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* ThePowerOfRock: One of the better received moments is Pied Piper destroying Apokolips and Brother Eye with Music/{{Queen}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t99KH0TR-J4 "The Show Must Go On"]].

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* ThePowerOfRock: One of the better received moments is Pied Piper destroying Apokolips and driving off Brother Eye with Music/{{Queen}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t99KH0TR-J4 "The Show Must Go On"]].


* ThePowerOfRock: One of the better received moments is Pied Piper destroying Apokolips and Brother Eye with Music/{{Queen}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t99KH0TR-J4 "The Show Must Go On"]].



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* UnstablePoweredWoman: ComicBook/MaryMarvel loses the powers originally bestowed upon her by Shazam, but a dying ComicBook/BlackAdam grants her his own powers, which leads to Mary taking on much greater power with a new [[DarkIsEvil darker costume to go along with it]]. The villain Eclipso (herself once the wife of superhero The Atom) uses this to rapidly seduce Mary to evil, only for Mary to turn against her once she realizes she's gone too far. Almost immediately afterward, though, Mary receives a visit in her home from none other than ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} himself, who correctly guesses that despite her temporary reluctance, Mary is still [[EvilFeelsGood addicted to the evil power]] and tempts her into receiving it once again.


* TheDogBitesBack: Darkseid has Jimmy Olsen kidnapped, intending to kill him to get the power of the New Gods that he's [[WeirdnessMagnet somehow]] been accumulating, and when Superman comes to the rescue, Darkseid forces Jimmy to transform into living Kryptonite and mocks him by [[ForcedToWatch forcing him to watch]] as his powers [[AndIMustScream slowly poison his best friend against his will.]] When Ray Palmer manages to destroy the mechanism allowing Darkseid control, Jimmy immediately takes on his [[{{Kaiju}} Giant Turtle Boy]] form to lay a beat down on the Lord of Apokolips.

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* TheDogBitesBack: Darkseid has Jimmy Olsen kidnapped, intending to kill him to get the power of the New Gods that he's [[WeirdnessMagnet somehow]] been accumulating, and when Superman comes to the rescue, Darkseid forces Jimmy to transform into living Kryptonite and mocks him by [[ForcedToWatch forcing him to watch]] as his powers [[AndIMustScream slowly poison his best friend against his will.]] When Ray Palmer manages to destroy the mechanism allowing Darkseid control, Jimmy immediately takes on his [[{{Kaiju}} Giant Turtle Boy]] form to lay a beat down beatdown on the Lord of Apokolips.


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* ImprovisedWeapon: Jimmy in {{Kaiju}} form smacks Darkseid with a bridge.


* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "I'LL KILL YOU! [[ShapedLikeItself I'll KILL YOU TO DEATH!]]"

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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Superman-Prime's cry of "I'LL KILL YOU! [[ShapedLikeItself I'll KILL YOU TO DEATH!]]"



* TheDogBitesBack: Darkseid has Jimmy Olsen kidnapped, intending to kill him to get the power of the New Gods that he's [[WeirdnessMagnet somehow]] been accumulating, and when Superman comes to the rescue, Darkseid forces Jimmy to transform into living Kryptonite and mocks him by [[ForcedToWatch forcing him to watch]] as his powers [[AndIMustScream slowly poison his best friend against his will.]] When Ray Palmer manages to destroy the mechanism allowing Darkseid control, Jimmy immediately takes on his [[{{Kaiju}} Giant Turtle Boy]] form to lay a beat down on the Lord of Apocalips.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Many characters. [[spoiler:Duela Dent, The Jokester, Triplicate Girl, Trickster, Karate Kid, the version of Batman who might have redeemed Jason Todd and three alternate-universe Earths]].

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* TheDogBitesBack: Darkseid has Jimmy Olsen kidnapped, intending to kill him to get the power of the New Gods that he's [[WeirdnessMagnet somehow]] been accumulating, and when Superman comes to the rescue, Darkseid forces Jimmy to transform into living Kryptonite and mocks him by [[ForcedToWatch forcing him to watch]] as his powers [[AndIMustScream slowly poison his best friend against his will.]] When Ray Palmer manages to destroy the mechanism allowing Darkseid control, Jimmy immediately takes on his [[{{Kaiju}} Giant Turtle Boy]] form to lay a beat down on the Lord of Apocalips.
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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Many characters. [[spoiler:Duela Dent, The Jokester, Triplicate Girl, Trickster, Karate Kid, the version of Batman who might have redeemed Jason Todd Todd, and three alternate-universe Earths]].



* FourLinesAllWaiting: ''Countdown'' is an easy contender for having some of the most [[KudzuPlot convoluted]], [[RandomEventsPlot incomprehensible series of plot structures]] in comic book history, and a big factor in it is that there are way, '''way''' too many stories going on in it. There are at least '''seven''' main plots in the main comic alone, and they frequently intertwine with each other and have their own individual subplots as well. And ''[[SerialEscalation then]]'', you have several tie-in comics with their own plots that directly overlap or also intertwine with the main comic, including the ''ComicBook/AmazonsAttack'' standalone story, tie-ins in other comic series such as ''Justice League of America'', ''The Flash'', ''Outsiders'', ''Birds of Prey'', ''Death of the New Gods'', ''Captain Carrot and his Zoo Crew'', and five more tie-ins directly tied to Countdown--''Countdown Arena'', ''Countdown to Adventure'', ''Countdown to Mystery'', ''Countdown Presents the Search for Ray Palmer'', and ''Countdown Presents Lord Havok and the Extremists''. Plus, the series broadly factors in events going on in the main series comics of the characters.

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* FourLinesAllWaiting: ''Countdown'' is an easy contender for having some of the most [[KudzuPlot convoluted]], [[RandomEventsPlot incomprehensible series of plot structures]] in comic book history, and a big factor in it is that there are way, '''way''' too many stories going on in it. There are at least '''seven''' main plots in the main comic alone, and they frequently intertwine with each other and have their own individual subplots as well. And ''[[SerialEscalation then]]'', you have several tie-in comics with their own plots that directly overlap or also intertwine with the main comic, including the ''ComicBook/AmazonsAttack'' standalone story, tie-ins in other comic series such as ''Justice League of America'', ''The Flash'', ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', ''ComicBook/TheFlash'', ''Outsiders'', ''Birds of Prey'', ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'', ''Death of the New Gods'', ''Captain Carrot and his Zoo Crew'', ''ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'', and five more tie-ins directly tied to Countdown--''Countdown Arena'', ''Countdown to Adventure'', ''Countdown to Mystery'', ''Countdown Presents the Search for Ray Palmer'', and ''Countdown Presents Lord Havok and the Extremists''. Plus, the series broadly factors in events going on in the main series comics of the characters.



* IdiotBall: Passed about like a hot potato. Mary Marvel pulls off a FaceHeelTurn twice; Monitors Bob and Solomon's [[ThePlan plan]]; and Renee Montoya's decision to release Trickster and Pied Piper (both suspects in a murder investigation) upon Trickster's demonstration of their innocence (puppets were involved), even though [[spoiler: they both aided in the murder of Bart Allen]], The Question's reasoning for letting two potential criminals walk ("The puppets convinced me."), and the future humans keeping an ill Karate Kid in the past where he won't infect ''them''.

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* IdiotBall: Passed about like a hot potato. Mary Marvel pulls off a FaceHeelTurn twice; Monitors Bob and Solomon's [[ThePlan plan]]; and [[ComicBook/TheQuestion Renee Montoya's Montoya]]'s decision to release Trickster and Pied Piper (both suspects in a murder investigation) upon Trickster's demonstration of their innocence (puppets were involved), even though [[spoiler: they both aided in the murder of Bart Allen]], The Question's reasoning for letting two potential criminals walk ("The puppets convinced me."), and the future humans keeping an ill Karate Kid in the past where he won't infect ''them''.



* SanitySlippage: As Pied Piper [[spoiler:carries and drag's Trickster's corpse (since they are chained together)]] through the desert, he starts hearing [[spoiler:Trickster talking to him.]]

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* SanitySlippage: As Pied Piper [[spoiler:carries and drag's drag' Trickster's corpse (since they are chained together)]] through the desert, he starts hearing [[spoiler:Trickster talking to him.]]


* AllForNothing: The Hunt for Ray Palmer ultimately turns out to be this - [[spoiler: he's ''supposed'' to be the antidote for Morticoccus virus, since he's never been sick a day in his life, and the Ray Palmer he replaced had been working to make sure each universe would have at least 1 person immune to the virus. However, the virus ends up infecting Karate Kid, who thanks to being from the future (and having different genetics), which leads to the virus spreading and wiping out the entire universe]]. For that matter, because the finale stays in Earth-51, it ''doesn't even impact Prime Earth''.

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* AllForNothing: The Hunt for Ray Palmer ultimately turns out to be this - [[spoiler: he's ''supposed'' to be the antidote for Morticoccus virus, since he's never been sick a day in his life, and the Ray Palmer he replaced had been working to make sure each universe would have at least 1 person immune to the virus. However, the virus ends up infecting Karate Kid, who thanks to being from the future (and having different genetics), causes the virus to grow beyond Ray Palmer's immunity, which leads to the virus spreading and wiping out the entire universe]]. For that matter, because the finale stays in Earth-51, it ''doesn't even impact Prime Earth''.

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* AllForNothing: The Hunt for Ray Palmer ultimately turns out to be this - [[spoiler: he's ''supposed'' to be the antidote for Morticoccus virus, since he's never been sick a day in his life, and the Ray Palmer he replaced had been working to make sure each universe would have at least 1 person immune to the virus. However, the virus ends up infecting Karate Kid, who thanks to being from the future (and having different genetics), which leads to the virus spreading and wiping out the entire universe]]. For that matter, because the finale stays in Earth-51, it ''doesn't even impact Prime Earth''.

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* TheDogBitesBack: Darkseid has Jimmy Olsen kidnapped, intending to kill him to get the power of the New Gods that he's [[WeirdnessMagnet somehow]] been accumulating, and when Superman comes to the rescue, Darkseid forces Jimmy to transform into living Kryptonite and mocks him by [[ForcedToWatch forcing him to watch]] as his powers [[AndIMustScream slowly poison his best friend against his will.]] When Ray Palmer manages to destroy the mechanism allowing Darkseid control, Jimmy immediately takes on his [[{{Kaiju}} Giant Turtle Boy]] form to lay a beat down on the Lord of Apocalips.


* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]], seemingly abandoned by the power of Shazam, goes out searching for answers. She ends up stealing ComicBook/BlackAdam's power, turning evil not once, but twice.

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* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]], ComicBook/MaryMarvel, seemingly abandoned by the power of Shazam, goes out searching for answers. She ends up stealing ComicBook/BlackAdam's power, turning evil not once, but twice.



* GrievousHarmWithABody: Mary Marvel smacking around Donna Troy using Kyle Rayner's body provides the current image on that page.

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* GrievousHarmWithABody: Mary Marvel smacking around [[ComicBook/WonderGirl Donna Troy Troy]] using Kyle Rayner's body provides the current image on that page.


* CharacterFilibuster: Solomon the Monitor spends half the series repeatedly hijacking the Monitors' conference with constant, doom-prophesying horror stories about ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', in order to convince the other Monitors that they have to kill Bob and stop his interdimensional joyride, justify his murder of Duela Dent, and get everyone to help him wipe out all the people who were originally from Earth-2 and the other pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|OnInfiniteEarths parallel universes.

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* CharacterFilibuster: Solomon the Monitor spends half the series repeatedly hijacking the Monitors' conference with constant, doom-prophesying horror stories about ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', in order to convince the other Monitors that they have to kill Bob and stop his interdimensional joyride, justify his murder of Duela Dent, and get everyone to help him wipe out all the people who were originally from Earth-2 and the other pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|OnInfiniteEarths pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|OnInfiniteEarths}} parallel universes.


{{The multiverse}} has gone wonky. The [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Monitors]] have come back into existence with the return of the parallel universes, and they foresee a "Great Disaster"--and one Monitor, consulting The Source, is told that Ray Palmer (currently in self-imposed exile since the events of ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'') is the answer. From here, the script splits into a variety of plot threads:

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{{The multiverse}} TheMultiverse has gone wonky. The [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Monitors]] have come back into existence with the return of the parallel universes, and they foresee a "Great Disaster"--and one Monitor, consulting The Source, is told that Ray Palmer (currently in self-imposed exile since the events of ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'') is the answer. From here, the script splits into a variety of plot threads:



* CharacterFilibuster: Solomon the Monitor spends half the series repeatedly hijacking the Monitors' conference with constant, doom-prophesying horror stories about ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', in order to convince the other Monitors that they have to kill Bob and stop his interdimensional joyride, justify his murder of Duela Dent, and get everyone to help him wipe out all the people who were originally from Earth-2 and the other pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} parallel universes.

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* CharacterFilibuster: Solomon the Monitor spends half the series repeatedly hijacking the Monitors' conference with constant, doom-prophesying horror stories about ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', in order to convince the other Monitors that they have to kill Bob and stop his interdimensional joyride, justify his murder of Duela Dent, and get everyone to help him wipe out all the people who were originally from Earth-2 and the other pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|OnInfiniteEarths parallel universes.


* [[ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes Karate Kid and Triplicate Girl]] end up stranded in the past because Karate Kid's infected with a strange virus; they try to find a cure. In the meantime the pair run into ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, who remembers her time with the Legion of Super-Heroes and learns she was stranded in an alternate future.

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* [[ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes Karate Kid and Triplicate Girl]] end up stranded in the past because Karate Kid's ComicBook/KarateKid is infected with a strange virus; they try to find a cure. In the meantime the pair run into ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, who remembers her time with the Legion of Super-Heroes and learns she was stranded in an alternate future.


->"''Don't worry about Countdown -- focus elsewhere.''"

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->"''Don't ->''"Don't worry about Countdown -- focus elsewhere.''""''


* TookALevelInBadass: Piper (see MomentOfAwesome). Superboy-Prime, who was turned into Super''man''-Prime due to events of ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' (keep in mind that he already [[UpToEleven was at Silver Age power level]]). Monarch who at the end of ''Countdown: Arena'' [[HumanResources took fifty one levels at once]].

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* TookALevelInBadass: Piper (see MomentOfAwesome).SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome). Superboy-Prime, who was turned into Super''man''-Prime due to events of ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' (keep in mind that he already [[UpToEleven was at Silver Age power level]]). Monarch who at the end of ''Countdown: Arena'' [[HumanResources took fifty one levels at once]].

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