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Young Justice: Tropes F to K
  • Faceless Goons: Kobra's masked cultists, Black Manta's helmeted manta troopers, and Queen Bee's balaclava wearing soldiers.
    • Averted a few times though, once Artemis infiltrates Black Manta's crew.
  • Fake Defector: Aqualad, who joins Black Manta in order to learn the secrets of the Light during Season 2.
    • Double Agent: Discussed in "Darkest", where after Aqualad fakes Artemis' death, kidnaps 4 members of the Team and blows up Mount Justice, a guilt-ridden Kid Flash begins questioning if Aqualad is actually a triple agent who really has gone bad.
  • Fake Static: Lagoon Boy does this over the psychic link. Nightwing immediately calls him on it.
  • Faking the Dead: Artemis in "Depths," who is being sent undercover to infiltrate the villains. Only Nightwing, Aqualad and Wally know the truth, and the episode "Satisfaction" shows her mother crying at her grave, her memorial in the cave, and her sister and father swearing vengeance.
  • False Reassurance: When questioned on Rann about their association with the Justice League, Miss Martian only states they are not members of the League.
  • Familiar: Teekl, Klarion the Witch Boy's cat, is his familiar and his link to the mortal realm.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death:
    • The episode "Revelation" contained a scene where Joker gas is released from a giant plant, gassing three firefighters who fall down and die onscreen. They probably got away with this because it's never explicitly stated that Joker gas kills people, but come on, it's The Joker.
      • Joker basically says it's deadly when he says none of them will be making it out of the bayou and activates the joker gas.
    • In "Failsafe", the alien invaders disintegrate numerous civilians, the entire Justice League, and half the main cast on screen.
    • Season 2 had one early on when Aqualad stabs Artemis in the chest with a clear bloodstain. It's faked though.
    • The late season episode "Summit" had Deathstroke shoot Aqualad and Artemis in the chest. While you only hear the gunshots and them falling down, you can clearly see the bloodstained bodies shortly afterwards. This is also faked. They get up and start walking and talking again, with convincing blood on their chest. The same episode also has Ra's Al Ghul stabbed in the back with the blade coming out of his chest. This is Ra's al Ghul we're talking about, however.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: Black Beetle repeatedly bashing Wonder Girl against a wall for just over 10 straight seconds of airtime. Chilling, and frankly surprising that it got past the censors.
  • Fantastic Drug: Luthor's "shields" suppress human DNA to allow a half kryptonian to use the full range of their powers. In practice they function more like G-rated steroids.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • When talking about race conflicts in class, Megan mentions to Conner that on Mars there is a lot of discrimination against the white minority by the green majority. It turns out that Megan is really a white martian, who takes a green and more humanoid form to avoid ostracization on Earth.
    • In season two, reporter G. Gordon Godfrey is trying to encourage this by suggesting that the Justice League may be harboring more aliens than the publicly accepted Martian Manhunter and Superman. It works.
    • Red Volcano's goal was essentially to wipe out all organic life so that he and his fellow robots could rule. Oddly this plan seems to have come from his human creator, though it's a bit hard to tell since the Morrow we originally see is actually a robot too.
    • The tie-in comic has a story revolving around a group of Atlantean extremists who try to incite violence against the citizens who do not look fully human such as Lagoon Boy, or even Kaldur himself, who has visible gills and webbed digits. In a later issue, La'gaan tells M'gann that he came to the surface in order to escape such prejudice, same as she did.
  • Fastball Special:
  • Feuding Families: Black Manta and Sportsmaster's families following Artemis and Kaldur faking her death.
  • Fiery Redhead: Very much Speedy. Both of 'em.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Though Jaime is unable to do anything but watch his body's actions when his scarab is put back on mode, the scarab secretly fights the Reach's control by stalling and purposefully using poor tactics in order to give the Team a chance against him. He has to do what the Reach tells him to, but does it in the least efficient way possible.
  • Fighting Game: "Revelation" opens with Robin and Aqualad in a real-life fighting game as a sparring session. They are awarded points for combos, dodges and other gaming moves.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Applies to the Team, the Runaways, and Jaime and the Scarab.
  • Five-Man Band: The Team's dynamic at the beginning of Season 1, only to be broken by Artemis' introduction:
  • Flash Step:
    • In "Drop Zone", Kid Flash snatches Bane's detonator so fast, Bane doesn't realize it's gone until he tries to press it. Kid Flash needed a running start to do it, though.
    • In "Bloodlines", the Flash and Impulse dodge Neutron's attacks by simply moving to the side at super speed.
  • Fluorescent Footprints: Cheshire's mask has infrared, allowing her to see these.
  • Forceful Kiss: Cheshire to Red Arrow in "Insecurity."
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash go to investigate the Cadmus lab in "Independence Day", Cadmus immediately wants to clone the three sidekicks and then send the clones off as moles back to the League. We later find out that is actually what happened to the real Speedy three years before the series even began. He even refers to it as "the new Project Sidekick", indicating there was an old one.
    • When Dubbilex reveals his complicity in bringing the sidekicks to Cadmus he refers to the Genomorph clones as "brothers," and the camera lingers on Guardian. His later assertion that he is Speedy/Red Arrow's uncle makes his connection to the previous Project Sidekick obvious.
    • When Red Tornado confronts Mister Twister in "Welcome to Happy Harbor", one may notice that Tornado is flying without using his air powers and that his whirlwinds are white instead of red. When Mr. Twister tries to brainwash Red Tornado, it's turns out that it was Miss Martian disguised as him and that Kid Flash was providing the whirlwinds.
    • In "Downtime", Aqualad wears manta trooper armor and Black Manta calls him out for blindly serving Aquaman. Come Season 2, Aqualad has joined Black Manta, his father, the secret of which was kept a secret from the young Atlantean. Except Aqualad's a Fake Defector and it's all part of Nightwing's plan to take down The Light.
    • In "Targets," Sportsmaster reveals to Aqualad that he has an "inside source" on the Team, before it shows a close-up on his eye and the camera moving from Aqualad to Red Arrow.
    • Mercy's cybernetic arm is foreshadowing for Arsenal getting a similar arm in "Satisfaction", after his organic arm was amputated to clone him.
    • Several times, for Miss Martian's true nature as a copycat of a sitcom character and as a White Martian.
    • Episode 16 contains several pieces of foreshadowing for the second season: the alien invasion premise, what happens to Artemis, Kid Flash's reaction, the depths of M'gann's true power, Robin's leadership style.
    • After Impulse lists off the present team members early on "Bloodlines", the only other person he specifically mentions and expresses interest in is Blue Beetle. He also uses the words "crash" "mode" "meat", which are later terms used by the Reach.
    • When Virgil is talking to Black Canary, he plays with a paper clip. When he walks out, he drops on the desk, and it magnetizes and drags the rest of the clips together in a ball.
    • Robin twice uses escrima sticks to help him fight, once against the MONQIs and once again in the season finale. Come season two, he's graduated to being Nightwing, who keeps his escrima holstered on his thigh and reaches for them much more readily.
    • Kid Flash's stealth costume is black, reminiscent of the "Black Flash", a kind of Grim Reaper for DCU speedsters. He dies in season 2.
    • When Artemis is re-introduced in season 2, she's standing next to an open fridge. Although it turns out she fakes her death.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: The Team's reaction to the death of the Justice League in "Failsafe". Of course, they all knew that it was a simulation.
  • Four Element Ensemble: Red Tornado, Red Torpedo, Red Inferno, Red Volcano.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: The first season finale reveals that the trigger phrase to activate the mole is "Broken Arrow," which puts Red Arrow into a trance where his handler can retrieve information and plant subconscious instructions. This phrase also works on the audience: After it was uttered, the show cut to a commercial and returned after the counter-command was given, leaving the audience unaware of what had transpired, and ignorant even of the fact that anything had happened at all.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • Batman's holo-map in "Schooled" for once shows Gotham City in relation to New York and Boston.
    • In "Welcome To Happy Harbor", the camera rests for a second on the Team's screen tracking Red Tornado. If you have an HD TV you can freeze it and make-out most of RT's file detailing the Elemental Wars. This was actually unintentional and upset Greg Weisman—somebody decided to put that in for this trope, but did not realize that the Elemental Wars have not happened yet (if they will at all) according to the Universe Bible.
    • In "Downtime", you can read the rigorous screening process of Gotham Prep in Artemis' acceptance letter. The letter also reveals that her full name is "Artemis Crock", which has yet to be conveyed through dialogue.
    • In "Bereft" there is a split-second shot of a White Martian (which could've easily been mistaken for a Cadmus genomorph in Superboy's memories) while M'gann is restoring the Team's memories. Doubles as a Chekhov's Gun: in the episode "Usual Suspects", Superboy reveals he saw it, too.
    • An accidental one happens in "Beneath". A map of Bialya depicts the nation as encompassing the territory of Qurac, suggesting that Bialya successfully annexed its neighbor over the timeskip. This was apparently Off Model rather than intentional.
    • Gar's room in Mount Justice. Right before it's destroyed by a bomb, hence the freezing. On his wall, he has posters of Hello, Megan! and Dick Grayson's Robin, and a picture of his mother on the dresser.
  • From Bad to Worse:
    • "Homefront" is one increasingly bad development after another, culminating in Red Tornado knocking out the Team before going AWOL.
    • "Failsafe" opens with the defeat of the entire Justice League and steadily goes downhill. Which was the entire point.
    • "Before the Dawn" is just the beginning as M'gann breaks Kaldur's mind, Artemis is trapped on The Light's side with her only ally broken, The Reach formally introduced themselves to the world before the Justice League could warn the public, and they have an entire armada waiting in the Mariana Trench till the day they can make their move and begin a conquest.
    • "Runaways" didn't help matters, with Blue Beetle being revealed as back on mode, the Green Beetle turns out to be a Reach agent, and the Runaways unwittingly joining up with Lex Luthor. All of this with no knowledge from any else related to the Team or the Justice League.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Robot monkeys? Why they are Mobile Optimal Neural Quotient Infiltrators. Ivo even lampshades it when they get destroyed.
    "And after all the trouble I went through finding an acronym for monkey."
  • Future Me Scares Me: A case where the somebody doesn't actually meet their future self, just hears about it, when Jaime is told that in the future, Blue Beetle is the worst villain of all, he fights very hard to avert it, and is plagued by images of an evil him.
  • Futureshadowing: When we see Impulse's future, he's working on the time machine in the hollowed out portion of a destroyed Mount Justice. Which happens about three episodes later.
  • Future Slang: Impulse's slang, where "crash" is good, "mode" is bad, and "meat" is a derogatory term. These are all related to the Reach's vocabulary, since they have taken over.
    • "Beneath," where Nightwing uses Queen Bee's ability to control men as a justification for Alpha Squad consisting of the all-female Miss Martian, Bumblebee, Batgirl, Wonder Girl and Bio Ship. Batgirl calls Nightwing on the implied sexism— and the last time Dick explained Bee's powers that way, Batman called him on the heteronormative implications.
  • Gender Flip: In the Red Tornado miniseries, Red Torpedo is female and Red Inferno is male. The animated versions have this reversed, to fit the Golden Age characters they've been combined with.
    • Asami "Sam" Koizumi is a female version of Samurai from Super Friends.
  • Genre Savvy: In "The Runaways", Red Volcano takes the titular group hostage and then tells Blue Beetle to do the typical "save the hostages and let the villain escape" move.
    • Wrong Genre Savvy: Blue Beetle uses a Chest Blaster to send Volcano flying while the runaways free themselves, even telling Volcano not to stereotype. This foreshadows the fact that Jaime isn't the one in control.
  • Girls' Night Out Episode:
    • "Secrets," where the male characters (and M'gann) are either at a school dance or meeting with members of the Justice League, leaving Zatanna and Artemis to spend the night fighting crime in New York City.
  • Glamour Failure: Played with in "Disordered". M'gann suddenly changes into her human appearance during her therapy session, causing her to flip out when Black Canary points out that she just turned "white"; she calms down when she finds BC meant "Caucasian", as opposed to a White Martian.
  • Glass Cannon: The alien scouts in "Failsafe" can disintegrate Superman in one shot, but can be taken down by one of Artemis's arrows.
  • A Glass of Chianti: In "Alienated", Black Manta is seen in his private quarters, eating a fine meal and sipping wine.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Using the Helm of Nabu transforms the wearer into Dr. Fate and grants them the power of a Lord of Order, but Nabu is not that keen on letting the one wearing it have their body back.
    • When Aqualad feels that he and the Team cannot defeat the Injustice League, he becomes Dr. Fate. Kent Nelson talks Nabu into backing off.
    • In "Misplaced", Zatanna decides use the helmet again. This time, however, Nabu is tired of the run-around and has no intention of releasing her. He even sent Nelson off to the afterlife when he tried to protest. Zatara has to offer himself as a replacement to free her, and he is not going to be removing the helmet.
    • Arsenal realizes his scratch team is way outside its league fighting Black Beetle on the Warworld, so he does something desparate. Mongul is freed.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: In the second season finale "Endgame", every hero introduced up to that point (except for the ones on Rimbor and the ones that died) can be seen at the debriefing for the Reach's endgame, helping save the Earth.
  • Gone Horribly Right: T.O.Morrow's fourth android, Red Volcano, was built with the express purpose of not having any heroic programming so that it would not be bound by morality or humanity. Red Volcano, since it had no humanity or morality, killed Morrow as soon as it was activated.
  • Good Guns, Bad Guns: Inverted in the case of oppressive Bialya and progressive Qurac. The former's military uses equipment drawn to resemble Real Life American military equipment, while the latter's soldiers use Kalashnikov-like guns.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Nabu, a Lord of Order, is one of the world's most powerful protectors and one of the only defenses against the Lords of Chaos, but to affect the world he must inhabit the body of a mortal. If he cannot find a willing host he will take one, and if he fears that his host cannot be trusted to don the Helm of Nabu after they have been freed, he will never let them go.
  • Good Parents: Wally's. Also, surprisingly, Batman, whose relationship with Dick is better than in most modern continuities.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal/Are Invulnerable: Despite all the fighting on the show, the only member of the Team to actually receive lethal blows is Superboy, the only character that is Nigh Invulnerable.
    • In Summit, Ra's Al Ghul, who is routinely resurrected, is the only character to be killed despite Black Beetle fighting other heroes after he stabs Ra's.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: At the beginning of "Alpha Male".
  • GPS Evidence: Time detection instead of location, Kid Flash is able to deduce that they have been in Bialya for at least twenty-four hours since his costume-rations have already been eaten.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Robin, in the traditional bat-style.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language:
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Captain Marvel has a Gravitational Cognizance moment in "Misplaced". When he transforms, shifting himself from the kid dimension to the adult one, it takes a few moments for him to realize that the plane he was in has not made the trip with him.
  • Great Escape: "Terrors"
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Miss Martian — well, the PG rated version of one. Subverted with her true form.
  • Grenade Tag: Robin does this against a mind controlled Black Canary in "Auld Aquaintance".
  • Gut Punch: Speedy realizing he's The Mole at the end of Season One. Miss Martian mentally assaulting Aqualad before learning he's a Reverse Mole in Season Two. Kid Flash's death in the Season Two Finale.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot:
    • In season one, the male members of the Team are either straight hand-to-hand combatants, or include hand-to-hand with their weaponry. The female members of the Team, however, have telekinesis, a bow-and-arrow, magic and technology gadgetry so they do not need to physically touch their opponents.
    • Averted in season two, where the first episode introduces Wonder Girl and Batgirl, two hand-to-hand combatants that serve as some of the members of the newer Team.
  • Hacked by a Pirate: In season 1, Robin's hacking skills is always represented by a chibi Robin on-screen either frowning (in the process of hacking) or grinning (hack complete).
  • Hammerspace: In the fight with Harm in "Secrets" just where does Artemis' crossbow come from, or disappear to a few moments later?
  • Harmless Freezing: At least to Miss Martian, due to her Bizarre Alien Biology. Being frozen by an ice villain is implied to usually be fatal.
    Miss Martian: It's pretty cold where I come from...
  • Hate Sink: G. Gordon Godfrey. From the annoying voice to just being a huge Jerkass, there's not much to like.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: G. Gordon Godfrey hates superheroes with a passion. However, when the Reach showed up, he suddenly proclaimed them to be wonderful, to a suspicious amount. Turns out as soon as the Reach screwed up at all, he turned on them as well.
  • The Hat Makes the Man: The Helmet of Fate which influences anyone who dons it. It eventually ends up completely taking over the mind of Zatara.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Artemis is so heartbroken over Wally's heroic death in Endgame that she takes on the Tigress moniker full time to cope with the loss.
  • He Knows Too Much: The Scarab says this word for word when Tye Longshadow's grandfather makes a vague reference to Jaime's "one on the inside". Fortunately, Jaime keeps the Scarab in check.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Cheshire following the Time Skip.
    • The Blue Scarab does, oddly enough. Once it is back under Reach control it becomes a bit of a Literal Genie, enough to fool its masters. Once it is cleansed again, it tells Jaime it is much happier with their heroic partnership.
  • Helping Would Be Killstealing: Red Tornado wants the Team to solve problems for themselves rather than have to have the League come in when things get hairy, explaining that it is a part of their training and a natural outgrowth of their demand to be treated as equals.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Played with. The redheaded Kid Flash has a crush on the equally redheaded Miss Martian, but she likes Superboy and doesn't show an interest in Kid Flash. Aqualad has feelings for Tula, his friend from Atlantis. Ultimately, blonde heroine Artemis falls for red headed Kid Flash.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: You can just watch the Justice League's public relations take a nose dive in season two.
  • Heroes Unlimited: The second season.
  • Heroic BSOD: The Team spends "Disordered" in one. Except Conner, who's busy kicking ass.
    • In "Before The Dawn," Miss Martian goes totally blank after pulling a powerful Mind Rape on Kaldur, not realizing he was good all along. She remains nearly unresponsive for the rest of the episode, only vaguely paying attention to what's around her and not putting her head into anything.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • When Wally's body risks being taken from him to act as a vessel for Dr. Fate, Kent Nelson gives up his chance to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence and reunite with his wife so that Wally can keep his body and find a more suitable vessel for Dr. Fate.
    • Red Torpedo's and Red Inferno's death by melting in a volcano to restrain Red Volcano, in order to save humanity.
    • Aqualad, Superboy, Robin and Kid Flash to save Martian Manhunter and stop the enemy attack in "Failsafe".
    • In "Misplaced", Zatara sacrifices himself by becoming the new Doctor Fate so Zatanna, his daughter, doesn't have to.
    • in "Endgame" Wally does it again helping the other Flashes try to stop Black Beetle's apocalypse plan. He didn't get better.
  • He's Just Hiding: Wally's in-universe reaction to Artemis and the rest of the Team's deaths in "Failsafe", because he thinks the beams are just transporters.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • Dick Grayson (Robin I) and Wally West (Kid Flash).
    • In season two, Impulse and Blue Beetle.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Mount Justice is this, by Robin and Kid Flash's admission. See Home Base below.
    Robin: The bad guys know we know they know about the place, so they'd never think to look here.
    Kid Flash: Uh... He means, we're hiding in plain sight.
  • High Dive Escape: Red Arrow does it to escape from Cheshire and Sportsmaster at the League of Shadows headquarters in "Targets".
  • Holding Hands:
    • Plenty moments in "Bereft", from Wally taking Artemis's hand to support her to Superboy grabbing Megan's hand to help her in the final battle.
    • Superboy holds Miss Martian's hand to reassure her when she reveals her Dark Secret: that she is really a White Martian.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Lagoon Boy admonishes Gamma Team to "stay liquid, minnows" when they are discovered infiltrating an alien base in "Happy New Year."
  • Hollywood Hacking: Seems to be Robin's thing.
  • Holodeck Malfunction: The Twist Ending of "Failsafe".
  • Holographic Terminal: Robin can pull them up visibly with the computer in his gloves — everything from indications of how his hacking is going to projected floor plans of the battle area.
  • Home Base: The Team uses Mount Justice, which was the former base of the Justice League until it was exposed to the rest of the world. Yes, they let the covert team stay in the hideout everyone knows about.
  • Homosexual Reproduction: Superboy has the DNA of both Superman and Lex Luthor.
  • Hot for Teacher: Kid Flash, in true Flash style, starts to flirt with Black Canary as soon as she appears as the Team's combat trainer. He does this again as a defense mechanism when she mentions Artemis' "death" in "Disordered".
  • Hour of Power: Superboy's "Shields" last about an hour before burning out.
  • How We Got Here:
    • Played with in "Bereft", where the characters themselves have amnesia and spend the episode trying to find out how they got where they are.
    • Played straight in "Earthlings," which starts in the middle of the mission and then jumps back several hours to its beginning.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Mammoth and Shimmer, though they started out the same size. Mammoth became huge after taking the Venom-Blockbuster formula.
  • Human Alien: Superboy and Superman, despite being Kryptonian (or in Superboy's case, half-Kryptonian), are identical in appearance to human beings.
  • Humans Are Special: due to many possessing something in their DNA called "meta-genes", something quite a lot of alien races are interested in exploiting for their own ends.
  • Hurl It into the Sun: Captain Marvel deals with a giant, mutated plant this way.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Dr. Fate, having possessed both Kid Flash and Aqualad at different points, supports their candidacy when the Justice League is discussing new members. Then they bring up Zatanna, whom he has also possessed, and he quickly refuses. He is immediately called on still having Zatara's protective instincts.
    • In season 2 episode, "Satisfaction", Miss Martian says that "She can't focus on parties"... while going to Rocket's bridal shower.
  • I Am Not Spock: Invoked with Marie Logan, the star of the teen sitcom "Hello Megan!" and who now runs an animal reserve. Miss Martian based her whole personality and appearance as a human on her. When Miss Martian starts pestering the now older Marie with questions about the show she insists that it was just a job and that Megan "is not who I am."
  • I Gave My Word: When Zatara offers himself as an alternate host, Nabu asks what guarantee he has that he won't just put the Helmet of Fate back on a shelf when it's removed. Zatara simply responds, "My word." Nabu accepts this, and Zatara is true to his word, putting on the helmet and becoming the new Doctor Fate.
  • Ignored Expert: The Reach's head scientist really wants to find out how the Blue Beetle went off mode for the last 4000 years, but Black Beetle and the Ambassador are not interested. As a result, Blue and Green Beetle were freed from the Reach's control. Her last appearance is full of I Told You So.
  • I Have a Family: Said word for word by one of the female guards in "Terrors".
  • I Know Madden Kombat: Robin I/Nightwing and Batgirl. The fight choreography was made to reflect their backgrounds as an acrobat and a gymnast, respectively.
  • I Let You Win: Queen Bee's minions deliberately throw the fight against the Team in "Intervention" because it serves the Light's purposes to have them free Blue Beetle from Reach control.
  • I'll Kill You!: When the Team is convinced that Artemis has just died, Wally slips into this trope, proving that nope, he didn't actually hate her.
    Kid Flash: They're DEAD! EVERY SINGLE ALIEN, IF ITS THE LAST THING I DO!
  • In Name Only: The show has virtually nothing in common with the original 90's comic book of the same name, though showrunner Greg Weisman has said that it was never intended to be an adaptation of the series to begin with and that the title was essentially given to them by some Warner Bros. execs. However the title does fit the central theme of the show, and there are some shout-outs and callbacks to the series' comic book namesake. Originally, there was going to be a series closely based on the comic book, but it turned into Teen Titans, keeping the comedy of Young Justice while using the latter's characters. This series essentially does the opposite, using Young Justice characters with serious stories more in line with the Titans comics.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Both Robin and Kid Flash are the "chatter until the villain gets pissed off" types.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: How Artemis took down the Reds in "Homefront".
    • When the Runaways get teleported right in the middle of a squad of Reach soldiers, they pretend to surrender so they can catch the soldiers off guard.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: In "The Hunt", Arsenal, upon seeing Lex Luthor communicating with the Runaways, deduces that he used them as a distraction so one of his pawns could steal the WarWorld's key. Lex insists that Deathstroke is really more like a bishop than a pawn.
  • I Want Them Alive: In "Bereft", when Robin is ambushed by a platoon of Bialyans their leader declares that "Her Majesty Wants Him Alive!" After Robin beats up a few of them he gets fed up and tells his men to open fire.
  • I Was Just Joking: When Wally sarcastically asks which team member has a dramatic revelation to share with the rest of the Team next, he is shocked when M'gann steps forward.
  • An Ice Person: The opening scene of the first episode involved several independent ice-themed villains (Mr. Freeze, Icicle Jr., Killer Frost and Captain Cold) attacking separate cities at once. The League considers this an unlikely coincidence and worth looking into. They were planning to be incarcerated together in Belle Reve Penitentiary to engineer an escape with the entire inmate population.
  • An Ice Suit: The cold-themed villains again.
  • Identity Amnesia: When Psimon erases six months worth of memories from the Team's minds in "Bereft," Superboy is left without any memory, since he'd only existed for six months. Hence, he became a wild-eyed, shirtless Berserker.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • In season 2, Robin, Artemis, Kid Flash, and Aqualad don't tell their telepathic teammate of their ruse to fake Artemis' death, knowing full well that Miss Martian is likely to run into Aqualad at some point. This backfires badly when she mindrapes Aqualad, leaving him a vegetable.
    • Season 2, "True Colours" Arsenal blows up the LexCorp Farms for no real reason. He says he's mad at Luthor, but the actions inconvience them more than Luthor and if he really wanted to blow it up he could have waited until they escaped.
      • Robin, as well for not telling Nightwing what happened.
  • I'll Take Two Beers Too: Happens during Wally's 16th birthday in "Coldhearted":
    Megan: I made two cakes.
    Wally: Awesome! What'll you guys eat?
  • Impairment Shot:
    • Superboy, after the MONQIs blast him in the eyes.
    • Artemis and Zatanna after Harm has attacked them.
    • La'gaan slowly drifts in and out of consciousness after Aqualad has kidnapped him.
  • Implacable Man: Red Torpedo and Red Inferno.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: It sometimes feels like every other line from every other villain is a terrible pun about their own name. Main offenders: the Light, Harm, and the Reach.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Impulse curing Neutron in "Bloodlines" just turns his Bad Future self into a normal human and removes some of the fallout. Everything else remains the same. This is the first hint that Neutron isn't directly responsible for said future.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted in "Secrets", where the Villain-of-the-Week, Harm, is revealed to have murdered his younger sister in order to gain the purity needed to wield an Infinity+1 Sword.
  • Informed Ability: Most of the team speak several languages according to Greg Weisman. Unless this is plot-relevant, it doesn't get brought up or used. It's given a nod in "Drop Zone", when Superboy listens to Bane and a Mook argue in Spanish and quietly smiles.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Professor Ivo bears an eerie resemblance to a red-haired, slightly older-looking Peter MacNicol in a sweatervest.
  • Inner Monologue: Miss Martian briefly had an inner monologue in "Bereft," where she thought in Martian because she did not remember that she had traveled to Earth. It was only after she deduced where she was that she began thinking in English.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Superboy and Miss Martian, who live together in the cave simply because they have no other home on Earth. Then they began dating.
  • Insecurity Camera: Played with in "True Colors". Alpha Squad hacks the camera in Luthorcorp Farms with ease. After Arsenal sets off an explosion, however, Luthor monitors the feed and snarks about the obvious disconnect between the visual and the ruckus before having Mercy change frequencies to correct it.
    Luthor: Well, that placid scene seems unlikely.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • Red Arrow is very quick to correct anyone who calls him a sidekick or by his old moniker, "Speedy".
    • Vertigo would like you to remember that he is a Count, peasant. He upgrades it to 'king' when he believes that he has killed his niece, the queen.
    • In "Depths", Superboy insists on calling those Miss Martian subjected to her Mind Rape interrogation methods "victims".
  • Instant Runes: These appear when Klarion casts the spell at the beginning of "Misplaced".
  • Instant Sedation:
    • Played straight in the season 1 finale. Anyone hit with the cure tech drops like a stone.
    • Subverted in "The Fix". Artemis hits Psimon with a dart designed to render him comatose for several weeks, but underestimates how long it would take to kick in and gets slammed around for at least a minute before he finally drops.
  • Interspecies Romance: Miss Martian and Kryptonian-human hybrid Superboy, followed by her and non-human Atlantean Lagoon Boy. Deathstroke even calls it such when he interrupts the latter pair in "The Fix".
  • In the Blood: Cheshire jokingly says this of Lian Harper when Roy expresses concern that his daughter seems to enjoy watching them beat the crap out of bunch of mooks.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • In "Drop Zone", when Robin first sees the Kobra leader he says "What's wrong, Koby? You look disconcerted." Later in the episode when he proves to be a better fighter than Robin he says "What's wrong, boy? You look disconcerted."
    • T.O. Morrow has created three separate androids that he hoped would help him destroy the superheroes of the world, but each one chose to be a hero and attempt to become more human. His fourth android, Red Volcano, he made with the express intention of "No more Pinocchios..." Such were Volcano's words to Morrow right before killing him.
    • When Harm is fighting Artemis, he says "So unfocused. It can't fight Harm while fighting itself." After his Villainous Breakdown, Artemis returns the sentiment.
  • Ironic Echo Cut:
    • In the pilot.
      Mark Desmond: He hacked the motion sensors.
      (cut to Robin with his handheld computer)
      Robin: I hacked the motion sensors!
      Kid Flash: Sweet!
    • In "Humanity":
      Zatanna: (responding to Robin about joining the Team) If my dad doesn't ground me for life.
      (cut to Zatara and Black Canary)
      Zatara: She's grounded for life!
  • Irony: Red Arrow, the most adamant on finding the mole, was revealed to unwillingly have been the mole all along.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Kid Flash and Robin share a wordless sentiment right before charging into their "final battle." It's likely that such a message was conveyed between the two best friends.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing:
    • When Superboy first awakes in Cadmus, they make a point of referring to him as "it" and "the weapon."
    • Harm calls Artemis and Zatanna "its."
  • It Only Works Once:
    • Dr. Fate beats Klarion by attacking his familiar. When Kid Flash tries this during their second meeting, Klarion morphs his familiar into a giant, super-strong cat monster that can more than handle itself in combat.
    • Batman defeated Clayface in his first appearance with electric batarangs; when Robin tried it again in Clayface's second appearance, Clayface explained that that trick did not work anymore. It is a good thing the Team knew that and were only using the batarangs as a distraction.
    • In story at least, the scarab charm. It cured Blue's Scarab in the distant past, but in the present it broke after curing Jaime and Green Beetle. If they get put on mode again, it'll be permanent
  • It Works Better with Bullets: In "Drop Zone", Bane attempts to set of a series of explosives planted around the team, only to find that Kid Flash is now holding the detonator that had been in his hand a second earlier.
  • It's All About Me: Sportsmaster is not angry that Aqualad killed Artemis, his daughter per se, but he is angry that Black Manta did not ask his permission first, since now it makes him and Cheshire look like "punks."
  • Jerk Ass: Sportsmaster, standup guy that he is. He treats his daughters like resources, and it's apparently not uncommon for him to drug them, dress them up in a super-costume and leave them in the middle of active war-zones (if as a way to test them).
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Miss Martian breaks Kaldur's mind not knowing that he's a Reverse Mole. In "The Fix", she is forced by Black Manta to heal him, so she and Artemis(disguised as Tigress) enter Kaldur's mind which is shown to be shattered by her attack.
  • Just Between You and Me: Subverted by Vandal Savage in the first season finale. He goes on a Motive Rant to Black Canary, Red Tornado, and Red Arrow, but he never actually gives any specific details about his plans.
  • Kangaroo Court: The Tribunal cares more about getting paid off than they do about a fair trial. When the Rimbor 6 are arguing their case, a Kroletean in the audience expresses surprise that the defendants haven't bribed their way to innocence already, and Vandal Savage later admits to offering the Tribunal a hefty bribe for a guilty vote. Even when delivering the verdict, they take a moment to try to coerce a bribe out of the defendants one last time. After the Team delivers evidence that proves them innocent, they still want a bribe. Conner and Ms. Martian eventually stoop to claiming that voting in their favor will be good publicity for the Tribunal, thus leading to future bribes. Thems intergalactic politics folks.
  • Karma Houdini: As a result of the fact that The Bad Guy Wins, Vandal Savage, Lex Luthor, Queen Bee, and Klarion all get off in as good or better a position than they started the series. Ra's Al Ghul will probably be just fine as well.
    • Among the "heroes", M'gann has been using Mind Rape left and right, even on Superboy. This has never been publicly revealed, she has shown no remorse (for any of the victims save the ones who are her friends) or indication that she's going to stop, let alone atoned for those she destroyed. At the end of the series, it remains a secret, and Superboy looks like he's going to rekindle their relationship. What the hell?
      • She does however appear to show reluctance to read Green Beetle's mind a few episodes later, obviously affected by what she did to Aqualad. It may just be that Superboy realised she had learned her lesson.
  • Kid Hero: The creators have promised that there will be some deconstruction of this trope on the show, especially in regards to Robin.
  • Kid Sidekick: Aqualad, Kid Flash and Robin, the three founding members of the Team. Being seen as just a sidekick is be a big theme in the show, and each of the Team's members has an adult counterpart in the Justice League that serves as their mentor, role model or inspiration.
  • Kid with the Leash: Jaime often has to suppress the Scarab's more... aggressive ideas.
  • Kill and Replace:
    • Cadmus planned to do this to Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Robin, but never got the chance.
    • "Auld Acquaintance" reveals that Roy Harper had been abducted and replaced with a clone three years before the show even began. The original is still alive, though.
    • The second season opens with an Alien Invasion where the aliens are abducting important people of earth, including the Secretary General of the United Nations, and replacing them with aliens in human suits. Bibbo Bibowski was also abducted, but he also knocks out his own duplicate.
    • Guardian is also revealed to be a victim of this. He gave up the hero identity in response.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Kent Nelson a.k.a. Doctor Fate. His spirit did reside in the Helmet of Fate for a while, but Fate eventually got tired of his nagging every time someone used the helmet and sent him off to the afterlife.
    • In the last episode, Kid Flash is disintegrated when he absorbs too much energy helping The Flash and Impulse get rid of an energy field that threatened to envelop the Earth. To honor his memory Impulse takes up his mantle. To hammer the point home, he gets a hologram in the garden like Jason Todd, Tula, and Ted Kord.
  • Kill 'em All: "Failsafe," involves the Team being lost one by one after the Justice League has already been killed in a simulation.
  • Knife Nut: The Joker
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