Series / Legends of Tomorrow

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"Seriously, you idiots haven't figured this out by now? It all started when we blew up the time pigs — The Time Masters. Now history's all screwed up and it's up to us to unscrew it up, but half the time we screw things up even worse. So don't call us heroes, we're something else. We're Legends. (beat) Who writes this crap, anyway?"
Mick Rory, Opening Narration

Legends of Tomorrow (or DC's Legends of Tomorrow) is a 2016 superhero TV series from The CW based on DC Comics, spun-off from Arrow and The Flash and is the third live-action installment of the Arrowverse. Time Master Rip Hunter pulled together a seemingly random group of characters from the previous shows to form a specialized team, one that would use the futuristic "time ship" called the Waverider to Time Travel. This takes them to all sorts of different places and time periods, either Set Right What Once Went Wrong or stop others who desire to Make Wrong What Once Went Right, running into many famous figures and includes a number of Historical In Jokes. They come to call themselves Legends, as during their adventures their exploits can be glimpsed through history, although Shrouded in Myth.

Its present cast includes:

Departed members of the team include:

Before Legends started, both Arrow and The Flash devoted episodes to setting it up — Arrow brought Sara and Ray back in the show's fourth season, Flash debuted Jax in his own feature episode and Kendra in a few episodes as a girl Cisco dated, and the season's major crossover episodes "Legends of Yesterday" and "Legends of Today" introduced Hawkman and Vandal Savage and led to Kendra becoming Hawkgirl, revolving around the shared history of the three. Due to their very fluid method of travel and exploring Alternate Timelines, other members of the Arrowverse cameo or guest star with regularity in the series itself, not to mention often visiting their respective City of Adventure without anyone aware they had stopped by.

Legends is the fourth Arrowverse entry following Arrow, The Flash, and the animated web-series Vixen (Fifth if you include Constantine, which was added in after the character made an appearance in Arrow season 4), as well as the fourth DC or Vertigo Comics television adaptation debuting in the 2015/2016 season, alongside Supergirl at CBS,note  Lucifer at Fox and Preacher at AMC.

The first trailer can be seen here and the second one here.


Tropes of Tomorrow:

  • Aborted Arc: It was implied in The Flash Season One finale that Thawne had met Rip Hunter somewhere in his past, especially since Rip has anti-speedster weapons on the Waverider (that were designed by Thawne apparently), but how they met met was never revealed in Season Two.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The Final Battle for Season 1 happens in 2021. In Season 2, two of the Big Bad Trio took an amnesiac Rip to 2025.
  • The '40s: The last episode of Season 1 saw Vandal Savage bringing Kendra and Hawkman's future incarnation to this decade during the on-going World War II. There was also a flashback to the Hawks' literal previous life before being reincarnated as Kendra and Carter set in 1941. Much of the first two episodes of Season 2 takes place in 1942.
  • The '60s: Season 1, episode 9 is set at the very beginning of the decade, where Ray and Kendra have been living "normal" lives while waiting for the team to pick them up. The time featured is still socially in the tail-end of The '50s, without the counter-culture the decade is famous for. The ending of Season 2, episode 8 and the rest of the following episode takes place in 1967.
  • The '70s: The Team travels to this decade in the first three episodes, specifically 1975, with nostalgia from Stein and snarkiness from the younger members. They briefly returned to this decade in Episode 12 to save Snart from being Ret Gone'd by the Time Masters. Sara and Firestorm returned to the events of episode 2 in the Season 1 finale to kill Vandal Savage.
  • The '80s: Episodes 4 and 5 were set in 1986, erroneously referred to as the "height" of the Cold War. The team returns to visit 1987 in Season 2, episode 5.
  • The '90s: The Team travels to this decade twice in Episode 12 on a rescue mission to save both Mick and Jax from being Ret Gone'd by the Time Masters. Unlike most other eras visited, they did not spend enough time for its unique vibe to be shown on-screen.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The show's take on the Justice Society of America incorporates characters and elements from different incarnations/era's of the team's existence. The team's heyday is the 1940's, during WW2 (as in the original stories from The Golden Age comics) and its roster includes Hourman and Dr. Mid-nite (classic Golden Age members); Commander Steel (who wasn't a JSA member in the comics but was part of the WW2-era All-Star Squadron that was affiliated with the JSA); Stargirl and Obsidian (two Legacy Characters who, in the comics, became members of more contemporary iterations of the JSA); and Vixen (a new Canon Immigrant version of a character who has never been associated with the JSA in the comics).
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • White Canary is part of the eponymous group of Legends, continuing on her character development in Arrow. In the comics, the character bearing that name is a definite villain.
    • Captain Cold and Heat Wave are straight villains in the comics—albeit with with more redeeming qualities and personalities than some other villains—but are the Token Evil Teammates on the hero team in this series.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Valentina Vostok is a member of the Doom Patrol in the comics. Here, she's a oneshot villain who tried to hijack the Firestorm powers.
  • Adorkable:
    • Ray, who is ever-fascinated by the fantastic situations they encounter and frequently references his sci-fi hobbies.
    • When Sara is disguised as a nurse, she awkwardly flirts with another nurse she encounters.
  • A.I. is a Crapshoot: The AIs which run Time Master ships seem to have no discretionary programming at all, and obey the commands of anybody on their ship. This includes, on several occasions, the time pirates and Vandal Savage that have attacked and boarded a Time Master ship.
  • Alien Invasion: It is revealed that the Nth metal meteorites that fell to Earth several times throughout history were sent by Thanagarians to this end, who would have launched a full invasion in the late 22nd century.
  • And Starring: With Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller in Season 1. In Season 2, Nick Zano now gets the With while Purcell gets the And.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: White Canary, Hawkgirl, and Hawkman are named from birds.
    • Also Vixen, in the second season. Not only is her code name synonymous for a female fox, the mystical totem she wears allows her to channel and manifest the powers and abilities of various animals.
  • Artificial Limbs: In the Bad Future of 2046, Oliver Queen has a cool-looking mechanical arm as a replacement for the left arm cut off by Deathstroke II.
  • Artistic License – History: Various cases of history being misrepresented or fictionalised appear in almost all the episodes where the Legends travel to the past. See the recap pages for specific examples in each episode.
  • Artistic License – Nuclear Physics:
  • Artistic License – Astronomy: In one episode, the Waverider is returning from the moon, through gravitational inertia, and it is stated that too shallow of a reentry angle will cause the ship to shoot off into orbit of the Sun. However without a gravity assist or additional thrust, all a shallow reentry would do would be to reduce the size of the orbit due to aerobraking. On a ship like the Waverider with near infinite provisions, this would not be a dire emergency (however as the ship was on reserve power it could be justified that there life support systems wouldn't last for a second orbit).
  • As You Know: Professor Boardman retells the story of Hath-Set (Savage), Chay-Ara (Kendra), and Khufu (Carter) using the flashback scenes from the Arrow/The Flash (2014) crossover. While it's news to most of the characters, Kendra also acts like this is news to her, even though those memories have already been unlocked thanks to Cisco.
  • Ascended Extra: The entire cast, sans Rip Hunter, is composed of supporting characters from Arrow and The Flash (2014), and most of them are also B-string or lower characters in the original DC comics. Rip Hunter himself is a relatively obscure DC time travel character, better known for his appearances in Justice Society of America and Booster Gold stories than any solo comics.
    • The most ascended in comparison to their comics self is Jefferson Jackson. In the comics, he is a supporting character who has no powers. He was in fact called "Jefferson" in some comics and "Jackson" in others - different writers had different ideas of his name, that's how unimportant he was. Fans figured one must be his first name and one must be his last name, but it wasn't official until his TV appearances. We're pretty sure his name will be remembered now.
  • Ascended Fanboy: When given temporary command of the Waverider, Ray giddily imagines himself as Captain Kirk. Kendra points out that he's actually more like Picard and comments that she has always found Picard sexier than Kirk. He even makes a fake Captain's Log while sitting in Rip's chair. When manually piloting the ship, he says that he is now more like Sulu, and then ecstatically amends that to Han Solo.
  • Badass Grandpa: Martin Stein, who manages to overpower a time pirate, steal his uniform and finish things off with a bond one-liner.
    Stein: Never mess with a nuclear physicist.
  • Badass Longcoat:
    • Rip wears one, which is revealed in the eleventh episode to have been a gift from Jonah Hex.
    • Sara occasionally wears a white leather trench coat with her White Canary costume.
  • Badass Normal: Rip Hunter, Sara Lance, Captain Cold and Heatwave don't have powers (or a super suit), but they were trained and are skilled with hand-to-hand combat and weaponry.
  • Bad Future:
    • The team is assembled to prevent a terrible future where Vandal Savage conquers the world in 2166. Even the years leading up to his rise to power were bad, dominated by warlords, overpopulation and widespread poverty.
    Rip Hunter: I have seen men of steel die and dark knights fall! Your entire 21st century world will suffer.
    • In Episode 6, they crash-land in the Star City of 2046, which is stated to be a direct result of Sara and Ray not being there to help defend the city against Grant Wilson, the new Deathstroke. The streets are overrun with gangs, and the only one who still fights for Star City is the Green Arrow (who is Connor Hawke, born John Diggle, Jr.). Oliver is still around, but aged, disillusioned, and missing an arm.
  • Bar Brawl:
    • Captain Cold, Heatwave and White Canary get into one during their visit to The '70s after Sara decides to teach a guy and his friends a lesson in No-Means-No.
    • When they go to The Wild West, the entire team winds up in a brawl in a saloon after Stein gets in a fight with an outlaw that he is playing poker with. Unfortunately for Mick, he ends up missing the entire fight, passed out at the bar after failing to drink Sara under the table.
    • It seems to become a trend: when the team visits a Nazi-occupied bar in Paris during World War II, a Nazi soldier tries to force Ray to do the "Heil Hitler" salute. Unable to bring himself to do it, Ray just punches the guy out, starting yet another fight.
    • The team visits The Wild West again while they're after an outlaw named Quentin Turnbull, whom Jonah Hex has a personal grudge with. Trying to get close to him, Hex enters the bar to confront him head on, starting yet another fight (quickly followed by a shootout).
  • Battle Couple: Hawkman and Hawkgirl.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Despite Hawkman's mace, Heat Wave's flamethrower and White Canary's knives, there is little to no blood or disfigurement after almost all fights.
  • Becoming the Mask: Despite Rip claiming that he recruited the team because they will be "legends" in the future, it turns out that he actually chose them because they made no impact to the timeline and thus could be removed from history without ill effect. However, this quest to stop Savage seems ready to turn them into the very heroes he said they will be remembered as.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Hawkman and Hawkgirl seem to have a volatile relationship. According to Carter, they have always resolved their differences by fighting... with Carter always winning. We see them start a fight over whether they should join Rip, and then we see them show up at the meeting location with Kendra not looking happy.
    Rip: Have you two considered couples counseling?
  • Better the Devil You Know: One of the reasons the Time Masters refuse to go against Savage is because time is always working to restore itself, so who knows what evil being will just replace Savage if he is stopped. This turns out to only be a cover story to explain their apparent inaction, as they are actively helping Savage and have been manipulating Rip and his team from the start to help Savage's rise to power in order to stop a coming Alien Invasion.
  • Big Bad: Vandal Savage is going to conquer the world in 2166, and the team is recruited to help prevent his rise to power. Towards the end of the first season, it is revealed that he is working hand-in-hand with the Time Masters.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate:
    • Towards the end of the first season, it is revealed that Vandal Savage is working hand-in-hand with the Time Masters to insure his rise to power.
    • Damien Darhk and Eobard Thawne are set to be this for Season 2, and Malcolm Merlyn and Captain Cold join them to form the Legion of Doom.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: While Savage is the intentional enemy, the Time Masters are also established as major antagonists during Season 1. They send a succession of bounty hunters after the team in order to capture Rip Hunter, who went rogue to stop Savage. Towards the end of the season it is revealed that Savage and the Time Masters are actually working together.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Sara and Snart have low-key flirting towards the end of the season, with Sara addressing (and dismissing) their attraction by telling Snart that he would need to be a great thief to "steal" a kiss from her. When she realizes that he is going to perform a Heroic Sacrifice, Sara kisses Snart before going with the rest of the team.
  • Blood Lust: According to Sara, "blood lust" is a charitable way of calling the darkness inside her after her resurrection. Indeed, in the third episode, she absolutely revels in killing Savage's Mooks and loses control until Rip snaps her out of it. She is genuinely disturbed by it, and in the rest of the episode—and the rest of the season—she struggles to control herself and her urges.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Being ridiculously prone to this is the only real reason the villains don't win, especially in Season 2 where the villains literally manage to rewrite reality as they see fit and keep the Legends around anyway for no real reason other than hubris.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: Mick would have been happy to live in the Bad Future of Star City in 2046, fitting in much better there than he ever did in his own time period. He ultimately chooses to stay before Snart forcibly returns him to the ship.
  • Bounty Hunter:
    • A temporal bounty hunter named Chronos is tracking the team through space and time. He is ruthless and kills anyone in his path, after first checking if they matter to the timeline. He was hired by the Time Masters to stop Rip, who has absconded with the Waverider against their explicit instructions. It turns out that the identity of Chronos is Mick Rory, A.K.A Heat Wave; he had been stranded in time when he became dangerous to his teammates, and was promptly recruited by the Time Masters.
    • Jonah Hex, the most legendary bounty hunter of the old west, appears in episode 11.
    • After Chronos fails in his task, the Time Masters send out a squad of Hunters with an explicit goal of eliminating Rip Hunter and all members of his team without giving them a chance to surrender.
  • Brainwashed: Chronos turns out to have been a future version of Mick, brainwashed by the Time Masters to be their best Bounty Hunter. After he makes a Heel–Face Turn they try to brainwash him again, but it doesn't take a second time.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Ray has become a billionaire tech inventor and superhero, but is vexed that Stein can't seem to remember having him as one of his students. Stein eventually admits that he does remember Ray, but did not want to admit it because Ray's brilliance outshone him and he wanted to take Ray's ego down a notch or two. Ray then remembers that he actually had not accomplished what Stein said he had, and that Stein was just making up a story trying to make him feel better. Stein ultimately explains that he had many brilliant students throughout his academic career, so it's not that strange that he can't recall any particular one of them and it does not reflect poorly on Ray.
  • Career Versus Man: Rip's late wife made that decision prior to them getting married, when she quit being a Time Master in order to allow Rip to stay and them to be together (a relationship between two Time Masters is forbidden). Of course, Rip was about to do the same, but she beat him to it, claiming that time travel has always been Rip's dream.
  • Celebrity Paradox:
  • Composite Character:
    • A very complicated example. The name "White Canary" was used by a completely different character in the comics, and a villain on top of that. Sara Lance is an original character introduced in Arrow who went by the name "Canary", which was initially their version of the Dinah Drake version of the Black Canary. In Arrow season three, Sara is killed and inspires her sister Laurel to take up the mantel and rename the identity "Black Canary," thus at least by name coming closer to the original character. However, Sara's Canary has traits of Laurel's version from the comics as well, specifically her sexuality and being the parental figure to Sin. This makes Sara a combination of three different characters from the comics.
    • Jax has the look of his comic book counterpart, but his role as Ronnie Raymond's successor belongs to Jason Rusch. Since a version of Jason was also on The Flash, this makes for a Decomposite Character as well.
    • Hawkgirl is an interesting case. Technically, she's a composite of three distinct versions of the character from the comics - the original Golden Age Chay-ara Hall version (in terms of her general backstory and status as Carter Hall's lover), the Modern Age Kendra Saunders version (in name) and the rebooted Earth 2 Kendra Munoz-Saunders version (in terms of her race, and the mystical nature of her wings). However, the former two versions are technically the same character reincarnated anyway, and the similarity with the latter version is mostly restricted to a Race Lift.
    • Vandal Savage, in this continuity, has the backstory of Hath-Seth, who in the comics, was the Egyptian priest-cum-murderer of the Hawks in their first incarnation, and serves as a nemesis to them in subsequent incarnations as well. Indeed, Hath-Seth IS stated to be Savage's original name.
    • Chronos turns out to be Mick Rory after he was brainwashed by the Time Masters.
    • A Composite Organisation: The Time Masters are a lot like the comics' Linear Men, whereas the comicbook Time Masters were just Rip Hunter's four person exploration team.
  • The Constant: Vandal Savage himself seems to be one. He's immortal and thus a constant presence in ANY era of human history (after Ancient Egypt), which means that the team will be encountering him in whatever year they travel to.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Cisco Ramon made the White Canary costume.
    • Rip Hunter's ship is piloted and controlled by a copy of Gideon (although voiced by a British actress; possibly a preference set by Rip, who prefers a British voice).
    • Stein's adorkability when it comes to Time Travel comes up again.
  • Couch Gag: Different characters take turns with the Opening Narration, each putting their own personal spin on them, often breaking the Fourth Wall or doing a Lampshade Hanging.
  • Cross-Referenced Titles: The crossover episodes introducing Vandal Savage and the Hawks were titled "Legends of Today" and "Legends of Yesterday", contrasting each other and this series.
  • Cute Bruiser: Sara is the best overall fighter on the team, trading punches with men twice her size. As Kendra becomes more familiar with her Shayera "Hawkgirl" side she ends up favoring a fighting style with raw power, compared to Sara's highly trained martial arts.
  • Cuteness Proximity: In Season 1, Episode 12 "Last Refuge", Sara and Kendra are reduced to baby-noises when they meet Leonard Snart's infant self.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Chronos looks the part, with full body armor and cape, as well as having a modulated voice and being completely ruthless. Lampshaded by the two random people he encounter in the first episode who do not realize that he is not just a person in a costume.
  • Denser and Wackier: Compared to "Arrow" or "The Flash", due to the way the writers play fast and loose with time travel per Rule of Funny.
  • Dirty Mind-Reading: To her dismay, Sara finds out that Gideon is able to monitor the dreams of the crew. Gideon then starts to describe Sara's latest dream, involving a nurse, and Sara cuts her off, embarrassed.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Kendra, Jax, Carter and Vandal Savage first appeared on Arrow and The Flash before this series.
  • Ensemble Cast: While Arrow and The Flash have dynamic supporting casts, all members of The Team in this show are equally considered as protagonists per Word of God.
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: Vixen considers ninjas to be completely fictional, and Sara and Mick vainly try to get her to recognize that they actually exist. The episode implies that Vixen herself is actually a ninja, which is why she pretends to not believe they exist at all.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Snart more than Rory, but both characters do know when to draw the line occasionally. Snart starts moving more into anti-hero territory as the first season progresses, especially when it comes to supporting his teammates.
  • Expy: Rip Hunter in general demeanor, mythology and wardrobe borrows liberally from The Doctor of Doctor Who. His actor Arthur Darvill has a history with that franchise as well.
  • Exty Years from Now: Vandal Savage's conquest of Earth takes place on the year 2166, exactly 150 years from the first season's present.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Mick ends up betraying the team to "time pirates" when taken captive and he bargains for his freedom.
  • Famed In-Story: When he first recruits all of the team members, Rip Hunter explains that they are momentous figures of history in the future. Later turned on its head when it's revealed the whole reason Rip chose the team was because none of them ultimately mattered to history.
    Rip Hunter: In the future, none of you are heroes. You're legends.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Downplayed in Last Refuge. Jax meets his father in the past and is full of emotions when he leaves, so much so that he walks right past The Pilgrim (who they are trying to stop) and doesn't even notice. It's a brief moment, and one the viewer might miss as well. It's not clear if she failed a spot check too or if she deliberately ignored him to focus on her mission.
  • Failure Hero: The Legends fail at nearly every mission they go on. Part of it is how time is always working against them, but mostly it's their headstrong approach to heroics - i.e. fight first, strategize last, and their tendency to grab the Idiot Ball.
  • The '50s: The Team travels to 1958 in Season 1, episode 8 and Ray, Kendra and Sara remain there for some time after. The episode spent more time on social commentary than most other episodes of the show, addressing—at different points—the racism, sexism and homophobia of the era. They briefly returned to this decade in Episode 12 to save Prof. Stein from being Ret Gone'd by the Time Masters, kidnapping his infant self shortly after his birth on 1950. Mick and Ray returned to the events of episode 8 in the Season 1 finale to kill Vandal Savage.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Mick's constant frustration at being denied the chance to burn things is a sign that he'll eventually get fed up with the team and betray them to go back at being a criminal.
    • The Easter Egg items in the Waverider end up forshadowing several characters who show up in the series.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
  • Hard Light: Ray Palmer uses an A.T.O.M. Exosuit described as having 'hard light' projectors as one of its weapons systems.
  • Going Native: Time travelers who stay too long in a foreign time period are subject to this. This is less a social adaptation than it is a fundamental function of time travel, since time itself is trying to fit them into the time stream.
    • When trapped in the 1950s, Kendra loses her ability to summon her wings, Sara returns to the League of Assassins of the era, and Ray settles down into a perfectly happy job as a college professor.
    • Rip Hunter spent enough time in the Wild West that he struck up a friendship with Jonah Hex—Ray theorizes that Rip might have named his son Jonas for Jonah—and never wanted to leave. Ultimately, Rip realized that he could not stay without changing the time stream drastically, so forced himself to leave.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted. The guys sans Carter (who plays the "smash" part straight) are the ones equipped with ranged weapons or powers, while the girls are mainly equipped for melee combat.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Mick betrays the team to time pirates when he attempts to bargain for his own life, then becomes Chronos when the Time Masters recruit him. After the team captures him, he returns to their side as an ally, and by the end of the first season has been rehabilitated to better than before.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ray is willing to die to ensure that the Oculus is blown up, as someone has to keep pressing the override button for the safeties not to kick in. Mick, who has grown to have a grudging respect for Ray, knocks him out and takes his place. Then Snart does the same for Mick and ends up dying as a result.
  • Historical-Domain Character: This being a show about Time Travel, it's inevitable for the Legends to meet several along the way.
  • Historical Person Punchline:
    • In "Left Behind", Ray is teaching a physics class to a group of students in 1960. He calls one of the students "Mr. Gates", who then mentions a young son named "William". Surprised, Ray blurts out, "Your son is Bill Gates?" The student thinks for a moment and agrees he likes "Bill" more than "William".
    • In "The Magnificent Eight", the team travels to the Dakota territory in 1871, where Stein meets a British barmaid whose young son is dying of tuberculosis. Unwilling to stand by and do nothing, Stein has Gideon synthesize a cure and injects the boy. The boy starts recovering almost immediately, and Stein then learns that the boy's name is Herbert George Wells. In a manner similar to Ray above, Stein asks if the boy is indeed "H.G. Wells". The boy likes this form of his name.
  • Hitler's Time-Travel Exemption Act: A variation with another tyrant. In "Progeny", the team travels to 2147 to try to prevent Savage's rise to power by getting rid of his pupil, Per Degaton, the future ruler of the Kasnia Conglomerate, who will enter history as someone even worse than Hitler. The team arrives 5 years before Per Degaton's rise to power in order to kill or kidnap the boy (either way, taking him out of the time stream and removing Savage's stepping stone). Rip is unable to pull the trigger and ends up trading Per to his father for the lives of Rip's team. This ends up accelerating Per's rise to power as he kills his father and makes Savage his legal guardian, making Savage the de facto regent of the Conglomerate 5 years earlier than expected.
  • Hollywood History:
    • Pretty much everything about Albert Einstein and the atomic bomb in Season 2's "Out of Time" is completely fabricated. Einstein's only contribution was writing a letter to FDR in 1939 warning him that Germany might develop atomic bombs. This started the Manhattan Project, which Einstein knew nothing about. By 1942, the Manhattan Project only had general ideas of how to build an atomic bomb and didn't have anywhere near the amount of enriched uranium needed to power it. Einstein was a committed pacifist and later regretted that his letter led to the creation of the atomic bomb. Mileva Marić divorced Albert Einstein in 1919, well before anybody had theorized an atomic bomb, and was living in Zurich in 1942, with no way to learn about the existence or developments of the Manhattan Project. Pretty much the only historically accurate thing about this episode was that Albert Einstein was indeed in America in 1942.
  • I'm Mr. Future Pop Culture Reference:
    • Dr. Stein introduces himself to his younger self as "Professor Elon Musk".
    • Ray Palmer introduced himself to his supposed descendant as "Dr. Hannibal Lecter".
  • Ignored Enemy: This sort of happens in Moonshot between Sara and Rip, with the enemy in question being a meteoroid field the Waverider is currently sitting in front of.
    Rip: Sara, you need to abort! You're going to hit the meteoroids!
    Sara: Better us than the command module!
    Rip: Could you at least try to destroy the meteoroids rather than using my ship as a human shield?!
    Sara: Worked before, back in 1942! You put the ship in front of a nuke and it absorbed the blast!
    Rip: ...at least I had the decency to time-scatter you all first.
    Sara: Decency?! Did you ask any of us if we wanted to be time-scattered?!
    Rip: I was trying to save your lives!!
    Sara: You put me in a time period where they wanted to hang me for being a witch!!
  • Immortality: Vandal Savage has lived for 4,000 years, recharging his immortality by killing the reincarnations of Prince Khufu and Priestess Chay-Ara and absorbing their life force. It's also shown that drinking the blood of one of them can extend a normal person's life by a century or so, which Savage uses to sustain his followers.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Enemy mooks are functionally incapable of hitting any of the heroes throughout the series, including the Waverider. There are only two points in the entire first season where one of the main characters is shot, and neither time is it fatal.
  • In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: The title of the show is DC's Legends of Tomorrow. In case you forgot that the show belongs to DC Comics.
  • The Internet is for Porn: Gideon describes the year 2016 as a "golden age of gasoline engines, online pornography, and those silly little smartphones."
  • Juggling Loaded Guns: Ray insists he knows how to control his tech... right before one of his thrusters accidentally goes off.
  • Knife Nut: Sara prefers knives when dealing with undercover work. When in a big battle scene she breaks out the bo-staff.
    Rip Hunter: I specifically said no weapons!
    (two more knives later)
    Rip Hunter: Exactly how many knives do you have?
  • Lawful Stupid: Ray can't bring himself to do the Nazi salute even when it compromises his cover when confronted by an actual SS officer.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In "Fail-Safe", while preparing to break Prof. Stein, Ray, and Rory out of the Russian gulag, Snart says, "This isn't my first prison break." Snart and Rory are played by Prison Break stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell, respectively.
  • Legion of Doom: Shows in Season 2 made up of previous Big Bads from "Arrow" and "The Flash": Eobaord Thawne, Damien Darhk, Malcolm Merlyn, and Captain Cold.
  • Letter Motif: All the AI's so far have had names starting with the letter 'G'.
  • Love Triangle:
    • Sort of. Both Jackson and Ray are interested in Kendra after Carter's death, but she's not interested in getting into a relationship at the moment. At least until the next episode, when she and Ray kiss.
    • A straightforward version exists between Kendra, Ray and Carter. Even though the Carter that she knew is dead and she does legitimately love Ray now, Kendra knows that she is going to meet Carter again in the future, so any relationship with Ray feels as though she is cheating on Carter. When she does meet another version of Carter, she breaks up with Ray because she cannot choose to abandon the soulmate she has known for four thousand years.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: One of the issues in the first season was that the apparent rules of Time Travel felt arbitrary and in constant flux, using Rip to Hand Wave it as what he was claiming before wasn't iron clad but just a recommendation (one example being how you shouldn't time travel to the same place multiple times and interfere with the same events you were previously involved with). This is also not accounting for The Flash (2014), set in the same continuity, using a different set of time travel rules. By the second season, all these arbitrary rules were quietly discarded and a more streamlined version of time travel was utilized, focusing more on the adventures over the internal rules.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Ray is disturbed to find out that, in 2147, the order in the Kasnia Conglomerate is maintained by flying police robots, who look like an evolution of his Atom suit technology. He later discovers that his brother Sydney is at fault for starting this chain of events, by appropriating Ray's technology after his disappearance and using it for unethical purposes. The robots are being run by his brother's descendant Rachel, Turner.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: The team acts as one when Chronos attacks the ship.
  • Mr. Fixit: Apparently, being a auto mechanic means that Jax can fix a timeship from the future. As he puts it, an engine is an engine.note 
  • My Future Self and Me: Given the Time Travel premise of the show, The Team encounter past or/and future versions of themselves throughout the show.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Captain Cold scoffs at the idea of him being a hero in the future. In the Flashpoint timeline, he is a hero going by the alias "Citizen Cold". Additionally, his Earth 2 counterpart is the mayor of Central City.
    • Rip Hunter says he's seen "men of steel die and dark knights fall."
    • Rip Hunter's time ship is called The Waverider, named after a time-traveler from the Booster Gold series.
    • In the very first episode, Rip Hunter lists Per Degaton as a dictator on par with Caesar and Adolf Hitler. In the comics, Per Degaton is a time-traveling tyrant who has clashed with the JSA numerous times.
    • The future version of Green Arrow is missing his left arm as a nod to The Dark Knight Returns.
    • In "Marooned" Rip secretly initiates protocols over an open comlink to the Waverider with names referencing DCU characters that would normally be off limits. In particular he mentions Imperiex and Kanjar Ro, enemies of Superman and Green Lantern respectively.
    • In "Night of the Hawk", Vandal Savage goes by the name Curtis Knox. This is in reference to the Smallville character of the same name, who was heavily implied to be Savage using an alias.
    • Team Legends is pretty much the Arrowverse's equivalent to the Forgotten Heroes, of which Rip Hunter was a founding member (and was the one who formed them initially to take down Vandal Savage).
    • Eve Baxter in "Marooned" shares her surname with Bonnie Baxter, the female Time Master in the comics.
    • Savage describes his becoming aware of time travel as being like a caveman being shown fire, a nod to his origins in the comics.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • The first trailer seems to be just a "proof of concept" thing due to some inconsistencies introduced in the latest Arrow and Flash seasons.
      • Arrow Season 4 showed Sara being resurrected from the Pit wearing a black corset instead of being naked.
      • Oliver gets a whole new costume while Barry has his logo modified. The trailer shows them wearing their previous outfits.
      • The trailer shows Sara being unaware of Ray Palmer's Size Shifter powers. In Arrow Season 4, she's part of the rescue team that saves him from Damien Darhk because he can't grow back to his normal size.
      • It shows Oliver and Barry assembling the team, while the series opens with Rip Hunter as the moving force. Oliver appears for two scenes in the pilot, while Barry doesn't appear at all.
      • Sara's White Canary suit doesn't have sleeves, while in this trailer it does.
    • A later trailer features Rip assembling the team, but it's an entirely different scene than the one used on the show and we never see how he got them in the same place to begin with.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Rip accidentally lets Savage know what his wife and son will look like in a few hundred years, as well as giving him their names. Savage specifically hunts them down based on this information.
    • In 1986, Stein baits Valentina Vostok with the knowledge of the Soviet Union's impending collapse in less than a decade. This only drives Vostok to greater determination to do anything to prevent this from happening.
    • A non-serious example. After Jackson expresses an interest in Kendra, Stein tries to help him out by subtly influencing Ray into rejecting the idea of getting involved with someone within the team. Unfortunately, this is what starts Ray to thinking of the idea of him and Kendra together in the first place.
    • The team's attempt to prevent Savage's rise to power in 2152 ends up speeding up the events, and he rises to power in 2147 instead.
  • No Equal-Opportunity Time Travel: Night of the Hawk takes the team to 1958 and addresses the racism, sexism and homophobia of the time. Kendra is assumed to be a live-in maid and waitress, Jax is assaulted for talking to a white woman, and Sara and a nurse are sexually harassed by a doctor. It is included even in the background, as several background characters walking past are shown to stare in disbelief—and anger—at Jax sitting with Stein and Sara at a diner.
    Stein: The '50s were a great time!
    Jax: If you're white.
    Sara: And straight.
  • Non-Indicative Name: These Legends of Tomorrow? They were chosen SPECIFICALLY because they had little effect on the timeline. Though, as Stein points out, that's only true in the history that Rip remembers and could be changed by what they do during their travels with him.
  • Nostalgia Ain't Like It Used to Be: Averted with the episode where they go to the 50's. When Stein expresses his opinion on how great a time it was he is immediately put down by the others, who don't have it as good. Racism towards African-Americans is on full display, and Sara (who is a woman and bisexual) even says that the 50's were only truly idyllic if you were a straight white man. Stein is quickly forced to agree.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: Notably averted in "Abominations". While Stein doesn't like to use the word "zombie" even when the team is confronted with them, everyone else uses it freely.
  • Oddball in the Series: Legends of Tomorrow is the only Arrowverse series not based on a pre-existing comic. It is closest to the overall Rip Hunter comics and some elements of the Justice Society of America, but is ultimately its own thing.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The Time Masters, who seem to accept Vandal Savage's conquest of the Earth as a natural flow of time. Rip Hunter goes AWOL because of this.
  • One Nation Under Copyright: It is stated that by the mid-22nd century Earth is ruled by corporations, the largest and most prosperous of which is the Kasnia Conglomerate. Savage, in his role as the tutor to the heir of Kasnia, explains that running a corporation is nowhere near as easy as running a country. Central City was taken over by S.T.A.R. Labs at some point.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: English performers Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Vixen) and Franz Drameh (the Jax half of Firestorm) are both guilty of this sometimes.
    • Inverted somewhat in the episode Moonshot where Jax, Stein and Mick pose as representatives from the British space program, allowing Franz to periodically abandon his Jax voicein order to keep up the ruse.
    Jax: I'm a... booster systems engineer. They call me The Rocketman.
  • Opening Narration: Starts with the second episode, "Pilot, Part II".
  • Order Versus Chaos: Savage seems to believe that humanity only advances through warfare, giving the example of splitting the atom being the direct result of World War II.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Kendra feels this way about Professor Boardman, as he was the son of her previous incarnation, even though she has no memory of it.
  • Overlord Jr.: In the Bad Future version of Star City (2046), Slade Wilson's son Grant has taken up the mantle of Deathstroke and led an "Uprising" in the city, resulting in a hellish place ruled by criminals. The only one who opposes him is Connor Hawke (born John Diggle, Jr.), the new Green Arrow.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Captain Cold and Heat Wave are all but joined at the hip.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The main characters consist of two criminals, an assassin with anger issues, an old man trying to live the adventure he always wanted, a kid with almost no experience, a scientist with an identity crisis, and a couple who can't decide if they want to kill or bang each other.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Hawkman and Hawkgirl's relationship is defined by this. Thing is, Hawkman has regained all his Past-Life Memories and Hawkgirl hasn't. At least, not yet.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • Sara becoming White Canary makes the character related to the Lance/Black Canary family by default. In the comics, White Canary is merely a self-appointed Arch-Enemy of Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance).
    • Inverted with Connor Hawke. In the comics, he is Oliver's illegitimate son and successor. The Arrowverse made him a Decomposite Character; Connor is merely his successor here (although he is the son of John Diggle), while his status as Oliver's illegitimate child was given to William Clayton.
  • Ret Gone: Threatened on multiple occasions, especially as the Time Masters started getting more hardline about getting rid of the Legends. Thawne's primary goal in the second season is trying to outrun "his own non-existence," as he is a Time Remnant whose ancestor Eddie Thawne killed himself to prevent his birth (explained that the act of time travelling provides a buffer from such changes to the timeline, the Thawne of Flash Season One was erased immediately but the Thawne of Flashpoint still had to kill Nora Allen to keep the timeline in check) and was being hunted by the Black Flash, a Grim Reaper for speedsters.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Rip's futuristic blaster is made to look like a revolver that glows blue.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: At the end of the pilot, Rip reveals that his goals are less altruistic and more personal. The woman and boy killed by Savage at the start of the episode were his wife and son. When the Time Masters refused to act, he stole the Waverider and left to stop Savage himself, choosing a team from among the most capable of the least influential people he could find.
  • The Roaring '20s: Flashbacks to the Hawks' incarnation as Professor Boardman's parents set in this decade happened near the end of Season 1. Season 2, episode 8 takes place in 1927 Chicago.
  • Running Gag:
    • The Team being prone on starting Bar Brawls.
    • Cuts from a serious scene discussing how dangerous members of the team are to Ray, being anything but dangerous.
    • Various people the team encounters across time, even ones who aren't surprised by the team being time travellers (like Ra's Al-Ghul or Jonah Hex), are taken aback by Firestorm.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Carter is killed in the second episode in a failed attempt to kill Savage (believing a particular knife could kill him, it actually required Kendra to use it). The rest of the team rally in revenge, with the mission becoming more personal for them.
  • Save The World: Notably the first entry in the Arrowverse to have this as its premise, as typically big bads have tended to operate on only a city-wide level up until now.
  • Self-Made Orphan: After the team's failed attempt to prevent Savage's protege's rise to power in 2152, Savage convinces the young Per Degaton that his father is too weak to lead the Kasnia Conglomerate and gives him a dagger. Per plunges the dagger into his sleeping father's chest and takes over the leadership of the Conglomerate, making Savage his legal guardian and, by extension, regent. This happens 5 years before it was supposed to.
  • Sherlock Scan: Sara in 'Blood Ties.'
  • Shout-Out:
    • Referring to their Time Travel mission, Rip Hunter gives a nod to the Catchphrase of Inspector Spacetime, "the real question isn't where, but when."
    • While being attacked by Chronos, Jefferson tells Gideon to blast the villain with "proton torpedoes". Reinforced a few minutes later when Captain Cold calls Chronos "Boba Fett".
    • In "Marooned", Stein says he read "Rick Starr: Space Ranger".
    • In "Night of the Hawk", being set in 1958 there are numerous Back to the Future references.
    • Leonard Snart's last words:
    • Mick's comment on Nazis is very similar to Indiana Jones's.
      "Nazis. I hate Nazis."
    • In "The Justice Society of America", when performing a song from the future ("Edelweiss") Martin Stein tells the band:
    • "The Fellowship of the Spear" has several Lord of the Rings shout-outs, including the way the Spear of Destiny reveals the text on it after Mick lights it on fire, and how Rip essentially gives Aragorn's "but not this day" speech from the third film when he's speaking over the intercom. And when the Legends first find Tolkien, his commanding officer yells this at him:
      "Fool of a Tolkien!"
    • Towards the end of the Season 2 CrossOver episode "Invasion!" while the heroes are celebrating their victory over the Dominators, Ray makes a comment about Supergirl saying that "she really kinda of looks like [his] cousin." Which makes sense since Ray Palmer's actor once donned the coat of arms of the House of El himself.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: White Canary and Hawkman's costumes are sleeveless.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: In feudal Japan, Sara squares off against the chief Samurai enforcer of the Shogun after all of the lesser Samurai have been killed. They rush at each other and each perform a single Katana strike, but after the Samurai falls the camera reveals that Sara had actually carried a smaller dagger which she used for the killing blow while he was focused on her sword.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer:
    • Jax, confirmed as a series regular, is not in the reveal trailer so as not to spoil the development in The Flash that he's replacing Ronnie Raymond as (half of) Firestorm.
    • Carter Hall/Hawkman was not present on the reveal trailer.
    • Vandal Savage did not appear directly on the same trailers.
    • Cisco, Diggle, Ra's and Darhk are confirmed to appear but all are not present on the aforementioned trailers.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The mother and child Savage murders in the opener of the pilot turn out to be Rip's wife and son and their deaths is what drives him to create the team to stop Savage and hopefully save his family.
  • Space Pirates: Well, time pirates in "Marooned", although the episode does take place in deep space in an unspecified time period. In a cool Shout-Out to a fairly obscure DC character from the 1940s, the pirate captain is named Jon Valor. The original Jon Valor was also known as the Black Pirate, a swashbuckling high seas character created by Sheldon Moldoff. Just to connect this to the characters from the show, Moldoff was one of the original artists for Golden Age Hawkman, Carter Hall.
  • Speculative Fiction LGBT:
    • Seems to be exploited in Sara, who is taken from sister show Arrow, where she was canonically bisexual but ever since joining the time-travelling legends has discussed more and more how she exclusively "prefers girls". Sara's sexuality spills over into the stories, with her various romantic entanglements through history being aligned with the plot of that episode.
    • One episode takes the fantasy setting of Camelot and makes Guinevere gay as she prefers fighting alongside Arthur to being romantic with him and falls for Sara Lance, a lot. The romance of Merlin and Arthur also features, with Stargirl as Merlin and so transcending gender.
  • Spiritual Successor: With Doctor Who announced to be going AWOL for 2016 on the same day "Pilot Part 1" was broadcast, this show with a similar premise note  is a very suitable replacement for the "quirky time-travel show" hole left in the fans' hearts.
    • Also, there is a six-sided console on the Waverider, albeit without a central time rotor.
    • Can also be considered a spiritual successor to Quantum Leap since a big recurring theme in both shows is to make right what went wrong in history, whether it's to stop Vandal Savage's rise to power or to put an end to the time aberrations created by the Legion of Doom. Both shows also feature very similar themes, whether it's having chance meetings with famous people throughout history or even having some of the Waverider crew fill in the shoes of certain historical figures like Jax having to pose as Henry Scott during the Civil War compared to Sam leaping into famous people like Lee Harvey Oswald. It also helps that both shows also feature intelligent female supercomputers who help out the main heroes(Ziggy for Sam and Gideon for Rip Hunter and the Waverider crew) and guide them along their journey.
  • Spiteful Spit: Jonas spits on Vandal Savage after the latter asks him if he's foolish or brave.
  • Standard Human Spaceship: The Waverider is very angular and boxy looking, painted in shades of grey and blue.
  • Start of Darkness: According to Snart, before his father was arrested he was not a saint, but he also never raised his hand to either Snart or his sister. However, after his first lengthy stint in prison the man changed and became an abusive jerk who beat his kids and tried to use them as tools in his crimes.
  • The Stinger: At the end of the pilot, Savage raids a military convoy in 1975 Norway to steal a Soviet nuclear warhead.
  • Superhero Speciation: Averted. The team includes both Firestorm and Heat Wave, two fire-based characters, along with Hawkman and Hawkgirl. From a non-superhero standpoint, there are two scientists on the team: Dr. Martin Stein and Dr. Ray Palmer.
  • Superman Stays out of Gotham: In Season Two, the Legends face of the Legion of Doom consisting of Eobard Thawne, Malcolm Merlyn, and Damien Darhk all of whom were/are enemies of Barry and Oliver. Nobody brings up the possibility of bringing in the Scarlet Speedster and Emerald Archer for backup. It's especially egregious since it takes ten episodes for the Legends to figure out Eoboard Thawne is the Reverse-Flash and none of them thinking of asking Barry for advice.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Professor Boardman is actually the son of Carter and Kendra's previous incarnations. He instantly recognizes them, despite being 10 years old when Savage killed them. Since then, he has devoted his life to studying Savage.
  • Synthetic Plague: According to Rip, in 2152 a man named Per Degaton will take over the leadership of the Kasnia Conglomerate from his father and unleash a deadly synthetic virus outside the Conglomerate's borders to "thin the herd". This will leave the planet ripe for Savage's conquest using the Conglomerate's resources.
  • The Team: While other shows such as Arrow and The Flash have theirs, this show will equally revolve around all the members instead of mainly just The Hero.
  • Team Title: Unlike Arrow, The Flash, or Vixen, Legends isn't named for a singular main character, but rather a group (and will feature all of them as protagonists).
  • Temporal Mutability: According to Rip, one of their greatest enemies on this journey will be time itself, which does not condone anyone messing with it.
    • This is demonstrated in the pilot, when Kendra's attempt to save Professor Boardman results in him getting shot.
    • Snart's attempt to save his dad from prison doesn't succeed, since he gets caught selling the Emerald anyway instead of being caught during the heist.
  • Temporal Sickness: Time traveling causes a laundry list of unpleasant side effects, including nausea, vertigo and temporary blindness. The specific effects on each person vary with each jump, and the farther in time one travels the worse the side effects become.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Laser gun-toting mooks will inevitably drop their guns to fight the White Canary with their bare hands. It's almost like a law of physics in the Legends universe. 20th century gun-toting mooks aren't nearly as dangerous, so they are allowed the dignity of squeezing off a few rounds first before they get punked.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Rip going rogue is considered so unforgivable by the Time Masters that Chronos has full authority to kill him and the rest of the Legends rather than send them back to their proper time.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Serve as the secondary villains of Season 2's first two episodes.
  • Time Police: The Time Masters, an organization tasked with protecting history itself.
  • Time Stands Still: The Pilgrim is able to freeze time in a localized area, giving her near-perfect protection from pretty much anything. She is even able to reverse time, throwing deadly blasts back at the shooter.
  • Time Travel: Rip Hunter is a time traveler from the future, allowing the Arrowverse to expand on the concept of time travel after being introduced on The Flash. Later on, Savage gets his own timeship, courtesy of the Time Masters.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: To be expected in a show about Time Travel, but the rules depicted here are rarely consistent, especially alongside The Flash (2014) which also features time travel and operates differently.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Two of them - Captain Cold and Heatwave. Now just one, Heatwave.
    Cold: I can't imagine any kind of future where I'm a hero.
    Ray: You sure it's a good idea to leave these two unsupervised on a time machine?
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The main trailer features The Team visiting a grave for two people. While it didn't specifically spoil Carter's death, it nonetheless spoiled a Character Death.
  • Translation Convention: When the team uses their Translator Microbes to understand people speaking another language, the audience hears it in plain English with an accent.
  • Translator Microbes: The team has Time Master technology in pill-form that can be ingested to give the user the ability to understand and speak in any language they have to converse in. They hear it just as accented English.
  • Transplant: Ray Palmer, Sara Lance, Prof. Martin Stein, Leonard Snart, Mick Rory and Kendra Saunders were all Recurring Characters in Arrow and The Flash.
  • Turn of the Millennium: The Team travels to this decade in Episode 12 on a rescue mission to save Sara from being Ret Gone'd by the Time Masters, as they sent an assassin to eliminate her younger self before she boards the Queen's Gambit in 2007.
  • Two First Names: As expected for a DC Comics show; Rip Hunter, Sara Lance and Mick Rory.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Sara and Kendra are the only women in the primary cast. After Kendra leaves in the Season 1 finale, Amaya takes her place. Of course, we could also consider Gideon, an AI with a female voice.
  • Uniqueness Decay: In The Flash, Thawne's AI Gideon seemed like a one of kind technology that Thawne stole from Barry. Here it's standard issue on all Time Master ships.
  • The Unreveal: The show never bothered to explain how Merlyn was involved in Savage's resurrection.
  • Wham Line: From "Left Behind", When Snart asks Chronos why he took him, of all people:
    Chronos: You should have figured it out by now. *removes helmet to reveal Mick's face.* After all, I'm supposed to be the dumb one.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Jax's father. Before he is sent back to his own time, Jax warns him that he will be killed in action in Somalia and Rip, while reminding him that "time wants to happen", says Jax's actions might have saved his father's life. However, when everybody returns to the present, there is no mention of whether or not Jax's father is still alive. In the following season, it's revealed that he died after all.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: The series makes a big deal out of how small changes to the timeline can have big consequences to the present day and future. Except when it comes to villains and their mooks, who the team kill with impunity on a regular basis.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: The intro to "Turncoat" as Rory asking this of the show's premise.
  • The Wild West: Season 1 Episode 11 is set on this decade (1870), with cowboys and everything! They return in Season 2 Episode 6, this time on 1874.
  • Winged Humanoid: Hawkgirl and Hawkman can sprout wings from their backs as needed.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Vandal Savage's very first scene in this series shows him shooting and killing a child that survived the initial blitz on London of 2166.
    • When they go to Kasnia, Rip agonizes over whether or not they can kill Per Degaton as a child, since he will grow up to become a dictator on part with Adolf Hitler and will be instrumental in Savage's rise to dominance. He cannot go through with it.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: A plot point for the series in general. Rip often reminds the team that "time wants to happen", meaning history is to some degree predetermined and even if some differences are made to the timeline, the outcome may well be the same anyway. Some examples of this being brought up:
    • Snart's attempt to keep his father out of jail in 1975 fails. Instead of being caught trying to steal an emerald, his father is caught trying to sell it to an undercover officer.
    • In "Leviathan", Rip tells Ray about trying to save his family from Vandal Savage before gathering the team. Apparently, he made several attempts to save them in 2166 just before their deaths, over and over without succeeding.
    • The team regularly kill people in the past during their missions, including, in one episode, an historically famous Japanese shogun, without any discrernable change in the timeline.
  • Young Future Famous People: The Legends meet a number of Historical Domain Characters before they make name for themselves as they Time Travel.

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