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11th Feb '14 4:28:44 AM ArenaL5
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From May of 1994 to September of 2006, the Global Guardians PBEM Universe was the largest and most active privately-owned SharedUniverse [[PlayByPostGame Play-By-Email]] setting on the internet, in any genre of Roleplaying Game. It used the {{Champions}} rules to present multiple campaigns featuring [[SuperHero Comic Book superhero roleplaying]]. At its height, the setting was host to nearly forty separate campaigns, all interacting in the same background universe, with almost three hundred active and semi-active players. Over the course of the setting's history, it featured almost sixty different campaigns (most of which lasted no more than a year), and nearly a thousand different players (very few of whom managed to continue through the entire history of the setting).

The background universe in which the campaigns were set was the creation of Jack Butler (the creator of the legendary [[JackButlersOriginalEvilOverlordList Evil Overlord List]]), who originally conceived of the setting for his private {{Champions}} campaign in the early 1990s. Butler kept a tight rein on new characters, information, and concepts introduced into the Global Guardians Universe, and for the most part this adherence to a single "vision" is credited for the depth and detail of the setting. It is also the source of the most frequent criticism of the campaigns set there: Jack Butler was frequently (and not inaccurately, to be brutally honest) labeled a control freak with dominance issues when it came to "his baby", and he did not allow dissenters from his central vision the freedom to do as they chose.

The Global Guardians PBEM Universe stuck faithfully to most [[ComicBookTropes Comic Book]] and [[SuperheroTropes Superhero]] Tropes, and was intended to be a "Four Color setting with Modern Sensibilities" (basically BronzeAge). The [[DarkAge Iron Age]] style [[AntiHero anti-heroes]] and vigilantes were generally discouraged (except for a specific, single-player campaign that featured such), and [[VillainProtagonist player-controlled villains]] were likewise banned (again, except for a specific campaign that featured a SuicideSquad-style team of convicted criminals who fought crime to earn time off of their sentences).

'''The titular team of Global Guardians were:'''
* '''Achilles:''' A highly-trained SuperSoldier created through an extensive program of BioAugmentation and SuperSerum injections. His father (and his creator) is the EvilOverlord known as Lord Doom. He's the team's [[TheCowl Cowl]], as well as its leader.
* '''Arachne:''' A female SpiderMan [[CaptainErsatz homage]]. She is the same Arachne that was turned into a spider by the goddess Athena, now released from her curse to fight crime.
* '''Bungie:''' A [[RubberMan stretchable]] teenage girl. She is the most enthusiastic and idealistic member of the team.
* '''Guardsman:''' A former French soldier given an omnipowerful costume capable of [[GreenLanternRing manipulating solid energy]]
* '''Gunmetal:''' An active-duty Air Force officer in PoweredArmor.
* '''Los Hermanos:''' A duplicator a'la Jamie Madrox from ''XFactor''. He knows [[TheOmniscient nearly everything worth knowing]] because sometime, somewhere, one of his duplicates has taken a course in it, or read a book about it, or currently works it as a profession. Plus, he's DangerouslyGenreSavvy. Is his own OneManArmy, literally.
* '''Nordkapp Man''' An [[TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer Unfrozen Caveman Superhero]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin literally]]. A neanderthal with ice-generation powers.
* '''Tachyon:''' A talking [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys gorilla]] with SuperSpeed.
* '''Ultra-Man:''' TheCape to Achilles [[TheCowl Cowl]]. A FlyingBrick in a [[StarSpangledSpandex star]]-[[CaptainGeographic spangled]] costume. Originally fought ThoseWackyNazis but was brought to the present by way of a TimeTravelEscape.

'''Former or past members of the Global Guardians included:'''
* '''Aurora:''' A living fusion reactor. She also served as MsFanservice on occasion.
* '''Bandit:''' A teleporting martial artist, [[SarcasmMode jokester]], and bad Hispanic stereotype. (The player, being Hispanic himself, claimed NWordPrivileges and thus was allowed to take it to extreme levels of stereotyping).
* '''Herr Doktor Archeville:''' a GadgeteerGenius with a bit of MadScientist tossed in for good measure.
* '''Raptor:''' A bird-themed [[TheCowl Cowl]].
* '''Rook:''' A soccer hooligan with super-strength and invulnerability.
* '''Stone:''' A super-powered ex-biker. Presented a [[{{Jerkass}} hard, callous, sarcastic front]] but deep inside he was a FriendToAllChildren.
* '''Warlock:''' TheArchmage of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse.''

In addition to playing in PBEM campaigns, players were also encouraged to write FanFiction about their characters (and other characters), as well as "homework" projects like writing a "[[{{Playboy}} Playboy's Twenty Questions]]" interview with their characters, and so on.

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!!The Global Guardians PBEM Universe provided examples of:

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* GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse/{{Tropes A-H}}
* GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse/{{Tropes I-P}}
* GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse/{{Tropes Q-Z}}
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From May of 1994 to September of 2006, the Global Guardians PBEM Universe was the largest and most active privately-owned SharedUniverse [[PlayByPostGame Play-By-Email]] setting on the internet, in any genre of Roleplaying Game. It used the {{Champions}} rules to present multiple campaigns featuring [[SuperHero Comic Book superhero roleplaying]]. At its height, the setting was host to nearly forty separate campaigns, all interacting in the same background universe, with almost three hundred active and semi-active players. Over the course of the setting's history, it featured almost sixty different campaigns (most of which lasted no more than a year), and nearly a thousand different players (very few of whom managed to continue through the entire history of the setting).

The background universe in which the campaigns were set was the creation of Jack Butler (the creator of the legendary [[JackButlersOriginalEvilOverlordList Evil Overlord List]]), who originally conceived of the setting for his private {{Champions}} campaign in the early 1990s. Butler kept a tight rein on new characters, information, and concepts introduced into the Global Guardians Universe, and for the most part this adherence to a single "vision" is credited for the depth and detail of the setting. It is also the source of the most frequent criticism of the campaigns set there: Jack Butler was frequently (and not inaccurately, to be brutally honest) labeled a control freak with dominance issues when it came to "his baby", and he did not allow dissenters from his central vision the freedom to do as they chose.

The Global Guardians PBEM Universe stuck faithfully to most [[ComicBookTropes Comic Book]] and [[SuperheroTropes Superhero]] Tropes, and was intended to be a "Four Color setting with Modern Sensibilities" (basically BronzeAge). The [[DarkAge Iron Age]] style [[AntiHero anti-heroes]] and vigilantes were generally discouraged (except for a specific, single-player campaign that featured such), and [[VillainProtagonist player-controlled villains]] were likewise banned (again, except for a specific campaign that featured a SuicideSquad-style team of convicted criminals who fought crime to earn time off of their sentences).

'''The titular team of Global Guardians were:'''
* '''Achilles:''' A highly-trained SuperSoldier created through an extensive program of BioAugmentation and SuperSerum injections. His father (and his creator) is the EvilOverlord known as Lord Doom. He's the team's [[TheCowl Cowl]], as well as its leader.
* '''Arachne:''' A female SpiderMan [[CaptainErsatz homage]]. She is the same Arachne that was turned into a spider by the goddess Athena, now released from her curse to fight crime.
* '''Bungie:''' A [[RubberMan stretchable]] teenage girl. She is the most enthusiastic and idealistic member of the team.
* '''Guardsman:''' A former French soldier given an omnipowerful costume capable of [[GreenLanternRing manipulating solid energy]]
* '''Gunmetal:''' An active-duty Air Force officer in PoweredArmor.
* '''Los Hermanos:''' A duplicator a'la Jamie Madrox from ''XFactor''. He knows [[TheOmniscient nearly everything worth knowing]] because sometime, somewhere, one of his duplicates has taken a course in it, or read a book about it, or currently works it as a profession. Plus, he's DangerouslyGenreSavvy. Is his own OneManArmy, literally.
* '''Nordkapp Man''' An [[TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer Unfrozen Caveman Superhero]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin literally]]. A neanderthal with ice-generation powers.
* '''Tachyon:''' A talking [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys gorilla]] with SuperSpeed.
* '''Ultra-Man:''' TheCape to Achilles [[TheCowl Cowl]]. A FlyingBrick in a [[StarSpangledSpandex star]]-[[CaptainGeographic spangled]] costume. Originally fought ThoseWackyNazis but was brought to the present by way of a TimeTravelEscape.

'''Former or past members of the Global Guardians included:'''
* '''Aurora:''' A living fusion reactor. She also served as MsFanservice on occasion.
* '''Bandit:''' A teleporting martial artist, [[SarcasmMode jokester]], and bad Hispanic stereotype. (The player, being Hispanic himself, claimed NWordPrivileges and thus was allowed to take it to extreme levels of stereotyping).
* '''Herr Doktor Archeville:''' a GadgeteerGenius with a bit of MadScientist tossed in for good measure.
* '''Raptor:''' A bird-themed [[TheCowl Cowl]].
* '''Rook:''' A soccer hooligan with super-strength and invulnerability.
* '''Stone:''' A super-powered ex-biker. Presented a [[{{Jerkass}} hard, callous, sarcastic front]] but deep inside he was a FriendToAllChildren.
* '''Warlock:''' TheArchmage of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse.''

In addition to playing in PBEM campaigns, players were also encouraged to write FanFiction about their characters (and other characters), as well as "homework" projects like writing a "[[{{Playboy}} Playboy's Twenty Questions]]" interview with their characters, and so on.

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!!The Global Guardians PBEM Universe provided examples of:

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* GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse/{{Tropes A-H}}
* GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse/{{Tropes I-P}}
* GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse/{{Tropes Q-Z}}
[[/index]]
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2nd Apr '13 3:55:33 AM ashdenej
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From May of 1994 to September of 2006, the Global Guardians PBEM Universe was the largest and most active privately-owned SharedUniverse [[PlayByPostGame Play-By-Email]] setting on the internet, in any genre of Roleplaying Game. It used the {{Champions}} rules to present multiple campaigns featuring [[SuperHero Comic Book superhero roleplaying]]. At its height, the setting was host to nearly forty separate campaigns, all interacting in the same background universe, with almost three hundred active and semi-active players. Over the course of the setting's history, it featured almost sixty different campaigns (most of which lasted no more than a year), and nearly a thousand different players (very few of whom managed to continue through the entire history of the setting.

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From May of 1994 to September of 2006, the Global Guardians PBEM Universe was the largest and most active privately-owned SharedUniverse [[PlayByPostGame Play-By-Email]] setting on the internet, in any genre of Roleplaying Game. It used the {{Champions}} rules to present multiple campaigns featuring [[SuperHero Comic Book superhero roleplaying]]. At its height, the setting was host to nearly forty separate campaigns, all interacting in the same background universe, with almost three hundred active and semi-active players. Over the course of the setting's history, it featured almost sixty different campaigns (most of which lasted no more than a year), and nearly a thousand different players (very few of whom managed to continue through the entire history of the setting.
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3rd Mar '13 7:30:07 PM MickeyMoose
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The background universe in which the campaigns were set was the creation of Jack Butler (one of the creators of the legendary [[JackButlersOriginalEvilOverlordList Evil Overlord List]], who originally conceived of the setting for his private {{Champions}} campaign in the early 1990s. Butler kept a tight rein on new characters, information, and concepts introduced into the Global Guardians Universe, and for the most part this adherence to a single "vision" is credited for the depth and detail of the setting. It is also the source of the most frequent criticism of the campaigns set there: Jack Butler was frequently (and not inaccurately, to be brutally honest) labeled a control freak with dominance issues when it came to "his baby", and he did not allow dissenters from his central vision the freedom to do as they chose.

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The background universe in which the campaigns were set was the creation of Jack Butler (one of the creators (the creator of the legendary [[JackButlersOriginalEvilOverlordList Evil Overlord List]], List]]), who originally conceived of the setting for his private {{Champions}} campaign in the early 1990s. Butler kept a tight rein on new characters, information, and concepts introduced into the Global Guardians Universe, and for the most part this adherence to a single "vision" is credited for the depth and detail of the setting. It is also the source of the most frequent criticism of the campaigns set there: Jack Butler was frequently (and not inaccurately, to be brutally honest) labeled a control freak with dominance issues when it came to "his baby", and he did not allow dissenters from his central vision the freedom to do as they chose.
14th Feb '13 12:02:27 PM MickeyMoose
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The background universe in which the campaigns were set was the creation of Jack Butler, who originally conceived of the setting for his private {{Champions}} campaign in the early 1990s. Butler kept a tight rein on new characters, information, and concepts introduced into the Global Guardians Universe, and for the most part this adherence to a single "vision" is credited for the depth and detail of the setting. It is also the source of the most frequent criticism of the campaigns set there: Jack Butler was frequently (and not inaccurately, to be brutally honest) labeled a control freak with dominance issues when it came to "his baby", and he did not allow dissenters from his central vision the freedom to do as they chose.

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The background universe in which the campaigns were set was the creation of Jack Butler, Butler (one of the creators of the legendary [[JackButlersOriginalEvilOverlordList Evil Overlord List]], who originally conceived of the setting for his private {{Champions}} campaign in the early 1990s. Butler kept a tight rein on new characters, information, and concepts introduced into the Global Guardians Universe, and for the most part this adherence to a single "vision" is credited for the depth and detail of the setting. It is also the source of the most frequent criticism of the campaigns set there: Jack Butler was frequently (and not inaccurately, to be brutally honest) labeled a control freak with dominance issues when it came to "his baby", and he did not allow dissenters from his central vision the freedom to do as they chose.
17th Feb '12 5:40:28 AM Goldstone
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* '''Aurora:''' A living fusion reactor. She also served as MissFanservice on occasion.

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* '''Aurora:''' A living fusion reactor. She also served as MissFanservice MsFanservice on occasion.
11th Feb '12 3:34:52 PM ArtfulCodger
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Jack Butler is now working to return the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' to the web as "TheButlerverse Wiki" (still under construction), [[http://butlerverse.wikia.com/wiki/The_Butlerverse_Wiki located here]].
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* AbnormalAmmo: Trident uses a wrist-mounted gun that fires little miniature tridents.
** Chuckles the Clown uses a "pie-shot"... a slingshot that fires bannana cream pies and has a pistol that fires ping-pong balls. Of course, the pies deliver a knock-out drug and the ping-pong balls ''explode''...
* AboveGoodAndEvil: The Warlord, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', is a [[TimeTravel traveler from the future]] who came back to the present because he was bored. He didn't like the way things were going in his time, and he changes historical events at a whim. He considers himself "beyond" such petty concerns as right and wrong.
* AbsentMindedProfessor: Herr Doktor Archeville. Brilliant scientist, and one of the most agile minds on the planet. Often forgets what city he's in, can't remember the actual names of his lab assistants so he labels them "Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta" and so on (and then get's that mixed up) and if those same lab assistants weren't paid to remind him would often forgets he needs to eat and sleep every so often.
* AbsoluteXenophobe: The Kalish'chahine are a horrifically warlike alien race who view all other forms of life as food resources. They breed so quickly that their home planets' capacity to keep the population fed, and are capable of digesting pretty much any carbon-based life. To them, Earth is a smorgasbord waiting to happen.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: A Espada ("The Sword") is a Brazilian who can create a "sword" out of pure mental force that can cut through anything as long as he has confidence that it will. Pendragon, a British hero, wields the legendary sword Excalibur, and has yet to meet a substance it cannot hack through. Fey, a mystic swords man who claims to be from the elf-lands of Faerie, once used his sword to cut through a bank vault door, though he says its all in the magic and not in the blade.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: These have appeared in several ''Global Guardians'' stories, but they are always storm drains and flood-control tunnels, old abandoned subway lines, and other tunnels people were meant to access rather than sanitary lines. The most notable case was when Team America discovered the Twelve Tribes living in the catacombs under New York.
* AbusiveParents: Aryan Nation, a white supremacist "superhero", admits that the reason he took to crimefighting was to repudiate the abuse his trailer-trash, redneck father heaped upon him while growing up, and is actually proud of the fact that he's not "some drunken Klansman in a bedsheet burning crosses", despite still being a racist {{Jerkass}}. The fact that he's doing the very same thing to his own kids that his father did to him hasn't occurred to Aryan Nation yet.
* AbusivePrecursors: The followers of the [[EldritchAbomination Old Ones]], ancient space gods from another dimension, were the first lifeforms to colonize a primordial Earth. A series of wars begin with the Old Ones on one side and U'tua the Gardener, war-fleets of five of the Progenitor Races, and at least thirty of the Progenitor's more advanced client species, on the other. Eighteen centuries of constant warfare culminated in the banishment and imprisonment of the Old Ones to places outside the universe. The victory came at a great price, as the entire H'ch'wee and Krang species, along with every member of their various participating client species) were exterminated in the fighting. Unknown to the victors, a small number of servants of the Old Ones survived on Earth. They went into hiding deep underground.
* AcademyOfAdventure: Both the [[SuperheroSchool Venture Institute]] and the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.
** The Shadow Academy, a [[SuperheroSchool Supervillain School]] from the same setting, also qualifies.
* AcceptableCulturalTargets
* AcceptableReligiousTargets
* ActionGirl: Since the GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse is all about superheroic action, pretty much all female characters were this.
* ActionGirlfriend: Athlete, a student at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], is dating fellow-student Ideal. She has all his powers and abilities, and then some.
* ActionMom: Chloe Neuman, matriarch of the Neuman Family, a family of superheroic crimefighters.
** Battle, the supervillain mom of former Global Guardian Stone, also qualifies.
* ActualPacifist: Raven is a mystic martial artist with minor darkness powers. She absolutely refuses to cause harm to another person, even in self-defense. However, she's a master of aikido, fast on her feet, and perfectly willing to let her opponents injure themselves. For instance, by punching walls when she ducks out of the way. She has perfected the art of "fighting" defensively.
* ACupAngst: When in costume, Bungie uses her RubberMan powers to increase her bust size as part of her "disguise". She's normally rather small-breasted, and figures if people are looking at her chest when she's in costume, they won't be looking at her face.
* AdaptiveArmor: Rainbow Knight's "PoweredArmor" is actually a piece of alien biotechnology that molded itself onto his body. Beyond some standard capabilities (like superhuman strength, [[NighInvulnerable invulnerability]], and [[IBelieveICanFly flight]]), the armor's capabilities [[SwissArmyWeapon change depending on the wearer's needs]].
* AdorableEvilMinions: [[MonsterClown Tom Foolery]] is always accompanied on his crimes by a horde of tiny teddy-bear robots. Which are armed with machine guns, and are set to explode on command.
* AdviceFromLibby: Achilles, leader of the titular superhero team the Global Guardians, goes to his father for advice on his personal life all the time. His father, by the way, is Lord Doom, one of the setting's [[EvilOverlord world-conquering master villains]]. This is a slightly inverted example, though, because usually Achilles is the blunt antagonistic one (for a hero), and Lord Doom is generally urbane and polite (for a villain).
* AesopAmnesia: From the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', the heroic Robotman learned that he can still be human even if he's a BrainInAJar. Then his original player left, the character was taken over by another player, and the "my God, what have I become" back all over again.
** Even though his behavior led him directly to prison time, CorruptCorporateExecutive Lexington Cargill never seemed to learn that being a billionaire wasn't an automatic Get Out of Jail Free card.
* AffablyEvil: Lord Doom really is a pretty swell guy, if you overlook the entire "take over the world, tyrannical dictator" aspect of his personality. He's urbane, friendly, and sends get well cards to his enemies when they are sick or injured. He even runs a charitable organization that has helped millions of children in poverty around the world. Did we mention that he wants to rule the world and everything in it?
* AffirmativeActionLegacy: The original Stonewall (an invulnerable, super-strong hero active in the 1970s and 80s) was a white man from suburbia. His successor, who has the same power set, is a black woman.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: All of the AnthropomorphicPersonifications in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' are made of this trope because, being the physical incarnations of ideas, everyone has a different interpretation of that idea. What this means is that two people could be talking to The King (the AnthropomorphicPersonification of "The Legend of Elvis Presley") and he'd look precisely like how they think Elvis Presley looks like when they think of Elvis Presley (meaning if one person pictures Ed Sullivan-era Elvis, he looks like Ed Sullivan-era Elvis; if they picture Vegas-era white-tassle pudgy Elvis, he looks like Vegas-era white-tassle pudgy Elvis).
* AGodAmI: The Blood Red King considers himself above mere mortals, and he might just be right.
* AIIsACrapshoot: One (that's its name) is a sentient computer program originally written and programmed to help solve humanity's problems (like famine, crime, and so on). The first suggestion is made was "Eliminate 60% of the human population world-wide". Unsurprisingly, the programmers and sociologists reacted badly to this suggestion. Also unsurprisingly, One reacted badly to their trying to turn it off.
** There's also Omega, a sentient robot from the future that has been hard-programmed with the mission to kill all superhumans on the planet.
* AlasPoorVillain: As a supervillain, Hardcase was generally thought of as a brutish, selfish thug who liked to beat up women for fun, drank too much, and was generally a sleeze. And on September 11, 2001, he gave his life by using his superhuman strength to save people from the collapsing North Tower of the World Trade Center. The heroes not only campaigned to get him a posthumous presidential pardon, they sprang for a funeral the likes of which are normally reserved for deceased presidents and popes.
* AlienBlood: Most of the aliens living on Earth in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' bleed red, especially the Tautiq and the Pelkons (who are basically HumanAliens and RubberForeheadAliens, respectively). The Delethai are the exception... they bleed orange.
** Sweet Synn and Black Angel, both of whom are demons in human form, bleed a thick, black ichor that smells vaguely of sewage.
* AlienGeometries: Doctor Ka's mansion is effectively a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesseract tesseract]], and is definitely [[BagOfHolding bigger on the inside]] than on the out. If its layout was drawn on a set of blueprints it would feature rooms that overlapped spatially, rooms that seemed to have no exits or entrances, spherical rooms that nonetheless had corners, and rooms where the plane of gravity depending on which way you were looking.
* AliensAndMonsters: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' was full of aliens and monsters. It is a superhero setting, after all. One hero team actually fought {{Godzilla}} for crying out loud...
* AliensAreBastards: The Daribi managed to kill nearly thirty million people over the course of of three [[AlienInvasion invasions]] (in 1898, 1938, and 1951), and completely leveled London, Bayonne, and San Diego in the process.
** [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy The Xorn]], who invaded in 1985, slaughtered nearly a billion people worldwide, introduced alien animals and plants to earth's ecology, and left behind tens of thousands of slaves from other races, all of whom were stuck with no way home when the invasion was defeated.
* AllEncompassingMantle: The supervillain Tachyon wears one of these, and looks damned impressive doing it.
* AlliterativeName: Mark Milton, the SecretIdentity of Ultra-Man. Extra points goes to Steve Stephens, the SecretIdentity of Defender, for not only having an alliterative name, but for it being the same basic name.
* AllMenArePerverts: The National Enquirer once made an accusation about Ultra-Man, who has X-Ray Vision, using it to scope out "public peep shows" on every woman he passes on the street. Ultra-Man, who grew up in the 30s and 40s and has the manners to match his upbringing, almost leveled the building the tabloid's offices were in out of sheer outrage.
* AllThereInTheManual: * The ''Global Guardians Encyclopedia'' had tens of thousands of entries, detailing all kinds of fun facts, most of which never made it into any story at all. Examples include how the Las Vegas casinos dealt with superhumans who use their powers to cheat a casino (harshly), when the first flying car was released to for public purchase (1974), to how much it costs to buy a John Deere Iron Man II brand power-assist exoskeleton ($75,000), and pretty much everything in between.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: When [[AncientConspiracy Tarot]] attacked the sattelite base of the Global Guardians in force, it resulted in the near death of two Guardians, killed two civilian contractors who were onboard, broke the base into pieces, and knocked those pieces out of orbit. The parts of the base that didn't burn up on re-entry crashed into the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
* AllYourPowersCombined: Paragon. Unlike most other power mimics in the setting, he copies the powers of ever other supervillain or hero within range (and his range is about half a mile) simultaneously... and the raw power of identical powers (superhuman strength, for example) ''stacks''. And he can target [[BadassNormal trained supernormals]] as well.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: There are several of these, most visibly the Neuman Family, who are pretty obviously a combination of the FantasticFour and the Power Pack.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Cthonians. But then, they are based on Lovecraft's Deep Ones.
* AmateurSleuth: Andrew "Lucky" Starr from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' doesn't actually go out looking for mysteries to solve. [[MysteryMagnet He's just lucky that way]].
* AmbiguousGender: Masquerade, a shapeshifting supervillain, can make itself convincingly female or male at need. No one knows if Masquerade even ''had'' a gender of its own when it was born.
** Bodysnatcher, on the other hand, has long since abandoned his (or her) original body so long ago that she (or he) no longer remembers whether he (or she) was born male or female. The fact that the Bodysnatcher can't remember her (or his) real name doesn't help things.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Reginald Wannsinger was a superhumanly intelligent survivor of the Holocaust who came up with a plan that would not only end hunger worldwide and give every human being on the planet health care, but would insure that nothing like the Holocaust would ever happen again. And the only way he can make it work is by becoming the BigBad, Lord Doom.
* AnachronicOrder: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' featured the stories of [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters hundreds of characters]], set from about 1922 to the present day, all being told simultaneously. Without a scorecard it was impossible to tell what order in which to read the stories. On top of it, there was the Legacy Campaign (about the sidekicks and children of heroes who were active in the 1960s and 1970s), where the action bounced between the 60s/70s and modern day without warning.
* AnAssKickingChristmas: The Denver Defenders once defended the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Christmas, in the form of Santa Claus, from a group of rampaging nihilistic teenaged supervillains known as the Young Gods.
* AnAxeToGrind: Byelobog is the [[PhysicalGod Russian God of the Sun and Daylight]]. In addition to SuperStrength and NighInvulnerability, he wields a big battleaxe that returns to him when he throws it.
* AncientConspiracy: Tarot is a secret society founded in the late 1500s by [[ThePrince Niccolo Machiavelli]], with the express purpose of taking over the world through the power of economics. While they haven't ''quite'' achieved that goal, they are so large and so powerful that they were beyond the power of any single hero (or group of heroes) to destroy.
* AncientEgypt: Superheroic weather-controller Pharaoh was born four thousand years ago in Egypt and brought forward through time.
* AndItWorked: [[EvilOverlord Lord Doom]] used mercenary soldiers and supervillains to drive out the British government from Bermuda and take over the island as his own kingdom. He rules it with an iron fist and its people have very little in the way of civil rights as most Americans know them. That said, twenty years after the conquest, the island has pretty much a 0% poverty rate, infant mortality rate, and illiteracy rate. The average life span of one of Doom's subjects is close to a hundred years due to medical advances made by the {{Supervillain}}, and nearly all adults have a college education. The takeover was intended to give Doom a "social laboratory" in preparation to his eventual conquest of the world, and it worked!
* AngryBlackMan: Thundercloud, a KidHero active in the 1970s, started out as an [[AngryBlackMan Angry Native American]]. By the time he's grown up and changed his name to Thunderstorm, his anger is less about racial injustice and more about just being really angry about pretty much everything.
* AngstWhatAngst: Vindicator was kidnapped via mind control by a telepathic supervillain. She was then used as a sex toy for about a week before being rescued. You'd never know she was physically traumatized by how she acted later.
* AnimalStereotypes: Aside from [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys the Sentient Apes]] that populate the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', there are also a category of characters called "Moreaus" (after the titular MadScientist from "The Island of Doctor Moreau"), [[UpliftedAnimal scientifically altered animals that can now speak and think]].
** The Zoo is a heroic team of Moreaus that have banded together for self-protection and to show humanity that they aren't monsters. They've unimaginably named themselves after their original species (Bloodhound, Buffalo, Fox, and Giraffe), and fight crime in Los Angeles.
* AnimeHair: Ani-Mae has AnimeHair. Then again, she's the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification living incarnation]] of a Japanese cartoon character. Her hair is often neon cornflower blue, and spikey in the usual gravity-defying manner. And of course, she's got the [[Angst]]-fringe that always covers one eye.
** HimeCut: She also wears her hair in a style most Anime fans would recognize.
* Animorphism: Kodotai, Bestiario, Manimal, and Menagerie all have the power to assume the shape of any animal species they want. Russian hero Ursa can turn into a giant brown bear. Indian hero Bagha can turn into a large Bengal tiger.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Former Guardian Bandit has an AnnoyingYoungerSibling in the "Roger Clinton/Billy Carter" way: Ozcar Vizcairno is an irresponsible adult whose outrageous statements and actions always seem to land him on the front pages of the tabloids... not to mention utterly shredding Bandit's SecretIdentity.
* AnonymousRinger: For the most part, this is averted as real world people and places were used when needed. Certain other public figures (like the current US Secretary of Defense, Dr. Andrea Coudriet, and the current in-universe Pope, Alexander IX) are purely fictional substitutes for real people.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: There are has several, but the most notable is the Blood Red King, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Anger, Cruelty, Violence, and Fear.
* TheAntiChrist: Mystic detective and monster-hunter Jonathan [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Brimstone]] from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. His father is [[{{Satan}} Lucifer Morningstar]]. His mother a drug-addicted cultist. According to prophecy, he is destined to overthrow all goodness and light in his father's name.
** AntiAntiChrist: Well, he would if he hadn't decided to give his father the bird and fight evil.
* AntiHero: Black Cat is a definite anti-hero. He's dropped people off of roofs (after tying them securely to a line) in order to get them to talk, casually breaks bones, and generally operates with a disregard for civil rights. He's never killed anyone, though, and most Boston cops thank God for that.
* AntiVillain: Embrace is a super-terrorist who tends to target inhuman Third World dictatorial regimes and the First World nations who prop them up while simultaneously protecting the innocent peasants who are those regimes primary victims.
* ApocalypseHow: In one ''Global Guardians'' story, the Guardians traveled to a world in which the criminal MadScientist Doctor XX had succeeded in eradicating all male life on the planet through a tailored virus. By the time the heroes arrived, the virus had died off... and the remaining human population (all female) had descended into MadMax-style post-Apocalyptic barbarism due to the sure knowledge that the human race was doomed to utter extinction.
* ApocalypseMaiden: Esmeree is a sorceress and a member of the evil Circle of Black Thorns. She became a black magician after her mother (an oracle) produced a prophecy that said that Esmeree would become great in the knowledge of the Black Arts, and would in the fullness of time overthrow heaven and destroy the world. It hasn't happened, yet...
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Achilles is a genetically engineered super-soldier whose father is an immortal DiabolicalMastermind warlord. He's on team with a man who belongs to [[TheChosenMany an interstellar police force]], a [[SuperSpeed super-fast]] [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys talking gorilla]], a [[TimeTravel time traveler from the 40s]] who gained his powers from [[StupidJetpackHitler a Nazy super-science experiment]], and a Neanderthal who [[AnIcePerson survived being frozen in a glacier for 40,000 years]]. That all said, he does not believe in magic, and thus refuses to believe that his teammate Arachne received her powers from the goddess Athena.
* ArchEnemy: This is a superhero setting. ''Everybody'' has an ArchEnemy.
* ArchiveBinge: People visiting the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' website for the first time usually indulged in one of these, until they realized how much information was available and it descended into an ArchivePanic.
* ArchivePanic: The website had close to ten thousand individual whole-page character entries in its character archives. Add to that an in-universe Encyclopedia with nearly two hundred thousand entries (most at least three paragraphs long, and some as long as a full page), plus over a hundred campaign pages (each with their own archive), and you'd better be prepared to spend a ''lot'' of time if you want to read the whole thing.
* TheArchmage: Warlock was TheArchmage of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse.''
* ArmedWithCanon: This happened occasionally in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' when one GameMaster took over a campaign from another GameMaster and immediately instituted story changes that invalidated previous stories. At one point this got so bad that Jack Butler had to stop in, stop multiple campaigns, and reboot the entire universe.
* ArmsDealer: When it comes to high-tech armaments, the supervillains of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' turn to either the appropriately named Weaponsmith or the former [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] MadScientist Baron Malthus. The Weaponsmith's weapons are more powerful, but are much more expensive. Baron Mathus produces less advanced weapons, but they are a bargain comparatively.
* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: Both Stone and Bandit, former members of the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]], were regularly chewed out in this manner. Bandit, a teleporter, had a bad habit of disregarding things like "warrants" and "privacy laws". Stone, a FlyingBrick biker, couldn't even ''pronounce'' the phrase "excessive force", much less know what it meant. But they were both true heroes who would willingly sacrifice their lives to protect the innocent.
* ArtMajorBiology: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' advertised itself as an "open source superpowered roleplaying universe", which meant that pretty much any explanation for superpowers was useable. Bizarre alien biology as the source of superpowers, not to mention the "mutant" thing, all saw a lot of use.
* AscendedExtra: Doctor Tomorrowland, currently a member of the Disney-sponsored hero team Imagination, started out as part of the team's background extras. She rose to the rank of AscendedExtra, and then supporting character, and then to featured player, all because one of the players decided to start including her more nad more in the story. She later became a full-blown player character.
* AscendedMeme: The idea that Stone's mom was a supervillain originated as a joke between the players (including Stone's player). The jokes continued for more than two years. When the story of Stone's parents was finally explored, it turned out that Stone's mom really ''was'' a supervillain.
* ASharedSuffering: The Golden Marvel and Ultra-Man are close friends who often dine together to remember life during the Great Depression, the Spanish Influenza epidemic, World War II, and other events of the first four decades of the 20th Century.
** Most of the true immortals in the Global Guardians Universe, like Abyss, Master Mist, Black Angel, and Ishmael, tend to treat each other as competitive rivals rather than as true enemies (if they were, in fact, enemies in the first place), because they all know that the only person a truly immortal being can talk to about how hard it is to be a true immortal is another true immortal.
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: The Blood Red King, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Anger, Cruelty, Violence, and Fear in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', has been killed numerous times since he first appeared in the late 1970s. But as long as there are people being angry or cruel, causing violence or causing fear, he always springs back up shortly thereafter, fresh as a daisy.
* AssShove: In one story, the villainous Eightball manages to smuggle the pieces of a working weapon into a prison in this fashion, far enough up to avoid detection during a body cavity search.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' naturally uses this a lot being based on comic books. The best examples are probably Amnesty (the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Mercy) who wears angelic white robes, has a halo, wings, and glows with a pure white inner light, and the Blood Red King (the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Terror and Fear), who has red-glowing eyes, fangs, and has blood continually dripping from his hands.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Fidget, a KidHero [[SuperSpeed speedster]] who attends the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] suffers from this problem. In his case, its usually over-exaggerated in the storylines, though the writers did do one thing right: when his attention isn't flitting from place to place like a butterfly in a field of posies, it's hyper-focused like a laser beam to the exclusion of everything around him
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Doctor Simian, generally regarded as one of the two most intelligent beings on Earth, uses this as his primary weapon.
* BackFromTheDead: This was actually one of the powers possessed by the heroic Mister Easter. As his name might imply, he would arise from the dead after three days. (His powers were all based on the miracles Jesus was explicitly shown performing in TheBible, including the resurrection.)
* BackStory: At its height, the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' had literally megabytes of back story on its website, in a history involving thousands of characters and trailing all the way back to the Big Bang. When the game's website finally closed down, the [[WordOfGod administrator admitted]] that there was more back story that hadn't ever made it onto the website than information that had.
* BadassAbnormal: Achilles seems to be a non-powered martial artist in the style of Batman. He?s actually a genetically engineered super-soldier cloned from the DNA of EvilOverlord Lord Doom.
* BadassCape: Madras had telekinetic control over cloth (and ''only'' over cloth), so he wore a costume that included a ten-foot long cape. And he used it as a ''weapon''.
* BadassLabcoat: Herr Doktor Archeville, Doctor Simian, and Lord Doom.
* BadassLongcoat: Stone.
* BadassNormal: Several, including [[TheGunslinger Ballistic]], [[{{Trick Arrow}} Longbow]], and Battlecat.
* BadPowersBadPeople: Sekhmet has the power to infect other people with fast-acting plagues. What else was he supposed to become ''but'' a supervillain?
* BadPowersGoodPeople: Shadowcloak can generate a "living darkness" that "feeds" on people's body heat. You just don't see too many heroic energy vampires.
* BagOfHolding: There are several of these. The "bag o' tricks" wielded by Chuckles the Happy Clown contained anything that Chuckles could imagine... but only if it was funny. The mutant wanderer known as "Pockets" could literally turn any pocket on any piece of clothing he was wearing into one of these (and more... at least once, he kept an entire alternate dimension in one of his coat pockets). Doctor Ka's [[CoolHouse mansion]] technically counts as one of these, being much, much bigger on the inside than on the outside.
* BandOfBrothers: The Global Guardians, the superhero team that gives the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' its name, started out one of these, but became even moreso after the events of the the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks in which they lost one of their own while rescuing people from the collapsing World Trade Center.
* TheBaroness: The Empress of TAROT looks like the sexpot version of this trope, but is actually a Rosa Klebb. She's icy, she's deadly, she's ruthless, and she's beautiful. She's actually [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Catherine de'Medici]], kept young [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld after five hundred years]] through the power of black magic.
* BarrierWarrior: Tumble Bee is a FlyingBrick whose "super-strength" and "invulnerability" are both based on generating force fields.
** Deflector is a more traditional BarrierWarrior, using planes of force as both defense and weaponry. The Great Wall, one of China's greatest heroes, shares the power set.
** The heroic Dove is a MartialPacifist who specializes in evasion, blocking, and misdirection in combat. He's an expert at somehow finding convenient trees, walls, cars, and so on to duck behind just as the bad guys attack. He only goes "offensive" when he absolutely has to.
* BatFamilyCrossover: Given how many super-teams are based out of New York City alone, this happened ''a lot''.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: While there are several heroes and villains in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' who are immune to all the problems usually involved with vacuum exposure (usually by way of being otherwise invulnerable), nearly all of them still need to breathe (they use some form of breathing apparatus when they do go into space). The ones who don't need to breathe are either EnergyBeings, or else are The Shield (whose immunity to injury includes an immunity to suffocation).
* BattleButler: Mister Joshua, the "personal secretary" of CorruptCorporateExecutive Lexington Cargill, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. He fetches coffee, he retrieves information, he carries briefcases, and occasionally he beats up or kills those he is directed to beat up or kill.
* BattleCouple: Yin and Yang, a pair of crime-fighting martial artists active in San Francisco.
** Also Simon Bar Sinister and Penny Dreadful.
* TheBeastmaster: Menagerie can not only [[ShapeShifting can assume the shapes of animals]], she can communicate with them and command them. Brazilian hero Junglemaster controls both plants and animals. Archdruid adds weather control to Junglemaster's power set.
* BerserkButton: Never, ever mention the fact that Dreamcatcher's father died in an insane asylum after a life of villainy if you value your sanity. Dreamcatcher, as the name might imply, can manipulate your nightmares so you regret ever mentioning his father in the first place.
** Want to press Eightball's BerserkButton really, really hard? Make fun of Bamm-Bamm's condition or use any variation of the word "retard" in his presence. Go head. I ''double-dog dare you''.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: The Evil Mastermind favors grandiose schemes and [[XanatosGambit Xanatos Gambits]] and schemes within schemes within schemes. (Whaddaya want? He's a super-intelligent twelve year old boy.) Most of the heroes consider him a joke. But you know, he did almost poison New York City's whole water supply tha tone time. And other time he actually had control of the nation's air traffic control systems for nearly half an hour...
* BewareTheSuperman: Ask the Pakistanis how they feel about superheroes, after their government was taken over by the national superteam.
* BigBad: [[TheChessmaster The Emperor]], leader of [[NebulousEvilOrganization TAROT]], has his fingers in nearly every criminal enterprise on Earth in The Global Guardians PBEM Universe. Of course, he's also got his fingers in nearly every major legitimate business enterprise on Earth as well. But then, what do you expect of a villain who is secretly an immortal [[ManipulativeBastard Niccolo Machiavelli]]?
* BigBadWannabe: Brainchild put together a criminal organization, attracted mercenary supervillains to work for him, and tried to take over NewYorkCity's underworld. He was arrested, and his organization dismantled, by Pamela Odd, a BadassNormal private detective.
* BigBadEnsemble: [[EvilOverlord The Emperor]], [[EvilGenius Lord Doom]], [[MadScientist Doctor Simian]], [[TimeAbyss Abyss]], [[OmnicidalManiac the Blood Red King]], and [[CrushKillDestroy Omega]] all present a threat to the whole world. They do this simultaneously, though of course they don't do it cooperatively.
* BigRedDevil: The supervillain known as The Devil, one of TAROT's Major Arcana, can transform into a huge, super-strong, [[TheHulk Hulk-like]] monstrosity whose appearance fits this trope exactly.
* BilingualBonus: The ''Heroes of Haifa'' campaign was set in Israel, and run by a Rabbi. The players received quite the education in the Hebrew language.
** A lot of the dialog from mystic hero Doctor Kaballah was also in Hebrew.
** Herr Doktor Archeville's dialog slid between English and German.
* BigDamnHeroes: Most campaigns featured this sort of scene all the freaking time.
* BiggerOnTheInside: The mansion of mystic hero Doctor Ka has much, much more floor-space than its exterior would suggest. He needs the extra space to contain the angry ghosts...
* TheBigGuy: Ultra-Man is a bit of a mix between the GentleGiant and the GeniusBruiser. Regardlesss, he is the moral compass of the team.
* BioAugmentation: This is a common way of gaining superpowers in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. [[EvilOverlord Lord Doom]] even bio-engineered an entire raft of children to serve him as [[SuperSoldier super soldiers]].
* BizarreAlienBiology: The K'kriki'I look like poodle-sized crickets, which isn't all that bizarre... but each individual K'kriki'i is made up of six to eight crickets apiece. Human scientists still haven't figured this one out.
** The Aa are a technological race that resemble nothing on Earth more than a freshly baked lasagna. They have... things... in their semi-liquid makeup that function as organs... but what they are specifically, and how they function? Nobody knows.
* BizarroUniverse: The heroes of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have encountered several of these. In addition to two of the "standard" good-to-evil-switch [[MirrorUniverse mirror universes]], there was Neanderthal-Earth (all the people were the same, but they were all neanderthals), Ape-Earth (where gorillas were the dominant species and humans were just a kind of smart animal... though there was an entire city of "Smart Humans" hidden in the mountains of Africa), Lizard-Earth (where the dinosaurs never died out and everyone was a Deinonychus-like being), Medieval-Earth (modern society based on magic rather than technology, where science never got past the Dark Ages.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: This was one of the keystones of the ''Golden Age'' campaign, featuring heroes fighting Nazis during World War II.
* BlindfoldedVision
* BlowYouAway: Twister, Thunderstorm, Summer Storm, Summer Cloud, Archdruid, Summer Storm, Cloud Dragon, Shu, Teja Vayu ("Swift Wind" in Hindi), Dust Devil, Gale, Wind, Breeze (the hero, not the villain), Breeze (the villain, not the hero), Maelstrom, Flurry, Hurricane, Sirocco, Tornado, Vetra, Venta, Kamikaze, Dark Wind, and Turbo.
* BoisterousBruiser: The aptly named Mister Excitement, a member of The Crimestoppers. [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway His power comes from his boundless enthusiasm]]!
* BoldInflation: Being a PBEM, the action of the campaigns was always produced in text. This trope occurred on a more-than-regular basis.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: During one [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] campaign, the [[CompleteMonster Blood Red King]] mocked the heroes for their inability to stop him while standing over the corpses of children he had murdered. Axe-wielding superhero [[PhysicalGod Byelobog]], who in reality [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin really is the Slavic "White God" of the Sun that he is named after]], promptly called down one of these to justly smite the villain. The Blood Red King never mocked Byelobog again.
* Several characters have Luck as their actual superpower. Others are merely very, very lucky.
** Andrew "Lucky" Day was a GoldenAge hero who used his luck to make up for the fact that, otherwise, he was just an ordinary guy.
*** Andrew "Lucky" Starr is "Lucky" Day's grandson, and has inherited not only his grandfather's love of adventure, but also his incredible good fortune.
** Lady Luck of the Knights of Norfolk is an active probability manipulator.
** Bedlam, a supervillain from the same setting, isn't so much lucky himself as he is capable of instilling bad luck in everyone around him (thus giving himself the appearance of good luck). Jinx is another villain who has the same powers.
* BraidsOfAction: Chimera, Forceful Leaf, and Zephyr all wear their hair in single braids. Matrix is a male example.
* BrainCriticalMass: Brainchild combines superhuman intelligence with powerful PsychicPowers to make his way as a supervillain. Likewise, The Brain combines lots of smarts with telepathy.
** For the most part, the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' avoids this trope. Most of the smartest people in the setting are [[GadgeteerGenius super-inventors]] rather than [[PsychicPowers mentalists]].
* BrainInAJar: Robotman, one of the Denver Defenders, is essentially a BrainInAJar where the jar is a powerful robot body.
* BreathWeapon: Dragon is a villain who transforms into a fire-breathing reptile-man.
** As his name implies, the villainous Belcher, from the same setting, can let loose with weaponized burps.
* BrokenBase: The character approval process created this effect among the players. Specifically, every proposed character was examined with a fine tooth comb, the maths were run and rerun, and everything was compared to the character's central concept and the standards of the setting as a whole. Unacceptable characters were rejected, or heavily modified. Some players found this refreshing and liked the process, while others found it infuriating and hated it.
* BronzeAge: The aim of the game world was to replicate the feel of this comic-book era.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Villains Simon Bar Sinister and Penny Dreadful.
* BroughtDownToNormal: During the storyline in which invulnerable, untouchable hero The Shield temporarily lost his power to surround himself with an impenetrable force field, he ''freaked out'' and ended up temporarily institutionalized because of his pure, unadulterarted fear of being hurt.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: 'J' for Jock, a super-athlete with heightened reflexes from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.
** 'E' for Embrace, a [[RubberMan stretchable]] supervillain. Also for Echo, a superhero with ultrasonic powers.
** 'A' for Apex.
** 'V' for Velocity.
** There's even one villain with a number: '8' for Eight-Ball.
* BruceWayneHeldHostage: The New York Metropolitan Museum was invaded by gunmen during the presentation of a new exhibit. Both Achilles and Bungie were in attendance in their secret identities. It didn't go well for the gunmen.
* BuildingSwing: Widow and Arachne's preferred method of travel.
* BurningBuildingRescue: The first story in the ''[[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Night Life in the Big Easy]]'' campaign was a BurningBuildingRescue.
* BusFullOfInnocents: Played straight during a fight between the Supreme Six (a team of heroes generally considered second-tier) and the Fatal Four (a team of villains generally considered ''not'' second-tier at all), when Urania of the Fatal Four used her gravity control powers to hold a bus full of people hostage.
* BusmansHoliday: It became a running joke in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' that superheroes should never go on vacation, because when they do, something bad always happens. Supervillains attacked [[DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]] while the heroes are attending in SecretIdentity with their families. The Caribbean resort they go to gets hit by a hurricane and the entire island needs rescue and evacuation. The cruise ship they sail on is attacked by a kraken. A werewolf stalks the tourists to the mountain lodge they've escaped to. The Atlanteans attack if they go to the beach. It was just easier for them to stay home some days.
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: Super-speedster Jenny Thunder activated her speed powers by yelling out the phrase "THUNDERBOLT POWER NOW!"
* CaffeineBulletTime: Mister Excitement was a member of the Crimestoppers a team of [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway superhero wannabe's]]. Excitement had honest to God super-strength and SuperSpeed... except he gained the super-strength by way of adrenalin rushes, and there was never a guarantee he was going to have one. Mister Excitement was hyper-active, fidgeted, and his team instinctively knew that whatever they did, giving this man caffeine was a bad thing because who knew what would happen. But when the chips were down and they were captured by a real supervillain, they consciously invoked this trope, allowing Mister Excitement to save the day.
* CanonInvasion: Several non-player characters are direct lifts from [[DCComics DC]] and MarvelComics, including Hawk, Dove, Cloak, Dagger, and Uncle Sam.
* TheCape: Ultra-Man, Golden Marvel, Centennial, Empyrion, Thunder, Champion, Dharma, Kismet, Shaktimaan, Scanner, Protonik, Paladin, and El Grifo Rojo. Somewhat subverted by the Aryan (a white supremacist NPC ''crimefighter'' who most of the players hated to deal with).
* CapeBusters: Checkmate in the United States. The French government's Longsword program.
* CaptainErsatz: Many. A short listing includes: Ultra-Man ({{Superman}}), Bungie (Plastic Man), Guardsman (GreenLantern), Achilles ({{Batman}}), Arachne ({{SpiderMan}}), The Damocles Directive (The SuicideSquad), Quantum (Captain Atom), Golden Marvel (Golden-Age {{Superman}}), Morningstar (PowerGirl), and Jock (The Taskmaster).
* CaptainEthnic: ''The GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' features literally dozens of non-American, non-Caucasian superheroes and villains working in their own native countries.
** Walkabout, a teleporting martial artist who protects Alice Springs, Australia. He's more aboriginal than the aborigines, and sounds like he just walked out of a ''CrocodileDundee'' film.
** The People’s Revolutionary Metahuman Collective may be the setting's most notable example. A team of forty-two Chinese superheroes protecting the People's Republic of China.
** PRIDE is an entire team of gay, lesbian, and transgendered superheroes. Most of them are CampGay in one way or another.
* CaptainGeographic: Captain Texas (premiere hero of the Lone Star State); Captain Australia; Ultra-Man (from the United States); Jean d'Arc (France); Rodina (Russia), and Captain Barbados. Britain is represented by both Union Jack and John Bull. Doctor Tomorrowland Is a special case, in that he is named after one of Disney World's "lands" (which is appropriate, since he is a corporate hero working for the Disney corporation).
* CaptainPatriotic: In addition to Captain Texas, there's also the Citizen, Doc Liberty, Independence, Uncle Sam, and every single member of the Arsenal of Democracy.
** Interestingly enough, The Patriot is not a CaptainPatriotic, as he is themed after the New England Patriots football team, and not on patriotism.
* CardCarryingVillain: [[SecretCircleOfSecrets The Circle of Cold Flames]] are an order of mystics and sorcerers dedicated to overthrowing Heaven and instituting a reign of evil over the earth (and put themselves in control over it all in the end). They even describe themselves and their plans as evil when talking to one another.
* [[{{Splat}} Character Classes]]: Huh? What? This is HeroSystem. Never heard of [[{{Splat}} character classes]].
* CharacterTiers: The United States Department of Defense divides metahumans into the following general power levels. It should be noted that these categories are not precise, and there have been several occasions where a metahuman of one power level is generally considered to be a member of another power level. Usually, this mistake is made in the direction of underestimating the metahuman.
** Omega: The Omega category is the domain of those individuals who possess truly godlike power. These individuals seem to be capable of doing nearly anything they wish to do. So far, only two Omega class Metahumans have ever been recorded: The Blood Red King and Amnesty..
** Alpha: Alpha-level metahumans are massively powerful, but have definitive limitations on their raw power. By themselves, they can be a threat to entire teams of heroes, and they generally operate on their own.
** Beta: The Beta category is the highest level of "mainstream" metahuman. Most active superheroes fall somewhere into this category.
** Gamma: On a slightly lower power scale than Betas in terms of raw power, Gamma-level metahumans can nevertheless still be a threat to an Alpha, especially if they are in groups.
** Delta: The Delta level metahuman is at the bottom level of the mainstream metahuman. When compared to a normal individual, a Delta-level metahuman is amazing. When compared to a Beta, they are considerably less than impressive. A team of Delta's could probably cause a single Beta a great deal of difficulty in a fight, but a platoon of Betas could take on a battalion of Deltas and win.
** Epsilon: Epsilon-level metahumans sometimes have one or two useful superhuman powers, but generally they are considered jokes by the greater community of superhumans.
** Zeta: A Zeta-level metahuman is as weak as you can get and still be considered superhuman. In general, a Zeta has powers that don't do anything useful at all.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Hazard, Cold Comfort, Hip-Hop, Awesome X, Quarterback, Elite, and Action Man.
* CharmPerson: Propaganda, a Chinese hero, has this sort of mind control. She never commands, but only suggests. She has discovered that while her MindControl isn't as directly powerful as that of most [[PsychicPowers telepaths]], it tends to last longer and is harder to resist.
* ChekhovsArmory: The players in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' were encouraged to flesh out their characters' backgrounds to the fullest extent possible precisely because they would then be used as one big ChekhovsArmory. Even characters who had backgrounds that were mysterious even to themselves found their BackStory used for plot details later.
* ChekhovsArmy: Every single named character who showed up at any time in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' would be back later to play a larger part in the story. Every single one.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: In the very first [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] story, Dogfight's status as a husband and father is remarked on by his teammates, as it is relatively rare for costumed crimefighters to be married, much less to be married with children. Years later, when Dogfight is [[HeroicSacrifice killed rescuing people]] from the World Trade Center during the September 11th attacks, his family is brought front and center to add a bit more poignancy to the memorial for the attack's victims. They then disappeared into the background, presumably never to be seen again. In one of the last Guardians stories, Dogfight's oldest son reappears as a supervillain (having inherited his father's powers) seeking revenge on the Guardians, whom he blames for his father's death.
* ChekhovsExhibit: In story, the ''Unaussprechlichen Kulten'', a book of black magic rituals, was put on display as part of a special "Magic and the Occult" exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago. Naturally, it was stolen.
* ChekhovsGag: In one [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] story, heroic [[ShapeShifting shape shifter]] Pseudo is hired as a consultant to a production company making a superhero movie. At one point he uses his powers to duplicate the appearance of Viggo Mortensen (the leading man) as a joke and is immediately mistaken for the actor by his co-stars. HilarityEnsues. The story is shared among Pseudo's teammates and they all have a good laugh. A year later, Pseudo is hired again by the same company as a consultant for the sequel. When Pseudo's teammates visit the set, they immediately step up to Viggo Mortensen and start chatting away, thinking he's Pseudo. HilarityEnsues.
* ChekhovsGun: In one story, Knightblade's CoolCar makes an appearance at the beginning, but then is promptly abandoned as the manhunt moved into an abandoned tenement. At the end of the story, Knightblade was forced to use his CoolCar as a weapon against a supervillain when he finally chased him out of the tenement.
* ChekhovsGunman: The tall, impressive looking woman standing just behind and to the right of crimelord Baron Samedi in the early story that introduced Samedi as a DiabolicalMastermind? Yeah, it turns out that she's more than just Samedi's [[TheDragon|Dragon]]. It turns out she's Battle, the mother of Stone, the former Global Guardian.
* ChekhovsLecture: The [[KidHero students]] at the [[Superhero School Hyperion Academy]] used the information they learned in about electro-magnetism during their weekly physics class to defeat the villainous Lodestone.
* ChekhovsSkill: Just before their first encounter with the Brain Trust, Achilles teaches his teammate Arachne how to use a pick to open a set of handcuffs while her hands are cuffed behind her back. By the end of the story, she's used this brand new skill ''twice''.
* TheChessmaster: The Emperor, leader of [[NebulousEvilOrganization TAROT]], has his fingers in nearly every criminal enterprise on Earth in The GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse. He's also got his fingers in nearly every major legitimate business enterprise on Earth as well as more than a couple of governments. But then, what do you expect of a villain who is secretly an immortal [[ManipulativeBastard Niccolo Machiavelli]]?
* ChestInsignia: Given that the game is about superheroes, these are common.
* ChromeChampion: Alloy, Anvil, Mercury, Mister Steele, Coppertop, and Chrome.
* CivvieSpandex: Electric-powered heroine Cracklin' Rose wears a costume made up of a black leotard, a red cowl, and a red leather motorcycle jacket (the kind Italian cycle racers wear, not the kind American street gang biker's wear).
* ClingyCostume: The villainous Shadowspawn is really an alien parasite that has grafted itself onto a human being, whom it is slowly ''digesting''. When it finishes with one person, it moves on to another.
* ClueFromEd: During the various campaigns, this was used quite often when game master's had to reference events that occurred in their campaigns years prior, sometimes to players and characters who just weren't around when those events occurred.
* CoatHatMask: Josiah Brimstone, Mister Magic, Foreshadow and the Mask of Justice.
* CodeName: It would be easier to list the [[AvertedTrope aversions]], like Michael Kayle, David Thorn, Charles Carr, Nicholas Chandler, Josiah Brimstone, and Pamela Odd.
* ColorCharacter
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The Iron Legion is a group of seven PoweredArmor mercenaries who are [[CodeName code named]] for the seven spectral colors (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet), and whose armors are colored to match their names.
** The Lightning Power Special Team, a group of [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience color-coded heroes]], are the premiere superheroes of Japan.
* CombatClairvoyance: Foreshadow is a crimefightrer who occasionally partners with [[TheCowl Battlecat]], battling organized crime in New Orleans. He's an almost unbeatable hand-to-hand combatant due to his ability to see just far enough into the future to know what they will do. He's even used this power to dodge bullets. The Eye of God, an expert swordsman and member of the super-terrorist group known as "The Mujahedin", can do the same thing. One wonders what a fight between Foreshadow and the Eye of God would be like.
* CombatMedic: Lifeline is super-strong and can weild "bio-energy powers'. He's handy in a fight, but he mostly uses his powers to help the wounded.
* CombatTentacles: Lasher is a mercenary supervillain whose costume includes two coiled, steel whips he can use to great effect.
** [[PsychicPowers Psionic]] hero Gray Matter can create multiple "tentacles" of purple-colored mental energy that array themselves around his body like a halo. He uses them in combat when his opponents get too close.
* ComboPlatterPowers: For the most part, this was avoided in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', so the exceptions stand out all the more:
** Texas Superheroine Mustang Sally is super-strong and [[NighInvulnerable hard to hurt]]. She also has ImprobableAimingSkills and SuperSpeed.
** Tao, a genetically-engineered "perfect weapon", has heightened agility, strength, and stamina. She is also immune to intense temperatures, being able to survive naked in both the jungle and the arctic tundra, can eat nearly any sort of organic matter, is immune to poisons, and can hold her breath for hours.
** Oak is super-strong and invulnerable, but can also mentally control plants.
** Queen Bee can shrink, fire off energy blasts, fly using insect-like wings, and mentally control bees.
** The King, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Public's Obsession With Elvis Presley has sonic powers, knows karate, and is charming as all get out.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: You'd better damned believe it.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Used literally. Leland Orser, Mick Jagger, Avery Brooks, and Miley Cyrus are all super-powered, among others, and two (Leland Orser and Miley Cyrus) are a villain and hero, respectively.
** MarilynMonroe as the Platinum Blonde, a super-powered android crimefighter.
** Not to mention certain historical figures (Niccolo Machiavelle, Catherine de'Medici, and Juan Ponce de Leon, Prince Johann Dorian von Hapsburg, to name four) are all still alive and active in the "metahuman community").
* ComicBookLimbo: When players left the game, or when individual campaigns shut down, their casts usually faded into the background, never to be seen again.
* CommissionerGordon: Nearly every campaign had at least one.
* [[Monster/WebOriginal Complete Monster]]: Thankfully, there are only a few of these... things.
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Blood Red King]] (the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Terror), who, on a lark, once invaded the maternity ward of a Belgian hospital and suffocated all the babies whose name began with an "odd-numbered" letter (A = 1, C = 3, and so on). He once forced a crusading televangelist to rape, strangle, and dismember his own teenage daughter during a live television broadcast because he didn't like the man's hair. And the less said about what he did when he took over the Figlie Della Carita' di San Vincenzo De Paoli, a convent in Rome, the better.
** Tom Foolery. When he was first introduced, the players took him to be the usual gadget-wielding psychotic clown. But then they discover his "Peanut Gallery" (inhabited by the badly embalmed corpses of over a dozen children he'd abducted), a built-in "audience" for whom he was performing his "tricks".
** Swarm is a mutant driven insane by the very ''thought'' of her powers (she can turn into a horde of cockroaches). She's lost any humanity that was in her back when she was "normal", and now is little more than a cannibal serial killer.
* CommonNonsenseJury: It proved almost impossible to convict Ambrosia of any crime, even when she was caught red handed with both video and DNA evidence, because her lawyer managed to disqualify any woman who had a chance of landing on the jury. Her pheremone-driven power to cause all men to view her as attractive and friendly did the rest...
* TheComputerIsYourFriend: [[AIIsACrapshoot One]] has continually tried to take over the world in an attempt to fulfill its programming, which is to "find a way to end hunger and poverty on Earth", which it wants to do by wiping out 60% of the human population on Earth.
* ContagiousAI: One, an [[AIIsACrapshoot evil sentient computer program]] operates in this fashion.
* CoolBike: Battlecat rides a CoolBike called the Battlecycle. It's tricked out like one of JamesBond's cars.
* CoolHelmet: The helmet worn by Barnstormer, a jetpack-wearing GoldenAge hero, has an art-deco fin on it that doubles as a rudder, helping him steer as he flies.
* CoolHouse: Doctor Ka's mansion in New Orleans bears a striking resemblance to the Winchester Mansion. And for the same reason.
* CoolKey: The villainous Locksmith had a large, elaborate, and rather baroque-looking key that he uses to open any lock, and create "doorways"... dimensional tunnels from one location to another... by way of opening random door. When the heroes captured this "dimensional key", they discovered it was just a prop, and it was the man who had the power all along.
* TheCorruption: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', this is one of [[EldritchAbomination The Blood]] [[CompleteMonster Red]] [[AnthropomorphicPersonification King's]] favorite tactics: find an innocent person and turn them into monsters by granting them power and turning off any sort of moral control over that power and then letting them loose on the unsuspecting populace.
* TheCowl: Achilles. Battlecat and his daughter, Lynx, in New Orleans. The Nightwatchman in Boston. El Buho in Mexico City.
* TheCracker: Electronic thieves-for-hire Deadlock, Keystroke, and E-Beam.
* CradlingYourKill: Though he only renders the target unconscious, Achilles of the Global Guardians typically does this to [[{{Mook}} Mooks]] he takes down when he's trying to be stealthy, just so the sound of their unconscious bodies doesn't alert anyone he's coming.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: The villainous speedster Slipstream blames the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] for the death of his father, the superhero Dogfight (a former member of the Guardians himself) in the 9/11 attacks. Slipstream has sworn vengeance.
* CreepySexy: Sweet Synn, the succubus supervillain, is remembered by the players more for the "Oh yeah, I remember [[FanService her artwork]]... wow..." factor than by her appearances in the stories.
* [[Awesome/WebOriginal Crowning Moment of Awesome]]: Several.
** Senshudan One, the premiere hero team of Japan, fought Godzilla and drove him away before the creature destroyed Tokyo.
** Syrian villain Khof dropped the Shield from ''orbit'', and the hero survived.
** Stone was rammed by a desperate [[{{Mook}} henchman]] driving a semi-truck. Stone's reaction? "Are you finished?"
** The Global Guardians' collective reaction to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
* [[Heartwarming/WebOriginal Crowning Moment of Heartwarming]]: The storyline in which PoweredArmor-wearing superheroine Diamond adopts an little girl orphaned in a supervillain attack.
** Also the storyline in which Stone tracks down the identity of his birth parents, only to find out that he is the son of two supervillains. It culminates in his convincing Battle, his mother, to make a HeelFaceTurn.
** The Shield giving his "I have AIDS and the only thing keeping me alive is my powers" speech shortly before sacrificing those powers, and his life, to save the world.
* CulturedBadass: Lord Doom. Wealthy? Check. Highly educated? Check. Loves the classics? Check. Patron of the arts? Check. Gourmand? Check. FriendToAllChildren? Check. Published author and poet? Check. Olympic-level athlete? Check. MadScientist dedicated to ruling the world? Check.
* CuteBruiser: Heart Girl. Imagine Superman as a nine-year-old blonde girl with pigtails.
** Nicholas Chandler also. A fourteen year old boy who is perhaps the only "monster slayer" on the planet more feared than Charles Carr. At age eight he used a baseball bat to kill a menacing spirit he still thinks of (at the grand old age of eleven) as "the Boogeyman". Considered the "creepy little kid" in his neighborhood, and is distrusted by parents and children alike... until the children come to him telling stories of strange things bumping around their windows at night. Lives with his parents, naturally.
* CutLexLuthorACheck:
** The Evil Mastermind, leader of Evil Mensa, invented a foolproof, hand-portable, lightweight fusion reactor. He uses it to power his weapons in order to strike back at his enemies rather than improve the world.
** Doctor Armageddon's first act of super-science was to cure his own leukemia. Did he then release his ''cancer cure'' to the world at large and make himself rich? Of course not. He used his knowledge of genetic engineering and epidemiology to hold entire cities hostage.
** Doctor Simian spins off new technologies as easily as you or I breathe. But all he wants to do is rule the world of man.
** Averted in the case of benevolent MadScientist Fiona Richards, who invented a cure for nearly 70% of all types of cancer... and then made herself a billionaire by mass-producing the cure and distributing it world-wide.
* [[ArtificialLimbs Cybernetics]]: * The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', featured several cybernetic characters, including Indian hero Naja (his legs have been replaced with a long cybernetic "tail", and he has envenomed "fangs" in his wrists), Koushik (his right arm has been replaced and gives him super-strong punches), Halftrack (the lower half of his body has been replaced by a tracked, tank-like machine with attached heavy weaponry), Daemon (cranial implants let him jack into computers, and other implants increase his strength, durability, and speed), Deadlock (cranial implants allow him to "jack in" new skillsets as needed), Overdrive (arms, legs, and spine have been reinforced, giving her SuperSpeed), and Robotman (who is a BrainInAJar with a total body replacement).
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Cyborg assassin Deadlock from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has replaced the emotional center of his brain with a computer system that allows him to "jack in" skill files. When he needs martial arts, he inserts a martial arts chip, and so on. He is incapable of feeling any emotion and has become cold and merciless and inhuman.
** Robotman, a superhero who is essentially a BrainInAJar (where the jar is a powerful robot body), believes that his total body replacement has done this to him. But it hasn't.
* CycleOfRevenge: Ultr-Man and Baron Malthus have been battling each other since World War II. It stopped being about "preventing injustice" (for Ultra-Man) or "committing a crime" (for Baron Malthus) a long, long time ago... no, these days [[ItsPersonal its strictly personal]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Los Hermanos is DangerouslyGenreSavvy. He's the hero who notes that if there's no body, there's no villain death, or mentions the fact that sending the villains to prison never works. Everyone around him complains about his "pessimism", but he's never been wrong yet.
** Simon Bar Sinister and Penny Dreadful never put captured heroes into deathtraps. They simply whip out the guns and start blasting.
* TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks: This was generally avoided, with a single exception: the Night Life in the Big Easy campaign was built on this trope.
* DarkAgeOfSupernames: Oh my, were there several. Some players just couldn't get over the fact that the games were supposedly running under BronzeAge ideals and not DarkAge ideals. Ballistic, Ambush, Battlecat, Twilight, Recoil, Fracture, Fusillade, Shift, Flux, and Ablaze are just a random ten, and those are the ''heroes''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: While most of the campaigns in the setting were standard BronzeAge fare, the ''Night Life In The Big Easy'' campaign, which featured a solo 1980s-style vigilante facing off against a voodoo-themed criminal empire that had been built on drugs, prostitution, and white slavery.
* DarkIsEdgy: Several characters have these abilities in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Nearly all of them fall under Category Two. Nocturne, Eclipse (who can also [[LightTheWay manipulate light), Shadowcloak, Night Vision, Raven, Tatterdemalion, Moonshadow (who, like Eclipse, can also [[LightTheWay control light]]), Zmierzch (Polish for "Twilight"), Bloody Mary, Muerte Oscura, Shadowspawn, and Obsidian.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Baltimore heroine Tao has skin the color of mahogany and platinum blonde hair. And its her natural color.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Texan hero Firedrake is a black man with pumpkin-orange hair. Its a side-effect of his powers.
* DatingCatwoman: Los Hermanos, a member of the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] is having a torrid affair with Brigit, the daughter of [[DiabolicalMastermind Lord Doom]] via one of his copy bodies.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', there were stories that focused on the support staff of this or that hero team, on bystanders to superheroic battles, on journalists reporting on super-battles, and so on.
** Most memorably, in the ''Hyperion Academy'' campaign, there were six player characters, but over twenty non-player character students at the school. Every one of the non-player students was featured in a story.
* DeadpanSnarker: Los Hermanos, a member of the Global Guardians, is probably the most notable heroic example. The most notable villainous example is likely The Evil Mastermind, leader of Evil Mensa.
* DeadlyGas: Belcher can let loose with weaponized burps. Mostly he uses noxious gases, but has been known to let loose with a gout of fire occasionally.
* DeadlyUpgrade: Recoil had the power to absorb electromagnetic energy and use it for his own purposes. His absorption had no upper limit, but the more energy he took in, the more damage he suffered. When Doctor Devastation unleashed a superweapon that used an electromagnetic signal to trigger autosuicide in some 30% of the human population, Recoil wrapped himself around the broadcaster and set his absorption power to [[HeroicSacrifice "Go Ahead And Kill Me, But I'm Stopping The Signal."]] And he did. And it did.
* DeathDealer: Blackjack uses tricked out, weaponized playing cards as weapons, and dresses in a costume reminiscent of the Jack of Spades.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Hardcase was a career criminal with a stack of open warrants against him in four different states. When al-Queda attacked the World Trade Center, he didn't hesitate to go and help rescue people from the damaged buildings. He was killed when the North Tower collapsed, and earned a full presidential pardon for all his crimes.
* DeathByOriginStory: Several characters. Most especially Doctor Ka, whose family was slaughtered by demons when his sorcerer father delved into things Man was not meant to know, and Battlecat, whose entire family (other than his daughter) were slaughtered by crime lord Baron Samedi and his Mafiosi.
* DecoyLeader: [[DiabolicalMastermind The Empress]] of [[NebulousEvilOrganization Tarot]] uses this technique to protect herself from assassins, something she has to worry about because she's in a power-struggle to control [[AncientConspiracy Tarot]] with [[DiabolicalMastermind The Emperor of Tarot]].
* DemotedToExtra: As with ComicBookLimbo, both players and entire campaigns came and went over the course of the setting's history. As they did, the characters involved would fade form importance.
* DetectEvil: Mercy (who is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the commonly-held concept of angels) can detect "sin and iniquity", which while not quite the same thing as detecting evil nevertheless gets the job done.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Minx, daughter of protagonist Battlecat, is the {{Deuteragonist}} of ''Night Life in the Big Easy''.
* DiabolicalMastermind: There are several, but the ones to ''really'' worry about are Lord Doom (who wants to take over the world in order to save humanity from itself), Doctor Simian (a super-intelligent chimpanzee who wants to overthrow humanity and put apes in their rightful place as rulers of the Earth), and The Emperor, leader of TAROT (who wants to control the world through economics).
** It is entirely possible that The Emperor has already succeeded in doing just that.
* [[RandomNumberGod Dice]]: {{Champions}} uses six-sided dice. Usually, though, most game masters either rolled all dice themselves, or else just forgot about dice-rolling and [[RuleOfCool went with whatever worked best for their story]].
* DidMomJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: All-Star, a student at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], came home for the holidays to find the villainous Doctor XX (who didn't recognize him out of costume) sitting at his family's dining room table. Turns out the villainous doctor had gone to college with his mother and they were catching up on old times.
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: * This happens once when one of Los Hermanos's duplicates comes across [[CompleteMonster The Blood Red King]]] in an empty New York coffee shop. The villain hadn't even killed any of the shop's staff.
-->'''The Blood Red King:''' Sit down, sit down... if I had wanted to kill you, your entrails would already be hanging from the ceiling fans. Here... have a cup. It's Indonesian. Cream? Sugar?"
* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Los Magnificos, the heroic defenders of Mexico City, made a deal with the Garodillos crime family to turn a blind eye to certain crimes in exchange for the crime family's assistance in policing the barrios they controlled of its more extreme elements, because the problems faced by those areas were too much for the heroes to handle on their own. And it worked, for a while. Sure, there was still drug-trafficking, but murders and rapes went down. Eventually, however, the members of Los Magnificos were little more than a superhuman enforcement arm for the Mexican mafia.
* DieOrFly: Being a superhero setting, this happened a lot. Three notable examples are:
** Gypsy gained her powers when she and her little brother were victims in a drive-by shooting. Her powers allowed her to survive. Her little brother was less fortunate.
** Aurora was caught in an uncontrolled fusion reaction. Rather than be vaporized, or die of radiation poisoning, she became a living, human-shaped fusion reactor.
** White Rabbit gained her powers in a car-wreck that almost killed her and her infant son.
* DifferentlyPoweredIndividual: The official, scientific term for superhumans is ''meta-powered humans''. But outside of the scientific journals, you'll generally never encounter the term.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Echo, a mutant superheroine who can control and generate sound, is also blind. It doesn't worry her much, because she uses the ambient sound around her as a type of sonar.
** Erich Welchell, the DiabolicalMastermind known as Brainchild, is paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair. He is also a powerful telekinetic who can fly... so screw the damned wheelchair.
* DishingOutDirt: Rock Bottom, Estatua ("Statue" in Portuguese), Granite Man, Surkha Khamba ("Ruby Monolith" in Hindi), Golem, Stone (not the biker-hero... the other one), Zemletpyasenee ("Earthquake" in Russian), Temblor, The Sandman, Mudpie, Mountain, The Sculptor, Sand, Kazan ("Magma" in Japanese), and Petra.
* DistractedByTheSexy: One of porn-star-turned-supervillain [[MsFanservice Cheesecake's]] few actual super-powers, if you can call it that, was being so pretty she was literally stunning to look at, if she wanted to be. Literally.
* DoAnythingRobot: Robotic supervillain Omega not only contains a vast array of built-in capabilities, he can redesign himself almost instantly when the need arises to cover a situation is standard settings don't cover.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Knightblade not only dislikes them, he goes out of his way to hunt down gun-traffickers. Stone hates them as well, which is ironic, as he is as bulletproof as his name implies.
* DominoMask: Very common.
* DopplegangerSpin: This is a standard tactic of Los Hermanos, a duplicator who can split into nearly a thousand copies of himself.
* DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime: The story in which Bungie and Ultra-Man brow-beat the normally aloof Achilles, who's never really experienced a ''real'' Christmas himself, into dressing up as Santa Claus for a local orphanage and handing out presents. It ends with Achilles discovering a gift-wrapped present on his bunk in Guardians headquarters. We never find out who sent it, or what was in it, but it is implied that the gift came from his father.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Constellation, one of the students at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], regularly got precognitive dreams warning the studen body of dangers on the horizon.
* DreamWeaver: Dream Catcher could manipulate dreams and bring them out of a person's head and into reality.
* DrillTank: The villainous Subterranean uses a DrillTank to break into museums, bank vaults, and other secure locations from underneath.
* DumbMuscle: * Bamm-Bamm from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. He is perhaps the third (or maybe fourth) strongest person (either hero or villain) in the world, NighInvulnerable, devoted to his older brother (the supervillain Eightball), and has Down's Syndrome. A member of HardCorps, his brother's super-villain team.
** Want to press Eightball's BerserkButton really, really hard? Make fun of Bamm-Bamm's condition or use any variation of the word "retard" in his presence. Go head. I ''double-dog dare you''.
* EightiesHair: * Aurora, Diamond, and Vindicator loved this look.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Tarot's primary base in the United States is a multi-level complex located four stories beneath the Pentagon's lowest level.
* EldritchAbomination: Lovecraft was ''right''. The Great Old Ones invaded this reality at the beginning of time, were imprisoned by the Powers That Be (or at least the Powers That Were at the Time), and in modern day the heroes have to deal with their remnants, their cultists, and their attempts to reinvade reality.
** Dagon, an evil sorcerer, is a primordial sea-god fused into the body of a modern human. It even resembles a mind flayer from DungeonsAndDragons.
** The Cthonians, the mortal descendants of the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]], want to free their ancestors from their mystic prisons. The heroes naturally think this is a bad idea.
* ElementalAbsorption: Most users of ElementalPowers in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' can do this with their appropriate element, as long as they are capable of generating that element in the first place. If all they can do is manipulate the element, then absorption is usually beyond the scope of their power.
* ElementalEmbodiment: A few characters who were the embodiment of the elements. Ifrit was a literal fire demon from Islamic mythology. Maelstrom was the "lord of storms" and could control wind, wave, and lightning. Indian superheroine Dhara is the [[PhysicalGod embodiment]] of the Vedic goddess of the earth.
* ElementalPowers: Several characters from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have elemental powers:
** Earthquake, Ouros, Cairn, Zemletpyasenee (Russian for "Earthquake"; its a popular name), and Creag all control rock and stone.
** Inferna, Hotshot, Diablo, Incendie (French for "Blaze"), Mondfeur (German for "Moonfire"), Ulkataranara (Hindi for "Comet Man"), Matahari Merah (who uses no CodeName), Firebird, Playma (Russian for "Flame"), Salamander, Sunfire, Wildfire, Ifrit, The Confessor, Morningstar, Komet, Molotov, Inferno, Fuoco Bianco ("White Fire", in Italian), Pumpkin Jack, Tourmeline, Pyro, Dragon, and Red Devil all generate or control fire.
** Cyclone, Breeze, Twister, Cloud Dragon, Shu, Gale, Vetra, Venta, Kamikaze, and Turbo all control the air and generate wind.
** Vulnapyezdka ("Wave Rider" in Russian), Cascade, and Maelstrom have water powers.
** Dark Wind has powers over smoke, haze, and mist.
** Gaea's Children are an entire team of eco-terrorist supervillains with ElementalPowers: Flame controls fire, Mountain has earth- and stone-related powers, River controls water, and Wind controls the air.
** The Four Winds are a supervillain team who all have control over a different aspect of the weather: Flurry has wind and cold powers; Hurricane has wind and water powers; Sirocco has wind and heat powers; and Tornado has wind and speed powers.
** John Colbert, a student at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] called "Centigrade", not only generates fire, but generates ice as well.
** Dust Devil has control over both wind and sand.
** Typhoon has "storm powers" that give him control over wind, electricity, and water.
* EmotionalBruiser: Ultra-Man has his mopey periods whenever he's reminded of the fact that all of his friends and loved ones are now dead from old age.
* EmotionBomb: Sweet Sorrow is an [[EmotionControl emotion manipulator]] who concentrates on the darker emotions. She once made a successful escape by making a crowd of innocent bystanders both terrified of and furious with the superheroes trying to capture her.
* EmotionControl: Sweet Sorrow is an emotion manipulator who concentrates on the "darker" emotions like fear, anger, hatred, sadness, depression, and so on. Charmer makes people trust and like her as if she was their closest friend. Heart-Throb, one of the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] students, controls the full range of emotions, but he's best with love and affection.
** The Blood Red King is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Fear and Terror. Manipulating fear in others is his bread and butter power.
* TheEmpath: Sweet Sorrow is an empathic [[EmotionControl emotion manipulator]] who concentrates on the darker emotions. She can sense the full range of human emotions quite accurately, and is very good at sparking the darker range in others.
* EncyclopediaExposita: Each chapter of the various campaign archives began with quotations from some in-universe source. While most of these were off-hand (yet relevant) comments from the characters involved about the action presented in the chapter, sometimes they were quotations from such items as ''An Examination of Irregular Wave Forms and Power Phasing Effects in the Jaffe Battery'' (better known as the "Ray Gun Paper"), ''Genetic Inflexibility and Geographic Isolation as Influences in Metagene Frequency'' (a scientific study on why certain regions of the world have more superhumans than others), and ''The Book of Holy Power''. the religious scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ, Superhuman (a cult that teaches that teaches that Jesus was a Metahuman who will one day return from his "sojourn" with an advanced alien society somewhere in space).
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Each story of a [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] campaign was set up like a season of a television series. Specifically, the finale of each season was an end of the world scenario. Notable examples were the [[AlienInvasion Xorn invasion]], the near-miss of an asteroid, the release of a horde of [[EldritchAbomination elder gods]] on the planet, impending nuclear holocaust, drastic historical revision by way of a time-traveling bad guy, an invasion by MirrorUniverse versions of the various superheroes, and quite a few other threats to the entire planet.
* EnemyToAllLivingThings: The Oppressor, a Lord of Order, wants to cleans Earth of all life because life is, ultimately, chaotic and messy and by his very nature he want to put an end to anything that is "chaotic and messy".
* EnergyAbsorption: The Fat Man, an unfortunately-if-appropriately named, absorbs kinetic energy. The kinetic energy gets converted to fat, thus increasing his [[NighInvulnerable resistance to injury]]. It also increases his height and weight.
** Chinese superhero Overpower can absorb any sort of energy at all. Doing so increases her already prodigious strength.
* EnergyBeing: Photon of the Supreme Six, a superhero team in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is an EnergyBeing whose body is made of [[LightTheWay pure light]]. He retains human form mainly because it makes things easier to interact with his teammates.
* [[PureEnergy Energy Blasts]]: This is a pretty common power type in the ‘’GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse’’. Victory, Evengella, Argent, both Quantums (one an American superhero with [[PhysicalGod vast and near-limitless power]], the other a Spanish hero with not quite as much power), Silverwing, and the Chaos Lord all use the “cosmic energy” rational, and some use the “energy can’t be destroyed” assumption as well.
* EveryoneIsASuper: The villainous SuperRobot Omega is from one possible future where the metagene, the source of most metahuman powers, has spread to most of humanity. This has basically left the "norms" (as they are called) an ethnic minority who aren't actually oppressed so much as they are treated by the rest of the population with the same arrogant condescension that RealLife minorities were treated during the days of the White Man's Burden.
* EverythingIsOnline: This trope is the default setting for internet research in most of the Guardians Universe campaigns.
* EverythingsBetterWithBunnies: March Hare, White Rabbit, and Silver Marten are all "[[PettingZooPeople bunnyesque]]" superhumans, with the ears and the nose and the soft, soft fur. March Hare is a [[PsychicPowers mentalist]] supervillain, Silver Marten is an [[AxeCrazy bloodthirsty, murderous]] supervillain, and White Rabbit is a hero.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' plays this trope straight with the Ape superheroes Tachyon, Massive, Charity, Bounder, and The Shape. They invert the trope with the Ape supervillains Guido the Killer Chimp and Brainy Ape, not to mention the sinister [[EvilGenius Doctor Simian]] and his [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters "ape liberation" organization, Prime 8]].
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Many [[SuperSpeed speedsters]] are capable of spinning for short periods of time in order to create certain effects or to instantly change into their costume. Gyro, however, is a [[SuperSpeed speedster]] who ''specializes'' in spinning. His powers make him function a lot like a human gyroscope.
* EverythingSensor: This being a superhero game, with superhuman senses being almost commonplace, this sort of thing happens a lot. Especially with PoweredArmor-wearing heroes.
* EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels: Sciurus, a squirrel-powered superhero, is superhumanly agile, can leap long distances, can scale walls with his claws, and has a reaction time that is nothing short of phenomenal.
* EverythingsPrettierWithButterflies: Swallowtail is a [[{{Badass}} powerful and effective]] PoweredArmor-wearing superhero whose suit is yellow and black and has rather glorious-looking gold-foil butterfly wings (they act as stabilizers when she flies).
* EverythingsWorseWithBears: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has several examples of this trope:
** Render is an animalistic, bear-like [[AxeCrazy psycho-villain]] who likes the taste of human blood.
** ''Coach Bear'', the gym teacher at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], used to be the superhero known as "Kodiak".
** Ursa is a Russian superhero who can turn into a polar bear.
* EvilCounterpart: Blackstar is a renegade member of the Guardsmen. The Tyrants are a "mirror universe" version of the Global Guardians.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: When Fury suffered a HeroicBSOD and turned from a superheroine into a crazed criminal-killer, she changed her costume (which was already {{Stripperific}}) changed from a red midriff-baring halter and tight pants to a black thong bikini-and-leather jacket combination.
* EvilGenius: Several. Doctor Simian, the Evil Mastermind, Brainchild, and Baron Malthus are the most notable examples.
* EvillyAffable: [[MonsterClown Tom Foolery]] is an authentically talented clown capable of putting people in stiches with laughter... if it weren't for the fact that he's a [[AxeCrazy murderous psychopath]].
* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: [[OmnicidalManiac The sorcerer Dagon]] pretty much had just one evil plan that he used every time he went up against the heroes: release the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]] from their extra-dimensional prison so they can rule the Earth once again as they did billions of years before those johnny-come-lately humans (who, by the way, will be served up en masse as hors' dourves at the "Happy Get Out of Extra-Dimensional Prison Day" party). He's been beaten every time so far... but he only has to win once.
* EvilOverlord: Lord Doom and The Emperor both qualify.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The Palace, in Hamilton Bermuda, headquarters of EvilOverlord Lord Doom.
* {{Excalibur}}: Wielded by legendary SilverAge hero Excalibur, and his son, the BronzeAge hero Pendragon.
* ExiledFromContinuity: Absolutely [[AvertedTrope averted]]. If you submitted a character (be it a player or a non-player character) to the setting, it was fair game to be used in someone else's story. Granted, that someone else was required to work with you to do it, but you couldn't refuse someone else's requests to use your guy.
* ExperiencePoints: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' used the ''HeroSystem'' rules for ExperiencePoints.
* ExpressiveHair: Slipknot, a member of the superheroic Euroguard from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', has long, [[SuperStrength superhumanly strong]] PrehensileHair. Naturally, it also reflects his emotional state.
* Extranormalnstitute: The Venture Institute, Hyperion Academy, and Shadow Academy are all [[SuperheroSchool superhero schools]]. There's also Martha Corey High School in Nowhere, Ohio, which is a WizardingSchool.
* ExtraOreDinary: Perepis can telekinetically manipulate metal, as can Ogun (who wears a suit of telekinetically manipulated "PoweredArmor"). Mercury, a liquid-metal shapeshifter akin to the [[{{Terminator}} T-1000]] can form his own body into various metallic shapes.
* EyeBeams: The Griffon can fire beams of pure mystic energy from his eyes. Victory can do the same but with a relatively undefined "cosmic" energy.
* FadSuper: Headbanger is a heavy-metal themed villain who uses ThePowerOfRock as a weapon. Glitterball was a disco-themed hero active in the late 1970s. Speedway is a Nascar-themed speedster. Yo-Yo uses gimmicked yo-yos as weapons.
* FailOSuckyname: Several of her fellow teenagers make dirty jokes at the expense of Banging. She's only fourteen, though, and grew up a bit sheltered before running away.
** Itsy Bitsy, a shrinking superheroine from the same setting, gets made fun of a lot as well.
** Fey, an elven swordsman brought back to Earth from a mythical fairyland, can't understand why he's the butt of constant gay jokes.
** The first time the Superheroic trio Ready, Willing, and Able introduced themselves, the reaction they got was, "Are you for real, with that?"
* Fainting Seer: This happened when Second Sight, perhaps the most powerful precog in the setting, got flashes of the upcoming apocalypse when [[CompleteMonster Dagon]] began his plot to unleash the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]] from their interdimensional prison. The shock of the visions knocked her unconscious for nearly an hour.
* FallenHero: Mister America fought the Nazis, helped defeat them, and came back to a hero's welcome. He took off the costume, revealed his real name, and went to Hollywood to become an actor. And then he threw it all away by testifying before the [=McCarthy=] hearings as a friendly witness. He's since tried to make multiple comebacks, but every time he does someone reminds him of the day he left his friends swinging in the wind before a hostile Congress.
* FastTunnelling: The Mole can do this. The Subterranean can do this also, but he uses a DrillTank.
* FictionalPoliticalParty: The United States of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is a land where the Democrats and Republicans still win the greater majority of elections, but the country cannot be said to still be a two-party nation. The Green Party isn't the joke it is in the real world, and has split the liberal vote with the World Voice Party (whose major policies center around equal rights for all sentient creatures). On the conservative side, the Tea Party has split from the Republicans, and the New Horizon Party (an even-more-ultraconservative party who publically says their policies are "humans first", but they define "human" as "rich white, Anglo-Saxon protestants).
* FieryRedhead: Heatwave, a mutant who generated and controlled fire, was a coppery redhead in her SecretIdentity. When she turned her powers on, she literally became a fiery redhead.
* FifthWeekEvent: Quite often, players would write stories on their own, detailing "side-stories" that involved their characters. They got ExperiencePoints for doing so.
* FireForgedFriends: Majestic, a hero team sponsored and sanctioned by the British government, was originally a group of perfect strangers from all parts of the British isles, brought together by the government quickly and with no warning in response to an attack by the subterranean Lemurians. The experience made them a true team. Later, the team would move from this to a true BandOfBrothers while fighting off the super-terrorists known as Jihad.
* FlamingHair: Heatwave posed for Playboy (she was Miss March, 1992). During her photo-shoot for the magazine, she kept her hair... including her pubic hair... "aflame" as part of a disguise.
* Flight: Of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters 10,000+ active characters]] in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', it's estimated that approximately 60% of them have one form of flight or another. All of the options listed on the page have multiple examples.
* FlyingBrick. Too many to list them all. This being a roleplaying game based on comic book heroes, the trope is as common as you might imagine.
** In addition to all the examples mentioned under TheCape above (all of whom are [[FlyingBrick flying bricks]], you've also got Phenom, Independence, Captain Hammer, Lady Liberty, Gladiadora, Shining Dawn, Ulkataranara, Ultra, Relampago, and Armageddon Girl, just to name a random ten.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In Stone's first appearance as a [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardian]], a fight with several villains from [[NebulousEvilOrganization TAROT]], [[WorldsStrongestMan Strength]] jokes at him, "Say hello to your Mom for me." Stone, being an orphan, just took it as a taunt. ''Nine years later'', Stone finds out that he isn't an orphan at all, that his mother is a supervillain and that Stone was hidden from her by his own father, and that she had worked with [[WorldsStrongestMan Strength]] on several occasions.
--->'''Stone:''' "At least now I know what that muscleheaded bastard meant..."
* FourElementEnsemble: Gaea's Children, a supervillain team themed after the four classic elements, was made up of [[PlayingWithFire Flame]], [[DishingOutDirt Mountain]], [[MakingASplash River]], and [[BlowYouAway Wind]].
* FragileSpeedster: Generally [[AvertedTrope averted]], as most speedsters in the Global Guardians Universe have some sort of damage resistance as a [[RequiredSecondaryPowers side-effect of their velocity]].
* FreakLabAccident: This is a common origin for both heroes and villains. Anole was bitten by a venomous snake that had been subjected to genetic experimentation, turning him into a reptile-man. Embrace was accidentally exposed to a mutegenic gas in a lab explosion. Koorogi was almost electricuted when a gene sequencer shorted out while he was working with it. Polaris got caught in an overpoweringly powerful magnetic field when his lab equipment activated accidentally during an experiment. Aurora gained her powers when the experimental fusion reactor she was working on exploded. There are many more.
* FreudianExcuse: Lord Doom, an EvilOverlord WellIntentionedExtremist supervillain, was nine years old when he became the only member of his family to survive internment in a Nazi concentration camp (his father was executed right in front of the boy by a camp guard who was "merely testing his newly-issued pistol"). He didn't even have the consolation of a community of Holocaust survivors to relate to as his family wasn't Jewish, or Gypsy, or Slavs... there were merely politically inconvenient. His campaign to take over the world is founded on his very real, very sincere, and very, '''''very''''' obsessive wish that no more children suffer the loss of their Mommy and Daddy and little sisters like he did.
* FriendToAllChildren: Stone is one of the roughest toughest heroes out there. He's hard on criminals normally. If they specifically hurt a child? Let's just say [[BerserkButton things will get really ugly, really fast]].
* FunctionalMagic: Every single form of magic exists in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Practitioners of magic are on both sides of the "hero/villain" moral line, though there are some who walk straight down the middle of the line. The most powerful wizard on Earth is the Warlock, also called TheArchmage.
** Alchemy: The Alchemist, specifically uses crafted potions, ungents, and powders to create effects in his career as a criminal.
** HermeticMagic: Black Angel backs up his demonic powers with HermeticMagic. Its not too useful in direct combat, but it gets the job done when he needs it to.
** RitualMagic: * Damien Thorne, a charismatic demonologist who claims to be the son of [[{{Satan}} the Devil]] himself, uses nothing but ritual magic. He's not quite [[HermeticMagic hermetic]] about it (he likes mixing it up, and HermeticMagic is too time-consuming for actual fighting) but he comes close.
* FunPersonified: Chuckles the Happy Clown, who not only lives up to his name, but was one of the most effective crimefighters in the history of the setting. Donato Spinelli, the player of the character, was generally thought as being the ''best'' roleplayer anyone had ever met, or had the pleasure of interacting with.
* GadgeteerGenius: This is an honest to God super-power in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Some GadgeteerGenius's have only the power to make one very, very advenced device (Roland Jaffe, for example, created an electrical storage battery the size of an iPod that could store more electricity than a ten-foot-high pile of car batteries, or Peter Dansker, a technician for Lucent who managed to build a truly sentient android over the course of a weekend), while others are able to toss out new technology as easily as most other people breathe. Individuals who possess the latter type of the power include Herr Doktor Archeville, The Evil Mastermind, Lord Doom, Doctor Simian, Diamond, Toybox, Knickknack, the Junk Man, the Weaponsmith, and Technomage.
* GaiasVengeance: This is the entire goal of the mastervillain Abyss. He's trying to return the Earth to the way it was when he was a child. The fact that he's a hyper-evolved ''Homo habilis'' whose childhood was a million years ago, before humans learned to make fire for themselves and were hunted by every predatory species to say "What's for dinner?" is why Abyss is considered a supervillain.
* TheGambler: Blackjack uses tricked out, weaponized playing cards as weapons, and dresses in a costume reminiscent of the Jack of Spades.
** The Card Sharks are the [[CaptainErsatz GGU's version]] of DC's Royal Flush Gang.
** The Gambler is a street-level foe of Battlecat who has an [[{{Idiosyncrazy}} obsession with games of chance]] and commits gambling-themed crimes.
* GameMaster: Every campaign had one.
* GameSystem: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' used the HeroSystem as its rules base.
* GasMaskLongcoat: Death's Head, a supervillain with the power to cause spontaneous illness and infection, wears a World War II-era gas mask, a fedora, and a trenchcoat of his costume.
* GatlingGood: Global Guardians villain Caliber, a member of HardCorps, wears a suit of PoweredArmor whose primary weapon is a huge minigun mounted on his right shoulder.
* GemstoneAssault: Shard is [[MadeOfIron made of living diamond]]. One of her powers is spraying a cone of sharpened diamond chips at her opponents.
** The Sinister Circle is a group of mystically-inclined villains who each get their power from one of a set of magical gemstones. These guys are evil with a capital EVIL, to the point that even the degenerates in All Hallow's Eve and the Hellfire Club avoid them out of fear. Bloodstone lives up to his name with [[LovecraftianSuperpower "blood control"]] powers; Diamond has [[BarrierWarrior force powers]]; Obsidian has [[DarkIsEdgy darkness powers]]; and Tourmaline has [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]].
* TheGenerationGap: The heroes of past decades sometimes have very different attitudes toward crime and crimefighting than the younger crimefighters. The heroes who are still active from the 40s and 50s, for example, tend to hold a black-and-white view of morality and are much more conservative than the ones who were born in the 80s.
* GeniusBonus: The magical young children of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' attend Martha Corey Memorial High School in Nowhere, Ohio. Martha Corey being the first woman convicted of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials.
** British FlyingBrick heroine Samsonite, from the same setting, took her name from the [[NighInvulnerable indestructible]] brand of luggage of the same name. Most people assume it’s a variation on "Samson".
* GeniusBruiser: Ultra-Man.
* GenkiGirl: Gimmick, a KidHero GadgeteerGenius from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' who fights crime in Saint Louis, Missouri.
* GentleGiant: Ultra-Man.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: The Charmer causes everyone around her to like her as if they were her best friend through the simple expedient of forcing them to be happy whenever she's around. The target thus associates happiness with the Charmer, to the point that they are incapable of being happy when she's ''not'' around anymore.
* GiantFlyer: Lord Dragon, Glaserwyrm, and Draco, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', were all honest-to-God dragons. Glaserwyrm was simply a monster to be beaten down. Lord Dragon was a dragon who turned into a man to act like a superhero, while Draco was a man who turned into a full-blown dragon and fought crime as a superhero.
* GiantPoofySleeves: Geomancer wore a tunic-and-poofy-sleeve-over-tights combination as a costume that made him look amazingly similar to [[TheDCU the DC character]] Firestorm.
* GiantWaistRibbon: Psychic superhero Oracle combines a bright red GiantWaistRibbon with a Playboy bunny-esque bustier and fishnet stockings as her crimefighting costume.
* {{Glamour}}: The Charmer's whole power is getting people to like her to the point that they'll do anything she wants. Ambrosia uses super-pheremones to do the same thing, but only to men.
* GlamourFailure: The French supervillain Mindscape, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', avoids cameras as often as he can, because anyone viewing him on film or in photographs can instantly tell he's a deformed hunchback and not the GQ-quality supermodel-handsome man he uses his powers of illusion to pretend to be.
* GMPC: There were loads of them, but they were always being played in other games.
* GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel: The Global Guardians once had to stop a mad scientist intent on going back and killing Hitler (and thereby changing the world for the ''worse''... and when they got back, discovered a Nazi victory. Luckily, the rules by which TimeTravel worked in the setting meant that it was an [[AlternateHistory alternate dimension]] and not a change in the timeline.
* GodzillaThreshold: Quantum from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' was the most powerful superbeing on Earth. He was quite literally capable of disintegrating the moon, had he wanted to, but of course he never wanted to. When the Xorn invaded, he went out to meet their attack fleet in space and finally let himself cut loose. [[HeroicSacrifice It was almost enough.]]
* TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks: The GoldenAge campaign was made of this.
* GoldenThighRatio: The Cheerleaders, a trio of supervillains from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', consciously make use of this trope as part of their "Jiggle Fu" distraction powers against male opponents.
* GoNagaiSideburns: Detroit superhero Rottweiler sports a pair of these these, along with a a set of CoolShades and a BadassLongcoat.
* TheGoodCaptain: Capitao Batalha (Captain Battle) is the premiere hero of Brazil.
* GoodPowersBadPeople: Cheesecake, a member of the Vandolls, uses the PowerOfLove to burn out the brains of men, and then follows this trick up by feeding on their souls.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Splatterman was once dropped through a mulcher. He regenerated. Calling his power a "HealingFactor" just doesn't seem to get the message across...
** Mr. Easter's life is a series of one big catastrophe after another, all of which land him in the morgue. Of course, one of his powers is coming back from the dead after three days.
* GravityMaster: * Several characters from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have control over gravity. The heroes include Collapsar, Neutron Star, Orbits I and II (one is a Canadian hero, the other a Turkish hero), Gravity Man, and White Dwarf. The villains include Urania, Gravity, Black Hole, Event Horizon, Crusher, Deadweight, and Singularity.
* GreenLanternRing: Guardsman's suit allows him to manipulate "solid energy shapes". Whatever that means.
* GreenThumb: Superheroes Ivy, Verdant, Gardemer. Junglemaster, Archdruid, Forrestal, and the supervillain Kiku can all cause plants to grow and move as they wish.
* TheGrovel: When Ivy royally ticked off her girlfriend, she caused every brush covered hill in the Los Angeles Basin and the San Fernando Valley to suddenly sprout red roses shaped into the message, "Please forgive me Clarice I love you". The City of Los Angeles fined her $5000, but Clarice forgave her.
* Gun Fu: Ballistic is said to be the best shot in the world with a handgun, and is a master of GunFu.
* TheGunslinger: [[ImprobableAimingSkills Ballistic is said to be the best shot in the world with a handgun.]]
** Sniper is a [[ThePunisher Punisher-style]] vigilante who uses [[MoreDakka gym-bags full of guns]]. He thinks of himself as a hero; most of the heroes see him as a villain.
* HairAntennae: When out of costume, Tumblebee has a pair of hair antennae.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[WorldsStrongestMan Strength]] ripped one of Los Hermanos's duplicates apart by grabbing each of his arms and pulling. He then made a joke about pulling the wings off of a fly. The humor wasn't exactly appreciated.
* HandwrapsOfAwesome: Rottweiler, a street-level martial arts hero from Detroit (think Wolverine without the claws but with a much sunnier disposition), wears handwraps as a matter of course. Cestus, a member of the supervillain team HardCorps, does the same.
* HannibalLecture: When the heroes of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' finally captured The Confessor (a SerialKillerKiller) they promptly pointed out to The Confessor that he, himself, was a serial killer. The Confessor delivered the Hannibal Lecture to end all Hannibal Lectures about the ineffectualness of superheroes in stopping really determined murderers.
* HauntedHouse: Doctor Ka's mansion is home to literally hundreds of ghosts. And some of them are angry. Very angry.
* HealingFactor: This was a ''very'' common power. The all-time champion was probably Splatterman, so-called because he seemed to end up as [[ChunkySalsaRule chunky salsa]] every time he ended up in combat. Being aware of how quickly he healed, Splatterman would often put himself in position to have this happen, because he knew it wouldn't really slow him down. Leap off the top of a building? Sure. Jump through a wood-chipper? Yep. Swallow the live hand-grenade? You bet. And like a Timex, he took a licking and kept on ticking.
** The villainous Nematode not only regrew parts that were cut off of him, but the parts would regrow into whole beings as well. Cut off an arm, and suddenly fight ''two'' Nematodes.
* HealingHands: * Lifeline and Panacea are both superheroes who (among other powers) are capable of healing with a touch. Amnesty, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Mercy, can not only heal with a touch, she can raise the dead completely. Mercy, another AnthropomorphicPersonification (this time of the popular view of angels), can also heal with a touch and raise the dead, though she is very reluctant to do the latter. Empath heals by taking on injuries and illnesses into her own body. Dream Sword heals through manipulation of the chakras. Saba Devatao can heal injured people, but only by transferring the injury to a healthy person.
* TheHeart: [[FlyingBrick Ultra-Man]] is the moral compass of the Global Guardians, and [[RubberMan Bungie]] is its enthusiasm and hope. Together, they form TheHeart of the team.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: The aforementioned Madras had telekinetic control over fabrics, and only fabrics. Sounds pretty lame until you look around and realize just how much fabric surrounds us ''every day of our lives''. Combine telekinetic control of fabric with a ten-foot-long canvas cape, and you've got one Badass crimefighter.
** Mister Easter is a semi-insane, religiously conservative homeless man who really only has three powers: first, he can turn water into wine. Second, he can multiply fish and bread as often as he needs. And third, when he dies, he comes back to life after three days. He uses these powers to take care of New York City's homeless population, and is considered by them (and by the city's police officers, fire fighters, and morgue attendants) to be a true hero.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Armageddon Girl slammed the door on her own HeelFaceTurn. Ultra-Man managed to talk her down from destroying a city. The hero speaks to her with heartfelt concern about her former career as a teen sidekick to a superhero, and how no won could blame her for going a little nuts after her family was killed, and that she could get help if she only wanted it. She thought about it for a while, then tearfully smashed Ultra-Man through a building, crying, "No, it's too late for that."
* HeelFaceTurn: Surprisingly rare.
** Battle betrayed Tarot to save the life of her son, Stone.
** Gadgeteer villain Knick-Knack retired from his life of crime and became the custodian of the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]].
** The Redeemers are an entire team made up of former super-villains.
* HeelRealization: The original Dove was a vigilante crimefighter active between 1989 and 1995. He considered himself a hero helping to defend ordinary people from street criminals. His usual modus operandi was to hunt any criminal whom he thought "got away with it"; that is, whenever he disagreed with a "not guilty" verdict. When captured, he was confronted with the fact that he wasn't a defender of the public, but rather just another serial killer and the idea horrified him to the point that he hung himself while awaiting trial.
* HelicopterBlender: A group of bank robbers tried this against Ultra-Man during their getaway. The rotors snapped off and the helicopter crashed (well... it fell about eight feet) to the roof of the bank) because Ultra-Man is NighInvulnerable.
* HeroicBSOD: The superheroine Fury suffered a HeroicBSOD after [[MonsterClown Tom Foolery]] killed and partially ate her daughter. When she came out of it, she changed from a superheroine into a crazed criminal-killer.
* HeroicBuild: While some of the characters in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' had heroic builds, you'd just as likely find a superhero who was skinny, or slightly overweight. Mostly, this happened with the [[BadassNormal Badass Normals]], who justifiably worked out to keep their physiques.
* HeroicVow: Vows to never take a life were very, very common among the heroes in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.
** One interesting case was the hero Thunderfist, a former Seattle cop who vowed to never violate proper police procedure when it came to evidence collection or the treatment of suspects.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: The Motor City Marshalls are wanted by the Detroit police for assault, battery, destruction of privacy, and pretty much every other crime that standard superheroic activity can be descrbed as.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Dove started out as a standard street-level superhero who concentrated on finding and stopping serial killers. Ten years later, after he is arrested for the murder of his latest target, he suffers a HeroicBSOD when it is pointed out, finally, that he isn't a hero anymore but rather has become a serial killer himself... one who targets other serial killers.
* {{Hipster}}: Free Spirit is not only CampGay, he's so hip he has trouble seeing past his own beltline.
* HiveMind: Los Hermanos combines this with MesACrowd, as not only can he create thousands of copies of himself, he shares his consciousness between them. (He is somehow capable of dealing with all the conflicting sensory input, and is capable of handling multiple tasks at once, multiple conversations at once, and so on). At any given moment, he's likely got a dozen duplicates active around the world working in as many different occupations. Anything one duplicate learns, all the duplicates know how to do. And at least two of his constantly active duplicates are married. But only one is an active superhero.
** Aryan Nation is a controversial white supremacist ''superhero'' (yes, you read that right) who shares Los Hermanos's powers. His powers are so similar to Los Hermanos that the Global Guardian once hypothesized that maybe Aryan Nation was one of his dupes who managed to gain a separate consciousness. (He found out later this wasn't true.)
** The Seven Brothers is a super-strong Chinese hero who can split into seven bodies, all of whom share a consciousness.
** Mob Rule, a South African supervillain from the same setting, has a similar power. His copies, however, are independent individuals.
** Saba Devatao, an Indonesia supervillain, creates eight duplicates and like Los Hermanos is a HiveMind. She's an expert martial artist who can flawlessly coordinate her bodies in attack routines that baffle most of her opponents.
** The mutant supervillain known as [[CompleteMonster The Swarm]] can transform into a seemingly numberless horde of cockroaches, each of whom she can somehow control.
*** Hive is a heroic example of the same power, only he transforms into wasps and isn't a cannibal serial killer.
* HouseRules: This was an online roleplaying game. Of course it had HouseRules.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Several campaigns in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' were built around the premise that the characters had ''literally'' just got their powers, and had no idea at all how to use them. For the most part, these campaigns resembled the first season of ''TheGreatestAmericanHero''.
** Occasionally, this was used to justify an experienced hero learning to use a new power as well.
* HowToGiveACharacterSuperpowers: Pretty much all of those methods were used in-game.
* HumanAliens: The Tautiq, a race of alien refugees who now live on earth in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', basically look like taller, thinner humans with odd hair-and-skin color combinations. They aren't "sexually compatible" with humans, either, but you can't tell that without seeing them naked.
* HumanityEnsues: The Moreaus of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' are UpliftedAnimals who were force-evolved into a near-human form. Regardless of their original species, their constant interaction with humanity over the decades have made them all very humanlike psychologically. ** The "Prime" variety of [[AnthropomophicPersonification Anthropomorphic Personifications]] active on Earth in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' (that is, those who are "pure ideas" rather than a normal human who has been merged with the "power of the idea") generally start out as pretty inhuman, psychologically speaking. They get more and more human the more they interact with people. Of course, there are exceptions.
* HurricaneKick: Gyro, a villainous [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinning]] [[SuperSpeed speedster]], uses this sort of attack as a matter of course. He's a trained ballet dancer, so he can keep his leg extended for a long while... and he whips it around his body at almost supersonic speed.
* IAmWho: Achilles began his career as a superhero because of this trope, when he found out that his entire life up until that point (all twenty-three years of it) had been manipulated and engineered by his father, whose identity he didn't even know up until that point. Who was his father? [{EvilOverlord Lord]][[BigBad Doom]].
* AnIcePerson: Centigrade (who combines this with PlayingWithFire), Fafza Tel ("Winter Willow" in Hungarian), Icicle, El Halcon Blanco ("White Hawk" in Spanish), Flurry (who combines this with BlowYouAway), Snowblind, Snowdrift, Chillblaine, Frost, Frostbite, Sub-Zero, Doctor Zero, Tundra, Iceberg, Lady December. and Snowstorm.
* IBelieveICanFly
* IdentityImpersonator: The Bodysnatcher lives up to her name by literally trading bodies with you.
* {{Idiosyncrazy}}: The Conundrum has to leave puzzles as clues. The Great White Hunter, who hunts superheroes for sport. The Widdershins Man, who only commits crimes based on opposite concepts.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: You should be very clear on this: Fiona Richards is not a lesbian, and has, in fact, dated and even had sex with several different men. Its just that she's madly in love with Margaret Shaw. She doesn't find any other woman attractive at all. And she wants you to be very clear on that.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: The Fabulous Frog-Man, a mutant hero from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', is super-agile, can leap the length of a city block, can heal quickly from most injuries, and has a six foot long, prehensile tongue. He's also green, warty, and has big googly eyes. He'd give up his powers and his life as a superhero to look normal again.
* ImGoingToDisneyWorld: Disney ran a series of these commercials, each starring a particular region's big-name hero. The most popular of this series starred nationally-known New York City hero Free Spirit, the CampGay self-appointed "Defender of Greenwich Village".
* Immortality: You can find at least one of the various immortals of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' in each of the categories. Among others, these include: The Golden Avenger, a FlyingBrick who originally fought crime in the 1940s and stopped aging when he gained his powers, has Perfect Immortality. Master Mist, the immortal sorcerer who now rules Liberia as a benevolent dictator, is Undying. Splatterman is [[HealingFactor Regenerative]]. Mister Easter is [[BackFromTheDead Resurrective]]. The Black Lion is an [[TheUndead Undead knight]]. Abyss is an example of [[BlessedWithSuck Immortality Only]]. The Emperor is an External immortal. Major Liberty is the [[ImmortalityThroughLegacy tenth hero of that name]], but the general public thinks he's been the same person all along. The Bodysnatcher has Parasitic immortality, being able to switch from body to body whenever she needs a new one. Vivian von Klause is a Projected Avatar; she grows old and dies (or can be killed) like normal, but is reborn shortly thereafter. Category Zero is the exception; no characters in the GGU fit into Category Zero.
* ImmigrantParents: The parents of Mr. Invincible, one of the GoldenAge heroes of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', arrived in America just in time for Invincible to be born an American citizen rather than a Greek citizen. They both have heavy accents, try to do things as Greek as they can do them, and complain about Mr. Invincible "abandoning his Greekness" by assuming the name "Mike Phillips rather than his birth name, Mikos Phillipidakos.
* ImNotAHeroIm: Battlecat gave this speech to his ArchEnemy, Baron Samedi, right before he dropped Baron Samedi from the roof of the Superdome.
-->'''Baron Samedi:''' "We both know you're not going to kill me. You're a hero."
-->'''Battlecat:''' "Not tonight. I'm not a hero tonight. I'm a husband. I'm a father. That's what I am tonight."
-->'''Baron Samedi:''' "No... wait!" (followed by a long drop and a sudden stop)
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Ballistic, a superhero from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is said to be the best shot in the world with a handgun, and qualfiies as a [[ImprobableAimingSkills Trick Shot]], a master of GunFu, and is absolutely a QuickDraw.
** Red Eagle, Briar Rose, The Bowman, Obsidian Arrow, Yeoman, Artemis, and Warpath are all "super archers", and are able to skim the wings off flies in mid-flight with their arrow-shots.
* ImprobableHairstyle: Samsonite is caught in a form of homeostasis that grants her utter and complete invulnerability. This includes her hair, which is always perfectly straight and hangs down to the middle of her back, no matter what she tries to do with it.
** Similarly, The Shield's power (a skin-tight impenetrable force field) keeps his hair shorn to the scalp.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Super-assassin Demise has this as a super-power. Literally anything, in her hands, can be used as a weapon. If she is armed with something that is already a weapon, she becomes the deadliest fighter on the planet. If she's armed with something that normally couldn't be considered a weapon by any sane man (in the past, she's killed people with a plastic spork, a comb, a snow globe, a smiley-face button, greeting cards, paperback books, chopsticks, cellular phones, toothpicks, paper clips, rubber bands, and music [=CDs=]) she ''also'' becomes the deadliest fighter on the planet. Of course, while she's a highly trained martial artist and has a body any Olympic-level athlete would love to possess, she's also just a BadassNormal. She tried to do that "deadliest fighter in the world" thing on [[FlyingBrick Ultra-Man]], and he just smirked and knocked her out with a flick of his finger.
** [[MonsterClown Tom Foolery]] from the same setting uses weaponized toys, including machine-gun armed teddy-bears, explosive rubber balls, sharpened jacks that he throws like shurikens, acid-filled water-guns, and so on.
** As her name suggests, Yo-Yo is an expert at using a yo-yo as a weapon. Lots of superheroes who laughed at her ended up bruised and battered.
** Oddball juggles billiard balls. And throws them with [[ImprobableAimingSkills amazing accuracy]].
* IncrediblyLamePun: The Arsenal of Democracy, the official hero team of the United States, includes members named Bill O'Rights and Sybil Liberty.
* IntangibleMan: The Wraith is a mercenary thief from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse". He specializes in getting into places that cannot get into by way of this power.
** Phantom Panther is a Chinese martial artist who can not only turn intangible but can become invisible as well.
** Breeze, as part of her [[ElementalPowers control over wind and air]] can transform into a humanoid cloud of mist.
** Several of the [[SuperSpeed speedsters]] in the setting can vibrate through solid material.
* InterpolSpecialAgent: In the setting, Interpol's purview has been expanded to include international supercrime, and they have been given an investigation and enforcement arm.
* Invisibility: Fatale can turn invisible and teleport. Puck is a mystic martial artist who can vanish from sight (he still shows up in a person's peripheral vision, but vanishes when he's looked at directly). The Gentleman Ghost is permanently invisible, but dressed in an immaculate white tuxedo with tails and a top hat. Phantom Panther combines this with [[IntangibleMan intangibility]].
* InvisibleWomanEffect: The Shield originally started out with just the power of [[NighInvulnerable complete and total invulnerability to everything]]. Quite literally, his only power was that he couldn't be hurt. This is cool, but in a fight its not all that useful on the offense. Later, the player figured out that getting hit by someone whose skin was [[MadeOfIron hard as steel]] would hurt a ''lot'', and that a steel-hard hand made a pretty good lever, and so on.
* IsThatTheBestYouCanDo: Pulled off once with panache in a Global Guardians story. A mook, trying to take out the NighInvulnerable FlyingBrick superhero Stone, slams into the hero with a fully loaded tractor-trailer.
-->'''Stone:''' (dusts his shoulder off and looks at the driver) "That all you got?"
* ItsAllMyFault: Ultra-Man blames himself for the death of his grandson, who was killed at the hands of his ArchEnemy, [[DiabolicalMastermind Baron Maltus]], and he thinks his daughter blames him for it as well. (He's wrong about that last part.)
* ItsPersonal: This is how Ultra-Man and his ArchEnemy, Baron Malthus view their long-standing rivalry.
** Nemesis, the Greek Goddess of Retribution and Punishment, took Athena's freeing of Arachne as a [[ItsPersonal personal insult]]. This is why the goddess makes Arachne's life so difficult.
* TheJailer: Der Fallensteller ("The Trapper") is a German superhero from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. He is a GadgeteerGenius who specializes in traps and bonds.
* [[Jerkass/WebOriginal Jerkass]]: The Aryan is a FlyingBrick hero who also happens to be a white supremacist. He absolutely repudiates violence against non-whites, and saves non-whites as often as he does whites, but is nonetheless a racist asshair and is ''quite'' vocal about his views on race relations.
* JimmyCarter: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Jimmy Carter was the president who ordered the formation of the government sponsored squad of flagsuit heroes called Team America, using them to rescue the hostages from Iran. It was on the strength of these actions that [[AlternateHistory he won reelection as president]] over former California Governor Ronald Reagan of California in 1980.
* JumpingOnPoint: Whenever a campaign recruited a new player, the game master generally used one of these to give them a level playing field to begin with rather than forcing them to hit the ground running mid-adventure.
* {{Keet}}: Fidget, one of the KidHero [[SuperSpeed speedsters]] at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] is hyperactive, loud, constantly cheerful, and utterly irritating.
* KiAttacks: Yin and Yang, the protectors of Hong Kong, utilize KiAttacks as part of their mystical martial arts training, as does the Lucky Bandit, heroic protector of Shanghai.
** Tatterdemalion, an Israeli superhero sponsored by their government, does something similar, though its not a [[KiAttacks Ki Attack]] in the "oriental martial arts" sense of the word.
* KickTheMoralityPet: It was this sort of moment, when she recklessly injures one of her teammates in a drunken stupor, that convinces the heroic Swallowtail to seek help for her alcoholism.
* KidHero: * The characters from [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] range in age from 13 to 16. The kids at the [[SuperheroSchool Venture Institute]] were about the same age.
** Similarly, Nicholas Chandler, from [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Things That Go Bump In The Night]] is a 14 year old boy who is perhaps the most feared monster-hunter on Earth (he once killed a monster he thinks of as ''The Boogeyman'' with a baseball bat).
** WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld
* KillThePoor: DiabolicalMastermind Lord Doom has ended the problems of poverty, unemployment, and homelessness on the island of Bermuda by declaring it illegal to be unemployed or homeless. If you find yourself in either condition, Doom's regime will escort you to a retraining center where you will learn a needed trade, whether you want to learn a new trade or not. After the retraining and re-education, you will then be put to work where you are needed. If you refuse to learn the new trade (or turn out to be untrainable), you'll be put in a job that requires no training. Some of these jobs, like " biological waste disposal worker", are unpleasant, but survivable. Others, such as "involuntary chemical weapons test subject" are less so.
* TheKirk: In the Global Guardians, Guardsman is the TheKirk, even though he's not the team leader. Achilles, the actual team leader, is TheSpock, while Arachne and Ultra-Man are {{The McCoy}}.
* KnightTemplar: The Mujahedin are Islamic superheroes who use Shariah law as a guideline to how much force to use against the criminals they face... which means they kill a ''lot'' of criminals. They're also fairly harsh against non-Muslims, liberal Muslims, and anyone who thinks the Mujahedin have crossed the MoralEventHorizon a time or two. They also fall squarely into the realm of YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters when it comes to their views on Israel.
* KryptoniteFactor: Fidget, a KidHero speedster from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', takes actual physical damage if you tie him down and prevent him from moving. If you stop him from moving, his power literally builds up and starts vibrating his cells to pieces.
* KryptoniteIsEverywhere: Forceful Leaf, a Chinese superheroine, is a faerie creature who takes damage from merely touching iron, or anything with a considerable iron percentage.
* KryptoniteRing: The Global Guardians keep a locked file in their comptuer database called the Code Red Omega Scenario. It is a tactical plan to take down each and every member of the Guardians, if it ever became necessary to take them all down.
* LamarckWasRight: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is an "unlimited source" setting, where superpowers can be gained through pretty much any possible way that can be imagined. Nevertheless, and regardless of what real-world genetic science says, its pretty much guaranteed that the child of two superhumans will have either the same powers as one of their parents, or a mix between the two. (Children with only one superhuman parent tend to have a 50/50 chance of getting either the same powers as their parents, or else no powers at all.) Of course, people who get their powers from technology don't count.
* [[LargeHam/WebOriginal Large Ham]]: Most of the cast of ''The Golden Age''. Of course, the fact that it was entitled the GoldenAge was kind of your first clue. Not too subtle, the GoldenAge.
* LegacyCharacter:
** Major Liberty, a member of the American All-Stars, is perhaps the MostTriumphantExample from the setting, being the tenth hero to bear that name. The original (an ancestor of the current Major Liberty), fought the British during the American Revolutionary War.
** Golden Eagle is the third hero to bear that name, and the grandson of the original.
** The Supreme Six is an entire team of legacy heroes.
* LegacyImmortality: The current Major Liberty is a direct descendant of the original (it is a family legacy), who fought the British during the American Revolution. The general population think that it's been the same man all along.
* LeotardOfPower / UnderwearOfPower: Pretty much every other superhero and superheroine in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' wears either a LeotardOfPower or UnderwearOfPower, depending on their gender.
* LewdLustChasteSex: This was standard procedure for love scenes in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Pretty much everything leading up to "the act" was on screen and fully described. But once it became a matter of penetrative sex, the focus of the story shifted to the curtains fluttering in the breeze, and things faded to black and restarted the next morning, and so on.
* LickedByTheDog: Stone is a superhero who can be summed up in the phrase "What if you gave a Hell's Angel super-strength and made him invulnerable". His middle name is "Intidimate the Hell Out Of You". And kids just love him. He puts on this "big tough scary guy" act, and the kids seem utterly immune to it. It mystifies him, but he does think its sort of cool.
* LightningBruiser: Raptor, Mustang, Sidewinder, and Overdrive.
* LightTheWay: From the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Neon, Strobe, Spectrum, Photon, Allustria, Fireworks, Peter Pan, Solar, Sunspot, Eclipse (who can also manipulate darkness), Dagger, Tinkerbell, Independence, Blue, Rave, Rainbow, Senhora Luz Solar, North Star, Shining Dawn, Brightstar, Eclat ("Burst" in French), Iris, Ushas, Moonshadow (who, like Eclipse, can also manipulate darkness), Tecza ("Rainbow" in Polish), Prezma ("Prism" in Russian), Ion, and Radian can all generate, control, and manipulate light in various ways.
* ListOfTransgressions: Before killing his victim, the Confessor from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' recites a list of his victim's sins. He plucks this information from their own minds telepathically.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: Prezma ("Prism" in Russian) is a superheroine with diagnosed [[SplitPersonality Multiple Personality Disorder]]. Normally, she has no actual super powers until she splits into seven individual bodies (one for each of her known personalities, and each matching a color in the visible spectrum). After she splits, each of her bodies has a different set of super powers based on the color they represent.
* LittleMissBadass: Heart Girl. Imagine Superman as a nine-year-old blonde girl with pigtails.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: At its peak, the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' had 132 active player characters, some 400 inactive or retired player characters, nearly 25 "starter characters" (that is, characters used to allow brand new characters to quickly get their feet in the doors), and 10,232 named, fully-realized non-player characters once the supervillains, support staff, and returning normals were all tallied up.
* LogFic: "The Hardest Week of My Life" was a story arc that focused on Diamond. It was told in the form of a series of first-person diary entries retelling the events of the titular "hardest week" of her life.
* [[PrintLongRunners Long Runners]]: The Global Guardians lasted from 1994 to 2006. Most web-based text games last months. A couple make it to a year. One or two make it to three years. The Global Guardians lasted twelve years, a feat that has yet to be equaled by any other non-commercial online shared world.
* LoudOfWar: There are other sound-users in the GGU that utilize sound as a weapon, but not through the expedience of screaming or singing. These include Echo, Hummingbird, Sound Barrier, Mosquito, and Ultrasonico.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Shadowspawn is an EldritchAbomination from outser space who [[DarkIsEdgy generates tentacles of shadow and darkness]] that can drain the life out of people. In addition, Shadowspawn itself is a ClingyCostume that is slowly devouring the human being it has engulfed. When it finishes eating its current "host", it will move on to another host.
** Dagon, another EldritchAbomination, has fused itself with a human being whose body was transformed into the spitting image of a ''Dungeons and Dragons'' mind flayer. The tentacles that have replaced his mouth are not just for show; they can inject a rotting poison into his victims.
** The Swarm can transform herself into a horde of carnivorous cockroaches. The very thought of having this power has driven her stark raving mad. She's not a cannibal serial killer. Similarly, Hive can transform himself into a swarm of wasps, but has taken it a lot better than The Swarm has and uses his powers to fight crime.
** Bloodstone of the Sinister Circle is a [[{{Whatevermancy}} “hemokinetic”]]. That is, he has telekinetic control over blood. His usual first move in any fight with a hero is to gather up some nearby blood to use as a weapon, and he gathers it from any nearby innocent bystander who is unfortunate to be close enough to become an unwilling donor.
* LovePotion: From the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Ambrosia is a living LovePotion. She emits super-powered pheremones that cause men to just lose their cotton-picking minds, falling all over themselves to make her happy. The power has made her very, very cynical about the opposite sex.
* MadeOfIron: The most obvious example is The Shield, whose only superpower was a complete and total immunity to being injured. It didn't matter what you used on him... his power would let him survive it uninjured. Bullets? He laughed at bullets. Drowning? Sorry, can't drown, though he doesn't quite breathe water in those circumstances. Having a skyscraper collapse on top of him? Granted, he'd get bored waiting for you to dig him out, but in the meantime he'd be fine. Exposure to vacuum? Doesn't phase him. Drop him to the ground from orbit? Been there, done that.
** The superheroic Stuntman from the same setting is an interesting variation. His powers revolve around luck rather than simply being [[NighInvulnerable immune to injury]], so as a result he gets banged up all the time... but never as badly as he should be. Stuntman once was thrown from the roof of a twelve story building, and through a series of lucky breaks and coincidental events managed to walk away from it with a skinned knee and a twisted ankle.
** Infinity is amazingly hard to hurt as well because of her mutation. Her bones are made of metal and her musculature is far more dense than normal flesh. She gets hurt all the time, but it takes a lot to do it.
** Anvil is literally MadeOfIron. Imagine Collossus of the X-Men, except permanently transformed and iron instead of steel.
* MadScientist: Heinrich Frankenstein, Baron Malthus, Phillipe Moreau, the Evil Genius, Doctor Blight, Doctor Sinister, Emilio Astonishing, Doctor XX, Doctor Devastation, Professor Sunday, Professor Septimus, Penelope Periwinkle, and Doctor Gavin von Leggend. And that?s just the bad guys.
* MadScientistLaboratory: As prevalent as [[MadScientist mad scientists]] are, these are all over the place.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: DiabolicalMastermind Doctor Gladiola Thanos is the doctor of MadScientist Doctor Thaddeus Thanos. Her father was an active supervillain in the 1980s and regularly fought the heroic Captain Challenger until he was killed during a lab explosion that resulted from a fight between the hero and Doctor Thanos's minions. While she originally followed this trope by helping the hero fight against her father's diabolical plots, his death sent her into a HeroicBSOD that ended with her following in his footsteps as a supervillain. Her first act of villainy was to find and kill Captain Challenger and his entire family.
* MagicAIsMagicA: While any sort of magic (from Hermetic rituals to Native American Ghost Magic to Voodoo to Chinese Necromancy to Holy Miracles to Australian Dreamwalking) is possible in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', each particular type of magic is internally consistent for that type. You don't find Hermetic mages using Voodoo, or a Christian miracle-worker entering the Dream Time, and so on.
* MagicKnight: Mystic villain The Black Lion is a literal MagicKnight. Once an armored medieval knight, he is now been kept alive for nine hundred years through dark and sinister magic. In addition to his skills with a sword, he is also a powerful sorcerer in his own right.
* MagicPants: This trope is standard fare for characters who can grow, shrink, or stretch.
* MagicVersusScience: The rarest truth about the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is that magic exists, and can be used for specific purposes by those capable of doing so. Its described as "the rarest truth" because most people, when they personally experience magic, will go to nearly any length to explain what just happened to them away in mundane, non-magical terms. Most human beings, especially those living in the so-called "First World" (the United States, England, France, Japan, and so on), simply aren't ready to accept the fact that magic is real.
* MagicWand: Fairy Godmother, a heroic mystic, uses a wand as a prop but doesn't actually need it to work her magic.
* MagmaMan: There's Magma, Lava, Volcano, Volcania, Kilauea (an [[PhysicalGod incarnation]] of the Hawai'ian goddes who fights crime and protects the people of Hawai'i., Kazan ("Volcano" in Japanese), Magma Man, and Krakatoa.
* MakeMeWannaShout: ''The GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' features many characters with this power. Rebel Yell, a member of the White Legion (white supremacist ''hero'' group... yes, you read that right), has an ultra-sonic "rebel yell" as his name implies. His twin brother Johnny Reb has the same power, but not the same attitudes toward minorities. The King, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the popular image of Elvis Presley, can belt out [[ThePowerOfRock ultra-powerful rock-and-roll songs]]. Crescendo sings into the ultra-sonic ranges as well. Golden Eagle has a super-powerful "eagle scream". Crybaby, Vox Populi, the New South Wailer, Warcy, Heuler, Screech, Grito, and the Voice of God all do the same thing.
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: The Warlord is a [[TimeTravel traveler from the future]] who came back to the present because he was bored. He and he changes historical events at a whim and with no regard for the normal course of history.
* MakingASplash: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', there's Vulnapyezdka ("Wave Rider" in Russian), who can turn into water, blast it from his hands, and survive underwater; Saraswati, an Indian superheroine who cannot generate water, but can telekinetically manipulate water in the environment (including pulling it out of a human body, if absolutely necessary); River, another [[{{Whatevermancy}}. Archdruid could control water telekinetically as well, as part of his [[ElementalPowers overall control of the four classic elements]]. Maelstrom and Typhoon, who both could generate and control storms, could exercise some control over water, but their use of this power wasn't very precise to say the least.
* MartialMedic: Fraternal twin heroes Yin and Yang.
* MartialPacifist: The heroic Dove specializes in evasion, blocking, and misdirection in combat. He's an expert at somehow finding convenient trees, walls, cars, and so on to duck behind just as the bad guys attack. He only goes "offensive" when he absolutely has to.
* MaskOfPower: Inverted with the Mask Of Justice, in that the eyeholeless mask itself is powerless, but he can only use his vision powers while his eyes are covered with an opaque object...such as his mask.
* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_Event Tunguska Event of 1908]] released a wave of radiation that encompassed the globe and activated the metagene in humans and apes, allowing for the presence of superpowers.
* MasterOfIllusion: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', multiple characters are Masters of Illusion. Peekaboo, a member of the Vandolls supervillain team, creates light-based images. Mindscape projects images into the minds of her opponents, as does the Indian supervillain Rakshasa. Amethyst is a sorceress who specializes in illusion magic. Dream Catcher manipulates people's dreams and can bring them into reality as illusions. Figment, a student at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], creates holograms.
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: This trope is why so many superheroes from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' are divorced (in some cases, divorced multiple times). It also explains why so many of them are "girl/guy in every port" types.
* MesACrowd: Los Hermanos of the Global Guardians has this power in spades. He combines this with HiveMind, as not only can he create thousands of copies of himself, he shares his consciousness between them. (He is somehow capable of dealing with all the conflicting sensory input, and is capable of handling multiple tasks at once, multiple conversations at once, and so on). At any given moment, he's likely got a dozen duplicates active around the world working in as many different occupations. Anything one duplicate learns, all the duplicates know how to do. And at least two of his constantly active duplicates are married. But only one is an active superhero.
** Aryan Nation is a controversial white supremacist ''superhero'' (yes, you read that right) who shares Los Hermanos's powers. His powers are so similar to Los Hermanos that the Global Guardian once hypothesized that maybe Aryan Nation was one of his dupes who managed to gain a separate consciousness. (He found out later this wasn't true.)
** Posse is a superhero from Dallas, Texas, who can separate into twenty individuals.
** The Seven Brothers is a super-strong Chinese hero who can split into seven bodies. He is also a HiveMind.
** Mob Rule, a South African supervillain from the same setting, has a similar power. His copies, however, are independent individuals.
** Colony, a British supervillain, can create a dozen duplicates. Like Mob Rule, his copies are independent.
** Saba Devatao, an Indonesia supervillain, creates eight duplicates and like Los Hermanos is a HiveMind. She's an expert martial artist who can flawlessly coordinate her bodies in attack routines that baffle most of her opponents.
* MetaOrigin: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' copied the Marvel solution to the question "Where do superpowers come from?" by having SufficientlyAdvancedAlien AncientAstronauts, the P!k Gardeners, experiment on early protohumans millions of years ago, adding the metagene to human DNA, thus allowing the possibility of superpowers. The 1908 Tunguska explosion caused extraterrestrial biomolecules to spread around the world and bond to human DNA, causing superhuman children to be born.
* MetaPlot: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' had two overarching [[MetaPlot meta-plots]] during its twelve year history. The first was the slow assimilation of nonhuman intelligences (aliens, sentient apes, and sentient machines) into normal human society. The second was the effects of advancing technology on normal human society.
* MightyGlacier: The Troll, favored son and hero of Newark, New Jersey is eight-foot tall, has lumpy green skin, and horns coming out of his forehead. Not the fastest fighter. But it takes a howitzer to even bruise him, and he can lift tanker trucks over his head, so when he does get around to hitting you, you're going to feel it for days.
* MiniDressOfPower: The only actual example of this trope in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is the costume worn by Heart Girl. She's a [[KidHero nine-year-old]] FlyingBrick and just cute as a button.
* MinMaxing: When it came to character construction in the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, this was effectively impossible due to the way the character approval process was used despite it being based on the HeroSystem's point-buy system. Specifically, every proposed character was examined with a fine tooth comb, the maths were run and rerun, and everything was compared to the character's central concept and the standards of the setting as a whole. [[BrokenBase Some players found this refreshing and liked the process, while others found it infuriating and hated it]].
* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: Mirrors reveal that Sweet Synn is actually a demonic succubus, regardless of the form she's currently wearing (and she usually looks like whatever you find most attractive in a woman).
* MirrorUniverse: The heroes of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have encountered two of these. The first is the standard version where the various characters are morally aligned opposite to their normal nature. In this one, the heroic Global Guardians have their counterparts in the villainous Global Gladiators , a criminal syndicate that has taken over the world. The second was a world in which the Global Guardians had taken control of the world "for the betterment of mankind" after a much more severe [[AlienInvasion Xorn invasion]] had left humanity on the brink of extinction.
* MommyIssues: This trope is [[MadScientist Doctor XX's]] whole reason for supervillainy, though in her case its [[MommyIssues Daddy Issues]].
* MonsterMash: All Hallow's Eve is a villain team made up of a mutant who can [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent shapeshift into a "Man Wolf"]], a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent super-strong zombie]], a [[ClingyCostume carnivorous alien abomination]], a [[TheFairFolk dark elf sorceress]], a [[{{Frankenstein}} golem created by mad science]], and [[{{Golem}} an animated scarecrow]].
* MonsterClown: Tom Foolery of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Scary makeup, spine-chilling laugh, weaponized toys, and an urge to see the whole world go down in flames. He is basically the setting's CaptainErsatz of TheJoker.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: No one is really sure what specific areas Doctor Heinrich Frankenstein, Doctor Phillipe Moreau, Doctor Blight, Doctor Sinister, Doctor Emilio Astonishing, Doctor XX, Doctor Devastation, Professor Sunday, Professor Septimus, Professor Penelope Periwinkle, and Doctor Gavin von Leggend (all villainous MadScientists) hold their degrees in.
* MoreDakka: Sniper from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is a [[ThePunisher Punisher-style]] vigilante who uses [[MoreDakka gym-bags full of guns]]. He thinks of himself as a hero; most of the heroes see him as a villain.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Demise, the super-assassin, is the deadliest fighter on the planet not because she's superhumanly strong or because she's superhumanly fast, but rather because she knows how to turn anything... anything at all... into a deadly weapon, and can figure out ways around your defenses in seconds.
* MostCommonSuperpower: Pretty common. As long-time player China Pettinger once put it, "I'd rather have my characters be stunningly attractive than lucky."
* MrExposition: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has a villainous example: The Hermit of [[NebulousEvilOrganization Tarot]] has the power to see patterns of cause and effect. By studying literally ''anything'', he can detect the patterns involved and predict what will happen next with almost pinpoint certainty. [[BigBad The Emperor]] has him study the stock market, news reports, the weather, and pretty much every other type of continually-updated information in order to predict world trends and to explain past events. This makes him Tarot's own personal MrExposition.
* MulticoloredHair: Rainbeaux has hair that's all seven colors of the rainbow. It is a side-effect of her powers.
* MultinationalTeam: The Global Guardians are more or less this, depending on their lineup. The final lineup included a French-Canadian, a Greek, a Kenyan, a Norwegian, a Costa Rican, and four Americans.
* MultipurposeTongue: The Fabulous Frog-Man has a six-foot long prehensile tongue that he can use as a weapon in combat, or to grab stuff.
* {{Munchkin}}: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] '''hard'''! Players who tried to act this way were quickly shown the door, permanently.
* MusicalAssassin: The King, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the popular image of Elvis Presley, and Crescendo can both belt out [[MakeMeWannaShout songs]]. The King uses Rock-n-Roll, while Crescendo sings opera.
* MySkullRunnethOver: This effect is one of the many reasons why 75% of all [[PsychicPowers mentalists]] end up going stark raving mad.
* MySuitIsAlsoSuper: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', biofiber is an artificial multi-cellular colony organism that tends to grow in a film only two cells thick. The resulting "fabric" is extremely tough for its weight and will accept dyes of a specific formulation only. Biofiber possesses a small measure of cellular mobility, making a tight-fitting garment of biofiber self-fitting to a certain extent, and its natural biological defenses mean that in large part its self-cleaning. However, it is the fabric's interaction with the exotic metabolisms of metahumans that make it truly amazing. After a short period of acclimation, biofiber adapts to energetic or metamorphic powers. Thus, a costume made of bio-fiber can stretch, grow, or shrink with its wearer, and will not be incinerated, frozen, or otherwise harmed by the energetic emissions projected by its wearer.
* {{Nanomachines}}: Diamond, a PoweredArmor heroine, uses these as a means of situational adaptiveness. Her armor (which is thinly plated diamond over a liquid layer of nanites) can be redesigned and rebuilt in seconds, depending on the precise function she needs from the armor.
* {{Necromancer}}: The Bone White Queen, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Disease and the consort of the [[CompleteMonster Blood Red King]], is the most powerful Necromancer in the setting. She is fond of killing entire families with various plagues, then reanimating them as minions.
* NebulousEvilOrganization: TAROT. It also qualifies as an AncientConspiracy.
* NeglectfulPrecursors: The P!k Gardeners show up out of nowhere, give humanity’s ancestors the potential to develop superpowers, and then vanish into the depths of space without so much as a “now don’t hurt each other with these new abilities we’re giving you…”
* NeverBeAHero: This was, for the most, completely avoided. It was even remarked upon by in-universe scientists studying the hows and whys of superpowers that only about a half of the people who ended up empowered possessed powers that were... well... ''powerful'' enough to become superheroes or villains, and out of that half, only about a third ever did. The rest either did nothing with the powers, or found some other purpose for them (like the super-strong "forklift operator" who didn't need a forklift, or the faith-healing televangelist who could actually heal) than superheroics.
* NeverWasThisUniverse: ''The GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is PresentDay Earth plus mutants, magic, sentient apes, intelligent robots, aliens, demons, superheroes, supervillains, high technology, and pretty much anything else that can be dumped into it by way of the RuleOfCool.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: This sort of thing was curbed and curbed hard in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. While the ''HeroSystem'' [[ExperiencePoint experience point rules]] were being used, there were rather strict guidelines regarding what Super Powers could be purchased, depending on the character's base concept. If a power didn't fit the concept, then the power was simply not allowed. Period.
** Characters who used a GreenLanternRing or a SwissArmyWeapon were often granted more leeway with this than other characters, but even then the players in question had to justify their taking certain of the odder, more "out there" powers.
** The only character who was really allowed to get away with this was the [[CompleteMonster Blood Red King]], but he was a different kettle of fish altogether.
* NewSuperPower: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' used the ''HeroSystem'' rules regarding ExperiencePoints, thus allowing characters to [[PointBuy purchase]] new powers. Restrictions were put into place, however, that only allowed [[NewSuperPower New Super Powers]] that made sense when compared to the character's base concepts. Several storylines involved the player figuring out how to use these new powers.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters "ape-liberation" terrorist group]] Prime 8 attempted to detonate a high-yield nuclear weapon in downtown Paris. The Global Guardians stopped the simian supervillains... but during the course of the battle the ''heroes'' managed to knock down the Eiffel Tower (which, in turn, destroyed several square blocks of the city during its collapse). Oops!
* NighInvulnerable: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has characters that fit all of the categories on both sides of the law:
** Byelobog really is ''the'' "White God" Byelobog from Slavic myth, while Ganesha really is the Indian elephant god.
** Crusader is protected from harm by the power of God himself, as is Mercy, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the popular concept of angels.
** The Shield and Stone are Made of Diamond, as is the PoweredArmor worn by the appropriately-named superheroine Diamond.
** La Fantomas is Made of Air.
** Mercury is a liquid metal Blob.
** Cascade and Sand are Made of Rubber (well, Made of Water and Made of Sand, respectively, but the effect is the same).
** Splatterman is a supervillain whose [[HealingFactor regenerative powers are so quick and effective]] that he's pretty much immune to all harm.
** Tsugha is an EldritchAbomination whose "body" is only a part of the larger creature that exists in another dimension entirely.
** Slave is a remote-controlled SuperRobot Proxy that's been destroyed dozens of times. Its operator keeps rebuilding him,
** Swarm, a mutant who can transform into a horde of cockroaches and seems to conjure new insects out of thin air when the old ones are crushed and destroyed.
** Los Hermanos has thousands of duplicate bodies and has survived his own "death" dozens of times.
** Fiasco is lucky, and can cause other people to be unlucky. He avoids injury by following [[TheKarateKid Mr. Myagi's]] advice: "Best defende, no be dere."
* NinetiesAntiHero: Battlecat, a [[TheCowl cowl]] active in the New Orleans of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', is the epitome of this trope from that setting.
** Ballistic, Fusillade, and Ablaze are all good examples as well.
* NoEyeInMagic: Most people don't know that the supervillain Medusa is ''the'' Medusa from Greek myth. She wears very dark Ray Ban sunglasses to keep from petrifying people she actually wants to talk to.
* NonPlayerCharacter
* NotQuiteFlight: A lot of the "flying" characters in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse are actually doing this sort of thing rather than true flight. Several [[{{Whatevermancy}} geokinetics]] ride on telekinetically controlled boulders to fly. Forcefield users ride disks of force. Magnetic heroes and villains manipulate earth's magnetic field. Gravity manipulators make pockets of "free fall", allowing them to jump impossible distances. And the super-strong merely use their leg muscles to leap entire city blocks at once.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: Every super-strong or super-fast hero in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' falls under this trope. Momentum and kinetic energy just never seem to enter into any rescue catches or super-speed evacuations.
* NotWearingTights: The Reliquary campaign featured street-level mystic-oriented superheroes who didn't wear costumes, didn't use code names, and didn't generally get into bi, street-smashing brawls. But they were superheroes nonetheless.
** Martini, a psychic superhero whose costume is a pristine tuxedo, complete with tails.
** Stone is a FlyingBrick whose costume wouldn't look out of place in a biker bar.
* NotYourProblem: A lot of the government-sponsored superheroes have this attitude in regards to problems or crimes that have happened in other countries, as long as those problems or crimes haven't spilled over into their own country. Some of these government heroes actually get hostile to "invading" foreign heroes who pursue criminals across national borders.
* OfCorsetsSexy: A few characters wear these as part of their costume:
** The Sorceress, a [[{{Satan}} devil-worshipping]] witch, wears the {{Stripperific}} corset-and-thong combo.
** The [[{{Necromancer}} Bone White Queen]] wears a corset in combination with a ShowgirlSkirt.
** The heroic telepath Bella wears a corset-and-skirt combination.
* OccultDetective: Charles Carr, perhaps the foremost OccultDetective and investigator in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. No real mystic power to speak of, though he has a strange way of being able to affect mystic creatures with mundane attacks when such actions are called upon. He got into occult investigations because of an encounter with a truly horrific demon when he was a child. Known in the mystic community as a knowledgeable scholar of the occult, and as an effective exorcist and monster-fighter, to the point that most supernatural "monsters" fear to encounter him when they wouldn't otherwise fear a high-powered superhuman.
** Nicholas Chandler, a fourteen year old boy who is perhaps the only "monster slayer" more feared than Charles Carr. At age eight he used a baseball bat to kill a menacing spirit he still thinks of as "the Boogeyman" to this day. Considered the "creepy little kid" in his neighborhood, and is distrusted by parents and children alike... until the children come to him telling stories of strange things bumping around their windows at night. He lives with his parents, and has said he wants to be a museum curator when he grows up.
* OmnicidalManiac: The Blood Red King would quite willingly kill every living thing in the universe, if he had a chance to do so, as long as he got a chance to scare them all first.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Doctor Simian holds eighteen doctorates.
* TheOmniscient: As noted in the introduction, Los Hermanos, a member of the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] knows an amazing amount about a lot of subjects because he likes to read and has thousands of duplicates active at any given time, all over the world. He's also DangerouslyGenreSavvy.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: TAROT's Ruling Council is, with the single exception of [[BigBad The Emperor]], the leader of the organization, a faceless group of ruthless billionaire businessmen that work from the shadows to further the organization's goals. None of the heroes have ever met a member of the ruling council.. that they know of.
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: The clairvoyant Domino, one of the closest advisors of [[DiabolicalMastermind criminal mastermind]] Baron Samedi (and one of the reasons the Baron is so successful) has this attitude. She knows the future (and the present, and the past) from her perfect tarot-card readings.
* OneManArmy: Los Hermanos is literally this. He's a super-powered duplicator who can make thousands upon thousands of copies of himself.
* OneMythToRuleThemAll: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is a superhero setting. So... all those historical and mythical warriors we hear about in the stories? You know, Hercules, and Ajax, and Achilles, and Pontiac and Roland and King Arthur? Yeah... they all had superpowers.
* OneSteveLimit: A surprisingly large number of Player Characters were named either "James" or "Anne" in their [[SecretIdentity secret identities]].
** The Global Guardians PBEM Universe also contains no less than three Defenders, two Brawlers, two characters called The Magician, and at least three Crusaders
* [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow Only The Game Master Can Save Them Now]]: This was a regular occurrence in the “Golden Age” campaign. However, being set in TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, the players knew that this would happen frequently going in, and eventually started suggesting bigger- and more-over-the-top ways to implement this trope.
* OrganizationWithUnlimitedFunding: TAROT, a NebulousEvilOrganization out to control the world's economy, has monetary resources on the same level as a mid-sized nation, and easily outpaces most of the world's smaller nations.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Glaserwyrm and Lord Dragon are both mythical beasts who take part in the "metahuman community" of heroes and villains in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''; Glaserwyrm as a villain, and Lord Dragon as a hero. They are both the last of their kind. Lord Dragon has learned to [[VoluntaryShapeshifting transform]] into a [[HumanityEnsues human form]], while Glaserwyrm just doesn't see the need.
** Draco is a mutant hero who can transform into a classical western dragon. The aforementioned Lord Dragon treats him like a favorite nephew.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Fenris and The Beast share a hatred of the world that cursed them into werewolves (complete with InvoluntaryShapeshifting). They are both villains ForTheEvulz rather than for money or power.
* OverusedCopycatCharacter: This phenomenon became so prevalent in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' that the various game masters would issue a moratorium on certain character concepts. Almost always, the sudden rush of copycat characters would be in result to outside stimuli. For example, when ''XMen 2'' came out, there was a sudden rush of teleporting martial artist characters. When ''TheIncredibles'' was released, there was a sudden flood of [[RubberMan stretchable characters]], and so on.
* ThePaladin: Crusader, a devoutly faithful superhero sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church.
* PaperMaster: Mister Origami, a GoldenAge villain, was an expert origami artist, and could mentaly transform his folded creations into giant examples of the real thing that would attack his enemies. (For example, he would make an origami bear, then animate it into a fifteen foot tall angry bear that would attack at his command).
** Hallmark is a mutant criminal with telekinetic control over paper. For the most part he was considered a joke in the supervillain community of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', until he took down half the Global Guardians team singlehandedly using the contents of an office supply store.
* PathOfInspiration: The Society of Human Fulfillment is a Scientology-like cult that masquerades as a nationwide chain of self-help clinics. It's actual agenda is to stir-up anti-metahuman sentiment through very subtle brainwashing techniques.
* PekingOpera: Rebound and Lion Claw, two members of the People's Revolutionary Superhuman Collective are both "graduates" of the Peking Opera.
* PersonalityPowers: While not every character followed this trope, enough of them did to make it rather common. For example, Fidget, one of the KidHero [[SuperSpeed speedsters]] at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] was literally incapable of sitting still, ever; Oracle, a [[PsychicPowers telepath]], was quiet, wise, and serence; Warlock, a [[TheArchmage powerful mystic hero]], was correspondingly creepy, pompous, and deadly serious about his "responsibilities"; Heatwave was an impulsive, fire-wielding hothead; [[TheCowl Achilles]] is quiet and subdued; Bungie, the primary team's RubberMan, is an irrepresibly cheerful prankster; and so on.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Quantum, who can [[RealityWarper manipulate matter and energy on the quantum level]]. His death (he literally exploded after being mortally wounded while battling an alien invasion fleet) vaporized Triton. You know... the largest of Neptune's moons?
* PetTheDog: DiabolicalMastermind Lord Doom was one of the primary researchers behind the AIDS cure. He provided the cure to the world not for any underhanded ulterior motive, but because the AIDS epidemic was killing innocent people and he wouldn't stand for that. He also gives tens of millions of dollars to charities every year.
* PettingZooPeople: Quite common:
** White Owl is a winged "owl woman" with heightened senses, wings, and claws.
** The appropriately named superhero Fox.
** Winter Wolf. Also, Rottweiler, a street-level crimefighter.
** Macaco-Aranha is a Brazilian superhero with "spider monkey" powers and a prehensile tail.
** March Hare, White Rabbit, and Silver Marten from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.
** Dragon, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', can turn into a man-shaped firebreathing dragon. Lord Dragon, on the other hand, is a fire-breathing dragon who turns into a man. Taipan and Asp both have snake powers. Sebek has crocodile powers.
** Both the Serpent Squad and the Serpent Syndicate are entire teams of snake-powered villains.
** Hate is an unspecific bestial supervillain from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUNiverse''. Harrier, a superhero from the same setting, has the same sort of vague animal look as well, as does Wild Spirit and Salvaje ("Feral" in Spanish).
** Render is animalistic, but leans toward the bear-like.
* PhysicalGod: Heroes Ganesha and Ma'at, and villains Kali and Nephthys are aren't just ''pretending'' to be gods.
* PiecesOfGod: The Church of the Ascendant is a cult that believes superhumans came about because God split his own essence up into millions of tiny pieces and spread it all around the world, and that its only been recently, when the human population approached a certain critical number, that the "power of God" (represented by the various superpowers possesed by the heroes and villains) has been able to manifest again, if only in a limited way. They believe that the higher the human population, the greater the power will manifest until eventually, God himself (herself? itself?) will manifest physically on the Earth and the human species will ascend into the next stage of being. Most people in the GGU think they're kooks.
* PimpedOutDress: These are the only things the Black Rose, a vampiric supervillainess, ever wears.
* PlayboyBunny: March Hare, White Rabbit, and Silver Marten all wear this sort of costume.
* PlayByPostGames
* PlayerCharacter
* PlayingWithFire: Starfire, Fire Drake, Ablaze, Firefall, Fireworks, Flashpoint, Inferna, Hotshot, Centigrade (who is also AnIcePerson), Incendie ("Blaze" in French), Mondfeur ("Moonfire" in German), Ulkataranara ("Comet Man" in Hindi), Matahari Merah, Firebird, Playma ("Flame" in Russian), Salamander, Sunfire, Wildfire, Flame, Ifrit, The Confessor, Morningstar, Komet, Molotov, Inferno, Fuoco Bianco ("White Fire" in Italian), Pumpkin Jack, Tourmaline, Pyro, Dragon, and Red Devil.
* PointBuildSystem
* PointyEars: Creatures of Faerie and most Moreaus (animals that have been [[UpliftedAnimals Uplifted]] to a humanoid form) have pointed ears.
* PoisonousPerson: Viper, a member of the Serpent Syndicate, has a "poison touch". Her teammate King Cobra not only has a poisonous bite, but he can spit his venom as a ranged weapon.
** Sekhmet is an Egyptian supervillain whose powers allow him to infect others with fast-acting diseases. And fast-acting can be read as "initial infection to full blown presentation" in a matter of seconds) diseases.
* PowerNullifier: Purge has the power to turn off metahuman powers (but not magic or powers gained through technology, while Scramble can cause metahuman powers to misfire and not work properly (though they do tend to still work ''somehow'').
* ThePowerOfRock: 4Justice is a quartet of young singer/dancers who won their place on the team by way of the "reality" TV game show "Who Wants to Be a Superhero". To date, they've not actually appeared in the field fighting crime, but have released four albums, had a nationwide tour, and a TV movie. While each member of the band has a "code name", they are all much better known by their real names among their fans (who are all tween- and teen-aged girls, apparently). Outside of their fans, they receive little respect from the hero community, and not much more from the music community.
** The King, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the popular image of Elvis Presley, can sing ultra-sonic rock-and-roll songs.
* PowersViaPossession: Ghostkeeper, a Canadian hero, gains the accumulated strengths and skills of his ancestors by letting their spirits possess him. Maahes and Minhit are a pair of Egyptian supervillains who both get their power from an ancient lion-spirit of bloodshed.
** Uncle Sam is the incarnated Spirit of America.
* PowerTrio: Ready, Willing, and Able, super-powered bodyguards for hire. They are also TwoGuysAndAGirl.
* PoweredArmor: Many. Arrowstar, Scarab, Doctor Tomorrowland, Talos, Cyclone, Lawgiver, Liberty Belle, Piping Shrike, Rainbow Knight, Industry, Iron Mask, Steel Tortoise, Dragonfly, Horus, Solar Centurion, Chevalier, Haephestus, To, Tetsuronin, Resolute, Ogun, Myrmidon, the Iron Amir, and Lancelot, just to name a few.
** The Iron Legion is an entire team of PoweredArmor wearer.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: This happened precisely once in the entire history of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'': When Doctor XX had captured several members of the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] student body, she gloated over her prisoners, proclaiming that as "mere children", they never had a hope of defeating her.
--->'''Doctor XX:''' "Did you really think you'd win? I'm more powerful than any of you!"
--->'''Battlecry:''' "Yeah? Maybe so... (cue the wall coming down as the rest of the students arrive) but you're not more powerful than all of us!"
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: The Israeli superhero Shimshon (the Hebrew form of Samson) has SuperStrength that, like his mythic namesake, disappears if his hair is cut.
* PowersAsPrograms: Several metahumans can do this sort of thing in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', though most are incapable of affecting, copying from, or stealing from [[BadassNormal "trained supernormals"]] and heroes whose powers come from technology or magic.
** Jane Doe is literally an identity thief. She steals the appearance, knowledge, memories, skills, and powers of anyone she touches.
** Chinese hero Unity can copy the powers of any single other metahuman. As part of the forty-plus member People's Revolutionary Superhuman Collective (the largest superhero team on Earth), he's got a lot to choose from, and that doesn't include the villains he fights.
** Prodigy has "photographic reflexes" and can mimic any athletic feat he witnesses.
** Mexican hero Gideon copies powers, but has no choice about the target of is abilities. He copies the powers of whoever he is fighting.
** Noiva de Salteador ("The Robber Bride" in Portuguese) is a Brazilian supervillain who can steal the powers of anyone she touches.
** The villainous Paragon, another power mimic, is one of the most powerful beings in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Unlike most other power mimics, he copies the powers of ever other supervillain or hero within range (and his range is about half a mile) simultaneously... and the raw power of identical powers (superhuman strength, for example) ''stacks''. And he can target [[BadassNormal trained supernormals]] as well.
* PowersThatBe: TAROT is an Ancient Conspiracy started originally to take over the world's economy... and they've been more successful in doing just that than anyone suspects. Their unlimitd wealth and influence makes them much more than just the criminal empire most superheroes see them as, to the point that they've been able to decide not only important things like who will win an election (they put {{George W. Bush}} in office, among other politicians worldwide), but they can decide little things like what movies will win an Oscar, or what clothing style trends will become popular.
* PrehensileHair: Slipknot and Dreadlocks both have this superpower. Slipknot can only manipulate his hair in this fashion. Dreadlocks is a RubberMan who can stretch his entire body in addition to his hair.
* PrematureEmpowerment: [[CompleteMonster The Blood Red King]] transformed Sister Mary Elizabeth Ross, a Carmelite nun, into Bloody Mary, a [[AxeCrazy total psychopath with a taste for killing]]. The Blood Red King expected to get a servant. What he got was immediately attacked by his creation.
* TheProfessor: Both Herr Doktor Archeville and The Academician. The former is a world-renowned scientist who uses his advanced technology to fight crime. The latter is the leader of the People's Republic of China's official hero team. Both are among the smartest men in the world.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: The general opinion is that this started for Terry "Mister America" Benedict when he testified during the McCarthy hearings as a friendly witness.
** There's also The Dove's slow descent from street-level hero to serial killer, all in the name of fighting crime.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Xorn, who invaded Earth in 1985, slaughtered nearly a billion people worldwide, introduced alien animals and plants to earth's ecology, and left behind tens of thousands of slaves from other races, all of whom were stuck with no way home when the invasion was defeated.
* PstandardPsychicPstance: About half of the character art for the various mentalists in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' depicted them using some variation on the PstandardPsychicPstance, despite the fact that in the actual text, they were never actually depicted as bothering with it. In point of fact, most mentalists avoided calling attention to their use of an undetectable (by non-mentalists), invisible (to non-mentalists) superpower in front of non-mentalists.
* PsychicNosebleed: This happens to all [[PsychicPowers mentalists]] in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' when they overstress their powers past their normal limits.
* PsychicPowers: There are too many people with PsychicPowers in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' to mention. The [[MostTriumphantExample best examples]] are Oracle and Delphi, mother-and-daughter telepaths who may well be the most powerful psychics on Earth. However, in an interesting subversion, not only are PsychicPowers the rarest of all super powers (only 10% of all superhumans have them), most psychics in the ''Global Guardians Universe'' are driven insane by their own powers. Because of this, most mentalists in the setting are villains.
* PsychoElectro: The Electrocutioner is an AxeCrazy supervillain who doesn't need an axe because he's got the lightning!
* PsychoForHire: Several. Krait, Glory, Crosshair, Gravestone, Whiteout, Demise, Polaris, and the members of both the Furies and the Iron Legion all qualify.
* PsychosomaticSuperpowerOutage: Hazard is a super-athletic martial artist whose powers and abilities depend on the strength of his willpower. Normally, he's able to shrug off things normal folks Able to shrug off things that would completely disable normal people. If his confidence in himself is ever shaken, all his strengths and skills disappear.
* PubertySuperpower: Mutants living in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' generally go through the activation of their powers between ages ten and twelve, with some cases waiting as late as age fourteen.
* PunyEarthlings: The Delethai are bigger, stronger, and tougher than human beings, as are the Xorn and the Terhish. The Hsax are smaller and physically weaker than humans, but are much faster and have much sharper senses. Physically, the K'kriki'i are pretty much harmless to humans, having evolved on a planet with about the same gravity as the Moon... but they're a race of SufficientlyAdvancedAliens and much, much smarter than humans to boot.
* Qipao: Chinese superheroes Cloud Dragon and Summer Cloud (no relation) both wear qipaos as part of their costumes.
* QuickDraw: Ballistic is said to be the fastest draw in the world with a handgun. He is also a [[ImprobableAimingSkills expert marskman]], and a master of GunFu.
* RapunzelHair: Slipknot has PrehensileHair that hangs down to his ankles, even if one takes his topknot into account.
* RealMenHateAffection: Achilles and Guardsman love each other like brothers. They support each other and are there for each other when it's needed. But they do this all without ever actually demonstrating their feelings for each other in any way, shape or form that isn't "100% manly".
* RecklessSidekick: Barnstormer's sidekick, the young Tailgunner, certainly qualifies.
* RedeemingReplacement: The current Stuntman, an indestructible hero, is the only son of the original Stuntman, an indestructible villain. The father of Dream Catcher, a psychic hero with the power to turn dreams into reality, was active as a villain and used the same name (he's now in a mental institution).
* RedSkiesCrossover: The invasion of the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy alien Xorn]] in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' was this. In any campaign other than the primary Global Guardians game, the "invasion" consisted of perhaps an afternoon of beating up alien warriors, or helping in a recovery effort ''after'' a primary battle. In the Global Guardians campaign, the characters were fighting the Xorn for weeks, invading their mother ship, and eventually successfully driving them off. As one player in the Denver Defenders campaign put it, "anyone else feel like a benchwarmer?"
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: This trope is utterly [[AvertedTrope averted]] in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', and the world has a generally higher base technological level that the [[RealLife real world]] as a result. A workable AIDS vaccine exists. Medical nanotechnology mean that if you can get to a hospital in time, you can survive nearly any amount of gross physical damage (the operative phrase being "if you can get to a hospital in time). Nearly 70% of cancers can be cured. Flying cars, microcomputers small enough to wear as jewelry, and programmable ingested "makeup pills" that can alter a person's hair color or change a character's skin color in the appropriate places (such as the eyelids) all exist. True, broadcastable holography is being worked on, and the internal combustion engine is thought of as a quaint relic of the past.
* ReferenceOverdosed: This phenomenon was a constant in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', and given that the players involved included ordained ministers, a professor of quantum physics, a member of the British House of Commons, several professional writers, a television producer, a movie special effects expert, a chef, three lawyers, active duty soldiers, artists, actors, attorneys, doctors, nurses, police officers, fire fighters, a librarian, a stock broker, computer programmers of various types, a Roman Catholic priest, a biochemist, the mayor of a small Florida, and a professional dominatrix, amongst others, all of whom were highly educated and all of whom were widely read, this was to be expected. Some stories were so thick with various references (from pop-culture to legal to scientific to political) that the story itself was lost in the mix.
* ReferentialMania: The supervillain known as Prophet believes he sees personalized signs and omens that are directly referential to himself and his plans in ''everything.'' The shape of clouds, traffic patterns, the sound his rice crispies make when the milk hits them... ''everything''. Most of the heroes think he's crazy... most of them.
* RePower: Pico, a member of the Denver Defenders, was originally a shrinking hero in the mold of DC's Atom. He later somehow gained [[FlyingBrick superhuman strength, invulnerability, and the ability to fly]], though only while shrunk down to a few inches tall.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: It was generally assumed that all characters had these as a matter of course. Exceptions tended to make for interesting side-stories.
* TheReveal: The biggest reveal in The Global Guardians PBEM Universe was the fact that Stone's mother was a supervillain, and that his father abandoned him at an orphanage in order to hide him from her.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', New Orleans oil-billionaire Spencer Troy is supposedly the President and CEO of Troy Petroleum. That said, to the general public, his "job" is fishing on the Gulf of Mexico, dating supermodels, and playing golf. At night he patrols the city as the heroic [[TheCowl Battlecat]].
** Spencer Troy's daughter, Diedre Troy, is also a RichIdiotWithNoDayJob. While secretly fighting crime alongside her father at night as Minx, during the day she does a remarkable imitation of the Paris Hilton/Lindsay Lohan party-girl lifestyle.
* RoguesGallery: Most of the heroes in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have a RoguesGallery that was created by their player specifically for the characters. In some cases, an entire hero team would have one (mostly created by the GameMaster).
** The RoguesGallery for the titular Global Guardians (the setting's [[CaptainErsatz version]] of the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]], include [[TimeAbyss Abyss]], [[OmnicidalManiac The Blood Red King]], [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Doctor Simian and Prime 8]], [[EldritchAbomination Dagon]], the radioactive Megaton, the Mujahedin, the Oppressor, Armageddon Girl, Nemesis, the Masters of Mayhem, Paragon, and the Warlord.
** Battlecat's RoguesGallery includes Demise, Baron Samedi, Blackwing, Domino, James Delongis ("costumes and fancy names are for pussies), Jane Doe, and Black Annis.
** [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway The Crimestoppers]] regularly fight Evil Mensa, the Seventh-Inning Stretch, the Capital Gang, The Blank, the One Name Bandits, and the Five Senses (Not Six, Because ESP Isn't Really a Sense in the Traditional Sense of the Word).
** The New York Knights fight the Brothers Grimm, Bodyshop, Play Time, Overdrive, and the Brain Trust.
** Disney's official hero team, Imagination, regularly opposes the Gear Grinders, Small Wonder, Tom Foolery, the Marauders, and the Heroes of Filmland (a rival hero team sponsored by Universal Studios).
** The Students at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] have come up against the Exiles (a group of disaffected, superpowered runaway teenagers), Doctor XX and her minions, the Scions (a group of telepathic teenage siblings), and El Cerebro.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Doctor XX was originally created to be an ongoing antagonist for the titular Global Guardians team. But then, after the GameMaster for the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] campaign got ahold of her, she tended to never appear in any other campaign so as to "not ruin her amazing portrayal in that campaign".
** In a reverse of the previous example, [[OmnicidalManiac The Blood Red King]] was originally intended to be a semi-demonic villain for the Knights of Malta (a team of superhero priests, monks, and nuns sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church). He ended up fighting the Global Guardians more than any other hero team in the setting.
* RolePlayingGameVerse: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' generated reams and reams of FanFic about the various teams and player characters, mostly written by the players involved. Some of it was pretty damned good. The rest? Not so much.
* RoyalRapier: Italian supervillainess Vendetta uses two of these, Florentine style.
* RubberForeheadAliens: The Pelkons are humanoid, and have the right number of fingers and toes and such, but their eyes are pure milk-white, their hair is thicker and more brush-like, and they have spots like a leopard. on their forehead that run down the back of their necks and across their shoulders.
* RubberMan: Several characters have these powers (to the point that "Bendy Toy" has become a commonly used in-universe term for people with such powers). Bungie, a member of the Global Guardians team, is most notable, but other good examples are Embrace (a villainess who combines this with superhuman strength) and Elastorang, a [[EverythingIsBetterWithMonkeys sentient orangutan]] rubber man.
* RunOrDie: [[OmnicidalManiac The Blood Red King]] is one of two [[PhysicalGod Omega Level Metahumans]] in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Being the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Terror and Fear with NewPowersAsThePlotDemands, he's the one foe no one '''''ever''''' wants to engage in a standup fight. The only ones who have knew they were making a HeroicSacrifice so other people could get away. The only hero who ever succeeded in beating him was Amnesty, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Kindness and Mercy. She is the setting's ''other'' [[PhysicalGod Omega]].
* RunTheGauntlet: BigBad Baron Samedi once manipulated the other super-criminals in New Orleans to do this to Battlecat.
* SamaritanSyndrome: Achilles has absolutely no life outside of superheroics, specifically because of this reason.
* ScienceHero: Prototype, Herr Doktor Archeville, Technomancer, Wi-Fi, Doctor Tomorrowland, and Solomon.
* ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot: One of the guiding principles of the setting was that the story overrode the rules as necessary.
* ScrewYourself: A muckraking tabloid once accused superher Los Hermanos of having done this. While he denied he ever ''had'' done so (or even having ever thought about doing so), he also shocked his teammates by admitted that the idea wasn't as repugant to him as they thought it should be as, given that he and his duplicates are a HiveMind, it would be more akin to masturbation than anything else.
* SealedEvilInACan: Dagon, a world-threatening evil sorcerer, started out as an [[EldritchAbomination primordial god]] trapped in a mystic prison until accidentally released by a human gangster. One [[BodyHorror body-warping soul-merge later]] and the gangster's mind is gone and Dagon is loose on the Earth to fulfill prophecy by destroying the planet.
* SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: Ancient Egyptian sorcerors ireversibly bound Nephthys, Goddess of Chaos and wife of the Jackal-God Set, in the body of a twelve-year-old girl and sealed her into a Pharaoh's tomb, to be imprisoned for all time. Little did they suspect that the goddess would find such treatment to only be a temporary inconvenience.
* SecretCircleOfSecrets: The Circle of Cold Flames are an order of mystics and sorcerers dedicated to overthrowing Heaven and instituting a reign of evil over the earth (and put themselves in control over it all in the end). They go in for all the trappings: [[BlackCloak black cloaks]], pentagrams, [[VirginSacrifice sacrificing virgins]] to their [[{{Satan}} demonic overlords]], and so on.
* SecretIdentity: Most of the characters in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' use a SecretIdentity to protect their friends and loved onces. Of the Global Guardians team itself, only Guardsman doesn't use a SecretIdentity, primarily because he doesn't have that many non-superpowered friends and no family at all (plus, he's armed with a GreenLanternRing and no one really wants to mess with ''that''). Even Achilles, who due to SamaritanSyndrome has no life at all outside of superheroics, uses a SecretIdentity.
* SecretIdentityChangeTrick: Breanna Mae Siegert, better known as Bungie of the Global Guardians, once used the excuse "I've got to take my poodle to the post office. She's expecting a very important package" in order to get away so she could change into her costume. The other players thought this was so funny they started using it as a StockPhrase everytime ''their'' character needed to get away to change into their SecretIdentity.
* SecretIdentityIdentity: Achilles is, for all intents and purposes, the only identity Joshua Wilson has anymore. The same can be said for his siblings, all of whom (like Achilles) are the children of DiabolicalMastermind Lord Doom.
* SecretPublicIdentity: Josiah Brimstone, a mystic hero from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', fights crime under the codename "Josiah Brimstone". Also, most people think that the [[PsychicPowers telepathic]] superhero Martini is using a codename, when he's actually just using his real last name (his full name being Benieio Martini). Martini encourages this opinion (by using a tuxedo as a costume and acting very haughty and upper-class), while Josiah Brimstone just doesn't care.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Capricorn, Quill, Black Betty, Mister Toad, and the aptly named Giraffe, who have the powers of a goat, a porcupine, a skunk, a toad, and a giraffe, respectively.
* {{Sentai}}: The Lightning Power Special Team, a group of color-coded, similarly powered and costumed heroes operating in Tokyo.
* SerialKillerKiller: The Confessor obsessively hunted down and murdered (usually in a very KarmicDeath) other serial killers. When the heroes finally captured him, and one pointed out to the Confessor that he, himself, was a serial killer, the Confessor delivered the HannibalLecture to end all [[HannibalLecture Hannibal Lectures]].
* {{Sexbot}}: The Platinum Blonde, an android crimefighter in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', started her existence as one of these. The company that created her, Android Companions, Incorporated, specialized in custom, made-to-order Sexbots who were identical in appearance to celebrities (the Platinum Blonde being a Marilyn Monroe-bot).
* SexIsInteresting: [[FlyingBrick Vindicator's]] characterization and story was centered around her status as a Token Lesbian Superhero. It got tiring after a while, and then got Squicky when it was revealed that the player was a sock puppet for a creepy internet guy just looking to have his jollies by being creepy.
* TheShadowKnows: Supervillainess Sweet Synn has the power to appear as whatever it is you want in a woman. Her shadow, on the other hand, reveals the batlike wings and tail of the demon she actually is.
* ShapeshifterIdentityCrisis: The Blank is a shapeshifting teenager who can make himself... or possibly herself... look like any human. She... or perhaps he... has lost track of his... or is it her... original gender and appearance. The fact that her... or is it his... real name is "Leslie" doesn't help matters.
* ShesGotLegs: Cheesecake has the power of "ZOMG SHE'S SO DAMNED HOT SHE BURNS MY EYES JUST LOOKING AT HER", and she uses it to mentally manipulate weak-willed men. Naturally enough, this is all a part of it.
* ShinyMidnightBlack: Ultra-Man, being a CaptainErsatz of the 1940s {{Superman}}, has hair like this.
* ShockAndAwe: Electricity is a favorite power in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Canadian superhero Acolyte, the villainous Chain Lightning, electrical-powered [[SuperSpeed speedster]] Lightning Dancer and her identical (and evil) twin Blitz, Chinese hero Voltage, Disney-sponsored hero Big Thunder, Juice, the super-strong Relampago, the Italian super-criminal Dinimo, Russian super-assassin Molnya, Thunderfist, Lightning Rod of the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], and Cracklin' Rose all possess electrical powers.
* ShootingSuperman: This happened to The Shield all the time. The Shield's [[SinglePowerSuperheroes one schtick]] is being completely and totally invulnerable, so naturally mooks would empty clip after clip into him to no effect. Occasionally this would escalate and they'd use grenades, miniguns, and rocket launchers on him to equally no effect. Once, one villain even ''dropped him to Earth from orbit''. To no effect. You'd think that sooner or later word would get around...
* ShowgirlSkirt: The [[{{Necromancer}} Bone White Queen]], the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Disease and the consort of the [[CompleteMonster Blood Red King]], wears a (naturally) bone-white ShowgirlSkirt as part of her costume.
* {{Sidekick}}: Surprisingly, given that it is a superhero setting, there was only a single incidence of a hero (or a villain, for that matter) taking a sidekick: Barnstormer and his “youthful ward”, Tailgunner.
** KidSidekick: And Tailgunner was naturally a KidSidekick.
* SidekickGlassCeiling: While Tailgunner had the same powers ([[FlyingBrick flight, super-strength, and invulnerability]]) as his heroic mentor, they were for the most part lesser versions. The single exception was his flight speed and aerobatic agility (which were both actually greater than Barnstormer's).
* SidekickGraduationsStick: In the Silver Age campaign, when a now-adult former KidSidekick Tailgunner had come into his full powers and [[LegacyHero become the second Barnstormer]].
* TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks: The ''Silver Age'' campaign was made of this trope, naturally.
* SinglePowerSuperheroes: Due to the way the HeroSystem rules work, most of the characters from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have multiple superpowers ''on paper''. Functionally, however, what most of them have is just a single power for which they've discovered multiple uses. For example, Bungie is a RubberMan who has superior strength (because she can use her strechability to change her point of leverage in her own body) and invulnerability to most physical attacks (because her elastic body stretches with the force of the attack), and can change her shape (by stretching her body into various forms), but it all boils down to Bungie ''stretching''.
* SkinnyDipping: Aquatic superheroine Calypso, being from the undersea kingdom of Atlantis (a society with NoNudityTaboo), has a hard time figuring out why the surface dwellers insist on wearing clothing when above the water, much less when they are in it. Her default mode of dress when swimming is total nudity. This is her default mode of dress while out of the water 70% of the time, as well.
* SlaveToPR: This is the open reason why the White Legion, the official hero team of the Ku Klux Klan, does what it does: to generate some good PR for the Klan. And these guys aren't villains in hero's clothing, either. If it weren't for their vile opinions on racial supremacy and the place non-Whites should have in society, they’d be true-blue, noble heroes. They don’t even hesitate to help non-Whites, as they see such actions as “setting a good example for lesser peoples”. Nevertheless, they are '''''not''''' looked on too favorably by anyone but racists and neo-nazi white supremacists, even when they do good deeds like rescuing over 300 flood victims during the worst of the New Orleans/Hurricane Katrina debacle.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Cheesecake appears to everyone who sees her as the most beautiful woman they can imagine. When she was a teenager, the eruption of her power made her a gang-rape victim and turned her against men in general. She has since learned to use her hatred of men, and her natural attractiveness to them, as a weapon.
* SoLastSeason: SuperRobot villain Omega from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' uses this trope every time he appears. Part of his schtick is that, between his attacks on the heroes, he re-engineers himself to be immune to whatever defeated him before. Did you beat him once with an electro-magnetic pulse? Sorry, this time he's got tempest shielding. Burn through his chassis with a laser? Sorry, this time he's coated himself with a reflective polymer, making him resistant to lasers. The heroes had to figure out a new way to beat him every time he showed up.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The primary Aesops of the setting were "Don't fight the battles that you can win, fight the battles that deserve to be fought", and "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Do not allow evil to triumph. Do not do sit by and do nothing." Which are sentiments that need to be said, and undertaken, quite a bit more than they are.
* SomedayThisWillComeInHandy: The Hermit, one of the TAROT villains, retains a perfect memory of everything he ever experienced from the time of his childbirth, and is a voracious reader. He's also one of the world's smartest people, allowing him to put his encyclopedic knowledge of ''everything'' [[CrazyPrepared to use against his opponents]]. He's a villain the heroes hate going up against, simply because he's so annoyingly effective.
* SomeoneHasToDoIt: There is always an Archmage, he mystical defender of Earth. When the previous Archmage dies, is incapacitated, or gives up his power as Archmage, the next Archmage is chosen immediately and gains all the powers and responsibilities of the office.
* SomethingPerson: Brain Boy, Gravity Man, Jungle Boy, Patchwork Man, and Fantastic Man.
* SorcerersApprentice: In one Sunshine Warriors story, Arrowstar's nephew Ralph discovers his uncle's PoweredAmor and takes it for a spin. He does okay for a little while, and actually manages to stop a crime without causing too much property damage. But then he accidentally hits the suits afterburners and puts himself into orbit. Luckily, he's rescued before the suit's oxygen supply runs out.
* SorryThatImDying: Dogfight's lasts words before he was crushed in the collapse of the North Tower after the 9-11 attacks was an apology to his son for not being there to watch him grow up. This was part of his son's FreudianExcuse to become a supervillain.
* SoulPower: Binder of the Canadian Shield superhero team is a mystic sorceress specializing in this sort of power. Her full name is "Binder of Spirits". Her teammate Ghostkeeper gains his powers from the spirits of his ancestors.
** Indian sorcerer Tauji also specialized in spirit magic.
** Maahes and Menhit are two Egyptian supervillains who gained there powers when they were possessed by the lion-spirits of bloodshed.
** Deadworks is a ghostly villain who possesses corpses and uses them for his own purposes.
** The Gentleman Ghost is a Disney-sponsored hero with ghostly powers.
* SpaceStation: The orbital headquarters of the Global Guardians, and the Stronghold Orbital Super-Maximum Detention Center.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: The Wonder, The Sculptor, The Warlock, The Bishop, and most especially the Blood Red King. El Buho (The Owl) is a [[BilingualBonus Mexican]] example.
* SpiderSense: There are many characters who can sense dangerous situations before they happen, ranging from a quick adrenaline rush that warns them that they, personally, are about to be in trouble to vague clairvoyant flashes that tell them AStormIsComing. Second Sight, a precognitive hero, uses this ability to "read" the intentions of those she is fighting, and thus is often able to counter their maneuvers before they make them. Agniputra, on the other hand, has senses that are so heightened her "danger sense" is less her actually sensing danger and more her simply being able to react to it faster than anyone else.
* SpinAttack: Gyro, a villainous [[SuperSpeed speedster]], could spin himself like a super-sonic top. His primary method of attack was to move in on a person while keeping his fists extended.
* SpinningClockHands: This was used to let the Global Guardians that the villainous Chronos had sent them on a (supposedly) one-way trip into the future against their wills.
* SpinToDeflectStuff: [[SuperSpeed Tachyon]] once used this technique and a length of steel pipe to deflect automatic weapons fire.
* SplitPersonality: Heroic crimefighter Arsenal has no idea that she is also the psychotic assassin Demise.
* TheSpock: In the Global Guardians, Achilles is the TheSpock, and is also the team leader. Guardsman is TheKirk, while Arachne and Ultra-Man are {{The McCoy}}.
* SquishyWizard: The Beacon was once described by a teammate as "fluffy". Another teammate called her "well padded." She describes herself as a big beautiful woman. Either way, she tends to avoid close combat as she's horrible at it and always gets her butt kicked when it happens.
* TheStakeout: Battlecat and Minx (Battlecat's daughter) had a lot of rooftop stake-outs in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. They'd inevitably descend into discussions about whatever guy she was seeing that week and how Battlecat doesn't think he's good enough for her.
** SpiesInAVan: When Battlecat and Minx (Battlecat's daughter) weren't hanging around rooftops [[TheStakeout staking out a wanted criminal]], they were usually parked in Battlecat's CoolCar staking out a wanted criminal. While their rooftop stakeouts always ended in discussions about Minx's current boyfriend, the car stake-outs would always end up being about Battlecat's still being in love with Minx's mother some five years after the divorce (and after his ex-wife remarried).
* StaffChick: Penny Ante, a supervillain from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is a former mafia princess-turned-martial arts weapon master who fights with a staff.
* StarSpangledSpandex: This was the chosen uniform of the Neumans, a family of superheroic crimefighters.
** Supervillainesses Urania and Star also dressed in star-covered black leotards.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', the [[SecretIdentity real name]] of the Disney-sponsored superhero Tinkerbelle is Tina Kerri Bell. Las Vegas superhero Argent is really names Harry Silver. Doctor Ka, an Egyptian-themed mystic hero, is actually named Doctor Anthony Fairo ("Pharoah"). Super-athletic martial arts hero Elite is really Primo Best (Yes, his name is "First Best", and his hero name is "Elite".)
* StockSuperheroDayJobs
* StockSuperpowers: Pretty much all of them appeared at one point or another.
* StoutStrength: Bouncer is a [[KidHero Kid Villain]] whose incredible strength is matched by his incredible bulk. His "super-fat" makes him almost impossible to physically hurt.
** Bouncer has no idea that his father is the second-string villain known as The Walrus, who had the same powers.
** The Fat Man absorbs kinetic energy, which manifests as fat after absorption. He's nearly eight feet tall and weighs close to a thousand pounds, and can lift small buildings over his head.
* SuperHero
* SuperHeroOrigin: All of the characters featured had them. No exceptions.
* SuperheroPackingHeat: Sniper is a [[ThePunisher Punisher-style]] vigilante who uses [[MoreDakka gym-bags full of guns]]. He thinks of himself as a hero; most of the heroes see him as a villain.
* SuperHeroSchool: There were two: the Hyperion Academy (in New York), and the Venture Institute (in California).
* SuperLoser: One of the superheroes active in the Boston area was The Patriot, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the New England Patriots football team. Gifted with heightened strength and toughness, he was nevertheless a pretty ineffective crimefighter due to basic incompetence. The character was generally considered to be a cheap TakeThat on the part of creator Jack Butler, who had long held that his two favorite football teams were "the Miami Dolphins and '''''any team''''' playing the New England Patriots."
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: Most of the characters who fall under this trope are [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because their powers are somehow aquatic in nature. Starfish, for example, is a [[PettingZooPeople "human starfish"]] while Master Shark is a [[PettingZooPeople "shark-man"]]. Sea Lion and Nemo are both [[CaptainErsatz homages]] to {{Aquaman}}. Calypso is a [[ShapeShifting shapeshifter]] who turns into sea animals. The Shield, though, doesn't have any sort of justification for his ability to operate underwater without breathing apparatus; its just that, quite literally, one of his powers is SuperNotDrowningSkills.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Josiah Brimstone is a skilled and powerful sorcerer, but when his spells are not enough, he can unleash his [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin inner demon]] on the bad guys. The inner demon doesn't always stop at beating down the bad guys, though, so Brimstone is really reluctant to do this. Viviane von Klause, the "Witch of San Francisco" tries to avoid overusing her magical abilities because if she goes too far and pushes her magic too far, the ghost of her Satanist grandmother takes over for a little while.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: Regardless of what real-world genetic science says, its pretty much guaranteed that the child of two superhumans will have either the same powers as one of their parents, or a mix between the two. (Children with only one superhuman parent tend to have a 50/50 chance of getting either the same powers as their parents, or else no powers at all.) Of course, people who get their powers from technology don't count.
* SuperReflexes: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', everyone who has SuperSpeed also has SuperReflexes.
** This is the primary superpower of the villain Whiteout ([[DontExplainTheJoke he's an albino assassin]]). His reflexes are fast enough to dodge bullets (and pretty much anything else) if he knows they're coming. He doesn't move with SuperSpeed, though.
** Arachne, being a CaptainErsatz of SpiderMan, can do this by way of a danger sense.
* SuperRobot: The Platinum Blonde, a heroic android in the shape of MarilynMonroe, started out a RealRobot. After leaving her life as a {{Sexbot}} and looking for the meaning of her existence, she tooled up, installed some over-the-top weapons systems, and started defending humanity.
* SuperSerum: Several characters gained their powers through one of these. Most noable would be [[TheCowl Achilles]], leader of the titular superteam, and Alloy, a [[ChromeChampion shiny metal]] supervillain with superhuman strength.
* SuperSoldier: There are several, but the most notable ones are [[TheCowl Achilles]], leader of the Global Guardians, and World War II era [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] {{Superman}} [[CaptainErsatz stand-in]], Sturmfuhrer.
* SuperSpeed: Many heroes and villains possess this power. Most notable are Tachyon (a super-fast gorilla hero), Speedway (a Nascar-themed hero), and [[LegacyHero Jenny Thunder]] (daughter of sixties speedster Johnny Thunder).
* SuperStrength: * Scientists in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have determined that this is the most common superpower in the world. An estimated 60% of all metahumans have SuperStrength to some degree or other, ranging from people who are still within normal ranges for athletic humans (but who obviously are much stronger than their height, weight, build would indicate) to people capable of lifting megatons worth of weight.
** An example of the first would be [[BadassNormal Audrey Cohen]], a seven year old girl featured in a People Magazine cover story in 1995. In front of a dozen witnesses, Ms. Cohen lifted nearly two hundred pounds over her head. She was restested in 2010 at age 21, where it was shown that her maximum lift capacity was about 320 pounds.
** An example of second would be the supervillain [[UnstoppableRage Rampage]], whose strength no upper limit has ever been found.
* SuperTeam: Most of the campaigns were based around a SuperTeam of one sort or another. Notable exceptions were the Big Easy campaign and the aptly titled Solo campaign, both of which were about a single hero, and the Hyperion Academy and Venture Institute campaigns, both of which were about schools for superhumans.
* SuperVillain
* SuperWeight
* SuperWheelChair: The controversial superhero Slave is a powerful robot remotely operated by the brain of a quadrapelegic genius. The operator gets sensory input from the robot, and while hooked up to it the robot is functionally the operator's body. The designer of Slave intended it to be a way for paralyzed people to regain their mobility, after a fashion. One wonders why he isn't hooked up to the robot 24/7.
* SwissArmyWeapon: Several of these appear in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Diamond's PoweredArmor (which uses [[{{Nanomachines}}nanotechnology]] as a means of situational adaptiveness) can be equipped with everything from a 20mm cannon to an ultrasonic blaster. Rainbow Knight's AdaptiveArmor does the same sort of thing, but with biotechnology. Omega is a SuperRobot who can rework his own technology to gain any needed weapon as well.
* TaintedVeins: When the supervillain Virus injects his victims with the mind-control serum, their veins turn dark green around the injection site.
** Cyborg supervillain La Constructeuse has this sort of thing going on with her own body, but the vein-tracery looks like circuitry.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: One of the basic rules of {{Champions}} is that soliloquies are a zero-phase action that take no time at all; technically, a character could recite the entire text of Wikipedia as a Free Action.
* TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath: This was a running joke with Mister Easter, who had the power to come back from the dead after three days (he's Mister ''Easter'', [[DontExplainTheJoke get it?]]). One of Mister Easter's Disadvantages was ''Fated to Die at Least Once Per Story'' and boy did he live up to that. During his crimefighting career he was hit by the bus several times, choked on a fish bone, was hit on the head by a falling fire-escape ladder, accidentally electrocuted himself, and once was stabbed to death by a bad guy who wasn't quite dead. And the GM always managed to make his death a perfect TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath moments.
* TakenForGranite: Medusa, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the gorgon myth, and shares all the powers of her mythical namesake, including the ability to turn people who meet her eyes to stone.
** Gorgon can turn people's skin into a layer of stone that is just thick enough to keep them from moving. The effect wears off after a while. Anyone who is strong enough can break through this thin stone shell... if they don't mind [[{{Squick}} being flayed alive]] when their petrified skin shatters.
** The appropriately-named villain Stone can transform himself into a living statue, giving himself SuperStrength and NighInvulnerability. The Brazilian hero Estatua ("The Statue") has the same power. Granite Man and Golem are both like that permanently. Surkha Khamba ("Ruby Monolith") can turn herself into solid ruby.
* TechnicalPacifist: Lucky Star, a street-level crimefighter in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', who is often called "the luckiest man alive", refuses to start fights, always tries to use reason and understanding to defuse conflict and absolutely, positively refuses to use a weapon, nonetheless is quite capable of kicking ass and taking names when reason and understanding don't work. And heaven help you if you threaten a child in his presence.
* {{Technopath}}: The Operator is a superhero from Florida who can control machinery and computer systems remotely. Online is a cyberpath who works as a "Hero For Hire", primarily as an electronic security expert (there is also a villainous Online, with the same power set, and the two are harsh rivals simply over who gets to keep the name). Likewise, Cyba is a Canadian superheroine who can "talk" to machines. Perepis, on the other hand, is a "cyberkinetic", and can mentally animate and control machinery (including remotely redesigning them). Perepis's ArchEnemy is Technyik, who not only shares her power, but wears a suit of PoweredArmor on top of it all.
* TeenGenius: The Evil Mastermind, leader of Evil Mensa, is only twelve years old. He is also the third smartest person on the planet.
* TelepathicSpacemen: There aren't any inherently telepathic alien species; that said, the Tautiq and the Pelkons are both more likely to acquire PsychicPowers than humans are, and are less likely to be driven mad by those powers. Xorn and Delethai, on the other hand, are even less likely than humans to gain such powers.
* {{Telepathy}}: * Though PsychicPowers in general are the rarest of all superpowers in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Telepathy is definitely the most common [[PsychicPowers mental power]]. The most powerful telepath in the setting is Oracle, a former member of the Global Guardians, though the supervillain Cerebellum contests this point. Other notable telepaths are Headcase, Iron Angel, A Espada, Halazgo, and Mikula.
** The Scions are a group of four telepathic siblings. They've been pursuing a private war against their father, Cerebellum, in addition to their normal super-villainy.
* TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne: Boris "The Bloodhound" Lydecker is a reporter for ''Capes and Cowls'' magazine (imagine [[http://www.usmagazine.com/ Us Magazine]] if it concentrated on metahumans rather than celebrities). He is, himself, a metahuman with the sole power to detect other metahumans, including he ''general'' nature of their powers and power level (along the lines of "something to do with fire... but wow does he have a lot of it"). His usual assignment is to "out" superheroes who haven't revealed their [[SecretIdentity real names]] to the public yet. Naturally, he's not well liked in the superhero community.
** Mentalists in the GGU can always sense other mentalists whenever they get into close proximity; ironically, it is the least powerful and least experiences telepaths who are sensed more strongly, because they have a harder time keeping their "psychic leak" as it is called, under control. Powerful telepaths, or very experienced yet only mildly powerful ones, only leak a little.
** Wizards and other mystics in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' can automatically detect the presence of other wizards and mystics, but they can only detect each other's power level if the other mystic is either currently spellcasting or if they voluntarily "project their aura of power", thus intentionally advertising just how powerful they are.
* ThisIsADrill: The villainous Subterranean uses a tank equipped with a tunneling drill to break into bank vaults, museums, and other secure locations from underneath.
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Lampshaded and subverted during a third year story. Achilles, leader of the titular hero team, discovers the bad guy who has been causing them so much havoc is his own brother. Cue Gunmetal asking "Is this going to end up one of those 'I have to face him alone' things with you?" To which Achilles responds, "Oh hell no. Take his ass down the moment you can get a clear shot."
* ThoseWackyNazis: The most common villains in the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] GoldenAge campaign were these. The specific villains ranged from Baron Maltus, the head of the Nazi SuperSoldier Program, to Herr Doktor Ubrist, Adolph Hitler's personal astrologer and a powerful mystic, and pretty much all the other stereotypical Nazi villains in between.
* ThouShaltNotKill: This trope was actively enforced. Player characters who were [[AxeCrazy casual killers]] were absolutely not welcome, and those that became it later were booted from the game. Accidents still happened, of course.
* TimeAbyss: The Abyss is an immortal ''homo habilis'' who has kept most of his memories of the last five or six hundred thousand years. He once gave a HannibalLecture in which he described the day he was nearly killed by a terror bird.
* TimeTravel: The Warlord, a PoweredArmor-wearing villain from the future, didn't like the way things were going in his time, so he came back to change them. Every story featuring him involves him trying to change some historical event to fit his own whims.
* TimeTravelEscape: Ultra-Man originally fought the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] in the 1940s. He was brought to the present when a villain's superweapon accidentally ripped a whole in the Time-Space Continuum.
* TinCanRobot: The GadgeteerGenius known as The Garbageman guarded his lair with robots that looked like they were thrown together from old car parts, some galvanized steel garbage cans, and a lawn mower or two. They looked like that because they were thrown together from old car parts, some galvanized steel garbage cans, and a lawn mower or two. More dangerous than they sounded.
* TotalitarianUtilitarian: Lord Doom from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is dedicated to solving the world's problems and making the world a better place so no other child has to watch their family be systematically killed like he did during the Holocaust. To that end, he intends to overthrow every government on the planet and replace them with his own benevolent rule, modify the general behavior of the human race through genetic engineering, drug thereapy, and branwashing, end crime by ending the criminals, permanently, and insuring that the only people who have the capacity to make war are those who have been programmed to be loyal to the cause. Among other things, he is a MadScientist who is all about PlayingWithSyringes when it comes to making people better, and insists that HappinessIsMandatory, and anyone who disagrees with him or gets in his way, even if they are his own children, must be eliminated. Sure, his plan is a bit harsh, but [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans you cannot make omelettes without breaking a few eggs.
* TransplantedHumans: The Daribi, a race of alien invaders, are transplanted neanderthals. They were rescued from extinction on Earth by SufficientlyAdvancedAliens and taken to a world that wasn't actively killing them off.
* TropeMobile: Battlecat rides a CoolBike called the Battlecycle. The Nightwatchman drives a midnight-black CoolCar called the Nightmobile.
* TrenchCoatWarfare: Sniper.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', while officially set in whatever the current year happened to be, was actually this. The technology, social mores, and general feel of the setting were never really matched with RealLife.
* {{Ubermensch}}: Several.
** Lord Doom wants to make the world a Utopia without war and hatred, and he doesn't care how many people die in the process of making his vision of a peaceful earth a reality.
** Abyss wants to rid the world of pollution and return nature to a clean, balanced, pristine state... and if this means wiping humanity off the face of the planet, so be it.
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: Doctor Thadeus Thanos. a MadScientist villain, was an ugly, scrunched up hunchback whose face looked half-melted. His daughter Gladiola, on the other hand, was not just beautiful, she was stunningly so. Of course, he ''did'' genetically engineer her to be that way...
* {{Underboobs}}: After her Heroic BSOD, Fury, from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, took to wearing a black-thong-bikini-and-halter costume. The "halter" part was little more than a strip of black cloth that showed off the underboob quite nicely.
* UnderwaterBase: The Caribbean Crew's base is sunken off the coast of Key West, Florida.
* [[TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer The Unfrozen Caveman Superhero]]: Nordkapp Man. Within a few years of his being thawed out of the glacier he'd been trapped in for 30,000 years, Nordkapp Man (a neanderthal with superpowers) had become a university professor, a regular club-hopper, and, of course, an ice-wielding crimefighter.
* VaguenessIsComing: For weeks prior to Dagon beginning his ritual to release the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]] onto the Earth, every mystic hero (and villain, for that matter) whose name wasn't "Dagon" started receiving the same warning, "They are coming!" The warning showed up in the dialog of TV shows, it would appear in casual conversations with friends, in crossword puzzles, in dreams, and so on. As Dagon's ritual neared completion, the warnings became more and more blatant and obvious until, at one point, a random stranger walked up to Warlock and screamed "THEY ARE COMING!" into his face.
* VillainByDefault: Being a comic book universe with a lot of BlackAndWhiteMorality (as most comic book universes have), the heroes of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have faced off against a metric buttload of bad guys who were [[VillainByDefault villains by default]]. Corrupt lawyers, gangsters, bikers, hit-men, big game hunters, [[ThoseWackyNazis neo-nazis]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive evil businessmen]], white supremacists, satanists, various other cultists, voracious aliens, terrorists of every stripe and creed. And of course your average supervillain is in it for the greed and the breaking things. The number of villains that introduced shades of gray could be counted on one hand.
* TheVirus: The aptly named Virus is a villain who takes control of people using a tailored infection that slowly transforms them into copies of itself. Its ultimate goal is to make all life on earth a copy of itself.
* VivaLaEvolution: * In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse, Mexican superhero Evolucion, is a FlyingBrick with "reactive evolution" powers. He gains those defensive and sensory powers he needs depending on the situation he finds himself in (he gains night vision in darkness, he grows gills if he's underwater, fireproof skin if he's in a fire, and so on).
** The SuperRobot Omega, from the same setting, is programmed to redesign himself after ever defeat so he cannot be defeated by the same method twice.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Shapeshifting is surprisingly not all that common in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse. Menagerie and Manimal turn into various animal species; Pseudo ''says'' that all he can do is replicate any human appearance (in reality, he's a plasmoidal alien who "went native" and pretends to be human... but he keeps that a secret); Mu Shu (a member of the Disney World-sponsored hero team Imagination) can shapeshift into a small, red, firebreathing dragon; Indian hero Bagha can turn into a tiger; Chameleon, a student at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] can become any animal or human shape; Lord Dragon, thought to be a human who can transform into a Chinese dragon, is actually a Chinese dragon who can turn into a human; both Chimera and Proteus can assume any shape they can imagine.
** Silly Putty is technically this. He can assume pretty much any shape, but his outward appearance doesn't change, and his flesh has to be manually manipulated into the desired shape (usually by other people).
* WallOfText: It was an email campaign, and some of the player's were very enthusiastic participants.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Plastic, [[ScienceMarchesOn a substance unknown to the Ancient Greeks]], is completely opaque to the Mask Of Justice's vision powers. Thus, he can't even see through Saran Wrap (tm) while wearing his mask.
* WeHelpTheHelpless: The heroes of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' did this as a matter of course. But then, they were superheroes. That's what superheroes '''do'''.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[EvilOverlord Lord Doom]] has a plan to save humanity from overpopulation, hunger, crime, war, and tyranny. His plan promotes universal literacy, tolerance for other ethnicities, political creeds, and sexual orientations, grant universal health care for all, and generally make life more pleasant for everyone, as long as you didn't mind giving up a couple of small, tiny, insignificant things in the meantime... things like a right to vote, or freedom of speech, or the right to choose your own occupation. Small things like that. Oh, and he's in charge. Forever.
* WeWorkWellTogether: This is how The Crimestoppers, a team of [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway low-powered superheroes]], came together. They all responded to the same crisis and discovered they were better together than they were by themselves. Not that this was hard.
* {{Whatevermancy}}: Madras, who could telekinetically control fabric, called his power "Fasmokinesis", bastardizing "yfasma", the Greek word for "cloth".
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The ''Crimestoppers'' campaign was made of this trope. The team consisted of Doctor Destiny, a sometime-clairvoyant who gets visions of the future with the aid of his magic 8-ball; Mister Excitement, a hero who gains his super-strength through adrenalin rushes, but who has no control over when those rushes occur, Rex, a talking German shepherd (that is his power, he's a dog that talks); Silly Putty, a shapechanger who has to be physically manipulated to change his shape, and cannot change his color (but could do that "lift an image from newsprint" trick); and the Tagger, who possesses the power to spray any color of paint he wishes from his fingertips.
** Also the mysterious Mister Easter (not a member of the Crimestoppers), who had the power to change water into wine, multiply a single fish and a single load of bread into many fishes and loaves of bread, walk on water, completely cure leprosy, blindness, and a very small range of disabilities that prevented people from walking. Plus, if he was killed, he rose from the dead after three days.
** The setting also featured the Flower Lady could project a spray of rose petals from her fingers. Mr. Rainbow could change the color of his own skin, but only to one of the seven prismatic colors (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, or Violet). The Great and Powerful Oz could [[ShapeShifting shape-shift]], but only into one of the characters from the 1939 musical version of "The Wizard of Oz", and Soundtrack had the power to cause any piece of music (be it a song or an orchestral piece) ever used in any film to play out of thin air around him.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: While intelligent apes have been given full civil rights, robots, androids, and other artificial intelligences are still not considered people in the legal sense even though they cannot be harmed with impunity (property laws come into consideration). Demons, the undead, and most other forms of monster are free targets, however.
* WhatMeasureIsANonSuper: For the most part, this is avoided, even by the villains. Of course, there is a reason why there are so many derogatory slang words for normal humans. "Mere" (as in "merely human"), "flatline", "baseline", and "Norman" (as in "Normal Normal") are just four examples.
* WhatTheHellHero: Oracle is a powerful telepath and one-time member of the Global Guardians. When Doctor Devastation hid a nerve gas bomb in a subway terminal in Washington, D.C., she used her telepathic powers to slowly turn his brain into cole slaw as she forcibly searched it for the bomb's location. While she saved the day, she was also expelled from the team.
* WhenThingsSpinScienceHappens: Herr Doktor Archeville possessed a machine that his teammates called "the spinny gizmo". No one was sure what it did, really, but it sure looked fancy, and it had that spinny part on the front of it.
* WhiteHairedPrettyBoy: The hit man called Whiteout is a frankly beautiful man with long, flowing white hair. He's also a psychotpathic murderer with SuperStrength.
* WhoNeedsTheirWholeBody: Splatterman has a HealingFactor that works so quickly it makes Wolverine green with envy. He lost both his legs an arm, and half his torso to a supervillain once, but kept crawling after the guy as his body regrew itself.
* TheWikiRule: During the last three years of the setting's run, the website was wiki-based.
** [[http://butlerverse.wikia.com/wiki/The_Butlerverse_Wiki It's getting a new one. Still under construction as of this writing.]]
* WindsOfDestinyChange: Lady Luck of the Knights of Norfolk is an active probability manipulator.
** Domino is a slightly clairvoyant martial artist who can see the future just enough to let her avoid bad choices. Her teammates simply assume she's incredibly lucky.
** Hazard, like Lady Luck, can manipulate probabilities directly. Unlike Lady Luck, he does so to commit crimes.
* WingedHumanoid: Nadia Morel, a student at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], is a [[SuperSpeed flying speedster]] with wings. Her code name is "Angel", naturally.
** American Eagle is a winged energy blaster with sonic powers.
** Black Angel is a sorcerer with demon-style leathery wings and dark powers. Claims to be a medieval-period sorcerer who made a really bad deal (or good, depending on your point of view) for immortality and power.
* WitchSpecies: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' includes a subspecies of humanity called ''Homo magi''. Every human user of magic, regardless of its form, is a member of this subspecies, including every mystic hero and villain.
* WizardingSchool: [[InJoke Martha Corey High School]] in Nowhere, Ohio, is a WizardingSchool.
* WorldsStrongestMan: Strength, one of the villains working for Tarot, is literally the strongest man on the planet.
* WreathedInFlames: This was actually pretty common among characters who [[PlayingWithFire controlled fire]]. Starfire, Ablaze, Firefall, Inferna, Centigrade (who is also AnIcePerson), Incendie ("Blaze" in French), Mondfeur ("Moonfire" in German), Ulkataranara ("Comet Man" in Hindi), Playma ("Flame" in Russian), Salamander, Sunfire, Wildfire, Flame, Ifrit, Komet, Inferno, Fuoco Bianco ("White Fire" in Italian), Pumpkin Jack, Tourmaline, Pyro, and Red Devil all could wrap flames around themselves like a blanket.
* XanatosGambit: Both Lord Doom and Doctor Simian are masters of this craft. At one point, both [[DiabolicalMastermind Criminal Masterminds]] used Xanatos Gambits against ''each other'', with the heroes as pawns. To say it was messy was to say the Pacific Ocean [[{{Understatement}} is a little damp]].
* YinYangBomb: * Centigrade uses both [[AnIcePerson ice-based powers]] and [[PlayingWithFire fire-based powers]] to fight crime.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Ultra-Man can't go home again because his home was seventy years in the past. His parents, his siblings, and all but one of his friends are now dead, and the surviving friend is almost ninety years old and has alzheimers. The town he grew up in has ten times as many people in it now than it did then, and looks nothing like it did. And of course, his house is long since been bulldozed down and replaced by a shopping mall.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The members of the Lightning Power Special Team, a [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience color-coordinated]] hero team from Tokyo, have hair colors (violet, cornsilk-yellow, green, and purple) that match the colors of their costumes.
* YouNeverAsked: In one ''[[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]]'' story, a villain tries to hold inoffensive precog heroine Second Sight hostage in order to escape. Second Sight, whose powers all revolved around her clairvoyant ability to see the future, took the villain apart with previously unseen [[IKnowKungFu Kung Fu skills]]. When her amazed teammates questioned her about them, her response was the classic, "You never asked."
** It turns out the skills had been there since the creation of the character. They'd just never been needed before.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: The terrorist organization known as "Prime 8" is an army of gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans who all have a need to serious punish the humans. They are lead by a band of eight simian supervillains who a lot of the talking ape population consider heroes and freedom fighters, not criminals.
* YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses: Its been proven without a doubt that Achilles absolutely ''will''.

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* AbnormalAmmo: Trident uses a wrist-mounted gun that fires little miniature tridents.
** Chuckles the Clown uses a "pie-shot"... a slingshot that fires bannana cream pies and has a pistol that fires ping-pong balls. Of course, the pies deliver a knock-out drug and the ping-pong balls ''explode''...
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* AboveGoodAndEvil: The Warlord, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', is a [[TimeTravel traveler from the future]] who came back to the present because he was bored. He didn't like the way things were going in his time, and he changes historical events at a whim. He considers himself "beyond" such petty concerns as right and wrong.
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* AbsentMindedProfessor: Herr Doktor Archeville. Brilliant scientist, and one of the most agile minds on the planet. Often forgets what city he's in, can't remember the actual names of his lab assistants so he labels them "Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta" and so on (and then get's that mixed up) and if those same lab assistants weren't paid to remind him would often forgets he needs to eat and sleep every so often.
* AbsoluteXenophobe: The Kalish'chahine are a horrifically warlike alien race who view all other forms of life as food resources. They breed so quickly that their home planets' capacity to keep the population fed, and are capable of digesting pretty much any carbon-based life. To them, Earth is a smorgasbord waiting to happen.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: A Espada ("The Sword") is a Brazilian who can create a "sword" out of pure mental force that can cut through anything as long as he has confidence that it will. Pendragon, a British hero, wields the legendary sword Excalibur, and has yet to meet a substance it cannot hack through. Fey, a mystic swords man who claims to be from the elf-lands of Faerie, once used his sword to cut through a bank vault door, though he says its all in the magic and not in the blade.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: These have appeared in several ''Global Guardians'' stories, but they are always storm drains and flood-control tunnels, old abandoned subway lines, and other tunnels people were meant to access rather than sanitary lines. The most notable case was when Team America discovered the Twelve Tribes living in the catacombs under New York.
* AbusiveParents: Aryan Nation, a white supremacist "superhero", admits that the reason he took to crimefighting was to repudiate the abuse his trailer-trash, redneck father heaped upon him while growing up, and is actually proud of the fact that he's not "some drunken Klansman in a bedsheet burning crosses", despite still being a racist {{Jerkass}}. The fact that he's doing the very same thing to his own kids that his father did to him hasn't occurred to Aryan Nation yet.
* AbusivePrecursors: The followers of the [[EldritchAbomination Old Ones]], ancient space gods from another dimension, were the first lifeforms to colonize a primordial Earth. A series of wars begin with the Old Ones on one side and U'tua the Gardener, war-fleets of five of the Progenitor Races, and at least thirty of the Progenitor's more advanced client species, on the other. Eighteen centuries of constant warfare culminated in the banishment and imprisonment of the Old Ones to places outside the universe. The victory came at a great price, as the entire H'ch'wee and Krang species, along with every member of their various participating client species) were exterminated in the fighting. Unknown to the victors, a small number of servants of the Old Ones survived on Earth. They went into hiding deep underground.
* AcademyOfAdventure: Both the [[SuperheroSchool Venture Institute]] and the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.
** The Shadow Academy, a [[SuperheroSchool Supervillain School]] from the same setting, also qualifies.
* AcceptableCulturalTargets
* AcceptableReligiousTargets
* ActionGirl: Since the GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse is all about superheroic action, pretty much all female characters were this.
* ActionGirlfriend: Athlete, a student at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], is dating fellow-student Ideal. She has all his powers and abilities, and then some.
* ActionMom: Chloe Neuman, matriarch of the Neuman Family, a family of superheroic crimefighters.
** Battle, the supervillain mom of former Global Guardian Stone, also qualifies.
* ActualPacifist: Raven is a mystic martial artist with minor darkness powers. She absolutely refuses to cause harm to another person, even in self-defense. However, she's a master of aikido, fast on her feet, and perfectly willing to let her opponents injure themselves. For instance, by punching walls when she ducks out of the way. She has perfected the art of "fighting" defensively.
* ACupAngst: When in costume, Bungie uses her RubberMan powers to increase her bust size as part of her "disguise". She's normally rather small-breasted, and figures if people are looking at her chest when she's in costume, they won't be looking at her face.
* AdaptiveArmor: Rainbow Knight's "PoweredArmor" is actually a piece of alien biotechnology that molded itself onto his body. Beyond some standard capabilities (like superhuman strength, [[NighInvulnerable invulnerability]], and [[IBelieveICanFly flight]]), the armor's capabilities [[SwissArmyWeapon change depending on the wearer's needs]].
* AdorableEvilMinions: [[MonsterClown Tom Foolery]] is always accompanied on his crimes by a horde of tiny teddy-bear robots. Which are armed with machine guns, and are set to explode on command.
* AdviceFromLibby: Achilles, leader of the titular superhero team the Global Guardians, goes to his father for advice on his personal life all the time. His father, by the way, is Lord Doom, one of the setting's [[EvilOverlord world-conquering master villains]]. This is a slightly inverted example, though, because usually Achilles is the blunt antagonistic one (for a hero), and Lord Doom is generally urbane and polite (for a villain).
* AesopAmnesia: From the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', the heroic Robotman learned that he can still be human even if he's a BrainInAJar. Then his original player left, the character was taken over by another player, and the "my God, what have I become" back all over again.
** Even though his behavior led him directly to prison time, CorruptCorporateExecutive Lexington Cargill never seemed to learn that being a billionaire wasn't an automatic Get Out of Jail Free card.
* AffablyEvil: Lord Doom really is a pretty swell guy, if you overlook the entire "take over the world, tyrannical dictator" aspect of his personality. He's urbane, friendly, and sends get well cards to his enemies when they are sick or injured. He even runs a charitable organization that has helped millions of children in poverty around the world. Did we mention that he wants to rule the world and everything in it?
* AffirmativeActionLegacy: The original Stonewall (an invulnerable, super-strong hero active in the 1970s and 80s) was a white man from suburbia. His successor, who has the same power set, is a black woman.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: All of the AnthropomorphicPersonifications in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' are made of this trope because, being the physical incarnations of ideas, everyone has a different interpretation of that idea. What this means is that two people could be talking to The King (the AnthropomorphicPersonification of "The Legend of Elvis Presley") and he'd look precisely like how they think Elvis Presley looks like when they think of Elvis Presley (meaning if one person pictures Ed Sullivan-era Elvis, he looks like Ed Sullivan-era Elvis; if they picture Vegas-era white-tassle pudgy Elvis, he looks like Vegas-era white-tassle pudgy Elvis).
* AGodAmI: The Blood Red King considers himself above mere mortals, and he might just be right.
* AIIsACrapshoot: One (that's its name) is a sentient computer program originally written and programmed to help solve humanity's problems (like famine, crime, and so on). The first suggestion is made was "Eliminate 60% of the human population world-wide". Unsurprisingly, the programmers and sociologists reacted badly to this suggestion. Also unsurprisingly, One reacted badly to their trying to turn it off.
** There's also Omega, a sentient robot from the future that has been hard-programmed with the mission to kill all superhumans on the planet.
* AlasPoorVillain: As a supervillain, Hardcase was generally thought of as a brutish, selfish thug who liked to beat up women for fun, drank too much, and was generally a sleeze. And on September 11, 2001, he gave his life by using his superhuman strength to save people from the collapsing North Tower of the World Trade Center. The heroes not only campaigned to get him a posthumous presidential pardon, they sprang for a funeral the likes of which are normally reserved for deceased presidents and popes.
* AlienBlood: Most of the aliens living on Earth in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' bleed red, especially the Tautiq and the Pelkons (who are basically HumanAliens and RubberForeheadAliens, respectively). The Delethai are the exception... they bleed orange.
** Sweet Synn and Black Angel, both of whom are demons in human form, bleed a thick, black ichor that smells vaguely of sewage.
* AlienGeometries: Doctor Ka's mansion is effectively a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesseract tesseract]], and is definitely [[BagOfHolding bigger on the inside]] than on the out. If its layout was drawn on a set of blueprints it would feature rooms that overlapped spatially, rooms that seemed to have no exits or entrances, spherical rooms that nonetheless had corners, and rooms where the plane of gravity depending on which way you were looking.
* AliensAndMonsters: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' was full of aliens and monsters. It is a superhero setting, after all. One hero team actually fought {{Godzilla}} for crying out loud...
* AliensAreBastards: The Daribi managed to kill nearly thirty million people over the course of of three [[AlienInvasion invasions]] (in 1898, 1938, and 1951), and completely leveled London, Bayonne, and San Diego in the process.
** [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy The Xorn]], who invaded in 1985, slaughtered nearly a billion people worldwide, introduced alien animals and plants to earth's ecology, and left behind tens of thousands of slaves from other races, all of whom were stuck with no way home when the invasion was defeated.
* AllEncompassingMantle: The supervillain Tachyon wears one of these, and looks damned impressive doing it.
* AlliterativeName: Mark Milton, the SecretIdentity of Ultra-Man. Extra points goes to Steve Stephens, the SecretIdentity of Defender, for not only having an alliterative name, but for it being the same basic name.
* AllMenArePerverts: The National Enquirer once made an accusation about Ultra-Man, who has X-Ray Vision, using it to scope out "public peep shows" on every woman he passes on the street. Ultra-Man, who grew up in the 30s and 40s and has the manners to match his upbringing, almost leveled the building the tabloid's offices were in out of sheer outrage.
* AllThereInTheManual: * The ''Global Guardians Encyclopedia'' had tens of thousands of entries, detailing all kinds of fun facts, most of which never made it into any story at all. Examples include how the Las Vegas casinos dealt with superhumans who use their powers to cheat a casino (harshly), when the first flying car was released to for public purchase (1974), to how much it costs to buy a John Deere Iron Man II brand power-assist exoskeleton ($75,000), and pretty much everything in between.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: When [[AncientConspiracy Tarot]] attacked the sattelite base of the Global Guardians in force, it resulted in the near death of two Guardians, killed two civilian contractors who were onboard, broke the base into pieces, and knocked those pieces out of orbit. The parts of the base that didn't burn up on re-entry crashed into the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
* AllYourPowersCombined: Paragon. Unlike most other power mimics in the setting, he copies the powers of ever other supervillain or hero within range (and his range is about half a mile) simultaneously... and the raw power of identical powers (superhuman strength, for example) ''stacks''. And he can target [[BadassNormal trained supernormals]] as well.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: There are several of these, most visibly the Neuman Family, who are pretty obviously a combination of the FantasticFour and the Power Pack.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Cthonians. But then, they are based on Lovecraft's Deep Ones.
* AmateurSleuth: Andrew "Lucky" Starr from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' doesn't actually go out looking for mysteries to solve. [[MysteryMagnet He's just lucky that way]].
* AmbiguousGender: Masquerade, a shapeshifting supervillain, can make itself convincingly female or male at need. No one knows if Masquerade even ''had'' a gender of its own when it was born.
** Bodysnatcher, on the other hand, has long since abandoned his (or her) original body so long ago that she (or he) no longer remembers whether he (or she) was born male or female. The fact that the Bodysnatcher can't remember her (or his) real name doesn't help things.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Reginald Wannsinger was a superhumanly intelligent survivor of the Holocaust who came up with a plan that would not only end hunger worldwide and give every human being on the planet health care, but would insure that nothing like the Holocaust would ever happen again. And the only way he can make it work is by becoming the BigBad, Lord Doom.
* AnachronicOrder: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' featured the stories of [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters hundreds of characters]], set from about 1922 to the present day, all being told simultaneously. Without a scorecard it was impossible to tell what order in which to read the stories. On top of it, there was the Legacy Campaign (about the sidekicks and children of heroes who were active in the 1960s and 1970s), where the action bounced between the 60s/70s and modern day without warning.
* AnAssKickingChristmas: The Denver Defenders once defended the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Christmas, in the form of Santa Claus, from a group of rampaging nihilistic teenaged supervillains known as the Young Gods.
* AnAxeToGrind: Byelobog is the [[PhysicalGod Russian God of the Sun and Daylight]]. In addition to SuperStrength and NighInvulnerability, he wields a big battleaxe that returns to him when he throws it.
* AncientConspiracy: Tarot is a secret society founded in the late 1500s by [[ThePrince Niccolo Machiavelli]], with the express purpose of taking over the world through the power of economics. While they haven't ''quite'' achieved that goal, they are so large and so powerful that they were beyond the power of any single hero (or group of heroes) to destroy.
* AncientEgypt: Superheroic weather-controller Pharaoh was born four thousand years ago in Egypt and brought forward through time.
* AndItWorked: [[EvilOverlord Lord Doom]] used mercenary soldiers and supervillains to drive out the British government from Bermuda and take over the island as his own kingdom. He rules it with an iron fist and its people have very little in the way of civil rights as most Americans know them. That said, twenty years after the conquest, the island has pretty much a 0% poverty rate, infant mortality rate, and illiteracy rate. The average life span of one of Doom's subjects is close to a hundred years due to medical advances made by the {{Supervillain}}, and nearly all adults have a college education. The takeover was intended to give Doom a "social laboratory" in preparation to his eventual conquest of the world, and it worked!
* AngryBlackMan: Thundercloud, a KidHero active in the 1970s, started out as an [[AngryBlackMan Angry Native American]]. By the time he's grown up and changed his name to Thunderstorm, his anger is less about racial injustice and more about just being really angry about pretty much everything.
* AngstWhatAngst: Vindicator was kidnapped via mind control by a telepathic supervillain. She was then used as a sex toy for about a week before being rescued. You'd never know she was physically traumatized by how she acted later.
* AnimalStereotypes: Aside from [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys the Sentient Apes]] that populate the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', there are also a category of characters called "Moreaus" (after the titular MadScientist from "The Island of Doctor Moreau"), [[UpliftedAnimal scientifically altered animals that can now speak and think]].
** The Zoo is a heroic team of Moreaus that have banded together for self-protection and to show humanity that they aren't monsters. They've unimaginably named themselves after their original species (Bloodhound, Buffalo, Fox, and Giraffe), and fight crime in Los Angeles.
* AnimeHair: Ani-Mae has AnimeHair. Then again, she's the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification living incarnation]] of a Japanese cartoon character. Her hair is often neon cornflower blue, and spikey in the usual gravity-defying manner. And of course, she's got the [[Angst]]-fringe that always covers one eye.
** HimeCut: She also wears her hair in a style most Anime fans would recognize.
* Animorphism: Kodotai, Bestiario, Manimal, and Menagerie all have the power to assume the shape of any animal species they want. Russian hero Ursa can turn into a giant brown bear. Indian hero Bagha can turn into a large Bengal tiger.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Former Guardian Bandit has an AnnoyingYoungerSibling in the "Roger Clinton/Billy Carter" way: Ozcar Vizcairno is an irresponsible adult whose outrageous statements and actions always seem to land him on the front pages of the tabloids... not to mention utterly shredding Bandit's SecretIdentity.
* AnonymousRinger: For the most part, this is averted as real world people and places were used when needed. Certain other public figures (like the current US Secretary of Defense, Dr. Andrea Coudriet, and the current in-universe Pope, Alexander IX) are purely fictional substitutes for real people.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: There are has several, but the most notable is the Blood Red King, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Anger, Cruelty, Violence, and Fear.
* TheAntiChrist: Mystic detective and monster-hunter Jonathan [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Brimstone]] from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. His father is [[{{Satan}} Lucifer Morningstar]]. His mother a drug-addicted cultist. According to prophecy, he is destined to overthrow all goodness and light in his father's name.
** AntiAntiChrist: Well, he would if he hadn't decided to give his father the bird and fight evil.
* AntiHero: Black Cat is a definite anti-hero. He's dropped people off of roofs (after tying them securely to a line) in order to get them to talk, casually breaks bones, and generally operates with a disregard for civil rights. He's never killed anyone, though, and most Boston cops thank God for that.
* AntiVillain: Embrace is a super-terrorist who tends to target inhuman Third World dictatorial regimes and the First World nations who prop them up while simultaneously protecting the innocent peasants who are those regimes primary victims.
* ApocalypseHow: In one ''Global Guardians'' story, the Guardians traveled to a world in which the criminal MadScientist Doctor XX had succeeded in eradicating all male life on the planet through a tailored virus. By the time the heroes arrived, the virus had died off... and the remaining human population (all female) had descended into MadMax-style post-Apocalyptic barbarism due to the sure knowledge that the human race was doomed to utter extinction.
* ApocalypseMaiden: Esmeree is a sorceress and a member of the evil Circle of Black Thorns. She became a black magician after her mother (an oracle) produced a prophecy that said that Esmeree would become great in the knowledge of the Black Arts, and would in the fullness of time overthrow heaven and destroy the world. It hasn't happened, yet...
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Achilles is a genetically engineered super-soldier whose father is an immortal DiabolicalMastermind warlord. He's on team with a man who belongs to [[TheChosenMany an interstellar police force]], a [[SuperSpeed super-fast]] [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys talking gorilla]], a [[TimeTravel time traveler from the 40s]] who gained his powers from [[StupidJetpackHitler a Nazy super-science experiment]], and a Neanderthal who [[AnIcePerson survived being frozen in a glacier for 40,000 years]]. That all said, he does not believe in magic, and thus refuses to believe that his teammate Arachne received her powers from the goddess Athena.
* ArchEnemy: This is a superhero setting. ''Everybody'' has an ArchEnemy.
* ArchiveBinge: People visiting the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' website for the first time usually indulged in one of these, until they realized how much information was available and it descended into an ArchivePanic.
* ArchivePanic: The website had close to ten thousand individual whole-page character entries in its character archives. Add to that an in-universe Encyclopedia with nearly two hundred thousand entries (most at least three paragraphs long, and some as long as a full page), plus over a hundred campaign pages (each with their own archive), and you'd better be prepared to spend a ''lot'' of time if you want to read the whole thing.
* TheArchmage: Warlock was TheArchmage of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse.''
* ArmedWithCanon: This happened occasionally in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' when one GameMaster took over a campaign from another GameMaster and immediately instituted story changes that invalidated previous stories. At one point this got so bad that Jack Butler had to stop in, stop multiple campaigns, and reboot the entire universe.
* ArmsDealer: When it comes to high-tech armaments, the supervillains of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' turn to either the appropriately named Weaponsmith or the former [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] MadScientist Baron Malthus. The Weaponsmith's weapons are more powerful, but are much more expensive. Baron Mathus produces less advanced weapons, but they are a bargain comparatively.
* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: Both Stone and Bandit, former members of the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]], were regularly chewed out in this manner. Bandit, a teleporter, had a bad habit of disregarding things like "warrants" and "privacy laws". Stone, a FlyingBrick biker, couldn't even ''pronounce'' the phrase "excessive force", much less know what it meant. But they were both true heroes who would willingly sacrifice their lives to protect the innocent.
* ArtMajorBiology: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' advertised itself as an "open source superpowered roleplaying universe", which meant that pretty much any explanation for superpowers was useable. Bizarre alien biology as the source of superpowers, not to mention the "mutant" thing, all saw a lot of use.
* AscendedExtra: Doctor Tomorrowland, currently a member of the Disney-sponsored hero team Imagination, started out as part of the team's background extras. She rose to the rank of AscendedExtra, and then supporting character, and then to featured player, all because one of the players decided to start including her more nad more in the story. She later became a full-blown player character.
* AscendedMeme: The idea that Stone's mom was a supervillain originated as a joke between the players (including Stone's player). The jokes continued for more than two years. When the story of Stone's parents was finally explored, it turned out that Stone's mom really ''was'' a supervillain.
* ASharedSuffering: The Golden Marvel and Ultra-Man are close friends who often dine together to remember life during the Great Depression, the Spanish Influenza epidemic, World War II, and other events of the first four decades of the 20th Century.
** Most of the true immortals in the Global Guardians Universe, like Abyss, Master Mist, Black Angel, and Ishmael, tend to treat each other as competitive rivals rather than as true enemies (if they were, in fact, enemies in the first place), because they all know that the only person a truly immortal being can talk to about how hard it is to be a true immortal is another true immortal.
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: The Blood Red King, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Anger, Cruelty, Violence, and Fear in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', has been killed numerous times since he first appeared in the late 1970s. But as long as there are people being angry or cruel, causing violence or causing fear, he always springs back up shortly thereafter, fresh as a daisy.
* AssShove: In one story, the villainous Eightball manages to smuggle the pieces of a working weapon into a prison in this fashion, far enough up to avoid detection during a body cavity search.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' naturally uses this a lot being based on comic books. The best examples are probably Amnesty (the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Mercy) who wears angelic white robes, has a halo, wings, and glows with a pure white inner light, and the Blood Red King (the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Terror and Fear), who has red-glowing eyes, fangs, and has blood continually dripping from his hands.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Fidget, a KidHero [[SuperSpeed speedster]] who attends the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] suffers from this problem. In his case, its usually over-exaggerated in the storylines, though the writers did do one thing right: when his attention isn't flitting from place to place like a butterfly in a field of posies, it's hyper-focused like a laser beam to the exclusion of everything around him
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Doctor Simian, generally regarded as one of the two most intelligent beings on Earth, uses this as his primary weapon.
* BackFromTheDead: This was actually one of the powers possessed by the heroic Mister Easter. As his name might imply, he would arise from the dead after three days. (His powers were all based on the miracles Jesus was explicitly shown performing in TheBible, including the resurrection.)
* BackStory: At its height, the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' had literally megabytes of back story on its website, in a history involving thousands of characters and trailing all the way back to the Big Bang. When the game's website finally closed down, the [[WordOfGod administrator admitted]] that there was more back story that hadn't ever made it onto the website than information that had.
* BadassAbnormal: Achilles seems to be a non-powered martial artist in the style of Batman. He?s actually a genetically engineered super-soldier cloned from the DNA of EvilOverlord Lord Doom.
* BadassCape: Madras had telekinetic control over cloth (and ''only'' over cloth), so he wore a costume that included a ten-foot long cape. And he used it as a ''weapon''.
* BadassLabcoat: Herr Doktor Archeville, Doctor Simian, and Lord Doom.
* BadassLongcoat: Stone.
* BadassNormal: Several, including [[TheGunslinger Ballistic]], [[{{Trick Arrow}} Longbow]], and Battlecat.
* BadPowersBadPeople: Sekhmet has the power to infect other people with fast-acting plagues. What else was he supposed to become ''but'' a supervillain?
* BadPowersGoodPeople: Shadowcloak can generate a "living darkness" that "feeds" on people's body heat. You just don't see too many heroic energy vampires.
* BagOfHolding: There are several of these. The "bag o' tricks" wielded by Chuckles the Happy Clown contained anything that Chuckles could imagine... but only if it was funny. The mutant wanderer known as "Pockets" could literally turn any pocket on any piece of clothing he was wearing into one of these (and more... at least once, he kept an entire alternate dimension in one of his coat pockets). Doctor Ka's [[CoolHouse mansion]] technically counts as one of these, being much, much bigger on the inside than on the outside.
* BandOfBrothers: The Global Guardians, the superhero team that gives the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' its name, started out one of these, but became even moreso after the events of the the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks in which they lost one of their own while rescuing people from the collapsing World Trade Center.
* TheBaroness: The Empress of TAROT looks like the sexpot version of this trope, but is actually a Rosa Klebb. She's icy, she's deadly, she's ruthless, and she's beautiful. She's actually [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Catherine de'Medici]], kept young [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld after five hundred years]] through the power of black magic.
* BarrierWarrior: Tumble Bee is a FlyingBrick whose "super-strength" and "invulnerability" are both based on generating force fields.
** Deflector is a more traditional BarrierWarrior, using planes of force as both defense and weaponry. The Great Wall, one of China's greatest heroes, shares the power set.
** The heroic Dove is a MartialPacifist who specializes in evasion, blocking, and misdirection in combat. He's an expert at somehow finding convenient trees, walls, cars, and so on to duck behind just as the bad guys attack. He only goes "offensive" when he absolutely has to.
* BatFamilyCrossover: Given how many super-teams are based out of New York City alone, this happened ''a lot''.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: While there are several heroes and villains in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' who are immune to all the problems usually involved with vacuum exposure (usually by way of being otherwise invulnerable), nearly all of them still need to breathe (they use some form of breathing apparatus when they do go into space). The ones who don't need to breathe are either EnergyBeings, or else are The Shield (whose immunity to injury includes an immunity to suffocation).
* BattleButler: Mister Joshua, the "personal secretary" of CorruptCorporateExecutive Lexington Cargill, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. He fetches coffee, he retrieves information, he carries briefcases, and occasionally he beats up or kills those he is directed to beat up or kill.
* BattleCouple: Yin and Yang, a pair of crime-fighting martial artists active in San Francisco.
** Also Simon Bar Sinister and Penny Dreadful.
* TheBeastmaster: Menagerie can not only [[ShapeShifting can assume the shapes of animals]], she can communicate with them and command them. Brazilian hero Junglemaster controls both plants and animals. Archdruid adds weather control to Junglemaster's power set.
* BerserkButton: Never, ever mention the fact that Dreamcatcher's father died in an insane asylum after a life of villainy if you value your sanity. Dreamcatcher, as the name might imply, can manipulate your nightmares so you regret ever mentioning his father in the first place.
** Want to press Eightball's BerserkButton really, really hard? Make fun of Bamm-Bamm's condition or use any variation of the word "retard" in his presence. Go head. I ''double-dog dare you''.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: The Evil Mastermind favors grandiose schemes and [[XanatosGambit Xanatos Gambits]] and schemes within schemes within schemes. (Whaddaya want? He's a super-intelligent twelve year old boy.) Most of the heroes consider him a joke. But you know, he did almost poison New York City's whole water supply tha tone time. And other time he actually had control of the nation's air traffic control systems for nearly half an hour...
* BewareTheSuperman: Ask the Pakistanis how they feel about superheroes, after their government was taken over by the national superteam.
* BigBad: [[TheChessmaster The Emperor]], leader of [[NebulousEvilOrganization TAROT]], has his fingers in nearly every criminal enterprise on Earth in The Global Guardians PBEM Universe. Of course, he's also got his fingers in nearly every major legitimate business enterprise on Earth as well. But then, what do you expect of a villain who is secretly an immortal [[ManipulativeBastard Niccolo Machiavelli]]?
* BigBadWannabe: Brainchild put together a criminal organization, attracted mercenary supervillains to work for him, and tried to take over NewYorkCity's underworld. He was arrested, and his organization dismantled, by Pamela Odd, a BadassNormal private detective.
* BigBadEnsemble: [[EvilOverlord The Emperor]], [[EvilGenius Lord Doom]], [[MadScientist Doctor Simian]], [[TimeAbyss Abyss]], [[OmnicidalManiac the Blood Red King]], and [[CrushKillDestroy Omega]] all present a threat to the whole world. They do this simultaneously, though of course they don't do it cooperatively.
* BigRedDevil: The supervillain known as The Devil, one of TAROT's Major Arcana, can transform into a huge, super-strong, [[TheHulk Hulk-like]] monstrosity whose appearance fits this trope exactly.
* BilingualBonus: The ''Heroes of Haifa'' campaign was set in Israel, and run by a Rabbi. The players received quite the education in the Hebrew language.
** A lot of the dialog from mystic hero Doctor Kaballah was also in Hebrew.
** Herr Doktor Archeville's dialog slid between English and German.
* BigDamnHeroes: Most campaigns featured this sort of scene all the freaking time.
* BiggerOnTheInside: The mansion of mystic hero Doctor Ka has much, much more floor-space than its exterior would suggest. He needs the extra space to contain the angry ghosts...
* TheBigGuy: Ultra-Man is a bit of a mix between the GentleGiant and the GeniusBruiser. Regardlesss, he is the moral compass of the team.
* BioAugmentation: This is a common way of gaining superpowers in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. [[EvilOverlord Lord Doom]] even bio-engineered an entire raft of children to serve him as [[SuperSoldier super soldiers]].
* BizarreAlienBiology: The K'kriki'I look like poodle-sized crickets, which isn't all that bizarre... but each individual K'kriki'i is made up of six to eight crickets apiece. Human scientists still haven't figured this one out.
** The Aa are a technological race that resemble nothing on Earth more than a freshly baked lasagna. They have... things... in their semi-liquid makeup that function as organs... but what they are specifically, and how they function? Nobody knows.
* BizarroUniverse: The heroes of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have encountered several of these. In addition to two of the "standard" good-to-evil-switch [[MirrorUniverse mirror universes]], there was Neanderthal-Earth (all the people were the same, but they were all neanderthals), Ape-Earth (where gorillas were the dominant species and humans were just a kind of smart animal... though there was an entire city of "Smart Humans" hidden in the mountains of Africa), Lizard-Earth (where the dinosaurs never died out and everyone was a Deinonychus-like being), Medieval-Earth (modern society based on magic rather than technology, where science never got past the Dark Ages.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: This was one of the keystones of the ''Golden Age'' campaign, featuring heroes fighting Nazis during World War II.
* BlindfoldedVision
* BlowYouAway: Twister, Thunderstorm, Summer Storm, Summer Cloud, Archdruid, Summer Storm, Cloud Dragon, Shu, Teja Vayu ("Swift Wind" in Hindi), Dust Devil, Gale, Wind, Breeze (the hero, not the villain), Breeze (the villain, not the hero), Maelstrom, Flurry, Hurricane, Sirocco, Tornado, Vetra, Venta, Kamikaze, Dark Wind, and Turbo.
* BoisterousBruiser: The aptly named Mister Excitement, a member of The Crimestoppers. [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway His power comes from his boundless enthusiasm]]!
* BoldInflation: Being a PBEM, the action of the campaigns was always produced in text. This trope occurred on a more-than-regular basis.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: During one [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] campaign, the [[CompleteMonster Blood Red King]] mocked the heroes for their inability to stop him while standing over the corpses of children he had murdered. Axe-wielding superhero [[PhysicalGod Byelobog]], who in reality [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin really is the Slavic "White God" of the Sun that he is named after]], promptly called down one of these to justly smite the villain. The Blood Red King never mocked Byelobog again.
* Several characters have Luck as their actual superpower. Others are merely very, very lucky.
** Andrew "Lucky" Day was a GoldenAge hero who used his luck to make up for the fact that, otherwise, he was just an ordinary guy.
*** Andrew "Lucky" Starr is "Lucky" Day's grandson, and has inherited not only his grandfather's love of adventure, but also his incredible good fortune.
** Lady Luck of the Knights of Norfolk is an active probability manipulator.
** Bedlam, a supervillain from the same setting, isn't so much lucky himself as he is capable of instilling bad luck in everyone around him (thus giving himself the appearance of good luck). Jinx is another villain who has the same powers.
* BraidsOfAction: Chimera, Forceful Leaf, and Zephyr all wear their hair in single braids. Matrix is a male example.
* BrainCriticalMass: Brainchild combines superhuman intelligence with powerful PsychicPowers to make his way as a supervillain. Likewise, The Brain combines lots of smarts with telepathy.
** For the most part, the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' avoids this trope. Most of the smartest people in the setting are [[GadgeteerGenius super-inventors]] rather than [[PsychicPowers mentalists]].
* BrainInAJar: Robotman, one of the Denver Defenders, is essentially a BrainInAJar where the jar is a powerful robot body.
* BreathWeapon: Dragon is a villain who transforms into a fire-breathing reptile-man.
** As his name implies, the villainous Belcher, from the same setting, can let loose with weaponized burps.
* BrokenBase: The character approval process created this effect among the players. Specifically, every proposed character was examined with a fine tooth comb, the maths were run and rerun, and everything was compared to the character's central concept and the standards of the setting as a whole. Unacceptable characters were rejected, or heavily modified. Some players found this refreshing and liked the process, while others found it infuriating and hated it.
* BronzeAge: The aim of the game world was to replicate the feel of this comic-book era.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Villains Simon Bar Sinister and Penny Dreadful.
* BroughtDownToNormal: During the storyline in which invulnerable, untouchable hero The Shield temporarily lost his power to surround himself with an impenetrable force field, he ''freaked out'' and ended up temporarily institutionalized because of his pure, unadulterarted fear of being hurt.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: 'J' for Jock, a super-athlete with heightened reflexes from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.
** 'E' for Embrace, a [[RubberMan stretchable]] supervillain. Also for Echo, a superhero with ultrasonic powers.
** 'A' for Apex.
** 'V' for Velocity.
** There's even one villain with a number: '8' for Eight-Ball.
* BruceWayneHeldHostage: The New York Metropolitan Museum was invaded by gunmen during the presentation of a new exhibit. Both Achilles and Bungie were in attendance in their secret identities. It didn't go well for the gunmen.
* BuildingSwing: Widow and Arachne's preferred method of travel.
* BurningBuildingRescue: The first story in the ''[[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Night Life in the Big Easy]]'' campaign was a BurningBuildingRescue.
* BusFullOfInnocents: Played straight during a fight between the Supreme Six (a team of heroes generally considered second-tier) and the Fatal Four (a team of villains generally considered ''not'' second-tier at all), when Urania of the Fatal Four used her gravity control powers to hold a bus full of people hostage.
* BusmansHoliday: It became a running joke in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' that superheroes should never go on vacation, because when they do, something bad always happens. Supervillains attacked [[DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]] while the heroes are attending in SecretIdentity with their families. The Caribbean resort they go to gets hit by a hurricane and the entire island needs rescue and evacuation. The cruise ship they sail on is attacked by a kraken. A werewolf stalks the tourists to the mountain lodge they've escaped to. The Atlanteans attack if they go to the beach. It was just easier for them to stay home some days.
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: Super-speedster Jenny Thunder activated her speed powers by yelling out the phrase "THUNDERBOLT POWER NOW!"
* CaffeineBulletTime: Mister Excitement was a member of the Crimestoppers a team of [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway superhero wannabe's]]. Excitement had honest to God super-strength and SuperSpeed... except he gained the super-strength by way of adrenalin rushes, and there was never a guarantee he was going to have one. Mister Excitement was hyper-active, fidgeted, and his team instinctively knew that whatever they did, giving this man caffeine was a bad thing because who knew what would happen. But when the chips were down and they were captured by a real supervillain, they consciously invoked this trope, allowing Mister Excitement to save the day.
* CanonInvasion: Several non-player characters are direct lifts from [[DCComics DC]] and MarvelComics, including Hawk, Dove, Cloak, Dagger, and Uncle Sam.
* TheCape: Ultra-Man, Golden Marvel, Centennial, Empyrion, Thunder, Champion, Dharma, Kismet, Shaktimaan, Scanner, Protonik, Paladin, and El Grifo Rojo. Somewhat subverted by the Aryan (a white supremacist NPC ''crimefighter'' who most of the players hated to deal with).
* CapeBusters: Checkmate in the United States. The French government's Longsword program.
* CaptainErsatz: Many. A short listing includes: Ultra-Man ({{Superman}}), Bungie (Plastic Man), Guardsman (GreenLantern), Achilles ({{Batman}}), Arachne ({{SpiderMan}}), The Damocles Directive (The SuicideSquad), Quantum (Captain Atom), Golden Marvel (Golden-Age {{Superman}}), Morningstar (PowerGirl), and Jock (The Taskmaster).
* CaptainEthnic: ''The GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' features literally dozens of non-American, non-Caucasian superheroes and villains working in their own native countries.
** Walkabout, a teleporting martial artist who protects Alice Springs, Australia. He's more aboriginal than the aborigines, and sounds like he just walked out of a ''CrocodileDundee'' film.
** The People’s Revolutionary Metahuman Collective may be the setting's most notable example. A team of forty-two Chinese superheroes protecting the People's Republic of China.
** PRIDE is an entire team of gay, lesbian, and transgendered superheroes. Most of them are CampGay in one way or another.
* CaptainGeographic: Captain Texas (premiere hero of the Lone Star State); Captain Australia; Ultra-Man (from the United States); Jean d'Arc (France); Rodina (Russia), and Captain Barbados. Britain is represented by both Union Jack and John Bull. Doctor Tomorrowland Is a special case, in that he is named after one of Disney World's "lands" (which is appropriate, since he is a corporate hero working for the Disney corporation).
* CaptainPatriotic: In addition to Captain Texas, there's also the Citizen, Doc Liberty, Independence, Uncle Sam, and every single member of the Arsenal of Democracy.
** Interestingly enough, The Patriot is not a CaptainPatriotic, as he is themed after the New England Patriots football team, and not on patriotism.
* CardCarryingVillain: [[SecretCircleOfSecrets The Circle of Cold Flames]] are an order of mystics and sorcerers dedicated to overthrowing Heaven and instituting a reign of evil over the earth (and put themselves in control over it all in the end). They even describe themselves and their plans as evil when talking to one another.
* [[{{Splat}} Character Classes]]: Huh? What? This is HeroSystem. Never heard of [[{{Splat}} character classes]].
* CharacterTiers: The United States Department of Defense divides metahumans into the following general power levels. It should be noted that these categories are not precise, and there have been several occasions where a metahuman of one power level is generally considered to be a member of another power level. Usually, this mistake is made in the direction of underestimating the metahuman.
** Omega: The Omega category is the domain of those individuals who possess truly godlike power. These individuals seem to be capable of doing nearly anything they wish to do. So far, only two Omega class Metahumans have ever been recorded: The Blood Red King and Amnesty..
** Alpha: Alpha-level metahumans are massively powerful, but have definitive limitations on their raw power. By themselves, they can be a threat to entire teams of heroes, and they generally operate on their own.
** Beta: The Beta category is the highest level of "mainstream" metahuman. Most active superheroes fall somewhere into this category.
** Gamma: On a slightly lower power scale than Betas in terms of raw power, Gamma-level metahumans can nevertheless still be a threat to an Alpha, especially if they are in groups.
** Delta: The Delta level metahuman is at the bottom level of the mainstream metahuman. When compared to a normal individual, a Delta-level metahuman is amazing. When compared to a Beta, they are considerably less than impressive. A team of Delta's could probably cause a single Beta a great deal of difficulty in a fight, but a platoon of Betas could take on a battalion of Deltas and win.
** Epsilon: Epsilon-level metahumans sometimes have one or two useful superhuman powers, but generally they are considered jokes by the greater community of superhumans.
** Zeta: A Zeta-level metahuman is as weak as you can get and still be considered superhuman. In general, a Zeta has powers that don't do anything useful at all.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Hazard, Cold Comfort, Hip-Hop, Awesome X, Quarterback, Elite, and Action Man.
* CharmPerson: Propaganda, a Chinese hero, has this sort of mind control. She never commands, but only suggests. She has discovered that while her MindControl isn't as directly powerful as that of most [[PsychicPowers telepaths]], it tends to last longer and is harder to resist.
* ChekhovsArmory: The players in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' were encouraged to flesh out their characters' backgrounds to the fullest extent possible precisely because they would then be used as one big ChekhovsArmory. Even characters who had backgrounds that were mysterious even to themselves found their BackStory used for plot details later.
* ChekhovsArmy: Every single named character who showed up at any time in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' would be back later to play a larger part in the story. Every single one.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: In the very first [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] story, Dogfight's status as a husband and father is remarked on by his teammates, as it is relatively rare for costumed crimefighters to be married, much less to be married with children. Years later, when Dogfight is [[HeroicSacrifice killed rescuing people]] from the World Trade Center during the September 11th attacks, his family is brought front and center to add a bit more poignancy to the memorial for the attack's victims. They then disappeared into the background, presumably never to be seen again. In one of the last Guardians stories, Dogfight's oldest son reappears as a supervillain (having inherited his father's powers) seeking revenge on the Guardians, whom he blames for his father's death.
* ChekhovsExhibit: In story, the ''Unaussprechlichen Kulten'', a book of black magic rituals, was put on display as part of a special "Magic and the Occult" exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago. Naturally, it was stolen.
* ChekhovsGag: In one [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] story, heroic [[ShapeShifting shape shifter]] Pseudo is hired as a consultant to a production company making a superhero movie. At one point he uses his powers to duplicate the appearance of Viggo Mortensen (the leading man) as a joke and is immediately mistaken for the actor by his co-stars. HilarityEnsues. The story is shared among Pseudo's teammates and they all have a good laugh. A year later, Pseudo is hired again by the same company as a consultant for the sequel. When Pseudo's teammates visit the set, they immediately step up to Viggo Mortensen and start chatting away, thinking he's Pseudo. HilarityEnsues.
* ChekhovsGun: In one story, Knightblade's CoolCar makes an appearance at the beginning, but then is promptly abandoned as the manhunt moved into an abandoned tenement. At the end of the story, Knightblade was forced to use his CoolCar as a weapon against a supervillain when he finally chased him out of the tenement.
* ChekhovsGunman: The tall, impressive looking woman standing just behind and to the right of crimelord Baron Samedi in the early story that introduced Samedi as a DiabolicalMastermind? Yeah, it turns out that she's more than just Samedi's [[TheDragon|Dragon]]. It turns out she's Battle, the mother of Stone, the former Global Guardian.
* ChekhovsLecture: The [[KidHero students]] at the [[Superhero School Hyperion Academy]] used the information they learned in about electro-magnetism during their weekly physics class to defeat the villainous Lodestone.
* ChekhovsSkill: Just before their first encounter with the Brain Trust, Achilles teaches his teammate Arachne how to use a pick to open a set of handcuffs while her hands are cuffed behind her back. By the end of the story, she's used this brand new skill ''twice''.
* TheChessmaster: The Emperor, leader of [[NebulousEvilOrganization TAROT]], has his fingers in nearly every criminal enterprise on Earth in The GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse. He's also got his fingers in nearly every major legitimate business enterprise on Earth as well as more than a couple of governments. But then, what do you expect of a villain who is secretly an immortal [[ManipulativeBastard Niccolo Machiavelli]]?
* ChestInsignia: Given that the game is about superheroes, these are common.
* ChromeChampion: Alloy, Anvil, Mercury, Mister Steele, Coppertop, and Chrome.
* CivvieSpandex: Electric-powered heroine Cracklin' Rose wears a costume made up of a black leotard, a red cowl, and a red leather motorcycle jacket (the kind Italian cycle racers wear, not the kind American street gang biker's wear).
* ClingyCostume: The villainous Shadowspawn is really an alien parasite that has grafted itself onto a human being, whom it is slowly ''digesting''. When it finishes with one person, it moves on to another.
* ClueFromEd: During the various campaigns, this was used quite often when game master's had to reference events that occurred in their campaigns years prior, sometimes to players and characters who just weren't around when those events occurred.
* CoatHatMask: Josiah Brimstone, Mister Magic, Foreshadow and the Mask of Justice.
* CodeName: It would be easier to list the [[AvertedTrope aversions]], like Michael Kayle, David Thorn, Charles Carr, Nicholas Chandler, Josiah Brimstone, and Pamela Odd.
* ColorCharacter
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The Iron Legion is a group of seven PoweredArmor mercenaries who are [[CodeName code named]] for the seven spectral colors (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet), and whose armors are colored to match their names.
** The Lightning Power Special Team, a group of [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience color-coded heroes]], are the premiere superheroes of Japan.
* CombatClairvoyance: Foreshadow is a crimefightrer who occasionally partners with [[TheCowl Battlecat]], battling organized crime in New Orleans. He's an almost unbeatable hand-to-hand combatant due to his ability to see just far enough into the future to know what they will do. He's even used this power to dodge bullets. The Eye of God, an expert swordsman and member of the super-terrorist group known as "The Mujahedin", can do the same thing. One wonders what a fight between Foreshadow and the Eye of God would be like.
* CombatMedic: Lifeline is super-strong and can weild "bio-energy powers'. He's handy in a fight, but he mostly uses his powers to help the wounded.
* CombatTentacles: Lasher is a mercenary supervillain whose costume includes two coiled, steel whips he can use to great effect.
** [[PsychicPowers Psionic]] hero Gray Matter can create multiple "tentacles" of purple-colored mental energy that array themselves around his body like a halo. He uses them in combat when his opponents get too close.
* ComboPlatterPowers: For the most part, this was avoided in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', so the exceptions stand out all the more:
** Texas Superheroine Mustang Sally is super-strong and [[NighInvulnerable hard to hurt]]. She also has ImprobableAimingSkills and SuperSpeed.
** Tao, a genetically-engineered "perfect weapon", has heightened agility, strength, and stamina. She is also immune to intense temperatures, being able to survive naked in both the jungle and the arctic tundra, can eat nearly any sort of organic matter, is immune to poisons, and can hold her breath for hours.
** Oak is super-strong and invulnerable, but can also mentally control plants.
** Queen Bee can shrink, fire off energy blasts, fly using insect-like wings, and mentally control bees.
** The King, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Public's Obsession With Elvis Presley has sonic powers, knows karate, and is charming as all get out.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: You'd better damned believe it.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Used literally. Leland Orser, Mick Jagger, Avery Brooks, and Miley Cyrus are all super-powered, among others, and two (Leland Orser and Miley Cyrus) are a villain and hero, respectively.
** MarilynMonroe as the Platinum Blonde, a super-powered android crimefighter.
** Not to mention certain historical figures (Niccolo Machiavelle, Catherine de'Medici, and Juan Ponce de Leon, Prince Johann Dorian von Hapsburg, to name four) are all still alive and active in the "metahuman community").
* ComicBookLimbo: When players left the game, or when individual campaigns shut down, their casts usually faded into the background, never to be seen again.
* CommissionerGordon: Nearly every campaign had at least one.
* [[Monster/WebOriginal Complete Monster]]: Thankfully, there are only a few of these... things.
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Blood Red King]] (the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Terror), who, on a lark, once invaded the maternity ward of a Belgian hospital and suffocated all the babies whose name began with an "odd-numbered" letter (A = 1, C = 3, and so on). He once forced a crusading televangelist to rape, strangle, and dismember his own teenage daughter during a live television broadcast because he didn't like the man's hair. And the less said about what he did when he took over the Figlie Della Carita' di San Vincenzo De Paoli, a convent in Rome, the better.
** Tom Foolery. When he was first introduced, the players took him to be the usual gadget-wielding psychotic clown. But then they discover his "Peanut Gallery" (inhabited by the badly embalmed corpses of over a dozen children he'd abducted), a built-in "audience" for whom he was performing his "tricks".
** Swarm is a mutant driven insane by the very ''thought'' of her powers (she can turn into a horde of cockroaches). She's lost any humanity that was in her back when she was "normal", and now is little more than a cannibal serial killer.
* CommonNonsenseJury: It proved almost impossible to convict Ambrosia of any crime, even when she was caught red handed with both video and DNA evidence, because her lawyer managed to disqualify any woman who had a chance of landing on the jury. Her pheremone-driven power to cause all men to view her as attractive and friendly did the rest...
* TheComputerIsYourFriend: [[AIIsACrapshoot One]] has continually tried to take over the world in an attempt to fulfill its programming, which is to "find a way to end hunger and poverty on Earth", which it wants to do by wiping out 60% of the human population on Earth.
* ContagiousAI: One, an [[AIIsACrapshoot evil sentient computer program]] operates in this fashion.
* CoolBike: Battlecat rides a CoolBike called the Battlecycle. It's tricked out like one of JamesBond's cars.
* CoolHelmet: The helmet worn by Barnstormer, a jetpack-wearing GoldenAge hero, has an art-deco fin on it that doubles as a rudder, helping him steer as he flies.
* CoolHouse: Doctor Ka's mansion in New Orleans bears a striking resemblance to the Winchester Mansion. And for the same reason.
* CoolKey: The villainous Locksmith had a large, elaborate, and rather baroque-looking key that he uses to open any lock, and create "doorways"... dimensional tunnels from one location to another... by way of opening random door. When the heroes captured this "dimensional key", they discovered it was just a prop, and it was the man who had the power all along.
* TheCorruption: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', this is one of [[EldritchAbomination The Blood]] [[CompleteMonster Red]] [[AnthropomorphicPersonification King's]] favorite tactics: find an innocent person and turn them into monsters by granting them power and turning off any sort of moral control over that power and then letting them loose on the unsuspecting populace.
* TheCowl: Achilles. Battlecat and his daughter, Lynx, in New Orleans. The Nightwatchman in Boston. El Buho in Mexico City.
* TheCracker: Electronic thieves-for-hire Deadlock, Keystroke, and E-Beam.
* CradlingYourKill: Though he only renders the target unconscious, Achilles of the Global Guardians typically does this to [[{{Mook}} Mooks]] he takes down when he's trying to be stealthy, just so the sound of their unconscious bodies doesn't alert anyone he's coming.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: The villainous speedster Slipstream blames the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] for the death of his father, the superhero Dogfight (a former member of the Guardians himself) in the 9/11 attacks. Slipstream has sworn vengeance.
* CreepySexy: Sweet Synn, the succubus supervillain, is remembered by the players more for the "Oh yeah, I remember [[FanService her artwork]]... wow..." factor than by her appearances in the stories.
* [[Awesome/WebOriginal Crowning Moment of Awesome]]: Several.
** Senshudan One, the premiere hero team of Japan, fought Godzilla and drove him away before the creature destroyed Tokyo.
** Syrian villain Khof dropped the Shield from ''orbit'', and the hero survived.
** Stone was rammed by a desperate [[{{Mook}} henchman]] driving a semi-truck. Stone's reaction? "Are you finished?"
** The Global Guardians' collective reaction to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.
* [[Heartwarming/WebOriginal Crowning Moment of Heartwarming]]: The storyline in which PoweredArmor-wearing superheroine Diamond adopts an little girl orphaned in a supervillain attack.
** Also the storyline in which Stone tracks down the identity of his birth parents, only to find out that he is the son of two supervillains. It culminates in his convincing Battle, his mother, to make a HeelFaceTurn.
** The Shield giving his "I have AIDS and the only thing keeping me alive is my powers" speech shortly before sacrificing those powers, and his life, to save the world.
* CulturedBadass: Lord Doom. Wealthy? Check. Highly educated? Check. Loves the classics? Check. Patron of the arts? Check. Gourmand? Check. FriendToAllChildren? Check. Published author and poet? Check. Olympic-level athlete? Check. MadScientist dedicated to ruling the world? Check.
* CuteBruiser: Heart Girl. Imagine Superman as a nine-year-old blonde girl with pigtails.
** Nicholas Chandler also. A fourteen year old boy who is perhaps the only "monster slayer" on the planet more feared than Charles Carr. At age eight he used a baseball bat to kill a menacing spirit he still thinks of (at the grand old age of eleven) as "the Boogeyman". Considered the "creepy little kid" in his neighborhood, and is distrusted by parents and children alike... until the children come to him telling stories of strange things bumping around their windows at night. Lives with his parents, naturally.
* CutLexLuthorACheck:
** The Evil Mastermind, leader of Evil Mensa, invented a foolproof, hand-portable, lightweight fusion reactor. He uses it to power his weapons in order to strike back at his enemies rather than improve the world.
** Doctor Armageddon's first act of super-science was to cure his own leukemia. Did he then release his ''cancer cure'' to the world at large and make himself rich? Of course not. He used his knowledge of genetic engineering and epidemiology to hold entire cities hostage.
** Doctor Simian spins off new technologies as easily as you or I breathe. But all he wants to do is rule the world of man.
** Averted in the case of benevolent MadScientist Fiona Richards, who invented a cure for nearly 70% of all types of cancer... and then made herself a billionaire by mass-producing the cure and distributing it world-wide.
* [[ArtificialLimbs Cybernetics]]: * The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', featured several cybernetic characters, including Indian hero Naja (his legs have been replaced with a long cybernetic "tail", and he has envenomed "fangs" in his wrists), Koushik (his right arm has been replaced and gives him super-strong punches), Halftrack (the lower half of his body has been replaced by a tracked, tank-like machine with attached heavy weaponry), Daemon (cranial implants let him jack into computers, and other implants increase his strength, durability, and speed), Deadlock (cranial implants allow him to "jack in" new skillsets as needed), Overdrive (arms, legs, and spine have been reinforced, giving her SuperSpeed), and Robotman (who is a BrainInAJar with a total body replacement).
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Cyborg assassin Deadlock from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has replaced the emotional center of his brain with a computer system that allows him to "jack in" skill files. When he needs martial arts, he inserts a martial arts chip, and so on. He is incapable of feeling any emotion and has become cold and merciless and inhuman.
** Robotman, a superhero who is essentially a BrainInAJar (where the jar is a powerful robot body), believes that his total body replacement has done this to him. But it hasn't.
* CycleOfRevenge: Ultr-Man and Baron Malthus have been battling each other since World War II. It stopped being about "preventing injustice" (for Ultra-Man) or "committing a crime" (for Baron Malthus) a long, long time ago... no, these days [[ItsPersonal its strictly personal]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Los Hermanos is DangerouslyGenreSavvy. He's the hero who notes that if there's no body, there's no villain death, or mentions the fact that sending the villains to prison never works. Everyone around him complains about his "pessimism", but he's never been wrong yet.
** Simon Bar Sinister and Penny Dreadful never put captured heroes into deathtraps. They simply whip out the guns and start blasting.
* TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks: This was generally avoided, with a single exception: the Night Life in the Big Easy campaign was built on this trope.
* DarkAgeOfSupernames: Oh my, were there several. Some players just couldn't get over the fact that the games were supposedly running under BronzeAge ideals and not DarkAge ideals. Ballistic, Ambush, Battlecat, Twilight, Recoil, Fracture, Fusillade, Shift, Flux, and Ablaze are just a random ten, and those are the ''heroes''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: While most of the campaigns in the setting were standard BronzeAge fare, the ''Night Life In The Big Easy'' campaign, which featured a solo 1980s-style vigilante facing off against a voodoo-themed criminal empire that had been built on drugs, prostitution, and white slavery.
* DarkIsEdgy: Several characters have these abilities in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Nearly all of them fall under Category Two. Nocturne, Eclipse (who can also [[LightTheWay manipulate light), Shadowcloak, Night Vision, Raven, Tatterdemalion, Moonshadow (who, like Eclipse, can also [[LightTheWay control light]]), Zmierzch (Polish for "Twilight"), Bloody Mary, Muerte Oscura, Shadowspawn, and Obsidian.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Baltimore heroine Tao has skin the color of mahogany and platinum blonde hair. And its her natural color.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Texan hero Firedrake is a black man with pumpkin-orange hair. Its a side-effect of his powers.
* DatingCatwoman: Los Hermanos, a member of the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] is having a torrid affair with Brigit, the daughter of [[DiabolicalMastermind Lord Doom]] via one of his copy bodies.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', there were stories that focused on the support staff of this or that hero team, on bystanders to superheroic battles, on journalists reporting on super-battles, and so on.
** Most memorably, in the ''Hyperion Academy'' campaign, there were six player characters, but over twenty non-player character students at the school. Every one of the non-player students was featured in a story.
* DeadpanSnarker: Los Hermanos, a member of the Global Guardians, is probably the most notable heroic example. The most notable villainous example is likely The Evil Mastermind, leader of Evil Mensa.
* DeadlyGas: Belcher can let loose with weaponized burps. Mostly he uses noxious gases, but has been known to let loose with a gout of fire occasionally.
* DeadlyUpgrade: Recoil had the power to absorb electromagnetic energy and use it for his own purposes. His absorption had no upper limit, but the more energy he took in, the more damage he suffered. When Doctor Devastation unleashed a superweapon that used an electromagnetic signal to trigger autosuicide in some 30% of the human population, Recoil wrapped himself around the broadcaster and set his absorption power to [[HeroicSacrifice "Go Ahead And Kill Me, But I'm Stopping The Signal."]] And he did. And it did.
* DeathDealer: Blackjack uses tricked out, weaponized playing cards as weapons, and dresses in a costume reminiscent of the Jack of Spades.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Hardcase was a career criminal with a stack of open warrants against him in four different states. When al-Queda attacked the World Trade Center, he didn't hesitate to go and help rescue people from the damaged buildings. He was killed when the North Tower collapsed, and earned a full presidential pardon for all his crimes.
* DeathByOriginStory: Several characters. Most especially Doctor Ka, whose family was slaughtered by demons when his sorcerer father delved into things Man was not meant to know, and Battlecat, whose entire family (other than his daughter) were slaughtered by crime lord Baron Samedi and his Mafiosi.
* DecoyLeader: [[DiabolicalMastermind The Empress]] of [[NebulousEvilOrganization Tarot]] uses this technique to protect herself from assassins, something she has to worry about because she's in a power-struggle to control [[AncientConspiracy Tarot]] with [[DiabolicalMastermind The Emperor of Tarot]].
* DemotedToExtra: As with ComicBookLimbo, both players and entire campaigns came and went over the course of the setting's history. As they did, the characters involved would fade form importance.
* DetectEvil: Mercy (who is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the commonly-held concept of angels) can detect "sin and iniquity", which while not quite the same thing as detecting evil nevertheless gets the job done.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Minx, daughter of protagonist Battlecat, is the {{Deuteragonist}} of ''Night Life in the Big Easy''.
* DiabolicalMastermind: There are several, but the ones to ''really'' worry about are Lord Doom (who wants to take over the world in order to save humanity from itself), Doctor Simian (a super-intelligent chimpanzee who wants to overthrow humanity and put apes in their rightful place as rulers of the Earth), and The Emperor, leader of TAROT (who wants to control the world through economics).
** It is entirely possible that The Emperor has already succeeded in doing just that.
* [[RandomNumberGod Dice]]: {{Champions}} uses six-sided dice. Usually, though, most game masters either rolled all dice themselves, or else just forgot about dice-rolling and [[RuleOfCool went with whatever worked best for their story]].
* DidMomJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: All-Star, a student at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], came home for the holidays to find the villainous Doctor XX (who didn't recognize him out of costume) sitting at his family's dining room table. Turns out the villainous doctor had gone to college with his mother and they were catching up on old times.
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: * This happens once when one of Los Hermanos's duplicates comes across [[CompleteMonster The Blood Red King]]] in an empty New York coffee shop. The villain hadn't even killed any of the shop's staff.
-->'''The Blood Red King:''' Sit down, sit down... if I had wanted to kill you, your entrails would already be hanging from the ceiling fans. Here... have a cup. It's Indonesian. Cream? Sugar?"
* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Los Magnificos, the heroic defenders of Mexico City, made a deal with the Garodillos crime family to turn a blind eye to certain crimes in exchange for the crime family's assistance in policing the barrios they controlled of its more extreme elements, because the problems faced by those areas were too much for the heroes to handle on their own. And it worked, for a while. Sure, there was still drug-trafficking, but murders and rapes went down. Eventually, however, the members of Los Magnificos were little more than a superhuman enforcement arm for the Mexican mafia.
* DieOrFly: Being a superhero setting, this happened a lot. Three notable examples are:
** Gypsy gained her powers when she and her little brother were victims in a drive-by shooting. Her powers allowed her to survive. Her little brother was less fortunate.
** Aurora was caught in an uncontrolled fusion reaction. Rather than be vaporized, or die of radiation poisoning, she became a living, human-shaped fusion reactor.
** White Rabbit gained her powers in a car-wreck that almost killed her and her infant son.
* DifferentlyPoweredIndividual: The official, scientific term for superhumans is ''meta-powered humans''. But outside of the scientific journals, you'll generally never encounter the term.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Echo, a mutant superheroine who can control and generate sound, is also blind. It doesn't worry her much, because she uses the ambient sound around her as a type of sonar.
** Erich Welchell, the DiabolicalMastermind known as Brainchild, is paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair. He is also a powerful telekinetic who can fly... so screw the damned wheelchair.
* DishingOutDirt: Rock Bottom, Estatua ("Statue" in Portuguese), Granite Man, Surkha Khamba ("Ruby Monolith" in Hindi), Golem, Stone (not the biker-hero... the other one), Zemletpyasenee ("Earthquake" in Russian), Temblor, The Sandman, Mudpie, Mountain, The Sculptor, Sand, Kazan ("Magma" in Japanese), and Petra.
* DistractedByTheSexy: One of porn-star-turned-supervillain [[MsFanservice Cheesecake's]] few actual super-powers, if you can call it that, was being so pretty she was literally stunning to look at, if she wanted to be. Literally.
* DoAnythingRobot: Robotic supervillain Omega not only contains a vast array of built-in capabilities, he can redesign himself almost instantly when the need arises to cover a situation is standard settings don't cover.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Knightblade not only dislikes them, he goes out of his way to hunt down gun-traffickers. Stone hates them as well, which is ironic, as he is as bulletproof as his name implies.
* DominoMask: Very common.
* DopplegangerSpin: This is a standard tactic of Los Hermanos, a duplicator who can split into nearly a thousand copies of himself.
* DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime: The story in which Bungie and Ultra-Man brow-beat the normally aloof Achilles, who's never really experienced a ''real'' Christmas himself, into dressing up as Santa Claus for a local orphanage and handing out presents. It ends with Achilles discovering a gift-wrapped present on his bunk in Guardians headquarters. We never find out who sent it, or what was in it, but it is implied that the gift came from his father.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Constellation, one of the students at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], regularly got precognitive dreams warning the studen body of dangers on the horizon.
* DreamWeaver: Dream Catcher could manipulate dreams and bring them out of a person's head and into reality.
* DrillTank: The villainous Subterranean uses a DrillTank to break into museums, bank vaults, and other secure locations from underneath.
* DumbMuscle: * Bamm-Bamm from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. He is perhaps the third (or maybe fourth) strongest person (either hero or villain) in the world, NighInvulnerable, devoted to his older brother (the supervillain Eightball), and has Down's Syndrome. A member of HardCorps, his brother's super-villain team.
** Want to press Eightball's BerserkButton really, really hard? Make fun of Bamm-Bamm's condition or use any variation of the word "retard" in his presence. Go head. I ''double-dog dare you''.
* EightiesHair: * Aurora, Diamond, and Vindicator loved this look.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Tarot's primary base in the United States is a multi-level complex located four stories beneath the Pentagon's lowest level.
* EldritchAbomination: Lovecraft was ''right''. The Great Old Ones invaded this reality at the beginning of time, were imprisoned by the Powers That Be (or at least the Powers That Were at the Time), and in modern day the heroes have to deal with their remnants, their cultists, and their attempts to reinvade reality.
** Dagon, an evil sorcerer, is a primordial sea-god fused into the body of a modern human. It even resembles a mind flayer from DungeonsAndDragons.
** The Cthonians, the mortal descendants of the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]], want to free their ancestors from their mystic prisons. The heroes naturally think this is a bad idea.
* ElementalAbsorption: Most users of ElementalPowers in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' can do this with their appropriate element, as long as they are capable of generating that element in the first place. If all they can do is manipulate the element, then absorption is usually beyond the scope of their power.
* ElementalEmbodiment: A few characters who were the embodiment of the elements. Ifrit was a literal fire demon from Islamic mythology. Maelstrom was the "lord of storms" and could control wind, wave, and lightning. Indian superheroine Dhara is the [[PhysicalGod embodiment]] of the Vedic goddess of the earth.
* ElementalPowers: Several characters from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have elemental powers:
** Earthquake, Ouros, Cairn, Zemletpyasenee (Russian for "Earthquake"; its a popular name), and Creag all control rock and stone.
** Inferna, Hotshot, Diablo, Incendie (French for "Blaze"), Mondfeur (German for "Moonfire"), Ulkataranara (Hindi for "Comet Man"), Matahari Merah (who uses no CodeName), Firebird, Playma (Russian for "Flame"), Salamander, Sunfire, Wildfire, Ifrit, The Confessor, Morningstar, Komet, Molotov, Inferno, Fuoco Bianco ("White Fire", in Italian), Pumpkin Jack, Tourmeline, Pyro, Dragon, and Red Devil all generate or control fire.
** Cyclone, Breeze, Twister, Cloud Dragon, Shu, Gale, Vetra, Venta, Kamikaze, and Turbo all control the air and generate wind.
** Vulnapyezdka ("Wave Rider" in Russian), Cascade, and Maelstrom have water powers.
** Dark Wind has powers over smoke, haze, and mist.
** Gaea's Children are an entire team of eco-terrorist supervillains with ElementalPowers: Flame controls fire, Mountain has earth- and stone-related powers, River controls water, and Wind controls the air.
** The Four Winds are a supervillain team who all have control over a different aspect of the weather: Flurry has wind and cold powers; Hurricane has wind and water powers; Sirocco has wind and heat powers; and Tornado has wind and speed powers.
** John Colbert, a student at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] called "Centigrade", not only generates fire, but generates ice as well.
** Dust Devil has control over both wind and sand.
** Typhoon has "storm powers" that give him control over wind, electricity, and water.
* EmotionalBruiser: Ultra-Man has his mopey periods whenever he's reminded of the fact that all of his friends and loved ones are now dead from old age.
* EmotionBomb: Sweet Sorrow is an [[EmotionControl emotion manipulator]] who concentrates on the darker emotions. She once made a successful escape by making a crowd of innocent bystanders both terrified of and furious with the superheroes trying to capture her.
* EmotionControl: Sweet Sorrow is an emotion manipulator who concentrates on the "darker" emotions like fear, anger, hatred, sadness, depression, and so on. Charmer makes people trust and like her as if she was their closest friend. Heart-Throb, one of the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] students, controls the full range of emotions, but he's best with love and affection.
** The Blood Red King is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Fear and Terror. Manipulating fear in others is his bread and butter power.
* TheEmpath: Sweet Sorrow is an empathic [[EmotionControl emotion manipulator]] who concentrates on the darker emotions. She can sense the full range of human emotions quite accurately, and is very good at sparking the darker range in others.
* EncyclopediaExposita: Each chapter of the various campaign archives began with quotations from some in-universe source. While most of these were off-hand (yet relevant) comments from the characters involved about the action presented in the chapter, sometimes they were quotations from such items as ''An Examination of Irregular Wave Forms and Power Phasing Effects in the Jaffe Battery'' (better known as the "Ray Gun Paper"), ''Genetic Inflexibility and Geographic Isolation as Influences in Metagene Frequency'' (a scientific study on why certain regions of the world have more superhumans than others), and ''The Book of Holy Power''. the religious scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ, Superhuman (a cult that teaches that teaches that Jesus was a Metahuman who will one day return from his "sojourn" with an advanced alien society somewhere in space).
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Each story of a [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] campaign was set up like a season of a television series. Specifically, the finale of each season was an end of the world scenario. Notable examples were the [[AlienInvasion Xorn invasion]], the near-miss of an asteroid, the release of a horde of [[EldritchAbomination elder gods]] on the planet, impending nuclear holocaust, drastic historical revision by way of a time-traveling bad guy, an invasion by MirrorUniverse versions of the various superheroes, and quite a few other threats to the entire planet.
* EnemyToAllLivingThings: The Oppressor, a Lord of Order, wants to cleans Earth of all life because life is, ultimately, chaotic and messy and by his very nature he want to put an end to anything that is "chaotic and messy".
* EnergyAbsorption: The Fat Man, an unfortunately-if-appropriately named, absorbs kinetic energy. The kinetic energy gets converted to fat, thus increasing his [[NighInvulnerable resistance to injury]]. It also increases his height and weight.
** Chinese superhero Overpower can absorb any sort of energy at all. Doing so increases her already prodigious strength.
* EnergyBeing: Photon of the Supreme Six, a superhero team in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is an EnergyBeing whose body is made of [[LightTheWay pure light]]. He retains human form mainly because it makes things easier to interact with his teammates.
* [[PureEnergy Energy Blasts]]: This is a pretty common power type in the ‘’GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse’’. Victory, Evengella, Argent, both Quantums (one an American superhero with [[PhysicalGod vast and near-limitless power]], the other a Spanish hero with not quite as much power), Silverwing, and the Chaos Lord all use the “cosmic energy” rational, and some use the “energy can’t be destroyed” assumption as well.
* EveryoneIsASuper: The villainous SuperRobot Omega is from one possible future where the metagene, the source of most metahuman powers, has spread to most of humanity. This has basically left the "norms" (as they are called) an ethnic minority who aren't actually oppressed so much as they are treated by the rest of the population with the same arrogant condescension that RealLife minorities were treated during the days of the White Man's Burden.
* EverythingIsOnline: This trope is the default setting for internet research in most of the Guardians Universe campaigns.
* EverythingsBetterWithBunnies: March Hare, White Rabbit, and Silver Marten are all "[[PettingZooPeople bunnyesque]]" superhumans, with the ears and the nose and the soft, soft fur. March Hare is a [[PsychicPowers mentalist]] supervillain, Silver Marten is an [[AxeCrazy bloodthirsty, murderous]] supervillain, and White Rabbit is a hero.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' plays this trope straight with the Ape superheroes Tachyon, Massive, Charity, Bounder, and The Shape. They invert the trope with the Ape supervillains Guido the Killer Chimp and Brainy Ape, not to mention the sinister [[EvilGenius Doctor Simian]] and his [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters "ape liberation" organization, Prime 8]].
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Many [[SuperSpeed speedsters]] are capable of spinning for short periods of time in order to create certain effects or to instantly change into their costume. Gyro, however, is a [[SuperSpeed speedster]] who ''specializes'' in spinning. His powers make him function a lot like a human gyroscope.
* EverythingSensor: This being a superhero game, with superhuman senses being almost commonplace, this sort of thing happens a lot. Especially with PoweredArmor-wearing heroes.
* EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels: Sciurus, a squirrel-powered superhero, is superhumanly agile, can leap long distances, can scale walls with his claws, and has a reaction time that is nothing short of phenomenal.
* EverythingsPrettierWithButterflies: Swallowtail is a [[{{Badass}} powerful and effective]] PoweredArmor-wearing superhero whose suit is yellow and black and has rather glorious-looking gold-foil butterfly wings (they act as stabilizers when she flies).
* EverythingsWorseWithBears: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has several examples of this trope:
** Render is an animalistic, bear-like [[AxeCrazy psycho-villain]] who likes the taste of human blood.
** ''Coach Bear'', the gym teacher at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], used to be the superhero known as "Kodiak".
** Ursa is a Russian superhero who can turn into a polar bear.
* EvilCounterpart: Blackstar is a renegade member of the Guardsmen. The Tyrants are a "mirror universe" version of the Global Guardians.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: When Fury suffered a HeroicBSOD and turned from a superheroine into a crazed criminal-killer, she changed her costume (which was already {{Stripperific}}) changed from a red midriff-baring halter and tight pants to a black thong bikini-and-leather jacket combination.
* EvilGenius: Several. Doctor Simian, the Evil Mastermind, Brainchild, and Baron Malthus are the most notable examples.
* EvillyAffable: [[MonsterClown Tom Foolery]] is an authentically talented clown capable of putting people in stiches with laughter... if it weren't for the fact that he's a [[AxeCrazy murderous psychopath]].
* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: [[OmnicidalManiac The sorcerer Dagon]] pretty much had just one evil plan that he used every time he went up against the heroes: release the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]] from their extra-dimensional prison so they can rule the Earth once again as they did billions of years before those johnny-come-lately humans (who, by the way, will be served up en masse as hors' dourves at the "Happy Get Out of Extra-Dimensional Prison Day" party). He's been beaten every time so far... but he only has to win once.
* EvilOverlord: Lord Doom and The Emperor both qualify.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The Palace, in Hamilton Bermuda, headquarters of EvilOverlord Lord Doom.
* {{Excalibur}}: Wielded by legendary SilverAge hero Excalibur, and his son, the BronzeAge hero Pendragon.
* ExiledFromContinuity: Absolutely [[AvertedTrope averted]]. If you submitted a character (be it a player or a non-player character) to the setting, it was fair game to be used in someone else's story. Granted, that someone else was required to work with you to do it, but you couldn't refuse someone else's requests to use your guy.
* ExperiencePoints: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' used the ''HeroSystem'' rules for ExperiencePoints.
* ExpressiveHair: Slipknot, a member of the superheroic Euroguard from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', has long, [[SuperStrength superhumanly strong]] PrehensileHair. Naturally, it also reflects his emotional state.
* Extranormalnstitute: The Venture Institute, Hyperion Academy, and Shadow Academy are all [[SuperheroSchool superhero schools]]. There's also Martha Corey High School in Nowhere, Ohio, which is a WizardingSchool.
* ExtraOreDinary: Perepis can telekinetically manipulate metal, as can Ogun (who wears a suit of telekinetically manipulated "PoweredArmor"). Mercury, a liquid-metal shapeshifter akin to the [[{{Terminator}} T-1000]] can form his own body into various metallic shapes.
* EyeBeams: The Griffon can fire beams of pure mystic energy from his eyes. Victory can do the same but with a relatively undefined "cosmic" energy.
* FadSuper: Headbanger is a heavy-metal themed villain who uses ThePowerOfRock as a weapon. Glitterball was a disco-themed hero active in the late 1970s. Speedway is a Nascar-themed speedster. Yo-Yo uses gimmicked yo-yos as weapons.
* FailOSuckyname: Several of her fellow teenagers make dirty jokes at the expense of Banging. She's only fourteen, though, and grew up a bit sheltered before running away.
** Itsy Bitsy, a shrinking superheroine from the same setting, gets made fun of a lot as well.
** Fey, an elven swordsman brought back to Earth from a mythical fairyland, can't understand why he's the butt of constant gay jokes.
** The first time the Superheroic trio Ready, Willing, and Able introduced themselves, the reaction they got was, "Are you for real, with that?"
* Fainting Seer: This happened when Second Sight, perhaps the most powerful precog in the setting, got flashes of the upcoming apocalypse when [[CompleteMonster Dagon]] began his plot to unleash the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]] from their interdimensional prison. The shock of the visions knocked her unconscious for nearly an hour.
* FallenHero: Mister America fought the Nazis, helped defeat them, and came back to a hero's welcome. He took off the costume, revealed his real name, and went to Hollywood to become an actor. And then he threw it all away by testifying before the [=McCarthy=] hearings as a friendly witness. He's since tried to make multiple comebacks, but every time he does someone reminds him of the day he left his friends swinging in the wind before a hostile Congress.
* FastTunnelling: The Mole can do this. The Subterranean can do this also, but he uses a DrillTank.
* FictionalPoliticalParty: The United States of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is a land where the Democrats and Republicans still win the greater majority of elections, but the country cannot be said to still be a two-party nation. The Green Party isn't the joke it is in the real world, and has split the liberal vote with the World Voice Party (whose major policies center around equal rights for all sentient creatures). On the conservative side, the Tea Party has split from the Republicans, and the New Horizon Party (an even-more-ultraconservative party who publically says their policies are "humans first", but they define "human" as "rich white, Anglo-Saxon protestants).
* FieryRedhead: Heatwave, a mutant who generated and controlled fire, was a coppery redhead in her SecretIdentity. When she turned her powers on, she literally became a fiery redhead.
* FifthWeekEvent: Quite often, players would write stories on their own, detailing "side-stories" that involved their characters. They got ExperiencePoints for doing so.
* FireForgedFriends: Majestic, a hero team sponsored and sanctioned by the British government, was originally a group of perfect strangers from all parts of the British isles, brought together by the government quickly and with no warning in response to an attack by the subterranean Lemurians. The experience made them a true team. Later, the team would move from this to a true BandOfBrothers while fighting off the super-terrorists known as Jihad.
* FlamingHair: Heatwave posed for Playboy (she was Miss March, 1992). During her photo-shoot for the magazine, she kept her hair... including her pubic hair... "aflame" as part of a disguise.
* Flight: Of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters 10,000+ active characters]] in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', it's estimated that approximately 60% of them have one form of flight or another. All of the options listed on the page have multiple examples.
* FlyingBrick. Too many to list them all. This being a roleplaying game based on comic book heroes, the trope is as common as you might imagine.
** In addition to all the examples mentioned under TheCape above (all of whom are [[FlyingBrick flying bricks]], you've also got Phenom, Independence, Captain Hammer, Lady Liberty, Gladiadora, Shining Dawn, Ulkataranara, Ultra, Relampago, and Armageddon Girl, just to name a random ten.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In Stone's first appearance as a [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardian]], a fight with several villains from [[NebulousEvilOrganization TAROT]], [[WorldsStrongestMan Strength]] jokes at him, "Say hello to your Mom for me." Stone, being an orphan, just took it as a taunt. ''Nine years later'', Stone finds out that he isn't an orphan at all, that his mother is a supervillain and that Stone was hidden from her by his own father, and that she had worked with [[WorldsStrongestMan Strength]] on several occasions.
--->'''Stone:''' "At least now I know what that muscleheaded bastard meant..."
* FourElementEnsemble: Gaea's Children, a supervillain team themed after the four classic elements, was made up of [[PlayingWithFire Flame]], [[DishingOutDirt Mountain]], [[MakingASplash River]], and [[BlowYouAway Wind]].
* FragileSpeedster: Generally [[AvertedTrope averted]], as most speedsters in the Global Guardians Universe have some sort of damage resistance as a [[RequiredSecondaryPowers side-effect of their velocity]].
* FreakLabAccident: This is a common origin for both heroes and villains. Anole was bitten by a venomous snake that had been subjected to genetic experimentation, turning him into a reptile-man. Embrace was accidentally exposed to a mutegenic gas in a lab explosion. Koorogi was almost electricuted when a gene sequencer shorted out while he was working with it. Polaris got caught in an overpoweringly powerful magnetic field when his lab equipment activated accidentally during an experiment. Aurora gained her powers when the experimental fusion reactor she was working on exploded. There are many more.
* FreudianExcuse: Lord Doom, an EvilOverlord WellIntentionedExtremist supervillain, was nine years old when he became the only member of his family to survive internment in a Nazi concentration camp (his father was executed right in front of the boy by a camp guard who was "merely testing his newly-issued pistol"). He didn't even have the consolation of a community of Holocaust survivors to relate to as his family wasn't Jewish, or Gypsy, or Slavs... there were merely politically inconvenient. His campaign to take over the world is founded on his very real, very sincere, and very, '''''very''''' obsessive wish that no more children suffer the loss of their Mommy and Daddy and little sisters like he did.
* FriendToAllChildren: Stone is one of the roughest toughest heroes out there. He's hard on criminals normally. If they specifically hurt a child? Let's just say [[BerserkButton things will get really ugly, really fast]].
* FunctionalMagic: Every single form of magic exists in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Practitioners of magic are on both sides of the "hero/villain" moral line, though there are some who walk straight down the middle of the line. The most powerful wizard on Earth is the Warlock, also called TheArchmage.
** Alchemy: The Alchemist, specifically uses crafted potions, ungents, and powders to create effects in his career as a criminal.
** HermeticMagic: Black Angel backs up his demonic powers with HermeticMagic. Its not too useful in direct combat, but it gets the job done when he needs it to.
** RitualMagic: * Damien Thorne, a charismatic demonologist who claims to be the son of [[{{Satan}} the Devil]] himself, uses nothing but ritual magic. He's not quite [[HermeticMagic hermetic]] about it (he likes mixing it up, and HermeticMagic is too time-consuming for actual fighting) but he comes close.
* FunPersonified: Chuckles the Happy Clown, who not only lives up to his name, but was one of the most effective crimefighters in the history of the setting. Donato Spinelli, the player of the character, was generally thought as being the ''best'' roleplayer anyone had ever met, or had the pleasure of interacting with.
* GadgeteerGenius: This is an honest to God super-power in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Some GadgeteerGenius's have only the power to make one very, very advenced device (Roland Jaffe, for example, created an electrical storage battery the size of an iPod that could store more electricity than a ten-foot-high pile of car batteries, or Peter Dansker, a technician for Lucent who managed to build a truly sentient android over the course of a weekend), while others are able to toss out new technology as easily as most other people breathe. Individuals who possess the latter type of the power include Herr Doktor Archeville, The Evil Mastermind, Lord Doom, Doctor Simian, Diamond, Toybox, Knickknack, the Junk Man, the Weaponsmith, and Technomage.
* GaiasVengeance: This is the entire goal of the mastervillain Abyss. He's trying to return the Earth to the way it was when he was a child. The fact that he's a hyper-evolved ''Homo habilis'' whose childhood was a million years ago, before humans learned to make fire for themselves and were hunted by every predatory species to say "What's for dinner?" is why Abyss is considered a supervillain.
* TheGambler: Blackjack uses tricked out, weaponized playing cards as weapons, and dresses in a costume reminiscent of the Jack of Spades.
** The Card Sharks are the [[CaptainErsatz GGU's version]] of DC's Royal Flush Gang.
** The Gambler is a street-level foe of Battlecat who has an [[{{Idiosyncrazy}} obsession with games of chance]] and commits gambling-themed crimes.
* GameMaster: Every campaign had one.
* GameSystem: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' used the HeroSystem as its rules base.
* GasMaskLongcoat: Death's Head, a supervillain with the power to cause spontaneous illness and infection, wears a World War II-era gas mask, a fedora, and a trenchcoat of his costume.
* GatlingGood: Global Guardians villain Caliber, a member of HardCorps, wears a suit of PoweredArmor whose primary weapon is a huge minigun mounted on his right shoulder.
* GemstoneAssault: Shard is [[MadeOfIron made of living diamond]]. One of her powers is spraying a cone of sharpened diamond chips at her opponents.
** The Sinister Circle is a group of mystically-inclined villains who each get their power from one of a set of magical gemstones. These guys are evil with a capital EVIL, to the point that even the degenerates in All Hallow's Eve and the Hellfire Club avoid them out of fear. Bloodstone lives up to his name with [[LovecraftianSuperpower "blood control"]] powers; Diamond has [[BarrierWarrior force powers]]; Obsidian has [[DarkIsEdgy darkness powers]]; and Tourmaline has [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]].
* TheGenerationGap: The heroes of past decades sometimes have very different attitudes toward crime and crimefighting than the younger crimefighters. The heroes who are still active from the 40s and 50s, for example, tend to hold a black-and-white view of morality and are much more conservative than the ones who were born in the 80s.
* GeniusBonus: The magical young children of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' attend Martha Corey Memorial High School in Nowhere, Ohio. Martha Corey being the first woman convicted of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials.
** British FlyingBrick heroine Samsonite, from the same setting, took her name from the [[NighInvulnerable indestructible]] brand of luggage of the same name. Most people assume it’s a variation on "Samson".
* GeniusBruiser: Ultra-Man.
* GenkiGirl: Gimmick, a KidHero GadgeteerGenius from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' who fights crime in Saint Louis, Missouri.
* GentleGiant: Ultra-Man.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: The Charmer causes everyone around her to like her as if they were her best friend through the simple expedient of forcing them to be happy whenever she's around. The target thus associates happiness with the Charmer, to the point that they are incapable of being happy when she's ''not'' around anymore.
* GiantFlyer: Lord Dragon, Glaserwyrm, and Draco, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', were all honest-to-God dragons. Glaserwyrm was simply a monster to be beaten down. Lord Dragon was a dragon who turned into a man to act like a superhero, while Draco was a man who turned into a full-blown dragon and fought crime as a superhero.
* GiantPoofySleeves: Geomancer wore a tunic-and-poofy-sleeve-over-tights combination as a costume that made him look amazingly similar to [[TheDCU the DC character]] Firestorm.
* GiantWaistRibbon: Psychic superhero Oracle combines a bright red GiantWaistRibbon with a Playboy bunny-esque bustier and fishnet stockings as her crimefighting costume.
* {{Glamour}}: The Charmer's whole power is getting people to like her to the point that they'll do anything she wants. Ambrosia uses super-pheremones to do the same thing, but only to men.
* GlamourFailure: The French supervillain Mindscape, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', avoids cameras as often as he can, because anyone viewing him on film or in photographs can instantly tell he's a deformed hunchback and not the GQ-quality supermodel-handsome man he uses his powers of illusion to pretend to be.
* GMPC: There were loads of them, but they were always being played in other games.
* GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel: The Global Guardians once had to stop a mad scientist intent on going back and killing Hitler (and thereby changing the world for the ''worse''... and when they got back, discovered a Nazi victory. Luckily, the rules by which TimeTravel worked in the setting meant that it was an [[AlternateHistory alternate dimension]] and not a change in the timeline.
* GodzillaThreshold: Quantum from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' was the most powerful superbeing on Earth. He was quite literally capable of disintegrating the moon, had he wanted to, but of course he never wanted to. When the Xorn invaded, he went out to meet their attack fleet in space and finally let himself cut loose. [[HeroicSacrifice It was almost enough.]]
* TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks: The GoldenAge campaign was made of this.
* GoldenThighRatio: The Cheerleaders, a trio of supervillains from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', consciously make use of this trope as part of their "Jiggle Fu" distraction powers against male opponents.
* GoNagaiSideburns: Detroit superhero Rottweiler sports a pair of these these, along with a a set of CoolShades and a BadassLongcoat.
* TheGoodCaptain: Capitao Batalha (Captain Battle) is the premiere hero of Brazil.
* GoodPowersBadPeople: Cheesecake, a member of the Vandolls, uses the PowerOfLove to burn out the brains of men, and then follows this trick up by feeding on their souls.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Splatterman was once dropped through a mulcher. He regenerated. Calling his power a "HealingFactor" just doesn't seem to get the message across...
** Mr. Easter's life is a series of one big catastrophe after another, all of which land him in the morgue. Of course, one of his powers is coming back from the dead after three days.
* GravityMaster: * Several characters from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have control over gravity. The heroes include Collapsar, Neutron Star, Orbits I and II (one is a Canadian hero, the other a Turkish hero), Gravity Man, and White Dwarf. The villains include Urania, Gravity, Black Hole, Event Horizon, Crusher, Deadweight, and Singularity.
* GreenLanternRing: Guardsman's suit allows him to manipulate "solid energy shapes". Whatever that means.
* GreenThumb: Superheroes Ivy, Verdant, Gardemer. Junglemaster, Archdruid, Forrestal, and the supervillain Kiku can all cause plants to grow and move as they wish.
* TheGrovel: When Ivy royally ticked off her girlfriend, she caused every brush covered hill in the Los Angeles Basin and the San Fernando Valley to suddenly sprout red roses shaped into the message, "Please forgive me Clarice I love you". The City of Los Angeles fined her $5000, but Clarice forgave her.
* Gun Fu: Ballistic is said to be the best shot in the world with a handgun, and is a master of GunFu.
* TheGunslinger: [[ImprobableAimingSkills Ballistic is said to be the best shot in the world with a handgun.]]
** Sniper is a [[ThePunisher Punisher-style]] vigilante who uses [[MoreDakka gym-bags full of guns]]. He thinks of himself as a hero; most of the heroes see him as a villain.
* HairAntennae: When out of costume, Tumblebee has a pair of hair antennae.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[WorldsStrongestMan Strength]] ripped one of Los Hermanos's duplicates apart by grabbing each of his arms and pulling. He then made a joke about pulling the wings off of a fly. The humor wasn't exactly appreciated.
* HandwrapsOfAwesome: Rottweiler, a street-level martial arts hero from Detroit (think Wolverine without the claws but with a much sunnier disposition), wears handwraps as a matter of course. Cestus, a member of the supervillain team HardCorps, does the same.
* HannibalLecture: When the heroes of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' finally captured The Confessor (a SerialKillerKiller) they promptly pointed out to The Confessor that he, himself, was a serial killer. The Confessor delivered the Hannibal Lecture to end all Hannibal Lectures about the ineffectualness of superheroes in stopping really determined murderers.
* HauntedHouse: Doctor Ka's mansion is home to literally hundreds of ghosts. And some of them are angry. Very angry.
* HealingFactor: This was a ''very'' common power. The all-time champion was probably Splatterman, so-called because he seemed to end up as [[ChunkySalsaRule chunky salsa]] every time he ended up in combat. Being aware of how quickly he healed, Splatterman would often put himself in position to have this happen, because he knew it wouldn't really slow him down. Leap off the top of a building? Sure. Jump through a wood-chipper? Yep. Swallow the live hand-grenade? You bet. And like a Timex, he took a licking and kept on ticking.
** The villainous Nematode not only regrew parts that were cut off of him, but the parts would regrow into whole beings as well. Cut off an arm, and suddenly fight ''two'' Nematodes.
* HealingHands: * Lifeline and Panacea are both superheroes who (among other powers) are capable of healing with a touch. Amnesty, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Mercy, can not only heal with a touch, she can raise the dead completely. Mercy, another AnthropomorphicPersonification (this time of the popular view of angels), can also heal with a touch and raise the dead, though she is very reluctant to do the latter. Empath heals by taking on injuries and illnesses into her own body. Dream Sword heals through manipulation of the chakras. Saba Devatao can heal injured people, but only by transferring the injury to a healthy person.
* TheHeart: [[FlyingBrick Ultra-Man]] is the moral compass of the Global Guardians, and [[RubberMan Bungie]] is its enthusiasm and hope. Together, they form TheHeart of the team.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: The aforementioned Madras had telekinetic control over fabrics, and only fabrics. Sounds pretty lame until you look around and realize just how much fabric surrounds us ''every day of our lives''. Combine telekinetic control of fabric with a ten-foot-long canvas cape, and you've got one Badass crimefighter.
** Mister Easter is a semi-insane, religiously conservative homeless man who really only has three powers: first, he can turn water into wine. Second, he can multiply fish and bread as often as he needs. And third, when he dies, he comes back to life after three days. He uses these powers to take care of New York City's homeless population, and is considered by them (and by the city's police officers, fire fighters, and morgue attendants) to be a true hero.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Armageddon Girl slammed the door on her own HeelFaceTurn. Ultra-Man managed to talk her down from destroying a city. The hero speaks to her with heartfelt concern about her former career as a teen sidekick to a superhero, and how no won could blame her for going a little nuts after her family was killed, and that she could get help if she only wanted it. She thought about it for a while, then tearfully smashed Ultra-Man through a building, crying, "No, it's too late for that."
* HeelFaceTurn: Surprisingly rare.
** Battle betrayed Tarot to save the life of her son, Stone.
** Gadgeteer villain Knick-Knack retired from his life of crime and became the custodian of the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]].
** The Redeemers are an entire team made up of former super-villains.
* HeelRealization: The original Dove was a vigilante crimefighter active between 1989 and 1995. He considered himself a hero helping to defend ordinary people from street criminals. His usual modus operandi was to hunt any criminal whom he thought "got away with it"; that is, whenever he disagreed with a "not guilty" verdict. When captured, he was confronted with the fact that he wasn't a defender of the public, but rather just another serial killer and the idea horrified him to the point that he hung himself while awaiting trial.
* HelicopterBlender: A group of bank robbers tried this against Ultra-Man during their getaway. The rotors snapped off and the helicopter crashed (well... it fell about eight feet) to the roof of the bank) because Ultra-Man is NighInvulnerable.
* HeroicBSOD: The superheroine Fury suffered a HeroicBSOD after [[MonsterClown Tom Foolery]] killed and partially ate her daughter. When she came out of it, she changed from a superheroine into a crazed criminal-killer.
* HeroicBuild: While some of the characters in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' had heroic builds, you'd just as likely find a superhero who was skinny, or slightly overweight. Mostly, this happened with the [[BadassNormal Badass Normals]], who justifiably worked out to keep their physiques.
* HeroicVow: Vows to never take a life were very, very common among the heroes in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.
** One interesting case was the hero Thunderfist, a former Seattle cop who vowed to never violate proper police procedure when it came to evidence collection or the treatment of suspects.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: The Motor City Marshalls are wanted by the Detroit police for assault, battery, destruction of privacy, and pretty much every other crime that standard superheroic activity can be descrbed as.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Dove started out as a standard street-level superhero who concentrated on finding and stopping serial killers. Ten years later, after he is arrested for the murder of his latest target, he suffers a HeroicBSOD when it is pointed out, finally, that he isn't a hero anymore but rather has become a serial killer himself... one who targets other serial killers.
* {{Hipster}}: Free Spirit is not only CampGay, he's so hip he has trouble seeing past his own beltline.
* HiveMind: Los Hermanos combines this with MesACrowd, as not only can he create thousands of copies of himself, he shares his consciousness between them. (He is somehow capable of dealing with all the conflicting sensory input, and is capable of handling multiple tasks at once, multiple conversations at once, and so on). At any given moment, he's likely got a dozen duplicates active around the world working in as many different occupations. Anything one duplicate learns, all the duplicates know how to do. And at least two of his constantly active duplicates are married. But only one is an active superhero.
** Aryan Nation is a controversial white supremacist ''superhero'' (yes, you read that right) who shares Los Hermanos's powers. His powers are so similar to Los Hermanos that the Global Guardian once hypothesized that maybe Aryan Nation was one of his dupes who managed to gain a separate consciousness. (He found out later this wasn't true.)
** The Seven Brothers is a super-strong Chinese hero who can split into seven bodies, all of whom share a consciousness.
** Mob Rule, a South African supervillain from the same setting, has a similar power. His copies, however, are independent individuals.
** Saba Devatao, an Indonesia supervillain, creates eight duplicates and like Los Hermanos is a HiveMind. She's an expert martial artist who can flawlessly coordinate her bodies in attack routines that baffle most of her opponents.
** The mutant supervillain known as [[CompleteMonster The Swarm]] can transform into a seemingly numberless horde of cockroaches, each of whom she can somehow control.
*** Hive is a heroic example of the same power, only he transforms into wasps and isn't a cannibal serial killer.
* HouseRules: This was an online roleplaying game. Of course it had HouseRules.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Several campaigns in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' were built around the premise that the characters had ''literally'' just got their powers, and had no idea at all how to use them. For the most part, these campaigns resembled the first season of ''TheGreatestAmericanHero''.
** Occasionally, this was used to justify an experienced hero learning to use a new power as well.
* HowToGiveACharacterSuperpowers: Pretty much all of those methods were used in-game.
* HumanAliens: The Tautiq, a race of alien refugees who now live on earth in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', basically look like taller, thinner humans with odd hair-and-skin color combinations. They aren't "sexually compatible" with humans, either, but you can't tell that without seeing them naked.
* HumanityEnsues: The Moreaus of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' are UpliftedAnimals who were force-evolved into a near-human form. Regardless of their original species, their constant interaction with humanity over the decades have made them all very humanlike psychologically. ** The "Prime" variety of [[AnthropomophicPersonification Anthropomorphic Personifications]] active on Earth in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' (that is, those who are "pure ideas" rather than a normal human who has been merged with the "power of the idea") generally start out as pretty inhuman, psychologically speaking. They get more and more human the more they interact with people. Of course, there are exceptions.
* HurricaneKick: Gyro, a villainous [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinning]] [[SuperSpeed speedster]], uses this sort of attack as a matter of course. He's a trained ballet dancer, so he can keep his leg extended for a long while... and he whips it around his body at almost supersonic speed.
* IAmWho: Achilles began his career as a superhero because of this trope, when he found out that his entire life up until that point (all twenty-three years of it) had been manipulated and engineered by his father, whose identity he didn't even know up until that point. Who was his father? [{EvilOverlord Lord]][[BigBad Doom]].
* AnIcePerson: Centigrade (who combines this with PlayingWithFire), Fafza Tel ("Winter Willow" in Hungarian), Icicle, El Halcon Blanco ("White Hawk" in Spanish), Flurry (who combines this with BlowYouAway), Snowblind, Snowdrift, Chillblaine, Frost, Frostbite, Sub-Zero, Doctor Zero, Tundra, Iceberg, Lady December. and Snowstorm.
* IBelieveICanFly
* IdentityImpersonator: The Bodysnatcher lives up to her name by literally trading bodies with you.
* {{Idiosyncrazy}}: The Conundrum has to leave puzzles as clues. The Great White Hunter, who hunts superheroes for sport. The Widdershins Man, who only commits crimes based on opposite concepts.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: You should be very clear on this: Fiona Richards is not a lesbian, and has, in fact, dated and even had sex with several different men. Its just that she's madly in love with Margaret Shaw. She doesn't find any other woman attractive at all. And she wants you to be very clear on that.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: The Fabulous Frog-Man, a mutant hero from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', is super-agile, can leap the length of a city block, can heal quickly from most injuries, and has a six foot long, prehensile tongue. He's also green, warty, and has big googly eyes. He'd give up his powers and his life as a superhero to look normal again.
* ImGoingToDisneyWorld: Disney ran a series of these commercials, each starring a particular region's big-name hero. The most popular of this series starred nationally-known New York City hero Free Spirit, the CampGay self-appointed "Defender of Greenwich Village".
* Immortality: You can find at least one of the various immortals of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' in each of the categories. Among others, these include: The Golden Avenger, a FlyingBrick who originally fought crime in the 1940s and stopped aging when he gained his powers, has Perfect Immortality. Master Mist, the immortal sorcerer who now rules Liberia as a benevolent dictator, is Undying. Splatterman is [[HealingFactor Regenerative]]. Mister Easter is [[BackFromTheDead Resurrective]]. The Black Lion is an [[TheUndead Undead knight]]. Abyss is an example of [[BlessedWithSuck Immortality Only]]. The Emperor is an External immortal. Major Liberty is the [[ImmortalityThroughLegacy tenth hero of that name]], but the general public thinks he's been the same person all along. The Bodysnatcher has Parasitic immortality, being able to switch from body to body whenever she needs a new one. Vivian von Klause is a Projected Avatar; she grows old and dies (or can be killed) like normal, but is reborn shortly thereafter. Category Zero is the exception; no characters in the GGU fit into Category Zero.
* ImmigrantParents: The parents of Mr. Invincible, one of the GoldenAge heroes of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', arrived in America just in time for Invincible to be born an American citizen rather than a Greek citizen. They both have heavy accents, try to do things as Greek as they can do them, and complain about Mr. Invincible "abandoning his Greekness" by assuming the name "Mike Phillips rather than his birth name, Mikos Phillipidakos.
* ImNotAHeroIm: Battlecat gave this speech to his ArchEnemy, Baron Samedi, right before he dropped Baron Samedi from the roof of the Superdome.
-->'''Baron Samedi:''' "We both know you're not going to kill me. You're a hero."
-->'''Battlecat:''' "Not tonight. I'm not a hero tonight. I'm a husband. I'm a father. That's what I am tonight."
-->'''Baron Samedi:''' "No... wait!" (followed by a long drop and a sudden stop)
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Ballistic, a superhero from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is said to be the best shot in the world with a handgun, and qualfiies as a [[ImprobableAimingSkills Trick Shot]], a master of GunFu, and is absolutely a QuickDraw.
** Red Eagle, Briar Rose, The Bowman, Obsidian Arrow, Yeoman, Artemis, and Warpath are all "super archers", and are able to skim the wings off flies in mid-flight with their arrow-shots.
* ImprobableHairstyle: Samsonite is caught in a form of homeostasis that grants her utter and complete invulnerability. This includes her hair, which is always perfectly straight and hangs down to the middle of her back, no matter what she tries to do with it.
** Similarly, The Shield's power (a skin-tight impenetrable force field) keeps his hair shorn to the scalp.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Super-assassin Demise has this as a super-power. Literally anything, in her hands, can be used as a weapon. If she is armed with something that is already a weapon, she becomes the deadliest fighter on the planet. If she's armed with something that normally couldn't be considered a weapon by any sane man (in the past, she's killed people with a plastic spork, a comb, a snow globe, a smiley-face button, greeting cards, paperback books, chopsticks, cellular phones, toothpicks, paper clips, rubber bands, and music [=CDs=]) she ''also'' becomes the deadliest fighter on the planet. Of course, while she's a highly trained martial artist and has a body any Olympic-level athlete would love to possess, she's also just a BadassNormal. She tried to do that "deadliest fighter in the world" thing on [[FlyingBrick Ultra-Man]], and he just smirked and knocked her out with a flick of his finger.
** [[MonsterClown Tom Foolery]] from the same setting uses weaponized toys, including machine-gun armed teddy-bears, explosive rubber balls, sharpened jacks that he throws like shurikens, acid-filled water-guns, and so on.
** As her name suggests, Yo-Yo is an expert at using a yo-yo as a weapon. Lots of superheroes who laughed at her ended up bruised and battered.
** Oddball juggles billiard balls. And throws them with [[ImprobableAimingSkills amazing accuracy]].
* IncrediblyLamePun: The Arsenal of Democracy, the official hero team of the United States, includes members named Bill O'Rights and Sybil Liberty.
* IntangibleMan: The Wraith is a mercenary thief from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse". He specializes in getting into places that cannot get into by way of this power.
** Phantom Panther is a Chinese martial artist who can not only turn intangible but can become invisible as well.
** Breeze, as part of her [[ElementalPowers control over wind and air]] can transform into a humanoid cloud of mist.
** Several of the [[SuperSpeed speedsters]] in the setting can vibrate through solid material.
* InterpolSpecialAgent: In the setting, Interpol's purview has been expanded to include international supercrime, and they have been given an investigation and enforcement arm.
* Invisibility: Fatale can turn invisible and teleport. Puck is a mystic martial artist who can vanish from sight (he still shows up in a person's peripheral vision, but vanishes when he's looked at directly). The Gentleman Ghost is permanently invisible, but dressed in an immaculate white tuxedo with tails and a top hat. Phantom Panther combines this with [[IntangibleMan intangibility]].
* InvisibleWomanEffect: The Shield originally started out with just the power of [[NighInvulnerable complete and total invulnerability to everything]]. Quite literally, his only power was that he couldn't be hurt. This is cool, but in a fight its not all that useful on the offense. Later, the player figured out that getting hit by someone whose skin was [[MadeOfIron hard as steel]] would hurt a ''lot'', and that a steel-hard hand made a pretty good lever, and so on.
* IsThatTheBestYouCanDo: Pulled off once with panache in a Global Guardians story. A mook, trying to take out the NighInvulnerable FlyingBrick superhero Stone, slams into the hero with a fully loaded tractor-trailer.
-->'''Stone:''' (dusts his shoulder off and looks at the driver) "That all you got?"
* ItsAllMyFault: Ultra-Man blames himself for the death of his grandson, who was killed at the hands of his ArchEnemy, [[DiabolicalMastermind Baron Maltus]], and he thinks his daughter blames him for it as well. (He's wrong about that last part.)
* ItsPersonal: This is how Ultra-Man and his ArchEnemy, Baron Malthus view their long-standing rivalry.
** Nemesis, the Greek Goddess of Retribution and Punishment, took Athena's freeing of Arachne as a [[ItsPersonal personal insult]]. This is why the goddess makes Arachne's life so difficult.
* TheJailer: Der Fallensteller ("The Trapper") is a German superhero from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. He is a GadgeteerGenius who specializes in traps and bonds.
* [[Jerkass/WebOriginal Jerkass]]: The Aryan is a FlyingBrick hero who also happens to be a white supremacist. He absolutely repudiates violence against non-whites, and saves non-whites as often as he does whites, but is nonetheless a racist asshair and is ''quite'' vocal about his views on race relations.
* JimmyCarter: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Jimmy Carter was the president who ordered the formation of the government sponsored squad of flagsuit heroes called Team America, using them to rescue the hostages from Iran. It was on the strength of these actions that [[AlternateHistory he won reelection as president]] over former California Governor Ronald Reagan of California in 1980.
* JumpingOnPoint: Whenever a campaign recruited a new player, the game master generally used one of these to give them a level playing field to begin with rather than forcing them to hit the ground running mid-adventure.
* {{Keet}}: Fidget, one of the KidHero [[SuperSpeed speedsters]] at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] is hyperactive, loud, constantly cheerful, and utterly irritating.
* KiAttacks: Yin and Yang, the protectors of Hong Kong, utilize KiAttacks as part of their mystical martial arts training, as does the Lucky Bandit, heroic protector of Shanghai.
** Tatterdemalion, an Israeli superhero sponsored by their government, does something similar, though its not a [[KiAttacks Ki Attack]] in the "oriental martial arts" sense of the word.
* KickTheMoralityPet: It was this sort of moment, when she recklessly injures one of her teammates in a drunken stupor, that convinces the heroic Swallowtail to seek help for her alcoholism.
* KidHero: * The characters from [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] range in age from 13 to 16. The kids at the [[SuperheroSchool Venture Institute]] were about the same age.
** Similarly, Nicholas Chandler, from [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Things That Go Bump In The Night]] is a 14 year old boy who is perhaps the most feared monster-hunter on Earth (he once killed a monster he thinks of as ''The Boogeyman'' with a baseball bat).
** WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld
* KillThePoor: DiabolicalMastermind Lord Doom has ended the problems of poverty, unemployment, and homelessness on the island of Bermuda by declaring it illegal to be unemployed or homeless. If you find yourself in either condition, Doom's regime will escort you to a retraining center where you will learn a needed trade, whether you want to learn a new trade or not. After the retraining and re-education, you will then be put to work where you are needed. If you refuse to learn the new trade (or turn out to be untrainable), you'll be put in a job that requires no training. Some of these jobs, like " biological waste disposal worker", are unpleasant, but survivable. Others, such as "involuntary chemical weapons test subject" are less so.
* TheKirk: In the Global Guardians, Guardsman is the TheKirk, even though he's not the team leader. Achilles, the actual team leader, is TheSpock, while Arachne and Ultra-Man are {{The McCoy}}.
* KnightTemplar: The Mujahedin are Islamic superheroes who use Shariah law as a guideline to how much force to use against the criminals they face... which means they kill a ''lot'' of criminals. They're also fairly harsh against non-Muslims, liberal Muslims, and anyone who thinks the Mujahedin have crossed the MoralEventHorizon a time or two. They also fall squarely into the realm of YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters when it comes to their views on Israel.
* KryptoniteFactor: Fidget, a KidHero speedster from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', takes actual physical damage if you tie him down and prevent him from moving. If you stop him from moving, his power literally builds up and starts vibrating his cells to pieces.
* KryptoniteIsEverywhere: Forceful Leaf, a Chinese superheroine, is a faerie creature who takes damage from merely touching iron, or anything with a considerable iron percentage.
* KryptoniteRing: The Global Guardians keep a locked file in their comptuer database called the Code Red Omega Scenario. It is a tactical plan to take down each and every member of the Guardians, if it ever became necessary to take them all down.
* LamarckWasRight: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is an "unlimited source" setting, where superpowers can be gained through pretty much any possible way that can be imagined. Nevertheless, and regardless of what real-world genetic science says, its pretty much guaranteed that the child of two superhumans will have either the same powers as one of their parents, or a mix between the two. (Children with only one superhuman parent tend to have a 50/50 chance of getting either the same powers as their parents, or else no powers at all.) Of course, people who get their powers from technology don't count.
* [[LargeHam/WebOriginal Large Ham]]: Most of the cast of ''The Golden Age''. Of course, the fact that it was entitled the GoldenAge was kind of your first clue. Not too subtle, the GoldenAge.
* LegacyCharacter:
** Major Liberty, a member of the American All-Stars, is perhaps the MostTriumphantExample from the setting, being the tenth hero to bear that name. The original (an ancestor of the current Major Liberty), fought the British during the American Revolutionary War.
** Golden Eagle is the third hero to bear that name, and the grandson of the original.
** The Supreme Six is an entire team of legacy heroes.
* LegacyImmortality: The current Major Liberty is a direct descendant of the original (it is a family legacy), who fought the British during the American Revolution. The general population think that it's been the same man all along.
* LeotardOfPower / UnderwearOfPower: Pretty much every other superhero and superheroine in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' wears either a LeotardOfPower or UnderwearOfPower, depending on their gender.
* LewdLustChasteSex: This was standard procedure for love scenes in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Pretty much everything leading up to "the act" was on screen and fully described. But once it became a matter of penetrative sex, the focus of the story shifted to the curtains fluttering in the breeze, and things faded to black and restarted the next morning, and so on.
* LickedByTheDog: Stone is a superhero who can be summed up in the phrase "What if you gave a Hell's Angel super-strength and made him invulnerable". His middle name is "Intidimate the Hell Out Of You". And kids just love him. He puts on this "big tough scary guy" act, and the kids seem utterly immune to it. It mystifies him, but he does think its sort of cool.
* LightningBruiser: Raptor, Mustang, Sidewinder, and Overdrive.
* LightTheWay: From the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Neon, Strobe, Spectrum, Photon, Allustria, Fireworks, Peter Pan, Solar, Sunspot, Eclipse (who can also manipulate darkness), Dagger, Tinkerbell, Independence, Blue, Rave, Rainbow, Senhora Luz Solar, North Star, Shining Dawn, Brightstar, Eclat ("Burst" in French), Iris, Ushas, Moonshadow (who, like Eclipse, can also manipulate darkness), Tecza ("Rainbow" in Polish), Prezma ("Prism" in Russian), Ion, and Radian can all generate, control, and manipulate light in various ways.
* ListOfTransgressions: Before killing his victim, the Confessor from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' recites a list of his victim's sins. He plucks this information from their own minds telepathically.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: Prezma ("Prism" in Russian) is a superheroine with diagnosed [[SplitPersonality Multiple Personality Disorder]]. Normally, she has no actual super powers until she splits into seven individual bodies (one for each of her known personalities, and each matching a color in the visible spectrum). After she splits, each of her bodies has a different set of super powers based on the color they represent.
* LittleMissBadass: Heart Girl. Imagine Superman as a nine-year-old blonde girl with pigtails.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: At its peak, the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' had 132 active player characters, some 400 inactive or retired player characters, nearly 25 "starter characters" (that is, characters used to allow brand new characters to quickly get their feet in the doors), and 10,232 named, fully-realized non-player characters once the supervillains, support staff, and returning normals were all tallied up.
* LogFic: "The Hardest Week of My Life" was a story arc that focused on Diamond. It was told in the form of a series of first-person diary entries retelling the events of the titular "hardest week" of her life.
* [[PrintLongRunners Long Runners]]: The Global Guardians lasted from 1994 to 2006. Most web-based text games last months. A couple make it to a year. One or two make it to three years. The Global Guardians lasted twelve years, a feat that has yet to be equaled by any other non-commercial online shared world.
* LoudOfWar: There are other sound-users in the GGU that utilize sound as a weapon, but not through the expedience of screaming or singing. These include Echo, Hummingbird, Sound Barrier, Mosquito, and Ultrasonico.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Shadowspawn is an EldritchAbomination from outser space who [[DarkIsEdgy generates tentacles of shadow and darkness]] that can drain the life out of people. In addition, Shadowspawn itself is a ClingyCostume that is slowly devouring the human being it has engulfed. When it finishes eating its current "host", it will move on to another host.
** Dagon, another EldritchAbomination, has fused itself with a human being whose body was transformed into the spitting image of a ''Dungeons and Dragons'' mind flayer. The tentacles that have replaced his mouth are not just for show; they can inject a rotting poison into his victims.
** The Swarm can transform herself into a horde of carnivorous cockroaches. The very thought of having this power has driven her stark raving mad. She's not a cannibal serial killer. Similarly, Hive can transform himself into a swarm of wasps, but has taken it a lot better than The Swarm has and uses his powers to fight crime.
** Bloodstone of the Sinister Circle is a [[{{Whatevermancy}} “hemokinetic”]]. That is, he has telekinetic control over blood. His usual first move in any fight with a hero is to gather up some nearby blood to use as a weapon, and he gathers it from any nearby innocent bystander who is unfortunate to be close enough to become an unwilling donor.
* LovePotion: From the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Ambrosia is a living LovePotion. She emits super-powered pheremones that cause men to just lose their cotton-picking minds, falling all over themselves to make her happy. The power has made her very, very cynical about the opposite sex.
* MadeOfIron: The most obvious example is The Shield, whose only superpower was a complete and total immunity to being injured. It didn't matter what you used on him... his power would let him survive it uninjured. Bullets? He laughed at bullets. Drowning? Sorry, can't drown, though he doesn't quite breathe water in those circumstances. Having a skyscraper collapse on top of him? Granted, he'd get bored waiting for you to dig him out, but in the meantime he'd be fine. Exposure to vacuum? Doesn't phase him. Drop him to the ground from orbit? Been there, done that.
** The superheroic Stuntman from the same setting is an interesting variation. His powers revolve around luck rather than simply being [[NighInvulnerable immune to injury]], so as a result he gets banged up all the time... but never as badly as he should be. Stuntman once was thrown from the roof of a twelve story building, and through a series of lucky breaks and coincidental events managed to walk away from it with a skinned knee and a twisted ankle.
** Infinity is amazingly hard to hurt as well because of her mutation. Her bones are made of metal and her musculature is far more dense than normal flesh. She gets hurt all the time, but it takes a lot to do it.
** Anvil is literally MadeOfIron. Imagine Collossus of the X-Men, except permanently transformed and iron instead of steel.
* MadScientist: Heinrich Frankenstein, Baron Malthus, Phillipe Moreau, the Evil Genius, Doctor Blight, Doctor Sinister, Emilio Astonishing, Doctor XX, Doctor Devastation, Professor Sunday, Professor Septimus, Penelope Periwinkle, and Doctor Gavin von Leggend. And that?s just the bad guys.
* MadScientistLaboratory: As prevalent as [[MadScientist mad scientists]] are, these are all over the place.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: DiabolicalMastermind Doctor Gladiola Thanos is the doctor of MadScientist Doctor Thaddeus Thanos. Her father was an active supervillain in the 1980s and regularly fought the heroic Captain Challenger until he was killed during a lab explosion that resulted from a fight between the hero and Doctor Thanos's minions. While she originally followed this trope by helping the hero fight against her father's diabolical plots, his death sent her into a HeroicBSOD that ended with her following in his footsteps as a supervillain. Her first act of villainy was to find and kill Captain Challenger and his entire family.
* MagicAIsMagicA: While any sort of magic (from Hermetic rituals to Native American Ghost Magic to Voodoo to Chinese Necromancy to Holy Miracles to Australian Dreamwalking) is possible in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', each particular type of magic is internally consistent for that type. You don't find Hermetic mages using Voodoo, or a Christian miracle-worker entering the Dream Time, and so on.
* MagicKnight: Mystic villain The Black Lion is a literal MagicKnight. Once an armored medieval knight, he is now been kept alive for nine hundred years through dark and sinister magic. In addition to his skills with a sword, he is also a powerful sorcerer in his own right.
* MagicPants: This trope is standard fare for characters who can grow, shrink, or stretch.
* MagicVersusScience: The rarest truth about the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is that magic exists, and can be used for specific purposes by those capable of doing so. Its described as "the rarest truth" because most people, when they personally experience magic, will go to nearly any length to explain what just happened to them away in mundane, non-magical terms. Most human beings, especially those living in the so-called "First World" (the United States, England, France, Japan, and so on), simply aren't ready to accept the fact that magic is real.
* MagicWand: Fairy Godmother, a heroic mystic, uses a wand as a prop but doesn't actually need it to work her magic.
* MagmaMan: There's Magma, Lava, Volcano, Volcania, Kilauea (an [[PhysicalGod incarnation]] of the Hawai'ian goddes who fights crime and protects the people of Hawai'i., Kazan ("Volcano" in Japanese), Magma Man, and Krakatoa.
* MakeMeWannaShout: ''The GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' features many characters with this power. Rebel Yell, a member of the White Legion (white supremacist ''hero'' group... yes, you read that right), has an ultra-sonic "rebel yell" as his name implies. His twin brother Johnny Reb has the same power, but not the same attitudes toward minorities. The King, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the popular image of Elvis Presley, can belt out [[ThePowerOfRock ultra-powerful rock-and-roll songs]]. Crescendo sings into the ultra-sonic ranges as well. Golden Eagle has a super-powerful "eagle scream". Crybaby, Vox Populi, the New South Wailer, Warcy, Heuler, Screech, Grito, and the Voice of God all do the same thing.
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: The Warlord is a [[TimeTravel traveler from the future]] who came back to the present because he was bored. He and he changes historical events at a whim and with no regard for the normal course of history.
* MakingASplash: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', there's Vulnapyezdka ("Wave Rider" in Russian), who can turn into water, blast it from his hands, and survive underwater; Saraswati, an Indian superheroine who cannot generate water, but can telekinetically manipulate water in the environment (including pulling it out of a human body, if absolutely necessary); River, another [[{{Whatevermancy}}. Archdruid could control water telekinetically as well, as part of his [[ElementalPowers overall control of the four classic elements]]. Maelstrom and Typhoon, who both could generate and control storms, could exercise some control over water, but their use of this power wasn't very precise to say the least.
* MartialMedic: Fraternal twin heroes Yin and Yang.
* MartialPacifist: The heroic Dove specializes in evasion, blocking, and misdirection in combat. He's an expert at somehow finding convenient trees, walls, cars, and so on to duck behind just as the bad guys attack. He only goes "offensive" when he absolutely has to.
* MaskOfPower: Inverted with the Mask Of Justice, in that the eyeholeless mask itself is powerless, but he can only use his vision powers while his eyes are covered with an opaque object...such as his mask.
* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_Event Tunguska Event of 1908]] released a wave of radiation that encompassed the globe and activated the metagene in humans and apes, allowing for the presence of superpowers.
* MasterOfIllusion: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', multiple characters are Masters of Illusion. Peekaboo, a member of the Vandolls supervillain team, creates light-based images. Mindscape projects images into the minds of her opponents, as does the Indian supervillain Rakshasa. Amethyst is a sorceress who specializes in illusion magic. Dream Catcher manipulates people's dreams and can bring them into reality as illusions. Figment, a student at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], creates holograms.
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: This trope is why so many superheroes from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' are divorced (in some cases, divorced multiple times). It also explains why so many of them are "girl/guy in every port" types.
* MesACrowd: Los Hermanos of the Global Guardians has this power in spades. He combines this with HiveMind, as not only can he create thousands of copies of himself, he shares his consciousness between them. (He is somehow capable of dealing with all the conflicting sensory input, and is capable of handling multiple tasks at once, multiple conversations at once, and so on). At any given moment, he's likely got a dozen duplicates active around the world working in as many different occupations. Anything one duplicate learns, all the duplicates know how to do. And at least two of his constantly active duplicates are married. But only one is an active superhero.
** Aryan Nation is a controversial white supremacist ''superhero'' (yes, you read that right) who shares Los Hermanos's powers. His powers are so similar to Los Hermanos that the Global Guardian once hypothesized that maybe Aryan Nation was one of his dupes who managed to gain a separate consciousness. (He found out later this wasn't true.)
** Posse is a superhero from Dallas, Texas, who can separate into twenty individuals.
** The Seven Brothers is a super-strong Chinese hero who can split into seven bodies. He is also a HiveMind.
** Mob Rule, a South African supervillain from the same setting, has a similar power. His copies, however, are independent individuals.
** Colony, a British supervillain, can create a dozen duplicates. Like Mob Rule, his copies are independent.
** Saba Devatao, an Indonesia supervillain, creates eight duplicates and like Los Hermanos is a HiveMind. She's an expert martial artist who can flawlessly coordinate her bodies in attack routines that baffle most of her opponents.
* MetaOrigin: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' copied the Marvel solution to the question "Where do superpowers come from?" by having SufficientlyAdvancedAlien AncientAstronauts, the P!k Gardeners, experiment on early protohumans millions of years ago, adding the metagene to human DNA, thus allowing the possibility of superpowers. The 1908 Tunguska explosion caused extraterrestrial biomolecules to spread around the world and bond to human DNA, causing superhuman children to be born.
* MetaPlot: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' had two overarching [[MetaPlot meta-plots]] during its twelve year history. The first was the slow assimilation of nonhuman intelligences (aliens, sentient apes, and sentient machines) into normal human society. The second was the effects of advancing technology on normal human society.
* MightyGlacier: The Troll, favored son and hero of Newark, New Jersey is eight-foot tall, has lumpy green skin, and horns coming out of his forehead. Not the fastest fighter. But it takes a howitzer to even bruise him, and he can lift tanker trucks over his head, so when he does get around to hitting you, you're going to feel it for days.
* MiniDressOfPower: The only actual example of this trope in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is the costume worn by Heart Girl. She's a [[KidHero nine-year-old]] FlyingBrick and just cute as a button.
* MinMaxing: When it came to character construction in the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, this was effectively impossible due to the way the character approval process was used despite it being based on the HeroSystem's point-buy system. Specifically, every proposed character was examined with a fine tooth comb, the maths were run and rerun, and everything was compared to the character's central concept and the standards of the setting as a whole. [[BrokenBase Some players found this refreshing and liked the process, while others found it infuriating and hated it]].
* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: Mirrors reveal that Sweet Synn is actually a demonic succubus, regardless of the form she's currently wearing (and she usually looks like whatever you find most attractive in a woman).
* MirrorUniverse: The heroes of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have encountered two of these. The first is the standard version where the various characters are morally aligned opposite to their normal nature. In this one, the heroic Global Guardians have their counterparts in the villainous Global Gladiators , a criminal syndicate that has taken over the world. The second was a world in which the Global Guardians had taken control of the world "for the betterment of mankind" after a much more severe [[AlienInvasion Xorn invasion]] had left humanity on the brink of extinction.
* MommyIssues: This trope is [[MadScientist Doctor XX's]] whole reason for supervillainy, though in her case its [[MommyIssues Daddy Issues]].
* MonsterMash: All Hallow's Eve is a villain team made up of a mutant who can [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent shapeshift into a "Man Wolf"]], a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent super-strong zombie]], a [[ClingyCostume carnivorous alien abomination]], a [[TheFairFolk dark elf sorceress]], a [[{{Frankenstein}} golem created by mad science]], and [[{{Golem}} an animated scarecrow]].
* MonsterClown: Tom Foolery of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Scary makeup, spine-chilling laugh, weaponized toys, and an urge to see the whole world go down in flames. He is basically the setting's CaptainErsatz of TheJoker.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: No one is really sure what specific areas Doctor Heinrich Frankenstein, Doctor Phillipe Moreau, Doctor Blight, Doctor Sinister, Doctor Emilio Astonishing, Doctor XX, Doctor Devastation, Professor Sunday, Professor Septimus, Professor Penelope Periwinkle, and Doctor Gavin von Leggend (all villainous MadScientists) hold their degrees in.
* MoreDakka: Sniper from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is a [[ThePunisher Punisher-style]] vigilante who uses [[MoreDakka gym-bags full of guns]]. He thinks of himself as a hero; most of the heroes see him as a villain.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Demise, the super-assassin, is the deadliest fighter on the planet not because she's superhumanly strong or because she's superhumanly fast, but rather because she knows how to turn anything... anything at all... into a deadly weapon, and can figure out ways around your defenses in seconds.
* MostCommonSuperpower: Pretty common. As long-time player China Pettinger once put it, "I'd rather have my characters be stunningly attractive than lucky."
* MrExposition: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has a villainous example: The Hermit of [[NebulousEvilOrganization Tarot]] has the power to see patterns of cause and effect. By studying literally ''anything'', he can detect the patterns involved and predict what will happen next with almost pinpoint certainty. [[BigBad The Emperor]] has him study the stock market, news reports, the weather, and pretty much every other type of continually-updated information in order to predict world trends and to explain past events. This makes him Tarot's own personal MrExposition.
* MulticoloredHair: Rainbeaux has hair that's all seven colors of the rainbow. It is a side-effect of her powers.
* MultinationalTeam: The Global Guardians are more or less this, depending on their lineup. The final lineup included a French-Canadian, a Greek, a Kenyan, a Norwegian, a Costa Rican, and four Americans.
* MultipurposeTongue: The Fabulous Frog-Man has a six-foot long prehensile tongue that he can use as a weapon in combat, or to grab stuff.
* {{Munchkin}}: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] '''hard'''! Players who tried to act this way were quickly shown the door, permanently.
* MusicalAssassin: The King, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the popular image of Elvis Presley, and Crescendo can both belt out [[MakeMeWannaShout songs]]. The King uses Rock-n-Roll, while Crescendo sings opera.
* MySkullRunnethOver: This effect is one of the many reasons why 75% of all [[PsychicPowers mentalists]] end up going stark raving mad.
* MySuitIsAlsoSuper: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', biofiber is an artificial multi-cellular colony organism that tends to grow in a film only two cells thick. The resulting "fabric" is extremely tough for its weight and will accept dyes of a specific formulation only. Biofiber possesses a small measure of cellular mobility, making a tight-fitting garment of biofiber self-fitting to a certain extent, and its natural biological defenses mean that in large part its self-cleaning. However, it is the fabric's interaction with the exotic metabolisms of metahumans that make it truly amazing. After a short period of acclimation, biofiber adapts to energetic or metamorphic powers. Thus, a costume made of bio-fiber can stretch, grow, or shrink with its wearer, and will not be incinerated, frozen, or otherwise harmed by the energetic emissions projected by its wearer.
* {{Nanomachines}}: Diamond, a PoweredArmor heroine, uses these as a means of situational adaptiveness. Her armor (which is thinly plated diamond over a liquid layer of nanites) can be redesigned and rebuilt in seconds, depending on the precise function she needs from the armor.
* {{Necromancer}}: The Bone White Queen, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Disease and the consort of the [[CompleteMonster Blood Red King]], is the most powerful Necromancer in the setting. She is fond of killing entire families with various plagues, then reanimating them as minions.
* NebulousEvilOrganization: TAROT. It also qualifies as an AncientConspiracy.
* NeglectfulPrecursors: The P!k Gardeners show up out of nowhere, give humanity’s ancestors the potential to develop superpowers, and then vanish into the depths of space without so much as a “now don’t hurt each other with these new abilities we’re giving you…”
* NeverBeAHero: This was, for the most, completely avoided. It was even remarked upon by in-universe scientists studying the hows and whys of superpowers that only about a half of the people who ended up empowered possessed powers that were... well... ''powerful'' enough to become superheroes or villains, and out of that half, only about a third ever did. The rest either did nothing with the powers, or found some other purpose for them (like the super-strong "forklift operator" who didn't need a forklift, or the faith-healing televangelist who could actually heal) than superheroics.
* NeverWasThisUniverse: ''The GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is PresentDay Earth plus mutants, magic, sentient apes, intelligent robots, aliens, demons, superheroes, supervillains, high technology, and pretty much anything else that can be dumped into it by way of the RuleOfCool.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: This sort of thing was curbed and curbed hard in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. While the ''HeroSystem'' [[ExperiencePoint experience point rules]] were being used, there were rather strict guidelines regarding what Super Powers could be purchased, depending on the character's base concept. If a power didn't fit the concept, then the power was simply not allowed. Period.
** Characters who used a GreenLanternRing or a SwissArmyWeapon were often granted more leeway with this than other characters, but even then the players in question had to justify their taking certain of the odder, more "out there" powers.
** The only character who was really allowed to get away with this was the [[CompleteMonster Blood Red King]], but he was a different kettle of fish altogether.
* NewSuperPower: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' used the ''HeroSystem'' rules regarding ExperiencePoints, thus allowing characters to [[PointBuy purchase]] new powers. Restrictions were put into place, however, that only allowed [[NewSuperPower New Super Powers]] that made sense when compared to the character's base concepts. Several storylines involved the player figuring out how to use these new powers.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters "ape-liberation" terrorist group]] Prime 8 attempted to detonate a high-yield nuclear weapon in downtown Paris. The Global Guardians stopped the simian supervillains... but during the course of the battle the ''heroes'' managed to knock down the Eiffel Tower (which, in turn, destroyed several square blocks of the city during its collapse). Oops!
* NighInvulnerable: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has characters that fit all of the categories on both sides of the law:
** Byelobog really is ''the'' "White God" Byelobog from Slavic myth, while Ganesha really is the Indian elephant god.
** Crusader is protected from harm by the power of God himself, as is Mercy, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the popular concept of angels.
** The Shield and Stone are Made of Diamond, as is the PoweredArmor worn by the appropriately-named superheroine Diamond.
** La Fantomas is Made of Air.
** Mercury is a liquid metal Blob.
** Cascade and Sand are Made of Rubber (well, Made of Water and Made of Sand, respectively, but the effect is the same).
** Splatterman is a supervillain whose [[HealingFactor regenerative powers are so quick and effective]] that he's pretty much immune to all harm.
** Tsugha is an EldritchAbomination whose "body" is only a part of the larger creature that exists in another dimension entirely.
** Slave is a remote-controlled SuperRobot Proxy that's been destroyed dozens of times. Its operator keeps rebuilding him,
** Swarm, a mutant who can transform into a horde of cockroaches and seems to conjure new insects out of thin air when the old ones are crushed and destroyed.
** Los Hermanos has thousands of duplicate bodies and has survived his own "death" dozens of times.
** Fiasco is lucky, and can cause other people to be unlucky. He avoids injury by following [[TheKarateKid Mr. Myagi's]] advice: "Best defende, no be dere."
* NinetiesAntiHero: Battlecat, a [[TheCowl cowl]] active in the New Orleans of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', is the epitome of this trope from that setting.
** Ballistic, Fusillade, and Ablaze are all good examples as well.
* NoEyeInMagic: Most people don't know that the supervillain Medusa is ''the'' Medusa from Greek myth. She wears very dark Ray Ban sunglasses to keep from petrifying people she actually wants to talk to.
* NonPlayerCharacter
* NotQuiteFlight: A lot of the "flying" characters in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse are actually doing this sort of thing rather than true flight. Several [[{{Whatevermancy}} geokinetics]] ride on telekinetically controlled boulders to fly. Forcefield users ride disks of force. Magnetic heroes and villains manipulate earth's magnetic field. Gravity manipulators make pockets of "free fall", allowing them to jump impossible distances. And the super-strong merely use their leg muscles to leap entire city blocks at once.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: Every super-strong or super-fast hero in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' falls under this trope. Momentum and kinetic energy just never seem to enter into any rescue catches or super-speed evacuations.
* NotWearingTights: The Reliquary campaign featured street-level mystic-oriented superheroes who didn't wear costumes, didn't use code names, and didn't generally get into bi, street-smashing brawls. But they were superheroes nonetheless.
** Martini, a psychic superhero whose costume is a pristine tuxedo, complete with tails.
** Stone is a FlyingBrick whose costume wouldn't look out of place in a biker bar.
* NotYourProblem: A lot of the government-sponsored superheroes have this attitude in regards to problems or crimes that have happened in other countries, as long as those problems or crimes haven't spilled over into their own country. Some of these government heroes actually get hostile to "invading" foreign heroes who pursue criminals across national borders.
* OfCorsetsSexy: A few characters wear these as part of their costume:
** The Sorceress, a [[{{Satan}} devil-worshipping]] witch, wears the {{Stripperific}} corset-and-thong combo.
** The [[{{Necromancer}} Bone White Queen]] wears a corset in combination with a ShowgirlSkirt.
** The heroic telepath Bella wears a corset-and-skirt combination.
* OccultDetective: Charles Carr, perhaps the foremost OccultDetective and investigator in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. No real mystic power to speak of, though he has a strange way of being able to affect mystic creatures with mundane attacks when such actions are called upon. He got into occult investigations because of an encounter with a truly horrific demon when he was a child. Known in the mystic community as a knowledgeable scholar of the occult, and as an effective exorcist and monster-fighter, to the point that most supernatural "monsters" fear to encounter him when they wouldn't otherwise fear a high-powered superhuman.
** Nicholas Chandler, a fourteen year old boy who is perhaps the only "monster slayer" more feared than Charles Carr. At age eight he used a baseball bat to kill a menacing spirit he still thinks of as "the Boogeyman" to this day. Considered the "creepy little kid" in his neighborhood, and is distrusted by parents and children alike... until the children come to him telling stories of strange things bumping around their windows at night. He lives with his parents, and has said he wants to be a museum curator when he grows up.
* OmnicidalManiac: The Blood Red King would quite willingly kill every living thing in the universe, if he had a chance to do so, as long as he got a chance to scare them all first.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Doctor Simian holds eighteen doctorates.
* TheOmniscient: As noted in the introduction, Los Hermanos, a member of the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] knows an amazing amount about a lot of subjects because he likes to read and has thousands of duplicates active at any given time, all over the world. He's also DangerouslyGenreSavvy.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: TAROT's Ruling Council is, with the single exception of [[BigBad The Emperor]], the leader of the organization, a faceless group of ruthless billionaire businessmen that work from the shadows to further the organization's goals. None of the heroes have ever met a member of the ruling council.. that they know of.
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: The clairvoyant Domino, one of the closest advisors of [[DiabolicalMastermind criminal mastermind]] Baron Samedi (and one of the reasons the Baron is so successful) has this attitude. She knows the future (and the present, and the past) from her perfect tarot-card readings.
* OneManArmy: Los Hermanos is literally this. He's a super-powered duplicator who can make thousands upon thousands of copies of himself.
* OneMythToRuleThemAll: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is a superhero setting. So... all those historical and mythical warriors we hear about in the stories? You know, Hercules, and Ajax, and Achilles, and Pontiac and Roland and King Arthur? Yeah... they all had superpowers.
* OneSteveLimit: A surprisingly large number of Player Characters were named either "James" or "Anne" in their [[SecretIdentity secret identities]].
** The Global Guardians PBEM Universe also contains no less than three Defenders, two Brawlers, two characters called The Magician, and at least three Crusaders
* [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow Only The Game Master Can Save Them Now]]: This was a regular occurrence in the “Golden Age” campaign. However, being set in TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, the players knew that this would happen frequently going in, and eventually started suggesting bigger- and more-over-the-top ways to implement this trope.
* OrganizationWithUnlimitedFunding: TAROT, a NebulousEvilOrganization out to control the world's economy, has monetary resources on the same level as a mid-sized nation, and easily outpaces most of the world's smaller nations.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Glaserwyrm and Lord Dragon are both mythical beasts who take part in the "metahuman community" of heroes and villains in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''; Glaserwyrm as a villain, and Lord Dragon as a hero. They are both the last of their kind. Lord Dragon has learned to [[VoluntaryShapeshifting transform]] into a [[HumanityEnsues human form]], while Glaserwyrm just doesn't see the need.
** Draco is a mutant hero who can transform into a classical western dragon. The aforementioned Lord Dragon treats him like a favorite nephew.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Fenris and The Beast share a hatred of the world that cursed them into werewolves (complete with InvoluntaryShapeshifting). They are both villains ForTheEvulz rather than for money or power.
* OverusedCopycatCharacter: This phenomenon became so prevalent in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' that the various game masters would issue a moratorium on certain character concepts. Almost always, the sudden rush of copycat characters would be in result to outside stimuli. For example, when ''XMen 2'' came out, there was a sudden rush of teleporting martial artist characters. When ''TheIncredibles'' was released, there was a sudden flood of [[RubberMan stretchable characters]], and so on.
* ThePaladin: Crusader, a devoutly faithful superhero sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church.
* PaperMaster: Mister Origami, a GoldenAge villain, was an expert origami artist, and could mentaly transform his folded creations into giant examples of the real thing that would attack his enemies. (For example, he would make an origami bear, then animate it into a fifteen foot tall angry bear that would attack at his command).
** Hallmark is a mutant criminal with telekinetic control over paper. For the most part he was considered a joke in the supervillain community of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', until he took down half the Global Guardians team singlehandedly using the contents of an office supply store.
* PathOfInspiration: The Society of Human Fulfillment is a Scientology-like cult that masquerades as a nationwide chain of self-help clinics. It's actual agenda is to stir-up anti-metahuman sentiment through very subtle brainwashing techniques.
* PekingOpera: Rebound and Lion Claw, two members of the People's Revolutionary Superhuman Collective are both "graduates" of the Peking Opera.
* PersonalityPowers: While not every character followed this trope, enough of them did to make it rather common. For example, Fidget, one of the KidHero [[SuperSpeed speedsters]] at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] was literally incapable of sitting still, ever; Oracle, a [[PsychicPowers telepath]], was quiet, wise, and serence; Warlock, a [[TheArchmage powerful mystic hero]], was correspondingly creepy, pompous, and deadly serious about his "responsibilities"; Heatwave was an impulsive, fire-wielding hothead; [[TheCowl Achilles]] is quiet and subdued; Bungie, the primary team's RubberMan, is an irrepresibly cheerful prankster; and so on.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Quantum, who can [[RealityWarper manipulate matter and energy on the quantum level]]. His death (he literally exploded after being mortally wounded while battling an alien invasion fleet) vaporized Triton. You know... the largest of Neptune's moons?
* PetTheDog: DiabolicalMastermind Lord Doom was one of the primary researchers behind the AIDS cure. He provided the cure to the world not for any underhanded ulterior motive, but because the AIDS epidemic was killing innocent people and he wouldn't stand for that. He also gives tens of millions of dollars to charities every year.
* PettingZooPeople: Quite common:
** White Owl is a winged "owl woman" with heightened senses, wings, and claws.
** The appropriately named superhero Fox.
** Winter Wolf. Also, Rottweiler, a street-level crimefighter.
** Macaco-Aranha is a Brazilian superhero with "spider monkey" powers and a prehensile tail.
** March Hare, White Rabbit, and Silver Marten from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.
** Dragon, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', can turn into a man-shaped firebreathing dragon. Lord Dragon, on the other hand, is a fire-breathing dragon who turns into a man. Taipan and Asp both have snake powers. Sebek has crocodile powers.
** Both the Serpent Squad and the Serpent Syndicate are entire teams of snake-powered villains.
** Hate is an unspecific bestial supervillain from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUNiverse''. Harrier, a superhero from the same setting, has the same sort of vague animal look as well, as does Wild Spirit and Salvaje ("Feral" in Spanish).
** Render is animalistic, but leans toward the bear-like.
* PhysicalGod: Heroes Ganesha and Ma'at, and villains Kali and Nephthys are aren't just ''pretending'' to be gods.
* PiecesOfGod: The Church of the Ascendant is a cult that believes superhumans came about because God split his own essence up into millions of tiny pieces and spread it all around the world, and that its only been recently, when the human population approached a certain critical number, that the "power of God" (represented by the various superpowers possesed by the heroes and villains) has been able to manifest again, if only in a limited way. They believe that the higher the human population, the greater the power will manifest until eventually, God himself (herself? itself?) will manifest physically on the Earth and the human species will ascend into the next stage of being. Most people in the GGU think they're kooks.
* PimpedOutDress: These are the only things the Black Rose, a vampiric supervillainess, ever wears.
* PlayboyBunny: March Hare, White Rabbit, and Silver Marten all wear this sort of costume.
* PlayByPostGames
* PlayerCharacter
* PlayingWithFire: Starfire, Fire Drake, Ablaze, Firefall, Fireworks, Flashpoint, Inferna, Hotshot, Centigrade (who is also AnIcePerson), Incendie ("Blaze" in French), Mondfeur ("Moonfire" in German), Ulkataranara ("Comet Man" in Hindi), Matahari Merah, Firebird, Playma ("Flame" in Russian), Salamander, Sunfire, Wildfire, Flame, Ifrit, The Confessor, Morningstar, Komet, Molotov, Inferno, Fuoco Bianco ("White Fire" in Italian), Pumpkin Jack, Tourmaline, Pyro, Dragon, and Red Devil.
* PointBuildSystem
* PointyEars: Creatures of Faerie and most Moreaus (animals that have been [[UpliftedAnimals Uplifted]] to a humanoid form) have pointed ears.
* PoisonousPerson: Viper, a member of the Serpent Syndicate, has a "poison touch". Her teammate King Cobra not only has a poisonous bite, but he can spit his venom as a ranged weapon.
** Sekhmet is an Egyptian supervillain whose powers allow him to infect others with fast-acting diseases. And fast-acting can be read as "initial infection to full blown presentation" in a matter of seconds) diseases.
* PowerNullifier: Purge has the power to turn off metahuman powers (but not magic or powers gained through technology, while Scramble can cause metahuman powers to misfire and not work properly (though they do tend to still work ''somehow'').
* ThePowerOfRock: 4Justice is a quartet of young singer/dancers who won their place on the team by way of the "reality" TV game show "Who Wants to Be a Superhero". To date, they've not actually appeared in the field fighting crime, but have released four albums, had a nationwide tour, and a TV movie. While each member of the band has a "code name", they are all much better known by their real names among their fans (who are all tween- and teen-aged girls, apparently). Outside of their fans, they receive little respect from the hero community, and not much more from the music community.
** The King, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the popular image of Elvis Presley, can sing ultra-sonic rock-and-roll songs.
* PowersViaPossession: Ghostkeeper, a Canadian hero, gains the accumulated strengths and skills of his ancestors by letting their spirits possess him. Maahes and Minhit are a pair of Egyptian supervillains who both get their power from an ancient lion-spirit of bloodshed.
** Uncle Sam is the incarnated Spirit of America.
* PowerTrio: Ready, Willing, and Able, super-powered bodyguards for hire. They are also TwoGuysAndAGirl.
* PoweredArmor: Many. Arrowstar, Scarab, Doctor Tomorrowland, Talos, Cyclone, Lawgiver, Liberty Belle, Piping Shrike, Rainbow Knight, Industry, Iron Mask, Steel Tortoise, Dragonfly, Horus, Solar Centurion, Chevalier, Haephestus, To, Tetsuronin, Resolute, Ogun, Myrmidon, the Iron Amir, and Lancelot, just to name a few.
** The Iron Legion is an entire team of PoweredArmor wearer.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: This happened precisely once in the entire history of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'': When Doctor XX had captured several members of the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] student body, she gloated over her prisoners, proclaiming that as "mere children", they never had a hope of defeating her.
--->'''Doctor XX:''' "Did you really think you'd win? I'm more powerful than any of you!"
--->'''Battlecry:''' "Yeah? Maybe so... (cue the wall coming down as the rest of the students arrive) but you're not more powerful than all of us!"
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow: The Israeli superhero Shimshon (the Hebrew form of Samson) has SuperStrength that, like his mythic namesake, disappears if his hair is cut.
* PowersAsPrograms: Several metahumans can do this sort of thing in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', though most are incapable of affecting, copying from, or stealing from [[BadassNormal "trained supernormals"]] and heroes whose powers come from technology or magic.
** Jane Doe is literally an identity thief. She steals the appearance, knowledge, memories, skills, and powers of anyone she touches.
** Chinese hero Unity can copy the powers of any single other metahuman. As part of the forty-plus member People's Revolutionary Superhuman Collective (the largest superhero team on Earth), he's got a lot to choose from, and that doesn't include the villains he fights.
** Prodigy has "photographic reflexes" and can mimic any athletic feat he witnesses.
** Mexican hero Gideon copies powers, but has no choice about the target of is abilities. He copies the powers of whoever he is fighting.
** Noiva de Salteador ("The Robber Bride" in Portuguese) is a Brazilian supervillain who can steal the powers of anyone she touches.
** The villainous Paragon, another power mimic, is one of the most powerful beings in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Unlike most other power mimics, he copies the powers of ever other supervillain or hero within range (and his range is about half a mile) simultaneously... and the raw power of identical powers (superhuman strength, for example) ''stacks''. And he can target [[BadassNormal trained supernormals]] as well.
* PowersThatBe: TAROT is an Ancient Conspiracy started originally to take over the world's economy... and they've been more successful in doing just that than anyone suspects. Their unlimitd wealth and influence makes them much more than just the criminal empire most superheroes see them as, to the point that they've been able to decide not only important things like who will win an election (they put {{George W. Bush}} in office, among other politicians worldwide), but they can decide little things like what movies will win an Oscar, or what clothing style trends will become popular.
* PrehensileHair: Slipknot and Dreadlocks both have this superpower. Slipknot can only manipulate his hair in this fashion. Dreadlocks is a RubberMan who can stretch his entire body in addition to his hair.
* PrematureEmpowerment: [[CompleteMonster The Blood Red King]] transformed Sister Mary Elizabeth Ross, a Carmelite nun, into Bloody Mary, a [[AxeCrazy total psychopath with a taste for killing]]. The Blood Red King expected to get a servant. What he got was immediately attacked by his creation.
* TheProfessor: Both Herr Doktor Archeville and The Academician. The former is a world-renowned scientist who uses his advanced technology to fight crime. The latter is the leader of the People's Republic of China's official hero team. Both are among the smartest men in the world.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: The general opinion is that this started for Terry "Mister America" Benedict when he testified during the McCarthy hearings as a friendly witness.
** There's also The Dove's slow descent from street-level hero to serial killer, all in the name of fighting crime.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Xorn, who invaded Earth in 1985, slaughtered nearly a billion people worldwide, introduced alien animals and plants to earth's ecology, and left behind tens of thousands of slaves from other races, all of whom were stuck with no way home when the invasion was defeated.
* PstandardPsychicPstance: About half of the character art for the various mentalists in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' depicted them using some variation on the PstandardPsychicPstance, despite the fact that in the actual text, they were never actually depicted as bothering with it. In point of fact, most mentalists avoided calling attention to their use of an undetectable (by non-mentalists), invisible (to non-mentalists) superpower in front of non-mentalists.
* PsychicNosebleed: This happens to all [[PsychicPowers mentalists]] in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' when they overstress their powers past their normal limits.
* PsychicPowers: There are too many people with PsychicPowers in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' to mention. The [[MostTriumphantExample best examples]] are Oracle and Delphi, mother-and-daughter telepaths who may well be the most powerful psychics on Earth. However, in an interesting subversion, not only are PsychicPowers the rarest of all super powers (only 10% of all superhumans have them), most psychics in the ''Global Guardians Universe'' are driven insane by their own powers. Because of this, most mentalists in the setting are villains.
* PsychoElectro: The Electrocutioner is an AxeCrazy supervillain who doesn't need an axe because he's got the lightning!
* PsychoForHire: Several. Krait, Glory, Crosshair, Gravestone, Whiteout, Demise, Polaris, and the members of both the Furies and the Iron Legion all qualify.
* PsychosomaticSuperpowerOutage: Hazard is a super-athletic martial artist whose powers and abilities depend on the strength of his willpower. Normally, he's able to shrug off things normal folks Able to shrug off things that would completely disable normal people. If his confidence in himself is ever shaken, all his strengths and skills disappear.
* PubertySuperpower: Mutants living in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' generally go through the activation of their powers between ages ten and twelve, with some cases waiting as late as age fourteen.
* PunyEarthlings: The Delethai are bigger, stronger, and tougher than human beings, as are the Xorn and the Terhish. The Hsax are smaller and physically weaker than humans, but are much faster and have much sharper senses. Physically, the K'kriki'i are pretty much harmless to humans, having evolved on a planet with about the same gravity as the Moon... but they're a race of SufficientlyAdvancedAliens and much, much smarter than humans to boot.
* Qipao: Chinese superheroes Cloud Dragon and Summer Cloud (no relation) both wear qipaos as part of their costumes.
* QuickDraw: Ballistic is said to be the fastest draw in the world with a handgun. He is also a [[ImprobableAimingSkills expert marskman]], and a master of GunFu.
* RapunzelHair: Slipknot has PrehensileHair that hangs down to his ankles, even if one takes his topknot into account.
* RealMenHateAffection: Achilles and Guardsman love each other like brothers. They support each other and are there for each other when it's needed. But they do this all without ever actually demonstrating their feelings for each other in any way, shape or form that isn't "100% manly".
* RecklessSidekick: Barnstormer's sidekick, the young Tailgunner, certainly qualifies.
* RedeemingReplacement: The current Stuntman, an indestructible hero, is the only son of the original Stuntman, an indestructible villain. The father of Dream Catcher, a psychic hero with the power to turn dreams into reality, was active as a villain and used the same name (he's now in a mental institution).
* RedSkiesCrossover: The invasion of the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy alien Xorn]] in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' was this. In any campaign other than the primary Global Guardians game, the "invasion" consisted of perhaps an afternoon of beating up alien warriors, or helping in a recovery effort ''after'' a primary battle. In the Global Guardians campaign, the characters were fighting the Xorn for weeks, invading their mother ship, and eventually successfully driving them off. As one player in the Denver Defenders campaign put it, "anyone else feel like a benchwarmer?"
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: This trope is utterly [[AvertedTrope averted]] in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', and the world has a generally higher base technological level that the [[RealLife real world]] as a result. A workable AIDS vaccine exists. Medical nanotechnology mean that if you can get to a hospital in time, you can survive nearly any amount of gross physical damage (the operative phrase being "if you can get to a hospital in time). Nearly 70% of cancers can be cured. Flying cars, microcomputers small enough to wear as jewelry, and programmable ingested "makeup pills" that can alter a person's hair color or change a character's skin color in the appropriate places (such as the eyelids) all exist. True, broadcastable holography is being worked on, and the internal combustion engine is thought of as a quaint relic of the past.
* ReferenceOverdosed: This phenomenon was a constant in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', and given that the players involved included ordained ministers, a professor of quantum physics, a member of the British House of Commons, several professional writers, a television producer, a movie special effects expert, a chef, three lawyers, active duty soldiers, artists, actors, attorneys, doctors, nurses, police officers, fire fighters, a librarian, a stock broker, computer programmers of various types, a Roman Catholic priest, a biochemist, the mayor of a small Florida, and a professional dominatrix, amongst others, all of whom were highly educated and all of whom were widely read, this was to be expected. Some stories were so thick with various references (from pop-culture to legal to scientific to political) that the story itself was lost in the mix.
* ReferentialMania: The supervillain known as Prophet believes he sees personalized signs and omens that are directly referential to himself and his plans in ''everything.'' The shape of clouds, traffic patterns, the sound his rice crispies make when the milk hits them... ''everything''. Most of the heroes think he's crazy... most of them.
* RePower: Pico, a member of the Denver Defenders, was originally a shrinking hero in the mold of DC's Atom. He later somehow gained [[FlyingBrick superhuman strength, invulnerability, and the ability to fly]], though only while shrunk down to a few inches tall.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: It was generally assumed that all characters had these as a matter of course. Exceptions tended to make for interesting side-stories.
* TheReveal: The biggest reveal in The Global Guardians PBEM Universe was the fact that Stone's mother was a supervillain, and that his father abandoned him at an orphanage in order to hide him from her.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', New Orleans oil-billionaire Spencer Troy is supposedly the President and CEO of Troy Petroleum. That said, to the general public, his "job" is fishing on the Gulf of Mexico, dating supermodels, and playing golf. At night he patrols the city as the heroic [[TheCowl Battlecat]].
** Spencer Troy's daughter, Diedre Troy, is also a RichIdiotWithNoDayJob. While secretly fighting crime alongside her father at night as Minx, during the day she does a remarkable imitation of the Paris Hilton/Lindsay Lohan party-girl lifestyle.
* RoguesGallery: Most of the heroes in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have a RoguesGallery that was created by their player specifically for the characters. In some cases, an entire hero team would have one (mostly created by the GameMaster).
** The RoguesGallery for the titular Global Guardians (the setting's [[CaptainErsatz version]] of the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]], include [[TimeAbyss Abyss]], [[OmnicidalManiac The Blood Red King]], [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Doctor Simian and Prime 8]], [[EldritchAbomination Dagon]], the radioactive Megaton, the Mujahedin, the Oppressor, Armageddon Girl, Nemesis, the Masters of Mayhem, Paragon, and the Warlord.
** Battlecat's RoguesGallery includes Demise, Baron Samedi, Blackwing, Domino, James Delongis ("costumes and fancy names are for pussies), Jane Doe, and Black Annis.
** [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway The Crimestoppers]] regularly fight Evil Mensa, the Seventh-Inning Stretch, the Capital Gang, The Blank, the One Name Bandits, and the Five Senses (Not Six, Because ESP Isn't Really a Sense in the Traditional Sense of the Word).
** The New York Knights fight the Brothers Grimm, Bodyshop, Play Time, Overdrive, and the Brain Trust.
** Disney's official hero team, Imagination, regularly opposes the Gear Grinders, Small Wonder, Tom Foolery, the Marauders, and the Heroes of Filmland (a rival hero team sponsored by Universal Studios).
** The Students at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] have come up against the Exiles (a group of disaffected, superpowered runaway teenagers), Doctor XX and her minions, the Scions (a group of telepathic teenage siblings), and El Cerebro.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Doctor XX was originally created to be an ongoing antagonist for the titular Global Guardians team. But then, after the GameMaster for the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] campaign got ahold of her, she tended to never appear in any other campaign so as to "not ruin her amazing portrayal in that campaign".
** In a reverse of the previous example, [[OmnicidalManiac The Blood Red King]] was originally intended to be a semi-demonic villain for the Knights of Malta (a team of superhero priests, monks, and nuns sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church). He ended up fighting the Global Guardians more than any other hero team in the setting.
* RolePlayingGameVerse: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' generated reams and reams of FanFic about the various teams and player characters, mostly written by the players involved. Some of it was pretty damned good. The rest? Not so much.
* RoyalRapier: Italian supervillainess Vendetta uses two of these, Florentine style.
* RubberForeheadAliens: The Pelkons are humanoid, and have the right number of fingers and toes and such, but their eyes are pure milk-white, their hair is thicker and more brush-like, and they have spots like a leopard. on their forehead that run down the back of their necks and across their shoulders.
* RubberMan: Several characters have these powers (to the point that "Bendy Toy" has become a commonly used in-universe term for people with such powers). Bungie, a member of the Global Guardians team, is most notable, but other good examples are Embrace (a villainess who combines this with superhuman strength) and Elastorang, a [[EverythingIsBetterWithMonkeys sentient orangutan]] rubber man.
* RunOrDie: [[OmnicidalManiac The Blood Red King]] is one of two [[PhysicalGod Omega Level Metahumans]] in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Being the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Terror and Fear with NewPowersAsThePlotDemands, he's the one foe no one '''''ever''''' wants to engage in a standup fight. The only ones who have knew they were making a HeroicSacrifice so other people could get away. The only hero who ever succeeded in beating him was Amnesty, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Kindness and Mercy. She is the setting's ''other'' [[PhysicalGod Omega]].
* RunTheGauntlet: BigBad Baron Samedi once manipulated the other super-criminals in New Orleans to do this to Battlecat.
* SamaritanSyndrome: Achilles has absolutely no life outside of superheroics, specifically because of this reason.
* ScienceHero: Prototype, Herr Doktor Archeville, Technomancer, Wi-Fi, Doctor Tomorrowland, and Solomon.
* ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot: One of the guiding principles of the setting was that the story overrode the rules as necessary.
* ScrewYourself: A muckraking tabloid once accused superher Los Hermanos of having done this. While he denied he ever ''had'' done so (or even having ever thought about doing so), he also shocked his teammates by admitted that the idea wasn't as repugant to him as they thought it should be as, given that he and his duplicates are a HiveMind, it would be more akin to masturbation than anything else.
* SealedEvilInACan: Dagon, a world-threatening evil sorcerer, started out as an [[EldritchAbomination primordial god]] trapped in a mystic prison until accidentally released by a human gangster. One [[BodyHorror body-warping soul-merge later]] and the gangster's mind is gone and Dagon is loose on the Earth to fulfill prophecy by destroying the planet.
* SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: Ancient Egyptian sorcerors ireversibly bound Nephthys, Goddess of Chaos and wife of the Jackal-God Set, in the body of a twelve-year-old girl and sealed her into a Pharaoh's tomb, to be imprisoned for all time. Little did they suspect that the goddess would find such treatment to only be a temporary inconvenience.
* SecretCircleOfSecrets: The Circle of Cold Flames are an order of mystics and sorcerers dedicated to overthrowing Heaven and instituting a reign of evil over the earth (and put themselves in control over it all in the end). They go in for all the trappings: [[BlackCloak black cloaks]], pentagrams, [[VirginSacrifice sacrificing virgins]] to their [[{{Satan}} demonic overlords]], and so on.
* SecretIdentity: Most of the characters in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' use a SecretIdentity to protect their friends and loved onces. Of the Global Guardians team itself, only Guardsman doesn't use a SecretIdentity, primarily because he doesn't have that many non-superpowered friends and no family at all (plus, he's armed with a GreenLanternRing and no one really wants to mess with ''that''). Even Achilles, who due to SamaritanSyndrome has no life at all outside of superheroics, uses a SecretIdentity.
* SecretIdentityChangeTrick: Breanna Mae Siegert, better known as Bungie of the Global Guardians, once used the excuse "I've got to take my poodle to the post office. She's expecting a very important package" in order to get away so she could change into her costume. The other players thought this was so funny they started using it as a StockPhrase everytime ''their'' character needed to get away to change into their SecretIdentity.
* SecretIdentityIdentity: Achilles is, for all intents and purposes, the only identity Joshua Wilson has anymore. The same can be said for his siblings, all of whom (like Achilles) are the children of DiabolicalMastermind Lord Doom.
* SecretPublicIdentity: Josiah Brimstone, a mystic hero from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', fights crime under the codename "Josiah Brimstone". Also, most people think that the [[PsychicPowers telepathic]] superhero Martini is using a codename, when he's actually just using his real last name (his full name being Benieio Martini). Martini encourages this opinion (by using a tuxedo as a costume and acting very haughty and upper-class), while Josiah Brimstone just doesn't care.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Capricorn, Quill, Black Betty, Mister Toad, and the aptly named Giraffe, who have the powers of a goat, a porcupine, a skunk, a toad, and a giraffe, respectively.
* {{Sentai}}: The Lightning Power Special Team, a group of color-coded, similarly powered and costumed heroes operating in Tokyo.
* SerialKillerKiller: The Confessor obsessively hunted down and murdered (usually in a very KarmicDeath) other serial killers. When the heroes finally captured him, and one pointed out to the Confessor that he, himself, was a serial killer, the Confessor delivered the HannibalLecture to end all [[HannibalLecture Hannibal Lectures]].
* {{Sexbot}}: The Platinum Blonde, an android crimefighter in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', started her existence as one of these. The company that created her, Android Companions, Incorporated, specialized in custom, made-to-order Sexbots who were identical in appearance to celebrities (the Platinum Blonde being a Marilyn Monroe-bot).
* SexIsInteresting: [[FlyingBrick Vindicator's]] characterization and story was centered around her status as a Token Lesbian Superhero. It got tiring after a while, and then got Squicky when it was revealed that the player was a sock puppet for a creepy internet guy just looking to have his jollies by being creepy.
* TheShadowKnows: Supervillainess Sweet Synn has the power to appear as whatever it is you want in a woman. Her shadow, on the other hand, reveals the batlike wings and tail of the demon she actually is.
* ShapeshifterIdentityCrisis: The Blank is a shapeshifting teenager who can make himself... or possibly herself... look like any human. She... or perhaps he... has lost track of his... or is it her... original gender and appearance. The fact that her... or is it his... real name is "Leslie" doesn't help matters.
* ShesGotLegs: Cheesecake has the power of "ZOMG SHE'S SO DAMNED HOT SHE BURNS MY EYES JUST LOOKING AT HER", and she uses it to mentally manipulate weak-willed men. Naturally enough, this is all a part of it.
* ShinyMidnightBlack: Ultra-Man, being a CaptainErsatz of the 1940s {{Superman}}, has hair like this.
* ShockAndAwe: Electricity is a favorite power in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Canadian superhero Acolyte, the villainous Chain Lightning, electrical-powered [[SuperSpeed speedster]] Lightning Dancer and her identical (and evil) twin Blitz, Chinese hero Voltage, Disney-sponsored hero Big Thunder, Juice, the super-strong Relampago, the Italian super-criminal Dinimo, Russian super-assassin Molnya, Thunderfist, Lightning Rod of the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], and Cracklin' Rose all possess electrical powers.
* ShootingSuperman: This happened to The Shield all the time. The Shield's [[SinglePowerSuperheroes one schtick]] is being completely and totally invulnerable, so naturally mooks would empty clip after clip into him to no effect. Occasionally this would escalate and they'd use grenades, miniguns, and rocket launchers on him to equally no effect. Once, one villain even ''dropped him to Earth from orbit''. To no effect. You'd think that sooner or later word would get around...
* ShowgirlSkirt: The [[{{Necromancer}} Bone White Queen]], the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Disease and the consort of the [[CompleteMonster Blood Red King]], wears a (naturally) bone-white ShowgirlSkirt as part of her costume.
* {{Sidekick}}: Surprisingly, given that it is a superhero setting, there was only a single incidence of a hero (or a villain, for that matter) taking a sidekick: Barnstormer and his “youthful ward”, Tailgunner.
** KidSidekick: And Tailgunner was naturally a KidSidekick.
* SidekickGlassCeiling: While Tailgunner had the same powers ([[FlyingBrick flight, super-strength, and invulnerability]]) as his heroic mentor, they were for the most part lesser versions. The single exception was his flight speed and aerobatic agility (which were both actually greater than Barnstormer's).
* SidekickGraduationsStick: In the Silver Age campaign, when a now-adult former KidSidekick Tailgunner had come into his full powers and [[LegacyHero become the second Barnstormer]].
* TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks: The ''Silver Age'' campaign was made of this trope, naturally.
* SinglePowerSuperheroes: Due to the way the HeroSystem rules work, most of the characters from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have multiple superpowers ''on paper''. Functionally, however, what most of them have is just a single power for which they've discovered multiple uses. For example, Bungie is a RubberMan who has superior strength (because she can use her strechability to change her point of leverage in her own body) and invulnerability to most physical attacks (because her elastic body stretches with the force of the attack), and can change her shape (by stretching her body into various forms), but it all boils down to Bungie ''stretching''.
* SkinnyDipping: Aquatic superheroine Calypso, being from the undersea kingdom of Atlantis (a society with NoNudityTaboo), has a hard time figuring out why the surface dwellers insist on wearing clothing when above the water, much less when they are in it. Her default mode of dress when swimming is total nudity. This is her default mode of dress while out of the water 70% of the time, as well.
* SlaveToPR: This is the open reason why the White Legion, the official hero team of the Ku Klux Klan, does what it does: to generate some good PR for the Klan. And these guys aren't villains in hero's clothing, either. If it weren't for their vile opinions on racial supremacy and the place non-Whites should have in society, they’d be true-blue, noble heroes. They don’t even hesitate to help non-Whites, as they see such actions as “setting a good example for lesser peoples”. Nevertheless, they are '''''not''''' looked on too favorably by anyone but racists and neo-nazi white supremacists, even when they do good deeds like rescuing over 300 flood victims during the worst of the New Orleans/Hurricane Katrina debacle.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Cheesecake appears to everyone who sees her as the most beautiful woman they can imagine. When she was a teenager, the eruption of her power made her a gang-rape victim and turned her against men in general. She has since learned to use her hatred of men, and her natural attractiveness to them, as a weapon.
* SoLastSeason: SuperRobot villain Omega from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' uses this trope every time he appears. Part of his schtick is that, between his attacks on the heroes, he re-engineers himself to be immune to whatever defeated him before. Did you beat him once with an electro-magnetic pulse? Sorry, this time he's got tempest shielding. Burn through his chassis with a laser? Sorry, this time he's coated himself with a reflective polymer, making him resistant to lasers. The heroes had to figure out a new way to beat him every time he showed up.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The primary Aesops of the setting were "Don't fight the battles that you can win, fight the battles that deserve to be fought", and "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Do not allow evil to triumph. Do not do sit by and do nothing." Which are sentiments that need to be said, and undertaken, quite a bit more than they are.
* SomedayThisWillComeInHandy: The Hermit, one of the TAROT villains, retains a perfect memory of everything he ever experienced from the time of his childbirth, and is a voracious reader. He's also one of the world's smartest people, allowing him to put his encyclopedic knowledge of ''everything'' [[CrazyPrepared to use against his opponents]]. He's a villain the heroes hate going up against, simply because he's so annoyingly effective.
* SomeoneHasToDoIt: There is always an Archmage, he mystical defender of Earth. When the previous Archmage dies, is incapacitated, or gives up his power as Archmage, the next Archmage is chosen immediately and gains all the powers and responsibilities of the office.
* SomethingPerson: Brain Boy, Gravity Man, Jungle Boy, Patchwork Man, and Fantastic Man.
* SorcerersApprentice: In one Sunshine Warriors story, Arrowstar's nephew Ralph discovers his uncle's PoweredAmor and takes it for a spin. He does okay for a little while, and actually manages to stop a crime without causing too much property damage. But then he accidentally hits the suits afterburners and puts himself into orbit. Luckily, he's rescued before the suit's oxygen supply runs out.
* SorryThatImDying: Dogfight's lasts words before he was crushed in the collapse of the North Tower after the 9-11 attacks was an apology to his son for not being there to watch him grow up. This was part of his son's FreudianExcuse to become a supervillain.
* SoulPower: Binder of the Canadian Shield superhero team is a mystic sorceress specializing in this sort of power. Her full name is "Binder of Spirits". Her teammate Ghostkeeper gains his powers from the spirits of his ancestors.
** Indian sorcerer Tauji also specialized in spirit magic.
** Maahes and Menhit are two Egyptian supervillains who gained there powers when they were possessed by the lion-spirits of bloodshed.
** Deadworks is a ghostly villain who possesses corpses and uses them for his own purposes.
** The Gentleman Ghost is a Disney-sponsored hero with ghostly powers.
* SpaceStation: The orbital headquarters of the Global Guardians, and the Stronghold Orbital Super-Maximum Detention Center.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: The Wonder, The Sculptor, The Warlock, The Bishop, and most especially the Blood Red King. El Buho (The Owl) is a [[BilingualBonus Mexican]] example.
* SpiderSense: There are many characters who can sense dangerous situations before they happen, ranging from a quick adrenaline rush that warns them that they, personally, are about to be in trouble to vague clairvoyant flashes that tell them AStormIsComing. Second Sight, a precognitive hero, uses this ability to "read" the intentions of those she is fighting, and thus is often able to counter their maneuvers before they make them. Agniputra, on the other hand, has senses that are so heightened her "danger sense" is less her actually sensing danger and more her simply being able to react to it faster than anyone else.
* SpinAttack: Gyro, a villainous [[SuperSpeed speedster]], could spin himself like a super-sonic top. His primary method of attack was to move in on a person while keeping his fists extended.
* SpinningClockHands: This was used to let the Global Guardians that the villainous Chronos had sent them on a (supposedly) one-way trip into the future against their wills.
* SpinToDeflectStuff: [[SuperSpeed Tachyon]] once used this technique and a length of steel pipe to deflect automatic weapons fire.
* SplitPersonality: Heroic crimefighter Arsenal has no idea that she is also the psychotic assassin Demise.
* TheSpock: In the Global Guardians, Achilles is the TheSpock, and is also the team leader. Guardsman is TheKirk, while Arachne and Ultra-Man are {{The McCoy}}.
* SquishyWizard: The Beacon was once described by a teammate as "fluffy". Another teammate called her "well padded." She describes herself as a big beautiful woman. Either way, she tends to avoid close combat as she's horrible at it and always gets her butt kicked when it happens.
* TheStakeout: Battlecat and Minx (Battlecat's daughter) had a lot of rooftop stake-outs in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. They'd inevitably descend into discussions about whatever guy she was seeing that week and how Battlecat doesn't think he's good enough for her.
** SpiesInAVan: When Battlecat and Minx (Battlecat's daughter) weren't hanging around rooftops [[TheStakeout staking out a wanted criminal]], they were usually parked in Battlecat's CoolCar staking out a wanted criminal. While their rooftop stakeouts always ended in discussions about Minx's current boyfriend, the car stake-outs would always end up being about Battlecat's still being in love with Minx's mother some five years after the divorce (and after his ex-wife remarried).
* StaffChick: Penny Ante, a supervillain from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is a former mafia princess-turned-martial arts weapon master who fights with a staff.
* StarSpangledSpandex: This was the chosen uniform of the Neumans, a family of superheroic crimefighters.
** Supervillainesses Urania and Star also dressed in star-covered black leotards.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', the [[SecretIdentity real name]] of the Disney-sponsored superhero Tinkerbelle is Tina Kerri Bell. Las Vegas superhero Argent is really names Harry Silver. Doctor Ka, an Egyptian-themed mystic hero, is actually named Doctor Anthony Fairo ("Pharoah"). Super-athletic martial arts hero Elite is really Primo Best (Yes, his name is "First Best", and his hero name is "Elite".)
* StockSuperheroDayJobs
* StockSuperpowers: Pretty much all of them appeared at one point or another.
* StoutStrength: Bouncer is a [[KidHero Kid Villain]] whose incredible strength is matched by his incredible bulk. His "super-fat" makes him almost impossible to physically hurt.
** Bouncer has no idea that his father is the second-string villain known as The Walrus, who had the same powers.
** The Fat Man absorbs kinetic energy, which manifests as fat after absorption. He's nearly eight feet tall and weighs close to a thousand pounds, and can lift small buildings over his head.
* SuperHero
* SuperHeroOrigin: All of the characters featured had them. No exceptions.
* SuperheroPackingHeat: Sniper is a [[ThePunisher Punisher-style]] vigilante who uses [[MoreDakka gym-bags full of guns]]. He thinks of himself as a hero; most of the heroes see him as a villain.
* SuperHeroSchool: There were two: the Hyperion Academy (in New York), and the Venture Institute (in California).
* SuperLoser: One of the superheroes active in the Boston area was The Patriot, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the New England Patriots football team. Gifted with heightened strength and toughness, he was nevertheless a pretty ineffective crimefighter due to basic incompetence. The character was generally considered to be a cheap TakeThat on the part of creator Jack Butler, who had long held that his two favorite football teams were "the Miami Dolphins and '''''any team''''' playing the New England Patriots."
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: Most of the characters who fall under this trope are [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because their powers are somehow aquatic in nature. Starfish, for example, is a [[PettingZooPeople "human starfish"]] while Master Shark is a [[PettingZooPeople "shark-man"]]. Sea Lion and Nemo are both [[CaptainErsatz homages]] to {{Aquaman}}. Calypso is a [[ShapeShifting shapeshifter]] who turns into sea animals. The Shield, though, doesn't have any sort of justification for his ability to operate underwater without breathing apparatus; its just that, quite literally, one of his powers is SuperNotDrowningSkills.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Josiah Brimstone is a skilled and powerful sorcerer, but when his spells are not enough, he can unleash his [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin inner demon]] on the bad guys. The inner demon doesn't always stop at beating down the bad guys, though, so Brimstone is really reluctant to do this. Viviane von Klause, the "Witch of San Francisco" tries to avoid overusing her magical abilities because if she goes too far and pushes her magic too far, the ghost of her Satanist grandmother takes over for a little while.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: Regardless of what real-world genetic science says, its pretty much guaranteed that the child of two superhumans will have either the same powers as one of their parents, or a mix between the two. (Children with only one superhuman parent tend to have a 50/50 chance of getting either the same powers as their parents, or else no powers at all.) Of course, people who get their powers from technology don't count.
* SuperReflexes: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', everyone who has SuperSpeed also has SuperReflexes.
** This is the primary superpower of the villain Whiteout ([[DontExplainTheJoke he's an albino assassin]]). His reflexes are fast enough to dodge bullets (and pretty much anything else) if he knows they're coming. He doesn't move with SuperSpeed, though.
** Arachne, being a CaptainErsatz of SpiderMan, can do this by way of a danger sense.
* SuperRobot: The Platinum Blonde, a heroic android in the shape of MarilynMonroe, started out a RealRobot. After leaving her life as a {{Sexbot}} and looking for the meaning of her existence, she tooled up, installed some over-the-top weapons systems, and started defending humanity.
* SuperSerum: Several characters gained their powers through one of these. Most noable would be [[TheCowl Achilles]], leader of the titular superteam, and Alloy, a [[ChromeChampion shiny metal]] supervillain with superhuman strength.
* SuperSoldier: There are several, but the most notable ones are [[TheCowl Achilles]], leader of the Global Guardians, and World War II era [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] {{Superman}} [[CaptainErsatz stand-in]], Sturmfuhrer.
* SuperSpeed: Many heroes and villains possess this power. Most notable are Tachyon (a super-fast gorilla hero), Speedway (a Nascar-themed hero), and [[LegacyHero Jenny Thunder]] (daughter of sixties speedster Johnny Thunder).
* SuperStrength: * Scientists in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have determined that this is the most common superpower in the world. An estimated 60% of all metahumans have SuperStrength to some degree or other, ranging from people who are still within normal ranges for athletic humans (but who obviously are much stronger than their height, weight, build would indicate) to people capable of lifting megatons worth of weight.
** An example of the first would be [[BadassNormal Audrey Cohen]], a seven year old girl featured in a People Magazine cover story in 1995. In front of a dozen witnesses, Ms. Cohen lifted nearly two hundred pounds over her head. She was restested in 2010 at age 21, where it was shown that her maximum lift capacity was about 320 pounds.
** An example of second would be the supervillain [[UnstoppableRage Rampage]], whose strength no upper limit has ever been found.
* SuperTeam: Most of the campaigns were based around a SuperTeam of one sort or another. Notable exceptions were the Big Easy campaign and the aptly titled Solo campaign, both of which were about a single hero, and the Hyperion Academy and Venture Institute campaigns, both of which were about schools for superhumans.
* SuperVillain
* SuperWeight
* SuperWheelChair: The controversial superhero Slave is a powerful robot remotely operated by the brain of a quadrapelegic genius. The operator gets sensory input from the robot, and while hooked up to it the robot is functionally the operator's body. The designer of Slave intended it to be a way for paralyzed people to regain their mobility, after a fashion. One wonders why he isn't hooked up to the robot 24/7.
* SwissArmyWeapon: Several of these appear in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Diamond's PoweredArmor (which uses [[{{Nanomachines}}nanotechnology]] as a means of situational adaptiveness) can be equipped with everything from a 20mm cannon to an ultrasonic blaster. Rainbow Knight's AdaptiveArmor does the same sort of thing, but with biotechnology. Omega is a SuperRobot who can rework his own technology to gain any needed weapon as well.
* TaintedVeins: When the supervillain Virus injects his victims with the mind-control serum, their veins turn dark green around the injection site.
** Cyborg supervillain La Constructeuse has this sort of thing going on with her own body, but the vein-tracery looks like circuitry.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: One of the basic rules of {{Champions}} is that soliloquies are a zero-phase action that take no time at all; technically, a character could recite the entire text of Wikipedia as a Free Action.
* TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath: This was a running joke with Mister Easter, who had the power to come back from the dead after three days (he's Mister ''Easter'', [[DontExplainTheJoke get it?]]). One of Mister Easter's Disadvantages was ''Fated to Die at Least Once Per Story'' and boy did he live up to that. During his crimefighting career he was hit by the bus several times, choked on a fish bone, was hit on the head by a falling fire-escape ladder, accidentally electrocuted himself, and once was stabbed to death by a bad guy who wasn't quite dead. And the GM always managed to make his death a perfect TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath moments.
* TakenForGranite: Medusa, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the gorgon myth, and shares all the powers of her mythical namesake, including the ability to turn people who meet her eyes to stone.
** Gorgon can turn people's skin into a layer of stone that is just thick enough to keep them from moving. The effect wears off after a while. Anyone who is strong enough can break through this thin stone shell... if they don't mind [[{{Squick}} being flayed alive]] when their petrified skin shatters.
** The appropriately-named villain Stone can transform himself into a living statue, giving himself SuperStrength and NighInvulnerability. The Brazilian hero Estatua ("The Statue") has the same power. Granite Man and Golem are both like that permanently. Surkha Khamba ("Ruby Monolith") can turn herself into solid ruby.
* TechnicalPacifist: Lucky Star, a street-level crimefighter in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', who is often called "the luckiest man alive", refuses to start fights, always tries to use reason and understanding to defuse conflict and absolutely, positively refuses to use a weapon, nonetheless is quite capable of kicking ass and taking names when reason and understanding don't work. And heaven help you if you threaten a child in his presence.
* {{Technopath}}: The Operator is a superhero from Florida who can control machinery and computer systems remotely. Online is a cyberpath who works as a "Hero For Hire", primarily as an electronic security expert (there is also a villainous Online, with the same power set, and the two are harsh rivals simply over who gets to keep the name). Likewise, Cyba is a Canadian superheroine who can "talk" to machines. Perepis, on the other hand, is a "cyberkinetic", and can mentally animate and control machinery (including remotely redesigning them). Perepis's ArchEnemy is Technyik, who not only shares her power, but wears a suit of PoweredArmor on top of it all.
* TeenGenius: The Evil Mastermind, leader of Evil Mensa, is only twelve years old. He is also the third smartest person on the planet.
* TelepathicSpacemen: There aren't any inherently telepathic alien species; that said, the Tautiq and the Pelkons are both more likely to acquire PsychicPowers than humans are, and are less likely to be driven mad by those powers. Xorn and Delethai, on the other hand, are even less likely than humans to gain such powers.
* {{Telepathy}}: * Though PsychicPowers in general are the rarest of all superpowers in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Telepathy is definitely the most common [[PsychicPowers mental power]]. The most powerful telepath in the setting is Oracle, a former member of the Global Guardians, though the supervillain Cerebellum contests this point. Other notable telepaths are Headcase, Iron Angel, A Espada, Halazgo, and Mikula.
** The Scions are a group of four telepathic siblings. They've been pursuing a private war against their father, Cerebellum, in addition to their normal super-villainy.
* TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne: Boris "The Bloodhound" Lydecker is a reporter for ''Capes and Cowls'' magazine (imagine [[http://www.usmagazine.com/ Us Magazine]] if it concentrated on metahumans rather than celebrities). He is, himself, a metahuman with the sole power to detect other metahumans, including he ''general'' nature of their powers and power level (along the lines of "something to do with fire... but wow does he have a lot of it"). His usual assignment is to "out" superheroes who haven't revealed their [[SecretIdentity real names]] to the public yet. Naturally, he's not well liked in the superhero community.
** Mentalists in the GGU can always sense other mentalists whenever they get into close proximity; ironically, it is the least powerful and least experiences telepaths who are sensed more strongly, because they have a harder time keeping their "psychic leak" as it is called, under control. Powerful telepaths, or very experienced yet only mildly powerful ones, only leak a little.
** Wizards and other mystics in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' can automatically detect the presence of other wizards and mystics, but they can only detect each other's power level if the other mystic is either currently spellcasting or if they voluntarily "project their aura of power", thus intentionally advertising just how powerful they are.
* ThisIsADrill: The villainous Subterranean uses a tank equipped with a tunneling drill to break into bank vaults, museums, and other secure locations from underneath.
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Lampshaded and subverted during a third year story. Achilles, leader of the titular hero team, discovers the bad guy who has been causing them so much havoc is his own brother. Cue Gunmetal asking "Is this going to end up one of those 'I have to face him alone' things with you?" To which Achilles responds, "Oh hell no. Take his ass down the moment you can get a clear shot."
* ThoseWackyNazis: The most common villains in the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] GoldenAge campaign were these. The specific villains ranged from Baron Maltus, the head of the Nazi SuperSoldier Program, to Herr Doktor Ubrist, Adolph Hitler's personal astrologer and a powerful mystic, and pretty much all the other stereotypical Nazi villains in between.
* ThouShaltNotKill: This trope was actively enforced. Player characters who were [[AxeCrazy casual killers]] were absolutely not welcome, and those that became it later were booted from the game. Accidents still happened, of course.
* TimeAbyss: The Abyss is an immortal ''homo habilis'' who has kept most of his memories of the last five or six hundred thousand years. He once gave a HannibalLecture in which he described the day he was nearly killed by a terror bird.
* TimeTravel: The Warlord, a PoweredArmor-wearing villain from the future, didn't like the way things were going in his time, so he came back to change them. Every story featuring him involves him trying to change some historical event to fit his own whims.
* TimeTravelEscape: Ultra-Man originally fought the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] in the 1940s. He was brought to the present when a villain's superweapon accidentally ripped a whole in the Time-Space Continuum.
* TinCanRobot: The GadgeteerGenius known as The Garbageman guarded his lair with robots that looked like they were thrown together from old car parts, some galvanized steel garbage cans, and a lawn mower or two. They looked like that because they were thrown together from old car parts, some galvanized steel garbage cans, and a lawn mower or two. More dangerous than they sounded.
* TotalitarianUtilitarian: Lord Doom from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is dedicated to solving the world's problems and making the world a better place so no other child has to watch their family be systematically killed like he did during the Holocaust. To that end, he intends to overthrow every government on the planet and replace them with his own benevolent rule, modify the general behavior of the human race through genetic engineering, drug thereapy, and branwashing, end crime by ending the criminals, permanently, and insuring that the only people who have the capacity to make war are those who have been programmed to be loyal to the cause. Among other things, he is a MadScientist who is all about PlayingWithSyringes when it comes to making people better, and insists that HappinessIsMandatory, and anyone who disagrees with him or gets in his way, even if they are his own children, must be eliminated. Sure, his plan is a bit harsh, but [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans you cannot make omelettes without breaking a few eggs.
* TransplantedHumans: The Daribi, a race of alien invaders, are transplanted neanderthals. They were rescued from extinction on Earth by SufficientlyAdvancedAliens and taken to a world that wasn't actively killing them off.
* TropeMobile: Battlecat rides a CoolBike called the Battlecycle. The Nightwatchman drives a midnight-black CoolCar called the Nightmobile.
* TrenchCoatWarfare: Sniper.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', while officially set in whatever the current year happened to be, was actually this. The technology, social mores, and general feel of the setting were never really matched with RealLife.
* {{Ubermensch}}: Several.
** Lord Doom wants to make the world a Utopia without war and hatred, and he doesn't care how many people die in the process of making his vision of a peaceful earth a reality.
** Abyss wants to rid the world of pollution and return nature to a clean, balanced, pristine state... and if this means wiping humanity off the face of the planet, so be it.
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: Doctor Thadeus Thanos. a MadScientist villain, was an ugly, scrunched up hunchback whose face looked half-melted. His daughter Gladiola, on the other hand, was not just beautiful, she was stunningly so. Of course, he ''did'' genetically engineer her to be that way...
* {{Underboobs}}: After her Heroic BSOD, Fury, from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, took to wearing a black-thong-bikini-and-halter costume. The "halter" part was little more than a strip of black cloth that showed off the underboob quite nicely.
* UnderwaterBase: The Caribbean Crew's base is sunken off the coast of Key West, Florida.
* [[TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer The Unfrozen Caveman Superhero]]: Nordkapp Man. Within a few years of his being thawed out of the glacier he'd been trapped in for 30,000 years, Nordkapp Man (a neanderthal with superpowers) had become a university professor, a regular club-hopper, and, of course, an ice-wielding crimefighter.
* VaguenessIsComing: For weeks prior to Dagon beginning his ritual to release the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]] onto the Earth, every mystic hero (and villain, for that matter) whose name wasn't "Dagon" started receiving the same warning, "They are coming!" The warning showed up in the dialog of TV shows, it would appear in casual conversations with friends, in crossword puzzles, in dreams, and so on. As Dagon's ritual neared completion, the warnings became more and more blatant and obvious until, at one point, a random stranger walked up to Warlock and screamed "THEY ARE COMING!" into his face.
* VillainByDefault: Being a comic book universe with a lot of BlackAndWhiteMorality (as most comic book universes have), the heroes of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have faced off against a metric buttload of bad guys who were [[VillainByDefault villains by default]]. Corrupt lawyers, gangsters, bikers, hit-men, big game hunters, [[ThoseWackyNazis neo-nazis]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive evil businessmen]], white supremacists, satanists, various other cultists, voracious aliens, terrorists of every stripe and creed. And of course your average supervillain is in it for the greed and the breaking things. The number of villains that introduced shades of gray could be counted on one hand.
* TheVirus: The aptly named Virus is a villain who takes control of people using a tailored infection that slowly transforms them into copies of itself. Its ultimate goal is to make all life on earth a copy of itself.
* VivaLaEvolution: * In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse, Mexican superhero Evolucion, is a FlyingBrick with "reactive evolution" powers. He gains those defensive and sensory powers he needs depending on the situation he finds himself in (he gains night vision in darkness, he grows gills if he's underwater, fireproof skin if he's in a fire, and so on).
** The SuperRobot Omega, from the same setting, is programmed to redesign himself after ever defeat so he cannot be defeated by the same method twice.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Shapeshifting is surprisingly not all that common in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse. Menagerie and Manimal turn into various animal species; Pseudo ''says'' that all he can do is replicate any human appearance (in reality, he's a plasmoidal alien who "went native" and pretends to be human... but he keeps that a secret); Mu Shu (a member of the Disney World-sponsored hero team Imagination) can shapeshift into a small, red, firebreathing dragon; Indian hero Bagha can turn into a tiger; Chameleon, a student at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] can become any animal or human shape; Lord Dragon, thought to be a human who can transform into a Chinese dragon, is actually a Chinese dragon who can turn into a human; both Chimera and Proteus can assume any shape they can imagine.
** Silly Putty is technically this. He can assume pretty much any shape, but his outward appearance doesn't change, and his flesh has to be manually manipulated into the desired shape (usually by other people).
* WallOfText: It was an email campaign, and some of the player's were very enthusiastic participants.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Plastic, [[ScienceMarchesOn a substance unknown to the Ancient Greeks]], is completely opaque to the Mask Of Justice's vision powers. Thus, he can't even see through Saran Wrap (tm) while wearing his mask.
* WeHelpTheHelpless: The heroes of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' did this as a matter of course. But then, they were superheroes. That's what superheroes '''do'''.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[EvilOverlord Lord Doom]] has a plan to save humanity from overpopulation, hunger, crime, war, and tyranny. His plan promotes universal literacy, tolerance for other ethnicities, political creeds, and sexual orientations, grant universal health care for all, and generally make life more pleasant for everyone, as long as you didn't mind giving up a couple of small, tiny, insignificant things in the meantime... things like a right to vote, or freedom of speech, or the right to choose your own occupation. Small things like that. Oh, and he's in charge. Forever.
* WeWorkWellTogether: This is how The Crimestoppers, a team of [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway low-powered superheroes]], came together. They all responded to the same crisis and discovered they were better together than they were by themselves. Not that this was hard.
* {{Whatevermancy}}: Madras, who could telekinetically control fabric, called his power "Fasmokinesis", bastardizing "yfasma", the Greek word for "cloth".
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The ''Crimestoppers'' campaign was made of this trope. The team consisted of Doctor Destiny, a sometime-clairvoyant who gets visions of the future with the aid of his magic 8-ball; Mister Excitement, a hero who gains his super-strength through adrenalin rushes, but who has no control over when those rushes occur, Rex, a talking German shepherd (that is his power, he's a dog that talks); Silly Putty, a shapechanger who has to be physically manipulated to change his shape, and cannot change his color (but could do that "lift an image from newsprint" trick); and the Tagger, who possesses the power to spray any color of paint he wishes from his fingertips.
** Also the mysterious Mister Easter (not a member of the Crimestoppers), who had the power to change water into wine, multiply a single fish and a single load of bread into many fishes and loaves of bread, walk on water, completely cure leprosy, blindness, and a very small range of disabilities that prevented people from walking. Plus, if he was killed, he rose from the dead after three days.
** The setting also featured the Flower Lady could project a spray of rose petals from her fingers. Mr. Rainbow could change the color of his own skin, but only to one of the seven prismatic colors (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, or Violet). The Great and Powerful Oz could [[ShapeShifting shape-shift]], but only into one of the characters from the 1939 musical version of "The Wizard of Oz", and Soundtrack had the power to cause any piece of music (be it a song or an orchestral piece) ever used in any film to play out of thin air around him.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: While intelligent apes have been given full civil rights, robots, androids, and other artificial intelligences are still not considered people in the legal sense even though they cannot be harmed with impunity (property laws come into consideration). Demons, the undead, and most other forms of monster are free targets, however.
* WhatMeasureIsANonSuper: For the most part, this is avoided, even by the villains. Of course, there is a reason why there are so many derogatory slang words for normal humans. "Mere" (as in "merely human"), "flatline", "baseline", and "Norman" (as in "Normal Normal") are just four examples.
* WhatTheHellHero: Oracle is a powerful telepath and one-time member of the Global Guardians. When Doctor Devastation hid a nerve gas bomb in a subway terminal in Washington, D.C., she used her telepathic powers to slowly turn his brain into cole slaw as she forcibly searched it for the bomb's location. While she saved the day, she was also expelled from the team.
* WhenThingsSpinScienceHappens: Herr Doktor Archeville possessed a machine that his teammates called "the spinny gizmo". No one was sure what it did, really, but it sure looked fancy, and it had that spinny part on the front of it.
* WhiteHairedPrettyBoy: The hit man called Whiteout is a frankly beautiful man with long, flowing white hair. He's also a psychotpathic murderer with SuperStrength.
* WhoNeedsTheirWholeBody: Splatterman has a HealingFactor that works so quickly it makes Wolverine green with envy. He lost both his legs an arm, and half his torso to a supervillain once, but kept crawling after the guy as his body regrew itself.
* TheWikiRule: During the last three years of the setting's run, the website was wiki-based.
** [[http://butlerverse.wikia.com/wiki/The_Butlerverse_Wiki It's getting a new one. Still under construction as of this writing.]]
* WindsOfDestinyChange: Lady Luck of the Knights of Norfolk is an active probability manipulator.
** Domino is a slightly clairvoyant martial artist who can see the future just enough to let her avoid bad choices. Her teammates simply assume she's incredibly lucky.
** Hazard, like Lady Luck, can manipulate probabilities directly. Unlike Lady Luck, he does so to commit crimes.
* WingedHumanoid: Nadia Morel, a student at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], is a [[SuperSpeed flying speedster]] with wings. Her code name is "Angel", naturally.
** American Eagle is a winged energy blaster with sonic powers.
** Black Angel is a sorcerer with demon-style leathery wings and dark powers. Claims to be a medieval-period sorcerer who made a really bad deal (or good, depending on your point of view) for immortality and power.
* WitchSpecies: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' includes a subspecies of humanity called ''Homo magi''. Every human user of magic, regardless of its form, is a member of this subspecies, including every mystic hero and villain.
* WizardingSchool: [[InJoke Martha Corey High School]] in Nowhere, Ohio, is a WizardingSchool.
* WorldsStrongestMan: Strength, one of the villains working for Tarot, is literally the strongest man on the planet.
* WreathedInFlames: This was actually pretty common among characters who [[PlayingWithFire controlled fire]]. Starfire, Ablaze, Firefall, Inferna, Centigrade (who is also AnIcePerson), Incendie ("Blaze" in French), Mondfeur ("Moonfire" in German), Ulkataranara ("Comet Man" in Hindi), Playma ("Flame" in Russian), Salamander, Sunfire, Wildfire, Flame, Ifrit, Komet, Inferno, Fuoco Bianco ("White Fire" in Italian), Pumpkin Jack, Tourmaline, Pyro, and Red Devil all could wrap flames around themselves like a blanket.
* XanatosGambit: Both Lord Doom and Doctor Simian are masters of this craft. At one point, both [[DiabolicalMastermind Criminal Masterminds]] used Xanatos Gambits against ''each other'', with the heroes as pawns. To say it was messy was to say the Pacific Ocean [[{{Understatement}} is a little damp]].
* YinYangBomb: * Centigrade uses both [[AnIcePerson ice-based powers]] and [[PlayingWithFire fire-based powers]] to fight crime.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Ultra-Man can't go home again because his home was seventy years in the past. His parents, his siblings, and all but one of his friends are now dead, and the surviving friend is almost ninety years old and has alzheimers. The town he grew up in has ten times as many people in it now than it did then, and looks nothing like it did. And of course, his house is long since been bulldozed down and replaced by a shopping mall.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The members of the Lightning Power Special Team, a [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience color-coordinated]] hero team from Tokyo, have hair colors (violet, cornsilk-yellow, green, and purple) that match the colors of their costumes.
* YouNeverAsked: In one ''[[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]]'' story, a villain tries to hold inoffensive precog heroine Second Sight hostage in order to escape. Second Sight, whose powers all revolved around her clairvoyant ability to see the future, took the villain apart with previously unseen [[IKnowKungFu Kung Fu skills]]. When her amazed teammates questioned her about them, her response was the classic, "You never asked."
** It turns out the skills had been there since the creation of the character. They'd just never been needed before.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: The terrorist organization known as "Prime 8" is an army of gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans who all have a need to serious punish the humans. They are lead by a band of eight simian supervillains who a lot of the talking ape population consider heroes and freedom fighters, not criminals.
* YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses: Its been proven without a doubt that Achilles absolutely ''will''.
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7th Dec '10 4:14:19 PM Stratadrake
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* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Both Fenris and The Beast are villainous werewolves who have a hate on for the world that cursed them into being monsters. They are both villains ForTheEvulz rather than for money or power.



* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Glaserwyrm and Lord Dragon are both mythical beasts who take part in the "metahuman community" of heroes and villains in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''; Glaserwyrm as a villain, and Lord Dragon as a hero. They are both the last of their kind. Lord Dragon has learned to change into a human being, while Glaserwyrm just doesn't see the need.
** Draco is a mutant hero who can transform into a classic western dragon. The aforementioned Lord Dragon treats him like a favorite nephew.

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Glaserwyrm and Lord Dragon are both mythical beasts who take part in the "metahuman community" of heroes and villains in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''; Glaserwyrm as a villain, and Lord Dragon as a hero. They are both the last of their kind. Lord Dragon has learned to change [[VoluntaryShapeshifting transform]] into a [[HumanityEnsues human being, form]], while Glaserwyrm just doesn't see the need.
** Draco is a mutant hero who can transform into a classic classical western dragon. The aforementioned Lord Dragon treats him like a favorite nephew.nephew.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Fenris and The Beast share a hatred of the world that cursed them into werewolves (complete with InvoluntaryShapeshifting). They are both villains ForTheEvulz rather than for money or power.
29th Nov '10 3:34:21 PM Worldmaker
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* AcademyOfAdventure: Both the [[SuperheroSchool Venture Institute]] and the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] in the ''GlobalGuardiabsPBEMUniverse''.

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* AcademyOfAdventure: Both the [[SuperheroSchool Venture Institute]] and the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] in the ''GlobalGuardiabsPBEMUniverse''.''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.
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