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Vibe is a DC Comics character.

A teenage gang member from Detroit, Francisco "Paco" Ramone was born with the power to create vibratory shock waves—a "one-man earthquake". When the Justice League of America moved to Detroit, Paco declared himself a member, and the League, desperate for new blood, accepted him. Despite his goofy exterior, he proved himself a hero. Tragically, he was killed by Professor Ivo's androids during the Legends crossover, becoming the first Justice League member to be killed in action.

Several Cosmic Retcons later, Vibe was reimagined for the New 52 relaunch, renicknamed and respelled as "Cisco" Ramón. After Cisco was caught in the event horizon of a Boom Tube when Darkseid's forces attacked Earth, his vibrational frequency was set out of sync with the rest of the world, making it impossible to film or photograph him, and leaving him able to sense dimensional disturbances and generate shock waves. He joined Steve Trevor's Justice League of America, and received his own short-lived series, Justice League of America's Vibe. He disappeared during Forever Evil, his fate currently unknown.


Both versions of Vibe have appeared in other media, the most prominent being Cisco from The Flash (2014), played by Carlos Valdes.

This comic book character and series demonstrates examples of:

  • Adaptation Name Change: Originally, Vibe's civilian name was Paco Ramone. The New 52 and The Flash (2014) have him addressed as Cisco Ramon.
  • All-Loving Hero: What continues to get Cisco in hot water with while working for A.R.G.U.S. While Amanda Waller clearly wants brutal pragmatism in every fight, Vibe's sympathetic tendencies lead him to quickly trying to help his targets instead of taking them down.
  • Arch-Enemy: In the New 52, Vibe's is Rupture, a relentless warrior with the same vibrational powers and a glowing red scythe. He also turns out to be Armando, Cisco's presumed-dead oldest brother.
  • Captain Ethnic: Oh, Paco, Paco, Paco. This was of course dropped with the Cisco version of Vibe.
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  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Vibe went missing during Forever Evil, and hasn't reappeared since.
  • Cool Shades: The shades are part of Paco's image as a gang member. However, he keeps them even in his superhero costume. Cisco, meanwhile, only has them as part of the costume. When he appeared on The Flash (2014), the shades were his way of sensing dimensional disturbances and the like.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: After Cisco acts directly against Waller's orders, a small Suicide Squad lineup of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, King Shark, and Crowbar are sent to take down the highly empowered Vibe and Gypsy. The Squad very quickly bring the two in.
  • Dance Battler: Paco used breakdancing moves as part of his fighting style.
  • Fad Super: Paco, much like his teammate Gypsy. He was supposed to cash in on the mid-80s breakdancing craze.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: When the various eras of the DCU were starting to come apart in Crisis on Infinite Earths, he managed to put them back together while everyone else was fighting. You was saying, everyone? And keep in mind the shockwaves weren't just for show, too.
  • Incompletely Trained: Vibe's biggest problems in the New 52 stem from this. While he seems to be one of the most highly-powered metahumans in the DCU, capable of ripping apart multiple realities at once (Waller is worried he could casually damage the timeline during one battle) , he simply doesn't have the training to hold his own against a more disciplined opponent.
  • Killed Off for Real: Paco was killed by one of Professor Ivo's androids after saving a kid.
  • Make Some Noise: Originally, Vibe's power was projecting sonic shockwaves from his hands.
  • Mass Super-Empowering Event: In the New 52, Vibe gets his powers from Darkseid's invasion, alongside Armando. It's not just the two, however, who gain the new abilities; Detroit, the city itself, becomes a conduit of vibrational multiversal power like Cisco has within himself.
  • Mythology Gag: The Cisco Ramone version mentions, rather derisively, having the middle name "Paco."
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Paco put on an over-the-top Puerto Rican accent ("Are chu the Chustice League?") and goofy persona to fit in on the streets.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Much is made of how potentially dangerous Cisco's powers are if he does not get them under control.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: The Paco version. Very much so.
  • Seer: The New 52 version of Vibe. The shockwaves come as a bonus.
  • Swiss-Army Superpower: Vibe's abilities are quite versatile. In addition to the above moment listed under Heart Is an Awesome Power, the current version's powers grant him Invisibility to electronic devices, being able to hack machines, and can even disrupt the Speed Force. This makes him theoretically one of the most dangerous metahumans on the planet.
  • Sinister Scythe: Rupture uses a glowing red-bladed scythe to focus his vibrational powers.
  • Ugly Cute: Cisco runs across a multiversal messenger creature who, when removing his face-mask, has visible face tentacles and big, puppy-like eyes. Seeing as he immediately shows it mercy, this is his response In-Universe as well as the reader's.
  • Vibroweapon: The current version of Vibe has the power to manipulate vibrations.

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