* {{Asspull}}: The Justice League of America once went up against Despero (an alien with vast mental powers, at the time recently powered-up to be almost as strong and invulnerable as {{Superman}}) with a mostly C-List team. How to beat him? With an innate Martian power that the MartianManhunter had never before mentioned that he had, because using it was so stressful that any given Martian can only do it [[ItOnlyWorksOnce once]] in their life. Despite that, it was still a fairly well-received story. Another weird power of his was the ability to see through the flow of time. This somehow resulted in him being immune to the powers of an opponent who completely rewrote reality. Pulling never before seen powers out of his ass is the MartianManhunter's shtick. And then getting lit on fire the next time said power would have been useful.
* CompleteMonster: Felix Faust is one of the most power hungry sorcerers alive. Kicking off his career by selling his infant son's soul for his own ability, Faust committed many acts of cruel murder and torture to fuel his black magic. When he finally realized he could no longer bargain with his own tainted soul, Faust resorted to harvesting the soul of an innocent little girl to trade to demons. Faust offered his assistance to Black Adam to help resurrect Black Adam's wife Isis, but deceived Adam into thinking Isis's revival had failed, while Faust kept a paralyzed Isis to serve as his personal sex toy.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Tomorrow Woman of Grant Morrison's run on ''JLA''. Originally debuting and making a HeroicSacrifice in the same issue, she was so popular she reappeared in a special one-shot dedicated to her, was briefly brought back in ''{{Hourman}}'' #2 by the main character, and then was brought back in ''Trinity'', [[spoiler: where she was permanently revived as a human woman with superpowers after the series ended]].
* MemeticSexGod: Dale Gunn, a bald, middle-aged, unpowered mechanic who [[http://absorbascon.blogspot.com/2006/01/real-world-detroit-starring-dale-gunn.html inexplicably]] had both Zatanna and Vixen after him in the Detroit era.
* TheScrappy: Vibe, a member during its [[SeasonalRot "Detroit" era]], was widely hated for being a "hip", slang-spouting caricature of Puerto Rican youth whose power was basically super-breakdancing. His inevitable death, though, is one of [[AlasPoorScrappy the saddest moments]] in the League's history. Ironically enough, in the New 52 continuity, he's been given a big push by the company and is already enjoying [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap more popularity than his original ever did]].
* TakeThatScrappy: Vibe and Steel from the reviled ''[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League Detroit]]'' were killed off several years after they were created due to negative fan reaction. Decades after their deaths, the characters are almost never mentioned in-universe unless in a negative manner.
** This itself got lampshaded when [[BlackestNight Black Lantern]] versions confronted the surviving Detroit Leaguers and basically asked why they were remembered as jokes while their teammates, Gypsy and Comicbook/{{Vixen}}, got to join the "real" League.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: The latest version of ''Justice League International'' after ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}''.