Later Members (first iteration)
Alter Ego: Katherine Elizabeth Bishop
Notable Aliases: Bishop, Hawkingbird, Princess
First Appearance: Young Avengers #1 (April, 2005)
The current leader of the team and co-protagonist of the fourth and fifth volume of Hawkeye. Kate had it all: a complete family with a loving mother, a sweet older sister and an extremely wealthy father. Despite all of this, she developed a compulsive desire to help others instead of living the high life (probably because of her mother's influence). One day, a guy assaulted her in a park and left her traumatized. After grieving and attending therapy, she realized the only person that could bring her out of her depression was herself. Soon afterwards, she started intense training in different kinds of combat and weaponry to ensure no one ever had to go through what she experienced. The day of her sister's wedding, a group of criminals held the ceremony hostage. After she assisted the Young Avengers in saving the day, she decided to join the team and was eventually accepted. Currently she is back in New York, still in contact with her team and helping Clint Barton too. Also, she is single.
She doesn't have any powers but she is skilled in many martial arts and weapons. However, her skills with the bow and arrows are so developed that sometimes it is implied they rival those of Clint Barton himself. Also, she is a great tactician and strategist, usually planning and leading the battles of the Young Avengers.
Alter Ego: Cassandra Eleanor "Cassie" Lang
Notable Aliases: Stature, Stinger, Ant-Girl, Giant-Girl
Species: Human mutate
First Appearance: Marvel Premiere #47 (April, 1979) note ; Young Avengers #6 (May, 2006) note ; The Astonishing Ant-Man #6 (May, 2016) note
Team Affiliations: Secret Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Young Avengers
As the daughter of Scott Lang, former engineer to the Fantastic Four and Ant-Man after Henry Pym, Cassie's childhood was already deeply entrenched in superheroing (to the point of being able to refer to Iron Man as "Uncle Tony"). She wanted to grow up to become a superhero like her father. However, after her father's death, Cassie was forced to live with her mother and a stepfather who resented all superpowered beings. When she learns of the Young Avengers, she joins Kate in seeking them out. They are both eventually accepted onto the team. In Civil War she is initially part of the rebellion but eventually becomes the only Young Avenger to join the Initiative.
As a child, Cassie frequently stole Pym particles from her father. After repeated exposure she gained the ability to grow or shrink at will, hence her codename "Stature."
Alter Ego: Thomas "Tommy" Shepherd
Notable Aliases: Speedy, Tommy Maximoff
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: Young Avengers #10 (March, 2006)
Tommy was born and raised in New Jersey. As a result of his parents' divorce and his growing powers, he found himself in and out of juvie. When the team uses the Avengers Fail-Safe Program to recruit other superpowered teens who could help them rescue Teddy, they break Tommy out of a high-security facility (where he was being experimented on), after which he joins the Young Avengers. His strong resemblance to Billy is instantly noted, and they are theorized to be the long-lost twins of the Scarlet Witch. Tommy and Billy search for her but are unsuccessful. They are later confirmed to be her sons in The Children's Crusade. Sometime after that and Volume 2, Tommy got fed up with the team and left. He started working for David's company, assembling machines, but is kidnapped by Fake Patriot for much of the volume.
Like Billy has the Scarlet Witch's powers, Speed has the power set of her brother Quicksilver — Super Speed and its Required Secondary Powers, high stamina and Super Reflexes. He can also produce hyperkinetic vibrations that can cause explosions and adjust his density so he can shift through solid objects.
- 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.
Alter Ego: Jonas
Notable Aliases: Neurokinetic Armor, Tony Stark
First Appearance: Young Avengers #5 (August, 2005) note ; Young Avengers Presents #4 (June, 2008) note
While exploring the destroyed Avengers mansion, Iron Lad found the remains of the original Vision and downloaded his operating system into his armor. When Kang attacked the Young Avengers, Nate took his armor off in order to avoid being tracked, and the Vision's OS activated the armor into becoming sentient. He remained in the custody of the Avengers for a time, during which he concluded that this new, advanced Vision had all the potential but none of the experience of the old Vision. After Civil War he spent some time Walking the Earth and adopted the name "Jonas" for himself, declaring himself a completely different individual from Iron Lad and the original Vision.
Jonas possesses many abilities of the original Vision as well as some of his own, due to his futuristic technology. This includes shapeshifting, density manipulation, self-propelled flight, energy manipulation, and extreme intelligence.
- 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)
Alter Ego: America Chavez
Notable Aliases: América Chávez, Li'l Chica, MAC, Miss America, Ms. America, Ms. A, USA, America Santana
Species: Fuertona mutate
First Appearance: Vengeance #1 (July, 2011)
Raised in the extradimensional Utopian Parallel by her two mothers, America is a multiversal traveler who ran away from home after Mrs. and Mrs. Chavez sacrificed themselves to save their universe.
Upon leaving the Utopian Parallel, one of her first major acts as a crimefighter came through joining the Teen Brigade, with whom she prevented the Young Masters of Evil from disrupting Chaos and Order. She also had a fling with the Ultimate Nullifier, which quickly ended due to irreconcilable differences between them.
Not much longer after her tenure with the Teen Brigade, she joined the Young Avengers to protect Wiccan —the future Demiurge— from Kid Loki, who'd previously approached America about killing him before he could devolve into the Demiurge persona. During this time, she began a close friendship with teammate Kate Bishop —AKA Hawkeye— and continued to serve on the Young Avengers, up until the collapse of the Marvel Universe.
She's a Flying Brick powerful enough that even Loki's afraid of getting hit by her. However her most valuable power probably is her ability to travel through dimensions. She can create portals to other dimensions with her star shaped tattoos. No one knows how she got these powers, especially when the inhabitants of her original dimension were so afraid of interacting with the rest of the multiverse.
In the wake of Earth-616's incursion with Earth-1610, America now existed on Doctor Doom's Battleworld in the Arcadia region. In this reality, America served as a member of A-Force, their amazon brigade of Avengers, and was also the foster daughter of Lady Loki and foster sister of Nico Minoru. Upon breaking one of God Doom's laws, she was sent to The Wall as punishment, but ended up joining Abigail Brand's secret siege against their ruler, alongside the Robin Hood-esque Lady Katherine of Bishop.
When the Marvel Universe was restored, America joined The Ultimates alongside Captain Marvel and Black Panther, working to take on cosmic threats to the multiverse. During the second Civil War, America went against her Ultimates leader and took Iron Man's anti-future profiling side, much to Carol's chagrin.
As part of Marvel NOW!, America headlined her first ongoing series —simply titled America— which followed her adventures as a multiversal college student.
After her solo adventure, She accepts Kate Bishop's invitation to join the new version of the West Coast Avengers as part of Marvel: A Fresh Start. In 2021, she got her own five-issue mini-series, America Chavez: Made in the USA.
America Chavez has appeared in the following works:
Notable Comic Books
- Vengeance (2011)
- Young Avengers vol. 2 (2013 — 2014)
- The Ultimates vol. 2 (2015 — 2016)
- A-Force vol. 1 (2015)
- Siege vol. 2 (2015)
- Ultimates2 (2016 — 2017)
- America (2017 — 2018)
- Marvel Rising (2018 — present)
- West Coast Avengers (2018 — 2019)
- America Chavez: Made in the USA (2021)
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), played by Xochitl Gomez
- Marvel Rising, voiced by Cierra Ramirez:
- LEGO Marvel's Avengers (2016)
- Marvel: Avengers Academy (2016)
- Marvel Puzzle Quest (2017)
- Marvel Future Fight (2017)
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (2017)
America Chavez provides examples of the following tropes:
- The Ace: America Chavez is one of the most powerful superheroes in the Marvel Universe that isn't a Reality Warper. She's beautiful, confident, and seemingly beloved by all—a sharp contrast to the fact many Marvel heroes are Hero with Bad Publicity types.
- Action Hero: Violence is her main solution. Her answer to the question "Do you have a plan?"? "Punch everyone".
- Amazonian Beauty: Look at the above picture, specifically her abs. She's also shown to have pretty muscular legs.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: She can fly through space unaided without having to worry about breathing.
- Boxing Battler: America's usual form of attack is to just punch her targets, and her solo series reveals that she took boxing classes for several years.
- Broken Pedestal: As the Demiurge, Billy was basically her God. Then she discovers he's just an angsty teenager.
- Captain Patriotic: Played with in that she fills in the niche of the "red, white and blue" superhero in the team but it's unclear what she thinks about America the Nation. She's Miss America because that's her real name.
- Chairman of the Brawl: During Civil War II, she expresses her opinion on Carol Danvers' increasingly authoritarian and "With Us or Against Us" attitude by smashing her over the head with a chair.
- Civvie Spandex: Her "costume" is essentially a Captain America t-shirt with a jacket and pair of shorts. Word of God is that her suit was designed with Cosplayers in mind.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Her mothers sacrificed themselves to create a paradise and future for her before she was ten. America couldn't stand by and see her homeworld do nothing, so she jumped into a portal and became a hero on her own.
- Cosmic Motifs: Stars are usually seen throughout America's wardrobe.
- Covers Always Lie: Her solo comic is simply called America, she always wears a Captain America t-shirt and both her clothing and the covers to her comics have a patriotic aesthetic. If you knew nothing about the character beforehand, you'd be forgiven for thinking she has some kind of connection to Captain America when, in reality, the comic is named after her, she barely knows Captain America and she has no established opinion on the country.
- Depending on the Writer: Is she Good Is Not Nice The Cape who sacrificed paradise to be a hero or a Smug Super It's All About Me Jerkass?
- Determinator: Once led an unlikely army of shades in a limbo dimension against the god-like master of that plane. Was repelled numerous times but still kept going until she eventually killed him with help of The Defenders.
- Defector from Paradise: She wanted to follow in her parents' footsteps, and figured that a perfect world didn't need heroes.
- Did Not Think This Through: Her parents Heroic Sacrifice was a Senseless Sacrifice which also traumatized their daughter. Apparently, they never thought a paradise world for America would require her loved ones.
- Dimensional Traveler: Has the ability to generate Star-shaped portals to other dimensions.
- Evil Counterpart: Simon Rodstvow from the Ultimates series.
- Experimented in College: Briefly experimented with heterosexuality while in the Teen Brigade.
- Even the Girls Want Her: As she puts it to Kate: "I've seen the way you look at me. You're not that straight."
- Fangirl: She idolized the Demiurge as a child and when she finally met Billy, she came to the conclusion that he's a bit of an idiot like everyone else. She still makes friends with Billy, though.
- Flying Brick: She can fly and pack a serious punch.
- Forced Prize Fight: In issue #6 of her solo series, America is forced to box against her former girlfriend Magdalena.
- Friendly Enemy: She described her relationship with Loki like this. It's truly based on mutual mistrust and snarking with occasional bouts of violence, but she is also one of the few people Loki shared his Super Cell Reception spell with.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Granted, America is a Latina character, but the Spanish in her solo book is actually pretty bad at times, with serious grammar or spelling errors.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Played with. Though she is quick to use violence as an option, she goes about it in a very calm and deliberate manner. For instance, she carefully puts down her chopsticks and tells the waitress she's "Good for the damages" before punching Loki through a wall.
- Has Two Mommies: She does, and they have the same powerset that she does and they're both dead, having apparently 'scattered themselves across dimensions' to give her paradise, which she rejected because of their deaths.
- Hereditary Homosexuality: America is a lesbian, much like her mothers. Her grandmother is also Ambiguously Gay.
- Hero of Another Story: She's been on her own, hero-ing, across a dozen different dimensions without a complaint and no desire to join any big super hero team. As she put it "You couldn't pay me to join the Avengers."
- Homeless Hero: Word of God has said that she started her hero-ing career right there on the streets and spent much of that time in various states of poverty.
- Homosexual Reproduction: Given that she comes from an entire world populated exclusively by lesbian women, it should be no surprise that Chavez is a product of this.
- It's All About Me: A quality derided in her 2017 series which has taken her from a Homeless Hero and self-sacrificing orphan to someone who has no interest in active superheroing. Among her various actions in the first six issues are pausing during a fight to think about her parents as her teammates get beaten up, giving up heroism because it's gotten boring, punching Hitler but not capturing or stopping him, and cheating on her girlfriend before dumping her for not moving in with her. At least some of this comes back to bite her in the ass, as if she didn't think it's too easy so she must be awesome, or was answering her ex-girlfriend's calls, the whole first arc of her solo could have been avoided.
- Last Het Romance: Ultimate Nullifier (the character, not the superweapon that scares Galactus). She'd really rather not talk about it.
- Legacy Character:
- She is at least the 3rd superhero using the Miss or Ms. America alias in Marvel comics. Miss America, Madeline Joyce, was a golden-silver age character; and a Ms. America, real name unknown, also graced the Fifty States Initiative in 2008.
- In the good future shown in the "Old Woman Laura" arc of All-New Wolverine, it's shown that she's actually taken up the mantle of Captain America.
- Lightning Bruiser: She's very fast and very strong. How fast? When Monica Rambeau observes America while moving at light-speed, America still looks like she's moving fast.
- Little Miss Badass: She'd been superheroing since the age of ten.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: She's willing to kill Loki when the guy's acting suspicious.I know what killing means and I'm pretty down with that.
- Mysterious Past:
- She clearly knows something is up with Billy and his fate, but when Teddy tries to ask her for more details, he receives a Death Glare in response. And in the horde of Alternate Universe versions of the gang, she doesn't have any counterparts.
- Hell, Loki's description of her in the Marvel NOW! short is this: "One mysterious interdimensional superhero with mysterious background and mysterious anger issues."
- It's revealed that America's homeworld exists outside the Multiverse and she's a Rebellious Princess who ran away from her utopian homeworld because she couldn't stand by to see her world do nothing after her mothers sacrificed themselves and left her orphaned.
- The Nicknamer: She has the tendency to nickname people she has especially strong emotions towards. So for example Loki became "chico", Kate "princess", and Carol "soldier girl", which lead to:Captain Marvel: Did you just give me a cute nickname, Chavez?Ms. America: You wish.
- Not Wearing Tights: She doesn't really have a costume, just themed clothing.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Things must be really bad if the normally stoic and serious America starts showing tears in her eyes. And in a heartwarming example, she's seen with tears down her face when Billy and Teddy make up.
- Precision F-Strike: She tries to prevent Loki from reciting a spell because she doesn't trust him, but then her two mothers show up. She immediately releases him with "%!@# that".
- Primary-Color Champion: Word of God says one of the reasons she was chosen is because she fills in this visual niche.
- Properly Paranoid:
- She sticks with the team specifically to keep an eye on Loki.
- Later on, she joins the Ultimates to prevent them from "going too far". When Carol Danvers starts becoming increasingly aggressive in trying to predict the future using the Inhuman Ulysses, America acts.
- Psychic Nosebleed: If she pushes her teleporting too far, her nose starts bleeding.
- Real Name as an Alias: Her real name is America Chavez.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Most everyone barely remembers the events of Secret Wars. America, meanwhile, remembers all of it, though she doesn't explain how. Possibly related to the Screw This, I'm Outta Here! example later (not dying, either in an Incursion, or with Battleworld, would mean she wasn't recreated at the end of the event like most other characters).
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She was a princess who decided to strike out and hero on her own.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: America chose to leave Battleworld via her portals, rather than stay and face the combined Annihilation Wave, Ultron army and zombie swarms when the Shield got up and left.
- She's Got Legs: Her short shorts seem designed to show off her muscular legs.
- Smug Super: America's biggest flaw in-universe is the fact she's not really all that humble about her powers, which include Flying Brick as well as teleportation powers. The 2017 series also has her enter semi-retirement as a superhero with annoyance that people seem to want her to save them. This includes telling off a female soldier when she tries to point out America could have stopped Hitler.
- Spicy Latina: Subverted; despite being prone to violence she is very calm and collected. She just has little tolerance for indirect methods.Kieron Gillen: But she hasnt a temper. Or, at least, none that weve seen on the page. Shes just terribly direct and believes that appropriate levels of violence are acceptable. She has little tolerance for games. [...] That's not a temper. That's control.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: As stated, her real name is actually America.
- The Stoic: She is calm and pragmatic. Gillen described her rigid control over her emotions as one of her fundamental character traits."She plays her cards close to her chest. She's probably swallowed her cards."
- Super Strength: It was once stated she could throw a tank to the moon, a feat very few probably could pull off.
- Talk to the Fist: A woman of action rather than words in most instances.
- Thinking Up Portals: And kicking them open. It's her mode of dimensional travel.
- Totally Radical: America's speech in her 2017 series is definitely the product of someone trying to talk like a millennial without actually knowing how millennials talk."Need a little vivaporu for that burn?"
- Unlimited Wardrobe: She's worn dozens of different outfits with a stars and stripes theme. While she has "official" costumes, it's pretty common that she fights in whatever she just happens to be wearing that day.
- Unrequited Love: It's implied in some of her stories that she has a crush on Kate Bishop, but Kate is usually either dating someone else or doesn't notice America's flirting. For instance, in Civil War II: Choosing Sides, America implies that Kate is her primary reason for staying in the 616-verse◊ the most, and tries to convince herself◊ that Lisa (her then-current girlfriend) wouldn't mind the two of them interacting so much. An unused story from Secret Wars: Secret Love had America and Kate (an alternate universe version of her) officially start dating, but it was cut from publication.
- Warrior Princess: In her pre-retcon origin, she hails from a world removed from the multiverse where her mothers were queens, she was addressed as "Princess America", and she's been doing this before she was even ten.
- When She Smiles: As Kieron Gillen puts it, a smile from Miss America is a rare and beautiful thing.
- Wonder Woman Wannabe: America takes a lot of cues from Wonder Woman; she's a super-powered princess who hails from an all-female utopia and leaves it for the "outside" world. Visually, her motif is a five point star, something Wonder Woman too has.
Noh-Varr/Marvel Boy/Captain Marvel/Protector
Alter Ego: Noh-Varr
Notable Aliases: Captain Marvel, Ensign Marvel, Mobile Defense Unit 564, Protector, Marvel Boy
Species: Kree/Cockroach hybrid
First Appearance: Marvel Boy (Vol. 2) #1 (August, 2000)
Ex-Avenger, ex-Dark Avenger, ex-teenage rebel. Noh-Varr is a Kree from another dimension who, after getting lost in the multiverse in a mission of peace, crashed on Earth-Earth. The crash killed his parents and his girlfriend and got him captured by Doctor Midas. He escaped and swore revenge against the human race, starting by burning FUCK YOU into the streets of Manhattan. Later he confronted Midas with the help of the Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter Oubliette. Noh-Varr developed a crush on her but soon both were captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. and sent to different prisons. He was sent to the Cube where he was experimented on by the Cube's Warden. Soon he found himself brainwashed by Warden but was freed by the Young Avengers and the Runaways in Civil War. Later he had a complete change of heart and decided to become a superhero after a Skrull impersonating Captain Marvel left him in charge of the protection of Earth. He was deceived by Norman Osborn and joined his Dark Avengers only to leave shortly after and join the real Avengers. He was kicked out of the team after some bad decisions and joined the Young Avengers after a fateful encounter with Kate. Obsessed with music (especially Phil Spector girl groups and briefly, Gram Parsons) and Earth girls. Currently banished from Earth and a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Part-Kree, part-cockroach, he has all the powers that the Kree possess including super strength, durability, and speed. He also hasa seemingly unlimited supply of weapons and his own spaceship, the Kirby. All of them are advanced Kree technology, however he mostly just uses a pair of handguns.
Noh-Varr provides examples of the following tropes:
- 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. He's also a dude magnet with Kate's new boyfriend Fuse and his Guardians teammate Hercules being attracted to him.
- 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. His relationship with Hercules seems to be healthier however.
- 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.
Alter Ego: David Alleyne
Notable Aliases: Brain Boy, Brainiac, Brains, Mr. After School Special, Mr. Judgmental, Mr. Know-It-All, Mister Mega-Brain 3000
Species: Human mutant
First Appearance: New Mutants Vol. 2 #4 (October, 2003)
going in like I say and maybe being a live ninja."''Ex-X-Men and the newest member of the team. David was an intelligent boy who lived with his parents and his sister. When his X-Gene activated he was started to become more and more intelligent by absorbing the knowledge of everyone around. The X-Men found out about him and he was recruited to Xavier's school. He was assigned to the New Mutants where he was eventually appointed co-leader. When M-Day happened, David lost his powers. He didn't leave since it was dangerous for ex-mutants to be out of the school at the time, and eventually moved to Utopia with the other mutants. After both the Schism between Cyclops and Wolverine and the war with the Avengers David got fed up of the X-Men and decided to quit super-heroing for good. He got a job and settled into a somewhat normal life. That is, until he met Tommy who pushed David into helping him catch a criminal. Tommy was captured instead and David joined the Young Avengers in hopes of rescuing Tommy. Currently he is still with the Young Avengers. He came out as bisexual but is currently single.
He currently doesn't have any powers. He used to be able to acquire every knowledge of the persons around him but not any powers. After his mind got restored he re-acquired all this knowledge that covers, but is not limited to, fighting skills, magic gestures, science skills and how Emma Frost and Cyclops like to kiss each other.
- 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
Alter Ego: Loki Laufeyson
Notable Aliases: Loki Odinson, God of Mischief, God of Stories, Scarlet Witch, Lady Loki, Serrure, Ikol
Species: Frost giant
First Appearance: Journey into Mystery #85 (October, 1962)
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.