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Nightmare Fuel / Injustice: Gods Among Us

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The Darker and Edgier nature of this game allows your favorite DC Comics superheroes and supervillains to cut loose and show you just how powerful they really are.

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     The Comic 
  • In the prequel comic, Kalibak attacks Paris while Superman is holding a speech, opening a boom tube right above the crowd and sending in a legion of a parademons that disintegrates several innocent civilians immediately, and then personally blasting Superman in the chest. Superman survives (obviously), but the worst thing about it all is that while Superman had already become a Well-Intentioned Extremist, he was still pretty well-intentioned (especially since the good Lex Luthor of that Earth had begun advising him). After this, however, it's time for all to Beware the Superman...
  • At the end of Issue #35 of the comic, Superman breaks Batman's back in a homage to Knightfall. Ouch.
  • Sinestro kills Kyle Rayner in Year Two of the prequel comic by cutting off his ring finger, leaving him to suffocate in the vacuum of space while naked and alone, and then having four of his corpsmen pull his limbs off his body while just outside the reach of earth.
  • It is strangely unsettling when Catwoman assumes Superman is going to murder her in the sewers, especially considering how early into the story this was, and a glimpse of what he will become.
  • Ch'p's death, a splinter of yellow energy through the head.
  • In one of the most horrific scenes in the comic, a blast from Mogo instantly wipes out a quarter of the Sinestro Corps, leaving dozens and dozens of shattered, burned skeletons and other body parts floating through space.
  • These words from Year Two #22, the end of issue: "Kal-El of the planet Krypton. You have the ability to instill great fear. Welcome to Sinestro Corps.".
    • Here.
      • Worse, they showed it all over the world that he killed Black Canary. Billions of people saw him murder someone in cold blood and felt fear. All of that fear empowers the Yellow Lantern Ring and lets him send both the Ganthet and Mogo into the sun.
      Batman: He's unstoppable.
  • In Year Three #1, John Constantine mentions that a lot of bystanders have died in Superman-Guardians war. Here are the pictures.
  • Year Three #3: Spectre is actively working with Regime!Superman, protecting him from the forces of the Insurgency and attacking their hideout as it sees his cause as righteous. In the issue after it even considered killing Shazam for having doubt in him, not opposing him.
  • Sinestro torturing a cop, who doesn't know about hideouts, and getting pleasure from it. And Superman lets him continue after seeing it and knowing that man have nothing. What the Hell, Clark?!
  • Somebody else is the Spectre, not Jim Corrigan. Whoever it is, he is up to no good.
    • Not someone, something. The Phantom Stranger says he knows what the Spectre is, not who.
  • Injustice!Wonder Woman has been woken from magical sleep. Knowing her Lady Macbeth nature, it won't be good for the world and Superman.
    • And now Superman is back... ready to rescue his captured comrades from Batman's prison. There will be blood.
  • Trigon has been summoned in #17.
  • In issue #18 we know the true identity of the Spectre. It's Mr. Mxyzptlk, the all powerful reality warper creature from the 5th dimension.
    • And his face becomes VERY similar to Joker's when he's pissed...
  • It seems that Trigon decided to put his fight on a whole new level... to pull the entire House of Mystery into Hell. All fighters began losing their powers and bodies...
  • In Year Four #5, Hera becomes truly terrifying when she attacks Hippolyta, after the latter pushes Hera's Berserk Button about Zeus's infidelity.
    • Year Four #6 Hera doesn't murder Hippolyta, but she is in prison and suffers greatly.
  • Year 4, #15 Sinestro throws away people, who were trying to help him when he fell. Knight Templar, or not, this man is a Jerkass.
  • Year Four #19: Harley, Billy, and Hippolyta escaped Tartarus with a Mother Box stolen from Ares, and teleported into another place. Where they see yet unknown person's shadow, she begged to the others to return to the Box. Who could it be? Judging by appearance of the Mother Box, could it be Darkseid?
    • Yes, it's Darkseid.
  • Year Four #21: Zeus is starting the destruction of other religions or at least their holy places. Basilica of Rome, Delhi's mosque...
  • Year Four #24: Darkseid is given Ares for playing both him and Superman against one another. Superman warns he cannot be killed, which means Darkseid will be able to amuse himself with torturing him for a long time, a Fate Worse than Death.
    • After the leaders of the world attempt to nuke Olympus, Superman deposes them and finally seizes total control of the world.
  • Year Five #3: Superman gets rid of Parasite by grabbing him and immediately hurling him into the sun.
  • Year Five #7: After Hawkman isn't met by Hawkgirl on Thanagar, he goes to Earth. And he is VERY pissed. He threatens to kill anyone who'll try to stop him.
    • Later, in #8, Hawkman shows some severe Domestic Abuser tendencies and fights his own wife for the "crime" of not returning to Thanagar. It ends with him beaten by her, Wonder Woman and Cyborg, and told never to return, or Shiera will kill him. Here they presented as better than him.
  • Year Five #9: During a public event in Smallville held in Superman's honor (which his parents refuse to attend), Weather Wizard conjures a destructive storm. Superman's overreactive methods of stopping him destroy Smallville's town square.
  • Year Five #10: Bizarro murders Weather Wizard and Heat Wave by burning them down to their skeletons with his heat vision.
  • Year Five #16: Superman slaughters two-hundred fifty people who were gathered as part of a pro-Joker resistance group, burning them all to death with his heat vision and setting their building on fire.
    • The worst thing might be how Superman didn't even offer them a chance to surrender. He smashes through the roof, demands to know what they're doing, tells the first guy that answers to shut up, and then instantly lets loose with the heat vision.
  • Year Five #17: Bizarro once again burns someone to death, this time in a packed restaurant. When Trickster tells him not to kill when there are witnesses around, Bizarro interprets this as "leave no witnesses" and murders the whole building.
  • Year Five #23: Alfred is attacked and murdered by Victor Zsasz in a rather graphic way. Shortly afterward, Damian comes to give Alfred presents and finds his corpse.
  • Year Five, #29: Superman decides to destroy Kahndaq, Black Adam's country, if the latter won't join Regime. And other Regime members support him.
  • Year Five, #39: Batman faces an enraged Superman, Yellow Lantern and Wonder Woman. He's alone, he has no pills, he's wounded, and he has to hold the line, because Batwoman and Batgirl need to fix the transporter, or the teleportation won't happen and Joker's nuke will go off. It's like the start of the comic all over: just like Superman was facing his worst fear in Doomsday and failed to keep his cool, Batman has to hold out against those three, because if he fails, another Metropolis will be destroyed.

     The Game 
  • The entire concept, really, considering it takes Beware the Superman and spins something both utterly heart-wrenching and bone-chilling out of it. Imagine seeing the superheroes you've grown up with, loved, were inspired by, and believed in devolve into cynical Knight Templars willing to commit any atrocity in the name of making the world "better", only to eventually become straight-up worse than any of the villains they ever fought. And worse, all of them are now little more than soldiers for the man who should've been the greatest one of them all, now reduced to little more than a raving, hate-filled lunatic no longer protecting the world, but ruling it with an iron grip, with any signs of insurrection or just simple dissent sending him into a complete lethal rage. It's not just terrifying; it's depressing.
  • The Joker's victory animation. Kick Them While They Are Down? How bad can that- wait, is that a first-person view of being doused with gasoline? And Joker lighting a match while saying "You're fired"? This Is Gonna Suck... and it does; not only does he Kill It with Fire, but the post-match idle animation is angled to let the flames lick up the bottom of the screen.
    • Hell, Joker's intro animation. He starts things off by killing a cop by snapping his neck! To make matters worse, the cop's face is full of various scars, a bloodied nose, and a black eye among other things. God only knows the extent of what Joker did to the guy before the match even started.
      • Even worse- the cop's already dead in the intro. Joker's using his face like a ventriloquist's dummy before throwing him away.
      • The scene where the Joker threatens to cut off Hawkgirl's wings. He's only stopped by Nightwing's intervention.
      • The scene with Harley is even worse with Joker giving possibly one of the most sadistic smiles in the story as he plans on leaving Harley with a "severance package".
    • Joker's ending in the classic mode, with everything imposed over a nice bit shot of his Nightmare Face doing his best Slasher Smile.
  • Killer Frost, when she throws certain male characters (Green Arrow, for example), will suddenly say a surprisingly creepy line:
    Killer Frost: You're a beautiful man. Think I'll keep you.
  • In the opening cinematic, the recently arrested Joker taunts a furious Superman repeatedly and, as is shown in the prequel comic, ends up dead. However, how it's portrayed is quite chilling — when the Joker finally pushes Supes over the edge with a final taunt — "I know it's soon, but do you think you'll ever love again? Maybe you won't kill your next family..." — the Man of Steel's eyes flash red, and he draws his fist back, and the screen blacks out while the Joker laughs, and we hear some very nasty sounds...
  • Maybe the biggest one is when Regime Superman murders Regime Shazam with his Heat Vision for speaking out against his plan to destroy Gotham and Metropolis. What really drives the point home is the fact that Superman, whose one other weakness besides from Kryptonite is magic, easily puts Shazam, basically the magical version of Superman, in his place by grabbing him by his throat tightly, using his cold breath to shut him up and shut down any magical retaliation, and very slowly fries his head with his heat vision, judging by where the burnt bits of Shazam's hood was, through the front and out the back of his eyes. Keep in mind, this is a Teen rated game.
    • Not to mention the fact that he did it so casually, looked at him like trash, and then left. At this point, there was no doubt that he'd stopped being a hero and became a monster worse than the Joker. At least with the Joker, you knew he was a monster... but Superman doing it...
    • It gets worse than that, considering Regime Superman would be fully aware that Shazam is really a magically-powered kid. Regime Superman just burnt the brain out of a child.
    • Shazam's muffled screams make it all the more haunting. Remember: not only is he a kid, he's also Superman's fan and sees the Man of Steel as his idol. He could be screaming something like, "Why, Superman? I just saved your life and I'm basically quoting you."
    • And to drive point home further: in Third Year, Superman protected Shazam from Spectre Mr. Mxyzptlk, who tried to kill Shazam for having doubt in Superman. In the game, which is stated to be on fifth or sixth year, he does the same thing.
  • Let's elaborate on exactly what Shazam speaking out against made Superman decide to put him down like a common thug. Superman's "protection" of the "ungrateful" populace: a full military assault on Gotham and Metropolis to keep everybody else in line. Legions of soldiers gunning down anyone who isn't them, Doomsday ravages entire city blocks, and Superman himself takes time to cut down a crowded bridge with his Heat Vision. All because people watching his televised execution of Lex Luthor dared to wonder aloud why he'd do that to a known public ally.
  • Regime Superman period, really. He represents everything covered under Beware the Superman, and does so with terrifying effectiveness. The Fridge Horror that he started out just the same as the mainline Superman doesn't help matters. The actual horror will remain even when he's defeated, as mainline Superman admits that there's a chance he could turn out like his Regime self.
    • Now you know why the Joker laughed when he made Superman kill him.
  • When Green Lantern comes across Regime!Raven and Regime!Cyborg torturing their universe's Deathstroke, you can clearly see that Deathstroke's missing his eyepatch, giving the player a good view of his damaged and empty socket.
  • When Regime Superman is being overwhelmed by his Good Counterpart, he tries to use his Heat Vision as a last resort. Superman blocks it for a moment before countering with a blast from his own, overwhelming Regime Superman's beams before there can even be a Beam-O-War... right back into his eyes. It doesn't look like it resulted in lasting damage (unless it was responsible for the Sequel Hook, comic logic being what it is), but still... ow!
  • When the heroes attack Stryker Island to save their Batman from being executed in Alt!Batman's place, they find Bruce, who can barely stand under his own power and his face is beaten badly. Even with Regime!Superman's twisted logic that Batman was responsible for the destruction of Metropolis, this was an innocent Batman from another universe and Superman knew that. Did Evil!Superman have his way with him, or is this the normal treatment of Stryker Island inmates? Either way... *shudder*
  • A minor detail but hugely unsettling: The Joker's White Gloves are bloodstained.
  • In the cutscene before fighting Sinestro as Green Lantern, he prepares to skewer the unconscious Green Arrow, while relishing in watching him die. If not for GL's Big Damn Heroes moment, two Green Arrows would have died in that universe.
  • When Regime Superman tells Superman about bringing his Lois back to Injustice world. The look of fear in Superman's eyes in realizing what his Evil Counterpart will do when he finds out Lois is probably not going to be grateful, but scared and horrified of what he's done to this world. It probably crossed his mind that Regime Superman might possibly kill her if she doesn't like the place, given his track record. The nightmare might not even stop there, since Regime Superman now has the tech to go to other worlds, so he might just keep finding Lois until one agrees with what he's done. No wonder Superman had even more motivation to kick Regime Superman's ass! Reinforced in this clash dialogue:
    Superman: Stay away from my world!
    Regime Superman: You have something I want!
  • The Sequel Hook ending is just chilling.
  • ''Scorpion's win pose consists of him impaling the opponent through the chest with one of his swords, removing his mask to show off his fiery-eyed skull, and finally breathing fire to open a Hell Gate and throwing the opponent into it (and landing on his/her back for good measure).
    Scorpion: To Hell with you!
  • In general, losing a match against Ares, Joker, and Scorpion, whose win poses involve killing their unfortunate enemy.
    • To a lesser degree, losing to Regime!Superman. No matter how powerful, carefree, haughty, or just plain insane your character is, Superman has beaten all the desire to fight from them, so when he says to kneel before him, they comply.
  • The trailer had a scene where there is an ominous red glow... panning to reveal a very angry-looking Superman with Eye Beams while the suspenseful music slowly builds to the climax. It almost sounds like something straight out of a horror film's reveal.
  • One of Catwoman's Clash Dialogues with Batgirl is just outright virulent; she explicitly states that she's not "sharing" Batman with Batgirl anytime soon, and Batgirl herself is understandably disturbed by this. Selina's usually very composed when it comes to Bruce, but the thought of him being taken away from her in some type of manner actually drives her over the edge.
  • On one of the stage transitions on the Arkham Asylum stage, the victim is injected with Fear Toxin by Scarecrow, which causes the victim to hallucinate the cell crumbling apart as an enlarged version of Scarecrow comes by and smashes them against the ground. It's scary becomes Scarecrow just comes out completely out of nowhere, and it basically serves as a reminder of how dangerous he can actually be.

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