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  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Even the most passionate Felicity detractors felt sorry for her poor Earth-X version.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The majority of Olicity haters and even some Olicity fans believe that the real reason why Felicity made a 180 on her opinion of marrying Oliver was because she wanted to be remembered as the wife of the Green Arrow. This was after Eobard gave her "The Reason You Suck" Speech by revealing that, in the future, everyone remembers Green Arrow, Black Canary, and the Flash, but no one remembers her, and only supported by Felicity's abrupt and ultimately selfish decision to tack on her wedding to Oliver to Barry and Iris' own wedding soon afterwards. Most ignore or downplay the fact that Felicity almost died at the hands of Dark Arrow right in front of Oliver's eyes might have also played a factor.
  • Ass Pull:
    • Oliver having a Kryptonite arrow, considering he had not encountered any Earth-1 Kryptonians or gear aside from Earth-38's Kara beforehand, and Kara never mentioned the substance to anyone from Earth-1 in any of the Crossover episodes. It's on par with the likes of Batman, furthering their connections.
    • Reverse-Flash coming back from being erased from existence a second time. His only "explanation" is basically a Handwave, as well as a gibe towards the Arrowverse's infamous Timey-Wimey Ball. Even some fans of the character got annoyed by this.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • The "Invasion" event last year was promoted as a 4-part storyline, yet the Supergirl tie-in is merely a Red Skies Crossover (and even that was quickly recapped in the following Flash episode, making the Supergirl episode kind of a moot point) and the Arrow episode was disconnected from the crossover through a Lotus-Eater Machine. This time around the Supergirl portion is a proper beginning for the annual event and Arrow contributes better to the crossover.
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    • Sara and Alex get some time together (and a one night stand), after many fans decried Alex not being involved last year where she could discuss her newly realized homosexuality with Sara.
    • They made damn sure to get Colin Donnell back for this story after he was awkwardly missing from Oliver's perfected imagined world in the crossover last year, even if it couldn't be for long.
    • After much dancing around it Snart finally returns, via his Earth-X counterpart coming to live on Earth-1.
    • After holding the Idiot Ball multiple times in the first season of Legends and becoming something of a Memetic Loser, Ray Palmer gets multiple moments to spotlight his badassery in the Legends episode, even being the one to save Kara from being cut open by Thawne.
    • Supergirl's version of Red Tornado was widely criticized as one of the worst costumes in the entire Arrowverse, the version that Barry and the Ray fight was much better received by the fans.
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    • Even some of the fans who weren't very fond of Guardian enjoyed seeing his more badass counterpart on Earth-X.
  • Awesome Music: The closing credits theme is an incredible mixture of the closing credit themes from all four Arrowverse shows.
  • Catharsis Factor: It's basically four straight episodes of your favorite characters beating the shit out of Nazis, aka the ultimate Acceptable Targets. What more could you ask for? Many women, minorities, and LGBT viewers noted how satisfying it was to see white supremacist fascists presented as unambiguously evil and punished accordingly.
    • Also, the final battle can be considered completely one-sided (aside from fighting its three leaders), but it's easy to theorize that the heroes are simply seething with Tranquil Fury, fighting on behalf of Martin Stein.
  • Crack Pairing: Oliver/Kara actually started off as this in the among the fandom, but then the show made it happen via their Evil Doppelgänger counterparts from Earth-X who actually make this work.
  • Ending Aversion: The crossover as a whole was regarded as an exciting ride with great character moments and one of the biggest tearjerkers in the entire Arrowverse but the ending was almost universally bashed for Felicity selfishly stealing Barry and Iris' special moment by tacking on her rushed wedding to Oliver and not getting called out at all. Slightly mollified when the next episode of The Flash reveals that Barry and Iris actually weren't happy about it, but thought calling it out would just make the wedding even more ruined.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The waitress at the wedding, despite having only one scene, has captivated the fans' imagination for her clear personal investment in Barry and Iris, her sweet and funny, if awkward, personality and the strong implication that she is Barry and Iris' daughter leaving the hope that she will appear in future episodes, particularly on The Flash.
    • Prometheus-X/Tommy Merlyn, also nothing more than a One-Scene Wonder, but a very memorable character.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Earth-X Prometheus not being Adrian Chase naturally opened up all the old Prometheus theories that were jossed the first time around. Turns out he's Tommy Merlyn of Earth-X. A resurrected Tommy Merlyn was a popular choice to be Earth-1 Prometheus before he was revealed to be Simon Morrison.
    • The identity of the mysterious waitress at the wedding. Later revealed to be Barry & Iris's future daughter Nora.
  • Even Better Sequel: Even with the controversial elements, most generally agree that this was even better than last year's "Invasion!" crossover, which had set a very high bar to meet.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Dark Arrow, Overgirl and Prometheus are all Nazi bastards but there's no denying they are all pretty good-looking all the same.
  • Fan Fic Fuel:
    • A brief exchange about how there can be another Kara finally confirms that Earth-1 has its own Krypton and all the people on it.
    • Thawne reveals in the future he fought Superman.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: SuperArrow (Kara/Oliver) has now become the most popular ship for both Oliver and Kara thanks to their Earth-X counterparts, and given their canon ships with Felicity and Mon-El are heavily despised by the fandom.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • The Legends episode "Freakshow" had Martin wishing death on the architect of the Titanic. It's an Actor Allusion with a dose of Self-Deprecation, and in this miniseries, Martin would actually get his wish.
    • In the "Luck be a Lady" episode over in The Flash, a gag involves Iris getting so scared of what the meta's power might do to her wedding plans, so she decides to get hitched with Barry right away, just after a funeral. In this event, Barry and Iris only officially tie the knot right after Martin Stein's own funeral.
    • In the wedding ceremony, Barry assures Joe that Henry and Nora are right there with their son in the most important moment of his life. This gets an Ironic Echo at the end of the first episode after the winter break: Barry gets convicted of murder, and he was placed in the very same cell Henry Allen was incarcerated in, with the words "Henry Allen Was Here" written on its walls.
  • He Really Can Act: After almost two years since "Falling", Melissa Benoist gets a chance to showcase her superb portrayal of the nastier side of Kara once again playing her Evil Doppelgänger Overgirl.
  • HSQ:
    • Tommy Merlyn being Prometheus-X.
    • Atom enlarging only his hand to beat down some NAZIs, something he has never been shown doing before.
    • The reveal of the NAZI Waverider.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Eobard Thawne aligning himself with a world-oppressing Nazi regime is a whole new low and level of evil, even for him. And remember the horrific process he pulled to steal Earth-1 Harrison Wells' face? His final taunt to Barry all but states that he's going to do it again, on anyone, just to screw with his nemesis.
    • Quentin Lance of Earth-X crossed it when he killed his own daughter (Sara's Earth-X counterpart) for being bisexual.
  • Narm:
    • Joe describing Barry and Iris' relationship as based on trust is hilarious considering how much this particular team has lied to each other, including Iris being kept in the dark about Barry being the Flash for almost a year.
    • While everyone in the heroic team has a Lock-and-Load Montage, Kara's consists of doing what amounts to a runway walk toward the door before turning around to face...well, the only excuse is the camera, to do the classic shirt rip. Compared to the others, it's rather ridiculous.
    • Paul Blackthorne gives a very effective and chilling performance as the Earth-X Quentin. Unfortunately, the other doppelgängers keep the accents of their Earth-1 counterparts, making him stick out horribly.
    • Stein's death. It should have been one of the emotional centers in the entirety of the Arrowverse canon but Franz Drameh's very dramatic grief soils it for some.
    • Overgirl mocking Supergirl for not having a boyfriend, a very dangerous, very powerful, very evil, woman who up until then had been played very seriously has the hero in her mercy and she acts like a high school Alpha Bitch.
  • Narm Charm:
    • As hypocritical as Joe's speech about Barry and Iris' relationship being built on trust is, it's still very heartfelt and Jesse L. Martin's delivery is still good.
    • Yes, Barry and Iris' aborted wedding is all sugary saccharinity personified. Then again who out there doesn't like a little sugar, artificial or otherwise, on their palate every now again, especially after all the crap they've been through in The Flash.
    • Jewish Felicity standing up to Nazi Dark Arrow when defending a weakened Kara. Cliche, yeah. Pandering to a Creator's Pet, yeah. Amazing, Fuck Yeah!
    Felicity: My grandparents didn't survive the Holocaust so the world could be ruled by Nazis. So if you want Kara, you gotta go through me! And even if you do you're not gonna win, cause we will not back down we will keep fighting. So get the hell off our Earth while you still can!!!
    • Barry and Iris' reaction to Felicity and Oliver hijacking their wedding. Instead of rebuking their friends for their selfishness, they graciously allow them to join in. The fans may be pissed off by Oliver and Felicity's disrespectful decision, but we are given another demonstration of Barry and Iris' never ending kindness and generosity to others, which almost makes up for it. The next episode of The Flash then confirms this actually is what the writers were going for.
  • Never Live It Down: The double wedding became this for Felicity. Even to this day, when the Arrow writers are trying their hardest to make her a likable character again, a person only has to bring up the double wedding for any fan trying to give her a chance to hate her again.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • King Shark in the cold opening fighting Barry.
    • The waitress at the wedding, who was revealed to be Barry and Iris' future daughter Nora, is also remembered fondly.
    • Earth-X Tommy Merlyn has only one major scene. But boy, does he make it count.
    • Earth-X Red Tornado, who had quite a small but very important role.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor:
    • Given that the episode is supposedly set during Barry and Iris' wedding, you'd think the baggage of Olicity, Kara's moping over Mon-El, Alex's second guessing her broken engagement with Maggie, and her harping on a one night stand with Sara, would take a back seat. It doesn't.
    • Ironically, the two less dreary in their love lives (aside from of course their wedding being ruined) is Barry and Iris, who agree to set aside their problems to focus on repelling the invasion.
  • Rooting for the Empire: While fans were certainly not wishing for the victory of Nazis, there were those supporting the relationship between Dark Arrow and Overgirl which became the Fan-Preferred Couple for both Oliver and Kara.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The epic wedding fight scene, which is no surprise since the entire crossover was marketed around it.
    • The spectacular introduction of "Citizen Cold" and "The Ray."
    • The death of Martin Stein.
    • The Final Battle between the Nazis and the Earth-1 heroes, starting with the Power Walk and the Crowded Cast Shot of the heroes lining up and then including Mirror Matches between Green Arrow and Dark Arrow, Flash and Dark Flash, Supergirl and Overgirl, as well as the Waverider and the Nazi Waverider.
    • The polarizing yin-yang ending, between the heavily built up, beautifully executed and fan craved and adored Barry and Iris wedding, and the all-around despised, last minute, half-assed tacking on of the Oliver and Felicity wedding, to appease the writers.
  • Supercouple: Barry and Iris, for the Arrowverse; just look at the event's format centered around their wedding and promo poster as proof. Even Felicity and Oliver admit, during their impromptu wedding that their vows and love got nothing on Barry and Iris.
    John: Vows?
    (Oliver and Felicity adamantly shake their heads no)
    Oliver: We can't do better than them.
    Felicity: Definitely not!
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Earth-X's Guardian is easily killed by Dark Arrow in the opening scene.
    • The Team Arrow Recruits getting laid out by the Dark Arrow after neither John joins them nor former members Thea and Laurel (Canary or Siren) being slated to appear. However, it's tempered out by the fact that fan favorites Mick Rory and Caitlin/Killer Frost also are brutally attacked.
    • Felicity is given a short but brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech by Thawne about how no one in the future remembers her in the heroic tales of Green Arrow, Black Canary and the Flash.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: To be expected when there are Loads and Loads of Characters, but it's still jarring that most of the supporting characters are either locked away from part 2 until part 4, or just don't appear at all for an unexplained reason, especially the fan-favourites that people were hoping to see in action more than the previous crossover event. While there wasn't time to give everyone some focus, along with the fact that some of them had to suffer Deus Exit Machina to avoid their Story-Breaker Power(s) from shortening the plot, fans were still disappointed in how underutilized they were.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Some people wanted to see an evil version of Barry Allen, as Savitar was seen as a poorly executed villain and Earth-X Barry could have been an improvement over Savitar.
    • With Tom Cavanagh playing both of his well known roles, it's a shame we didn't get a scene with both characters together. However, it later turned out there was a Deleted Scene.
    • While the crossover was about Barry and Iris' wedding and a Nazi invasion, the reaction of Nazis over an interracial marriage was overlooked, even if this was Iris' first crossover.
  • Too Cool to Live:
    • Rest in peace, Martin Stein.
    • On the villain's side, we have Prometheus-X who has the coolness of both Prometheus and Tommy Merlyn but dies shortly after his big reveal.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Guardian appearing in the very beginning, ie. his Earth-X counterpart, at least. And he bites it only after a few minutes.
    • King Shark's brief cameo in the start of Part 1 qualifies, since the last time we saw him he was in Argus custody.
    • At the start of episode 1, Supergirl is doing battle with a Dominator, who up 'til this point haven't been an active on-screen villainous force since last year.
    • No one saw the appearance of Barry and Iris' future daughter coming, least of all on what's technically a Supergirl episode.
    • Dark Flash not being Earth-X Barry Allen and instead being played by Tom Cavanagh was surprising, but what was especially surprising was he was actually Eobard Thawne from Earth-1 with the appearance of Harrison Wells.
    • Given that he had been dead since the first season of Arrow, seeing Tommy alive in Earth-X caught a lot of people off guard.
    • Thanks to a quite clever inversion of Spoiled by the Format, the rest of Team Arrow. Part 2 features an early scene with Curtis that gives the impression they'll be sitting this one out, but then they do show up in the flesh, and since this is technically an Arrow episode the actors' names in the credits wasn't a tip-off.
    • Metallo, especially in a brand new, comics-accurate version as opposed to his previous appearance on Supergirl.
    • Winn appears in Part 3 as part of La Résistance, catching many off-guard since they thought Kara and Alex would be the only Supergirl characters with prominent roles.
    • Red Tornado, whose entire role in the 'verse before this was a single episode of Supergirl.
    • Earth-X's final card to play being the Earth-X Waverider was a very well-hidden surprise. Or the fact that its Gideon AI is voiced by Susanna Thompson.

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