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Recap / Justice League Unlimited S 3 E 7 Patriot Act

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General Wade Eiling from Cadmus steals the "Captain Nazi" super-soldier serum and injects it into himself to "protect" the world from metahumans. With the more powerful League members busy, Green Arrow leads Stargirl, S.T.R.I.P.E., Shining Knight, Crimson Avenger, Vigilante, and Speedy against him. Eiling only stops short of killing Shining Knight when a civilian points out that Eiling's reason for attacking the heroes is non-existent, as his entire reason for the attack was to rid the world of meta-humans and he was the only one there with superpowers.

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  • Alternate Company Equivalent: We get three in this episode. Spy Smasher stops the Nazis from creating a super soldier and steals the formula. General Eiling, who is a general obsessed with stopping metahumans and protecting America, injects himself with the Super Formula and becomes a giant muscle-bound monster that gets around by leaping. Although Eiling's monster form is actually from when (in the comics) he transferred his mind into the body of the monster "Shaggy Man."
  • Armor-Piercing Response: "You're the only one around here with superpowers."
  • Badass Bystander/Shamed by a Mob: After Eiling gives all the Justice League people a sound thrashing, he gets into another "must protect the people from metahumans regardless of the cost" spiel. The crowd responds with angry stares, and then an old lady calls him out on his disregard of the cost and a little kid tells him he's the only one with superpowers around. This makes him realize that he's become what he hates. He leaves, but not before he says he will be right one of these days and that they need the likes of him to protect the people from the likes of the Justice League.
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  • Badass Normal: The Justice League members in this episode have no superpowers.
  • Black and White Insanity: General Eiling clearly suffers from this.
  • Call-Back: The test animals mentioned by the Cadmus scientist are likely the ones seen in "Ultimatum".
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Eiling pretty much destroys everyone he fights in the episode with the only visible damage dealt to him at all is a minor cut from Shining Knight's sword to his arm. It's even lampshaded when the Justice League members present gets reinforcements.
    Speedy: Ollie, how many guys has this bozo taken out?
    Green Arrow: That would be all of us.
  • The Fundamentalist: Eiling again. He's just nuts.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Green Arrow's Quantum Arrows are painted as such in this episode (given that they seemly create an explosion comparable to a pretty large explosive device), and are used, but they don't work.
    Green Arrow: Still got your Quantum Arrow?
    Speedy: Yeah, but you said-
    Green Arrow: This is an emergency!
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  • Hero of Another Story: Eiling accuses Superman of being a coward when he doesn't show up. Shining Knight explains that Superman is currently saving a planet from an unspecified crisis.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Played with, as the members of the league aren't the immoral tyrants Eiling thinks they are, but that's what he becomes. (It doesn't hurt that the League members he's fighting have no powers.)
  • How Much More Can He Take?: Even though all the heroes present do not have any superhuman abilities they refuse to yield to Eiling and his demands to bring Superman and refuse to lie down in defeat even in the face of the utter beating he gives to all of them.
  • Knight Templar: Inverted in that Shining Knight is more considerate of civilians and humane measures than his opponent.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: Despite their best efforts, the Badass Normal heroes in this episode are completely unable to defeat Eiling and he ultimately wins the fight. Near the end of the episode, he (sort of) has a Heel Realization and simply leaves, making the whole fight pointless. He isn't seen again.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The heroes that defend the parade (Green Arrow, Vigilante, Shining Knight, Stargirl, S.T.R.I.P.E., Crimson Avenger and Speedy) are the DCAU versions of the original Seven Soldiers of Victory.
    • The four children the Vigilante deputizes resemble Tommy, Big Words, Gabby, and Scrapper of DCs 40's "kid gang" the Newsboy Legion.
    • "Captain Nazi" is a Shazam villain, and the hero who stops them, Spysmasher, was also a Fawcett Comics creation.
  • Noodle Incident: Green Arrow has parted with his sideki—I mean, partner, Speedy, in less than amicable circumstances.
  • Pet the Dog: Shortly after Eiling transforms into a muscle-bound monstrosity, he wipes the floor with the soldiers stationed there when they attack him, but doesn't kill a single one of them, and when one of them begs for his life:
    Soldier: Don't kill me!
    Eiling: I wouldn't kill you, soldier. You're just doing your job. And now I'm going to do mine.
  • Secret Test of Character: The Shining Knight recounts one of these as a parable.
  • Shout-Out: Vigilante and Shining Knight just finished watching a Dirty Harry movie when they get put on assignment.
  • Straw Character: Some of Eiling's arguments are rather obviously ultra-right.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: The source of the the Super Serum Eiling uses to become a hulked-out monster in his bid to gain equal footing versus the Justice League. The original batch was confiscated during WWII in the episode opener and reading a report on it's effects is why Eiling steals it for his use during the episode.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: The League is spread pretty thin at the moment, so the heavy hitters are busy in various other locations. The featured heroes are only at the parade because they didn't currently have any assignments. Eiling is rather annoyed by all this, as he was hoping to fight Superman instead of heroes without powers.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Eiling genuinely believes that he's protecting the world from metahumans.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Invoked repeatedly, as the entire reason that Eiling's not fighting the JLA's A-team is that the parade was considered too unimportant for Superman's busy schedule.
  • Win the Crowd: In-Universe example, this is what the League members have to do with the parade audience, though they themselves never realize this. They do gain some points with the crowd by showing off Shining Knight's flying horse, and by the episode's end, they manage to win over the crowd by defending them from Eiling. At first, though, the reception is...less than stellar.
    Green Arrow: The crowd doesn't care who can bench-press a mountain, or who can shoot lasers out of their ears.
    Woman In Crowd: Where's Superman?
    Man In Crowd: How come none of the GOOD ones are here?
    Kid In Crowd: I didn't come here to see some stupid cowboy!
    Man In Crowd: I don't think vigilantes are good role models, especially ones with guns!
    Woman In Crowd: I came to see Superman!
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