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Infinity Crisis by Michael Weyer is a crossover between Avengers: Infinity War and the Arrowverse (as well as a later appearance by the Justice League), based on the idea that Thanos' use of the Infinity Gauntlet killed half the population of the multiverse, rather than just destroying half the population of his universe. Contacted by the Phantom Stranger to explain the situation, Team Arrow, Team Flash, the Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl and Alex are directed to Earth-199999, to offer their assistance in challenging Thanos, to either restore those who have died or kill Thanos to avenge their deaths.

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After the main story, readers can enjoy various spin-offs looking at how the various universes and their heroes cope after these events, including:


Infinity Crisis and its spin-offs contain examples of:

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  • Abusive Parents: Obviously, Nebula's history with Thanos comes up, but Bruce Banner makes reference to his abusive father when talking with Caitlin.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: When they find Alexa and Nyssa in bed together, Kara and Sara are shocked as Black Siren starts laughing. They tell her to be quiet but when Siren points out how Sara's ex-girlfriend is now with Kara's sister (who Sara had a one-night stand with), the duo are soon laughing as well.
  • Action Girl: Alex Danvers, Sara Lance, Natasha Romanoff... the list goes on
  • Adaptational Villainy: In Of Kryptonians and Queens, Etrigan's status as a 'hero' has always been somewhat questionable, but here he is explicitly on Morgana's side as Jason Blood resents Merlin for bonding him to Etrigan.
  • Aliens in Cardiff: In Tales of the Beyond, Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider reemerges from hell in a random suburban backyard in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, a real life suburb of Tulsa. Michael Langdon, who is the former antichrist now tasked with siring evil children across the multiverse, later manifests there as well.
    • Earlier, the B.T.S.O. of Earth-961 are revealed to have their HQ underneath a barn somewhere in Maryland.
  • Alien Non-Interference Clause: A cross-dimensional version of this, as at least one hero states that they can’t travel across alternate universes to stop in whenever they feel they should ‘help’ because that creates the risk of them coming to feel entitled to impose their own views on other worlds. For the most part, every time a hero crosses over to another universe, they are either pursuing one of their villains who has already done so or have been alerted to the presence of their villain in that world by local allies; the only exception is in chapter 7 of Counterpart Conferences, when the Batman of the DC Animated Universe travels to Earth-99 to deal with his local counterpart, who has begun to kill even his allies.
  • All Your Powers Combined:
    • The Flashes, Black Lightning and Thor contemplate the possibility that they may be able to give each other a boost given their differing ties to electricity.
    • Giving Cisco access to vibranium enhances his usual powers to the point where he can create portals to other planets in the same dimension that he’s currently in
    • Cyborg uses his Mother Box to interface with the Gauntlet, which later allows him to 'join forces' with Doctor Strange and use the Stones and the Box to restore all those dead; he is also able to use it later on to repair the Vision while working with Shuri.
    • Thor and Jane combine Stormbreaker and Mjolnir together to defeat Hela.
    • During the final battle, Oliver and Clint each repeat Clint's past trick of firing an arrow with a tiny person on the end to quickly send the Atom and Ant-Man into the thick of the action
    • Black Lightning's powers are channelled into and deflected off Black Panther's vibranium claws.
    • In Powers and Marvels, Tony, Shuri and Alpha are able to adapt some of Tony's armors, Wakandan technology, the Vision and Alpha's own experiences (and even some tech left behind by Cyborg), to create nine temporary suits for the Power Rangers to use in the absence of their power coins, which are also capable (via use of Pym Particles) of combining into the 'Iron Zord' (technically the Vibranium Zord, but this rolled off the tongue better).
  • Allohistorical Allusion: In Powers and Marvels, Ant-Man and the Wasp travel to the Power Rangers' Earth-1993 and discover that in this world The Beatles are all still alive and performing together. Kimberly makes a mention of how people wish the band would take a hint from The Rolling Stones and retire.
  • Almighty Idiot: Invoked for Thanos, as the Stranger and Loki observe that Thanos has no idea of the long-term consequences of his actions.
  • Almighty Mom: Invoked in Sins, Sirens and Strife, when Atlanna and Hippolyta join forces to lead the armies of Atlantis and Thermyscira against Circe's forces.
  • Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome:
    • In Counterpart Conferences, Mal and Evie of Descendants express a wish that their mothers were more like Maleficent (Maleficent) and Regina (Once Upon a Time) after meeting them.
    • Invoked in a positive and negative extent in Brothers of Thunder, as the Thor of Earth-8096 is impressed that Earth-199999 Jane is able to wield Mjolnir, while Thor and Jane are shocked that the Enchantress of Earth-8096 is genuinely scary.
  • Ambiguously Bi: In Sins, Sirens and Strife, Darcy Lewis states "Shoot, now I'm gay" when she first sees Wonder Woman, and later implies that she has engaged in at least one threesome.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Powers and Marvels ends with the Mandarin having both his hands replaced by the High Evolutionary, as the Mandarin burned his own hands off after Iron Man sealed them in a special coolant created to contain lab accidents that stopped the Mandarin releasing the energy from his rings.
  • And I Must Scream: Schmidt mentions how he has spent seventy years in isolation on Vormir, although considering who he is, nobody has any sympathy for him.
  • The Anticipator: When Ray, Scott and Hope shrink down and enter the Soul Gem, they are met by Doctor Strange, who notes that he expected someone to get there a day earlier.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Beast and Sasquatch make it clear that they really don’t want to fight each other, considering they consider themselves of a similar breed, but they fight regardless. However, the fight does not diminish their respect for one another.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When Cat Grant reveals she already knew Kara's true identity, she lists the follow reasons: 1. She's a world class journalist; 2. Kara's disguise is atrocious; and 3. Cat knows nuns who are better liars than Kara.
  • Ascended Extra: One of the minor characters in Infinity Crisis: The Inhumans (due to the author being a fan of obscure characters) is Ozel, a green-haired Inhuman that only made one appearance in the comics (Marvel Fanfare #14 (May 1984)). What powers she may have had in the comics were never revealed, so the author made her a speedster as a Shout-Out to Quicksilver, who she met in her sole comic appearance.
    • The same story also establishes that in the Avengers' Earth, Hawaii has a local talk show hosted by Tana Moon
  • At Least I Admit It: Invoked in Sins, Sirens & Strife during the final confrontation with Amora; when they learn that her plan consists of basically brainwashing Earth to worship her, Sif notes that she's amazed that Amora's sister Lorelei is the more mature of the two, as Lorelei at least admits that her ambitions don't go beyond the obvious.
  • Avengers, Assemble!: Obviously, since the Trope Namers are part of the team-up.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses:
    • Constantly during the Battle of New York in the main fic, with the most notable examples being Sif and Diana leaning on each other as they do battle with Nyssa, Okoye and Valkyrie nearby, along with Sara and Laurel or Nebula and Gamora during the final stand.
    • In Powers and Marvels, Trini and Aisha explicitly do this when the Rangers and the Avengers attack Rita and Zedd's forces.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Obviously everyone who was Snapped is brought back to life in the main fic, but Barry and Wally manage to bring Pietro back even before the Snap is undone, Constantine works with Nebula to restore Gamora to her body from the Soul Stone once the heroes retrieve the Gauntlet, Shuri and Cyborg are able to reactivate the Vision when the fighting ends.
    • Tomorrow's Guardians reveals Captain Cold survived and is in the future. Later, Ultron is revealed to have also survived his seeming destruction.
    • In Distant Cousins, Lex Luthor is able to revive General Astra as part of his new agenda.
  • Badass Adorable: In a sense for Rocket; when the new arrivals see him, Mick and Cisco compare him to a cartoon.
  • Badass Army: Initially, the fic consists of the surviving members of the Avengers, Team Arrow, Team Flash, the Legends, Supergirl and the Justice League going up against Thanos's remaining minions, Hydra, the Dark Elves, and various other Asgardian enemies. Once the Snap has been reversed, the heroes' numbers expand to include the restored Avengers, Justice Leaguers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Defenders, until Thanos is left alone against the enraged heroes.
  • Badass Boast: In Sins, Sirens and Strife, Hippolyta and Atlanna team up against Circe's demonic hordes.
    Hippoloyta: Come. Let us show them how queens make war.
    • Later in the fic, Batman informs the Martian Manhunter that he could defeat the last Martian with nothing but a fifty-cent book of matches.
  • Badass Decay: In-Universe example cited by the Skull in how HYDRA has gone from an army ready to conquer the world to the equivalent of an American corporation doing board meetings on plans they never follow through on.
  • Badass Normal: Oliver Queen, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanoff, Sara Lance, Alex Danvers, Mick Rory, et al.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • In Powers and Marvels, the Rangers and the Avengers are tricked into thinking that Rita took the coins to the Moon Palace when in fact they were left with the Mandarin and Zedd to be used to 'wake up' Fin Fang Foom.
    • Distant Cousins makes it appear that Maxwell Lord has returned to National City, but it's really Lex Luthor in disguise.
    • The entirety of Justice Like Lightning as it looked as if the Thunderbolts were a government-sponsored team formed by Ross...only for "Ross" to be Norman Osborn using them as his own personal squad.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • Strange states after Thanos's defeat that this timeline was the only one of 14 million possible futures where everything worked out in their favor.
    • It also turns out that the man in the red suit was Mephisto, who was setting Thanos up with allies to accelerate his fall because otherwise he would be cheated out of the souls of all of those who were dusted by the Snap.
  • Bar Brawl: Of course the Legends find a way to do this as in Tomorrow's Guardians, they and the Guardians start an epic fight in the mess hall of the Orville.
  • Bash Brothers: A female example, as Earth-1 Sara and Earth-2 Laurel join forces to deliver a beatdown to Sin.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In Counterpart Conferences, the Earth-51 Joker is just musing that his life has become stuck in a rut since Batman became too busy with the League to bother with him, and just as he muses that he wants something to shake up his life, he enters his current base and finds his entire gang slaughtered by another version of himself who proceeds to kill him and take his place as this world's Joker.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: In Women of Wonder, Aresia's expressed desire to free women from tyranny has become hypocritical as she is controlling the minds of her current forces to ensure their loyalty.
  • Becoming the Mask: In Of Kryptonians and Queens, the spell Morgana used to become Lena Luthor was so potent that until the Dusting, she completely forgot her original identity, making it possible to pull a Literal Split Personality and separate the two.
  • Been There, Shaped History: In Of Kryptonians and Queens, Morgana takes credit for the quote "Methinks the lady doth protest too much", regretting giving that line to Shakespeare after how often it's cropped up since.
  • Beergasm: In Tomorrow's Guardians, when Mick Rory learns that Xelayan is known for the best tequila in the Union, he solemnly states that he would lay down his life for this planet.
  • BFG: Rocket is very enthusiastic when Rory gives him the Cold Gun.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Sins, Sirens & Strife establishes Amora as this; while she thought she was a brilliant strategist with great plans, Loki at one point commented that her plans were so transparent it was like she was standing naked in front of a clear glass window.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • As things are looking rough with a mass invasion of New York, the heroes are aided by the Justice League showing up to help.
    • Doctor Strange serves as this in Powers and Marvels when he senses that the Rangers have lost their power coins and opens a portal in time to save them, followed by Zordon sending Jason, Trini and Zack along to help the other six.
    • In Counterpart Conferences, as the Decepticons are attacking the G.I. Joe team, the Autobots arrive to even up the odds.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Shared between Thor and Jane after beating Hela, with the narrative noting that the kiss "charged the air around them" due to their new shared power over thunder.
  • Big Red Button: Invoked in Powers and Marvels; after the Rangers have received their new suits, Billy notices something in red in the data feed they're receiving from the new suits, and Shuri tells him to only press that in an emergency, as that triggers the suits to come together in what they term 'the Iron Zord'.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Sara has issues with Black Siren while Thor is confronted by the returned Hela and the "ghost" of Loki. Thea muses that she thought she had a screwed-up family.
  • Birds of a Feather:
    • In a sense; Rocket and Mick end up forming a bond due to their status as outsiders.
    • After the crisis, Luke Cage, Jefferson Pierce and T'Challa talk about their responsibilities as black heroes.
    • In Taking Flight (and Fights), Bruce Banner and Jen Walters try to offer similar moments of understanding to Ben Grimm after he becomes the Thing.
    • In Powers and Marvels, Spider-Man bonds with the de-powered Rangers on shouldering the burden of being a hero while also dealing with teenage issues.
    • In Sins, Sirens and Strife, Thor talks with Aquaman about the challenges they each face in their past role as kings.
  • Bittersweet Ending: As noted in the spin-off sequels, only the dead who were killed by the Snap came back to life when the heroes used the Gauntlet for themselves. As a result, there were still numerous casualties caused by, for example, vehicles crashing because the drivers suddenly vanished, with the heroes having to cope with the consequences of those losses.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: In Tomorrow's Guardians, Quill notes that he learned a long time ago to stop judging alien cultures by human standards when the Legends express their discomfort with the Moclans' gender focus.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Incredibly, in Powers and Marvels, Rita Repulsa subverts this. After stealing the Rangers' coins, Zedd is about to leave only for Rita to point out "how many times have we done this?" She knows full well that if they leave the Rangers alive, "they go on some quest, find new powers, come back stronger than ever and kick our rear ends!" Zedd agrees and is about to kill the Rangers when Doctor Strange teleports them away.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Sins, Sirens and Strife opens with Jane receiving combat lessons from Sif so that she isn't totally reliant on Mjolnir in a fight, freely admitting that she's just been diving in and swinging the hammer when she's working with the Avengers.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • Happens in Gamma Relations when Captain Marvel briefly falls under the Leader's control and attacks Iron Man and War Machine.
    • A downplayed example in Powers and Marvels; the Mandarin uses his mento ring to take control of Kimberly's mind, but he 'just' threatens to make her kill herself unless the other Rangers hand over their power coins.
    • In Sins, Sirens and Strife, Amora has used her magic to control Balder for centuries, and briefly does the same to Superman before Shazam is able to break her control with his lightning.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: In chapter six of Tales Of The Beyond, it's revealed that a government agency has made everyone on Earth-4113 forget "The Vanishing" ever occurred.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • Pretty obvious when Deadpool shows up in Taking Flight (And Fights).
    • A less direct example in Powers and Marvels, when Carol Danvers comments that the Power Rangers' weapons and vehicles look like "rejects from a 1990s Japanese TV show".
  • Brought Down to Badass: Thanos's use of the Gauntlet has damaged it so that he can't use its full power again, but Loki notes that, considering the power he wielded before he had the Gauntlet, the resonance of its power leaves him with the strength of up to a hundred Asgardians.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Phil Coulson returns to officially reveal his survival to the Avengers (although they admit they've known he was alive for a while now).
    • While en route back to Earth, Stark and Nebula encountered and rescued Valkyrie and Sif.
    • Jane Foster comes to the Avengers compound to provide scientific insight.
    • The Red Skull returns to Earth, and Thanos also brings back Malekith and Hela.
    • Technically Snart’s cold gun, considering that we last saw it being disassembled by Ray to use its components to disable a bomb; also applies to Mjolnir, which is restored by Thanos on Hela's request (even if it's subsequently picked up by Jane because Hela didn't know about the worthiness enchantment).
    • Barry and Wally are able to bring Pietro Maximoff back to life after finding him in the Speed Force
    • Jessica is shocked to see Matt Murdock/Daredevil alive after assuming he died following the Defenders' battle with the Hand.
    • The moment when everyone killed by the Gauntlet returns (as well as Constantine working with Nebula to perform a ritual that restores Gamora to her body), leaving the heroes to tear through Thanos' forces.
    • Shuri and Cyborg are able to use the Mother Box and the Mind Stone to repair and reactivate the Vision.
    • Back on Earth-38, Lucy Lane and Cat Grant have returned to the DEO and Cat Co respectively; after being 'dusted' by "The Snap", they each decided that National City was the best place for them to make the kind of difference they wanted to make.
    • In Different Strokes, Slade returns to help the team and the Huntress is now an operative for Argus.
    • Darcy Lewis becomes part of the Avengers' primary support staff in Taking Flight (and Fights).
    • In Powers and Marvels, Jason, Trini and Zack are brought back into the fold to help the Avengers and the active Rangers after the Power Coins are stolen.
    • In Counterpart Conferences, the Earth-1 Batman returns to Gotham, although he declines to share his reasons for leaving the city with Kate even if it's implied the Dusting was the catalyst for him to return.
    • In Tomorrow's Guardians, Alara Kitan rejoins the crew of the Orville during the Kaylon invasion of Xeleya.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday:
    • It's still unusual, but Joe wonders what it says about their lives that Iris is so nonchalant at meeting an alternate version of Barry who doesn't even look like the Barry Allen she married.
    • Earlier, Nate sums up to Ray the reaction of the Legends to meeting Loki in his ghost form
    Nate: This is when you know you've been at this job for too long. We're talking to the ghost of a Norse god and I'm not even surprised by it anymore.
    • In Powers and Marvels, the Power Rangers are nonchalant over meeting the Hulk and others.
    Rocky: Dude, we fight a winged golden monkey every other day, this is nothing.
    • The Rangers and Thor are equally nonchalant when Fin Fan Foom manifests for the first time, although the other Avengers are still shocked by it.
    • In Of Kryptonians and Queens, the returned Cat Grant has this reaction to Morgana and Etrigan attacking the office.
    Cat Grant: A badly-dressed psychopath trying to cause destruction. Now I really do feel like I'm back home.
  • Call-Back: Chapter 7 of Counterpart Conferences is one for Chapter 3. They are about the DCAU Joker/Batman confronting multiversal counterparts that they feel are the worst version of themselves out there and express admiration of their Dark Knight Trilogy counterparts.
  • The Cameo:
    • Stan Lee makes his "obligatory" cameo, informing Batman that folks like a lighter hero after the Dark Knight has a brief meeting with Spider-Man.
    • A brief appearance of Bart Allen and Clark Kent from Smallville in Legacy of Lightning, when the two Barry Allens help Bart Allen return home after his confrontation with the Black Flash.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Zigzagged in the case of Infinity Crisis: The Inhumans. As the author explains in the notes before the story, the TV show is an "adaptation" of the REAL events of the Royal Family's arrival on Earth. The basic beats happened, but the real story ended differently. Mainly, Instead of Maximus being left on an abandoned Attilan while the rest of the inhabitants ended up on Earth, the story establishes that Attilan ended up on the ocean neighboring Honolulu, and Maximus was exiled to a planet with no intelligent life on it.
    • Similarly, Infinity Crisis: Tales of the Beyond ignores the Jimmy Neutron spin-off Planet Sheen, having Sheen on Earth and still with the other main characters.
  • Canon Welding:
    • The fic states that Black Lightning is indeed from Earth-1 as Oliver has heard of his reputation while Lightning notes Oliver Queen really is the Green Arrow.
    • Spin-off story Gamma Relations reveals that the X-Men of the X-Men Film Series exist in the MCU universe, with Bruce being an old friend of Hank McCoy and Pietro and Wanda attending a meeting of mutants that is interrupted by Magneto, Mystique and Pyro.
    • New Charges shows Black Lightning working with the Miles Morales Spider-Man and Static Shock.
    • Legacy of Lightning establishes that Smallville took place on another Earth in the multiverse (identified as Earth-21) with the Barry Allens of Earths-1 and -51 rescuing Bart Allen after he was trapped in the Speed Force.
    • Powers and Marvels establishes the world of Power Rangers as another world in the Multiverse, numbered as Earth-1993.
    • In Hand and Foot has the original comic book versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles merged with aspects of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) series.
    • Counterpart Conferences establishes that the events of Lucifer (2016) take place on Earth-1.
    • It's shown that G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and The Transformers exist together on Earth-1984.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In Tomorrow's Guardians, during the big Bar Brawl, Black Siren is tempted to unleash her sonic cry but thinks better of it for fear it can shatter the windows on the ship. Later, when the Kaylon invade the ship, Siren does exactly that to suck several of them into space.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In a sense; she is present at the meeting with the Phantom Stranger, but Ava is not shown joining the other heroes when they travel to confront Thanos, and it is never explicitly stated why she isn't with the others (although it can be assumed she decided to stay on Earth-1 with the Bureau to keep an eye on things).
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder:
    • Acknowledged but rejected; in the majority of the depicted villainous team-ups (Thanos and his 'Masters of Evil', Zedd, Rita and the Mandarin and later the Mandarin and the High Evolutionary in Powers and Marvels, and Skeletor and Hordak in Counterpart Conferences), the villains all acknowledge that they will eventually turn on each other, but they are also all smart enough to concede that they would better accomplish their goals by working together to achieve their immediate objective of defeating their enemies before they start trying to kill each other again.
    • Features directly in In Hand and Foot for the Hand and the Foot ninja clans; they briefly join forces when the Defenders and the Turtles discover them about to fight, but soon start fighting each other even while fighting the heroes.
    • Chapter 5 of Counterpart Conferences sees Cobra Commander take various steps to avoid this before proposing an alliance with the Decepticons, securing the Allspark in a location that only he can access and coded in such a manner that Megatron will never find it if he kills Cobra Commander before they have taken over Earth.
      • The same chapter has Megatron musing that this is a key reason he keeps Starscream around as the Decepticon's constant scheming is a good way for Megatron to stay on his toes and keep from being complacent.
  • Clarke's Third Law: Invoked in Of Kryptonians and Queens as Merlin complains over Brainy assuming his magic is just an advanced science; Reed Richards and Stephen Strange have a brief argument about this in Powers and Marvels.
  • Closest Thing We Got:
    • In the original fic, Constantine explicitly states that he won't take the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme to replace Strange, but the Ancient One and Loki each accept that he's the only one who can hear what they have to reveal to the heroes.
    • In Sins, Sirens & Strife, Shazam explicitly notes that this probably applies to the circumstances that led to him being chosen as the new Champion, as the wizard was basically out of power after Sivana's attack so didn't have time to pick anyone else.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In Powers and Marvels, Rito apparently assumes that the Mandarin talking about 'breaking the seal' refers to the animal, as he comments that he "[loves] those guys".
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames:
    • For the MCU portion of the fic, this is surprisingly averted. Unlike the films, many Superheroes and Supervillians do in fact use names from the comics (Fantastic Four, X-Men, High Evolutionary, ect.) Occasionally however some of the characters will react to the names with mockery or disapproval (Mr Sinister, Squirrel Girl, Defenders, ect.) Generally the heroes are on first name basis with each other unless they have a secret identity and are out in public. Sometimes this trope is played straight:
    • The group of villains that Thanos assembles in the original Infinity Crisis story are only ever called the Masters of Evil once by Cisco, when comparing them to the Legion of Doom after Nate made reference to the Legends' old enemies.
    • In Gamma Relations we are introduced to Hank McCoy, Jennifer Walters, and Otto Octavius. By the story's end Peter Parker (who is also The Nicknamer) gives them the names The Beast, She-Hulk, and Doc Ock respectively, though they don't hear him or don't care. While the narration does refer to them as those names (along with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver) it is unknown if they use the names in-universe.
    • Just like their first comicbook outing, the Fantastic Four make their public debut fighting off the monsters of Subterranea. Though the description of the monster's leader identifies him as Harvey Rupert Elder/Mole Man, he is never referred to as either identity.
  • Continuity Snarl:
    • Carol Danvers' origins in the first story contradict those of the Captain Marvel (2019) movie. Justified as the story was written nearly a year before the film came out.
    • Black Siren says that on her Earth, Sara died on the yacht trip with Oliver after all. Arrow would later have Siren stating her Sara was not only alive but also a mother.
    • Lucifer is made part of Earth-1 when Crisis on Infinite Earths has it on Earth-666.
    • Similarly, Black Lightning is also part of Earth-1 while Crisis on Infinite Earths has it on another Earth.
    • Counterpart Conferences depicts Missy surviving the events of The Doctor Falls. While that did end up being true in Doctor Who, Series 12 implies that she regenerated into a new, male, incarnation of The Master.
  • Contrived Coincidence: In Tomorrow's Guardians, Alara Kitan happens to be taking a holiday in the exact area of Xeleya that the Kaylons attack just as the Guardians and the Legends come to help.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: An interesting variation of this in Counterpart Conferences; when Oliver starts hearing reports of increased anti-metahuman legislation, he uses the precedent set by the Sokovia Accords on the Avengers' Earth to contact Barry and Jefferson immediately so that the three of them can discuss how best to handle such rules to avoid the better metahumans like Flash and Black Lightning being lumped in with their enemies.
  • Crisis Crossover: The original fic features the heroes of no less than five different Earths banding together to undo Thanos's actions, and later spin-offs expand on this to see different heroes joining forces across other realities to face threats that none of them could have fought on their own.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In Hand and Foot sees Bullseye inflict this on the staff of the Daily Bulletin to draw Daredevil out, such as impaling a woman in the head with a spoon or smashing an intern’s face into a photocopier.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle
    • Used in a sense when the Arrowverse cast arrive at the Avengers facility, as Barry and Wally neatly disarm the Avengers and Kara lets Natasha shoot her to prove to the Avengers that if they were working for Thanos, they could easily have just swooped in to kill them all.
    • Thanos can hold his own against Supergirl and Captain Marvel, but the equation changes when Superman joins in, allowing the trio to remove the Gauntlet from Thanos's hand.
    • What happens to the forces invading New York when Thanos' "snap" is undone. A couple thousand aliens, elves, frost giants and HYDRA soldiers against the combined might of the Avengers, the Justice League, Team Arrow, Team Flash, the Legends, the Defenders, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Supergirl, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Lightning and their various allies? "Slaughter" is more like it.
    • Played with in Powers and Marvels; the Mandarin can hold his own against the Power Rangers, but the author justifies this as the Mandarin in canon has been shown to hold his own against the Avengers and acknowledges that the Rangers would be holding back as they wouldn't think of one man as a threat.
    • On the other hand, once Doctor Strange takes an hour to study his books, he finds a spell that allows him to banish Zedd, Rita, Goldar and Rito back to their reality and unable to return to his one.
    • In Counterpart Conferences, the G.I. Joe team is totally overwhelmed by the Decepticon attack and might have been wiped out before the Autobots arrived to help.

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  • Damsel in Distress: Jane Foster has been captured by the villains as a hostage (justifiable as half of Thanos’s new allies were Thor’s enemies, so they naturally targeted Thor’s ex for maximum impact).
  • Dating Catwoman: Not in the series itself, but Sins, Sirens & Strife affirms that this was once the case for Batman on Earth-51, to the extent that Alfred is actually pleased to see her back at the manor despite her criminal status.
  • Death by Adaptation: Brothers of Thunder reveals that at least Hawkeye, Carol, Yellowjacket and the Wasp of Earth-8096 were victims of the Snap; Women of Wonder also reveals that Superman and Batman were among the victims on Earth-1992.
  • Deconstruction: In Infinity Crisis: The Inhumans, Tana points out to her Green Lantern ring that she can't spare the time to patrol an entire sector of space because such a sector would presumably be very big, and she has a life outside of her presumed GL duties.
  • Defends Against Their Own Kind: In Tomorrow's Guardians, once Ultron reveals his control over the rest of the Kaylons, it doesn't take long for Isaac to declare his allegiance is to the crew of the Orville and their allies.
  • Denser and Wackier / Truer to the Text: The once fairly grounded and serious Earth-19999 (the MCU) is gradually resembling more and more like it’s original, pretty out there, comic book counterpart (Earth-616). It never stops being serious but after the dusting an abundance of Superheroes and Supervillains (who, unlike the films, often live to commit evil another day) show up, the noticeably absent X-Men and Fantastic Four get firmly established, and there’s even a few resurrections (Gamora, Quicksilver, Ultron, etc.) along the way. Even the Defenders, who’s shows are known for being the darkest material to ever come out of the MCU, aren’t free of this, teaming up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and adding the lighthearted Squirrel Girl to the ranks. It frequently gets lampshade by several characters who wonder just when exactly their lives stopped being normal.
  • Deus ex Machina:
    • The Arrowverse heroes are alerted to the cause of half of their world's population vanishing into dust by the Phantom Stranger, while the Justice League receive a similar update from Doctor Fate.
    • In Infinity Crisis: The Inhumans, The Phantom Stranger also takes a Green Lantern ring from a dusted Corpsman and sends it into a rift that takes it to the Avengers' Earth.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • Said verbatim by Quicksilver when he returns to life before a stunned Clint and Natasha.
    • With the heroes and villains all restored, Arrowverse-Barry travels back to his Earth with his Justice League counterpart, reasoning that his other self is the ultimate twist that even DeVoe could never have seen coming in advance; they directly quote the line in Legacy of Lightning after 'Barry-Blue' disables DeVoe's equipment while Barry-Red distracts their enemy.
    • Subverted when Pietro notes that Northstar actually did see that coming when the Avengers join the X-Men to save Logan from Alpha Flight.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Jane tries and fails to take Hela out by hitting her in the head with a brick, and later delivers a more successful attack by breaking Hela's nose when she takes hold of Mjolnir.
  • Different World, Different Movies: In Distant Cousins, a discussion reveals that the Earth-38 version of A New Hope had Greedo originally shooting first and fans were upset that it was changed to Han doing it. Likewise, their sequel trilogy used the continuity of the Star Wars Expanded Universe...only many fans complain about them being too much history for casual moviegoers and they should have done something "fresh." Also, their version of Game of Thrones uses the character of Lady Stoneheart.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: Sins, Sirens & Strife sees Black Adam basically use this; he is elected ruler of Khandaq in an abrupt election after he killed his predecessor, forcing the League and their allies to let him go even after he attacked Metropolis and fought Superman and the other warriors of Shazam.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: Sins, Sirens & Strife has Jane reflect that Amora's goal of making people love her is fundamentally pathetic.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: Of Kryptonians and Queens reveals that this applies to the Infinity Stones after Thanos's defeat; while Strange and the Vision retain the Time and Mind Stones and the Soul Stone's location is unknown, the Space, Reality and Power Stones were given to Supergirl, the Flash and Superman respectively to hide in their relevant universes to limit the chance of the Gauntlet being reassembled.
  • Divide and Conquer: May be a factor in Tomorrow's Guardians, when Ultron and the Kaylon attack Moclus and Xeleya at the same time, forcing the Orville to assist Moclus while the Guardians, the Legends and a few Union officers take the Waverider to Xeleya.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap:
    • Time travel is explicitly ruled out as an option, as the Waverider is cut off and Barry and Wally note that they don't have access to their full power in the Avengers' universe.
      • Downplayed as Barry uses his own experience to explain why using time travel to solve their problems would likely just create new ones.
    • Also a factor in Distant Cousins; unexplained interference in the dimensional barriers prevents Captain Marvel and Black Widow immediately returning to their world after they arrive in Earth-38 during a fight.
    • May be considered in Tomorrow's Guardians; tracing time-travellers in possible futures can be challenging as certain futures can 'wink out' the closer they get to the present as the odds of that specific future coming to pass are erased.
  • Driven to Suicide: Counterpart Conferences reveals that during the dusting, Trixie was taken right in front of Chloe and she was so distraught that she was prepared to shoot herself in the head if Lucifer hadn't intervened.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: In Sins, Sirens and Strife Ibac is the one to draw the other villains' attention to the fact that Amora must have her own agenda in bringing them all together, 'encouraging' them to consider the risk of letting her call the shots for the rest of their 'team'.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: In Tomorrow's Guardians, the Kaylon intend to destroy Xeleya by dropping a powerful bomb in a chain of volcanic islands, Ray speculating that the Kaylons intend to use the geological instability of the area to escalate the power of the bomb. The Guardians and the Legends are able to save Xeleya, but the Orville arrives too late to save Moclus from a similar fate.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • In Counterpart Conferences, when Mumm-Ra is driven out of his fortress by Skeletor and Hordak, he realises that the two are so evil that the only chance he has is to approach the Thundercats for help.
    • In Tomorrow's Guardians, as in canon, the Krill agree to an alliance with the Union to fight the Kaylon.
  • Elsewhere Fic: Infinity Crisis: The Inhumans is set during Infinity Crisis, concentrating on the Inhuman Royal Family and their human allies dealing with the effects of Thanos's snap.
  • Enfant Terrible: Sinthea Schmidt, granddaughter of the Red Skull, made her first kill when she was seven years old.
  • Engineered Heroics: In Justice Like Lightning, Mysterio creates the "Elements of Doom" to attack Los Angeles so the Thunderbolts can make a bit splash fighting them. The T-Bolts themselves are unawre this is all a scam.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Played with; Sin admires her grandfather, but neither of them express actual affection for each other.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Loki claims he was planning to double-cross Thanos and take away the Tesseract/Space Stone as, whatever else, he felt wiping out half the universe was sheer insanity.
    • Referenced in Powers and Marvels, as the Mandarin keeps to his word and spares Kimberly after taking control of her mind so that she can serve as a hostage to force the other Rangers to give up the power coins.
    • In Sins, Sirens and Strife, the fact that even Loki couldn't stand Amora makes it clear how annoying she really was.
    • At least 'suggested' in Distant Cousins when Lex Luthor observes that he 'only' poisoned the skeleton crew on night duty at L-Corp rather than attacking in the middle of the day. The heroes later note that Lex wouldn't attempt to recreate Project Myriad, but only because he wants people to worship him on their own rather than induce it artificially.
  • Everybody Knew Already: In Distant Cousins, Lex Luthor attempts to shock Cat Grant and Lena Luthor by revealing Supergirl's true identity, but is put out when it is revealed that the two women knew this already.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Invoked in In Hand and Foot when Leonardo and Luke Cage both agree that the addition of Squirrel Girl to the fight is really weird.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • As he witnesses Thanos's armies and his own forces attack New York, the Red Skull claims that he now "understands" the American Dream to stay in power whatever the cost, with Rogers affirming that the Skull doesn't understand that America is about its people rather than its government.
    • Obviously, Thanos can't grasp why people are so upset with how he's brought "balance" to the universe by wiping out half the population and that the heroes should just accept his "gift." Superman calls him out on this trait with this speech.
    "The problem with people like you, Thanos? You assume everyone else is as greedy and twisted as you are. You can never conceive anyone would care enough to fix the problems by any means but the extreme. And as long as men like you are around... people like me are there to stop them."
    • Potentially also applies in Sins, Sirens & Strife, as the Enchantress automatically assumes that Jane wields Mjolnir because Thor is unworthy, rather than consider the idea that Thor allows Jane to wield the hammer because of his own respect and affection for her, even though he is still worthy to wield it.
    • In Distant Cousins, not only does Lex believe that the Dusting was something Superman did so that he could later solve it, but he is unable to comprehend the idea that Kara told Lena her identity of her own accord, or that Cat Grant spent years knowing Kara's secret and never shared it because she prized Supergirl's continued ability to help people over getting the headlines for a week or so by revealing her secret. Most significantly, even when he knows that Kara Danvers is Supergirl and the cousin of Clark Kent and Superman, he is still incapable of comprehending the idea that Clark and Superman are the same person, assuming that Superman just has Kara pose as Clark's cousin for another level of security rather than believe that Superman would want to live like Clark Kent.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Referenced as Thanos gathers some of the MCU's surviving villains to help him oppose the heroes, in what Cisco terms the Masters of Evil.
    • In Distant Cousins, when Carol and Natasha ask how dangerous Lex Luthor is, Kara compares him to "Tony Stark without the moral compass, far more murderous and with his showboating replaced by xenophobia", although they also compare Lex to Doctor Doom and a lighter (in terms of physical weight) version of the Kingpin.
  • Evil Is Petty: In Sins, Sirens & Strife, characters all note that Amora's sense of evil is fundamentally just a desire to be worshipped, with Thor noting that even Loki found her pathetic and Jane musing that even the cheerleaders she knew from high school had more sensible ambitions than she does.
  • Eviler Than Thou:
    • In the "stinger chapter", Lillian Luthor finds this out the hard way when Lena turns out to really be Morgan Le Fay, while Thanos actually finds himself frightened by the sheer evil of Darkseid.
    • Lucifer observes that Mephisto is the entity responsible for all the really negative things he's meant to have done.
    • In Counterpart Conferences, Maleficent tells Regina how her counterpart in one world made the two of them look like saints.
  • The Exile: In Infinity Crisis: The Inhumans, it's established that Maximus was exiled to a world with no intelligent life on it for him to use his mind control powers on until the Power Prism makes its way to his world, allowing him to escape.
  • Eye Scream:
    • Nyssa shoots a Dark Elf in the eye with an arrow after Thea’s arrow failed to penetrate its armour
    • Bruce and Hela both reference how Thor lost an eye in the destruction of Asgard
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • In Taking Flight (and Fights), Senator Kelly debates with Jean Grey about the issues of mutant registration, but his speech is openly compared to past prejudices against black people or any Japanese citizen post-WWII.
    • Distant Cousins confirms that this is Lex Luthor's attitude; while disguised as Maxwell Lord, he affirms his belief that Superman and Supergirl only pretend to be heroes to hide their plans to take over the world.
    • In Infinity Crisis: The Inhumans, Billy Roberts expresses fears of the Inhuman Royals as he believes they are no different like Maximus, who was hinted to had mind-controlled the Attilanian Inhumans into invading Hawaii about a year before the events of the story. In fact, the story hints that there are some in Hawaii that fear the Attilanian Inhumans thanks to Maximus.
  • Fate Worse than Death:
    • Hinted at; the Stranger states that everyone killed by Thanos’s use of the Gauntlet isn't actually dead, and Constantine's contact with the Ancient One affirms that their souls are trapped in the Soul Stone (granted, the inner world in the stone is presented as a neutral paradise, but trapping half the population of the multiverse in a single dimension is not exactly a paradise).
    • The Red Skull resents his time trapped on Vormir, but Steve and Tony have very little sympathy for him.
    • With the heroes all restored, Superman disposes of Thanos by trapping him in the Phantom Zone.
  • Fix Fic: Half the multiverse has been killed and the heroes of at least three different Earths have come together to avenge or save the dead.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • While musing on their pasts with Thor, Kara expresses her fear that she might have become as bad as her enemies if she hadn't been raised by the Danvers family once she arrived on Earth.
    • In Brothers of Thunder, Jane Foster of Earth-199999 is surprised to learn that her counterpart on Earth-8096 is a paramedic, but concedes that she did consider that as a career before she went into astrophysics.
  • Foreshadowing:
  • Friendly Enemy: In Taking Flight (And Fights), Beast and Sasquatch spend their fight respectfully talking about a research paper Sasquatch recently published and promise to keep in contact once their fight is over to continue their discussions.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Lampshaded by Cisco regarding SHIELD's full title.

    G-K 
  • A God Am I: Obviously for Thanos.
  • Godzilla Threshold:
    • In Of Kryptonians and Queens, Merlin is suggested to have once reached this point when he could only oppose Morgana's latest demon incursion by summoning Etrigan to fight it.
    • In In Hand and Foot, the situation becomes so bad that the Defenders and the Turtles are willing to work with the Punisher despite their usual distaste for his methods.
    • In Counterpart Conferences, it is revealed that the Batman of Earth-1992 has been searching the multiverse to find the missing Joker and Ra’s al Ghul, having correctly deduced that they have travelled to a different Earth. While he and Alfred each agreed that Batman can’t interfere in the other Earths he witnesses, they make an exception when they witness the Batman of Earth-99, who has not only killed his enemies but gone so far as to kill Superman because he was concerned about what the Man of Steel might do, Batman and Alfred agreeing that version of Bruce Wayne has to be stopped.
  • Handicapped Badass: Obviously applies to Daredevil given his blindness, but may also apply to the Gorgon in In Hand and Foot, who is established as a formidable martial artist even when his eyes are covered.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Referenced in Of Kryptonians and Queens, considering that Merlin is keeping a still-living Kilgharrah trapped to draw on his knowledge, even if it can be argued that bonding Etrigan to Jason Blood was an act of desperation when pressed for time.
  • Heavy Worlder: Tomorrow's Guardians acknowledges that Xeleya is this, with the result that the Legends/Guardians members who go down there have to be very specifically chosen; Ray Palmer (his suit can cope with the pressures), Nate (in his steel form), Charlie (who can shapeshift enough to change her structure), and Groot (reasoning that trees can survive on the planet anyway).
  • Heel Realization: An interesting variation in Distant Cousins; Lex Luthor reveals that his plans to set a man up as an anti-alien militant leader were stopped before they could start when his chosen leader had a change of heart after his son was saved by a Thanagarian while he and his wife were caught in the Snap.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Hela is disintegrated by Thor and Jane using Stormbreaker and Mjolnir to hit her with lightning simultaneously.
  • Human Head on the Wall: In Powers and Marvels, this is the fate of Trevor Slattery as the Mandarin didn't take too well to a boozing British actor posing as him to the world.
  • Humans Are Good: Thor, Sif and Kara all reflect that they came to realize that humanity is worth protecting by living among them.
  • Hypothetical Casting: Done for characters that appear in the later installments.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That: In Powers and Marvels, Sin, Sirens and Strife and Brothers of Thunder respectively, Thor expresses surprise that Earth was unaware of the existence of the Morphing Grid (or its "local" equivalent, anyway), Atlantis and the Savage Land, with Sif implying in Sins that there are Martians in the MCU when she first witnesses the Martian Manhunter; Jane observes that the Asgardians need to stop making those kind of assumptions about everyone knowing what's "common knowledge" for them.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    • Hearing of the mass disappearances, Mick says he needs a beer and Nate remarks that for once, he's speaking for all of them. Later on, Mick and Rocket bond over drinking while watching some of the other heroes train.
    • Jessica Jones' reaction to the vanishings was to go to the nearest bar. Thus she's ticked when the HYDRA invasion of New York interrupts her drinking and drives her to attack them.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...:
    • Barry, Wally and Kara demonstrate how easy it would be for them to take out the Avengers to convince the other heroes to trust them.
    • In Different Strokes, Earth-51 Deathstroke flatly states the only reason Team Arrow is alive after a fight is because he's being paid a bonus not to kill anyone.
    • Played for laughs in Tomorrow's Guardians when the Legends and Guardians end up in the Orville's brig.
    Ray: If we wanted to attack these guys, they'd be dead by now!
    Charlie: Actually, considering our combined track record, if we'd wanted to attack these guys we'd be dead by now.
  • An Ice Person: Caitlin's powers are restored, but she doesn't regain the Killer Frost persona.
  • Ignorance Is Bliss:
    • Scott Lang not-so-explicitly states that the only reason he's able to fight alongside the other heroes and not break down in tears is that he's telling himself that the only reason his family hasn't contacted him yet is because of the chaos caused by Thanos' use of the Gauntlet cutting off communications, rather than because they're all dead. Having lost his own wife and daughter, Clint can't argue with that approach.
    • Kara adopts a similar philosophy regarding her cousin's fate, as Superman was on a mission in deep space when the Gauntlet was activated, and so she focuses on telling herself that he's busy helping out elsewhere rather than assume that he's dead.
    • Played for laughs when Carol and Peter Quill talk about seeing Michael Jackson, Prince and David Bowie live while they're on Earth and neither Scott nor Hope have the heart to break it to them that all three stars have passed away.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance:
    • Hela has Thanos recreate Mjolnir for her, only to realize after she summons it that she can't actually use it due to the "only the worthy may wield" enchantment.
    • In Sins, Sirens and Strife Amora is unaware of Odin's death and Asgard's destruction until Thor tells her about it.
    • In Distant Cousins, Lex Luthor is caught completely off-guard by Carol Danvers, assuming that she's a Kryptonian, a Daxamite or a Martian and thus quickly taken down when she proves immune to kryptonite, lead and fire.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The Red Skull is impaled on an American flagpole after receiving a major beating from Captain America, Phil Coulson and Black Lightning.
  • In Spite of a Nail: When he meets Supergirl, Thor mentions that the Asgardians heard of Krypton, which also exists in the MCU. Sadly, it too was destroyed.
  • Informed Attribute: In Sins, Sirens & Strife, this basically applies to Earth-51's Bane; while Batman states that Bane is a tactical genius as well as being physically powerful, we never see Bane's tactical expertise as he is under the control of the Enchantress, which leaves him essentially so 'drugged' that he tries to punch Superman without any Kryptonite.
  • Insult Backfire: In In Hand and Foot, Casey Jones takes it as a compliment when Danny Rand observes that his combat style makes it clear that he’s self-taught.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Captain America is naturally quite stunned to discover the Red Skull alive and well on Vormir.
    • Subverted when Phil Coulson returns, as the Avengers admit they've known for a while he was alive and were just waiting for him to approach them.
    • In Of Kryptonians and Queens, Kara finds out Cat Grant has known for some time she's Supergirl.
    • Chloe has also been told about demons and hell sometime after the Dusting.
  • Jerkass Realization:
    • Different Strokes reveals that Felicity had one of these while she was "dead" regarding the way she'd treated Oliver over his attitude towards killing, acknowledging that a willingness to kill when necessary doesn't mean Oliver isn't a hero.
    • In Taking Flight (and Fights) Johnny Storm has a smaller moment when Peter Parker tells Johnny how he only thought about using his powers for personal benefit back when he became Spider-Man until the events that led to the death of his uncle.
  • Kid Hero: Sins, Sirens and Strife has this when introducing 'Shazam'/Captain Thunder to the visiting Avengers, as he is forced to reveal his true age after helping break Superman from Amora's control.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In Taking Flight (and Fights), Alpha Flight is still determined to take back Wolverine even when fighting the X-Men. When the Avengers show up, Box and Puck warn Guardian they may be in over their heads. Captain America makes it clear that if Alpha Flight doesn't head back to Canada, the Avengers will take them down and go public about a Canadian super-team attacking a U.S. school. Coupled with She-Hulk pointing out all the laws they've violated so far, Alpha Flight take off to avoid the subsequent international incident.
  • Kryptonite-Proof Suit: Invoked in Tomorrow's Guardians, as Ray Palmer notes that his suit should be able to cope with Xeleyah's enhanced gravity considering the pressures it endures when changing size.

    L-N 
  • The Leader: Steve quickly identifies Oliver as the leader of the other heroes, working with him to plan their tactics for the upcoming battle.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In Tomorrow's Guardians, when Gideon says they have 23 minutes to prevent a super-bomb from going off, Rocket barks "Why is there always a countdown on these things?"
  • Leeroy Jenkins: In In Hand and Foot, this basically describes Casey Jones’ combat style; he isn’t as technically skilled as the Turtles or the Defenders, but he makes up for it with sheer enthusiasm.
  • Literal Split Personality: Of Kryptonians and Queens ends with black kryptonite being used to split Lena and Morgana into separate entities, with Lena retaining some of Morgana's magical ability as a bonus.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Defied in Taking Flight (And Fights), She-Hulk stops the fight between the Avengers, the X-Men and Alpha Flight by pointing out all the laws Alpha Flight are breaking by coming to America to try and force Wolverine back onto their team.
    • Arguably 'attempted' in Tomorrow's Guardians, when Drax notes that the Guardians of the Galaxy aren't the guardians of all galaxies when arguing whether they should stay in this universe to help stop the Kaylon assault.
  • Love Triangle: In a sense; Sara is uncomfortable to be faced with the prospect of Oliver, Nyssa, Alex Danvers, John Constantine and Ava Sharpe (her exes, two one-night-stands, and her current partner) all working together, but everyone makes it clear that Oliver, Nyssa and Alex aren't interested in getting back together with Sara and Constantine is just joking around.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: When the Red Skull returns to Earth, he is introduced to his granddaughter, Sinthea "Sin" Schmidt.
  • Made of Iron: In Tomorrow's Guardians, Nate, Groot, and Charlie are capable of surviving on high-gravity worlds like Xeleya; Nate can turn into steel, Charlie can alter her density, and Groot is just naturally durable.
  • Mama Bear: In Counterpart Conferences, Regina, Zelena and Maleficent all muse that they are particularly dangerous because they would do anything to protect their children.
  • Magic Versus Science:
    • Played with. In Taking Flight (And Fights), it's said that the Avengers turned to Doctor Strange after the transformation of Jennifer Walters and later the Fantastic Four. In both cases, Strange said he didn't want to risk mixing magic with radiation-caused transformations as the results could be quite messy.
    • Taken more literally in Of Kryptonians and Queens, as 'Brainy' literally cannot comprehend the idea of magic and is certain that Merlin's powers must be some form of science, even after he's briefly turned into a rabbit and the Legion have faced Mordru in the future; later Morgana tries to combine her old knowledge of magic with Lena Luthor's knowledge of science, although it is unclear how much success she would have had as Jason Blood muses such a feat rarely works.
    • Comes in Counterpart Conferences, when Regina (who lives in a modern world) notes "I've never met a wizard who can stand up to a bullet."
    • Briefly noted in Tomorrow's Guardians when Constantine states that he wouldn't like to attempt to use magic to help his allies survive on a high-gravity world like Xeleya, the Guardians and Legends instead choosing their members who are naturally capable of surviving such conditions.
  • Mass Super-Empowering Event: It's hinted a few times that the massive amounts of cosmic energy released from the Snap and its subsequent undoing is responsible for at least some of the new heroes and villains showing up, like Miles and Static.
  • Morality Pet: Counterpart Conferences reflects that Henry, Robin and Aurora take this role to their respective 'mothers'.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Thanos killed half the multiverse to "save" it; he might be insane, but he evidently views things this way.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In Sins, Sirens & Strife, Balder has this reaction when J'onn J'onzz frees him from Amora's control and he remembers what he's done for the last few centuries under her control.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Literally when Constantine mentions that Thor has red hair in the myths, and Thor justifies that detail as a prank of Loki's that got out of hand.
    • Upon hearing what SHIELD stands for, Cisco observes that someone must have really wanted the organization's initials to spell SHIELD (with Coulson admitting that's "pretty much" true).
    • Constantine notes the various supposed origins of the Phantom Stranger as the comics have played with the man's history being unknown.
    • When the heroes dismiss time travel as an option, Jane Foster notes that the wider consequences should also be considered, unwittingly invoking the reason for the Dominators' invasion of Earth in the original crossover.
    • Hela hints at an interest in anyone who can cause that much death, which invokes Thanos' reasons for assembling the Gauntlet in the comics.
    • When he takes over HYDRA, the Skull disposes of the former head with his Dust of Death.
    • As in the comics, Jane Foster is able to wield the Hammer of Thor.
    • Black Lightning breaking Red Skull's jaw is a nod to the Avengers storyline Red Zone, with Lightning taking the place of Black Panther.
    • In Gamma Relations, Jane decides to take on the code name of Thunderstrike.
    • In Powers and Marvels, the Power Rangers are compared to "rejects from a 1990s Japanese TV show".
    • In In Hand and Foot: Bullseye makes his debut much as he did in Kevin Smith's "Guardian Devil" arc, flipping a paper clip to break a wine glass and marking his place in A Catcher in the Rye.
      • Also, Michaelangelo's unintended observations about the similarities between the Turtles and Matt can be taken as a reference to how the circumstances of the Turtles' origins were inspired by Daredevil's.
    • In Sins, Sirens and Strife, Darcy criticizes the Justice League for operating out of a manor but suggests that the Avengers hire a butler, referencing both Avengers Mansion and Edwin Jarvis from the comics.
    • In Infinity Crisis: The Inhumans, Ozel is revealed to be a speedster. This is a nod to her meeting Quicksilver in her sole comic appearance.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: In Distant Cousins, Luthor actually claims that he's not like Hitler because he doesn't consider it 'genocide' to kill aliens as he says "Genocide only counts if it's people who deserve to live".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Loki mentions what he has heard of the Legends' screw-ups in dealing with time travel.
    • For a given value of "hero", anyway; the final chapter sees ex-General Ross offer Zemo leadership of his planned Thunderbolts to act against the Avengers if it is required in the future.
    • Can be argued for Superman, as putting Thanos into the Phantom Zone gives the Titan a chance to forge an alliance with Zod and Darkseid to become more dangerous than ever.
    • In Of Kryptonians and Queens, Merlin is called out on the fact that he chose to unleash Etrigan to stop one of Morgana's plans, which led to an innocent man being bonded to a demon for the rest of eternity (his role in Morgana's fall from grace is also mentioned, but Kara acknowledges that nobody can be sure how much of an impact his lies may have had on her actions).
    • In In Hand and Foot, the Turtles and the Defenders unwittingly interrupt just as the Hand and the Foot were about to start fighting each other, with the result that the two sides turn their attention to the heroes; Michaelangelo acknowledges that, with hindsight, they could have handled this situation better.
  • In Tomorrow's Guardians, Gamora notes that for all the Guardians' issues, unlike the Legends they never caused the problems they had to clear up later.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Hela arranging for Mjolnir to be restored allows Jane to take up the hammer in the final battle.
  • The Nicknamer:
    • Evoking his habit of giving heroes and villains names back on his Earth, Cisco freely criticizes 'Star-Lord', 'Daredevil' and 'Iron Fist' as alias choices.
    • In Gamma Relations, it looks like Spider-Man has picked up this habit, giving Hank the name of the Beast and Otto Octavius "Doc Ock."
  • No Kill Like Overkill: As though his existing allies and their forces weren't enough, Thanos summons the Chitauri back to Earth, only for them to be opposed by Superman, Supergirl, Captain Marvel and the Hulk.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • When Coulson shows up at the Avengers compound, they reveal that they already learned about his survival, with Tony noting that he made a speech at Coulson's funeral that was powerful enough to make Coulson cry.
    • Thor makes reference to some of Loki's past pranks, ranging from turning Thor's hair red to turning Thor into a frog.
    • Krypton was apparently destroyed in the Avengers’ universe as well, as Thor mentions he knew about it when he meets Kara.
    • Carol Danvers' activities in space.
    • At some point, Batman and Wonder Woman met Doctor Fate, but they don't entirely trust him as an ally even if they trust his briefing about Thanos.
    • In Sins, Sirens and Strife, Batman has a history with Bane that he declines to share with the rest of the League, and Circe and Amora have met at least once before.
    • Counterpart Conferences reveals that the Snap prompted Elphaba to return to Oz.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: The Dusting and the events of the heroes setting things right, among the chaos that resulted in the individual worlds, apparently weakened the barriers between the worlds of the multiverse, making traveling from world to world easier than it was before.
  • Not Hyperbole:
    • Nebula mentions she and Gamora "tried to kill each other" and Black Siren assumes she means the usual sisterly arguments or minor fights. A glare from Nebula makes Siren realize she meant they literally tried to kill each other.
    • Constantine openly notes that when the Phantom Stranger talks of "the end of all that is", he's not just being dramatic.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Malekith makes it clear he doesn't want to join with the Skull but is willing to do it to get revenge on Thor. Meanwhile, Thanos couldn't care less what the Skull does with Earth as long as the heroes are finally eliminated.
  • Not Me This Time:
    • The "Snap Wave" hits the Justice League's Earth as they fight the Injustice Gang. As various villains and heroes turn to dust, Superman demands to know what Luthor has done. A horrified Luthor protests he has nothing to do with this just before he also vanishes in Superman's hands.
    • Apparently, Mephisto is the person responsible for the really nasty stuff Lucifer has supposedly done.
  • Not So Different:
    • Loki states that, looking back, he and Thanos are similar in that they both use grand claims to cover up their darker desires, and suggests that the heroes use this to anticipate Thanos' next move.
    • Also brought up when he’s talking with Black Siren, as they both abandoned family to indulge in power in the belief that it was the only way they'd gain respect
    • Features again in Counterpart Conferences between Magneto and Doom, as each acknowledge that they have faced persecution because of their heritages and feel that the world would be better under their rule.
    • Chapter 5 of Counterpart Conferences has Megatron amazed at just how well Cobra Commander understands him as a once-lowly worker who has recognized that rather than continue the cycle of an old system, it's best to "tear it all down and create new one."
    • Also, Megatron is forced to admit that he actually understand's Starscreams desires and scheming to become leader since, if their positions were reversed, Megatron would be doing exactly the same thing.
    • Chapter 6 has Maleficent introducing Evie as a good girl pushed by her "magical version of a stage mother" into darker acts and a life she doesn't want to achieve power and glory for herself. She openly tells Regina and Zelena how "that might ring a bell."
    • The same chapter has Elsa and Elphaba noting how alike they are in trying to keep their powers quiet. Also, Regina and Zelena both warn Morgan how they know full well that lusting for nothing but power is an empty pursuit.
    • In In Hand and Foot, Michaelangelo unwittingly confirms the similarity between the Turtles and Daredevil, as both were basically 'created' in an accident with radioactive material and now fight crime using martial arts to oppose an ancient order of evil ninjas.
  • Not So Similar: In chapter 7 of Counterpart Conferences, the Batman of Earth-99 correctly guesses that his counterpart from Earth-1992 has also devised plans to stop the other heroes of his world, but the other Batman affirms that his plans are all non-lethal methods of defeating his allies that are only to be used if they cross the line first, as opposed to the Earth-99 Batman who apparently killed Superman because of what he might do.

    O-R 
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • The Legends can tell that Gideon's latest report is serious when it makes Mick put down his beer
    • Ray notes that when Oliver Queen starts advising caution, it's a good idea to take his advice.
    • In flashback, it's shown that when the "Snap Wave" hit the Justice League Earth, Captain Boomerang was the only member of the Injustice Gang left. Rather than take advantage to run as he normally would, Boomerang can only stand overwhelmed at what's happened.
    • Clint and Natasha are both pleasantly shocked when the Hulk returns in a state where he can carry on a clear conversation with them.
    • In Powers and Marvels, when the Dusting hits Earth-1993, Lord Zedd is too shocked at seeing everyone else in the Moon Palace turn to dust to even think about taking advantage of the fact that half of the Power Rangers are among the half of Earth that got dusted.
    • In Counterpart Conferences, Lucifer tells Chloe that the one honest thing about Mephisto is that "he's always lying." That Lucifer believes Mephisto is telling the truth about the Blackest Night and other threats makes Lucifer realizes how scary this is. He's also concerned about how none of the souls of the vanished people have turned up either in Heaven or Hell.
    • In Sins, Sirens and Strife, Batman realizes that Bane was under some hypnotic influence as he literally just tried to punch Superman, recognizing that Bane is not stupid enough to confront Superman without even a piece of kryptonite.
      • In the same fic, Tony points out to Thor that if even he is suggesting Thor needs more than just himself, Sif, Valkyrie and Jane to deal with a problem, Thor definitely needs more help.
  • Oh, Crap!: In Brothers of Thunder, the Earth-8096 Wasp explicitly states "Oh shit" when she sees Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, Baron Zemo and the Red Skull are part of the alliance currently invading Asgard, even before they learn that Loki and the Enchantress/Surtur are part of the assault.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: After Jane is taken hostage by Hela, Ray wonders if they can ever get through this kind of team-up without someone getting kidnapped by the bad guys.
  • Old Master: In Hand and Foot establishes Splinter as this to such an extent that even Jessica Jones and Frank Castle find themselves listening to his insight even if they can’t believe they’re taking advice from a talking rat.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • In a sense; when Carol Danvers appears, Kara and Alex wonder if she’s linked to this world’s version of their family given the similarity of their names. Later on, once all the dead are restored, the two Barry Allens of the Arrowverse and Justice League are distinguished from each other in writing by having Arrowverse Barry be Barry and the League Barry be identified as 'Allen', later referring to themselves as 'Barry-Red' and 'Barry-Blue' based on the colour of the lightning they generate while running. By contrast, Bruce Banner and Bruce Wayne are both referred to as just 'Bruce' when they appear in the same chapter, and are only distinguished based on the context of the current discussion.
    • In New Charges, Jefferson Pierce meets Miles Morales' dad, Jefferson Davis, an old friend. Each calls the other "Other Jeff" as Jefferson is identified by his first name and Davis by his last.
    • In Different Strokes, the Earth-1 Slade is called by his first name while his Earth-51 doppelganger is only called Deathstroke.
    • In Chapter 7 of Counterpart Conferences the DCAU Batman is called "Batman," the murderous Batman of Earth-99 is called "Wayne" and the retired Batman of Earth-2005 is referred to as "Bruce."
    • In Brothers of Thunder, after Thor and Jane travel to Earth-8096, the Thor of that world agrees to be referred to as 'Odinson' to distinguish himself from his counterpart.
  • Other Me Annoys Me:
    • In Different Strokes, when Slade of the Arrowverse confronts his Earth-51 counterpart, the two quickly get on each other's nerves, Earth-51 Slade dismissing his counterpart as unable to understand his full potential and Slade angry that his other self is only in the game for the money without any interest in something more despite them both having lost their families. It is also suggested that Oliver would have a similar reaction to his counterpart, as Earth-51 Slade muses that his version of Green Arrow would be "cracking stupid jokes and going on liberal rants" during a fight.
    • A minor example in Legacy of Lightning; Team Flash disagree with Barry-Blue's request to deal with his Reverse-Flash on his own, but respect his right to handle his problems his way.
    • A more serious example occurs in Counterpart Conferences, when a variation of the DC Animated Universe Joker kills his Earth-51 counterpart, denouncing the other Joker as having lost his way as he is no longer a 'true' Joker but just an intimidating thug.
    • Later in Counterpart Conferences, while Regina of Once Upon a Time doesn't directly meet her Descendants counterpart, she reflects that she knows what type of person the Queen is, and advises Evie to focus on being herself rather than trying to be a legacy for her mother.
      • In the same chapter, Morgan Le Fay has altered her appearance (to now look like Elizabeth Hurley in Runaways (2017)) as she wanted to rid herself of the memories of her "weaker half."
    • Chapter 7 of Counterpart Conferences sees the Batman of the DC Animated Universe confront his Earth-99 counterpart from the ''Crisis'' miniseries and express his disgust at how the man has broken his one rule, Batman trapping Wayne in the Phantom Zone to stop him for good.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: A running gag is people from the Marvel Earth openly wondering how it's possible Superman and Supergirl get away with just glasses as a disguise.
    • Cat Grant openly tells Kara that she figured out years ago she was Supergirl as she's an award-winning journalist and Kara's "disguise is atrocious."
    • In Hand and Foot has Doreen Green try to deny that she’s Squirrel Girl when her tail is clearly on display.
  • Passing the Torch:
    • After talking with Rocket over his grief at Groot’s death, Mick Rory indirectly offers to be Rocket’s new partner by giving him Snart’s cold-gun, which Rocket immediately approves of as a weapon
    • Despite his history with the hammer, when Mjolnir accepts Jane as its wielder after its restoration, Thor assures her that she can keep it.
  • Parents Know Their Children: In Gamma Relations, Magneto feels there's something about the Maximoff twins but is unable to define what.
  • Pass the Popcorn:
    • When Black Widow puts Sara, Black Siren, Nyssa and Alex through some sparring, Mick and Rocket are in the stands eating popcorn as they watch.
    • In Powers and Marvels, Rita is munching on some as she watches the Mandarin fighting the Rangers.
  • The Peter Principle: In Counterpart Conferences, the Earth-1992 Batman meets his counterpart from Earth-2005 while searching for the dimensionally-displaced Joker, but ultimately decides to leave his other self alone, at least partially because this Bruce Wayne has no experience regarding magic, metahumans or alternate dimensions and as such would be out of his competence zone if introduced to the multiverse, no matter how skilled he was against normal criminals.
  • Pity the Kidnapper: In Gamma Relations, when Tony states how Bruce has been kidnapped Pietro asks who they should be sending condolence cards to.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • In Powers and Marvels, the Power Rangers start fighting the Avengers because they assumed that the Thing and She-Hulk were 'just' Rita and Zedd's latest monsters, with the battle escalating to include the Zords before Kimberly is 'interrogated' by Wanda.
    • Played with on various occasions when Tony and Jane mention how Thor and other Asgardians have a habit of thinking things like a Morphing Grid and the existence of Atlantis and the Savage Land are common knowledge to everyone else and don't feel the need to mention them.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure:
    • In Powers and Marvels, everyone is completely stunned to realize Billy has almost no idea what Star Trek is.
    • Played with in Tomorrow's Guardians as Ray is amazed that the Orville crew in the 25th century are fully aware of scores of 20th century pop culture like Seinfeld and Battlestar Galactica (2003).
    • Charlie (a time-travelling shapeshifter) says she doesn't get the appeal of Star Wars.
    Ray: That's because you started with Episode I!
    Charlie: Why wouldn't I start with the first movie?
    • When Sara invokes Blade Runner, Peter Quill (who left Earth in 1985) is baffled as to why she's referencing "a flop Harrison Ford movie."
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: Barry soon observes upon arriving in Earth-199999 that his and Wally’s connection to the Speed Force is down to around three-quarters of his usual full potential; they're still fast, but they won't be able to travel in time.
  • Put On The Bus:
    • Obviously everyone dusted by the Gauntlet, which includes Felicity, Diggle, Roy, Iris, Joe, Harry Wells, the Thinker, Ricardo Diaz, Winn Schott, Hawkeye's wife and daughter, and the whole of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast barring Coulson and Daisy, but the Legends, although coming through Thanos' finger-snap intact as they were outside of time, have to leave the Waverider and Zari behind, as both of them originate from the future and it is likely their designers/ancestors were killed in the Snap, thus creating the risk that they will cease to exist if they return to reality.
    • Superman was on a mission in deep space when the Gauntlet was activated, and Kara explicitly states that she is telling herself he's busy helping out elsewhere rather than consider the possibility that he's among the dead. Meanwhile, J'onn survived, but he remained on Earth-38 to coordinate the DEO's efforts to cope with the aftermath of Thanos' attack.
    • Gypsy and Jesse Quick survived the mass death of the multiverse, but they prioritized dealing with the situation on their Earths and were unable to help the other heroes.
    • Word of God states that the MCU Ghost Rider is definitely among the vanished, and the Defenders and the Inhumans are either dead or too focused on their own responsibilities to help the other heroes right now (although Jessica Jones shows up to help Mick and Rocket in the final battle and Matt Murdock returns after he was presumed dead in the final battle with the Hand, Jessica confirms that Luke and Danny are dead, though they do get better later, and Infinity Crisis: The Inhumans showed that the Inhuman Royal Family were unable to help deal with Thanos).
    • The story later reveals the Snap also took Black Lightning's family along with Green Lantern of the Justice League Universe.
    • Powers and Marvels reveals that the Dusting also took out Jason, Zack, Tommy, Billy, Kimberly and basically everyone in the Moon Palace apart from Lord Zedd in the Power Rangers universe.
    • Infinity Crisis: The Inhumans reveal that Black Bolt, Auran, and Karnak got dusted. Per Word of God, Gorgon was originally planned to be dusted as well.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Counterpart Conferences sees Cobra take appropriate steps to ensure that it is more practical for the Decepticons to keep him alive rather than just killing him as a presumptuous human, acquiring the Allspark as a bargaining chip and keeping it in a secure place that only he can access.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: The Red Skull dismisses Black Lightning as just "an animal" and will easily crush him and asks if he has anything to say.
    Black Lightning: Yeah. (pulls off his gloves and cracks his knuckles) I'm gonna break your goddamned jaw.
  • Properly Paranoid: Lampshaded in Gamma Relations. While fighting a mind-controlled Captain Marvel, Jane notes Tony's idea to have the Avengers train to go against each other was right after all.
  • Rainbow Motif: In Infinity Crisis: The Inhumans, Tana Moon's Green Lantern ring hints about the existence of the Emotional Spectrum.
  • A Rare Sentence:
    • This example is specifically noted in Powers and Marvels;
    She-Hulk: And this week's entry in 'sentences I never thought I'd hear myself say'... please step out of the giant robot frog with your hands up.
    • Another explicit one is invoked in Tomorrow's Guardians; when Snart says "The tree agrees with me!" (referring to Groot), Charlie comments that the sentence is weird even for this ship.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In the original Infinity Crisis story the fight between the Avengers and the Arrowverse heroes comes across as this; despite their impressive skills, most of the Avengers are still just regular people, and no amount of technology or fighting skills can do that much against speedsters like Barry Allen and Wally West or a Flying Brick like Kara Danvers.
    • Of Kryptonians and Queens observes that only the dead who were killed by Thanos's Snap came back to life after the heroes used the Gauntlet to undo his actions; as a result, there were still multiple casualties caused by accidents such as planes crashing when their pilots vanished.
    • New Charges introduces the two young heroes Virgil Hawkins and Miles Morales. While they have impressive powers and abilities, they're still young and inexperienced to this whole hero business, and when they went against an actual supervillian, Holocaust, they would have been killed if not for the intervention of Black Lightning and Thunder.
    • In Different Strokes Arrowverse Slade Wilson faces off against his DCEU counterpart. Despite the two being just as skilled as the other, Arrowverse Deathstroke slightly struggles in the fight because, unlike DCEU Deathstroke, he lost his enhancements a while ago.
    • In the Power Rangers vs The Mandarin fight from Powers and Marvels the Rangers lose because they're used to fighting thick-headed monsters, not someone with an entire arsenal on his fingers who spent years training to use his rings effectively in hand-to-hand combat (it is also noted that they were holding back because they aren't used to facing human enemies and didn't want to kill him).
    • Silver Banshee gets taken out by Black Widow very easily in Distant Cousins because Siobhan barely has any combat experience while Natasha has been training to fight all her life. Once Natasha robs Siobhan of the chance to use her sonic scream, there was very little Siobhan can do.
      • A conman complainant against the new Star Wars trilogy is that they disregard the old Legends continuity. Later in Distant Cousins it is mentioned that the Earth-38 version of the new trilogy does maintain continuity with Legends, but that comes with its own problems as the casual moviegoer doesn't have the time or interest to catch up with decades worth of novels, comics, and video games just to understand what the heck is going on.
    • In Tomorrow's Guardians, Star-Lord fires his blaster at a console, expecting it to seal off a doorway. All he does is blow up a console as the door remains open.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Upon taking back control of HYDRA, the Skull tears into their council on doing nothing but hiding in the shadows and letting the opportunity to rule go by and this is not what he dreamed of his organization.
    Red Skull: I want...for you fools... to stop destroying my dream!
    • Thanos gets a few of these from the assorted heroes as he justifies his actions, but Kara was the first one to make such a speech while beating him up.
    Kara: I've heard that crap from Non, Lillian Luthor, Rhea and I've lost count how many more! You all claim you're doing this for everyone else but you never care what they actually want! It's all you, Thanos! The only thing sick in the universe is you!
    • When Black Lightning confronts the Skull, the Skull naturally addresses the dark-skinned hero as though the other man is an animal who's too stupid to understand him, which prompts Lightning to deliver the following speech while beating the crap out of the Skull.
    Black Lightning: Master race. White power. Aryan superiority. Doesn't matter what Earth it is or who's saying it, it's the same old crap by a bunch of assholes scared of being seen as anything but the best. We don't want to wipe white folks out. We don't want to rule things, we just wanna be treated like everyone else. But scum like you can't let that be, huh? (delivers a blast of electricity that sends the Skull to his knees) Tell me, Skull... Of the two of us, who looks the weaker race right now?
    • In Counterpart Conferences, the DC Animated Universe Joker does a huge one to his Earth-51 counterpart, noting the man is unworthy of their name and nothing but a dressed-up thug.
    "Do you want to know why I picked you? I saw a few other versions out there, you know. Some were really, really out there. I mean, there's one where we look like a truly demented punk clown of some sort, that's really not fun. There's another where I just sound too damn serious. A couple others aren't too bad and I don't mind them much. Now, one version was just makeup and a scarred face but I kind of liked him. He got the chaos of things and how to enjoy yourself so I let him go by. But you, on the other hand… oh, I had to target you. […] Because you are just… pathetic. Look at you." [Indicates the other Joker's outfit] "The tattoos? That's just gauche, really and mars my beautiful face up. The gold teeth, ugh, how hard it must be cleaning out those things. And your fashion, if we can call it that, is horrendous. But it's your behavior that really sticks in my craw. You're just a nasty thug, a hood with a little joy but nothing like you should be doing. Where is the style? Where is the panache? Where are the epic schemes? Making fish look like you? The creative death traps for Batman? Hell, when was the last time you just went on a wild drive and tossed pies of poison gas at people? Take away the hair and smile and what are you? You're a lame take on Black Mask or someone like that. You are not worthy of bearing our name in any way. You don't try to teach people the joke, you are the joke. I am the Daniel Day-Lewis of crime, my friend. Whereas you are Adam Sandler. This town… this world… deserves a better class of criminal. And I'm going to give it to them. As for you, I believe that it's past time that you got the treatment you truly deserve."
    • Later in Counterpart Conferences, the DC Animated Universe Batman gives one to his Earth-99 counterpart, who has resorted to killing his enemies.
    "I should thank you. Every now and then… for just one moment… I think about how easy it would be to get rid of Joker or Ra's, once and for all. Now…I see what happens when I cross that line. No matter what, I'm never going to become you. […] The day I think [like you] is the day I give it up. There are a lot of us across the multiverse. We've all stared into the abyss. The difference between us and you? You blinked."
    • In Sins, Sirens & Strife, Thor and his allies deliver one to Amora, deriding her belief in her own superiority to inform her that she is a truly pathetic villain whose plans were always easily seen through by everyone else.
    Thor: "Amora, you couldn't plot or scheme your way out through a child's board game! You always thought you were so much smarter than you truly were, that you were working your evil plots and wiling away while manipulating us all. Do you know what we were doing whenever you tried? We were laughing at you, Amora. All of us. Loki, most of all. He never looked more amused than when telling us of your weak attempts at games. What was it he said once? 'She thinks she's pulling the wool over our eyes but it's like she's standing naked in front of clear glass.' He couldn't believe you truly thought you were hiding your intentions when you might as well have been holding a sign around your neck saying 'I am a power-hungry bitch.' You were never a power player, Amora, just a pretender and not even a good one."
    Sif: "I ran into your sister, Lorelei, not long ago, Amora. At least she's up front on how petty and selfish she is and never cloaked herself in some delusion of grandeur. I can't believe she was actually the humble one in the family."
  • Red Shirt: Invoked by Nate in Tomorrow's Guardians on how they should be worried the Orville security team wears red uniforms. When one gets killed, the team notes "that was inevitable."
  • Refuge in Audacity:
    • In In Hand and Foot, Matt basically does this when he honestly tells Foggy that he's busy that evening because he's "helping Luke, Danny and Jessica in stopping a war between ninja clans aided by a quartet of mutated turtles trained in martial arts by a talking rat from another reality", as Foggy assumes that Matt just doesn't want to tell him the truth.
    • In Justice Like Lightning, this is how Osborn convinces the Thunderbolts that he's Ross offering for them to work for the government. After the fall of SHIELD, it's more likely the public could believe a general/Secretary of State would get a pack of ex-cons and a former pop star to be a government-sponsored super-team rather than think it's something else.
    Osborn: People who believe in government conspiracies make two key mistakes. First, they think the government is competent. Second, they think the government can keep a secret.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In a sense - Distant Cousins includes a discussion between Alex Danvers of Earth-38 and Carol Danvers of Earth-199999 that speculates that their mothers are cousins, but the relevant counterparts died on the other's world.
  • Ret-Gone:
    • Kara mentions that while Mon-El turned to dust, Imra just vanished, indicating her future no longer exists.
    • Ava states that hundreds of potential futures are being wiped away with billions being taken out by the Snap.
    • This is the reason why the Legends can't use the Waverider. As Ava points out, it's quite possible among the billions that disappeared in the Snap are people whose descendants were supposed to build the ship in the first place. It's safe in limbo but if it lands in a stable time stream, it can vanish out of existence. This is also why Zari stays on board as she's from the 22nd century and it's possible one of her own ancestors was just wiped out. Needless to say, Gideon and Zari don't want to take the chance and stay outside the timestream.
  • Revenge Myopia:
    • Thanos wins the allegiance of Malekith, Hela and the Red Skull to oppose the heroes, each of whom want revenge for their past defeats.
    • In Of Kryptonians and Queens, Jason Blood accuses Morgana of this, as for all her claims of originally wanting freedom for her fellow magic-users, everything she does now is motivated by a desire for revenge against Merlin.
  • Ring of Power: In ''Infinity Crisis: The Inhumans", Tana Moon gets a Green Lantern power ring, becoming the Green Lantern of Earth-19999.
  • Rousing Speech: Bruce Banner delivers one to the Hulk by addressing a mirror.
    Bruce: Okay. I know we've had... issues over the years. I know I've treated you like a burden and something I've wanted to destroy but... I was fooling myself. You... You're part of me. You always have been. You always will be. I know you. And that's how I know what's happening. You got scared. You finally fought someone strong as you, someone who could beat you, someone who hurt you. That's never happened and you got scared of it. Well guess what, that happens. Fear is part of life to anyone, even you. Right now, the guy who did it is out there and we're needed. So it's time you and me stopped fighting each other and fought together. It's time we prove who's the strongest there is. What do you say?
  • Running Gag: The main fic and Tomorrow's Guardians both feature Drax observing that Time cannot be bought.

    S-Z 
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • Daisy notes that the Red Skull must have gone insane after being trapped alone on Vormir guarding the Soul Stone for the last 70 years, but Steve simply observes that it would have been a very short trip.
    • In Of Kryptonians and Queens, Merlin states that whatever dark arts Morgana used to extend her lifespan over the centuries made her more dangerous and twisted than before.
    • In Gamma Relations, Bruce immediately tells that Sterns' transformation into the Leader also drove him insane.
  • Save Both Worlds: Taken Up to Eleven, as this comparatively small group of heroes plan to save the entire multiverse.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Jessica and Mick try to do this once they meet Groot, with Jessica stating "Talking trees are where I draw the line!", but they remain in the fight when the bar they were going to is destroyed.
    • In Powers and Marvels, Natasha muses that she is close to quitting after seeing the Rangers form the Iron Zord to battle Fin Fang Foom.
    • In Of Kryptonians and Queens, J'onn contemplates returning to Mars to get away from the chaos of Merlin and Morgana in National City (on top of Brainy's refusal to believe that Merlin has actual magic).
  • Sequel Hook: Certain stories have begun to make reference to Infinity Crisis 2, likely linked to the Arrowverse's planned Crisis on Infinite Earths.
  • A Shared Suffering:
    • Every Earth in the multiverse has lost people, and hence all the heroes have lost people they love.
    • In a lighter version, Tomorrow's Guardians has Black Siren and Nebula bonding over how they're each the only sane person on a ship of nutjob idiots.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Mick is notably impressed by Jessica Jones, to the point that they have sex during the victory party.
    • Nyssa and Alex banter about their past with Sara while working out and Sara, Laurel/Siren and Kara later see the two of them having sex.
    • Shuri and Cyborg hit it off while working together, with Falcon asking T'Challa if she has a crush on the guy or the tech.
  • Shipper on Deck: To a degree; Pietro acknowledges that the Vision makes Wanda happy, but warns him that he will leave the android back in a toolbox if he hurts her.
  • Shipping Torpedo:
    • In Of Kryptonians and Queens, Merlin admits to Kara that he was in love with Morgana back in Camelot, but he never had the nerve to admit it before she became evil.
    • In Sins, Sirens and Strife, Sif assures Jane that she has moved on from her old feelings for Thor as she recognizes that Jane inspires greater passion in him than he ever felt for Sif.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Constantine mentions that the Devil has left Hell to run a nightclub in Los Angeles.
    • The Arrowverse characters mention their war with the Nazis on Earth-X.
    • Constantine compares the Ancient One to "a prat of a fallen angel I used to know", and also mentions the time he cured himself of cancer by selling his soul to three lords of Hell.
    • When Malekith attacks the Avengers facility, Alex tells him to "head back to Rivendell, asshole".
    • When revealing that the souls of the dead are trapped in the Soul Stone, Loki tells the assembled heroes "Your mission, should you choose to accept it..." (although it's unclear if he would know anything about human culture).
    • Talking with Carol Danvers, Kara mentions a "Captain Marvel" on her world who's male.
    • Kara nonchalantly picks up Mjolnir and passes it to Jane without realizing that she's done anything noteworthy.
    • Secretary Ross makes arrangements for Zemo to be part of "Project Thunderbolts" to act against the Avengers if required.
    • In Gamma Relations, Jennifer Walters makes reference to "claims of teenagers running around with a pet dinosaur".
    • In Powers and Marvels:
      • The confrontation between the Power Rangers and the Avengers ends in a similar matter to the confrontation with the Justice League in Justice League/Powers Rangers; where Kimberly was interrogated by Diana in the comic, here she is 'questioned' by Mister Fantastic and the Scarlet Witch.
      • The Power Rangers Earth is named Earth-1993 after the year the franchise made its debut.
      • When the Rangers use an Iron Zord to fight Foom in Beijing, She-Hulk and Spider-Man both make a reference to "Joel, Mike and the Bots" watching.
    • Tomorrow's Guardians;
      • One of the Legends' past cases since the main storyline ended is referenced as having involved werewolves attacking Queen Victoria, and Peter Quill observes that he hates dinosaurs ever since a bad museum trip as a child. He also mentions how "we could have landed in the Old West".
      • Later on, Sara asks Snart not to tell "another prison break story".
      • When Gordon Malloy of the Orville compares the Kaylon attack to a new interpretation of Battlestar Galactica, Ray expresses his disbelief that they still know about that show this far into the future, and expresses similar incredulity when Gordon compares Isaac fighting with them to "the reprogrammed Arnold" from Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
      • When Mantis shows awareness of serious trouble on Moclus, it evokes images of Obi-Wan Kenobi sensing the destruction of Alderaan.
    • In In Hand and Foot, Jessica Jones gets exasperated at the bizarre creatures from the Turtles' Earth and snaps "what's next, a samurai rabbit?"
    • In Distant Cousins, Carol mentions a recent bad date she had with someone called Marcus, a reference to the controversial storyline in Avengers where she was essentially raped by the Scarlet Centurion.
      • In the same story, Carol is upset to learn that Cat Grant's nickname for her is Power Girl with Kara explaining there's already a Captain Marvel on this Earth and "it's a whole legal thing" referring to the infamous decades-long battle between DC and Marvel over the "Captain Marvel" name.
    • In Sins, Sirens and Strife, Ibac warns the other villains about letting Amora call all the shots, comparing her to Neve Campbell in Wild Things.
    • In Counterpart Conferences, a displaced alternate Joker talks with the Earth-51 Joker about some of the other versions of them he's witnessed while travelling the multiverse, including a demented punk clown and a version who is "just makeup and a scarred face".
    • The Huntress makes a few mentions of "that weird-ass world with the talking, flying ponies."
    • In Infinity Crisis: The Inhumans, Michael Moorcock is mentioned a couple of times. Appropriate as a multiverse is a regular theme of his work, and Infinity Crisis is about a group of heroes from various alternate realities working together.
    Tana Moon: I read 'The Final Programme'' once in college, alright?
    • In Tales of the Beyond, Jimmy Neutron mentions Blake's 7 by name, and the ship he designed is called the Silverwing (made more obvious by Carl mentioning bats shortly after the name is revealed).
      • Also in Tales of the Beyond, Black Cat (of Earth-92131) quotes Wyldstyle, which is lampshaded.
    Black Cat: Come with me if you want to not die.
    Terri Lee: ...did she seriously just quote The Lego Movie?
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • When Loki criticizes the Legends based on what he's heard of their exploits from Constantine, Sara counters with "If you're so smart, how come you're dead?", prompting a chuckle from Thor when Loki cannot reply.
    • When Thanos continues to defend his actions even after the heroes have restored the dead, Tony hits him with a repulsor blast to the face to get him to stop talking.
    • In Powers and Marvels, Strange banishes Lord Zedd and his forces back to his reality while Zedd is ranting about how he will turn Strange's corpse into a decoration.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: In Brothers of Thunder, Thor basically does this when Odin of Earth-8096 questions why Jane is allowed to wield Mjolnir, Thor bluntly informing the other Odin that his own father is dead and Asgard destroyed because Odin kept too many secrets, even if he later admits to his counterpart that he appreciates they weren't the easiest son.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Hope van Dyne and Sif being spared the dusting when Ant-Man and the Wasp and Word of God confirm that they were both killed by the snap in canon. Likewise as Avengers: Endgame would confirm, Shuri was Dusted but she is spared in the fic, and Natasha and Tony survive the final battle (as well as the present Gamora being brought back to life rather than being 'replaced' by a younger alternate version of herself).
    • The ending reveals that Loki once again faked his death.
    • Different Strokes establishes that Quentin Lance survived because, thanks to Oliver adopting a more ruthless approach following Felicity's epiphany, he was able to kill Diaz before the crime lord could cause Quentin's death.
    • A unique version in Distant Cousins as Lex indicates that Ben Lockwood changed his anti-alien viewpoint when an alien saved his son after Ben and his wife were dusted. Thus, Ben never becomes the alien-hating Agent Liberty and his wife is still alive.
  • Spirit Advisor: Constantine is able to make contact with the Ancient One and Loki, later allowing Loki to communicate with the heroes in a spectral form that can be seen by all of them but cannot make physical contact with anything.
  • Spit Take: In Tomorrow's Guardians, Snart nearly chokes on his drink when he learns that his Earth-2 counterpart was the Commissioner of the Central City Police Department.
  • Split Personality: Bruce and Caitlin each discuss their experiences with the Hulk and Killer Frost, but these are potentially subverted later; contact with the Frost Giants restores Caitlin’s powers without restoring the Killer Frost persona, and it is speculated that the Hulk was no longer coming out because Bruce was dealing with the psychological issues involved with his split personality, eventually reaching a point where he 'talks' to the Hulk and his other self returns in a more intellectual form that is capable of communicating with others]].
  • Spot the Imposter:
    • In Different Strokes, when the Earth-51 Deathstroke attacks the team, Diggle and Thea assume it's their Slade. However, Oliver says the fighting style is different and how he took this guy down with a move Slade himself taught Oliver. Felicity then shows video of how this Deathstroke is a few inches taller than Slade and his voice pattern doesn't match either.
    • In Distant Cousins Black Widow realizes the shadow "Max" is casting doesn't match the profile of the man, making everyone realize it's an image inducer.
    • In Brothers in Thunder, the Earth-8096 Avengers believe they're invoking this when they see Earth-199999 Thor and Jane arrive on their Earth as they assume the new arrivals are Skrull impostors, but Thor proves them wrong when he manages to lift the other Thor's Mjolnir.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Pulled on, of all people, Batman when he's barking orders and turns to find Oliver has already gone. "Huh. So that's what that feels like..."
  • Strange Minds Think A Like: In Sins, Sirens and Strife, Darcy says Batman is the scariest man she has ever been attracted to. At the end of the spin-off, Freddy Freeman says Sif is the scariest woman he has ever been attracted to.
  • Surrounded by Idiots:
    • Black Siren's attitude, especially when the first meeting of the Arrowverse crew and the Avengers becomes a talk on how many people Sara has slept with.
    Black Siren: I'm in Hell. I was killed by that Thanos guy after all and this is Hell.
    • Loki doesn't hold back on how he considers the Legends a pack of idiotic bumblers, and his opinion of the rest isn't much higher.
    • Naturally, Rita Repulsa feels this in Powers and Marvels, at one point sarcastically noting "I'm blessed with genius" after the bungling of Rito and Goldar.
    • In Tomorrow's Guardians, Black Siren and Nebula each openly feel this way on their respective teams, and agree that Teleya is basically 'one of them' when she expresses her belief that the crew of the Orville are idiots.
    • Counterpart Conferences has Skeletor and Hordak openly responding to their various underlings like this. Later, Mumm-Ra has to acknowledge his Mutants are too idiotic to handle the threat of the former duo.
  • Take That!:
    • In Powers and Marvels, Carol Danvers complains about people on the internet photoshopping smiles on her.
    • In Chapter 7 of Counterpart Conferences, Harley’s rant comparing herself to Deadpool serves as a means of criticising those fanfic authors who write fics where certain characters attack others in a moment of Breaking the Fourth Wall, Weyer basically accusing those writers of just venting their own negative feelings towards the characters being attacked while acting as though they speak for the whole fandom.
  • Take Up My Sword:
    • Tony lifts Stormbreaker after Thor is disarmed, only for his enthusiasm to be quashed when Thor clarifies that there is no worthiness enchantment on his new hammer.
    • Faced with the threat of Thanos and the Avengers coming back together, Tony returns Steve's old shield to him.
    • Mick Rory gives Snart's cold gun to Rocket.
    • Jane Foster proves worthy to hold Mjolnir and becomes a Goddess of Thunder.
    • Chapter 7 of Counterpart Conferences ends with the Batman of the DC Animated Universe suggesting that Luke Fox of Earth-99 become a new vigilante hero to protect Gotham after Wayne (the killer Batman of that world) is banished to the Phantom Zone.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The final scene shows Thanos joining Zod and Darkseid in an alliance to escape the Phantom Zone and seek their mutual revenge.
  • The Reveal: The mysterious red-suited figure helping Thanos is actually Mephisto, who was setting up his fall in order to free up the billions of souls that should have been going to him. Also, it turns out that Loki's "ghost" is actually a very much alive Loki having faked his death for a "fresh start".
  • The Stinger:
    • The final chapter has a series of them: Secretary Ross recruits Helmut Zemo into a project of his called "The Thunderbolts", Miles Morales is a powered resident of Black Lightning's hometown, Sin has landed on the Justice League Earth and is recruited by Amanda Waller, Lena Luthor is revealed to actually be Morgan Le Fey, Thanos has joined in an alliance with Zod and Darkseid in the Phantom Zone.
    • Also, Taking Flight (and Fights) ends with Victor von Doom watching a televised broadcast of the Fantastic Four's debut.
    • Powers and Marvels reveals the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are on the Marvel Earth.
  • That Man Is Dead:
    • In Legacy of Lightning, after Marlize turns on him, the Thinker tries to blurt that he loves her. Marlize simply snaps that "the man who loved me died" when her husband became the Thinker.
    • In In Hand and Foot, Poindexter tells the Kingpin "he" died on the operating table and "the name is Bullseye."
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    • The summary line for Tomorrow's Guardians sums it up:
    Tagline: All that stands between the future and destruction are the Legends, the Guardians and the crew of the Orville. We are so screwed.
    • Later in the story, Ed himself says it verbatim when he realizes he has to depend on those two crews of lunatics for help.
  • This Is Reality: In New Charges, Black Lightning tells Miles and Virgil that "this is not a YA novel" where teenagers always come out on top no matter how dangerous things are.
  • Token Human: An interesting case of this is referenced in chapter 7 of Counterpart Conferences, when the Batman of Earth-1992 officially justifies his decision not to recruit the aid of the Bruce Wayne of Earth-2005 on the grounds that Earth-2005 has no metahuman criminals and that version of Bruce would therefore be out of his depth dealing with superhumans, acknowledging the more ‘realistic’ nature of that particular Batman.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Jane goes from dying hostage to the new Goddess of Thunder as soon as she touches Mjolnir
  • Tragic Monster:
    • Subverted. When Bruce breaks it to Jennifer Walters that she'll never be able to return to her human form, Jen just relates that she loves now being a green-skinned powerhouse.
    • Played straight with Ben Grimm becoming the Thing.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: At least hinted at in Women of Wonder; when the Wonder Women of Earth-1992 and Earth-76 arrive in Earth-51 in front of the Justice League, the Flash observes that he's had dreams that started this way.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • In Powers and Marvels, the Rangers fall into this, figuring a normal human like the Mandarin can never stand up to them. Between his rings and his martial arts skills, the Mandarin easily takes them down. The Rangers later lampshade how they were holding back and made the mistake of underestimating him.
    • Arguably applies in Sins, Sirens and Strife when Batman and the Flash are incapacitated by Mister Mind, although to be fair to them they were unaware of Mind's existence and had no reason to expect a caterpillar to be a threat.
  • Undying Loyalty: When the Red Skull returns to Earth, he meets his granddaughter, Sin, who is clearly devoted to his memory even as she admits that she doesn't expect him to remember her grandmother.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Appears to apply in In Hand and Foot to Doreen Green, who goes around with her squirrel tail obviously on display and yet is awkwardly ignored by most people.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The Thunderbolts are unaware that "Ross" is actually Norman Osborn using them for his own plans.
  • Villain Decay:
    • In the second chapter of Counterpart Conferences, this is lampshaded when Skeletor muses that his time being Dusted drove him to realize that he had been wasting his time with petty schemes when he once sought true power, prompting him to travel to another world to seek a source of power.
    • In the third chapter of Conferences, a displaced alternate Joker - compared to a variation of the DC Animated Universe Joker - states that this has befallen the Earth-51 Joker, who has gone from the man who once killed a Robin to a lame take on a standard crime boss who lacks any real style and lost all of his old 'quirks', explicitly comparing his counterpart to the likes of Black Mask rather than himself.
  • Villain Team-Up:
    • The original story has Thanos forming a "Masters of Evil" with Red Skull, Malekith and Hela.
    • Of Kryptonians and Queens has Morgana recruiting Etrigan to her side. The story's final scene has Morgana now sought by Doctor Doom.
    • Gamma Relations has the Leader, Otto Octavius and Mr. Sinister joining forces in a dark science project.
    • Powers and Marvels has Zedd and Rita forming an alliance with the Mandarin. The story's end has a maimed Mandarin rescued by the High Evolutionary.
    • Sins, Sirens and Strife has the Enchantress first using Bane and then freeing an imprisoned Crice for her plot. Later, the duo break Dr. Sivana (with Mister Mind) out of jail and empower a convict to become Ibac. They then free Black Adam from his own prison.
    • Subverted in In Hand and Foot, as rather than teaming up, Shredder, the Hand and the Kingpin are about to go to war with each other... until the Turtles and the Defenders attack the Foot's warehouse base just when the two were about to start fighting, prompting the villains to turn their attention to their mutual enemies. However, during the battle, Shredder and the Gorgon do end up fighting each other to show they're not putting their differences aside just yet.
    • Counterpart Conferences
      • Chapter 2 sees Skeletor and Hordak agree to bury the hatchet and work together to take the power of Mumm-Ra and use it to conquer Eternia and Etheria before they return to their old rivalry.
      • Chapter 3 has the Earth-51 Ra's al Ghul teams up with his counterpart from the DC Animated Universe, although it is also subverted as the DC Animated Joker kills his counterpart due to him regarding the Earth-51 Joker as a disappointment.
      • Chapter 5 sees Cobra arrange an alliance with the Decepticons, albeit due to Cobra Commander having already discovered and contained the Allspark in a secure location that can only be accessed by him, Cobra Commander advising that he and Megatron will cooperate until the Joes and Autobots are defeated after which the Decepticons will get the Allspark and Cobra will be left to control Earth.
    • Brothers of Thunder shows the Earth-8096 Baron Strucker, Zemo and Red Skull have put their differences aside and reunited into an alliance with Loki and a Surtur-possessed Enchantress to invade Asgard.
    • Tales of the Beyond has Gasket and Archerina teaming up with Vexus to build a New Machine Empire in Jimmy Neutron's universe. It's quickly made clear that both sides are plotting to betray each other as soon as they outlive their usefulness.
  • We Have Become Complacent: Averting this is why Megatron keeps Starscream around despite his constant attempts at overthrowing him, fighting off the attempts keeps him on his toes.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Thanos styles himself as one, though as the heroes point out, he could've gone about his "save the universe" goal without the whole killing off half of the population.
  • Wham Line:
    • Gideon's announcement that half of Earth's population has ceased to exist in May 2018 prompts silent shock from the entire team, to the point where Mick puts down his beer.
    • As Thanos is beating down Supergirl and boasting of how "only I know the truth," someone stops his fist.
    Earth-51 Superman: Actually...I'm a pretty big fan of the truth. And my friends and I? We believe in justice as well.
    • Thanos' supposed ally reveals who he is and why he's done this:
    Man: He was cheating me. And no one...cheats Mephisto.
    • The "epilogue" chapter of the main tale has two: First, Lena Luthor reveals herself as Morgan Le Fay. Then, Thanos discovers his new ally is Darkseid.
    • The last line of Gamma Relations shows that the man behind the lab being used by the Leader, Octavius and Sinister is Norman Osborn.
    • The final line of Different Strokes which reveals Earth-51 Deathstroke was hired by Bruce Wayne to get samples of the Lazarus Pit from Earth-1.
    • The final line of Chapter Three of Powers and Marvels;
    And now... This world shall know the power of its true master... FIN FANG FOOM!
    • In Counterpart Counferences, Missy flips something to the Doctor before leaving. Gazing at a smiley face button with a splash of red on it, the Doctor sees the last line written on the chalkboard of future predictions: "WHO IS WATCHING?"
    • The final line of the first chapter of Tomorrow's Guardians reveals that Captain Cold is somehow alive and part of the Orville's crew.
      • That's topped by the second chapter ending with the leader of the murderous robots who have wiped out a planet being Ultron.
    • The first chapter of Distant Cousins ends with 'Maxwell Lord' revealing himself to actually be Lex Luthor in disguise.
    • Chapter 5 of Counterpart Conferences has Cobra Commander stating he's been having the Allspark altered and that "'Cosmic Cube' has a nice ring to it."
    • In Sins, Sirens and Strife, former General Swanwick introduces himself: "I...am ''J'onn J'onnz."
    • The ending of Sins has Sivina staring at drawings of some massive creatures that include a huge lizard and a giant ape as Mister Mind tells him they are going to build "a society...of monsters."
    • The climax of Justice Like Lightning as "Ross" turns out to be Norman Osborn working with Mysterio to create the Thunderbolts, and they plan on forming the Sinister Six next.
    • Chapter six of Tale Of The Beyond ends with the reveal Dicker's secret agency has managed to make everyone on Earth-4113 forget "The Vanishing" ever happened.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Parodied and averted - Peter Quill begins to ask Aquaman what kind of power talking to fish is, only for Aquaman to summon a tidal wave that includes a humpback whale squashing several of Thanos's forces.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: All-but-explicitly stated in Of Kryptonians and Queens, when Jason Blood notes that Morgana can't threaten him with death as he'd actually welcome it.
  • Wrong Insult Offence: In Tomorrow's Guardians, the Guardians get a good laugh on how Rocket is classified as "Pet rodent." Rocket yells he's "nobody's pet!" as Star-Lord muses he "thought you'd be more annoyed at the rodent part."
  • You Do NOT Want To Know: Zari decides that she doesn't want to ask any more questions about Mick having found a 'kindred spirit' who left him in a good mood.
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • In In Hand and Foot, when a Hand ninja reports failure, Gorgon turns him to stone to send a message to the rest.
    • In Counterpart Conferences, Skeletor sends a message that he's done playing around by destroying Kobra Khan after the man fails a mission.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!:
    • Said Verbatim by Captain Marvel in Gamma Relations when The Leader sends his pink humanoids to fight the Avengers.
    • Basically, the entire reaction of the Defenders to seeing four human-sized turtles with martial arts training taking on the Foot.
    • Said verbatim in Sins, Sirens and Strife by Darcy Lewis, speaking for everyone when Shazam reveals he's a fifteen year old kid.
    • In chapter six of Tales Of The Beyond, when Royal Pain reveals her plan to use a ray to turn super-heroes into infants, the Incredibles reaction is...to all break out in hysterical laughter.
  • Your Magic's No Good Here:
    • The Infinity Gauntlet was able to affect the entire Multiverse.
    • The Speed Force is weaker in the Avengers' world than it is on Barry's native Earth.
    • Constantine explicitly states that magic in the Avengers' Earth is different from what he's used to back home.
    • In Powers and Marvels, Bruce Banner compares the Morphing Grid to Barry's description of the Speed Force, and Thor mentions that Odin has told him about how the Grid exists in multiple different realities and grants a range of powers, suggesting that a variation of it could even exist in the Avengers' Earth that just hasn't been tapped yet.
      • Also in Powers and Marvels, Scott is briefly able to control Finster's latest monster, Lobsterant, as it's 'just' a combination of a lobster and an ant, making it susceptible to his ability to control ants.
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