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[[caption-width-right:330:Counter-clockwise starting from the top: [[PlanetEater Galactus]], [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Drax the Destroyer]], [[ChromeChampion the Silver Surfer]], [[KnightTemplar Ronan the Accuser]], [[OmnicidalManiac Annihilus]], [[TheHero Nova]], and [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Moondragon]].]]

->''"Verbal log. Nova Corps Operative: 11249-44396 / Richard Rider... I...I was there...the last day of Nova Corps... I was there... I'm still here... God help me, I'm still here."''
-->-- '''Richard Rider''', Annihilation Day Plus 7

In 2006, Creator/MarvelComics had their big CrisisCrossover ''ComicBook/CivilWar''. But this conflict was confined only to Earth and the Marvel Universe contained [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many, many characters]] that were space-based. So they had a simultaneous CrisisCrossover just for them: ''Annihilation''. Being a SpaceOpera it received less attention than the politically relevant ''Civil War'' but benefited from having a more consistent narrative.

At the maximum security prison the Kyln, in the area of space known as "the Crunch," a massive armada called the Annihilation Wave destroys nearly everything. Nothing can stand in the Annihilation Wave's path, especially as it destroys one of the first obstacles: the [[TheChosenMany Nova Corps]], where Richard Rider, Earth's ComicBook/{{Nova}}, is the only survivor. Elsewhere, the ComicBook/SilverSurfer senses an infestation; Kl'rt the Super-Skrull hears rumors of a strange superweapon; Ronan the Accuser becomes the accused; and {{Thanos}} has a conversation with [[TheGrimReaper Death]], who tells him "something wonderful" is going to happen. And as the Annihilation Wave bears down on the universe, at its head is [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Annihilus]] who shouts "Annihilus is the will and the way and he will not be denied!"

''Annihilation'' was spread out over a number of mini-series:
* ''Drax the Destroyer: Earth Fall'' 1-4 (actually a prelude)
* ''Annihilation Prologue''
* ''Annihilation: Nova'' 1-4
* ''Annihilation: Silver Surfer'' 1-4
* ''Annihilation: Super-Skrull'' 1-4
* ''Annihilation: Ronan'' 1-4
* ''Annihilation'' 1-6

In addition, there was an ''Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus'' spin-off (tying up some loose ends) and a sequel: ''Annihilation: Conquest''. The fallout of these events would form part of Marvel's subsequent SpaceOpera crossovers, the ''WarOfKings'' in 2009, and ''TheThanosImperative'' in 2010.

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* AlliterativeName: Richard Rider.
** UnfortunateNames: Dick Rider.
* AmazonBrigade: Gamora and the Graces.
* AntiVillain: Super-Skrull, who maims, tortures, and kills in his way to stop the [[PlanetEater Harvester of Sorrow]].
* AndThisIsFor: '''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "THIS IS FOR NOVA CORPS!"]]'''
* AnyoneCanDie: ComicBook/{{Quasar}}, though in a different series, he got better. Same goes for the Super-Skrull. And Thanos. The only ones who have stayed dead so far are the heralds of {{Galactus}}.
** Moondragon in ''Conquest'' but like the above example, she got better. Honestly, even in cosmic Marvel, no one stays dead.
** Half of the killed heralds also turned out OnlyMostlyDead in ''Heralds''. [[AMillionIsAStatistic The majority of the universal population weren't so lucky though]].
* {{Badass}}: Drax. The. Destroyer.
** Ronan
* BadassNormal: Peter Quill, the former Star-Lord, is probably the only normal human fighter in resistance. [[NoodleIncident He doesn't like to talk about what happened to his powers.]]
* BadBoss: Annihilus blows up a small chunk of his fleet just for not taking a planet quickly enough. {{ComicBook/Thanos}} of all people calls him on it.
* BigBad: Annihilus.
** [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Ultron]] for the sequel, ''Annihilation:Conquest''
* BigDamnHeroes: In ''Conquest'', [[spoiler:Nova and his allies, especially Warlock of the Technarchy. Dramatic punches from offscreen stop Ultron from laying a beatdown on one of our heroes twice in three pages.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Warlock:''' Ultron-Phalanx! You face the wrath of your parent race! And we are ''not pleased!'']]
** Another one comes earlier, when Peter Quill is saved from death by Rocket Racoon in his [[MoreDakka usual style]].
-->'''Rocket Racoon:''' (After having killed every Phalanx in the room) "And ''that'' is how we do things in the Racooniverse!"
* BittersweetEnding: They saved the universe, but billions are dead, the Nova Corps is destroyed, the Skrulls are on the verge of extinction...and after Annihilus's death, they still have to cede territories to Ravenous and the leftover Annihilation Wave just so the fighting will stop, and Surfer has been largely stripped of his morals by Galactus. Oh and [[spoiler:Annihilus isn't quite dead and let's not get started when The [[YouWillBeAssimilated Phalanx]] decided to take advantage of this]].
* BlatantLies: On several occasions after introducing himself, Drax is met with some variation of "You mean, ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Destroyer]]''?" & his response is simple "No."
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Technically the victims of the Phalanx during the ''Conquest'' arc. Some of the characters being Richard Rider, Gamora and Drax.
** Curiously, some of them know they're brainwashed, and are angry about it, yet still praise being Phalanx.
* BugWar
* CaptainsLog: Richard Rider keeps a Nova Corps log.
* CivvieSpandex: By the last mini-series, Richard Rider has gone from a normal costume to wearing a jacket over it.
* CListFodder: The Nova Corps.
* ContinuityLockout: Somewhat averted, since pretty much everything is explained in the series, but still, some things people won't understand until they've read back issues from the '70s, like who the heck Gamora is or what the history is between Thanos and Drax. (Which lead to Marvel releasing a trade called ''Annihilation: Classic'').
* CurbStompBattle: Nova tries to take on Annihilus single-handed. He gets his ass handed to him.
** Ronan versus Ravenous, who only a few months before (in-universe) survived fights with the ComicBook/SilverSurfer. Ronan takes a good chunk of Ravenous's face off.
* DatingCatwoman: Nova and Gamora.
* DoomsdayDevice: Annihilus wants to turn [[spoiler:Galactus]] into a universe-destroying ''bomb''.
* DropTheHammer: Ronan's hammer, which can also restructure molecules.
* EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Averted. The Annihilation Wave doesn't touch Earth, which is probably a good thing, since its heroes were pretty busy fighting Comicbook/CivilWar.
** ''What If: Annihilation'' showed what would have happened if it had done - One of Annihilus's ships crashed in New York... Right where the climactic battle was taking place, with [[WhatTheHellHero Nova promptly calling all of the heroes out over their petty squabble about their secret identities whilst the rest of the galaxy is trying to stop the Annihilation Wave]].
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Terrax does this in ''Heralds'' when the inhabitants annoy him by asking for help.
* EldritchAbomination: Tenebous of the Darkness Between and Aegis, Lady of All Sorrows.
* EliteMooks: The Centurions.
* EnemyMine: Blastaar, usually an antagonist to the Nova Corps and the Comicbook/FantasticFour, supplies Nova, Peter Quill and Phyla-Vell with teleportation tubes that will allow them to get them close to Annihilus.
** Also, Ronan and Super-Skrull are usually villains but help Nova and the others defeat the Annihilation Wave. In fact, Ronan and Super-Skrull being on the same side counts as well; Kree and Skrulls hate each other.
* [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The End Of The Universe As We Know It]]
* EvilerThanThou: According to the ComicBook/DarkReign handbook, the Phalanx are this to the Annihilation Wave. Crosses into InformedAttribute, though, since the Phalanx want to [[AssimilationPlot take over the universe]], not blow it all up.
* EvilIsPetty: What's spoiler:Ultron's ultimate goal? Return to Earth and rub how powerful he is in [[ComicBook/AntMan his father's face]].
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Why is [[KavorkaMan Bug]] in prison? He got a Kree woman pregnant. The Kree take things like 'genetic purity' seriously.
* FireForgedFriends: None of Peter Quill's team get on at first, with one of them trying to ''kill'' another. By the time they finish their SuicideMission, this has changed, and the survivors go on to help found the ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy
* FiveSecondForeshadowing: Mantis mentions that they've lost three team members, confusing Star-Lord, who points out they've only lost two so far, so why's she saying three?
-->'''Mantis''': "Because this is the part where Ultron teleports in and kills me."
-->(Cue Ultron teleporting in)
* FreudianSlip: During a particularly heated argument, Nova calls the Worldmind "Dad".
* FromBadToWorse: From day one. First the [[SpacePolice Nova Corps]] is wiped out. Then {{ComicBook/Quasar}} gets killed, allowing Annihilus to take his quantum bands, becoming even more powerful. Then the Wave ploughs through the Skrull Empire. The [[TheAlliance United Front]] manages to hold them off for a while, and then the Wave manages to [[OhCrap capture Galactus]], and turn him into a weapon. After that, the United Front just gives up, forcing Nova, Phyla-Vell and Quill to try and take on Annihilus alone.
** And just when the heroes finally "killed" Annihilus and started bringing stability to the universe, Ultron and the Phalanx come a-knockin'.
* TheGadfly: The Super-Skrull loves making pithy comments at Ronan's expense every few seconds.
* GodzillaThreshold: In an attempt to break through the Phalanx's barrier, the Badoon use something called a Continuum Ram. The captain of the lead ship on hearing this remarks that he doesn't know which is worse; that the Badoon ''have'' such a weapon, that they don't care whether everyone else knows it exists, or that it [[NoSell didn't work]].
* GotVolunteered: Peter Quill's [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits squad]]. They were all in prison before hand, most of them for [[FelonyMisdemeanor minor acts]]. Rocket Racoon, for example, was in there for parking tickets. But since none of them are Kree, they're the perfect choice to send on a SuicideMission.
* GreenLanternRing: Kl'rt the Super-Skrull has all the powers of the Comicbook/FantasticFour, although he uses them a little more...dangerously. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Like stretching his arm so thin that it becomes like razor-wire and then cutting enemies in half with it.]]
** Quasar's Quantum-Bands
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Gamora, the Deadliest Woman in the Universe.
* HeroicSacrifice: Groot, in Conquest, in order to bring down the Babel Spire. [[GoodThingYouCanHeal He gets better]].
* HiveMind: Pretty much all of the Annihilation Wave is controlled through Annihilus and his Queens. Which is good, since killing him or the Queens will pretty much leave the wave without direction.
* HulkSpeak: Drax starts out speaking like this. Then he dies and comes back to life smarter.
* [[HumanResources Kree Resources]]: The Phalanx do this to fuel their Babel Spire.
* ImplacableMan: Drax, Ronan. The Annihilation Wave barely slows either of them down.
* ItsAllMyFault: Peter Quill in regards to the Phalanx invasion.
* KilledOffForReal: Deathcry, Captain Universe, Korath the Pursuer.
* KnightTemplar: Ronan the Accuser. Although he generally kills bad people, he really doesn't care about the consequences or what happens afterwards.
* LesCollaborateurs: House Fiyero. Ronan [[LaserGuidedKarma deals with them]].
* LittleMissSnarker: Cammi.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Okay, let's see: we have the main characters, Nova, Drax, Kl'rt, Silver Surfer, Ronan, and then we have side characters like Firelord (and the rest of the Heralds), Paibok the Power Skrull, Gamora, Moondragon, Thanos, Phyla-Vell, Quasar, Star-Lord, and many, many others. Suffice to say, if they're a space hero, they were probably seen, even if only in a cameo.
* MercyKill: Ronan does this to the Supreme Intelligence, once he finds what House Fiyero have done to it.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:R'kin]], who turns on Kl'rt just as he was about to destroy the Harvester of Sorrow.
* NamesTheSame: Adam Warlock and [[ComicBook/NewMutants Warlock]].
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: A boatload. There's Drax the Destroyer, Annihilus, Ravenous, Thanos, and, of course, the Harvester of Sorrow.
** Not to mention: [[spoiler:Galactus]]
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Drax suddenly develops the ability to home in on Thanos and then 1-shots the NighInvulnerable villain, to whom he was previously just an annoyance.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Drax finally manages to accomplish his goal in life, and kills Thanos... just as he was about to free Galactus.
* NinetiesAntiHero: Wraith.
* NotSoDifferent: Ravenous claims he and the ComicBook/SilverSurfer are this, being servants to a higher power, when really Ravenous is just a murderous thug.
* OmnicidalManiac: Annihilus, who wants to destroy both the regular universe and the Negative Zone just so he can be the last living thing standing. Even Thanos [[EvenEvilHasStandards tries to stop him]] after that.
* OneWingedAngel: Ultron tries this at the end of ''Conquest'' to stave off defeat by forming all of Ronan's Kree Sentries into a [[HumongousMecha giant version]] of himself.
* PlanetEater: Besides Galactus, there's the Harvester of Sorrow. After Super-Skrull blows that up, Annihilus and Thanos capture Galactus and ''make'' him into one (well... More of one).
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: A lot of the final battles in ''Annihilation'' end with one large battle cry. Special mentions go to Ronan's '''"GUILTY!"''', Galactus '''"HERALD MY RAGE!"''' and Nova's defiant '''"THIS IS FOR THE NOVA CORPS!"''' [[spoiler:as he finally kills Annihilus, ending the war.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Super-Skrull, although he later gets better.
* TheAlliance: the United Front.
* SanitySlippage: Richard Rider is unwilling to take the entire Nova Force because this happened to the last person who did it. Ultimately, there isn't much choice. He does have a momentary burst of rage, but beyond that, nothing.
** The fact that he's got the Worldmind and Drax nearby helps.
* SealedEvilInACan: In the beginning of the universe, Galactus imprisoned Tenebrous of the Darkness Between and Aegis Lady of All Sorrows in the Kyln. The Annihilation Wave set them free.
* ShoutOut: Annihilus's throne-room looks [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi familiar...]]
* SomeoneElsesProblem: Oh, Annihilus is about to blow up the entire universe? Drax doesn't care.
* SpaceColdWar: This is the status quo post-Annihilation.
* SpacePolice: The Nova Corps. They don't last long.
* VillainousRescue: [[spoiler:Galactus]] plays a vital role in bringing down the Annihilation Wave.
* WarArc: Self explanatory.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Praxgora is actually in love with Kl'rt the Super-Skrull, who is a colossal jerk to her.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What Happened To The Graces?
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: With no House Fiyero and no Supreme Intelligence, Ronan ends up in charge of the Kree Empire.
* YouWillBeAssimilated: The Phalanx do this to a number of characters during the ''Conquest'' story. Some of its victims include Richard Rider, Gamora and Drax.
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