[[caption-width-right:350: [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 "I'm the ONLY guardian the galaxy needs!"]]]]

Richard Rider was a normal teenager, until one day he was chosen by a dying alien to carry his power, making him a member of [[HeroesRUs Nova Corps]] – an intergalactic police force. Since then Richard has been known as Nova, [[TheChosenMany The Human Rocket]]!

Nova is a MarvelComics character. He first appeared in ''Nova'' vol. 1 #1 (September, 1976), created by Marv Wolfman and John Buscema, as a {{Homage}} to StanLee and SteveDitko's run on {{Spider-Man}}, and to classic teenage superheroes in general. Nova's original series lasted for 25 issues (September, 1976-May, 1979), until he had to give up his powers to help Nova Corps rebuild their home planet, Xandar. Richard returned to Earth as a normal human, to lead a simple life again.

Or so he thought. Some time later Richard was approached by Night Thrasher, who proved that his powers weren't lost, only dormant...by dropping him from a building. Nova joined the NewWarriors and developed a romantic relationship with his teammate, Namorita. After the New Warriors ongoing was closed, he fell into obscurity, reappearing only occasionally in solo adventures or new volumes of New Warriors.

In 2006 Richard was been brought from ComicBookLimbo for ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}, a Marvel big cosmic event that featured him as the central character and gave him a serious revamp – new costume, a [[TheMentor Mentor persona in Worldmind]] and [[TookALevelInBadass several additional levels in badass]]. Afterwards, he got a new ongoing series and was participating in various other cosmic events. He played a part in ''Annihilation: Conquest'', SecretInvasion and WarOfKings and joined the SecretAvengers.

His fourth series endured for 36 issues (June, 2007-June, 2010). Following its end, Nova played a big role in ''TheThanosImperative'', where he and [[GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Star-Lord]] [[BolivianArmyEnding stayed in the dying Cancerverse to keep Thanos from escaping]]. Time will show if we will hear of him ever again.

A new Nova named Sam Alexander has appeared in the prelude to ''[[Comicbook/{{Avengers Vs X-Men}} Avengers vs. X-Men]]'', Marvel's big crossover event for 2012. A promotional comic explaining the sides of the event listed Sam as a wild card in the battle, along with TheIncredibleHulk, {{Deadpool}}, ComicBook/{{Cable}} and ScarletWitch.

A fifth volume, written by Jeph Loeb starring Sam Alexander, has launched in February 2013.

The Nova Corps will appear in the 2014 film ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', with Glenn Close portraying the Corps' leader and John C Riely portraying the original Nova Prime, Rhomann Dey.

!Nova provides examples of:

* AGodIAm: Sphinx
* AlliterativeName: Richard Rider
** UnfortunateNames: Dick Rider.
* AloofBigBrother: Richard was horrified to find out this is how his younger brother, Robert, sees him.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Marvel's answer to GreenLantern, combined with a SpiderMan like protagnist and with a {{Superman}} power set.
** Many fans view Sam Alexander as one to the third BlueBeetle.
* AlternateReality: Where Nova 0:0 comes from and [[spoiler: is actually not Richard but his brother Robert]]
* AndThisIsFor: '''THIS IS FOR NOVA CORPS!''' [[spoiler: Yelled when Richard rips Annihilus inside out.]]
* [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse An Offer You Can't Refuse]]: In WarOfKings, when surrounded by Blastarr's army, Nova loudly begs him to show them mercy...and then quietly whispers an ultimatum – either he will let them go, gaining a reputation as a real ruler, not a dumb barbarian, or Rich will do with him what he did with Annihilus.
* ArchNemesis: Sphinx
* {{Badass}}: It took him time to become one, but the results are glorious.
** {{Badbutt}}: His last series was for teens and he could get quite violent, but he doesn't swear, drink or smoke.
** BadassBoast: Does it sometimes, by reminding people that he killed Annihilus.
--->'''[[IronMan Tony Stark]]:''' You say, Annihilus was the driving force? What happened to him?
--->'''Richard Rider:''' I pulled him inside out and saved the universe. What have '''you''' done [[{{ComicBook/CivilWar}} lately]], Tony?
* BalefulPolymorph: The Condor is turned into a condor, courtesy of the Sphinx. Later when it is reversed he is a half man, half bird hybrid
* BerserkButton: NEVER threaten to take Sam Alexander's helmet.
* BigBrotherMentor: What Richard aimed to become for his brother [[spoiler: after accepting him joining Nova Corps]].
* TheBlank: Megaman
* [[BroodingBoyGentleGirl Brooding Girl, Gentle Boy]]: Richard is this to Gamora.
* BucketHelmet: An InSeriesNickname for him.
* CanonImmigrant: The second Nova, Sam Alexander, was created for the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' animated series. He appeared in the comics first thanks to the lengthy production cycle, making him similar to the Kaldur'ahm [[WesternAnimation/YoungJustice Aqualad]] and the Barbara Gordon Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}.
* CasualInterstellarTravel
* CatchPhrase: Worldmind's "Attention, Richard Rider. It is critical that you pay attention at this time."
** Richard's “Blue Blazes!” back in the 70's.
*** "Monkey suit, be gone" in the 90s
* TheChosenMany: Nova Corps.
* CListFodder: The Nova Corps as a whole since they got annihilated every time they made a major appearance.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: On top of the bestowed powers for members, the Nova Corps uniform has useful functions of its own like a life-support system and a radio scanning function.
* CloudCuckooLander: In issue 12 of his first series, Richard's uncle declares that he thinks [[{{Spider-Man}} Peter Parker]] is a superhero because his name anagrams out to "Kree Trapper."
* CollapsibleHelmet: The helmet's material can be as malleable as cloth when a Corpsmember wants to fold it up and carry it in a pocket, but takes on a rigid construction when it is worn.
* CoolHelmet
* CutLexLuthorACheck: a heroic example. Uses his superspeed to start a delivery company
* DeathSeeker: the Sphinx, sometimes
* DePower: Happened several times. 1)In between his first series ending and the beginning of New Warriors to bring Xandar back to life 2) by Garthan Saal, formerly Supernova, who becomes Nova of Earth for a while, and 3) by the Xandarian Worldmind [[spoiler: The last time with bad consequences – Richard found out he was using his powers for so long that without them he was dying]].
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Nova is actually very good at it. In his last series he took on Sphinx, more powerful than ever before, now able to bend reality at his will, and won. [[spoiler: In the last issue Cancerverse Quasar unleashes an EldritchAbomination that, as he claims, managed to destroy the entire Nova Corps of the Cancerverse in twelve minutes. Richard blows it up in one shot.]] In TheThanosImperative he takes down a bunch of alternate superheroes, empowered by [[EldritchAbomination the Many-Angled Ones]], and [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps them]].
* DiscardAndDraw: In WarOfKings Richard has been depowered, briefly took the mantle of Quasar and then regained his old powers.
* DistaffCounterpart: Ko-Rel [[spoiler: Who later became one for Worldmind]].
* EnergyAbsorption
** Powerhouse's ability as well
* FlyingBrick: He calls himself Human Rocket for a reason.
* FlyingFirepower: With the above, he's also got energy blasts.
* FusionDance: Done by Richard and Quasar. [[spoiler: And by Worldmind and Ego. And by Ko-Rel and Worldmind, sorta]].
* GoshDangitToHeck: Richard doesn't like swearing and uses his “Blue Blazes!” CatchPhrase instead. [[LampshadeHanging He even discuss this with a classmate]] in a flashback to his teen days.
* GravityMaster
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Gamora, who was his occasional lover.
* HandBlast
* HeelFaceTurn: the Sphinx, of all people, becomes a time guardian for a while...then stops for some reason and goes back to villainy
* HeroicSacrifice
* {{Homage}}: His first series was a homage to the Lee&Ditko era of Spider-Man. It even has “In the Marvelous tradition of Spider-Man!” written on the cover.
** Sam Alexander is intended to be an homage to both Spider-Man and Nova's (Richard's) early years.
* [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight “I Know You're In There Somewhere” Fight]]: Phalanx-posessed Richard vs Ko-Rel. [[spoiler: Double subverted. He kills her, but she manages to allow Worldmind to finish it in his mind]].
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Richard's uncompromisingly idealistic personality is a plot point numerous times in his own series.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Gamora and Namorita.
* IronicEcho: Richard really likes to throw Worldmind's CatchPhrase back at him whenever he can.
* {{Jerkass}}: Richard's MarvelComics2 counterpart has quite a reputation for being a jerk.
** Some of his winning quotes in ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' makes him come out as quite full of himself. On the other hand, others shows him as {{Adorkable}}, in the end giving us an image of a dork trying to be a jerk and failing. Miserably.
* LegacyCharacter: Ko-Rel [[spoiler: for both Richard and Worldmind]], Richard himself for Rhomann Dey. And Now Sam for Richard.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Subverted but lampshaded:
-->'''Speedball, to Nova and Darkhawk:''' Oh, come on, you two! I thought it was basic etiquette for super heroes to smack one another around on first meeting before realizing they're on the same side. Have we learned nothing from team-ups?
* LightEmUp
* LightningBruiser
* LotusEaterMachine: Fouth series Annual, where the Phalanx virus tried to trap Richard's mind in a false world where Phalanx has taken over the Universe and he leads the resistance.
* TheMentor: Worldmind
* NamesTheSame: There was a female Galactus Herald named Nova. They aren't related in any way (which is rather amusing considering several of Galactus' other heralds were former Nova Corps members).
* TheParagon: Nova does ''not'' believe in the ends justifying the means. He will always strive to do what his heart says is right under any circumstances... consequences be damned.
* RoguesGallery: Not a huge one: Megaman, Powerhouse, the Condor, Diamondhead, the Corruptor, Garthan Saal (Supernova), and the Sphinx
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Since Namorita dies in the present, a time-traveling Richard refuses to leave her behind in the past, where she'll definitely meet the same fate.
* TheSeventies: The original series run.
* ShoutOut: In a group shot of the Nova Corps, we can see a blue Pikachu.
* SmallStepsHero: '''CONSTANTLY'''
** He refuses to escape a dying planet and sacrifice the populace to save himself, Worldmind, or that planet's elite. His backup plan is to contront the ComicBook/SilverSurfer and his boss, {{Galactus}}.
** He ignores [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards's]] warnings that he may MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight to save [[OneTrueLove Namorita]] from a BadFuture, and brings her to the future anyway.
** Refused a RePower chance offered to him by a MadScientist who was in love with him, simply because she worked for AIM. It would have allowed him to save the Nova Corps (and potentialy Earth) from [[GeniusLoci Ego the Living Planet]] AND stopped him from dying, but he still refused.
* SuperSpeed
* SuperStrength
* TookALevelInBadass: And how! From a guy who was the staple “reckless rookie who gets in the way” among the Marvel superheroes, he turned into a badass space hero who ''ripped Annihilus guts through his throat''! Spidey even complimented Nova for reaching big league status by being an Avenger.
** Since the Annihilation War, Nova has risen to become the defacto commander-in-chief for any organized resistance against major interstellar conflicts, with even the biggest and baddest that space has to offer deferring to him.
* TrueLoveIsBoring: Nova and Namorita just can't seem to work things out.
* UnfortunateNames: Richard Rider. Given what "Richard" is usually shortened too, he better hope no one decides to call him by a nickname.
* TheVirus: Phalanx.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the original 70s run, {{Jerk Jock}} character Mike Burley disappeared after turning himself over to the police, after being forced to work with the villain Yellow Claw. His name was mentioned in the 90s run but he was never seen again.
** Also Garthan Saal, who appears during War of Kings, rescues the captured Shi'ar Nova Prime, and both have not been seen since
** Everysingle member of his supporting cast, including his brother and other Nova Corp members, since the end of volume 4
* WorkingWithTheEx: Him and Namorita during the later years of the original New Warriors.