* EightiesHair: Aurora, Diamond, and Vindicator loved this look.
* AbnormalAmmo: Trident uses a wrist-mounted gun that fires little miniature tridents.
** Chuckles the Clown uses a "pie-shot"... a slingshot that fires bannana cream pies and has a pistol that fires ping-pong balls. Of course, the pies deliver a knock-out drug and the ping-pong balls ''explode''...
* AboveGoodAndEvil: The Warlord, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', is a [[TimeTravel traveler from the future]] who came back to the present because he was bored. He didn't like the way things were going in his time, and he changes historical events at a whim. He considers himself "beyond" such petty concerns as right and wrong.
* AbsentMindedProfessor: Herr Doktor Archeville. Brilliant scientist, and one of the most agile minds on the planet. Creates new technology at a whim and is responsible for four of the ten most world-changing inventions in the last twenty years. Often forgets what city he's in, can't remember the actual names of his lab assistants so he labels them "Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta" and so on (and then get's that mixed up) and if those same lab assistants weren't paid to remind him he would often forget he needed to eat and sleep every so often.
* AbsoluteXenophobe: The Kalish'chahine are a horrifically warlike alien race who view all other forms of life as food resources. They breed so quickly that they overwheln their home planets' capacity to keep the population fed, and are capable of digesting pretty much any carbon-based life. To them, Earth is a smorgasbord waiting to happen.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: A Espada ("The Sword") is a Brazilian who can create a "sword" out of pure mental force that can cut through anything as long as he has confidence that it will. Pendragon, a British hero, wields the legendary sword Excalibur, and has yet to meet a substance it cannot hack through. Fey, a mystic swords man who claims to be from the elf-lands of Faerie, once used his sword to cut through a bank vault door, though he says its all in the magic and not in the blade.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: These have appeared in several ''Global Guardians'' stories, but they are always storm drains and flood-control tunnels, old abandoned subway lines, and other tunnels people were meant to access rather than sanitary lines. The most notable case was when Team America discovered the Twelve Tribes living in the catacombs under New York.
* AbusiveParents: Aryan Nation, a white supremacist "superhero", admits that the reason he took to crimefighting was to repudiate the abuse his trailer-trash, redneck father heaped upon him while growing up, and is actually proud of the fact that he's not "some drunken Klansman in a bedsheet burning crosses", despite still being a racist {{Jerkass}}. The fact that he's doing the very same thing to his own kids that his father did to him hasn't occurred to Aryan Nation yet.
* AbusivePrecursors: The followers of the [[EldritchAbomination Old Ones]], ancient space gods from another dimension, were the first lifeforms to colonize a primordial Earth. A series of wars begin with the Old Ones on one side and U'tua the Gardener, war-fleets of five of the Progenitor Races, and at least thirty of the Progenitor's more advanced client species, on the other. Eighteen centuries of constant warfare culminated in the banishment and imprisonment of the Old Ones to places outside the universe. The victory came at a great price, as the entire H'ch'wee and Krang species, along with every member of their various participating client species) were exterminated in the fighting. Unknown to the victors, a small number of servants of the Old Ones survived on Earth. They went into hiding deep underground.
* AcademyOfAdventure: Both the [[SuperheroSchool Venture Institute]] and the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.
** The Shadow Academy, a [[SuperheroSchool Supervillain School]] from the same setting, also qualifies.
* AcceptableReligiousTargets: The worshipers of the [[EldritchAbomination Old Ones]] were AlwaysChaoticEvil, and thus no one blinked about attacking them on sight.
* ActionGirl: Since the GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse is all about superheroic action, pretty much all female characters were this.
* ActionGirlfriend: Athlete, a student at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], is dating fellow-student Ideal. She has all his powers and abilities, and then some.
* ActionMom: Chloe Neuman, matriarch of the Neuman Family, a family of superheroic crimefighters.
** Battle, the supervillain mom of former Global Guardian Stone, also qualifies.
* ActualPacifist: Raven is a mystic martial artist with minor darkness powers. She absolutely refuses to cause harm to another person, even in self-defense. However, she's a master of aikido, fast on her feet, and perfectly willing to let her opponents injure themselves. For instance, by punching walls when she ducks out of the way. She has perfected the art of "fighting" defensively.
* AdaptiveAbility: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse, Mexican superhero Evolucion, is a FlyingBrick with "reactive evolution" powers. He gains those defensive and sensory powers he needs depending on the situation he finds himself in (he gains night vision in darkness, he grows gills if he's underwater, fireproof skin if he's in a fire, and so on).
* AdaptiveArmor: Rainbow Knight's "PoweredArmor" is actually a piece of alien biotechnology that molded itself onto his body. Beyond some standard capabilities (like superhuman strength, [[NighInvulnerable invulnerability]], and [[IBelieveICanFly flight]]), the armor's capabilities [[SwissArmyWeapon change depending on the wearer's needs]].
* AdorableEvilMinions: [[MonsterClown Tom Foolery]] is always accompanied on his crimes by a horde of tiny teddy-bear robots. Which are armed with machine guns, and are set to explode on command.
* AesopAmnesia: From the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', the heroic Robotman learned that he can still be human even if he's a BrainInAJar. Then his original player left, the character was taken over by another player, and the "my God, what have I become" back all over again.
** Even though his behavior led him directly to prison time, CorruptCorporateExecutive Lexington Cargill never seemed to learn that being a billionaire wasn't an automatic Get Out of Jail Free card.
* AffablyEvil: Lord Doom really is a pretty swell guy, if you overlook the entire "take over the world, tyrannical dictator" aspect of his personality. He's urbane, friendly, and sends get well cards to his enemies when they are sick or injured. He even runs a charitable organization that has helped millions of children in poverty around the world. Did we mention that he wants to rule the world and everything in it?
* AffirmativeActionLegacy: The original Stonewall (an invulnerable, super-strong hero active in the 1970s and 80s) was a white man from suburbia. His successor, who has the same power set, is a black woman.
* AIIsACrapshoot: One (that's its name) is a sentient computer program originally written and programmed to help solve humanity's problems (like famine, crime, and so on). The first suggestion is made was "Eliminate 60% of the human population world-wide". Unsurprisingly, the programmers and sociologists reacted badly to this suggestion. Also unsurprisingly, One reacted badly to their trying to turn it off.
** There's also Omega, a sentient robot from the future that has been hard-programmed with the mission to kill all superhumans on the planet.
* AlasPoorVillain: As a supervillain, Hardcase was generally thought of as a brutish, selfish thug who liked to beat up women for fun, drank too much, and was generally a sleeze. And on September 11, 2001, he gave his life by using his superhuman strength to save people from the collapsing North Tower of the World Trade Center. The heroes not only campaigned to get him a posthumous presidential pardon, they sprang for a funeral the likes of which are normally reserved for deceased presidents and popes.
* AlienBlood: Most of the aliens living on Earth in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' bleed red, especially the Tautiq and the Pelkons (who are basically HumanAliens and RubberForeheadAliens, respectively). The Delethai are the exception... they bleed orange.
** Sweet Synn and Black Angel, both of whom are demons in human form, bleed a thick, black ichor that smells vaguely of sewage.
* AlienGeometries: Doctor Ka's mansion is effectively a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesseract tesseract]], and is definitely [[BagOfHolding bigger on the inside]] than on the out. If its layout was drawn on a set of blueprints it would feature rooms that overlapped spatially, rooms that seemed to have no exits or entrances, spherical rooms that nonetheless had corners, and rooms where the plane of gravity depending on which way you were looking.
* AliensAndMonsters: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' was full of aliens and monsters. It is a superhero setting, after all. One hero team actually fought Franchise/{{Godzilla}} for crying out loud...
* AliensAreBastards: The Daribi managed to kill nearly thirty million people over the course of of three [[AlienInvasion invasions]] (in 1898, 1938, and 1951), and completely leveled London, Bayonne, and San Diego in the process.
** [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy The Xorn]], who invaded in 1985, slaughtered nearly a billion people worldwide, introduced alien animals and plants to earth's ecology, and left behind tens of thousands of slaves from other races, all of whom were stuck with no way home when the invasion was defeated.
* AllEncompassingMantle: The supervillain Tachyon wears one of these, and looks damned impressive doing it.
* AlliterativeName: Mark Milton, the SecretIdentity of Ultra-Man. Extra points goes to Steve Stephens, the SecretIdentity of Defender, for not only having an alliterative name, but for it being the same basic name.
* AllMenArePerverts: The National Enquirer once made an accusation about Ultra-Man, who has X-Ray Vision, using it to scope out "public peep shows" on every woman he passes on the street. Ultra-Man, who grew up in the 30s and 40s and has the manners to match his upbringing, almost leveled the building the tabloid's offices were in out of sheer outrage.
* AllThereInTheManual: * The ''Global Guardians Encyclopedia'' had tens of thousands of entries, detailing all kinds of fun facts, most of which never made it into any story at all. Examples include how the Las Vegas casinos dealt with superhumans who use their powers to cheat a casino (harshly), when the first flying car was released to for public purchase (1974), to how much it costs to buy a John Deere Iron Man II brand power-assist exoskeleton ($75,000), and pretty much everything in between.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: When [[AncientConspiracy Tarot]] attacked the sattelite base of the Global Guardians in force, it resulted in the near death of two Guardians, killed two civilian contractors who were onboard, broke the base into pieces, and knocked those pieces out of orbit. The parts of the base that didn't burn up on re-entry crashed into the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
* AllYourPowersCombined: Paragon. Unlike most other power mimics in the setting, he copies the powers of ever other supervillain or hero within range (and his range is about half a mile) simultaneously... and the raw power of identical powers (superhuman strength, for example) ''stacks''. And he can target [[BadassNormal trained supernormals]] as well.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: There are several of these, most visibly the Neuman Family, who are pretty obviously a combination of the Franchise/FantasticFour and the Power Pack.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Cthonians. But then, they are based on Lovecraft's Deep Ones.
* AmateurSleuth: Andrew "Lucky" Starr from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' doesn't actually go out looking for mysteries to solve. [[MysteryMagnet He's just lucky that way]].
* AmbiguousGender: Masquerade, a shapeshifting supervillain, can make itself convincingly female or male at need. No one knows if Masquerade even ''had'' a gender of its own when it was born.
** Bodysnatcher, on the other hand, has long since abandoned his (or her) original body so long ago that she (or he) no longer remembers whether he (or she) was born male or female. The fact that the Bodysnatcher can't remember her (or his) real name doesn't help things.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Reginald Wannsinger was a superhumanly intelligent survivor of the Holocaust who came up with a plan that would not only end hunger worldwide and give every human being on the planet health care, but would insure that nothing like the Holocaust would ever happen again. And the only way he can make it work is by becoming the BigBad, Lord Doom.
* AnachronicOrder: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' featured the stories of [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters hundreds of characters]], set from about 1922 to the present day, all being told simultaneously. Without a scorecard it was impossible to tell what order in which to read the stories. On top of it, there was the Legacy Campaign (about the sidekicks and children of heroes who were active in the 1960s and 1970s), where the action bounced between the 60s/70s and modern day without warning.
* AncientConspiracy: Tarot is a secret society founded in the late 1500s by [[ThePrince Niccolo Machiavelli]], with the express purpose of taking over the world through the power of economics. While they haven't ''quite'' achieved that goal, they are so large and so powerful that they were beyond the power of any single hero (or group of heroes) to destroy.
* AncientEgypt: Superheroic weather-controller Pharaoh was born four thousand years ago in Egypt and brought forward through time.
* AngryBlackMan: Thundercloud, a KidHero active in the 1970s, started out as an [[AngryBlackMan Angry Native American]]. By the time he's grown up and changed his name to Thunderstorm, his anger is less about racial injustice and more about just being really angry about pretty much everything.
* AngstWhatAngst: Vindicator was kidnapped via mind control by a telepathic supervillain. She was then used as a sex toy for about a week before being rescued. You'd never know she was physically traumatized by how she acted later.
* AnimalStereotypes: Aside from [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys the Sentient Apes]] that populate the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', there are also a category of characters called "Moreaus" (after the titular MadScientist from "The Island of Doctor Moreau"), [[UpliftedAnimal scientifically altered animals that can now speak and think]].
** The Zoo is a heroic team of Moreaus that have banded together for self-protection and to show humanity that they aren't monsters. They've unimaginably named themselves after their original species (Bloodhound, Buffalo, Fox, and Giraffe), and fight crime in Los Angeles.
* AnimeHair: Ani-Mae has AnimeHair. Then again, she's the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification living incarnation]] of a Japanese cartoon character. Her hair is often neon cornflower blue, and spikey in the usual gravity-defying manner. And of course, she's got the [[Angst]]-fringe that always covers one eye.
** HimeCut: She also wears her hair in a style most Anime fans would recognize.
* Animorphism: Kodotai, Bestiario, Manimal, and Menagerie all have the power to assume the shape of any animal species they want. Russian hero Ursa can turn into a giant brown bear. Indian hero Bagha can turn into a large Bengal tiger.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Former Guardian Bandit has an AnnoyingYoungerSibling in the "Roger Clinton/Billy Carter" way: Ozcar Vizcairno is an irresponsible adult whose outrageous statements and actions always seem to land him on the front pages of the tabloids... not to mention utterly shredding Bandit's SecretIdentity.
* AnonymousRinger: For the most part, this is averted as real world people and places were used when needed. Certain other public figures (like the current US Secretary of Defense, Dr. Andrea Coudriet, and the current in-universe Pope, Alexander IX) are purely fictional substitutes for real people.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: There are has several, but the most notable is the Blood Red King, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Anger, Cruelty, Violence, and Fear.
* TheAntiChrist: Mystic detective and monster-hunter Jonathan [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Brimstone]] from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. His father is [[{{Satan}} Lucifer Morningstar]]. His mother a drug-addicted cultist. According to prophecy, he is destined to overthrow all goodness and light in his father's name.
** AntiAntiChrist: Well, he would if he hadn't decided to give his father the bird and fight evil.
* AntiHero: Black Cat is a definite anti-hero. He's dropped people off of roofs (after tying them securely to a line) in order to get them to talk, casually breaks bones, and generally operates with a disregard for civil rights. He's never killed anyone, though, and most Boston cops thank God for that.
* AntiVillain: Embrace is a super-terrorist who tends to target inhuman Third World dictatorial regimes and the First World nations who prop them up while simultaneously protecting the innocent peasants who are those regimes primary victims.
* ApocalypseHow: In one ''Global Guardians'' story, the Guardians traveled to a world in which the criminal MadScientist Doctor XX had succeeded in eradicating all male life on the planet through a tailored virus. By the time the heroes arrived, the virus had died off... and the remaining human population (all female) had descended into MadMax-style post-Apocalyptic barbarism due to the sure knowledge that the human race was doomed to utter extinction.
* ApocalypseMaiden: Esmeree is a sorceress and a member of the evil Circle of Black Thorns. She became a black magician after her mother (an oracle) produced a prophecy that said that Esmeree would become great in the knowledge of the Black Arts, and would in the fullness of time overthrow heaven and destroy the world. It hasn't happened, yet...
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Achilles is a genetically engineered super-soldier whose father is an immortal DiabolicalMastermind warlord. He's on team with a man who belongs to [[TheChosenMany an interstellar police force]], a [[SuperSpeed super-fast]] [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys talking gorilla]], a [[TimeTravel time traveler from the 40s]] who gained his powers from [[StupidJetpackHitler a Nazy super-science experiment]], and a Neanderthal who [[AnIcePerson survived being frozen in a glacier for 40,000 years]]. That all said, he does not believe in magic, and thus refuses to believe that his teammate Arachne received her powers from the goddess Athena.
* ArchEnemy: This is a superhero setting. ''Everybody'' has an ArchEnemy.
* ArchiveBinge: People visiting the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' website for the first time usually indulged in one of these, until they realized how much information was available and it descended into an ArchivePanic.
* ArchivePanic: The website had close to ten thousand individual whole-page character entries in its character archives. Add to that an in-universe Encyclopedia with nearly two hundred thousand entries (most at least three paragraphs long, and some as long as a full page), plus over a hundred campaign pages (each with their own archive), and you'd better be prepared to spend a ''lot'' of time if you want to read the whole thing.
* TheArchmage: Warlock was TheArchmage of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse.''
* ArmedWithCanon: This happened occasionally in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' when one GameMaster took over a campaign from another GameMaster and immediately instituted story changes that invalidated previous stories. At one point this got so bad that Jack Butler had to stop in, stop multiple campaigns, and reboot the entire universe.
* ArmsDealer: When it comes to high-tech armaments, the supervillains of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' turn to either the appropriately named Weaponsmith or the former [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi]] MadScientist Baron Malthus. The Weaponsmith's weapons are more powerful, but are much more expensive. Baron Mathus produces less advanced weapons, but they are a bargain comparatively.
* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: Both Stone and Bandit, former members of the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]], were regularly chewed out in this manner. Bandit, a teleporter, had a bad habit of disregarding things like "warrants" and "privacy laws". Stone, a FlyingBrick biker, couldn't even ''pronounce'' the phrase "excessive force", much less know what it meant. But they were both true heroes who would willingly sacrifice their lives to protect the innocent.
* ArtMajorBiology: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' advertised itself as an "open source superpowered roleplaying universe", which meant that pretty much any explanation for superpowers was useable. Bizarre alien biology as the source of superpowers, not to mention the "mutant" thing, all saw a lot of use.
* AscendedExtra: Doctor Tomorrowland, currently a member of the Disney-sponsored hero team Imagination, started out as part of the team's background extras. She rose to the rank of AscendedExtra, and then supporting character, and then to featured player, all because one of the players decided to start including her more nad more in the story. She later became a full-blown player character.
* AscendedMeme: The idea that Stone's mom was a supervillain originated as a joke between the players (including Stone's player). The jokes continued for more than two years. When the story of Stone's parents was finally explored, it turned out that Stone's mom really ''was'' a supervillain.
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: The Blood Red King, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Anger, Cruelty, Violence, and Fear in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', has been killed numerous times since he first appeared in the late 1970s. But as long as there are people being angry or cruel, causing violence or causing fear, he always springs back up shortly thereafter, fresh as a daisy.
* AnAssKickingChristmas: The Denver Defenders once defended the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Christmas, in the form of Santa Claus, from a group of rampaging nihilistic teenaged supervillains known as the Young Gods.
* AssShove: In one story, the villainous Eightball manages to smuggle the pieces of a working weapon into a prison in this fashion, far enough up to avoid detection during a body cavity search.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' naturally uses this a lot being based on comic books. The best examples are probably Amnesty (the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Mercy) who wears angelic white robes, has a halo, wings, and glows with a pure white inner light, and the Blood Red King (the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Terror and Fear), who has red-glowing eyes, fangs, and has blood continually dripping from his hands.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Fidget, a KidHero [[SuperSpeed speedster]] who attends the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] suffers from this problem. In his case, its usually over-exaggerated in the storylines, though the writers did do one thing right: when his attention isn't flitting from place to place like a butterfly in a field of posies, it's hyper-focused like a laser beam to the exclusion of everything around him
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Doctor Simian, generally regarded as one of the two most intelligent beings on Earth, uses this as his primary weapon.
* AnAxeToGrind: Byelobog is the [[PhysicalGod Russian God of the Sun and Daylight]]. In addition to SuperStrength and NighInvulnerability, he wields a big battleaxe that returns to him when he throws it.
* BackFromTheDead: This was actually one of the powers possessed by the heroic Mister Easter. As his name might imply, he would arise from the dead after three days. (His powers were all based on the miracles Jesus was explicitly shown performing in Literature/TheBible, including the resurrection.)
* BackStory: At its height, the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' had literally megabytes of back story on its website, in a history involving thousands of characters and trailing all the way back to the Big Bang. When the game's website finally closed down, the [[WordOfGod administrator admitted]] that there was more back story that hadn't ever made it onto the website than information that had.
* BadassCape: Madras had telekinetic control over cloth (and ''only'' over cloth), so he wore a costume that included a ten-foot long cape. And he used it as a ''weapon''.
* BadassLabcoat: Herr Doktor Archeville, Doctor Simian, and Lord Doom.
* BadassLongcoat: Stone.
* BadassNormal: Several, including [[TheGunslinger Ballistic]], [[TrickArrow Longbow]], and Battlecat.
* BadPowersBadPeople: Sekhmet has the power to infect other people with fast-acting plagues. What else was he supposed to become ''but'' a supervillain?
* BadPowersGoodPeople: Shadowcloak can generate a "living darkness" that "feeds" on people's body heat. You just don't see too many heroic energy vampires.
* BagOfHolding: There are several of these. The "bag o' tricks" wielded by Chuckles the Happy Clown contained anything that Chuckles could imagine... but only if it was funny. The mutant wanderer known as "Pockets" could literally turn any pocket on any piece of clothing he was wearing into one of these (and more... at least once, he kept an entire alternate dimension in one of his coat pockets). Doctor Ka's [[CoolHouse mansion]] technically counts as one of these, being much, much bigger on the inside than on the outside.
* BandOfBrothers: The Global Guardians, the superhero team that gives the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' its name, started out one of these, but became even moreso after the events of the the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks in which they lost one of their own while rescuing people from the collapsing World Trade Center.
* TheBaroness: The Empress of TAROT looks like the sexpot version of this trope, but is actually a Rosa Klebb. She's icy, she's deadly, she's ruthless, and she's beautiful. She's actually [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Catherine de'Medici]], kept young [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld after five hundred years]] through the power of black magic.
* BarrierWarrior: Tumble Bee is a FlyingBrick whose "super-strength" and "invulnerability" are both based on generating force fields.
** Deflector is a more traditional BarrierWarrior, using planes of force as both defense and weaponry. The Great Wall, one of China's greatest heroes, shares the power set.
** The heroic Dove is a MartialPacifist who specializes in evasion, blocking, and misdirection in combat. He's an expert at somehow finding convenient trees, walls, cars, and so on to duck behind just as the bad guys attack. He only goes "offensive" when he absolutely has to.
* BatFamilyCrossover: Given how many super-teams are based out of New York City alone, this happened ''a lot''.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: While there are several heroes and villains in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' who are immune to all the problems usually involved with vacuum exposure (usually by way of being otherwise invulnerable), nearly all of them still need to breathe (they use some form of breathing apparatus when they do go into space). The ones who don't need to breathe are either EnergyBeings, or else are The Shield (whose immunity to injury includes an immunity to suffocation).
* BattleButler: Mister Joshua, the "personal secretary" of CorruptCorporateExecutive Lexington Cargill, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. He fetches coffee, he retrieves information, he carries briefcases, and occasionally he beats up or kills those he is directed to beat up or kill.
* BattleCouple: Yin and Yang, a pair of crime-fighting martial artists active in San Francisco.
** Also Simon Bar Sinister and Penny Dreadful.
* BearsAreBadNews: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has several examples of this trope:
** Render is an animalistic, bear-like [[AxeCrazy psycho-villain]] who likes the taste of human blood.
** ''Coach Bear'', the gym teacher at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], used to be the superhero known as "Kodiak".
** Ursa is a Russian superhero who can turn into a polar bear.
* TheBeastmaster: Menagerie can not only [[ShapeShifting can assume the shapes of animals]], she can communicate with them and command them. Brazilian hero Junglemaster controls both plants and animals. Archdruid adds weather control to Junglemaster's power set.
* BerserkButton: Never, ever mention the fact that Dreamcatcher's father died in an insane asylum after a life of villainy if you value your sanity. Dreamcatcher, as the name might imply, can manipulate your nightmares so you regret ever mentioning his father in the first place.
** Want to press Eightball's BerserkButton really, really hard? Make fun of Bamm-Bamm's condition or use any variation of the word "retard" in his presence. Go head. I ''double-dog dare you''.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: The Evil Mastermind favors grandiose schemes and schemes within schemes within schemes. (Whaddaya want? He's a super-intelligent twelve year old boy.) Most of the heroes consider him a joke. But you know, he did almost poison New York City's whole water supply tha tone time. And other time he actually had control of the nation's air traffic control systems for nearly half an hour...
* BewareTheSuperman: Ask the Pakistanis how they feel about superheroes, after their government was taken over by the national superteam.
* BigBad: [[TheChessmaster The Emperor]], leader of [[NebulousEvilOrganization TAROT]], has his fingers in nearly every criminal enterprise on Earth in The Global Guardians PBEM Universe. Of course, he's also got his fingers in nearly every major legitimate business enterprise on Earth as well. But then, what do you expect of a villain who is secretly an immortal [[ManipulativeBastard Niccolo Machiavelli]]?
* BigBadEnsemble: [[EvilOverlord The Emperor]], [[EvilGenius Lord Doom]], [[MadScientist Doctor Simian]], [[TimeAbyss Abyss]], [[OmnicidalManiac the Blood Red King]], and [[CrushKillDestroy Omega]] all present a threat to the whole world. They do this simultaneously, though of course they don't do it cooperatively.
* BigBadWannabe: Brainchild put together a criminal organization, attracted mercenary supervillains to work for him, and tried to take over NewYorkCity's underworld. He was arrested, and his organization dismantled, by Pamela Odd, a BadassNormal private detective.
* BigDamnHeroes: Most campaigns featured this sort of scene all the freaking time.
* BiggerOnTheInside: The mansion of mystic hero Doctor Ka has much, much more floor-space than its exterior would suggest. He needs the extra space to contain the angry ghosts...
* TheBigGuy: Ultra-Man is a bit of a mix between the GentleGiant and the GeniusBruiser. Regardlesss, he is the moral compass of the team.
* BigRedDevil: The supervillain known as The Devil, one of TAROT's Major Arcana, can transform into a huge, super-strong, [[TheHulk Hulk-like]] monstrosity whose appearance fits this trope exactly.
* BilingualBonus: The ''Heroes of Haifa'' campaign was set in Israel, and run by a Rabbi. The players received quite the education in the Hebrew language.
** A lot of the dialog from mystic hero Doctor Kaballah was also in Hebrew.
** Herr Doktor Archeville's dialog slid between English and German.
* BioAugmentation: This is a common way of gaining superpowers in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. [[EvilOverlord Lord Doom]] even bio-engineered an entire raft of children to serve him as [[SuperSoldier super soldiers]].
* BizarreAlienBiology: The K'kriki'I look like poodle-sized crickets, which isn't all that bizarre... but each individual K'kriki'i is made up of six to eight crickets apiece. Human scientists still haven't figured this one out.
** The Aa are a technological race that resemble nothing on Earth more than a freshly baked lasagna. They have... things... in their semi-liquid makeup that function as organs... but what they are specifically, and how they function? Nobody knows.
* BizarroUniverse: The heroes of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have encountered several of these. In addition to two of the "standard" good-to-evil-switch [[MirrorUniverse mirror universes]], there was Neanderthal-Earth (all the people were the same, but they were all neanderthals), Ape-Earth (where gorillas were the dominant species and humans were just a kind of smart animal... though there was an entire city of "Smart Humans" hidden in the mountains of Africa), Lizard-Earth (where the dinosaurs never died out and everyone was a Deinonychus-like being), Medieval-Earth (modern society based on magic rather than technology, where science never got past the Dark Ages.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: This was one of the keystones of the ''Golden Age'' campaign, featuring heroes fighting Nazis during World War II.
* BlindfoldedVision
* BlowYouAway: Twister, Thunderstorm, Summer Storm, Summer Cloud, Archdruid, Summer Storm, Cloud Dragon, Shu, Teja Vayu ("Swift Wind" in Hindi), Dust Devil, Gale, Wind, Breeze (the hero, not the villain), Breeze (the villain, not the hero), Maelstrom, Flurry, Hurricane, Sirocco, Tornado, Vetra, Venta, Kamikaze, Dark Wind, and Turbo.
* BoisterousBruiser: The aptly named Mister Excitement, a member of The Crimestoppers. [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway His power comes from his boundless enthusiasm]]!
* BoldInflation: Being a PBEM, the action of the campaigns was always produced in text. This trope occurred on a more-than-regular basis.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: During one [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] campaign, the Blood Red King mocked the heroes for their inability to stop him while standing over the corpses of children he had murdered. Axe-wielding superhero [[PhysicalGod Byelobog]], who in reality [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin really is the Slavic "White God" of the Sun that he is named after]], promptly called down one of these to justly smite the villain. The Blood Red King never mocked Byelobog again.
* BraidsOfAction: Chimera, Forceful Leaf, and Zephyr all wear their hair in single braids. Matrix is a male example.
* BrainCriticalMass: Brainchild combines superhuman intelligence with powerful PsychicPowers to make his way as a supervillain. Likewise, The Brain combines lots of smarts with telepathy.
** For the most part, the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' avoids this trope. Most of the smartest people in the setting are [[GadgeteerGenius super-inventors]] rather than [[PsychicPowers mentalists]].
* BrainInAJar: Robotman, one of the Denver Defenders, is essentially a BrainInAJar where the jar is a powerful robot body.
* BreathWeapon: Dragon is a villain who transforms into a fire-breathing reptile-man.
** As his name implies, the villainous Belcher, from the same setting, can let loose with weaponized burps.
* BrokenBase: The character approval process created this effect among the players. Specifically, every proposed character was examined with a fine tooth comb, the maths were run and rerun, and everything was compared to the character's central concept and the standards of the setting as a whole. Unacceptable characters were rejected, or heavily modified. Some players found this refreshing and liked the process, while others found it infuriating and hated it.
* BronzeAge: The aim of the game world was to replicate the feel of this comic-book era.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Villains Simon Bar Sinister and Penny Dreadful.
* BroughtDownToNormal: During the storyline in which invulnerable, untouchable hero The Shield temporarily lost his power to surround himself with an impenetrable force field, he ''freaked out'' and ended up temporarily institutionalized because of his pure, unadulterarted fear of being hurt.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: 'J' for Jock, a super-athlete with heightened reflexes from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.
** 'E' for Embrace, a [[RubberMan stretchable]] supervillain. Also for Echo, a superhero with ultrasonic powers.
** 'A' for Apex.
** 'V' for Velocity.
** There's even one villain with a number: '8' for Eight-Ball.
* BruceWayneHeldHostage: The New York Metropolitan Museum was invaded by gunmen during the presentation of a new exhibit. Both Achilles and Bungie were in attendance in their secret identities. It didn't go well for the gunmen.
* BuildingSwing: Widow and Arachne's preferred method of travel.
* BusFullOfInnocents: Played straight during a fight between the Supreme Six (a team of heroes generally considered second-tier) and the Fatal Four (a team of villains generally considered ''not'' second-tier at all), when Urania of the Fatal Four used her gravity control powers to hold a bus full of people hostage.
* BusmansHoliday: It became a running joke in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' that superheroes should never go on vacation, because when they do, something bad always happens. Supervillains attacked [[DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]] while the heroes are attending in SecretIdentity with their families. The Caribbean resort they go to gets hit by a hurricane and the entire island needs rescue and evacuation. The cruise ship they sail on is attacked by a kraken. A werewolf stalks the tourists to the mountain lodge they've escaped to. The Atlanteans attack if they go to the beach. It was just easier for them to stay home some days.
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: Super-speedster Jenny Thunder activated her speed powers by yelling out the phrase "THUNDERBOLT POWER NOW!"
* CaffeineBulletTime: Mister Excitement was a member of the Crimestoppers a team of [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway superhero wannabe's]]. Excitement had honest to God super-strength and SuperSpeed... except he gained the super-strength by way of adrenalin rushes, and there was never a guarantee he was going to have one. Mister Excitement was hyper-active, fidgeted, and his team instinctively knew that whatever they did, giving this man caffeine was a bad thing because who knew what would happen. But when the chips were down and they were captured by a real supervillain, they consciously invoked this trope, allowing Mister Excitement to save the day.
* CanonInvasion: Several non-player characters are direct lifts from [[DCComics DC]] and MarvelComics, including Hawk, Dove, Cloak, Dagger, and Uncle Sam.
* TheCape: Ultra-Man, Golden Marvel, Centennial, Empyrion, Thunder, Champion, Dharma, Kismet, Shaktimaan, Scanner, Protonik, Paladin, and El Grifo Rojo. Somewhat subverted by the Aryan (a white supremacist NPC ''crimefighter'' who most of the players hated to deal with).
* CapeBusters: Checkmate in the United States. The French government's Longsword program.
* CaptainErsatz: Many. A short listing includes: Ultra-Man (Franchise/{{Superman}}), Bungie (ComicBook/PlasticMan), Guardsman (Franchise/GreenLantern), Achilles (Franchise/{{Batman}}), Arachne (SpiderMan), The Damocles Directive (The SuicideSquad), Quantum (CaptainAtom), Golden Marvel (Golden-Age Franchise/{{Superman}}), Morningstar (PowerGirl), and Jock (The {{Taskmaster}}).
* CaptainEthnic: ''The GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' features literally dozens of non-American, non-Caucasian superheroes and villains working in their own native countries.
** Walkabout, a teleporting martial artist who protects Alice Springs, Australia. He's more aboriginal than the aborigines, and sounds like he just walked out of a ''CrocodileDundee'' film.
** The People’s Revolutionary Metahuman Collective may be the setting's most notable example. A team of forty-two Chinese superheroes protecting the People's Republic of China.
** PRIDE is an entire team of gay, lesbian, and transgender superheroes. Most of them are CampGay in one way or another.
* CaptainGeographic: Captain Texas (premiere hero of the Lone Star State); Captain Australia; Ultra-Man (from the United States); Jean d'Arc (France); Rodina (Russia), and Captain Barbados. Britain is represented by both Union Jack and John Bull. Doctor Tomorrowland Is a special case, in that he is named after one of Disney World's "lands" (which is appropriate, since he is a corporate hero working for the Disney corporation).
* CaptainPatriotic: In addition to Captain Texas, there's also the Citizen, Doc Liberty, Independence, Uncle Sam, and every single member of the Arsenal of Democracy.
** Interestingly enough, The Patriot is not a CaptainPatriotic, as he is themed after the New England Patriots football team, and not on patriotism.
* CardCarryingVillain: [[SecretCircleOfSecrets The Circle of Cold Flames]] are an order of mystics and sorcerers dedicated to overthrowing Heaven and instituting a reign of evil over the earth (and put themselves in control over it all in the end). They even describe themselves and their plans as evil when talking to one another.
* CarnivalOfKillers: A Syndicate boss put out a $1,000,000 bounty on the head of NinetiesAntiHero Strafe, and a fifteen-man CarnivalOfKillers took up the challenge. After the smoke had cleared, the six surviving killers decided to stick together as a "business cooperative" they named "The League of Assassins", with the body of Strafe as their first advertisement.
* [[{{Splat}} Character Classes]]: Huh? What? This is HeroSystem. Never heard of [[{{Splat}} character classes]].
* CharacterTiers: The United States Department of Defense divides metahumans into the following general power levels. It should be noted that these categories are not precise, and there have been several occasions where a metahuman of one power level is generally considered to be a member of another power level. Usually, this mistake is made in the direction of underestimating the metahuman.
** Omega: The Omega category is the domain of those individuals who possess truly godlike power. These individuals seem to be capable of doing nearly anything they wish to do. So far, only two Omega class Metahumans have ever been recorded: The Blood Red King and Amnesty..
** Alpha: Alpha-level metahumans are massively powerful, but have definitive limitations on their raw power. By themselves, they can be a threat to entire teams of heroes, and they generally operate on their own.
** Beta: The Beta category is the highest level of "mainstream" metahuman. Most active superheroes fall somewhere into this category.
** Gamma: On a slightly lower power scale than Betas in terms of raw power, Gamma-level metahumans can nevertheless still be a threat to an Alpha, especially if they are in groups.
** Delta: The Delta level metahuman is at the bottom level of the mainstream metahuman. When compared to a normal individual, a Delta-level metahuman is amazing. When compared to a Beta, they are considerably less than impressive. A team of Delta's could probably cause a single Beta a great deal of difficulty in a fight, but a platoon of Betas could take on a battalion of Deltas and win.
** Epsilon: Epsilon-level metahumans sometimes have one or two useful superhuman powers, but generally they are considered jokes by the greater community of superhumans.
** Zeta: A Zeta-level metahuman is as weak as you can get and still be considered superhuman. In general, a Zeta has powers that don't do anything useful at all.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Hazard, Cold Comfort, Hip-Hop, Awesome X, Quarterback, Elite, and Action Man.
* CharmPerson: Propaganda, a Chinese hero, has this sort of mind control. She never commands, but only suggests. She has discovered that while her MindControl isn't as directly powerful as that of most [[PsychicPowers telepaths]], it tends to last longer and is harder to resist.
* ChekhovsArmory: The players in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' were encouraged to flesh out their characters' backgrounds to the fullest extent possible precisely because they would then be used as one big ChekhovsArmory. Even characters who had backgrounds that were mysterious even to themselves found their BackStory used for plot details later.
* ChekhovsArmy: Every single named character who showed up at any time in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' would be back later to play a larger part in the story. Every single one.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: In the very first [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] story, Dogfight's status as a husband and father is remarked on by his teammates, as it is relatively rare for costumed crimefighters to be married, much less to be married with children. Years later, when Dogfight is [[HeroicSacrifice killed rescuing people]] from the World Trade Center during the September 11th attacks, his family is brought front and center to add a bit more poignancy to the memorial for the attack's victims. They then disappeared into the background, presumably never to be seen again. In one of the last Guardians stories, Dogfight's oldest son reappears as a supervillain (having inherited his father's powers) seeking revenge on the Guardians, whom he blames for his father's death.
* ChekhovsClassroom: The [[KidHero students]] at the [[Superhero School Hyperion Academy]] used the information they learned in about electro-magnetism during their weekly physics class to defeat the villainous Lodestone.
* ChekhovsExhibit: In story, the ''Unaussprechlichen Kulten'', a book of black magic rituals, was put on display as part of a special "Magic and the Occult" exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago. Naturally, it was stolen.
* ChekhovsGag: In one [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] story, heroic [[ShapeShifting shape shifter]] Pseudo is hired as a consultant to a production company making a superhero movie. At one point he uses his powers to duplicate the appearance of Viggo Mortensen (the leading man) as a joke and is immediately mistaken for the actor by his co-stars. HilarityEnsues. The story is shared among Pseudo's teammates and they all have a good laugh. A year later, Pseudo is hired again by the same company as a consultant for the sequel. When Pseudo's teammates visit the set, they immediately step up to Viggo Mortensen and start chatting away, thinking he's Pseudo. HilarityEnsues.
* ChekhovsGun: In one story, Knightblade's CoolCar makes an appearance at the beginning, but then is promptly abandoned as the manhunt moved into an abandoned tenement. At the end of the story, Knightblade was forced to use his CoolCar as a weapon against a supervillain when he finally chased him out of the tenement.
* ChekhovsGunman: The tall, impressive looking woman standing just behind and to the right of crimelord Baron Samedi in the early story that introduced Samedi as a DiabolicalMastermind? Yeah, it turns out that she's more than just Samedi's [[TheDragon|Dragon]]. It turns out she's Battle, the mother of Stone, the former Global Guardian.
* ChekhovsSkill: Just before their first encounter with the Brain Trust, Achilles teaches his teammate Arachne how to use a pick to open a set of handcuffs while her hands are cuffed behind her back. By the end of the story, she's used this brand new skill ''twice''.
* TheChessmaster: The Emperor, leader of [[NebulousEvilOrganization TAROT]], has his fingers in nearly every criminal enterprise on Earth in The GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse. He's also got his fingers in nearly every major legitimate business enterprise on Earth as well as more than a couple of governments. But then, what do you expect of a villain who is secretly an immortal [[ManipulativeBastard Niccolo Machiavelli]]?
* ChestInsignia: Given that the game is about superheroes, these are common.
* ChromeChampion: Alloy, Anvil, Mercury, Mister Steele, Coppertop, and Chrome.
* CivvieSpandex: Electric-powered heroine Cracklin' Rose wears a costume made up of a black leotard, a red cowl, and a red leather motorcycle jacket (the kind Italian cycle racers wear, not the kind American street gang biker's wear).
* ClingyCostume: The villainous Shadowspawn is really an alien parasite that has grafted itself onto a human being, whom it is slowly ''digesting''. When it finishes with one person, it moves on to another.
* ClueFromEd: During the various campaigns, this was used quite often when game master's had to reference events that occurred in their campaigns years prior, sometimes to players and characters who just weren't around when those events occurred.
* CoatHatMask: Josiah Brimstone, Mister Magic, Foreshadow and the Mask of Justice.
* CodeName: It would be easier to list the [[AvertedTrope aversions]], like Michael Kayle, David Thorn, Charles Carr, Nicholas Chandler, Josiah Brimstone, and Pamela Odd.
* ColorCharacter
* ColorCodedCharacters: The Iron Legion is a group of seven PoweredArmor mercenaries who are [[CodeName code named]] for the seven spectral colors (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet), and whose armors are colored to match their names.
** The Lightning Power Special Team, a group of [[ColorCodedCharacters color-coded heroes]], are the premiere superheroes of Japan.
* CombatClairvoyance: Foreshadow is a crimefightrer who occasionally partners with [[TheCowl Battlecat]], battling organized crime in New Orleans. He's an almost unbeatable hand-to-hand combatant due to his ability to see just far enough into the future to know what they will do. He's even used this power to dodge bullets. The Eye of God, an expert swordsman and member of the super-terrorist group known as "The Mujahedin", can do the same thing. One wonders what a fight between Foreshadow and the Eye of God would be like.
* CombatMedic: Lifeline is super-strong and can weild "bio-energy powers'. He's handy in a fight, but he mostly uses his powers to help the wounded.
* CombatTentacles: Lasher is a mercenary supervillain whose costume includes two coiled, steel whips he can use to great effect.
** [[PsychicPowers Psionic]] hero Gray Matter can create multiple "tentacles" of purple-colored mental energy that array themselves around his body like a halo. He uses them in combat when his opponents get too close.
* ComboPlatterPowers: For the most part, this was avoided in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', so the exceptions stand out all the more:
** Texas Superheroine Mustang Sally is super-strong and [[NighInvulnerable hard to hurt]]. She also has ImprobableAimingSkills and SuperSpeed.
** Tao, a genetically-engineered "perfect weapon", has heightened agility, strength, and stamina. She is also immune to intense temperatures, being able to survive naked in both the jungle and the arctic tundra, can eat nearly any sort of organic matter, is immune to poisons, and can hold her breath for hours.
** Oak is super-strong and invulnerable, but can also mentally control plants.
** Queen Bee can shrink, fire off energy blasts, fly using insect-like wings, and mentally control bees.
** The King, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Public's Obsession With Elvis Presley has sonic powers, knows karate, and is charming as all get out.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: You'd better damned believe it.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Used literally. Leland Orser, Mick Jagger, Avery Brooks, and Miley Cyrus are all super-powered, among others, and two (Leland Orser and Miley Cyrus) are a villain and hero, respectively.
** MarilynMonroe as the Platinum Blonde, a super-powered android crimefighter.
** Not to mention certain historical figures (Niccolo Machiavelle, Catherine de'Medici, and Juan Ponce de Leon, Prince Johann Dorian von Hapsburg, to name four) are all still alive and active in the "metahuman community").
* ComicBookLimbo: When players left the game, or when individual campaigns shut down, their casts usually faded into the background, never to be seen again.
* TheCommissionerGordon: Nearly every campaign had at least one.
* CommonNonsenseJury: It proved almost impossible to convict Ambrosia of any crime, even when she was caught red handed with both video and DNA evidence, because her lawyer managed to disqualify any woman who had a chance of landing on the jury. Her pheremone-driven power to cause all men to view her as attractive and friendly did the rest...
* TheComputerIsYourFriend: [[AIIsACrapshoot One]] has continually tried to take over the world in an attempt to fulfill its programming, which is to "find a way to end hunger and poverty on Earth", which it wants to do by wiping out 60% of the human population on Earth.
* ContagiousAI: One, an [[AIIsACrapshoot evil sentient computer program]] operates in this fashion.
* CoolBike: Battlecat rides a CoolBike called the Battlecycle. It's tricked out like one of Film/JamesBond's cars.
* CoolHelmet: The helmet worn by Barnstormer, a jetpack-wearing GoldenAge hero, has an art-deco fin on it that doubles as a rudder, helping him steer as he flies.
* CoolHouse: Doctor Ka's mansion in New Orleans bears a striking resemblance to the Winchester Mansion. And for the same reason.
* CoolKey: The villainous Locksmith had a large, elaborate, and rather baroque-looking key that he uses to open any lock, and create "doorways"... dimensional tunnels from one location to another... by way of opening random door. When the heroes captured this "dimensional key", they discovered it was just a prop, and it was the man who had the power all along.
* TheCorruption: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', this is one of [[EldritchAbomination The Blood Red]] [[AnthropomorphicPersonification King's]] favorite tactics: find an innocent person and turn them into monsters by granting them power and turning off any sort of moral control over that power and then letting them loose on the unsuspecting populace.
* TheCowl: Achilles. Battlecat and his daughter, Lynx, in New Orleans. The Nightwatchman in Boston. El Buho in Mexico City.
* TheCracker: Electronic thieves-for-hire Deadlock, Keystroke, and E-Beam.
* CradlingYourKill: Though he only renders the target unconscious, Achilles of the Global Guardians typically does this to [[{{Mook}} Mooks]] he takes down when he's trying to be stealthy, just so the sound of their unconscious bodies doesn't alert anyone he's coming.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: The villainous speedster Slipstream blames the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] for the death of his father, the superhero Dogfight (a former member of the Guardians himself) in the 9/11 attacks. Slipstream has sworn vengeance.
* CreepySexy: Sweet Synn, the succubus supervillain, is remembered by the players more for the "Oh yeah, I remember [[FanService her artwork]]... wow..." factor than by her appearances in the stories.
** The Shield giving his "I have AIDS and the only thing keeping me alive is my powers" speech shortly before sacrificing those powers, and his life, to save the world.
* CulturedBadass: Lord Doom. Wealthy? Check. Highly educated? Check. Loves the classics? Check. Patron of the arts? Check. Gourmand? Check. FriendToAllChildren? Check. Published author and poet? Check. Olympic-level athlete? Check. MadScientist dedicated to ruling the world? Check.
* ACupAngst: When in costume, Bungie uses her RubberMan powers to increase her bust size as part of her "disguise". She's normally rather small-breasted, and figures if people are looking at her chest when she's in costume, they won't be looking at her face.
* CuteBruiser: Heart Girl. Imagine Superman as a nine-year-old blonde girl with pigtails.
** Nicholas Chandler also. A fourteen year old boy who is perhaps the only "monster slayer" on the planet more feared than Charles Carr. At age eight he used a baseball bat to kill a menacing spirit he still thinks of (at the grand old age of eleven) as "the Boogeyman". Considered the "creepy little kid" in his neighborhood, and is distrusted by parents and children alike... until the children come to him telling stories of strange things bumping around their windows at night. Lives with his parents, naturally.
* CutLexLuthorACheck:
** The Evil Mastermind, leader of Evil Mensa, invented a foolproof, hand-portable, lightweight fusion reactor. He uses it to power his weapons in order to strike back at his enemies rather than improve the world.
** Doctor Armageddon's first act of super-science was to cure his own leukemia. Did he then release his ''cancer cure'' to the world at large and make himself rich? Of course not. He used his knowledge of genetic engineering and epidemiology to hold entire cities hostage.
** Doctor Simian spins off new technologies as easily as you or I breathe. But all he wants to do is rule the world of man.
** Averted in the case of benevolent MadScientist Fiona Richards, who invented a cure for nearly 70% of all types of cancer... and then made herself a billionaire by mass-producing the cure and distributing it world-wide.
* [[ArtificialLimbs Cybernetics]]: * The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', featured several cybernetic characters, including Indian hero Naja (his legs have been replaced with a long cybernetic "tail", and he has envenomed "fangs" in his wrists), Koushik (his right arm has been replaced and gives him super-strong punches), Halftrack (the lower half of his body has been replaced by a tracked, tank-like machine with attached heavy weaponry), Daemon (cranial implants let him jack into computers, and other implants increase his strength, durability, and speed), Deadlock (cranial implants allow him to "jack in" new skillsets as needed), Overdrive (arms, legs, and spine have been reinforced, giving her SuperSpeed), and Robotman (who is a BrainInAJar with a total body replacement).
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Cyborg assassin Deadlock from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has replaced the emotional center of his brain with a computer system that allows him to "jack in" skill files. When he needs martial arts, he inserts a martial arts chip, and so on. He is incapable of feeling any emotion and has become cold and merciless and inhuman.
** Robotman, a superhero who is essentially a BrainInAJar (where the jar is a powerful robot body), believes that his total body replacement has done this to him. But it hasn't.
* CycleOfRevenge: Ultr-Man and Baron Malthus have been battling each other since World War II. It stopped being about "preventing injustice" (for Ultra-Man) or "committing a crime" (for Baron Malthus) a long, long time ago... no, these days [[ItsPersonal its strictly personal]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Los Hermanos is DangerouslyGenreSavvy. He's the hero who notes that if there's no body, there's no villain death, or mentions the fact that sending the villains to prison never works. Everyone around him complains about his "pessimism", but he's never been wrong yet.
** Simon Bar Sinister and Penny Dreadful never put captured heroes into deathtraps. They simply whip out the guns and start blasting.
* TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks: This was generally avoided, with a single exception: the Night Life in the Big Easy campaign was built on this trope.
* DarkAgeOfSupernames: Oh my, were there several. Some players just couldn't get over the fact that the games were supposedly running under BronzeAge ideals and not DarkAge ideals. Ballistic, Ambush, Battlecat, Twilight, Recoil, Fracture, Fusillade, Shift, Flux, and Ablaze are just a random ten, and those are the ''heroes''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: While most of the campaigns in the setting were standard BronzeAge fare, the ''Night Life In The Big Easy'' campaign, which featured a solo 1980s-style vigilante facing off against a voodoo-themed criminal empire that had been built on drugs, prostitution, and white slavery.
* DarkIsEdgy: Several characters have these abilities in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Nearly all of them fall under Category Two. Nocturne, Eclipse (who can also [[LightEmUp manipulate light), Shadowcloak, Night Vision, Raven, Tatterdemalion, Moonshadow (who, like Eclipse, can also [[LightEmUp control light]]), Zmierzch (Polish for "Twilight"), Bloody Mary, Muerte Oscura, Shadowspawn, and Obsidian.
* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Los Magnificos, the heroic defenders of Mexico City, made a deal with the Garodillos crime family to turn a blind eye to certain crimes in exchange for the crime family's assistance in policing the barrios they controlled of its more extreme elements, because the problems faced by those areas were too much for the heroes to handle on their own. And it worked, for a while. Sure, there was still drug-trafficking, but murders and rapes went down. Eventually, however, the members of Los Magnificos were little more than a superhuman enforcement arm for the Mexican mafia.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Baltimore heroine Tao has skin the color of mahogany and platinum blonde hair. And its her natural color.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Texan hero Firedrake is a black man with pumpkin-orange hair. Its a side-effect of his powers.
* DatingCatwoman: Los Hermanos, a member of the [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] is having a torrid affair with Brigit, the daughter of [[DiabolicalMastermind Lord Doom]] via one of his copy bodies.
* ADayInTheLimelight: In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', there were stories that focused on the support staff of this or that hero team, on bystanders to superheroic battles, on journalists reporting on super-battles, and so on.
** Most memorably, in the ''Hyperion Academy'' campaign, there were six player characters, but over twenty non-player character students at the school. Every one of the non-player students was featured in a story.
* DeadlyGas: Belcher can let loose with weaponized burps. Mostly he uses noxious gases, but has been known to let loose with a gout of fire occasionally.
* DeadlyUpgrade: Recoil had the power to absorb electromagnetic energy and use it for his own purposes. His absorption had no upper limit, but the more energy he took in, the more damage he suffered. When Doctor Devastation unleashed a superweapon that used an electromagnetic signal to trigger autosuicide in some 30% of the human population, Recoil wrapped himself around the broadcaster and set his absorption power to [[HeroicSacrifice "Go Ahead And Kill Me, But I'm Stopping The Signal."]] And he did. And it did.
* DeadpanSnarker: Los Hermanos, a member of the Global Guardians, is probably the most notable heroic example. The most notable villainous example is likely The Evil Mastermind, leader of Evil Mensa.
* DeathByOriginStory: Several characters. Most especially Doctor Ka, whose family was slaughtered by demons when his sorcerer father delved into things Man was not meant to know, and Battlecat, whose entire family (other than his daughter) were slaughtered by crime lord Baron Samedi and his Mafiosi.
* DeathDealer: Blackjack uses tricked out, weaponized playing cards as weapons, and dresses in a costume reminiscent of the Jack of Spades.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Hardcase was a career criminal with a stack of open warrants against him in four different states. When al-Queda attacked the World Trade Center, he didn't hesitate to go and help rescue people from the damaged buildings. He was killed when the North Tower collapsed, and earned a full presidential pardon for all his crimes.
* DecoyLeader: [[DiabolicalMastermind The Empress]] of [[NebulousEvilOrganization Tarot]] uses this technique to protect herself from assassins, something she has to worry about because she's in a power-struggle to control [[AncientConspiracy Tarot]] with [[DiabolicalMastermind The Emperor of Tarot]].
* DemotedToExtra: As with ComicBookLimbo, both players and entire campaigns came and went over the course of the setting's history. As they did, the characters involved would fade form importance.
* DetectEvil: Mercy (who is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the commonly-held concept of angels) can detect "sin and iniquity", which while not quite the same thing as detecting evil nevertheless gets the job done.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Minx, daughter of protagonist Battlecat, is the {{Deuteragonist}} of ''Night Life in the Big Easy''.
* DiabolicalMastermind: There are several, but the ones to ''really'' worry about are Lord Doom (who wants to take over the world in order to save humanity from itself), Doctor Simian (a super-intelligent chimpanzee who wants to overthrow humanity and put apes in their rightful place as rulers of the Earth), and The Emperor, leader of TAROT (who wants to control the world through economics).
** It is entirely possible that The Emperor has already succeeded in doing just that.
* [[RandomNumberGod Dice]]: {{Champions}} uses six-sided dice. Usually, though, most game masters either rolled all dice themselves, or else just forgot about dice-rolling and [[RuleOfCool went with whatever worked best for their story]].
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: * This happens once when one of Los Hermanos's duplicates comes across The Blood Red King in an empty New York coffee shop. The villain hadn't even killed any of the shop's staff.
-->'''The Blood Red King:''' Sit down, sit down... if I had wanted to kill you, your entrails would already be hanging from the ceiling fans. Here... have a cup. It's Indonesian. Cream? Sugar?"
* DifferentlyPoweredIndividual: The official, scientific term for superhumans is ''meta-powered humans''. But outside of the scientific journals, you'll generally never encounter the term.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Echo, a mutant superheroine who can control and generate sound, is also blind. It doesn't worry her much, because she uses the ambient sound around her as a type of sonar.
** Erich Welchell, the DiabolicalMastermind known as Brainchild, is paraplegic and confined to a wheelchair. He is also a powerful telekinetic who can fly... so screw the damned wheelchair.
* DishingOutDirt: Rock Bottom, Estatua ("Statue" in Portuguese), Granite Man, Surkha Khamba ("Ruby Monolith" in Hindi), Golem, Stone (not the biker-hero... the other one), Zemletpyasenee ("Earthquake" in Russian), Temblor, The Sandman, Mudpie, Mountain, The Sculptor, Sand, Kazan ("Magma" in Japanese), and Petra.
* DistractedByTheSexy: One of porn-star-turned-supervillain [[MsFanservice Cheesecake's]] few actual super-powers, if you can call it that, was being so pretty she was literally stunning to look at, if she wanted to be. Literally.
* DoAnythingRobot: Robotic supervillain Omega not only contains a vast array of built-in capabilities, he can redesign himself almost instantly when the need arises to cover a situation is standard settings don't cover.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Knightblade not only dislikes them, he goes out of his way to hunt down gun-traffickers. Stone hates them as well, which is ironic, as he is as bulletproof as his name implies.
* DominoMask: Very common.
* DopplegangerSpin: This is a standard tactic of Los Hermanos, a duplicator who can split into nearly a thousand copies of himself.
* DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime: The story in which Bungie and Ultra-Man brow-beat the normally aloof Achilles, who's never really experienced a ''real'' Christmas himself, into dressing up as Santa Claus for a local orphanage and handing out presents. It ends with Achilles discovering a gift-wrapped present on his bunk in Guardians headquarters. We never find out who sent it, or what was in it, but it is implied that the gift came from his father.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Constellation, one of the students at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], regularly got precognitive dreams warning the studen body of dangers on the horizon.
* DreamWeaver: Dream Catcher could manipulate dreams and bring them out of a person's head and into reality.
* DrillTank: The villainous Subterranean uses a DrillTank to break into museums, bank vaults, and other secure locations from underneath.
* DumbMuscle: * Bamm-Bamm from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. He is perhaps the third (or maybe fourth) strongest person (either hero or villain) in the world, NighInvulnerable, devoted to his older brother (the supervillain Eightball), and has Down's Syndrome. A member of HardCorps, his brother's super-villain team.
** Want to press Eightball's BerserkButton really, really hard? Make fun of Bamm-Bamm's condition or use any variation of the word "retard" in his presence. Go head. I ''double-dog dare you''.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Tarot's primary base in the United States is a multi-level complex located four stories beneath the Pentagon's lowest level.
* EldritchAbomination: Lovecraft was ''right''. The Great Old Ones invaded this reality at the beginning of time, were imprisoned by the Powers That Be (or at least the Powers That Were at the Time), and in modern day the heroes have to deal with their remnants, their cultists, and their attempts to reinvade reality.
** Dagon, an evil sorcerer, is a primordial sea-god fused into the body of a modern human. It even resembles a mind flayer from DungeonsAndDragons.
** The Cthonians, the mortal descendants of the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]], want to free their ancestors from their mystic prisons. The heroes naturally think this is a bad idea.
* ElementalAbsorption: Most users of ElementalPowers in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' can do this with their appropriate element, as long as they are capable of generating that element in the first place. If all they can do is manipulate the element, then absorption is usually beyond the scope of their power.
* ElementalEmbodiment: A few characters who were the embodiment of the elements. Ifrit was a literal fire demon from Islamic mythology. Maelstrom was the "lord of storms" and could control wind, wave, and lightning. Indian superheroine Dhara is the [[PhysicalGod embodiment]] of the Vedic goddess of the earth.
* ElementalPowers: Several characters from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have elemental powers:
** Earthquake, Ouros, Cairn, Zemletpyasenee (Russian for "Earthquake"; its a popular name), and Creag all control rock and stone.
** Inferna, Hotshot, Diablo, Incendie (French for "Blaze"), Mondfeur (German for "Moonfire"), Ulkataranara (Hindi for "Comet Man"), Matahari Merah (who uses no CodeName), Firebird, Playma (Russian for "Flame"), Salamander, Sunfire, Wildfire, Ifrit, The Confessor, Morningstar, Komet, Molotov, Inferno, Fuoco Bianco ("White Fire", in Italian), Pumpkin Jack, Tourmeline, Pyro, Dragon, and Red Devil all generate or control fire.
** Cyclone, Breeze, Twister, Cloud Dragon, Shu, Gale, Vetra, Venta, Kamikaze, and Turbo all control the air and generate wind.
** Vulnapyezdka ("Wave Rider" in Russian), Cascade, and Maelstrom have water powers.
** Dark Wind has powers over smoke, haze, and mist.
** Gaea's Children are an entire team of eco-terrorist supervillains with ElementalPowers: Flame controls fire, Mountain has earth- and stone-related powers, River controls water, and Wind controls the air.
** The Four Winds are a supervillain team who all have control over a different aspect of the weather: Flurry has wind and cold powers; Hurricane has wind and water powers; Sirocco has wind and heat powers; and Tornado has wind and speed powers.
** John Colbert, a student at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] called "Centigrade", not only generates fire, but generates ice as well.
** Dust Devil has control over both wind and sand.
** Typhoon has "storm powers" that give him control over wind, electricity, and water.
* ElementalShapeshifter: Vulnapyezdka can turn into water.
* EmotionalBruiser: Ultra-Man has his mopey periods whenever he's reminded of the fact that all of his friends and loved ones are now dead from old age.
* EmotionBomb: Sweet Sorrow is an [[EmotionControl emotion manipulator]] who concentrates on the darker emotions. She once made a successful escape by making a crowd of innocent bystanders both terrified of and furious with the superheroes trying to capture her.
* EmotionControl: Sweet Sorrow is an emotion manipulator who concentrates on the "darker" emotions like fear, anger, hatred, sadness, depression, and so on. Charmer makes people trust and like her as if she was their closest friend. Heart-Throb, one of the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]] students, controls the full range of emotions, but he's best with love and affection.
** The Blood Red King is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Fear and Terror. Manipulating fear in others is his bread and butter power.
* TheEmpath: Sweet Sorrow is an empathic [[EmotionControl emotion manipulator]] who concentrates on the darker emotions. She can sense the full range of human emotions quite accurately, and is very good at sparking the darker range in others.
* EncyclopediaExposita: Each chapter of the various campaign archives began with quotations from some in-universe source. While most of these were off-hand (yet relevant) comments from the characters involved about the action presented in the chapter, sometimes they were quotations from such items as ''An Examination of Irregular Wave Forms and Power Phasing Effects in the Jaffe Battery'' (better known as the "Ray Gun Paper"), ''Genetic Inflexibility and Geographic Isolation as Influences in Metagene Frequency'' (a scientific study on why certain regions of the world have more superhumans than others), and ''The Book of Holy Power''. the religious scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ, Superhuman (a cult that teaches that teaches that Jesus was a Metahuman who will one day return from his "sojourn" with an advanced alien society somewhere in space).
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Each story of a [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]] campaign was set up like a season of a television series. Specifically, the finale of each season was an end of the world scenario. Notable examples were the [[AlienInvasion Xorn invasion]], the near-miss of an asteroid, the release of a horde of [[EldritchAbomination elder gods]] on the planet, impending nuclear holocaust, drastic historical revision by way of a time-traveling bad guy, an invasion by MirrorUniverse versions of the various superheroes, and quite a few other threats to the entire planet.
* EnemyToAllLivingThings: The Oppressor, a Lord of Order, wants to cleans Earth of all life because life is, ultimately, chaotic and messy and by his very nature he want to put an end to anything that is "chaotic and messy".
* EnergyAbsorption: The Fat Man, an unfortunately-if-appropriately named, absorbs kinetic energy. The kinetic energy gets converted to fat, thus increasing his [[NighInvulnerable resistance to injury]]. It also increases his height and weight.
** Chinese superhero Overpower can absorb any sort of energy at all. Doing so increases her already prodigious strength.
* EnergyBeing: Photon of the Supreme Six, a superhero team in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is an EnergyBeing whose body is made of [[LightEmUp pure light]]. He retains human form mainly because it makes things easier to interact with his teammates.
* [[PureEnergy Energy Blasts]]: This is a pretty common power type in the ‘’GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse’’. Victory, Evengella, Argent, both Quantums (one an American superhero with [[PhysicalGod vast and near-limitless power]], the other a Spanish hero with not quite as much power), Silverwing, and the Chaos Lord all use the “cosmic energy” rational, and some use the “energy can’t be destroyed” assumption as well.
* EveryoneIsASuper: The villainous SuperRobot Omega is from one possible future where the metagene, the source of most metahuman powers, has spread to most of humanity. This has basically left the "norms" (as they are called) an ethnic minority who aren't actually oppressed so much as they are treated by the rest of the population with the same arrogant condescension that RealLife minorities were treated during the days of the White Man's Burden.
* EverythingIsOnline: This trope is the default setting for internet research in most of the Guardians Universe campaigns.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' plays this trope straight with the Ape superheroes Tachyon, Massive, Charity, Bounder, and The Shape. They invert the trope with the Ape supervillains Guido the Killer Chimp and Brainy Ape, not to mention the sinister [[EvilGenius Doctor Simian]] and his [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters "ape liberation" organization, Prime 8]].
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Many [[SuperSpeed speedsters]] are capable of spinning for short periods of time in order to create certain effects or to instantly change into their costume. Gyro, however, is a [[SuperSpeed speedster]] who ''specializes'' in spinning. His powers make him function a lot like a human gyroscope.
* EverythingSensor: This being a superhero game, with superhuman senses being almost commonplace, this sort of thing happens a lot. Especially with PoweredArmor-wearing heroes.
* EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels: Sciurus, a squirrel-powered superhero, is superhumanly agile, can leap long distances, can scale walls with his claws, and has a reaction time that is nothing short of phenomenal.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: When Fury suffered a HeroicBSOD and turned from a superheroine into a crazed criminal-killer, she changed her costume (which was already {{Stripperific}}) changed from a red midriff-baring halter and tight pants to a black thong bikini-and-leather jacket combination.
* EvilCounterpart: Blackstar is a renegade member of the Guardsmen. The Tyrants are a "mirror universe" version of the Global Guardians.
* EvilGenius: Several. Doctor Simian, the Evil Mastermind, Brainchild, and Baron Malthus are the most notable examples.
* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: [[OmnicidalManiac The sorcerer Dagon]] pretty much had just one evil plan that he used every time he went up against the heroes: release the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]] from their extra-dimensional prison so they can rule the Earth once again as they did billions of years before those johnny-come-lately humans (who, by the way, will be served up en masse as hors' dourves at the "Happy Get Out of Extra-Dimensional Prison Day" party). He's been beaten every time so far... but he only has to win once.
* EvilOverlord: Lord Doom and The Emperor both qualify.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The Palace, in Hamilton Bermuda, headquarters of EvilOverlord Lord Doom.
* {{Excalibur}}: Wielded by legendary SilverAge hero Excalibur, and his son, the BronzeAge hero Pendragon.
* ExiledFromContinuity: Absolutely [[AvertedTrope averted]]. If you submitted a character (be it a player or a non-player character) to the setting, it was fair game to be used in someone else's story. Granted, that someone else was required to work with you to do it, but you couldn't refuse someone else's requests to use your guy.
* ExperiencePoints: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' used the ''HeroSystem'' rules for ExperiencePoints.
* ExpressiveHair: Slipknot, a member of the superheroic Euroguard from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', has long, [[SuperStrength superhumanly strong]] PrehensileHair. Naturally, it also reflects his emotional state.
* Extranormalnstitute: The Venture Institute, Hyperion Academy, and Shadow Academy are all [[SuperheroSchool superhero schools]]. There's also Martha Corey High School in Nowhere, Ohio, which is a WizardingSchool.
* ExtraOreDinary: Perepis can telekinetically manipulate metal, as can Ogun (who wears a suit of telekinetically manipulated "PoweredArmor"). Mercury, a liquid-metal shapeshifter akin to the [[{{Terminator}} T-1000]] can form his own body into various metallic shapes.
* TheExtremistWasRight: [[EvilOverlord Lord Doom]] used mercenary soldiers and supervillains to drive out the British government from Bermuda and take over the island as his own kingdom. He rules it with an iron fist and its people have very little in the way of civil rights as most Americans know them. That said, twenty years after the conquest, the island has pretty much a 0% poverty rate, infant mortality rate, and illiteracy rate. The average life span of one of Doom's subjects is close to a hundred years due to medical advances made by the {{Supervillain}}, and nearly all adults have a college education. The takeover was intended to give Doom a "social laboratory" in preparation to his eventual conquest of the world, and it worked!
* EyeBeams: The Griffon can fire beams of pure mystic energy from his eyes. Victory can do the same but with a relatively undefined "cosmic" energy.
* FadSuper: Headbanger is a heavy-metal themed villain who uses ThePowerOfRock as a weapon. Glitterball was a disco-themed hero active in the late 1970s. Speedway is a Nascar-themed speedster. Yo-Yo uses gimmicked yo-yos as weapons.
* FailOSuckyname: Several of her fellow teenagers make dirty jokes at the expense of Banging. She's only fourteen, though, and grew up a bit sheltered before running away.
** Itsy Bitsy, a shrinking superheroine from the same setting, gets made fun of a lot as well.
** Fey, an elven swordsman brought back to Earth from a mythical fairyland, can't understand why he's the butt of constant gay jokes.
** The first time the Superheroic trio Ready, Willing, and Able introduced themselves, the reaction they got was, "Are you for real, with that?"
* Fainting Seer: This happened when Second Sight, perhaps the most powerful precog in the setting, got flashes of the upcoming apocalypse when Dagon began his plot to unleash the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]] from their interdimensional prison. The shock of the visions knocked her unconscious for nearly an hour.
* FallenHero: Mister America fought the Nazis, helped defeat them, and came back to a hero's welcome. He took off the costume, revealed his real name, and went to Hollywood to become an actor. And then he threw it all away by testifying before the [=McCarthy=] hearings as a friendly witness. He's since tried to make multiple comebacks, but every time he does someone reminds him of the day he left his friends swinging in the wind before a hostile Congress.
* FastTunnelling: The Mole can do this. The Subterranean can do this also, but he uses a DrillTank.
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[MonsterClown Tom Foolery]] is an authentically talented clown capable of putting people in stiches with laughter... if it weren't for the fact that he's a [[AxeCrazy murderous psychopath]].
* FictionalPoliticalParty: The United States of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is a land where the Democrats and Republicans still win the greater majority of elections, but the country cannot be said to still be a two-party nation. The Green Party isn't the joke it is in the real world, and has split the liberal vote with the World Voice Party (whose major policies center around equal rights for all sentient creatures). On the conservative side, the Tea Party has split from the Republicans, and the New Horizon Party (an even-more-ultraconservative party who publically says their policies are "humans first", but they define "human" as "rich white, Anglo-Saxon protestants).
* FieryRedhead: Heatwave, a mutant who generated and controlled fire, was a coppery redhead in her SecretIdentity. When she turned her powers on, she literally became a fiery redhead.
* FifthWeekEvent: Quite often, players would write stories on their own, detailing "side-stories" that involved their characters. They got ExperiencePoints for doing so.
* FireForgedFriends: Majestic, a hero team sponsored and sanctioned by the British government, was originally a group of perfect strangers from all parts of the British isles, brought together by the government quickly and with no warning in response to an attack by the subterranean Lemurians. The experience made them a true team. Later, the team would move from this to a true BandOfBrothers while fighting off the super-terrorists known as Jihad.
* FlamingHair: Heatwave posed for Playboy (she was Miss March, 1992). During her photo-shoot for the magazine, she kept her hair... including her pubic hair... "aflame" as part of a disguise.
* Flight: Of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters 10,000+ active characters]] in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', it's estimated that approximately 60% of them have one form of flight or another. All of the options listed on the page have multiple examples.
* FlyingBrick. Too many to list them all. This being a roleplaying game based on comic book heroes, the trope is as common as you might imagine.
** In addition to all the examples mentioned under TheCape above (all of whom are [[FlyingBrick flying bricks]], you've also got Phenom, Independence, Captain Hammer, Lady Liberty, Gladiadora, Shining Dawn, Ulkataranara, Ultra, Relampago, and Armageddon Girl, just to name a random ten.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In Stone's first appearance as a [[GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardian]], a fight with several villains from [[NebulousEvilOrganization TAROT]], [[WorldsStrongestMan Strength]] jokes at him, "Say hello to your Mom for me." Stone, being an orphan, just took it as a taunt. ''Nine years later'', Stone finds out that he isn't an orphan at all, that his mother is a supervillain and that Stone was hidden from her by his own father, and that she had worked with [[WorldsStrongestMan Strength]] on several occasions.
--->'''Stone:''' "At least now I know what that muscleheaded bastard meant..."
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: All of the AnthropomorphicPersonifications in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' are made of this trope because, being the physical incarnations of ideas, everyone has a different interpretation of that idea. What this means is that two people could be talking to The King (the AnthropomorphicPersonification of "The Legend of Elvis Presley") and he'd look precisely like how they think Elvis Presley looks like when they think of Elvis Presley (meaning if one person pictures Ed Sullivan-era Elvis, he looks like Ed Sullivan-era Elvis; if they picture Vegas-era white-tassle pudgy Elvis, he looks like Vegas-era white-tassle pudgy Elvis).
* FourElementEnsemble: Gaea's Children, a supervillain team themed after the four classic elements, was made up of [[PlayingWithFire Flame]], [[DishingOutDirt Mountain]], [[MakingASplash River]], and [[BlowYouAway Wind]].
* FragileSpeedster: Generally [[AvertedTrope averted]], as most speedsters in the Global Guardians Universe have some sort of damage resistance as a [[RequiredSecondaryPowers side-effect of their velocity]].
* FreakLabAccident: This is a common origin for both heroes and villains. Anole was bitten by a venomous snake that had been subjected to genetic experimentation, turning him into a reptile-man. Embrace was accidentally exposed to a mutegenic gas in a lab explosion. Koorogi was almost electricuted when a gene sequencer shorted out while he was working with it. Polaris got caught in an overpoweringly powerful magnetic field when his lab equipment activated accidentally during an experiment. Aurora gained her powers when the experimental fusion reactor she was working on exploded. There are many more.
* FreudianExcuse: Lord Doom, an EvilOverlord WellIntentionedExtremist supervillain, was nine years old when he became the only member of his family to survive internment in a Nazi concentration camp (his father was executed right in front of the boy by a camp guard who was "merely testing his newly-issued pistol"). He didn't even have the consolation of a community of Holocaust survivors to relate to as his family wasn't Jewish, or Gypsy, or Slavs... there were merely politically inconvenient. His campaign to take over the world is founded on his very real, very sincere, and very, '''''very''''' obsessive wish that no more children suffer the loss of their Mommy and Daddy and little sisters like he did.
* FriendToAllChildren: Stone is one of the roughest toughest heroes out there. He's hard on criminals normally. If they specifically hurt a child? Let's just say [[BerserkButton things will get really ugly, really fast]].
* FunctionalMagic: Every single form of magic exists in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Practitioners of magic are on both sides of the "hero/villain" moral line, though there are some who walk straight down the middle of the line. The most powerful wizard on Earth is the Warlock, also called TheArchmage.
** Alchemy: The Alchemist, specifically uses crafted potions, ungents, and powders to create effects in his career as a criminal.
** HermeticMagic: Black Angel backs up his demonic powers with HermeticMagic. Its not too useful in direct combat, but it gets the job done when he needs it to.
** RitualMagic: * Damien Thorne, a charismatic demonologist who claims to be the son of [[{{Satan}} the Devil]] himself, uses nothing but ritual magic. He's not quite [[HermeticMagic hermetic]] about it (he likes mixing it up, and HermeticMagic is too time-consuming for actual fighting) but he comes close.
* FunPersonified: Chuckles the Happy Clown, who not only lives up to his name, but was one of the most effective crimefighters in the history of the setting. Donato Spinelli, the player of the character, was generally thought as being the ''best'' roleplayer anyone had ever met, or had the pleasure of interacting with.
* GadgeteerGenius: This is an honest to God super-power in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Some GadgeteerGenius's have only the power to make one very, very advenced device (Roland Jaffe, for example, created an electrical storage battery the size of an iPod that could store more electricity than a ten-foot-high pile of car batteries, or Peter Dansker, a technician for Lucent who managed to build a truly sentient android over the course of a weekend), while others are able to toss out new technology as easily as most other people breathe. Individuals who possess the latter type of the power include Herr Doktor Archeville, The Evil Mastermind, Lord Doom, Doctor Simian, Diamond, Toybox, Knickknack, the Junk Man, the Weaponsmith, and Technomage.
* GaiasVengeance: This is the entire goal of the mastervillain Abyss. He's trying to return the Earth to the way it was when he was a child. The fact that he's a hyper-evolved ''Homo habilis'' whose childhood was a million years ago, before humans learned to make fire for themselves and were hunted by every predatory species to say "What's for dinner?" is why Abyss is considered a supervillain.
* GambitPileUp: Both Lord Doom and Doctor Simian are masters of the craft of [[GambitIndex Gambiting]]. At one point, both [[DiabolicalMastermind Criminal Masterminds]] used {{plan}}s against ''each other'', with the heroes as pawns. To say it was messy was to say the Pacific Ocean is a little damp.
* TheGambler: Blackjack uses tricked out, weaponized playing cards as weapons, and dresses in a costume reminiscent of the Jack of Spades.
** The Card Sharks are the [[CaptainErsatz GGU's version]] of DC's Royal Flush Gang.
** The Gambler is a street-level foe of Battlecat who has an [[{{Idiosyncrazy}} obsession with games of chance]] and commits gambling-themed crimes.
* GameMaster: Every campaign had one.
* GameSystem: The ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' used the HeroSystem as its rules base.
* GasMaskLongcoat: Death's Head, a supervillain with the power to cause spontaneous illness and infection, wears a World War II-era gas mask, a fedora, and a trenchcoat of his costume.
* GatlingGood: Global Guardians villain Caliber, a member of HardCorps, wears a suit of PoweredArmor whose primary weapon is a huge minigun mounted on his right shoulder.
* GemstoneAssault: Shard is [[MadeOfIron made of living diamond]]. One of her powers is spraying a cone of sharpened diamond chips at her opponents.
** The Sinister Circle is a group of mystically-inclined villains who each get their power from one of a set of magical gemstones. These guys are evil with a capital EVIL, to the point that even the degenerates in All Hallow's Eve and the Hellfire Club avoid them out of fear. Bloodstone lives up to his name with [[LovecraftianSuperpower "blood control"]] powers; Diamond has [[BarrierWarrior force powers]]; Obsidian has [[DarkIsEdgy darkness powers]]; and Tourmaline has [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]].
* TheGenerationGap: The heroes of past decades sometimes have very different attitudes toward crime and crimefighting than the younger crimefighters. The heroes who are still active from the 40s and 50s, for example, tend to hold a black-and-white view of morality and are much more conservative than the ones who were born in the 80s.
* GeniusBonus: The magical young children of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' attend Martha Corey Memorial High School in Nowhere, Ohio. Martha Corey being the first woman convicted of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials.
** British FlyingBrick heroine Samsonite, from the same setting, took her name from the [[NighInvulnerable indestructible]] brand of luggage of the same name. Most people assume it’s a variation on "Samson".
* GeniusBruiser: Ultra-Man.
* GenkiGirl: Gimmick, a KidHero GadgeteerGenius from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' who fights crime in Saint Louis, Missouri.
* GentleGiant: Ultra-Man.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: The Charmer causes everyone around her to like her as if they were her best friend through the simple expedient of forcing them to be happy whenever she's around. The target thus associates happiness with the Charmer, to the point that they are incapable of being happy when she's ''not'' around anymore.
* {{Ghostapo}}: Heinrich Himmler (who is still alive and kicking in 2010) is a member of the Thule Society, an Ancient Conspiracy of sorcerers intent on releasing Cthulhoid horrors back into Earth's dimension. World War II, and especially the Holocaust, was just one small part of the plan...
* GiantFlyer: Lord Dragon, Glaserwyrm, and Draco, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', were all honest-to-God dragons. Glaserwyrm was simply a monster to be beaten down. Lord Dragon was a dragon who turned into a man to act like a superhero, while Draco was a man who turned into a full-blown dragon and fought crime as a superhero.
* GiantPoofySleeves: Geomancer wore a tunic-and-poofy-sleeve-over-tights combination as a costume that made him look amazingly similar to [[TheDCU the DC character]] Firestorm.
* GiantWaistRibbon: Psychic superhero Oracle combines a bright red GiantWaistRibbon with a Playboy bunny-esque bustier and fishnet stockings as her crimefighting costume.
* {{Glamour}}: The Charmer's whole power is getting people to like her to the point that they'll do anything she wants. Ambrosia uses super-pheremones to do the same thing, but only to men.
* GlamourFailure: The French supervillain Mindscape, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', avoids cameras as often as he can, because anyone viewing him on film or in photographs can instantly tell he's a deformed hunchback and not the GQ-quality supermodel-handsome man he uses his powers of illusion to pretend to be.
* GMPC: There were loads of them, but they were always being played in other games.
* AGodAmI: The Blood Red King considers himself above mere mortals, and he might just be right.
* GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel: The Global Guardians once had to stop a mad scientist intent on going back and killing Hitler (and thereby changing the world for the ''worse''... and when they got back, discovered a Nazi victory. Luckily, the rules by which TimeTravel worked in the setting meant that it was an [[AlternateHistory alternate dimension]] and not a change in the timeline.
* GodzillaThreshold: Quantum from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' was the most powerful superbeing on Earth. He was quite literally capable of disintegrating the moon, had he wanted to, but of course he never wanted to. When the Xorn invaded, he went out to meet their attack fleet in space and finally let himself cut loose. [[HeroicSacrifice It was almost enough.]]
* TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks: The GoldenAge campaign was made of this.
* [[ZettaiRyouiki Golden Thigh Ratio]]: The Cheerleaders, a trio of supervillains from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', consciously make use of this trope as part of their "Jiggle Fu" distraction powers against male opponents.
* TheGoodCaptain: Capitao Batalha (Captain Battle) is the premiere hero of Brazil.
* GoodPowersBadPeople: Cheesecake, a member of the Vandolls, uses the PowerOfLove to burn out the brains of men, and then follows this trick up by feeding on their souls.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Splatterman was once dropped through a mulcher. He regenerated. Calling his power a "HealingFactor" just doesn't seem to get the message across...
** Mr. Easter's life is a series of one big catastrophe after another, all of which land him in the morgue. Of course, one of his powers is coming back from the dead after three days.
* GravityMaster: * Several characters from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' have control over gravity. The heroes include Collapsar, Neutron Star, Orbits I and II (one is a Canadian hero, the other a Turkish hero), Gravity Man, and White Dwarf. The villains include Urania, Gravity, Black Hole, Event Horizon, Crusher, Deadweight, and Singularity.
* GreenLanternRing: Guardsman's suit allows him to manipulate "solid energy shapes". Whatever that means.
* GreenThumb: Superheroes Ivy, Verdant, Gardemer. Junglemaster, Archdruid, Forrestal, and the supervillain Kiku can all cause plants to grow and move as they wish.
* TheGrovel: When Ivy royally ticked off her girlfriend, she caused every brush covered hill in the Los Angeles Basin and the San Fernando Valley to suddenly sprout red roses shaped into the message, "Please forgive me Clarice I love you". The City of Los Angeles fined her $5000, but Clarice forgave her.
* Gun Fu: Ballistic is said to be the best shot in the world with a handgun, and is a master of GunFu.
* TheGunslinger: [[ImprobableAimingSkills Ballistic is said to be the best shot in the world with a handgun.]]
** Sniper is a [[ThePunisher Punisher-style]] vigilante who uses [[MoreDakka gym-bags full of guns]]. He thinks of himself as a hero; most of the heroes see him as a villain.
* HairAntennae: When out of costume, Tumblebee has a pair of hair antennae.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[WorldsStrongestMan Strength]] ripped one of Los Hermanos's duplicates apart by grabbing each of his arms and pulling. He then made a joke about pulling the wings off of a fly. The humor wasn't exactly appreciated.
* HandwrapsOfAwesome: Rottweiler, a street-level martial arts hero from Detroit (think Wolverine without the claws but with a much sunnier disposition), wears handwraps as a matter of course. Cestus, a member of the supervillain team HardCorps, does the same.
* HannibalLecture: When the heroes of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' finally captured The Confessor (a SerialKillerKiller) they promptly pointed out to The Confessor that he, himself, was a serial killer. The Confessor delivered the Hannibal Lecture to end all Hannibal Lectures about the ineffectualness of superheroes in stopping really determined murderers.
* HauntedHouse: Doctor Ka's mansion is home to literally hundreds of ghosts. And some of them are angry. Very angry.
* HealingFactor: This was a ''very'' common power. The all-time champion was probably Splatterman, so-called because he seemed to end up as [[ChunkySalsaRule chunky salsa]] every time he ended up in combat. Being aware of how quickly he healed, Splatterman would often put himself in position to have this happen, because he knew it wouldn't really slow him down. Leap off the top of a building? Sure. Jump through a wood-chipper? Yep. Swallow the live hand-grenade? You bet. And like a Timex, he took a licking and kept on ticking.
** The villainous Nematode not only regrew parts that were cut off of him, but the parts would regrow into whole beings as well. Cut off an arm, and suddenly fight ''two'' Nematodes.
* HealingHands: * Lifeline and Panacea are both superheroes who (among other powers) are capable of healing with a touch. Amnesty, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Mercy, can not only heal with a touch, she can raise the dead completely. Mercy, another AnthropomorphicPersonification (this time of the popular view of angels), can also heal with a touch and raise the dead, though she is very reluctant to do the latter. Empath heals by taking on injuries and illnesses into her own body. Dream Sword heals through manipulation of the chakras. Saba Devatao can heal injured people, but only by transferring the injury to a healthy person.
* TheHeart: [[FlyingBrick Ultra-Man]] is the moral compass of the Global Guardians, and [[RubberMan Bungie]] is its enthusiasm and hope. Together, they form TheHeart of the team.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: The aforementioned Madras had telekinetic control over fabrics, and only fabrics. Sounds pretty lame until you look around and realize just how much fabric surrounds us ''every day of our lives''. Combine telekinetic control of fabric with a ten-foot-long canvas cape, and you've got one Badass crimefighter.
** Mister Easter is a semi-insane, religiously conservative homeless man who really only has three powers: first, he can turn water into wine. Second, he can multiply fish and bread as often as he needs. And third, when he dies, he comes back to life after three days. He uses these powers to take care of New York City's homeless population, and is considered by them (and by the city's police officers, fire fighters, and morgue attendants) to be a true hero.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Armageddon Girl slammed the door on her own HeelFaceTurn. Ultra-Man managed to talk her down from destroying a city. The hero speaks to her with heartfelt concern about her former career as a teen sidekick to a superhero, and how no won could blame her for going a little nuts after her family was killed, and that she could get help if she only wanted it. She thought about it for a while, then tearfully smashed Ultra-Man through a building, crying, "No, it's too late for that."
* HeelFaceTurn: Surprisingly rare.
** Battle betrayed Tarot to save the life of her son, Stone.
** Gadgeteer villain Knick-Knack retired from his life of crime and became the custodian of the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]].
** The Redeemers are an entire team made up of former super-villains.
* HeelRealization: The original Dove was a vigilante crimefighter active between 1989 and 1995. He considered himself a hero helping to defend ordinary people from street criminals. His usual modus operandi was to hunt any criminal whom he thought "got away with it"; that is, whenever he disagreed with a "not guilty" verdict. When captured, he was confronted with the fact that he wasn't a defender of the public, but rather just another serial killer and the idea horrified him to the point that he hung himself while awaiting trial.
* HelicopterBlender: A group of bank robbers tried this against Ultra-Man during their getaway. The rotors snapped off and the helicopter crashed (well... it fell about eight feet) to the roof of the bank) because Ultra-Man is NighInvulnerable.
* HeroicBSOD: The superheroine Fury suffered a HeroicBSOD after [[MonsterClown Tom Foolery]] killed and partially ate her daughter. When she came out of it, she changed from a superheroine into a crazed criminal-killer.
* HeroicBuild: While some of the characters in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' had heroic builds, you'd just as likely find a superhero who was skinny, or slightly overweight. Mostly, this happened with the [[BadassNormal Badass Normals]], who justifiably worked out to keep their physiques.
* HeroicVow: Vows to never take a life were very, very common among the heroes in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.
** One interesting case was the hero Thunderfist, a former Seattle cop who vowed to never violate proper police procedure when it came to evidence collection or the treatment of suspects.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: The Motor City Marshalls are wanted by the Detroit police for assault, battery, destruction of privacy, and pretty much every other crime that standard superheroic activity can be descrbed as.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Dove started out as a standard street-level superhero who concentrated on finding and stopping serial killers. Ten years later, after he is arrested for the murder of his latest target, he suffers a HeroicBSOD when it is pointed out, finally, that he isn't a hero anymore but rather has become a serial killer himself... one who targets other serial killers.
* {{Hipster}}: Free Spirit is not only CampGay, he's so hip he has trouble seeing past his own beltline.
* HiveMind: Los Hermanos combines this with MesACrowd, as not only can he create thousands of copies of himself, he shares his consciousness between them. (He is somehow capable of dealing with all the conflicting sensory input, and is capable of handling multiple tasks at once, multiple conversations at once, and so on). At any given moment, he's likely got a dozen duplicates active around the world working in as many different occupations. Anything one duplicate learns, all the duplicates know how to do. And at least two of his constantly active duplicates are married. But only one is an active superhero.
** Aryan Nation is a controversial white supremacist ''superhero'' (yes, you read that right) who shares Los Hermanos's powers. His powers are so similar to Los Hermanos that the Global Guardian once hypothesized that maybe Aryan Nation was one of his dupes who managed to gain a separate consciousness. (He found out later this wasn't true.)
** The Seven Brothers is a super-strong Chinese hero who can split into seven bodies, all of whom share a consciousness.
** Mob Rule, a South African supervillain from the same setting, has a similar power. His copies, however, are independent individuals.
** Saba Devatao, an Indonesia supervillain, creates eight duplicates and like Los Hermanos is a HiveMind. She's an expert martial artist who can flawlessly coordinate her bodies in attack routines that baffle most of her opponents.
** The mutant supervillain known as The Swarm can transform into a seemingly numberless horde of cockroaches, each of whom she can somehow control.
*** Hive is a heroic example of the same power, only he transforms into wasps and isn't a cannibal serial killer.
* HotbloodedSideburns: Detroit superhero Rottweiler sports a pair of these these, along with a a set of CoolShades and a BadassLongcoat.
* HouseRules: This was an online roleplaying game. Of course it had HouseRules.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Several campaigns in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' were built around the premise that the characters had ''literally'' just got their powers, and had no idea at all how to use them. For the most part, these campaigns resembled the first season of ''TheGreatestAmericanHero''.
** Occasionally, this was used to justify an experienced hero learning to use a new power as well.
* HowToGiveACharacterSuperpowers: Pretty much all of those methods were used in-game.
* HumanAliens: The Tautiq, a race of alien refugees who now live on earth in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', basically look like taller, thinner humans with odd hair-and-skin color combinations. They aren't "sexually compatible" with humans, either, but you can't tell that without seeing them naked.
* HumanityEnsues: The Moreaus of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' are UpliftedAnimals who were force-evolved into a near-human form. Regardless of their original species, their constant interaction with humanity over the decades have made them all very humanlike psychologically.
** The "Prime" variety of [[AnthropomophicPersonification Anthropomorphic Personifications]] active on Earth in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' (that is, those who are "pure ideas" rather than a normal human who has been merged with the "power of the idea") generally start out as pretty inhuman, psychologically speaking. They get more and more human the more they interact with people. Of course, there are exceptions.
* HurricaneKick: Gyro, a villainous [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinning]] [[SuperSpeed speedster]], uses this sort of attack as a matter of course. He's a trained ballet dancer, so he can keep his leg extended for a long while... and he whips it around his body at almost supersonic speed.
* DieOrFly: Being a superhero setting, this happened a lot. Three notable examples are:
** Gypsy gained her powers when she and her little brother were victims in a drive-by shooting. Her powers allowed her to survive. Her little brother was less fortunate.
** Aurora was caught in an uncontrolled fusion reaction. Rather than be vaporized, or die of radiation poisoning, she became a living, human-shaped fusion reactor.
** White Rabbit gained her powers in a car-wreck that almost killed her and her infant son.
* Several characters have Luck as their actual superpower. Others are merely very, very lucky.
** Andrew "Lucky" Day was a GoldenAge hero who used his luck to make up for the fact that, otherwise, he was just an ordinary guy.
*** Andrew "Lucky" Starr is "Lucky" Day's grandson, and has inherited not only his grandfather's love of adventure, but also his incredible good fortune.
** Lady Luck of the Knights of Norfolk is an active probability manipulator.
** Bedlam, a supervillain from the same setting, isn't so much lucky himself as he is capable of instilling bad luck in everyone around him (thus giving himself the appearance of good luck). Jinx is another villain who has the same powers.