Later Members (first iteration)
Katherine "Kate" Bishop/"Hawkingbird"/Hawkeye II
- "I have no powers and not nearly enough training, but I'm doing this anyways. Being a super hero is amazing. Everyone should try it."
- See Kate Bishop for a list of tropes and more info
Cassandra "Cassie" Lang/Stature/Stinger
Species: Human mutate
- "I did the best I could. And Im through apologizing for who and what I am."
Thomas "Tommy" Shepherd/Speed
Species: Human mutant
- "I don't have feelings. And I don't hold hands."
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Due to being a speedster, he has a very limited attention span by our standards.
- Arrow Catch: In Secret Invasion he catches a quickly-thrown sai aimed at Teddy with no problem. Justified due to his super speed.
- Badass Boast:
- Pretty simple but effective in issue 6 of vol.2, when he explains and demonstrates to Prodigy how many weeks of work he can do in few minutes.
- Subverted in the team's first meeting with Runaways, when he tries one on Chase ("I'm all you need"), only to find out he needs something more than bragging to impress a guy with a pet dinosaur.
- Big Brother Instinct: He's protective of Wiccan in his own way (even though they are twins and neither actually knows which one is older). He's also fond of Molly Hayes, whom he goes out of his way to protect in the Secret Invasion crossover.
- Blessed with Suck: Like his uncle Pietro, having super speed means he perceives "normal" life as excruciatingly slow. In issue 6 of the 2013 run, he comments "Snails never get it."
- Characterization Marches On: He has a big zeal for destruction in his first appearance, but it's toned down as the story goes on.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His biological parents got divorced and the Young Avengers found him in a juvie, where he was presumably experimented on.
- Distressed Dude: He's whisked away by an unknown entity dressed in Eli/Patriot's old costume in vol.2 #6. He returns during the afterparty in #14, and his return is explained in #15.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: His codename. He's a speedster.
- Identical Stranger: Other characters immediately note his stark resemblance to Billy. They're eventually revealed to be the somewhat-reincarnations of the Scarlet Witch's twin sons.
- In-Series Nickname: Tommy is short for Thomas.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being Vitriolic Best Friends with pretty much everyone, there are some moments where he can't quite cover up just how much he cares.
- Junior Counterpart: To his sort-of uncle, Quicksilver — he inherited the super speed, white hair, and smidge of jerkassery.
- Morality Pet: Molly of the Runaways bonded with Tommy when the two teams teamed up, and he's shown to be particularly protective of her whenever the two teams meet up. He also seems to have a soft-spot for Kate, given he tends to be far more friendly with her than the rest of the team (besides some flirty teasing on his part), largely due to their on-off casual relationship.
- Not Good with People: As evidenced in his clumsy attempts to cheer Billy up. He admits to Teddy that he cannot blend in with normal people.
- Polar Opposite Twins: To Billy in almost every aspect from their personality to family background.
- Secret Legacy: Son of the Scarlet Witch, with the powerset of her brother Quicksilver.
- Sixth Ranger: He joins the Young Avengers some time after the team has gotten comfortable with each other.
- Stuff Blowing Up: A side effect of his Super Speed — he can vibrate extremely fast in order to make things explode.
- Super Reflexes: A side effect of Super Speed — because normal life is comparatively slow for him, he can react instantly to things.
- Super Speed: His power.
- Tangled Family Tree: See above under Wiccan's entry.
- Token Evil Teammate: Or as Billy describes him, the "team sociopath".
- Tsundere: He'd mock his teammates and deny having any affection for them but can be very sweet when they're down.
Jonas/The Vision II
- Depending on the Writer: The writers couldn't seem to decide whether Jonas was the original Vision in a new, younger body, or an entirely new character. Ed Brubaker and Brian Bendis wrote him as the former, while Heinberg wrote him as the latter. Since the return of the original Vision, it's been definitively stated that Jonas was an entirely different character.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He was rather abruptly killed off once Marvel decided to bring back the original Vision.
- Identity Impersonator: Kate has him impersonate her on a mission so she can fool Executioner into thinking he hadn't figured out her secret identity (and thus, couldn't use it to blackmail her).
- Intangible Man: He can become this.
- Junior Counterpart: To the original Vision.
- Killed Off for Real: After he refuses to let Iron Lad bring Cassie back to life, stating that it could damage the timestream further, Iron Lad kills him.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Justified as his body is from the far future where this trope would be more plausible.
- Robot Me: His brain patterns were based on Iron Lad's.
- Sacrificial Lion: In Children's Crusade.
- Shapeshifting: He can also shapeshift.
- The Smart Guy: He's essentially a walking supercomputer, so he fulfills this role for the team.Nico: How much time do you spend in the library?
Jonas: I am a library.
- Spock Speak: Again, walking supercomputer. This is pretty much required of him. He drops it as the series goes on.
- Tangled Family Tree: He could be seen as either brother or father of Billy and Tommy, depending if you see him and previous Vision and same person or some sort of robotic father and son. Among his other family members you have Ultron, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Crystal, Luna, Victor Mancha, Polaris, Magneto and so on...
- Tin Man: He actually works to become more emotional and human-like.
- Walking the Earth: For a short while after Civil War, where he picked up many experiences.
Later Members (second iteration)
America Chavez / Miss America
- "The Laws of Physics can kiss my ass."
Noh-Varr/Marvel Boy/Captain Marvel/Protector
Species: Kree/Cockroach hybrid
- "...I come from a dimension where there is transcendental peace and universal enlightenment. But there are no close harmony girl groups. How could anyone leave a world that makes things as wonderful as this?"
- Alien Arts Are Appreciated: Kieron Gillen describes him as an "alien hipster". His initial rejection of human culture when he first appeared has turned into a fascination not unlike certain modern Westerners becoming fascinated by African cultures. Though this depends on who's writing.
- And I Must Scream: How he says his time captured by the Cube Warden felt like to him.
- Arrow Catch: Once, he caught an arrow thrown by Kate in mid air while running to attack her.
- A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: Noh-Varr breaking up with Kate. If he would have controlled his desire of getting his old life back for a few more minutes, he would still have Kate.
- Badass Beard: Grows one after discovering the joy of country music and Gram Parsons.
- Be All My Sins Remembered: He isn't proud of his actions both as Marvel Boy and The Protector. Or his time as Warden's slave.
- BFG: His primary weapons are guns big enough to remove the heads of gods.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In the Civil War crossover with the Runaways. Everybody's aware of it, which explains why neither Billy nor Teddy seems to mind his presence, considering what he put them through back then.
- Character Development: Started as Well-Intentioned Extremist that looked down to humanity, then became inspired by story of Captain Marvel and in the end fell in love with human culture (and human girls).
- Chick Magnet: He was dating a Kree woman, Meree, just before he crashed to Earth, had a brief romance with Exterminatrix, a short-lived romance with Moonstone and a longer relationship with Annie, before getting together with Kate. Lampshaded by Spider-Woman, as she got annoyed that an alien man with no social skills was getting more dates than she was. This comes back to bite him in the ass, as his ex-girlfriends are back and teaming together with Mother and Leah to take down the group.
- Combo Platter Powers: Aside from some of the tropes below, he also has:
- Super Reflexes: From his Kree nature.
- Super Speed: Enhanced, to the point where he can enter the "White Run", cutting out all outside influences and move/fight at maximum efficiency.
- Super Strength: Also a byproduct of his Kree nature.
- Super Toughness: He's triple jointed, from being mixed with the DNA of a cockroach.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Because of his background, he's a very formidable opponent.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Vol. 2 treats his past exploits as this.
- Dynamic Entry: In issue four of Vol. 2, where he busts through the window of a diner. He even describes it as this trope.
- Depending on the Writer: His personality varies a lot from writer to writer. Even after Young Avengers, not all writers have him loving earth culture and recent stories have him preferring to stay in space.
- Experimented in College: Or more specifically while serving on an "exploratory ship", a term which has more than one meaning to his people.
- First Girl Wins: So far, Noh-Varr can't find a person who matches the feelings he had when he was with Oubliette. This is most likely the reason why he broke up with Annie and the real reason why he broke up with Kate.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: Noh-Varr blatantly admits to not believing in higher powers when conversing with Fantomex, turns out Kree offspring are tutored in a binary code which disproves the existence of transcendent beings. Hence his immunity to the Weapon XVI contaminant.
- Friends with Benefits: Kate's relationship with Noh-Varr seemed to be this and it is implied that a Relationship Upgrade happened at some point. However, he confessed to Kate in the middle of battle that he still has some feelings for Exterminatrix. She's not happy with this and ultimately broke up with him. They are still friends but no word on the benefits part.
- Heartbreak and Ice Cream: Despite remaining friends with Kate, Noh-Varr took his break up with her pretty badly — never coming out of his floating space station, drowning in break up songs and junk food and rejecting any kind of contact with other living beings.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Among his many powers are his exploding fingernails and psychadelic saliva. They're both more than enough to stop Drax the Destroyer.
- HeelFace Turn:
- Was one of the main antagonists in the The Runaways/Young Avengers crossover mini series and briefly ran with Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers.
- He also betrayed The Avengers to the Kree during Avengers vs. X-Men, which resulted in him being stripped of his role as the Protector. Later, he switch sides again and tries to amend his mistake by helping the Avengers, however this time, they don't accept him back and banished him from earth.
- Heinz Hybrid: Part Kree, part cockroach.
- Human Aliens: He has the exact anatomy of a male human, but is a pink Kree.
- I Have Many Names: Marvel Boy, Captain Marvel and Protector. He rejects them all nowadays.
- It's Not You, It's Me: What he said to break up with Annie and Kate.
- Klingons Love Shakespeare: Noh-Varr really loves Earth pop, especially Phil Spector singles. He has a vinyl collection and can spend hours talking about music if no one stops him.
- Legacy Character: To the earlier Marvel Boys originally (though he personally had never met either one.), as well as briefly taking the Captain Marvel title in the Dark Avengers. By Young Avengers Vol 2 he's dropped the codenames, but stars using Marvel Boy again when he joins the Guardians of the Galaxy to avoid confusion with the other Nova on the team.
- Master of Your Domain: He has a technique for rerouting pain signals to his auditory cortex i.e. turning pain into music. There is also the White Run technique (see Super Speed above) that he used to defeat both the Young Avengers and the Runaways during Civil War.
- Mess of Woe: After breaking up with Kate, his room on his space station turns into this.
- Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: The only reason Noh-Varr broke up with Kate was because he couldn't get to feel like before with her. She was perfect for him otherwise.
- Morph Weapon: Marvel Boy has, among other equipment, a pair of bracelets strangely reminiscent of the Kree Nega-Bands. They have the ability change into weapons like a plasma blaster and razor blade which doubles both as shield and sword. He also has a "pocket battlefield," which is a bit like a portable Reality Warper device that alters space-time in a small area to confuse his enemies and give him an advantage.
- Mr. Fanservice: See the first scene of Young Avengers vol. 2 #1, where he's dancing shirtless.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He's the co-founder of the Utopian Kree faction, alongside the Plex Intelligence (which he brought along from his universe), Kree who are dedicated to not being murderous arseholes and instead to doing good things.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: His stilted pattern of speech, strange word choice ("Park of Central"), and lack of knowledge about Earth custom is at least partly a fake. Lampshaded by himself.Noh-Varr: My faking it is total.
- Offscreen Breakup: With Annie whom he was dating before leaving earth in the Avengers vs. X-Men event. Later it's revealed that Noh-Varr is the one who broke up with her claiming he was the problem and left. The little glowing piece that Noh-Varr left her before leaving was never mentioned again.
- One Steve Limit: Played with, since his name is phonetically similar to "Nova" he insists on being called Marvel Boy to avoid confusion with Richard Rider during his stint with the Guardians of the Galaxy.
- The One That Got Away: He thought Oubliette was this, which was why he broke up with Annie and Kate. After breaking up with the latter he begins to think she was this too.
- Reality Warper: In his own words, he can create pockets of reality where the laws of physics are what he says they are.
- Redemption Failure: After he left Osborn's Dark Avengers, he became one of the good Avengers. Later, in Avengers vs. X-Men the Supreme Intelligence of the Kree told him to get a sample of the Phoenix Force and steal it from the Avengers if necessary. He did that but then regretted it and betrayed the Kree. Everyone hates him now.
- Threat Backfire: He threatens to leave Prodigy alone in space in his space station, if he didn't come with him and Hulkling to help him find the Exterminatrix. Prodigy, who is very impressed with the idea of living in space, agrees to stay. Noh takes him back anyways.
- Token Evil Teammate: Was the least heroic and personable of a crew of Kree explorers, and it was the Earth's bad luck that he was the only one of them to survive the crash.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His casual outfit in the After Party.
- Wall Crawl: Thanks to his DNA, he can run and stick to most surfaces without too much concern.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Was introduced as this. His ship got shot down by a mad scientist and, being the only survivor, was captured and tortured before he could escape. So he had very good reason to view Earth as a pretty terrible place, and while his methods were violent, he genuinely believed it would be in the interests of everyone if Earth were terraformed into being more like his home planet.
- Walking Armory: Has access to a wide variety of advanced Kree weaponry.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Not quite "black heart", but he was kind of a jerkass at the beginning, and especially when brainwashed by the Cube Warden. Definitely subverted nowadays.
- Young Conqueror: After he was released from his brainwashing, the Runaways crossover ended with him declaring his former prison the capital of the new Kree Empire. He's mellowed a lot by Volume 2, but the team's journey through the multiverse features several Earths where he made good on the threat.
Species: Depowered human mutant
- "Listen to me: you have a choice...strictly following the ancient code of ninjutsu and being a dead ninja or going in like I say and maybe being a live ninja."
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Thanks to his powers, he learned everything about anyone he met...including how they like to wipe in the bathroom.
- Bearer of Bad News: He tracks Billy & co down to inform them that Tommy is spirited away by some unknown entity.
- Black and Nerdy: Nothing says nerdy like (formerly) having the power to absorb knowledge from everything.
- Blessed with Suck: His power allows him to know everything other mutants know, including very awkward stuff.
- Brought Down to Normal: He lost his power in the M day.
- Dark Secret: Prodigy gained one in Original Sins. He is in possession of Terabytes of information regarding the Watcher's secrets, information that everyone believe, was lost.
- Deadpan Snarker: The way he copes with his soul-sucking job.
- Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: He's introduced doing tech support for superheroes, which is portrayed as incredibly frustrating. He also describes the workload as "enough for five" yet the supervisor still says that he's under call quota. However, he can't quit because his history with the separatist X-Men group bars him from better jobs and he doesn't want to be involved with the X-Men anymore.
- Forceful Kiss: Gives one to Teddy. One could think that after two instances of drama involving him and this trope in New X-Men he would know better.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: The above mentioned plan involves calling few friends for help. And by friends we mean a huge army of teenage superheroes.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He falls for Teddy and tries to make him break up with Billy out of jealousy.
- Kansas City Shuffle: In Original Sins, he played one of this with the Hood. The Young Avengers were helping Hood to retrieve the Watcher's many hidden secrets, however they also were planning to kick his ass once all the information were safely stored. Hood knew this and devised a plan to ensure his safety. If anything were to happen to him before he got the information, the key that decipher the information would have been transferred to computers all around the world. However, Prodigy altered the information while building the machine and generated a key just for himself, leaving the Hood with nothing even after he escaped.
- Knight in Sour Armor: His previous experience with the X-Men leaves him rather jaded, and he isn't pleased that Tommy drags him into investigating the supposed thief at their workplace. He doesn't exactly fight it however.
- Not So Different: Next to Loki he's the smartest member of the team, which may actually explain their initial dislike for each other. He proves he can be just as much manipulative and selfish when he tries to break Billy and Teddy's relationship, and just as deceitful when he tricks his friends into thinking he got rid of the Watcher's secrets when in reality he kept them for his personal use (mainly to use them for the good of others but still).
- Outside-Context Problem: Word of God states he's one for Loki, as his plans didn't took into account somebody like him joining the team. This is also the reason he won't make "meet the team" blogposts for David, like did for other characters - he enjoys the fact people don't know what to expect from this guy, thanks to his status as this.
- The Rival: He was one to Wiccan for Hulkling affections for a time but Hulkling chose Billy in the end and he got over it. He was also one to Loki in trying to outsmart each other.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: With the help of mathematics, he manages to narrow down the gang's favorite haunt and even nails down their favorite order.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: His orange shades can have this effect, notably in the scene where they investigate Tommy's disappearance.
- Teen Genius: He was intelligent before, but amplified when he gained the power to absorb knowledge.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In New X-Men: Academy X he had a history of doing this when some of his friends acted out of the line (for example, Josh having an affair with a teacher, Noriko trying to Break His Heart to Save Him). In Young Avengers he for once ends up being on reciving end of this when Billy calls him on kissing Teddy and trying to break them up.
- Words Do Not Make The Magic: He knows some magic words but has no power behind them - he considers magic "irrationality", which he's never been good at. Lucky for him, they still instinctively scare parasites from other dimensions.
Loki Laufeyson/Kid Loki/Teen Loki/ The Third Loki
Species: Frost giant
- "Putting the Avengers together. It's Loki's greatest hit."
Careful, unmarked spoilers for the whole series follow. Read at your own peril.
The god of lies himself. Or at least, the current version of him. Loki got very interested in Billy and how powerful he was. Having learned that his powers were becoming a little erratic due to his kid body being unable to withstand them, he planned to take Billy's powers by manipulating a lot of people in order to unleash a parasite into the world who would consume Billy, but not before Loki would get all of his power. However, he backed off at the last second and actually ended up helping Billy and the rest of the Young Avengers to escape the parasite. Since then, his objective was to manipulate Billy into altering reality and giving him all the power to control it as well. He got a victory by actually convincing Billy into giving him a new, more powerful body of a teenager. However he ultimately failed in his purpose of getting the ultimate power over reality when his guilty conscience forced him to confess all his deeds. This, along with Billy having realized that he was still too naive to mess with reality, was Loki's downfall and he eventually decided that it was best for the Young Avengers to continue without him as he was afraid of influencing them in the wrong way or betraying them again.
After leaving the team, he decided to start atoning for the mistakes of his older self and became the All-Mothers' secret agent. If you want to know how his story continues, go here.