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LEGO DC Super-Villains is an action-adventure video game developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

It is a direct sequel/spin-off to the LEGO Batman trilogy and as the title says, it focuses on the Super-Villains of the DC Universe and much like previous titles, it features similar gameplay to other LEGO adaptation games, alternating between various action-adventure sequences and puzzle-solving scenarios.

While the game was made to celebrate 10 years of the first LEGO Batman game, its plot is about when the Justice League goes missing due to a paid visit from their counterparts from another earth known as the "Justice Syndicate" who is secretly working for Darkseid in the search of the Anti-Life Equation. Leaving Earth's fate in the hands of an unlikely hero, the Rookie.


LEGO DC Super-Villains provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Near the end of "Darkseid of the Moon", Lex Luthor tells Darkseid, "There can be only one greatest criminal mastermind!" Clancy Brown, who voices Lex, was the villain in the first Highlander movie; Michael Ironside, who voices Darkseid, played the villain in its sequel.
    • If able to solve a puzzle, Ra's al Ghul will claim that his "particular set of skills" will be able to handle it.
    • As mentioned below a text you can get asked, "How do you track Deadshot in the snow?" The answer: "Look for the Fresh Prints." The answer is a play on "The Fresh Prince", the name Will Smith, who played Lawton in Suicide Squad (2016), went by during his time as a rapper.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Quite a few, in keeping with the LEGO series' Lighter and Softer tone.
    • The Joker continues his characterization from the LEGO Batman games of being a grandiose prankster, but is also shown to have a pretty stable relationship with Harley this time around, and, even though he remains mischievous and annoying to his teammates, isn't half the back-stabber that Lex is.
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    • Grodd is typically a sadistic anti-human gorilla supremacist, who at best considers his allies as either pawns to be sacrificed or a necessary evil for achieving his own goals, and who at worst cracks men's skulls open to eat their brains. Here, he not only doesn't seem to bear much of a grudge against humanity and is quite polite, but shows genuine gratitude towards Luthor for helping dethrone Solovar, something the comics version would be loath to even fake.
    • Heck, the other villains are nicer as well. They show that despite their differences, they can work together and all of them treat the Rookie as their friend.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The story is based on Forever Evil, which saw Lex Luthor undergoing a significant character arc and becoming a genuine hero for a while (even joining the Justice League). In contrast, in this story Luthor is the only Villain Protagonist without some level of sympathy, and by the end of the game even the other villains don't trust him anymore.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The game seems to take elements from the basic premises of the "A Better World" two-parter from Justice League (the Justice League being trapped in another universe while their villainous counterparts run amok in their universe), and Forever Evil (the main universe supervillains going up against the Crime Syndicate), with Darkseid and his forces thrown in for flavor.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Subverted. The Crime Syndicate is calling themselves "the Justice Syndicate", but the story trailer reveals that they're just using that name to try and fool the world into thinking they're good guys and Kalibak does call them by their proper name.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: It seems that this version of Grid is simply the Earth-3 counterpart of Cyborg, rather than a program within Cyborg's systems that gained sentience.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Granny Goodness, though still evil, is portrayed as a stereotypical doting grandmother complete with weaponized knitting needles and a rocket-powered walker.
  • Advertised Extra: Despite being prominently featured in the marketing, Deathstroke only shows up in the game's last four levels and is only playable for part of two of them.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: About midway through the story, Sea King attacks the Hall of Doom and has a Kraken drag it into the ocean. Poison Ivy is the only one outside, and she's quickly joined by King Shark and Black Manta to take it back.
  • Another Side, Another Story: Beating the main story unlocks bonus missions that shows what the Justice League was doing while they were trapped on Apokolips from the time of their disappearance until their return in the main game.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: Inverted. Dex-Starr, who returns from LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, looks more like a traditional LEGO cat instead of a minifigure.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The villains discuss how the Justice Syndicate don't seem as heroic as the Justice League.
    Reverse-Flash: Yeah, they trashed my lair!
    The Riddler: They broke all my henchmen!
    Captain Cold: They interrupted my evil monologue! [beat] It was a really good monologue.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • The "create-a-figure" characters. Since the second LEGO Star Wars title, they've only existed for the player to goof off with and to play around with in free play. Here they actually get involved with the main story, with the player creating a custom supervillain who joins forces with the usual villains to combat the Syndicate.
    • Darkseid was a DLC character in Lego Batman 3, but him and his forces are the central antagonist of this entry.
  • Big Damn Heroes: John Stewart and the Green Lantern Corps arrive just in time to help the Justice League (along with Joker, Harley, and the player character) escape from Apokolips.
  • Bowdlerise:
    • Kite-Man's catchphrase is watered down to "Heck yeah!"
    • Similar to the last game, the Suicide Squad is only referred to as "the Squad". But unlike the last game, they're also referred to by their official name, "Task Force X".
  • Brick Joke: During one mission intro there is an offhand mention of Kent Clarkson (civilian identity of Ultraman) doing a story on crocodiles as house pets. In an intro several missions later, Jimmy Olsen has a crocodile on a leash with him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Jimmy Olsen serves this role, taking over from Robin in previous games.
  • Call-Back: During a cutscene, Harley's watching the news and the Joker breaks the TV saying that "too much television is bad for your eyes." He does and says a similar thing during a cutscene in Lego Batman 2.
  • Casting Gag:
  • Chekhov's Gun: The mysterious box that Harley steals at the beginning of the game, which contains the key to the Anti-Life Equation.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Surprisingly for a game starring the Joker, it's Lex Luthor who gets hit with this. By the end of the game, he's double-crossed everybody at least twice.
  • Continuity Nod: The Deconstructor from Lego Batman 2: DC Super-Heroes can be seen among the WayneTech items stolen by Joker and Harley Quinn.
    • Ditto with Brainiac's ship from Beyond Gotham.
  • Clark Kenting: Parodied. Ultraman gets a job at the Daily Planet as "Kent Clarkson", a reporter who looks exactly like Ultraman with no prior credentials who spends all his time talking about how great the Justice Syndicate is. Naturally, no one notices, and when Lois questions him, she's dismissed by her coworkers.
  • Demoted to Extra: Tim Drake, who was Robin and had a prominent role in all previous games note , is replaced by Damian Wayne as Robin and only appears as a non-voiced unlockable character.
  • Dirty Coward: Power Ring gets too nervous to fight Sinestro and Scarecrow, and is very dependent on his ring.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Killer Frost has quite a bit of trouble steering the spaceship she and some of the other Legion members are using to get to Oa.
    Killer Frost: If anyone asks, it was like this when we found it.
  • Enemy Mine: When the Justice League eventually return, they end up having to team up with the Legion to battle the Crime Syndicate and their forces.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Lex double-crosses the Legion of Doom at the end of "Gridlocked" (Rookie and the Crime Syndicate included), everyone is furious, the Rookie included.
    • In the same level, Harley, Catwoman, and Solomon were disgusted with how Deathstorm treated Grid by calling him scrap metal.
    Harley Quinn: Yeah! With friends like those... yadda, yadda, yadda''.
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: The villains all get along pretty well. Even Cheetah and Catwoman, normally depicted as enemies, are clearly on friendly terms here.
  • Evil Smells Bad: Killer Frost and Lex pull away due to Gorilla Grodd's bad odor.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The Justice League ends up stuck in another universe, and their counterparts from another show up, calling themselves the "Justice Syndicate", who get into conflict with the supervillains from the "main" universe. Fans familiar with the comics will likely have already recognized them as the Crime Syndicate, making the plot a case of this. Darkseid is also working with them to find the Anti-Life Equation, and the Legion of Doom decide to take it into their hands to stop Darkseid and the Crime Syndicate from taking over the world... so they can take over instead.
  • Four Is Death: A subtle example in one puzzle on Apokolips: You have to solve addition and subtraction questions, but the numbers are all paired with symbols and you have to figure out the symbols for 0, 2, 4, and 9 using a provided chart. The symbol for 4 is a skull and crossbones.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Psycho-Pirate, true to form, is the only character to recognize he is in a LEGO video game.
  • Furry Reminder: One cutscene shows human/feline hybrid Cheetah playing with a ball of yarn.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: A pink teddy bear can be seen in Livewire's cell in Arkham Asylum. Killer Frost counts too, as one of the lines she says upon unlocking a token or gold brick mentions that she was hoping for "a cuddly polar bear doll".
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Flash and Reverse-Flash do this while interrogating Johnny Quick, only not the way you might expect...
    Johnny Quick: Hey, let's be reasonable here. How about I give you your old job back?
    Flash: Too late for that now. Tell me what you're up to.
    Johnny Quick: You're a good guy. You wouldn't hurt me, would you?
    Flash: Maybe, maybe not.
    Reverse Flash: Better tell him, Johnny. I've never seen him like this.
  • Hand Wave: Ultraman's profile mentions that he "remembered to bring sunscreen", which would explain why his vulnerability to sunlight is never brought up or taken advantage of.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: Played for laughs in the ending. The Rookie absorbs the Anti-Life Equation and uses it to turn Darkseid and his forces good...which causes them to act in an overly saccharine manner. Kalibak declares that he wants a kitten, Darkseid invites the others to stay for tea, and the Parademons start giving people flowers. Batman acknowledges that this might not be permanent, though.
  • Hero Antagonist: Since the whole point of the game's story is playing as the bad guys, it makes sense that some of the boss fights are against the heroes trying to stop the villains.
    • Nightwing and Batgirl are fought at the Iceberg Lounge in "It's Good to be Bad".
    • Beast Boy and Raven are the bosses fought in "S.T.A.R.S. in Your Eyes".
    • Solovar is the boss fought by the villains in "Con-Grodd-ulations", who is beaten so that Gorilla Grodd can reclaim the throne of Gorilla City.
    • "Fight at the Museum" ends with a boss fight against Shazam and Mazahs.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: The Justice League themselves get hit with this, as the Crime Syndicate has them painted as villains after their Enemy Mine situation with the Legion of Doom.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: Livewire gets miffed at Joker in "Arkham Barely Believe It" for stealing one of her punchlines.
  • Irony: Even though Scarecrow's powers focus on fear, in "It’s Good to Be Bad", he became afraid himself when Nightwing and Batgirl arrived at the bank to stop the villains.
  • Kid Hero: Not only can you play as Billy Batson, you can also play as the Jonathan Kent Superboy, marking his first appearance in a video game.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For the Penguin and Two-Face in "It’s Good to Be Bad". Two-Face tried to bail out on his allies with a new gun he borrowed, and the Penguin tries placing the trouble on them just so he won't be arrested. The two get arrested as a result.
  • Last-Second Ending Choice: After defeating Darkseid, the player can decide if the Rookie joins the heroes or stays with the villains.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • The profile of the Trickster (Axel Walker) says that he "has tried his best to emulate his predecessor [James Jesse]; at times, even sounding like him." The Trickster is voiced by Mark Hamill, who has memorably portrayed the original Trickster in several other works.
    • If unable to solve a puzzle, Shazam may remark that he had an easier time trying to understand copyright law. ...In school, of course. This can be taken as a nod to the fact that Shazam was originally called Captain Marvel, but had to be called Shazam in more recent comics because of Marvel Comics trademarking the name "Captain Marvel" in spite of the DC Captain Marvel predating Marvel's Captain Marvel. Alternatively, it could be a nod to how before Shazam was brought into the DC universe, he belonged to Fawcett Comics which was sued by DC, leading to Superman facing one or two Captain Ersatz versions of him over the years.
  • Motor Mouth: Lois Lane occasionally veers into this territory. During the cutscene before "Con-Grodd-Ulations", when asking a citizen about his sightings, she just asks him questions and doesn't let him answer. Her saying that the person was a chatterbox is laughable.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Deadshot's idle animation includes him putting on a top hat, which his original costume included.
    • One of the challenges in the open world is to find and destroy a number of chattering teeth.
    • An obligatory one from the background chatter in Smallville:
      "You know, back in the noughties, this place was in a very famous TV show." (Which may double as a Shout-Out to BoJack Horseman, of all things.)
    • At the beginning of the second level, the Riddler asks the riddle "when is a jet stream like a daffodil?", which is one that he also asked in the '60s TV series. Like in the series, the answer is not given.
    • One achievement involves taking a selfie with Batman while playing as Joker and is titled "The Enemy Within".
    • One of Riddler's combat quotes references a scene from Batman Forever.
      Riddler: How did that advice go again? "Ball up the fist, reach way back, and assert yourself." Got it.
    • Another reference to Batman Forever is a trophy earned from visiting the Batcave as Two-Face and the Riddler.
    • One of Joker's combat quotes is, "Looks like these guys want to see a magic trick!''
    • King Shark's bio helpfully informs you that he is a shark.
    • A text you can receive asks, "How do you track Deadshot in the snow?" The answer: "Look for the Fresh Prints."
    • One of Green Arrow's quotes upon collecting a gold brick is, "Can't accuse me of failing any cities today!"
    • Kanto taunts Flash about being too fast to get a date.
    • The inmate in Arkham that became Hugo Strange's test subject was a man that the Joker apparently knew named Bob.
    • In the Young Justice DLC level, during a lengthy fight between Aqualad and Black Manta, Lobo complains that the fight is taking so long he might have to wait six years to see what happens next. This is a reference to the lengthy hiatus between the second and third seasons of Young Justice.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: In the game's reveal trailer, Joker was again voiced by Christopher Corey Smith. Gameplay had since revealed he's played by Mark Hamill.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: In "Granny Knows Best", upon entering the lower area, what seems to be a statue of Granny Goodness on a nearby wall turns out to be Grail in disguise. However, upon breaking down the wall, she finds that she can't get the statue head off, taking the gravitas out of her entrance.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Catwoman greets Batman after seeing him return from Apokolips, although she did it seductively. Batman remains gruff by it.
  • Oh, Crap!: Luthor has this reaction when he sees that he inadvertently brought Apokolips to Earth after a mishap.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: You can tell that Joker doesn't take Luthor betraying him and the rest of the Legion very well from his demeanor. No jokes, no smile, just one pissed off-looking clown.
    The Joker: Right now... I want to have a word with Lex.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The Crime Syndicate frame the Justice League by wearing ill-fitting wigs and boards with their logos painted on them. They don't even dress up as their Earth-1 counterparts; Power Ring ends up as Wonder Woman. Everyone buys it.
  • Poke the Poodle: The Flash pretends to be evil by eating a bunch of ice cream without paying for it first.
  • Race Lift: This game's version of Firestorm is black, like Jason Rusch, but is identified as Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein, making it a case of this.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kanto gives one to Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman in "You Kanto-Uch This" while fighting them. The rhymes make it funnier.
  • Sequel Hook: The Stinger shows the Forces of Apokolips being beaten and the Anti-Monitor is shown to have presumably killed Darkseid.
  • Smug Snake: Sea King fills this trope to the point that King Shark and Black Manta prefer Aquaman, Black Manta's archenemy, over him.
  • Soft Reboot: While there are indications it shares continuity with the previous games, the overall aesthetic has changed, several major characters were recast, and focus seems to have significantly shifted towards greater representation of the DC Universe as a whole, even moreso than in LEGO Batman 3.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Sea King (Aquaman's counterpart) is not immediately killed off like in the comics.
  • Stopped Numbering Sequels: The game is the fourth entry, but drops both the numbering and Batman's name from the title.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: The quest to unlock Silver Banshee involves asking people nearby about a missing book; one of which says they didn't see the book between a rock and a tree behind the graveyard. Banshee points out that's a lot of detail from someone claiming to have not seen the book.
  • This Banana is Armed: The guards of Gorilla City have laser pistol bananas.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The citizens can't see through that the Crime Syndicate are evil. When the Syndicate stage a fight against Darkseid, it's pretty obvious that the fight is dramatic and not real, but they still buy it. Yet, when they find out the truth, they act like they've known about the Syndicate all along.
  • Troll: The Joker teases Batman about having less powers than Superman before they went to rescue Superman and recruit people to help fight Darkseid.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In true Joker form, when the Riddler gives him his joy buzzer, the Joker repays him by shocking him with said object.
  • The Un-Smile: Superwoman forces a smile to reassure the citizens about Apokolips showing up in Gotham. It's rather creepy.
  • Villain Has a Point: When the characters confront Luthor about him trying to get rid of them so he could take over the planet, Luthor replies that they would have done the same if they were in his place. They state they would, with Catwoman lampshading this trope.
  • Villain Protagonist: The core concept of the game is playing as DC's most infamous villains.
  • Wham Episode: At the end of "Gridlocked", Luthor revealed to the Legion of Doom and the Crime Syndicate that he's plotting to get rid of them so he could take over the planet, and this was just after he pretended to work with the Syndicate to take over the planet.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Darkseid gathers the entire Anti-Life Equation, of course.


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