The [[http://everything2.com/title/Metro+City+Chronicles Metro City Chronicles]] is a series of online stories focused on the lives and adventures of the eponymous [[CityOfAdventure Metro City's]] local [[SuperHero Super Heroes]] as they fight crime and deal with life. Each story is a first person narrative with a different character viewpoint for each arc.

The first story can be found [[http://everything2.com/title/Atlas+and+the+World here]]. This one follows Atlas and sets up the Metro City backdrop.

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!!The Metro City Chronicles show examples of:
* ActionMom: Gamma Girl.
* AFatherToHisMen: Despite not being the team's leader (as there is technically no team) Atlas still manages to dance the line between this and TeamDad.
* AGodAmI: The alien villainess Princess Nebula [[spoiler: after she gets possessed by Zeus]].
* AlienBlood: Squid Kid has black blood.
* AlienInvasion
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Gamma Girl has blue skin. Strych-9's hair and skin are green. Jonni Rotten also has green skin, but that's less because of pigmentation and more because of decomposition.
* AmicablyDivorced: Hypothermia and his wife are divorced, mostly because his powers make it almost impossible for them to have a normal family life. They still meet weekly so they can spend time together with their son. Hypothermia is still miserable about the situation, though.
* AnIcePerson: Hypothermia.
* ApocalypseDayPlanner: Over the past few decades, evil wizard Maximillian Mortis has apparently made a habit of this.
-->"He reversed the planet's rotation in the 1950s, sold the Earth's soul to Hell in the '70s. (...) He actually blew up the Earth twice in the '60s, and he and Tiamat destroyed the whole universe in the '90s."
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Hello, Chrome Cobra.
* AxCrazy: Strych-9 and Professor Kaboom.
* BadassDriver: Wheelman's powers revolve around this. He can drive clear across the country in a few hours, drive up the sides of buildings, and perform literally impossible stunts, no matter what car he's in.
* BadassNormal: Penitente.
* {{Ballet}}: Hybrid is a ballerina in her civilian life.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Atlas is a GentleGiant. Hybrid is chirpy and part of a dance troupe. Squid Kid is a PerkyGoth college student. All of them can and will kick your ass.
* {{Berserker}}: Hybrid. She's gotten better at controlling herself, though, and now uses her reputation to intimidate bad guys.
* [[BigBrotherIsWatching Chrome Cobra Is Watching You]]
* TheBigGuy: Atlas.
* TheBlank: Hypothermia.
* BlueBlood: Defender.
* BodyHorror: Squid Kid, due to some meddling with ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow has nearly indestructible tentacles that sprout from her back at will. If she leaves them out too long, her skin turns inky black and she starts looking like a more threatening version of the [[KingdomHearts heartless]].
* CallingYourAttacks: Silver Protector Kumiko's spells work this way.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Penitente.
* TheCheerleader: Beelzebambi is described as "a psychotic succubus in a cheerleader outfit who can make herself burn with super-hot hellfire."
* ChristmasEpisode: Polyphemus' storyarc is set prior to Christmas.
* CityOfAdventure: Metro City.
* CombatTentacles: Squid Kid.
* CoolBike: Penitente's preferred mode of transportation.
* CreepyMonotone: Gearbox's voice is described as sounding like Douglas Rain, the actor who voiced HAL in "2001."
* {{Cyborg}}: Defender, Piledriver, and Synthia.
* DanceBattler: Hybrid converts her ballet training into a fighting technique at one point.
* DeadpanSnarker: Most of the characters.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu
* DivineParentage: [[spoiler: Wheelman]]
* DominoMask: Hybrid, Miss Mega, and the Star all wear them.
* DysfunctionalFamily: Polyphemus and his family didn't get along together long before he got turned into a giant monster.
* ElectricTorture: Yan Sin does this to Squid Kid.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Daphne Diller does not like being called Daffodil.
* EnergyBeing: When Star goes "full cosmic".
-->"I emit heightened degrees of heat, blindingly intense light, and extreme levels of [[PreAssKickingOneLiner stellar whupass]]."
* EntropyAndChaosMagic: The specialty of Khaoss from the Lords of Villainy.
* EvenEvilHasStandards
* EvilGloating: Evoked and lampshaded. Villains can't resist a good monologue.
* EyelessFace: Polyphemus. And Squid Kid gets like this if she uses her powers for too long without a break.
* FaceMonsterTurn: This briefly happens to both Polyphemus and [[spoiler: Phantasmo]]. In Polyphemus' case, it's how he got his powers -- a mad scientist rewrote his genetic code and subjected him to mind control. [[spoiler: Phantasmo goes through it after he's bitten by a vampire.]]
* FaceYourFears: The fear demons force Defender and Beelzebambi to deal with a number of phobia scenarios, ranging from monsterized superheroes and piano teachers to bullies, bear traps, and haunted houses, before they'll let them escape.
* {{Fanboy}}: Phantasmo loves all kinds of geeky activities, including playing TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering, watching Franchise/StarTrek, and playing TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}. He is also thrilled when Piledriver, one of his favorite pro wrestlers, moves to town.
* FantasticRacism: Sentient AIs are supposed to be captured and sent to government facilities so they can be [[TheyWouldCutYouUp dismantled]] and used as weapons. Most heroes cover for them because ''all'' metahumans used to be seen that way.
* FantasyKitchenSink: You've got RidiculouslyHumanRobots and {{mecha}}s right along side the {{Cthulhu Mythos}} and [[FunctionalMagic outright magic]].
* FirstPersonSmartass
* {{Foundling}}: Hybrid.
* FrozenFace: Gearbox's face is mostly immobile.
* FunWithAcronyms: S.K.U.L.L. picked their name first, then had to come up with something to fit the acronym. They went with "Society for Konquest, Unlawfulness, Larceny, and Lying." They also mention driving around in a S.K.U.L.L. T.R.U.C.K. and celebrating with a S.K.U.L.L. P.A.R.T.Y.
* FunctionalMagic: Some people have it. Other people think it's annoying.
* TheFundamentalist: Purity of the Alpha Alliance.
* GadgeteerGenius: Iota.
* {{Gaslighting}}: Polyphemus suspects this is being done to him when he starts seeing literary ghosts.
* GeniusBruiser: Atlas and Miss Mega are both very strong, and they both hold professional jobs. But Polyphemus really carries the trope -- he's a 12-foot-tall superstrong monster with the brain of a pompous, elderly English professor who prefers to teach classes in his custom-made tweed jackets...
* GrumpyOldMan: Polyphemus may look like a musclebound monster, but mentally, he's still an 84-year-old grouch.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Hybrid, although it turns out [[spoiler: she’s only one third human, to her [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman devastation]]]].
* HalloweenEpisode: Defender's storyarc takes place over a particularly hectic Halloween night.
* HardLight: The Chrome Cobra's suit generates hard light swords and other hand weapons.
* HealingFactor: Gamma Girl, Hybrid, and Squid Kid.
* HellGate: The fear demons open one up in the middle of one of the local parks.
* HeroicBSOD: When Hybrid [[spoiler: finds out that she isn't a mutant human, but an entirely fabricated [[DesignerBabies genetic experiment]]]].
* HeroicWannabe: Captain Metro, Super-American, Fedora Man, Princess KittyKat, Demonica, and the Woman of the Future are a bunch of dorks who dress up as superheroes and call themselves the League of Real-Life Metro City Superheroes.
* HulkSpeak: Penny Dreadful talks like this.
* IKnowWhatYouFear: The fear demons torment everyone in the city by taking the forms of whatever each person is most frightened of.
* ILoveNuclearPower: Radiation is behind the origins of Gamma Girl, Strych-9, and Professor Kaboom.
* ImNotAHeroIm: Daphne Diller tells everyone that she's not a superhero, she's a private investigator. Polyphemus insists that he's an English professor, not a superhero, though he's more accepting of the label than Daphne is.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Penitente. His fight against Khaoss involves throwing everything from pushpins to a rubber band ball to a live rattlesnake at the bad guy.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: Iota.
* IronLady: Chrome Cobra.
* ISeeDeadPeople: El Phantasmo can see and talk to ghosts.
* {{Kaiju}}: Zorgosaurus.
* KidHero: El Phantasmo and Calypso.
* LesbianJock: Piledriver used to be a pro wrestler and currently works as a sports reporter at the local newspaper.
* LifeOfTheParty: Wheelman.
* LightningBruiser: Express. He notes that he's not as fast as [[FragileSpeedster other Speedster heroes]] but has a lot more strength.
* LizardFolk: The Thrugs.
* LovecraftLite: Squid Kid.
* LovecraftianSuperPower: Squid Kid again.
* LudicrousPrecision: Gearbox measures almost everything out this way.
* MadScientist: Professor Kaboom.
* MagicalGirl: Silver Protector Kumiko.
* MagiciansAreWizards: Cosmo the Astounding, a low-rent criminal wizard for hire.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Polyphemus has a very, very loud voice.
* MaskedLuchador: El Phantasmo wears a luchador mask.
* MassHypnosis: The alien invaders [[spoiler: and the Greek gods]] use this to take over the Earth.
* MonsterClown: Mr. Punch. He's not really a monster or a particularly rotten guy, for a supervillain, but Squid Kid really does not like clowns.
* MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate: Professor Quackers.
* MuggleFosterParents: Hybrid.
* MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast: Hybrid can break herself out of her berserker rages by thinking about dancing.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Chrome Cobra gets one.
-->[she] yelped when she hit the pavement in the alley. [[OhCrap Yelped like a wounded puppy.]]
* MySuitIsAlsoSuper: Most superheroes and villains have costumes made of shapeshifting Futorium Atoms. In fact, the costumes are provided by an organization called the Futorium Support Foundation.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: The Metal Militia, a team of supercriminals, have all taken their superhero names from heavy metal bands -- Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, Slayer, Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, and Pantera.
* NebulousEvilOrganization: S.K.U.L.L. is the most prominent one the series has included, though they're generally pretty unsuccessful. Others that have been mentioned include le Conservatoire Malefique and the Ophidian Union.
* TheNecrocracy: Draculopolis, a nation of vampires, located in the territory formerly known as Transylvania. A spell cast over the city makes it night all the time, and faucets dispense mystically-replenishing blood. Dracula is the democratically elected president. It's not a particularly evil place -- Dracula is focused on making vampires into productive world citizens, though there are still plenty of evil vamps out there.
* NighInvulnerable: Daphne 'Daffodil' Diller, to the annoyance of every villain who's ever broken a weapon or wasted a bullet on her.
-->"[[BerserkButton You ruined this shirt!]]"
* NightmareFetishist: Squid Kid is one of the few people able to resist the paralyzing fear powers of the fear demons. She's still terrified out of her wits, but she's able to keep functioning because she loves being scared so much.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot:
-->"[Shadow Shinobi], a ninja with shadow powers. Yes, that's exactly as irritating and frustrating as it sounds."
** There's also the global terror organization S.K.U.L.L., which has a bunch of robot ninjas in their arsenal.
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Gamma Girl is the only person who can see or hear Sparky Isotope, the relentlessly cheerful Spirit of Radiation.
* OldShame: In-universe, there was a popular cartoon a few years back based on Silver Protector Kumiko's exploits. All the younger characters in the series watched it and loved it. Kumiko is not fond of it at all.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Iota and, to a lesser degree, Hypothermia.
* OpponentSwitch: The Metro City heroes do this on a pretty regular basis.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Domina Maleficus of the Lords of Villainy, and Beelzebambi of the Architects of Ruin.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Phantasmo's power has him being followed round by a bunch of kickass {{Spirit Advisor}}s.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Jonni Rotten is in a constant state of decomposition. She's also a weapons master who can puke worms on people.
* PerkyGoth: Lenore AKA Squid Kid.
* PoliceBrutality: The Metro City Police Department can be a little quick with the tasers.
* PoweredArmor: A kind of hero colloquially referred to as Battlesuits. Chrome Cobra is a prominent battlesuit who is unofficially the one in charge of the Metro City heroes. Defender is one as well.
* PowersViaPossession: A group of the heroes their own powers temporarily turbocharged after [[spoiler: they are possessed by the Greek gods]].
* PrinceCharming: Emperor Charming.
* PrivateDetective: Daphne Diller.
* ProfessionalWrestling: Piledriver used to wrestle as a heel in the American Super Wrestling Association. She has a tendency to monologue during battles as if she were recording an over-the-top pre-match promo.
* RagTagBunchOfMisfits
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Gearbox doesn't want to be human and often doesn't like them very much. But he's got serious rage issues and is a master of sarcasm.
* SecretIdentity: Most of the heroes have one. Some like Squid Kid and Gamma Girl don't because their [[SuperHeroOrigin Super Hero Origins]] happened publicly. Express doesn't because he openly advertises his services as a hero.
* SecretKeeper: Occasionally, heroes will accidentally learn each other's secret identities.
* SecretPublicIdentity: Daphne Diller is invulnerable and is more or less immortal. She also refuses to be a crime fighter, instead opting to keep her job as a {{private investigator}}. As such, when she ''does'' get sucked into crime fighting, everyone knows her name.
* ShapeShifter: Hybrid and Gearbox.
* SheCleansUpNicely: The Chrome Cobra has to do this to fight Emperor Charming.
* {{Shoryuken}}: Squid Kid does this to Yan Sin.
* SociallyAwkwardHero: El Phantasmo.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: From clown themed thieves with giant toy hammers to cults of evil, to [[CthulhuMythos Lovecraftian]] EldritchAbomination[=s=].
* SpacePolice: The Intergalactic Defense Patrol.
* StatuesqueStunner: Miss Mega is over eight feet tall.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: Two of Phantasmo's ghosts, the Terrific Tucker Twins, particularly love making themselves look like this.
* StuffedIntoATrashcan: Squid Kid falls into a dumpster twice.
* StunGuns: Defender and Iota.
* SuperHero
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaid: The AIs.
* SuperSpeed: Express.
* SuperStrength: Miss Mega, Atlas, Calypso, Polyphemus, and Piledriver.
* SuperStrongChild: Atlas has three kids and they all take after their dad.
* SuperTeam: If you ask any of the heroes in Metro City, they will insist that they are all freelancers who just happen to work together. Played straight with the defunct Assembly of Order and the Alpha Alliance.
* {{Technopath}}: Black Hat.
* TechnicalPacifist: Defender's weaponry is all technically nonlethal. That won't stop her from shutting down your jet boots when you're a thousand feet in the air.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Averted. It's stated that superheroes avoid killing anyone, but if it's a choice between killing a villain and letting the villain kill others, the heroes will err on the side of saving innocent lives.
* TookALevelInBadass: Subverted with Squid Kid. She tries to go badass with a new costume, new name, and new attitude. The results are less than ideal.
* UnstoppableForceMeetsImmovableObject: Miss Mega vs. Splatter. They're two of the strongest people in the world. When they start fighting, everyone backs off, keeps the civilians out of the way, suffers through the inevitable property damage, and waits for them to wear each other out.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Squid Kid gets this occasionally.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Apparently, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI labeled all metahumans “Human Subversives” and subjected them to immediate capture and dissection. Sentient AI also still get this treatment if they’re caught by government officials.
* WhipItGood: Penitente.
* XRayVision: Squid Kid, though the power only lets her see through masks and clothing.
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: Polyphemus' storarc casts him as Scrooge.