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'''''For the Man Who Has Everything''''' is a classic ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story by Creator/AlanMoore and [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Dave Gibbons]] that is considered one of the best ''Superman'' stories of all time (if not ''the'' best) as well as one of the best single issue comic book stories ever published. Published in ''Superman Annual'' #11 (1985). [[PragmaticAdaptation It was later adapted]] into a [[http://dcanimated.wikia.com/wiki/For_the_Man_Who_Has_Everything popular episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' which has been said to be the only official adaptation of his work that Alan Moore actually likes.

The story is a TheFinalTemptation type; Superman's mind is trapped in an illusion [[HappilyEverAfter depicting him living a happy life]] on an intact [[DoomedHometown Krypton]]. In the illusion, he's married to a former actress and has a large, loving family. Despite previously [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas idyllic representations]] in the {{Canon}}, Krypton is presented here as [[TheEighties a dystopia teetering on social collapse]]. Among other things, Kara is in the hospital after being assaulted by a anti-PhantomZone protester. Further compounding the problem is the fact that Kal-El is estranged from his father, [[IgnoredExpert Jor-El]]. While the character was often portrayed as a heroic visionary in the SilverAge, the Jor-El the reader sees is a bitter shell, who turned to [[StrawManPolitical radical reactionary politics]] after [[CryingWolf wrongly predicting]] that Krypton would explode; his wife [[MissingMom dying]] [[DisproportionateRetribution of cancer]] might have something to do with it as well.

In reality, Kal-El is Superman, and he's fallen under the spell of [[LotusEaterMachine an alien plant called the Black Mercy]], which grants [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor a logical extrapolation of his fondest desires]]. Superman is discovered by {{Franchise/Batman}}, Franchise/WonderWoman and Jason Todd as Robin (who was [[ExiledFromContinuity absent from the animated adaptation]]), who have come to celebrate Superman's birthday. They run afoul of Mongul, the powerful supervillain who has trapped Superman in the Black Mercy's grasp. Wonder Woman engages Mongul in battle while Batman desperately tries to figure out a way to remove the plant.

As Superman delves deeper into the dream, he slowly comes to the realization that while [[IJustWantToBeNormal he feels contentment with his family and his career]] (being free from [[{{Angst}} the conflict]] inherent with being a superhero), all is not as it seems. Through [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight sheer force of will]] (Mongul comments that the sensation is akin to Superman [[ToThePain tearing off his own arm]]), Kal-El tells his beloved son that [[{{TearJerker}} he doesn't think he's real]]. With this revelation, the illusion is dispelled, and Superman is freed just in time to [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown save his friends]] from Mongul. During the ensuing fight, the Black Mercy attaches itself to Batman; we see briefly see images of his idyllic life (which involves his parents never being gunned down in front of him); Jason Todd is able to pry the Black Mercy off using Mongul's special gauntlets. Superman is on the verge of delivering a crushing (perhaps killing) blow to Mongul, but he becomes distracted by the sight of the statues of his parents, which allows Mongul to deliver a stunning counterattack. Mongul is on the verge of killing Superman when Robin attaches the Black Mercy to Mongul. Mongul is instantly seized by the plant and submerged into his own deepest fantasy: he swats the Mercy aside, kills Superman, and then conquers the universe.

The [[TheDCAU animated version]] removes the darker aspects of the original dream world and gives Superman a mostly idyllic life. In the adaptation, he is a Kryptonian farmer with his wife Loana (three guesses as to which two characters she's an amalgamation of -- her voice actress is the same as LoisLane's, to boot), his son Van-El, and Krypto the pet dog. Jor-El appears as a contented, doting grandfather (if somewhat dismissive of Kal-El's farming lifestyle). Brainiac is [[AIIsACrapshoot a dutiful household A.I.]] The only clue that something is wrong are the constant, random earthquakes, and how Jor-El's voice keeps changing...

This was reportedly the ''one of only two'' adaptations of Alan Moore's work that Moore himself likes[[note]]The other is for Creator/HarryPartridge's AffectionateParody [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDDHHrt6l4w&ob=av3e "Saturday Morning Watchmen"]][[/note]]. Most likely because A.) They asked him first and B.) they kept the spirit of the story while putting their own spin on most of the big plot beats (especially how the Black Mercy dream works). Notably, Alan Moore is notorious for [[DisownedAdaptation asking to have his name removed from the credits of adaptations of his work]], but his name actually does appear in the credits for this episode.
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!!''For the Man Who Has Everything'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ArcWords: "He is content."
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: And how! Averted in the animated version, however, where Krypton really ''is'' a paradise -- making it all the more painful for Superman to reject it.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: It is rare for Superman to truly unleash on someone with intent to kill. Mongul is lucky to be ''alive''.
* BloodlessCarnage: In the JLU version, Mongul beating the living daylights out of Wonder Woman and not opening a single wound.
* BrickJoke: At the beginning of the comic, Wonder Woman says she got Superman a replica of Kandor made by Themiscyran jewelcrafters and that she hopes he doesn't already have one. At the end, Superman receives this gift -- and hastily puts away the Kandor replica he already has.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Some things have a different name on Krypton (at least, the illusory Krypton in Superman's mind) than they do on Earth, from the simpler things ("first-day" instead of birthday, "units" for minutes) to inventions analogous to Earth ones ("holofactor" for television, and "paragondola" which is a floating, wheel-less automobile).
* CastingGag: The mugger who shoots the Waynes (theoretically Joe Chill) is voiced by Creator/KevinConroy, who is the voice of [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman]].
* CompositeCharacter: Loana (exclusive to the JLU version), Superman's wife in the visions, being a mixture of Lois Lane and Lana Lang, Superman's two love interests in past canon.
* ContinuityCameo: The adaptation includes [[GratuitousAnimalSidekick Krypto]] and a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to "little Zod".
* ContinuityNod: Countless, particularly to the SilverAge. Superman's wife is Lyla Lerrol, who [[StarCrossedLovers Superman met while time-stranded on Krypton]], the various Kryptonian geographical landmarks are callbacks to other Silver Age stories, etc. Creator/AlanMoore has stated repeatedly that he is a great fan of the Silver Age Superman, and everything that goes along with him.
* CrapsackWorld: What Jor-El believes Krypton has become in Superman's dream, so much that it made him wish that [[EarthShatteringKaboom Krypton had exploded]].
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: While Krypton is generally protrayed as a [[{{Utopia}} utopian]] society, the comic book version subverts this heavily. The fact that Kryptonian skies are a sinister red tone (due to Krypton [[ShownTheirWork orbiting a red sun]]) is the reader's first hint of the darkness of the illusion. Played straight in the JLU version.
* CurseCutShort: In the ''JLU'' episode, Franchise/WonderWoman's "Go to hell!" is cut off by her firing the {{BFG}}.
* DecapitationPresentation: In Mongul's fantasy, he rips Superman's head off and puts it on a pike, taking it everywhere he conquers.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu
** Mongul breaks Wonder Woman's arm and mops the floor with her, then gets Superman in a death grip. He finally gets taken out by ''Robin'', who cleverly uses the Black Mercy as a weapon. A rare BigDamnHeroes moment for [[TheScrappy Jason Todd]].
** The animated version has only Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman present, and it's Diana who gets in the final shot with the Black Mercy.
* DreamApocalypse: "You're my son and I'll always love you, but I don't think you're real..." And once you wake up, all those you loved who were not real will be gone, of course.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood
** The animated version shows this with Mongul's speculating that the Black Mercy is showing Superman as ruler of the universe; in reality, Superman's having a dream of living a peaceful, quiet life with loving family in Krypton.
** In both versions, it's implied at the end that Mongul is perfectly content with the fantasy of bloody conquest the Black Mercy is giving him. Whereas Superman is able to break free because, being a hero, he was able to comprehend ''something wrong'' with the fantasy he was given.
* FauxAffablyEvil: "I understand that your society makes distinctions based on age and gender. Perhaps you can tell me which one of you it would be polite to kill first."
* FridgeLogic: In-universe, this is what ruins the idyllic illusion.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Mongul is defeated by the very plant he used to immobilize Superman.
* HurlItIntoTheSun: Or a Black Hole. You know, whatever.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Batman actually says this.
* JustFriends: Superman and Wonder Woman, according to Wonder Woman. Then Moore tosses in the Ship Tease noted below.
* KarmaHoudini / KarmicDeath: Mongul's fate. Death being figurative here, of course. Depending on if Mongul's dream turns sour or if he's dissatisfied with it, he got exactly what he wanted and was satisfied with it. In the JLU episode, Batman bitterly states that whatever he sees is "too good for him".
* LotusEaterMachine: The Black Mercy.
* MeaningfulName: Batman (Franchise/WonderWoman in the animated version) bred a new rose as a gift for Superman, calling it "The Krypton". It's ruined at the end of the story. Superman is aware of the irony and meaning.
-->'''Batman:''' Well, I'm afraid it got stepped on, and... Well, frankly, it's dead.\\
'''Superman:''' Don't worry about it, Bruce. Perhaps it's for the best.
** And Superman's wife Loana. See Composite Character above.
* MythologyGag: Many, but the most affecting is that Brainiac ''still'' shrunk Kandor in Superman's fantasy and took it away. At the end of his dream, Kal-El visits the Kandor Crater with his son.
** The story ''might'' have been influenced by another comic, "Superman's Secret Afterlife"[[http://www.supermanhomepage.com/comics/pre-crisis-reviews/pre-crisis-mmrs-intro.php?topic=c-review-pc-act492]] from 1979, where the hero was also trapped in an illusionary alternate life by some of his enemies, also using an alien creature.
* NothingIsScarier: Unlike the comic version, in the animated version we never actually get to see what it is that Mongul sees in his fantasy. And yet, it is so much worse...
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: A very brief version in the animated adaptation, in which Superman overpowers Mongul, who previously had the upper hand, while falling through several floors in thick smoke.
* OffWithHisHead: In Mongul's dream, he rips [[spoiler:Superman's]] head off, puts it in a pike and [[DecapitationPresentation parades it]] as he conquers Earth.
* PlayingPossum: Wonder Woman in the DCAU version.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Mongul makes a number of blatantly sexist remarks toward Wonder Woman in both adaptations, which is ironic since at least in the comic he speaks of gender distinctions as something he's only heard about.
** KickTheDog: General consensus seems to be that he's doing it ''just'' to be a prick.
* PrecisionFStrike:
-->'''Mongul:''' Oh, dear. Is that a neural impacter? I didn't know they were still making those. I'd advise you to try the plasma disruptor. It's more of a ''woman's'' weapon.\\
'''Wonder Woman:''' Go to Hell!
** The animated version has "Hell" [[CurseCutShort cut short by the disruptor fire]].
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Wonder Woman, who quickly realizes that the only thing she gains by beating on Mongul is blistered hands.
* PunctuatedPounding: After Superman gives him a face full of heat vision.
-->'''Mongul:''' [[ThisCannotBe You... insufferable... little... speck... You HURT me.]] '''YOU!''' ''(pound)'' '''HURT!''' ''(pound)'' '''ME!'''
* PuttingOnTheReich: The Sons of Rao in the comic.
* RedEyesTakeWarning. '''[[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/burn.jpg "Burn."]]'''
* RuleOfThree: The narration of the comic includes three uses of the phrase, "He is content", which is also the same number of people who become affected by the Black Mercy.
* SayMyName: In the comic, after Robin ripped the Black Mercy off, Superman screamed Mongul's name so loud that he knocked Robin over.
* ScreamDiscretionShot: In the animated version, Wonder Woman wonders what Mongul's dreaming about, the camera zooms in on his smiling face to the sounds of horrific screaming. As noted above in NothingIsScarier, this arguably makes it more horrifying.
* SelfServingMemory: In the animated version. Amusingly, Mongul tries to accuse ''Superman'' of that:
-->'''Mongul:''' I suppose Superman told you about our previous encounter.\\
'''Batman:''' You mean how he humiliated you?\\
'''Mongul:''' A... ''jaundiced'' account.
* SkywardScream: In the original story.
-->'''Superman:''' '''''MONGUL!'''''
* ShipTease: Alan Moore has Superman and Wonder Woman having a long kiss on the mouth, with this exchange:
-->'''Superman:''' Mmmm. Why don't we do that more often?
-->'''Wonder Woman:''' I don't know. [[LampshadeHanging Too predictable?]]
* StrawConservative: Jor-El becomes one in the comic.
* {{Stripperific}}: In the comic version, Batman, Robin, and Wonder Woman are making small talk outside the Fortress in the Arctic snow. Robin lampshades Wonder Woman's outfit when she suggests they (specifically, Batman and Robin who are not endowed with superpowers like she is) get inside to avoid the cold with, "Before ''us'' two freeze? Dressed like that?" Batman merely replies with "Think clean thoughts, chum."
* SuperheroTrophyShelf: The story takes place partially at the Fortress of Solitude, which is the TropeNamer.
* SuplexFinisher: Wonder Woman to Mongul in the JLU version. Though not a finisher move -- it barely fazes him.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Superman is stopped from doing so when he sees his parents' statues. Mongul {{Lampshades}} this.
* TitleDrop: In the adaptation, this is Batman's explanation for giving Superman cash.
-->'''Batman:''' What do you get for the man who has everything?
* UnstoppableRage: Superman when he wakes from his dream and realizes what Mongul's done to him.

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