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YMMV: The Authority
    The comic book superhero team 
  • Complete Monster: Seth is a sadistic (implied) child rapist who calls himself the "six billion dollar bastard". Tired of the Authority's interference in their affairs and afraid of their influence on the world (particularly after the Doctor ruined two presidential candidates by causing them to make out in public), a coalition of interests decided to develop a living weapon capable of defeating the Authority. To this end, they either acquired or kidnapped Seth, an skinny, ignorant, and unambitious hillbilly with an apparent history of being sexually abused by his uncles, transformed him into a cybernetically-enhanced monstrosity, then set him loose inside the Carrier. Armed with over 1,000 post-human abilities, Seth very quickly neutralized all of the Authority, with the sole exception of the Midnighter and Jenny Quantum, who managed to steal a jet and crash it into the side of the Carrier. Despite this, Seth ripped the Carrier from its orbit and scuttled it in Antarctica. Convinced that Midnighter and Quantum were dead, the coalition allowed Seth to retire to a residence within the White House with a harem of prepubescent girls. The surviving Authority members, meanwhile, were all dumped into degrading new lives while the team was replaced by a new team approved by the seven richest governments on Earth. Unbeknownst to all at the time, Seth's scuttling of the Carrier tore a hole in the Bleed.
  • Designated Hero: In the beginning, the Authority were hardline with their ideals and used violence reasonably. With Jack Hawksmoor as leader receiving the position after Jenny Sparks's death, the Authority became increasingly predisposed toward unyielding moral positions and merciless brutality as time went on, but the entry of another character , Jenny Quantum/Quarx, as a member of the team softened them somewhat. Now, their level of violence is about par for Wildstorm's post-apocalyptic world, so they're no better or worse than any other group.
    • Right from the start, this was the case. Ellis has said on more than one occasion that he wrote the Authority as villains, just ones who happened to fight even bigger villains. The first story arc does end with Midnighter plowing a giant swathe through a populated city just to reach one person, after all. If that's not enough for you, one arc later the Authority stops an invasion from a parallel Earth by totally and indiscriminately destroying a whole country to eliminate enemy's infrastructure, even though by that point it is clear that the invaders are completely outmatched by them anyway. Starting from Miller's run, however, the comic increasingly turned into a vehicle for political Author Tracts, where the Authority were indeed designated to be heroes, although, obviously not all readers were convinced.
    • In the "Utopian" arc, their actions kill off an entire alternate earth.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Midnighter. He even got his own series(a short lived one but still).
  • Fanon: Artists have given Midnighter several different hair colours, probably because he keeps his cowl on so much that none of them know any better. Fans have used this to draw the conclusion that the otherwise Manly Gay Midnighter just loves to dye his hair.
    • In a Storm Watch: Achilles comic, Midnighter admits that he's a natural redhead. He just likes to dye his hair.
  • Mary Sue: Jenny Sparks\Jenny Quantum are basically God Mode Sues. They only die after living 100 years but they don't age after becoming women, nothing can kill them otherwise... doesn't help that Sparks is considered an Author Avatar.

    The professional wrestling stable 

  • Fridge Brilliance: The repeated mandate that WWE Management cannot place it's hands on WWE Talent is clear hypocrisy, considering this is exactly how the Authority got the WWE title on their preferred champion to kick-off the angle. It doesn't make any sense, until you realise the Board of Directors probably tore into Triple H over it & made the ruling because of it.
    • The Authority wanting Randy Orton to win the World Heavyweight Championship ladder match and Seth Rollins to win the traditional Money in the Bank match. At first, you might wonder why the Authority would seemingly be setting their favorites against each other—since Rollins would have to cash in on Orton and thus cause tension and dissension between them—before you realize that they likely weren't going to let Rollins cash in at all had Orton won; they wanted Orton to win the title, and Rollins to win the contract to keep it out of the hands of the rest of the wrestlers to protect Orton from having an "undesirable" cash in on him and possibly take the title off him. Since Orton lost, however, Rollins has turned into the ace up their sleeves—while they continue to try to set things up for Orton to win, they can still position Rollins to win the title as a back-up plan when the moment is right and if Orton continues to disappoint, they can simply shift all their favor to Rollins.
    • The Authority's irritation with John Cena winning the title when Cena is (by most people's estimation) a star manufactured by the company machine...
      • Cena is notoriously hard to control. Only one man has managed it in several years, and that didn't last long. Not to mention that any attempt to do so, as hinted in the segment on the RAW immediately after Money In The Bank 2014, might snap him back to his early-to-mid-2000s self, which wouldn't be good for anybody involved. Thug!Cena had a mean streak a mile wide, even as a face. And for a bit more Fridge Brilliance, a return to that form, in the Authority's estimation, wouldn't be "best for business"explanation 
      • Cena is also notoriously hard to beat straight-up when he wins a title belt, so it's much more difficult to get a title off him than it is most other people.
      • It's not good for Seth Rollins and the plans for him within the Authority, either. Let's put it this way: the last guy that tried to cash in a MITB contract on Cena... well, it didn't go so well.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At the start of the angle, the Authority really hammered in that their actions were "Best for business". The first two pay per view events after the start of the angle were so poorly received that the WWE had to provide refunds to the paying audience.
  • It's Been Done: Let's see, an authority-based stable that features a member of the family that owns the company at the top, ridiculous heel behavior, AND an unabashed attempt to screw over an insanely popular babyface? The comparisons between them and Vince McMahon's "Corporation" angle are frequent.
    • Isn't that the entire point?
    • It's the Fleeting Demographic Rule in full effect - the Corporation & McMahon-Helmsley Regime were both done nearly a decade & a half ago. That's an entire generation of fans who haven't seen the storyline before.
      • True, except that unlike most instances of that rule, it pays full homage to continuity rather than pretending it doesn't exist, and can perhaps be appreciated more by those fans that were around in the late 90s-mid 2000s. Call it something of a Parental Bonus.

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