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Whilst the Dark Multiverse mainly contains the horrors and dark-retellings of popular DC events, you could see how each character falls from their usual glory and how their actions caused the end of their universes.

  • In general, the Dark Multiverse itself. No light and hope exists in this realm compared to the main DC Universe above them, and that ten times out of ten every universe and world that exists runs entirely on Finagle's Law. Even the least traumatic comic is still traumatic, and that the worlds there will never recover back to it's former glory.
    • Even worse, all worlds in the Dark Multiverse are bound to rot away into oblivion, implied that if the fears above the Dark Multiverse are vanquished they'll be doomed to burn away. So it is implied that sooner or later, the characters in their respective comics will soon become nonexistent.
  • Technically all the main characters featured in the comic series. Most of their character arcs consists of either making false choices or having their mental stability rot away from the external factors influencing them. Bruce Wayne became The Broken after 30 years of being Forced to Watch his city burn and remodeled by Jean-Paul Valley and later becoming no better than Valley himself, Lois Lane became the Dark Avenging Angel after her guilt has led to the deaths of Superboy and Steel and inadvertently killing Superman again, Sinestro becoming the Limbo Lantern when his selfishness with the White Ring caused Nekron to take over almost the entirety of the cosmos, Blue Beetle becoming a Knight Templar whilst alienating friendships with the Justice League and Booster Gold, and Tara becoming Gaia when she heavily believes that she is being held back from her "true" destiny by Slade and her fellow peers.
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  • Lois Lane's downward spiral after Superman's death. She becomes increasingly bitter and resentful, both towards the other heroes for not being there to help Superman during his battle with Doomsday and towards the world at large for seemingly forgetting the good Superman did. After she merges with the Eradicator, she becomes an increasingly vicious Knight Templar who believes murdering villains is the best way to make the world safer. It doesn't take long for her to start killing other heroes when they stand in her way. Lois eventually deteriorates to the point where she develops a Broken Pedestal for Superman himself: now able to hear the world's suffering with her Super Senses, she angrily wonders why Superman didn't do more to stop it, oblivious to the fact that her reign of terror demonstrates why Superman never did so. Which makes it all the more tragic when her actions get the newly-revived Superman killed for good, but only after he sees that people are terrified of the monster Lois has become.
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  • Booster Gold's deteriorating relationship with Blue Beetle, especially when the latter's methods and tactics in averting a future crisis had put himself at odds with other superheroes such as the Justice League.
  • Golden Age Superman and Lois Lane's deaths, particularly with how abrupt it is. Superboy-Prime's reaction (arguably his only sympathetic moment in the entire comic) doesn't help.
    Superboy-Prime: They were so good, Ted. They were so much better than the rest of us.
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