Fanfic: With This Ring

The Team

Paragon path:
"This is my cause, this is my fight!
Shine through the void with orange light!
I've claimed all within my sight!
To keep what is mine, that is my right!"

Renegade path:
"This is my power, this is my might!
I stand alone in darkest night!
With this ring, my foes I smite!
I conquer all with orange light!"

With This Ring is a Self-Insert Young Justice fanfic written by Mr Zoat, and posted on Spacebattles, featuring him as Orange Lantern 2814, and founding member of The Team.

It is currently on its eleventh thread, and has a story-only thread. Links to the threads: Thread 1, Thread 2, Thread 3, Thread 4, Thread 5, Thread 6,Thread 7,Thread 8,Thread 9,Thread 10,Thread 11 and Story only.

Not to be confused with the trope With This Ring, which is about wedding rings.
  • Achilles' Heel: Initially, Orange Lantern (OL) has absolutely no ability to resist magic, meaning spells that others would shrug off were crippling to him. Chaos magic was even worse, as it could ignore his shields. Paragon!OL rectified this with a high-grade defensive magical amulet from Atlantis, but that only protects him from direct magical attacks, leaving magic-users one of his worst match-ups.
    • OL has a huge weakness to telepathic attacks. In a fight with Miss Martian she easily takes control of him. Renegade!OL rectifies this by getting training from Manchester Black. But psychics are terrible opponents.
    • He also employs clever tactics, advanced constructs, and sophisticated attacks as standard, but as a result he is easily flustered by direct, intense pressure that doesn't give him time to think or plan. This is in contrast to Green Lanterns, who are typically quite adept at simply reacting without thinking in combat.
  • Accidental Public Confession: While discussing Paul's candidacy in the League, Wonder Woman puts a call from him on speaker without him knowing. So everyone ended up finding out the harrowing details of the second CADMUS clone and him calling them out on missing it.
  • Accomplice by Inaction: OL of both timelines is infuriated that the Justice League lets Nabu possess Zatara without concern for Zatara himself. Especially when Paul and Zatanna had to find out from the news they let Nabu in the Justice League.
  • Accusation Fic: Calls out the League on how they fumbled with Superboy: while Paul admits that Superman doesn't have to get involved, it doesn't excuse how no one bothered to check up on him. OL had Miss Martian check Superboy's mind for implanted triggers and help integrate his psychically implanted knowledge. It's only through Orange Lantern, Miss Martian and Wonder Woman's efforts that Superboy isn't the maladjusted, angry mess that he was in canon.
    • The League gets a massive call-out for their mishandling of the CADMUS investigation.
    • OL and Zatanna lose faith in the League when they had to find out from the news' that Nabu, the creature that kidnapped Zatanna's father, is being allowed into the League.
  • Adaptational Badass: Following in Young Justice tradition, Onomatopoeia. In the comics, a guy with a gimmick. Here? A powerful magic user that uses onomatopoeia as the incantations for his spells.
    • And also Dark Druid. In comics, he was a villain from the U.K. and thus barely even mentioned. Here, there are hints at him being a herald of the Black Lantern Corps.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Teth Adam was a vicious Anti-Hero or super villain driven by his Deliberate Values Dissonance and even committed genocide. Teth Adom is far more open minded to modern values due to his 80-year rule as pharaoh, who tries to help Kahndaq by overthrowing its dictator and is elected Kahndaq's president.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Nabu's actions are not excused as a necessary evil, he is fully portrayed as villainous and needing to be stopped. It's very telling that in the Crime Syndicate Mirror Universe, where all the heroes are villains, his counterpart Doctor Chaos is a good guy.
  • Adult Fear: Robin's uncle, Rick, was healed from his comatose state thanks to Orange Lantern and woke up to discover that his nephew had become a vigilante. He's currently taking a "don't ask, don't tell" stance on the matter, since the last time he asked for details he only wound up losing sleep when thinking about it.
    • In "Contingency" Alan Scott has a bad fall. OL is terrified because his grandmother never recovered from her fall and she was younger than Alan.
    • Displaced is this incarnate. With the adults suddenly disappearing, children die in droves, especially young children. To give a picture of it:
    Orange Lantern: Tell Batman to imagine a world where in every hospital, every clinic, every doctor's surgery... Doctors: gone. Surgeons: gone. Anaesthetists: gone. Critical care nurses: gone. Any child who was undergoing surgery when the separation occurred is most likely already dead. Most children who were in critical care wards will be dying without the constant attention they need. Small babies who were being bathed when their parents disappeared stand a good chance of drowning." My voice hitches. "And good as autopilots are I don't know how long we've got until planes start falling out of the sky with no pilots. Major roads are covered in crashed cars, the injured and the dead and there aren't enough of us to help. I will be astonished if we keep the death toll to a mere five figures -most of whom will be children- and I will shout the praises of any deity who feels like chipping in, we cannot afford- We can't afford to pay any unessential attention to secondary objectives. Please pass that on.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Paul learns to that he needs to take off the ring and be himself to distance himself from the ring's influence when it started to negatively impact his mind after nearly being killed in a home invasion. He stops an episode after when he gets caught off guard, though later text does imply that he kept up the practice.
  • All for Nothing: Paul merges with the Ophidian to save his surviving friends and Earth from an Alien Invasion during its Darkest Hour, only to find it was never real and no one was in danger.
  • Alternate Universe: Justified that OL is stranded in a universe where there are superheroes, magic, aliens, and etc.. Though there are interesting differences from our world (see Different World, Different Movies): there is a Pope Pius XIII; Richard Dawkins apparently doesn't exist or didn't became very important (likely because of the universe's aforementioned Fantasy Kitchen Sink which makes Dawkins' outspoken skepticism totally irrelevant), and the September 11 attacks never happened.
    • There are apparently two universes the stories take place in- the main one, and a second world where Paul takes more actions that could be termed renegade, such as turning Sportsmaster into a construct, trying to steal tech from the New Gods, injecting himself with Venom Buster, and eventually begins calling himself Grayven.
    • And there is the Crime Syndicate universe (aka Earth -14), which take place before and after the events of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. Here, Paul is a Blue Lantern, who goes by the name of Power Ring and is a Made Man of Ultraman, and is technically babysitting the more adolescent tempered Young Offenders in check.
    • It's also Word of God that there is a version of Paul in the Teen Titans Go! universe...and his sheer revulsion towards said universe resulted in him getting a Red power ring.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: Paul plans to invoke the trope by using his powers and convincing other people (both heroes and villains) to help improving and advancing Earth. For example he single-handedly cleaned up the Great Pacific rubbish patch and clearing Earth's orbit of space debris.
    • He is also working on a plan to re-ice the poles using appropriated ice villain's tech.
  • Androids Are People, Too: Despite their friends treating Firebrand and Red Tornado as people, the U.S. government ruled that they're not.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Zatara isn't too impressed by Paul's association with John Constantine, mainly because he knows what happens to people who work with John or owe him favors. When he learns that Paul had John give him magical tattoos that will help him develop a soul he freaks out and rushes to the cave to make sure that Paul isn't about to suffer some horrible fate in the near future.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Wonder Woman briefly doubts the existence of a Zombie Green Lantern. Paul responds that there have been far stranger lanterns, listing off that there have been lanterns who have been a Mathematical Equation, a Robot, a Squirrel, a Plant, and a Planet (and yes, all of those are real.)
    • When Kid Flash decides to go on his "Magic isn't real" rant just before the battle with Klarion, OL points out that not only is it real, but that several League members and Aqualad are all proficient in its use.
  • Armor Is Useless: Averted, so hard, with the Trope itself being Subverted by Orange Lantern, who wears high grade body armor under his Ring-generated armor, which wound up saving his life. He also points out that Robin and Kid Flash have Kevlar incorporated in their costumes, and later convinces Kaldur to wear Ocean Master's armor in battle after he claimed it as spoils of war, and arranged for Artemis and Zatanna to acquire proper armor of their own. And Kon, despite the whole "near-invulnerable kryptonian" thing, received a set of armor with Nth metal in the Paragon timeline, increasing his durability and allowing him the power of flight. In Renegade, Kon has Apokolipitian armor despite being full Kryptonian. On top of all that, when stealth goes out the window, one of the first thing OL usually does is cover the entire team in Construct-armor. So far only M'gann is the only one he hasn't convinced to wear extra plating in the field, and that's more of her powerset not being suitable for it than anything else.
    • When Zatanna brings up Wonder Woman fighting crime in what is essentially a leotard, OL points out that not only could Wonder Woman, quote, "Tank anti-armor rounds naked", but her armor was forged by the Greek God of the forge and is actually of higher quality than his own.
    • Played with in regards to head covering and hand coverings; OL deems the loss of awareness and dexterity far more deleterious to his survival than a minor increase in protection.
      • OL later produces a power-armor construct that includes a fully covering helmet with 360-degree vision coverage through construct cameras.
    • Had Prince Orm wore gauntlets with his Ocean Master armor, he probably wouldn't have lost his hands.
  • Asshole Victim: Several examples.
    • Theodore Adam gets his soul eaten when he loses his trial by Adom's gods.
    • According to Adom, his father was so awful that even the Wizard thought he deserved Adom killing him.
    • Wotan, Felix Faust and Wizard are executed by the Chinese government in the Renegade timeline for their part in causing a global genocide of children.
    • Sportsmaster and Bane become Grayven's constructs.
    • Prince Orm loses his hands after he takes the pregnant Queen Mera hostage.
  • Author Filibuster: Played for Laughs when OL goes over defending Guy Fawkes Night with Zatanna. He then shortly start criticizing about the American Revolution (as "complete nonsense you lot get taught about British colonial policy") until being interrupted by Kid Flash.
  • Avengers Assemble: When the Justice League is mind-controlled by the Light, the Team gathers the Frees, Firebrand, Alan Scott, Hardware, Teth Adom, John Constantine and Brainwave to help them take back the League and fight the Light.
  • Badass Boast: "Power rings are awesome."
  • Badass Creed:
    • Orange Lantern's initial oath:
    This is my power
    This is my light.
    Be it bright of day or black of night.
    I claim all that lies within my sight.
    • Paragon!Orange Lantern's oath post- Orange Enlightenment.
    This is my cause, this is my fight!
    Shine through the void with orange light!
    I've claimed all within my sight!
    To keep what is mine, that is my right!
    • Renegade!Orange Lantern's oath
    This is my power, this is my might!
    I stand alone in darkest night!
    With this ring, my foes I smite!
    I conquer all with orange light!
    • Paragon!Orange Lantern's oath when fusing with the Ophidian for the second time.
    This is our cause!
    This is our fight!
    Let none who live dispute our right!
    Powered by need, our tireless might
    Guides all souls with orange light!
  • Badass Family: In addition to the Bat Family (Batman, Robin, etc.), we also have a burgeoning Wonder Woman family, consisting of Cassie Sandsmark (future Wonder Girl), Donna Troy (Troia), Kon-El/Conner Kent (Superboy), and Orange Lantern.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: The Narrator takes great care to ensure that he stays this trope, as his ring will constantly subtly influence his mind towards avarice; he must continually counter that with meditation on his own desires and a rational breakdown of them, on top of aligning his desires with the desires of other individuals he cares about and the population at large.
    • Wonder Woman openly comments that when she first met Paul (Paragon), she thought he was obviously a supervillain- appears out of nowhere, fueled by pure avarice, refuses to tell his name, and attempts to buy Alan Scott's personal battery. His actions, however, have been almost nothing but good (A few Elemental Possessions and Giant Naked Statues aside, of course).
  • Bathroom Break-Out: Among his escape attempts, J'onn J'aarkn tries to escape via the toilet but only to be caught the in the act by OL.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Through using magical LSD, OL facilitates Black Adam and Teth Adom's judgement by the gods to determine who gets the gods' blessing and who gets their soul eaten.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In "Contingency" OL complains endlessly over the sloppiness of Martian Manhunter's training scenario, he complains that its uncreative and unrealistic because the Justice League in it act very uncharacteristically. He definitely gets his wish for realism.
  • Becoming the Mask: A literal example. IN the Renegade timeline, Orange Lantern rolled with the mistaken identification of being Grayven in order to foil several Apokolpian invasion schemes for earth by 'claiming it as his own'. Disturbingly he has found himself haveing flashbacks to Grayvens past and is finding difficulty separating his SI past life and Grayven's in his memories.
  • Befriending the Enemy/The Sponsor: Due to Guy Gardner's comments about positive connections preventing criminal recidivism, Paragon!OL aims to convince supervillains to reform by helping and encouraging them to more positive or beneficial goals. He's this to Cheshire, the Terror Twins, Lex Luthor and Abra Kadabra.
    • When Cheshire is sent to jail, OL encourages her to keep her nose clean, get a GED and helps her get transferred to a nice prison. He hires Lex Luthor's defense team to get her a reduced sentence.
    • OL promises to get Abra Kadabra a magic teacher if he doesn't commit any crime for a year and encourages him with a beginner's book for explaining magic. He teaches Abra a few spells when the latter defends the prison staff in the New Years Belle Reve breakout.
    • OL visits the Terror Twinsnote  regularly in prison and explains to them how they make more money legally as opposed to robbing banks. OL encourages Thomas to get a GED to make his resume look better.
    • With Lex Luthor, OL encourages him to research the Danner Formula in hopes that Lex could make Bio-Augmentation more safe and mainstream. OL points to him how magic can be innovative because its many uses are so ill-researched by most people.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: The lanterns initially mock Guy because he's a loud, obnoxious man with a crass attitude and is more than a little reckless. However, he learned how to project constructs without tying them to the ring before either Hal or John, figured out how to use his ring to heal himself based on something he watched Paul do, and helps rehabilitate criminals.
    • He also learned how to weaponize his large ego, or rather, he figured out how to No Sell Orange Lantern assimilation because he wills himself to be the best he can be, and since he's already perfect, if he changed he wouldn't be the best, now would he?
  • Big "Shut Up!": Swamp Thing (who is in giant form) said this to Poison Ivy when he is about to cut off her connection to The Green.
    Swamp Thing: Your.. voice. Always.. on the edge of hearing. Whining, screeching, demanding voice! Be.. silenced.
  • Big "YES!": OL says this when he sees the newly-freed Teth Adom in the flesh.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: September 17, OL's birthday is celebrated with the Team stopping a break-out at Belle Reve. To fair, he didn't tell anyone that it was his birthday.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Invoked by M'gann in her Shapeshifter Default Form. She knows that females aren't allowed to look alien, which is why she goes out of her way to look as human as possible. She slowly grows more comfortable to look more alien and embrace her White Martian side.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: No pun intended but the Ophidian. It understands the concept of wanting and being possessive of something but doesn't understand emotion outside of it. Paulphidian couldn't literally understand emotions such as love, hate and anger when he tried recalling what he felt.
    • Also OL himself, he frequently declares his friends to be his in his narrative but usually it doesn't mean anything romantic.
    • Pun almost certainly intended when Power Ring Blue, Orange Lantern's Antimatter Universe counterpart, is introduced as the supervisor for the Young Offenders.
  • Body Horror: Klarion's chaos magic cone destroys OL's stomach, small intestine, liver and quarter of his left lung. It's due to his ring that he survived.
  • Boldly Coming: The Martian Manwomanhunter, J'onn J'aarkn loves having sex with humans. So much, that the former biology teacher made a career out of it as an adult film star.
  • Boring but Practical: When OL first comes to this universe, he doesn't try some complex scheme to power up- he simply goes to the original Earth Green Lantern's house, knowing that he's retired from costumed heroics, and offers to buy his lantern.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Played with. While it's good for Superboy to learn hand-to-hand combat, Orange Lantern fears that he's being held back by Black Canary. Black Canary is vulnerable to being torn apart by Superboy if he doesn't hold himself back. If Superboy gets too used to holding himself back, he will not fight at full strength in combat. So OL asks Wonder Woman, who's better trained and far stronger than Superboy to train him.
    • OL learns how to use a gun in-case he gets separated from his ring or his ring runs out of power.
  • Breaking Speech: This is what Father Matias' exorcism of Paulphidian consists of, deconstructing their motives so Paul would kick the Ophidian out.
  • Breather Episode: After intense episodes with the League getting mind-controlled, setting the stage for Nabu's capture and fighting back a jailbreak, the Team helps the government deport a Martian porn star and go to the Thymyscira for a holiday before the island gets attacked.
  • Brick Joke: OL covers up his Male Gaze moment on Wonder Woman by performing an impromptu Sherlock Scan and saying he was staring at her armor. After discussing the nature of OL's relationship with Superboy, Donna snarks she understands why he was staring at her armor...and later still when visiting Themyscira OL realises his genuine inspection of a guard's orichicalcum armor is being mistaken.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Several years before the story proper, John Constantine gathered up his friends and allies, and managed to stop an evil cult from summoning an Eldritch Abomination; at the cost of one of their number being driven insane, and several of them dying. Including Zatanna's mother. Zatara's never forgiven him for getting her involved.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Due the ring being the source of Paul's power, this comes up:
    • OL's ring battery runs out of power in the middle of the desert after wasting it because he thought he was in a dream.
    • OLis separated from his ring when Red Torpedo and Red Inferno invade Mount Justice.
    • OLwillingly gives up his ring after he freed from the Ophidian. Batman permits him to take it back when it becomes clear that Paul regained his sanity and his trustworthiness.
    • OL's ring is tainted by Klarion in Displaced so Klarion would steal the ring's power. So he takes it off and uses his pistol to fight him off.
    • OL's ring is stolen by Truggs after getting jumped due to a Wounded Gazelle Gambit.
    • A non-OL example Swamp Thing cuts off Poison Ivy's connection to the Green, reducing her to a normal woman.
    • Paul voluntarily gives up the rings in order to hide the Orange Light from Larfleeze's construct, Blume. To paraphrase Paul, this creature was viewed as a god of hunger, and then it got Lantern Powers.
  • Buy Them Off: When OL first meets Alan Scott, he tries to buy his lantern off him.
    • Artemis accuses Paulphidian of trying this when he proposes to give her asteroid gold in order to give her the funds to go independent.
  • Call Back: During their trip to the Logan Animal Sanctuary, Firebrand asks OL about the offer of making her his Manhunter.
    • In the first episode, OL is afraid to use the Zeta Beam in fear of getting Telefragged. In Contingency, OL spoils Kid Flash's Hope Spot by pointing that the alien invaders' Zeta Beams cause Death by Telefragging.
    • In Dependency Day, OL comments how annoying how most copies of On Liberty only have the name of John Stuart Mill when it was co-written with his wife, Harriet Taylor. For Christmas, months later OL gives Diana a homemade copy with Harriet Taylor's name as a present.
    • In Ex Perdition A co-worker of Martian adult actor J'arrkn, mentions knowing Orange Lantern through his post Displaced interview with Cat Grant.
    • In Zatanna's introduction chapter, Artemis asks her why she can just say "Erif" when attacking someone. When Mistress Martian was attacking them, Zatanna does just that.
    • Paul jokingly tries to suggest that the Grecian Pantheon bring in gods or goddesses from other pantheons to make up for failing ones in their own to Diana, who laughs and says that they're not going to do that just so Paul can play "Musical Pantheons." Several months later, when visiting Themyscera, Paul accidentally causes Hera to divorce Zeus, causing a huge shakeup in the Grecian Pantheon.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: OL does this on Artemis and Jade's behalf to Sportsmaster during the New Years Breakout.
  • Camping a Crapper: Red Torpedo separates OL away from his ring and nearly kills him by flooding the bathroom when Paul took it off to go to use the toliet.
  • Canon Immigrant: Mainstream DC Comics characters that didn't appear or mention in the original Young Justice show are: Yao Fei from the Great Ten; John Constantine and the recurring cast of Hellblazer; the casts of Knight and Squire including the eponymous duo, Captain Cornwall and Cornwall Boy, and Dark Druid; Arnold Munro from Young All-Stars; Swamp Thing and Abigail Arcane; Henry King, Jr. of Infinity, Inc.; Holly Robinson; and the Super Young Team. There are also a few cameos from the comic "The Sandman," including Delerium of the Endless and Lord Kilderkin, and OL's Evil Counterpart Nylor Truggs is originally from Dial H For Hero.
  • The Cameo: Desire of the Endless briefly came to watch Ophidian-possessed OL when the latter is suffering a severe mental withdrawal.
  • Captain Oblivious:
    • OL didn't realize the store he went to buy clothes was a mob-front despite there being guns and cocaine around him.
    • It isn't until after he leaves the Amazonian temple of Hera that he realizes that the sobbing woman, inconsolable over the discovery that Zeus had been once again lying about remaining faithful, who he just convinced that Hera should probably divorce Zeus was, in fact, Hera herself, and not just a very passionate priestess.
    • OL never notices women hitting on him. This is mostly because he had the ring reduce his testosterone production in order to prevent himself from desiring a woman enough to misuse his power.
  • Character Development:
    • Paul learns after his fight with Artemis that just because he thinks he's right, it doesn't mean that he should force change on others when they don't want them. If he wants someone to change he has to present it in a way they would benefit from and agree with.
    • Artemis is initially distrustful of the Team and belittling of OL. After OL gets her to open up by apologizing to her and healing her mother, she displays a sense of humor and starts spending more time with the Team. She eventually opens up about her past on her own and she becomes OL's closest friend.
    • Superboy is angry, lost and resentful as he was in canon but due to having a support system in the form of Orange Lantern, Miss Martian and Wonder Woman he gains more confidence, becomes less angry and grows into his own person. He no longer desires the attention of Superman after he is adopted by Wonder Woman.
    • Miss Martian is initially so ashamed of her true form and how alien it looks that it took a great deal of courage just to reveal her false Green Martian form. After she is accepted by OL even when she accidentally reveals her White Martian true form, she starts to grow more self-confidence. To the point she deliberately makes herself look alien to replace Martian Manhunter as a telepathic specialist for Psimon's trial. When the sleazy J'onn J'aarkin notes their superficial similarities, she deliberately gives herself her White Martian color so she wouldn't be associated with J'aarkin.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Scott was to recharge his ring despite the ban from the Guardians to help the Green Lanterns deal with Paulphidian. He and the Lanterns get curb-stomped before they could stop them. Since Alan's ring still has most of its charge he decides to help Paul and the Team fight the Light and free the Justice League.
    • Paul jokes that he's not going anywhere the Greek Pantheon after Father Mattias makes a crack about their unreliability compared to Yahweh. He not only picks Eris, the Greek Goddess of Chaos as a his patron god during his visit to Thymyscira but meets Eris and Hera in person. And successfully convinces Hera to divorce Zeus.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Scott and Barda Free, who are initially introduced during an investigation of a Boom Tube sighting. Barda Free and Wonder Woman become fast friends and the possibility of them coming back to action is discussed. In both the Paragon and Renegade timelines, they are recruited when the Team has to fight the Light and the mind-control League.
    • Yao Fei AKA Accomplished Perfect Physician. He was brought up by Paragon!OL to Batman as a Justice League candidate to have a Combat Medic on board and he does join the Justice League and the Great Ten off-screen. Guess who the team has to fight when the League gets mind controlled? And manages to beat the Team back into retreating?
    • Cassie Sandsmark, the future Wonder Girl and illegitimate child by Zeus. It was mentioned that until she was found out, it was thought that Zeus had changed and was faithful to Hera. She becomes one of the reasons that Hera is successfully convinced to divorce Zeus.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: James Lockhart and Firebrand are first mentioned when Alan points them out while showing Paul his old photo album. James Lockhart is mentioned to have retired from superheroics early on to become a doctor. While Firebrand is mentioned to have died Taking the Bullet for Jay Garrick.
  • Closest Thing We Got: Paragon!OL goes to Cornwall Boy to get his magic-inflicted wounds healed because Cornwall Boy was the closest thing to a magic healer.
    • Paragon!OL and Superboy are forced to keep CADMUS open because it is only place on Earth with understanding of Kryptonian physiology in order to treat Match.
  • Colour-Coded Emotions: The Emotional Spectrum. Interestingly, the SI's thoughts and speech are often coloured Orange, and on occasion, the other colours of the spectrum. The Green Lanterns also demonstrate this, but so do other characters who feel particularly strong emotions.
  • Combat Medic: OL's secondary role to the team is a healer, he uses his abilities to immediately heal the team on site.
    • OL is also trying to get the League to get a dedicated Superpowered Healer for their team, as it would make life so much easier. He convinces Batman to get Accomplished Perfect Physician on the team.
  • Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Orange Lantern usually address super-villains by their real names, and generally thinks of everyone by their first name. This could get a bit confusing for the unwary reader were he in a location with, hypothetically, J'onn J'onnzz, John Stewart, and John Constantine all present.
  • Conservation of Competence: Bane and his henchmen keep asking Truggs to stop monologuing to the downed OL and let them finish him before he calls for back-up. Truggs tells them to shut up. They also question why Truggs is ordering them to give OL a chance to be spared.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Batman takes the cake. He managed to take down Constantine, when John was under a spell that made him invisible and so that no one wanted to even look at him. Batman noticed that no one was going into a certain part of the room or even looking at that part of the room, so he started attacking it to make sure.
  • Critical Research Failure: In-Universe example with Senator Knight's proposal to ban magic after the deaths of thousands of children in Displaced. Senator Knight didn't know that literally anyone can learn magic and he could found this out by asking Zatara, a Justice League member with a public address who is a magic specialist. His name became synonymous with obliviousness and ignorance.
  • Culture Clash: Being from Britain, OL had a bit of a shock when he had to adjust to living in America. Supermarkets tend to creep him out.
    • Kaldur is disturbed how surface-worlders tend to depict pirates as good guys in their fiction and how rare a negative portrayal is. Especially since pirates are a serious problems for Atlantians.
  • Curbstomp Battle: The general result of unpowered humans going up against Orange Lantern.
    • Orange Lantern is also at the receiving end of one, thanks to Klarion. He ends up with two chunks of raw Chaos Magic lodged in his chest and gut, which are shredding and melting his body, all the while triggering his pain receptors. Even worse, thanks to having no resistance to magic due to his lack of a soul, instead of ending after a few seconds, the spell just continues on endlessly. It takes most of his rings power to keep him alive, and the efforts of three different magic users to fix him. The rest of the Team fairs better, with the worst being M'gann, who suffers a few broken bones.
    "Not dead quite yet, M'gann."
    • OL actually breaks the infamous training simulation with the help of Ophidian, and simply starts assimilating all the alien ships. He gets up to seventy motherships under his control before J'onn manages to snap M'gann out of it.
    • Poison Ivy vs. Swamp Thing. Given that one is the champion of all plant life on earth and the other has spent a few years in Arkham... it doesn't end well for her.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: OL has the belief that supervillains will make incredible and revolutionary technology and proceed to use it badly. He decides to steal the technology from supervillains and fellow superheroes to improve the lives of the mainstream and superheroes.
    • OL discusses this with the Trope Namer and why he doesn't use the advanced technology to actually improve the world and dominate the market.
    • He also ask this to the Terror Twins of using their super-strengths to legitimately earn more income in demolition or ship breaking, or working for the military or CIA to have the permission to kill, which left Tuppence gobsmacked.
    • Justified, Clyde Phillips (aka Punch) refuses to sell his invention despite how much money it would make him and his wife because he calls it "selling out" and wants the recognition and fame on his terms despite OL offering to give him a ton of money to get it patented.
    • Also, there is Doctor Ojo, who found out that OL stole his weapon designs, he went ballistic and threatened to murder him and whoever OL gave the weapons to despite OL offering him a ton of money to get it patented. This affirms OL's belief that supervillains can't be trusted to make good decisions with their own tech.
  • Cutting the Knot: Comes up with OL around
    • When the team are fighting Mister Twister and come to the conclusion that it's Red Tornado in disguise, OL uses his ring to confirm Red Tornado's location: in the base.
    • OL and the Team were fighting Ocean Master while he's holding Queen Mera hostage. OL's constructs don't work on Ocean Master due to his armor's magical nature. What does he do? Cut off Ocean Master's hands which were the only things that weren't protected.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Truggs tries to fold Artemis hostage when the Team foil his ambush. Artemis takes none of this and stabs him the eye for his trouble.
  • Dating Catwoman: Double Subversion. Renegade!OL invoked the trope to cover up that Cheshire was his informant and mole for the League of Shadows. He later admits that he does desire her romantically after he keeps seeing her despite her no longer being useful as a spy. Cheshire and Renegade!OL become engaged.
    • Both played straight (metaphorically) and averted (literally) with Batman, who is currently in a relationship with Talia al Guhl, daughter of Ra's. Both Selina Kyle (Catwoman) and OL think that Catwoman would be better for him.
  • Deconstruction Fic: The story uses the Self-Insert to deconstruct things like why no one is using all the Schizo Tech to improve everyday technology, why no one has tried making magic or alchemy mainstream when they're real and documented things that are renewable resources. Why do heroes let horrible supervillains simply go to jail when they cause so much suffering when they're given the authority to do things that regular governments can't do. It's very telling when Orange Lantern tries to improve things or makes his views known, he is accused of being a Visionary Villain.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance:
    • Paul gets on the badside of Lori Lemaris when he comments on the possibility of reversing the graphs of Atlantians to make into Purebloods or baseline Humans.
    • In turn Lori clashes with Sephtian. Due to being a fish-graph Atlantian, she sees the mentioned comment as racism. Sephtian being part-of the genetically inbred and slowly dying Manta-graph Atlantian sees the possibility of changing or reversing his graph as a positive thing as his group suffers from many genetic diseases and are incapable of reproducing with anyone outside their group.
    • Teth Adom has to wrap his head around the ban of pork in the Islamic Kahndaq and how crippling horrible villains would be considered excessive force.
    • What was the act that proved to the wizard Shazam that Teth Adom was abusing his gifts to bring more power to himself and crossed the line? He was attempting to form the ancient equivalent of the Justice League! Teth Adom is extremely bitter about it as Captain Marvel's participation of the Justice League proves that he had the right idea. He notes that he and his contemporaries could have brought an age of Enlightenment and peace that no one had seen before, if it wasn't for the wizard's betrayal and his refusal to listen to Adom.
  • Demonic Possession: How everyone views the Ophidian's possession of Paul to the point of getting an exorcist. The exorcist notes that the Ophidian is not a demon and needs different methods to be driven out.
  • Didn't Think This Through: OL shortly realized that after turning Black Adam back to Teth Adom, he start attacking Wotan with near-lethal force by tearing his right arm off given that he's unfamiliar with the heroes' modern rules of engagement.
  • Different World, Different Movies: On movie night, OL founds out the varying and almost familiar movies on WebFilm.
  • Disconnected by Death: In Contingency OL calls Luthor in hopes of Luthor giving the team back-up. Unfortunately, Luthor's company building is also being attacked and Luthor was making a Last Stand by keeping a protective shield to protect fleeing employees. Luthor gives OL his technological database before the call disconnects when the building is annihilated.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: OL has his moments...
    • OL gets very distracted by Diana's appearance when he first meets her, not that he'll admit it.
    • Invoked by Artemis as she tries to use the shirtless Kon to win a fight against OL. She later succeeds by giving him a kiss so he wouldn't put his shields up when she slapped him.
    • Zatanna also gets distracted when OL takes off his top to show his protective tattoos.
  • Doing In the Scientist: After intensive study and experimentation of the Danner Formula and the Garrick Formula, OL, Jay Garrick and Kid Flash conclude that both formula shouldn't work according to scientific principles. Further study implies that there's something alchemical and magical about it that's making it work.
  • Dramatic Irony: OL shuts down Robin and Red Arrow's attempts to find the mole, pointing out that the claim came from a criminal, a claim that was unsubstantiated after they did multiple background checks and tests for mind-control. The only one he didn't check was Red Arrow because he wasn't part of the team.
    • Renegade!OL is considering working with the Light after his disappointment with the Justice League. Artemis and Miss Martian accuse him of being the mole when he had never worked with the Light before and he is still loyal to the Team.
    • Renegade!OL notes that in group with an alien and two clones, he has the most alien morality on the Team.
    • One of Zatara's stipulations to allow Zatanna to become a superhero is she never associate with John Constantine. Guess who she works with in order to bring Zatara back?
  • Drugged Lipstick: Orange Lantern falls victim to this after kissing Jade, because he didn't scan her lips. He found the idea of this too implausible (which, in reality, it would be, but he didn't account for the more subtle differences between his universe and YJ's universe).
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe. After Paulphidian makes Kid Flash ice cream, Kid Flash jokes that he likes the new Paul. Artemis, who was a close friend of Paul, attempts to deck him for the tasteless joke.
  • Dull Surprise: OL's reaction to the death of the Justice League in "Contingency", snarking at the unoriginality of it before his friends tell him to take it more seriously.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Unbeknownst to OL, Zatanna definitely liked what she saw when he took his shirt and posed to show off his magical tattoos while he was intoxicated on magic.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Artemis and Robin, after Ophidian-OL gives the Danner formula against their will.
  • Eternal English: Averted, Teth Adom had to be taught English and Kahndaqi Arabic by university students in exchange teaching them ancient Kahndaqi.
    • Truggs mentions spending months learning English when he got to the past as the language and dialect changed drastically in the future.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Bane was about to tear Paragon!OL's head off when he believed the latter desecrated his mother's grave. Paragon clarifies that he simply scanned through the ground in order to get her DNA.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played with in the Renegade timeline, everyone in the Light is horrified and appalled by Klarion's actions in Displaced and his idea of a "distraction." Grayven mocks this as he internally notes that most of the Light are guilty of attempted genocide and notes that they're not as good as they think they are.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone can see OL's attraction to Superboy and everyone made jokes about it until Kon hooked up with M'gann. Conner's classmates asked if Paul and Conner were in an "alternative relationship."
    • People started joking how Zatanna and OL are together a lot, not knowing they are secretly plotting to rescue Zatanna's father.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • In the Paragon world, everyone assumes what makes Teth Adom lose his connection to the wizard is that Teth killed his father. Turns out that no, it was for something else; the wizard was totally fine with Teth's father getting killed. Again, the Wizard, who champions the fight against the seven deadly sins of man, says that it was okay to kill this guy. Yikes.
    • While J'onn J'aarkn will proudly have sex with Anything That Moves, even he stays away from the likes of Sonic Sally.
  • Everyone Hates Fruit Cakes: Subverted, to the surprise of Cat Grant and Guy Gardener OL's giant fruit cake is delicious. OL notes that his mother taught him to make proper fruit cake.
  • Exact Words: During Bane's assassination attempt, OL orders the ring to "Find the Missiles." He has to narrow the search parameters once it begins showing him the location of every rocket-based weapon in Asia.
    • In Contingency, Paragon!OL gives his lantern back to the then dead Alan. He then steals it back in hopes that he is technically no longer bound to his vow to Gaia as the vow didn't cover him stealing back.
    • Renegade!OL is responsible for the deaths of Felix Faust, Wotan and Blackbriar Thorn. He's not punished by Gaia because he didn't kill them: he simply delivered them to the Chinese government to be given trial. The country most likely to give them the death penalty due to their harsher laws on metahumans and the severe child death toll.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When OL and Diana are discussing the Greek Pantheon, OL comments that Hera doesn't get much out of being Queen of the Gods to due marrying Zeus. Diana defends Zeus by saying that he doesn't cheat anymore and he's much more respectful of his marriage to Hera. OL has tell Diana of the eight-year old Cassie Sandsmark, one of OL's candidates for future recruitment. Who is a genetic match to her half-brother, Ares and whose mother met Zeus during a cruise on Greek waters.
  • Eye Colour Change/Glowing Eyes of Doom: The Orange Lantern's eyes will occasionally glow orange, due to augmenting his vision with his ring.
    • When he is feeling particularly strong avarice, his eyes will turn into Orange Lantern Corps symbols. This is consistent with other Lanterns, whose eyes turn into symbols of the emotion they feel strongly (usually their designated corps).
    • Paul is capable of summoning the Ophidian's eyes so that he can see people's deepest inner desires.
  • False Crucible: Despite OL knowing at first he was in a training scenario, that goes all out the window when M'gann accidentally hijacks it, making the Team believe its real.
  • Famed In-Story: Robin is well-known to be part of the Dynamic Duo and OL known through his various exploits in the Rhelasia Conference, the Injustice League, the Giant Cake and the post-"Displaced" interview. Justified as those events weren't covert ops missions and he is the only one on the Team that is legally an adult.
  • Family of Choice: Paul and Grayven have been emotionally adopted by the Nguyens to the point of spending the holidays with them. Paul is accepted as a surrogate brother while Grayven is accepted as a brother-in-law/son-in-law.
  • Fan Disservice: OL does a web search on Sonic Sally and it rewards him with a ten second clip of her masturbating with a piece of barbed wire.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: Teth Adom, the first Black Adam who later takes over the body of Theodore Adam with help from Paul, finds several things about the modern world strange and confusing, if not outright horrifying. Such as people turning away perfectly good food like bacon because of Religion, men no longer considering kilts fashionable clothing, and a funny, if disturbing, misunderstanding related to indoor plumbing and tap water, and their source.
  • Fee Fi Faux Pas: Orange Lantern has several of these. When he, Alan and Diana go to the mountain base for the first time, Alan asks to not be left behind. OL tells that he is used to slowing down for his grandfather as the man used to walk slow. Alan asks what did OL's grandfather do to stop walking slow. OL replies that his grandfather didn't stop walking slow, he died.
  • Flat "What.": In Skived this was OL's reaction to seeing the flying robot monkeys with jetpacks. In his defense, he was seeing flying robot monkeys with jetpacks.
  • Fictional Counterpart: OL comes across many. For example, the Great American Pancake Parlor for the International House of Pancakes.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Part of the Paragon!OL's plan to free Teth Adom from Black Adam was to get him to fight Black Adam from within.
  • Fix Fic: The story tries to fix or address the problematic aspects of canon.
    • For example, due to the team's increased acceptance of M'gann's telepathy OL had Superboy checked for telepathic suggestions or mental triggers. OL even chides Batman for their lack of follow-up.
  • Foreshadowing: Lots of it
    • When OL first charges his ring, the ring's AI nearly calls him with Larfleeze's designation, Agent Orange before giving him his proper designation.
    • When OL first heals Superboy, Superboy asks if OL could make him into a full Kryptonian when the latter was distressed over being a half-clone. OL couldn't, but Renegade OL does once he got his hands on the Father Box, which has an extensive xenobiology database.
    • When OL is trapped in a cage of fire with head injuries, he is begging his ring to come to him and said " Ophidian be useful for once!"
    • When trying to find the right philosophy to guide his Avarice through OL picks Maslow's Hierarchy of Need over the song "Invite Them In", concluding that taking desires of others as his own would be benevolent but would weaken him. The song is pivotal in "Reordered" as the song would constantly play on Paulphidian's ring. The song's moral is used to drive the Ophidian out of Paul and the moral helps Paul achieve Orange Enlightenment.
  • For Want of a Nail: The Renegade sections. In them, OL take choices that, normally, in the main fic he would of never made. Such as turning Sportsmaster into a construct and using the Venom-Blockbuster on himself.
    • In the Paragon timeline, OL asked for Alan Scott to come with him for his introduction onto the Team and they have a much closer relationship. Meanwhile in the Renegade timeline, OL didn't ask and he and Alan have a distant relationship.
    • There's a major one in "Contingency": in the Renegade section Artemis died first as of canon. Renegade!OL mourns her death but finds it uncharacteristic for Robin and Kid Flash to be so distraught over her when they weren't that close and didn't show any emotion over their mentors' death. Renegade figures out that it was a simulation and uses his anti-psychic training to break the simulation. In the Paragon section, Robin died first and OL and the team are lured further and further into the scenario. To the point that Paul uses desperate measures to save his friends and the remaining survivors.
    • Other difference is OL's reaction to M'gann's telepathy. Renegade!OL distrusts telepathy in general and learns how to block her while Paragon!OL is the first to accept M'gann's telepathy and sells the team on its usefulness in team cohesiveness.
    • The Forever People never show up for Sphere in the Paragon timeline because Paulphidian was running rampant.
  • Foreign Language Tirade: After Paragon!OL finds the identity of Bane's long-lost father, Bane goes on one when talking to the man. Especially, when Bane finds out how the man used Bane's poor mother and did not care for her in the least.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Robin and Artemis forgive Paul for giving them the Danner Formula without their permission because he wasn't in his right mind. That said, they were very uncomfortable being around him because he violated their trust.
  • Fountain of Youth: OL accidentally de-ages Paula Crock/Nguyen to her prime when he heals her spinal damage so she can walk again.
    • Whenever Alan Scott gets exposure to the Green Light, the years get taken off him. When he gives OL his lantern and his ring runs out of power, he regains his age.
  • Fusion Dance: Paul willingly merges with the Ophidian in Contingency due wanting the power to save his friends more than he wanted to remain himself. Paul gets the power of a Physical God while the Ophidian gets Paul's sanity to guide it. The shock of seeing M'gann die and finding out that scenario wasn't real, fuses the minds together.
  • G-Rated Drug: Ambient magic makes OL high due to the fact he has no natural resistance to it.
  • Generation Xerox: Discussed. Wally points out if Donna Troy joins the team, they would have a complete match of the original seven.
  • Genre Savvy: When investigating the rumors of a mole, OL and Kaldur first have themselves checked in case they were a Manchurian Agent. Kaldur has OL investigate his records while OL is questioned under the Lasso of Truth.
  • Giant Food: Ophidian-infused OL make a giant cake over New York City. He later had it stored in the mountains of Switzerland, but the problem is finding a way to bring it out after OL is separated from the Ophidian.
    • OL and the Green Lanterns finally get it out just in time for Christmas. It was a huge hit and caused a huge boon to the fruitcake industry.
  • Glamour Failure: J'onn J'arrkn tries escaping from the party using his less common female disguises. It fails as OL's empathetic vision allows him to track J'arrkn through his spiritual resonance, something J'aarkn cannot change.
  • God Guise: Renegrade!OL is mistaken for a god by the Forever People.
    • To be fair, the reasons for this are that the Orange Light "Feels" Apokolipian, and in the Renegade Omakes he physically resembles Grayven, one of Darkseid's sons.
  • God Was My Copilot: While on Themyscera, Paul declares his intention of following Eris, the Grecian Goddess of Chaos. Shortly after, an amazon named Seris (emphasis ours) drags him to a temple of Hera, where what Orange Lantern assumes is a high priestess of Hera is going on a bender because Zeus cheated on Hera... for the zillionth time, producing Cassie Sandsmark. OL points out that Hera should probably break up with Zeus, giving such reasons as "Divorce is part of marriage, even if it's not a nice part. This makes the "High Priestess" yell out "No more Zeus" and teleport away, Seris to slip him her number, and Paul to realize that, "Oh Crap!, That was Hera and Eris, and I may have just started a huge shakeup in the Grecian Pantheon."
  • Godzilla Threshold: When Earth is falling to an alien invasion with the Justice League and some of their friends dead. OL gets desperate, so desperate that he wanted power more than he wanted to remain himself, which he gets by summoning the Ophidian.
    • OL tells Martian Manhunter, it could have been worse: he has the Grimorium Verum, a guide book for extremely powerful demons, which he would have used if the Ophidian had fell through.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: OL is quite fond of using this as a solution to various problems - if there's a problem that neither his ring nor any of his teammates skills can handle easily, rather than trying to power through and risk failure, OL simply calls in one of the many heroes or neutral parties specializing in/responsible for dealing with the issue in question, whether calling in John Constantine for magical problems, contacting Swamp Thing and Green Lantern 1287 (Medphyll) for help with rampaging plants, or calling up The Shade for help with a monster from the Shadowlands.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Paragon!OL makes the base harder to break into and tries to make the Justice League stronger and more nationally diverse by recommending powerful non-American heroes such as the Accomplished Perfect Physician and has a list of others. This makes the base harder to break out of when their mind-controlled mentors attack them and the Accomplished Perfect Physician fights the Team into a retreat. Paul fears the list of recommended heroes could be used by the Light to lure others in for brainwashing in the guise of League try-outs.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: In Contingency, the Team were in a training simulation which unbeknownst to them was supposed to be difficult and purposely fail them to give an Aesop on dealing with failure. When M'gann's subconscious hijacks the simulation, the Team go into comas and something else comes out with them when it ends...
  • Good Morning, Crono: The story begins when he wakes up in other space with a ring on his finger.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: In the Crime Syndicate Universe (Earth-14), Paul is this, seeing as how he's a Made Man of Ultraman and part of an evil team, but there, he's a Blue Lantern. Blue lanterns operate on the power of hope, and are mostly known for their psychological and physical healing powers, as well as the ability to charge Green Lantern Rings by proximity.
  • Grand Theft Me: Nabu forces Zatara to wear him so Nabu would possess Zatara's body in exchange for releasing Zatanna. Whether Nabu keeps it depends on the timeline.
    • Teth Adom wins Black Adom's body as spoils after he wins the blessings of his gods.
  • Greed: As an Orange Lantern, he's powered by Greed/avarice. He takes great care to channel this into a positive, stable, and sane lifestyle and goals.
  • Halloween Cosplay: The team all dress up for a Halloween party, with OL somehow convincing Artemis to dress up as Sailor Moon.
  • Hollywood Exorcism: Lampshaded, the Ophidian-possessed!OL wonders why he didn't get any Latin chanting, no calls upon Christ or other trappings when the Inquisitor, Father Matias attempts to exorcise him. The exorcism itself consists of Father Matias talking to him.
  • Heroic BSOD: Paul enters one when Kon dies in the Alien Invasion in Contingency. He fully loses it when he finds out the scenario wasn't real after traumatically watching M'gann be murdered by her own mentor which causes him to lose control of the Fusion Dance and allow the Ophidian to merge with his mind.
  • Hope Spot: In "Contingency", Kid Flash finds out that the alien invaders used zeta beams on the things and people they beamed. Kid Flash hoped that meant Robin was alive.. OL tells him that it's unlikely as since the outer parts of buildings broke out when they were sucked in, it's probably a Gauss flayer. Which causes death by Telefraging.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: While fighting Black Adam, OL implores for Teth Adom to resist his bondage and fight back to prove the wizard Shazam wrong.
    • Father Matias and all of OL's friends do this in hopes of Paulphidian of breaking the Fusion Dance.
  • I'll Kill You!: When the Team believed Robin to have died, Wally slips into this trope.
    • Paulphidian says this when Martian Manhunter killed Miss Martian. Then he makes good on his word.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: When Red Arrow is busy listing off how various members of the Team could be the mole, Orange Lantern defends himself by pointing out that if he was the mole, then the week before where he became the Host of the Ophidian and became a Physical God would have been more than an ideal time to not only off the other members of the Team, but accomplish any number of goals for the bad guys.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite Grayven and Paul being very different people, both of them express their contempt for Superman to his face. Both of them picking Renegade options to call him out on his treatment of Kon.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: OL gives Cat Grant an interview detailing the events of "Displaced" and his role in it. He was completely unaware that it was a live telephone interview for the GBS morning news until after the fact.
  • It's All My Fault: Miss Martian blames herself for trapping them in the scenario. Both OLs point out that she was not truly responsible for it as Martian Manhunter was. He was the one running the scenario, didn't properly access her and didn't take OL's concern about the training simulation's limitations seriously . Whether she is comforted by this, depends on whether its Renegade or Paragon.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Father Mattias nearly gets through to Paulphidian that he doesn't need the Ophidian and it's trying to make him believe that he does. It fails apart and then Paulphidian immediately forgets what they're talking about.
    Father Mattias: "You are stronger than this. You do not truly want this."
    Paulphidian: "But. We. Still. WANT."
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: Zigzagged for Thymascria, while they are immortal as long they remain on the island they can procreate if they wanted to. Since they want nothing to do with men, they won't. Socially, this is enforced as some parts believe the desire for motherhood is a mental and moral weakness. To the point that Hippolyta was almost overthrown when she had Diana due to how much controversy it caused, though there were examples of Amazons who did crack mentally due to a desire for motherhood. And then Orange Lantern came along, revealing that the Ring can combine the DNA of two females, allowing the Amazons to breed without men, allowing for the first time in thousands of years that natural birth can happen on the island.
    • Paul points out that this trope is nearly disastrous for a warrior society like the amazons, since there have only been six new people who live on the island in the past century, which is far outstripped by those who died in the past thousand years, subtly pointing out that like it or not, the Amazons are very slowly dying out.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Played straight with Orange Lantern with female teammates like Miss Martian and Zatanna, his relationship with them remains platonic.
  • Internal Reveal: Due to the Dramatic Irony, OL is a bit embarrassed when it turns out there was a mole.
  • Interspecies Romance: Ferdinand the minotaur chef at the Themysciran Embassy has a relationship with Leslie Anderson.
    • M'gann and Kon, but that was canon already.
  • In Universe Nickname: OL calls the Guardians "Bobbleheads", the Green Lanterns "Greenies" and Artemis' bow "a pointy stick launcher."
    • The Ophidian calls Green Lanterns "Green Men" and constructs "toys" and Larfleeze "the gnat.' She also calls Paul "Agent."
    • Orange Lantern is referred by Kid Flash as OL.
    • After being fused with the Ophidian, Paul is commonly known as "The Cake Man" for the huge cake he made over the skies of New York.
  • In Vino Veritas: Alan Scott drunkenly reminisces on his dead comrades, his lost love, OL's sexuality and how OL resparked his hope.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted. It's explicitly shown that thousands of children died in Displaced while the adult side was fine.
  • Irony: Orange Lantern is mistaken for being a Palette Swap of Green Lanterns, his natural eye color is green.
  • Istanbul Not Constantinople: As in canon, being a DC Universe, several countries have different names, even when supervillains aren't involved, such as North and South Rhelasia instead of Korea.
    • With Teth Adom now in control of Black Adam's power, Kandaq (the local form of Egypt) is getting more attention.
  • Jerkass Has a Point/Hannibal Has a Point:
    • Hal Jordan says to Paul that even though he understands his powers are limited in usefulness compared to Paul's, he's willing to work within the (restrictive) rules because it allows him to protect his own homeworld from huge threats to it (Alien invasions, demons, mad scientists, etc.)
    • Hal Jordan points out that the Green Lantern's ring restrictions were made so the thousands of users would less capable of abusing it, something Paul wouldn't understand since there is only one other Orange Lantern.
    • Paulphidian and Renegrade!OL both point out that it was mostly Martian Manhunter's fault that the training scenario went so horribly for failing to properly assess M'gann's telepathic potential, throwing the team in a high-stress scenario in a technique the team never used before and for his poor methods of ending the scenario. Black Canary couldn't give a counter to that.
    • Paulphidian also points out that Black Canary shouldn't really be doing the psychoanalysis stuff to the Team after the Training Scenario went south, since she doesn't have psychiatric training, unlike Lantern Gardner.
    • After getting superpowers, Robin admits that OL had a point in the comparative frailty of the Badass Normal.
    • Hal Jordan has a point when he points out OL's recklessness when he contacted the Swamp Thing for assistance without any backup plan in case he was hostile.
    • While Paul admits he thinks Superman as cruel for rejecting Kon, he does have a point that it's unfair to expect of Superman to take on someone who was made without his consent and has no true obligation to.
  • Kick the Dog: OL goads Artemis in a fight when he tries to get her give up archery to something he sees as more effective. When Artemis tries to distract him with a shirtless Superboy, OL makes an off-color comment that Artemis should flash him if she wants to distract him. Everyone is rightly pissed at him for that comment and OL does make amends with Artemis.
  • Kill The Lord of Chaos and The Lord of Order: Lord Kilderkin of Order will set Giovanni Zatara free from Nabu if Paul, Zatanna and John Constanine kill Klarion. Paul is considering killing Nabu himself.
  • Lack of Empathy: Paulphidan cannot understand why his friends are so upset about their merging and seem so listless after seeing themselves die in a horrible scenario.
  • Lampshade Hanging: When asked why she has Wildebeasts- which are native to Africa- in the wildlife preserve (which is in the local equivalent of Iraq)- Marie Logan starts to explain, only for the author to end the section there.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When OL uses his powers or shows great avarice, his text turns orange. When others or himself show great feelings of any of the other colors of the emotional spectrum, their text also turns that colornote . In addition, when OL is under the effects of a drug trip or magic, the font of the text changes.
    • When Paragon!OL reaches Avarice enlightenment his quote marks when speaking are orange.
    • M'gann asks "Who would write fanfictions about a show several years off the air?" OL responds that "You'd be surprised."
    • When he was held hostage with no access to his ring, OL wonders his likelihood for resurrection given that he's a DC hero. He concludes its unlikely given that he's not a long established character.
  • Like Brother and Sister: While Artemis and Paul do have their Ship Tease both keep their relationship platonic and give each other emotional support.
  • Like a Son to Me: OL is like a grandson to Alan Scott.
    • Kon is one to Diana. The later eventually decides to adopt Kon.
  • The Lost Lenore: Alan Scott reminisces with OL how he permanently lost his love, Rose Canton to her evil personality, Thorn.
  • Mad God: Paulphidian has pretty much lost his sanity and has the power to move celestial bodies! Thankfully he's not malicious.
  • Magic Versus Science: OL is working hard to avert this, pointing out that magic is a freely available resource with many practitioners and many benefits, but no one is willing to examine the industrial or scientific potential of such resources. He uses as an example that people have made many attempts to clone Superman (pointing to Kon as one example), but no one has ever tried to copy the spellwork that allows Billy Batson to turn into Captain Marvel, whose power is at least as effective as Superman's. Following the "World Without Children" storyline, it looks like some headway is being made in that department. Both Lex Luthor and members of the Justice League are looking hard at alchemical sciences (such as the Garrick and Danner formulas). The world governments opened communication with Atlantis to find someway to get magical defenses. At the same time, he's also investigating ways to improve Earth's scientific knowledge and technological capabilities.
  • Male Gaze: OL has a couple of moments: when he checked out Wonder Woman when he first met her and when he accidentally sends a mental picture of M'gann in a bikini when telepathically communicating with her.
  • Memory Gambit: When transferring Psimon for his trial in Qurac, Orange Lantern and Miss Martian wanted to find out why Psimon wanted to go be extradited and go to Belle Reve when he had no ties in the U.S. Miss Martian and Orange Lantern had their memories erased and gave Firebrand a memory trigger so they wouldn't trigger any suspicion from Psimon.
  • Metaphorically True: OL says a number of things that are technically true, such as that he works for the Controllers rather than the Guardians - he certainly plans on working for them, and would submit to their authority if they asked, but they don't actually know he exists yet.
  • Monument of Humiliation and Defeat: OL built a giant, indestructible nude statue of himself on the borders of Bialya. Queen Bee tried having it destroyed, but ended up covering the nude parts with tarp when she couldn't get rid of it.
  • Mood Whiplash: Paul having a fun time at dinner with Artemis and Paula is interspersed with the utter disaster that was the scenario with his friends dying and OL becoming more desperate.
  • Motive Rant: Truggs goes on one, telling OL his reasons for becoming a supervillain despite Bane trying to get him to stop.
  • Mugging the Monster: Invoked by OL during his trip to Gotham, with his power ring it doesn't matter if his presence provokes some gang-bangers. Sure enough, the gang-bangers try picking a fight with him. They immediately back off when one of them notices OL's eyes and practically piss their pants when OL shows off a little bit.
  • Mundane Utility: The Sword of Beowulf, a powerful magical sword capable of launching blasts of magic, wielded only by those of pure heart... and Cornwall Boy is capable of using it as a recharger for his power, since if anyone who isn't pure (read: most people) attempts to pull the sword from its scabbard, it throws a powerful pulse of magic at them. Considering his power works by absorbing magical energy...
    • OL tends to use his super-powered ring for mundane tasks, like cooking or making chairs. He's hardly the only one to do that with a ring, though. This tendency does bite him in the butt when he gives up his ring and now needs to get some basic toiletries.
  • Mundangerous: Prior to OL's arrival, Guy Gardner was in a coma after he got run over by a bus crossing the street.
  • Mushroom Samba: No less than seven times; thrice from magic, once from the above drugged lipstick, once from magical LSD (yes, that's counted as seperate from the other three magical sambas), once from believing he was dreaming, and a mild samba ensued once from a mild concussion. He has done this so many times, the Mushroom Samba state occurring during a mission is more of a rule than an exception.
  • Mythology Gag: In this world, Street Sharks out-competed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and are now the dominant "Mutant-man-like-teenage-good-guy-cartoon-franchise" for kids... because in this universe, Greg Weisman was the one who made one of the reboots and is credited for its massive success. In our universe, Greg Weisman (in addition to other shows) created Young Justice, which this fic is based on.
    • OL believes that Kon would have taken in by someone else even if he hadn't been around.
    • Since the Host of Ion was called Ion, Paulphidian thinks that the Host of the Ophidian should be called Ophidian.
  • Nazi Gold: Lex Luthor kept a surviving pre-war painting made by Adolf Hitler, for curiosity.
  • Nay-Theist: Orange Lantern, who was an Atheist before he came to the YJ universe... and remains so, despite meeting people who are either the children of or have had direct meetings with actual gods, such as Wonder Woman or Black Adam. Word of God is that he acknowledges that they exist, but not that they deserve worship or the title of deity, considering them "jumped up elementals".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When M'gann accidentally traps the teams in a training simulationnote  Martian Manhunter has to shock M'gann to end it. He kills M'gann to end the simulation...right in front of the Ophidian-infused Paul. Watching M'gann die in front of him after he already failed to save his friends, traumatizes him and causes Paul and the Ophidian's minds to fuse.
  • No Conservation of Energy: It's noted how Kid Flash violates this. If the Garrick formula was applied correctly, he would play this straight but not be a Big Eater. The fact that he needs to constantly eat but doesn't need to constantly go to the bathroom means that something is up.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: OL tends to lean towards this, favoring more permanent solutions to problems than the standard "Capture Villain, wait for him to escape and cause death and havoc, capture again, repeat." Just for one example, when he found out where the Injustice Guild's headquarters were, his first thought was to orbitally bombard the place until it resembled the moon.
  • No Mere Windmill: Senator Henry Knight is dismissed by the public and made a laughingstock when he made an ill-informed bid to make a law banning magic after Orange Lantern mocks him in an interview informing the public on the events in Displaced. But Senator Knight was acting in response to an event caused by evil magicians that killed thousands of children when no politician dared to touch the topic.
    • Senator Knight later redeems himself politically after accidentally meeting Orange Lantern in a very informative talk. Orange Lantern gave him the most recent information explaining magic to non-magic users and ways to boost America's magical defenses. Which is to initiate talks and trade with Atlantis, a magical-based country trying to establish relations with surface world countries.
  • Not His Sled: In the Renegade timeline, Zatara doesn't get possessed by Nabu.
  • Noodle Incident: At some point in the future, the Orange Lantern Corps are responsible for an event so horrible, so nightmarish, that Abra Kadabra specifically checked for signs of them before time-traveling, and just the sight of Orange Lantern caused him to start gibbering in terror.
    • In Earth -14, the events of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths resulted in the deaths of the 'Crime Syndicate's Management referred to as the "Decapitation" which caused numerous turf wars between the Made Men that is being taken advantage by President Slade Wilson.
    • Apparently, the reason that the Frees had to move from New York was because of something Barda did, and it involved a "Five Items or Less" line.
  • Not Helping My Case: M'gann believes that it was her fault that the training scenario went so horribly wrong. Paulphidian attempts to console her, but seeing how he's a result of it he doesn't really help.
  • Not So Different: Paul to Lex Luthor. Both are people seeking the improvement of humanity and hope for people to stop relying on superheroes to make their own defenses.
  • Not So Similar: Paul to Truggs. Both are outsiders seeking to change the world for the better to make themselves famous and use fantastical methods doing so. However Paul is working with the heroes as Internal Reformist and does it because Good Feels Good while Truggs does it out of a sense of entitlement and resorts to villainy because Villains Act, Heroes React.
    • While having similar powersets and a desire for power, Teth Adom and Black Adam couldn't be more different. Teth Adom is The Good King seeking to help his people despite how much things have changed and is willing to let go of his hatred if he has to. Black Adam is petty, sadistic bully that enjoys how he can make people suffer.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Paul helps Artemis try on a power-suppression collar when they were discussing the pros and cons of giving Artemis the Danner Formula. It's not until Artemis's mother, Paula walks on that Paul realizes that he's putting a collar on Artemis.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:In the Paragon timeline the League of Shadows is completely dismantled with most of the leaders and minions arrested, their allies and victims turned on them. This was all done Paulphidian who wanted a chance to cheer up their friends.
    • During the New-Years Eve Battle on the Watchtower to free the Justice League from Klarion's mind control, we see Orange Lantern and Teth Adom fight Vandal Savage, Captain Nazi, Adolf Krieger, and Klarion, all the while everyone else fights their way through the Nazi infested Watchtower, freeing any superhero that they come across.
    • At the end of Episode 33 a news report mentions that Queen Bee has been absent from public events for several weeks. Paul starts to theorize what may be the cause, only for Danni to offhandedly mention that she's probably waiting for her burns to heal.
  • Oh Crap!: This is the Narrator's reaction to Bane's chosen method of attack on a peace conference.
    • Paul gets this big time when he learns that the man who will be teaching him about ringslinging (Guy Gardner) really likes Lantern Kilowog, who is not only Guy's friend, but also the one who taught Guy everything he knows... and whom Paul had previously described as "A muscle brained idiot." And Guy knows that Paul said this.
    • Martian Man-hunter and Batman gets one in episode 16 Contingency(part 22) where they meet Ophidian-infused OL
    • Renegade Orange Lantern (Grayven) gets this big time when he finds out that the mark he placed on Desaad is being personally examined by Darkseid. It takes all of his avarice and the aid of Father Box to break the connection.
    • Zatanna and Paul get one when they find out that the Justice League let Nabu join despite Nabu blackmailing and kidnapping Zatara.
  • Older Than They Look: OL has, thanks to the ring, obtained a "perfect" body (or rather, the "most perfect form of 'me'"), as-per his desires. Unfortunately, this makes him look much younger then he is, causing people to think he's a teenager instead of an adult. He doesn't find this out until much later, much to his horror.
    • His mentor, Alan Scott, also appears far younger then he actually is. It is thought to be the result of exposure to the Emotional Spectrum Light.
    • Miss Martian is forty-eight years old according to Earth years. When OL reveals this to Kid Flash, his appropriate response was a Flat "What.".
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Paul stops taking his Ring off to meditate and starts getting more and more violently protective after the attack on the base by Red Torpedo and Red Volcano, Diana and Guy figure out that something is wrong and stage an intervention to let him know that he was being influenced by the Orange Light.
    • Renegade OL realized something was off when Kid Flash and Robin are distraught over Artemis' death when they weren't moved at all at the death of their mentors. Renegade realized that they were mentally tampered with and realized the scenario wasn't real.
    • Paul, the first one of the team to accept M'gann's telepathy, starts blocking her and asks to not include him on the Psychic Link after he resolves to kill Nabu and doesn't want her finding out.
  • Open Heart Dentistry: Averted. When Paragon!OL is debating with Wonder Woman on how to treat Match's chemical imbalances, he tells her he can't help. While he is a Combat Medic, he is not a brain surgeon and doesn't know how to heal a full-blooded Kryptonian without causing them pain to get through their invincibility.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: OL has several cases of this.
  • Order Versus Chaos: An ongoing theme with several variations.
    • The Team v. Klarion: The Team is order, trying to protect everyone while Klarion causes a lot of destructive chaos.
    • Orange Lantern v. Klarion: Orange Lantern's positive chaos of change and innovation while Klarion's destructive chaos of destruction and confusion.
    • Orange Lantern and John Constantine v. Nabu
    • Orange Lantern v. Thymyscria: Orange Lantern is trying to bring change and modernize his new country while the Amazons are conservative and want nothing to do with Man's World. It's not helped that the last people who tried to change things were worshipers of Chaos, and caused a lot of problems.
    • Grayven v. Darkseid
    • Grayven v. the Justice League
  • Overused Running Gag: OL, M'Gann, Artemis and Superboy are so sick of the mole rumor.
  • Painting the Medium: People's emotions literally color the text depending on the Emotional Color Spectrum.
    • When Paul initially Fusion Dances with the Ophidian, the text is entirely orange except when other people speak. Paul has large orange paragraphs indicating his internal monologue and he refers himself in the first person while the Ophidian makes the occasional comment in orange italics. Once Paul goes through a Heroic BSOD and his mind merges with the Ophidian, Paulphidian then refers themselves in the first person plural. Paulphidian uses third person to indicate differing memories belonging to either Paul or Ophidian. Since Paulphidian is observing his friends, he tends to smaller paragraphs.
    • When Paul reaches Orange Enlightenment, his quote marks are orange.
    • When subliminal Godspeak is used, the text is invisible unless high-lighted.
  • Palette Swap: Subverted. Everyone thought Orange Lanterns were basically Green Lanterns with a color swap, but he proved them wrong when he temporarily killed Ra's Al Ghul.
  • Pet the Dog: OL apologizes to Artemis for his distraction comments by giving her arrows strong enough to destroy his shields. Artemis takes great pleasure in testing their effectiveness.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Averted, when OL learns of his weakness to magic he immediately informs Kaldur to not endanger himself on the mission.
    • Played straight OL deferred to Kaldur thinking he was already leader while everyone was making a power grab before team dynamic was established.
    • Played tragically straight in Teth Adom's backstory: Teth Adom was trying to form a team with other powerful heroes of his time to combat greater growing threats. Shazam saw this as a horrific abuse of power and did not let Teth Adom explain himself before he was horrifically punished.
  • Psychoactive Powers: In general, since his constructs' strength are determined by avarice, he has difficulty making strong constructs in situations where he lacks strong desire. In effect, this means that a shield over a random stranger is not going to be nearly as strong as a shield over a friend, and making a construct strong enough to harm a random villain he doesn't want to fight is basically impossible.
    • Also since the ring is powered by greed, he can't use any other emotion. He can't call upon his ring when he's afraid. He can't help or heal people when he's feeling too compassionate.
  • Pulling The Thread: OL hazes Artemis in her introduction by poking holes in her cover story. All he does is ask her, as an Arrow how does she think of his chili.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Paulphidian wins the Unwinnable Training Simulation by overwhelming the scenario, only to find out that it wasn't real and he is stuck with the consequences.
  • Qurac: Kahndaq. OL describes it as 'Saddam's Iraq, without his noble self restraint and fair-mindedness' and is ruled by President Forlife Asim Muhunnad, who is condemned at international conventions and the country gets repeatedly sanctioned.
    • They do actually go to the real Qurac a few times.
  • Rational Fic: The story has shades of this as it showcases how much improvement the world could actually be when all that advanced hero and villain tech is put to good use. It also doesn't shy away from the consequences of crisis events such as "Displaced" either.
  • Reality Ensues: Remember the episode "Displaced" where all the grown-ups were sent to one dimension, and kids were sent to another? Paul points out that "Hey, what happens to all the adults flying planes, driving cars, operating delicate machinery, performing operations?" and "What happens when children in critical condition who need minute-to-minute care suddenly lose that care?" One Omake reveals that the death toll rose to seven hundred thousand, and that it's only going to keep rising due to things like suicide or injuries sustained either from lack of adults or from things like plane crashes.
    • Dana Dearden, a GBS intern, gets a pivotal interview with Orange Lantern post-Displaced where the public is finally given the details of what happened. Despite the huge success of the interview and Dearden being responsible for finding OL's phone number and getting him to agree to an interview in the first place, Dearden is fired because she didn't properly inform OL that the interview was live. Being responsible for a pivotal interview doesn't clear reporters of the responsibility of informed consent.
    • When Superman decides that he wants to know Superboy, he's not Easily Forgiven. In fact he's called out for his willing neglect of Kon and his decision to get involved when Kon's emotional wound caused by him healed.
    • The aftermath of ''Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" when the other Justice League left Earth -14 in good hands of President Slade Wilson? The remaining members of the Management are killed and Wilson's government is devoted to hunt down the rest of the Crime Syndicate to the ends of the universe and killed without mercy. This provoked an all out war between the government and every supervillain.
    • The fic pulls no punches in reminding just how ill-equipped Black Canary is as a Warrior Therapist due to her lack or no experience in psychology.
  • Remember When You Blew Up The Sun: OL has a habit of doing things while in a Mushroom Samba that nobody will let him forget. Such as the mile-high indestructible naked statue of himself in the middle of the Bialyan desert, or the time he made a cake big enough for everybody in New York City to have a piece.
    • Interestingly, the most terrifying things he did while fused with the Ophidian, namely rotating the moon on its axis so that the dark side faces the earth, or dragging an asteroid down to Mount Justice get barely any attention, but making cakes and delivering fruit get plenty.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: After doing a background check and some tests, Aqualad and OL conclude that there is no mole on the team. They're right because Red Arrow isn't part of the team.
  • Royal "We": Paulphidian refers to themselves as we as they find it more honest since they're a Fusion Dance of the Ophidian and Paul. Although they also address themselves in the Third-Person Person when they address emotions or actions one of them did.
  • Running Gag:
    Robin: Villain's name.
    Orange Lantern: Villain's actual name.
    • Another one was that Kid Flash would attempt to flirt with a newly introduced girl, then Orange Lantern would steal their attention.
    • Clark Kenting is frequently mocked. First OL points how easily he found Alan Scott's identity with a facial recognition scan and reveals his distaste of it to the Team. Wonder Woman trolls him by not telling him about Troia, figuring that he would find out himself since Troia doesn't wear a mask. He notes when he has to give an interview with Clark Kent that Clark is still built like a line-backer and doesn't even change his body language. In Ex Perdition, a suit and a pair of glasses effectively mask OL's identity without him intending to.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: It's due to Paul's sanity he can function and utilize the Orange Light.
    • It's also why the Ophidian possesses him, OL can give the Ophidian needed perspective due to being able to prioritize. Unfortunately Paulphidian loses the ability once possessed, though arguably it still works to a degree- instead of becoming an all-consuming greed monster, it acts on his deep desires to improve the world.
  • Sarcastic Confession: Zeus tells Doctor Helena Sandsmark, Cassie Sandsmark's mother, that he was Zeus when they met. She thought that he was joking.
  • Schizo Tech: Paul wants it more commercial-uses for it to improve the general-tech of people.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: A benign example, after getting rich from asteroid mining Orange Lantern attempts to buy Alan Scott's personal lantern so he could charge his ring, not wanting to have a fight. He backs off when he thinks Alan Scott will refuse.
  • Scylla and Charybdis: The reason Deadshot doesn't leave Belle Reeve during the breakout is because several countries, including the United States are fighting for the right to execute him.
  • Secret Test of Character: Eris tests Paul's meddle by having him cheer up Hera. He passes with flying colors when he successfully convinces her to divorce Zeus.
  • Self-Insert Fic: A rather excellent one, as OL is not infallible, and the existing world and characters are definitely done justice—even the ones that never appear in the show.
  • Separated by a Common Language: Due to OL being British he faces some of these. For example, he refuses to call Kid Flash by his nickname because Wally means "Fool" and a "Rubber Wally" is a condom.
    • OL and Guy Gardner playfully have the football/soccer argument.
  • Sex for Services: Almost happened during OL's first meeting with Holly Robinson after having caught her for stealing a painting. OL offers Holly a way out of her predicament without getting arrested, in which Holly thinks this is what OL implies. Fortunately, OL quickly tells her to stop taking off her clothes. Even more fortunate that OL clarifies with Holly that this hasn't happen to her before.
  • Shark Man: The Nanauvians.
    • OL also encounter a villainous shape-shifting Shark Man gang called The Fearsome Fish-Eaters.
  • Shame If Something Happened: When Holly Robinson insults him, OL jokes that it would a shame if he dropped her while he's carrying two stories in the air where there are no witness. He terrifies the living soul out of Holly.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: Paragon!OL to the Justice League. According to Wonder Woman, OL had super-villain written all over him: no one is able to verify where he came from, he is literally powered by his own greed, refuses to tell anyone his name and tried to buy Alan Scott's lantern. Through a deal to get the lantern, OL works for them for a year and what she and the League finds out about him? That he's very compassionate, very diplomatic and proactive. Even when given the power of a Physical God, all he does is help the League and try to make his friends happy. Oh, and make cakes, dance and sing, and turn the moon around because 'It was a shame that no one ever saw the other side.'
  • Sherlock Scan: OL covers up his Male Gaze on Wonder Woman by examining her armor to figure out her capabilities.
  • Ship Tease: OL has a lot of romantic chemistry with M'gann, Superboy, Artemis and Zatanna.
  • Shipper on Deck: OL ships Batman and Catwoman. Sadly, Bruce is currently in a relationship with Talia Al'Guhl.
    • Though Catwoman does agree that she (Catwoman) is better for Batman than Taelia is.
    • The amazon Dyctinna really wants to see Wonder Woman find a happy relationship, and was gunning pretty hard for Diana and Big Barda, until she was informed Barda was already married to a male (and that yes, that counts.)
    • Everyone supports the relationship between Phillipus and Hyppolyta, but the two won't act on it.
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Lampshaded by OL when he wonders what excuse M'gann and Kon will give to their school when they miss class for a mission.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shown Their Work: Mr. Zoat utilizes many obscure D.C. comics characters, as well as showing a near-encyclopedic knowledge of more popular character (and their alternate versions) to create a much wider, expansive world.
  • Something Only They Would Say: The team is very relieved when Paul refers to himself in the first person singular after he's freed from the Ophidian.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Red Inferno and Red Torpedo didn't sacrifice their lives in destroying Red Volcano due to OL saving them.
    • Dr. T. O. Morrow becomes a Orange Lantern construct thanks to Nylor Truggs. Though whether this counts as being "spared" is up to interpretation.
    • Marie Logan survives, when in canon she was killed around the time of the New Years attack by Queen Bee. She's in a relationship with Red Inferno.
  • Stop Helping Me!: In-Universe Everyone's reaction to Paulphidian attempting to help them by giving them stuff. The various things Paulphidian did in the name of helping:
    • Turn the moon around so people could see the dark side of it.
    • Make a humongous cake for the people of New York.
    • Give the Danner Formula to Robin and Artemis.
    • Take down the League of Shadows by scanning the entirety of Earth in an attempt to give Kon ninjas.
    • Transmuting a suit of Nth metal armor, which nearly took out Mount Justice.
    • Gave storage cases of fruits and vegetables to the Amazons.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: used multiple times thus far.
    • When the Injustice League attacks, Paul attempts to summon Swamp Thing to quickly take care of the problem. While Swamp Thing doesn't get there in time to stop the attack, he does show up to take away Poison Ivy's powers, rendering her normal.
      • He summons Swamp Thing again to help seal up a portal to hell under London.
    • During the training exercise, Paul summons the Ophidian. Ophidian has since become somewhat of an ace in the hole for Paul.
    • John Constantine is trying to stop Sabbac from delivering power to his demonic masters... so John redirects the energy to their master, The First Of The Fallen, also known as the most powerful demon in hell.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When OL asks M'gann whether she's wearing clothes since she was able to shape-shift her shirt. M'gann tells him she's definitely wearing clothes, she's not naked.
    • Ophidian!OL denies that the song, "Invite Them In" has any significance to them or their situation, despite the fact the ring plays the song constantly contrary to their desire.
  • Symbiotic Possession: Zigzagged with the Ophidian's merging witwh Paul. Paul gets the power of a god and the freedom to do what he wants from the Ophidian. From Paul, the Ophidian gets freedom from the Orange Lantern Central Power Battery and a needed intelligence boost. Paulphidian still acts benignly, helping the League and helping his friends. However Paul loses his ability to feel any emotion besides Greed, any understanding of empathy and most of his sanity.
    • Guy briefly fuses with Ion, the Willpower Embodiment, during the battle with The Light on New Years Eve. Unlike Ophidian, it quickly leaves once the fight is over.
  • Take That: Renegade Paul dismisses "Young Justice" as a team name, but offers the reasoning that the "Young" part would imply inexperience, which is something that all the members of the Team rebelled against.
    • The episode about finding the second Kryptonian Clone (Match) is about half story and half "The Reason You Suck" Speech towards Cadmus, ranging from the obvious (not knowing about a whole clone of a Kryptonian is a pretty huge misstep), to the legal (the Genomorphs are basically slaves), to the practical (the labs are strangely dirty for such a high-tech area, with people still wearing street clothes, no clean rooms, and no special protective gear).
  • Tangled Family Tree: Cassie Sandsmark is the natural daughter of Helena Sandsmark and Zeus. Hippolyta is the daughter of Ares', making Diana Ares' granddaughter and Zeus' great-granddaughter. Since Ares' is Cassie's half-brother, this makes Cassie Diana's great-aunt.
  • Tankard Of Moose Urine: Guy's terrible beer is terrible. According to Paulphidian's chemical analysis, it literally almost tastes like horse urine.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In Contingency, OL expresses his concerns with Martian Manhunter the safeness of the training simulation and his fear of accidentally using constructs while sleeping. Manhunter tells him that his fears are unnecessary and the simulation is perfectly safe...yeah, about that...
    • Also in Contingency OL spends the first half of the training scenario complaining of the plot holes in said scenario. The death of the League? He complains that the death of three Green Lantern would have at least had Oa investigating. OL is asked to take the scenario more seriously.
  • Time Travel for Fun and Profit: Truggs traveled to the past so he could exploit his future knowledge to make a name for himself. And then it's averted when it's revealed that he came back to avert the Bad Future that has Earth being little more than a Thanagarian Protectorate.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Paul has a tendency of not thinking how his words could be interpreted.
    • For example, after terrifying Holly she threatens to destroy the painting to stole to get him him to back off. He tells her what are her chances whether she succeeds and promises to keep quiet and give a lot of money if she does something for him. Holly thought he was blackmailing her into sex. The implication horrifies Paul, since that was opposite of his intention. He was trying sponsor her out of a life of crime.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: A rare justified case. Since OL needs to feel sufficient Avarice to perform tasks, and sometimes he doesn't care enough about certain targets, he sometimes resorts to this to try to "Convince" himself.
    • After achieving Avarice Enlightenment, Paul no longer has to do this as enlightenment makes him aware of his desires all the time.
  • That Was Not A Dream: In Clueless, an amnesiac OL believes he was having a lucid dream when he is stuck in the Biliayan desert with M'Gann. So he proceeds to act on dream logic and make a huge, indestructible nude statue of himself. Only to find out afterwards that it wasn't a dream.
    • And when it says "Indestructable," it means it- the thing is massively tall, has a foundation that goes over a mile underground, and harder than diamond. Eventually, it's revealed that the only way that Biyalia could deal with it was to throw a massive tarp over the thing.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Downplayed. Paul merges with the Ophidian to save his friends and while Paulphidian is still largely benevolent and supports the good guys, they cannot feel any emotion besides Avarice and so they longer understand why they are so attached to them. They have completely forgotten what feeling emotions are like.
  • The Final Temptation: Paulphidian's confrontation with the Green Lanterns on the moon. He tries tempting them into accepting him with various things: he offers to make Hal Jordan the best Lantern ever. He promises to make Alan Scott immortal. He offers Guy Gardner a way to let go of his anger by find an Indigo Ring for him. He offers John Stewart a Orange Ring so he could built his heart's desires. They all refuse, Guy and Alan especially. Guy doesn't want any short cuts to deal with his anger while Alan has accepted that he will die and wants Paul back, who he loves like a grandson. Hal... has disagreements with the method by which becoming the greatest green lantern would happen, which is basically trapping him in a nightmare until he cannot feel fear anymore, thus having nothing weakening his willpower.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: OL's earlier adventures and the Team's missions in general aren't known to the public.
  • The Power of Rock: The team help exorcise Paul singing the song "Invite Them In."
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Father Matias gives a well-meaning one to Paulphidian in an attempt to help Paul to expel the Ophidian. It deconstructs Paul's reasoning to why he summoned the Ophidian, detailing while he had a good reason in the scenario it was made pointless because it wasn't real. The Ophidian is trying to convince Paul to keep it but it's using its power in very petty ways
    Father Matias: You have the power of a pagan god and you spent the morning making ice cream. Paul, is that gain proportionate to what you gave up? Would you make the decision that you made in the training scenario if all that was at stake was ice cream?
    • Paulphidian, Grayven and Paul gives Martian Manhunter one on M'Gann's behalf on how it was his fault that the scenario went so badly, calling him a terrible teacher.
    • Paulphidian gives one to Black Canary when she tries to counsel them, pointing out that she's no way qualified to do so.
    Paulphidian: Why are we even talking to you?
    Black Canary: The League felt that it might help if the team had someone to talk-
    Paulphidian: Counselling? From you? Guy Gardner is trained as a counselor with several years experience working in criminal rehabilitation. You're a florist! Could the League really find no one with relevant skills?
    • Paul's speech to Guardian is all of this, pointing out that he's responsible for keeping an entire sapient race locked away in caves underground, making them work for no pay, and no hope of a better life. In short, he and CADMUS have become slave owners.
  • The Shrink: Black Canary acts as one to the team, but as pointed out by Paulphidian she is not actually qualified to act as one. Word of God is that she had the training but never did it professionally.
    • Guy Gardner is a prison counselor in his day job. He notably inspires Paul to act as Warrior Therapist to reform supervillains by telling his own experiences with reforming criminals.
  • The Stations of the Canon:
    • Sportsmaster and Cheshire are captured by the authorities, and instead Onyx and Bane participate in the attack on the Taipei summit. In Renegade, Cheshire is allowed to escape while Sportsmaster becomes OL's first construct.
    • OL saved Firebrand and Red Torpedo. Firebrand becomes a hero and is considered for the Justice League.
    • OL deprived Klarion of his familiar by assimilating Teekl and preventing him from existing in normal reality. However, Klarion still manage to get rid of the world of adults by making the genie Bedlam as his new familiar, and thus making him more powerful than before.
    • The battle against the Injustice Gang ends with the first Black Adam, Teth Adom, regains control of his body from Theo Adom, who then rips off one of Wotan's arms, and Poison Ivy is made powerless by Swamp Thing.
    • OL stops Black Adam, by helping free Teth Adom in the Paragon timeline or breaking the amulet in Renegade. In the Renegade timeline, Word of God says that with the amulet broken Teth Adom and Theodore Adam are duking it out for control while the body is catatonic in prison. In the Paragon timeline, Teth Adom is freed and becomes a superhero.
    • Wotan is incapacitated and under Atlantean custody, and is replaced by Dark Druid, who is implied to have a connection to the Black Light.
    • Martian Manhunter is browbeaten by Paul into stepping down as Miss Martian's telepathy teacher when his carelessness causes the disasters that was Contigency and Reordered. Henry King/Brainwave II is M'gann's replacement teacher and M'gann is implied to become more careful with her telepathy.
    • The story further deviates from canon by having no Time Skip.
  • There Are No Global Consequences: Averted. The events of "Displaced" has massive consequences for the story, as the world learns that magic is real and is a legitimate threat. The event is treated as global tragedy and genocide on a massive scale with all the world power scrambling to do something about it. In the Paragon timeline, there is call to action to try to prevent magical threats and Atlantis is increasingly recognized by the international community, being the the only country known to have magic. In the Renegade timeline, the conspirators are executed by the Chinese government.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: OL's reaction when he has to fight Klarion after he discovered a crippling weakness to magic. He tried keeping his hope up by thinking his constructs might help. Only for Kent Nelson to immediately confirm that they won't.
  • These Hands Have Killed: OL is horrified when he believes that he killed Clayface when he baked him alive to stop him from attacking.
  • Threesome Subtext: In Clueless an amnesiac OL mentions wanting "Kryptonian beef with Martian greens." When Kon and M'Gann later get together, OL mentions before catching himself that them dating makes them more attractive.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Orange Lantern gets a lot of flak from Hal Jordan from killing Rhas, as up until that point no one knew that Power Rings could be used to kill.
    • Grayven calls out the heroes on this mentality multiple times, pointing out that the original Justice Society participated in World War II, where yes, they did kill people. And he doesn't make distinction between killing in a war versus killing outside of a war.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: This ensues with Red Inferno and Red Torpedo. The former accepted herself as a robot and still goes by her name as Danette Reilly, while the latter tried to resume his human life of James Lockhart and to the point of wanting to remove his water control system.
    • OL discovers that Roy Harper is one, directly referring to the term.
      Paul: "You're a tomato. Of course, why not?"
  • Training from Hell: OL training to use his power ring under Guy Gardner.
    Guy Gardner: Oh, that's it! On Saturday, we're doin' orbital bombardment practice!
    • Grayven has this with his anti-psychic training with Manchester Black.
  • Undead Tax Exemption: The trope is played back and forth.
    • OL doesn't have any documentation due the fact he comes from another dimension. The League try to provide him with some when they attempt enroll him in high school, but he refuses and makes a point of erasing all traces of it. He is noted to not even have a passport.
    • OL finally averts with when he's given Theymyscrian citizenship and diplomatic passport.
    • Red Tornado and Firebrand don't have any citizenship due to being robots and not considered people to the U.S. government despite the both of them living in the U.S. for years.
    • J'arrkn's co-worker points out that M'gann is technically an illegal immigrant that's only there due to her connections to Manhunter.
    • J'onn J'arrkn's arc is an aversion of this: the Department of Homeland Security is trying to deport him back to Mars and needs the help of the Team to make it stick.
  • Unwinnable Training Simulation: In the story's version of "Failsafe", Renegade!OL and Paragon!OL have very different reactions to it:
    • Renegade!OL immediately figures out something was wrong when his Willing Suspension of Disbelief broke over Robin and Kid Flash's emotional response to Artemis' death and breaks out the scenario.
    • Paragon!OL believed the training scenario to real and was truly seeing his friends die in front of him. Paragon becomes so desperate to turn the situation around that he resorts to drastic methods to win. He wins by simply overwhelming the scenario.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: One of Orange Lantern's biggest complaint about the Justice League is that they're not proactive when it comes to threats or innovation. Often they just wait for the threat to make itself known and let a lot of Schizo Tech collect dust in warehouses. OL seeks to avert this, often by disabling the supervillain permanently, but also by stimulating innovation, reverse-engineering supervillain technology, and increasing awareness of other resources for the world (such as magic, or that there are whole nations that don't receive nearly the attention they want or deserve).
    • Paul also does this by reforming super-villains that have a chance or least could be persuaded into reforming.
    • This is Truggs' reasoning for becoming and siding with supervillains. Although he admits that Paragon!OL breaks this paradigm.
    Truggs:: Why a supervillain? Why didn't I go see Wayne or Kord, someone like that? Simple. Villains act. Heroes, those paragons of stasis, react. I wanna change the world, change history. You think they'd.. let me? Or try an' send me back to my crummy future? No, I needed ruthless, determined, aggressive. I needed people who'd plow through every law and social convention to get what they want.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Paulphidian breaks down when Father Mattias deconstructs their motives for releasing the Ophidian and merging with it. They recollect themselves when Father Matias makes the mistake of telling the Embodiment of Avarice, "that they don't want this."
    • Paulphidian has a major one, breaking down in a gibbering mess when the Green Lanterns refuse to give in to their desires and refuse its help. They futilely try to feel something by hugging the Star Sapphire in order to feel the emotions their friends want them to have.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Prince Orm was this as he often served as Regent for his brother, Aquaman while the latter was on the surface world. So it was extremely devastating for Atlantis to find out that he's Ocean Master, a racist extremist supervillain when he's arrested by the Team.
    • Paul and Zatanna consider Nabu to be this- yes, he's a member of the Justice League, but he's technically a lich who has stolen Giovani's body and is using it like a puppet.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Guy Gardner and OL often trade barbs when training, and often criticize the others limitations when it comes to Power Ring usage, but they eventually form a friendly rapport with each other, and show concern for each others well being. This leads to Guy being the only active Green Lantern on Earth that OL actually gets along with.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Averted, Donna Troy gives up superheroing for a year to focus on her senior year at high school.
    • Defied by OL, as he refuses to go to school since he's already went to school when he was younger.
  • Wham Episode:
    • For the Paragon timeline Paragon gets so desperate to save his friends from the Alien Invasion that he frees the Ophidian and Fusion Dances with it to become the Ophidian's Host.
    • For both timelines, the episode "Displaced" where Klarion's "distraction" turns out to genocide.
    • For the Renegade timeline When Renegade OL and the Team are investigating the downed plane near the end of the first season, it's not an ambush by the Light- it's an ambush by Apokolips. And one of Darkseid's servants has come to Earth to investigate why, exactly, Grayven is going against his "Father's" wishes...
  • Wham Line: When OL learns just why Abra Kadabra, who is from the future, was frightened nearly to death upon meeting him: ring-users taking everyone over in the future...
    Orange Lantern: "Yes, Black Lanterns can be a bit of a handful, can't they?"
    Abra Kadabra: "Black? No, not Black. Orange."
    • There is another in the episode, "Preparations".
    Detective Bullock: "Where were you last Thursday night?"
    Orange Lantern: "What sort of time?"
    Detective Montoya: "Midnight."
    Orange Lantern: "Is this about the gun? Because I got a receipt-"
    Detective Bullock: "No, it's about the murder of Jennifer Gordon-Hewitt!"
    • And then there's THIS little line from when Paul summons his ring back...
    Larfleeze: No! You can't have them! They're mine! My shinies!" His head swings left and right. "Find him! All of you, go! Find him!
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Robot-Man, a man who's only human component is brain was denied his humanity in Supreme Court ruling, meaning any robot regardless of how intelligent they are, are not legally people. Which is a problem to people like Red Tornado or Firebrand.
    • Notably, the female CADMUS scientist treats Superboy's liberation as if he were an escaped experiment to Superboy's face. Which Superboy takes displeasure at.
    • The G-Gnomes despite being a telepathic and intelligent species are treated as no better than animals by CADMUS. Dubblilex can't defend them because CADMUS owns them and he was no one to turn to.
    • Paragon!OL is attempting to fix by making a deal with Lex Luthor: OL will help him salvage CADMUS in exchange for Lex fighting for the rights of the G-Gnomes, which would likely overturn the Supreme Court Ruling.
  • What Would X Do?: OL asks himself what would John Constantine do when he has to confront Klarion while injured. The answer was take away Klarion's source of power, i.e. Teekl.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: OL calls out Hal Jordan for never giving Abin Sur's family any condolences for his death.
    • Kon is furious when he finds out that OL knew that Lex Luthor was his father the whole time and never told him.
    • Multiple members of the Team give OL this when he kinda acts like a jackass to Artemis.
    • OL makes sure that Martian Manhunter realize that the events of Contigency and Reordered were all his fault due to his carelessness and neglect of his student's needs.
    • OL and Zatanna are horrified that the Justice League accept Nabu despite him enslaving and kidnapping Giovanni Zatara and doing nothing to help him.
  • Why Did It Have to be Orange Lantern: Abra Kadabra starts gibbering in sheer terror when OL attempts to interrogate him. In Kadabra's future, Orange Lanterns are considered extremely bad news to say the least.
  • Wiki Walk: Mentioned as "TV Tropes disease", which caused the SI to lose two hours on the internet.
  • Wizards Live Longer: Danner formula enhanciles can live a really long time. To the point, that it's odd if one starts to grey when they hit 90.
  • Worf Had the Flu: When Red Torpedo and Red Inferno hold the team hostage, OL couldn't do anything to break out because they deliberately attacked when he had taken off his ring (to use the bathroom).
    • In his second fight with Klarion, OL had to take off his ring because Klarion put a powder on it to draw power from the ring to himself. So he couldn't save Zatara from Nabu.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: The investigation of Jennifer Gordon-Hewitt's murder Orange Lantern comes across Bane and his thugs holding a man hostage. Orange Lantern goes in to rescue the man, only for the man to use a telepathic disruptor on him and turn out be the man that hired Bane.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: Due to have no natural resistance to magic, Klarion's chaos magic continued to burn away the bottom of OL's left lung. It goes away when OL has Cornwall Boy thoroughly clean out the wound.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: OL initially refuses to go near a Zeta Beam fearing being Telefragged or ending up in the wrong place.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: After Renegade's become disillusioned with the idea that the Justice League could ever help at all, he's very tempted to work alongside the Light instead. Then M'gann comes along, and tells him that he has the power to help people without relying on the aid of unrepentant murderers.
    Renegade: Well... that's me told.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: OL has currently no way to get back to his home dimension and his hometown does not exist in the DC universe.
  • Young Future Famous People: While web searching, OL found out that there are some very young people who have yet to become either heroes or villains. For example: Victor Stone is eleven and is completely organic. Lonnie Machin is also eleven, but is already fighting the forum wars as 'moneyspider'.
  • Younger Than They Look: Many examples.
    • Superboy and his brother are a few months old, justified as they are clones.
    • Red Inferno/Dannette Reily was three years old when she "died" or she's technically a few months old if one considers reactivation her rebirth.
    • Discussed when Paul doesn't go to the World of Adults, Kid Flash initially believed that Paul was lying about his age and is actually a teenager.