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"Good is not a thing you are. It's a thing you do."

Ms. Marvel is an ongoing monthly title published by Marvel Comics, which launched in February 2014. It was originally written by G. Willow Wilson, with rotating art by Adrian Alphona (Runaways) and Takeshi Miyazawa. In 2019, Saladin Ahmed took over as the new writer and retitled it The Magnificent Ms. Marvel.

Kamala Khan is a nerdy teenage girl from a Pakistani-American family of Muslim faith living in Jersey Citynot New York City, unlike most of the heroes who populate the Marvel Universe.

After being exposed to Terrigen Mist, Kamala discovers she has Inhuman DNA and her latent shapeshifting power becomes apparent. Inspired by her heroine Carol Danvers, who had recently abandoned the Ms. Marvel title to become Captain Marvel, Kamala decides to use her newfound abilities to protect her home and those in need.


Following an initial run of nineteen issues, this title was put on hold for Secret Wars, concluding with a four-issue story arc that saw Kamala meet her idol and namesake, Captain Marvel. Ms. Marvel returned with a new volume in the All-New, All-Different Marvel universe that emerged from Secret Wars — and she even joined the (All-New, All-Different) Avengers!

Kamala is notable for being one of the most prominent (and heroic) Muslim characters in popular culture; she was co-created by Wilson (a Muslim convert herself) and Marvel editor Sana Amanat — a Pakistani-American Muslim woman not unlike Kamala — who currently serves as their Director of Content & Character Development.

This title is the only Marvel comic that exceeds its physical sales digitally, likely because its fanbase skews young and female — a demographic not likely to buy monthly physical issues in a comic shop. (That we know of, anyway — publishers do not release their digital sales numbers to the public, but it's an open secret that Ms. Marvel is a digital juggernaut.)


Kamala's presence outside of comics has been steadily growing since her introduction. She appears in a variety of Marvel's mobile games, and serves as the de facto protagonist of Marvel's Avengers. She also guest stars in the third season of Disney XD's Avengers, Assemble! and joins the team in season 4, and also stars in Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors. And in the future, she will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in her own Disney+ live-action series, portrayed there by Iman Vellani in her very first acting role. Vellani is also set to appear in The Marvels, opposite Brie Larson as Captain Marvel.

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    • Ms. Marvel (2021)
    • The Marvels (2022)

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  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Visited in issues #6 and #7. It is large and labyrinthine enough to have several giant or weaponized alligators, a Death Trap, etc. without anybody noticing.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Kamala's friend Bruno called her parents after Kamala ran away from the party in the first issue. None of them were thinking about Terrigen mists or transformations, but they were scared that she might be attacked or hurt when wandering the city alone.
    • Bruno's parents were worried about his brother on the night of the Terrigen mists, as they were worried something might happen out in the all-obscuring fog.
    • When Saladin Ahmed took over as the writer of the book, the Khan family learns that Yusuf is terminally ill.
  • Affectionate Nickname: By Volume 2, citizens of Jersey City have begun to call her Big M, and her friend Spider-Man occasionally calls her "Marv".
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Kamala Khan is a Muslim Pakistani-American taking over the name from the white, blonde Carol Danvers. Unlike some cases where the replacement is sudden, the Marvel continuity had the "Ms Marvel" name unattached for some time since Danvers had become Captain Marvel.
  • Aliens in Cardiff: The series is set in Jersey City, NJ. The first issue opens pointing out that they are twelve miles away from Manhattan.
  • All for Nothing: One story had the Shocker decide to go to New Jersey to get away from the other super heroes and creates a strange wormhole that he claims that would give him brand new powers. Not only does the wormhole do nothing but spit him right back into Brooklyn, he didn't get his powers, landed in a construction dumpster and is spotted by the Miles Morales Spider-Man doing his homework.
  • Alliterative Name: Kamala Khan, Zoe Zimmer and Michaela "Mike" Miller.
  • Alone Among the Couples: By issue #2 of the relaunch, Kamala learns that both her best friend and her uptight older brother have started dating people without her noticing (although Aamir would probably object to the term "dating").
    "Everybody has a girlfriend except me!"
  • Alpha Bitch: Zoe Zimmer, who specializes in Stealth Insults disguised as questions and concerns about Islam. Kamala initially thinks she is simply ignorant that what she says is hurtful, but later issues make it clear that Zoe is very aware that what she says is harmful. The final issue before the relaunch has her admit that she is mean because she is jealous of the easy friendships Kamala and others have, and she tries to get better. After an eight-month Time Skip, Zoe has joined Kamala's core group of friends.
  • Alternate Universe: When Kamala & Shocker get caught up in his flawed wormhole generator, Bruno, in trying to rescue them, sees several possible versions of Kamala's future: in one, he and Kamala get married (in a traditional Pakistani ceremony, no less), in another she becomes President of The United States. This last one was previously used by Tom Taylor in the final issues of his run on All-New Wolverine, which showed President Kamala being irritated by Laura breaking into the White House so they could talk, instead of using her status as leader of a major nation (Madripoor) to make an appointment.
  • Amphibian at Large: When Kamala learns that her friend Bruno, who's been crushing on her for as long as they've known each other, is now dating Mike Miller, she demands to know how they met. It turns out that it was in the middle of Kamala's superhero duties, where the two bonded while Ms. Marvel was battling an enormous frog.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love:
    • When they fear that the world is going to end, Bruno admits his feelings to Kamala. She admits that she loves him in return, but is not emotionally at a place where she is comfortable dating, and tells him not to hold out for her.
    • Zoe gives Nakia one, after she's informed that the Doc.X virus is going to release her love-letters to the world and out her as gay. Nakia is flattered but ultimately doesn't feel the same way.
  • Animesque:
    • Jake Wyatt's fill-in issues, complete with Chibi-like reactions from Kamala.
    • Also Takeshi Miyazawa's issues, which look pretty much like manga in color.
  • Ascended Fangirl:
    • Kamala writes Avengers fanfic, a panel in Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration #1 hints at her having been an American superhero fan since she was a toddler, and even her friends call her fandom a "sad nerd obsession".
    • This has not slowed down since she got powers of her own; The first All-New All-Different Avengers Annual followed her evening reading fanfic after a hard day of crimefighting. It also revealed that Miles Morales is fanfic writer too, and their favorite board's moderator is none other than Phil Coulson.
  • Badass Boast: Kamala has one for the public after the bad guys try to intimidate her.
    Ms. Marvel: This guy thinks he can threaten us where we live? Ms. Marvel has a message for him. This is Jersey City. We talk loud, we walk fast, and we don't take any disrespect. Don't mess.
  • Badass Normal: Occasional guest-star Pakistani hero Laal Khanjeer (Red Dagger) is a self-taught master of Le Parkour and knife throwing. Kamala is clearly a little impressed that someone can become a superhero just by deciding to and working at it, rather than acquiring exotic powers by chance.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Kamran. Well, almost boyfriend anyway.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Towards the end of the first issue, when Kamala is talking to visions of Captain Marvel, Iron Man and Captain America, Captain Marvel explicitly tells her that her wish "is not going to turn out the way you think." She wakes up from her shell looking like Carol Danvers with her Stripperific Ms. Marvel outfit. She quickly learns that such an outfit is not exactly comfortable.
    Kamala: ...This leotard is giving me an epic wedgie.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Kamala is generally a very nice, caring person, who subscribes to the "appropriate amount of force" doctrine when fighting her enemies. But if they willfully threaten innocents or people she cares about, her attitude does such a 180 that's it's like flipping a switch, and she stops holding back.
  • Big Bad: The Inventor is the primary villain of the first arc. He uses vagrant teenagers as personal muscle and living batteries for his machines, and he is able to build cartoony robots to act as weapons.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • When Aamir (her actual big brother) sees her acting strange after returning home, and after she tells him 'something strange' happened to her, his first instinct is to pull her into a hug and assure her he will make it better... by getting a group of 'brothers from the mosque' to beat up whoever hurt her.
    • Many heroes and secret agents she encounters tend to have this reaction. Wolverine tries to make her more wary about the not-so-fun side of fighting evil and puts in a good word for her with Captain America, Spider-Man is immediately receptive of how she hasn't had much experience with higher level baddies and tries to take on the more dangerous role in their fight with Dr. Minerva, and when she encounters Phil Coulson in S.H.I.E.L.D., he's clearly aware of how young she is and openly admits that he's become protective of her.
  • Big Damn Kiss: After more than their fair share of "will they or won't they?" moments throughout the various series, Kamala and Bruno finally share one in Magnificent #9.
  • Big Eater: Kamala's powers burn a lot of calories. After getting stomped by the Inventors' goons, she's about ready to clean out the fridge.
  • Bilingual Bonus: There is spoken and written Urdu(a language spoken in Pakistan) and Arabic (the language the Quran was written in) scattered throughout the series.
  • Bland-Name Product:
  • Blessed with Suck: In Issue #31 Kamala meets a disgruntled pizza girl who's an Inhuman like her. Except Samantha is an Animal-Themed Superbeing with skunk powers... and she hasn't figured out how to control her foul scent.
  • Breakout Character: Kamala herself in the greater Marvel Universe. Not only did the sales of the comic far exceed anyone's expectations, even easily outselling the former Ms. Marvel's new series, but by the end of 2014 she was already showing up in major guest spots in other comics, such as The Amazing Spider-Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. With her cross-cultural appeal credited with drawing female Muslim readers into buying comics, many critics started calling her the new Spider-Man.
  • The Bus Came Back: Singularity, who went MIA since the end of A-Force, reappears in issue #34.
  • Bystander Syndrome:
    • In issue #8 Kamala muses that half of heroism is not thinking and acting like this.
    • Coincidentally, in issue #8 of Magnificent Ms. Marvel, she muses on why this bystander syndrome is so tempting in the first place: there are some problems in the world that just seem unstoppable, and it's tempting to just let them grow when chances are you'll just keep getting defeated.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Kamala initially shouted commands when using her powers when she was trying to understand how they worked. The commands themselves are not actually necessary, but she continues to use them out of habit. However, she has seldom used "Disembiggen!" and never used it if she was trying to shrink down so she can hide.

  • Calling Your Attacks: She's kind of grown out of this, but still uses it sometimes to activate certain powers, or shouting "Power Attack!" when she's about to deliver a really big punch.
  • Canine Companion: Lockjaw is sent by Medusa to be Kamala's protector. She adores him on sight.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Kamala's parents quickly blame her for Aamir's problems. It's jarring because she is the younger sibling.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Kamala's got a Healing Factor that runs on her metabolism.
    Kamala: I'm hungry in a way I've never been hungry before. Ravenous. Starving. Seriously, I need a thesaurus. It's the healing I think, it feels like I skipped a night of sleep — like the healing power comes straight out of my life force.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: The tone of stories may vary from lighthearted to more dramatic, sometimes switching from one to another. Civil War II pushed the series into darker tones for a while but it seems to be going back to lighthearted since end of Discord arc.
  • Character Shilling: In a rare example of Tropes Are Not Bad for this trope, everyone loves Kamala in-universe, for good reason. She makes quite the impression on Wolverine, Carol Danvers quickly decides that Kamala is exactly the right person to carry on the Ms. Marvel name, Queen Medusa of the Inhumans takes a special interest in the young woman, Spider-Man states that she reminds him of himself as a teen and he thinks she's doing fine as a superhero and person, Tony Stark likes her enough to add her to the new Avengers roster and help her with her physics homework. Everyone says there's "something special" about Kamala Khan, and they're certainly right. She may not be the most powerful superhero around, but her high moral standards, amazing attitude, and pure heart make her someone easy to love, in-universe and out. The point is proven big time in All-New Wolverine #33; in a story set 30 years in the future, it's revealed that Kamala was elected as President of the United States.
  • Character Tic: Whenever she's mad, Kamala has a habit of grimacing and cutting her eyes to the side.
  • Clueless Dude Magnet: Kamala herself is a fairly chaste hero, but a number of male characters (her own age, thankfully) have expressed interest in her. These include her own crushes like Bruno, Kamran, and Laal / Red Dagger, but also a few fellow heroes in various team-up books such as Nova, Miles Morales, and Inferno.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Kamala is shown to have a friendly relationship with Phil Coulson. This is because they previously met and teamed up in an issue of Mark Waid's S.H.I.E.L.D. series.
    • In issue #34, Bruno sees various possible timelines. Two of which are President Khan from the "Old Woman Laura" story arc in All-New Wolverine and Khan from the Exiles relaunch. As well, Singularity mentions having met her in "the wars", a nod to Kamala showing up in the A-Force series during Secret Wars (2015). Unsurprisingly, Kamala doesn't remember it due to the Richards Family making sure they didn't.
  • Continuity Snarl: Despite what's seen in issue #12, there was no time when Loki worked for the All-Mother (quit in issue #5 of Loki: Agent of Asgard) and Odin was also around (freed from his self-exile in Original Sin, which takes place right after Loki:AoA #5).
  • Corporate Conspiracy: In Volume 5, Kamala and the other residents of Jersey City discover that the Hope Yards Development and Relocation Association plans to massively renovate the city. It's actually a front for Hydra, who want to Take Over the City.
  • Cuteness Proximity: While everyone else runs in terror at the stallion-sized bulldog coming down the street, Kamala reacts to Lockjaw by gleefully declaring him the "cutest most humongous thing" she's ever seen, and gives him a big hug. The moment is explicitly an illustration of Kamala's heroic qualities: when everyone else responds to something strange and unusual with fear, she responds with love and acceptance, and thus gains herself a new, loyal, friend.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Kamala’s friend Nakia tells her that fakon (fake bacon) is “not that terrible”.
  • Determinator: When Wolverine declares someone as stubborn as he is, that's saying something.
  • Dog Walks You: The cover of issue #8 contains a textbook example, which repeats several times in the issue itself.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Bruno has been in love with Kamala for years, and lives his life as her close friend and confidant. She finally realizes both this and that she feels the same way during the end of the first series, but tells him that she feels like she needs to focus on being a superhero for the time being.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Kamala’s friends scold her when she repeatedly smells bacon ("delicious infidel meat"), saying she should either eat the bacon or stop smelling it.
    Chow or chow not, there is no smell.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Wolverine has no healing powers anymore when he guest-stars, so it is up to Kamala to fight a giant alligator after Wolverine is injured.

  • Early-Bird Cameo: Kamala Khan was retroactively identified as a foreground character in Captain Marvel #14 before the official announcement that she was the new Ms. Marvel. Captain Marvel #17, which was published after the announcement, concludes with an unnamed appearance as she uses her transformation powers.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: In Kamala's first appearance in Captain Marvel #14, she looked markedly different, appearing older, having a different hairstyle and fashion sense, and even wearing lipstick. According to Wilson, the Captain Marvel artists were working off of a generic description of the character and didn't yet know what her finalized design would look like.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the aforementioned cameo in Captain Marvel #17, Kamala's powers are depicted more along the lines of Hulking Out rather than shapeshifting or stretching. This is because the Captain Marvel artists thought her becoming more muscular would be the serious and realistic approach, while the more cartoonish and surreal nature of her powers wouldn't be nailed down until Adrian Alphono came aboard.
  • Expressive Mask: Her superhero costume is par for the course in expressiveness.
  • Fanfic: Kamala writes Avengers fanfic, and is in the midst of chronicling their adventures on “Planet Unicorn” in the first issue. She also writes X-Men fanfic, mentioning a “Wolverine and Storm in space” fic she wrote in issue #6. All sound Cracktastic. She’s also very pleased when an adventure on an alien planet leads an alien child to create fanfic about her — which, it is implied, becomes something of a sacred text for the alien race...
    • And that's not limited to the comics. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order reveals she writes Gamora/Star-Lord fanfic as well (something the real Gamora dreads finding out what it means), and in Marvel's Avengers, her 12-year-old self gets to visit the Avengers event in San Francisco by entering a contest in which she submitted a story called "Avengers vs. The Sewer Lizards" - which, according to Captain America, Thor really enjoyed.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: invoked After Knox, creator of the Inventor, is released from prison, he tries to re-establish his past reign of terror by convincing people that the Inventor has returned... by walking around in a cheap cockatiel costume.
  • First Kiss: Kamala has hers with fellow superhero Laal Khanjeer / Red Dagger. However, it coincides with Bruno's return from his study abroad in Wakanda, causing Kamala to freak out about the ramifications. She's still very new to the world of romance, and seeks out Sheikh Abdullah to give her guidance.
  • Fish out of Water: In her first two volumes, Kamala mainly sticks to Jersey City, with the more outré adventures occurring when she's part of a team. In Volume 3, she spends a good deal of time out of J.C., first on the distant planet of Saffa when they mistake her for their "Destined One", then in central New Jersey when a road trip with Nakia and Zoe causes her to cross paths with Lockdown, Discord, and the sinister start-up Rubicon.
  • Fictional Counterpart: Much like the Circle A in Runaways, the Circle Q convenience store where Bruno works is this series' version of the real-life Circle K.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: After being exposed to the Terrigen Mist, Kamala receives a vision of Captain Marvel, Iron Man and Captain America. They explain that they are "faith", and she is seeing them as she needs to see them.
  • The Fundamentalist:
    • Downplayed. Kamala's brother Aamir is the most devout Muslim of the family and disparages his father’s job since it involves usury (He works at a bank). Their father wishes Aamir would focus less time on prayer and more time on finding a job. Even though he's conservative and dresses, in his mother's words "like a penniless mullah", no one ever accuses him of being a terrorist, and he's shown wearing a western-style suit when going on a job interview. In the last pre Secret Wars (2015) comic he also informs Kamran in no uncertain terms that while, yes, he is devout etcetera, he's not going to take Kamran's side just because he's a guy and absolve him of all responsibility for what happened between him and Kamala. Quite the opposite, in fact. Then he punches Kamran in the face. Kamala is astonished (having assumed that Aamir hated her), Carol Danvers less so - as she remarks, Aamir is Kamala's big brother, he has her back (even if he's not precisely sure what's going on).
    • The local imam, Sheikh Abdullah, is set up to be the typical fire-and-brimstone preacher, considering how much Kamala dreads having anything to do with him, but when she finally does talk to him he turns out to be very compassionate and understanding, even tacitly supporting her superheroing (although he doesn't understand exactly what she's telling him because she's not telling the whole story, he tells her it's the right thing to do). Later in the run, he becomes Kamala's most prominent non-superhero recurring mentor, and she seeks out advice for him when she's in distress.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Plenty in this comic, especially in the Adrian Alphona issues. One thing to look out for are the names written on items such as magazines and posters.
    • When the fight is over after the school dance, the teenagers are back to discussng their relationships again and Zoe is dancing. In storms the police, who are completely ignored by all of them.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Hope Yards Development and Relocation Association, the villain group from the first story arc of the 2015 relaunch. H.Y.D.R.A., in other words.

  • Genki Girl: Zoe is extremely perky, and Kamala describes her as “so adorable and happy”. Kamala’s friends, however, call her the "concern troll” and say that she only acts nice so she can make snide, insulting comments disguised as friendly conversation. Kamala herself is one to the Marvel Universe as a whole. She instantly fangirls over team-ups and has such a chipper attitude that even her predecessor can't help but spend the last moments before an apocalypse with her.
  • Grandfather Clause: Kamala says that, if she were Ms. Marvel, she would wear the “classic, politically incorrect costume and kick butt in giant wedge heels.” The second issue has her realize that extremely long hair will get blown into your face by the wind, giant wedge heels are not comfortable to walk in, and that politically incorrect costumes give epic wedgies.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Well, one adventure has Ms Marvel working with a purple-skinned (and shirtless) space hunk. Her mother, who’s along on this occasion, is less than happy about this.
  • Groin Attack: Kamala uses the laser of one of Doyle's robots on his groin. Understandably, he swore revenge.
  • Grounded Forever: Kamala's punishment after her parents find out that she snuck out to the party in the first issue.
  • Healing Factor: Part of her shapeshifting powers, allowing her to heal from fatal wounds (and in #7, electrocuting herself to short out a death trap) quickly. She can't use her other powers while healing, though, and it also leaves her feeling very hungry. If she heals too much at once, her shapeshifting abilities (such as for changing her appearance) become greatly weakened due to lack of energy.
  • Hero Insurance: Kamala takes a lot of steps to try and avoid collateral damage, a trait more noticeable during her period on the Post Secret Wars Avengers team.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: In the first story arc of the re-launch, Ms. Marvel's image was used by the Hope Yards project without her permission while she was too busy getting used to her role as an Avenger to notice. Even after exposing Hope Yard's sinister agenda and putting a stop to it, she's considered a sell-out who had only opposed Hope Yards once it was revealed to be headed by an actual supervillain. This got worse during Civil War 2, though her reputation began to recover afterwards.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Kamala is a massive fan of the Avengers, particularly Captain Marvel. She thinks that being more like Carol Danvers, the blonde, beautiful superhero, would make her life so much better. But she quickly finds out that its better to be herself.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Especially giant, teleporting bizarro ones.
  • Hero's First Rescue: The first person Kamala rescues is a drunk Zoe at the waterfront after an also-drunk Josh accidentally pushes her off the dock. Kamala changes into Carol Danvers and fishes her bully out, saving her life. This starts an urban legend of a young Carol Danvers somehow showing up in Jersey City, and starts Kamala on her path to becoming a hero.
  • Hidden Depths: Thanks to Loki's use of Asgardian truth elixir, Zoe's football player boyfriend Josh snapped and revealed that he is actually sick and tired of people assuming he is a Dumb Jock, he is actually fairly smart, a good student and likes math. Ironically, he snapped because Zoe revealed that she looks down on him whenever he goes monosyllabic.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: The Inventor is a clone of Thomas Edison whose genetic material was contaminated by a cockatiel. While the real life Thomas Edison was a ruthless businessman who once electrocuted an elephant just to prove that alternating current was dangerous, the Inventor is a Mad Scientist with no qualms about using teenagers as living batteries for his machines. However, it's implied at the end of the arc that the "real" Inventor is the guy who cloned him.
  • Home Base: The convenience store where Bruno works, according to All-New Marvel Now Point One.
    Kamala: Some people get to hide out in space stations. I get a Circle Q.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Kamala has a lot of difficulty in understanding her powers. They start off tied to her emotional state (shrinking when she feels small, turning into Carol Danvers when she thinks of Captain Marvel) and she is unable to control them willingly at first.
    Kamala: I wonder if I can do it again, this time on purpose. TRANSFORM!!!!
    [beat panel]
    Kamala: Nope.
    • Ms. Marvel also goes through a literal version of this trope in Marvel Team-up, when a "Freaky Friday" Flip puts her mind in Peter Parker's body. Learning his spider-powers takes her most of an issue.
  • Humble Hero: After saving a couple's infant child, they praise her as "a real hero" and her response is an understated "I'm trying."

  • Idiot Ball: Kamala's decision to use copies of herself to lighten her workload. Even without Bruno hammering into her what a bad idea it is, a sci-fi geek like Kamala would surely have seen this idea fall flat a hundred times on TV. Could be excused due to the lack of sleep from all her time superheroing and schoolwork and trying to help her family, which is why she wanted the clones to begin with.
  • I Have Your Wife: The Inventor abducts Lockjaw to blackmail Kamala, or at least lure her into a trap.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Vick accidentally shoots Kamala in the stomach with what he believed was an unloaded gun while trying to rob Bruno's store.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Kamala claims her impressive reflexes are thanks to a lifetime of playing video games.
  • I'm Taking Him Home With Me!: Kamala's reaction to meeting Lockjaw, in contrast to everybody else who ran for their lives. She also used the "He followed me home, can I keep him?" line on her parents.
  • In-Series Nickname: Loki is pretty much renamed the Hipster Viking by the characters, and doesn't seem to mind it at all.
  • Invocation: Kamala tends to shout "Embiggen!" when she uses her powers to grow in size. She doesn't tend to do it for shrinking or other shapeshifting stunts.
  • It's a Small Net After All: Averted. When Kamala begins to research superpowers in the third issue, she cannot find anything helpful as every search she tries leads her to web-pages about video games and fiction that have transformation and superpowers.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: Kamala's reason for turning down Bruno after his Anguished Declaration of Love. She acknowledges that she loves him in return, but feels that her being a superhero is more important than her personal happiness.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Bruno and Kamala to each other. Bruno accepts that Miss Marvel is a bigger part of her life than he could be at this time. Kamala says that while she loves Bruno, she would understand if he decides to find happiness without her due to her heroics being the only thing she wants to focus on right now. It backfires on her in the relaunch series when Bruno begins dating a new classmate and Kamala realizes she's jealous.
  • Joisey: A big part of Kamala's characterization is that she lives in Jersey City, and writer G. Willow Wilson has actually gone to great lengths to replicate the experience of daily life in Jersey City and what it's like to grow up there. Kamala's high school is based on a real high school in Jersey City: McNair Academic High School, though (ostensibly for legal reasons) the school is referred to as Coles Academic High School, after Coles Street, the actual street that McNair Academic High School is located on. Even the visual image of the school's exterior is pretty much an exact copy of how McNair looks in Real Life. It's been explained that since a big part of Kamala's characterization is the fact that she's very dorky, G. Willow Wilson chose McNair as her alma mater since it's a high-achieving public magnet school.
  • Just Friends:
    • Despite having a long-standing infatuation, Bruno is content to just be friends with Kamala instead of pushing for something more. At least, until the world looks like it's going to end, when he levels with her.
    • Zoe tells Naika that she understands if she can't return her feelings but would like if they could still be friends. Nakia agrees to that.

  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Kamala is beside herself with glee when she first meets Wolverine (much to his annoyance), and when she gets saved by Spider-Man. And when she met Carol Danvers...oh gosh. Reached it's peak when she was asked to join the Avengers, though she did have a minor moment afterwards when she met the original Nova shortly after his resurrection (though she notes that some of his online fans put even her to shame in this department).
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Invoked during the climactic battle with the Inventor (justified because it's his Berserk Button):
    Kamala: What do I think? I think you're a wannabe evil genius who thinks he's saved the future when really he's just given up on it. I think you're a megalomaniac with some sort of Pied Piper complex... I think you're a bird.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: As a long-standing fan of superheroes, Kamala frequently comments on the situations she is in, in terms that are quite logical in context but sound exactly like a comics fan.
    Kamala: Oh! My! Gosh! I'm in a Spider-Man team-up!
  • Legacy Character: Kamala decides to become Ms. Marvel, having idolized Carol Danvers, who left the identity to become Captain Marvel. They finally meet during Secret Wars.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Wolverine's notion towards Kamala taking him on her back when he was hurt in issue #7. Unfortunately Kamala, being herself, had already "Pictagrammed" it.
  • Love Interest: Bruno has had a crush on Kamala since long before the series began, and Kamala snarks that if he were Pakistani her parents would "throw me at you." Aamir tells Bruno point-blank that his and Kamala's parents love him and have basically adopted him as a nephew, but that they will never approve of Kamala being in a relationship with a non-Pakistani non-Muslim.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage:
    • Aamir's parents are hesitant when he announces his intention to marry Tyesha, his black girlfriend, as they'd prefer he marry a nice Pakistani girl. Their opinion is swayed when Tyesha demonstrates knowledge of traditional Pakistani Muslim traditions, such as the bride living with the family until the husband can afford to buy an apartment. Aamir also helps his case when he points out that they set Kamala up with a Pakistani boy in the past, and that being from the same ethnic background didn't preclude the boy in question from being a complete asshole. Tyesha's parents are also hesitant, since they're Christians (Tyesha converted in college), but they are swayed when Yusuf gives a heartfelt speech about treating Tyesha like a daughter.
    • Also the reason why Kamala's parents won't let Bruno, who is Italian-American, date her, regardless of how much they like and trust him. Aamir explains to him they do this in order to ensure their cultural lineage is passed down.
  • Mass Super-Empowering Event: The Terrigen bomb, which activated the Inhuman abilities of people throughout the region.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Kamala's name is based on "kamal", an Arabic word for "perfection" though in Urdu-Hindustani (which is the language in Pakistan, not Arabic) it usually means, colloquially, "awesome". Orthographically, the word Kamala makes as much sense as Marvel's usual word choices (which runs on Rule of Coolnote ) since Kamala is a separate Sanskrit word that refers to the Lotus flower, and is usually the name of a girl born to a Hindu background, which implies that Ms. Marvel's mother is quite a good deal more syncretic than she lets on. The name Kamal does exist among Muslim communities but it doesn't have a feminine form in that context.
  • The Mentor: Kamala primarily turns to Sheikh Abdullah at her local mosque when she needs guidance, but various superheroes have also taken her under their wing, including Wolverine, Carol Danvers, and Iron Man.
  • Me's a Crowd: In issue #4 of the second volume Kamala finds herself overwhelmed by her responsibilities (school, superheroing, being an Avenger, her brother's wedding) so resorts to using Bruno's artificial "human" experiment for this. Doubly bad idea considering the replicas are made by copying the stuff Loki's lightning golems are made of. And revealed in issue #5 to have been a really bad idea because Kamala's skin was tainted by an experimental neurotoxin when Bruno took the sample to make the clones, who are now replicating on their own.
  • Midnight Snack: After the failed rescue attempt in issue #5 Kamala has to raid the fridge at night thanks to her powers coming from her life force.
  • Mistaken for Terrorist:
    • Kamala fears that this will happen to her and her mosque if her powers become public.
    • Also invoked when Kamala finds a fellow Inhuman tearing up Jersey City, with a heavy dashing of Does This Remind You of Anything?:
      Kamala: It's always the same. There's always that one group of people who think they have special permission to terrorize anybody who disagrees with them. And then everybody else who looks like them suffers.
    • When Amir gets arrested he assumes it's a case of this and gives police a piece of his mind before being told that it is not the reason, but that new law makes them round up all people with superpowers
  • Mistaken Identity: Kamala's first shapeshifting in public wound up looking like Carol Danvers herself, so when she immediately leapt into heroism a lot of bystanders thought she was Captain Marvel, although they were confused as to why she had seemingly gone back to wearing her old costume... much less had a giant hand. As she continues to look like Carol Danvers in later issues, the people she encounters do not seem sure how to address her, backtracking over calling her "Ms." and "Captain".
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Kamala has a stuffed toy of a winged sloth in her bedroom, a favorite from when she was very young. In the final issue of G. Willow Wilson's run, Kamala and her friends are sucked into a pocket dimension where this thing plays the role of some combination of video game NPC and Spirit Advisor.
  • Mix-and-Match Man: The Inventor. He claims to be Thomas Edison's clone, but due to an accident, his DNA got contaminated with that of his creator's pet cockatiel, which is why he looks like an anthropomorphised bird. don't let him hear you call him that though.
  • Mood Dissonance: Issue #10 deals with some pretty heavy topics, then there is the scene when the Inventor's Mini-Mecha appears... wearing a hard hat. The effect is jarring to say the least.
  • Mood Motif: In the first issue, Kamala sees Iron Man, Captain Marvel and Captain America singing the first verse of the traditional qawwali "Sakal bun phool rahi sarson", a song about a joyous trip to the shrine of the Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya. This sounds like the qawwali is only a reminder of Kamala's heritage and beliefs, but the second half of the song mentions someone absent from this procession who promised to be there, tying the song to Kamala's having disobeyed her parents by sneaking out AND to Marvel itself, for both the in-universe superheroes and the comic industry seem to be saying that someone like Kamala should not only be one of them—but she should have been among their number before. See more about the motif here.
  • Mood Whiplash: The jump into the Civil War II tie-in, going from light-hearted science fair competition with Miles Morales into Kamala watching as her entire life falls apart around her ears.
  • Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls: Kamala is an avid fanfic writer and reader. The trope is subverted in All-New All-Different Avengers Annual, however; not only is the author of a fanfic shipping Ms. Marvel with her friends, Miles Morales Spider-Man and Sam Alexander Nova, actually Miles himself but the admin Kamala contacts about it is Phil Coulson.
  • Mushroom Samba: Kamala thinks this is happening to her after her Inhuman transformation shows her a vision of Captain America, Captain Marvel, and Iron Man. She thinks it was caused by the small amount of vodka she was tricked into drinking at the party.
  • My Beloved Smother: Kamala's mother is obviously very overprotective, and Kamala's father is set up as the more understanding and reasonable parent. However, it is implied that the readers are only seeing her mother at her worst, when she is at her most anxious about her daughter. When Kamala has her first major defeat and is feeling depressed about it, the first thought she has is that she wants her mother to comfort her. Subverted toward the end of the first series, when her mother reveals that she's known Kamala was Ms. Marvel ever since she saw pictures of her (since Kamala modified a burqini to serve as her costume), and that she wholeheartedly supports her.
    Muneeba: If the worst thing you do is sneak out to help suffering people, then I thank God for having raised a righteous child.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When an Inhuman calling herself Kaboom starts ranting about the superiority of Inhumans and refers to humans as a "subspecies", Kamala (a Muslim and second-generation Pakistani-American, remember), loses her cool and hits Kaboom hard enough to nearly kill her. Kamala panics and runs away once she realizes what happened.

  • Nice Hat: Kamala's ushanka(the correct name for a "Russian furry hat") is starting to become iconic. It can be seen cropping up other places in the comic, such as on a pigeon during her Inhuman transformation.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The Inventor is a mad scientist/cyborg/clone/bird-man.
  • No Periods, Period: Unsurprisingly, mostly invoked given the books target audience. The most blatant reference so far was in Marvel Team-Up #2 when Spider-Man and Kamala accidentally switch bodies; Peter-as-Kamala blows an important school assignment (a spoken presentation) because he's taken unaware by her menstrual cramps. When learning of this, Kamala-as-Peter is mainly concerned that he may have screwed up her grade and seems incredibly blasé about him having to attend to her body's intimate needs, only snarking "Welcome to being a teenage girl."
  • Oh Crap, There Are Fanfics of Us!: Kamala was a fanfic writer herself before she acquired her powers. This draws attention to the existence of fanfic about superheroes within the world in which they exist.
    • In Kamala’s own title, she gets to inflict this trope on Wolverine when she meets him.
      Ms. Marvel: My Wolverine-and-Storm-in-space fanfic was the third-most upvoted story on Freaking Awesome last month!
      Wolverine: Oh, my God.
      Ms. Marvel: I had you guys fighting this giant alien blob that farts wormholes!
      Wolverine: Sounds great, kid. ... Wait--so what was the most upvoted story?
      Ms. Marvel: Umm... Cyclops and Emma Frost's romantic vacation in Paris?
      Wolverine: This is the worst day of my life.
    • However, in the first All-New, All-Different Avengers annual, she’s horrified to discover fanfics of herself and her teammates. It starts with a love triangle involving herself, the new Spidey, and Nova, and gets worse from there.
  • Overprotective Dad: Kamala’s father only responds with "Very funny" when she asks if she can go to a party with boys. In later issues he tends to be the more supportive and sympathetic parent when tensions over Kamala's newfound secrecy start flaring up after she gains her powers. Only to a point, though, as he's quick to ground her when she can't fully explain herself.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Loki's reaction to Bruno and Mike's attempts at a summoning. The jerk only appears when they hit the ridiculousness level he would even pay to see. And yes. Brought literal popcorn too.
  • Planetary Romance: The first plot arc after her comic becomes The Magnificent Ms. Marvel drops our heroine into a classic Flash Gordon-style planetary romance story, complete with a Raygun Gothic visual aesthetic and a whole load of Schizo Tech.
  • Police Are Useless: So mercilessly inverted. Not only are they not useless, but outright act as The Cavalry to be called in by our heroes. After they see that they have a teenage superhero in their town they're just glad she is the type who would help fight street-level crime. Kamala actually has a "safe call" system set up with Bruno: if she calls him, lets his phone ring twice, then hangs up, he's to call the cops to wherever she is, because she's in over her head. That said, they do prove useless when professional supervillain Shocker comes into town; their initial attempt to charge him gets them blasted away by his gauntlets, and then he fakes surrender only to blast them a second time. That’s the sort of thing that makes them happy to have a superhero in town.
  • Protective Charm: As compensation for the trouble they caused, Loki wards the school in issue #12, which takes the form of huge "lightning golems" that protect the school while proclaiming how awesome Loki is.
  • Post-Modern Magik: Bruno has no magical skill himself but he's capable of sampling the lightning golems Loki left for the school and combining that with Kamala's DNA to make simple-minded clones. He's also capable of using it to 3D print pretty much whatever animate thing he wants. Parodied later on when he attempts to summon Loki using Hipster iconography (glasses, franchise coffee cups) in a summoning circle.
  • P.O.V. Cam: The first couple of pages of issue #8 are apparently Impending Doom P.O.V. until it's revealed to be Lockjaw's perspective, later we also get some panels of the Robocam of an attacking Humongous Mecha.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: One of the Inventor's Death Traps, and later robots, is literally powered by an unconscious runaway; the saved kid also tells Kamala and Wolverine that there are others.
  • Rage Breaking Point: When rogue Inhuman Kaboom goes on her "sub-species" rant, it pushes just about all of Kamala's buttons. She knocks her unconscious with one really hard punch.
  • Raised Catholic: The Khans are Muslim, but, aside from Kamala's brother, are not shown to be particularly religious., although Kamala attends lectures given by her imam several times early in the series, and she regularly goes to him with questions of morality. True to the trope, Kamala clearly takes the moral teachings of her faith as being of greater importance than the theology.
  • Reality Ensues: In vol. 2 #31, Kamala reveals to her friends at her sleepover that she is Ms. Marvel. Their response is that they've known for a long time, and point out that Kamala isn't that good at hiding her secret identity. They just didn't want to tell her until they thought she was ready to talk about it
    • And then in issue 1 (Legacy #58) of Magnificent Ms Marvel, her mother finally tells her Dad that Kamala is Ms. Marvel. He's the first person who didn't figure it out on his own, and Kamala had a reason why she didn't tell him - as she expected, he was angry that she was risking her life!
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: If there was ever a sign that the Marvel universe at large suffers from this, it's the issue where Kamala and Bruno compete in a science fair against Miles Morales. Kamala's team makes floating water, Miles' makes a generator that converts static electricity into energy, Bruno brings a portable cold fusion generator that can fit in his pocket. Somehow none of this results in the world changing overnight and energy companies throwing enough money in Kamala, Bruno, and Miles' faces to let them retire.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Naftali, who show's up in issue 25 of Vol. II. Not a terrible example, though his supposedly close friendship with Kamala, and the pep talk he gives her come off a bit hollow as a result.
  • Required Secondary Powers: She can shift her clothes along with herself when she changes shape or size. However, this is stated to take more effort, to justify giving her a costume and domino mask.
  • Rhetorical Request Blunder: This exchange, thanks to Kamala really not knowing who she was dealing with:
    Ms. Marvel: Okay. You really wanna help? Use your sparkly green power to keep this school from getting trashed by robots again.
    Loki: Ward the school? That isn't a terrible idea, actually... *he promptly does it*
    Ms. Marvel: Whoa. And I thought I was totally kidding...
  • Rubber Man: Kamala can stretch her limbs and increase the size of her hands and feet at will.
  • Running Gag:
    • There's a chubby kid in Kamala's school who seems to be asleep every time we see him on panel.
    • Her love of writing fanfics involving Marvel characters, most of which sound ridiculous (and awesome). One is a crossover between the Avengers and Magical Pony Adventuresnote , and another involves Wolverine and Storm fighting a monster that farts wormholes.
    • Kamala being grounded for sneaking out, being late etc..

  • Scarf of Asskicking: Just like how Carol Danvers used to wear one back in her earliest days. Eventually, Kamala acquires an alien-nanotech costume incorporating a cybernetic scarf.
  • Secret Identity:
    • Kamala is very protective of her identity, and early on, she freaks out that if anyone besides Bruno learns the truth, they'll "sell [her] to science". When in-costume, she only identifies herself as Kamala when talking to an adult superhero she trusts, such as Wolverine, Medusa, Carol Danvers, and Iron Man.
    • As a member of the All-New, All-Different Avengers, she takes great pride in teasing both Miles and Sam, the two other members of the team her own age, because they both revealed their real names to her while she has kept hers secret from them. When Miles (in his own book) suggests that since he trusted her with his identity, she should do the same, Kamala tells him that just means she's smarter than him. Nowadays, all three of them know each others' secret identities (Miles worldlessly figures it out in Ms. Marvel #7, and Kamala reveals herself to Sam as part of a "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight when he fell under Blackheart's Hate Plague spell in Champions #9.
  • Secret Keeper: Bruno discovers Kamala's identity when she changes back to her normal form after being shot in the guise of Ms. Marvel. Nowadays her friends know her secret identity as well, and both her parents eventually learn it until they are subjected to a memory wipe.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: The second-to-last issue before the relaunch reveals that Kamala's mother had made the connections to Ms. Marvel's identity months ago. Later, she reveals herself to her friends only to discover they too already knew for a while at that point.
  • Sewer Gator: Encountered in issues #6 and #7 both in giant ("megagator") and armed with Frickin' Laser Beams variety.
  • Sexily Modest: Kamala Khan's costume as Ms. Marvel is based on a burkini, a modest swimwear outfit designed for Muslim women. Some artists draw the suit to be formfitting akin to Sensual Spandex, which has been criticized as Kamala is a teenager and faithful to her religion.
  • Shipper on Deck: One of the first things Kamala does when Spider-Man rescues her is state that she's an avid shipper of him and Carol Danvers, and pesters him for details when she hears they went on a date.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Issue #4 sees Bruno blurting out why he thinks Kamala is awesome. Kamala wants to hear more, but Bruno gets embarrassed.
    • The entirety of Kamala's crossover story with Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes in Secret Love #1. Turns out, their relationship is strictly platonic, but still awesome.
    • Issues leading up to All-New, All-Different Avengers gave her moments with the second Nova. After that series' first story arc it bounced between him and Miles Morales.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts:
    • Several on the Valentine's Day ball, like Josh and Zoe, then the truth serum punch kicked in and showed how many of them actually weren't, like Josh and Zoe.
    • Aamir Khan and Tyesha Hillman certainly qualify, and once their respective parents get over the culture shock, they're happy to welcome them into the family.
  • Sizeshifter: A secondary effect of Kamala's shapeshifting powers. She can either grow or shrink parts of her body or do the same to her entire body, with corresponding mass changes and Super Strength to go with it.
  • Skirt over Slacks: For the first few issues, cover art showed Kamala wearing a "classic" Ms. Marvel outfit, but with pants (and a shirt) underneath the miniskirt, though she hadn't started wearing it in-universe; she eventually did so in issue #5 (it's made from a re-purposed burqini).
  • Skunk Stripe: The unfortunate Skunk Girl, who has been granted, basically, skunk powers by the Terrigen mists (and didn't want them at all), gets this as one side-effect. As Kamala notes, it's the one part of the deal which is kind of cool.
  • Slipping a Mickey:
    • Though Kamala wishes for more freedom and independence from her parents, she is still devoutly Muslim and refuses to drink alcohol. When she goes to a party and is offered a drink, she asks if there is any alcohol in it and is assured that it is just orange juice. Once she drinks it, they add "plus some vodka". She promptly does a Spit Take.
    • Loki put a Truth Serum in the punch when he crashed a Valentine's Day dance.
  • So Proud of You: Kamala's mother tells her this when she reveals that she knew for some time that Kamala was the new Ms. Marvel.
    "You're at a difficult age. Your father and I were worried you would get involved with drugs or with friends who were bad for you. If the worst thing you do is sneak out to help suffering people, then I thank God for having raised a righteous child."
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • The series in many ways feels like a modern day take on Spider-Man, being about a nerdy teenager who suddenly gains superpowers, and the problems that come with that; so much so that Spider-Man himself acknowledges it.. Rather than being a science whiz however, Kamala spends her time writing fanfiction and browsing social media.
    • Kamala's role during Civil War II can be comparable with Anya Corazón's during first Civil War. Both are mentored by Carol Danvers, both fight for her side (initially, in Kamala's case), and eventually feel bad when they start questioning themselves whether they fight for justice or not.
  • Spit Take: Kamala's reaction after she is told that the orange juice she drank also had vodka in it.
  • Stealth Insult: Zoe gives the appearance of being very perky and friendly, but uses her "questions" about Islam and Kamala's Pakistani background to make derogatory comments about their culture and traditions. Bruno and Nakia already can see what she's doing and he refers to her as the "concern troll"; only Kamala herself thinks Zoe is genuinely bubbly.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: Kamala and her friend Nakia (Turkish-American) come from well-assimilated families who want their children to take part in American society. Kamala’s dad wants his son to spend less time praying and find a job, and Nakia’s dad wants her to stop wearing a hijab ("He thinks it is 'a phase'").
  • Stupid Crooks: Bruno's brother Vick tries to rob the Circle Q and winds up robbing Bruno himself when Bruno switches shifts with Chatty Bob. He apparently cannot even unload his gun properly, and accidentally shoots Kamala with a gun that he claims is empty.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: You've a bunch of random Kamala clones running around? Some even giant? This calls for a clone T-Rex! What could possibly go wrong?
  • Super Registration Act: The law that's the crux of Outlawed is ironically named after her.
  • Super Strength: A Required Secondary Power for some of the shapeshifting that she does.
  • Take a Third Option: A villain tells Kamala that she should "get with the program or get out of the way." Kamala chooses Option C: Get IN the way.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Kamala's class had to analyse an article claiming this. Nakia is outraged that someone can just write off a whole generation like this, and Kamala points out that it's dangerous too as every generation has to solve the problems the previous one created. Kamala later uses the same article as a way to tell The Inventor's brainwashed teens that they are not solving anything by letting themselves get turned into organic batteries.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Kamala lampshades this when she mentions she needs one.
  • They Would Cut You Up: One of Kamala's reasons for not wanting the authorities to see her and her new powers, and why she reveals herself to Bruno.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Loki's "help" on his Valentine's day visit suggest this, but realistically it was probably more, well, Loki being Loki. Also the other characters found it not romantic but very creepy.
  • Tomboyish Name: Michaela "Mike" Miller, who Kamala initially assumes is Bruno's new "bromance".
  • Training Montage: After a disastrous first attempt to rescue Vick from The Inventor's minions, Kamala spends the next day with Bruno testing her absolute limits.
  • Trapped in TV Land: In the final issue of G. Willow Wilson's run, an inter-dimensional portal of some kind opens up behind the Circle Q slushy machine, sucking Kamala and her friends into a fantasy video game version of Jersey City, where they level up and unlock achievements by recalling who they are and how much they've grown.
  • Troll:
    • Kamala's friends Nakia and Bruno refer to Zoe as the "concern troll", since she asks questions about Islam and Nakia's Middle Eastern backgrounds so that she can make condescending remarks.
    • Loki, whose sole consistent trait throughout all continuities is his troll-ness.
  • Truth Serums:
    • In issue #12, Loki put Asgardian truth elixir in the punch at the Valentine's Day ball. He didn't target it or anything, just counted on that, if everybody said what they really thought, he will be able to find if someone had other than relationship troubles. Hilarity Ensued. And by this we mean chaos. Which the local superheroine kind of took issue with.
    • In the 50th issue, Kamala teams up with Spider-Man when he finds a weird purple rock. When it's activated, Miles suddenly confesses his crush on her.

  • Unexpectedly Real Magic: Played with and ultimately subverted: When some of Kamala's friends think they need to summon Loki, who they refer to as "hipster Viking dude," they try a ludicrously made-up ritual using hipster iconography. Loki does eventually show up, not because the ritual worked, but because he couldn't stand how silly it all was anymore. He even brought popcorn.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: After the Incursions, people at Kamala's school have gotten very used to Loki's lightning golems hanging around.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Pretty much every bit of "help" from Loki. He actually genuinely want to help, he is just terrible at it, and a troll.
  • Unwanted Rescue: The Inventor's teenage "hostages" claim that they're a blight on society and a waste of Earth's resources, so they're willingly giving their bodies to become organic batteries for his robots as a way of repenting. Naturally, they're not happy to see Kamala trying to rescue them.
  • Uplifted Animal: The Inhumans' dog, Lockjaw, is sent to watch out for Kamala. He is not exactly people-smart, but he understands spoken English.
  • Use Your Head: Kamala resorts to a super-sized headbutt to stop a robot in issue #8.
  • Valentine's Day Episodes: Issue #12. It's pretty much filler, which can be summed up as: "Loki trolls the cast". Only two plot relevant things happen: First, it becomes obvious that Bruno has unrequited romantic feelings towards Kamala. Second, Loki wards the school which might reduce later property damage caused by superhero battles (as seen in #16).
  • Villainous Gentrification: In Volume 5, Kamala and the residents of New Jersey discover that a local avenue has been massively renovated by a new corporation. She is aghast to find her superhero image being used without permission for the company's billboards, and that her favorite Serbian-Vietnamese grocery store has been replaced by luxury condos. Investigating the operation, Kamala discovers that the rebuilding is planned for the entire city and run by Hope Yards Development and Relocation Association, aka none other than HYDRA. Their next plan? Hypnotizing all the current residents of New Jersey and making them all move out of town.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Kamala's primary superpower. She has been shown to be able to change the size and shape of her body, the color of her skin and hair, and even the clothing she's wearing. By issue #2, her shapeshifting can even have different parts of her upper body showing different outfits simultaneouslynote , and she's revealed in #2 and #3 to have Super Strength when she's "embiggened" herself or even just her handnote . Issue #5 expands this even further by having Kamala transform into a store mannequin. By #6, she can transform into completely non-humanoid shapes such as a sofa, or flatten herself to be almost as thin as paper (seen in S.H.I.E.L.D. #2).
  • Weaponized Animal: Issue #6 has Crocodiles with Frickin' Laser Beams on their heads, along with other gadgets.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Volume 2, issue 11, which is the fallout from Civil War II: Captain Marvel calls Kamala a traitor and severs all ties with her. Bruno wakes up from his coma, but is now permanently disabled. He blames Kamala for what happened and for ignoring her friends, and reveals that he plans to leave New Jersey to go attend school in Wakanda. The issue ends with Kamala trying to convince him not to go, only for Bruno to shun her and say he never wants to see her again.
    • Volume 3, issue 5: Kamala and her parents return to Earth after saving the planet Saffa, with a new nanotech Ms. Marvel costume. However, the WHAM comes in when Kamala talks to her parents and realizes that the Saffan magicians have removed their memories about her double life, followed by her father announcing to her that he is dying of some incurable illness.
  • Wham Line: From issue 18:
    Muneeba: Oh, beta... I know.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Hotness: Subverted. When Kamala Khan first gets her shapeshifting powers, she uses them to look like her idol, Carol Danvers (in her "swimsuit" Ms. Marvel costume). She quickly learns changing your outside doesn't change anything about who you are inside. . . along with many practical downsides of a typical superheroine outfit.
  • Wolverine Publicity:
    • Wolverine is the first character to guest-star in Kamala's series... though given his history of sidekicking with teenaged girl superheroes it is kinda fitting. Also lampshaded by Kamala.
      Kamala: I totally put you first in my fantasy hero team-up bracket!
    • She also squees over being rescued by Spider-Man, who also has a history of teaming up with newbie supers. She flat out calls it a "Spider-Man team up".
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Kamala gets through to the brainwashed teens by asking for their strengths and pointing out their potential.

Alternative Title(s): Kamala Khan


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