Toys: Ame-Comi Girls
Part of an attempt to cash-in on the popularity of anime and manga, Ame-Comi Girls is a line of collectible figures produced by Kotobukiya, featuring various female characters from DC Comics redesigned in an anime-inspired title. Initially starting off as a line of figures, an Ame-Comi Girls comic book series has since been launched by DC. The series is written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, and features art from several artists, most notably Amanda Conner.Compare with the Marvel Mangaverse.
Ame-Comi Girls (the comic) provides examples of the following tropes:
- Alternate Universe: The series takes place outside the regular continuity, presumably somewhere in the DC Multiverse.
- Animesque: All of the figures and subsequently the costumes themselves, were designed with an anime influence.
- Badass Adorable: Many of the characters are cute teenaged superheroines and villains. Hawkgirl is introduced being berated by her stepmother for having just single-handedly beaten up six boys who are five "cycles" older than her, and it appears she's unhurt.
- Broken Bird: Duela Dent became a villain after her gangster father died in her arms following a shoot-out with the police.
- But Not Too Black: Most incarnations of Natasha Irons, Steel, depict her with strong African features but in this universe she's a Dark-Skinned Blond with blue eyes.
- Canon Foreigner: Sinastra, the female counterpart of Sinestro.
- Cat Girl: Cheetah
- Composite Character:
- The Joker and Harvey Dent are made into one person; Smilin' Jack "The Joker" Dent, the father of Duela Dent. Judging by his Final Speech to his daughter, Jack also had a bad habit of leaving riddles for the cops.
- Due to the non-existence of male superheroes in the setting, most of the heroines take cues from their Spear Counterparts.
- Black Manta is a combination of Black Manta and the Ocean Master — like Ocean Master, she's the bitter Atlantean sibling of Atlantis' ruler, and like Black Manta, she's, er, called Black Manta and wears a black suit with a silver helmet. (Though this was part of her outfit at the Atlantean version of prison, and she was facially scarred, hence the helmet.)
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Duela got her long red hair cut when she was attacked by the bats (they got tangled in it) and dyed afterwards to it's green shade (the color of life, envy and jealousy).
- Gender Flip: Toyed with. Whilst the series features a world populated solely by female superheroes, it's notable that only a handful of them are actual gender-flipped characters, including Sinastra and the Black Flash. Many of the others exist in the main DCU with some slight adjustments, or are based on Elseworlds characters, such as Carrie Kelly, based on the Robin of the DKR universe.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Most of Batgirl's gadgets were created by Steel.
- Genki Girl: The Flash.
- Glasgow Grin: Likely as a nod to the Joker's appearance from The Dark Knight, Duela Dent has a smile permanently carved on her face. When was young she was attack by a colony of bats that bit at her cheeks.
- In Name Only: Some of the characters. For instance, Jade goes from being the daughter of the Golden Age Green Lantern to a blind Chinese teenager. She ends up being chosen as the new Green Lantern of Earth, rather than being born with her powers like the original Jade.
- Insufferable Genius: Steel to an extent. She's somewhat condescending to the other heroines and initially refuses to join forces with Robin due to seeing her problems as "insignificant".
- Legion of Doom: Duela Dent and her team of villainesses, consisting of Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Like her template, White Canary's primary attack. To help her out, Steel gives her a collar based on Batgirl's Sonar to help modulate her volume and frequencies enough to have a normal conversation. When she can talk normally for the first time without havoc, Canary's very grateful indeed.
- Merchandise-Driven: As was mentioned up top, the comics are based on the toy line.
- Mugged for Disguise: How Wonder Woman gains her first costume in the series. After being grounded by her mother, Diana knocks out a fellow Amazon and steals her armor in order to join in a massive battle.
- Of Corsets Sexy: Duela Dent's Steam Punk costume features a corset.
- Patricide / Matricide: Nautica's crimes against Mera:Mera: I watched as you tried to kill father, but mother jumped in and both died!
Nautica/Black Manta: Your Father. NOT MINE! My Father died defending Atlantis from the Nameless Legion! Your Father was a pathetic fisherman who took advantage of a grieving wife!
- Race Lift:
- In the mainstream DC Universe, Jade is white and the daughter of the Golden Age Green Lantern. In the Ame-Comi universe, she's a Chinese teenager. Her brother Obsidian also becomes Chinese, obviously.
- Black Manta is a black human male in mainstream DC continuity, but becomes a white Atlantean woman to fit the role of being Mera's evil sister.
- White Canary seems to be Asian or Hispanic with black hair, instead of a Caucasian needing a blonde wig as Black Canary.
- Recursive Adaptation: The comic is based off a toy line which itself was based off various characters from the DC Universe.
- Sexy Jester: Duela Dent
- Showgirl Skirt: Duela Dent can be seen wearing one in the page image.
- Shown Their Work: The writers have done a lot of research to dig up female characters connected to the male counterparts being replaced by women; for example, Alanna Strange, Adam Strange's love interest, serves as Adam's counterpart here.
- Sidekick: Robin to Batgirl.
- Space Pirate: The Ame-Comi version of Big Barda is a space pirate.
- Stripperific: Easily describes most of the redesigned costumes.
- Tentacle Rope: Poison Ivy can summon vines to restrain her opponents.