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24th May '18 1:57:52 PM calculator
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** Also, Lord!Batman asking "Do you smell something burning?" right before a cut to where we see the burned remains of the Oval Office desk and Superman standing next to it, which lets us know that, yes, he did blast Luthor.
** What he says to Lord!Batman and Lord!Wonder Woman right after makes it a LOT worse. [[spoiler:"''[[WhamLine I'm great.]]''"]]
** Lord!Superman ''lobotomizes'' Doomsday. The matter-of-fact way in which he does it and the speed in which Doomsday goes from being relatively well-spoken to drooling are equally chilling.

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** Also, Lord!Batman Lord Batman asking "Do you smell something burning?" right before a cut to where we see the burned remains of the Oval Office desk and Superman standing next to it, which lets us know that, yes, he did blast Luthor.
** What he says to Lord!Batman Lord Batman and Lord!Wonder Lord Wonder Woman right after makes it a LOT worse. [[spoiler:"''[[WhamLine I'm great.]]''"]]
** Lord!Superman Lord Superman ''lobotomizes'' Doomsday. The matter-of-fact way in which he does it and the speed in which Doomsday goes from being relatively well-spoken to drooling are equally chilling.



** Lord!Batman. The biggest nightmare in all this is that Batman himself has [[FaceHeelTurn turned over to the dark side]]. That in itself is scary enough (this is the guy who sees the Justice League, ''all of the Justice League'', as a countermeasure to himself). But what's scarier is that after Lord!Superman [[spoiler:vaporizes Lex Luthor]], all he offers is a disinterested "Well. It had to be done." He has no sadness, no revulsion towards Lord!Superman breaking one of their central tenets; in fact, he sees [[spoiler:Superman killing Luthor]] as a necessary move. If [[spoiler:ThouShaltNotKill]] was ever a principle for this version of the character, he abandoned it before even [[spoiler:Superman]].
** Then there's Flash telling Lord!Superman that he couldn't kill him, since the death of ''his'' Flash was what started everything, and that even now he wouldn't go that far.
-->'''Lord!Superman''': I've done a lot of things I've never thought I'd do these last two years. [[spoiler:One more won't hurt.]]

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** Lord!Batman.Lord Batman. The biggest nightmare in all this is that Batman himself has [[FaceHeelTurn turned over to the dark side]]. That in itself is scary enough (this is the guy who sees the Justice League, ''all of the Justice League'', as a countermeasure to himself). But what's scarier is that after Lord!Superman Lord Superman [[spoiler:vaporizes Lex Luthor]], all he offers is a disinterested "Well. It had to be done." He has no sadness, no revulsion towards Lord!Superman Lord Superman breaking one of their central tenets; in fact, he sees [[spoiler:Superman killing Luthor]] as a necessary move. If [[spoiler:ThouShaltNotKill]] was ever a principle for this version of the character, he abandoned it before even [[spoiler:Superman]].
** Then there's Flash telling Lord!Superman Lord Superman that he couldn't kill him, since the death of ''his'' Flash was what started everything, and that even now he wouldn't go that far.
-->'''Lord!Superman''': -->'''Lord Superman''': I've done a lot of things I've never thought I'd do these last two years. [[spoiler:One more won't hurt.]]



* One of the scenes in the Justice Lords episode "A Better World" has the League visit the alternate Arkham. Many villains, particularly Batman villains, are acting very much out of character. Then, you notice two small dots on all of their heads. Then, you recall what Lord!Superman did to Doomsday. Oh, and Scarface's dots are on the dummy, not on the ventriloquist.
** The first person who is revealed to have been lobotomized by Lord!Superman is the Joker, who is now the secretary of Arkham Asylum. Hearing his voice and seeing his appearance to be so calm, almost serene, it really drew an unsettling feeling considering we're used to seeing him as a psychopathic, murdering clown. Who would've thought one way for the Joker to be scarier was to calm him down?

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* One of the scenes in the Justice Lords episode "A Better World" has the League visit the alternate Arkham. Many villains, particularly Batman villains, are acting very much out of character. Then, you notice two small dots on all of their heads. Then, you recall what Lord!Superman Lord Superman did to Doomsday. Oh, and Scarface's dots are on the dummy, not on the ventriloquist.
** The first person who is revealed to have been lobotomized by Lord!Superman Lord Superman is the Joker, who is now the secretary of Arkham Asylum. Hearing his voice and seeing his appearance to be so calm, almost serene, it really drew an unsettling feeling considering we're used to seeing him as a psychopathic, murdering clown. Who would've thought one way for the Joker to be scarier was to calm him down?



* When Green Arrow tries to call out Superman in 'Flashpoint" on seriously considering burning a government agency to the ground and generally putting himself and the team above humanity as of late, all the attention Superman can spare for him is to say is that he could care less about his opinion, or that Batman recruited him to be the team conscience. When Arrow admits that he's starting to become scared of Superman himself it's pretty understandable, especially since if Superman had just snapped then and there he could have blown Queen's brains out with the flick of a finger for talking back to him, or simply turned him to ash with a glance - not an unreasonable response from Lord!Superman, who Superman teeters on the verge of becoming for the entire Cadmus arc.

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* When Green Arrow tries to call out Superman in 'Flashpoint" on seriously considering burning a government agency to the ground and generally putting himself and the team above humanity as of late, all the attention Superman can spare for him is to say is that he could care less about his opinion, or that Batman recruited him to be the team conscience. When Arrow admits that he's starting to become scared of Superman himself it's pretty understandable, especially since if Superman had just snapped then and there he could have blown Queen's brains out with the flick of a finger for talking back to him, or simply turned him to ash with a glance - not an unreasonable response from Lord!Superman, Lord Superman, who Superman teeters on the verge of becoming for the entire Cadmus arc.
19th May '18 2:03:17 PM AHI-3000
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* While generally amusing, the entirety of "Legends" has some extremely creepy subtext; indeed, the fact that the world is so bright and sunny makes it all the more frightening when you put together the pieces. The ideal, idyllic 50's comic book fantasy world was created by a young child who had to experience his entire world go up in flames when a nuclear war broke out, was mutated by the fallout into some...inhuman...cancerous...''thing'', and was driven so insane that the only he could cope was by using his newfound psychic powers to create an eternal happy dream world where none of this ever happened.
** TheReveal of the real world is chilling when you consider how close [[RealLife our world]] has come to that and that it could still end up as such.

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* While generally amusing, the entirety of "Legends" has some extremely creepy subtext; indeed, the fact that [[CrapsaccharineWorld the world is so bright and sunny sunny]] makes it all the more frightening when you put together the pieces. The [[spoiler:The ideal, idyllic 50's comic book fantasy world was created by [[TheDogWasTheMastermind Ray Thompson]], formerly a young child who had to experience his [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt entire world go up in flames flames]] [[WorldWarIII when a nuclear war broke out, out]], was [[TransformationHorror mutated by the fallout into some...inhuman...radiation into]] [[BodyHorror some... inhuman... cancerous...''thing'', ]] ''[[HumanoidAbomination thing]]'', and was [[SanitySlippage driven so insane insane]] that the only he could cope was by using [[RealityWarper his newfound psychic powers powers]] to create an [[LotusEaterMachine eternal happy dream world world]] where none of this ever happened.
happened.]]
** TheReveal of the real world what happened to Earth in that alternate dimension is chilling chilling, when you consider how close [[RealLife our world]] has come to that that, and that it could still end up as such.
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22nd Mar '18 5:50:34 AM Molly_Hats
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* Faustís ultimate fate in Paradise Lost. [[KickTheSonOfABitch Yeah, he deserved it]], but itís still really chilling to see him go from SmugSnake to screaming horror while Hades just stands there calmly explaining that [[GoMadFromTheRevelation he now merely has knowledge of human suffering]]. The scene [[DiscretionShot cuts away]] as he undergoes RapidAging, and implies that he crumbled into dust.
-->'''Superman''': Good Lord.
9th Mar '18 7:47:39 AM 309216364
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* Amanda Waller, bad enough she proved she knew Batman's secret identity the first time they met. But every single time she talks about the clones or mutated soldiers Cadmus created, she's always got one of the nastiest, [[PsychoticSmirk evil grins]] ever seen. They're weapons for deployment, nothing more.



* When Green Arrow tries to call out Superman in 'Flashpoint" on seriously considering burning a government agency to the ground and generally putting himself and the team above humanity as of late, all the attention Superman can spare for him is to say is that he could care less about his opinion, or that Batman recruited him to be the team conscience. When Arrow admits that he's starting to become scared of Superman himself it's pretty understandable, especially since if Superman had just snapped then and there he could have blown Queen's brains out with the flick of a finger for talking back to him, or simply turned him to ash with a glance - not an unreasonable response from Lord!Superman, who Superman teeters on the verge of becoming for the entire Cadmus arc.
* "Panic in the Sky." Just...just "Panic in the Sky." The League just lost control of their KillSat superweapon that they save for emergencies like the events of "Dark Heart," which they fear may have killed hundreds if not thousands of civilians. Understandably, the President is ''pissed'' about this and the founding members of the League, sans Batman, decide to submit to government custody until they can sort it out. While they're gone and the Watchtower is still out of commission, Cadmus sends [[Comicbook/PowerGirl Galatea]] and an army of Ultimen to attack the Watchtower and kill--not arrest, not defeat, ''KILL''--every last person on the Watchtower. That includes the non-powered civilians who run the Watchtower's everyday systems. In particular, we're treated to a group of those non-metahumans hiding in a safe room when one of the Shifter clones rips the door open, then transforms into a ''TyrannosaurusRex''. The workers are clearly ready to fight for their lives as they charge at her and the Ultimen are eventually defeated, but one shudders to think about [[EatenAlive what probably happened to them]].




* There is a (relatively) minor one in "Eclipsed" with the soldier who is possessed at the beginning: this guy wakes up and learns that he killed his whole unit, with whom he seemed rather close. Especially since the last time we see him in the episode he's still held responsible for it.
** The song people possessed by the Dark Heart sing starts out kinda [[{{Narm}} narmy]] until everyone but Flash gets possessed and starts singing it. Combined with the dark, enclosed watchtower with no exits...really hammers home the oppressive nature.
* The nerd who performed the satanic ritual in "Wake the Dead" definitely got killed by Solomon Grundy.
* The scene in "Epilogue" involving eight-year-old [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Terry]] and his parents walking from a movie and as they start to head home, [[WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm the Phantasm]] begins stalking them from behind. Upon getting closer, she raises her hook hand, moments away from killing Terry's mom and dad, all to give Terry the motivation he needed to become the next Batman. Even more NightmareFuel when you learn that the Phantasm was ordered to kill Terry's parents so Terry could experience the same pain that Bruce did so he'd take up the mantle and was real close to doing so.
** Also a rare case of EvenEvilHasStandards being invoked to avert Nightmare Fuel. The Phantasm is willing to murder unsuspecting strangers but, when it comes right down to it, can't bring herself to traumatize an eight-year-old for life.



* There is a (relatively) minor one in "Eclipsed" with the soldier who is possessed at the beginning: this guy wakes up and learns that he killed his whole unit, with whom he seemed rather close. Especially since the last time we see him in the episode he's still held responsible for it.
** The song people possessed by the Dark Heart sing starts out kinda [[{{Narm}} narmy]] until everyone but Flash gets possessed and starts singing it. Combined with the dark, enclosed watchtower with no exits...really hammers home the oppressive nature.
* The nerd who performed the satanic ritual in "Wake the Dead" definitely got killed by Solomon Grundy.
* The scene in "Epilogue" involving eight-year-old [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Terry]] and his parents walking from a movie and as they start to head home, [[WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm the Phantasm]] begins stalking them from behind. Upon getting closer, she raises her hook hand, moments away from killing Terry's mom and dad, all to give Terry the motivation he needed to become the next Batman. Even more NightmareFuel when you learn that the Phantasm was ordered to kill Terry's parents so Terry could experience the same pain that Bruce did so he'd take up the mantle and was real close to doing so.
** Also a rare case of EvenEvilHasStandards being invoked to avert Nightmare Fuel. The Phantasm is willing to murder unsuspecting strangers but, when it comes right down to it, can't bring herself to traumatize an eight-year-old for life.
* Amanda Waller, bad enough she proved she knew Batman's secret identity the first time they met. But every single time she talks about the clones or mutated soldiers Cadmus created, she's always got one of the nastiest, [[PsychoticSmirk evil grins]] ever seen. They're weapons for deployment, nothing more.
* When Green Arrow tries to call out Superman in 'Flashpoint" on seriously considering burning a government agency to the ground and generally putting himself and the team above humanity as of late, all the attention Superman can spare for him is to say is that he could care less about his opinion, or that Batman recruited him to be the team conscience. When Arrow admits that he's starting to become scared of Superman himself it's pretty understandable, especially since if Superman had just snapped then and there he could have blown Queen's brains out with the flick of a finger for talking back to him, or simply turned him to ash with a glance - not an unreasonable response from Lord!Superman, who Superman teeters on the verge of becoming for the entire Cadmus arc.
* "Panic in the Sky." Just...just "Panic in the Sky." The League just lost control of their KillSat superweapon that they save for emergencies like the events of "Dark Heart," which they fear may have killed hundreds if not thousands of civilians. Understandably, the President is ''pissed'' about this and the founding members of the League, sans Batman, decide to submit to government custody until they can sort it out. While they're gone and the Watchtower is still out of commission, Cadmus sends [[Comicbook/PowerGirl Galatea]] and an army of Ultimen to attack the Watchtower and kill--not arrest, not defeat, ''KILL''--every last person on the Watchtower. That includes the non-powered civilians who run the Watchtower's everyday systems. In particular, we're treated to a group of those non-metahumans hiding in a safe room when one of the Shifter clones rips the door open, then transforms into a ''TyrannosaurusRex''. The workers are clearly ready to fight for their lives as they charge at her and the Ultimen are eventually defeated, but one shudders to think about [[EatenAlive what probably happened to them]].

Sweet dreams, Tropers....

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* There is a (relatively) minor one in "Eclipsed" with the soldier who is possessed at the beginning: this guy wakes up and learns that he killed his whole unit, with whom he seemed rather close. Especially since the last time we see him in the episode he's still held responsible for it.
** The song people possessed by the Dark Heart sing starts out kinda [[{{Narm}} narmy]] until everyone but Flash gets possessed and starts singing it. Combined with the dark, enclosed watchtower with no exits...really hammers home the oppressive nature.
* The nerd who performed the satanic ritual in "Wake the Dead" definitely got killed by Solomon Grundy.
* The scene in "Epilogue" involving eight-year-old [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Terry]] and his parents walking from a movie and as they start to head home, [[WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm the Phantasm]] begins stalking them from behind. Upon getting closer, she raises her hook hand, moments away from killing Terry's mom and dad, all to give Terry the motivation he needed to become the next Batman. Even more NightmareFuel when you learn that the Phantasm was ordered to kill Terry's parents so Terry could experience the same pain that Bruce did so he'd take up the mantle and was real close to doing so.
** Also a rare case of EvenEvilHasStandards being invoked to avert Nightmare Fuel. The Phantasm is willing to murder unsuspecting strangers but, when it comes right down to it, can't bring herself to traumatize an eight-year-old for life.
* Amanda Waller, bad enough she proved she knew Batman's secret identity the first time they met. But every single time she talks about the clones or mutated soldiers Cadmus created, she's always got one of the nastiest, [[PsychoticSmirk evil grins]] ever seen. They're weapons for deployment, nothing more.
* When Green Arrow tries to call out Superman in 'Flashpoint" on seriously considering burning a government agency to the ground and generally putting himself and the team above humanity as of late, all the attention Superman can spare for him is to say is that he could care less about his opinion, or that Batman recruited him to be the team conscience. When Arrow admits that he's starting to become scared of Superman himself it's pretty understandable, especially since if Superman had just snapped then and there he could have blown Queen's brains out with the flick of a finger for talking back to him, or simply turned him to ash with a glance - not an unreasonable response from Lord!Superman, who Superman teeters on the verge of becoming for the entire Cadmus arc.
* "Panic in the Sky." Just...just "Panic in the Sky." The League just lost control of their KillSat superweapon that they save for emergencies like the events of "Dark Heart," which they fear may have killed hundreds if not thousands of civilians. Understandably, the President is ''pissed'' about this and the founding members of the League, sans Batman, decide to submit to government custody until they can sort it out. While they're gone and the Watchtower is still out of commission, Cadmus sends [[Comicbook/PowerGirl Galatea]] and an army of Ultimen to attack the Watchtower and kill--not arrest, not defeat, ''KILL''--every last person on the Watchtower. That includes the non-powered civilians who run the Watchtower's everyday systems. In particular, we're treated to a group of those non-metahumans hiding in a safe room when one of the Shifter clones rips the door open, then transforms into a ''TyrannosaurusRex''. The workers are clearly ready to fight for their lives as they charge at her and the Ultimen are eventually defeated, but one shudders to think about [[EatenAlive what probably happened to them]].


Sweet dreams, Tropers.... (EvilLaugh)
29th Dec '17 3:42:41 PM Omnicron13
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** He gets a great one during the series premiere, tricking a pair of Imperium soldiers into cornering a few League members so he can get the drop on them from behind. He puts an intangible fist through each of their chests and goes solid. ''Ouch''.

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** He gets a great one during the series premiere, tricking a pair of Imperium soldiers into cornering a few League members so he can get the drop on them from behind. He puts an intangible fist through each of their chests and goes solid. ''Ouch''. Lampshaded by the Flash who highlights how J'onn veers into being a straight up HorrifyingHero because of this.
-->'''Flash:''' Is it just me or does he creep you out too?
29th Dec '17 3:00:45 PM Omnicron13
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** Whenever Superman cries out in pain and images flash past, it's probably a good idea not to pause the video and look at them. Some of them are truly terrifying.

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** Whenever Superman cries out in pain and images flash past, it's probably a good idea not to pause the video and look at them. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/justice_league_nightmare_fuel1.JPG Some of them are truly terrifying.]]



** Start with Ichthultu himself, an {{Expy}} of [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]], which appears as a monstrous skull-like apparition with [[GlowingEyesOfDoom flaming eyes]] and CombatTentacles.

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** Start with Ichthultu himself, an {{Expy}} of [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]], which appears as a monstrous skull-like apparition with [[GlowingEyesOfDoom flaming eyes]] and CombatTentacles. Even worse, Hawk Girl's race use to worship the thing because it gave them technology, knowledge, and prosperity, but they eventually took a NayTheist approach when its exchange price of the souls of Thanagar's people became too great. Ichthultu was shown to still be bitter about the rejection.
30th Nov '17 11:38:06 PM Oberoniss
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** He gets a great one during the series premiere, tricking a pair of White Martians into cornering a few League members so he can get the drop on them from behind. He puts an intangible fist through each of their chests and goes solid. ''Ouch''.

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** He gets a great one during the series premiere, tricking a pair of White Martians Imperium soldiers into cornering a few League members so he can get the drop on them from behind. He puts an intangible fist through each of their chests and goes solid. ''Ouch''.
12th Oct '17 8:48:24 PM NightShade96
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* Really, the nightmares started from episode one. However [[{{Narm}} narmy]] the Imperium may have been, its attack was [[NightmareFuel anything]] [[ColdBloodedTorture but]].

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* Really, the nightmares started from episode one. However [[{{Narm}} narmy]] {{narm}}y the Imperium may have been, its attack was [[NightmareFuel anything]] [[ColdBloodedTorture but]].



** J'onn's torture. It, quite frankly, looks like someone digging their fingernails inside someone's face. All [[BloodlessCarnage bloodless]], though. Even so, it's terrifying, especially when he's essentially ''absorbed'' by another martian.

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** J'onn's torture. It, quite frankly, looks like someone digging their fingernails inside someone's face. All [[BloodlessCarnage bloodless]], though. Even so, it's terrifying, especially when he's essentially ''absorbed'' by another martian.Martian.
1st Oct '17 1:14:51 PM Dere
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** J'onn's torture. It, quite frankly, looks like someone digging their fingernails inside someone's face. All [[BloodlessCarnage bloodless]], though. Even so, it's terrifying, especially when he's painfully forced to shapeshift into his natural form.

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** J'onn's torture. It, quite frankly, looks like someone digging their fingernails inside someone's face. All [[BloodlessCarnage bloodless]], though. Even so, it's terrifying, especially when he's painfully forced to shapeshift into his natural form.essentially ''absorbed'' by another martian.
1st Oct '17 1:08:16 PM Dere
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* The end of "Kid Stuff," where Mordred's spell to get rid of all grown-ups is reversed when Mordred is tricked into turning into an adult himself, and his mother Morgan Le Faye notes that the spell giving him eternal youth is now broken, leaving him only with [[AgeWithoutYouth eternal life]]. As if simply thinking about the ramifications of this isn't enough, the last shot of the episode shows Morgan tenderly wiping the drool from the mouth of a glassy-eyed old man.
* The episode "Dark Heart." A planet being devoured piece by piece, the inhabitants mostly being able to do nothing as they see the wave of machines sweeping towards them.
* In "Destroyer," {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} describing what he's going to do to Superman while he's writhing on the ground in pain from the [[AgonyBeam Agony Matrix]]. Specifically, Darkseid pulls out a Kryptonite knife and tells Superman that he's going to carve out his heart and place it on a pike as a trophy.

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* The end of "Kid Stuff," where Mordred's spell to get rid of all grown-ups is reversed when Mordred is tricked into turning into an adult himself, and his mother Morgan Le Faye notes that the spell giving him eternal youth is now broken, leaving him only with [[AgeWithoutYouth eternal life]]. As if simply thinking about the ramifications of this isn't enough, the last shot of the episode shows Morgan tenderly wiping the drool from the mouth of [[FateWorseThanDeath a glassy-eyed old man.
man]].
* The episode "Dark Heart." Heart". A planet being devoured piece by piece, the inhabitants mostly being able to do nothing as they see the wave of machines sweeping towards them.
* In "Destroyer," "Destroyer", {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} describing what he's going to do to Superman while he's writhing on the ground in pain from the [[AgonyBeam Agony Matrix]]. Specifically, Darkseid Then he pulls out a Kryptonite knife and tells Superman that he's going to carve out his heart and place it on a pike as a trophy.



* A rather small one, but the Justice League women being pitted together in "Grudge Match." Huntress and Black Canary manage to free Shayera and Vixen pretty easily, but then they find out they have to fight Wonder Woman (who could match Superman in terms of power). [[OhCrap Their reaction]] [[JustifiedTrope is entirely justified]]. During a rather brutal fight, a few of the League girls come frighteningly close to a bloody death. Hawkgirl almost smashing Vixen's head with her mace, for example.

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* A rather small one, but the Justice League women being pitted together in "Grudge Match." Huntress and Black Canary manage to free Shayera and Vixen pretty easily, but then they find out they have to fight Wonder Woman (who could match almost Superman in terms of power). [[OhCrap Their reaction]] [[JustifiedTrope is entirely justified]]. During a rather brutal fight, a few of the League girls come frighteningly close to a bloody death. Hawkgirl almost smashing Vixen's head with her mace, for example.



* Galataea's FamilyUnfriendlyDeath (Supergirl frying her with the reactor), as well as a good shot of ''her twitching corpse!''

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* Galataea's Galatea's FamilyUnfriendlyDeath (Supergirl frying her with the reactor), as well as a good shot of ''her twitching corpse!''
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