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  • More like Fridge Funny, but given how Tula was shoved in by Cartoon Network executives in Season 1, her unceremonious death in the timeskip could be Greg's middle finger to Cartoon Network forcing Kaldur to be straight. Now that Kaldur has a boyfriend, that middle finger is complete.
  • A lot of people come down hard on Superman for his treatment of Superboy, but think about it, how would you feel if someone cloned you? You'd probably be really really freaked out about it and might not have anything to do with them. It's easy for the rest of the League (and the fandom) to judge him because it's not their clone, no one stole their essence for the express purpose of either replacing them or destroying them, whichever proves most convenient first. His reaction is completely human and serves ground him as a human character rather than an alien like the Martian Manhunter.
    • Additionally, more than one person has compared it to finding out that you have a child who was conceived by rape without your knowledge. It may not be the kid who bothers you so much as the method by which they came into existence, mainly the violation of you. It's not a perfect comparison, but it has merits. - Katsuhagi
      • Agreed, the whole thing plays out like a male rape victim finding out his attacker became pregnant by him and then shafting him for child support. Nothing about the situation (For the parent or the child) is fair, and yet he's constantly being preached to that he needs to "take responsibility" when he actually isn't responsible for anything.
      • The Superboy as a Child by Rape works even better once is revealed that Superboy was created with half of Lex Luthor's DNA. Basically someone who hated Superman took something very important from him and gave life to a child of both
    • Or just the fact that there's been a kid dropped in his lap, period. Compare Superman and Superboy to Batman and Robin: in most versions, Bruce Wayne watches in horror as Dick Grayson's parents die, and takes Dick in because he identifies with him, because he remembers what it was like to be a kid whose parents had just been murdered before your very eyes. It was his choice, and something he could afford to do because he's a) filthy rich and b) he has a butler to cook, clean, babysit, and do whatever else needs to be done. On the other hand, Clark Kent is a middle-class newspaper reporter. He probably lives alone, is extremely busy with both journalism and the Justice League, and doesn't have a spare college fund lying around. He isn't trying to be cruel—he rationalizes his avoidance of Superboy to Batman as him not wanting to prop himself up as something Superboy has to aspire to—but he's in both shock at being cloned (how? why?) and denial of having any responsibility because he didn't expect "Bring Your Sidekick To Work Day" to end with the said sidekicks finding a clone of him. A clone that only took about 4 months to reach teenagerhood. By the end of the season, they could have an entire army of Superman clones—it's a lot for one person to deal with, and adding things like "Did he eat right?" and "Did he finish his homework?" is just too much even for the Man of Steel to deal with all at once.
    • In other words, Superman's reaction to Superboy is a calmer and quieter version of Goliath's reaction to Thailog.
    • Also, what finally gets Superman to open up to Superboy? He holds the mind-controlled Superman while Robin exposes then both to Kryptonite long enough to knock them out. By showing in no uncertain terms that yes, Conner is willing to go all the way to do the right thing, he undeniably proves to Superman that he is a real hero, and not a weapon.
    • Keep in mind that the other person who has a biological claim to Superboy is Lex Luthor. And even without that knowledge, they know that Superboy was cloned without Superman's consent, leaving more villainous people to sway him to their side. Better that Superman try to establish a positive relationship with Superboy than cause any reason for him to join the villains out of resentment and bitterness. It was, after all, the close bonds and deep trust between the team which kept Superboy from truly defecting when Luthor approached him.
    • Yeah, because Superman usually has a realistic and perfectly human reaction instead of doing the absolutely good thing.
      • An argument which would hold up had such an idealistic character not been exposed to a complex and even dark situation. It's one thing to have a character stand up for truth and justice, fight crime and end wars- situations where there is a clear-cut right answer; quite another for that character to have to deal with finding out they have a teenage clone/son, where any option is a grey area, and the "absolute good option" is jarring even for him at best, shocking and emotionally straining at worst.
      • I guess my point is that the fact that we've gotten used to Superman always being the Big Good is why everyone was so mad at him for shunning Superboy.
    • Though this could also be a rather nice way of foreshadowing a certain Prime Example of Superboy.
    • In "Schooled" Clark tries to explain his avoidance of Superboy by saying that he "is just a constant reminder of what he is not", Bruce calls Bullshit. and then later in "Disordered" Conner says That the only thing he ever wanted was to be like Superman... Ouch
  • Miss Martian's "Hello Megan" was really grating for a lot of fans. Until you realize that this and her other mannerisms are very similar to how children of immigrants try very hard to fit in. All she knows about Earth culture is from watching TV. By showing off her powers, the gadgets and the headquarters, she really wants to be liked by the others. Notice how freaked out she was when the others yelled at her for using her telepathy (something that she always use to do at home) and how later she abides by those rules so she could fit in more.
    • The episode "Image" confirms this and then some. Her entire 'Megan' persona, including her physical appearance, is explicitly modeled after the main character of the in-universe sitcom "Hello Megan". And the real reason she's so desperate to fit in? She absolutely terrified of how people would react to her true form, a White Martian.
    • In "Terrors," Superboy actually bites back at her when she tells the Belle Reve psychologist about his daddy issues, yelling that he doesn't live in a fantasy world where everything can be solved in half an hour. Given the events of "Image," one realizes why that statement seemed to hurt her so much.
  • It was surprising to see that Batman was the firm yet fair, supportive father figure to the team, while Superman is more aloof and distant. However Batman has more experience dealing with kids like Robin compared to Superman.
    • And presumably since Robin is Dick Grayson, the first Robin, this is a universe where Jason Todd hasn't been Robin, and by extension hasn't died, so Batman has yet to lose one of his "kids" like he has in the comics continuity.
    • Actually, Jason was the second Robin and he is now dead. But as far as we can tell, Batman is still the better father figure.
      • And by dead, you of course mean brutally revived and is now a homicidal Anti-Villain.
  • In most continuities the name for Clark Kent/Kal El's costumed identity, "Superman" is thought up by his future love interest Lois Lane. M'Gann, being his future love interest is the one who comes up with Superboy's civilian first name "Connor".
  • According to Greg Weisman, Roy is 18 years old, meaning that, in the United States, he's considered an adult in the eyes of the law. He can't drink yet, but he can enlist for military service or sign a contract without anyone else's permission. Which makes his frustration at the League's "When you're older" refrain a lot more sympathetic. However, Weisman also reveals that Batman himself is only 32. Doing the math, Batman is only fourteen years older than Red Arrow (and, incidentally, 19 years older than 13-year-old Robin). The reason Roy is so pissed off is that the leader of the Justice League is young enough to be his older brother, and yet they keep insisting a legal adult they've fought beside for three years isn't even ready to see beyond the library of their dummy headquarters.
    • It gets better! Black Canary, one of the Team's instructors, is 24 years old. That's only six years older than Roy.
    • The hypocrisy in hierarchy only rises higher. Weisman has confirmed that Earth-16's Diana started out at 16 years old, and not as Wonder Girl, but as Wonder Woman proper. Don't tell Roy.
    • Let's all hope Roy never finds out about Captain Marvel, the Leaguer who is eight years younger.
    • It looks like no one at all in either the League or The Team knows that captain Marvel is really a 10-year-old boy, which makes sense in a way. A kid with as much power and Captain Marvel would likely never be allowed on either team, and possibly taken into custody away from his uncle and legal guardian.
      • No one but Batman anyways. Because Batman.
      • And just to twist the knife in a little more, piecing together various Word of God statements shows that Roy may have actually been hero-ing longer than Billy has.
      • Well, it looks like the team knows now. It hasn't come up in an episode yet, but it will be interesting to see if their interactions with Billy/Marvel have changed at all.
      • And now all the adults know, and Wonder Woman isn't too happy he didn't tell everyone he was 10. But given that she's all about truth, it's understandable.
      • Ultimate irony, Roy is technically younger than Billy.
  • Calling your council of behind-the-scenes masterminds "the Light" is basically the same as calling them "The Illuminati".
  • According to Word of God, Wally takes Latin in school. Why would Wally take Latin? Because it's the language most scientific names and terms are derived from.
  • The screw up over Artemis' eye color in promotional material makes a lot of sense in light of the fact that Greg Weisman is colorblind. It's entirely possible that he just didn't catch it since he couldn't see it, since he needs help with coloring choices.
  • Prior to season two starting, people were wondering why Miss Martian changed her appearance. Now watch the second episode of season two. Beast Boy's mother was killed prior to the start of season two, so it's likely she changed her appearance so that he wouldn't see his mother every time he looked at her.
  • A clone programmed by Cadmus. Has anger management issues. A military style hair. Wear red as a part of his super hero suit. Blue eyes. Has some initial problems with authority or respect, but grows out of it. Has two "brothers", one older than him and one younger than him. His lover has some sort of connection with the color green. Now, am I talking about Connor Kent/Superboy or Roy Harper II/Speedy II/Red Arrow?
  • The first six members of the Team (Nightwing, Aqualad, Artemis, Kid Flash, Miss Martian, and Superboy) each deal with the fear they had from season one, now in season two:
    • Nightwing becomes THE Batman, who will do anything to complete a mission. Including faking the death of one of his closest friends (who's also his best friend's girlfriend), and even let another close friend look like the traitor so that the plan can work.
    • Aqualad becomes the leader who gets his team killed. As a mole, he must pretend to be the intimidating, fearful to other types of leader, to let others fall for his ruse.
    • Artemis is now The Mole on the bad guy's side after faking her death. Now she must lie to the friends she sees as her family.
    • Kid Flash isn't a hero anymore. Now, he has deal with his girlfriend of five years being in constant danger and he can't do or say anything.
    • Miss Martian becomes a monster her friends fear. She has no problem ripping intel from the minds of the bad guys, her reason being because they are the bad guys.
    • Superboy now must be THE Superman while the real one, along with other Justice Leaguers are facing their trial in space.
  • According to Word of God, the Justice League's existence was kept secret at first and before the league was formed super hero team ups were rare. It seemed pretty weird but then I realized that they were trying to prevent the mistakes that the Justice Society committed which caused the society to disband. Which makes more sense because Wonder Woman was a member of the Justice Society and that's why the super heroes operated the way they did in Earth 16.
  • The Scarab has been shown to be pretty violent, suggesting to kill or use excessive force in multiple situations and being constantly exasperated when Jaime doesn't follow its advice. However, in "Before the Dawn" it never suggests excessive force, and in "Cornered" it suggests killing Impulse, but also tries to comfort Jaime over the idea of the bad future. The Scarab doesn't want to go on mode either!
    • In "Intervention" the Scarab outright says it prefers its partnership with Jaime to being enslaved by the Reach. That pretty much confirms it.
  • Miss Martian's costume change from season 1 and season 2 represents her Character Development. In her first costume she's wearing a costume that just speaks "I'm a nice girl. But I will kick your butt. However I won't really hurt you". Now her current costume states, "If you are my enemy, prepare for a possible Mind Rape".
  • When the team is sent off, Batman briefs them on Queen Bee's powers, correcting them that it works on 'most' men and 'some' women. It seems like quick way to get under the Radar... Then comes Issue 25 of the tie in comic where Queen Bee uses her powers to make Marie Logan drive off a cliff. They wanted to make it clear Queen Bee could do that because the writers wanted to leave it open for her to do something like that.
    • Word of God has Marie as LGBTQ, although didn't specify if she is JUST attracted to woman. Link here
  • Superman and Giovanni Zatara are both played by Nolan North but quite funnily both of these characters debuted in the same comic book the anthology comic Action Comics 1. Although considering the fact that the part of Superman was auditioned so that he would have the same actor as Superboy this is most likely an amazing coincidence
    • And The Reach Ambassador and Green Beetle are both voiced by Phil LaMarr and we later find out that the Reach Ambassador is the one that commands the Beetles what to say when they are on mode so Phil LaMarr is actually speaking through Phil LaMarr in this case.
  • The Scarab particularly dislikes Impulse, seeing him as a threat and being willing to incinerate him for no good reason. Thinking back on it, the Scarab does have a good reason. It was established in "Beneath" that the Scarab can scan someone's biology to see if they're lying. Impulse's entire personality is a lie, so when they meet he's constantly setting off the lie detector.
    • Also because Impulse keeps feeding Jaime's fear about the Scarab, likely frightening it into thinking his influence is gonna talk him into removing it or otherwise doing something to it (which eventually happens). On the other hand Nightwing, who tells him not to worry about it and figures the Scarab can be trusted, it actually seems to like.
  • The Scarab addresses people with either a "The" in front or use their name in full (i.e., the Impulse, the Nightwing, Jaime Reyes). This is basically the way Reach titles work (The Ambassador, Black Beetle).
  • Of the three main Reach characters, Scientist has an audible accent but neither Ambassador nor Black Beetle/Warrior do. Black Beetle's scarab is handling the translation for him, and the Ambassador would have learned to speak perfect English (and likely other human languages as well) to put humans at ease around him. Scientist, though she clearly learned English well, has neither the incentive to bother disguising an accent nor the specific piece of technology that would do it for her.
  • "One will rise. One will fall. One will die." Aqualad becomes The Leader of The Team. Nightwing/Robin I temporarily quits after everything that's happen. Kid Flash I dies helping save Earth from The Reach.
    • Except... this tagline applies to the video game. In that case, Aqualad quit the team and promoted Nightwing to leader, after Aquagirl died.
  • Lagoon Boy is one of those people who is absolutely desperate to fit in and be liked, and is obnoxious in an effort to be affiable. Not unlike M'gann, in some ways, who definitely grated on the viewers' nerves in her attempts to be liked. But it's also noticeable in the way La'gaan speaks: his English is very, very casual. We know from "Downtime" that English is not his first language, just like it isn't Aquaman's, Kaldur's, Garth's, or Tula's. The difference is that Aquaman, Kaldur, Garth, and Tula, when we hear them speak English, all have slight accents and very formal syntax (developed by Kaldur's voice actor, Khary Payton, and then mimicked by the other actors playing Atlanteans), very clearly marking them as fluent but non-native speakers. La'gaan's English is more or less exactly like any native speaker's, aside from the fish puns. And this must have been a deliberate characterization choice, because his voice actor, Yuri Lowenthal, also voices Garth, with the same formal, non-native syntax that Kaldur has. It sounds like La'gaan spent a lot of time listening to people talk or watching TV and mimicking them in order to fit in.
    • Also, with Tula dead and Kaldur supposedly evil (and the only other Atlantean that interacts with the team being Aquaman, an authority figure), he could be trying to distance himself from the other Atlanteans the team knows.
  • Both Fridge Brilliance and Fridge Horror: Batman, someone who can charitably be called an overbearing control freak in most realities, is remarkably okay with the Team continuously circumventing him and the League to go on their own missions. There are a whole bunch of reasons for this but the biggest are these:
    • Brilliance:
      • Batman sees aspects of the original League in them, as the JL weren't exactly an official team when they first formed, and it would be hypocritical of him to discourage them from channeling their mentors and acting on their own to right wrongs.
      • Batman has an inherent distrust of basically everything but especially government systems. He doesn't want to discourage them from acting on their own initiative because they're technically still vigilantes, and he knew that at some point the Team was going to be caught without a system backing them, so the Team needs to know how to work solo, without government or Justice League support.(Side note: This is one of the reasons Auld Acquaintance goes so well. They literally take down the entire Justice League without any backup and against overwhelming odds, but they can do that because they've spent the entire season facing overwhelming odds without support)
      • The Team is really good at their job regardless of whether they're assigned the mission or not, and Batman knows that giving them room to work makes them most efficient. So, he rewards competence, not adherence to orders, and they hand him entire criminal organizations on a silver platter. (see: literally every single episode of Young Justice)
      • The second episode, Superboy famously says to the entire Justice League "Get on board, or get out of our way". Batman appears to take that very literally. He gives them his support, while still giving them carte blanche to exercise their own judgement.
    • Horror:
      • Batman lets children to have access to weapons, armor, and technology to successfully evade not only the bad guys and the government, but also the Justice League, then continuously allows them to go rogue on missions of their own choosing, even praising them when their impromptu missions succeed instead of reprimanding them. Why? Plausible deniability. The Team is technically a black ops group made of child soldiers fanatically devoted to their mentors. If the Team is caught, killed, or exposed, Batman and the JL have copious amounts of evidence saying that the Justice League couldn't find or stop them when they went rogue, and records of their assigned missions could be "cleaned up" so that the League looks like it only sent them on quiet, safe missions that the public would approve of. And since the Team keeps going rogue on their own, the League could claim that they didn't send them on the missions, the Team just did it for their own reasons. (Side Note: The Team also has enough loyalty to their mentors to back those claims to spare the League's reputation, even under torture they wouldn't crack).
  • In the first comic Superboy and Kid Flash visit a clothing store called Forever Sixteen, now most people may see this as simply the creators fetish for the number 16 until you learn in Season 2 Superboy is going to look Sixteen for the rest of his life.
    • There is an existing chain of clothing stores called "Forever 21" as well.
  • This version of Superboy is a Half-Human Hybrid clone of Superman with about half his powers: Super-Strength, Super Leaping, Super-Senses, and Super-Toughness. These are the same powers that the original Superman had.
  • Zatanna being on the League with Doctor Fate, considering that Nabu basically took her father from her. Shouldn't she have expressed some qualms about working with the man who, for all intents and purposes, basically killed her dad? That's when it hit me: the reason the Zatara/Doctor Fate issue is never brought up in Season 2 is likely because Zatara and Doctor Fate came to an agreement about Zatara's ability to interact with his daughter, and because it's no longer an issue, Zatanna no longer brings it up. That's why when she's inducted into the League, she has no issues with serving alongside Doctor Fate.
    • The season 3 episode "Private Security" revealed that Doctor Fate allows Zatara to speak to Zatanna for one hour every year.
  • How come J'onn didn't mention that his niece was a White Martian and, besides the fact that he has several hundred of them, how can even know? Simple: Word of God reveals that he contacted one of his sisters and discovered she was a half-green, half-white Martian. While she inherited her father's naturally white form, she is still half Green. Thus, in his eyes, she isn't any different than him and likely didn't think it mattered. But given the stigma of his species, he likely also understood and wanted her to do things in her own time.
  • Connor/Superboy bonding with Wolf so easily is rather fitting when one realizes that the name 'Connor' comes from the Old Irish 'Conchobar,' meaning 'lover of hounds/wolves.'
  • Season 3 being Darker and Edgier makes more sense when you consider where the target audience came from. The show was cancelled in 2013 and bought back in 2019. That’s six years, which is long enough for the younger audiences who watched Seasons 1 and 2 to grow up and become more interested in darker, more mature content.
  • Artemis and Jade being sisters in this show. Both have feline based monikers in the comics (a cat for Jade, a tiger for Artemis) and as of season 3 this applies to the show as well. Now consider the two are both half-Vietnamese in the show and the tiger and the cat are two animals in the Vietnamese Zodiac.
  • Over the course of three seasons, we've seen the arch-nemesis of just about every major hero appear in some capacity, Lex Luthor (Superman), Joker (Batman), Black Manta (Aquaman), Black Adam (Captain Marvel), and Sinestro (Green Lantern). One notable expection, who hasn't appeared or been mentioned in any form is Reverse-Flash. However, when you remember his origin being a time traveler from the future, you realize that it likely isn't simply that he hasn't appeared, he probably doesn't even (yet) exist. Until Bart traveled back, Earth was conquered by the Reach in the future. And even now, given the ending of "Bloodlines", the future is still likely a wreck for whatever reason. Thus, Eobard Thrawne likely has never existed.
    • This could actually explain the conspicuous absence of just about every hero or villian whose origin involves time travel (excluding Bart). Note the absence and lack of reference to the Legion of Superheroes, Rip Hunter, Booster Gold, etc.
      • The Legion ring that appeared at the end of Season 3 does raise the questions about the current state of time and future, but that is what the confirmed season 4 is for.
  • Superboy is never involved in any of the secret plans the core six get up to in later seasons, and for fairly good reasons. Even at his grumpiest, he never was much for secrets. Beyond the seismic event of his 'secret' landing and just flipping his shirt around for a secret identity, he was also the first and most willing at the end of the season (episode 25) to talk to the rest of the team. He might have Luthor genetic material, but it doesn't include the ability to lie.
  • When you think about it, the Lights ultimate plan corresponds to each season as a different phase, something that was even mentioned by Savage at the end of season one when he refers to needing the League for Phase 2.
    • Season One is the first phase of the plan, finding a means of mind controlling the Justice League and sending them to cause an incident to put Earth in the galactic spotlight, But it also involves preparation for phase 2. In the episode where Luthor acts as a diplomat for the Korea stand ins, the leader of the South is Prime Minister Tseng, who would later become the Secretary-General of the United Nations in season 2, meaning Luthor only got involved in that politic mess so he can be friends with Tseng as part of the Lights plans for phase 2.
    • Season Two is their plan to intentionally lure a powerful alien race to Earth, i.e. the Reach. For the sole purpose of allowing the Reach to research the Metagene and find a way of forcefully creating new Metahumans and weaponizing them. Research that the Light would steal for phase 3, after which they betrayed the Reach and kicked them off Earth. But because the Reach were public, when they revealed the Reach's true intentions they would need a fall guy, hence the need for Tseng as Secretary-General who was forced to resign at the end of the season. Paving the way for Luthor to replace him, no doubt having help from Tseng himself due to being "Friends" with him. This phase also included the Lights acquisition of the Warworld by deliberately sending Mongul to Earth knowing the heroes would defeat him and give them an opportunity to steal it.
    • Season Three is using the research data they stole form the Reach to establish a worldwide metahuman trafficking syndicate to create more Metahumans for their forces and for their ally Darkseid. They also planned to use Luthors new position as Secretary-General to establish an International Metahuman Registration Act, which would allow the Light to forcefully recruit even more Metahumans into their ranks and forcefully register all the Heroes by accusing them of vigilantism. This would have given the Light the means to eventually take over the world and allow them to move onto the last phase, helping Darkseid take over the galaxy. After which Earth and Apokolips, would wage a winner take all war against one another to determine who would rule.
  • As of Season 3, it is pretty safe to say that The Light will get that confrontation with Darkseid by the forces of Earth regardless of what happens. Not only have their actions introduced the League to Darkseid's evil, but ensured that one of the key's to Darkseid's plans is on Earth and under their care. Even if the Light was to be killed tomorrow, the League would finish the fight against Darkseid that Vandal Savage had promised, and reacting to the Light's schemes have made the League better suited to the role. Earth and Apokolips will fight to decide it all regardless. Vandal will get what he wants even if he loses, albeit a loss by him will not come with Earth conquering the galaxy at the hands of the Justice League.
  • Vandal is given the title of Earth's first hero, though now we know that he also brought Starro to Babylon. So is he no hero at all? Wel, think about how many heroes do tend to fight villains they accidentally helped create (Spiderman, Iron Man, Batman, etc have all done this in their various histories a few times). It's not unheard of for heroes to do so, though it is unheard of for them to do it because they don't like people thinking for themselves. So on the surfce fixing his own problem isn't the unheroic part of Vandal's history, but the reason he caused the problem is the unheroic problem.

    Season 1 
Welcome to Happy Harbor
  • Superboy's strong aversion to M'gann's telepathy wasn't out of a baseless fear: he spent the entirety of his short life having information fed to him telepathically, and was the victim of mind control immediately thereafter. It's no wonder he doesn't want someone in his head.
  • At the end, Dubbilex refers to Guardian as "brother", the same way he refers to all Genomorphs. Guess who else turns out to be a clone.


  • The reason Wally had to go to school but Robin didn't was because in an earlier episode ("Schooled"), Young Justice fought the final battle against Amazo in Robin's school. The school is being rebuilt!
  • When Bruce Wayne invites Clark Kent for dessert, the two of them are briefly heard giving orders in a "blink and you'll miss it" moment. So what do the two order for their respective deserts? Clark Kent orders apple pie and Batman orders devils food cake. That's right—the American big blue boy scout ordered apple pie, a food associated with being wholesome and American, and the Dark-friggin-Knight ordered a dark dessert nicknamed for a dark lord of the underworld.
    • It also speaks to their backgrounds, Clark is a farmboy, pie would be a common dessert around the Kent household, Bruce is a billionaire playboy and Devil's Food cake is often unbelievably rich.


  • Kid Flash explains away his hidden tower with some technobabble to explain the invisible tower. Unseen behind them, Klarion calls out Abra Kadabra for using the exact same technobabble to perform the illusion. This one off joke actually explains why Wally is calling out the tricks: He's fought Abra Kadabra before and the same tricks.
  • Kaldur's the one to explain about Wally's issues with magic? It's because Kaldur practices magic and has already tried to convince him!
  • There is a moment where Wally and Artemis are transported to Kent by his cane. When Wally sees them, he calls out the name of the person he recognizes on reflex. Afterward, the cane summons Kent to it. The cane might not have done that by itself. Wally was holding the equivalent of a magic wand and said the words Abra Kadabra.


  • Robin gets angry and jealous that Batman privately lectured Aqualad on the team's failure in the fight against Clayface. Why would that bug him so much, considering it was Aqualad's job as team leader to take responsibility for what happened? Because Robin is used to having Batman's full attention as his sidekick for four years and on top of that, he was adopted and obviously is afraid of losing his adoptive parent's attention!
    • It becomes a Heartwarming Moment when Batman realizes this and spends some quality time playing some basketball with Robin to assure him that nobody will ever replace him.
  • It's revealed that Kaldur chose to go to the surface instead of focusing on his magic studies. It's easy to think Kaldur could have had cool water powers if he'd just stayed in Poseidonis, except that, if you think about it, everything he could have learned would have been superfluous. Yes the Atlanteans had cool moves, like summoning giant octopi or tempests, but pretty much ALL of them involved using a huge amount of water, something that Kaldur wouldn't usually have on the surface. Yeah, Kaldur's water weapons aren't as cool or as elegant as what some of the other Atlanteas can do, but they're pretty much the most efficient way to use water manipulation powers on the surface.
    • Not to mention that Tula, Garth, and Mera seem to specialize in higher level water manipulation, fighting at a distance. While Kaldur lacks their skill in magic, he is a far better physical fighter and doesn't shy away from either long or short range combat. On land, Atlantean sorcerers would likely be at a massive disadvantage without huge supplies of existing water.
      • Hammered home by Garth being caught flat-footed repeatedly by Black Manta's troops while Aqualad reacts faster and ambushes them. While he didn't study in the Conservatory, he did get plenty of on-hands superhero experience alongside Aquaman instead.
    • He later does create a giant water-dragon against Sportsmaster and Cheshire in "Targets".


  • Artemis' real first name is Artemis, which seems like it would make it really easy for enemies to find her. But then I realized that this probably hides her identity better than most heroes' aliases because most villains probably wouldn't think to look for someone who has the same code name and secret identity!
    • Actually, she's better protected than that. Odds are, no one outside of the Justice League, her team, and the people she knows personally has any idea who she is. Unlike Robin, Wally, Roy, or Kaldur, she's not a "known" sidekick. And since the whole point of the team is to perform jobs that require a lower profile than the JL, they're hardly going to advertise her existence. This is illustrated in-series during Red Arrow's interrogation of Cheshire in "Targets", when she slips and nearly calls "Art—chery Girl" by her real name. Since Artemis' real name is also her hero handle, there's no reason for Cheshire to hide that she knows that name...unless Artemis' code name isn't public knowledge.
      • Even better: Artemis’ name (lifted from the Olympian Goddess of the hunt) fits her archer superhero routine perfectly. And her mother is the Huntress.
  • Always wondered why Megan and Conner didn't start school at the same time as Wally, what with the three of them being/appearing high school-age, until she saw the scene in "Targets" where Martian Manhunter tells Superboy he needs a civilian name while attending school. Naturally, the League needed to create official government files for the civilian identities of an alien superhero and a clone—one can't just shove a kid in school without proper documents in hand! Kudos to the writers for really thinking this out (especially in the world of ratings, writers tend to skip steps to move the plot forward).
    • Of course, it could just be as simple as the writers acknowledging that schools in different parts of the country (or even different parts of the same state) often have different start dates. Happy Harbor is in Rhode Island, while this iteration of Central City (where this Wally West lives, although he goes to Keystone High) is in Missouri.
      • On a different subject, this means that Wally is from "The Show-Me" state.
  • A minor one, after Sportsmaster says 'Broken Arrow', Red Arrow's eyes get wide and we cut to Miss Martian and Superboy in school. This appeared to be a strange place for a scene change, particularly because "more like broken arrow" is not a very dramatic or interesting line. Then, when we cut back to Red Arrow, he lets out a sigh and then Sportsmaster attacks him. The cuts were there to disguise Red Arrow's shut down, which the widening eyes and the sigh were both symptoms of.
  • Sportsmaster revealed to Aqualad that there was a mole on his team. Who was he teaming up with at that moment?
    • It attains a second level when you consider that he had received intel from the mole that same episode. We were given the only evidence of the true mole-at the same time as being told of the mole. Which also explains why it was fresh on Sportsmaster's mind., way to think ahead.


  • It is now confirmed that Cheshire is Artemis' her interactions with Sportsmaster in "Targets" has a whole new light shed on it. He's her wonder she wasn't exactly thrilled about being busted out of jail by him and having to work with him. He probably wasn't happy he had to rescue his daughter who walked out on their family. It especially makes sense when one considers their dialogue... " just had to be you." "Beggars can't be choosers, LITTLE GIRL." Nice way of subtly dropping hints.
  • Robin's non-reaction to founding out Artemis goes to his school and her lying about it, then finding out there might be a mole on the team in "Alpha Male". He doesn't accuse Artemis of being the mole because she is going to his school in Gotham and she was introduced by Green Arrow and his mentor, Batman. Batman obviously knows her cover story is a lie, because he probably was the one who made it up, and is likely using Artemis as a deep cover ace in the hole for some reason Robin hasn't figured out yet. As far as Robin's concerned, she's the least likely to be the mole.
    • It is revealed in "Secret's" that Robin already knew who her parents were and knew that Green Arrow being Artemis's uncle was a lie. It may have to do with him never questioning Batman's judgement.
    • It may also be because he feels sympathy for her.

Alpha Male

  • Captain Marvel explains to Aqualad that Batman was very strict in ordering him about. Agendas reveals that Batman knew that Marvel was a kid all along. Having had experience with kid heroes, Batman was in fact effectively giving Billy the same guidance he was using with Robin.


  • A lot of people go on about how subdued The Joker was in his appearance on the show and thought he wasn't enough of a Large Ham. Then you remember he outright admits to 'juggling his multiple personalities.' He can switch between his personalities at will and chose a more subdued, team friendly one on purpose.
    • "WONDER BOY! YOU ARE MINE!" "RETROBUTIONABLE! (That last one might not be a word. So sue me.)" Seemed pretty hammy to me.
      • If you watch the Joker carefully in that episode, he seemingly switches personalities mid-sentence. Serious. Hammy. Monologue-y. Bloodthirsty. He picks a personality, speaks a phrase or two, and switches to a new one. Because he's in the middle of of controlling a bunch of plants at the time and is probably switching personalities right then.
  • It seems very odd that in a series as (relatively) grounded and realistic as this one, there would be a group of villains calling themselves the Injustice League. But this makes perfect sense if you consider the Injustice League's purpose. They're a distraction. They're meant to seem like the type of ridiculous, over-the-top (though still extremely dangerous) villains who would go around calling themselves evil and attacking the whole world just for $10 billion. By setting up a group of Card Carrying Villains for the Justice League to catch, the Light draws all suspicion from themselves, a group of evil but WellIntentionedExtremists.


  • T.O. Morrow and Reds Tornado, Torpedo, and Volcano are all voiced by Jeff Bennett. At first, it would seem like this is a way to cut down on voice actors, but since Morrow is their creator, it's only logical for the male Reds to have the same voice as their "father".
  • The first three Red androids created by T. O. Morrow are created to infiltrate the superheroes and bring them down from within. All three end up overcoming their programming and saving the world. Guess what the other hero with "Red" in his name ends up doing?
  • Bit of Fridge Funny. Red Volcano is harping about how terrible humans are, and Miss Martian and Superboy both angrily inform him that "We're not human!". The Fridge Brilliance sinks in when one realizes that team kind of is entirely made up of humans. Of the six founding members of the team, half are non-human, so the Team should take a little bit of offense when Red Volcano keeps lumping them all together as humans. Except that Superboy and Aqualad, two of the "non-humans" actually are part human (on their father's sides). So Red Volcano is kind of right, they're a human team with one real alien.
    • Also some Fridge Irony here too, of the entire team, despite arguably being the only real alien, Miss Martian is the one most desperate to become human.


  • Wally says that the weapons of the Aliens are not Disintegrators but Teleporters. Later it is revealed that they are actually disintegrators. So why would Wally think they are teleporters? Well if one stops to consider how teleporters work in the first place...
    • There's also the possibility that, since it's an unwinnable simulation that is programmed to thwart the player at every turn, they may have been teleporters at that point in the simulation, but when that would give them a way to win (namely saving the captive heroes), it changed it to disintegrators.
    • Robin did say at one point that the alien lasers worked much like zeta beams, which are teleporters.
  • Why did Wally borrow M'gann's catchphrase, "Hello Wally!" Because M'gann rewired everyone's brains to believe the simulation was real. Why couldn't that have also rewired them to think like she would?
    • If you spend enough time around someone, chances are you'll start picking up some of their habits. We've already seen various members of the team use Robin's words, Kaldur pulled a ninja-act in "Downtime", and Robin practically admitted to Zatanna that Wally's flirting has influenced his flirting. Wally probably just picked up Megan's catchphrase.
    • We've also seen Artemis use the very same phrase in regards TO Wally in "Revelations", and given how badly her death affected him, she was likely very much on his mind, especially during that scene when he suddenly believes she may be alive.
      • Or all three!
  • When the Zeta-shield activates, there is no sound. But in this episode, there was sound when the "Justice League" is killed. They were in space. Sound in space was an indicator that it was not real!
  • After sacrificing himself, Kaldur reveals in "Disordered" that he doesn't think he's fit to be leader anymore after "acting like a soldier". In reality, he likely saved everyone. Kaldur pushed Martian Manhunter through the zeta tube when the alien ships were coming, saving the Justice League member but abandoning his own chances for survival. It's later revealed that the entire invasion was an elaborate training simulation, but it went horribly wrong when Miss Martian's subconscious hijacked the exercise after Artemis' death. This meant that when team members "died" in the simulation, they entered a coma in reality and were in danger of dying for real. Martian Manhunter entered the simulation to wake M'gann up so they could all escape, but he forgot why he was there due to M'gann's telepathic power. In short: the Martian Manhunter was the only one who could save the entire team from going into comas or (in M'gann's case) possibly being stuck in that awful simulation hell forever. If he had been zapped and gone into a coma, the whole team would have been lost. And Kaldur saved him. Granted, there's no way he could have known that at the time, but it's still awesome nevertheless.
    • Anyone who died in the simulation before Miss Martian woke up would have been trapped in permanent comas. Turns out that failing the simulation and dying was the only way to win.


  • Fridge Brilliance and Fridge Horror. Nabu, after being okay letting Wally and Kaldur go after they previously used the Helmet of Fate, tries to keep Zatanna, despite her being a minor and having no control over her body (okay that came out wrong). It's partially the stated reason, that Nabu was tired of being cooped up in a helmet, and that she was magically inclined in a way that Wally and Kaldur were not. But the real reason that he was so vehement this time is tied to the Fridge Horror of the episode. Misplaced was about how Klarion organized a spell where adults and children were separated into different worlds. The Fridge Horror section goes over it better, but number killed is probably in the millions. As a Lord of Order, Nabu is responsible for keeping Klarion in check. The world needs Doctor Fate.
    • Also, as mentioned below, this is more Fridge Brilliance. For the rest of the series Klarion is no longer a primary threat, instead keeping to the shadows and being a supporting villain, usually providing teleportation and specifically not engaging with the League or the Team. The fact that this coincides with the time that Fate reenters the scene is probably not a coincidence.


  • Count Vertigo playing the Diplomatic Impunity card for openly staging world-wide terrorism is pretty jarring, except with Vlatava recently losing its king and its current child queen being sick, there was too much going on for Vlatava to try him under their own laws.
  • "Coldhearted" takes place roughly four days after the events of "Misplaced". Doesn't seem like anything right? Wrong. During "Misplaced" Queen Perdita spends a day away from her doctors meaning her condition worsened. So the Light planned not just a distraction in "Misplaced", but softened up their target for the events of "Coldhearted".


  • When M'gann shows her supposed true form. Everyone seems accepting, and Superboy gets up and tells her that she doesn't need to put on a mask for him. What was a bit of a Tear Jerker considering she's a White Martian becomes a Heartwarming Moment when he reveals in "The Usual Suspects" that he's known ever since episode 9 and was trying to tell her she didn't have to hide from him.
    • There's an even earlier indication in "Targets" by his split second reaction to M'gann talking about how White Martians are discriminated against.
  • If you notice that one of Marie Logan's Co-Stars is Rita Farr of the Doom Patrol (meaning that Rita Farr knew the Logans) then you get some Fridge Brilliance about her taking in Gar, which is implied to happen between Seasons 2 and 3.


  • Lex Luthor's words to shut down Superboy are 'Red Sun'. Reminder that one of Superman's weaknesses is Red Sun radiation, which takes away Superman's powers and renders him to be human-like. Since he's Superman's clone, there's a good chance that Superboy's weakness would also be Red Sun radiation.


  • In the beginning, Bernell Jones hugging his daughter, Cissie King Jones goodnight in her room and calling her "Baby Girl". At the end of the episode, it's revealed that Sportsmaster is Artemis's father. He's in her room and calls her "baby girl", while convincing to join The Light. Probably used to see how one father-daughter relationship is different from the other and Artemis's very hidden desire that kind of warm relationship with her dad.
  • Artemis' mother Paula used to be the criminal known as Huntress. That was the original alias of Paula's counterpart in the main DCU until the Batman supporting character Huntress was introduced, so her alias was retconned to Tigress. The show uses the original name because it relates to Artemis, being named after the archer goddess of the hunt. But if the writers had used the name Tigress, it would then relate to Jade, Paula's other daughter who uses her own cat motif as Cheshire.

Usual Suspects

  • Aqualad is unfazed at M'gann's reveal of her true form. Kaldur grew up in Atlantis, and if what we saw in "Downtime" is any indication, he's used to seeing weird stuff like that. Hell, he's friends with Topo of all people, and he has an octopus for a head. Not to mention the tie-in comics show that non-humanoid Atlanteans are constantly discriminated and persecuted by the Purists, so Kaldur understands what M'gann was going through.
    • Superboy reveals that he's been using special patches called "shields" to suppress his human DNA and give him his full range of Kryptonian powers. However, each time he does it he's gotten angrier and angrier. In a previous episode, "Agendas", Superboy's clone, Match is basically an uncontrollable berzerker due to an inability to perfectly replicate Kryptonian DNA. So what's the brilliant part about it all? Superboy's temper throughout the series has always been suspect, with a habit of raging out of control. While this is partial due to the events around him, his own biology may make him more susceptible to these sorts of rages. Thus his habit of flying off the handle may not be a personality trait, but rather a biological/chemical imbalance beyond his control. So Superboy might be Super Bi-Polar.
  • Cheshire chooses to fight Artemis. One would think it was because it was her job to do so at the time. However, remember the fact that Cheshire and Artemis are sisters, the former being the older. Plus, Cheshire was fightning alongside a group of baddies that wouldn't mind letting Artemis die in the avalanche or hold back. In a subtle Fridge Heartwarming moment, Cheshire took on Artemis because she wouldn't have tried her best, because she loves her little sister and would never hurt her or let someone else hurt her.

Auld Acquaintance

  • In "Independence Day" Green Arrow asks Speedy if he is ready to see the inner sanctum and Speedy replies: "Born that way." Since he truly is cloned to join the League. The exchange repeats in "The Usual Suspects," just to drive the point home.
    • On a similar note: The end of "Infiltrator", when Artemis tells Red Arrow to "Step into the light."
  • Superboy's purpose is to replace Superman if he perishes or if he turns from The LIGHT. Nothing wrong with that right?. Until you realize the villain's group name is The Light. Then you remember that there is a mole on the team...
  • How did Superboy stay conscious longer than Superman when exposed to kryptonite? He's only half Kryptonian and thus is less affected by the radiation than a full Kryptonian would have been!
  • Red Arrow spent the second half of the season suspecting Superboy of being programed by Cadmus to be the mole. As revealed in this episode, it turns out that Red Arrow was the one programed by Cadmus to be the mole.
  • Remember The Light's plan for Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash from "Independence Day"? Clone them and send in the clones as replacements? It seems to that they came up with it a little too fast, that they couldn't know if the personalities would clone as well. Well, thanks to this episode, we know that they didn't worry about that because they had already done it successfully with Roy.
  • Remember how Poison Ivy had commented on the Joker's ability to control various plant-monsters in various locations at the same time? It's very likely due to his chaotic mind. Look at what Klarion does in "Auld Acquaintance" with the Justice League. He simultaneously controls each of them doing different actions in different locations. And what is Klarion? A Lord of Chaos. The Injustice League was not just the proxies for The Light. They were also testing out the control-system which would later be directly used by Klarion.
    • Also note how the Injustice League had combined Ivy's plants with Wotan's magic, Ultra-Humanite's science, and Atomic Skull's energy. What did the Light do with the Starro sample? They combined its biology with sorcery (magic) and nanotechnology (science).
  • When the mind-controlled Justice League went into space, they sent the exact same lineup as the original leaguers in Justice League Unlimited except the Flash. So why wasn't the Flash included from the mission? Because in Wally is The Flash in that show, and in this show he isn't a member of the League. - Aenthin
    • The parallels between that and the Justice Lords provides another explanation: there was no Flash in the Justice Lords universe; his death was what caused them to go rogue.
      • Word of God says it was because he wanted Barry on Earth when Impulse arrived.
  • In Bloodlines, Bart accidentally reveals that Barry and Iris are having twins. However the ending of the episode shows Bart was putting on a mask with his cheerful, happy-go-lucky personality where he comes from a Bad Future and Barry was dead from his encounter with Neutron. Bart's "slip" was letting Barry know that if he doesn't make it out of the fight with Neutron alive, he was leaving behind a pregnant wife and not one but two children growing up without their father. He did this on purpose so that this knowledge would keep Barry from taking a fatal risk.
    • Also in Bloodlines, (formerly) Neutron is devastated to see that the Future seemingly hadn't changed. Then it pulls back to see they were at the former location of Mt. Justice. Of course, Mt. Justice was soon destroyed in Darkest, and you'll notice that the ash snow had stopped falling. The future was changed for the better, but he was literally in the worst place on the planet to see that from. Incidentally, this also allowed the writers to preserve drama for the audience.

    Season 2 
Happy New Year
  • After the Time Skip, while the Team has gone through some radical changes in roster, the Justice League seems to have changed very little, with only three new members. But remember what happened the last time they made a recruiting drive? They're being cautious to ensure that the Red Arrow incident doesn't happen again.
    • Five actually, Rocket, the newest, is number 26. They were at 21 last time. A one a year ratio.
      • Not quite, since it's stated that Nightwing, Miss Martian & Superboy have open invitations to join the League if they want to.
  • Why are Nightwing, Superboy, and Miss Martian still on The Team and not members of the league yet? The League is sticking with the image of adult heroes, Miss Martian is only 1.25 years older maturity wise given Martian to Human age ratios. Superboy doesn't age, he's 16 forever. That just leaves Nightwing, and give he's Nightwing, he might want to be technically separated from Batman when it comes to chain of command. As the youngest member of The Team at it's creation, he might feel like the odd one out with the League as well. Those three are holding onto their childhood, just a bit longer.
    • Alternately: Nightwing was destined to lead this team, the team was Miss Martian's home for her entire stay on Earth, and Superboy spent his whole life on it.
    • It is stated that Nightwing, Superboy, and Miss Martian are staying behind to train, lead, and coach the freshman. Plus Miss Martian's boyfriend is on the team, and this is the only family or home Superboy has ever known. I do not find that at all strange but I do wonder about Mal Duncan
    • Mal's with the team since his girlfriend Bumblebee is a member and he wants to support her.
  • Clayface is notably more coherent in this season and season 3 than he was in Season 1 when he was first 'created'. Given that he was sent to Arkham per Greg's word, it is quite possible that Arkham actually did help him get better in this universe.


  • Superboy's issues with not aging make a little more sense when you realize he looks just like a young Superman. Part of what's bothering him is that he's never going to get to look like a full-grown Superman.


  • Compare the Crock sisters: Both end up giving something to their lovers something important to them on Valentine's Day: Artemis gives Wally his favorite food: Everything. Jade gives the one thing that he's been desperately searching for besides Speedy I: A reason to get his act together; in the form of his and Jade's baby daughter, Lian Nguyen-Harper.
  • Why didn't Cheshire tell Roy that she was pregnant with Lian? Because she grew up in a household with a father who wasn't emotionally available. Roy wasn't being emotionally available towards his friends and Jade. A Fridge Heartwarming moment when you understand that Jade didn't want her daughter to go through the same thing.
  • Lian having red hair seems odd. Sure, it's a reference to her initial pre-retcon design but it still sticks out as her mother is part-Asian with black hair. Wouldn't the dominant hair color be black? Cheshire is half-White so it's more likely her kids could turn out not having black hair. Her sister Artemis being blonde supports it.


  • Bart Allen's Future Slang comes from witnessing the events of his Bad Future and his experiences with Neutron.
    • Especially the part where he talks about "Off Mode" and "On Mode" which is what the Reach use to talk about the setting of Jaime's Scarab.
  • The Light amputating Roy's upper arm for DNA would seem excessive. For that they could use a cheek swab. Most likely what they were really after are the stem cells in located in the marrow of long bone.
    • Clone!Roy/Red Arrow states outright that they needed "a continuous supply of [his] DNA."
    • Actually, these two together constitute Fridge Horror. The amputation implies that they need stem cells in the marrow, and the "continuous supply of DNA" remark implies that they needed a lot of it to perfect the clone. Roy's lucky they got his clone right early, if they had to make multiple clones to perfect it, like they did with Connor and Match, Red Arrow may've found him with more than just an arm missing.
  • At the end it seems like the Bad Future stands, despite Bart's efforts because Neutron's location remains in it's damaged state. But where is he? Mt. Justice, which is destroyed, despite the hero's succeeding in preventing the Reach invasion. The future may have changed, he just happened to be in the wrong place to see it.


  • Fans have noted that Nightwing was performing incorrect CPR on a seemingly dead Artemis. However, performing correct CPR on a perfectly healthy person could potentially harm him/her, cluing in that Artemis wasn't actually dead.
    • This makes even more sense if you consider that M'gann and Superboy probably have next to no human medical knowledge. Nightwing using CPR on someone with a stab wound probably would have seemed weird were he doing it in the company of another hero, but with M'gann and Superboy it makes perfect sense. Also note that the only other person on the squad was La'gaan. The only two people with average surface human biology there were Nightwing and Artemis themselves.
    • Additionally, the other people who witnessed the supposed death were Black Manta's men, who are composed of rogue Atlanteans/humans who've long since been mutated to have fish attributes. It's unlikely that they've ever needed to use/see proper CPR.
    • Additionally, Nightwing couldn't use a bandage because it would have drawn attention to how Artemis wasn't really bleeding. He could hide a squib of fake blood, but not the LITRE it requires for someone to pass out, let alone die.
    • Lasly, when Kaldur stabbed Artemis through the stomach, she should have been coughing blood due to that being a vital area. Another hint that her death is not what it looks like.
  • During the timeskip, finding out Aqualad had a Face–Heel Turn can be seen as strange. People lose their loved ones all time, especially those who take up public safety positions. It's strange he wouldn't be prepared for that since after all he would have to have accepted that conclusion for himself as well, especially considering how much of a stoic that person is. Then we find out Aqualad knows the villain Black Manta is his father and it makes a tad more sense but now it makes even less sense altogether. That was the clue. Even if Aqualad did suffer a Despair Event Horizon over Tula's death, going over the edge certainly wouldn't help anybody including him. That's how I knew he was a Fake Defector.
    • I had always wondered about why he had such weak reasons to defect too. The other clue that had me thinking was, if he really did defect and want to kill everyone of them, then why tell Nightwing about the bomb's location and how long will it take before it will explode?
    • Adding to this there's Wally's concern over Artemis when she goes undercover with Aqualad. Now, worrying about a loved one in a potentially dangerous situation is perfectly normal, but Wally's makes a great deal more sense considering the death of Tula. Whilst Aqualad has been revealed as no longer having had a Face–Heel Turn, and being a Fake Defector instead, her death obviously did take it's toll on him. Wally's not just worried about losing Artemis on the possibility of it occurring, he's worried because he's seen it happen before, to one of his closest friends.
  • Black Manta and the Light went through a lot of effort to destroy that shuttle being launched, why? Because it was carrying a satellite to establish better communications with Mars! The Light wanted to make sure the League couldn't quickly contact Mars to try to confirm Green Beetle's story!


  • The reason Bart was eating Chicken Whizzies at Artemis’ memorial is because he’s from the future, and therefore probably knows that her death was faked… Of course, this just comes off as him being irreverent, so perfectly in-line for him…


  • Why did Wally choose to call out Nightwing about the plan after Mount Justice gets blown up, when he could have just mentioned his concerns, mostly as a reminder to Dick to be careful? Then this troper realized it was probably because of the debriefing of the situation that Wally may have heard from Mal. If Mal stayed any longer at the lab with Karen, then Dick would have drowned, and eventually Superboy. Taking into consideration all of the little variables that might have resulted in his best friend's death, of course Wally would soon realize that maybe Aqualad is a triple-agent and that he has been playing Dick, and now Artemis might really get killed because they've been playing it too close to the chest.

Before the Dawn

  • In his debut, Bart specifically asks if Blue Beetle happens to be in the Cave when he arrives. At first it just seems like more Talkative Loon fanboying, but this episode reveals that he specifically came back to stop Jaime being put "on mode" and helping bring the Reach apocalypse.
  • Impulse's willingness to trust and help Jaime, treating him as more of a fellow victim of the Reach rather than resenting him for technically being the main subjugator of earth. We know Impulse did his research before going back in time. He probably found out about how the Scarabs work when doing so, and realized both that Jaime would have no say in what the Scarab did with his body and just how horrible a fate that is.
  • The Blue Beetle we see in the future is also quite different to Jaime's appearance as Blue Beetle. Beside the explanation that Jaime could have buffed and gained significant height as he grew as a Reach's puppet soldier in the future, one can recall the Reach Scientist's plans: if the Blue Beetle couldn't be put back "on Mode", she'd have to reboot it, killing Jaime and using a new host. The one who found Jaime was Impulse - without him arriving back to the past, the abductee rescue mission would not be able to find Jaime and be forced to leave without him, which would lead to his death and a new, on-mode Blue Beetle host taking his place, which is the one we see in the bad future.
    • That means that Impulse's intervention alone was enough to change his own bad future. This forced the Reach to summon Green Beetle (who could have been simply a spy agent for Reach on Mars at that time, which explains why he wasn't featured before), to try to win Jaime's trust and gain access to his Beetle, putting it back on mode. This is why Impulse says Green Beetle's "not in the history books" - in his own timeline, the Reach never needed him on Earth.

True Colors

  • Arsenal's arm cannon being the only thing to damage Black Beetle, however slightly, makes sense when you consider it's a gift from Luthor and the Light is revealed later to be using the Reach for their own ends. It would make sense for the Light to develop some kind of effective countermeasure for an ally they eventually plan to betray.
  • Blue Beetle and Green Beetle beat Black Beetle using a combination sound attack, an attack Blue's Scarab warned would be ineffective. Blue's Scarab isn't stupid, it must have considered a second sound source. Yet another fact foreshadowing Green's betrayal; Black Beetle threw that fight.
  • Green Beetle fighting the Team seemed really weak. Sure, he was doing fine, but all he used was his sonic cannon, his density shifting and super strength one time apiece, and really didn't look like he was trying hard. Given how he seems to have a similar relationship with his Scarab that Jaime does, it's entirely possible that he was throwing the fight.
    • Another possibility is they fought him in a manner similar to how the Runaway's and Arsenal fought Black Beetle; keeping him off balance. They were never doing any real harm.

The Fix

  • Why did Vandal Savage agree to help Black Manta when his son's mind was broken by Miss Martian, but not be at all understanding with Sportsmaster's request to kill Aqualad after he "killed" Artemis? First, Black Manta has more status than Sportsmaster, the former being a member of The Light and the latter being only an enforcer. Second and more subtle, unlike Black Manta who was genuinely concerned for his only child, Sportsmaster was only concerned with his reputation that would be soiled because Artemis's "death" is an "insult" to his profession. In short, Vandal was willing to help Manta more because he actually cared for his kids, unlike Sportsmaster.
  • It makes sense that Ra's Al Gul would mention that the light "appreciates strong family ties", seeing as although he has Sportsmaster and Cheshire bickering on the same team, he also has his daughter who carries on his work as well. It would make sense for him to bring this up when talking to the Son of Black Manta.
    • Another thing to consider in regards to family ties is who they picked to be Sportsmaster's replacement, Deathstroke, who in the comics is a father himself.
  • How did Sportsmaster put Ugly Manheim and Whisper A'Dare in their comas in 'Salvage'? with the poison that Artemis used in this episode.

The Runaways

  • More Fridge Foreshadowing than anything: Jaime's accent seemed less prominent here. That's because the Scarab doesn't have an accent.
    • More specifically, the Ambassador doesn't have an accent.
  • In "Before the Dawn", Black Beetle using his scarab to shift the density of the door so that Miss Martian is trapped when she tries to phase through it, in hindsight seems almost a little too smart of a move to make, even for someone with his capabilities. Then in "Runaways" it's revealed that the Green Beetle of Mars, B'arzz O'oomm, is The Mole and not free from The Reach's influence like he earlier claimed, meaning The Reach would be aware of Martian abilities and how to combat them.
    • Also, a bit of brilliance plotwise as well, when M'gann phases out of the bioship into the water, she is compressed into a smaller form, except, she's intangible? Why does that work? Because Martian phasing abilities haven't been demonstrated in detail, since it's the first season that M'gann has had that ability, and the only other real example of phasing in combat has been J'onn in Failsafe, which is a dream, and doesn't count. The writers needed to establish that Martians can be affected by the density of whatever they're phasing through, so Black Beetle's attack is put in context.
  • The Runaways are True Companions - in other words, super friends. Except for Virgil (Static), they are versions of distinctive characters from the Superfriends cartoon.
    • And Static is functioning as a stand-in for Black Vulcan, who was created for Superfriends and was never a comic character.


  • Blue Beetle's takedown of the team is pretty good tactics wise. He attacks Impulse first with the crystal key, which you would think is weird, since Blue has enough onboard weapons to decimate most non-justice League opponents. Partially, it's the fact that this takedown is so brutal and primitive to "shock and awe" the rest of the team, but later he uses his normal weapons on the rest of the team, so why does he hit Impulse over the head? Because he didn't have any weapons activated at the time, and his suit makes a noise whenever they activate. Impulse is the only one who would've been able to react to the noise fast enough to counterattack (and the one who would pick up that Jaime was 'on-mode' the fastest since he was closest to him, and it was his main reason for coming back to the past, (a bit of fridge horror as well, since the Ambassador might not know that, but the scarab definitely would, and might take that into consideration in a fight)), or just get everyone hit by the first sonic attack out of the way (as Guardian demonstrates by being fast enough to protect Bumblebee without superspeed)
    • Also, secondary bit of fridge logic, in the battle after Blue Beetle disables most of the team, Arsenal opens the airlock to vent the air into space, and you have to wonder why he acted so rashly, he had control issues before, by nearly blowing up Superboy earlier in the episode and destroying Lexcorp's Reach Cola, but he still acted pretty rationally. However there's several things that cause him to snap. First, as Robin demonstrates, small weapons like Robinrangs or lower were ineffective on Blue, and second, Arsenal had already wasted all of his major weapons (rocket launchers, explosive arrows, hardening foam) on Mongul, so he in all likelihood, he was out of bullets. Couple that with the fact that Blue had already dazed Superboy (who had already taken damage from Mongul), that Robin and Bumblebee looked like they would be next to useless in the upcoming fight, and from his perspective they were past the Godzilla Threshold so he decided to do the only thing he could (since literally anything else he does would be useless) and vent the airlock. This in no way excuses him, and he put all of his teammates lives in jeopardy, but it does make more sense in context
  • Also in "War" the episode also gives a good reason the Reach doesn't want to invade the earth, besides Guardian Law preventing them from taking a planet that doesn't invite them, they are vastly outgunned by the Justice League and Earth's militaries. When Warworld attacked, The Reach used their fleet to intercept the Warworld's missiles to "Protect their investment". In doing so, they intercepted 23% of the Warworld's missiles and lost 2/3 of their ships. Compare that to the League, which neutralized 64% of the missiles with 4 members (6 if you count Green Beetle and the Bioship helping out), and Earth's militaries' taking down 13% with no casualties on the part of the Earthlings. Obviously it's not a one to one comparison (since Dr Fate was blocking most of the attacks, and Rocket was protecting Fate), but it gives a sense of just the sheer power the League has, this was only the 4 members who were spaceworthy, there are literally dozens of more Leaguers on Earth who didn't take part in the battle who would be part of fending off a reach invasion, and this isn't even including all 3 Green Lanterns shown in the series who were offworld, and the six who were on trial at the time (plus Hawkman and Icon). Also, Earth's militaries deserve credit for their 13% of the neutralized missiles, again, their contribution was only based off the spaceworthy weapons (ICBMs or other rockets) that Earth could muster in the hours prior to the attack, which means that they did over half the work the Reach did without the advantage of spacefaring technology and with no preparation, in an actual invasion there would be far more firepower on hand. Basically, if the Reach tried an outright invasion, Earth's militaries would be a match for their fleet and with the Justice League's help, it would be a curbstomp.


  • It's noted that the Scarab should know that its attacks won't work on Rocket's shield, yet it keeps doing them, and it takes a needlessly long time to produce a countermeasure. Later, it admits it doesn't like working for the Reach. It was trying to throw that fight.
    • Just watch how slowly he was moving and how lazy his attacks were. It was likely the Scarab had the impression that the Team was going to try and find a way to put it off mode, based on its understanding on Jaime's friendship with the Team. This would also mean that it did take something out of its partnership with Jaime, and likely said what it said as a front for the Reach.
    • Also as the Scarab was about to deliver the finishing blow on Impulse and Batgirl, it menacingly dragged its blade knives on the way and walked leisurely. But this tropette felt that it was in fact actually trying to slow itself down (enough so the Reach wouldn't get suspicious) and hope that there was another team coming to stop it before it really had to kill them.
    • Even more foreshadowing in the Scarab's first choice of victim. It went for Impulse, who was further away than Batgirl. He then takes the time to flick Impulse's head around with the flat of the blade.
  • The remote that the Ambassador uses to control Beetles Blue and Green (seeing and speaking through them, mainly) only has TWO color coded buttons. Combined with the fact that Black Beetle seemed to be a Reach when his armor was peeled off, and the fact that he is a bit of a Blood Knight, it indicates HE might be in control, NOT the Scarab, and that he is doing all this evil of his own free will.
    • Reinforced in "Summit" when he abandons the Ambassador and plans to destroy Earth.
    • There are probably two kinds of people who get scarabs put on them- dupes who will be used to prepare their planets for Reach conquest and are at least supposed to be controlled by the scarab (Blue and Green) and elite Reach warriors who work in tandem with it (Black). Probably also why Black comes off as the most powerful of the Beetles- he was most likely extensively trained (possibly since childhood, if Reach society is as stratified and rigid as it seems) to interface with such a weapon and use it to its fullest potential.
  • Two things in "Darkest" and "Before The Dawn" that make a lot more sense in hindsight: the Scarab's utter panic at being captured, and its memory files before being fused with Jaime being gone. If the Scarab wasn't really malfunctioning, it stands to reason that it deleted or somehow repressed all memory files before Jaime to keep the Reach from finding out why it's off mode.
  • Who was the person who put Blue Beetle and Green Beetle off mode? Zatanna, the girl whose father has been trapped inside his own body, able to see everything while controlled by the intelligence inside a possession but never able to talk or act to the people around him. She probably worked really hard to get the ritual right.


  • Kaldur brings up the possibility of the Justice League members who are off planet returning in order to stop Black Beetle and Black Manta's fight. Why did he do this when his entire plan was to break up their alliance? It also resulted in Vandal Savage stating that the Light not only sent the Justice League to attack another world in the first place but have bribed some members of the court to ensure they're convicted. He was getting information to prove the Leaguers innocence on top of arranging an Engineered Public Confession.


  • Did anyone else have a light bulb moment about the Robin/ Wondergirl pairing when the remembered the pairings from Justice League/Justice League Unlimited?
  • On the Ask Greg website, he reveals the pairs that teamed up in "Endgame". All of the Runaways were paired up with Justice League members with similar powers to them:
    • Virgil Hawkins with Black Lightning- both have electricity powers.
    • Tye Longshadow with The Atom- both can change their size at will.
    • Asami Koiziumi with Black Canary- both can produce some short of sonic vibration.
    • Eduardo Dorado Jr.. with Captain Atom- both have powers dealing with their bodies (Captain Atom has invulnerability, energy absorption, and super strength and Ed can teleport himself).
      • An attempt to ask the Runaways to join The Team? Probably. If that was the case, only one took the offer: Virgil, or now known as, Static. The other declined the offer for their own reasons.
  • Why is Virgil the only member of the Runaways to join the the Team? Because unlike his friends, Virgil didn't have any personal reason not to. Tye wanted to go home, but not until Maurice left, Ed wanted to be closer to his father, and Sam's reason are unclear, but her refusal of not saying anything about her family does leave some horrific and sad assumptions.
  • The Team Headbands couple: Tye Longshadow and Asami "Sam" Koizumi. Word of God confirmed that they do become a couple. The Fridge comes from how that both of them have had their eyes changed due to The Reach test. Tye's eyes changed from brown to icy blue; Sam's were possibly only one set of eye color and now she's a heterochromiac, or a different color in each.

    Season 3 
  • Troia phrases 'his or her' as 'her or his'. Of course, she'd do that, she's from a female dominate society.
  • While the exact motives for Batman's actions in the first three episodes aren't clear, you can gleam one thing from those who do go with him: all but Plastic Man are regular humans. With tensions around the world about metahumans and aliens, the members he took with him would not add to the problem. It would just be 'the crazy guy in the bat costume' breaking the law, not someone who could be used to inflame tensions.
    • As to why Plastic Man is with them, Plastic Man has the benefit of having a long criminal record. Him being labeled a criminal would be less damaging to other meta humans.
  • Black Lightning, who quit for his own reasons, being listed with Batman's walkout has a couple of reasons to it.
    • the Justice League might not like Batman's choice, at least those who weren't in on it, but they do have the same problems with it as he does. Having Black Lightning's resignation officially for the same reason makes the statement more effective, and a bit more likely to help spur change before Batman and co do something regrettable.
    • It keeps the Light from knowing that he left because he got traumatized for accidentally killing a kid. The Light is smart enough to eventually put two and two together, but it gives the league some time to figure out how to minimize the possibility of another incident like it before the Light sends more children at leaguers to try and traumatize them out of their job. Because the Light are the sort of people who would throw fifty suicide babies at Superman to make him go away.
  • Among the members who are stationed on Earth in season 3 are Captain Marvel and Flash. Seems random, until you remember that Captain Marvel is getting close in age to going to college, and Flash has young twins at home. They were probably kept on Earth to keep up with their responsibilities.
    • A slight wrench in that due to the fact that Jon Kent is also present, but one could probably argue the idea in some other way: his mother is better able to handle single parenting, the Allen twins are more of a handful, the rosters of who is on earth versus space is flexible that the rosters seen aren't set in stone, etc etc.
  • Two reasons why the Light haven't used their nuclear option because pissing off superheroes is never a good idea and probably sympathy from Vandal's part. He isn't the only one however. Lady Shiva has a child and her name is Orphan who is within the ranks of the Justice League. Shiva didn't just murder Ocean-Master for the Light but she is also making sure Orphan doesn't get caught in the crossfire.
  • Bart Allen as Kid Flash II getting a new costume in Outsiders, after the two years since Invasion, makes a lot of sense. After all, when he wore Wally's costume, he said he felt like a fraud. Adding individuality, especially with aspects of his old costume, likely helps him feel more like his own person rather than an appropriator of someone who tragically died.
  • We learn that at one point during his long life Vandal Savage fought a Starro invasion prior to the start of the series. Could that have been his inspiration for "Starro Tech"?
    • Technically Vandal used his own old enemy's flesh to create the Starro Tech. But it'd make sense he'd know how to mess with it.
  • In "Nightmare Monkeys" he reverts to his 8 year old self in some instances, but he's still voiced by long-time reprised adult actor Greg Cipes and not Logan Grove. Since this takes place in his mind, it makes sense that someone that has just gone through puberty will hear themselves differently and their inner voices will change too.
  • Diana's counter to Tim's declaring of the secret alliance of the leaders of the 6 teams the 'Anti-Light', pointing out that the opposite of light is darkness, is actually more fitting than it seems. For a start they are working in the shadows - in the darkness - to protect the people, secondly about half the membership come from the Bat Family, the embodiment of Dark Is Not Evil.
    • Also the other half? Aside from Diana herself we have M'gann, who last season almost went full Anti-Hero with how she used her powers, and Artemis and Kaldur, the 2 co-conspirators of Nightwing's infiltration of the Light, who indeed performed the bulk of the job. Naturally they know how sometimes they have to do darker tactics to protect people. It is likely that the uncomfortable silence after Diana criticizes the group's methods isn't proof they agree with her, it's an unwillingness to tell her that they don't.
  • Pretty much all of the above makes even more sense when you remember one word that is often associated with Wonder Woman: Truth.
  • Beast Boy being an actor in a Star Trek equivalent makes sense for a number of Star Trek specific reasons. In real life, Star Trek always strove to be inclusive and realistic no matter the era, but as time has gone on what that means has changed. To better realize the ideals Star Trek declares, more difference in race, gender, orientation, and other factors of humanity were needed and desired. How well Star Trek implements these things is not to be discussed on a Young Justice fridge page. However a Earth-16 Star Trek has an additional wrinkle: Mars. Unlike our real life Mars is a living, breathing planet with indigenous life forms that in Star Trek's future, would not disappear. Mars probably was not grandfathered away in story either, as Martians were not well known to humanity at the time and Mars as just that, Mars, was probably never touched upon in story. Now that people do know that Mars has life, a Star Trek would need to include them to reach for the same ideals that strive for a better showing of people who aren't straight white men. Problem is that there is not much travel between Earth and Mars, even if Martians do like earth television, making Martian actors coming over difficult. Beast Boy, having martian blood, a green skin tone, and shapeshifting powers, is the best thing short of Megan or the Manhunter coming over to play the role.
  • In recent adaptions such as Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, Vandal Savage was stated to be, among others, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, and Genghis Khan. In Young Justice he was Genghis, but he was also identified as Atilla the Hun and Blackbeard. This works fairly well with his goals in universe: he thrives of making humanity stronger and opposing calcified status quos. With the amount of empires and kingdoms Atilla and Genghis tore down or shook to their cores, he certainly was doing those things well before the Justice League. The isolation of the Eurasian steppes both hailed from would also serve him well in vanishing for times between identities, as well as allowing him to move between region of the world for each (going from Babylonia as Marduk to China as Sun Tzu to the edge of Europe as Atilla, etc etc.) His time as Blackbeard also notably happened after the end of the prominence of the steppe raiders following the advent of gun powder, warranting a change in behavior and pace.
    • Being Genghis Khan also might explain part of the reason he and Ra's get along so well, beyond the idea of being both long lived. Genghis Khan's conquests caused so much death and displacement it reversed climate change in the real world, and in Young Justice Earth where some of the mongols had superpowers this was likely even more so. Ra's is (both in comics and in the show universe) an eco-terrorist at heart, with plans that would have similar end goals in mind. It's possible that Ra's even uses Vandal's actions as a justification that mass murder can do good for the planet.
  • Clayface, as in Season 2, comes off as much more sane than in season 1. He is also smarter with his power usage. Experience sure, but it also comes off as a bit of a new way of making Arkham horrible. The place didn't just make him saner, it also made him even smarter and more clever with his powers, while not doing anything about his criminal behavior. It's not making Clayface more crazy, it is making him smarter and saner but no where near less criminal.
  • Garfield's choice of team-mates for the Outsiders makes a lot of sense for a team meant to be out in the open: Gar himself is instantly recognizable due to his time on television and his green skin, as is Brion as the exiled Prince of Markovia; Blue Beetle is known for his role in preventing the Reach Invasion (even if part of that was him being mind controlled); Wonder-Girl and Kid Flash have brand recognition (Wally was already known before the team started and that carried over to Bart. Cassie may not be instantly recognizable, but once the name Wonder-Girl drops, everyone makes the connection). The only exception is Static, but one unknown among many knowns doesn't matter much. Basically, Gar is looking to repeat the good press he got from stopping that robbery and saving Perdita, and he chose the right members for it.
  • The difficulty Luthor and the Light are having with fighting the Outsiders in a public relations war actually makes perfect sense. The Outsiders primarily communicate using social media, not traditional news media, where the Light is strongest, and the Outsiders focus is the younger generation, not the adults, who get their info via traditional media. Granted, it's also possible the actual effectiveness of the Outsiders strategy, in the long run, is questionable, as recent years have shown there's a very real limit to what can be done simply by going viral.
  • The season as a whole is built around child abuse and exploitation. While in some episodes - particularly with Harper Row - it's obvious, it's much more subtle and even sinister at other times. Every principal character this season - both hero or villain - either exploits children so that the manipulator would benefit, directly harms children, or are the victims of violence and/or exploitation. The primary antagonist of this season has been Granny Goodness, who embodies harming and exploiting children, the primary schemer behind the Anti-Light is Batman, whose family is perhaps the most well-known in DC comics, and the primary driving force of the Outsiders has been Beast Boy, who has been exploited and physically harmed by adults in every appearance this season. The only characters in active duty who haven't intentionally harmed a child or been a victim of child exploitation and abuse are Black Lightning (who still carries guilt for unintentionally killing a child, which may be another allegory for child abuse), Superboy (who physically resembles a child and has been exploited), and Artemis. Perhaps Artemis and Black Lightning provide a contrast to child abuse and exploitation due to their relationships with the children close to them?
    • Um, while it doesn't come up much in season 3 Artemis was quite clearly shown to have an abusive upbringing, as the child of a super villain who was raised to be one herself, including the fact that her response, back in season 1, to waking up in a cabin in unfamiliar clothes with a stranger, is to assume it was her father's work and she was meant to kill said stranger.
    • This may also explain why Orphan and Spoiler have been added to Batman Incorperated, as well as the hints towards Jason Todd and Damian Wayne.
  • Brion trying to get Tara to side with him in taking the throne may not have been just a We Can Rule Together effort. By getting her support he also denies it being given to Gregor. He also fully showed he was The Resenter to his brother so essentially forcing her to choose between her brothers and getting her to support him may have been just as much for emotional reassurance that he was favored in someway over his brother as it was about getting his little sister to side with him.
  • When Cassie is fused into Klarion's Meta-monster, there is a sudden thunderstorm that forms from it and hits them. This makes a lot of sense; while her mom is a human archeologist, her father in the comics is actually the Greek Deity Zeus. Seems Daddy Zeus is not too happy with Klarion absorbing his daughter.

    Season 4 
  • Why Saturn Girl, Phantom Girl, and Chameleon Boy of all Legionaire trios? Being set on Mars you have all the main Martian powers in one (Saturn Girl's telepathy, Phantom Girl's intangibility, and Chameleon Boy's shapeshifting).
  • While Conner does express surprise that Manhunter would get a new perspective on racism via the Earth, as the Earth is no utopia, it's not a unreasonable development. J'onn ended up on Earth in the seventies and had decades to witness the social and political aspects of multiple forms of distrust founded on racial differences. The freshness of it would let him examine Mars more clearly because he can see the problems that racism causes without any of his own biases clouding his perception. Mixed race marriage debates, for example, would give him a new perspective on his sister's hardships. It is telling, perhaps, that his human form is that of a black man.
  • As is common in the real world, being progressive on one thing does not make you in all things. The King of Mars was for equality for the Green and the White Martians, that doesn't mean he was ever saying they were equal to Red Martians. The fact his queen rolled back his reforms was an early hint that the royal couple was a bit more on the same page than initially thought.
  • M'Comm not knowing what Kryptonite is makes sense. The green crystals would only really matter if you wanted to kill Superman or another Kryptonian, and he's all about Martians. He'd never have any reason to look that sort of thing up.
  • The notably reaction that the U.N representatives had at the resignation of Batman seemed to originally have been a shock at a founding member resigning, though the flashback during the Artemis arc gives it new context. It's shock that the person who'd saved them all from the mad clown is calling it quits.
  • Superboy and Wally West both died because of their lesser powers compared to their mentors, but in different ways. Wally died because he was slower than the others and got hit with excess energy, while Superboy's lack of a pure kryptonian's physiology let him ignore the kryptonite to ensure the bomb was destroyed where Superman was completeyl repelled by it. Superboy's lack of power let him die to save the day, while Wally just served as a release valve for the energy of the reach device.
    • One more similarity between Wally and Superboy despite them apparently dying their was seemingly a lot of doubt said deaths. In which the contrast between them is proven with the appearance of Superboy in the phantom zone.
  • Zatara's flashbacks give a new context to why he introduced Zatanna to The Team despite his reluctance to her being a member of the group: with his wife long dead and Kent Nelson dying recently Zatanna no longer had any supervision when he was away. He'd need somewhere to supervise her after school and when he was busy, which was frequent.
  • Beast Boy allowing himself to be consumed by his depression is not just the culmination of 10 years of trauma, it narratively mirrors the states of Year 0's team members in their arcs:
    • M'Gann and Kaldur were completely distraught over Superboy's supposed death and tried to lock themselves away to cope. They finally accepted the help of their loved ones to slowly heal and properly grieve. Gar instead kept bottling up his grief and refused anybody who wanted to offer him catharsis to help him process his depression.
    • Artemis and Zatanna are shaken up by the news of Conner's death/state. Their arcs revolve around reaching out to help family members and moving forward by focusing on what they can do to help people now. Beast Boy has no motivation to fix any problems as a superhero or civilian, and angrily rejects his family with his Jerkass Façade.
    • Superboy is revealed to be alive and stuck in an alternate dimension with Phantom Girl. Although it takes a toll on his mind, he keeps calm by remembering the good moments in his life to stay hopeful. Beast Boy dwells on his memories to fuel his depression, and allows it to unravel his state of mind.
    • Gar's depression comes to a head at the same time as Rocket's arc. Rocket struggles to accept her son's autism and is concerned about the condition for the wrong reasons. It is thanks to her listening to Noble, Vykin and Orion that she finally realizes she must face the problem head on and accept the reality of the situation. Meanwhile, Gar's therapy session reveals his depression is fueled by the belief he's responsible for the death his loved ones. It's thanks to listening to Black Canary that he finally accepts that he needs help, no longer ignoring the reality of his destructive behavior.
  • In the Phantom Zone, moving things requires willpower. For Zod and his followers, who are unpowered Kryptonians, the strength to move an asteroid is far beyond what they'd be normally capable of and thus requires training and effort. Conner, on the other hand, has had the benefit of a yellow sun all his life and his recent hallucinations have convinced him that he's as strong as Superman. Hence why he's able to match Non despite his Sanity Slippage from the Zone weakening his will: he doesn't need much willpower to move huge things because he already assumes that it should be possible.
  • Why wasn't M'Gann or Garfield let in on the quintet investing Conner's supposed survival in "Rescue and Search"? Besides the obvious fact that it was only a theory with no definitive evidence, there is also the chance that if the investigation turned up empty, it would have a horrible Hope Spot that could have mentally destroyed the two even further.
    • Confirmed in "Ego and Superego", as M'Gann is kept out of the loop since Nightwing is worried if their efforts are ultimately futitle, it would figuratively kill her.

  • Season 4 story arc in general It might seem silly, but season 4 is to an extent Death of Superman is in the comics. You have the first arc, right before Clark and Lois get married. Then the problem of the arc can only be handled by Clark (Connor), but Conor is required to pay the ultimate price. Then we get the following arcs, while not a perfect match, has similar story beats. We show the world without Superman ie Superboy and we also show whay Superboy means. As many try to both inherit his legacy and try live to meet it. It the same way hereafter is an “adopted” story of Death/Funeral/Reign, S4 of Young Justice is that. As the most important part of that trilogy was about legacy. Furthermore we have characters whom pretends to be heroes they are not Oceanmaster & Zod, individuals who seek the honor Supes ie Steel & Jemm. someone who is an inheritor of Supes Blue Forager & Superboy. Its not a perfect comparison but it felts. Then someone who looks like Supes but isn’t, appears villanuous but turns out to be heroic after getting help ie Eradicator&Kaiser Thrall.

Fridge Horror

  • So in the comics we learned that Atlantians were originally humans who learned to live underwater. But as time went on, they started to "develop" fish features, from mermaids to talking sharks... so how did that happen?
    • According to the tie-in comic it was magic and Atlantean technology.
  • The Scarab is willing to vaporize pretty much anything at the slightest provocation. Assuming that comic canon applies here, Jaime has a little sister.
    • Well, Jaime is able to control the armor and keep from being too violent. I'm pretty sure if it ever went for his sister, he'd have gone to the Justice League Hospital or wherever he could and had it cut out of his spine, whether or not it actually carried out the deed.
    • In "True Colors" Jaime did just that (The hospital thing, not killing his sister) The Atom and Bumblebee couldn't get the thing off.
    • As of "Darkest", the armor can take control of him when necessary. Hope this doesn't go wrong.
    • And now Jaime's been put on mode by Green Beetle. Hope they don't decide to abduct his family...
  • Practically everything Bart Allen does or says is subject to Fridge Horror when you think on it.
    • Nonchalantly eating at the memorials of the deceased. Seems disrespectful, but when you consider how many people must have died for him to get that desensitized at a relatively young age it's pretty sad.
    • When did the Bad Future go bad? For all we know, he was a normal kid with a personality very similar to the one he used as a mask before everything went to hell. Even if that wasn't true, he still grew up in a dystopia, which is equally depressing.
    • Only Neutron went to see him off. Which most likely means his entire family is dead and gone.
    • When he asks why the Justice League doesn't have memorials, Jaime says they don't want or need one. Bart's mask slips a bit and he gives a Death Glare. He was the only one who knows that Barry was destined to die that day, and the Justice League wouldn't even have given him the honor of a memorial for all he did.
    • He's also unaware that Kaldur is a double agent. So either their plan fell through and Kaldur died with everyone thinking he was a traitor, or he's really a triple agent as Wally said. Either that or that Bart's still "in character", as he puts it.
      • He mentioned not being a good history student. If he knew about the incident, he would know that Artemis didn't really die, even if he didn't know the exact details because it went bad.
    • Also think about how it must have been for him to see Mount Justice blown up. Remember in his time, Mount Justice was just a stub of a place. To see it happen here, he must have despaired, seeing that the bad future is still a possibility with some things now matching up again.
    • This would be in Fridge Logic, but enough attention gets called to it that it looks like its shaping up to be something. Why does he keep trying to blow everyone's secret identity? Did everyone in the future get snatched at their homes?
    • Actually this is exactly what would have happened if Bart hadn't dragged Jaime out of his house to "hang out".
  • Many fans have recently commented on how Nightwing's recent actions have been increasingly Batman-ish in nature, and have compared this to his confession in season 1, in which Dick said he didn't want to be like the Dark Knight. Then Greg Weisman reveals that Dick is actually aware of the fact that his actions are becoming increasingly similar in nature to Batman's, in addition to saying that "Dick may not want to be Batman, but it doesn't change the fact that he's good at exactly that". Think of how much self-loathing poor Dick must have in him right now.
  • Bart Allen probably didn't get any formal education as a child (invasion and all that) with the only science he knew being enough to make the time machine, Barry is a forensics scientist who recreated Jay Garrick's lab experiment, and guessing from the rest of the League/the Team's reactions, they didn't know about the excess energy jumping to the speedsters either. In all likelihood, Lex Luthor did, as he was the one who formulated the plan.
    • Kid Flash, due to his excessive scientific knowledge, probably also knew about the potential side effects. He went into that vortex knowing full well that his slower speed meant he was never going out.
      • It's also possible that Luthor didn't plan on sacrificing any of the Flashes. The arctic device was hidden, and he most likely didn't know about it and came up with the best plan possible to stop it. Of course it's very unlikely he's shedding tears at Kid Flash dying.
    • The Scarabs are sentient (at least after be put off mode) meaning Green (and possibly Black) Beetle's scarabs were aware and killed. Particularly bad for Black, as JAIME did it, knowing the implications.
      • Well, it was either that or let himself and the Scarab die. Maybe that "What have you done?" right afterwards wasn't just horror at the Reach's endgame.
  • Dr. Fate outright stated that Klarion cannot be held and so it's useless to capture him. By proxy, anyone Klarion is willing to work with, aka the Light and its associates, cannot be held as well if he deigns to get them out. While thankfully it seems that he abandoned the rest of the Light with Vandal, in other circumstances one can't see the Brain or Black Manta being in jail for long. It also could explain any unknown in-series breakout that occurred.
    • Klarion's powers in general create this. In most of his appearances he's clearly holding back, either because he's been asked to or he just feels like it. Just thinking about what might happen if he ever did get to go hog-wild on a few heroes, or worse, civilians, is terrifying. This is the boy who admitted he could destroy the Watchtower by accident after all.
      • Accidentally destroying the Watchtower is nothing compared to what Klarion can do. He's supposed to be Fate's equal, right? Remember when Fate shielded an entire hemisphere from the Warworld's alien missiles, and singlehandedly destroyed it's planetbusing Wave-Motion Gun? Imagine that kind of power in the hand of a childish, insane, malevolent Humanoid Abomination, then don't bother because that's exactly what Klarion is.
  • The series takes place on Earth-16. It does not take place on Earth-1, Earth-2, Earth-4, Earth-S, or Earth-X, the 5 Earths that survived the Crisis On Infinite Earths. That means that in a few years, everyone and everything in this universe will die a horrible pointless death by Anti-Monitor.
    • It's more likely to be the designation in the New 52, but they'll still be Ret-Gone due to some later crisis.
    • The Arrowverse Crisis miniseries strongly implied that every DC media adaptation is in the “Arrowverse Multiverse”. They showed stuff as varied as Batman `66, the Donner/Singer Superman and even the DCEU. I mean, even the old Fleisher Superman cartoons were shown to be part of that Multiverse, so why wouldn’t this cartoon be as well? So I’d say that they may already have been wiped and restored at some point by now as part of that version of Crisis.
  • Nabu was left alone in the tower, for the better part of a century. It takes about 10 months of isolation to go crazy if you're totally used to and trained for it. Most people don't even last a week. No wonder Nabu wasn't okay with being forgotten again.
  • Think for a moment what would have happened if the Team never formed. The League might have had heard about problems like Cadmus and the odd readings in Biyalia, but they'd have had no way to look into them. A single sidekick deciding to be obedient would have led to major blindsides and limited their ability to respond to several situations. Fate would have been lost, the split world crisis would have ended far worse, and no one could have gotten the League de-starro'ed. The Justice League lucked out big time that their sidekick went off on their own, and all it really cost the world was the Injustice League attack (which only happened because of the team's successes to distract the league from the real threat).
  • On a related note, given all we've seen and all we've learned about the Light through this show, there's something...eerily familiar about how The Light's being so effective. Namely, it calls to mind Wanted, where all the villains teamed up together to defeat all the heroes. Given the control the Light seemingly has over all aspects of the "game" with trying to promote earth, discredit the league, or their secret nuclear options, there's almost a foreboding vibe the show has that despite the iconic characters, that the heroes are fighting a losing battle.

    Season 1 
  • Brick is slowly suffocating by the polyurethane foam while still conscious and who knows how long he was stuck there until they finally got the foam off of him.


  • Artemis' dad is somebody who would dress her up while she was asleep or unconscious, and is also the kind of person who would ask Artemis to kill a hero as a test.
    • Looking from Artemis's perspective, she woke up with her clothes changed, with some guy in a cabin in the middle of the desert without any knowledge of getting there in the first place. Is it any idea that she was naturally freaked out?
    • Comic book devotees already know that Artemis' dad is Sportsmaster, so yeah. Her dad is a ruthless costumed mercenary and assassin.
    • Isn't anyone else Squicked about the "dress her up while she's asleep" part?!
      • Yes.
      • Guys relax on the Paedoparanoia please.
      • It can be squicky without Sportsmaster actually, intentionally molesting his daughter- the sheer lack of respect for her boundaries alone would do it, methinks...
      • I am guessing no one here was dressed by their parents. Yes? No? Just me then.
      • It's one thing having your parents pick your clothes out. It's quite another thing to have your parent physically strip you down and put those clothes on you while you sleep.
      • It's also an age/ability thing. Personally my parents stopped dressing me well before I was Artemis's age.
      • Also just imagine the thought process behind this for a sec: "Okay, she's asleep now. Better dress her up, give her her bow and arrows, dump her in this foreign country and leave Kid Flash here. Should I leave a note? Nah, I'm sure she can put two and two together." And her reaction: "Another one of his stupid tests." Implying they've been through this before.
      • Not necessarily. He doesn't necessarily have to be the one who dressed her. She could have dressed herself. She just doesn't have any memory of doing so. She could just as easily have been drugged or mind-whammied.
      • Wait, so the two possibilities that are available given that she comes to the conclusion that her dad dropped her in the middle of the desert, are either stripping her and putting her into new clothes with weapons, or that he convinced her to strip down and get into new clothes (somehow...) and then drugging or mind-whammying her? And she brushes it off as just something her dad would do? Geez, this deserves to be in the Fridge Horror section...


  • Why did the writers of the show have Sportsmaster drop the hint about the mole? So that the Team would actually have a connection to that storyline. Without that hint, the fact that Red Arrow was a sleeper agent programmed to take down the League would have had no bearing on what happened to the Team. We never actually saw the Light acquire any Intel on the Team, nor was anyone on the Team involved with the Light. (And no, Red Arrow was not involved with the ambush the Light set at the plane wreck. It was an ambush. That's why the villains were expecting heroes to show up. Red Arrow didn't even know about this excursion.)
    • Because it would cause distrust amongst the team. As soon as the team learned that there was a mole amongst their ranks, they all turned on each other. They didn't listen to orders from Aqualad due to him not telling them about the mole, they argued with each other etc. Sportsmaster was obviously hoping the hint would distract the team long enough for the Light to accomplish one of their goals. It was also something for the fans to discuss.


  • The shows presentation of the Bruce Wayne/Dick Grayson dynamic. It's been mentioned on this site for this show that Batman's relationships with Robin is the healthiest its ever been represented as concerning their split-up. With a Robin aged 13-years-old and the show just starting (with Robin doing the hero gig for 3 years) you'd think that the writers will wait another season before stressing the bonds between the Dynamic Duo. Then come episode 17 where Robin shyly tells Black Canary to not tell Batman that, after the failed training session from episode 16, Robin expresses his issues in that he doesn't aspire to be the Batman anymore. Ladies and gentlemen, it starts here.
    • Not necessarily. Greg Weisman has said on Ask Greg that he never understood why Batman had to suddenly be all hateful so Dick can break off. Dick doesn't want to be Batman...but Batman's not the only hero who takes wing in the night.
    • Not wanting to be somebody doesn't imply a bad relationship - to this troper, it was simply Robin not considering himself "strong" enough to take exacty the same determined and all-sacrificing role as Batman; Robin seems to admire Batman's ways still, but, having experienced how it feels, sees that it's not a path he's willing to go. Cut the boy some slack, he's thirteen and acting like Batman is quite a burden.
    • Batman states in one of the episodes he took in Dick so he would not become Batman. Wouldn't be a surprise if there was a whole "arc" behind the scenes of Robin learning how to be an effective leader without being as cold and detached as Batman is, culminating in Batman telling Dick it's time for him to go out on his own and Robin becoming Nightwing. And they all lived happily ever after. The end.


  • In-universe example in "Secrets": Artemis finding exactly where Greta Hayes was murdered, based off the word "secret" shown on a neon store sign across the street from where she and Zatanna were standing.
    Artemis: Must've been the last thing Greta ever saw.
    • Another example in "Secrets," Artemis and Zatanna are out hunting criminals, when they happen upon a young girl being cornered by several menacing, chuckling hoodlums. No guess as to what they were planning.


  • Klarion splits everyone into two parallel realities; one with only adults and one with only children. During the episode, the airplane pilot with Billy Batson (Captain Marvel's human child form) turns 18 and gets transported into the adult reality without her airplane and starts falling through the air. Fortunately, Billy turned into Captain Marvel and managed to save her in time. All good. Then, you stop and realise that there must have been HUNDREDS of planes in the air when Klarion first split the two worlds; all of which would have either disappeared or crashed in the children's world when the adults disappeared.
    • In the same episode, what happened to the newborn babies without their moms or doctors? How many babies died because the moment they were born, they were transported to an entirely separate world without anyone to help them live?
    • I thought Captain Marvel destroyed the plane when he transformed.
      • No, when he transformed he transported himself into the adult world, where the plane had never taken off to begin with. Presumably, with no pilot, it went on to crash in the child world.
      • when the world split Zatanna's dad was floating a crate, kid world it fell, adult world he was still floating it. Klarion even mentions that the Fate 's helmet was split between the worlds. The plane in the adult world was still at the airport, the plane in the kid world crashed. I am wondering what happened to it once reintegrated.
    • The funny thing is that Generator Rex had a similar episode where almost everyone in the world blacked out, and they all but stated that millions of people died. YJ saw fit to just imply it. For example, all the parents who were driving their car along the highway with kids in the back. Not all of them would've had their kid crash safely and get rescued by Superboy.
    • Even worse, what happened to the pregnant women?
      • *cough* Mera. *cough*
      • According to Legacy Aquaman and Mera's child was born perfectly healthy. Not long after the first season finale in fact. So apparantly this was not one of the issues the spell caused.
      • The spell makes everyone over 18, legally an adult, disappear. Anyone who is unborn would be considered part of the mother.
    • Yet another bit of horror to an already horrifying scenario. What happened to all the kids who where in critical care at the time? What would happen to a child undergoing surgery at the time?
    • Remember what Fate said? "The world needs Dr. Fate"? THIS. This is why. Note that the entire rest of the series, Klarion is demoted to either "generic bad guy" or "evil zetabeams." What's different? Fate is active. People get on Nabu's case about possessing Zatara, but Greater Good and all that. And before anyone says he could have found another host, be aware that he already tried that. Probably even twice. It didn't work, because the Team ignored him.
  • Just how screwed up was your childhood that you live in a Western country, but don't know how 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' goes?
    • It is completely possible she messed up on purpose to make it funny. That would be a good way to distract the kids from the entire no more parents thing.
    • Personal experience, messing up songs makes little kids laugh. Also, a cut scene shows that Artemis started singing ABC right afterwards, making it more likely that she's doing it on purpose.
    • Alternate personal experience shows that children of immigrants often don't know Western nursery rhymes, but know children's songs/poems from their parent's country. So it could easily be a mix of both. Artemis doesn't know nursery rhymes very well (as her mother is Vietnamese), but knows that making her natural mess-ups way more obvious will make the kids laugh.
  • We've already established that thousands of children probably died in "Misplaced" but the whole point of splitting the realms was just to steal that Starro thing. The one Aqualad thwarted them from stealing in "Downtime." Yeah, Aqualad's victory in Poseidonis helped lead to the events that caused thousands of deaths. Yowch. Poor thing.


  • It may have been inappropriate for Miss Martin to role play as Black Canary with Superboy but did Batman really need to show Black Canary the video of their intimate moment together?
    • And what else does Batman have on video?
    • Forget that! The important question is for how long does that video of Megan and Conner go on?
    • On that note, in that same episode we find out that her shape shifting works on a cellular level which means it may be possible for her to actually have a child with Superboy even though she is Martian and he is mostly Kryptonian.
  • Queen Bee has the power to manipulate people of either sex, and it doesn't even matter what age they are. She was able to manipulate Garfield to hurt himself should M'gann step any closer, but could you imagine if she could make an army of kids to do her bidding?


  • What happened to Dubbilex and the other Genomorphs that escaped from Cadmus and formed their own city, which Superboy accidentally helped Cadmus discover? As nice as the Guardian is, it's doubtful that Dubbilex will avoid punishment or further restrictions to prevent him from trying something like this again.
  • It's said by the league that Miss Martin is biologically 48 and superboy 6 months old but no one seems to worry about the Unfortunate Implications of their relationship.
    • Now the whole Black Canary Shapeshifting thing does not seem so Squick in comparison because she's only 24.
    • And being a shapeshifter Miss Martian is really only choosing to look 16, nothings is making her look that way. She is actually mimicking the body and personality of a TV character her true form is a monstrous white martian which may be more Squicky than just and alien stealth pedophile.
    • Except that M'gann is chronologically 48 Earth years and biologically 16 Earth years. Even on Mars she is still a teenager.
    • Chronologically is even worse! She's been alive longer than Superman and still acts like bubbly ditz, and because J'onn is the only other Martian we know we don't know if this is typical behavior for 48-year-old Martian, She could have chosen to look more like an adult if she wanted to.
      • What don't you understand about biologically? Yes we don't have any other Martians to compare M'gann to, however inverse there are other Martians and J'onn doesn't think there's anything wrong with the way she's acting so she probably is acting like a typical teenager on Mars. And it's also not fair to compare her to Superman because Martian biology is obviously different from Kryptonian. Kyptonians probably reach adults maturity around the same time as humans and have a prolonged adulthood but Martians seemed to have a prolonged everything. We also don't know how long M'gann was an infant, toddler and child for, but one can assume four times as long as human children. M'gann is at the same maturity and biological age as Superboy which makes this relatioship perfectly acceptable.
      • If it takes Martians 48 years to be emotionally 16, Martians are pretty dumb.
      • By that (il)logic, humans are dumber than dogs.
      • If the average Martian lives 3 times longer than the average human, then at 48 she would have the maturity of a 16 year old. Biologically is a completely different topic than chronologically. Say there was a creature that had a life span 10 times as long as a human, at 160 they would have the emotional maturity of a human 16 year old. Get the point?
    • Considering the highly unusual circumstances surrounding both of their backgrounds, why should typical human standards of morality ever apply to their relationship? It's not like there's a whole lot of 16 week old female clones out there for Conner to court, and Megan is... well, can a shapeshifter really be said to have an 'original' form, especially given Megan's rather complex issues with her own self-image and species?
      • Along the same lines, wouldn't applying typical human standards mean Conner is meant to be with actual 16-year-old infants, while Megan, at the maturity she is shown to have, would be looking to get with potentially much older men?
  • Any other in-universe moment is when Lex Luthor is able to shutdown Conner by just saying "Red Sun" and Conner wonders what else he could make him do.
    • Something else to consider: does the red sun thing only work when Lex Luthor says it?

Auld Acquaintance

  • The revelation that the Roy Harper we've been watching is a Cadmus clone gets more disturbing when you remember his uncle The Guardian is now the head of cadmus!
    • How do you know The Guardian is really Roy's uncle? Because Cadmus says so?
    • Becomes a bit of Fridge Brilliance given the psychic control Cadmus holds over Guardian in the pilot, and especially once it's revealed that Guardian is a clone himself. So Cadmus can basically do whatever they want under Guardian's nose and then psychically suggest or use his clone programming to ensure, that he forget about the stuff they don't want him to know.

    Season 2 
Happy New Year
  • Something that literally occurred to me after re-watching "Happy New Year". Nightwing tells Robin "Just don't die.". Jason Todd, that is, the second Robin, is dead by the beginning of the second season.


  • Not only has M'gann been growing more casual about inflicting Mind Rape, but she does it to a Krolotean prisoner that J'onn was psychically interrogating at the time. What really makes it creepy is that not only does she not get chewed out for this, but Conner seems to be the only one present who even notices. Is M'gann asserting a mental influence on those around her to hide her more unsavory moments?
    • They might be building up to it. Conner is clearly disturbed by it and J'onn realizes something happened. I'd have some faith that it's going to be addressed.
  • Superboy saying that he's only aging internally (meaning he'll look 16 for his whole life) sounds like Cursed with Awesome. But think about what a strain it is on his organs to be aging and taking on wear and tear and still having to support a young, athletic body. You'd need a doctor to figure out the full ramifications, (and his Kryptonian/Human heritage complicates matters), but at the very least he will be having serious medical problems in future.
    • Look at it another way. Superboy has at least some Kryptonian toughness and regeneration. Even if that's not enough to bear this kind of strain, he can just supercharge himself on solar rays every few decades to kick his healing into overdrive and fix the damage.
    • Or, more likely, "internally" meant "mentally", not referring to his organs.


  • Blue Beetle becomes very despondent after the death of the monster. It would be bad enough just thinking this was because he simply talked to it and realized it was a living being, but if you pay attention, at the moment of death Jaime was still connected to it.


  • The real Roy missing his arm is already pretty disturbing, but it gets worse for anyone familiar with his mainstream universe backstory he's a descendant of Vandal Savage, an immortal who partially sustains his existence by eating the flesh and organs of his descendants. If this familial connection is present in this universe as well it's possible Vandal ate Roy's arm.
    • Ok yes the Vandal eating Roy's arm is freaky. But this troper has another theory as to why the arm is missing from the real Roy. IT IS ON CLONE-ROY, SO HE HAS THE RIGHT FINGER PRINTS AND BIO METRICS!!
      • By definition, being a clone would cover that without needing the arm. Also, it would be necessary to transplant both arms in that situation.
      • From a real world scientific standpoint, no. Red Arrow and Speedy should have different fingerprints, because the fingerprint pattern is not coded in DNA. Think of the specific pattern like a scar or a mole: it's formed from interaction with the environment, and no two individuals will have the exact same experiences in such detail. This is why identical twins, with identical DNA, have different fingerprints.
      • Once again, however, this assumes a) real world science, and b) that someone actually MEMORIZED Roy's fingerprints. Given that Cadmus was able to get away with cloning and abducting Speedy, it's no great stretch that they were able to hack into various databases and CHANGE the records of Roy's fingerprints. If they got to Roy, they should know everything about Ollie, including where his records are kept.
      • Alternately, would there be any reason for anyone to have a record of Speedy's fingerprints at the age that he was abducted at? It seems unlikely someone would investigate items that Speedy would handled unless they had a reason to believe there was something off about him.
      • Alternately alternately, Cadmus just changed the clone's fingerprints to match the real Roy's.
  • This thought after "Auld Acquaintance" and "Happy New Year": Cadmus was able to kidnap and clone Roy three years before without anyone noticing. Then, in the pilot episode, they said that they would clone Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad. In "Happy New Year", (five years later) Aqualad is nowhere to be seen, and in promotional material for "Invasion", it seems like he's wearing the same suit as Black Manta. What if Cadmus was able to clone Aqualad as well so he would become the new Black Manta?
    • Jossed, though the real explanation is actually worse. Aqualad joined Black Manta of his own free will after losing faith in the team and Aquaman when Tulla died during her stint on the team and after learning that Aquaman hid his true parentage from him.
      • I still think he might just turn out to be a double agent.
      • Bingo.
  • Bart traveled to the past to prevent his grandfather from dying. That day, Iris found out that she was pregnant and was planning on telling Barry the news later, in the night. It makes you sick to realize that if not for Bart, Barry would have died without knowing that he was going to become a dad. And poor Iris would be waiting at home, probably eagerly waiting to tell her news to a husband that would never come. Imagine her expression when she finds out her husband/the Flash is dead. Their poor kids would have to grow up without their father... ugh.


  • Artemis, Kid Flash, Nightwing and Aqualad all work together to fake Artemis' death. It's a good plan; I'll give them that. But notice that Paula Crock, a disabled woman who appears to have no income and only one other family member she can trust but doesn't see, is now going to believe her youngest daughter (who she RAISED!) is now dead?
    • The next episode "Satisfaction" confirms this. She says losing her daughter was worse than losing her legs, getting sent to prison, and losing her other daughter to a life of crime.
  • The reason why Superboy and Miss Martian broke up. She tried to psychically force him to not be angry at her. This isn't some game between heroes and villains or a brainwashed ally turning on him. It's just such a domestic misuse of powers. And the way Superboy says stuff about how much her touch meant to him, or how she perverted it, makes this sound like an allegory for rape.


  • Aqualad and Artemis may have destroyed the last "Hello, Megan!" tapes in the world when they blew up Mount Justice. Which means Beast Boy doesn't have them to remember his mother by.
  • Aqualad blew up Mount Justice early just so he could eliminate any doubts, nearly killing Nightwing and Superboy. And Nightwing didn't even know the plan until afterwards. Whether or not he's a triple agent, he's taking this way too far.

Before the Dawn

  • M'gann's Heroic BSoD. She's not just turned one of her friends into a vegetable but she's possibly doomed the person she was trying to avenge into an unsalvageable mission that may very well kill her for real. No wonder she freaks out.
  • Bart, being a time traveler, has changed the course of history in his actions. Thinking about what must have happened without him there leads to this. Besides what has already been mentioned about Bloodlines, imagine how "Darkest" would have gone if Bart hadn't asked Jaime to hang out with him in the desert (such as a super hero fight at Jaime's house in a civilian area instead of an empty one). Then think about what would have happened here. Jaime would have either been killed and the scarab used on another human, or Jaime would have been moded. Either way, everyone trapped with Black Beetle would have been dead or captured to be experimented on, and the same would have been true for Beast Boy. At what point would Nightwing have been forced to abandon Batgirl, Robin, Wonder Girl, Lagoon Boy, Superboy, Miss Martian, Beast Boy, and the soon-to-be Static? Not to mention that if Blue Beetle was moded, he might have been the one to kill those that were not slated for experiments. The team would have been screwed without Bart.


  • Jaime said He cannot live with the bad future, and wants the scarab to removed from him, no matter what it takes. Thinking about what we learned in the last episode about how removing the scarab from Jaime would kill him, this means that Jaime is essentially asking the League and Team to kill him, and Jaime's the only one who knows it.
    • There's also the fact that the Blue Beetle in the future might not be Jamie at all. So by removing the Scarab, he could be leaving it to be taken by the person who would later come to betray the League.
      • And there's also the fact that it was Impulse who told him that he would become "The biggest big bad ever," which influenced his decision to remove the scarab. So if the Bad Future happens, it would be Impulse's fault.
  • Virgil mentions getting huge amounts of painful shocks while being tortured by the reach, which presumably is the origin of his lightning-based powers. So, what did they do to Tye that he can now surround himself with a human-shaped forcefield? Compress him? Stab him with needles from all sides?
    • Close-range firing of projectiles. There's even a slight amount of evidence for this one in that Tye has a small wound on his cheek (covered by a band-aid); it's from one of the times that his shield failed...still pretty horrific though.
    • It's doubtful that the electric torture is actually what gave Virgil his powers. It's more likely that he and the others were tortured in different ways and when his metagene activated, then he was taken to the electric torture room to see how much juice he could take.

True Colors

  • Impulse eats a Reach-enhanced apple under the pretense of maintaining cover at the location. Hey, uh, Impulse? Remember the last time you decided to intake something from your enemy that you didn't fully understand?
    • Fridge Brilliance: The Reach-enhanced food is probably no worse than anything he's eaten in the future.
    • In fact if the additive is something used for mind-control or soothing the populace, it's likely that it's got less in it than anything he would have eaten in the future, as the dosage in that time would be much greater than the initial one.
    • You could take it even further. Why would the Reach go to the trouble of growing food to feed it's slave race? That is properly the first apple Bart has ever eaten.
  • Since it wasn't stated on show, Arsenal basically blew up a lab dedicated to fighting world hunger on camera.
  • Why is Arsenal on the team and why does he look so young? He's been in cryosleep for eight years, meaning he hasn't aged mentally or physically at all
    • The same reason why Speedy is on the team in the first episode.

The Runaways

  • Jaime kept on trying to take the four kids, including his best friend, to Green Beetle for help. Jaime was on mode, and if he had succeeded, those four kids would have been back in Reach hands, being tortured and experimented on. Lex Luthor saved them
    • That in of itself is Fridge Horror. Lex is a member of the Light and openly working with the Reach Who's to say that he won't just give the kids to the Reach. It didn't matter whether they were with Mode!Jaime or Lex, those kids will be screwed anyway. He doesn't, and later uses them as a distraction so the Light can steal the key to the Warworld (double-crossing the Reach), but he may have planned to do that before they left.
    • In the same episode, Red Volcano still functioned even after Red Torpedo and Red Inferno gave their lives to slag him in molten lava. In the end, they died for nothing.
  • Here's a little bit of paranoia for you: Mode!Jaime is able to act completely like the real Jaime would when he talks to the runaways, and yet when he's fighting Blue Beetle and afterwards, he acts extremely out of character. Which basically means that the armored Jaime is the Scarab controlling his body, and the unarmored one is the Scarab infecting his brain and possessing him Yeerk-style.
    • Actually, When talking to Green Beetle, he still seemed like Jaime, just completely loyal to the Reach. Combine that with the fact the scarab doesn't talk anymore, and it's like Jaime has been reprogrammed. And the worst part is that this episode is set about a month after the last one; Jaime's been moded for that long and the only people to notice were the Runaways (And Lex Luthor knew, but that was most likely because of the Light-Reach alliance)
    • From what we've seen in "Intervention": the Ambassador is in direct control when the Scarab is like that. So, since he was acting like himself (prominent accent,slang that doesn't feel awkward, empathizing with the Runaways) when he was talking to the Runaways, it's likely because either it was him talking or the Scarab was saying what he was saying. At some point the Ambassador caught on, which was when Jaime started taking them to Green Beetle and acting out of character.


  • If Sportsmaster hadn't tried to kill Black Manta and been replaced by Deathstroke, Artemis would have been forced to commit crimes with her dad, the very thing she tried to avoid her whole life.
  • When he's holed up in HQ, Nightwing still has Robin's birdarang. He's spent most of the season doing his best to keep Robin out of trouble (to the point where he didn't let Robin go on War World, just fly the bioship invisibly on the surface), and now he has no idea where he is or even if he's alive.
    • Also in this universe, Dick and Bruce never had their falling out like in the comics so he was probably a lot closer to Jason and was really affected by his death. Now his second little brother is missing and he can't even turn to Bruce or most of his closest friends for help.


  • Jaime spent two months on mode with the Scarab controlling his every move. Two months being fully aware but unable to do anything but watch as the Reach used him to manipulate and lie to his friends, family, and the general public.
    • If it makes you feel better, him snarking at the Ambassador for two months and watching him lose his patience probably made his "captivity" somewhat worthwhile.


  • Wally West's Aunt Iris (Flash's Wife) is a reporter who works the anchor desk at her job. Whose job it would most likely be to report on the headline news of the death of her nephew. She either has the choice of having to report on it or being too emotional to do so could raise questions as to why, leading to people to suspect that she may have known who Kid Flash really was and who Flash really is.

    Season 3 
  • The episode titles seem pretty normal, right? Read the first letter of each episode. "PREPARE THE ANTI-LIFE EQUATION"
    • That's exactly what happened this season. Darkseid wasn't fought yet, but the Light and the Darkseid's forces prepared him the Anti-Life Equation, exactly the kind of power Darkseid needs to bend the universe to his will. The next season or so might be him coming after it after he received all the information he needed.
  • Steel and Oracle exist, which might imply that an adaptation of the The Death of Superman and The Killing Joke stories happened during the Time Skip between Season 2 and 3.
    • It's just as possible that neither stories happened as they did or happened at all. The DC Animated Universe had Steel without any sort of The Death of Superman adaptation (Doomsday also showed up later and was also completely unrelated) and Barbara almost showed up as Oracle (unparalyzed) in Justice League Unlimited without a The Killing Joke adaptation. In Beware the Batman, Barbara was Oracle again without ever having been Batgirl and there was no The Killing Joke adaptation. We already have Superboy without being connected to The Death of Superman too.
    • While acknowledging the point about the above two stories, another notable point is Hal Jordan, who in Season 3 has gray temples. Last time that happened in comics, it was a sign of being possessed by Parallax. While it is just as likely to be a reference to that event, or him being in his forties now, a cosmic season might already be in foreshadowing now.
  • Per the Light's own words, they don't want to kill the League's family members unless they absolutely have to, because they fear what the League would do if their children were massacred. There's good reason for that.
    • Additional reason, the League is held back from openly going after the Light by their obedience to rules. There are rules about them unilaterally going into Bialya and grabbing Queen Bee, or Lex Luthor in the U.N. The moment that the Light's nuclear option goes off, they will drop those rules and damn the long term consequences. Though in such a scenario Vandal would get the conflict he thinks the Justice League is restricting as a lone silver lining for the Light.
      • Another scary thing to think about. If killing the heroes loved ones is the nuclear option than really how bad does the Light have to be losing for them to even conceive putting this into place? Remember these are super villains after all.
  • Wolf is constantly seen sleeping as a running gag. However, seven years have passed since he was discovered and wolves in captivity only live about 10-17 years. Wolf is likely in is old age and doesn't have long.
    • Although he was injected with a super serum. Depending on the particulars of the serum it could have shortened or extended his life span. I assumed that, as he seems to be Connor and M'Gann's pet he's just been pampered so much that he's grown lazy.
  • The Newsgirl Legion being based on the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated cast raises a lot of interesting implications for their future, particularly what's going on with Tommi and Mayor Tompkins. In Mystery Incorporated, Fred and Mayor Jones (Fred Jones Sr.) had the same names to make the audience wonder which "Fred Jones" was being targeted, there was no physical resemblance between them even though they're supposedly biologically related, Fred had no present mother, and the two were not very close with each other, which would lead to The Reveal that Fred was abducted at a young age by Mayor Jones from his real parents. Now, keep in mind that in the comics, the Post-Crisis Newsboy Legion were clones of the original Pre-Crisis Newsboy Legion, except for Tommy, who didn't have a clone...

    Season 4 
  • Just like the season 3 example above, this season's episode titles also seem pretty normal, right? Again, read the first letter of each episode. "INVITATION TO KNEEL BEFORE ZOD"
  • The last time Kaldur and Dick stood at a friend's memorial (Tula in Season 2), those two conspired together to conduct a deep-cover mission, deceiving their friends in the process. What are the chances that Conner's death pushes them to take some more high-risk actions?
  • Danny Chase would be a walking fountain of Fridge Horror, if he could still walk. Among other things, what happened to his body after his brain was extracted? Why did he run away from home? How long ago did he run away? What other things has he been forced to do as the Kaizer-Thrall? Was he a prototype or a first try, or does Desaad have more children's brains in boxes? Good luck ever sleeping again.
  • Zviad Baazovi effectively has control over an entire kingdom, and is able to convince people who want to be left alone that they want to fight and has his own fighters run people out of the country for disagreeing. All while he's completely beneath notice.

Alternative Title(s): Young Justice, Young Justice Revival Series