My name is Alison Green. I'm nineteen years old, I'm invincible, I'm stronger then any human being who has ever lived, and I have no idea what the fuck I am doing.
Alison Green is the former superheroine Mega-Girl. Key word, former. After being confronted by the apparent uselessness of superheroes, Alison goes into retirement in order to focus on her college education and figure out just what she wants out of life.Can be found here.
This work includes examples of the following tropes:
A Dog Ate My Homework: A younger Allison tried to invoke this with her dog once. Her dad overheard and joked that he'd be willing to eat it instead.
Allison's dad: What is it, Math or English? English gives me indigestion!
All of the Other Reindeer: With a few exceptions, Alison's former peers in superheroics haven't taken kindly to her decision to retire. This seems to have extended to some of the supervillains as well.
Ambiguously Evil: Patrick. He seems to be retired, yet someone is running around in his old costume. And he's definitely still up to something behind Allison's back.
Badass: Feral. She uses her super-healing to perpetually donate her organs over and over and over again, despite the fact that anaesthesia doesn't work on her, and will continue to do so for the rest of her (very long) natural life. If that isn't badass, I don't know what is.
Blessed with Suck: Cleaver's blades are metastasized cancer cells, with more of them inside his body than out. If his powers don't kill him, the rest of his life will be intensely painful.
Also, Feral's amazing healing factor makes her immune to anesthetics.
Mega-Girl: I've been in the Pentagon like four times, but I'm not really even sure what the Pentagon does! I'm supposed to fight crime, but I don't even know how laws get passed! I mean, truth justice and the American Way? I stopped taking social studies when I was fifteen! I grew up in Westchester, and have never travelled anywhere else without this stupid domino mask on my face! Am I the only one who's scared that people are looking to me for answers just because I can lift a car over my head? This is crazy!
Reporter: Did...did you just reveal that you grew up in Westchester, New York?
Dirty Mind-Reading: Alison invokes this trope by thinking dirty thoughts when traveling with Patrick.
While Alison was just doing it for fun, Patrick looks genuinely troubled by it. Considering how he describes how he experiences his telepathy, she may as well have been forcing her hand down his pants.
The Dreaded: Alison herself, and she does not like it one bit.
Fantastic Slurs: "Nef" for people with superpowers, apparently derived from the word "Nephilim". note One of the protestors outside the hospital where Alison visits Feral wears a T-shirt referencing two Bible passages, one of which describes the Nephilim.
Flashback: The story makes extensive use of these to introduce characters and plot points.
Fate Worse Than Death: Feral willingly signs up to use her regenerating powers in order to be treated like a perpetual organ donor. Due to her powers immediately rejecting any foreign object, she can't even be anesthetized for the process, which is implied to go on 24/7 for the length of what will be her very, very long life.
Friendly Enemy: Alison is pretty close friends with Patrick, aka Menace, her former archfoe.
Freudian Excuse: Why is Professor Cohen so mean to Alison? She's unintentionally responsible for the death of his husband.
The whole reason Alison starting doubting herself and went into retirement is because she was on the receiving end of one of these. In an odd twist, Alison doesn't hold it against the guy who did it and considers him a close friend.
Cohen gets his share in as well.
Heart Is an Awesome Power: Patrick mentions people who could communicate with diseases, or provide unlimited energy. They were carefully and quietly killed before anyone even knew about super heroes.
Healing Factor: Other than her claws and catlike eyes, this appears to be Feral's sole mutation, amped up to the point that, in a flashback, we see her getting riddled with bullets and puking them back up, and a bit later in the same flashback, getting a katana shoved through her forehead only makes her a bit groggy and speech-slurred until it's removed. Then there's the events of the Fate Worse Than Death entry below, as well as her being set on fire until she's a charred and withered husk, which she recovers from within a couple minutes.
Heel-Face Turn: Patrick, aka Menace, has one of these once he discovers the conspiracy that killed off the various supers that could have literally saved the world from poverty, disease, and so on, back when they were still children. It made his "For the Evulz" villainy (and the tights-wearing superheroes he clashed with) seem childish.
Heroic BSOD: Alison has a pretty serious one after learning that she accidentally killed Cohen's husband. Not helped by the fact that she's also sporting a serious head wound that makes it hard to think straight. She had a minor, albeit prolonged, one after her chat with Menace/Patrick, which lead her to reveal her identity live on television and quit being a super hero.
Manipulative Bastard: Patrick uses his mind-reading to control people. He does not have mind-control, but everyone thinks he does. He just figures out what motivates them and uses it to manipulate them.
More Than Mind Control"The idea that I would need mind control to get people to do what I need them to is, frankly, insulting. If you can hear someone's darkest desire and see their entire memory laid out in front of you, and you still can't get them to do what you'd like, it says more about you than the people you're attempting to control."
Meaningful Echo: "...it's time to put away the toys and grow up" is both said by Menace/Patrick (upon his retirement from villainy) and later Mega Girl/Alison (upon hers from heroism).
Alison is not above using her powers this way, such as leaping over crowds to get to class on time.
Feral eventually uses her Wolverine-levelHealing Factor to provide donated organs that work better than donations from family members. She can donate her heart 8-10 times a day, her lungs 15-20, her liver and kidneys 30, and liters of blood, all with no risk of transferring disease or her mutation. She probably saved more lives in the first day than she did in she entire career as a superhero.
‹bermensch: Alison. This gets thrown in her face when she writes a class paper criticizing Nietzsche's views. Cohen gives her an F for it, claiming that she shouldn't be criticizing Nietzsche since she's such a good example of what he was talking about.
Alison: NO FUCKING SHIT I KILL PEOPLE! I put holes in mountains! I break shit constantly without even trying! I saved the world on no less than seven fucking occasions, and guess what, super-accuracy is not one of my anomalies! Am I supposed to be impressed that you've never killed anybody? What a bold moral choice from someone who's terrified of violence and scared shitless of going to jail! It's like, have you ever had the option of murdering a bunch of people? Okay, then why the FUCK am I listening to your opinion on the matter? Every day I don't kill a thousand fucking people, they should throw me a god-damned tickertape parade!