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Comic Book: Femforce
Femforce is a comic book published by AC Comics that began publication in 1985, detailing the adventures of the eponymous team: the "Federal Emergency Missions Force" or "Femforce". Some of them were original creations, while others originated in the 1940s and '50s, lapsing into public domain by the time Femforce was published. The team are, as their name implies, all female superheroes, and are the first and the longest-running all-women 'super-team'.

Femforce (and associated titles) contains examples of:

  • Amazon Brigade: Femforce itself.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: She-Cat
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Tara and Garganta both have the power to become giantesses.
  • Badass Normal: Colt is the only member of Femforce to have no superpowers. Also Tara before becoming a giantess.
  • The Baroness: Lady Luger
  • Captain Ersatz: Nightveil/The Blue Bulleteer was originally the Phantom Lady from Fox and Atlas Comics (the character was originally created for Quality, who did not contest the use by Fox, long story), but when DC claimed ownership they hastily changed tiny minuscule details like the name and the color of her costume. Yep, she is totally not Phantom Lady. To be fair, she eventually got magic powers and a new costume and became a totally distinct character.
    • In a Blue Bulleteer one-shot, the Blue Bulleteer runs into another hero using the same name as her - this one an ersatz version of Fawcett Comics' Bulletman. It even featured a backup story starring the other BB, which was really just a slightly edited Golden Age Bulletman story.
  • Captain Patriotic: Miss Victory
  • Face-Heel Turn: Ms.Victory was force-fed V-45 by the Black Commando, and transformed into the villainous Rad. Her daughter Jen was likewise mentally warped into Rad II by the God Capricorn.
  • Female Misogynist: Fem-Paragon
  • Flying Brick: Miss (later Ms.) Victory, and Rad.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Garganta
  • Jungle Princess: Tara Freemont
  • Karma Houdini: Semi-Example with Ms.Victory who never really faced any repercussions for her time as Rad. Although she never does anything outright villainous beyond breaking Tara's hand. Most of her criminal acts are spur of the moment, and/or collateral damage. Her daughter on the other-hand, as Rad committed numerous crimes. Including but not limited to sinking a cruise-ship and trying to murder her ex-husband; but she gets away scot free.
    • In this universe members of the military can apparently act with total impunity. Major Tom Kelly ruins Jen's life to get her to agree to become Ms. Victory, and only suffered a broken hand for it. Gen. Gordon uses Ms. Victory transformation into Rad to settle his personal hated of her, and attempts to kill her numerous times including hiring mercenaries and super-villains to do it.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: While Alizarin Crimson is kinda cool name for a supervillainess, you just can't not imagine a graphic artist frantically looking for a name of his new creation, and finally looking at a tube of red paint.
  • Mugged for Disguise:
    • Issue #43 contains a scene where Tara steals an Amazon uniform in order to infiltrate their base. The woman she ties up appears to have been Going Commando.
    • Issue #48 features a scene where Lady Luger yanks a passing woman into an alley so she can appropriate her clothing in order to flee the city undetected.
  • Pirate Girl: Singapore Sally
  • Playing with Fire: Firebeam, the ghost of a woman killed in a house fire, whose spirit can now control fire.
  • Poke the Poodle: Despite being labeled as a major threat, Joan as Rad doesn't actually do anything overly evil. She just becomes incredibly selfish and rude. Still the members of Femforce try repeatedly to capture her and change her back.
    • Amusingly if you consider the number of fights, illegal entry into other countries, property damage, trespass, and thefts (she confiscates supervillains equipment like the time machine.) She actually committed LESS crimes in her time as Rad then she does as Ms. Victory.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Colt.
  • Refugee from TV Land: In the Nightveil Special spun off from Femforce, a comic book superheroine named Thunderfox is brought into the regular world, and became a Femforce member for several issues.
  • Refused The Call: Jen really doesn't want to be Ms. Victory and was forced into it facing financial ruin.
  • Replacement Scrappy: In universe example. The girls in Femforce never accept Jen Burke as the New Ms. Victory, and consistently ostracize her. They hate her because she was forced on them by the government, and made their leader without their consent.
  • Shoo Out the New Guy: Thunderfox was introduced with much fanfare, but appeared in only eight issues before disappearing. The explanation occured five issues after her last appearance, telling us that her 'book' was cancelled.
  • Sizeshifter: Tara and Garganta
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Tara Freemont
  • Stripperific: Most, if not all, of the heroines wear very revealing costumes.
  • Superhero Packing Heat: Colt
  • Trauma Conga Line: Jen Burke's life has been horrible. She never wanted to be a superhero, but because she was Ms. Victory's daughter she was compatible with V-47. When Ms. Victory went rogue, she was asked to take her place. She refused, and Tom Kelly responded by ruining her life to the point, including arranging for husbands legs to be broken, where it was ether do it, or face financial ruin. Once in Femforce, the girls resented her for being forced on them, and refused to accept her. In addition she couldn't tell her husband what was going on, badly straining their marriage eventually leading to an affair and divorce. Then her son Jason gets killed by collateral damage from one of Garganta's rampage. Then she gets manipulated into becoming Rad II, by the mad God Capricorn. Finally she just snaps.

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