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1[[quoteright:326:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/irredeemable.jpg]]²[[caption-width-right:326:No More Mr. NiceGuy.]]²->''How did he come to this?\²What became of the hope and promise once inside him?\²What happens to the world when its savior betrays it?\²What makes a hero '''[[TitleDrop irredeemable?]]'''''²²''Irredeemable'' is a ComicBook series written by Creator/MarkWaid, with art by Peter Krause and Diego Barretto.²²The Plutonian was Earth's champion, its first superhero, the most admired and trusted of his kind, our savior...but something has gone terribly, terribly wrong. Seemingly without reason, the Plutonian has begun to wage war on humanity, killing indiscriminately, annihilating entire cities and going overnight from the planet's greatest hero to its bloodiest mass murderer. A group of former friends and fellow superheroes, having narrowly escaped the Plutonian's ruthless and swift butchering of the superhero community, are determined to find a way to stop him; however, the Plutonian guarded his identity -- and most importantly, his weaknesses -- zealously, leaving them only with a few scraps of information to follow in order to find out why the Plutonian has turned his back on his former ideals -- and how to defeat him...²²Another title in the same universe, ''Incorruptible'', began in December 2009. Its plot is the obverse of ''Irredeemable'': as a result of the Plutonian's rampage, supervillain Max Damage has an epiphany and decides to undergo a HeelFaceTurn. Both titles ended in 2012 at issue 37 and 30 respectively.²²In May 2016, news has come that Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox has the rights to a [[http://deadline.com/2016/05/irredeemable-movie-adam-mckay-tommy-wirkola-boom-studios-fox-1201749508/ film adaptation.]] The adaptation will be directed by Adam [=McKay=] (''Film/TheBigShort'' and ''Film/{{Anchorman}}'').²²----²!!''Irredeemable'' and ''Incorruptible'' provide examples of the following tropes:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Tropes present in both series]]²* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: ²** An odd example for Kaidan, who chose Scylla over Cary, even though the former was a bit childish and cocky at times, because she liked his initiative and openness (as well as his general kindness and compassion). Cary tries to make the moves on her after Scylla's disappearance, but she and Qubit fear he is becoming [[HeWhoFightsMonsters as bad as the Plutonian]].²** Bette Noir is revealed to have [[YourCheatingHeart cheated]] on her loving and supportive NiceGuy husband Gilgamos with [[spoiler:the Plutonian]]. She admits she had always sensed there [[BeneathTheMask was a darker side]] to him that she found exciting, interesting and attractive, although once she experienced what that kind of man is like, she quickly regrets it.²** All of Max Damage's sidekicks seem to go this way although they're all crazy and probably don't represent the average girl. ²* ApocalypseHow²** Starting out somewhere between Societal Disruption or Collapse on a Regional or Continental scale and Planetary-scale Civilization Disruption; Plutonian caused massive damage to the world, but humanity hadn't died out. Yet.²** Starting in issue #31, Engineered Extinction becomes probable. [[spoiler: Australia and India have been hit with a massive wave of radiation; the total death count is roughly a third of humanity]].²** Culminating in issue #34, where Qubit confirmed that [[spoiler: life will be extinct in three generations, and his plans were not going well since the radiation was not behaving like he expected. It's ultimately averted at the final issue, but it's made clear Earth isn't out of the woods just yet]].²** And hanging over the series after issue #25 is the knowledge that [[spoiler: Plutonian doesn't actually have super-strength/flight/heat vision/etc, but is actually an unwitting RealityWarper who's only tapping into the most basic applications of his abilities. If he realized this and figured out how to use even the most elementary powers he's really capable of, all his destruction thus far could be nothing, very possibly even [[ApocalypseHow/ClassX4 shattering reality]]. Thankfully it's averted]].²* ArchEnemy: Modeus is the Lex Luthor to Plutonian's Superman, and the only person Plutonian was ever afraid of. There's also Max Damage to a lesser extent, who always reminded Tony of his less-than-perfect childhood, specifically the time he was [[spoiler:living alone in the woods as the 'Wolf Boy']].²* BatFamilyCrossover / RedSkiesCrossover: Hard to tell, but the long-awaited crossover between the two series that promised us a fight between Plutonian and Max Damage doesn't even have them meet before the fourth part. However, it gives a good insight on their history, including their old confrontations.²* BewareTheSuperman: The series is essentially an examination in what would happen if ComicBook/{{Superman}} went bad for real. Lampshaded by the Hornet and a US military general, who liken it to angering a god.²* BigGood: What the Plutonian was before his FaceHeelTurn. After he snapped, Survivor and Max Damage aim to become this, with varying degrees of success.²* BlessedWithSuck²** The Plutonian himself. Yes, he has roughly the powerset of Superman with almost no weaknesses, and some extras. The only problem is that he cannot turn most of his powers off, only control them by constant effort of will. He is MadeOfDiamond, and even touching his hair can cut the hand of a normal person. He has tremendous SuperStrength, and because of not-unfounded fear of accidentally splattering someone if he failed to measure exerted force just for a moment, he was never able to protect himself from bullying as a child. And of course, his super-hearing forced him to know every {{ungrateful bastard}}'s snide opinion about him. This gets especially interesting with the eventual reveal that [[spoiler:the Plutonian is a RealityWarper, who subconsciously uses his powers to appear to be a FlyingBrick. Nobody has remarked upon it yet, but we may thereby conclude all the BlessedWithSuck attributes of his powers are his own martyr complex manifesting itself]].²** Volt had problems controlling his powers before joining the Paradigm, destroying any electronic device he touched, preventing him from keeping jobs. He had to live with his mother because of it.²** Max Damage has this too. He gets stronger and more invulnerable in proportion to how long he's awake. The problem with this is that when he gets up in the morning, he only has one hour before his skin gets too tough to do simple things like feel, smell, or taste things. Most of the time he can only hear and see, with all his other senses being lost under his invulnerability. PlayedForLaughs when Jailbait tries to have sex with Max at the eve of his first hour awake (the moment when his powers kick in) leaving him with only half of his face shaved.²* CapePunk: This comic is an illustration in what happens when you push the Silver Age Superman to his complete breaking point. ²* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Tony's ability to change his hair color is the first real clue that he has more than the normal FlyingBrick powers.]]²* CrapsackWorld: While it may not have been so bad before the Plutonian went rogue, the world's governments and economy are crippled as he's constantly murdering anyone who opposes him and smashing buildings, not to mention what he did to Singapore. The rampage never stops so the world can't recover from anything he does. People are defenseless and terrified, and suicide has become commonplace. This is explored more in ''Incorruptible'' than the main series.²* {{Deconstruction}}: Your standard deconstruction of Superman through an {{Expy}}, challenging the idea that someone given superpowers would automatically [[ComesGreatResponsibility do the right thing]] without being emotionally prepared to handle the job, and the concept of happily being a SlaveToPR without actual regard for what people think. The finale puts a meta twist on this: [[spoiler:when Qubit scatters Tony's essence throughout the multiverse in an attempt to give him his second chance, part of it helps inspire a pair of artists to create the first Superman comics. Thus, Superman is the reconstruction of the Plutonian.]]²** Irredeemable #25 also deconstructs the idea that [[spoiler:powers like Superman's or Plutonian's could ever be physically possible without absolutely shattering the laws of physics, much less accomplished by a being with the mass of an ordinary human]]. [[DeconReconSwitch Reconstructed]] -- albeit horrifyingly, given the implications for what this means [[spoiler:Tony could do if he realized it -- by the revelation that he's a RealityWarper, allowing him to sidestep physics altogether and do whatever he thinks he can.]]²** Issue #18 also serves as a deconstruction of the BadassNormal through the [[DeadManWriting Hornet's flashbacks]]. He really did consider the Plutonian to be his best friend on the team, but he was all too aware of his lack of powers compared to his other superpowered teammates, giving him more reason to be on guard at times. It just took one simple question to make him realize Tony would snap eventually, and he [[spoiler:essentially makes a DealWithTheDevil as a contingency plan in case his worst fears did indeed come true. The Hornet ''hates'' that he had to make such a deal, but he [[ProperlyParanoid was ultimately right]], plus it did save humanity from being exterminated/enslaved by the Vespa aliens]].²* {{Expy}}²** The Plutonian is one of Franchise/{{Superman}}, albeit gone very, ''very'' wrong, and with almost none of Superman's weaknesses. He's also very evocative of ''ComicBook/{{Supreme}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}'' in appearance. In fact, his costume is nearly identical to Apollo's from ''Grounded''.²** Alana Patel is ComicBook/LoisLane working at a radio station instead of a newspaper.²** Samsara curiously seems to be a loose expy of ComicBook/JimmyOlsen.²** Modeus is one of ComicBook/LexLuthor with elements of ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} thrown in. His and the Plutonian's relationship is deliberately similar to Batman's with ComicBook/TheJoker. He also has duplicates built in his image designed to look and think exactly like him while thinking they're the real Modeus, a clear nod to ComicBook/DoctorDoom, right down to being called Modeusbots; the only difference is that ''someone else'' built them.²** Franchise/{{Batman}} has [[DecompositeCharacter two characters written to emulate him]].²*** The Inferno covered the surface-level traits -- the SecretIdentity as a millionaire, the secret mancave hideout which he decorated with weapons and equipment taken from his enemies as trophies, being a BadassNormal and a detective and possibly a similar backstory of fighting crime to avenge his parents. Personality-wise he wasn't much like Batman at all, though, being completely blindsided by Plutonian going rogue and finding himself unceremoniously KilledOffscreen due to not having any way to take him down, although he did at least have the foresight to develop a SelfDestructMechanism for his hideout, and had a computer system in it very similar to the Batcomputer.²*** The Hornet is also very similar to Batman, while also being much closer to him in terms of personality. Also a BadassNormal, his base of operations was a "cave" located under his house, he relied on skills and gadgets to get by, was CrazyPrepared in his decision to make a deal with the Vespans to secure BetrayalInsurance, was friends with Tony à la Superman/Batman and demonstrated detective skills in noticing subtle clues weeks before that the Plutonian was going to break down sooner or later.[[note]]For example, Tony asked about the Hornet's wife ''by name'', a piece of information Hornet never shared with anyone, leading him to realize Tony was spying on his teammates.[[/note]] The annual also showed they were in many ways VitriolicBestBuds and that Plutonian considered them to be perfect {{Foil}}s, and that an impromptu team-up between them was the inspiration to set up the Paradigm, a reflection of the more modern take on Superman and Batman's friendship.²** Bette Noir is a ColourCharacter who uses trick ammunition and has ImprobableAimingSkills, a lot like ComicBook/GreenArrow. Except that [[spoiler:whereas it's occasionally suggested that Green Arrow's skills are a result of a latent superpower, Bette's are unambiguously revealed to be just that in the final act.]] Also, she's MsFanservice, has black in the name and [[spoiler:FightsLikeANormal due to having destructive powers]], all of which could make her one of ComicBook/BlackCanary.²*** Bette's dynamic with Tony before he fell from grace, [[spoiler: the reveal that she cheated on Gilgamos with him, and how she ends up spending the apocalypse in the lap of luxury surrounded by attractive men might be nods to Oliver's characterization as a wealthy, carefree, and philandering socialite (if only when he's out of costume) in canon.]]²** Gilgamos is ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} if you take the Egyptian motif away and replace it with a Babylonian one.²** Hilariously, Volt is perfectly aware he's an Expy. As a black man with electrical super-powers, he's all too conscious that he's one of maybe a half-dozen other people with that exact description (ComicBook/{{Static}}, ComicBook/BlackLightning, Thunder Fall, Coldcast), and frequently bemoans it.²** The superhero Qubit is a rather unusual case of this, being based on a non-comics, non-superhero character. He's clearly based off of [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]], particularly the Tenth Doctor, but also has similarities to [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]] and Forge from the ComicBook/XMen.²** Max Damage combines elements of Metallo ([[SenseLossSadness especially the frustration at losing his senses when he powers up]]) and [[ComicBook/WonderWoman Giganta]]. Silver Age Giganta got stronger and tougher, but less intelligent, when she grew - Max loses brainpower more indirectly, through the severe sleep deprivation necessary to bring him up to full strength. Following his HeelFaceTurn, his BadassBiker-evoking design, crude habits, status as a brutal AntiHero and rugged looks also come off as nods to ComicBook/ThePunisher and SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}. His habit of taking on much younger female sidekicks happens to allude to ComicBook/TheJoker.²** Max's sidekicks combine thematic elements of ComicBook/HarleyQuinn and ComicBook/{{Robin}}, serving as both the PerkyFemaleMinion and girlfriend to a nasty supervillain and then the sidekick of a grim, brooding and violent AntiHero. Each serves to demonstrate different aspects and Robins, however:²*** Jailbait represents Dick Grayson and Harley's UndyingLoyalty to the Joker -- Max's first and most devoted sidekick, but his coldness and lack of team spirit ends up making her leave only to come back later, similar to Grayson's decision to become Nightwing and Harley's on-again-off-again relations with Mr. J.²*** Headcase represents Jason Todd and Harley's MadLove[=/=]{{Yandere}} tendencies -- Max's second sidekick, the loss of her family has poisoned her like it did Jason, and she is more brutal and violent than Jailbait; she also has a dash of IgnoredEnamoredUnderling, which Harley often is to the Joker, and becomes a ClingyJealousGirl who tries to kill Armadale for supposedly coming between her and Max. In lieu of her dying like Jason did, however, Max realises her issues run too deep for him to do anything about them and has her taken away.²*** Hatecrime represents Tim Drake and Harley's independence from the Joker -- Max's third sidekick, she is the only one with no romantic interest in him and by far more sane and level-headed than her predecessors. She has an AtrociousAlias, [[ComicBook/RedRobin something Tim would know something about too]], and is much closer to Alana, reflecting Harley's [[BiTheWay bisexuality]]. ²** Orian is one of Mr. Myxztplk, albeit stripped of any comic relief qualities. A touch of General Zod is thrown into the mix as well, particularly his ManipulativeBastard qualities and his ultimate plan being to draw in an invasion force from AnotherDimension. Also, some elements of Lobo are added too, in the sense that he is a hunter with a dark and crude sense of humor who is (in Orian's case, ambiguously) extraterrestrial.²** Lieutenant Armadale is basically Commissioner Gordon with a lower rank.²** Scylla and Charybdis are a grab-bag of traits from various {{Sibling Team}}s throughout comic history. They have the opposite-personalities dynamic of ComicBook/HawkAndDove, a power set similar to [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} the Marvel Family]] and power-sharing mechanics that borrow from the latter ''and'' the ComicBook/WonderTwins. They might even be nods to [[ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} the Summers]] [[ComicBook/{{Havoc}} Brothers]], especially considering the reveal that [[spoiler:they have a third brother living as a monk, which might be alluding to the subplot of a third Summers Brother in X-Men.]]²** The Eleos are {{Proud Scholar Race Guy}}s with an AlienNonInterferenceClause, similar to the Watchers from Marvel, while possessing a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever size]] and [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm physiology]] very similar to ComicBook/{{Galactus}}. [[spoiler:TheReveal they are the Plutonian's birth parents ([[BizarreAlienBiology after a fashion]]) makes them loose counterparts to Superman's birth parents Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van.]]²* GoingPostal: The whole plot is about what happens when a ''SuperHero'' goes postal.²* HistoricalInJoke: Despite Neo-Nazis' worship of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, most of them are poor, and often of what the Nazis would refer to as inferior genetic stock. Just as Hitler wouldn't have spared a decent portion of his worshipers, neither would the Plutonian have spared the Diamonds. ²* HollywoodDensity: "Half the pull of a black hole" is meaningless when we don't know how massive or how distant the black hole is. An average human could withstand ''all'' the pull of a small black hole even if it were close to them, and we all withstand the pull of mind-bogglingly massive black holes every day simply because they're very far away.²* IJustWantToBeNormal: One of the motives of both The Plutonian and Max Damage. The Plutonian because his powers made it impossible for him to have the same kind of stable life most people have, and Max because he loses most of his senses after being awake for a few hours.²** Ironically enough, Max's origin is revealed to be IJustWantToBeSpecial. He started out as a common criminal, but when actual ''super'' heroes (like the Plutonian) became part of everyday life, he realized it's pretty pointless being a criminal if you can't match their powers. One huge cash payment to a mad scientist later, he's the only surviving guinea pig of a SuperSoldier Serum and [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor ended up]] being BlessedWithSuck.²* InUniverseCatharsis: The Plutonian's rampage is him letting out all his rage, frustration, and general negative feelings that were building up over the course of his life.²* ItsPersonal: The Plutonian and Max Damage hate each other because [[spoiler:Max was the first victim of Plutonian's unrestrained rage back when Max was a teen and Tony was still a boy. Max was a constant reminder to Tony that he wasn't a perfect Ace]].²* MindOverMatter: There are a few psychics mentioned and seen. [[spoiler:Plutonian has this power to a god-like degree, but doesn't realize it (his psychic powers manifest in specific forms, enabling his more conventional-seeming superpowers); his birth parents have his powers to a [[UpToEleven greater degree.]]]]²* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The Plutonian gets this a couple of times throughout the series, [[IgnoredEpiphany but it never takes him long to go back to massacring people]]. Max Damage has this after the Plutonian made him realize just what it felt like to be on the receiving end of a supervillain's rampage. [[spoiler:Unlike Plutonian, Max Damage's realization sticks and it starts his HeelFaceTurn.]]²* PetTheDog: The Plutonian does show fleeting moments of decency here-and-there. If only to subvert it later. ²* SceneryGorn: The destruction Tony leaves behind lends to several shots of these.²* ShootingSuperman:²** [[SupermanSubstitute Guess who?]] And surprisingly, it's ''not'' given the {{Deconstruction}} treatment. Apart from a comment by Tony that it's hard to deflect blasts without [[AttackBackfire making people shoot themselves]], it's more or less just played straight. ²** In ''Incorruptible'' Max Damage gets this a lot too. While punching down a mook who was shooting at him he shouts "That's for wasting ammo!"²* SuperDickery: Deconstructed; a flashback describes the Plutonian's relationship with his girlfriend Alana (a Lois Lane {{Expy}}), which occurs in a similar fashion as Superman and Lois Lane's in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age of comic|books}}s. Except when the Plutonian reveals his true identity, confidently expecting her to fall into his arms and agree to marry him, she freaks out about the sudden revelation of all the mind games he's been playing on her all this time and angrily breaks up with him. Plutonian... did not take it well. A major recurring plot thread in these flashbacks to the Plutonian's "good days" seems to be his frustration over how even though he lives in a classic super-hero universe type of setting, no-one reacts the way they did in the old comics.²* {{Superhero}}es: But of course.²* SuperStrength: Several characters have it, but special mention goes to Plutonian; he can resist the equivalent of ''half the pull of a black hole''.²* VillainHasAPoint: The Plutonian dishes out a couple after his fall from grace. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tropes specific to ''Irredeemable'']]²* AbhorrentAdmirer: Modeus is this to The Plutonian. At first, the Plutonian finds it amusing, but it eventually turns ugly as Modeus is more than willing to [[spoiler:[[GrandTheftMe take possession]] of Tony's ex-girlfriend's body, beat the crap out of him and super-rape him]].²* AbusiveParents: Bill Hartigan is a strange case in that while he (and by extension his wife, who was much more lenient) was the only foster parent who didn't reject or fear Tony's powers and did try to teach him responsibility and right from wrong, his methods were sometimes... questionable (if not downright extreme). One standout example is when, at one Christmas, the Hartigans got Tony all the presents he wanted that year, and even gets to open them and see what he got. Upon thanking them for getting the presents, Bill then immediately tells him to wrap them back up and come with him to give them to homeless kids, not even allowing him to keep one. While not exactly super abusive like most examples of the trope, it's apparent this way of "teaching" was common for Bill to do, meaning Tony was probably deprived of even the slightest things that would maybe help him be a kid and might've even been the root of his perfectionist complex that added to his already long list of insecurities. Probably the icing on the cake was the next panel showing Tony listening in as his foster parents argue about the fact that the homeless kids did not even like or appreciate the presents that Tony had to grudgingly give away.²* TheAlcatraz²** One of the Vespans' prison planets [[spoiler:where Plutonian was performing hard labor]] uses a graviton well capable of generating half the pull of a ''black hole'' to keep its superpowered prisoners in line. The prison overseers make a tidy profit by housing such dangerous prisoners for people willing to pay for that security.²--->''They've not much incentive to rebel with the weight of an entire '''star system''' bearing down on them.''²** The other prison planet is a planet housed inside of a star, with a force field keeping the inmates in and the sun out. It's also in the middle of nowhere. The caretakers/guards only enter and exit through a heavily guarded teleport facility at the center of the planet.²* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Tony thinks Mordanse can speak English, but Auronan explains that the Vespa implanted their language in all the prisoners.²* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: As a child, Plutonian was excluded from playing with other kids due to the pretty justified fear that he could accidentally hurt someone or cause other kinds of collateral damage. The isolation made him an easy target for bullies, and the one time he tried to stand up to one (to defend another kid no less) resulted in the bully dying from a simple shove.²* AnArmAndALeg²** [[spoiler:Gilgamos. Loses one wing in a fight and tears the other off to use the bones as lock picks.]] '''Hard. Core.'''²** Volt tells the Plutonian that he'd "give his left arm" for all he's done for him -- and is taken up on the "offer".²* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Plutonian was sent to the end of time by his parents in issue #32, where he'd be alone and completely paralyzed for all eternity, doubling as a SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere.]]²* BaitAndSwitchComparison: When looking into the eyes of a comatose Scylla, twin brother to the Survivor, Modeus remarks that one of the twins is brain-dead vegetable, and the other is standing before him.²* BatmanGambit: Qubit asks Plutonian to kill [[spoiler:the Modeus-controlled Bette, knowing Modeus [[BrainUploading would then move into Qubit’s body]] – which is exactly what Qubit wanted, so he could gain Modeus’s knowledge about the radiation that would soon cover the earth. And since Qubit had already armed his mind with psionic blockers, he could trap Modeus in his mind rather than Modeus [[GrandTheftMe taking over him]].]]²* BedlamHouse: [[spoiler:In issue #23, Plutonian ends up in one. [[UpToEleven In the middle of a sun]].]]²* BerserkButton²** Qubit does '''not''' like to be called "stupid".²** Technically, the whole premise of the series is that the Plutonian's button (the inability to tolerate criticism) was slowly pushed through the years until he snapped.²* BetterTheDevilYouKnow: How Qubit justifies using the [[spoiler:Nahru Visna candle wax bullet to kill Orian instead]]. It is helped slightly by the fact that Orian ''was'' planning to {{take over the world}} with an invading army, and he was a [[ForTheEvulz very sadistic]] being on top of that.²* BigBadWannabe: Volt's opinion of a villain who tried to force the Plutonian to arrest him, hoping it could improve his VillainCred. He [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech tells him]] that he would barely register as a blip on the radar of Tony, who has better things to do, and will just have to "settle" for being captured by him and Bette Noir instead.²* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: In the end, the villains are all defeated and Plutonian gains his "redemption", but billions have died including nearly all of Earth's heroes (the only ones that we know are still alive are Gilgamesh, Kaidan, and Qubit), most of civilization has been destroyed (the only known civilization still standing is Coalville thanks to Max Damage), every survivor including the remaining heroes have lost someone they cared about deeply, and a warrior alien race pissed off at Earth and liable to invade in the future is one of several threats on the horizon that Earth is vulnerable to especially with the Plutonian no longer around to protect them.]]²* BodyHorror:²** To summon Orian, one has to read the magic word, upon which he ''crawls out through your mouth,'' killing you in the process. To make it worse, '''he doesn't have to''', he just ''likes'' doing it.²** In the special, Kaidan explores her powers by summoning a [[{{Youkai}} Bakeneko.]] Its initial appearance is that of a ghostly [[MegaNeko giant cat]] with an {{overly long tongue}}, tumorous lumps on the left side of its head, and what appears to be an infestation of tendril-like giant parasitic worms, before briefly mimicking Kaidan herself, but with purple skin and a [[ButterFace misshapen face]].²* BrainUploading: Modeus [[spoiler:uploaded his brain into Samsara and then later into a robot copy of himself built by Qubit. In the final issues, he goes through a range of hosts to achieve his goals and prevent his own death.]]²* BreakTheCutie: Kaidan's one of two members of the Paradigm that can fight Tony off and have a chance of survival. She's the only surviving member of the team who's not shown signs of a pending FaceHeelTurn, and her origin story strongly implies that she'd see such an opportunity coming and choose death without hesitation.²* BrokenAce: The Plutonian had the front of [[IncorruptiblePurePureness an incorruptible savior]] but underneath it all was a deeply insecure man who wanted to be loved and accepted unconditionally thanks to a ''deeply'' messed up childhood.²* BrokenPedestal: Oddly, the Plutonian's pedestal broke ''before'' he went crazy. After he made a crucial mistake in the field that left thousands of children dead [[spoiler:and he initially lied about his role in this tragedy]], his sidekick stopped trusting him. Knowing his closest friend couldn't look up to him the way he used to was one of the last straws. What made it worse was that the people from the lab (where he had [[spoiler:turned over the device that led to the tragedy]]) went behind his back and [[spoiler:told Samsara about it, claiming to be too afraid of him to do it themselves]].²** Volt also sees the Plutonian as one. Plutonian helped him control his powers which allowed him to have a normal life. In a flashback we see him trying to reason with Plutonian, only for Plutonian to rip his arm off.²* BrownNote: The child-killing sonic plague and the sigil that summons Orian.²* CallAHumanAMeatbag: Plutonian calls Hornet’s daughter “a carbon bag of atoms and bioelectricity.”²* TheCape: The Plutonian, prior to his FaceHeelTurn. He notably only wears the cape in flashbacks when he's still good.²* ChekhovsBoomerang: [[spoiler:The bullet made from the Candle of the Nahru Visna.]]²* TheChessmaster: Modeus. The Plutonian's arch-nemesis, and reportedly the only one he was scared of. Possibly the only one capable of finding a way to kill him. Disappeared a few years prior to the main story. [[spoiler:Is now possessing/controlling the lobotomized sidekick, egging on the Plutonian on his rampage. Oh, and a Robot Double with his exact mental patterns has started making trouble on his own. And then in the body of one of the few people that Tony has non-homicidal emotions towards. OhCrap. Thankfully, he is outwitted in the end]].²* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: "Wow. I didn't even get to the end of the ''sentence''." Leads to a wonderful moment of [[HoistByHisOwnPetard self-Darwining]] thanks to The Plutonian's {{magnificent bastard}}ry.²* ComfortingTheWidow: The Survivor attempts this with Kaidan. Made particularly disgusting by the fact that the recently-deceased lover in this scenario is his twin.²* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Qubit bears a striking resemblance to Creator/DavidTennant's [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor]].²* ComicBooksAreReal: [[spoiler:The final panels reveal that Franchise/{{Superman}} was inspired by part of Plutonian’s essence being sent to many worlds and dimensions, including ours, and being received by Joe Shuster.]]²* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: This trope is extremely common in superhero comics, keeping the heroes from having to explain things to their folks (Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, most X-Men, all the Flashes, most of the Green Lanterns, just to name a few). Keeping with the series' tone, this is deconstructed and played for tragedy, as Plutonian spent most of his boyhood bounced around between unloving and heartless foster homes where everyone feared him for his powers, instilling him with a compulsive need to be loved by everyone as an adult.²* DeadSidekick: Samsara's not ''quite'' dead, but he's been lobotomized. The reason for this is that Samsara's power protects him from mortal harm and he thus can't be killed, so he had to be neutralized another way. And of course, the Plutonian did it himself to keep him from spilling the beans on his secrets.²* DeathBySecretIdentity: Plutonian scares his co-workers that they will tortured and killed by his enemies, because they know his identity. [[SelfFulfillingProphecy They all end up killing themselves out of fear]].²* DeathEqualsRedemption: Qubit presents [[spoiler:presents Plutonian’s death this way, sending his “essence” to hundreds of worlds and dimensions, in hopes that somehow Plutonian’s legacy can be redeemed. Part of Plutonian’s essence ends up in our universe, inspiring Joe Shuster and Joseph Siegel to create Franchise/{{Superman}}.]]²* DisproportionateRetribution²** A representative of Singapore told the Plutonian his country was grateful to him. The Plutonian however, recognized this to be a lie, and responded by sinking the country into the sea.²** In a flashback from Alana Patel, before his FaceHeelTurn, the Plutonian warned his secret identity's coworkers of this when they discovered he was actually their coworker and almost broadcast it over live radio. They initially think it's not that big of a deal, but he points out to them that any one of his enemies would gladly torture, rape, and murder them and their families to find out any of his secrets. Several commit suicide afterward.²* DrivenToSuicide: There are several cases of this.²** The above-mentioned former associates of Plutonian.²** [[spoiler:Tony’s original foster mother and the foster mother he loved most before his final foster parents. In both cases, they could not handle the stress of having a foster son with such amazing powers.]]²** [[spoiler:It is implied that Tony's only set of decent but controlling foster parents (the father specifically) went out this way. After revealing to them the mother had cancer and due to the father's teachings of not using his powers for personal gain, Tony withheld that information until it was far too late.]]²** [[spoiler:After reading a Modeus-possessed Cutter's mind, [[EvenEvilHasStandards former supervillain]] Burrows, a telepath, almost immediately commits suicide.]]²* EldritchAbomination: The Eleos are nigh-omnipotent {{Reality Warper}}s who can smack Plutonian around with ease, and they claim that [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm their true form is too much for the brain to perceive.]] That said, they're actually pretty nice, styling themselves as knowledge keepers of the multiverse intrigued by humanity, and when they were sealed by a specialized radiation, they chose not to break containment so as to not harm the human race, instead settling for friendly chats with whoever's assigned to watch their imprisonment. [[spoiler: They're also Plutonian's origin race.]]²* EverythingIsRacist: Volt had a tendency to pull this out. There are some scenes where his hair-trigger accusations of racism genuinely find their mark, but there are other times when they don't, like accusing Bette of preferring Gil because he's not black.²* EvilCostumeSwitch: As evidenced in the page image.²* EvilIsPetty: The Plutonian enjoys puppy-kicking on a personal level as much as his mass atrocities, largely to demonstrate the points that used to frustrate him so much.²* FaceHeelTurn: The Plutonian's occurred prior to the series' beginning.²* FallenHero: The Plutonian went from being Earth's greatest hero to its worst villain.²* FateWorseThanDeath: This is what motivated Encanta to spill the beans to Qubit. He threatened to robotize her, this apparently having the effect of depowering her while being horribly painful. Of course, it's permanent.²* FlyingBrick: Deconstructed. The Plutonian's [[ComboPlatterPowers eclectic power set]] is the result of [[spoiler:his being a RealityWarper [[AngelUnaware Unaware]]]].²* {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''Irredeemable'' #18, [[spoiler:Hornet's reference to ''It's A Good Life'']].²* ForTheEvulz: But of course. This is the very reason [[spoiler: the Eleos chose to punish the Plutonian, even though they show him that his meltdown was all but inevitable due to the circumstances of his creation; he is still completely responsible for his evil actions... they just showed him why he is evil.]]²* FunWithAcronyms: Plutonian's name is one, though no-one else knows it. Chosen by [[spoiler:the foster father he gained his alter-ego's name, Dan Hartigan, from]], it stands for '''P'''iety, '''L'''oyalty, '''U'''tility, '''T'''ruthfulness, and '''O'''rder.²* GenuineHumanHide: When he's captured by the Vespa, Plutonian is subdued by being placed into a LotusEaterMachine while tied up in a straitjacket revealed to be material made from his skin. Later, as Plutonian is escaping from [[spoiler:the intergalactic insane asylum/multi-layered hell he was placed in, he comes across a delusional patient with sand powers and a god complex. After killing him, he makes a replacement costume out of [[FlayingAlive the skins of the inmate's attendants.]]]]²* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Plutonian has been showing this during his tantrums even before he became a villain.²* GoodHairEvilHair: The Plutonian apparently gave himself a buzzcut after turning.²* GrandTheftMe: Modeus does this repeatedly via BrainUploading; [[spoiler:first to Samsara, later to his own robot duplicate and intermediary hosts, and then to Bette Noir.]] It's not clear if it's an innate power of his or something he needs assistance for. In one of the issues before Plutonian got captured and dumped on the prison world, it shows Modeus talking to Encanta in a supernatural dimension. It turns out that Modeus has moved past super-science and is now experimenting with sorcery. [[spoiler:This backfires when he tries it on Qubit.]]²* GreaterScopeVillain: The Vespa certainly qualify as they are planet conquering race that enslaves millions. [[spoiler: Hornet may qualify as he makes a DealWithTheDevil with the Vespa to enslave countless defenseless planets in order to [[BetrayalInsurance save Earth from the Plutonian]] on the ''[[AllForNothing chance]]'' that Tony turns. [[ProperlyParanoid He was right.]]]]²* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler:Charybdis, after doubling in power and becoming the Survivor, is basically undergoing an accelerated version of the Plutonian's turn to darkness in his efforts to stop the Plutonian and be a true hero.]]²* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Gilgamos befriended UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat while they were both trapped in a Thracian prison. He taught Gilgamos the importance of using patience and one's wits to escape trouble and demonstrated this by cleverly breaking them out of prison.²* HumanoidAbomination: [[spoiler:The Eleos, the Plutonian's real race, are a race of RubberForeheadAliens... with RealityWarper powers as a matter of subconscious thought. They do feel empathy and compassion, however -- Tony's own psychopathy is entirely his own personality/upbringing.]]²* HumansAreBastards: The Plutonian's {{Sadistic Choice}}s and mind games seems to be ultimately aimed at proving that. It also seems that he didn't kill most of his old teammates because he's striving to break them psychologically, for the same reason. And, as it turns out, he's a psychotic nutbag because [[spoiler:his first human mother was. Had she not been so deeply disturbed, everything would have been fine]].²* HumansAreSpecial: The Eleos say about humans, "Never had we come across a population so emotionally rich and complex, in ways that defied formulaic expression."²* IAmNotLeftHanded: UpToEleven. The Plutonian lays a beatdown on the depowered Charybdis, but the tables are turned when we find out that [[spoiler:Charybdis actually has at least twice as much power as he did before.]]²* INeverToldYouMyName: A variation, when the Plutonian refers to the Hornet's wife by name during a {{flashback}}. The Hornet had never mentioned her name to him, and realizes that he's spying on his teammates and [[BewareTheSuperman may not be entirely trustworthy]].²* InsufferableGenius: Qubit. This doesn't go unnoticed by this teammates, some of whom find it less and less tolerable as the situation worsens. Modeus as well.²* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: From the point of view of his former friends, the Plutonian's done just this; however, the flashbacks in each issue subtly indicate that it has been stewing for quite a while.²* KidsAreCruel: The Plutonian was forced to put up with being bullied as a child because any retaliation could have killed the kids bullying him. After his FaceHeelTurn, he uses that history of bullying to justify his willingness to murder children.²* KickTheSonOfABitch: Any time the Plutonian interacts with other bad guys.²** He tricks a posse of his old RoguesGallery into activating the self-destruct sequence to the Inferno's secret lair, pretending that the buttons he was handing them were kill switches that would incapacitate him somehow. The fact they were [[WhatAnIdiot stupid enough]] to believe he ''had'' a weakness, or that he would willingly hand the means to it over to his enemies even ''if'' such a thing existed, something he gloatingly lampshades, makes it easy to laugh their deaths off.²** Frying Modeus' face off is done for the sake of being evil, but considering that Modeus is one of the most dangerous criminals in the ''Irredeemable'' universe, it's kind of hard to feel sympathy for him.²* KryptoniteFactor: [[spoiler:The Candle of the Nahru Visna is the only thing that can make the Plutonian vulnerable. Bette Noir made a little bit of its wax into a bullet in case Tony ever went rogue.]]²* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Taken rather literally with Samsara.²* LikeAGodToMe: The Plutonian is repeatedly referred to in this manner owing to his PhysicalGod-like power levels, though it's seldom a compliment. ²* LotusEaterMachine: As a reference to ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything'', the Vespans have [[spoiler:stuck the Plutonian in one at the end of Chapter 19. When disengaged from it, he's ''still'' stuck inside, having chosen not to awaken. His dream? That he was able to atone for his sins, literally erase everything away, and have a second chance. And then it starts to get ''weird'' and horrifying]].²* LoveHungry: The Plutonian was this down to the core. Sure, he saved the world and helped people, but [[SecretlySelfish it was mainly because he wanted everyone to love him]]. He CantTakeCriticism whenever he made a mistake (or even if the person commenting was just a bitter {{jerkass}}), making him utterly terrified of failure. And when he does make a ''really'' bad one (which loses him his sidekick's trust), that is when he goes off the deep end. ²* {{Magitek}}: The Candle of Nahru Visna is described as 'a weird hybrid of sorcery and science'. Modeus has also combined his super-science with sorcery, with assistance from Encanta.²* MakeThemRot: DK, a minor villain, has this as his power.²* MeaningfulName²** Scylla and Charybdis, the legendary rock and a hard place; Scylla appears to be every inch the hero (this being the very reason Kaidan loves him instead of Cary), while Cary's descent since Scylla's death shows that he's lost any sense of propriety, not mentioning that ''Scylla'' is the name of a hideous monster in Roman and Greek literature. ²** Plutonian's name has a couple different ones. One meaning can be taken from how it's derived or associated with Pluto, the Roman god that is the {{Expy}} to the more well-known Greek god Hades, God of Death and Ruler of the Underworld. He's also as distant as can be from humanity in general (like the dwarf planet Pluto). Additionally, it's almost a homonym for plutonium, an element which can offer humanity great power but is incredibly dangerous if mishandled.²** Bette Noire sounds like a fun pulp-style name for an adventuress. In French, it's a colloquialism about a dangerous thing to be avoided at all costs. Bette contributes heavily to Tony's moral decay, but doesn't fully realize it until they visit his Fortress of Solitude. She also has little problem bedding him [[spoiler:after he returns]].²** [[spoiler:"Eleos" sounds a lot like [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Elohim]]. This, of course, makes the Plutonian [[FallenAngel another]] [[{{Satan}} trope]].]]²* MeasuringTheMarigolds: Done mockingly by The Plutonian in the first issue.²-->'''The Hornet:''' Puh-please... Not my daughter too... She's only a little girl...\²'''The Plutonian:''' I know exactly what she is. She's a carbon bag of atoms and bioelectricity.²* AMillionIsAStatistic: Invoked by the Chinese and Japanese leaders when they convinced the acting US President to release [[spoiler:Plutonian's parents]] in an effort to stop him. The procedure would lead to the slow, agonizing death of ''one third'' of what remained of the world's population, but would stop the Plutonian from killing the rest.²* MoodSwinger: The Plutonian's swings from placid to psychotic are a major element of why he's terrifying.²* MuggleFosterParents: Deconstructed. Having a foster son with a SuperpowerLottery means no privacy and poses a threat to your other kids. Many of Plutonian’s foster parents are ultimately DrivenToSuicide. And it’s no better for the child, who can hear everything their foster parents say, creating massive insecurity. Being bounced from home to home proves to be Tony’s StartOfDarkness.²* MundaneUtility: We see the Plutonian using heat vision to warm a cup of coffee in the third issue. [[MythologyGag Superman has done the same in his own works.]]²* [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone My God, What Have We Done?]]: [[spoiler:We don't see much of them, but this is implied to be the reaction of Tony's "parents" upon seeing the devastation which he and they (unintentionally) unleashed.]]²* MyGreatestFailure: Before he went insane, the Plutonian gave a piece of alien technology to a mudslinging scientist to be adapted for the benefit of mankind, also giving him a signal device to call him in the case that anything could go wrong. [[spoiler: The device turned out to contain a sound-based virus that only killed children. The Plutonian and the Paradigm might have been able to stop it early on, but Tony was on the moon, enjoying ten minutes of silence from the constant cries for help that his super-hearing picks up]]. This not only rocketed him toward his FaceHeelTurn, but seemed to affect him even after he became a villain - he still keeps a (rather unsettling) memorial to the victims he failed to help in his Citadel.²* NiceJobBreakingItHero²** See MyGreatestFailure for the most obvious of these on the Plutonian's part, though his former teammates have their share too.²** Bette Noir [[spoiler:could've stopped the Plutonian way early on by getting the bullet she made out of the Nahru Visna candle wax, which is the only object known to render him powerless]]. So why didn't she act sooner? Because she got that candle wax by [[YourCheatingHeart going behind her husband's back]] with [[spoiler:Tony]]. She let millions die to cover up a single act of infidelity.²** As of issue 31, Gilgamos gets this [[spoiler:by Scylla's ghost after killing Cary. It turns out Cary was the source of the power he and his two brothers (they were actually triplets) wielded, and with Cary's death, the third brother Elliott, who Gilgamos thought would get all the power, loses his own.]]²* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The US president who holds the press conference with Plutonian when they announce the formation of the Paradigm greatly resembles UsefulNotes/AlGore.²* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: What sets off the Plutonian's spiral to villainy was [[spoiler:he gave a piece of alien technology to a scientist and Tony even checked the scientist's heartbeat to see if he was lying about using that technology for good purposes]]. While there's an ego reason behind it, there were some good intentions behind it.²** In fact, this happened pretty frequently to Tony. Two childhood flashbacks in particular illustrate this:²*** One time, Tony tried to [[BullyHunter defend a girl he'd befriended from a bully]]. When he shoved the bully back, he accidentally killed the other boy.²*** In another, Tony killed an [[DomesticAbuse abusive foster father]] in the hopes that it would make his foster mother love him. Instead, she was terrified and eventually committed suicide.²* NotSoDifferent: Charybdis becomes increasingly like the Plutonian as time goes on. By the time the comic draws to a close, his allies are wondering if he's anything resembling an improvement over Tony after all.²* OhCrap²** In a dark twist of the classic line used for introducing Superman, Scylla screams "Look! Up in the sky!" when he sees the Plutonian has found them.²** [[spoiler:Modeus gets this when he discovers that Plutonian knew he was inhabiting the body of Samasara the entire time.]]²** [[spoiler:Modeus gets a teary one when Plutonian rejects him once again after a tender session of rape. Figures.]]²** [[spoiler:And yet another when Qubit finally imprisons him in a mental prison after he tries to escape following Bette Noir's body's destruction by the Plutonian.]]²** [[spoiler: Qubit gets one after learning Cary/Survivor's dark secret.]]²** [[spoiler: Gilgamos (and everyone around him) gets one after killing Cary]].²** The Plutonian gets one when he realizes [[spoiler:Modeus possessed Cutter.]]²* OmnicidalManiac: Plutonian becomes this.²* ParanoiaFuel: Invoked in-universe. Wanting to mess with people besides killing them, the Plutonian decides to point out how he might be able to disguise himself as anyone in a wide-range message to the people of Earth.²-->'''Plutonian''': You know what they say about the gods of myth. That they would disguise themselves and walk among you as ordinary people. I confess [[ClarkKenting I do that]], but... who am I? [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse That guy down at the end of the bar? The new recruit? The foreigner who just moved upstairs?]] I know what you're thinking. That at least in this moment, I can't be standing next to you. There is that. But I should add one thing. This has been a pre-recorded message. '''Sleep tight'''.²* PersonOfMassDestruction: The Plutonian can destroy an entire city in less than an afternoon and sank a whole island nation to the sea in less than an hour.²* PetTheDog: Even after becoming a crazed, homicidal maniac with the end goal of bringing the world to its knees for not appreciating him enough, when the Plutonian finds out [[spoiler:Samsara has survived his lobotomy with his brain functions intact, he at once becomes friendly and protective of his former sidekick again (even getting food for him by murdering owners of gas stations). Naturally, the series still manages to make this terrible as Samsara isn't really back, as he's just possessed by Modeus. Then it's revealed that the Plutonian knew it was Modeus all along; he was just playing along because he was amused by Modeus' FoeYay crush on him. The PetTheDog sentiment's still there, as seen in the LotusEaterMachine example. Plutonian wants to reverse everything, but doesn't know how.]]²* PhysicalGod: Plutonian is the strongest being on the planet, and nothing in the (comic) universe so far (with the exception of Max Damage, Survivor, the Eleos, and Bette Noire [[spoiler:once Modeus taps into the full extent of her powers]]) has a chance against him. [[spoiler:He's a reality warper, making him ''more'' god-like, although he's unaware of his true abilities. His parents have his powers to a greater degree and can ''also'' TimeTravel]].²* PowerNullifier: The Candle of the Nahru Visna, a magical object that's the only known thing to render Plutonian powerless.²* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: The entire point. [[spoiler:(And, apparently, not just for the Plutonian...)]]²* ProudWarriorRace: The Vespans. [[spoiler:After they capture The Plutonian, they agree to leave Earth and never invade again, simply because of an agreement they'd made with a (now dead) Earth human.]]²* PsychopathicManchild: One possible interpretation for the Plutonian's need to be loved. It's especially apparent in his confrontation with one foster family that gave him up for accidentally injuring their baby brother and leaving him permanently brain damaged.²-->'''Plutonian:''' Why do you keep treating me like a ticking time bomb?!²* RealityEnsues: This trope is one of the main themes of the series.²** In a flashback from his early teens, the Plutonian hears his foster mother is about to commit suicide. He gets there in a fraction of a second. But sound takes almost ten seconds to travel two miles. She was already dead before he left his school desk.²** Bill Hartigan, the foster parent who forged him into The Plutonian, teaches him to be [[LiteralMinded completely selfless]]; Tony [[ALessonLearnedTooWell took it a tad too far]] when he withheld the fact that [[spoiler:his foster mother has terminal cancer and he has known all along. When she dies, his foster father kills himself in guilt.]]²** On a more general note, MuggleFosterParents would really have no idea how to handle the super-powered child who throws tantrums sometimes. The girl you've been dating won't find it fantastic that you've lied to her constantly about your secret identity. A BadassNormal won't stand a chance against a guy who has super strength and can shoot lasers out of his eyes. Indeed, the resident Batman expies, Hornet and Inferno, are very quickly dealt with by Plutonian (the former's death scene is the opening scene of the series, and the latter was killed off-screen without any manner of fight being shown or even referenced), a vicious hammerblow to the usual idea of a Batman vs Superman conflict. Because if a man who can destroy planets through brute force wants you dead, martial arts training, nifty gadgets, and money won't do jack to save you. ²* RealityWarper: [[spoiler:Tony, albeit unknowingly. The Eleos (his "race" of origin) are this to an even greater extent]]. ²* RegionalRedecoration: The Plutonian sinks Singapore into the ocean. This is ''not'' the worst thing he's done.²* ReplacementGoldfish: Played with. Both Cary and his brother Scylla had crushes on Kaidan and she wound up dating Scylla. When Scylla was killed by the Plutonian and Cary left alive, Cary expected this to come into play so he and Kaidan would start dating, especially when he becomes The Survivor. [[spoiler: It doesn't play out that way, especially when Kaidan discovers Scylla is still alive and begins searching for him. This might be one of the many reasons why Cary is deliberately avoiding finding out where his brother is.]]²* TheRevealPromptsRomance: The Plutonian was going for this, except that his girlfriend became so upset that he had lied to her all this time that she immediately broke up with him (and revealed his secret to their coworkers). One of the main differences between him and Superman - Superman isn't the kind of PsychopathicManchild who would naturally assume that Lois Lane would be thrilled about being lied to all those years. Empathy and maturity would have gone a long way in that delicate situation. Then again, Plutonian pursued his girlfriend by actually entering the radio station because of her; in Superman's case, Lois happened to work at The Daily Planet before any romance sprang, making Plutonian's case all the creepier.²* RuleOfCool: Kaidan's superpower is being able to summon the spirits of great warriors by recounting their stories. The characters in said stories are souls of samurai and Feudal warriors. It's awesome. [[spoiler:She later finds that she summon the spirits of superheroes and open a path through the underworld]]. ''Double'' awesome. Even Qubit is surprised by this (and he's the one that figures it out for Kaidan), and this is a dude that can create technological wonders out of thin air!²* SadisticChoice: During his [[spoiler:destruction of Singapore,]] the Plutonian caught his former teammate Qubit, who tried to evacuate citizens. The Plutonian allowed him to pick ten whom he'd let escape... [[spoiler:to painfully illustrate the answer to Qubit's question: "All that power, all that responsibility... what does that feel like?"]] He then [[spoiler:incinerates every other Singaporean on the scene]].²* SamaritanSyndrome: Nothing quite whittles away at your love of mankind than having to serve them 24/7. The Plutonian suffered a huge case of this before he went nuts, constantly hearing, and feeling he had to answer, calls for help every minute of every day. After one particularly ungrateful victim was rescued, he got fed-up and took a ten minute break by flying to the moon, where there was no sound. [[spoiler:During those ten minutes, a child-killing virus broke out, partly because he'd given a piece of alien technology to a human scientist]]. Even after his FaceHeelTurn, there are traces of this. He promised to listen to everyone, but nobody believed he meant that literally.²* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Max Damage immediately abandons Qubit when he learns that Qubit's master plan for saving the world from the fallout of [[spoiler:Plutonian's parents' release]] involves [[spoiler:making the Plutonian ''even more powerful''.]]²* SealedEvilInACan: ²** Keeps happening to the Plutonian, including interplanetary travel, a black hole, a sun, a LotusEaterMachine, and time travel.²** Played with in regards to [[spoiler: Plutonian's parents.]] Personality wise, they're SealedGoodInACan, but the ContainmentField used to seal them is the evil; [[spoiler: when the seal is broken, humanity is doomed by the unleashed radiation, but they gave Plutonian some needed disciplinary action.]]²* SealedGoodInACan: [[spoiler:Plutonian's parents.]]²* SecretIdentity: The Plutonian had one, and upon revealing it to the woman he loved [[spoiler:she promptly told their four coworkers and rejected his affection]]. It was one of the bigger contributing factors to his FaceHeelTurn.²* SecretKeeper: Subverted. Dan Hartigan’s workmates are about the tell the world the Plutonian’s SecretIdentity immediately after they find out, and they would have had the Plutonian not quickly flown into outer space and destroyed their satellite. When he returns, he is BurningWithAnger.²* SexSlave: Encanta is forced to be one for the Plutonian between issues 3 and 7.²* {{Sexbot}}: Modeus built a half-dozen sexbots resembling Tony.²* ShoutOut:²** Tony's tragic childhood is a shout-out to ''Literature/ItsAGoodLife''. {{Lampshaded}} by Hornet.²** References to two of [[ElectricBlackGuy Volt's contemporaries]]:²-->'''Gilgamos:''' I know you! You're [[ComicBook/BlackLightning Black V-]]\²'''Volt:''' That's... the ''other'' guy.\²'''Gilgamos:''' [[ComicBook/{{Static}} From Philadelphia?]]\²'''Volt:''' That's the '''other''' other guy.²** The Plutonian is put into a LotusEaterMachine, a clear reference to the classic Superman story ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything''.²** In one scene, the US President wonders if [[ComicBook/TheKillingJoke maybe the Plutonian snapped because he had "one really bad day"]].²** The finale harkens to ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'' as [[http://www.comicsforge.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/ending.jpg a pair of boys have a great new idea for a superhero]], much like Superman trying to create a universe without a Superman ends up with someone creating a familiar superhero comc.²* SmugSuper²** In addition to the rapid walk down a very dark path he seems to be taking, The Survivor is becoming one of these [[spoiler:as he's more than a little bit too pleased with himself in recent issues after the pwning he helped give the Plutonian.]]²** The Plutonian after his FaceHeelTurn. When he became evil, it turned out Tony's false modesty was exactly that.²* SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond: PlayedForDrama. The Plutonian has an intense, driving need to be loved by everyone around him and receives endless praise from being the world's greatest super-hero. But he's unable to get over the few people who don't shower him with praise, leading him to bitterly think that the entire population of Earth are nothing but selfish, ungrateful animals. ²* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: As brief as it is, the Plutonian's HeelFaceTurn also shakes up the supervillain community who had once seen him as the ultimate "goody-two-shoes" and they're not sure if he's really going to be on their side. Surprisingly, he's not. As a result, most of the other supervillains of the ''Irredeemable'' verse have either reformed (Max Damage), laid low, or just [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere quit altogether]].²* StarfishAliens: The Ultrasonic Lifeform that infects children and spreads through their (and their immune parents') ''screams''.²* StepfordSmiler: The Plutonian's defining personality trait prior to his breakdown. He was the "Unstable" type with more than a few touches of the "Empty/Depressed" kind.²* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Deconstructed. [[spoiler:The Plutonian's only real super-power is warping reality and violating the laws of physics. He's as strong as he needs to be because he re-writes the universe to make himself that way.]]²* SuperpowerLottery: ²** The Plutonian was the clear winner, which led to certain members of the Paradigm resenting him even before his FaceHeelTurn. While he acted humble during his time as a hero, he didn't mind gloating once he went evil. At one point, while killing Gazer, Tony remarks how he made him totally redundant, being able to do everything he could do but better. [[spoiler:Turns out he "only" has RealityWarper powers -- since he thinks he could win, he does.]]²** Charybdis[=/=]Survivor is another winner. How else would you describe someone who can fight off the Plutonian successfully?²* SuperSenses: The Plutonian, to a truly insane degree. He can perceive the movement of ''electrons'' inside people's brains.²* TakeThat: Just to make sure that no-one misses the subtext, the first issue comes with a long essay about how comic fans saying mean things on the internet suck and will destroy comic heroes. The essay was written by Creator/GrantMorrison, not Mark Waid, and is not quite as simplistic as that. If anything, the subsequent issues since number one have indicated Morrison's reading of the point is a bit off from Waid's true intent. To elaborate, said essay wasn't saying anything about people talking on the Internet destroying heroes. Morrison was talking about people's opinions, the difficulties in changing them, and what a hero must have to do to become completely [[TitleDrop irredeemable]]. And how Waid showed him the script for the first two issues, after their discussion if the internauts will ever stop seeing him as a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] {{Fanboy}}, a reputation Waid earned after ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''.²** This is justified in the text itself, in a flashback to one of the triggering events of the Plutonian's fall. [[spoiler: After Plutonian has literally saved an entire stadium's worth of people from a bomb, he hears the cheers of almost everyone... except for one snotty jerk who calls him an 'underwear pervert...' a term coined by Creator/WarrenEllis and [[https://boingboing.net/2006/03/18/marvel-comics-steali.html popularized by Cory Doctorow to protest the trademarking of the term super-hero]]. Here it comes across as the ultimate internet forum comment, only the Plutonian not only hears it, but in one sense hears it more clearly than all the praise]].²* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Kaidan must tell a story to activate her powers. It is more of a snippet than a full story, but those couple of sentences are racing against drawn guns.²* TechnicalPacifist: "Everyone knows Qubit doesn't kill"... Humans, that is. He's fine with killing an entire spaceship full of Vespans and Orian, the space demon.²* {{Technopath}}: Qubit's actual power.²* TeleportersAndTransporters: Quibit has built several devices that seemingly produce wormholes. [[spoiler:The Vespans, having had access to his technology, weaponize them and defeat Plutonian with them. After Qubit takes them back and Plutonian's escape from the prison-planet, they're put out of action.]]²* ThenLetMeBeEvil: This is what happens when Superman gets pushed slowly over the years with ungrateful comments, snide remarks, and generally being treated like a time bomb, and he finally says "oh ''fuck it''"[[note]] or more accurately, '''"Fine."'''[[/note]] and ''boy'' [[NightmareFuel it's not pretty.]]²* ThrowAwayCountry: Averted. [[spoiler:The destruction of Singapore]] is shown in full, and is just as horrifying as it should be. [[spoiler:And although not shown, the death of tens or ''hundreds'' of millions in Australia and India is treated with equal horror.]]²* TookALevelInBadass: Charybdis (later taking on the alias Survivor), a second-tier superhero, gains a considerable boost of power when his brother dies, putting him on the same level as The Plutonian.²* {{Tulpa}}: It turns out that [[spoiler: the Plutonian]] was basically this. Unfortunately, the woman who gave him (unwitting) form was mentally ill and full of guilt over killing her baby. This did not, of course, help his own psyche later. ²* UnexpectedSuccessor: General Walter Ehrlich becomes President of the United States after the Plutonian (apparently) kills the President, Vice President, and [[TwentyFifthAmendment all others in the Constitutional line of succession]]. These [[KilledOffscreen deaths all happen offscreen]], but there is a shot of the White House half-destroyed.²* {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s: Every superhero universe needs them, and like several such tropes they are {{deconstruct|ion}}ed. SuperSenses meant that the Plutonian could constantly hear bitter {{Jerkass}}es, like the one from the football stadium he saved in a flashback depicted in the first issue and the EntitledBastard with the yacht, who made snide comments about his costume and refused to accept him no matter how many times he saved their asses. This was one of several factors that contributed to the Plutonian's breakdown.²* UnReveal: Qubit never says what he sees in the Survivor’s mind that leads him to ally with Modeus and rescue the Plutonian.²* UnskilledButStrong: While practically a PhysicalGod, the Plutonian turns out to have next to no hand-to-hand combat skill due to never really needing to learn how to fight. Weirdly, this is subverted in a story about him told by Max Damage, who says that he ''expected'' this when he caught the Plutonian in a field that nullified their powers... and got knocked onto his ass for his troubles. He could be exaggerating the story for effect, though, and might simply have been caught unaware by the fact that a depowered Plutonian was not totally incompetent. That, or Tony's [[spoiler:RealityWarper powers were still in effect.]]²* UnwillingRoboticization: What Qubit threatens Encanta with to make her reveal what she knows about Modeus.²* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: The UngratefulBastard who complained of the bullet damages to his yacht, after Plutonian and Kaidan saved him from a pirate attack. This particular event made Plutonian to seek solace in the moon for 10 minutes, [[FromBadToWorse but then the virus strikes...]] True there's other {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s as well, but this is the guy who's the figurative spark that ignited the whole fuel spill.²* VillainProtagonist: The Plutonian.²* WalkingWasteland: Minor background villain Dekay melts everything he touches.²* WhatTheHellHero²** [[spoiler:Bette Noire gets it particularly hard. After escaping a trap set up by the US army and a demonic bounty hunter, who revealed her secrets to her teammates, she meets up with her father and, desperate for some kind of support, comes clean with him. He then tells her that her inaction not only cost him everything he had, but also caused the deaths of the rest of their family at the Plutonian's hand. When she asks for forgiveness, he simply says "Not now".]]²** Survivor is furious with Qubit for foiling his plan to kill Plutonian. Survivor later tells a group of farmers that Qubit is helping that he let Plutonian get away, and they begin to physically attack him.²** Qubit calls Survivor out on [[spoiler:giving murderous supervillains full pardons in exchange for help to clean Earth up]] when [[spoiler:Cary should be looking for his NotQuiteDead brother instead.]]²** Survivor [[spoiler:gives one to his and Scylla's retired and estranged third brother Elliot for not trying to help them stop Plutonian's rampage, or even use his powers to help others.]]²* WhosLaughingNow: This seems to be a major factor in the Plutonian's snap into madness. Flashbacks to his life as a hero show him to be very bad at dealing with critics, to the point that he often seemed to resent the people he felt obligated to save. In particular, the other supervillains are much less comfortable dealing with him once they know he has no trouble killing them.²* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler:Invoked near the end of the series as a last resort, Kaidan and Gilgamos are prepared to plant the Tree of Life, granting every living thing on the planet immortality but due to the consequences it would bring (no longer being able to have children, go to the afterlife, and worst of all, possibly stuck forever at the mercy of the Plutonian), they hesitate until the last minute, where Qubit stops them and saves it as a 'Plan B' in case his plan doesn't work.]]²* WonderTwinPowers: Scylla and Charybdis are have something like this going on, where they're only super while close to one another. [[spoiler:Except not really; this is a lie that they used to make Scylla feel better about simply siphoning his brother's power. After Scylla's death, Charybdis only faked being powerless to get to the Plutonian, who he felt he could handle with double his normal power.]]²* TheWorldIsNotReady: Tony makes the mistake of revealing to Alana his secret identity as the Plutonian, which only results in her revealing this to her co-workers and them almost revealing it to the world; it's implied that The Plutonian's Dan Hartigan was like Superman's Clark Kent, meaning his only possibility of blending in and having a normal life. Superman argues that ''he is Clark Kent'' and that he would go insane if he had to be Superman all the time[[note]]-as seen in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''-[[/note]]; the story takes this point and amplifies it to its logical, albeit monstrous, conclusion, which is The Plutonian going insane for not being able to be Dan Hartigan (among other even more messed up things).²* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: {{Subverted|Trope}}. [[spoiler:Tony mentions why as he was growing up he was ostracized, out of fear he might hurt the other kids, and casually explains that now he's TheUnfettered and doesn't have to worry about such things... chucking a grenade at a terrified mass of huddled schoolchildren in what is one of many {{Moral Event Horizon}}s.]]²* WouldHurtAChild: Plutonian has no qualms with killing children. [[spoiler:Tony's first human mother and the one whose desire for a child forged him into a human body, to a horrifying extent.]]²* YouKilledMyFather: While the Plutonian needs to die for the safety of Earth and has slaughtered countless people already, the thing that seems to really [[ItsPersonal make it personal]] for Charybdis/Survivor is that he also killed his brother. Of course, this being Cary (and even when his intentions are noble), he manages to mess up basically everything he touches because of his pride, even reaching the end of undermining his brothers Scylla and Elliott, and rapidly eroding everyone's respect for him.²* ZombieApocalypse: The Sonic Plague [[BodyHorror liquefies children's flesh and animates their bones.]] Worst part is that it spreads like wildfire through the ''screams'' of the living. The Paradigm managed to stop it before it got out of control, but the damage is done and this plays into one of the biggest reasons behind the Plutonian's FaceHeelTurn.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tropes specific to ''Incorruptible'']]²* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Recap pages all share Max's WantedPoster which informs us that he is wanted for manslaughter, terrorism, armed robbery, conspiracy and interstate flight.²* TheAtoner: Max Damage after his HeelFaceTurn.²* BadassAndChildDuo: Max and Jailbait; Max and Headcase arguably start as this as well, before she becomes wayward and crazy.²* BadassNormal: Sidekicks Jailbait and Headcase have no superpowers, but they can handle themselves.²* BlessedWithSuck: Max's super-strength and invulnerability increase proportionally to how long he stays awake. However, he is just as susceptible to the mental effects of sleep deprivation and stimulant drugs as the rest of us, and will [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity exhibit poor judgment as a result]]. [[spoiler:He's also vulnerable for up to a full hour after waking up.]]²* BreakHerHeartToSaveHer: What Max tries to keep his PerkyFemaleMinion Jailbait out of harm's way.²* BrokenBird: Jailbait; Headcase after [[BreakTheCutie plot hits her]].²* BruceWayneHeldHostage: When Max Damage learns about Dan Hartigan being Plutonian's SecretIdentity, he gets mad because he had that "weakling" as a hostage many times and now realizes Tony has been making fun of him all this time.²* BulletSeed: Max Damage catches a bullet in his teeth and spits it out, shooting the gun out of a cop's hand thusly.²* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Annie/Headcase learns this the hard way.²* TheCommissionerGordon: Lieutenant Louis Armadale is roped into being Max's reluctant ally.²* CoversAlwaysLie: ''Incorruptible'' has become extremely guilty of this since Christian Nauck became the main cover artist. See that epic fight scene between Alana and Headcase on the cover of issue 13? Yeah, that's exactly what happens in the comic, just without Alana and Headcase fighting each other, being angry at each other, or having much interaction at all.²* DarkerAndEdgier: Not in the sense that it's more pessimistic than ''Irredeemable'' (which is definitely not a sunshine and rainbows kind of story) but it has a much more "[[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks gritty]]" tone, with villains modeled on Neo-Nazis and magicians who power their spells with VillainousIncest. Plus, the [[DarkAgeOfSupernames unfortunate codenames]] of Max Damage's sidekicks (Jailbait, [[BrokenBird Headcase]], [[BondageIsBad Safeword]], [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Hatecrime]]) are practically a RunningGag.²* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:After a brief dust up caught on film where Plutonian and Max are buried in mine, Max makes a secret deal the Plutonian to leave Coalsville alone under his protection. The details of which haven't been revealed on panel.]]²* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Headcase]]²* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Commissioner Armadale]]²* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:After Max runs the Plutonian out of town and everyone thinks he is the ultimate hero, he enters into one with forces of St. Lucifer and the military forces that intended to take over the only place Plutonian was ever repelled from.]]²* {{Ephebophile}}: Max Damage likes 'em young: he met sidekick/girlfriend {{Jailbait}} in a brothel when she was fifteen and he [[VagueAge somewhere between 30 and 40]]. She's sixteen when the series rolls around, but his HeelFaceTurn drove him to break up with her for a JailbaitWait.²* EvenEvilHasStandards: Besides the standard enlightened self-interest angle he usually cites, Max seems to have hit this when he saw the Plutonian wipe out an entire city. Keep in mind, Max was on the verge of wiping the city out ''himself'' in a fit of depression [[BlessedWithSuck about the drawbacks of his powers]]... but seeing the Plutonian actually doing it shook him to his core. In short, Max was on the receiving end of the treatment of a supervillain -- the sort of thing he did before. It made him feel helpless and like a victim but also made him realize he could be better. Perhaps as a side "benefit", one of the reasons he was a supervillain in the first place was because his powers prevented him from being normal. Thus Plutonian's rampage let him experience that in a very real way.²* EvilCannotComprehendGood: As called on by his friends early in the series, Max starts out his hero career by simply doing the complete opposite of whatever his villain instincts tell him to do, which may not always be the smart thing.²* HeroWithBadPublicity: For painfully obvious reasons. [[spoiler:This changes, for a while, after he beats the Plutonian.]]²* HeroWithAnFInGood: {{Subverted|Trope}} in that Max is actually doing a pretty good job at doing good, but he has no actual idea how to ''be'' good, other than to do the opposite of whatever he did as a villain. This is exactly why he asked Alana to join him. This is also why his friends are wondering how they will tell Max, [[spoiler:who heard the whole thing, that the Plutonian has been captured, meaning that Max has little reason now to continue on as a hero.]]²* HighAltitudeInterrogation: Max Damage, needing information from Origin, does so by dangling him over a vat of chemicals containing a tentacled monster.²* HonorBeforeReason: Max Damage destroying most of his villain gear and ill-gotten loot as part of his HeelFaceTurn. Resources that would've been invaluable in fighting The Plutonian (the reason for the turn in the first place). He's invoking this trope intentionally, reasoning that he has to be perfect now, but he isn't sure how to do it. [[spoiler:It's implied in places that he's not very good at this, as he may have killed another supervillain and definitely handed over some white supremacists over to the people they previously attacked.]] Another reason he might have done this is because he's smart enough to know that nobody would trust him if he still had all his weapons, after seeing that their BigGood turned on them. ''Irredeemable'' makes it pretty clear '''no-one''' had weapons capable of really hurting The Plutonian. Ultimately, the explanation for this trope is right there in the title. Max has to be ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin because he knows that if he doesn't do absolutely everything he can to be totally and utterly [[TitleDrop incorruptible]], he'll either backslide or never be good enough to challenge the worst supervillain the world has ever known. Thus all the money and gadgets and vehicles have to go, since in his words it's all "blood money".²%%* IHaveYourWife²* TheInsomniac: Max Damage's strength and invulnerability increase in direct proportion to how long he's been awake. A bit of BlessedWithSuck, as he is still affected by the mental instability that naturally occurs from the lack of sleep. After issue 29, [[spoiler:this applies to Alana, too]].²* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Why Max breaks up with Jailbait. With the Plutonian on the rampage, Max is no longer so intimidating that his enemies would leave his girlfriend alone. Also part of his new honorable turn as mentioned above: he refuses to be with her until she turns eighteen, even after she makes it clear she won't leave him despite the danger.²* LogicalWeakness: Max's strength and invulnerability increase the longer he's been awake. Of course, people - Max included - still need to sleep, as staying awake too long has negative effects on mental health.²* MoralityPet: Max adds Alana and Armadale to his posse to invoke this trope. And boy, does he need it -- it is horrifyingly subverted by Jailbait and Headcase, both of whom do their cute girl best to drag Max back down (Jailbait is a sixteen-year-old he saved from sex slavery... who became a bloodthirsty adrenaline junkie and daily ''begged'' Max not to keep being heroic; meanwhile Headcase, after the murder of her whole family, has become a truly frightening DeathSeeker {{Yandere}} who would ''kill'' anyone that threatens her warped worldview or her relationship to Max). [[spoiler:He ultimately realizes that a Morality Pet isn't enough, and he resolves to be a better hero by being more open to other people in general.]]²* NoSell: Safeword tries her power on the Plutonian. Unsurprisingly, it doesn't work (to her credit, she didn't really expect it to, but she figured it was worth a shot).²* NoodleIncident: [[MsFanservice Jailbait's]] cage match against the {{Hentai}} [[{{Fanservice}} Brothers]]. [[spoiler:Jailbait won]]. And it was hot.²* PowerNullifier: [[spoiler:Sleep. He is vulnerable for roughly an hour after waking.]]²** [[spoiler:In the epilogue, he's telling a bunch of people about]] the time he locked himself and The Plutonian in a field generator that nullified both of their powers. Max figured that, with all his powers, the Plutonian thought he'd never need to learn hand-to-hand combat. The Plutonian proved him wrong.²* RealityEnsues: Max Damage makes an example of Headcase, who sets out to kill the murderer of her parents. When she's successful and as soon as he understands that she has a death wish, he surrenders her to the authorities for the crime.²* RedemptionQuest: The premise of the series.²* RoomFullOfCrazy: Max scribbles equations in marker all over the walls of Alana's house in issue #13 as he tries to construct a plan to defeat the Plutonian.²-->'''Alana:''' This is what you feel you can do to other people's homes?²* SociopathicHero: Played straight. While Max has a couple moments where he shows genuine concern for others, for the most part, he has no moral compass of his own. [[spoiler:By the end, he's trying to get rid of the "Sociopathic" part.]]²* ThouShaltNotKill: Max is trying to stick to this as part of his HeroicVow.²* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Max tells Alana this to get her to stop beating herself up over feeling like she caused the Plutonian's SanitySlippage and breakdown.²[[/folder]]²²----

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