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"The Core Timeline is an amalgamation of chaos. The so-called real world has been overlapped with the realms of movies, comic books, anime, and more. Fanfictions have literally come to life. And in the city of Chicago, Mari "Captain America" Makinami must rally a new team of Avengers to save the city once again..."

Rise of the Extraordinary Avengers is the continuation of Legends of the Fourth of July (Coreline), featuring the newly-made Chicago-based "Extraordinary" Avengers (a whole team made of Fusion Fic characters) and their first assignment: to prevent a ceremony where "Cap" Mari is to be given the Key to the City (in thanks for her saving the city the year before) from being turned into a blood-bath by the Joker R gang (currently still licking its wounds, but far from finished and looking for revenge)...


This story is part of the Coreline Shared Universe.

Currently under construction. Please add tropes as you see them!

This Coreline story contains examples of the following:

  • Auto-Doc/SleepModeSize: After Super Rei is critically injured by Anakin Skywalker/Sentry, Mari seals her in a device called a DISK, which quickly heals Rei's injuries. While Rei is inside the DISK, she is able to communicate with others via a small holographic projection of herself.
  • Back from the Brink: The objective of the Joker R gang is to deliver all the destruction and pain they can, in order to rebuild the reputations they lost thanks to "Cap Mari".
  • The Cameo: Among other people who appear on the Damage Control ad to tell how grateful they are for DC's awesome service, there is Ernie and Lawrence Limburger.
  • Continuity Nod: A very important one and central to the plot is the fact that the event that is being targeted by the Joker R Gang is a ceremony to give Mari the Key to the City, in thanks for her saving the city one year prior.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The first fight of the story features Cap Mari vs three of the Champions. A lone Crazy-Prepared Super Soldier with some Supernatural Martial Arts training against a Kryptonian ("Superman Gamma" Shinji Ikari), a DC-verse Martian ("Martian Manhunter" Hikari Horaki) and a Submariner-style human/mutant Atlantean hybrid (Nadia La Arwall). The poor slobs never even stood a chance...
    • Curb Stomp Cushion: After Mari brings down Superman Gamma and Manhunter Hikari, Nadia decides that she's had enough, manages to fight hard (and pop out an unexpected Super Mode) and delivers some damage to Mari. Right before Mari uses a Super Mode of her own and takes Nadia down.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Mari mentally lampshades how, while testing Super Soldier enhancements and such on your enemies makes sense from a Pragmatic Villainy standpoint, the villains never seem to consider the heroes escaping or being rescued by their friends/allies.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Inverted, discussed, and subverted. While Mari tells Submariner R (an alternate of Ranma Saotome) of an embarrassing incident in which she had been hurt badly by an alternate of Dr. Tofu, he breaks out laughing. When Mari gets annoyed, Submariner R points out that alternates of him are frequently beaten by girls, which people tend to find funny. With Mari making it very clear that abuse is never funny, regardless of the genders of the victim or the abuser.
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  • Elsewhere Fic: Coreline: A Tale Of Two Maris happens in parallel to this story.
  • Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: A flashback to the training journey of Mari and Maria has them visiting the Japanese district of Nerima, Japan... which has turned into a demented mesh of practicioners of Supernatural Martial Arts a la the final scene of Shaolin Soccer. The Trope Namer song is even quoted (mentally) by the girls.
  • Feed It a Bomb: During her spar with the Champions, Mari takes advantage of Nadia's shouting to spray some explosive gel into her mouth. While the explosion didn't kill the Atlantean or even knock her out, she was clearly not happy about it.
  • Foregone Conclusion: We know a certain few things that are going to happen due to the story being incomplete while other stories, both by the author and other Coreline authors, have been written taking place afterwards, but not exactly how it goes down. The event will be a disaster due to the Joker R gang (who escape after being taken into custody), causing the Champions there to need therapy and causing the team's reputation to take a nosedive, Mari will die and come Back from the Dead, Sylia Stingray will be revealed to having been under the influence of Goldie via an Ultron-Buster based nano-virus, the plan also involving other criminals, and there was an attempt by some of the more corrupt Avengers Infinity higher ups to put a glass ceiling on the Extraordinary Avengers program and kick Mari out as leader.
  • Genre Savvy: Of the "Dangerously Genre Savvy" variant: Joker R ditches a completely fool-proof plan and gets to work on a new one the very second someone points out how good it is—in his point of view, not only is it too good to be true (so heroes definitely have a One In A Million Chance of beating it, and they will), but also the Unspoken Plan Guarantee went out the window the moment his fellow gang member talked about the plan.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Turns out that Mari was actually holding back for much of the match (concealing the fact that she can now fly and use the Kamehameha Wave, among other things), and only stops somewhat when Nadia manages to hit her Berserk Button. She even justifies this by quoting Sun Tzu.
  • Interservice Rivalry: Some of the drama of the story happens to be that both the Champions and the Extraordinary Avengers (both superhero teams, the former a Corporate-Sponsored Superhero group) don't really see eye to eye on various things (although it may also be that Mari's peculiar brand of Chronic Hero Syndrome is acting up hard, and in her acting to it is becoming a living Berserk Button for various members of the Champions).
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Played straight in the first big fight of the story, with Mari fighting various members of the Champions on a spar (and this spar becoming a borderline Curb-Stomp Battle on Mari's side) and averted in the next chapter where we see the Champions arriving at the Extraordinary Avengers Mansion as an apparent show of force. Turns out it was actually a Secret Test of Character.
  • Offhand Backhand: Once the battle is over and Mari's walking away, Nadia tries for one last attack...only to fall prey to this Trope when Mari gives her a face-full of her mighty shield.
  • Oh, Crap!: There are several such moments regarding the Let's You and Him Fight sequence in Chapter 3. Starting with Commander Misato Saotome finding out that Cap Mari had delivered a borderline Curb-Stomp Battle to her team of Champions, which was the exact opposite of what she had expected to happen.
    • Pretty much sums up the Champions' reaction to learning that one of the members of Mari's team just happens to be an alt of Anakin Skywalker who not only has the powers of The Sentry, but is about as unstable as well.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Mari at one point thinks about how from that viewpoint, testing stuff on your enemies makes sense; if whatever you're testing kills your involuntary test subject, not only have you learned from your failure, but you also killed someone you wanted to kill anyway. And if it works, you can replicate it for yourself and then kill your test subject later. But Mari also lampshades how villains never seem to really consider that their foes might be rescued.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Although Mari was able to beat the Champions in the spar Misato had set up for them, Uncle Steve explains to her how that victory had ultimately gained her nothing, and might have cost her in the form of bad blood and lost trust.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: The Dungeon Master appears in the Avengers Mansion to deliver another of his cryptic riddles, a prophecy which will influence Mari's future. Although Hank and Diana are used to it, Mari gets angry enough about it, even doing a Calling the Old Man Out for his actions with Hank and Diana, that she tells the DM to get to the damn point... and he kind of does, actually.
  • Redshirt Army: Stingray Security Services (of which The Champions is a sub-division) is explicitly called this by Mari while Misato is explaining their battle plan for the security of the Fourth. Misato explaining how the SSS troopers used for the event will be elite only have Mari insisting that it's a Redshirt Army (in a "Surprisingly Elite Cannon Fodder, Misato is Tempting Fate" way). This almost angers Misato straight into a Hulk Out. Stories set after the aftermath of this story not only show Mari was right, but that SSS troopers eventually found out that Mari labeled them this way, and more than one got pissed.
  • The Resenter: The Champions become a downplayed example when they see what it's like inside of an Avengers Mansion, which is far more opulent and technologically advanced then their own headquarters, Stronghold.
  • Take a Third Option: One of the lessons Mari learns is that sometimes fighting isn't the best option, and sometimes the only real option is not to fight at all. A short time later, she uses this lesson to avoid two bad choices and pass a Secret Test of Character set up by Uncle Steve and Misato.
  • Time Skip: It happens one year after Legends of the Fourth of July (Coreline).