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  • Executive Meddling: The Bat-Editors constantly threatened to yank Robin from the book unless the writers obeyed their edicts on how he could be featured; most notably, Robin could not be used in any battle that took place in public, according to the "urban legend" policy in the Bat-books.
    • This resulted in a couple of Take That! jokes during a reality show story ("Did the all-concealing shadows just say ouch?"), including Robin creating the hero identity of "Mr. Sarcastic," a shaved-head Shout-Out to Spider Jerusalem (and possibly to Protector, a Robin expy created for 80's Teen Titans PSA comics when licensing contracts prevented the Boy Wonder's use).
  • The Merch: The last few waves of Hasbro's JLA toyline, intended to act as this to Grant Morrison's JLA also acted as this for this series, including figures of Robin, Superboy, Impulse, and Red Tornado.
  • Recursive Adaptation: The Teen Titans cartoon was initially planned as an adaptation of Young Justice, but the number of Legacy Characters was too much of a problem. The solution: Re Vision the Wolfman-Perez Titans in the style of Young Justice!
    • And now we got a Re Vision of Young Justice more in line with Geoff Johns' Titans. Make of that what you will.
  • Shout-Out: Given the light hearted tone of the book they were able to cram these in at their leisure:
  • Toyless Toyline Character: The JLA toyline didn't include Lagoon Boy, the Ray, or the female members of the team.

    Animated Series 

General Trivia

  • Acting in the Dark: The auditions for Static, Blue Beetle, Robin III, and Impulse were staged as auditions for another show.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: No, Batman did not say "Touch the Batmobile, and you're fired." in "Alienated". While it certainly sounds like something he would say, the line comes from a meme taking the scene where he sees Robin, Nightwing and Batgirl off before leaving out of context. In the actual cartoon, they all sincerely see each other off on good terms.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor:
    • Wonder Woman is voiced by Maggie Q.
    • Captain Marvel was voiced by Rob Lowe for his first two appearances.
    • The Riddler is voiced by Dave Franco.
  • Channel Hop: Season 3 (Outsiders) and other future seasons will air on the DC Universe streaming service after being cancelled in 2013 by Cartoon Network, thus allowing more creative freedom, a consistent release schedule, and a much lesser chance of being Screwed by the Network.
  • Creator's Favorite:
    • Co-creator Greg Weisman has said that Black Canary is his favorite DC Comics character, which is partly why she's one of the team's mentors on the show.
    • Weisman has also said that Wally West is his favorite Flash.
    • Consciously averted in the case of Captain Atom. Weisman was the co-writer of the 1980s relaunch of the character, which established the backstory used for him YJ and was the original writer of the storyline that issues #10-11 of the tie-in comic are based on. While writing those issues, he states he gave the original comics to staff writer Kevin Hopps and asked him what needed to be cut, because he was too close to the matter to judge. He also stated that it was Brandon Vietti, not him, who suggested Captain Atom be the League Chairman in season two, with the justification of his military background and leadership role in DC's Invasion series. (The same response also has him say that his original suggestion was the above-mentioned Black Canary.)
  • The Danza:
  • Descended Creator:
    • Series co-creator Greg Weisman voices Lucas Carr, and in season 3, the Ultra Humanite.
    • Series writer Nicole Dubuc voices Iris Allen-West.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Batman and the Outsiders creator Mike W. Barr criticized the show's changes to his characters, including Geo-Force's new costume and how "Brion" was pronounced, Halo's Race Lift, and Dr. Helga Jace being younger and more attractive.
  • #EngineeredHashtag: #WeAreAllOutsiders
  • Exiled from Continuity:
    • Rocket and Icon have been prevented from appearing in the tie-in comics.
    • Wonder Girl, until the legal issues were worked out for Season 2 and beyond.
  • Fake Nationality: Despite the series using voice acting where this trope is less of a problem, this is actually averted more often than not. Hispanics are voiced by Hispanics, Asians are voiced by Asians...although one could argue that the effect is ruined when Lex Luthor has a better Japanese accent than the Japanese character voiced by an ethnically Japanese woman.
    • Ariel Winter once again voices Perdita, but she uses a European accent instead of her regular American voice.
  • Fandom Nod: In the series premiere, you have a citizen asking if Speedy is the Flash's sidekick, and when someone responds that he's Green Arrow's, the first guy says "that makes no sense", echoing a fair amount of comic book fans who didn't get Speedy's name (especially those introduced to him in crossovers).
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Radical" Robin (for his very familiar hacking style).
    • "Batdad," "Batdaddy," or "Daddybats" for Batman's surprising aptitude for being a good parental figure.
    • "Kid Fate," for Kid Flash wearing the Helmet of Fate.
      • "Fate Lad" and "Fatanna" for when Aqualad and Zatanna do the same.
    • "Rolly" for the sphere that Superboy brought back from Bialya in "Bereft"
    • "Rageboy" and "Emoboy" for Superboy's early anger management issues and his angsting about Superman ignoring him. But these are markedly toned down as the show progresses.
    • "Angroy" for Red Arrow's anger at the whole sidekick thing.
    • "Aquabad" or "Mantalad" for Aqualad after his Face–Heel Turn.
      • There's also Manta II and Manta Jr.
    • "Mama Canary" for Black Canary, who was Team Mom to the young heroes in season 1.
    • Eduardo is also known as Spike Spiegel in the fandom because of their similar looks.
    • In the wake of Arsenal joining up with the Runaways, fans have started calling dubbing the group "The Outsiders" and "The Outlaws."
    • The Runaways aren't really called "The Runaways" in capital letters, but since the term is used both in dialogue and an episode title, fans have adopted it for that purpose.
  • I Knew It!: It now has its own page .
  • Image Source:
  • In Memoriam: The Season 3 episode Evolution which details Vandal Savage's backstory was fittingly dedicated to Savage's original voice actor, Miguel Ferrer.
  • Jossed:
    • During season 2, Weisman had set up hints about Wally's death and worried they were rather transparent. However, many fans took the hints differently as many thought, much like what happened with Crisis on Infinite Earths, that Barry would die with Wally replacing him as the Flash.
    • It was widely thought, including by This Very Wiki, that the Outsiders were the team in the focus of the first half of Season 3, consisting of Nightwing, Black Lightning, Superboy, Tigress, and newcomers Geo-Force, Halo and Forager. In actuality, the Outsiders form in the second half of the season, and consist of Team members led by Beast Boy from Invasion with several others. Though if taken figuratively, Outsiders can refer to the original team being on the outside of the law, but they are not literally the titular Outsiders of the story.
    • When synopses for the final three season of the Outsiders season and "Nevermore"'s mentioning things coming "full circle", it was assumed that the League would once again be under mind control, only with several members of the Team joining them and it'd be up to the Outsiders to free them over the course of the three episodes. Turns out, the mind control done in "Terminus" was simply reversed in the following episode "Into the Breach" and "Nevermore"'s "coming full circle" was finishing the season how it started: a crisis in Markovia incited by Baron Bedlam.
  • Lying Creator: Overlapping with Exact Words. Before the second season began airing, Greg Weisman stated that it would continue on minutes after the last season finale ended. While this is technically true, it is very misleading, since the scene that does take place right after the first season lasts less than a minute and is followed by a five year Time Skip.
  • Name's the Same:
    • Artemis's mother used to be a villain named Huntress. She's unrelated to Huntress of the Batman-related DC books. Her comics counterpart was created first (by some decades) and was renamed "Tigress" once the other was introduced.
    • The season 3 finale title, "Nevermore", was also used in Teen Titans and DC Super Hero Girls.
  • The Original Darrin: A few of the original actors who weren't in the tie-in game, Legacy, came back for Outsiders, including Alan Tudyk as Psimon, Danny Trejo as Bane, Denise Boutte as Rocket, and Alyson Stoner as Oracle.
  • The Other Darrin:
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Production Posse: As usual for Greg Weisman:
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Maggie Q was a Wonder Woman fan when she was younger.
    • Zeno Robinson was ecstatic at being cast as Cyborg.
  • Reality Subtext: Particularly in Season 3, where issues such as media control, human trafficking, rogue states, dictatorships, and so on are alluded to in some way. Of note is Lex Luthor serving as Secretary-General of the United Nations and recycling rhetoric from Donald Trump, such as "good people on both sides" and "fake news."
  • Recycled Set:
    • Or rather, recycled animation. The opening shot in episode 8 is lifted directly from Batman: Under the Red Hood. The building where The Team fights Clayface is the same one where the mobsters meet in the film.
    • Red Arrow's apartment is also the same one from the climax of the same film.
  • Referenced by...:
    • Aqualad, Miss Martian, and Superboy guest-starred in a pseudo-crossover with Teen Titans Go! in the episode, "Let's Get Serious". The trio were referred to as Young Justice, Khary Payton reprised his role as Aqualad (and had the only speaking role among the three), and the plot made numerous references to the comparison between the then-cancelled "more serious" show and the widely negatively received Teen Titans Go!. All three characters also appeared in the same designs from this show, though would later receive new designs in line with the Teen Titans Go! artstyle as they made various background cameos (also joined by Artemis) throughout the show as of Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.
    • Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, directed by Brandon Vietti, features a cameo appearance from Megan, Cassie, Zatanna, and Artemis as viewers of the brawl.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
  • Role Reprise:
    • Batman is voiced by Bruce Greenwood, who previously voiced the same character in Batman: Under the Red Hood.
    • From DC Showcase: Green Arrow, Steve Blum and Ariel Winter reprise their respective roles of Count Vertigo and Princess Perdita. Though in the case of the latter, she actually goes for the European accent instead of her regular American accent that she used in the short.
    • Jeff Bennett reprises his Batman: The Brave and the Bold as Abra Kadabra
    • Gregg Rainwater reprise his Justice League Unlimited as Apache Chief Expy (Tye) Longshadow
    • For Young Justice: Outsiders:
      • Almost everyone in the main cast reprises their roles here despite the roughly six-year gap between seasons, the exceptions being Beast Boy, Vandal Savage, and G. Gordon Godfrey.
      • Greg Cipes reprises Beast Boy in the place of Logan Grove, having played him originally in 2003's Teen Titans and various other adaptations.
      • Donna Troy finally makes her debut this season, where she’s voiced by Grey DeLisle Griffin, who previously provided Donna’s voice in the Super Best Friends Forever shorts. She also reprises her Justice League: Doom role as Lois Lane.
      • Darkseid is voiced by Michael Leon Wooley, reprising the role from Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Injustice 2.
    • In the French dub, several voice actors from previous adaptations reprised their roles here:
      • From Batman (1989) and its sequels: Jacques Ciron as Alfred.
      • From the DC Animated Universe: In addition to Alfred, Emmanuel Jacomy as Superman/Clark Kent, Alexis Tomassian as Robin/Tim Drake, Jean-Claude Sachot as Commissioner Gordon, and the late Marc Alfos as the second voice of Green Lantern/John Stewartnote .
      • From The Batman: In addition to Alfred and Gordon, Adrien Antoine as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Chantal Baroin as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, Edwige Lemoine as Poison Ivy, Thierry Murzeau as Bane, and Christophe Lemoine as the Flash/Barry Allen.
      • From Batman: The Brave and the Bold: In addition to Batman, Batgirl, Flash/Barry Allen, and Alfred, Donald Reignoux as Nightwing/Dick Grayson AKA Robin Inote , Vincent Ropion as the replacement voice of Flash/Barry Allen, Christophe Lemoine as Blue Beetle/Jaime Reyes and the Flash/Jay Garrick, Michel Vigné as Aquaman, Marc Alfos as Red Tornado, Barbara Beretta as Black Canary, Jérôme Pauwels as Captain Marvel, Paolo Domingo as Billy Batson, Philippe Peythieu as Martian Manhunter, Xavier Fagnon as the Joker, and Thierry Murzeau as Black Manta.
      • From Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: In addition to Superman, Batman, Alfred, and Billy Batson, the late Marc Alfos as the first voice of Lex Luthor.
      • From Superman/Batman: Apocalypse: In addition to Superman and Batman, Delphine Braillon as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Donna Troy was originally supposed to appear in the first season but at the time of development neither Wonder Woman nor her supporting characters were allowed to be in anything in which they weren’t main characters due to the contract with her creator’s estate. When Geoff Johns got a promotion in the early 2010s to Chief Creative Officer (the main liaison between DC itself and the various adaptations), he urged DC and WB to renegotiate the deal and they did. The timing didn’t work out but they were able to use Cassandra Sandsmark in season 2 as after the time jump, it didn’t make sense for Donna to be on a team with a different generation of heroes than her usual team.
  • Screwed by the Network: For whatever reason the show was very prone to schedule slippage, at least in the US. Cartoon Network took over a year (January 2011 - April 2012) to air the 26 episodes of the first season (not counting a two-episode preview in late 2010). Other countries even finished airing them months before the US did. In season 2, the entire DC Nation block got bumped to January 2013 with no warning near the start of October 2012, when it had only run for two weeks. So that's two back-to-back, three-month-long hiatuses with only two episodes aired in between. This also affected Green Lantern: The Animated Series, and what's worse, none of the creators were told. They all found out from fans on Twitter. Even DC Nation itself wasn't told; they updated their official Facebook asking how viewers enjoyed the block, and ended up having to delete it after it was swarmed by confused and angry fans. The episode was released on iTunes the next day, and peaked at #2 on their sales charts before being pulled, and no one knows why. Both shows were replaced by Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go! after finishing their seasons. Any explanation for that either? Nope.
    • Paul Dini revealed on a Kevin Smith podcast that the toyline was indeed the reason for the cancellation. To be more specific, the show failed to sell enough toys. Because of the more detailed animation and the higher budgets it costs, toys have to sell well in order for an action cartoon to stay afloat.
    • This was likely the reason Outsiders and all subsequent seasons will be streaming-exclusive. This will ensure that no outside execs can screw them over like last time.
  • Short Run in Peru: Several episodes of season 1 aired in other countries months before their airing in the US. Memorably, because of the infamous October hiatus, Brazilian fans took it upon themselves to record some episodes, subtitle them in English and share them on Youtube until they were shut down.
  • Significant Birth Date: Zehra Fazal (August 28 1984) as Halo (August 28 2002)
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Nolan North voices both Superman, Superboy, and Zatara. The first two are justified since the latter is cloned from the former.
    • Khary Payton voices both Aqualad and Black Manta; justified in that they're father and son. He also voices Black Lightning and Silas Stone.
    • Alyson Stoner voices both Bette Kane and Barbara Gordon.
    • Danica McKellar voices both Miss Martian and Marie Logan. Which makes sense in a way since Miss Martian based her looks and mannerisms on the latter.
    • Kevin Michael Richardson voices four heroes: Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern John Stewart, Doctor Fate, and Mal Duncan.
    • Kelly Hu voices Cheshire, her mother Paula, and her baby daughter Lian.
    • Red Arrow and Guardian (both clones of Speedy/Roy Harper, according to Word of God) are both voiced by Crispin Freeman. This is played with in the episode "Salvage", where the now-retired Guardian is one of the people who confronts Red Arrow. And as of "Satisfaction" Speedy finally gets to talk with Red Arrow.
    • Jason Marsden plays both Impulse and The Atom.
    • Fred Tatasciore ends up having a fight scene between himself with both characters he voices in episode 10 of Outsiders; Deathstroke and Metamorpho.
    • Mae Whitman voices both Wonder Girl and her mother, Helena Sandsmark.
  • Technology Marches On: In "Image" when Superboy, Kid Flash and Robin wonder what "Hello Megan!" is that Miss Martian is referring to, Garfield Logan shows them an old videotape of the sitcom his mother starred in years before. Kid Flash snarks "Whoa, you still have VHS. Where's your 8 track?"
  • Un-Canceled: Officially, as of November 7th, 2016.
  • What Could Have Been: It has its own page.
  • The Wiki Rule: Now has a Wiki here.
  • Word of Gay:
    • Weisman has suggested that Kaldur isn't straight, though he hasn't directly confirmed it. What Kaldur's sexual orientation would be if not straight is not specified further.
    • Greg also confirmed that Marie Logan in the show is either a lesbian or bisexual; when asked "is Marie a lesbian or bisexual?", he pointedly answered "Yes". This was also deduced by sharp-eared fans who noted that Queen Bee (who caused Marie's death during the Time Skip) was explicitly stated to only influence most men and some women, which Greg confirmed was indeed based on her victim needing to be sexually attracted to her for her powers to work on them. Unlike with Kaldur however, Greg's answer to the question above suggests that Marie isn't omni- or pan-sexual or another other less common orientation.
    • When asked whether Bart Allen (Impulse) was gay, Greg Wiesman chose not to answer, saying it was a spoiler. Make of that what you will.
  • Word of God:
  • You Look Familiar: Jason Spisak, the voice of Kid Flash in the original series, returns in Outsiders as the voice of Forager.

Miscellaneous Trivia

  • Young Justice's Loads and Loads of Characters require loads and loads of actors. While they cut costs throughout the series by hiring actors to play multiple characters and not writing dialogue for every character present, they still have way more actors and characters than most similar series. During a panel at Anime Vegas, Greg Weisman and Yuri Lowenthal explained how they got away with it: they took their retake budget and used it to hire more actors. The entire series was done without retakes. To compensate for this, they created what Lowenthal called a "walla library." Basically, they had every character actor get in the booth and record a series of grunts, fight sounds, exclamations, shouts of each other's names, etc. in a variety of different inflections, and stored them just in case they needed it during the sound mix, because they were using the money they'd spend paying the actors to come back and re-record over their mistakes to hire more actors.
  • This is the first appearance of Miss Martian in DC television.
  • This is the first appearance of Rocket and Icon in DC television.
  • This is the first DC animated TV show that features the first animated appearance of Lian Harper, or in this adaptation's case, Lian Nguyen-Harper.
  • Likewise, this is also the first official appearance of Cassandra Cain in a DC TV show (at the time of her debut in Season 3, she had also already been announced to appear in the then-upcoming Gotham Season 5, and will make her big screen debut in 2020's Birds of Prey), not counting her unnamed cameo in Justice League episode "The Savage Time, Part 1".
  • Halo previously appeared in Batman: The Brave and the Bold as a voiceless cameo along with fellow Outsider members (including Katana, Black Lightning, Metamorpho, and Geo-Force, with the former three having already appeared in the show) in the Cold Opening to "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster". And before that, a Crime Syndicate version of Halo, known as Aurora, appeared in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths as a member of the Crime Syndicate's version of the Outsiders, the Owlman Faction.
  • As mentioned with Halo, Geo-Force appeared in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode, "Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster", though unlike her, he actually spoke (sharing a voice actor with the show's Wally West, Hunter Parrish). He had also appeared as Brion Markov in Arrow as a One-Shot Character loosely based on him, instead being a scientist who developed a seismic device and turned it into a weapon for Malcolm Merlyn (otherwise known as Dark Archer) before Merlyn killed him. He had also appeared in the tie-in comics of the Teen Titans animated series.
  • This is the first official appearance of Hardware in a DC TV show. He had been namedropped in Static Shock episode "Gear", where Richie/Gear and Virgil/Static are brainstorming superhero names for the former after he develops superpowers. Richie suggests Hardware, to which Virgil states has already been taking.
  • This is the first animated appearance of Arrowette in DC television, not counting her silent cameo appearances in the online DC Super Hero Girls cartoon.
  • This is the second animated appearance of Traci 13. She previously appeared in a cameo role in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract as a civilian that Jaime (Blue Beetle) has a crush on.
  • This is the first DC TV show to depict Batman along with all five of his current main "sidekicks" (Robin I/Nightwing/Dick Grayson, Batgirl I/Oracle/Barbara Gordon, Robin II/Jason Todd/Red Hood, Robin IV/Spoiler/Stephanie Brown, Batgirl II/Cassandra Cain, in addition to a civilian Bette Kane (if you count her as Batman's sidekick as opposed to Batwoman's) and an infant Damian Wayne).
  • This is the first official animated appearance of Batwoman (Kate Kane) in a DC television show. She previously made a cameo appearance in Batman vs. Robin as a corpse in a nightmare scene and was a major character in the sequel, Batman: Bad Blood.
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