A US Air Force pilot who joined up because her father refused to fund her way through college, instead supporting one of her brothers who had lower marks than her, she became the USAF's top pilot and left the service a Lieutenant-Colonel. She spent time in Air Force Intelligence, teaming up with Wolverine, and then joined NASA. Her first appearance had her become the sidekick of Captain Mar-Vell and she later got powers like his via the Kree Psyche-Magnitron (basically a wishing machine).
She became first Ms. Marvel, then Binary and Warbird before going back to Ms. Marvel. Despite an intriguing past, compelling and popular enemies in Mystique and Rogue, a strong Flying Brick power set that then took a step up into the Cosmic Entity tier, and long term membership of the Avengers and association with the X-Men, she went through a Trauma Conga Line and spent a long time as a second stringer who even Stilt-Man didn't recognise.
Only following House of M, which showed her her potential to be the greatest hero in the world, did she kick on in and out of universe (she even got a publicist In-Universe). She got her own solo comic before taking the mantle of Captain Marvel for her own as part of Marvel NOW, becoming Captain America's right hand woman and turning up absolutely everywhere.
- Abusive Parents: Old Man Danvers tended to think Carol's role in life was to be a babymama, and was occasionally physically abusive, Carol once casually recounting how he "whaled the tar outa [her]" for sneaking out of the house when she was a teenager.
- Ace Pilot: She used to be in the Air Force.
- Action Girl: She's currently known as 'Earth's Mightiest Hero' for a very good reason.
- The Alcoholic: For a time, during Avengers Vol 3. She was unceremoniously booted off the team for it, and it took some time for her to recover.
- All Your Powers Combined: Though actually it's all of her own powers combined: as Captain Marvel she has both her original Ms. Marvel powers and her Binary powers (though the latter only activate if she's absorbed enough energy).
- Amazonian Beauty: Her muscles, toned broad shoulders, toned stomach, muscular yet voluptuous body, and long muscular legs tend to stand out in those skintight outfits she wears.
- Ambadassador: She's currently "Ambassador Extraordinary" for Earth, acting as liaison to other civilizations. Often this consists of beating people up.
- Arch-Nemesis: Mystique used to be this, having made it her mission in life to destroy Carol. Then it passed to Rogue for stealing her powers and putting her in a coma, then... nothing. Moonstone took the role for a while thanks to impersonating her during Dark Reign, and modern writers haven't really come up with one since.
- Authority in Name Only: In the Mighty Avengers days, Carol was supposed to be the team's field leader, but when you have a micromanaging boss like Tony Stark, Carol rarely got treated like the actual leader.
- Badass Normal: Even before becoming Ms. Marvel, Carol could still hold her own, being an experienced and highly decorated Air Force officer. Counts as an Empowered Badass Normal after gaining powers. Taken even further in Ultimate Marvel, where Carol is still a military woman and never gained powers nor became Ms. Marvel (but as an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. she gets to be S.H.I.E.L.D. Director for a while).
- Bare Your Midriff: Her original Ms. Marvel outfit featured her toned stomach.
- Boisterous Bruiser: In the 2014 Captain Marvel issue #1 her two favourite things are Star Wars and punching stuff.
- Break the Badass: Again, and again, and again, and again.
- Buffy Speak: In some more recent versions, Depending on the Writer. Averted in her original characterization, when her diction was generally cultured and precise.
- Butt-Monkey: Carol has a bad tendency to get the short end of the stick, dignity wise. Most superheroes have generally crappy lives, especially in the Marvel universe, but bad things seem to happen to Carol with greater frequency than anyone else short of Spidey and Bruce Banner. Fired, depowered, booted off teams, mind-raped, disliked by her coworkers, subject to humiliations no-one should have to go through, insulted repeatedly...
- Damsel in Distress: Started off as this for Captain Mar-Vell. Only in the sense that she was taken captive, though. Carol Danvers didn't bother with the damsel-ness.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Danvers' early superhero career included rape, sudden pregnancy, kidnapping, and being depowered.
- Depending on the Artist:
- Whether her black Ms. Marvel costume came with heels on the boots or not.
- Her haircut as Captain Marvel. Is it power hair? A pixie cut? Long flowing locks? A sort of Mohawk-thing? The advent of her live-action movie seems to have stabilised it to flowing locks.
- Depower: Lost her Binary powers in the early 00s, which drove her to drink. They didn't come back until early 2007, during a fight the Collective. Since then, they're back, but only when she absorbs enough energy to make them work.
- Distaff Counterpart: What she started out as. She's long since gotten out from under Mar-Vell's shadow.
- Drinking on Duty: During Avengers vol 3, Carol starts drinking while superheroing. The only one who actually notices is Iron Man, who doesn't say anything because he feels it isn't his place. Eventually, Carol starts lashing out at everyone, and accidentally badly injures Lockjaw the dog at a serious moment, prompting the Avengers to suspend her from the team.
- Dude Magnet: Many men, including Spider-Man, War Machine and Star Lord, find her attractive.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: For one of Marvel's longest serving heroines, she didn't get much respect from her fellow heroes. It's why she took up superheroing again after M-Day, to prove she could be one of the world's greats.
- As of Marvel NOW and her taking of the Captain Marvel name, as well as her establishing herself as Captain America's second in command, she's largely shaken this off.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Cheeseburger"
- Flaming Hair: As Binary.
- Flying Brick: Danvers has flight, super-strength, resistance to injury, and the Most Common Superpower. Twist: She can absorb ambient and directed energy, and project energy blasts from her fists (though she also had a sort of "seventh sense"/luck power for a while), but despite her impressive power level she has always been something of a second-stringer. This was played with in the House of M event, where in that Alternate Universe she was the greatest non-mutant superhero in the world. And since people kept their memories of the House of M reality, her knowledge that she could be that good has spurred her to new heights, her own monthly title, and leadership of The Avengers.
- Four-Star Badass: Holds the rank of Colonel in the US Air Force, so going by "Captain" Marvel is a downgrade. In one issue, she uses this fact as an excuse to order around Captain America since he is "just a Captain" (in another, it's Played for Laughs). Problem is, the writer of the issue was apparently unaware that Captain America is a retired Brigadier General, and thus would still outrank her. He's taking an even bigger downgrade than she is.
- Genius Bruiser: Downplayed. Carol is very smart, but she comes up short compared to the likes of Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Not that Carol is always mellow anyway, but she was a very bad-tempered drunk, responding to simple requests from Captain America with accusations that he doesn't think women can think for themselves. She got better after getting sober.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Has a bit of Kree DNA in her, due to how she got her powers. In Life of Captain Marvel #3 it's revealed that her mother was secretly Kree. So, Carol's always been half-Kree, it seems.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Carol is this with Jessica Drew, after Jess saved her life in Avengers (vol. 1) annual #10, the two remaining as good friends who are rarely seen apart when appearing on the same team, and often guest-starring in the other's book.
- I Have Many Names: Danvers' codenames have included Ms. Marvel, Warbird, Binary, and Captain Marvel.
- Informed Deformity: Brian Reed's run on her title had characters repeatedly calling her fat apropos of nothing.
- It's Personal: First, with Rogue. When Carol met her again after their first encounter, she punched Rogue through the X-Mansion roof. They eventually came to an understanding, of sorts. And with Mystique, who made it her mission in life to get at Carol by any means necessary, including brutally murdering her loved ones. Then, with Kang / Immortus / Whatever-He's-Calling-Himself-This-Week, after the events of Avengers #200.
- Jekyll & Hyde: The early Ms Marvel days had Carol blacking out whenever she became Ms. Marvel, which caused some problems with her career. She eventually managed to solve the problem.
- Kick the Dog: Usually ends up handing these out in crisis crossovers.
- One example would involve arresting Julia Carpenter for being a Pro-Registration defector and working as a spy for Captain America during Civil War, in front of her own daughter - though she did have a My God, What Have I Done? moment afterwards.
- Not to mention her actions in Civil War II wherein she arrested and imprisoned a woman who was guilty of doing nothing — absolutely nothing — without any sort of due process being applied. Some felt she had fallen into Villain Protagonist territory at that point, and this action resulted in the woman despising superheroes and working to destroy them.
- She invokes Godwin's Law on Magneto when he compares her fascism in Civil War II to Hitler's. Yes, the Magneto who was actually in concentration camps in World War II, aka, someone who you can't invoke Godwin's Law on without coming off as an asshole at best.
- The Lancer: As Captain Marvel, if she's not the leader of a team she's on, she'll be second-in-command.
- The Leader: First off, for the SHIELD-backed Mighty Avengers team (but, see above). Then, the Ultimates (sort of - in the second volume, she concedes leadership to America Chavez). Come 2018, and she's the field leader of the Avengers team.
- Legacy Character: For Captain Mar-Vell.
- Leotard of Power: Her signature black Warbird costume is this.
- Mind Rape: What happened when Rogue took her memories. It took all the emotion behind them as well, and nearly killed Carol.
- Military Superhero: At times.
- Most Common Superpower: Carol is very buxom, even by comic book standards.
- Ms. Fanservice: Prior to her taking the Captain Marvel title, her outfits tended to highlight her large breasts, muscular yet voluptuous body, strong toned muscles, toned broad shoulders, sizeable backside and long muscular legs - and Depending on the Artist, even the Captain Marvel costume sometimes does that. In the era of the black-and-gold leotard costume she was usually subject to the Male Gaze.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Carol, being a career military officer, is very likely to follow her government's orders. This is why she sided with Tony in Civil War, and she very rarely will go against the government.
- Nigh Invulnerable: As a side-effect of being part Kree.
- Odd Friendship:
- Is very close with the down-to-earth and standoffish Jessica Jones, one of the embodiments of dark and edgy takes on superheroes in the 2000s.
- With Peter Parker, eventually — while he initially got under her skin, due to his constant quips (which she mistook for him not taking things seriously), they got on rather better once they got to know each other and had a fair amount of Ship Tease. As it was, their one date didn't go any further, but they ended up bonding over a shared love of New York street food.
- One-Woman Army: She defeated an army of Super-Skrulls during Secret Invasion.
- Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: According to New Avengers, she's never seen Ghostbusters, and doesn't even recognise the phrase "who ya gonna call", when Peter Parker and Ben Grimm quote it, much to their distress.
- Primary-Color Champion: Her Captain Marvel uniform.
- Secret Identity: She was very protective of hers during her early Avengers days. One poor schmuck working for Henry Gyrich tried to make her give fingerprints, and Carol informed him if he tried, she'd rip his hand off.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Her Warbird costume in vol 3 of The Avengers would be drawn with her back being exposed.
- She's Got Legs: She tends to have her muscular legs are usually highlighted through her original costumes that she wore during the times that she was Ms. Marvel (which were pant-less and Stripperiffic) and the tights of the current form-fitting outfit that she wears as Captain Marvel.
- Ship Tease: With Spider-Man after she agreed to go on a date with him. When she was possessed by the symbiote, Venom suggests to Spidey she has feelings for him. Despite mild flirting on both sides, they've become Platonic Life-Partners, though it's implied Peter wishes they got a Relationship Upgrade.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: While he gets under her skin, Carol developed an interest in Peter due to his good nature. When puts down he feels he doesn't belong with in the clouds with her and rest of the Avengers, she brings up she likes having him in the clouds.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Her signature black costume.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's almost six feet tall, muscular, and beautiful.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Old Man Danvers was an utter dick to his first-born child, telling Carol she shouldn't have bothered with that education nonsense, married some guy and produced lot of kids. It's why she joined the military in the first place, to prove him wrong about everything.
- Super Strength: Enough to, on one memorable occasion, drop kick Iron Man straight through a passenger plane and, during Avengers vs X-Men catch the top half of the Empire State Building.
- That Man Is Dead: For a time, after losing her memories to Rogue.
- The Teetotaler: Danvers used to have a serious alcohol problem. She later got sober.
- Trauma Button: Kang's face. Seeing his son Marcus looking like him during Kang War sent Carol ballistic.
- With Us or Against Us: Starts slipping into this during Civil War II. She even tries saying the phrase to the Ultimates, only to get interrupted by America Chavez expressing her opinion on the matter.
- Wolverine Publicity: Following Secret Wars (2015), Carol has been announced as a member of A-Force and the new Ultimates team, along with her own solo comic. She's also getting her own film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and appearing in season 3 of Avengers, Assemble!.
- Worth It: Once, as a teen, she snuck out of the house and headed to Cape Canaveral just to see one of the Apollo launches. She figured the severe beating she caught when she got back was still worth it
- You Fight Like a Cow: Less so than the likes of Spider-Man, but she sometimes gets in on this.
Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew)
See her own page.
Captain Marvel/Photon/Pulsar/Spectrum (Monica Rambeau)
See her own page.
Colonel Michael Rossi
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Sort of. Number of times Carol has mentioned him in the last couple of decades; about 4. And most of those were in an arc of the Ms Marvel in the late 00s, relating to pre-powers business, and he promptly vanished at the end of the arc.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: During a brief cameo in an issue of Uncanny X-Men (not coincidentally, when Chris Claremont was still the writer of Ms. Marvel), he meets with Stephen Lang, the very unstable head of Project: Armageddon and tells him his ideas are completely nuts, and vows to stop him.
A tough as nails old lady, she's Carol's former colleague when she was working as a journalist, who reappears after Carol becomes Captain Marvel, and is revealed to be dying of cancer.
An old friend from Carol's NASA days, Danvers was one of her instructors, Petrie was part of the NASA's Skylab program.
- The Bus Came Back: She came back in the final issue of the first Ms. Marvel volume, after being absent for twelve issues.
- Cool Sword: going with her new costume, part of her new get up included an "ionic sword".
- Evil Costume Switch: Following her brainwashing, she received a new yellow costume, that could project a forcefield, fire mini-missiles from its arms, and boosted her strength.
- Not Quite Dead: Was presumed dead, when the Skylab shuttle exploded, in reality she was "saved" by the Faceless one, who brainwashed her and took her to Guardians of the Galaxy's Drydock.
- Secret Keeper: She knows that Carol was Ms. Marvel, Carol revealed her secret identity.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She never reappears again following the finale of the original Ms. Marvel run.
Deathbird (Cal'syee Neramani)
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Like Mystique, she started as a villain of Ms Marvel before becoming tied to the X-Men.
- Winged Humanoid: as a result of being a Shi'ar genetic throwback.
Destructor (Kerwin Korman) and Doomsday Man
- And I Must Scream: He's trapped in a robotic body.
- Faux Affably Evil: treats Carol politely right up until the moment she refuses to give him what he wants (partly because she couldn't, even if she wanted to).
The KreeSee Marvel Universe race tropes.
Magnitron (Colonel Yon-Rogg)
- Aliens Are Bastards
- Back from the Dead: As Magnitron.
- Came Back Strong: As the psychic and fragmental supervillain Magnitron.
- Chest Burster: of a sort. His current form of existence is based on a fragment of the Psyche-Magnitron in Carol's head and as she gets weaker, he gets stronger.
- Enemy Within: His status as a fragment in Carol's mind.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He's partly driven by his jealousy of Una and Mar-Vell's relationship.
- Human Aliens: He is part of the Pink Kree who are identical to White humans. He tends to be depicted as a blue Kree in other continuities and adaptations though.
- Insane Admiral
- The Neidermeyer: He was a cowardly and self-centered high ranking officer of the Kree empire who tried to jeopardize his platoon's mission on Earth by Killing or framing Mar-Vell just so he could get his girlfriend Una.
- Reality Warper: to a limited extent.
- Smug Snake
MODOK (George Tarleton)
Has his own page M.O.D.O.K.
Moonstone/"Dark" Ms. Marvel (Karla Sofen)
- Alpha Bitch
- Arch-Enemy: For Carol nowadays.
- Big Bad: Arguably the most prominent for Carol in the modern times.
- Ice Queen
- Legacy Character: Karla Sofen became Moonstone by manipulating the previous Moonstone (who happened to be one of her patients) into handing over their power source.
- Psycho Psychologist: Sofen is practically the ur-example for the Marvel Universe. She used to enjoy convincing suicidal patients to kill themselves.
- Brain in a Jar: Or rather, multiple brains in jars as seen in the Avengers' storyline Operation Galactic Storm.
- Blue and Orange Morality: it has no problems killing 90% of the Kree if it removes the genetic gap that keeps them from evolving.
- Death Is Cheap: He was lobotomized by House Fiyero during Annihilation, saved by the Phalanx, and then killed by Wraith. That time stuck - the Supreme Intelligence these days is actually a copy made from back-up data.
- God-Emperor: He is the ruler of the Kree empire and he's also considered as a sort of deity by the Kree.
- Hive Mind: He was created by merging the minds of various Kree military officers, scientists and philosophers.
- Master Computer: He runs the Kree Empire
- Organic Technology
- Starfish Aliens: He appears as a giant green potato with tentacles for hair inside a tube.
- Villain Respect: While not always a villain, it's got a serious case of Blue and Orange Morality. It also has a very real respect for humanity, the Avengers and Carol in particular, as seen in Infinity when it subtly smacks down J'son of Spartax when he tells Captain America to go 'until cannon fodder is required', observing that humans have a much higher success rate against the Kree in battle than the Spartax do. During The Black Vortex, it also remarks that it gave Carol an audience because of its personal respect for her and the fact that the Avengers have been very generous to the Kree.