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In 1996, riding high on the GrantMorrison relaunch of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, DC Comics attempted to relaunch ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' yet again. It failed miserably, in large part due to massive amounts of ExecutiveMeddling. Most notably, the fact that NO ONE wanted to let the 1996 Teen Titans writer Dan Jurgens use any of the major teen heroes running around DC at the time (particularly Robin III -- Tim Drake, who actually WON a fan contest to select a new member of the team -- only for the Batman editors to refuse to honor the contest results, resulting in Captain Marvel Jr. being forced upon Jurgens instead.) The lack of "Teen" in the "Titans" didn't help, either.

Cancelled in 1998, DC decided to launch a new replacement book; but since the Jurgens Titans series was pretty much universally reviled, it was decided to instead come up with a new name for the new teen book. Meanwhile, Robin's popularity was matched by two other teenage {{Legacy Character}}s: [[TheFlash Impulse]] and [[TheDeathOfSuperman the Post-Crisis Superboy]] -- and the trio worked as a PowerTrio. Hence, "Young Justice" was born.

Launched out of a FifthWeekEvent tie-in "Girlfrenzy: Young Justice -- The Secret" and a Justice League mini-series "World Without Grown-Ups", the series was written by Creator/PeterDavid and ran for 55 issues before being canceled. The cancellation (along with cancellation of another Titans comic that was launched in 1999) of course was done mainly to launch a ''new'' ''Teen Titans'' comic to complement the recently debuted ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' cartoon series, placing the remaining members of Young Justice under the wing of veterans from the classic Wolfman Titans team.

An [[WesternAnimation/YoungJustice animated series using the Young Justice title]] was announced by Cartoon Network during their presentation to the network upfronts on April 21st, 2010. Interestingly, the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' show was originally pitched as Young Justice.

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!!''Young Justice'' contains examples of:

* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Superboy refuses to go out on patrol with Impulse because he'd rather watch the televised national Cheerleading finals. Sucks to be him as that's where Impulse ends up to stop a robbery and saves the day!
* AndIMustScream: The [[DownerEnding final fate]] of [[spoiler: poor Slo-Bo]], frozen as a statue but ''still alive and aware'' in the headquarters of Young Justice One-Million.
* AscendedExtra: Cissie "Arrowette" King-Jones, who TookALevelInBadass after an appearance in ''Impulse''.
* BadassNormal: Robin and eventually Arrowette.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The Young Justice team including Robin, Superboy, Wonder Girl and Arrowette fall victim to this at one point. Supergirl helps snap them out of it.
** [[spoiler:Secret as well, and by Darkseid at that!]]
* BreastExpansion: Mighty Endowed.
** Joked about with Arrowette. When she feels she is destined to become a villain, she bemoans having to get a black costume that shows off her cleavage. Particularly since she doesn't have much in the way of cleavage to show off. Later on we see an alternate universe evil version of her. [[MostCommonSuperpower Guess what?]].
* BrickJoke / ChekhovsGun: For saving his kingdom, Ali Ben Stein offered the boys ANYTHING they wanted. Impulse asked for... well, we never find out, until about 30-odd issues later when the team gets a SPACE SHIP, which just HAPPENS to coincide with a friend of theirs needing a lift into space.
** A cross-title one that ''could'' be an accident...if it weren't for GrantMorrison's involvement. In the first Young Justice story, a kid gets hold of an all-powerful genie and wreaks havoc. When the team save the world and the League are congratulating them, someone says "So cool!" among the chatter. A year or so later, in a {{JLA}} story, a former superhero gets hold of an all-powerful genie and wreaks havoc. The genie here is a revealed to be a 5th-dimensional being like Mxyzptlk, and can be summoned or dismissed by saying his name backwards. His name is Lkz, making his control phrase zkl...pronounced in the comics as "so cool".
* CaptainObvious: The series dabbed into this at times when exposition was needed to point out something not clear in comic format. Of course, whenever Young Justice did something the author thought was stupid, it got mocked.
--> '''Robin:''' The kids... They've turned old! And those other kids are dancing out of control!
--> '''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}:''' Wow. I can tell '''you''' were trained by the world's greatest detective.
** This actually became Robin's PhraseCatcher.
* CatFight: Between the ''mothers'' of Wonder Girl and Arrowette, much to the amusement of Impulse's normally stoic guardian, Max Mercury.
** Secret and Spoiler were prone to these as well, when the latter guest-starred, due to a rivalry over Robin.
* CloningBlues: Purposely avoided and ''repeatedly'' lampshaded by Superboy, played much straighter by Slo-Bo.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Impulse.
** TheCuckoolanderWasRight: He gets a few of these, particularly during the issue wrapping up Sins of Youth, when he accidentally figures out Robin's real name by reading lips incorrectly. PlayedForLaughs of course.
* ComfortingComforter
* ContinuitySnarl: Mocked in an aside: Red Tornado says he has files on every superhero, with "nineteen on {{Hawkman}} alone".
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Lampshaded when Robin and Empress don't burn up in the lava fields of Apokolips.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The covers generally have little to nothing to do with the story (the Halloween issue, for example, has Robin, Superboy, and Impulse trick-or-treating as their mentors, and the issue where the girls join up has them trying to get into a boarded up Young Justice HQ), but they are usually unrelated enough that one can get the idea that the images are simply sight-gags.
** Some issues do fall under this, though; one issue has the team jumping out of the A.P.E.S. headquarters (which is located in Mount Rushmore, up Abraham Lincoln's nose), with Robin shouting "[[JustForPun It's gonna blow]]!" and carrying a detonator, connected to various bombs that are stuffed in Lincoln's nose. Within the comic, however, it's ''Superboy'' who defaces Mount Rushmore, and he does it to George Washington, rather than Lincoln. He also does it out of necessity ([[spoiler: well, [[TheMole sort of]]]]), and does not use dynamite. Furthermore, the line about blowing Lincoln's nose is said when ''entering'' the nose, not exiting, and is just an offhand remark made in reply to Impulse's pun about them running up the nose, instead of the nose running.
* CrazyPrepared: Robin. When the crew went camping, a game of Truth or Dare came up. He was dared to pull his mask off... and so he did, revealing that he had a SECOND mask on underneath! Yup, you can tell he was "trained by the world's greatest detective!"
* CrisisCrossover: In addition to relatively minor contributions to most {{Crisis Crossover}}s that went on during the series' run, Young Justice was also the center of one crossover of their own: ''Sins Of Youth'', featuring FountainOfYouth and OvernightAgeUp applied to most of the DCU.
* DeadpanSnarker: Red Tornado, primarily, although other characters get their spot in the limelight on occasion.
* DealWithTheDevil: The source of Harm's powers involved the sacrifice of his younger sister [[spoiler:resulting in the creation of Secret]].
* TheDitz: Impulse, and until the last few issues, Secret. The others agree that Secret only becomes ditzy after spending too much time with Impulse.
* ElectrifiedBathtub: Secret was originally killed by this method.
* EvilTwin: Inverted with Slo-Bo, the degenerated clone of {{Lobo}} who contained all of the Last Czarnian's "repressed" traits: he was intelligent, good-natured, responsible, monogamous, self-sacrificing...oh, and slowly dying from not receiving any of Lobo's superpowers.
** Played more straight with Match, who secretly replaced Superboy for several issues in order to destabilize the team from within and make sure they got bad press.
* FanService: Surprisingly averted for a 90's comic. Helped by the fact that artist Todd Nanuck drew the characters with the proportions of ACTUAL teenagers (as opposed to other artists working on "teen" books where they drew everyone looking like 20-something underwear models). However, played a bit more straight straight whenever a guest-artist showed up, and later on in the series as Wonder Girl ditched the terrible wig and grew a cup size. Not to mention Empress showing up naked a couple times...
* FogFeet: Secret.
* ForWantOfANail: The almost-obligatory "World Without Young Justice" arc.
* FreudianTrio: The original 3 (Impulse=Id, Superboy=ego, Robin=super-ego), explicitly lampshaded by Red Tornado when he agrees to mentor them.
-->'''Superboy:''' Hey, how come HE gets to be "Super-Ego"? I mean, Super IS in my name, after all!
* FunWithAcronyms: All Purpose Enforcement Squad.
* GagBoobs: Mighty Endowed.
** In this case, quite literally ''Gag'' Boobs. Everyone makes fun of them, and very often they don't fit in the panel.
* HeroicBSOD: Arrowette goes into one after [[spoiler:the death of her therapist, leading her to quit being a superhero]].
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: Pretty much sums up the Wonder Girl/Superboy relationship. Though it really came to this in an issue of WonderWoman.
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: Mighty Endowed's superpower, besides [[MostCommonSuperPower the obvious]].
* ILied: Spoiler says this to Secret after suggesting that Robin has talked about her a lot. (Secret, having a crush on Robin, found the idea pleasing.)
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Arrowette was assumed to be just another BadassNormal with a bow. Turns out that ever since she was a toddler, she could throw three darts at a time and hit a bullseye, and see things at a distance that her mother needed binoculars to see.
* IwoJimaPose: The tie-in to the "Our Worlds at War" event featured on its cover a few members of the team (and infamous criminal The Persuader) raising The Persuader's atomic axe in victory.
* IncrediblyLamePun: The series practically RAN on these.
* HeroesUnlimited: The team manages to recruit every hero under ~23 to help invade an island of supervillains.
* HollywoodVoodoo: Lampshaded by Empress.
* KidAppealCharacter: Impulse.
* KnightOfCerebus: Harm is introduced impaling Arrowette with one of her own arrows, with she herself stating "But that's n-not funny."
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Secret's real-name, [[spoiler: Greta Hayes]], isn't revealed until late in the series' run. Prior to the revelation, she goes by Suzie, a nickname picked out for her by Cissie.
* LandDownUnder: Ask an Aussie how many things are wrong with the Sydney Olympics issues.
* LandmarkingTheHiddenBase: A.P.E.'s headquarters is inside Mount Rushmore.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Several times, including the time some characters talk about their comic books being canceled. In-story, they're each talking about their [[ShowWithinAShow favorite comic books]] being cancelled (this is the only mention ever of them being comic book fans, and the comic books in question are never named or described, [[RuleOfFunny but so what]]), but to the reader it's clear that they're talking about the characters' solo titles. Two of which were recently cancelled, a third was cancelled years before, and one was still going strong.
** Another example: when Arrowette and Wonder Girl were attempting to connect to the Internet using AOL, Cassie started complaining about the unreliability and slowness of the service...only to be quickly hushed by Cissie who hurriedly whispered something in her ear, prompting Cassie to smile falsely at the reader and start talking about how wonderful AOL was. Guess who'd just entered into a corporate partnership with Creator/WarnerBros and parent company Time Warner at the time..? [[spoiler:[[http://money.cnn.com/2000/01/10/deals/aol_warner/ America Online!]]]]
* LegacyCharacter: Robin and Cassie "Wonder Girl" Sandsmark are legacy characters ''for'' legacy characters.
* LensFlareCensor: Used to hide Mighty Endowed's GagBoobs.
* LighterAndSofter: The book took itself less seriously than ''Teen Titans'' was at the time.
** For DC Comics or the whole superhero genre as well. Comicbook/YoungJustice had its share of grim or dark storylines, but it also had lots of {{Bizarro Episode}}s, LeaningOnTheFourthWall and HilarityEnsues storylines. During one CrisisCrossover they spent a little time possessed by demons [[AuthorAppeal harrassing the NRA]] before moving on to a recurring villain who vaguely fit the crossover's theme, and when they were at the center of another CrisisCrossover, it involved [[FountainOfYouth turning all the world's adult heroes into children and vice versa]], and TheMenInBlack who were recurring antagonists had [[MeaningfulName Joke Names]].
* LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe: Especially at the beginning of the series, Superboy explained his powers ''all the time.'' Almost always lampshaded.
-->'''Impulse''': "See?! There he goes again! Talking about his stupid powers like we don't know how they work!"
--> And also....
--> '''Superboy''': "Don't worry ladies, you're safe now, thanks to my-"
--> '''Girl''': "Tactile Telekinesis!"
--> '''Superboy''': "...Oh. So, you've, uh, heard of it, huh?"
* MagicKnight: Empress.
* MeaningfulName: Attempted by Superboy when he suggested "Victoria" as a possible name for LaserGuidedAmnesia sufferer Secret; thwarted by Wonder Girl.
* MostCommonSuperpower: Parodied with Mighty Endowed.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Rip Roar.
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya YouKilledMyFather PrepareToDie : Issue 49, poor Empress.
* NowOrNeverKiss: Between Superboy and Wonder Girl when a Darkseid-trained Secret comes [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge roaring back to earth with revenge on her mind]].
* OneSteveLimit: Wonder Girl and Arrowette's names are "Cassie" and "Cissie" respectively.
** Not to mention the appearance of [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} another Cassandra]] in an issue of the series. She's usually called "Cass" though.
* OnlyFatalToAdults: ''World Without Grownups''.
* OnlySaneMan: Robin. But sometimes NotSoAboveItAll.
* PowerOfFriendship: They are all over this trope. They aren't the equals to the JLA or JSA in sheer power. It's their ability to work as a ''team'' and the fact that you mess with one, and expect ''any and all past and present members'' to show up looking to kick your butt that makes them frightening.
* PowerPerversionPotential: When Secret manages to partially solidify to catch Superboy from being flung around, he remarks that he didn't know she could do that. Her response? "Oh, I can do all sorts of things you don't know about". Not that Secret normally made such innuendos, but the look on her face sold it as such.
* PowerTrio: Specifically pointed out by team chaperone Red Tornado in the first issue to convince Robin the three boys ARE a good team together.
* PunnyName: A.P.E.S. agents Donald Fite and Ishido Maad, ThoseTwoBadGuys. Originally they were to be named Nuck and Futz, but ExecutiveMeddling squashed that joke...
** Also, Empress' name is Anita Fite.
* PutOnABus: The other kids at The Wabe facility Secret escaped from after they were rescued by Young Justice.
* SendInTheClones: Inertia and Match.
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: Lampshaded when Arrowette fears she's turned evil.
-->"I'll have to get a tight, skimpy black leather outfit that shows off my cleavage. Oh god. I'll have to get cleavage."
* ShootTheRope: Arrowette does this in the ''Young Justice 80 Page Giant''.
* ShoutOut: Many, the most blatant when Snapper Carr is all but revealed to be talking on the phone with Rick Jones, who was currently starring in another Creator/PeterDavid written book, '' [[CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]]''. This is only the tip of the iceberg.
** One notable ShoutOut goes to DC's [[MarvelComics main competitor]]; more specifically, to their [[SpiderMan poster boy]]'s origin. A cop chases after a crook, shouting for someone to stop him before he gets to the elevator, and Arrowette lets him pass. The cop then chastizes her, hoping he doesn't shoot someone's mom...or uncle.
*** In case you're wondering, Arrowette ends up stopping the crook before he gets too far.
** Possibly unintentional, but Spectre at one point says to Secret, "Dead girls don't eat ice cream". It's farfetched, but this the same phrasing of every title of The BaileySchoolKids books, with a similar subject (a monster or supernatural creature) and action that they don't do (something trivial and normal for humans).
** The artist tends to cram in tons of references to ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
* ShowWithinAShow: The characters often watched "Wendy the Werewolf Stalker", an expy of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* SlumberParty: The boys have one in the first issue to get used to their new base. The girls have one themselves a while later.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Averted: the series went from boys only to 50/50 very quickly.
* StageMom: Arrowette's mother.
* StalkerWithACrush: Secret towards Robin, in her [[{{Yandere}} worst moments]].
* TheStraightAndArrowPath: Arrowette.
* TakeThat: Wonder Girl mentions to [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] Jr./CM3 that "[[MarvelComics The Marvel]]" would be a lousy name.
* TeensAreShort: Superboy was shown as being only as tall as Superman's chest, and half his width. Got a little better by the end of the series' run.
* TemptingFate: While on New Genesis, Empress wonders if the gang has any normal adventures, "Something involving some monstrous incarnation of evil, or something?" Who shows up? [[spoiler:Darkseid]].
* TheyMightBeGiants: Wonder Girl is apparently a fan. Too bad the [[SuperFriends Wonder Twins]] ate her ''Flood'' CD!
* TrappedInTVLand: The 80-Page Giant where they fight Bedlam, who sends them through different genres of fiction-- FilmNoir, Spaghetti Western, Giant Mecha Anime, Silent Film Horror, etc.
* VerySpecialEpisode: The gun control story is probably supposed to be this. A less [[BaseBreaker dividing]] example is the episode that indirectly, but very clearly, refers to 9/11.
* VignetteEpisode: The 80-Page Giant, featuring genre-hoping, is half TrappedInTVLand, half this-- each genre gets its own story.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Superboy and Wonder Girl. [[spoiler:They do (only in the series' last issue, but they still do). Then they do ''it'' (years later). Then he dies. [[UnexplainedRecovery Then he gets better!]]]]
* WitchWithACapitalB: Arrowette refers to an AlphaBitch and her GirlPosse as "rhymes with witches."
* ZettaiRyouiki: Arrowette's normal costume features one of the Grade A variety.
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