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Young Justice Abridged is a Gag Dub of Young Justice (2010) created by a group called The Fedora Players. A rather ambitious project, the series does not only focus on parodying its original counterpart, but also seeks to extend its story to the DC Universe Animated Original Movies as well, i.e. the abridged version of the events of Batman: Under the Red Hood takes place roughly after the series tackles the story arc involving Amazo. As such, Young Justice Abridged ends up being the center of what its creators call the DC Abridged Universe.

Official site (with all the full episodes and other movies in this universe:

It was announced on 2 April 2020 that the series is going to be ending after a decade long run. However, before the decision to Wrap It Up, there were going to be two more movies (Judas Contract & Batman: Hush) and probably one more episode but it was decided to skip to the ending. Silver lining, the scripts for the two movies are available on their Patreon for those who supported them with money to read.

Things would ultimately change on September 5th, 2020, as the series finale would be officially declared cancelled. The final draft of the script for said episode was posted on their Patreon, but outside of that, the series was officially Cut Short.

Tropes used in this abridged series include:

  • Abridged Series: For Young Justice (2010) and the DC Universe Animated Original Movies.
  • Accent Relapse:
  • Adaptation Amalgamation: Episodes from Young Justice and most of the animated movies are fused together for this series.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • Thanks to his Adaptational Nationality making him Russian, Superboy's civilian identity is Sasha rather than Conner.
    • Bane is now "El Bane", which means "The Bane."
    • Rather than Red Arrow changing his name to Will, he keeps the name Roy. Instead, the OG!Roy changes his name to Frank as a sign of a fresh start.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Lex Luthor of Earth-3 is still miles better than his 16-A counterpart, but he's now an expy of Rick Sanchez, making him cruder, nihilistic, and a massive jackass. While it first appears that he's undergone Adaptational Villainy when he claims he made the "Godkiller" by accident after trying to find a way of ethnically cleansing the planet, its subverted, as he was lying. He actually created it to kill Dr. Manhattan, whose been altering the multiverse for the sake of entertainment.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Downplayed with Nabu. He's still sort of a prick and appears to have some Fantastic Racism towards Atlanteans, since upon finding out Kaldur was one, he changed his mind about keeping his body. However, he's overall less likely to keep most users bodies, even being cordial with Wally. Just donning the helmet also won't do so, as he allows Batman to don it for the purpose of seeing a future where Superman is President without demanding to take over his body. Because of this, when Zatara ultimately dons the helmet, its made so that Nabu is actually on vacation at the time, and its really just Zatara pretending he's Dr. Fate as an excuse to get away from Zatanna.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Rather than being the result of Nabu giving the wielders power, the Helmet of Fate is what gives the power to its users. As while Zatanna dons it, Nabu happened to be on vacation, yet she could still use Dr. Fate's form of magic. In addition, donning the helmet has a drawback on those who wear it. Because their bodies aren't able to handle the excess magical energy of the Helmet, those who don it suffer an Out Of Body Experience, in which their minds are transported into that of their future selves. These moments sometimes double as Call-Forward moments for the rest of the series.
    • When Wally is initially wearing it, he sees random moments from Invasion. Afterwards, all of his moments encompass the fight with "Dubstepman" and his meeting of Bart Allen/Impulse. Said moments also reveal Wally is Spared by the Adaptation, as he has taken on the mantle of The Flash now. Bart also reveals his reason for time travelling was actually to speak to Wally like this, as he couldn't make the jump to the present, so that he could warn him to tell Batman to not let Superman become president.
    • Kaldur's time encompasses most of his scenes serving as a Double Agent under Black Manta during Invasion.
    • Bruce's first time serves as a compilation between the events of Injustice: Gods Among Us and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, serving as a Dark Future where Superman is president and Alfred is VP. His subsequent attempts are much different as a result of Kent tinkering with the magic for Bruce. Instead of seeing the Future, the subsequent visions show Batman various alternate realities, allowing Bruce to try and find alternate versions of Superman to talk him out of taking office.
    • Zatanna's visions depict her Justice League Dark incarnation, making said incarnation into her future self.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Alfred has essentially become this series' equivalent of Mr. Popo. Examples include mentally torturing every Robin that has ever set foot in Wayne Manor, setting up sex parties that turned into murder cults when he got bored, and running for vice-president besides Superman.
    • Superman has gone from a straightforward boy scout to an unflattering parody of his Golden Age self, i.e. a racist, jingoistic personification of Type 2 Eagle Land Superdickery. Thankfully, Episode 12 climaxes with him being taken to task by another Superman, pushing him into a Heel Realization.
    • Dr. Manhattan. He's now a Jerkass God whose been altering reality at every turn for the sake of entertainment, and will kill anyone who tries to stop him.
  • The Alcoholic: Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
  • All-Loving Hero: Throughly averted with most of the Justice League, who are all different species of horrible, broken, or just plain weird. The only exception so far is Aquaman, who is so nice, well-adjusted, and genuine in his desire to protect the world that Batman advises keeping him at a distance in case he starts making the rest of them look bad.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: The bioship.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In-Universe, Green Arrow is an alcoholic, Batman is batshit insane, The Flash is "special", Martian Manhunter is having a bitch of a time getting a green card, Red Tornado is a janitor, etc...
  • Alternate Universe: Since the events of "Under The Red Hood" happen concurrently with season one Robin I (Dick Grayson) is now Robin III (Tim Drake). Likewise, the Robin that used to be Tim Drake is now Robin V (Damian Wayne).
  • April Fools' Day: A trailer for The Killing Joke Abridged... was released... Except, as The Joker himself explains, they aren't doing it for numerous reasons. He then reveals that the next abridged movie will be Wonder Woman Abridged.
  • Arc Welding: While the show partakes heavily in canon welding, it also does a bit of arc welding too, such as having the assault on Arkham be not only funded by Vandal Savage, but also that the overall purpose is to obtain crucial data on the Justice League.
  • Ax-Crazy: Batman, until Characterization Marches On. Or at least, until he is replaced by a more reasonable version of himself while he is sent to an alternate Earth where his psychopathy leads to him becoming Owlman.
  • Bad Future: Like in the show proper. Unlike the show proper, this one comes about because Superman became president.
  • Bat Deduction: Deathstroke looking at Talia's breasts causes him to instantly deduce the Lazarus Pit's location as an oil rig off the coast of England via coconuts.
  • Bed Trick: A non-sexual example. Red Hood is initially able to get Starfire to join his cause by claiming to be Robin. Starfire instantly assumes he's Dick Grayson and he rolls with it to gain her loyalty. She is not pleased when Speedy bluntly pulls the thread on the deception.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Vandal Savage invented the wheel and was inexplicably present for seemingly every hero's origin.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Klarion's description of what he was going to do to Kid Flash in the Call-Forward. Red Hood threatens Ra's Al Ghul with this as well. A comparatively mild example with Talia on Batman.
    • Also, whatever M'Gann did to Superboy in episode 5, leaving him covered in what clearly is not cake ingredients. Red Arrow comments that he could still smell her on him.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    Speedy: FUCK YOU! That's right, that one went uncensored!
  • Brick Joke: The promise to show Superboy the classic Star Wars movies is fulfilled in episode 5.
  • Butt-Monkey: Flaming C. Black Mask makes fun at him because of this in a parody interview.
  • Call-Forward: Episode 9 sees Wally being shown future events by Dr. Fate's helmet.
  • Camp Gay: Professor Ivo, and by extension Amazo.
  • Canon Welding:
    • Somewhat. The show integrates themes and scenes from the DC Animated movies into Young Justice. Impressively, this is the first animated show to actually depict the first three Robins active at the same time, and even after having Jason die (possibly permanently, since the Red Hood has no other animated movies), there's still three Robins because they brought in Damian!
    • The animated movies themselves are an example as, until the ending of The Flashpoint Paradox the movies were unconnected and not canon to the universe the ending of that movie established. Here, movies such as Under The Red Hood and Assault on Arkham which were either stand-alone or part of another continuity are explicitly linked not only to Young Justice but to the DCAMU as well.
  • Catchphrase: Batman shouts "NOOOOOO! He was people!" whenever a character, usually a villain, is killed in front of him.
  • Characterization Marches On: Batman is Ax-Crazy in the first couple episodes of Young Justice Abridged, to the point where The Flash and Wonder Woman agreed to stay out of his way during a flashback to one of Batman's nuttier outbursts. From then on however, he's portrayed as the Only Sane Man of the Justice League and the entire series. Crisis on Two Earths Abridged reveals that the Ax-Crazy EliteF50 Batman was pulled from his home universe and replaced by LordJazor!Batman, explaining the sudden shift in characterization as well as the voice change.
  • Clueless Chick-Magnet: Superboy is perplexed as to why girls keep wanting him to take off his shirt.
  • Composite Character: All over the place as a result of fusing together Young Justice (2010), the DC Universe Animated Original Movies, and the DC Animated Movie Universe.
    • The Robin of Invasion is now Damien Wayne having joined the team rather than Tim Drake. Tim Drake is instead the Robin of Season 1, who leaves the team between the original Young Justice and Invasion.
    • Killer Frost is presented as a single character across all her appearances. Her Young Justice and Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay incarnation is Crystal Frost, while her Batman: Assault on Arkham incarnation is Louise Lincoln.
    • Talon has elements of both the original Night of the Owls version, as well as elements of his Batman vs. Robin version. Like the comic version, his true identity is Thomas Wayne Jr., Bruce's long lost younger brother. Like the DCAU version, he takes an interest in Damien and betrays the Court of Owls after they demand he kill Damien.
  • Couch Gag: Whoever says "Young Justice, bitches!" in the opening.
  • Creepy Child: Damien. It says something when Batman and Nightwing both compare him to Alfred.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Vandal Savage does this to himself, stating that he was a caveman made five times smarter which isn't much but by caveman standards was pretty impressive.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Alfred is the standout example.
    Alfred: I am glad to see you're finally taking my advice on eating out, because I sure as hell won't make you anything, ya stupid boy.
  • Death by Adaptation: Because of the decision to adapt Son of Batman, Ra's Al Ghul is killed by Deathstroke, and since Talia doesn't let Damien put him in the Lazarus Pit, for now the death has stuck. While a Flash Forward of Aqualad's does show him, hinting he might be revived eventually, Word of God is that the vision was only one of many possibilities, and that Future is constantly changing, meaning there is no guarantee Ra's death will be undone.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Zig-Zagged in Episode 12. Traveling to an alternate Earth, Batman meets a version of Superman in the 1950s. This Superman is surprisingly not at all hostile towards Russia considering the Cold War setting. However, he then reveals he's not very supportive of women in the workforce.
  • Depraved Bisexual / Depraved Homosexual: Klarion, if the call forward is any indication.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Superman literally beats Cthulhu into submission.
  • Dirty Mind-Reading: Inverted. Everyone accidentally lets their dirty thoughts slip out over the psychic links. But it still happens a lot.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Let's just say Wally isn't as good at hiding his attraction to Artemis here as he is in the show and just leave it at that.
    • Apparently, it's a trait shared by the other red-head; Roy gets played hard by Cheshire when she turns on the smoulder, and even funnier, he seems aware of the trope and tries to warn himself about it, but still falls for her distraction.
  • Eagleland: Superman's a mix of 1 and 2.
    • Flanderization has slowly transformed him into an over-the-top parody of Type 2.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The first three episodes have the characterization somewhat different than the rest of the series.
    • Batman is more Ax-Crazy and comparable to a manchild at points. This becomes a plot point come Crisis on Two Earths, since it turns out Dr. Manhattan warped this Batman to Earth-3, making him go nuts and becoming Owlman, and the Batman from Episode 4 on is a different Batman from an alternate universe meant to replace him.
    • Wonder Woman is calmer and a lot easier to understand.
    • Aquaman acts more like a jerkass compared to his later Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold characterization.
    • M'gann is more bashful overall and nigh identical to her canon portrayal.
    • Klarion's intent with Wally is not to eat him, but to rape him.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Aqualad calls Dubbilex as the "Demonic Fu Man Chu."
    • Aqualad and Superboy call Chesire "Cat Lady".
    • Superboy does this to everyone. M'Gann is "green girl", Robin is "small boy", etc.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Implied with Alfred's backstory. Maybe.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Black Mask after hearing Flaming C's crush towards Artemis. It sickens him that he wants to punch him real good. He also doesn't want to get the Joker involved, but only because the Team is wrecking his operation.
    • The rest of the Light is disgusted with Darkseid's adoration of Justin Beiber.
    • The Joker may be the poster child for Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor, but even he thinks Family Guy isn't funny anymore.
    • "Evil" is still pushing it when it comes to this version of Superman, but he clears up that some of his actions as President in the Bad Future are Alfred's ideas, not his.
    • Captain Boomerang may be a supervillain, but apparently he's disgusted by racism.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Lex Luthor who is still the scheming egomaniac we all know and love, but is also overly cheery and gives people hugs.
  • Fauxshadowing: In Episode 8, Jason Todd tells The Joker that if he speaks again, he'll "give you a wheelchair for Christmas." Joker then muses that he might just do that for someone else, probably a redhead. Some time later, came an announcement video claiming the team would be Abridging the animated adaptation of that story...only for The Joker himself to admit it was a prank, saying that "Even I couldn't make that one funny!"
  • Flash Forward: Season 2 features snippets of the future. Among other things Tim Drake retires from the team and takes on an Oracle-esque role, Damian is now on the team and is good terms with Dick,and the team has new members such as Beast Boy.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Explicitly averted in this show's version of Artemis and Sportsmaster. He actually supports her desire to become a super-hero, feeling she knows what's best for herself.
  • For Science!: Dr. Desmond's catch phrase to what he does while rocking out and looking through a telescope.
  • Freudian Excuse: Damian exploits this to win his sparring match against Dick.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: The Young Justice members end up going through this for a bit of Episode 12 by courtesy of Psimon. The swapped pairs include: Superboy and M'gann, Robin and Aqualad, and Artemis and Speedy.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Very few people genuinely like Superman, mainly due to the fact he's a hypocritical racist idiot. The only reason anyone really tolerates him is because he's too strong to fight, virtually immortal to anyone without magic or kryptonite, and highly unstable. Numerous times where it seems like he's about to die has the other league members celebrating his possible death, and any attempts to save him are usually frowned upon. The only people who like him are Diana and Sasha, Diana due to seeing his behavior as reminiscent of the Amazon's as well as the two being close friends since the League's inception, and Sasha more out of his own deep-seated daddy issues. But even Sasha has his limits.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Superboy defends the use of the "civilian name" Sasha when he attends Happy Harbor High with Megan. Well, since he believes that he has Russian heritage...note 
  • Gender Flip: The bioship is apparently male in this version.
  • Godwin's Law: When Superboy mentioned that the only movie he had seen was Star Wars Episode I Robin said that it was "a regular Auschwitz in here."
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Doctor Fate and Klarion seem to be buddies as they watch Robin, Aqualad, and Kid Flash's capture. Then Klarion starts thinking about doing horrible things to Kid Flash, disgusting Fate and inspiring him to protect him at all costs.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Here, Ra's Al Ghul resurrects Jason Todd as part of a strategy by the Light to kill Batman. Jason being Jason, it's clear he's targeting Ra's as well.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Cheshire speaks in this with a painfully cutesy Japanese accent, since she's a stereotypical weeaboo. She switches to a deeper, more sultry voice when speaking English though.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Alfred, apparently. It's heavily implied that he's an Eldritch Abomination, arranged the Waynes' murder, founded the Court of Owls, abandoned Thomas Wayne Jr. and is what pushes Superman to create a Bad Future.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: M'gann
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold:
    • Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman. He's ridiculously nice, being the only member of the Justice League at his time of joining to not need to use trauma to justify his heroism. He's against unnecessary violence and abhors killing, and his main problem with Orm's attack on the surface world was that he used his suffering to justify it, and is still willing to forgive Orm later on, inspiring Orm's Heel–Face Turn. This is even lampshaded In-Universe, with Batman pointing out that he makes the rest of the initial league look worse by comparison, and his designation when using the Zeta Tube being "Way Too Nice".
    • Steve Trevor. He's a Dogged Nice Guy for Diana overall, and when the Lasso of Truth is used on him during the adaptation of Wonder Woman, he only says he desires to court Diana if she'd allow it, calls Hippolyta beautiful and a great mother for raising Diana, and says he's willing to wait for marriage before he and Diana do anything. He even manages to give Diana a Rousing Speech after she calls him out on saving her rather than go after Ares, where he makes it clear he'd have done the same for anyone but Superman, but especially Diana since she's dear to him, and not just because she's a woman. Diana even says he sounded like an Amazon when saying that.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Deathstroke and Sportsmaster are both ridiculously hamtastic on their own but once they fight, it literally breaks down to just them attempting to scream louder then the other per the ancient law of Loud Villain Combat.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Kid Flash
    (Aqualad, Robin, and Kid Flash are currently strapped down to vertical tables in pods)
    Kid Flash: This is just like the last wet dream I had! Only you guys would be naked. (Beat) And chicks.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: The Catwoman abridged short mentions something involving a chocolate fountain and a whip. Of course, since Batman apparently has the Question's knowledge of phone sex, Catwoman punishes him by making him do it alone. Alfred says "Whatever you say, sir. It's your coccyx."
  • Hypocrite: In the first episode, Speedy criticizes the League for offering him drugs, but in episode 4 we find out he's a heroin addict.
  • If It's You, It's OK: Robin doesn't usually go for 3D girls, but he'll make an exception for M'gann.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Superboy at his first day of school.
    Superboy (To Marvin): You are my lunch now.
    Marvin: Uh, you want my lunch?
    Superboy: No, you are my lunch!
    Superboy: Then I put ketchup on you!
  • Informed Deformity: Many people take potshots at Wally West for being fat, even though he's clearly just as physically fit as he appears in the source material. He does seem to have some sort of eating disorder, albeit in the form of a mysterious voice ( later revealed to be Klarion) compelling him to indulge in unhealthy eating habits.
  • Insult Backfire: Beast Boy insults Impulse by calling him gay, but apologizes when it turns out he actually is.
  • Irony: The Alternate Character Interpretation that some of the cast suffer from has heavy shades of this. Characters such as Superman, Batman and the like have become much less kind while other characters with less favourable portrayals such as Sportsmaster and Red Hood are shown to have kinder attitudes and better relations with their enemies than they do in the source materiel. Alfred is probably the greatest example, going from loyal and reliable to sarcastic and insult-prone. Even the Joker is portrayed more seriously just by having him stick towards his regular old self.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: Kid Flash really likes Dr. Pepper... Not Moutain Dew.
    Kid Flash (To Artemis): "How DARE you! I LOVE DR. PEPPER!"
  • It Amused Me: The reason why Green Arrow wanted Red Arrow in his younger days to jump into a river full of crocodiles. He is still upset at his mentor.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Red Arrow hiding Dr. Roquette at the local high school. Because "who looks for a smart person at a high school?"
  • Joisey: Superman's Evil Counterpart, Ultraman, is a solid Type 1, having landed in New Jersey and grown up to be a stereotypical Mafioso, complete with gravelly Italian-American accent.
  • Joker Immunity: Actually discussed. In Episode 10, Joker explains how he survived at the end of Episode 8: He had made a deal with Ra's Al Ghul to not get involved with The Light's activities in return for unrestricted use of the Lazarus Pit. However, since Ra's is dead, that's no longer a problem. Then Joker releases Ivy's poisonous gas anyway.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Joker. His scene in episode 6 showed that not only is he totally in-character from the comics, but he's not being Played for Laughs (well, as much as a Monster Clown can't be played for laughs anyway...).
  • Larynx Dissonance: Cheshire speaks in a high-pitched, somewhat screechy voice whenever she speaks Japanase, but speaks in a deeper, more adult one when speaking English.
    • Mera gets this on and off. When underwater, her voice sounds normal, but when on land, her voice becomes incredibly stuffy and nasally, making her sound like Chuckie Finster. She blames it on the air drying out her nose.
  • Last Words: Jason's were "Goodbye Dad"
  • Leave No Witnesses: Sportmaster claims this is why he isn't well known as the most dangerous psychopath.
  • Literal-Minded: When Aqualad mentions that the gloves have to come off after nearly being beaten by Chesire.
    Superboy: What gloves? You don't even wear shoes.
    Aqualad: Robin, help me out here. I can't talk to him.
  • Lzherusskie: Superboy
  • May–December Romance: A running gag is everyone being squicked at M'Gann lusting after the technically 4-month-old Conner. Er, we mean Sasha.
  • Man Behind the Man:
    • It's implied that Alfred may have had a hand in the Bad Future considering what he intends to do with Superman.
    • Alfred is the original founder of the Court of Owls, having started it up as a sex club only to ditch them when they began consolidating their power and seeking to take over Gotham. Some of the members in turn proceeded to break off and start up a cult that worships him, attempting to summon him but getting Trigon, and allowing Raven's mother to mate with him so she can sire Raven.
  • Motor Mouth: Impulse's hyperactivity extends to his speech.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
  • No Indoor Voice: Sportsmaster's voice is locked at one volume and that's SCREAMING HIS HEAD OFF, LUV!
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: M'Gann is depicted as something of The Ditz early on, but after The Reveal that she's a White Martian in disguise, she's shown to be much more mature and articulate than she previously presented herself.
  • Only Sane Man: Roy and Batman to their respective teams. Usually.
    • THE ENTIRE LIGHT is this to Ra's on his really stupid plan regarding Red Hood.
    • The entire Team is this in comparison to the majority of the Justice League.
    • Aquaman is kept away from the Justice League specifically for being too much of this.
  • Papa Wolf: Batman may be crazy and show his approval by making someone's job harder than it has to be, but he also seems to care the most about the kids, even punching Superman in the Face for ignoring Superboy.
    • His behavior towards Jason... isn't as warm though.
  • President Evil: Superman as shown in Impulse's Bad Future.
  • Punctuated Pounding: "Now come and get me you DAMN! DIRTY! APES!"
    Darkseid: "I don't! Think! You realize! How attached! I was! To my depth! Perception!"
  • Pungeon Master: When it comes to ice-based puns, Killer Frost is just as bad as Mr. Freeze.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The Abridging began before most of the identities of The Light's membership was revealed, and thus one of the cast members did a Joker impression for one particular member of The Light. When it was revealed The Joker had nothing to do with The Light, the actual character, R'as Al-Ghul, was allowed to keep his Joker voice, but given an airy Upper-Class Twit lilt to it to distinguish him from the actual Joker, who is voiced with a dead-on Mark Hamill impression.
  • Related in the Adaptation: It's all but stated that Alfred is Trigon's father and Raven's grandfather, as a cult that broke off from the Court of Owls attempted to summon him but got his son Trigon instead. And when Raven gets really pissed, she starts speaking with a Scottish accent and calls people "stupid girls".
  • Robosexual: Robin. For added weirdness, all the computers in this universe are sentient making all instances of "hacking" synonymous with "having a quickie."
    Kid Flash: Okay, I've heard of technophobe, but techno-PHILE? This is news to me.
  • Russian Reversal: "In Soviet Russia, we have saying: capes are for pussies. Also, spandex wears you."
  • Sassy Black Woman: Amanda Waller is as loud and boisterous as they come in Assault on Arkham Abridged. In Ticket to Heck, however, she's far more quiet and subdued, in addition to her weight loss. Presumably her cancer has taken its toll on her.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shotgun Wedding: Cheshire and Roy's wedding. Though, they agreed to it. Sportsmaster just brought it because he wanted it.
  • Spanner in the Works: Dr. Manhattan only cares about being entertained, so if he feels like the plot is going too smoothly, he'll alter things so that its more complicated. Case in point, when Artemis and Robin attempted to escape Red Torpedo and Red Inferno using Robin's assistant AVI, he froze time and proceeded to fry her, which simultaneously made her run rampant and turn into the Red Volcano. He'll also orchastrate the deaths of anyone who attempts to stop him, such as Owlman and Lex Luthor from Earth-3.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: All over the place thanks to combining Young Justice with the DC Animated Universe.
    • Justice League: Throne of Atlantis has Black Manta eaten alive by a shark summoned by Aquaman and is left with an Uncertain Doom. Since Black Manta plays an important role in the series as Kaldur's father, a post credits scene shows that he killed the shark from the inside and cut himself out of its stomach.
    • A lot of his original appearances involve The Joker dying in them, in particular Batman: Assault on Arkham and Batman: Under the Red Hood. Here however, while he does actually die during the events, a deal he had set up with The Light made it so that whenever he does die, he'll get tossed in a Lazarus Pit and be revived immediately.
    • From Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, mainly due to it being set before the events of Young Justice.
      • In the original, after Zoom takes the card out of Vandal Savage's chest, he's killed. Here, since he's the Big Bad behind most of the DCAU and still around in the present, he simply passes out.
      • In the original, after Waller detonates the bomb in Copperhead, Killer Frost is caught in the explosion and killed. Since she appears fighting Aquaman and Aqualad in the first episode of Young Justice however, she moans out she survived, but that her skin is now blue for some reason.
      • In the original, after his fingers are cut off by Bronze Tiger, Zoom is mowed down by Deadshot and killed. Here, while that still happens, he's Only Mostly Dead and saved by Dr. Manhattan, intent on using him for further entertainment and implying he'll send him to take part in Justice League Flashpoint Paradox, effectively trapping him in a Stable Time Loop and A Fate Worse Than Death.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Apparently, Batman, Red Arrow, and Red Hood both think Ra's looks like Jafar.
  • Superdickery: As Robin puts it, "Superman is always being a dick-kovitch."
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: When Talia and Batman meet up, the scene from Son of Batman plays out very differently and Batman makes it clear that he did NOT enjoy nor remember much of their...night of passion. When she offers him a drink, this dialog follows...
    Talia: Do you remember our shared moonlight?
    Batman: Uh, yeah, do you know what's really romantic? F*ucking consent and consent when f*cking!
  • Take That!: See Godwin's Law
    • Also The Flash's response to the Cadmus incident is to call it the biggest clusterf*** he's seen since Countdown to Final Crisis.
    • In Assault on Arkham Abridged, Joker considers cutting off his own face before declaring the idea stupid.
    • In Injustice part 1, Lex Luthor is shown in a news broadcast blatantly wearing Jessie Eisenberg's hair from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as part of a strategy to appear better to his voters. Not only does it not work, but even the news ticker says "It's almost as if Lex Luthor with hair is a terrible idea." The DCEU in general gets mocked really.
    • The News Ticker's comments in the trailer for episode 11 as well as the later half of the election subplot in general is one to the 2016 Presidential Election considering it's between Superman and Lex Luthor.
    • When Joker explains that they aren't doing The Killing Joke Abridged, he says "Even I can't make that funny." as a screencap of Batgirl making out with Batman pops up onscreen.
      • Also, the editor's note for the trailer reads: "Yeeeeah if DC could stop making bad movies that would be great."
    • To Teen Titans Go! in Crisis on Two Earths Abridged, as well
  • Taking You with Me: Once the original Roy has Luthor's arm wrapped in detonation cord while he's being held at gunpoint, he states this to Luthor. It actually impresses him enough that he opts not to kill Roy now.
  • Time Skip: Unlike the show, only one year passes between seasons. We get flash-forwards to that era though.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Joker. Jason took the crowbar to him and he was giving him advice on how to do it harder.
  • Totally Radical: Impulse uses outdated 90s slang.
  • Squick: Dr. Fate's reaction to what Klarion wanted to do to Kid Flash.
    • Kid Flash's reaction to Robin's Robo Sexual tendencies.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Artemis mentioning how she and Roy both "do arrows" let to her accidentally telling a story of one time when she masturbated with an arrow.
  • Updated Re Release: Assault on Arkham Abridged had a Running Gag of Deadshot repeatedly expressing seething contempt for Will Smith for playing him in the then-upcoming theatrical film, culminating in the third part of the video showing a news report of Deadshot shooting Will Smith multiple times. After the film came out, YJA's creators who otherwise disliked the movie ended up liking Will Smith's portrayal of Deadshot so much that they took down part 3 of Assault on Arkham Abridged and reuploaded it with a different newscast, this time explaining that Deadshot formally apologized to Will Smith and took back every negative thing he ever said about him.
  • Verbal Tic: Alfred's name calling, you stupid boy. He even calls women and adult men stupid boys.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Batman and Superman seem to have a Type I relationship.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Jason boiled down to this, asking why Bruce didn't love him.
  • Wham Episode: Crisis on Two Earths reveals that LordJazor replacing EliteF50 as Batman was not just a case of The Other Darrin. EliteF50!Batman was pulled out of the DC Abridged Universe and dropped into Earth 3, where he became Owlman. LordJazor!Batman is also not from the DCAU, and the person responsible for this swap is revealed to be Doctor Manhattan, who in turn is revealed to have been the Narrator voiced by Doug Walker.
  • Wham Shot
    • While the Light talking about Project Lazarus might hint towards this, it isn't until we see a screen showing a bandaged Jason Todd going through a Freak Out that we're confirmed that it's not just gonna be Young Justice they're abridging.
    • Crisis On Two Earths Abridged has "And the Nostalgia Critic as Doctor Manhattan."
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Roy points out that killing Icicle Jr. right then and there would save them some trouble later on. Ollie is too drunk/hungover to care about that.
  • Your Mom: Inverted. Ra's accuses Batman of having a bad bed side manner. Batman's reply? "Your daughter didn't seem to mind."