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-> ''We're the Canadian Football League of superhero teams! (Except, of course, [[{{Wolverine}} our best heroes]] don't [[HilariousInHindsight go to the U.S. and join the Avengers]]) But if supervillains ever threaten [[AliensInCardiff Campbelltown, New Brunswick]], you'll be glad we're here!''
->-- '''Marvel Year in Review 1993'''

Alpha Flight is a fictional superhero team published by MarvelComics, noteworthy for being one of the few Canadian superhero teams. Created by comic book writer/artist JohnByrne -[[AuthorAppeal who is himself Canadian]]- the team first appeared in ''Uncanny Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' #120 (April 1979). It's considered an X-Men spinoff even though they're more like Canadian [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]]. Throughout most of its history, the team has worked for Department H, a fictitious branch of Canada's Department of National Defence that deals with super-powered persons. Most team members have [[CaptainEthnic distinctly Canadian attributes]], such as Inuit or First Nations heritage. Their name refers to the three levels of training that team members undergo- Alpha, Beta and Gamma- with Gamma Flight being the least trained and Alpha Flight the best. The other flights tend to act as sidekicks for Alpha (though one version of Gamma Flight [[FaceHeelTurn went rogue]].)

The team was originally just a part of {{Wolverine}}'s backstory; he left Alpha Flight to join the X-Men. Their first appearance was an attempt to force him to return, during which a fight ensued. They proved popular with readers and after a second appearance in the pages of ''X-Men'' in 1983, Byrne launched an eponymous series featuring the group, which continued until 1994. Three short-lived revivals have been attempted since, the most recent titled Omega Flight, in April 2007. Most infamously, the ''entire'' team was killed off in one panel [[TheWorfeffect just to set up how dangerous]] The Collective, a new Avengers foe, was.

Notable members of the team include:
* Guardian/Vindicator (James [=MacDonald=] Hudson), a scientist and later, his wife Heather, wearing a suit of PoweredArmor with [[CaptainPatriotic Canadian nationalistic motifs]].
* Sasquatch (Walter Langkowski), another scientist with the ability to turn into a superstrong monster form (named after another word for 'bigfoot').
* Shaman (Michael Twoyoungmen), a [[MagicalNativeAmerican Magical First Nations]] with a pouch that could provide a lot of magical objects.
* Snowbird, an Inuit demi-goddess who can transform into an albino female version of any animal.
* Aurora (Jeanne-Marie Beaubier) and Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier), HalfIdenticalTwins with flight, SuperSpeed and the ability to generate intense light [[WonderTwinPowers when they touch]].
* Box (Roger Bochs), a [[HumongousMecha robot suit of armor that could carry its pilot inside]] (and thus a 'box'; his friend and eventual successor, Madison Jeffries, is a technopath who can turn into the robot himself)
* Marrina (Marrina Smallwood), a [[CuteMonsterGirl humanoid fish-girl]] that was raised by humans.
* Puck (Eugene Judd), a PintSizedPowerhouse and BadassNormal (named after a hockey puck--he's small, fast, and hard).

The original team's dead members were resurrected during 2010-11's ''Chaos War'', and the reunited team has an eight-part maxiseries in 2011-12, tying into Marvel's ''Fear Itself'' event. It was boosted to be an ongoing, but Marvel pushed it back to an eight-parter after sales dropped off.

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!!This book contains examples of:

* TheAce: Mac Hudson, the original Guardian.
* {{Angst}}: And lots of it after Guardian was killed in issue 12 of the original series. Heather's guilt because she felt she killed Mac eventually led to her putting on his suit and training herself to use it. She then called herself "Vindicator" for a short time, as Mac did for a while before Puck persuaded him to change to "Guardian."
** Northstar resented Heather trying to take Guardian's place. Especially at first, when she assumed the helm under Puck's recommendation despite the fact that she wasn't even a BadassNormal. This put her in danger too much, which led to more angst and eventually the decision to put on the suit.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Sasquatch fits the ''Mythical Monster Motif'' type while Snowbird fits the ''All Animal Abilities'' type.
* {{Animorphism}}: Snowbird's best-known ability is to turn into an albino female version of any animal. Her favorite is a human-sized owl.
* BackFromTheDead: Mac was killed in the first year of ''Alpha Flight'' and not resurrected until seven years later.
** After [[TheIncredibleHercules Chaos War]], all dead members of Alpha Flight are back.
** LikeABadassOutOfHell: Puck, who apparently died somewhere between return of his dead teammates and start of the new series. He went to Hell, and teamed up with Wolverine to escape, but only Logan managed to get out, while Puck slayed demon who imprisoned him and took his place. And upon learning his teammates may be in trouble, he immiediately gave it up to return and save them.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: Sasquatch
* BodyBackupDrive: The handicapped Roger Bochs has a robot body called Box which he can transfer into and out of at will. During one story arc when Walter Langkowski (Sasquatch) dies his consciousness is transferred to Box until they can find him a new body. They think they found one out in the interdimensional crossroads, but it turns out that it's ComicBook/IncredibleHulk. Langkowski decides to let his soul dissipate in the crossroads.
* BodyHorror: Scramble the Mixed-Up Man used his powers to create these, the last of which was Omega, a fusion of himself and Roger Bochs. It was just... messy.
* BodySurf: Related to the BodyBackupDrive above, how Sasquatch came back; his consciousness found a way to access Shaman's medicine pouch {{Hammerspace}} from the crossroads, where he entered the mindless, shrunken body of Smart Alec. After escaping the pouch, he transferred to Box again to help Alpha Flight fight off Pestilence (who'd reanimated the recently-deceased Snowbird's body, which was [[ShapeshifterModeLock stuck in Sasquatch form]]). Electrocuting Pestilence out of Snowbird's body drained Box, but allowed Walter to make one more jump into Snowbird's body (see FreakyFridayFlip below).
* BoisterousBruiser: Puck.
* BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins: Shaman and Yukon Jack.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The premise of the fourth series is that [[spoiler:''the entire nation of Canada'' has been brainwashed to serve the Master of the World and his Unity political party. By the end of the series, everyone is de-brainwashed... except, unfortunately, Heather, who flew off to parts unknown, and it'll probably be years before anyone gets back to what she's up to]].
* BrotherSisterTeam: Northstar and Aurora in their first appearances. They had identical powers and generated a blinding light upon physical contact. This was subverted when they fell out early in the book's run, causing Aurora to redesign her costume and even had her geneticist boyfriend Sasquatch alter her powers to further distinguish her from her brother. As a result, she isn't as fast (the difference between Mach 5 and Mach 2, but still), but can generate light on her own in addition to other abilities that seem to come and go with her multiple personalities.
** Sasquatch and Aurora's personality were also kind of an item at the time. So as a TakeThat to Northstar, whom Sasquatch considered an impediment to a full-blown relationship with Aurora, he changed the "touch-to-make-bright-light" power into "touching-cancels-both-your-powers-out." Which, of course, neither Northstar nor Aurora knew about until they touched during a battle.
* CanadaEh: Given a LampshadeHanging during the crapload of [[AlternateUniverse "unrealities"]] shown in the [[CrackFic 34th issue]] of ''ComicBook/WhatIf''.
* CaptainGeographic: Guardian and Vindicator always had this going on, though the entire original team plays up some aspect of Canadian culture: Mac, Heather, and Puck are from Ontario; Marrina's from the Atlantic Coast; Northstar and Aurora are from Quebec (with Northstar being a former separatist); Snowbird's from the Northern Territories; Shaman represents the First Nations; and Sasquatch is from [[TheOtherRainforest British Columbia]].
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Mac Hudson's original Guardian suit (which Heather used during the first series) was electromagnetic. After he came back, Heather was given her own suit that had geothermal powers (at which point she took the name Vindicator).
* ComingOutStory[=/=]VerySpecialEpisode: Northstar's coming out surrounded a baby girl with AIDS, from which the original Major Mapleleaf's son died, but because he was gay he didn't become a media darling like Northstar's adopted daughter. In all honesty, the story suffers from bad dialogue and worse art, but it still made history when Northstar became Marvel's first openly gay hero.
* ConspiracyRedemption
* CoolOldGuy: Centennial, from the second revival.
* CoolShades: Heather's near-sighted, and normally wears glasses, so when she takes leadership of Alpha Flight, she dons prescription shades in the field. She adds them to the rebuilt Guardian suit when she first becomes Vindicator. Between the first and second series, Heather gets laser eye surgery, but after a few missions in the geothermal suit, she brings back the CoolShades to protect her eyes from the wind.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Jerome Jaxon, who sought to sell his subordinate Mac's original armor (designed to burrow underground in search of mineral resources) as a weapon to the U.S. military; when Mac steals the armor and takes his control helmet (which he designed in college) to the Canadian government, Jaxon is ruined, and after being DrivenToSuicide only to fail, manages to join up with evil MegaCorp Roxxon and seeks revenge against Mac by forming the original Omega Flight.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The second and fourth series attempt to make Alpha Flight EXTREME. The second lasted a good while but the last was a miserable failure.
* DiabolusExMachina: The first Guardian's death was unwittingly caused by his own wife. After a particularly nasty fight with a supervillain, his suit goes into meltdown and he has to disassemble it, like, fast. At the last second, Heather barges in the room, distracting Mac. Kaboom.
* DisappearedDad: Shaman lost his wife. His response? ''Abandon his six-year old daughter for ten years.''
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: The entire classic team had just been resurrected plus the two most beloved members of the third series before The Collective killed them in one panel.
* FaceHeelTurn: In the new Alpha Flight book, Kara Killgrave pulled one and now calls herself Purple Woman. Like Father like daughter.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Alpha Flight's members and enemies were always a blend of {{Badass Normal}}s, {{mutants}}, aliens, robots, magical beings, and so on. There ''were'' times when the team's membership was mostly mutants and its enemies mostly magical, but it was always an interesting blend.
* FishPeople: Marrina the poor little fish girl.
* {{Flanderization}}: Ever since joining the X-Men, Northstar has been portrayed as arrogant and snobbish, completely ignoring years of character development over the course of Alpha Flight where he actually became a likable team player.
* FreakyFridayFlip: Walter Langowski is the king of getting stuck in other people's bodies. He starts out turning into a big orange Sasquatch. When it turns out that this form is actually an evil spirit, his soul gets shoved into the Box robot. When that robot's destroyed, he vanishes into Shaman's medicine bag, only to eventually emerge in Smart Alec's shrunken body. From there he surfs into Snowbird's white Sasquatch body (sort of), which incidentally gender-bends him into a Wanda. Eventually, he gets his own gender and coloration back.
* FusionDance: The Switcher version. Sasquatch originally thought he was turning into a furry beast after replicating [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]]'s gamma-ray incident, but it turned out he was switching bodies with the dark god Tanaraq, whose mind was slowly taking over. Of course Snowbird had a bad feeling about the whole thing from the start, but nobody listened to her until she had to kill him in what was one of the coolest fights in the book. It wasn't until after he got better that he was able to finally shapeshift on his own. How? [[http://www.uncannyxmen.net/db/spotlight/showquestion.asp?faq=10&fldAuto=115 It's a long story.]]
* GenderBender: Sasquatch's stint as "Wanda" Langkowski.
* GeniusBruiser: Sasquatch, both a radiation expert and a high-level powerhouse. Puck had elements of this too, especially once he got a power-upgrade to lift upwards of ten tons.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Northstar
* LegacyCharacter: The second Puck from the mid-2000s revival, a sprightly Asian-Canadian girl with super-strength.
* LighterAndSofter: The third series is laugh out loud comedy.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Shaman and his daughter Talisman.
* ManInTheMachine: Originally, Box was a remote-controlled robot, but it was altered to allow its paraplegic creator, Roger Bochs, to physically join with it. It later played host to the spirit of Sasquatch, and then became a variable-form mech with Madison Jeffries.
* {{Meganekko}}: Heather Hudson.
* MisplacedWildlife: Snowbird's animal shapeshifting was initially limited to animals native to Canada. During a fight where she is rendered unable to see, she mentions that she could use a bat's sonar, but was unable to since bats do not live in Canada. Except that they do.
* MonsterModesty: Marrina is a rare female example since she's a non-human wearing a skimpy one piece swimsuit. Sasquatch fits this trope in a way. Despite being an educated gentleman, he "wears" a [[FurBikini fur loincloth]] and nothing else.
* MorphicResonance: Snowbird's animal forms are always albino.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In the fourth series, the [[spoiler:Unity Party. True, "unity" can have connotations of peace and brotherhood. It can also refer to a HiveMind. No prizes for guessing what it means here]].
* NiceGuy: Major Mapleleaf, often to the point of naivety.
* [[OneManArmy One Robot Army]]: Madison Jeffries as Box; his ability to morph inorganic materials allowed him to reconfigure the Box robot into virtually any configuration he could think of, basically making him an unlimited-form TransformingMecha.
* RemoteBody: In early issues Handicapped GadgeteerGenius Roger Bochs had a robot called Box that he control with a neural interface helmet.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Notably averted. Aurora would wear a scarf with one of her more revealing costumes during winter/arctic missions. However, the blue scarf visually clashed with the white-and-yellow costume, and at least once a villain tried to strangle her with it.
* SharpenedToASingleAtom: Nemesis carries a sabre whose blade is only a single molecule thick.
* SplitPersonality: Aurora. Whooo boy. At her ''least complicated'', she is split between a free-spirited FemmeFatale who loves her mutant powers and being a superhero ("Aurora"), and a stuffy schoolmarm who would rather lead a quiet life teaching and is religious to the point of bigotry against her own brother Northstar ("Jeanne-Marie"). However, villains who treat this as a weakness learn not to make that mistake twice. Once Jeanne-Marie conceded to helping Alpha Flight, her unique perspective came in handy a few times, and she had energy powers that even Aurora was unaware of.
** Originally, Jeanne-Marie couldn't access Aurora's powers at all, not that she wanted to. However, by the time the "Unity" storyline comes around, Jeanne-Marie is able to access Aurora's powers and use them quite easily. It's also revealed that the split personality came from abuse while she was a student in a parochial school.
* TakeOurWordForIt: Very deliberately invoked by John Byrne when, early in the first series, Puck mentions his adventures fighting the "Brass Bishop", with an editors note pointing out that this adventure has yet to be chronicled. Whether Byrne ever intended on writing said adventure is anyone's guess. It would take almost a decade for other writers to avert the trope and actually pen a "Brass Bishop" story.
* TeamMom: After Mac's apparent death, Heather was chosen as the new leader for this very reason, even though she was still a civilian (she didn't become Guardian till later).
* ThirdLineSomeWaiting: [[FishPeople Fish girl]] and Newfoundlander Marrina spent more time in her own subplot than on the team. Most readers know her better as an honorary Avenger and [[{{Sub-Mariner}} Namor's wife]] whom he had to kill when her alien powers spiraled out of control.
* TookALevelInBadass: Heather, when she became Vindicator (and later taking the name Guardian). Even when her husband, the original Guardian came back, he acknowledged that she had built up more experience using the suit than he did.
* {{UST}}: Wolverine with both Snowbird and Heather. However, both ladies figured legitimately into his backstory before [[ExpansionPackPast Wolverine]] [[WolverinePublicity Mania]] started getting out of hand. Heather helped calm him down after the adamantium procedure, while he and Snowbird shared a mutual attraction during his time on the team.
* [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead Wearing The Maple Leaf As Your Costume]]: While Guardian (and later Vindicator) wore a unique battle-armor based on the Canadian flag, the entire team would later adorn similar Maple Leaf-themed costumes in the early-to-mid 90s.
* WinterRoyalLady: Snowbird

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-> ''We're the Canadian Football League of superhero teams! (Except, of course, [[{{Wolverine}} our best heroes]] don't [[HilariousInHindsight go to the U.S. and join the Avengers]]) But if supervillains ever threaten [[AliensInCardiff Campbelltown, New Brunswick]], you'll be glad we're here!''
->-- '''Marvel Year in Review 1993'''

Alpha Flight is a fictional superhero team published by MarvelComics, noteworthy for being one of the few Canadian superhero teams. Created by comic book writer/artist JohnByrne -[[AuthorAppeal who is himself Canadian]]- the team first appeared in ''Uncanny Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' #120 (April 1979). It's considered an X-Men spinoff even though they're more like Canadian [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]]. Throughout most of its history, the team has worked for Department H, a fictitious branch of Canada's Department of National Defence that deals with super-powered persons. Most team members have [[CaptainEthnic distinctly Canadian attributes]], such as Inuit or First Nations heritage. Their name refers to the three levels of training that team members undergo- Alpha, Beta and Gamma- with Gamma Flight being the least trained and Alpha Flight the best. The other flights tend to act as sidekicks for Alpha (though one version of Gamma Flight [[FaceHeelTurn went rogue]].)

The team was originally just a part of {{Wolverine}}'s backstory; he left Alpha Flight to join the X-Men. Their first appearance was an attempt to force him to return, during which a fight ensued. They proved popular with readers and after a second appearance in the pages of ''X-Men'' in 1983, Byrne launched an eponymous series featuring the group, which continued until 1994. Three short-lived revivals have been attempted since, the most recent titled Omega Flight, in April 2007. Most infamously, the ''entire'' team was killed off in one panel [[TheWorfeffect just to set up how dangerous]] The Collective, a new Avengers foe, was.

Notable members of the team include:
* Guardian/Vindicator (James [=MacDonald=] Hudson), a scientist and later, his wife Heather, wearing a suit of PoweredArmor with [[CaptainPatriotic Canadian nationalistic motifs]].
* Sasquatch (Walter Langkowski), another scientist with the ability to turn into a superstrong monster form (named after another word for 'bigfoot').
* Shaman (Michael Twoyoungmen), a [[MagicalNativeAmerican Magical First Nations]] with a pouch that could provide a lot of magical objects.
* Snowbird, an Inuit demi-goddess who can transform into an albino female version of any animal.
* Aurora (Jeanne-Marie Beaubier) and Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier), HalfIdenticalTwins with flight, SuperSpeed and the ability to generate intense light [[WonderTwinPowers when they touch]].
* Box (Roger Bochs), a [[HumongousMecha robot suit of armor that could carry its pilot inside]] (and thus a 'box'; his friend and eventual successor, Madison Jeffries, is a technopath who can turn into the robot himself)
* Marrina (Marrina Smallwood), a [[CuteMonsterGirl humanoid fish-girl]] that was raised by humans.
* Puck (Eugene Judd), a PintSizedPowerhouse and BadassNormal (named after a hockey puck--he's small, fast, and hard).

The original team's dead members were resurrected during 2010-11's ''Chaos War'', and the reunited team has an eight-part maxiseries in 2011-12, tying into Marvel's ''Fear Itself'' event. It was boosted to be an ongoing, but Marvel pushed it back to an eight-parter after sales dropped off.

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!!This book contains examples of:

* TheAce: Mac Hudson, the original Guardian.
* {{Angst}}: And lots of it after Guardian was killed in issue 12 of the original series. Heather's guilt because she felt she killed Mac eventually led to her putting on his suit and training herself to use it. She then called herself "Vindicator" for a short time, as Mac did for a while before Puck persuaded him to change to "Guardian."
** Northstar resented Heather trying to take Guardian's place. Especially at first, when she assumed the helm under Puck's recommendation despite the fact that she wasn't even a BadassNormal. This put her in danger too much, which led to more angst and eventually the decision to put on the suit.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Sasquatch fits the ''Mythical Monster Motif'' type while Snowbird fits the ''All Animal Abilities'' type.
* {{Animorphism}}: Snowbird's best-known ability is to turn into an albino female version of any animal. Her favorite is a human-sized owl.
* BackFromTheDead: Mac was killed in the first year of ''Alpha Flight'' and not resurrected until seven years later.
** After [[TheIncredibleHercules Chaos War]], all dead members of Alpha Flight are back.
** LikeABadassOutOfHell: Puck, who apparently died somewhere between return of his dead teammates and start of the new series. He went to Hell, and teamed up with Wolverine to escape, but only Logan managed to get out, while Puck slayed demon who imprisoned him and took his place. And upon learning his teammates may be in trouble, he immiediately gave it up to return and save them.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: Sasquatch
* BodyBackupDrive: The handicapped Roger Bochs has a robot body called Box which he can transfer into and out of at will. During one story arc when Walter Langkowski (Sasquatch) dies his consciousness is transferred to Box until they can find him a new body. They think they found one out in the interdimensional crossroads, but it turns out that it's ComicBook/IncredibleHulk. Langkowski decides to let his soul dissipate in the crossroads.
* BodyHorror: Scramble the Mixed-Up Man used his powers to create these, the last of which was Omega, a fusion of himself and Roger Bochs. It was just... messy.
* BodySurf: Related to the BodyBackupDrive above, how Sasquatch came back; his consciousness found a way to access Shaman's medicine pouch {{Hammerspace}} from the crossroads, where he entered the mindless, shrunken body of Smart Alec. After escaping the pouch, he transferred to Box again to help Alpha Flight fight off Pestilence (who'd reanimated the recently-deceased Snowbird's body, which was [[ShapeshifterModeLock stuck in Sasquatch form]]). Electrocuting Pestilence out of Snowbird's body drained Box, but allowed Walter to make one more jump into Snowbird's body (see FreakyFridayFlip below).
* BoisterousBruiser: Puck.
* BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins: Shaman and Yukon Jack.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The premise of the fourth series is that [[spoiler:''the entire nation of Canada'' has been brainwashed to serve the Master of the World and his Unity political party. By the end of the series, everyone is de-brainwashed... except, unfortunately, Heather, who flew off to parts unknown, and it'll probably be years before anyone gets back to what she's up to]].
* BrotherSisterTeam: Northstar and Aurora in their first appearances. They had identical powers and generated a blinding light upon physical contact. This was subverted when they fell out early in the book's run, causing Aurora to redesign her costume and even had her geneticist boyfriend Sasquatch alter her powers to further distinguish her from her brother. As a result, she isn't as fast (the difference between Mach 5 and Mach 2, but still), but can generate light on her own in addition to other abilities that seem to come and go with her multiple personalities.
** Sasquatch and Aurora's personality were also kind of an item at the time. So as a TakeThat to Northstar, whom Sasquatch considered an impediment to a full-blown relationship with Aurora, he changed the "touch-to-make-bright-light" power into "touching-cancels-both-your-powers-out." Which, of course, neither Northstar nor Aurora knew about until they touched during a battle.
* CanadaEh: Given a LampshadeHanging during the crapload of [[AlternateUniverse "unrealities"]] shown in the [[CrackFic 34th issue]] of ''ComicBook/WhatIf''.
* CaptainGeographic: Guardian and Vindicator always had this going on, though the entire original team plays up some aspect of Canadian culture: Mac, Heather, and Puck are from Ontario; Marrina's from the Atlantic Coast; Northstar and Aurora are from Quebec (with Northstar being a former separatist); Snowbird's from the Northern Territories; Shaman represents the First Nations; and Sasquatch is from [[TheOtherRainforest British Columbia]].
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Mac Hudson's original Guardian suit (which Heather used during the first series) was electromagnetic. After he came back, Heather was given her own suit that had geothermal powers (at which point she took the name Vindicator).
* ComingOutStory[=/=]VerySpecialEpisode: Northstar's coming out surrounded a baby girl with AIDS, from which the original Major Mapleleaf's son died, but because he was gay he didn't become a media darling like Northstar's adopted daughter. In all honesty, the story suffers from bad dialogue and worse art, but it still made history when Northstar became Marvel's first openly gay hero.
* ConspiracyRedemption
* CoolOldGuy: Centennial, from the second revival.
* CoolShades: Heather's near-sighted, and normally wears glasses, so when she takes leadership of Alpha Flight, she dons prescription shades in the field. She adds them to the rebuilt Guardian suit when she first becomes Vindicator. Between the first and second series, Heather gets laser eye surgery, but after a few missions in the geothermal suit, she brings back the CoolShades to protect her eyes from the wind.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Jerome Jaxon, who sought to sell his subordinate Mac's original armor (designed to burrow underground in search of mineral resources) as a weapon to the U.S. military; when Mac steals the armor and takes his control helmet (which he designed in college) to the Canadian government, Jaxon is ruined, and after being DrivenToSuicide only to fail, manages to join up with evil MegaCorp Roxxon and seeks revenge against Mac by forming the original Omega Flight.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The second and fourth series attempt to make Alpha Flight EXTREME. The second lasted a good while but the last was a miserable failure.
* DiabolusExMachina: The first Guardian's death was unwittingly caused by his own wife. After a particularly nasty fight with a supervillain, his suit goes into meltdown and he has to disassemble it, like, fast. At the last second, Heather barges in the room, distracting Mac. Kaboom.
* DisappearedDad: Shaman lost his wife. His response? ''Abandon his six-year old daughter for ten years.''
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: The entire classic team had just been resurrected plus the two most beloved members of the third series before The Collective killed them in one panel.
* FaceHeelTurn: In the new Alpha Flight book, Kara Killgrave pulled one and now calls herself Purple Woman. Like Father like daughter.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Alpha Flight's members and enemies were always a blend of {{Badass Normal}}s, {{mutants}}, aliens, robots, magical beings, and so on. There ''were'' times when the team's membership was mostly mutants and its enemies mostly magical, but it was always an interesting blend.
* FishPeople: Marrina the poor little fish girl.
* {{Flanderization}}: Ever since joining the X-Men, Northstar has been portrayed as arrogant and snobbish, completely ignoring years of character development over the course of Alpha Flight where he actually became a likable team player.
* FreakyFridayFlip: Walter Langowski is the king of getting stuck in other people's bodies. He starts out turning into a big orange Sasquatch. When it turns out that this form is actually an evil spirit, his soul gets shoved into the Box robot. When that robot's destroyed, he vanishes into Shaman's medicine bag, only to eventually emerge in Smart Alec's shrunken body. From there he surfs into Snowbird's white Sasquatch body (sort of), which incidentally gender-bends him into a Wanda. Eventually, he gets his own gender and coloration back.
* FusionDance: The Switcher version. Sasquatch originally thought he was turning into a furry beast after replicating [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]]'s gamma-ray incident, but it turned out he was switching bodies with the dark god Tanaraq, whose mind was slowly taking over. Of course Snowbird had a bad feeling about the whole thing from the start, but nobody listened to her until she had to kill him in what was one of the coolest fights in the book. It wasn't until after he got better that he was able to finally shapeshift on his own. How? [[http://www.uncannyxmen.net/db/spotlight/showquestion.asp?faq=10&fldAuto=115 It's a long story.]]
* GenderBender: Sasquatch's stint as "Wanda" Langkowski.
* GeniusBruiser: Sasquatch, both a radiation expert and a high-level powerhouse. Puck had elements of this too, especially once he got a power-upgrade to lift upwards of ten tons.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Northstar
* LegacyCharacter: The second Puck from the mid-2000s revival, a sprightly Asian-Canadian girl with super-strength.
* LighterAndSofter: The third series is laugh out loud comedy.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Shaman and his daughter Talisman.
* ManInTheMachine: Originally, Box was a remote-controlled robot, but it was altered to allow its paraplegic creator, Roger Bochs, to physically join with it. It later played host to the spirit of Sasquatch, and then became a variable-form mech with Madison Jeffries.
* {{Meganekko}}: Heather Hudson.
* MisplacedWildlife: Snowbird's animal shapeshifting was initially limited to animals native to Canada. During a fight where she is rendered unable to see, she mentions that she could use a bat's sonar, but was unable to since bats do not live in Canada. Except that they do.
* MonsterModesty: Marrina is a rare female example since she's a non-human wearing a skimpy one piece swimsuit. Sasquatch fits this trope in a way. Despite being an educated gentleman, he "wears" a [[FurBikini fur loincloth]] and nothing else.
* MorphicResonance: Snowbird's animal forms are always albino.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In the fourth series, the [[spoiler:Unity Party. True, "unity" can have connotations of peace and brotherhood. It can also refer to a HiveMind. No prizes for guessing what it means here]].
* NiceGuy: Major Mapleleaf, often to the point of naivety.
* [[OneManArmy One Robot Army]]: Madison Jeffries as Box; his ability to morph inorganic materials allowed him to reconfigure the Box robot into virtually any configuration he could think of, basically making him an unlimited-form TransformingMecha.
* RemoteBody: In early issues Handicapped GadgeteerGenius Roger Bochs had a robot called Box that he control with a neural interface helmet.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Notably averted. Aurora would wear a scarf with one of her more revealing costumes during winter/arctic missions. However, the blue scarf visually clashed with the white-and-yellow costume, and at least once a villain tried to strangle her with it.
* SharpenedToASingleAtom: Nemesis carries a sabre whose blade is only a single molecule thick.
* SplitPersonality: Aurora. Whooo boy. At her ''least complicated'', she is split between a free-spirited FemmeFatale who loves her mutant powers and being a superhero ("Aurora"), and a stuffy schoolmarm who would rather lead a quiet life teaching and is religious to the point of bigotry against her own brother Northstar ("Jeanne-Marie"). However, villains who treat this as a weakness learn not to make that mistake twice. Once Jeanne-Marie conceded to helping Alpha Flight, her unique perspective came in handy a few times, and she had energy powers that even Aurora was unaware of.
** Originally, Jeanne-Marie couldn't access Aurora's powers at all, not that she wanted to. However, by the time the "Unity" storyline comes around, Jeanne-Marie is able to access Aurora's powers and use them quite easily. It's also revealed that the split personality came from abuse while she was a student in a parochial school.
* TakeOurWordForIt: Very deliberately invoked by John Byrne when, early in the first series, Puck mentions his adventures fighting the "Brass Bishop", with an editors note pointing out that this adventure has yet to be chronicled. Whether Byrne ever intended on writing said adventure is anyone's guess. It would take almost a decade for other writers to avert the trope and actually pen a "Brass Bishop" story.
* TeamMom: After Mac's apparent death, Heather was chosen as the new leader for this very reason, even though she was still a civilian (she didn't become Guardian till later).
* ThirdLineSomeWaiting: [[FishPeople Fish girl]] and Newfoundlander Marrina spent more time in her own subplot than on the team. Most readers know her better as an honorary Avenger and [[{{Sub-Mariner}} Namor's wife]] whom he had to kill when her alien powers spiraled out of control.
* TookALevelInBadass: Heather, when she became Vindicator (and later taking the name Guardian). Even when her husband, the original Guardian came back, he acknowledged that she had built up more experience using the suit than he did.
* {{UST}}: Wolverine with both Snowbird and Heather. However, both ladies figured legitimately into his backstory before [[ExpansionPackPast Wolverine]] [[WolverinePublicity Mania]] started getting out of hand. Heather helped calm him down after the adamantium procedure, while he and Snowbird shared a mutual attraction during his time on the team.
* [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead Wearing The Maple Leaf As Your Costume]]: While Guardian (and later Vindicator) wore a unique battle-armor based on the Canadian flag, the entire team would later adorn similar Maple Leaf-themed costumes in the early-to-mid 90s.
* WinterRoyalLady: Snowbird

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** Originally, Jeanne-Marie couldn't access Aurora's powers at all, not that she wanted to. However, by the time the "Unity" storyline comes around, Jeanne-Marie is able to access Aurora's powers and use them quite easily. It's also revealed that the split personality came from abuse while she was a student in a parochial school.
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* Puck (Eugene Judd), a SmallPerson and BadassNormal (named after a hockey puck--he's small, fast, and hard).

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* Puck (Eugene Judd), a SmallPerson PintSizedPowerhouse and BadassNormal (named after a hockey puck--he's small, fast, and hard).
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* Guardian/Vindicator, a scientist and later, his wife, wearing a suit of PoweredArmor with [[CaptainPatriotic Canadian nationalistic motifs]].
* Sasquatch, another scientist with the ability to turn into a superstrong monster form (named after another word for 'bigfoot').
* Shaman, a [[MagicalNativeAmerican Magical First Nations]] with a pouch that could provide a lot of magical objects.

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* Guardian/Vindicator, Guardian/Vindicator (James [=MacDonald=] Hudson), a scientist and later, his wife, wife Heather, wearing a suit of PoweredArmor with [[CaptainPatriotic Canadian nationalistic motifs]].
* Sasquatch, Sasquatch (Walter Langkowski), another scientist with the ability to turn into a superstrong monster form (named after another word for 'bigfoot').
* Shaman, Shaman (Michael Twoyoungmen), a [[MagicalNativeAmerican Magical First Nations]] with a pouch that could provide a lot of magical objects.



* Aurora and Northstar, HalfIdenticalTwins with flight, SuperSpeed and the ability to generate intense light [[WonderTwinPowers when they touch]].
* Box, a [[HumongousMecha robot suit of armor that could carry its pilot inside]] (and thus a 'box'.)
* Marina, a [[CuteMonsterGirl humanoid fish-girl]] that was raised by humans.
* Puck, a SmallPerson and BadassNormal (named after a hockey puck--he's small, fast, and hard).

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* Aurora (Jeanne-Marie Beaubier) and Northstar, Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier), HalfIdenticalTwins with flight, SuperSpeed and the ability to generate intense light [[WonderTwinPowers when they touch]].
* Box, Box (Roger Bochs), a [[HumongousMecha robot suit of armor that could carry its pilot inside]] (and thus a 'box'.)
'box'; his friend and eventual successor, Madison Jeffries, is a technopath who can turn into the robot himself)
* Marina, Marrina (Marrina Smallwood), a [[CuteMonsterGirl humanoid fish-girl]] that was raised by humans.
* Puck, Puck (Eugene Judd), a SmallPerson and BadassNormal (named after a hockey puck--he's small, fast, and hard).
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* CoolShades: Part of Heather's Guardian suit, since she's near-sighted. She later gets laser-eye surgery though.

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* CoolShades: Part of Heather's near-sighted, and normally wears glasses, so when she takes leadership of Alpha Flight, she dons prescription shades in the field. She adds them to the rebuilt Guardian suit when she first becomes Vindicator. Between the first and second series, Heather gets laser eye surgery, but after a few missions in the geothermal suit, since she's near-sighted. She later gets laser-eye surgery though.she brings back the CoolShades to protect her eyes from the wind.
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* BodySurf: Related to the BodyBackupDrive above, how Sasquatch came back; his consciousness found a way to access Shaman's medicine pouch {{Hammerspace}} from the crossroads, where he entered the mindless, shrunken body of Smart Alec. After escaping the pouch, he transferred to Box again to help Alpha Flight fight off Pestilence (who'd reanimated the recently-deceased Snowbird's body, which was [[ShapeshifterModeLock stuck in Sasquatch form]]). Electrocuting Pestilence out of Snowbird's body drained Box, but allowed Walter to make one more jump into Snowbird's body (see FreakyFridayFlip below).
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* BodyBackupDrive: The handicapped Robert Bochs has a robot body called Box which he can transfer into and out of at will. During one story arc when Walter Langkowski (Sasquatch) dies his consciousness is transferred to Box until they can find him a new body. They think they found one out in deep space, but it turns out that it's ComicBook/IncredibleHulk. Langkowski decides to let his soul dissipate.

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* BodyBackupDrive: The handicapped Robert Roger Bochs has a robot body called Box which he can transfer into and out of at will. During one story arc when Walter Langkowski (Sasquatch) dies his consciousness is transferred to Box until they can find him a new body. They think they found one out in deep space, the interdimensional crossroads, but it turns out that it's ComicBook/IncredibleHulk. Langkowski decides to let his soul dissipate.dissipate in the crossroads.
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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In the fourth series, the [[spoiler:Unity Party. True, "unity" can have connotations of peace and brotherhood. It can also refer to a HiveMind. No prizes foe guessing what it means here]].

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In the fourth series, the [[spoiler:Unity Party. True, "unity" can have connotations of peace and brotherhood. It can also refer to a HiveMind. No prizes foe for guessing what it means here]].
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* {{Angst}}: And lots of it after Guardian was killed in issue 12 of the original series. Heather's guilt because she felt she killed Mac eventually led to her putting on his suit and training herself to use it. She then called herself "Vindicator" for a short time, as Mac did for a while before Puck persuaded him to change to "Guardian."
** Northstar resented Heather trying to take Guardian's place. Especially at first, when she assumed the helm under Puck's recommendation despite the fact that she wasn't even a BadassNormal. This put her in danger too much, which led to more angst and eventually the decision to put on the suit.
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** Sasquatch and Aurora's personality were also kind of an item at the time. So as a TakeThat to Northstar, whom Sasquatch considered an impediment to a full-blown relationship with Aurora, he changed the "touch-to-make-bright-light" power into "touching-cancels-both-your-powers-out." Which, of course, neither Northstar nor Aurora knew about until they touched during a battle.
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