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->''You turned your back and I '''wrecked your world'''. Deprived your people of their '''powers''', their '''hopes''', their '''future''', '''themselves'''. What will you do when your friends, your enemies, your '''lover''', are '''all''' Darkseid? When there is one '''body'''. One '''mind'''. '''One will'''. '''One life''' that is '''Darkseid'''. Will '''you''' be the enemy of all existence, then? What irony that will be, [[{{Superman}} Son of Krypton]].''
-->-- {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}

''Final Crisis'' was Creator/DCComics' CrisisCrossover for the year 2008. Announced in 2006, writer Creator/GrantMorrison set out to accomplish the following goals with the event:

* Bring an end to the dual "Crisis Trilogies": TheMultiverse trilogy started by ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and the "Hero Exploration" trilogy started by ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis''; ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' is considered the second chapter of both.
* Officially re-introduce TheMultiverse to the DCU.
* Renew interest in the ComicBook/NewGods, particularly ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}, who was suffering from massive VillainDecay.

To help achieve the last goal, Morrison did two things:
* He first used his ''[[ComicBook/SevenSoldiers Seven Soldiers Of Victory]]'' series (particularly the ''[[ComicBook/NewGods Mister Miracle]]'' issues) to set up key plot points for ''Final Crisis''.
* He then asked DC to declare a moratorium on creators using the New Gods series, so that their return in the pages of ''Final Crisis'' would have the proper emotional impact. Whether it was done [[invoked]][[ExecutiveMeddling intentionally]] or due to miscommunication, DC editorial ignored his request, and the ComicBook/NewGods ended up getting passed around like chlamydia at Burning Man, most prominently in the weekly ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'' series. (DC also commissioned a ''Death of the New Gods'' miniseries to be published before ''Final Crisis''. The Resulting ContinuitySnarl led Morrison to RetCon away as much of these two series as he possibly could, while [[HandWave including a scenario]] that still allows for the events of these series to have happened.)

The story to ''Final Crisis'' begins with Darkseid having killed his son, Orion; he has also sent his minion Libra to Earth to gather Earth's villains under his control and arrange for the murder of the ComicBook/MartianManhunter. In the meantime, Darkseid orders fellow god Granny Goodness to possess a GreenLantern, who is used to frame Hal Jordan for killing Orion and capture Batman. As [[ComicBook/TheFlash Barry Allen]] returns from the void of death in a (failed) attempt to save Orion, Darkseid unleashes the Anti-Life Equation upon Earth, enslaving billions of humans. This event forces the few remaining non-corrupted heroes and villains into hiding as Earth struggles to defeat Darkseid and prevent the coming of a greater threat... one that looms within the multiverse and seeks to finish what Darkseid started in bringing about -- ''the end of everything''.

The series featured several tie-in series:

!!!''Final Crisis: [[ComicBook/TheFlash Rogues' Revenge]]'':
The Rogues, a group of the Flash's most frequent enemies, refuse to align with Libra and the Secret Society following Martian Manhunter's murder, which causes Libra to seek revenge. The Rogues also seek out Inertia, the boy who manipulated them into killing his hated rival, Bart Allen (Impulse/Kid Flash II/The Flash IV). Inertia himself has attracted the attention of Zoom.

!!!''Final Crisis: Revelations'':
[[ComicBook/GothamCentral Crispus Allen and Renee Montoya]] meet in their secret identities as ComicBook/TheSpectre and ComicBook/TheQuestion for the first time since Allen's death. As the Spectre goes after the Secret Society, killing off those villains who were involved in the murder of ComicBook/MartianManhunter, Libra seeks to use TheSpearOfDestiny to enslave Spectre and keep him from interfering with Darkseid's plans.

!!!''Final Crisis: Superman Beyond'':
Superman travels across the multiverse and meets up with the various "Supermen of the Multiverse" (including an alternate [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], an alternate ComicBook/CaptainAtom [[ShoutOut who bears a passing resemblance]] to [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Dr. Manhattan]], a Nazi Superman, and the insane Ultraman) in order to obtain the vial of AppliedPhlebotinum that will save Lois Lane's life after a Secret Society bomb mortally wounds her. This causes Superman to meet the Monitors -- who are recast by Morrison as Vampire Gods who must fight Mandrakk, the "first Monitor" -- in a MindScrew of a tie-in that is probably the most required reading of the tie-ins, and was actually included in the ''Final Crisis'' trade paperback's second edition. To add to the screwiness, the issues were printed in 3-D.

!!!''Final Crisis: [[ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} Legion of 3 Worlds]]'':
The "Crisis of the 31st Century" occurs as the Time Trapper brings Superboy-Prime to the future to kill people and ruin Superman's name in the process -- with the help of the combined might of just about every single Legion villain alive. This forces Superman to unite all three incarnations of the Legion of Super-Heroes, along with resurrecting both Bart Allen and Conner Kent (Superboy, killed in ''Infinite Crisis''), to stop both Superboy-Prime's murderous rampage and his benefactor, the Time Trapper. This miniseries has little to do with the main plot of ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', though Superman arrives in the final act of the main story just as he leaves the 31st century. ScheduleSlip led to this book not getting an ending until midway through DC's ''next'' CrisisCrossover.

!!!''Final Crisis: Requiem'':
The first part of this one-shot expands Martian Manhunter's death scene to show that he put up more of a fight than previously indicated. The rest of the book focuses on the reaction from [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica his friends]] as his death triggered a telepathic event in their heads that compelled them to write down the history of the now-extinct Martian race.

!!!''Final Crisis: Submit'':
Essentially ''Final Crisis'' #3.5, this one-shot shows Black Lightning responding to a rescue call to save the new Tattooed Man and his family from Darkseid's forces. The climax features Black Lightning giving Tattooed Man the symbol that can protect someone from being infected by the Anti-Life Equation -- right before Lightning gets turned into an Anti-Life Slave.

!!!''Final Crisis: Resist'':
This tie-in covers the fall of humanity; Mr. Terrific and Snapper Carr form an alliance with the villainess Cheetah to try and stay alive while Checkmate, the black ops spy organization, is corrupted by Darkseid.

!!!''Batman'' #682-683:
The two-part "Last Rites" storyline involves more MindScrew storytelling as henchmen of Darkseid attempt to find a way to suck Batman's mind out of his body and into clones of himself that they have created using him as a template. This tie-in is largely known for two things: setting up a major plot point as far as Batman carrying around the bullet used to kill Orion in his utility belt right before his capture by Granny Goodness, and for establishing that "Batman R.I.P." takes place immediately before ''Final Crisis'', with Batman (upon crashing into Gotham River) swimming to shore, going straight to the Batcave, and promptly being summoned to help the JLA find Orion's killer.

!!!''The Dark Side Club'':
This is the name given to several ''Final Crisis'' tie-ins throughout Franchise/TheDCU -- ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' #118, ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' vol. 2 #240, ''ComicBook/InfinityInc'' vol. 2 #11-12, ''The ComicBook/TeenTitans'' vol. 3 #59-60, and ''Terror Titans'' #1-6. Shortly before ''Final Crisis'', Darkseid (in the mortal guise of Boss Dark Side) captures several adolescent superhumans and forces them to fight to the death for his amusement. Mostly notable for introducing [[ComicBook/{{Static}} Static]] to the DC Universe.
!!This series contains examples of:
* AbortedArc: The series seemingly reintroduced the iconic, classic ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, who had returned to save Atlantis in its hour of need. This was completely ignored in all subsequent books, save for a hand wave line mentioning that there had been false rumors of Aquaman's return during the crisis. WordOfGod ended up saying that this was a parallel-universe version who, like Overgirl and Kamandi, ended up in the main universe due to the breakdown of time and space.
* AllianceOfAlternates: Superman gathers the "Supermen of the Multiverse" to save Lois. He also brings together different incarnations of the Legion of Super-Heroes to fight Superboy-Prime and the Time Trapper.
* AllThereInTheManual: ''Final Crisis: Sketchbook'' gave more information on several characters than was actually provided in the series itself. Most of it wasn't terribly important (e.g. backgrounds for members of Super Young Team) but some of it, like the true identities of the New Gods in disguise, was a little more significant (let's just say, if you didn't read Sketchbook, it could get a little confusing reading reviews that referred to the New Gods in disguise with the names of characters they ''had yet to be revealed to be.'')
* AmazonBrigade: Darkseid's Female Furies are recreated in the form of possessed superheroines and villainesses.
* AnachronicOrder: Trying to follow the timeline of the build-up and actual events of the story can get a bit confusing. The order is about this: ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers'' (where we see the first seeds being planted), ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' (the Crisis which reestablished the Multiverse), ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' (confirmation of the Multiverse, Religion of Crime), Morrison's ''Batman'', tertiary ''Countdown''/''Death of New Gods'' info (including ''Salvation Run''), ''DC Universe'' #0 (not really needed, but shows Darkseid's resurrection), ''Requiem'', ''Rogues' Revenge'', ''Final Crisis'' #1-3, ''Submit'', ''Resist'', ''Revelations'', ''Superman Beyond'' (taking place within seconds in reality to save Lois), ''Legion of 3 Worlds'' (taking place after Superman returns and is then whisked into the future, however this time around, time continues to pass in both time periods), ''Final Crisis'' #4-5, ''Batman'' #682-683 (included in the collected Batman R.I.P.), finally concluding with ''Final Crisis'' #6-7.
** Let's also not forget ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'', if only for the sake of introduction to the Multiverse/The Monitor and the general tone and info respectively.
* TheAntichrist: [[BiblicalBadGuy Cain]], the first human to commit murder, is said to slay ComicBook/TheSpectre and herald the coming of Darkseid.
* AnyoneCanDie: ComicBook/MartianManhunter and Franchise/{{Batman}}. They get better, [[DeathIsCheap obviously]], but still.
* AscendedExtra: Libra last appeared in a grand total of two issues of Justice League. Here, he's a major part of Darkseid's plan for Earth.
** Messrs. Mokkari and Simyan, Darkseid's geneticists, were never the most prominent members of his court in prior appearances, and were usually treated as ineffectual jokes. They play a large role in this storyline, having stepped into the inner-circle EvilGenius role [[spoiler: now that Desaad's on the front lines in Mary Marvel's body]]. Mokkari's even the one who e-mails the Anti-Life Equation to the globe.
* AssimilationPlot: The Anti-Life Equation + Darkseid on Earth = Humans without humanity.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: The end of Dan Turpin and the return of Darkseid.
-->'''''"Give In."'''''
* BackFromTheDead: Barry Allen returns as ComicBook/TheFlash for the first time in 23 years. Superboy and a de-aged Bart Allen are revived in ''Legion of 3 Worlds''.
* BatmanGrabsAGun: TropeNamer. [[spoiler:Batman breaks his rule about never using guns in a "once-in-a-lifetime exception" to fatally poison Darkseid with a special bullet.]]
* BelatedBackstory: ''Final Crisis: Secret Files'' gives the origin of Libra, as a former student of [[Comicbook/{{Starman}} Ted Knight]] who used Cosmic technology (with a bit of help from the evil New Gods) to become the original version of Libra from the original ''Justice League of America'' comics. It also shows how he officially started work for Darkseid.
* BiblicalBadGuy: ''Revelations'' reveals that [[spoiler: ComicBook/VandalSavage is Cain]].
* BigBadDuumvirate: Darkseid and Mandrakk
** More like BigBadEnsemble, since they were never actually working together. You could even go further and say that ''Mandrakk'' is the BigBad, and Darkseid is his UnwittingPawn.
* BigDamnHeroes: This series is FULL of examples, such as Batman [[spoiler: sacrificing himself to mortally wound Darkseid's host]], Superman [[spoiler: shattering Darkseid's essence with a multiversal musical note, actually ''killing'' Darkseid for good]] or the Green Lantern Corps [[spoiler: staking Mandrakk, a technical 'vampire']].
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The universe is saved, Darkseid and Mandrakk have been defeated for good, the world has been freed from the Anti-Life Equation, the Monitors all cease to exist, and Nix Uotan gets to live out his life happily as a human. All thanks to Superman using the Miracle Machine to wish for a happy ending. And yet despite this, the Miracle Machine didn't revive Martian Manhunter and all the other heroes, villains, and civilians killed by the Anti-Life Equation or Darkseid's followers, leaving the ending with a twinge of bitterness, as Superman could've stopped Darkseid sooner if he returned from the future faster. Meanwhile Batman is trapped in the distant past and will have to find his own way back due to everyone else thinking he's dead.]]
* BondageIsBad: The new Female Furies were designed with bondage and S&M imagery in mind.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Anyone exposed to the Anti-Life Equation.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Rip Hunter's chalkboard says "don't worry about Countdown".
** Exception: Given the relative obscurity of ''Seven Soldiers'', Morrison did acknowledge [[spoiler: Darkseid's death]] at the end of ''Countdown'' and ''Death of the New Gods'' [[HandWave with the later issues of ''Final Crisis'']]: [[spoiler: Orion "killed" Darkseid's body at the end of Countdown, but Darkseid's spirit was tossed backwards through time, destabilizing the multiverse and allowing him to possess a human host, Boss Dark Side. This allowed him to resurrect his loyalists, build up a power base on Earth, kill Orion (who could not sense his father still being alive since Darkseid was now possessing a human body) and stabilize the current timeline]].
* CanonWelding: Morrison saw this series as his definitive statement about all of the themes that he has dealt with in his works, and ties up plot points left over from his runs on ''Seven Soldiers'' and ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''.
** Also, some of Jack Kirby's personal creations (The New Gods, Kamandi, Dan Turpin) are brought together in order to give them all a GrandFinale.
* CaptainErsatz: ''Superman Beyond'' is built on this trope, but [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Captain]] [[ContinuityNod Allen]] [[ShoutOut Atom]] is a particularly noticeable example.
** Much later, in ''Final Crisis'' #7, the entire army of Superman is made up of expies of Superman knock-offs from other companies.
* CaptainEthnic: The Great Ten (a Chinese team that includes "Socialist Red Guardsman," "Shaolin Robot," "Mother of Champions" and more) and Super Young Team (a teenage Japanese team, all of whom are basically over-the-top superhero {{otaku}} cosplayers with GratuitousEnglish codenames - and are contrasted against "traditional" Japanese heroes like, say, Rising Sun and Sonny Sumo).
* TheCavalry: Lead by Nix Uotan, comprised of:
** The Supermen of the Multiverse
** The entire Green Lantern Corps
** The angels of the Pax Dei
** ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew
** Mister Miracle, Sonny Sumo and the Super Young Team
** The Forever People from the Fifth World
* ChekhovsGunman: The Superman of Earth 23, President Calvin Ellis, briefly appears as part of TheCavalry. He will later get ADayInTheLimelight in the ComicBook/{{New 52}}'s ''ComicBook/ActionComics #9'', and is a key character in ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity''.
* CoDragons: Darkseid has his son Kalibak and his {{herald}}s Libra and Vandal Savage/Cain, though the last of these is dealt with in the ''Revelations'' miniseries.
* ContinuityPorn: Hoo boy. Grant Morrison intended this story to be the final chapter in ''two'' trilogies of Crisis events, as well as to continue plot threads left hanging by ''Seven Soldiers'', ''52'', ''Batman RIP'', and even his ''JLA'' run, which had concluded eight years prior to Final Crisis's publication. Not to mention the story's references to ''Cosmic Odyssey'', a Jim Starlin story that was ''twenty'' years old at the time. So, naturally, Final Crisis pretty much made ''entirely'' of this trope.
** Two of the heroes that join TheCavalry in issue 5 are Iman, the champion of Mexico City who had exactly one prior appearance, and the G.I. Robot, a largely forgotten character from DC's long-canceled military comics.
* CrisisCrossover: Hyped as [[TitleDrop "The Final Crisis of Man and the Multiverse"]]. While this is certainly not the final Crisis Crossover that DC will put out, this is the last one to deal with the destruction/rebirth of the Multiverse... for now.
** DC announced that ''Final Crisis'' was the third part of two "trilogies". Final Crisis is the final part of the Multiverse Trilogy (which, natch, is about the life, death, and resurrection of TheMultiverse starting with ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'') and the final part of the Hero Exploration Trilogy (which takes an intimate look on the heroes and villains of the DCU, starting with ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis''). In both cases, ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' is the second part.
* CurbStompBattle: Superman delivers this to [[spoiler: Darkseid in the climax when he ''sings'', at his full strength, a shattering note of power, breaking Darkseid's essence and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu destroying the god once and for all.]]]]
** Earlier, the Justifiers versus the Checkmate strike force. Mr. Bones and Count Vertigo would turn out to have survived; Negative Woman and the Atomic Knights weren't so lucky.
* DareToBeBadass: In a metafictional sense, the entire story can be viewed as one to the readers, to tell depression to go fuck itself.
** Specifically within story:
--->'''Nix Uotan:''' Don't you ''get it''? We're all gonna ''die'' and the super heroes ''can't save us'' this time! They're as useless as [[OldShame my stupid]] ''drawings''.
--->'''Mystery Guy:''' If [[PossessionImpliesMastery your]] super heroes can't save you, then maybe it's time to think of something that ''can''. If it don't exist, dream it up. Then, make it ''real''.
*** Just as follow-up, how successful was this particular dare? By the time we return to young Nix, he's ''[[MemeticBadass wearing a]] '''[[MemeticBadass hat]]''' [[MemeticBadass made out of the]] '''[[MemeticBadass internet]]''', [[MemeticBadass and an]] '''[[MemeticBadass ankle-length black leather trenchcoat]]''' [[MemeticBadass fastened with a]] '''[[MemeticBadass lightning bolt]]'''''. (ItMakesSenseInContext)
** As a capstone to this, the TrueFinalBoss of the story is more or less the AnthropomorphicPersonification of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy. [[spoiler: He's defeated by the Supermen of the Multiverse and the Green Lantern Corps, both of whom draw their powers from ''light'']].
* DealWithTheDevil: The story starts when Libra shows up on Earth promising supervillains their fondest wish at the low cost of their souls, promising an era when Good has lost its battle with Evil.
* DeathByAdaptation: In comics following this, Director Bones is depicted as having survived the first failed attempt to lay siege to Darkseid's fortress in Bludhaven and Count Vertigo's fate is unknown. In the novelization, they died with Negative Woman, the Atomic Knights, and several Checkmates agents.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Green Arrow to the possessed minions of Darkseid, up until he's converted.
* DemonicPossession: People are possessed by New Gods.
* DespairEventHorizon: Darkseid had to break a strong-willed host's spirit in order to fully manifest.
* DeusEstMachina: Superman uses one at the end to erase Darkseid's lingering presence and restore space/time. However, rather than being a god from a machine, the machine ''is'' the god, who can perform any one task.
** The Thought-Robot from ''Superman Beyond'' is another example - it's a metafictional HumongousMecha powered by the very concept of the heroic ideal, as embodied by Superman in particular.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Luthor blasts Libra at point-blank range... but there's no corpse left behind. An irritated Sivana outright calls it a classic "We haven't heard the last of him!" situation.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: Simyan and Mokkari's contribution to Darkseid's plan, giving him three billion soldiers in the blink of an eye and effectively enslaving Earth.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Thanks to being weakened by Dr. Light and Effigy using [[KryptoniteFactor fire]], Comicbook/MartianManhunter, perhaps the most powerful member of the Justice League, lasts two pages against Libra.
* DyingToBeReplaced: Zoom and Inertia are [[spoiler: depowered and killed]], respectively. This conveniently means [[spoiler: there are no active Reverse-Flashes]] by the time Eobard Thawne returns in ''The Flash: Rebirth'', which is in part a follow-up to ''Final Crisis''.
* EldritchAbomination: Morrison's revamp of Darkseid and his minions reposition them as spirit-beings that can possess and destroy their hosts from within, though most of them (Glorious Godfrey and the scientists) were literally reborn as humans.
** Mandrakk the Dark Monitor and the rest of the [[spoiler: vampiric]] Monitors.
* EnemyMine: All over the place. Luthor and Sivana hate each other but come together to take out Libra, Luthor's villain army backs up Superman, Cheetah joins up with Checkmate, and Captain Marvel enlists the aid of Black Adam.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When being told that Darkseid was the power behind Libra, the Rogues in ''Rogues' Revenge'' essentially tell Libra (who they have refused to work for) to go tell his master to get the hell off of their planet.
** Same with Lex Luthor versus Libra. Luthor may be a miserable sociopath, but he loves life more than he does having to live in a evil-driven world run by Darkseid.
** Dr. Sivana turns against Darkseid when he sees what the Anti-Life Equation does to his daughter.
* {{Expy}}: ''Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3D'' features Captain Adam, an alternate universe version of ComicBook/CaptainAtom who's a clear Expy of Dr Manhattan, ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'''s ComicBook/CaptainAtom Expy.
* EvilIsEasy: When freed of the Justifier helmet, Green Arrow still remains under the control of Darkseid. When Black Canary confronts him, he can only wearily moan just how ''easy'' Anti-Life is.
* FanDisservice: Think Evil Mary Marvel is [[EvilIsSexy wickedly sexy?]] [[spoiler: That's not Mary, it's [[DirtyOldMan Desaad]] driving her body]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: Darkseid's Omega Sanction causes the victim's soul to tumble through an endless number of worse and worse realities until the victim's spirit breaks from the despair.
** As a later issue of Grant Morrison's run on Batman reveals, [[spoiler:all his Omega Beams did to Batman was cause everything that had happened to him up until that point. Yes, even Darkseid's Omega Sanction couldn't make Batman's life worse than it already is.]]
* FixFic: ''Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds'' is essentially a fix fic by Creator/GeoffJohns, simultaneously clearing up the ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' continuity boggle '''and''' bringing back two unfairly dead characters, [[Comicbook/TheFlash Kid Flash]] and ComicBook/{{Superboy}}, the latter of which Johns had to kill off in ''Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis''. (It was either Superboy or Comicbook/{{Nightwing}}, so all things considered...)
* FlatCharacter: The Monitors are a whole race of flat characters. But then they start developing backstories, and feelings and dreams and love triangles, and it's freaking them out.
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: Mandrakk the Dark Monitor pretty much just wants to kill everything because he wanted to feed on the Bleed and the Multiverse that existed within it. It didn't help that he was also a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere, unless the reader had already read a particular tie-in.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: What Mandrakk will be to be to those who didn't read ''Superman Beyond'', which thankfully is included in the hardcover.
* GodIsEvil: Black Adam mentions that with his new power, Darkseid has displaced all Earthly deities, effectively becoming a truly malevolent monotheistic God.
* GodOfEvil: '''DARKSEID IS.'''
* GodzillaThreshold: It takes Darkseid coming back and causing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt for Batman to finally use a gun. He even calls it his "once-in-a-lifetime exception."
** BatmanGrabsAGun
* TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin: Libra intends to defy this:
--> Your enemies fight and win again and again because they ''truly'' believe their actions are in accordance with a higher moral order. But what happens in a world where good has ''lost'' its perpetual struggle against evil?
* {{Goth}}: Mary Marvel's new Apokolips-enhanced image is somewhere between this and leather BDSM fetish gear.
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:Desaad to Mary Marvel]]
* HijackingCthulhu: Sivana, ''seriously'' ticked off at Libra after being forced to see his daughter be Anti-Life'd, [[spoiler:reprograms his watch to override the Justifiers' command line, giving Luthor the army he needs to kill Libra and engage Darkseid.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Libra probably shouldn't have let Luthor power his suit up to maximum]].
* HumanoidAbomination: Darkseid's physical body.
* HypnoTrinket: The Justifier helmets are a particularly nasty version, coupling Mad Hatter's technology with a constant broadcast of the Anti-Life Equation, so even removing the helmet won't do anything to help the sap inside. [[spoiler: This comes to bite Libra in the ass when it turns out Sivana can override Hatter's tech to transmit Luthor's voice as Darkseid's, instantly stealing Libra's army.]]
* IHaveYourWife: Almost subverted in the comic miniseries ''Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge''. The agents of the Big Bad Libra kidnap the father of Rogues leader Captain Cold. They threaten to kill him unless Cold and the Rogues surrender. But the bad guys don't understand that his father's sadistic abuse and terror was the main factor in shaping Cold's personality. So he tells them that he will hunt them down, kill them, and ''kill his father himself''. The Rogues do kill the bad guys, but Cold does not kill his father. Instead he orders his teammate Heatwave to burn him to death.
* IndividualityIsIllegal: There is only one will, and that will is '''DARKSEID'''.
* InternalAffairs: The Alpha Lanterns serve this role for the GreenLantern Corps.
** In the pages of the Green Lantern books, the Alpha Lanterns were specifically created to ensure they would be absolute, incorruptible Lanterns, specifically to ensure the ComicBook/BlackestNight would never happen. [[spoiler: They weren't expecting Granny Goodness to possess one of them]].
* LastOfHisKind: The ultimate fate for [[spoiler: Nix Uotan]].
* LouisCypher: Darkseid's first human host body is a nightclub owner operating under the not-at-all-suspicious alias of "Boss Dark Side." Glorious Godfrey bodyjacks a televangelist and calls himself "Reverend G. Godfrey Good."
* MadnessMantra: Those taken by the Anti-Life Equation tend to start ranting out things like "Anti-Life justifies my hate!"
* MagicalComputer: Mokkari's laptop, which he uses to simultaneously e-mail the Anti-Life Equation to every electronic device on the planet. Even super-genius Oracle isn't sure how he did it.
* {{Metafiction}}: All over the place in ''Superman Beyond'' and anything having to do with the Monitors. Interestingly, ''Legion of 3 Worlds'' dabbles with this in the end as well. Superboy-Prime is whisked back to the restored Earth-Prime and sees the comics with him in them. The last couple pages of the final issue is Prime literally reading the very issue the actual reader is reading.
** Furthermore, it has him [[BasementDweller living as a leech in his parent's basement]], [[ThisLoserIsYou ranting about how the modern comic industry is ruined]], and [[TakeThat fingerpecking a rant on the Official DC Comics forum in a thread about whether of not Superboy-Prime could be redeemed]].
** The final issue makes much more sense once you realize that it's really a battle between Comics Should Be Fun and Grim 'n Gritty for control of the DC Universe. (Morrison, optimist that he is, had Comics Should Be Fun win. Reality had other ideas, sadly.)
* MindControlEyes: The Anti-Life Equation makes your eyes turn red.
* MindScrew: The final issue, which is told in flashback, contains a whole slew of {{Noodle Incident}}s (Wonder Woman's escape from the Female Furies, etc.)
* MultiversalConqueror:
** Mandrakk the Dark Monitor.
** {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}, while normally a GalacticConqueror, ascends to a MultiversalConqueror here.
* MonkeysOnATypewriter: The infinitely long Book of Limbo was apparently written by a monkey, presumably the same one from Morrison's ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'' run. This may or may not be the same monkey who helps out Nix Uotan and Metron later on.
* TheNightThatNeverEnds: Darkseid's fall from the Fourth World has enough metaphysical momentum to drag ''Earth itself'' towards the pitch-black hole at the bottom of creation.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Glorious Godfrey as Reverend Good, looks like Don King (appearance-wise) with elements of Al Sharpton in his public persona (Godfrey poses as a minister and social activist).
* NoFourthWall: When inside the Thought-Robot, Superman is so powerful he can see the fourth wall. He hears breathing coming from "a direction that has no name" and senses a "presence" that he can almost touch.
* NoSell: A virus isn't going to do much to someone who's not technically alive, like Frankenstein.
* OmnicidalManiac: Darkseid is dying, so he decides to take ''the whole freaking multiverse'' to his black hole of a grave. Also Mandrakk, an EldritchAbomination and [[OurVampiresAreDifferent cosmic parasite]] who hungers for the multiverse. He may or may not be [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths the original Monitor]].
* OrwellianRetcon: For some reason, the ball-gag on ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'s Female Fury outfit was taken out in the collected editions.
* PapaWolf: Dr. Sivana, of all characters, who turns on Libra after watching his kids get Anti-Life'd.
* PossessionBurnout: Possession by an Apokalyptian causes the host body to burn out.
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler:Nix Uotan delivers one to Mandrakk just after the Green Lanterns impale him at the same time (though he's holding Ultraman's corpse at the moment):]]
--> [[spoiler:"No one *** with the judge of all evil."]]
** Annoyingly this is changed in the digital version to [[spoiler: “Don’t push your luck with the judge of all evil”]]
* PretenderDiss: Sivana thinks Hatter's technology is medieval junk.
* PsychicNosebleed: UpToEleven with Checkmate employing a whole room of telepaths who attempt to purge the planet of Anti-Life. Every one of them is either bleeding out of cranial orifices or unconscious.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: ''Rogues Revenge'' has this on multiple levels. It brought Geoff Johns back to the Flash-corner of the DCU after having left back in 2005. It also brought back Scott Kolins, who had been Johns' main artist from 2001-2003.
* RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler: Darkseid]].
* RealityBreakingParadox: The superintelligent New God Metron, forced into a paraplegic human body by Darkseid, restores both his own powers and Nix Uotan's by [[MundaneMadeAwesome solving a Rubik's Cube in seventeen moves]], one less than the lowest number possible by humans.
* ReligionOfEvil: The Religion Of Crime.
* {{Retirony}}: In ''Rogues' Revenge'', Captain Cold and the other Flash villains intend to hang up the costumes once they've gotten revenge on Inertia for tricking them into killing Kid Flash. Once they succeed, however, Libra informs them that Barry Allen's back from the dead. They quickly realize they're not going to have any choice but to stay in the game.
* RuleOfSymbolism: The entire story can perhaps be summed up as "DC does [[Literature/BookOfRevelation Revelation]]," with Superman and Nix Uotan both playing UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, Mandrakk as {{Satan}}, Darkseid as [[TheAntichrist The Beast]], the Female Furies as the HorsemenOfTheApocalypse, the superheroes as the 144,000 chosen spared from the Antichrist's wrath by God, and the Anti-Life Equation as the NumberOfTheBeast. The medieval Christian concept of the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musica_universalis Music of the Spheres]]" also gets a mention, [[spoiler:which Superman takes advantage of at the climax to render Darkseid DeaderThanDead]].
* SanitySlippage: Ultraman, for one.
--> '''Ultraman''': There ''is'' a god. And he ''hates'' us all.
** Mind you, he's ''ecstatic'' about this. [[GoMadFromTheRevelation And not entirely wrong.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Most Excellent Superbat's power.
** Basically, he screws all the rules of time, space and money by employing a suit of armor ''powered by the energy of infinite money''. [[Creator/GrantMorrison Or something.]]
* SexSlave: In issue 5, Libra insinuates that Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} will be used as this once she's brainwashed.
-->'''Libra:''' If you show willing, I might even let you be first in line with ''Supergirl''...
* ShoutOut: In ''Final Crisis Aftermath: DANCE'', the Super Young Team disbands halfway through the series and everyone goes their separate ways. True to his stated desire for "constant forward motion", Well-Spoken Sonic Lightning Flash decided to take a walk and simply kept going, eventually amassing followers who walk behind him. You know, like Forrest's cross-country run in ''Literature/ForrestGump''.
* ShutUpHannibal: Batman did this to Darkseid.
* SinisterMinister: Reverend G. Godfrey Good, who is actually Glorious Godfrey, Darkseid's propaganda minister, having hijacked the body of a preacher.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: The novelization show [[spoiler: Turpin comatose, but alive after Darkseid leaves his body.]]
* SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum: Darkseid's had his heart ripped out by Orion and is falling backwards through time, leaving a black hole in his wake. He knows he's a dead man either way, so he's decided to park himself on Earth-0, the cornerstone of TheMultiverse, to drag everything and everyone that ever lived into Hell with him.
* TakingYouWithMe: The real reason Darkseid is doing all this? He's dying and as a final "fuck you" to everybody, he's decided to ''[[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum destroy the entire multiverse]]''.
* TimeSkip: The series skips about a month (or more due to time distortion messing up the passage of time) forward in time at the end of the third issue, between the release of the Anti-Life Equation and the Flashes Wally West and Barry Allen's failed attempt to intercept the bullet that killed Orion. This was reflected with the ''Final Crisis'' mini-series skipping a month between #3 and #4, a move that was done mainly to give the book's artist a chance to catch up with deadlines. Which he couldn't do, leading to issues #4-6 being delayed and delayed again and again, forcing DC into the position to having to bring in fill-in artists to draw large portions of ''Final Crisis'' #5-6 and ultimately ''Final Crisis'' #7, due to the company refusing to delay 70-80% of their line of comics while the book was finished.
** Interestingly, this was mostly done on just the planet Earth, the rest of the universe went on as normal with only a few days passing everywhere else while Earth was skipping time.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: The bottom of a metafictional black hole on the brink of swallowing the very idea of Franchise/TheDCU.
* TheVirus: The Anti-Life Equation turned was promoted to this.
** There was also a God-Disease released that shut down many superhero's powers, including Dr. Mid-Nite's, but wasn't elaborated on any more than Frankenstein being immune to it (due to him not actually being alive).
*** This appears to be one of the things ''Countdown'' was supposed to explain. That did not go well.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Ultraman for the Supermen team; he even ends up becoming Mandrakk's [[TheDragon Dragon]]. He was only recruited as a tool for Superman's ascension to the Monitors' plane of existence.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: Batman's life is so hardcore that he is able to weaponize his memories in order to ruin Mokkari and Simyan's plan of using him as a template for an army of evil clones.
* TookALevelInBadass: Darkseid took ''several''.
** Talky Tawny.
* TrueFinalBoss: The entire series is about the heroes of Earth defeating Darkseid. Once he's beaten, the final battle turns out to be against Mandrakk.
* VeryPunchableMan: Human Flame. A loud-mouthed, two-bit thug that thought losing ''once'' to Martian Manhunter made him Lex Luthor's better, he was the first one in line to sign up with Libra. At his behest, Libra brutally killed J'onn, and in exchange, he forced an Apokoliptian helmet on the fool's head, [[MindRape turning him into]] [[MindControl the first Justifier]]. He was further kicked around in the folllow-up series, mostly due to his own idiotic greed, and when he finally got enough power to make the waves he wanted, he was defeated by using so much of it he became a gigantic, immobile statue.
* TheWarToEndAllWars: It's in the title. Much like the original source of the phrase, [[NonIndicativeName it wasn't]].
* WritingForTheTrade: Reading it in its original form was confusing at best, incomprehensible at worst. In the trade, where most of the important tie-ins were included, it becomes a tour-de-force, especially if you have the ''R.I.P.'' trade handy as well (as that has the Batman tie-ins by Morrison).
** Reading Morrison's own Seven Soldiers is important, too. Whilst the various series got lost in the build-up to Infinite Crisis and was branded as 'on the eve of Infinite Crisis, this is what Character X was doing before that!', it actually proves to be very important in the setup for Final Crisis. It explains a variety of questions - Which DC Editorial then went and trampled over by having Countdown try to explain everything and try to line up the dots, only to fail miserably.
* YearOutsideHourInside: Time is implied to pass this way for the Monitors. The Thought-Robot, for instance, was only created after the original ''Crisis on Infinite Earths'', which thanks to ComicBookTime can't have been more than a decade ago for the characters involved, yet to the Monitors it's so unspeakably ancient that not even they have any idea what its purpose is, despite their supposed omniscience. In ''Superman Beyond'', their realm has long since gone to ruin due to Darkseid's fall, even before the Anti-Life Equation hits Earth.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: As soon as Godfrey, Simyan, and Mokkari are finished helping Darkseid arrive on Earth, he lets their human bodies rot away without transferring their souls into new ones, which seemingly [[DeaderThanDead kills them permanently]].