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Ms. Marvel/Binary/Warbird/Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)
A US Air Force pilot who joined up because her father refused to fund her way through college, instead supporting one of her brothers who had lower marks than her, she became the USAF's top pilot and left the service a Lieutenant-Colonel. She spent time in Air Force Intelligence, teaming up with Wolverine, and then joined NASA. Her first appearance had her become the sidekick of Captain Mar-Vell and she later got powers like his via the Kree Psyche-Magnitron (basically a wishing machine).She became first Ms. Marvel, then Binary and Warbird before going back to Ms. Marvel. Despite an intriguing past, compelling and popular enemies in Mystique and Rogue, a strong Flying Brick power set that then took a step up into the Cosmic Entity tier, and long term membership of the Avengers and association with the X-Men, she went through a Trauma Conga Line and spent a long time as a second stringer who even Stilt-Man didn't recognise.Only following House of M, which showed her her potential to be the greatest hero in the world, did she kick on in and out of universe (she even got a publicist In-Universe). She got her own solo comic and starred in the second season of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!, before taking the mantle of Captain Marvel for her own as part of Marvel NOW, becoming Captain America's right hand woman and turning up absolutely everywhere before Marvel announced that she was getting her own self-titled film as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Ace Pilot: She used to be in the Air Force.
- Action Girl: She's currently known as 'Earth's Mightiest Hero' for a very good reason.
- The Alcoholic: For a time, during Avengers Vol 3. She was unceremoniously booted off the team for it, and it took some time for her to recover.
- All Your Powers Combined: Though actually it's all of her own powers combined: as Captain Marvel she has both her original Ms. Marvel powers and her Binary powers.
- Amazonian Beauty: Her muscles, broad shoulders, and voluptuous yet muscular figure tend to stand out in those skintight outfits she wears.
- Ambadassador: She's currently "Ambassador Extraordinary" for Earth, acting as liaison to other civilizations. Often this consists of beating people up.
- Arch-Nemesis: Mystique used to be this, having made it her mission in life to destroy Carol. Then it passed to Rogue, then... nothing. Nowadays it appears that Moonstone has taken the role.
- Badass Normal: Even before becoming Ms. Marvel, Carol could still hold her own, being an experienced and highly decorated Air Force officer. Counts as an Empowered Badass Normal after gaining powers. Taken even further in Ultimate Marvel, where Carol is still a military woman and never gained powers nor became Ms. Marvel (but as an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. she gets to be S.H.I.E.L.D. Director for a while).
- Bare Your Midriff: Her original Ms. Marvel outfit featured it.
- Boisterous Bruiser: In the 2014 Captain Marvel issue #1 her two favourite things are Star Wars and punching stuff.
- Boyish Short Hair: Her current hairstyle as of 2015.
- Break the Badass: Again, and again, and again, and again.
- Broken Pedestal: Her actions in Civil War II have destroyed Kamala Khan's idolization of her.
- Buffy Speak: In some more recent versions, Depending on the Writer. Averted in her original characterization, when her diction was generally cultured and precise.
- Damsel in Distress: Started off as this for Captain Mar-Vell. Only in the sense that she was taken captive, though. Carol Danvers didn't bother with the damsel-ness.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Danvers' early superhero career included rape, sudden pregnancy, kidnapping, and being depowered.
- Depower: Lost her Binary powers in the early 00s, which drove her to drink. They didn't come back until early 2007, during a fight the Collective, and since then have flicked on and off.
- Distaff Counterpart: What she started out as. She's long since gotten out from under Mar-Vell's shadow.
- Drinking on Duty: During Avengers vol 3, Carol starts drinking while superheroing. The only one who actually notices is Iron Man, who doesn't say anything because he feels it isn't his place. Eventually, Carol starts lashing out at everyone, and accidentally badly injures Lockjaw the dog at a serious moment, prompting the Avengers to suspend her from the team.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: For one of Marvel's longest serving heroines, she didn't get much respect from her fellow heroes. It's why she took up superheroing again after M-Day, to prove she could be one of the world's greats.
- As of Marvel NOW and her taking of the Captain Marvel name, as well as her establishing herself as Captain America's second in command, she's largely shaken this off.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Cheeseburger"
- Flaming Hair: As Binary.
- Flying Brick: Danvers has flight, super-strength, resistance to injury, and the Most Common Superpower. Twist: She can absorb ambient and directed energy, and project energy blasts from her fists (though she also had a sort of "seventh sense"/luck power for a while), but despite her impressive power level she has always been something of a second-stringer. This was played with in the House of M event, where in that Alternate Universe she was the greatest non-mutant superhero in the world. And since people kept their memories of the House of M reality, her knowledge that she could be that good has spurred her to new heights, her own monthly title, and leadership of The Avengers.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Not that Carol is always mellow anyway, but she's a very bad-tempered drunk, responding to simple requests from Captain America with accusations that he doesn't think women can think for themselves.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Has a bit of Kree DNA in her, due to how she got her powers.
- Four-Star Badass: Holds the rank of Colonel in the US Air Force, so going by "Captain" Marvel is a downgrade. In one issue, she uses this fact as an excuse to order around Captain America since he is "just a Captain." Problem is, the writer of the issue was apparently unaware that Captain America is a retired Brigadier General, and thus would still outrank her. He's taking an even bigger downgrade than she is.
- Hollywood Atheist: Averted. Carol is the rare atheist protagonist who isn't a nihilist.
- I Have Many Names: Danvers' codenames have included Ms. Marvel, Warbird, Binary, and Captain Marvel.
- Genius Ditz: Downplayed. Carol is very smart, but she comes up short compared to the likes of Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic.
- Kick the Dog: Usually ends up handing these out in crisis crossovers. One example would involve arresting Julia Carpenter for being a Pro-Registration defector and working as a spy for Captain America during Civil War, in front of her own daughter - though she did have a My God, What Have I Done? moment afterwards.
- Not to mention her actions in Civil War II wherein she arrested and imprisoned a woman who was guilty of doing nothing — absolutely nothing — without any sort of due process being applied. Some felt she had fallen into Villain Protagonist territory at that point (despite other, more famous characters, e.g. Tony Stark, having pulled far worse in the past).
- Legacy Character: For Captain Mar-Vell.
- Leotard of Power: Her signature black Warbird costume is this.
- Mind Rape: What happened when Rogue took her memories. It took all the emotion behind them as well, and nearly killed Carol.
- Military Superhero: At times.
- Most Common Superpower: Carol is stacked, even by comic book standards.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her outfits (prior to taking the Captain Marvel name) highlighted her large breasts, muscular yet voluptuous body, strong toned muscles, toned broad shoulders, sizeable backside and long muscular legs. In the era of the black-and-gold leotard costume she was usually subject to the Male Gaze.
- Nigh Invulnerable: As a side-effect of being part Kree.
- One Woman Army: She defeated an army of Super-Skrulls during Secret Invasion.
- Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: According to New Avengers, she's never seen Ghostbusters, and doesn't even recognise the phrase "who ya gonna call", when Peter Parker and Ben Grimm quote it, much to their distress.
- Primary-Color Champion: Her Captain Marvel uniform.
- Ship Tease: With Spider-Man after she agreed to go on a date with him. When she was possessed by the symbiote, Venom suggests to Spidey she has feelings for him. Despite mild flirting on both sides, they've become Platonic Life-Partners, though it's implied Peter wishes they got a Relationship Upgrade.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: While he gets under her skin, Carol developed an interest in Peter due to his good nature. When puts down he feels he doesn't belong with in the clouds with her and rest of the Avengers, she brings up she likes having him in the clouds.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Her signature black costume.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's almost six feet tall and built to kill.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Old Man Danvers was an utter dick to his first-born child, telling Carol she shouldn't have bothered with that education nonsense, married some guy and produced lot of kids. It's why she joined the military in the first place, to prove him wrong about everything.
- Super Strength: Enough to, on one memorable occasion, drop kick Iron Man straight through a passenger plane and, during Avengers vs X-Men catch the top half of the Empire State Building.
- The Teetotaler: Danvers used to have a serious alcohol problem. She later got sober.
- With Us or Against Us: Starts slipping into this during Civil War II. She even tries saying the phrase to the Ultimates, only to get interrupted by America Chavez expressing her opinion on the matter.
- Wolverine Publicity: Following Secret Wars (2015), Carol has been announced as a member of A-Force and the new Ultimates team, along with her own solo comic.
- You Fight Like a Cow
Captain Marvel/Photon/Pulsar/Spectrum (Monica Rambeau)
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Monica is a black woman. Lampshaded when she first met Carol.Carol Danvers: Did Mar-Vell decide to retire or is this some hitherto unsuspected side to his character?
- Afro Asskicker: Back when she first appeared, though now she usually favors dreadlocks.
- Badass Long Coat: Started wearing one as part of Nextwave. It's since become one of her signature looks.
- Berserk Button: People stealing her old names without asking. Happened with Genis-Vell when he decided to call himself Photon, and then Carol when she decided to become the new Captain Marvel.
- Career-Ending Injury: Her tenure as the leader of the Avengers ended when a disastrous battle with the Leviathan dissipated most of her mass, leaving her in a weakened, emaciated state. She eventually got better, though.
- Energy Beings
- I Have Many Names: Captain Marvel, Photon, Pulsar, and Spectrum.
- May–December Romance: With Blue Marvel, who is significantly Older Than He Looks.
- Story-Breaker Power: Her abilities (particularly her light speed travel) arguably make her one of the most powerful Avengers, which is usually why she's one of the first people to be taken out during a battle.
- Took a Level in Badass: She's now got her own variant on the Flash's Infinite Mass Punch. She can use it to destroy planets.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: with Carol.
Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)See her own page.
Deathbird (Cal'syee Neramani)
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Like Mystique, she started as a villain of Ms Marvel before becoming tied to the X-Men.
- Winged Humanoid: as a result of being a Shi'ar genetic throwback.
Destructor (Kerwin Korman) and Doomsday Man
- And I Must Scream: He's trapped in a robotic body.
- Faux Affably Evil: treats Carol politely right up until the moment she refuses to give him what he wants (partly because she couldn't, even if she wanted to).
- Abusive Precursors: They are this to the Inhumans of Earth. And they're the lucky ones. The original Inhuman program was tested on hundreds of worlds. When the Supreme Intelligence figured the program was a bad idea, he had the Accusers murder the scientists, and burn every planet they'd experimented on. Earth only got spared thanks to the scientists not presenting all their data.
- Aliens Are Bastards: The Kree are smug and arrogant warmongers and racist towards their own kind (blue kree vs pink kree). They'll also do things like leave an old Sentry robot on your planet, completely forget about it, and when someone discovers it and it goes haywire and you're forced to put it down, the Kree will dispatch an Accuser to swing by and capture or kill you, because you touched their stuff.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Most of them have blue skin.
- Arch-Enemy: They are considered this by the Skrulls. The feeling is mutual.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The color of the Kree military uniforms changes according to their rank: Purple for privates, grey for lieutenants, green for captains, blue for colonels and red for generals.
- Crazy-Prepared: As the Annihilation Wave learned, the Kree even weaponize their buildings. The last days of the war had them launching the damn things at Ravenous and his troops, just so they could attack.
- The Empire: The Kree Empire, natch.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The Kree homeworld of Hala is destroyed by Mr. Knife/J'Son of Spartax during the Black Vortex storyline. Couldn't happen to nicer guys.
- Enemy Mine: The Kree tend to cooperate with orher races and be on the side of the good guys when theres an universal threat like the Annhilation Wave from Annihilation or the Builders from Infinity.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Some of their high-ranking officers are women. Nenora, a Skrull spy who disguised herself into a Kree, became empress for a short time after the Silver Surfer caused the Supreme Intelligence to malfunction.
- Evilutionary Biologist: The Kree are very big on genetic engineering, as apparently their race has lost the ability to evolve naturally. They have created the Inhumans by experimenting on a bunch of prehistoric humans.
- Evil vs. Evil: The Kree-Skrull War. Both sides are anything but friendly towards planet Earth and its inhabitants.
- Fantastic Nuke: They're plenty fond of those Nega-Bombs of theirs. One blew up a good chunk of their galaxy. Most since then have been downgraded to just making planets go up like a bonfire.
- Fantastic Racism: Aside for their more obvious hatred of the Skrull, the Kree hold a certain contempt for every other race in the Marvel Universe, as well as for their Pink minority. They also outlawed for Kree citizens to mate with individuals of other species (getting a Kree woman pregnant is an arrestable offense).
- The Fighting Narcissist: The entirety of Kree culture is based around xenophobia, military pride, Jingoism, imperialism, nationalist egocentricity, and self-engineering to the ideal of the "perfect" soldier.
- Forever War: The Kree-Skrull War, which lasted for many thousands of years until the heroes of Earth got involved.
- Galactic Super Power: One of the big three alien empires in the Marvel Universe along with the Skrulls and the Shi'ar.
- Heavy Worlder: The Kree homeworld of Hala has an higher gravity than Earth, which leads them to develop superhuman strenght and agility once they enter our planet's atmosphere.
- Human Aliens: The Pink Kree are basically White humans with silver hair.
- Humongous Mecha: The Sentries and the Destructoids. A Kree Sentry size can vary from model to model from 5 meters to 30 meters in height. The Destructoids (which appeared only in a couple of issues of Silver Surfer) are spaceships that can change into a semi-humanoid form.
- If it wasn't for the technology of the Skrulls, they would have probably still be a primitive civilisation.
- The Kree created the Inhumans as an experiment in jump-starting their own evolution. According to Royals, the Kree are the result of a similar set of experiments by the Progenitors, who gave up on the Kree when they ran into their evolutionary dead-end. So the thing that motivated the Kree for centuries turns out to have saved them from a gruesome fate.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: The Accuser Corps, with Ronan The Accuser being the most prominent member. They are basically the Judges or the inquisitors from Warhammer 40,000 with big hammers.
- Killer Robot: The Sentries mentioned above.
- Lady of War: As mentioned above, several Kree commanders are women.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: The Priests of Pama, a Group of Kree who rejected their empire's militaristic and xenophobic life style and embraced the pacifist religion of the Cotati.
- Noble Demon: Despite their arrogance and cruelty, the Kree value honor and loyalty and they have no problem with teaming up with the heroes when there's a common threat,
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: The main blue ethnicity of the Kree are basically blue skinned humans with various hair colors and sometimes pointy ears.
- Proud Warrior Race: A variant of this trope. Instead of being a culture of viking-esque Boisterous Bruisers like many examples, the Kree embodies the more cold and rigid modern military disciplines.
- Puny Earthlings: Like many aliens in the Marvel Universe, they don't have a high opinion on humans.
- Scary Dogmatic Aliens: They seem to be a combination of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan with a dash of Space Romans.
- Sore Loser: When the Skrulls chose the Cotati as better suited for a partnership with the Skrull empire, the primitive Kree killed the Cotati and Skrull Ambassadors and started a war with the Skrull empire that lasted for over 10,000 years.
- Space Cold War: When they are not in a conflict, they are depicted as having uneasy truces with the other space empires.
- The Spartan Way: Fitting with their Proud Warrior Race shtick, the Kree favor tough discipline and pragmatism over kind emotions.
- State Sec: The Accuser Corps and the Pursuer Corps.
- Vestigial Empire: The Kree are constantly involved in destructive intergalactic wars against other major powers like the Skrulls or the Shi'ar or against universal threats, which has a certain draining effect. The most prominent example of this is during the storyline Operation Galactic Storm, where the Supreme Intelligence itself, in order to solve their evolutionary stagnancy, manipulated the events of the Kree-Shi'ar War leading to the death of a large portion of the Kree Empire's population, hoping that the survivors would start evolving. And, as showed in Annihilation, they have their own corrupt bureaucrats and politicians.
- Villainous Legacy: Manifested with the Inhumans and the Sentry robots the Kree left on various planets during ancient times.
Magnitron (Colonel Yon-Rogg)
- Aliens Are Bastards
- Back from the Dead: As Magnitron.
- Came Back Strong: As the psychic and fragmental supervillain Magnitron.
- Chest Burster: of a sort. His current form of existence is based on a fragment of the Psyche-Magnitron in Carol's head and as she gets weaker, he gets stronger.
- Enemy Within: His current status as a fragment in Carol's mind.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He's partly driven by his jealousy of Una and Mar-Vell's relationship.
- Human Aliens: He is part of the Pink Kree who are identical to White humans. He tends to be depicted as a blue Kree in other continuities and adaptations though.
- The Neidermeyer: He was a cowardly and self-centered high ranking officer of the Kree empire who tried to jeopardize his platoon's mission on Earth by Killing or framing Mar-Vell just so he could get his girlfriend Una.
- Reality Warper: to a limited extent.
- Smug Snake
MODOK (George Tarleton)Has his own page M.O.D.O.K.
Moonstone/"Dark" Ms. Marvel (Karla Sofen)
- Alpha Bitch
- Arch-Enemy: For Carol nowadays.
- Big Bad: Arguably the most prominent for Carol in the modern times.
- Ice Queen
- Legacy Character: Karla Sofen became Moonstone by manipulating the previous Moonstone (who happened to be one of her patients) into handing over their power source.
- Psycho Psychologist: Sofen is practically the ur-example for the Marvel Universe. She used to enjoy convincing suicidal patients to kill themselves.
- Brain in a Jar: Or rather, multiple brains in jars as seen in the Avengers' storyline Operation Galactic Storm.
- Blue and Orange Morality: it has no problems killing 90% of the Kree if it removes the genetic gap that keeps them from evolving.
- Death Is Cheap: He was lobotomized by House Fiyero during Annihilation, saved by the Phalanx, and then killed by Wraith. That time stuck - the Supreme Intelligence these days is actually a copy made from back-up data.
- God-Emperor: He is the ruler of the Kree empire and he's also considered as a sort of deity by the Kree.
- Hive Mind: He was created by merging the minds of various Kree military officers, scientists and philosophers.
- Master Computer: He runs the Kree Empire
- Organic Technology
- Starfish Aliens: He appears as a giant green potato with tentacles for hair inside a tube.
- Villain Respect: While not always a villain, it's got a serious case of Blue and Orange Morality. It also has a very real respect for humanity, the Avengers and Carol in particular, as seen in Infinity when it subtly smacks down J'son of Spartax when he tells Captain America to go 'until cannon fodder is required', observing that humans have a much higher success rate against the Kree in battle than the Spartax do. During The Black Vortex, it also remarks that it gave Carol an audience because of its personal respect for her and the fact that the Avengers have been very generous to the Kree.