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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.


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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.
  • Flying Brick: Prime's power is that he can turn into a classic Flying Brick, gaining Super Strenght, flight, and invulnerability when he transforms. Most of the time, he's really a skinny thirteen-year-old who generates a mass of pseudo-organic tissue around himself to appear as a muscular adult. Basically, he's Captain Marvel, but Darker and Edgier. Another twist: his superpowered form's appearance is based on his idea of what a hero should be like. His first form looked like a standard Cape. After a run of bad luck and encounters with various antiheroes, his Prime form took a Darker and Edgier appearance. After regaining some of his original idealism tempered with maturity, his third and final form looks like a mix of the previous two though it looks more like the first one. All of his forms also have a face that strongly resembles his father.
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  • Hour of Power: Prime can only hold his superhero form for a limited amount of time before his "shell" dissolves into goo and leaves him as an ordinary 13 year old again. It's never quite spelled out exactly how long he can maintain it, but injury or serious exertion causes him to revert faster.
  • 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.
  • Older Alter Ego: Prime. He's actually a 13 year old boy with the ability to transform into a large, muscular man who appears to be in his 30s or 40s.
  • Power Armor: Prototype wears a suit of powerful battle armor. He didn't design it himself, a corporation did and he works for them.
  • 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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