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Due to the number of tropes present, ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' has been split into two pages. Tropes A To L can be found [[JusticeLeague/TropesAToL here]].
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!!This series provides examples of:

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* MacrossMissileMassacre: In "Panic in the Sky," [[spoiler:they were transport vessels full of SuperSoldiers sent to kill the League.]]
* MafiaPrincess: ComicBook/{{Huntress}} was one of these--and ''did not know''. She finds out the hard way.
* MagicPants: Mandragora's pants alone among his clothes survive Black Canary's Canary Cry, thank God.
** Also used in the case of Eiling's monster form in "Patriot Act."
* MagicVersusScience: Tala and Luthor argue about this in "Alive."
* MagicalDefibrillator: Hawkgirl's mace.
* MagiciansAreWizards: When Comicbook/{{Zatanna}} closes out [[StageMagician her show]], she tends to perform actual magic to give the audience a big finale. Instead of [[PullARabbitOutOfMyHat grabbing a rabbit]], she pulled a member of the audience out of her hat.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Black Canary's Canary Cry and Silver Banshee.
* ManBitesMan: When tied up in "Starcrossed," Wonder Woman bites the hand of the guard who is feeding her. [[RefugeInAudacity After she told him that she would not bite him]].
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Lex Luthor, mostly.
* ManiacMonkeys: Gorilla Grodd (an ape, not a monkey, but it is the closest trope we have) is one of the primary villains that the League faces.
* MarshmallowHell: Franchise/WonderWoman is carrying a shrunk-down Atom in her hands. She needs ''both'' of these to fight. [[VictoriasSecretCompartment Guess where she stuffs him?]]
* MassHypnosis: Joker tries this in "Wild Cards," though it is more of Mass Insanity.
* MasterOfAll: The second appearance of A.M.A.Z.O. is this with a bullet, thanks to PowerCopying turned UpToEleven.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It is never definitively established if Hawkman's theory about his and Hawkgirl's past lives in Ancient Egypt is true or not. The other characters are never truly convinced, and his beliefs might all be the result of damaged Thanagarian technology, but much of the story of their past lives does match their current relationships and characters.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Victor Rivers had trouble voicing the character of Hro Talak in "Starcrossed" as he descends into violence over the course of the episode. In real life, Rivers is a speaker and activist fighting DomesticAbuse and found the scenes where he essentially beats Hawkgirl to be particularly difficult.
* MeaningfulFuneral: In "Hereafter." [[spoiler:Of course, Superman comes back.]]
* MechanicalEvolution: A.M.A.Z.O.'s ability to evolve was so potent that, by his second appearance, he was already beyond being a machine.
* MercyKill: Hawkgirl putting [[spoiler:the reanimated Grundy]] out of his misery ([[ShootTheDog she even compares it to]] ''Film/OldYeller'').
* MercyLead: Given to the villains in "Destroyer."
* MessiahCreep: Flash, again.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}:
** In "The Once And Future Thing".
--->'''Chronos:''' Skedaddle! Time is money! ... [[ExpospeakGag Actually, time is the non-spatial continuum in which events occur linearly, usually in the direction of increased entropy]]. But the clowns seem to relate better to the money thing.
** Galatea has a pretty funny one:
--->'''Galatea:''' Boredom is my Kryptonite. Okay, actually [[ShapedLikeItself Kryptonite is my Kryptonite]]. [[ButIDigress But, you know what I mean.]]
* MeteorMove: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ywo6F4xYTvA Go Superman!! Give it to that murdering bastard Darkseid!!]]
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Vandal Savage in "Hereafter."]]
* MindControl: Grodd's signature move.
* MindOverManners: MartianManhunter.
* MindRape
** Doctor Destiny gains the power to enter and twist peoples' dreams in "Only A Dream."
** In "Hearts and Minds," Despero is using the flame of Pytar to empower legions of soldiers, but instead decides to mentally rape Katma Tui and Hawkgirl into personal slaves.
** Gorilla Grodd, after he eschews MindControl and just uses his PsychicPowers to cause debilitating pain in his enemies. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero He got those powers after the Flash had messed with his Mind Control helmet]].
** Ace of the Royal Flush Gang has the ability to make you insane just by looking at you, even when not in her physical presence. Simply seeing her on television can transfer her powers to you.
** When J'onn J'onzz ''really'' needs to learn how to pilot a spaceship, [[spoiler:he forces his way into Kragger's mind, whose Thanagarian physiology normally makes him immune to telepathy. It leaves Kragger catatonic immediately afterwards, and when he returns two seasons later, he is brain-damaged.]]
* MinoredInAssKicking: Batman, naturally.
* MirrorUniverse: "A Better World"
* MirrorSelf: In "A Better World," the Justice Lords are mirror versions of the Justice League. They show up again when Brainthor tries to stop the League from interfering in his ascension. Originally, there was no Flash Justice Lord, as he was killed in that universe; when Brainthor creates a fake Justice Lord mirror self, the copy's outfit is identical to that of Flash villain Reverse Flash.
* MissionControl: J'onn functions as one in ''Unlimited''; after he takes a sabbatical, the role is taken up by Mr. Terrific.
* TheMole: Up until the finale of ''Justice League'', [[spoiler:Hawkgirl]].
* MomentKiller:
** The Joker was one of the characters to [[EveryoneCanSeeIt comment on Hakwgirl and Green Lantern's sexual tension]], but he decreed that they would not get together on ''his'' show and detonated a bomb.
** Part of Kragger's HomoeroticSubtext is the fact that he keeps walking in on Hawkgirl and Hro Talak.
* MonowheelMayhem: Due to Vandal Savage's time-tampering, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII is filled with Nazis War Wheels, [[StupidJetpackHitler mammoth war machines that overwhelm Allied tanks and infantry alike]]. The War Wheels are originally from the Comicbook/{{Blackhawk}} series, and the Blackhawks themselves appear to help defeat the Axis.
* MonsterClown: [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker The original]]. Due to the Bat-embargo, however, he only appeared in two storylines.
* MonsterSobStory: Vandal Savage in "Hereafter."
* MonumentalBattle: Most notably in "Destroyer" but also in some other episodes.
* MoodWhiplash: "Hereafter," an otherwise very somber story about what everyone thinks was Superman's death, is quite literally interrupted by Lobo's brash and obnoxious entrance. Action scenes and scenes of Superman's wake are interspersed with the League's beleaguered attempts to deal with Lobo.
* MookChivalry: When Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Mirror Master and the Trickster decide to kill the Flash once and for all, they each takes turns with their own death traps one at a time. Eventually, [[DefiedTrope Captain Cold points out that taking turns is dumb]], [[CombatPragmatist and they decide to jump him together]].
* MonochromePast:
** In "For The Man Who Has Everything," Batman has an extended flashback to the day his parents died. Everything is, naturally, in black and white.
** In "The Ties That Bind," Mr. Miracle's flashbacks to this time in the X-Pit are all tinted blue.
** "Patriot Act" opens with a scene showing the Spy Smasher stealing the Captain Nazi formula during World War II. The scene is in black and white, [[RetrauxFlashback and also has different music and fight effects to emulate the style of film serials of the time]].
* MoralityChain: Supergirl's TwinTelepathy with her clone Galatea was slowly causing Galatea to develop a conscience, making it harder for Galatea to work as a hit man.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Where to begin?
* MostCommonSuperpower: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d with Galatea, which makes sense since she is pretty much a villainous {{expy}} for PowerGirl. Otherwise mostly averted, even with Wonder Woman, due to the art style used in the series.
* MostDefinitelyNotAVillain: "The Great Brain Robbery"
* MotiveDecay:
** Sinestro appeared in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''Justice League'' solely in pursuit of his vendetta against the [[Franchise/GreenLantern Green Lantern Corps]], and he only worked with other villains in pursuit of that goal. However, in Season 3 of ''Unlimited'', he works for profit and world domination/saving alongside the Legion of Doom even when it has nothing to do with the Corps.
** Bizarro in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' was a complicated character whose attempts to do good resulted in destruction because of crippling mental disabilities. In ''Unlimited'', however, he transforms into his comic counterpart ([[MultipleChoicePast one version of his comic counterpart, anyway]]) who simply has a bizarre tendency to reverse the intention of words and emotions, confusing "like" with "hate" and "good" with "bad." Although it's implied that Luthor manipulated him into this.
* TheMovie: There was a plan for a movie to bridge the change between ''Justice League'' and ''Unlimited'', titled ''Justice League: World's Collide''. Ultimately the movie [[WhatCouldHaveBeen never materialized]], but according to the WordOfGod, the majority of its content was incorporated into ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths''. Though the final production does not fit into the DCAU continuity, it addresses the expansion of the League's roster, the construction of a new, bigger Watchtower, and even where Wonder Woman got the Invisible Jet that she uses for the first time in "For the Man Who Has Everything."
* MrViceGuy: Comicbook/BoosterGold.
* MsFanservice: Comicbook/BlackCanary was the ''only'' reason Green Arrow stayed on with the League.
* MugglePower: Addressed very directly with the story arc about the US government and Amanda Waller's distrust of the League.
* MundaneUtility: John Stewart sometimes uses his power ring for minor everyday tasks that people use their regular arms and hands for, including picking up newspapers ("Legends") and to hold open elevator doors ("Task Force X").
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Played straight once and subverted twice:
** In the episode "Metamorphosis," a {{squick}}y example occurs when an extremely OverprotectiveDad (who loved his daughter maybe [[ParentalIncest a bit too much]]) did not like Rex Mason, his daughter's fiancée. He attempted to have Mason killed, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive while also forwarding his research outside of standard safety protocols]], and when that failed he pretended that the one who told him to do it was Green Lantern, Mason's old friend. He then shows Rex a photo of John Stewart and his fiancée embracing, which had been a brief hug to support her following Mason's accident but was taken out of context, and Rex then went after Green Lantern in a rage.
** Subverted in "Hunter's Moon." When the LoveTriangle between Shayera Hol, Mari and John Stewart begins to develop, the two women are ambushed by Thanagarian soldiers who want to put Hawkgirl on trial for war crimes. Vixen is captured and immediately offers to help the Thanagarians capture Shayera in exchange for her own freedom; she even [[InvokedTrope points out that they want the same man]] as a reason for the Thanagarians to trust her. However, as soon as she gains their trust, she disables her guards and hijacks their ship in order to save herself ''and'' Shayera. The two women [[CharacterDevelopment actually become good friends]], despite the continuous friction of the [[UnresolvedSexualTension tension]] between Shayera and John. When the triangle evolves into a Love Quadrilateral with the addition of Carter "Hawkman" Hall, who believes himself to be the reincarnated true love of Shayera, the trope is subverted again when the Shadow Thief offers him John's life. Hawkman, [[IncorruptiblePurePureness being the hero]], refuses and frees Stewart so they can defeat the Shadow Thief together.
* MusicalEpisode: "This Little Piggy," which featured songs performed by both Circe and Batman.
* MustMakeAmends: Hawkgirl
* MutualEnvy: In the episode "Metamorphosis," John Stewart sees that his former Marine buddy, Rex Mason, has it nice:
-->'''John Stewart''': I've never thought much about the choices I've made. Maybe if I'd taken the other road, I'd be where Mason is now. Rich, successful...
-->'''Hawkgirl''': (''wryly'') And engaged to a beautiful woman?
-->'''''After John promises Sapphire Stagg he'll bring Rex home safe'''''
-->'''Sapphire Stagg''': No wonder he always looked up to you.
-->'''John Stewart''': (''puzzled'') Me? He's the one who had it made.
-->'''Sapphire Stagg''': No. He watches you on the news all the time. He still misses it being in action, saving people's lives. I think he'd trade places with you in a minute.
-->'''John Stewart''': Guess it's true about what they say about "the grass always being greener."
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Comicbook/CaptainAtom is manipulated into turning against the League and fighting Superman during the Cadmus arc by General Eiling. When Huntress mocks him, he simply replies "I've got my orders, Ma'am."
* MyEyesAreUpHere: Zatanna to B'wana Beast.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** VandalSavage is a bit unhappy that he destroyed the world and wiped out humanity.
** Superman had a bit of this in "Clash" after he realized he'd been tricked into trashing Luthor's reconstruction benefit because he thought he saw a bomb down there and beat up poor Captain Marvel for nothing.
* MyGrandsonMyself: Vandal Savage poses as his own grandson during his CivilianVillain stage in "Maid of Honor."
* MythArc: The second season episode "A Better World" began a storyline that reached through the following two seasons. It was unintended by the producers; they were just trying to make a couple of good episodes and did not plan to continue the story past those episodes. The arc eventually (retroactively) was pushed back to the final episode of Superman's series, as his actions in that episode prompted much of the government involvement that was expanded when the U.S. government realized how much of a threat the expanded JL potentially posed to the population. Again, the entire thing was unintentional, but it fit together awfully well.
* MythologyGag:
** In the episode "Paradise Lost:Part 1," Wonder Woman saves a little girl name Cassie andcalls her little sister. A refrences to Cassie Sandsmark who is the current Wonder Girl.
** Martian Manhunter enjoys Oreos in "Comfort and Joy," which are his TrademarkFavoriteFood in the comics.
** Most episode titles are based on various DC Comic series, like "Brave and the Bold" and a clever one in "Wild Western Stories."
** In "The Once And Future Thing," where members of the League go to the future and meet an older Batman, when the current Batman is warned that things in the future are different he asks his older self, "Are criminals still superstitious and cowardly?"
** In "Starcrossed," Batman wears a diplomat disguise to infiltrate the Thanagarian warship. His disguise greatly resembles Alan Napier, who played Alfred in the Creator/AdamWest ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series.
** In "A Better World," Batman's password is the date of his first appearance in Detective Comics: 91939 (September, 1939).
** In "Secret Society," Grodd's society (Himself/Sinestro/Shade/Giganta/Clayface/Killer Frost) charging toward the League in a balls-out glorious homage to the old ''[[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Challenge of the Superfriends]]'' intro.
** "Chaos at the Earth's Core" opened with several heroes fighting a giant turtle rampaging through Tokyo. The turtle itself is actually from an old Comicbook/JimmyOlsen comic, which featured Jimmy turning ''into'' that giant turtle. Commentary on the DVD reveals that they chose not to go that exact route in order to avoid having to explain why the giant turtle turned into a naked Jimmy Olsen when it was defeated, but the turtle itself was left in as an homage.
** In "Task Force X," Plastique is tended to by Comicbook/CaptainAtom after she is injured and left behind by the rest of the team. In the comics, the two end up getting married.
** In "Injustice For All," in the first fight between Lex's group and the League, a statue of [[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Zan and Jayna]] is [[TakeThat smashed]].
** In "Comfort and Joy," the cat that lives in the Kents' house is pretty clearly Streaky the Super-Cat. It has no powers, however.
** When Franchise/WonderWoman needs to switch from civilian clothes to superhero outfit in "To Another Shore," she uses the transformation sequence from the 1970s [[Series/WonderWoman Lynda Carter TV show]].
** General Eiling's giant mutated form is identical to the Shaggy Man body he transfers his mind into in the comics, although the character, method and storyline are completely different. The group of heroes at the parade in that episode were an amalgamated lineup of the Seven Soldiers of Victory.
** Tom Turbine in "Legends" explains a vibration-based multiverse theory which is pretty close to how the pre-Crisis DC multiverse worked.
** When Brainthor creates robot Justice Lords to distract the League, he's forced to create a new one for Flash (since Flash's death was what created the Justice Lords in the first place). The being he creates is nearly identical to Professor Zoom AKA The Reverse Flash.
** "Ancient History" tells the story of Hawkman and Hawkgirl's original selves in Ancient Egypt. It is said that Teth Adam paid tribute to them. Teth Adam is the man who would become BlackAdam in DC's mainstream continuity.
** In "Alive," Cheetah and Bizarro are the ones to hook up Lex's machine in space, likely a callback to ''Wanted: The Superfriends'', where the Legion rewired the JL satellite to make the world into slave clones of the two.
** "Eclipsed" features a talk-show host named Gordon "Glorious" Godfrey. In the [[ComicBook/NewGods Fourth World]] of DC comics, Glorious Godfrey was one of the New Gods of Apokolips who served Darkseid, and in the miniseries ''Legends'' posed as a talk-show host on Earth named G. Gordon Godfrey.
** Also from "Eclipsed": one of the possessed characters (as per another's sarcastic suggestion), in order to attract the JL, "puts on a gaudy costume and threatens to hurt a lot of people". He ends up looking '''exactly''' like the original comic book version of Eclipso (who has a very different origin and background).
* NayTheist: Hawkgirl, and Thanagarians in general, renounced [[EldritchAbomination Ichthultu]] and no longer bow down to any higher power. She ''believes'' in Ichthultu, though--enough to smash his brain in with her energy mace.
* NecktieLeash: Huntress likes to do this to The Question.
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: In "The Greatest Story Never Told," Booster Gold tells the transporter technician to "Energize!", [[ShoutOut which is the command used in]] ''Franchise/StarTrek''. The technician in turn calls Booster a "doofus."
* NeverSayDie: Completely averted, as characters never shied away from talking bluntly about death or killing.
* NeverSleepAgain: In "Only a Dream," Batman and the Martian Manhunter fight Doctor Destiny, a villain who can trap people within their dreams, and they have to try to stay awake to fight him.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** In the first episode, Superman's assistance in dismantling Earth's nuclear arsenal in pursuit of world peace removes the planet's defenses against the Imperium invasion.
** Hawkgirl in "Eclipsed" when she [[spoiler:smashes the crystal, which turns the one-possession device into a ''multi-''possession device]]. An OhCrap by the Flash follows as soon as he realized what she had done.
** Superman destroying Lexor city while fighting with Captain Marvel in "Clash."
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[Comicbook/{{Blackhawk}} Blackhawk Island]] is protected by, among other things, Flying Robot Gunsharks.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: A couple of times most notably in "Destroyer."
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Harv Hickman in "A Knight of Shadows" used the Philosopher's Stone to wish for money and women. By the time the episode takes place, he is a [[Magazine/{{Playboy}} magazine]] publisher (Flash [[IReadItForTheArticles reads it for the articles]]), owning a familiar-looking mansion complete with a Grotto. Some of his lines to Wonder Woman count as GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
* NoGravityForYou: When SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor and Franchise/TheFlash go through a FreakyFridayFlip, Mr. Terrific pulls this to try and stop Luthor. Lex figures out how to fly in the zero gravity, but Mr. Terrific uses that against him too. An interesting use of dueling brains by two of the smartest humans.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: When Shayera and Mari are exercising in the League gym, Mari, while running on a treadmill, advises Shayera to go easy on the weight machine [[DiscussedTrope since men often do not enjoy the ripped, bulky look]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Frequently.
* NoImmortalInertia: Happens to Mordred in "Kid Stuff."
* NoMedicationForMe: The Trickster suffers from delusional episodes that are treated with regular medication; when he stops taking his medication, he relapses into villainous activity. [[TruthInTelevision He explains that he feels he no longer needs his medication, since he takes them when he is feeling "down."]] Flash points out to him that he is wearing his villain costume again, which the Trickster was not even aware of, and that it is important he turn himself in to the police and resume his medication. [[FriendlyEnemy Trickster agrees after Flash promises to visit him and play darts (the soft kind)]].
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Batman believes this of {{Darkseid}} in "Twilight," but Superman is [[GenreSavvy more skeptical]]. Oddly for this trope, [[spoiler:Darkseid does ''not'' survive. [[BackFromTheDead He gets better through]].]] They learn from experience, though; when much is made about Darkseid having been stopped by the sacrifice of Luthor (of all people), there is the calm prediction, "They'll ''both'' be back."
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup
* NoSell: Downpour versus Aquaman
-->King of the Seas, remember?
** In the first episode, Batman tosses a Batarang at someone he thinks is an ordinary {{mook}}, but is actually a White Martian in disguise. Instead of dodging out of the way or going intangible, the Martian just lets the Batarang bounce harmlessly off her forehead.
* NoSwastikas: In "The Savage Time," the words "Nazi" nor "Hitler" are never uttered, even though we see Hitler in a jar in one point. No swastikas are seen in flashbacks where they would be expected (one shot of Hitler speaking at a rally has a large backdrop German Eagle clutching an empty wreath, for instance). Later uses of the Vandal Savage symbol, however, are justified in that he replaced the swastika with his emblem after usurping Hitler. However, the effect is the same as if they ''had'' used swastikas, as his logo is essentially the S-rune of the ''SS'' on a white disc on a red background.
* NoWaterProofingInTheFuture: In "Injustice For All," Batman shorts out Lex Luthor's stasis field by spitting a mouthful of water into it.
* NobleDemon: {{Etrigan}}, literally. He's a "good" guy who happens to be a fire-breathing monster from Hell.
* NoodleIncident:
** "The Savage Time" begins with most of the League returning from a mission in space. Green Lantern complains about how he had to use his ring to drag everybody else across the galaxy, and Flash consoles him with the fact that they at least won the battle, but what they actually did is never expounded upon.
** In "The Great Brain Robbery," when Flash is trying to prove he is really Flash and not Lex Luthor:
-->'''Flash:''' Until he went off to the Marines, GL's nickname was...
-->'''Green Lantern:''' Stop! It's him! You promised never to repeat that story!
-->'''Flash:''' I know. I was just messing with your head.
* NotBrainwashed:
** Grodd's accomplice in "The Brave and the Bold."
** Of the "Not Blackmailed" variety, [[Comicbook/SuicideSquad Task Force X]] is filled with [[BoxedCrook criminals forced into service to the US government]], led in the field by Colonel Flagg. At the end of the episode, Deadshot asks Flagg just what it is that Amanda Waller has on him which makes him such a loyal and determined lackey. Flagg explains that she doesn't have a thing on him; his loyalty is ''genuine''.
* NotGrowingUpSucks: Mordred.
* NotQuiteFlight: The Flash once improvised "flight" when falling to his death during "I Am Legion." By spinning his arms, he created a cushion of air, likening himself to a helicopter before comically falling to the ground.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Martian Manhunter playing [[WritingAroundTrademarks Brawlin' Bots]] with Flash.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: Wonder Woman rescued Steve Trevor after he was forced to abandon the plane he was flying, and caught him with only a few feet to spare before he hit the ground. He showed absolutely no negative effects from his sudden deceleration.
* NotWhatISignedOnFor: Lex Luthor's reaction when he finds out what Grodd actually has planned for their Legion of Doom. Not because he felt it was too evil, but because turning the world into apes was really ''stupid''.
* NothingPersonal:
** When [[spoiler:Hawkgirl]] says that her attacking Green Lantern was not personal, his only response is "[[DefiedTrope keep telling yourself that."]]
** Although the Question explained that his hatred of Lex Luthor was [[Literature/GulliversTravels brobdingnagian]], he points out that his actions are not personal, but just a necessary step to keep the League from turning on humanity.
* NowIKnowWhatToNameHim: Implied with Shayera at the end of "Ancient History", after John tells her about his meeting of Warhawk (their future son) and that even though he loves her [[ScrewDestiny he will not be destiny's puppet]]. She goes to Batman, sits down beside him and gently requests; "Tell me about my son".
* NukeEm: [[GeneralRipper General Wade Eiling's]] ''first thought'' after he is told to fix the Doomsday situation is to drop a nuclear warhead on Doomsday and, by extension, Superman and San Baquero. Since Eiling planned to get to Superman eventually and had long wanted to stop drug smuggling from San Baquero, he considered it killing three birds with one stone.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: The episodes "The Brave and the Bold", "Divided We Fall", and "Flash and Substance" shows that Flash only '''acts''' like a fool.
* ObligatoryJoke: From "Dead Reckoning". The {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* OddFriendship:
** Romantic variation is shown with Huntress and the Question. The only common ground they seem to have is that other League members consider them both - for different [[ConspiracyTheorist reasons]] - to be a bit nuts.
** Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} and Comicbook/GreenArrow bond in "Initiation," the first episode of ''Unlimited'', and are frequently shown conversing and cooperating throughout the series. She and Green Lantern also spend a lot of screen-time together and banter freely and warmly, but they have a more traditional mentor/student role instead of partnership.
** Hawkgirl and Solomon Grundy.
** Vigilante is a stereotypical cowboy, Shining Knight is a medieval knight. In "Patriot Act", they were watching a movie together before a mission.
* OfficerOHara: In "Legends."
* OfficialCouple: Several, including Superman/Lois, Green Arrow/Black Canary, Supergirl/[[spoiler:Brainiac 5]], and Question/Huntress, also [[spoiler:Warhawk's existence implies John Stewart and Shayera, though at the end of the series they are no longer a couple. WordOfGod has stated they will get together eventually]].
* OhCrap:
** When Cronos throws Chucko into the Cretaceous period.
-->'''Chucko (to a T. Rex):''' You think I'm scared?! I'll be running this place in a we-
--> *looks up to see a meteor*
--> Oh phooey.
** Green Lantern and Green Arrow, when Superman asks them the name of the "boy" who kept Supergirl in the future. [[spoiler:He is named Brainiac. But it is a nice version of him. Seriously.]]
** Lex Luthor and the Legion Of Doom travel halfway across the universe to find Brainiac, who Lex Luthor wants to fuse with to recover godlike power. They find the supposed essence of Brainiac in the cosmic dust and reconstitute him... [[spoiler: only to find out it is NOT Brainiac, but DARKSEID.]] MassOhCrap!
** Waller realizing that Luthor played her, immediately followed by Hamilton realizing Luthor's plan. [[spoiler:He's stolen enough Cadmus tech to build himself a second, mindless A.M.A.Z.O., and then transfer his mind into it.]]
** In "Grudge Match" after Black Canary and Huntress have worked to free Vixen and Hawkgirl from Roulette's mind control, the cage opens and in walks a brainwashed Wonder Woman.
-->'''Vixen:''' Does anyone have a plan?
-->'''Hawkgirl:''' Yeah, stay alive.
-->'''Huntress:''' Does anyone have a ''good'' plan?
** In "Divided We Fall," when Luthor believes [[spoiler:he killed the Flash]] he chuckles to himself before looking up to see that Superman is...displeased.
* OhMyGods: Wonder Woman is a serial offender ("Great Hera!" "Hera, give me strength!"); it becomes a plot point in "The Terror Beyond".
* OldMaster: Named, appropriately enough, The Master. He was one of Batman's martial arts trainers and also serves as an advisor to the deceased SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadman}}.
* OminousLatinChanting: In the climax of "The Once and Future Thing: Time Warped" when Chronos attempts to [[InTheirOwnImage remake the Universe in his own image.]]
* OneOfUs: In-universe, [[StalkerWithACrush Hawkman]] is a frequent browser of "I Hate Hawkgirl" websites where he is constantly banned for [[ComplainingAboutPeopleNotLikingTheShow flaming]] the other members. Batman, when discussing Hawkman's activities, correctly uses the term "flame" to describe on-line hostility.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted, as both John Stewart and J'onn J'onzz regularly go by their real names, though the pronunciation is slightly different (''J'onn'' is pronounced closer to the French ''Jean''.) Flash sneaks in a gag about "the Two Johns" at one point.
* OneWingedAngel
** The first to appear in the series would be Hades, who at first shows up looking like a regular guy in Greek-esque armor. Later, his face gets burned off and we see "his true face"; a grey-skinned, demonic-looking monster, with horns, an elongated jaw and multiple forked tongues.
** At the climax of the Cadmus arc, [[spoiler:Luthor is abducted by Brainiac, first becoming a monstrous human/mechanical chimera, then becoming a true union of flesh and steel when he unites with Brainiac for the final conflict with the Justice League]].
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Batman is able to convince the Ultra-Humanite to double-cross the Injustice Gang by offering double what Lex Luthor was paying. Humanite then donates it to public broadcasting.
* OpponentSwitch: The Original Seven opt to do this against the fake Justice Lords in "Divided We Fall" so as to avoid their respective HannibalLecture.
* OptOut: Captain Marvel.
* OurHeroIsDead: Superman in "Hereafter".
* OurGhostsAreDifferent[=/=]OurSoulsAreDifferent: Deadman and Gentleman Ghost.
* OurWormholesAreDifferent: They not only provide FasterThanLightTravel (which the League does ''not'' [[ReedRichardsIsUseless share with the world]]), it also sucks nasty dark matter out of the Sun.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Solomon Grundy.
* OutOfCharacterAlert: Flash finally recognizes that the person they are speaking to is not Batman, despite the fact that they are obviously the same person, when he grabs a gun from a subordinate and wields it himself.
* OutsideContextVillain: "Starcrossed" opens with the League patrolling Washington, D.C. because Batman has received a tip that terrorists are planning to attack a summit of world leaders. In the first scene they are instead attacked by a Gordanian spaceship and are rescued by the Thanagarians, who explain that Earth has now been dragged into their interstellar war.
* OutsideTheBoxTactic: In the episode "Hawk and Dove", the Annihilator defeats entire armed factions by feeding off aggression and hostility. When [[ActualPacifist Dove]] faces the machine and neither attacks it nor fights back in self defense, the machine shuts down.
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* PapaWolf: [[PapaWolf Never threaten Aquaman's kid.]]
* ParentalBonus: Many, see the [[Radar/JusticeLeague Crap Past the Radar page]] and MythologyGag.
* ParentalSubstitute:
** Wildcat helped train and mentor Comicbook/BlackCanary when she was just getting started.
** Oberon to Mister Miracle.
** Galatea calls Dr. Hamilton "Daddy". Hamilton is visibly unnerved by the situation, since he is potentially sending her to her death.
* PerpetualFrowner: Ace's permanent frown is so pronounced it is funny.
* PhantomZone: A slightly ironic use, where Franchise/{{Batman}} becomes disgruntled with Franchise/{{Superman}} after he sends Doomsday into the literal Phantom Zone. The plot really isn't trying to cover up the fact Batman's anger is treating it as giving someone an actual death sentence.
* PhysicalGod:
** Ares, Hades and Darkseid and the Comicbook/NewGods.
** Future!Ace from the Royal Flush gang.
* PianoDrop: In "This Little Piggy", Zatanna attacks Circe with with a barrage of items (Chair, table, tablecloth) as Circe keeps trying to get out a "WhoDares" exclamation. She caps it off with a piano, which ''finally'' gets Circe to stop trying to complete her line.
* PiggybackingOnHitler: In "The Savage Time", Vandal Savage in the present builds a time machine and sends a laptop back to himself during World War II, containing future history and schematics for technology. Past-Vandal then joins the Nazis and rapidly rises through the ranks until he usurps Hitler himself, becoming the new Führer. Vandal Savage does not really care about Nazi ideals; he just wanted to use them to conquer the world for himself.
* PistolWhipping: [[PlayingWithATrope Of a sort]]. After they both run completely out of arrows in "Patriot Act", Green Arrow and Speedy charge at their enemy swinging their bows as blunt instruments. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope They are both effortlessly knocked down without actually hitting the enemy]].]]
* PlayingWithFire: [[CaptainObvious Fire]] and [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Volcana]].
* PoirotSpeak: The Germans in "The Savage Time" speak English, [[TranslationConvention even amongst themselves]], but occasionally slip in a "Jawohl" and "Mein Fuhrer."
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: The aversion of NoEqualOpportunityTimeTravel in "The Once and Future Thing". John Stewart enters the typical Western saloon unmolested, an act that would pretty much be courting death in the 19th century. Granted, he has a GreenLanternRing, but still...
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Aquaman antagonizes Shayera Hol when they are playing chess, making sexist remarks regarding her skill as a warrior and worthiness as an opponent, [[SubvertedTrope but is really just trying to get a reaction out of her since she is in an emotional funk]].
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Mongul
* PostVictoryCollapse:
** Professor Hamilton in "Question Authority".
** "Only a Dream" had Batman, who'd been awake for ''three days straight'' before having to face Dr. Destiny, a villain who can creep into a sleeping person's dreams, must take measures to keep himself awake even longer: a triple-strength coffee, a broken windshield which gives him a rush of cool air to keep him awake, and ''Frere Jacques'' playing in his mind. Once Dr. Destiny is defeated through accidentally sedating himself, Batman is seen asleep at the Watchtower Sickbay, snoring.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: In [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries his own series]], a tough enough Mook could give Batman trouble (or at least slow him down). Here, he can land kicks on Darkseid - okay, it does not really do anything, but still. In-Universe, gradual power creep is shown in "Only a Dream" to be Superman's greatest nightmare. He keeps getting bigger and stronger and is unable to control his powers. Used as a great MythologyGag, no less: "I started with no power at all, and I kept getting more. What if it never stops?"
* PowerLossMakesYouStrong: Green Lantern in "The Savage Time", Superman in "Hereafter", Supergirl in "Chaos at the Earth's Core".
* PowerNullifier: Used by Luthor on the Justice Lords.
* PowerPerversionPotential: [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Implied]].
* PowerTrio: DC's "Big Three": Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Spotlighted in "For the Man Who Has Everything".
* PowerWalk: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p81_kAFdyr8 Intro for Seasons One and Two]] featured this in [[RuleOfCool sloooow mooooootiiiiioooonnn]].
* PoweredArmor: Worn by Luthor and Steel. S.T.R.I.P.E starts of as more of a MiniMecha before gradually becoming more like this in the final season.
* PresentPeeking: Superman/Clark Kent's parents use lead foil which blocks his x-ray vision so he can't peek.
* PresidentEvil: Lordverse Lex Luthor.
* PrincelingRivalry: Aquaman is the strong first born betrayed by his scheming younger half brother Orm/Ocean Master. Orm chains Aquaman and his newborn son to the side of a cliff that's falling into magma. Aquaman gets one arm free and uses it to chop of his other hand so he can get out in time, and then goes to attack Orm directly.
* ProfessorGuineaPig: [[CatGirl Cheetah]].
* ProphecyTwist: "Far From Home".
* {{Proud Warrior Race G|uy}}irl: Hawkgirl. Also Draaga in "War World".
* PsychicStatic: Batman humming "Frere Jacques" at Doctor Destiny.
* PsychopathicManchild:
** Toyman
** [[spoiler: Ray]] in "Legends". [[spoiler:He would have been around fifty by the time of the events of the episode, but continued to live out his fantasies as a young teenager.]]
* PullARabbitOutOfMyHat: When Comicbook/{{Zatanna}} is closing out [[StageMagician her performance]], she proclaims that she will pull a rabbit out of her hat. [[MagiciansAreWizards She grabs someone from the audience instead]].
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh:
** Happens to Superman during the prison break in "Starcrossed"; his cell was specifically designed to sap his powers, and he had not fully recovered yet.
** Happens rather humorously to Downpour against Aquaman in "Ultimatum". Downpour tried to crush Aquaman by turning into a tidal wave, which did nothing, followed by Aquaman backhanding him.
--> '''Aquaman''': "King of the Sea, remember?"
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: A staple of the series as superpowered beings, and even some non-superpowered beings, toss people hither and yon.
* PuppeteerParasite: Eclipso
* PutOnABus:
** Hawkgirl was originally put on a bus, but she came back.
** Supergirl.
** J'onn J'onzz left on a bus and returned [[BackForTheFinale just in time]] for a [[Awesome/JusticeLeague Crowning Moment of Awesome]] in the GrandFinale.
** When A.M.A.Z.O. was put on the bus [[LongBusTrip he was never seen again]]. Apparently, they meant to turn this into a BrickJoke in the last episode, but, ironically enough, they forgot.
* PuttingOnTheReich: "Hearts and Minds"
* RaceAgainstTheClock: "Wild Cards," which takes place in RealTime as the League attempts to defuse several bombs that the Joker has placed throughout Las Vegas.
* RagnarokProofing: The League's SpaceBase. Vandal Savage notes it did not fall out of orbit for quite close to 30,000 years, and after all that time and going through re-entry, some technology in it still works. "[[LampshadeHanging A marvel of engineering]]" indeed!
* RapidFireFisticuffs: By Flash.
* TheRealHeroes: "Patriot Act".
* RealTime: The majority of "Wild Cards" takes place in real time, with a TickingClock on screen keeping track.
* RealityEnsues: It turns out carrying a chunk of radioactive rock in your pocket will not only fend off a Kryptonian, but also give you cancer. Batman at least had the good sense to store his chunk in a lead-shielded compartment in his utility belt.
* RealityWarper
** Ace develops reality warping powers some time after "Wild Cards," [[spoiler: [[TearJerker which also leads to her death]]]].
** Mordred in "Kid Stuff" with an AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome.
* ReallyGetsAround: Tala. Luthor, Grodd, alludes to past history with Felix Faust (All apparently more power plays than anything else) and even manages to [[FreakyFridayFlip sneak in]] [[{{Pun}} a quickie]] with Franchise/TheFlash.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: J'onn, Vandal Savage, Morgaine le Fey and her son, Mordred. [[spoiler: Mordred ultimately loses his eternal youth in the episode "Kid Stuff" [[FateWorseThanDeath and ends up rapidly degrading to his true age]].]]
* RealMenWearPink: "Double Date" opens with two of Mandragora's bodyguards discussing a recipe for scones.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** The MirrorUniverse Luthor gives one to that dimension's Superman at the beginning of a "A Better World", pointing out that he could have stopped Luthor years ago if only he had killed him. This version of Superman takes him up on the suggestion.
** [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] gives one to the Original Seven in "Clash" (particularly Superman) over their recent actions.
--->'''Captain Marvel:''' My whole life, I've looked up to the League. You were my heroes. Every one of you. ''(to Superman)'' And you, you were more than a hero. I idolized you. I wanted to be you. Whenever I was out there, facing down the bad guys, I'd think, "[[WhatWouldXDo What would Superman do?]]" Now I know… I believe in fair play. I believe in taking people at their word and giving them the benefit of the doubt. Back home, I've come up against my share of pretty nasty bad guys, but I never had to act the way they did to win a fight. I always found another way. I guess I'm saying I like being a hero. A symbol. And that's why... I'm quitting the Justice League. You don't act like heroes anymore.
* RedHeadedHero:
** The Flash. When she sees it for the first time, Wonder Woman says that red hair suites him.
** Hawkgirl, the fiery, [[BoisterousBruiser boisterous]] character.
** [[spoiler: and TheQuestion, without his mask.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Hawk and Dove, who are colored according to the philosophies they personify, but coincidentally embody many of the personality traits of this trope as well.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Solomon Grundy.
* ReincarnationRomance: Between John Stewart and Hawkgirl... {{maybe|MagicMaybeMundane}}.
* RelationshipUpgrade: In "Wild Cards" in season two John and Shayera go from teammates [[BelligerentSexualTension who bicker and argue a lot]] to an OfficialCouple.
* ReligionIsMagic: When Felix Faust begins wreaking havoc in [[ClassicalMythology Tartarus]], only the magic-based heroes are affected.
* RememberTheNewGuy:
** Hawkgirl had never shown up anywhere onscreen in the {{DCAU}} continuity prior to her first appearance in the three-part premiere episode "Secret Origins," but the other main characters evidently already knew who she was.
** John Stewart, the Green Lantern, also counts, though his example isn't as obvious because the Green Lantern Corps and their various members had already been shown in the earlier ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "In Brightest Day".
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Villains Copperhead and Eclipso.
* RescueRomance: The precise details are not revealed, but Big Barda mentions that she was a slave on Apokolips before Scott Free, her future husband, freed her from her brainwashing.
* RetCanon:
** Not long after the series premiered, in comics canon John Stewart returned to being an active Green Lantern with his haircut and costume from the series and joined the JLA. While the comics have yet to shave him bald and give him a beard ala the ''JLU'' seasons, his MirrorUniverse counterpart, Power Ring, sports a similar look and John joked about it with Black Lightning (who is currently bald) when he replaced Hal Jordan in the post-''Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis'' version of the League.
** Comicbook/{{Vixen}}'s current '[[HelloNurse superpowered Josephine Baker]]' look came to the comics from here.
* RetrauxFlashback: "Patriot Act" opens with a scene of the Spy Smasher stealing the Captain Nazi formula during World War II. Not only was it [[MonochromePast in black-and-white]], but they used different music and fight effects from the rest of the series in order to emulate film serials of the time.
* RetroUniverse: The well-loved episode "Legends".
* TheReveal: From "Starcrossed" [[spoiler: Hawkgirl has been spying on Earth and the League all along for the Thanagarians, who are planning to destroy the Earth as part of their war with the Gordanians.]]
* RevealingCoverup: In "Fearful Symmetry" it was [[spoiler: Cadmus sending soldiers and robots to attack Green Arrow, the Question and Supergirl]] that hinted to them that they should investigate the general who had commissioned those robots when the three had just run into a dead end.
* RevengeAgainstMen: The plot of "Fury".
* RidingIntoTheSunset: "Starcrossed" (And, by proxy, ''Justice League'') ends with Shayera Hol flying into the sunset as John Stewart watches.
* RightBehindMe: Batman about Wonder Woman in "The Once and Future Thing".
* RippleEffectProofMemory: In "The Savage Time"
* RoadTripEpisode: When the Flash buys a van in "Eclipsed", he says that he and Green Lantern should take a road trip "looking for America". [[DefiedTrope Green Lantern dryly remarks that he will let Flash know as soon as his schedule clears up]].
* RobotBuddy: Skeets to Booster Gold, also Brainiac in Superman's Krypton fantasy.
* RocketPunch: S.T.R.I.P.E. has one.
* RoguesGallery: Flash's RoguesGallery, in particular, makes a memorable appearance.
* RoundTableShot: For both the League and Cadmus in "The Doomsday Sanction".
* RubberForeheadAliens
* RubberMan: Elongated Man and Plastic Man.
* RunningGag: In "The Greatest Story Never Told", several characters [[CounterpartComparison mistook Booster Gold for the Green Lantern]], even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d at the end of the episode.
* {{Ruritania}}: Kasnia.
* SacrificialPlanet: The first episode of the cartoon displays an invasion of aliens coming to Earth. These aliens previously had taken Mars, leaving the Martian Manhunter as the sole survivor, who comes to Earth to warn the planet and help form the Justice League to fight them off.
* SadlyMythtaken:
** The Greek pantheon received a general re-writing to fit the good/evil dichotomy of the story (See HijackedByJesus). When Circe appears in "This Little Piggy" she is repeatedly referred to as a "Goddess." In ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', the actual Circe, though powerful, was merely a human witch with a penchance for turning people into animals.
** The series takes many liberties with [[KingArthur Arthurian legend]], introducing Morgan Le Fay as an antagonist of the League and tying Etrigan's origin into the fall of Camelot. Most of the changes, however, were first made in the comics before being adapted into the show.
* SaltAndPepper: Reversed. Green Lantern is the straight man, while Flash is the goofball.
* SandInMyEyes: Nicely subverted after Superman comes back from the dead.
--> '''Superman:''' I'm fine. Very glad to be home... Flash?\\
'''Flash:''' ''[sniff]'' Something in my eyes.\\
'''Green Lantern:''' Yeah, tears. It's OK, man. We all feel the same way.
* SaveThisPersonSaveTheWorld: In ''Unlimited'' the Flash explicitly points out that since his death was what caused the Justice Lords to go rogue, if everybody just concentrates on keeping him alive then there is no chance of the League overthrowing the government.
* SceneryCensor: Happens to Lex Luthor in "Divided We Fall".
* ScreamingWarrior:
** Hawkgirl
-->'''Maria Canals''' (Hawkgirl's Actress) "I have this war cry that I love when I get to do. It relieves a lot of stress when I do it."
** Supergirl, believe it or not. [[BroughtDownToNormal When she loses most of her abilities]] in "Chaos at the Earth's Core" Green Lantern tells her to stay back out of the fight, but she picks up a sword and literally leaps into battle, screaming at the top of her lungs before Lantern can even finish the sentence.
* ScrewDestiny: When John tells Shayera about their future son, Rex Stewart (aka Warhawk) he also tells her that although he still loves her, he "won't be destiny's puppet" and will be staying with Vixen. [[YouCantFightFate However...]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In "Wild Cards," when Superman points out that he will be killed along with the heroes if he stays until the bomb goes off, [[spoiler:King]] turns and flees the fight.
* SdrawkcabAlias: Greek deity Ares passes himself off as 'Mister Sera'.
* SealedEvilInACan: "Secret Origins", "Paradise Lost", "Secret Society".
* SeenItAll:
** The Kents had a notable moment when J'onn came to visit for Christmas.
-->'''J'onn:''' Hello... My name is J'onn. I am a Martian.\\
'''Jonathan Kent:''' Well come on in, we're no strangers to aliens in this house.
** Jonah Hex, in a MythologyGag to his comic self, easily recognizes the JL as time travelers. "I've had an interestin' life."
* SecretIdentity:
** Superman was the first character to reveal his identity to another member of the League during the show. In "Comfort and Joy" he brings J'onn J'onzz home with him for Christmas, introducing him to his parents and including him in his life as 'Clark.'
** In "Starcrossed," when the League is on the run they realize that they can easily blend in with the populace.
-->'''J'onn:''' [The Thanagarians] are looking for the Justice League. Without our costumes, we are merely ordinary citizens.\\
'''Wally:''' Hold on a second here. What about the whole "secret identity" thing? I mean, I trust you guys, but I'm not sure I'm ready to--\\
'''Batman:''' (impatiently) Wally West. Clark Kent. (yanks off his own mask) Bruce Wayne.\\
'''Flash:''' (muttering) Show-off...
** Parodied. After accidentally [[FreakyFridayFlip getting a hold of Flash's body]], Lex Luthor realizes he can use this moment to discover the Flash's real ID and promptly removes his mask, revealing... [[AntiClimacticUnmasking well, that he has no clue who this red-headed kid is.]]
* SecretTestOfCharacter:
** J'onn J'onzz had criminal Steven Mandragora moved from his hideout and placed in protective custody, but withheld that information from the Huntress to see if she would attempt to kill him for the murder of her parents. She tries to and is kicked out of the League for being willing to cross that line.
** Shining Knight retells a story of one time when his lord, KingArthur, ordered him to lay waste to a village. Shining Knight believed that Arthur could never be so heartless and refused the order, willing to turn in his sword in shame if it turned out that he was wrong, but Arthur in turn thanked him for his actions.
* SeinfeldianConversation: In "Patriot Act", Shining Knight and Vigilante spend an elevator ride [[ShoutOut talking about]] ''Film/DirtyHarry''. Vigilante is a fan of the film and Creator/ClintEastwood, but Shining Knight believes that his refusal to play by the rules besmirches himself and his profession.
* SelfServingMemory:
** In "ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything," Mongul tries to accuse Superman of falsifying their previous encounter, calling Batman's description of Superman humiliating Mongul a "jaundiced account". In "War World", Superman ''had'' humiliated Mongul, and Mongul only ever held his own when he was blackmailing Superman into deliberately losing the fight.
** In the series finale "Destroyer", Darkseid pulls this, erroneously recalling that last time they met ("Twilight"), Superman could barely hold his own against him. The truth was that in "Twilight", Superman [[BewareTheNiceOnes fought him much closer to a draw or victory]] and would have ''killed him'', had not Batman dragged him away through a boom tube.
* SensorCharacter: J'onn J'onzz often fulfills this role, thanks to his telepathic abilities.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: In "Hereafter", Superman is sent back to the day of his disappearance by Vandal Savage to avert a BadFuture where Savage disrupts the entire solar system's gravity and wipes out mankind. The lead-up to this scheme involved the death of [[Comicbook/TheAtom a scientist named Ray Palmer]], so that's a bonus, too.
* SexFaceTurn: Batman seduces Cheetah when he is being held prisoner by the Injustice Guild, and she is subsequently torn when Luthor plans to destroy the Watchtower. Ultimately, the Justice League receive a warning about the bomb and are able to survive, and Solomon Grundy drags Cheetah off-screen to punish her for her betrayal. [[spoiler: It was not her, but the Ultra-Humanite who warned the League.]]
* SexyDiscretionShot: When Shayera and John [[TheyDo finally admit their feelings to each other]] they kiss passionately, and the scene cuts to an old woman hitting "Jackpot!" on a slot machine.
* SexyWalk: Circe during her "Lulu's Back In Town" montage. Well, she ''is'' Circe after all.
* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:Shadow Thief to Hawkman]].
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Mandragora killing The Huntress' parents in a {{flashback}}.
* TheShangriLa: Nanda Parbat.
* ShapedLikeItself: Galatea's kryptonite is boredom. Actually, her kryptonite is ''kryptonite'', but that is hardly relevant to the conversation.
* ShapeshifterDefaultForm: Acknowledged and [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] by J'onn. His "superhero" form is merely a slightly more humanoid version of his true martian form; it allows him to have some bit of identity without having to look too human. However, this also led to a minor production error, which the producers admitted on the DVD commentary: In "A Better World" the Justice Lord J'onn J'onzz is shot by a power-disrupting beam and instantly loses the dragon-shape he had changed into. However, instead of reverting back to his actual Martian form, he returns to his Justice Lord costume and shape that he adopted to fit in with the rest of his team. The commentary reveals this just slipped by and was not noticed until the episode had already been completed.
* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: The drones in "Divided We Fall."
* ShapeshifterShowdown: In "Secret Society", between the Martian Manhunter and Clayface. [[spoiler:The Martian wins... by ''turning into Clayface''.]]
* SheatheYourSword: Wonder Woman, Hawk, and Dove face an unstoppable magical robot that feeds on aggression. Dove beats it by... not fighting, or rather by getting analogues of North and South Korea to stop fighting.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Hawkgirl, or as Green Lantern put it;
-->'''JUDAS PRIEST!'''
* SheFu: In their conflict in "Double Date", Huntress uses handstands, spins, and high kicks, while Black Canary fights like a real-world well-trained martial artist [[RealityEnsues and wins hands-down.]]
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Batman, about Wonder Woman. Zatanna wasn't too sure about this though, considering he said the same thing about herself as well.
* ShipTease: Between Batman and Wonder Woman in "The Brave and the Bold" and other episodes.
* ShipperOnDeck: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker wonders aloud whether there is something going on between Hawkgirl and Green Lantern... then declares "[[MomentKiller Not on]] [[StuffBlowingUp my show!]]"
* ShootTheDog:
** Hawkgirl and Grundy play the trope painfully straight, and the [[Film/OldYeller trope namer]] was even referenced.
** The Question attempts to avert a BadFuture by killing Lex Luthor so that Superman will not find himself pushed into doing it. It backfires ''[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown spectacularly]]''.
* ShootTheFuelTank: Vigilante shoots the gas tank of his own motorcycle after he drove it right at the General. It ''does'' explode, but it has no effect.
* ShootingGallery
* ShootingSuperman: Way too many to count, but one of the best actually comes from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PRJnLBva3w Aquaman]], of all people.
-->Aquaman: King of the Seas, remember?
* ShoutOut
** In "Secret Origins", Senator ''Carter'' was part of the mission to Mars, referencing ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars''. The plot of the episode as a whole is a WholePlotReference to H.G. Wells' ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', including a General ''Wells''.
** In "Injustice For All" after Batman beat him up the Joker used Daffy Duck's catchphrase of "[[WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck YOU'RE despicable!]]"
** In the episode "Legends", the giant robot at the beginning was explicitly modeled on the Eva's from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
** In the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII battles of "The Savage Time", Superman flies directly through a German plane and emerges from the inevitable explosion covered head to toe in flames - which makes him a dead ringer for the Franchise/MarvelUniverse's original, Nazi-fighting Human Torch. An unidentified Allied solider later in the episode is shown injured and clutching his eye in reference to Comicbook/NickFury. In the same episode, the Flash heckles the Nazis by yelling "Over here, [[Series/HogansHeroes Colonel Klink!]]"
** In "Only a Dream", Batman relates the story of Odysseus and the cyclops Polyphemus from ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' after Green Lantern dismisses John Dee as "a nobody".
** In "Eclipsed" G. Gordon Godfrey reads an anti-superhero diatribe from a book titled "Innocents Seduced." by "Dr. Fredrick". This is a riff on "The Seduction of the Innocent" by Dr. Fredrick Wertham, an infamous book about the negative effects of superhero comics on children.
** In "A Better World", the Flash deduces that he is the conscience of the team when he learns that it was his death that caused the Justice Lords to overthrow the government. John Stewart then calls him "[[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy]]."
** The two-part episode "The Terror Beyond" is an extended homage to the MarvelComics team Comicbook/TheDefenders. DoctorFate stands in for Comicbook/DoctorStrange, Solomon Grundy for [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk the Hulk]], Hawkgirl for Nighthawk, and {{Aquaman}} for {{Namor}}. Grundy even refers to Hawkgirl as "Bird Nose", Hulk's nickname for Nighthawk. The villain this team fights? [[{{Cthulhu}} An octopus-headed god known as "Ichulthu"]]. The same team returns in the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Wake the Dead", with A.M.A.Z.O. now added to the group as a stand-in for the SilverSurfer.
** In "Wild Cards", the Joker buys airtime under the name of '[[Literature/TheManWhoLaughs Gwynplaine Entertainment]]'. Batman gets the reference, but nobody else in the show does. Later in the episode, the Joker remarked that "[[Franchise/ScoobyDoo they would have gotten away with it, too, were it not for me meddling with the kids!]]"
** The Thanagarians' ultimate goal in "Starcrossed" was [[spoiler: to blow up the Earth to make a hyperspace bypass, which is how every incarnation of ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' begins.]]
** The exterior of Luthor's mansion, as seen in "The Return" [[http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/763/luthorkane.jpg is based on Charles Foster Kane's mansion in]] ''Film/CitizenKane''. Later, Luthor mentions [[{{Technobabble}} Heisdenberg Compensators]], which are frequently-mentioned devices in ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** In "This Little Piggy", when Comicbook/{{Zatanna}} is trying to [[PullARabbitOutOfMyHat grab a rabbit in her hat]], she calls out for "{{Bugs|Bunny}}." Later in the episode, Circe is crushed by a flung piano and [[Film/TheWizardOfOz her feet, which are sticking out from under the piano, go flat and roll up under the piano.]]
** In "The Greatest Story Never Told", Booster Gold tells the transporter technician to "Energize!", which is the command from ''Franchise/StarTrek'' (The technician [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore calls him a doofus]]). When Skeets later emerges from of a black hole, he proclaims "My God, it was full of stars...", a line from ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
** In "Question Authority", the Question refers to his hatred for Lex Luthor as being "brobdingnagian". In ''Literature/GulliversTravels'', Brobdingnag was a country inhabited by giant humans, and the term "brobdingnagian" has come to refer to things as being very large.
** When the Flash [[spoiler:runs so fast he nearly enters the Speed Force]] in "Divided We Fall", the rapid montage of the world as he runs around it is reminiscent of Mike Jittlov's ''The Wizard of Speed and Time'', another story about a speedster.
** In "Epilogue," the Royal Flush Gang features a Jack that is also a samurai, and his normal human form [[ActorAllusion looks like]] Creator/PhilLaMarr, who voiced the title character in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. Ten looked like Bo Derek's character in the movie ''"10"''. The Queen turned out to be a ''[[DragQueen male]]'' in normal form, and both forms resemble the deceased actor/performer/drag Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_(performer) Divine]]. [[invoked]]
** The giant flying turtle that attacks Japan in "Chaos at the Earth's Core" is both a MythologyGag and a shout out to Franchise/{{Gamera}}.
** In "Dead Reckoning", Superman, [[ItMakesSenseInContext currently possessed by Deadman]], says when he, Batman and Franchise/WonderWoman are transported to Africa, "You know, [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries when they beam down on that TV show, they never miss.]]"
** "Patriot Act" features Vigilante and Shining Knight discussing the film ''Film/DirtyHarry''.
** The final two episodes of JLU, "Alive" and "Destroyer" are references to the titles of two Music/{{KISS}} albums. Darkseid's outfit is also a direct reference to Gene Simmon's on the cover of ''Destroyer''. In the episodes themselves, Captain Steel mimic Comicbook/CaptainAmerica by flinging a Parademon's shield.
** The poem Wonder Woman recites at the end of 'To Another Shore' is part of 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
* ShownTheirWork:
** In "The Balance", Diana has a lovely painting of a woman on a bull on the wall of her Watchtower quarters. Those with a background in Greek history will recognize it as a fragment of a bull-jumping mural from the ancient ruins on Minos.
** In the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII episodes, it is clear that the artists took the effort to study genuine artifacts of the war (such as the lovingly-rendered Messerschmitts and Shermans) to get the look right, rather than make "good-enough" versions. This shows even in the less glamorous vehicles (the Opel Blitzes and Dodge 6x6 trucks) that most people who are not rivet counters would not pay attention to.
* ShutUpKiss: Steve Trevor plants one on Franchise/WonderWoman, and she returns the favor later in the episode.
* ShutUpHannibal: Flash to a robotic duplicate attempting a HannibalLecture on him.
* SinisterSilhouettes: Aforementioned VFormationTeamShot in the first series opening had them silhouetted.
* {{Sizeshifter}}: The Atom, who [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrinks]], and Atom-Smasher, Giganta and Longshadow, who [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever grow]].
* SleepCute:
** A platonic -- but adorable -- one with Hawkgirl and The Flash in "Only A Dream".
** John and Shayera have a more intimate one after a BarBrawl.
* SmartPeopleKnowLatin: Batman and Green Arrow exchange Latin proverbs to demonstrate their intelligent rivalry.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: "Wake the Dead" features Hawkgirl, A.M.A.Z.O. and Aquaman playing chess against one another. It is used to establish that Hawkgirl is in a psychological funk, as Aquaman cannot elicit any kind of emotional reaction from her despite his provocations, and she loses their game despite previously being able to defeat Batman. A.M.A.Z.O. defeats Aquaman at ''their'' game, but says that Aquaman is improving.
* SmugSuper: Gorilla Grodd is the most arrogant character of the series, who frequently exposits at length about his own intelligence and the inferiority of everybody around him.
* [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Snakes Are Evil]]: Yes, they really are.
* SnowballFight: When one of the participants has a GreenLanternRing it can be a bit one-sided.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Wonder Woman and Batman's invasion of Kasnia, complete with engaging enemy jets, infantry, and ''tanks'', is accompanied by the reverent wedding ceremony of Princess Audrey and Vandal Savage.
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Wonder Woman objects to the wedding of Princess Audrey and Vandal Savage. Strenuously. With a ''tank''.
* TheSpock: Martian Manhunter.
* TheSpook: The Imperium Horde are this.
--> '''J'onn''': Where they came from, no one knew.
* SpotOfTea: In "Starcrossed, Part 3", Alfred points to their ability to now enjoy a nice pot of a tea as evidence that things turned out all right in the end.
* SpottingTheThread: Batman notices that Clayface is in disguise when he overdoes his acting... yo.
* StageMagician: Comicbook/{{Zatanna}} is a primary guest star in "This Little Piggy," where she is introduced performing her act on stage.
* StageMom: Morgaine le Fay.
* StalkerWithACrush: Hawkman
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Played straight.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution:
** In "Injustice For All," Batman is captured and restrained. Joker tells Luthor that they should kill him right away, but Luthor refuses. To which The Joker responds, "And they say I'm crazy".
** In "Secret Society", after most of the JL has been captured, Clayface argues with Grodd that they should just kill the heroes immediately. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Clayface who, as a former actor, is [[GenreSavvy very familiar]] with what happens when the villain takes their time in killing the hero. [[spoiler:Hilariously, though, this is actually the Martian Manhunter passing off as Clayface, masterfully playing his role.]]
* StationaryWings: Hawkgirl and the rest of the Thanagarians. [[JustifiedTrope The ancient Thanagarians used to wear artificial wings and hover via an anti-gravity device]], but they have since bio-engineered organic wings into their species.
* StatuesqueStunner:
** Big Barda, the page image, appears in season two of ''Unlimited''.
** Fire, the object of Flash's not-so-subtle affections, is the tallest one on the team when she, he, and Hawkgirl go to Blackhawk Island.
* StopWorshippingMe: The previous incarnations of Hawkgirl and Hawkman were Thanagarian police officers stranded on Earth before human civilization arose. They founded the first human state (in AncientEgypt) and, despite their sincerest efforts to avoid it, were worshiped as gods in return.
* StoryArc: ''Unlimited'' had two.
* StrawFeminist: Aresia, an orphan raised by the Amazons, took their distrust of men to the ultimate extreme by releasing a deadly allergen to kill all males on the planet. Even after learning that it was a man who saved her life and helped her reach the safety of Themyscira, she still claimed that the good deed of one could not atone for the sins of the others.
* StringTheory: The Question has one.
* StupidEvil: Parodied in "The Great Brain Robbery." '[[FreakyFridayFlip Lex Luthor]]' is so evil that he does not wash his hands!
* StupidJetpackHitler
** Vandal Savage's time travel activities end up equipping Nazi legions with War Wheels, machines the size of buildings that overwhelm any Allied tanks or infantry they come up against.
** In ''Unlimited'' it is revealed that the Nazis were experimenting with a SuperSerum, creating the "Captain Nazi" program to turn regular soldiers into unstoppable monsters. Fortunately, Spy Smasher was able to destroy the laboratory and take the only existing sample of the formula back to the USA.
* StupidSacrifice:
** In ''The Savage Time'', Steve Trevor plans to sacrifice himself to delay a group of German soldiers so Wonder Woman can escape, and when she tries to explain to him that there is no need for such an action [[ShutUpKiss he interrupts her before she can finish]]. Thankfully, [[SubvertedTrope she stops him anyway and defeats the soldiers herself]].
** In ''Starcrossed'', Batman decide to stay behind in the Watchtower to guide it until the last second towards its target. Which is heroic and all, except they could probably have controlled it remotely. Or let the Martian Manhunter do the job, since he's both competent enough to pilot the Watchtower and able to get out of it alive without much trouble.
* SuperRugPull: Darkseid tries this on Superman.
* SuperSerum: The Captain Nazi serum which turned Eiling into a hulking monster.
* SuperSoldier: The whole point of Cadmus and its offspring, and the serum referenced above.
* SuperheroSpeciation: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when John Stewart sends ComicBook/ElongatedMan on crowd control during an epic battle. Stewart explicitly states that they already had ComicBook/PlasticMan there as a fighter and "We don't need two stretchy guys."
* SuperhumanTrafficking: by Roulette.
* SuperpowerLottery: The Martian Manhunter, Superman, A.M.A.Z.O.
* SurvivorGuilt: Vandal Savage in "Hereafter". All [[WhoWantsToLiveForever 30,000 years of it]].
* SwissArmyWeapon: Hawkgirl's Energy Mace.
* SwordOfDamocles:
** Vandal Savage uses his marriage into the Kasnian Royal Family to install a RailGun into the International Space Station and, as he now has "the ultimate high ground," declares himself ruler of the world.
** CADMUS fears that the League itself will become a hanging Sword, particularly with their Binary Fusion Generator pointing down at the world; the original story is namechecked as [=LexCorp=] Damocles-class missiles are used to attack the League when Amanda Waller feels they have crossed the line. Waller and compatriots were partially inspired by the actions of the [[EvilTwin Justice Lords]], who ''did'' take control.
* SymbolicBlood: The end of the flashback in "Ancient History" shows [[spoiler:past-incarnation Jon and Shayera]] dead with a pool of red... poisoned wine.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Hawkgirl for Solomon Grundy.

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* TakeMyHand:
** In "The Enemy Below," Aquaman's brother extends his hand to Aquaman and asks to be pulled up from the ledge. [[spoiler: [[DefiedTrope Aquaman grabs his trident back from his brother and lets him fall to his death]].]]
** At the end of "Divided We Fall," [[spoiler: after Flash has vanished into the Speed Force Shayera asks him to take her hand as she tries to pull him back. Ultimately, she and the rest of the League grab his arm and pull him out of the Speed Force, but a close-up reveals that Flash ''never did grab Shayera's hand''.]].
* TakeThat: When the League first forms, Flash scoffs at being "a bunch of WesternAnimation/SuperFriends." In the same episode, one plot point consists of a ''massive'' dig at Reeve's {{Anvilicious}} ''Film/{{Superman IV|TheQuestForPeace}}''-- Superman is manipulated into disarming the world's nuclear weapons by an alien in disguise so that his species can invade the Earth.
* TakingYouWithMe: Simultaneous example. In "Chaos at the Earth's Core", Metallo is in the process of killing Supergirl with his kryptonite power source when [[spoiler:she pries out his power source using a knife. Metallo will die when his reserve power runs out, but he notes that the kryptonite is still killing Supergirl regardless. Unfortunately for Metallo, [[SubvertedTrope Stargirl arrives to save Supergirl]].]]
* TalkToTheFist: In ''Unlimited'' Ep. 6, Circe is performing at the Amphitheatre. Zatanna starts magically chucking furniture at her during her "acceptance" speech.
* TheTeamNormal: Batman
* TechnicalPacifist: Every single member of the league. While do take a lot of liberties with the law, trying to murder someone is considered grounds for expulsion.
* TechnicolorFire: Fire's green er, fire.
* {{Telepathy}}: For Martian Manhunter, it causes more drama than any other power. And he has a bunch, so...
* TeleportationSickness: Using Boom Tubes always makes Batman sick.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: In ''Unlimited''.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Inverted as Shayera asks Batman about her son.
* TenMinuteRetirement: [[spoiler:Hawkgirl and later Martian Manhunter.]]
* ThatManIsDead: In "Wake the Dead", Shayera Hol remarks that she is not, and never really was, "Hawkgirl". When other characters refer to her as such in later episodes she stresses that [[DoNotCallMePaul she told them not to call her that anymore.]]
* ThemeNaming: Trickster notes how most of the Flash's Rogue's are Captains, and complains that they would probably treat him with more respect if ''he'' were a captain. Of course, Mirror Master is also outside the pattern and gets plenty of respect, [[HarmlessVillain so maybe there are other reasons]].
* ThemeTune: Both ''Justice League'' and ''Justice League Unlimited'' have their own. When the League travels to the wild west, a country-tinged version of their original theme plays as they ride into action.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Green Arrow sings a bit from the leitmotif that serves as his personal theme tune when he rides down a zipline and kicks a mook in the face.
* {{Thememobile}}: The Batmobile, obviously. Parodied with the Flashmobile, a souped-up shaggin' wagon Franchise/TheFlash bought with [[MoneyDearBoy the money he made]] shilling for an energy bar company.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Though John Dee had occasional fantasies of power and vengeance on the Justice League, when "Only a Dream" began he was a well-behaved prison inmate who even the guards liked and believed should be released. However, his parole is turned down again, his wife leaves him, and then the prison erupts in a full scale riot. From all indications he really was a rehabilitated convict, but when the system would not even give him a chance he decided to go whole-hog and cut loose.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted, as both Martian Manhunter and Dr. Fate serve as official therapists to the League and its members. Wildcat, Hawkgirl, Aquaman, and A.M.A.Z.O. are all shown under their care at one time or another.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: In part two of "Once and Future Thing," Lord Chronos sends his turncoat henchman Chucko to the age of the dinosaurs... just before the world-shattering meteor impact... ''at ground zero''. Resulting in an understated "[[OhCrap Oh, phooey.]]'' from said clown.
-->'''Chronos:''' "Do you know what killed the dinosaurs? Well, ''Chucko'' does."
* ThereWasADoor: Frequently. In "Injustice For All" Hawkgirl smashes ''through'' the door and is followed by the Flash, then Superman smashes a hole through the wall ''next'' to the already-made hole where the door was, and then Green Lantern and Wonder Woman smash ''another'' hole through a window, next to the already-existing hole in the wall which is itself next to the already-existing hole where the door once was.
* TheyDo: The Hawkgirl/Green Lantern relationship was hinted at throughout the first two seasons [[BelligerentSexualTension with their constant bickering and fighting]], and after John nearly dies in "Wild Cards" in season two the two finally confess their feelings to one another [[BigDamnKiss and kiss]].
* ThirdPersonPerson: Flash does this when he tries to prove that he is [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain Most Definitely Lex Luthor]].
* ThisIsNotADrill: Played Straight.
* ThisIsThePartWhere: Lex Luthor in "Divided We Fall".
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: Mostly averted, except for "The Terror Beyond" where Wonder Woman and Aquaman fight in the water during a PoorCommunicationKills moment, allowing Aquaman to win.
* ThouShaltNotKill:
** Despite the trope's general presence and frequent mention, this commandment apparently does not apply to Nazis. Everyone (aside from Batman) is shown performing clearly lethal actions in "The Savage Time", including ripping engines off troop transport planes in the middle of the Atlantic.
** Wildcat gives up underground metahuman boxing events when he realizes that if he keeps this up he will in all likelihood kill someone, and is really off-put by the prospect.
** After Lex Luthor laughs at [[spoiler:Flash's apparent death]], Superman explains how he is different from the Justice Lords dimension version of himself:
-->'''Superman:''' I'm not the man who killed President Luthor. Right now I wish to Heaven that I was, but I'm not.
** Supergirl does ''not'' follow this policy. Though generally averse to killing when possible, and she is disturbed when she dreams that she might have been killing indiscriminately and without remorse in "Fearful Symmetry", in "Chaos at the Earth's Core" she takes up a sword without reservation and cuts her way through the final battle when she [[BroughtDownToNormal no longer has her powers to resolve the situation non-lethally]].
* ThrowawayCountry: San Baquero, a volcanic island nation in the Caribbean Sea that is, according to General Wade Eiling, the source of much drug smuggling into the USA. It is destroyed in "The Doomsday Sanction" when the volcano erupts, assisted by a near-explosion from a nuclear warhead.
* ThrownOutTheAirlock
** Franchise/TheFlash in "Maid Of Honor".
** [[spoiler: Gorilla Grodd]] in "Alive".
* TheThunderdome: "War World".
* TimeStandsStill: The Flash's nightmare in "Only a Dream".
* TimeTravelRomance
** For Supergirl in "Far From Home".
** Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor in "The Savage Time." In this case they even meet up years later in the present-day.
* TimelineAlteringMacGuffin: Vandal Savage's laptop in "The Savage Time".
* TimmStyle: Naturally, since character designs were done by Creator/BruceTimm.
* TinmanTypist: Brainiac in the episode "Twilight." Said keyboard is even built into his own arm!
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Big Barda and Mr. Miracle, [[TropeCodifier one of the original pairs]], appear in the second season of ''Unlimited''.
* TitleDrop: In "Wild Cards," the Joker refers to the Royal Flush Gang, who are dressed as playing cards, as 'wild cards.'
* ToAbsentFriends: "Hereafter".
* TokenMinority: John Stewart was chosen to be the Franchise/GreenLantern for this series instead of the more popular Hal Jordan or Kyle Rayner. The creators [[WordOfGod have confirmed]] that part of this decision was to prevent the team from being solely composed of white people and aliens.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: The classic example is given a ShoutOut in "The Balance":
--> '''Felix Faust:''' ''listing the contents of Hades' library to Wonder Woman'' "... dark tomes that make the Necronomicon [[UpToEleven look like a children's book]]...'''
* TookALevelInBadass: Lex Luthor gains SuperStrength, [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength surprising even himself]], and proceeds to give TheQuestion a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
* TooPowerfulToLive: A.M.A.Z.O., who gains the powers of the entire League ([[RealityWarper And then some]]), but who is consequently sidelined from the main story.
* TortureTechnician
** When Vandal Savage captures J'onn J'onzz in "The Savage Time," he has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Mengele Josef]] get him to talk.
** Dr. Moon in "Question Authority", who is assigned the task of getting information from the Question.
* TranslationConvention: All the Germans in "The Savage Time" speak English with the exception of the occasional "Jawohl" and "Mein Fuhrer", even when speaking to one another.
* TrashTheSet:
** In "Starcrossed", the finale to ''Justice League'', [[spoiler:the Watchtower is destroyed]].
** In the final episode, fittingly titled "Destroyer," the Daily Planet office building is damaged. Darkseid picks up the giant stone globe on top of the building and hurls it through the roof, attempting to crush Superman. The whole building collapses.
* TrickAndFollowPloy:
** Batman tricks Harley into returning to the Joker's secret headquarters in the middle of the Royal Flush Gang's assault on Las Vegas. He does this a lot, actually, because the Joker immediately chews Harley on falling for the trick.
** He also planted a tracking device on Lex Luthor in ''Injustice For All'' (the Joker found it).
** The Thanagarians use that trick with Hawkgirl, but it backfires (the heroes prepare an ambush).
* TrickArrow: Used by Green Arrow and his ex-partner, Speedy.
* TripodTerror: Used in the pilot. In-joke provided by "General Wells".
* {{Troperiffic}}
* TrustBuildingBlunder: In "Secret Society".
* TrustPassword: In "The Great Brain Robbery", when Flash is trying to prove he is really Flash and not Lex Luthor:
-->'''Flash:''' Until he went off to the Marines, GL's nickname was...
-->'''Green Lantern:''' Stop! It's him! [[NoodleIncident You promised never to repeat that story!]]
-->'''Flash:''' I know. I was just messing with your head.
* TruthInTelevision: In "A Knight of Shadows", the Hugh Hefner {{Expy}} refers to a statue he describes as "Greek." Wonder Woman corrects him, insisting that it is in fact a Roman copy. In real life, many of our surviving ancient "Greek" statues ''are'' in fact very good marble Roman copies of the bronze Greek originals.
* TryNotToDie: Huntress, Black Canary, Vixen, and Hawkgirl against one enemy? Easy, right? Make that foe Wonder Woman and really, all they can do is try to stay alive.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: The Manhunters.
* TwinTelepathy: In Supergirl's dreams, she relives the memories of her evil clone Galatea.
* UnderwearOfPower: Too many examples to list, just look at the page image.
* UnfinishedBusiness: Deadman.
* UniversalDriversLicense: Subverted. "Starcrossed, Part 3" has the League plan to fly using a Thanagarian shuttle, and it cuts to J'onn J'onzz sitting in the pilot seat. After a brief pause, he states that he has absolutely no idea how to fly that craft.
* UnknownRival: John Dee was just one of Lex Luthor's FacelessGoons, who was busted by the Justice League for guarding a shipment of stolen weapons and has been stewing in prison and dreaming of his revenge ever since. When he gains superpowers and escapes, the Leaguers are all baffled as to why he wants to destroy them, since they do not remember arresting him ''at all''.
* UnmovingPlaid: Why neither Zatanna nor Black Canary wore fishnets. Damn it.
* {{Unobtainium}}: Nth Metal.
* {{Unpaused}}: In the episode featuring Deadman, Superman gets possessed midsentence while talking about a restaurant in Smallville where "the milkshakes are so thick..." When he regains control of his body, Supe's first words are "... you have to eat them with a spoon! ({{Beat}}) Why am I in Africa?"
* UnreliableExpositor: The origins of Cadmus and Doomsday as explained by Amanda Waller and Professor Milo do not exactly match the shown events or each other's stories.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Green Lantern and Hawkgirl (and later, Batman and Wonder Woman) put the "UST" in "Justice". And Black Canary and Green Arrow at first, but they eventually resolve theirs.
* UnwittingPawn: In the first episode, Superman assists in the dismantling of the Earth's nuclear arsenal to support world peace. Unbeknownst to him, the US congressman which spearheaded the initiative was actually setting up the planet for invasion by the Imperium.
* VFormationTeamShot:
** The former {{Trope Namer|s}}, the title sequence for ''Justice League'' and ''Unlimited'' had the League pose in the classic formation. The original opening had them in silhouette, the second opening had them fully lit.
** The Thanagarian Strike Force in "Starcrossed, Part 3" enter Wayne Manor and then take a brief moment to pose.
* VainSorceress: Circe, Morgaine Le Fay.
* VaporTrail: In "Fury", fallen power lines ignite a trail of spilled fuel leading to a downed helicopter.
* VertigoEffect: On TheQuestion when he [[spoiler: attempts to assassinate SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor to prevent the BadFuture.]]
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: In "Hearts and Minds" when Katma Tui takes her GreenLanternRing and places it somewhere around the crotch of her {{Stripperiffic}} GoGoEnslavement outfit, and do not forget about when Wonder Woman shoves a shrunk down Atom between her breasts to free up her hands.
* VillainEpisode: "Alive", "Taskforce X"
* VillainSong: [[EvilSorcerer Circe]] singing "Lulu's back in town" in "This Little Piggy".
* VillainTeamUp: A number of times.
* VillainousGlutton: Steven Mandragora. One would assume he is fat (just look at [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/dcanimated/images/thumb/6/66/Steven_Mandragora.png/275px-Steven_Mandragora.png this picture]]), but it [[StoutStrength turns out that that is all muscle]], to the point where Black Canary punched him as hard as she could and hurt her hand.
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Particularly in "The Terror Beyond". Inverted in "Hawk and Dove" where pacifism is the only option.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Flash and Hawkgirl.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: The Brainiac/Luthor fusion.
* VoicesAreMental: Averted. During "The Great Brian Robbery" Michael Rosenbaum continued to voice Flash's body and Creator/ClancyBrown continued to voice Luthor's body despite the characters' mind getting switched. However, Brown would read Luthor-as-Flash's lines for Rosenbaum to imitate and vice-versa. DVD commentary says the producers were quite excited at this prospect, primarily as a ShoutOut to Michael Rosenbaum's role as Luthor in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', but the episode eventually had very little dialogue for Luthor-as-Flash, with most of the attention on Flash-as-Luthor.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting
** J'onn J'onzz can transform into any shape he desires, along with becoming intangible and invisible.
** Shifter and Downpour of the Ultimen can transform into any animal or form of water (Respectively), [[CaptainErsatz based upon]] the ComicBook/WonderTwins of ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''.
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* WasItAllALie: Green Lantern asks this of Hawkgirl at the end of "Starcrossed."
* WaveMotionGun: Watchtower II's [[{{BFG}} Binary Fusion Generator]] cannon, which proved to be way more trouble than it was worth. It was almost, but not quite, a WaveMotionTuningFork - although the blast itself came from a barrel, the barrel emerged from the base of the station splitting open... and then the ''barrel itself'' split open on either side of the muzzle.
* WeAreAsMayflies: Martian Manhunter is already over a thousand years old, and he came to realize that he will likely outlive many of his current human friends so he had better learn to like humanity.
* WelcomeEpisode: "Initiation".
* WellIntentionedExtremist
** Amanda Waller.
** The Justice Lords too. Batman sums it up well:
--> '''Justice Lord Batman''': I didn't forget! I just chose peace and security instead.
--> '''Justice League Batman''': You grabbed power!
--> '''Justice Lord Batman''': And with that power, we've made a world where no eight year old boy will ''ever'' lose his parents because of some punk with a gun!
* WeWorkWellTogether: The heroes who would form the League joined together in the first episode in order to repel an alien invasion. Afterwards, Superman advanced the idea of forming an official, long-lasting partnership in order to respond to any threats too large to face individually.
* WHAMEpisode:
** "Starcrossed", the finale to ''Justice League''. [[spoiler: It is revealed that Harkgirl has been a [[TheMole mole]] the entire time, spying on humanity and the League for the Thanagarians. Her and John Stewart's relationship ends, [[TrashTheSet the Watchtower is destroyed]], and the League is reformed into the more powerful ([[BewareTheSuperman and more feared]]) Unlimited form.]]
** "Question Authority" in season two of ''Unlimited''. [[spoiler:The Question learns about the events of "A Better World" and decides that the same events will ultimately unfold in this reality as well. In order to prevent such destruction, he decides to [[ShootTheDog kill Lex Luthor so that Superman will never be driven to such an extreme]]. The Question's beating at Luthor's hands leads to direct conflict between the League and Cadmus, and ultimately to the reveal of Brainiac having taken control of Luthor.]]
* WHAMLine:
** From "A Better World": "I'm great." Superman's complete lack of regret over killing President Luthor indicates that he has decided to no longer feel guilt or restrain himself from the use of his powers.
** "[[spoiler: Rich boy]]" in "Ultimatum". It demonstrates not just that Amanda Waller knows Batman's secret identity, but is the first indication that Cadmus knows more about the League than the League does about them, that the organization is of a much larger scale than previously suspected, and that it might be able to do actual damage to the League. [[spoiler:This secret becomes a key factor in the plot of "Epilogue"]].
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: Flash in "Starcrossed".
* WhatDoTheyFearEpisode: "Only a Dream".
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman and WhatMeasureIsAMook: Rather uncomfortably applied.
* WhatTheHeckIsAnAglet: According to TheQuestion, the answer is something truly '''sinister.'''
* WhatTheHellHero:
** [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] chews out the Original Seven before resigning from the Justice League for their paranoia and arrogance.
** Played for laughs in the finale, where the villains, having just helped saved Earth, protest the League being so quick to arrest them after everything's back to normal. Batman decides to cut them a break and give them a MercyLead.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Hawkgirl's initial stratagem for dealing with any given problem is to hit it really hard with her mace. If that fails, Plan B is to hit it with the mace... but ''harder''.
* WhiteMansBurden: The equivalent was Katar Hol's motivation to conquer ancient Egypt and then the rest of Earth--it's his and Chayera's ''responsibility'' to bring the peace and stability of Thanagarian rule to the "savage" world.
* WhoDares: Circe asks this after {{ComicBook/Zatanna}} interrupts her concert with [[TalkToTheFist a couple of tables to the face]]. Well, she ''tries'' to ask, anyway.
-->'''Circe''': Insolent trickster! You dare to strike--! (*chair*) You dare to stri--! (*another table*) ''You dare to strike--!'' ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking *tablecloth*]]) [[NotSoStoic QUIT IT!]] (''stares'') [[OhCrap Oh no.]] ([[PianoDrop *piano*]])
* WhoShotJFK: "There ''was'' a magic bullet... it was forged by Illuminati mystics to prevent us from learning ''the truth!''"
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: VandalSavage gained immortality by sleeping next to [[GreenRocks a magical meteor]] -- in Ice Age Europe. He is still ticking.
** Actually, in most of his appearances, Vandal Savage is generally an example of LivingForeverIsAwesome; even if his scheme of the moment fails, he's still got all the time in the world to try again, and the experience and wealth accumulated from countless normal lifetimes at his disposal. It's not until part 2 of "Hereafter", when he is seen in the far distant future as the last surviving human due to his own actions, that WhoWantsToLiveForever really applies.
* WhoWatchesTheWatchmen:
** Cadmus was formed to provide the US Government with viable defenses in the event that the superpowered beings of Earth ever turned against the government.
** Discussed between Batman and Green Arrow, in the original Latin. It serves to imply that Green Arrow was brought into the League to ''be'' their watcher.
* WholePlotReference: "Secret Origins," the three-part pilot episode, is based on ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds.'' Both are about alien invaders from Mars who want to sap the world's resources, both feature [[TripodTerror tripod crafts]] that level major cities, and when things seem the aliens have won, they are shown to be easily defeated due to a WeaksauceWeakness set up as a ChekhovsGun in the first act. There is even a General [[Creator/HGWells Wells]].
* WickedCultured: The Ultra-Humanite appreciates classical opera and the works of Tchaikovsky. [[PunchClockVillain He betrays Lex Luthor for a higher payday]], then gives the money away in a donation to public broadcasting. He exposits on the importance of literacy amongst children and agrees to a Christmas truce with the Flash in order to give a present to orphans, which he has modified to play a recording he made of ''Theatre/TheNutcracker''. Throughout the series, everything he does is motivated by an appreciation of fine art and culture.
* WillNotBeAVictim: Franchise/TheFlash at the end of the fourth season.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: John Stewart and Hawkgirl spent the first two seasons [[BelligerentSexualTension arguing and bickering so much that]] [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Flash compared them to an old married couple]]. In "Wild Cards", near the end of season two, TheyDo. Batman and Wonder Woman had a much more subdued relationship, with a few subtle hints of attraction, but never any real progress ([[ItMakesSenseInContext Except that one time she was a pig]]).
* WingedHumanoid: Thanagarians. Flashbacks in the final season portrayed ancient Thanagarians with golden, metallic-looking wings instead of the apparently-natural wings of the current-day. WordOfGod explained that Thanagarians were originally HumanAliens with mechanical wings (like their counterparts from the original comics) and at some point in the interim they used bioengineering to give themselves organic wings.
* WireDilemma: In "Wild Cards".
* WireFu: Not literally, since the show is animated and no special effects are used, but in "Dead Reckoning" the monks of Nanda Parbat are animated in their fight scene as if they were using wires to assist their movements. This is animated in a distinctly different style than the other characters who are able to fly or jump over great distances through their superpowers.
* WithMyHandsTied: Franchise/WonderWoman's escape in "Starcrossed".
* TheWorfEffect: Used often. Commentary released on the DVD's reveals that the producers played the trope perfectly straight, they would have villains injure Superman to display how powerful they were, but that they did not realise at the time how often they were doing it, or the detriment to the show. When they started the second season of ''Justice League'' they made a policy decision to stop this particular tactic; it was only resurrected in "The Return" where, instead of defeating Superman, [[NotUsingTheZWord the Android]] defeated ''the entire League'' in order to show how powerful it was.
* WorfHadTheFlu: Martian Manhunter's mysterious illness in "War World".
* WorkingWithTheEx: [[Franchise/GreenLantern John Stewart]] and {{Hawk|man}}girl are ex-lovers.
* WorldOfBadass: Well of course, especially in ''Unlimited''.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: The {{Trope Namer|s}}. And a subversion -- the opponent changes tactics, and effortlessly takes down the speaker.
* WorldOfHam: The world of the Justice Guild in "Legends" qualifies as this, although it is [[spoiler: mostly a recreation of a world destroyed by a nuclear war with its survivors trapped in it]].
* WouldntHitAGirl: Superman might not (At least, not when the girl points it out), but Wonder Woman has no problems with it.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: In "Chaos at the Earth's Core", Supergirl is legitimately weakened by Metallo's Kryptonite, but she exaggerates how much she is affected (Brandishing, but then being unable to support, a sword) so that he will approach her and not notice her secretly picking up a knife [[spoiler:[[AndShowItToYou which she uses to carve out his Kryptonite power source]].]]
* WreckedWeapon: In the final duel between Travis Morgan and Demos in "Chaos at the Earth's Core", Morgan cleaves Demos' sword in two after trapping it against the stone stairs they are dueling upon.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: In "For the Man Who Has Everything" Wonder Woman gives Mongul a full on German suplex. Solomon Grundy gives Superman a standard vertical suplex in "The Terror Beyond". In "The Cat and the Canary" Atomic Skull gives Wildcat a cage assisted back suplex. Upon recovering, Wildcat, a trained boxer and martial artist, responds with a clothesline. A few other pro-wrestling moves show up throughout the series as well.
* WritersCannotDoMath: ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' originally took place in the year 2039, being referred to as taking place 40 years after the end of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' (1999). Later on, the [[WordOfGod creators of the show]] announced that the show takes place 50 years after the end of ''Justice League Unlimited'' (2006), meaning that would [[RetCon place the date at 2056 instead]]. However, the characters make explicit references to events that happened in the previous series [[SeriesContinuityError as being no more than 40 years]]. [[AllThereInTheManual Certain sources]] even give Terry [=McGinnis=] a birthdate of 2023. And now, the 2010 ''Batman Beyond'' comic series [[FlipFlopOfGod once again confirms the date as being 2039 and thus only 40 years passing]].
* WrongWire: "Wild Cards".
* XanatosGambit:
** In the episode "Wild Cards": [[spoiler:If The Justice League succeeds they have created a media storm that Joker can high-jack to make Ace drive a few million people incurably insane. Joker wins. If the Justice League fails they get blown up alongside large amounts of Las Vegas ''and'' the ensuing media storm will provide Joker even more victims for Ace. Joker wins.]]
** In "Clash": [[spoiler:Luthor sets up a situation where either Superman will humiliate himself and the League by destroying Luthor's prototype fusion generator...or he won't and Luthor will get great free P.R. himself as a philanthropist and inventor.]]
* YouAreACreditToYourRace: [[CaptainErsatz The Streak]] to Green Lantern in "Legends".
* YoureInsane:
** Occurs as an InsultBackfire in "Hereafter":
--->'''Vandal Savage:''' The Earth belongs to the cockroaches now… Oh, and me.\\
'''Superman:''' You're ''insane''.\\
'''Vandal Savage:''' ... [[TheMadHatter True]]. But that doesn't mean I'm not good company. Say, you want to come over to my house?\\
'''Superman:''' ...\\
'''Vandal Savage:''' Like you've got something ''better'' to do.
** Another one, in "Injustice For All"
--->'''Solomon Grundy:''' [To Luthor] You're crazy!\\
'''The Joker:''' [[[InadvertentEntranceCue Bursts into the room]]] And what's wrong with that? It's done ''wonders'' for me!
* YouAreNotAlone: When the entire core team drags Flash out of the speedforce.
* YouCantFightFate: WordOfGod has stated that John and Shayera will eventually end up together in spite of the former's ScrewDestiny statement. ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' being canonical to the DCAU also makes it certain this will be the case.
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: In "The Enemy Below". Batman's line? The one you do not want to know? The one ''Superman'' did not want to know? By WordOfGod, it is: [[spoiler: "I know where you live, Floyd."]]
* YouGotSpunk:
--> '''[[EldritchAbomination Icthultu]]''': "Speak to me, child of Thanagar."\\
'''Hawkgirl:''' "Nothing to say. I've got a ''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu gesture]]'' for you, but my hands are tied."\\
'''Icthultu:''' "How I've missed your people's spirit."
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Hades does a variation of this to Felix Faust after being released.
* YouTalkTooMuch: Martian Manhunter towards Lobo in "Hereafter", right before a punch.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: Green Lantern to Flash in "The Brave and the Bold".
* YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou
* YourCheatingHeart: John Dee's wife comes to visit him in prison only to inform him that she is leaving him for another man (who is already living in their house with her). This triggers his StartOfDarkness, causing him to become Doctor Destiny.
* YourMindMakesItReal: When Martian Manhunter is trying to extract information from a captive's mind in "Starcrossed", the injuries inflicted by the mind's defenses also appear on his physical body, including his ''cape''. As a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]], his "normal" appearance, even his uniform, is a creation of his mind and it can change at his will; when his mental self-image is being clawed by birds, his mind creates the slashes on his body (See also BodyHorror).
* YourWorstNightmare: Dr. Destiny subjects most of the league to this. [[TheUnreveal We do not get to see Batman's, but when Destiny taunts him with the prospect, he sneers, "You have no idea what my nightmares are like."]]
* ZergRush: The staff aboard the Watchtower in ''Unlimited'' are normal humans without either power or special skills and never even established as having basic combat training, but when the station is boarded in "Panic in the Sky" and a large group is cornered by [[VoluntaryShapeshifting a large dinosaur]] they look at each other and then charge at it ''en masse''.
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* MacrossMissileMassacre: In "Panic in the Sky," [[spoiler:they were transport vessels full of SuperSoldiers sent to kill the League.]]
* MafiaPrincess: ComicBook/{{Huntress}} was one of these--and ''did not know''. She finds out the hard way.
* MagicPants: Mandragora's pants alone among his clothes survive Black Canary's Canary Cry, thank God.
** Also used in the case of Eiling's monster form in "Patriot Act."
* MagicVersusScience: Tala and Luthor argue about this in "Alive."
* MagicalDefibrillator: Hawkgirl's mace.
* MagiciansAreWizards: When Comicbook/{{Zatanna}} closes out [[StageMagician her show]], she tends to perform actual magic to give the audience a big finale. Instead of [[PullARabbitOutOfMyHat grabbing a rabbit]], she pulled a member of the audience out of her hat.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Black Canary's Canary Cry and Silver Banshee.
* ManBitesMan: When tied up in "Starcrossed," Wonder Woman bites the hand of the guard who is feeding her. [[RefugeInAudacity After she told him that she would not bite him]].
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Lex Luthor, mostly.
* ManiacMonkeys: Gorilla Grodd (an ape, not a monkey, but it is the closest trope we have) is one of the primary villains that the League faces.
* MarshmallowHell: Franchise/WonderWoman is carrying a shrunk-down Atom in her hands. She needs ''both'' of these to fight. [[VictoriasSecretCompartment Guess where she stuffs him?]]
* MassHypnosis: Joker tries this in "Wild Cards," though it is more of Mass Insanity.
* MasterOfAll: The second appearance of A.M.A.Z.O. is this with a bullet, thanks to PowerCopying turned UpToEleven.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It is never definitively established if Hawkman's theory about his and Hawkgirl's past lives in Ancient Egypt is true or not. The other characters are never truly convinced, and his beliefs might all be the result of damaged Thanagarian technology, but much of the story of their past lives does match their current relationships and characters.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Victor Rivers had trouble voicing the character of Hro Talak in "Starcrossed" as he descends into violence over the course of the episode. In real life, Rivers is a speaker and activist fighting DomesticAbuse and found the scenes where he essentially beats Hawkgirl to be particularly difficult.
* MeaningfulFuneral: In "Hereafter." [[spoiler:Of course, Superman comes back.]]
* MechanicalEvolution: A.M.A.Z.O.'s ability to evolve was so potent that, by his second appearance, he was already beyond being a machine.
* MercyKill: Hawkgirl putting [[spoiler:the reanimated Grundy]] out of his misery ([[ShootTheDog she even compares it to]] ''Film/OldYeller'').
* MercyLead: Given to the villains in "Destroyer."
* MessiahCreep: Flash, again.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}:
** In "The Once And Future Thing".
--->'''Chronos:''' Skedaddle! Time is money! ... [[ExpospeakGag Actually, time is the non-spatial continuum in which events occur linearly, usually in the direction of increased entropy]]. But the clowns seem to relate better to the money thing.
** Galatea has a pretty funny one:
--->'''Galatea:''' Boredom is my Kryptonite. Okay, actually [[ShapedLikeItself Kryptonite is my Kryptonite]]. [[ButIDigress But, you know what I mean.]]
* MeteorMove: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ywo6F4xYTvA Go Superman!! Give it to that murdering bastard Darkseid!!]]
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler: Vandal Savage in "Hereafter."]]
* MindControl: Grodd's signature move.
* MindOverManners: MartianManhunter.
* MindRape
** Doctor Destiny gains the power to enter and twist peoples' dreams in "Only A Dream."
** In "Hearts and Minds," Despero is using the flame of Pytar to empower legions of soldiers, but instead decides to mentally rape Katma Tui and Hawkgirl into personal slaves.
** Gorilla Grodd, after he eschews MindControl and just uses his PsychicPowers to cause debilitating pain in his enemies. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero He got those powers after the Flash had messed with his Mind Control helmet]].
** Ace of the Royal Flush Gang has the ability to make you insane just by looking at you, even when not in her physical presence. Simply seeing her on television can transfer her powers to you.
** When J'onn J'onzz ''really'' needs to learn how to pilot a spaceship, [[spoiler:he forces his way into Kragger's mind, whose Thanagarian physiology normally makes him immune to telepathy. It leaves Kragger catatonic immediately afterwards, and when he returns two seasons later, he is brain-damaged.]]
* MinoredInAssKicking: Batman, naturally.
* MirrorUniverse: "A Better World"
* MirrorSelf: In "A Better World," the Justice Lords are mirror versions of the Justice League. They show up again when Brainthor tries to stop the League from interfering in his ascension. Originally, there was no Flash Justice Lord, as he was killed in that universe; when Brainthor creates a fake Justice Lord mirror self, the copy's outfit is identical to that of Flash villain Reverse Flash.
* MissionControl: J'onn functions as one in ''Unlimited''; after he takes a sabbatical, the role is taken up by Mr. Terrific.
* TheMole: Up until the finale of ''Justice League'', [[spoiler:Hawkgirl]].
* MomentKiller:
** The Joker was one of the characters to [[EveryoneCanSeeIt comment on Hakwgirl and Green Lantern's sexual tension]], but he decreed that they would not get together on ''his'' show and detonated a bomb.
** Part of Kragger's HomoeroticSubtext is the fact that he keeps walking in on Hawkgirl and Hro Talak.
* MonowheelMayhem: Due to Vandal Savage's time-tampering, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII is filled with Nazis War Wheels, [[StupidJetpackHitler mammoth war machines that overwhelm Allied tanks and infantry alike]]. The War Wheels are originally from the Comicbook/{{Blackhawk}} series, and the Blackhawks themselves appear to help defeat the Axis.
* MonsterClown: [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker The original]]. Due to the Bat-embargo, however, he only appeared in two storylines.
* MonsterSobStory: Vandal Savage in "Hereafter."
* MonumentalBattle: Most notably in "Destroyer" but also in some other episodes.
* MoodWhiplash: "Hereafter," an otherwise very somber story about what everyone thinks was Superman's death, is quite literally interrupted by Lobo's brash and obnoxious entrance. Action scenes and scenes of Superman's wake are interspersed with the League's beleaguered attempts to deal with Lobo.
* MookChivalry: When Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Mirror Master and the Trickster decide to kill the Flash once and for all, they each takes turns with their own death traps one at a time. Eventually, [[DefiedTrope Captain Cold points out that taking turns is dumb]], [[CombatPragmatist and they decide to jump him together]].
* MonochromePast:
** In "For The Man Who Has Everything," Batman has an extended flashback to the day his parents died. Everything is, naturally, in black and white.
** In "The Ties That Bind," Mr. Miracle's flashbacks to this time in the X-Pit are all tinted blue.
** "Patriot Act" opens with a scene showing the Spy Smasher stealing the Captain Nazi formula during World War II. The scene is in black and white, [[RetrauxFlashback and also has different music and fight effects to emulate the style of film serials of the time]].
* MoralityChain: Supergirl's TwinTelepathy with her clone Galatea was slowly causing Galatea to develop a conscience, making it harder for Galatea to work as a hit man.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Where to begin?
* MostCommonSuperpower: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d with Galatea, which makes sense since she is pretty much a villainous {{expy}} for PowerGirl. Otherwise mostly averted, even with Wonder Woman, due to the art style used in the series.
* MostDefinitelyNotAVillain: "The Great Brain Robbery"
* MotiveDecay:
** Sinestro appeared in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''Justice League'' solely in pursuit of his vendetta against the [[Franchise/GreenLantern Green Lantern Corps]], and he only worked with other villains in pursuit of that goal. However, in Season 3 of ''Unlimited'', he works for profit and world domination/saving alongside the Legion of Doom even when it has nothing to do with the Corps.
** Bizarro in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' was a complicated character whose attempts to do good resulted in destruction because of crippling mental disabilities. In ''Unlimited'', however, he transforms into his comic counterpart ([[MultipleChoicePast one version of his comic counterpart, anyway]]) who simply has a bizarre tendency to reverse the intention of words and emotions, confusing "like" with "hate" and "good" with "bad." Although it's implied that Luthor manipulated him into this.
* TheMovie: There was a plan for a movie to bridge the change between ''Justice League'' and ''Unlimited'', titled ''Justice League: World's Collide''. Ultimately the movie [[WhatCouldHaveBeen never materialized]], but according to the WordOfGod, the majority of its content was incorporated into ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths''. Though the final production does not fit into the DCAU continuity, it addresses the expansion of the League's roster, the construction of a new, bigger Watchtower, and even where Wonder Woman got the Invisible Jet that she uses for the first time in "For the Man Who Has Everything."
* MrViceGuy: Comicbook/BoosterGold.
* MsFanservice: Comicbook/BlackCanary was the ''only'' reason Green Arrow stayed on with the League.
* MugglePower: Addressed very directly with the story arc about the US government and Amanda Waller's distrust of the League.
* MundaneUtility: John Stewart sometimes uses his power ring for minor everyday tasks that people use their regular arms and hands for, including picking up newspapers ("Legends") and to hold open elevator doors ("Task Force X").
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Played straight once and subverted twice:
** In the episode "Metamorphosis," a {{squick}}y example occurs when an extremely OverprotectiveDad (who loved his daughter maybe [[ParentalIncest a bit too much]]) did not like Rex Mason, his daughter's fiancée. He attempted to have Mason killed, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive while also forwarding his research outside of standard safety protocols]], and when that failed he pretended that the one who told him to do it was Green Lantern, Mason's old friend. He then shows Rex a photo of John Stewart and his fiancée embracing, which had been a brief hug to support her following Mason's accident but was taken out of context, and Rex then went after Green Lantern in a rage.
** Subverted in "Hunter's Moon." When the LoveTriangle between Shayera Hol, Mari and John Stewart begins to develop, the two women are ambushed by Thanagarian soldiers who want to put Hawkgirl on trial for war crimes. Vixen is captured and immediately offers to help the Thanagarians capture Shayera in exchange for her own freedom; she even [[InvokedTrope points out that they want the same man]] as a reason for the Thanagarians to trust her. However, as soon as she gains their trust, she disables her guards and hijacks their ship in order to save herself ''and'' Shayera. The two women [[CharacterDevelopment actually become good friends]], despite the continuous friction of the [[UnresolvedSexualTension tension]] between Shayera and John. When the triangle evolves into a Love Quadrilateral with the addition of Carter "Hawkman" Hall, who believes himself to be the reincarnated true love of Shayera, the trope is subverted again when the Shadow Thief offers him John's life. Hawkman, [[IncorruptiblePurePureness being the hero]], refuses and frees Stewart so they can defeat the Shadow Thief together.
* MusicalEpisode: "This Little Piggy," which featured songs performed by both Circe and Batman.
* MustMakeAmends: Hawkgirl
* MutualEnvy: In the episode "Metamorphosis," John Stewart sees that his former Marine buddy, Rex Mason, has it nice:
-->'''John Stewart''': I've never thought much about the choices I've made. Maybe if I'd taken the other road, I'd be where Mason is now. Rich, successful...
-->'''Hawkgirl''': (''wryly'') And engaged to a beautiful woman?
-->'''''After John promises Sapphire Stagg he'll bring Rex home safe'''''
-->'''Sapphire Stagg''': No wonder he always looked up to you.
-->'''John Stewart''': (''puzzled'') Me? He's the one who had it made.
-->'''Sapphire Stagg''': No. He watches you on the news all the time. He still misses it being in action, saving people's lives. I think he'd trade places with you in a minute.
-->'''John Stewart''': Guess it's true about what they say about "the grass always being greener."
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Comicbook/CaptainAtom is manipulated into turning against the League and fighting Superman during the Cadmus arc by General Eiling. When Huntress mocks him, he simply replies "I've got my orders, Ma'am."
* MyEyesAreUpHere: Zatanna to B'wana Beast.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** VandalSavage is a bit unhappy that he destroyed the world and wiped out humanity.
** Superman had a bit of this in "Clash" after he realized he'd been tricked into trashing Luthor's reconstruction benefit because he thought he saw a bomb down there and beat up poor Captain Marvel for nothing.
* MyGrandsonMyself: Vandal Savage poses as his own grandson during his CivilianVillain stage in "Maid of Honor."
* MythArc: The second season episode "A Better World" began a storyline that reached through the following two seasons. It was unintended by the producers; they were just trying to make a couple of good episodes and did not plan to continue the story past those episodes. The arc eventually (retroactively) was pushed back to the final episode of Superman's series, as his actions in that episode prompted much of the government involvement that was expanded when the U.S. government realized how much of a threat the expanded JL potentially posed to the population. Again, the entire thing was unintentional, but it fit together awfully well.
* MythologyGag:
** In the episode "Paradise Lost:Part 1," Wonder Woman saves a little girl name Cassie andcalls her little sister. A refrences to Cassie Sandsmark who is the current Wonder Girl.
** Martian Manhunter enjoys Oreos in "Comfort and Joy," which are his TrademarkFavoriteFood in the comics.
** Most episode titles are based on various DC Comic series, like "Brave and the Bold" and a clever one in "Wild Western Stories."
** In "The Once And Future Thing," where members of the League go to the future and meet an older Batman, when the current Batman is warned that things in the future are different he asks his older self, "Are criminals still superstitious and cowardly?"
** In "Starcrossed," Batman wears a diplomat disguise to infiltrate the Thanagarian warship. His disguise greatly resembles Alan Napier, who played Alfred in the Creator/AdamWest ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series.
** In "A Better World," Batman's password is the date of his first appearance in Detective Comics: 91939 (September, 1939).
** In "Secret Society," Grodd's society (Himself/Sinestro/Shade/Giganta/Clayface/Killer Frost) charging toward the League in a balls-out glorious homage to the old ''[[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Challenge of the Superfriends]]'' intro.
** "Chaos at the Earth's Core" opened with several heroes fighting a giant turtle rampaging through Tokyo. The turtle itself is actually from an old Comicbook/JimmyOlsen comic, which featured Jimmy turning ''into'' that giant turtle. Commentary on the DVD reveals that they chose not to go that exact route in order to avoid having to explain why the giant turtle turned into a naked Jimmy Olsen when it was defeated, but the turtle itself was left in as an homage.
** In "Task Force X," Plastique is tended to by Comicbook/CaptainAtom after she is injured and left behind by the rest of the team. In the comics, the two end up getting married.
** In "Injustice For All," in the first fight between Lex's group and the League, a statue of [[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Zan and Jayna]] is [[TakeThat smashed]].
** In "Comfort and Joy," the cat that lives in the Kents' house is pretty clearly Streaky the Super-Cat. It has no powers, however.
** When Franchise/WonderWoman needs to switch from civilian clothes to superhero outfit in "To Another Shore," she uses the transformation sequence from the 1970s [[Series/WonderWoman Lynda Carter TV show]].
** General Eiling's giant mutated form is identical to the Shaggy Man body he transfers his mind into in the comics, although the character, method and storyline are completely different. The group of heroes at the parade in that episode were an amalgamated lineup of the Seven Soldiers of Victory.
** Tom Turbine in "Legends" explains a vibration-based multiverse theory which is pretty close to how the pre-Crisis DC multiverse worked.
** When Brainthor creates robot Justice Lords to distract the League, he's forced to create a new one for Flash (since Flash's death was what created the Justice Lords in the first place). The being he creates is nearly identical to Professor Zoom AKA The Reverse Flash.
** "Ancient History" tells the story of Hawkman and Hawkgirl's original selves in Ancient Egypt. It is said that Teth Adam paid tribute to them. Teth Adam is the man who would become BlackAdam in DC's mainstream continuity.
** In "Alive," Cheetah and Bizarro are the ones to hook up Lex's machine in space, likely a callback to ''Wanted: The Superfriends'', where the Legion rewired the JL satellite to make the world into slave clones of the two.
** "Eclipsed" features a talk-show host named Gordon "Glorious" Godfrey. In the [[ComicBook/NewGods Fourth World]] of DC comics, Glorious Godfrey was one of the New Gods of Apokolips who served Darkseid, and in the miniseries ''Legends'' posed as a talk-show host on Earth named G. Gordon Godfrey.
** Also from "Eclipsed": one of the possessed characters (as per another's sarcastic suggestion), in order to attract the JL, "puts on a gaudy costume and threatens to hurt a lot of people". He ends up looking '''exactly''' like the original comic book version of Eclipso (who has a very different origin and background).
* NayTheist: Hawkgirl, and Thanagarians in general, renounced [[EldritchAbomination Ichthultu]] and no longer bow down to any higher power. She ''believes'' in Ichthultu, though--enough to smash his brain in with her energy mace.
* NecktieLeash: Huntress likes to do this to The Question.
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: In "The Greatest Story Never Told," Booster Gold tells the transporter technician to "Energize!", [[ShoutOut which is the command used in]] ''Franchise/StarTrek''. The technician in turn calls Booster a "doofus."
* NeverSayDie: Completely averted, as characters never shied away from talking bluntly about death or killing.
* NeverSleepAgain: In "Only a Dream," Batman and the Martian Manhunter fight Doctor Destiny, a villain who can trap people within their dreams, and they have to try to stay awake to fight him.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** In the first episode, Superman's assistance in dismantling Earth's nuclear arsenal in pursuit of world peace removes the planet's defenses against the Imperium invasion.
** Hawkgirl in "Eclipsed" when she [[spoiler:smashes the crystal, which turns the one-possession device into a ''multi-''possession device]]. An OhCrap by the Flash follows as soon as he realized what she had done.
** Superman destroying Lexor city while fighting with Captain Marvel in "Clash."
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[Comicbook/{{Blackhawk}} Blackhawk Island]] is protected by, among other things, Flying Robot Gunsharks.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: A couple of times most notably in "Destroyer."
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Harv Hickman in "A Knight of Shadows" used the Philosopher's Stone to wish for money and women. By the time the episode takes place, he is a [[Magazine/{{Playboy}} magazine]] publisher (Flash [[IReadItForTheArticles reads it for the articles]]), owning a familiar-looking mansion complete with a Grotto. Some of his lines to Wonder Woman count as GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
* NoGravityForYou: When SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor and Franchise/TheFlash go through a FreakyFridayFlip, Mr. Terrific pulls this to try and stop Luthor. Lex figures out how to fly in the zero gravity, but Mr. Terrific uses that against him too. An interesting use of dueling brains by two of the smartest humans.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: When Shayera and Mari are exercising in the League gym, Mari, while running on a treadmill, advises Shayera to go easy on the weight machine [[DiscussedTrope since men often do not enjoy the ripped, bulky look]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Frequently.
* NoImmortalInertia: Happens to Mordred in "Kid Stuff."
* NoMedicationForMe: The Trickster suffers from delusional episodes that are treated with regular medication; when he stops taking his medication, he relapses into villainous activity. [[TruthInTelevision He explains that he feels he no longer needs his medication, since he takes them when he is feeling "down."]] Flash points out to him that he is wearing his villain costume again, which the Trickster was not even aware of, and that it is important he turn himself in to the police and resume his medication. [[FriendlyEnemy Trickster agrees after Flash promises to visit him and play darts (the soft kind)]].
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Batman believes this of {{Darkseid}} in "Twilight," but Superman is [[GenreSavvy more skeptical]]. Oddly for this trope, [[spoiler:Darkseid does ''not'' survive. [[BackFromTheDead He gets better through]].]] They learn from experience, though; when much is made about Darkseid having been stopped by the sacrifice of Luthor (of all people), there is the calm prediction, "They'll ''both'' be back."
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup
* NoSell: Downpour versus Aquaman
-->King of the Seas, remember?
** In the first episode, Batman tosses a Batarang at someone he thinks is an ordinary {{mook}}, but is actually a White Martian in disguise. Instead of dodging out of the way or going intangible, the Martian just lets the Batarang bounce harmlessly off her forehead.
* NoSwastikas: In "The Savage Time," the words "Nazi" nor "Hitler" are never uttered, even though we see Hitler in a jar in one point. No swastikas are seen in flashbacks where they would be expected (one shot of Hitler speaking at a rally has a large backdrop German Eagle clutching an empty wreath, for instance). Later uses of the Vandal Savage symbol, however, are justified in that he replaced the swastika with his emblem after usurping Hitler. However, the effect is the same as if they ''had'' used swastikas, as his logo is essentially the S-rune of the ''SS'' on a white disc on a red background.
* NoWaterProofingInTheFuture: In "Injustice For All," Batman shorts out Lex Luthor's stasis field by spitting a mouthful of water into it.
* NobleDemon: {{Etrigan}}, literally. He's a "good" guy who happens to be a fire-breathing monster from Hell.
* NoodleIncident:
** "The Savage Time" begins with most of the League returning from a mission in space. Green Lantern complains about how he had to use his ring to drag everybody else across the galaxy, and Flash consoles him with the fact that they at least won the battle, but what they actually did is never expounded upon.
** In "The Great Brain Robbery," when Flash is trying to prove he is really Flash and not Lex Luthor:
-->'''Flash:''' Until he went off to the Marines, GL's nickname was...
-->'''Green Lantern:''' Stop! It's him! You promised never to repeat that story!
-->'''Flash:''' I know. I was just messing with your head.
* NotBrainwashed:
** Grodd's accomplice in "The Brave and the Bold."
** Of the "Not Blackmailed" variety, [[Comicbook/SuicideSquad Task Force X]] is filled with [[BoxedCrook criminals forced into service to the US government]], led in the field by Colonel Flagg. At the end of the episode, Deadshot asks Flagg just what it is that Amanda Waller has on him which makes him such a loyal and determined lackey. Flagg explains that she doesn't have a thing on him; his loyalty is ''genuine''.
* NotGrowingUpSucks: Mordred.
* NotQuiteFlight: The Flash once improvised "flight" when falling to his death during "I Am Legion." By spinning his arms, he created a cushion of air, likening himself to a helicopter before comically falling to the ground.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Martian Manhunter playing [[WritingAroundTrademarks Brawlin' Bots]] with Flash.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: Wonder Woman rescued Steve Trevor after he was forced to abandon the plane he was flying, and caught him with only a few feet to spare before he hit the ground. He showed absolutely no negative effects from his sudden deceleration.
* NotWhatISignedOnFor: Lex Luthor's reaction when he finds out what Grodd actually has planned for their Legion of Doom. Not because he felt it was too evil, but because turning the world into apes was really ''stupid''.
* NothingPersonal:
** When [[spoiler:Hawkgirl]] says that her attacking Green Lantern was not personal, his only response is "[[DefiedTrope keep telling yourself that."]]
** Although the Question explained that his hatred of Lex Luthor was [[Literature/GulliversTravels brobdingnagian]], he points out that his actions are not personal, but just a necessary step to keep the League from turning on humanity.
* NowIKnowWhatToNameHim: Implied with Shayera at the end of "Ancient History", after John tells her about his meeting of Warhawk (their future son) and that even though he loves her [[ScrewDestiny he will not be destiny's puppet]]. She goes to Batman, sits down beside him and gently requests; "Tell me about my son".
* NukeEm: [[GeneralRipper General Wade Eiling's]] ''first thought'' after he is told to fix the Doomsday situation is to drop a nuclear warhead on Doomsday and, by extension, Superman and San Baquero. Since Eiling planned to get to Superman eventually and had long wanted to stop drug smuggling from San Baquero, he considered it killing three birds with one stone.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: The episodes "The Brave and the Bold", "Divided We Fall", and "Flash and Substance" shows that Flash only '''acts''' like a fool.
* ObligatoryJoke: From "Dead Reckoning". The {{Trope Namer|s}}.
* OddFriendship:
** Romantic variation is shown with Huntress and the Question. The only common ground they seem to have is that other League members consider them both - for different [[ConspiracyTheorist reasons]] - to be a bit nuts.
** Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} and Comicbook/GreenArrow bond in "Initiation," the first episode of ''Unlimited'', and are frequently shown conversing and cooperating throughout the series. She and Green Lantern also spend a lot of screen-time together and banter freely and warmly, but they have a more traditional mentor/student role instead of partnership.
** Hawkgirl and Solomon Grundy.
** Vigilante is a stereotypical cowboy, Shining Knight is a medieval knight. In "Patriot Act", they were watching a movie together before a mission.
* OfficerOHara: In "Legends."
* OfficialCouple: Several, including Superman/Lois, Green Arrow/Black Canary, Supergirl/[[spoiler:Brainiac 5]], and Question/Huntress, also [[spoiler:Warhawk's existence implies John Stewart and Shayera, though at the end of the series they are no longer a couple. WordOfGod has stated they will get together eventually]].
* OhCrap:
** When Cronos throws Chucko into the Cretaceous period.
-->'''Chucko (to a T. Rex):''' You think I'm scared?! I'll be running this place in a we-
--> *looks up to see a meteor*
--> Oh phooey.
** Green Lantern and Green Arrow, when Superman asks them the name of the "boy" who kept Supergirl in the future. [[spoiler:He is named Brainiac. But it is a nice version of him. Seriously.]]
** Lex Luthor and the Legion Of Doom travel halfway across the universe to find Brainiac, who Lex Luthor wants to fuse with to recover godlike power. They find the supposed essence of Brainiac in the cosmic dust and reconstitute him... [[spoiler: only to find out it is NOT Brainiac, but DARKSEID.]] MassOhCrap!
** Waller realizing that Luthor played her, immediately followed by Hamilton realizing Luthor's plan. [[spoiler:He's stolen enough Cadmus tech to build himself a second, mindless A.M.A.Z.O., and then transfer his mind into it.]]
** In "Grudge Match" after Black Canary and Huntress have worked to free Vixen and Hawkgirl from Roulette's mind control, the cage opens and in walks a brainwashed Wonder Woman.
-->'''Vixen:''' Does anyone have a plan?
-->'''Hawkgirl:''' Yeah, stay alive.
-->'''Huntress:''' Does anyone have a ''good'' plan?
** In "Divided We Fall," when Luthor believes [[spoiler:he killed the Flash]] he chuckles to himself before looking up to see that Superman is...displeased.
* OhMyGods: Wonder Woman is a serial offender ("Great Hera!" "Hera, give me strength!"); it becomes a plot point in "The Terror Beyond".
* OldMaster: Named, appropriately enough, The Master. He was one of Batman's martial arts trainers and also serves as an advisor to the deceased SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadman}}.
* OminousLatinChanting: In the climax of "The Once and Future Thing: Time Warped" when Chronos attempts to [[InTheirOwnImage remake the Universe in his own image.]]
* OneOfUs: In-universe, [[StalkerWithACrush Hawkman]] is a frequent browser of "I Hate Hawkgirl" websites where he is constantly banned for [[ComplainingAboutPeopleNotLikingTheShow flaming]] the other members. Batman, when discussing Hawkman's activities, correctly uses the term "flame" to describe on-line hostility.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted, as both John Stewart and J'onn J'onzz regularly go by their real names, though the pronunciation is slightly different (''J'onn'' is pronounced closer to the French ''Jean''.) Flash sneaks in a gag about "the Two Johns" at one point.
* OneWingedAngel
** The first to appear in the series would be Hades, who at first shows up looking like a regular guy in Greek-esque armor. Later, his face gets burned off and we see "his true face"; a grey-skinned, demonic-looking monster, with horns, an elongated jaw and multiple forked tongues.
** At the climax of the Cadmus arc, [[spoiler:Luthor is abducted by Brainiac, first becoming a monstrous human/mechanical chimera, then becoming a true union of flesh and steel when he unites with Brainiac for the final conflict with the Justice League]].
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Batman is able to convince the Ultra-Humanite to double-cross the Injustice Gang by offering double what Lex Luthor was paying. Humanite then donates it to public broadcasting.
* OpponentSwitch: The Original Seven opt to do this against the fake Justice Lords in "Divided We Fall" so as to avoid their respective HannibalLecture.
* OptOut: Captain Marvel.
* OurHeroIsDead: Superman in "Hereafter".
* OurGhostsAreDifferent[=/=]OurSoulsAreDifferent: Deadman and Gentleman Ghost.
* OurWormholesAreDifferent: They not only provide FasterThanLightTravel (which the League does ''not'' [[ReedRichardsIsUseless share with the world]]), it also sucks nasty dark matter out of the Sun.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Solomon Grundy.
* OutOfCharacterAlert: Flash finally recognizes that the person they are speaking to is not Batman, despite the fact that they are obviously the same person, when he grabs a gun from a subordinate and wields it himself.
* OutsideContextVillain: "Starcrossed" opens with the League patrolling Washington, D.C. because Batman has received a tip that terrorists are planning to attack a summit of world leaders. In the first scene they are instead attacked by a Gordanian spaceship and are rescued by the Thanagarians, who explain that Earth has now been dragged into their interstellar war.
* OutsideTheBoxTactic: In the episode "Hawk and Dove", the Annihilator defeats entire armed factions by feeding off aggression and hostility. When [[ActualPacifist Dove]] faces the machine and neither attacks it nor fights back in self defense, the machine shuts down.
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* PapaWolf: [[PapaWolf Never threaten Aquaman's kid.]]
* ParentalBonus: Many, see the [[Radar/JusticeLeague Crap Past the Radar page]] and MythologyGag.
* ParentalSubstitute:
** Wildcat helped train and mentor Comicbook/BlackCanary when she was just getting started.
** Oberon to Mister Miracle.
** Galatea calls Dr. Hamilton "Daddy". Hamilton is visibly unnerved by the situation, since he is potentially sending her to her death.
* PerpetualFrowner: Ace's permanent frown is so pronounced it is funny.
* PhantomZone: A slightly ironic use, where Franchise/{{Batman}} becomes disgruntled with Franchise/{{Superman}} after he sends Doomsday into the literal Phantom Zone. The plot really isn't trying to cover up the fact Batman's anger is treating it as giving someone an actual death sentence.
* PhysicalGod:
** Ares, Hades and Darkseid and the Comicbook/NewGods.
** Future!Ace from the Royal Flush gang.
* PianoDrop: In "This Little Piggy", Zatanna attacks Circe with with a barrage of items (Chair, table, tablecloth) as Circe keeps trying to get out a "WhoDares" exclamation. She caps it off with a piano, which ''finally'' gets Circe to stop trying to complete her line.
* PiggybackingOnHitler: In "The Savage Time", Vandal Savage in the present builds a time machine and sends a laptop back to himself during World War II, containing future history and schematics for technology. Past-Vandal then joins the Nazis and rapidly rises through the ranks until he usurps Hitler himself, becoming the new Führer. Vandal Savage does not really care about Nazi ideals; he just wanted to use them to conquer the world for himself.
* PistolWhipping: [[PlayingWithATrope Of a sort]]. After they both run completely out of arrows in "Patriot Act", Green Arrow and Speedy charge at their enemy swinging their bows as blunt instruments. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope They are both effortlessly knocked down without actually hitting the enemy]].]]
* PlayingWithFire: [[CaptainObvious Fire]] and [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Volcana]].
* PoirotSpeak: The Germans in "The Savage Time" speak English, [[TranslationConvention even amongst themselves]], but occasionally slip in a "Jawohl" and "Mein Fuhrer."
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: The aversion of NoEqualOpportunityTimeTravel in "The Once and Future Thing". John Stewart enters the typical Western saloon unmolested, an act that would pretty much be courting death in the 19th century. Granted, he has a GreenLanternRing, but still...
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Aquaman antagonizes Shayera Hol when they are playing chess, making sexist remarks regarding her skill as a warrior and worthiness as an opponent, [[SubvertedTrope but is really just trying to get a reaction out of her since she is in an emotional funk]].
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Mongul
* PostVictoryCollapse:
** Professor Hamilton in "Question Authority".
** "Only a Dream" had Batman, who'd been awake for ''three days straight'' before having to face Dr. Destiny, a villain who can creep into a sleeping person's dreams, must take measures to keep himself awake even longer: a triple-strength coffee, a broken windshield which gives him a rush of cool air to keep him awake, and ''Frere Jacques'' playing in his mind. Once Dr. Destiny is defeated through accidentally sedating himself, Batman is seen asleep at the Watchtower Sickbay, snoring.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: In [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries his own series]], a tough enough Mook could give Batman trouble (or at least slow him down). Here, he can land kicks on Darkseid - okay, it does not really do anything, but still. In-Universe, gradual power creep is shown in "Only a Dream" to be Superman's greatest nightmare. He keeps getting bigger and stronger and is unable to control his powers. Used as a great MythologyGag, no less: "I started with no power at all, and I kept getting more. What if it never stops?"
* PowerLossMakesYouStrong: Green Lantern in "The Savage Time", Superman in "Hereafter", Supergirl in "Chaos at the Earth's Core".
* PowerNullifier: Used by Luthor on the Justice Lords.
* PowerPerversionPotential: [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Implied]].
* PowerTrio: DC's "Big Three": Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Spotlighted in "For the Man Who Has Everything".
* PowerWalk: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p81_kAFdyr8 Intro for Seasons One and Two]] featured this in [[RuleOfCool sloooow mooooootiiiiioooonnn]].
* PoweredArmor: Worn by Luthor and Steel. S.T.R.I.P.E starts of as more of a MiniMecha before gradually becoming more like this in the final season.
* PresentPeeking: Superman/Clark Kent's parents use lead foil which blocks his x-ray vision so he can't peek.
* PresidentEvil: Lordverse Lex Luthor.
* PrincelingRivalry: Aquaman is the strong first born betrayed by his scheming younger half brother Orm/Ocean Master. Orm chains Aquaman and his newborn son to the side of a cliff that's falling into magma. Aquaman gets one arm free and uses it to chop of his other hand so he can get out in time, and then goes to attack Orm directly.
* ProfessorGuineaPig: [[CatGirl Cheetah]].
* ProphecyTwist: "Far From Home".
* {{Proud Warrior Race G|uy}}irl: Hawkgirl. Also Draaga in "War World".
* PsychicStatic: Batman humming "Frere Jacques" at Doctor Destiny.
* PsychopathicManchild:
** Toyman
** [[spoiler: Ray]] in "Legends". [[spoiler:He would have been around fifty by the time of the events of the episode, but continued to live out his fantasies as a young teenager.]]
* PullARabbitOutOfMyHat: When Comicbook/{{Zatanna}} is closing out [[StageMagician her performance]], she proclaims that she will pull a rabbit out of her hat. [[MagiciansAreWizards She grabs someone from the audience instead]].
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh:
** Happens to Superman during the prison break in "Starcrossed"; his cell was specifically designed to sap his powers, and he had not fully recovered yet.
** Happens rather humorously to Downpour against Aquaman in "Ultimatum". Downpour tried to crush Aquaman by turning into a tidal wave, which did nothing, followed by Aquaman backhanding him.
--> '''Aquaman''': "King of the Sea, remember?"
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: A staple of the series as superpowered beings, and even some non-superpowered beings, toss people hither and yon.
* PuppeteerParasite: Eclipso
* PutOnABus:
** Hawkgirl was originally put on a bus, but she came back.
** Supergirl.
** J'onn J'onzz left on a bus and returned [[BackForTheFinale just in time]] for a [[Awesome/JusticeLeague Crowning Moment of Awesome]] in the GrandFinale.
** When A.M.A.Z.O. was put on the bus [[LongBusTrip he was never seen again]]. Apparently, they meant to turn this into a BrickJoke in the last episode, but, ironically enough, they forgot.
* PuttingOnTheReich: "Hearts and Minds"
* RaceAgainstTheClock: "Wild Cards," which takes place in RealTime as the League attempts to defuse several bombs that the Joker has placed throughout Las Vegas.
* RagnarokProofing: The League's SpaceBase. Vandal Savage notes it did not fall out of orbit for quite close to 30,000 years, and after all that time and going through re-entry, some technology in it still works. "[[LampshadeHanging A marvel of engineering]]" indeed!
* RapidFireFisticuffs: By Flash.
* TheRealHeroes: "Patriot Act".
* RealTime: The majority of "Wild Cards" takes place in real time, with a TickingClock on screen keeping track.
* RealityEnsues: It turns out carrying a chunk of radioactive rock in your pocket will not only fend off a Kryptonian, but also give you cancer. Batman at least had the good sense to store his chunk in a lead-shielded compartment in his utility belt.
* RealityWarper
** Ace develops reality warping powers some time after "Wild Cards," [[spoiler: [[TearJerker which also leads to her death]]]].
** Mordred in "Kid Stuff" with an AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome.
* ReallyGetsAround: Tala. Luthor, Grodd, alludes to past history with Felix Faust (All apparently more power plays than anything else) and even manages to [[FreakyFridayFlip sneak in]] [[{{Pun}} a quickie]] with Franchise/TheFlash.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: J'onn, Vandal Savage, Morgaine le Fey and her son, Mordred. [[spoiler: Mordred ultimately loses his eternal youth in the episode "Kid Stuff" [[FateWorseThanDeath and ends up rapidly degrading to his true age]].]]
* RealMenWearPink: "Double Date" opens with two of Mandragora's bodyguards discussing a recipe for scones.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** The MirrorUniverse Luthor gives one to that dimension's Superman at the beginning of a "A Better World", pointing out that he could have stopped Luthor years ago if only he had killed him. This version of Superman takes him up on the suggestion.
** [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] gives one to the Original Seven in "Clash" (particularly Superman) over their recent actions.
--->'''Captain Marvel:''' My whole life, I've looked up to the League. You were my heroes. Every one of you. ''(to Superman)'' And you, you were more than a hero. I idolized you. I wanted to be you. Whenever I was out there, facing down the bad guys, I'd think, "[[WhatWouldXDo What would Superman do?]]" Now I know… I believe in fair play. I believe in taking people at their word and giving them the benefit of the doubt. Back home, I've come up against my share of pretty nasty bad guys, but I never had to act the way they did to win a fight. I always found another way. I guess I'm saying I like being a hero. A symbol. And that's why... I'm quitting the Justice League. You don't act like heroes anymore.
* RedHeadedHero:
** The Flash. When she sees it for the first time, Wonder Woman says that red hair suites him.
** Hawkgirl, the fiery, [[BoisterousBruiser boisterous]] character.
** [[spoiler: and TheQuestion, without his mask.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Hawk and Dove, who are colored according to the philosophies they personify, but coincidentally embody many of the personality traits of this trope as well.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Solomon Grundy.
* ReincarnationRomance: Between John Stewart and Hawkgirl... {{maybe|MagicMaybeMundane}}.
* RelationshipUpgrade: In "Wild Cards" in season two John and Shayera go from teammates [[BelligerentSexualTension who bicker and argue a lot]] to an OfficialCouple.
* ReligionIsMagic: When Felix Faust begins wreaking havoc in [[ClassicalMythology Tartarus]], only the magic-based heroes are affected.
* RememberTheNewGuy:
** Hawkgirl had never shown up anywhere onscreen in the {{DCAU}} continuity prior to her first appearance in the three-part premiere episode "Secret Origins," but the other main characters evidently already knew who she was.
** John Stewart, the Green Lantern, also counts, though his example isn't as obvious because the Green Lantern Corps and their various members had already been shown in the earlier ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "In Brightest Day".
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Villains Copperhead and Eclipso.
* RescueRomance: The precise details are not revealed, but Big Barda mentions that she was a slave on Apokolips before Scott Free, her future husband, freed her from her brainwashing.
* RetCanon:
** Not long after the series premiered, in comics canon John Stewart returned to being an active Green Lantern with his haircut and costume from the series and joined the JLA. While the comics have yet to shave him bald and give him a beard ala the ''JLU'' seasons, his MirrorUniverse counterpart, Power Ring, sports a similar look and John joked about it with Black Lightning (who is currently bald) when he replaced Hal Jordan in the post-''Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis'' version of the League.
** Comicbook/{{Vixen}}'s current '[[HelloNurse superpowered Josephine Baker]]' look came to the comics from here.
* RetrauxFlashback: "Patriot Act" opens with a scene of the Spy Smasher stealing the Captain Nazi formula during World War II. Not only was it [[MonochromePast in black-and-white]], but they used different music and fight effects from the rest of the series in order to emulate film serials of the time.
* RetroUniverse: The well-loved episode "Legends".
* TheReveal: From "Starcrossed" [[spoiler: Hawkgirl has been spying on Earth and the League all along for the Thanagarians, who are planning to destroy the Earth as part of their war with the Gordanians.]]
* RevealingCoverup: In "Fearful Symmetry" it was [[spoiler: Cadmus sending soldiers and robots to attack Green Arrow, the Question and Supergirl]] that hinted to them that they should investigate the general who had commissioned those robots when the three had just run into a dead end.
* RevengeAgainstMen: The plot of "Fury".
* RidingIntoTheSunset: "Starcrossed" (And, by proxy, ''Justice League'') ends with Shayera Hol flying into the sunset as John Stewart watches.
* RightBehindMe: Batman about Wonder Woman in "The Once and Future Thing".
* RippleEffectProofMemory: In "The Savage Time"
* RoadTripEpisode: When the Flash buys a van in "Eclipsed", he says that he and Green Lantern should take a road trip "looking for America". [[DefiedTrope Green Lantern dryly remarks that he will let Flash know as soon as his schedule clears up]].
* RobotBuddy: Skeets to Booster Gold, also Brainiac in Superman's Krypton fantasy.
* RocketPunch: S.T.R.I.P.E. has one.
* RoguesGallery: Flash's RoguesGallery, in particular, makes a memorable appearance.
* RoundTableShot: For both the League and Cadmus in "The Doomsday Sanction".
* RubberForeheadAliens
* RubberMan: Elongated Man and Plastic Man.
* RunningGag: In "The Greatest Story Never Told", several characters [[CounterpartComparison mistook Booster Gold for the Green Lantern]], even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d at the end of the episode.
* {{Ruritania}}: Kasnia.
* SacrificialPlanet: The first episode of the cartoon displays an invasion of aliens coming to Earth. These aliens previously had taken Mars, leaving the Martian Manhunter as the sole survivor, who comes to Earth to warn the planet and help form the Justice League to fight them off.
* SadlyMythtaken:
** The Greek pantheon received a general re-writing to fit the good/evil dichotomy of the story (See HijackedByJesus). When Circe appears in "This Little Piggy" she is repeatedly referred to as a "Goddess." In ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', the actual Circe, though powerful, was merely a human witch with a penchance for turning people into animals.
** The series takes many liberties with [[KingArthur Arthurian legend]], introducing Morgan Le Fay as an antagonist of the League and tying Etrigan's origin into the fall of Camelot. Most of the changes, however, were first made in the comics before being adapted into the show.
* SaltAndPepper: Reversed. Green Lantern is the straight man, while Flash is the goofball.
* SandInMyEyes: Nicely subverted after Superman comes back from the dead.
--> '''Superman:''' I'm fine. Very glad to be home... Flash?\\
'''Flash:''' ''[sniff]'' Something in my eyes.\\
'''Green Lantern:''' Yeah, tears. It's OK, man. We all feel the same way.
* SaveThisPersonSaveTheWorld: In ''Unlimited'' the Flash explicitly points out that since his death was what caused the Justice Lords to go rogue, if everybody just concentrates on keeping him alive then there is no chance of the League overthrowing the government.
* SceneryCensor: Happens to Lex Luthor in "Divided We Fall".
* ScreamingWarrior:
** Hawkgirl
-->'''Maria Canals''' (Hawkgirl's Actress) "I have this war cry that I love when I get to do. It relieves a lot of stress when I do it."
** Supergirl, believe it or not. [[BroughtDownToNormal When she loses most of her abilities]] in "Chaos at the Earth's Core" Green Lantern tells her to stay back out of the fight, but she picks up a sword and literally leaps into battle, screaming at the top of her lungs before Lantern can even finish the sentence.
* ScrewDestiny: When John tells Shayera about their future son, Rex Stewart (aka Warhawk) he also tells her that although he still loves her, he "won't be destiny's puppet" and will be staying with Vixen. [[YouCantFightFate However...]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In "Wild Cards," when Superman points out that he will be killed along with the heroes if he stays until the bomb goes off, [[spoiler:King]] turns and flees the fight.
* SdrawkcabAlias: Greek deity Ares passes himself off as 'Mister Sera'.
* SealedEvilInACan: "Secret Origins", "Paradise Lost", "Secret Society".
* SeenItAll:
** The Kents had a notable moment when J'onn came to visit for Christmas.
-->'''J'onn:''' Hello... My name is J'onn. I am a Martian.\\
'''Jonathan Kent:''' Well come on in, we're no strangers to aliens in this house.
** Jonah Hex, in a MythologyGag to his comic self, easily recognizes the JL as time travelers. "I've had an interestin' life."
* SecretIdentity:
** Superman was the first character to reveal his identity to another member of the League during the show. In "Comfort and Joy" he brings J'onn J'onzz home with him for Christmas, introducing him to his parents and including him in his life as 'Clark.'
** In "Starcrossed," when the League is on the run they realize that they can easily blend in with the populace.
-->'''J'onn:''' [The Thanagarians] are looking for the Justice League. Without our costumes, we are merely ordinary citizens.\\
'''Wally:''' Hold on a second here. What about the whole "secret identity" thing? I mean, I trust you guys, but I'm not sure I'm ready to--\\
'''Batman:''' (impatiently) Wally West. Clark Kent. (yanks off his own mask) Bruce Wayne.\\
'''Flash:''' (muttering) Show-off...
** Parodied. After accidentally [[FreakyFridayFlip getting a hold of Flash's body]], Lex Luthor realizes he can use this moment to discover the Flash's real ID and promptly removes his mask, revealing... [[AntiClimacticUnmasking well, that he has no clue who this red-headed kid is.]]
* SecretTestOfCharacter:
** J'onn J'onzz had criminal Steven Mandragora moved from his hideout and placed in protective custody, but withheld that information from the Huntress to see if she would attempt to kill him for the murder of her parents. She tries to and is kicked out of the League for being willing to cross that line.
** Shining Knight retells a story of one time when his lord, KingArthur, ordered him to lay waste to a village. Shining Knight believed that Arthur could never be so heartless and refused the order, willing to turn in his sword in shame if it turned out that he was wrong, but Arthur in turn thanked him for his actions.
* SeinfeldianConversation: In "Patriot Act", Shining Knight and Vigilante spend an elevator ride [[ShoutOut talking about]] ''Film/DirtyHarry''. Vigilante is a fan of the film and Creator/ClintEastwood, but Shining Knight believes that his refusal to play by the rules besmirches himself and his profession.
* SelfServingMemory:
** In "ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything," Mongul tries to accuse Superman of falsifying their previous encounter, calling Batman's description of Superman humiliating Mongul a "jaundiced account". In "War World", Superman ''had'' humiliated Mongul, and Mongul only ever held his own when he was blackmailing Superman into deliberately losing the fight.
** In the series finale "Destroyer", Darkseid pulls this, erroneously recalling that last time they met ("Twilight"), Superman could barely hold his own against him. The truth was that in "Twilight", Superman [[BewareTheNiceOnes fought him much closer to a draw or victory]] and would have ''killed him'', had not Batman dragged him away through a boom tube.
* SensorCharacter: J'onn J'onzz often fulfills this role, thanks to his telepathic abilities.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: In "Hereafter", Superman is sent back to the day of his disappearance by Vandal Savage to avert a BadFuture where Savage disrupts the entire solar system's gravity and wipes out mankind. The lead-up to this scheme involved the death of [[Comicbook/TheAtom a scientist named Ray Palmer]], so that's a bonus, too.
* SexFaceTurn: Batman seduces Cheetah when he is being held prisoner by the Injustice Guild, and she is subsequently torn when Luthor plans to destroy the Watchtower. Ultimately, the Justice League receive a warning about the bomb and are able to survive, and Solomon Grundy drags Cheetah off-screen to punish her for her betrayal. [[spoiler: It was not her, but the Ultra-Humanite who warned the League.]]
* SexyDiscretionShot: When Shayera and John [[TheyDo finally admit their feelings to each other]] they kiss passionately, and the scene cuts to an old woman hitting "Jackpot!" on a slot machine.
* SexyWalk: Circe during her "Lulu's Back In Town" montage. Well, she ''is'' Circe after all.
* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:Shadow Thief to Hawkman]].
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Mandragora killing The Huntress' parents in a {{flashback}}.
* TheShangriLa: Nanda Parbat.
* ShapedLikeItself: Galatea's kryptonite is boredom. Actually, her kryptonite is ''kryptonite'', but that is hardly relevant to the conversation.
* ShapeshifterDefaultForm: Acknowledged and [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] by J'onn. His "superhero" form is merely a slightly more humanoid version of his true martian form; it allows him to have some bit of identity without having to look too human. However, this also led to a minor production error, which the producers admitted on the DVD commentary: In "A Better World" the Justice Lord J'onn J'onzz is shot by a power-disrupting beam and instantly loses the dragon-shape he had changed into. However, instead of reverting back to his actual Martian form, he returns to his Justice Lord costume and shape that he adopted to fit in with the rest of his team. The commentary reveals this just slipped by and was not noticed until the episode had already been completed.
* ShapeshifterGuiltTrip: The drones in "Divided We Fall."
* ShapeshifterShowdown: In "Secret Society", between the Martian Manhunter and Clayface. [[spoiler:The Martian wins... by ''turning into Clayface''.]]
* SheatheYourSword: Wonder Woman, Hawk, and Dove face an unstoppable magical robot that feeds on aggression. Dove beats it by... not fighting, or rather by getting analogues of North and South Korea to stop fighting.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Hawkgirl, or as Green Lantern put it;
-->'''JUDAS PRIEST!'''
* SheFu: In their conflict in "Double Date", Huntress uses handstands, spins, and high kicks, while Black Canary fights like a real-world well-trained martial artist [[RealityEnsues and wins hands-down.]]
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Batman, about Wonder Woman. Zatanna wasn't too sure about this though, considering he said the same thing about herself as well.
* ShipTease: Between Batman and Wonder Woman in "The Brave and the Bold" and other episodes.
* ShipperOnDeck: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker wonders aloud whether there is something going on between Hawkgirl and Green Lantern... then declares "[[MomentKiller Not on]] [[StuffBlowingUp my show!]]"
* ShootTheDog:
** Hawkgirl and Grundy play the trope painfully straight, and the [[Film/OldYeller trope namer]] was even referenced.
** The Question attempts to avert a BadFuture by killing Lex Luthor so that Superman will not find himself pushed into doing it. It backfires ''[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown spectacularly]]''.
* ShootTheFuelTank: Vigilante shoots the gas tank of his own motorcycle after he drove it right at the General. It ''does'' explode, but it has no effect.
* ShootingGallery
* ShootingSuperman: Way too many to count, but one of the best actually comes from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PRJnLBva3w Aquaman]], of all people.
-->Aquaman: King of the Seas, remember?
* ShoutOut
** In "Secret Origins", Senator ''Carter'' was part of the mission to Mars, referencing ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars''. The plot of the episode as a whole is a WholePlotReference to H.G. Wells' ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', including a General ''Wells''.
** In "Injustice For All" after Batman beat him up the Joker used Daffy Duck's catchphrase of "[[WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck YOU'RE despicable!]]"
** In the episode "Legends", the giant robot at the beginning was explicitly modeled on the Eva's from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
** In the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII battles of "The Savage Time", Superman flies directly through a German plane and emerges from the inevitable explosion covered head to toe in flames - which makes him a dead ringer for the Franchise/MarvelUniverse's original, Nazi-fighting Human Torch. An unidentified Allied solider later in the episode is shown injured and clutching his eye in reference to Comicbook/NickFury. In the same episode, the Flash heckles the Nazis by yelling "Over here, [[Series/HogansHeroes Colonel Klink!]]"
** In "Only a Dream", Batman relates the story of Odysseus and the cyclops Polyphemus from ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' after Green Lantern dismisses John Dee as "a nobody".
** In "Eclipsed" G. Gordon Godfrey reads an anti-superhero diatribe from a book titled "Innocents Seduced." by "Dr. Fredrick". This is a riff on "The Seduction of the Innocent" by Dr. Fredrick Wertham, an infamous book about the negative effects of superhero comics on children.
** In "A Better World", the Flash deduces that he is the conscience of the team when he learns that it was his death that caused the Justice Lords to overthrow the government. John Stewart then calls him "[[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy]]."
** The two-part episode "The Terror Beyond" is an extended homage to the MarvelComics team Comicbook/TheDefenders. DoctorFate stands in for Comicbook/DoctorStrange, Solomon Grundy for [[Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk the Hulk]], Hawkgirl for Nighthawk, and {{Aquaman}} for {{Namor}}. Grundy even refers to Hawkgirl as "Bird Nose", Hulk's nickname for Nighthawk. The villain this team fights? [[{{Cthulhu}} An octopus-headed god known as "Ichulthu"]]. The same team returns in the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Wake the Dead", with A.M.A.Z.O. now added to the group as a stand-in for the SilverSurfer.
** In "Wild Cards", the Joker buys airtime under the name of '[[Literature/TheManWhoLaughs Gwynplaine Entertainment]]'. Batman gets the reference, but nobody else in the show does. Later in the episode, the Joker remarked that "[[Franchise/ScoobyDoo they would have gotten away with it, too, were it not for me meddling with the kids!]]"
** The Thanagarians' ultimate goal in "Starcrossed" was [[spoiler: to blow up the Earth to make a hyperspace bypass, which is how every incarnation of ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' begins.]]
** The exterior of Luthor's mansion, as seen in "The Return" [[http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/763/luthorkane.jpg is based on Charles Foster Kane's mansion in]] ''Film/CitizenKane''. Later, Luthor mentions [[{{Technobabble}} Heisdenberg Compensators]], which are frequently-mentioned devices in ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** In "This Little Piggy", when Comicbook/{{Zatanna}} is trying to [[PullARabbitOutOfMyHat grab a rabbit in her hat]], she calls out for "{{Bugs|Bunny}}." Later in the episode, Circe is crushed by a flung piano and [[Film/TheWizardOfOz her feet, which are sticking out from under the piano, go flat and roll up under the piano.]]
** In "The Greatest Story Never Told", Booster Gold tells the transporter technician to "Energize!", which is the command from ''Franchise/StarTrek'' (The technician [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore calls him a doofus]]). When Skeets later emerges from of a black hole, he proclaims "My God, it was full of stars...", a line from ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
** In "Question Authority", the Question refers to his hatred for Lex Luthor as being "brobdingnagian". In ''Literature/GulliversTravels'', Brobdingnag was a country inhabited by giant humans, and the term "brobdingnagian" has come to refer to things as being very large.
** When the Flash [[spoiler:runs so fast he nearly enters the Speed Force]] in "Divided We Fall", the rapid montage of the world as he runs around it is reminiscent of Mike Jittlov's ''The Wizard of Speed and Time'', another story about a speedster.
** In "Epilogue," the Royal Flush Gang features a Jack that is also a samurai, and his normal human form [[ActorAllusion looks like]] Creator/PhilLaMarr, who voiced the title character in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. Ten looked like Bo Derek's character in the movie ''"10"''. The Queen turned out to be a ''[[DragQueen male]]'' in normal form, and both forms resemble the deceased actor/performer/drag Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_(performer) Divine]]. [[invoked]]
** The giant flying turtle that attacks Japan in "Chaos at the Earth's Core" is both a MythologyGag and a shout out to Franchise/{{Gamera}}.
** In "Dead Reckoning", Superman, [[ItMakesSenseInContext currently possessed by Deadman]], says when he, Batman and Franchise/WonderWoman are transported to Africa, "You know, [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries when they beam down on that TV show, they never miss.]]"
** "Patriot Act" features Vigilante and Shining Knight discussing the film ''Film/DirtyHarry''.
** The final two episodes of JLU, "Alive" and "Destroyer" are references to the titles of two Music/{{KISS}} albums. Darkseid's outfit is also a direct reference to Gene Simmon's on the cover of ''Destroyer''. In the episodes themselves, Captain Steel mimic Comicbook/CaptainAmerica by flinging a Parademon's shield.
** The poem Wonder Woman recites at the end of 'To Another Shore' is part of 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
* ShownTheirWork:
** In "The Balance", Diana has a lovely painting of a woman on a bull on the wall of her Watchtower quarters. Those with a background in Greek history will recognize it as a fragment of a bull-jumping mural from the ancient ruins on Minos.
** In the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII episodes, it is clear that the artists took the effort to study genuine artifacts of the war (such as the lovingly-rendered Messerschmitts and Shermans) to get the look right, rather than make "good-enough" versions. This shows even in the less glamorous vehicles (the Opel Blitzes and Dodge 6x6 trucks) that most people who are not rivet counters would not pay attention to.
* ShutUpKiss: Steve Trevor plants one on Franchise/WonderWoman, and she returns the favor later in the episode.
* ShutUpHannibal: Flash to a robotic duplicate attempting a HannibalLecture on him.
* SinisterSilhouettes: Aforementioned VFormationTeamShot in the first series opening had them silhouetted.
* {{Sizeshifter}}: The Atom, who [[IncredibleShrinkingMan shrinks]], and Atom-Smasher, Giganta and Longshadow, who [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever grow]].
* SleepCute:
** A platonic -- but adorable -- one with Hawkgirl and The Flash in "Only A Dream".
** John and Shayera have a more intimate one after a BarBrawl.
* SmartPeopleKnowLatin: Batman and Green Arrow exchange Latin proverbs to demonstrate their intelligent rivalry.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: "Wake the Dead" features Hawkgirl, A.M.A.Z.O. and Aquaman playing chess against one another. It is used to establish that Hawkgirl is in a psychological funk, as Aquaman cannot elicit any kind of emotional reaction from her despite his provocations, and she loses their game despite previously being able to defeat Batman. A.M.A.Z.O. defeats Aquaman at ''their'' game, but says that Aquaman is improving.
* SmugSuper: Gorilla Grodd is the most arrogant character of the series, who frequently exposits at length about his own intelligence and the inferiority of everybody around him.
* [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Snakes Are Evil]]: Yes, they really are.
* SnowballFight: When one of the participants has a GreenLanternRing it can be a bit one-sided.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Wonder Woman and Batman's invasion of Kasnia, complete with engaging enemy jets, infantry, and ''tanks'', is accompanied by the reverent wedding ceremony of Princess Audrey and Vandal Savage.
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: Wonder Woman objects to the wedding of Princess Audrey and Vandal Savage. Strenuously. With a ''tank''.
* TheSpock: Martian Manhunter.
* TheSpook: The Imperium Horde are this.
--> '''J'onn''': Where they came from, no one knew.
* SpotOfTea: In "Starcrossed, Part 3", Alfred points to their ability to now enjoy a nice pot of a tea as evidence that things turned out all right in the end.
* SpottingTheThread: Batman notices that Clayface is in disguise when he overdoes his acting... yo.
* StageMagician: Comicbook/{{Zatanna}} is a primary guest star in "This Little Piggy," where she is introduced performing her act on stage.
* StageMom: Morgaine le Fay.
* StalkerWithACrush: Hawkman
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Played straight.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution:
** In "Injustice For All," Batman is captured and restrained. Joker tells Luthor that they should kill him right away, but Luthor refuses. To which The Joker responds, "And they say I'm crazy".
** In "Secret Society", after most of the JL has been captured, Clayface argues with Grodd that they should just kill the heroes immediately. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Clayface who, as a former actor, is [[GenreSavvy very familiar]] with what happens when the villain takes their time in killing the hero. [[spoiler:Hilariously, though, this is actually the Martian Manhunter passing off as Clayface, masterfully playing his role.]]
* StationaryWings: Hawkgirl and the rest of the Thanagarians. [[JustifiedTrope The ancient Thanagarians used to wear artificial wings and hover via an anti-gravity device]], but they have since bio-engineered organic wings into their species.
* StatuesqueStunner:
** Big Barda, the page image, appears in season two of ''Unlimited''.
** Fire, the object of Flash's not-so-subtle affections, is the tallest one on the team when she, he, and Hawkgirl go to Blackhawk Island.
* StopWorshippingMe: The previous incarnations of Hawkgirl and Hawkman were Thanagarian police officers stranded on Earth before human civilization arose. They founded the first human state (in AncientEgypt) and, despite their sincerest efforts to avoid it, were worshiped as gods in return.
* StoryArc: ''Unlimited'' had two.
* StrawFeminist: Aresia, an orphan raised by the Amazons, took their distrust of men to the ultimate extreme by releasing a deadly allergen to kill all males on the planet. Even after learning that it was a man who saved her life and helped her reach the safety of Themyscira, she still claimed that the good deed of one could not atone for the sins of the others.
* StringTheory: The Question has one.
* StupidEvil: Parodied in "The Great Brain Robbery." '[[FreakyFridayFlip Lex Luthor]]' is so evil that he does not wash his hands!
* StupidJetpackHitler
** Vandal Savage's time travel activities end up equipping Nazi legions with War Wheels, machines the size of buildings that overwhelm any Allied tanks or infantry they come up against.
** In ''Unlimited'' it is revealed that the Nazis were experimenting with a SuperSerum, creating the "Captain Nazi" program to turn regular soldiers into unstoppable monsters. Fortunately, Spy Smasher was able to destroy the laboratory and take the only existing sample of the formula back to the USA.
* StupidSacrifice:
** In ''The Savage Time'', Steve Trevor plans to sacrifice himself to delay a group of German soldiers so Wonder Woman can escape, and when she tries to explain to him that there is no need for such an action [[ShutUpKiss he interrupts her before she can finish]]. Thankfully, [[SubvertedTrope she stops him anyway and defeats the soldiers herself]].
** In ''Starcrossed'', Batman decide to stay behind in the Watchtower to guide it until the last second towards its target. Which is heroic and all, except they could probably have controlled it remotely. Or let the Martian Manhunter do the job, since he's both competent enough to pilot the Watchtower and able to get out of it alive without much trouble.
* SuperRugPull: Darkseid tries this on Superman.
* SuperSerum: The Captain Nazi serum which turned Eiling into a hulking monster.
* SuperSoldier: The whole point of Cadmus and its offspring, and the serum referenced above.
* SuperheroSpeciation: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when John Stewart sends ComicBook/ElongatedMan on crowd control during an epic battle. Stewart explicitly states that they already had ComicBook/PlasticMan there as a fighter and "We don't need two stretchy guys."
* SuperhumanTrafficking: by Roulette.
* SuperpowerLottery: The Martian Manhunter, Superman, A.M.A.Z.O.
* SurvivorGuilt: Vandal Savage in "Hereafter". All [[WhoWantsToLiveForever 30,000 years of it]].
* SwissArmyWeapon: Hawkgirl's Energy Mace.
* SwordOfDamocles:
** Vandal Savage uses his marriage into the Kasnian Royal Family to install a RailGun into the International Space Station and, as he now has "the ultimate high ground," declares himself ruler of the world.
** CADMUS fears that the League itself will become a hanging Sword, particularly with their Binary Fusion Generator pointing down at the world; the original story is namechecked as [=LexCorp=] Damocles-class missiles are used to attack the League when Amanda Waller feels they have crossed the line. Waller and compatriots were partially inspired by the actions of the [[EvilTwin Justice Lords]], who ''did'' take control.
* SymbolicBlood: The end of the flashback in "Ancient History" shows [[spoiler:past-incarnation Jon and Shayera]] dead with a pool of red... poisoned wine.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Hawkgirl for Solomon Grundy.

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* TakeMyHand:
** In "The Enemy Below," Aquaman's brother extends his hand to Aquaman and asks to be pulled up from the ledge. [[spoiler: [[DefiedTrope Aquaman grabs his trident back from his brother and lets him fall to his death]].]]
** At the end of "Divided We Fall," [[spoiler: after Flash has vanished into the Speed Force Shayera asks him to take her hand as she tries to pull him back. Ultimately, she and the rest of the League grab his arm and pull him out of the Speed Force, but a close-up reveals that Flash ''never did grab Shayera's hand''.]].
* TakeThat: When the League first forms, Flash scoffs at being "a bunch of WesternAnimation/SuperFriends." In the same episode, one plot point consists of a ''massive'' dig at Reeve's {{Anvilicious}} ''Film/{{Superman IV|TheQuestForPeace}}''-- Superman is manipulated into disarming the world's nuclear weapons by an alien in disguise so that his species can invade the Earth.
* TakingYouWithMe: Simultaneous example. In "Chaos at the Earth's Core", Metallo is in the process of killing Supergirl with his kryptonite power source when [[spoiler:she pries out his power source using a knife. Metallo will die when his reserve power runs out, but he notes that the kryptonite is still killing Supergirl regardless. Unfortunately for Metallo, [[SubvertedTrope Stargirl arrives to save Supergirl]].]]
* TalkToTheFist: In ''Unlimited'' Ep. 6, Circe is performing at the Amphitheatre. Zatanna starts magically chucking furniture at her during her "acceptance" speech.
* TheTeamNormal: Batman
* TechnicalPacifist: Every single member of the league. While do take a lot of liberties with the law, trying to murder someone is considered grounds for expulsion.
* TechnicolorFire: Fire's green er, fire.
* {{Telepathy}}: For Martian Manhunter, it causes more drama than any other power. And he has a bunch, so...
* TeleportationSickness: Using Boom Tubes always makes Batman sick.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: In ''Unlimited''.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Inverted as Shayera asks Batman about her son.
* TenMinuteRetirement: [[spoiler:Hawkgirl and later Martian Manhunter.]]
* ThatManIsDead: In "Wake the Dead", Shayera Hol remarks that she is not, and never really was, "Hawkgirl". When other characters refer to her as such in later episodes she stresses that [[DoNotCallMePaul she told them not to call her that anymore.]]
* ThemeNaming: Trickster notes how most of the Flash's Rogue's are Captains, and complains that they would probably treat him with more respect if ''he'' were a captain. Of course, Mirror Master is also outside the pattern and gets plenty of respect, [[HarmlessVillain so maybe there are other reasons]].
* ThemeTune: Both ''Justice League'' and ''Justice League Unlimited'' have their own. When the League travels to the wild west, a country-tinged version of their original theme plays as they ride into action.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Green Arrow sings a bit from the leitmotif that serves as his personal theme tune when he rides down a zipline and kicks a mook in the face.
* {{Thememobile}}: The Batmobile, obviously. Parodied with the Flashmobile, a souped-up shaggin' wagon Franchise/TheFlash bought with [[MoneyDearBoy the money he made]] shilling for an energy bar company.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Though John Dee had occasional fantasies of power and vengeance on the Justice League, when "Only a Dream" began he was a well-behaved prison inmate who even the guards liked and believed should be released. However, his parole is turned down again, his wife leaves him, and then the prison erupts in a full scale riot. From all indications he really was a rehabilitated convict, but when the system would not even give him a chance he decided to go whole-hog and cut loose.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted, as both Martian Manhunter and Dr. Fate serve as official therapists to the League and its members. Wildcat, Hawkgirl, Aquaman, and A.M.A.Z.O. are all shown under their care at one time or another.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: In part two of "Once and Future Thing," Lord Chronos sends his turncoat henchman Chucko to the age of the dinosaurs... just before the world-shattering meteor impact... ''at ground zero''. Resulting in an understated "[[OhCrap Oh, phooey.]]'' from said clown.
-->'''Chronos:''' "Do you know what killed the dinosaurs? Well, ''Chucko'' does."
* ThereWasADoor: Frequently. In "Injustice For All" Hawkgirl smashes ''through'' the door and is followed by the Flash, then Superman smashes a hole through the wall ''next'' to the already-made hole where the door was, and then Green Lantern and Wonder Woman smash ''another'' hole through a window, next to the already-existing hole in the wall which is itself next to the already-existing hole where the door once was.
* TheyDo: The Hawkgirl/Green Lantern relationship was hinted at throughout the first two seasons [[BelligerentSexualTension with their constant bickering and fighting]], and after John nearly dies in "Wild Cards" in season two the two finally confess their feelings to one another [[BigDamnKiss and kiss]].
* ThirdPersonPerson: Flash does this when he tries to prove that he is [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain Most Definitely Lex Luthor]].
* ThisIsNotADrill: Played Straight.
* ThisIsThePartWhere: Lex Luthor in "Divided We Fall".
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: Mostly averted, except for "The Terror Beyond" where Wonder Woman and Aquaman fight in the water during a PoorCommunicationKills moment, allowing Aquaman to win.
* ThouShaltNotKill:
** Despite the trope's general presence and frequent mention, this commandment apparently does not apply to Nazis. Everyone (aside from Batman) is shown performing clearly lethal actions in "The Savage Time", including ripping engines off troop transport planes in the middle of the Atlantic.
** Wildcat gives up underground metahuman boxing events when he realizes that if he keeps this up he will in all likelihood kill someone, and is really off-put by the prospect.
** After Lex Luthor laughs at [[spoiler:Flash's apparent death]], Superman explains how he is different from the Justice Lords dimension version of himself:
-->'''Superman:''' I'm not the man who killed President Luthor. Right now I wish to Heaven that I was, but I'm not.
** Supergirl does ''not'' follow this policy. Though generally averse to killing when possible, and she is disturbed when she dreams that she might have been killing indiscriminately and without remorse in "Fearful Symmetry", in "Chaos at the Earth's Core" she takes up a sword without reservation and cuts her way through the final battle when she [[BroughtDownToNormal no longer has her powers to resolve the situation non-lethally]].
* ThrowawayCountry: San Baquero, a volcanic island nation in the Caribbean Sea that is, according to General Wade Eiling, the source of much drug smuggling into the USA. It is destroyed in "The Doomsday Sanction" when the volcano erupts, assisted by a near-explosion from a nuclear warhead.
* ThrownOutTheAirlock
** Franchise/TheFlash in "Maid Of Honor".
** [[spoiler: Gorilla Grodd]] in "Alive".
* TheThunderdome: "War World".
* TimeStandsStill: The Flash's nightmare in "Only a Dream".
* TimeTravelRomance
** For Supergirl in "Far From Home".
** Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor in "The Savage Time." In this case they even meet up years later in the present-day.
* TimelineAlteringMacGuffin: Vandal Savage's laptop in "The Savage Time".
* TimmStyle: Naturally, since character designs were done by Creator/BruceTimm.
* TinmanTypist: Brainiac in the episode "Twilight." Said keyboard is even built into his own arm!
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Big Barda and Mr. Miracle, [[TropeCodifier one of the original pairs]], appear in the second season of ''Unlimited''.
* TitleDrop: In "Wild Cards," the Joker refers to the Royal Flush Gang, who are dressed as playing cards, as 'wild cards.'
* ToAbsentFriends: "Hereafter".
* TokenMinority: John Stewart was chosen to be the Franchise/GreenLantern for this series instead of the more popular Hal Jordan or Kyle Rayner. The creators [[WordOfGod have confirmed]] that part of this decision was to prevent the team from being solely composed of white people and aliens.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: The classic example is given a ShoutOut in "The Balance":
--> '''Felix Faust:''' ''listing the contents of Hades' library to Wonder Woman'' "... dark tomes that make the Necronomicon [[UpToEleven look like a children's book]]...'''
* TookALevelInBadass: Lex Luthor gains SuperStrength, [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength surprising even himself]], and proceeds to give TheQuestion a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
* TooPowerfulToLive: A.M.A.Z.O., who gains the powers of the entire League ([[RealityWarper And then some]]), but who is consequently sidelined from the main story.
* TortureTechnician
** When Vandal Savage captures J'onn J'onzz in "The Savage Time," he has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Mengele Josef]] get him to talk.
** Dr. Moon in "Question Authority", who is assigned the task of getting information from the Question.
* TranslationConvention: All the Germans in "The Savage Time" speak English with the exception of the occasional "Jawohl" and "Mein Fuhrer", even when speaking to one another.
* TrashTheSet:
** In "Starcrossed", the finale to ''Justice League'', [[spoiler:the Watchtower is destroyed]].
** In the final episode, fittingly titled "Destroyer," the Daily Planet office building is damaged. Darkseid picks up the giant stone globe on top of the building and hurls it through the roof, attempting to crush Superman. The whole building collapses.
* TrickAndFollowPloy:
** Batman tricks Harley into returning to the Joker's secret headquarters in the middle of the Royal Flush Gang's assault on Las Vegas. He does this a lot, actually, because the Joker immediately chews Harley on falling for the trick.
** He also planted a tracking device on Lex Luthor in ''Injustice For All'' (the Joker found it).
** The Thanagarians use that trick with Hawkgirl, but it backfires (the heroes prepare an ambush).
* TrickArrow: Used by Green Arrow and his ex-partner, Speedy.
* TripodTerror: Used in the pilot. In-joke provided by "General Wells".
* {{Troperiffic}}
* TrustBuildingBlunder: In "Secret Society".
* TrustPassword: In "The Great Brain Robbery", when Flash is trying to prove he is really Flash and not Lex Luthor:
-->'''Flash:''' Until he went off to the Marines, GL's nickname was...
-->'''Green Lantern:''' Stop! It's him! [[NoodleIncident You promised never to repeat that story!]]
-->'''Flash:''' I know. I was just messing with your head.
* TruthInTelevision: In "A Knight of Shadows", the Hugh Hefner {{Expy}} refers to a statue he describes as "Greek." Wonder Woman corrects him, insisting that it is in fact a Roman copy. In real life, many of our surviving ancient "Greek" statues ''are'' in fact very good marble Roman copies of the bronze Greek originals.
* TryNotToDie: Huntress, Black Canary, Vixen, and Hawkgirl against one enemy? Easy, right? Make that foe Wonder Woman and really, all they can do is try to stay alive.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: The Manhunters.
* TwinTelepathy: In Supergirl's dreams, she relives the memories of her evil clone Galatea.
* UnderwearOfPower: Too many examples to list, just look at the page image.
* UnfinishedBusiness: Deadman.
* UniversalDriversLicense: Subverted. "Starcrossed, Part 3" has the League plan to fly using a Thanagarian shuttle, and it cuts to J'onn J'onzz sitting in the pilot seat. After a brief pause, he states that he has absolutely no idea how to fly that craft.
* UnknownRival: John Dee was just one of Lex Luthor's FacelessGoons, who was busted by the Justice League for guarding a shipment of stolen weapons and has been stewing in prison and dreaming of his revenge ever since. When he gains superpowers and escapes, the Leaguers are all baffled as to why he wants to destroy them, since they do not remember arresting him ''at all''.
* UnmovingPlaid: Why neither Zatanna nor Black Canary wore fishnets. Damn it.
* {{Unobtainium}}: Nth Metal.
* {{Unpaused}}: In the episode featuring Deadman, Superman gets possessed midsentence while talking about a restaurant in Smallville where "the milkshakes are so thick..." When he regains control of his body, Supe's first words are "... you have to eat them with a spoon! ({{Beat}}) Why am I in Africa?"
* UnreliableExpositor: The origins of Cadmus and Doomsday as explained by Amanda Waller and Professor Milo do not exactly match the shown events or each other's stories.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Green Lantern and Hawkgirl (and later, Batman and Wonder Woman) put the "UST" in "Justice". And Black Canary and Green Arrow at first, but they eventually resolve theirs.
* UnwittingPawn: In the first episode, Superman assists in the dismantling of the Earth's nuclear arsenal to support world peace. Unbeknownst to him, the US congressman which spearheaded the initiative was actually setting up the planet for invasion by the Imperium.
* VFormationTeamShot:
** The former {{Trope Namer|s}}, the title sequence for ''Justice League'' and ''Unlimited'' had the League pose in the classic formation. The original opening had them in silhouette, the second opening had them fully lit.
** The Thanagarian Strike Force in "Starcrossed, Part 3" enter Wayne Manor and then take a brief moment to pose.
* VainSorceress: Circe, Morgaine Le Fay.
* VaporTrail: In "Fury", fallen power lines ignite a trail of spilled fuel leading to a downed helicopter.
* VertigoEffect: On TheQuestion when he [[spoiler: attempts to assassinate SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor to prevent the BadFuture.]]
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: In "Hearts and Minds" when Katma Tui takes her GreenLanternRing and places it somewhere around the crotch of her {{Stripperiffic}} GoGoEnslavement outfit, and do not forget about when Wonder Woman shoves a shrunk down Atom between her breasts to free up her hands.
* VillainEpisode: "Alive", "Taskforce X"
* VillainSong: [[EvilSorcerer Circe]] singing "Lulu's back in town" in "This Little Piggy".
* VillainTeamUp: A number of times.
* VillainousGlutton: Steven Mandragora. One would assume he is fat (just look at [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/dcanimated/images/thumb/6/66/Steven_Mandragora.png/275px-Steven_Mandragora.png this picture]]), but it [[StoutStrength turns out that that is all muscle]], to the point where Black Canary punched him as hard as she could and hurt her hand.
* ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption: Particularly in "The Terror Beyond". Inverted in "Hawk and Dove" where pacifism is the only option.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Flash and Hawkgirl.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: The Brainiac/Luthor fusion.
* VoicesAreMental: Averted. During "The Great Brian Robbery" Michael Rosenbaum continued to voice Flash's body and Creator/ClancyBrown continued to voice Luthor's body despite the characters' mind getting switched. However, Brown would read Luthor-as-Flash's lines for Rosenbaum to imitate and vice-versa. DVD commentary says the producers were quite excited at this prospect, primarily as a ShoutOut to Michael Rosenbaum's role as Luthor in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', but the episode eventually had very little dialogue for Luthor-as-Flash, with most of the attention on Flash-as-Luthor.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting
** J'onn J'onzz can transform into any shape he desires, along with becoming intangible and invisible.
** Shifter and Downpour of the Ultimen can transform into any animal or form of water (Respectively), [[CaptainErsatz based upon]] the ComicBook/WonderTwins of ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''.
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* WasItAllALie: Green Lantern asks this of Hawkgirl at the end of "Starcrossed."
* WaveMotionGun: Watchtower II's [[{{BFG}} Binary Fusion Generator]] cannon, which proved to be way more trouble than it was worth. It was almost, but not quite, a WaveMotionTuningFork - although the blast itself came from a barrel, the barrel emerged from the base of the station splitting open... and then the ''barrel itself'' split open on either side of the muzzle.
* WeAreAsMayflies: Martian Manhunter is already over a thousand years old, and he came to realize that he will likely outlive many of his current human friends so he had better learn to like humanity.
* WelcomeEpisode: "Initiation".
* WellIntentionedExtremist
** Amanda Waller.
** The Justice Lords too. Batman sums it up well:
--> '''Justice Lord Batman''': I didn't forget! I just chose peace and security instead.
--> '''Justice League Batman''': You grabbed power!
--> '''Justice Lord Batman''': And with that power, we've made a world where no eight year old boy will ''ever'' lose his parents because of some punk with a gun!
* WeWorkWellTogether: The heroes who would form the League joined together in the first episode in order to repel an alien invasion. Afterwards, Superman advanced the idea of forming an official, long-lasting partnership in order to respond to any threats too large to face individually.
* WHAMEpisode:
** "Starcrossed", the finale to ''Justice League''. [[spoiler: It is revealed that Harkgirl has been a [[TheMole mole]] the entire time, spying on humanity and the League for the Thanagarians. Her and John Stewart's relationship ends, [[TrashTheSet the Watchtower is destroyed]], and the League is reformed into the more powerful ([[BewareTheSuperman and more feared]]) Unlimited form.]]
** "Question Authority" in season two of ''Unlimited''. [[spoiler:The Question learns about the events of "A Better World" and decides that the same events will ultimately unfold in this reality as well. In order to prevent such destruction, he decides to [[ShootTheDog kill Lex Luthor so that Superman will never be driven to such an extreme]]. The Question's beating at Luthor's hands leads to direct conflict between the League and Cadmus, and ultimately to the reveal of Brainiac having taken control of Luthor.]]
* WHAMLine:
** From "A Better World": "I'm great." Superman's complete lack of regret over killing President Luthor indicates that he has decided to no longer feel guilt or restrain himself from the use of his powers.
** "[[spoiler: Rich boy]]" in "Ultimatum". It demonstrates not just that Amanda Waller knows Batman's secret identity, but is the first indication that Cadmus knows more about the League than the League does about them, that the organization is of a much larger scale than previously suspected, and that it might be able to do actual damage to the League. [[spoiler:This secret becomes a key factor in the plot of "Epilogue"]].
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: Flash in "Starcrossed".
* WhatDoTheyFearEpisode: "Only a Dream".
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman and WhatMeasureIsAMook: Rather uncomfortably applied.
* WhatTheHeckIsAnAglet: According to TheQuestion, the answer is something truly '''sinister.'''
* WhatTheHellHero:
** [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] chews out the Original Seven before resigning from the Justice League for their paranoia and arrogance.
** Played for laughs in the finale, where the villains, having just helped saved Earth, protest the League being so quick to arrest them after everything's back to normal. Batman decides to cut them a break and give them a MercyLead.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Hawkgirl's initial stratagem for dealing with any given problem is to hit it really hard with her mace. If that fails, Plan B is to hit it with the mace... but ''harder''.
* WhiteMansBurden: The equivalent was Katar Hol's motivation to conquer ancient Egypt and then the rest of Earth--it's his and Chayera's ''responsibility'' to bring the peace and stability of Thanagarian rule to the "savage" world.
* WhoDares: Circe asks this after {{ComicBook/Zatanna}} interrupts her concert with [[TalkToTheFist a couple of tables to the face]]. Well, she ''tries'' to ask, anyway.
-->'''Circe''': Insolent trickster! You dare to strike--! (*chair*) You dare to stri--! (*another table*) ''You dare to strike--!'' ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking *tablecloth*]]) [[NotSoStoic QUIT IT!]] (''stares'') [[OhCrap Oh no.]] ([[PianoDrop *piano*]])
* WhoShotJFK: "There ''was'' a magic bullet... it was forged by Illuminati mystics to prevent us from learning ''the truth!''"
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: VandalSavage gained immortality by sleeping next to [[GreenRocks a magical meteor]] -- in Ice Age Europe. He is still ticking.
** Actually, in most of his appearances, Vandal Savage is generally an example of LivingForeverIsAwesome; even if his scheme of the moment fails, he's still got all the time in the world to try again, and the experience and wealth accumulated from countless normal lifetimes at his disposal. It's not until part 2 of "Hereafter", when he is seen in the far distant future as the last surviving human due to his own actions, that WhoWantsToLiveForever really applies.
* WhoWatchesTheWatchmen:
** Cadmus was formed to provide the US Government with viable defenses in the event that the superpowered beings of Earth ever turned against the government.
** Discussed between Batman and Green Arrow, in the original Latin. It serves to imply that Green Arrow was brought into the League to ''be'' their watcher.
* WholePlotReference: "Secret Origins," the three-part pilot episode, is based on ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds.'' Both are about alien invaders from Mars who want to sap the world's resources, both feature [[TripodTerror tripod crafts]] that level major cities, and when things seem the aliens have won, they are shown to be easily defeated due to a WeaksauceWeakness set up as a ChekhovsGun in the first act. There is even a General [[Creator/HGWells Wells]].
* WickedCultured: The Ultra-Humanite appreciates classical opera and the works of Tchaikovsky. [[PunchClockVillain He betrays Lex Luthor for a higher payday]], then gives the money away in a donation to public broadcasting. He exposits on the importance of literacy amongst children and agrees to a Christmas truce with the Flash in order to give a present to orphans, which he has modified to play a recording he made of ''Theatre/TheNutcracker''. Throughout the series, everything he does is motivated by an appreciation of fine art and culture.
* WillNotBeAVictim: Franchise/TheFlash at the end of the fourth season.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: John Stewart and Hawkgirl spent the first two seasons [[BelligerentSexualTension arguing and bickering so much that]] [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Flash compared them to an old married couple]]. In "Wild Cards", near the end of season two, TheyDo. Batman and Wonder Woman had a much more subdued relationship, with a few subtle hints of attraction, but never any real progress ([[ItMakesSenseInContext Except that one time she was a pig]]).
* WingedHumanoid: Thanagarians. Flashbacks in the final season portrayed ancient Thanagarians with golden, metallic-looking wings instead of the apparently-natural wings of the current-day. WordOfGod explained that Thanagarians were originally HumanAliens with mechanical wings (like their counterparts from the original comics) and at some point in the interim they used bioengineering to give themselves organic wings.
* WireDilemma: In "Wild Cards".
* WireFu: Not literally, since the show is animated and no special effects are used, but in "Dead Reckoning" the monks of Nanda Parbat are animated in their fight scene as if they were using wires to assist their movements. This is animated in a distinctly different style than the other characters who are able to fly or jump over great distances through their superpowers.
* WithMyHandsTied: Franchise/WonderWoman's escape in "Starcrossed".
* TheWorfEffect: Used often. Commentary released on the DVD's reveals that the producers played the trope perfectly straight, they would have villains injure Superman to display how powerful they were, but that they did not realise at the time how often they were doing it, or the detriment to the show. When they started the second season of ''Justice League'' they made a policy decision to stop this particular tactic; it was only resurrected in "The Return" where, instead of defeating Superman, [[NotUsingTheZWord the Android]] defeated ''the entire League'' in order to show how powerful it was.
* WorfHadTheFlu: Martian Manhunter's mysterious illness in "War World".
* WorkingWithTheEx: [[Franchise/GreenLantern John Stewart]] and {{Hawk|man}}girl are ex-lovers.
* WorldOfBadass: Well of course, especially in ''Unlimited''.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: The {{Trope Namer|s}}. And a subversion -- the opponent changes tactics, and effortlessly takes down the speaker.
* WorldOfHam: The world of the Justice Guild in "Legends" qualifies as this, although it is [[spoiler: mostly a recreation of a world destroyed by a nuclear war with its survivors trapped in it]].
* WouldntHitAGirl: Superman might not (At least, not when the girl points it out), but Wonder Woman has no problems with it.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: In "Chaos at the Earth's Core", Supergirl is legitimately weakened by Metallo's Kryptonite, but she exaggerates how much she is affected (Brandishing, but then being unable to support, a sword) so that he will approach her and not notice her secretly picking up a knife [[spoiler:[[AndShowItToYou which she uses to carve out his Kryptonite power source]].]]
* WreckedWeapon: In the final duel between Travis Morgan and Demos in "Chaos at the Earth's Core", Morgan cleaves Demos' sword in two after trapping it against the stone stairs they are dueling upon.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: In "For the Man Who Has Everything" Wonder Woman gives Mongul a full on German suplex. Solomon Grundy gives Superman a standard vertical suplex in "The Terror Beyond". In "The Cat and the Canary" Atomic Skull gives Wildcat a cage assisted back suplex. Upon recovering, Wildcat, a trained boxer and martial artist, responds with a clothesline. A few other pro-wrestling moves show up throughout the series as well.
* WritersCannotDoMath: ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' originally took place in the year 2039, being referred to as taking place 40 years after the end of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' (1999). Later on, the [[WordOfGod creators of the show]] announced that the show takes place 50 years after the end of ''Justice League Unlimited'' (2006), meaning that would [[RetCon place the date at 2056 instead]]. However, the characters make explicit references to events that happened in the previous series [[SeriesContinuityError as being no more than 40 years]]. [[AllThereInTheManual Certain sources]] even give Terry [=McGinnis=] a birthdate of 2023. And now, the 2010 ''Batman Beyond'' comic series [[FlipFlopOfGod once again confirms the date as being 2039 and thus only 40 years passing]].
* WrongWire: "Wild Cards".
* XanatosGambit:
** In the episode "Wild Cards": [[spoiler:If The Justice League succeeds they have created a media storm that Joker can high-jack to make Ace drive a few million people incurably insane. Joker wins. If the Justice League fails they get blown up alongside large amounts of Las Vegas ''and'' the ensuing media storm will provide Joker even more victims for Ace. Joker wins.]]
** In "Clash": [[spoiler:Luthor sets up a situation where either Superman will humiliate himself and the League by destroying Luthor's prototype fusion generator...or he won't and Luthor will get great free P.R. himself as a philanthropist and inventor.]]
* YouAreACreditToYourRace: [[CaptainErsatz The Streak]] to Green Lantern in "Legends".
* YoureInsane:
** Occurs as an InsultBackfire in "Hereafter":
--->'''Vandal Savage:''' The Earth belongs to the cockroaches now… Oh, and me.\\
'''Superman:''' You're ''insane''.\\
'''Vandal Savage:''' ... [[TheMadHatter True]]. But that doesn't mean I'm not good company. Say, you want to come over to my house?\\
'''Superman:''' ...\\
'''Vandal Savage:''' Like you've got something ''better'' to do.
** Another one, in "Injustice For All"
--->'''Solomon Grundy:''' [To Luthor] You're crazy!\\
'''The Joker:''' [[[InadvertentEntranceCue Bursts into the room]]] And what's wrong with that? It's done ''wonders'' for me!
* YouAreNotAlone: When the entire core team drags Flash out of the speedforce.
* YouCantFightFate: WordOfGod has stated that John and Shayera will eventually end up together in spite of the former's ScrewDestiny statement. ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' being canonical to the DCAU also makes it certain this will be the case.
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: In "The Enemy Below". Batman's line? The one you do not want to know? The one ''Superman'' did not want to know? By WordOfGod, it is: [[spoiler: "I know where you live, Floyd."]]
* YouGotSpunk:
--> '''[[EldritchAbomination Icthultu]]''': "Speak to me, child of Thanagar."\\
'''Hawkgirl:''' "Nothing to say. I've got a ''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu gesture]]'' for you, but my hands are tied."\\
'''Icthultu:''' "How I've missed your people's spirit."
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Hades does a variation of this to Felix Faust after being released.
* YouTalkTooMuch: Martian Manhunter towards Lobo in "Hereafter", right before a punch.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: Green Lantern to Flash in "The Brave and the Bold".
* YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou
* YourCheatingHeart: John Dee's wife comes to visit him in prison only to inform him that she is leaving him for another man (who is already living in their house with her). This triggers his StartOfDarkness, causing him to become Doctor Destiny.
* YourMindMakesItReal: When Martian Manhunter is trying to extract information from a captive's mind in "Starcrossed", the injuries inflicted by the mind's defenses also appear on his physical body, including his ''cape''. As a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]], his "normal" appearance, even his uniform, is a creation of his mind and it can change at his will; when his mental self-image is being clawed by birds, his mind creates the slashes on his body (See also BodyHorror).
* YourWorstNightmare: Dr. Destiny subjects most of the league to this. [[TheUnreveal We do not get to see Batman's, but when Destiny taunts him with the prospect, he sneers, "You have no idea what my nightmares are like."]]
* ZergRush: The staff aboard the Watchtower in ''Unlimited'' are normal humans without either power or special skills and never even established as having basic combat training, but when the station is boarded in "Panic in the Sky" and a large group is cornered by [[VoluntaryShapeshifting a large dinosaur]] they look at each other and then charge at it ''en masse''.
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Due to the number of tropes present, ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' has been split into two pages. Tropes A-L can be found [[JusticeLeague/{{TropesA-L}} [[JusticeLeague/TropesAToL here]].
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** Romantic variation is shown with Huntress and the Question. The only common ground they seem to have is that other League members consider them both - for [[ThouShaltNotKill different]] [[ConspiracyTheorist reasons]] - to be a bit nuts.

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** Romantic variation is shown with Huntress and the Question. The only common ground they seem to have is that other League members consider them both - for [[ThouShaltNotKill different]] different [[ConspiracyTheorist reasons]] - to be a bit nuts.
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** Romantic variation is shown with Huntress and the Question.

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** Romantic variation is shown with Huntress and the Question. The only common ground they seem to have is that other League members consider them both - for [[ThouShaltNotKill different]] [[ConspiracyTheorist reasons]] - to be a bit nuts.
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* PostVictoryCollapse: Professor Hamilton in "Question Authority".

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Professor Hamilton in "Question Authority".Authority".
** "Only a Dream" had Batman, who'd been awake for ''three days straight'' before having to face Dr. Destiny, a villain who can creep into a sleeping person's dreams, must take measures to keep himself awake even longer: a triple-strength coffee, a broken windshield which gives him a rush of cool air to keep him awake, and ''Frere Jacques'' playing in his mind. Once Dr. Destiny is defeated through accidentally sedating himself, Batman is seen asleep at the Watchtower Sickbay, snoring.
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* PostVictoryCollapse: Professor Hamilton in "Question Authority".

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Professor Hamilton in "Question Authority".Authority".
** "Only a Dream" had Batman, who'd been awake for ''three days straight'' before having to face Dr. Destiny, a villain who can creep into a sleeping person's dreams, must take measures to keep himself awake even longer: a triple-strength coffee, a broken windshield which gives him a rush of cool air to keep him awake, and ''Frere Jacques'' playing in his mind. Once Dr. Destiny is defeated through accidentally sedating himself, Batman is seen asleep at the Watchtower Sickbay, snoring.
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* RealMenWearPink: "Double Date" opens with two of Mandragora's bodyguards discussing a recipe for scones.
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** The poem Wonder Woman recites at the end of 'To Another Shore' is part of 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
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** In the episode "Paradise Lost:Part 1," Wonder Woman saves a little girl name Cassie andcalls her little sister. A refrences to Cassie Sandsmark who is the current Wonder Girl.
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