->Superhero. Supervillain. It's complicated.
-->-- Banner ad for ''The Young Protectors'', featuring Kyle and the Annihilator

A multi-chapter superhero webcomic by author Alex Woolfson and artists Adam [=DeKraker=] [line artist] and Veronica Gandini [colorist]. It can be found [[http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete_title_page/ here]]. As of now, the prologue and first two chapters are complete. Somewhat NSFW at times, though ''usually'' nothing gratuitous.

Woolfson is also the author of the now finished webcomic {{Artifice}}.

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!! This Work contains examples of the following tropes:

* AManIsNotAVirgin: Averted with Kyle. (Explained under CelibateHero and BlessedWithSuck)
* AffablyEvil: Annihilator.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: The way that Annihilator is presented. One one hand, he is a known supervillain (whose alias doesn't exactly inspire confidence in his benevolence) and doesn't seem to have a problem with manipulation. On the other, his evilness is (so far) an InformedAttribute; at worst, he's played some mind games.[[spoiler: He's not so ambiguous now as of the latter half of Chapter 2.]]
** Also, the Platinum Priestess. So far the only strikes against her is that she is on good terms with Annihilator and that Spooky Jones hasn't said anything good about her. [[spoiler:Again, that changes radically by the end of chapter 2 with the whole "selling the Earth to the powers of hell" thing.]]
** [[spoiler: And despite the whole "bargain with hell" thing, both may be leaning back in the middle of chapter 3, as they seem to doing it to gain power to repair the walls of reality. We're probably not gonna know until the very end which side they're on.]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Spooky to Kyle: "If you could do anything, ''right now'', what would you do?"
* BadassInANiceSuit: When Annihilator is out of costume.
* BigEntrance:
-->'''[[HammyHerald Kyle:]]''' The PLATINUM PRIESTESS!
* BigRedDevil: [[spoiler: [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Laampros]] seems to be one.]]
* BiggusDickus: [[spoiler: Several readers have noted Laampros's shadowed crotch bears a very... intimidating, distinct outline. He IS apparently a demon, after all.]]
* {{Blackmail}}: Annihilator to Kyle.
* BlessedWithSuck:
** [[ZigzaggedTrope Depending on your point of view,]] Fluke's power is either this or CursedWithAwesome. His power is "balancing luck", so if he wants to grant good luck to the people he saves, bad stuff must happen to him on a regular basis. But then again, he loves to save people, so he's willing and eager to go with it.
** Red Hot's [[PlayingWithFire fiery powers]] are also EmotionalPowers, which includes orgasm. As a result, Kyle is terrified of even masturbation, [[CelibateHero let alone finding a sexual partner]], as the last time he had ADateWithRosiePalms he burned down his foster parents' house.
* BridalCarry: [[http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch2-page-1/ Here]]. Kyle even comments that it feels "[A] bit, uh...[[{{Superman}} Lois Lane]]".
* BuffySpeak: Kyle refers to the Crisis of Collided Trans-World Identities as "Calamity of Infinite Super-whatsit Thing".
* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler: Will be deliberately averted, according to Word of God.]] You can read Alex's (somewhat spoilery) comments regarding the subject on [[http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch2-page-32/ this page]].
* CelibateHero: Kyle up until recently. His [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]] are augmented by his [[EmotionalPowers emotions]], which includes orgasm. After burning down his foster parents' home after his first [[ADateWithRosiePalms date with Rosie Palms]] as a kid, he swore never to experience that pleasure, even with himself, again.
* ChainmailBikini: The Platinum Priestess wears an armor-type one.
* CivvieSpandex: Spooky Jones and, to a lesser extent, Flyboy.
* CliffHanger: [[http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch3pt1-page-28/ This page]], which just so happens to be taking place on the [[LiteralMetaphor edge of a cliff]].
-->'''Alex:''' Oh, trés meta, Writer Boy. I see what you’re doing there...
* CompensatingForSomething: The Annihilator admits that his supervillain moniker sounds like he's compensating for something.
** [[spoiler: If Kyle's reaction to seeing Annihilator naked and aroused is any indication, though, this is pretty thoroughly averted.]]
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Kyle, twice actually, once before he realized his powers, by his original parents for an undisclosed reason, and then after he burned down the house with his fire powers, [[ParentalAbandonment he was abandoned by his foster parents]].
* CoolGate / PortalDoor: One of the Platinum Priestess's powers.
* CoolCar: Spooky Jones's red 1969 Pontiac Firebird convertible (seen [[http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch3pt1-page-3/ here]]).
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: The Platinum Priestess has, fittingly, platinum-colored hair and eyes.
* [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday Dangerous Eighteenth Birthday]]: According to the Annihilator, superheroes under the age of eighteen are off limits to supervillains, [[EvenEvilHasStandards a policy enforced by himself among others]]. Kyle learns this on his eighteenth birthday, and takes it as a warning that his protection has expired. [[spoiler:[[WhamEpisode He's right.]]]]
** Spooky later on states that birthdays carry magical powers that can be taken advantage of using certain spells. [[spoiler: Spooky himself was transported to Hell on his thirteenth birthday and spent a year there before he somehow managed to get out.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Kyle's backstory on the discovery of his [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]] is both tragic and [[ADateWithRosiePalms humiliating]].
* DeadpanSnarker: The Platinum Priestess and The Commander both have their moments.
* EmotionalPowers: Kyle's [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]] are linked to his emotions ... [[CelibateHero including orgasm]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even the bad guys have rules. And one of the is that no one messes with children. [[http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch2-page-14/ At least that's what Anni says.]]
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumour: Of the "sick and twisted sense of humor" variety, though fairly minor. When Kyle reveals the first time he discovered he could [[PlayingWithFire play with fire]] was during ADateWithRosiePalms that caused him to accidentally burn down his foster parents' house, Annihilator laughs. Quickly subverted, however, when Annihilator realizes Kyle [[DudeNotFunny isn't exaggerating]], and in fact gravely hurt his foster sister and was abandoned by his foster parents after the incident.
* FlatWhat: The Annihilator's response to being hurled across a room into a wall hard enough to leave a small crater is just a genuinely perplexed "What?"
* ForeShadowing: Kyle's very first line (before we know anything about him or even his name) is, "Oh, to hell with it". Then chapter two rolls around, and [[spoiler: the statement has become literal]].
* GayBar: Annihilator spots Kyle in one and threatens to out him if he doesn't do what he says.
* {{Gayngster}}: The Annihilator. [[spoiler: Maybe. It's still not entirely clear whether he's gay or just faking it.]]
* HiddenDepths: Annihilator is hinted to have this.
* HoneyTrap: [[spoiler: Annihilator seduced Kyle with the purpose of using him as a sacrifice to get into Laampros' realm. He mentions that if Kyle had been straight Platinum Priestess would have done the seducing instead.]]
* ImmortalitySeeker: [[spoiler: The Annihilator and Platinum Priestess. They opened a door into Laampros' realm in the hopes that he would grant them immortality in exchange for passage into the human world.]]
* IncomingHam:
-->'''Killer:''' So sorry to interrupt your brunch date, [[PreAssKickingOneLiner but we're here to kick your ass.]]
* {{Invisibility}}: When their first date goes wrong, [[spoiler:Kyle]] is turned invisible.
* InvisibleStreaker: As a result of the above - Kyle's invisible, but his clothes aren't. Cue him frantically shucking clothes as he escapes.
* InstantSedation: With magic dust thrown on [[spoiler:Kyle's]] face. Only momentarily though.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Annihilator claims this is the reason he's evil, but he doesn't seem too sure of it, [[spoiler: and he does sort-of apologize to Kyle after using him to open a gate to Laampros' realm, saying he deserves better.]]
* JailBaitWait: Not that Anni has to wait very long.
* KnightTemplar: Two rather violent heroes attacked the Annihilator and used brutal force on Kyle (who they thought was the Invisible Man).
* LetsGetDangerous: [[spoiler: Though initially immune to Kyle's fire powers, Annihilator learns the hard way not to piss him off as Kyle's anger causes his powers to grow strong enough to severely burn his arm.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: Kyle and Duncan's romance is very abrupt, one encounter in a shady alley and a date in Hong Kong and the Annihilator is already telling Kyle being with him makes him want to try and be a better person, and Kyle, a previously CelibateHero, is asking Duncan to be his first the night of his eighteenth birthday.
** [[spoiler: Invoked and Subverted. Whatever Annihilator's feelings Kyle, his primary interest is in Kyle's unique power.]]
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Kyle is Laampros's son.]]
* MayDecemberRomance: Annihilator ([[spoiler:58]]) and Kyle (17, going on 18) seem to be heading to one of these... [[spoiler: until Chapter 2.]]
* MundaneUtility: The Platinum Priestess uses her magic to [[GorgeousGarmentGeneration get Kyle dressed for a date]].
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Annihilator. So far though, he doesn't seem so bad... [[spoiler: Though this quickly becomes a lot murkier once Chapter 2 rolls around.]]
** [[NinetiesAntiHero Hunter and Killer]] fit this trope quite well.
* NinetiesAntiHero: Hunter and Killer, the vigilantes who show up to fight Annihilator in Hong Kong. They're cocky [[JerkAss Jerkasses]] who don't care about collateral damage in the service of their work.
* OccultDetective: According to WordOfGod, "[Spooky's] work outside of The Young Protectors does involve what are essentially 'occult investigations'."
* OhCrapThereAreFanficsOfUs: In an interlude chapter, the team finds out they have some [[YaoiFangirl very creative fans]] online. Tsunami is disgusted, Fluke finds it hilarious, and Spooks is offended... [[ComicallyMissingThePoint that he's]] [[{{Wimpification}} not the one on top]].
* PaintingTheMedium: One is left wondering exactly how Kyle said "PLATINUM PRIESTESS" to make it appear in huge silver block letters.
** And before that, the first time he said "THE ANNIHILATOR".
** The prequel bonus comic ends with Spooky introducing himself: "[[TheNameIsBondJamesBond The name is ]] ''[[TheNameIsBondJamesBond Jones]]''. SPOOKY JONES".
--->'''Alex:''' You really didn’t think only the bad guys would get special fonts for their names, did you?
* ParentalAbandonment: After his [[PlayingWithFire powers]] manifested and he [[DarkAndTroubledPast accidentally burned down their home and scarred their child]], Kyle's foster parents couldn't even look him in the eye anymore.
* PlayingWithFire: Kyle
* PornNames: Kyle, a.k.a. Red Hot, admits his superhero name is this, but in his defense he chose it when he was 12, based on his childhood nickname of '[[FieryRedhead Red]]' and the fact he had [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis / PunctuatedPounding: DON'T! *Punch* BE A! *Punch* DICK! *Punch*
* PuppyDogEyes: Not only Annihilator can use ''real'' puppy eyes, the author ironically refers to a somewhat creepy look as this.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Platinum Priestess is over six thousand years old.
* RedHeadedHero: Kyle
* SecretIdentity:
** Everybody's quite liberal with them, with Kyle calling Fluke "Paul" in public and the Annihilator calling the Platinum Priestess [[AwesomeMcCoolName "Sircea"]] in front of a hero. The Annihilator also has no problem at all revealing his name to Kyle.
** [[spoiler: According to the Annihilator, the names of Kyle's teammates are an OpenSecret to both the other heroes and villains alike.]]
* ScarpiaUltimatum: A very mild one; the Annihilator only demands a kiss in exchange for keeping Kyle's secret. Then we find out [[spoiler: that he would have kept Kyle's secret anyway]].
* SceneryCensor: During his battle in the market place Kyle has somehow gotten completely naked while [[spoiler: being invisible]] and fighting his enemy... all without showing his cash'n'prizes.
* [[SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains Sensible Heroine, Skimpy Villainess]]: Compare [[http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch1-page-5/ The Commander]] with [[http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/archive/ete-ch1-page-14/ The Platinum Priestess]].
* ShipperOnDeck: It seems like the Platinum Priestess seems to ship Kyle/Annihilator.
* ShoutOut: A movie theater is showing Artifice 2, a reference to another one of Woolfson's comics.
* [[FiveTokenBand Six Token Band]]: The Young Protectors:
** The Commander, a Native American female
** Spooky Jones, a Chinese male
** Red Hot, a (closet gay) ginger Caucasian male
** Tsunami, a Samoan male
** Flyboy, another Caucasian male
** Fluke, an African American male.
* StealthPun: Kyle is gay and has fire powers, making him literally a flaming homosexual.
* StraightGay: Kyle
* SuperpowerLottery: There's a reason Annihilator is one of the most feared supervillains around:
** SuperStrength: [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom Able to punch]] Kyle several stories into the air ...
** SuperReflexes: ... then [[InASingleBound leap from building to building]] to catch him again.
** SuperSpeed: Catches a news story where Kyle and the Young Protectors are tending to an arson fire, and makes it to the scene within a few minutes.
** InASingleBound: Not quite able to make the leap to Hong Kong, but still ...
** NighInvulnerability: At least to cuts ([[PowerLimiter usually]]), explosions, and fire, as we've seen so far.
** HealingFactor: When he ''does'' take damage he can regenerate from his wounds in around ten minutes time.
** ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: The Annihilator seems to have no trouble with money, seeing as he can spend over $200 a plate on his RedHeadedHero dinner date. It's implied that at least some of this money came from [[spoiler: robbing Fort Knox]].
* ThatCameOutWrong: Kyle's consent to going out on a date with Annihilator is under the pretense that Annihilator doesn't just plan to 'screw with him all night'. The Platinum Priestess is quick to jump on this, in that if that's Kyle's limitation, it sort of defeats the purpose of a date.
* VisualPun: Kyle is ginger with flame powers making him literally a "fiery redhead". He doesn't count as a true {{Fiery Redhead}} because we haven't seen him lose his temper yet.
** Confirmed and Justified during the date in Hong kong; Pummeling an anti-hero while yelling at him not to be a dick.
** The 'activities' on Kyle's 18th birthday were apparently so good that it literally blew his socks off.
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 2.
* WhamLine:
** [[spoiler: Annihilator: "LAAMPROS BA SUKOTH BA SUGGROTH!"]]
** [[spoiler: Laampros: "My darling son."]]
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: Complete with a ShoutOut to Disney.
* WillNotTellALie: According to Spooky, Laampros would never lie about [[spoiler: Kyle being his son. It's a matter of {{pride}}.]]
* WrongContextMagic: Kyle's flame abilities aren't a mutation, nor do they come from magic or alien interference. [[spoiler: Turns out he's the offspring of a king of Hell]].