* AlasPoorScrappy: Alas, poor [[spoiler: Osiris]]!
* CrazyAwesome: The climax of the series is [[spoiler: a time traveling glory hound saving the universe from a giant alien butterfly with glasses who inadvertently creates a multiverse by eating ''time''. In space.]] This is why we read comics, folks.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: As an [[EnsembleCast ensemble piece]] with [[TwoLinesNoWaiting multiple plots]] there are individual Crowning Moments for each character as they each triumph in their own stories.
* FanDislikedExplanation: The original plan for the Booster Gold/Skeets subplot involved fixing the timestream, which had become broken during the recent crisis, and this is hinted at by the discrepancies in Skeets' history files starting in the first issue. However, the writers eventually decided that this plot was too generic and had been done far too often with other time traveling heroes, so they instead [[spoiler: had Skeets possessed by Mr. Mind who planned to ''eat'' reality]]. However, with this shift, they never do get around to explaining why Skeets has these initial memory errors, since they occurred before [[spoiler: Mr. Mind]] had ever left the cocoon.
** In general, this series was intended to explain a lot of things that were depicted in DC's concurrent "One Year Later" event, in which DC's books took up the story exactly one year after ''InfiniteCrisis'' to show that many things had occurred differently. However, the writers of ''52'' ended up ignoring a lot of these in favour of their own stories, meaning that some of these (such as, in ''Batman'' comics, the events that saw Commissioner Gordon re-instated and his successor resign in disgrace) have still not been explained.
* GrowingTheBeard: Could be seen as this for several of the main characters, such as Will Magnus and (with a literal beard) Ralph Dibny.
* HarsherInHindsight: Several of The Question's lines take on a new meaning once you find out [[spoiler: he is dying from cancer and knows it]]. This line in particular from Renee is especially wince-worthy.
--> "I swear before this is over [[spoiler: I'm gonna hold his dead body in my hands.]]"
** Similarly, Sobek's constant complaints of hunger suddenly hit a lot harder when you learn that [[spoiler:he's really Famine, a Horseman of the Apocalypse]].
* MagnificentBastard: Ralph Dibny of all people. Cross him and ''you lose''. It is that simple.
* MemeticMutation: Three panels of Will Magnus looking at a page of "machine code" has been photoshopped [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/its-machine-code in a bunch of funny ways]].
* {{Narm}}: [[WordOfGod By the writers own admission]], their original plans for killing [[spoiler: Booster Gold]] came off as hilarious instead of traumatic and they had to rewrite the scene several times in order to arrive at a scenario that had both the impact and the solemnity they wanted.
** An organization called "the Religion of Crime" that has a text called a "Crime Bible" is perhaps hard to take seriously.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: The Natasha Irons/John Henry split was written with the intention for both sides to have legitimate points that each would realize over the course of the series, but [[{{Fanservice}} when a page was re-drawn to display more cleavage]] it actually derailed the writers' plans. The scene, which featured Natasha welding her own suit of armor, was scripted as her wearing full welding gear as a standard safety precaution. When she was drawn without the gear (so that a close-up could focus on her chest), she burned herself when she struck an air pocket. This small change made her somebody who really ''was'' unprepared for the responsibility of PoweredArmor, since she did not even have the forethought to take proper precautions in the controlled environment of a lab. The authors were not happy with this change, [[WordOfGod as they felt it undermined a large part of the story.]]
* TearJerker: See CListFodder, particularly [[spoiler: The Question's lingering death]].
** [[spoiler: Isis' death]] in the arms of her husband. The fact that she had been broken so utterly that she admitted that she was wrong... just gets to you.
** [[spoiler: Skeets telling Booster Gold that he (Skeets) was proud of him, just before Skeets had to be sacrificed to stop Mr. Mind.]]
* ThirtySuePileup: Isis. And given [[spoiler:[[DeconstructedTrope what happens to her later]]]], this was in all likelihood [[IntendedAudienceReaction completely intentional]].
** CopyCatSue: For both Black Adam and Mary Marvel.
** PuritySue: Her mere presence, once she gets her powers, can cause plants to flower and other TastesLikeDiabetes things to happen.
** RelationshipSue: Of the "I can change the big scary DracoInLeatherPants!" variety.
** SympatheticSue: Formerly a sexually-abused slave girl.