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Lego Marvel Super Heroes is an action-adventure video game developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in 2013 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows, and published by Feral Interactive for OS X. The game features gameplay similar to other LEGO Adaptation Games, alternating between various action-adventure sequences and puzzle-solving scenarios. The game was released under the title Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril for iOS, Android, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita handheld systems.

A spin-off, LEGO Marvel's Avengers, was released on January 26, 2016, while a direct sequel to this game, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, was released on November 14, 2017.


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  • Actor Allusion:
  • Adaptational Badass: The Mark 42 Armour from Iron Man 3. In the movies the Mk 42 was dozens of upgrades after armors that shrugged off tank fire and could give the thunder god Thor a decent fight, yet it malfunctioned a lot and constantly fell apart. Here, despite being made of Lego, it never falls apart and is a straight upgrade over Tony's older suits with a fully working arsenal. It not only works, but Tony mentions that he even de-magnetized it so it was immune to Magneto's powers.
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  • Adorable Evil Minions: Pretty much anything evil automatically becomes this, or at least Laughably Evil, when turned Lego. The level Rapturous Rise has dinosaurs that, even though you're fighting them, are pretty cute. Venom and his symbiote warriors are one of the few exceptions to the rule.
  • Affably Evil: The Sentinels. While you're fighting them they'll politely ask you if you're a mutant, because if you are they'd very much like to destroy you.
  • All Your Powers Combined:
    • Stan Lee has the abilities of several different Marvel characters. Not all, exactly, but quite a few.
    • The Super-Skrull has all the powers of the Fantastic Four.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: If your primary exposure to the Marvel universe comes from the movies, it seems quite strange to see Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and the X-Men all in the same game. (The game even lampshades this, giving you an achievement if you pair Captain America and the Human Torch on a team.)
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Future Foundation outfits for the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, comic versions of the characters (such as Thor without a beard), and also features The Superior Spider-Man as an unlockable character. Surprisingly, it uses the same feature as LEGO Harry Potter, in grouping them by outfit rather than as separate characters.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: The Statue of Liberty blinks, and head bangs during one of the race missions. When flying past the Statue on Liberty Island in free roam, she'll look at the character and wink before returning to her original position. And she's a playable character.
  • Anti Poop-Socking: There's a small gesture in this direction, a line of bystander chatter remarking on the benefits of pausing the game occasionally that recurs once for every 25 cumulative hours of gameplay.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • According to the official website, the boss battles were designed with this in mind. For instance, the first level has Hulk against Abomination, and Spidey against Sandman.
    • Green Goblin is noticeably disappointed when it's the Fantastic 4 coming to face him and not Spider-Man.
      Green Goblin: What? No Spider-Man? Shame. I do so enjoy winding him up.
      Green Goblin: This is getting dull without the Spider to keep me entertained.
  • Artificial Atmospheric Actions: Besides getting very repetitive after a while, the civilians' chatter in is often mismatched hilariously. Only a few comments are keyed to specific characters, so you can hear "Look Timmy, it's that hero you like" when you're playing as a villain, or "Look what the kids are wearing these days" when you're Peter Parker, Bruce Banner or someone else whose clothes are really ordinary.
  • Artistic License – Geography: LEGO Manhattan is like a shrunken caricature of the real thing, with a few city blocks representing each famous neighborhood. It's also surrounded by a large body of water on all sides to keep the player contained there. Also, it includes the X-Mansion (which is in upstate New York in the comics) so that there can be missions and sidequests set there.
  • As Himself: Stan Lee.
    Stan Lee: "I'm all over this game! When do I stop being a cameo and start being a star?"
  • Ascended Meme:
    • Shawarma is both seen and mentioned several times, and seems to have become Nick Fury's Trademark Favorite Food.
    • A cutscene involving Doctor Octopus crashing through the offices of the Daily Bugle also has JJ shouting "Parker! Do your job!"
    • The dev team apparently has fond memories of classic Marvel vs Capcom games, because Iron Man also refers to his 'superior tech'.
    • A subtle one: Sleipnir has become a minor meme in the Marvel Cinematic Universe fandom. In the Asgard level, you destroy a statue of Loki riding the horse in question.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Sentinels, the Destroyer, and Galactus. And a Magneto-controlled Statue Of Liberty. All of them are also unlockable as normal-sized player characters, opening the possibility of having tiny and giant versions of the character fighting each other.
  • Bad Boss: Green Goblin's implied to be one. What, you think those scientists volunteered to have symbiotes bonded to them?
  • Bait-and-Switch: A cutscene at the end of story mode features... Batman jumping out of some bushes? Nope. It's Black Panther.
  • Battle in the Rain: Wolverine and Hulk get one against Abomination in episode 4.
  • Big Eater: Galactus counts, right? Especially since this version literally seems to munch planets, with an "om nom" sound and everything.
  • Bloodless Carnage: In full effect — whilst characters are dismembered, the characters are still plastic Lego pieces.
  • Boss Subtitles: Every character, hero or villain, gets a subtitle introducing them the first time they appear.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Every gun in the game.
  • Bowdlerization: The Punisher, understandably, has been softened for a family game, though he keeps his basic attitude intact. His sidequests involve targeting joyriders and wrecking their vehicles.
  • Bridge Logic: In a level set in and around an ancient ruin, Spider-Man pulls down a marble column to bridge a crevasse.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Stan Lee is the recurring victim in the "In Peril" mechanic.
    • Deadpool's cameos in the main levels tend towards this - for instance, Green Goblin destroys an elevator while he's standing in it.
    • Spider-Man seems to think he's this.
  • The Cameo:
    • Space shots feature Ego the Living Planet.
    • Deadpool cameos briefly in almost every story mission.
    • Averted in Stan Lee's case. Not only does he show up in pretty much every single area, he's a playable character.
    • Several non-playable (at least, at that point) X-Men show up in the X-Mansion level. Most obviously Gambit and Colossus, but also Emma Frost, and a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance of Archangel.
  • Camera Screw: Your co-op partner can inadvertently cause this by going too far or in the wrong direction, thus causing the split-screen to split in such a way that you are interacting with objects that aren't actually visible to you. Worse yet, you can be put in a position where you can't even see the object you need to interact with to complete the level (by your partner, as opposed to the example above, which is the game's doing).
  • Captain Oblivious:
    • As Magneto and company make their escape from the X-Mansion, they dash by Beast, who's carrying a hefty stack of papers in the opposite direction.
      Beast: No running in the hallway, please.
    • Not to mention everyone's total cluelessness regarding Oscorp.
      Captain America: Oscorp? What would Green Goblin be doing at a completely legitimate and not-at-all-suspicious office tower like Oscorp?
  • Captain Obvious:
    Nick Fury: We need to move on our Latveria operation. I call it "Operation: Latveria."
    Maria Hill: We've collated all of our data from every SHIELD agent and Avenger throughout the world, and we've managed to ascertain that Doctor Doom... is definitely... up to something bad. I know that's not much to go on, but it is a start, right?
  • Casting Gag: Roger Craig Smith reprises his role of Captain America, but also voices Human Torch. Both are played by Chris Evans in their respective films franchises. Pairing them together gets you the achievement of "Don't I Know You?"
  • Classified Information: A side gag shows what can happen if you take this too far.
    Coulson (over PA system): Congratulations to Agent Roberts for being named SHIELD Agent of the Month for that thing he did on that mission somewhere some time back.
  • Catchphrase Interruptus: This happening to the Thing is a Running Gag.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The games use visual shorthand so you know what you can do. Silver objects have to be blown up with explosives, gold ones can be melted by energy beams, and so on.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Half the fun is going around beating up NPCs and destroying random objects.
  • Conspicuously Light Patch: Being made of LEGO bricks is a sign that it can be destroyed or interacted with.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Norman Osborn. It's heavily implied that Oscorp has been replicating the Venom symbiote and using employees as test subjects.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • The obligatory Stan Lee appearance, making him a playable character as well as having the player rescue him multiple times.
    • There's also a bonus level where the Vulture and Howard the Duck attack the Marvel offices, featuring other Marvel staff.
  • Cute Bruiser: She-Hulk is the standard minifigure size, but is capable of feats like smashing walls, ripping doors off, and throwing large objects around that are otherwise restricted to the Big Figs like her cousin and the Thing.
  • Darker and Edgier: At first glance, the game averts this. It's bright. It's colorful. Cheesy puns are being thrown around left and right. It's almost like reading some of Stan and Friends' early work. But there's a very real and present threat to everything everywhere that's also played completely straight. Certain characters (Venom comes to mind) are at least as scary here as in other continuities. And by the time the game is over, Loki almost comes across as an even more unnerving, dangerous sociopath than his movie version.
  • Dartboard of Hate: Deadpool's room has one of Wolverine.
  • Death Dealer: Gambit and Bullseye.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: You just lose LEGO studs.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Doctor Doom's Doom Ray of Doom.
  • Developers' Foresight:
    • When Magneto hijacks the Statue of Liberty using his magnetic powers, in between then and the end of the game, Liberty Island's pedestal will be vacant in free roam.
    • When replaying "Bifrosty Reception" in Free Play mode, Loki has alternate dialogue.
    • Sometimes, when you switch to Banner while playing as Hulk during missions or the story, Banner's lines are uniquely recorded to match the context of what the Hulk would say in that situation. Extending this, some other characters will change their lines if Banner is present instead of The Hulk (when meeting The Leader at The Raft, he notes that Banner isn't transformed, asking where his "green friend" is).
  • Die, Chair! Die!: Destroying all (and we mean all) the level furniture is not only possible and enjoyable and but also distinctly necessary, and generally one of the game series' trademarks.
  • Disability Superpower: Professor X and Daredevil, as per usual.
  • Distressed Dude: The game has "Stans in Peril". Also, the students in the level in the X-Mansion.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: Doctor Doom's goal, to build "Doctor Doom's doom ray...of doom!"
  • Doppelgänger Attack: One of Loki's attack animations is to surround the enemy with copies of himself and have them all hit him. He also uses copies of himself to fight you in the storyline.
  • Downloadable Content: Extra characters are available as DLC.
  • Drop-In-Drop-Out Multiplayer
  • Elite Mooks: Magneto's Brotherhood Acolytes, which can actually take a hit or two from the player and have Elemental Powers that allow them to attack at a distance. They're still Cannon Fodder Mooks, but unlike their fellow mook brethren, they're actually a modest challenge if you don't take them seriously.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: In "Tabloid Tidy-up" Doctor Octopus has to clean up the Daily Bugle building under threat that J. Jonah Jameson will "tell everyone his middle name is Olivia!"
  • Enemy Mine: Done in the Evil Versus Oblivion style in LEGO Marvel, where the heroes and villains team up to stop Galactus.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The game features female mooks.
  • Exaggerated Trope: Stan Lee's cameos in the Marvel movies are upped to him being the citizen in peril in every stage.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: One of The Lizard's grabs involves picking up an opponent with his tail, and then eating them.
  • Flanderization: Many character traits are emphasized for comedy.
  • Follow the Money: The game gives you a trail of ghostly or holographic studs to guide you to your destination. (Of course, since they're not real, they're not actually worth any money — unless you activate a cheat.) The normal version with real studs is also used. Deadpool will lampshade this on his second mission in when he mimics a fetch quest.
    Deadpool: You probably just followed the trail of studs, didn't you? Games are too nice these days.
  • Foreshadowing: Mission 10 has M.O.D.O.K. as its near-end-of-level boss. This is slightly hinted at with the use of A.I.M. Agents as enemies, but a bizarre version of it pops up early in the level, but can only be seen in free play after you complete the level. There is a switch that you can't activate the first time around that shows an 8-bit version of M.O.D.O.K.'s face on the screen behind it, but it can't be seen the first time through the level.
  • Forgot About His Powers:
    • When the Green Goblin tricks Spider-Man, Black Widow, and Hawkeye into standing over a trapdoor so he can get the trio to fall through it, Spidey's Spider-Sense oddly never alerts him to the fact that they're being led into a trap.
    • Never once does Magneto think to use his magnetic powers on Wolverine's adamantium skeleton during the Raft level, even though Magneto does use his powers to destroy Iron Man's armour effortlessly at a different point.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Done to the characters in-game with Deadpool's finishing attack. He picks up the circle you stand in to interact with something, jams it around the target's waist, and grabs his targeting icon and bashes them over the head! He uses interface symbols as attacks! But, it is Deadpool.
  • Game-Breaking Bug:
    • The final level will sometimes freeze during the third part of the level, prompting a console reset.
    • Some PC players also reach a very frustrating glitch in the fourth level, "Rock Up at the Lock Up", where you cannot raise the bridge needed to progress owing to a certain glitch. It's not entirely impossible to navigate, but you need ridiculously specific timing to fix it and even then the bridge may fall back down just before you fix it in place. Fail to complete this, and you're stuck on the fourth level.
    • There's also a possible glitch in the third level of during the fight with Venom. Sometimes when Venom is supposed to trigger the next scripted part of the fight, he will fail to trigger it, possibly even despawning, leaving you stuck in the fight forever unless you exit to the worldmap or reset the game.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • During "That Sinking Feeling", Thor claims that he cannot call down any lightning inside the submarine. In order to reach that point in the level, you will have already summoned lightning repeatedly.
    • Also, the running gag of Thing's Interrupted Catch Phrase is actually broken before the Doctor Doom boss fight while fighting Rhino.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: A large number of bosses. Sometimes you don't even end up fighting the one you're chasing.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Coulson announcing that Agent Romanov will be teaching a self-defense class on the Helicarrier, in which she will demonstrate a "variety of holds." He then announces the class is sold out.
    • This:
    • In Deadpool's narration for The Thrill of the Chess, he does an impression of Magneto and says "Mysterio has always been after my goods!" The accompanying picture has Mysterio standing directly behind Magneto with Mysterio's arms wrapped around Magneto. Magneto even has a shocked expression on his face. (Bonus points for both being in prison together at the time!)
    • During Taking Liberties there is a point where Reed reshapes himself into a fire engine to put out a fire, using water. To make things worse the water cannon is made of flesh colored bricks.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Certain characters can be unlocked by getting into fights with them. The fights don't come with any explanation, they're just there.
  • Ground Pound:
    • Any character with a melee weapon can do this.
    • This is required by bigfigs or super-strong characters to break floor-mounted cracked walls.
  • Guide Dang It!:
    • Emma Frost's diamond form is invulnerable, which makes Free Playing levels for collectibles much easier, since you don't need to be preoccupied with defeating the swarms of enemies, or avoiding harmful obstacles while searching for minikits. However, the game doesn't tell you this, so the only way to figure it out is trial and error.
    • Shortly after Mr. Fantastic's introduction, grates appear as a game mechanic where he is able to stretch through them. Although he is the character that most gamers will likely use for grates, the game doesn't mention that there are other characters without stretching abilities that can pass through them. For instance, Ant-Man and the Wasp are capable of shrinking down and crawling inside, while mystical characters like Doctor Strange can teleport from one grate to another.
  • Guns Akimbo: Black Widow, Mystique, and Star-Lord.
  • Hammerspace: Mostly averted. When a character isn't using their weapon, it's shrunken down and attached to their sides/back. But played completely straight with Agent Coulson, whose "Loki Destroyer" gun disappears completely when he puts it away.
  • Hand Wave: Why does a metal statue animated by Magneto react to being attacked as if it can feel pain? Reed Richards says he has a theory to explain it, but we don't get to hear what it is.
  • Harmless Freezing: Characters with ice powers or gear (Iceman, Lokinote ) encase opponents in blocks of ice, which can be broken out of by moving around really quickly. While frozen, however, enemies can be killed with a single hit.
  • Hub Level: Manhattan as its sandbox, with level starting points and side-quests scattered across it; hub functions are in the SHIELD Helicarrier hovering over the city.
  • Hulk Speak: The Hulk, obviously.
  • Hurricane of Puns: From Sandman in the first stage.
  • Idle Animation: Everyone has them, and there's actually quite a bit of variation. Characters will scratch their head, point their weapon, or twirl around. Loki will put his staff in the ground and lean on his back on it with a chill attitude. Then the staff collapses and Loki falls down and has to pick himself back up.
  • I Fell for Hours: Leaping off the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier hovering over NYC. (Most characters get a parachute.)
  • Ignored Vital News Reports: In Marvel Super Heroes, if you wander around New York after finishing the main storyline, you may encounter a random bystander explaining that he missed all the excitement because he'd been playing video games for several days straight.
  • Indy Ploy: Captain America's plan for chasing Dr. Octopus. Justified, as he was getting away fast and they didn't have time to think of a plan.
    Mr. Fantastic: Over there, Captain! What's the plan?
    Captain America: Wherever he goes, we follow!
  • Interface Screw: In the bonus mission "Stunt Show Surprise", the villain Nightmare causes the whole level to take on a dreamlike appearance, making jumping and even walking problematic at some points.
  • Joke Character: There are several civilian characters with no abilities, but the two that actually come across as "joke characters" are Aunt May (in part because she's the final prize for Deadpool's quest chain) and Movie Mandarin for being in the game alongside his comic counterpart.
  • Jump Scare: In one room in the Oscorp building, the lights start flickering out, while Venom jumps around the room. And then the close-up happens.
  • "King Kong" Climb: One of the perils Stan Lee must be rescued from is a gigantic ape who has carried him to the top of the Empire State Building.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Loki evolves into this as the full extent of his plan comes to light. The only real humorous side to him is some childishness with regards to his relationship with Thor. From the same game, Venom may not have a huge role, but when he appears the game gets freaky, and you essentially go from childishly breaking into a lab to a survival horror setting, with the humour level dropping rapidly.
  • Large Ham:
    • Doctor Doom in the grand Marvel tradition.
    • Thor.
      Thor: I am Thor... GOD OF THUNDER... and LIIIGHTNIIING!
  • Legion of Doom: Every one of the villains you fight (not counting Galactus, naturally) is part of one big organization led by Doctor Doom, Loki, and Magneto.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Squirrel Girl has the ability to quickly destroy a large number of enemies within a certain radius.
  • Lighter and Softer: LEGO Marvel can be seen as this to LEGO Batman 2, fitting with the different spirits of the comic franchises, although both are humorous. The Gotham open world is always at night and rainy, while in the New York open world, it's constantly bright and sunny.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: This being LEGO, every character falls to pieces upon defeat. Also, when a character or enemy is frozen into a block of ice, they can be killed in one hit when the ice is broken.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Actually one of the goals in the games is to get every character. Deadpool lampshades it in the Blob sidequest.
  • Look Behind You: In a cutscene, Iron Man successfully pulls the "What's that over there?" trick on a flock of homing missiles.
  • Logo Joke: The opening logos turn into LEGO versions of themselves, all of which are promptly blown up and eaten by an unseen Galactus.
  • Luck-Based Mission: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes has racing challenges in the middle of randomly generated traffic. You might get a clear road or a huge bus in your way, and this makes a massive difference. You can even the odds if you use a vehicle with guns on it, which can destroy obstructive vehicles.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Captain America, who can even use his shield to put out fires and reflect lasers.
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: Averted, your partner(s) can (and do) take enemies out. If you're assigned to defeat a certain number of foes, it's not uncommon for AI allies to score the finishing blow. Usually, the player character can take down the mooks in one hit, while the partner character needs to attack at least four times.
  • Magic Pants: Averted in one moment for the Hulk.
    Hulk: HULK RIP PANTS!
  • Malaproper: When walking around Manhattan, one NPC voice will always be excited about the character you're using, and get the name wrong every time he shouts about them. When using Iron Man, the civilian will call him the "metal man" and he calls Dr. Octopus "Professor Squid".
  • Mission Control: Phil Coulson.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The cover resembles the iconic cover of the first issue of Secret Wars. The Vita port of the game gives a trophy referencing this; "Not So Secret Wars".
    • Iron Man, Spider-Man, and The Hulk working together in the first level could be seen as one, since the three of them were a rather popular Power Trio around 2008.
    • One of the billboards early in the game is an homage to the cover of the first issue of Superior Spider-Man.
    • The stage you fight Doc Ock on is the same location that Spidey would fight Electro in The Amazing Spider Man 2, which wasn't released yet.
    • The TARDIS briefly appears early in "Bifrosty Reception" when the characters are travelling to Bifrost. Its' owner, The Doctor, was a Marvel Comics character between 1979 and 1999.
    • The Hulk's grab in the game is the one he used when smashing Loki around in The Avengers. Like the Bane example, he can use it on the one he used it on in canon (in this case, Loki). Actually doing it nets you an achievement, just like with the Bane example.
    • One of the "Stan Lee in Peril" missions involves him drinking toxic soda and turning into the Hulk.
    • And in another, he's not able to get into Marvel HQ, complaining 'But I'm Stan Lee!'
    • Magneto flies on a metal disc and uses small metal balls as weapons, much like his prison escape in X2.
    • There is an achievement where you play as Magneto, and use the Magneto Mobile to go to the Baxter Building. It is titled "Menace of Magneto".
    • Coulson claims that the Helicarrier lab can create any hero they can imagine except for Spider-Man clones.
    • One of Spider-Man's in-game quotes: "Shall we, my amazing friends?"
    • Iron Man briefly offers to make Spidey a rocket-propelled iron suit (the Iron Spider), but Spidey declined because it "sounds heavy".
    • Nick Fury decides to order lunch from a shawarma joint that Tony Stark found, as in the end of The Avengers.
    • Agent Coulson, as an unlockable character, is notable for the huge gun he wields- it's the same one he used on Loki in The Avengers. Every so often, while blowing stuff up with it, he will also remark "Ha. So that's what it does."
    • In the cutscene after the prologue mission against Sandman, Spidey turns down Coulson's offer to the Helicarrier for a number of reasons, including "I've got to get my Aunt May half a dozen eggs."
    • In one side mission, the X-Men encounter the Blob on a recruitment mission. They do the same in the comics.
    • Jean Grey and Cyclops are partnered in Mission 8. They are known for their relationship. A few characters also are unlocked when using a related character. For example, Magneto's daughter Polaris is unlocked after completing a bonus mission in which Magneto is heavily used. The Leader, an archenemy of the Hulk appears in the same level as Hulk and is unlocked upon its completion, and so on.
    • Wolverine says he has visited the Statue of Liberty before.
    • A more subtle one in the Stark Tower lever: Tony's security pass-code is "Tango Oscar Sierra 3963". Iron Man debuted in "Tales of Suspense" #39, 1963.
    • Movie-style Aldrich Killian teaming up with comic style Mandarin for a level.
    • The Manhattan Mission "Feeling Fisky" sees Spider-Man, Captain America, and Daredevil confront the Kingpin. These were the first three Marvel Heroes to each confront the crime boss in the comics.
    • In a post-credits cutscene, Nick Fury encounters a mysterious silhouetted figure with the same profile as Lego Batman. It's actually Black Panther.
    • Purple studs are the most valuable studs. Purple LEGO pieces are commonly prized among LEGO fans due to their initial rarity.
  • Never Say "Die": M.O.D.O.K. says that he is "Designed Only for Conquest", rather than "for Killing". (Even though his name is still spelled with a K...)
  • New York Is Only Manhattan: The island of Manhattan is used as a conveniently well-defined location for everything to happen on. For this to work, the game's designers have moved some things to Manhattan that are normally situated in greater New York (such as the X-Mansion, which in the comics is upstate in Salem Center).
  • Ninja Prop: Deadpool (of course) uses the interaction circle in his final attack.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Nolan North channels Tom Kane as Magneto.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever Agent Roberts did on that mission somewhere some time back that got him named Agent of the Month.
  • No OSHA Compliance: All the bad guy lairs. This is lampshaded by Thing in "A Doom With a View" when he states that whoever designed Magneto's space station didn't have safety in mind.
  • No Swastikas: There's no mention of Red Skull and HYDRA having Nazi origins.
  • Not So Different: It's subtle, but Tony Stark and the Mandarin have very similar headpieces.
  • Not Quite Flight: Certain characters such as Storm, Jean Grey, Magneto, and M.O.D.O.K have a "hover" ability that works like flight, but only raises the character a few feet off the ground. If the character falls while hovering, the descent is much slower than if they fell normally.
  • Only Six Faces: Although the heroes and major villains are distinctive, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants consists almost entirely of copies of the same six anonymous mutants. Also, the pedestrians in the Manhattan hub area are variations on a fairly limited set of templates; this is lampshaded in the random chatter, which includes a woman telling her friend about meeting a stranger who looked just like her.
  • Opening the Sandbox: While the game opens up access to all of Manhattan after the second mission, completing more levels to access characters with different abilities progressively opens up more to do.
  • Phantom Zone Picture: A side mission in involves rescuing Dr Strange from one of these.
  • Piñata Enemy: The Sentinel minibosses. While they are large, intimidating, and have a powerful laser attack, the laser is fairly easy to avoid and they only need to be hit three times with the right weapons in order to defeat them. After which they vomit up a treasure trove of gold studs.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Rescue (Pepper Potts's power armor) contrasts Iron Man's blue repulsors with pink repulsors that also emit sparkles, flowers, and hearts.
  • Pokémon Speak: Naturally, when you find Groot all he says is "I am Groot." He even gives you a side quest. In this case "I am Groot" means "Kill 7 moles."
  • Popularity Power: Anyone who read the comics knows this is the ONLY way that Loki could manipulate Dr. Doom into helping with his plan.
  • Power Walk: When everybody heads out to face Galactus.
  • Product Placement: The game was released roughly a month before the release of Thor: The Dark World, including characters that promote both that movie and the DVD/Blu-Ray release of Iron Man 3. The game's stinger even throws in a promotion for the following year's Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
    • In addition, some of the taxis and buses in New York have advertisements for LEGO's Master Builder Academy series of sets.
  • Pummel Duel: Hulk and Abomination get into these whenever they fight, usually with Hulk winning.
  • Pun-Based Title: Most level titles; for example "Taking Liberties", "Juggernauts and Crosses" and "Red Head Detention." Those that aren't fully puns still rhyme (e.g. Exploratory Laboratory) or alliterate (e.g. Reptilian Ruckus.)
  • Regenerating Health: Wolverine naturally has this.
  • Rewarding Vandalism: Smashing anything plastic-y and/or in LEGO form provides Lego studs to collect.
  • Rule of Funny: The cutscenes in general.
  • Scenery Porn: The game painstakingly recreates the Marvel Universe of both the comics and the movies, and it's breathtaking. Special mention has to go to Asgard.
  • Self-Deprecation: A sidequest in involves finding a child who got separated from his mother while looking for carrots (in the hope that they'd give him super-night-vision). His mother remarks that although an obsession with carrots is a bit odd, it's better than being hooked on video games.
  • Sequel Hook: The Guardians of the Galaxy arrive, and tell Fury they're not here because of Galactus. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 reveals they are there to warn of the impending arrival of Kang the Conqueror.
  • Shapeshifter: Mystique. She poses as Professor X briefly during the story, and as a playable character, she can shapeshift into different things (represented LEGO-wise by her swapping headgear by removing her hairpiece and putting on a hat and the rest of her body morphing into the character):
    • In New York, she'll assume the form of a policewoman.
    • On the Helicarrier, she'll turn into a male S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent (identical to the actual playable Agent).
    • In missions, she'll adapt. i.e., in "Times Square Off", she turns into a New York teen boy. In "The Thrill of the Chess", she turns into a Raft guard to get by security.
  • Shown Their Work: There's just an insane amount of work shown. So much so, in fact, that the few little oddities that do show up (such as Black Widow having the intelligence ability and not Superior Spider-Man, Magneto's powers being ineffective on Thor's hammer, or Cyclops eye blasts being heat beams) really stand out. There are a few mistakes, such as spelling Norman Osborn's name with an "e".
  • Slow-Motion Drop: When the heroes and villains are trying to work together near the end, Green Goblin accidentally bumps the Hulk and makes him drop his lunch. A Slow Motion Drop ensues before Hulk attacks the Goblin in retaliation, and and all-in brawl breaks out.
  • Songs in the Key of Lock: Dr. Strange's Sanctum contains a secret passageway with a door which opens when a tune is played on a pipe organ.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad:
    • Despite the game has an original story with more than 100 playable characters, the characters from The Avengers are far and away the most prominent. At least one of the six Avengers is playable in all but two storyline missions (which are A Day in the Limelight for the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, respectively), Nick Fury and Maria Hill consistently direct operation throughout the game, and Loki is one of the main villains.
    • Spider-Man has a lot of coverage, with the web-head himself showing up in almost half the missions, and many of his more well-known enemies appearing as bosses.
  • Stepping-Stone Sword: Done, improbably, with arrows.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Mostly averted, except in the level at the Raft. Somewhat justified since the water is shown to be particularly choppy due to the storm.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Special powers such as magic and telekinesis glow purple when they're used. Some bricks are purple to begin with, meaning those powers are required to manipulate them.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: One of the sidequests in Marvel Superheroes involves a SHIELD agent who isn't taking a pile of sensitive documents to be shredded and certainly didn't lose the most sensitive one somewhere on the carrier deck.
  • Take That!:
    • Spidey tears down a billboard to progress in the level. The billboard in question? The cover to the first issue of Superior Spider-Man. Slightly weird considering that SpOck himself is an unlockable character.
    • When the Medical Lab is entered for the first time, Coulson states that they are able to create clones of every super hero... except for Spider-Man, of course.
  • Teamwork Puzzle Game
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman:
    • Ant-Man is the only character who can do certain puzzles because of his shrinking power. Other abilities are also pretty exclusive, such as activating shield switches (Captain America), slipping through grates, Fantastic Four shapeshifting pads (both Mr. Fantastic), and taking photos (Peter Parker - not Spider-Man, he has to switch out of costume first).
    • This isn't actually as bad as it seems at first. The Super-Skrull and Stan Lee can use grates, along with characters who can shrink or teleport. Several other characters can deflect lasers aside from Captain America. The game doesn't bother to tell you this, though, so good luck figuring it out.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: The rosters contain Loads and Loads of Characters, so this trope is inevitable. Some characters did eventually get toys, though it is usually sometime after the game, sometimes with major differences; for example, Groot is depicted as a Big Fig and the Sentinel as a minifigure, even as a giant, but the toys proper are conventionally built figures.
  • Trap Door: Norman Osborn has one in his office for disposing of any meddling superheroes that might happen to drop by.
  • Useless Useful Stealth: Black Widow, Nick Fury, and Invisible Woman all have stealth modes, but they are only useful for turning off security systems; mooks can see and attack them normally. This even goes for Invisible Woman, who should be, y'know, invisible.
  • Verbal Tic: Professor X has an X-tremely obvious preference for words beginning with "ex-".
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential:
    • You can just straight up steal someone's car right off the street. And if you're using a hero to do it, they'll basically just smile and let you, since it's obviously for "Superhero business".
    • An IGN article about the characters in the game mentioned being able to make Gwen Stacy climb the Brooklyn Bridge and jump off of it.
    • One way to solve the problem of cars, taxis, buses, pedestrians, etc... that get in the way of completing your timed challenge races on the New York streets is to use the Cloud Rider motorcycle, which, along with being fast and maneuverable, has a pair of cannon so you can blow civilians out of your way.
    • You can just run rodshod over NYC with the Hulk. Once he starts running at full speed, there is nothing that can stop the Hulk. He'll just either flatten or destroy anything that gets in his way (hitting vehicles won't even slow him down). Ironically, the same can't be said for Juggernaut.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: When encountering dinosaurs on Magneto's island, Captain America notes that they must be from the Savage Land. No further mention is made of the Savage Land, what it is, or why there are dinosaurs there, making it confusing for players who aren't familiar with the relevant comics.
  • Villain Team-Up: Doctor Doom, Loki, and Magneto. The rest of the villains have either been hired by Doom, or are Acolytes of Magneto. Galactus serves as a Greater-Scope Villain.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • In the fourth level, a series of supernatural prisoners escape from The Raft including Rhino, Carnage, Magneto, Leader and Whiplash. All of these are fought and re-captured later in the story - except Carnage, who is never mentioned again and is presumably still at large after the defeat of Doctor Doom. Knowing Carnage, this abounds in Fridge Horror.
    • Carnage does appear as an unlockable character, but is otherwise gone for the rest of the game.
  • Wide Open Sandbox: Manhattan Island.
  • Wolverine Publicity:
    • All told, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is pretty good about balancing its focus between the many heroes involved, especially when compared to LEGO Batman, but there's still a clear difference between popular main characters who show up in advertising and throughout the game (including the Trope Namer), lesser heroes who only feature in one or two levels, and C-listers who aren't part of the story at all.
    • A particularly bad example of this is that several notable X-Men, (Cyclops, Iceman, and Beast) only show up in one level.
  • Yellow Peril: Averted. The only way a non-comic-reader would be able to tell Mandarin is Asian is the name and a barely noticeable accent.

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