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-> ''"What if our greatest heroes [[BewareTheSuperman became our greatest threat]]?"''

-> ''"I can see the headlines: [[DownerBeginning Justice League Fails]], [[MonsterClown Clown Kills Millions!]]"''
-->--SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor

'''''Injustice: Gods Among Us''''' is a Creator/DCComics FightingGame developed by NetherrealmStudios, the company behind the [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 Mortal Kombat reboot]] in 2011.

The game features a cast of DC Universe heroes and villains fighting each other in the aftermath of an incident that claimed millions of lives.

A weekly tie-in comic has been released and an omnibus of the entire first year comic will be included with the Collector's Edition of the game. Year 2 of the comic began in January 2014.

The game was released in April 2013. The first trailer can be viewed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EX4toc67Cw here]].

!!The playable cast includes:
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}} Characters'': Franchise/{{Batman}}, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, ComicBook/HarleyQuinn, ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, {{Nightwing}}, [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} Bane]], Comicbook/{{Batgirl| 2011}} (DLC)
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}} Characters'': Franchise/{{Superman}}, SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor, [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman Doomsday]], SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} (DLC), [[Characters/SupermanVillains General Zod]] (DLC)
* ''Franchise/GreenLantern Characters'': [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]], [[AffirmativeActionLegacy John Stewart]] (DLC) SelfDemonstrating/{{Sinestro}}, [[Characters/{{Earth-2 GreenLantern}} Solomon Grundy]]
* ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Characters'': ComicBook/GreenArrow, ComicBook/TheFlash, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, [[ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} Hawkgirl]], [[ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} Killer Frost]], ComicBook/MartianManhunter (DLC), ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} (DLC)
* ''[[ComicBook/TeenTitans Teen Titans]] Characters'': ComicBook/{{Cyborg}}, ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}, ComicBook/{{Raven}}
* ''{{ComicBook/Shazam}} Characters'': {{ComicBook/Shazam}}, BlackAdam
* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' Characters: [[Characters/WonderWoman Wonder Woman]], [[Characters/WonderWoman Ares]]
* ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 Mortal Kombat]]'' Characters (DLC): [[Characters/MortalKombat Scorpion]]

!!Non-playable supporting characters include:
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}} Characters'': ComicBook/{{Robin}}, [[ComicBook/TheRiddler Riddler]], [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGallery Penguin]], ComicBook/TwoFace, [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGallery Killer Croc, Deadshot, Scarecrow, Hugo Strange]]
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}} Characters'': {{Darkseid}}, [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Metallo, Parasite]]
* ''GreenLantern Characters'': [[Characters/GLGreenLanternCorps Kilowog]], [[Characters/GLRedLanternCorps Atrocitus]]
* ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Characters'': [[Franchise/WonderWoman Giganta]], [[Characters/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica Atom-Smasher]], [[Main/TheFlash Gorilla Grodd]], [[Main/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Starro the Conqueror]], [[Characters/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica Mister Terrific]], ComicBook/TheAtom
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans Characters'': [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Trigon]]
* ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 Mortal Kombat]]'' Characters (DLC): Sub-Zero, Shao Kahn

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!!''Injustice: Gods Among Us'' has the following tropes:
* AbridgedSeries: An abridged series of the tie-in comics can be found [[http://www.mwt-studios.com/?tag=injustice here]].
* AlternateContinuity: There are two in the game. A "main" one and an alternate one. Even the "main" continuity is alternate from the comics, though, seemingly taking on aspects from the current New 52 books, the "New Earth" continuity before that, and a few nods to the {{DCAU}}.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: ''Injustice'' is essentially the Creator/WarnerBros[=/=]Creator/DCComics version of ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' in the {{Superhero}} FightingGame genre.
* AlternateTimeline: The game involves heroes and villains from a "normal" timeline being pulled into a {{Dystopia}}n timeline where only one or two major events turned out differently.
* AnyoneCanDie: This is prominent in both the comics and the game.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Just how can normal human characters like Batman and Green Arrow survive fighting against Meta-humans like Superman and Wonder Woman? [[HandWave By consuming a small little pill based on Kryptonian nanotech]] that instantly increases body tissue and bone density by a percentage of several ''thousands''.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Batman asks Flash one in issue 13 of the comic after Superman and Wonder Woman take down a protesting superhuman named Galaxor.
-->'''Batman''': How do you think he felt when his heroes broke him?
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The detailed profile of the Joker in the Batcave stage lists his various crimes, which include all three and end with the latter.
* AscendedMeme: One of Solomon Grundy's combos is titled "[[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Wants]] [[Creator/CartoonNetwork Pants]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGQEAiZJMco Too.]]"
* AsYouKnow: When Aquaman is sent to the alternate universe, he asks an Atlantean historian to review Regime Superman's rise to power. The historian gets confused as to why he would ask something everyone already knows, but tells the tale.
** Now kinda played with in a way as it turns out [[spoiler: in Martian Manhunter's ending, he was the historian the whole time, meaning he might have known that he wasn't talking to his Aquaman and decided to help him out by telling what happened.]]
* AuthorTract: In the tie-in comic, Catwoman berates the president, basically saying that Superman is successfully conquering the world because the president is ''too conservative.'' [[http://abload.de/img/injusticegodsamongus1oay8p.jpg Seriously.]] Despite the fact that, if he's conservative, he probably was elected ''on a conservative platform to begin with.''
* BadassBoast: Initiating a Clash Wager starts a contest of these, though special mention goes to any that involve Batman, Superman, Green Arrow and [[MortalKombat Scorpion.]]
-->Scorpion: You are no Sub-Zero!
-->Batman: I'm Batman.
* BadassNormal: Non-superpowered heroes and villains like Batman, Catwoman, Nightwing, Joker, and Harley Quinn go toe to toe with superhumans like Superman and Solomon Grundy.
** EmpoweredBadassNormal: In the story mode, Alt Superman creates a Kryptonian nano tech drug that gives regular humans thousands of times their normal durability.
* TheBadGuyWins: The situation in the alternate universe is kicked off by [[spoiler: Joker managing to not only destroy Metropolis but, most importantly, totally break Superman: twisting him into something as evil and monstrous as himself - creating a result that is his dearest goal. He was killed as a result, but to him it didn't matter: the fact that he is laughing maniacally as Superman kills him and begins his StartOfDarkness says it all.]]
* BeamOWar: Some STAR Labs missions feature this, such as an EyeBeams duel between Supermen from alternate universes.
* BerserkButton: In Issue #11, Superman sends Bruce into a rage by calling him a bad father.
* BewareTheSuperman: The Regime is a dystopian tyranny of superpowered former heroes.
** Superman himself may as well be renamed [[{{Irredeemable}} Plutonian]] in the alternate universe.
* BigRedButton: There's one in the Batcave that players can use to launch missiles from the Batmobile, as well as one in The Watchtower that launches a ship, causing an unwitting opponent to be caught in the burn of the thrusters.
* BigDamnHeroes: Superman makes his appearance blowing up a car Black Adam threw at Aquaman.
* BilingualBonus: On the screen of the device Regime Superman uses to control Doomsday, two short lines of symbols read "YONECA WELL" in kryptonian, although the significance, if any, is unknown.
* BillingDisplacement: Nightwing - Dick Grayson. Though the player plays as him by default and he shows up in advertisement, he only has a brief part in the actual story. In the alternate universe, [[spoiler: he is already dead by the time the storyline takes place, and the only Nightwing the player sees is a different person who killed him and took his moniker: Damian Wayne. The game also treats the player as Damian for the purposes of his Battles Ending, though not for the S.T.A.R. Labs Missions�the only place the player plays as Dick.]]
** In fact, there are several characters who appear and are playable by default as their mainstream versions, even though they never or barely actually appear and their presence is instead taken up by their Regime/Insurgency versions - Raven, Shazam, Hawkgirl, Catwoman and Harley (though Harley at least does have a very brief one or two line appearance). Mainstream Flash also plays a part in working behind the scenes with his universe's Cyborg and Superman, but you play as Regime Flash in the Story Mode and the Classic Battle implies that you play as Regime Flash.
*** However, Classic Battle takes the player as if using the main universe Shazam instead of Regime version. And while it looks ambiguous, it looks like the same goes to Raven. [[note]]Raven's quotes and moveset seem to better fit Regime Raven, who has given in to her father Trigon's control. Her super move even has Trigon help out, something that a good, mainstream Raven wouldn't do, although it falls onto GameplayAndStorySegregation (controlling Mainstream Raven in STARS Lab Mission still allows her to summon Trigon for super move when possible). However, the ending portrays Raven to be in her mainstream outfit (red skin aside, Regime Raven has a different outfit than Mainstream Raven, notice the lack of SpikesOfVillainy on the shoulder), and the unleashing of Trigon is narrated as an accidental result/heavy price even for Raven, something that Regime Raven wouldn't consider 'accident/heavy price' but more like 'just as planned'[[/note]]
* BittersweetEnding: For the "Injustice" Universe. [[spoiler:The Regime's rampage through Gotham and Metropolis is put to a stop, and the surviving leaders of the dictatorship are either apprehended or willingly turn themselves in. That being said, hundreds of people have died as a result of the conflict, including two morally decent people (Lex Luthor and Shazam), and the best chance that this Universe had at world peace has been fragmented.]]
* BloodierAndGorier: Ironically, while the game has a T-rating and eschews any connections to the ''Mortal Kombat'' franchise, it goes for a considerably more graphical depiction of violence than the cartoony ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse''. While the action is adequate to its Superhero universe, battles are accompanied by significant amounts of blood and most combat techniques are very visceral in nature, especially when blades like Wonder Woman's sword or Catwoman's claws are involved.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: In a way reminiscent of OrderVsChaos, Ares' perspective cares only about Less Vs More Conflict, with more conflict being what he prefers. Interestingly, this puts him on the ''heroes'' side - because The Regime stands to cow the entire world under their rule and rob him of his power completely.
* BluffTheImpostor: Regime Catwoman tricks main universe Cyborg into revealing himself by asking if they are still on their (non-existent) date that night.
* BondOneLiner: Several in the story mode. Albeit, there are no actual fatalities, characters do have their chance to throw in their quips after kicking the living daylights out of their opponent.
** After the defeat of Doomsday.
-->'''Superman''': Doomsday's not today.
** Joker gets one as well whenever he wins as he douses the opponent in gasoline and then utters, "You're fired," just as he drops a lit match.
** Green Arrow, perhaps the king of one-liners in the game, utters this one.
-->'''Green Arrow''' (after defeating Killer Frost): Thought that would warm me up.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy[=/=]ColdBloodedTorture: Various character bios reveal that villains who joined the Regime were "reeducated" in the Phantom Zone to make them loyal. Due to his nature, Doomsday required a mind-control collar to allow him to serve the Regime.
* BreakThemByTalking: The Regime-Universe Joker delivers one of these to Superman in the beginning of the game - comparable to the kind of speeches he's been known to give Batman to [[spoiler: goad him into killing him]], or the speech the alternate Luthor gave to kick off the Justice Lord Universe in WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague. Sadly, there's a moment where it looks like it might not work and Superman might not fall after all... but then Joker keeps talking and getting worse by the second. [[spoiler: It ends badly for everyone.]]
* CanonForeigner:
** Galaxor, introduced in the Prequel comics.
** The ''[[SupermanRedSon Red Son]]'' Solomon Grundy skin was created just for the game. The Archives even give a backstory for his character, along with traits he possesses. Red Son Grundy is the same as Regular Grundy, but lacks the limited intelligence to act on his own.
* CombatPragmatist: Environments are said to be a part of the game, with characters being able to use them to hurt opponents. Different characters however, have different ways of doing them. For example, Batman slams enemies onto a car, while Solomon Grundy slams a car onto enemies.
* CoDragons: Regime Wonder Woman and Yellow Lantern split TheDragon role between them for High Councilor Superman, but with an interesting variation: Both double as a DragonWithAnAgenda, each with their own ideals and plans separate from Superman.
** Yellow Lantern is the more morally ambiguous of the two. While serving as a loyal enforcer commanding the other Regime members with the same desire to end the Insurgency, he's shown to be an AntiVillain legitimately regretting his actions. He believes that he's truly fighting for justice, and is always trying to "do the right thing" no matter what. [[spoiler:Which he ultimately does in the end by relinquishing his Yellow Ring]].
** Regime Wonder Woman is by far the more devious one. While serving as his enforcer by leading an entire AmazonBrigade to serve the Regime, she's also a ManipulativeBitch with every intention to replace Lois Lane in Superman's life and become a legitimate BattleCouple with Superman. [[spoiler:This ultimately doesn't pan out however, as her GoodCounterpart defeats her and turns the Amazons ''against'' the Regime]].
* CoolVersusAwesome: It's a fighting game set in TheDCU and starring both flagship characters and fan favorites. The trope is inevitable.
* ClothingDamage: All characters who take enough damage will start to show wear and tear. For Lex Luthor's armor, it gets burned, dented and chipped up. For everyone else, they get serious abrasions that even show exposed muscle.
* CrossCounter: A variant: when a counter is initiated, both characters are knocked back, recite [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything character-specific lines]] and [[SingleStrokeBattle attack each other simultaneously]]. During the clash, players need to bet portions of their super meter to earn the upper hand. If the initiator wins, they receive health proportionate to their win, while if they lose, they receive damage proportionate to their opponent's bet.
** In the Story Mode, the two characters in a clash have a short conversation instead of their normal lines.
** Certain characters who have extensive relationships (like Hal Jordan and Thaal Sinestro) have an alternate exchange as well.
** A montage of everyone's unique clash quotes can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFQuDck8-5I here.]]
* CurbStompBattle: Superman versus [[spoiler:well, everyone, really. And it goes for both the "normal" and Injustice versions. Injustice Superman pretty much curbstomps everyone who opposes him throughout most of the story proper, and when his opposite is summoned to the Injustice universe, he returns the favor. Big time. So much so that after watching the treatment Injustice Sinestro gets, Yellow Lantern [[KnowWhenToFoldEm just hands over his ring without a fight]].]]
** In the prequel comic, there's someone who turns this around on Superman. Who? [[spoiler:''Alfred Pennyworth'']].
* DeadpanSnarker: Seen more so in Clashes than in Story, but expect some snark from everyone, particularly Batman, Flash, Nightwing, and (God help us) Green Arrow.
-->Killer Frost: Do you ever shut up?
-->Green Arrow: Every other Tuesday.
* DeusExitMachina: [[spoiler:The regular Superman is busy fighting Doomsday in space when Insurgency Batman pulls the other heroes into his dimension; keeping him out of the way for most of the story. Alternate Batman is also reluctant to bring him there. When he does eventually get pulled into the Injustice Universe, he takes on and defeats Black Adam, Sinestro (effortlessly), Yellow Lantern (without a fight), Regime Aquaman, Doomsday, and his EvilCounterpart in rapid succession.]]
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything:
** If Doomsday is being used on the Fortress of Solitude stage, where he also appears in the background, the appearance of the background Doomsday will change to the attire not being used. If it's a Doomsday MirrorMatch and both costumes are in use, then the Doomsday in the background will change to the green spacesuit from [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman his first appearance]].
** If Green Lantern's "[[FaceHeelTurn Yellow Lantern]]" costume is used, in addition to the changes seen in story mode, then his super move teleports the opponent to Qward instead of Oa, and his victory pose has him declaring "Yellow is power" in the orbit of Qward instead of joining his fellow Green Lantern Corps members.
** On Stryker's Island, one stage interaction for Gadget characters has them take a gun from a nearby guard, fire it, and hand it back to them… that is, unless you're [[DoesNotLikeGuns Batman or Batgirl]], who instead jump off of the guard like they would off of various other objects.
* DifficultButAwesome: Zatanna; her normal moves have very short range and are painfully slow, but she has some of the most special moves for a single character with many variations for each, including teleports in multiple directions, controllable projectiles, levitation, a move that can reverse the opponent's controls or outright mind control them for a second, and her character trait gives her some great zoning tools in exchange for being unable to jump or duck. On top of that, at least one of her normal combo strings puts the opponent in a standing state. All this makes Zatanna an extremely execution heavy character who takes a lot of practice and finesse to use correctly, otherwise the player will find themselves performing all the wrong moves, but when she is used right, Zatanna is great for creating set ups, getting around defenses and confusing the opponent.
* DownerBeginning: The Story Mode begins with a shot of Metropolis in ruins and police department saddened, and Batman interrogates a laughing Joker angrily about the whereabouts of the nuclear bombs. Suddenly, Superman breaks in and, in spite of Batman's pleas, kills the Joker in revenge for his wife and unborn son, whom he killed unknowingly due to the effect of the fear gas inflicted by Joker - and things go downhill from that point on...
* DuelingHackers: Cyborg and Regime Cyborg do this just before their fight.
* DuelingPlayerCharacters: The single-player campaign has you swapping characters at the end of most chapters, and every so often you'll end up in a fight with a character you controlled in a previous chapter.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: For the "Main" Universe. [[spoiler:Regime Superman's plan to invade their Universe is thwarted before it even begins, The Joker's super strength pills are implied to wear off shortly after the ending and everybody lives.]]
* EndlessWinter: Killer Frost's classic ending ends up with her freezing the entire northern hemisphere and ruling it as "The Winter Queen."
* EnvironmentalSymbolism: [[spoiler:Just before the heroes are transported to the Regime world, we see a golden statue of Superman lifting up a globe in a lush green park under a blue sky. Batman and Joker appear in the world near a silver statue of Superman standing ''atop'' the globe in a cold, grey district under a dusk-toned sky.]]
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Characters on the side of the Regime tend to have more ominous secondary costumes than their defaults. For example, Shazam's alternate swaps his white cloak for a collared [[BlackCloak black one]], and his lightning bolt insignia no longer has magical lightning coursing through it. Green Lantern changes over to Yellow Lantern. This is the ''first'' thing that Hal points out when he first meets his counterpart.
* ExpendableAlternateUniverse: The [[CrapsackWorld Injustice universe]] and the main one are two different dimensions. The "who cares what happens to the other 'verse" part of the trope is averted, however, when Regime Superman [[spoiler:announces a plan to invade and conquer the main universe.]] Even if the Regime is part of another universe, they are still a threat nonetheless. Insurgency Batman intended to send the heroes back to the main universe, but they insist on fighting for the Injustice universe. [[spoiler:And Batman eventually brings Superman over for the final battle.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: The heroes are called "our greatest threat" in the trailer. They even sport darker designs for their costumes.
** The "New Regime" teaser and information from Blur Studios suggests that [[spoiler:Superman has been pushed into HeWhoFightsMonsters territory due to some terrible tragedy that killed millions.]]
*** And the prequel comic reveals that [[spoiler:the tragedy was the nuclear obliteration of Metropolis, the death of Lois Lane and their ''unborn child''. At his own hands. Thanks to the Joker.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler: How Regime Superman [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrkwxMnTfTw kills]] Regime Shazam.]] {{Squick}}.
* ForWantOfANail: Subverted, there's more than one difference that lead to the Injustice Universe becoming a dictatorship. They include [[spoiler: Lex Luthor not being a villain, Wonder Woman being more aggressive and The Joker being a [[SoreLoser sorer loser]]]].
* ForegoneConclusion:
** Due to the premise of the game, when reading the tie-in comic, the audience knows that not only will Superman succumb to HeWhoFightsMonsters and become a WellIntentionedExtremist but he will also create the [[TakeOverTheWorld New]] [[KnightTemplar Regime]] and other characters will go down the route of FallenHero with Superman. On the flip side, they also know [[spoiler:several members of Batman's Insurgency will die since they're never seen in the game or are stated to have died prior to the start of the game, such as Nightwing & Green Arrow]].
** During the marketing for the game, there was a tournament containing most of the characters in the game. As it was based on public votes, which meant it was a popularity contest, [[spoiler:the final battle was always going to be Batman vs. Superman.]]
* FreeFloorFighting: Hitting an opponent with a wall-bounce attack (Back + H) will send them hurtling into another stage of the area if they're standing in the right spot.
* FreezeFrameBonus: When beating the standard fighting game mode, Regime Superman is knocked into the phantom zone (this happens for every character) after the fight, as his life flashes before his eyes one can see a set of gravestones for Lois Kent and Baby Kent.
* FromBadToWorse: Oh, boy. Metropolis is left in ruins due to a nuclear weapon that Joker detonated, killing millions [[spoiler:(including Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane, as well as the latter's unborn child)]]. Superman [[DespairEventHorizon responds to this by]] becoming an UnscrupulousHero and even [[spoiler:killing Joker]]. After this, he decides that he has the [[OmniscientMoralityLicense ultimate moral authority in the world]] and dismantles a dictatorship in a less-than-legal manner, demanding a ceasefire in the process. When the U.N. [[WhatTheHellHero rightfully calls him out for this]], he apologizes and reveals his secret identity, unintentionally endangering a number of people. He then forges an alliance with Wonder Woman just after ''her'' StartOfDarkness (wounding Ares). He then ruins his relationship with Batman with a MotiveRant about how [[HobbesWasRight people can only be ruled through fear]], and how [[AMillionIsAStatistic killing an evil person is necessary to save thousands]]. Aquaman breaks the ceasefire by attacking whalers, causing much of the Justice League to attack him and fracturing the team when Superman orders them to throw Atlantis into the Sahara Desert. Meanwhile, [[spoiler:Damien Wayne kills Dick Grayson]]. After this, the [[WellIntentionedExtremist New Regime]] forms, with Superman and Wonder Woman taking lead. ''This all happens before the game starts'', and the state of the Injustice Universe gets much worse over the course of the game [[spoiler:before it gets better]].
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Numerous examples here and there, but the most notable is that the earlier fights take place before the "survive punches to space and back" durability pills are introduced. The environmental damage remains the same too, so a fight between Batman and Joker somehow results in a building collapsing.
** The characters can also take moves they should only be able to take with the enhancement pills. You can shrug it off by saying Batman has armor that can take Joker's bullets, but it's much less believable for it to be able to take one to the head at point blank, and then a Rocket to the head at point-blank and for Joker to survive such close proximity to the explosion.
** At one point in Superman's story mode chapter, you must fight Doomsday in the Fortress of Solitude. For some reason, there's another Doomsday held captive in the background, though there's been no mention of cloning. You can even throw Doomsday into Doomsday.
*** Both Doomsdays are shown with both Main and Regime costumes.
** Scarecrow is found in the Joker's Lair (Regime-universe Arkham Asylum). [[spoiler:[[DeathByOriginStory He's dead before the first issue of the prequel comic.]]]]
*** Also, sending certain characters through the Scarecrow transition, including ones who are immune to poisons (Joker) or who the needles shouldn't even scratch (Superman).
** While the durability pill justifies how "normals" can withstand massive damage and inflict harm on much tougher foes, it does not cover factors the pill can't change, like Superman being injured by bullets.
** Many of the battle intros (Zod, Black Adam) and super attacks (Superman, Doomsday) make it look like the fight is on Earth, which gets confusing if you're playing on the Watchtower.
*** Furthermore, performing Doomsday's super move on the rooftop areas of Gotham and Metropolis prove that the buildings are, in fact, made of solid dirt. This becomes even funnier in Metropolis if a stage transition is performed after it, as it will send the unfortunate victim falling through the now building-esque building.
** At one point in the story, Wonder Woman fights Wonder Woman while the amazons crowd around watching. This averts it at first by having Wonder Woman start off in her Sword stance when she usually starts off in her Lasso stance, makes sense as they had a swordfight in the cutscene prior. Then played straight as the Amazon crowd has seemingly dispersed and started going about their ways, at least until the fight ends.
** You can perform level transitions in the story-mode and end a battle in a different area, which makes no sense as far as the story goes. This is, however, averted with a number of S.T.A.R. Labs missions.
** Main universe Raven says and does what a good-aligned Raven wouldn't, including DemonicPossession and help from Trigon. Main universe Nightwing also isn't afraid to use any of the gun intractables.
** At the end of the last fight of the Classic Battle mode, Regime Superman is always thrown into the Phantom Zone, regardless of the character you are using. If you beat him with Superman, however, the ending sequence (which begins immediately after the aforementioned scene) shows Regime Superman lying on the floor.
* GenreSavvy: When suddenly transported somewhere strange and ominous, the characters quickly pick up on the fact that they are in a parallel universe and act accordingly - there is very little confusion about where they are, and though they are mildly shocked by what their alternates have done, they adapt very quickly and aren't bent up much over fighting people who only look like their friends.
** In addition, before it's confirmed that it's an alternate dimension they point out that it could their own dimension but with an altered timeline. Then, when Aquaman meets his Regime-allied counterpart face-to-face, the fact that there even ''is'' a counterpart causes Aquaman to decide that it's a parallel dimension rather than an altered timeline.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A variation of the Gotham Streets stage has graffiti on the Ace Chemicals vehicle reading "[[PrecisionFStrike F#QK]] Superman." The same message is written on the walls in Joker's Lair, which is prominently displayed for a lengthy amount of time during a story cutscene.
** Likewise, Joker nearly gets to let out the same curse during Lex's story before [[CurseCutShort Harley interrupts him.]]
-->'''Joker:''' Humpty Dumpty fell on a truck. Humpty Dumpty's suit is all-
** Twice during the story mode, Green Arrow mutters "Shit".
** Regime Catwoman wonders if she could find Cyborg's "off" button. After defeating her, he says "[[DoubleEntendre I'm still turned on.]]"
** On the Gotham streets part of the Gotham City level there's the strip club the Sin Kitty advertising Live Nudes
*** You can even see the silhouette of a naked woman dancing through the window.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The alternate Ares decides to help the good guys because Regime Superman's rule over the planet is wiping out conflicts, which starves him of his power.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Injustice Batman (good angel) and Injustice Wonder Woman (bad angel) are this to Injustice Superman. Wonder Woman eventually wins.
* GroinAttack: One of the disadvantages of playing one of the larger characters is that your groin is at the height were most fighters have their belly, which is where several attacks, including throws involving Cyborg's electric clamp and Joker's stabbing knife, are targeted. However, none of the character specifically have groin attacks in their arsenal, not used for the intended effect at any rate.
* GuestFighter: Scorpion from ''Franchise/MortalKombat''. This marks the second time, following ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'', that the ninja would do battle with the DC Universe.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Regime Flash. Harley and Deathstroke in the backstory of the Regime universe, though Deathstroke shows himself to be more of a neutral and Harley goes back and forth along the good-evil line before settling on good near the end.]]
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler: Regime Shazam starts to question the actions of the side he chose, but makes the mistake of thinking the other members of the Regime still have enough good in them to agree. Regime Superman ultimately kills him for speaking out during his VillainousBreakdown.]]
* HoistHeroOverHead: [[spoiler: In the comics Superman does this to Batman, before taking a card out of Bane's book and breaking his back.]]
* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake: In a DC game made by the makers of ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', this was pretty inevitable. BadassNormal characters like Batman and Green Arrow and Supers alike can be punched through a building, impaled, crushed and hit with all sorts of super moves and still keep going. [[spoiler: This is partly explained by all the BadassNormal characters taking a special Kryptonian pill that confers super-resilience.]]
* HumansAreFlawed: How the Regime views humanity, especially Superman and Wonder Woman. [[spoiler:Regime Superman even calls them disobedient children that need to be punished. Both his and Regime Wonder Woman's heroic counterparts are disgusted at such a thought.]]
* IgnoreTheFanservice: Injustice Superman is not all that impressed by Injustice Wonder Woman showing up in a {{Stripperiffic}} dress, as Superman still has lingering feelings for Lois. In fact, his entire mental focus is entirely elsewhere, with Diana's presence only barely being acknowledged.
* IHaveNoSon: [[spoiler: Alternate Batman's feelings regarding Damian Wayne, after Damian killed Dick Grayson.]]
* [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne I Take Offense to That First One]]: When Grundy clashes with Green Arrow:
-->'''Green Arrow:''' Slow, stupid, and ugly.
-->'''Solomon Grundy:''' Grundy not slow!
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Two S.T.A.R. Labs Missions have Harley Quinn and Hawkgirl using this on Catwoman and a brainwashed Cyborg, respectively.
* JerkassHasAPoint: When Superman rants to Batman about how the Joker should not be allowed to live.
* JigglePhysics: Batman's Super involves attacking his enemy with two tazers, causing them to spasm uncontrollably. This presents some issues with more [[AbsoluteCleavage cleavage-y]] characters like HarleyQuinn.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Let's just say [[spoiler:JokerImmunity didn't save him this time.]]
* KilledOffForReal: In the prequel comic series leading up to the events of the game, [[spoiler: Jimmy Olsen, of all people, is killed by Joker thanks to a MoeGreeneSpecial through his camera.]] And that's just in the first issue.
** And now there's [[spoiler: Scarecrow who is found OD'ed with Joker Toxin.]] Don't have to explain who did that kill.
** As of the third issue, [[spoiler:Lois Lane and almost all of Metropolis.]]
** Issue #16: [[spoiler:Damian Wayne threw an escrima stick at Dick Grayson. Dick fell and his neck broke against a rock]].
** Issue #33: [[spoiler: Green Arrow is beaten to death by an enraged Superman.]]
* KneelBeforeZod: In a nod to the [[Film/SupermanII trope namer]], High Councilor Superman's win pose forces his opponent to do this.
** General Zod has this as a grab.
* KnightTemplar: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l27-3NJqpiA story trailer]] shows that the Regime versions of {{Superman}} and WonderWoman become this.
* KrakenAndLeviathan: The Injustice Universe Aquaman summons a ''massive'' Kraken to fight against Superman's Regime when they threaten Atlantis. It's probably one of the few versions of a Kraken that actually matches the "size equal to a chain of islands" description in mythology.
* KungFuSonicBoom: A few of the power characters can make these during their LimitBreak.
** Also happens during the CrossCounter, fueled by pure RuleOfCool when a BadassNormal like Batman stands up to Superman doing this.
* LeetLingo: 5U93R, [[spoiler:the durability enhancement pill developed from Kryptonian DNA used to [[HandWave justify the amount of punishment people can take]].]]
* LegacyCharacter: Killer Frost is actually the original Killer Frost's friend, who took up her powers and name after the original was killed.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the absolute darkness present in the prequel comic, the actual game itself is much less dark. That's not to say that it's all a picnic, though - the alternate universe itself is pretty oppressive and unpleasant, and several characters meet particularly gruesome deaths.
* LimitBreak: All character have these as Supermoves. For example, Cyborg does a massive, point-blank energy blast while Superman punches you into orbit before smashing you back to Earth.
* MaleGaze: To Wonder Woman in story mode, pretty much constantly. She tends to walk out of scenes (towards the camera) chest first, and into scenes (away from the camera) with focus on her behind, and the camera tends to focus on those areas via various angles when she's standing still as well.
* MercyInvincibility: The dual life bars. After the silver one is depleted, absolutely nothing in the rest of the combo, super move, or stage transition will roll over into the red until the opponent does his taunt and controllable play resumes.
* MeteorMove: The Supermoves of Hawkgirl, Shazam, the Flash, Sinestro and Batgirl are all variations, but Superman tops the game, as stated above.
* MirrorMatch: Several times during the storyline. [[spoiler:The FinalBoss is one of these, with the Regime Superman fighting his heroic, mainstream universe counterpart.]]
** The last fights in story mode [[spoiler: before Superman mops up]] are [[ClimaxBoss mirror matches with Wonder Woman and Batman in quick succession]].
* MoodWhiplash: The good versions of Superman and Wonder Woman were having probably the most lighthearted conversation after the good Amazons triumph over the evil Atlanteans...[[spoiler:then Doomsday smashes Superman through a skyscraper.]]
* MookFaceTurn: Sinestro can be seen ordering the execution of several troopers who attempted this before [[spoiler: Regime Flash saves them.]] During the fight [[spoiler: or rather extermination]] at Metropolis, several mooks turn on the majority.
* MovesetClone: Several fighters have similar movesets and supers. Superman and Shazam are probably the closest, much like other comics and games.
** Subverted for Shazam and Black Adam. Even tough they are counterparts Black Adam's fighting style is vastly different, even having a different gimmick function. Other characters you would expect this with, such as Sinestro and Green Lantern; Batman, Nightwing, and Batgirl; and Superman and General Zod, also subvert this.
* MythologyGag:
** Bane's Supermove ends with [[FanNickname The]] [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} Bat]]-[[Film/TheDarkKnightRises Brea]][[HoistHeroOverHead ker]].
*** Similarly, Superman ends his by [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague slamming his opponent into the ground from very high up]].
*** Also, Batman ends his by [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum having the Batmobile run the opponent over while on auto-drive]].
*** Using Aquaman's Supermove on Batman will remind one of [[Film/BatmanTheMovie at least]] [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity two other times]] Batman had a run-in with a ThreateningShark.
** Green Arrow's S.T.A.R. Labs missions involve him [[Series/{{Arrow}} fulfilling his father's dying wish by crossing names off a list]]. His [[http://i.imgur.com/TERnF4t.jpg DLC costume]] is also his outfit from his live-action appearance, complete with the actor from the show voicing him when it is used.
** The inmates of Arkham Asylum (Killer Croc, Penguin, Riddler, Two-Face, Scarecrow) are identical to their appearances in ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Batman: Arkham City]]''. The Asylum's environments even seem to be partially based on those seen in ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum Batman: Arkham Asylum]]''.
** Darkseid's design is identical to that used in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse''.
** Some of the Clash dialogue contain references as well. For example, when Clashing against Grundy, Batman call him an "overgrown gorilla." To which Grundy responds: "Me Grundy, not Grodd!"
** Grundy also references his friendship with Shayera in [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague the cartoon]] � "Thought bird-nose was friend!"
** In the story, Regime Aquaman leads his Atlantean forces into battle against [[{{Comicbook/Flashpoint}} the Amazons]], following the main universe Wonder Woman.
** Some of The Joker's heavier attacks and his Supermove have him [[ADeathInTheFamily flogging combatants with a crowbar]]. He also fights primarily [[Film/TheDarkKnight using a]] [[WesternAnimation/YoungJustice knife]]. [[Film/TheDarkKnight He also has a knife hidden in his shoe.]]
*** After The Joker [[spoiler: defeats Nightwing in his story chapter]], he quips, "I'll have to tell Batman� [[ADeathInTheFamily there's been a death in the family]]."
*** [[spoiler:The above comment sadly doubles as foreshadowing.]]
*** The Joker's fighting stance is very, very reminiscent of his incarnation in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', slightly hunched over, knife gripped loosely at his side.
*** Also, in his victory cutscene, he douses his defeated opponent in gasoline and [[KillItWithFire lights them up]], much like how he did the same to a mob boss and a pile of money in the above film (because "[it's] cheap").
** Cyborg brings his trademark "[[{{Catchphrase}} BOOYAH!]]" with him from ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Teen Titans]]''.
*** In addition, he is the only character in the storyline to refer to Deathstroke as "Slade".
** Bane's design seems to take some inspiration from his appearance in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', including his skin turning green briefly when he doses up on Venom.
*** Not to mention that he does it by pressing a button on his chest, rather than a control on his wrist.
** Raven uses her mantra from ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Teen Titans]]'' as a powerup move, although she missed out "Metrion, Zinthos."
*** Also, the physical appearance of her "main" version, features her with grey skin like in the cartoon.
** Starro's physical appearance and his position in Superman's alien zoo are reminiscent of his portrayal in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
*** One of the costumes you can get via interplay between the iOS and console versions is a ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' outfit [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOtgRvRcjsQ for Batman]].
** Scarecrow injects a fighter with fear toxin, which causes them to experience a nightmare identical to the Scarecrow levels in [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum Arkham Asylum.]]
** The Flash's supermove bears resemblance to his assault on Brainiac-Luthor in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', notably showing a clip of the Flash speeding across a body of water framed exactly as it was in the cartoon.
** Some S.T.A.R. Labs mission titles include:
*** Cyborg Mission 130 "Injustice For All", named after episode title from the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' cartoon.
*** Raven Mission 176 "Titans Go", named after Robin's catchphrase in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' cartoon.
** Once [[spoiler: Regime Sinestro's ring is taken from him, his non-Lantern clothing is the same as the character's classic blue/black suited comic appearance]].
** One of Killer Frost's mid-fight taunts is "[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague You're a beautiful man. I think I'll keep you.]]"
** If 2 Doomsdays in default and secondary costumes fight each other in the Fortress of Solitude, the one in the background is wearing his old green jumpsuit from the comics.
** Superman tackling Doomsday into space, then smashing him into the ground is similar to the case in ''SupermanDoomsday'' and ''{{Series/Smallville}}''.
** One of the environment interactions that Superman (or any other power character) can perform at the Metropolis museum stage is the flinging of a green 1930's automobile. Don't blink and it's an exact reenactment of [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/5a/Action_Comics_1.jpg/250px-Action_Comics_1.jpg Action Comics #1.]]
** One of Hal Jordan's ring construct moves, is a [[Film/GreenLantern gatling gun]].
** The exterior of the Fortress of Solitude appears to be styled after the one in the Christopher Reeve films.
** At the completion of the "Classic Battle" mode, Regime Superman is defeated by [[spoiler: the player kicking him into the Phantom Zone. When we cut to him again, [[Film/SupermanII he's trapped in a floating mirror-like object.]] ]]
** Explained in her introductory video, ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' is the reason for Batgirl's involvement in the game.
** The player 2 colors on Batman's default costume make it a dead ringer for the [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Nolan batsuit.]]
** General Zod appears to be modelled fairly closely character-wise to his depiction in ''Film/{{Superman II}}''. Using several of his most famous lines. Such as KneelBeforeZod of course. He travels to Earth with the intent to conquer it from the moon, like he did in the film, in his battle intro. And his victory sequence repurposes "I win. I always win." — though in a more triumphant way than [[VictoryIsBoring how it was used in the film]].
** This is [[ComicBook/KingdomCome not the first time]] the Joker has killed LoisLane which lead to his own death and Earth turning into a CrapsackWorld.
** One of General Zod's moves is "Absolute Power", which is also the name of the episode in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' which features the resident Zod {{Expy}}.
** Regime Superman calls Insurgency Batman an [[Film/TheDarkKnight agent of chaos]] later in the game.
** Batman still hasn't gotten over [[ComicBook/IdentityCrisis Zatanna]] [[LaserGuidedAmnesia mind-wiping him]].
--->'''Zatanna''': Guess I thought you'd forgive me.\\
'''Batman''': [[WhatTheHellHero You guessed wrong.]]
** In the issue #36 of the prequel comics (Year One), [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} Superman breaks Batman's spinal column.]]
* [[NanoMachines NanoTech]]: Used in the Alternate Universe to give the normal human Heroes and Villains super strength and durability.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Suffice to say that the trailers can be very misleading as to how the plot and characters develop. The whole "alternate universe" aspect of the plot isn't even hinted at in the trailers, for instance.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Aside from the combatants themselves, players can find themselves getting smacked around by a few members of the Characters/BatmanRoguesGallery in one stage transition at Arkham Asylum, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtHpLes2kK0 as poor Harley Quinn finds out]].
** Toss someone into the elevator in the Batcave stage and watch as your character mercilessly pounds their face in all the way up (though FridgeLogic kicks in when you wonder if they've got them so cornered, why can't they just finish the fight right there).
* NominalHero: Deathstroke, Ares, and Harley Quinn. [[spoiler:Although, Harley Quinn does get better.]]
* NoOneShouldSurviveThat: There is a reason why [[BadassNormal gadget types]] can survive such moves like Superman's into-space-and-back punches. See AppliedPhlebotinum above.
* NoSell: Most characters who activate their super move need to make contact before it engages. This gives opponents a chance to attack first and cancel out the entire move. Solomon Grundy's super move cannot be canceled. He gains super armor, and the only way to avoid his attack is to completely stay away from him until the super armor wears off.
* NotWhatISignedOnFor: Said almost word for word by Regime Flash, [[spoiler:After Billy's death and hearing Superman wanting to destroy Gotham and Metropolis]]
* OffhandBackhand: A variation. In the first chapter, Batman does an Offhand PunchCatch when the Joker tries to strike him after warping to the Injustice Verse.
* OhCrap: In the prequel comic, Batman's look of horror when [[spoiler:Superman puts his hand right through the Joker's chest.]]
** And in Superman's chapter, the good versions of Superman and Wonder Woman are talking when [[spoiler:Doomsday appears and smashes him through several skyscrapers.]]
** Kalibak in the prequel comic has this exact reaction (with a little SymbolSwearing) when he [[spoiler:fails to kill Superman after attacking Paris with a legion of parademons and blasting Supes in the chest]].
* OneLinerNameOneLiner: When Shazam takes out Black Adam with the magic lightning bolt.
-->'''Green Arrow''': Thunder of the gods, Flash, thunder of the gods.
* OneWorldOrder: The Injustice Verse Regime has pretty much taken over the world, with the exception of Atlantis.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler:Superman shoves his hand ''right through the Joker's chest'' when he gets pushed too far.]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: In the story mode, Cyborg overhears Lex Luthor and Deathstroke planning to take down Superman, and attacks them. [[spoiler: Except, Cyborg didn't know that it was about taking down Regime Superman.]]
-->'''Cyborg''': That's all I need to hear.
* PopularityPower: The character battle tournament done as a way of marketing had this deciding the winner of each match.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: {{Hand Wave}}d through the use of Kryptonian nanotech, making each character who is normally a BadassNormal become an EmpoweredBadassNormal.
* PunchParry: The "Clash" system has this, although some characters use weapons, others kick and so forth. The results however, are typical for this trope.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: [[spoiler:Sinestro smashes Superman repeatedly with a giant energy mace. Superman {{Flash Step}}s behind him and easily takes his ring from his finger.]]
* PreOrderBonus: Those who preorder at Gamestop get the Red Son pack, which contains new outfits for Superman, Wonder Woman and Solomon Grundy, along with twenty missions set within the SupermanRedSon storyline, while those who preorder from UsefulNotes/WalMart get the [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Arkham City]] pack, which contains costumes for Batman, Catwoman and Joker based off their appearances from the game.
* PregnantBadass: [[spoiler:Black Canary,]] as revealed at [[spoiler:Ollie's funeral.]]
* RefugeInAudacity: The game can get quite wild, such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6asQ6YzRVzA Doomsday punching Shazam through the Earth's core, punching out on the other side]] and ''back''.
* [[spoiler:RightMakesMight]]: [[spoiler: In story mode, every time a hero faces their Regime Counterpart, they will briefly argue over whether their proper role is protecting people or subjugating them before coming to blows. Every time, the heroic versions end up winning.]]
* RoleReprisal:
** Returning from the {{DCAU}}: Creator/KevinConroy (Batman), Creator/GeorgeNewbern (Superman), Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman), Creator/AdamBaldwin (Green Lantern Hal Jordan), Creator/PhilLaMarr (Green Lantern John Stewart), Carl Lumbly (Martian Manhunter), Creator/JenniferHale (Killer Frost)
** Returning from the VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries in addition to Batman himself: Creator/TaraStrong (Harley Quinn), Music/GreyDeLisle (Catwoman), FredTatasciore (Solomon Grundy; Bane), Kimberly Brooks (Barbara Gordon, albeit as Batgirl)
** Returning from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Creator/KharyPayton (Cyborg), Creator/TaraStrong (Raven)
** Returning from ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'': Creator/RichardEpcar (The Joker), Creator/PatrickSeitz (Scorpion)
** Returning from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Creator/PhilLaMarr (Aquaman), Mark Rolston (Lex Luthor), Alan Tudyk (Green Arrow), Creator/DavidSobolov (Lobo), LaceyChabert (Zatanna)
** Returning from ''LegoBatman'': Creator/TroyBaker (Sinestro)
** Returning from ''{{Series/Arrow}}'': Stephen Amell (Green Arrow), with his likeness/costume from the series as an alternate outfit.
* RuleOfCool: The entire game runs on this. For example, how is Batman able to do a flying kick that knocks Bane backwards a few hundred feet through several walls? It's ''cool''.
* SceneryPorn: Atlantis.
* SecretSecretKeeper: [[spoiler: Jim Gordon knew who the Bat-family was in the Injustice Universe from the moment Barbara put on the costume.]]
* [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Sci-Fi Writers Have]] SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfVelocity: Long story short, there is no way we should be able to see the water splashing during the Flash's Supermove as he runs across it.[[note]]The clip lasts ten seconds and consists of the Flash encircling the Earth, which has a circumference of 40,075 kilometres. That distance across that time frame would be 14,427,000 kilometres per hour. However, the opponent barely moves between when the Flash begins running and when he returns, so he was moving even ''faster'' than that.[[/note]]
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:Even after the Injustice version of {{Superman}} is locked up in [[TailorMadePrison a room filled with red sun lamps]], he can still mildly use his heat vision...]]
* SetSwordsToStun: Impaled in the head? High-voltage shock? ''Punched to space and back?'' Walk it off.
* ShootingSuperman: Averted. Despite the fact that they [[GameplayAndStorySegregation shouldn't work,]] weapons and other devices work as well on Superman as they do other opponents.
* ShoutOut:
** Franchise/{{Batman}} says "[[Franchise/MortalKombat Get down here!]]" while using his grapple move against an airborne opponent.
*** Shazam's animation after depleting his opponent's first health bar has him turn into Billy Batson and then back into Shazam. This is almost identical to Shang Tsung's animation for doing the same in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', in which he will [[DittoFighter turn into his opponent]] [[ShapeShifting and back into himself]]. Even the pose is practically the same.
** Regime!Shazam wears a [[InTheHood hooded]] BlackCloak and shoots [[ShockAndAwe lighting out of his hands.]] [[Franchise/StarWars Sound familiar?]]
** The transition on Insurgency from Luthor's Lab to the Command Center is very similar to the factory sequence in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''.
** When the Joker douses his defeated opponent in gasoline and then [[KillItWithFire sets them alight]], the camera switches to the victim's perspective, much like in ''CallOfDuty: ModernWarfare 2'' when [[spoiler:General Shepherd does this to Roach and Ghost]].
** S.T.A.R. Labs mission titles include:
*** Lex Luthor Mission 93: "[[Literature/TheHobbit There and Back Again]]"
*** Green Lantern Mission 115: "[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail None Shall Pass]]"
** One of the player icons is a Jokerfied version of the Trollface.
** Bane [[VideoGame/StreetFighter smashes up the Batmobile with his bare fists]] in one of his S.T.A.R. Labs missions.
** Ares' Supermove has his foe being [[RainOfArrows peppered with an entire army's worth of arrows]] on a barren landscape, similar to ''Film/ThreeHundred''.
** The FlyingCar in Metropolis looks [[Film/BackToTheFuture very familiar…]].
** Wonder Woman [[VideoGame/GodOfWar pulls a Kratos act on the Olympian Gods]] in her Classic Battles ending after they preemptively attack meta-humans in reaction to Regime Superman's despotism.
** In his Classic Battles loss cinematic, Regime Superman is done in by his cape among other things. No doubt [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Edna Mode]] is laughing…
** Black Adam's Supermove ends with an [[Franchise/StreetFighter M. Bison]]-esque [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown double-footed foot stop to the back]].
** During story mode, Regime!Flash catches the arrow that Green Arrow shot at him, only for it to explode in his face, similar to a scene in ''Film/TheAvengers''.
* ShowsDamage: Minor injuries and costume damage result from the brutal conflicts in each match.
* SNKBoss: Regime!Superman.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Of ''Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe''.
* StartOfDarkness. The prequel tie-in comic shows the events that led to [[spoiler: Superman]]'s FaceHeelTurn.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler: LoisLane, her unborn child, JimmyOlsen and the entire population of Metropolis are killed off to justify Superman's fall.]]
* {{Superdickery}} / NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers and previews kept it hidden that the story was about alternate universe Superman gone bad, making it look like there was only one.
* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: [[spoiler: Averted by Regime Superman in the prequel tie-in comic #14 and by good Superman in Chapter 12 of the game's Story Mode.]]
* SupportingProtagonist: The Batmen of both universes. For most of the story, they lead the fight against the Insurgency but are aware they are outmatched by a large margin. [[spoiler: The real hero is Superman, who is brought to the Injustice universe during the final chapter to fight his EvilTwin directly.]]
* TakeThat: The game can be considered an AlternateCompanyEquivalent of MarvelVsCapcom3. While none is present in the game, the box-art has been seen as one to said series by some fans, with Superman and Batman fighting over a dead GreenArrow's body. Said corpse looks pale and metallic, and while GreenArrow [[spoiler:did die before the events of the game]], that was the Regime Green Arrow, the box-art depicts main-universe Green Arrow, which is significant as he wears his hood over his head, giving the body more than a passing resemblance to [[FantasticFour Doctor Doom]], one of the most commonly played characters in MarvelVsCapcom3.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Particularly noticeable between Cyborg and Injustice universe Deathstroke, though the latter claims his attempts to kill the Teen Titans was JustBusiness.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: When "main" universe Batman first ends up in the Injustice universe and escapes from {{Gas Mask Mook}}s� he tells himself he's in a nightmare.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: At the beginning of the fight between {{Franchise/Batman}} and Regime Nightwing [[spoiler:who is actually Damien Wayne]], Batman tells him
-->'''Batman:''' [[spoiler:You stopped being my son when you killed Dick Grayson. He was my son.]]
** There's also his victory line afterward:
--->'''Batman:''' You're dead to me.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Regime Flash and Regime Shazam give off vibes of this early in the story.
* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: One Atlantean in Issue #10 decided to shoot Wonder Woman when she was reaching out for Aquaman. Cue battle between Aquaman and his forces, Shazam, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, and Green Lantern.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Whilst a great effort was made to conceal that the story wasn't a straight up war between Superman's Regime & Batman's Insurgency, the Harley Quinn character trailer gave away [[spoiler:Joker's presence in the storyline after his apparent death at Superman's hands]] whilst the Green Lantern trailer outright revealed [[spoiler:that a group of heroes are pulled from another timeline and/or universe to help fight the Regime]].
* TwoAndAHalfD
* TheUnmasking: [[spoiler:Superman outs Batman via {{Twitter}} in Issue 28.]]
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: Done after depleting the opponent's first health bar. Examples include Cyborg [[FiringInTheAirALot shooting in the air]] and declaring "[[{{Catchphrase}} BOO-YAH!]]", and Shazam saying his magic word twice to briefly revert into Billy.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Characters operating in the background in various stages do not react at all to the carnage raging around them. The few that do tend to get involved, either as interactables or stage transitions. Otherwise, they don't seem to bat an eye as the structures or objects immediately next to them get destroyed.
* UseYourHead: Several occasions, but Doomsday headbutts a building hard enough to make at least four of them fall over like dominos.
** In the comics [[spoiler: [[BattleButler Alfred]] smashes Superman's face in with a rather vicious one after taking one of the strength pills]]
* VillainTeamUp: The story in the game starts with the Justice League and the Titans taking on all the main universe villains, led by Luthor, which itself is just a distraction for the Joker and his attempted nuking of Metropolis.
* VillainousBreakdown: Regime Superman really starts to lose it after [[spoiler:the alternate Lex Luthor betrays him: he kills Luthor on live television and his super-hearing picks up the public's fear and disgust at the act.]] The next scene has him rather dementedly declaring he will [[spoiler:totally destroy Metropolis and Gotham]], in a sharp contrast to his calmer demeanor throughout the story and [[spoiler:he heat beams through poor hero worshipping Billy Batson's head]] just for daring to question him. It goes downhill from there.
** Earlier than that, Regime Superman notably becomes more agressive when he finds out [[spoiler:Insurgency Batman has kryptonite, and presumably thinks Batman was trying to kill him.]]
* VoodooShark: Kryptonian Nanotech that makes the BadassNormal characters stronger? A brilliant HandWave... but it does raise a few questions:
** Why do gadget-using characters (like the Joker or Harley Quinn) get more resilient ''gadgets'' as well?
** Why are nigh-invulnerable characters like Shazam and Green Lantern suddenly vulnerable to things like laughing gas and Catwoman's claws?
* WhamEpisode: The prequel comic has plenty, many of which happen early enough to turn the DC Universe upside down. In the second issue, [[spoiler:Jimmy Olsen]] is murdered by TheJoker. If you thought this was a "Wham", it would be in most DC stories, but it is nothing compared to the third issue. [[spoiler:TheJoker tricks Superman, using Kryptonite-laced fear gas, into murdering LoisLane and the unborn child of Superman and Lois. Then, TheJoker reveals that when Lois' heart stops, a nuclear bomb is set to go off... in Metropolis. The Justice League fails to stop Metropolis being reduced to wreckage and all of its citizens dying.]] "Wham" doesn't begin to cover that. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Oh, and]] [[spoiler:Scarecrow]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking was killed too.]]
** If that wasn't enough, [[spoiler:Superman ''up and kills'' Joker]] at the end of the fourth issue.
** Issue 16 features [[spoiler:Batman losing two sons, as Damian Wayne kills Dick Grayson by accident]].
* WhatIf: The Backstory can be summarized as "What if The Joker tried to give Superman [[ComicBook/TheKillingJoke one bad day...]] and it ''worked''?"
* WholePlotReference: An alternate universe with KnightTemplar versions of DC superheroes deciding to create a new world order, who then get confronted by their main universe counterparts? It wouldn't be a stretch to say the game's plot is an AdaptationExpansion of the "A Better World" two-part episode from WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague.
* WolverinePublicity: Five of the first eleven characters revealed were ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' characters. Though honestly, it's [[ComicBook/{{New52}} par for the course]] [[VideoGame/LegoAdaptationGame these days]].
* WomenAreWiser: Wonder Woman, in a speech to her alternate and the alternate Amazons, tells them that they are supposed council men and lead them away from anger instead of encouraging it.
* WorldOfBadass: Just look at the roster. If that's not enough, every playable character can both hurt Superman and survive his unrestrained might.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Regime Superman kills Shazam, who is a just a kid who takes an adult form while super-powered.]]
* XMeetsY: In terms of gameplay it's perhaps best described as ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' meets ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', with physics and move execution similar to ''Mortal Kombat'' but with a 3 button control scheme plus a 4th "Drive" button that does something unique to each character.
** This trend also applies to gameplay styles to an extent. Harley plays like a combination of Noel Vermillion (frantic gunplay) and Platinum the Trinity (randomizing trait), Lex has Iron Tager's gravity pulls[[note]]Also counts as an ActorAllusion, considering that Tager's Japanese VA, Creator/KenjiNomura, is the official dub voice of Lex and more likely reprises Lex in the Japanese version (he's credited)[[/note]], etc. [[TropesAreNotBad Not that it's a bad thing.]]
* YellowLightningBlueLightning: The Flash and Black Adam have yellow electricity, while all other electricity is blue.
* YouFightLikeACow: The Clash system has this ''in spades''. Below is one such example:
--> '''Harley''': You fight like my grandma!\\
'''Nightwing (laughing)''': You fought your grandma?

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