"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 and pacific kid who used to attend a normal school where he was the victim of bulling, but one day, when his bully was hitting another kid, Billy stood up to him and as a result discovered his powers and later he joined the Young Avengers where he met Teddy and fell in love with him. After Teddy was captured once, the team went in search of more members to rescue Teddy, it was then when Billy found out about his twin brother the speedster Tommy. It didn't took long before he theorized about them being the lost children of the powerful Scarlet Witch, something that was confirmed when they found her. 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.
His powers are basically the same of the Scarlet Witch. Reality altering powers and powerful magic that he uses usually while repeating the spell aloud and many times in a row (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. In at least one universe, he became the Sorcerer Supreme.
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.
Fail O'Suckyname: He changed his codename to 'Wiccan' when it was pointed out to him what the media would do with a gay superhero named 'Asgardian.'
Fatal Flaw: His tendency to act without thinking, which can be disastrous when coupled with his powers.
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.
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.
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, so take it with a grain of salt.
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'...
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.
"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 but still sweet older sister and a father with lots and lots of money, yet she wasn't very happy with that last thing since she always had 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 a lot and even going to psychologists, she realized that the only person that could bring her out of her depression was herself, so she started training intensely on many forms of combat and with many kinds of weapons to make sure no one ever had to go through what she experienced. The day of her sister's weeding, a group of criminals irrupted in the church demanding the usual things but the Young Avengers appeared to save the day, it was then when she decided to join the team and after some discussion with the members of the team they accepted. Currently she is living in Los Angeles, broke and working as a part time investigator to get some money. Also, she is single.
She doesn't have any powers but she is skilled in many martial arts and also with many weapons, particularly her ability with the bow and arrows is so high that it 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: Not exactly 10 minutes but after a few months of announcing her retirement she was convinced to come back 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 because of it.
At the end of the same issue we see Kate showing her new found commitment to the lesson Clint taught her by trying the impossible shot that Clint performed, without success. After a long time, in Hawkeye vol. 4 #10 Clint made her feel powerless, angry and miserable enough that she channelized all of that 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.
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.
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.
Big Screwed-Up Family: Before she died, Kate's mother was the person who kept the family at 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.
After her mother's death, her father 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 a one night stand 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, when she felt good emotions towards other people, whether they were love, admiration or attraction, she did everything she could to hide those emotions. She is getting a little better nowadays.
Clark Kenting: Her identity is supposed to be a secret. Maybe you didn't know that before I told you.
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 all the resemblance between them and Executioner's plan got ruined.
Comical Overreacting: In Hawkeye vol. 4 #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.
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 they reacted differently to it.
Also 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).
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 since 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.
Deadpan Snarker: A master of this, even worse if someone tries to be a Deadpan Snarker with her.
Stepford Snarker: An article in Marvel's page suggested she might be actually this.
However, as of the Hawkeye annual, she is back at trying to find herself and her real purpose.
Dude Magnet: She was in a love triangle with Patriot and Speed, in her new team Noh Varr is added to the list and 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.
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 shacked by the revelation either (maybe because he came back himself in secret too).
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.
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.
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's currently in the 'Hoonymoon stage' with Noh-Varr.
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: When she is in a dress, usually her more feminine side comes to light. Having said that, all the dresses she has been seen wearing in the comics were purple.
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.
It Meant Something to Me: Kate didn't want to come back with Noh-Varr after breaking up because she felt Noh-Varr didn't really care about the relationship unlike her who really liked him. Later Noh-Varr is seen having some doubts himself about the issue wondering if he really did the right thing.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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. However, even those complaints get empty after we saw that Kate effectively does both things without any guilt.
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.
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.
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.
The Watson: In Hawkeye vol. 4. If there's an important question about the plot, expect her to ask it.
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.
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. 2 where she debuts a new outfit every issue.
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.
Depending on the Artist: Of course, this is only in Hawkeye. In Young Avengers, the holes are filled in, which kind of implies that she has two almost identical costumes, they're detachable or that she's wearing another suit underneath.
It is pretty much confirmed that, in Young Avengers, she is wearing another suit underneath her costume, since in #8 she had a different suit than before and in the Hawkeye annual her costume was still drawn with the holes revealing her skin.
She is also 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 she’s the oldest of the Young Avengers, even more than Marvel Boy and Ms. America.
You Are Not Alone: Kate tried to remind Clint many times that he wasn't alone since she was still supporting him after his life started falling apart. Didn't work.
America Chavez/Miss America
America's second costume
Click here to see America's first costume
"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 utopian dimension created by Billy that was full of women, but one day this dimension started ripping apart so America's mothers (yes, she had two) sacrificed themselves to stop the hole in America's dimension and saved her in the process. But when her guardians told her that her mothers would not come back, America decided to leave that dimension to honor her 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 while avoiding Earth-Earth 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 but is currently single.
She has many powers including super strength and invulnerability, to the point that even a god like Loki was afraid of her hitting him (although that was probably because being hit in the face hurts no matter who you are). It was once stated she could throw a tank to the moon, a feat very few probably could pull off. 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/Little Miss Badass: She hailed 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.
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.
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.
Fangirl/Broken Pedestal: 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.
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.
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.
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".
A founding member of the Young Avengers and heir to the Skrull empire. Teddy lived in earth with her mother, with the belief of being a mutant because of his powers and with a desperate desire of becoming 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 and Teddy realized that he couldn't hide anymore and 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 where of Kree and Skrull origin instead of a mutation. Since then he has had many confrontations with Kree and Skrulls trying to get him back so he could reign their respective races. Currently he is still with the Young Avengers trying to help the world and dating Billy.
His powers as stated above are related to the Kree and the Skrulls. As such he has the ability to shape-shift at will, although his transformations aren't perfect and have varied degrees of succes depending of the complexity of them. Also, he has super strength and wings he could sprout if desired, also he has great durability and his body shape-shift automatically to protect itself.
"...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 crashing 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 for 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. Later he had a complete change of heart and decided to become a super hero after a Skrull impersonating Captain Marvel left him in charge of the protection of earth. Soon he was deceived by Norman Osborn and joined his Dark Avengers only to leave shortly after, later he got new powers and joined the real Avengers. He was kicked out of the team after some bad decisions and joined the Young Avengers after a faithful 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 (specially 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 seemly unlimited supply of weapons. All of them are super 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 threw 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.
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.
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: His relationship with Kate seemed to be this, however we know that he might be pursuing something more, so a Relationship Upgrade might be possible in the future. It doesn't happen as he confesses to Kate in the middle of battle that he still has some feelings for Exterminatrix. She's not happy with this and ultimately returns the bow he gifted to her.
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 and banned from Earth.
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.
Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: The only reason Noh-Varr break 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. Gillen said that the fanservice will continue in further issues.
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 who 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.
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.
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. 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'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 but one day his X-Gene activated and suddenly he was starting to become more and more intelligent absorbing the knowledge of everyone around. The X-Men found out about him and later he joined their school, there he was assigned to the New Mutants where he was eventually appointed co-leader. He had some adventures with them but then M-Day happened and David lost his powers. He didn't leave since it was dangerous for ex-mutants to be out of the school at the time. Later, after a nasty trip to limbo, he found himself wanting to leave again but was stopped by the Stepford Cuckoos who offered him to restore all the knowledge he absorbed with his powers if he stayed, so he did stay and later moved to Utopia with the other mutants. However, 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, got a job and settled at a somewhat normal life. That is, until he met Tommy who pushed David into help him catch a criminal. Tommy was captured instead and David would join 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 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.
Blessed with Suck: His power allows him to know everything other mutants know, including very awkward stuff.
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.
Gondor Calls for Aid: The above mentioned plan involves calling few friends for help. And by friends we mean huge army of teenage superheroes.
Green-Eyed Monster: He falls for Teddy and tries to make him break up with Billy out of jealousy
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.
Scarily Competent Tracker: With the help of mathematics, he manages to narrow down the gang's favourite haunt and even nails down their favourite 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 in this volume until #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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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 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 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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tranquil Fury: Leah manifested this everytime she talked about Loki.
Yandere: Except for Fake Patriot, all of them show some signs, but Exterminatrix really takes the cake. (Even Meree and Annie think Exterminatrix is going overboard.)
"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 phrase by Kate Bishop
An army of Evil alternate counterparts of Young Avengers.
Bald of Evil: Many monsters but particularly some bald Davids.
"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
"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.
"Now we're in it. Like it or not. The time to be Runaways is over...It's time to do some avenging."note phrase by Chase Stein
"The Avengers are a proud tradition. They are earth's mightiest soldiers. To carry that name is an honor."note said by the Skrull Mar-Vell
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 worked in 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