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Artemis: Can you actually do all this stuff?
Paul: Um, probably?
Artemis: Faster than light travel.
Paul: Of course. How do you think Lanterns patrol their sectors?
Artemis: Create an energy shield a mile across?
Paul: About that. I struggle to go above a kilometre.
Artemis: Turn people into constructs?
Paul: You've met Teekl, right?
Artemis: Accelerate your brain?
Paul: Yeah, but that always feels-.
Artemis: Alter every cell in someone's body?
Paul: You've seen the rats.
Artemis: And what exactly did you do to earn this?

I shrug. Can't deny that I kinda won the superpower lottery.

Paul: Nothing. Or if I did, I don't know what it was.
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With This Ring is a Self-Insert Young Justice fanfic written by Mr Zoat, featuring him as Orange Lantern 2814, and founding member of The Team, after he mysteriously appears in near-Earth space wearing a power ring at the beginning of July 2010 (canon season 1). His presence has increasing ripple effects as time goes on, thoroughly altering or derailing many canon events and exploring the wider DC universe, as he works with the Young Justice team for a year, setting the Light's plans back and refining his skills, then goes out into space to recover the Orange Central Power Battery, form a Lantern Corps, and lead a war against the Reach.

Chapters are released daily (since 2013), grouped into episodes covering an average of one in-story week, and typically written in first-person present tense, eg "My bed feels soft. Did I go to sleep on top of the duvet? Stars? Did I leave the blinds open?" As a result of this level of detail, the story is over three million words, and takes about four Real Life years to cover each in-story year. Mr Zoat states in the FAQ that he intends to cover the entire period of the canonical five-year Time Skip between seasons one and two, so it is expected to be in progress for decades.

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Chapters are occasionally written from the point of view of alternate versions of the SI, such as one who arrived on Earth -14 (the Crime Syndicate universe) with a blue ring, or one on Earth 32 (the Teen Titans universe) with a red ring. The most prominent alternate is the Renegade, identified by the chapter timestamp appearing in red text, who started out similarly to the main timeline, but started making more direct and ruthless choices, leading to increasing divergence until the two storylines are almost entirely different. Most episodes include at least a chapter or two from the Renegade timeline, and there have been several episodes that are Renegade-first with occasional chapters from the original timeline.

The story is currently on its fourteenth thread, and has a story-only thread. Links to the threads: Thread 1, Thread 2, Thread 3, Thread 4, Thread 5, Thread 6,Thread 7,Thread 8,Thread 9,Thread 10,Thread 11, Thread 12, Thread 13, Thread 14, and Story only.

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The first eleven threads were posted on Spacebattles. For Thread Twelve and Thread Thirteen, Mr. Zoat moved the story's updates to another forum, Sufficient Velocity. Thread Fourteen and the Second Revised Story Only onwards are on Questionable Questing.

The author also made a separate thread called In Praise of Eros that shows how things could have gone if the SI went ahead in starting relationships with other characters that he didn't do in the main story.

Not to be confused with the trope With This Ring, which is about wedding rings, or with the similarly named Green Lantern fanfiction.


With This Ring contains examples of:

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     A 
  • Accidental Pervert: When Paul was possessed and looking for the League of Shadows, his construct eyes being everywhere accidentally caught Beatriz da Costa in the shower. He didn't originally remember, but Ophidian did and "helpfully" reminded him.
  • Accidental Public Confession: While discussing Paul's candidacy in the League, Wonder Woman puts a call from him on speaker without him knowing. So everyone ended up finding out the harrowing details of the second Cadmus clone and him calling them out on missing it.
  • Accomplice by Inaction: In both timelines, Paul is infuriated that the Justice League lets Nabu possess Zatara without concern for Zatara himself. Especially when Paul and Zatanna had to find out from the news that they let Nabu in the Justice League.
    Paul: I don't know what the rest of you who were there were thinking. I-. But I've thought about it. And I haven't been able to come up with anything which suggests competence or moral probity. Not without being very charitable.
  • Accusation Fic:
    • Calls out the League on how they fumbled with Superboy: while Paul admits that Superman doesn't have to get involved, it doesn't excuse how no one bothered to check up on Superboy. Paul had Miss Martian check his mind for implanted triggers and help integrate his psychically implanted knowledge. It's only through Orange Lantern, Miss Martian and Wonder Woman's efforts that Superboy isn't the maladjusted, angry mess that he was in canon.
    • The League gets another massive call-out for their mishandling of the Cadmus investigation.
    • Paul and Zatanna lose faith in the League when they have to find out from the news that Nabu, the creature that kidnapped Zatanna's father, is being allowed into the League.
    • In a subversion, however, all of their points of view on these issues are eventually elaborated on, their actions (or inaction) explained, and blame accepted where it's warranted—though in many cases, the true problems are identified as organizational/operational flaws that, much like in Real Life, tend to happen with new, novel organizations tackling unusual problems.
  • Achilles' Heel:
    • Initially, Orange Lantern (OL) has absolutely no ability to resist magic, meaning spells that others would shrug off were crippling to him. Chaos magic was even worse, as it could ignore his shields. Paragon!OL rectified this with a high-grade defensive magical amulet from Atlantis, but that only protects him from direct magical attacks, leaving magic-users one of his worst match-ups. He grows out of it thanks to the Ophidian giving him a soul and lending her assistance with her resistance, though some skilled magicians can get around it. The Renegade overcomes this weakness by becoming a New God.
    • Paul initially has a huge weakness to telepathic attacks. In a fight with Miss Martian she easily takes control of him. Paragon!OL combats this with a telepathy baffler he makes with his ring, though it must have been made beforehand. The Renegade rectifies this by getting training from Manchester Black.
      • As Psimon learns the hard way, Paul is extremely strong against mindscape attacks because anyone invading his mind on that level also gets to fight Ophidian.
    • He also employs clever tactics, advanced constructs, and sophisticated attacks as standard, but as a result he is easily flustered by direct, intense pressure that doesn't give him time to think or plan. This is in contrast to Green Lanterns, who are typically quite adept at simply reacting without thinking in combat.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The storyline is considerably more detailed than canon, even before it starts filling in the five-year Time Skip, and characters on both the heroic and villainous sides are pulled in from across the DC Universe, including some remarkably obscure parts of it. John Constantine? Virtually a main character. Cornwall Boy? Joined the team. The Un-Men? The Martian Womanhunter? Present and accounted for...
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Following in Young Justice tradition, Onomatopoeia. In the comics, a guy with a gimmick. Here? A powerful magic user that uses onomatopoeia as the incantations for his spells.
    • And also Dark Druid. In the comics, he was a villain from the U.K. and thus barely even mentioned. Here, there are hints at him being a herald of the Black Lantern Corps.
  • Adaptational Consent: In-Universe with the Amazon play "the Foolish Prince." In the earlier variants of the play, the titular prince raped the foreign queen's daughter. In the modern version starring Paul, the most Prince Pavlos does is hold hands with the daughter and stay out all night stargazing before literally sleeping together.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Teekl was Klarion's familiar and would help him attack others. As OL's construct, she assists him in fighting and acts as an Evil Detecting Cat.
    • Teth Adam was a vicious Anti-Hero or super villain driven by his Deliberate Values Dissonance and even committed genocide. Teth Adom is far more open minded to modern values due to his 80-year rule as pharaoh, who tries to help Kahndaq by overthrowing its dictator and is elected Kahndaq's president.
    • Komand'r of Tamaran is Paul's first Lantern recruit, with her sister Koriand'r being second. With her own path to glory clearly laid out and no need to compete with her sister for it, she's much more mellow than canon; still ruthless, but not driven to revenge on her family. Finding a way to fix her solar powers helps still further.
    • Ranx the sentient city, it turns out, just wanted a decent crew. Upon being recruited for the Orange Lantern Corps and turned into a bustling shipyard, he/it is extremely content and helpful.
    • Prince Ragnar of Betrassus' overarching desire was always to become a Lantern, but in canon, that resulted in him getting a red ring. Here, one of Larfleeze's lost rings is drawn to his desire, and upon learning about it, Paul recruits him into the Corps. Ragnar is initially skeptical about the orange light, but upon seeing Paul's skills and experiencing what his own ring is really capable of, he becomes enthusiastic.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Nabu's actions are not excused as a necessary evil; he is fully portrayed as villainous and needing to be stopped.
    • Klarion has always been a villain, but he is by far worse in this version. He's actually a Lord of Chaos, an opposite to Doctor Fate, making him easily one of the most powerful magic users in existence.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In canon Young Justice, Wolf is, well, a super-powered wolf, with all that that implies. Here, she's just a wolf pup — a super-strong one, but a pup nonetheless.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Robin's uncle, Rick, was healed from his comatose state thanks to Orange Lantern and woke up to discover that his nephew had become a vigilante. He's currently taking a "don't ask, don't tell" stance on the matter, since the last time he asked for details he only wound up losing sleep when thinking about it.
    • In Contingency Alan Scott has a bad fall. Paul is terrified because his grandmother never recovered from her fall and she was younger than Alan.
    • Displaced is this incarnate. With the adults suddenly disappearing, children die in droves, especially young children. To give a picture of it:
      Orange Lantern: Tell Batman to imagine a world where in every hospital, every clinic, every doctor's surgery... Doctors: gone. Surgeons: gone. Anesthetists: gone. Critical care nurses: gone. Any child who was undergoing surgery when the separation occurred is most likely already dead. Most children who were in critical care wards will be dying without the constant attention they need. Small babies who were being bathed when their parents disappeared stand a good chance of drowning. And good as autopilots are I don't know how long we've got until planes start falling out of the sky with no pilots. Major roads are covered in crashed cars, the injured and the dead and there aren't enough of us to help. I will be astonished if we keep the death toll to a mere five figures -most of whom will be children- and I will shout the praises of any deity who feels like chipping in, we cannot afford- We can't afford to pay any unessential attention to secondary objectives. Please pass that on.
  • Aesop Amnesia:
    • Paul learns that he needs to take off the ring and be himself to distance himself from the ring's influence when it started to negatively impact his mind after he was nearly killed in a home invasion. He stops an episode after when he gets caught off guard, though later text does imply that he kept up the practice.
    • Paul and co. find out through various means that the Belle Reve penitentiary is highly likely to be compromised and so a mass-escape is also likely to be brewing there. They still let it happen and have to deal with the fallout. (In fairness, Paul had already considered the possibility and decided that the breakout itself was less of a concern than the forces behind it.)
  • All for Nothing: Paul merges with the Ophidian to save his surviving friends and Earth from an Alien Invasion during its Darkest Hour, only to find it was never real and no one was in danger.
  • All There in the Manual: Sometimes Zoat's replies to comments in the thread include worldbuilding tidbits, or hints about future events such as the Renegade's storyline ending with him "shouting at the Source Wall" and new members of the team being hinted at in zeta-tube designation lists including Osiris, Supergirl, Ghia'ta becoming Star Sapphire, and Arisia Rabb.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Satanus does this during Undermined by attacking virtually every hero's base of operation at once.
  • Alternate Timeline: The "Mandated" episode created an alternate timeline where China dominated the world. The local copy of Paul, upon arrival in orbit, was confused to find an apparent DC Comics universe where he didn't recognise anything on Earth.
  • Alternate Universe:
    • Justified in that Paul is stranded in a universe where there are superheroes, magic, aliens, and etc.. Though there are interesting differences from our world (see Different World, Different Movies): there is a Pope Pius XIII; Richard Dawkins apparently doesn't exist or didn't became very important (likely because of the universe's aforementioned Fantasy Kitchen Sink which makes Dawkins' outspoken skepticism totally irrelevant), and the September 11 attacks never happened because the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan was avoided. The 2008 global financial crisis was also averted by the Greek god Ploutos, posing as a financial advisor.
    • There are apparently two universes the stories take place in - the main one, and a second world where Paul takes more actions that could be termed renegade, such as turning Sportsmaster into a construct, trying to steal tech from the New Gods, injecting himself with Venom Buster, and eventually calling himself Grayven.
    • More recently, there have been additional "What if Paul had acted differently?" chapters.
      • "Sybarite" never visited Alan Scott, instead recharging the ring by consuming demons. This altered his personality, leaving him basically interested in uplifting humanity, but lazy, greedy, and promiscuous.
      • "Common Sense Paul" made a number of more sensible decisions than Paragon, such as immediately speaking up upon realising that he was being assigned to a team of teenagers. He has averted a number of canon events, such as the Team's memory loss, the doomed training scenario, the split world, and possibly the entire Reach invasion.
    • And there is the Crime Syndicate universe (aka Earth -14), which takes place before and after the events of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. Here, Paul is a Blue Lantern, who goes by the name of Power Ring and is a Made Man of Ultraman, and is technically babysitting the more adolescent tempered Young Offenders. This Paul has travelled to Earth 16 and met the SI.
    • Fool's Canon brings in other alternate Pauls with different power rings in the wider multiverse.
      • An Anti-Green Lantern Paul, who is a reluctant villain that is being controlled by his power ring, in a version of the DCAU in which it includes Cyborg being a founding member of the Justice League and a abundance of sidekicks closely participating in the League.
      • A Red Lantern Paul exists in the regular Teen Titans universe.
      • An Indigo Lantern Paul who is in The Boys universe.
    • Earth's Orangest Hero shows a version of Paul in the The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! universe, where he recharges his ring using a Lantern provided by Hela. He has adopted Rogue (since his ring can protect him from her involuntary life draining touch), and informed Magneto about the existence of microbes that cause people to be biased against mutants.
    • Doppelgängered includes a Paul who arrived many years earlier on Earth 12, but with no way to recharge the ring, so instead of becoming a superhero, he went into business hiring semi-stable mad scientists to make their technology widely available.
    • In-Universe April 1, 2012 has two episodes introducing more crossovers:
      • Paul in Eternia, home of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, recharges his orange ring using the Basophil Amulet, and is seen visiting an imprisoned sorceress to offer her power and fame if she'll switch sides.
      • The Fallout future, where Paul's orange ring has run out of charge, but he first used it to gain access to alien technology that can give humans telepathic and telekinetic powers.
      • The world of Warhammer Fantasy constantly recharges Paul's orange ring from the Warp. He has amassed a great army of assimilated Construct-Lanterns, and is gathering allies to help him kill the gods of chaos.
    • There are even some crossover segments with alternate universes from other fanfic:
      • Episode 97, Duplication, comes to a climax in the universe of Inviolate, and that version of Lex Luthor is later stranded in the Renegade timeline.
      • An "eight years later" snippet sees Paul visiting a fellow Self-Insert (rather to the displeasure of that character) at the beginning of I Want To See You Smile.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome:
    • Paul plans to invoke the trope by using his powers and convincing other people (both heroes and villains) to help improving and advancing Earth. For example he single-handedly cleaned up the Great Pacific rubbish patch and cleared Earth's orbit of space debris.
    • He was also working on a plan to re-ice the poles using appropriated ice villain tech until the Silver City destroyed his equipment.
  • And I Must Scream: Michael Siskin was one of the psychics used to create Terror Thing, only his soul was trapped inside and couldn't get out again.
  • Androids Are People, Too: Despite their friends treating Firebrand and Red Tornado as people, the U.S. government ruled that they're not. This is brought up and fixed by Paul and Lex Luthor by the time of Bindings.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing:
    • The Renegade gets quite a lot of fan mail for killing Klarion on live television. Even from governments.
    • Lantern Xor's efforts cause the Alignment to collapse into civil war. Their neighbours are quite pleased, and Paul makes a note to send him a card.
  • Anger Born of Worry:
    • Zatara isn't too impressed by Paul's association with John Constantine, mainly because he knows what happens to people who work with John or owe him favors. When he learns that Paul had John give him magical tattoos that will help him develop a soul he freaks out and rushes to the cave to make sure that Paul isn't about to suffer some horrible fate in the near future.
    • Becomes something of a Brick Joke when Paul merges with the Ophidian and Zatara assumes that he's been possessed by a demon because of the tattoos. Paulphidian then scans his soul and discovers that his main desire at the time involves strangling Constantine with his bare hands. Ironically enough, he later ends up slowly becoming a demon because those tattoos absorb energy from Hell while he's there.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Larfleeze. He's basically captured by Paul while asleep to be weaned off Orange Light It's even more of an anti-climax in the Renegade timeline. The Renegade just teleports into his cave and decapitates him with the Sword of Second and Third, offscreen.
  • Anvil on Head: One of Klarion's minions tries to drop a million-ton weight on John Constantine while the two are wrestling to take control of Klarion's full power. Paul can't just catch that much; he has to use gravity-modifying constructs.
  • The Apprentice: Once the war against the Reach starts getting serious, and Paul's exotic abilities with the orange light take on strategic importance, he offers to make Vran Gozzi his acolyte and try to teach her his skills. As a Coluan, she's already smarter than most humans, making her an effective regular Lantern, but he wants to find out whether it's possible to achieve Orange Enlightenment without bonding to the Ophidian.
  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: Paul uses his ring to mine asteroids for gold and platinum, giving him effectively unlimited cash. When he checks how much he could actually make that way, the ring informs him that that much currency doesn't exist, but the total value would make him about 5 times richer than the Earth. He's held back from using it mostly by the fact that with the ring, he doesn't need to buy things for himself; anything he really wants, he can just create. He does pay well when hiring specialist help, though (usually regarding magic).
  • Arbitrary Skepticism:
    • Wonder Woman briefly doubts the existence of a Zombie Green Lantern. Paul responds that there have been far stranger lanterns, listing off that there have been lanterns who have been a Mathematical Equation, a Robot, a Squirrel, a Plant, and a Planet (and yes, all of those are canon).
    • When Kid Flash decides to go on his "Magic isn't real" rant just before the battle with Klarion, Paul points out that not only is it real, but that several League members and Aqualad are all proficient in its use.
  • Archaic Weapon for an Advanced Age: Deconstructed and reconstructed.
    • Green Lanterns need to be able to thoroughly visualise their constructs, so simple shapes like swords and shields actually make some sense. Though Paul still considers them signs of a rookie, or of damaged equipment in the case of Alan Scott.
    • Orange Lanterns don't have the same limitation as green, so Paul is less understanding of Lantern Ragnar creating a construct sword.
      Paul: Use a gun you prat!
    • Paul doesn't think highly of Green Arrow and Artemis wielding "a bent stick that fires pointy sticks." Green Arrow explains that a bow is easier to own, conceal, and explain than a gun. Paul still thinks that they could do better, but settles for enhancing Artemis' capabilities in other ways.
    • Paul is attacked by a rogue group of Orange Lanterns using Nth Metal cutlasses, which he collects after the fight. He's mostly interested in them for the market value of the metal, but he actually has to pull them out to pierce some types of exotic defences.
      All that time I spent trying to get the princesses not to use melee weapons…
      I take an Nth metal cutlass off my equipment harness and charge.
  • Armor Is Useless:
    • Thoroughly averted by Orange Lantern, who wears high grade body armor under his Ring-generated armor, which winds up saving his life many times over. He also points out that Robin and Kid Flash have Kevlar incorporated in their costumes, later convinces Kaldur to wear Ocean Master's armor in battle after he claimed it as spoils of war, and arranges for Artemis and Zatanna to acquire proper armor of their own. And Kon, despite the whole "near-invulnerable kryptonian" thing, receives a set of armor made with Nth metal in the Paragon timeline, increasing his durability and allowing him the power of flight. In the Renegade timeline, the whole team gets Apokoliptian armor, giving far better protection than anything Earth can build. On top of all that, when stealth goes out the window, one of the first things Paul usually does is cover the entire team in construct-armor. So far M'gann is the only one he hasn't convinced to wear extra plating in the field, and that's more of her powerset not being suitable for it than anything else.
    • When Zatanna brings up Wonder Woman fighting crime in what is essentially a leotard, Paul points out that not only could Wonder Woman, quote, "Tank anti-armour rounds naked", but her armor was forged by the Greek God of the forge and is actually of higher quality than his own.
    • Played with in regards to head covering and hand coverings; Paul deems the loss of awareness and dexterity far more deleterious to his survival than a minor increase in protection. He later produces Powered Armor that includes a fully covering helmet with 360-degree vision coverage.
    • Had Prince Orm worn gauntlets with his Ocean Master armor, he probably wouldn't have lost his hands.
  • Assassination Attempt: The Reach really want Paul dead.
    • The Reach fleet that attacks the Leentniar is rigged with large amounts of qwa-matter, vaporising Paul's body in a colossal detonation when he destroys them. His soul is able to attach itself to a clone, though, and eventually makes a more-or-less full recovery.
    • When he's visiting Yuna, a Reach task force fires on the building he's in with a Faster Than Light beam weapon. Fortunately he was already suspicious of their arrival and had raised a shield.
  • Asshole Victim: Several examples.
    • Sportsmaster and Bane become the Renegade's constructs.
    • Prince Orm loses his hands after he takes the pregnant Queen Mera hostage, and is executed for high treason only to be brought back from the dead later on.
    • Theodore Adam gets his soul eaten when he loses his trial by Adom's gods.
    • According to Adom, his father was so awful that even the Wizard thought he deserved Adom killing him.
    • Wotan, Felix Faust and Wizard are executed by the Chinese government in the Renegade timeline for their part in causing a global genocide of children.
    • Klarion in the Paragon timeline has his connection to the Plane of Chaos, and thus his power, hijacked and stolen by John Constantine. For extra poetic justice, the process renders Klarion's body soulless and comatose, at Paul's mercy - just as Paul's lack of a soul originally made him defenseless against Klarion's magic. In the Renegade timeline, Klarion is decapitated with the Sword of the Fallen, which strips him of his power and reincarnates him as a regular mortal man, after which the Renegade visits him in prison and assimilates him to finish the job. Since he was the mastermind behind splitting the world and killing hundreds of thousands of children, both versions of Paul consider him an entirely acceptable target.
    • The Citadelians have forcibly reduced Tamaran to pre-spaceflight technology, and take many of their people as slaves. Their empire gets decimated by Paul in both timelines.
    • The Renegade pauses his assault on the Psion wombworld to question some of the Psions about their attitudes to other species. When it becomes clear that the Psion he's talking to is an unrepentant sadist who likes to dissect other sapients just to prove his dissection skills (and because he doesn't value their lives at all), the Renegade cuts the conversation short.
  • Astral Projection: A number of magic-users are capable of this, though Paul notes that the Atlantians have it down to a science compared to surface occultists.
  • Author Appeal:
    • Wonder Woman's increased presence as OL's mentor is due to this as well as Black Canary's decreased prominence.
    • Paul can't use paper money at first, since his faith in fiat currency was destroyed by the subprime crisis and the ring just keeps destroying it. note  After New Year's, he mentions in the narration that Earth-16 apparently never actually had that crisis, due to legislation with unusually bipartisan support that he resolves to look into later. Turns out Ploutus, Roman god of Wealth, is posing as a prominent economist to help steer the global economy away from such things.
  • Author Filibuster: Played for Laughs when Paul goes over defending Guy Fawkes Night with Zatanna. He then shortly starts criticizing the American Revolution (as "complete nonsense you lot get taught about British colonial policy") until being interrupted by Kid Flash.
  • Avengers, Assemble!: When the Justice League is mind-controlled by the Light, the Team gathers the Frees, Firebrand, Alan Scott, Hardware, Teth Adom, John Constantine, and Brainwave to help them take back the League and fight the Light.
  • Awful Truth: How most Martians with the knowledge regard the matter of being altered by the Guardians.
  • Awkward Kiss: Canis gives Kaldur one, signalling he wanted to be more intimate. The latter respectfully declined.

     B 
  • Back from the Dead:
    • This becomes a problem once Satanus joins The Light, since he'll go out of his way to bring back dead villains. Likewise, Ocean Master is revived using a Lazarus Pit.
    • It gets even worse when Paul starts experimenting with a Lazarus Pit to learn how they work, and tries to resurrect a soul from Hell. Satanus hijacks the connection to pull Paul and several of his companions into Hell.
    • On the other hand, Paul himself is quite interested in methods of preventing and overcoming death, and has been resurrected multiple times, first by the Silver City, then by attaching his soul to a cloned body.
  • Backup from Otherworld: When struggling against Oceanus in Titanfall, Paul decides to go and get Einherjar to assist them since they have experience in that sort of thing.
  • Badass Boast:
    • "Power rings are awesome." Or, to elucidate:
      Orange Lantern: Do you see this ring? This is an example of the most powerful tool ever devised by a species that reached the limits of the technology curve, and then used their knowledge to build more curve for themselves. While I am in no sense an expert in its application, I am more than up to the task, of taking down, three baseline Humans, armed with primitive weapons.note 
    • He later gets one on his behalf via Kon.
      Kon: [to the Justice League] Aren't you people supposed to be good at this!? If this had happened to any of us, Paul would already have ten plans by now! (Later, after Paul has temporarily contained the Ophidian, and is thinking of ways to contain it indefinitely) ...See? Ten plans.
    • And an earlier if unconventional one from Paulphidian to the aliens in the training scenario.
    • After a wargame that the Justice League won, but with several members "killed":
      Paul: The wargame allowed for the villain side to make mistakes as well as the hero side; pressuring someone into making errors is a perfectly viable approach in real life as well. If I'd wanted to throw you up against a flawless opponent you'd have been fighting me.note 
    • John Constantine gets one, just before going toe to toe with Klarion in a contest to become a Lord of Chaos.
      Klarion: I'm gunna tear your soul apart, magician.
      John: Better than you tried, mate. An' the only one ever managed it was me.
  • Badass Creed:
    • Orange Lantern's initial oath:
      This is my power
      This is my light.
      Be it bright of day or black of night.
      I claim all that lies within my sight.
      TO TAKE WHAT I WANT, THAT IS MY RIGHT!
    • Paragon!Orange Lantern's oath post-Orange Enlightenment.
      This is my cause, this is my fight!
      Shine through the void with orange light!
      I've claimed all within my sight!
      To keep what is mine, that is my right!
    • Renegade!Orange Lantern's oath
      This is my power, this is my might!
      I stand alone in darkest night!
      With this ring, my foes I smite!
      I conquer all with orange light!
    • Paragon!Orange Lantern's oath when fusing with the Ophidian for the second time.
      This is our cause!
      This is our fight!
      Let none who live dispute our right!
      Powered by need, our tireless might
      Guides all souls with orange light!
    • Renegade!Orange Lantern's oath with Sinestro's ring
      In blackest day or brightest night,
      Beware your fears made into light,
      Let those who try and stop what's right,
      Burn with my power, Prince Grayven's might!
    • Raker Qarrigat's oath, revealed by Mr Zoat to be coming in year 5:
      With Will and Rage of crimson red
      Four million years and still not dead
      Today your empire finally falls
      In Oa's name I'll burn you all!
  • Badass Family:
    • In addition to the Bat Family (Batman, Robin, etc.), we also have a burgeoning Wonder Woman family, consisting of Cassie Sandsmark (future Wonder Girl), Donna Troy (Troia), Kon-El/Conner Kent (Superboy), and Orange Lantern. In the Renegade timeline, his relationship with Wonder Woman is rockier but she also adopts the second Kryptonian clone, Match.
    • Teth Adom, his wife, and his brother-in-law are all able to call on divine powers to transform into heavy-hitting superheroes. Adom and Adrianna intend to start having children soon, too (and she's channelling a fertility goddess, so they can make that happen).
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The Light manages to retrieve a magical artifact from Atlantis during Underminded, kidnaps one of Aquaman's relatives to use it, and steals or wrecks everything in Mount Justice.
  • Bad Powers, Good People:
    • The Narrator takes great care to ensure that he stays this trope, as his ring will constantly subtly influence his mind towards avarice; he must continually counter that with meditation on his own desires and a rational breakdown of them, on top of aligning his desires with the desires of other individuals he cares about and the population at large.
    • Wonder Woman openly comments that when she first met Paul (Paragon), she thought he was obviously a supervillain- appears out of nowhere, fueled by pure avarice, refuses to tell his name, and attempts to buy Alan Scott's personal battery. His actions, however, have been almost nothing but good (A few Elemental Possessions and Giant Naked Statues aside, of course).
  • Bat Signal:
    • Paul does this with Eris' sigil to summon her when facing Apollo.
    • Much later, he responds to the original signal when Batman is overseas. It's also deconstructed when he contemplates that the signal made sense when Batman was first published but a phone or at least a pager would make more sense in the current decade.
  • Bathroom Break-Out: Among his escape attempts, J'onn J'aarkn tries to escape via the toilet only to be caught in the act by OL.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Through using magical LSD, Paul facilitates Theo Adam and Teth Adom's judgement by the gods to determine who gets the gods' blessing and who gets their soul eaten.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In Contingency Paul complains endlessly over the sloppiness of Martian Manhunter's training scenario, that it's uncreative and unrealistic because the Justice League in it act very uncharacteristically. He definitely gets his wish for realism.
  • Becoming the Mask: A literal example. In the Renegade timeline, Orange Lantern rolled with the mistaken identification of being Grayven in order to foil several Apokoliptian invasion schemes for earth by 'claiming it as his own'. Disturbingly he has found himself having flashbacks to Grayven's past and is finding difficulty separating his SI past life and Grayven's in his memories. Since building himself a new soul with the help of a Father Box, there are indications that he may have, metaphysically speaking, genuinely become a second instance of Grayven.
  • Befriending the Enemy/The Sponsor:
    • Due to Guy Gardner's comments about positive connections preventing criminal recidivism, Paragon!OL aims to convince supervillains to reform by helping and encouraging them to pursue more positive or beneficial goals. He's this to Cheshire, the Terror Twins, Lex Luthor, and Abra Kadabra.
    • When Cheshire is sent to jail, OL encourages her to keep her nose clean, get a GED and helps her get transferred to a nice prison. He hires Lex Luthor's defense team to get her a reduced sentence. They eventually become an official item after he returns from founding the Orange Corps.
    • OL promises to get Abra Kadabra a magic teacher if he doesn't commit any crime for a year and encourages him with a beginner's book for explaining magic. He teaches Abra a few spells when the latter defends the prison staff in the New Year's Belle Reve breakout.
    • OL visits the Terror Twins regularly in prison and explains to them how they make more money legally as opposed to robbing banks. OL encourages Thomas to get a GED to make his resume look better.
    • With Lex Luthor, OL encourages him to research the Danner Formula in hopes that Lex could make Bio-Augmentation more safe and mainstream. OL points to him how magic can be innovative because its many uses are so ill-researched by most people.
    • He heals Fabiao, one of Bane's henchmen, when he surrenders himself over to the police.
  • Behemoth Battle: Swamp Thing and Arcane in part 18 of Bindings.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: After restoring his 96-year-old grandfather figure Alan Scott to health, and officially starting a relationship with Jade, Paragon!OL visits Sportsmaster in prison, and tells him never to become involved with his own family again in any way. When Sportsmaster doesn't take him seriously, OL calmly explains that since leaving Earth, he has personally killed more people than any other human in history, and if Sportsmaster steps out of line, OL will murder him in his sleep without hesitation or remorse.
  • BFS: The Renegade eventually makes himself one.
  • Big Bad: No sign of one for the majority of the comic. There are certainly recurring enemies, and once Truggs is introduced, we hear about a looming threat that may qualify as the largest conflict in the entire plot...if and when it ever begins to rear its head. However, after roughly four-and-a-quarter years of updates, on story post #1959, at the climax of a plotline involving the death of the main character—which, being as he's an SI, is rife for a pun, we come face to plasticine face with none other than Boss Smiley. The implication is that he's been subtly guiding not just the entire plot, but every form of obstruction to progress and societal incompetence that's ever occurred in the history of this dimension. With the story itself functioning as an answer to the question, "what would it take for the DC universe to start acting rationally?", it makes a beautiful, multi-layered sort of sense that the ultimate obstacle to overcome is none other than the embodiment of bureaucracy and selling out. Assuming he isn't just a hallucination, of course.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths:
    • Earth's other Green Lanterns initially mock Guy because he's a loud, obnoxious man with a crass attitude and is more than a little reckless. However, he learned how to project constructs without tying them to the ring before either Hal or John, figured out how to use his ring to heal himself based on something he watched Paul do, and helps rehabilitate criminals.
    • He also learned how to weaponize his large ego, or rather, he figured out how to No-Sell Orange Lantern assimilation because he wills himself to be the best he can be, and since he's already perfect, if he changed he wouldn't be the best, now would he?
  • Big "NO!": After OL botches attempts at raising the dead, getting himself and several others dragged to Hell and a tough fight just to escape, he expresses his intentions to try again. Jade has to put her foot down.
    Jade: NO! I get you're trying to help. And to start with it was nice… In a weird sort of way. But this needs to stop. If this is what happens when we bring people back from the dead, I'll learn to live with the consequences of what I did the normal way.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Swamp Thing (who is in giant form) said this to Poison Ivy when he is about to cut off her connection to The Green.
    Swamp Thing: Your.. voice. Always.. on the edge of hearing. Whining, screeching, demanding voice! Be.. silenced.
  • Big "YES!": OL says this when he sees the newly-freed Teth Adom in the flesh.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: September 17, OL's birthday is celebrated with the Team stopping a break-out at Belle Reve. To fair, he didn't tell anyone that it was his birthday.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Invoked by M'gann in her Shapeshifter Default Form. She knows that females aren't allowed to look alien, which is why she goes out of her way to look as human as possible. She slowly grows more comfortable to look more alien and embrace her White Martian side.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: After studying the anti-demon Ace of Winchesters, Paul constructs a similar gun for fighting Order magic — by plating a gun with the gold from one of Eris' apples of discord, a powerful focus of Chaos magic. The bullets go straight through the best Order shields Zatanna can make, plus it's "the blingest weapon I've ever held."
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality:
    • No pun intended but the Ophidian. It understands the concept of wanting and being possessive of something but doesn't understand emotion outside of it. Paulphidian literally couldn't understand emotions such as love, hate and anger when he tried recalling what he felt.
    • Also OL himself, he frequently declares his friends to be his in his narrative but usually it doesn't mean anything romantic.
    • Pun almost certainly intended when Power Ring Blue, Orange Lantern's Antimatter Universe counterpart, is introduced as the supervisor for the Young Offenders.
  • Body Horror:
    • People modified by Black Power Ring.
    • Johnny Sorrow’s encounter with the Subtle Realms disfigured his face to such an extent that almost anyone who looked at it instantly died.
    • Destroying Johnny’s mask caused the laws of nature to start going haywire in his immediate surroundings. Because of this, several Amazons who were too close to him had their bodies warped and mixed with objects of close proximity (e.g. one Amazon’s hand got stuck inside and mixed with a part of a wall, another’s face got mixed with a mirror she was holding, giving her skin reflective properties).
    • Tormented\praying souls that constitute Hell’s background scenery.
  • Boldly Coming: The Martian Manwomanhunter, J'onn J'aarkn, loves having sex with humans. So much, that the former biology teacher made a career out of it as an adult film star.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution:
    • The Renegade's visit to the island of the Amazons ended up with him getting struck by Zeus. He walked it off.
    • Oceanus strikes Paul down with one of these using a storm cloud. He survives as the ring patches him up.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity / Just Between You and Me: On several occasions Paul’s success was highly dependent on his enemies’ penchant for monologuing. Nylor Truggs tries to ensure that he has contingencies to prevent heroes from attacking prematurely.
  • Boring, but Practical: When Paul first comes to universe 16, he doesn't try some complex scheme to power up; he simply goes to the original Earth Green Lantern's house, knowing that he's retired from costumed heroics, and offers to buy his lantern.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Played with.
    • While it's good for Superboy to learn hand-to-hand combat, Orange Lantern fears that he's being held back by Black Canary. Black Canary is vulnerable to being torn apart by Superboy if he doesn't hold himself back. If Superboy gets too used to holding himself back, he will not fight at full strength in combat. So OL asks Wonder Woman, who's better trained and far stronger than Superboy, to train him.
    • Similarly, Paul himself learns the basics from Black Canary for the sake of team unity, but feels that it's training him to fight "the stupid way" and that Lanterns need different instincts.
    • One of Paul's early actions is to buy a gun and get lessons in using it, in case he gets separated from his ring or it runs out of power.
    • Discussed and deconstructed when the characters observe that using actual boxing wouldn't make sense if you had Super Strength and Super Toughness. Grappling, submission holds, slamming their head into your knee, and other such make-sure-they-don't-just-get-pushed-away techniques are more appropriate.
  • Breaking Speech: This is what Father Mattias' exorcism of Paulphidian consists of, deconstructing their motives so Paul would kick the Ophidian out.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The fourth wall is finally breached with the introduction of Ambush Bug in Fool's Canon.
  • Breather Episode:
    • After intense episodes with the League getting mind-controlled, setting the stage for Nabu's capture and fighting back a jailbreak, the Team helps the government deport a Martian porn star and go to Themyscira for a holiday before the island gets attacked.
    • In the wake of saving the multiverse from being torn apart For Science!, Paul has to deal with a visit from Lord Manga Khan, a ridiculously Large Ham who is basically a galactic used car salesman.
  • Brick Joke:
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Several years before the story proper, John Constantine gathered up his friends and allies, and managed to stop an evil cult from summoning an Eldritch Abomination, at the cost of one of their number being driven insane, and several of them dying, including Zatanna's mother. Zatara's never forgiven him for getting her involved.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Due the ring being the source of Paul's power, this comes up:
    • OL's ring battery runs out of power in the middle of the desert after wasting it because he thought he was in a dream.
    • OL is separated from his ring when Red Torpedo and Red Inferno invade Mount Justice.
    • OL willingly gives up his ring after being freed from the Ophidian. Batman permits him to take it back when it becomes clear that Paul regained his sanity and his trustworthiness.
    • OL's ring is tainted by Klarion in Displaced so Klarion could steal the ring's power. So he takes it off and uses his pistol to fight him off.
    • OL's ring is stolen by Truggs after getting jumped due to a Wounded Gazelle Gambit.
    • A non-OL example: Swamp Thing cuts off Poison Ivy's connection to the Green, reducing her to a normal woman.
    • Paul voluntarily gives up the rings in order to hide the Orange Light from Larfleeze's construct, Blume. To paraphrase Paul, this creature was viewed as a god of hunger, and then it got Lantern powers.
  • Brown Note:
    • Johnny Sorrow’s face was disfigured to such an extent that just looking at it kills.
    • Following his exposure to the Anti-Life Equation by Darkseid, the Renegade discovers that he can project it just by speaking. The fact he discovers this in front of Queen Aga'po and Hal Jordan nearly makes the knowledge entirely moot.
    • The plan of the Prankster in Black Reign was, as summarized by OL, to lure Superman in, hit him with a bit of kryptonite, then make him mess his pants. Naturally OL uses this on the Mooks before the police arrive.
  • Buy Them Off:
    • When OL first meets Alan Scott, he tries to buy his lantern off him.
    • On many occasions, he also chooses to buy a potential opponent’s short-term cooperation by giving them something they want (magical lore to Abra, restored face to minor super-villain, etc).
    • Artemis accuses Paulphidian of trying this when he proposes to give her asteroid gold in order to give her the funds to go independent.

     C 
  • Call-Back: Lots of times.
    • During their trip to the Logan Animal Sanctuary, Firebrand asks OL about the offer of making her his Manhunter.
    • In the first episode, OL is afraid to use the Zeta Beam in fear of getting Telefragged. In Contingency, OL spoils Kid Flash's Hope Spot by pointing that the alien invaders' Zeta Beams cause Death by Telefragging.
    • In Dependency Day, OL comments on how annoying it is that most copies of On Liberty only have the name of John Stuart Mill when it was co-written with his wife, Harriet Taylor. For Christmas, months later, OL gives Diana a homemade copy with Harriet Taylor's name, as a present.
    • In Ex Perdition, a co-worker of Martian adult actor J'aarkn mentions knowing Orange Lantern through his post-Displaced interview with Cat Grant.
    • In Zatanna's introduction chapter, Artemis asks her why she can't just say "Erif" when attacking someone. When Mistress Martian attacks them, Zatanna does just that.
    • Paul jokingly tries to suggest to Diana that the Grecian Pantheon bring in gods or goddesses from other pantheons to make up for failing ones in their own. She laughs and says that they're not going to do that just so Paul can play "Musical Pantheons." Several months later, when visiting Themyscira, Paul accidentally causes Hera to divorce Zeus, causing a huge shakeup in the Grecian Pantheon.
    • Robin and Kid Flash start calling Paul "Oh El" since he's an Orange Lantern, but he tells them that that will make people think he's Kryptonian and get confused. Sure enough, when they recover Kara Zor-El from her escape pod over a year later, the nickname makes her assume for a moment that another Kryptonian survived.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: OL does this on Artemis and Jade's behalf to Sportsmaster during the New Year's Breakout.
  • Came Back Strong: Orm in Titanfall is much more dangerous than before.
  • The Cameo: Desire of the Endless briefly came to watch Ophidian-possessed OL when the latter is suffering a severe mental withdrawal.
  • Camping a Crapper:
    • Red Torpedo separates OL away from his ring and nearly kills him by flooding the bathroom when Paul took it off to go to use the toilet.
    • Backfired (offscreen) in the Renegade timeline, since Venom Buster made Paul strong enough to crush the robots even without the ring.
  • Canon Immigrant: Mainstream DC Comics characters that didn't appear or mention in the original Young Justice show are: Yao Fei from the Great Ten; John Constantine and the recurring cast of Hellblazer; the casts of Knight and Squire, including the eponymous duo, Captain Cornwall and Cornwall Boy, and Dark Druid; Arnold Munro from Young All-Stars; Swamp Thing and Abigail Arcane; Henry King, Jr. of Infinity, Inc.; Holly Robinson; and the Super Young Team. There are also a few cameos from the comic The Sandman, including Desire of the Endless and Lord Kilderkin; and Nylor Truggs is originally from Dial H for Hero.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You:
    • Paul debates if taking the opportunity to kill a weakened Nabu is worth it in "Hullevow". He ultimately decides against it.
    For a moment, I contemplate taking advantage of his momentary weakness. Drug Kaldur with something that would let me blame his loss of consciousness on the Terror Thing, chain Nabu up again and hit his helmet with Mageslayers until he's gone. Might work, but… No. Do the job I'm here to do. He might be useful.
    • Paul arranges a meeting with Klarion on this basis, offering to restore Klarion's power in exchange for help in beating Nabu. Played straight by Klarion, but subverted by Paul, who doesn't actually plan to team up, and instead double-crosses Klarion and transfers his power to John Constantine, leaving Klarion's body as a soulless husk.
  • Captain Oblivious:
    • OL didn't realize the store he went to buy clothes from was a mob-front despite there being guns and cocaine around him.
    • It isn't until after he leaves the Amazonian temple of Hera that he realizes that the sobbing woman, inconsolable over the discovery that Zeus had been once again lying about remaining faithful, who he just convinced that Hera should probably divorce Zeus was, in fact, Hera herself, and not just a very passionate priestess.
    • OL never notices women hitting on him. This is mostly because he had the ring reduce his testosterone production in order to prevent himself from desiring a woman enough to misuse his power. Ironically, when he turns it up again, he can't find a girlfriend, even from the women who were hitting on him before.
  • Cardboard Prison: Not if they can help it. They will find a prison needed to deal with prisoners that have powers that allow them to escape. Even if that means sending them to Atlantis, Themyscira, or Tartarus.
  • Character Development:
    • Paul learns after his fight with Artemis that just because he thinks he's right, it doesn't mean that he should force change on others when they don't want it. If he wants someone to change he has to present it in a way they would benefit from and agree with.
    • Artemis is initially distrustful of the Team and belittling of OL. After OL gets her to open up by apologizing to her and healing her mother, she displays a sense of humor and starts spending more time with the Team. She eventually opens up about her past on her own and she becomes OL's closest friend.
    • Superboy is angry, lost and resentful as he was in canon but due to having a support system in the form of Orange Lantern, Miss Martian and Wonder Woman he gains more confidence, becomes less angry and grows into his own person. He no longer desires the attention of Superman after he is adopted by Wonder Woman.
    • Miss Martian is initially so ashamed of her true form and how alien it looks that it took a great deal of courage just to reveal her false Green Martian form. After she is accepted by OL even when she accidentally reveals her White Martian true form, she starts to grow more self-confidence. To the point she deliberately makes herself look alien to replace Martian Manhunter as a telepathic specialist for Psimon's trial. When the sleazy J'onn J'aarkn notes their superficial similarities, she deliberately gives herself her White Martian color so she wouldn't be associated with J'aarkn.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Scott was allowed to recharge his ring, despite the ban from the Guardians, to help the Green Lanterns deal with Paulphidian. He and the Lanterns get curb-stomped before they could stop them. Since Alan's ring still has most of its charge, he decides to help Paul and the Team fight the Light and free the Justice League.
    • Paul jokes that he's not going anywhere near the Greek Pantheon after Father Mattias makes a crack about their unreliability compared to Yahweh. He not only picks Eris, the Greek Goddess of Chaos as a his patron god during his visit to Themyscira, but meets Eris and Hera in person. And successfully convinces Hera to divorce Zeus.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Scott and Barda Free, who are initially introduced during an investigation of a Boom Tube sighting. Barda Free and Wonder Woman become fast friends and the possibility of them coming back to action is discussed. In both the Paragon and Renegade timelines, they are recruited when the Team has to fight the Light and the mind-control League.
    • Yao Fei AKA Accomplished Perfect Physician. He was brought up by Paragon!OL to Batman as a Justice League candidate to have a Combat Medic on board and he does join the Justice League and the Great Ten off-screen. Guess who the team has to fight when the League gets mind controlled? And manages to beat the Team back into retreating?
    • Cassie Sandsmark, the future Wonder Girl and illegitimate child by Zeus. It was mentioned that until she was found out, it was thought that Zeus had changed and was faithful to Hera. She becomes one of the reasons that Hera is successfully convinced to divorce Zeus.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: James Lockhart and Firebrand are first mentioned when Alan points them out while showing Paul his old photo album. James Lockhart is mentioned to have retired from superheroics early on to become a doctor. While Firebrand is mentioned to have died Taking the Bullet for Jay Garrick.
  • Cherry Tapping: Paul always expected to win his duel with Prince Ragnar, but upon seeing his opponent simply charge at him with a sword, Paul decides to take drastic measures: he dismisses his armour, discards both of his own rings, then summons his opponent's ring right off his hand and knocks him out with that. After specifically stating that he was going to do that very thing.
  • Cloning Blues: Helmut Schreiber.
  • Closest Thing We Got:
    • Paragon!OL goes to Cornwall Boy to get his magic-inflicted wounds healed because Cornwall Boy was the closest thing to a magic healer.
    • Paragon!OL and Superboy are forced to keep Cadmus open because it is only place on Earth with understanding of Kryptonian physiology in order to treat Match.
  • Colour-Coded Emotions: The DC Comics' Emotional Electromagnetic Spectrum. Actions using a power ring are colored by their respective ring-color. The SI's thoughts and speech are often coloured Orange, and on occasion, the other colours of the spectrum. Dialogue in general can colored to represent the respective emotion. Enlightened characters no longer use colored speech, but get colored quotation marks all the time.
  • Combat Medic:
    • OL's secondary role to the team is a healer; he uses his abilities to immediately heal the team on site. It works because he considers them to be "his" and so injury to them feels like injury to himself.
    • OL is also trying to get the League to get a dedicated Superpowered Healer for their team, as it would make life so much easier. He convinces Batman to get Accomplished Perfect Physician on the team.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Orange Lantern usually address super-villains by their real names, and generally thinks of everyone by their first name. This could get a bit confusing for the unwary reader were he in a location with, hypothetically, J'onn J'onzz, John Stewart, and John Constantine all present.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: He's not vocal about it, but Paul finds the whole EMP generator pulse with Red Torpedo and Red Inferno a bit... worrying.
  • Conservation of Competence: Bane and his henchmen keep asking Truggs to stop monologuing to the downed OL and let them finish him before he calls for back-up. Truggs tells them to shut up. They also question why Truggs is ordering them to give OL a chance to be spared.
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: The Renegade settles on telling people that he really did start as Grayven, but that he deliberately traveled to magic-less Earth Prime in order to destroy all traces of Apokolips from his soul. Father Box accepts the story and patterns his new soul and appearance on Grayven, affecting him to the point where the Renegade himself sometimes has trouble untangling which of his memories are real.
  • Could Say It, But...: After Paul secretly creates a zeta tube account for Zatanna, Mister Zatara is not pleased that she somehow found her way into Mount Justice, and Paul would rather not draw Batman's attention to how easily the ring can subvert Justice League computers. Even Zatanna doesn't realise at first what happened.
    Zatanna: I opened the door to see if Dad was hiding or something and the next thing I know I’m inside the mountain.
    Paul: Yes, bit odd that. It’s almost as if someone with a xenotech hypercomputer was maintaining a constant connection to all zeta tube monitoring equipment, then used that access to undetectably create a new user profile and initiate transportation when someone they wanted to talk to stepped into a booth.
    Zatanna: That’s.. oddly specific.
    Paul: Yes, it is. Did I mention that I think our team really needs a magic user?
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Batman takes the cake. He managed to take down Constantine, when John was under a spell that made him invisible and so that no one wanted to even look at him. Batman noticed that no one was going into a certain part of the room or even looking at that part of the room, so he started attacking it to make sure.
    • The Russian Research facility in regards to speedsters. They have cameras that can record at high-speed, shrapnel mines designed to kill and corral speedsters, gas dispensers, walls made of different materials with differing densities and a high-voltage current so you can't just vibrate through them, and a nuclear self-destruct device, just in case.
    • Paul's preparations to deal with Nabu include making an Ace specifically designed to disrupt Order magic, magical ramparts to keep the damage in check, a magician capable of restraining him to prevent him from leaving, John as the new Lord of Chaos, a spare Golem body for negotiation, and Cornwall boy to eat his magic. In the event that they all fall, he also has the exchange being televised.
  • Critical Research Failure: In-Universe example with Senator Knight's proposal to ban magic after the deaths of thousands of children in Displaced. Senator Knight didn't know that literally anyone can learn magic and he could have found this out by asking Zatara, a Justice League member with a public address who is a magic specialist. His name became synonymous with obliviousness and ignorance.
  • Cuddle Bug: Ratchet is from a jellyfish-like species that bans physical contact, but he and his associates crave it. Upon being rescued by the protagonist, he sets about Glomping whomever he can.
  • Culture Clash:
    • Being from Britain, OL had a bit of a shock when he had to adjust to living in America. Supermarkets tend to creep him out.
    • Kaldur is disturbed how surface-worlders tend to depict pirates as good guys in their fiction and how rare a negative portrayal is. Especially since pirates are a serious problems for Atlantians.
  • Curbstomp Battle:
    • The general result of unpowered humans going up against Orange Lantern. By the time of episode 89, "Guys from Gotham", he's thoroughly bored of it.
    • Orange Lantern is also at the receiving end of one, thanks to Klarion. He ends up with two chunks of raw Chaos Magic lodged in his chest and gut, which are shredding and melting his body, all the while triggering his pain receptors. Even worse, thanks to having no resistance to magic due to his lack of a soul, instead of ending after a few seconds, the spell just continues on endlessly. It takes most of his ring's power to keep him alive, and the efforts of three different magic users to fix him. The rest of the Team fares better, with the worst being M'gann, who suffers a few broken bones.
      Paul: Not dead quite yet, M'gann.
    • OL actually breaks the infamous training simulation with the help of Ophidian, and simply starts assimilating all the alien ships. He gets up to seventy motherships under his control before J'onn manages to snap M'gann out of it.
    • Harm vs. Artemis and Zatana. In canon, it was two baseline humans with magic and a bow and arrow, and it played out largely like a for-tv version of one of the Friday the Thirteenth films. Here, Artemis was dosed with the Danner Formula, and thus has strength roughly comparable to Wonder Woman. According to Orange Lantern, the fight lasted less than a minute and a good portion of Harm's body was dealt crushing damage.
    • Poison Ivy vs. Swamp Thing. Given that one is the champion of all plant life on earth and the other has spent a few years in Arkham... it doesn't end well for her.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check:
    • OL has the belief that supervillains will make incredible and revolutionary technology and proceed to use it badly. He decides to collect the technology from supervillains and fellow superheroes to improve the lives of the mainstream and superheroes.
    • OL discusses this with the Trope Namer and why he doesn't use the advanced technology to actually improve the world and dominate the market.
    • He also asks the Terror Twins about using their super-strengths to legitimately earn more income in demolition or ship breaking, or working for the military or CIA to have the permission to kill, which left Tuppence gobsmacked.
    • Justified, Clyde Phillips (aka Punch) refuses to sell his invention despite how much money it would make him and his wife because he calls it "selling out" and wants the recognition and fame on his terms despite OL offering to give him a ton of money to get it patented.
    • Also, there is The Crumbler, who found out that OL stole his weapon designs, went ballistic, and threatened to murder him and whoever OL gave the weapons to, despite OL offering him a ton of money to get it patented. This affirms OL's belief that supervillains can't be trusted to make good decisions with their own tech.
    • This is averted with Captain Cold, who OL notes has a thorough enough understanding of physics to "make thermodynamics his bitch" and earn a doctorate. OL splits the rewards for a prize based on his Freeze Ray design in the Ice Fortress, giving him eighty seven and a half thousand dollars for no extra work, and gets him to work on his thesis for his mother's contact information. It really depends on the villain in question.
    • Doctor Sivana was denied funding early on and eventually turned to Supervillainy, and when he talks to OL about it he reveals that at this point he's basically come too far to quit or even care any more about it and wouldn't change. He and OL wish that they'd met 20 years ago. OL still has hopes of steering Thaddeus Jr and Georgia toward making obscene amounts of money instead of making strangle-broccoli.
  • Cutting the Knot: Comes up with OL around.
    • When the team are fighting Mister Twister and come to the conclusion that it's Red Tornado in disguise, OL uses his ring to confirm Red Tornado's location: in the base.
    • OL and the Team were fighting Ocean Master while he's holding Queen Mera hostage. OL's constructs don't work on Ocean Master due to his armor's magical nature. What does he do? Cut off Ocean Master's hands, which were the only things that weren't protected. Renegade!OL went further, sending a construct up his arms into his brain and killing him on the spot.

     D - E 
  • Damsel out of Distress: Truggs tries to hold Artemis hostage when the Team foil his ambush. Artemis takes none of this and stabs him in the eye for his trouble. It helps that OL had given her super strength with the Danner formula.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Renegade has a piece of the Anti-Life Equation embedded in his soul by Darkseid. Accessing it has nasty effects on himself and everyone nearby.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Downplayed. Paul merges with the Ophidian to save his friends and while Paulphidian is still largely benevolent and supports the good guys, they cannot feel any emotion besides Avarice and so they longer understand why they are so attached to them. They have completely forgotten what feeling emotions is like.
  • Dating Catwoman:
    • Double Subversion. Renegade!OL invoked the trope to cover up that Cheshire was his informant and mole for the League of Shadows. He later admits that he does desire her romantically after he keeps seeing her despite her no longer being useful as a spy. Cheshire and Renegade!OL nearly become engaged.
    • Both played straight (metaphorically) and averted (literally) with Batman, who is currently in a relationship with Talia al-Ghul, daughter of Ra's. Both Selina Kyle (Catwoman) and OL think that Catwoman would be better for him.
    • Holly later tries to set up Selina and Paul since they're both single. Averted, since Selina (wrongly) thinks he's too young for her.
  • Deader Than Dead: Living creatures have souls, made of structured magic, that are drawn to an afterlife when they die. However, it is possible to damage or even destroy the soul.
    • The damned souls that Karrien Excalibris burned are gone for good.
    • It's not entirely clear what the "Identity Theft" ability does to a soul, but Paul has established that the orange light is capable of consuming magic. The question is further muddied when assimilated beings are then dispelled with the Sword of the Fallen.
  • Death Is Cheap: Paul has died multiple times and found his way back. After thoroughly examining him, experts have concluded that his non-standard soul is more organised than a normal one and can easily attach itself to a cloned body if he's killed.
  • Death of a Child: It's explicitly shown that thousands of children died in Displaced while the adult side was fine.
  • Death of Personality: Martians do this to criminals who commit severe crimes.
  • Death World: Aliens who find out about the insanity that happens on Earth on a regular basis consider it one.
  • Deconstruction Fic: The story uses the Self-Insert to deconstruct things like why no one is using all the Schizo Tech to improve everyday technology, why no one has tried making magic or alchemy mainstream when they're real and documented things that are renewable resources. Why do heroes let horrible supervillains simply go to jail when they cause so much suffering when they're given the authority to do things that regular governments can't do. It's very telling that when Orange Lantern tries to improve things or makes his views known, he is accused of being a Visionary Villain.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Paul Cherry Tapping Lantern Ragnar is the first step in gaining his respect and making him a useful member of the Orange Lantern Corps. Fighting their way through a planet full of hostile aliens with highly advanced technology helps too.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Vril Dox is famously brilliant-with-no-social-skills. When Paul first meets him, Dox is so tightly controlled that his emotions only colour a single letter of each word, disdains company, and ignores even the basics of social niceties like "please", "thank you", and eye contact (not that he avoids it in an autistic manner, rather that he can pay attention without looking and therefore sees no point). Paul assigns Lantern Ratchet to manage Dox, with gradual but promising results. He also puts Dox in contact with Georgia Sivana, who is brilliant enough to keep up with him; their first face to face meeting is so deeply awkward it's cute, but Dox is definitely trying.
    And.. someone -I'm going to assume that it wasn't Dox- has decorated. His minimalistic hologram system is still here, but now it's been joined by… Potted plants. A soft seating area. A wooden desk. Carpet. I'd.. guess.. Brande was responsible, but I don't think that this is something that anyone could sneak by Dox without him noticing. So he's approved it, and the first I'm seeing of it is when Georgia appears.
    Well paint me pink and call me Star Sapphire.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance:
    • Paul gets on the bad side of Lori Lemaris when he comments on the possibility of reversing the grafts of Atlantians to make them into Purebloods or baseline Humans.
    • In turn Lori clashes with Sephtian. Due to being a fish-graft Atlantian, she sees the mentioned comment as racism. Sephtian, being part-of the genetically inbred and slowly dying Manta-graft Atlantians, sees the possibility of changing or reversing his graft as a positive thing, as his group suffers from many genetic diseases and are incapable of reproducing with anyone outside their group.
    • Teth Adom has to wrap his head around the ban of pork in the Islamic Kahndaq and how crippling horrible villains would be considered excessive force.
    • What was the act that proved to the wizard Shazam that Teth Adom was abusing his gifts to bring more power to himself and crossed the line? He was attempting to form the ancient equivalent of the Justice League! Teth Adom is extremely bitter about it, as Captain Marvel's participation in the Justice League proves that he had the right idea. He notes that he and his contemporaries could have brought an age of Enlightenment and peace that no one had seen before, if it wasn't for the wizard's betrayal and his refusal to listen to Adom. (Although some of the members of his proposed league were...questionable.)
    • Kaldur, Garth and Tula are extremely offended when Kaldur's Earth -14 counterpart Lamprey addresses Aquaman as Arthur Curry instead of his Atlantian name. In Atlantis, people opposed to Aquaman's rule would call him by his land name to imply that he's not Atlantian.
    • Once Maxima truly realizes what she wants in a spouse is someone that can complement her abilities and be able to rule alongside her, she has no problems marrying her female adviser. She plainly tells her adviser to congratulate her and that they are getting married.
    • One of the Aesops for Show Within a Show "The Foolish Prince".
      Prince Pavlos: Firstly, I would say that I have learned that no matter what you do or how you live, someone, somewhere will take exception to it, no matter how reasonable the action or unreasonable the exception.
  • Demonic Possession:
    • How everyone views the Ophidian's possession of Paul to the point of getting an exorcist. The exorcist notes that the Ophidian is not a demon and needs different methods to be driven out.
    • Demon Constantine works to have a demonic speedster possess Max Mercury.
  • Demon Slaying: The fic involves Hellblazer, it comes with the territory.
  • Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: Paul's standard attack style involves railguns firing a variety of special ammunition, some mundane (tungsten, cold iron), some high-tech (molecular disassembly aka crumbler), and some magical (mage slayer, angel feather).
  • Didn't Think This Through: OL realized that shortly after turning Black Adam back to Teth Adom; Adom started attacking Wotan with near-lethal force by tearing his right arm off, because he was unfamiliar with the heroes' modern rules of engagement.
    • Blue Lantern points out to Ultraman that this trope is in effect regarding the use of Owlman's planet-buster bomb, pointing out the problems with detonating a planet-killer on your only planet.
  • Different World, Different Movies: On movie night, OL finds out the varying and almost familiar movies on WebFilm.
  • Diplomatic Impunity:
    • Following the Injustice League fiasco, diplomatic immunity is what saves Count Vertigo from getting incarcerated right away. OL is extremely peeved about this and does not hold back at all about how stupid it is. Renegade goes further, starting a publicity campaign to hound and harass the bureaucrats who let it happen, leading at least one of them to commit suicide.
    • Paul eventually decides that he may as well throw his own weight around with his Themysciran diplomatic passport, using it to avoid prosecution for things like stealing Kraft's business plans, to prove that they're lying about what they'll do to Cadbury's after they buy it out.
  • Disability Immunity: Controller Hannanan believes that part of the reason Paul was able to use the orange light without total insanity before the Central Power Battery was restored was because he had no soul.
  • Disconnected by Death: In Contingency OL calls Luthor in hopes of Luthor giving the team back-up. Unfortunately, Luthor's company building is also being attacked and Luthor was making a Last Stand by keeping a protective shield to protect fleeing employees. Luthor gives OL his technological database before the call disconnects when the building is annihilated.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: OL has his moments...
    • OL gets very distracted by Diana's appearance when he first meets her, not that he'll admit it.
    • Invoked by Artemis as she tries to use the shirtless Kon to win a fight against OL. She fails at the time, but later succeeds by giving him a kiss so he wouldn't put his shields up when she slapped him.
    • Zatanna also gets distracted when OL takes off his top to show his protective tattoos.
    • Holly notices Artemis' trim taut and terrific physique during morning exercise. Holly's girlfriend notices her noticing.
  • Doing In the Scientist: After intensive study and experimentation on the Danner Formula and Garrick Formula, OL, Jay Garrick and Kid Flash conclude that both formulae don't work according to scientific principles. Further study implies that there's something alchemical and magical about them that's making them work.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul":
    • Inverted; Paul refuses to use the name "The Joker", instead putting his ring to work ferreting out his true identity — Jack Napier — and insisting on only calling him by his true name. This is one of the more obvious ways in which he expresses his contempt for the character.
    • Played with for the protagonist, whose actual name is Paul, and who would be happy to have people use it, but for reasons he doesn't understand, he cannot say it himself, and if he thinks about it too hard, he gets knocked unconscious. In the Paragon timeline, Robin is able to deduce his name, but in the Renegade timeline, no one knows it, and he takes on the pseudonym Grayven.
  • Doorstopper: With daily updates averaging over a thousand words, the story is well over 3 million words total as of early 2020. Extrapolating that to the author's stated goal of covering Young Justice season 2 and the five year interval between seasons, the whole story will likely be over ten million words.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • OL shuts down Robin and Red Arrow's attempts to find the mole, pointing out that the claim came from a criminal, a claim that was unsubstantiated after they did multiple background checks and tests for mind-control. The only one he didn't check was Red Arrow, because he wasn't part of the team.
    • Renegade!OL is considering working with the Light after his disappointment with the Justice League. Artemis and Miss Martian accuse him of being the mole when he had never worked with the Light before and he is still loyal to the Team.
    • Renegade!OL notes that in a group with an alien and two clones, he has the most alien morality on the Team.
    • One of Zatara's stipulations to allow Zatanna to become a superhero is that she never associate with John Constantine. Guess who she works with in order to bring Zatara back?
  • Drugged Lipstick: Orange Lantern falls victim to this after kissing Jade, because he didn't scan her lips. He found the idea of this too implausible (which, in reality, it would be, but he didn't account for the more subtle differences between his universe and YJ's universe).
  • Dull Surprise: OL's reaction to the death of the Justice League in "Contingency", snarking at the unoriginality of it before his friends tell him to take it more seriously.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: While J'onn J'aarkn is a huge sleazebag, he does have a point that M'gann would need his notes on human shapeshifting if she wants to improve her capabilities from someone who knows how Martian shapeshifting works. And she'll need it if she ever wants to get physically intimate with humans. M'gann herself says that J'aarkn took really good notes and his knowledge improved her shapeshifting a lot.
  • Eating Optional:
    • Paul's ring could theoretically take care of all his bodily functions, substituting orange power for food, sleep, and air. In practice, it's not wise to rely on that too heavily, especially regarding sleep, and he does eat regular meals.
    • Red Inferno could power herself entirely from her fire elemental core, but after being rebuilt by the Ophidian, she explores the sense of taste. Several people are impressed.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Unbeknownst to OL, Zatanna definitely liked what she saw when he took off his shirt and posed to show off his magical tattoos while he was intoxicated on magic.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Klarion the Witch Boy, Johnny Sorrow, Richard Swift.
  • Emotion Control: The Medusa Mask can incapacitate or convert opponents by spiking them with fear, hatred, etc. Doesn’t work on an enlightened OL though.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Artemis and Robin, after Ophidian-OL gives the Danner formula against their will.
  • Enemy to All Living Things: Darkseid, in a very literal, metaphysical sense. He radiates an aura based on the Anti-Life Equation, and merely being in his presence is implied to have burned out the minds of the genomorphs in the Renegade timeline.
  • Enlightened Self-Interest: A main idea of Paul's philosophy for the Orange Lantern Corps. The better an Orange Lantern understands the reasoning behind their desires, the better they can act upon them. Especially in the interest of furthering the Corps' interests, of which an ethical approach to their goals is mandated. Self-actualization and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs also apply.
    "As an Orange Lantern, this is something you must be aware of in yourself. An Orange Lantern's ability to use their ring is dependent on understanding and working towards the realisation of your desires." [...] "There are an almost infinite number of approaches a person can take to almost anything. But if you've taken up an orange power ring, you have to proceed in a particular way or you cripple yourself." - Back Door (part 4)
  • Enlightenment Super Powers: Several characters gain deep insight into a particular emotion, to the point where it influences their whole pattern of thought. When equipped with the matching power ring, they make exceptionally powerful and stable Lanterns, able to continue feeling the full emotional spectrum without losing their connection to the ring's emotion, and able to focus on that emotion without being consumed by it - even to the point of being able to temporarily bond with the embodiment of that emotion for a massive power boost, or No-Sell magical attempts to alter their emotions. The text depicts this enlightenment by putting all of their quotation marks in the appropriate color.
    • Paul gains Orange Enlightenment after bonding with the Ophidian in the Paragon timeline. This also gives him empathic vision, allowing him to see into people's souls and trace the emotional connections there. It later allows him to safely access the Honden of Avarice, the nexus of every desire ever felt by any being in the universe.
    • Guy Gardner gains Green Enlightenment in the Paragon timeline.
    • Nommo Balewa/Dr Mist has White Enlightenment.
    • Geoffrey Talbot has Red Enlightenment.
  • Eternal English: Averted.
    • Teth Adom had to be taught English and Kahndaqi Arabic by university students in exchange for teaching them ancient Kahndaqi.
    • Truggs mentions spending months learning English when he got to the past, as the language and dialect changed drastically in the future.
  • Expansion Pack Past: The Renegade's claimed history implies this. Possibly, unless he's lying or confused... While it's always been said that once Paul was just an ordinary British guy who somehow got transported to multiple DC (and at least one Marvel)-based dimensions, the Renegade claims to Queen Aga'po that he is the original Grayven who jumped to "Paul's" home Earth to burn out Anti-Life corruption, as that universe's laws "[did] not support souls]", his New God mantle being stripped away as well. And even Darkseid himself has stated that Grayven took a "sojourn into the Bleed" — the chaotically hostile space between dimensions - when leaving Apokolips.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Bane was about to tear Paragon!OL's head off when he believed the latter desecrated his mother's grave. Paragon clarifies that he simply scanned through the ground in order to get her DNA.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played with in the Renegade timeline. Everyone in the Light is horrified and appalled by Klarion's actions in Displaced and his idea of a "distraction". The Renegade mocks this as he internally notes that most of the Light are guilty of attempted genocide and that they're not as good as they think they are.
  • Everyone Can See It:
    • Everyone can see the chemistry between OL and Superboy, and everyone made jokes about it until Kon hooked up with M'gann. Conner's classmates asked if Paul and Conner were in an "alternative relationship".
    • People started joking how Zatanna and OL are together a lot, not knowing they are secretly plotting to rescue Zatanna's father.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • In the Paragon world, everyone assumes what makes Teth Adom lose his connection to the wizard is that Teth killed his father. Turns out that no, it was for something else; the wizard was totally fine with Teth's father getting killed. Again, the Wizard, who champions the fight against the seven deadly sins of man, says that it was okay to kill this guy. Yikes.
    • While J'onn J'aarkn will proudly have sex with Anything That Moves, even he stays away from the likes of Sonic Sally.
  • Everyone Hates Fruit Cakes: Subverted. To the surprise of Cat Grant and Guy Gardner, OL's giant fruit cake is delicious. OL notes that his mother taught him how to make it properly.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Bobo the monkey gives OL a hell of a fight.
  • Evil Overlord List: OL has studied it and recommends others do so as well.
  • Exact Words:
    • Paul takes his time choosing the wording of his oath to Gaia, ensuring that it has suitable exceptions and loopholes, such as not willingly leaving the system (in case he's forcibly removed) and that he can end all obligations by returning the lantern to Alan. He relies on the former exception at New Year's, and the Renegade later activates the escape clause as part of his infiltration of the Light.
    • During Bane's assassination attempt, OL orders the ring to "Find the Missiles." He has to narrow the search parameters once it begins showing him the location of every rocket-based weapon in Asia.
    • In Contingency, Paragon!OL gives his lantern back to the then dead Alan. He then takes it back in hopes that he is technically no longer bound to his vow to Gaia as the vow didn't cover him stealing/inheriting it back.
    • Renegade!OL is responsible for the deaths of Felix Faust, Wotan and Blackbriar Thorn. He's not punished by Gaia because he didn't kill them: he simply delivered them to the Chinese government to be given trial. The country most likely to give them the death penalty due to their harsher laws on metahumans and the severe child death toll.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When OL and Diana are discussing the Greek Pantheon, OL comments that Hera doesn't get much out of being Queen of the Gods to due marrying Zeus. Diana defends Zeus by saying that he doesn't cheat anymore and he's much more respectful of his marriage to Hera. OL has to tell Diana of the eight-year-old Cassie Sandsmark, one of OL's candidates for future recruitment, who is a genetic match to her half-brother, Ares, and whose mother met Zeus during a cruise on Greek waters.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: Paul seems unconcerned about revealing the extent of his powers to friends and foes alike.
  • Extra-Dimensional Shortcut: As Paul's exotic orange light abilities grow, he discovers that he can travel through the Honden of Avarice, where all usage of the orange light is recorded, to reach anyone in the universe near-instantaneously. Furthermore, it bypasses most forms of anti-teleportation shielding. However, he can't easily bring passengers, since anyone without either excellent self-awareness or magical shielding would be overwhelmed by the Honden. Vril Dox arranges for a fleet to be magically shielded so that Paul can transport them to a Reach target, and it works, but wrecks the shielding in the process, leaving them to fly back in more mundane fashion.
  • Eye Colour Change/Glowing Eyes of Doom:
    • Paul's eyes will occasionally glow orange, due to augmenting his vision with his ring.
    • When he is feeling particularly strong avarice (especially if it is overwhelming his mental stability), his eyes will turn into Orange Lantern Corps symbols. This is consistent with other Lanterns, whose eyes turn into symbols of the emotion they feel strongly (usually their designated corps).
    • Paul is capable of summoning the Ophidian's eyes so that he can see people's deepest inner desires.

     F - G 
  • Failed a Spot Check: Upon landing on Earth, Paul goes to the first clothes shop he finds, to replace his pyjamas — and doesn't pay any mind to the fact that the place is full of bikers carrying guns and trying to conceal bags of white powder.
  • Failsafe Failure: Kara Zor-El's life-pod detects a Power Ring as a safety measure and opens up... while in the vacuum of space.
  • Fake Defector: The Renegade stages a dramatic exit from the Team and joins the Light, switching from an orange power ring to a yellow one. However, he's already met with Batman about running it as a deep cover infiltration. What's particularly interesting is that he does genuinely like the Light's goals and independence, to the point where even Batman isn't sure if he's genuinely switched sides, it's just that the existing roster are almost all stuck in useless supervillain mindsets. He eventually gives up on them, sells them out to the US government, and kills all except Lex Luthor.
  • False Crucible: Despite OL knowing at first he was in a training scenario, that goes all out the window when M'gann accidentally hijacks it, making the Team believe it's real.
  • Famed in Story: Robin is well-known to be part of the Dynamic Duo and OL becomes known through his various exploits in the Rhelasia Conference, the Injustice League, the Giant Cake and the post-"Displaced" interview. Justified as those events weren't covert ops missions and he is the only one on the Team that is legally an adult.
  • Fan Disservice: OL does a web search on Sonic Sally and it rewards him with a ten second clip of her masturbating with a piece of barbed wire.
  • Fantastic Racism: The social system of Mars is a rigidly enforced caste system, with Red Martians as the aristocracy, Greens as the middle class, and Whites as the underclass. Whites are treated pretty poorly, about as badly as the Untouchables in India. This system is not natural but the result of the Guardians tampering with the original Martian species, the violent Burning Martians. It's interesting to note that there's a good deal of tension between Green and White martians, especially after they begin contact with Earth, but there is never any question about the Reds being in charge; both Whites and Greens unquestioningly see them as their natural leaders.
    • The caste system violently breaks down in the Renegade timeline and is inverted, with White Martians sometimes tolerating Greens but hunting and violently persecuting Reds.
    • In the Paragon timeline, the caste system is removed after the Internal Reveal that Karmang, the Martian that Red Martians revere for starting the magic tradition of Mars, was a White Martina himself.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: More pronounced than usual for DC Comics, due to the inclusion of all the Hellblazer characters.
  • Fear Is the Appropriate Response: An encounter with "Terror Thing", an artificial Fear Elemental, creates an instinctual sense of fear within those in proximity, and it lingers afterwards. Even Nabu isn't immune.
  • Fee Fi Faux Pas: Paul has several of these. When he, Alan and Diana go to the mountain base for the first time, Alan asks to not be left behind. Paul tells him that he is used to slowing down for his grandfather as the man used to walk slow. Alan asks what his grandfather did to stop walking slow, and Paul replies that his grandfather didn't stop walking slow, he died.
  • Fictional Counterpart: Paul comes across many. For example, the Great American Pancake Parlor for the International House of Pancakes. Encarta Populi, the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Twunter, the microblogging service.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Part of the Paragon!OL's plan to free Teth Adom from Black Adam was to get him to fight Black Adam from within.
  • Finger Wag: When Mercy Graves attacks the Renegade, he makes a point of waving her cybernetic arm around. Then upgrades it into something that could theoretically actually hurt him, before tossing her aside.
    Grayven: No, no, no. This is not a threat to me. <replaces with Qwardian cybernetics> This is.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Teth Adom, the first Black Adam who later takes over the body of Theodore Adam with help from Paul, finds several things about the modern world strange and confusing, if not outright horrifying. Such as people turning away perfectly good food like bacon because of Religion, men no longer considering kilts fashionable clothing, and a funny, if disturbing, misunderstanding related to indoor plumbing and tap water, and their source.
  • Fix Fic: The story tries to fix or address the problematic aspects of canon. For example, due to the team's increased acceptance of M'gann's telepathy, OL had Superboy checked for telepathic suggestions or mental triggers. OL even chides Batman for their lack of follow-up.
  • Flat "What": In Skived, this was OL's reaction to seeing the flying robot monkeys with jetpacks. In his defense, he was seeing flying robot monkeys with jetpacks.
  • Flawed Prototype: While dealing with the Reach, Paul comes across an unusual green ring that attempts to alter his mind when he puts it on, and which has previously driven Green Lanterns insane. Controller Hinon later examines it and tells him that it appears to be aimed at Maltusian children, who can cope with much greater exposure to the emotional spectrum, but it's still not properly usable; the Guardian who made it was experimenting.
    Hinon: There were perfectly good reasons why we didn't take this approach the first time around, but perhaps he thought that he could do a better job of it.
  • Foreshadowing: Lots of it.
    • When OL first charges his ring, the ring's AI nearly calls him with Larfleeze's designation, Agent Orange, before giving him his proper designation. The Ophidian later chooses him as her agent.
    • When OL first heals Superboy, Superboy asks if OL could make him into a full Kryptonian when the latter was distressed over being a half-clone. OL couldn't, but the Renegade did once he got his hands on the Father Box, which has an extensive xenobiology database, and hacked Superman's records.
    • When OL is trapped in a cage of fire with head injuries, he is begging his ring to come to him and says, "Ophidian be useful for once!"
    • When Doctor Munro says that he got the Danner Formula because his father had it, Orange Lantern mentally interrupts by claiming that that isn't how the Danner Formula works. He's right — and it's a clue to the Doctor's true identity as Hugo Danner.
    • When trying to find the right philosophy to guide his Avarice through, OL picks Maslow's Hierarchy of Need over the song "Invite Them In", concluding that taking desires of others as his own would be benevolent but would weaken him. The song is pivotal in Reordered as the song would constantly play on Paulphidian's ring. The song's moral is used to drive the Ophidian out of Paul and the moral helps Paul achieve Orange Enlightenment.
    • In Part 10 of Exaltation, John and Queen Mera discuss a case where someone used ley lines as a conduit for fear magic against him. Later, during the Injustice League attack, Cornwall Boy and Captain Cornwall complain that someone had sabotaged the standing stones. In Hullevow, we find that the artificial Fear Elemental, Terror Thing, used in the past case, not only connected to John and Cornwall Boy, but is responsible for the nightmares plaguing the town, and that John was the one who sabotaged the standing stones in an attempt to contain it.
  • For Want of a Nail: The Renegade sections. In them, OL takes choices that, normally, in the main fic he would have never made.
    • Such as turning Sportsmaster into a construct and using the Venom-Blockbuster on himself.
    • In the Paragon timeline, OL asked for Alan Scott to come with him for his introduction onto the Team and they have a much closer relationship. Meanwhile in the Renegade timeline, OL didn't ask and he and Alan have a distant relationship. Alan later dies in the Renegade timeline because he wasn't warned to carefully ration his ring charge, which was keeping him healthy.
    • Another difference is OL's reaction to M'gann's telepathy. Renegade!OL distrusts telepathy in general and learns how to block her while Paragon!OL is the first to accept M'gann's telepathy and sells the team on its usefulness in team cohesiveness.
    • There's a major one in Contingency: in the Renegade section, Artemis died first as in canon. Renegade!OL mourns her death but finds it uncharacteristic for Robin and Kid Flash to be so distraught over her when they weren't that close and didn't show any emotion over their mentors' deaths. Renegade figures out that it was a simulation and uses his anti-psychic training to break the simulation. In the Paragon section, Robin died first and OL and the team are lured further and further into the scenario. To the point that Paul uses desperate measures to save his friends and the remaining survivors.
    • The Forever People never show up for Sphere in the Paragon timeline because Paulphidian was running rampant. And considering their reaction to the Renegade's use of the orange light (they think he's Apokoliptian), their reaction to sensing an unleashed Avarice Elemental is (quite properly) to turn around and run away.
      • Given what's seen in the canon episode, and combining it with their admission they fled from orange light, what happens next is obvious- they picked a fight with people using Apokoliptian Technology, but without Superboy, were horribly defeated, captured, and brought to Apokolips.
    • Aberrance shows a major one on the mission the Team takes. In the Renegade timeline, the Renegade is able to win brownie points with Dr. Cranius, leading to the doctor's cooperation and the success of the mission. Paul is unable to do this, leading to numerous deaths and injuries because Cranius denied any form of aid the Team offered.
  • Foreign-Language Tirade: After Paul finds the identity of Bane's long-lost father, Bane goes on one when talking to the man. Especially, when Bane finds out how the man used Bane's poor mother and did not care for her in the least.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Robin and Artemis forgive Paul for giving them the Danner Formula without their permission because he wasn't in his right mind. That said, they were very uncomfortable being around him because he violated their trust.
  • Fountain of Youth: Power rings are able to alter people's bodies, so de-aging or becoming The Ageless is quite feasible.
    • Paul's ring keeps his body constantly in peak condition; as long as he has it, he won't age unless he wants to.
    • Paul accidentally de-ages Paula Crock/Nguyen to her prime when he heals her spinal damage so she can walk again.
    • Whenever Alan Scott gets exposure to the Green Light, the years get taken off him. When he gives Paul his lantern and his ring runs out of power, he regains his age. Then he gets a blue personal lantern, and rejuvenates fully.
    • The Renegade uses a yellow ring to rejuvenate Circe, after she ended her bargain with Hecate, since she was terrified of becoming an old crone and thus the yellow light was the simplest and safest choice.
    • He also grants "Divine Awakening" to Queen Clea of Venturia, and she begins to gradually shift toward her physical prime.
  • Freak Out: Mercury freaks out when she encounters OL due to not being able to sense him with her magic.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Lia Briggs.
  • Functional Magic: There are a number of different magics in the setting that OL wants to make public.
    • A rant he goes on to Lex Luthor is that scientists will spend years trying — and failing — to create some method of altering someone's genes or giving them a super-science drug that will grant a person the ability to throw fireballs around, while a sufficiently determined mage can learn how to throw fireballs in just a few months from absolutely nothing.
    • One of his first major projects is Dolmen Gates, magical constructs that create instant transportation between two points. He offers them to London as a trial run, and they make great strides in replacing the Underground. They later become the backbone of Cadbury's distribution network, which is quite helpful after the Sheeda destroy a lot of Earth's conventional shipping capacity.
    • Alchemy: Things like the Garrick and Danner Formulas are thought to be the result of Alchemy, so Kid Flash is studying it and Lex Luthor hires people to research it.
    • Geometric Magic: John uses this while helping to deal with the Star Sapphire and summoning.
    • Ritual Magic: John Constantine is noted to be a specialist when it comes to ritual magic.
    • Summon Magic: Summonings such as Demons are possible for anyone with the proper knowledge.
    • Sympathetic Magic: Ranging from Voodoo practice to sympathetically linked portals.
  • Fusion Dance: Paul willingly merges with the Ophidian in Contingency due to wanting the power to save his friends more than he wanted to remain himself. Paul gets the power of a Physical God while the Ophidian gets Paul's sanity to guide it. The shock of seeing M'gann die, and finding out that scenario wasn't real, fuses the minds together.
    • Michael Siskin had been stuck with Terror Thing so long that they've merged together.
    • Paul and the Ophidian have re-merged -briefly- several times since their first encounter with one another, such as when they were trying to find Speedy.
  • Generation Xerox: Discussed. Wally points out that if Troia joins the Team, they would have a complete match of the original seven.
  • Get Out!:
    • Mister Schreiber after OL tells him he's a clone of Hitler.
    • Jade to the Renegade after he destroys the Light and the League of Shadows without giving her any warning.
  • Giant Food: Ophidian-infused OL made a giant cake over New York City. He later had it stored in the mountains of Switzerland, but the problem is finding a way to bring it out after OL is separated from the Ophidian.note 
  • Glamour Failure:
    • J'onn J'aarkn tries escaping from the party using his less common female disguises. It fails as OL's empathetic vision allows him to track J'aarkn through his spiritual resonance, something J'aarkn cannot change.
    • After the Justice League reads OL's report on the entities he encountered in "Fool's Canon," Plastic Man turns into a near-exact copy of Nightmare Moon. It fails because a) the same empathic vision issues mentioned previously, and b) Nightmare Moon was a mare.
  • God Guise: Renegade!OL is mistaken for a god by the Forever People. To be fair, the reasons for this are that the Orange Light "feels" Apokoliptian, and due to the effects of Venom Buster, the Renegade physically resembles Grayven, one of Darkseid's sons.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: Averted. Although how much they are worshipped determines how much of their power they can use in the mortal realm, it doesn't actually affect how powerful they innately are. This is only an issue for "gods", not "New Gods".
  • God Was My Copilot: While on Themyscira, Paul declares his intention of following Eris, the Grecian Goddess of Discord and Chaos. Shortly after, an amazon named Seris (emphasis ours) drags him to a temple of Hera, where what Orange Lantern assumes is a high priestess of Hera is going on a bender because Zeus cheated on Hera... for the zillionth time, producing Cassie Sandsmark. OL points out that Hera should probably break up with Zeus, giving such reasons as "Divorce is part of marriage, even if it's not a nice part. This makes the "High Priestess" yell out "No more Zeus" and teleport away, Seris slips him her number, and Paul realizes that, "Oh, Crap!, That was Hera and Eris, and I may have just started a huge shakeup in the Grecian Pantheon."
  • Godzilla Threshold:
    • When Earth is falling to an alien invasion with the Justice League and some of their friends dead. OL gets desperate, so desperate that he wanted power more than he wanted to remain himself, which he gets by summoning the Ophidian. Unfortunately, it was All for Nothing because the invasion was a simulation that had gone badly wrong — everyone was still alive.
    • OL tells Martian Manhunter, it could have been worse: he has the Grimorium Verum, a guide book for extremely powerful demons, which he would have used to summon an actual demon if the Ophidian had fallen through.
    • When Oceanus awakens, Paul tries nearly everything, up to using a black-hole generating gun. Eventually the Olympian Gods have to step in, and they barely last long enough to be a distraction, leaving Batman to approve the use of nukes if Superboy didn't call on his patron god for aid.
    • When the forces of Heaven come after OL in Clarion Call. he resorts to unifying the forces of Hell to fight back. He still gets killed.
    • When trying to free the angels and captured theurgists, the Justice League authorizes the use of the Spear of Destiny.
  • Golem: John Constantine made one of both himself and of Timothy, both times to fool demons.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: OL is quite fond of using this as a solution to various problems — if there's a problem that neither his ring nor any of his teammates' skills can handle easily, rather than trying to power through and risk failure, OL simply calls in one of the many heroes or neutral parties specializing in/responsible for dealing with the issue in question, whether calling in John Constantine for magical problems, contacting Swamp Thing and Green Lantern 1287 (Medphyll) for help with rampaging plants, or calling up The Shade for help with a monster from the Shadowlands.
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • Orange Lantern summons the Ophidian to help turn the tide against an Alien Invasion in Contingency. Only to succeed with dire and long-lasting consequences.
    • Paragon!OL makes the base harder to break into and tries to make the Justice League stronger and more nationally diverse by recommending powerful non-American heroes such as the Accomplished Perfect Physician and has a list of others. This makes the base harder to break out of when their mind-controlled mentors attack them and the Accomplished Perfect Physician fights the Team into a retreat. Paul fears the list of recommended heroes could be used by the Light to lure others in for brainwashing in the guise of League try-outs.
    • Paul makes an Enemy Mine deal with Hell to fight against the angels who are attacking him, and together they're able to severely damage the Host's military capability before Paul gets killed anyway by the Archangel of War. After the battle, though, the demon lords aren't satisfied, and press the attack on the Silver City itself. Note that despite Paul not seeing eye to eye with the Silver City, they're still a vastly better afterlife than Hell, plus the worst demons would be likely to gain the most prestige and influence from conquering it.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: In Contingency, the Team were in a training simulation which unbeknownst to them was supposed to be difficult and purposely fail them to give an Aesop on dealing with failure. When M'gann's subconscious hijacks the simulation, the Team go into comas and something else comes out with them when it ends...
  • Good Is Not Nice: The Renegade can be nice to people, but he just has too much fun trolling them, intimidating them, grandstanding, and occasionally he just feels an itch to solve problems by ramming a giant sword through the bad guy.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Paragon is friendly, diplomatic, caring, and very attached to his special people. When the situation calls for it, he's also capable of cold-bloodedly genociding an entire Evil Empire without losing sleep over it. That's just part of understanding what he really wants.
  • Good Morning, Crono: The story begins when he wakes up in other space with a ring on his finger.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: In the Crime Syndicate Universe (Earth-14), Paul is this, seeing as how he's a Made Man of Ultraman and part of an evil team, but there, he's a Blue Lantern. Blue lanterns operate on the power of hope, and are mostly known for their psychological and physical healing powers, as well as the ability to charge Green Lantern Rings by proximity.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Paul is not above launching a Precision F-Strike when stressed, but in more cheerful moments, both the Paragon and Renegade have internally declared, "Oh flip the heck yes."
  • Grand Theft Me:
    • Nabu forces Zatara to wear him so Nabu would possess Zatara's body in exchange for releasing Zatanna. Whether Nabu keeps it depends on the timeline.
    • Teth Adom wins Black Adam's body as spoils after he wins the blessings of his gods.
  • G-Rated Drug: Ambient magic makes OL high due to the fact that he has no natural resistance to it.
  • Greed: As an Orange Lantern, he's powered by greed/avarice. He takes great care to channel this into a positive, stable, and sane lifestyle and goals.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: OL's earlier adventures and the Team's missions in general aren't known to the public.

     H - L 
  • Half-Human Hybrid: As a result of living in a high magic environment, and possibly because the Life Entity lives on Earth, humans can bypass some incompatibility issues, resulting in this trope with aliens species.
  • Halloween Cosplay: The team all dress up for a Halloween party, with OL somehow convincing Artemis to dress up as Sailor Moon. She regrets it when she realizes Sailor Moon's uniform doesn't include pants, though Paul ends up giving her a pair of bike shorts when she complains.
  • Hammerspace: Lanterns have what looks like an infinite amount of subspace storage.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Paul is quite opposed to slavery, but does encounter some unusual cases.
    • The "Clickers" all spend a period of their lives working for the Controllers, in payment for the Controllers having improved their reproductive biology. The Clicker Paul talks to about it informs him that, "virtually all warrens considered it a fair exchange."
    • Felicity the Karnan is so accustomed to existing at another's whim that she's quite happy to attach herself to Paul, who treats her well, and do whatever he wants. She even goes so far as to embrace the orange light brand that he puts on her, asking him to strengthen his control in the presence of a Psion so that there will be no doubt she's unavailable. Paul is uncomfortable with the situation, but can't do much except drop her off with people who will ensure she's not exploited.
  • Harmful Healing:
    • When the Renegade is shot with a radion weapon, which is poisonous to New Gods, he has to use an Absurdly Sharp Blade to cut the damaged tissue out of his own abdomen before his Regeneration can kick in. And, of course, he's immune to anaesthetic. It does eventually work, but leaves a scar (which is unusual for a New God) and becomes his new standard for worst/most painful experience.
    • Some of the magic used by the Sheeda causes Paul's attempts at healing the Columbians to merely worsen their injuries. He could fix most of them, but a few had to wait for a magic healer to be available.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Paul goes out of his way to make this happen with supervillains who aren't insane and can put their abilities to much better use if they got proper help instead of being treated like garbage.
    • He has shown the Terror Twins legitimate ways to use their Super Strength and put them in contact with other Danner enhanciles. And people on their level to spar with, like Donna Troy. Both of them help him to contain the Belle Reve breakout instead of trying to run.
    • Abra Kadabra's main wish is to learn real magic, which is why he started picking fights with superheroes in the first place, hoping to draw out someone who could teach him. Paul has connections in that space, and soon finds Kadabra to be very willing to negotiate.
    • Captain Cold is initially skeptical of Paul's help. But when he finds out that Paul is handing him a very large sum of money as a share of the Goldman Environmental Prize earned using his freeze ray technology, he just can't ignore it. He slowly comes around to the idea of seeking legitimate employment after finishing his sentence.
      Leonard: Eighty seven and a half thousand dollars. For no extra work.
      Paul: Yes.
      Leonard: Think I can see why Kadabra likes you.
    • Dr Sivana has undergone this on his own. He was thrown into a portal by Captain Marvel some time before OL arrived in that universe, with no one knowing exactly where he ended up. Turns out he was flung into the far future that is occupied by the Sheeda, and has spent over a year avoiding the horrors of the Sheeda-controlled Earth, while learning more about exactly what they are. Upon returning to his own time, Sivana has decided to abandon his super villain career and instead focus on building weapons for the eventual Sheeda invasion. He's still not exactly ideologically committed to heroism, but working with the heroes serves his goals for now.
    • The Renegade spends less time on it, but has successfully flipped a number of villains by helping them get what they want in a non-villainous way. Circe, for example, wanted to be free from the prophecy that loomed over her and could have resulted in her losing most of her magic and vitality at any time without warning; the Renegade helped her by getting her to preemptively set aside that portion of her power and instead become a New God with less strings attached.
  • Hellgate: The Light have set up an arrangement with Satanus to use these to transport villains around the world as needed.
  • Heroic BSoD: Paul enters one when Kon dies in the Alien Invasion in Contingency. He fully loses it when he finds out the scenario wasn't real after traumatically watching M'gann be murdered by her own mentor which causes him to lose control of the Fusion Dance and allow the Ophidian to merge with his mind.
  • Heroic Vow:
    • Paul makes an oath to Gaia that he'll follow orders, so that Wonder Woman will trust him enough to let him use Alan's personal lantern.
    • Lantern oaths are meant to be this, a reminder of moral standards and what they're fighting for. Orange oaths, of course, are a bit different from green.
      Ophidian: Declare our intent to the universe. Make your oath to me.
  • Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: Paul is concerned about this particularly affecting Artemis, who has to use up a lot of expensive ammunition. While she's on the Team, Green Arrow covers it, but it means she can't be independent.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu:
    • OL's fusion with the Ophidian goes both ways as he's possessing the Ophidian as much as the Ophidian is possessing him.
    • OL wants to help Mister Siskin take control of the Terror Thing in "Hullevow", making him into a Fear Elemental. It doesn't work out like he wants it to at first, but he's willing to give him another chance.
      Paul: I think he could become the mind of it. He wouldn't exactly be him any more, but… That ship's sailed. Once he's got it under control we can stick him in the containment unit until we can work out how to build an arcanotechnological avatar for him. It's not.. an ideal solution...
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: OL pushed for non-humans to have more rights, such as the genomorphs and androids. However, that also includes demons, like the Demon Constantine, so he can't just interrogate him by unethical means anymore.
    OL: Yes. And.. now I'm really wishing we could have held off for a month or two.
  • Hollywood Exorcism: Lampshaded. Paulphidian wonders why he didn't get any Latin chanting, no calls upon Christ or other trappings when the Inquisitor, Father Mattias attempts to exorcise him. The exorcism itself consists of Father Mattias talking to him. Father Mattias explains that exorcising an elemental like the Ophidian doesn't involve any of the traditional tools or chants; those are for demons.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Interestingly enough, Vampires have an innate reaction to religious icons but only if they can recognize them. Lia only has a reaction to unfamiliar icons when Paul explains them to her, including his rings.
  • Hope Spot:
    • In Contingency, Kid Flash finds out that the alien invaders used zeta beams on the things and people they beamed. Kid Flash hoped that meant Robin was alive. OL tells him that it's unlikely as since the outer parts of buildings broke out when they were sucked in, it's probably a Gauss flayer. Which causes death by Telefraging.
    • Kara Zor-El wakes up, sees crystal walls around her, and relaxes, thinking she's on Krypton. Then realises that it's just a Kryptonian building on Earth, Krypton exploded, everyone she knew died and she's been in stasis for thirty years.
    • A downplayed example when Lantern Threllian learns that his species is not entirely exterminated. The situation doesn't immediately go south, but he has to stop feeling overwhelming hope and focus on greed if he wants to participate in the mission to rescue them; otherwise his ring won't work.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • The whole team getting captured in Homefront (S01E12) by only two robots.
    • Almost the entire Justice League getting infected in Auld Acquaintance (S01E26) — despite Paul’s warnings about the potential danger and required caution.
    • Belle Reve mass escape not being prevented despite Paul's and his teammates' suspicions regarding its integrity breach.
    • During the negotiations following the Kahndaq crisis, Paul’s seeming inaction to prevent both Queen Bee from provoking Teth Adom into doing something stupid and Teth Adom from doing that stupid something. The result was: making an already bad newsbreak even worse, giving grounds for future potential public unrests regarding meta-humans, and losing a valuable source of information on smuggled Apokoliptian technologies. Could probably even count for a Lost Aesop, since only a chapter before Paul was taking care to convince Adom to not rush and make a blunder.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: When Red Arrow is busy listing off how various members of the Team could be the mole, Orange Lantern defends himself by pointing out that if he was the mole, then the week before where he became the Host of the Ophidian and became a Physical God would have been more than an ideal time to not only off the other members of the Team, but accomplish any number of goals for the bad guys.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Inverted by Paul, who goes to visit Lawrence Crock and warns him never to have any contact with his family again.
    Paul: Jade and I are romantically involved, and no, because I'm sure you're about to make a comment, I'm not asking your permission or anything stupid like that. You see, I don't really care about you one way or the other, but Jade really hates you. So I thought I'd say from the outset, that if you become involved in the life of your natural family -or with me- in any way, I will kill you.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Father Mattias nearly gets through to Paulphidian that he doesn't need the Ophidian and it's trying to make him believe that he does. It falls apart and then Paulphidian immediately forgets what they're talking about.
    Father Mattias: You are stronger than this. You do not truly want this.
    Paulphidian: But. We. Still. WANT.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Paul accidentally destroys Superboy's inner ears with a sonic weapon when fighting Mister Twister.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight:
    • While fighting Black Adam, OL implores Teth Adom to resist his bondage and fight back to prove the wizard Shazam wrong.
    • Father Mattias and all of OL's friends do this in hopes of Paulphidian breaking the Fusion Dance.
  • I'll Kill You!:
    • When the Team believes Robin to have died, Wally slips into this trope.
    • Paulphidian says this when Martian Manhunter "killed" Miss Martian in a telepathic simulation. Then he makes good on his word (in the simulation).
  • Immortal Procreation Clause: Zigzagged for Themyscira. While the Amazons are immortal as long they remain on the island they can still procreate if they wanted to, but since they want nothing to do with men, they won't. Practically speaking, the island does have a limited amount of arable land as well as living space, though this hasn't been an issue for as long as anyone can remember. Socially, this is enforced as some parts believe the desire for motherhood is a mental and moral weakness. To the point that Hippolyta was almost overthrown when she had Diana due to how much controversy it caused, though there were examples of Amazons who did crack mentally due to a desire for motherhood. And then Orange Lantern came along, revealing that the Ring can combine the DNA of two females, allowing the Amazons to breed without men, allowing for the first time in thousands of years that natural birth can happen on the island. Paul points out that this trope is nearly disastrous for a warrior society like the Amazons, since there have only been six new people who live on the island in the past century, which is far outstripped by those who died in the past thousand years, subtly pointing out that like it or not, the Amazons are very slowly dying out.
  • Impossible Theft: Thaddeus Junior and Georgia managed to steal a device from OL's subspace pocket, right under his nose, since he didn't get basic training on locking his subspace.
  • Inferred Holocaust: Utterly averted with the events of "Misplaced". In Gotham, OL finds a bridge on fire and many children injured or dead due to the adults driving their cars disappearing. OL states that the situation will get worse because there are many children without caregivers and many that might die of exposure. By the end of the incident, the official count is somewhere around eight hundred thousand children.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Played straight with Orange Lantern with female teammates like Miss Martian and Zatanna, his relationship with them remains platonic.
  • Insistent Terminology: Paul doesn't like letting people just refer to "Green Lantern" or for that matter "Orange Lantern," because there are several Green Lanterns on Earth and he wants the Orange Corps to work similarly someday.
    Tour guide: Thank you. Everyone, this is Orange Lantern. He's-.
    Paul: Two eight one four. Orange Lantern two eight one four. This is Sector two eight one four, I'm the Orange Lantern assigned to it. Sorry for interrupting you, it's rude of me, but if people just say the job title you get silly situations where people think there's only one Lantern or something.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite the Renegade and Paragon being very different people, both of them express their contempt for Superman to his face, both of them picking Renegade options to call him out on his treatment of Kon.
  • Internal Reveal: Due to the Dramatic Irony, OL is a bit embarrassed when it turns out there was a mole.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Ferdinand the minotaur chef at the Themysciran Embassy has a relationship with Leslie Anderson.
    • M'gann and Kon, but that was canon already.
    • Swamp Thing and Abigail Cable are married. Unfortunately, since this was before the laws were passed by Orange Lantern and Lex Luthor's campaigning, it counted as Crimes against Nature and caused legal issues.
    • The Renegade dates Luna, because Power Is Sexy to Apokoliptians, and she certainly has that. It doesn't hurt that Starswirl's Mirror allows them both to shift between pony and human.
  • Intoxication Ensues:
    • As long as he doesn't have a soul, Paul is severely affected by ambient magic. He first encounters it when visiting Gaia's temple, which makes him basically high, and then spends hours bedridden after getting magical tattoos that will help him slowly grow his own soul.
    • Apparently, Euanthe responds to Swamp Thing's fruit like catnip while she's un-adjusted.
  • In-Universe Nickname:
    • OL calls the Guardians "Bobbleheads", the Green Lanterns "Greenies" and Artemis' bow a "pointy stick launcher".
    • The Ophidian calls Green Lanterns "Green Men" and constructs "toys" and Larfleeze "the gnat". She also calls Paul "My Agent".
    • Orange Lantern is referred to by Kid Flash as OL.
    • After being fused with the Ophidian, Paul is commonly known as "The Cake Man" for the huge cake he made over the skies of New York.
  • In Vino Veritas: Alan Scott drunkenly reminisces on his dead comrades, his lost love, OL's sexuality and how OL resparked his hope.
  • Irony: Orange Lantern is mistaken for being a Palette Swap of Green Lanterns. His natural eye color is green.
  • Istanbul (Not Constantinople): As in canon, being a DC Universe, several countries have different names, even when supervillains aren't involved.
    • Instead of North and South Korea, the local equivalents are called North and South Rhelasia.
    • With Teth Adom now in control of Black Adam's power, Kahndaq (the local form of Egypt) is getting more attention.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: OL gives Cat Grant an interview detailing the events of "Displaced" and his role in it. He was completely unaware that it was a live telephone interview for the GBS morning news until after the fact.
  • It Only Works Once: Anything that works against a hero or recurring villain once is often rendered useless by the next encounter. In a nice twist, this is not because (in most cases) the resource is used up, but because both sides work to adapt past that weakness.
    • Paul once used his ring to find the League of Shadows. A few hours later, the Light had measures in place to shield themselves from detection. Then it starts becoming widespread.
    • Klarion used magic to nearly kill Paul. He immediately looks into getting amulets that can block magic, as well as render him undetectable by magic.
    • After learning that the Spell Eaters render magic directly used on its wearer useless, certain foes started just using magic on the area around them to block their senses and so on.
  • It's All My Fault: Miss Martian blames herself for trapping them in the scenario. Both OLs point out that she was not truly responsible for it as Martian Manhunter was. He was the one running the scenario, didn't properly assess her and didn't take OL's concern about the training simulation's limitations seriously . Whether she is comforted by this depends on whether it's done by the Renegade or the Paragon.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Thana mentions, having just gained immortality, that a thousand-year service to Hades seemed like a good idea. They, however, came to regret spending weeks on end isolated in catacombs. Other than that, it's just boring work for the most part.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Orange Lantern does this to Demon Constantine in Zigzag 16.
    I take another Mage Slayer out. "It wasn't. I normally don't go in for this whole… Jack Bauer thing. But you disgust me…" I nod. "Just enough, Demon."
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Hal Jordan says to Paul that even though he understands his powers are limited in usefulness compared to Paul's, he's willing to work within the (restrictive) rules because it allows him to protect his own homeworld from huge threats to it (Alien invasions, demons, mad scientists, etc.)
    • Hal Jordan points out that the Green Lanterns' ring restrictions were made so the thousands of users would be less capable of abusing it, something Paul wouldn't understand since there is only one other Orange Lantern.
    • Paulphidian and Renegade!OL both point out that it was mostly Martian Manhunter's fault that the training scenario went so horribly for failing to properly assess M'gann's telepathic potential, throwing the team into a high-stress scenario in a technique the team never used before and for his poor methods of ending the scenario. Black Canary couldn't give a counter to that.
    • Paulphidian also points out that Black Canary shouldn't really be doing the psychoanalysis stuff to the Team after the Training Scenario went south, since she doesn't have psychiatric training, unlike Lantern Gardner.
    • After getting superpowers, Robin admits that OL had a point in the comparative frailty of the Badass Normal.
    • Hal Jordan has a point when he points out OL's recklessness when he contacted the Swamp Thing for assistance without any backup plan in case he was hostile.
    • While Paul admits he thinks Superman was cruel for rejecting Kon, he does have a point that it's unfair to expect of Superman to take on someone who was made without his consent and has no true obligation to.
  • Kick the Dog: OL goads Artemis in a fight when he tries to get her to supplement archery with something he sees as more effective. When Artemis tries to distract him with a shirtless Superboy, OL makes an off-color comment that Artemis should flash him if she wants to distract him. Everyone is angry at him for that comment and OL does make amends with Artemis.
  • Kill the God:
    • Lord Kilderkin of Order will consider setting Giovanni Zatara free from Nabu if Paul, Zatanna, and John Constantine kill Klarion. Paul figures that if he has to kill one Lord of Entropy, he may as well kill the other too.
    • He also kills The First of the Fallen (Hellblazer).
    • Renegade!OL assimilates Nabu's helmet and brutally kills Klarion with a demon slayer sword.
  • Knockout Gas: OL ends up having to basically gas the entire town of Minions when Terror Thing tries to make them kill themselves in fear... and then it starts using them as People Puppets.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Fabiao, one of Bane's henchmen, surrenders to the police after Ghost Fox Killer kills his former boss. In exchange, Paul heals the tears in his skin from the Blockbuster serum and he'll do 8 years hard labor before he may get brought into China's Great 10 or sent back to Brazil.
  • Kryptonite Factor: New Gods' Super Toughness is vulnerable to radion weapons. The Renegade has regenerated his body even from a nuclear explosion at close range, but still has scars from a radion injury. (Radion weapons also work on other species, but are relatively slow and cumbersome, so aren't normally the first choice.)
  • Lack of Empathy: Paulphidian cannot understand why his friends are so upset about their merging and seem so listless after seeing themselves die in a horrible scenario.
  • Lampshade Hanging: When asked why she has Wildebeasts- which are native to Africa- in the wildlife preserve (which is in the local equivalent of Iraq)- Marie Logan starts to explain, only for the author to end the section there. note 
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • When OL uses his powers or shows great avarice, his text turns orange. When others or himself show great feelings of any of the other colors of the emotional spectrum, their text also turns that color note . When they're overwhelmed by the emotion, the punctuation changes color too. When angels speak on behalf of the Silver City, they get chapter and verse numbering on each paragraph - but if they fall, that goes away. In addition, when OL is under the effects of a drug trip or magic, the font of the text changes.
    • When Paragon!OL reaches Avarice enlightenment his quote marks when speaking are orange.
    • New Gods have their unique way of communication between each other that is undetectable to regular people. Dialogues in godspeak are rendered with invisible text in the story — you have to highlight the whole body of text to see it.
    • M'gann asks "Who would write fanfictions about a show several years off the air?" OL responds that "You'd be surprised."
    • When he was held hostage with no access to his ring, OL wonders his likelihood for resurrection given that he's a DC hero. He concludes it’s unlikely given that he's not a long established character.
  • Ley Line: Ley lines are used for certain rituals and magic, with John mentioning that he'd been attacked by someone using one as a conduit for fear magic. Mercury follows up by explaining they are artificial. Ancient Druids used them to force natural energy into straight lines.
  • Like a Son to Me:
    • OL is like a grandson to Alan Scott.
    • Kon is one to Diana. The latter eventually decides to adopt Kon.
    • Jay Garrick mentions that he and his wife Joan think of Barry as their son.
  • Like Brother and Sister: While Artemis and Paul do have their Ship Tease, both keep their relationship platonic and give each other emotional support.
  • Little "No": OL lets out one when while under Helios' blessing, Kon's presence causes Kara to develop heat vision that she can't control inside of an asteroid of krytonite and limited air.
  • Living Battery: The Citadelians were using Adam Blake, aka Captain Comet, as one.
  • Living Lie Detector:
    • Wonder Woman can tell when someone directly lies to her. Evasion and half-truths can get past her, though.
    • Paul's empathic vision isn't a direct lie detector, but it can often serve the purpose, because any significant lie will have emotional associations that he can see and trace.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Paul kept everyone but a select few unaware of his plan to gather arcane power to combat Nabu. Bites him in the ass when Beryl ends up calling Nabu for reinforcements when his plans with Terror Thing go slightly off the rails.
  • The Lost Lenore: Alan Scott reminisces with OL how he permanently lost his love, Rose Canton to her evil personality, Thorn.
  • Loyal Phlebotinum: Something about qwa-matter causes it to explode when handled by someone other than a Qwardian. It's perhaps not surprising that qwa-matter and qwa-energy feature heavily in their religion, as a sign that they are marked out as the Anti-Monitor's chosen servants. Weaponer Kalmin is astounded when Paul is able to manipulate qwa-energy with the Ophidian's help.
    Lysis: Anti-Monitor judge my worth-. Me worthy.
  • Lured into a Trap: Paul lures Klarion into this by proposing an Enemy Mine against Nabu. Mind you, he didn't exactly lie. He fully intends to have a Lord of Chaos help get rid of Nabu; he just intends for that lord to be John Constantine.

     M - N 
  • Macross Missile Massacre: "HOW THE HELL DID BANE GET MISSILE TRUCKS INTO TAIPEI?!" There are actually only ten missiles, but their anti-scry warding means that Paul can only find them indirectly, detecting the thermal signatures of their launches and checking visually, so he has to deal with all of them in very quick succession.
  • Mad God: Paulphidian has pretty much lost his sanity and has the power to move celestial bodies! The good news is that he's not malicious. The bad news is that while they're not actively harmful, he has little impulse control and can't understand why people wouldn't want the things they're giving them, such as Artemis and Robin getting super powers, or them turning the moon around because they thought it was a shame no one ever saw the back side.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter:
    • Beautia Sivana, the good-aligned daughter of Dr Sivana. She takes Paul to an annual family get-together in order to fend off her mother asking questions about her love life, and they work together on testing and mass-producing the purple healing ray, but don't end up going any further than that.
    • Technically, Magnificus Sivana is a male example of this, being both handsome and law-abiding. However, he is a huge jerk, even though he isn't really a criminal.
  • Magic Versus Science: OL is working hard to avert this, pointing out that magic is a freely available resource with many practitioners and many benefits, but no one is willing to examine the industrial or scientific potential of such resources. He uses as an example that people have made many attempts to clone Superman (pointing to Kon as one example), but no one has ever tried to copy the spellwork that allows Billy Batson to turn into Captain Marvel, whose power is at least as effective as Superman's. Following the "World Without Children" storyline, it looks like some headway is being made in that department. Both Lex Luthor and members of the Justice League are looking hard at alchemical sciences (such as the Garrick and Danner formulas). The world governments opened communication with Atlantis to find someway to get magical defenses. At the same time, he's also investigating ways to improve Earth's scientific knowledge and technological capabilities.
  • Magnetic Weapons: OL's favored firearm is a railgun he uses to fire Mageslayer or Crumbler rounds.
  • Magic Pants: During Paul's week as a Physical God, he destroyed Superman's external underwear because he considered them to be ridiculous. Batman later gives Superman a pair of super-tough underwear as a joke gift. They're the only part of his clothing that survives when the League fights Mister Atom.
  • Magical Society: Atlantis, and London's Tate Club.
  • Make an Example of Them:
    • The Renegade brands an Intergang member and makes her sing against her will, to intimidate her into cooperating — and also to persuade the watching Forever People that he really is Grayven, since the results make them think he's used the Anti-Life Equation to break her will.
    • An assassin tries to kill the Spider Queen, whom Paul has been hired to protect. He brands her in front of everyone and makes her follow him, demonstrating what will happen to anyone else who does so, and they quickly scatter.note 
    • In the Renegade timeline, the First Citadelian is brought to Tamaran and publicly executed.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Paul bluntly asks during a trip to Gotham why the Joker hadn't "fallen down some stairs" in prison. The cop who answers tells him it’s because he wasn't on duty when the Joker was brought in.
  • Male Gaze: OL has a couple of moments: when he checked out Wonder Woman when he first met her and when he accidentally sends a mental picture of M'gann in a bikini when telepathically communicating with her.
  • The Matchmaker:
    • The Renegade ends up playing one to Maxima, by pointing out the flaw in her methods for finding a mate. Since she wants someone to rule by her side, she'd need someome who complements her abilities rather than just having the same ones. She also forgot to take into account that any children would have to be grown in a lab, since she wouldn't be able to reproduce with another species. In the end, she decides to marry her advisor back on her home planet, because she's already a capable strategist and civil planner. Among the telepathic males the Renegade shows her are Manchester Black (not a good leader and doesn't like kids), Brainwave II (too old), and Dr Psycho (a stunted, ugly psychopath).
    • Paul triggers some raised eyebrows when he suggests that Athena marry the Kahndaqi (Egyptian) goddess Sekhmet, to give the Amazons an alternative war deity to Ares. However, Sekhmet sends a message via Teth Adom to let Paul know that she doesn't think of Athena that way.
    • He's more successful despite being fused with the Ophidian when he suggested it in accelerating the start of the canon relationship between Guy Gardner and Tora Olafsdotter, especially with Guy's personality no longer swapping every time he hits his head.
    • Adam Blake (Captain Comet) mentions wanting someone to travel the universe with, and Paul suggests Hera. Who is actually open to the idea. (Paul's first suggestion was Mother of Mercy, but Adam would prefer a humanoid.)
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Discussed in regards to Lois and Superman (and Kon and M'gann) during Jungle Gym. Kon's genetic makeup along with everything else means its complicated while M'gann being Martian means she'll have a longer lifespan by default. Lois, on the other hand, is a pure human and so she'll have a far shorter lifespan. OL convinces her to take the Danner Formula, as it will extend her life by quite a bit and it also solves the Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex issue.
  • Memory Gambit: When transferring Psimon for his trial in Qurac, Orange Lantern and Miss Martian want to find out why Psimon wanted to go be extradited and go to Belle Reve when he has no ties in the U.S. Miss Martian suppresses both their memories and gives Firebrand a memory trigger, so they won't trigger any suspicion from Psimon.
  • Metaphorically True:
    • OL says a number of things that are technically true, such as that he works for the Controllers rather than the Guardians - he certainly plans on working for them, and would submit to their authority if they asked, but they don't actually know he exists yet.
    • OL tells Karen that M'gann and Kon can't donate blood due to having non-standard biology. Karen believes that he, M'gann and Kon are all metahumans, which OL doesn't actually say but lets her draw her own conclusions.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Reducing his testosterone levels with the ring makes Paul start to miss certain social clues and think differently, without even realising that it’s affecting him so much. Several people call him out on this, pointing out that basically turning off his sex drive has consequences.
  • Mind Manipulation: Both through personal powers and artifacts, in this universe.
  • Mind over Matter: Several people in the series, like Martians and Psimon, have this power. The Thinking Cap gives Bobo the Chimp telekinesis.
  • Mind Virus: The Anti-Life Equation has similar characteristics.
  • Mirror Universe: There is one that is based on Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Some of Conner's schoolfriends see an attractive girl who isn't Megan Morse hug him and then kiss him on the forehead just before school starts. It was his adoptive mother, Wonder Woman.
  • Monument of Humiliation and Defeat: OL built a giant, indestructible nude statue of himself on the borders of Bialya. Queen Bee tried having it destroyed, but ended up covering the nude parts with tarp when she couldn't get rid of it.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • Paul having a fun time at dinner with Artemis and Paula is interspersed with the utter disaster that was the scenario with his friends dying and OL becoming more desperate.
    • Paul and Zatanna talking about the "Cake Incident" in Black Reign eventually spirals into dealing with a terrorist attack on Teth Adom's people while he was a at a peace conference.
  • Motive Rant: Truggs goes on one, telling OL his reasons for becoming a supervillain despite Bane trying to get him to stop.
  • Mugging the Monster: Invoked by OL during his trip to Gotham; with his power ring it doesn't matter if his presence provokes some gang-bangers. Sure enough, the gang-bangers try picking a fight with him. They immediately back off when one of them notices OL's eyes, and practically fill their pants when OL shows off a little bit.
  • The Multiverse: Directly showcased in this story are two universes for “Paragon” and “Renegade” walkthroughs. This later expands as other Alternate Timelines and Alternate Histories are shown.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • The Sword of Beowulf, a powerful magical sword capable of launching blasts of magic, wielded only by those of pure heart... and Cornwall Boy is capable of using it as a recharger for his power, since if anyone who isn't pure (read: most people) attempts to pull the sword from its scabbard, it throws a powerful pulse of magic at them. Considering his power works by absorbing magical energy...
    • OL tends to use his super-powered ring for mundane tasks, like cooking or making chairs. He's hardly the only one to do that with a ring, though. This tendency does bite him in the butt when he gives up his ring and now needs to get some basic toiletries.
    • Canis Minor uses his Super Strength to carve statues with just a chisel, using his hand to smooth it.
  • Mundangerous: Prior to OL's arrival, Guy Gardner was in a coma after he got run over by a bus crossing the street.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Not entirely true, but there are multiple forms of Super Strength available that are not reflected in muscle mass. The Danner formula, for example, makes recipients slightly more muscular, but allows a teenager to lift and throw a logging truck.
  • Mushroom Samba: No less than seven times; thrice from magic, once from the above drugged lipstick, once from magical LSD (yes, that's counted as separate from the other three magical sambas), once from believing he was dreaming, and a mild samba ensued once from a mild concussion. He has done this so many times, the Mushroom Samba state occurring during a mission is more of a rule than an exception.
  • My Grandma Can Do Better Than You: The owner of the West Side pistol and rifle range is not impressed with Paul's initial efforts to learn marksmanship.
    Paul (internally): Better this time? Oh? Well, your ten year old probably has more experience than me.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: An Inuit woman Aquaman had an affair with years ago (before meeting Mera) has his child.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In this world, Street Sharks out-competed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and are now the dominant "Mutant-man-like-teenage-good-guy-cartoon-franchise" for kids... because in this universe, Greg Weisman was the one who made one of the reboots and is credited for its massive success. In our universe, Greg Weisman (in addition to other shows) created Young Justice, which this fic is based on.
    • OL believes that Kon would have taken in by someone else even if he hadn't been around.
    • Since the Host of Ion was called Ion, Paulphidian thinks that the Host of the Ophidian should be called Ophidian.
  • Narnia Time: Things like visiting the Honden of Avarice, deep-scanning his surroundings, and communicating with a soul trapped inside a Fear Elemental objectively take much more time than Paul would estimate.
  • Nazi Gold: Lex Luthor kept a surviving pre-war painting made by Adolf Hitler for curiosity.
  • Necromancer:
    • Thana of the Amazons, though she mentions explicitly that she can't create The Undead. She can merely speak to them and, should the Old City be attacked, Lord Hades would call upon her fallen sisters to aid her. She can also commune with the other Death Gods, but she mentioned that the Silver City guards its flock jealously.
    • To absolutely no one's surprise, John Constantine dabbles with this sort of magic enough that he's the go-to guy for the team when they need someone raised from the dead for a little talk.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • When M'gann accidentally traps the teams in a training simulation. Martian Manhunter has to shock M'gann to end it. He kills M'gann to end the simulation...right in front of the Ophidian-infused Paul. Watching M'gann die in front of him, after he already failed to save his friends, traumatizes him and causes Paul and the Ophidian's minds to fuse.
    • OL makes sure that Miss Martian knows that the training simulation was all Martian Manhunter's fault since he didn't take OL's concerns about simulation's safety or the effect OL's powers would have on it, giving them such a dangerous scenario in the first place when the Team had never used it and failing to make sure how M'gann would react to it and failing to keep track off her strength. As a result, OL forces Martian Manhunter to resign as M'gann's telepathy teacher and reassigns her Brainwave II.
  • No Conservation of Energy:
    • It's noted how Kid Flash violates this. If the Garrick formula was applied correctly, he would play this straight but not be a Big Eater. The fact that he needs to constantly eat but doesn't need to constantly go to the bathroom means that something is up.
    • Exploited by Bleed Membrane Instability Generators, which take advantage of the raw chaos between universes where physical laws don't apply; they are explicitly designed to create energy from nothing. Paul makes limited use of them, but doesn't flood the Earth with them, because he wants humanity to build its own power generation solutions that don't depend on him.
  • No Kill Like Overkill:
    • OL tends to lean towards this, favoring more permanent solutions to problems than the standard "Capture Villain, wait for him to escape and cause death and havoc, capture again, repeat." Just for one example, when he found out where the Injustice League's headquarters were, his first thought was to orbitally bombard the place until it resembled the moon.
    • A hit from the Sword of the Fallen is enough to disable the target's magical abilities, making them easy to kill. But when using it against the First of the Fallen, Paul didn't want to leave anything to chance; after decapitating the First, he slices up every part of his body like a salami.
  • No Mere Windmill:
    • Senator Henry Knight is dismissed by the public and made a laughingstock when he made an ill-informed bid to make a law banning magic after Orange Lantern mocks him in an interview informing the public on the events in Displaced. But Senator Knight was acting in response to an event caused by evil magicians that killed thousands of children when no politician dared to touch the topic.
    • Senator Knight later redeems himself politically after accidentally meeting Orange Lantern in a very informative talk. Orange Lantern gave him the most recent information explaining magic to non-magic users and ways to boost America's magical defenses. Which is to initiate talks and trade with Atlantis, a magical-based country trying to establish relations with surface world countries.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • At some point in the future, the Orange Lantern Corps are responsible for an event so horrible, so nightmarish, that Abra Kadabra specifically checked for signs of them before time-traveling, and just the sight of Orange Lantern caused him to start gibbering in terror.
    • In Earth -14, the events of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths resulted in the deaths of the 'Crime Syndicate's Management referred to as the "Decapitation" which caused numerous turf wars between the Made Men that is being taken advantage by President Slade Wilson.
    • Apparently, the reason that the Frees had to move from New York was because of something Barda did, and it involved a "Five Items or Less" line.
  • No-Sell: Power Rings are unable to scan some of the things magic can do.
  • Not His Sled: In the Renegade timeline, Zatara doesn't get possessed by Nabu.
  • Not So Different: Paul to Lex Luthor. Both are people seeking the improvement of humanity and hope for people to stop relying on superheroes to make their own defenses.
  • Not So Extinct: Thanks to cloning facilities that the Renegade took from the Psions, the Kryptonian species will be brought back from near extinction.
  • Not So Similar:
    • Paul to Truggs. Both are outsiders seeking to change the world for the better and use fantastical methods of doing so. However Paul is working with the heroes as Internal Reformist and does it because Good Feels Good while Truggs does it out of a sense of entitlement and resorts to villainy because Villains Act, Heroes React.
    • While having similar powersets and a desire for power, Teth Adom and Black Adam couldn't be more different. Teth Adom is The Good King seeking to help his people despite how much things have changed and is willing to let go of his hatred if he has to. Black Adam is petty, sadistic bully that enjoys how he can make people suffer.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Paul helps Artemis try on a power-suppression collar when they were discussing the pros and cons of giving Artemis the Danner Formula. It's not until Artemis's mother, Paula walks on that Paul realizes that he's putting a collar on Artemis.
  • Nuclear Option: Canis suggests this to deal with where Black Manta's island is. Paul actually considers it, but decides against it because it wouldn't affect an enemy if they were phased. Note that this is his only reason, and near the end of Titanfall even Batman was agreeing to this to deal with Oceanus.

     O - R 
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: The Mayor of Gotham refuses to let Swamp Thing's wife from prison in Bindings, despite the new law being passed and OL's insistence.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse:
    • Paul visits Chantinelle the succubus and bribes her to stay out of the way when he ambushes Nabu.
      Chantinelle: Now I'm curious. What exactly happens if I say 'no'?
      Paul: I shoot you dead with the Ace of Winchesters. Though I would really rather not do that.
    • After dismantling the Light and killing every other member, Renegade Paul visits Lex Luthor and makes it clear that Lex can either do exactly as he's told from now on, or he won't live to see a courtroom.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • In the Paragon timeline the League of Shadows is completely dismantled with most of the leaders and minions arrested, their allies and victims turned on them. This was all done by Paulphidian who wanted a chance to cheer up their friends.
    • During the New-Years Eve Battle on the Watchtower to free the Justice League from The Light's mind control, we see Orange Lantern and Teth Adom fight Vandal Savage, Captain Nazi, Wolf Krieger, and Klarion, all the while everyone else fights their way through the Nazi infested Watchtower, freeing any superhero that they come across.
    • At the end of Episode 33 a news report mentions that Queen Bee has been absent from public events for several weeks. Paul starts to theorize what may be the cause, only for Danni to offhandedly mention that she's probably waiting for her burns to heal.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • This is OL's reaction to Bane's chosen method of attack on a peace conference.
    • Paul gets this big time when he learns that the man who will be teaching him about ringslinging (Guy Gardner) really likes Lantern Kilowog, who is not only Guy's friend, but also the one who taught Guy everything he knows... and whom Paul had previously described as "A muscle brained idiot"; and Guy knows that Paul said this.
    • Martian Manhunter and Batman gets one in Part 22 of Contingency, where they meet Ophidian-infused OL.
    • The Renegade gets this big time when he finds out that the mark he placed on Desaad is being personally examined by Darkseid. It takes all of his avarice and the aid of Father Box to break the connection.
    • Zatanna and Paul get one when they find out that the Justice League let Nabu join despite Nabu blackmailing and kidnapping Zatara.
    • Tia Sivana gets one when she finds out that the tall, muscular, handsome, kind man that she fell in love with — Captain Marvel — is actually a ten year old boy. The words "Oh god I'm a pedophile," are uttered by her and she renounces romantic love for him for the forseeable future.
    • The Renegade gets the mother of all Oh Craps when Darkseid himself decides to make a personal appearance to the point where every word he speaks is tinged with utter terror.
    • Lantern Gardner arrives at Ranx the sentient battle station to assist Paul, and then Ranx activates its arrays of gravity disruptor weapons and point defence lasers.
    • Paul gets one when Karrien Excalibris, the Archangel of War, declares that he is here to execute him and all who stand with him.
    • The system controller at the Yuna system is cheerful and helpful, arranging a routine pilot to lead the ship in-system — and then he learns that the Illustres of the Orange Lantern Corps is a passenger, making him turn green.
      Controller: I will refer that upwards at once. Excuse me.
  • Older Than They Look:
    • OL, thanks to the ring, obtains a "perfect" body (or rather, the "most perfect form of 'me'"), as per his desires. Unfortunately, this makes him look much younger than he is, causing people to think he's a teenager instead of an adult. He doesn't find this out until much later, much to his horror.
    • His mentor, Alan Scott, also appears far younger then he actually is. It is the result of years of direct exposure to the Emotional Spectrum Light via his damaged ring.
    • Miss Martian is forty-eight years old according to Earth years. When OL reveals this to Kid Flash, the latter's response was a Flat "What". Of course, she's still the equivalent of a teenage girl due to how slowly Martians develop.
    • This is explicitly a symptom of the Danner Formula; they age much slower than baseline humans do as Hugo Danner can attest.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: OL has a habit of doing things while in a Mushroom Samba that nobody will let him forget.
    • Such as the mile-high indestructible naked statue of himself in the middle of the Bialyan desert.
    • Paul will never live down the cake incident where as Paulphidian, he made a giant cake directly on top of New York City. It doesn't help he did a live interview during it using a literal song and dance number.
  • One-Hit Kill: Both The Ace of Winchesters and The Sword of the Fallen are capable of killing powerful entities if used correctly.
  • Only in It for the Money: The Free Lancers are happy to do business with the Reach, and then happy to pause that while waiting to see if Paul can outbid them. It's all just business to them.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • When Paul stops taking his ring off to meditate and starts getting more and more violently protective after the attack on the base by Red Torpedo and Red Inferno, Diana and Guy figure out that something is wrong and stage an intervention to let him know that he was being influenced by the Orange Light.
    • Renegade!OL realized something was off when Kid Flash and Robin are distraught over Artemis' death when they weren't moved at all at the death of their mentors. He realized that they were mentally tampered with and realized the scenario wasn't real.
    • Paul, the first one of the team to accept M'gann's telepathy, starts blocking her and asks to not include him on the Psychic Link after he resolves to kill Nabu and doesn't want her finding out.
  • Open Heart Dentistry: Averted. When Paul is debating with Wonder Woman on how to treat Match's chemical imbalances, he tells her he can't help. While he is a Combat Medic, he is not a brain surgeon and doesn't know how to heal a full-blooded Kryptonian without causing them pain to get through their invincibility.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: OL has several cases of this.
  • Order Versus Chaos: An ongoing theme with several variations.
    • The Team v. Klarion: The Team is order, trying to protect everyone while Klarion causes a lot of destructive chaos.
    • Orange Lantern v. Klarion: Orange Lantern's positive chaos of change and innovation while Klarion's destructive chaos of destruction and confusion.
    • Orange Lantern and John Constantine v. Nabu
    • Orange Lantern v. Themyscira: Orange Lantern is trying to bring change and modernize his new country while the Amazons are conservative and want nothing to do with Man's World. It's not helped that the last people who tried to change things were worshipers of Chaos, and caused a lot of problems.
    • Grayven v. Darkseid
    • The Renegade v. the Justice League
  • Organic Technology: Paul encounters several variants.
    • Planet J reverses the roles of plants and animals, with intelligent plants having gardens of mostly immobile lizards and crab "grasses". Some of its inhabitants are able to magically manipulate plants — which is what brings Paul to visit, when he wants Lantern Medphyll's help — although the planet is mystically not very strong.
    • Alstair is similarly inhabited by plants, but further from human norms and with stronger magic. Paul puts them in contact with J, leading to a blossoming of trade between them.
    • The Sheeda, from Earth's far future, use exclusively organic technology, built and controlled with magic: rocket beetles, living houses, eye-stalk arrows, chitin data archives, with the materials collected by harvester zombies. Even their clothes plug into the wearer's arteries. It turns out that the Vampire Sun, aka Starbreaker, consumes and destroys anything not containing Sheeda DNA.
  • Our Souls Are Different: Souls are structured collections of magic that basically stick to everything, and then move on to an afterlife when the body dies. Paul initially doesn't have one at all, but eventually gets a very different one, made mostly out of orange light instead of the usual earthly magic.
  • Overused Running Gag: OL, M'gann, Artemis, and Superboy are so sick of the mole rumor.
  • Painting the Medium: People's emotions literally color the text depending on the Emotional Spectrum.
    • When Paul initially Fusion Dances with the Ophidian, the text is entirely orange except when other people speak. Paul has large orange paragraphs indicating his internal monologue and he refers himself in the first person while the Ophidian makes the occasional comment in orange italics. Once Paul goes through a Heroic BSoD and his mind merges with the Ophidian, Paulphidian then refers themselves in the first person plural. Paulphidian uses third person to indicate differing memories belonging to either Paul or Ophidian. Since Paulphidian is observing his friends, he tends to smaller paragraphs.
    • When Paul reaches Orange Enlightenment, his quote marks are orange. We later see that this is a trait shared by others who have reached emotional enlightenment- the Queen of The Zamorans has violet quotes, while Guy gets green quotes.
    • When subliminal Godspeak is used, the text is invisible unless high-lighted. Hera gets a special case, with her god powers resulting in visible text surrounded by hearts that are invisible unless highlighted.
    • Johnny Sorrow uses Zalgo-speech.
    • Shivering Jemmy uses the same speech as Johnny Sorrow.
    • The text switches fonts when OL is in an altered mental state, such as his first visit to Gaea's temple or when he was drugged by Cheshire.
  • Palette Swap: Subverted. Everyone thought Orange Lanterns were basically Green Lanterns with a color swap, but he proved them wrong when he temporarily killed Ra's al Ghul.
  • People Puppets:
    • Terror Thing eventually takes over everyone who it haunted with fear after they were unconscious.
    • The Starro in A Star Reborn do this to everyone they get their hands on.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Any competent Lantern has the power to be this, but since Green Lanterns are ordinarily forbidden to kill, Paul shows many people a new perspective on what Lanterns can do.
    • He destroys the entire Citadel Complex, with casualties possibly approaching a million. Note that he did bring two other Lanterns to help, but that was primarily for their sakes (training, prestige, etc); given the level of difficulty they faced, it's very likely that he could have done it alone.
    • He doesn't usually use them because they're power hogs, but when the situation calls for it, he generates beam singularity projectors, which basically collapse everything in their line of fire into black hole material.
    • When joined with the Ophidian, he would be capable of assimilating the entire population of the world.
  • Pet the Dog: OL apologizes to Artemis for his distraction comments by giving her arrows strong enough to destroy his shields. Artemis takes great pleasure in testing their effectiveness.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Averted. When OL learns of his weakness to magic he immediately informs Kaldur, so as not to endanger himself on the mission.
    • Played straight when OL deferred to Kaldur thinking he was already leader while everyone was making a power grab before the team dynamic was established.
    • Averted again when the unnatural extent of Paul’s knowledge about Constantine’s life makes the latter suspicious. Paul chooses to reveal the source of his knowledge. Had he chosen otherwise, Constantine may have not trusted him on the Beast/Shadow Dog warning.
    • Played tragically straight in Teth Adom's backstory: Teth Adom was trying to form a team with other powerful heroes of his time to combat greater growing threats. Shazam saw this as a horrific abuse of power and did not let Teth Adom explain himself before he was horrifically punished.
    • Konvikt attacked after being attacked first because no one could communicate with him.
  • The Power of Rock: The team help exorcise Paul by singing the song "Invite Them In".
  • Power Perversion Potential: Unlike Green Lanterns, Paul can use his power ring in the bedroom, as Jade finds out firsthand.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: Paul believes that Black Canary's unarmed combat lessons are actively harmful for a Lantern, since they train the wrong instincts, and he struggles to respect any experienced Lantern who still projects constructs directly from the ring, since gestures are unnecessary and limiting.
  • Psychic Surgery: Power rings can heal or alter someone's body quite easily and painlessly, depending on the type of ring and the motivation of the Lantern; all that will happen to the patient is that they'll glow for a moment. Paul particularly uses this to heal himself, resetting his body to peak condition after any injury.
  • Psychoactive Powers:
    • In general, since his constructs' strength is determined by avarice, Paul has difficulty making strong constructs in situations where he lacks strong desire. In effect, this means that a shield over a random stranger is not going to be nearly as strong as a shield over a friend, and making a construct strong enough to harm a random villain he doesn't want to fight is basically impossible. He works around this by training himself to see the connections between his actions and his goals, eg he wants universal peace and justice, therefore he wants a strong Orange Lantern Corps, therefore he wants to advance his recruits' education, therefore he can make a vase of flowers as a training aid — and make it strong enough that a student lacking similar motivation can't easily break it.
    • Also since the ring is powered by greed, he can't use any other emotion. He can't call upon his ring when he's afraid, he can't help or heal people when he's feeling too compassionate, etc. This is no longer the case after he achieves enlightenment.
    • All lanterns work like this for their respective emotion.
  • Psycho Serum: One of the Alternate Universe versions of Paul found a Super Serum that worked well in animal testing, but turns out to essentially remove the instinctive capability for morality and compassion. He still achieves some broadly good changes in the world, but mixed with some casual murder, Mind Rape and Sex Slavery of people who were in his way.
  • Pulling the Thread: OL hazes Artemis in her introduction by poking holes in her cover story. All he does is ask her, as an Arrow, what she thinks of his chili.
  • Puppet King: Downplayed with Xalitan Xor, who seizes power because his girlfriend advises him to, and who will then likely rule however she wants. It's not entirely played straight because he is far from helpless, and has already learned to think for himself about whether those who give him orders are worthy to do it; he just recognizes that she's a better planner than him.
  • Pyrrhic Victory:
    • Paulphidian wins the Unwinnable Training Simulation by overwhelming the scenario, only to find out that it wasn't real and he is stuck with the consequences.
    • Canis reveals that Apokolips embraces any kind of victory; it doesn't matter if you lose roughly 90% of your population.
  • Qurac:
    • Kahndaq. OL describes it as 'Saddam's Iraq, without his noble self restraint and fair-mindedness' and it's ruled by President for Life Asim Muhunnad, who is condemned at international conventions and the country gets repeatedly sanctioned.
    • The Team also does actually go to the real Qurac a few times.
  • Rational Fic: The story has shades of this as it showcases how much improvement the world could actually be when all that advanced hero and villain tech is put to good use. It also doesn't shy away from the consequences of crisis events such as Displaced either.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Swamp Thing gives a short but poignant one to Poison Ivy, effectively refuting everything she has ever claimed about being the plant world's chosen champion in a few terse lines.
      ”You.”
      ”Your.. voice. Always.. on the edge of hearing. Whining, screeching, demanding voice! Be... silenced."
      “The Green is... not your playground. We care not for your causes, your pettiness.”
      ”By command of the... Parliament of Trees... I cast you out.”
    • Father Mattias gives a well-meaning one to Paulphidian in an attempt to help Paul to expel the Ophidian. It deconstructs Paul's reasoning to why he summoned the Ophidian, detailing while he had a good reason in the scenario it was made pointless because it wasn't real. The Ophidian is trying to convince Paul to keep it but it's using its power in very petty ways.
      Father Mattias: You have the power of a pagan god and you spent the morning making ice cream. Paul, is that gain proportionate to what you gave up? Would you make the decision that you made in the training scenario if all that was at stake was ice cream?
    • Paulphidian, the Renegade and Paragon all give Martian Manhunter one on M'gann's behalf on how it was his fault that the scenario went so badly, calling him a terrible teacher.
    • Paulphidian gives one to Black Canary when she tries to counsel them, pointing out that she's no way qualified to do so.
      Paulphidian: Why are we even talking to you?
      Black Canary: The League felt that it might help if the team had someone to talk-
      Paulphidian: Counselling? From you? Guy Gardner is trained as a counselor with several years experience working in criminal rehabilitation. You're a florist! Could the League really find no one with relevant skills?
    • Paul's speech to Guardian is all of this, pointing out that he's responsible for keeping an entire sapient race locked away in caves underground, making them work for no pay, and no hope of a better life. In short, he and Cadmus have become slave owners.
    • Paul gives a short one to Miss Mercury pointing out that for all that she "lives closer to nature", does little to actually help the environment and just sits around wasting her potential. Whereas Paul cleaned up the oceans, restored the ice caps and is working on clean energy.
    • After he kills Nabu, Paul lets out both barrels on exactly how the Justice League failed on every level from the personal to the international by allowing Fate to keep Zatara imprisoned.
  • Recruitment by Rescue:
    • Princess Komand'r & Princess Koriand'r (Blackfire & Starfire) are inducted as the first Orange Lanterns in Paul's new corps after he pretty much dealt with their planet's issues and rescued them before they could undergo the experiments that gave them their in-canon powers in Headhunters.
    • The Renegade also saves them, but he saves them right after the experiments gave them their in-canon powers.
  • Redemption Rejection: After the Light loses containment on a highly dangerous specimen that could have killed all of humanity, Paul approaches Lex Luthor and puts his cards on the table, pleading with Lex to cut ties with the Light and give Paul the info he needs to eliminate them all immediately, so they can start over in a more sensible fashion. Word of God is that the reason Lex turned him down was because he was paranoid and thought Paul might be influencing his mind with the orange light.
  • Remember When You Blew Up The Sun: OL has a habit of doing things while in a Mushroom Samba that nobody will let him forget.
    • Such as the mile-high indestructible naked statue of himself in the middle of the Bialyan desert.
    • Or the time he made a cake big enough for everybody in New York City to have a piece.
    • Interestingly, the most terrifying things he did while fused with the Ophidian, namely rotating the moon on its axis so that the dark side faces the earth, or dragging an asteroid down to Mount Justice, get barely any attention, but making cakes and delivering fruit get plenty.
  • Removed Achilles' Heel:
    • Not only does Paul grow himself a soul in order to resist magic attacks, he also has it carved with epic-level wards against magical scrying. And commissions ground-breaking new magical warding amulets, taking advantage of his ring's ability to fabricate sigils at smaller scales than could be achieved by hand or by regular machinery. And "mage slayer" ammunition that eats other spells. And his Enlightenment Superpowers include immunity to Emotion Control. And he eventually learns to use the orange light to consume just about anything, including magic. He still can't cast spells, but he makes a point of learning quite a lot about magic anyway.
    • The Renegade doesn't do as much magic study, but instead of hiring John Constantine to help him grow a soul, he uses a Father Box, giving him a New God soul that is highly resistant to external magic.
    • Superman and Superboy both end up wearing radiation shields that make them largely immune to kryptonite. After Superman publicly No Sells an attack by the Punisher, crime rates in Metropolis drop sharply; anyone who was counting on kryptonite protecting them from Superman is fleeing elsewhere.
  • Rescue Romance: Euanthe, who OL rescued from being forced to open a Hellgate, wants to be "closer to him" after she recovers. He deflects it because, again, it wouldn't be proper given everything.
    OL: Not on the first date. Not even during the Dionysia. Not with someone who went through what she did.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: After doing a background check and some tests, Aqualad and OL conclude that there is no mole on the team. They're right because Red Arrow isn't part of the team.
  • Royal "We": Paulphidian refers to themselves as we as they find it more honest since they're a Fusion Dance of the Ophidian and Paul. Although they also address themselves in the Third-Person Person when they address emotions or actions one of them did.
  • Running Gag:
    • Clark Kenting is frequently mocked.
      • Paul points out how easily he found Alan Scott's identity with a facial recognition scan and reveals his distaste of it to the Team.
      • Wonder Woman trolls him by not telling him about Troia, figuring that he would find out himself since Troia doesn't wear a mask.
      • He notes when he has to give an interview with Clark Kent that Clark is still built like a line-backer and doesn't even change his body languagenote . In Ex Perdition, a suit and a pair of glasses effectively mask OL's identity without him intending to.
    • Someone saying a villain's codename followed by OL saying their actual name.
      • Another running gag, related to the first, is people pointing out when OL doesn't do this. For example, Wally asks about Doctor Cyber, whose name Paul didn't correct... only for Paul to tell him that the woman has a Doctorate and her surname actually is Cyber. "Doctor Cyber" is, in this case, a legitimate way to introduce her.
    • Another one was that Kid Flash would attempt to flirt with a newly introduced girl, then Orange Lantern would steal their attention.
    • People assuming OL's interest in certain women, and/or the time he spends with them, stem from — *ahem* — a certain kind of interest. Invariably, it turns out he's interested because they can help his engineering projects/give him expertise he's looking for/can benefit from his completely platonic attention/connect him to information he wants. Additional hilarity comes from the fact that it's a fifty-fifty chance OL even notices their assumptions.
      • By Episode 46, Artemis at the very least thinks that this happens so often that she needs to warn Donna about it.
    • OL mentioning someone only for the person(s) he was talking to to have no idea who they are.
      Kid Flash: (in the background) Who? No, it's Oh El, there's no way I'm gunna have heard of them. I'm gunna go look him up.
    • Once the story moves to outer space, there is the running gag of aliens being completely amazed/horrified at how insane life on Earth is.

     S 
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Superboy's telepathic education basically gives him this, with patches of brilliance interspersed with gaps in "normal" knowledge. He plays chess at grand master level, but is learning social skills from scratch. He can make beef stroganoff and poached pears, in a semi-fugue state, and does them well, but has no idea how to make anything else.
  • Sanity Has Advantages:
    • It's due to Paul's sanity he can function and utilize the Orange Light.
    • It's also why the Ophidian possesses him, OL can give the Ophidian needed perspective due to being able to prioritize. Unfortunately Paulphidian loses the ability once possessed, though arguably it still works to a degree- instead of becoming an all-consuming greed monster, it acts on his deep desires to improve the world.
  • Sarcastic Confession: Zeus tells Doctor Helena Sandsmark, Cassie Sandsmark's mother, that he was Zeus when they met. She thought that he was joking.
  • Schizo Tech: Paul wants more commercial uses of it to improve the general tech level of the world. It infuiates him that there are things that people made decades or centuries ago that are considered pipe dreams now- he specifically mentions that T.O. Morrow made fully functioning artificial intelligences that have functioned pretty much perfectly since the 1930's, yet scientists struggle to create similar feats in 2011. Truggs holds a similar view, pointing out that Shaolin Robot is 2200 years old and is more advanced than Bozo, which was a contemporary of the Justice Society.
  • Screw The Progress: The Pagan Nation espouses this, stating people should live with the land and reject technology. OL has little patience for them, with Word of God being that he has no interest in people who he considers "primitive" and reject modernity.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: A benign example, after getting rich from asteroid mining Orange Lantern attempts to buy Alan Scott's personal lantern so he could charge his ring, not wanting to have a fight. He backs off when he thinks Alan Scott will refuse.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Swamp Thing's actions during Bindings are ultimately excused because he's literally the equivalent of a god and they can't meaningfully punish him for it.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Terror Thing was trapped inside of the Stone Circle after the Ley Lines connecting it were severed. It couldn't get out unless the Stone Circle was damaged or the others were repaired. Now it’s trapped in a prototype artifact.
  • Secret Test of Character: Eris tests Paul's mettle by having him cheer up Hera. He passes with flying colors when he successfully convinces her to divorce Zeus.
  • Self-Insert Fic: OL is not infallible, and the existing world and characters are definitely done justice—even the ones that never appear in the show.
  • Separated by a Common Language:
    • Due to OL being British he faces some of these. For example, he refuses to call Kid Flash by his nickname because Wally means "Fool" and a "Rubber Wally" is a condom.
    • OL and Guy Gardner playfully have the football/soccer argument.
  • Serial Homewrecker: Sonic Sally is a meta-human pornstar who takes great pleasure in breaking up marriages by seducing away their partners. This is just one troubling aspect of a person whom Orange Lantern confirms is a deep sociopath.
  • Shark Man:
    • The Nanauvians.
    • OL also encounters a villainous shape-shifting Shark Man gang called The Fearsome Fish-Eaters. They get sentenced to prison undersea, as the alternative is the Tower of London.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: Paragon!OL to the Justice League. According to Wonder Woman, OL had super-villain written all over him: no one is able to verify where he came from, he is literally powered by his own greed, refuses to tell anyone his name and tried to buy Alan Scott's lantern. Through a deal to get the lantern, OL works for them for a year and what she and the League find out about him? That he's very compassionate, very diplomatic and proactive. Even when given the power of a Physical God, all he does is help the League and try to make his friends happy. Oh, and make cakes, dance and sing, and turn the moon around because 'It was a shame that no one ever saw the other side.'
  • Sherlock Scan: OL covers up his Male Gaze on Wonder Woman by examining her armor to figure out her capabilities. (It doesn't fool her, but she's apparently amused by the attempt, judging by how she tells Donna.)
  • Ship Tease:
    • Paragon has a lot of romantic chemistry with M'gann, Superboy, Artemis and Zatanna.
    • After breaking up with Jade, the Renegade shows interest in various women, including Blackfire, Supergirl of Earth 50, and Luna (yes, that Luna).
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • OL ships Batman and Catwoman. Sadly, Bruce is in a relationship with Talia al Ghul instead. Though Catwoman does agree that she (Catwoman) is better for Batman than Talia is.
    • The amazon Dyctinna really wants to see Wonder Woman find a happy relationship, and was gunning pretty hard for Diana and Big Barda, until she was informed Barda was already married to a male (and that yes, that counts).
    • Everyone supports the relationship between Philippus and Hippolyta, but the two won't act on it.
  • Shoot the Dangerous Minion: Paul kills two of his Praexis Demons when they consume Hell-portals and start to either become corrupted or evolve.
  • Shoot the Hostage: OL does this to a human shield in order to deal with Harm after he becomes the next Sabbac, banking on the fact that as long as he can heal the damage and avoid the brain, it would work out.
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Lampshaded by OL when he wonders what excuse M'gann and Kon will give to their school when they miss class for a mission.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Show Some Leg: Z'üm does the Martian equivalent of this to distract OL long enough to blow off the habitat M'gann and the others were in during Demeanour.
  • Shown Their Work: Mr. Zoat utilizes many obscure DC comics characters, as well as showing a near-encyclopedic knowledge of more popular character (and their alternate versions) to create a much wider, expansive world.
  • The Shrink:
    • Black Canary acts as one to the team, but as pointed out by Paulphidian she is not actually qualified to act as one. Word of God is that she had the training but never did it professionally.
    • Guy Gardner is a prison counselor in his day job. He notably inspires Paul to act as Warrior Therapist to reform supervillains by telling his own experiences with reforming criminals.
  • So Bad, It's Good: In-universe. When the Team can't agree on a movie to watch, Paul has the ring pick one at random. They get "Super Giraffeman Seven".
    The plot was threadbare, the sets were made of plywood, the acting was nonexistent and one guy tripped on his own wires and I don't think I've laughed that hard since a crazy woman phoned me at work and said that she'd kept her youngest child's placenta in her fridge for seven months but needed to arrange for it to be stored somewhere else because her children had mistaken it for ice cream and tried to eat it. Took our lab manager twenty minutes to convince her that it would be pointless, after I'd tried for half an hour.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Georgia Sivana isn't especially heroic, but as a Mad Scientist and omnidisciplinary genius, she's confident in all manner of dangerous situations — and she specialises in social science, of all things. None of that saves her from being tongue-tied, stiff-backed, and fidgeting when she finally meets Vril Dox in person. He's equally flustered to see her.
    Paul: (internally) I think I need to get out of here before they start holding hands or something.
  • Something Only They Would Say:
    • The Team is very relieved when Paul refers to himself in the first person singular after he's freed from the Ophidian.
    • Paul figures out who the Time Trapper is after the latter calls the founders of the Green Lantern Corps the "Guardians of the Galaxy".
  • Soul Jar: Mister Schreiber was meant to be one for Hitler.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Red Inferno and Red Torpedo didn't sacrifice their lives in destroying Red Volcano due to OL saving them. While Torpedo hates that his life is strange now and wants to go back to the Nursing Home, Inferno is trying out her new life and becomes an important secondary character.
    • Dr. T. O. Morrow becomes an Orange Lantern construct thanks to Nylor Truggs. Though whether this counts as being "spared" is up to interpretation.
    • Marie Logan survives, when in canon she was killed around the time of the New Years' attack by Queen Bee. She's in a relationship with Red Inferno (who objected to Queen Bee with fire).
    • Match didn't actually die in canon, but he was a violent and near-mindless savage due to his genetic flaws. Both the main and Renegade timelines correct this (though not in the same way or at the same time) and allow him to be a full person.
  • Split Timelines Plot: There are two primary timelines in the story, with their initial point of divergence being whether they wanted Alan Scott along when they meet the Young Justice team.
  • Stacy's Mom: Huntress, mother of Jade and Artemis, wasn't ugly by any means, but looked like you'd expect a 49-year old woman in a wheelchair to look like. When Paul healed her spinal injuries, the ring shaved about 15 years off her age as well, turning her into one of these. She gets even hotter when she begins working out again and returns to fighting fitness, something even Paul remarks on. In the Common Sense timeline, he starts dating her.
  • Starfish Aliens: The Star Conquerors.
  • The Stations of the Canon:
    • To make certain events from canon possible to happen, the characters have to carry some rather heavy-handed Idiot Balls from time to time (e.g. Homefront (S01E12), Auld Acquaintance (S01E26), Belle Reve mass escape, etc).
    • Sportsmaster and Cheshire are captured by the authorities, and instead Onyx and Bane participate in the attack on the Taipei summit. In Renegade, Cheshire is allowed to escape while Sportsmaster becomes OL's first construct.
    • OL saved Firebrand and Red Torpedo. Firebrand becomes a hero and is considered for the Justice League.
    • OL deprived Klarion of his familiar by assimilating Teekl and preventing him from existing in normal reality. However, Klarion still manage to get rid of the world of adults by making the genie Bedlam as his new familiar, and thus making him more powerful than before.
    • The battle against the Injustice Gang ends with the first Black Adam, Teth Adom, regaining control of his body from Theo Adom, who then rips off one of Wotan's arms, and Poison Ivy is made powerless by Swamp Thing.
    • OL stops Black Adam, by helping free Teth Adom in the Paragon timeline or breaking the amulet in Renegade. In the Renegade timeline, Word of God says that with the amulet broken Teth Adom and Theodore Adam are duking it out for control while the body is catatonic in prison. In the Paragon timeline, Teth Adom is freed and becomes a superhero.
    • Wotan is incapacitated and under Atlantean custody, and is replaced by Dark Druid, who is implied to have a connection to the Black Light.
    • Martian Manhunter is browbeaten by Paul into stepping down as Miss Martian's telepathy teacher when his carelessness causes the disasters that was Contingency and Reordered. Henry King/Brainwave II is M'gann's replacement teacher and M'gann is implied to become more careful with her telepathy.
    • The story further deviates from canon by having no Time Skip.
  • Status Quo Is God: Literally. The Mind of God was actually an entity called Boss Smiley that wanted to slow the advancements of humanity to avoid them wiping themselves out. Or so he claims.
  • Stun Guns: OL has a construct that acts like this which he calls a ShockCrown. They work by shorting out the motor cortex with very small amounts of precisely applied electricity. He also has another one which he calls a StunCrown. This one non-fatally knocks out a person.
  • Stupidity-Inducing Attack: By putting together a human brain and a Thinking Cap Truggs is able to build a machine that, when active, reduces the target’s IQ by some 20–30 IQ points.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: OL wants this done to advance magic and bring it to the public.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Used multiple times thus far.
    • When the Injustice League attacks, Paul attempts to summon Swamp Thing to quickly take care of the problem. While Swamp Thing doesn't get there in time to stop the attack, he does show up to take away Poison Ivy's powers, rendering her normal.
    • He summons Swamp Thing again to help seal up a portal to hell under London and heal a Dryad.
    • During the training exercise, Paul summons the Ophidian, which has since become somewhat of an ace in the hole for Paul.
    • John Constantine is trying to stop Sabbac from delivering power to summon his demonic masters... so John redirects the energy to their master, The First Of The Fallen, also known as the most powerful demon in hell.
  • Super Serum: Paul comes across several reliable and not-so-reliable options for human augmentation.
    • The Danner formula gives Super Strength, Super Toughness, a significant Healing Factor, and poison immunity, as well as slower ageing (although it hasn't been around long enough to be sure of life expectancy).
    • The Garrick formula gives Super Speed, but can't be used in conjunction with the Danner formula.
    • Venom Buster causes massive growth, which naturally results in greater strength and toughness, but also tends to wreck the person's skin (which can't keep up with the growth, and tears apart), and has side effects like reduced physical sensation and increased aggression.
    • Compound V gives superpowers, but not the Required Secondary Powers, and is therefore left on the reject pile.
    • Devil Jizz temporarily transforms humans into demonic forms. It's implied to have consequences for their afterlife destination.
  • Super Speed: There are a variety of different forms of super speed around. The Garrick Forumla, the Prayer that Rush Hours use, the Speed Formula, Magic Enhancement, and the potion that Max Mercury gained.
  • Superpower Lottery: Lia Briggs possessed a number of psionic powers and then became a vampire, retaining those powers and gaining a whole slew of others. The only downsides are that she is bound to the vampire who bit her, must drink blood, and cannot go outside in the sun. Paul is working on ways to get around those.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Remember the episode Displaced where all the grown-ups were sent to one dimension, and kids were sent to another? Paul points out that "Hey, what happens to all the adults flying planes, driving cars, operating delicate machinery, performing operations?" and "What happens when children in critical condition who need minute-to-minute care suddenly lose that care?" One Omake reveals that the death toll rose to seven hundred thousand, and that it's only going to keep rising due to things like suicide or injuries sustained either from lack of adults or from things like plane crashes.
    • The fic pulls no punches in reminding just how ill-equipped Black Canary is as a Warrior Therapist due to her lack of experience in psychology.
    • Dana Dearden, a GBS intern, gets a pivotal interview with Orange Lantern post-Displaced where the public is finally given the details of what happened. Despite the huge success of the interview and Dearden being responsible for finding OL's phone number and getting him to agree to an interview in the first place, Dearden is fired because she didn't properly inform OL that the interview was live. Being responsible for a pivotal interview doesn't clear reporters of the responsibility of informed consent.
    • When Superman decides that he wants to know Superboy, he's not Easily Forgiven. In fact he's called out for his willing neglect of Kon and his decision to get involved when Kon's emotional wound caused by him healed.
    • What happened after Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths when the other Justice League left Earth -14 in good hands of President Slade Wilson? The remaining members of the Management are killed and Wilson's government is devoted to hunt down the rest of the Crime Syndicate to the ends of the universe and killed without mercy. This provoked an all out war between the government and every supervillain.
      • Power Ring raised numerous reasons why Owlman's planet-killing bomb is a bad idea, pointing out the massive cost of evacuating a sustainable population to a sustainable fortress on another planet, plus the expenditure of resources in trying to keep massive shipments of food, materials, and people offworld hidden from the government. Not that he realized Owlman's actual plan was to destroy the multiverse.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • When OL asks M'gann whether she's wearing clothes since she was able to shape-shift her shirt. M'gann tells him "YesIwearclothesofcourseIwearclothes!...I'm not naked." (Although it later turns out that she does in fact possess shapeshifting clothing; she presumably just wasn't wearing it at the time.)
      Miss Martian: I mean, you don't seem to care but some people would probably find it really strange if I wasn't wearing clothes.
      ...
      Paul: You are fully clad. The matter is resolved.
    • Paulphidian denies that the song, "Invite Them In" has any significance to them or their situation, despite the fact the ring plays the song constantly contrary to their desire.
  • Symbiotic Possession:
    • Zigzagged with the Ophidian's merging with Paul. Paul gets the power of a god and the freedom to do what he wants from the Ophidian. From Paul, the Ophidian gets freedom from the Orange Lantern Central Power Battery and a needed intelligence boost. Paulphidian still acts benignly, helping the League and helping his friends. However Paul loses his ability to feel any emotion besides Greed, any understanding of empathy and most of his sanity.
    • Guy briefly fuses with Ion, the Willpower Embodiment, during the battle with The Light on New Years Eve. Unlike the Ophidian, it quickly leaves once the fight is over. They later fuse again to prevent a Titan-made tidal wave from drowning part of America.
  • Sympathetic Magic: Constantine is especially fond of using it. Donna Troy was made using this; Cronus wanted a minion who was equal to the champion the gods were putting together. Donna was supposed to be raised by his cult, but a gas explosion meant that she was adopted and raised by normal parents.

     T - Z 
  • Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors: Invoked by Paul when choosing how to deploy the Team to fight Kobra at Santa Prisca. Superboy wants to fight Mammoth himself, believing himself to be stronger. Paul points out that Miss Martian's telekinesis or his own constructs could make Mammoth's Super Strength useless.
    Paul: Superboy, you beat rock with paper, not with more rock.
  • Take Over the World: Deconstructed by Capo Al Scott/Power Ring Yellow. In Earth -14, he and the Crime Lodge made a bid on world domination but soon realized how massively difficult it would be to govern an entire planet. They only took control of New York City for less than a month, doing very poorly at civil administration, as some of them severely lack the skills or simply don't care for running the city at all.
  • Take That!:
    • Renegade!OL dismisses "Young Justice" as a team name, but offers the reasoning that the "Young" part would imply inexperience, which is something that all the members of the Team rebelled against.
    • Whenever the Joker comes up, Paul is extremely dismissive, repeatedly lambasting the idea that he should be considered one of the world's greatest boogeymen when all he is amounts to a pasty-skinned serial killer in a world full of super-powered thugs of the "smash a planet in half with one temper tantrum" variety, and asserting that in any halfway sensible world, he'd have been killed off either by the law or by another crook. Most tellingly, he absolutely refuses to call him "The Joker", instead using his powers to prove he is Jack Napier and calling him exclusively by that name. In the Renegade timeline, the Renegade also permanently cripples the Joker, to cement how powerless and unimportant he is.
    • When Poison Ivy and the Swamp Thing come face to face, he gives her a short but vehement "The Reason You Suck" Speech, essentially refuting all of her belief in her status as "The Green's Champion" before unceremoniously depowering her, permanently.
    • The episode about finding the second Kryptonian Clone (Match) is about half story and half "The Reason You Suck" Speech towards Cadmus, ranging from the obvious (not knowing about a whole clone of a Kryptonian is a pretty huge misstep), to the legal (the Genomorphs are basically slaves), to the practical (the labs are strangely dirty for such a high-tech area, with people still wearing street clothes, no clean rooms, and no special protective gear).
    • When Thana mentions that the she was burned by angels for communing with the dead of the Silver City, it serves as a reminder that not all gods are as merciful as hers. Note she's talking about the Greek Gods, who have a less than stellar history with mortals.
      OL: Oh, snap! Take that, Abraham!
    • And there's this gem when he goes to the Greek version of Hell to find it mostly empty, the Dead of Ancient Greece having long since served the punishment Hades believed due to them for their crimes.
      Finite torment for sinners. Because anything else would be barbaric. Suck it, Jehovah.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: The Renegade gives a lecture in Equestria about how cutie marks aren't actually a positive thing and aren't necessary in order to have special talents, and in the process, encounters Starlight Glimmer, who wants to erase them all and make everypony equal by making them all mediocre. She's stunned by his suggestion that there are other options, like giving every talent to everypony and making them all alicorns.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Cassie Sandsmark is the natural daughter of Helena Sandsmark and Zeus. Hippolyta is the daughter of Ares', making Diana Ares' granddaughter and Zeus' great-granddaughter. Since Ares' is Cassie's half-brother, this makes Cassie Diana's great-aunt.
  • Tankard Of Moose Urine: Guy's terrible beer is terrible. According to Paulphidian's chemical analysis, it literally almost tastes like horse urine.
  • Taught by Experience: The reason that OL managed to beat the First Citadelian is because unlike him, OL knew that feeling any sort of emotion other than Avarice would cut the power to the ring. So he riled him up until he felt anger and then blasted him.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Tula (Technician) vs John Constantine (Performer). Atlantean magic requires a lot of prior study and Tula trained hard to attain her skill, but John is more reliant on the power of intention and clever use of the little power he does have.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In Contingency, OL expresses his concerns to Martian Manhunter about the safeness of the training simulation and his fear of accidentally using constructs while sleeping. Manhunter tells him that his fears are unnecessary and the simulation is perfectly safe...yeah, about that...
    • Also in Contingency OL spends the first half of the training scenario complaining of the plot holes in said scenario. The death of the League? He complains that the death of three Green Lanterns would have at least had Oa investigating. OL is asked to take the scenario more seriously.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Paul has a tendency of not thinking how his words could be interpreted.
    • For example, after terrifying Holly, she threatens to destroy the painting she stole to get him him to back off. He tells her what are her chances whether or not she succeeds, and promises to keep quiet and give her a lot of money if she does something for him. Holly thinks that he's blackmailing her into sex. The implication horrifies Paul, since that was the opposite of his intention. He was trying to sponsor her out of a life of crime.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry:
    • A rare justified case. Since OL needs to feel sufficient Avarice to perform tasks, and sometimes he doesn't care enough about certain targets, he sometimes resorts to this to try to "Convince" himself.
    • After achieving Avarice Enlightenment, Paul no longer has to do this as enlightenment makes him aware of his desires all the time. However, those who aren't enlightened still need to do this.
  • That Was Not a Dream:
    • In Clueless, an amnesiac OL believes he's having a lucid dream when he is stuck in the Bialyan desert with M'gann. So he proceeds to act on dream logic and make a huge, indestructible nude statue of himself, only to find out afterwards that it wasn't a dream.
    • And when it says "Indestructible", it means it; the thing is massively tall, has a foundation that goes over a mile underground, and is harder than diamond. Eventually, it's revealed that the only way that Bialya could deal with it was to throw a massive tarp over the thing.
  • There Are No Global Consequences: Averted. The events of Displaced have massive consequences for the story, as the world learns that magic is real and is a legitimate threat. The event is treated as global tragedy and genocide on a massive scale with all the world powers scrambling to do something about it. In the Paragon timeline, there are calls to action to try to prevent magical threats and Atlantis is increasingly recognized by the international community, being the the only country known to have magic. In the Renegade timeline, the conspirators are executed by the Chinese government.
  • These Hands Have Killed: OL is horrified when he believes that he killed Clayface (he baked him alive to stop him from attacking).
  • This Is Gonna Suck: OL's reaction when he has to fight Klarion after he discovered that he has a crippling weakness to magic. He tries keeping his hopes up by thinking his constructs might help. Only for Kent Nelson to immediately confirm that they won't.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill:
    • Orange Lantern gets a lot of flak from Hal Jordan from killing Ra's, as up until that point, no one knew that Power Rings could be used to kill.
    • The Renegade calls out the heroes on this mentality multiple times, pointing out that the original Justice Society participated in World War II, where yes, they did kill people. And he doesn't make distinction between killing in a war versus killing outside of a war.
  • Threesome Subtext: In Clueless an amnesiac OL mentions wanting "Kryptonian beef with Martian greens". When Kon and M'gann later get together, OL mentions before catching himself that them dating makes them more attractive.
  • Three-Way Sex: Karon and Holly offer Paul the chance for a three-way in Spring in Blume. He ultimately turns the offer down since there were too many unpredictable emotional variables and it could mess with Holly's rehabilitation.
  • Time Dissonance: Often noticeable when fighting against powerful entities -— even in an accelerated mind state Paul sometimes has to strain to keep up with his opponents.
  • Time Travel for Fun and Profit: Truggs traveled to the past so he could exploit his future knowledge to make a name for himself. And then it's averted when it's revealed that he came back to avert the Bad Future that has Earth being little more than a Thanagarian Protectorate.
  • To Hell and Back: Several times.
    • In "Carpe Tempus", Paul needs to go to Tartarus and have an audience with Hades to get evidence for a rehabilitation project he's working on. Queen Hippolyta and Philippus are leery of it, not because they don't think he can get there and back, but because he tends to destabilize the pantheon when he talks to the different goddesses. Like with Hera....
    • Paul later visits the monotheistic hell, in Episode 73: Retribution. It goes badly; Satanus sets a trap to have Paul's soul infused with so much demonic magic that it alters his outlook and makes him want to stay there.
    • And there are a couple of short visits in Episode 66: Resurrectionists (where he's ambushed by a demon and pulled through a portal), and Episode 77: Clarion Call (where he travels there seeking protection from the Silver City).
  • Tomato in the Mirror:
    • This ensues with Red Inferno and Red Torpedo. The former accepts herself as a robot and still goes by her name as Danette Reilly, while the latter tries to resume his human life of James Lockhart to the point of wanting to remove his water control system.
    • OL discovers that James Harper is one, directly referring to the term. He even explains the term to James later.
      Paul: You're a tomato. You're a tomato. Of course, why not?
  • Toon Physics: Some of Klarion's constructs operate on this, only able to be harmed by similar effects.
  • Training from Hell: OL training to use his power ring under Guy Gardner.
    Guy Gardner: Oh, that's it! On Saturday, we're doin' orbital bombardment practice!
    • The Renegade has this with his anti-psychic training with Manchester Black.
  • Training the Gift of Magic: Atlanteans and Zatanna are naturally magical, but they need training to properly utilize it.
  • Transferable Memory:
    • J'aarkn offers some of his memories to M'gann. M'gann is hesitant to take him up on it, but he assures her that he didn't include any of his adult film work.
    • The g-gnomes can copy knowledge from one person to another, including properly integrating it as if it were naturally learned.
  • Undead Tax Exemption: The trope is played back and forth.
    • OL doesn't have any documentation due to the fact he comes from another dimension. The League try to provide him with some when they attempt to enroll him in high school, but he refuses and makes a point of erasing all traces of it. He is noted to not even have a passport.
    • OL finally averts this when he's given Themysciran citizenship and a diplomatic passport.
    • Red Tornado and Firebrand don't have any citizenship due to being robots and not considered people to the U.S. government despite the both of them living in the U.S. for years.
    • J'aarkn's co-worker points out that M'gann is technically an illegal immigrant that's only there due to her connections to Manhunter.
    • J'onn J'aarkn's arc is an aversion of this: the Department of Homeland Security is trying to deport him back to Mars and needs the help of the Team to make it stick.
  • The Unfettered: Post-Enlightenment, Paul is always aware of his goals, and how they relate to each other. This doesn't precisely make him a sociopath, because there are many people whom he cares about, but he tends to brush aside social norms that don't suit him, and acts in a way that others see as extreme; he's capable of planning and committing genocide without regret if he believes the situation calls for it.
    Paul: (asked about when he genocided an Evil Empire) I don't think much about them at all. I'd rather not have to deal with situations like that, but I'd rather deal with it than have it not dealt with.
  • Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: OL takes Sephtian's untested prototype containment vessel for a way to contain Siskin without Nabu escalating the situation.
  • The Unmasqued World:
    • Despite the fact that places like Atlantis and heroes like Doctor Fate were around, very few people believed in magic. Then Klarion became responsible for hundreds of thousands of death and they couldn't ignore it.
    • OL reveals to the world that the afterlife and gods are very real in an interview with Cat Grant during Black Reign, citing how Teth Adom was resurrected from the dead and given his power. This is notable after Wonder Woman (made from Olympian Gods) had been around for ages and a literal Hell on Earth scenario.
  • Unwanted Assistance: In-Universe Everyone's reaction to Paulphidian attempting to help them by giving them stuff. The various things Paulphidian did in the name of helping:
    • Turn the moon around so people could see the dark side of it.
    • Make a humongous cake for the people of New York.
    • Give the Danner Formula to Robin and Artemis.
    • Take down the League of Shadows by scanning the entirety of Earth in an attempt to give Kon ninjas... by the means of creating enough floating eyeballs to literally see all of Earth.
    • Transmute a suit of Nth metal armor, which nearly took out Mount Justice.
    • Give storage cases of fruits and vegetables to the Amazons. Though this one was actually appreciated, since he gave them things that they didn't have on the island. Several botanists on the island are planning on how to incorporate bananas into the crops.
  • Unwinnable Training Simulation: In the story's version of Failsafe, Renegade!OL and Paragon!OL have very different reactions to it:
    • Renegade!OL immediately figures out something was wrong when his Willing Suspension of Disbelief broke over Robin and Kid Flash's emotional response to Artemis' death and breaks out the scenario.
    • Paragon!OL believed the training scenario to real and was truly seeing his friends die in front of him. Paragon becomes so desperate to turn the situation around that he resorts to drastic methods to win. He wins by simply overwhelming the scenario.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Paulphidian breaks down when Father Mattias deconstructs their motives for releasing the Ophidian and merging with it. They recollect themselves when Father Mattias makes the mistake of telling the Embodiment of Avarice, "that they don't want this."
    • Paulphidian has a major one, breaking down in a gibbering mess when the Green Lanterns refuse to give in to their desires and refuse its help. They futilely try to feel something by hugging the Star Sapphire in order to feel the emotions their friends want them to have.
  • Villainous BSoD: After transformation into a love elemental, Chantinelle becomes horrified of her past deeds.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React:
    • One of Orange Lantern's biggest complaints about the Justice League is that they're not proactive when it comes to threats or innovation. Often they just wait for the threat to make itself known and let a lot of Schizo Tech collect dust in warehouses. OL seeks to avert this, often by disabling the supervillain permanently, but also by stimulating innovation, reverse-engineering supervillain technology, and increasing awareness of other resources for the world (such as magic, or that there are whole nations that don't receive nearly the attention they want or deserve).
    • Paul also does this by reforming super-villains that have a chance or least could be persuaded into reforming.
    • This is Truggs' reasoning for becoming and siding with supervillains. Although he admits that Paragon!OL breaks this paradigm.
      Truggs: Why a supervillain? Why didn't I go see Wayne or Kord, someone like that? Simple. Villains act. Heroes, those paragons of stasis, react. I wanna change the world, change history. You think they'd.. let me? Or try an' send me back to my crummy future? No, I needed ruthless, determined, aggressive. I needed people who'd plow through every law and social convention to get what they want.
  • Villain with Good Publicity:
    • Prince Orm was this as he often served as Regent for his brother, Aquaman while the latter was on the surface world. So it was extremely devastating for Atlantis to find out that he's Ocean Master, a racist extremist supervillain when he's arrested by the Team.
    • Paul and Zatanna consider Nabu to be this- yes, he's a member of the Justice League, but he's technically a lich who has stolen Giovanni's body and is using it like a puppet.
    • It's surprisingly difficult to prove the Reach's villainy to those who don't already believe it, because they employ long-term plans and Mind Control rather than direct violent invasions. That doesn't stop them from exterminating one civilisation after another, breaking up their bodies for parts or just wiping them out and colonizing their worlds, though; after all, dead men tell no tales...
      Negotiator: We are a peaceful.. trading empire. We're trying to help this world advance. To meet its full potential.
      Operative Phil: Just like all of the other places you wiped out.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Guy Gardner and OL often trade barbs when training, and often criticize the others limitations when it comes to Power Ring usage, but they eventually form a friendly rapport with each other, and show concern for each others well being. This leads to Guy being the only active Green Lantern on Earth that OL actually gets along with.
  • Vocal Minority: In-Universe. During the candidate selection meeting for the Justice League, the majority were in favor for voting Paul into the league. However admittance requires a unanimous vote and Nabu and Lantern Jordan dissent. It's a reason that Paul recommends that their recruitment policy needs to be changed- if just one person out of a hundred says no, then the person is gone, no matter how useful they would be.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World:
    • Averted, Donna Troy gives up superheroing for a year to focus on her senior year at high school.
    • Defied by OL, as he refuses to go to school since he's already went to school when he was younger.
  • Weapon of X-Slaying: The Ace of Winchesters for slaying demons, The Twin Blade for killing even god-tier entities, The Ace of Chaos to disrupt Order-aligned magic.
  • Weather-Control Machine: Ted Kord is working with Io, Dubblex, and Sephtian to make weather control drones.
  • Wham Episode:
    • For the Paragon timeline Paragon gets so desperate to save his friends from the Alien Invasion that he frees the Ophidian and Fusion Dances with it to become the Ophidian's Host.
    • For both timelines, the episode Displaced where Klarion's "distraction" turns out to genocide.
    • For the Renegade timeline, when Renegade!OL and the Team are investigating the downed plane near the end of the first season, it's not an ambush by the Light- it's an ambush by Apokolips. And one of Darkseid's servants has come to Earth to investigate why, exactly, "Grayven" is going against his Father's wishes...
    • Falling Actions in the Paragon timline, which is when Orange Lantern begins his plan to get rid of Nabu.
    • Later on in the Paragon timeline, Paul meets the person who created the Lantern ring that he gained at first: Hinon Hee Hannanan. She lost her connection to the Orange Light in the process and Paul restores her.
    • Further on in the Paragon timeline, Paul ends up getting the Archangel of War sent after him with flocks of angels descending onto those he knows. He has to side with the forces of Hell just to have a fighting chance, only for him to get his head cut off in the end and his soul dragged up to Heaven.
  • Wham Line:
    • When OL learns just why Abra Kadabra, who is from the future, was frightened nearly to death upon meeting him: ring-users taking everyone over in the future...
      Orange Lantern: Yes, Black Lanterns can be a bit of a handful, can't they?
      Abra Kadabra: Black? No, not Black. Orange.
    • There is another in the episode, Preparations.
      Detective Bullock: Where were you last Thursday night?
      Orange Lantern: What sort of time?
      Detective Montoya: Midnight.
      Orange Lantern: Is this about the gun? Because I got a receipt-
      Detective Bullock: No, it's about the murder of Jennifer Gordon-Hewitt!
    • And then there's THIS little line from when Paul summons his ring back...
      Larfleeze: No! You can't have them! They're mine! My shinies! His head swings left and right. Find him! All of you, go! Find him!
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode: Essentially the second-half of Hullevow.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In-Universe, Paul doesn't want Nabu to capture Siskin/Terror Thing because no one knows what happened to Onomatopoeia, Blackbriar Thorn, Wotan and Felix Faust after Nabu took them.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?:
    • Paul attempts to prevent his team-mates from killing Mister Twister, since he appears to have comparable intelligence to a human. This becomes moot when Mister Twister self-destructs.
    • He similarly stops Black Canary from killing the Duke of Oil, another sapient robot. This time, the robot survives and goes to court.
      Paul: Before you say anything: Red Tornado. Are we killing people now?
    • Robot-Man, a man whose only human component is his brain, was denied his humanity in a Supreme Court ruling, meaning all robots regardless of how intelligent they are, are not legally people. Which is a problem to people like Red Tornado or Firebrand.
    • Notably, the female Cadmus scientist treats Superboy's liberation as if he were an escaped experiment — to Superboy's face. Superboy is not impressed.
    • The G-Gnomes, despite being a telepathic and intelligent species, are treated as no better than animals by Cadmus. Dubbilex can't defend them because Cadmus owns them and he has no one to turn to. Paragon!OL attempts to fix this by making a deal with Lex Luthor: OL will help him salvage Cadmus in exchange for Lex fighting for the rights of the Genomorphs, which would likely overturn the Supreme Court Ruling.
    • The Justice League's policy allows for the killing of Elementals, Demons, and presumably The Undead.
    • By the time of Zigzag, the US has given rights to beings that can pass a Turing Test, including Demons, Elementals, A.I.s, Robots, and so on. While OL pushed for the policy, he occasionally moans that he wishes he had planned it out better, as it makes dealing with demons much more complicated.
  • What Would X Do?: OL asks himself what would John Constantine do when he has to confront Klarion while injured. The answer was take away Klarion's source of power, i.e. Teekl.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • OL calls out Hal Jordan for never giving Abin Sur's family any condolences for his death.
    • Kon is furious when he finds out that OL knew that Lex Luthor was his 'father' the whole time and never told him.
    • Multiple members of the Team give OL this when he kinda acts like a jackass to Artemis.
    • OL makes sure that Martian Manhunter realizes that the events of Contingency and Reordered were all his fault due to his carelessness and neglect of his student's needs.
    • OL and Zatanna are horrified that the Justice League accept Nabu despite him enslaving and kidnapping Giovanni Zatara and doing nothing to help him.
  • Why Did It Have to be Orange Lantern: Abra Kadabra starts gibbering in sheer terror when OL attempts to interrogate him. In Kadabra's future, Orange Lanterns are considered extremely bad news to say the least.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?:
    • Discussed in Titanfall that the Light had all the heroes and side-kicks' identities and could easily just kill them in their sleep. Paul thinks that they just don't want to escalate things while Zatanna believes that Can't Kill You, Still Need You is in effect and they need them for something.
    • Apparently, the reason that some supervillains can't be executed is that there are laws on the books preventing the execution of mentally unstable individuals. OL is trying to get these laws changed to permanently deal with people like the Joker.
  • Wiki Walk: Mentioned as "TV Tropes disease", which caused the SI to lose two hours on the internet.
  • Wizards Live Longer: Danner formula enhanciles can live a really long time. To the point that it's odd if one starts to grey when they hit 90 — although the formula hasn't been in use long enough for anyone to know what their life expectancy actually is.
  • Worf Had the Flu:
    • When Red Torpedo and Red Inferno hold the team hostage, OL couldn't do anything to break out because they deliberately attacked when he had taken off his ring (to use the bathroom).
    • In his second fight with Klarion, OL had to take off his ring because Klarion put a powder on it to draw power from the ring to himself. So he couldn't save Zatara from Nabu.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit:
    • As per canon, Miss Martian pretends to be Red Tornado in order to lure Mister Twister closer.
    • During the investigation of Jennifer Gordon-Hewitt's murder, Orange Lantern comes across Bane and his thugs holding a man hostage. Orange Lantern goes in to rescue the man, only for the man to use a telepathic disruptor on him and turn out be the man that hired Bane.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal:
    • Klarion's chaos magic continued to inflict damage on Paul’s body because Paul had zero natural resistance to magic at the time. It goes away after Cornwall Boy thoroughly cleans the lingering magic.
    • Captain Marvel’s abilities could not counteract and heal his wounds because they were inflicted by the Twin Blade.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • OL initially refuses to go near a Zeta Beam fearing being Telefragged or ending up in the wrong place.
    • He later is attacked by a man (Sportsmaster) wearing a hockey mask and wielding a javelin, and thinks it must be Casey Jones. When it turns out that the Ninja Turtles are fiction on Earth 16 as well, he has a hard time explaining the mix-up to his teammates.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: After Renegade!OL's become disillusioned with the idea that the Justice League could ever help at all, he's very tempted to work alongside the Light instead. Then M'gann comes along, and tells him that he has the power to help people without relying on the aid of unrepentant murderers.
    Renegade: Well... that's me told.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: OL has currently no way to get back to his home dimension and his hometown does not exist in the DC universe.
  • You Cloned Hitler!: The premise of Triumph of the Will. Wolf Krieger tried to clone Hitler 94 times until he finally succeeded. However, the sole surviving clone was raised by loving parents and became a well adjusted man (Helmut Schreiber) who married a black woman and had a family. Although Krieger is not so pleased by the results, he sees the clone as the means of bringing back Hitler's broken soul from Hell and then putting that soul inside the clone to create a god that embodies the ideal of Aryan fascism.
  • Your Head A-Splode: How several people are killed by the enemy speedster in Zigzag.
  • Your Soul is Mine!: Ghost Fox Killer, one of the Chinese Superfunctionaries can take the souls of evil to use for herself. She kills Bane like this, and it's strongly hinted that she did the same to those responsible for Roanoke in Renegade timeline.
  • Young Future Famous People: While web searching, OL found out that there are some very young people who have yet to become either heroes or villains. For example: Victor Stone is eleven and is completely organic. Lonnie Machin is also eleven, but is already fighting the forum wars as 'moneyspider'.
  • Younger Than They Look: Many examples.
    • Superboy and his brother are a few months old, justified as they are clones.
    • Red Inferno/Dannette Reily was three years old when she "died" or she's technically a few months old if one considers reactivation her rebirth.
    • Discussed when Paul doesn't go to the World of Adults. Kid Flash initially believes that Paul was lying about his age and is actually a teenager.
    • Danner Formula enhanciles are this incarnate- it's considered strange if they start going grey before they're in their nineties.

    In Praise of Eros 

"This is my cause, this is my fight!
Shine through the void with orange light!
I've claimed all within my sight!
To keep what is mine, that is my right!"
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