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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 [[Myth/NorseMythology raven perched on his shoulder]].
* BreakThemByTalking: How Zenith convinces [[spoiler:Wallace to stop his missile strike]] and without his telepathy no less.
* BrilliantButLazy: Zenith. He's pound for pound one of the strongest superhuman in the series in terms of raw power and his mental faculties aren't wanting either; Peter St John, the comic's master manipulator, outright praises Zenith for more or less foreseeing the social media scene and expresses some disquiet that he sees through his illusions and schemes that manage to fool people "smarter" than him.
* 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.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Peter St John refuses to abandon London like [[spoiler:the royal family and the rest of the government to avoid the coming nuclear strike they've condemned the rest of the city to]], opting to stay behind on the slimmest of chances that he'll be powerful enough [[spoiler:to stop the missiles.]]
* 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.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Zenith's first feat of superhuman might? [[spoiler:Protecting his grandmother from a brutish CIA operative when he was just a lad.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Peter St John is a manipulative, pragmatic scoundrel, but no matter the era or incarnation, he is most definitely not on board with the plan his Cloud 9 colleagues cooked up despite how advantageous it would be for him personally.
* 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.
* GoingCommando: Maximan 23 isn't wearing anything under that robe of his, flashing everyone below him as he addresses the room, but Zenith seems to be the only one that cares.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Peter St John is one of these all by himself.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: When [[spoiler:Ruby's youth is restored early in Book III]], Zenith takes a moment to tastefully admire the change.
* GuileHero: Zenith and Peter St John. They're more about the guile than the hero aspect of this trope though.
* 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Zenith might be a jerk, but he's not a bad guy and has been known to comfort people in distress in his own rough way.
* 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.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Zenith. WordOfGod says that he masks his actual intelligence level so people won't demand so much of him and on the off chance he'll have to outfox those people sometime down the line. Case in point, when Peyne catches him reading a book, he flippantly throws it away and acts like nothing had happened.
* 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 seems genuinely ashamed of having been the super-hippy Mandala in the 60's; Being such a prominent anti-establishment figure would indeed have been a very unusual history for a Conservative minister in the MargaretThatcher era of RealLife, but given that ''absolutely everybody'' knows he was Mandala, and that the press never seem to mention him without pointing it out, it goes far beyond fear of public embarrassment, becoming something much more personal, as if he can't quite believe he ever behaved that way.
* 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.]]
* OtherMeAnnoysMe: Zenith doesn't care much for the polite and friendly Vertex, describing the experience of their first meeting as "horrible."
* 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.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Zenith is forced to kill [[spoiler:what's left of his braindead father to protect himself at the end of Book II.]]
* 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.
* StraightGay: Eddie, Zenith's agent.
* 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.
* {{Troll}}: Zenith lives up to his moniker of "Superbrat", but most of his gross acts of flippant rudeness are meant to either throw people off balance or make them think less of him so they'll lower their guard.
* {{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
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Peter St John doesn't. The other surviving members of Cloud 9 would like to very much.
* 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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