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1->''"It was now the Legion realized that their dreams of conquest and avarice were pipe dreams: goals never meant to be truly fulfilled. They were as wild children playing at the game of evil.\˛The Legion was not evil.\˛Their exploits were never evil.\˛Up until this point, the Legion had never known evil…\˛''…for evil now stood before them.''"''˛˛''[[ Challenge Of The Superfriends: The End]]'' is a ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' FanFic written by [[ Denizen1]]. ˛˛[[LegionOfDoom The Legion of Doom]], having suffered constant defeats at the hands of the Superfriends, faces a crisis – most of members are tired and consider leaving the organization. ComicBook/LexLuthor, in desperate attempt to keep the team from falling apart, performs an experiment to travel outside the Universe, to the Bleed. There he meets a being called [[AnonymousBenefactor The Benefactor]], who claims to have come from an AlternateUniverse that he conquered, and offers Luthor to provide Legion with everything they need to conquer theirs. Luthor, believing the Benefactor to not be as powerful as he makes himself look like, but still possibly be in possession of useful knowledge, technology and the like, convinces his teammates to pay him a visit.˛˛It doesn’t end well for them.˛˛The story is notable for its blending of lurking dread and building action, as well as its attention to detail with the Superfriends Continuity (nearly every single character and episode is referenced at least once).˛˛Rated T for violence and disturbing material, including BodyHorror, EyeScream, MindRape and general CosmicHorrorStory elements. According to the author, first and second acts are now done and he is now working on the third act. He also plans doing a sequel.˛˛----˛!!Tropes associated with the story:˛˛* AffablyEvil: The Warlord, TheDragon to the Benefactor. Alone among the Benefactor's minions, he is the most conversational. The Benefactor is more FauxAffablyEvil.˛* AGodAmI: Benefactor has many understated lines where it implies this, and later [[spoiler: Lex Luthor does also after he apparently steals the Benefactor's power in chapter 22.]]˛* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Lampshaded. The Benefactor, despite being from another dimension converses with Luthor in English, though it states that "it is a dead language on this side." Later Luthor wonders where the Benefactor learned it, but dismisses it after thinking back to all the other aliens that have spoken English in the past.˛** Explained partially in the case with the Warlord, who has a yellow power ring with a translator function. Now how he got it is still a [[VoodooShark mystery]]˛* ArcWords: "The End". ˛* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Lex and Legion wanted to defeat the Superfriends. Benefactor is going to let that happen by...[[BodyHorror improving them]].˛* BigDamPlot: One of the giant toyman robots threatens a dam in the on-going crisis.˛* BodyHorror: Let's just say that this story reminds many people of ''Film/EventHorizon'' and ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}''.˛* BrainUploading: [[spoiler: The Benefactor uploads Toyman's consciousness into an army of gigantic puppet robots.]]˛* CardCarryingVillain: Benefactor openly acknowledges that by most of the definitions he is indeed evil.˛* ChekhovsGun: Readers should pay attention to background details, some of them come into play later. ˛* CosmicHorrorStory: Oh so very much.˛* ContinuityNod: Several nods to both cartoon continuity as well as to Franchise/DCUniverse. The Monolith of Evil, Toyman's artificial planet, Bizarro's enlarger ray -- all make appearances.˛** The Five Inversions from the ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' comics "Tygers" is mentioned, as is the emotional spectrum.˛** Cheeta's dreams in her chapter 'A Feral Child,' mirror her GoldenAge origin story.˛** Brainiac learns of a "Master Programmer."˛** Maxwell Lord, an infamous supervillain from the mainstream comics, appears as a cameo in chapter 18, reappears as an ongoing character in chapter 25 when he helps arrest Mirror Master, who is UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} version.˛** Superman is mentioned to be making a speech to the United Nations about the worldwide removal of all nuclear weapons, just as he did in the fourth Christopher Reeve Superman film. As in that film, he's told that he needs a sponsor to speak to the UN, at which point every single delegate volunteers.˛** Solomon Grundy, upon returning to life, internally monologues about how he was almost intended to become a member of the Parliament of Green seen in Swamp Thing but was turned down because he didn't die in a fire. Grundy's new body also bears some resemblance to Doomsday.˛* DarkFic: In spades.˛* [[spoiler: DayDreamSurprise]]: In chapters 21 and chapter 22, [[spoiler: Lex Luthor escapes his confinement equipped with the warsuit. He then rampages through the Benefactor's citadel, killing guards and fighting his way through all obstacles all the way to the chamber where the decrepit physical body of the Benefactor lies. He then re-configures his power suit to absorb the energies of the Benefactor. What follows is a AGodAmI moment, followed by Class X-4 universal destruction of the Benefactor's universe as Luthor is unable to handle the power. After several days of floating in a void, and unable to kill himself, he awakens to find himself back in his cell. He never escaped. He's still trapped in a heavy power armor that he can barely move in, and a year has passed. The worst part is that the scenario has been repeated over and over a million times, and each time he has forgotten that it was a dream. This is all part of an extended fantasy as destroying the universe and being alone was preferable to being trapped in cell with his mind constantly violated by the Benefactor]].˛** [[spoiler: The Benefactor used this to "improve" Luthor. As of chaper 23, he's able to move in the armor.]]˛* DawnOfAnEra: Franchise/{{Superman}} makes one at the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations.˛* DeconstructionFic: Takes many of cartoon’s elements and explores them, sometimes to terrifying conclusions.˛** Gorilla City has been [[spoiler: experimenting on human children to develop their psychic powers]]. Something which not even Gorilla Grodd considered doing.˛** The TimelineAlteringMacGuffin from the episode "Conquerors of the Future" is [[spoiler: described as being a TomeOfEldritchLore, bound in human skin and foretelling a horrific future set in 1980. This horrifies El Dorado enough that he burns it.]] ˛* DrunkWithPower: Seems to be a case with [[spoiler: the Super Friends.]]˛* DynamicCharacter: The very thin backstory of the various members of the Legion of Doom are fleshed out. ˛** Priscella Rich's Cheeta in particular. Her chapter, "A Feral Child" is around 50 pages long, and we see glimpses of her past, her jealousy of Franchise/WonderWoman, her reflections on the things that led her to be there, and her struggle with having a split personality. There is probably more CharacterDevelopment for this version of Cheeta in this one chapter than there ever was in the original comics.˛* EldritchLocation: The Benefactor's Citadel is described this way with labyrinths of corridors, shifting rooms, wide expanses of space, with rooms that vary from surgical theaters to insanely luxurious settings.˛* EveryThingsBetterWithDinosaurs: These appear in Cheeta's chapter "A Feral Child." Subverted in that the TyrannosaurusRex ''doesn't'' immediately attack her when encountered, instead it ignores her.˛* EvilIsBigger: Lex Luthor mentally remarks that everything the Benefactor possesses is greater than what the Legion possesses. ˛* EvilerThanThou: The moment Legion sees Benefactor’s servants they immediately realize that the beings in front of them are more evil than they can ever hope to be.˛** [[spoiler:And then the Benefactor begins remaking them in his image.]]˛* EyeScream: Eyes are frequently... damaged, for lack of a more inclusive term.˛* FaustianRebellion: In chapter 21, [[spoiler: Lex Luthor uses the very power armor that the Benefactor gave to him to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, smashing walls, killing guards and worshipers of the EldritchAbomination that had thought to MindRape him, until finally fighting his way into the very chamber where the Benefactor's body is, to which he smashes.]]˛** [[spoiler:Turns out it was all part of his "training".]]˛* FauxAffablyEvil: It’s unsettingly how nice Benefactor seems, even when performing the most cruel of acts.˛* FromNobodyToNightmare: By chapter 23, [[spoiler: it is revealed that the Legion of Doom have become far, far more powerful tormented, insane, horrific beings than their previous laughably incompetent selves.]] ˛* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Appears to happen to [[spoiler: El Dorado]] after he reads the TimelineAlteringMacGuffin which fortells the future. A year later he still suffers nightmares about what he read. ˛* HumanoidAbomination: The Benefactor's disciples.˛** Also [[spoiler: Mister Mxyzptlk]]'s appearance in chapter 26.˛* HumongousMecha: The fifty foot Toymen robots in chapter 27. ˛* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: Wildstorm’s Bleed, dangerous space between the worlds, exist there.˛* TheManBehindTheCurtain: Lex Luthor insists that the Benefactor is this. [[spoiler: Whether or not he is correct will be revealed in the next chapter.]]˛* MasterOfIllusion: Lex Luthor insists that the Benefactor's powers are illusionary in nature. In at least some occasions they are, other times its [[RealityWarper powers are definitely material.]]˛* MediumAwareness: True to form, the [[spoiler: Joker's]] brief appearance in chapter 30 has [[AsideComment Aside Comments]] with references to different continuities and metafiction conventions, including the video game VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum, ComicBook/OneMoreDay and ComicBook/Flashpoint.˛* TheMillstone: Luthor considers the Riddler to be this during the meeting in Chapter 2, musing over the best time to have Bizarro snap the jackass's neck and get it over with.˛* MindRape: '''''All over the Place'''''. It’s safe to say that in the few chapters that it isn’t happening is a breather.˛* MysteriousBenefactor: Benefactor acts as this in the beginning.˛* ObviouslyEvil: Benefactor’s servants have a different look, but all feature traits marking them as bad guys: spikes, whips, etc.˛* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The Secret Department of Investigation (SDI)'s scenes are done this way.˛* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Solomon Grundy's status as a re-animated corpse is brought into the forefront, though like his cartoon version he doesn't have any desire to eat people. [[spoiler: The Benefactor fixes that.]]˛* PoweredArmor: Fans of Lex Luthor will be happy to know that he gets his trademark warsuit in chapter 21, and uses it to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.˛** [[spoiler:Turns out to have been part of how the Benefactor was [[MindRape "training"]] him. His actual battlesuit was "improved" in much the same way as the rest of the legion.]]˛* RedHerring: Sinestro believes that [[spoiler: Benefactor and his servants are the legendary Empire of Tears, prophesied to destroy the [[Franchise/GreenLantern Green Lantern Corps.]] To his surprise the Benefactor never heard of such a thing.]]˛* ReligiousHorror: The Benefactor sometimes quotes or paraphrases lines from the Bible.˛** His servant, the Warlord in one scene appears descending from a fiery chariot.˛* SevenDeadlySins: Cheeta goes through all seven, either in a dream vision or in reality.˛* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Happens to [[spoiler: Bizarro, Scarecrow, and Sinestro]] to some degree.˛* ShoutOut: Chapter 27 makes several references to the ComicBook/{{Justice}} minseries (itself an attempt to make a serious version of the ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}''), including:˛** The giant toyman robot, and the line "All these toys must be broken."˛** Luthor's actions during chapter 22 mirror Doctor Doom's actions at the end of Marvel's ComicBook/SecretWars, with the Benefactor in place of the Beyonder.˛** In Chapter 32, Lex is walking through the Legion's base, remarking to himself, "It's bigger on the inside" and is uncertain where he heard it. We're given a brief paragraph informing us that somewhere [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] is marking this particular universe off his list of ones he'd like to visit.˛* ShownTheirWork: The author clearly has a very vast knowledge of not only the cartoon but also the [[Franchise/DCUniverse original comics]].˛* SplitPersonalityTakeover: After being in control for much of a year [[spoiler: Priscella Rich]] finally succumbs in the end and allows the savage [[spoiler: Cheeta]] personality free reign.˛* SubvertedKidsShow: It may have looked like the same y goofy kids show in the beginning but by the end of the chapter it shows it definitely not the same.˛* SupervillainLair: The Hall of Doom features prominently in the story. The Benefactor's Citadel could also count.˛* UltimateEvil[=/=]YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm[=/=]EldritchAbomination: Implied with the Benefactor.˛** Also LightIsNotGood: ˛-->''"Now. A solid thing now, emitting the ghostly brightness of morning fog; for the Benefactor was not a being of darkness, not a creature of the shadows. No. Not darkness. Never of darkness. The Benefactor was a being of the brightest light, and it was here in the chamber with him, standing within arm's reach of him."''˛* VillainProtagonist: Like the original Challenge of the Superfriends, the main characters are Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom, and not Superman and the Superfriends, who are reduced to background characters until the third act.˛* VillainWorld: The Benefactor's dimension is implied to be an AlternateUniverse where evil has won and faces no opposition. ˛----


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