- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: This episode is considered to be the most mean-spirited of the Cadmus Crisis arc due to Superman's Jerkass Ball which causes The Bad Guy Wins Downer Ending and Captain Marvel being treated like crud by the Man of Steel, who himself is bordering on Never My Fault when initially being called for his actions until the end where it's too late.
- Fanon Discontinuity: Despite this episode being part of the Cadmus arc, some would pretend it never existed due to Superman's Jerkass Ball, his poor treatment of Captain Marvel and causing the Downer Ending.
- Jerkass Woobie: Superman at the end of the episode, after having a Jerkass Realization about himself.
- The Scrappy: Superman of all people is considered to be this of the episode, due to him grabbing the Jerkass Ball and treating the idealistic Captain Marvel like crud and completely going Never My Fault Tautological Templar over his actions until his Jerkass Realization until it was too late after he has done a Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! move and caused the episode's Downer Ending. This was enough for the episode alone to warrant Fanon Discontinuity and Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy from viewers and fans.
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