Created By: FantasyLiver on November 7, 2013 Last Edited By: FantasyLiver on January 23, 2014

Rocket Hero

A superhero who uses rockets as a means of propulsion and to fight crime

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Well, I was somewhat surprised by the amount of prevalence where rocket based heroes appear in comics so this is that trope. These heroes are a sub-genre of superheroes and are typically Badass Normals.

Examples include Iron Man, the Rocketeer (both the film and comic book version), an old Ajax-Farrel character called Rocketman, and another old comics character from Chesler Comics also called Rocketman. Incrediboy from The Incredibles also counts.
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  • November 7, 2013
    Video Games
  • November 7, 2013
    I think Astro Boy might count? Since he flies via rocket power. The character is a robot though so I wouldn't really call Astro boy a Badass Normal. And I don't really know enough about the work to write up a proper example.
  • November 7, 2013
    Yeah - my knowledge of Astro Boy is virtually zip. Does anyone know about the rockets/ his badass normal status?
  • November 8, 2013
    Um... explain how a hero with a rocket propeller can stand as a trope. And definitely Needs A Better Description.

    Just in case, though:
    • In Dragon Ball video games, Mr Satan wears a jetpack to compensate his lack of flight, where everybody else can.
    • In Marvel Vs Capcom 3, aside from the aforementioned Iron Man, Rocket Raccoon wears rocket skates and uses them to quickly zip through the battlefield.
  • November 8, 2013
    Related to Jet Pack and Rocket Boots of course.
  • November 8, 2013
    astroboy is not a Badass Normal even among robots. if he didn't have his Super Strength or Arm Cannon then he'd probably be.

    reference Astro Boy, as i'm not familiar with it either. i only know through Pop Cultural Osmosis.
  • November 8, 2013
    • Astro Boy: Among his many robotic powers, Astro Boy flies via rocket engines in his feet. Other robot heroes have done the same in his footsteps.
  • November 8, 2013
    This should not be restricted to heroes, but should cover villains as well. For example:

    Tabletop Games
    • Villains And Vigilantes adventure There's a Crisis at Crusader Citadel. The super villain F.I.S.T. has jet boots that give him a maximum flight speed of 90 m.p.h.
  • November 9, 2013
    • The Incredibles: Syndrome uses his jet powered boots and other gadgets to create the impression he's a superhero, even though he's actually a villain. Earlier in the film, during the cape malfunction montage, one of the supers was shown with jet powered gauntlets.

    I believe it was Dynaguy, but I'd have to check.
  • November 10, 2013
    It was Dynaguy and I got Syndrome's former identity of Incrediboy down already.

    Also, if we're not limiting this to heroes, does anyone have an alternate name? Maybe Rocket Super?
  • November 10, 2013
    You should start putting the examples into the proper format.
  • November 10, 2013
    Marvel Comics: Rocket Raccoon, an anthropomorphic raccoon with rockets on his feet.
  • November 11, 2013
    • The Spider Man villain-turned hero Rocket Racer combines this with Fad Super as he is a superhero who rode around on a rocket-propelled skateboard.
  • January 23, 2014
    • Commando Cody used a rocket-powered flying suit in two 12-episode movie serials in the early 1950s.