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21st Oct '17 5:31:22 AM MightySchoop
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*** Citizen Slash shows up in Vengeance, which led to the fandom speculating on his partner's identity. Citizen Hack finally made his debut in Tactics.
*** The Letters Page podcast reveals there used to be Citizens Pain and Gain, one of whom is Expatriette's father.
8th Oct '17 8:51:30 AM RonnieArmitage
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* DeathIsCheap: Sort of expected this being a comicbook-verse. Various heros and villains have died in a universe or timeline but 1. it means little when they are alive in the multiverse and 2. [[DealWithTheDevil they often]] [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong come back]] [[CameBackWrong to life]] [[WeCanRebuildHim through various]] [[DisneyDeath shenanigans.]]

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* DeathIsCheap: Sort of expected this being Played with. There ''are'' several cases where a comicbook-verse. Various heros and villains have died character "dies" in a universe or one timeline but 1. is said to be replaced by someone from another timeline or it turns out to be a DisneyDeath. But actual real resurrection is not only extremely rare, but outright stated to be horrible, often undesired by the person in question, and something that fundamentally changes them.
** When Fixer is brought back to life he ends up full of rage both because he wanted to be allowed to rest and because the manner of his resurrection
means little when they are alive he's essentially a ghost inhabiting his own zombie body. It takes a long time and a god-tier magic ritual before he's anything close to his normal self again.
** When Fanatic is brought back to life as a child [[spoiler:it turns out that the child wasn't even actually brought back to life at all, and she's actually a strange spirit being just now permanently inhabiting that child's body]].
** When Spite is brought back to life, it's at the behest of a demon god which turns him into a warped zombie who must kill a sufficient amount of people or become a permanent vessel for the demon god in question, and Spite is expressly a sadist. The creators note: "Coming back from the dead is always a horrible time, but Spite was fine with it because he's into horrible times."
** Haka's ability to come back to life any time he's mortally wounded comes at the price of [[spoiler:every other Haka
in the multiverse aside from one gender-swapped double, since all of those Hakas have had their lives funneled into these two last remaining Hakas]].
** While Biomancer never actually dies per se, he can heal any damage or wearing out that would lead to him dying by replacing his parts from the flesh of other people's bodies. But this has over the centuries left him losing his humanity both in terms of form
and 2. [[DealWithTheDevil they often]] [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong come back]] [[CameBackWrong to life]] [[WeCanRebuildHim through various]] [[DisneyDeath shenanigans.]][[ImmortalityImmorality morality]].
22nd Sep '17 5:39:49 AM RonnieArmitage
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* BadFuture: The Shattered Timelines expansion details a couple, such as one where Young Legacy dies, turning Legacy into a KnightTemplar who takes over the world and rules it with an iron fist. Also referenced in one of Visionary's cards, in which she has a vision of the heroes defeated and shackled by Voss's forces. This is given a subtle nod in the character art in the video game -- normally, nearly all the heroes are smiling in their portraits. The Freedom 6 variants, however, are all wearing variations on the theme of scowl.

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* BadFuture: BadFuture:
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The Shattered Timelines expansion details a couple, such as one where Young Legacy dies, turning Legacy into a KnightTemplar who takes over the world and rules it with an iron fist. Also referenced in one of Visionary's cards, in which she has a vision of the heroes defeated and shackled by Voss's forces. This is given a subtle nod in the character art in the video game -- normally, nearly all the heroes are smiling in their portraits. The Freedom 6 variants, however, are all wearing variations on the theme of scowl.scowl.
** The ''Tactics'' timeline is this post-[=OblivAeon=]. Rook City is absolutely trashed; the populace has become suspicious of heroes and is trying to regulate them; many villains get horrifying upgrades in power level (including some already high-level-threat villains becoming even higher-level threats); and many heroes end up dead, making self-destructive choices, becoming darker and more anti-heroic, or even full on turning into villains themselves.



* DarkerAndEdgier: The Rook City expansion. Based on the more gritty, realistic side of comic books, it features an industrial complex and crime-riddled city as environments, a gun-toting [[OneManArmy one-woman-army]] and a TechnicalPacifist OldMaster [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Auto Mechanic]] for heroes, against such villains as a VampiricDraining, drug-dependent serial killer, a CorruptCorporateExecutive crime boss, his [[TheDragon Dragon]], a mutated, man-eating rat-man that lives in the sewers, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers an emo poet girl who can control birds]].

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* DarkerAndEdgier: DarkerAndEdgier:
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The Rook City expansion. Based on the more gritty, realistic side of comic books, it features an industrial complex and crime-riddled city as environments, a gun-toting [[OneManArmy one-woman-army]] and a TechnicalPacifist OldMaster [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Auto Mechanic]] for heroes, against such villains as a VampiricDraining, drug-dependent serial killer, a CorruptCorporateExecutive crime boss, his [[TheDragon Dragon]], a mutated, man-eating rat-man that lives in the sewers, and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers an emo poet girl who can control birds]].birds]].
** In the game's metafictional plot, the ''Tactics'' timeline was created because some of the Sentinel Comics writers felt the "main" timeline (what is the RPG timeline in real life) had gotten too lighthearted, and so they wanted to do stories where things went in a more grimdark and bleak direction.


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* MetaFiction: One of the literary conceits of the game is that its lore is not directly based on a fictional superhero universe, but based on various comic series created by a fictional company called Sentinel Comics which portrayed the fictional superhero universe. So the art is intended to be comic panels or covers; the flavor text quotes issues of imaginary comics; and the Letters Page podcasts often talk about things like fictional writer retcons, what [[TheAgesOfSuperHeroComics era the character was created in]], blow-by-blow descriptions of the fictional comic issues the characters were in, fictional reader reactions to fictional issues, fictional animated spinoffs, etc. As the creators put it: "This podcast is a series of lies, built upon a house of lies, on a foundation of lies, in Lietopia, on the continent of lies."
26th Jul '17 11:01:15 PM SpectralTime
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* BossRush: One challenge on the game's wiki for Spite, Agent of Gloom doesn't make him any harder -- instead, it makes it so that when he's defeated, the players immediately set up a game against Skinwalker Gloomweaver without a chance to change heroes, reset or heal. That said, they do get to keep out any cards they had in play against Spite.

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* BossRush: One challenge on the game's wiki for Spite, Agent of Gloom doesn't make him any harder -- instead, it makes it so that when he's defeated, the players immediately set up a game against Skinwalker Gloomweaver without a chance to change heroes, reset or heal. That said, they do get to keep out any cards they had in play against Spite.Spite, which softens the blow of a difficult task.
26th Jul '17 4:21:27 PM arbane
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* BossRush: One challenge on the game's wiki for Spite, Agent of Gloom doesn't make him any harder -- instead, it makes it so that when he's defeated, the players immediately set up a game against Skinwalker Gloomweaver without a chance to change heroes, reset or heal. That said,

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* BossRush: One challenge on the game's wiki for Spite, Agent of Gloom doesn't make him any harder -- instead, it makes it so that when he's defeated, the players immediately set up a game against Skinwalker Gloomweaver without a chance to change heroes, reset or heal. That said, they do get to keep out any cards they had in play against Spite.
25th Jul '17 12:00:00 AM CountDorku
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* ArchEnemy: Each hero has a specific villain that is marked as their archnemesis. This means that all damage inflicted by these two on each other is increased by one. In some cases this is detrimental to the hero (i.e. Legacy, who doesn't have much in the way of damage vs. Baron Blade) and in others it results in a mutual barrage of destruction (i.e. Ra and the Ennead).

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* ArchEnemy: Each hero has a specific villain that is marked as their archnemesis. This means that all damage inflicted by these two on each other is increased by one. In some cases this is detrimental to the hero (i.e.(e.g. Legacy, who doesn't have much in the way of damage vs. Baron Blade) Blade, or Unity, whose damage is mostly minion-based, vs. Iron Legacy, whose bulk damage doesn't even let Unity keep her golems out) and in others it results in a mutual barrage of destruction (i.e.(e.g. Ra and the Ennead). In still others it doesn't have much of an effect either way (e.g. Akash'Bhuta and Argent Adept, ''neither of whom'' has a great deal of personal damage output: Akash'Bhuta relies mostly upon her Limbs to deal damage, especially if Entomb can be dealt with, while Argent Adept's damage dealing is incredibly weak and he relies mostly upon his team).


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** Averted with the villain Greazer Clutch, who is OnlyInItForTheMoney. His archnemesis is "the hero with the highest starting HP". This can be exploited to a degree depending on team composition: for example, if the villain team contains both Greazer and Plague Rat, and the highest-HP hero target is Setback, Greazer and Plague Rat will do extra damage to each other whenever they hit each other - and, since Plague Rat deals damage to all targets, including ones on his own side, and Greazer deals backlash damage whenever someone musses his hair,
24th Jul '17 11:40:12 PM CountDorku
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** Healer: Tempest, Legacy (1940's), Argent Adept, The Scholar.

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** Healer: Tempest, Legacy (1940's), Argent Adept, The Scholar.Scholar, Tempest.



** Jack of All Trades: Wraith, Mr. Fixer, Omnitron-X, The Sentinels, Guise, Sky-Scraper.

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** Jack of All Trades: Wraith, Mr. Fixer, Omnitron-X, The Sentinels, Guise, Sky-Scraper.Sky-Scraper, Tempest.



* BossRush: One challenge on the game's wiki for Spite, Agent of Gloom doesn't make him any harder -- instead, it makes it so that when he's defeated, the players immediately set up a game against Skinwalker Gloomweaver without a chance to change heroes, reset or heal.

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* BossRush: One challenge on the game's wiki for Spite, Agent of Gloom doesn't make him any harder -- instead, it makes it so that when he's defeated, the players immediately set up a game against Skinwalker Gloomweaver without a chance to change heroes, reset or heal. That said,



** Damage a hero deals to themselves counts for effects that would trigger when a hero deals damage. This can be troublesome if you have damage buffing out (Legacy, for example) or backlash damage (Wounding Buffer, Ra's and Wraith's retributive damage cards), but can also cause some hilarious interactions: Captain Cosmic zapping himself with Unflagging Animation will trigger Autonomous Blade if he has one out, and anything that would cause Mr Fixer to damage himself (Infection, Miss Information, incapacitated Vengeance Baron Blade) or another hero (Friendly Fire) will trigger Jack Handle's effect, preventing the damage and turning it into a hail of blows aimed at all the bad guy targets. Similarly, villains hitting themselves will trigger effects based on that: if you have Chrono-Ranger's "The Ultimate Target" bounty (which lets Ranger use a power once per turn when a villain deals damage) on Akash'Bhuta in normal or advanced mode, Target will trigger whenever one of Akash'Bhuta's limbs is destroyed and forces Akash'Bhuta to damage herself.



*** All three Omnitron decks -- the villain Omnitron, the hero Omnitron-X, and the environment Omnitron-IV -- have cards with the keyword "Component," and cards that affect other cards with that keyword. Omnitron-X, for instance, has one attack card that does damage based on how many Component cards he destroys, but doesn't specify they have to be ''his''. This even extends to the character cards: Cosmic Omnitron, for example, flips from a card-playing form to a damage-dealing mode when there are no Components in play, which can be very inconvenient (or, in Challenge mode, disastrous - Challenge mode Cosmic Omnitron deals enormous amounts of damage when flipped) - but if one of the components from Omnitron-X or Omnitron-IV is present, it'll "count" and Cosmic Omnitron won't flip until such time as Omnitron-X loses the Component.
*** Because it specifies Relics are immune, Nightmist, Ra, and Apostate won't have all their cards wiped by Fanatic's End of Days or Apostate's Apocalypse. Argent Adept's instruments, however, will be destroyed because while they may be relics in the sense that they're old, they're not Relics with the keyword.

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*** All three Omnitron decks -- the villain Omnitron, the hero Omnitron-X, and the environment Omnitron-IV -- have cards with the keyword "Component," and cards that affect other cards with that keyword. Omnitron-X, for instance, has one attack card that does damage based on how many Component cards he destroys, but doesn't specify they have to be ''his''. This even extends to the character cards: Cosmic Omnitron, for example, flips from a card-playing form to a damage-dealing mode when there are no Components in play, which can be very inconvenient (or, in Challenge mode, disastrous - Challenge mode Cosmic Omnitron deals enormous amounts of damage when flipped) flipped, and can take a while to flip back because it starts out with more components in play) - but if one of the components from Omnitron-X or Omnitron-IV is present, it'll "count" and Cosmic Omnitron won't flip until such time as Omnitron-X loses the Component.
Component (which admittedly could be next turn, but small mercies...)
*** Because it specifies Relics are immune, Nightmist, Ra, and Apostate won't have all their cards wiped by Fanatic's End of Days or Apostate's Apocalypse. Argent Adept's instruments, however, will be destroyed because while they may be relics in the sense that they're old, they're not Relics with the keyword. La Capitan will lose most of her board, but not ''La Paradoja Magnifica'', which is classed as a Relic.



*** Expatriette's Unload shows her gunning down a bunch of Voss's troops with her firearms -- including the Gene-Bound Soldiers, who are immune to her projectile damage.

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*** Expatriette's Unload shows her gunning down a bunch of Voss's troops with her firearms -- including the Gene-Bound Soldiers, who are immune to her projectile damage. (Possibly justified by her variant ammunition, which substitutes damage types.)



* MilitarySuperhero: Bunker, whose suit was made as part of the Ironclad project of the US Military.

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* MilitarySuperhero: Bunker, whose suit was made as part of the Ironclad project of the US Military. KNYFE is a former agent of F.I.L.T.E.R., which is basically a ''very'' heavily militarised border control agency. This would, in turn, make Sergeant Steel a Military Super''villain''.



* {{Mooks}}: Many of the villains can summon characters from their villain decks. Baron Blade's Blade Battalion, Voss's alien army, Matriach's birds, Omnitron's drones, the Chairman's Thugs, and La Captians' crew all come to mind.

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* {{Mooks}}: Many of the villains can summon characters from their villain decks. Baron Blade's Blade Battalion, Voss's alien army, Matriach's birds, Omnitron's drones, the Chairman's Thugs, and La Captians' Capitan's crew all come to mind.



** Kagaara Warfang has Colosseum Favor. If the heroes get 20, they win instantly (And in fact cannot win any other way), while if the villains get 20, the heroes lose (and can most certainly still lose the normal way).

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** Kagaara Kaargra Warfang has Colosseum Favor. If the heroes get 20, they win instantly (And in fact cannot win any other way), while if the villains get 20, the heroes lose (and can most certainly still lose the normal way).



** The Freedom 5 variants announced in the [=OblivAeon=] Kickstarter are all visually distinct, but have the Freedom 5's emblem somewhere on them.

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** The Freedom 5 variants announced in the [=OblivAeon=] Kickstarter are all visually distinct, but have the Freedom 5's emblem somewhere on them.them, while in the "Tactics" timeline Unity wears the team insignia as a belt buckle (with an "i" added, which she insists stands for "Intern" but ''coincidentally'' makes the symbol read as "Freedom Six").



* PoisonousPerson: Gene-Bound Bionaut. Naturally comes with a toxic immunity.

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* PoisonousPerson: Gene-Bound Bionaut. Naturally comes with a toxic immunity. The last "true" survivor of the race that became the Bionauts, the marvellously named Venox, the Last Mubbloxian, is even worse - Bionaut only hits one target, Venox hits ''everyone''.



* {{Stripperiffic}}: Downplayed, but still present because this is a comic book game and that sort of thing's a requirement. Almost none of the women are indecently dressed, but among the heroes, The Wraith's outfit has a cleavage window, the Visionary's has a belly-button window, Tachyon's costume only covers one shoulder, Expatriette [[BareYourMidriff bares her middriff]], and Unity's wearing a very short tank top. Of the men, Haka and Ra are bare-chested. For the most part, the villains avert this.

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* {{Stripperiffic}}: Downplayed, but still present because this is a comic book game and that sort of thing's a requirement. Almost none of the women are indecently dressed, but among the heroes, The Wraith's outfit has a cleavage window, the Visionary's has a belly-button window, Tachyon's costume only covers one shoulder, Expatriette [[BareYourMidriff bares her middriff]], and Unity's wearing a very short tank top. Of the men, Haka and Ra are bare-chested. For the most part, the villains avert this.this, although Ermine does wear an outfit that exposes a fair bit of cleavage and Fright Train's outfit is basically a pair of pants and his mask.


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** In Vengeance mode, it goes villain-hero-villain-hero until it gets to the environment, but the bad guys always start out with access to their specialist gear, minions and so on - Blade always starts with a device out, for example.
24th Jul '17 10:54:16 PM CountDorku
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** Because Legacy's Take Down specifies "the end of your turn" (i.e. ''Legacy's'' turn), it has no downside when used out of the normal turn sequence - something like Parse's Syntactic Analysis or her Fugue State variant's power, for example, or a couple of the Argent Adept's songs. This can even be used to create an infinite loop: whenever Take Down expires, Visionary cycles it from the trash to the top of Legacy's deck with Mental Divergence, and then Omnitron-X uses its power to play the top card of Legacy's deck...



*** All three Omnitron decks -- the villain Omnitron, the hero Omnitron-X, and the environment Omnitron-IV -- have cards with the keyword "Component," and cards that affect other cards with that keyword. Omnitron-X, for instance, has one attack card that does damage based on how many Component cards he destroys, but doesn't specify they have to be ''his''.

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*** All three Omnitron decks -- the villain Omnitron, the hero Omnitron-X, and the environment Omnitron-IV -- have cards with the keyword "Component," and cards that affect other cards with that keyword. Omnitron-X, for instance, has one attack card that does damage based on how many Component cards he destroys, but doesn't specify they have to be ''his''. This even extends to the character cards: Cosmic Omnitron, for example, flips from a card-playing form to a damage-dealing mode when there are no Components in play, which can be very inconvenient (or, in Challenge mode, disastrous - Challenge mode Cosmic Omnitron deals enormous amounts of damage when flipped) - but if one of the components from Omnitron-X or Omnitron-IV is present, it'll "count" and Cosmic Omnitron won't flip until such time as Omnitron-X loses the Component.


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* KirbyDots: These are used in the Enclave of the Endlings, because why not?
19th Jul '17 10:15:56 PM Jeffcole2
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** For a long time, Citizen Dawn was considered incredibly hard to defeat because putting all of her Citizens in the trash flipped her to an invincible side that kept dealing damage until H-1 Citizens were out. What a lot of players didn't realize was that Citizen Dawn's card specifies that ''she'' is also considered a Citizen, and they forgot to include Dawn in the Citizen count before flipping her back over. As a result players would spend several unnecessary turns taking damage from multiple targets while waiting for another Citizen to come out.

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** For a long time, Citizen Dawn was considered incredibly hard to defeat because putting all five of her Citizens in the trash flipped her to an invincible side that kept dealing damage until H-1 Citizens were out. What a lot of players didn't realize was that Citizen Dawn's card specifies that ''she'' is also considered a Citizen, and they forgot to include Dawn in the Citizen count before flipping her back over. As a result players would spend several unnecessary turns taking damage from multiple targets while waiting for another Citizen to come out.
14th Jul '17 9:06:32 AM MrDeath
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* {{Stripperiffic}}: Downplayed, but still present because this is a comic book game and that sort of thing's a requirement. Almost none of the women are indecently dressed, but among the heroes, The Wraith's outfit has a cleavage window, the Visionary's has a belly-button window, Tachyon's costume only covers one shoulder, Expatriette [[BareYourMidriff bares her middriff]], and Unity's wearing a very short tank top. Of the men, Haka and Ra are bare-chested. For the most part, the villains avert this. (Except for minor villain Galactra, a [[GreenLantern Star Sapphire]] {{expy}}.)

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* {{Stripperiffic}}: Downplayed, but still present because this is a comic book game and that sort of thing's a requirement. Almost none of the women are indecently dressed, but among the heroes, The Wraith's outfit has a cleavage window, the Visionary's has a belly-button window, Tachyon's costume only covers one shoulder, Expatriette [[BareYourMidriff bares her middriff]], and Unity's wearing a very short tank top. Of the men, Haka and Ra are bare-chested. For the most part, the villains avert this. (Except for minor villain Galactra, a [[GreenLantern Star Sapphire]] {{expy}}.)
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