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Ultra Force was a team composed of several established Ultraverse heroes; it had its own short-lived animated series produced by DiC Entertainment. The original series lasted for 11 issues, from July, 1994 to July, 1995. It started with an issue #0. The final issues added a Marvel character to the team, Black Knight/Dane Whitman. Vol. 2 featured Whitman as team leader. It lasted for 16 issues, from October, 1995 to December, 1996. 27 regular issues in total. There were also a few one-shots, mostly crossovers with The Avengers.


Ultra Force provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Contrary looked, dressed, and acted similar to White Queen/ Emma Frost.
  • Animated Adaptation: DiC Entertainment made a 13 episode cartoon series in 1994.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Prime was a superhero fan who actually became a superhero.
  • City in a Bottle: The subterranean Fire People were an offshoot of humanity that lived in a hidden community Beneath the Earth for so long that the "world of light and air" was considered a myth.
  • Does Not Like Men: Topaz is the warrior queen of an amazonian race and as a result of her upbringing has a low opinion of males in general.
  • Five-Man Band: The main heroes could be seen as this:
    • The Leader - Hardcase is the most experienced member of the team and generally calls the shots.
    • The Lancer - Topaz is an impeccable warrior but more hotheaded and impulsive compared to Hardcase.
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    • The Big Guy - Prime is this as the strongest member of the group
    • The Smart Guy - Ghoul’s powers are more geared towards information gathering than combat
    • The Chick - Contrary rarely takes the field and is her powers are based around influencing others than fighting threats head-on.
    • Sixth Ranger - Prototypes suit gives him the versatility and power to provide backup in numerous situations.
  • Living Toys: In a true case of From Nobody to Nightmare, villain Lord Pumpkin started out as one. He was a living toy created by a wizard to be a playmate for a Spoiled Brat of a prince. However, the prince (who liked to torture animals, among other disturbing hobbies) sadistically tormented his playmate, until it rebelled, killed him, grew far more powerful, and took over the kingdom. Since then, Lord Pumpkin no longer fit the Trope at all (Evil Overlord is more appropriate), but that's where he started.
  • Psychometry: Ghoul is able to see the history of objects by touching them.
  • Revenant Zombie: Ghoul, in the sense that he retains his mind. He's still a rotting corpse like traditional zombies, though.
  • Scary Scarecrows: Lord Pumpkin is a scarecrow with a pumpkin head and a magic candle inside who hails from another dimension called Godwheel. He was created by the court magician to be the prince's playmate. The sadistic prince tormented him until Pumpkin retaliated with murder. Then he staged a coup, took over the throne, grew bored, and came to Earth to be a mob boss. Lord Pumpkin ended up killed a few times, but as long as a seed from his pumpkin head survives, he can be reborn, although he needs his candle to be complete. Some rebirths leave him a Plant Person, while at other times he manages to gain a scarecrow's straw body again.
  • Ultraterrestrials: The Fire People who have advanced technology way before humans invented the wheel.
  • Younger Than They Look: Prime is really a thirteen-year-old boy who takes on an adult appearance when powered up. Makes for some raised eyebrows when he proudly announces that the thirteen-year-old girl he has a crush on is his girlfriend.


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