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    William "Billy" Kaplan/Asgardian/Wiccan 
Billy's third costume
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"I have all this power...and so the responsibility to use it. But I've also the responsibility to know how to use this power. And Billy Kaplan? You don't know what the hell you're doing. YET."

Debut comic: Young Avengers v1 #1

Not the leader but arguably the main character of the series. Billy was a friendly kid from the Upper West Side who used to attend a normal school where he was the victim of bullying. After standing up to the bully's beatdown of another kid, Billy stood up to him and as a result discovered his powers. He later joined the Young Avengers where he met Teddy and fell in love with him. After the team located other young heroes in an effort to rescue Teddy after his capture by the Skrulls, Billy met his twin brother, the speedster Tommy. It didn't take long before he theorized about the two of them being the lost children of the powerful Scarlet Witch, something that was confirmed when they found her in The Children's Crusade. Currently he is still with the Young Avengers trying to help the world while training to control his newfound Demiurge powers, as well as dating Teddy on top of all of that.

His powers are basically that of his mother, the Scarlet Witch: reality altering powers and powerful magic that he uses by repeating the spell aloud and many times in a row. (He says it's to help him concentrate). It was stated that the full extent of his powers are close to those of a god (or a Demiurge) and could be as powerful if not more than those of the Scarlet Witch.

  • Ascended Fanboy: He was a big fan of the Avengers before he started superheroing. He's also a big Norse Mythology geek.
  • Atrocious Alias: He changed his codename to 'Wiccan' when it was pointed out to him what the media would do with a gay superhero named 'Asgardian.' This is Loki's opinion of 'Wiccan', too.
  • Badass Cape: All three of his outfits. His fondness for capes has reach memetic level in fandom.
  • Battle Couple: With Hulkling.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He idolizes Scarlet Witch even before finding out about his heritage because she once cheered him up after being bullied.
  • Berserk Button: Do not threaten Teddy. It's a good way to end up in a coma.
  • Blessed with Suck: Being a Reality Warper means his mistakes can spin out of control and spell doom for everyone.
  • Cute Witch: As stated by Loki multiple times. It's a good bet that Teddy agrees, considering.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He can be.
    Eli: You got a better idea?
    Billy: Gee, let me check my superhero manual. Oh, wait, it's in my other tights.
  • The Determinator: Not always in a good way. Once an idea gets into his head, he can stubbornly go with it regardless of common sense.
  • Distressed Dude: He has been whisked away or locked up quite a few time. Doesn't help that he's helpless when his magic goes haywire for one reason or another.
  • Driven to Suicide: In volume 2, his unresolved guilt and self-esteem issues escalate into this. Being told his death would undo the disaster he unintentionally caused doesn't help. Thankfully, he gets talked out of it.
  • Emo Teen: Invoked in his introduction in the recap page of vol.2 ("Angsty chaos magic user"). Averted in the story as he has reasons to despair.
  • Fatal Flaw: His tendency to act without thinking, which can be disastrous when coupled with his powers.
  • Future Badass: While already plenty badass by himself, we're shown two universes note  in which he becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme.
  • A God Am I: He is called a "demiurge" (a creative/destructive force) in vol. 2. The After Party reveals that he is the one who creates America's homeworld and thus is considered a god there.
  • Glass Cannon: Has devastating power, but is just as vulnerable to physical and psychic attacks as any normal guy.
  • Happily Adopted: Sort of. Technically his "adopted" parents are his biological parents. However, he is the reincarnation of one of the Scarlet Witch's twin sons, and she also takes some maternal interest in him.
  • In-Series Nickname: Billy is short for William.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Hulkling, who's revealed to be half-Kree half-Skrull.
  • Innocently Insensitive: So wrapped up in his own angst that he forgets that Teddy had to watch the only mother he had ever known incinerated right in front of him. When Teddy finally cracks and lambasts Billy for his ongoing It's All About Me behavior, during which Teddy had been completely supportive, Billy is so shocked and ashamed that he goes and does something really stupid...
  • It's All My Fault: He blames himself for kickstarting the whole Children's Crusade disaster. And again for inviting a interdimensional parasite into his world.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: Billy makes no secret that he really looks up to the Avengers, the first time he meets most of them. He's one of the few people aware of Jessica Jones' former identity of Knightress, and freaked out quite a bit the first time he met Scarlet Witch (before he knew she was his mom-sorta, and before his powers even manifested).
  • Jewish and Nerdy: Billy's family are Reform Jews per Word of God. He's very geeky and often quotes pop culture. For example, he refers to fighting Laufey as looking more fun in The Lord of the Rings.
  • Junior Counterpart: Patterns himself after Thor at first, but later embraces being the Junior Counterpart to his sort-of mom, the Scarlet Witch.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: He's the magic user of the team and his power keeps getting stronger to the point it makes the adults nervous. Lightning to magic to potentially world ending reality warping.
  • Momma's Boy: Or pretty attached to his (technically biological, functionally adoptive) family, at least, as seen when Steve Rogers announces he is one of the heroes necessary to maintain the safety of the world at the start of Heroic Age. His response:
    "Uh... I might have to ask my mom."
    • Towards Scarlet Witch as well, as demonstrated by all he goes through in Children's Crusade.
  • Nice Jewish Boy: Billy is mostly very caring and considerate.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: You would think that after all that had happened with Iron Lad/Kang, Billy would know better than to try to go and change history, even with the best of intentions. Instead he attempts to bring back Teddy's mother and ends up summoning an Eldritch Abomination instead.
  • Not So Different: He can be just as willful and rebellious as Tommy and to an extent Pietro. As Pietro puts it:
    I thought I'd have more in common with your brother, the speedster, but here you are, disobeying my father the moment he turns his back. I'm impressed.
  • Openminded Parent: The Kaplans are extremely understanding and openminded. When Billy attempts to come out as a superhero, they misinterpret and affirm their support of his homosexuality, and they take it pretty well when Captain America informs them anyway. They even let Teddy and Tommy move in when they show troubled home lives. They're so understanding that apparently Tommy got fed up with them and left.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Because of his powers. The Avengers are now understandably wary of the idea that he could take out an entire team of bad guys in an instant without even meaning to.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Gains points for referencing Project Runway, loses them for The Sound of Music.
  • Refusal of the Call: After the end of Children's Crusade, he gives up being a superhero. His mistake at the beginning of the 2013 run forces him to don the costume once again.
  • Secret Legacy: The long-lost son of Scarlet Witch.
  • Sorry, I'm Gay: His response to Enchantress coming on to him in Dark Reign.
    "Very, very gay!"
  • Straight Gay: He was at first, but he seems to be getting more and more flamboyant every time he shows up.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: When Billy manages to temporarily access his Demiurge potential he becomes capable of Breaking the Fourth Wall and actually stepping out onto the pages of the comic to change/rearrange panels (i.e. reality), effectively making himself almost as all-powerful as the artists, writers and editors.
  • Squishy Wizard: The most powerful guy on the team — provided he can get out the words for his spells. Just saying the spells won't work, either — he has to hear himself say it; hence his power is practically useless if he's rendered effectively deaf.
  • Superpower Lottery: Definite winner. He has an impressive powerset, which borderlines Story-Breaker Power.
    • Healing Hands: He can use his magic to heal people, as seen when he heals Teddy after the Super-Skrull attack, though it can be rather erratic. It also tends to depend on whether or not he actually wants the person to heal, as seen when trying to heal the Super Skrull at Teddy's request after Kl'rt murdered Teddy's mother. When Teddy notes that it isn't working, Billy says flatly, "Probably because I don't want him to heal."
    • Invisibility: He can also use his magic for this.
    • Mass Teleportation: His powers can teleport the entire team places.
    • Reality Warper: At his most dangerous. Loki even heavily implies to Hulkling that their meeting and relationship is a product of a subconscious use of his powers to give him his "dashing prince". On the other hand, this is Loki suggesting this, and he later admitted to manipulating everyone, so take it with a grain of salt.
    • Shock and Awe: His powers first manifested as blue lightning (that almost killed a bully) and initially the only power he's willing to admit to the Avengers, because it would remind them of Thor.
  • Tangled Family Tree: He's one of the sons of Scarlet Witch, reborn into a new biological family. This means he can count Tommy, aka 'Speed' as his twin brother, and Magneto and Quicksilver as his grandfather and uncle, respectively. And don't start on all the people he could conceivably call 'father'...
  • Too Powerful to Live: Wolverine's opinion of him in The Children's Crusade, to the point that Wolverine actually tries to murder Billy in front of the Young Avengers, The Avengers, and Magneto. While Wolverine's main focus in that arc is killing Scarlet Witch, he flat-out says that if the Avengers were smart, they'd get rid of Wiccan, too. The Avengers don't do much to protest this opinion.
  • Tranquil Fury: When he gets angry or upset enough to blow things up, he's quiet and cold.
  • Uh-Oh Eyes: His eyes glow blue when he does big spells.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He has immense power, but to quote Loki, he needs more finesse.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His well meaning but ill thought out bit of magic at the beginning of the 2013 run.

    Katherine "Kate" Bishop/"Hawkingbird"/Hawkeye II 
Kate's second costume
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"I have no powers and not nearly enough training, but I'm doing this anyways. Being a super hero is amazing. Everyone should try it."

Debut comic: Young Avengers v1 #1

The current leader of the team and co-protagonist of the fourth volume of Hawkeye. Kate had it all: a complete family with a loving mother, a Spoiled Sweet older sister and an extremely wealthy father. Despite all of this, she developed a compulsive desire to help others instead of living the high life (probably because of her mother's influence). One day, a guy assaulted her in a park and left her traumatized. After grieving and attending therapy, she realized the only person that could bring her out of her depression was herself. Soon afterwards, she started intense training in different kinds of combat and weaponry to ensure no one ever had to go through what she experienced. The day of her sister's wedding, a group of criminals held the ceremony hostage. When she assisted the Young Avengers in saving the day, she decided to join the team and was eventually accepted. Currently she is back in New York, still in contact with her team and helping Clint Barton too. Also, she is single.

She doesn't have any powers but she is skilled in many martial arts and weapons, specifically a bow and arrows. Her skill with them is sometimes implied to rival those of Clint Barton himself. Also, she is a great tactician and strategist, usually planning and leading the battles of the Young Avengers.

  • 10-Minute Retirement: After a few months of "retirement", she was convinced by Clint Barton to help him in some personal jobs not related to The Avengers. Sometime later she came back full time with her old team.
  • A Lesson In Defeat: Her ego knew no bounds until she met Clint and lost her bow to him for thinking a shot was impossible because she couldn't do it. Afterwards, we see Kate showing her new commitment to the lesson Clint taught her by trying the impossible shot Clint performed, without success. Long after that, in Hawkeye vol. 4 #10, Clint made her feel powerless, angry and miserable enough that she channelized all of her anger and finally performed the impossible shot.
  • Action Dress Rip:
    • Her improvised costume during the battle against Kang was her bridesmaid's dress with half of the skirt ripped off.
    • In Hawkeye #7 she had to get medicines for some people trapped in a hotel so in order to move faster, she ripped her dress while apologising to the designers that made it, later she fought some criminals too.
  • Action Girl: She herself admits her training probably isn't enough for a superhero, but still find ways to win her battles whether by brute force or tactical skills.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: The original Hawkeye is male. Both share the name now.
  • All a Part of the Job: She considers being a super hero a job, and she loves it despite everything.
  • All for Nothing: The ending of her story in L.A. is this. Somewhat necessary to bring her back for the final act in Clint Barton's story (which was always the main story anyways).
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: The complete package (except, the tallest of her team) — she's elegant, controlled, and considered beautiful.
  • Artistic Age: She's looked 17-18 years old since the beginning when she was supposed to be 15-16. Clint Barton thinks she looks 9 years old.
  • Badass in Distress: She got captured by Madam Masque's bodyguards while trying to help Clint and couldn't do anything to escape until Clint came and distracted everyone, after that she started kicking everyone's asses.
  • Badass Normal: She is an Olympic class archer and martial artist as well as an expert with different weapons including swords and staves. She is also a gifted strategist to the point that once, she completely disabled Kang The Conqueror with a single arrow.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In her first costume (see image).
  • Believing Their Own Lies: She used to believe Clint told her he never killed anyone. Later, Clint revealed that he actually never said that because he would never lie to her, even then she was trying to avoid the truth.
  • Betty and Veronica: She used to be the Archie to Eli's Betty and Tommy's Veronica. Subverted in that she never cared about relationships back then and actively tried to avoid them.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family:
    • Before she died, Kate's mother was the person who kept the family, at the very least, in contact with each other. Her father was inattentive at best and her sister was a little ashamed of her mother and more busy spending her father's money.
    • Kate's father, Derek Bishop, deserves an special mention here. He's a rich guy who funds the illegal operations of Madame Masque in L.A. and almost had her own daughter killed by taking away all her money and delivering her to Masque. He also married one of Kate's classmates as a trophy wife and tries to convince Kate to call her "Mother".
  • Biker Babe: She rides a motor scooter in full biker outfit.
  • Boldly Coming: She had many sexual encounters with Noh-Varr who is a Kree.
  • Broken Bird: After the assault in the park she was victim of, she became pretty much this. Of course, she did get better, and seemingly has moved on with her life.
  • Broken Pedestal: She was disappointed when she saw a videotape where Clint killed other people in a secret operation. Later, it was completely subverted when it was revealed that the tape was in fact a fake and even when Clint suggested that he indeed had killed before, Kate forgave him for everything at the end.
  • Brutal Honesty: The reason why she sucks at making other people feel better. Ironically, back when her first team was around, everytime she felt any positive emotion towards other people like be love, admiration or attraction, she used to do everything she could to hide those emotions. She is getting better nowadays.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Her failure as a leader being the reason she quit after Children's Crusade.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Kate always leans towards helping people in distress. Lampshaded in Children's Crusade when she says they wouldn't be stuck where they were had Eli, who doesn't ascribe to this as much as Kate, been team leader.
  • Clark Kenting:
    • Being the daughter of a famous rich guy, Kate is kind of a celebrity in the Marvel Universe, yet no one recognized her back when she started doing the whole superhero thing, even when the only thing she did to hide her face was putting on glasses she always wears in her normal life.
    • A particular in-universe example happened during Dark Reign. A boy codenamed "The Executioner", who assisted to Kate's school, discovered her secret identity. Later the Young Avengers devised a plan to discredit any claim the boy could make (he was trying to blackmail his way into the Young Avengers), the plan consisted in Kate accepting Executioner's invitation for a party in which part of the Young Avengers would suddenly show up (with Wiccan as a bad guy and Vision as Kate). In one particular moment Kate is face to face with Vision-Kate who is wearing only glasses to cover his face (that he copied exactly like Kate's), yet somehow nobody managed to see the resemblance between them and Executioner's plan got ruined.
  • Comical Overreacting:
    • In Hawkeye #5 there's a panel where Kate, after being taken hostage, is asking to be released with such emphasis that both of her feet are in the air while two henchman grab her by the arms. She also comically fainted in Hawkeye #20 after seeing an alive Harold after she witnessed his dead body a day before.
    • She does this quite a lot in the mini series "Hawkeye vs. Deadpool", specially when interacting with Deadpool. The artist of the series helps a lot with his more cartoonish style.
  • Commonality Connection:
    • She and Jessica Jones understood each other better after finding out that both share a similar tragic event that happened in the past although their reactions to it was different.
    • The reason she became friends with Cassie Lang was their mutual desire to be Young Avengers.
    • And of course, her and Clint's Inter Generational Friendship came to be due to a number of similarities in their MO, style, and general personality.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: She found herself between being loyal to the Avengers or to Clint Barton. She chose the former but instantly regretted it and tried to help the latter. And before that, she had to chose between being loyal to her team and tell them she was doing super hero job again or being loyal to Clint and keep it a secret. She chose the latter but eventually revealed it to the team (and they weren't surprised one bit).
  • Cool Shades: Purple ones she uses in costume and in regular clothes.
  • Crimefighting with Cash:
    • She has unlimited amounts of money to spend courtesy of her father.
    • However, in the Hawkeye Annual #1, as part of her revenge against Kate for humiliating her in Madripoor, Madame Masque had her credit card destroyed and had her henchmen steal all of her stuff, leaving her broke. Not having much money and refusing to call her father or her team for help, Kate ends up taking a job trailer-sitting and cat sitting for a middle-aged lesbian hippie couple.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Kate takes Clint's dog when leaving New York without even asking him if he was okay with it (as seen in his expression). This can be seen as an extreme act of rudeness if not were for the fact that the dog no longer felt safe inside the building because the gang that was trying to kill Clint was getting more dangerous everyday and also they actually found out that the dog was Clint's. It might not have survived another night alone.
  • The Cynic: She always had shades of this since her first appearance, but it's getting worse in Hawkeye vol. 4.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: It was heavily implied in "Young Avengers Special" that Kate used to be a happier person before she was attacked. One of her main motivations to become a super hero was to protect anyone from being victim of the same kind of assault she had to suffer.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A master of this, even worse if someone tries to be a Deadpan Snarker with her.
  • Deuteragonist: In volume four of "Hawkeye".
  • Death Glare: To Madam Masque after she shot Clint in the chest.
  • Depending on the Artist: In Hawkeye her costume is drawn with holes on the sides of her hips. In Young Avengers, the holes are filled in, which kind of implies that she's wearing another suit underneath.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: She was this at the beginning, finally finding one in superheroing. However, as of the Hawkeye annual, she is back at trying to find herself and her real purpose.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: Only Clint Barton is allowed to call her Katie or give her weird nicknames without her getting pissed. It's either Kate, Kate Bishop or Hawkeye for everyone else.
  • Dude Magnet: Patriot, Speed, and Noh-Varr are all interested in her. While Clint Barton doesn't seek an actual relationship with her, he thinks she is perfect.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: She got distracted by a shirtless Hawkeye once and an almost naked Noh-Varr (he was also dancing).
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Her second costume first appeared in Hawkeye v4, three months before the release of the new Young Avengers volume. The long story is that since volume four of Hawkeye is mainly focused on Clint and Kate's regular life, super-hero costumes barely make appearances. For Kate specifically, that attire was supposed to be just another casual attire (and an homage to the British series "The Avengers") but the soon to be artist of "Young Avengers" thought that the attire worked fine as a superhero costume so he decided to keep it and make it her official new costume. He had to make some changes to fit it into his style though (specifically, the holes on her hips are covered but still highlighted).
    • An in-universe example happened when the first Young Avengers saw Kate standing in the middle of the street a day before they get to meet her in the wedding incident.
  • Energy Bow: A "Kree composite soul bow" - high-tech for us, "vintage" by Noh-Varr's standards.
  • Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Age: Her preference for the bow and the arrows was revealed to be only because of her love for all things "Vintage".
  • Establishing Character Moment: While her first appearance established her as a badass girl with an attitude. The moment that completely defined her personality was in Young Avengers vol. 1 #2 when she forcefully enters Avengers Mansion by climbing the gate in a bridesmaid dress and then offered to give a boost to her friend with a smug smile.
  • Everybody Knew Already: She tried to pull a shocking twist by revealing Billy and Teddy that she came back to superheroing with Clint some time after they decided to retire. However, Billy, completely aware of Kate's personality and priorities, wasn't surprised one bit and Teddy didn't seem shocked by the revelation either (maybe because he came back himself in secret too).
  • Even the Girls Want Her: America Chavez tries to go for her after she breaks up with Noh-Varr.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: While traveling between other dimensions, she details in her diary how horrified she was at discovering how many evil versions of her existed and how all of them will haunt her forever.
  • False Friend: Harold turns out to be one of this for Kate. She was genuinely trying to help him but he only wanted to take Neffs empire down and set her up to be arrested by SHIELD.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Her first costume had one glove with all the fingers cut and the other with just two cut. The pair of gloves with her new costume are similar to her old ones with the difference that the two fingers cut in the new glove are different from the last one. The non cut fingers are on her right hand and are somewhat necessary to use the bow and the arrows.
  • First-Person Smartass: Kate being Kate, the few stories told from her point of view sometimes have this.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: She didn't remember meeting Noh-Varr before their sexual encounter, only after he reminded her of his name she remembered how they met before in opposing sides of a battle.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: In Young Avengers vol. 2 her second costume is drawn like this specifically to highlight her athletic physique.
  • Frame-Up: She was framed by Masque for killing Harold H. Harold with one of her arrows. However the evidence was circumstantial at best, so she was let go really fast.
  • Friends with Benefits: Her relationship with Noh-Varr seemed to be this and it is implied that a Relationship Upgrade happened at some point. Nowadays, they are back at being friends after some issues led to them breaking up, no word on the benefits part though.
  • Girliness Upgrade: In Young Avengers Vol. 2 Kate started acting more feminine, being more romantic with Noh-Varr, acting less snarky. Somewhat justified by the fact that she was in the 'Honeymoon stage' with Noh-Varr during that story.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She doesn't hesitate at shooting arrows directly to both eyes or paralyzing her enemies for life. She also doesn't seem to be too fond of trick arrows and prefers the long and pointy ones.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: All her outfits seen are purple, and her skill with the bow and arrow borders Lady of War.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: When she realizes that all the members of the team are either gay or bisexual, Kate remarks how she is the only straight member of the team. America doesn't buy it.
  • Informed Flaw: At the beginning of Young Avengers vol. 2. She refers to herself as "not having nearly enough training" to be a super hero, however a few issue later (and in previous volumes too) she is always seen fighting and leading with skills that can probably give Captain America a run for his money. Ironically, it's in Hawkeye vol. 4 (a book where she was always painted as being better than Clint Barton before getting her own story) where her flaws and inexperience come afloat and almost always get her a beating.
  • In-Series Nickname: Kate is short for Katherine and is the name everyone use when refering to her. Any other nickname will piss her off, specially if it is related to her codename "Hawkeye". The exception is Clint Barton who is the only one who can call her Katie and gave her some weird nicknames that she didn't mind (she refered to herself as Kate "Hawkguy" Bishop once while nervous).
  • Insistent Terminology: Kate is so proud of carrying the legacy of the codename "Hawkeye" that she always insists people to not call her with weird variations of that codename like "Hawk-Kate" or "Lady Hawkeye" among others.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: As the team's resident marksman, this is pretty much required.
  • It Meant Something to Me: She didn't want to resume her relationship with Noh-Varr after their bitter breakup because she felt Noh-Varr didn't really care about the relationship unlike her who really liked him. However, she already forgive him and they are friends again so that could mean she retained those feelings despite the relationship being over.
  • It's All My Fault: She blames herself for the whole Children's Crusade mess because she was supposed to be the leader.
  • It Was a Gift: The bow and the codename "Hawkeye" actually were a gift from Captain America after Clint Barton died. Later when Clint came back, he recovered his old bow from Kate, only to give it back again (as an implied gift from the man himself this time) along with a picture of the Avengers on their youth, this last thing as an actual gift.
  • Jumped at the Call: She wasn't a part of the Vision's Failsafe Program, nor does she have any actual connection to Avengers history. She saw the team in action and wanted in.
  • Junior Counterpart: To Clint Barton.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Due to the environment where she was raised (and her love for vintage), she likes to wear big dresses and high heels, doesn't mean she won't kick your ass while wearing them.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: She will never go all fanboy mode about it but, Kate admires Clint Barton with a passion. She went into full panic mode the first time she met him, she takes offense when someone accuses her of disrespecting him and even deluded herself into thinking Clint told her he never killed anyone so she could admire him even for that. The only things she seems to not approve of Clint are his tendency to break the law sometimes and his attitude towards having sex with every woman he meets.
  • The Lancer: She was this to Patriot's leader status at the beginning.
  • The Leader: Was the Lancer, but eventually this role stuck.
  • Legacy Character: Clint tested her during his 'Ronin' phase, and doesn't seem to mind sharing the name now that he's back to being Hawkeye himself.
  • Living a Double Life: Some months after Children's Crusade, she comes out of super hero retirement and starts helping Clint Barton with a personal crusade, all of this while lying to Billy, Teddy and Tommy about it and living a regular life with them (specifically because Billy was rather touchy on the issue of anyone starting up again).
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Her own family doesn't pay any attention to her. She used to walk home alone and considered herself lucky for not having to do her superheroing alone.
  • Motor Mouth: Not at Spider-Man levels but, she is constantly talking about everything, sometimes even when no one is paying attention to her. She loves to talk so much that when she is quiet while other people are speaking, you know something is wrong with her.
  • My Greatest Failure:
    • Losing her bow to its former owner, Clint Barton, because she underestimated him.
    • Letting Cassie and the Vision die (the latter at the hand of former teammate Iron Lad) on a mission she was leading was the reason why she retired.
  • Multishot: Once she fired five needles all straight to multiple guys' eyes, she hit all of her targets.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Because of her father's wealth she could afford extensive martial arts and weapons training to the point of mastery of the bow and arrow, all of which come in handy in superheroing. She can also play the cello.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Many things that start happening in Hawkeye vol. 4 such as Clint's internal monologue about how perfect Kate is or Kate's "living together" attitude while in Clint's apartment may lead people to think they will get together. However, this possibility is shot down by Clint in issue two and Kate, disgusted by the mere suggestion of the possibility (although a little disappointed it seemed), agrees.
    • Lampshaded in "Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool". The very first thing Wade thinks when he meets Kate in Clint's apartment is that she is his girlfriend but Kate breaks a coffeemaker on his head before he could express those thoughts.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: She revealed all the details about her secret partnership with Clint including the location of his new apartment, and his relationship with a girl named Penelope (including, for no apparent reason, the one time they slept together) to his then girlfriend, Jessica Drew, completely ruining the relationship, just because she asked her if she was a real Avenger. Although, in her defense, Jess said she was trying to help Clint (she doesn't, she just gives him a few slaps to the face and then breaks up with him).
  • One Phone Call: The two times she is arrested, she asks for her phone call. The first time she calls detective Caudle, who was a few inches from her in the same police station. The second time she calls her father but not exactly to ask him for help.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: She wears a pair of glasses to hide her identity. Her new costume might as well be just a battle suit, she uses her new pair of glasses more while in civilian clothes than when in costume. By Hawkeye and Vol 2, her identity is an open one so this doesn't seem to be a problem any more.
  • Parental Betrayal: Her father works with Neffs group to develop illegal L.M.Ds for the rich people. It was implied that a lot of his money comes from this enterprise too, something that made Kate sick.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Madame Masque burned down the trailer that Kate was safeguarding for a totally innocent lesbian couple, so Kate later went to burn down Masque's mansion in retribution. She instantly regretted it after seeing all her very human-like L.M.Ds henchmen coming out to get her while burning.
  • Platonic Life Partners / Vitriolic Best Buds: With Clint Barton. They're not romantically interested in each other and are very close, but frequently snark at each other.
  • Pregnant Badass: In a Bad Future in which the team escapes into the timestream to save Cassie, essentially becoming fugitives, she's pregnant with Tommy's twins.
  • Pride Before a Fall: Her story from Hawkeye Annual and beyond. She starts by leaving Clint (despite asking him to not do exactly that) and leaving her father (despite the fact he begged her to go with him on a trip in order to know her better) to go to a super expensive hotel in order to "lie low where the suckers can't touch her" because apparently "Everybody sucks but her". Then as soon as she gets there, she loses her credit card and all of her stuff leaving her pretty much on the streets. Soon, she finds herself depending on a super villain who's trying to kill her. Eventually, she decides to not call anyone for help and takes a small job (her first) so she can try to survive by herself for once.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Just like the original Hawkeye, her color is purple (although, a lighter purple now to differentiate them).
  • Quit Your Whining: Clint was really afraid that the people inside his building would become targets of a mafia group if he didn't leave. When Kate heard this, she proceeded to tell him how much of a coward he would be if he actually leaves his building just because some gangsters threatened him.
  • Rage Breaking Point: After losing her bow to Clint Barton, the last thing she needed was their friends talking about that and after Patriot actually starts scolding her for that, she explodes and starts shouting him to shut up.
  • Rape as Backstory: Strongly implied by her origin story in Young Avengers Annual #1. The incident has been pretty much confirmed in outside sources but it was never brought up in a comic again.
    • It was also confirmed in outside sources that Kate has come to terms with it and now doesn't care about the issue anymore, although it also has been suggested that her restricted affect appeared as a result of this incident.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: When you have so many boys behind you and even a villain recognizes that you look "carved from porcelain", it must be true.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • She is an expert delivering these. Her favorite victim seems to be Clint Barton.
    • Maybe the most remembered is the one she delivered to Captain America for not accepting the Young Avengers passion for super-heroing which led to one of them getting a serious injury in the long run.
    • It was subverted in Dark Reign: Young Avengers. Kate wanted to verbally beat down The Executioner for being a vigilante whose role model is the Punisher, but she got too intimidated by him as well as scared that her Secret Identity could be revealed that she could only tell him to wait until the team talk. However, this trope is played straight the next time they met in costumes.
  • Reunion Kiss: To Speed in Vol. 2's resolution issue. In front of Noh-Varr (who recently dumped her) no less.
  • The Reveal Prompts Romance: After Noh-Varr reveals that he has mind control saliva, Kate isn't bothered in the slightest and suggest how many parts of her body control Noh-Varr instead. Something he confirms.
  • Rich Boredom: She has never been comfortable with her family's wealth.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: In her old costume.
  • Screaming At Squick: After realizing that Deadpool's face isn't a mask and he is truly disfigured, Kate gave him some thumbs up with a smile, turned around, and silently screamed in disgust.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: She gives one to Eli while he was playing a videogame with Teddy.
  • Sixth Ranger: At first she was this to the Young Avengers, soon she became The Lancer and eventually The Leader.
  • Single Tear: Kate is quite moved after Jessica Jones said she will be lucky if her daughter ends up being like her (she drops one tear per eye).
  • Slut Shaming: Kate mentally discusses it with herself in the beginning of the fist issue of the new series, thinking she should be ashamed of herself for having a one-night-stand with Marvel Boy. She then decides that such thoughts are idiotic.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Was one in her Back story
  • Spoiled Sweet: She's this, especially when compared to her more spoiled (but still sweet) sister. She grew up with everything money could buy at her fingertips, but did not take it for granted.
  • Spy Catsuit: Although she isn't a spy, her second costume is pretty much this (which is no surprise knowing that it was based on Emma Peel's costume from the British Avengers).
  • Stepford Snarker: An article in Marvel's page suggested she might be actually this.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Her primary weapon is a bow and arrow in modern times, but she is also skilled with many other weapons as well as in close combat.
  • Stunned Silence: Wiccan's new costume and his final acceptance of his unavoidable journey as a super hero stunned Kate speechless.
  • Supporting Leader: She's team leader in Young Avengers vol.2, but Billy and Loki are the main characters of the series.
  • Take-That Kiss: She gives one to hired assassin "The Clown" because he had the audacity to make a "Joe Cool-guy" exit after a nice conversation with her.
  • Taking Up The Mantle: Double subverted, while searching weapons in the Avengers mansion during her first adventure with the Young Avengers, Kate picked Hawkeye's weapon but she wasn't particularly fond of the bow and arrow nor was chosen by anyone to be the successor of Hawkeye, she just grabbed as many weapons as she could to help in the fight against Kang (and apparently she was skilled with all of them) and insisted later that she wasn't taking the name of Hawkeye. She kept using a variety of weapons for a time, however after standing up to Captain America like Clint used to do, he decided Kate should continue the Hawkeye legacy and gave her Clint's bow and arrow. She eventually grew attached to the name and the weapons so much that when Clint came back and reclaimed both things (the name and the weapons), she stole them back. Clint's OK with this for the moment.
  • The Team Benefactor: She was one of the financial kind when the team started. Because of her father's wealth, she was able to secure an abandoned warehouse the team worked in and used her contacts in the fashion industry to procure new costumes for all of them. However, she's no longer this because she refuses to use her father's money again and also because the New Young Avengers is a lot more informal and unofficial than the original one.
  • Tears of Remorse: While explaining her reasons for her quitting super heroics.
  • That Didn't Happen: An "almost" example. Kate was putting every excuse she could think of to not start a relationship with Eli while in a "not a date" visit to the park, but at one point she started to get dangerously close to him and just as they were a few inches away, she panicked and started to freak out claiming that the intention of kissing never existed at all and Eli had no choice but to agree.
  • That Poor Plant: In Hawkeye Annual #1, Madame Masque attempts to drug Kate. Kate takes a fake sip of the wine then dumps the contents of the glass into a pot plant. The plant promptly shrivels.
  • There Are No Therapists: Double subverted. In her backstory, Kate sought help after being assaulted, but then she realized that the only therapy she needed was getting stronger to make sure this incident will never happen to her or to anyone else ever again.
  • Thought Caption: This format is used to show her thoughts. However, an special format was used in Hawkeye Annual. Kate's thoughts were still inside white captions but also a little super deformed picture of Kate dramatically acting the thoughts was drawn inside the caption as well.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Anything goes against her enemies (see Good Is Not Soft above) except kill them.
  • Trick Arrow: She does use trick arrows sometimes but unlike Clint, she seems more open to use regular arrows with her enemies.
  • True Companions: With the Young Avengers.
  • Trying Not to Cry: After losing her bow to Clint Barton, she, visibly affected, put on her glasses to hide her eyes and actually quoted this trope not wanting The Avengers to see her cry. We never saw if she succeeded or not.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: While in civilian clothes, she never wears the same outfit, ever. This applies to her dresses as well. An special mention goes to Hawkeye vol. 4 where she debuts a new outfit (and sometimes several) every issue.
  • Unusual Euphemism: She uses the word "Futz" instead of the F-Bomb.
  • Vapor Wear: While using her first costume, many panels showed prominently her lack of a bra. In her second costume, she goes even further by having holes in the sides of her hips and waist showing a lack of panties.
  • The Watson: She is this in Hawkeye vol. 4. From issue 14 onwards she got her own story but even when she is the protagonist, she still acts as the reader's avatar asking the important questions of the plot.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • She is scolded several times by Patriot because she was being a Jerkass to poor Bucky the first time they met him.
    • In Young Avengers, she is scolded by Noh-Varr for being purposely negative after she finds out that his ship runs on belief.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She is so comfortable with who she is, what she does, how she does it and what other people think about it that in some ways shes the oldest of the Young Avengers, even more than Marvel Boy and Ms. America.
  • You Are Not Alone: Kate was the only person who supported Clint after a mafia group called the "Tracksuit Draculas" started making his life a living hell. Kate tried everything to stay by Clint side, but his destructive behavior finally drove her away and she left.

    America Chavez/Miss America 
America's second costume
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"The Laws of Physics can kiss my ass."

Debut comic: Vengeance #1

Ex co-leader of the new Teen Brigade and co-protagonist of the mini-series Vengeance. America was a princess who lived in a utopia full of women. When her mothers sacrificed themselves to stop the hole in America's dimension, saving her in the process, she decided to leave to honor her dimension's creator and her mothers' ideals by becoming a hero. Ten years later she joined a new Teen Brigade that operated in the shadows but soon the team disbanded and she found herself traveling dimensions until Loki recruited her (sort of) to the Young Avengers. Currently she is still with the team but after realizing the harsh truth about her maker and having fulfilled her mission with the Young Avengers, it's very unlikely she will stay for long. She came out as a lesbian and is currently dating an unknown girl with no powers and no relation to the team.

She has many powers including super strength and invulnerability, to the point that even a god like Loki was afraid of her hitting him. She also can fly and has super speed. However her most valuable power probably is her ability to travel through dimensions. She can create portals to other dimensions with her star shaped tattoos. No one knows how she got these powers, especially when the inhabitants of her original dimension were so afraid of interacting with the rest of the multiverse.

  • Action Hero: Violence is her main solution. Her answer to the question "Do you have a plan?"? "Punch everyone".
  • Badass: Acknowledged in her introduction in the recap page: "Interdimensional kicker of butts".
    • Badass Princess: She hails from a world removed from the multiverse where her mothers were queens, she was addressed as "Princess America", and she's been doing this before she was even ten.
    • Badass Gay: She kicks ass and doesn't care for kissing boys. As she tells Ultimate Nullifier, he's not her type and she's not on his team.
  • Broken Pedestal: As the Demiurge, Billy was basically her God. Then she discovers he's just an angsty teenager.
  • Captain Patriotic: Played with in that she fills in the niche of the "white, blue, red" superhero in the team but it's unclear what she thinks about America the Nation. She's Miss America because that's her real name.
  • Civvie Spandex: Her "costume" is essentially a Captain America t-shirt with a jacket and pair of shorts. Word of God is that her suit was designed with Cosplayers in mind.
  • Determinator: Once led an unlikely army of shades in a limbo dimension against the god-like master of that plane. Was repelled numerous times but still kept going until she eventually killed him with help of The Defenders.
  • Did Not Do the Bloody Research: In Vengeance, America swears a lot with strong, uncensored words, only they are in Spanish.
  • Dimensional Traveler: Has the ability to generate Star shaped portals to other dimensions.
  • Expy: Of Wonder Woman. America also comes from an all-female utopia and leaves it for the "outside" world. Visually, her motif is five point star, something Wonder Woman too has.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: As she puts it to Kate: "I've seen the way you look at me. You're not that straight."
  • Fangirl: She idolized the Demiurge as a child and when she finally met Billy, she came to the conclusion that he's a bit of an idiot like everyone else. She still makes friends with Billy, though.
  • Flying Brick: She can fly and pack a serious punch.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Played with. Though she is quick to use violence as an option, she goes about it in a very calm and deliberate manner. In the prelude to Vol. 2, She carefully puts down her chopsticks and tells the waitress she's "Good for the damages" before punching Loki through a wall.
  • Hero of Another Story: She's been on her own, hero-ing, across a dozen different dimensions without a complaint and no desire to join any big super hero team. As she put it "You couldn't pay me to join the Avengers."
  • Has Two Mommies: And they have the same powerset that she does and they're both dead, having apparently 'scattered themselves across dimensions' to give her paradise, which she rejected.
  • Homeless Hero: Word of God has said that she started her hero-ing career right there on the streets and spent much of that time in various states of poverty.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She's very fast and very strong.
  • Little Miss Badass: She'd been superheroing since the age of ten.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: She's willing to kill Loki when the guy's acting suspicious.
    I know what killing means and I'm pretty down with that.
  • Mysterious Past: She clearly knows something is up with Billy and his fate, but when Teddy tries to ask her for more details, he receives a Death Glare in response. And in the horde of Alternate Universe versions of the gang, she doesn't have any counterparts.
    • Hell, Loki's description of her in the Marvel Now short is this: "One mysterious interdimensional superhero with mysterious background and mysterious anger issues."
    • It's revealed that America's homeworld exists outside the Multiverse and she's a Rebellious Princess who ran away from her utopian homeworld because she couldn't stand by to see her world do nothing after her mothers sacrificed themselves and left her orphaned.
  • Not Wearing Tights: She doesn't really have a costume, just themed clothing.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Things must be really bad if the normally stoic and serious America starts showing tears in her eyes. And in a heartwarming example, she's seen with tears down her face when Billy and Teddy make up.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mothers sacrificed themselves to create a paradise and future for her before she was ten. America couldn't stand by and see her homeworld do nothing so she jumped into a portal and hero on her own.
  • Precision F-Strike: She tries to prevent Loki from reciting a spell because she doesn't trust him, but then her two mothers show up. She immediately releases him with "%!@# that".
  • Primary-Color Champion: Word of God says one of the reasons she was chosen is because she fills in this visual niche.
  • Properly Paranoid: She sticks with the team specifically to keep an eye on Loki.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She was a princess who decided to strike out and hero on her own.
  • Secret Public Identity / Real Name as an Alias: Her real name is America Chavez.
  • She's Got Legs/Who Wears Short Shorts?: Her short shorts seem designed to show off her muscular legs.
  • Spicy Latina: Subverted, despite being prone to violence, she is very calm and collected. She just has little tolerance for indirect methods.
  • The Stoic: She is calm and pragmatic.
  • Super Strength: It was once stated she could throw a tank to the moon, a feat very few probably could pull off.
  • Talk to the Fist: A woman of action rather than words in most instances.
  • Thinking Up Portals: And kicking them open. It's her mode of dimensional travel.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: She's worn at least 5-6 different outfits with the stars and stripes theme during Gillen's run. Word of God says there are more to come.
  • When She Smiles: As Kieron Gillen puts it, a smile from Miss America is a rare and beautiful thing.

    Theodore "Teddy" Altman/Hulkling/Dorrek VIII 
Teddy's third costume
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"Hurt feelings isn't a reason to hurt people!"

Debut comic: Young Avengers v1 #1

A founding member of the Young Avengers. Teddy lived on earth with his mother, and believed that he was a mutant because of his powers. Wanting to become normal, he used his shape-shifting powers to befriend the most popular kid in his school but after this kid tried to steal things from the destroyed Avengers Mansion with Teddy, they stopped being friends. This incident prompted Teddy to realize that he couldn't hide anymore and he became part of the Young Avengers. Later, after a fight with the Super Skrull he found out that he was the son of Captain Marvel and the princess of the Skrull Anelle and that his powers were of Kree and Skrull origin instead of a mutation. Since then he has had many confrontations with extraterrestrials trying to get their hands on him. Currently he is still with the Young Avengers trying to help the world. He is in a relationship with Billy.

He has the ability to shape-shift at will, although his transformations aren't perfect and have varied degrees of success. He also has super strength and wings he could sprout if desired, also he has great durability and his body shape-shifts automatically to protect itself.

  • 10-Minute Retirement: In the interim between The Children's Crusade and Vol. 2, when the team had supposedly disbanded, he secretly takes up superheroing again.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Like Billy, he'd been idolizing the Avengers before becoming a Young Avenger.
  • Battle Couple: With Wiccan.
  • Berserk Button: While Teddy genuinely doesn't have any anger problems, there is one situation in which he is near-guaranteed to hulk out: if someone is threatening Billy in any way, shape, or form. Teddy actually threatened to rip Quicksilver's legs off for endorsing Billy's desire to go to Latveria, and there was no indication that he wasn't being deadly serious.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Teddy is kind and gentle, but don't push him the wrong way.
  • Birds of a Feather: Both he and Billy are superhero fanboys and polite kids who were ostracized at school for various reasons.
  • The Big Guy: Because of his shapeshifting, he's one of the physical powerhouses of the team.
  • Body Horror: Mother turns his shapeshifting powers against him as his arms and legs fuse together, his mouth disappears, and then he's turned into a tangled mess in the shape of a chair.
  • The Chosen One: As far as the Skrulls are concerned, he's the prophesied Savior who will reunite the fragmented Skrull empire. This is why Xavin attempts to save him in the Secret Invasion crossover.
  • Distressed Dude: Leah and Mother kidnap him and he becomes their hostage. Mother turns his shapeshifting against him to keep him from escaping.
  • Emotional Bruiser: He's not afraid to shed tears if affected by the issue at hand.
  • Gentle Giant: In YA #1, the newspaper's caption for him was "Teen-Hulk was very polite" and showed him comforting small children.
  • Healing Factor: Due to his heritage, he can heal very quickly. His organs automatically rearrange themselves to avoid pain as well.
  • Hope Bringer: He's this to the Skrulls, who believe that he can reunite their fragmented empire.
    Xavin: To not believe in you, the savior, the uniter, is to not believe in hope.
  • Hulking Out: Pointedly averted. Well, unless his boyfriend's in danger.
  • Human Alien: His true form looks like a Caucasian human (or more accurately a pink Kree).
  • Human Outside, Alien Inside: Looks human, but is basically a Skrull under the hood. When a Mad Scientist tries to vivisect him, his internal organs spontaneously rearrange themselves to avoid being cut.
  • Hybrid Monster: The child of a Skull-Kree union and has tremendous power thanks to it; though he's really not all that monstrous. Most of the time, anyway.
  • In-Series Nickname: Teddy is short for Theodore.
  • Interspecies Romance: With the very mutant Wiccan.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: In his backstory, he was very self-conscious about the fact that he was different from other people and desperately wanted to blend in.
  • King Bob the Nth: Much to his own surprise, he's also Dorrek VIII, heir to the entire Skrull Empire.
  • Living a Double Life: He eventually goes back to superheroing on the street but has to hide that from Billy because the latter is very touchy on the topic.
  • Love Martyr: He can ignore his own tragedy to support his boyfriend to his own detriments.
  • Nice Guy: Teddy is genuinely kind, caring, and selfless. Kate describes him as "all sweetheart."
  • Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: Being a Kree-Skrull hybrid, he doesn't have a lick of human DNA in him. However, his default form happens to be that of a pink Kree... which is essentially a Caucasian human as far as looks go.
  • Parental Abandonment: His grandfather Emperor Dorrek VII, wanted him killed at birth. His grandmother Empress R'Kill had one of her servants flee to Earth with him instead, where she raised him as a human child with no knowledge of his ancestry.
  • Prince Charming: Loki suggests that Teddy is really this, having been created by Billy's Reality Warper powers to subconsciously fulfill his fantasy of meeting and falling in love with this type of character. Of course, this is coming from Loki. Prodigy dismisses it as "existential nonsense".
  • Really Royalty Reveal: Is revealed to be the last surviving descendant of the original Skrull royal line. The Super-Skrull hoped to put him on the throne to reunify the fragmented Skrull Empire.
  • Refusal of the Call: Is very reluctant to claim his birthright and take up the prophecy on that whole reunifying-the-Skrull-homeworlds schtick, and stays on Earth instead of going with either Kree or Skrull. Other characters call him out on "running away from his duties."
  • Secret Legacy: He is the son of the Kree Captain Mar-Vell and the Skrull Princess Anelle. As such he has both a super-heroic and a royal legacy.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: He has a true form and, technically, two preferred forms; he's equally comfortable in his true form and his battle form, and can be seen lounging in the latter nearly as often as the former:
    • True and Preferred: His Kree heritage gives him his default form, as evidenced when Kl'rt uses technology to force Teddy to revert to his original form in order to prove to Teddy that he's truly a Skrull... and Teddy stays exactly the same.
    • Preferred: His preferred form during a fight, after he stops patterning himself after the Hulk, is quite reptilian in appearance. He keeps his blonde hair, but gains green and possibly scaly skin, armored shoulder plates, and claws. He also frequently grows leathery dragon-like wings when he needs to be airborne.
  • Straight Gay: He has few stereotypically gay traits.
  • Super Strength: He's very strong, due to his alien heritage. This is part of why he calls himself "Hulkling."
  • Take-That Kiss: When a homophobic terrorist keeps insulting him, he responds with this.
  • Tell Me About My Father: To the Super-Skrull, who had known his father when he was imprisoned on the Skrull homeworld. Later, he meets a man he believes is Captain Mar-Vell, but is actually a Skrull sleeper agent programmed with his father's memories and genetics.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: He assumed he was a mutant, only to find out that he's actually a Skrull-Kree hybrid.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: He's very supportive to a boy who is related to an infamous Reality Warper and has a lot of baggage over that.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Subverted. Despite calling himself "Hulking," he's actually quite the Emotional Bruiser and doesn't really draw strength from rage...unless, of course, if you really piss him off. Lampshaded when Captain America asks him if he has any "anger issues."
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: His core power along with Super Strength. He initially used it to look like a young Hulk, but later takes to adopting a more reptilian humanoid form when not in his normal shape.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Thanks to Loki, he was paranoid that Billy unknowingly warped reality to get together with him. He gets over it, deciding that it ultimately doesn't matter.
    Billy: So you think [Loki] was lying about us?
    Teddy: I don't care if he was lying. We're not.
  • Winged Humanoid: When he wants to be, he can sprout a pair of wings.

    Noh-Varr/Marvel Boy/Captain Marvel/Protector 
Noh-Varr's third costume
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"...I come from a dimension where there is transcendental peace and universal enlightenment. But there are no close harmony girl groups. How could anyone leave a world that makes things as wonderful as this?"

Debut comic: Marvel Boy v2 #1

Ex-Avenger, ex-Dark Avenger and the protagonist of the Marvel Boy miniseries. Noh-Varr is a Kree from another dimension who, after getting lost in the multiverse in a mission of peace, crashed on Earth-Earth. The crash killed his parents and his girlfriend and later he was captured. Soon he escaped his captivity and swore revenge against the human race. Later he confronted his captor with the help of a woman called Oubliette. Noh-Varr developed a crush pn her but soon both were captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. and sent to different prisons. He was sent to the Cube where he was experimented on by the Cube's Warden. Soon he found himself brainwashed by Warden but was freed by the Young Avengers and The Runaways in Civil War. Later he had a complete change of heart and decided to become a superhero after a Skrull impersonating Captain Marvel left him in charge of the protection of earth. He was deceived by Norman Osborn and joined his Dark Avengers only to leave shortly after and join the real Avengers. He was kicked out of the team after some bad decisions and joined the Young Avengers after a fateful encounter with Kate. Currently he is banished from earth but still works with the Young Avengers. He admitted having experimented relationships with boys as part of his initial mission but nowadays he is obsessed with girls (especially Earth girls). He is also single.

He has all the powers that a Kree possess including super strength, super durability, super speed and many more that are covered below. He also have a seemingly unlimited supply of weapons. All of them are advanced Kree technology, however he mostly just uses a pair of handguns. Oh, and also he knows quite a lot of old school music if that counts.

  • Alien Arts Are Appreciated: His writers describe him as an "alien hipster" who is fascinated by human culture, like certain modern Westerners are fascinated by African cultures.
  • Arrow Catch: Once, he caught an arrow thrown by Kate in mid air while running to attack her.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Noh-Varr breaking up with Kate. If he would have controlled his desire of getting his old life back for a few more minutes, he would still have Kate.
  • Badass: Noh-Varr is exceptional in combat. Because of his violent background, he can perform amazing stunts in battle.
    • Badass Beard: Grows one after discovering the joy of country music and Gram Parsons.
  • Be All My Sins Remembered: He isn't proud of his actions both as Marvel Boy and The Protector. Or his time as Warden's slave.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In the Runaways crossover. Everybody's aware of it, which explains why neither Billy nor Teddy seems to mind his presence, considering what he put them through back then.
  • Character Development: Started as Well-Intentioned Extremist that looked down to humanity, then became inspired by story of Captain Marvel and in the end fell in love with human culture (and human girls).
  • Chick Magnet: He was dating a Kree woman, Meree, just before he crashed to Earth, had a brief romance with Exterminatrix, a short-lived romance with Moonstone and a longer relationship with Annie, before getting together with Kate. Lampshaded by Spider-Woman, as she got annoyed that an alien man with no social skills was getting more dates than she was. This comes back to bite him in the ass, as his ex-girlfriends are back and teaming together with Mother and Leah to take down the group.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Aside from some of the tropes below, he also has:
    • Super Reflexes: From his Kree nature.
    • Super Speed: Enhanced, to the point where he can enter the "White Run", cutting out all outside influences and move/fight at maximum efficiency.
    • Super Strength: Also a byproduct of his Kree nature.
    • Super Toughness: He's triple jointed, from being mixed with the DNA of a cockroach.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Because of his background, he's a very formidable opponent.
    • Issue four of Vol. 2 during a Big Damn Heroes moment.
    • When he met the original team, he wiped the floor with them and the Runaways (minus Speed and Molly) at the same time. And considering his state of mind he probably wasn't at his best.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Vol. 2 treats his past exploits as this.
  • Dynamic Entry: In issue four of Vol. 2, where he busts through the window of a diner. He even describes it as this trope.
  • Experimented in College: Or more specifically while serving on an "exploratory ship", a term which has more than one meaning to his people. As his subsequent romantic interests have all been female it can be assumed that the result of this "exploration" was the determination that he is predominantly heterosexual.
  • First Girl Wins: So far, Noh-Varr can't find a person who matches the feelings he had when he was with Oubliette. This is most likely the reason why he broke up with Annie and the real reason why he broke up with Kate.
  • Friends with Benefits: Her relationship with Noh-Varr seemed to be this and it is implied that a Relationship Upgrade happened at some point. However, he confessed to Kate in the middle of battle that he still has some feelings for Exterminatrix. She's not happy with this and ultimately broke up with him. They are still friends but no word on the benefits part.
  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream: Despite remaining friends with Kate, Noh-Varr took his break up with her pretty badly — never coming out of his floating space station, drowning in break up songs and junk food and rejecting any kind of contact with other living beings.
  • Heel-Face Turn:
    • Was one of the main antagonists in the The Runaways/Young Avengers crossover mini series and briefly ran with Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers.
    • He also betrayed The Avengers to the Kree during Avengers vs. X-Men, which resulted in him being stripped of his role as the Protector. Later, he switch sides again and tries to amend his mistake by helping the Avengers, however this time, they don't accept him back and banished him from earth.
  • Heinz Hybrid: Part Kree, part cockroach.
  • Human Aliens: He has the exact anatomy of a male human, but is a pink Kree.
  • I Have Many Names: Marvel Boy, Captain Marvel and Protector. He rejects them all nowadays.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: What he said to break up with Annie and Kate.
  • Klingons Love Shakespeare: Noh-Varr really loves the music made on earth, specially the classics. He has a collection of vinyl discs on his room and can spend hours talking about music if no one stops him.
  • Legacy Character: To Captain Marvel in the Dark Avengers. He leaves the mantle eventually.
  • Master of Your Domain: He has a technique for rerouting pain signals to his auditory cortex i.e. turning pain into music. There is also the White Run technique (see Super Speed above) that he used to defeat both the Young Avengers and the Runaways during Civil War.
  • Mess Of Woe: After breaking up with Kate, his room on his space station turns into this.
  • Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: The only reason Noh-Varr broke up with Kate was because he couldn't get to feel like before with her. She was perfect for him otherwise.
  • Mr. Fanservice: See the first scene of Young Avengers vol. 2 #1, where he's dancing shirtless.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: His stilted pattern of speech, strange word choice ("Park of Central"), and lack of knowledge about Earth custom is at least partly a fake. Lampshaded by himself.
    My faking it is total.
  • Off-Screen Breakup: With Annie whom he was dating before leaving earth in the Avengers vs. X-Men event. Later it's revealed that Noh-Varr is the one who broke up with her claiming he was the problem and left. The little glowing piece that Noh-Varr left her before leaving was never mentioned again.
  • The One That Got Away: He thought Oubliette was this, which was why he broke up with Annie and Kate. After breaking up with the latter he begins to think she was this too.
  • Redemption Failure: After he left Osborn's Dark Avengers, he became one of the good Avengers. Later, in Avengers vs. X-Men the Supreme Intelligence of the Kree told him to get a sample of the Phoenix Force and steal it from the Avengers if necessary. He did that but then regretted it and betrayed the Kree. Everyone hates him now.
  • Threat Backfire: He threatens to leave Prodigy alone in space in his space station, if he didn't come with him and Hulkling to help him find the Exterminatrix. Prodigy, who is very impressed with the idea of living in space, agrees to stay. Noh takes him back anyways.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: His casual outfit in the After Party.
  • Wall Run: Thanks to his DNA, he can run and stick to most surfaces without too much concern.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Was introduced as this. His ship got shot down by a mad scientist and, being the only survivor, was captured and tortured before he could escape. So he had very good reason to view Earth as a pretty terrible place, and while his methods were violent, he genuinely believed it would be in the interests of everyone if Earth were terraformed into being more like his home planet.
  • Walking Armory: Has access to a wide variety of advanced Kree weaponry.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Not quite "black heart", but he was kind of a jerkass at the beginning, and especially when brainwashed by the Cube Warden. Definitely subverted nowadays.
  • Young Conqueror: After he was released from his brainwashing, the Runaways crossover ended with him declaring his former prison the capital of the new Kree Empire. He's mellowed a lot by Volume 2, but the team's journey through the multiverse features several Earths where he made good on the threat.

    David Alleyne/Prodigy 
David's third costume
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"Listen to me: you have a choice...strictly following the ancient code of ninjutsu and being a dead ninja or going in like I say and maybe being a live ninja."

Debut comic: New Mutants v2 #4

Ex-X-Men and the newest member of the team. David was an intelligent boy who lived with his parents and his sister. When his X-Gene activated he was started to become more and more intelligent by absorbing the knowledge of everyone around. The X-Men found out about him and he was recruited to Xavier's school. He was assigned to the New Mutants where he was eventually appointed co-leader. When M-Day happened, David lost his powers. He didn't leave since it was dangerous for ex-mutants to be out of the school at the time, and eventually moved to Utopia with the other mutants. After both the Schism between Cyclops and Wolverine and the war with the Avengers David got fed up of the X-Men and decided to quit super-heroing for good. He got a job and settled into a somewhat normal life. That is, until he met Tommy who pushed David into helping him catch a criminal. Tommy was captured instead and David joined the Young Avengers in hopes of rescuing Tommy. Currently he is still with the Young Avengers. He came out as bisexual but is currently single.

He currently doesn't have any powers. He used to be able to acquire every knowledge of the persons around him but not any powers. After his mind got restored he re-acquired all this knowledge that covers, but is not limited to, fighting skills, magic gestures, science skills and how Emma Frost and Cyclops like to kiss each other.

  • Bearer of Bad News: He tracks Billy & co down to inform them that Tommy is spirited away by some unknown entity.
  • Bi the Way: He plants a surprise kiss on Teddy in #9. He later reveals that when the Stepford Cuckoos restored access to all his absorbed knowledge, he realized that he did like men as well as women. He apologizes to Billy for the move.
  • Black and Nerdy: Nothing says nerdy like (formerly) having the power to absorb knowledge from everything.
  • Blessed with Suck: His power allows him to know everything other mutants know, including very awkward stuff.
  • Brainy Specs/Cool Shades: He wears them, allowing him to look even smarter.
  • Brought Down to Normal: He lost his power in the M day.
  • Dark Secret: Prodigy gained one in Original Sins. He is in possession of Terabytes of information regarding the Watcher's secrets, information that everyone believe, was lost.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The way he copes with his soul-sucking job.
  • Expy: As stated by Kieron Gillen himself
    " Im playing him close to a Sherlock Holmes character."
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: He's introduced doing tech support for superheroes, which is portrayed as incredibly frustrating. He also describes the workload as "enough for five" yet the supervisor still says that he's under call quota. However, he can't quit because his history with the separatist X-Men group bars him from better jobs and he doesn't want to be involved with the X-Men anymore.
  • Forceful Kiss: Gives one to Teddy. One could think that after two instances of drama involving him and this trope in New X-Men he would know better.
  • Genre Savvy: He can recognize the incoming Grand Finale and has an appropriate plan.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: The above mentioned plan involves calling few friends for help. And by friends we mean a huge army of teenage superheroes.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He falls for Teddy and tries to make him break up with Billy out of jealousy.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: In Original Sins, he played one of this with the Hood. The Young Avengers were helping Hood to retrieve the Watcher's many hidden secrets, however they also were planning to kick his ass once all the information were safely stored. Hood knew this and devised a plan to ensure his safety. If anything were to happen to him before he got the information, the key that decipher the information would have been transferred to computers all around the world. However, Prodigy altered the information while building the machine and generated a key just for himself, leaving the Hood with nothing even after he escaped.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: His previous experience with the X-Men leaves him rather jaded, and he isn't pleased that Tommy drags him into investigating the supposed thief at their workplace. He doesn't exactly fight it however.
  • Not So Different: Next to Loki he's the smartest member of the team, which may actually explain their initial dislike for each other. He proves he can be just as much manipulative and selfish when he tries to break Billy and Teddy's relationship, and just as deceitful when he tricks his friends into thinking he got rid of the Watcher's secrets when in reality he kept them for his personal use (mainly to use them for the good of others but still).
  • Power Perversion Potential: Thanks to his powers, he can know anything about anyone...including how certain superheroes like to make out on beaches.
  • The Rival: He was one to Wiccan for Hulkling affections for a time but Hulkling chose Billy in the end and he got over it. He was also one to Loki in trying to outsmart each other.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: With the help of mathematics, he manages to narrow down the gang's favorite haunt and even nails down their favorite order.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: His orange shades can have this effect, notably in the scene where they investigate Tommy's disappearance.
  • Spanner in the Works: Word of God states he's one for Loki, as his plans didn't took into account somebody like him joining the team. This is also the reason he won't make "meet the team" blogposts for David, like did for other characters - he enjoys the fact people don't know what to expect from this guy, thanks to his status as this.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: There is no indication that David was bisexual until Vil. 2 #9, and in his previous appearances in New Mutants/Academy X/New X-Men, he was paired with Surge and had no romantic interactions with other guys. Justified as he says he realized it after getting new powers - which happened right before New X-Men tied into a crossover event, after which it was cancelled and David faded into the background of the X-Books.
  • Teen Genius: He was intelligent before, but amplified when he gained the power to absorb knowledge.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In New X-Men he had a history of doing this when some of his friends acted out of the line (for example, Josh having an affair with a teacher, Noriko trying to Break His Heart to Save Him). In Young Avengers he for once ends up being on reciving end of this when Billy calls him on kissing Teddy and trying to break them up.
  • Words Do Not Make The Magic: He knows some magic words but has no power behind them - he considers magic "irrationality", which he's never been good at. Lucky for him, they still instinctively scare parasites from other dimensions.

Former members

    Loki Laufeyson/Kid Loki/Teen Loki 
Well, there's the silver lining. I am famous!
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"Putting the Avengers together. It's Loki's greatest hit."

These tropes apply to Loki after Kieron Gillen's run on Journey Into Mystery. For Loki in general, see his self-demonstrating article.
  • Batman Gambit: His entire ploy to reform the Young Avengers has him manipulate Miss America by telling her he plans on killing Wiccan so that she goes to warn him and brings the team back together.
  • Becoming the Mask: "I stepped into your part. And now that part steps into me."
  • Big Bad: Everything bad in this run is his fault, with the possible exception of "Fake Patriot". Given all the Character Development, he's a Villain Protagonist too.
  • Body Snatcher: The old Loki took over the body of kid Loki.
  • Consummate Liar: He is Loki after all, no matter how cute and innocent he looks!
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Loki made a deal with Mother and orchestrated Billy bringing her into the world, then betrayed her and prevented from consuming Billy. And he did it in such way to not break magical deal that prevents her from revealing his involvement and escape the consequences. And he did it again in issue #10, when he plays game of questions with Mother. She thinks she learned a lot and he learned nothing, but he points out he could afford to answer all her questions with no harm done, while he learned she knows nothing about what interests him.
  • Evil All Along: He is Loki. No, not that adorable mischievous kid Loki, he is his evil older self who took over boy's mind and body. Though Word of God says that Loki is now in an interesting place as a character, because his Moral Event Horizon made him hate himself. Well, more than usual.
  • Get It Over With: After admitting how he replaced kid-Loki and manipulated the entire team, he asks Miss America to kill him before he can talk his way out of it again. She replies that she's not going to make it that easy for him.
  • He's All Grown Up: As of Issue #11, he becomes the very attractive Teen Loki thanks to Wiccan.
    Kate: Now he looks like trouble.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: He plots to steal Billy's power and drive the boy into suicide but changes his mind and helps the team out of a tight spot at last minute. Still it's guaranteed that he has something going on.
  • Lame Comeback: Seems to be doing this a lot. Justified, though, as it's an old man trying to pass himself for a thirteen year old.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Comes with being the Norse god of mischief.
  • The Mentor: To Billy in magic. Can be an Evil Mentor considering who he is.
  • Mood Whiplash: He's a master of slipping disturbing remarks between jokes.
  • Mythology Gag: Loki's involvement helps brings a group of misfit heroes together to save the world. Kinda like the original Avengers except this time he joins them (itself a calback to Pym realizing this and offering Loki a seat on his team—ironically causing his team to disband in the process).
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Invokes this Trope by comparing him to Tyrion Lannister to convince the Young Avengers to trust him. They don't buy it.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Becomes Teen Loki in Vol. 2 #11 thanks to Wiccan.
  • A Sinister Clue: In the .1 issue, he writes with his left hand in the ad-writing scene, and is definitely the most "evil" of the team.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: In his Wanted ad, he describes himself as "One mischievous and lovable godling who is not at all evil and definitely not manipulating everyone."
  • Talking to Themself: His guilt has taken on a life of its own - represented by the *real* Kid Loki.
  • Token Chaotic Neutral Teammate: He even admits he's Chaotic Neutral in one issue. Played straight, as the whole plot was his fault.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Milkshake, a legacy from Journey into Mystery. And bacon.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He's still so wrought over his guilt that it manifested itself as Leah and plotted to destroy reality. As the heroes get overpowered, Loki finally collapses and admits his guilt and crimes.
  • Villainous Rescue: He stops Billy from going through with his suicide and buys the team enough time to escape the parasite.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He has lots of arcane knowledge but limited power. Billy eventually has no choice but to age Loki since his power is needed. This might have been Loki's plan all along.

    Thomas "Tommy" Shepherd/Speed 
Tommy's first costume

"I don't have feelings. And I don't hold hands."

Tommy was born and raised in New Jersey. As a result of his parents' divorce and his growing powers, he found himself in and out of juvie. When the team uses the Avengers Fail-Safe Program to recruit other superpowered teens who could help them rescue Teddy, they break Tommy out of a high-security facility (where he was being experimented on), after which he joins the Young Avengers. His strong resemblance to Billy is instantly noted, and they are theorized to be the long-lost twins of the Scarlet Witch. Tommy and Billy search for her but are unsuccessful. They are later confirmed to be her sons in The Children's Crusade. Sometime after that and Volume 2, Tommy got fed up with the team and left. He started working for David's company, assembling machines, but is kidnapped by Fake Patriot for much of the volume.

Like Billy has the Scarlet Witch's powers, Speed has the power set of her brother Quicksilver — Super Speed and its Required Secondary Powers, high stamina and Super Reflexes. He can also produce hyperkinetic vibrations that can cause explosions and adjust his density so he can shift through solid objects.

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Due to being a speedster, he has a very limited attention span by our standards.
  • Arrow Catch: In Secret Invasion he catches a quickly-thrown sai aimed at Teddy with no problem. Justified due to his super speed.
  • Badass Boast: Pretty simple but effective in issue 6 of vol.2, when he explains and demonstrates to Prodigy how many weeks of work he can do in few minutes.
    • Subverted in the team's first meeting with Runaways, when he tries one on Chase, only to find out he needs something more than bragging to impress a guy with a pet dinosaur.
  • Bi the Way: Implied when Prodigy kisses him in the final issue, and Tommy manages to start to tell him they're moving too fast before being distracted by their surroundings.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To Wiccan especially, even though they are twins and neither actually knows which one is older, and also to Molly Hayes.
  • Blessed with Suck: Like his uncle Pietro, having super speed means he perceives "normal" life as excruciatingly slow. In issue 6 of the 2013 run, he comments "Snails never get it."
  • Characterization Marches On: He has a big zeal for destruction in his first appearance, but it's toned down as the story goes on.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His biological parents got divorced and the Young Avengers found him in a juvie, where he was presumably experimented on.
  • Distressed Dude: He's whisked away by an unknown entity dressed in Eli/Patriot's old costume in vol.2 #6. He returns during the afterparty in #14, and his return is explained in #15.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: His codename. He's a speedster.
  • Identical Stranger: Other characters immediately note his stark resemblance to Billy. They're eventually revealed to be the somewhat-reincarnations of the Scarlet Witch's twin sons.
  • In-Series Nickname: Tommy is short for Thomas.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being Vitriolic Best Friends with pretty much everyone, there are some moments where he can't quite cover up just how much he cares.
  • Junior Counterpart: To his sort-of uncle, Quicksilver — he inherited the super speed, white hair, and smidge of jerkassery.
  • Not Good with People: As evidenced in his clumsy attempts to cheer Billy up. He admits to Teddy that he cannot blend in with normal people.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: To Billy in almost every aspect from their personality to family background.
  • Secret Legacy: Son of the Scarlet Witch, with the powerset of her brother Quicksilver.
  • Sixth Ranger: He joins the Young Avengers some time after the team has gotten comfortable with each other.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: A side effect of his Super Speed — he can vibrate extremely fast in order to make things explode.
  • Super Reflexes: A side effect of Super Speed — because normal life is comparatively slow for him, he can react instantly to things.
  • Super Speed: His power.
  • Tangled Family Tree: See above under Wiccan's entry.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Or as Billy describes him, the "team sociopath".
  • Tsundere: He'd mock his teammates and deny having any affection for them but can be very sweet when they're down.

    Elijah "Eli" Bradley/Patriot II 
Eli's second costume
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"The black Captain America is no myth. He's my grandfather. And I wanted to be just like him. I wanted to carry on his legacy."

Debut comic: Young Avengers v1 #1

A founding member of the Young Avengers. Eli is the grandson of Isaiah Bradley, the only survivor of a program that attempted to replicate Captain America's Super Serum and used black men as guinea pigs. He got his powers from a Superhuman Transfusion from his grandfather, and joined up with Iron Lad when he formed the Young Avengers. He leaves the team in the aftermath of The Children's Crusade, after realizing how his actions hurt several people. He and Kate had a brief relationship, but as of now they are not seeing each other.

After his blood transfusion from his grandfather Eli gained the powers of a Super Soldier: his attributes such as speed and strength, while not supernatural, were magnified to the peak of human potential.

  • Bald Black Leader Guy: Although not the official leader of the team (that's Kate), he's cool-headed, pragmatic, and calls some of the shots.
  • Captain Patriotic: His codename is "Patriot."
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Less so than Kate, but Eli can't help but help people in need.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: His opinions tend to get shut down, such as his protests over Kate joining the team and working with Magneto.
  • Create Your Own Villain: He rejected Melter from the Young Avengers because he believe he was good enough to be the leader of his own team of heroes instead of being just a soldier under his command. However, Melter thought he was being rejected because of the belief that he wasn't a good hero. He lost any hope and desire to be a good guy since then.
  • Domino Mask: He starts wearing a red one after ditching the mask.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He interrupts the effort to revert what Scarlet Witch did in M Day because he doesn't trust Doctor Doom. It leads to Scarlet Witch nearly burnt alive by the magic and Doctor Doom getting all the power.
  • The Paladin: He's dedicated to doing good, but only in a lawful way. He's uneasy when the team work with known villains like Magneto.
  • Put on a Bus: At the end of Children's Crusade he quits the team and moves to Scottsdale to be with his mother. He doesn't appear in Vol. 2 due to Executive Meddling.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Kate. They argue all the time, but obviously care deeply about each other.
  • Super Soldier: Double Subverted. He claims to be one and has the power of one, but it turns out he'd been born without latent powers and had been using steroids in order to keep up. Then subverted again when he gets a Superhuman Transfusion from his grandfather, turning him into one for real.
  • Superhuman Transfusion: The source of his powers is a blood transfusion from his grandfather, who'd been injected with Super Serum.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His interference caused the Scarlet Witch to lose her magic and Doctor Doom to gain god-like power.

    Nathaniel "Nate" Richards/Rama-Tut/Kang the Conqueror/Iron Lad/Kid Immortus 
Nate's second costume
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"You underestimate me, Billy. I'm going to be better than Kang the Conqueror. Much better."

Debut comic: Young Avengers v1 #1 (as Iron Lad), Avengers v1 #8 (as Kang)

Because the revelation that Nate is Kang is made in the very first issue and is vital to describe the character, anything Kang related will be unspoiled here. Also see here for more tropes related to Nate.

Founding member of the Young Avengers. Nate is a young Kang the Conqueror from the 30th century. He sent himself back in time after his future self, hoping to spare himself painful moments, rescued him from long-term hospitalization and gave him a suit of neurokinetic armor. Horrified by his future self, he used the suit to send himself back in time and warn the Avengers. Upon arrival to the past he realized the Avengers had already disbanded, so he used the Avengers Fail-Safe Program to create his own team with the purpose of defeating his future self. In the fight with his future Kang, Nate damages the timestream, and his memories are wiped and he is forced to return to his own timeline and reclaim his place as Kang. He had a brief dalliance with Cassie.

Nate's suit is incredibly advanced. It is made of a rare 40th-century alloy that responds to his subconscious thoughts. It functions as more or less as a Swiss Army Weapon, which more than makes up for Nate not having powers himself. He also has various advanced weapons that he uses in battle.

  • Aesop Amnesia: He left the Young Avengers because his presence alone was starting to damage the timestream. However in Children's Crusade, he returns and allows Cassie to alter the timestream and bring her death father back, something that led to her death at the hands of Doom. After that he willingly forgets that lesson out of a desire to revive Cassie by altering the timestream. Even worse, he comes back to help Doom, the man who killed Cassie.
  • The Cavalry: Iron Lad's return in Children's Crusade to prevent Wolverine from killing Wanda.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: He has no powers aside from the futuristic suit his future self gifted to him.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After the events of The Children's Crusade, Nate reappears in full Kang costume to help Doctor Doom stopping the FF.
  • Fallen Hero: He went from Iron Lad to Kid Immortus after Cassie's death.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Nate is a young Immortus (Kang the Conqueror), hence his turn to evil is pretty much a given.
  • First Episode Spoiler: The fact he is Kang the Conqueror is revealed in the first issue of Young Avengers.
  • Fusion Dance: He wanted to do this with Doom and Annihilator to create "Doom the annihilating conqueror" and then get rid of the FF and the Fantastic Four.
  • Future Me Scares Me: The only reason he created the Young Avengers was because he needed support when he had to confront his future self. He kept training non-stop with the team because of this reason too.
  • In-Series Nickname: Nate is short for Nathaniel.
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: He becomes this in FF vol. 2. He is already with Ravona Renslayer but she already hates him (from a betrayal way into the future) and plans to punish him eternally in different times.
  • Junior Counterpart: He patterns himself after Iron Man.
  • Love Makes You Evil: His love for Cassie is what made him kill the Vision and then go back to the timestream and start changing events in hopes of reviving her.
  • Love Triangle: In a weird variation of this. He gets into a triangle without even knowing it. He and Cassie liked each other but after Nate left, the new Vision (created from his old Kang armor and with his brain patterns) started falling in love with Cassie too. She wanted to be with Nate again (knowing he would never come back again) but also considered the new Vision's feelings. All three finally meet again in Children's Crusade and...let's just say it doesn't end well for any of them.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Nate accidentally did this after he received information from his older self about his team dying in a war with the Avengers if he didn't go to save them. It is later implied by an old Billy that no one would have died if Nate hadn't go back in time.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Pretty much all he tried to do so far.
  • Only Sane Man: He was this in the initial Young Avengers team. Eli was too stubborn for his own good and Billy and Teddy were just fanboys.
  • Screw Destiny: Nathaniel founded the Young Avengers to avoid his destiny of becoming a supervillain. Didn't work.
  • Start of Darkness: The end of Children's Crusade. In FF vol. 2 he is already in full Kang costume and helping Dr. Doom.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: He is young Kang, of course Time travel is involved.
  • Tragic Hero: Kang is no hero but all of Nate's plans while with the Young Avengers failed because he never learned that time travel was not his to manipulate at all.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: He tried hard to stop himself from becoming Kang, only to succumb to his fate without even realizing it.

    Cassandra "Cassie" Lang/Stature 
Cassie's first costume

"I did the best I could. And Im through apologizing for who and what I am."

As the daughter of Scott Lang, former engineer to the Fantastic Four and Ant-Man after Henry Pym, Cassie's childhood was already deeply entrenched in superheroing (to the point of being able to refer to Iron Man as "Uncle Tony"). She wanted to grow up to become a superhero like her father. However, after her father's death, Cassie was forced to live with her mother and a stepfather who resented all superpowered beings. When she learns of the Young Avengers, she joins Kate in seeking them out. They are both eventually accepted onto the team. In Civil War she is initially part of the rebellion but eventually becomes the only Young Avenger to join the Initiative.

As a child, Cassie frequently stole Pym particles from her father. After repeated exposure she gained the ability to grow or shrink at will, hence her codename "Stature."

  • Heroic BSOD: She has one in Young Avengers Presents when she accidentally indirectly injures her stepfather. She shrinks herself to microscopic size and keeps shrinking the more she talks. Eli snaps her out of it.
  • In-Series Nickname: Cassie is short for Cassandra.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Jonas, a synthezoid.
  • Jumped at the Call: Was originally planning to join the Runaways but forced her way into the Young Avengers after she found out about them.
  • Junior Counterpart: She has the powers of her father, Scott Lang.
  • Killed Off for Real: In a genre notorious for Back from the Dead, Cassie is killed after trying to attack Dr. Doom. Iron Lad attempts to revert her death by taking her into the timestream, but is shot down.
    • She is eventually revived by Dr. Doom, the villain who originally killed her.
  • Psychoactive Powers: She grows when she gets angry and shrinks when she feels guilty.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Killed near the end to hammer in that Children's Crusade is a tragedy.
  • Sizeshifter: Her power is to make herself grow or shrink at will.
  • Stuffed In The Fridge: Her death at the hands of Dr. Doom is what fuels Iron Lad's Start of Darkness, putting him on the path to becoming Kang.
  • Younger than She Looks: She's the youngest of the team but it's hard to tell.

    The Vision (Jonas) 

While exploring the destroyed Avengers mansion, Iron Lad found the remains of the original Vision and downloaded his operating system into his armor. When Kang attacked the Young Avengers, Nate took his armor off in order to avoid being tracked, and the Vision's OS activated the armor into becoming sentient. He remained in the custody of the Avengers for a time, during which he concluded that this new, advanced Vision had all the potential but none of the experience of the old Vision. After Civil War he spent some time Walking the Earth and adopted the name "Jonas" for himself, declaring himself a completely different individual from Iron Lad and the original Vision.

Jonas possesses many abilities of the original Vision as well as some of his own, due to his futuristic technology. This includes shapeshifting, density manipulation, self-propelled flight, energy manipulation, and extreme intelligence.

The Young Masters

     The Young Masters 

The Young Masters are a group of teenagers first formed by artist Lisa Molinari better know by her codename Coat of Arms. She created the team as an art project to see how alike good and evil really are. The first iteration of the team was lead by Chris Colchiss aka The Melter. He wanted their team to be part of the Young Avengers and do super hero work. However, those plans fell apart and he ended up teaming up with Iron Patriot and his Dark Avengers. After their defeat, the team stayed together for a while until many members left to pursue other projects. Executioner took the leadership of the team and recruited new team members to pursue and agenda of villain extermination, he was defeated by the new Teen Brigade. The third iteration of the team currently operates in Bagalia and is commanded by Constrictor, instead of being a separate entity, they now do jobs for the Masters of Evil themselves.


    Christopher Colchiss/Melter II 
Chris' first costume
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"It doesn't matter, right? "Hero", "Villain"—! They're just...words."

  • Alliterative Name: Christopher Colchiss.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: His powers are melting things, including living beings. Not much good you can do with that. This trope was actually invoked in universe when Coat of Arms told him that she always expected him to become a villain because of his powers but wished he wouldn't.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Coat of Arms theorizes that this is what drived his desire to be a hero.
  • Blessed with Suck: His powers turns everything (including people) into a liquid substance. This would be useful against machines or something if Melter had control over them and didn't use them against people when angry or very emotional.
  • Demoted to Dragon: He was the leader of the Young Masters when they started, but after he left for some time, he became a subordinate of the Mandarin. Later when he returned with his old team, he became a subordinate of Constrictor and Excavator.
  • Driven to Villainy: He was driven to villainy by Patriot of all people. He actually wanted to be a hero at first.
  • Fallen Hero: He was the only one of the team who really wanted to become a Young Avenger for the right reasons, but after being rejected by Patriot, he decided to quit trying to be a hero and turned into a villain, and after that he kept falling more and more.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was the only member of the original Young Masters who was scared of using his powers or being evil in general. Past some time, some surgeries to help him control his powers and he almost killed War Machine.
  • Jerkass: He was a really nice guy at the beggining, but after leaving the Young Masters the first time, he became a complete jerk. So much that he almost got killed by the Mandarin for starting a fight with Iron Man, using powers in a place where they weren't allowed.
  • Legacy Character: There was a Melter before him but he is dead and there's no actual relation between Chris and the original one.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Even after calling Osborn to get rid of the Young Avengers, he still had doubts about the evil thing. After he went to work for the Mandarin and almost killed War Machine? He never looked back again.
  • Near Villain Victory: He actually defeated War Machine on his battle against him, however the plan was for him to kill Rhodey. Later we saw Rhodey somehow survived.
  • Power Incontinence: He accidentally melts an old woman who mistakes him for a mugger. It's later revealed he did the same thing to his parents as a kid.
  • Plot Tailored to the Party: Patriot is a determined, strong leader while Melter is doubt-filled and insecure.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Chris accidentally killed his parents with his powers.
  • Start of Darkness: When he accidentally killed his parents.
  • Token Good Teammate: He and Sylvie were the only truly altruistic members of the original group.

    Daniel Dubois/Executioner II 
Daniel's first costume
:Click here  to see Daniel's second costume

"No! Do you finally get that? I've shown my commitment. I've been made by losing a parent to crime. We're not your students! We're your Masters."

  • Alliterative Name: Daniel Dubois.
  • Anti-Villain: He tried to be this at first. By the time of Vengeance, he became an outright villain.
  • Badass Normal: Like the Punisher, he doesn't have any powers, just intense training and a lot of guns.
  • Berserk Button: Being called a kid or a child.
  • Dragon Ascendant: After the defeat of the original group at the hands of the Young Avengers and the departure of many original members of the group, Executioner became the new boss of the Young Masters. Under his leadership, the team became more ruthless but less intelligent and they all ended up being apprehended by Ms. America and the new Teen Brigade. Nowadays he's back at being another member under the lead of Constrictor.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Subverted. He thought he became a big threat after taking over the Young Masters but in reality, he kept losing embarrassingly against the new Teen Brigade and gets captured in the end.
  • General Failure: He was this in Vengeance. He had the motivation and the drive but he just sucked as a leader and strategist.
  • Legacy Character: No relation to the original Exeutioner. However him being in the same team as the new Enchantress might have been an intentional nod.
  • Moral Event Horizon: When he tried to kill her own mother for being a super villain and he knows it.
  • Plot Tailored to the Party: Executioner and Kate attended school together, which caused friction when he recognized her.
  • Seen It All: He thinks he has seen all the scenarios between heroes and villains played out and because of their uselessness, the old villains should die and be replaced by a new generation of villains.
  • Self-Made Orphan: The Executioner later attempts to kill his mother by blowing up her car when he realizes that she was the supervillain Princess Python. She survives though, so this trope is subverted too.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Executioner has a big ego, thinking himself as the next Punisher first and later as a much better guy than the old villains who always fail at doing something. He never got anything done before losing the leadership of the Young Masters and turning into a pawn again.
  • We Meet Again: A variation of the phrase is said by Executioner when he faces America Chavez again.

    Lisa Molinari/Coat of Arms 
Lisa's first costume

"The hero/villain paradigm worked as art. For a while. But art has to evolve."

  • Avengers Assemble: She assembled the team as a performance art piece on superheroes.
  • Bigger on the Inside: The pockets of Tiboro's Coat.
  • Co-Dragons: She was one of the two dragons of Jeremy Briggs in Avengers Academy.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Lisa's powers come entirely from Tiboro's Coat.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: She was this to Melter. She didn't care about being a Young Avengers or getting revenge against them. She just cared about her art project and meeting her hero, Norman Osborn.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She clearly had feelings for Tommy and didn't want him involved in her project. She also shows deep concern over Melter when he finally falls from grace and turns evil.
  • Evil Former Friend: She is friends with Tommy but they operate on opposite sides. Somewhat subverted since they were still friends the last time they saw each other.
  • Fallen Hero: She always had more anti-hero tendencies than normal hero but after seeing Melter give up and turn into villainy, she lost all hope in heroism and went full bad.
  • The Fatalist: She believed that, because of his powers, Melter was destined to become a villain. However, she also desperately desired for him to break those chains, defy that destiny and become a hero. He didn't.
  • Genre Savvy: The moment Norman Osborn compliments her work and gives her his card, she realizes he's manipulating her. And she likes it.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: A very exact description of her reaction to meeting Norman Osborn.
  • Mad Artist: She formed the team as an art project examining superheroes. She is fascinated by heroes and villains alike and fangirls over being threatened by the Green Goblin.
  • Meta Girl: Befitting her Mad Artist persona, she loves to muse on the nature of heroes and villains in the context of the Dark Reign event.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Her coat gives her several swords and magical weapons and six arms to use them.
  • Plot Tailored to the Party: Speed's Super Speed enables him to match her in battle. Helps that they have a shared past.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Deliberately invoked by her when she assembled the team.
  • Shout-Out: In-Universe example. She named herself after the painting by Nick Walker.
  • Straw Nihilist: She formed the Young Masters under the belief that good and evil were one and the same and her project would show how those two concept clash to make a work of art. However, it's later revealed that she also, secretly, hoped that Melter, a kid who had all the makings of a villain, would bring them out of this gray area and show them how to be heroes in the end, he ultimately fails like in any good piece of art.
  • Villainous Crush: She clearly had a crush on Speed and he apparently reciprocated those feelings. They never got together though.
  • When She Smiles: Though Tommy and Lisa had met before, he never saw her smile until their two teams started fighting. She was, as she called it, "exulting at a unique art event."

    Black Knight II 
Black Knight's first costume

""Good" versus "Evil"...tough to tell the difference, if you ask me. Not sure if your optimism takes into account what's really out there...things we never hear about."

  • The Cracker: She is supposedly an expert cracker that could hack into Avengers tower from an old Hydra base.
  • Dark Chick: She doesn't particularly like any of her partners but she does agree with their ideas. Also, she doesn't consider herself evil because she doesn't think there's anything good or evil anymore and she did seduce Ultimate Nullifier once.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: She shares the same ideas of Executioner but couldn't care less about him or anyone else on the team. She leaves the team after a while to take care of her things but nowadays she is back on the team under Constrictor's lead.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Her objectives are never too clear. She shares Executioner's ideas but also helps Ultimate Nullifier. She leaves the Young Masters to take care of some mysterious issues and nowadays she is back with the team. A complete mistery.
  • Legacy Character: Her relation to the original Black Knight is completely unknown. She is probably just a fan but the question of where she got her ebony blade is left in the air.
  • Straw Nihilist: Just like Lisa, she thinks good and evil are very much alike.
  • Villainous Crush: She had a thing for Ultimate Nullifier.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never had any resolution to her story after Vengeance, she is back with the Young Masters again nowadays.

    Sylvie Lushton/The Enchantress II 
Sylvie's first costume

"You really think five minutes out of boob armor gives you the right to question my fashion sense? Back off, skank!"

  • Co-Dragons: She was one of the two dragons of Jeremy Briggs in Avengers Academy.
  • Costume Copycat: Sylvie's codename and general style are based off Amora the Enchantress.
  • Dark Mistress: She was in a relationship with Melter and was very loyal to him. When she was chosen to be part of the Young Avengers team but Melter wasn't, she decided to leave with Melter. Is not the only thing that defines her but is important enough to have a lot of focus.
  • Deceptive Disciple: Subverted, the Young Avengers thought she was going to be this because they found out the truth about her origin, but in reality, she really wanted to be a Young Avenger (although for the wrong reasons).
  • Driven to Villainy: She one day woke up with the powers of the Enchantress that were given to her by Loki, who wanted to do mischief. She basically became a villain because Loki wanted to have fun. Later she tried to get away from that world but she keeps being dragged in by people who promises her a better life or things like fame.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Melter is her boyfriend. She decided to leave with him after the Young Avengers offered her a membership on their team.
  • Legacy Character: She has no relation to Amora but she is somewhat related to Loki.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: When acting like the Enchantress she can be quite rude and most of the time careless but when she is Sylvie, she is just a girl from Broxton who isn't very bright but wants to have someone who understands her and live a normal life.
  • Plot Tailored to the Party: Wiccan and Enchantress are both magic users.
  • Vain Sorceress: This is one of the most important part of her character.
  • Ye Olde Butchered English: Enchantress tries to do this as she wishes to pass as an Asgardian. However, she often misuses old English words or slips into modern English.

    Radioactive Kid 
Kid's first costume

"We're gonna make a big noise! We're gonna burn the world down!"

  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Radiation powers are usually to kill people. Something this guy embraces fully.
  • For the Evulz: He shares Executioner's beliefs to some extend but mostly he just wants to see the world burn.
  • Hate Sink: The only reason he keeps talking about how he killed his parents or killing in general is to invoke this trope.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Subverted. He almost had a breakdown after Ultimate Nullifier took his powers for a while.
  • Legacy Character: No relation to the Radioactive Man. He doesn't even know him.
  • Make Them Rot: One of his powers.
  • Poisonous Friend: All puns aside, he was this to Executioner. He never questioned his leadership and always followed his orders, however he just wanted to see the world burn when alone.
  • Poisonous Person: His powers are basically this. He actually leaves a nice present in Ultimate Nullifier's face in the form of a melted skin.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He killed his parents by turning them radioactive and all the nasty side effects did the rest.
  • The Trope Kid: After the Radioactive Man.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He is run over by a car and later Hellstrom says he has been effectively neutralized while holding him. He turned out to be alive and later was seen being part of Constrictor's Young Masters on Bagalia along with his old friends.

    Egghead II 

"No, I'm a super hero! I'm the new Vision! On alternate days. Otherwise: Villain! Ultron! Bzzt!"

  • Evil Counterpart: He is the evil counterpart of all the Visions. He is childish, erratic, manipulative and kinda stupid. Also, a merciless killing machine.
  • Insane Equals Violent: It is always implied his violent tendencies are a result of his memory being manipulated by Big Zero, although he hasn't shown improvements after she left either so he might be just a psycho.
  • Legacy Character: Absolutely no relation to the original Egghead. Lampshaded by Black Knight wondering why he chose that codename if he is somewhat stupid.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: He leaves his teammates behind on Latveria to survive, it turns out that was exactly what his boss (the Zodiac) had planned and offered him to join him. He, of course, accepted.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He became one after Big Zero reprograms him.
  • Plot Tailored to the Party: Vision and Egghead are both sentient androids.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He shows many childish tendencies from time to time.
  • Robosexual: Egghead had a twisted relationship with Big Zero. She manipulated everything on him and turned him into a super villain, yet she always pleased him from time to time.
  • Robotic Psychopath: The Vision wanted him to be shut down because 1) He's a robot and that's the best solution to stop him without having to kill him and 2) because he's a psychopath.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He was supposed to join the Zodiac at the end of Vengeance, however he is with the Young Masters in Bagalia nowadays.


"Does it involve murder...? I wanna murder something."

  • For the Evulz: He just likes to kill and eat people. Can't care less about motivation or anything.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He eats the people he kills.
  • The Killer Becomes the Killed: He kills a lot of people and gets killed by Lady Bullseye in the end. However, his death somehow doesn't stick.
  • Sadist: Again he likes to kill for fun.
  • Super Strength: He is a big and strong Atlantean.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He was beheaded by Lady Bullseye, however nowadays he is with the Young Masters in Bagalia with his head in its place and not even a scar.

Other Villains

    Cube Warden 

"And our youth become killers...perhaps we do have a war on our hands."

  • Battle Trophy: He wanted to keep the alien members of the Runaways and the Young Avengers as trophy since they had no legal standing in the United States.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: In a twisted way, he brainwashed Noh-Varr to capture the Runaways because Maria Hill asked him to work for the pro registration side in the civil war of super heroes. He actually didn't care one bit.
  • Mad Doctor: He brainwashes Noh-Varr and was going to keep the alien members of the Young Avengers and the Runaways to experiment on them if he had won.
  • Metaphorgotten: While explaining his thoughts on humans to Maria Hill with maggots. Hill lost him in the middle.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He extracted Noh-Varr from the battlefield just when he was about to kill Nico, Chase and Kate Bishop.
  • Psycho for Hire: Couldn't care less about Hill's motives for capturing the Runaways and the Young Avengers.


"Always remember, when you face a superior opponent, learn their weaknesses. Exploit them. That is the Skrull way."

Former teacher in the Super-Skrull Training Program turned commander in the Skrull invasion force. A strong believer in the Skrull invasion, he aims to capture Teddy and Xavin, both runaway Skrull royals.

  • The Dreaded: Xavin is terrified of him, with good reason.
  • The Fundamentalist: He believes on the Skrull Queen and the Skrull invasion prophecy. Anyone who believes in other prophecies, specially the one about Teddy, should die.
  • Sadistic Choice: He gave Xavin from the Runaways the choice between killing Teddy or watch his fellow Runaways die.
  • The Sociopath: If him threatening to kill all the Runaways if Xavin didn't kill Teddy doesn't convince you of him being this, his willing to go Nova and kill everyone, including himself, will.
  • Training from Hell: His methods for training are quite ruthless.

    Amity Hunter/Big Zero 

"Didn't sign on to dig through garbage. I better get to kill at least one of 'em. Hopefully the Mexican."

  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: She doesn't even care about her teammates liking her. She just wants to hurt people.
  • Moral Sociopathy: She has neo-Nazi ideologies but doesn't even care about them and many times goes to work with anyone who has power.
  • Obviously Evil: If her tattoos doesn't give her away, her tendency to speak her mind in the worst ways possible will.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Big Zero is a neo-Nazi.
  • Plot Tailored to the Party: Stature and Big Zero are both Size Shifters, enabling them to match up in a fight. Also, they're both kind of involved with the team robot.
  • Robosexual: She was in a relationship with Egghead.
  • Some of My Best Friends Are X: Big Zero uses this to convince Stature that she isn't really a Nazi. Stature doesn't believe her and Big Zero doesn't care.


"Everyone agreed it's best you and my lovely boy come home with me so I can feed on your souls until you're nice and dead inside."

  • Affably Evil: Aside from the fact she wants to kill the Young Avengers and their world, she acts in a totally normal worried mother behavior.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Turns out that Loki tricking her was a really bad idea for the world.
  • Eldritch Abomination: She comes from another dimension and as of now, it's formless but she is described as a parasite by Kid Loki.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In issue #10 she grabs the narration box and eats it, while the narrator begs the readers to save him.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Or rather, Humanoid-Skrull abomination. She takes control of other humans though, so that counts.
  • Make an Example of Them: In the third volume, after being outsmarted and taunted by Loki she intends to attack entire world and leave it scarred, as a message to the Multiverse she's not to be played with.
  • Mass Hypnosis: Every time the Young Avengers get close to her or their parents, she will automatically take control over them and the people around them.
  • Odd-Shaped Panel: Weaponized.
  • One Bad Mother: She's called "Mother" in-series, and is the primary villain of volume 2.
  • Painting the Medium: The main indicator of how bizarre Mother and her home dimension are. She basically exists in the space outside panels, can turn panel borders into tentacles, and EATS the narration box.
  • Stepford Smiler: She smiles quite a lot for an interdimensional parasite who wants to kill everyone.
  • Villain Team-Up: Briefly with Fake Patriot. And now with both him and Leah.

    Fake Patriot 

"Tic-Toc. Tic-Toc."

  • Animated Armor: There's nothing visible under the suit.
  • The Assimilator: He consumed Speed after defeating him.
  • Black Speech: His speech bubbles are drawn this way to emphasize his odd nature.
  • Catch Phrase: "Denial.", "Tic-Toc", "No one escapes".
  • Creepy Monotone: The very few lines he says are repeated in a clear monotone way.
  • Dimensional Traveler: He leads the Young Avengers through many dimensions where they go bad.
  • Good All Along: He is a Young Avenger who left his humanity behind and traveled to the past to ensure the good future came to pass. For this, he took Tommy hostage to ensure David would join the Young Avengers and then lead them across many dimensions where they go bad to show them how they would probably end if they ever decide to go bad. Finally, he leads them to mother's dimension so they stop escaping and confront her.
  • The Dark Chick: To Ex-Men. He joins them supposedly because of a grudge against Kate, but in reality he joins them to make sure the Young Avengers come to defeat Mother, making him the only member who doesn't hold a grudge against somebody from the Young Avengers.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Assumed to be this.
  • Humanoid Abomination: When he's manifesting into his patriot armor.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: He was this during all of Young Avengers vol.2. We didn't know why he was using Patriot's likeness, why he wanted Tommy or what he is in general. We still don't know much about him but it was revealed in #15 that he isn't really a villain. The patriot costume probably was to infiltrate the Ex-Men easily.
  • Mind Rape: Subjected Speed to one.
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Mother passes up the chance to eat him, because something tells her it might be a trap.
  • Villain Team-Up: Teams up with Mother as a part of his plans. And then again with Mother and Leah.
  • Was Once a Man: Prodigy deduced that Fake Patriot was once a human, particularly one of the Young Avengers, but he sacrificed his humanity to make sure the Young Avengers follow the correct path in the past. The one who sacrificed himself is David himself in the future, according to his own theory. Fake Patriot neither denied nor agreed so the answer is in the air for now.


"Some people harbor the most terrible grudges."

Group of superpowered teenagers who were at one point in relationship with a member of Young Avengers. Gathered and lead by Leah of Hell, the team includes Ultimate Nullifier and Noh-Varr's three ex-girlfriends, Meree, Exterminatrix and Annie. And Fake Patriot. Aside from Fake Patriot, it turns out they're all manifestations of Loki's guilt specifically tailored to each hero.

Note: Here goes all the tropes about Leah in Kieron Gillen's run on Young Avengers. For Leah outside of this run go here.

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: She isn't the real Leah. She was created from Loki's subconscious wish to have Leah back when he held Billy's power. However, she was corrupted by Loki's self-loathing, making her obsessed with destroying him.
    • Noh-Varr is willing to let Kate go for a chance to be with Exterminatrix again. Too bad she isn't real either unlike Kate.
  • Broken Bird: Leah.
  • Enemy Without: Except for Fake Patriot, they're all manifestations of Loki's guilt that are tailored to the Young Avengers.
  • Expy: A group of young people previously in a relationship with assorted Young Avengers? Turned evil? Sounds pretty much like, well, The League of Evil Exes. Lampshaded in one of the "yamblr" recaps.
  • Evil Mentor: Leah was one temporarily to Hulkling.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Most of them were heroes last time we seen them. They probably still are because these versions of them aren't real.
  • Five-Bad Band
  • Goth: Leah of Hel. Kieron Gillen says it's a pure coincidence, but she looks like the type of goth girlfriend he dreamed of at the age of twenty.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: In their focus issue, they're shown to be teenagers with various degrees of normalcy.
  • She's All Grown Up: Leah and Annie. Subverted, since both are magical creations from Loki's guilty mind. The real ones are not older yet.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Respectively, based on who they fight
    • Leah of Hel - Loki
    • Ultimate Nullifier - Miss America
    • Meere and Annie - Hawkeye
    • Exterminatrix - Noh-Varr
    • Fake Patriot - Prodigy
    • Mother - Billy
  • Tranquil Fury: Leah manifested this everytime she talked about Loki.
  • Yandere: Except for Fake Patriot, all of them show some signs towards the Young Avengers, but Exterminatrix really takes the cake. (Even Meree and Annie think Exterminatrix is going overboard.)

     Bad Ideas 

"We've seen astounding sights that catch my breath and will haunt me for life. Mayfly dimensions full of horrors craving to be more than a tiny fragment of time. Desperate dimensions full of fears, all time running out. The interndimensions, hungering after what we were lucky enough to be born into."note 

An army of Evil alternate counterparts of Young Avengers.


    Wanda Maximoff/The Scarlet Witch 

"What kind of mother doesn't even recognize her own son?"

Billy and Tommy's mother. Her first encounter with Billy was after he was beat up in school. She inspired Billy to continue with his life despite the bullies in his school. After he discovered his powers and the subsequent revelation of the extreme resemblance with Tommy (a speedster like Wanda's brother), he began questioning whether he and Wanda were actually related, only to later find out that she was indeed the mother of both him and Tommy.

For tropes related to her go here

     Clinton "Clint" Barton/Hawkeye/Goliath/Ronin 

"If I knew how to make it any more explicit to them, I would. The world absolutely needs those kids in it. And I believe very much that they have the right kind of fight in them."

Kate Bishop's former partner and boss. Clint Barton first meeting with Kate was under the costume of Captain America, something that Kate quickly criticized. Their next meeting was in a little test Clint made to prove if Kate deserved his codename and after testing her in many ways, he agreed to surrender the codename (and share it when he went back to the Bow and Arrows). Kate and him became really good friends and partners sometime after that.

For tropes related to him go here

     Scott Lang/Ant-Man 

"Mad? Are you kidding? My daughter's a super hero."

Cassie's father. While at first both lived together, soon Cassie's mother asked for a divorce and took custody of Cassie. Still, she still visited him in Avengers Mansion during some days. Lang eventually died during the events of Avengers Disassembled, an event that left Cassie devastated. One day she decided to go for Scott's old Ant-Man equipment which she kept. Later, he came back when Cassie altered the time stream with the help of Iron Lad only to see his daughter die at the hands of Dr. Doom. Something that devastated him.

For tropes related to him go here. For the aftermath of his devastating loss in Children's Crusade, go here.

     The Runaways 

"Now we're in it. Like it or not. The time to be Runaways is over...It's time to do some avenging."note 

A team of homeless super powered teenagers who escaped from home after finding out that their parents were super villains. Their first encounter with the Young Avengers was during the Civil War of super heroes, the Young Avengers went to help them but The Runaways received them with some hostility. After resolving their differences they teamed up to rescue their captured friends and faced off against future Young Avenger Noh-Varr who was brainwashed. After they freed him from his mind control and defeated the Cube Warden, both teams went their separate ways only to cross paths again during the Skrull Invasion. One of their members was Victor Mancha who is noteworthy for being Jonas and the original Vision's brother, the latter was The Scarlet Witch's husband at the time of Billy and Tommy's conception which, in turn, would make Victor: Billy and Tommy's uncle.

For tropes related to the whole team go here

     Mar-Vell/Walter Lawson/Captain Marvel 

"The Avengers are a proud tradition. They are earth's mightiest soldiers. To carry that name is an honor."note 

The father of Teddy. Mar-Vell started a relationship with the princess of the Skrulls Anelle during the Kree-Skrull war. Soon he died and therefore wasn't there when Teddy got to earth. While Mar-Vell never met Tommy, a Skrull shaped in the form of him had a nice conversation with him once. This same Skrull, before dying, entrusted the task of protecting the earth to Noh-Varr who had a complete change of heart and proceeded to go by the name of Captain Marvel to honor him.

For tropes related to him go here

     Jessica Jones Cage/Jewel/Power Woman 

"At this point, I want to be a Young Avenger."

The journalist who first worked on the story of the Young Avengers. After tasked by J. Jonah Jameson and the Avengers to find everything about the Young Avengers, she took the task of interviewing every single one of them and try to convince them out of superheroing. But the interviews led her to empathize with them so much that not only she refused to talked them out but also left her with desires of becoming a Young Avengers as well.

For tropes related to her go here.

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