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[[caption-width-right:420:All your favorite Marvel superheroes... only jerkier.]]

->The idea behind The Avengers is that the Marvel Universe's biggest players all get together and fight all the biggest supervillains they can't defeat individually, whereas Ultimates 2 is an exploration of what happens when a bunch of ordinary people are turned into super-soldiers and being groomed to fight the real-life war on terror
-->--MarkMillar

Marvel Comics reimagining of Comicbook/TheAvengers as part of their new UltimateMarvel continuity, courtesy of Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch. The series focuses on the government and ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} developing a superhuman army in order to effectively combat the rise of super terrorism and other [[PersonOfMassDestruction Persons of Mass Destruction]]. The Ultimates 3 was penned by Jeph Loeb and Joe Madureira.

After ''{{Ultimatum}}'', the concept was rebooted into two series: ''Ultimate Avengers'' and ''New Ultimates''. Ultimate Avengers, by Millar and various artists was told over the course of 3 six issue arcs, centering on the returned Ultimate Nick Fury, Hawkeye along with featuring new Ultimate versions of Marvel characters and original creations for the team of Black Ops super heroes. New Ultimates by Loeb and Frank Cho told the story of most of the remaining original Ultimate team, including Captain America as they faced off against another threat.

The two teams would clash later on in the ''Ultimate Avengers vs New Ultimates'' crossover,which tied into the Ultimate line event "The Death of Spider-Man" leading to a line reboot that had TheUltimates get another series titled ''Ultimate Comics: TheUltimates'', as well as giving ''Ultimate Hawkeye'' his own mini-series by Jonathan Hickman, until after issue 12, where Sam Humphries takes over as writer of the team. After issue 25, Joshua Hale Fialkov, writer of ''I, Vampire'' becomes the writer of the team.

It has recently been announced that following ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]'', the title will be relaunched as part of the [[MarvelNOW Marvel NOW!]] initiative with a brand new cast and creative team. Written by Michel Fiffe and drawn by Amilcar Pinna, the book will feature {{Spider-Man}} ([[AffirmativeActionLegacy Miles Morales]]), Comicbook/CloakAndDagger, Kitty Pryde, Bombshell, and the newest Comicbook/BlackWidow ([[SpiderWoman Jessica Drew]]).

The comic's main series was made up of the following series:
** ''The Ultimates''. 13 issues, from March, 2002 to April, 2004.
** ''The Ultimates 2''. 13 issues, from February, 2005 to February, 2007.
** ''The Ultimates 3''. 5 issues, from February to November, 2008.
** ''Ultimate Comics: Avengers''. 18 issues (over 3 numbered mini series), August 2009 to January 2011.
** ''New Ultimates''. 5 issues, from March 2010 to February 2011.
** ''Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates''. 31 issues, from August 2011 to November 2013.
** ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]: The Ultimates''. 3 issues, from November 2013 to January 2014.
** ''All-New Ultimates''. Ongoing series beginning April 2014.
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!!Tropes in the Ultimates include:
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* AchillesInHisTent: [[spoiler: Captain America after the events of Death of Spider-Man.]]
* AffirmativeActionLegacy: Played with. After Black Widow I [[spoiler: gets killed by Hawkeye]] she gets replaced by Monica Chang, an Asian woman, who was ''the original'' Black Widow. Making I the second one.
* AGodAmI: Red Skull [[spoiler:with the cosmic cube]].
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: The Red Skull, of all the people, gets this in his send-off. It turns out all he wanted was to use the Cosmic Cube be go back in time, prevent Cap from freezing, and then his parents (Steve and his then sweetheart, Gail) could marry and raise him themselves (since he utterly loathed his life as a {{Tykebomb}}.]] To his credit, he knew the evils he had committed, but by then, it was too late for him.
** The Colonel too but he wasn't really a [[AntiVillain villain]]
* TheAlcoholic: Tony, even a robot double that impersonates him.
* AlienInvasion: Luckily [[spoiler:it's an EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion since they were already damaged and on the run.]]
* AIIsACrapshoot: Ultron
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: A ''lot'' of villains pull this.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Gregory to Tony
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Deconstructed. The team is American, but other countries start worrying about the Ultimates being used in ''their'' countries, whether they like it or not. There's also several European Super-Soldier initiatives [[spoiler:including Thor, who is really a Norwegian nutjob who stole the prototype tech for his country's hero. Except in the end he [[PhysicalGod really isn't]].]]
* AncientConspiracy: the Chitauri
* AntiHero: Most of the Ultimates members. The Avengers team in particular is a black-ops team meant to handle jobs the Ultimates won't take. [[spoiler: They've recruited ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' into their ranks...]]
* AntiHeroSubstitute: The Ultimate Avengers are a team of anti-hero substitutes for the, er... anti-heroes of the Ultimates.
* AntiVillain: Frank Simpson (Knonwn in the 616 as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Nuke]]) has shades of this. Made as CaptainAmerica's replacement for the VietnamWar he was exposed to the less than glorious part of the war, with Agent Orange, killing children and women not just soldiers. He turned rogue for a reason.
** The Colonel, who, despite being the leader of the villainous Liberators, is arguably one of the most sympathetic characters in the entire series. His death is surprisingly respectful and almost touching.
* AnyoneCanDie: Especially after the CreatorBreakdown that led to ''Ultimatum''. [[spoiler: And in the new series, they killed the whole government sans one minister, who happened to stay away at the time of assassination.]]
** As of Ultimates Disassembled, [[spoiler:Pietro Maximoff]] is also dead.
* ArmsDealer: Several in human genetics.
** Ghost in Armour Wars.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Cap reads to Frank Simpson in a hospital bed.
* AttackDrone: Crimson Dynamo employes these. Later Tony has them as well, Post Ultimatum, named [[MeaningfulName Wasps]].
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Captain America]] because of Thor's sacrifice. [[spoiler: Thor later as well]]. Subverted with [[spoiler: Valkyrie who SEEMS like she's pulling this but instead has to fulfill the mythological version.]]
** [[spoiler: Tony Stark via BrainUploading and then using the Infinity Gems to restore his body.]]
* {{Badass}}: Cap, Fury, Hawkeye, Black Widow. Others have their moments (except Giant-Man).
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Wanda in death.
* BigBad: Herr Kleiser in ''The Ultimates''; Loki in ''The Ultimates 2''; The Maker in the 2011 TheUltimates series.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Quicksilver is ''very'' protective of his sister.
* {{Bishonen}}: Loki
* BlackComedy: "Giant-Man vs. the Wasp" treats [[spoiler:spousal abuse]] as an UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny.
* BlackWidow: Black Widow
* BoxedCrook: The Spider-Man clone, who comes across like a Hannibal Lecter. Trading personal information that makes people uneasy for his assistance.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, going from implied to straight up stated. Caused ''major'' {{Squick}} reactions.
* {{Buttmonkey}}: Hank Pym
* CainAndAbel: Tony Stark and his brother, Gregory. Or at least in the eyes of Gregory, who ''needs'' to be the AlwaysSomeoneBetter
* CanonImmigrant: Combined with AffirmativeActionLegacy--the Nick Fury of the Ultimate Universe who was based on actor Samuel L. Jackson was played by Jackson in the movies and had a {{Expy}} introduced into the classic Marvel Universe as the original Nick Fury's black son.
** [[http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marvel-avengers-a-i-series-announced.html Monica Chang also made the leap to the classic Marvel Universe]] during the [[MarvelNOW Marvel NOW!]] relaunch.
** Albeit based on the [[Film/TheAvengers movie versions]] rather than their incarnations in ''The Ultimates'', [[http://furiousfanboys.com/2013/04/marvel-introduces-the-chitauri-to-the-616-marvel-universe/ the Chitauri will also make the leap to the classic Marvel Universe]]. There's also a bit of RetCanon as the true forms of Ultimate Universe's Chitauri were revealed in ''[[ComicBook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Hunger]]'' to look similar to the film incarnation.
* CaptainPatriotic: The EU's superheroes are all called Captain Britain, Captain France, Captain Italy, etcetera.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: A ''lot'' of these, due to the high writer turnover in the relaunched volume. [[AntMan Scott Lang]] joined the team at the end of Millar's ''Avengers vs. New Ultimates'' series, but was quickly forgotten about. TheFalcon, Captain Britain II, and [[SpiderWoman Spider-Woman]] all joined during Hickman's run, and again, were forgotten about. Then [[YoungAvengers Stature]] joined during Humphries' run and you guessed it, was forgotten about. The Falcon and Stature did however resurface as part of Fury's HowlingCommandos.
* ClockKing: Herr Kleiser and Loki
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Gregory wears all white in contrast with Tony's usually all black suits.
* CombatPragmatist: Basically everyone except Giant-Man.
* CompositeCharacter: Ultimate Doctor Faustus is this and part [[spoiler: MODOK]].
* CrystalDragonJesus: Ultimate Thor ''is'' 21st Century Jesus, even moreso than his HijackedByJesus 616 counterpart.
* {{Cult}}: Thor's followers
* CurbStompBattle: Hulk delivers one to most of the team, and to the Abomination.
** Nerd Hulk beats [[spoiler: Whistler in an old Iron Man suit]] in ''one punch''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Darker than Comicbook/TheAvengers, Edgiest of UltimateMarvel.
** InUniverse, the "Ultimate Avengers" are this to the Ultimates. The Ultimates are the UltimateMarvel equivalent of Comicbook/TheAvengers; the Ultimate Avengers, meanwhile, are a governmental black ops and assassination team.
* DayOfTheJackboot: The Liberators invade the U.S., [[spoiler:for like an hour]].
* DecompressedComic
* {{Defictionalization}}: As mentioned elsewhere on this page, Nick Fury was deliberately modeled after Samuel Jackson and Nick Fury says in comic that Hollywood would most likely cast Jackson to play him. Six years later, Jackson plays Nick Fury in the MarvelCinematicUniverse.
* {{Depower}}: [[spoiler: Thor after the Asgard is destroyed by the forces of the City. Forcing him to have to use a PoweredArmor and weapons to still fight alongside the Ultimates.]]
* DeusExMachina: At the end of volume 2. Emphasis on the [[PhysicalGod Deus]], there. And the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]].
* DistaffCounterpart: Tony feels Black Widow is this for him.
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: [[spoiler: Following the [[{{UltimateX-Men}} Sentinels rampaging in the Southwestern states]], along with the destruction of Washington D.C. and most of the government, Texas and later other states start to declare independence from the union.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Fury's [[SuperEmpowering empowering]] in ''Ultimate Origins'' is eerily reminiscent of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.
** Sweet Christmas! It sure looks a lot like ComicBook/{{Luke Cage}}'s origin.
** The Chitauri, ShapeShifting reptiles clearly culled from popular conspiracy theories, especially those of [[ConspiracyTheorist David Icke]] -- who was a key influence on Ultimate Thor.
** Black Widow and Hawkeye's [[BadassLongcoat black-coated]] lobby entrance is the same scene from Film/TheMatrix with arrows instead of bullets; Widow's building jump was also taken from the same film.
* DramaticUnmask: Turns out, [[spoiler: Kang is actually a future version of Sue Storm.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Wasp. So much.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: How ''do'' they function? ... Well, at times, they don't.
** As [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan Curt Connors]] put it, "half the Ultimates group seem vaguely out of their minds", and even ''that's'' putting it lightly.
* EnemyMine: The Ultimates try to pull this with Xorn and Zorn on the City. It doesn't work, Xorn extends them an olive branch. [[spoiler: Reed burns that bridge, and incurs the wrath of Zorn, who attacks him with a black hole]].
* EvilCounterpart: ''Everybody'' on the Communistic team in Ultimates 2 is a parallel to one of the Ultimates.
* {{Expy}}: Ultimate Thor is somewhat reminiscent of Technoviking.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Black Widow (Natasha), Nerd Hulk (via vampirism), Gregory Stark and Reed Richards. ]]
** Also [[spoiler: Quicksilver, after the death of his sister]].
* FakedRipVanWinkle: Cap suspects this upon his awakening, only discover that no, its a real RipVanWinkle.
* FantasticRacism: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. [[spoiler: If it is possible, humanity is more harsh with mutants in the Ultimate Universe, than in the original 616. So, when a new country emerges as a mutant haven, almost every mutant from the United States leaves for their own good. Even if the government suddenly realizes, that a few more superhuman individuals would be handy against the imposing threat of the City.]]
* FireForgedFriends: Cap, Thor and Iron Man.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Cap.
* {{Flanderization}}: In some ways, the Ultimates are the original Avengers with each of their most noted personality aspects amplified to eleven though Millar managed to keep them interesting. The trope was fully unleashed, however, when Loeb took over.
** The Ultimate Punisher may be even crazier than his mainstream counterpart. It takes a certain kind of mind to hear the words "keep up the good work" from the Ultimate version of ''ComicBook/GhostRider'', who in this setting is explicitly a man sent back from Hell by {{Satan}} to claim the souls of sinners, and think "this is a message from my family/God himself".
* FromBadToWorse: In the 2011 Hickman series. Hoo, boy. [[spoiler:Asgard has been destroyed by Reed Richards and the City, with all the souls of the gods now existing solely in Thor's head. The S.E.A.R. has been taken over by the superhuman Celestials and Eternals. Germany has been completely absorbed by the City. A nuclear crisis is brewing in South America.]] Nick Fury just cannot catch a break.
* GambitPileup: Fury pretty much says flat out in the first Annual that that's the way his world is.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: The Ultimate Marvel buzzword is ''Person'' of Mass Destruction.
* GenreSavvy: When having captured Hawkeye, strap him down so he can't pick up anything to use as a lethal weapon!
--> Hawkeye: "[[spoiler:Should've taken my fingernails, you bastards]]!"
* GiantMook: After Giant Man leaves, his powerset gets copied to a team of them.
* GroinAttack: For all his old school ethics, Cap's not above kicking The Hulk in the stones.
** Not above kicking Valkyrie that way either.
* GoneHorriblyRight: The Spider-Man clone.
* HardGay: Jarvis was this trope, for as far as a 50, 60 year old man could be it. Guy took no shit from anybody except Tony ([[EvenTheGuysWantHim and who wouldn't]]).
* HellBentForLeather: Giant Man and the Giant Men, Giant Women.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan, Peter Parker takes a bullet meant for Captain America. He possibly could have survived had he not had to then go face off against a group of his own rogues that were attacking his family.]]
* [[SociopathicHero Heroic Sociopath]]: Hulk
** Professor Leonard Williams aka "Tyrone Cash" is just as bad, if not worse. Banner in Hulk's mind at least vaguely cares about being a hero. Professor Williams, previously Banner's mentor and predecessor in taking a Hulk making serum, tore his way out of the lab after transforming, leaving behind his wife and son to ultimately become a brutal gangboss/warlord in Africa and Asia for the hell of it; he has to be blackmailed into joining the Avengers, and keeps up his illegal empire on the side.
* HiveMind: The Chitauri [[{{Mooks}} worker caste]] (Officers have a bit more free will as a result of [[ImAHumanitarian absorbing]] alien minds). Also, Ultimate Galactus.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Fury says Banner is acquitted of 852 counts of murder as the Hulk, since the other Ultimates testified on his behalf about how he saved the world. Fury gives him champagne so they can celebrate. Bruce blacks out from the drugged champagne, and they take him and put him on an abandoned aircraft carrier next to a one-megaton nuclear bomb...]]
** The conclusion to the Hydra arc, United We Stand has the final issue open this way. Cap reads a speech he wrote, and Tony scoffs saying it's a good thing he didn't have to read the downer speech because they won. [[spoiler: PeterParker then asks what is wrong, in a room filled with Scarlet Witch and Giant Man (And others)]] and Cap replies "No. This isn't what we fought for." and [[LotusEaterMachine it bursts]].
* HumanWeapon: ''Ultimates 2'' has the rest of the world fearing that the US Goverment would start utilizing them in politically-motivated conflicts after Cap saved some hostages in the Middle East.
* HypotheticalCasting: At one point, they sit around while being transported via cargo plane talking about who would play them in the movie of their lives. Naturally, NickFury says SamuelLJackson (on whom Ultimate Nick Fury was based).
* ImprobableAimingSkills: This is explicitly part of Black Widow's powers, and Hawkeye's only power.
* ImAHumanitarian: Well, not ''human'', but Hulk [[spoiler:eats Kleiser]]. And the poop is collected by SHIELD just in case.
** He'll eat humans too. One early issue, after a black out, has a character mention that when the power dropped, Bruce hulked out and he ate several of the doctors and nurses. He also eats a number of people in Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk as well. AllThereInTheManual says that it's just part of the Hulk's rebellion against the limits Bruce Banner sets -- Banner refuses to eat meat at all, the Hulk pushes this beyond the bursting point by eating human beings.
* IntangibleMan: The Ghost, just like his 616 counterpart. Except [[spoiler: He's got Iron Man armour]].
* InTheStyleOf: TheAuthority, another series that Millar and Hitch worked on.
* IslandBase: The Triskelion.
* JerkAss: On a team consisting ''mostly'' of [[strike:jerks]] strongly aggressive personalities, Henry Pym stands out.
** The second miniseries seemed to be trying to turn him into a JerkassWoobie. He's basically kicked off the Ultimates, replaced with guys who can grow even bigger than he did (and it took ''him '' decades to get that big), the Wasp finalizes his divorce, Fury won't even take his ideas for ''free'', he ends up on the D-list superteam The Defenders, and the only friend he can make is Bruce Banner, who is permanantly imprisoned for his crimes as the Hulk. [[spoiler:And then killed. He survives, though.]]
* KilledOffForReal: It might be easier to list who ''isn't''.
* LegacyCharacter: Doctor Strange from the start, [[spoiler: Wasp and Hulk]] as of Ultimate Comics Avengers.
** Monica Chang aka the second Black Widow
** Giant Man (Even before he leaves the team proper) gets replaced by a squadron of Giant Men, and later Giant Women.
** Hulk as well, via RetCon, turns out to be the second Hulk.
* LensmanArmsRace: With genetics.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Ultimate RedSkull is [[spoiler:Cap's illegitimate son]].
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Justin[[spoiler:e]] Hammer
* MagicPants Subverted. The Hulk's pants often don't survive battle. Cue SceneryCensor. In volume 1 he steals the pants from a dead fat guy.
** The Wasp's usually nude before or after a size-change, too, as does Giant Man if he doesn't have his supersuit.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Loki]]. [[spoiler:Nick Fury]], especially in the ''Ultimate Power'' miniseries.
* {{Masquerade}}: The Chitauri, Captain [[strike:Marvel]] Mahr Vehl.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The series began with an unclear origin for the powers of Thor. Is he a real God from Asgard, attacked by a rival god with reality-warping powers? Or just a madman with dellusions of grandeur, who stole high-tech weapons produced in Europe? In the first two story arcs, both options seemed plausible to the reader. The final answer only came at the end of the second arc.
* MindControl: Most of Hydra.
* MindScrew: For a while there, the reader isn't sure if Thor is just a crazy Norwegian nurse with a big scary hammer, or actually what he claims. [[spoiler:Thanks to Loki, neither is SHIELD.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Black Widow]]
** Also, [[spoiler:SHIELD's [[PsychicPowers Psi Division]]]]
* MonumentalDamage
* MythologyGag: Nick Fury has a FullBodyDisguise that is identical to his standard Franchise/MarvelUniverse appearance.
** [[spoiler: He seemingly later uses it under the guise of Scorpio to work for Hydra. The name Scorpio itself being a nod to the original Nick Fury's sometimes evil twin brother using that title several times. ]]
* TheMovie: The Direct to DVD ''UltimateAvengers'' and its sequel were based off this series. One [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] fan pointed out that there had been more Ultimates Movies put out in a year than actual issues of the series.
* NearVillainVictory: Repeatedly. The Ultimates always seem to manage to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat.
* NoBadassToHisValet: Tony's antics have no effect on Jarvis [[spoiler: the first]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: SamuelLJackson as Nick Fury.
** Freddie Prinze Jr. appears, but his face is obscured, and when we say "NoCelebritiesWereHarmed" we mean that ''literally'' in his case.
--> '''Hulk:''' HULK SMASH FREDDIE PRINZE JUNIOR!
* NorseMythology: Boy are they surprised when it turns out to be [[spoiler:RealAfterAll]].
* NukeEm: [[spoiler: The way the government tries to kill off the Hulk]]
** Also, they send everything they've got against the city [[spoiler: it gets all politicians killed. ALL.]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Monica Chang, aka Black Widow II, taking on a Giant-Man squad after getting pinned underneath one's hand, next time we see her she is standing on on of them before leaping into the battle with the remaining troops sent against her [[spoiler: by SHIELD]].
* OhCrap: A recurring motif.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:Fury]], Cap, Herr Kleiser. If [[spoiler: Thor is who he believes]], he's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, as is [[spoiler:Loki]], later Thor's son [[spoiler: After he comes back from the world tree.]]
* PaletteSwap: Tony's brother Gregory is a blonde version of Tony who prefers white suits.
* PietaPlagiarism: Thor cradling [[spoiler: his son]]
* PiggybackingOnHitler: Herr Kleiser was Captain America's chief nemesis during the Second World War, but was actually [[spoiler:an alien known as a Chitauri (aka a Skrull) that ate the real Kleiser and impersonated him, backing Hitler by giving the Nazis advanced weaponry. Really, this was just a scheme to soften the Earth up for a full-scale invasion.]]
* PolarOppositeTwins: Gregory Stark and Tony Stark in Ultimate Comics: Avengers. [[spoiler:Becomes a case of CainAndAbel.]]
* PoweredArmor: IronMan
* PowerTrio: After Ultimates 3, Ultimatum and the first 5 issues of Ultimate Comics: Ultimates, Thor, Cap and Iron Man have truly bonded and become FireForgedFriends.
* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Badass]]: '''President Captain America''', as of Ultimate Comics Ultimates #15.
* PrettyInMink: Wanda wears a fur-lined coat just before she [[spoiler:is tragically shot]].
* PsychoRangers: The [[DarkAvengers Dark Ultimates]].
* PsychoSerum: Banner's Hulk Serum. Later, at the brink of despair, he takes it up another notch by combining it with the SuperSoldier serum.
* RaceLift: Nick Fury is black (and a dead ringer for SamuelLJackson), and Wasp is Asian.
** Also Crimson Dynamo and Abomination are Chinese, Hurricane is Korean and Swarm is Syrian.
** The second version of TheVision is black.
* RealAfterAll: [[spoiler:Thor really IS the Norse God of Thunder]].
* RealityWarper: [[spoiler:Loki]]
* {{Reconstruction}}: After having been deconstructed for so many books, the arc United We Stand is followed by one ''called'' Reconstruction, trying to make the Ultimates more heroic than they've been in the past.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Quicksilver]] is killed by Kang after he realizes how monstrous her plan really is and tries to stop her.
* RedshirtArmy: 20,000 SHIELD elite troops go into the bag when the Chitauri nuke their own base in Micronesia. Also, most of the Ultimate Reserves are killed in the beginning of the Liberators attack.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. [[spoiler: Plus points, that they did it with the TropeNamer itself. Because what happens, when you are the most brilliant mind in the planet, full of [[WellIntentionedExtremist well intention]], and the world just would not change, if you play according to the rules? You will go nuts, that is what happens. You definitely go nuts, buddy!]]
* RelationshipReveal: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
* ReplacementGoldfish: After Jarvis [[spoiler: Gets shot]], Tony replaces him with a new guy who's name he quickly forgets and calls Jarvis. Later still he's replaced (without noted reason) by an [[AffirmativeActionLegacy half-asian woman]]. Whom he also names [[GenderBenderName Jarvis]].
* {{Retcanon}}: Around the time ''Film/IronMan3'', Tony started dressing up like Iron Patriot. The Iron Patriot armor was later destroyed, allowing him to return to the Iron Man identity.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The Ultron units in Volume 3.
* RichBitch: Natasha Romanov, after becoming engaged to [[IronMan Tony Stark]].
* ScheduleSlip: It's had a few problems with this.
* Secret Relationship: Kept secret from everyone, including the readers, but WordOfGod says Nick Fury and Betty Ross were in a romance during The Ultimates 2.
* ShoutOut: [[{{Superman}} Clark Kent]], LoisLane and JimmyOlsen appear, unnamed, as part of a 60 Minutes interview staff.
** Jarvis also hangs out with a butler's club in his spare time - and a guy named Alfred is mentioned to be amongst the members.
** ''In Ultimate Armor Wars'': one of the heads on the wall is of Nayland Smith, a main character in the FuManchu books.
** Reed Richards has a ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'' poster on his bedroom wall.
* SlaveToPR: The team itself. As a government supersoldier program with a tremendous budget they were constantly threatened by public scrutiny and for a while had to justify their budget in spite of the lack of an immediate threat. This lead to a major plot point that stretched through two volumes [[spoiler: when Bruce Banner hulked out and the ultimates stopped him, SHIELD covered up the connection between Banner and Hulk turning a story about the team cleaning up it's own mess into their first public success.]]
* SmugSnake: Herr Kleiser
** [[spoiler: Reed Richards after his FaceHeelTurn following the events of Ultimatum and especially once he becomes leader of the City.]]
* SourSupporter: Many of the team.
* SplashPanel
* SuperSoldier: The basic premise, and the origin of most, superhumans.
* {{Technopath}}: Tony Stark [[spoiler: Via his latest [[OrganicTechnology brain tumor]]. ]]
* TemporalParadox: The City that Reed Richards designs in the latest series is one big ball of paradox, while it exists in the present, within its walls generations pass while Reed was expanding it with the outer edges closer to normal time. While inside its walls, time moved at an accelerated rate the closer one got to the Core, so as one moved within the City's limits the further into the future it traveled until the City stopped expanding. [[spoiler: Which it wound up taking out Germany and a good chunk of Europe when they reach its current size. ]]
* TemptingFate: Goes hand in hand with OhCrap. Honestly, if someone tries to say that [[spoiler:Thor ''isn't'' the god of thunder, and is instead a deranged scientist]], they will proved wrong mere moments later.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Nobody seems to do anything about Hawkeye's obvious PTSD.
* ThisCannotBe: SmugSnake Kleiser's repeated reaction to any event he hasn't planned for is a [[DullSurprise blank stare]] and a stunned "...What?" which is apparently Chitauri for "OhCrap".
* {{Tomorrowland}}: The Maker ([[spoiler:Reed Richards]]) turns Western Europe into one of these.
* TooHappyToLive: Pietro and Wanda being incestuous wasn't a bad sign. It was being so joyful about it.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: [[spoiler:Ultron]], surprising absolutely no one -- except, once again, Giant-Man.
** [[spoiler: Zorn and Xorn, twin super mutants who were created by the South East Asian Republic, S.E.A.R, as part of a project aimed at wiping out mutants and later took over the entire nation and turned it into a mutant haven for any that wish to join them.]]
* {{Twincest}}: Quicksilver And The Scarlet Witch. Funnily enough, they're the happiest, most stable, reliable and least [[JerkAss asshole-ish]] of the team members. All through the series, Quicksilver has been claiming to have been running around behind the scenes saving people's asses, while this has never been actually shown to be true. [[spoiler: Ultimates 2 reveals that he really ''has'' been doing so, as he goes into an UnstoppableRage at the threat to his friends posed by another FragileSpeedster.]]
* UnpleasableFanbase: InUniverse. During Ultimates 2, people are worried about the Ultimates intervening in the affairs of other nations, They are simultaneously pissed off about them spending their billions of dollars of taxpayer money saving people from fires. Basically, they only want the Avengers to fight ''only'' major superhero threats, operate only on American soil, and to do it on less money. Yes, they're actually ''more'' stupid than their 616 counterpart.
** The 616 Avengers are funded by a non-profit charitable organization, which is likely the only reason the public hasn't raked them over the coals regarding expenses.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Bruce was already well on his way to losing it, but it was overhearing his colleagues mocking him that drove him to re-inject himself with the serum that turned him into the Hulk.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The Chitauri
* WesternTerrorists: Hydra, initially introduced as a small RightWingMilitiaFanatic group, [[spoiler: after Modi's defeat they have since began stealing S.H.I.E.L.D. tech and apparently under the guise of a man called Scorpio]].
* WhoShotJFK: It was [[spoiler: Red Skull.]]
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: The team discusses who would play themselves in a film adaptation.
* WhyWontYouDie: Heroic example, Cap says it about Kleiser.
* XMeetsY: ComicBook/TheAvengers meets TheAuthority.
** ComicBook/TheAvengers meets QuentinTarantino.
* YouAreWhoYouEat: This is how Chitauri shape shifting works.
* ZergRush: The vampires attack on the Triskellion.
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* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: The new volume features an entirely new team, with none of the previous Ultimates returning.
* LegacyCharacter: Miles Morales as the second Spider-Man and Jessica Drew as the third Black Widow.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: Before the series was announced, the same grouping of characters appeared in the final arc of ''Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man'', as well as the ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man]]'' mini-series.
* RagTagBunchOfMisfits
* {{ReTool}}
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->The idea behind The Avengers is that the Marvel Universe's biggest players all get together and fight all the biggest supervillains they can't defeat individually, whereas Ultimates 2 is an exploration of what happens when a bunch of ordinary people are turned into super-soldiers and being groomed to fight the real-life war on terror
-->--MarkMillar

Marvel Comics reimagining of Comicbook/TheAvengers as part of their new UltimateMarvel continuity, courtesy of Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch. The series focuses on the government and ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} developing a superhuman army in order to effectively combat the rise of super terrorism and other [[PersonOfMassDestruction Persons of Mass Destruction]]. The Ultimates 3 was penned by Jeph Loeb and Joe Madureira.

After ''{{Ultimatum}}'', the concept was rebooted into two series: ''Ultimate Avengers'' and ''New Ultimates''. Ultimate Avengers, by Millar and various artists was told over the course of 3 six issue arcs, centering on the returned Ultimate Nick Fury, Hawkeye along with featuring new Ultimate versions of Marvel characters and original creations for the team of Black Ops super heroes. New Ultimates by Loeb and Frank Cho told the story of most of the remaining original Ultimate team, including Captain America as they faced off against another threat.

The two teams would clash later on in the ''Ultimate Avengers vs New Ultimates'' crossover,which tied into the Ultimate line event "The Death of Spider-Man" leading to a line reboot that had TheUltimates get another series titled ''Ultimate Comics: TheUltimates'', as well as giving ''Ultimate Hawkeye'' his own mini-series by Jonathan Hickman, until after issue 12, where Sam Humphries takes over as writer of the team. After issue 25, Joshua Hale Fialkov, writer of ''I, Vampire'' becomes the writer of the team.

It has recently been announced that following ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]'', the title will be relaunched as part of the [[MarvelNOW Marvel NOW!]] initiative with a brand new cast and creative team. Written by Michel Fiffe and drawn by Amilcar Pinna, the book will feature {{Spider-Man}} ([[AffirmativeActionLegacy Miles Morales]]), Comicbook/CloakAndDagger, Kitty Pryde, Bombshell, and the newest Comicbook/BlackWidow ([[SpiderWoman Jessica Drew]]).

The comic's main series was made up of the following series:
** ''The Ultimates''. 13 issues, from March, 2002 to April, 2004.
** ''The Ultimates 2''. 13 issues, from February, 2005 to February, 2007.
** ''The Ultimates 3''. 5 issues, from February to November, 2008.
** ''Ultimate Comics: Avengers''. 18 issues (over 3 numbered mini series), August 2009 to January 2011.
** ''New Ultimates''. 5 issues, from March 2010 to February 2011.
** ''Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates''. 31 issues, from August 2011 to November 2013.
** ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]: The Ultimates''. 3 issues, from November 2013 to January 2014.
** ''All-New Ultimates''. Ongoing series beginning April 2014.
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!!Tropes in the Ultimates include:
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* AchillesInHisTent: [[spoiler: Captain America after the events of Death of Spider-Man.]]
* AffirmativeActionLegacy: Played with. After Black Widow I [[spoiler: gets killed by Hawkeye]] she gets replaced by Monica Chang, an Asian woman, who was ''the original'' Black Widow. Making I the second one.
* AGodAmI: Red Skull [[spoiler:with the cosmic cube]].
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: The Red Skull, of all the people, gets this in his send-off. It turns out all he wanted was to use the Cosmic Cube be go back in time, prevent Cap from freezing, and then his parents (Steve and his then sweetheart, Gail) could marry and raise him themselves (since he utterly loathed his life as a {{Tykebomb}}.]] To his credit, he knew the evils he had committed, but by then, it was too late for him.
** The Colonel too but he wasn't really a [[AntiVillain villain]]
* TheAlcoholic: Tony, even a robot double that impersonates him.
* AlienInvasion: Luckily [[spoiler:it's an EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion since they were already damaged and on the run.]]
* AIIsACrapshoot: Ultron
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: A ''lot'' of villains pull this.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Gregory to Tony
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Deconstructed. The team is American, but other countries start worrying about the Ultimates being used in ''their'' countries, whether they like it or not. There's also several European Super-Soldier initiatives [[spoiler:including Thor, who is really a Norwegian nutjob who stole the prototype tech for his country's hero. Except in the end he [[PhysicalGod really isn't]].]]
* AncientConspiracy: the Chitauri
* AntiHero: Most of the Ultimates members. The Avengers team in particular is a black-ops team meant to handle jobs the Ultimates won't take. [[spoiler: They've recruited ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' into their ranks...]]
* AntiHeroSubstitute: The Ultimate Avengers are a team of anti-hero substitutes for the, er... anti-heroes of the Ultimates.
* AntiVillain: Frank Simpson (Knonwn in the 616 as [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Nuke]]) has shades of this. Made as CaptainAmerica's replacement for the VietnamWar he was exposed to the less than glorious part of the war, with Agent Orange, killing children and women not just soldiers. He turned rogue for a reason.
** The Colonel, who, despite being the leader of the villainous Liberators, is arguably one of the most sympathetic characters in the entire series. His death is surprisingly respectful and almost touching.
* AnyoneCanDie: Especially after the CreatorBreakdown that led to ''Ultimatum''. [[spoiler: And in the new series, they killed the whole government sans one minister, who happened to stay away at the time of assassination.]]
** As of Ultimates Disassembled, [[spoiler:Pietro Maximoff]] is also dead.
* ArmsDealer: Several in human genetics.
** Ghost in Armour Wars.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Cap reads to Frank Simpson in a hospital bed.
* AttackDrone: Crimson Dynamo employes these. Later Tony has them as well, Post Ultimatum, named [[MeaningfulName Wasps]].
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Captain America]] because of Thor's sacrifice. [[spoiler: Thor later as well]]. Subverted with [[spoiler: Valkyrie who SEEMS like she's pulling this but instead has to fulfill the mythological version.]]
** [[spoiler: Tony Stark via BrainUploading and then using the Infinity Gems to restore his body.]]
* {{Badass}}: Cap, Fury, Hawkeye, Black Widow. Others have their moments (except Giant-Man).
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Wanda in death.
* BigBad: Herr Kleiser in ''The Ultimates''; Loki in ''The Ultimates 2''; The Maker in the 2011 TheUltimates series.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Quicksilver is ''very'' protective of his sister.
* {{Bishonen}}: Loki
* BlackComedy: "Giant-Man vs. the Wasp" treats [[spoiler:spousal abuse]] as an UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny.
* BlackWidow: Black Widow
* BoxedCrook: The Spider-Man clone, who comes across like a Hannibal Lecter. Trading personal information that makes people uneasy for his assistance.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, going from implied to straight up stated. Caused ''major'' {{Squick}} reactions.
* {{Buttmonkey}}: Hank Pym
* CainAndAbel: Tony Stark and his brother, Gregory. Or at least in the eyes of Gregory, who ''needs'' to be the AlwaysSomeoneBetter
* CanonImmigrant: Combined with AffirmativeActionLegacy--the Nick Fury of the Ultimate Universe who was based on actor Samuel L. Jackson was played by Jackson in the movies and had a {{Expy}} introduced into the classic Marvel Universe as the original Nick Fury's black son.
** [[http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marvel-avengers-a-i-series-announced.html Monica Chang also made the leap to the classic Marvel Universe]] during the [[MarvelNOW Marvel NOW!]] relaunch.
** Albeit based on the [[Film/TheAvengers movie versions]] rather than their incarnations in ''The Ultimates'', [[http://furiousfanboys.com/2013/04/marvel-introduces-the-chitauri-to-the-616-marvel-universe/ the Chitauri will also make the leap to the classic Marvel Universe]]. There's also a bit of RetCanon as the true forms of Ultimate Universe's Chitauri were revealed in ''[[ComicBook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Hunger]]'' to look similar to the film incarnation.
* CaptainPatriotic: The EU's superheroes are all called Captain Britain, Captain France, Captain Italy, etcetera.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: A ''lot'' of these, due to the high writer turnover in the relaunched volume. [[AntMan Scott Lang]] joined the team at the end of Millar's ''Avengers vs. New Ultimates'' series, but was quickly forgotten about. TheFalcon, Captain Britain II, and [[SpiderWoman Spider-Woman]] all joined during Hickman's run, and again, were forgotten about. Then [[YoungAvengers Stature]] joined during Humphries' run and you guessed it, was forgotten about. The Falcon and Stature did however resurface as part of Fury's HowlingCommandos.
* ClockKing: Herr Kleiser and Loki
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Gregory wears all white in contrast with Tony's usually all black suits.
* CombatPragmatist: Basically everyone except Giant-Man.
* CompositeCharacter: Ultimate Doctor Faustus is this and part [[spoiler: MODOK]].
* CrystalDragonJesus: Ultimate Thor ''is'' 21st Century Jesus, even moreso than his HijackedByJesus 616 counterpart.
* {{Cult}}: Thor's followers
* CurbStompBattle: Hulk delivers one to most of the team, and to the Abomination.
** Nerd Hulk beats [[spoiler: Whistler in an old Iron Man suit]] in ''one punch''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Darker than Comicbook/TheAvengers, Edgiest of UltimateMarvel.
** InUniverse, the "Ultimate Avengers" are this to the Ultimates. The Ultimates are the UltimateMarvel equivalent of Comicbook/TheAvengers; the Ultimate Avengers, meanwhile, are a governmental black ops and assassination team.
* DayOfTheJackboot: The Liberators invade the U.S., [[spoiler:for like an hour]].
* DecompressedComic
* {{Defictionalization}}: As mentioned elsewhere on this page, Nick Fury was deliberately modeled after Samuel Jackson and Nick Fury says in comic that Hollywood would most likely cast Jackson to play him. Six years later, Jackson plays Nick Fury in the MarvelCinematicUniverse.
* {{Depower}}: [[spoiler: Thor after the Asgard is destroyed by the forces of the City. Forcing him to have to use a PoweredArmor and weapons to still fight alongside the Ultimates.]]
* DeusExMachina: At the end of volume 2. Emphasis on the [[PhysicalGod Deus]], there. And the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]].
* DistaffCounterpart: Tony feels Black Widow is this for him.
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: [[spoiler: Following the [[{{UltimateX-Men}} Sentinels rampaging in the Southwestern states]], along with the destruction of Washington D.C. and most of the government, Texas and later other states start to declare independence from the union.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Fury's [[SuperEmpowering empowering]] in ''Ultimate Origins'' is eerily reminiscent of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.
** Sweet Christmas! It sure looks a lot like ComicBook/{{Luke Cage}}'s origin.
** The Chitauri, ShapeShifting reptiles clearly culled from popular conspiracy theories, especially those of [[ConspiracyTheorist David Icke]] -- who was a key influence on Ultimate Thor.
** Black Widow and Hawkeye's [[BadassLongcoat black-coated]] lobby entrance is the same scene from Film/TheMatrix with arrows instead of bullets; Widow's building jump was also taken from the same film.
* DramaticUnmask: Turns out, [[spoiler: Kang is actually a future version of Sue Storm.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Wasp. So much.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: How ''do'' they function? ... Well, at times, they don't.
** As [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan Curt Connors]] put it, "half the Ultimates group seem vaguely out of their minds", and even ''that's'' putting it lightly.
* EnemyMine: The Ultimates try to pull this with Xorn and Zorn on the City. It doesn't work, Xorn extends them an olive branch. [[spoiler: Reed burns that bridge, and incurs the wrath of Zorn, who attacks him with a black hole]].
* EvilCounterpart: ''Everybody'' on the Communistic team in Ultimates 2 is a parallel to one of the Ultimates.
* {{Expy}}: Ultimate Thor is somewhat reminiscent of Technoviking.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Black Widow (Natasha), Nerd Hulk (via vampirism), Gregory Stark and Reed Richards. ]]
** Also [[spoiler: Quicksilver, after the death of his sister]].
* FakedRipVanWinkle: Cap suspects this upon his awakening, only discover that no, its a real RipVanWinkle.
* FantasticRacism: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. [[spoiler: If it is possible, humanity is more harsh with mutants in the Ultimate Universe, than in the original 616. So, when a new country emerges as a mutant haven, almost every mutant from the United States leaves for their own good. Even if the government suddenly realizes, that a few more superhuman individuals would be handy against the imposing threat of the City.]]
* FireForgedFriends: Cap, Thor and Iron Man.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Cap.
* {{Flanderization}}: In some ways, the Ultimates are the original Avengers with each of their most noted personality aspects amplified to eleven though Millar managed to keep them interesting. The trope was fully unleashed, however, when Loeb took over.
** The Ultimate Punisher may be even crazier than his mainstream counterpart. It takes a certain kind of mind to hear the words "keep up the good work" from the Ultimate version of ''ComicBook/GhostRider'', who in this setting is explicitly a man sent back from Hell by {{Satan}} to claim the souls of sinners, and think "this is a message from my family/God himself".
* FromBadToWorse: In the 2011 Hickman series. Hoo, boy. [[spoiler:Asgard has been destroyed by Reed Richards and the City, with all the souls of the gods now existing solely in Thor's head. The S.E.A.R. has been taken over by the superhuman Celestials and Eternals. Germany has been completely absorbed by the City. A nuclear crisis is brewing in South America.]] Nick Fury just cannot catch a break.
* GambitPileup: Fury pretty much says flat out in the first Annual that that's the way his world is.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: The Ultimate Marvel buzzword is ''Person'' of Mass Destruction.
* GenreSavvy: When having captured Hawkeye, strap him down so he can't pick up anything to use as a lethal weapon!
--> Hawkeye: "[[spoiler:Should've taken my fingernails, you bastards]]!"
* GiantMook: After Giant Man leaves, his powerset gets copied to a team of them.
* GroinAttack: For all his old school ethics, Cap's not above kicking The Hulk in the stones.
** Not above kicking Valkyrie that way either.
* GoneHorriblyRight: The Spider-Man clone.
* HardGay: Jarvis was this trope, for as far as a 50, 60 year old man could be it. Guy took no shit from anybody except Tony ([[EvenTheGuysWantHim and who wouldn't]]).
* HellBentForLeather: Giant Man and the Giant Men, Giant Women.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan, Peter Parker takes a bullet meant for Captain America. He possibly could have survived had he not had to then go face off against a group of his own rogues that were attacking his family.]]
* [[SociopathicHero Heroic Sociopath]]: Hulk
** Professor Leonard Williams aka "Tyrone Cash" is just as bad, if not worse. Banner in Hulk's mind at least vaguely cares about being a hero. Professor Williams, previously Banner's mentor and predecessor in taking a Hulk making serum, tore his way out of the lab after transforming, leaving behind his wife and son to ultimately become a brutal gangboss/warlord in Africa and Asia for the hell of it; he has to be blackmailed into joining the Avengers, and keeps up his illegal empire on the side.
* HiveMind: The Chitauri [[{{Mooks}} worker caste]] (Officers have a bit more free will as a result of [[ImAHumanitarian absorbing]] alien minds). Also, Ultimate Galactus.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Fury says Banner is acquitted of 852 counts of murder as the Hulk, since the other Ultimates testified on his behalf about how he saved the world. Fury gives him champagne so they can celebrate. Bruce blacks out from the drugged champagne, and they take him and put him on an abandoned aircraft carrier next to a one-megaton nuclear bomb...]]
** The conclusion to the Hydra arc, United We Stand has the final issue open this way. Cap reads a speech he wrote, and Tony scoffs saying it's a good thing he didn't have to read the downer speech because they won. [[spoiler: PeterParker then asks what is wrong, in a room filled with Scarlet Witch and Giant Man (And others)]] and Cap replies "No. This isn't what we fought for." and [[LotusEaterMachine it bursts]].
* HumanWeapon: ''Ultimates 2'' has the rest of the world fearing that the US Goverment would start utilizing them in politically-motivated conflicts after Cap saved some hostages in the Middle East.
* HypotheticalCasting: At one point, they sit around while being transported via cargo plane talking about who would play them in the movie of their lives. Naturally, NickFury says SamuelLJackson (on whom Ultimate Nick Fury was based).
* ImprobableAimingSkills: This is explicitly part of Black Widow's powers, and Hawkeye's only power.
* ImAHumanitarian: Well, not ''human'', but Hulk [[spoiler:eats Kleiser]]. And the poop is collected by SHIELD just in case.
** He'll eat humans too. One early issue, after a black out, has a character mention that when the power dropped, Bruce hulked out and he ate several of the doctors and nurses. He also eats a number of people in Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk as well. AllThereInTheManual says that it's just part of the Hulk's rebellion against the limits Bruce Banner sets -- Banner refuses to eat meat at all, the Hulk pushes this beyond the bursting point by eating human beings.
* IntangibleMan: The Ghost, just like his 616 counterpart. Except [[spoiler: He's got Iron Man armour]].
* InTheStyleOf: TheAuthority, another series that Millar and Hitch worked on.
* IslandBase: The Triskelion.
* JerkAss: On a team consisting ''mostly'' of [[strike:jerks]] strongly aggressive personalities, Henry Pym stands out.
** The second miniseries seemed to be trying to turn him into a JerkassWoobie. He's basically kicked off the Ultimates, replaced with guys who can grow even bigger than he did (and it took ''him '' decades to get that big), the Wasp finalizes his divorce, Fury won't even take his ideas for ''free'', he ends up on the D-list superteam The Defenders, and the only friend he can make is Bruce Banner, who is permanantly imprisoned for his crimes as the Hulk. [[spoiler:And then killed. He survives, though.]]
* KilledOffForReal: It might be easier to list who ''isn't''.
* LegacyCharacter: Doctor Strange from the start, [[spoiler: Wasp and Hulk]] as of Ultimate Comics Avengers.
** Monica Chang aka the second Black Widow
** Giant Man (Even before he leaves the team proper) gets replaced by a squadron of Giant Men, and later Giant Women.
** Hulk as well, via RetCon, turns out to be the second Hulk.
* LensmanArmsRace: With genetics.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Ultimate RedSkull is [[spoiler:Cap's illegitimate son]].
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Justin[[spoiler:e]] Hammer
* MagicPants Subverted. The Hulk's pants often don't survive battle. Cue SceneryCensor. In volume 1 he steals the pants from a dead fat guy.
** The Wasp's usually nude before or after a size-change, too, as does Giant Man if he doesn't have his supersuit.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Loki]]. [[spoiler:Nick Fury]], especially in the ''Ultimate Power'' miniseries.
* {{Masquerade}}: The Chitauri, Captain [[strike:Marvel]] Mahr Vehl.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The series began with an unclear origin for the powers of Thor. Is he a real God from Asgard, attacked by a rival god with reality-warping powers? Or just a madman with dellusions of grandeur, who stole high-tech weapons produced in Europe? In the first two story arcs, both options seemed plausible to the reader. The final answer only came at the end of the second arc.
* MindControl: Most of Hydra.
* MindScrew: For a while there, the reader isn't sure if Thor is just a crazy Norwegian nurse with a big scary hammer, or actually what he claims. [[spoiler:Thanks to Loki, neither is SHIELD.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Black Widow]]
** Also, [[spoiler:SHIELD's [[PsychicPowers Psi Division]]]]
* MonumentalDamage
* MythologyGag: Nick Fury has a FullBodyDisguise that is identical to his standard Franchise/MarvelUniverse appearance.
** [[spoiler: He seemingly later uses it under the guise of Scorpio to work for Hydra. The name Scorpio itself being a nod to the original Nick Fury's sometimes evil twin brother using that title several times. ]]
* TheMovie: The Direct to DVD ''UltimateAvengers'' and its sequel were based off this series. One [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] fan pointed out that there had been more Ultimates Movies put out in a year than actual issues of the series.
* NearVillainVictory: Repeatedly. The Ultimates always seem to manage to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat.
* NoBadassToHisValet: Tony's antics have no effect on Jarvis [[spoiler: the first]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: SamuelLJackson as Nick Fury.
** Freddie Prinze Jr. appears, but his face is obscured, and when we say "NoCelebritiesWereHarmed" we mean that ''literally'' in his case.
--> '''Hulk:''' HULK SMASH FREDDIE PRINZE JUNIOR!
* NorseMythology: Boy are they surprised when it turns out to be [[spoiler:RealAfterAll]].
* NukeEm: [[spoiler: The way the government tries to kill off the Hulk]]
** Also, they send everything they've got against the city [[spoiler: it gets all politicians killed. ALL.]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Monica Chang, aka Black Widow II, taking on a Giant-Man squad after getting pinned underneath one's hand, next time we see her she is standing on on of them before leaping into the battle with the remaining troops sent against her [[spoiler: by SHIELD]].
* OhCrap: A recurring motif.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler:Fury]], Cap, Herr Kleiser. If [[spoiler: Thor is who he believes]], he's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, as is [[spoiler:Loki]], later Thor's son [[spoiler: After he comes back from the world tree.]]
* PaletteSwap: Tony's brother Gregory is a blonde version of Tony who prefers white suits.
* PietaPlagiarism: Thor cradling [[spoiler: his son]]
* PiggybackingOnHitler: Herr Kleiser was Captain America's chief nemesis during the Second World War, but was actually [[spoiler:an alien known as a Chitauri (aka a Skrull) that ate the real Kleiser and impersonated him, backing Hitler by giving the Nazis advanced weaponry. Really, this was just a scheme to soften the Earth up for a full-scale invasion.]]
* PolarOppositeTwins: Gregory Stark and Tony Stark in Ultimate Comics: Avengers. [[spoiler:Becomes a case of CainAndAbel.]]
* PoweredArmor: IronMan
* PowerTrio: After Ultimates 3, Ultimatum and the first 5 issues of Ultimate Comics: Ultimates, Thor, Cap and Iron Man have truly bonded and become FireForgedFriends.
* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Badass]]: '''President Captain America''', as of Ultimate Comics Ultimates #15.
* PrettyInMink: Wanda wears a fur-lined coat just before she [[spoiler:is tragically shot]].
* PsychoRangers: The [[DarkAvengers Dark Ultimates]].
* PsychoSerum: Banner's Hulk Serum. Later, at the brink of despair, he takes it up another notch by combining it with the SuperSoldier serum.
* RaceLift: Nick Fury is black (and a dead ringer for SamuelLJackson), and Wasp is Asian.
** Also Crimson Dynamo and Abomination are Chinese, Hurricane is Korean and Swarm is Syrian.
** The second version of TheVision is black.
* RealAfterAll: [[spoiler:Thor really IS the Norse God of Thunder]].
* RealityWarper: [[spoiler:Loki]]
* {{Reconstruction}}: After having been deconstructed for so many books, the arc United We Stand is followed by one ''called'' Reconstruction, trying to make the Ultimates more heroic than they've been in the past.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Quicksilver]] is killed by Kang after he realizes how monstrous her plan really is and tries to stop her.
* RedshirtArmy: 20,000 SHIELD elite troops go into the bag when the Chitauri nuke their own base in Micronesia. Also, most of the Ultimate Reserves are killed in the beginning of the Liberators attack.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. [[spoiler: Plus points, that they did it with the TropeNamer itself. Because what happens, when you are the most brilliant mind in the planet, full of [[WellIntentionedExtremist well intention]], and the world just would not change, if you play according to the rules? You will go nuts, that is what happens. You definitely go nuts, buddy!]]
* RelationshipReveal: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
* ReplacementGoldfish: After Jarvis [[spoiler: Gets shot]], Tony replaces him with a new guy who's name he quickly forgets and calls Jarvis. Later still he's replaced (without noted reason) by an [[AffirmativeActionLegacy half-asian woman]]. Whom he also names [[GenderBenderName Jarvis]].
* {{Retcanon}}: Around the time ''Film/IronMan3'', Tony started dressing up like Iron Patriot. The Iron Patriot armor was later destroyed, allowing him to return to the Iron Man identity.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The Ultron units in Volume 3.
* RichBitch: Natasha Romanov, after becoming engaged to [[IronMan Tony Stark]].
* ScheduleSlip: It's had a few problems with this.
* Secret Relationship: Kept secret from everyone, including the readers, but WordOfGod says Nick Fury and Betty Ross were in a romance during The Ultimates 2.
* ShoutOut: [[{{Superman}} Clark Kent]], LoisLane and JimmyOlsen appear, unnamed, as part of a 60 Minutes interview staff.
** Jarvis also hangs out with a butler's club in his spare time - and a guy named Alfred is mentioned to be amongst the members.
** ''In Ultimate Armor Wars'': one of the heads on the wall is of Nayland Smith, a main character in the FuManchu books.
** Reed Richards has a ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'' poster on his bedroom wall.
* SlaveToPR: The team itself. As a government supersoldier program with a tremendous budget they were constantly threatened by public scrutiny and for a while had to justify their budget in spite of the lack of an immediate threat. This lead to a major plot point that stretched through two volumes [[spoiler: when Bruce Banner hulked out and the ultimates stopped him, SHIELD covered up the connection between Banner and Hulk turning a story about the team cleaning up it's own mess into their first public success.]]
* SmugSnake: Herr Kleiser
** [[spoiler: Reed Richards after his FaceHeelTurn following the events of Ultimatum and especially once he becomes leader of the City.]]
* SourSupporter: Many of the team.
* SplashPanel
* SuperSoldier: The basic premise, and the origin of most, superhumans.
* {{Technopath}}: Tony Stark [[spoiler: Via his latest [[OrganicTechnology brain tumor]]. ]]
* TemporalParadox: The City that Reed Richards designs in the latest series is one big ball of paradox, while it exists in the present, within its walls generations pass while Reed was expanding it with the outer edges closer to normal time. While inside its walls, time moved at an accelerated rate the closer one got to the Core, so as one moved within the City's limits the further into the future it traveled until the City stopped expanding. [[spoiler: Which it wound up taking out Germany and a good chunk of Europe when they reach its current size. ]]
* TemptingFate: Goes hand in hand with OhCrap. Honestly, if someone tries to say that [[spoiler:Thor ''isn't'' the god of thunder, and is instead a deranged scientist]], they will proved wrong mere moments later.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Nobody seems to do anything about Hawkeye's obvious PTSD.
* ThisCannotBe: SmugSnake Kleiser's repeated reaction to any event he hasn't planned for is a [[DullSurprise blank stare]] and a stunned "...What?" which is apparently Chitauri for "OhCrap".
* {{Tomorrowland}}: The Maker ([[spoiler:Reed Richards]]) turns Western Europe into one of these.
* TooHappyToLive: Pietro and Wanda being incestuous wasn't a bad sign. It was being so joyful about it.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: [[spoiler:Ultron]], surprising absolutely no one -- except, once again, Giant-Man.
** [[spoiler: Zorn and Xorn, twin super mutants who were created by the South East Asian Republic, S.E.A.R, as part of a project aimed at wiping out mutants and later took over the entire nation and turned it into a mutant haven for any that wish to join them.]]
* {{Twincest}}: Quicksilver And The Scarlet Witch. Funnily enough, they're the happiest, most stable, reliable and least [[JerkAss asshole-ish]] of the team members. All through the series, Quicksilver has been claiming to have been running around behind the scenes saving people's asses, while this has never been actually shown to be true. [[spoiler: Ultimates 2 reveals that he really ''has'' been doing so, as he goes into an UnstoppableRage at the threat to his friends posed by another FragileSpeedster.]]
* UnpleasableFanbase: InUniverse. During Ultimates 2, people are worried about the Ultimates intervening in the affairs of other nations, They are simultaneously pissed off about them spending their billions of dollars of taxpayer money saving people from fires. Basically, they only want the Avengers to fight ''only'' major superhero threats, operate only on American soil, and to do it on less money. Yes, they're actually ''more'' stupid than their 616 counterpart.
** The 616 Avengers are funded by a non-profit charitable organization, which is likely the only reason the public hasn't raked them over the coals regarding expenses.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Bruce was already well on his way to losing it, but it was overhearing his colleagues mocking him that drove him to re-inject himself with the serum that turned him into the Hulk.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The Chitauri
* WesternTerrorists: Hydra, initially introduced as a small RightWingMilitiaFanatic group, [[spoiler: after Modi's defeat they have since began stealing S.H.I.E.L.D. tech and apparently under the guise of a man called Scorpio]].
* WhoShotJFK: It was [[spoiler: Red Skull.]]
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: The team discusses who would play themselves in a film adaptation.
* WhyWontYouDie: Heroic example, Cap says it about Kleiser.
* XMeetsY: ComicBook/TheAvengers meets TheAuthority.
** ComicBook/TheAvengers meets QuentinTarantino.
* YouAreWhoYouEat: This is how Chitauri shape shifting works.
* ZergRush: The vampires attack on the Triskellion.
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[[folder: All-New Ultimates]]
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: The new volume features an entirely new team, with none of the previous Ultimates returning.
* LegacyCharacter: Miles Morales as the second Spider-Man and Jessica Drew as the third Black Widow.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: Before the series was announced, the same grouping of characters appeared in the final arc of ''Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man'', as well as the ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man]]'' mini-series.
* RagTagBunchOfMisfits
* {{ReTool}}
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31st Jan '14 4:59:43 PM CrypticMirror
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* [[spoiler: BlackWidow]]: Black Widow

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* [[spoiler: BlackWidow]]: BlackWidow: Black Widow



* [[spoiler: DividedStatesOfAmerica:]] [[spoiler: Following the [[{{UltimateX-Men}} Sentinels rampaging in the Southwestern states]], along with the destruction of Washington D.C. and most of the government, Texas and later other states start to declare independence from the union.]]

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* [[spoiler: DividedStatesOfAmerica:]] DividedStatesOfAmerica: [[spoiler: Following the [[{{UltimateX-Men}} Sentinels rampaging in the Southwestern states]], along with the destruction of Washington D.C. and most of the government, Texas and later other states start to declare independence from the union.]]



* [[spoiler: [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Badass]]: '''President Captain America''', as of Ultimate Comics Ultimates #15.]]

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* [[spoiler: [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Badass]]: '''President Captain America''', as of Ultimate Comics Ultimates #15.]]
24th Jan '14 1:37:50 PM Gregzilla
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The two teams would [[IncrediblyLamePun ultimately]] clash later on in the ''Ultimate Avengers vs New Ultimates'' crossover,which tied into the Ultimate line event "The Death of Spider-Man" leading to a line reboot that had TheUltimates get another series titled ''Ultimate Comics: TheUltimates'', as well as giving ''Ultimate Hawkeye'' his own mini-series by Jonathan Hickman, until after issue 12, where Sam Humphries takes over as writer of the team. After issue 25, Joshua Hale Fialkov, writer of ''I, Vampire'' becomes the writer of the team.

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The two teams would [[IncrediblyLamePun ultimately]] clash later on in the ''Ultimate Avengers vs New Ultimates'' crossover,which tied into the Ultimate line event "The Death of Spider-Man" leading to a line reboot that had TheUltimates get another series titled ''Ultimate Comics: TheUltimates'', as well as giving ''Ultimate Hawkeye'' his own mini-series by Jonathan Hickman, until after issue 12, where Sam Humphries takes over as writer of the team. After issue 25, Joshua Hale Fialkov, writer of ''I, Vampire'' becomes the writer of the team.
24th Jan '14 1:36:03 PM Gregzilla
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** Though to be fair, Tandy Bowen, Lana Baumgartner, and Jessica Drew were around way before Miles was even introduced in Ultimate Spider-Man. But the trope still sticks.
19th Jan '14 5:16:43 PM comicwriter
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** Though to be fair, Tandy Bowen, Lana Baumgartner, and Jessica Drew were around way before Miles was even introduced in Ultimate Spider-man. But the trope still sticks.

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** Though to be fair, Tandy Bowen, Lana Baumgartner, and Jessica Drew were around way before Miles was even introduced in Ultimate Spider-man.Spider-Man. But the trope still sticks.
11th Jan '14 8:38:12 PM kyuubidriven
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** Though to be fair, Tandy Bowen, Lana Baumgartner, and Jessica Drew were around way before Miles was even introduced in Ultimate Spider-man. But the trope still sticks.
10th Jan '14 12:54:55 PM comicwriter
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** ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]: The Ultimates''. 3 issues, from November 2003 to January 2014.

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** ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]: The Ultimates''. 3 issues, from November 2003 2013 to January 2014.
10th Jan '14 11:10:39 AM comicwriter
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!!Tropes in the Ultimates/Ultimate Avengers series include:

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!!Tropes in the Ultimates include:
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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Quicksilver]] is killed by Kang after he realizes how monstrous her plan really is and tries to stop her.


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* {{Retcanon}}: Around the time ''Film/IronMan3'', Tony started dressing up like Iron Patriot. The Iron Patriot armor was later destroyed, allowing him to return to the Iron Man identity.


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[[/folder]]
[[folder: All-New Ultimates]]
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: The new volume features an entirely new team, with none of the previous Ultimates returning.
* LegacyCharacter: Miles Morales as the second Spider-Man and Jessica Drew as the third Black Widow.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: Before the series was announced, the same grouping of characters appeared in the final arc of ''Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man'', as well as the ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man]]'' mini-series.
* RagTagBunchOfMisfits
* {{ReTool}}
[[/folder]]
10th Jan '14 10:52:27 AM comicwriter
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It has recently been announced that following ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]'', the title will be relaunched as part of the [[MarvelNOW Marvel NOW!]] initiative with a brand new cast and creative team. Written by Michel Fiffe and drawn by Amilcar Pinna, the book will feature {{Spider-Man}} ([[AffirmativeActionLegacy Miles Morales]]), Comicbook/CloakAndDagger, Bombshell, and the newest Comicbook/BlackWidow ([[SpiderWoman Jessica Drew]]).

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It has recently been announced that following ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]'', the title will be relaunched as part of the [[MarvelNOW Marvel NOW!]] initiative with a brand new cast and creative team. Written by Michel Fiffe and drawn by Amilcar Pinna, the book will feature {{Spider-Man}} ([[AffirmativeActionLegacy Miles Morales]]), Comicbook/CloakAndDagger, Kitty Pryde, Bombshell, and the newest Comicbook/BlackWidow ([[SpiderWoman Jessica Drew]]).
10th Jan '14 8:59:18 AM comicwriter
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It has recently been announced that following ''[[Comicbook/CatacylsmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]'', the title will be relaunched as part of the [[MarvelNOW Marvel NOW!]] initiative with a brand new cast and creative team. Written by Michel Fiffe and drawn by Amilcar Pinna, the book will feature {{Spider-Man}} ([[AffirmativeActionLegacy Miles Morales]]), Comicbook/CloakAndDagger, Bombshell, and the newest Comicbook/BlackWidow ([[SpiderWoman Jessica Drew]]).

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It has recently been announced that following ''[[Comicbook/CatacylsmTheUltimatesLastStand ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]'', the title will be relaunched as part of the [[MarvelNOW Marvel NOW!]] initiative with a brand new cast and creative team. Written by Michel Fiffe and drawn by Amilcar Pinna, the book will feature {{Spider-Man}} ([[AffirmativeActionLegacy Miles Morales]]), Comicbook/CloakAndDagger, Bombshell, and the newest Comicbook/BlackWidow ([[SpiderWoman Jessica Drew]]).


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** ''[[Comicbook/CataclysmTheUltimatesLastStand Cataclysm]]: The Ultimates''. 3 issues, from November 2003 to January 2014.
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