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* HesBack: This storyline marks the return of Lex Luthor to the public, who had his clone body paralyzed during ''The Fall of Metropolis'' storyline and had recently regained his full health via ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed''. Former Green Lantern John Stewart would regain the use of his legs as part of Hal Jordan's final acts.

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* HesBack: This storyline marks the return of Lex Luthor to the public, who had his clone body paralyzed during ''The Fall of Metropolis'' ''ComicBook/TheFallOfMetropolis'' storyline and had recently regained his full health via ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed''. Former Green Lantern John Stewart would regain the use of his legs as part of Hal Jordan's final acts.

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* AHellOfATime: Etrigan makes the world an offer of sanctuary that includes the world's population taking refuge in Hell to stay warm in the wake of the endless winter caused by the sun being snuffed out, but the fact the population has to give up their souls to Hell after death as the price for refuge. The Earth's population immediately refuses.


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* DeusExMachina: Hal Jordan appears at the end of the story as a miraculous if not trustworthy solution to the problem of the Sun Eater and easily saves Ferro Lad before restoring the sun to full health.


* BigBad: Subverted. While the Sun Eater arguably qualifies, it's portrayed more as an environmental catastrophe than as a living creature, making this one of the few CrisisCrossover storylines without an overarching villain behind everything.

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* BigBad: Subverted. While the Sun Eater arguably qualifies, it's portrayed more as an environmental catastrophe or mindless force of nature than as a living creature, making this one of the few CrisisCrossover storylines without an overarching villain behind everything.



* GodsHandsAreTied: The Spectre decides not to save the Earth since he feels that if God has decided the Earth should be destroyed by the Sun Eater, then he should not interfere. However, he does choose to keep Gaea's life force alive so the Earth can stay alive long enough for the heroes to have a fighting chance.



* MythologyGag: In the second appearance of a Sun-Eater in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, it was destroyed by Ferro Lad, who gave his life. Ferro is reintroduced in ''Final Night''; he draws an homage to his iconic death scene[[note]]flying into the Sun-Eater while carrying a bomb that would destroy it[[/note]] while trying to help brainstorm a solution. Later, he volunteers himself for the heroes' last-ditch mission to contain the shockwave when the Sun goes nova, sacrificing himself to save the world, but is told by Hal Jordan that he has too much to live for.

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* MythologyGag: In the second appearance of a Sun-Eater in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, it was destroyed by Ferro Lad, who gave his life. Ferro is reintroduced in ''Final Night''; he draws an homage to his iconic death scene[[note]]flying into the Sun-Eater while carrying a bomb that would destroy it[[/note]] while trying to help brainstorm a solution. Later, he volunteers himself for the heroes' last-ditch mission to contain the shockwave when the Sun goes nova, sacrificing himself to save the world, but is told by Hal Jordan that he has too much is going to live for.send him back home and is quickly teleported back to Earth.



* NoEndorHolocaust: Hal Jordan explicitly states that he was going to repair the damage caused to the Earth's ecosystem during the crossover; Batman has to persuade him not to try resurrecting human casualties of the disaster.

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* NoEndorHolocaust: Hal Jordan explicitly states that he was going to repair the damage caused to the Earth's ecosystem during the crossover; Batman has to persuade him not to try resurrecting human casualties of the disaster.disaster since it would mean he was repeating the same folly of remaking reality to fit his wishes that got him in trouble in ''Zero Hour''.


The story as a whole is surprisingly down-to-earth, and far more believable than one would expect from a superhero tale about the sun getting extinguished. The story is arguably best known for featuring the death of Hal Jordan, the long time [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Franchise/GreenLantern who had controversially been turned into the insane anti-hero Parallax, sacrificing himself to save the world. This would then lead to Hal becoming ComicBook/TheSpectre before his eventual return as a Green Lantern in 2004's ''Green Lantern: Rebirth''.

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The story as a whole is surprisingly down-to-earth, and far more believable than one would expect from a superhero tale about the sun getting extinguished. The story is arguably best known for featuring the death of Hal Jordan, the long time [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Franchise/GreenLantern who had controversially been turned into the insane anti-hero anti-villain Parallax, sacrificing himself to save the world. This would then lead to Hal becoming ComicBook/TheSpectre before his eventual return as a Green Lantern in 2004's ''Green Lantern: Rebirth''.



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* TheNightThatNeverEndsTheNightThatNeverEnds: What occurred when the sun was snuffed out to the point that those whose powers depended on sunlight quickly started to fade.


* MythologyGag: In the first appearance of a Sun-Eater in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, it was destroyed by Ferro Lad, who gave his life. Ferro is reintroduced in ''Final Night''; he draws an homage to his iconic death scene[[note]]flying into the Sun-Eater while carrying a bomb that would destroy it[[/note]] while trying to help brainstorm a solution. Later, he volunteers himself for the heroes' last-ditch mission to contain the shockwave when the Sun goes nova, sacrificing himself to save the world, but is told by Hal Jordan that he has too much to live for.

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* MythologyGag: In the first second appearance of a Sun-Eater in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, it was destroyed by Ferro Lad, who gave his life. Ferro is reintroduced in ''Final Night''; he draws an homage to his iconic death scene[[note]]flying into the Sun-Eater while carrying a bomb that would destroy it[[/note]] while trying to help brainstorm a solution. Later, he volunteers himself for the heroes' last-ditch mission to contain the shockwave when the Sun goes nova, sacrificing himself to save the world, but is told by Hal Jordan that he has too much to live for.


* HeroicSacrifice: Hal Jordan.

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* HeroicSacrifice: Hal Jordan. Ferro attempts this prior to Hal Jordan's turn.
* HesBack: This storyline marks the return of Lex Luthor to the public, who had his clone body paralyzed during ''The Fall of Metropolis'' storyline and had recently regained his full health via ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed''. Former Green Lantern John Stewart would regain the use of his legs as part of Hal Jordan's final acts.


* MythologyGag / MetaTwist: In the first appearance of a Sun-Eater in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, it was destroyed by Ferro Lad, who gave his life. Ferro is reintroduced in ''Final Night''; he draws an homage to his iconic death scene[[note]]flying into the Sun-Eater while carrying a bomb that would destroy it[[/note]] while trying to help brainstorm a solution. Later, he volunteers himself for the heroes' last-ditch mission to contain the shockwave when the Sun goes nova, sacrificing himself to save the world, but is told by Hal Jordan that he has too much to live for.

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* MythologyGag / MetaTwist: MythologyGag: In the first appearance of a Sun-Eater in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, it was destroyed by Ferro Lad, who gave his life. Ferro is reintroduced in ''Final Night''; he draws an homage to his iconic death scene[[note]]flying into the Sun-Eater while carrying a bomb that would destroy it[[/note]] while trying to help brainstorm a solution. Later, he volunteers himself for the heroes' last-ditch mission to contain the shockwave when the Sun goes nova, sacrificing himself to save the world, but is told by Hal Jordan that he has too much to live for.


* EnemyMine: We're talking EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt here. It's only natural that guys like SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor bump heads with the heroes to try to figure something out.

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* EnemyMine: We're talking EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt here. It's only natural that guys like SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor bump heads with the heroes to try to figure something out.


The story as a whole is surprisingly down-to-earth, and far more believable than one would expect from a superhero tale about the sun getting extinguished. The story is arguably best known for featuring the death of Hal Jordan, the long time [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Franchise/GreenLantern who had controversially been turned into the insane anti-hero Parallax, sacrificing himself to save the world. This would then lead to Hal becoming ComicBook/TheSpectre before his eventual return as a Green Lantern in 2004's ''Green Lantern: Rebirth''.

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The story as a whole is surprisingly down-to-earth, and far more believable than one would expect from a superhero tale about the sun getting extinguished. The story is arguably best known for featuring the death of Hal Jordan, the long time [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Franchise/GreenLantern who had controversially been turned into the insane anti-hero Parallax, sacrificing himself to save the world. This would then lead to Hal becoming ComicBook/TheSpectre before his eventual return as a Green Lantern in 2004's ''Green Lantern: Rebirth''.



* MythologyGag / MetaTwist: In the first appearance of a Sun-Eater in the SilverAge, it was destroyed by Ferro Lad, who gave his life. Ferro is reintroduced in ''Final Night''; he draws an homage to his iconic death scene[[note]]flying into the Sun-Eater while carrying a bomb that would destroy it[[/note]] while trying to help brainstorm a solution. Later, he volunteers himself for the heroes' last-ditch mission to contain the shockwave when the Sun goes nova, sacrificing himself to save the world, but is told by Hal Jordan that he has too much to live for.

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* MythologyGag / MetaTwist: In the first appearance of a Sun-Eater in the SilverAge, UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, it was destroyed by Ferro Lad, who gave his life. Ferro is reintroduced in ''Final Night''; he draws an homage to his iconic death scene[[note]]flying into the Sun-Eater while carrying a bomb that would destroy it[[/note]] while trying to help brainstorm a solution. Later, he volunteers himself for the heroes' last-ditch mission to contain the shockwave when the Sun goes nova, sacrificing himself to save the world, but is told by Hal Jordan that he has too much to live for.


* NotHimself: ''GreenLantern: Rebirth'' retcons Parallax as a fear entity who manipulated and possessed Hal Jordan. Despite this, however, Hal is [[AvertedTrope truly himself here]], his mind shining through despite Parallax being in his soul.

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* NotHimself: ''GreenLantern: ''Franchise/GreenLantern: Rebirth'' retcons Parallax as a fear entity who manipulated and possessed Hal Jordan. Despite this, however, Hal is [[AvertedTrope truly himself here]], his mind shining through despite Parallax being in his soul.



* WackyWaysideTribe: Hitman #8, which features five ex-cons at a bar trading war stories from TheSixties. Can also count as a RedSkiesCrossover. [[TropesAreNotBad Nevertheless]], the issue adds mood if not plot to the story in general.

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* WackyWaysideTribe: Hitman ''ComicBook/{{Hitman}}'' #8, which features five ex-cons at a bar trading war stories from TheSixties. Can also count as a RedSkiesCrossover. [[TropesAreNotBad Nevertheless]], the issue adds mood if not plot to the story in general.


The story as a whole is surprisingly down-to-earth, and far more believable than one would expect from a superhero tale about the sun getting extinguished. The story is arguably best known for featuring the death of Hal Jordan, the long time Silver Age Green Lantern who had controversially been turned into the insane anti-hero Parallax, sacrificing himself to save the world. This would then lead to Hal becoming the Specter before his eventual return as a Green Lantern in 2004's ''Green Lantern: Rebirth''.

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The story as a whole is surprisingly down-to-earth, and far more believable than one would expect from a superhero tale about the sun getting extinguished. The story is arguably best known for featuring the death of Hal Jordan, the long time [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age Green Lantern Age]] Franchise/GreenLantern who had controversially been turned into the insane anti-hero Parallax, sacrificing himself to save the world. This would then lead to Hal becoming the Specter ComicBook/TheSpectre before his eventual return as a Green Lantern in 2004's ''Green Lantern: Rebirth''.


* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Hal Jordan, aka Parallax, formerly aka Franchise/GreenLantern, gave his life to reignite the sun. This was the end of the his fall into evil, followed by the beginning of his redemption as ComicBook/TheSpectre.

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Hal Jordan, aka Parallax, formerly aka Franchise/GreenLantern, gave his life to reignite the sun. This was the end of the his fall into evil, followed by the beginning of his redemption as ComicBook/TheSpectre.

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''Final Night'' is a [[Creator/DCComics DC]] CrisisCrossover that published in 1996, that chronicles [[TheNightThatNeverEnds the day the sun went out]], and the challenges Earth's heroes must overcome to SaveTheWorld.

The story begins with a HumanAlien named [[MeaningfulName Dusk]], whose job is to [[TheEndIsNigh warn planets about the arrival of the]] [[EldritchAbomination Sun-Eater]], a cosmic entity that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin devours stars]]. Inevitably, the heroes of Earth try to prevent the Sun-Eater from, well, eating the sun. They don't succeed, and [[TheNightThatNeverEnds the world is plunged into darkness]].

Our heroes now have to deal with the rapidly-decreasing temperatures and skyrocketing crime rate due to apocalypse panic, while the great minds come together to figure out a way to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.

The story as a whole is surprisingly down-to-earth, and far more believable than one would expect from a superhero tale about the sun getting extinguished. The story is arguably best known for featuring the death of Hal Jordan, the long time Silver Age Green Lantern who had controversially been turned into the insane anti-hero Parallax, sacrificing himself to save the world. This would then lead to Hal becoming the Specter before his eventual return as a Green Lantern in 2004's ''Green Lantern: Rebirth''.

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!! Tropes Appearing In ''Final Night'':
* ApocalypseHow: Class 6. When the sun goes out, you've only got so long before the earth freezes over.
** It is later revealed to be a Class X-2, the sun's mass collapsing upon itself would cause it to go supernova, wiping out everything.
* ArtisticLicenseGeology: It's implied that, without the sun (and the help of ComicBook/TheSpectre), ''the Earth's core would freeze over''.
* BigBad: Subverted. While the Sun Eater arguably qualifies, it's portrayed more as an environmental catastrophe than as a living creature, making this one of the few CrisisCrossover storylines without an overarching villain behind everything.
* BroughtDownToNormal: Remember, Franchise/{{Superman}} is a solar-powered hero. As time goes on, he gradually loses potency as a FlyingBrick. He is reduced to sub-InASingleBound levels, having to jump multiple times to reach his destination, and using great strain to lift a single automobile. He stays normal for long enough to get married to Lois Lane but that's after this story.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Hal Jordan, formerly of Green Lantern fame, tries to atone for his sins as Parallax by sacrificing himself to save the world.
* EldritchAbomination: The Sun-Eater, a colossal cloud of black energy that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin eats suns.]]
* EnemyMine: We're talking EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt here. It's only natural that guys like SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor bump heads with the heroes to try to figure something out.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Hal Jordan still grieves for the loss of home Coast City, the tragedy that sent him down the dark path to becoming Parallax in the first place, and is wracked with guilt over his crimes as Parallax.
* HeroicSacrifice: Hal Jordan.
* InternalHomage: Superman lifts a car to throw at his [[PoweredArmor armored]] enemies, an homage to the cover of ComicBook/ActionComics #1.
* MythologyGag / MetaTwist: In the first appearance of a Sun-Eater in the SilverAge, it was destroyed by Ferro Lad, who gave his life. Ferro is reintroduced in ''Final Night''; he draws an homage to his iconic death scene[[note]]flying into the Sun-Eater while carrying a bomb that would destroy it[[/note]] while trying to help brainstorm a solution. Later, he volunteers himself for the heroes' last-ditch mission to contain the shockwave when the Sun goes nova, sacrificing himself to save the world, but is told by Hal Jordan that he has too much to live for.
* TheNightThatNeverEnds
* NoEndorHolocaust: Hal Jordan explicitly states that he was going to repair the damage caused to the Earth's ecosystem during the crossover; Batman has to persuade him not to try resurrecting human casualties of the disaster.
* NotHimself: ''GreenLantern: Rebirth'' retcons Parallax as a fear entity who manipulated and possessed Hal Jordan. Despite this, however, Hal is [[AvertedTrope truly himself here]], his mind shining through despite Parallax being in his soul.
* OriginalGeneration: Dusk. This was her only appearance.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Hal Jordan, aka Parallax, formerly aka Franchise/GreenLantern, gave his life to reignite the sun. This was the end of the his fall into evil, followed by the beginning of his redemption as ComicBook/TheSpectre.
* WackyWaysideTribe: Hitman #8, which features five ex-cons at a bar trading war stories from TheSixties. Can also count as a RedSkiesCrossover. [[TropesAreNotBad Nevertheless]], the issue adds mood if not plot to the story in general.
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