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'''Freedom City''' is the default setting for the ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' game system. Freedom City, the actual town, is the default setting for the 1st and 2nd editions of the game and is where most setting information is provided for. Also known as [[TheVerse the Freedom Universe]]. In the World of Freedom, superheroes appeared roughly at the same time that comic book heroes did in the real world.

The setting's [[TheCape primary hero]], The Centurion, inspired many imitators in the 1930s and carried on until he was killed in a battle with a supervillain known as Omega. Unlike {{Superman}}, the Centurion remained dead. It is up to the player characters and others to carry on for him.

In 2010, Emerald City was revealed to be the default setting for 3rd Edition. Located in the same universe, Emerald City serves as an analogue to Seattle in the way that Freedom City does to NewYorkCity.

The tone of Freedom City is light and airy, roughly meant to simulate TheModernAgeOfComicBooks. While there are darker characters such as the villainous Jack-A-Knives, it is primarily a place of fun and whimsy.

Supplements for the setting in 2E include: ''Agents of Freedom'', ''Book of Magic'', ''Freedom's Most Wanted'', ''Golden Age'', ''Hero High'', ''Iron Age'', ''Silver Age'', and ''Worlds of Freedom'', as well as the adventures ''Time of Crisis'' and ''Time of Vengeance''.

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!!This setting contains the following tropes:

* AbusivePrecursors: The Preservers are explicitly noted as being amoral and unempathetic.
* AdaptiveArmor:
** Filled by the Star Knight Corps, combined Expys of the GreenLanternCorps and RomSpaceKnight
** Megastar is another case, being an alien exo-skeleton that's adapted to its wearer's desired form.
* AffablyEvil: Mr. Infamy.
* AffirmativeActionLegacy: The most recent person to take the name of Johnny Rocket, the setting' premiere NPC speedster, is openly gay.
** The current Star Knight, actually the first Terran-born human to be invited to join the Order of Star Knights, is the American-born daughter of immigrants from Greece and Central America.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Talos, who wants to replace humanity with robots the same way humanity replaced the gods (and the gods replaced the titans). The Erinyes/The Furies Three, who were originally known as the Chorale.
** Both were made/mentored by Daedalus, an Iron Man/Hank Pym expy.
* AllYourPowersCombined: Argo the Ultimate Android (i.e. [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Amazo]]) has all the powers of the Freedom League. The Meta-Grue (i.e. [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Super-Skrull]]) has all the powers of the Atom Family.
* AlternateUniverse: [[AfterTheEnd After-Earth]], [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Ani-Earth]], [[MirrorUniverse Anti-Earth]], [[EverythingIsBetterWithMonkeys Earth-Ape]], ''[[StupidJetpackHitler Erde]]'', Terra-Roma, [[HeroicFantasy Verecia]].
* AmoralAttorney: The law firm of Cabot, Cunningham & Crowley.
* AnIcePerson: Glacier. Madame Zero.
* AncientEgypt: The Scarab's origin story began here, as did Overshadow's.
* AncientConspiracy: The Labyrinth, Taurus' organization.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Dr. Metropolis, living embodiment/spirit of Freedom City. Hiroshima Shadow, living embodiment of... yeah. Jack-A-Knives is the Spirit of Murder.
* AntiHero: While mostly an idealistic setting, there ''are'' a few of these listed under villains.
** UnscrupulousHero: The current wielder of the Crimson Katana is explicitly described as an anti-hero who fights people much worse than she is, though her situation is complicated by the fact that her father, one of those people, [[GrandTheftMe routinely hijacks her body.]] The Silencer, as the setting's Punisher analogue, could be this ...
** NominalHero: ... or possibly this. As another example, Larceny Inc. are straight up criminals, but do as much to oppose [[AncientConspiracy the Labyrinth]] as most heroes.
* BadassNormal: Orion the Hunter. The Raven (both of 'em).
* CapeBusters: Several - Freedom City has the local STAR Squad (Superhuman Tactics and Regulations), their federal sister agency (and professional rival) is AEGIS (American Elite Government Intervention Service), and the international counterpart to both of those is UNISON (United Nations International Superhuman Oversight Network).
** While the above agencies are generally presented in a positive light (yes, even the one from the UN) as professionals just doing their jobs to keep the world safe from supervillains, the [[UsefulNotes/TheIronAgeOfComicBooks Iron Age of Freedom City]] saw the [[PoliceBrutality brutish]], oppressive [[DirtyCop POF-SWAT (Price of Freedom SWAT)]], courtesy of [[TheMafia mob-affiliated]] [[CorruptPolitician Mayor Moore]], [[WouldHurtAChild gun down a defenseless teenage superhuman]], among other atrocities.
* TheCape: The Centurion. Captain Thunder.
* CaptainGeographic: Britannia. Lady Liberty and Patriot for America. Mad Maple ''thinks'' he's one for Canada.
* CaptainErsatz: Just about all the pre-made characters are derived from either better-known {{Marvel}} and {{DC Comics}} heroes, or heroes from Kurt Busiek's ''ComicBook/AstroCity''.
** Some of the organizations too: [=AEGIS=] is essentially [[ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} S.H.I.E.L.D]], right down to their names being synonyms.
* CityOfAdventure
* CloningBlues: The vast bulwark of SHADOW is comprised of legions of cloned troopers. The general public is aware SHADOW uses clones, taken from the body of the 1930s Nazi star athlete, Holtz Hellman. [[spoiler: They're all really clones of Wilhelm Kantor, Overshadow himself.]]
* ComicBookTropes: Being a comic book inspired RPG, this is a given.
* TheCowl: The Raven. Foreshadow.
* CrapsackWorld: [[AvertedTrope Averted]], on Earth-Prime. The main universe of the Freedom City setting is an optimistic place where most people are basically good and most people love superheroes. Other dimensions like [[StupidJetpackHitler Erde]] and the Terminus, on the other hand...
** Not to mention the obligatory [[MirrorUniverse Anti-Earth]] where the [[EvilCounterpart heroes are villains]], the villains have been wiped out, and everyone's corrupt. The [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Iron Age]] supplement also creates a world full of violence, corruption, and few signs of hope, although it of course ended eventually.
* CrisisCrossover: The adventure ''Time of Crisis''.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: The Thieves' Guild, mentioned in ''Freedom's Most Wanted'' and the 2E ''Time of Crisis'', are six brilliant scientists who've managed to develop technolgoy from extremely detailed holograms to Batman-level bolo-themed gadgets, to cryokinesis to weather controlling. They use these inventions to rob banks. It's even noted in their descriptions that they could have made millions were they all not more than a bit crazy. (They're specifically a group CaptainErsatz of TheFlash's Rogues, who were pretty much the same.)
* CycleOfRevenge: The Scarab and Overshadow have been locked into one for the past 5,000 years.
* DarkIsEdgy: Black Star. ''Nacht-Krieger''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The 1980s and early 1990s, as detailed in the ''Iron Age'' supplement.
* DealWithTheDevil: Mr. Infamy's shtick.
* {{Descriptiveville}}
* DimensionLord: Besides [[MultiversalConqueror Omega]], there's actually a specific term for these beings: Dark Lords are mages who have essentially learned the trick of [[RealityWarper claiming authority over their worlds' physical laws]], and have become the total ruler of them in the process.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: [[HauntedCastle The Scarab's Lair]] is basically an underground pyramid located [[LandmarkingTheHiddenBase beneath Pyramid Plaza]].
* EldritchAbomination: The Unspeakable One, the entity worshiped by the Serpent People. Omega, Lord of the Terminus, could also count as one.
* TheEmpire: The Grue Unity and The Stellar Khanate.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: The Lost World.
* EverythingIsBetterWithMonkeys: Cosmo the Moon Monkey. Dr. Simian. Earth-Ape
* [[ThreateningShark Everything Is Even Worse With Sharks]]: Megalodon
* EvilCounterpart: The Tyranny Syndicate, the evil counterpart of the Freedom League. They're from Anti-Earth, an evil counterpart of the main Earth-Prime setting.
* EvilSorcerer: Malador the Mystic.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] by a rare heroic example, Pyramid Plaza. The Scarab's [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] [[ReIncarnation incarnation]] built what amounts to "the World Trade Center, only with ''three'' buildings, and they're ''triangles''" over his [[ElaborateUndergroundBase secret base]]. They're still the tallest buildings (and the hottest real estate) in Freedom City.
* TheFaceless: In his [[ReIncarnation incarnation]] as the superhero "The Scarab," [[AncientEgypt Prince Heru-Ra]] wore a CoolMask that covered his entire head.
* TheFederation: The Lor Republic.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: The Mastermind was just a prehistoric hunter-gatherer, when the [[{{Precursors}} Preservers]] dissected him to serve as cloning material to create the various HumanAliens. His mind survived as a DigitizedHacker, and he has now become a WellIntentionedExtremist {{Ubermensch}} dedicated to bringing humanity to it's true potential...under his guidance.
* FlyingBrick: Captain Thunder. Centurion. Superior.
* FragileSpeedster: Bolt. Downtime. Johnny Rocket.
* FunctionalMagic: Baron Samedi. Eldrich. Hades. Malador the Mystic. Medea. Seven. Una, Queen of the Netherworld.
* GeniusBruiser:
** Taurus, [[TropeCodifier the Minotaur of Crete]] himself, possesses an perfect memory and a knack for puzzles. As one can imagine for someone who has lived since the heyday of Greece, this means he is ''[[TheChessmaster very]] [[XanatosSpeedChess damn]] [[MagnificentBastard smart]]''.
** Bruiser, of the Iron Age team FORCE Ops, is the resident team scientist. His mutation into a hulking brute leaves him with minimal physical dexterity, but his mind remains brilliant.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: AEGIS (American Elite Government Intervention Service), The Ministry of Powers, UNCOT (United Nations Command on Terrorism), UNICORN (United Nations International Coalition Ordering the Reality Nexus), UNIQUE (United Nations International Quorum of Unaligned Exceptionals), UNISON (United Nations International Superhuman Oversight Network), UNPEC (United Nations Paranormal Enclave Committee), and UNSAC (United Nations Science Advisory Council).
* GratuitousGerman: ''Nacht-Krieger'' (Night-Warrior). ''Roter Adler'' (Red Eagle). ''Schlasbringer'' (Sleep-Bringer). ''Schwarzpanzer'' (Black Tank). ''Totenkopf'' (Death's Head). ''Die Walküre'' (The Valkyrie). And, inevitably, ''Ubermensch'' (Overman).
** And in the Time of Crisis adventure, ''Der Übermenschen'' (The Supermen): ''Der Eule'' (The Owl), ''Die Geist'' (The Ghost), ''Götterdämmerung'' (Twilight of the Gods), ''Der Hand Des Todes'' (The Hands of Death), ''Übermensch II'' (Overman II), and ''Weißer Ritter'' (White Knight).
* GreatGazoo: Quirk.
* GreenThumb: The Green Man.
* HardLight: Tess Atom.
* HealingHands: Lady Liberty.
* HiveMind: The Grue Unity.
* HollywoodVoodoo: The designer wanted the Voodoo ''loa'' to be as important to the Freedom City setting as [[TheMightyThor the Norse gods]] are in Marvel and [[WonderWoman the Greek gods]] are to DC.
* HumanoidAliens: The Farsiders and the Lor. Justified, since they're both descendants of humans taken from Earth millions of years ago.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Bowman.
* TheJailer: The Warden.
* KidHero: The students of the [[SuperheroSchool Claremont]] [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Academy]], especially the members of the Next-Gen and the Alterniteens.
** WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld
* KidSidekick: Previous versions of the Bowman had a sidekick called Arrow. Two of them [[SidekickGraduationsStick went on to become the next Bowman]], and one became a NinetiesAntiHero called Archer.
* KillAllHumans: Talos.
* KilledOffForReal: As a general rule, Freedom City doesn't have a [[DeathIsCheap Revolving Door Afterlife]].
* KillItWithFire: White Knight.
* ALoadOfBull: Taurus, who gets extra points for being the TropeCodifier himself. Did we also mention he's a MagnificentBastard with a knack for XanatosSpeedChess?
* LegacyCharacter: Blackbird. Bowman & Arrow. Crimson Katana. Fear-Master. Johnny Rocket. King Cole. Lady Liberty. The Raven. Red Death. Siren. Sky Lord. Star Knight. Trawler.
** Several legacies are also explicitly left open for players to pick up and run with, some of which come complete with power templates to start from.
** Invoked as a cover for Daedalus who lets the public believe he's the legacy of the 1960's superhero but in fact actually is that hero (he also doesn't mention that he's THE Daedalus)
* TheLegionsOfHell: Hellqueen. Mr. Infamy.
* LightEmUp: Beacon. Lady Liberty. White Rose & White Thorn.
* LivingShadow: ''Nacht-Krieger''.
* LizardFolk: The Serpent People.
* MagicPants: "Morphic Molecules"
** More a case of MySuitIsAlsoSuper.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Rant. Sonic.
* MakingASplash: Siren.
* MasterOfIllusion: Rave. Silver Scream.
* MultiversalConqueror: Omega, Una.
* MyGrandsonMyself: Daniel Daedalus, one of the world's most brilliant scientists and engineers, is not merely named for the figure from Greek mythology, he ''is'' the original Daedalus. Many believe the Daedalus who fights alongside the Freedom League today is the son of the Daedalus from the 1960s; he does nothing to discount the rumor, since his immortality isn't widely known.
* OmnicidalManiac: Omega, Lord of the Terminus.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Daedalus. Dr. Atom. Dr. Simian. Dr. Sin. Overshadow.
* PhysicalGod: Baron Samedi. Black Anubis. Donar, Lord of Thunder. Horus the Avenger. Siren (the second one).
* PlayingWithFire: Pyre. White Knight.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Exaggerated with White Knight. He is literally a member of the Ku Klux Klan who was given fire powers by [[{{Satan}} Mr. Infamy]] when he wanted to "purify the Earth".
* ThePowerOfRock: The second Fear-Master. The Maestro (but he uses ''Classical'' music).
* PowerCrystal: [[MoreDakka Daka]] crystals, which can channel various forms of energy. The Moonstone, a psionic amplifier held by the Farsiders. The Starstone, the energy source for the Star Knights.
* PoweredArmor: AEGIS Agents have access to the MAX and Super-MAX armors. The Power Corps are an octet of power armor-wearing mercenaries. The Star Knights are the GreenLantern Corp, but with suits of armor instead of rings. Daedalus, Devil Ray, Doc Otaku, Overshadow, and Star Khan are the most prominent individual users of power armor.
* {{Precursors}}: The Preservers.
* PsychicPowers: Chase Atom. The Cosmic Mind. The Farsiders. Mastermind. The Psions. The Scarab.
* PsychoSerum: The [=DNAscent Process=]. The assorted treatments offered by the Power House.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Daedalus. Mastermind. Taurus. Medea.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The Angel Androids.
* RobotBuddy: Freebooter. Talos was one, for Daedalus. The Chorale were also ones, for Daedalus. Notice a pattern?
* ScienceHero: The Atom Family, particularly Dr. Atom and Tess Atom.
* ShockAndAwe: Bolt. Captain Thunder.
* ShoutOut: '''Everything'''. Not only are there a ton of AlternateCompanyEquivalent s, CaptainErsatz s, and {{Expy}}s, virtually every location in Freedom City is a loving homages to classic comic book characters and sites.
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** Adamant is similar to Marvel's "The Destroyer"; both are NighInvulnerable suits of AnimatedArmor powered by a trapped soul and created to slay gods, though Adamant was created by Hades and not [[TheMightyThor the Norse pantheon]].
** AEGIS [[IncrediblyLamePun is the name of a mythological]] S.H.I.E.L.D.
** Argo the Ultimate Android is an [[JusticeLeague Amazo]] expy.
** ASTRO Labs homages ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' and DC's STAR Labs.
** The Atom Family is cut from [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper the same cloth]] as the ComicBook/FantasticFour, and a dash of PowerPack. And also a bit of the First Family in ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', especially in the sense that this family actually changed and grew over the decades.
*** Moon-Son, the adult version of Chase Atom in the "Future Freedom" chapter of ''Worlds of Freedom'', reflects Psi-Lord, the adult Franklin Richards from various Marvel near-futures.
** Black Star is {{Sinestro}}, but with the powers of [[Comicbook/{{Starman}} the Shade]].
** Bowman and Arrow are the GreenArrow and Speedy homages.
** Brittania is a [[Comicbook/{{Excalibur}} Captain Britain]] expy.
** The law firm Cabot, Cunningham & Crowley references Laurie Cabot, Scott Cunningham, and Creator/AleisterCrowley, all occult authors.
** Centurion is their {{Superman}} expy (from a parallel Earth where the Roman Empire never fell). He died in battle with Omega, Lord of the Terminus, and he's stayed dead.
** Conundrum is a Riddler expy.
** Commander Landau, who's in charge of the Moonbase in the "Galactic Freedom" setting is named after Martin Landau, who played the Moonbase commander in ''Series/{{Space 1999}}''.
** The Crime League is the Legion of Doom/Injustice Gang expy.
** The Curator shares much in common with Brainiac, specifically the version from the {{DCAU}}.
*** He's much more like the Preserver of the same continuity. And MarvelComics' Collector.
** Daedalus combines elements of both Comicbook/IronMan and [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]].
** Devil Ray is Black Manta. Coincidentally, Black Manta was renamed Devil Ray in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
** Doc Prophet, from Freedom's [[TwoFistedTales pulp age]], is DocSavage.
** Dr. Simian is equal parts [[Comicbook/DoomPatrol Monsieur Mallah]] and [[TheFlash Gorilla Grodd]].
** Dr. Sin references [[YellowPeril all those sinister oriental masterminds from the pulps]], especially FuManchu and Marvel's Yellow Claw, as well as Ra's al Ghul.
** Eldrich is a lot of DoctorFate with a dash of Comicbook/DoctorStrange. He lives on [[SteveDitko Ditko]] Street.
** The Factor Four are the other Franchise/FantasticFour expy, but with stronger elemental ties, and evil.
** Fear Master (both of them) shares much in common with Batman's foe the Scarecrow, and the original's costume borrows heavily from the [[{{DCAU}} Phantasm]].
** Freedom Eagle owes much to [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] {{Hawkman}} and ComicBook/TheRocketeer.
** The 26th century's Freedom Legion is the Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes, although not all the members have direct counterparts. Having said that:
*** Centurion II is Mon-El.
*** Charger is Lightning Lad (except he's one of the "everyone from my planet can do this" characters and looks kind of like a blue Chameleon Boy).
*** Colonel Colossus is Colossal Boy.
*** Solar Flare is Sun Boy
*** Chiller is Polar Boy (except he ''isn't'' one of the "everyone from my planet can do this" characters.)
*** Metalla's magnetic powers don't quite fit any Legionnaires, but her costume is [[{{Stripperific}} a clear homage to Dave Cockrum]], looking a lot like the one he gave Shadow Lass.
** The Goanna is basically The Lizard with his fatal drive changed from "regrow missing limb" to "create ultimate anti-venom".
** Hiroshima Shadow is an isotope of Radioactive Man (the Marvel one, [[TheSimpsons not the other one]]).
** The Green Man springs from the same soil as Poison Ivy and Plantman.
** Johnny Rocket is an expy of TheFlash; his name, Johnny Wade, references [[Franchise/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]] and Creator/MarkWaid. His being gay is in homage to [[ComicBook/AlphaFlight Northstar]], another speedster.
*** His OppositeSexClone/adopted daughter Jonni Quick, in the "Future Freedom" setting, is a {{Gender Flip}}ped Bart Allen with Wally West elements.
** The inspiration for the [[Creator/JackKirby Kirby Museum of Fine Arts]] should be obvious.
** Lady Liberty is a mix of CaptainAmerica and WonderWoman. Her name, Beth Walton, references Betsy Ross and TheWaltons.
*** There's also a bit of Liberty Belle in there, and even DC's Uncle Sam (in ''Worlds Of Freedom'', we're told that, just like Sam spent the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar split into Billy Yank and Johnny Reb, the Spirit of Liberty empowered Columbia and Southern Belle).
*** Her husband is Trevor Wright; a reference to Steve Trevor and a play on "Mr Right".
** The Pale Ranger in ''Worlds of Freedom'''s "Freedom by Gaslight" is basically Marvel's Phantom Rider, although he's got Franchise/TheLoneRanger's origin (but the Silver Sheriff is the one who inherited a silver mine and used it to make bullets). He's also Doc Prophet's father, which could be a nod to the Lone Ranger being the uncle of Franchise/TheGreenHornet.
** Madame Zero is quite blatantly a gender-reversal of Mr. Freeze, only here it was an affair and subsequent breakup with her boyfriend that caused her to be transformed, and she got her career started by killing him, in contrast to Victor Frieze's driving goal to cure his cryogenically-suspended wife.
** Mr. Infamy has much in common with Mephisto.
** The Liberty League was the [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica WW II-era superheroes team]], while the Freedom League is the Silver Age and Modern era JusticeLeague.
** Master Lee's School of Self Defense is named for two eponymous masters: [[BruceLee Bruce]] and [[StanLee Stan]].
** Mastermind partakes of elements from {{Magneto}}, VandalSavage, and [[ComicBook/AlphaFlight The Master of the World]].
** Medea fills a similar role as [[WonderWoman Circe]].
** Megalodon (Connor Kirkstrom) is an expy of [[Franchise/SpiderMan the Lizard (Curt Connors)]] and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Man-Bat (Kirk Langstrom)]], but he went with [[ThreateningShark sharks]].
** The Meta-Grue is the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Super-Skrull]] expy.
** Nero could be argued as based on Maxie Zeus, but given actual [[PowerBornOfMadness madness-fuelled]] [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinesis]].
** The Next Gen is very ComicBook/TeenTitans -esque. They're students at the [[Creator/ChrisClaremont Claremont]] Academy, which is a lot like [[ComicBook/XMen Xavier's School for the Gifted]]. And among them, you've got Bolt (Kid Flash), Megastar (Captain Marvel), Seven (Raven), and Sonic (Static).
*** Taking things even further, the ''Hero High'' sourcebook (which details Next Gen and the Claremont Academy in particular and teen heroes in general) has three archetypes that are quite blatantly Starfire (Alien Exile), Raven (Child of Darkness) and Robin (Protégé) with the names removed and nothing else. The Construct archetpe, meanwhile, has artwork that is basically Colossus of ''ComicBook/TheXMen'' with some heavy weaponry slapped on.
** Omega, Lord of the Terminus borrows from both Darkseid and Thanos.
*** In one supplement, he basically fills the role of the Anti-Monitor.
** Overshadow combines elements of Hastor (the constantly reincarnating enemy of {{Hawkman}}), Baron Zemo and DoctorDoom.
** Patriot, the main CaptainAmerica expy, is Jack Simmons, named after Cap's creators JackKirby and Joe Simon.
** Pseudo is very much a MartianManhunter homage, though his race, the Grue, are much closer to a mash of the Skrull (militaristic shapeshifters) and the Kree (specifically, the Supreme Intelligence-like Grue Meta-Mind).
*** WordOfGod is that they're named after the late Marvel executive editor Mark Gruenwald (their home planet is called Gruen-World).
** The Psions are Magneto and his Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants, but for mutants with psychic abilities rather than any mutant.
** Quirk is Mr. Mxyzptlk, but slightly more annoying.
** The Raven (the first) filled the Franchise/{{Batman}} expy. His daughter, the second Raven, homages Earth-2 Huntress (The daughter of Batman & Catwoman) as well as being the grandchild of the setting's equivalent of Ra's al Ghul.
*** The "Future Freedom" Raven, Drake Ward, is [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Terry McGinnis]] with a name that references [[Comicbook/{{Robin}} Tim Drake]] and [[Series/{{Batman}} Burt Ward]].
** Sandstone is a blatant gender-reversed expy of Marvel's Sandman -- she even has the name Alexandra Flint, tying her more to her comics inspiration (Flint Marko).
** The Scarab has elements of {{Hawkman}}, but with awesome PsychicPowers.
** Siren is a mix of Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}, [[TheMightyThor Thor]], {{Storm}}, and WonderWoman.
** Sprite and Spriggan, from "Future Freedom", are Wasp and Giant Man, only they're siblings and their personalities are reversed.
** Star Knight is a GreenLantern homage, with bits of RomSpaceKnight.
** The Thieves Guild are one-to-one homages to TheFlash's Rogues: Huckster is Trickster; Bola is Captain Boomerang; Looking Glass is Mirror Master; Weather Mistress is Weather Wizard; Firebug is Heatwave; and the Mad Maple is Captain Cold. (Although the Maple's name and Canadian origin are also a ShoutOut to BigNameFan Jim "T. M. Maple" Burke.)
** Thomas Rhymer is a [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] homage.
** Tobias Gregson, the 19th century Police Comissioner in "Freedom by Gaslight" shares his name with a police inspector in ''Literature/SherlockHolmes''.
** The Tick-Tock Doc could be argued as what might have happened if Series/DoctorWho had become obsessed with human flowerchild counterculture and eventually turned into a well-meaning "hippie terrorist". He even travels through time and space in what is basically a cross between [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo the Mystery Machine]] and the [=TARDIS=].
** Talos is quite close to [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Ultron]].
** Terra-King shares much in common with Marvel's [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Moleman]].
** Tom Cyprus is similar to Solomon Grundy.
** Toy Boy is the {{DCAU}} Toyman expy. His last name, Lettam, is a SdrawkcabName.
** ''Der Übermenschen'', of the Time of Crisis adventure, are direct parallels to DC's Freedom Fighters. ''Der Eule'' is Black Condor, ''Die Geist'' is Phantom Lady, ''Götterdämmerung'' is The Human Bomb, Der Hand Des Todes is Dollman, ''Übermensch II'' is Uncle Sam, and ''Weißer Ritter'' is The Ray.
*** In the ''Erde'' setting, Dr. Tomorrow names his wonder chemical [[Film/TheThreeStooges noburpolene]].
** The Ultima (aka the Hyperboreans) are an expy of Marvel's [[TheEternals Eternals]]
** Una, Queen of the Netherworld has much in common with [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Umar of the Dark Dimension]].
** UNISON has a fair bit in common with [[Series/DoctorWho UNIT]], in particular having dealt with alien invaders operating from a base they had constructed in [[BBCQuarry a gravel quarry in central England]] in 1969.
** White Lion and Dakana are a homage to ComicBook/BlackPanther and Wakanda.
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* {{Sizeshifter}}: Maximus Atom.
* SpaceStation: The Freedom League has one.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: The Scarab. The Raven
** As well as almost every member of The Thieves' Guild: The Bola, The Firebug, The Huckster, The Weather Mistress, The Mad Maple, and... Looking Glass. Well, almost.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: The Bowman's real name is Fletcher Beaumont.
* SuperheroTropes: Being a superhero comic book inspired RPG, this is also a given.
* SuperFamilyTeam: The main example is the Atom Family on the side of the heroes. They have an evil counterpart in the form of a family of evil psychics.
* {{Thememobile}}: The original [[BadassNormal Midnight]] got around in the [[CoolCar Night Cruiser]].
* {{Unobtainium}}: Daka crystals. Impervium. {{Orichalcum}}.
* VillainousHarlequin: Wildcard.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Victoria Atom. The Grue. Changeling (a Grue from a parallel world). Pseudo (a rogue Grue).
* WeCanRebuildHim: The Power House can do it. Also, this happened to [[spoiler:Patriot]].

!!The ''Emerald City'' material contains the following tropes:
* CaptainErsatz: As usual with the setting, however now lampshaded with an actual character named Ersatz, who has the power to assume the form of an imperfect copy of any hero (In his first appearance via an illustration he takes the form of a fat version of Princess.)
* CuteBruiser: Princess pretty much defines this trope.
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Subverted with Xeno, who is a female of her species (actually the hybrid of a female alien and a female human), but looks like a bug like humanoid rather than a beautiful human woman.
* HeroAntagonist: The Cybertribe, a group of cyborgs and {{Digitized Hacker}}s who work as thieves...[[AssholeVictim against some]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive very evil]] people, and only to get the money to repair their mechanical parts-which doubles as a life-support system. Explicitly called out in the overview of Heavy Metal, since if you rupture his PowerArmor, it's likely because he's [[HeroicSacrifice trying to buy time for the others to escape]].
* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: The Silver Storm has recently hit the city, with survivors gaining powers. There's an on-going adventure series where you try to discover ''why'' it happened.
* PlayfulHacker: Digital Demon, one of the Cybertribe. Leads to a CrowningMomentOfFunny when the report on him is handwritten, with some choice personal comments from the investigator.
* SamusIsAGirl: Two different examples: Both Ultramarine and Xeno are difficult to identify as female unless you read their backgrounds.
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