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  • Dork Age: Extreme Justice and the Power Armor. Also, whenever he’s written by Tom King.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: For many fans, the Superbuddies.
    • In his current series, the most unpalatable aspect of his portrayal in I Can't Believe It's Not The Justice League - that he'd married an old lady for her money - turned out to be something he'd made up just to see if Ted would believe it. Doubles as a bit of a Take That!, since this was in the last issue of Dan Jurgens' (who created Booster) run before Keith Giffen and JM Dematteis (who wrote Superbuddies) took over.
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    • Also, his portrayal in Tom King’s Batman Run and Heroes in Crisis.
  • Ho Yay: With Ted Kord/Blue Beetle. It started out as something the fans noticed by accident but eventually the writers started intentionally writing it that way because it was funny.
  • Iron Woobie / Jerkass Woobie: Rip Hunter is a horrible manipulative liar, but... he also has to keep everyone at arm's length to protect himself from his enemies, who'd gladly murder him as an infant. And there's the fact he lost the only woman he's even mentioned caring about to that very thing.
  • Memetic Mutation: His Day in the Limelight episode in Justice League Unlimited featured a Running Gag in which civilians he rescued throughout the episode would mistake him for Green Lantern and call him as such before they run off. Despite clearly having different main colors.
    Civilian: Thank you, Green Lantern!
    Booster Gold: For the last time, I am not Green Lantern! If I was Green Lantern, my costume would be green!
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  • My Real Daddy: Similar to what happened to his friend Ted Kord (the second Blue Beetle), Booster Gold was created by Dan Jurgens, but he is mostly associated with his time in the Justice League International under J. M. De Matteis and Keith Giffen.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Boostle (Booster/Ted, from Booster Gold/Blue Beetle). Ted has occasionally referred to the two of them teaming up as "Blue and Gold" which fans have also adopted for this.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: You would be surprised how many people ship Ted/Michelle despite the fact that they've never met.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Ted Kord's funeral, where Booster was unable to speak and just broke down crying. That Booster was going back in time to rewatch it makes it even more tragic.
    • Booster going back in time to have more adventures with Ted. Especially when Ted tells Booster that he knows him well enough to have figured out that he was from the future, and is worried that this means they aren't "close" in the future anymore. Booster assures him that they are still "really close" and that won't ever change.
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    • Any time Skeets is badly damaged, or even killed. Like during the Flashpoint tie-in, where given the events un-happen, he effectively died for good.
  • Woobie: Tell me you didn't want to just give him a great big hug in OMAC Project.
    • His solo series is pretty much built around it, for every massive victory he has something smaller blows up in his face completely, always leaving him slightly demoralized.

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