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-->''I'm nineteen, I can fly, I can flatten ballbearings between my fingers and I'm practically invulnerable to damage. I mean, let's face it... [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong what can possibly go wrong?]]''
--->Zenith, [[TemptingFate tempting fate]]

A SuperHero {{Deconstruction}} comic created by Creator/GrantMorrison and Steve Yeowell. ''Zenith'' follows teen superhuman turned pop star Robert [=MacDowell=], more popularly known as his stage name "Zenith" or "Superbrat" to the press. Superficial and spoilt rotten, Zenith is recruited by the previous generation of superhumans to fight against the [[EldritchAbomination Lloigor]]. Unfortunately, as cowardly and inept as he is, Zenith is mostly reduced to being a supporting character in his own comic.

The series was initially published in ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'', spanning four "phases" between 1987 and 1992. Phase III is particularly notable, since it takes place across TheMultiverse and featured a multitude of classic British superheroes, both named and [[CaptainErsatz ersatz]]. An incomplete list can be found [[http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/s/scorcard.htm here]].
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!!Tropes

* AfterTheEnd: Phase IV. [[spoiler: Subverted.]]
* AirVentPassageway: Used twice. First breaking into Wallace International and again into the Antarctic base.
* AlliterativeName: William Whitlock a.k.a. Maximan.
* AlternateHistory: World War II ends when the atomic bomb is dropped on Berlin.
* AndThisIsFor: "The name's Zenith. And this is for [[spoiler: Siadwel Rhys]]."
* AnIcePerson: DJ Chill.
* BewareTheSuperman: A major theme.
* BittersweetEnding: Phase III.
* BlindSeer: Maximan of Alternative 23. He even has a [[NorseMythology raven perched on his shoulder]].
* BritishRockstar
* {{Callback}}: The two scenes of Masterman about to kill Maximan/Zenith are nearly identical. Even Masterman's dialogue is similar.
* CarFu: Creator/GrantMorrison superheroes love chucking vehicles at each other. A bus, a Weetabix van and even an aeroplane get this treatment.
* CivvieSpandex: Zenith's ensemble.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The miniature universe of Chimera.]]
* ChestInsignia: Zenith's [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS lighting-bolt "Z"]]. Vertex has a "V" in a similar style.
* TheCracker: Scott Wallace leaves a back door in software he wrote for a nuclear submarine.
* CurseCutShort: The Wyvern's last words.
* DemonicPossession: Superhumans possessed by the Lloigor.
* DePower: Cloud 9 claim to have lost their powers. They're lying, though they are a bit rusty.
* DifferentlyPoweredIndividual: Always "superhumans", never "superheroes".
* DominoMask
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Peter St John's prophetic dream of the black sun.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The Chaostructor. A bomb powerful enough to annihilate a world, yet small enough to fit in your pocket. The timer mechanism [[SomeoneHasToDie breaks easily]], though.
* EldritchAbomination: The Lloigor.
* EldritchLocation: Four-dimensional space.
* EveryoneKnowsMorse: Hotspur, paralysed by the Lloigor, blinks in Morse Code to communicate with Big Ben.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
* EvilTwin: Zenith's counterpart Vertex from Alternative 300. Of course, since Zenith is shallow and unpleasant while Vertex is amicable and well-mannered, this means Vertex is the ''good'' twin.
* EyeBeams: [[StockSuperpower Standard superpower]] of the Lloigor.
* FaceFramedInShadow: [[spoiler: Maximan 23]].
* FetusTerrible:
-->'''Dr. Peyne''': ''I was forced to shoot the sixth baby. It was an appalling, skinless creature with a dozen mouths that whimpered and bit the midwives.''
* FlyingBrick: Lux and Zenith.
* GhostPlanet: Any of the Lloigor's alternative worlds.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Peter St John is one of these all by himself.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Tammy, Vertex.]]
* HowWeGotHere: Phase IV as narrated by Dr. Peyne.
* HumanPopsicle: Masterman's twin.
* IdiotSavant: Zenith may have the attention span of a sparrow but he demonstrates good business sense.
* IncestIsRelative: Sort of. Zenith is "bred" with a clone of his mother.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: ''Zenith'' has been out of print for almost twenty years, and, because of complicated legal issues surrounding the copyrights, will probably stay that way for a while. The original printings of the trade paperback collections currently go up for hundreds of dollars on Internet auction sites (the original issues of 2000 A.D. are somewhat cheaper)
** Although as of May 2013, 2000AD have announced that they will finally be reprinting Zenith! Only 100,000 copies will be done however.
* KissingCousins: Tiger Tom and Tammy.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Phase III, populated with classic British superheroes.
* MerlinSickness: [[spoiler: Chimera!Peyne's fate.]]
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Peyne. Zenith [[LampshadeHanging likens the name]] to a Film/JamesBond villain.
* NewEraSpeech: Several, all by villains. Zenith lampshades the latest one to occur in Phase IV.
* TheNightThatNeverEnds: The black sun.
* NumberOfTheBeast: Alternative 666 is the first world to fall to the Lloigor.
* OffingTheOffspring: What's left of Zenith's father tries to kill him as Warhead in Phase II. [[spoiler: Zenith unknowingly helps defeat his son Iok Sotot in Phase I.]]
* OldShame: Peter St John as Mandala in the 60's.
* OneWingedAngel: Iok Sotot.
* OnlyTheWorthyMayPass: Thunderbolt Jaxon's belt only works "for the purposes of right and justice". [[spoiler: It doesn't work because of the UnwittingPawn plan.]]
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Prime Minister Peter St John is definitely a President Action willing to get his hands dirty, with a bit of PresidentEvil mixed in.
* PhysicalGod: All the superhumans have this potential.
* PlayingWithFire: Red Dragon, Blaze, White Heat. Later Zenith himself.
* PsychicPowers: Peter St John at first. By Phase IV, all the superhumans have them as well as some humans.
* PubertySuperpower
* RiddleMeThis: Scott Wallace challenges Zenith with one.
* RobotBuddy: Archie.
* SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler: Tammy]]
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: Spoken by Margaret Thatcher.
* ShockAndAwe: Voltage, Shockwave.
* ShootingSuperman: A man driven insane by grief shoots Zenith at point-blank range with a bazooka. It doesn't even muss his hair.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: Zenith flies Red Dragon above the clouds and drops him in the hope that he will remember how to fly before he hits the ground.
* SistineSteal: Dr. Peyne and Zenith. From the shape of the hands, Peyne is the Creator, but the panel is flipped horizontally, [[{{Foreshadowing}} putting Zenith in God's position]].
* TheSixties: Referenced often and contrasted with TheEighties and TheNineties.
* SomethingPerson: Masterman, Maximan, Cat Girl, Fishboy, Tri-man, Oakman and Electroman.
* TheStoner: Archie. ''Robot'' Archie.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: How Zenith gets his powers.
* SuperSerum: The Maximan serum.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Scott Wallace's plan. He relents when asked the [[AndThenWhat obvious question]]. This was also the original plan of [[spoiler: Cloud 9]] before they decided to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt take it even further]].
* TakeThat: Morisson loves to take jabs at the British Conservative Party.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Zenith's only motivation in Phase I. He gets an answer in Phase II.
* TrainingMontage: Red Dragon's rehabilitation.
* {{Ubermensch}}: Masterman, the Nazi superhuman.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: TNT Tom and pre-op transsexual Metamaid. Tom doesn't seem to mind.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Phase III, where the Lloigor pose as Maximan to trick the superhumans into doing their dirty work.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Peter St John, who abuses his powers to gain - and keep - the position of Prime Minister.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Chimera.
* WhenThePlanetsAlign
* YouAreTooLate: [[spoiler: Phase IV has the fourth kind. The Lloigor unwittingly take over the Chimera universe after Peter St John traps them there.]]
* YouHaveFailedMe: Greta Haas.

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