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->''"Who the #*&% are the Young Avengers?"''

Comicbook/TheAvengers' main young heroes team, equivalent to TheDCU's Comicbook/YoungJustice or Comicbook/TeenTitans. Created by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung, the team debuted in Young Avengers #1 in 2005 and aimed the young adult readers, but still contained enough DarkerAndEdgier material for older readers as well. After the first volume ended, Heinberg promised in the letter section a season two that unfortunately was never made, instead many minis were made with various writers having an opportunity with the team (One of them was Creator/MattFraction who wrote a story about Kate Bishop and Clint Barton building the foundations of what years later would become his acclaimed volume of Hawkeye). Many years later, Heinberg had the chance to write his epilogue in the form of a mini-series called [[ComicBook/TheChildrensCrusade Avengers: The Children's Crusade]]. A new volume of Young Avengers was released as a part of the MarvelNOW relaunch, this time in the hands of acclaimed ComicBook/{{Phonogram}} and JourneyIntoMystery writer, Creator/KieronGillen, and his long time collaborator [[Creator/JamieMcKelvie Jamie [=McKelvie=]]].

After [[Comicbook/AvengersDisassembled The Avengers disassembled]], a young time traveler decided to [[IncrediblyLamePun assemble]] a team with people related to the Avengers history, however none of them knew how exactly they related to the Avengers so they decided to just use codenames and costumes related to the Big Four (Comicbook/IronMan, Comicbook/CaptainAmerica, [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] and [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]]) as an homage. The initial lineup were Patriot (Elijah "Eli" Bradley), Asgardian (William "Billy" Kaplan), Hulkling (Theodore "Teddy" Altman) and Iron Lad (Nathaniel "Nate" Richards). Later, another four members joined: Stature (Cassandra "Cassie" Lang), [[LegacyCharacter Hawkeye II]] (Katherine "Kate" Bishop), Speed (Thomas "Tommy" Shepherd) and a younger version of The Vision, but Iron Lad left the team and Asgardian changed his codename to "Wiccan" thus forming the most classic lineup of the team. A year after the events of [[ComicBook/TheChildrensCrusade The Children's Crusade]], a new version of the team was formed including three of the original members (Wiccan, Hulkling and Hawkeye II) and three new members: Marvel Boy (Noh-Varr), Miss America (America Chavez) and Loki (yes, [[{{Comicbook/Loki}} that one]]).

Generally, reception has been positive, especially from GLBTQ readers. According to most people some of the best things on the original book were the cultural diversity of the members and the honest presentation of a relatively realistic gay couple who (so far) haven't had it any worse than any other superhero in the biz. However inside Marvel, the team is very well liked and protected, having appeared in almost all of the major events since its formation, having regular appearances and cameos in other titles to keep the characters from falling in limbo, giving its creator the task of bringing back major characters in a story of the team, honoring most of the creator's decision for the characters in his final story and launching a new volume with a fresh direction to not collide with the original direction the team's creator had.

The most important comics where the team appears are:

* '''Young Avengers:''' The origin and beginnings of the team.
* '''Comicbook/CivilWar: Young Avengers/ ComicBook/{{Runaways}}:''' During the Civil War storyline, the Young Avengers team up with Marvel's other group of teenage superheroes to fight a government branch who had sent a brainwashed Marvel Boy after them.
* '''Young Avengers Presents''': An anthology by different creators, each issue focusing on a different member of the team.
* '''SecretInvasion: Runaways/Young Avengers:''' During the Skrull attack on Earth, the two teams of teenage superheroes have to join forces again, when Xavin's old mentor is sent to find and kill Hulkling.
* '''ComicBook/DarkReign: Young Avengers:''' There's a new team calling themselves the Young Avengers in town. When the original Young Avengers investigate, they butt heads with with NormanOsborn and his DarkAvengers.
* '''{{Siege}}: Young Avengers:''' A one-shot detailing the Young Avengers' activities during the Siege of Asgard.
* '''Avengers: [[Comicbook/TheChildrensCrusade The Children's Crusade]]:''' Billy goes on a quest to find his mother. The Avengers, ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, {{Comicbook/X-Factor}}, {{Magneto}} and DoctorDoom get involved, and things go horribly wrong.
* '''Young Avengers vol.2:''' A new ongoing series by the creators of ''ComicBook/{{Phonogram}}'' as part of MarvelNOW, featuring new additions to the team.

The series has a [[Characters/YoungAvengers character sheet]]

See also Comicbook/AvengersTheInitiative and ComicBook/AvengersAcademy for other Avengers young teams. For X-Men equivalents, see [[NewMutants New Mutants, Young X-Men, New X-Men,]] GenerationX, [[ComicBook/{{WolverineAndTheXMen}} Wolverine and the X-Men]] or [[Comicbook/XMen The original X-Men team]]. For a team of young people related neither to The Avengers nor to The X-Men see [[ComicBook/{{Runaways}} The Runaways]]. Also, see Comicbook/AvengersArena for the other comic about super powered teenagers ([[DarkerAndEdgier and complete opposite to this series]]) in the MarvelNOW relaunch.
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'''Contains examples of:'''

* AdultFear: The Avengers expressed their fears that the kids would get hurt trying to follow in their footsteps.
** [[spoiler: Ant-Man experienced his worst fear when his daughter fell in battle following in his footsteps.]]
* AesopAmnesia: The first arc ends with Iron Lad ([[spoiler:Really a teenaged Kang the Conqueror]]) being explictly told that [[spoiler:he can't [[DoomedByCanon stay in the present to avoid his fate of becoming an enemy of the Avengers]], [[TimeParadox because of the damage it would do to the timestream]]]]. Cue ''The Children's Crusade'', where he not only returns, but [[spoiler:his actions directly lead to Dr Doom killing Stature]]. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Way to go, you armored idiot]].
** Also potentially a case of GenreBlindness, as one of the things that makes [[spoiler: Kang]] the way he is his penchant for constantly trying to alter events via time travel. [[spoiler: Iron Lad somehow fails to notice that he has exactly the same tendency and not only tries to use time travel to change events in which he himself is a participant, but actually does so ''repeatedly'' even when it causes obvious problems. Then again, he is a younger Kang]].
* AffirmativeActionLegacy:
** The original Patriot (decades before Eli took up the mantle) was a white guy named Jeffery Mace. Eli is also a legacy character to his grandfather Isaiah Bradley, the legendary black Captain America of WWII, and his uncle Josiah X, [[Comicbook/TheCrew aka Justice.]]
** Kate Bishop is also a female, while the original Hawkeye was a male.
** America Chavez is also the third person to use the Miss America identity, and both of her predecessors were white women.
*** Taken to the logical extreme in the ''Children's Crusade'' one-shot. Iron Lad visits a BadFuture where Eli is the new CaptainAmerica, Kate is now the ''only'' Hawkeye, Teddy is the new ComicBook/CaptainMarVell, Billy is the new [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Sorcerer Supreme]], Eli's son Steve is the new [[BuckyBarnes Bucky]], and Eli's wife Samantha is the new [[TheFalcon Falcon]].
* AlmostKiss: Speed interrupts Wiccan and Hulkling just as they're about to kiss on-panel for the first time.
** Eli and Kate almost kiss while riding a carriage around Central Park.
* AlternateUniverse: In vol. 2, the Young Avengers travel through many dimensions and worlds to chase after the entity that kidnaps [[spoiler: Tommy]]. Miss America herself is described as an inter-dimensional street superhero.
* AscendedFanboy: Hulkling, Patriot & Wiccan became superheroes to be like the original Avengers.
** Coat-Of-Arms is a fan of Norman Osborn's, and she helped put together the Young Masters for the chance of seeing him become the Green Goblin again. Her actual dream is to dance with him to George Michael's "Shoot the Dog".
* BackFromTheDead: in the new series, [[spoiler: the dead parents of several Young Avengers: including Loki's father Laufey, Marvel Boy's and Ms. America's Parents]].
* BadFuture: Vol. 2 issue 8 is dedicated to showing the many ways the Young Avengers can destroy the world.
* BadassGay: Wiccan is a RealityWarper and Hulkling is [[spoiler: the son of Princess Anelle of the Skrulls and [[CaptainMarVell Mar-Vell]]]].
* BadassNormal: Kate Bishop and [[spoiler: Patriot]] both started out this way, but [[spoiler: Patriot got hold of first some drugs, then a blood transfusion full of SuperSerum,]] leaving Hawkeye the sole BN on the team.
* TheBadGuyWins: The boys' first outing as heroes had them up against Electro, who was... out of their weight class. After he got done giving them the beatdown, they basically just said "Let us leave and we'll never bother you again." On the plus side they went straight from there to the church at the beginning of Volume 1.
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Patriot.
* BareYourMidriff: Kate Bishop's second Hawkeye costume.
* BecomingTheMask:
-->[[spoiler: '''Loki''']]: "I stepped into your part. And now that part steps into me."
* BerserkButton: Mocking her father for Cassie.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Wiccan and Hulkling are the sweetest, most unassuming YaoiGuys you could ever hope to meet...until you threaten one of them, in which case the other will be ''very'' put out.
** Hulkling never hesitates to lay the physical smack down; Wiccan is less easily provoked but has magic, so he hits harder. Case in point: he once put twenty people into comas for threatening Hulkling.
* BigBadEnsemble: In vol.2 at first it seems the BigBad will be EldritchAbomination taking form of [[spoiler: Teddy's Mother]], but it after apperances of [[spoiler:...some creepy ''thing'' in Patriot's old costume]] and then [[spoiler: adult Leah]], it's not so clear anymore.
** [[spoiler: And now al three of them have VillainTeamUp.]]
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Loki, Billy, and Teddy are soundly outclassed by Laufey and he's about to strike until Miss America shows up and stomps Laufey into the ground.
-->'''Billy''': "That was...very cool."
** Billy, Teddy, Loki, and America are captured by the parasite when Noh-Varr bursts into the club and frees them.
** Teddy and David are about to be devoured by Mother when the rest of the team [[spoiler: and as many alternate versions of the team members as they could find]] bust in and save them.
* BlessedWithSuck: Poor Melter of the Dark Young Avengers ''wants'' to be a superhero. Unfortunately, that's hard to do when [[BadPowersBadPeople your power is melting people]].
* BodyHorror: Teddy's shapeshifting when [[spoiler: forced into a ''chair shape'' by Mother]].
* BreatherEpisode: Played with in vol.2 issue 6. Having just ended the introductory story arc, which included some very fraught scenes for our heroes, the issue instead focuses on re-introducing Tommy Shepherd (an old member of the team) and David Alleyne (an ex X-Man who hadn't been featured in a long time). They're introduced working in a shitty job together, they befriend each other, and the first half of the issue is relaxed and fun - very typical of a breather episode. Then a mystery is introduced, but on the surface, it seems like one that can be solved by the end of the issue. [[spoiler: And then there's a sudden GenreShift and the ending is a CosmicHorrorStory.]]
* ButNotTooGay: While straight characters in love (also teenagers) have been shown kissing and sleeping naked, implying some off-panel nookie, gay couple Hulkling and Wiccan are seen doing little more than holding hands and sleeping together...clothed.
** In the relaunched series, Billy leaves Teddy's room because he doesn't want to be found in there after midnight. They're both fully clothed and didn't do anything more than a chaste kiss.
* ButtMonkey: Stature, between ''Civil War'' and ''Secret Invasion''.
* CameBackWrong: A weird variant. [[spoiler: It turns out that grabbing your boyfriend's dead mom from an alternate universe isn't a good idea when you don't carefully choose said alternate universe.]]
* CaptainGeographic: Miss America.
* CastFullOfGay: Or bisexuals in Gillen's run. Besides Billy and Teddy from the previous run, the second run establishes America Chavez as lesbian, David Alleyne, Loki, and Noh-Var as bisexuals.
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler: Iron Lad's return in Children's Crusade to prevent Wolverine from killing Wanda.]]
* ComingOutStory: Spoofed. Wiccan is reluctantly trying to tell his parents he became a superhero, but they misunderstand and assume he's coming out with his boyfriend. They're supportive of his sexuality; however, he didn't get a chance to say anything to them about being a superhero until '"Family Matters".
** Played straight in volume two with [[spoiler: Prodigy, who came out to Teddy as bisexual (having "never said that out loud before") after expressing an attraction to him.]]
* CodeName: All of them.
** Billy changed his codename from Asgardian to Wiccan, because of the obvious jokes that would occur once the press got wind of his homosexuality (even Eli got a chuckle out of this). It should be noted that despite the codename, Billy is ''not'' of Asgardian descent; on that same note, Hulkling is of no relation to [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]], [[spoiler:he's actually the half-Kree/half-Skrull son of [[CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]] & Princess Anelle]].
** Lampshaded with Kate Bishop - The rest of the Young Avengers jokingly call her "Hawkingbird" after she arms herself with Hawkeye's bow & Mockingbird's battle staves, and also wears Mockingbird's mask. After she doesn't pick a codename, it's pointed out mid-mission that she probably should pick one, unless she wants the rest of the team to accidentally give away her secret identity in battle.
** PlayedWith with Miss America, who is a young woman named America Chavez.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Billy's magic is blue, Loki's is green and Wanda's is red. Best demonstrated in issue 5 where [[spoiler: Loki runs away with Billy's power and is about to do some magic on the cloud. The pentagram is blue as it's powered by Billy's magic but lined with green as Loki is the one who's manipulated it]]. Based on the covers, the 2013 run also seems to associate America with blue, Billy with red, Kate with purple, Noh-var with yellow and Teddy with green.
* CoolBigSis: Kate Bishop
* CrimefightingWithCash: Kate bought new uniforms for the Young Avengers after Captain America and Iron Man confiscate the originals in an attempt to shut the team down. Later, an abandoned building owned by her father becomes the Young Avengers' base of operations.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In the new run, issue #6 focuses solely on Prodigy and Speed, as well as being drawn by guest artist Kate Brown.
* DeadpanSnarker: Pretty much everyone. Wiccan, Speed, and Kate might be best at it, though.
* DoomedByCanon: Once we learn that Iron Lad is [[spoiler: a teenage Kang the Conqueror]], his fate is a given.
* DownerEnding: Children's Crusade ends with[[spoiler::Cassie and Jonas dead; Iron Lad giving into his darker tendencies and well on his way to becoming Kang The Conquerer; Eli having a HeroicBSOD, giving up being Patriot & moving to Scottsdale to live with his mother; and the rest of the team so despondent that they give up the super hero lifestyle]], although several months later, [[spoiler: CaptainAmerica calls the four of them to Avengers Mansion & tells them that even if they no longer operate as Young Avengers, they will now always be considered Avengers.]]
* DysfunctionJunction: Pretty much everyone on the team has an issue, be it drugs, rape, parental abandonment...
* EmpathicEnvironment: There is rain when [[spoiler: Teddy decides to temporarily part from Billy]].
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Stature and Speed see the bond between Kate and Eli clear as day, but Kate claims that the two do nothing but fight.
* FingerlessGloves: Wiccan and Hulkling both wear them. Kate wears a variation with just the pinky and ring fingers cut off, presumably to protect her hands when she uses her bow.
* ForegoneConclusion[=/=]FailureIsTheOnlyOption: The Young Avengers, even if they find Wanda, will not be able to reverse M-Day due to other comics already published occurring chronologically after, showing M-Day as still in effect. About the only reason to follow that part of the storyline of ''Children's Crusade'' is to see how/why they fail...[[spoiler:and indeed, though no one except Rictor gets their powers restored thanks to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Patriot]] and [[KnightTemplar Doom]], Wanda ''does'' get found, her memories restored, and her RealityWarper powers returned back to normal. She even will be able to rejoin the Avengers, once she gets her head back together and has some quality family time.]]
* FourthWallPsych / UnseenAudience: In vol. 2, Kid Loki appears to be delivering an AudienceMonologue in an amber void, elaborating on his character. On the next page, he is revealed to be...[[spoiler:[[TheReveal in a field of cloud in the sky at dusk, haranguing the ]]''[[TheReveal real]]'' [[TheReveal Loki.]]]]
* FrameBreak: In Gillen's run, an instance of being trapped in a sort of outside dimension is represented as being trapped in comic panels on a blank page, which characters have to crawl around and break apart the lines to liberate each other.
* {{Gayngst}}: Mostly averted, but a flashback does reveal that Billy used to get bullied because of his sexual orientation.
* GentleGiant: Hulkling. But again with the whole [[BerserkButton don't hurt his boyfriend]] thing.
* TheGhost: Billy's younger brothers have been mentioned several times, but never seen, even in scenes taking place at the Kaplan residence.
* GondorCallsForAid: Vol.2, issue 11. When going against combined forces of [[spoiler: Mother, Leah's team and army of their evil alternate selves]] David decides to call for backup - [[spoiler: other teenage superheroes. '''All of them''']].
* GoodParents: The Kaplans.
* GratuitousSpanish: Miss America. Loki attempts this in vol 2 #4 but is shut down by America.
* HairContrastDuo: Billy (brunet) and Teddy (blond). In the old line up, Cassie (blond) and Kate (brunette).
* HalfHumanHybrid: Hulkling is half Kree and half Skrull.
* HaveIMentionedIAmGay: In ''The Children's Crusade'', Teddy continually calls Billy his boyfriend over and over and over, with such frequency that you'd think the writers get paid for bringing it up a ridiculous amount of times in the space of a few issues.
** Averted by the end of the arc, as they actually have their first on-panel kiss and become engaged - the current run is doing a much better job at showing what their relationship is actually like.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Tommy manages to impress ''Wolverine'' with his eagerness to make Skrulls blow up with super-speed. Billy flat-out calls him the team sociopath in the Children's Crusade.
* HeroicWannabe: The entire team, who formed because they were fans of the original Avengers, though they do pretty well for themselves and eventually get their inspirations' acknowledgment.
* IdenticalGrandson: The Vision... kinda.
* IncrediblyLamePun:
-->[[SpiritAdvisor Ghost of]] '''[[spoiler:Kid Loki]]''': Well, can't make a {{Theatre/Hamlet}} without breaking a few eggs.
-->'''[[spoiler:Loki]]''': That pun makes me glad I killed you.
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: Billy and Tommy, leading them to suspect that they are related in some way. [[spoiler:They are.]]
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Hulkling (Kree/Skrull hybrid) and Wiccan (human/possible mutant)
** Stature (human) and Vision (synthezoid)
** Big Zero (human) and Egghead II (some sort of robot)
** Kate (human) and Noh-Varr (Kree)
* JewishAndNerdy: Wiccan.
* JoggersFindDeath: Part of Kate's backstory.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Pretty much every one of 'em.
* KlingonsLoveShakespeare: Noh-Varr allegedly left his dimension for close harmony girl groups.
* KnightTemplar: Doom, after he absorbs the Scarlet Witch's powers and [[WellIntentionedExtremist claims he wants to restore mutants and save/rule the world]], in ''Children's Crusade''. As usual.
* KillerRabbit: [[CuteBruiser Molly Hayes]], during their first crossover with ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''.
* LegacyCharacter: Depending on how loosely you use the term, anywhere from half the team to all of them are legacy characters. Patriot, Hawkeye, and the Vision are each the second superhero to go by that name; Speed, Wiccan, and Stature have original codenames, but consider themselves successors to Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, and Ant-Man, respectively; Hulkling falls somewhere in the middle.
** Stature is a straighter example, being the daughter of the late Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man.
** New series' additions subverts this - Noh-Varr tried to be this to CaptainMarVell, but it didn't work, Creator/KieronGillen noted he would be suprised if Miss America even heard of GoldenAgeOfComicBooks character that originally used the name and Kid Loki actually is TheMightyThor's ArchEnemy reborn as a kid [[spoiler: who then got his body hijacked by his old self]], rather than this. Tommy actually has a rant in issue 6 about how much he hates the concept, saying that heroes should find their own style and not copy someone else, revealing in the process that he turned down the idea of calling himself "Quickersilver".
* LegionOfDoom: Created by [[spoiler: Leah]] in vol.2, includes [[spoiler: ex boyfriends and girlfriends of team members, Fake Patriot and Mother]].
* LighterAndSofter: ''[[{{ComicBook/Alias}} Alias]]'' fans may find it weird seeing Jessica Jones as a maternal figure who doesn't smoke, drink, or curse (although the first two were because she was pregnant at the time).
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready Wiccan and Hulkling]], in ''Children's Crusade.'' Half the trouble Billy gets into is because of ignoring Teddy's common-sense warnings, and Teddy's not shy about making his displeasure known when he finds out about it.
* LoveTriangle: The team basically consists of the stable gay couple and two sets of love triangles: a BettyAndVeronica situation with Kate, nice guy Eli, and bad boy Tommy; and the angstier/quirkier triangle between Cassie, a guy she knew for a few hours, and a robot with the memories of the guy she knew for a few hours.
** MythologyGag: The Stature/Iron Lad/Vision love triangle replicates the Scarlet Witch/Wonder Man/Vision love triangle. The Visions keep having this problem.
* MeaningfulName: This might not be intentional, but Wiccan and Hulkling's names are Billy and Teddy, which is reminiscent of [[Film/BillAndTed another pair of very close friends]] (Time travel, anyone?). However, those two are no where near as close as Wiccan and Hulkling.
* MomentKiller: Dammit, Tommy!
** MsMarvel too. Wiccan & Hulkling just can't catch a break.
* MoodWhiplash: Issue 6 of vol.2 starts lighthearted with Tommy befriending David over their shitty jobs and turns into horror [[spoiler: when some creature shows up in Eli[=/=]Patriot's costume stealing from their work place. Tommy tries to investigate it only to under go a MindRape scene when he tries to confront it and the costume makes him disappear without a trace before seemingly taunting the powerless David to put it (the hollow Patriot costume) on and disappear itself after he refuses]].
* MrFanservice: Noh-Varr spends entire first issue of new series only in his underwear, and mostly dancing.
* MythologyGag: in the new series, Kid!Loki is manipulating the formation of this new team for reasons known only to himself - he specifically notes that getting Comicbook/TheAvengers together is a classic Loki thing to do. (This is at least the third time that he's done it, and the second time on purpose.)
* [[BettyAndVeronica Nice Guy and Bad Boy]]: Kate with Eli and Tommy.
** ThirdOptionLoveInterest: Noh-Varr.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Pretty much all Iron Lad tried to do so far, especially in ''Children's Crusade'', where everything he or Billy tried to do to turned horrible.
** Billy again in new series [[spoiler: after ressurecting Teddy's mother]], Miss America for stopping Loki from preventing it and Loki himself for making her think he wants to kill Billy, which is why she interrupted him in the first place.
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: DoctorDoom drops one of these on Billy after Billy sneaks into Castle Doom looking for Wanda.]]
* NotWearingTights: As creators noted, Miss America doesn't have a costume, just a theme of clothing.
* [[spoiler: NowOrNeverKiss]]: [[spoiler: David plants a big one on Hulking, just to find out what it was like, and to have a taste of what Billy and Teddy has. He was quite embarrassed by it.]]
* OnlyChildSyndrome: Averted. Kate has an older sister, Billy has two little brothers, and Eli comes from a large family, though only Kate's sister has actually been shown. Tommy might also have biological siblings; it's hard to tell, considering we still know next to nothing about the guy.
** Teddy has a couple of half-siblings on his father's side, although these are unlikely to ever be relevant to the series (being space-faring superheroes in their own right).
** Billy and Tommy are twin brothers, though they didn't grow up together, nor are they technically biologically related.
* OnlySixFaces: Prevalent in Kieron Gillen's run on the series. Same for the original run.
* PaperThinDisguise (several):
** Kate's 'mask' is a pair of sunglasses (hopefully she never wears those when not in costume).
** Cassie and Eli wear actual masks, but their secret identities are already closely associated with the legacies they take on: Cassie, publicly known as the daughter of the second Ant-Man, wears a variant of his costume and doesn't hide her hair or most of her face (DominoMask); Eli's grandfather is likewise publicly known to have been Captain America, and Eli, likewise with a DominoMask, is Patriot. Both have been easily found out (though, thankfully, not by villains).
*** Although Eli's grandfather, Isaiah, is relatively obscure, being only widely known among the black community. Even Wolverine, [[WolverinePublicity who has met everyone under every sun in every multiverse Marvel has to offer]] had never heard of him before Black Panther and Storm's Wedding.
*** Eli's first costume did avert the trope by covering almost everything.
** Wiccan ''has no mask at all'' and yet somehow avoids detection. Then again, [[AWizardDidIt He IS a wizard.]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction: In the first issue of ''The Children's Crusade'', Billy's massive use of his powers without even realizing makes the Avengers worry that they might have another Scarlet Witch on their hands, who, for those who don't remember, is a RealityWarper responsible for both ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'' and ''Decimation''.
* PlayingWithSyringes: What happens to Wiccan, Hulkling, Xavin and Karolina when they get captured during the Young Avengers/Runaways Civil War crossover, although they get rescued fairly quickly. Also makes up the backstories for Speed and Noh-Varr, instilling both boys with a distrust of authority. Each time, the implication is that alien beings and mutants are considered to have less rights than normal humans and no legal protection against this treatment.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Wiccan and Speed. Wiccan is a spellcaster who's a pretty nice guy [[BewareTheNiceOnes if you don't hurt his boyfriend]]. Speed is a hyperactive juvenile delinquent with a penchant for using [[TechnoBabble hyperkinetic shockwaves]] to blow stuff up.
* PowerFloats:
-->'''Cassie''': Billy, you're kind of '''''levitating'''''.
-->'''Teddy''': That's how you know it's '''''working'''''.
* PowerGlows: Played straight with Billy again.
* [[spoiler:ThePowerOfLove: Billy and Teddy making up gives Billy enough power to destroy Mother and her spell once and for all. Lampshaded by Loki:]]
-->'''Loki''': Oh, ''ugh''. Is [[spoiler:love]] really going to save us all?\\
'''America''': Of course it is. Anyone who thinks otherwise is going to be stomped into paste.
* PregnantBadass:
** Jessica Jones. "Can I give you some advice, Kang? Never threaten a pregnant woman - especially one with powers."
** [[spoiler: In the Children Crusade's Oneshot, alternate-future-Kate states that she's pregnant with twins but is still active as an Avenger]]
* PregnantHostage: See above.
* ThePsychoRangers: Dark Young Avengers, also called Young Masters of Evil.
* PutOnABus: Speed in new series had moved out, because Kaplan's were driving him nuts. Creator/KieronGillen noted that it's because having him on the team would make the cast too big and the plot too Billy-centered, which he wanted to avoid after ''Children's Crusade'', and because he shares so many bits of personality with either Noh-Varr, Miss America or Kid Loki, that he would probably end up [[DemotedToExtra becoming a wallpaper]].
** TheBusCameBack: He came back in isue #6 [[spoiler: only to be kidnapped by what seems to be an EldritchAbomination]].
** ExecutiveMeddling: Eli however is under editorial embargo, because a different writer already has plans for him.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: What Loki is apparently trying to do.
** RecycledPremise: As Loki himself puts it, putting on the Avengers together is one of his greatest hits.
* RapeAsBackstory: Kate Bishop, again
* RealityWarper: Wiccan
* RelationshipReveal: Wiccan and Hulkling, although it was downplayed due to everyone seeing it coming.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: To [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters Magneto's]] request of, "Will you help me?"
-->"Do we look like '''''idiots''''' to you? [--Wait, don't answer that.--]"
* RuleOfSymbolism: In vol. 2, Noh-Varr's ship engine (which is named ''[[ShoutOut Kirby]]'') is sparked by belief and runs on imagination. Thus, [[spoiler: the moment Billy is encouraged by Teddy and becomes confident that the mess he caused can be solved, the ship starts and the gang escape]].
** Lampshaded when Kate shouts "METAPHOR!"
* RunningGag: Not so much a ''gag'', but a frequent occurence when Clint Barton was using the Ronin identity between ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' and ''ComicBook/{{Siege}}''; whenever he teamed up with the Young Avengers, Kate would be incapacitated at some point in the battle purely so the writer (Yes, more than one did it) could have Clint take up the bow & arrow again.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: Kate Bishop
* ScheduleSlip: To allow Jim Cheung to draw all of ''Children's Crusade'', the limited series was released over a period of ''18 months''.
* ScrewDestiny: Nathaniel founded the Young Avengers to avoid his destiny of becoming a supervillain.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: ''Everybody'' on the cover of [[http://marvel.wikia.com/Young_Avengers_Vol_2_13 volume 2 issue 13]], wherein Kate and Noh-Varr are about to shoot you, Billy is about to zap you, and Hulking and Prodigy stand behind in the ready position, but most intimidating of all is that Miss America has grabbed the front of your shirt and is about to punch you.
* ShadowArchetype: Most of the Young Avengers have a Shadow Archetype in the Dark Young Avengers.
* ShoutOut: Oodles. [[ShoutOut/YoungAvengers Check out the page.]]
* {{Sizeshifter}}: Stature and Big Zero
* SlapSlapKiss: Eli and Kate, although it takes them until the ''Siege'' tie-in to get to the actual kiss. Cassie sees it coming a mile away.
-->No matter what, at least [Billy and Teddy] have each other. And you have Eli.
-->I do ''not'' have Eli. All we do is fight.
-->Why do you think ''that'' is?
* SlutShaming: Kate mentally discusses it with herself in the beginning of the first issue of the new series, thinking she should be ashamed of herself for having a one-night-stand with Marvel Boy. She then decides that such thoughts are idiotic.
** Played straight out of universe though. #3's letter page has a very critical letter attached concerning this, believing that the two sleeping together makes them both 'instantly dislikable', as it's not the kind of behaviour superheroes should be partaking in. While Kieron Gillen disagrees and had to respond in the most withdrawn manner he could, he vents his frustration at this sentiment on his tumblr page, while mentioning that it's not the only letter like this he got (he chose the one that was actually printable), with most putting focus on Kate doing the act. Evidently, Mr Gillen does ''not'' like the idea that there's anything wrong with a woman sleeping with a guy she likes on the first date.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: Hulkling, Wiccan and Speed by their origin stories. Especially ironic when one considers that ComicBookTime is very much in force in the Marvel Universe. Most notably, [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Franklin Richards]] was born in 1968. He has yet to reach puberty in the main timeline, whereas Speed and Wiccan had to have been born sometime during the 1990's in order for their backstory to work. Of course, Franklin has a StoryBreakerPower that makes ever allowing him to grow up a [[AGodAmI problem]], whereas Wiccan and Speed do not. Hulking, however, is like Franklin in that he really ought to be much older than he is.
** Somebody asked Kieron Gillen, the writer of the new series, about it. He answered by yelling that every time somebody tries to force MarvelUniverse's timeline to make sense, a character in ComicBook/AvengersArena gets their wings.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: In Issue #2, Patriot tries to stop Cassie Lang by using this. Subverted when she says her father let her take self-defense lessons and throws Patriot into a bush.
* StartOfDarkness: [[spoiler: For Kang The Conqueror. Especially obvious after the end of ''Children's Crusade.'']]
* StraightGay: Wiccan and Hulkling
** Although, Wiccan lost a few points of StraightGay when he decided the best disguise for the team was outfits from ''TheSoundOfMusic''. And with the latest artist's rendition of his hair.
** Even earlier than that came from "Young Avengers Presents..." in which he mentions quoting ProjectRunway for a spell.
* SuddenlyEthnicity: Patriot's first costume completely covers his face, so we don't find out he's black until the third issue. This leads Cap to mistakenly assume his costume is based on Bucky instead of Eli's grandfather.
* SuddenlySexuality: Completely averted. Signs that Wiccan and Hulkling are a couple are there from Day One.
** Played straight with [[spoiler: Prodigy]].
* SuperSerum: Patriot, after a fashion.
* SuperhumanTransfusion: Patriot states that he got his powers from a transfusion from his grandfather, a SuperSoldier made with Cap's SuperSerum. However [[spoiler: it was actually [[PsychoSerum Mutant Growth Hormone]]. Later he ''actually'' got one from his grandfather.]]
* SuperpowerfulGenetics:
** Wiccan and Speed somehow inherit their ''mother'' and ''uncle's'' mutant powers, despite being reincarnated, and therefore not genetically related to the Maximoffs at all [or each other, but they're still identical twins]. Though trying to apply logic and/or science to RealityWarping will only bring you sorrow and grief, especially considering that the boys are technically older than their past lives. And both '''The Vision''' (a robot) and '''Mephisto''' (the devil) can lay equal claim to being their father? Your head may explode now.
* SuperSpeed: The imaginatively named Speed, AKA Tommy. He's even faster than Quicksilver in some issues.
* TakingTheBullet: When Cap refuses to hand Hulkling over to the Skrulls or the Kree, one of the Kree soldiers opens fire. Patriot takes the shot, and Cap has the ''Sentry'' (their most powerful member) [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming fly him to a hospital to make sure he gets there in time.]]
* TeensAreShort: The Young Avengers are significantly shorter than the adults.
* TelecomTree: In #11, Prodigy texts a couple of friends to run interference for the team while they get close to the BigBad. They texted some friends and... The next pages shows a telecom tree of young heroes that has expanded to fill a full page.
* TenMinuteRetirement: At the end of ''Children's Crusade'' most of the team quits superheroing. Everybody who quit except for Eli is back in the game by issue five of volume two. And [[ExecutiveMeddling who knows]] what Eli's going to be getting up to.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. In the backstory, Kate seeks help after being assaulted. In vol. 2, Teddy mentions seeing a therapist to deal with the fact that [[spoiler: Billy may or may not have manipulated reality to get together with him. However, it should also be noted that Teddy's therapist is [[JourneyIntoMystery Leah]], who has a grudge against Loki and is stated to be antagonistic]].
* TimeyWimeyBall: Where Kang the Conqueror is involved expect to find this trope is full effect. Iron Lad is actually Kang's past self. He started the Young Avengers to help him fight Kang because he doesn't want to become Kang. When Kang shows up Iron Lad kills him, in the process inadvertently turning the world into a BadFuture. In order to put things back to normal he has to return to the future and become Kang.
--> '''Jessica Jones''': Is this a time travel thing? Because I ''hate'' time travel things.\\
'''IronMan''': If it's Kang it's a time travel thing.\\
'''Jessica''': See, this is why I hate Kang...
* TomatoInTheMirror: Hulkling, when he finds out [[ItWasHisSled he is a Skrull (and the prince of them, at that)]].
* TonightSomeoneDies: ''Children's Crusade 8''. [[spoiler:It's Cassie.]]
* TransparentCloset: Averted and played straight; Billy and Teddy are open about their sexuality, particularly to Billy's parents, but still 'in the closet' about being superheroes.
* TrueCompanions: Shows up in spades, particularly in the Children's Crusade mini.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Both incarnations of the team.
* VomitDiscretionShot Check Billy's face in the panel after Speed vibrates them through the wall in ''Avengers: The Children's Crusade #1''.
* [[WhamEpisode Wham Issue]]: ''Avengers: The Children's Crusade #6''. [[spoiler: The ScarletWitch is alive, remembers everything she did ([[MyGodwhatHaveIDone and feels horrendous remorse for it]]), and acknowledges Speed & Wiccan as her children, before discovering that she can undo "No more mutants". But now the ComicBook/{{X-Men}} [[OhCrap have come calling...]]]]
** WhamLine: [[spoiler: "More mutants."]]
** WhamShot: [[spoiler: Issue #8 of the new series concludes with Prodigy and Hulking separated from the group by the parasite when Prodigy suddenly pulls Hulkling into a ''kiss''.]]
** [[spoiler: Issue #10 of the new series - Teddy's new friend-therapist is ''Leah''. And she's collaborating with Mother.]]
** [[spoiler: Issue #12 - Leah isn't Leah. She is personification of Loki's self-hate.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Hulkling was originally going to be [[GenderBender a girl who posed as a man to fight crime]] and Wiccan would only be in love with the male alter ego, but Marvel was already doing something similar with Xavin from [[ComicBook/{{Runaways}} The Runaways]], albeit with switched genders.
** From interviews you might get the impression Creator/KieronGillen wanted to create much larger cast, but decided he wouldn't be able to tell a good story with it and cut it to bare minimum. He plans on slowly expanding it as the series goes on. He also wanted to use Eli, but was told another writer already called dibs on him.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Young Masters of Evil that appeared and escaped at the end of the arc. Their story is explained outside the comic and it's a bit complicated. They appeared at first at the start of the Heroic Age in a short story. After that, they split up. Melter ended up drafted by [[ComicBook/IronMan The Mandarin]]. Executioner and Egg-Head showed up in the ''Vengeance'' miniseries along with Mako, a new Black Knight, and the Radioactive Kid. Executioner and Radioactive Kid ended up in a Latverian Prison, Black Knight quit and Mako had his head cut off. The rest of them joined Jeremy Briggs Clean Slate plan in ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy''.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Miss America does.
* WordOfDante: It isn't quite clear if Wiccan and Speed are actually mutants. Just about every fan assumes so, which probably led to a few times that they've been referred to as mutants in the series. Wiccan's powers did activate when he was a young teen, and in the X-Men BatFamilyCrossover Comicbook/BattleOfTheAtom, Wiccan is a part of the X-Men, so there's that.
* YouKilledMyFather: Cassie tries to do this with Scarlet Witch when they end up on the Mighty Avengers; ironically, Cassie is right that Wanda shouldn't be trusted, but not for the reason she thinks ([[spoiler:Wanda is actually Loki, God of Mischief, in disguise]]).
** Wiccan had trouble trusting the Super-Skrull after the Super-Skrull, [[spoiler: in his desperation to bring Hulkling back to the Skrull Empire so that he, as the rightful heir to the Skrull throne, can bring peace and order to the Empire]] ''burned Hulkling's mother'' [[spoiler: actually the Skrull nanny entrusted by his real mother to raise and protect him in secrecy]] ''to death right in front of him.'' Hulkling was surprisingly forgiving, especially after the Super-Skrull explains his reasons while showing genuine guilt, but his boyfriend was not.

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