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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: How come a serious, non-silly story about kid superheroes that took itself at face value didn't become big? That sentence says it all. It was a critical darling during the 1980s and had a lot of support among fellow comic book creators, but didn't fit well into the Dark Age.
  • Author's Saving Throw: At one point, a change in authorship was forced by Executive Meddling to try to revive the series' popularity by going Darker and Edgier. Body Horror, Nightmare Fuel, and plenty of angst followed. A couple of years later, the original creators did a "holiday special" that wrote the whole thing off as a deception by the kids' enemies, and returned to the original mood.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Alex Power/Zero-G. Some view him as wise, mature, and justified in his leadership of his siblings, while others view him as extremely bossy and controlling towards them, as he forces his beliefs and morals on them, hardly gives them any credit, and restricts their freedom to go anywhere without him. Not to mention that he forbids any of them from telling their parents that they're superheroes (even when it could avert half the unjust groundings they receive). Because of this, any friction within the team is self-contained, and they have no one to confide in when he pushes them too far. It also shows when each of his three siblings have antagonized him on three separate occasions in the all-ages comic alone.
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • Issue 34 of the original series. Not only is it never spoken of again, with Katie and Franklin (who feature prominently) wildly Out of Character, it's officially declared non-canon in the letters page of a later issue.
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    • Issue 47 is pretty bizarre too with Katie entering some bizarre pocket dimension straight out of Little Nemo. And unlike #34 it is canon (though the only impact it has on the continuity is that it gives an explanation for how the kids can switch costumes whenever they switch powers).
  • Complete Monster: Douglas Carmody was a slovenly businessman who blames the Power Pack for his misfortunes, trying to murder the kids as a result. Going into metahuman trafficking, Carmody styles himself as the Bogeyman to target and sell mutant children as slaves and weapons, dreaming of exterminating all of them for money, even trying to give some to demons. When turned into a demon himself, Carmody goes on a killing spree, trying to kill the Power Pack's parents in front of them, handing the world to demons just for a chance at revenge. Returning one last time against Luke Cage as a disembodied spirit, Carmody begins possessing people to go on further killing sprees, trying for Luke Cage's body to start new horrific slaughters.
  • Dork Age:
    • There was a time when Executive Meddling forced the series to indulge in Dark Age of Comics-styled angst and Body Horror. Many fans derided it as taking a light-hearted comic with dark elements to turning it into another cliche Dark Age story.
    • Character arc-wise, Alex Power gets most of his rocky reputation with short-term and long-term fans from his stint with The New Warriors where he stole his siblings' powers and refused to give them back out of pure selfishness.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Franklin Richards, if his coming to visit being almost a selling point in some issues is any indication (issue 48 even blares "Franklin's Back!" across the front cover). He arguably got more development in Power Pack than in his family's comic. He even moved in with the Powers for a while during the tail end of the comic's run.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A brony would chuckle at how Whitemane could move at hypersonic speeds and leave behind a rainbow trail.
  • Narm: Having artists who regularly draw adults rather than kids most of the time has the tendency to create this effect, seeing how these kids late in the original run are depicted as overly buff with strange proportions.
  • Sidetracked by the Gold Saucer: Since the heroes are all preteen kids, it's not unnatural that this pops up from time to time. A good example from the all-ages series: when they are on their way to help the Avengers fight off Kang's army, they run past the greatest toy store of New York; Katie and Jack immediately forget about their superhero duties to admire the many toys in the display window.
  • Ugly Cute: Again in the new Power Pack series, specifically in Spider-Man and Power Pack #4. Katie is taken over by the Venom symbiote. The result? Venom with pigtails.


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