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[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Micronauts-comic_3821.jpg]] ->''They Came From Inner Space!'' The Micronauts originated as a line of Action Figures from Mego (actually a rebranding of Japan's Microman series of toys) in the late 70's and early 80's. The toys were popular, but the MarvelComics comic book series based on them, written by BillMantlo, outlasted the toyline by many years. The comic told the story of the Micronauts, part of a resistance force that opposed an evil empire in a [[RussianDollWorld Subatomic Universe.]] Team members included Commander Arcturus Rann, the leader; Marionnette, his lover; the [[InsectoidAliens insect-like]] warrior Bug; the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy hulking warrior]] Acroyear; and the [[RobotBuddy robots]] Biotron and Microtron. They are later joined by the [[VoluntaryShapeShifting shape-shifter]] Huntarr. The series begins with the Micronauts (and their enemy, Baron Karza) accidentally transported to Earth (where they are only as big as action figures) where a young boy is involved in their battle. However the characters soon returned to the Microverse and stayed there for most of the series, as the writer developed its impressive backstory. Eventually they kill Karza (twice) but suffer devastating loses in the process, and some team members died. Marvel no longer owns the license to the Micronauts, but can still use all elements of the comic series that they invented themselves. That is, Arcturus Rann can still appear, as long as he doesn't call himself Space Glider or wear his Space Glider uniform; Bug can still appear as long as he doesn't call himself Galactic Warrior, etc. Bug is an interesting case, since he bears [[AdaptationDistillation so little resemblance to his toy]] that Marvel can apparently use him with complete impunity. Marionette (Princess Mari) is a completely original character created by Bill Mantlo for the comic book series. Probably the series' most lasting impact on the wider MarvelUniverse was the introduction (or at least the naming) of the Microverse, an AlternateUniverse that one enters if shrunk down past subatomic size. It was eventually established that the Microverse ''is'' a complete separate universe, and does not ''literally'' exist within some particular single atom somewhere; but shrinking down is the standard means of crossing into it. In the Marvel Universe in general, anyone who shrinks below a certain limit (apparantly somewhere between cellular size and molecular size) shifts into a "microverse" - the theory is that a shrinking person is actually displacing their mass extradimensionally, and when 99.99999999999999% is over there, the rest (and consciousness) follows. Among the notable inhabitants of microverses are ComicBook/FantasticFour enemy Psycho Man, Jarella (a lover of the [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] for a while), and the Micronauts. To be fair, [[StanLee Stan]] and [[JackKirby Jack]] and even HarlanEllison (creator of the above-mentioned Jarella) had done "subatomic world" stories years ago, but ''The Micronauts'' finally ''named'' the place, and standardized the rules for how it worked. The team was last seen doing cameos in a couple of Marvel comics under the new alias of "The Microns". ---- !!The comic book series provides examples of: * ActionGirl: Marionette * AdaptationDistillation: The toy line initially had no associated plot. When Mantlo gave his son a set as a Christmas present, he was inspired to create a story to go with them, and convinced JimShooter to get the license. * AlternateUniverse * BigBad: Baron Karza * BillMantlo * BrassBalls: The Micronaut once stated that it has literal brass balls. * CaptainErsatz: Baron Zebek for Baron Karza. ** Karza himself is kind of an example; thanks to toy recycling, he's effectively a black evil [[KotetsuJeeg Jeeg]]. [[http://i41.tinypic.com/35193yw.jpg See here]]. * CerebusSyndrome: As with RomSpaceKnight, the series took a much darker tone later on. * ComicBookLimbo: This is where the Micronauts spend 99.99% of their time. * ConstructedWorld: An impressive combination of Science Fiction and Fantasy; like Star Wars, only more so. * ContinuitySnarl: In relating a [[BeAllMySinsRemembered deed from his past that has come back to haunt him]], Rann claims to have visited Jarella's world K'ai prior to his 1,000 year voyage through the Microverse. K'ai was originally in a separate microverse from the one occupied by Rann and his people. His visitation would have predated the merging of the microverses, which is a fairly recent event. Since this merging occured in an unpublishable story, one can pretend that there was always ever only one microverse and that these were simply different regions. However, the backup article in the trade paperback for ''Realm of Kings: Enigma Force'' clearly states that the different microverses were merged recently due to Thanos' battle with a certain Homeworld despot. * CrossOver: Many, but the one with the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} is probably the most memorable. * DarthVaderClone: Baron Karza. * DoomedHometown * EnergyBeings: The Time Travelers. * EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Mari of Homeworld, a.k.a. Marionette. * ExecutiveMeddling: Mantlo never wanted to do the goofy stories where the Micronauts wind up on Earth and are three inches tall (the size of their toys, get it?), but his bosses insisted. * ExiledFromContinuity: Don't expect to see Acroyear, Biotron or Microtron again any time soon, or for Karza to be shown or identified by name. Time Travellers are now simply referred to as the "Enigma Force", a Mantlo created name. * GreatOffscreenWar: Whatever it was that occured to merge all of the microverses into one. Rumor has it that it's from a story that was completed but cannot be published due to licensing restrictions. * HeroicSacrifice: In the GrandFinale of ''Micronauts: The New Voyages'',[[spoiler: The Micronauts all sacrifice themselves so that their destroyed Homeworld may be reborn anew. The later cameos of Rann, Bug, and Mari contradict this or just don't bother to explain why they are still around.]]. ** Earlier, [[spoiler: Microtron and Nanotron sacrifice their lives, and Arcturus sacrifices part of his [[OlderThanTheyLook unnatural youth,]] to resurrect Biotron as Bioship.]] * HumanPopsicle: Arcturus on his thousand year voyage * HumongousMecha: Bioship * IncredibleShrinkingMan * InsistentTerminology: Since he becomes absolute ruler of the Microverse, Baron Karza should probably be Emperor Karza. "Baron" is actually the lowest rung on the aristocratic ladder. Mantlo probably knew this but was following the wishes of the licensor Mego. * InterspeciesRomance: Bug is very much a ladies' man, regardless of species. * LaResistance * {{Lilliputians}} * LivingShip: Bioship * ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway * MarvelUniverse * MerchandiseDriven * {{Mooks}}: The [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Psycho-Man's]] Antrons, among others. * MouseWorld * NiceHat: Acroyear's helmet. Bug's helmet is just as iconic, if not quite as cool. Arcturus starts out with a helmet too, but he eventually stops wearing it. * PhysicalGod: The Time Traveller(s) are pretty much this. * [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race:]] The Acroyears * PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: Karza is defeated but Homeworld is destroyed.]] * RemembertheNewGuy: In ''Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk'', a wacky robot named "Carl" is hanging out with Rann and Mari. * RobotBuddy: Biotron and Microtron * [[RecursiveReality Russian Doll World]]: The MarvelUniverse's TropeCodifier. * SapientShip: [[RobotBuddy Biotron]] was at one point rebuilt into a LivingShip-slash-HumongousMecha called Bioship. Bioship was a cyborg, utilizing OrganicTechnology in his workings. * SpaceOpera ** For issues 1-58 (Mantlo's tenure), the format was clearly inspired by StarWars. ** The the immediate followup series, ''Micronauts: The New Voyages'' (Written by Peter B. Gillis), the mood shifted and more closely resembled 2001:ASpaceOdyssey. Due to the absence of a villain character, the stories became more cerebral, focusing on introspection, metaphysics and cosmic themes. * TranshumanAliens: The many races of MarvelComics' Microverse are all descended from a [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/earthswordinthestar.htm future humanity]] which fled through time, space and dimensions to escape a genocidal war. * UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: See the note on Heroic Sacrifice]] Since no one has bothered to HandWave it yet, at this point, it could be assumed that TheyJustDidntCare. * WorldShapes: The planets in the Microverse resemble molecules. * WritingAroundTrademarks: "We're the Microns." !!The toy line provides examples of: * ChromeChampion: All of the "human" figures still had shiny metal faces. ** When the toyline was briefly revived in the mid-2000's, a special edition of the original Space Glider figure was produced, colored to match his comic book counterpart -- with a blue jumpsuit and yellow stripes, and a flesh-colored head with brown hair. * EasilyDetachableRobotParts: The toys' main selling point was their modular parts. It was "The interchangeable world of the Micronauts!" * MechanicalMonster
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[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Micronauts-comic_3821.jpg]] ->''They Came From Inner Space!'' The Micronauts originated as a line of Action Figures from Mego (actually a rebranding of Japan's Microman series of toys) in the late 70's and early 80's. The toys were popular, but the MarvelComics comic book series based on them, written by BillMantlo, outlasted the toyline by many years. The comic told the story of the Micronauts, part of a resistance force that opposed an evil empire in a [[RussianDollWorld Subatomic Universe.]] Team members included Commander Arcturus Rann, the leader; Marionnette, his lover; the [[InsectoidAliens insect-like]] warrior Bug; the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy hulking warrior]] Acroyear; and the [[RobotBuddy robots]] Biotron and Microtron. They are later joined by the [[VoluntaryShapeShifting shape-shifter]] Huntarr. The series begins with the Micronauts (and their enemy, Baron Karza) accidentally transported to Earth (where they are only as big as action figures) where a young boy is involved in their battle. However the characters soon returned to the Microverse and stayed there for most of the series, as the writer developed its impressive backstory. Eventually they kill Karza (twice) but suffer devastating loses in the process, and some team members died. Marvel no longer owns the license to the Micronauts, but can still use all elements of the comic series that they invented themselves. That is, Arcturus Rann can still appear, as long as he doesn't call himself Space Glider or wear his Space Glider uniform; Bug can still appear as long as he doesn't call himself Galactic Warrior, etc. Bug is an interesting case, since he bears [[AdaptationDistillation so little resemblance to his toy]] that Marvel can apparently use him with complete impunity. Marionette (Princess Mari) is a completely original character created by Bill Mantlo for the comic book series. Probably the series' most lasting impact on the wider MarvelUniverse was the introduction (or at least the naming) of the Microverse, an AlternateUniverse that one enters if shrunk down past subatomic size. It was eventually established that the Microverse ''is'' a complete separate universe, and does not ''literally'' exist within some particular single atom somewhere; but shrinking down is the standard means of crossing into it. In the Marvel Universe in general, anyone who shrinks below a certain limit (apparantly somewhere between cellular size and molecular size) shifts into a "microverse" - the theory is that a shrinking person is actually displacing their mass extradimensionally, and when 99.99999999999999% is over there, the rest (and consciousness) follows. Among the notable inhabitants of microverses are ComicBook/FantasticFour enemy Psycho Man, Jarella (a lover of the [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] for a while), and the Micronauts. To be fair, [[StanLee Stan]] and [[JackKirby Jack]] and even HarlanEllison (creator of the above-mentioned Jarella) had done "subatomic world" stories years ago, but ''The Micronauts'' finally ''named'' the place, and standardized the rules for how it worked. The team was last seen doing cameos in a couple of Marvel comics under the new alias of "The Microns". ---- !!The comic book series provides examples of: * ActionGirl: Marionette * AdaptationDistillation: The toy line initially had no associated plot. When Mantlo gave his son a set as a Christmas present, he was inspired to create a story to go with them, and convinced JimShooter to get the license. * AlternateUniverse * BigBad: Baron Karza * BillMantlo * BrassBalls: The Micronaut once stated that it has literal brass balls. * CaptainErsatz: Baron Zebek for Baron Karza. ** Karza himself is kind of an example; thanks to toy recycling, he's effectively a black evil [[KotetsuJeeg Jeeg]]. [[http://i41.tinypic.com/35193yw.jpg See here]]. * CerebusSyndrome: As with RomSpaceKnight, the series took a much darker tone later on. * ComicBookLimbo: This is where the Micronauts spend 99.99% of their time. * ConstructedWorld: An impressive combination of Science Fiction and Fantasy; like Star Wars, only more so. * ContinuitySnarl: In relating a [[BeAllMySinsRemembered deed from his past that has come back to haunt him]], Rann claims to have visited Jarella's world K'ai prior to his 1,000 year voyage through the Microverse. K'ai was originally in a separate microverse from the one occupied by Rann and his people. His visitation would have predated the merging of the microverses, which is a fairly recent event. Since this merging occured in an unpublishable story, one can pretend that there was always ever only one microverse and that these were simply different regions. However, the backup article in the trade paperback for ''Realm of Kings: Enigma Force'' clearly states that the different microverses were merged recently due to Thanos' battle with a certain Homeworld despot. * CrossOver: Many, but the one with the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} is probably the most memorable. * DarthVaderClone: Baron Karza. * DoomedHometown * EnergyBeings: The Time Travelers. * EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Mari of Homeworld, a.k.a. Marionette. * ExecutiveMeddling: Mantlo never wanted to do the goofy stories where the Micronauts wind up on Earth and are three inches tall (the size of their toys, get it?), but his bosses insisted. * ExiledFromContinuity: Don't expect to see Acroyear, Biotron or Microtron again any time soon, or for Karza to be shown or identified by name. Time Travellers are now simply referred to as the "Enigma Force", a Mantlo created name. * GreatOffscreenWar: Whatever it was that occured to merge all of the microverses into one. Rumor has it that it's from a story that was completed but cannot be published due to licensing restrictions. * HeroicSacrifice: In the GrandFinale of ''Micronauts: The New Voyages'',[[spoiler: The Micronauts all sacrifice themselves so that their destroyed Homeworld may be reborn anew. The later cameos of Rann, Bug, and Mari contradict this or just don't bother to explain why they are still around.]]. ** Earlier, [[spoiler: Microtron and Nanotron sacrifice their lives, and Arcturus sacrifices part of his [[OlderThanTheyLook unnatural youth,]] to resurrect Biotron as Bioship.]] * HumanPopsicle: Arcturus on his thousand year voyage * HumongousMecha: Bioship * IncredibleShrinkingMan * InsistentTerminology: Since he becomes absolute ruler of the Microverse, Baron Karza should probably be Emperor Karza. "Baron" is actually the lowest rung on the aristocratic ladder. Mantlo probably knew this but was following the wishes of the licensor Mego. * InterspeciesRomance: Bug is very much a ladies' man, regardless of species. * LaResistance * {{Lilliputians}} * LivingShip: Bioship * ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway * MarvelUniverse * MerchandiseDriven * {{Mooks}}: The [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Psycho-Man's]] Antrons, among others. * MouseWorld * NiceHat: Acroyear's helmet. Bug's helmet is just as iconic, if not quite as cool. Arcturus starts out with a helmet too, but he eventually stops wearing it. * PhysicalGod: The Time Traveller(s) are pretty much this. * [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race:]] The Acroyears * PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: Karza is defeated but Homeworld is destroyed.]] * RemembertheNewGuy: In ''Realm of Kings: Son of Hulk'', a wacky robot named "Carl" is hanging out with Rann and Mari. * RobotBuddy: Biotron and Microtron * [[RecursiveReality Russian Doll World]]: The MarvelUniverse's TropeCodifier. * SapientShip: [[RobotBuddy Biotron]] was at one point rebuilt into a LivingShip-slash-HumongousMecha called Bioship. Bioship was a cyborg, utilizing OrganicTechnology in his workings. * SpaceOpera ** For issues 1-58 (Mantlo's tenure), the format was clearly inspired by StarWars. ** The the immediate followup series, ''Micronauts: The New Voyages'' (Written by Peter B. Gillis), the mood shifted and more closely resembled 2001:ASpaceOdyssey. Due to the absence of a villain character, the stories became more cerebral, focusing on introspection, metaphysics and cosmic themes. * TranshumanAliens: The many races of MarvelComics' Microverse are all descended from a [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/earthswordinthestar.htm future humanity]] which fled through time, space and dimensions to escape a genocidal war. * UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: See the note on Heroic Sacrifice]] Since no one has bothered to HandWave it yet, at this point, it could be assumed that TheyJustDidntCare. * WorldShapes: The planets in the Microverse resemble molecules. * WritingAroundTrademarks: "We're the Microns." !!The toy line provides examples of: * ChromeChampion: All of the "human" figures still had shiny metal faces. ** When the toyline was briefly revived in the mid-2000's, a special edition of the original Space Glider figure was produced, colored to match his comic book counterpart -- with a blue jumpsuit and yellow stripes, and a flesh-colored head with brown hair. * EasilyDetachableRobotParts: The toys' main selling point was their modular parts. It was "The interchangeable world of the Micronauts!" * MechanicalMonster[[redirect:Franchise/{{Micronauts}}]]
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->''They Came From Innerspace!''
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->''They Came From Innerspace!'' Inner Space!''
14th Jun '13 4:15:23 PM HelloLamppost
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** Earlier, [[spoiler: Microtron and Nanotron sacrifice their lives, and Arcturus sacrifices his [[OlderThanTheyLook unnatural youth,]] to resurrect Biotron as Bioship.]]
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** Earlier, [[spoiler: Microtron and Nanotron sacrifice their lives, and Arcturus sacrifices part of his [[OlderThanTheyLook unnatural youth,]] to resurrect Biotron as Bioship.]]
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* [[RecursiveReality Russian Doll World]]
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* [[RecursiveReality Russian Doll World]]World]]: The MarvelUniverse's TropeCodifier.
14th Jun '13 4:01:33 PM HelloLamppost
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** Earlier, [[Microtron and Nanotron sacrifice their lives, and Arcturus sacrifices his [[OlderThanTheyLook unnatural youth,]] to resurrect Biotron as Bioship.]]
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** Earlier, [[Microtron [[spoiler: Microtron and Nanotron sacrifice their lives, and Arcturus sacrifices his [[OlderThanTheyLook unnatural youth,]] to resurrect Biotron as Bioship.]]
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** Earlier, Microtron and Nanotron sacrifice their lives to resurrect Biotron as Bioship.
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** Earlier, Microtron [[Microtron and Nanotron sacrifice their lives lives, and Arcturus sacrifices his [[OlderThanTheyLook unnatural youth,]] to resurrect Biotron as Bioship.]]
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* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Mari of Homeworld, a.k.a. Marionette.
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** Earlier, Microtron and Nanotron sacrifice their lives to resurrect Biotron as Bioship.
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The comic told the story of the Micronauts, part of a resistance force that opposed an evil empire in a [[RussianDollWorld Subatomic Universe.]] Team members included Commander Arcturus Rann, the leader; Marionnette, his lover; the [[InsectoidAliens insect-like]] warrior Bug; the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy hulking warrior]] Acroyear; and the robots Biotron and Microtron. They are later joined by the [[VoluntaryShapeShifting shape-shifter]] Huntarr.
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The comic told the story of the Micronauts, part of a resistance force that opposed an evil empire in a [[RussianDollWorld Subatomic Universe.]] Team members included Commander Arcturus Rann, the leader; Marionnette, his lover; the [[InsectoidAliens insect-like]] warrior Bug; the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy hulking warrior]] Acroyear; and the robots [[RobotBuddy robots]] Biotron and Microtron. They are later joined by the [[VoluntaryShapeShifting shape-shifter]] Huntarr.
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The comic told the story of the Micronauts, part of a resistance force that opposed an evil empire in a [[RussianDollWorld Subatomic Universe.]] Team members included Commander Arcturus Rann, the leader; Marionnette, his lover; the [[insectoidAliens insect-like]] warrior Bug; the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy hulking warrior]] Acroyear; and the robots Biotron and Microtron. They are later joined by the [[VoluntaryShapeShifting shape-shifter]] Huntarr.
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The comic told the story of the Micronauts, part of a resistance force that opposed an evil empire in a [[RussianDollWorld Subatomic Universe.]] Team members included Commander Arcturus Rann, the leader; Marionnette, his lover; the [[insectoidAliens [[InsectoidAliens insect-like]] warrior Bug; the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy hulking warrior]] Acroyear; and the robots Biotron and Microtron. They are later joined by the [[VoluntaryShapeShifting shape-shifter]] Huntarr.
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