History ComicBook / BlackestNight

13th Jul '17 10:14:23 PM rwe1138
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** Not to mention Black Lantern Firestorm. He manages to be funny even while ''[[spoiler:forcing the current Firestorm to turn his girlfriend into ash]].''

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** Not to mention Black Lantern Firestorm. He manages to be funny even while ''[[spoiler:forcing the current Firestorm to turn his girlfriend into ash]].salt]].''
19th Jun '17 6:38:19 AM system
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19th Jun '17 2:10:00 AM DeathToTVTropes
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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Johns must be a troper, because he came ''that'' close [[InvokedTrope to naming the trope]] when [[InvertedTrope Black Lantern Solovar]] showed up.

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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Johns must be a troper, because he came ''that'' close [[InvokedTrope to naming the trope]] when [[InvertedTrope Black Lantern Solovar]] showed shows up.
12th Jun '17 3:35:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* YouCantKillWhatsAlreadyDead: The comic is all about this. When the Black Lantern Corps is created, rings reanimate the dead (mostly meta-humans as well alien races) and the carriers gaining a quick regeneration and NighInvulnerability. [[spoiler:Discovered during the series that the only way to kill Black Lanterns are [[AllYourPowersCombined combining all Lantern powers]] or [[GoldAndWhiteAreDivine being a White Lantern]].]]
21st May '17 9:30:26 AM rafi
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* ForgottenFallenFriend: A meta example occurs in the ''Justice League of America'' tie-ins. A villain tells B-list heroine Doctor Light that once he kills her, the superhero community will briefly mourn but quickly forget about her. He then cites several superheroes (such as Triumph) who were all quickly forgotten about by both writers and fans after their deaths.
13th Mar '17 9:32:19 PM Xtifr
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'''Blackest Night''' is the big CrisisCrossover event for Franchise/TheDCU in 2009, written by Creator/GeoffJohns, intended to take a serious look at death in comics. It's a gigantic ZombieApocalypse featuring superheroes and supervillains being forced to fight against their loved ones risen from the grave. This involves plenty of [[NightmareFuel/BlackestNight Nightmare Fuel]] and [[Awesome/BlackestNight Crowning Moments of Awesome]] for everybody involved. The whole series is a detailed examination on what the ComicBookDeath actually means for the character involved, mixed with a nonstop intense thrill ride of action and kickass personal battles, fueled by a cosmic terror.

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'''Blackest Night''' ''Blackest Night'' is the big CrisisCrossover event for Franchise/TheDCU in 2009, written by Creator/GeoffJohns, intended to take a serious look at death in comics. It's a gigantic ZombieApocalypse featuring superheroes and supervillains being forced to fight against their loved ones risen from the grave. This involves plenty of [[NightmareFuel/BlackestNight Nightmare Fuel]] and [[Awesome/BlackestNight Crowning Moments of Awesome]] for everybody involved. The whole series is a detailed examination on what the ComicBookDeath actually means for the character involved, mixed with a nonstop intense thrill ride of action and kickass personal battles, fueled by a cosmic terror.
5th Mar '17 6:13:59 PM Scorntex
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* AnArmAndALeg: During the ''Doom Patrol'' tie-in, Niles Caulder's legs are frozen by his undead ex-wife. [[spoiler:And then they're shattered. Ouch.]]



* CowardlyLion: Gypsy, of the JLA. Her initial reaction to Black Lantern Vibe is total fear, until she summons up the courage to draw a knife.



* FightingFromTheInside: The Spectre tries doing this. Emphasis on ''tries''.



*** The JSA tie-in takes it further, with the newly-minted Black Lantern Damage pretending it's free of the same programming as the others, and sacrifices his "life" to take out the undead JSA. [[spoiler:It was all part of the plan to re-revive Earth-Two's Superman.]]



* IdiotBall: Ganthet already ''knows'' that when two or more people wear the light of avarice, they will inevitably end up fighting each other and no one else. Jordan has also heard this tale, first-hand from Larfleeze himself. Yet, they go ahead and send out an orange ring which deputizes ''Lex frickin' Luthor''. Not surprisingly, him and Larfleeze spend the entire showdown fighting with each other and make themselves completely useless; the Avarice light seems to have been brought along only for obligatory purposes. Justified for [[TokenEvilTeammate Red and Yellow rings]], as they at least had some measure of control and had been helping to take out Black Lanterns.

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* IdiotBall: IdiotBall:
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Ganthet already ''knows'' that when two or more people wear the light of avarice, they will inevitably end up fighting each other and no one else. Jordan has also heard this tale, first-hand from Larfleeze himself. Yet, they go ahead and send out an orange ring which deputizes ''Lex frickin' Luthor''. Not surprisingly, him and Larfleeze spend the entire showdown fighting with each other and make themselves completely useless; the Avarice light seems to have been brought along only for obligatory purposes. Justified for [[TokenEvilTeammate Red and Yellow rings]], as they at least had some measure of control and had been helping to take out Black Lanterns.Lanterns.
** Pretty much all of the JSA fall for the Black Lanterns' manipulations hook, line and sinker.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Guy Gardner has a long, long, ''long'' history of being this, but it's on full display when he's attacked by a Black Ring-controlled Ice, who gives him a prolonged WhatTheHellHero and asks for a MercyKill. From her P.O.V., Guy is shown not to be filled with anger (in fact, there's none whatsoever), but pure compassion.



* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: During the [=JLA=] tie-in, Zatanna is dragged away by the Black Lantern version of her father. She reappears at the end, having won. We never see how, though.



* TheUnreveal: In issue 5, the various Corps leaders all charge up their rings, having a roll call of their oaths - except for Larfleeze, who's hungry again. The Indigo Tribe oath can count, too; this is the first time we've heard it, but it's in [[{{Fictionary}} an alien language]]. Unlike Larfleeze's, though, the Indigo Tribe one DOES come with a reveal. [[spoiler: Abin Sur's name is part of the oath.]]

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* TheUnreveal: TheUnreveal:
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In issue 5, the various Corps leaders all charge up their rings, having a roll call of their oaths - except for Larfleeze, who's hungry again. The Indigo Tribe oath can count, too; this is the first time we've heard it, but it's in [[{{Fictionary}} an alien language]]. Unlike Larfleeze's, though, the Indigo Tribe one DOES come with a reveal. [[spoiler: Abin Sur's name is part of the oath.]]


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** During the Phantom Stranger's tie-in, one Black Lantern tries taking his heart, and gets a glimpse of all four versions of the Stranger's origins that have been given over the years. He just says it has seen "everything and nothing".
9th Sep '16 4:58:54 PM merotoker
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** At the end of the story, [[spoiler:Black Hand is kidnapped by the Indigo Tribe and is forced to feel compassion to counteract his natural sociopathic detachment from life.]] Considering the actions which he had caused through out the arc, the reader is less inclined to feel sorry for this fate.
** When Jason Rusch, the second Comicbook/{{Firestorm}}, [[spoiler:is absorbed by the undead Ronnie Raymond as his new Firestorm matrix, Jason is trapped inside Ronnie's head. Ronnie then proceeds to turn Jason's girlfriend into salt, while Jason is screaming in agony inside Ronnie's head. The fact that Ronnie's a dumb lug and only remembered the chemical formula for salt by reading it from Jason's mind and that Ronnie could not affect organic matter until he absorbed Jason, who COULD affect organic matter, made it infinitely worse.]]
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Jason confesses his feelings for Gehenna [[spoiler:as Black Lantern Firestorm kills her, with him trapped in the Firestorm matrix against his will.]]

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** At the end of the story, [[spoiler:Black Hand is kidnapped by the Indigo Tribe and is forced to feel compassion to counteract his natural sociopathic detachment from life.]] life]]. Considering the actions which he had caused through out the arc, the reader is less inclined to feel sorry for this fate.
** When Jason Rusch, the second Comicbook/{{Firestorm}}, [[spoiler:is absorbed by the undead Ronnie Raymond as his new Firestorm matrix, Jason is trapped inside Ronnie's head. Ronnie then proceeds to turn Jason's girlfriend into salt, while Jason is screaming in agony inside Ronnie's head. The fact that Ronnie's a dumb lug and only remembered the chemical formula for salt by reading it from Jason's mind and that Ronnie could not affect organic matter until he absorbed Jason, who COULD affect organic matter, made it infinitely worse.]]
worse]].
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Jason confesses his feelings for Gehenna [[spoiler:as Black Lantern Firestorm kills her, with him trapped in the Firestorm matrix against his will.]]will]].



** A number of people are legitimately back at the end: [[spoiler:Osiris, Jade, the first Captain Boomerang, Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond), Hawk (Hank Hall), Maxwell Lord, the Reverse-Flash, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Aquaman, the Martian Manhunter, and just to complicate matters, Deadman. Oh, and [[OhCrap The Anti-Monitor]].]]

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** A number of people are legitimately back at the end: [[spoiler:Osiris, Jade, the first Captain Boomerang, Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond), Hawk (Hank Hall), Maxwell Lord, the Reverse-Flash, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Aquaman, the Martian Manhunter, and just to complicate matters, Deadman. Oh, and [[OhCrap The Anti-Monitor]].]]Anti-Monitor]]]].



* BreakingSpeech: As they feed on the emotions of their victims, the Black Lanterns give these pretty much '''nonstop''' trying to draw a reaction from their former loved ones. Gets ''really'' old after a while for both the characters and reader, the former of which get annoyed [[ShutUpHannibal and react accordingly]]. Of course this puts the characters right where the Corp want them. As Damage puts it: "For the last time, '''shut your rotten face!'''" And then he gets his heart completely torn out when the Atom inspires him to fight on. It doesn't really matter what emotion you are feeling for the Black Lanterns to steal your heart. Just as long as it is a strong one. Damned if you do...

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* BreakingSpeech: BreakThemByTalking: As they feed on the emotions of their victims, the Black Lanterns give these pretty much '''nonstop''' trying to draw a reaction from their former loved ones. Gets ''really'' old after a while for both the characters and reader, the former of which get annoyed [[ShutUpHannibal and react accordingly]]. Of course this puts the characters right where the Corp want them. As Damage puts it: "For the last time, '''shut your rotten face!'''" And then he gets his heart completely torn out when the Atom inspires him to fight on. It doesn't really matter what emotion you are feeling for the Black Lanterns to steal your heart. Just as long as it is a strong one. Damned if you do...



* [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Comic Book Writers Have No Sense Of Scale]]: According to BN, life originated on [[spoiler: Earth. However Earth is only 5 billion years old, while the universe as a whole is about 13.]] Many other lifeforms besides the Guardians already existed by then - the Old Gods from the ComicBook/NewGods saga for example.

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* [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Comic Book Writers Have No Sense Of Scale]]: According to BN, life originated on [[spoiler: Earth. However Earth is only 5 billion years old, while the universe as a whole is about 13.]] 13]]. Many other lifeforms besides the Guardians already existed by then - the Old Gods from the ComicBook/NewGods saga for example.



* EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: [[{{Reconstruction}} Reconstructed]]: Besides being the center of the multiverse, [[spoiler:life originated on Earth, which is why Nekron is attacking it - the source of life remains there.]]

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* EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: [[{{Reconstruction}} Reconstructed]]: Besides being the center of the multiverse, [[spoiler:life originated on Earth, which is why Nekron is attacking it - the source of life remains there.]]there]].



* ForgotAboutHisPowers: The murder of Firestorm's girlfriend mentioned under StuffedInTheFridge gets pretty weird if you remember that Gehenna learned to [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleport]] before even learning to walk. Subverted in that she is mentioned as trying to teleport but the power of Black Lantern Firestorm currently holding her by the throat is preventing her from doing so.

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* ForgotAboutHisPowers: The murder of Firestorm's girlfriend mentioned under StuffedInTheFridge gets pretty weird if you remember that Gehenna learned to [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleport]] {{teleport|ation}} before even learning to walk. Subverted in that she is mentioned as trying to teleport but the power of Black Lantern Firestorm currently holding her by the throat is preventing her from doing so.



** The Spectre himself says that the only being worse than Nekron is the Anti-Monitor, and the series ends [[spoiler:with Nekron defeated but the Anti-Monitor alive and well.]]

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** The Spectre himself says that the only being worse than Nekron is the Anti-Monitor, and the series ends [[spoiler:with Nekron defeated but the Anti-Monitor alive and well.]]well]].



** Used with Damage, as well. Since ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', he's generally been a brooding anti-hero, fuelled mainly by his rage. Ray Palmer manages to talk to him, convincing the young man to set aside his anger, and he begins to feels hope again... and then Black Lantern Jean Loring punches his heart out. Just to make things worse, his is the final heart needed to activate the Black Lantern's central power battery.

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** Used with Damage, as well. Since ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', he's generally been a brooding anti-hero, fuelled mainly by his rage. Ray Palmer manages to talk to him, convincing the young man to set aside his anger, and he begins to feels feel hope again... and then Black Lantern Jean Loring punches his heart out. Just to make things worse, his is the final heart needed to activate the Black Lantern's central power battery.



** Poison Ivy has one of her {{Man Eating Plant}}s swallow Black Lantern Black Mask, with the plant digesting him faster than he can regenerate.

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** Poison Ivy ComicBook/PoisonIvy has one of her {{Man Eating Plant}}s swallow Black Lantern Black Mask, with the plant digesting him faster than he can regenerate.



* InNameOnly: [[spoiler:Deadman, after being one of the twelve revived by the White Light. Even he is aware of this.]]

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* InNameOnly: [[spoiler:Deadman, after being one of the twelve revived by the White Light. Even he is aware of this.]]this]].



** Not to mention Black Lantern Firestorm. He manages to be funny even while ''[[spoiler:forcing the current Firestorm to turn his girlfriend into ash.]]''

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** Not to mention Black Lantern Firestorm. He manages to be funny even while ''[[spoiler:forcing the current Firestorm to turn his girlfriend into ash.]]''ash]].''



* NeverMessWithGranny: In ''Blackest Night: Superman'' #3, Black Lantern Lois Kent from Earth-2 (died of old age in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'') gives a BreakingSpeech to Ma Kent. Ma Kent makes a torch and ''burns her'' and then sics ''Krypto'' on her.

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* NeverMessWithGranny: In ''Blackest Night: Superman'' #3, Black Lantern Lois Kent from Earth-2 (died of old age in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'') gives a BreakingSpeech [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speech]] to Ma Kent. Ma Kent makes a torch and ''burns her'' and then sics ''Krypto'' on her.



** Speaking of Hal, [[spoiler: his merging with the White Entity to trigger the creation of White Rings. Sure, it stops Nekron and brings back a lot of deceased characters. But one of those resurrected is Barry's arch-enemy, the Reverse-Flash. That means Hal's indirectly responsible for the events of ''The Flash: Rebirth'' and the murder of Barry's mom at Thawne's hands.]]

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** Speaking of Hal, [[spoiler: his merging with the White Entity to trigger the creation of White Rings. Sure, it stops Nekron and brings back a lot of deceased characters. But one of those resurrected is Barry's arch-enemy, the Reverse-Flash. That means Hal's indirectly responsible for the events of ''The Flash: Rebirth'' and the murder of Barry's mom at Thawne's hands.]]hands]].



* PeoplePuppets: Most Black Lanterns are puppeteered corpses. The handful that aren't are still puppeteered, just not quite dead yet - [[http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/5588/konbltrapped.jpg A "living" Black Lantern's soul is quite literally trapped]]; they can feel their body moving and hear the {{Breaking Speech}}es the ring spouts out, but cannot do anything to stop it.

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* PeoplePuppets: Most Black Lanterns are puppeteered corpses. The handful that aren't are still puppeteered, just not quite dead yet - [[http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/5588/konbltrapped.[[http://cdn.quotesgram.com/small/91/25/60057564-konbltrapped.jpg A "living" Black Lantern's soul is quite literally trapped]]; they can feel their body moving and hear the {{Breaking Speech}}es [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speeches]] the ring spouts out, but cannot do anything to stop it.



* RasputinianDeath: Not as elaborate as Darkseid's in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', but the way that Nekron was stopped was [[spoiler:by having the White Lanterns bring Black Hand to life, which caused Black Hand to vomit up White Rings. After one of them managed to destroy the Black Central Power Battery by resurrecting the Anti-Monitor, the rest of the White Rings vanquished Nekron completely]]. Even then, [[spoiler: it doesn't really kill Nekron - it just sent him back to the Land of the Unliving.]]

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* RasputinianDeath: Not as elaborate as Darkseid's ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}'s in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', but the way that Nekron was stopped was [[spoiler:by having the White Lanterns bring Black Hand to life, which caused Black Hand to vomit up White Rings. After one of them managed to destroy the Black Central Power Battery by resurrecting the Anti-Monitor, the rest of the White Rings vanquished Nekron completely]]. Even then, [[spoiler: it doesn't really kill Nekron - it just sent him back to the Land of the Unliving.]]Unliving]].



* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Earth has been targeted because it is where the Entity, the source of the White Light of Creation, first arrived in the universe and where it's hiding, meaning that life began on Earth, not Maltus (the Guardians' homeworld) and the Guardians tried to keep Earth off other races' radar to prevent them from threatening the Entity. Abin Sur learned this, but the Guardians' cover-up meant everyone thought he had lost it. Learning that his best friend was right when believed insane, Sinestro took this revelation poorly.]]

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* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Earth has been targeted because it is where the Entity, the source of the White Light of Creation, first arrived in the universe and where it's hiding, meaning that life began on Earth, not Maltus (the Guardians' homeworld) and the Guardians tried to keep Earth off other races' radar to prevent them from threatening the Entity. Abin Sur learned this, but the Guardians' cover-up meant everyone thought he had lost it. Learning that his best friend was right when believed insane, Sinestro took this revelation poorly.]]poorly]].



* VillainDecay: While this could be considered literally true for all the zombied Black Lanterns, other villains like Larfleeze are getting this treatment. In his first appearance he ruled over an entire solar system, possessed the power of an entire corps, dictated terms to the Guardians of the Universe and commanded his own army of wrathful shades. Now he appears much diminished after his first confrontation with the Black Lanterns and his artwork has changed as a result. He is also drawn much smaller and less menacing and seems now to be [[GoldfishPoopGang comic relief]] than anything. Justified as well. Saint Walker offers to curb Larfleeze's hunger with his blue ring for as long as he helps in the fight. Not the most sane choice when the man's power directly stems from how hungry he is. He also builds his Corps on the identities people he's killed with his ring & constructs, which alone can't really do much against already dead beings. And DependingOnTheArtist is effect for his size, of course.

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* VillainDecay: While this could be considered literally true for all the zombied Black Lanterns, other villains like Larfleeze are getting this treatment. In his first appearance he ruled over an entire solar system, possessed the power of an entire corps, dictated terms to the Guardians of the Universe and commanded his own army of wrathful shades. Now he appears much diminished after his first confrontation with the Black Lanterns and his artwork has changed as a result. He is also drawn much smaller and less menacing and seems now to be [[GoldfishPoopGang comic relief]] than anything. Justified as well. Saint Walker offers to curb Larfleeze's hunger with his blue ring for as long as he helps in the fight. Not the most sane choice when the man's power directly stems from how hungry he is. He also builds his Corps on the identities of people he's killed with his ring & constructs, which alone can't really do much against already dead beings. And DependingOnTheArtist is effect for his size, of course.
9th Apr '16 3:56:20 PM Eagal
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* AllYourColorsCombined: See below.
* AllYourPowersCombined: White Light which is created by combining the light of all seven Corps. It was supposed to be the only way to destroy Nekron (instead it helped him). Carol lampshades this, saying "I think I saw this on [[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers a Saturday morning cartoon]]." A regular Black Lantern can only be destroyed by being hit by a blast of light from at least two of the Corps, and one of them has to be a Green Lantern one.

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* AllYourColorsCombined: See below.
* AllYourPowersCombined:
The White Light which is created by combining the light of all seven Corps. It was supposed to be the only way to destroy Nekron (instead it helped him). Carol lampshades this, saying "I think I saw this on [[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers a Saturday morning cartoon]]." A regular Black Lantern can only be destroyed by being hit by a blast of light from at least two of the Corps, and one of them has to be a Green Lantern one.one.
* AllYourPowersCombined: As mentioned, the White Light.



* [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Everything's Better With Gorillas]]: Johns must be a troper, because he came ''that'' close [[InvokedTrope to naming the trope]] when [[InvertedTrope Black Lantern Solovar]] showed up.

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* [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Everything's Better With Gorillas]]: EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Johns must be a troper, because he came ''that'' close [[InvokedTrope to naming the trope]] when [[InvertedTrope Black Lantern Solovar]] showed up.



* [[HumanCannonBall Human Bullet]]: The various Corps used Dove as one against the Anti-Monitor.

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* [[HumanCannonBall Human Bullet]]: HumanCannonBall: The various Corps used Dove as one against the Anti-Monitor.



** Oh God, Atrocitus…
** ''Adventure Comics'' #5 managed to make Superboy-Prime into one of these.

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** Oh God, Atrocitus…
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Atrocitus. His entire race, including his wife and daughter were killed by Manhunters. Small wonder he's been on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge ever since.
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''Adventure Comics'' #5 managed to make Superboy-Prime into one of these.
28th Dec '15 8:11:13 AM Anddrix
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** Batman and Robin recruit Comicbook/{{Deadman}} and Comicbook/{{Etrigan}}, neither of whom the Black Lanterns can see, to bring them Mr. Freeze's cold gun, which they use to [[HarmlessFreezing freeze themselves solid]].

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** Batman and Robin recruit Comicbook/{{Deadman}} Deadman and Comicbook/{{Etrigan}}, neither of whom the Black Lanterns can see, to bring them Mr. Freeze's cold gun, which they use to [[HarmlessFreezing freeze themselves solid]].
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