Luthor and the Secret Society refit their headquarters and fly into deep space in a last-ditch attempt to reanimate Brainiac. En route, Tala frees Grodd, who leads a mutiny of other disaffected villains against Luthor and his supporters.

!!This episode includes examples of:
* AlasPoorVillain: [[AffablyEvil Gorilla]] [[BenevolentBoss Grodd]] and Tala both die a CruelAndUnusualDeath. The rest of Grodd's supporters (other than [[IFightForTheStrongestSide Killer Frost]]) also count given their deaths.
* BackFromTheDead: Darkseid.
* BadBoss: Luthor as always.
* CameBackStrong: Darkseid comes back with a new outfit and, apparently, teleportation. WordOfGod says that his redesign is due to him being fused with non-sentient remnants of Brainiac's technology.
* CardCarryingVillain: Tala realizes that Luthor was always going to sacrifice her, even before she turned on him.
-->'''Luthor:''' I'm a sick person, too.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Several villains change sides in the Civil War several times.
* CrazyPrepared: Luthor has ways to protect himself from all the most dangerous Society members. This includes a magic talisman for Tala (hugely expensive, according to him) and a way to deflect Grodd's telepathy back onto him.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Parasite, one of Superman's main rogues, was one of the Legionnaires who were killed offscreen in the ship explosion.
* DyingCurse: Tala invokes this trope in a different sense by tampering with the process and bringing back Darkseid instead as a final middle finger to Lex.
* EnemyCivilWar: The bulk of the episode is spent on one between Team Luthor and Team Grodd. We also get a glimpse of the one on Apokolips...which ends the second Darkseid shows up. Unlike several other episodes with this trope, it does not actually feature the heroes until the very end.
* EnemyMine: The episode ends with Lex and the Society forced to help the Justice League defend Earth from invasion by Apokolips.
* EvilerThanThou: Lex to Grodd and Tala. Then Darkseid arrives and shows ''him'' up.
* EvilPowerVacuum: As soon as Darkseid returns to reclaim his post as the ruler of Apokolips, the two factions that started fighting for control when he left surrender to him.
* EvilVsEvil: The premise of this episode.
* ExactWords: Poor Tala.
* FamousLastWords: Gorilla Grodd: "You twisted pink rabble of a hominid, I'm not done with you! I'll get out of this and when I do...!"
* FauxAffablyEvil: Luthor as always.
* HesBack: Darkseid IS once more! [[CameBackStrong And now even more powerful than before!]]
* InadvertentEntranceCue
-->'''Luthor:''' People... meet your new lord and master!\\
''Enter Darkseid.''
* KarmaHoudini: Killer Frost takes part in the mutiny against Luthor but when given a chance to save herself she does... by freezing her fellow mutineers. Even the villains on Luthor's side were shocked at the ease she did this.
* KillItWithIce: Killer Frost's specialty.
* KilledOffForReal: Gorilla Grodd, Tala, and a host of other Legionnaires.
* LivingBattery: Luthor uses Tala as one of these to revive Brainiac.
* MassOhCrap: The entire Society's reaction when they see who they've really brought back.
* MercyKill: For a certain definition of "mercy" - Darkseid "rewards" the Society for reviving him by blowing up their ship, a much quicker fate than the one he has planned for Earth.
* MythologyGag:
** Among the villains that side with Luthor are Bizarro, Sinestro, Toyman, Giganta, Cheetah--all of whom were in the Legion of Doom in ''Challenge of the Superfriends''.
** Also from ''Challenge'', Luthor modifies the Legion's domed base with rockets so it can fly just like in the earlier cartoon.
* RedShirtArmy: Grodd's forces.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Tala receives a CruelAndUnusualDeath. Subverted because she'd receive it even if she didn't betray Luthor.
** Averted with Killer Frost -- when Luthor asks the defeated mutineers if any of them can suggest a reason why he should let them live, she steps away from the others and freezes them.
--->'''Luthor:''' Killer Frost... you've got a future. Get rid of the rest.\\
'''Frost:''' You got it.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Darkseid makes it clear his desire for this precedes even getting the Anti-Life Equation.
-->"Superman must suffer for killing me. His adopted world will die screaming. Only then will I seek the ultimate end."
* TheStarscream: Tala.
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: Gorilla Grodd.
-->'''Luthor''': Goodbye, Grodd. It could have gone the other way.\\
'''Grodd''': It really could have, couldn't it?\\
'''Luthor''': No; but why speak ill of the dead? (opens airlock)
* TookALevelInBadass: Toyman.
* {{Understatement}}: The cliffhanger shows Luthor and what remains of the Society appearing at the footsteps of the Metro Tower, telling Superman...
-->"We have a little problem."
* VillainEpisode: The majority of the episode is spent on Luthor and Grodd's civil war.
* WhamShot: Smoke clearing to reveal Darkseid was revived rather than Brainiac, followed by a MassOhCrap.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Averted and then played straight. Grodd initially does attempt to just shoot Luthor with an energy gun, but Luthor is sporting metallic energy gauntlets that render it useless, so Grodd tosses the gun aside and settles for a fist-fight. He completely dominates Luthor and quickly has him at his mercy, but instead of snapping Luthor's neck [[IronicEcho like he said he wanted to]], he gives into Luthor's taunts and tries to brainwash him. Luthor uses a button on his belt to turn the tables, and Grodd ultimately loses.
* WomanScorned:
** Tala. She instigates the insurgence against Lex.
** Giganta too towards Grodd for frying her brain in "To Another Shore".
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Tala realizes Lex was planning on [[LivingBattery using her to revive Brainiac]] all along, whether or not she stayed loyal to him, even though it would kill her. When it finally happens, [[WomanScorned Tala]] tampers with the process in a final act of defiance by reviving Darkseid instead. The evil alien invokes this trope by killing almost all of the remaining rogues for their efforts.
* YouWillBeSpared: "Though your world will suffer slowly, I grant you a quick death."