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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 will serve as executive producers.

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: The show looks to be drawing from the mainstream comics, as well as the Ultimate line and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Falcon has a background similar to his Ultimate counterpart, while the HYDRA troops wear outfits similar to those seen in Captain America: The First Avenger. Also, MODOK acts more as an expy of Arnim Zola from the same movie.
  • 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."
  • 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:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 abuses his powers and 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 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.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Every Avenger besides Iron Man in episode 2.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Butt Monkey: Hawkeye in episode 2.
    • MODOK, as usual.
  • Canon Foreigner: Aaron aka Molecule Kid.
  • Casting Gag: Brian Bloom voices Hyperion, a corrupt Captain Ersatz of Superman, just like in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.
    • He also voiced Captain America in the previous series Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
    • Brian Bloom also voiced the character of Matt Horner in Starcraft II, captain of the battle-cruiser Hyperion.
    • Daryl Sabara voices Molecule Kid, who looks a lot like Rex Salazar.
  • 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: Justin Hammer looks just like Sam Rockwell, who played the character in Iron Man 2.
  • 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 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 Skadi, 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.
    • The Red Skull's monocle and role as the leader of HYDRA come from Baron von Strucker.
    • Word of God 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 has a personality much closer to that of The Vision.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The Hulk, like before.
  • Death by Adaptation: All of Squadron Supreme, save for Hyperion.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Fastball Special: Hulk and Hawkeye perform the move in "Ghost of a Chance".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Grand Theft Me: Red Skull attempts to do this to Captain America.
  • 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 it's predecessor.
  • Limited Animation: In some places.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": How most of the Avengers react when the Hulk bodychecks Odin!
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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., 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Out of Focus: Black Widow, to the extent that she's missing from the majority of the series. They try to handwave it by saying she also has to work with SHIELD, but it's obvious she was only added to the main cast just because of her membership in the movie.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 destroy Midgard/Earth.
  • 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".
  • 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, marking 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 an action figure in the official toy line.
  • 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.

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