Rip Hunter is a Time Travel-themed superhero from DC Comics. Created in 1959 for the anthology series Showcase, he appeared for a few issues before getting his own title Rip Hunter...Time Master which lasted from 1961 to 1965. Since then he has continued to appear as a supporting character in various books and storylines, including Booster Gold, starring the eponymous fellow time traveller.
Tropes applying to Rip Hunter include:
- Alternate Self: After DC rebooted its Multiverse for the first time with Crisis on Infinite Earths, the original Rip continued to exist alongside a new version from the new Earth.
- Badass Normal: Has no superpowers.
- C-List Fodder: Zig-zagged, as he's surprisingly resilient given how often DC does reality-altering Crisis Crossovers. His original Pre-Crisis self survived the original Crisis and Zero Hour: Crisis in Time!, but might have been killed off during a Superman storyline in the 2000s, while his Post-Crisis self survived until the Time Crash of Flashpoint. Then he was revealed to be alive for Convergence, which ended with all DC timelines and realities restored, so at least two of him are out there somewhere.
- Crisis Crossover: Tends to have a role in these, since the timeline is often at stake.
- Darker and Edgier: His modern portrayal compared to Pre-Crisis leans toward this, being more manipulative.
- Future Spandex: Pre-Crisis and sometimes Post-Crisis.
- Kaleidoscope Eyes
- Kaleidoscope Hair
- Luke, You Are My Father: Lately revealed to be the son of Booster Gold.
- Not Wearing Tights: Sometimes, Post-Crisis.
- Science Hero: Invented his own time travel devices.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Often he's involved in such plots.
- Time Police: As one of the Linear Men.
- Time Travel: His whole thing.