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22nd May '16 11:51:25 PM MikeW
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* The Department of Extranormal Operations is supposed to be safeguard the world and employs various metahumans. However, a short story in a "Secret Files" special has a whistleblower relating how the DEO spends billions to find measures to take down any metahuman. This includes a team who will swallow pills to make them faster than the Flash for one minute before thier bodies burn out, weapons that can melt robots like the Metal Men and more. The man thinks this is wrong and so decides to hand the only disc with the information to one person he thinks can be trusted: Lex Luthor.
12th May '16 9:46:17 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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The Cape Busters are normal humans whose job it is to battle against superhumans. Their effectiveness and morality ranges considerably from setting to setting. They can be anything from upstanding law enforcement types, to amoral covert government Black Ops ruthlessly enforcing the SuperRegistrationAct, to genocidal KnightsTemplar attempting to [[FantasticRacism exterminate all Supers]]. Likewise, they can be [[BadassNormal Badass Normals]] who manage to hold their own against Supers with effective technology and superior tactics, or they can be a laughably ineffective RedshirtArmy that end up dying in droves. [[ZergRush Though even the second one can be effective and terrifying in its own right.]]

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The Cape Busters are normal humans whose job it is to battle against superhumans. Their effectiveness and morality ranges considerably from setting to setting. They can be anything from upstanding law enforcement types, to amoral covert government Black Ops ruthlessly enforcing the SuperRegistrationAct, to genocidal KnightsTemplar [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar KnightsTemplar]] attempting to [[FantasticRacism exterminate all Supers]]. Likewise, they can be [[BadassNormal Badass Normals]] who manage to hold their own against Supers with effective technology and superior tactics, or they can be a laughably ineffective RedshirtArmy that end up dying in droves. [[ZergRush Though even the second one can be effective and terrifying in its own right.]]
13th Feb '16 8:13:09 PM Prfnoff
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* The Japan branch of the witch-hunting organization of ''Manga/WitchHunterRobin''. All the agents are supposed to have some sort of witch power, however only Robin's pyrokinesis is explicitly shown.

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* The Japan branch of the witch-hunting organization of ''Manga/WitchHunterRobin''.''Anime/WitchHunterRobin''. All the agents are supposed to have some sort of witch power, however only Robin's pyrokinesis is explicitly shown.
13th Feb '16 4:49:53 PM Prfnoff
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* The Japan branch of the witch-hunting organization of ''WitchHunterRobin''. All the agents are supposed to have some sort of witch power, however only Robin's pyrokinesis is explicitly shown.

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* The Japan branch of the witch-hunting organization of ''WitchHunterRobin''.''Manga/WitchHunterRobin''. All the agents are supposed to have some sort of witch power, however only Robin's pyrokinesis is explicitly shown.
31st Jan '16 12:21:05 AM Kadorhal
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* The [[ComicBook/{{BPRD}} B.P.R.D.]] from ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' and of course ''[[ComicBook/{{BPRD}} B.P.R.D.]]'' are a government organization founded to combat supernatural threats to national security. However, although most of the organization is made up of mundane human {{Red Shirt}}s, most stories focus on the BPRD's handful of occult-magic-wielding or downright non-human members, including the titular demon "Hellboy". The Red Shirts later [[TookALevelInBadass take a level in badass]], killing whole armies of Frogs (the same ones that Hellboy had a hard time with in volume 1) with ease: sadly, it's not enough when the Frogs now have [[HumongousMecha mechs]] from the first age of Man.

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* The [[ComicBook/{{BPRD}} B.P.R.D.]] Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense from ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' and of course ''[[ComicBook/{{BPRD}} B.P.R.D.]]'' are a government organization founded to combat supernatural threats to national security. However, although most of the organization is made up of mundane human {{Red Shirt}}s, most stories focus on the BPRD's handful of occult-magic-wielding or downright non-human members, including the titular demon "Hellboy". The Red Shirts later [[TookALevelInBadass take a level in badass]], killing whole armies of Frogs (the same ones that Hellboy had a hard time with in volume 1) with ease: sadly, it's not enough when the Frogs now have [[HumongousMecha mechs]] from the first age of Man.



** Code: B.L.U.E. is a {{deconstruction}} of the CapeBusters; they're just a bunch of [=NYPD=] cops, each [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits with their own quirks and flaws]], who just happen to fight gods and monsters. ''[[BadassNormal And win]]''.

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** Code: B.L.U.E. is a {{deconstruction}} of the CapeBusters; this trope; they're just a bunch of [=NYPD=] NYPD cops, each [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits with their own quirks and flaws]], who just happen to fight gods and monsters. ''[[BadassNormal And win]]''.



** In the first briefing you get, one of your coworkers responds to the report of psychic clones by saying "No wonder no one takes us seriously!".

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** In the first briefing you get, introductory briefing, one of your coworkers responds to the report of psychic psychically-controlled clones by saying "No wonder no one [[LampshadeHanging noting that "this is why nobody takes us seriously!".seriously".]]
13th Jan '16 12:54:59 PM WanderingBrowser
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Typically the result of WhatMeasureIsANonSuper. See also MageKiller, for the anti-magic (rather than anti-superpower) version. They are a very common feature in CapePunk stories.

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Typically the result of WhatMeasureIsANonSuper. See also MageKiller, for the anti-magic (rather than anti-superpower) version. They are a very common feature in CapePunk stories.
stories. This is a legally supported branch of MugglePower, and often falls under FantasticRacism (for the "militant anti-super racists/muggle supremacists" versions).



** The Sentinels are [[KillerRobot giant robots built by the government to identify and kill mutants]].

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** The Sentinels are [[KillerRobot giant robots built by the government [[GiantRobot Giant]] {{Killer Robot}}s equipped with gene-scanning equipment created to identify track down and kill mutants]].fight mutants. They vary between being intended as "police", being programmed to track and capture mutants so they can be imprisoned for life in internment camps, or just being anti-mutant soldiers for a foreseen war, but they have a bad tendency to [[TurnedAgainstTheirMakers go rogue and attempt to wipe out all humans as well]].
16th Dec '15 10:51:37 AM StFan
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[[OverlyLongGag Is]] a [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} group of mutants learning and teaching at a unique school?]] [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Is a superhero family living a normal, peaceful life, contributing to their community?]] [[OverlyLongGag Is]] yet another [[Series/{{Heroes}} young child discovering their powers, requiring them to be stolen and experimented on]]?

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[[OverlyLongGag Is]] a [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} [[ComicBook/XMen group of mutants learning and teaching at a unique school?]] [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Is a superhero family living a normal, peaceful life, contributing to their community?]] [[OverlyLongGag Is]] yet another [[Series/{{Heroes}} young child discovering their powers, requiring them to be stolen and experimented on]]?



** The five original ComicBook/{{X-Men}} masqueraded as a Cape Buster squad that rounded up mutants under the name Comicbook/{{X-Factor}} for a few years (Beast wasn't furry at the time, and Angel wore a large metal backpack over his wings). The idea was that anti-mutant bigots would call them in rather than taking matters into their own hands when they discovered their neighbor was a mutant, and X-Factor would whisk the mutants away to give them a safe place where they could learn to use their powers, while claiming to have killed or imprisoned the mutant. And then making the anti-mutant bigots pay them an exorbitant fee for their "services". They gave it up when they realized they were doing more harm than good (the whole thing was the idea of a "friend" of Angel's who secretly hated mutants).
* The ''{{Creator/Wildstorm}}'' universe had two versions of {{ComicBook/Stormwatch}} along these lines: Team Achilles and the [[ComicBook/StormwatchPHD PHD]] (Post-Human Division), although each had a few superhuman members. The former were an entirely military unit and occasionally used high-tech equipment, while the latter were street-level operatives with a wide range of specialties.

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** The five original ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ComicBook/XMen masqueraded as a Cape Buster squad that rounded up mutants under the name Comicbook/{{X-Factor}} Comicbook/XFactor for a few years (Beast wasn't furry at the time, and Angel wore a large metal backpack over his wings). The idea was that anti-mutant bigots would call them in rather than taking matters into their own hands when they discovered their neighbor was a mutant, and X-Factor would whisk the mutants away to give them a safe place where they could learn to use their powers, while claiming to have killed or imprisoned the mutant. And then making the anti-mutant bigots pay them an exorbitant fee for their "services". They gave it up when they realized they were doing more harm than good (the whole thing was the idea of a "friend" of Angel's who secretly hated mutants).
* The ''{{Creator/Wildstorm}}'' ''Creator/{{Wildstorm}}'' universe had two versions of {{ComicBook/Stormwatch}} along these lines: Team Achilles and the [[ComicBook/StormwatchPHD PHD]] (Post-Human Division), although each had a few superhuman members. The former were an entirely military unit and occasionally used high-tech equipment, while the latter were street-level operatives with a wide range of specialties.



* The Wiki/SCPFoundation deals with and keeps imprisoned many strange people, but enough about the staff: Their charges include a massively telepathic teen, a shape-shifter who is 30 times better then you (and anyone/thing else), and possibly Lilith, Cain and Abel themselves (Lilith is Lilith but maddeningly mum about her exact relationship to Cain and Abel; Cain is a gentle man who happens to have the same biologically corrosive power as [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Wither]] while Abel is a BloodKnight with ResurrectiveImmortality).

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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation deals with and keeps imprisoned many strange people, but enough about the staff: Their charges include a massively telepathic teen, a shape-shifter who is 30 times better then you (and anyone/thing else), and possibly Lilith, Cain and Abel themselves (Lilith is Lilith but maddeningly mum about her exact relationship to Cain and Abel; Cain is a gentle man who happens to have the same biologically corrosive power as [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} [[ComicBook/XMen Wither]] while Abel is a BloodKnight with ResurrectiveImmortality).



* The main foes in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wolverine And The X-Men}}'' are a government-sanctioned, anti-mutant military force known as the Mutant Response Division (MRD, aka 'the Mardies.')

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* The main foes in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wolverine And The X-Men}}'' ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' are a government-sanctioned, anti-mutant military force known as the Mutant Response Division (MRD, aka 'the Mardies.')
11th Dec '15 3:47:19 AM NightmareWarden
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* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has the Parahuman Response Teams, or PRT: an organization of [[BadassNormal non-powered humans]] equipped and trained to fight supervillains, either alone or alongside the superheroes.

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* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has the Parahuman Response Teams, or PRT: an organization of [[BadassNormal non-powered humans]] equipped and trained to fight supervillains, either alone or alongside the superheroes. Squads are commonly equipped with reverse engineered [[HomemadeInventions tinkertech]] made by [[MadScientist Tinker capes.]] Their armory comes from associated heroes, purchases, or recovered materials from villains.
16th Nov '15 7:08:13 AM Hanz
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* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' has Overseers, a militant branch of the local ecclesiastical organization that specialize in battling people using dark arts. Think witch hunters in a world where witches are very real.
15th Nov '15 1:58:54 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In EnterTheFarside, Containment Squads of the National Farside Unit are unpowered humans who fight and capture Eldritch, sometimes with the assistance of Fargraced Agents.

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* In EnterTheFarside, ''Literature/EnterTheFarside'', Containment Squads of the National Farside Unit are unpowered humans who fight and capture Eldritch, sometimes with the assistance of Fargraced Agents.
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