''Millennium'' was a Creator/DCComics [[CrisisCrossover crossover]] miniseries published as a weekly in the year 1988... twelve years before the actual millennium change. The basic concept was that the [[GuardianOfTheMultiverse Guardians Of The Universe]] chose ten humans to father the next race that will take over their duties, and they ask Earth's heroes to protect them from the Manhunters, a race of [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots androids]] with a grudge against the Guardians. Things get more complicated when it turns out that the Manhunters have infiltrated the personal lives of all of the heroes.

Often considered among the worst of DC's crossovers, due to a variety of factors, but mainly because of a confusing number of tie-ins (56 issues!), blatant and inexplicable retcons, and a group of [[TheChosenOne Chosen Ones]] that were largely unlikable ethnic stereotypes. Its SpinOff, ''ComicBook/TheNewGuardians'', didn't get much better, but [[NarmCharm at least]] featured Snowflame, a villain who got his powers from cocaine use, and The Hemo-Goblin, a vampire who gave people AIDS when he bit them.

This comic [[SimilarlyNamedWorks is not be confused]] with the various other works named ''{{Millennium}}''.

!!Tropes in Millennium:

* AIIsACrapshoot: The Manhunters, obviously.
* AntiClimax: After all that build up, at the end of the series, when the moment comes for the Chosen to [[AscendToaHigherPlaneOfExistence be transformed]], they become... your average superheroes.
* BeneathTheEarth: The location of the [[spoiler: final Manhunter base.]]
** Also, Franchise/WonderWoman spends some time in Tartarus during her tie-ins.
** The second ''[[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders Outsiders]]'' tie-in features the Outsiders defending the underground kingdom of Abyssia from the Manhunters.
* BloodKnight: The Manhunters, who became obsessed with the *act* of hunting criminals rather than dispensing justice.
* CallForward: The ''[[ComicBook/AllStarSquadron Young All-Stars]]''' crossover, where the Green Lantern was guided by his ring to save three individuals who would become the parents and grandparent of three individuals that would be candidates for The New Guardians.
* CaptainEthnic: What most of The Chosen turned out to be in the end (and the major complaint about the series.) The worst example might be Gregorio De La Vega, a Latino Gay Man (with AIDS), who transforms into... the sorcerer Extraño (Spanish for "Strange".)
* {{Catchphrase}}: "No Man Escapes The Manhunters!" ...except when they do.
* DeepCoverAgent: Every comic published at the time was [[ExecutiveMeddling forced to reveal]] that one member of the cast was a Manhunter spy, never mind how much sense it made. Example: in Franchise/{{Superman}}'s case, the ''entire'' population of Smallville! (via MindControl.)
** The [[Franchise/WonderWoman Greek god of nature, Pan]], turned out to have been replaced by an alien robot, too.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Averted in the Batman tie-ins. While Batman abhors using guns on humans, he has absolutely no problem with delivering a shotgun blast in the face to an alien robot. Robin also uses a gun to lay down suppressing fire when the robot's human agents try to rush him, although he is careful to not actually hit anybody.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Despite all the hoopla about The Chosen in the series, years later The Guardians would claim the whole thing was just a personal project of one Guardian (and his mate) and not a major project of theirs.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: During his appearance in ''ComicBook/SecretOrigins'', the Manhunter Grandmaster expresses displeasure at the idea that the Axis powers might win UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. For that reason, they raised up two individual heroes going by the name of Manhunter (the Quality Comics version and the DC Comics version) to fight crime and the Axis forces.
* ForTheEvulz: Why did the Manhunters want to prevent the next generation of Guardians? Out of spite, apparently (they were once the Guardians' enforcers, but were replaced by the more merciful [[Franchise/GreenLantern Green Lantern Corps]].)
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Completely inverted. Because the public had been temporarily turned against the heroes of Earth by ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} during last year's ''ComicBook/{{Legends|DC}}'' crossover, during the events of ''Millennium'', the [[GenreSavvy majority of the public refuse to believe the Manhunters' attempts to discredit]] Earth's heroes and the Guardians. In fact, many of them act extremely trusting in [[TheAtoner order to compensate for letting Darkseid hoodwink them.]]
* KryptoniteIsEverywhere: The Manhunters painted their ''entire homeworld'' yellow in case a Franchise/GreenLantern found it.
* MagiBabble: The speech given by the Guardian to the Chosen, trying to sound very profound, but being {{Narm}} instead.
* MeaningfulName: Inverted; despite what the title sounds like, it had nothing to do with the end of the 20th Century.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The Manhunters attack Aqualad and Aquaman with cyborg alien jellyfish submarines!
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the Starheart forces [[Franchise/GreenLantern Alan Scott]] to take actions that are moderately destructive to the Allied war effort in order to make sure the ancestors of the Chosen are not killed before they procreate.
* OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace: Sort of. The New Guardians were supposed to breed until there were enough to watch over the universe. How some of them could breed (one was gay, others had no organic bodies) was not explained.
** Also, at the time this story took place, the rest of the original Guardians had left the universe to... breed.
* PsychicBlockDefense: ComicBook/TheSpectre has great difficulty taking on the Manhunters because they have defenses in place against mystical manipulation. [[spoiler: He manages to break through eventually, of course; he is ComicBook/TheSpectre after all.]]
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: In the ComicBook/YoungAllStars tie-in Nazi supervillain, Baron Blitzkrieg tells his troops not to rape a woman they captured because such behavior was unbecoming of Third Reich soldiers.
* RefusedTheCall: [[Franchise/GreenLantern Tom Kalmaku]] decides at the last minute that he doesn't want to be one of the Chosen.
* RobotMe: The Manhunters replace [[spoiler: Commissioner Gordon]] with a robot double.
* SelfSacrificeScheme: The Guardians' messenger (and his mate) die to activate the Chosen Ones' powers. Too bad the results weren't that impressive.
* TitleDrop: The descendants of the Chosen would have been ready to replace the Guardians... in a millennium.
** However, the Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} crossover indicated that there was no trace of the Guardians then. Considering what happened with their series, it's probably for the best.