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* SealedEvilInADuel: The Justice Society are locked in a duel against the evil gods of Valhalla that they must repeat indefinitely to save the universe.


The story is briefly recapped in ''Armageddon: Inferno'', although parts of the story were changed to fit the Post-Crisis timeline. In that story, the JSA was rescued, and another group consisting of Abraxis' "daemens" willingly took their place, to allow them to return to the Post-Crisis DCU safely. The story was also revisited in a ''ComicBook/TalesFromTheDarkMultiverse'' issue, where different heroes tried and failed to quell the threat.

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The story is was briefly recapped in ''Armageddon: Inferno'', although parts of the story were changed to fit the Post-Crisis timeline. In that story, the JSA was rescued, and another group consisting of Abraxis' "daemens" willingly took their place, to allow them to return to the Post-Crisis DCU safely. The story was also revisited in a ''ComicBook/TalesFromTheDarkMultiverse'' issue, where different heroes tried and failed to quell the threat.



* BecauseDestinySaysSo: The Justice Society members that die in the battle of Ragnarök are the ones whose gods they merged with were fated to die. (Though it's hard to tell in Johnny Thunder's case since he and his Thunderbolt just jumped in to fight the Midgard Serpent and got their heads handed to them.) Fortunately, they don't stay dead, as they are resurrected for the final fight with Surtur.

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* BecauseDestinySaysSo: The Justice Society members that die in the battle of Ragnarök are the ones whose gods they merged with were fated to die. (Though it's hard to tell in Johnny Thunder's case since he and his Thunderbolt just jumped in to fight the Midgard Serpent and got their heads handed to them.) Fortunately, they don't stay dead, as they are resurrected for the final fight with Surtur.


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* DecompositeCharacter: Thor's aspect is seen both in Johnny Thunder's lightning bolt and Green Lantern's magic ring, particularly when Alan Scott uses the ring to become Thor.


The story is briefly recapped in ''Armageddon: Inferno'', although parts of the story were changed to fit the Post-Crisis timeline. In that story, the JSA was rescued, and another group consisting of Abraxis' "daemens" willingly took their place, to allow them to return to the Post-Crisis DCU safely. The story was revisited in a ''ComicBook/TalesFromTheDarkMultiverse'' issue.

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The story is briefly recapped in ''Armageddon: Inferno'', although parts of the story were changed to fit the Post-Crisis timeline. In that story, the JSA was rescued, and another group consisting of Abraxis' "daemens" willingly took their place, to allow them to return to the Post-Crisis DCU safely. The story was also revisited in a ''ComicBook/TalesFromTheDarkMultiverse'' issue.issue, where different heroes tried and failed to quell the threat.


The story is briefly recapped in ''Armageddon: Inferno'', although parts of the story were changed to fit the Post-Crisis timeline. In that story, the JSA was rescued, and another group consisting of Abraxis' "daemens" willingly took their place, to allow them to return to the Post-Crisis DCU safely.

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The story is briefly recapped in ''Armageddon: Inferno'', although parts of the story were changed to fit the Post-Crisis timeline. In that story, the JSA was rescued, and another group consisting of Abraxis' "daemens" willingly took their place, to allow them to return to the Post-Crisis DCU safely. The story was revisited in a ''ComicBook/TalesFromTheDarkMultiverse'' issue.

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* TheFellowshipHasEnded: The Spectre walks in on the JSA ''just'' as they're about to disband for good.


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* LegacyCharacter: Discussed in-universe, as the JSA members feel that with younger heroes taking old mantles they're irrelevant now.


The story takes place sometime after the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', and as the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica mourns for the loss of both fallen heroes who have died during the Crisis (the Golden Age ComicBook/{{Robin}} and the ComicBook/{{Huntress}}) and those who have passed on from the new ComicBook/PostCrisis reality (the Golden Age Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman), ComicBook/{{the Spectre}} appears unto the team to reveal that UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler has used TheSpearOfDestiny to link the fate of the Norse gods' Ragnarök to that of the entire universe, with the Justice Society failing to stop Hitler from doing so in 1945. Traveling back in time to the point where the "rip in the sky" first took place, the modern Justice Society merges with the [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse gods]] in Asgard to change the outcome of the battle and ensure that the universe survives.

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The story takes place sometime after the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', and as the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica mourns for the loss of both fallen heroes who have died during the Crisis (the Golden Age ComicBook/{{Robin}} and the ComicBook/{{Huntress}}) and those who have passed on from the new ComicBook/PostCrisis reality (the Golden Age Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman), ComicBook/{{the Spectre}} appears unto the team to reveal that UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler has used TheSpearOfDestiny to link the fate of the Norse gods' Ragnarök to that of the entire universe, with the Justice Society failing to stop Hitler from doing so in 1945.1945 and leading to the end of the world. Traveling back in time to the point where the "rip in the sky" first took place, the modern Justice Society merges with the [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse gods]] in Asgard to change the outcome of the battle and ensure that the universe survives.



* TheBadGuyWins: The 1945 flashback ends with Hitler succeeding in destroying the universe, with only time travel and interdimensional battles being able to set things right.



* GroundhogDayLoop: The battle of Ragnarök repeats itself every time the Justice Society succeeds in winning it.

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* GroundhogDayLoop: The battle of Ragnarök repeats itself every time the Justice Society succeeds in winning it.it, leaving them trapped in an eternal duel.
* HearingVoices: As Ragnarok commences, the JSA hears the epic poem narration in their minds and attempt to defy their chosen fates at times.



* KilledOffscreen: Wildcat isn't shown dying, but he apparently did as he's resurrected in the finale.

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* KilledOffscreen: Wildcat isn't shown dying, dying on-panel and is last seen trying to fight his impending doom, but he apparently did died as he's resurrected with the others in the finale.



* YouCantFightFate: Wildcat realizes that he as Tyr is supposed to die in his fight with Garmr and tries to change that fate, but he still succumbs anyway.

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* YouCantFightFate: Wildcat realizes that he as Tyr is supposed to die in his fight with Garmr and tries to change that fate, but he still succumbs anyway.anyway.
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* DwindlingParty: The Justice Society members of 1945 who aren't affected by the Spear of Destiny become this as they get closer and closer to Adolf Hitler in their attempt to stop him from using the Spear to destroy the universe. By the time they get to Hitler; only Batman, Wildcat, and Hawkman are left before Hitler destroys the world in a giant inferno.

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* DwindlingParty: The Justice Society members of 1945 who aren't affected by the Spear of Destiny become this as they get closer and closer to Adolf Hitler in their attempt to stop him from using the Spear to destroy the universe. By the time they get to Hitler; Hitler, only Batman, Wildcat, and Hawkman are left before Hitler destroys the world in a giant inferno.


* AnyoneCanDie: The initial 1945 siege sees many of the heroes shot dead before Hitler uses the Spear to destroy the world in a planet-sized fireball.



* DwindlingParty: The Justice Society members of 1945 who aren't affected by the Spear of Destiny become this as they get closer and closer to Adolf Hitler in their attempt to stop him from using the Spear to destroy the universe.

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* DwindlingParty: The Justice Society members of 1945 who aren't affected by the Spear of Destiny become this as they get closer and closer to Adolf Hitler in their attempt to stop him from using the Spear to destroy the universe. By the time they get to Hitler; only Batman, Wildcat, and Hawkman are left before Hitler destroys the world in a giant inferno.



* HeroicSacrifice: The modern members of the JSA sans Power Girl, Star-Spangled Kid, and Dr. Fate make the choice to stay perpetually in battle with the forces of Ragnarok to keep the world from dying.



** Most of the high-powered heroes (Superman, Green Lantern, Dr. Fate, and Wonder Woman) are sidelined from the inital 1945 battle because they're the most vulnerable to the Spear of Destiny's influence. This also keeps them from easily stopping Hitler before the plot can start.



* TakingYouWithMe: Adolf Hitler to the entire world on a grand scale, as he unleashes the power of TheSpearOfDestiny when he and his Nazi forces are so close to defeat. Also a few instances in the battle of Ragnarok itself, such as the Midgard Serpent killing Green Lantern as Thor upon his death.

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* TakingYouWithMe: Adolf Hitler to the entire world on a grand scale, as he unleashes the power of TheSpearOfDestiny when he and his Nazi forces are so close to defeat. Also a few instances in the battle of Ragnarok itself, such as the Midgard Serpent killing Green Lantern as Thor upon his death.death and Loki's head killing Starman after its decapitation.


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* VillainousBreakdown: Hitler decides to simply destroy the world out of spite of losing the war.


* LegacyImplosion: Due to the redundancy factor of certain Justice Society members (Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman) with their modern-day counterparts at the time this story was written.


The story is briefly recapped in ''Armageddon: Inferno'', although parts of the story were changed to fit the Post-Crisis timeline. In that story, the JSA was rescued and another group of Abraxis' "daemens" willingly took their place to allow them to return to the Post-Crisis DCU safely.

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The story is briefly recapped in ''Armageddon: Inferno'', although parts of the story were changed to fit the Post-Crisis timeline. In that story, the JSA was rescued rescued, and another group consisting of Abraxis' "daemens" willingly took their place place, to allow them to return to the Post-Crisis DCU safely.


The story is briefly recapped in ''Armageddon: Inferno'', although parts of the story were changed to fit the Post-Crisis timeline. In that story, the JSA was rescued and another group of metahumans from a parallel Earth willingly took their place to allow them to return to the Post-Crisis DCU safely.

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The story is briefly recapped in ''Armageddon: Inferno'', although parts of the story were changed to fit the Post-Crisis timeline. In that story, the JSA was rescued and another group of metahumans from a parallel Earth Abraxis' "daemens" willingly took their place to allow them to return to the Post-Crisis DCU safely.


The story is briefly recapped in ''Armageddon: Inferno'', although parts of the story were changed to fit the Post-Crisis timeline. In that story, the JSA was rescued and another group of metahumans from a parallel willingly took their place to allow them to return to the Post-Crisis DCU safely.

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The story is briefly recapped in ''Armageddon: Inferno'', although parts of the story were changed to fit the Post-Crisis timeline. In that story, the JSA was rescued and another group of metahumans from a parallel Earth willingly took their place to allow them to return to the Post-Crisis DCU safely.


The story is briefly recapped in ''Armageddon: Inferno'', although parts of the story were changed to fit the Post-Crisis timeline.

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The story is briefly recapped in ''Armageddon: Inferno'', although parts of the story were changed to fit the Post-Crisis timeline. In that story, the JSA was rescued and another group of metahumans from a parallel willingly took their place to allow them to return to the Post-Crisis DCU safely.

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* OpenSaysMe: In the 1945 flashback where history ends up changing, Hourman rips open a huge door leading into a Nazi military bunker, only to soon be shot down by a machine gun nest waiting behind the door. Hourman hurls the door right at them as he is gunned down, killing his assailants in the process.


* NoPlaceForMeHere: The surviving senior Justice Society members felt they had no place among the modern-day heroes after the Crisis and decided to retire and disband the group, until the Spectre makes them aware of the story's impending disaster.

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* NoPlaceForMeHere: NoPlaceForMeThere: The surviving senior Justice Society members felt they had no place among the modern-day heroes after the Crisis and decided to retire and disband the group, until the Spectre makes them aware of the story's impending disaster.

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