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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, 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:

  • Of Kryptonians and Queens, focused on the revelation that Lena Luthor is actually Morgan Le Fay.

  • Gamma Relations, where Bruce Banner's reunion with his cousin Jennifer Walters and his old friend Hank McCoy see the three being captured by a trio of twisted scientists. This story also introduces the Filmverse X-Men to the MCU.

  • New Charges shows Black Lightning becoming a mentor to both Miles Morales and Static Shock.

  • Different Strokes depicts Team Arrow joining forces with Slade Wilson and Helena Bertinelli to hunt a displaced alternate version of Slade.

  • Taking Flight (And Fights) features Wolverine fighting Alpha Flight, a cameo from Deadpool and integrates the Fantastic Four into the MCU.

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  • Legacy of Lightning looks at the two Barry Allens' alliance against the Thinker and 'Barry-Red' giving a few pointers to his counterpart, with the aid of Jay and Jesse, before rescuing Smallville's Bart Allen.

  • Powers and Marvels adds Power Rangers to the multiverse, with Lord Zedd travelling to Earth-199999 to try and claim the source of the 'Dusting' while the Rangers follow to stop him, leading to Zedd and Rita joining forces with the true Mandarin.

  • In Hand and Foot adds the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the multiverse. After the Turtles and the Foot are accidentally transferred to the MCU once the Dusting has been undone, they join forces with the Defenders to stop the Foot triggering a gang war among the Hand- now led by the Gorgon- and Fisk.

  • Counterpart Conferences, which not only explores Lucifer's reaction to these events, but also establishes that Doctor Who is another world in the multiverse.

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  • Tomorrow's Guardians reunites the Legends of Tomorrow and the Guardians of the Galaxy when they collide in a wormhole and arrive in orbit of a planet in the far future... specifically in the timeline of The Orville.

  • Sins, Sirens and Strife, which sees the Justice League of Earth-51 being attacked by the Enchantress and Bane at a diplomatic function, Amora then forming an alliance with Circe with a brainwashed Balder as her henchman; the second chapter also incorporates elements from SHAZAM! (2019).

  • Distant Cousins has Black Widow and Captain Marvel unintentionally travel to Earth-38 through a dimensional rift, which results in them getting caught up in Lex Luthor's return as he attacks Lena.


Infinity Crisis and its spin-offs contain examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Obviously Nebula’s history with Thanos comes up, but Bruce 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.
  • 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 armours, 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).
  • Almighty Idiot: Invoked for Thanos, as the Stranger and Loki observe that Thanos has no idea of the long-term consequences of his actions.
  • 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 he 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.
  • 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. she knows nuns who are better liars than Kara.
  • Avengers, Assemble!: Obviously, since the Trope Namers are part of the team-up.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Constantly in the big battle in New York.
    • Most notable is a literal example of Sif and Diana leaning on each other as they do battle with Nyssa, Okoye and Valkyrie nearby.
    • Sara and Laurel Lance use this in the final battle, as do Gamora and Nebula.
    • In Powers and Marvels, Trini and Aisha explicitly do this when the Rangers and the Avengers attack Rita and Zedd's forces.
  • Badass Adorable: In a sense for Rocket; when the new arrivals see him, Mick and Cisco compare him to a cartoon.
  • 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. It's really Lex Luthor in disguise.
  • 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 favour.
    • 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 died from the Gauntlet.
  • 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.
  • Becoming the Mask: The spell Morgana used to become Lena Luthor was so potent that until the Dusting, she completely forgot her original identity, and making it possible to pull a Literal Split Personality and separate the two.
  • BFG: Rocket is very enthusiastic when Rory gives him the Cold Gun.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • As things are looking rough with a mass invasion of New York, the heroes are aided by Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Cyborg 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.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Done by Thor and Jane after beating Hela.
  • 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, and 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 heroes of colour.
    • 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 Gauntlet came back to life; as a result, there were still numerous casualties caused by, for example, vehicles crashing because the drivers suddenly vanished.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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's 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.
  • 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.
  • The Cameo: Stan Lee makes his 'obligatory' cameo, informing Batman that folks like a lighter hero after he 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 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.
  • 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 all depicted villainous team-ups- Thanos and his 'Masters of Evil', Zedd, Rita and the Mandarin and later the Mandarin and the High Evolutionary (Powers and Marvels), and Skeletor and Hordak (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 wen the Defenders and the Turtles discover them about to fight, but soon start fighting each other even while fighting the heroes.
  • Clarke's Third Law: Invoked in Of Kryptonians and Queens as Merlin complains over Brainy assuming his magic is just an advanced science.
  • Closest Thing We Got: Constantine explicitly states that he won’t take the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme, 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.
  • 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".
  • 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 fail to 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 the other two, as the trio 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Deus ex Machina: The Arrowverse heroes are alerted to the cause of so many people dying by the Phantom Stranger, while the Justice League receive a similar update from Doctor Fate.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Enfant Terrible: Sinthea Schmidt, granddaughter of the Red Skull, made her first kill when she was seven years old.
  • 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.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: As he witnesses Thanos's armies and his own forces attack New York, the 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 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."
  • 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’.
  • 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.
    • Thanos actually finds himself struck 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Gem (Granted, the Gem 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’ once she arrived on earth
  • Foreshadowing: A few of these in Counterpart Conferences, as Mephisto expresses concern about the prophecy of the Blackest Night, the Monitor talks with Uatu about the upcoming Crisis, and the Doctor and Missy discover the notes on the future in Booster Gold's old base.
  • 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 oppose it.
  • 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.
  • 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 realise that humanity is worth protecting by living among them
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That: In Powers and Marvels and Sin, Sirens and Strife respectively, Thor expresses surprise that Earth was unaware of the existence of the Morphing Grid (or its 'local' equivalent, anyway) and Atlantis, Jane observing that she has told Thor to stop making those kind of assumptions about everyone knowing what's 'common knowledge' for him.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Pretty obvious with Mick around.
    • Hearing of the mass disappearances, Mick says he needs a beer and Nate remarks that for once, he's speaking for all of them.
    • Mick and Rocket bond over drinking.
    • 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 his family haven’t contacted him yet because of the chaos caused by Thanos’s use of the Gauntlet, 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 spent the mission 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 or Hope have the heart to break it to them all three stars have passed away.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance:
    • Hela has Thanos recreate Mjolnir for her, only to realise after she summons it that she can't actually use it due to the worthiness enchantment.
    • In Sins, Sirens and Strife Amora is unaware of Odin's death and Asgard's destruction until Thor tells her about it.
  • 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.
  • 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 relate 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.
  • The Leader: Steve quickly identifies Oliver as the leader of the other heroes, working with him to plan their tactics for the upcoming battle
  • 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.
  • 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 Sull returns to Earth, he is introduced to his granddaughter, Sinthea ‘Sin’ Schmidt.
  • 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.
  • Mass Super-Empowering Event: It's hinted a few times that the Snap and its subsequent undoing (possibly a result of all the cosmic energy being thrown around) is responsible for at least some of the new heroes and villains showing up, like Miles and Static.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Thanos killed half the multiverse to ‘save’ it; he might be insane, but he evidently views things this way
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Literally; 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.
    • Hearing what SHIELD stands for, Cisco observes that someone really wanted the organization’s initials to spell SHIELD (with Coulson admitting "pretty much.")
    • Constantine notes the various supposed origins of the Phantom Stranger as the comics have played with the man's history being unknown.
    • When dismissing 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’s 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 criticises '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 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.
    • Krypton was apparently destroyed in the Avengers’ universe as well, as Thor mentions he knew about it.
    • Carol Danvers’ history.
    • 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.
  • 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’s 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
  • 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 realises that Bane was under some hypnotic influence as he literally just tried to punch Superman, recognising 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, 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.
  • 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' 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 as Tony and Jane mention how Thor and other Asgardians have a habit of thinking things like a Morphing Grid and the existence of Atlantis are common knowledge to everyone else and don't feel the need to mention them.
  • 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 killed 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’s 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; J'onn survived, but he remained on Earth-38 to coordinate the DEO's efforts to cope with the aftermath of Thanos's attack.
    • Gypsy and Jesse Quick survived the mass death of the multiverse, but they prioritised 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).
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Rare Sentence: A few are cited, but 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.
  • "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?"
  • 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.
  • 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 gone.
    • This is the reason why the Legends can't use the Waverider. As Ava points out, it's quite possible among the billions killed 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 possible one of her own ancestors was just wiped out. Needless to say, both 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.
  • 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?"
  • Sanity Slippage: Daisy notes that the Red Skull must have gone insane after being trapped on that planet guarding the Soul Stone, 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 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 to the extreme, 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, 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 on 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 recognises 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 recent 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 realising 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.
    • In 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.
    • 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.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Loki criticises 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.
  • 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 the posters for Avengers: Endgame confirm Shurt was Dusted but she is spared in the fic.
    • 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.
  • 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;
    • Potentially subverted; contact with the Frost Giants restores Caitlin’s powers without restoring the Killer Frost persona, and it is speculated that the Hulk is no longer coming out because Bruce is dealing with the psychological issues that created his other persona, with Bruce later convincing the Hulk to return 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.
  • 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..."
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Pretty much 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.
    • 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 Up My Sword: Played with;
    • 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 shield
    • Mick Rory gives Snart’s cold gun to Rocket
    • Jane Foster proves worthy to hold Mjolnir and becomes a Goddess of Thunder.
  • 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.
    • It turns out 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 Thunderbolts"; Miles Morales is a powered resident of Black Lightning's home town; Sin has landed on the Justice League Earth and recruited by Amanda Waller; Lena Luthor is in reality Morgan Le Fey; and trapped in the Phantom Zone, Thanos has joined in an alliance with Zod and Darkseid.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • In Powers and Marvels, the Rangers fall into this, figuring a normal human ilke 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.
  • Villain Decay: Lampshaded in Counterpart Conferences for Skeletor, as his time Dusted drove him to realise 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.
  • Villain Team-Up: Quite a few:
    • 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 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Thanos, considering his official desire to save the universe at the cost of killing half of it.
  • 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
    • Thanos' supposed ally reveals who he is and why he's done this:
    Man: He was cheating me. And no one... cheats Mephisto.
    • 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.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: 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.
  • Your Magic's No Good Here: Invoked and subverted in various ways;
    • 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
    • The Infinity Gauntlet was able to affect the entire Multiverse
    • 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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