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->''"Light up the whole damn sky, Daniel! This one's for the blue and the gold!"''
->--'''BoosterGold, ComicBook/FiftyTwo'''

Booster Gold was the first major new character to appear in TheDCU after ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. He first appeared in ''"Booster Gold''" #1 (February, 1986), created by Dan Jurgens. Born in the 25th century, Booster Gold, born Michael Jon Carter, was a famous college football player, until he got caught betting on his games. After that, his life was a wreck: he was disowned from his family, expelled from college and he couldn't play football anymore. It wasn't until he got a job at the Metropolis Space Museum as a security guard that he got the idea to go back in time to become a superhero and make a little money at it too. So he stole the Time Sphere and brought along Skeets, a security droid that he had befriended.

Originally intending to call himself Goldstar, at his first public appearance he flubbed it, [[AppropriatedAppellation combining his football nickname Booster with his intended superhero name]]. Booster then went on to be a part of the JusticeLeagueInternational, where he met and befriended [[GadgeteerGenius Ted Kord]], the second BlueBeetle.

Was the star of his own series once again, from October 2007 to August 2011, in which he roamed the timestream protecting history from enemies who -- if they ever saw past his foolish reputation and realized he was the one foiling their [[EvilPlan schemes]] -- would not only kill him but do it in such a way that Booster Gold never existed. So now instead of promoting himself, Booster had to do everything in his power to make people think he was an inept idiot, in order to carry out his mission to defend time itself. However, with the {{New 52}} relaunch on the rise, this series -- along with a number of others -- was canceled. Booster was in the {{New 52}}'s JusticeLeagueInternational series, though that has also been canceled with #12.

Also frequently appearing in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.

And for the last time, he's ''not'' the [[JusticeLeagueUnlimited Green Lantern]].
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!!Tropes that can be found in Booster Gold:
* AbortedArc: At the beginning of Volume 1, Trixie Williams was being developed to being Booster Gold's love interest; then, wthout explanation, after the 25th century story arc, she was abruptly shipped with Dirk Davis. Again, in the last issue of Booster Gold Vol. 1 (and after Dirk Davis was inexplicably revealed to be a villain), Booster confess his love to her, the two kissed and... he flies away. The two will share a few panel in the subsequent decades.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Booster's memorable episode on ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.
* ArchEnemy: Maxwell Lord.
** Black Beetle in Booster's own series.
* BackFromTheDead: Michelle, Booster's sister. This happened to Booster himself back in the [[JusticeLeagueInternational JLI]], he died on the operating table but because of the situation, was (effectively) a zombie for about a day. Then Ted built him a PowerArmor suit that would double as life support.
* BadassFamily: The Carters.
* BarrierWarrior: Booster, Volume 2 added Goldstar.
* BerserkButton: Don't hurt Skeets. Plain and simple. Just don't.
* TheBigBoard: [[Trivia/BoosterGold Rip Hunter's chalkboard]], which gives hints on future events in TheDCU.
* BigBadFriend: In Issue 5 of Generation Lost Max makes it clear that he still considers Booster a friend and warns him to stay out of his way.
* BlackSheep: Booster goes down in history as this.
* BlueOniRedOni: Booster (Red Oni) and Michelle (Blue Oni) have a bit of this trope.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: Though the point of going to the 20th century is that these 25th century "museum pieces" are still incredibly advanced tech by our standards
* BreakTheHaughty: Booster in the ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' miniseries.
* BrotherSisterTeam: Booster and Michelle.
* ButterflyOfDoom: Features in the various time travel plots. Such as Max Lord taking over the world because Ted lived.
* CharacterDevelopment: Booster's increasing popularity is largely the result of enormous amounts of character development following Ted Kord's death. A good measure of how far he's come? 1980s JLI had Booster as largely ineffectual comic relief. 2010's JLI has Booster quickly asserting himself as the natural leader.
* ChestInsignia: Both Booster and Goldstar share a simple blue 5 pointed star.
* CivvieSpandex: When Booster saves Cyrus's life at the end of the story, he adds a longcoat to his uniform.
* ChromeChampion: Peter Platinum
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: All of Booster's superpowers come from his costume and equipment.
* ClosestThingWeGot: In his JusticeLeague episode.
* ClothingDamage: Booster
* ColorCharacter
* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: {{Lampshaded}}. [[BlueBeetle Ted Kord]] says the line, and Booster protests.
-->"You said ''I'' could say it."
* ContinuityCameo: Most notably in the first episode of WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperheroes, Booster is a janitor in the museum.
* ContinuityNod: They're almost constant, since this series has the entire history of the DCU to play around with.
* CorporateSponsoredSuperhero: Booster has been this at various points in his career.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: The series revolves around this trope. Back in the day, Booster was a shameless glory hound (though his heart was in the right place) with a reputation for screwing up. Now, he's just the opposite: he's developed into a truly great hero, but his mission depends on convincing the world that he's still just an egocentric dope.
* DaydreamBeliever: When Booster suggests they make a pit stop in the 1950's, Rip answers, "for the last time, [[HappyDays The Fonz]] is a fictional character!" Booster replies that Rip is just being mean.
* DealWithTheDevil:[[spoiler: Booster made one of these with Monarch to restore himself and regain his arm. For whatever reason this led him to sprouting CombatTentacles.]]
* DramaticUnmask: When we find out who stole the Supernova suit (but not the identity of Black Beetle).
* DisappearedDad: Jonar. [[spoiler: Though given what a nasty guy he is Booster's life would have been better if he stayed gone.]]
* DistaffCounterpart: Michelle as Goldstar.
* {{Dystopia}}: Any of the {{Bad Future}}s, but Booster's home time has a few elements of a dystopia. Fortunately we know that it's gone by the time of the Legion.
* EngineeredHeroics: This was Booster's original motivation, and what he's been trying to redeem himself for ever since.
* UsefulNotes/EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage: This is Booster's (and presumably Goldstar's) first language.
* MrFanservice: Arguably Booster.
* EvilCounterpart: Maxmillion to Skeets, the third Supernova for Booster. Maybe the Chronos Twins to Booster and Goldstar.
* FakeUltimateHero: Or he would have been if anyone had taken his boasts seriously. An InvertedTrope after his character growth - he's a genuine hero whose effectiveness relies on almost everyone thinking he's still an attention whore.
* FakingTheDead: In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', the not-death of [[spoiler:Booster Gold]] is hidden by [[spoiler:Booster Gold]].
* FamilyBusiness: Being a Time Master is turning into this.
* FanOfThePast: Booster was a history major specializing in the Age of Superheroes.
* {{Fanservice}}
** The SpyCatsuit [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman uniforms]].
** ClothingDamage
* FigureItOutYourself: Booster uses a variation on this, [[spoiler: to his past self.]]
* FishOutOfTemporalWater
* {{Flanderization}}: Booster Gold started as a well-meaning hero whose love of money often got him in over his head. Over the course of the '80s and '90s, writers forgot about the "well-meaning" part and turned him into a money-grubbing jerk. Thankfully, over the course of ''Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis'' and ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' in the mid-'00s, DC built Booster back up, and now he's a genuine hero again--though the lure of fame and fortune still ''occasionally'' tempt him. Even better, he now ''intentionally'' acts like that, so [[SecretKeeper no-one except Batman and Superman]] realises that he's grown into a competent hero in his own right, whilst he roams the timestream protecting history from enemies who if they ever saw past his foolish reputation and realized he was the one foiling their schemes would not only kill him but do it in such a way that Booster Gold never existed. So now instead of promoting himself, Booster must do everything in his power to make people think he's an inept idiot, in order to carry out his mission to defend time itself. Even before 52, some writers had started pointing out that there was more to Booster Gold than met the eye. At one point one of the other heroes muses that, being from the future, Booster must have been aware that Doomsday was a monster that was fully capable of killing Superman. And he still stepped up and took the first actual punch Doomsday aimed at a hero on his personal forcefield, to protect another member of the League. Both this acknowledgment and the moment itself hint that some people never completely forgot that Booster was kind of badass.
* FlyingBrick[=/=]FlyingFirepower:
** {{Flight}}: The Legion Flight Ring.
** NighInvulnerability: [[BarrierWarrior Forcefield]].
** {{Superstrength}}: PowerArmor and/or ClothesMakeTheSuperman.
** EyeBeam: FrickinLaserBeams (Or EnergyWeapon, they're not really specific) for the Beam part, and the GogglesDoSomethingUnusual for the Eye part.
** Plus the TimeTravel Circuitry.
* GlorySeeker: Booster Gold's original characterization, and ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo''. [[spoiler:The latter was an act.]]
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: They have a targeting system built in, among other things.
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Booster's ''Justice League Unlimited'' episode, the TropeNamer. Also part of Booster's current title, as he has to let history think he's an idiot in order to do what he does.
* GreenEyes: One of the first things you notice about Sondra Crain.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Booster, on learning that his only legacy will be the egotistical Peter Platinum. Michelle, when she finds out that she should have died.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Booster and Ted.
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: Remarked upon by Booster in a recent issue of the comic.
* IdenticalGrandson: In this case, great-great-great (etc.) grandson: Booster bears a striking resemblance to Daniel Carter, his present-day ancestor, including personality and life experiences.
* KaleidoscopeEyes: Rip Hunter.
* KaleidoscopeHair: Rip Hunter again.
* KidFromTheFuture: [[spoiler:Rip Hunter is Booster Gold's son.]]
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: How to persuade Sinestro to do something.
* LargeHam: In his Smallville Episode ''Booster''.
* LegacyCharacter: Goldstar; the first Goldstar was Trixie Collins. BlueBeetle -- in fact it has all the Blue Beetles (including the futuristic Black Beetle) in one shot. Michelle and Trixie (as stated above). Booster becomes Supernova at one time, then gives it to Daniel Carter and in the future Booster's father even has the suit! Not to mention it's been hinted that Rip would take up the Booster Gold mantle at some point. So yeah.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Michelle [[spoiler: regarding her death. When she finds out she is ''pissed.'']]
* LuckyCharmsTitle: Booster's first series was spelled ''Boo$ter Gold''. His current one is spelled ''B∞ster Gold''.
* MacGuffin: The Egyptian knife from the "Reality Lost" arc.
* MeaningfulName: Jonar means "He who tried and failed", and Rip Hunter, who 'hunts' for 'rips' in time that need corrected and makes sure things happen how they're supposed to.
* MonaLisaSmile: Courtesy of Michelle.
* MotiveDecay: Shortly after the mantle of Supernova is passed on to Daniel, he decides to use to play videogames without having to take breaks, since the suit alone nourishes him.
* MrViceGuy: In Booster's case, the search for fame and money.
* MythologyGag: There's one to TheGreatestStoryNeverTold in the comic. The Space Museum where Booster used to work? It had its ''own series'' back during DC's SilverAge.
* NoHeroToHisValet: In Booster's first series, Dirk Davis and Trixie Collins have this reaction when they find out Booster's backstory. [[spoiler: Also Broderick.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatDown: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker does this to Booster, and Booster Gold and Superman have both beat each other [[http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/7987/boostersupesl.jpg senseless.]]
* NormalFishInATinyPond: Booster was originally ''less'' than a {{muggle}}, he was a total loser: an ex-football player from the 25th disgraced by betting on his own games who ends up as the security guard of a museum. He steals a [[TimeTravel time travel device]] and a RobotBuddy and transports himself to present day... [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass and has surprisingly become a great hero despite himself]].
* OminousMultipleScreens: In Rip Hunter's lab, and in the Vanishing Point when it's the Time Stealers' base.
* PlaceBeyondTime: Vanishing Point.
* PortalCut: How Booster was originally supposed to die in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo''.
* PowerArmor: They even had their own FanNickname.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether:
** Max puts together the JLI in Generation Lost.
** When Booster messes up the timeline by trying to save Ted, they reunite the old members of the JusticeLeagueInternational to overthrow Maxwell Lord in an alternate timeline.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The JLI, for the most part.
* RetGone: [[spoiler: Happens to Booster Gold when Superman and Wonder Woman kiss.]] [[SarcasmMode Of course, there is no way this means nothing bad will come of the event in the future, right?]]
* RingOfPower: Booster's Flight Ring.
* RippleEffectIndicator: Booster's Justice League membership in the first arc of Volume 2.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Rip Hunter's lab in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo''.
* SecretKeeper: Booster discovered that Batman had the photos of him trying to help Barbara Gordon when he tried to prevent ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''. When Batman acknowledged that Booster has a more important job to do, he became Booster's Secret Keeper.
* SecretLegacy: Played with. [[spoiler: Booster thinks that the only legacy that he's going to leave behind is the egotistical Peter Platinum. In actuality his legacy is that his family becomes the Time Masters.]] Also, in the Millennium event, it was revealed that [[spoiler: Booster is a descendent of the Chosen and will aid in humanity's evolution; he still doesn't know about this.]]
* SelectiveMagnetism: Goldstar has this in addition to all of Booster's powers.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Part of Booster's current job.
* ShoutOut: He's not the only [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Jo(h)n Carter]]
* StraightManAndWiseguy: Booster was the straight man and BlueBeetle was the wiseguy. Then these roles were reversed.
* StickyFingers: Related to the BreakOutTheMuseumPiece, Booster has a tendency to use things that are associated with other superheros.
* SuperheroSobriquets: The Greatest Hero You Have Never Heard Of! Previously the Corporate Crusader.
* SuperZeroes: Booster is thought of this way.
* TarotMotifs: In ''Trinity'', Booster makes an appearance in the JusticeLeague Arcana as the 15th of the major arcana (the Devil, which represents over-attachment to material things - fitting for Booster).
* TearsOfRemorse: What sent Booster over the edge at Blue Beetle's funeral was his inability to speak.
* ThemeTwinNaming: Michael (Booster) and his twin sister, Michelle.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Booster and Ted.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Booster and BlueBeetle once went undercover as this.
* ThrowTheDogABone: In-series Rip does this by saving Michelle and erasing one of Booster's [[MyGreatestFailure greatest failures.]]
* ThrowingTheFight: Originally Booster was expelled from sports for betting on his own games; over time this has morphed into throwing games in order to get money to get his mother medical treatment.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Thirteen was Booster's Football number.
* TimeMachine: The Time Sphere is of the [[TimeAndRelativeDimensionsInSpace TARDIS]] type where you can program where and when you want to go.
* TimeTravelForFunAndProfit
* TookALevelInDumbass: Like most of the characters in ''JusticeLeagueInternational'', he underwent a fair bit of [[{{Flanderized}} Flanderization]] in the title. He started off as a fairly likable, competent hero in his own book, but got progressively stupider and more vain once he joined the Justice League. It's even {{Lampshaded}} in ''Formerly Known as the Justice League'', where BlueBeetle points out that Booster used to be fairly intelligent, and accuses him of acting dumb and childish on purpose. Later on, it is confirmed to be (mostly) an act.
* TranslatorMicrobes: The RedBaron, [[TheRenaissance Renaissance Italians]], and [[AncientEgypt Ancient Egyptians]] all speaking modern English seems like a lazy, irritating flaw, until the writers thought to add a [[{{Handwave}} quick line about Universal Translator Tech from the future]].
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Booster has had a lot of costumes, [[http://www.boosterrific.com/booster/costume.php here]] is a list of them.
* WartsAndAll: Despite his flaws, Booster really is the hero he presents himself as.
* WeWillAllBeHistoryBuffsInTheFuture: Averted.
* WouldHitAGirl: In Booster's first ''Justice League International'' appearance. He justifies this by saying that his future is one of gender equality, meaning that female villains get the same treatment as men.
* YouCantFightFate: Downplayed. While it is possible to change some things in the past to affect the rest of the timeline, this can lead to a Butterfly Effect that can change everything; usually the only reason Booster can affect the past is because it has already been changed/is in danger of changing on it's own due to timeholes. The theorem of "solidified time" explains: some events in time become so important to future events that they cannot be changed or will happen regardless of inference. For instance, Booster can't save Barbara Gordon because if he did she wouldn't become Oracle, BlueBeetle still dies [[spoiler:"officially"]] because then the events leading to Max Lord's death won't happen, which stops InfiniteCrisis from occurring, which in turn means TheMultiverse wouldn't exist.
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