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Gen 13. So many genres and incarnations, so little time. This was a Creator/{{Wildstorm}} universe based comic series that used to be owned by Creator/{{Image|Comics}} until Jim Lee sold the imprint to {{Creator/DC Comics}}. DC gave it no less than three different reboots.

The book was created by Brandon Choi, JimLee and artist J. Scott Campbell, and any familiarity with those three should already give an idea of what the book was going to entail. The characters were introduced in ''Deathmate Black'' (September, 1993). In 1994, they got a 5-issue mini-series. It sold well enough for the introduction of an ongoing series in 1995. It focused on the exploits of five teens who were invited to participate in a government research project, but who all later discovered it was nothing more than a prison used to locate children with "Gen-Active" genes that the government would later attempt to experiment on and use as weapons, of course.

!!!The roster consisted of:
* '''Caitlin Fairchild''' a.k.a. '''Fairchild''', [[RedheadedHero redhead]] resident ShrinkingViolet geek girl turned [[AmazonianBeauty Amazonian]] team leader.
* '''Roxanne "Freefall" Spaulding''', the smart-mouthed smart ass spunky chick, with gravity manipulation powers.
* '''Percival "Grunge" Chang''', a diminutive perverted slacker, and resident ditz, with the power to absorb the properties of any material he touches.
* '''Robert "Burnout" Lane''', the angst-ridden musician who can [[PlayingWithFire Play With Fire]].
* '''Sarah Rainmaker''' a.k.a. '''Rainmaker''', a weather-controlling Native American who had bisexual "will she or won't she" tendencies.

Their mentor was '''John Lynch''', a gruff and grizzled former soldier and ex-agent for the conspiracy that gathered them, who was basically, for lack of a better term, the hybrid love child of Creator/ClintEastwood and {{Wolverine}}. Lynch freed them and acted as TeamDad for this SecretProjectRefugeeFamily.

While the book was derivative of the millions of other books focusing on ridiculously attractive teens or teams with superpowers, it occasionally took it upon itself to [[LampshadeHanging hang a lampshade]] on the very conventions of the genre, including the constant ClothingDamage, the rambling villains, and more, which allowed it to not only cater to its audience, yet give them a wink as well.

''Gen 13'' and its spinoffs have also tended to gather a wide variety of talent. To start with, this is the book that made J. Scott Campbell famous before ''DangerGirl''. WarrenEllis wrote the first eight issues of ''[=DV8=]'', a book starring the titular [[ThePsychoRangers Psycho Rangers]] and series ArchNemesis Ivana Baiul. Adam "''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}''" Warren did two well-received parody miniseries ("[[{{Wuxia}} Grunge]]: [[HeroicBloodshed The Movie]]" and "[[MagicalGirl Magical Drama Queen Roxy]]") and was the writer for what turned out to be the final issues of the original series. In an unexpected twist, the entire cast were KilledOffForReal by a nuclear weapon.

Following this, Creator/ChrisClaremont was brought in to write an [[{{Retool}} all-new, all-different]] ''Gen 13'', but the new version [[ReplacementScrappy was not terribly good]] and poorly received. Set in an alternate universe, the story featured a strangely alive Fairchild mentoring an [[FiveTokenBand all-new team]]. This version was cancelled after sixteen issues, ending with the resurrection of the original team.

Finally, Creator/GailSimone launched a ContinuityReboot of the original team in 2006, which was also critically well-received but couldn't last. The series had been {{Retool}}ed ''yet again'', along with the rest of the Wildstorm universe, as part of the ''[[AfterTheEnd World's End]]'' CrisisCrossover.

''After that'', it seems to have been folded into the DC Universe along with the rest of Wildstorm as a result of ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}''; there are no plans to revive the book, but some ''Gen 13'' characters have shown up in the "[[FanNickname DCnU]]".

There is a little known direct-to-video animated film that was released overseas, titled ''[[Film/Gen13TheMovie Gen 13: The Movie]]''.

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!!''Gen 13'' contains examples of:

* AbortedArc: Numerous throughout the comic's various incarnations. Notably, Adam Warren had planned a lengthy character arc for the oft-overlooked Sarah Rainmaker, only to have the book cancelled after only one issue of said arc was completed.
** Claremont's entire run became this, cut short to sixteen issues and its last arc being about resurrecting the original team.
* {{Adorkable}}: The "New52" Fairchild in her [[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/marvel_dc/images/9/91/Fairchild_0005.png "normal"]] form
* AllJustADream: The penultimate two issues of Warren's run feature an over-the top hedonistic party night complete with skinny dipping and hook-ups between the team and their other Gen-active friends. It turned out that this was all happening in Fairchild's subconscious in the microseconds before she and the others were [[KilledOffForReal vaporized by a nuclear weapon]]
** The Claremont run turned out to be this as well, with the entire continuity existing inside Fairchild's mind as she restructured reality to bring her team back to life.
* AmazonianBeauty: Caitlin Fairchild, although her muscularity varies DependingOnTheArtist
* AnimatedAdaptation: There was one made, but it was never officially released in the US.
* AsianAirhead: Grunge, a Chinese-American California surfer/skater/slacker dude, was presented as an extremely rare male version of this at the beginning. He tested well in school, however, thanks to his Photographic Memory.
* BetweenMyLegs: [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/1/11307/294305-5667-122162-1-gen-13_super.jpg This]] cover.
* BoobsOfSteel: Caitlin has super strength, and her chest is the largest in the team.
* BookEnds: Adam Warren's run on the title begins with everyone sans Grunge dead which turns out to be [[AllJustADream just a dream]] with the team being alive. Ignoring the epilogue, it ends with a giant party eventually revealed to be an illusion of Fairchild's as the team is vaporized by a bomb.
* BreakTheHaughty: Warren Ellis' run on [=DV8=] consist almost entirely of this happening to the cast. Even sociopath like Bliss and Treshold ends up broken or close to breaking point.
* BreastExpansion: When Caitlin first transforms, her muscles grow and her breasts.
* CaptainEthnic: Unsurprisingly, Claremont's run had two of these
** Hazma Rashad who was a Black Muslim and began every damn sentence with "Oh, Allah!" or variations thereof.
** Gwen Matura who was Asian-American and who's powers came from a magic spirit dragon. Really.
* CharacterDevelopment: Ellis' take on [=DV8=] has a lot of this, as the cast actually gains some, if twisted, sense of morality and starts to care about each other.
* ClothingDamage: The number of times Caitlin Fairchild's outfit gets blown up or torn up is beyond counting. Heck, the first issue shows her wearing a torn up nightgown.
** She's [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this on several occasions.
* ContinuityReboot: No less then four (!) times now, not bad for a franchise that's only existed since 1993...
** The first came at the end of the original Wildstorm run when the entire team was killed off
** The second came at the end of Claremont's run when the comic was rebooted again and the original team were bought back to life.
** The third occurred with the Worldstorm reboot of the Wildstorm universe
** The fourth occurred with the launch of the DC "New 52", with Fairchild and Grunge both appearing in the rebooted DCU.
** The start of Warren's run could also count as a minor reboot as he effectively reset the comic to where it was two years ago. Given the "quality" material of those two years, this was not exactly a bad thing.
* ContinuitySnarl: The GailSimone run ended up being this due to ExecutiveMeddling. Wildstorm's editors flip-flopped back and forth over weather the Worldstorm re-launch of Wildstorm's titles were going to be a full reboot, a soft-boot or not a reboot at all, and then failed to tell Simone when they reached a conclusion. The result was her run being a full ContinuityReboot at odds with the rest of the relaunched Wildstorm Universe.
* DifferentlyPoweredIndividual: The standard phrase used by the Government Conspiracy is SPB, short for "Super Powered Being".
* DownerEnding: The end of the first volume.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Grunge goes by "P. Edmund Chang", because the "P" is for ''Percival''.
* EvilAlbino: The Albino
* EvilCounterpart: The Deviants of [=DV8=] are Ivana Baiul's answer to Gen 13. Like our heroes, they're ''also'' Gen-Active teenagers with attitude problems -- only they're all borderline psychotic and at I/O's beck and call.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Killing off the entire team was not Adam Warren's idea, but rather forced on the book to make way for the all-new team.
* {{Fanservice}}: From the cover of the first issue, it's clear that this is a major point of the series.
* FiveManBand
** Fairchild (TheHero)
** Rainmaker (TheLancer)
** Grunge (TheBigGuy)
** Burnout (TheSmartGuy)
** Freefall (TheChick)
* FiveTokenBand: Claremont's version of the team.
** Fairchild (Female team leader; could be also considered this because she's the only "real" person in a world that exists otherwise in her subconcious)
** Ethan York (Irish-American son of a firefighter who was killed in 9/11)
** Ja'nelle Moorhead (Black female, ambiguously bisexual)
** Gwen Matsura (Asian-American Female)
** Hazma Rashad (Black Muslim paraplegic. His superpowers include being able to walk)
* GangstaStyle: The page illustration is from the "Grunge: The Movie", where writer/artist Adam Warren parodies the tropes of Hong Kong wuxia and HeroicBloodshed through Grunge's fantasy movie script, featuring other Wildstorm characters in supporting roles. Grifter holds his gun sideways, Jackson Dane holds his upside down, and Jester holds his right side up but pulls the trigger with his ''tongue''.
* GeniusBruiser: Caitlin Fairchild.
** Grunge is genius-level too, with a photographic memory. He just puts [[BecomingTheMask a lot of effort]] into pretending to be a dumb slacker.
* GoGoEnslavement: Has happened to Caitlin Fairchild at least twice. The first time it's a mad scientist; the second (or at least a subsequent) time it's an alien warlord. Unlike most heroines, she actively dwells on the fact that this means the villain saw her naked.
** In a borderline third case, she becomes indebted to a villainess who forces Fairchild to go on a mission for her in a fetishistic latex costume. She's not technically a prisoner (except to her debt and/or sense of honor) but at the end of the mission, the villainess erases her memory, leaving her thinking that she still owes a favor (and suggesting that this isn't the first time she's done it).
* GravityMaster: Freefall.
* GrowingMusclesSequence: In the animated adaption, when Caitlin first transforms.
* HerCodenameWasMarySue: "Grunge: The Movie" and "Magical Drama Queen Roxy" are fantasies on the part of Grunge and Freefall (respectively) that cast them as amazing heroes over whom everyone is in awe. In the former case, it's a literal story thought up by Grunge.
* HeroesWantRedHeads: Just about everyone in the Wildstorm Universe is hot for Fairchild in some way. Except Freefall.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Rainmaker frequently admonishes Grunge for being perverted, but she herself makes perverted comments towards women. For example in Issue 17 she yells at Grunge for staring at them when they were kidnapped and dressed in teddies, but two pages before remarks to Catlin that a Coda Warrior has a "nice ass."
* IKnowKungFu: Pulled by Grunge on a rather physically unimpressive scientist who had developed a power-nullifying device. After the team spends almost all issue helpless, he hands the scientist his ass in about three panels.
* InformedAbility: Fairchild was supposed to be a genius. Instead most of the series' writers depicted her as being an outsized bimbo with the odd reassurance that she was smart.
* InnocentFanServiceGirl: Often can cross with MsFanService with all three girls.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifter: During the Claremont run, Fairchild was turned into a shape-shifting, purple goo-monster. Of course [[AuthorAppeal this being Claremont...]]
* MaleGaze: Especially at Caitlin. One issue shows a villain's spy camera, and the focus square was right on her breasts.
* {{Matriarchy}}: The Koda.
* MistakenForMasturbating: Inverted. In the GailSimone version, Grunge was shown as being a geekish, mommy-boy kid. Wanting to "reinvent himself", he cleverly and systematically rebels against it, for example disposing of all his anti-asthma medications, vitamins and dietary supplements in the toilet while faking a double-entendre laced ImmodestOrgasm just to mess with his family.
* MostCommonSuperpower: Caitlin, as shown in that trope's page image.
* PowerOfFriendship: Ellis' [=DV8=] had really dark take on this trope - friends watching each other's back become necessary thing to survive for the entire cast.
* PsychoRangers: The Deviants from ''[=DV8=]''.
* RealityWarper: Fairchild became this after her death, creating an entire universe (the Claremont run) as a way of bringing her team back to life.
* RedheadedHero: Caitlin
* RedheadInGreen: Caitlin's powers awaken when she wears a green nightgown. The now torn-up dress is featured on the cover of the first issue.
* RoboticReveal: Anna's a demure maid who cooks and cleans for the group, looking very much annoyed when her carefully cooked breakfast goes ignored in favor of various snacks, junk food and cold pizza. Then she turned out to be an assassin droid with concealable blades and weapons of destruction.
* SecretProjectRefugeeFamily
* SimilarSquad: The "Mongolian Barbeque Horde" from Adam Warren's run.
* SoapboxSadie: An oft-mocked facet of Sarah's personality
* StatuesqueStunner: Caitlin, of course!
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: From the "They weren't even trying" file - What were the odds that someone named "Sarah Rainmaker" would gain weather control powers? She's a Native American, see, and as we all know they all have names like that, right? Right?
** The same book gave us the slightly less on the nose Caitlin Fairchild, who imaginatively fights crime with the Code Name "Fairchild." The manifestation of her powers gave her enhanced beauty and a perfect physique.
** And Burnout's nickname was "Burnout" before he gained fire powers.
** Their Gen-12 parents were all given (barely-controllable) psychic powers via SuperSerum. Perhaps, since their own powers were inherent until activated, they subconsciously "selected" what powers they got based on their own names and/or personalities? It would also explain why a slacker ''wannabe'' would end up with the power to ''mimic anything'' and a shrinking violet who was always pushed around would become indestructible and strong enough to ''literally'' push everyone back.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: They inherit powers from the genetic SuperSoldier project that produced Team 7 and other gen-actives. Naturally, these powers have nothing to do with their parents' powers.
* TheMovie - In 1999, Disney, of all companies produced an animated direct-to-video adaptation of the film. It can be noted that despite being Disney, it is much DarkerAndEdgier than their other direct-to-video projects that borders between PG-13 to R with intense action violence, profanity, brief nudity and blood and gore. Never officially released in the US.
* TookALevelInBadass: Grunge. He starts out as your more than average nerd with genius IQ and photographic memory. And the first name... Percy. So he starts working out, hides his book smarts and his photographic memory, starts using his middle name, trains in martial arts and starts skateboarding. And turns into a stereotypical 'stupid' musclebound frat boy slacker by the start of the series when we first see him. And then he gets superpowers.
** In the current reboot is made clear that Grunge is actually a kind PapaWolf to his teammates, feeling compelled into amassing degrees in Badass to better care for them, hiding behind the slacker facade.
* TooMuchInformation: One issue is kind enough to add to Freefall's misfortune of being kidnapped by pirates and forced to cook for them by telling us that she's [[spoiler:"[[NoPeriodsPeriod riding the crimson wave."]]]] Thanks, Roxy.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Sarah Rainmaker, Native American Lesbian. Her personality rarely went beyond that.
** Claremont's run had Hamza Rashad, a Black Muslim in a wheelchair
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: With the cancellation of the first run a number of outstanding storylines - most notably the disappearance of Lynch - were never resolved.

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