[[quoteright:187:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/lon1-400-187x300_467.png]][[caption-width-right:187:The cover of "The Legion of Nothing: Rebirth"]][[http://inmydaydreams.com The Legion Of Nothing]] is a WebSerialNovel (and also a book) about the Grand Lake Heroes League of Grand Lake, Michigan, a team of teenagers with superpowers. It is written by author Jim Zoetewey.

They are the children and grandchildren of the members of the original Grand Lake Heroes League, a group of former [[ReturningWarVet World War II soldiers]] who were part of an elite unit of superpowered soldiers. They came home after the war and continued to use their powers to combat organized crime and other villains, powered and otherwise in the 1950's.

The lead character, and the one through whom the story is told is Nick Klein. His grandfather was the GadgeteerGenius known as The Rocket. Among his inventions, a suit of PoweredArmor equipped with numerous weapons and a rocket pack (yes, fans have noted the similarity to IronMan). Nick isn't really sure he wants to take up the superhero mantle, but a group of his friends decide to revive the League, and Nick in turn dons his grandfather's armor.

As a part conventional SuperHero story, part ComingOfAge story, ''Legion'' is highly effective. Its big selling points are its sense of humor and its very effective pacing. CliffHanger endings are not uncommon, but this is okay due to the timely update schedule.
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Provides examples of:
* AlliterativeName: Chris Cannon, Kayla Ketchem and Martin Magnus, it wouldn't be a superhero story without this one.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Larry likes this, of the Animal Alias variety. He wears PoweredArmour and normally goes by the name Rhino, as his armour's strong and durable, but also goes undercover in green jumping armour... as Frog!
** Also Night Wolf and Night Cat
* BackStory: Considering that main characters are the descendants of a famous Superhero group and that many of them have assumed their forebears' identities and abilities (and it some cases their enemies), this is a given.
* BadassCrew: Every super team seems to qualify for this.
** There is a team of superhero assassins called The Executioner, which managed to murder several superheroes and their families. Evil? For sure. Badass? Most definitely.
** Subverted with Three, a trio of teenaged supers in California. The group themselves are pretty badass in a fight, but their nominal leader, Alex aka Paladin, seems to excel at getting them in trouble. In particular, one ill-advised prank almost gets them and several other people killed. Brooke (Alex's girlfriend) and Nick stepping up is what keeps them from being obituaries.
* BadassBookworm: Nick is a stereotypical nerd in classic [[SpiderMan Peter Parker]]-style. However his smarts are the basis of some his best ass-kicking.
* BadassGrandpa: The original Rocket was active from at least the forties and didn't retire until the eighties. If he was in his twenties when he started, he was in his sixties when he quit.
* BadassNormal: Nick is capable of beating up the big guys even when he's ''not'' wearing the Rocket Suit. [[IKnowKarate He Knows Kung Fu]], after all.
** Remarkably, most of the super-villains in the story are un-powered folks who use cunning and technology to give the supers hell. One team, the Executioner(s), succeeded in murdering several supers and their families before the Legion took them down. Or did they??
* BadassUnintentional: Brooke, aka The Portal. A teenage superhero and the girlfriend of Alex, and, a member of 'Three'. On the surface, she talks and acts like TheDitz. When her boyfriend's dumbass prank and even dumber-ass counterattack get himself, her, Nick, and Jenny captured; it is she who steps up to the plate. For starters, while everyone else gets stunned with paralysis rays, she ''fakes it'', just so that she can get a drop on the bad guys. And then she helps Nick come up with the plan to not only escape but to beat up the bad guys on the way out.
* BattleCouple: Rocket and [[spoiler: Night Cat]], at least until she tells him that [[IWorkAlone he should give her some space]].
* BewareTheSuperman: A common theme, as although vigilantism isn't legal, it's generally accepted by mainstream humanity providing that supers police their own kind.
* BoldInflation: Red Lightning's "I will stop you in the name of '''TRUTH''' and '''JUSTICE'''".
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: The Rocket, and Big C, amongst others.
* BrownNote: The Rocket's sonic weapons are capable of producing this, and have one at least one memorable occasion.
* BuildingSwing: Although the Rocket can fly, he says he has two grappling hooks "in case I ever need to do the SpiderMan thing". This comment is a strong contender for Nick's CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* CapeBusters: In ''Three'', The Rocket goes up against Syndicate L, a non-superpowered organisation with capebusting potential, and a HumongousMecha (which being the Rocket, he can't resist trying to get his hands on).
* TheCaptain: Subverted. The Legion has no set CommandRoster yet. They're trying out a rotating command schedule for now.
** In one serial, Nick kind of jumps out to the lead in helping another group of supers when a prank goes wrong.
* CaptainErsatz: The Rocket is very similar to Iron Man, just more likable.
* CarFu: Two distinct types. The first is characters wondering where heroes learn offensive driving. The second is the regularity with which cars are flung around as weapons.
* ChekhovsGunman: Sean first appeared in Lighting Strikes Twice as someone Vaughn owed money to only to appear later in Bullies and Counselors as Haley's ex.
* CityOfAdventure: A lot of things seem to happen in Grand Lake, but this is hand-waved as being due to the high concentration of supers in the area, which in turn may be partly due to a [[SuperpowerfulGenetics sinister breeding program]] started by Red Lightning.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: The League are [[LegacyCharacter legacy characters]], after all. Captain Commando's sword is an example of this, too.
* CodeName: Hero names are a big deal, there's even a register to ensure that no two heroes get the same name, which causes problems in ''King Of Storms''.
* ColorCharacter: Red Lightning, Blue Streak.
* TheCommissionerGordon: Isaac Lim, although whether he is a genuine good guy is yet to be seen...
* CrimefightingWithCash: Nick was bequeathed 11 million dollars 'earmarked for "fighting evil"'
* DatingCatwoman: The original Rocket married Ghostwoman, a Nazi super he met while fighting for the Allies in WWII.
* DestructiveSavior: Both Rockets seem to break a lot of windows every time they use their sonic weapons.
* DramaBomb: The author Jim Zoetewey is really good at taking sudden turns from light comedy to DarkerAndEdgier in the space of a few paragraphs.
* DramaticIrony: Used regularly to great effect.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Nick mostly used the League HQ, complete with [[ObstacleExposition ridiculous security measures]] to watch [=DVDs=] and play GuitarHero before the League was reformed.
* EvilIsHammy: Martin Magnus
* EnforcedColdWar: [[spoiler:The original Rocket and Man-Machine knew each others identities, but agreed to keep their conflict on streets and away from their families.]]
* FakeUltimateHero: Sean keeps taking credit for the League's work. Between his attitude and his [[spoiler:Magnetoesque powers, he has the makings of either an awesome ArchNemesis or an AntiHero]].
* FirstPersonSmartass: Nick's POV, with its snarky little comments and light tone, really makes Legion Of Nothing stand out.
* {{Flashback}}: ''1953'' shows how the Heroes League reformed after the war, and introduces the original Rocket's {{Archnemesis}} Man-Machine.
* TheGoodCaptain: Captain Commando
* GrandfatherClause: A literal grandfather clause (possibly an example of the author reading TV tropes) results in the League being part of the FBI's National Hero Program.
* HandicappedBadass: The Rocketsuit unsurprisingly gets banged up a lot in battles, leaving it with less than full capability. The standout example is the AlternateUniverse chapter, "The Omnishpere" (by guest author Robert Rodgers, based on Jim Zoetewey's original characters) where Nick fights the supervillian War. By the time the battle climaxes, the Rocket has no jetpack or flight capability and completely loses function in one arm.
* HeelFaceTurn: Ghostwoman started out as a Nazi spy.
* HeroicBuild: Most of the heroes around, except Nick.
** Although even he has one temporarily while under the effects of Alex's power. He tells his girlfriend to enjoy it while it lasts.
* HeroInsurance: "I hope this building's insurance covers rampaging giants".
* HotBlooded: Captain Commando is more then happy to fight the most dangerous supervillains.
* HowToGiveACharacterSuperpowers: A nice range. Many of the heroes have genetic powers that [[PubertySuperpower emerge in puberty]] (Night Wolf, Night Cat), some have had them since childhood (Accelerando) and some gain them by other means (Captain Commando it stated as having "had surgery for normality" and Storm King zapped himself with the [[McGuffin Power Impregnator]]).
* IBelieveICanFly: The League is split about half and half between those that can fly and those that can't, but no two flyers use the same method.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Nick isn't so sure about being a hero, but events keep forcing him to take up the Rocket Suit.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Cassie took treatments to be "cured of being normal".
* JetPack: Newer models can apparently carry enough fuel for 3 hours flight. It's best not to [[YouFailPhysicsForever look at the Physics]] in some of the devices in LegionOfNothing.
* LamarckWasRight: Most Kids seem to inherit their parents powers, but how their parents got them is mostly left to imagination. We'll have to wait and see how this one plays out.
** We later learn that [[spoiler: most genetic powers are a result of the Abominators tampering with humanity's evolution.]]
* LaserSword: Captain Commando's sword isn't a lightsaber, but it might as well be.
* LeeroyJenkins: Aka Cassie AKA Captain Commando II
* LegacyCharacter: Most of the Grand Lake Heroes League are the descendants of the original League (Rocket, Captain Commando, Night Wolf), including those whose predecessor's names are still in use (Night Cat, Accelerando).
** Don't forget [[spoiler: Rachel, Nick's older sister, as Ghost.]]
* MagicVersusScience: A literal case occurs when the Storm King (whose powers seem to stem from electromagnetic manipulation of the weather) and the King of Storms (an ancient avatar and weather magician) fight it out in ''King of Storms''.
* MechaMooks: Syndicate L fields these in an attempt to keep up with the various super-powered factions.
* TheMedic: Alex/Paladin is this on [[SuperTeam Three]].
* MirrorUniverse: One serial written by guest author Robert Rodgers based on the original characters created by Jim Zoetewey titled "The Omnisphere" deals with these, and even features an evil version of the heroes.
* OnlySaneMan: Nick, the main character, is usually the one who comes up with the most sensible plans to fighting villains.
* OutdatedOutfit: The Rocket Suit is described as being 'Art Deco', an art style that was outdated by the 40's, when the Rocket came into existence. That's ok, though, because the Rocket has made it Classic.
* ParentalObliviousness: Most of the parents have no idea that their children are heroes, because of the Mentalist's block.
* PersonalityPowers: Storm King is broody and unpredictable, Accelerando is always in a rush and Captain Commando is irrepressible.
** This is also inverted with Nick and Alex in ''Three''. Nick's PoweredArmor [[DestructiveSavior causes a lot of damage]] but he worries about hurting people, even the ones he's fighting. On the other hand Alex has the power to [[HealingHands heal others]] but doesn't think about the consequences of his actions.
* PoliceAreUseless: And they know it, [[BatSignal they just wait for the heroes to show up]].
* PoorCommunicationKills: At one point, Accelerando throws a car that the Rocket is clinging on to the back of. The League needs to work on its teamwork a little.
* PosthumousCharacter: Most of the original league.
* PresidentEvil: [[spoiler:The Mayor]], although like all the villains, an understandable character with real motives, more of a WellIntentionedExtremist than anything else.
* RapidFireFisticuffs: Used by various speedsters with varying levels of effectiveness.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Nick started out no wanting to become the Rocket and felt pressured by his late grandfather. Ironically, after the war his grandfather also tried to [[RefusaloftheCall refuse the call]], and focus on being a husband and a father.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Mostly averted, as the author describes most powers pretty accurately before they become useful, [[spoiler:but Accelerando's catching a skin-eating acid bomb without harm due to her necessary super-strength still came as a surprise.]]
** Arguably, most of Accelerando's powerset are these with respect to her super speed. She has the strength to push herself that rapidly, reflexes fast enough to react at that speed, and is tough just to survive the punishment her body undergoes to run that fast.
*** Although how 'required' they are is up for debate, since Justice Fist's Jody has at least as much speed as Accelerando while lacking the secondary powers.
* RoguesGallery: We're slowly learning about the original Rocket's recurring foes, just as the new Rocket develops his own.
* TheRuinsICaused: A massive battle took place at the mansion of Red Lightning, aka Giles Hardwick, a former Heroes League member turned arch-villain. Nick's grandad, the original Rocket, Joe Van Der Sloot, defeated him but only after the mansion was completely destroyed. In the present, the current Heroes League, including Hardwick's grandson, Vaughn visit the ruins and comment on how fresh the damage looks.
* SecretIdentity: All the League have secret identities, but some are better at hiding them than others. This is a point of friction with the many detractors of vigilante justice in the story.
* SecretKeeper: Kayla discovers the identities of the Rocket, Storm King and Captain Commando, which gives the League a nice opportunity to consider the morals of using a [[TongueTied psychic block]] like the original League used [[spoiler: and come up with a new solution of their own that isn't so morally dubious.]]
* SeriousBusiness: Superheroes are serious business, with their own radio, TV and historians, but it's justified considering what they can do.
* SidekickGraduationsStick: Both Mindstryke and The Rhino were sidekicks to the original Rocket and The Mentalist before assuming their superhero identities.
* TheSmartGuy: Nick, GadgeteerGenius and all-round geek.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: Who would have thought a guy named 'Cannon' would become the big-gun-wielding Man Machine?
* [[SuperheroesWearCapes Superheroes Don't Wear Capes]]: In fact, Nick is surprised when he comes across one who does.
* SuperHeroSpeciation: There's Night Wolf and Night Cat, rarely do they both appear at the same time.
* SuperheroTrophyShelf: As well as awards, the League HQ contains relics from villains, numerous versions of the Rocket Suit and the other assorted plot points not yet defined.
* SuperSerum: Variously called 'Power Elixer', the 'Drink of the Gods' and 'Super Juice', apparently it is no longer [[PsychoSerum addictive and dangerous]], but who knows what to believe. Either way, it's turning into a very major plot point.
* SuperTeam: Tons of them. The Grand Lake Heroes League isn't even the only one in Michigan.
** Others include [[TitleDrop Three]], The Elementals and The Defenders.
* SupervillainLair: Ranging from the secret area in Man Machine's garage to the sprawling underground deathtrapped palace of Red Lightning.
* TaughtByExperience: The New Heroes League lives by the trope.
* TechnicalPacifist: Nick doesn't like hurting people (an interesting perspective for someone who once 'just punched them until they stopped'), and is always concerned that he's killed those he defeats. Expect real problems when this eventually does happen, despite his [[ThouShaltNotKill belief that he could do it if required]].
* TemptingFate: Both Cassie and Alex target Syndicate L because they don't allow super-powered members. While including [[BadassBookworm the Rocket]] in their own plans.
* TrueCompanions: The New Heroes League grew up together. May also apply to the original team seeing how [[spoiler: Rocket get mad when someone shot Night Wolf in ''1953'']]
* UtilityBelt: Captain Commando and the Rocket both have well stocked belts, and they both need them, too.
* VillainExitStageLeft: Man Machine was famous for these. It wasn't until after Nick defeated him that anyone [[spoiler: but Nick's grandfather]] even knew who he was.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Nick's first conversation with Martin Magnus had part of this in it.
* WhatMeasureIsANonSuper: Superheroes can take out "normals", even well-armed ones. This leads to the normals fighting back in ever-escalating fashion.
* WhatTheHellHero: The League gets a chewing out over all their mistakes in ''The Beginning'', the hero giving the lecture even sends them [[AllThereInTheManual to his website]].
** Nick and Chris give Sean one when he goes overboard helping them stop Jack Maniac by [[spoiler: repeatily slamming him against the floor, that his PoweredArmor started to come off.]]
* WordOfGod: Because of how the site is up the writer, Jim, can talk to fans and give them hints or plain straight answers about what's going to happen and what has happened.
* WouldntHitAGirl: There's a great section in ''The Beginning'' where the Rocket feels bad about hitting a girl, even though she was firing an AK-47 at him at the time.

Superpowers exhibited:
* AnIcePerson: Cold Cash, a powered villain.
* BlowYouAway: Air from the Elementals.
* DarkIsEdgy: Shannon (yet to get a Super Name) of Justice Fist has the power to make it dark. In a subversion of this trope, she seems like one of the nicer members of the group.
* DetectEvil: Vengeance has a sword that can do this. Scary stuff, especially combined with his army of corpses.
* DishingOutDirt: Earth from the Elementals, who seems unbeatable until [[spoiler:he is lifted off the ground.]]
* EnergyAbsorption: Payback, part of Spike's gang of villains.
* ExtraOreDinary: The Power of Justice Fist, although we're yet to see just how powerful he is.
* GadgeteerGenius: WordOfGod states this is Nick's power. He was inspired by after reading about [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Sparks.]]
* HealingHands: Paladin from Three has this power, not surprising [[LamarckWasRight since his father Preserver]] has the same ability.
* HealingFactor: Captain Commando can do this, giving her {{Immortality}}, but it didn't stop her father [[LamarckWasRight who had the same powers]] from [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap dying]].
* {{Immortality}}: Fire Legion is very hard to kill, as she just needs to keep any one of her clones alive.
** Lee, Nick's mysterious fight instructor also counts.
* InstantArmor: Spike and Skewer, brothers and villains, can become armour plated at will, and it's spiky armour, obviously.
* [[IntangibleMan Intangible Woman]]: Ghostwoman and Ghost have this, and ImprobableAimingSkills, too.
* LightningBruiser: Accelerando's power set - super speed, super strength, and invulnerability.
* MadeOfIron: Aside from those wearing suits actually made of metal, the Grey Giant is also pretty invulnerable.
* MakeMeWannaShout: The Rocket's speakers can do some pretty cool stuff.
* MakingASplash: Water from the Elementals, Storm King can also summon an obscuring mist.
* MegaManning: Dayton of Justice Fist has adoptive muscle memory, like Simone of ''Series/HeRoes''
* MesACrowd: Fire Legion from Three.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Night Wolf and Night Cat are basically [[PettingZooPeople human-looking werewolves]], with [[VoluntaryShapeshifting all]] [[SuperStrength the]] [[MysteriousAnimalSenses regular]] [[JumpPhysics powers]] except the infectious bite, or any of the weaknesses. With the ability to [[InstantSedation knock out]] or [[PoisonedWeapons poison]] people, too, and a CoolCar.
* PlayingWithFire: Fire Legion from Three can shoot fire and the accurately named Fire from the Elementals is a [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Human Torch]].
* PsychicPowers: [[MyNaymeIs Mindstryke]], the Mentalist and the Mystic all have the full range of [[MindOverMatter Telekinetic]], [[TelePathy Telepathic]], [[TheEmpath Empathic]], MindControl and [[CombatClairvoyance Scrying abilities]]. Some others like Portal, Julie frome Justice Fist, Justice Fiend and [[FailOSuckyname Psy-Kick]] have more limited powers.
* PoweredArmor: Both Rockets, The Rhino, and Man-machine.
* ShapeShifter: The Shift as well as Water and Earth from the Elementals.
* ShockAndAwe: [[PsychoElectro Red Lightning]], Red Legacy, Storm King and King of Storms.
* {{Sizeshifter}}: Grey Giant gets really big, really fast.
* SuperSpeed: Accelerando, Hotfoot/Big C and Jody of Justice Fist both have this power.
* SuperStrength: Captain Commando has this from her powers, the Rocket gets this from his suit and Accelerando and C have it as RequiredSecondaryPowers.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Portal from ''Three'' has the ability to opening "gateways".
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