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Western Animation: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
aka: Flashpoint
Everything you know will change in a flash... again...

"No matter how fast you run, you can't save everyone."
Professor Zoom

What would you do if you woke up one morning and discovered that everything around you had changed, so much so that even the familiar is so alien, they are almost unrecognizable? And not only that, but this new world is teetering on the brink of superpowered war? This is the world which Barry Allen finds himself in; this is the world of Flashpoint.

Superman is nowhere to be found; in his place, Cyborg is the world's greatest hero. Likewise, Barry's enemy Captain Cold - or rather, Citizen Cold - has filled his spot as Central City's protector. Batman is uncharacteristically brutal. And most pressingly, Wonder Woman is at war with Aquaman with the former conquering the United Kingdom and the latter sinking the rest of Western Europe into the sea; if left unchecked the Amazons and Atlanteans will devastate the world.

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is a movie in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line and an adaptation of Flashpoint. Voice Actors include Justin Chambers (Grey's Anatomy) as the Flash, Kevin McKidd (Rome) as Flashpoint!Batman, C. Thomas Howell (Criminal Minds) as Professor Zoom, Michael B. Jordan (The Wire) as Cyborg, Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) as Aquaman, Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as Sam Lane, and Sam Daly stepping into his dad's shoes as Superman. It also features the return of Kevin Conroy as Batman, Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan, Dana Delany as Lois Lane, Vanessa Marshall as Wonder Woman, and Ron Perlman as Deathstroke.

The film was released on July 30, 2013.


Provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: When the Flash flashes back to a Justice League fight against Starro, Cyborg is included in the League roster despite the fact that Cyborg has never been on the League during any of its Starro battles in the comics. He was probably included in this version of the fight instead of Martian Manhunter for the sake of preventing questions due to the random introduction of a character otherwise irrelevant to this film.
    • Also shows up in numerous other places; many characters have their roles merged and adjusted to make the plot more streamlined.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: While no more than The Cameo, Martha Kent is blonde rather than a redhead.
  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication: The film ends just like the original comic, with the Flash rebooting history into the New 52 timeline. However, the movie omits how this is possible, since in the original comic, this was caused by Pandora tricking the Flash into merging the DC Universe with the Vertigo and Wildstorm universes. Both Pandora and the merger sequence ended up Adapted Out, so there's no explanation given as to why Flash and Batman suddenly have new costumes at the end of the film, besides the implied possibility of For Want of a Nail.
  • Adaptational Badass: Yo-Yo—in the original comic, she is just shown running away from Batman and panicking. Here, she not only gets a very elaborately choreographed fight scene (where she matches Batman move-for-move), but when she loses she keeps her composure for a lot longer despite Batman's threats.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Some characters are more heroic because their stories from the comics are cut down. We don't see Citizen Cold murder anyone, and Ocean Master, Artemis, and Penthesileia (who may not be in the movie) weren't responsible for the war]]. Also, Slade Wilson/Deathstroke and Lex Luthor (who died at age 10 in the comics), along the entire crew of the Ravager are trying to stop Aquaman's weapon instead of looking for Slade's daughter.
    • Flashpoint Captain Atom. In the Flashpoint comics General Nathaniel Adam never went through with the Dilustel experiment and is the devious and harsh director of "Project Six".
  • Adaptational Villainy: Both Flashpoint Aquaman and Wonder Woman. To elaborate: instead of being manipulated into war, the war started because Aquaman and Wonder Woman had an affair. When Mera attacked Wonder Woman she mailed her head to him. Also Comic Wonder Woman didn't kill Billy Batson - in fact, she is shocked when Billy is murdered in the comics - may not have killed Steve Trevor, and tried to stop the war when she realized she'd been deceived.
  • Adapted Out: Due to the many tie ins the comic story had, this was inevitable.
  • The Alcoholic: Thomas Wayne/Flashpoint Batman.
  • Androcles Lion: Flashpoint Kal-El.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Aquaman loses an arm to Superman when he tries to kill Cyborg.
  • Annoying Arrows: Averted with Grifter taking multiple arrows for the torso despite his body armor, although he keeps fighting until he gets an arrow straight through the head... and even then, a seeming unconscious-reflex shot while falling headshots the Amazon who'd shot him, also in the head.
  • Anyone Can Die: Pretty much everyone does.
  • Arch-Enemy: Professor Zoom to Flash.
  • As You Know: Cyborg explaining the war that's going on to Batman.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Played straight with Aquaman and Wonder Woman, both monarchs of their respective kingdoms.
  • Badass Grandpa: Thomas Wayne/Flashpoint Batman.
  • Badass Normal: Several characters, including Flashpoint Batman/Thomas Wayne, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Hal Jordan and Grifter.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: Batman Dual Wielding is an Establishing Character Moment and one of the first indications that something is very off in the FP!universe.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't mention Mera around Aquaman.
    • Batman also doesn't take kindly to mentions of his dead son Bruce Wayne. He breaks one of Barry's fingers and threatens to get out his surgical tools if Barry mentions him again.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Professor Zoom.
  • Blatant Lies: Batman's excuse as to why Yo-Yo nearly fell to her death.
    FP!Batman: She slipped.
  • Blood Knight: Flashpoint Batman shows signs of this.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Possibly the darkest and most violent DC Universe Animated Original Movie along with Batman: The Dark Knight Returns so far.
  • Boom, Headshot: How Flashpoint Batman kills Professor Zoom.
  • Body Horror: Flash's first attempt at getting his powers back results in being covered in burns.
  • Bullet Time: when Barry realizes that he's getting his powers back. And in the finale, the entire scene slows down when the two Flashes engage in combat.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Alternate Iris's daughter tells Iris about her day: She went to lunch with dad, ate chicken wings, told him about the invasion drill they had...
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Doubles as a Freeze-Frame Bonus - if you look really closely in the scene when Zoom makes his appearance, running by the Rogues, you can see his tiny bombs appearing on Captain Cold and Heatwave exactly at the time he ran past them. He is actually facing the Rogues to plant the bombs rather than facing the Flash.
    • A literal one, on display in FP!Batman's Batcave. It's the one he later uses to kill Professor Zoom.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: when Cyborg tries to recruit Batman, there is a mention of Captain Atom going missing after trying to get into the war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman. A captive Captain Atom is actually Aquaman's WMD.
  • Co-Dragons: Ocean Master and Black Manta to Flashpoint Aquaman.
  • Composite Character: Yo-Yo gains some elements from Harley Quinn, i.e. Girlish Pigtails and one of her voice actresses.
  • Crapsack World: The Flashpoint timeline.
  • Darker and Edgier: By far the darkest of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies to date.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Flashpoint Batman/Thomas Wayne, big time. Also, Lois Lane as usual.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Steve Trevor. In the Flashpoint comics is implied that he was made prisoner by the Amazons. In the movie he is personally strangled by Wonder Woman, his Love Interest in many incarnations.
    • Deathstroke dies in an altercation with Aquaman in Europe. In the comics, Sonar heals him, but here, he simply dies.
    • Abin Sur. In the Flashpoint comics he still is alive and he still is the Green Lantern of Sector 2814. Who is the protector of Section 2814 in this movie is unknown.
    • Aquagirl shows up as part of Aquaman's army, and ends up killed during the final battle. She wasn't even present in the original story.
  • Demoted to Extra: Inevitably, due to Adaptation Distillation, several characters including Citizen Cold, and Elemental Woman and The Enchantress, who play an important role in the Flashpoint comics. In fact, The Enchantress is The Mole of the amazons between Flashpoint Cyborg's forces in Flashpoint, and the one who personally kills Grifter instead of it being a random Amazonian.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Thomas Wayne is implied to have crossed this with his son's death and his wife becoming the Joker.
    • Flashpoint Ocean Master being killed by the Amazons is this for his brother, Flashpoint Aquaman. The latter is swiftly defeated by Flashpoint Wonder Woman thereafter.
  • Determinator: Barry's first attempt to get his superspeed back results in him being covered with third-degree burns. He bandages up and does it again.
  • Dies Wide Open: Billy Batson
  • Disappeared Dad: Flash's father is never mentioned.
    • Nor is the canon explanation that he took the blame for the murder of Barry's mother while it was in fact Thawne who did the deed.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even Deathstroke was appalled at the death and devastation caused by the Atlanteans and Amazons.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • Why did Aquaman and Wonder Woman kill millions and pretty much destroy the entire world in their war? Because Wonder Woman killed Mera.
    • More so on Professor Zoom, why is he allowing this to happen? Because he just hates Flash that much, even though by his own admission Zoom did none of this, he's just perfectly happy to keep things so bad for the sake of Flash's distress.
  • Evil Overlord: Flashpoint Aquaman acts in this way.
  • Expendable Alternate Universe: Anyone Can Die in the Flashpoint Universe because it's not the main universe.
  • Expy:
  • Eye Lights Out: Cyborg
  • The Faceless: Nora Allen's killer.
  • Fantastic Racism: Both Flashpoint Aquaman and Wonder Woman show absolute disdain by everyone who isn't Atlantean or Amazon.
  • For Want of a Nail: Barry saving his mother creates a "temporal boom" that ever-so-slightly influences events past and present. Bruce Wayne dies instead of his parents, Superman's ship craters Metropolis, and a multitude of other tiny changes snowballs into hell on Earth.
  • Fusion Dance: This version of Shazam is actually Billy Batson and several friends.
  • Gendercide: Flashpoint Wonder Woman speaks of wiping out all the men and raising the Atlantean daughters, but her actions through the movie make it clear she's just out to kill everyone who isn't already an amazon.
  • The Ghost: Flashpoint Joker/Martha Wayne, who is only seen in flashbacks but never in the present.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Flashpoint Wonder Woman, Queen of the Amazons.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Subverted. Most of the major injuries are hidden throughout the movie (Black Manta getting shot in the head is blocked by the remains of his helmet, for instance), but several happen offscreen and then the aftermath is plainly visible like Wonder Woman holding up Mera's head after decapitating her. As the movie nears the end a few important ones are shown in very full, grisly detail, culminating in a lingering shot of a bullet hole through someone's brain.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: One of the main reasons for the war and a part of both Wonder Woman's and Mera's motivations when they fought. Even though it was in self-defense on her part, Wonder Woman then beheaded Mera, sent her headless body back to Atlantis, and wears Mera's helmet as a trophy.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Professor Zoom, being the terrifyingly smart sociopath he is, holds a postdoctorate in this. He gives Barry two throughout the film. The second one is particularly devastating.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Aquaman activating his WMD, wiping out everyone in the war so Wonder Woman doesn't win.
  • Heroic Resolve/Heroic Second Wind: The only thing that would let a badly wounded Barry outrun his past self.
  • Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: Nope. In fact, Zoom emphasizes to Flash that his "heroic" motive for going through time was something far more personal and thus frivolous yet still screwed everything up.
  • I Have Many Names: Eobard Thawne is called either his name, Professor Zoom, or Reverse Flash.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The Flash's Rogues, once again.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted. Young Bruce Wayne is seen dying and Billy Batson is killed offscreen by Wonder Woman.
  • If I Can't Have You: Flashpoint Wonder Woman is implied to be trying this through the war since Aquaman rejected her once she killed his wife.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique:
    • Flashpoint Batman is very prone to using it; first with Yo-Yo, later with Barry Allen.
    • Bizarrely, Flashpoint Wonder Woman also uses it; in her first scene she strangles someone with the lasso of truth while asking them for information. While the character in question does resist the lasso, it still comes off as sadistically redundant.
  • Kill 'em All: Even before Aquaman's WMD goes off, pretty much every notable character in the Flashpoint universe is dead.
  • Killer Yo-Yo: Used very effectively by the Flashpoint Villain Yo-Yo, an expy of Harley Quinn.
  • Laughing Mad: Flashpoint Joker's only scene.
  • Living Battery: Aquaman's doomsday weapon is revealed to be powered by Captain Atom.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: For an animated film just over an hour, it sure has a lot of characters. Which are promptly mowed down in droves.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Martha Wayne, after the death of her beloved son Bruce she becomes the Joker of this timeline.
  • Love Makes You Evil: The entire reason of the war between Atlantis and Themyscira.
  • Love Triangle: In the Flashpoint timeline, between Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Mera, and eventually the reason of the war between Atlantis and Themyscira.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Believed to have been caused by Professor Zoom. It's actually what Flash accidentally did when he saved his mom.
  • Making a Splash: Mera's technique of combat. Atlanteans in general seem to use it.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Thawne.
  • Mêlée à Trois: the final battle: the Atlanteans vs. the Amazons, with Grifter's resistance and Cyborg's team fighting both sides.
  • Missing Mom: Flash's mother in the original timeline. Also the indirect cause of the Flashpoint timeline.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Flash's mother's first reaction to her son wanting to confess a secret was to ask if he was gay.
  • Mood Whiplash: When bound by the lasso of truth, Steve Trevor's description of Lois Lane somewhat humorously includes "one of the most beautiful women I've ever met", and Wonder Woman replies with "Until now, you mean." Then she strangles him. Graphically.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Flashpoint Superman has one after he accidentally kills some soldiers just after getting his heat vision.
    • Flashpoint Aquaman seems to have one when he clearly sees how much death the war has caused.
    • Possibly Flashpoint Wonder Woman at the end, when Aquaman activates his Weapon of Mass Destruction. She hugs the dying Aquaman before the end.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Between the forces of Flashpoint Aquaman, we can see Aqualad/Kaldur'ahm, Tempest/Garth and Aquagirl/Tula, even with the same basic designs and weapons of Young Justice.
    • Flashpoint Batman flat out calls the group Cyborg is putting together a Suicide Squad.
    • Aquaman losing his right arm.
    • Flash first starts realizing he's in an alternate universe when he hears about the Elongated Kid (as opposed to Miss Alchemy in the comic), a superhero he's never heard of, being murdered. In the DCU that took place in the pre-Flashpoint continuity in the comics leading up to the event (Thawne did it).
  • Never Trust a Trailer: A lot of the trailer is very misleading.
    • "No matter how fast you run, you can't save everyone." is accompanied by a scene of Wonder Woman looking fierce and pointing a futuristic gun at someone. Turns out she's trying to use Captain Cold's freeze gun to disarm a bomb.
    • "World War Three. Maybe I could have stopped it. If I just run a little faster. Faster!" These lines are combined from multiple scenes. The middle sentence refers to normal kid Barry regarding his mother's death - but at the end of the film he had to catch up with his also superspeeding past self to stop him from saving his own mother.
    • Zoom is shown clicking a detonator followed by an explosion, then Flashpoint Batman shielding himself from blinding light - it is actually Wonder Woman throwing the bomb into the sky where it can't cause damage. The last scene is completely unrelated.
    • "War's over. Everybody lost." "No!" had another huge explosion - another explosion high up and didn't cause damage.
    • "You'll be amazed the monsters this world can create" - spoken by Flashpoint Batman, shown with normal Batman and Flash. Flash is shown running into the distance followed by an ominous flash of lightning, and the line brings Clock Roaches and other Eldritch Abominations to mind but it is not a climax scene, Flash is just running away to clear his head (at that time everything was still normal).
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Zoom eventually reveals that Barry broke the time stream when he saved his mother in the past. So, basically all the disasters of this timeline are Barry's fault.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The President in the Flashpoint timeline bears more than a passing ressemblance to Barack Obama.
  • Noodle Incident: The fight between Flashpoint Batman/Thomas Wayne and Flashpoint Joker/Martha Wayne was probably pretty epic. Too bad we didn't see any of it. Of course, if Flash succeeds in his plan, none of it would have happened and his son will be alive.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: the final battle between Barry and Professor Zoom. They are evenly matched, however, Zoom impales Barry on one of his legs, in the process limiting Barry's Super Speed; this leaves the Flash an easy picking for Zoom.
    • Aquaman vs. Cyborg as well.
  • No Sell: Main universe's Superman dispose of one of Zoom's bombs by containing the blast between his hands. Flashpoint Superman catches an exploding missile without flinching.
  • Off with Her Head!: Wonder Woman beheads Mera.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Whilst, the consequences were exceptionally tragic it is implied that one hell of a fight occurred between Flashpoint Wonder Woman and Mera. It starts with Mera attacking Diana in her room, who is sharpening her sword. Mera controls the water from a nearby fountain to use as a weapon, whilst Diana charges with her sword... And when the scene cuts back, the entire room has been wrecked, with some of it being on fire, whilst Diana's bloody sword lies on the ground, with her holding Mera's decapitated head and taking her crown.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Both Flashpoint Aquaman and Wonder Woman, though it's Aquaman's doomsday weapon that nearly succeeds at the end before Flash went back in time.
  • Palette Swap: The reporter that reports on Captain Boomerang is basically a palette swap of Cat Grant's model used in Young Justice (although for all we know, she could be Linda Park, Wally West's girlfriend - and later wife - who is a television reporter for Keystone City).
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Both Amazons and Atlanteans are portrayed in this way, and it's part of the Revenge Before Reason's mentality of Flashpoint Aquaman and Wonder Woman.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Flashpoint Wonder Woman when she personally hangs Steve Trevor, ironically her Love Interest in other iterations.
  • Reality Ensues: Barry and Flashpoint Batman's first attempt at recreating Barry's Superhero Origin (i.e. a chemical dousing and lightning strike) simply results in full-body third-degree burns.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Thawne condescendingly and joyfully rips into Barry for his decision to save his mother and how it screwed everything up.
    Zoom: "Oh, Barry. That's the beauty of all this. I didn't do any of it. You did. Think, Barry. Isn't there some little thing, some little good deed, you might have done?"
    Flash: "I saved someone."
    Zoom: "Yes."
    Flash: "I saved her. I saved mom."
    Zoom: "That's right."
    Flash: "No…no! It wouldn't have changed all of this. It wouldn't have changed what happened before her murder. Bruce's parents…Clark's landing…"
    Zoom: "Oh, but it did. Break the sound barrier, and there's a sonic boom. You broke the time barrier, Flash. Time boom. Ripples of distortion radiated out through that point of impact, shifting everything just a tiny bit. But enough. Enough for events to happen slightly different."
    Flash: "I just wanted to save her."
    Zoom: "Her hero. How noble. Oh, wait. You didn't stop JFK from getting assassinated. Or make sure Hitler stayed in art school. You saved your mommy. You missed her. And in a supreme act of selfishness, shattered history like a rank amateur. Turned the world into a living hell moments away from destruction. And I'm the villain?"
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Flashpoint Batman.
    • And Professor Zoom.
  • Revenge Before Reason:
    • The war between Flashpoint Aquaman and Wonder Woman started because Mera discovered the two of them were having an affair and she went to attack Wonder Woman over this. It resulted in Wonder Woman killing Mera by beheading her with a sword and keeping her crown as a trophy. She then sends her corpse back to a furious and grieving Aquaman. Cue war.
    • Professor Zoom hates Flash so much that he's willing to see the entire world suffer as a consequence.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: Happens to many of the major characters in the altered timeline.
  • Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Subverted. At first, Flash does remember the old timeline. However, the longer he stays in the new one, the more his memories are altered to fit. Combined with the coming apocalypse, this makes fixing things as fast as possible even more pressing.
  • Role Reprisal: As noted above, Batman (original timeline) and Lois Lane are voiced by their DCAU voice actors, Wonder Woman by her voice actress in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Deathstroke by his voice actor on Teen Titans, and Hal Jordan by his voice actor on Green Lantern: Emerald Knights and Justice League: Doom. Additionally, Etrigan and the President are voiced by their respective voice actors on Batman: The Brave and the Bold
  • Rugged Scar: Common in the Flashpoint Universe, indicating the Crapsack World:
    • Both Aquaman and Aqualad have a scar across the bridge of their noses.
    • Captain Thunder (Flashpoint Captain Marvel) has a bunch of inexplicable scars over both his eyes.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: What Flash has to do.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Flashpoint Batman's cape.
  • The Sociopath: Professor Zoom. Lampshaded by Batman.
  • Small Steps Hero/What the Hell, Hero?: As Professor Zoom points out, Barry didn't make sure Hitler stayed in art school or tried to stop JFK's assassination, he saved his mother.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Lex Luthor...sorta. In the Flashpoint comics he was killed at age 10. In the movie he is still alive in his adulthood and is a member of the crew of the Ravager...until he is killed by Flashpoint Aquaman.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Flash does one to Flashpoint Batman, who promptly lampshades this fact:
    So I'm finally on the other end of that trick.
  • The Stinger: In a teaser for Justice League: War, a boom tube opens and an army of Parademons fly out.
  • The Strategist: Batman is claimed to be the best in the world. So much so that everyone seems to believe that without him, there is 0% chance of stopping the war.
  • Straw Feminist/Knight Templar: Flashpoint Wonder Woman, who seems to fully believe that all the problems of the world are caused by men. This being the same woman who killed 32 million people in her siege and started a war solely because she wanted Aquaman.
  • Stripperiffic: Mera's outfit is little more than a bikini.
  • Suicide Attack/Senseless Sacrifice: Hal Jordan does one in Abin Sur's ship. Aquaman successfully blocks it by summoning a sea serpent to swallow the ship.
  • Suicide Mission: Pretty much everyone thinks getting involved in Aquaman and Wonder Woman's war is this. Batman even flat out calls the group Cyborg is putting together a Suicide Squad.
  • Taking You with Me: Flashpoint Wonder Woman and her Amazons end up defeating Flashpoint Aquaman and his Atlantean army. Rather than let her taste victory, however, Flashpoint Aquaman activates his doomsday weapon, which would kill them all and destroy the world.
  • Terse Talker: Flashpoint Superman.
  • Time Crash: Invoked by Professor Zoom to explain how Flash going back in time to prevent his mother's death affected events preceding it or completely unrelated, including the location of Kal-El's ship landing.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: It's never quite explained how Flash is able to remember both timelines, and still carries Thomas Wayne's letter at the end. Flash even debates this with Batman at the end.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Flashpoint Batman for the good guys, who clearly has no qualms about killing in this version.
  • Token Good Teammate: Doctor Vulko within the Flashpoint Aquaman's forces.
  • Tragic Hero: Flashpoint Captain Atom. In his case, his Fatal Flaws apparently were overconfidence of his powers and impulsiveness in his actions. He eventually becomes the weapon of mass destruction of Emperor Aquaman.
  • Undying Loyalty: With the exception of Doctor Vulko, the rest of the Atlanteans follow Aquaman unquestioningly.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The Flash's Rogues to Professor Zoom.
  • Unscrupulous Hero/Nineties Anti-Hero: Flashpoint Batman, though when offered the chance for a timeline where he died in Bruce's place, he takes it.
  • Villainous Rescue: Professor Zoom saves Lois Lane just to be sure that a picture gets taken of him that would inevitably fall into Flash's hands.
  • The Voiceless: Tula, Black Manta and many others.
  • World's Strongest Man: Flashpoint Superman is an illustration of why Supes is this. He is mentally and physically broken by all the abuse he was subjected to, just a shadow of what Clark Kent was. He doesn't know how to fight - or how to hold back. So after just a day out of captivity, one burst of his eyebeams takes off Aquaman's arm - and Aquaman here was not even scratched by everything that the good guys threw at him previously.
  • Worth It:
    • Professor Zoom considers dying in the process of killing Flash and causing him despair to be completely worth it.
    • Also Flashpoint Batman, who believes if his son Bruce is the one to survive the night in the alleyway, then him dying is worth it.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Wonder Woman personally kills Billy Batson, who in this timeline is one of the Shazam Kids.
    • Joe Chill, who killed young Bruce Wayne in the Flashpoint timeline.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Well, you technically can, but you'll royally screw up the world with a capital S.
  • Your Cheating Heart: The other main reason for the war. Aquaman's infidelity lead to his wife's death and the war.

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