''Livewires'' is a 2005 Creator/MarvelComics six issue limited series, written by Adam Warren (''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'') and illustrated by Rick Mays. Long story short, it is the story of your average Top Secret, [[PlausibleDeniability Quasi]] [[GovernmentConspiracy Governmental R&D Project]] creating [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots semi-autonomous artificially intelligent limited-nanofunction humanform mecha constructs]] for covert ops missions to destroy OTHER Top-Secret, [[PlausibleDeniability Quasi]] [[GovernmentConspiracy Governmental R&D Projects]] within the Franchise/MarvelUniverse.

More specifically, it's the story of "Stem Cell", an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary Teenage Girl]] who wakes up one day with no idea why she's taking part in a raid on a Top-Secret, Quasi-Governmental R&D Project -- or why she's so unnaturally calm about everything -- until she vomits up a component for a {{BFG}} and learns that she's an android, and the newest agent of Project:Livewire. And it's the story of how she comes to terms with these facts.

!! ''Livewires'' contains such tropes as:

* AffablyEvil: They ''are'' products of A.I.M., after all (Cornfed even wears the uniform).
* AlienBlood: They bleed a phosphorescent green.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Hollowpoint Ninja
%%* AnyoneCanDie
%%* AntiHero: The entire team.
%%* AppliedPhlebotinum: Smartware.
* {{Autocannibalism}}: Stem Cell is forced to chew off most of her own artificial skin to digest and recycle into giant, flaming, self-replicating robots.
%%* BigBeautifulMan: Cornfed.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: After destroying the largest and most elusive target on their list, three members are severely damaged to the point where it may be impossible to repair, and Stem Cell just finds out the base for Project Livewire was wiped off the map long before she came online.]]
** [[spoiler: Word of God is that a later story in a 2016 ''Deadpool'' annual that guest-stars Gothic Lolita is set after ''Livewires'', and features blink-and-you'll-miss-them cameos from Social and Hollowpoint Ninja. It took more than a decade in real-time to find out about it, but Stem Cell's apparently managed to fix her surviving teammates.]]
* BodyHorror: In order to hack and modify her own neural configurations to alter things such as her personality and emotions, Stem Cell had to pop out one of her own eyes with a screwdriver. [[spoiler: After changing her personality to an [[SociopathicHero optimal state]], she eats off most of her [[AppliedPhlebotinum smartware]] skin in order to vomit it up as fire generating hyper-replicating nanomachines, which she calls her babies]].
* BreastExpansion: Apparently one of Social Butterfly's many features.
* CaptainEthnic: Cornfed, who imagines his name comes from his "Cornhuskers offensive lineman ''extreme Caucasianness''."
* CharmPerson: Social Butterfly, via micromanaging reading facial expressions and body language, along with projecting subliminal infrasonic vocal cues, artificial pheromones and field induced direct manipulation of the brain.
* CloudCuckooLander: Gothic Lolita. The scene where she's handling an antimatter grenade as if it were a toy certainly supports this. She then immediately afterwards starts playing with a "fetching little starfish" she found on the sea floor and asks if Stem Cell would like it. She also makes mention of dreams she used to have where a pink bulldozer proposed to her.
%%* CovertGroup: The Livewires is a group of badasses.
%%* HeroicComedicSociopath: The ENTIRE team clearly fits this after you have read the entire story.
* ContinuityNod: Livewires absolutely loves this trope. Weapons, targets, and enemies all draw heavily from Marvel comics continuity. In an interview, the author mentions that ruminating about Marvel continuity is what sparked the series.
** The Mannites and Life Model Decoys are both referred to as [[MechanicalEvolution technological ancestors]] to the current Livewires.
** One of the projects the group secretly sabotages is a new [[ComicBook/XMen Sentinel]].
** Technology from the original pyrokinetic android Human Torch is used by both friend and foe.
** A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) splinter groups are frequent targets.
%%* CuteBruiser: Gothic Lolita
%%* DeathByOriginStory: Homebrew, [[spoiler: David Jenkins]]
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: The joke in the second issue where it turns out that Stem Cell's [[PaintingTheMedium thought balloons]] were actually an instant messaging channel -- that the others had been eavesdropping on to evaluate their newest teammate.
* ElegantGothicLolita: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Gothic Lolita]]. It should be noted she wasn't explicitly designed as such, but she grew to like the style after dressing up as it for a mission.
* EvilKnockoff:The BigBad at the end of the series is [[spoiler: a hive mind group of rogue Nick Fury Life Model Decoys.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler: Social]] is cut to pieces, leaving only the top half of her head to her upper mouth, and [[spoiler: Cornfed]] has most of his body and a portion of his head blown off from below by an BFG.
* FarmBoy: This is what Cornfed was designed to look like.
* GirlyBruiser: Gothic Lolita is the physically most powerful member of the team.
* HeroicSacrifice: Quite a few by the end.
* TheMedic: Cornfed's role on the team besides being MissionControl on certain missions.
* MindControlEyes: Social Butterfly's powers allow her to hypnotize people with her eyes.
%%* {{Meganekko}}: Stem Cell
* {{Nanomachines}}: The basis for [[AppliedPhlebotinum Smartware]]
* NWordPrivileges: Something of a DoubleSubversion, the Livewires team themselves use the word 'mecha' as slang for other AIs but take offense to anyone fellow 'mecha' or not referring to one of them as 'robot'.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Something of a subversion [[spoiler: Stem Cell's glasses, being that they are a bunch of [[SelfMadeOrphan self made orphans]].]]
%%* SecretProjectRefugeeFamily
%%* PluckyGirl: Social Butterfly.
* PosthumousCharacter: "Homebrew," Stem Cell's predecessor as the manufacturer for electronic parts.
%%* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RestrainingBolt: The Livewires are programmed to be suicidally loyal to the mission of Project Livewire. However, while their loyalty to the project is ironclad, what that project is defined as is not, as their designer notes during a flashback in the final issue.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The entire team is this.
%%* RobotGirl
* TheStoic: Hollowpoint Ninja rarely shows any emotion. Gothic Lolita and Cornfed might also qualify if not for the fact that Cornfed, while quite calm, is amicable and polite, and Gothic Lolita's tendency to be both aloof and quirky.
* StoutStrength: Averted. Despite being the biggest in terms of height and weight, Cornfed's the weakest of the group. [[spoiler: He's the first of the five to be killed.]] The petite Gothic Lolita, on the other hand, is the team's muscle.
* TechnoPath: Cornfed's powers allow him to control machines.
* TitleDrop: Or, at least, subtitle drop. When asked if they plan on blowing things up in the next mission, Social Butterfly tells Stem Cell that "We're not just clockwork thugs, yo."
%%* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler: Stem Cell in Issue 6]]
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Zig-zagged. All Livewires are programmed to be totally, forever 100% loyal to "Project Livewire" in extra-big exclamation points. [[spoiler: One of their creators, David Jenkins was able to alter the parameters of what Project Livewire's goals were, however. He programs the Livewires units to destroy as many black-ops programs as possible, without safe guarding them from starting with their own.]]
* VagueAge: Stem Cell looks like she could be a preteen, especially in the beginning, but her vocabulary and frequent lusting after Hollowpoint Ninja indicate that her personality is more mature. Of course, she's technically a newborn...