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The Maple Leaf is a webcomic/prose novel written by Das Nordlicht 91 that centres on the exploits of the Maple Leaf Investigations company, run by longtime friends Noah Stark and Trevor Rydell. Together, the two investigate the strange and the unknown while battling supervillains, monsters, demon invaders, alien invaders, and even interdimensional threats.


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  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • "Stark Raving Mad" from Series One centers on Noah.
    • "The Trevor Rydell Special" stars (obviously) the eponymous Trevor Rydell, and focuses quite a bit on what drives his character.
    • "All About Emma" from Series Three puts Emma Reimer in the spotlight, as she gets her chance to be the hero when the Sewer Rat paralyzes the rest of the Maple Leaf team.
  • Absent-Minded Professor: Jonathan Reimer shows some shades of this.
  • Action Girl: While Emma Reimer and even Steph Brouwer have their moments, the shining example is the V-Battalion's Carol Danvers.
  • Actually a Life Model Decoy: When Agent 44 gets shot and blown up in a Series V story, the MLI team learn that this is the case for him.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: The Maple Leaf's version of Janet Van Dyne is made into a very intelligent character. Sure, not "brilliant genius" level, but a lot more on the level than other versions are.
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  • Adaptation Name Change: Dane Whitman is given the first name "Daniel", with his original first name now becoming his nickname.
  • Adorkable: Both Rydell and Noah definitely count, especially moreso for the latter. For that matter, the later additions to the team also count.
  • Adventure Duo: The series starts out with Rydell and Noah as this, though Stark isn't exactly the shining definition of "weird".
  • The Alliance: It's mentioned that the V-Battalion is a combined force made up of the heroes from various universes who have come together to defend the Multiverse from all threats.
  • Alliterative Name: Petrie "Pepper" Peterson, one of Rydell's friends and a relatively minor character.
  • Alternate Universe: "Earth-Alpha" is a universe wherein characters from The Northern Light appear, as well as various Marvel Comics heroes like Captain America, Spider-Man, the Avengers, and others. It also houses characters from Scott Pilgrim, too. Other alternate worlds (who get spotlighted in Multi-World War I) include:
    • Earth-917, an evil mirror universe, and home to the Big Bad of Multi-World War I.
    • Earth-891, where the Agents of S.T.R.I.P.E.S. stories take place.
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    • Earth-632, a world where magic is the dominant field of science. The MLI team here are all magic users.
    • Earth-776, a world where all of North America is occupied by the United States.
    • Earth-123, a world inhabited completely by sentient toys.
    • Earth 211, home world of the V-Battalion's Star-Lord. A reality where humanity has achieved interstellar travel.
    • Earth-0, the so-called Neutral Zone, and home to the V-Battalion.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: The Maple Leaf is set in Earth-791, which integrates Marvel characters and original characters within the same continuity.
  • All Myths Are True: You bet!
  • Arc Welding: By the time the Gorgon shows up, we learn that he's a being more powerful than Decker, and someone who absorbed the powers and essences of the Serpent Clan in his timeline.
  • Arc Words: "Prepare for war" in "Multi-World War I".
  • Ascended Extra: Emma Reimer first appears at the very end of "Weapons of Mass Defense" and doesn't show up again until the end of Series One. She eventually makes more appearances in the later series, eventually joining the Maple Leaf crew in Series Three.
  • Author Appeal: This is a series that is fully entrenched in Toronto culture.
    • Also definitely seen in the new additions to the team that Sawyer introduces in Series IV.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: While Noah thinks that sharing a surname with Iron Man is cool and all, he's constantly seen refuting claims that he's related to him.
  • Ax-Crazy: Josef Shabadoo.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: All the time. Noah and Rydell are masters at this.
  • Badass Army: The V-Battalion, an entire armed legion of soldiers from various universes united to defend all of reality.
  • Badass Bookworm: Noah Stark, befitting of someone who's the brains of the MLI team.
  • Badass Normal: It's astonishing how the Maple Leaf Investigations duo went from being barely able to fight a supervillain in their first encounter to being badass enough to fend off an invading force from the underworld.
  • Baseball Episode: "Sports Night" features a variation in which instead of playing baseball, the MLI duo are watching a Toronto Blue Jays game as a means of taking a break from their job.
  • Bash Brothers: This is what Noah and Rydell grow into by the end of Series One.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Given that elements of the "Scott Pilgrim" universe are canon in Earth-Alpha, it's no surprise this shows up when Noah and Carter team up with Scott to fight off the Negotiator in the latter's mind.
  • Berserk Button: Noah Stark really doesn't like being referred to as a "sidekick". He's also naturally not fond of anyone coming after his best friend Trevor Rydell.
    • Don't ever try to kill Noah (longtime friend) or Emma (girlfriend/MLI teammate) in front of the aforementioned Rydell. It's a guaranteed ass-kicking. ** As the Sewer Rat learned the hard way, going after any (or all) of Emma's MLI allies is not really a good idea.
  • Betty and Veronica: Gender-flipped with Dane as the Betty and Carter as the Veronica to Janet.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While this goes without saying for the entire MLI crew, special mention has to go to Noah Stark, who can absolutely go berserk if pushed long enough.
  • Big Bad: Overlord Decker (from the Multi-World War I saga), Josef "Joey" Shabadoo (from Series Three's opening storyline), King Cobra and the Serpent Clan, the Bloodserpents, The Legion of Darkness, as well as various villains from The Northern Light. Series V introduces S.T.R.I.K.E. (a U.S. government agency) and its secret benefactors, HYDRA.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Carter seems to see himself as this as it relates to new recruit Janet Van Dyne, despite said person being more than capable of taking care of herself. She appreciates the sentiment, though.
  • Bigger Bad: The Gorgon, the real power behind Overlord Decker.
  • Book-Ends: Series III began with the team expanding, and ends with them considering further expansion in the wake of the Multi-World War.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: One short story in Series IV has Rydell overseeing "Combat Training" for his peers.
  • Breather Episode: The appropriately-titled "Denouement" from Series Two, which came immediately after the "Invasion From Hell" arc. The story doesn't even feature any of the series' signature action, instead focusing on how the characters' situations have changed for the better.
  • Bruce Wayne Held Hostage: An early story has Noah and Rydell being amongst those held hostage by a terrorist at the Eaton Centre. Bad mistake for said terrorist.
  • Buddy Cop Show: They're not cops, but the first few stories in Series One have this kind of feel, only with a supernatural/paranormal angle to everything.
  • C-List Fodder: More or less with some of the less "prominent" alternate Earths in the lead-up to "Multi-World War I".
  • The Cameo: "Multi-World War I" is filled with tons of cameos from various heroes and villains from many fictional works.
  • Canada, Eh?: Lampshaded, deconstructed, and commented on by the main cast on a frequent basis.
  • Cape Busters: The U.S.'s S.T.R.I.K.E. team who have no intentions on working with superhumans, or our heroes for that matter. Turns out, they're a front set up by HYDRA.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: All the damn time.
  • Catch-Phrase: Rydell seems to talk explicitly in military jargon during missions.
  • Character Overlap: The Northern Light from, well, The Northern Light appears in the series first as a recurring character, then finally as a member of the Maple Leaf Investigations team. Rydell and Stark have also made appearances in Northern Light, as well.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Zero-Point Energy continues to be a recurring element.
  • Christmas Episode: "The Rydell Christmas Miracle".
  • City of Adventure: Toronto, where, as Rydell puts it, "weird shit happens all the time."
  • Civvie Spandex: Practically everyone on the Maple Leaf crew, save for Rydell, Emma, and Steph.
  • The Commissioner Gordon: Toronto Police chief Philip O'Sullivan and S.H.I.E.L.D. Section VII Sharon Carter for the Maple Leaf team.
  • Continuity Nod: The entire storyline surrounding the Multiverse. It first begins with the Subspace elements in Series I & II, before culminating even further in Series III with the Multi-World War.
  • Cool Shades: A staple of the V-Battalion's outfits, with the exception of Capt. Danvers & Star-Lord, who both get unique uniforms without sunglasses.
  • Cool Old Guy: Professor Jonathan Reimer, the guy who gives our heroes their cool gear
  • Creator Provincialism: Most stories tend to revolve around Toronto, Canada, but it later expands to include all of North America.
  • Crisis Crossover: The Multi-World War I storyline, bridging all other stories within the so-called "Sawyerverse".
  • Crossover: With just about everything, from Scott Pilgrim to Marvel Comics characters. The "Multi-World War I" story arc takes the cake, though, featuring as many cameos as the South Park "Imaginationland" saga did.
    • Noah and Rydell appear in "Allied Forces", a story in Agents of S.T.R.I.P.E.S. that's a part of "Multi-World War I". They interact with the titular Agents, even teaming up with them to stop some bad guys.
  • Dark Messiah: King Cobra, especially when he takes control over the Bloodserpents and seeks to "free" humanity from itself with his new allies.
  • Dead All Along: Apparently the case for one General John Barclay, the head of S.T.R.I.K.E. As it turns out, he's been dead for over 20 years, and that the Barclay running S.T.R.I.K.E. has always been a HYDRA mole right from the start.
  • Demonic Possession: The Bloodserpents' Negotiator's main schtick
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Subverted with the fate of Agent 44. We see him getting destroyed spectacularly by S.T.R.I.K.E.'s Legionnaires, but it's revealed that he survived the attack.
  • Elite Mooks: The S.T.R.I.K.E. Legionnaires, a new breed of synthetic soldier.
  • Evil Costume Switch: The inverted members of MLI drop their blue-white-gold outfits for something a bit more darker, in the most literal sense.
  • Evil Laugh: When one of Gorgon's lieutenants does one, he's quick to shut said lieutenant down.
  • Evil Redhead: Josef Shabadoo.
  • Fanboy: Trevor Rydell's a big fan of Captain America. According to Noah, Rydell even cried Manly Tears when Cap apparently died back in 2007. Keep in mind that Cap exists in the "Maple Leaf" universe, and isn't just a comic book character.
    • As always, Agent Coulson also swoons over Cap in a big way.
  • Fictional Counterpart: O'Ryan Communications for both Rogers and Bell, though all three co-exist within the "Maple Leaf" universe.
  • Five-Man Band:
    • Team Maple Leaf:
    • Series IV brings a bold change to the team:
  • Flying Car: Noah and Janet manage to retrofit Maple Leaf-One (the team's primary transport) into a flying car.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Rydell and Noah get their minds swapped in "The Great Brain Robbery". Surprisingly, they're just as effective when they're in each other's bodies in comparison to their normal states.
  • Fugitive Arc: A variation with the MLI team wanted for supposed crimes by a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Interestingly, the Canadian government isn't willing to join on the manhunt for the team.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Professor Jon Reimer, and later, Noah Stark.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: "Zero Stark Thirty" has the team stuck in a loop wherein they're all killed while fighting (what else?) a time-manipulating villain. Fortunately, Noah gets wise to the loop (thanks to all the extensive studying he's done on multiverses and alterations to the universe) and is able to stop the loop and trap the villain into a loop of his own.
  • Guardian of the Multiverse: The V-Battalion, who we're introduced to in Series Three. Their sole purpose is to ensure all realities coexist in peace. The events that would lead to the Multi-World War bring the V-Battalion into action to save the entire multiverse.
  • The Gunslinger: Trevor Rydell, with his arsenal of various laser guns. Star-Lord from the V-Battalion is also one, and yes, he does end up teaming up guns-a'blazing with Rydell in "Multi-World War I".
  • Hack Your Enemy: Noah does this to Decker's robotic forces during "Multi-World War I", and later with the S.T.R.I.K.E. drones in Series V.
  • Hate Plague: The Hippodemons' signature trait, which inflicts emotions of pure hatred on its victims. Rydell and Noah end up falling victim to the Hippodemons' plague and had some really nasty confrontations that could've spelled the end for Maple Leaf Investigations. Thankfully, Professor Reimer whipped up a cure to restore the Maple Leaf boys and the city of Toronto back to normal.
  • The Heart: Apparently, this is what Stark's role is for the team, he later shares it with Emma, Carter, and Janet once they join the team.
  • Hero of Another Story: This is the case for S.H.I.E.L.D. and the V-Battalion, who each have their own missions that run independently of the MLI team's own operations.
  • Heroic Fatigue: Rydell goes through this in the midst of the S.T.R.I.K.E. storyline. Fortunately, Agent 44 is able to inspire him to fight on with a well-timed speech.
  • Heroes "R" Us: The V-Battalion functions as this for all of reality.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Both Noah and Rydell have been best friends well before starting up MLI.
  • Hidden Villain: General John Barclay, the head of S.T.R.I.K.E., is revealed to be Kraken, a HYDRA mole who conceived the organization as a way to eliminate potential threats to his masters.
  • Home Base: The Maple Leaf Investigations building near the Eaton Centre. They later move to the former O'Ryan Tower in Series IV.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each series has had at least one story named "The ______ Incident".
    • Multi-part stories tend to share the same "(Name of story arc), Part "x" : _________" titling structure.
    • Stories focusing on Noah Stark utilize an Epunymous Title with his name ("Stark Raving Mad", "Noah Knows Best", "Zero Stark Thirty", etc.)
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Noah seems to be fond of these, particularly puns involving his name.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: Series One's "Adventures in Subspace, Volume One" ends up becoming the catalyst for many of "The Maple Leaf's" major storylines, particularly setting up the majority of Series Three's plot elements involving the Multiverse. Noah's role in the story also sets him on the path of becoming the team's "expert" on Subspace, which would lead to his obsessive cataloging of the Multiverse in S3's "Noah Knows Best".
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: The Maple Leaf universe has crossed over with various other characters, especially during the Multi-World War I arc.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Daniel Whitman as the Black Knight. Though he simply just wields a sword and shield.
  • Last-Name Basis: Trevor Rydell is often just referred to simply by his surname. Noah does call him "Trev" on occasion, though.
    • Carter also refers to Noah Stark by last name most of the time, too.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: The Sewer Rat probably should know better than not to mess with Emma Reimer's friends and teammates.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Completely averted when the Maple Leaf duo first encounter The Northern Light. Rydell doesn't think that fighting NL would help the situation against the Serpent Clan, to which Carter agrees with. As such, the three decide to team up to stop the Serpents.
    • Again averted when Team Maple Leaf first encounter the V-Battalion, who both agree that there are bigger issues at play for them to be fighting amongst themselves.
  • Light 'em Up: The basis of Carter's powers as The Northern Light (unsurprising, given his codename).
  • Lovable Jock: Trevor Rydell is one athletic guy, as noted in his bio. He's also a really nice guy.
  • Manly Tears: Captain America's death back in 2007 was said to have supposedly caused Rydell to shed these.
    • When Cap himself compliments Trevor on helping to save him, Rydell definitely sheds tears of joy for his hero praising him.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: The Maple Leaf universe has crossed over with dozens of universes. It even becomes a major plot point in the third volume's "Multi-World War I" saga, with all of reality breaking down and the evil universes waging war on everyone and everything.
  • Meaningful Name: Noah Stark shares a first-name with the ark-builder from the Bible and a famous dictionary compiler. This trope figures into play when Stark starts collecting data on the Multiverse and all disturbances in the universe, since it means he's essentially collecting things like his same-name counterparts. His last name's also the German word for "strong", which pretty much describes Noah whenever the situation calls for it.
  • The Men in Black: S.H.I.E.L.D., though they're willing to let the Maple Leaf Investigations crew to their own devices, due to the team's competence at their line of work.
  • Merged Reality: Series Three's opening storyline has this happening with Subspace and "Earth-Alpha" (the official designation of the Maple Leaf universe) due to the sudden multiplication of Missingno.s.
  • Mirror Universe: One of the "evil" universes attacking is the world Mr. Decker originally belonged to (Earth-Omega/Earth-917), which naturally features morally-opposite counterparts of our heroes:
    • Earth-Omega's Trevor Rydell is an amoral jackass who's one of the most notorious criminals of that world's Toronto.
    • Noah Stark's counterpart is a ruthless Mad Scientist who often goes along with Mirror!Rydell's schemes.
    • The Northern Light of that universe is a highly dangerous supervillain with dark energy powers, opposed by the heroic Firebrand.
  • The Missingno..: The cause of Subspace glitching out and its merging with Earth-Alpha.
  • Mole in Charge: The case with General John Barclay, the head of S.T.R.I.K.E., who's actually a high-ranking Hydra agent.
  • Monster Clown: Gabbo, a clown-looking creature who sucks people's emotions dry, turning them into giggling mad shells of their former selves.
  • Monumental Damage: The (fictional) O'Ryan Tower is devastated by the Bloodserpents during the "Invasion From Hell" storyline. The tower's rebuilt later on, and now is currently used by MLI as their base of operations.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Stephanie Brouwer to Stark. Rydell has brothers Dean and Calvin Bickell. However, for the former, it might've changed once Steph joins MLI. For Emma Reimer, there's her brother Daniel.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: Whoever (or whatever) the hell Decker is.
  • The Multiverse: Becomes a major theme in Series Three, as the effects of frequent incursions into Subspace have begun unraveling all of reality itself. This culminates in the "Multi-World War III" storyline, where the MLI team have to save all reality from being destroyed.
  • Mundane Utility: Noah once used the Blue Defender to make an omelet. Rydell wasn't impressed.
  • Nice Guy: The entire Maple Leaf Investigations roster.
    • The named S.H.I.E.L.D. agents seen in the story are all depicted to be affable people more than happy to work together with the MLI team.
  • Noodle Incident: Rydell breaking down due to Captain America's death back in 2007. Noah first mentions this in an early Series One story, but we never see any specifics on the incident.
    Noah: Did I ever tell you guys the time Trev cried when his hero Cap died back in '07? That's a pretty funny story, I've gotta say.
  • Non-Powered Costumed Hero: Rydell, Noah, and Emma Reimer. They're the only ones on the team that aren't superhumans.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: In Series IV, Janet designs a new set of uniforms for the MLI crew. They're still unique, but maintain a blue-white-gold color scheme.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Noah and Rydell get their ass handed to them in their first encounter with Mr. Decker. They would've likely died if not for the intervention of Captain Danvers from the V-Battalion.
  • Occult Detective: What Rydell had originally had in mind for Maple Leaf Investigations, but the situations he and Noah have gotten into tend to stray from the occult.
  • Odd Friendship: Somehow, Rydell strikes a mutual friendship with the V-Battalion's Star-Lord, though it seems to be more on the basis of the fact that they're both good with guns.
  • One-Winged Angel:
    • King Cobra has a particularly nasty transformation in the climax of "Invasion From Hell", turning into a gigantic three-heaaded serpent creature with multiple tendrils.
    • Overlord Decker ditches his usual regal attire and upgrades himself into a stronger robotic form in the final chapter of "Multi-World War I".
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Pepper Peterson. Her real name's "Petrie".
  • On the Next: Each story proper ends with the usual "Next Issue: [insert witty teaser here]", but there's also the short excerpts of the upcoming story that's provided a day after the end of the current story. These excerpts tend to be unconnected.
  • Original Generation: Within the "Multi-World War I" super-crossover, there's the V-Battalion, whose presence puts everything into motion.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Some are serpent/demon hybrids. Others are literal demonic hippos capable of inciting mass hatred amongst people.
  • Patchwork World: The Neutral Zone, home to the V-Battalion, is cobbled together from the remnants of planets that were devastated by Decker's forces.
  • The Phoenix: Carter ends up manifesting an energy phoenix during the climax of "Invasion From Hell" after pulling a He's Back moment.
  • Police are Useless: Tends to be averted, with the Toronto Police providing some key help in the early issues. They're even shown handling things like the Bloodserpent invasion and the Multi-World War breaking out on Toronto city streets relatively well.
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: The "Multi-World War I" arc seemed to be this for a prospective V-Battalion title starring those characters, but never materialized for various reasons... until 2015.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Josef Shabadoo, especially after he becomes a dangerous threat.
  • Punny Name: Noah Stark. Just remove the "T" in his name. (It's "Noah's Ark", for those wondering.)
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Sharon Carter is willing to let the Maple Leaf crew go about their business without S.H.I.E.L.D. interference, since she believes that they can handle things in their own backyard. Phil Coulson also becomes this once he warms up to the team.
  • Recurring Dreams: After doing extensive research on the Multiverse in Series Three, Noah starts having a recurring dream of all reality breaking down and "evil" universes destroying everything.
  • Red Shirt: The SPECWAR and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents who aren't named during "Invasion from Hell" don't fare well.
    • This is notably averted with the V-Battalion from "Multi-World War I". They're all badass.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: Because it means that the Multiverse is on the verge of collapsing.
    • Retool: Series IV takes The Maple Leaf into a bold direction, adding new team members (a couple of whom are the ML-verse versions of classic Marvel heroes), and changing the setting considerably.
  • Robot Buddy: "Dummy", the robot that Noah decides to create in Series 3.
  • Rousing Speech: Agent Emmett delivers one to Trevor after the latter is demoralized and doubts the effectiveness of MLI's mission.
    Agent 44: Mr. Rydell, it's a struggle, but one worth fighting for. The price of freedom is high. And it's a price I've been always willing to pay. I hope the sentiment's the same.
    Trevor: It is now.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Josef Shabadoo releases the Khimaeara, the "ultimate" Missingno, from an underwater chamber, in order to destroy the merged Subspace/Earth-Alpha.
  • Shared Universe: More or less the case, as the story is a part of the greater Multiverse of stories, along with Agents of S.T.R.I.P.E.S.
  • Sigil Spam: The team's signature Maple Leaf roundel emblem seems to be on most of their stuff.
  • Signature Team Transport: Maple Leaf-One.
  • Something Completely Different:
    • "The Trevor Rydell Special" has a distinct lack of the typical "Maple Leaf" sci-fi/supernatural fare, instead showing insight on the titular character's motivations through flashbacks.
    • "Command Indecision" from Series Two doesn't feature Rydell or Noah at all, instead featuring the "Maple Leaf" universe's version of SPECWAR in the spotlight.
    • Series Three's "All About Emma" starts with the entire Maple Leaf crew (save for the title character) incapacitated by a villain, then shifting to focus on Emma Reimer and her attempts at saving the day. The others only show up for a few scenes at the start and at the end of the story.
    • Series Five has a story actually titled "Something Completely Different", focusing on recapping the story so far.
  • Spin-Off: 2015 will see the debut of The V-Battalion, focusing on the titular team introduced in "Multi-World War I."
  • Spot the Imposter: While an alien replicant impersonating Noah was good enough to fool everyone, including Rydell (Noah's best friend), it wasn't good enough to get past Emma or Dane, who both noticed the faux Noah's "cold touch" when interacting.
  • Straight Man: Noah exhibits this at times.
  • String Theory / The Big Board: Noah creates one in his room detailing almost every universe within the Multiverse after going overboard with research on the subject.
  • Subspace or Hyperspace: While it's consistently shown to be the same as the concept in the "Scott Pilgrim" books, it's eventually revealed that Subspace partially functions as a gateway to alternate realities, and that it can break down on a whim. This can lead to something like the destruction of the Multiverse.
  • Super Mode: Carter has access to a golden armor made of light with a Phoenix motif during "Invasion From Hell".
  • Super Wrist-Gadget: Noah's Blue Defender gauntlet, which is pretty much an energy-based version of a Swiss Army Knife.
  • Superhero Prevalence Stages: The series starts off just before the Northern Light emerged, thus placing it in the Early Stage.
  • Thememobile: Maple Leaf-One is a more subtle version of this. It's only adorned in blue-white-gold, with a Canadian flag decal on the side.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Noah, Rydell, and Carter throughout most of Series 2.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Pretty much a recurring theme...
    • Our two heroes started off being barely able to fend off a single supervillain, but experience, training, and stronger gadgets have enabled both Rydell and Noah to be even more capable at their job of protecting people from the "weird shit" threatening them.
    • Emma Reimer's levels of badassery seem to increase with her increasing role in the series. She first appears in Series One, not really doing much. Then in Series Two's "Invasion From Hell", Emma is tough enough to keep up with Rydell, Carter, and Noah in fending off the Bloodserpent invasion of Toronto. It all came to a head in her Limelight episode in Series Three, where Emma ends up singlehandedly saving her teammates and the day from the Sewer Rat.
  • True Companions: The "main" Maple Leaf team up to Series IV is a good example of this. It seems to grow even stronger once the new recruits arrive starting from Series IV on.
  • Two Girls to a Team: At first with Emma Reimer and Stephanie Brouwer, but that ends once the Wasp joins MLI in Series IV.
  • War Arc: The appropriately-titled "Multi-World War I" from Series Three, which features the Maple Leaf crew thrust into a war between all of the "evil" universes in the Multiverse and every other universe.
  • Webcomics Don't Use Codenames: Everyone save for the Maple Leaf crew actually avert this. However, Noah seems intent on having his peers call him "Fix" starting in Series IV.
  • Wendigo: The team encounters these in the Series Three finale, "What Kind Of Day Has It Been?"
  • Wham Episode:
    • "Our Two Worlds" effectively raised the stakes for the team, introducing concept of Subspace merging with Earth-Alpha.
    • Then along comes "Multi-World War I", which brings in an entire war across dimensions into the mix.
  • When Dimensions Collide: What happens when Subspace begins to bleed into Earth-Alpha? Glitches, bizarre architecture, video game physics, and Missingno.s popping up everywhere.
  • Winged Humanoid: Janet, true to her comics counterpart, has wings that appear whenever she shrinks.
  • World of Badass: This is an entire world where two average joes without any proper combat training are badass enough to help take down an invading force of demonic snakes.
  • X Meets Y: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. meets Supernatural meets Super Mario Bros. meets Kung Fu Hustle.
  • You Are Number 6: As with its regular Marvel Universe counterpart, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s agents are designated by number. Two of these include: Agent 13 (Sharon Carter) and Agent 44 (Brad Emmett).

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