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Batman: "We won't lower ourselves to their level, it's something that you should understand by now."
Inquisitor: "I'm not lowering myself to their level because I am not killing random people in the streets for my own sick amusement. I feel no satisfaction, no pleasure, no exhilaration of any kind in any of my actions. Everything I have ever done, and ever will do, will be for mankind's continued survival and nothing less."
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The Inquisitor is a Warhammer 40,000/Young Justice Crossover by deathwing17. It is inspired by Lord-of-Change's story Death Korps of Justice, even borrowing a few scenes from it and having its protagonist make a brief cameo in the first chapter, as well as having the same premise. All of this was done with Lord-of-Change's permission, and he was so impressed by the story that he put it on his "Favorites" list and gave its protagonist a cameo in his story.

Anyway, like we said, the premise is the same: a servant of the Imperium - in this case a prodigal inquisitor-in-training named Dante - is sent to the YJ-'verse during a battle with the forces of Chaos and becomes a brutal vigilante before eventually (and reluctantly) joining the Team, but that's just the bare bones of this fic. As the author himself painstakingly emphasizes, this story is not a carbon copy of DKJ, and it lives up to that claim.

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It is currently at 26 chapters.


This fanfic contains examples of:

  • An Arm and a Leg: A flashback in Chapter 17 shows that Dante killed a daemon by blowing her limbs off with a lasgun.
  • Anti-Hero: Dante, AKA "The Inquisitor".
  • Asshole Victim: Shifter is such a wretched, sociopathic monster that, when Dante kills him, his teammates actually feel somewhat relieved that he's been sent to Hell where he belongs. If anything, the fact that they can't bring themselves to condemn Dante's actions disturbs them more than anything else.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: A chainsaw is more powerful than a chainsword, but it's also heavy and can leave the wielder exhausted if he/she isn't burly, as Victor Zsasz finds out.
  • Ax-Crazy: Victor Zsasz.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Or it makes you a vengeful fanatic. Not the kind of evil that Dante's torturers were hoping for, though.
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  • Black and White Morality: The Justice League believes in this Up to Eleven. Reality is grey, as usual, but they simply refuse to accept that.
  • Blatant Lies: During the AMAZO mission, Dante gives Aqualad a detonator to destroy the AMAZO parts in the event that they can't stop Ivo from obtaining them. When Ivo obtains them anyway, Dante demands to know why Aqualad didn't use the detonator, to which he responds that it was destroyed during the fight. It's much more likely that he just threw it away.
  • The Cameo: Krieg makes a brief appearance in the first chapter.
  • Chainsaw Good: Chainsword, and most certainly good!
  • The Chosen One: A flashback in Chapter 13 implies that the primary reason for destroying Dante's home and torturing him was to mold him into a champion of Chaos. Sure, they tortured a number of captured soldiers into serving Chaos, but Dante was a ten-year-old boy, so he must have been special. Unfortunately for them, he wouldn't break.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: The Santa Prisca mission is ruined when members of the Team break off from the group to rescue a random woman of seemingly no strategic importance. Dante calls them out on their stupidity, but like idiots, they refuse to listen.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Dante, though unlike Keled, he attacks pressure points, preferring to break people's spines so that they are rendered permanently immobile.
    • Dante was subjected to this by a group of Chaos cultists and daemons when he was a child. He weathered the torture and escaped.
  • Combat Pragmatist: A fight is meant to be won, any and all methods are acceptable. This is a dogma Dante adheres to with extreme prejudice.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Dante slaughters the terrorists with no effort whatsoever.
    • During a "friendly" spar, he defeats Troia effortlessly.
  • Determinator: The term "give up" is not in Dante's vocabulary. Even as a child, his will was imperturbable.
  • Did Not See That Coming: When the Team learns that Dante has kept a Kryptonite dagger in his arsenal with the intention of using it on Superboy should the clone ever go rogue, everyone, including Dante, is surprised when Superboy not only doesn't mind, but that he approves of it.
  • Did Not Think This Through: The Justice League are hoping that being placed on the Team will cause Dante to soften up and become less xenophobic - an incredibly naive belief already, but what makes it worse is that they fail to take into account the utter incompetence of the group, which (rightly) disgusts him even more.
  • Does Not Like Men: Troia, being an Amazon, is not too fond of her male teammates. Dante couldn't give a rat's ass.
  • Driven to Suicide: Victor Zsasz swallows his tongue after Dante cripples him.
  • Dumb Muscle: Superboy. He thoughtlessly charges into fights because he thinks being Superman's clone makes him invincible. Troia isn't much better, though she's at least smart enough not to separate herself from the group.
  • Expy: Shifter is pretty similar to Jigsaw.
  • Fantastic Racism: Dante hates aliens, telepaths, mutants, AIs, etc.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Dante considers the reason behind his Freudian Excuse (see below) to be this.
    • Victor Zsasz is subjected to one: his body is covered in corrosive chemicals, destroying his scars and making it impossible for him to make more. He begs for death, but Dante cripples him instead.
  • Freudian Excuse: Dante lost everything and everyone he loved to the forces of Chaos when he was a small child. And then the same raiding party captured him and tried to make him a servant (and eventual champion) of Chaos via torture (which may have involved rape) for days on end before he narrowly managed to escape. He joined the Inquisition to get revenge, becoming the fanatic we all know and love in the process.
  • The Fundamentalist: Dante is very religious.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Dante's body is covered with scars, especially his face.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: How Dante ended up in the YJ-'verse - by flying his ship into a Chaos portal in order to destroy. It didn't kill him, though.
  • Hypocrite: Troia calls Superboy a brute (which he is), but she certainly has no place to talk.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Deconstructed. See the quote at the top of the page.
  • Jerkass Gods: Dante's opinion of the Olympians. It's one of the reasons why he's so contemptuous of the Amazons.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Dante. Up to Eleven.
    • His methods are more effective at putting criminals in their place.
    • Criminals will rightly interpret any act of mercy on the heroes' part as a sign of weakness and brutally exploit it.
    • He tries to stop the sidekicks from releasing Superboy, arguing that the clone was made by Cadmus, and thus would likely attack them if it got out. They don't listen, and pay dearly for it. Later, he urges the Justice League to have the clone destroyed (or, if not that, permanently incarcerated) because it could very well be a sleeper agent. They almost consider doing the latter, but ultimately refuse.
    • His low opinion of the Team is perfectly justified: they are stupid, they are arrogant, and they never learn from their mistakes.
    • When the Team is assigned to do a stealth mission, Dante argues that Kid Flash, Troia, and Superboy should be kept in reserve because none of them understand or appreciate stealth, preferring to just rush into the enemy ranks and smash everything in sight. Batman considers it, but the other League members outvote him, insisting that aforementioned sidekicks need firsthand experience. Sure enough, their arrogance and lack of subtlety plays a large part in screwing up the mission.
    • The Justice League do coddle their sidekicks too much, and training them to be prepared for serious injuries is hardly a bad thing, since the likelihood of suffering such injuries in their line of work is incredibly high.
    • Dante verbally tears into Red Arrow for the sloppy manner in which he conducted Dr. Roquette's rescue, particularly that he left her in an empty school building without giving her a way to contact him should her life be put in jeopardy. Even Green Arrow can't deny that Dante is 100% right.
  • Just a Kid: Despite claiming to avert this trope regarding Dante after he saved Gotham Academy, the Justice League still can't get it inside their heads - at least, not fully - that he is not a sad and lonely boy deep down; he is a horribly traumatized young man who suffered a terrifying fate that none of them could imagine or empathize withnote , and he turned that fear into cold, malicious rage that is only barely kept in check by an extremely disciplined and professional demeanor.
  • Mercy Kill: A flashback reveals that, while attacking a Chaos base, Dante comes upon a young child who had been brutally tortured by the cultists prior to his arrival. The child begs for death, so Dante gives it to him, though not before giving the kid some comforting words.
  • Mind Rape: Dante's torturers were ordered not to leave any lasting physical damage, since their masters wanted to make him join their cause, but were given carte blanche to shatter his mind. They failed, but they came pretty damn close.
  • Murder by Inaction: Captain Marvel accuses Dante of this when he doesn't stop Amanda Waller's men from slaughtering a bunch of crooked auctioneers. Dante, resisting the urge to laugh, calls Marvel a hypocrite—as far as he's concerned, the Justice League get blood on their hands by letting super-villains kill people and then just throw them in jail.
  • Neck Snap: A non-fatal example. Dante strikes Victor Zsasz, and later Jinx, in the neck in such a way that neither of them will ever move again.
  • Noodle Incident: During one of his rampages, the Joker apparently traveled to Hollywood and murdered Stephanie Meyer, the Jonas Brothers, and the Kardashians before being recaptured.
  • No Sympathy: Sarah Cassidy bluntly informs Lois Lane that Dante's "victims" got what they deserved, and the media is only whining about it because they aren't looking at the bigger picture.
  • No True Hero: The Justice League argues that a hero must never kill and always show leniency towards criminals. Dante scoffs at this, claiming that a true hero would stoop to anything to keep innocent people safe, and making sure that criminals don't escape from prison hardly puts you on their level.
  • Not So Different: Amanda Waller invokes this trope regarding her decision to work with Dante.
  • Passed-Over Promotion: The Justice League makes Aqualad leader of the Team despite his total lack of qualification. Dante thinks they didn't give him the position because they (rightly) feared he would whip the Team into shape and force them to employ more brutal - but effective - crime-fighting methods.
  • Proud Warrior Race Girl: Troia.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Dante's opinion of the Team, and with good reason. Most of them are impulsive, arrogant, undisciplined brats who charge thoughtlessly into a bad situation. Even the relatively smarter ones (such as Aqualad and Robin) are prone to grabbing the Idiot Ball at the worst possible time. Their teamwork leaves a lot to be desired, and none of them ever learn from their mistakes.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: It's implied the daemon that tortured Dante took on his mother's appearance and molested him. Brrr...
    • Another, arguably worse possibility is that the poor woman was tortured into embracing Chaos, after which she was ordered to rape Dante.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Bialyan soldiers commit atrocities against civilians in Chapter 25. Most of the Team is horrified, but Dante, having witnessed far worse, is unflinching.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Inquisitor Monroe is not a nice man by any stretch of the imagination, but judging by Dante's internal monologues, he took his job seriously and wasn't a fanatic who arrested, tortured, and killed anyone who so much as looked at him wrong. While certainly willing to be ruthless, he took necessary steps to confirm whether or not his targets were actually guilty of heresy or some other crime, rather than just arrest them and torture them into confessing to whatever he wanted them to say.
  • Sadistic Choice: In Chapter 25, Shifter captures Psimon and gives the Team the option of either giving him a Mercy Kill or watch as he suffers a slow, agonizing death at Shifter's hands. Dante picks the former.
  • Self-Made Orphan: It's implied several times that Dante had to kill his mother, and Chapter 25 confirms it.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Subverted. Dante and his mentor, Inquisitor Monroe, have done some pretty horrible things, but as stated by the latter, everything they do should never be enjoyed, only endured.
  • Smug Snake:
    • Ivo.
    • Kingman thinks that Victor Zsasz can handle Dante. He's very wrong.
    • Superboy thinks that being a clone of Superman makes him invincible, and reacts with utter shock and outrage whenever he's proven wrong.
  • Stupid Good: The Team are morons, every damned one of them - well, except Dante.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Dante hates the Team with a burning passion, and with good reason.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Averted early on with Dante, who wipes out an entire terrorist gang. The Justice League later forces this trope upon him, much to his fury.
    • Averted again when Miss Martian helps Dante kill Match.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Professor Ivo orders Amazo to ignore Dante and focus on the other members of the Team. This mistake costs him his tongue.
    • Batman tries to compare the missions the Team will be going on to the ones Dante undertook when he was an inquisitor. Dante bluntly states that there is no comparison: his missions were overwhelmingly brutal, to the point of surviving for more than half a minute was considered an outright miracle.
    • The Justice League underestimate Dante because of his age. They pay dearly for this, but still haven't learned.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Troia, Superboy, and Kid Flash rely way too much on their super-powers, and it gets them into trouble.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Unlike Krieg, Dante had a relatively happy and normal childhood...before it was all taken away by Chaos.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: How the Justice League views Dante's actions prior to his joining the Team (and one of the reasons why they put him on the Team in the first place). He starts his vigilante career by slaughtering a gang of terrorists that have taken a school hostage, then uses his subsequent popularity to prevent the Justice League from locking him up for doing so. Realizing how smart he is, they put him on the Team to keep a closer eye on him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The leader of the terrorists that go after Dante completely loses it after the boy wipes out all of his minions and holds him at gunpoint.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Dante has no compunction about killing children, though the example we are shown was a Mercy Kill (see above).
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