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Recap / Legends of Tomorrow S3 E16 "I, Ava"

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The truth about Ava is revealed.


  • Aesop Amnesia: Amaya decides to screw the rules and outright travels back to 1992 to stop Benatu Eshu after Kuasa's death.
  • Audience Surrogate: Even more so than in previous episodes, Gary acts as a stand-in for the audience.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Sara and Ava, when fighting the latter's clones.
    Sara: Stay close, I don't want to lose you in this crowd.
  • Badass Boast: When facing Amaya, Nate, Wally and Kuasa, a Mallus-possessed Nora tells them it is hardly a fair fight...for them!
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  • Big Damn Heroes: Kuasa helps the Legends in their fight with Nora; though it's because of love for her grandma, not the rest of them.
  • Brought Down to Badass:
    • Apparently, Ray has been working out off-screen, as he is able to fight off the Ava clones even without his suit.
    • When Amaya lost her totem, it meant that Mari no longer became Vixen. Instead she became a vigilante without powers. Subverted as she ended up hospitalized attempting to rescue people from a fire.
  • The Bus Came Back: Kuasa, having not been seen since "No Country for Old Dads".
  • Cosmic Plaything: Amaya states that she feels time itself wants her family to suffer.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • When Mick calls Zari a bitch, she proceeds to show him how to properly use a totem. By way of kicking his ass up and down the room.
    • Even Wally, Nate and Amaya combined are no match for the Mallus-possessed Nora. They only get away thanks to Kuasa sacrificing herself and Wally's superspeed.
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  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Darhk is so depressed, he can't bring himself to torture Nate properly.
    Darhk: I'm sorry, it's — it's not you, it's me.
    Nate: I understand! You're distracted!
  • Enemy Mine: Subverted. Nate forms an alliance with Kuasa to help her protect Mari from danger. However, Kuasa is well aware of the danger that Nate's romance with Amaya poses to her and Mari's timeline, so naturally she uses the opportunity to have the Dharks kill him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Kuasa is still Mari's sister, despite all the bad blood between them.
    • Damien is very concerned about Mallus possessing Nora. He doesn't want to take over the world without her to inherit it. He's even willing to form an alliance with Nate to save her, which goes nowhere.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Damien Darhk learns this the hard way when he finds out his alliance with Mallus means losing his daughter. And it's not something he can break off so easily.
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  • For Want of a Nail: Amaya losing her totem turned out to have consequences: Since she doesn't have it anymore, she could never pass it on to Mari, meaning that Mari became a vigilante without powers and got badly burned trying to save people from a fire. What's worse, this indicates that the changes to Amaya's timeline are starting to solidify, meaning that if Amaya doesn't get back to her own time quickly, Mari will cease to exist altogether.
  • The Ghost: Mari is mentioned a lot, but we don't actually get to see her.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Just when Kuasa finally switches to the good side, she is promptly murdered by Mallus.
  • "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: Kuasa tries this on the Mallus-possessed Nora. It doesn't work as Nora's too far gone.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Mick keeps offering Zari food, not knowing or caring that it's the Muslim holiday Ramadan, a time of fasting; he's also unaware that Zari's faith forbids her to eat pork.
  • Insistent Terminology: Wally proclaims himself to be the fastest man alive. Nate corrects this to "second fastest".
  • Ironic Episode Title: "I, Ava" is an episode that shows how there are hundreds of other Avas out there.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Sara refers to the Ava clones as "things".
  • It Only Works Once:
    • After being surprised by Wally before, Mallus is now prepared for the speedster's power.
    • Damien and Nate's attempt at faking the torture session to cover up their impromptu support group only lasts a short time before Mallus gets wise.
  • It's All My Fault: Amaya blames herself for Kuasa's death. Because pushing her to be more like Mari is what got her killed.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: After seeing Kuasa die, Amaya decides to make amends by going back in time and saving her village from being razed by Eshu, consequences be damned.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Gary receives a mindwipe, due to him admitting he is terrible at keeping secrets, and Ava doesn't want her origins revealed.
  • Mundane Utility: Mick uses the power of the fire totem to cook hot dogs and make popcorn.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Kuasa rightly sees Nate's romance with Amaya as threat to her and Mari's existence. Her solution is to have the Darhks kill him.
  • Not So Dire: Variation: when catching up with Sara in Vancouver 2213, Ava confesses to her what she did after they broke upnote . While Ava is genuinely not happy with what she did, Sara had already learned that Ava's a clone and she has no knowledge of it, stuff that's a tad more concerning.
  • Pull the Thread: How Sara finds out Ava's "parents" are frauds. She keeps asking about the various photographs, until she catches them in a lie.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Amaya chews Kuasa out on how her selfishness is why she was never worthy to wield the Anansi Totem.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Kuasa chooses to side with the Legends over Mallus out of love for her grandma. Mallus promptly kills her for it.
  • The Reveal:
    • Ava is one of a million custom-designed clones from the future. Our Ava had no idea she was one.
    • The Water Totem is what brought Kuasa back to life. Mallus rips it out and it promptly kills her.
  • Running Gag: Once again, Damien has therapy session with a Legend he's holding captive.
  • Secondary Character Title: The eponymous Ava Sharpe is not one of the lead characters in this show's Ensemble Cast.
  • Sequel Hook: The episode ends with Amaya taking the jumpship to go to 1992 to save her village from being torched from Eshu.
  • Shipper on Deck: Gary has, apparently, been shipping Sara and Ava "so hard".
  • Shout-Out: On the billboard for the Ava clones, one of the taglines is "more human than human", which is a Rob Zombie song.
  • Paid-for Family: As part of the fake background story Rip gave Ava, he hired two actors to pretend to be her parents whenever Ava would visit her "home" or when people would come asking about her.
  • Take That!: While fighting the multiple Ava clones, Ray says "This is the second worst Attack of the Clones I've seen."
  • There Is Another: Turns out there are hundreds of Avas. She's a customed-designed clone from 2213.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Ava has no idea she's a clone, until she encounters another her.
  • The Un-Reveal: Why did Rip recruit a clone from the future, give her fake memories, and even hire a couple of actors to pretend to be her parents? We don't find out, but Ava and Sara are sure to make him talk.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Sara briefly enters this belief, even going so far as to writing off everything she lived through with Ava as "fake" and part of her perfect design. She quickly changes her mind, though.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Kuasa calls Amaya on not only abandoning her tribe, but on how her romance with Nate threatens her entire family's bloodline. Amaya's response is to call Kuasa out on her selfishness.
    • Ray is offended when Sara insists on referring to the clones as things.