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22nd Jul '16 1:24:36 AM Tron80
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* Subverted with ComicBook/LexLuthor: the kryptonite ring that he used to bedevil Superman ends up giving him fatal radiation poisoning due to prolonged exposure. However, he cheats death because of his [[strike:brilliance]] JokerImmunity.
** Then played straight just before the ComicBook/{{New 52}} Relaunch: Luthor gains omnipotence and learns Superman's Clark Kent. However, he can only hold into that power if he never uses it to hurt anyone. ''Ever''. Not even Superman. The knowledge increases his anger and his desire to kill Superman, leading him to lose it all, and for good measure, sends him spiraling into the Phantom Zone.

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Subverted with ComicBook/LexLuthor: the kryptonite ring that he used to bedevil Superman ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' ends up giving him fatal radiation poisoning due to prolonged exposure. However, he cheats death because of his [[strike:brilliance]] JokerImmunity.
** Then played Played straight just before the ComicBook/{{New 52}} Relaunch: Luthor gains omnipotence and learns Superman's Clark Kent. However, he can only hold into that power if he never uses it to hurt anyone. ''Ever''. Not even Superman. The knowledge increases his anger and his desire to kill Superman, leading him to lose it all, and for good measure, sends him spiraling into the Phantom Zone.PhantomZone.
** Mentioned for being hilarious, the otherwise quite forgettable ''{{Comicbook/Superman}}'' vs. ''{{Dracula}}'' comic ended with Dracula draining Superman's blood and absorbing his power - at which point his ''[[YourHeadAsplode head exploded]]''. Superman, after all, is solar powered.
** In the ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' storyline ''The Trial of Superman'', Superman's brought to a tribunal to be judged in a case of SinsOfOurFathers for the near extinction of the Kryptonian race. This was brought on by Hank Henshaw, the Cyborg Superman. Not only was Superman deemed innocent in the end, but the tribunal member who had a major hard-on for trying to execute Supes is deposed for being blatantly insane, then executed for resisting arrest, and Henshaw himself is tried and convicted for the destruction of Coast City.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' story arc ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' provides several examples:
** When ''Comicbook/{{Lobo}} fought Supergirl, he thought of driving her irrationally mad so she was unable to fight effectively. So he pushed her {{Berserk Button}}s constantly, taunted her and mocked her until she flew off the handle... and pummelled him brutally.
** The King of planet Primeen got a judge shot to protect his son. His actions drove Sheko -the aforementioned judge- so furious that she became a [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern]] and killed them all.



* Mentioned for being [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]], the otherwise quite forgettable ''{{Comicbook/Superman}}'' vs. ''{{Dracula}}'' comic ended with Dracula draining Superman's blood and absorbing his power - at which point his ''[[YourHeadAsplode head exploded]]''. Superman, after all, is solar powered.
** A similar incident happened in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' - the teens discover that one of their newest companion is a vampire and, to save the others, Karolina offers herself to the vampire. When he goes to drain him, he realizes too late that Karolina is solar powered and he promptly explodes.

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* Mentioned for being [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]], the otherwise quite forgettable ''{{Comicbook/Superman}}'' vs. ''{{Dracula}}'' comic ended with Dracula draining Superman's blood and absorbing his power - at which point his ''[[YourHeadAsplode head exploded]]''. Superman, after all, is solar powered.
** A similar incident happened in
In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' - the teens discover that one of their newest companion is a vampire and, to save the others, Karolina offers herself to the vampire. When he goes to drain him, he realizes too late that Karolina is solar powered and he promptly explodes.



* In the ''ComicBook/{{Superman}} storyline ''The Trial of Superman'', Superman's brought to a tribunal to be judged in a case of SinsOfOurFathers for the near extinction of the Kryptonian race. This was brought on by Hank Henshaw, the Cyborg Superman. Not only was Superman deemed innocent in the end, but the tribunal member who had a major hard-on for trying to execute Supes is deposed for being blatantly insane, then executed for resisting arrest, and Henshaw himself is tried and convicted for the destruction of Coast City.
16th Jul '16 7:37:09 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* In an actual Archie story, Veronica designs and creates a beautiful ballroom gown, planning to wear it to the biggest dance of the year; Cheryl Blossom steals it in order to show her up and be the center of attention. Unfortunately for Cheryl, Veronica is a poor seamstress; the dress falls apart while she's wearing it. [[DefeatByModesty At the dance.]] (Still, this is a PyrrhicVictory for Veronica; while the result humiliates Cheryl, it also exposes her shoddy work.)
16th Jun '16 8:03:42 PM nombretomado
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* In the limited series ''The {{Thanos}} Quest'', the titular supervillain seeks (and ultimately attains) the [[CosmicKeystone Infinity Gems]] in order to [[AGodAmI become God]] and thus a worthy mate for [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Mistress Death]]. However, he miscalculates spectacularly when he discovers that omnipotence made him not her equal but ''superior'', preventing anything other than a servile relationship; for the extra kick in the teeth, he is now subjected to the (no pun intended) cold shoulder of the cosmic being, who considered his pursuit and attainment of godhood a heinous betrayal, and his subsequent attempts at wooing her back childish and insulting.

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* In the limited series ''The {{Thanos}} ComicBook/{{Thanos}} Quest'', the titular supervillain seeks (and ultimately attains) the [[CosmicKeystone Infinity Gems]] in order to [[AGodAmI become God]] and thus a worthy mate for [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Mistress Death]]. However, he miscalculates spectacularly when he discovers that omnipotence made him not her equal but ''superior'', preventing anything other than a servile relationship; for the extra kick in the teeth, he is now subjected to the (no pun intended) cold shoulder of the cosmic being, who considered his pursuit and attainment of godhood a heinous betrayal, and his subsequent attempts at wooing her back childish and insulting.
6th Jun '16 10:59:52 PM Anddrix
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* DC Comics did it to themselves with the way they've written Superboy-Prime. They've been having him say things like, "Everything is better on my Earth" and "Things were better the way they were before" and other things, but then they ultimately proved him right by doing exactly what Prime said they should do. Perhaps the best example though is the infamous line from Countdown "YOU'RE RUINING EVERYTHING!" ended up being right. Countdown was such a disaster that it was rendered non-canon immediately when it ended and thus so was everything Prime did during it.


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* Revka Temerlune Edifex Scyros III a.k.a The Psycho-Man from ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'' constantly put others under his blissful mind control, but could not feel the sense of bliss himself. Thanks to Reed causing a psychic backlash, Psycho-Man was placed in an eternal state of ignorant bliss while being unable to put anyone else in the same state ever again.
26th May '16 2:12:55 PM Chabal2
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* [[http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.fr/2012/07/the-man-who-tricked-devil.html A horror comic]] featured a lawyer who made a DealwithTheDevil... on the condition that they use the contract he'd prepared, an extremely LongList to account for every possible ambiguity or ExactWords that could lead to the Devil winning. The Devil curses but agrees, then points out the lawyer needs to sign the all the subclauses in the contract. The lawyer gets to it, then punctures his finger and draws blood, signing the first of many, many subclauses with his own blood, as is tradition. He's found dead in the morning of blood loss.
7th Apr '16 8:06:25 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In a [[ComicBook/{{Goofy}} Super Goof]] story, the Beagle Boys tricked the hero into taking a hunger amplifying formula; by the time Super Goof stopped eating and got his act together enough to look for the four crooks, he was so obese, he could barely keep airborne while flying. Nonetheless, he did so until he found them, and the Beagles made the mistake of laughing and telling a few fat jokes; then the hero finally ''could not'' stay airborne and crashed, right on top of the villains, apprehending them.
24th Mar '16 10:47:08 AM Goldfritha
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* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' arc "Confesions", the villains send the Confessor a message (via Altar Boy) that they know his secret, and they want him to not do something. The Confessor blinks, absorbs the knowledge that they only care about that act, and makes the deductions that allow him to throw a spanner in their plans. (Though [[spoiler:he's killed, and other superheroes have to do much of the work to finish the job.]])
24th Mar '16 8:48:01 AM Materioptikon
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* In ''ComicBook/WhatIf: ComicBook/{{Infinity}} - ComicBook/DarkReign'' we're shown a world where ComicBook/NormanOsborn gains control of the Infinity Gauntlet and uses it to take over the world and resurrect his father. However, despite all of this, his father shows him love not because he's done all of this, but just because he's his son. [[EvilCantComprehendGood Norman can't accept this]] and [[RetGone erases him from existence]]. It takes a moment before he realizes, whoops, he's just erased himself, too.

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* In ''ComicBook/WhatIf: ComicBook/{{Infinity}} - ComicBook/DarkReign'' we're shown a world where ComicBook/NormanOsborn gains control of the Infinity Gauntlet and uses it to take over the world and resurrect his father. However, despite all of this, his father shows him love not because he's done all of this, but just because he's his son. [[EvilCantComprehendGood [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Norman can't accept this]] and [[RetGone erases him from existence]]. It takes a moment before he realizes, whoops, he's just erased himself, too.
7th Mar '16 8:10:04 PM Vios
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* In ''ComicBook/DeepGravity'', the person responsible for the accident on ''Vanguard'' is not one of the survivors, having tried and failed to leave the ship before anyone noticed.
11th Feb '16 5:46:36 PM HamburgerTime
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* Amazing-Man was a very minor DC hero who had the ability to assimilate the properties of any non-organic substance he touched. He died in the pages of ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'' when a villain tricked him into assimilating glass [[LiterallytShatteredLives and then shattered him to pieces]].

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* Amazing-Man was a very minor DC hero who had the ability to assimilate the properties of any non-organic substance he touched. He died in the pages of ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'' when a villain tricked him into assimilating glass [[LiterallytShatteredLives [[LiterallyShatteredLives and then shattered him to pieces]].
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