America Chavez is a Marvel Comics character created by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta, first appearing in Vengeance #1 (dated 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.
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.
America Chavez appears in: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)
- Marvel Rising, voiced by Cierra Ramirez:
- LEGO Marvel's Avengers (2016)
- 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.
- Badass Gay: She kicks ass and doesn't care for kissing boys. As she tells Ultimate Nullifier, he's not her type and she's not on his team.
- 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.
- 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.
- Expy: Of Wonder Woman. America also comes 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- Has Two Mommies: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- O.O.C. 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, this starts to happen.
- 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 new 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: 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.