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Avengers of Steel by Reyel is a crossover between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Man of Steel, transplanting Superman and some of his direct unique adversaries, and later some other DC elements, into the MCU. The storyline starts with a 'flash-forward' to the Black Zero Event as Zod and his forces attack Earth, and then goes on to explore the steps as SHIELD learns of Clark’s existence and he becomes part of the Avengers.

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The author has also written Avenger Goddess, a story that serves as a Foil to this one as it adds Wonder Woman to another version of the MCU.

Can also be found on AO3.


Avengers of Steel contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: One storyline actually focuses on the active women heroes of the MCU, as Sif, Jessica, Natasha, Melinda and the Ancient One join forces to stop Lorelei who is controlling Superman.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Without even aware he’s dealing a blow to a criminal, Tony’s role in the subsequent reconstruction of New York presents a challenge to Wilson Fisk’s own plans for the city.
  • Adaptational Badass: Black Sky isn't a young boy who gets killed by Stick before showing his prowess. The Hand's legendary asset is actually a demonic demigoddess named Rachel Roth.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Compared to his actions in canon, anyway; where Loki’s takeover of Asgard in canon just seemed to be based around a desire to have power and enjoy himself, in this timeline Loki at least claims that his coup is motivated by his belief that Odin and Thor’s ideas of honour will prevent them doing what must be done to protect Asgard from a future threat.
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    • Also a downplayed example with the Dark Elves, who are shown in a much more sympathetic light. And the presence of Alflyse proves that they're not Always Chaotic Evil.
  • Adapted Out: Lois Lane, with her role during the events of Man of Steel being taken by Natasha.
  • Adaptive Ability: Part of what makes Solomon Grundy so dangerous is that when he's damaged, the Grey repairs him, making the bones denser and tougher. It's unclear how completely destroying his body affects this, but he's currently strong enough to send Superman flying. Clark eventually decides to dismember him and hand the pieces over to the Masters of The Mystic Arts so that he can't just regenerate elsewhere stronger than ever.
  • Adult Fear: Jessica is unusually upset to learn about Lorelei being on Earth to search for Superman. She's basically a rape victim who got informed that one of her friends is targeted by another sexual predator. And in spite of her efforts, the predator still briefly has her way with Clark.
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  • Age Lift: In the comics, Clark is 25 when he first becomes Superman, while in Man of Steel he was in his 30s. Here he starts his career as Superman at 21 year old.
  • Almighty Mom: Martha Kent has Nerves of Steel and will let absolutely nothing faze her, no matter what her son's superhero lifestyle drags her into.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted with the Dark Elves as Alflyse proves that some of them are opposed to Malekith's genocidal plans.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Hand eventually besiege Avengers Tower to try and get Raven back.
  • All Your Powers Combined: When facing the Beast of the Hand, Raven and the Hulk only manage to knock the Beast down after Raven uses her empathy to amplify the Hulk's raw rage.
  • Androids Are People, Too: Clark prompts an interesting debate between Tony and Bruce about whether an artificial intelligence programmed with the personality of a specific person (referring to the holographic interface of Jor-El that was sent to Earth with him) should be considered that person or not.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: The Hand needs Black Sky (Rachel Roth) to resurrect their master Dragons.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Stick points out to Matt that it's a bit strange for him to express disbelief in dragons when he has an alien in his room and knows a woman who works with a literally mythical god and a super-soldier from the 1940s.
  • Arc Welding: Stick states that rumor has it that the Hand was involved in the creation of HYDRA, before the Red Skull took control of it from them.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Bruce Banner speculates that Superman doesn’t draw energy from the sun but uses sunlight to generate a new form of energy, as there’s no way for his body to be absorbing enough solar energy to achieve his demonstrated feats.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Jessica mentions her history with Kilgrave, and Clark shows nothing but contempt for the man as he listens to her story, to the point where he isn’t sure what he would have done if Jessica hadn’t confirmed that Kilgrave is dead.
    • After Jessica learns about the Masked Vigilante, she does some research, and confirms that everyone the Vigilante has attacked was either a known criminal or a secret paedophile, to the point that even Clark can just about condone the attacks even if he objects to the scale of the subsequent beatings.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Basically applies to Superman confronting Ao Shun, as he uses his freeze breath to force the dragon's fire back down its own throat.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Superman might be the most powerful Avenger and have acquired a wide range of information about the universe from the Kryptonian scout ship he retrieved, but he is still comparatively inexperienced as a hero, receiving combat training from Thor.
  • Badass Normal: Leland Owlsley explicitly thinks of Black Widow as the most bloodthirsty Avenger.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In the final clash with the Kryptonians, Tony tricks Faora into staying on the plane containing Kal-El's ship by setting up a scenario where she believes he's still on the ship when in reality he just left his armour behind on 'autopilot' while he ejected from the ship and was rescued by another armour.
  • Bar Brawl: An attempt at a night out in Luke Cage's bar results in Clark, Steve, Thor, and Jessica Jones 'assisting' Luke in fighting off a biker gang that attacked the bar, with the four only getting out of prison because Matt Murduck and Foggy Nelson were there and convinced the arresting officer that the Avengers wouldn't be in that position without some ulterior agenda.
  • Berserk Button: The idea of being under someone’s control (albeit only through a control collar rather than actual mind control) sends Jessica flying into a rage where she beats a woman into unconsciousness when the woman had just been beating Jessica down only a few moments ago. Later on, the knowledge that Clark is about to face a woman who can control men prompts Jessica to break her ‘rule’ about staying out of super-heroics to join Clark, Sif, Natasha, and Coulson’s SHIELD team in confronting Lorelei.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: When mentioning how the Ancient One has a system for monitoring world leaders and influential figures to make sure that they're not possessed or magically influenced, and thus cannot be manipulated to cause wars or risk damaging the Sanctums by magical means, Clark reveals that apparently many of the crazier kings and emperors of antiquity were driven mad or possessed by magical beings, and that the Ancient One stepped up on surveillance due the existence of nuclear weapons and the like making the damage they can do less limited.
  • Beyond the Impossible: When Superman ends up in Niflheim briefly during the Convergence, he finds it colder than Jotunheim, enough to chill even him, and darker than Svarthelheim.
  • Big Damn Heroes: After Lorelei takes control of Superman, the Ancient One steps in just as he is about to be used to kill Natasha, Jessica, Sif and May.
  • Brought Down to Badass: In a sense; when Kryptonians are in their native environment with no exposure to a yellow sun, Jor-El informs Natasha that they possess a strength level comparable to Captain America.
  • Bridal Carry: After reading the story about Fisk's arrest, Foggy suggests that Superman carried Daredevil away after he jumped off the building, which Matt rejects.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: The Hulk is a perpetually rabid seven-foot-tall humanoid who enjoys smashing anything and anyone pissing him off. He's also fiercely protective towards Raven, whom he calls "Birdy Girl", outright softly asking if she's okay.
  • Call-Back: Natasha mentions that Fury elected to ignore the World Security Council the last time they made "a stupid-ass decision", but unlike last time Fury literally can't find another option beyond going along with the Kryptonians' immediate demands.
  • Came Back Wrong:
    • A soul that chooses to use a Lazarus Pit to revive themselves is basically making a Deal with the Devil and selling their souls to Trigon forever. The Hand's master dragons seek to use them anyway, since dragons only go to the afterlife if they choose to, allowing them to avoid that issue and hasten their revival, but the Ancient One notes that even considering that, using the Pits at all is a corrupting influence all the same, and those who use them are never quite the same after reviving.
    • Although it's ambiguous how Ao Shun was effected by the Lazarus Pit mentally, Superman discovers that he clearly interrupted the final stages of the ritual, with some of his body colored the same sickly green as the Pit, and some of his scales didn't form properly.
  • The Cameo:
    • Kitty Pryde, Jubilee and Rogue from the X-Men make a cameo in Chapter 18 when they're on a plane that's crashing until Clark saves them.
    • Deadpool's taxi driver sidekick Dopinder appears in Chapter 35, driving Clark and Matt on their way to Melvin Potter's location.
  • Canon Welding:
    • In addition to placing Superman in the MCU, the X-Men have also appeared. The Shi'ar, who tend to be supporting characters and villains of the X-Men in the comics, are also mentioned by Alflyse among other alien races in Chapter 25.
    • Rao, the Kryptionian warlord who has long since been deified by the species, possessed the Orb containing the Power Stone before he hid it away on Morag.
    • The author stated that he didn't want to use certain DC characters in the story (Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, etc.) but he later changed his mind by having alien races from across the DC lore such as the Tamaraneans (Starfire and Blackfire's race from Teen Titans), the Almarac (Maxima's race), and the Thanagarians (Hawkman and Hawkgirl) exist in this universe and be mentioned by Alflyse.
    • The Helmet of Fate is one of the many magical artifacts held by the Ancient One.
    • Raven and Solomon Grundy both appear, in the custody of the Hand.
    • Lazarus Pits exist in this setting, but rather than being naturally occurring manifestations of the Earth's energies, they're artificially created conduits for Trigon's essence.
    • At one point, Merlin fought off the Beast of the Hand with the aid of Etrigan.
    • The Daily Planet appears as Clark's blog where he posts the article revealing Wilson Fisk's crimes.
    • Superman rogues Livewire, Killer Frost, and Atomic Skull appear as HYDRA experimental subjects, alongside Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.
  • Can't Stop the Signal: Clark gets around Fisk's influence on New York's media by starting a blog and using it to spread word of his crimes, which is soon picked up globally.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Sif gives Jessica a Thanagarian Nth-Metal mace during the mission to track down Lorelei, and lets her keep it after the sorceress is defeated.
  • Character Development: Tony is inspired by Clark's example to think of the little picture rather than always trying to go after the big gun, to the extent that he decides to focus on helping the people of New York from being caught up by collateral damage during the Hand's assault on New York once he's established that other Avengers are facing the actual threats.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Superman receives a recreation of Kelex shortly after Zod’s original transmission, and Kelex later proves vital in helping him escape Zod’s ship.
    • Jessica receives a Thangarian mace from Sif that proves to be a useful weapon in later high-stake bouts.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Steve Rogers is so determined to help out whenever possible that he was willing to run through a blizzard to join the other Avengers during the Siege of Avengers Tower and the battle against Ao Shun, even though it was very unlikely he'd be able to contribute much to either situation on his own.
  • Clark Kent Outfit:
    • Naturally, as this is Superman, but the disguise is further aided as Clark used Kelex to add a subtle virus to Earth’s computers that prevents any facial recognition software from being able to accurately compare Clark Kent and Superman’s faces.
    • Steve and Thor attempt this when accompanying Clark and Jessica out for a drink (despite Jessica insisting that the idea is stupid).
  • Closest Thing We Got: While Kryptonians didn’t have religion as such, the Kryptonian Rao achieved so many great things in his lifetime, such as being the only person to master the martial arts of Torquasm-Rao and Torquasm-Vo (which he himself created), that he is considered a god even to Zod’s forces.
  • Composite Character: The author decided to give some DC characteristics to Marvel figurants.
    • Black Widow undertakes Lois Lane's quest to learn more about Superman's motivations and origins, and later helps to ground him.
    • Daredevil has subtle comparisons to Batman, as a Terror Hero who's mainly nocturnal and has a mildly antagonistic relationship with the Man of Steel.
    • Jessica Jones also has some of the traits commonly associated with Batman’s dynamic with Superman, being more of a "street-level" detective who nevertheless admires Clark’s optimism and has a bond with him that could be compared to a sibling even as neither has explicitly identified it as such.
    • Black Sky, originally 'hosted' by a young boy in Daredevil, is now Rachel Roth, AKA Raven of the Teen Titans, with the Hand at least in an 'alliance' with Trigon if not explicitly worshipping him.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: J. Jonah Jameson is convinced that Ao Shun's attack on New York was a False Flag Operation by Asgard, as part of a campaign to try and make Earth dependent on them.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Brett Mahoney is quite skeptic when Foggy explains he and Matt found themselves embroiled into a very weird fight out of sheer hazard.
    Brett: Sure. You just happened to be drinking at the same bar the Avengers were and then that same bar got attacked by a biker gang.
    Matt Murdock: Believe it or not, that's exactly how it happened.
  • Corrupt Bureaucrat: Alexander Pierce, as in canon, who is already planning how to eliminate the Avengers and Superman because they don’t fit his view of how the world should be run under HYDRA.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: After Natasha leads Clark to a hotel where they can contact someone affiliated with the Russian mafia, Clark points out that they didn’t need to go to the trouble of infiltrating the hotel and ‘hiring an escort’ as he could have just flown them straight to the right room, although Natasha’s response suggests that she just found this way more amusing.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Clint explicitly expresses shock when Clark reveals that the Ancient One has a system in place to warn her and the other sorcerers if any major world leaders are possessed by anything.
    • On the other hand, Clint himself has stored arrows in various vents of Avengers Tower, allowing him to easily re-stock his arsenal when the Hand's forces attack the tower to try and recapture Raven.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The Jor-El hologram describes Zod as suffering from this, as Zod is automatically thinking of the repopulation of Krypton in terms of a military operation where he has to conquer territory and defeat an "enemy" because he’s psychologically incapable of considering alternative diplomatic methods.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye and the Hulk are barely able to hold their own against Faora, never mind the rest of Zod’s forces.
    • Subverted in a later conflict when the Hulk is able to match Nam-Ek, but was aided by the fact that Nam-Ek wasn’t flying but willing to engage in a direct fist-fight.
    • After Thor returns to Earth once the Kryptonians have been defeated, he notes that any conflict between a Kryptonian and an Asgardian would depend on factors like exposure to a yellow sun or the advanced weapons or training either possess; during a tournament to celebrate the Convergence, Superman easily defeats Skurge and then engages in a prolonged but evenly-matched battle with Thor, the God of Thunder finding Superman a challenge even after Thor starts using Mjolnir.
    • Just how powerless normal criminals are against Superman is clearly shown when he intercepts a suicide bombing by Madame Gao's forces against a Russian base as they prepare to hunt down the Masked Man; after stopping the bombs against the first building, Superman puts down every single Russian in the building in a matter of seconds before any of them can even react to his presence, and does the same to at least two other Russian bases in the next few minutes.
  • The Cynic: Jessica is an obvious example of this, but even Clark, despite his desire to see the best in people, can’t fully trust SHIELD forces with his identity.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Natasha tells Clark some details about her life in the Red Room, including how she was taken at such a young age that she doesn't remember her parents, and was made to do such awful things she feels that she'll never redeem herself.
  • Death by Adaptation: Nobu dies during the dock fight when "Black Sky", aka Raven, turns on and kills him.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Natasha is fully aware that Martha shows her pictures of Clark as a child to encourage her not to think of Clark as a threat, but has to concede that it works as she can’t picture him as a dangerous alien threat after seeing a photo of him dressed as a duck.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Jonathan Kent dies of a heart attack rather than in a tornado.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Nobu tries to unleash Black Sky upon Superman, Daredevil and Jessica Jones, only for the teenage girl he regularly bled before locking her into a shipping container to smite him on sight.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: After the Hand's attack on Avengers Tower, Raven banishes the Beast of the Hand to her father's dimension after the Beast has been weakened by Raven and the Hulk, prompted by the Beast boasting that killing him on Earth would do nothing.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: In Chapter 39, Banner can't initially transform into the Hulk to battle the Hand's soldiers or their dragon master because the Hulk is obviously of little use fighting inside a building, and even if he could do anything to a dragon the Hulk is too indiscriminate to be sure he could win without destroying most of New York; he only changes to fight the Beast of the Hand once Raven's sent all three of them to the Mirror Dimension.
  • Dramatic Irony: When Clark visits a hospital, he swiftly identifies that one patient is suffering from lead poisoning from an old bullet-wound that still has a fragment of the bullet in it. When some of the doctors ask how he did it, Clark just says that he has certain abilities other people don’t, and the supervising surgeon dismisses the idea of magic as an explanation. The surgeon in question? Stephen Strange.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Superman has become so feared by the criminals of New York in particular that they avoid using guns and won’t even risk saying his name in case it attracts his attention.
    • The news that the Hand are involved with events in New York marks the first time Clark’s seen Natasha look afraid, even after she accompanied him up to Zod’s ship and joined the battle against the Dark Elves.
  • Dumb Muscle: Chapter 36 pits Superman against the Hand's other major weapon in the form of Solomon Grundy, an indestructible zombie who never does anything but roar and hit things.
  • Dying Race: The Dark Elves, as they simply are not compatible with the nature of the universe.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • While visiting a hospital, Clark has a brief run-in with Doctor Strange while he’s still an active surgeon.
    • During the Black Zero Event, Jessica Jones saves the life of a young boy and his aunt May. Coincidence? Unlikely…
    • Matt saves Claire from a thug known as Aleksei "Rhino" Sytsevich; again, unlikely to be a coincidence.
  • Eat Me: In Chapter 39, Superman deals with Ao Shun by flying inside the dragon and forcing him in a particular direction.
  • Eldritch Abomination: How Trigon is presented, being an entity from a dimensional plane above the normal multiverse that is so incomprehensible and powerful that seeing him would drive most mortals insane and a full manifestation by him on Earth would shatter reality. Also, he's literally Made of Evil, as after others of his kind cast him into the Heart of Darkness (a dimension that is said to be the source of all evil energies) in the hopes that it would overwhelm and destroy him, he absorbed it all.
  • Eldritch Location: Raven and the Hulk battle the Beast of the Hand in the Mirror Dimension to prevent collateral damage to the rest of New York.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: It turns out that "Fin Fang Foom" is a badly translated version of one of Ao Shun's titles, which according to Thor the dragon despises. Superman refers to him by it during their fight to trick him into a rage.
  • The Empath: One of Raven's many abilities is that she can sense the emotions of anyone around her. She even feels Bruce's inner Hulk rage and wonders how he can function when feeling such a powerful emotion nonstop. Later she uses her empathy to amplify Hulk's rage so that they can defeat the Beast of the Hand.
  • Enemy Mine: At one point, Superman, Sif and Frigga have to work with one of the Dark Elves to escape when they become trapped on a distant planet.
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • At one point Karen speculated that Clark was the Masked Man, but she soon dismisses that idea.
    • When Clark hears Jameson ranting about how Ao Shun was an Asgardian attack to make Earth "dependent" on them, he muses that the sheer ridiculousness of the notion is actually entertaining in its own way.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Discussed by Natasha, who notes that a lot of evil men are still fully capable of loving their mothers.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Matt first meets Fisk and Vanessa, he acknowledges that most criminals have at least one relative they care about, but is still thrown to realise that the monster he had come to regard Fisk as is even capable of that kind of affection.
    • A quite twisted example would be Trigon who seems intent on corrupting his daughter into a Daddy's Little Villain. He also muses he would be a "poor excuse of a father" for not torturing the Beast since Raven sent the demon to him for punishment and congratulates her for her thoughtful gift.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Depends on the extent to which the Dark Elves can be considered ‘evil’, but it is noted that even they wouldn’t seriously attempt to use Klyntar symbiotes as a weapon.
    • Natasha's old contact in the Russian mafia, Sergei, makes it clear that for all the awful things he's done he's still disgusted and horrified by the depths that the Hand is willing to sink to.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As Superman, Clark Kent naturally tries to protect and save all lives, regardless of their criminal past or recent actions, but to date two cases have particularly pushed his limits; J. Jonah Jameson’s "vendetta" against superhumans is so frustrating Clark can’t imagine anyone with the patience necessary to put up with him long enough to work for him, and when he learns what Kilgrave did to Jessica, Clark reflects that he truly hates Kilgrave for causing so much emotional and psychological pain to Jessica that the man compromised her faith in herself to be a hero, while also reflecting that he didn’t even hate Zod or Lorelei that much.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • Lorelei is utterly incapable of comprehending the idea that Kal-El would help humans rather than try to rule them.
    • On a more minor level, when Superman confronts Fisk about the consequences of breaking his deal with the Hand, Fisk initially assumes that Superman is threatening Vanessa before the Man of Steel clarifies that he wouldn't do that and is just making sure Fisk understands the situation.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: The Beast is forced to learn this when Raven exiles it into her father's dimension. No matter how bad the demon was, Trigon effortlessly manages to be worse.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Matt describes the experience of losing his vision.
    • Nobu ends up with a shard of glass in his left eye during the fight at the docks, which Matt later headbuts deeper into the eye.
    • Superman delivers a serious wound to Ao Shun by literally flying into his left eyeball and attacking the dragon's brain directly.
  • Fake Relationship: Not to a significant degree, but after his meeting with Karen Page, Clark suggested they give the impression that the meeting was a failed date so people watching Karen wouldn’t get suspicious of her talking to a journalist for an hour; rather than slap him and storm out; Karen instead gives Clark a passionate kiss and loudly says they have to do this again sometime.
  • Fan Boy: Foggy is absolutely giddy when the whole Nelson and Murdock team is invited to Avenger's Tower to help build a case against Fisk.
  • Fangirl: Skye cannot stop geeking out over Superman when they meet.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Raven defeats the Beast of the Hand by banishing him to Trigon's dimension, with Trigon reflecting that he will torture the Beast for a millennium for every second the Beast spent on Earth.
  • The Fettered: Clark is very careful, as Superman, to never seem like he's trying to order the government to do something (such as prosecuting Fisk despite the lack of hard evidence against him) since he knows many barely trust him and would turn on him the minute he starts to act like a dictator.
  • Fish out of Water: Goes back and forth for Kal-El; he is inexperienced as a hero and an Avenger, but his raw power makes up for that more than once, and he has spent some time doing research in the Kryptonian scout ship he retrieved that gives him more information about the wider universe than anyone else on Earth possesses.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Invoked by Stick when Matt refuses to listen to his long tale of how a war between dragons happened. Stick fires back that Matt is standing in a room with an alien, a private eye with super strength and a trained assassin who works with the Norse God of Thunder, a scientist who turns into a huge green monster, a World War II supersoldier who was frozen in ice for decades and a man who builds super-suits of armor "but dragons is where you draw the line?"
  • Foil:
    • This fic as a whole has a foil in the author’s later fic, Avenger Goddess, which depicts Wonder Woman joining the MCU during the Second World War when Steve Rogers crash-lands on Thermyscira. Where Superman is essentially the Avengers’ ‘little brother’ who joins the Avengers after the team has come together, Wonder Woman seems set to establish herself as ‘Team Mom’ to the Avengers, possessing unconventional family ties to Tony and Natasha in particular.
    • In-narrative, Frigga notes the similarities and contrasts between Superman and Loki, as both were raised by a species other than their own unaware of their origins, but where Loki tried to conquer after learning the truth about himself, Superman dedicated his life to protecting ‘lesser races’.
  • Force and Finesse: During the confrontation with the Hand, Matt notes that Jessica relies on brute strength where he and Stick focus more on evading and outmaneuvering their opponents.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Matt Murdock reflects that, once Superman turned his full attention to the Russian mob, the question is never if he can stop them but how many minutes it will take for him to do so.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • General Ross contemplates how the Avengers need to be brought under control.
    • When about to pass out, Frigga says that she wishes that Sif was the daughter she had, which can be interpreted as a reference to Hela that Kal and Sif didn’t understand.
    • During the Convergence, Superman briefly flies through the Realm where Hela has been imprisoned.
    • Thanos is aware of the Kryptonians and is clearly eager at the thought of killing the last of the species.
    • It's mentioned that Lorelai's Compelling Voice powers are limited in range without the aid of specific artifacts or rituals, so even if she were to try and compel Superman from a distance, hearing her wouldn't affect him, and she takes an interest when one of her minions says that Superman comes when he's called. She later has her minions sacrifice themselves and their families in order to fuel a ritual to temporarily boost her range enough to bypass that issue.
    • Maxima of Almerac is mentioned as having once tried to ‘propose’ to Odin in her quest for a worthy mate, and contemplates seeing how Thor has grown before she learns that a living Kryptonian has been discovered.
    • When Steve informs Tony that he didn’t fight in the Civil War (responding to Tony’s latest joke about how long he spent frozen), Tony says “give it a few years”…
    • The Ancient One named Trigon as one of the multidimensional threats she had to protect Earth from. Superman later gets to rescue Trigon's half-human daughter Rachel.
    • Adrian Toomes is already making an impression in the criminal underworld, with some of Fisk’s enforcers contemplating trying to get samples of his tech in the hope of using it against Superman, although this is shot down as a useless step after seeing what Superman was capable of when fighting the other Kryptonians.
    • Thor gleefully remembers how he personally slew Ao Shun in the Great Culling of the Wyrms. When the Dragon King resurrects and attacks New York, the Storm God eagerly throws himself into the rematch.
    • It hopefully won't happen, but when Clark sees Thor gorging himself on a pizza, he wonders how much an Asgardian would have to eat to become fat.
    • Raven mentions that spending too long in the Mirror Dimension could result in a "bizarre" flawed copy of oneself emerging from the dimension to try and take the original's lives for themselves, an obvious reference to Bizarro.
  • Friend to All Children: Suggested; when Thor is melting snow created by Ao Shun, he leaves some in public parks so that the children can have fun while removing it from potentially dangerous areas.
  • Fusion Fic: Between Man of Steel and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Other elements of DC canon are later added in as well.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The only way for Superman to stop the perpetually-regenerating Solomon Grundy is to break his bones, cut up the limbs, store the limbs in separate boxes and then melt all the boxes into one large cocoon so Grundy can never put himself back together.
    • Earlier, The Ancient One is forced to use the Time Stone to reverse time and undo the ritual that Lorelei used to boost her powers to the point where her voice could enthrall Superman from a distance, resurrecting her thralls that she had kill each other to fuel it in the process, to free him from her control.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Natasha muses at one point that she has a ‘Superman shaped angel’ and a ‘Black Widow shaped devil’, and these days she tends to favour Superman’s approach while relying on her past reputation to discourage opposition.
  • Good Parents: Martha Kent, as per Superman canon, is a loving and supportive parent to her adopted son.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Alexander Pierce essentially gives one in Chapter 28, in the form of an internal train of thought as he reflects on why the Avengers will have to die when HYDRA takes power as they won’t accept HYDRA’s control despite Pierce’s belief that HYDRA rule is needed to save the world.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: ‘Hate’ may be a strong word, but Clark muses at one point that Jessica is a dick to everyone regardless of race, religion or disability.
  • Heel Realization: After spending centuries telling herself that the Dark Elves’ actions are justified in the name of saving their species, Alflyse realises that they have lost any right to ‘win’ after hearing how Kal-El killed the only other known member of his species in order to save another race.
  • Hero Insurance: Following the battle against the Kryptonians, Tony in particular takes a more active role in helping the city rebuild, inspired by Clark’s example.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Alflyse attempts this to save Superman, Sif and Frigga from the Klyntar forces.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the Avengers’ first battle with Zod’s forces, Faora steals Captain America’s shield and throws it to destroy the Quinjet they’re using.
  • Hurl It into the Sun: Stick, Clint and Raven each independently suggest that Superman do this to deal with the seemingly immortal Solomon Grundy, but Clark states that he doesn't even know if he could do something like that and isn't sure if that would stop Grundy given his regenerative abilities. However, Superman does use this strategy when dealing with the dragon Ao Shun, after he kills the dragon itself in battle, to make sure that the Hand can't retrieve his body to regenerate it again.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Zod maintains this as his defence for his actions on Krypton, but Superman constantly disagrees.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That: Speculated to be the reason Thor didn’t explain that the Tesseract was one of the Infinity Stones or the city of K'unn-Lunn, as he just didn’t realize that humanity wouldn’t know about them already, which gains some support when Clark is a bit surprised that Natasha didn't know the former.
  • An Ice Person: Ao Shun, as the Dragon King of Winter, has freezing breath; later, Baron von Strucker's musings reveal that HYDRA has used the Sceptre to create other metahumans, including Killer Frost.
  • Idiot Savant: Melvin Potter may suffer from some kind of mental handicap, but he managed to find a way to use salvaged Chitauri tech to make bulletproof clothing and is the first person to recognise Clark Kent as Superman on their first meeting.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...:
    • When Fury asks how they can trust Superman after Zod’s actions, Superman points out that if he was Earth’s enemy he could have already destroyed the Helicarrier without anyone present able to stop him.
    • Later referenced in the first confrontation with 'Black Sky'; as Superman observes, if the girl wanted to kill him, Matt and Jessica, she could do it easily, and yet she only attacked her captor and then presented herself to the three in a non-threatening manner.
  • Immortals Fear Death: Not to the extent that they become petrified at the idea of dying, but Thor is notably shaken when he learns that Superman’s father died of a ‘heart attack’, as it marks the first time he realised just how fragile mortals could be to die if they simply don’t eat the right kind of food.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Basically applies to the ‘Super-Widow’, an enhanced sniper rifle Tony has created for Natasha that includes a sniper scope capable of seeing through solid objects and bullets with sufficient force to pass through walls and still kill at least three people.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Although the Avengers are involved in stopping the Hand's schemes, Matt Murdock still makes his public debut as Daredevil (initially wearing the suit during the Siege of Avengers Tower) to help capture Fisk.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Superman (a Kryptonian) is rather a social bee, who enjoys mingling with humans and Asgardians.
  • It Is Dehumanising: Stick only refers to Black Sky as a weapon, and persists even after Black Sky is revealed to be a teenaged girl.
  • It's All About Me:
    • Lorelei’s attitude to a T; as far as she’s concerned, everyone else should be worshipping her and that’s it.
    • The Beast of the Hand demonstrates a warped version of this; it's willing to provoke the destruction of this universe just so that it can feed on the despair of that destruction in the moments before it dies.
  • Jerkass: J. Jonah Jameson is so fixated on the idea of the Avengers as ‘villains’ that create threats for them to solve that even Clark Kent can’t imagine having the patience to put up with the man on a long-term basis.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jessica in particular comes across as this, as she has a very cynical attitude but soon comes to secretly admire Clark’s genuine desire to be a hero.
  • Kryptonite Factor: In contrast to the comics, where Superman is inherently vulnerable to magic, it is noted that Superman isn't particularly weak against magic and any 'vulnerability' to it is just due to the power of the spellcaster he'd be fighting.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When the Avengers are watching Star Wars, Thor comments that Padme is beautiful, but not as beautiful as Jane Foster, and Clint later asks if he's the only one who thinks Mace Windu looks like Nick Fury.
  • Legend Fades to Myth: Thor was aware of the legend of K'unn-Lunn from a past visit to Earth.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Averted when Superman and the Masked Man finally meet — due to their powers allowing them to identify each other's secret identities (in which they'd previously met), they find enough common ground to talk things out reasonably.
  • Like Brother and Sister: It’s not explicit, but while Clark has experienced potentially romantic moments with other women, his relationship with Jessica is so far close but platonic, with both of them denying the idea that they’re romantically involved with varying degrees of disgust. It is at least strongly suggested that Raven sees Clark the same way, with her love for him being compared to the love for a relative such as an older brother.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Invoked as it's noted how Thor (and other Asgardians) have the tendency to assume Earth is as up to speed as the rest of the universe on things like the Tesseract. When Thor makes mentions of K'un-Lun, he's actually surprised no one else knows of the ancient city with real dragons that he accepts as "common knowledge". Natasha finds herself musing that Clark has dropped so many bombshells since she met him, including the existence of the Infinity Stones, the Order of the Sorcerers, and the city and dragons of K'un-Lun, that she's concerned Fury will have a heart attack if she has to tell him about anything else he doesn't know.
    • Tony is out of town for most of the Hand arc and only returns during the climax, and is thus understandably shocked and confused to find an army of demonically-possessed people and a giant dragon attacking Avengers Tower.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • When Clark (and Jessica) break up an attempt to artificially create mutants, after they report it to SHIELD, Clark is able to submit a story on the incident (omitting his own part in the break-out) despite signing a non-disclosure form, as he wrote and submitted the story before signing said form, which only covers who he talks to about these events after signing. While he tricked them, agents such as Barton and Hill are only officially angered about it as Clark’s story exposed most of the names they could arrest for their role in the project and he was motivated by a genuine desire to do the right thing.
    • To accommodate Superman's worldwide heroics without giving him official ties to the Avengers that might result in awkward political fallout later, the other Avengers declare that Superman is 'officially' a consultant rather than a full member of the team, giving them a degree of plausible distance if Superman takes lateral action in another country but able to call on his help in a crisis.
  • Mama Bear: Angela Roth clawed her way back to sanity and escaped the Church of Blood for the sake of her unborn daughter, in spite of her being a Child Of Rape. She later banished Trigon himself when he tried to take the girl back. Superman himself marvels at her inner strength.
  • Man Bites Man: To be exact, Hulk Bites Alien; in the "rematch" between the Hulk and Nam-Ek on the Helicarrier, at one point the Hulk is reduced to trying to bite Nam-Ek when they're wrestling with each other. Naturally the Hulk can't do much against Nam-Ek's skin, but he is able to damage Nam-Ek's helmet before his teeth start to crack, which leaves Nam-Ek to deal with the "trauma" of his suddenly-enhanced senses while his head is still in the Hulk's mouth.
  • Man of Kryptonite: While HYDRA has not been able to create an explicit 'Kryptonite Man' (mainly because nobody knows about Kryptonite yet), Word of God has confirmed that the five metahumans HYDRA has created with the Scepter were created specifically to combat Superman based on what has been shown to injure or throw him back so far; mental manipulation (Scarlet Witch), high temperature (Atomic Skull), intense cold (Killer Frost), and high voltage electricity (Livewire), as well as a soldier capable of theoretically keeping up with Superman and hitting him with sufficient force (Quicksilver).
  • Master Race: The main attitude of Zod's forces and Zod himself, to the point that he rants about mounting a campaign of conquest against Asgard itself once Krypton has been re-established.
  • Meat Puppet: In Chapter 39, most of the Hand's soldiers are just human corpses possessed by demons.
  • Mentor Archetype: The Ancient One becomes this to Superman, sharing her wisdom and offering advice to him.
  • Moment of Weakness: Played for Horror. Raven losing control of her emotions allowed Trigon to enter Azarath and destroy it.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: Martha Kent, and the deceased Jonathan Kent, to Clark/Superman.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • A few of these are mentioned when Clark is travelling with Thor, Loki, Sif and the Warriors Three, such as the time Thor wore a dress and posed as his mother to retrieve a lost Mjolnir (as it turns out, even most Asgardians were unaware of the myth that Loki is the mother of Sleipnir, Sif admitting that she started that rumour to get back at Loki for taking her hair).
    • Thanos talking about how no one escapes death can be seen as a nod towards his comic self's obsessive love for Death herself.
    • Jonathan Kent died of a heart attack like his Superman, Smallville, and Post-Crisis comic counterparts.
    • Raven's love of waffles is a reference to the Teen Titans show.
    • The blog Clark uses to publish his articles is known as The Daily Planet.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Madame Gao has enough raw strength to throw off Jessica in a direct fight.
  • Never My Fault: A rare example where the villain has a legitimate point; the Hand blame Wilson Fisk for the fact that the attempt to deliver Black Sky to New York was intercepted by Superman and the Masked Man, but Fisk did his best to prevent any police presence at the docks and cannot be held accountable for what a group of vigilantes choose to do.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Clark indirectly delivers a speech about this to SHIELD and the World Council (delivered to Fury by proxy via Natasha) as their work on the Tesseract is what drew the Chitauri and Zod to Earth.
    • Potentially applies to the Ancient One; her use of the Time Stone has attracted the attention of Mr Mxyzptlk, but compared to the threat of a mind-controlled Superman, the aforementioned imp isn’t quite as dangerous.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The people of Azarath took in Raven when she was a baby and refused to kill her, and they were ultimately destroyed for their kindness and mercy. What made this even more tragic was that Raven genuinely loved and respected the people of Azarath, she just lost control of her powers for a second, and is haunted by the fact she caused their destruction.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • The Chitauri were apparently driven into the service of Thanos after Krypton dealt them a devastating defeat.
    • Thor slew at least one of the dragons that the Hand seek to resurrect in the ‘Culling of the Great Wyrms’ centuries ago and participated in the effort that saw their skeletons sealed away in tombs to stop them coming back to life.
  • Not So Different:
    • When Matt talks of the agony of handling his heightened senses as a kid, Clark states he went through much the same experience with his own powers at a young age.
    • Matt notes that Stick's ruthlessness in fulfilling his goals makes him no different from the Hand.
    • Learning of Raven's history and powers prompts characters to compare her to Bruce's efforts to control the Hulk.
  • Nuke 'em: Natasha notes that this is basically the World Security Council's suggested plan of attack for every major threat, and it's never been practical.
  • Off with His Head!: Madame Gao is finally killed when Natasha cuts off her head with Gao's own cane-sword.
  • Offscreen Afterlife: Basically applies; Clark reveals that advanced civilisations like Krypton and Asgard have found proof that souls exist and there is something after death, but he can’t confirm what it is.
  • Oh Crap, There Are Fanfics of Us!: Faora: Path to Atonement is your typical Love Redeems bad fic, with Purple Prose galore. Poor Clark can just wail he would never date a psychopath while Darcy stays gleefully unrepentant. And that's without the fact everyone and their goldfish is shipping Superman with any member of the Avengers they can think of...
  • Open Secret: Natasha informs Coulson that she, Clint, Tony and (likely) Bruce already know he’s still alive, although Steve and Thor are likely still in the dark.
  • Operation: [Blank]: Baron Von Strucker's experiments with Loki's scepter are revealed to be codenamed Project Spear of Destiny.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: In Chapter 39, the Hand's soldiers are reanimated corpses possessed by demons.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping; At one point Tricia thinks she’s overhearing Clark and Jessica having sex, but in reality Jessica is just really appreciating some of the food Martha Kent gave Clark to take to New York.
  • Papa Wolf: In as much as it's possible for him to feel that way, Trigon appears to care for Raven; when she sends the Beast of the Hand to his dimension to be punished, Trigon dismisses the idea of using the Beast as his herald because he "would be a poor excuse of a father if [he] ignored [his] daughter's wishes", and instead gets on with Raven's intended goal of torturing the Beast.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Of all people, Melvin Potter is able to figure out Superman is Clark Kent wearing glasses, with Jessica unable not to laugh on "I told you it was a shitty disguise."
  • Phantom Zone: As well as the Trope Namer appearing as the prison for Zod's forces, Raven and the Hulk basically destroy New York in the Mirror Dimension while battling the Beast of the Hand without any effect on the real world.
  • Power Incontinence: Recognising that the Kryptonians’ main weakness is their enhanced senses, Steve informs the Avengers that they should focus on that weakness in future confrontations after their first defeat.
  • The Power of Blood: The Hand regularly bled Raven in order to reactivate a Lazarus Pit, which would resurrect one of their master dragons; Raven later attempts to turn this against them by basically scrying for the blood they stole from her to find the Pit they're using.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Fisk displays this when he refuses Madame Gao's request/order to attack Avengers Tower; regardless of her threats, Fisk knows that even all his forces would never be able to overcome the Avengers, and even if he achieved his goal by some miracle it wouldn't take long for the attack to be traced back to him.
  • Properly Paranoid: Clark agrees to tell Natasha about his history so long as she doesn’t enter anything about his human identity into a SHIELD database where someone could abuse that knowledge; she tells Fury about Superman's life as Clark Kent, but SHIELD files only record his identity as Kal-El.
  • A Rare Sentence: When Jessica calls Matt's mask pantyhose, he remarks that it's not, with the narration noting that it sounds like he never thought he'd have to say that.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • While most criminals now worry that Superman will go after them if they do anything illegal, forcing them to focus on more discreet criminal activities like smuggling stolen phones rather than drugs, in reality Clark can only be reasonably sure he’d hear someone yell "Superman" if they were definitively yelling it, and even at his best he has to prioritise certain disasters over others to accommodate details such as his need to rest.
    • Clark Kenting can and does fail. It works for Clark whose Secret Identity is relatively unknown and who acts very differently from the quasideity that Superman is, it works for Steve as long as he doesn't slip into his military persona, but Thor utterly fails to pass since he doesn't bother to be anything but the boisterous Large Ham the public is familiar with.
    • Despite the Avengers having gathered a mass of evidence of Wilson Fisk's criminal dealings, they are all aware that they don't have any clear proof that Fisk himself has done anything explicitly illegal or wrong, and with the current evidence it would be too easy for certain parties to be set up as the truly guilty ones while Fisk presents himself as their unwitting associate. Clark also dismisses the idea that he could demand Fisk's arrest as Superman, as that would set an uncomfortable precedent that may inspire an arms race against him.
    • Related to the above, Fisk as the smarts to reveal himself as being behind generous charitable donations when he realizes the Avengers are closing in on him, including shaking hands with President Ellis, in order to make himself untouchable. But calling back to a comparison to Al Capone, when Clark manages to expose his connection to the Hand unleashing Ao Shun on New York City, no one wants to defend him and he's quickly arrested.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Alflyse seemingly achieves this when she stays behind to fight off the Klyntar, with this act helping Sif recognise that not all Dark Elves are pure monsters.
  • Redemption Failure: Alflyse falls victim to this when she is forcible taken as a host by the symbiote that briefly bonded to Superman.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless:
    • Downplayed with Superman, who uses Kryptonian technology to expose the worst criminals on the Internet and make them easy prey for the police. Still, he abstains from outright giving the tech to Earth, since he's rightfully wary about the government doing a huge mess and causing another alien invasion. Case in point, goofing with the Tesseract was responsible for the Incident and Black Zero Event.
    • Claire Temple gets to see Clark use his Super Senses to give several accurate diagnostics and bemoans the fact he didn't pick medicine as a career. When she discusses it with Matt, she points this possible application to him and he's genuinely surprised.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Based on Matt’s reaction to learning that ‘Superman’ once needed his mother to pick him up from school because he had trouble with his enhanced senses, the general public all assume that Superman is just Superman all the time, which Clark is actually uncomfortable with as it creates high expectations of him that he isn’t sure he can fulfil.
  • Reset Button: The only way for the Ancient One to undo the ritual that Lorelei used to take control of Superman is to use the Time Stone to reverse time for Superman and Lorelei to a point before the ritual was performed.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Stick's information suggests that Solomon Grundy has this, requiring Superman to take him apart and store him in a manner that won't make it 'easy' for him to reintegrate himself later.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons:
    • Jessica calls for Clark’s assistance when she believes that a gang war is about to break out; she is correct, but incorrectly identifies the catalyst as the Masked Man killing a leader of the Russian mafia when in reality the vigilante has been framed.
    • When Karen learns that the Russian mafia was attacked by Superman the night before, she assumes that Clark is responsible, but only because she believes that he told Superman about their talk rather than realising that he actually is Superman.
  • Rock Beats Laser: In a non-fight context; criminals were so determined to stay out of sight from Superman that they resort to buying typewriters and older computers to create records he can't easily hack.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: Maybe not a direct example, but it would appear that one of the Klyntar symbiotes will develop a fixation on Superman with its alias of ‘Solar’ before one becomes part of Venom’s vendetta against Spider-Man (assuming Venom will still be a part of Spider-Man’s history in this reality).
  • Rules Lawyer: Clark demonstrated this when he found the loophole that let him publish a story and still sign a non-disclosure with SHIELD without getting into trouble, and the Avengers as a whole demonstrate this when they arrange for him to become a ‘consultant’ Avenger, ensuring that he will be available to help them in serious problems without getting caught up in the bureaucracy that might stop Superman saving lives.
  • Screw Destiny: Invoked when Clark asks the Ancient One if she could look into Raven's future; as the Ancient One points out, Clark would still try and help Raven even if she saw a future where Raven would destroy the world, so she won't bother looking ahead as Clark's already made up his mind.
  • Secret Test of Character:
    • When Clark talks with Father Lantom about whether he can trust Zod not to attack Earth even if he surrenders, Lantom mentions his interpretation of the tale of the crucifixion that basically suggests that Jesus was giving Judas one of these from the beginning, giving Judas a chance to avert destiny and not betray him.
    • Jessica basically passes one from Matt’s perspective when he learns that she wants to know the identity of the Masked Vigilante; while he feels that Jessica is a bit too blatant in her use of her own abilities, the fact that she knows Superman’s identity and hasn’t told anyone yet is enough to assure Matt that she can be trusted with his.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Discussed when Clark contemplates how to treat Raven even after learning her history, concluding that treating her like a threat just increases the likelihood that she'll become a threat where treating her a like a person means she could be an ally.
  • Sherlock Scan: Clark and Matt are able to identify the probable location of Leland Owlsley’s safehouse based on a strand of his hair found in a warehouse he recently visited, as it is tainted by the scent of a distinctively-spiced chicken from a specific takeaway. From this, they deduce that the safehouse has to be within a couple of blocks of that business, as the timing doesn’t allow for Owlsley to have just stopped in to eat that particular dish as the restaurant wouldn’t have been open in time for him to eat there and visit the warehouse.
  • Ship Tease: A final pairing has yet to be 'declared', with Clark so far showing a potential for romance with Trish, Natasha, Sif, Skye (?) and Karen.
  • Shipper on Deck: After Karen kisses Foggy during the Siege of Avengers Tower, Matt privately expresses approval of their new relationship.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When it's revealed that criminals have taken to calling Superman "You-Know-Who" out of fear he'll appear if they say his name, there are of course Voldemort jokes made.
    • A possible reference is made to Superman's first post-Crisis meeting with Batman in the comics when Superman first confronts the Masked Man and realises his identity; Clark explicitly muses that in another world he might have taken the Masked Man straight to prison as a brutal vigilante, but having briefly met Matt and talked about the vigilante's morality to Jessica, Clark recognises that there is enough doubt for him to want to hear Matt's side of the situation before he makes a decision.
    • In chapter 35, Black Widow and Hawkeye's abduction of Owlsley bears similarities to Batman's abduction of Lau from Hong Kong in The Dark Knight.
    • In Chapter 39, Jessica's use of the Thangarian mace against the Hand's demon-possessed soldiers is compared by Raven to Sauron's appearance at the start of The Fellowship of the Ring, and Thor later quotes Gandalf after he arrives in the fight.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: As Malekith and the Dark Elves face the Avengers during the Convergence, Natasha shoots him with SHIELD's Destroyer-based gun mid-rant, observing to Steve that when someone admits they plan to destroy the universe it's not necessary to hear their full speech.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Thanks to Superman's intervention, Frigga survives Malekith's attempt on her life, albeit in a coma due to later injuries.
    • Also thanks to Superman's presence, Vladimir survives Fisk's attempts to wipe out New York Russian mob.
    • After being tipped off to his importance in Fisk's organization, Natasha arrests Leland Owlsley before he ever has a chance to try, and fatally fail, to backstab Fisk.
    • Because Clark and the Avengers take over the investigation into Union Allied from Karen, Wesley never tries to threaten her into being quiet, so she doesn't kill him in self-defense.
    • With Clark available to write a more decisive story earlier on, Ben Urich is never attacked by Fisk to keep him quiet, and it's even suggested that Urich's wife will get better treatment now that Stark's aware of her situation and can put her on a list for an experimental drug therapy to treat her illness.
  • Spit Take: Pepper, who unfortunately tries to take a drink of water right before being informed of the demonically-possessed people invading Avengers Tower.
  • Stop Worshipping Me: Superman is extremely uncomfortable with the way people venerate him.
  • Stunned Silence: Clark, Bruce, Natasha and Clint can only stare in disbelief after Raven reveals that she's related to Merlin. Specifically, she's his half-aunt, Merlin being the son of her older demonic half-brother.
  • Supreme Chef: Clark, at least when it comes to simple things like waffles.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham:
    • Downplayed. The Ancient One focus on magical and extra-dimensional threats to the world and lets Superman and the Avengers handle other threats. However, she recognizes that Superman under the control of Lorelai is bad for the world, so she personally intervenes and frees Superman. And after Lorelai was defeated and taken back to Asgard, the Ancient One offered to train Superman to resist mind control, and has since become an ally to Superman and the Avengers, offering information on her kind of threats.
    • Subverted. Superman knowing Jessica Jones and meeting Daredevil has involved him and the Avengers in their storylines.
  • Sympathetic Magic: Raven uses the fact that the Lazarus Pit the Hand is using was made with her blood in order to scry for it.
  • Take Up My Sword: During the battle with Lorelei, Clark lends Natasha, Jessica and Melinda May Kryptonian battle-attire, and Sif also lends Jessica a Thanagarian mace made of Nth-metal to negate Lorelei's magic, which Jessica is allowed to keep after the battle.
  • Tempting Fate: Just when the Avengers think they have what it takes to bring down Fisk and the Hand, Fisk comes out publicly as a philanthropist working with the President, making things a lot harder.
  • There Are No Global Consequences: Averted. Superman is shown to have a definite effect on the world other than supervillain battles. Using his advanced technology and superpowers, he able to track criminals in all sorts of ways, from the pedophiles and mobsters on the internet to using his super hearing to stop shootings. It gets to the point where the smarter criminals have to start adapting their methods to a world with Superman.
  • There Is Another: After the death of Ao Shun and Raven being taken in for training by the Ancient One, Alexandra Reid reveals that there is another Black Sky.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: After Madame Gao manages to use her command of chi to hold her own against Black Widow, Hawkeye, Daredevil and Jessica Jones at once, she is only defeated after Natasha manages to shock Gao with her Widow's Bite. With Natasha protected from the shock by the Kryptonian battlesuit Clark gave her, Gao is knocked off-balance long enough for Jessica to break Gao's arm with her Thangarian mace, Matt subsequently strangling her until Clint can shoot at Gao with one of his explosive arrows. Once they have confirmed that Gao's battered but breathing after all that, Natasha uses Gao's own sword-cane to cut off her head.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Superman stands for this, as always, but as well as accepting when the other Avengers have to go that far (Matt speculates that Clark would have understood if he'd killed Nobu during the battle at the docks), he has already had to make a personal exception for Zod, and muses that he may well have made another for Kilgrave if the man wasn't (as far as Jessica knows) already dead when she told Clark about him.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While Tony was obviously a hero already, Clark's example inspires him to pay more attention to the man on the street rather than just trying to protect everyone, to the extent that he takes a more active role in rebuilding New York after Zod's attack and develops the 'Iron Hope' project, which consists of specialised armours intended to help rescue civilians after particular attacks.
  • Translator Microbes: Invoked; Asgardian All-Speech can be understood by everyone when spoken, and even the written form changes to something that the reader can understand.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Raven reveals that her favorite food is waffles. Which prompts Clark to confess his is Ma Kent's apple pie.
  • The Unfettered: Stick is willing to do absolutely anything to achieve his goals, no matter the moral cost.
  • Unskilled, but Strong:
    • Jessica has considerable raw strength, but little in the way of actual hand-to-hand combat experience, with most of her fights relying on her just hitting her opponents really hard.
    • It is noted that Raven has a great deal of raw power, but most of her training has focused on suppressing that power rather than using it.
  • Upbringing Makes the Hero: As per canon, Clark's whole attitude towards being a superhero is derived from what he learned while being raised by the Kents.
  • Villainous Glutton: The Beast feeds on despair, pain, and suffering, and Raven quickly cottons on that he's basically a demonic personification of gluttony, his human shell being morbidly obese, and willing to let Trigon into the universe to feed on the resulting agony of the entire universe as it dies, even if Trigon destroys him in the process.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: When Hela senses Clark during his brief flight over her prison during the Convergence, she develops a desire to snuff out his light and vitality.
  • Villain Team-Up: The Hand is working with Trigon in order to use the Lazarus Pits to resurrect their master dragons and extend their own lives.
  • Weather Manipulation:
    • Thor, of course.
    • Ao Shun, Dragon King of Winter, changes a sunny afternoon into an icy blizzard by his mere presence. Clark needs to call Thor for help with that.
  • World's Strongest Man: Superman, naturally. Only Thor and the Hulk can really match him, and even then he's still ahead.
  • Worthy Opponent: Alflyse comments that Frigga has her compliments for daring to explore the realm of the Dark Elves personally, although Frigga notes that it wasn’t that courageous considering that she believed all the natives were dead.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Stick outright shot a poisoned arrow to one. Mixed with Would Hurt a Child since she was only fifteen years old. But to him, she's only Black Sky.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: May apply to Clark when he visits the Sanctum and Kamar-Taj, as he often judges it based on Harry Potter rules of magic, such as asking if his phone would work.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Despite burying the Lazarus Pit made with Raven's blood, Superman is unable to keep the dragon Ao Shun from being revived.
  • You Get What You Pay For: Jessica basically adopts this philosophy at least once; when she's hired to find out if her client's girlfriend is working as a stripper, she soon confirms that the girl is just working as a bartender at a strip club, but doesn't mention the fact that the girl is cheating as she wasn't hired to tell her client that.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Clint, speaking on behalf of everyone present, expresses utter disbelief that the Ancient One is constantly monitoring world leaders for signs of mind control or possession.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Hand ultimately decide that Fisk has become a liability after going public, so decide to usurp his men and turn them on him.

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