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HeroesThe various recruitable heroes and heroic NPCs.
S.H.I.E.L.D. and Mission Control
Director Nick Fury
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite the Urban Fantasy setting of the game, he veers into this at times, particularly in early chapters.
- Bald, Black Leader Guy: Following his depiction in the Ultimate Marvel and Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Curse Cut Short: Get used to hearing this guy say "Sonuva-"
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a dry, vaguely world-weary sense of humor.
- Eyepatch of Power: With an accompanying set of scars.
- Mr. Exposition: A role he shares with Hill and Stark, but he usually gets to speak first.
- Older Than They Look: Imbibed a serum that slowed his aging.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Congratulates the Agent on a job particularly well done by calling them "flat-out badass."
- Team Dad: Gruffer than most, but he cares about his men and women. And Tony.
Fury's second-in-command; a calm woman who doesn't let the pressure of the situation get to her.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Humorously subverted. At one point Gambit tries hitting on her after completing a mission, but she shuts him down pretty quickly.
- Played straight, though, in that she's willing to go to Hell and back for Rogue, with whom she has a tendency to butt heads.
- Iron Lady: This gal is all business.
- Only Sane Woman: Sees herself as this, given that she's the only one protesting the Punisher's presence on a team which contains several former criminals.
- Not So Stoic: Only once so far. In SO 16, when you unlock the Epic Boss, Sugar Man, her dialogue most certainly indicates that she is visibly horrified at the alterations made to Sugar Man's mooks, courtesy of the creature himself. This will probably never be shown again in MAA given how she's a pro at being The Stoic
- Power Hair: Short and to the point, just like most of her dialogue.
- The Stoic: She's generally portrayed as the most level-headed amongst Mission control.
- Straight Man: Always composed and serious, even in the face of Fury's irritation or Tony's wisecracking. This verges on The Comically Serious at times.
- Not So Above It All: Though even she can't resist getting in a snarky dig at Deadpool's expense.
Phil Coulson; A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent investigating the anomalous intersection of different dimensions in the wake of the Pulse, otherwise known as Incursions.
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Captain Obvious: Coulson has a habit of summing up what everyone already knows is happening, which elicits a lot of snark from Tony.
- Foil: To Tony Stark. Where Tony is alternately flippant or deadpan (though no less concerned) about the crisis of the moment, Coulson is completely in earnest and comes across as both excitable and inexperienced.
- Insufferable Genius: Quite possibly, with how he's referred to as the "self-proclaimed expert" on Incursions.
- Servile Snarker: He's definitely the low-man in the totem pole, but it doesn't stop him from getting in a few zings on his superiors, especially Tony.Tony Stark: He's M.O.D.O.K., smartypants. He could be talking about anything. The only thing he's ever really talking about is himself.
Agent Coulson: You are perfectly suited to recognize that, Mr. Stark.
- Single-Issue Wonk: Would you like to know about Incursions? Because Coulson would like to tell you about them. Repeatedly. Again and again. Because they're the cause of everything. Even when they probably really aren't.
- Unexplained Recovery: If a throwaway line from Deadpool is to be believed (admittedly a stretch), this is the same Phil Coulson who was last seen mortally wounded by Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tony. He's mastered the fine art of both insulting Tony and defending him against other insults often in the same breath.
Charles Xavier; Overall leader and mentor of the X-Men; real name Professor Charles Xavier.
- As You Know: Fury introduced him saying "Agent, I'm sure you have heard about Charles Xavier".
- Bald of Awesome
- Genius Cripple
- Like an Old Married Couple: With Magneto.
- Psychic Powers
The third member of the main Mission Control team. Tony helps break up long stretches of exposition by dropping whimsical tidbits of information, and generally lightens the mood. He is also the only member of Mission Control who operates in the field, as Iron Man. (See Iron Man's entry in the Blasters section for tropes about his uses in combat.)
- Ace Custom: Pretty obvious quite frankly, given the fact that he not only designed the Iron Man armor, but multiple version of said armor. Which also can apply to his numerous alternate costumes in-game as well.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's far more approachable than Fury or Hill, and he meets crisis situations with a seemingly-endless stock of one-liners. But he's also a technical and political genius who knows what he's doing and isn't afraid to get rough if he thinks it's the best thing to do.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Let's face it: Fury would have given him the boot years ago if he weren't so good at his job.
- Deadpan Snarker: In his own words, "snark is my department."
- Egopolis: upon hearing about all the Nine Realms, he's wishing for...Tonyheim. Really.
- Fun Personified: The most lighthearted member of Mission Control.
- It's Personal: Does this a number of times: when rioters start gathering outside Avengers Mansion, when Loki brags about how easy it was to disrupt the Vault, and when Stark Tower comes under repeated attack in Spec Op 9.
- Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Irreverent, talkative, and funny — unless you're the one whose toes he's treading upon. For example, in the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline, he felt no remorse that one of mutantkind's last hopes in saving their race, the Phoenix Force, was gone because of Avenger interference. He expected to be thanked by the X-Men for saving the world from the Phoenix.
- Like an Old Married Couple: With Pepper Potts. Half of the dialogue in Special Ops 9 was devoted to the two of them arguing.
- Never Live It Down: in-universe, during the Bright-Eyed, Bushy Tailed covert quests, Nick Fury twice reminds Tony of the time when he was captured by Doom, and that Squirrel Girl was the one who bailed him out.
- Pass the Popcorn: Called by name when Wanda agrees to fight Selene in Spec Ops 19.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He often makes humorous or sarcastic asides on what the more serious Fury and Hill are saying.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: After Nick Fury and Maria Hill were kidnapped, he ran Mission Control by himself and was far more serious.
- Smug Super: He's "handsome and rich and brilliant and funny", knows it, and loves to tell everyone else so they can know it, too.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Occasionally he reveals that he can keep pace quite well with the Cultured Badass characters.Captain Britain: [after defeating Whiplash] I have a special animus for Russians. I'll admit it. Legacy of the Crimea, perhaps.
Tony: I have a special animus for Whiplash. Legacy of him wrecking my car.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With...everyone, pretty much, though it especially shows up with Fury, Coulson, War Machine, and Rescue. With Hank Pym it veers more into actual back-biting and With Friends Like These....
- We Want Our Jerk Back: In Spec Ops 13 he gets uncharacteristically serious and pessimistic, and Fury actually outright orders him to "get your billionaire-playboy swagger back".
The player character: a new S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who just happens to be on the Helicarrier when the Pulse hits. Though the Agent can be either gender at the player's choice, dialogue indicates that the Agent is assumed to be male.
- Action Girl: If female.
- And This Is for...: Suggested by the weapon "Coulson's Revenge," even though Agent Coulson is alive and well.
- Airborne Aircraft Carrier/Cool Airship: Commands a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier.
- Assist Character: Can use a "Distress Call" to summon an ally's party member for a brief attack.
- Badass Bandolier: The second-most powerful uniforms have these, in keeping with comicbook stereotypes.
- Badass Longcoat: While the most powerful uniforms are leather trenchcoats, taking the stereotypes even further.
- Badass Normal: Often the only person on the team without superpowers (as even the non-mutant human heroes tend to have Charles Atlas Superpowers), though gaining the use of Iso-8 may elevate him/her to Empowered Badass Normal.
- Bag of Sharing: played with. So long as the Agent is in battle, the party can access the inventory and use Distress Calls. If the Agent is knocked out, the inventory will be locked. This also applies to Heroic Battles, where, since the Agent cannot participate, the hero/s in that battle cannot use the inventory. The Strike Team mechanic introduced in SpecOps 16 plays this straight, since the Agent can only be sent on one strike team; in the missions that do not have the Agent as a team member, the strike team can still access the inventory.
- Battle Aura: Suggested by the Power Armor uniforms which glow the color that corresponds to the uniform's class.
- BFG: The Agent has access to several of these, the most notable of which being Coulson's Revenge.
- BFS: These too.
- Clothes Make the Superman: can benefit from class bonuses just like heroes can all by simply switching uniforms. And then there are the special uniforms (usually rewarded from PVP) that also grant special abilities depending on the class.
- Combat Medic: The Agent can heal allies and restore stamina thru various gadgets or by using items during battle.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Can be invoked when the Agent counterattacks with "Brawl" and it finishes off the enemy. Now imagine that enemy being someone like Ultron or Dormammu.
- Ensign Newbie: Thrown directly from training into the front lines, thanks to the arrival of the Pulse, and becomes the point character for all the major battles thereafter.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]/Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Has whatever name you give him/her, but everyone else just uses "Agent".
- Heroic Mime
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Though the Agent can carry up to five items, only one is visible at a time.
- More Dakka: Depending upon the weapons, the Agent can land up to 12 hits per turn.
- Multi-Melee Master: Can bring up to five weapons or gadgets into combat and switch between them at will with no penalty.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: The female sprite is much less muscular than the male one, but both can hit equally hard.
- Power Copying: certain battle rewards allow the Agent to mimic abilities and/or attacks initially exclusive to a hero/villain.
- Rookie Red Ranger: He/she is a newbie S.H.I.E.L.D. agent immediately asked to take command of Earth's mightiest heroes against a growing threat to the world.
- Status-Buff Dispel: He/she can remove enemy buffs through items like the Mystical Munition or the Nanoplague, or gear like Foley's Heart Tickler and the Scroll of Angolob.
- Walking Armory: He/she has access to numerous weapons, be they guns, swords, or other deadly weaponry.
- What the Hell, Hero?: If you unlock Dr. Doom, several heroes will protest this decision. As a result, no hero will team up with you as long as Dr. Doom is on your team.