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Recap / Superman The Animated Series S 2 E 24 Warrior Queen

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Queen Maxima of Almerac wants a worthy husband and is too concerned about that to care about her subjects. While she's on Earth to evaluate Superman as a potential candidate, a rejected suitor plots to usurp her throne.

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  • All Amazons Want Hercules: Queen Maxima will only marry a man who is as strong as she is. Noticing how strong Superman is, she decides that he shall be her husband.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Maxima tries to make Superman marry her when he bests her in their fight. When he refuses her, she kidnaps him to her home planet.
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  • Best Her to Bed Her: How Maxima selects her betrothal. The episode opens with Maxima facing off against De'Cine, who had wanted to marry her so he could take the throne.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Sazu gives Maxima a "The Reason You Suck" Speech about how much of a Spoiled Brat and Woman Child she is after the coup is revealed and Maxima is incapacitated. While what she says is true, it leaves her in a difficult position when she too is sent with her former queen to the dungeon and Maxima, unsurprisingly, has a sword in hand and an axe to grind.
  • Fed to the Beast: De'Cine tries to get rid of Superman, Sazu, and Maxima by throwing them into the sewer system where a huge monster lurks.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • "No one has ever lasted this long with me!"
    • Before Superman and Maxima are about to storm the palace, De'Cine had one of the servant girls performed a sensual dance for him.
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  • Marry for Love: Superman lectures Maxima about this when she attempts to make him marry her.
    Superman: Here on Earth, marriage isn't something you can command, it's about a willing partnerships where husbands and wives share the decisions and sacrifices.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: After Sazu helps De'Cine to take over Queen Maxima's throne, De'Cine orders his soldiers to imprison Sazu along with the dethroned Queen.

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