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''[[http://thespecialistscomic.com/ The Specialists]]'' is an alternate-history webcomic that [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructs]] the tropes present in many [=WWII=] era propaganda Comics. In this universe the Nazis discovered how to make ''ubermenschen'' using magic -- and are starting to do so with science. WorldWarII is still going on in 1946, though the Japanese surrendered after the use of the atomic bomb.

In Germany a scientist known as "Mad Doctor Metzger" runs a facility known as "The Asylum" where he experiments on identical twins to create new, genetically engineered Ubermenschen. Hartman Lowe is the first experiment for the test, he turns into a BeastMan and Metzger orders him to be executed. He escapes, runs off into the forest and hides out in France where he's picked up by ? (Question Mark, or just Mark).

Meanwhile, in America, Maksim Finklestein is a young, super-clever teenager. His uncle Ida has connected him to General Hightower of the OSRD and given him a grant to create "The Golem", a heavily armed robot war machine. However, with time pressing and Max unable to program the robot's artificial brain to do anything other than talk and fall over, Max is forced to convert it into a suit of PoweredArmour instead.

These two men join forces with Captain Luke Jansen (Captain Victory), Agnes Deveraux (Lady Liberty), Dr. Kate Smallwood (Lightning Lass), 1st Lieutenant Walter Jones (The Bombardier) and Henry Whitney III (Jack-Be-Nimble), the only surviving test subjects of failed military experiments. But are they superheroes? Or just propaganda tools?

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!!This show provides examples of:
* AdventurerArchaeologist - Baron Crossbo-, I mean, Johann Von Schadel
* AnimalEyes: Hartmann's. Especially when he's about to go berserk.
* AncestralWeapon - Subverted. Balmung, the sword of Siegfried is just a sword.
** [[spoiler:DoubleSubverted, Crossbones is doing ''something'' to it.]]
* AtomPunk - Combined with a wee bit of DieselPunk.
* BadassBoast - Max gets one after he [[spoiler:paints a star of David onto the Golem]].
--> '''Max:''' "But you know... I didn't come here to hide. I came to fight. You with me?"
* BadassLongcoat - Mark's signature trenchcoat, [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-39/ which folds out into an SS uniform when he needs to sneak around in Nazi territory!]]
* BadassNormal - Mark again, unlike the other Specialists he hasn't any superpowers.
* BerserkButton - His name is Baron Johann Von Schadel ''not'' Baron Crossbones
** Hartmann has a rather more literal and defensible one: he loses control when he's in danger, and is disgusted with the violence he meets out in self-defense.
* BlondGuysAreEvil - Kapitan Deutschland, mainly because he's supposed to be the ultimate Aryan.
* BreakingTheBonds - When Question Mark offers to release Hartman's bonds "As a peace offering" Hartman calmly just snaps them to prove he could do it at any time.
* TheButcher - Doktor Metzger. No points for guessing what his last name means in English.
* ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes: Hartmann's eyes glow as he comes into the room once.
* CaptainPatriotic: Kapitain Deutschland, a villainous example. And Captain Victory, an American Example.
* CaptainErsatz: Plenty.
** Walter, or the Bombardier, is ComicBook/TheRocketeer,
** Luke, Captain Victory, is ComicBook/CaptainAmerica,
** Henry, Jack-Be-Nimble, is Franchise/TheFlash.
* CasanovaWannabe - Henry brags he has the chances, but not the time, and besides, he wants to have higher standards.
* ChestInsignia - Max wants to put a star of David onto the Golem but Hightower and Goetz consider it "Too controversial". [[spoiler: He finds a way around it.]]
* ClassicalMythology - The OSRD projects that created the first Specialists were codenamed [[SuperSoldier Ares]], [[PsychicPowers Athena]], [[ShockAndAwe Zeus]], [[JetPack Pegasus]] and [[SuperSpeed Hermes]].
** Don't forget the ''Prometheus'' Reactor that powers Golem, Bombardier and Jack-Be-Nimble!
* CoatHatMask - ? (Question Mark) ... Kind of. He has the hat and coat down (They can flip out into an SS uniform to boot!) but instead of a mask he just has a [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-41/ creepy shadow over his eyes]].
* CoDragons - Hitler is acquiring a second man who can provide him with ''ubermenschen''.
* DamselInDistress - Lady Liberty, but only in the in-universe comic books, and even then it was a daydream that Max was having so it may not count.
* {{Deconstruction}} - Of WW2 Propaganda comics like CaptainAmerica.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Goes hand in hand with the deconstruction, often with (accurately-portrayed) racism and anti-semitism.
** [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/comic/page-116/ Page 116]] is a very good example ...
* DifferentlyPoweredIndividual - The US have "The Specialists" while the Nazi's call their super-soldiers "Ubermensch"
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength - A rather gruesome example.
-->- '''Ox:''' "I just watched him lift a jeep. [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-104/ You can imagine what he did to that man's head]]."
* DoNotCallMePaul - Inverted with Baron Crossbones who would rather you call him Johann Von Schadel.
* DontMakeMeDestroyYou: Hartmann pleads that he doesn't want to hurt anyone even after he's been attacked.
* DrowningMySorrows - Captain Victory
* EvilTwin - Heinrich Lowe/ Kapitian Deutschland is this to Hartman Lowe/ The Brute. Though they look a lot different from each other now ...
** It's implied that Heinrich used to be Hartman's GoodTwin (Um ... Good-er).
* FakeActionPrologue
* FanBoy - Max for Captain Victory
** AscendedFanBoy - [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-81/ Deconstructed]]. Turns out being a Specialist isn't all it's cracked up to be.
* FiveBadBand - The Ubermensch
** TheEvilGenius - Baron Johann Von Schadel/Baron Crossbones, also seems to be TheDragon to Hitler.
** TheBrute - Konstantin Hirst/Panzer.
** TheDarkChick - Magda Heller/ Die Hexe (The Witch).
** TheSixthRanger - Heinrich Lowe/Kapitain Deutschland.
*** We don't know a lot about Geist or Max Schnell ... yet.
* FiveManBand - The Specialists
** TheHero - Captain Victory
** TheLancer - Henry /Jack-Be-Nimble, Walter /The Bombardier
** TheBigGuy - Golem (Max's giant robot) and Hartman
** TheSmartGuy - Kate /Lightning Lass, Max
** TheChick - Lady Liberty
** TheSixthRanger - ? (Question Mark), since he isn't officially a member of The Specialists.
*** Or maybe Hartmann, as he joins the team later than the others.
** TheHeart - Walter/ The Bombardier
* FlawedPrototype: Hartmann
* {{Ghostapo}} - ''and'' StupidJetpackHitler to boot.
** Interestingly done, too, while the first five Ubermensch (Crossbones, Geist, Hexe, Panzer and Max Schnell) are powered by magic and the occult Doctor Metzger's working on super-soldiers with science.
* GibberishOfLove: Max on meeting Lady Liberty
* GoshdangItToHeck: "Applesauce!"
* HeelRealization: Hartmann is coming to realize this.
* HumongousMecha - Max's robot, The Golem, was intended as this but turned out as PoweredArmour.
* InsistentTerminology - Henry Whitney ''The Third''
* JetPack - Walter/ The Bombardier's got one, along with a lot of miniature explosives.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee
* LaResistance - The French resistance show up briefly.
* LineOfSightName overlaps with AppropriatedAppelation.
--> '''?:''' Julien wasn't kidding, [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-40/ you really are a brute]].
* MadScientist - Dr. Metzger, and too a lesser degree Dr. Smallwood and Max
* MagicVersusScience - See Ghostapo and StupidJetpackHitler
* MeaningfulName - Max's robot is called "The Golem" he's Jewish and built it to fight Nazis.
* MustMakeAmends: Hartmann will lead them back to the lab he was made in -- to save his brother, yes, but he seems to be coming aware that he, and the Nazis, are very evil.
* NaiveNewcomer - The ''ubermenschen'' are properly introduced through the arrival of the Baron's new secretary.
** Similarly The Specialists are introduced from Max's perspective.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast - Apart from Baron Crossbones, Panzer (as in Tank), Hexe (Witch) and Geist (Ghost). "Mad Doktor Metzger"'s testing facility is called ''"The Asylum"''.
* NaziNobleman - Crossbones
* NobleBigot - Jack-Be-Nimble ... probably, he's not been that "Noble" yet but he ''is'' one of the good guys.
* NotSoDifferent - The Ubermenschen and The Specialists do have a lot in common. Aside from the obvious ... y'know, superpowers. The original projects (bio-engineering for the USA and magic for the Nazis) were ineffective and created very few soldiers, so they moved on to different methods of creating them.
** Then there are Baron Crossbones and Captain Victory preferring their real-life personas rather than the titles given to them in comics and propaganda posters.
* OldRetainer - He talks with Jack-Be-Nimble when he calls, since his father doesn't take them.
* PlayAlongPrisoner - Hartmann. Then, LaResistance doesn't kill him out of hand.
* PoweredArmor - The Golem is probably the straightest example though Jack-Be-Nimble's running suit is technically one as well.
* PublicDomainArtifact - Balmung
* ReactionShot: When the Specialists meet Hartmann.
* SandInMyEyes - "It's just allergies,"
* SelfRestraint - Hartmann
* SherlockScan - Mark deduces that Hartmann was a Nazi from his posture, the fact he refuses a cigarette and because only a loyal Nazi would be allowed to become a Superhuman.
-->'''Hartmann:''' Smart.
-->'''Question Mark:''' Well, I ''am'' in the intelligence business.
* SoProudOfYou - The butler tells Henry this for himself and his employer, Henry's father. It would help if it were plausible.
** Played straighter with Max's father.
* StockSuperpowers
** ShockAndAwe - Dr. Kate Smallwood's lightning manipulation backpack ... thingy.
** SuperSpeed - Both teams have one, The Specialists have got former Olympian Henry Whitney III/ Jack-Be-Nimble while The Ubermensch have got Max Schnell.
** IntangibleMan - Geist
** MindOverMatter - Lady Liberty and her telekinetic powers.
** {{Necromancy}} - Baron Crossbones
** SuperStrength - Captain Victory, Kaptain Deutschland, Panzer and Hartmann.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS - The official way to spell Question Mark's name is with a "?" symbol.
* {{Superhero}} - Deconstructed so very much ...
* SurvivorGuilt - Captain Victory over "PROJECT: ARES" and Lightning Lass over "PROJECT: ZEUS"
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with Walter. He's a little proud that he was able to get through "PROJECT: PEGASUS" unscathed because everyone else thought he'd never do it on account of him being black.
* TalkAboutTheWeather: Henry thinks Agnes's coming outside means more than wanting to do this. [[spoiler: In reality she's making sure that Henry doesn't find out Kate and Walter sleeping together]]
* TapOnTheHead
* TheyHaveTheScent - The unlucky guard dogs sent after Hartman ...
* ThickerThanWater
* TroubledSympatheticBigot: Despite his racism and his snobbery, Henry does inspire some sympathy owing to his status as the WellDoneSonGuy.
* WellDoneSonGuy - Henry. Even though his father doesn't take his calls himself.
** Max himself to a lesser extent.
* WreckedWeapon - When Hartmann is shot at, he breaks the gun in half.
* WolfMan - The result of Doctor Metger's first experiment.
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