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[[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 ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', 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 ''ComicBook/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 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'', ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'' and ''ComicBook/WarOfKings'' and joined the ComicBook/SecretAvengers.

His fourth series endured for 36 issues (June, 2007-June, 2010). Following its end, Nova played a big role in ''ComicBook/TheThanosImperative'', where he and [[ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Star-Lord]] [[BolivianArmyEnding stayed in the dying Cancerverse to keep Thanos from escaping]]. He hasn't been heard from since, even after Thanos and Star-Lord escaped.

A new Nova named Sam Alexander has appeared in the prelude to ''Comicbook/AvengersVsXMen'', 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 the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}, ComicBook/{{Cable}} and ComicBook/ScarletWitch.

A fifth volume, written by Jeph Loeb starring Sam Alexander, has launched in February 2013. 2014's ''ComicBook/OriginalSin'' also features the Novas, as Sam has a central role as TheWatson and audience viewpoint character and Richard's fate will be one of the many {{Dark Secret}}s revealed.

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

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!Nova provides examples of:

* AGodIAm: Sphinx
* AdaptationalHeroism: Sam Alexander is much less of a {{Jerkass}} in the comics than he is in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan''.
* TheAlcoholic: According to Sam, his dad tended to go on benders when he was actually on Earth.
* 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]].
* AnArmAndALeg: Nova Centurion Zan Philo lost an arm during his interdimensional travels, but got it replaced with the arm of the alien that removed his. Somewhere along the line he got two extra added on as well.
* AndThisIsFor: '''THIS IS FOR NOVA CORPS!''' [[spoiler: Yelled when Richard rips Annihilus inside out.]]
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: 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.
* ArbitraryScepticism: Richard Rider has fought in wars, time-travelled, slept with the universe's most dangerous woman and literally seen the end of the universe (as in the physical edge of the universe), but a psychic dog weirds him out. Said dog calls him on this, and he admits that it's rude
* ArchNemesis: Sphinx, for Richard. Even after everything he goes through, the Sphinx still remains one of his deadliest enemies.
* ArcWelding: With [[ComicBook/DeathsHead Death's Head II]] during a crossover with ComicBook/SecretInvasion. A younger version of Doctor Necker shows up working on an early version of her Minion Project, along with the Death's Head units from ComicBook/PlanetHulk.
* {{Badass}}: It took Richard time to become one, but the results are glorious.
** {{Badbutt}}: Richard's 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: Sort of. Richard can fly from one end of the universe and back again, but it still takes time. Averted at one point, where Richard tries to change his route to save time. He nearly hits a black hole, and ends up crashing into a moon.
* 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.
* ClingyCostume: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] at one point, when Richard's suit is acting as quarantine for several nasty alien viruses. Becomes problematic very quickly, since he's on Earth just after ComicBook/CivilWar. Just going for a walk quickly results in a visit from the {{ComicBook/Thunderbolts}}.
* CListFodder: The Nova Corps as a whole since they get 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
* CustomUniform: Richard's uniform post-ComicBook/{{Annihilation}} is different from every other Nova's. And it's very cool. Justified in story since it's helping to keep the sheer amount of power he's got on hand in check.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: a heroic example. Uses his superspeed to start a delivery company.
* DeadpanSnarker: Ko-Rel, and the Worldmind [[spoiler: but especially after taking her appearance.]]
* 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]].
* {{Determinator}}: Infected with a virus that's slowly trying to take over him, surrounded by enemies in a galaxy sealed off from the rest of the universe, with the only chance of a cure on a planet that can't be found? That's not going to stop Richard.
* 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
* FantasticDrug: Crush. It's a big seller in some places, sold by the Neutron Slaves.
* FlatEarthAtheist: In the Sam Alexander series, Sam's science teacher doesn't believe in aliens. In the Marvel Universe, which can barely go a week without a Skrull/Kree/Shiar invasion.
* FlyingBrick: He calls himself Human Rocket for a reason.
* FlyingFirepower: With the above, he's also got energy blasts.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Sam's sister tries on his helmet while he's asleep, she's automatically dressed in full uniform with centurion markings, despite the fact that by Nova Corps rules, this shouldn't be happening. However, the ComicBook/OriginalSin tie-in issues reveal [[spoiler:that the Black Nova weren't part of the Corps at all, so they don't follow those rules.]]
* FusionDance: Done by Richard and Quasar. [[spoiler: And by Worldmind and Ego. And by Ko-Rel and Worldmind, sorta]].
* FutureSlang: Zan Philo has a tendency to add the word "ultra" to every other word he says.
* GeneralBadass: Richard qualifies as the Nova Corps equivalent after ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}.
* GhostTown: Knowhere first appears like this. No-one's around, the lights are off, and there's blood on the walls. The only beings left are [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Cosmo]] and the Luminals. Oh, and some zombies.
* GoshDangitToHeck: Richard doesn't like swearing and uses his “Blue Blazes!” CatchPhrase instead. [[LampshadeHanging He even discuss this with a classmate]] in a (sort-of) flashback to his teen days.
* GravityMaster: One of the many fun features of the Nova Force. Robert is much better at it than Richard, as it turns out.
* GreenEyedMonster: Robert is understandably jealous of his super-hero big brother. Especially when Rich shows up during the Skrull invasion and instantly impresses all his co-workers.
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Gamora, who was briefly Richard's lover. She's still attracted to him, but he's scared by the whole "Deadliest Woman in the Universe" thing.
* HandBlast: A Nova Corps specialty.
* HeelFaceTurn: the Sphinx, of all people, becomes a time guardian for a while...then stops for some reason and goes back to villainy
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Naturally averted for the Nova Corps as a whole. Played straight with Garthan Saal.
** Also played straight with [[spoiler:some of the Black Novas.]]
* [[HeroOfAnotherStory Heroes of Another Story]]: The Luminals, Xarth's Mightiest Heroes. They brought Abyss onto Knowhere in order to find a way of getting rid of it. It doesn't work, and just results in Abyss killing them.
** Zan Philo, a Nova Centurion who spent five years wandering through other dimensions bring "law to the lawless", finally reappearing after having arrested a Mindless One and fallen through [[NegativeSpaceWedgie the Fault]].
* HeroicSacrifice: Richard performed one to keep an unkillable Thanos inside a collapsing universe, alongside Peter Quill. Then Thanos and Quill returned a few years later [[UnexplainedRecovery with no explanation]].
* {{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.
* HotScientist: Doctor Evelyn Necker, despite being a member of [[spoiler:[[MadScientist A.I.M.]]]].
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: 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.
* InsistentTerminology: Sam Alexander's father was a ''custodian'', not a janitor.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Gamora and Namorita.
* IronicEcho: Richard really likes to throw Worldmind's CatchPhrase back at him whenever he can.
* IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow: Yeah, Gamora certainly has "Operational Knowledge" of Richard Richard.
* {{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.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Richard and Robert Rider were both thrilled to become superheroes. Counts as AscendedFanboy as well.
* {{Kaijuu}}: Rich faces one in the first issue of vol 4, which had been designed by the planet it happens to be rampaging around on. He manages to kill it with help from the Worldmind.
* LegacyCharacter: Ko-Rel [[spoiler: for both Richard and Worldmind]], Richard himself for Rhomann Dey. And now Sam for Richard.
* LetMeTellYouAStory: Nova Centurion Quibit has a fondness for recounting stories contained in his memory banks, whether his comrades want to actually hear it or not.
* 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?
** PlayedWith earlier on, when Nova meets the {{ComicBook/Thunderbolts}}, who don't really care what he's doing, just seeing an unregistered [[ComicBook/NewWarriors New Warrior]]. It takes ComicBook/IronMan to get them to stop.
* LightEmUp
* LightningBruiser: For all the powers a Nova has, they don't get any physical enhancements to go with it, so as powerful as a human Nova is, they're still human.
* LizardFolk: Fraktur is the same species as ComicBook/IronMan villain Fing Fang Foom, who is in fact her cousin. She's not full-grown yet, and much nicer.
* 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.
* MadnessMantra: Abyss's victims have "Ready or not."
* MaleGaze: A young crewmate of Ko-Rel's takes a moment to note her Nova Corp outfit is ''very'' tight.
* TheMentor: Worldmind tries to be this, but mostly it and Richard just bicker. [[spoiler:Especially after it takes Ko-Rel's appearance.]]
* MomentKiller: Richard rescues Dr. Necker from an EldritchAbomination, she's grateful, they lean in... and then Worldmind cuts in to remind her that A) Richard ''has'' a girlfriend already, and B) [[spoiler:Necker openly admitted to being a part of A.I.M.]].
* MoodWhiplash: Richard's saved Worldmind from Ego, but its' personality has been compromised and has to be replaced. Richard and the Worldmind tearfully exchange [[ItHasBeenAnHonour goodbyes]]... and then Worldmind, now with Ko-Rel's personality, instantly starts laying on the sarcasm.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Jesse Alexander for the Nova Corps, inside the Black Novas.]]
* NothingIsScarier: We never see what Abyss, the arch-enemy of the Luminals, looks like. Not even Worldmind seems to know what 'he' is.
* OddFriendship: Sam Alexander manages to make friends with Uatu the Watcher.
** Richard and Drax the Destroyer.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: They're called 'meat puppets', for one, and are the result of Abyss being let onto Knowhere. They go down easily. A blast meant to stun causes them to explode.
* 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.
* ReadingYourRights: Richard does this to the {{ComicBook/Thunderbolts}} when they attack him. It confuses them, because from their point of view, they're trying to [[CapeBusters arrest]] ''him''.
* RealityEnsues: Sam bring home a huge chunk of gold in order to solve his family's money woes. The next morning his mom finds it, and points out that something that's been floating around in space is going to be covered in radiation, as illustrated by the fact that it's killing the grass around it.
* TheResenter: Robbie Rider, to his superhero big brother. He [[JumpedAtTheCall eagerly accept the offer to join the Corps]].
* TheReveal: Jesse Alexander [[spoiler:wasn't a hero. He was a murderous thug. And the Black Novas weren't attached to the Corps, they were thieving the Nova Force for their own gain. Or, as the next issue reveals, some of the Black Novas were, but Jesse wasn't, and he ratted out the Black Novas to the Corps.]]
* RoboticReveal: Monark Starstalker turns out to be one, much to his surprise.
* RoguesGallery: Not a huge one: Megaman, Powerhouse, the Condor, Diamondhead, the Corruptor, Garthan Saal (Supernova), and the Sphinx
* SanitySlippage: Part of the reason Richard didn't want to carry the whole of the Nova Force, since it previously happened to Garthan Saal, and one of the reasons why he's got the Worldmind in his head, so that it can prevent this.
** As it turns out, Richard didn't need to worry about this. [[spoiler:But the Worldmind did.]]
* SecretKeeper: Sam Alexander's mom knew her husband was a Nova Corp member.
* 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 during the Annihilation: Conquest crossover, we can see a blue Pikachu.
** After being banged up in a fight, Robbie ends up in what looks like a [[Franchise/StarWars bacta tank]]. He and Richard comment on the similarity.
* 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.
* SophisticatedAsHell: The Worldmind has its moments, which contrasts with it's usually SpockSpeech. Not so much after [[spoiler:it takes on Ko-Rel's appearance.]]
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: After {{ComicBook/Annihilation}} and everything he went through there, Richard can't last even a day on Earth before deciding to leave again.
* SuperSpeed: There is a reason Richard was called the Human Rocket. He gets even faster when he's out of an atmosphere.
* SuperStrength
* TheBusCameBack: Monark Starstalker, who last appeared in 1973, reappears in vol 4, chasing a Nova Centurion across dimensions.
* TookALevelInBadass: And how! From a guy who was the staple “reckless rookie who gets in the way” among the Marvel superheroes, Richard 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
** Every single member of his supporting cast, including his brother and other Nova Corp members, since the end of volume 4
* WhosOnFirst: Naturally crops up when talking about Knowhere.
* WorkingWithTheEx: Richard and Namorita during the later years of the original New Warriors.
* YankTheDogsChain: Ko-Rel and her crew crash-landed on a distant planet during the Annihilation War, and just after they get a chance to escape and go home, [[spoiler:a BrainwashedAndCrazy Gamora kills them all.]]

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