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The Injustice League has been defeated. While Harley and Ivy deal with the ramifications of their caught-up-in-the-moment first kiss, Gordon prepares to take on Harley to end Gotham's darkest hour once and for all. But things suddenly take an even more drastic turn for the Apokoliptic with the appearance of Darkseid...


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  • Aborted Declaration of Love: Harley is about to tell Ivy how she feels, but after Kite Man shows up and he and Ivy share a sweet moment, she decides against it because she wants Ivy to be happy.
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  • Abusive Parents: Kite Man's parents are browbeating Jerkasses who see him as nothing but a disappointment.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The New Gods in the comics lived up to their name, being able to fight Superman. Here, Mister Miracle is knocked out and left bleeding once Harley Quinn hits him with a bat, and Granny Goodness is presumably killed after a boulder hits her head.
  • And Then What?: When Harley causes tons of destruction and deaths to Gotham, Ivy asks what in the world Harley is trying to accomplish and if it truly is what she wants.
  • Anti-Hero: Batgirl suggests Harley's crew are this after having spent the entire season fighting other supervillains, much to the latter's chagrin.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Ivy is at Kite Man's place, it seems like she's apologizing for kissing Harley, but she's actually apologizing for forgetting the restaurant reservation.
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  • The Cameo: Harley robs Mr. Miracle of his Mother Box and then bashes him in the face with her bat, after bashing aside Oberon when he tried to stop her. And then she arrives on Apokolips while Darkseid is occupied crushing Forager's skull.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Harley and Gordon take Batgirl's insistence that they shouldn't fight each other as needing an army to do so.
  • Comically Serious: Darkseid goes into a very long speech asking what Harley is prepared to do with any army of Parademons, with Harley interrupting him more than once to say "yes" until she finally decides to let him finish.
  • Compensating for Something: After denying her budding feelings for Ivy, Harley spends the rest of the episode playing up the fact that she's an evil, badass, spontaneous person who randomly kisses people. This leads her to agreeing to Doctor Psycho's proposal to get an army from Darkseid for world domination.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
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    • Harley never stood a chance against Granny Goodness. She blocks all of Harley's attacks, Harley breaks her bat on Granny's head to no effect, and then she beats Harley with a simple flick of her finger. The only reason Harley wins is because Granny turns her back on Harley while gloating, allowing Psycho to use his powers to manipulate Harley's body into smashing a boulder on Granny's head.
    • A Parademon army vs gun-toting citizens and tanks is predictably one-sided. The parademons suffer at best light casualties in the first wave before overwhelming and slaughtering Gordon's ragtag army. The only reason anyone survives is because Harley calls them off.
  • Deal with the Devil: Doctor Psycho talks Harley into pledging loyalty to Darkseid in exchange for an army of parademons to fight Gordon with. Surprisingly, Harley appears able to walk out of it.
  • The Dreaded: Harley's crew are terrified of Darkseid, making a point to act polite to him to avoid making him mad.
  • Everyone Can See It: At least, everyone makes note of Harley's new behavior, and at least ask her about it. Even Darkseid makes a note that if she's seeking his army to fill a void she will remain unsatisfied.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: By this point, the Injustice League has been fractured: Penguin and Mr. Freeze are dead, Two-Face and Riddler are in captivity, and Bane has fallen into Uncertain Doom. With no other villains, Harley attempts to fill in the vacuum by invading and raiding Gotham with an army of Parademons, but in the end is unable to go through with it since she is not ready to go through with that level of supervillainy.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When the President looks over Harley's file, the text is virtually nothing but shoutouts to various BTAS episode titles.
  • I Want Grandkids: Or to be more accurate, Kite Man's parents want their son to have children with superpowers.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Harley ultimately realizes that, yes, she does like Ivy... But ultimately denies it so that Ivy and Kite Man can be happy together.
  • Large and in Charge: Darkseid is a giant.
  • Loophole Abuse: Darkseid challenges Harley to defeat Granny Goodness in exchange for the army she wants, but Granny is simply too tough for Harley. To keep with the conditions of the challenge, Psycho uses his powers to manipulate her into braining Granny with a giant rock while Granny is distracted, which Darkseid either doesn't notice or doesn't mind.
  • Magical Girl: Harley does one of these transformations into a Female Fury on Apokolips.
  • Magic Pants: Harley's outfit is vaporized by her Fury outfit change, but is magically restored when she breaks Granny's scepter.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Ivy learns that both of Kite Man’s parents are metahumans while he’s just a Muggle.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In her solo comic, Harley was on Apokolips for a time and made one of Granny Goodness' Female Furies, but without ever meeting Darkseid.
    • Harley and Ivy (separately) had dealings against Darkseid in the Injustice games and comics.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When Gordon plans on taking Harley down, Batgirl goes to Harley to warn her, who questions why would she do that for her. Batgirl believes Harley isn't really a villain, but Harley, who's still dealing with the kiss with Ivy and tries to avoid thinking about it, takes it as a challenge to prove her villainous nature and mistook Batgirl's words into thinking she needs an army to face Gordon, and the army she would later use are Parademons.
  • Noodle Incident: Psycho mentions he once visited Apokolips in the past and asked Darkseid for an army like Harley did, but when Darkseid ordered him to prove himself by fighting Granny Goodness, he chickened out and left.
  • Only Sane Man: Batgirl, as usual. However, the episode shows that her lack of experience with the supervillain community means that she has a much lower capacity for weirdness than Batman did.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Gordon "won" the war against Harley Quinn, but Gotham is even further in ruins along with thousands of casualties.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Ivy, fed up with how Kite Man's parents constantly browbeat him, lets them have it, saying that the only "miracle" that happened in raising him is that Kite Man managed to grow up into a decent person.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Doctor Psycho pulls a peculiar version of this after Harley backs out of her deal with Darkseid, quitting the crew because Harley isn't prepared to go through with that level of supervillainy.
  • Shout-Out: Psycho does a bunch of them; the BAFTAs are mentioned to Clayface, he calls Mr. Miracle's costume a "technicolor dreamcoat", and calls the Parademons "flying monkey-lizards".
  • Take That!: When told of the duel to kill Granny Goodness, King Shark remarks that he doesn't want to kill old people, preferring to let the American Healthcare System do that.
  • Villain Has a Point: Darkseid is able to see that Harley wants to use his Parademons not to deal with Gordon, but to fill a void in her heart. In a move unlike the God of Evil, he genuinely tells her why it won't work.
    Harley: What is this guy, my therapist?
  • Villain of Another Story: Darkseid is established as a big time supervillain who even other villains are terrified of. But his role in the episode boils down to acting as a benefactor for Harley.

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