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--> '''Apollo''': "Hyacinth, [[AncientGreece Apollo's]] lover. He ''knew'' Hyacinth was doomed, but he ''refused'' to let Hades claim him. So he turned him into something better. ...I ''know'' who you are. And even if ''you'' think you're ''doomed'', I refuse to accept that. ''You'', and everyone else in the world who thinks they've fallen too far... I'll always pull you back into the ''light''."

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--> '''Apollo''': "Hyacinth, [[AncientGreece [[UsefulNotes/AncientGreece Apollo's]] lover. He ''knew'' Hyacinth was doomed, but he ''refused'' to let Hades claim him. So he turned him into something better. ...I ''know'' who you are. And even if ''you'' think you're ''doomed'', I refuse to accept that. ''You'', and everyone else in the world who thinks they've fallen too far... I'll always pull you back into the ''light''."


* WouldHurtAChild: He hates fighting kids, but push him enough and he'll attack or even kill one if needed. He killed an evil baby twin of his adopted daughter Jenny to stop her from destroying reality once. Teenagers are fair game though, as he once attacked Gen13 for getting in his way and killed many of Kriegstein's teenage metahumans for being baddies.

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* WouldHurtAChild: WouldHurtAChild / WouldNotHurtAChild: Zig-zagged He hates fighting kids, kids and often refuses to harm them, but push him enough and he'll attack or even kill one if needed. He killed an evil baby twin of his adopted daughter Jenny to stop her from destroying reality once. Teenagers are fair game though, as he once attacked Gen13 ComicBook/Gen13 for getting in his way and killed many of Kriegstein's teenage metahumans for being baddies.


* WouldHitAGirl: Kills female enemies as much as male ones with extreme prejudice

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* WouldHitAGirl: Kills female enemies as much as male ones with extreme prejudice
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* WouldHurtAChild: He hates fighting kids, but push him enough and he'll attack or even kill one if needed. He killed an evil baby twin of his adopted daughter Jenny to stop her from destroying reality once. Teenagers are fair game though, as he once attacked Gen13 for getting in his way and killed many of Kriegstein's teenage metahumans for being baddies.


--> [[IdentityAmnesia "Lucas Trent,"]] aka The '''Midnighter'''

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--> -->-- [[IdentityAmnesia "Lucas Trent,"]] aka The '''Midnighter'''



* CoverIdentityAnomaly: "Lucas Trent" is known to be a nice guy --- or was, at some point, anyway.
* EverytownAmerica: Apparently Midnighter --or "Lucas Trent", at least-- is from Harmony, Kansas.

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* CoverIdentityAnomaly: "Lucas Trent" is known to be a nice guy --- -- or was, at some point, anyway.
* EverytownAmerica: Apparently Midnighter --or -- or "Lucas Trent", at least-- least -- is from Harmony, Kansas.



* MalevolentMaskedMen: The Anthem group --- extremists who supposedly act in the name of peace. [[PatrioticFervor And wear country flags on their face]].

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* MalevolentMaskedMen: The Anthem group --- -- extremists who supposedly act in the name of peace. [[PatrioticFervor And wear country flags on their face]].


* DarkIsNotEvil: [[NominalHero Seriously]] DependingOnTheWriter, but broadly speaking he is on the side of the good guys in spite of his black clothes and lunar motifs.

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* DarkIsNotEvil: [[NominalHero Seriously]] DependingOnTheWriter, but broadly speaking he is on the side of the good guys in spite of his black clothes and lunar motifs.

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* DarkIsNotEvil: [[NominalHero Seriously]] DependingOnTheWriter, but broadly speaking he is on the side of the good guys in spite of his black clothes and lunar motifs.


Midnighter served as a long-standing member of The Authority (and even received his own solo title) in the following years, before Wildstorm's absorption by parent company Creator/DCComics. Following the events of ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', Midnighter --along with many of his Wildstorm cohorts-- was imported into [[ComicBook/{{New52}} New 52]] continuity, placed on new iteration of ''Stormwatch'' led by ComicBook/MartianManhunter. After a brief ContinuityReboot, reverting he and his Stormwatch teammates back to closer recollections of their Wildstorm selves ([[RatingsStunt in a bid for boosted sales]]) proved unsuccessful, the reset was undone, and DC's ''Stormwatch'' ended at #30.

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Midnighter served as a long-standing member of The Authority (and even received his own solo title) in the following years, before Wildstorm's absorption by parent company Creator/DCComics. Following the events of ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', Midnighter --along with many of his Wildstorm cohorts-- was imported into [[ComicBook/{{New52}} New 52]] ComicBook/New52 continuity, placed on new iteration of ''Stormwatch'' led by ComicBook/MartianManhunter. After a brief ContinuityReboot, reverting he and his Stormwatch teammates back to closer recollections of their Wildstorm selves ([[RatingsStunt in a bid for boosted sales]]) proved unsuccessful, the reset was undone, and DC's ''Stormwatch'' ended at #30.



** Also jokingly alluded to in the preview short for his New52 solo title, that was included in a ''Convergence'' comic, in which it is revealed that he wears Batman logo boxer shorts.

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** Also jokingly alluded to in the preview short for his New52 ComicBook/New52 solo title, that was included in a ''Convergence'' comic, in which it is revealed that he wears Batman logo boxer shorts.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: While Midnighter mainly just wants ethically permissable targets for his inherent violent urges and is fully aware he deserves to go to Hell someday (see the quote under IAmWhatIAm, above), Apollo has a rather unusual justification for why he often kills villains and does ''not'' feel like that makes him a bad person, even while he disapproves of Midnighter's levels of creative brutality. Basically, its because Apollo thinks their victims deserve to know that their abusers are gone ''and will never come back''. The comparison to ThouShallNotKill type superheroes like Batman or Superman isn't spelled out, but from the context[[note]]Apollo had just been explaining how his father threw him out when he came out as gay at ''age 12''. And then just a year later, aliens abducted him and torturously turned him into what he is now over the course of his teenage years. And after finally escaping, his asshole father rejected him again, now also for being "inhuman".[[/note]], it can be deduced that he thinks that these heroes are simply too privileged (white; straight; filthy rich or having a supportive family; not having been forced into their metahuman status; never having been personally tortured/abused/victimized, or at least not at a time when they were still helpless civilians, instead mostly getting StuffedIntoTheFridge / {{Mangst}} type drama about ''other people'' getting hurt) to ever truly empathize with the victims of the villains they're throwing in prison only for them to escape again and again to destroy the lives of more innocent people. Note that Apollo's EstablishingCharacterMoment on the New52 Stormwatch reboot was taking down a [[AdultFear child pornography ring]], not dealing with some alien threat or a fantastical and crazy villain like most of Batman's rogues gallery.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: While Midnighter mainly just wants ethically permissable targets for his inherent violent urges and is fully aware he deserves to go to Hell someday (see the quote under IAmWhatIAm, above), Apollo has a rather unusual justification for why he often kills villains and does ''not'' feel like that makes him a bad person, even while he disapproves of Midnighter's levels of creative brutality. Basically, its because Apollo thinks their victims deserve to know that their abusers are gone ''and will never come back''. The comparison to ThouShallNotKill type superheroes like Batman or Superman isn't spelled out, but from the context[[note]]Apollo had just been explaining how his father threw him out when he came out as gay at ''age 12''. And then just a year later, aliens abducted him and torturously turned him into what he is now over the course of his teenage years. And after finally escaping, his asshole father rejected him again, now also for being "inhuman".[[/note]], it can be deduced that he thinks that these heroes are simply too privileged (white; straight; filthy rich or having a supportive family; not having been forced into their metahuman status; never having been personally tortured/abused/victimized, or at least not at a time when they were still helpless civilians, instead mostly getting StuffedIntoTheFridge / {{Mangst}} type drama about ''other people'' getting hurt) to ever truly empathize with the victims of the villains they're throwing in prison only for them to escape again and again to destroy the lives of more innocent people. Note that Apollo's EstablishingCharacterMoment on the New52 ComicBook/New52 Stormwatch reboot was taking down a [[AdultFear child pornography ring]], not dealing with some alien threat or a fantastical and crazy villain like most of Batman's rogues gallery.


* [[StraightGay Straight]] / ManlyGay: A big part of his appeal to readers, especially LGBTQ ones.

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* [[StraightGay Straight]] / ManlyGay: A big part of his appeal to readers, especially LGBTQ ones.ones, is that he's a gay superhero who is also masculine.



* BuryYourGays: Lampshaded and averted in ''Midnighter and Apollo'':

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* BuryYourGays: Lampshaded and averted defied in ''Midnighter and Apollo'':


* TimePolice: Midnighter deals with a few of these while attempting to kill Hitler on a mission.

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* TimePolice: Midnighter deals with a few of these while attempting to kill Hitler on a mission. [[spoiler:He works out a deal with them to take out the guy who sent him to the past in the first place]].

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* LogicalWeakness: As emphasized by his enemy in his pair series of ''Midnighter & Grifter'' while being pummeled, Midnighter's combative superiority are strictly dependent on him being faster and cleverer than his opponent. If his opponent is faster than he can react to their moves or is smart enough to predict his moves, his powers are rendered useless. In another story sponsored under ''Stormwatch: Team Achilles'', it's explained how his abilities are mainly a result of wetware and technology, meaning he's vulnerable to a surprise beating as anyone else in a fight if they can be deactivated like any tech.


** Though he's not ''actually'' sociopathic. The fact that he ''cares'' about limiting his killing to people who deserve it, and the fact that he truly, deeply loves Apollo and cares about their daughter, are pretty much the only reasons why he isn't a villain.

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** Though he's not ''actually'' ''fully'' sociopathic. The fact that he ''cares'' about limiting his killing to people who deserve it, and the fact that he truly, deeply loves Apollo and cares about their daughter, are pretty much the only reasons why he isn't a villain.


* AFriendToAllChildren: Wildstorm!Midnighter (and Apollo, too) has a particular disgust for villains who harm children, refuses to kill children (even if they're destined to grow up to become Hitler), and adopts baby Jenny Quantum, resulting in several BadassAndABaby moments. DCU!Midnighter has this lovely speech to some child hostage victims of an insane gang/cult he just wiped out:[[note]]It's the "This is ''not'' your fault." part that really sells it, because that implies an amazing level of empathy and understanding for how children think, especially from somebody who has hardly any personal contact with children and can't remember his own childhood.[[/note]]
--> '''child hostage''': "Where's Mister Half-beard?"
--> '''Midnighter''': "Mister Half-beard is studying the interior of a ''very small'' box. He and his friends were ''not'' good people. But they're all ''gone'' now. You're ''safe''. This is ''not'' your fault. These people will help you find your parents, or find you new homes. They will ''not'' fail you."
--> '''Midnighter''': (more to the adult bystanders) "Because if they do, I'll be back to... ''encourage'' them. And ''no one'' wants to see me twice. ''Trust'' me."
* AmnesiacHero: Midnighter can't remember anything before he was turned into the perfect killing machine he is, not even if he volunteered for the procedure or not, or his real name. Apollo was in the same boat in the Wildstorm Universe, but in the DCU version, he has a seperate origin story from the Midnighter and he [[DarkAndTroubledPast remembers both his unhappy childhood and every torturous bit of his forced conversion into a superpowered metahuman.]]

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* AFriendToAllChildren: Wildstorm!Midnighter (and Apollo, too) has a particular disgust for villains who harm children, refuses to kill children (even if they're destined to grow up to become Hitler), and adopts baby Jenny Quantum, resulting in several BadassAndABaby moments. DCU!Midnighter has this lovely speech to some child hostage victims of an insane gang/cult he just wiped out:[[note]]It's the "This is ''not'' your fault." part that really sells it, because that implies an amazing level of empathy and understanding for how children think, especially from somebody who has hardly any personal contact with children and can't remember his own childhood.[[/note]]
--> '''child hostage''': "Where's Mister Half-beard?"
--> '''Midnighter''': "Mister Half-beard is studying the interior of a ''very small'' box. He and his friends were ''not'' good people. But they're all ''gone'' now. You're ''safe''. This is ''not'' your fault. These people will help you find your parents, or find you new homes. They will ''not'' fail you."
--> '''Midnighter''': (more to the adult bystanders) "Because if they do, I'll be back to... ''encourage'' them. And ''no one'' wants to see me twice. ''Trust'' me."
* AmnesiacHero: Midnighter can't remember anything before he was turned into the perfect killing machine he is, not even if he volunteered for the procedure or not, or his real name. Apollo was in the same boat in the Wildstorm Universe, but in the DCU DC Rebirth version, he has a seperate origin story from the Midnighter and he remembers both [[DarkAndTroubledPast remembers both his unhappy childhood and every torturous bit part of his forced conversion into a superpowered metahuman.]]



** Also jokingly alluded to in the preview short for his Nu-52 solo title, that was included in a ''Convergence'' comic, in which it is revealed that he wears Batman logo boxer shorts.

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** Also jokingly alluded to in the preview short for his Nu-52 New52 solo title, that was included in a ''Convergence'' comic, in which it is revealed that he wears Batman logo boxer shorts.



* FriendToAllChildren: Surprisingly enough, given his personality. [[WouldntHurtAChild He refuses to harm children]], and especially guns for those who harm them.

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* FriendToAllChildren: Surprisingly enough, given his personality. Wildstorm!Midnighter (and Apollo, too) especially guns for villains who harm children, [[WouldntHurtAChild He refuses to harm children]], kill children himself]] (even if they're destined to grow up to become Hitler), and adopts baby Jenny Quantum, resulting in several BadassAndBaby moments. DCU!Midnighter has this lovely speech to some child hostage victims of an insane gang/cult he just wiped out:[[note]]It's the "This is ''not'' your fault." part that really sells it, because it implies an amazing level of empathy and understanding for how children think, especially guns for those from somebody who harm them.has hardly any personal contact with kids and can't remember his own childhood.[[/note]]
--> '''child hostage''': "Where's Mister Half-beard?"
--> '''Midnighter''': "Mister Half-beard is studying the interior of a ''very small'' box. He and his friends were ''not'' good people. But they're all ''gone'' now. You're ''safe''. This is ''not'' your fault. These people will help you find your parents, or find you new homes. They will ''not'' fail you."
--> '''Midnighter''': (more to the adult bystanders) "Because if they do, I'll be back to... ''encourage'' them. And ''no one'' wants to see me twice. ''Trust'' me."

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* AFriendToAllChildren: Wildstorm!Midnighter (and Apollo, too) has a particular disgust for villains who harm children, refuses to kill children (even if they're destined to grow up to become Hitler), and adopts baby Jenny Quantum, resulting in several BadassAndABaby moments. DCU!Midnighter has this lovely speech to some child hostage victims of an insane gang/cult he just wiped out:[[note]]It's the "This is ''not'' your fault." part that really sells it, because that implies an amazing level of empathy and understanding for how children think, especially from somebody who has hardly any personal contact with children and can't remember his own childhood.[[/note]]
--> '''child hostage''': "Where's Mister Half-beard?"
--> '''Midnighter''': "Mister Half-beard is studying the interior of a ''very small'' box. He and his friends were ''not'' good people. But they're all ''gone'' now. You're ''safe''. This is ''not'' your fault. These people will help you find your parents, or find you new homes. They will ''not'' fail you."
--> '''Midnighter''': (more to the adult bystanders) "Because if they do, I'll be back to... ''encourage'' them. And ''no one'' wants to see me twice. ''Trust'' me."
* AmnesiacHero: Midnighter can't remember anything before he was turned into the perfect killing machine he is, not even if he volunteered for the procedure or not, or his real name. Apollo was in the same boat in the Wildstorm Universe, but in the DCU version, he has a seperate origin story from the Midnighter and he [[DarkAndTroubledPast remembers both his unhappy childhood and every torturous bit of his forced conversion into a superpowered metahuman.]]


* MoralityChain: Apollo to Midnighter. Kinda. Apollo isn't opposed in priciple to killing villains, but he disapproves of the sheer level of Midnighter's brutality and unnecessarily painful ways of execution (if more because the gore could traumatize bystanders and the victims they're trying to save, not because he pities the villains). One certainly gets the feeling that if Midnighter ever were to dial it down a bit, it would be to gain approval in Apollo's eyes, though he isn't really ''able'' to change. Midnighter's acceptance of what he is, even though he doesn't like it, in contrast with Apollo's conflicting wishes to accept his lover and to make him someone better, someone Midnigher himself could live with more easily, are a central theme in the ''Midnighter and Apollo'' mini-series. In fact, wanting to be Midnighter's MoralityChain turns out to be the reason why Apollo chose his superhero name in the first place, in this version of canon:

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* MoralityChain: Apollo to Midnighter. Kinda. Apollo isn't opposed in priciple principle to killing villains, but he disapproves of the sheer level of Midnighter's brutality and unnecessarily painful ways of execution (if more because the gore could traumatize bystanders and the victims they're trying to save, not because he pities the villains). One certainly gets the feeling that if Midnighter ever were to dial it down a bit, it would be to gain approval in Apollo's eyes, though he isn't really ''able'' to change. Midnighter's acceptance of what he is, even though he doesn't like it, in contrast with Apollo's conflicting wishes to accept his lover and to make him someone better, someone Midnigher Midnighter himself could live with more easily, are a central theme in the ''Midnighter and Apollo'' mini-series. In fact, wanting to be Midnighter's MoralityChain turns out to be the reason why Apollo chose his superhero name in the first place, in this version of canon:

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* BuryYourGays: Lampshaded and averted in ''Midnighter and Apollo'':
--> '''Apollo''': "Screw him. Screw this place. This is our story, and in ''our'' story... we ''don't die'' in the end."

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