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** [[spoiler:Green Arrow]] goes down fighting after becoming trapped in the Fortress of Solitude. He knows he doesn't have a chance against Superman, but he keeps shooting at him anyway... which distracts Superman from the fact that one of the arrows sails past him and through a crack in the Fortress walls. [[spoiler:This arrow is later revealed to contain the tracking device Batman planted on Green Arrow and a sample of Lex Luthor's super-pill.]] With that sacrifice, the Insurgency was given a fighting chance of taking on the Regime.

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* FanserviceFauxFight: Late into Year Five, a two-part story taking place on the alternate good Earth features a panel of a "chicken fight" in a pool between Renee Montoya and Dinah Lance (riding Kate Kane and Ollie Queen, respectively); both of them are wearing bikinis.

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* HowDidYouKnowIDidnt: Batman and the President.
-->'''President:''' They said it couldn't be traced back to me.\\
'''Batman:''' It couldn't. I was playing a hunch. It's not a hunch anymore, though.

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* OffModel: The Year One series uses several different artists with different styles and varying quality. This can be a bit jarring in some of the lower quality art.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: In Year 2, when the remnants of the Justice League confront the Regime and the Yellow Lantern Corps, Superman, who was given a Yellow Ring by Sinestro, uses his heat vision to wound Black Canary. She then tells him that his actions are being broadcast across the world so that everyone can see what he's become. Batman tells her to kill the feed, because after seeing how bad Superman has become, the world has come to fear him and the Regime. And as the Yellow Ring feeds on fear, it becomes more powerful...


** CardboardPrison: Part of Superman's plan to make a better world is to close down Arkham Asylum and move its inmates to a proper detention center. In a TV interview he hangs a lampshade on how ridiculous it is that Arkham is still in operation even though its inmates won't reform and can't be properly held there. It's especially pertinent given that the wide open nature of Arkham's security is what facilitates the plot. Joker certainly wouldn't have been able to do what he did if he were at a more secure facility.

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** CardboardPrison: Part of Superman's plan to make a better world is to close down Arkham Asylum and move its inmates to a proper detention center. In a TV interview interview, he hangs a lampshade on how ridiculous it is that Arkham is still in operation even though its inmates won't reform and can't be properly held there. It's especially pertinent given that the wide open nature of Arkham's security is what facilitates the plot. Joker certainly wouldn't have been able to do what he did if he were at a more secure facility.



** On the other hand, Batman and his more rabid critics come off as determined to paint Superman's actions in the worst possible light, ignoring that plenty of the things he does, while extreme, are actually quite easy to justify. His killing of the Joker is one example, with a few people treating it as a big moral failing despite Superman's very compelling reasons to do so and none of them offering a better solution. Then when Superman saves the world from parademons by killing them all, Batman treats his actions as crossing the MoralEventHorizon[[invoked]], [[UngratefulBastard despite the fact that he and his teammates were saved because of him]]. Huntress calls him out on this and comes close to walking out on the Insurgency because of Batman failing to make a case for why Superman is in the wrong. Even once he becomes a FallenHero for real, his critics always downplay or outright ignore arguments made about the benefits the Regime has brought to Earth, even when those are the reasons someone has joined Superman in the first place. For example, Damian Wayne turns against Bruce at Arkham because he thinks Superman is right about it being worthless, Swamp Thing joins the Regime out of admiration for its eco-friendly energy plans and Black Lightning strikes a compromise with Superman to build a new Metropolis to house the homeless people in his neighbourhood.
** The Joker gets some of the former as well in Year Five, when it transpires that an anti-Regime resistance movement has been borrowing his name and calling him an IconOfRebellion who stood for freedom and anti-establishment sentiment. This is, if anything, far worse than that given to Superman; at least Superman really was a hero once upon a time, but only a cursory glance at the Joker's history would debunk any notion of him being an admirable figure. In-universe these people are viewed as morons asking for trouble by the Insurgency and Batwoman calls them out on the stupidity of idolising someone like the Joker -- ''especially'' when the Joker is the the man responsible for Superman turning tyrant. Even Harley Quinn makes it clear to them that the Joker was a jackass and he deserved to die.

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** On the other hand, Batman and his more rabid critics come off as determined to paint Superman's actions in the worst possible light, ignoring that plenty of the things he does, while extreme, are actually quite easy to justify. His killing of the Joker is one example, with a few people treating it as a big moral failing despite Superman's very compelling reasons to do so and none of them offering a better solution. Then when Superman saves the world from parademons Darkseid's Parademons by killing them all, Batman treats his actions as crossing the MoralEventHorizon[[invoked]], [[UngratefulBastard despite the fact that he and his teammates were saved because of him]]. Huntress calls him out on this and comes close to walking out on the Insurgency because of Batman failing to make a case for why Superman is in the wrong. Even once he becomes a FallenHero for real, his critics always downplay or outright ignore arguments made about the benefits the Regime has brought to Earth, even when those are the reasons someone has joined Superman in the first place. For example, Damian Wayne turns against Bruce at Arkham because he thinks Superman is right about it being worthless, Swamp Thing joins the Regime out of admiration for its eco-friendly energy plans and Black Lightning strikes a compromise with Superman to build a new Metropolis to house the homeless people in his neighbourhood.
** The Joker gets some of the former as well in Year Five, when it transpires that an anti-Regime resistance movement has been borrowing his name and calling him an IconOfRebellion who stood for freedom and anti-establishment sentiment. This is, if anything, far worse than that given to Superman; at least Superman really was a hero once upon a time, but only a cursory glance at the Joker's history would debunk any notion of him being an admirable figure. In-universe In-universe, these people are viewed as morons asking for trouble by the Insurgency and Batwoman calls them out on the stupidity of idolising someone like the Joker -- ''especially'' when the Joker is the the man responsible for Superman turning tyrant. Even Harley Quinn makes it clear to them that the Joker was a jackass and he deserved to die.


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* HateSink: The Joker gets saddled with this posthumously, [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing and everyone is actively happy to be rid of him]], as he was the one responsible for causing Superman's StartOfDarkness. Even Harley has come to despise him for this reason.


** When Green Arrow has Harley in the Arrow Cave, he mentions Joker's old [[Film/{{Batman}} fake]] [[ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures hand]] [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold gag]].

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** When Green Arrow has Harley in the Arrow Cave, he mentions Joker's old [[Film/{{Batman}} [[Film/Batman1989 fake]] [[ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures hand]] [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold gag]].


** Superman is on the receiving end of one of these at the end of Year One. From who? [[spoiler:''Alfred Pennyworth'']].[[note]] It should be noted that he was recovering from a 7 megaton nuclear explosion courtesy of Captain Atom.

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** Superman is on the receiving end of one of these at the end of Year One. From who? [[spoiler:''Alfred Pennyworth'']].[[note]] It should be noted that he was recovering from a 7 megaton nuclear explosion courtesy of Captain Atom.[[/note]]



** In Year Five, Batman gives one to Victor Zsasz after he [[spoiler:murders Alfred]]. Superman arrives on the scene, and Batman gives ''him'' one as well after a brief fight.[[note]]The video game reveals he used a red solar grenade combined with a strength-pill [[/note]]

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** In Year Five, Batman gives one to Victor Zsasz after he [[spoiler:murders Alfred]]. Superman arrives on the scene, and Batman gives ''him'' one as well after a brief fight.[[note]]The video game reveals he used a red solar grenade combined with a strength-pill strength-pill.[[/note]]


** Superman is on the receiving end of one of these at the end of Year One. From who? [[spoiler:''Alfred Pennyworth'']].

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** Superman is on the receiving end of one of these at the end of Year One. From who? [[spoiler:''Alfred Pennyworth'']].[[note]] It should be noted that he was recovering from a 7 megaton nuclear explosion courtesy of Captain Atom.



** Batwoman takes out a half-dozen of Jason Bard's mooks with minimal effort in Year Five #16.
** Batman gives a massive one to [[spoiler:Superman himself after the death of Alfred.]]

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** Batwoman takes out a half-dozen of Jason Bard's Todd's mooks with minimal effort in Year Five #16.
** Batman gives a massive one to [[spoiler:Superman himself after the death of Alfred.]]
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** In Year Five, Batman gives one to Victor Zsasz after he [[spoiler:murders Alfred]]. Superman arrives on the scene, and Batman gives ''him'' one as well after a brief fight.

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** In Year Five, Batman gives one to Victor Zsasz after he [[spoiler:murders Alfred]]. Superman arrives on the scene, and Batman gives ''him'' one as well after a brief fight.[[note]]The video game reveals he used a red solar grenade combined with a strength-pill [[/note]]


*** Which is not to say that the comic book supports capital punishment, as it highlights several times how easy it becomes for Superman to resort to the lethal solution everytime a not-lethal one ''might'' not work forever. Having extremely powerful and dangerous people in jail whence they can escape is still less dangerous than having the most powerful being on earth absolutely convinced that he's got the right to dispose of them, or of anyone else, simply because they are harmful to others.

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*** Which is not to say that the comic book supports capital punishment, as it highlights several times how easy it becomes for Superman to resort to the lethal solution everytime a not-lethal one ''might'' not work forever. Having extremely powerful and dangerous people in jail whence they can escape is still less dangerous than having the most powerful being on earth absolutely convinced that he's got the right to dispose of them, or of anyone else, simply because they are harmful to others.


** [[spoiler:"Kal-El of the planet Krypton. You have the ability to instill great fear. Welcome to the Sinestro Corps.]]

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** [[spoiler:"Kal-El of the planet Krypton. You have the ability to instill great fear. Welcome to the Sinestro Corps.]]"]]


-> ''"Gotham has fallen silent. The night is no longer broken by the sounds of crime. Children are no longer woken by the sudden crack of a gunshot. There are no more cries in the darkness. No tires screech as wailing sirens chase desperate men and women through narrow streets. In a way, it is the Gotham I always dreamed of. But this is no dream. This is a perversion. This is a nightmare. It is the silence of fear. It is a silence only broken by the sound of marching feet. A sound that echoes around the world. Marching feet. The rhythm of dictators. Our world is now ruled by the iron fist - of a man of steel."''

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-> ''"Gotham has fallen silent. The night is no longer broken by the sounds of crime. Children are no longer woken by the sudden crack of a gunshot. There are no more cries in the darkness. No tires screech as wailing sirens chase desperate men and women through narrow streets. In a way, it is the Gotham I always dreamed of. But this is no dream. This is a perversion. This is a nightmare. It is the silence of fear. It is a silence only broken by the sound of marching feet. A sound that echoes around the world. Marching feet. The rhythm of dictators. Our world is now ruled by the iron fist - of a [[ComicBook/{{Superman}} man of steel.steel]]."''



In an alternate continuity, ComicBook/TheJoker orchestrates an event that claims millions of lives and drives Superman to his breaking point. Hoping to eliminate all crime and violence everywhere and prevent further such tragedies, the Man of Steel forms a worldwide Regime[[note]]consisting of Cyborg, the Flash, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Hawkgirl, Raven, Robin (Damian Wayne), Shazam, and Wonder Woman[[/note]] with the aid of several other superheroes and declares himself leader. Batman, however, sees this as a gross abuse of power and forms his own group, the Insurgency[[note]]main members include Batwoman (Kate Kane), Black Canary, Black Lightning, Catwoman, Harvey Bullock, Captain Atom, Barbara Gordon (as both Oracle and Batgirl), Jim Gordon, Green Arrow, Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), Martian Manhunter, Nightwing (Dick Grayson), and Renee Montoya [[/note]], to dismantle the Regime. Many people, costumed and civilian alike, die in the process.

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In an alternate continuity, ComicBook/TheJoker orchestrates an event that claims millions of lives and drives Superman ComicBook/{{Superman}} to his breaking point. Hoping to eliminate all crime and violence everywhere and prevent further such tragedies, the Man of Steel forms a worldwide Regime[[note]]consisting of Cyborg, the Flash, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Hawkgirl, Raven, Robin (Damian Wayne), Shazam, and Wonder Woman[[/note]] with the aid of several other superheroes and declares himself leader. Batman, however, sees this as a gross abuse of power and forms his own group, the Insurgency[[note]]main members include Batwoman (Kate Kane), Black Canary, Black Lightning, Catwoman, Harvey Bullock, Captain Atom, Barbara Gordon (as both Oracle and Batgirl), Jim Gordon, Green Arrow, Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), Martian Manhunter, Nightwing (Dick Grayson), and Renee Montoya [[/note]], to dismantle the Regime. Many people, costumed and civilian alike, die in the process.


** Unlike, say, the WesternAnimation/DCAnimatedUniverse, which is ''very'' BadassNormal-friendly, the actual power discrepancy between those who have powers and those who don't is played realistically for dramatic effect. The Insurgency have to fall back on stolen [[AppliedPhlebotinum super pills]] just to stay in the game, with Batman outright stating they won't be able to stop Superman without them. And since the Regime heroes comprise most of those with powers, when the Insurgency ''does'' get a score or temporary victory, they only do so with [[CombatPragmatist cheap shots, surprise attacks]] and/or [[GondorCallsForAid calling in help]] [[AlwaysABiggerFish from more powerful figures]]. Indeed, during the Apokoliptian invasion, the most Batman's crew can do is hold the parademons off until Superman stops holding back and just zaps them.

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** Unlike, say, the WesternAnimation/DCAnimatedUniverse, Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse, which is ''very'' BadassNormal-friendly, the actual power discrepancy between those who have powers and those who don't is played realistically for dramatic effect. The Insurgency have to fall back on stolen [[AppliedPhlebotinum super pills]] just to stay in the game, with Batman outright stating they won't be able to stop Superman without them. And since the Regime heroes comprise most of those with powers, when the Insurgency ''does'' get a score or temporary victory, they only do so with [[CombatPragmatist cheap shots, surprise attacks]] and/or [[GondorCallsForAid calling in help]] [[AlwaysABiggerFish from more powerful figures]]. Indeed, during the Apokoliptian invasion, the most Batman's crew can do is hold the parademons off until Superman stops holding back and just zaps them.

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** Commissioner Gordon reveals he has always known Barbara was Batgirl and who the people she spent time with were. He's been in the business of investigating crime long enough that there was no way he couldn't figure it out.
-->'''Barbara:''' How?\\
'''Gordon:''' How? [[ItsWhatIDo I'm a]] '''[[ItsWhatIDo detective!]]'''

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