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Nathaniel "Nate" Richards/Rama-Tut/Kang the Conqueror/Iron Lad/Kid Immortus
- "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 dead 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.
Elijah "Eli" Bradley/Patriot II
- "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.
After not appearing in Young Avengers v2, it is offhandedly mentioned that he quietly retired during the Secret Empire event and gave the Patriot name to Rayshaun Lucas.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: In his Young Avengers Presents one-shot, Bucky Barnes tells him about Jeff Mace, the WWII-era Patriot, who later took over as Captain America.
- 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.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He hasn't been seen since the end of Children's Crusade, making him the only still-living member of the original team to not show up again.
- 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.
- I Just Want to Be Special: He aspires to be a superhero, though it's to carry on his grandfather's legacy.
- In-Series Nickname: Eli is short for Elijah.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He's aware that not everything is good in his country and resents the treatment of his grandfather, but that doesn't stop him from trying to uphold its ideals.
- Legacy Character: Of his own grandfather.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: He fights with Captain America's old shield.
- 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.
William "Billy" Kaplan/Asgardian/Wiccan/Demiurge
- "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's part of Sunspot A.I.M. (Avengers Idea Mechanics), a global organization that takes on threats outside American soil. He's also still 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.
see the Wiccan page
Theodore "Teddy" Altman/Hulkling/Dorrek VIII
- "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's part of Sunspot A.I.M. (Avengers Idea Mechanics), a global organization that takes on threats outside American soil. 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, his boyfriend and teammate.
- 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.
- Child of Two Worlds: As the child of the Kree Captain Marvel and a Skrull princess, he is eventually destined to end the ancient Kree-Skrull war. As a result, both factions want him to eventually lead them. He rejects both, choosing to stay on Earth.
- Excelsior: In his latest jaunt through space, Teddy was abducted by an order of Chivalrous Space Knights born of mixed decent who're hunted to the brink of Extinction by their parent species's. To accept him as their leader after the destruction of both races throne worlds, Hulkling had to prove his worth by drawing the cosmic/mystic sword Excelsior from the proverbial stone.
- Cool Sword
- Anti-Magic / Dispel Magic: The blade can diffuse magical powers or mystic beings its used against.
- Born of Magic / Fusion Dance: The sword was the culmination of two mystic blades merging into one.
- Functional Magic / Magic by Any Other Name: Alien forged blade that is both cosmic and magic in origin.
- Magic Eater / Energy Absorption: Can consume a fireball cast by an extra-dimensional dark wizard.
- Power Glows / Background Magic Field: Radiates with a potent mystic aura.
- Rightful King Returns: Excelsior was originally used by the hybrid royal Dorrek Supreme therefore only one of his line can claim it.
- Requisite Royal Regalia
- Excalibur in the Stone: Excelsior can only be pulled and wielded by those it deems worthy
- Divine Right of Kings: Being the lone heir to this sword and the knights of the Infinite gives them the right rule all of space.
- Geometric Magic: Has a slew of alien runes sprawled along the inner base of the blade.
- Cool Sword
- 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.
- In New Avengers, he turns out to be the subject of a prophecy of the Knights of the Infinite, a group of Kree-Skrull hybrids.
- 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.
- Future Badass: During his time with the New Avengers he meets a version of himself called King Hulk, who aside from being a large, bemuscled sort is also apparently an actual king, Of All Of SPACE.
- 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 — even in battle, Teddy is quite levelheaded and rational. 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.
- In later stories he's also descended of the very first Kree/Skrull hybrid, Dorrek Supreme. And is thus entitled to rule all of space.
- 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 detriment.
- 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.
- He's also considered one along the line of Kree/Skrull Hybrids related to Dorrek Supreme, his order of loyal knights also coming to crown him their king and unify their ancestral races.
- 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.
- Also Teddy is the chosen one of a Space Knight order's prophecy possibly being the reborn hybrid king Dorrek Supreme destined to unify the races of Skrull and Kree.
- 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.
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Teddy doesn't actually "Hulk out", but that doesn't make him any less scary when pushed.
Later Members (first iteration)
Katherine "Kate" Bishop/"Hawkingbird"/Hawkeye II
- "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 and fifth volume of Hawkeye. Kate had it all: a complete family with a loving mother, a 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. After 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. However, her skills with the bow and arrows are so developed that sometimes it is implied they rival those of Clint Barton himself. Also, she is a great tactician and strategist, usually planning and leading the battles of the Young Avengers.
- See Kate Bishop for a list of tropes and more info
Cassandra "Cassie" Lang/Stature/Stinger
- "I did the best I could. And I’m 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."
- Affirmative Action Legacy: In a way, to her father, who shared her powers.
- Action Girl: To be specific, she herself is the one who choose to become superheroine.
- Artistic Age: She was 14 years old when she first joined the team, but was often drawn as much older looking.
- Back from the Dead: She's killed in Children's Crusade but is eventually brought back to life by Doom in AXIS.
- Berserk Button: Attacking her father, as Doom finds out (see below).
- Comic-Book Time: She was apparently aged up several years in the brief period between Geoff Johns' Avengers run and the debut of Young Avengers.
- Daddy's Girl: She adores her father and wants to follow his footstep.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu??: After she thinks he killed her father, she grows to the size of God Mode Doom, and knocks him over.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Doom promptly responds by killing her.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father, Scott Lang. As of Children's Crusade, not so disappeared.
- Domino Mask: She wore one — see image.
- Fake Defector: She pretends to work for the Power Broker in order to trick him into giving her superpowers. She agrees to do one legitimate job for him though after she learns that the target is Darren Cross.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: 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.
- I Just Want to Be Special: After her resurrection, she becomes increasingly bitter and resentful over no longer having powers. She ends up forming an alliance with the Power Broker in exchange for a new costume and Pym Particles.
- 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.
- Got the Call on Speed Dial: After being killed, when she was resurrected she found that she'd lost her powers. When the Power Broker launched Hench X (in Astonishing Antman), which offered the chance to get superpowers to use against the heroes, Cassie applied, intending to get her powers back and then bring the organisation down. She is given Pym Particles, a new uniform, a new codename: Stinger.
- Junior Counterpart: She has the powers of her father, Scott Lang.
- 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.
Thomas "Tommy" Shepherd/Speed
- "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 ("I'm all you need"), only to find out he needs something more than bragging to impress a guy with a pet dinosaur.
- Bi the Way: He's implied to have quite a few romantic liaisons (including Kate), and 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. He and David can also be seen smooching in a crowd shot in Secret Wars: Secret Love.
- Big Brother Instinct: He's protective of Wiccan in his own way (even though they are twins and neither actually knows which one is older). He's also fond of Molly Hayes, whom he goes out of his way to protect in the Secret Invasion crossover.
- 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.
- Morality Pet: Molly of the Runaways bonded with Tommy when the two teams teamed up, and he's shown to be particularly protective of her whenever the two teams meet up. He also seems to have a soft-spot for Kate, given he tends to be far more friendly with her than the rest of the team (besides some flirty teasing on his part), largely due to their on-off casual relationship.
- 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.
The Vision II
Jonas/The Vision II
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.
- Depending on the Writer: The writers couldn't seem to decide whether Jonas was the original Vision in a new, younger body, or an entirely new character. Ed Brubaker and Brian Bendis wrote him as the former, while Heinberg wrote him as the latter. Since the return of the original Vision, it's been definitively stated that Jonas was an entirely different character.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He was rather abruptly killed off once Marvel decided to bring back the original Vision.
- Identity Impersonator: Kate has him impersonate her on a mission so she can fool Executioner into thinking he hadn't figured out her secret identity (and thus, couldn't use it to blackmail her).
- Intangible Man: He can become this.
- Junior Counterpart: To the original Vision.
- Killed Off for Real: After he refuses to let Iron Lad bring Cassie back to life, stating that it could damage the timestream further, Iron Lad kills him.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Justified as his body is from the far future where this trope would be more plausible.
- Robot Me: His brain patterns were based on Iron Lad's.
- Sacrificial Lion: In Children's Crusade.
- Shapeshifting: He can also shapeshift.
- The Smart Guy: He's essentially a walking supercomputer, so he fulfills this role for the team.Nico: How much time do you spend in the library?
Jonas: I am a library.
- Spock Speak: Again, walking supercomputer. This is pretty much required of him. He drops it as the series goes on.
- Tangled Family Tree: He could be seen as either brother or father of Billy and Tommy, depending if you see him and previous Vision and same person or some sort of robotic father and son. Among his other family members you have Ultron, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Crystal, Luna, Victor Mancha, Polaris, Magneto and so on...
- Tin Man: He actually works to become more emotional and human-like.
- Walking the Earth: For a short while after Civil War, where he picked up many experiences.
Later Members (second iteration)
America Chavez / Miss America
- "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 and everybody 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 part of a scientific exploration team known as the Ultimates that deal with cosmic and other incredibly powerful threats. She's a lesbian (but briefly experimented with heterosexuality) and is currently dating a normal girl named Lisa.
She's a Flying Brick powerful enough that even Loki's afraid of getting hit by her. 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.
see the America Chavez page for more
Noh-Varr/Marvel Boy/Captain Marvel/Protector
- "...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, ex-teenage rebel. 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 got him captured by Doctor Midas. He escaped and swore revenge against the human race, starting by burning FUCK YOU into the streets of Manhattan. Later he confronted Midas with the help of the Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter Oubliette. Noh-Varr developed a crush on 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. Obsessed with music (especially Phil Spector girl groups and briefly, Gram Parsons) and Earth girls. Currently banished from Earth, he still hangs out with the Young Avengers. He's single.
Part-Kree, part-cockroach, he has all the powers that the Kree possess including super strength, durability, and speed. He also hasa seemingly unlimited supply of weapons and his own spaceship, the Kirby. All of them are advanced Kree technology, however he mostly just uses a pair of handguns.
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: Kieron Gillen describes him as an "alien hipster". His initial rejection of human culture when he first appeared has turned into a fascination not unlike certain modern Westerners becoming fascinated by African cultures.
- And I Must Scream: How he says his time captured by the Cube Warden felt like to him.
- 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 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 Civil War crossover with the Runaways. 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.
- 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.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: Noh-Varr blatantly admits to not believing in higher powers when conversing with Fantomex, turns out Kree offspring are tutored in a binary code which disproves the existence of transcendent beings. Hence his immunity to the Weapon XVI contaminant.
- Friends with Benefits: Kate's 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 Earth pop, especially Phil Spector singles. He has a vinyl collection and can spend hours talking about music if no one stops him.
- Legacy Character: To the earlier Marvel Boys originally (though he personally had never met either one.), as well as briefly taking the Captain Marvel title in the Dark Avengers. By Young Avengers Vol 2 he's dropped the codenames entirely.
- 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.
- Morph Weapon: Marvel Boy sports; among hosts of equipment, a pair of bracelets strangely reminiscent of the Kree Nega-Bands, they have the ability change into weapons like a plasma blaster and razor blade which doubles both as shield and sword.
- 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.Noh-Varr: My faking it is total.
- Offscreen 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 Crawl: 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.
- "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.
- 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.
- 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 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).
- Outside-Context Problem: 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.
- 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.
- Suddenly Sexuality: There is no indication that David was bisexual until Vil. 2 #9, and in his previous appearances in New X-Men: Academy X, 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: Academy X 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/ The Third Loki
- "Putting the Avengers together. It's Loki's greatest hit."
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.
- Alex Wilder (search for him on the Runaways character page)
- Black Knight II
- Coat of Arms
- Death Locket (search for her on the Avengers Arena character page)
- Egghead II
- Enchantress II
- Excavator (search for him on the Runaways character page)
- Executioner II
- Melter II
- Mudbug (search him on the Wolverine and the X-Men page)
- Radioactive Kid
- Snot (search him on the Wolverine and the X-Men page)
Christopher Colchiss/Melter II
- "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 just got worse. 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.
- 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
- "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.
- Jerkass: He trash talks a lot and once, he tried to use blackmail material to bully Kate Bishop into getting him a place on the team and to be his girlfriend.
- 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.
- 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
- "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.
- 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
- ""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.
- 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, in contrast to the first (evil) Black Knight and the second (good) Black Knight.
- 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
- "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.
- Incompatible Orientation: She tried to come on to Wiccan. It's not clear if this was to help infiltrate the team, actual affection, or was misunderstanding his friendliness for attraction; when he points out his sexuality to her, she doesn't seem to think it's a problem though.
- 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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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."
- 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 whom 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.)
- "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
- Bald of Evil: Many monsters but particularly some bald Davids.
- Evil Makes You Monstrous/Evil Makes You Ugly: There's not a single evil version of the Young Avengers who isn't horribly scarred, completely disfigured or a straight monster.
- Evil Twin: All of them.
- Evil Versus Evil: Young Avengers tricked them into attacking Mother in her home dimension.
- Expendable A Lternate Universe: On a meta level it seems to be the reason why Mother considers them no more than a snack.
- Eyepatch of Power: One of alternate Noh-Varrs.
- Genuine Human Hide: An evil Loki is wearing what looks like a human mask.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Nazi Kate, eye patch Noh-Varr and bald Prodigy. Also Doom-Wiccan is probably horribly scarred behind that mask quite like the original Doom.
- Mooks: Mother used them as such to invade the earth in order to teach a lesson to the Young Avengers.
- Putting on the Reich: One of alternate Kates wears Nazi uniform.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Devil Wiccan.
- Red Right Hand: Most of the evil versions are either scarred or missing limbs.
- Redshirt Army: Immediately after launching their assault, they all end up curb stomped and imprisoned by Mother.
- Uncanny Valley: Clearly invoked to established their evilness.
- Villainous Rescue: Their attack distracted Mother, allowing Young Avengers to rescue Teddy and David from her clutches.
- Zerg Rush
Wanda Maximoff/The Scarlet Witch
- "What kind of mother doesn't even recognize her own son?"
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."
- "Mad? Are you kidding? My daughter's a super hero."
- "Now we're in it. Like it or not. The time to be Runaways is over...It's time to do some avenging."note
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
Jessica Jones Cage/Jewel/Power Woman
- "At this point, I want to be a Young Avenger."