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A history vlog interrupted by a overly excited cub reporter roommate. That's how the first Earth-108 story started. Now, this Alternate Universe Fic would be one of the biggest DC AUs ever seen, only if it was really written down.

Created by JTT Wlover in an inexact date in 2019, this AU started with the 4-issue mini-series Samurai: A warrior's tale and expanded until it had used hundreds of characters and had itself two AUs, Earth-72 and Earth-Reverse Lantern.


It's unknown when it will be written up, and the imagined stories make an impressive Archive Panic, but the author has some hope, and that's all it counts.

Tropes include:

  • Adaptational Badass: Carnelian in the main DCU was a Un-Sorcerer that had to use stuff like guns to compensate. Here, he turns out to have Energy Absorption powers (that explain his otherwise weird blue hair) and can use them to power up Amethyst (and then his when he eventually gets one) gem to transform into their adult selves on Earth.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: In the main DCU, Samurai is Toshio Eto, an history teacher that got hit with superhero-making rays from New Genesis. Here, he's a Japanese university student in a exchange course in America whose powers were given by Susanoo along with the OC Geisha (Kasumi Kimura) to be a Battle Couple.
    • Kimiyo Hoshi in the main DCU is the Redeeming Replacement of Arthur Light. Here, she's a minor mystical heroine named Orihime (after the goddess/star), with her powers given by the star herself.
    • The Great Ten heroine Mother of Champions is changed to be a Mother Goddess-like heroine named Earth Mother who can control clay.
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    • Accomplished Perfect Physician from the same team gets a minor detail of his backstory changed (killing the actual Chosen One by accident instead of doing it with regret) along with his Deadpan Snarker personality.
    • Immortal Man In Darkness is three Same-Sex Triplets who bonded with an alien plane and take turns being Immortal Man In Darkness. They are also teenagers, but nobody noticed because of the armor.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Remember Brainiac? Sometimes hammy but always The Stoic evil alien android? Here he's prone to keep turning into a Nervous Wreck in his human disguise. And Lex keeps facepalming at this.
  • Adaptive Ability: Sinestro gets stabbed by Guy in the back in the kind of situation that would cause a Heel–Face Door-Slam. Instead of that, after being healed by Jessica, he develops a Spider-Sense that warns him whenever he is about to get stabbed or something similar, to the point that when Hal comes back from the alternate dimension he got trapped in and tries to stab him, he dismisses that with a Not Now, Kiddo.
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  • Age Lift: Jason Blood/Etrigan in Earth-72 is a twelve-year-old kid, due to the Born-Again Immortality instead of normal immortality plus amnesia and posing as his Identical Grandson in this universe.
  • Alliance of Alternates: Will Magnus, creator of the Metal Men goes in one of those. His team?
    • Fairy Tale world Willhemina Magnia the Metal Fairy and her Metal Spirits.
    • Steampunk Wild West world Bill Mackenzie and his steam-powered Metal Men.
    • Princess Willia Magnus from a Medieval world and her Metal Dolls.
    • Magic-focused world Willhemus Magnus and his Seven Alchemical Metals.
    • Gender Flipped world Willa Magnus and her Metal Women.
    • And Shazam-ized world Billy Magnus and his Shazam-empowered Metal Men.
  • All Therapists Are Muggles: Averted with Jade Warrior, who is both a superhero and has a degree on Psychology. He has also access to the Realm Of Lives, which he uses as a Crystal Ball.
  • Alternate Universe:
    • Earth-72 is the Ultimate Universe, with darker themes and Reality Ensues.
    • Earth-Reverse Lantern AKA Earth-65 (59 from the Silver Age GL's debut year plus 6, the number of Earth Lanterns) is mostly Silver Age Green Lantern rewrites with Jessica as the GL, with all the things it involves.
    • Earth-63 (New 52 plus 11, as in 2011) is the New 52 equivalent.
    • Earth-85 (from 1985, the start of Crisis on Infinite Earths) is the Post-Crisis world equivalent.
    • And all of these Earths, even the main one, are used to poke fun at some elements of them, like the New 52 Amazons or the lack of Clark being Superboy in post-crisis stories.
  • Anthology Comic: Hero Comics and Legion of Doom, which is actually a version of ''Hero Comics'' but for villains and several issues do not contain any story about any member of the Legion of Doom.
  • Ascended Fanboy: OC Jacob Nathans to Doctor Light. He ends up becoming his Kid Sidekick, Light Jr.
  • Badass Family: Aside of the usual Superfamily and Batfamily, there is also the Martian Family (J'onn, his girlfriend/wife Diane Meade (as Butterfly Girl), his niece M'gann, his little brother T'omm and his adopted kids Shadow Boy, Water Girl and Gypsy) and the Marvel Family/Shazamily.
  • Bald of Awesome: Dr. Dharlass, caused by his experiments.
  • Battle Couple: Not Samurai and Geisha, but Samurai and Dragon Girl, another OC. Geisha herself gets paired with Black Vulcan.
    • Batman Jones/Batkid/Flying Fox and Roberta The Girl Wonder/Lark/Nightingale.
    • Amethyst/Amy and Carnelian/Carl.
    • Most of the H Dial Heroes, and Robby and Suzy themselves.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Jade Warrior and Jade Fighter whenever they team up.
  • Canon Immigrant: There is a minor Super Team called the Justice Kids (not related to Young Justice) that are composed by the four Kid Heroes who helped Hawkgirl and Green Lantern in Justice League Adventures #27.
    • Then there are the Elementals, who only appeared in issues 14 and 15 of the Super Friends comic.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Inner Light whenever being used for healing or being absorbed by another person.
  • Celebrity Superhero: Downplayed with Tiger Fighter AKA Wu Tianshang, Wu Song's reincarnation, but he's still prideful enough Wu Song is seen facepalming in the background every time he is on the news.
  • Crisis Crossover: They mark the ages of the verse.
    • The first one was known as The Second Invasion of Darkseid (with the first one only being alluded) and Forever Evil In-Universe with the villains. Given out it has the Internal Reveal hat Lantern 7 AKA James Lee is Sinestro, it's clear that it marks an era.
    • The second one was the Earth-3 Attack, which is an analogue of the actual Forever Evil event and takes place seven years after the Second Invasion.
    • The third one was the Blackest Night and Brightest Day analogue, taking place four years after Earth-3 Attack and referred In-Universe as the Brightest Night.
    • The fourth one was a Marvel Comics Crossover, taking place some months after Brightest Night.
    • The fifth was the Third Invasion of Darkseid.
  • Crossover: The Jaime Reyes version of Blue Beetle and the Marvel Family/Shazamily have been crossing over into the Marvel universe (and vice versa) with Spider-Man and The Mighty Thor before the Great DC/Marvel Crossover happened. In fact, this is one of the factors that have a great impact in the story, as both Jaime and the Marvels know what's wrong with the attack from the other universe.
  • Da Editor: In Earth-72, Martin Matthews, a J. Jonah Jameson Expy who is Constance Mayes (Copper from the Metal Men)'s boss.
  • Disappeared Dad: Hal Jordan disappears in space (into another dimension) and its never seen until his son is 18.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Almost all the human members of the Legion of Doom were classmates.
  • Fusion Dance: Timid Tin and Charismatic Copper combine into anime-haired Keet/Genki Girl Bronze.
  • Generation Xerox: Hal's son Hal Jr. disappears into another dimension when his wife was just pregnant, just like his father.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Numerous, but most notably Doctor Light, the Legion of Doom except Toyman and Scarecrow and great part of Batman and Flash's Rogues Gallery.
  • Humanity Ensues: Apparently there are some "Human Button" things in China for the new animal demons because the progression of technology makes the old studying way too long and complicated in a modern world. There are several of them scattered all around the world that are used by other beings such as non-Chinese animals, aliens and sentient streets.
  • Imported Alien Phlebotinum: The Hero Dial was created by a Guardian of the Universe along with some other aliens he enlisted with the purpose of being a hero container and club. Apparently the two of the other aliens were members of mortal enemy Proud Scholar Race Guy races (that look very similar to the Galvans and Cerebrocrustaceans from Ben 10) and rigged the Dial so it turned the user into the heroes instead of summoning them. The "turn, not summon" thing was eventually solved, but everything was still fine that way.
  • Improbable Food Budget: The Super Friends somehow manage to afford sushi, mochis, tacos, Brand X snacks and other stuff every day with jobs like being a Intrepid Reporter, pizza delivering and freelance stuff. Lucía (Toreila) and Liankai (Dragon Girl) eventually become doctors specialized in metahuman/alien/mutant patients, but before that, their income was vaguely implied to be supplied by their parents.
  • In My Language, That Sounds Like...: Apparently Korugarian for "I come in peace" sounds exactly like "You are a dick".
  • Intrepid Reporter: Aside of Supes and co.:
    • Eduardo Díaz (El Dorado), who also worked at the Daily Planet before getting back to Mexico.
    • Constance Mayes, Copper's human self in Earth-72.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Lin Qiujiang (Lin Chong's reincarnation) casually calls Duan Dongxue (Duan Jingzhu's reincarnation) a dog food eating weirdo. He takes offense to that... while still eating dog food.
  • Kid Sidekick: The usual ones plus Light Jr. to Doctor Light.
  • Legacy Character: Batman Jones eventually becomes the second Flying Fox in his 18th birthday, after being Batkid since he started fighting crime again for five years.
  • Love Redeems: One of the most common ways of Heel–Face Turn here. The other is Good Feels Good.
  • Magical Accessory: What gives Meka, the Animal Girl her powers:
  • Make It Look Like a Struggle: Jessica and Sinestro's fight in Samurai: A warrior's tale.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Aside of Black Canary, Roberta/Lark when she became Nightingale.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The Metal Men's human identities, a mixture of Punny Names, Steven Ulysses Perhero and Mythology Gags to the original human identities in the original series.
      • Gold is Aurel Blanc in Earth-108 and Aurel Lance Gilden in Earth-72.
      • Tina is Christina Blanc, neé Whitney in Earth-108 and Christine Laureen Gilden, neé Yancy in Earth-72.
      • Mercury is Hermes Roth in both universes.
      • Iron is Blake Smith in Earth-108 and Jon Ishmael Mann in Earth-72.
      • Tin is Timothy Taylor in Earth-108 and Tinker Paul Lee in Earth-72.
      • Lead is Farran Douglas in Earth-108 and Ledby Edan Hands in Earth-72.
      • Copper is Constance Mayes in both universes.
      • Sixth Ranger Original Character Silver, who only appears in Earth-72, is Sylvia Opal Gilden.
      • Nameless/Tinnia, who also only appears im Earth-72 since her Earth-108 counterpart is permanently dead, is Josephine "Josie" Kim Lee, neé Taylor.
    • Felix Faust's fake name for avoiding trouble after his Heel–Face Turn is Harry Roberts, Harry being Houdini's first name and Roberts being the surname of the magician he was inspired.
  • Mind Screw: In-Universe example whenever someone who doesn't know enough of reincarnation is explained that Jade Warrior is somehow his current self Jason Lee, the Water Margin hero Lu Junyi, the Jade Emperor's son Yu Zhuofei and a Primordial Kirin at the same time.
  • Mistaken for Romance: As Earth-Reverse Lantern Jessica best sums up:
Jessica: Can't a girl just go out for a lunch with her coworker without anyone thinking they're dating?
Bob Brooke: No. note 
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Jacob's name is a reference to Jacob Finlay, Arthur's brief heroic predecessor.
    • Superman casually mentions that the Justice League has gone for several periods, better or worse. We get to see from the main seven plus Green Arrow (and Snapper) in the Silver Age to Justice League International and Justice League Europe, and back to the main seven plus more. The Super Friends period (with Wendy and Marvin and the Wonder Twins later) also appears, for some reason.
    • Guy has gone for all his Green Lantern, Sinestro Ring, Warrior and back to Green Lantern periods, too.
  • Nearly Normal Animal: Aderyn, Lark/Nightingale's Gratuitous Animal Sidekick. She has Downplayed Light 'em Up powers though.
  • No Man of Woman Born: Earth-72 Circe claims that she cannot be defeated by any man or woman born on Earth. So she is defeated by Magnetis, who is both nonbinary and actually a robot. While saying that even Starfire could have done it by virtue of being an alien.
  • Older Alter Ego: Aside of the Marvel Family/Shazamily and Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld (and her partner, Carnelian the Red Prince), Samurai is permanently in his late twenties while Toshio starts with being 23-years-old.
  • One Steve Limit: Three Jasons: Jason Todd, the second Robin (permanently dead), Jason Blood, Etrigan and Jason Lee, Jade Warrior.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different/ Our Souls Are Different: Reincarnation (at least in China) includes the soul going inside the new body and getting out at puberty or before, leaving a shell to be filled with new personality traits and other stuff while the soul sits/floats two inches above the reincarnee's head while providing sarcastic remarks that nobody except other souls can hear.
  • Pair the Suitors: Ronno/Manno the Mer-Boy/Mer-Man and Wingo the Bird-Boy/Bird-Man, old Wonder Woman suitors, are Happily Married.
  • Redemption Promotion: Doctor Light as a villain was a still kinda dangerous Buttmonkey. Here, after his talk with Jade Warrior, he eventually somehow gains the ability of channeling "inner light", a White Magic-esque version of Light 'em Up powers used by sorcerers, gods and sometimes wizards/witches.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Black Vulcan in the main DCU has neither real name or backstory, and assumed by some fans to be either Black Lightning with a different name or a unrelated guy named Buster L.(ightning) Jones. Here, he's Jefferson's younger brother Jackson.
    • On a related role, Static is also related to them, by the virtue of his mom being the Pierces' older sister.
    • By having never met, being both semi-obscure characters, El Dorado and El Dragón were not related. Here, they are cousins.
    • Subverted with Eugene Choi. He mentions a lot he has a very nerdy older brother, but it eventually turns out it isn't Ryan Choi, the second Atom, but Kenny Choi, from Outrage.
  • Remember the New Guy?: How the Lantern Kids (Hal Jr., Wendy, Kattie, Kyle Jr. and Henry) are introduced.
  • Robo Cam: The Metal Men have those. While in Earth-108 it only displays basic stuff like emotion and recognition sensors, in Earth-72 it has a complex Stat-O-Vision and a Dialogue Tree just in case.
  • Robinsonade: Jessica and Sinestro getting stranded in a deserted planet with their ring levels low and the batteries nowhere to be found is the plot of the Whole Episode Flashback mini-series Green Lantern: Boundaries Lost.
  • Science Hero: Dr. Dharlass uses chemicals for fighting crime. He usually creates compounds for trapping enemies and corroding obstacles. He also was responsible of the Freak Lab Accident that gave Zanresh her powers.
  • Second Super-Identity:
    • The Lil Doom League guise for the Legion Of Doom (and the Kid Rogues and the Gotham Kids for the Rogues and some of the Batman villains).
    • Quicksilver (a Powered Armor wearing superhero with Super Speed) for Earth-72 Mercury.
    • In fact, almost all the Earth-108 Metal Men have them. Gold is Stretch Man, Tina is Wonder Sister, Silver is Guardian Angel, Lead is Dark Smasher, Iron is Magnetis and Copper is Speed Queen. Only Tin and Nameless/Tinnia remain second-identityless.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Between Jason Lee (Yu Zhuofei) Jade Warrior and Yu Yahui, Jade Fighter. He's calm, she's impulsive; he's been reincarnated many times and has Hawkperson syndrome, she has never reincarnated; he's mature for his reincarnated age, she's sometimes a bit immature for being Really 700 Years Old.
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick: Light Jr. graduates to being Nightlight a la Nightwing and doesn't change until he is forced to become the new Doctor Light with Arthur's daughter Akari being Light Jr. when Arthur dies a la Batman. Unlike other examples of this trope, the new change sticks.
  • Significant Monogram: Aurel Lance Gilden, Christine Laureen Yancy and Sylvia Opal Gilden. Noticed the ALLOY already?
  • Shout-Out: The members of Project T.R.O.P.E. are based on the Tropers in Tropers: The Series and some others in other Tropers in the forums.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: The "Human buttons" and Lex's "Kid Buttons" look exactly identical. Hilarity Ensues when Killer Croc finds one of each in the sewers.
  • Spexico: Averted, the fact that Toreila (Lucía Ruiz) and El Dorado (Eduardo Díaz) are one from Spain and the other from Mexico leads to some Hilarity Ensues with the culture clash.
  • Super Team: Aside of the main ones like the Justice League of America, the Teen Titans and Young Justice, there are:
  • The Cowl: The Ugly Duckling, Donkeyskin and Little Red Riding Hood are the versions of Batman in their countries and thus, this trope.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The Justice League of China, composed by Super-Man, Bat-Man, Wonder-Woman, Flash, Aqua-man (Dragonson) and... Kid Eternity (or Forever Girl as she's also called).
  • Translation Convention: Brackets are used when it's only one language, be it Chinese, French, Korugarian or any other. If there is more than one, Chinese is red, French blue, German green, Danish red with white filling and Korugarian dark pink.
  • Two-Person Love Triangle: Before she revealed her identity, the Diane Meade/Butterfly Girl and John Jones/Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz) love square. Diane knows his identity, but J'onn does not. Thus, Hilarity Ensues in the middle of missions.
  • Ultimate Universe: Earth-72. Aside of making the Legacy Heroes and Kid Sidekicks actually related to the main heroes (usually by being their children), it contains elements like people being Killed Off for Real, supernatural stuff and lots of Adult Fear.
  • Warrior Therapist: Jade Warrior. According to his sister, he has caused at least 20 villains to reform, the most prominent of them being Doctor Light.
  • What If?: Earth-Reverse Lantern builds itself on the idea of "What if the order (and backstories) of the six Earth Lanterns was reversed?".
  • Xenafication: Diane Meade, whoo boy. In the original Silver Age stories, while competent, she suffered the usual Police are Useless in case of superhero fate. Here, she's a superheroine named Butterfly Girl who is basically a Gender Flipped mixture of all the Blue Beetles (Dan's magic origin, Ted's relationship with everyone and age range and Jaime's armor).

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