YMMV / DC Nation

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The Online Roleplay

  • Crack Ship: Averted...mostly. Most of the ships have some basis in comics, or (in the case of canon/OC pairings or pairings that came about due to canon differences) were handled matter-of-factly. There is no explanation for Kory and Hugo that isn't made of crack, however.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: the sentiment explaining how JLA Watchtower and DC Nation became an Alternate Continuity. One of the original intents was to parallel the events in "regular" DC Comics, but events like Infinite Crisis and the controversial Nightwing #91 disgusted some of the players so much it was then decided that the game would establish its own continuity.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Issues #20-#21 of the New Teen Titans comic (May-June 1986) are affectionately known as "The Mission from Hell." The Titans were (temporarily) mostly broken up after incidents involving or happening roughly around the time of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Wonder Girl, who is left in charge with an empty nest, calls in Aqualad, a newly-minted Flash, a Hawk without Dove, Jason-Robin and her ex-boyfriend Speedy. At the request of King Faraday, they help to protect a peace conference which is being threatened by Cheshire. Yes, the Cheshire Speedy had a relationship with. This was where it was discovered they had a child together. Issue #21 closes on some supposed to be heart-warming reconciliations between Terry Long and Wonder Girl and also Speedy and Cheshire, including him getting to hold his daughter for the first time. Also, Wally getting to explain his new role as The Flash to his hero-avoidant then-girlfriend Francis Kane. Now, look at these events through the lens of:
    • Wonder Girl and Speedy still being in love, but not pursuing those feelings due to the machinations of Dark Angel.
    • Aqualad being suicidal after the loss of Tula.
    • King Faraday being mind-controlled by Diablo to be Gamemaster.
    • Wally-Flash not knowing what he's doing and trying to imitate Barry Allen. His behavior around this time is often-cited by his peers in-game as to why "growing up and becoming JLA members" is no longer concidered an option if the Titan in question wants to keep their sense of self.
    • Wonder Girl having a miscarriage after a fight with Cheshire when she hadn't known she was pregnant which actually stopped Aqualad from killing himself. After getting treatment, which she swore him to secrecy about, the next day she finds out about Lian's birth.
    • Jason being the voice of reason among his older, more experienced peers. In Nation-canon he received a statue in the memorial hall upon his death for this and the work to free Raven, which is different from in pre-reboot DC-canon.
    • Having Speedy, Wonder Girl and Flash return to Cheshire, Terry Long and Francis Kane with the idea that this is a relief to them. In Nation, all three couplings have been potrayed as abusive and/or unhealthy relationships.
    • Realizing that Lian would have been concieved just about the time of Wonder Girl's wedding to Terry Long with the compressed timeline. Can you say rebound?
  • The Woobie: Tempest was the focus of a 5 year story arc involving bad things constantly happening to him. Towards the end of the arc there was a series of flashbacks which mostly focused around his courtship and subsequent loss of his lover Tula. The intent had been to break with the path DC comics had him on and set up Tula's resurrection.

The Cartoon Network line up
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Due to the shorts featuring many less well-known characters along with being stylistically interesting, some of them lead to hope in them getting their own fully-fledged series, such as Doom Patrol, Super Best Friends Forever, and Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld. New Teen Titans was also well-received enough to spur the creation of Teen Titans Go!.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The New Teen Titans shorts. A Super-Deformed parody of the original series, it was very popular with fans and successful enough to spawn a show based on it. However the result wasn't what fans of the shorts or the original show were expecting at all, and it would end up being the only show to get regular airtime, and the only one to survive the block's cancellation.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Shazam short "Courage" has Billy Batson turn into his alter ego so he can watch a scary movie. The movie's title happened to be Inside Out. A year after the DC Nation block was discontinued, an actual movie called Inside Out was released, though it was ironically a family film.
  • Internet Backdraft: The changing of the block from its first version to the second.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The New Teen Titans short "Blackfire's Babysitter" had Starfire visit Blackfire. Turns out Glrdsklechhh, the Sklerch that Starfire left at the altar in "Betrothed," wasn't leaving Tamaran without a bride...so Blackfire was shown to have been the "replacement." The end result? She's now a mom to quads, though given the groom/father, one poster for the clip said (quote) "my mind just went places I did NOT want it to go......"
    • Moreover, the continuation of that scene is that their kids like 'bloody fighting', and when Blackfire was once again trying to 'replace Starfire in Earth' by dressing up as Starfire, the kids start pouncing at Blackfire and she let out chilling screams like someone's really dying and being skewered and tortured alive, sounding really unnerving instead of the intended hilarity.
    • The Shazam short "Courage" has Billy Batson fumbling his magic word because he's too scared to say it properly. He eventually turns into a skinless Captain Marvel. And yes, we get to see his internal organs and his exposed muscles.