normal person" at everything -- including learning.

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* TheAce[=/=]RenaissanceMan: Dan "Grind" Tracey is omnicompetent. His superpower is canonically that he's better than any "normal person" 99% of mundane humans at everything -- pretty much everything, including learning.
8th Apr '13 11:34:42 PM RazorSmile
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* SuperheroSchool: The members of ASH all went to the Academy of Superheroes.

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* SuperheroSchool: The members of ASH and STRAFE all went to the Academy of Superheroes.
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* HavingABlast: Arin Kalsey's power.
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* TheAce: Dan "Grind" Tracey is omnicompetent. His superpower is canonically that he's better than any "normal person" at everything -- including learning.

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* TheAce: TheAce[=/=]RenaissanceMan: Dan "Grind" Tracey is omnicompetent. His superpower is canonically that he's better than any "normal person" at everything -- including learning.
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*** Magellan's oceanbound route around the world is used by Q'Nos to summon Jorumngandr. Peregryn counters the summoning by tracing the path of the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Lady_II Lucky Lady II]]'', the first ''plane'' to circumnavigate the globe.

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*** Magellan's oceanbound route around the world is used by Q'Nos in a magical ritual to summon Jorumngandr. Peregryn counters bases his counter-ritual on the summoning by tracing the flight path of the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Lady_II Lucky Lady II]]'', the first ''plane'' ''airplane'' to circumnavigate the globe.
14th Mar '13 5:41:41 PM RazorSmile
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* FantasticFightingStyle: * The Onyx Way, practiced by the Onyx Eye Tong, grants even its BadassNormal practitioners the ability to fight blind, kill superhumans in single combat and, for the most advanced, negate telepathic assault.

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* FantasticFightingStyle: * The Onyx Way, practiced by the Onyx Eye Tong, grants even its BadassNormal practitioners the ability to fight blind, kill superhumans in single combat and, for the most advanced, negate telepathic assault.
4th Dec '12 9:11:03 AM NESBoy
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* MegaManning: Warden's other superpower is a very specialized form of telepathy that lets him instantly learn the physical skills of anyone within range. As a result, he has learned an absurd number of martial arts.


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* PowerCopying: Warden's other superpower is a very specialized form of telepathy that lets him instantly learn the physical skills of anyone within range. As a result, he has learned an absurd number of martial arts.
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