History Main / LegionOfSuper-Heroes

30th Jan '15 11:28:39 AM StFan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


'''''Legion of Super-Heroes''''' (or '''''The Legion of Super-Heroes''''') can refer to:

* The long-running comic books continuation in the Franchise/TheDCU: ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}''
* The AnimatedAdaptation of the comic books: ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes''

----

to:

'''''Legion of Super-Heroes''''' (or '''''The Legion of Super-Heroes''''') can refer to:

* The long-running comic books continuation in the Franchise/TheDCU: ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}''
* The AnimatedAdaptation of the comic books: ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes''

----
[[redirect:LegionOfSuperHeroes]]
3rd Sep '13 4:25:41 AM StFan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (or ''The Legion of Super-Heroes'') can refer to:

* The long-running comic books continuation in the TheDCU: ''{{ComicBook/Legion of Super-Heroes}}''
* The AnimatedAdaptation of the comic books: ''{{WesternAnimation/Legion of Super Heroes}}''

to:

''Legion '''''Legion of Super-Heroes'' Super-Heroes''''' (or ''The '''''The Legion of Super-Heroes'') Super-Heroes''''') can refer to:

* The long-running comic books continuation in the TheDCU: ''{{ComicBook/Legion Franchise/TheDCU: ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}''
* The AnimatedAdaptation of the comic books: ''{{WesternAnimation/Legion of Super Heroes}}''''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes''
15th Jun '12 6:11:40 AM StFan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The AnimatedAdaptation of the comic books: ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes''

to:

* The AnimatedAdaptation of the comic books: ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes''''{{WesternAnimation/Legion of Super Heroes}}''
15th Jun '12 6:11:17 AM StFan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The AnimatedAdaptation of the comic books: ''[[WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes Legion of Super-Heroes]]''

to:

* The AnimatedAdaptation of the comic books: ''[[WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes Legion of Super-Heroes]]''''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes''
2nd Feb '12 1:25:30 PM StFan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/legion-of-super-heroes.jpg

The original version of {{Superman}}'s origin had him becoming a superhero when full grown. However, in 1945 DC introduced ''{{Superboy}}'' as an addition to Superman's backstory, {{retcon}}ning in prequels and earlier meetings with DC characters.

At the start of the SilverAge, one story, in ''Adventure Comics'' #247 (April, 1958), introduced the "Legion of {{Super Hero}}es", a trio of super-powered teenagers from the future who committed many acts of SuperDickery while initiating Superboy into their club -- [[SecretTestOfCharacter with the best of intentions]], ''really''. The trio became popular enough to be seen again, as Superboy began traveling in time to team up with them, and the other new members they'd recruited.

The Legion gradually became more prominent in ''Adventure Comics'' (which at the time was a second Superboy book) and took over as the main feature with issue #300 (September, 1962), reducing Superboy to supporting character status on what used to be ''his'' comic book. They are remembered for their wide-eyed idealism, not to mention corny touches -- their clubhouse was ''designed'' to look like a crashed rocket. [[BiggerOnTheInside How they all fit inside]] was [[AWizardDidIt never explained]]. However, their series was surprisingly sophisticated for the SilverAge; with one of the earliest comic book characters KilledOffForReal in Ferro Lad (and, for that matter, one of the earliest [[BackFromTheDead comic book resurrections]] with Lightning Lad), a trial for a Legionnaire killing in self-defense, and dealing with FantasticRacism even before ''StarTrek'' did.

To become a member, you had to demonstrate at least one superpower not dependent on devices. Thus, telepathy, Saturn Girl; electricity powers, Lightning Lad; magnetic powers, Cosmic Boy, and so on. Applicants with [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway ridiculous powers]] (and some members of the Legion proper had pretty ridiculous powers) were consigned to the Legion of Substitute Heroes, who included Chlorophyll Kid (ability to make plants grow really fast), Stone Boy (ability to turn into an inanimate statue), Color Kid (ability to... change the color of things), and Double Header (whose name speaks for itself).

At the end of the SilverAge, the Legion's slot was swapped with {{Supergirl}}, leaving Supergirl as star of ''Adventure Comics'' and the Legion as a backup in ''ActionComics''. After the retirement of editor Mort Weisinger, the Legion was reduced to an occasional backup in ''Superboy''. Dave Cockrum, who would go on to design many members of the Bronze Age incarnation of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, became the Legion's regular artist, and started redefining their look. With this, their popularity started to inch upwards again, and eventually, ''Superboy'' became ''Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes''.

This incarnation used plenty of the SoapOpera-style storytelling that was popular in the days of ''X-Men'' and ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'', but kept on a level of solid yet unexciting sales, even after they booted Superboy out of his own book. This changed in the early '80s, with the Paul Levitz/Keith Giffen Legion. Classic stories like "The Great Darkness Saga" appeared during this run, but it was interrupted halfway through by the ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.

Since the entire premise of the Legion was centered around Superboy, and Superboy no longer existed in the PostCrisis universe, the history and continuity of the series didn't work any more. DC's initial patch was to say that, during the Crisis, one of the Legion's foes, the Time Trapper, had created a pocket dimension containing an Earth where there was a Superboy. However, this issue kept coming up over time, with more and more patches needed just to keep things together.

Eventually, Keith Giffen took over the book, along with [[RunningTheAsylum fans-turned-writers]] Tom and Mary Bierbaum, and the series ''really'' jumped into the DarkAge with the "Five Years Later" TimeSkip. Earth is ruled by alien invaders. One character was [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] into an AppliedPhlebotinum [[{{Transsexual}} transsexual]], and another into a shapeshifter who only ''thought'' he was the character. The Legion are [[CloningBlues actually clones]] -- unless the other, younger Legion (Batch [=SW6=]) that were discovered in PeopleJars are the clones, as one might think at first. The moon was destroyed, [[EarthShatteringKaboom followed by the Earth itself]].

Eventually, a combination of [[ContinuitySnarl continuity issues]] and low sales brought DC to the point where they said "screw it" and decided to reboot the series altogether. In 1995, as part of the ''Zero Hour'' CrisisCrossover, MarkWaid and Tom [=McCraw=] wrote the first issue of an all-new all-different Legion. Some of the sillier characters were pruned, and others were introduced to fill the gaps. This incarnation of the Legion was a youth corps run by TheFederation, which was just forming as the series began, to symbolize its member worlds and species working together. (Although they were frequently dismissed as either a publicity stunt or a "teenage death squad".) This version sidestepped the Superboy issue by being inspired by the 20th century's age of heroes in general (although the Post-Crisis Superboy did become a member). The new version attempted to [[AdaptationDistillation distill]] all of the Legion's history to date, while adding its own twists -- some of which [[FanonDiscontinuity didn't work that well]] ([[spoiler:Sneckie]]) Still, this version lasted until 2004 with a few writer changes and {{ReTool}}s; then, they were wiped out (or at least [[PutOnABus detached from the main line of DCU history]]) during the build up to the ''InfiniteCrisis'' CrisisCrossover, and replaced with a third version -- the "threeboot" Legion.

This version, ''also'' introduced by Mark Waid, brought back many of the more idealistic elements, including the SomethingPerson names, while going for a more complex universe. In this incarnation, the Legion are firebrands and muckrakers in a future where those under 18 are almost entirely controlled by their parents and a paternalistic government; although only a chosen few are given flight rings (which are ridiculously expensive), anyone who follows their ideals is considered a Legionnaire. It also added twists to many of the characters; for instance, in this version, Colossal Boy is a member of a race of giants whose super-power is to shrink to six feet tall. (He prefers to be called Micro Lad.) Their inspiration this time is legends of superheroics as preserved in old comic books. {{Supergirl}} joined up about a year and a half into the series, having apparently made the trip during the "One Year Gap" in her own title (all DC books jumped forward a year after ''Infinite Crisis''), and been given LaserGuidedAmnesia before she was sent back. On the other hand, the StrawmanPolitical aspects ("Eat it, Grandpa!") wore thin for some readers. This version lasted until 2009, when, despite fan favorite [[AndTheFandomRejoiced Jim Shooter]] taking over writing duties, it was unceremoniously cancelled with a rushed final issue written by "[[AlanSmithee Justin Thyme]]".

Recent stories post-''Infinite Crisis'' have reintroduced TheMultiverse and restored the ''original'' Legion, including Superman's past with them. This version first (re)appeared in the "Lightning Saga" BatFamilyCrossover between ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' and ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' and is the one currently appearing in DC Comics. As part of ''FinalCrisis'', Geoff Johns wrote a miniseries called "The Legion of Three Worlds" which dealt with all three versions (original, Zero Hour, and threeboot) of the Legion.

From 2006 to 2008, an AnimatedAdaptation came along, [[PragmaticAdaptation taking the most iconic versions]] of all involved (but taking even more inspiration from the {{DCAU}}, despite, judging by Brainiac 5's [[RobotBuddy being an android]], not being in continuity with it.) [[Series/LegionOfSuperHeroes See Here for that series.]]

There is a [[Characters/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} character sheet]].

The comic book series starring the Legion (not counting oneshot issues like the Legion's origin) are:

* The Legion started as guest stars in Superman-related comics. Their first appearance was in ''Adventure Comics'' in 1958. They became stars of that comic with issue 300.
* ''Adventure Comics'' (1962-1969)
* ''Action Comics'' as backups only (1969-1970).
* An irregular series of backups in ''{{Superboy}}'' (1971-1973), along with a four issue reprint series in 1973 titled ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (volume 1)
* ''{{Superboy}}'' with issue 197 became the Legion's comic and was renamed to ''Superboy and/starring the Legion of Super-Heroes'' (1973-1980).
* Renamed again to ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (volume 2, 1980-1984).
* Renamed to ''Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes'' (1984-1985).
* ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (volume 3) (1984-1989). Overlapped ''Tales'' for a year, and then ''Tales'' switched to one year delayed reprints of this book.

The "five years later" version:
* ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (volume 4) (1989-1994)
* ''Legionnaires'' (1993-1994) starred clones [[ContinuitySnarl (sort of)]] of the Legion.

The reboot version:
* ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (numbering continues) (1994-2000)
* ''Legionnaires'' (numbering continues, but the series is now just a second Legion comic with the same characters, no clones) (1994-2000)
* ''Legion Lost'' (2000-2001)
* ''Legion Worlds'' (2001)
* ''The Legion'' (2001-2004)

The threeboot version:
* ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (volume 5) (2004-2009). #16-36 titled ''Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes''

The modern version, based on the original, appeared as guest stars in Superman-related comics since 2007. This overlaps the Threeboot, causing lots of confusion. Important stories include:
* ''Lightning Saga'' (2007) (In JLA and JSA)
* ''Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes'' (2008) (in ''Action Comics'')
* ''FinalCrisis: Legion of 3 Worlds'' (2008-[[ScheduleSlip 2009]])
* ''Adventure Comics'' (2009-2011)
* ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (volume 6) (2010-2011)
* ''Legion Lost'' (volume 2) (2011-)
* ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (volume 7) (2011-)
----
!! The Legion's stories contain examples of:

* AbortedArc: In related series ''R.E.B.E.L.S.'', featuring Vril Dox II, an ancestor of Brainiac 5's from the 20th century, the earlier Dox makes a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Neron]] in exchange for knowledge, offering up not his own somewhat tarnished soul, but instead placing the debt on his bloodline and setting it to come due in "about 1000 years." After ''R.E.B.E.L.S.'' was canceled, a team of Legionnaires was sent back to the 20th century, leading to a meeting between Querl and his ancestor in which Vril mentioned Neron in a guilty sort of way... and then nothing came of it.
** It was implied, however, that the insanity of Brainiac 5's mother could be related to this deal.
** Prior to this, a number of long-running subplots started during the TMK run were dropped unceremoniously because of the ''Zero Hour'' reboot. Some of these were quickly condensed into a panel or two in the final issue, but others were just forgotten. Most notably, Sussa Paka (formerly the villain Spider Girl) steals a mysterious sealed canister from the corrupt Earthgov branch of the Science Police (secretly under the control of the alien Dominators). On the run from the cops, she gets caught up in the Legion's battle to liberate Earth. Eventually, she shows up on the Legion's doorstep looking for protection, and immediately gets caught up in their problems. She grows fond of the team, and ultimately [[HeelFaceTurn joins up]], adopts a new name (Wave) and a new hair color... but events start cascading from there, and the actual contents of the canister that half the galaxy was ready to kill Sussa to get their hands are never revealed.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The Persuaders atomic axe can cut through anything... even the force of gravity.
* AbusiveParents: Apparition's absent father in the reboot certainly qualifies, [[spoiler: having sold two of her three bodies to pay off his gambling debts]].
* ActionGirl: Most girls in the Legion qualify. Shadow Lass/Umbra especially stands out.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Every time Brainiac 5 turns around; see especially COMPUTO.
* AllThereInTheManual: A number of pivotal events that occurred during the "five year gap" between the conclusion of Paul Levitz's 1980s run and the start of the Keith Giffen / Tom and Mary Bierbaum run, including things like the dissolution of the team, the death of several former members, and the general devolution of the entire galaxy into a CrapsackWorld, were never fully explained or explored in the comic itself. Many were given much deeper treatment in the Legion of Super-Heroes sourcebook for the defunct DC Heroes role-playing game, much of which took the form of an in-universe scrapbook of news clippings and diary entries.
* AllJustADream: Invoked to escape the restrictions imposed by the original "adult Legion" story from the 1960s. [[spoiler:They, and a number of other "what if?" scenarios, were explained away as dreams induced in the mind of Ferro Lad's catatonic brother, Douglas Nolan.]]
* AllYourPowersCombined: Nemesis Kid, the Composite Legionnaire, [[spoiler: Earth-Man]].
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: The [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Uncanny Amazers]].
** On the flip side, the MarvelComics has created two entirely separate expies of the Legion: the GuardiansOfTheGalaxy and the Shi'ar Imperial Guard. {{Wolverine}} was initially (loosely) based on Legionnaire Timber Wolf.
** ''{{Supreme}}'''s League of Infinity.
* AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome: Explicitly forbidden in most versions of the Legion's constitution. Any hero whose only powers are derived from an external source (like a belt, ring, or clothes) are not allowed to serve on the team. Examples include the first Kid Quantum (whose death led to the adoption of the rule in the first place, in the reboot version) and any member of the GreenLanternCorps.
** On the other hand, [[AppliedPhlebotinum flight rings and transsuits]] are assigned to all active Legionnaires to allow for flight, communication, and survival in the vacuum of space or in other hostile environments.
** The Geoff Johns era briefly had Rond Vidar as a member, and his power was having a Green Lantern ring. Unless he got in under a technicality, this would indicate the rule wasn't in effect then.
* AmuletOfDependency: The Emerald Eye of Ekron. Used long enough, it's also an ArtifactOfDeath.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Timber Wolf and Kid Chameleon.
* ApronMatron: Monstress.
* AnAxeToGrind: The Persuader.
* AscendedFanboy: The Batch [=SW6=] Legionnaires were so-named as a reference to a well-known fan and letter writer with a London [=SW6=] return address.
* AscendedMeme: Arm-Fall-Off Boy had been a joke in forums and comic book stores for over a ''decade'' before he made an actual appearance in ''Secret Origins''.
* BadassFamily: The Ranzz Family. Garth, his sister Ayla, and his wife Imra. Unless you have a death wish, do not miss with Graym and Garridan Ranzz, Garth and Imra's twin boys.
* BadassNormal: Karate Kid.
* BarrierWarrior: Brainiac 5 in the comics.
* BareYourMidriff: Triplicate Girl on one TV version
** Recently, Sensor Girl, despite having traditionally had one of the ''least'' revealing costumes in comics.
* BattleCouple: Shrinking Violet and Lightning Lass in the recent Legion of Superheroes annual. And it is AWESOME
* BeePeople: Gates.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: Shrinking Violet in postboot continuity. She starts off as, well, a ShrinkingViolet. Over time she is showing coming out of her shell, even going so far as to be elected team leader. [[spoiler:Right after that, it's revealed that her increased confidence was the result of her coming under the influence of the Emerald Eye of Ekron.]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity She completes a (temporary)]] FaceHeelTurn shortly thereafter and curbstomps her former teammates.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Matter-Eater Lad as written by Keith Giffen and Tom and Mary Bierbaum. He was a shameless self-promoter and con artist and affected an air of extreme vanity, but was a bit of a BunnyEarsLawyer. Literally, in one case: he successfully manages to get former teammate Polar Boy freed from unjust imprisonment by employing the ChewbaccaDefense and then quickly smuggling him off-planet before anyone recovers enough to realize they'd been bamboozled.
** It's also worth remembering that Matter-Eater Lad is basically a walking disintegrator who can annihilate ''anything'' he can get his jaws around.
* BigBad: In the ''Great Darkness Saga'' of TheEighties, the Legion faces {{Darkseid}}, still very much one of these. The team is forced to call in every available ally in order to deal with him... [[spoiler: and the ''three billion Superman analogues he's mind-controlling''.]]
** The Time Trapper served as this during Paul Levitz's v3 run in the 1980s.
** President Chu from the early postboot run.
* BigBadEnsemble: The Time Trapper, Mordru, and Glorith during the Giffen-Bierbaum run in the early 1990s. [[spoiler:The former two eventually [[VillainTeamUp coalesced]] into a BigBadDuumvirate towards the end of the run.]]
* BlackGuyDiesFirst: The post-Zero Hour Legion's roster as of their first mission included four white guys, three white girls (or five, depending on how you count Triad), a black guy, a black girl, an orange guy, and a green guy. Guess who died the first time out. If you guessed the insufferable jerk with the technology-based powers who also happened to be the only black guy, you win a first-class ticket to the funeral of James Cullen (Kid Quantum I).
* BoisterousBruiser: Ultra Boy.
* BodyBackupDrive: Brainiac 5 after his HeroicSacrifice.
* BrainInAJar: The Brain Globes of Rambat. Started out as villains, but in the Post-Zero Hour continuity, they were just another member of the United Planets.
* BreakTheCutie: v4 did this with a number of characters, but particularly harshly with the White Witch. Previously depicted as a slightly shy, bookish type in a (platonic?) relationship with teammate Blok. At the start of v4, she was shown to be in an abusive marriage with former archnemesis Mordru. She was rescued by the reconstituted Legion just in time to discover that Blok had been brutally mutilated by genocidal pirate Roxxas the Butcher.
* BrokenAngel: Dawnstar in v4 lost her wings [[spoiler:after being possessed for three years by Bounty, a thrill-seeking entity that used her tracking powers to go into business as a bounty hunter]]. The reason for this was never explained.
* BrokenBase: Infamously.
* BrokenBird: The White Witch (see "BreakTheCutie" above) and Shrinking Violet (though it's a fairly brief phase) in v4.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Invisible Kid wears an "i."
** The Legion logo, a stylized letter "L", shows up as a shared motif on many Legionnaire costumes (usually as part of the belt buckle), and is part of the design of the standard flight ring.
* CainAndAbel: Lightning Lord versus his younger brother Lightning Lad (and to a lesser degree his sister Lightning Lass).
* CaptainErsatz: Mon-El (a CaptainErsatz of Superboy) and Andromeda (a CaptainErsatz of Supergirl), after both Superboy and Supergirl were {{RetCon}}ned out of existence by ''The Man of Steel'' [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] by John Byrne. Byrne has since admitted that removing Superboy was a mistake.
** Note that Mon-El was a separate character before the RetCon. They had to bend over backwards in order to re-position him as a Superboy stand-in (whereas Andromeda was a straight SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute).
* CastSpeciation: "All Legionnaires must have at least one unique power" used to be a rule, though it was introduced much later than commonly thought. The Reboot version merely "encouraged a diversity in powers", because by the time they got to write their own constitution they already had the matching powers of Live Wire/Spark and M'onel/Andromeda/Ultra Boy, none of whom they wanted to force out.\\
(Side note: Ultra Boy still qualified as having a unique power, in addition to being invulnerable to both kryptonite AND lead. His penetra-vision could see through lead, which the others could not.)
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Karate Kid.
* CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown: Sir Prize and Miss Terious, Sensor Girl, M'Onel.
* ChestInsignia: Lots of them, starting with Saturn Girl (although the symbol was changed to a mandatory telepath ID in the post-Zero Hour version) and Lightning Lad. Even the members who don't wear one get a symbol by which they're represented on things like rosters, mission team lists, status listings, and so on.
* ChekhovsGun: Lots and lots. Particularly in the ''Legion of 3 Worlds''
* ClingyCostume: Without his ERG-suit, Wildfire is just a mass of anti-energy, shapeless and largely unable to interact with the rest of the world.
** Quislet required his "costume" (actually a miniature spaceship) to survive in our dimension. When it was destroyed, he had to quit the team.
* CloningBlues: Batch [=SW6=]. [[spoiler:They're not clones.]]
* CloudCuckoolander: Matter-Eater Lad during the TMK run. Element Lad during the postboot era.
* CompellingVoice: Both Universo and Saturn Queen.
* CompleteMonster: Saturn Queen is so very much this in the current Legion of Supervillains arc, having gone completely insane and lost any small scrap of goodness she once had. Her master plan is to plunge all of existence into chaos to allow an ancient EldritchAbomination ultimate power, and create a universe that's a bit like the place the Event Horizon visited...only less cheery. She's essentially a female Joker, with the power of mind control and an even more nihilistic and insane world view.
* ContinuityReboot: Twice, meant to untangle {{Continuity Snarl}}s -- but they created a BrokenBase as a byproduct.
* ContinuitySnarl: And how.
* CosmicRetcon: A lot. Most of the time, major changes to LSH continuity are explained on panel. The first such example was the brief "Mordruverse" story arc early on in the Giffen/Bierbaum run: [[spoiler:Mon-El kills the Time Trapper, eliminating his influence on the timeline and erasing the Legion from existence. In the apocalyptic CrapsackWorld that results, the universe is ruled by evil sorcerer Mordru, and Glorith, one of his brides, strikes a deal with the resistance and agrees to be sacrificed to take the place of the Time Trapper and the universe is restored... with some key differences]]. The post-''Zero Hour'' reboot gets similar treatment, as does the Mark Waid-penned threeboot.
* CrapsackWorld: Most of the galaxy during the "Five Years Later"/v4 continuity, with a particular emphasis on earth.
** Try being a teen in the "Threeboot" universe. It's what ignited the Legion's spark.
* CurbStompBattle: Happened to the Legion more than you'd think, given the number of extreme powerhouses on the team. It was fairly common whenever they went up against the Time Trapper, Mordru, or Glorith.
* CuteMute: Saturn Girl. While the original version of the character and the rebooted version are just young girls who happen to have awesome telepatic powers, Threeboot Saturn Girl happens to be a mute girl, hailing from an entire planet of mute individuals, needing her telepathy to be able to communicate effectively.
* CypherLanguage: Interlac. Many of the invented characters even look suspiciously like their Latin counterparts.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The "Five Years Later" continuity in the comics; the Abnett and Lanning run of the post-''Zero Hour'' reboot, particularly "Legion of the Damned" (which still had a happy ending) and "Legion Lost"; the second season of the cartoon.
* DarkAgeOfSupernames: After being a famous example of SomethingPerson names during TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, the trended started to shift during TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks in the mid-1970s, with new characters like Wildfire, Dawnstar, Tyroc, Tellus, Quislet, and Atmos. The pace picked up considerably during the TMK run starting in 1989, with Valor, Impulse, Bounty, Kono, Veilmist, Firefist, Flederweb, and Nightwind. But it reached its pinnacle with the introduction of [=SW6=] teenage duplicates of the team, many of whom adopted "edgier" versions of their original names (see below for examples). Most of these names were kept for the post-''Zero Hour'' reboot, and new characters introduced during this period usually started off with such names (Catspaw, Dragonmage, XS, Kinetix, Gates, Thunder, Monstress). When Mark Waid started writing the "threeboot" version of the team, he deliberately returned to the traditional SomethingPerson convention, and the post-''Final Crisis'' version of the team has stuck with it as well, though not as zealously.
** Chameleon Boy → Chameleon
** Colossal Boy → Leviathan
** Element Lad → Alchemist
*** Used for the [=SW6=], but switched back for the reboot.
** Ferro Lad → Ferro
** Laurel Gand → Andromeda
** Lightning Lad → Live Wire
** Lightning Lass / Light Lass → Shock / Gossamer
** Phantom Girl → Apparition
** Shadow Lass → Umbra
** Triplicate Girl → Triad
* DarkMistress: Glorith, in her first appearance, was one of the Time Trapper's henchwomen, and later was [[UnholyMatrimony married to evil sorcerer Mordru]] before going to a successful villainous career in her own right.
* DeathIsCheap: Despite being somewhat famous for averting this trope more often than not, the eventual return of the first ever Legionnaire to die (Lightning Lad) was telegraphed before his corpse was even cold.
* DemotedToExtra: Tons of Legionaires have suffered this, most notably Wildfire and Dawnstar, who were amongst the most popular characters of the original Legion.
* DidNotDoTheResearch: To an extent on part of the fanbase -- Saturn Girl has mind powers, so surely she must be the one who gave Superboy a hypnotic suggestion that makes him forget any information of his own future upon returning to his present time. Nope, it was Supergirl herself that did it.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Ferro Lad and his twin brother. Born with horrible deformities that left their faces scarred and mutilated and forced them both to wear full-face masks. Their consolation was the ability to transform into "living iron." Also the White Witch, born on a planet of precognitive seers but without that ability herself. She did, however, show an innate talent for magic and eventually became one of the most powerful sorceresses in the galaxy.
* DoppelgangerSpin (or [[DoppelgangerAttack Attack]]): Triplicate Girl/Triad/Duo Damsel. Trijitsu is a Carggite martial art involving splitting and recombining strategically in combat.
* DrivenToVillainy: The Time Trapper ([[spoiler:a.k.a. Cosmic Boy]]) in his v4 origin story. The Progenitor ([[spoiler:a.k.a. Element Lad]]) in the original ''Legion Lost''.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: A specialty of the Bierbaums, who dropped a number of bridges on Legion members they hated. Timber Wolf was mutated into a mute, inhuman beast that was treated like a pet by his teammates. Wildfire was killed off in the NoodleIncident known as Black Dawn, with the only details stated being that his death was horribly violent. Shvaughn Erin was turned into a pathetic stalker/transsexual who was addicted to gender-bending drugs. Sun Boy turned traitor and ended up being horribly burnt, to the point that he was mistaken as a monster by his own friends.
** Writer/artist (and Legion superfan) Colleen Doran was overheard at a con referring to Shvaughn Erin as "Sean" many months before the Bierbaums worked their strange magic on him/her.
*** In general the Threeboot Legion got this treatment in "Legion of Three Worlds" where they had more members of their Legion dying and basically being swept under the rug to make the old Legion the main Legion.
** The first ''Legion Lost'' series did this to Monstress, one of the non-legacy characters, at the climax. The second ''Legion Lost'' series did this to Chameleon Girl and fan-favorite Gates (the only character on the team ''not'' created before 1990) in its ''first'' issue, mostly just to show how "serious" the title was.
* DueToTheDead: Legionnaires killed in battle are buried with honors on Shanghalla, an asteroid used for this purpose by a number of civilizations of different races. Messing with Legion corpses is a great way to commit suicide-by-angry-superheroes.
* EgomaniacHunter: Otto Orion and his son Adam.
** Also Bounty from the Giffen/Bierbaum run.
* EldritchAbomination: Mild example in the form of the Sun-Eater.
* ElementalShapeshifter: Stone Boy is a Substitute Legionnaire who can turn into an immobile statue. However, he manages to use this power effectively anyway.
* EnemyMine: The Fatal Five were originally introduced as such, as the Legion was shorthanded and needed help to defeat the Sun-Eater. The only help available happened to be the five most-wanted criminals in the galaxy.
** Played with quite a bit during the v4 run, as the Legion would temporarily strike a truce with one of the three evil PowersThatBe (the Time Trapper, Glorith, or Mordru) to counterbalance the other.
* EnergyBeings: Wildfire, Quislet.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: Cosmic Boy tricks corrupt United Planets President Chu into listing all of her crimes on live television (or the closest 30th century equivalent, at least).
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Several: Wildfire, Shvaughn Erin, Dawnstar, Dream Girl, V4 Matter-Eater Lad, the '94 Reboot had Gates, Monstress, Kinetix, XS, and Shrinking Violet
* EveryoneIsASuper: A lot of planets in the Legion universe are like this: Titan (everyone is a telepath), Naltor (where everyone has precognitive visions), Durla (a planet of shapeshifters), and Braal (magnetism).
* EvilCounterpart: Two of the three original members of the Legion of Super-Villains definitely qualify. Saturn Queen's telepathic powers are similar (though not identical to) Saturn Girl's powers, and Lightning Lord is [[CainAndAbel Cain to Lightning Lad's Abel]]. It's actually partially averted with Cosmic King, though: despite a similar name and a knock-off costume, his powers (transmutation of elements) have very little to do with Cosmic Boy's super-magnetism.
** Satan Girl was a [[KryptoniteFactor Red Kryptonite-created]] evil duplicate of Supergirl.
** An evil version of the entire Legion was created by villains Mordru and Glorith during the "End of an Era" crossover concluding the pre-''Zero Hour'' run.
* EvilEye: The Emerald Eye of Ekron.
* ExecutiveMeddling: All of the meddling with Superboy, but most notably the edict to purge Superman from Legion lore after they went out of their way to pull a saving throw to preserve the status quo via the Pocket Universe.
** Jim Shooter's 2007-2008 run was also subject to it to some degree; [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=18623 his 16 issue story was cut off four issues from the end and he was first forced to add a character, then forced to remove him]]. He also had to write out two characters for the sake of a larger crossover even though that turned out to be pointless. Details can be found on [[http://www.jimshooter.com/search/label/Legion%20of%20Super%20Heroes his blog.]]
* ExtremeOmnivore: Matter-Eater Lad.
* FakeOutMakeOut: Chemical Kid and Dragonwing do it in the first issue of vol. 7.
* FanNickname:
** Naked Legion -- Mike Grell's run as artist for the series, thanks to the [[{{Stripperiffic}} infamously skimpy]] costumes he drew the characters in.
** The Archie Legion -- The post-''Zero Hour'' reboot Legion, both because of the return to the "idealistic" end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism following the DarkerAndEdgier "Five Years Later" version that had gone before, and because of the artwork of Jeff Moy, the ''Legionnaires'' artist for the first run of the reboot.
*** Another nickname given to them is "Melrose Legion", due to the fact that Jeff Moy's versions of the female Legion members resembled the actresses on Melrose Place, not to mention the fact that quite a few '94 Legion storylines evolved around who was dating who...
** Sneckie -- The '94 reboot version of Princess Projectra ("Jeckie" for short), [[spoiler: thus nicknamed because, unlike the preboot and threeboot versions, the postboot character was [[FunnyAnimal a giant snake]]]].
** Fakefire: The nickname given to fans who loathed '94 Reboot version of Wildfire due to [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks the significant differences in his origins]].
** Jarth -- [[spoiler: Following Garth "Live Wire" Ranzz's HeroicSacrifice in the postboot ''Legion Lost'' limited series, the character was [[DisneyDeath brought back]] inhabiting the crystalline body of his former teammate Jan "Element Lad" Arrah.]]
** Also see [[Characters/TheLegionOfSuperHeroes the character sheet]] for the most common terms used to refer to the different versions of Legion continuity.
* TheFederation: The United Planets.
* FetishFuel: Grimbor the Chainsman is a BadassNormal whose entire shtick is that he can build various chains, manacles, gags, cages, whips, etc. that nullify a target's powers and leave him bound and helpless. He does this while wearing leather. In the seventies, in a comic ostensibly meant to be suitable for children.
* {{Fiction500}}: The Legion's main financial backer, R.J. Brande. Also his JerkAss rival, Leland [=McCauley=].
* FingerInTheMail: In the [[DarkerAndEdgier "Five Years Later"]] run, the crazed killer Roxxas blows up the rock Legionnaire Blok and mails the pieces to the other Legionnaires.
* FiveManBand: Played with in The Lightning Saga: [[TheHero Star Boy/Man]], [[TheLancer Wildfire]], [[TheChick Dawnstar]], [[TheBigGuy Karate Kid]], and [[TheSmartGuy Dream Girl]].
** Arguably, the original Substitute Legion.
*** TheHero: Polar Boy
*** TheLancer: Fire Boy, as a contrast to Polar Boy.
*** TheSmartGuy: Chlorophyll Kid
*** TheChick and TheBigGuy: Played with. Night Girl is the literal chick, but her powers make her the team's powerhouse. Stone Boy's rock powers make him a more traditional big guy, but his lack of confidence mixed with a great caring for others puts him in the chick slot.
* FlashForward: The "Adult Legion" stories. Unfortunately, these [[ForegoneConclusion revealed who was going to survive and who wasn't]], removing a certain amount of tension.
** Which is probably why the writers broke away from following that timeline, which then required a parallel universe story to explain it away.
* FlyingBrick: Superboy, Supergirl, Ultra Boy (but only one power at a time), Mon-el/Valor (without kryptonite-phobia to harsh his cool), and Andromeda.
* FountainOfYouth: The Time Trapper's first appearance involved this shtick, when he returned the Legionnaires to infancy. Later affected a number of Legionnaires for a longer period following an ill-conceived attack on Glorith late in pre-''Zero Hour'' v4: Shrinking Violet catches MerlinSickness from the experience, while the White Witch is merely deaged to sixteen. Brainiac 5, meanwhile, gets stuck with an OvernightAgeUp.
** In both the original and postboot continuities, the White Witch was "the Hag," a wizened old crone, as a result of Mordru's curse. She got better (and younger).
* {{Frameup}}: Happened more than once, but most notably during the tail end of pre-''Zero Hour'' V4. The Legion is accused of aiding perennial bad guy alien race the Khunds by HeelFaceMole Universo. Hunted by the authorities, the team adopts a new set of heroic identities and sets out to clear their (original) names.
* FreakLabAccident: And variants, for the origins of some of the Legionnaires.
* FutureSlang: "Grife" (interjection), "sprock" (verb), "nass" (noun, generally referring to an object or idea), and "squaj" (noun, generally referring to a person) are some of the more memorable terms, probably because they're all swear words. "Unlax" (relax), "persp" (perspire/ act nervous), and others also exist in more child-safe usage.
* GenderBender: Most notably Shvaughn/Sean Erin in the pre-reboot v4 continuity.
** [[ShapeShifter Chameleon Boy]] did it as far back as the sixties.
** Notably, there were at least two canonical methods of gender bending defined in the series. The first, a disease with temporary effects, was usually played for comedic effect (often involving the Legion of Substitute Heroes or Matter-Eater Lad), and the second (used for the Shvaughn/Sean Erin story arc) was induced by drugs.
* GentleGiant: Colossal Boy, the Legionnaire known for having a big heart no matter what his size, and Blok, who was a soft-spoken and solitary rock creature. Also Monstress from the post-ZH Legion.
* GeniusBruiser: Blok, a giant rock-creature and the Legion's archivist.
* GodGuise: Valor (Mon-El) was worshiped by most of the galaxy in the post-boot continuity for founding most of the Planets of Hats the Legionnaires came from back in the twentieth century. In order to avoid getting crazy reactions wherever he went, he changed his costume slightly and took the codename [[PunctuationShaker M'onel]].
* GrandFinale: "The End of an Era", the storyline that concluded the pre-''Zero Hour'' run. The Legion and their [=SW6=] dopplegangers face off against [[BigBadDuumvirate both Mordru and Glorith]] as the universe is being erased around them. [[spoiler:They win, but are forced to sacrifice their lives in order that their entire history may be erased and "done over" without the influence of Mordru, Glorith, and the Time Trapper.]] The series continues, but with a total ContinuityReboot, effectively shutting the door on three and a half decades of Legion storytelling.
** The post-''Zero Hour'' Legion comes to a similar conclusion with the ''Teen Titans / The Legion Special'', [[spoiler:which destroys the team's entire universe. The Legionnaires survive (for the most part), but everything else introduced during that run is destroyed, and the team reduced to occasional guest shots in other books as the new Wanderers.]]
* GreatOffscreenWar: The Braal-Imsk conflict during the five-year gap preceding the Giffen/Bierbaum run is only seen in flashback glimpses, but it casts a massive shadow over subsequent events. Black Dawn may also qualify, but since it's also a NoodleIncident, it's hard to say for sure.
* GuineaPigFamily
* HalfIdenticalTwins: Lightning Lad/Live Wire and Lightning Lass/Light Lass/Spark, to varying degrees.
** The entire planet of Winath where they were born was full of examples of this trope. Twins were the norm rather than the exception (by something like 99-to-1 percent), and while some pairs were single-gender, there were plenty of counter-examples as well.
* HeartDrive: Brainiac's backups.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: A lot of debatable examples of this because of the frequent [[ContinuityReboot Continuity Reboots]] the team has been through. Many of the [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turns]] during the Giffen/Bierbaum run (Lightning Lord, Saturn Queen, Spider Girl, etc.) were subsequently invalidated when that entire run was consigned to the dust bin. But Mordru is an example of this within a single continuity: he was cured of his megalomania towards the end of Paul Levitz's v3 run, and was even married to the White Witch in during the five-year gap between v3 and v4. By the start of v4, he was back to his old tricks again.
* HeelFaceMole: Preboot, Universo was a disgraced Green Lantern (he went through an offscreen FaceHeelTurn) and skilled hypnotist who had crossed paths with the Legion a number of times. During the five year gap between V3 and V4, he seemingly reformed and became a high-ranking figure in the Earth resistance movement. As a result, when the Earth is finally liberated, he becomes a high-ranking figure in the new Earthgov... a position he uses to frame the Legion as collaborators with the warlike Khund race and have them temporarily outlawed, forcing the Legionnaires to adopt disguises and go on the lam.
* HeelFaceTurn: Surprisingly, Earth Man (of all people) in the latest series
** Blok started off as a member of a team of villains seeking revenge against the Legion for the destruction of his planet. Turns the Legion wasn't responsible and were actually trying to evacuate the survivors, so he switched sides.
** A lot of examples of this during the v4 run, especially former members of the Legion of Super-Villains. Lightning Lord and Saturn Queen's former villainy was excused as an example of WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity, and Spider Girl ([[NamesTheSame not the one you're probably thinking of]]) went from being an example of Ultra Boy DatingCatwoman to a full-fledged member of the Legion in its final issues.
* HeroicAlbino: The White (later Black) Witch.
** Infectious Lass from the Legion of Substitute Heroes, as well.
* HeroicBSOD: The White Witch near the beginning of v4, following being rescued from her abusive marriage and seeing her previous love interest Blok get butchered.
* HeroicSacrifice: Practically a Legion tradition. Notable examples include Ferro Lad, Karate Kid, and Magnetic Kid, among many others.
* HeroicSociopath: Shrinking Violet^H^H^H^H^H Atom Girl in the Threeboot Legion, subverting the personalities of her previous incarnations.
* HideYourLesbians: ''Very'' weakly attempted during V4 with the relationship between Lightning Lass and Shrinking Violet. In truth, the only real difference between this particular relationship and any of the heterosexual relationships being depicted in the book was that the writers generally avoided referring to the two as lovers: the innuendo was both intentional and obvious, and the masquerade was put on solely to appease the editorial guidelines of the day.
** Lightning Lass and Shrinking Violet have thankfully been confirmed to be a couple in the current series and they are both adorable and kick ass together.
* HiddenElfVillage: Marzal, Tyroc's home island, a ''{{Brigadoon}}''-like island off the coast of Africa colonized by escaped slaves.
* HoYay: Notable between Brainiac 5 and Superman in the cartoon, but also present to varying degrees of blatancy in the comics, particularly with Shrinking Violet and Lightning Lass.
** Not to mention that time Brainy kissed Lyle in front of everyone. Sure, it was on the cheek, but they still blushed.
** The reboot Legion featured a hint-dropping as to the true nature of Brainy and Lyle's relationship into a running gag. Fans paid particular notice of a panel where Brainy has a folder on his computer with Lyle's name on it, and won't let anyone see what's inside...
*** That started during the preboot, actually: the ''Secret Origins'' story concerning Lyle positively dripped with innuendo, although it was rarely seen in the series itself.
* HumanAliens: Regardless of where they're from, almost all Legionnaires look ''completely'' human, though BizarreAlienBiology sometimes applies. (Threeboot Star Boy, as a black gu--excuse us, ''Xanthuan'', can't eat sugar, and Reboot Ultra Boy, as a Rimborian, has a set of organs which don't correspond to the human body at all.)
** In the first Post-Crisis continuity, this was {{Retcon}}ned so that all of the Human Aliens were actually humans who were sent to colonize other planets after gaining superpowers during ''Comicbook/{{Invasion}}''... and Projectra, still an actual alien, was a snake.
* HumansAreWhite: There have been comparatively few dark-skinned Legionnaires.
** This ties into ExecutiveMeddling in the original continuity. Jim Shooter originally intended for Ferro Lad to be black, however Mort Weisinger vetoed the idea afraid that DC would face backlash in the South. Unhappy that he was unable to do what he originally intended with the character, Shooter decided to write out the character with his now legendary HeroicSacrifice. The Legion wouldn't get it's first black member until Tyroc in 1976... which was also a sore spot with creators. Shooter was unhappy that Tyroc was a black character instead of a character who happened to be black. Mike Grell intentionally gave Tyroc the worst design he could think of as protest.
*** Tyroc was so unpopular with Legion creative teams that he was the only Legionnaire introduced before Paul Levitz's decade-long run on the title that was never used. Levitz [[PutOnABus put him on a bus]] and never referred to him. He did finally use the character when he returned to the title in the 2010s, though.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: People like to hunt Legionnaires for some reason. See earlier entries regarding the Orions and Grimbor.
* IBelieveICanFly: Everyone, thanks to the Legion's flight rings.
* AnIceSuit: Polar Boy.
* InsufferableGenius: Brainiac 5, in most versions. Invisible Kid is usually his friendlier foil.
* ItWasHisSled: Darkseid's status as the main villain of the Great Darkness Saga. Despite the reveal only happening at the end of the penultimate issue of the story, it's pretty much widely known amongst comic fans (and people buying the trade paperback, seeing as Darkseid is on the cover) and is the big selling point towards getting people to read the storyline.
* [[IntangibleMan Intangible Woman]]: Phantom Girl/Apparition.
* InterspeciesRomance: Take your pick.
* InvisibleAnatomy: Atmos of Xanthu has an invisible ''torso'', revealed by a costume that covers his shoulders and abdomen but none of the rest of his chest.
* {{Invisibility}}: Invisible Kid.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Roxxas.
* TheJailer: Grimbor the Chainsman
* JokerJury: "The Devil's Jury" in ''Action Comics'' #370.
* KickTheDog: Akka is Saturn Queen's most loyal ally throughout the Legion of Supervillains story arc in the current series. How does Saturn Queen reward her? She stabs her in the chest
* KudzuPlot: Suffered from this '''big-time''' in v4, partially due to ExecutiveMeddling. Within the first dozen issues, the list of plot threads was already a mile long: the reestablishment of the team, filling in the off-screen backstory from the five year gap preceding the series launch, liberating Earth from its alien oppressors, explaining the presence the [=SW6=] duplicates, numerous "where are they now?" side stories, and so on. By the end of the run the writers had only worked their way through about half of these, resulting in a final story arc that was mostly {{Infodump}} and which ''still'' left a number of dangling threads.
* KryptoniteFactor: For Superboy and Supergirl, Kryptonite itself. Mon-El/Valor/M'Onel and Laurel Gand/Andromeda were similarly affected by lead (though a cure for lead poisoning was later introduced). Ultra Boy suffered from a critical limitation in that he had the same suite of powers of Superboy or Mon-El, but could only use one at a time: he could be super-strong, but not invulnerable at the same time.
* LadyMacBeth: Charma's powers were to make men do whatever she wanted, and to make women hate her to the point of physical violence. She wound up in jail where she [[TheCorrupter worked her charms]] on her jailer, Grimbor, who embarked on a criminal career of his own, first by her side, and later solo.
* LastOfHisKind: Superboy was originally the last Kryptonian, but that was quickly abolished when Supergirl joined up. Then restored with "Crisis on Infinite Earths." Then erased again with "Supergirl & the LSH." Meanwhile, Legionnaires Blok and Element Lad really are the last of their kinds; E-Lad's homeworld, Trom, was depopulated by Roxxas & company, and Blok's world of Dryad was destroyed by the Dark Man.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Sensor Girl is really Projectra. Note that this only recently returned to being a Late Arrival Spoiler because the book is back to using the original Legion.
* LatexSpaceSuit: The transuit.
* LegacyCharacter: Brainiac 5, introduced as the great-great-grandson of Superman villain Brainiac, was so popular that writers eventually created Brainiacs 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, and 13.
** Jenni "[=XS=]" Ognats, granddaughter of Barry "The {{Flash}}" Allen and cousin of Bart "Impulse" Allen.
** Thom "Star Boy" Kallor has been revealed to be a part of the "Starman" legacy, as well, which James Robinson had set up during his Comicbook/{{Starman}} run.
** The post-Zero Hour Legion had a legacy entirely within the future timeline, with Kid Quantum I being killed on the first mission and his sister taking up the name- first as a member of home-planet team The Uncanny Amazers, and eventually as a Legionnaire.
* LegendFadesToMyth: After ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', due to the fact that so much of the old "Earth-1" continuity was pivotal to the ''LegionOfSuperHeroes'' canon, the pre-Crisis version of history was presented as the 30th century's distorted legends of the "actual" (post-Crisis) continuity.
* LetsGetDangerous: The Legion of Substitute Heroes and Legion Academy cadets, on several occasions.
* LightningCanDoAnything: Specifically, it can give you superpowers (when channeled by Korballian lightning beasts)... or resurrect the dead.
* LiteralGenie: The Emerald Eye in the postboot "Emerald Vi" arc.
** The Miracle Machine is preboot continuity.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: Triad. Unlike other versions of the character, Triad's three bodies represented different facets of her personality.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: And loads and loads...
** One might say [[IncrediblyLamePun they are Legion...]]
* LongLostRelative: Ferro Lad's twin brother Douglas.
* LostEpisode: ''Sort of''. A very significant story (the wedding of Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad) was originally published as an oversized, tabloid-sized special in the mid-1970s. It was never truly lost, but because of its unusual publication format (especially in the days before eBay) it remained extremely hard to find in the usual places where a fan would look for such things (specialty comic book store back issue collections, mainly). Gained the nickname "That Damned Tabloid" in fandom as a result. It was eventually reprinted as part of DC's hardcover archive collection in the late 1990s.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: In the original canon, R.J. Brande is Chameleon Boy's father.]]
** Postboot, the leader of the Dark Circle [[spoiler:is really Brainiac 5's mother, Brainiac 4]].
* MacGuffin: The mysterious canister stolen from Earthgov during TMK's run served as the catalyst for Spider Girl/Wave's HeelFaceTurn and played a role in the liberation of Earth from the Dominators. It was probably intended as part of some [[AbortedArc aborted storyline]], but it gets pushed to the sidelines by the time Wave has formally joined the Legion, and is not mentioned again.
* MadeOfIndestructium: Inertron
* TheMagicVersusTechnologyWar: The "Magic Wars" storyline.
* MasterOfIllusion: Princess Projectra.
* MerlinSickness: Shrinking Violet is literally afflicted with this following an ill-conceived attack on Glorith towards the end of the pre-''Zero Hour'' v4 run.
* MindControlDevice: Recurring villain Universo went through a procession of these, allowing him to amplify his natural talents for hypnosis over larger and larger scales, be it an entire planet or much of the galaxy. One of these, the Hypno-Stone of Titan, was also involved in a subplot involving Matter-Eater Lad and reformed villain Saturn Queen during the Giffen/Bierbaum run.
* MoreHeroThanThou: Ferro Lad
* MultipleChoicePast: At least two all-out continuity reboots, and many other variations besides.
** None of them hold a candle to the Time Trapper, which is finally explained in [[FinalCrisis Legion of Three Worlds]]: [[spoiler: According to Brianiac 5, the Time Trapper is a sentient timeline who is rebelling against the Legion's timeline.]]
* MyNameIsNotDurwood: In "threeboot" continuity, Gim Allon comes from a race of giants all of whom have the power to shrink down to normal human size. To him, his power is to ''shrink'', but everyone else sees it as ''growing''. So most of his teammates persist in calling him "Colossal Boy," instead of his preferred name, "Micro Lad."
** Similarly, Atom Girl doesn't take well to being called "Shrinking Violet."
* TheNapoleon: Atom Girl in the threeboot.
* NoSell: Nemesis Kid.
* NoodleIncident: Black Dawn. Though later writers attempted to tell the story (with various success), none really line up with the details given by TMK.
* OmnicidalManiac: The Blight from the "Legion of the Damned" arc.
* OneWorldOrder: Earthgov.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: A few Legionnaires are addressed almost exclusively by their codename or derivations thereof, notably Shrinking Violet, Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, and Gates.
* OrganicTechnology: Dominator technology was plant-based and grown, rather than built.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: A late v4 story arc featured '''type V''' zombies reanimated by Mordru's magic, while the later postboot "Legion of the Damned" arc used '''type PS''' spore-infected zombies.
* OverlyLongTongue: Ze Tongue.
* OvernightAgeUp: Brainiac 5 following the assault on Glorith in the final dozen or so issues of v4 prior to ''Zero Hour''.
* ThePigPen: The joke character The Mess.
* PirateGirl: Kono.
* PlanetEater: The Sun-Eater kicks this trope up a notch.
* PlanetOfHats: The "hats" in this case being the superhuman powers shared by all or almost all of the inhabitants of various planets, though the trope also applies in the traditional sense: Winath is the farming planet, Rimbor is the slum planet, Colu is the computer planet, etc.
* PoweredArmor: Wildfire's suit. Brainiac 5 briefly wore something like this after being aged by Glorith.
* PowerTrio: Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad/Live Wire, and Saturn Girl, in the comics.
* PowersThatBe: The Time Trapper, Glorith.
* PrehensileHair: Spider Girl (later Wave).
* PresidentEvil: Leland [=McCauley=] in the Postboot continuity [[spoiler:(who was actually Comicbook/{{Batman}}'s immortal foe Ra's al-Ghul in disguise at the time)]]. He was still definitely evil in the Preboot and earlier in the Reboot continuities, but was a CorruptCorporateExecutive, not president [[spoiler:(and wasn't Ra's, either)]].
** Universo has been president of Earth a time or two as well, inevitably creating a fascist state immediately thereafter with his mind control abilities.
** Earthgov presidents Tayla Wellington and her successor Arlington Morse from the "Terra Mosaic" story arc in v4 are this, as well (both of whom were PuppetKing for the Dominators)
** As was United Planets president Jeanette Chu earlier on in the Postboot continuity. Possibly an overused trope, all things considered.
* [[KingIncognito Princess Incognito]]: Projectra, during her Sensor Girl phase. Originally her identity was obscured even from her teammates, but it remained a public secret for even longer.
* ProphecyTwist: Pretty much any significant prophecy provided by Dream Girl/Dreamer's powers tends to be subject to this.
* PsychicPowers: Saturn Girl, Dream Girl, Tellus, among others... including everyone on those characters' respective home planets.
* PsychoElectro: Lightning Lord. In the post-Zero Hour Legion, Live Wire (Lightning Lad) was afraid that the powers he and his siblings gained drove his brother mad, and that he and his sister would be next... until he finally saw his brother again and realized that blaming it on the lightning would excuse Mekt's generally being a sociopathic JerkAss who killed people on a whim.
* PunnyName: Ultra Boy's real name, Jo Nah. He got his powers after being devoured by a space whale.
* PuppetKing: During the "Terra Mosaic" story, in which Earthgov had been secretly taken over by the Dominators, President Tayla Wellington was a textbook example of this. After a failed HeelFaceTurn, that role is taken over by her vice-president, Arlington Morse.
* PutOnABus: Tyroc for the duration of Paul Levitz's run as writer during the 1980s.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The White Triangle; Earth-Man and his gang of Terran supremacists.
* RaceLift: Threeboot Star Boy became black (which carried over to the cartoon). Likewise, Karate Kid became Asian. And then there's Projectra, renamed Sensor, and changed into a snake alien.
** Karate Kid was originally depicted as white, then Asian, then white, then Asian...
-->Possibly a result of his being the son of an Asian man and an American woman.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: R. J. Brande.
* RebelliousSpirit: Quislet rebelled against his species, stole a spaceship, and fled to another dimension in order to join the Legion because he was fed up with the straight-laced, totalitarian nature of his society... and because [[ItAmusedMe he thought it would be entertaining, basically]].
* RedSkiesCrossover: Legion of Three Worlds was billed as a Final Crisis crossover and had the cover logo, but had no real connection to Final Crisis.
* RetCon: Too many to list.
* RingOfPower: The flight rings, which also serve as communicators and in some continuities provide the forcefields necessary for Legionnaires to function in space.
* RobotWar: The war with Robotica in the Postboot continuity.
* RunningTheAsylum: Jim Shooter began submitting stories and layouts to DC in 1966 at the age of thirteen, after following the series as a fan. He returned to begin writing for the Threeboot incarnation of the Legion at the end of 2007.
** The TMK run was [[YourMileageMayVary infamous]] for sounding like overwrought fanfic elevated to canon.
*** Because it was, in a manner of speaking (though whether or not it was actually overwrought depends on the observer): Tom and Mary Bierbaum (the "TM" in "TMK") were active participants in the Legion of Super-Heroes APA scene in the 1980s, and many of the ideas they introduced when they were writing the title were originally conceived in those pages.
* SacrificialLamb: The first Kid Quantum was created just to be killed to illustrate the need for the Legion's "no external powers" rule.
* SanDimasTime: Particularly when half the Legion got stranded in the 20th Century during the post-Zero Hour continuity.
* {{Scandalgate}}: The crisis of the United Planets' PortalNetwork being subverted by an alien power and used to invade Earth is referred to as "Softgate."
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Dawnstar and her postboot semi-counterpart, Shikari.
* ScarsAreForever: Shrinking Violet is scarred during the five-year gap period between v3 and v4 and keeps the wound until the ''Zero Hour''-induced reboot. 30th century medicine is more than capable of repairing the damage, but since she earned it during an unjust war with her former teammate's planet, she takes it as her MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment and continues to wear it as a protest.
* ScienceHero: Invisible Kid, Brainiac 5.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale
* SealedEvilInACan: Mordru in the post-Zero Hour comics, among others; Drax in the cartoon.
* SecretIdentity: Averted, unlike most superhero comics. The identities of all members are known to the public... except for Sensor Girl in the original continuity, whose identity isn't even known to the Legion for a while, and M'onel in the Zero Hour reboot, who won't let anyone find out he's the mythical Valor who first seeded their worlds with life because it'd be impossible to have a life of his own afterward.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The first story with them involved an "initiation" for Superboy which was three separate Secret Tests. This story was later repeated with Supergirl.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The Great Darkness Saga featured Darkseid as the villain. This ''actually was clever and original back then''.
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: It's not like the Legion didn't have plenty of questionably attired heroes, but even when this was common during Mike Grell's run as artist, it wasn't unusual to see the villains wearing ''even less'' than the heroes, as was the case with Grimbor the Chainsman and his partner Charma, who were dressed as a bondage duo.
** In the postboot era, this was typified during the "Emerald Legion" story, where the Emerald Eye-possessed Legionnaires all get much skimpier (and greener) costumes.
* ShapeShiftingSquick: In fact, in the threeboot, someone suggests that Chameleon is not attracted to non-shapeshifters. Averted in the original continuity, though, where Colossal Boy and Chameleon Girl (a different character) have a happy marriage.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Shrinking Violet in v4 continuity. Arguably averted in the case of Cosmic Boy in the same period: he was physically scarred and lost the use of his powers, but remained TheHeart that he always was.
* ShockingSwerve: Post-Zero Hour Princess Projectra was actually [[FunnyAnimal a giant snake]] who used her illusion powers to pass as human in the issue she joined, until she revealed the surprise. An AuthorsSavingThrow was set up but never pulled off, where she became a [[BiologicalMashup pink naga]] after being exposed to a biological weapon designed to cause instant evolution towards it's victims, with the option of turning her fully human if fans rejected the new look. Unfortunately, the second reboot canceled that incarnation of the Legion, and the plot device never triggered.
** Projectra was first subject to a (somewhat) shocking swerve in the 1980s when she was dragged out of retirement by Paul Levitz when he unmasked Sensor Girl. Sensor Girl was [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=1635 originally supposed to be Supergirl,]] who in an "out" to keep her around after her death in Crisis, would be running around with the Legion with a mask on, using her Kryptonian super-senses as her main super-power.
** More overtly was the fact that Kinetix was supposed to become the '94 Legion's version of the Emerald Empress, having turned evil after losing her powers and being forced off the team. But the positive fan response to the character, plus their [[TheUntwist realizing where the plotline was probably going]], led to the swerve where fan favorite Shrinking Violet turned out to have the Emerald Eye instead.
* ShowingOffThePerilousPowerSource: Element Lad does this in a newly-created, empty universe - without protection. He goes mad.
* ShrinkingViolet: Er, Shrinking Violet, particularly post-Zero Hour.
* SixthRangerTraitor: Nemesis Kid.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Averted something fierce, most unusually for a comic originating in the SilverAge.
* SomethingPerson: Ridiculously common in early Legion names; played down post-Zero Hour, but intentionally preserved in current continuity.
** It was deliberately played ''up'' in threeboot continuity, in one case even changing a pre-DarkAgeOfSupernames character (Shrinking Violet) to fit (Atom Girl)
* SpacePirates: Roxxas, the Sklarian Raiders, and undoubtedly others.
* SpacePolice: The Science Police. The {{Green Lantern}}s show up in some incarnations, too.
* SpaceWhale: Most notably as the source of Ultra Boy's (real name: Jo Nah) powers.
* SpinOff: The Legion is a spin-off of {{Superboy}} (who is himself a spin-off of {{Superman}}). Members Cosmic Boy, Timber Wolf, Karate Kid, and Mon-El have all had SpinOff series of their own, as have the Legion's fellow future SuperTeam, the Wanderers, and SixthRanger Inferno.
** ''L.E.G.I.O.N.'' (later ''R.E.B.E.L.S.'') is a slightly unusual example: it's a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for the Legion, with similar characters and a similar space-operatic style, but set in the contemporary 20th/21st century [[TheDCU DCU]].
* SpinoffBabies: The [=SW6=] clone team, who starred in pre-Zero Hour ''Legionnaires''.
* StalkerWithACrush: Glorith's unhealthy obsession with Valor in v4.
* StarfishCharacter: [[spoiler: Apparition and Phase]] in the Reboot version.
* StarCrossedLovers: Wildfire and Dawnstar.
* StarSpangledSpandex: Threeboot Star Boy, and current-era Starman.
* StrawmanPolitical: Gates from the Post-Zero Hour Legion. But he's a rather unusual case, since the writers consistently treated him as a three-dimensional, sympathetic character despite his often silly beliefs, rather than a convenient political target to knock down.
* SuicideByCop: Darkseid during "The Quiet Darkness." [[spoiler:A brilliant scientist saves his dying wife during her pregnancy by [[DealWithTheDevil striking a deal]] with Darkseid in exchange for implanting the unborn children with the "[[AppliedPhlebotinum Gemini Matrix]]" to raise them to a more powerful plane of existence. Darkseid then takes over the planet in order to prevent the children from fleeing, and finally goads the twins into attacking and killing him. His final words suggest that this was his plan all along: a god like Darkseid was [[ICannotSelfTerminate only capable of being killed by another god]]. Since there weren't any available, he had to create his own, and make them hate him enough to kill him.]]
* SuperDickery: The Legion were made of this in their early appearances. Most early Legion stories consist of the Legionnaires being jerks to each other, only to reveal at the last minute that it was for the greater good. Arguably, the most famous example is a story in which Saturn Girl mind-controlled the Legion into electing her leader and then stole all of their powers so that she could ensure that she would be the Legionnaire to make a prophesied HeroicSacrifice.
* SuperheroSchool: The Legion Academy.
* SuperheroSpeciation: Mandated by the Legion's bylaws at some points.
* SuperSerum: Invisible Kid invents an invisibility serum to give him powers.
** Bouncing Boy gained his powers by mistaking one of these for a soft drink.
* SurvivalistStash
* TakenForGranite: Stone Boy.
* TasteTheRainbow: A common reason cited by fans for the appeal of the Legion - in the romantic sense in this case, for both genders.
* {{Technopath}}: Gear. Computo from the [=SW6=] Legionnaires.
* TeenGenius: Brainiac 5, Invisible Kid and Saturn Girl.
* TeenSuperspy: Post-Zero Hour Invisible Kid.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Gates.
* TelescopingRobot: In the animated series, Brainiac 5 can grow in size and sprout weapons.
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: Legion auditions frequently run like this.
* TheThreeFacesOfEve: Triad in [=SW6=] and post-Zero Hour.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: In the story transitioning from the Reboot to Threeboot Legion, when the reboot Legion is cut off from the timestream, Shikari is thrown clear and ends up on Earth in the Threeboot timeline. Shikari never shows up in the Threeboot LSH book, and nothing is ever done with this plot thread until Infinite Crisis, when the Reboot world (Earth-247) is shown among the worlds Alexander Luthor is manipulating... and Shikari is suddenly back with her team, with a reaction amounting to "Oh, ''there'' you guys are." Particularly irritating since Shikari's race has an inborn pathfinding ability which has previously been shown to be able to direct teleportation through interdimensional space...
* ThouShaltNotKill: An official rule of the Legion.
* TimeMaster: The Time Trapper, the Infinite Man, and Glorith, on the villainous side. For the heroes, there's Kid Quantum, though at a greatly reduced level.
* TimeTravel: Originally it was all over the place, as the means by which Superboy could be a member of a thirtieth-century superteam. After the Zero Hour reboot, it's extremely rare, and half the Legion being sent a thousand years into the past (where they can interact with most of the rest of TheDCU) poses a huge problem in terms of how to get them home.
* TookALevelInBadass: After spending much of their history as running jokes, the remaining members of the original Legion of Substitute Heroes did this during the five year gap leading up to the v4 series. With the original Legion discredited and disbanded, they became the leaders of the resistance against Earthgov's abuses. Ironically, Polar Boy, the only former member of the team to have actually graduated to the majors on panel, was shown in a rather negative light, having failed to prevent his team from dissolving and then getting arrested for attempting to incite a riot.
* TooManyBelts: When Keith Giffen returned to the title as artist in the late 1980s, he brought with him a radically changed art style and a complete redesign of the costumes of the team. Those redesigns eschewed the traditional spandex superhero aesthetic in favor of jackets, belts, and pouches. Lots and lots of pouches. And this was ''before'' RobLiefeld hit the big time...
* [[TrustMeImAnX Trust Me, I'm An X]]: Matter-Eater Lad once said, "Trust me, I'm a senator!" (Him being a comedic character and politicians being AcceptableTargets).
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Until some point in the 1960's, The Legion's era was said to be not 1000 years but only 100 years ahead. Writers moved it all up when it dawned on them that this type of galactic community would be more than a century in coming around.
** Oddly enough, the 1000 year difference came first, being mentioned in the first few Legion appearances. After that, the writers switched to 100 years with no explanation, which stuck for a few years before switching back to 1000.
* [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Twin Threesome Fantasy]]: Bouncing Boy married Duo Damsel when they left the team to run the Legion Academy. He wears two wedding rings and assures Wildfire that "being married to a woman who can become TWO people" is quite an experience.
* TwoFaced: Tharok.
* {{Unobtainium}}: Inertron, Valorium, among some others.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Reep Daggle/Chameleon Boy and Yera/Chameleon Girl, who are Durlans, a species of shapeshifters.
* WhamEpisode: Almost any story featuring the Time Trapper during the 1980s and early 1990s could be considered an example of this. Especially the "Mordruverse" two-parter near the beginning, and "End of an Era" at the end of v4, pre-''Zero Hour''. Also, ''Secrets of the Legion of Super-Heroes'' ([[spoiler:R.J. Brande is really Chameleon Boy's father]]), v4 annual #2 ([[spoiler:long-time villain Validus is really the child of Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl]]), and the conclusion of Cosmic Boy's XanatosGambit against President Chu in the post-''ZH'' book.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Tends to happen a lot whenever there's a reboot. For example, at the end of the Postboot era, plot points that were left unresolved included Apparition's missing sister, Apparition and Ultra Boy's rapidly aging son, the disappearance of Computo and the mysterious figure who "stole" him (probably the Time Trapper), the apparent rebirth of Darkseid, Ra's al-Ghul staying in custody on Legion World, the romance between Cosmic Boy and Kid Quantum, and a hinted-at subplot in which the Time Trapper would have turned out to be Cosmic Boy and XS' son...
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The Legion of Substitute Heroes. Also [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bouncing Boy and Matter-Eater Lad]] from the Legion proper.
** Until Matter-Eater Lad started to eat people.
*** Well, he bit off Lightning Lord's finger and didn't swallow it, in the Threeboot, and Lightning Lord was going to kill him with that finger. Matter-Eater Lad wasn't a member then, either.
** Note that during the Great Darkness saga, Bouncing Boy successfully knocked down Daxamites. Granted, they were mind controlled and thus not at peak efficiency, but still. Daxamites.
** On some occasions, Substitute Heroes would be inducted to the Legion, such as Night Lass and Polar Boy, because it turned out their powers weren't so useless after all.
* WingedHumanoid: Dawnstar
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Brainiac 5 and Matter-Eater Lad [[spoiler:after he eats the Miracle Machine]]. The Time Trapper is similarly revealed to be a victim of this at the end of v4.
** Postboot, Shrinking Violet / Leviathan II [[spoiler:during her Emerald Empress phase]] and Element Lad during the original ''Legion Lost'' (though the latter may be a better example of DrivenToVillainy).
** Seems to be a fairly common occurrence with the Emerald Empresses.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Princess Projectra left the Legion because of this [[spoiler:following the (first) death of her husband, Karate Kid]] and the need to rebuild her homeworld. She later returned to the team in secret, under the guise of Sensor Girl.
* WonderfulLife: [[DoubleSubversion Doubly subverted]] in a humorous post-''Zero Hour'' side story involving Brainiac 5.
* {{X-Ray Vision}}: Ultra Boy, Superboy, Supergirl, Mon-el/Valor, Andromeda, Dev-em and his clones, and every empowered Daxamite. Even Wildfire had the power briefly.
* XanatosGambit: Cosmic Boy in the post-Zero Hour reboot continuity employed them often; Brainiac 5 in the current comics continuity seems fond of them, too.
* {{Xenafication}}: Happens to Shrinking Violet in phases. She starts off as exactly the cliche her name suggests. In the early 1980s, she's kidnapped and replaced with a shape shifter. When she returns she's DarkerAndEdgier from the experience. Later on, she gets drafted, experiences WarIsHell first hand, and comes out the other side as a MartialPacifist.
** Taken in a different direction following the ''Zero Hour'' reboot. See the above entry for BewareTheQuietOnes.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain
** Superboy, of course, although that serves primarily as background material for his role in Legion stories.
** Element Lad's origin story [[spoiler:involves the destruction of his home world of Trom and most of its inhabitants]] in most versions of his origin.
** Both Superboy (the Kon-El clone version, not the original) and Supergirl were stranded in the 31st century during their stints with the team in the postboot and threeboot runs, respectively.
** The postboot team, later renamed the Wanderers, [[spoiler:are the sole survivors of their entire universe]].
** On a less apocalyptic note, in the original continuity, members of the Green Lantern Corps were prohibited from operating on Earth. When Legion supporting cast member and Earth native Rond Vidar was outed as a Green Lantern, he was forced to leave for parts unknown, unable to return.
** Numerous story arcs have been written about Legionnaires being trapped in space and/or time: ''Legion Lost'' (both series), the early 1990s ''Timber Wolf'' miniseries, and an extended story arc running through ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' V4 in the late 1990s.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Subverted by the post-Zero Hour Chameleon Boy- he can't speak Interlac for a good long while at first, but the distrust he gets as a shapeshifter is depicted as a bad thing (prejudice = not cool, guys). [[spoiler:And then they reveal how long it actually took him to learn the language, and that he's been keeping it a secret as part of a sting operation...]]
** The 2007 relaunch under Geoff Johns gave team financier R.J. Brande a thick German accent, despite the fact that it was presented as a direct continuation of the 1980s version of the team, where he had no problem speaking unaccented Interlac. This was later [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Brainiac 5 as one of Brande's personality quirks in an issue of ''Adventure Comics''.
* {{Zeerust}}: In the older comics.
----
<<|ComicBooks|>>

to:

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/legion-of-super-heroes.jpg

The original version of {{Superman}}'s origin had him becoming a superhero when full grown. However, in 1945 DC introduced ''{{Superboy}}'' as an addition to Superman's backstory, {{retcon}}ning in prequels and earlier meetings with DC characters.

At the start of the SilverAge, one story, in ''Adventure Comics'' #247 (April, 1958), introduced the "Legion of {{Super Hero}}es", a trio of super-powered teenagers from the future who committed many acts of SuperDickery while initiating Superboy into their club -- [[SecretTestOfCharacter with the best of intentions]], ''really''. The trio became popular enough to be seen again, as Superboy began traveling in time to team up with them, and the other new members they'd recruited.

The Legion gradually became more prominent in ''Adventure Comics'' (which at the time was a second Superboy book) and took over as the main feature with issue #300 (September, 1962), reducing Superboy to supporting character status on what used to be ''his'' comic book. They are remembered for their wide-eyed idealism, not to mention corny touches -- their clubhouse was ''designed'' to look like a crashed rocket. [[BiggerOnTheInside How they all fit inside]] was [[AWizardDidIt never explained]]. However, their series was surprisingly sophisticated for the SilverAge; with one of the earliest comic book characters KilledOffForReal in Ferro Lad (and, for that matter, one of the earliest [[BackFromTheDead comic book resurrections]] with Lightning Lad), a trial for a Legionnaire killing in self-defense, and dealing with FantasticRacism even before ''StarTrek'' did.

To become a member, you had to demonstrate at least one superpower not dependent on devices. Thus, telepathy, Saturn Girl; electricity powers, Lightning Lad; magnetic powers, Cosmic Boy, and so on. Applicants with [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway ridiculous powers]] (and some members of the Legion proper had pretty ridiculous powers) were consigned to the Legion of Substitute Heroes, who included Chlorophyll Kid (ability to make plants grow really fast), Stone Boy (ability to turn into an inanimate statue), Color Kid (ability to... change the color of things), and Double Header (whose name speaks for itself).

At the end of the SilverAge, the Legion's slot was swapped with {{Supergirl}}, leaving Supergirl as star of ''Adventure Comics'' and the Legion as a backup in ''ActionComics''. After the retirement of editor Mort Weisinger, the Legion was reduced to an occasional backup in ''Superboy''. Dave Cockrum, who would go on to design many members of the Bronze Age incarnation of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, became the Legion's regular artist, and started redefining their look. With this, their popularity started to inch upwards again, and eventually, ''Superboy'' became ''Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes''.

This incarnation used plenty of the SoapOpera-style storytelling that was popular in the days of ''X-Men'' and ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'', but kept on a level of solid yet unexciting sales, even after they booted Superboy out of his own book. This changed in the early '80s, with the Paul Levitz/Keith Giffen Legion. Classic stories like "The Great Darkness Saga" appeared during this run, but it was interrupted halfway through by the ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.

Since the entire premise of the Legion was centered around Superboy, and Superboy no longer existed in the PostCrisis universe, the history and continuity of the series didn't work any more. DC's initial patch was to say that, during the Crisis, one of the Legion's foes, the Time Trapper, had created a pocket dimension containing an Earth where there was a Superboy. However, this issue kept coming up over time, with more and more patches needed just to keep things together.

Eventually, Keith Giffen took over the book, along with [[RunningTheAsylum fans-turned-writers]] Tom and Mary Bierbaum, and the series ''really'' jumped into the DarkAge with the "Five Years Later" TimeSkip. Earth is ruled by alien invaders. One character was [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] into an AppliedPhlebotinum [[{{Transsexual}} transsexual]], and another into a shapeshifter who only ''thought'' he was the character. The Legion are [[CloningBlues actually clones]] -- unless the other, younger Legion (Batch [=SW6=]) that were discovered in PeopleJars are the clones, as one might think at first. The moon was destroyed, [[EarthShatteringKaboom followed by the Earth itself]].

Eventually, a combination of [[ContinuitySnarl continuity issues]] and low sales brought DC to the point where they said "screw it" and decided to reboot the series altogether. In 1995, as part of the ''Zero Hour'' CrisisCrossover, MarkWaid and Tom [=McCraw=] wrote the first issue of an all-new all-different Legion. Some of the sillier characters were pruned, and others were introduced to fill the gaps. This incarnation of the Legion was a youth corps run by TheFederation, which was just forming as the series began, to symbolize its member worlds and species working together. (Although they were frequently dismissed as either a publicity stunt or a "teenage death squad".) This version sidestepped the Superboy issue by being inspired by the 20th century's age of heroes in general (although the Post-Crisis Superboy did become a member). The new version attempted to [[AdaptationDistillation distill]] all of the Legion's history to date, while adding its own twists -- some of which [[FanonDiscontinuity didn't work that well]] ([[spoiler:Sneckie]]) Still, this version lasted until 2004 with a few writer changes and {{ReTool}}s; then, they were wiped out (or at least [[PutOnABus detached from the main line of DCU history]]) during the build up to the ''InfiniteCrisis'' CrisisCrossover, and replaced with a third version -- the "threeboot" Legion.

This version, ''also'' introduced by Mark Waid, brought back many of the more idealistic elements, including the SomethingPerson names, while going for a more complex universe. In this incarnation, the Legion are firebrands and muckrakers in a future where those under 18 are almost entirely controlled by their parents and a paternalistic government; although only a chosen few are given flight rings (which are ridiculously expensive), anyone who follows their ideals is considered a Legionnaire. It also added twists to many of the characters; for instance, in this version, Colossal Boy is a member of a race of giants whose super-power is to shrink to six feet tall. (He prefers to be called Micro Lad.) Their inspiration this time is legends of superheroics as preserved in old comic books. {{Supergirl}} joined up about a year and a half into the series, having apparently made the trip during the "One Year Gap" in her own title (all DC books jumped forward a year after ''Infinite Crisis''), and been given LaserGuidedAmnesia before she was sent back. On the other hand, the StrawmanPolitical aspects ("Eat it, Grandpa!") wore thin for some readers. This version lasted until 2009, when, despite fan favorite [[AndTheFandomRejoiced Jim Shooter]] taking over writing duties, it was unceremoniously cancelled with a rushed final issue written by "[[AlanSmithee Justin Thyme]]".

Recent stories post-''Infinite Crisis'' have reintroduced TheMultiverse and restored the ''original'' Legion, including Superman's past with them. This version first (re)appeared in the "Lightning Saga" BatFamilyCrossover between ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' and ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' and is the one currently appearing in DC Comics. As part of ''FinalCrisis'', Geoff Johns wrote a miniseries called "The Legion of Three Worlds" which dealt with all three versions (original, Zero Hour, and threeboot) of the Legion.

From 2006 to 2008, an AnimatedAdaptation came along, [[PragmaticAdaptation taking the most iconic versions]] of all involved (but taking even more inspiration from the {{DCAU}}, despite, judging by Brainiac 5's [[RobotBuddy being an android]], not being in continuity with it.) [[Series/LegionOfSuperHeroes See Here for that series.]]

There is a [[Characters/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} character sheet]].

The comic book series starring the Legion (not counting oneshot issues like the Legion's origin) are:

* The Legion started as guest stars in Superman-related comics. Their first appearance was in ''Adventure Comics'' in 1958. They became stars of that comic with issue 300.
* ''Adventure Comics'' (1962-1969)
* ''Action Comics'' as backups only (1969-1970).
* An irregular series of backups in ''{{Superboy}}'' (1971-1973), along with a four issue reprint series in 1973 titled
''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (volume 1)
* ''{{Superboy}}'' with issue 197 became the Legion's comic and was renamed to ''Superboy and/starring the Legion of Super-Heroes'' (1973-1980).
* Renamed again to ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (volume 2, 1980-1984).
* Renamed to ''Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes'' (1984-1985).
* ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (volume 3) (1984-1989). Overlapped ''Tales'' for a year, and then ''Tales'' switched to one year delayed reprints of this book.

The "five years later" version:
* ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (volume 4) (1989-1994)
* ''Legionnaires'' (1993-1994) starred clones [[ContinuitySnarl (sort of)]] of the Legion.

The reboot version:
* ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (numbering continues) (1994-2000)
* ''Legionnaires'' (numbering continues, but the series is now just a second Legion comic with the same characters, no clones) (1994-2000)
* ''Legion Lost'' (2000-2001)
* ''Legion Worlds'' (2001)
*
(or ''The Legion'' (2001-2004)

The threeboot version:
* ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (volume 5) (2004-2009). #16-36 titled ''Supergirl and the
Legion of Super-Heroes''

Super-Heroes'') can refer to:

*
The modern version, based on the original, appeared as guest stars in Superman-related comics since 2007. This overlaps the Threeboot, causing lots of confusion. Important stories include:
* ''Lightning Saga'' (2007) (In JLA and JSA)
* ''Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes'' (2008) (in ''Action Comics'')
* ''FinalCrisis: Legion of 3 Worlds'' (2008-[[ScheduleSlip 2009]])
* ''Adventure Comics'' (2009-2011)
* ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (volume 6) (2010-2011)
* ''Legion Lost'' (volume 2) (2011-)
* ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' (volume 7) (2011-)
----
!! The Legion's stories contain examples of:

* AbortedArc: In related series ''R.E.B.E.L.S.'', featuring Vril Dox II, an ancestor of Brainiac 5's from the 20th century, the earlier Dox makes a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Neron]] in exchange for knowledge, offering up not his own somewhat tarnished soul, but instead placing the debt on his bloodline and setting it to come due in "about 1000 years." After ''R.E.B.E.L.S.'' was canceled, a team of Legionnaires was sent back to the 20th century, leading to a meeting between Querl and his ancestor in which Vril mentioned Neron in a guilty sort of way... and then nothing came of it.
** It was implied, however, that the insanity of Brainiac 5's mother could be related to this deal.
** Prior to this, a number of
long-running subplots started during the TMK run were dropped unceremoniously because of the ''Zero Hour'' reboot. Some of these were quickly condensed into a panel or two in the final issue, but others were just forgotten. Most notably, Sussa Paka (formerly the villain Spider Girl) steals a mysterious sealed canister from the corrupt Earthgov branch of the Science Police (secretly under the control of the alien Dominators). On the run from the cops, she gets caught up in the Legion's battle to liberate Earth. Eventually, she shows up on the Legion's doorstep looking for protection, and immediately gets caught up in their problems. She grows fond of the team, and ultimately [[HeelFaceTurn joins up]], adopts a new name (Wave) and a new hair color... but events start cascading from there, and the actual contents of the canister that half the galaxy was ready to kill Sussa to get their hands are never revealed.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The Persuaders atomic axe can cut through anything... even the force of gravity.
* AbusiveParents: Apparition's absent father in the reboot certainly qualifies, [[spoiler: having sold two of her three bodies to pay off his gambling debts]].
* ActionGirl: Most girls in the Legion qualify. Shadow Lass/Umbra especially stands out.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Every time Brainiac 5 turns around; see especially COMPUTO.
* AllThereInTheManual: A number of pivotal events that occurred during the "five year gap" between the conclusion of Paul Levitz's 1980s run and the start of the Keith Giffen / Tom and Mary Bierbaum run, including things like the dissolution of the team, the death of several former members, and the general devolution of the entire galaxy into a CrapsackWorld, were never fully explained or explored in the
comic itself. Many were given much deeper treatment in the Legion of Super-Heroes sourcebook for the defunct DC Heroes role-playing game, much of which took the form of an in-universe scrapbook of news clippings and diary entries.
* AllJustADream: Invoked to escape the restrictions imposed by the original "adult Legion" story from the 1960s. [[spoiler:They, and a number of other "what if?" scenarios, were explained away as dreams induced in the mind of Ferro Lad's catatonic brother, Douglas Nolan.]]
* AllYourPowersCombined: Nemesis Kid, the Composite Legionnaire, [[spoiler: Earth-Man]].
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: The [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Uncanny Amazers]].
** On the flip side, the MarvelComics has created two entirely separate expies of the Legion: the GuardiansOfTheGalaxy and the Shi'ar Imperial Guard. {{Wolverine}} was initially (loosely) based on Legionnaire Timber Wolf.
** ''{{Supreme}}'''s League of Infinity.
* AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome: Explicitly forbidden in most versions of the Legion's constitution. Any hero whose only powers are derived from an external source (like a belt, ring, or clothes) are not allowed to serve on the team. Examples include the first Kid Quantum (whose death led to the adoption of the rule in the first place, in the reboot version) and any member of the GreenLanternCorps.
** On the other hand, [[AppliedPhlebotinum flight rings and transsuits]] are assigned to all active Legionnaires to allow for flight, communication, and survival in the vacuum of space or in other hostile environments.
** The Geoff Johns era briefly had Rond Vidar as a member, and his power was having a Green Lantern ring. Unless he got in under a technicality, this would indicate the rule wasn't in effect then.
* AmuletOfDependency: The Emerald Eye of Ekron. Used long enough, it's also an ArtifactOfDeath.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Timber Wolf and Kid Chameleon.
* ApronMatron: Monstress.
* AnAxeToGrind: The Persuader.
* AscendedFanboy: The Batch [=SW6=] Legionnaires were so-named as a reference to a well-known fan and letter writer with a London [=SW6=] return address.
* AscendedMeme: Arm-Fall-Off Boy had been a joke in forums and comic book stores for over a ''decade'' before he made an actual appearance in ''Secret Origins''.
* BadassFamily: The Ranzz Family. Garth, his sister Ayla, and his wife Imra. Unless you have a death wish, do not miss with Graym and Garridan Ranzz, Garth and Imra's twin boys.
* BadassNormal: Karate Kid.
* BarrierWarrior: Brainiac 5 in the comics.
* BareYourMidriff: Triplicate Girl on one TV version
** Recently, Sensor Girl, despite having traditionally had one of the ''least'' revealing costumes in comics.
* BattleCouple: Shrinking Violet and Lightning Lass in the recent Legion of Superheroes annual. And it is AWESOME
* BeePeople: Gates.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: Shrinking Violet in postboot continuity. She starts off as, well, a ShrinkingViolet. Over time she is showing coming out of her shell, even going so far as to be elected team leader. [[spoiler:Right after that, it's revealed that her increased confidence was the result of her coming under the influence of the Emerald Eye of Ekron.]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity She completes a (temporary)]] FaceHeelTurn shortly thereafter and curbstomps her former teammates.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Matter-Eater Lad as written by Keith Giffen and Tom and Mary Bierbaum. He was a shameless self-promoter and con artist and affected an air of extreme vanity, but was a bit of a BunnyEarsLawyer. Literally, in one case: he successfully manages to get former teammate Polar Boy freed from unjust imprisonment by employing the ChewbaccaDefense and then quickly smuggling him off-planet before anyone recovers enough to realize they'd been bamboozled.
** It's also worth remembering that Matter-Eater Lad is basically a walking disintegrator who can annihilate ''anything'' he can get his jaws around.
* BigBad: In the ''Great Darkness Saga'' of TheEighties, the Legion faces {{Darkseid}}, still very much one of these. The team is forced to call in every available ally in order to deal with him... [[spoiler: and the ''three billion Superman analogues he's mind-controlling''.]]
** The Time Trapper served as this during Paul Levitz's v3 run in the 1980s.
** President Chu from the early postboot run.
* BigBadEnsemble: The Time Trapper, Mordru, and Glorith during the Giffen-Bierbaum run in the early 1990s. [[spoiler:The former two eventually [[VillainTeamUp coalesced]] into a BigBadDuumvirate towards the end of the run.]]
* BlackGuyDiesFirst: The post-Zero Hour Legion's roster as of their first mission included four white guys, three white girls (or five, depending on how you count Triad), a black guy, a black girl, an orange guy, and a green guy. Guess who died the first time out. If you guessed the insufferable jerk with the technology-based powers who also happened to be the only black guy, you win a first-class ticket to the funeral of James Cullen (Kid Quantum I).
* BoisterousBruiser: Ultra Boy.
* BodyBackupDrive: Brainiac 5 after his HeroicSacrifice.
* BrainInAJar: The Brain Globes of Rambat. Started out as villains, but in the Post-Zero Hour continuity, they were just another member of the United Planets.
* BreakTheCutie: v4 did this with a number of characters, but particularly harshly with the White Witch. Previously depicted as a slightly shy, bookish type in a (platonic?) relationship with teammate Blok. At the start of v4, she was shown to be in an abusive marriage with former archnemesis Mordru. She was rescued by the reconstituted Legion just in time to discover that Blok had been brutally mutilated by genocidal pirate Roxxas the Butcher.
* BrokenAngel: Dawnstar in v4 lost her wings [[spoiler:after being possessed for three years by Bounty, a thrill-seeking entity that used her tracking powers to go into business as a bounty hunter]]. The reason for this was never explained.
* BrokenBase: Infamously.
* BrokenBird: The White Witch (see "BreakTheCutie" above) and Shrinking Violet (though it's a fairly brief phase) in v4.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Invisible Kid wears an "i."
** The Legion logo, a stylized letter "L", shows up as a shared motif on many Legionnaire costumes (usually as part of the belt buckle), and is part of the design of the standard flight ring.
* CainAndAbel: Lightning Lord versus his younger brother Lightning Lad (and to a lesser degree his sister Lightning Lass).
* CaptainErsatz: Mon-El (a CaptainErsatz of Superboy) and Andromeda (a CaptainErsatz of Supergirl), after both Superboy and Supergirl were {{RetCon}}ned out of existence by ''The Man of Steel'' [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] by John Byrne. Byrne has since admitted that removing Superboy was a mistake.
** Note that Mon-El was a separate character before the RetCon. They had to bend over backwards in order to re-position him as a Superboy stand-in (whereas Andromeda was a straight SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute).
* CastSpeciation: "All Legionnaires must have at least one unique power" used to be a rule, though it was introduced much later than commonly thought. The Reboot version merely "encouraged a diversity in powers", because by the time they got to write their own constitution they already had the matching powers of Live Wire/Spark and M'onel/Andromeda/Ultra Boy, none of whom they wanted to force out.\\
(Side note: Ultra Boy still qualified as having a unique power, in addition to being invulnerable to both kryptonite AND lead. His penetra-vision could see through lead, which the others could not.)
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Karate Kid.
* CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown: Sir Prize and Miss Terious, Sensor Girl, M'Onel.
* ChestInsignia: Lots of them, starting with Saturn Girl (although the symbol was changed to a mandatory telepath ID in the post-Zero Hour version) and Lightning Lad. Even the members who don't wear one get a symbol by which they're represented on things like rosters, mission team lists, status listings, and so on.
* ChekhovsGun: Lots and lots. Particularly in the ''Legion of 3 Worlds''
* ClingyCostume: Without his ERG-suit, Wildfire is just a mass of anti-energy, shapeless and largely unable to interact with the rest of the world.
** Quislet required his "costume" (actually a miniature spaceship) to survive in our dimension. When it was destroyed, he had to quit the team.
* CloningBlues: Batch [=SW6=]. [[spoiler:They're not clones.]]
* CloudCuckoolander: Matter-Eater Lad during the TMK run. Element Lad during the postboot era.
* CompellingVoice: Both Universo and Saturn Queen.
* CompleteMonster: Saturn Queen is so very much this in the current Legion of Supervillains arc, having gone completely insane and lost any small scrap of goodness she once had. Her master plan is to plunge all of existence into chaos to allow an ancient EldritchAbomination ultimate power, and create a universe that's a bit like the place the Event Horizon visited...only less cheery. She's essentially a female Joker, with the power of mind control and an even more nihilistic and insane world view.
* ContinuityReboot: Twice, meant to untangle {{Continuity Snarl}}s -- but they created a BrokenBase as a byproduct.
* ContinuitySnarl: And how.
* CosmicRetcon: A lot. Most of the time, major changes to LSH continuity are explained on panel. The first such example was the brief "Mordruverse" story arc early on in the Giffen/Bierbaum run: [[spoiler:Mon-El kills the Time Trapper, eliminating his influence on the timeline and erasing the Legion from existence. In the apocalyptic CrapsackWorld that results, the universe is ruled by evil sorcerer Mordru, and Glorith, one of his brides, strikes a deal with the resistance and agrees to be sacrificed to take the place of the Time Trapper and the universe is restored... with some key differences]]. The post-''Zero Hour'' reboot gets similar treatment, as does the Mark Waid-penned threeboot.
* CrapsackWorld: Most of the galaxy during the "Five Years Later"/v4 continuity, with a particular emphasis on earth.
** Try being a teen in the "Threeboot" universe. It's what ignited the Legion's spark.
* CurbStompBattle: Happened to the Legion more than you'd think, given the number of extreme powerhouses on the team. It was fairly common whenever they went up against the Time Trapper, Mordru, or Glorith.
* CuteMute: Saturn Girl. While the original version of the character and the rebooted version are just young girls who happen to have awesome telepatic powers, Threeboot Saturn Girl happens to be a mute girl, hailing from an entire planet of mute individuals, needing her telepathy to be able to communicate effectively.
* CypherLanguage: Interlac. Many of the invented characters even look suspiciously like their Latin counterparts.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The "Five Years Later" continuity in the comics; the Abnett and Lanning run of the post-''Zero Hour'' reboot, particularly "Legion of the Damned" (which still had a happy ending) and "Legion Lost"; the second season of the cartoon.
* DarkAgeOfSupernames: After being a famous example of SomethingPerson names during TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, the trended started to shift during TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks in the mid-1970s, with new characters like Wildfire, Dawnstar, Tyroc, Tellus, Quislet, and Atmos. The pace picked up considerably during the TMK run starting in 1989, with Valor, Impulse, Bounty, Kono, Veilmist, Firefist, Flederweb, and Nightwind. But it reached its pinnacle with the introduction of [=SW6=] teenage duplicates of the team, many of whom adopted "edgier" versions of their original names (see below for examples). Most of these names were kept for the post-''Zero Hour'' reboot, and new characters introduced during this period usually started off with such names (Catspaw, Dragonmage, XS, Kinetix, Gates, Thunder, Monstress). When Mark Waid started writing the "threeboot" version of the team, he deliberately returned to the traditional SomethingPerson convention, and the post-''Final Crisis'' version of the team has stuck with it as well, though not as zealously.
** Chameleon Boy → Chameleon
** Colossal Boy → Leviathan
** Element Lad → Alchemist
*** Used for the [=SW6=], but switched back for the reboot.
** Ferro Lad → Ferro
** Laurel Gand → Andromeda
** Lightning Lad → Live Wire
** Lightning Lass / Light Lass → Shock / Gossamer
** Phantom Girl → Apparition
** Shadow Lass → Umbra
** Triplicate Girl → Triad
* DarkMistress: Glorith, in her first appearance, was one of the Time Trapper's henchwomen, and later was [[UnholyMatrimony married to evil sorcerer Mordru]] before going to a successful villainous career in her own right.
* DeathIsCheap: Despite being somewhat famous for averting this trope more often than not, the eventual return of the first ever Legionnaire to die (Lightning Lad) was telegraphed before his corpse was even cold.
* DemotedToExtra: Tons of Legionaires have suffered this, most notably Wildfire and Dawnstar, who were amongst the most popular characters of the original Legion.
* DidNotDoTheResearch: To an extent on part of the fanbase -- Saturn Girl has mind powers, so surely she must be the one who gave Superboy a hypnotic suggestion that makes him forget any information of his own future upon returning to his present time. Nope, it was Supergirl herself that did it.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Ferro Lad and his twin brother. Born with horrible deformities that left their faces scarred and mutilated and forced them both to wear full-face masks. Their consolation was the ability to transform into "living iron." Also the White Witch, born on a planet of precognitive seers but without that ability herself. She did, however, show an innate talent for magic and eventually became one of the most powerful sorceresses in the galaxy.
* DoppelgangerSpin (or [[DoppelgangerAttack Attack]]): Triplicate Girl/Triad/Duo Damsel. Trijitsu is a Carggite martial art involving splitting and recombining strategically in combat.
* DrivenToVillainy: The Time Trapper ([[spoiler:a.k.a. Cosmic Boy]]) in his v4 origin story. The Progenitor ([[spoiler:a.k.a. Element Lad]]) in the original ''Legion Lost''.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: A specialty of the Bierbaums, who dropped a number of bridges on Legion members they hated. Timber Wolf was mutated into a mute, inhuman beast that was treated like a pet by his teammates. Wildfire was killed off in the NoodleIncident known as Black Dawn, with the only details stated being that his death was horribly violent. Shvaughn Erin was turned into a pathetic stalker/transsexual who was addicted to gender-bending drugs. Sun Boy turned traitor and ended up being horribly burnt, to the point that he was mistaken as a monster by his own friends.
** Writer/artist (and Legion superfan) Colleen Doran was overheard at a con referring to Shvaughn Erin as "Sean" many months before the Bierbaums worked their strange magic on him/her.
*** In general the Threeboot Legion got this treatment in "Legion of Three Worlds" where they had more members of their Legion dying and basically being swept under the rug to make the old Legion the main Legion.
** The first ''Legion Lost'' series did this to Monstress, one of the non-legacy characters, at the climax. The second ''Legion Lost'' series did this to Chameleon Girl and fan-favorite Gates (the only character on the team ''not'' created before 1990) in its ''first'' issue, mostly just to show how "serious" the title was.
* DueToTheDead: Legionnaires killed in battle are buried with honors on Shanghalla, an asteroid used for this purpose by a number of civilizations of different races. Messing with Legion corpses is a great way to commit suicide-by-angry-superheroes.
* EgomaniacHunter: Otto Orion and his son Adam.
** Also Bounty from the Giffen/Bierbaum run.
* EldritchAbomination: Mild example in the form of the Sun-Eater.
* ElementalShapeshifter: Stone Boy is a Substitute Legionnaire who can turn into an immobile statue. However, he manages to use this power effectively anyway.
* EnemyMine: The Fatal Five were originally introduced as such, as the Legion was shorthanded and needed help to defeat the Sun-Eater. The only help available happened to be the five most-wanted criminals in the galaxy.
** Played with quite a bit during the v4 run, as the Legion would temporarily strike a truce with one of the three evil PowersThatBe (the Time Trapper, Glorith, or Mordru) to counterbalance the other.
* EnergyBeings: Wildfire, Quislet.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: Cosmic Boy tricks corrupt United Planets President Chu into listing all of her crimes on live television (or the closest 30th century equivalent, at least).
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Several: Wildfire, Shvaughn Erin, Dawnstar, Dream Girl, V4 Matter-Eater Lad, the '94 Reboot had Gates, Monstress, Kinetix, XS, and Shrinking Violet
* EveryoneIsASuper: A lot of planets in the Legion universe are like this: Titan (everyone is a telepath), Naltor (where everyone has precognitive visions), Durla (a planet of shapeshifters), and Braal (magnetism).
* EvilCounterpart: Two of the three original members of the Legion of Super-Villains definitely qualify. Saturn Queen's telepathic powers are similar (though not identical to) Saturn Girl's powers, and Lightning Lord is [[CainAndAbel Cain to Lightning Lad's Abel]]. It's actually partially averted with Cosmic King, though: despite a similar name and a knock-off costume, his powers (transmutation of elements) have very little to do with Cosmic Boy's super-magnetism.
** Satan Girl was a [[KryptoniteFactor Red Kryptonite-created]] evil duplicate of Supergirl.
** An evil version of the entire Legion was created by villains Mordru and Glorith during the "End of an Era" crossover concluding the pre-''Zero Hour'' run.
* EvilEye: The Emerald Eye of Ekron.
* ExecutiveMeddling: All of the meddling with Superboy, but most notably the edict to purge Superman from Legion lore after they went out of their way to pull a saving throw to preserve the status quo via the Pocket Universe.
** Jim Shooter's 2007-2008 run was also subject to it to some degree; [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=18623 his 16 issue story was cut off four issues from the end and he was first forced to add a character, then forced to remove him]]. He also had to write out two characters for the sake of a larger crossover even though that turned out to be pointless. Details can be found on [[http://www.jimshooter.com/search/label/Legion%20of%20Super%20Heroes his blog.]]
* ExtremeOmnivore: Matter-Eater Lad.
* FakeOutMakeOut: Chemical Kid and Dragonwing do it in the first issue of vol. 7.
* FanNickname:
** Naked Legion -- Mike Grell's run as artist for the series, thanks to the [[{{Stripperiffic}} infamously skimpy]] costumes he drew the characters in.
** The Archie Legion -- The post-''Zero Hour'' reboot Legion, both because of the return to the "idealistic" end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism following the DarkerAndEdgier "Five Years Later" version that had gone before, and because of the artwork of Jeff Moy, the ''Legionnaires'' artist for the first run of the reboot.
*** Another nickname given to them is "Melrose Legion", due to the fact that Jeff Moy's versions of the female Legion members resembled the actresses on Melrose Place, not to mention the fact that quite a few '94 Legion storylines evolved around who was dating who...
** Sneckie -- The '94 reboot version of Princess Projectra ("Jeckie" for short), [[spoiler: thus nicknamed because, unlike the preboot and threeboot versions, the postboot character was [[FunnyAnimal a giant snake]]]].
** Fakefire: The nickname given to fans who loathed '94 Reboot version of Wildfire due to [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks the significant differences in his origins]].
** Jarth -- [[spoiler: Following Garth "Live Wire" Ranzz's HeroicSacrifice in the postboot ''Legion Lost'' limited series, the character was [[DisneyDeath brought back]] inhabiting the crystalline body of his former teammate Jan "Element Lad" Arrah.]]
** Also see [[Characters/TheLegionOfSuperHeroes the character sheet]] for the most common terms used to refer to the different versions of Legion continuity.
* TheFederation: The United Planets.
* FetishFuel: Grimbor the Chainsman is a BadassNormal whose entire shtick is that he can build various chains, manacles, gags, cages, whips, etc. that nullify a target's powers and leave him bound and helpless. He does this while wearing leather. In the seventies, in a comic ostensibly meant to be suitable for children.
* {{Fiction500}}: The Legion's main financial backer, R.J. Brande. Also his JerkAss rival, Leland [=McCauley=].
* FingerInTheMail: In the [[DarkerAndEdgier "Five Years Later"]] run, the crazed killer Roxxas blows up the rock Legionnaire Blok and mails the pieces to the other Legionnaires.
* FiveManBand: Played with in The Lightning Saga: [[TheHero Star Boy/Man]], [[TheLancer Wildfire]], [[TheChick Dawnstar]], [[TheBigGuy Karate Kid]], and [[TheSmartGuy Dream Girl]].
** Arguably, the original Substitute Legion.
*** TheHero: Polar Boy
*** TheLancer: Fire Boy, as a contrast to Polar Boy.
*** TheSmartGuy: Chlorophyll Kid
*** TheChick and TheBigGuy: Played with. Night Girl is the literal chick, but her powers make her the team's powerhouse. Stone Boy's rock powers make him a more traditional big guy, but his lack of confidence mixed with a great caring for others puts him in the chick slot.
* FlashForward: The "Adult Legion" stories. Unfortunately, these [[ForegoneConclusion revealed who was going to survive and who wasn't]], removing a certain amount of tension.
** Which is probably why the writers broke away from following that timeline, which then required a parallel universe story to explain it away.
* FlyingBrick: Superboy, Supergirl, Ultra Boy (but only one power at a time), Mon-el/Valor (without kryptonite-phobia to harsh his cool), and Andromeda.
* FountainOfYouth: The Time Trapper's first appearance involved this shtick, when he returned the Legionnaires to infancy. Later affected a number of Legionnaires for a longer period following an ill-conceived attack on Glorith late in pre-''Zero Hour'' v4: Shrinking Violet catches MerlinSickness from the experience, while the White Witch is merely deaged to sixteen. Brainiac 5, meanwhile, gets stuck with an OvernightAgeUp.
** In both the original and postboot continuities, the White Witch was "the Hag," a wizened old crone, as a result of Mordru's curse. She got better (and younger).
* {{Frameup}}: Happened more than once, but most notably during the tail end of pre-''Zero Hour'' V4. The Legion is accused of aiding perennial bad guy alien race the Khunds by HeelFaceMole Universo. Hunted by the authorities, the team adopts a new set of heroic identities and sets out to clear their (original) names.
* FreakLabAccident: And variants, for the origins of some of the Legionnaires.
* FutureSlang: "Grife" (interjection), "sprock" (verb), "nass" (noun, generally referring to an object or idea), and "squaj" (noun, generally referring to a person) are some of the more memorable terms, probably because they're all swear words. "Unlax" (relax), "persp" (perspire/ act nervous), and others also exist in more child-safe usage.
* GenderBender: Most notably Shvaughn/Sean Erin in the pre-reboot v4 continuity.
** [[ShapeShifter Chameleon Boy]] did it as far back as the sixties.
** Notably, there were at least two canonical methods of gender bending defined in the series. The first, a disease with temporary effects, was usually played for comedic effect (often involving the Legion of Substitute Heroes or Matter-Eater Lad), and the second (used for the Shvaughn/Sean Erin story arc) was induced by drugs.
* GentleGiant: Colossal Boy, the Legionnaire known for having a big heart no matter what his size, and Blok, who was a soft-spoken and solitary rock creature. Also Monstress from the post-ZH Legion.
* GeniusBruiser: Blok, a giant rock-creature and the Legion's archivist.
* GodGuise: Valor (Mon-El) was worshiped by most of the galaxy in the post-boot continuity for founding most of the Planets of Hats the Legionnaires came from back in the twentieth century. In order to avoid getting crazy reactions wherever he went, he changed his costume slightly and took the codename [[PunctuationShaker M'onel]].
* GrandFinale: "The End of an Era", the storyline that concluded the pre-''Zero Hour'' run. The Legion and their [=SW6=] dopplegangers face off against [[BigBadDuumvirate both Mordru and Glorith]] as the universe is being erased around them. [[spoiler:They win, but are forced to sacrifice their lives in order that their entire history may be erased and "done over" without the influence of Mordru, Glorith, and the Time Trapper.]] The series continues, but with a total ContinuityReboot, effectively shutting the door on three and a half decades of Legion storytelling.
** The post-''Zero Hour'' Legion comes to a similar conclusion with the ''Teen Titans / The Legion Special'', [[spoiler:which destroys the team's entire universe. The Legionnaires survive (for the most part), but everything else introduced during that run is destroyed, and the team reduced to occasional guest shots in other
books as the new Wanderers.]]
* GreatOffscreenWar: The Braal-Imsk conflict during the five-year gap preceding the Giffen/Bierbaum run is only seen in flashback glimpses, but it casts a massive shadow over subsequent events. Black Dawn may also qualify, but since it's also a NoodleIncident, it's hard to say for sure.
* GuineaPigFamily
* HalfIdenticalTwins: Lightning Lad/Live Wire and Lightning Lass/Light Lass/Spark, to varying degrees.
** The entire planet of Winath where they were born was full of examples of this trope. Twins were the norm rather than the exception (by something like 99-to-1 percent), and while some pairs were single-gender, there were plenty of counter-examples as well.
* HeartDrive: Brainiac's backups.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: A lot of debatable examples of this because of the frequent [[ContinuityReboot Continuity Reboots]] the team has been through. Many of the [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turns]] during the Giffen/Bierbaum run (Lightning Lord, Saturn Queen, Spider Girl, etc.) were subsequently invalidated when that entire run was consigned to the dust bin. But Mordru is an example of this within a single continuity: he was cured of his megalomania towards the end of Paul Levitz's v3 run, and was even married to the White Witch in during the five-year gap between v3 and v4. By the start of v4, he was back to his old tricks again.
* HeelFaceMole: Preboot, Universo was a disgraced Green Lantern (he went through an offscreen FaceHeelTurn) and skilled hypnotist who had crossed paths with the Legion a number of times. During the five year gap between V3 and V4, he seemingly reformed and became a high-ranking figure in the Earth resistance movement. As a result, when the Earth is finally liberated, he becomes a high-ranking figure in the new Earthgov... a position he uses to frame the Legion as collaborators with the warlike Khund race and have them temporarily outlawed, forcing the Legionnaires to adopt disguises and go on the lam.
* HeelFaceTurn: Surprisingly, Earth Man (of all people) in the latest series
** Blok started off as a member of a team of villains seeking revenge against the Legion for the destruction of his planet. Turns the Legion wasn't responsible and were actually trying to evacuate the survivors, so he switched sides.
** A lot of examples of this during the v4 run, especially former members of the Legion of Super-Villains. Lightning Lord and Saturn Queen's former villainy was excused as an example of WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity, and Spider Girl ([[NamesTheSame not the one you're probably thinking of]]) went from being an example of Ultra Boy DatingCatwoman to a full-fledged member of the Legion in its final issues.
* HeroicAlbino: The White (later Black) Witch.
** Infectious Lass from the Legion of Substitute Heroes, as well.
* HeroicBSOD: The White Witch near the beginning of v4, following being rescued from her abusive marriage and seeing her previous love interest Blok get butchered.
* HeroicSacrifice: Practically a Legion tradition. Notable examples include Ferro Lad, Karate Kid, and Magnetic Kid, among many others.
* HeroicSociopath: Shrinking Violet^H^H^H^H^H Atom Girl in the Threeboot Legion, subverting the personalities of her previous incarnations.
* HideYourLesbians: ''Very'' weakly attempted during V4 with the relationship between Lightning Lass and Shrinking Violet. In truth, the only real difference between this particular relationship and any of the heterosexual relationships being depicted in the book was that the writers generally avoided referring to the two as lovers: the innuendo was both intentional and obvious, and the masquerade was put on solely to appease the editorial guidelines of the day.
** Lightning Lass and Shrinking Violet have thankfully been confirmed to be a couple in the current series and they are both adorable and kick ass together.
* HiddenElfVillage: Marzal, Tyroc's home island, a ''{{Brigadoon}}''-like island off the coast of Africa colonized by escaped slaves.
* HoYay: Notable between Brainiac 5 and Superman in the cartoon, but also present to varying degrees of blatancy in the comics, particularly with Shrinking Violet and Lightning Lass.
** Not to mention that time Brainy kissed Lyle in front of everyone. Sure, it was on the cheek, but they still blushed.
** The reboot Legion featured a hint-dropping as to the true nature of Brainy and Lyle's relationship into a running gag. Fans paid particular notice of a panel where Brainy has a folder on his computer with Lyle's name on it, and won't let anyone see what's inside...
*** That started during the preboot, actually: the ''Secret Origins'' story concerning Lyle positively dripped with innuendo, although it was rarely seen in the series itself.
* HumanAliens: Regardless of where they're from, almost all Legionnaires look ''completely'' human, though BizarreAlienBiology sometimes applies. (Threeboot Star Boy, as a black gu--excuse us, ''Xanthuan'', can't eat sugar, and Reboot Ultra Boy, as a Rimborian, has a set of organs which don't correspond to the human body at all.)
** In the first Post-Crisis continuity, this was {{Retcon}}ned so that all of the Human Aliens were actually humans who were sent to colonize other planets after gaining superpowers during ''Comicbook/{{Invasion}}''... and Projectra, still an actual alien, was a snake.
* HumansAreWhite: There have been comparatively few dark-skinned Legionnaires.
** This ties into ExecutiveMeddling in the original continuity. Jim Shooter originally intended for Ferro Lad to be black, however Mort Weisinger vetoed the idea afraid that DC would face backlash in the South. Unhappy that he was unable to do what he originally intended with the character, Shooter decided to write out the character with his now legendary HeroicSacrifice. The Legion wouldn't get it's first black member until Tyroc in 1976... which was also a sore spot with creators. Shooter was unhappy that Tyroc was a black character instead of a character who happened to be black. Mike Grell intentionally gave Tyroc the worst design he could think of as protest.
*** Tyroc was so unpopular with Legion creative teams that he was the only Legionnaire introduced before Paul Levitz's decade-long run on the title that was never used. Levitz [[PutOnABus put him on a bus]] and never referred to him. He did finally use the character when he returned to the title in the 2010s, though.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: People like to hunt Legionnaires for some reason. See earlier entries regarding the Orions and Grimbor.
* IBelieveICanFly: Everyone, thanks to the Legion's flight rings.
* AnIceSuit: Polar Boy.
* InsufferableGenius: Brainiac 5, in most versions. Invisible Kid is usually his friendlier foil.
* ItWasHisSled: Darkseid's status as the main villain of the Great Darkness Saga. Despite the reveal only happening at the end of the penultimate issue of the story, it's pretty much widely known amongst comic fans (and people buying the trade paperback, seeing as Darkseid is on the cover) and is the big selling point towards getting people to read the storyline.
* [[IntangibleMan Intangible Woman]]: Phantom Girl/Apparition.
* InterspeciesRomance: Take your pick.
* InvisibleAnatomy: Atmos of Xanthu has an invisible ''torso'', revealed by a costume that covers his shoulders and abdomen but none of the rest of his chest.
* {{Invisibility}}: Invisible Kid.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Roxxas.
* TheJailer: Grimbor the Chainsman
* JokerJury: "The Devil's Jury" in ''Action Comics'' #370.
* KickTheDog: Akka is Saturn Queen's most loyal ally throughout the Legion of Supervillains story arc in the current series. How does Saturn Queen reward her? She stabs her in the chest
* KudzuPlot: Suffered from this '''big-time''' in v4, partially due to ExecutiveMeddling. Within the first dozen issues, the list of plot threads was already a mile long: the reestablishment of the team, filling in the off-screen backstory from the five year gap preceding the series launch, liberating Earth from its alien oppressors, explaining the presence the [=SW6=] duplicates, numerous "where are they now?" side stories, and so on. By the end of the run the writers had only worked their way through about half of these, resulting in a final story arc that was mostly {{Infodump}} and which ''still'' left a number of dangling threads.
* KryptoniteFactor: For Superboy and Supergirl, Kryptonite itself. Mon-El/Valor/M'Onel and Laurel Gand/Andromeda were similarly affected by lead (though a cure for lead poisoning was later introduced). Ultra Boy suffered from a critical limitation in that he had the same suite of powers of Superboy or Mon-El, but could only use one at a time: he could be super-strong, but not invulnerable at the same time.
* LadyMacBeth: Charma's powers were to make men do whatever she wanted, and to make women hate her to the point of physical violence. She wound up in jail where she [[TheCorrupter worked her charms]] on her jailer, Grimbor, who embarked on a criminal career of his own, first by her side, and later solo.
* LastOfHisKind: Superboy was originally the last Kryptonian, but that was quickly abolished when Supergirl joined up. Then restored with "Crisis on Infinite Earths." Then erased again with "Supergirl & the LSH." Meanwhile, Legionnaires Blok and Element Lad really are the last of their kinds; E-Lad's homeworld, Trom, was depopulated by Roxxas & company, and Blok's world of Dryad was destroyed by the Dark Man.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Sensor Girl is really Projectra. Note that this only recently returned to being a Late Arrival Spoiler because the book is back to using the original Legion.
* LatexSpaceSuit: The transuit.
* LegacyCharacter: Brainiac 5, introduced as the great-great-grandson of Superman villain Brainiac, was so popular that writers eventually created Brainiacs 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, and 13.
** Jenni "[=XS=]" Ognats, granddaughter of Barry "The {{Flash}}" Allen and cousin of Bart "Impulse" Allen.
** Thom "Star Boy" Kallor has been revealed to be a part of the "Starman" legacy, as well, which James Robinson had set up during his Comicbook/{{Starman}} run.
** The post-Zero Hour Legion had a legacy entirely within the future timeline, with Kid Quantum I being killed on the first mission and his sister taking up the name- first as a member of home-planet team The Uncanny Amazers, and eventually as a Legionnaire.
* LegendFadesToMyth: After ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', due to the fact that so much of the old "Earth-1" continuity was pivotal to the ''LegionOfSuperHeroes'' canon, the pre-Crisis version of history was presented as the 30th century's distorted legends of the "actual" (post-Crisis) continuity.
* LetsGetDangerous: The Legion of Substitute Heroes and Legion Academy cadets, on several occasions.
* LightningCanDoAnything: Specifically, it can give you superpowers (when channeled by Korballian lightning beasts)... or resurrect the dead.
* LiteralGenie: The Emerald Eye in the postboot "Emerald Vi" arc.
** The Miracle Machine is preboot continuity.
* LiteralSplitPersonality: Triad. Unlike other versions of the character, Triad's three bodies represented different facets of her personality.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: And loads and loads...
** One might say [[IncrediblyLamePun they are Legion...]]
* LongLostRelative: Ferro Lad's twin brother Douglas.
* LostEpisode: ''Sort of''. A very significant story (the wedding of Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad) was originally published as an oversized, tabloid-sized special in the mid-1970s. It was never truly lost, but because of its unusual publication format (especially in the days before eBay) it remained extremely hard to find in the usual places where a fan would look for such things (specialty comic book store back issue collections, mainly). Gained the nickname "That Damned Tabloid" in fandom as a result. It was eventually reprinted as part of DC's hardcover archive collection in the late 1990s.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: In the original canon, R.J. Brande is Chameleon Boy's father.]]
** Postboot, the leader of the Dark Circle [[spoiler:is really Brainiac 5's mother, Brainiac 4]].
* MacGuffin: The mysterious canister stolen from Earthgov during TMK's run served as the catalyst for Spider Girl/Wave's HeelFaceTurn and played a role in the liberation of Earth from the Dominators. It was probably intended as part of some [[AbortedArc aborted storyline]], but it gets pushed to the sidelines by the time Wave has formally joined the Legion, and is not mentioned again.
* MadeOfIndestructium: Inertron
* TheMagicVersusTechnologyWar: The "Magic Wars" storyline.
* MasterOfIllusion: Princess Projectra.
* MerlinSickness: Shrinking Violet is literally afflicted with this following an ill-conceived attack on Glorith towards the end of the pre-''Zero Hour'' v4 run.
* MindControlDevice: Recurring villain Universo went through a procession of these, allowing him to amplify his natural talents for hypnosis over larger and larger scales, be it an entire planet or much of the galaxy. One of these, the Hypno-Stone of Titan, was also involved in a subplot involving Matter-Eater Lad and reformed villain Saturn Queen during the Giffen/Bierbaum run.
* MoreHeroThanThou: Ferro Lad
* MultipleChoicePast: At least two all-out continuity reboots, and many other variations besides.
** None of them hold a candle to the Time Trapper, which is finally explained in [[FinalCrisis Legion of Three Worlds]]: [[spoiler: According to Brianiac 5, the Time Trapper is a sentient timeline who is rebelling against the Legion's timeline.]]
* MyNameIsNotDurwood: In "threeboot" continuity, Gim Allon comes from a race of giants all of whom have the power to shrink down to normal human size. To him, his power is to ''shrink'', but everyone else sees it as ''growing''. So most of his teammates persist in calling him "Colossal Boy," instead of his preferred name, "Micro Lad."
** Similarly, Atom Girl doesn't take well to being called "Shrinking Violet."
* TheNapoleon: Atom Girl in the threeboot.
* NoSell: Nemesis Kid.
* NoodleIncident: Black Dawn. Though later writers attempted to tell the story (with various success), none really line up with the details given by TMK.
* OmnicidalManiac: The Blight from the "Legion of the Damned" arc.
* OneWorldOrder: Earthgov.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: A few Legionnaires are addressed almost exclusively by their codename or derivations thereof, notably Shrinking Violet, Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, and Gates.
* OrganicTechnology: Dominator technology was plant-based and grown, rather than built.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: A late v4 story arc featured '''type V''' zombies reanimated by Mordru's magic, while the later postboot "Legion of the Damned" arc used '''type PS''' spore-infected zombies.
* OverlyLongTongue: Ze Tongue.
* OvernightAgeUp: Brainiac 5 following the assault on Glorith in the final dozen or so issues of v4 prior to ''Zero Hour''.
* ThePigPen: The joke character The Mess.
* PirateGirl: Kono.
* PlanetEater: The Sun-Eater kicks this trope up a notch.
* PlanetOfHats: The "hats" in this case being the superhuman powers shared by all or almost all of the inhabitants of various planets, though the trope also applies in the traditional sense: Winath is the farming planet, Rimbor is the slum planet, Colu is the computer planet, etc.
* PoweredArmor: Wildfire's suit. Brainiac 5 briefly wore something like this after being aged by Glorith.
* PowerTrio: Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad/Live Wire, and Saturn Girl, in the comics.
* PowersThatBe: The Time Trapper, Glorith.
* PrehensileHair: Spider Girl (later Wave).
* PresidentEvil: Leland [=McCauley=] in the Postboot continuity [[spoiler:(who was actually Comicbook/{{Batman}}'s immortal foe Ra's al-Ghul in disguise at the time)]]. He was still definitely evil in the Preboot and earlier in the Reboot continuities, but was a CorruptCorporateExecutive, not president [[spoiler:(and wasn't Ra's, either)]].
** Universo has been president of Earth a time or two as well, inevitably creating a fascist state immediately thereafter with his mind control abilities.
** Earthgov presidents Tayla Wellington and her successor Arlington Morse from the "Terra Mosaic" story arc in v4 are this, as well (both of whom were PuppetKing for the Dominators)
** As was United Planets president Jeanette Chu earlier on in the Postboot continuity. Possibly an overused trope, all things considered.
* [[KingIncognito Princess Incognito]]: Projectra, during her Sensor Girl phase. Originally her identity was obscured even from her teammates, but it remained a public secret for even longer.
* ProphecyTwist: Pretty much any significant prophecy provided by Dream Girl/Dreamer's powers tends to be subject to this.
* PsychicPowers: Saturn Girl, Dream Girl, Tellus, among others... including everyone on those characters' respective home planets.
* PsychoElectro: Lightning Lord. In the post-Zero Hour Legion, Live Wire (Lightning Lad) was afraid that the powers he and his siblings gained drove his brother mad, and that he and his sister would be next... until he finally saw his brother again and realized that blaming it on the lightning would excuse Mekt's generally being a sociopathic JerkAss who killed people on a whim.
* PunnyName: Ultra Boy's real name, Jo Nah. He got his powers after being devoured by a space whale.
* PuppetKing: During the "Terra Mosaic" story, in which Earthgov had been secretly taken over by the Dominators, President Tayla Wellington was a textbook example of this. After a failed HeelFaceTurn, that role is taken over by her vice-president, Arlington Morse.
* PutOnABus: Tyroc for the duration of Paul Levitz's run as writer during the 1980s.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The White Triangle; Earth-Man and his gang of Terran supremacists.
* RaceLift: Threeboot Star Boy became black (which carried over to the cartoon). Likewise, Karate Kid became Asian. And then there's Projectra, renamed Sensor, and changed into a snake alien.
** Karate Kid was originally depicted as white, then Asian, then white, then Asian...
-->Possibly a result of his being the son of an Asian man and an American woman.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: R. J. Brande.
* RebelliousSpirit: Quislet rebelled against his species, stole a spaceship, and fled to another dimension in order to join the Legion because he was fed up with the straight-laced, totalitarian nature of his society... and because [[ItAmusedMe he thought it would be entertaining, basically]].
* RedSkiesCrossover: Legion of Three Worlds was billed as a Final Crisis crossover and had the cover logo, but had no real connection to Final Crisis.
* RetCon: Too many to list.
* RingOfPower: The flight rings, which also serve as communicators and in some continuities provide the forcefields necessary for Legionnaires to function in space.
* RobotWar: The war with Robotica in the Postboot continuity.
* RunningTheAsylum: Jim Shooter began submitting stories and layouts to DC in 1966 at the age of thirteen, after following the series as a fan. He returned to begin writing for the Threeboot incarnation of the Legion at the end of 2007.
** The TMK run was [[YourMileageMayVary infamous]] for sounding like overwrought fanfic elevated to canon.
*** Because it was, in a manner of speaking (though whether or not it was actually overwrought depends on the observer): Tom and Mary Bierbaum (the "TM" in "TMK") were active participants in the Legion of Super-Heroes APA scene in the 1980s, and many of the ideas they introduced when they were writing the title were originally conceived in those pages.
* SacrificialLamb: The first Kid Quantum was created just to be killed to illustrate the need for the Legion's "no external powers" rule.
* SanDimasTime: Particularly when half the Legion got stranded in the 20th Century during the post-Zero Hour continuity.
* {{Scandalgate}}: The crisis of the United Planets' PortalNetwork being subverted by an alien power and used to invade Earth is referred to as "Softgate."
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Dawnstar and her postboot semi-counterpart, Shikari.
* ScarsAreForever: Shrinking Violet is scarred during the five-year gap period between v3 and v4 and keeps the wound until the ''Zero Hour''-induced reboot. 30th century medicine is more than capable of repairing the damage, but since she earned it during an unjust war with her former teammate's planet, she takes it as her MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment and continues to wear it as a protest.
* ScienceHero: Invisible Kid, Brainiac 5.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale
* SealedEvilInACan: Mordru in the post-Zero Hour comics, among others; Drax in the cartoon.
* SecretIdentity: Averted, unlike most superhero comics. The identities of all members are known to the public... except for Sensor Girl in the original continuity, whose identity isn't even known to the Legion for a while, and M'onel in the Zero Hour reboot, who won't let anyone find out he's the mythical Valor who first seeded their worlds with life because it'd be impossible to have a life of his own afterward.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The first story with them involved an "initiation" for Superboy which was three separate Secret Tests. This story was later repeated with Supergirl.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The Great Darkness Saga featured Darkseid as the villain. This ''actually was clever and original back then''.
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: It's not like the Legion didn't have plenty of questionably attired heroes, but even when this was common during Mike Grell's run as artist, it wasn't unusual to see the villains wearing ''even less'' than the heroes, as was the case with Grimbor the Chainsman and his partner Charma, who were dressed as a bondage duo.
** In the postboot era, this was typified during the "Emerald Legion" story, where the Emerald Eye-possessed Legionnaires all get much skimpier (and greener) costumes.
* ShapeShiftingSquick: In fact, in the threeboot, someone suggests that Chameleon is not attracted to non-shapeshifters. Averted in the original continuity, though, where Colossal Boy and Chameleon Girl (a different character) have a happy marriage.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Shrinking Violet in v4 continuity. Arguably averted in the case of Cosmic Boy in the same period: he was physically scarred and lost the use of his powers, but remained TheHeart that he always was.
* ShockingSwerve: Post-Zero Hour Princess Projectra was actually [[FunnyAnimal a giant snake]] who used her illusion powers to pass as human in the issue she joined, until she revealed the surprise. An AuthorsSavingThrow was set up but never pulled off, where she became a [[BiologicalMashup pink naga]] after being exposed to a biological weapon designed to cause instant evolution towards it's victims, with the option of turning her fully human if fans rejected the new look. Unfortunately, the second reboot canceled that incarnation of the Legion, and the plot device never triggered.
** Projectra was first subject to a (somewhat) shocking swerve in the 1980s when she was dragged out of retirement by Paul Levitz when he unmasked Sensor Girl. Sensor Girl was [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=1635 originally supposed to be Supergirl,]] who in an "out" to keep her around after her death in Crisis, would be running around with the Legion with a mask on, using her Kryptonian super-senses as her main super-power.
** More overtly was the fact that Kinetix was supposed to become the '94 Legion's version of the Emerald Empress, having turned evil after losing her powers and being forced off the team. But the positive fan response to the character, plus their [[TheUntwist realizing where the plotline was probably going]], led to the swerve where fan favorite Shrinking Violet turned out to have the Emerald Eye instead.
* ShowingOffThePerilousPowerSource: Element Lad does this in a newly-created, empty universe - without protection. He goes mad.
* ShrinkingViolet: Er, Shrinking Violet, particularly post-Zero Hour.
* SixthRangerTraitor: Nemesis Kid.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Averted something fierce, most unusually for a comic originating in the SilverAge.
* SomethingPerson: Ridiculously common in early Legion names; played down post-Zero Hour, but intentionally preserved in current continuity.
** It was deliberately played ''up'' in threeboot continuity, in one case even changing a pre-DarkAgeOfSupernames character (Shrinking Violet) to fit (Atom Girl)
* SpacePirates: Roxxas, the Sklarian Raiders, and undoubtedly others.
* SpacePolice: The Science Police. The {{Green Lantern}}s show up in some incarnations, too.
* SpaceWhale: Most notably as the source of Ultra Boy's (real name: Jo Nah) powers.
* SpinOff: The Legion is a spin-off of {{Superboy}} (who is himself a spin-off of {{Superman}}). Members Cosmic Boy, Timber Wolf, Karate Kid, and Mon-El have all had SpinOff series of their own, as have the Legion's fellow future SuperTeam, the Wanderers, and SixthRanger Inferno.
** ''L.E.G.I.O.N.'' (later ''R.E.B.E.L.S.'') is a slightly unusual example: it's a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for the Legion, with similar characters and a similar space-operatic style, but set in the contemporary 20th/21st century [[TheDCU DCU]].
* SpinoffBabies: The [=SW6=] clone team, who starred in pre-Zero Hour ''Legionnaires''.
* StalkerWithACrush: Glorith's unhealthy obsession with Valor in v4.
* StarfishCharacter: [[spoiler: Apparition and Phase]] in the Reboot version.
* StarCrossedLovers: Wildfire and Dawnstar.
* StarSpangledSpandex: Threeboot Star Boy, and current-era Starman.
* StrawmanPolitical: Gates from the Post-Zero Hour Legion. But he's a rather unusual case, since the writers consistently treated him as a three-dimensional, sympathetic character despite his often silly beliefs, rather than a convenient political target to knock down.
* SuicideByCop: Darkseid during "The Quiet Darkness." [[spoiler:A brilliant scientist saves his dying wife during her pregnancy by [[DealWithTheDevil striking a deal]] with Darkseid in exchange for implanting the unborn children with the "[[AppliedPhlebotinum Gemini Matrix]]" to raise them to a more powerful plane of existence. Darkseid then takes over the planet in order to prevent the children from fleeing, and finally goads the twins into attacking and killing him. His final words suggest that this was his plan all along: a god like Darkseid was [[ICannotSelfTerminate only capable of being killed by another god]]. Since there weren't any available, he had to create his own, and make them hate him enough to kill him.]]
* SuperDickery: The Legion were made of this in their early appearances. Most early Legion stories consist of the Legionnaires being jerks to each other, only to reveal at the last minute that it was for the greater good. Arguably, the most famous example is a story in which Saturn Girl mind-controlled the Legion into electing her leader and then stole all of their powers so that she could ensure that she would be the Legionnaire to make a prophesied HeroicSacrifice.
* SuperheroSchool: The Legion Academy.
* SuperheroSpeciation: Mandated by the Legion's bylaws at some points.
* SuperSerum: Invisible Kid invents an invisibility serum to give him powers.
** Bouncing Boy gained his powers by mistaking one of these for a soft drink.
* SurvivalistStash
* TakenForGranite: Stone Boy.
* TasteTheRainbow: A common reason cited by fans for the appeal of the Legion - in the romantic sense in this case, for both genders.
* {{Technopath}}: Gear. Computo from the [=SW6=] Legionnaires.
* TeenGenius: Brainiac 5, Invisible Kid and Saturn Girl.
* TeenSuperspy: Post-Zero Hour Invisible Kid.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: Gates.
* TelescopingRobot: In the animated series, Brainiac 5 can grow in size and sprout weapons.
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: Legion auditions frequently run like this.
* TheThreeFacesOfEve: Triad in [=SW6=] and post-Zero Hour.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: In the story transitioning from the Reboot to Threeboot Legion, when the reboot Legion is cut off from the timestream, Shikari is thrown clear and ends up on Earth in the Threeboot timeline. Shikari never shows up in the Threeboot LSH book, and nothing is ever done with this plot thread until Infinite Crisis, when the Reboot world (Earth-247) is shown among the worlds Alexander Luthor is manipulating... and Shikari is suddenly back with her team, with a reaction amounting to "Oh, ''there'' you guys are." Particularly irritating since Shikari's race has an inborn pathfinding ability which has previously been shown to be able to direct teleportation through interdimensional space...
* ThouShaltNotKill: An official rule of the Legion.
* TimeMaster: The Time Trapper, the Infinite Man, and Glorith, on the villainous side. For the heroes, there's Kid Quantum, though at a greatly reduced level.
* TimeTravel: Originally it was all over the place, as the means by which Superboy could be a member of a thirtieth-century superteam. After the Zero Hour reboot, it's extremely rare, and half the Legion being sent a thousand years into the past (where they can interact with most of the rest of TheDCU) poses a huge problem in terms of how to get them home.
* TookALevelInBadass: After spending much of their history as running jokes, the remaining members of the original Legion of Substitute Heroes did this during the five year gap leading up to the v4 series. With the original Legion discredited and disbanded, they became the leaders of the resistance against Earthgov's abuses. Ironically, Polar Boy, the only former member of the team to have actually graduated to the majors on panel, was shown in a rather negative light, having failed to prevent his team from dissolving and then getting arrested for attempting to incite a riot.
* TooManyBelts: When Keith Giffen returned to the title as artist in the late 1980s, he brought with him a radically changed art style and a complete redesign of the costumes of the team. Those redesigns eschewed the traditional spandex superhero aesthetic in favor of jackets, belts, and pouches. Lots and lots of pouches. And this was ''before'' RobLiefeld hit the big time...
* [[TrustMeImAnX Trust Me, I'm An X]]: Matter-Eater Lad once said, "Trust me, I'm a senator!" (Him being a comedic character and politicians being AcceptableTargets).
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Until some point in the 1960's, The Legion's era was said to be not 1000 years but only 100 years ahead. Writers moved it all up when it dawned on them that this type of galactic community would be more than a century in coming around.
** Oddly enough, the 1000 year difference came first, being mentioned in the first few Legion appearances. After that, the writers switched to 100 years with no explanation, which stuck for a few years before switching back to 1000.
* [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Twin Threesome Fantasy]]: Bouncing Boy married Duo Damsel when they left the team to run the Legion Academy. He wears two wedding rings and assures Wildfire that "being married to a woman who can become TWO people" is quite an experience.
* TwoFaced: Tharok.
* {{Unobtainium}}: Inertron, Valorium, among some others.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Reep Daggle/Chameleon Boy and Yera/Chameleon Girl, who are Durlans, a species of shapeshifters.
* WhamEpisode: Almost any story featuring the Time Trapper during the 1980s and early 1990s could be considered an example of this. Especially the "Mordruverse" two-parter near the beginning, and "End of an Era" at the end of v4, pre-''Zero Hour''. Also, ''Secrets of the Legion of Super-Heroes'' ([[spoiler:R.J. Brande is really Chameleon Boy's father]]), v4 annual #2 ([[spoiler:long-time villain Validus is really the child of Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl]]), and the conclusion of Cosmic Boy's XanatosGambit against President Chu in the post-''ZH'' book.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Tends to happen a lot whenever there's a reboot. For example, at the end of the Postboot era, plot points that were left unresolved included Apparition's missing sister, Apparition and Ultra Boy's rapidly aging son, the disappearance of Computo and the mysterious figure who "stole" him (probably the Time Trapper), the apparent rebirth of Darkseid, Ra's al-Ghul staying in custody on Legion World, the romance between Cosmic Boy and Kid Quantum, and a hinted-at subplot in which the Time Trapper would have turned out to be Cosmic Boy and XS' son...
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The Legion of Substitute Heroes. Also [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bouncing Boy and Matter-Eater Lad]] from the Legion proper.
** Until Matter-Eater Lad started to eat people.
*** Well, he bit off Lightning Lord's finger and didn't swallow it, in the Threeboot, and Lightning Lord was going to kill him with that finger. Matter-Eater Lad wasn't a member then, either.
** Note that during the Great Darkness saga, Bouncing Boy successfully knocked down Daxamites. Granted, they were mind controlled and thus not at peak efficiency, but still. Daxamites.
** On some occasions, Substitute Heroes would be inducted to the Legion, such as Night Lass and Polar Boy, because it turned out their powers weren't so useless after all.
* WingedHumanoid: Dawnstar
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Brainiac 5 and Matter-Eater Lad [[spoiler:after he eats the Miracle Machine]]. The Time Trapper is similarly revealed to be a victim of this at the end of v4.
** Postboot, Shrinking Violet / Leviathan II [[spoiler:during her Emerald Empress phase]] and Element Lad during the original ''Legion Lost'' (though the latter may be a better example of DrivenToVillainy).
** Seems to be a fairly common occurrence with the Emerald Empresses.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Princess Projectra left the Legion because of this [[spoiler:following the (first) death of her husband, Karate Kid]] and the need to rebuild her homeworld. She later returned to the team in secret, under the guise of Sensor Girl.
* WonderfulLife: [[DoubleSubversion Doubly subverted]] in a humorous post-''Zero Hour'' side story involving Brainiac 5.
* {{X-Ray Vision}}: Ultra Boy, Superboy, Supergirl, Mon-el/Valor, Andromeda, Dev-em and his clones, and every empowered Daxamite. Even Wildfire had the power briefly.
* XanatosGambit: Cosmic Boy in the post-Zero Hour reboot continuity employed them often; Brainiac 5 in the current comics continuity seems fond of them, too.
* {{Xenafication}}: Happens to Shrinking Violet in phases. She starts off as exactly the cliche her name suggests. In the early 1980s, she's kidnapped and replaced with a shape shifter. When she returns she's DarkerAndEdgier from the experience. Later on, she gets drafted, experiences WarIsHell first hand, and comes out the other side as a MartialPacifist.
** Taken in a different direction following the ''Zero Hour'' reboot. See the above entry for BewareTheQuietOnes.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain
** Superboy, of course, although that serves primarily as background material for his role in Legion stories.
** Element Lad's origin story [[spoiler:involves the destruction of his home world of Trom and most of its inhabitants]] in most versions of his origin.
** Both Superboy (the Kon-El clone version, not the original) and Supergirl were stranded in the 31st century during their stints with the team in the postboot and threeboot runs, respectively.
** The postboot team, later renamed the Wanderers, [[spoiler:are the sole survivors of their entire universe]].
** On a less apocalyptic note, in the original continuity, members of the Green Lantern Corps were prohibited from operating on Earth. When Legion supporting cast member and Earth native Rond Vidar was outed as a Green Lantern, he was forced to leave for parts unknown, unable to return.
** Numerous story arcs have been written about Legionnaires being trapped in space and/or time: ''Legion Lost'' (both series), the early 1990s ''Timber Wolf'' miniseries, and an extended story arc running through ''Legion of Super-Heroes'' V4 in the late 1990s.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Subverted by the post-Zero Hour Chameleon Boy- he can't speak Interlac for a good long while at first, but the distrust he gets as a shapeshifter is depicted as a bad thing (prejudice = not cool, guys). [[spoiler:And then they reveal how long it actually took him to learn the language, and that he's been keeping it a secret as part of a sting operation...]]
** The 2007 relaunch under Geoff Johns gave team financier R.J. Brande a thick German accent, despite the fact that it was presented as a direct
continuation in the TheDCU: ''{{ComicBook/Legion of Super-Heroes}}''
* The AnimatedAdaptation
of the 1980s version comic books: ''[[WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes Legion of the team, where he had no problem speaking unaccented Interlac. This was later [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Brainiac 5 as one of Brande's personality quirks in an issue of ''Adventure Comics''.
* {{Zeerust}}: In the older comics.
----
<<|ComicBooks|>>
Super-Heroes]]''
----
30th Jan '12 10:41:01 AM ccoa
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* BodyBackupDrive: Brainiac 5 after his HeroicSacrifice.
21st Jan '12 4:29:18 AM Byzantine
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Eventually, a combination of [[ContinuitySnarl continuity issues]] and low sales brought DC to the point where they said "screw it" and decided to reboot the series altogether. In 1995, as part of the ''Zero Hour'' CrisisCrossover, Mark Waid and Tom [=McCraw=] wrote the first issue of an all-new all-different Legion. Some of the sillier characters were pruned, and others were introduced to fill the gaps. This incarnation of the Legion was a youth corps run by TheFederation, which was just forming as the series began, to symbolize its member worlds and species working together. (Although they were frequently dismissed as either a publicity stunt or a "teenage death squad".) This version sidestepped the Superboy issue by being inspired by the 20th century's age of heroes in general (although the Post-Crisis Superboy did become a member). The new version attempted to [[AdaptationDistillation distill]] all of the Legion's history to date, while adding its own twists -- some of which [[FanonDiscontinuity didn't work that well]] ([[spoiler:Sneckie]]) Still, this version lasted until 2004 with a few writer changes and {{ReTool}}s; then, they were wiped out (or at least [[PutOnABus detached from the main line of DCU history]]) during the build up to the ''InfiniteCrisis'' CrisisCrossover, and replaced with a third version -- the "threeboot" Legion.

to:

Eventually, a combination of [[ContinuitySnarl continuity issues]] and low sales brought DC to the point where they said "screw it" and decided to reboot the series altogether. In 1995, as part of the ''Zero Hour'' CrisisCrossover, Mark Waid MarkWaid and Tom [=McCraw=] wrote the first issue of an all-new all-different Legion. Some of the sillier characters were pruned, and others were introduced to fill the gaps. This incarnation of the Legion was a youth corps run by TheFederation, which was just forming as the series began, to symbolize its member worlds and species working together. (Although they were frequently dismissed as either a publicity stunt or a "teenage death squad".) This version sidestepped the Superboy issue by being inspired by the 20th century's age of heroes in general (although the Post-Crisis Superboy did become a member). The new version attempted to [[AdaptationDistillation distill]] all of the Legion's history to date, while adding its own twists -- some of which [[FanonDiscontinuity didn't work that well]] ([[spoiler:Sneckie]]) Still, this version lasted until 2004 with a few writer changes and {{ReTool}}s; then, they were wiped out (or at least [[PutOnABus detached from the main line of DCU history]]) during the build up to the ''InfiniteCrisis'' CrisisCrossover, and replaced with a third version -- the "threeboot" Legion.
21st Jan '12 4:28:01 AM Byzantine
Is there an issue? Send a Message


At the end of the SilverAge, the Legion's slot was swapped with Supergirl, leaving Supergirl as star of ''Adventure Comics'' and the Legion as a backup in ''Action Comics''. After the retirement of editor Mort Weisinger, the Legion was reduced to an occasional backup in ''Superboy''. Dave Cockrum, who would go on to design many members of the Bronze Age incarnation of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, became the Legion's regular artist, and started redefining their look. With this, their popularity started to inch upwards again, and eventually, ''Superboy'' became ''Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes''.

to:

At the end of the SilverAge, the Legion's slot was swapped with Supergirl, {{Supergirl}}, leaving Supergirl as star of ''Adventure Comics'' and the Legion as a backup in ''Action Comics''.''ActionComics''. After the retirement of editor Mort Weisinger, the Legion was reduced to an occasional backup in ''Superboy''. Dave Cockrum, who would go on to design many members of the Bronze Age incarnation of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}}, became the Legion's regular artist, and started redefining their look. With this, their popularity started to inch upwards again, and eventually, ''Superboy'' became ''Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes''.
21st Jan '12 3:28:04 AM Byzantine
Is there an issue? Send a Message


The Legion gradually became more prominent in ''Adventure Comics'' (which at the time was a second Superboy book) and took over as the main feature with issue #300 (reducing Superboy to supporting character status on what used to be ''his'' comic book.) They are remembered for their wide-eyed idealism, not to mention corny touches -- their clubhouse was ''designed'' to look like a crashed rocket. [[BiggerOnTheInside How they all fit inside]] was [[AWizardDidIt never explained]]. However, their series was surprisingly sophisticated for the SilverAge; with one of the earliest comic book characters KilledOffForReal in Ferro Lad (and, for that matter, one of the earliest [[BackFromTheDead comic book resurrections]] with Lightning Lad), a trial for a Legionnaire killing in self-defense, and dealing with FantasticRacism even before ''StarTrek'' did.

to:

The Legion gradually became more prominent in ''Adventure Comics'' (which at the time was a second Superboy book) and took over as the main feature with issue #300 (reducing (September, 1962), reducing Superboy to supporting character status on what used to be ''his'' comic book.) book. They are remembered for their wide-eyed idealism, not to mention corny touches -- their clubhouse was ''designed'' to look like a crashed rocket. [[BiggerOnTheInside How they all fit inside]] was [[AWizardDidIt never explained]]. However, their series was surprisingly sophisticated for the SilverAge; with one of the earliest comic book characters KilledOffForReal in Ferro Lad (and, for that matter, one of the earliest [[BackFromTheDead comic book resurrections]] with Lightning Lad), a trial for a Legionnaire killing in self-defense, and dealing with FantasticRacism even before ''StarTrek'' did.
21st Jan '12 3:26:48 AM Byzantine
Is there an issue? Send a Message


At the start of the SilverAge, one story, in ''Adventure Comics'' #247, introduced the "Legion of {{Super Hero}}es", a trio of super-powered teenagers from the future who committed many acts of SuperDickery while initiating Superboy into their club -- [[SecretTestOfCharacter with the best of intentions]], ''really''. The trio became popular enough to be seen again, as Superboy began traveling in time to team up with them, and the other new members they'd recruited.

to:

At the start of the SilverAge, one story, in ''Adventure Comics'' #247, #247 (April, 1958), introduced the "Legion of {{Super Hero}}es", a trio of super-powered teenagers from the future who committed many acts of SuperDickery while initiating Superboy into their club -- [[SecretTestOfCharacter with the best of intentions]], ''really''. The trio became popular enough to be seen again, as Superboy began traveling in time to team up with them, and the other new members they'd recruited.
This list shows the last 10 events of 98. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.LegionOfSuper-Heroes