Western Animation: Avengers Assemble

Well, the old Battle Cry seems kind of redundant now, eh?

Avengers Assemble is an American animated series that premiered on Disney XD's Marvel Universe block in 2013. Based on the long-running Avengers comic book franchise and inspired by the success of the live-action Avengers movie, the show uses a cast and designs similar to those seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The series was launched as a replacement for the fan-favorite The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes animated series, and will not reference the events of the original in order to make it accessible to new viewers. Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle of Man of Action Studios were served as executive producers of the first season, and became as consultants in the second season.

In keeping with the influence of the movie, the show features an Avengers line-up consisting of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye. The Falcon appears as the team's seventh member, the only Avenger not present in the movie (though he later appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier).

The series begain airing on July 7th, 2013, preceded by a 1-hour preview special that aired on May 26th, 2013, the same month as the release of Iron Man 3.

The second season premiered on September 28. The show’s second season picks up where the first left off and see the titular heroes going up against the mad titan himself, Thanos.

A character sheet is currently under construction.

Not to be confused with the comic book series of the same name, the Market-Based Title for the UK release of the movie, or the trope named for the show's source material.


Avengers Assemble provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Black Widow, of course.
  • Adaptational Badass: MODOK is shown to be more powerful than he usually is in other Marvel shows. He also has technopathic powers now and took down Iron Man with relative ease.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Princess Python starts off as a former member of the Circus of Crime, but reforms and joins S.H.I.E.L.D. by the end of the episode.
  • Adaptation Distillation/Broad Strokes:
  • Adapted Out: The Soul stone is left out of the Infinity Stone collection. Possibly because of the religious connotations and the greater plotline surrounding it.
  • Aesop Amnesia: No matter how many times Tony learns that relying solely on technology will not work, he's right back to being a smug jerk who thinks his tech is infallible the very next episode.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The Super-Adaptoid had all of the Avengers' powers and skills.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Captain America is the one that gives the Space Phantoms their name.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Hawkeye was reluctant to believe vampires are real and even more reluctant about Count Dracula (actually King Dracula) being real despite being part of a team that has a god among them. Thor himself brings it up that the others used to consider him a myth before meeting him.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Red Skull, and possibly Dracula, for Cap.
    • Loki, but also Doctor Doom, for Thor.
    • Justin Hammer wishes he was this for Tony, but MODOK and Red Skull are actually better fits for Iron Man.
    • Attuma for Hulk, at least in "Depth Charge."
  • Artifact of Doom: The Infinity Stones act as this. Individually their unstable, massively destructive Macguffins. In a near complete set they have a corrupting influence rivaling the One Ring.
  • Art Shift: The Flashback in "Molecule Kid" is done in the style of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
    • The show also black boxes certain scenes, possibly to emulate the feel of a comic book or action movie.
  • Artistic License – Physics
    • After Hyperion splits apart a meteor with heat vision, the show forgets about both the meteor chunks raining down New York and the heat that would be generated from the meteor entering the atmosphere.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Black Widow only appeared in a hand full of episodes of the previous Avengers show as a Guest Star Party Member, but is now part of the main cast in the sequel.
    • Same thing with the Falcon.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!
    Thor: What is our plan to fight with this Skull?
    Iron Man: Hit everything! Hard!
    Hawkeye: So... the plan is that there is no plan. I thought he was the smart one.
    Hulk: I like the plan!
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Midgard Serpent.
  • Audience Surrogate: Falcon fills this role as the newest Avenger, acting as a stand-in for the audience as he's introduced to the team.
  • Avengers Assemble: Naturally, belonging to the franchise that this trope is named afternote , this occurs in the first episode when Captain America goes missing in a fight with Red Skull.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: For a largely up-beat show, this happens a lot.
    • The first episode ends with the Red Skull and MODOK seizing control over Tony's armor along with severely injuring him by ripping out the surgically implanted arc-reactor that protects his heart.
    • The Cabal manages to successfully hijack the Tri-Carrier and bust Hyperion out of prison in Bring On The Bad Guys.
    • In By The Numbers The Cabal seizes control of the Tessarct.
    • After the Season 1 finale, Red Skull manages to give his master Thanos the Tesseract.
    • In Episode 12 of Season 2, Thanos gains the Infinity Gauntlet. In the next episode, its powers are absorbed by Arsenal, who is promptly possessed by Ultron.
    • In Crack In The System and Avengers Disassembled, Ultron manipulates first Steve into leaving, then the Avengers into splitting into two camps, with Spider-Man, who'd been called up by Tony after Cap's departure, swinging off in disgust.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • When Steve Rogers and Tony Stark were trapped in the submarine of Red Skull and his minions, with no armour, shield or technology (not even to call the other Avengers), they had to rely on this. They staged being captured, and staged a fight between themselves, with Stark telling Cap that "leaders" exploit the knowledge of the intelligent guys and then leave with nothing... which reinforced MODOC's suspicions about the intentions of Red Skull, and turned against him.
    • "The Ambassador" has Doom pull one of these to gain access to Tony's database. He got outgambitted.
    • In Crack In The System and Avengers Disassembled, on the other hand, Ultron forces Tony to destroy everything he's ever built and plays on the divisions between Steve and Tony to split the Avengers in two.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Black Widow.
  • Beware the Superman: Like Superman if he decided to abuse his powers, Hyperion is a super powered alien who inflicts terror all in the name of what he perceives is right.
  • Big Bad:
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Red Skull and MODOK in the first episode.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Thanos acts as the Big Bad for Season 2 but the Squadron Supreme are also acting against the Avengers with the intent to obtain the Infinity Stones for themselves. But now Ultron joins the mix after stealing the power of the Infinity Gems.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Justin Hammer in both episodes he has appeared in to-date.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Falcon rescues Iron Man from the Red Skull-possessed Captain America.
  • Big "NO!": Iron Man does one when Captain America's seemingly vaporized by Red Skull.
    • Doom shouts this in "The Serpent of Doom" as he's being sent flying into the the underworld.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Thor's room.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Every Avenger besides Iron Man in episode 2.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Apparently happened before the series even began, with Captain America's apparent death prompting Iron Man to bring the team back together again. Unfortunately, the team is shattered again in "Crack in the System" and "Avengers Disassembled", the team breaks up with Captain America and Tony Stark not on the best terms. Widow, Hulk, and Falcon join Captain America, but Hawkeye and Thor remain on Iron Man's side, with Ant-Man joining him for the next episode.
  • But He Sounds Handsome: Even while pretending to be Grim Reaper, Tony wastes no time in calling Tony Stark's technology awesome, complimenting him on his genius.
  • Canon Foreigner: Aaron aka Molecule Kid.
  • Casting Gag:
  • Cerebus Syndrome: things get considerably darker and more serious when Ultron turns up. It takes him approximately two episodes to do what the Cabal and Thanos both tried and failed to do break up the Avengers and he does without even getting out of third gear.
  • Civvie Spandex: Falcon wears his Ultimate Marvel look "Planet Doom", which is basically mechanical wings worn over a T-shirt and some cargo pants.
  • Comic Book Fantasy Casting:
  • Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: The Space Phantoms don't actually go by that name; it's just a term Captain America uses to describe them. Even Hawkeye comments on how incredibly cheesy it sounds.
  • Composite Character:
    • Red Skull, like his movie counterpart, is a combination of the Skull and the first Baron Zemo, with elements of the Dark Reign version of Norman Osborn thrown into to the mix.
    • As mentioned above, M.O.D.O.K. plays a similar role to the movie version of Arnim Zola.
    • The Midgard Serpent is combined with Cul, Odin's brother ( and Thor's prophesied killer) from the comics.
    • Hyperion is given elements of The Sentry (one of the Avengers' other Superman analogues), such as his alien fortress. He also has a bit of King Hyperion from the Exiles comic.
    • Dracula has much more in common with Baron Blood, particularly his World War 2 background and his connection to Captain America.
    • The Black Bride (the alternate timeline counterpart of Black Widow) is a combination of Black Widow and Madame Masque, even sporting the latter's iconic golden mask.
    • The alternate version of Hawkeye is known as Bullseye, in reference the Daredevil foe of the same name. Also, Hawkeye's Evil Counterpart in the Dark Avengers is... guess who.
    • The Red Skull's monocle and role as the leader of HYDRA come from Baron von Strucker.
    • According to the creators of the series is that the show's version of Ant-Man was an explicit composite of the three men (Hank Pym, Scott Lang, and Eric O'Grady) who have used the name in the comics, which is why his civilian identity is never revealed.
    • Trick Shot is this mixed with Decomposite Character as well. In the show, Hawkeye was the original Trick Shot before he reformed and joined S.H.I.E.L.D., while the second Trick Shot is his villainous successor.
    • The Arsenal is eventually revealed to be Ultron.
  • The Consigliere: If Captain America tells Tony that something might be a bad idea, you can just bet your eyeteeth it'll end up blowing up in Tony's face.
  • Conspicuous CG: There's a lot of blatant CG used for the creation of vehicles, planes, weaponry and buildings.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In "Ghost of a Chance", Falcon is fighting Captain America's Space Phantom double and he at first wonders if the Red Skull and MODOK are pulling the Mind Swap trick again.
    • The same episode has a cameo from Nick Fury and a mention of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s teenage superhero program from Ultimate Spider-Man.
  • Cool Shades: Hawkeye has a nice pair of purple shades.
  • The Corruption: With the Infinity Stones gather together they begin to mentally whisper in the person ears and promise ultimate power.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Nighthawk. Fitting, since he's a Captain Ersatz of Batman.
    Nighthawk: I'm always one step ahead.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The Hulk, like before.
  • Death by Adaptation: All of Squadron Supreme, save for Hyperion.
    • This turns out to be false in Season 2.
  • Diabolus Ex Machina: Happens right at the end of "Thanos Triumphant"; Tony has successfully rebuilt Arsenal, who takes the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos and allows the Avengers to defeat him. Yay! Except that somehow Ultron hacks into Arsenal, takes him over, rebuilds him in his image, drains the power from the Infinity Gauntlet, and takes off with plans of his own.
  • Divide and Conquer: Cap and Tony figure out that Red Skull's Cabal isn't the unified, well-oiled machine he makes it out to be in In Deep and play on MODOK's resentment at being number two in AIM and HYDRA's hierarchy and Attuma's hunger for power to have them start a little brawl with Red Skull.
  • The Dragon: M.O.D.O.K., to Red Skull.
  • Drill Tank: One is used in Hammer's mining operation in Savage.
  • Dull Surprise: Adrian Pasdar often lapses into it as Iron Man.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Ant-Man shows up wearing the same costume Scott Lang will sport next year in the live-action movie.
  • Enemy Mine: Skull summons Dracula, Attuma, and Doctor Doom to join him against the Avengers. The first two join up while Doom remains on his own. However, none of the Cabal members particularly like each other, but by the end of "Bring On The Bad Guys", they seem to trust each other to some degree after a major victory came from truly working as a team. Dracula even voices newfound respect for Skull.
  • Evil Counterpart: Red Skull to Captain America, as per usual. Later he's this for both Cap and Iron Man.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Played with, after Red Skull jacks Iron Man's armor, he repaints it black and adds the HYDRA logo. The Costume is the same, but the person in it is now evil.
    • Happens again in The Dark Avengers, when the Avengers are brainwashed into thinking their villains. They trade in there normal outfits for black colored or color-reversed costumes.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Doom's and Red Skull's forces fight over an Asgardian weapon in "Serpent of Doom".
  • Exposed to the Elements: Hulk and Thor have no problems with low temperatures, Iron Man wears his suit, but Hawkeye and the Black Widow are out there in Antarctica wearing the same clothing they always do, and have no problem at all. Hawkeye's suit does not even have sleeves!
  • Expy: Arsenal is similar to Baymax, as they are both companion robots who are upgraded into combat robots.
  • Fastball Special: Hulk and Hawkeye perform the move in "Ghost of a Chance".
  • Foreshadowing: During a action scene in "The Age of Tony Stark", Hulk was referred to as "Maestro" by one of the machines from the future.
  • For Want of a Nail: "Planet Doom" takes place in an alternate timeline where Doom prevented Tony Stark from being wounded in the Middle East, Bruce Banner from being exposed to Gamma Radiation, and Captain America from being unfrozen. The resulting world has no Avengers or any other heroes, allowing Doom to easily conquer the planet.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Between Red Skull and Captain America.
    • Happens again in Head to Head, this time to the entire team.
  • Grand Theft Armor: The Red Skull takes control of Tony's armor at the end of the first pilot.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: The HYDRA soldiers wear gas masks.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Hawkeye freaking out in Hyperion when other men - specifically big, brawny, ruggedly handsome square jawed men such as the title character and even his own teammate Thor - wink at him.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Season 2 has the Infinity Stones being scattered across Earth, with the Avengers, Thanos and the Squadron Supreme wanting to find them. Unlike most examples the Avengers are not very proactive about finding them, having so far gathered them by stumbling onto them during missions.
  • Grand Theft Me: Red Skull attempts to do this to Captain America.
  • G-Rated Drug: The concoction Nighthawk uses to neutralize the Hulk has the effect of causing the Hulk to act as though he's drunk or stoned. It's actually Played for Laughs just how blatantly his behavior resembles that of a drunk person.
  • Five-Bad Band: By the end of "Bring On The Bad Guys", the Cabal appears to form one of these at last.
    • Big Bad: Red Skull, who finally gains the other members' trust and loyalty, for the most part.
    • The Dragon: M.O.D.O.K. - Skull's first follower, and his closest underling.
    • The Brute: Attuma, the most arrogant, hotheaded and strongest, and M.O.D.O.K. when piloting the Adaptoid.
    • The Evil Genius: M.O.D.O.K., who is also The Dragon, and is also joined by Dracula.
    • The Dark Chick: Hyperion.
  • Flying Car: Black Widow owns one. It gets trashed almost every time its shown.
  • Hate Plague: M.O.D.O.K. uses nanobots to cause this effect on the Avengers.
  • Heel Realization: Sort of. In "Hulked Out Heroes" when the others are...well, Hulked Out and acting just like Hulk does when he's particularly angry, Hulk realizes he's not the easiest guy to live with. The other heroes also realize they weren't very understanding of the level of anger and frustration that Hulk has to live with and constantly keep under control.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The Arsenal destroys himself in order to stop Thanos from blowing up the Earth.
  • Hidden Depths: The Hulk collects glass animal figurines.
  • Hollywood History: "Blood Feud" had a back story of Dracula being a reluctant ally with the Allies in World War II for the sake of defending Transylvania. That is hardly plausible in any historical sense considering Transylvania is literally in the middle of Romania, an ally of the Axis. An explanation can be somewhat made if you consider the fact this cartoon takes a lot of cues from the Cinematic Universe, where HYDRA betrayed the Axis and planned to nuke Berlin, but at no point is this made explicit in the show.
  • Hypocrite: Red Skull criticizes Iron Man for hiding behind his armor. Then he decides to steal that armor by the end of the first episode.
  • Inventional Wisdom: In "Mojo World," Hawkeye disables Mojo's hoverchair by hitting an unprotected circuit board on its underside (He even lampshades the design flaw).
  • I Pulled a "Weird Al": In "Guardians and Space Knights," Cap tells the others their roles in the "just in case Galactus comes back" plan, and Tony tells them good luck with that, but he has his own and runs off. We find that going off on your own is called "Pulling a Stark."
  • Ironic Echo: The first episode has Iron Man sending holographic images to get the Avengers back together. The Red Skull does the same thing near the end of episode 2 when recruiting villains for his Cabal.
  • It Only Works Once: Remember how MODOK took apart Tony's armor with his mind in the first episode? He tries again in In Deep only to find out Tony put something in his armor to avoid a repeat of the experience.
  • Knight of Cerebus: When Hyperion showed up that's when the series started getting darker in tone.
  • The Leader: The series will have Tony as the leader rather than Cap again.
  • Legion of Doom: Red Skull will be leading a villain team called the Cabal. He sends invitations to Doctor Doom, Attuma, Dracula (Marvel's Dracula, naturally) and others.
  • Lighter and Softer: Despite the dark colors and overuse of shading, it still possesses a relatively light-hearted tone compared to its predecessor.
  • Limited Animation: In some places.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": How most of the Avengers react when the Hulk bodychecks Odin!
  • Mirror Universe: The Reality gem creates a Mirror Universe, wherein the Squadron Supreme are earth's heroes, while the Avengers are not only criminals, there not even a team. The villainous Avengers all dress in shades of black (or just straight up reversals of their costume colors), though they acted more like delinquents than megalomaniac supervillains.
  • Mugged for Disguise: In the episode "In Deep", Cap and Iron Man do this to Crossbones and the Grim Reaper, with the real villains kept tied up at Avengers Tower.
  • Mundane Utility: Thor and Hulk use Thor's Lighting powers to make popcorn.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Hulk in "Mojo World", and... his friend. That guy with sharpened rods. What's that sound, are there crickets in space?
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In "Doomstroyer", after Doom takes control of the Destroyer armor and starts wrecking Latveria because the armor is messing with his head.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Tony's narration in the debut trailer borrows heavily from his speech to Loki in the movie, including the lines "Let's do a head count," "The Avengers; that's what we call ourselves," and "We have a Hulk."
    • Falcon mentions that he's always wanted to meet Captain America, and that he considers him a personal hero. In the comics, Cap and the Falcon were partners for a number of years, and are even close friends.
    • Red Skull quips that Iron Man "has a heart".
    • When Falcon goes to pick up his suit, he calls it "Project: Redwing:". Redwing is the name of his pet falcon in the comics.
    • Black Widow taunts Hawkeye by accusing him of running away from S.H.I.E.L.D. to join the Avengers. This is how Hawkeye joined the team in Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
    • Dr Doom being approached to join The Cabal, where he actually did in the comics.
    • An unfinished suit similar to the Hulkbuster armor from the comics can be seen hanging in Tony's workshop.
    • Similarly the torso of what looks like the Mark VII armor from The Avengers can also be seen hanging.
    • Thor is seen wrestling a Bilgesnipe, the creature he was describing to Coulson in the film.
    • The armored Captain America suit Tony designed for Steve in "Super-Adaptoid" is based off an actual suit Cap briefly wore in the comics during the 90's.
    • Hawkeye frequently hassles the Falcon over his New Meat status. In the comics, the two dislike each other due to Hawkeye briefly being kicked off the team so that Falcon could have his spot in the line-up.
    • Statues of Hyperion's fellow Squadron Supreme members can be seen in Episode 7.
    • After the incident with Hyperion, Thor smashes a mug in celebration like he did in the movie.
    • The Flash Back at the start of "Molecule Kid" contains a massive Art Shift where the characters are shown with their costumes and character models from The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
    • In the same episode, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., [[Ultimate Spider-Man J. Jonah Jameson appears on a giant TV screen that gets smashed.]] The end of the episode also mentions a "S.H.I.E.L.D. high school recruitment program" that Nick Fury is in charge of.
    • In "Depth Charge", Captain America displays some knowledge of Atlanteans after Falcon questions their existence. This may be a nod to his time with The Invaders during World War 2, where he served alongside Namor.
    • From "Doomstroyer":
    Hulk: Do I look like a Defender to you?!
    • Black Widow's bio-hazard suit from "Hulked Out Heroes" looks like Hazmat's outfit from Avengers Academy.
    • The Alternate Timeline in "Planet Doom" contains a number of Whole Costume References:
      • The Falcon sports his Ultimate design (which incidentally, is also the basis for his film look).
      • Hawkeye wears his Darker and Edgier costume from The Ultimates 3. Also, he calls himself Bullseye, which is the name of Daredevil's archnemesis and Hawkeye's impersonator in the Dark Avengers.
      • Black Widow wears the costume and mask of longtime Iron Man foe (and occasional love interest) Madame Masque.
      • Spider-Man's design is based off his Noir incarnation.
    • In "In Deep", Hawkeye puts on Captain America's costume. In the comics, he was considered as a replacement for the thought-to-be-deceased Cap (Post-Civil War), and briefly wore the costume.
    • The concept of The Defenders becoming the world's premier superhero team in a reality without the Avengers may be a Whole Plot Reference to Age of Ultron.
    • "Bring on the Bad Guys" is named after a reprint book Stan Lee put out in the 70's, which featured the origins of Marvel's most popular supervillains.
    • In the episode "Mojo World", Mojo's human disguise is his design from Ultimate X-Men.
      • And Hulk gets outfitted with gladiatorial gear, resembling the Green Scar introduced in Planet Hulk.
    • Though the character himself does not appear, the title of the episode "Guardians and Space Knights" is a Shout-Out to ROM Spaceknight.
    • Ant-Man's intense dislike of Hawkeye is a nod to Chuck Austen's poorly-received Avengers run, where Hawkeye slept with The Wasp and ruined his friendship with Hank.
    • The Iron Legion makes a Big Damn Heroes at the season finale. Although lesser in number than in Iron Man 3, some of the armors resemble the movie-exclusives: the Mark 42 and Igor. And there's War Machine and the Iron Patriot in the lineup, too.
    • The episode "Thanos Rising" is named after a recent comic book mini-series chronicling the origin of the character.
    • The Winter Soldier's facial gear has a function that removes the mouthpiece, causing the mask to resemble the Domino Mask he wears in the comics.
      • Cap takes a jetpack out of Hawkeye's hands, causing Hawkeye to say "Aww, jetpack." Hawkeye often goes "Aww, (noun)" in the recent Matt Fraction run of his comic book (And, of course, he's wearing the Fraction outfit with the purple arrow on the front).
      • The Winter Soldier's origin (wherein he was "killed" and rebuilt into an assassin by the Red Skull) is taken from The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. It is possible this is yet another indication that some of the writers consider Assemble to be a Broad Strokes sequel.
    • Falcon's underwater gear from "Beneath the Surface" resembles that of Stingray, an obscure aquatic Avenger from the comics.
    • In "Nighthawk", Thor mistakes the titular villain for Dormammu, a foe of Doctor Strange.
    • The episode "The Age of Tony Stark" is an extended nod to the "Teen Tony" era of the comics, where Iron Man was temporarily killed off and replaced with a younger version of himself from back in the timestream.
      • The Iron Kid armor worn by the child version of Tony is the original MK III armor Iron Man wore in the Silver Age, complete with the classic horned face plate. The rocket-skates he uses were also part of the armor back then.
    • At one point Tony suggests taking Cap's shield back to the lab in order to upgrade it, an idea Cap is not enthused by. In the 90's comics (as well as the Earth's Mightiest Heroes cartoon), Tony built Steve an advanced photon shield after the original one was lost.
    • A squad of robots from the future mistake the Hulk for a creature known as "The Maestro". This is a nod to "Future Imperfect", an AU story starring an evil, future version of the Hulk called the Maestro. Then again, it may have been foreshadowing as the Masetro did later show up in Hulk And The Agent Of Smash.
    • "Dark Avengers" is named after the comic series of the same name, and features another round of costume references:
      • Iron Man's black and gold outfit is the suit he wore in the Marvel NOW! relaunch.
      • Hawkeye sports a red arrow on his chest like his first outfit from The Ultimates. Additionally, he's an outlaw thief like he originally was in the Silver Age comics before reforming.
      • Hulk's gray skin and status as a mob enforcer are taken from his "Joe Fixit" persona from the Peter David run. His hair style in the episode is a reference to his Doc Green persona.
      • Captain America sports a black suit and goes by the name "The Captain," which is taken from a period in the 80's where he briefly ditched the Captain America identity.
    • Thor in Natasha's body summoning Mjolnir in "Head to Head" is a reference to the reality where Thor had died and Black Widow became the new Thor.
    • Black Widow under the influence of the Infinite Stones resembles so much to the Dark Phoenix.
    • In "Thanos Triumphant", Thanos uses the Infinity Gauntlet to construct an altar for himself in space, just like he did in the original Infinity Gauntlet crossover.
      • He opens up the episode with a twisted version of the opening narration used in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
      • After being aged by the Time Stone, Thor resembles his bearded King Thor incarnation.
      • Arsenal's new body resembles Iron Man's black Marvel NOW! costume, as well as Mainframe, the sentient Iron Man armor from the MC2 line
      • Ultron returns by inhabiting the body of an android Avenger, just like he did in Age of Ultron. Though in that case the victim was The Vision rather than Arsenal.
    • "Avengers Disassembled" is named after a prominent storyline from the comics.
      • One of the Iron Man suits Ultron hijacks is the same one Tony wore in Season 2 of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
      • The episode ends with a rift in the team resulting in Cap leading a new group consisting of four Avengers. This is just like in the comics during the "Cap's Kooky Quartet" period.
  • Never Found the Body: Red Skull is aware of this trope and refuses to believe Iron Man had been killed when Justin Hammer couldn't find his body in Savage
  • Never Say "Die": In "Thanos Rising," the Falcon finds footage of Thanos destroying Titan, and expresses shock at what he's seeing. The only onscreen acknowledgement of the genocide Thanos committed is a computerized caption stating "Population decreasing.".
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The Avengers member cards in "Depth Charge" rather inexplicably have built in scanners that can instantly identify Atlantaean technology despite never having seen it before.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The Space Phantoms escaping their dimension was pretty much Iron Man's fault.
  • Noodle Incident: whether this is a continuation of Earth's Mightiest Heroes or not, the team has long since disbanded...for yet undisclosed reasons.
    • In "The Ambassador", J. Jonah Jameson reports that the "controversial speaker" at the UN is "not Spider-Man... this time."
    • It's unclear why Ant-Man and Hawkeye hate each other so much, but it apparently stems from an incident that occurred between them in the past.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Justin Hammer could be seen as this. He did build the Super-Adaptoid after all, and he almost killed the Avengers with it. That's gotta count for something.
    • Doom seems to slowly be realizing how much of a threat the Cabal really are.
  • Offhand Backhand: Black Widow, upon calling Tony out to actually lead the team he declared himself leader of, casually backhands a mook trying to get the drop on her.
  • Off Model: While Tony remotely watches the other Avengers do their hero thing, trying to guess whether how or whether they will succeed Jarvis comments that if Tony were actually betting against himself, he'd owe fifteen billion dollars. This figure is accompanied by a flashing digital display of the number 15,000,000, which for those of us playing at home, is actually fifteen million.
  • Oh, Crap: The Avengers' reaction to seeing Dracula Hulking Out after drinking the Hulk's blood. They quickly get another Oh, Crap when Hulk turns into a vampire under Dracula's control.
    • Cap and Tony get another one when they finally take a look at one of the cargo holds aboard Red Skull's command sub and realize that he is building an army in conjunction with Dracula and Attuma the likes of which the world has never seen before; surpassing even their worst fears about what the Cabal was capable of. Amusingly, Skull gets a genuinely huge one when Cap punches Tony.
    • Cap has this reaction in Bring on the Bad Guys when he realizes the Cabal just busted Hyperion out of prison.
    • They have this reaction when the Hulk body-checks Odin.
  • Phantom Zone: Limbo, the Space Phantoms home dimension.
  • Plot Hole: In "Blood Feud" vampire!Black Widow TKOed herself by running into a mirror, which Cap says is because she didn't have a reflection. He immediately holds a piece of the mirror up to her to reveal that she does have a reflection. Sure it's fading a little, but it's still visible to anyone who cares to look.
  • Plot Tailored to the Party: Every Avenger gets a moment to shine in their plan to trick Thanos into running through the use of the stones one by one.
    • Thor's Asgardian longevity protects him from the Time Stone.
    • Hulk's practice with directing his anger let's him lead the rest in the Hate Plague induced by the Mind Stone.
    • Widow and Hawkeye share a moment when she deduces the timing of Thanos' teleporting from the Space Stone allowing Hawkeye to shoot him.
    • Captain America is grounded enough to realize when the illusion of the Reality Stone is too good to be true.
    • Falcon comes in at the end successfully drawing fire from the Power Stone due to his greater maneuverability.
    • All this so Tony can finish rebuilding Arsenal so he may drain power from the stones and seize the gauntlet.
  • Powered Armor: Naturally, Iron Man. Which Red Skull takes for himself at the end of the first episode.
  • Power Glows: When the Hulk gets really angry and really strong he starts glowing green.
    • Tony has a constant golden aura when he serves as Galactus' herald.
  • Putting on the Reich: The Red Skull wears an SS uniform. Not surprising considering his origin.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: Iron Man puts the team back together in the first episode.
  • Race Lift: Like his MCU counterpart, the show's version of the Norse god Heimdall is black.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The first sign that something was not right with Captain America.
    • When M.O.D.O.K. infects the Avengers with his nanobots, they all naturally sport red eyes.
  • Red Is Heroic: Practically all of the main cast with two exceptions.
    • Inverted with the Red Skull.
    • Interestingly, Hawkeye's proto-design was red, though it was changed to purple at some point. The old red version can still be seen in some merchandise, as well as Ultimate Spider-Man prior to the actual crossover with this series (Hawkeye, like everyone else, has had his turn to be the guest star of the week in that show a time or two, but his design wasn't a 100% match for this show's until the actual crossover with it.)
  • Remake Cameo: Brian Bloom, who voiced Captain America in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, voices Hyperion.
  • Replicant Snatching: Done by the Space Phantoms in "Ghost of a Chance".
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Midgard Serpent, which is destined to kill Thor.
  • Running Gag: Hawkeye's cool purple shades are constantly getting knocked askew on his face.
    • Hulk doesn't like anyone touching his glass animal collection.
    • The cookies made by Falcon's mom gets a lot of love.
  • Sadistic Choice: Red Skull fires two missiles, heavily implied to be nuclear tipped, at Las Vegas and Los Angeles knowing full well the Avengers would be lucky to stop one. And even if they stopped both missiles, he would still get away with the MacGuffin so they served their purpose as a decoy.
  • Screw Destiny: When the midgard serpent shows up, Thor is sure that he must die in order to stop it, because legends say so. The legend of the Ragnarok, to be precise: Thor will kill the serpent, go nine steps back, and die. All the Avengers rejected the old myths, and took a third option: reopen the portal, and send the serpent back to it.
  • Shared Universe: With Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..
  • Shout-Out: Falcon refers to Thor's interdimensional bedroom as "Bigger on the inside".
    • Hawkeye calls Cap "Van Helsing" in "Blood Feud".
    • Combined with a Take That, when Hyperion steals Thor's red cape in episode 7, he looks even more like the DC Comics hero he was patterned after.
    • Jurassic Park gets referenced during the encounter with the T-Rex in Savage.
    • The aura surrounding the Cosmic Skull looks very much like the aura of another incredibly powerful cosmic character, particularly during its days bonded with Rachel Grey.
    • Falcon gets new armor from Tony for the season finale. It looks like Tony was trading designs with the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.
    • The sequence from "The Age of Tony Stark" where the kid version of Tony is forced to use gadgets and trickery to outwit the Red Skull seems like a high-tech homage to Home Alone.
  • Slouch of Villainy: The Red Skull at the end of episode 2.
  • The Smurfette Principle: As with the live-action movie, Black Widow will apparently be the only female Avenger, at least at the start. For the longest time she was the only female in the entire show, until Sam's mother was introduced. And even then, Widow is absent from the majority of the series.
  • Spanner in the Works: The Space Phantoms' plan ultimately failed because they didn't count on Falcon's involvement.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the third episode, Sam mentions that his mother baked cookies for the team. In the comics, both of Sam's parents were killed while he was still a child.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: At the end of the second episode, Black Widow pulls this off when the team's assembled at Stark Tower.
  • Superhero Paradox: Tony's reassembling of the Avengers gets the Red Skull to form The Cabal in response.
  • Technopath: This shows version of M.O.D.O.K. has this ability, making him much more effective.
  • Title Drop: The show's title is said by Iron Man in both opening episodes, and pretty much every other episode, it being the team's rallying cry.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Hulk is more prone to irrational and violent acts than the previous series.
  • Totally Radical: Tony calling MODOK "Modork".
  • Training the Peaceful Villagers: Iron Man convinces the peaceful natives of the Savage Land to help him deal with Justin Hammer.
  • Unexpected Character: The Punisher appears in "Planet Doom" having pretended to be Thor's executioner in order to rescue Thor and the others when Black Widow gives the signal. He unfortunately disappears in the middle of a fight though.
    • Look closer: The Doombots that the Punisher flying-tackles are standing just in front of the ledge of a skyscraper; he probably died doing this. Actually a case of Getting Crap Past the Radar.
    • Lets be honest, when the cartoon was being made to draw fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and even replace the team line-up to reflect this, absolutely no one expected Ulik the Troll or Attuma to appear as major villains.
    • The Arsenal, an obscure character that even comic fans might have a hard time identifying, plays a major role in the first two episodes of Season 2. He even joins the team before pulling a Heroic Sacrifice. The subject of repairing him still comes up now and again, so we still may yet not have seen the last of him.
  • Vehicular Turnabout: Red Skull and the Cabal actually manage to hijack the Tri-Carrier and use its weapons against the Avengers.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: Red Skull and MODOK at the end of the first and second episode.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Hulk's relationship with Thor and Hawkeye is this.
  • Voices Are Mental: Used when Skull and Cap switch bodies.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Hyperion is a genocidal tyrant, but seems to honestly believe that mankind would be much safer under his rule.
  • Wham Episode: At the end of "Crack in the System", Cap's frustration with Tony's way of doing things results in him quitting the team.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The Avengers don't seem to have any qualms with using lethal force against the Space Phantoms. Though it's never stated if what they did actually kill them.
    • They also had no problem using lethal force against vampires either. But being mystical creatures, they probably don't stay dead anyway (or aren't really alive in the first place).
  • Whole Plot Reference: As mentioned, the character cast and their designs are based on the successful movie The Avengers. The episode "Avengers: Impossible" features an alien invasion of the Chitauri, coming through a portal in the sky, which is stopped when Iron Man manages to send a missile though the portal. Sounds familiar? And what is shawarma, anyway?
    • The entire first season appears to have been this for the movie, seeing as Skull is revealed to have been only The Heavy, trying to get the Tesseract for his master, Thanos. Thanos likewise makes a brief, silent cameo at the end.
    • "Hulk's Day Out" is this to The Hangover.
  • Wolverine Publicity: The cast consists solely of characters who have appeared in the movies, while other, non-MCU heroes like Black Panther, The Vision, and The Wasp were removed from the team. The major guest stars from the first season were mostly more heroes who have appeared in the movies (such as the Guardians of the Galaxy), or heroes who are about to be joining the MCU (Ant-Man).
    • Ironically, the man the trope is named after did not appear in the first season, despite having movie appearances and an action figure in the official toy line.
  • Worf Effect: Despite being around the Hulk's strength and with weather powers Thor gets his butt kicked and needs saving a disturbing number of times compared to other characters. Attuma dismissed him with nary a thought in the latter's debate episode and he had to be saved by Iron Man from Ulik, a foe from his own rogue's gallery. His lighting attacks are often treated as prime examples of The Worf Barrage.
  • World of Snark
  • Xanatos Gambit: Red Skull in Blood Feud. He tricks Black Widow into becoming a vampire so the Avengers will fight Dracula, which could end in 2 scenarios beneficial to the Skull: 1) Dracula kills them and gets the super soldier serum, thus ridding Skull of his enemies, or 2) which actually happened, the Avengers beat Dracula, thus convincing him he needs to join the Cabal to defeat Captain America.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Red Skull's plans in the first episode.
  • You Need a Breath Mint: Hawkeye makes this point to Hulk with a multiple bank shot landing the tin in Hulk's mouth.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Inverted as Thor states that he likes Hulk when he's angry