Zodiac is a furry superhero comic. Those who have "Extraordinary Powers and Abilities" are required to register with the government; these persons are then often hired by major corporations to protect their interests, with the caveat that they must also perform public service.The New Dawn corporation is one such business, who are branching out into hiring supers for the first time. Lead by an enigmatic, probably insane board, Zodiac is a team still learning to work together, while many of the established heroes are finding that going public only has drawn their old enemies to them once more.Also branches off into two other comics, Quetzalcoatlus featuring the Zodiac team and Second Chance featuring Saurus.
Action Girl: Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius and Sagittarius on the hero side. On the villain side, the female ones are more crafty and seem to prefer to act behind the lines (such as Slaver and Legion), but Nightmare, Basilisk and Razor are straight examples.
Addiction Displacement: Lesonne, one of the board members of New Dawn, who acquired a sweet tooth after he quit smoking.
Affably Evil: Jigsaw. He's one of the villains with the more monstruous appearance, but also very polite and suave, and he praises his foes while fighting them.
A God Am I: Nightmare considers herself and other superpowered whasnames to be gods because of their powers.
Appendage Assimilation: Jigsaw is an interesting case, as he doesn't particularly have to do this - he simply wants to.
Ascended Extra: Leo's daughter Imani was very popular in her first visit.
Chekhov's Gun: Cancer puts a hidden camera on Libra's sunglasses as part of an elaborate scheme to get a... erm... "look," at Taurus. It's how he eventually discovers that a group of super-villains is attacking Chops' club.
Ghoul totally dominated Aquarius during all their fight, until he was distracted by the stars. Aquarius managed to rip off his left arm, and punched through his body, but he didn't seem worried at all, and left, having other business to attend to.
Distressed Damsel: Imani in the current arc, being one of the hostage of the villains.
Disproportionate Retribution: Ghoul's big on these. According to his bio, he's killed more people for doing something he considered rude than he has from them attacking him. In the actual comic, he killed one of the bouncers at Chops' bar for making a pass at Nightmare.
Eldritch Abomination: Pisces. Turns out the DNA he gained doesn't really belong to a "prehistoric sea creature". It is more likely that it came from an alien origin. And, slowly but steadily, this DNA is beginning to take over him, Pisces having troubles controlling his powers.
Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The "Quetzalcoatlus" side comic introduced geneticaly modified species, which are all dinosaurs. As for Jenna Martinez, she became a Quetzalcoatlus (winged snake) and embraced the career of Super Hero.
Evil Is Petty: The primary reason Nightmare decided to attack Zodiac ahead of schedule was because Taurus stole a guy she was flirting with.
Expy: Gemini used to be a Punisher style vigilante, right down to the skull on his shirt.
Similarly, Master Blaster may be an expy for Tony Stark, all the way down to being a millionaire.
Faux Affably Evil: Nightmare talks a good game, but she makes no secret of the fact that she's a psychotic bitch who thinks she's a god compared to Muggles.
Fauxtivational Poster: There are two of them in Leo's office. One depicts a nuclear explosion, with the caption "Patience: Don't expect any. Ever." The other shows a grumpy-looking lion, and is captioned "Humor: See notes on Patience."
In Quetzalcoatlus, the Zodiac team enlists Jigsaw's expertise to get some info on the Big Bad. He's been imprisoned, meaning that the Zodiac team defeated the other villains in the bar, and that all of them except Jigsaw were either captured or managed to escape.
Second Chance begins with Saurus having been recently released from prison, meaning he loses his fight with Aries.
For the Evulz: By his own admission, pretty much the only reason Hell Hound killed a bunch of bystanders during the fight between Zodiac and the bad guys.
Four Is Death: The team can be split up into four "elemental" teams (Earth, Air, Fire, and Water). Leo hates the fact that this makes no sense.
Fragile Speedster: Scorpio, thanks to her teleportation powers. However, if she happens to be grabbed by someone and under pressure (as Jigsaw guessed), her powers fail her.
The Fundamentalist: Virgo. Played quite seriously - Virgo has a hard time dealing with the fact that her powers do not come directly from God, and she has a harder time working with her teammates, who range from agnostic to anti-religious, but she has so far shown no signs of becoming a [[The War on Straw even admonishing herself at one point for being overly judgmental of the others' choices.
Leo says he can see this role for Aries in the future.
Heel-Face Turn: Saurus, after the events in Second Chance. This is an interesting example since Saurus was originally trying to stop Id because his evil plan would result in Saurus' cessation of existence; however by the end, he has earned the respect of three supers willing to help him become a full-time superhero. The very end implies that Saurus is about to happily accept the offer.
Heroes R Us: Just what does the New Dawn Corporation do besides fund an incredibly expensive superhero team?
It's All About Me: Nightmare has shades of this. Her primary reason for attacking Chops' in the main comic was that Taurus had stolen a guy from her. It's suggested that Ghoul also used to have this attitude in the past, but not anymore.
Jack of All Stats: Jigsaw is big, cunning, powerful, and seems to be quite fast, as Cancer observes. Word of God mentions that while he is not the strongest, fastest or toughest of the villains, his performances in all those categories are above-average, and he seems to have some hidden abilities up his sleeve.
Legacy Hero: Sort of. Aquarius is a shaman who inherited her powers from her parents when they died and her successor(s) will inherit them when she goes. It's implied this is a pretty old tradition.
She also played with the trope more directly, as she casually mentioned selling the rights to her previous identity as a superhero called Tempest, meaning that somebody else is now Tempest while she became Aquarius.
Nightmare to Taurus. Though others team members have a rough time, this is nothing compared to the humiliation Taurus is suffering, who is completely unable to protect herself from Nightmare, and is so paralyzed in fear that the idea to fight back or flee Nightmare doesn't even cross her mind.
Ghoul's magical abilities severely outclass Aquarius'. Good thing for her he buggered off to do something else.
Pyro Maniac: Hell Hound in spades. He's even called a pyromaniac in his official bio.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: In this case, the justification is subverted: Gemini, being an albino, would naturally have red eyes, but he's also the kind of character where this trope takes full effect. Especially when his true evil side is released by Slaver: his pupils and iris disappears, and his eyes become completely red.
Say It with Hearts: Scorpio occasionally, particularly around Gemini. Taurus uses this more notably.
Self-Duplication: Gemini. Bi-Polar as well, who incidentally could have been Gemini as revealed in a flashback.
Stock Superhero Day Jobs: Subverted; many were government agents, some worked for New Dawn in a non-powered capacity, one was military (Pisces), and one was a graphic artist (Libra). Played straight with the career superhero Aquarius and the student Cancer.