Recap / Justice League Unlimited S 2 E 12 Divided We Fall


  • And Then What?: Luthor asks Brainiac what he'll do if he succeeds in acquiring Earth's information and destroys the planet. Brainiac says he'll simply keep moving onto the next world until he's done. Luthor offers to show him a purpose beyond his programming.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: This episode provides the page quote.
    Flash: You lose.
    Lexiac: Hardly. Look around you the Justice League is completely defeated, and so are you. For all your efforts, you have but inconvenienced me, speck.
    • As well, The Flash can never attain the speed he uses to beat Brainiac ever again on pain of being absorbed by the Speedforce.
  • The Cape: The episode ties off a running thread of Superman possibly doing what his Justice Lords counterpart did. When it looks like Flash has died, Superman clearly struggles with this, but his ideals win out.
    "I'm not the man who killed President Luthor. Right now, I wish to Heaven that I were, but I'm not."
  • Chain of People: When Flash is sucked into the Speed Force, the other six founding members of the Justice League form one of these in order to get him out of it.
  • Continuity Porn: 8 real life years ago, Brainiac implanted a copy himself inside of Lex Luthor and waited for an opportunity like Project Cadmus.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Flash.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Flash taps into the Speed Force in order to defeat Lexiac, almost at the cost of his own life.
  • Dark Reprise: The JLU theme song gets one when the Brainiac copies transform into the Justice Lords.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Much of the JLU are stranded on the Watchtower, due to the Ultimen wrecking the Javelins and the telporters are offline. Also, Green Arrow reports those who were helping with the relief efforts are scrambling, but they're too far away to be of any immediate help. All of this leaves it up to the seven founders to deal with Lexiac.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: The newly remade Lexiac has this on the agenda.
    "We are one, and we comprehend. We can build a machine that will allow us to absorb the information of the entire Earth in a single stroke. And then the galaxy, the entire universe! We'll remake the universe!"
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: The founding members decide to disband the Justice League at the end of the episode. Green Arrow convinces them to change their minds, to which an impressed Batman has a Call Back to why he recruited Green Arrow in the first episode.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Lex Luthor figuratively gets under Brainiac's skin after the latter literally got under his skin by accusing him of being one of these. Luthor points out that Brainiac had no real plans of doing anything with its vast store of knowledge and that it had no real reason for destroying the universe. Brainiac realizes Luthor has a point and agrees to a Fusion Dance so they can actually do something with all of that power and knowledge.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: The Flash ends up disappearing into the Speed Force after defeating Lexiac, but the trope is ultimately subverted when the rest of the Justice League is able to locate the portal and pull him out of the Speed Force.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Superman tries this with Lex, only to learn the latter is playing along instead of being a possessed victim.
  • Little "No": Flash when Lexiac says he'll kill him and bring about the end of the world.
  • Mythology Gag: Flash's Justice Lord counterpart is made to look like Professor Zoom.
  • Mr. Exposition: Brainiac goes into detail over how he got into Luthor's body and slowly influenced his actions. Flash interrupts him to say it's time to go to jail.
  • Neck Lift: A very angry Superman does this Luthor when he thought Flash died.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • The League when Flash disappears. Even Batman is stunned.
    • Luthor himself when he saw that part of his armor was destroyed when the Flash punches him, and realizes the Flash is racing around the world to punch him several times, with increasing intensity.
  • Opponent Switch: Superman and Wonder Woman do this, as do Green Lantern and Hawkgirl (who take the chance to work out some frustration over their breakup). The other Leaguers don't bother.
    Wonder Woman: What do you say we switch dance partners?
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The Justice Lord recreations do this to most of the Leaguers.
    "The people are afraid of us. Power corrupts after all, and who has more power than Superman?"
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Subverted. Luthor thinks Flash ran off to save himself, but Flash just needed a running start.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    Lord!Flash: Slacker! Child! Clown! We have no place here among the world's greatest heroes!
    Flash: Says you! I got a seat at the big conference table. I'm gonna paint my logo on it! (pow)
  • Take My Hand: As she reaches into the Speed Force that the Flash had disappeared into, she tells him to take her hand as she and the other five remaining founding members try to pull him out. As they're pulling him out, you might notice that Shayera is holding him by the wrist and that he didn't actually take her hand.
  • Tempting Fate: Flash makes quick work of his double by vibrating his hands and running the double through with it. He makes the following remark, yet he has to do it again to defeat Lexiac.
    Flash: Never doing that again.
  • This Is the Part Where...: You kill me right?
  • Voice of the Legion: When Lexiac speaks, both Luthor and Brainiac's voices are heard simultaneously. Dominance shifts depending on the subject: Luthor does the egotistical boasting, while Brainiac is only interested in the task at hand.