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  • Acting for Two:
    • Nolan North voices Superman, Superboy, Match, Kru-El, and Zatara. The first four are justified since Superboy and Match are cloned from Superman, and Kru-El is an evil family member of Superman.
    • Khary Payton voices both Aqualad and Black Manta; justified in that they're father and son. He also voices Brick (who as of "The Prize" is a Suicide Squad member alongside Manta), Black Lightning, and Silas Stone.
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    • 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.
    • Yuri Lowenthal voices Tempest, Lagoon Boy, Tommy Terror, and Icicle Jr. Tommy Terror and Icicle Jr. usually ended up on the same villain teams, whereas Tempest and Lagoon Boy are both Atlantean heroes.
    • Kelly Hu voices Cheshire, her mother Paula, and her baby daughter Liannote .
    • 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, now Arsenal, finally gets to talk with Red Arrow.
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    • Jason Marsden plays both Impulse, Atom, and Danny Chase. Impulse and Danny interact a bit thanks to their involvement in the Legion's mission.
    • 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.
    • Kari Wahlgren voices both Saturn Girl and Phantom Girl, and as of the first 4 episodes, almost all their dialogue is with each other!
    • Grey DeLisle voices both Lois and her son Jon.
    • Jason Spisak didn't get the role of Forager until after Wally was no longer in the main cast, but Forager did speak to Razer, when Spisak reprised the role from Green Lantern: The Animated Series.
    • Ben Diskin voices both Ma'alefa'ak and Orion due to the former tending to impersonate the latter.
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    • Late in season 4 when the heroes fight the Phantom Zone Kryptonians, two roles by Denise Bouette, Rocket and Faora Hu-Ul, fight each other.
    • Phil Morris voices another two characters who are father and son, General Dru-Zod and Lor-Zod.
  • 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) aired on the DC Universe streaming service after Young Justice was 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. This show hops again to HBO Max for Season 4 onwards after DC Universe was discontinued.
  • Content Leak: Season 4's final episode was leaked a week early in France and Quebec, with footage uploaded onto YouTube showing how the season ended, revealing Superboy being returned to normal, the subsequent defeat of General Zod, Faora, Non, and Ma'alefa'ak, Emerald Empress' escape, Lor-Zod's death, the wedding ceremony, the Light capturing the Kryptonians and turning Ma'alefa'ak over to Darkseid, the actual wedding itself, and Supergirl and Black Mary as Female Furies. While not every clip from the episode had been uploaded, it didn't help that the leaker managed to crack the French dub and restore English voice acting to the leaked copy, and while the channel showing the footage was eventually terminated, the footage simply resurfaced on another YouTube channel.
  • 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. She does get to be chairman of the Justice League in the season 2 finale, but her tenure is short lived in an onscreen capacity due to a Time Skip that shows Kaldur and Wonder Woman leading the Justice League instead by the events of season 3.
    • Weisman has also said that Wally West is his favorite Flash.
    • Consciously averted in the case of Captain Atom. Weisman co-created and co-wrote the 1980s relaunch of the character, and when adapting his story for the tie in comics, asked staff writer Kevin Hopps what needed to be cut or kept, because he was too close to it. Weisman also stated that it was Vietti, not him, who suggested Captain Atom for League Chairman in season 2... though Weisman's choice was Black Canary.
  • The Danza:
    • Bruce Greenwood voices Bruce Wayne/Batman.
    • Forename-to-surname-wise, Logan Grove voiced Garfield Logan/Beast Boy for the first two seasons.
    • Tara Strong voices Tara Markov/Terra.
    • Whitney Moore voices Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl.
  • 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.
  • Distanced from Current Events: On his Q&A page, Greg Weisman confirmed that COVID-19 evolved in very late 2020 rather than 2019 like in real life, ensuring season 4 and the Targets miniseries (both set in 2020) never address the pandemic in any way.
  • #EngineeredHashtag: #WeAreAllOutsiders
  • Exiled from Continuity:
  • Fake Nationality: 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).
  • I Knew It!: It now has its own page.
  • In Memoriam:
    • Season 3's seventh episode, Evolution, which details Vandal Savage's backstory was fittingly dedicated to Savage's original voice actor, Miguel Ferrer.
    • Season 4's first episode, Inhospitable, was dedicated to W. Morgan Sheppard, who voiced Sardath in season 2.
    • Season 4's eighteenth episode, Beyond the Grip of the Gods, was dedicated to René Auberjonois, who voiced Blockbuster's human form Mark Desmond in season 1.
    • Season 4's twenty-second episode, Rescue and Search, was dedicated to Ed Asner, who voiced Kent Nelson in season 1.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Prop Recycling: An example that was later made a plot point, many episodes make use of a school bus that just so happens to have the same driver and students inside of it always in trouble, even the same shot of them screaming in peril. Zatanna's arc called attention to it by making it pop up in even weirder places to suggest the bus wasn't normal, before revealing it had actually been possessed by Klarion since its first appearance and travelling through time ever since.
  • 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.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
  • Role Reprise:
  • 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.
    • Screwed by the Merchandise: 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, out of a (possibly forlorn) hope it would 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)
  • Similarly Named Works: The episode "Bloodlines" shares its title with an infamous DC Comics Crisis Crossover from 1993.
  • Teasing Creator: The descriptions for episodes of the second half of season 4 list minor details that happen in the episodes, and only minor details that happen in the episodes, to avoid listing actual plot details. Episode 24 ends up becoming the most vague of these with the weirdly phrased episode description "Team Trauma on Trombus!".
  • 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, and Season 3 depicted him in a relationship with the male Wynnde. Kaldur's exact sexual orientation 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.
    • Greg Wiesman confirmed that El Dorado is gay and dating someone, but he wasn't allowed to say if that someone is Bart Allen. He also declined to answer if Bart is gay, saying it's a spoiler.
  • Word of God:
  • Written by Cast Member: Khary Payton, the long-time voice actor for Kaldur'ahm, wrote Episode 17 of Season 4, "Leviathan Wakes".
  • 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 large cast requires a lot 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 (renamed Cassandra Wu-San) 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 (2003) 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, renamed as Traci Thurston aka Thirteen. 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 (renamed Cassandra Wu-San), 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.

Alternative Title(s): Young Justice Revival Series

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