Recap / Justice League Unlimited S 1 E 3 Kid Stuff

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"You don't need a mommy! You're better off without one! Trust me!"

Morgaine le Fey transforms Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern into 8-year-olds after her son Mordred uses his magic to remove all adults from Earth and keep children on the earth.

This episode includes examples of:

  • Adorkable: Green Lantern is a nerd. And it's GLORIOUS.
  • Adults Are Useless: According to Mordred anyway. However, it's Morgaine le Fey who helps the Justice League get back to Earth to fight him and several children admit out right that they miss their parents.
  • Age Without Youth: Once Mordred breaks Morgaine's spell of eternal youth, he ages to the appearance of what you'd expect someone several centuries old would look like. And because he now only has eternal LIFE instead of eternal LIFE AND YOUTH, his mother STILL has to take care of him.
  • Agony of the Feet: Superman shoots Mordred in the foot with his heat vision, but it doesn't slow him down for long.
  • Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: The Amulet of First Magic.
  • And I Must Scream: Mordred's fate. He had eternal youth ,but now he only has eternal life.
  • Badass Adorable: Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and Etrigan.
  • Batman Gambit: How Batman gets Mordred to defeat himself. He mocks Mordred for being a Momma's Boy, accuses him of liking it and proposes that if he really DIDN'T, he wouldn't allow himself to look like a child forever. Mordred ages himself up. The expected happens.
  • Black and Nerdy: John spends some time geeking out about what he can make with his ring.
  • Boring but Practical: When Kid GL was trying to decide what weapon to form to fight the golems, from a laser cannon to a missile launcher, Batboy angrily tells him to just pick something already as the golem was getting closer. He settles with hitting it away with a giant boxing glove.
  • The Caligula/Overlord Jr.: Mordred.
  • Captain Oblivious: Superman.
  • Cool Shades: Green Lantern had bad vision as a child, and needs these.
  • Creepy Child: Mordred.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The League just finishes wrapping one up against a gang of C-list villains before the plot begins.
  • Cute Bruiser: Superman.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: The Justice Kids and Etrigan succeed in getting the First Magic amulet away from Mordred only to find he doesn't need it anyway.
  • Foreshadowing: At one point, Mordred rubs his face in frustration. For a split second, this makes him look similar to his appearance by the end of the episode
  • Genre Blind: Not that it matters too much. They managed to trick him into doing the one thing that will turn his own magic against him: aging himself up.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Copperhead needs some sense smacked into him by Cheetah when he believes the adults enter Hell.
    Copperhead: "It was Judgement Day! And we got sent to the Bad Place! THE BAD PLACE!!!"
    Cheetah: (smacks Copperhead) "Snap out of it, Copper!"
  • Dark Shepherd: How Superman gets some kids to stop fighting and listen to him: he shoots his heat vision at them.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Probably why the Flash isn't in this episode.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Sadly after a huge amount of Ship Tease, Batman still pushes Wonder Woman away.
  • Don't Tell Mama: How Wonder Woman gets the whole populace of children to do what she says or else.
  • Evil Brit: Mordred. Morgaine le Fay is also evil, but willing to work with her enemies in order to work against her son.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: John is sanguine, Diana is choleric, Bruce is melancholic and Clark is phlegmatic.
  • Fun Size: The heroes are turned into kids.
  • Guile Hero: About the only thing Batman has in child form are his brain and child-sized bat-gadgets.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Mordred ages himself up to an adult to prove that he can, which causes his magic to send him away to the dimension the rest of the adults are sealed in, among other things.
  • Humongous Mecha: Green Lantern makes one.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: Aged down, John finds it much easier to use his power ring, but his imagination goes into overdrive and he can't decide what to make first. He is also more easily distracted.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bruce's normal personality is softened. He keeps his distance from the other League members as usual, but is the only one who doesn't boss the normal children around (even Clark does!), and he is the first to tell everyone not to hurt Etrigan.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Some children have great fun using a guillotine. John briefly ponders using a giant lawn mower to chew up Mordred, and even Clark uses his heat vision to make boys listen to him (though he does aim away from them).
  • Living Toys: Mordred magics up some action figures to act as his guards.
  • Loophole Abuse: Mordred's spell banished all adults to another dimension. How do the League combat him? By having Le Fay temporarily turn them into kids in order to get back to Earth.
  • Momma's Boy: Mordred. He does not like being reminded of this.
  • My Beloved Smother: Morgaine le Fey.
  • Mythology Gag: When John creates his second (much cooler) glasses, they look nearly identical to the mask of Green Lantern Kyle Rayner.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Mordred is still a child despite being centuries old. Because if his mother allowed him to age, he'd age FOREVER.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Inverted for the heroes; turning them into children allows them to stay on Earth. Played straight for Mordred; this allows him to be defeated.
  • Ship Tease: Between Bruce and Diana, as usual.
  • Sixth Ranger: Etrigan.
  • Spanner in the Works: The little redhead girl with the bunny doll. Her understandable fearfulness and crying distracts Mordred from killing the Justice Kids.
  • Team Mom: Wonder Woman, of the extremely bossy kind.
  • There Are No Adults
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Using a guillotine to remove the helmet from an empty suit of armor.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Guess.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: All four Justice League members are technically this, as they have the physical bodies of their child years with the memories of their adulthood. But as they also have their childhood personalities, only Bruce acts this way.
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