The Metro City Chronicles is a series of online stories focused on the lives and adventures of the eponymous Metro City's local Super Heroes as they fight crime and deal with life. Each story is a first person narrative with a different character viewpoint for each arc.The first story can be found online. This one follows Atlas and sets up the Metro City backdrop.
The Metro City Chronicles provides examples of the following tropes:
Amazing Technicolor Population: Gamma Girl has blue skin. Strych-9's hair and skin are green. Jonni Rotten also has green skin, but that's less because of pigmentation and more because of decomposition.
Amicably Divorced: Hypothermia and his wife are divorced, mostly because his powers make it almost impossible for them to have a normal family life. They still meet weekly so they can spend time together with their son. Hypothermia is still miserable about the situation, though.
Apocalypse Day Planner: Over the past few decades, evil wizard Maximillian Mortis has apparently made a habit of this.
"He reversed the planet's rotation in the 1950s, sold the Earth's soul to Hell in the '70s. (...) He actually blew up the Earth twice in the '60s, and he and Tiamat destroyed the whole universe in the '90s."
The Atoner: Penitente began his superhero career because his mother and brother were injured by gang rivals during his youth.
Badass Driver: Wheelman's powers revolve around this. He can drive clear across the country in a few hours, drive up the sides of buildings, and perform literally impossible stunts, no matter what car he's in.
Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: Penitente uses hot sauce as part of his crimefighting arsenal. He seals his mother's homemade sauce in small packets, throws them in his opponents' faces, and blows them open with his bullwhip, spraying them in the face with hot sauce.
Body Horror: Squid Kid, due to some meddling with Things Man Was Not Meant to Know has nearly indestructible tentacles that sprout from her back at will. If she leaves them out too long, her skin turns inky black and she starts looking like a more threatening version of the heartless.
Evil Gloating: Evoked and lampshaded. Villains can't resist a good monologue.
Eyeless Face: Polyphemus. And Squid Kid gets like this if she uses her powers for too long without a break.
Face Monster Turn: This briefly happens to both Polyphemus and Phantasmo. In Polyphemus' case, it's how he got his powers — a mad scientist rewrote his genetic code and subjected him to mind control. Phantasmo goes through it after he's bitten by a vampire.
Face Your Fears: The fear demons force Defender and Beelzebambi to deal with a number of phobia scenarios, ranging from monsterized superheroes and piano teachers to bullies, bear traps, and haunted houses, before they'll let them escape.
Fanboy: Phantasmo loves all kinds of geeky activities, including playing Magic: The Gathering, watching Star Trek, and playing Pathfinder. He is also thrilled when Piledriver, one of his favorite pro wrestlers, moves to town.
Fantastic Racism: Sentient AIs are supposed to be captured and sent to government facilities so they can be dismantled and used as weapons. Most heroes cover for them because all metahumans used to be seen that way.
Fun with Acronyms: S.K.U.L.L. picked their name first, then had to come up with something to fit the acronym. They went with "Society for Konquest, Unlawfulness, Larceny, and Lying." They also mention driving around in a S.K.U.L.L. T.R.U.C.K. and celebrating with a S.K.U.L.L. P.A.R.T.Y.
Gaslighting: Polyphemus suspects this is being done to him when he starts seeing literary ghosts.
Genius Bruiser: Atlas and Miss Mega are both very strong, and they both hold professional jobs. But Polyphemus really carries the trope — he's a 12-foot-tall superstrong monster with the brain of a pompous, elderly English professor who prefers to teach classes in his custom-made tweed jackets...
A God Am I: The alien villainess Princess Nebula after she gets possessed by Zeus.
Great Gazoo: Sugarplum, a nigh-omnipotent fairy in a pink party dress who likes to play games with reality.
Grumpy Old Man: Polyphemus may look like a musclebound monster, but mentally, he's still an 84-year-old grouch.
Heroic Wannabe: Captain Metro, Super-American, Fedora Man, Princess Kitty Kat, Demonica, and the Woman of the Future are a bunch of dorks who dress up as superheroes and call themselves the League of Real-Life Metro City Superheroes.
I Know What You Fear: The fear demons torment everyone in the city by taking the forms of whatever each person is most frightened of.
I Love Nuclear Power: Radiation is behind the origins of Gamma Girl, Strych-9, and Professor Kaboom.
I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Daphne Diller tells everyone that she's not a superhero, she's a private investigator. Polyphemus insists that he's an English professor, not a superhero, though he's more accepting of the label than Daphne is.
Improvised Weapon: Penitente. His fight against Khaoss involves throwing everything from pushpins to a rubber band ball to a live rattlesnake at the bad guy.
My Suit Is Also Super: Most superheroes and villains have costumes made of shapeshifting Futorium Atoms. In fact, the costumes are provided by an organization called the Futorium Support Foundation.
Named After Somebody Famous: The Metal Militia, a team of supercriminals, have all taken their superhero names from heavy metal bands — Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, Slayer, Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, and Pantera.
Nebulous Evil Organization: S.K.U.L.L. is the most prominent one the series has included, though they're generally pretty unsuccessful. Others that have been mentioned include le Conservatoire Malefique and the Ophidian Union.
The Necrocracy: Draculopolis, a nation of vampires, located in the territory formerly known as Transylvania. A spell cast over the city makes it night all the time, and faucets dispense mystically-replenishing blood. Dracula is the democratically elected president. It's not a particularly evil place — Dracula is focused on making vampires into productive world citizens, though there are still plenty of evil vamps out there.
Nigh Invulnerable: Daphne "Daffodil" Diller, to the annoyance of every villain who's ever broken a weapon or wasted a bullet on her.
Nightmare Fetishist: Squid Kid is one of the few people able to resist the paralyzing fear powers of the fear demons. She's still terrified out of her wits, but she's able to keep functioning because she loves being scared so much.
"[Shadow Shinobi], a ninja with shadow powers. Yes, that's exactly as irritating and frustrating as it sounds."
There's also the global terror organization S.K.U.L.L., which has a bunch of robot ninjas in their arsenal.
Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Gamma Girl is the only person who can see or hear Sparky Isotope, the relentlessly cheerful Spirit of Radiation.
Old Shame: In-universe, there was a popular cartoon a few years back based on Silver Protector Kumiko's exploits. All the younger characters in the series watched it and loved it. Kumiko is not fond of it at all.
Professional Wrestling: Piledriver used to wrestle as a heel in the American Super Wrestling Association. She has a tendency to monologue during battles as if she were recording an over-the-top pre-match promo.
Ridiculously Human Robots: Gearbox doesn't want to be human and often doesn't like them very much. But he's got serious rage issues and is a master of sarcasm.
Sand in My Eyes: Miss Mega claims her tears are the result of allergies after Hybrid is reunited with her family.
Secret Identity: Most of the heroes have one. Some like Squid Kid and Gamma Girl don't because their Super Hero Origins happened publicly. Express doesn't because he openly advertises his services as a hero.
Secret Keeper: Occasionally, heroes will accidentally learn each other's secret identities.
Secret Public Identity: Daphne Diller is invulnerable and is more or less immortal. She also refuses to be a crime fighter, instead opting to keep her job as a private investigator. As such, when she does get sucked into crime fighting, everyone knows her name.
Super Team: If you ask any of the heroes in Metro City, they will insist that they are all freelancers who just happen to work together. Played straight with the defunct Assembly of Order and the Alpha Alliance.
Technical Pacifist: Defender's weaponry is all technically nonlethal. That won't stop her from shutting down your jet boots when you're a thousand feet in the air.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: Averted. It's stated that superheroes avoid killing anyone, but if it's a choice between killing a villain and letting the villain kill others, the heroes will err on the side of saving innocent lives.
Took a Level in Badass: Subverted with Squid Kid. She tries to go badass with a new costume, new name, and new attitude. The results are less than ideal.
Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object: Miss Mega vs. Splatter. They're two of the strongest people in the world. When they start fighting, everyone backs off, keeps the civilians out of the way, suffers through the inevitable property damage, and waits for them to wear each other out.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Apparently, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI labeled all metahumans "Human Subversives" and subjected them to immediate capture and dissection. Sentient A.I. also still get this treatment if they're caught by government officials.
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The League of Real-Life Metro City Superheroes, a bunch of resentful wannabe superheroes, are given powers by Sugarplum. Once empowered, they try to kill all the other superheroes in the city.
X-Ray Vision: Squid Kid, though the power only lets her see through masks and clothing.