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  • Acceptable Targets: The show hands out many gibes against certain historical groups. Including, but not limited to: Nazis, Soviets, Confederates, Witch Hunters.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • After the hugely negative reaction to Sara's death in Arrow that many viewed as being both Stuffed in the Fridge and Bury Your Bisexuals, the news that she is coming back and going to be a main cast member for this show has definitely been a pleasing announcement for her fans.
    • Ray finally gets the shrinking powers of his comics counterpart for this series, after numerous watchers complained about how he started out without them and with the emphasis on his suit being Powered Armor, the character felt like an Iron Man ripoff. (Ray was initially supposed to be Gadgeteer Genius Ted Kord, which would have explained the armor, but Arrow didn't get a chance to move him away from the Ted Kord idea until the second half of Season 3.)
    • As if to compensate for complaints that Felicity had more crossover appearances on The Flash than Oliver himself did, Oliver is by far the one with the most guest appearances on Legends of Tomorrow.
  • Cargo Ship: Rip/Waverider. Which may or may not be canon considering that in the Season 2 episode "Land of the Lost", Rip has The Big Damn Kiss with the mental avatar of Gideon in his mind, something that the actual Gideon is confirmed to have remembered (and enjoyed) mere moments afterwards.
  • Continuity Lockout: Although there are some attempts made at exposition, you really have to be caught up with Flash and Arrow to understand what's going on.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Mick Rory, who is rarely one of the 'main' Legends, but he became especially popular for being the resident Ax-Crazy comic relief character. He also received far more development than he was allowed on The Flash, especially after Snart's death put him on his own.
    • Leonard Snart. He was only around for one season, but he was beloved by the fandom for his memetic snark and easily the most popular Legend at the time. After his abrupt death at the end of Season 1, fans had been endlessly petitioning his return to the show. This happened through a past version of Snart being recruited into the Legion of Doom, and later Snart's Earth-X Alternate Self joining the team.
    • Jonah Hex, for being one of the most memorable of the figures in time that the Legends encounter. Lots of fans are hoping he can become an official member of the Legends.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Despite being part of the same franchise and the latter's existence creating this show, fans of Legends and fans of The Flash have often butted heads since the first season. Besides the issue of Legends effectively cutting The Flash off from using Captain Cold and Heat Wave, thus averting the formation of the Rogues, the two had problems first over the Legends giving Barry a lecture on time travel abuse after Flashpoint during the Invasion crossover (leading some of Barry's more defensive fans to attack Sara, due to her own attempts to save her sister despite the difference in damage the two events would cause), then later the show 'stealing' Wally West after The Flash's well-documented poor use of him (see Season 3's subfolder). In general, the two shows have had the most heat between one-another of the Arrowverse shows, not helped by the fact both involve time travel heavily but with vastly different attitudes to its implications and rules. Barry has to live with the consequences of creating and then negating Flashpoint, while the Legends never suffer any consequences for their constant screw ups.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Sara and Leonard, or Captain Canary are very popular among fans, helped in no small part by the actors' ad-libbing plenty of dialogue which helps their onscreen chemistry really shine. The two of them share a kiss in the 15th episode of the first season... just before Leonard sacrifices himself to stop the Time Masters by destroying the Occulus.
    • Although Amaya has a Relationship Upgrade with Nate at the end of Season 2, quite a few fans wished she had instead been paired with Mick as they had plenty of apparent development and even the producers described them as having a (platonic) "Beauty-and-the-Beast" dynamic. Compounding this is the homoerotic subtext many of those same fans saw between Nate and Ray, making them Ship Mates of a sort.
    • In Season 3, "Avalance", or Sara Lance and Ava Sharpe, at least until it became canon in 3x12.
    • Due to Amaya/Nate being a Romantic Plot Tumor, a lot of fans have instead shipped Nate with Wally during season 3, from before Wally was even added to the show, which has only grown as the two spend increasing amounts of Ho Yay together. Adding to this is that Keiynan Lonsdale (Wally's actor) came out as bisexual shortly before joining the show, which has lead some fans to petition the creators to give Wally a Coming-Out Story to reflect Lonsdale's sexual identity.
  • Fountain of Memes: Take an episode post-Season One. Any episode. By the time you're done watching, you'll have at least three memes to milk for all they're worth.
  • Franchise Original Sin: All throughout the show, the Legends are allowed to fix time anomalies despite creating as many problems as they fix. This wasn't such a problem in Season One (where the Time Masters flatly refused to deal with Vandal Savage because of their alliance with him) or Season Two (where the Time Masters are dead as an organization and have no replacement). By Season Three, however, the Time Bureau, for all of their years of training and experience, still regularly grab the Idiot Ball and prove useless against Mallus after they arrested Rip, leaving the Legends to resume their work.
  • Growing the Beard: Season 2 has been welcomed quite happily even by people who disliked the first season, for an oddly enough reason: the crew is praised for abandoning any attempt to have a sensible story in favor of going completely nuts with the fact that they're writing a story about a time-traveling superhero team. With The Flash season 3 suffering from Seasonal Rot, Legends of Tomorrow is now the "fun" show on the Arrowverse. The fact that Damien Darhk and Eobard Thawne are the main villains this season also helps.
    • Season 3 is when the beard was fully grown as this saw the cast cement their status as the loveable losers bumbling through time, allowed the villains to truly become just as humorous and lovable as the heroes, and parody/homage episodes fully develop. In particular "Beebo, The God of War" can be seen as when the show finally embraced its wild and fun nature.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • When the first trailer was released, Captain Cold's line "I can't imagine any kind of future where I'm a hero" just came off as his usual villainous arrogance. Then Season 2 of The Flash revealed that he was raised to be a criminal by his horrible father, and had considered leaving it behind only to dismiss himself as too far past the Moral Event Horizon already. Barry refuses to accept this and tells him he can still turn his life around despite all he's done, which is what starts him on the road to joining the team, but it seems he still has trouble believing it.
    • Just about everything from the promotional material where they made a large focus on how Rip is telling them that they are legends from where he comes in the future. Then it is revealed the reason he chose them is because in the future they aren't legends at all—in fact they had so little of an effect on the future that they are basically expendable since their deaths will have no consequences on the timeline.
    • Sara and Laurel's scene together in the pilot, because it turned out it would be the last time they would be together, since Laurel was unceremoniously killed off late into Arrow Season 4 just like Sara was in Season 3. There will never be a Sibling Team featuring the Black and White Canaries, not mention that Sara never got to say goodbye to her sister.
    • After this show received tremendous plaudits for undoing the Bury Your Gays fate of Sara, its first season was paired with Season 3 of The 100, which shook up even more controversy than Sara's death caused with its own Bury Your Gays development.
    • The episode Shogun becomes this when you do historical research and realize it takes place at the same time as Shusaku Endo's Silence, in which Japanese Christians or any foreigners in general were put to death out of Japan's fear of outside influence. Let's just say Sara being a master-less ronin woman would be the least of the group's problems. Doubles as Fridge Horror.
    • Carrie Fisher's devastating death came shortly before the show did a story about having to fix George Lucas' career so that Ray can be inspired to become a scientist after seeing Star Wars.
    • At the beginning of the series, when Rip tells everyone that they could be legends, Stein asks "Don't you have to be dead in order to be a legend?" Cut to season three, where he does in fact die.
  • He's Just Hiding!: Captain Cold and later Rip Hunter. It helps they both "died" in explosions caused by time travel devices, and Never Found the Body applies in both cases. A popular theory is they're both just stranded in time somewhere.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The team seems to be the Arrowverse's answer to the DC Extended Universe's Justice League since those characters (except for Barry Allen) appear to be embargoed. In other words, the movies have a "League of Justice" while the shows have a "League of Legends."
    • This music video by Matchbox Twenty featuring Stephanie Corneliussen (Valentina Vostok) has plenty after watching Episode 5 where she briefly becomes Firestorm, such as her starting a fire, the chorus ending with the line "You'll never her her go, why don't you let her go!?" as Vostok met her end after Jax pulls out Stein after her and the latter's forced Fusion Dance, and the fact that the song title is "She's So Mean."
    • In "Blood Ties," Sara says there's no magical cure for the side effects of the Lazarus Pit. On Arrow the night before, Nyssa revealed that there is.
    • Ray going giant size in order to fight The Leviathan in the episode Leviathan becomes this when, in Captain America: Civil War (which was released worldwide a few days after this episode was) Ant-Man does the exact same thing during the superhero fight in the airport.
    • In The Flash (2014), Zoom gave the Memetic Mutation-inducing quote "You can't lock up the darkness!" Well, the Black Flash is lured into and trapped in a vault by the Legion of Doom in Season Two. If he really is Zoom after being dragged into the Speed Force by the Time Wraiths, then it looks like you can lock him up after all!
    • In the promotional trailer for Season 4, some of the Legends eager at the prospect of encountering and fighting a dragon. Fastforward to Season 4 of Supergirl that same year, Kara ends up beating them to it.
  • Informed Wrongness: Sara wanting to save Laurel is treated as being on-par with Barry creating Flashpoint, with characters scolding her on how reckless it would be, Rip refusing to take her to Laurel's death to prevent it, and even when given the Spear of Destiny, using it to revive Laurel is treated as a dark temptation Sara ultimately has to reject. However, in comparison to saving Nora Allen or preventing the massacre of Amaye's village, saving Laurel would have the least harm on the timeline since it only happened recently (when Sara first declares wanting to undo it, Laurel had been dead for mere weeks), instead of wanting to change entire decades worth of history. The main issue is really Sara's methods, which were to target Damien Darhk in an earlier point in his life, which would have untold effects on decades of history, but this is something she's only attempting because she was refused the option of just saving Laurel at the time of her death. And even still, its not any different than Rip wanting to remove Vandal Savage from the timeline centuries before he's destined to kill Rip's wife and child, which was the entire point of the first season.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Snart is a criminal and a thief but his life was bad with his father going to prison, and beating him and his mother. Snart was forced into crime by his father and went to Juvenile Detention by age 14, where he was nearly killed until he was saved by Mick. He is forced to strand his own best friend after Mick's betrayal. In Season 2, after his death Mick begins to have hallucinations about him... that is, until the actual Snart, pulled from an earlier point from before he even met the other Legends, returns to goad Mick into finding the Spear for the Legion of Doom. By the time the Legends are able to revert the damage, Mick sends Snart back to the time he came from, wiping his memory of his time with the Legion and leaving him in a warehouse in Central City.
    • Mick is an Ax-Crazy criminal who betrays the team to pirates in the seventh episode, but it clearly hits him hard when Rip tells him that the only reason he recruited Mick in the first place is because he and Snart were a "package deal" (and, like the rest of the team, Mick was told in the pilot that his life was essentially pointless in the grand scheme of things). After the events of "Marooned", Mick is stranded for so long that he nearly goes insane, then is abducted by the Time Masters and brainwashed into becoming Chronos. It's revealed in the episode "Last Refuge" that Mick feels a lot of self loathing due to accidentally setting his house on fire and killing his parents when he was a teenager. Finally in the penultimate episode of season 1 his best friend ends up sacrificing himself to save him and the team which naturally affects Mick greatly in both seasons 1 and 2. And then in Season 2, the Team begins to have a ton of trust issues with him, leading him to join the Legion of Doom and, when things get too boring in "Doomworld", his moral compass compels him to find the rest of the Team. This leads to even more trust issues with the Team, and the one person who would trust him with making the right choice (Amaya) is killed before his eyes, and he couldn't even kill the person responsible because it was Snart who did it. Finally, this version of Mick pulls of a Heroic Sacrifice, Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by Snart the following episode. Needless to say, he's been through a lot.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: A lot of people not sold on the premise and execution of the show admit they watch it simply for the surprisingly strong and varied team dynamics.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Sara, even with just one episode, has already begun to be shipped with Rip, Kendra, and Snart. And by the second episode, (younger) Stein.
    • Snart as well, with Mick, Ray, and Sara.
    • Amaya, having Nate, Rory, Ray, and Sara.
    • Ray with Kendra, Nate, and Zari.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Ray in some circles. Redditors keep a "Ray Palmer Fuck-Up" counter in the Legends of Tomorrow Sub-reddit. They actually got rid of the counter because they couldn't keep count anymore.
    • The Pilgrim has reached this status for a few fans as well. She's told to be the Time Masters' ultimate assassin but she never kills anyone, never gains a victory, and quite embarrassingly gets killed thanks to a child outsmarting her.
    • The Team as a whole seem to be this, as there's a lot of buzz about them being ineffective losers who've failed at every mission. In actuality, the only actual 'failures' they've had was the attacks on Savage in the 70s and the 50s, and assassinating Per Degaton, while the team has succeeded in foiling Savage's plot with the Soviets, halted his experiments in the 50s, stopped his use of the ATOM drones, as well as saved the future Star City from Grant Wilson, defeated the Stillwater gang, and defeated and deprogrammed Chronos, the Hunters, and the Pilgrim, and captured Savage while he's at the height of his power. However, their failures are just more memorable.
    • In particular, Rip's apparent ineptitude at time travel, given his repeated failure to kill Savage before forming the team, and his poor management skills when leading the team, has been the subject of much humor among fans. It was later revealed that the Time Masters had been actively sabotaging his attempts to kill Savage, but even afterwards the team still has a tendency to ignore his plans and just do their own thing (during a mission to protect the King of France from being assassinated, Sara slept with the Queen of France).
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Sara's nude emergence from the Lazarus Pit in the promo got some people circulating "Did they bury Sara naked?" note 
    • Another one centered on Sara's resurrection is fans calling her "Canary the White" due to a certain other famous fellow who referred to himself by the color white after coming back from death.
    • "Don't call us heroes. We're something else, we're legends."
  • Narm Charm:
    • The running animation for the miniaturized Atom has gotten quite a few laughs in reactions to the promo. The effects are not as good as in Ant-Man, but some think it's appropriately cheesy enough for the tone of the show and alright for a TV budget compared to a movie one.
    • In the first trailer, the gang battles a giant robot. For a TV show, it's ridiculous. In a comic book TV show, it's amazing. Too bad the trailer was just proof of concept...
      • Although there is still a fight with a giant robot. But it's ATOM who fights him, not the whole gang.
    • The epic battle of Mallus vs. Beebo is positively made of this.
  • Recycled Plot: The scripts tend to follow the same format: someone screws with history, the Legends come into fix it and usually do a bigger screw up, then get their act together and fix things.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Ray Palmer had a lukewarm reception at best on Arrow largely due to the Romantic Plot Tumor of being involved in a love triangle with Olicity. However migrating to Legends made the fandom turn full circle and embraced him, as his character was changed from rival billionaire and Iron Man knockoff, to adorkable Gadgeteer Genius known for being a screw-up. Nate being introduced as his fellow nerdy best friend only made him even more popular.
  • Signature Scene:
    • Season 1:
      • The Bar Brawl in Episode 1
      • Future Oliver Queen returning to action to fight Grant Wilson in Episode 6
      • Leonard Snart apparently killing Mick Rory in Episode 7
      • The Pilgrim stopping the attack of the entire Legends via her time manipulation powers in Episode 12.
    • Season 2:
      • The Justice Society of America's Curb-Stomp Battle against the Legends, with the bonus of what's widely considered one of the best pieces of music in the entire Arrowverse.
      • The "Invasion!" crossover with the rooftop battle scene between all the Arrowverse heroes and the Dominators, which has been compared to the iconic airport battle scene from Captain America: Civil War and one of the most famous scenes in the entire Arrowverse.
      • Most of the Reverse-Flash's scenes. Especially in the season finale "Aruba" when he summons up an entire army of his past selves to take down the Legends. Also, his unfortunate death scene right after, which shows Visual Effects of Awesome when he is disintegrated.
      • Speaking of speedsters, we also have the Black Flash, who's hunting down Eobard since he's an aberration. There's his introductory scene in "The Legion of Doom" where he finally catches up to Eobard and stalks around him like a zombie on a sugar rush. Then comes the season finale, where he shoves his hand into Eobard's chest (a favored tactic of Zoom, the man he once was) before briefly scowling at Sara and running off to hunt down another poor sap.
    • Season 3:
      • From the finale, the epic battle of Mallus vs. Beebo.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: It is revealed that Chronos is Mick Rory, the best of the Time Master's assassins. Chronos is shown with technological knowhow comparable to Rip, badass armor, and an wide arsenal of weapons he's very skilled with, so you'd expect Rory to be much smarter, more competent, and with much more to contribute once he rejoins the team. NOPE! Instead the writers just revert Rory back to his old Dumb Muscle characterization and limit him back to using his heat gun again, losing most if not all the skills and arsenal he possessed as Chronos such as his ability to fly timeships.
    • Also, the Thanagerians. They are revealed to invade Earth in the future...and then are promptly forgotten about after Season 1. While admittedly the Legends have other things on their hands to worry about, one would hope that they might devote some effort to dealing with an alien invasion, perhaps by gathering allies or perhaps going on missions to get more information. There's an absolute goldmine waiting to happen...and it's been completely, utterly ignored.
  • Unexpected Character: Jonah Hex was a surprise addition to the show.
  • Win the Crowd: There was a lot of skepticism about the show when it was first announced because it just seemed liked a hodge-podge of different characters from Arrow and Flash. Then we found out Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/Canary) and Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/ATOM) were cast — then Rip Hunter and Hawkgirl were added to the cast list. Then we got the trailer. Then it turned out to be just a proof of concept thing, but then we got the "real" trailer.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: German Falk Hentschel and Danish Casper Crump as Ancient Egyptians, which appears to be a textbook case of whitewashing, similar to Exodus: Gods and Kings and Gods of Egypt.
  • The Woobie: Like its predecessors in the Arrowverse, this show is not very kind to its main characters.
    • Rip Hunter's wife and son were murdered by Vandal Savage, and the loss clearly weighs on him. His attempt to try and prevent this (and Savage's campaign for world domination) is opposed by the very people he once swore his allegiance to. The pressures of the mission are clearly getting to him at times, especially in the tenth episode where he grapples with the possibility of having to murder a child to stop Savage, only for his choice to spare the boy making matters worse. Ultimately, things don't get better for him as he fails to save his family and is betrayed by the Time Masters, and going into the second season, things just get worse. After a stressful six months working overtime to protect history, he ends up being reprogrammed into being a film student during the 60s who is then kidnapped and tortured by the Legion of Doom, before being brainwashed and turned on the Legends. When we see his subconscious, he's a terrified mess, and after being restored is wrecked with guilt over what he did.
    • Ray is clearly dealing with some nasty self-esteem issues, believing that his life was meaningless after he was presumed dead, a belief that can't have been helped by Stein's failure to remember teaching him or the reveal that Rip lied about the team being "legends" where he comes from. On top of that, he messes up a lot, is badly beaten and tortured in the fifth episode, was forced to adjust to life in the 50's before being taken away from that life, and has to deal with Kendra (his new girlfriend) still having feelings for Carter and his tech being used for a totalitarian police state in the future.
    • Sara is still coping with the aftereffects of being resurrected, with her bloodlust deeply troubling her. While she shows a cheerier demeanor here than she ever did on Arrow, her past as an assassin still weighs on her conscience. All of this has taken a toll on her self-worth as well; when she starts developing a relationship in the eighth episode, she has trouble accepting intimacy because of everything that's happened to her. Additionally, as of season 2, she has lost both her sister, Laurel, without getting to say goodbye, and Snart. She's also trying to avenge and/or bring Laurel back to life by killing her murderer, Damien Darhk, knowing how slim this possibility is. She also has to deal with all this while - as of episode two of season two - being the Legends' new Captain.
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     Season 1 
  • Accidental Innuendo: "Have you ever merged with a woman before?" Especially when you consider that Victor Garber is gay in real life.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Some fans felt like the confrontation with the Pilgrim wasn't as strong as it was made out to be. For starters, the ultimate time travelling assassin ends up killed by a child and has her body disintegrated by the team in a particularly underwhelming battle.
  • Anvilicious: Some would say this of the "Night of the Hawk" episode, particularly the diner scene. Stein expresses nostalgia for his youth and comments that the town isn't so bad, to which Jax and Sara snark that it isn't if you're white, male and/or straight. However, as No Equal-Opportunity Time Travel was clearly in effect, the two had a legitimate point.
  • Ass Pull: "Star City 2046" pulls out the Timey-Wimey Ball to a level perhaps even worse than Eobard Thawne's "temporal echo" in The Flash that this show had to step in to explain. It seems changing the future is even worse than changing the past because it's always in flux... except "the future" is a completely arbitrary concept in the first place when you're dealing with time travel, not to mention the whole reason they're on this mission is to stop events much further in the future than they are here.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • When introduced in the Flash-Arrow crossover, Vandal Savage was mostly a Stalker with a Crush toward Hawkgirl, more Hath-Set than the comics' Savage. The first episode of Legends quickly reestablishes him as a conqueror who's manipulated world history toward his favor.
    • "Left Behind" finally reveals that Talia Al-Ghul does exist in the Arrowverse; it's just that her childhood was far in the past. In Season Five of Arrow, we meet her as an adult (played by Lexa Doig) and learn that she was Oliver's final mentor in his five years away.
    • All of the questionable or just downright stupid moves the team made over the course of Season One are actually given a justification in "Destiny". They were being directly manipulated by the Time Masters to create a Stable Time Loop where Savage wins and can thus defend Earth from an alien invasion.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Carter/Hawkman. Those who like him state that he's interesting with being able to remember all of his past lives and how he is patient with Kendra who does not remember, but he has a lot of detractors who found him boring and too serious in a show where many characters have their fair share of comedic moments to work with the lighthearted tone of the show. He dies at the second half of the pilot, which was either emotional and heartbreaking or something that came off dry for those who didn't have much of an attachment to care of his death.
    • Kendra/Hawkgirl has proven to be a major one. For some, she's an annoying under-developed character only serving to fulfil a Romantic Plot Tumor and act as a plot device as the only one who can defeat Savage, while others find her friendship with Sara and her arc of standing up to Savage after centuries of sexual harassment and murders to be Cathartic. Her choice in "Leviathan" to spare Savage in order to save the mind of Carter is either incredibly stupid, or, though stupid, at least understandable given this is her soulmate's mind we're talking about.
    • Some people see Jefferson as a Replacement Scrappy not only for Ronnie Raymond (while he was already dead when the show started, many people thought that he would be part of it when it was announced), but also for Jason Rusch (the canonical second Firestorm in the comics, who already appeared in the first season of The Flash). On the other hand, some prefer Jefferson for being more similar to comics Ronnie than Ronnie himself was (e.g. having an athletic instead of a scientific background, to contrast with Dr. Stein) as well as a more fleshed out character than Rusch (who was reduced as a One-Shot Character).
    • Ray. For some, he's laughably naive when it comes the reality of the mission the team's on and his naivety is something that keeps creating problems for the team. Others, however, find him to be unfairly punished for being a Wide-Eyed Idealist, making him something of The Pollyanna for refusing to give up on standing up for others.
    • Chronos had a fair share of haters at least at first for having little characterization beyond randomly showing up and shooting at the team, which some found two dimensional, while others just felt that they were taking time to flesh him out. Then we find out he's Mick Rory Brainwashed and Crazy, and subsequently became Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
    • Rip Hunter for his questionable competence and his hypocrisy (like wanting to stop Savage from killing his familly while refusing to let his teammates save theirs) Some see him as a flawed but still likeable leader, others think he's the real villain of the show. Which is exactly the same plot a certain other series his actor is known for has been using for ages. Some missed his presence in season 2 and were happy to see him return, especially after being brainwashed by the Legion of Doom and turning into a villainous version of himself. Others were also angered that Rip quits the show at the end of season 2.
  • Broken Base:
    • Connor Hawke was announced to appear as the Green Arrow in the future but he won't be the son of Oliver Queen. Either that makes sense considering Oliver has only just met his actual son, William, over on Arrow or William should have been Connor all along and ripping Connor of being the son of Ollie takes away a lot of his character.
    • It's even worse with the reveal that Connor is actually John Diggle Junior. To some, this means that Oliver was still in his life to some extent (and following the death of Diggle Sr,, Oliver would essentially be the closest he has to a dad), while others feel it's not good enough.
    • Surprisingly, there's a lot of debate among fans about the team's competence. Essentially, every time the team crosses paths with Savage (and sometimes not even then), a lot of fans start shouting how they could have killed Savage then-and-there, how Savage is defenseless, or how they just need to do X and could defeat him. The rest of the fandom though then starts having to fire back on how that's a terrible idea, how Savage's powers don't work the way they're assuming, or how he's more powerful than they're giving credit for.
  • Catharsis Factor: The Legends brutally kill Savage in the first season finale... three times.
  • Crazy Awesome: Aside from Mick Rory, we have Professor Stein, who gets in on the mix by drugging Jax, and pulls a Bavarian Fire Drill on a bouncer at a terrorist meeting by claiming to be in charge (or at least part of) of the operational wing of a terrorist group called Scimitar with such vigor that he is let through. Rory loves this.
    Mick: You're a special kind of crazy. I like it.
  • Designated Villain: The Time Masters are presented as Lawful Evil at best; they are just doing their job. While they take it to a combination of Well-Intentioned Extremist and Sociopathic Hero, the heroes have done nothing but cause numerous alterations to the timeline that just seem to make Savage's (the man they are supposed to be trying to stop) efforts to take over the world that much easier. Add the fact that they never seem to learn from these experiences combined with Hunter’s vendetta against Savage being mostly personal and you can see while the time police are so desperate to stop them.
    • Any fan of the Time Police trope is aware of numerous consequences for the heroes' actions that make them this even more. For example a relatively minor alteration could end up causing the whole timeline to be Ret Gone.
    • Subverted. They were working with Savage the whole time, and the aforementioned Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! was their doing.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Future Oliver Queen from "Star City 2046", an Old Superhero from a Bad Future. He was a One-Scene Wonder in easily one of the best received episode of Season 1.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
  • Fountain of Memes: Leonard Snart is full of quotable lines.
  • He's Just Hiding!: How some people believe to be the fate of Mick, since we don't actually see Leonard kill him. He is confirmed to be alive in "Left Behind."
  • He Really Can Act: Arthur Darvill as the badass Rip Hunter is quite a distinct contrast from the lovable goofy Rory Williams he played on Doctor Who. And that's not even getting into the brainwashed evil Rip featured in season 2.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Stein lists meeting Jax as one of the greatest moments of his life, comparing it to when he met his wife.
    • Leonard Snart and Mick Rory, who regularly refer to each other as 'Partners', and both express jealousy over the other spending time with others. "Marooned" in particular shows that Snart seems to hold a lot of affection for his partner, even in spite of their growing issues and Mick's on-coming betrayal that forces him to leave him behind. It's also worth noting that despite having been urged to, Snart can't bring himself to kill Mick. Then when the Legends extract their younger selves from the timeline, Mick tells his younger self not to "drop his future criminal partner" when he's holding a baby Leonard.
    • "The Magnificent Seven" implies a history between Rip Hunter and Jonah Hex. Jonah points out that Rip's coat used to belong to him and the team learns that Rip named his son Jonas after Jonah Hex.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Leonard Snart's Heroic Sacrifice where he stays behind to blow up the Time Masters and let the other Legends escape.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Leonard/Sara is Captain Canary, Leonard/Mick is Coldwave, Kendra/Ray is Atomic Hawk and Kendra/Carter is Hawkmates.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Few believe that Snart would really kill his best friend - Mick. Especially since the episode ends before we see a frozen corpse. "Left Behind" confirms that he was not killed.
  • Memetic Molester: Mostly used jokingly, as fans question why Dr. Stein had roofies in his office in the first place.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • If the Flash and Arrow episodes didn't tell you enough how bad Savage is, him murdering Rip Hunter's wife and son during his global conquest in the very first scene surely does. He only gets worse in the third episode when the Savage of the past hears of this and gloats about how he looks forward to doing it.
    • Chronos killing two innocent civilians simply because they were witnessing Rip Hunter's ship take off. The team, however, doesn't know about this, and after The Reveal, start trying to reform him.
    • Mikhail sadistically torturing Mick and Ray with glee.
    • Subverted with Mick Rory. In "Marooned" he betrays the team and tries to kill Sara, but this doesn't stop the team from reforming Mick after he becomes Chronos.
    • The Time Masters cross it when they condition Mick into becoming Chronos to hunt down the Legends. And when he fails, they deploy the robotic Hunters to finish the job. When they fail, they decide to Ret Gone the team.
  • Narm:
    • The number of times Kendra brings up that she was a barista before finding out about her powers. It's a little awkward the first time, but only became more so each time she said it.
    • Miranda's speech to Rip about love in the flashbacks of episode seven, Marooned, was supposed to be heartwarming, but was so over the top and cheesy, it was more funny than sweet.
    • Having Stein express nostalgia for small-town life in the fifties in "Night of the Hawk" (see Anvilicious, supra). As if Stein is not also a member of an historically oppressed minority, or as if Stein would not have had to worry at all about anti-Jewish bigotry in a small, rural town in the fifties. A later episode shows that he was born in 1950, meaning he would have only been a child at the time.
    • The team's brushes with real historical figures can be heavy-handed to the point of seriously bending known history to make them happen, like Bill Gates' father being a scientist rather than a lawyer, or HG Wells taking a trip to America in his childhood.
  • Narm Charm:
    • In "Pilot, Part II", terrorists at an auction call bids by firing their guns.
    • In Episode 4, Snart hams it up when Ray, Stein, and Rory HAVE BEEN CAPTURED BY THE RUSSKIES!
  • Never Live It Down: Kendra mentions a few times in the early episodes that she used to be a barista but according to many she does it all the time.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The Ray and Kendra romantic subplot is widely hated for several reasons, namely a.) it feels rushed b.) one of the main reasons fans are enjoying this show in the first place is because it first appears to lack the relationship drama that is plaguing its parent shows, Arrow specifically c.) Shipping reasons d.) many are interested to see Kendra develop on her own. e.) it ends up being pointless as Kendra eventually returns with Carter.
  • Rooting for the Empire: A large number of fans actually support the Time Masters and their attempts at stopping Rip's team for screwing up the timeline. Considering that Rip's team has been ineffective for the majority of their battle against Savage and have been interfering with Earth's timeline, a lot of people desire the Time Masters to play a large part in the show due to their more intriguing characteristics and correct assumptions about Rip's team. Until it turns out that they were manipulating the team the whole time.
  • The Scrappy: The show's treatment of Vandal Savage is widely consider one of the worst villians in the arrowverse. This started when the show combined him with the jealous priest Hath-Set from Hawkman and Hawkgirl's origin stories. This results in a Romantic Plot Tumor that takes away much of Savage's trademark Wicked Cultured nature, as the show instead focuses on his Villainous Crush on Hawkgirl. Plus he's not nearly as old (and thus less experienced) as the comic version who was a caveman. While many agree that Casper Crump is a good actor, he is viewed as having failed at bringing the necessary menace to the role. Even the writers admit that they dislike the final vision of the character.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Season 1, while enjoyable, it's considered by some to be the weakest show in the Arrowverse due to its formulaic scripts, arbitrary time travel rules, not to mention too much focus on Ray and Kendra's romance, with the weekly ratings being notably smaller than its two parent shows. Saying that, both Arrow and The Flash went through serious Seasonal Rot during the season airing concurrent with Legends's first season (though, Arrow started this the year before), making the show stand out as at least something of an alternative.
  • Special Effect Failure: While for the most part the effects aren't too bad, there are times when Kendra's wings can look rather iffy, especially when she isn't in costume, often looking like they are just attached to her back like they were clipped on. Doesn't help that it can be a bit narm-y that Kendra can sprout giant wings out of her back with no damage whatsoever being done to the clothes she has on.
    • Future Oliver Queen appears to only be old on his face, with the wrinkles disappearing as they get to his forehead.
    • "Night of the Hawk" includes a scene where Jefferson is being injected with some kind of serum. A shot from the side clearly shows the liquid from the syringe squirting past the actor's neck.
  • Spoiled by the Format: The return of Mick Rory might have been a big surprise twist, if only Dominic Purcell hadn't been given the Previously On narration for that episode, or if his name hadn't been in the opening credits of both that episode and the one before.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Kendra and Ray. It's especially bizarre since the episode immediately previous to when it starts went quite a bit out of its way to assure us that Kendra wouldn't be tied down with a romantic plot after Carter's death. By the same token, Jax's crush on Kendra, which was focused on in the previous episode, had almost no build-up or reference prior, and they only had a limited amount of interaction prior.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Night of the Hawk has Sara meeting a closeted lesbian nurse in the 1950s, and the two become close. Stein repeatedly tells Sara not to give the woman hope, since differing attitudes are still half a century away, to which Sara snarks that she would've wanted someone from the future to tell her things were going to be different. Thing is, Stein was absolutely right. Sara was only in the 50s for a couple of days, after which she would depart and leave this woman with incredibly confused feelings and nowhere to vent them unless she wanted to be ostracized by most of the world's communities. 'Enlightened' Sara was actually just leading this nurse on with a reality she could never have.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • The Pilgrim was hyped up to be the show's most dangerously competent villain, but she ends up being another Villain of the Week who's easily dispatched.
    • The Hawks are depicted as figures throughout history who have had many incarnations, but the most we see of this is Kendra running into one of her previous incarnations and later finding Carter's reincarnation. The show could have used this further, showcasing alternative versions of the pair much like it showed Vandal Savage throughout time, not to mention allow them to use alternative versions of the Hawks (including their Thanagarian incarnations Katar and Shyera Hol, given that Thanagarian technology is eventually used to explain why they reincarnate), especially as this might have helped showcase a version of Hawkgirl who isn't a Faux Action Girl.
  • Too Cool to Live: Leonard Snart ends up pulling a Heroic Sacrifice in the penultimate episode before the Season 1 finale. Too cool indeed.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Vostock was so excited to fuse with Stein, that she ignored his explanations about the need for the stabilizer and went ahead and did it. Naturally when Jax manages to get Martin out, she explodes due to the power.
    • A woman at a party in the 1950s mistakes Kendra for a waitress; all very bigoted and unenlightened. Except that Kendra only just came in the room, with a man she's still standing next to, isn't dressed remotely like a waitress and doesn't even fit the racial profile of hired help at the time.
    • It is almost trivially easy for Savage to manipulate the team in "River of Time", but Ray really takes the cake when he enters Savage's cell after Savage blatantly goads him into a physical fight, which of course Ray loses handily. And this from one of the smartest men in the world.
      • Of course, sparing Savage for the sake of Carter's sanity was idiotic in it's own right.

     Season 2 
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • It takes ten episodes for the Legends to figure out that the mysterious evil speedster they're fighting is Eobard Thawne. They could've figured it out much sooner if they had just bothered to ask Barry. It doesn't help that Martin Stein was there during the fights with Reverse-Flash, as well as Eobard's true face being revealed.
    • Captain Cold joining the Legion of Doom. His return was well publicized but he didn't join until episode 15!
    • There is also restoring Rip back to normal. After thirteen episodes, he is finally back. In their defence though, the first half of the season focuses on the new team dynamic and when they do find Rip he's only "Phil" for a couple of episodes, followed by a similarly-brief three episode arc with him as a villain.
  • Anvilicious: In the episode "Invasion!" Cisco finally finds it in himself to let go of his anger with Barry for messing with time when Cisco messes with it by freeing a Dominator in the 1950s. He literally says he messed things up in his desire to make them better by changing the past.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Season 2 very much gives the impression that the writing crew paid attention to exactly what people did and didn't like about Season 1. The Hawks are gone and Rip is MIA ( though he does reappear in 2x08 suffering from amnesia), the Big Bad Duumvirate are several characters who are already popular from elsewhere in the Arrowverse (not counting Malcolm Merlyn, whom many yearn to see properly punished for his crimes after Arrow failed to do so), and there's far more of a spirit of just how much plain fun you can have with this setup.
    • Related to the above, Eobard Thawne being the Arc Villain of Season Two after Season One had no crossover with The Flash and many complained Vandal Savage was underpowered compared to the Legends.
    • Felicity Smoak getting a superhero outfit in "Doomworld" after complaints she never wore a costume as Overwatch.
  • Base-Breaking Character: The Reverse-Flash. While he's beloved as the Big Bad of The Flash, some think it's out of character for him to mess with heroes other than his arch-enemy Barry Allen, who he's very obsessed with, and to meddle with the timeline prior to Barry's birth (as opposed to after, which he does all the time). This is because he himself comes from the future and his powers depend on the Flash's existence and he was very touchy about maintaining both in the other show. Others just enjoy his presence, particularly since this is a "full supervillain" incarnation of the character while he mainly played the part of a manipulative evil mentor in the other show.
    • This ends up being justified later in the season when we find out that this version of Thawne is a time remnant and is already being pursued by Black Flash anyway, so he really has nothing to lose by messing with the timeline.
  • Broken Base:
    • When Felicity Smoak was announced to appear, many fans are either pissed because she's already a major Spotlight-Stealing Squad on Arrow for two consecutive seasons (even on The Flash on the instances she appears) and fears that she'll do the same here. Her fans, however, are excited to see her.
    • The base is divided over whether Eobard Thawne should return after he got Ret Goned, again. Some argue that it's really time for him to stay dead for good, while others find him to be one of the most beloved villains in the Arrowverse and should be given his chance to worm his way back into existence again.
  • Designated Hero: The JSA. They angrily and aggressively confront the Legends in 1942 in "The Justice Society of America", and start attacking them while the latter group is trying to explain themselves peacefully. They look down on and mock them repeatedly throughout the episode, and act like they are so much better than them, even though they don't do much to prove that other than that one fight which the Legends didn't even want to do. Vixen in particular spends most of the episode being nasty to Ray (and gives him a lousy apology in the end), and Rex acts pretty sexist to Sara, picking Stein as the leader solely because he's white and male. Also, they snark on the Legends for arguing all the time, yet they do a lot of arguing themselves. And, they happen to see advanced technology as proof that they are nothing but trouble. Throughout the whole episode, the Legends are made to look bad just to prop up the JSA. Meanwhile, the only thing that the JSA seems to have going for them is that, in Sara's words, "they have discipline, a fancy headquarters and calls from the White House." No one in that group comes up with an actual solution to the problems presented; the Legends do most of the work. Heck, three of them (Dr. Mid-Nite, Obsidian, and Stargirl) get little to no actual development at all. Meanwhile, Steel spends most of the time being grumpy, and Hourman and Vixen come off as jerks.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The Black Flash, a nearly unstoppable undead speedster that pulls a Big Damn Heroes when Thawne and his time remnants threaten the Legends.
    • Evil Rip Hunter garnered a lot of fans, with his villainous portrayal being very enjoyable.
    • Axel, Mick Rory's pet rat, if not for any reason simply because he's Mick's pet who the arsonist cares for dearly.
  • Evil Is Cool: In stark contrast with Season 1 who had the very divisive Savage, Season 2 gave us numerous badass antagonists.
    • The Legion of Doom being comprised of Eobard Thawne, Damien Darhk (well, his 1987 incarnation at least), and Malcolm Merlyn, all of whom are previously established Big Bads from both Arrow and The Flash (2014).
    • The brainwashed Rip Hunter shows the character's more badass and ruthless sides, gaining him more fans than ever before.
    • Leonard Snart is back and he's gone back to his villainous ways sure to the Legion pulling him from before he joined the Legends. He's as devious, cunning, and ruthless as ever.
  • Evil Is Sexy: A lot of the ladies and gay male fans love brainwashed Rip Hunter in Season 2, citing the accent and the badass attitude.
  • He Really Can Act: For anyone in doubt of Matt Letscher as Reverse-Flash due to having a Tough Act to Follow with Tom Cavanagh's performance, he more than makes up for it in Legends where he's a full-out meancing, cunning villain.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the final episode of The Flash Season 3, which aired alongside Legends Season 2, Black Flash is easily taken out by Killer Frost, giving the impression that if Thawne had just asked to borrow Snart's cold gun he would have had much less to worry about.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
    • In "Fellowship of the Spear", Snart convinces Mick to join the Legion of Doom, and the Legion succeeds in using the Spear to rewrite reality.
    • In "Doomworld", Snart freezes Amaya with his Cold Gun and then shatters her frozen body to pieces.
    • The Season 2 Finale, "Aruba". Every single one of the Doomworld!Legends is killed off, except for Sara, who fades away once the Spear is depowered and the Legion is defeated. Then, just when it seems the team can have a nice, relaxing vacation in the titular Aruba (a Call-Back to the Season 2 premiere; here, Doomworld!Mick kept on insisting throughout the entire episode that the team forget about all the time travel and the Spear and go to Aruba) they crash land in present-day Los Angeles, which has several futuristic buildings, Big Ben, and dinosaurs running rampant all over the place..
  • Ho Yay:
    • Eobard Thawne to Malcolm Merlyn in "The Chicago Way": "I knew that you were more than just a pretty face Malcolm".
    • Ray and Nate in Season 2. Their Bromance is highlighted in pretty much every episode by showing how they're always there for each other and all that. This is lampshaded in season 3.
    Nate: Ray, can you hear me?
    Mick: Can't go a whole day without talking to your boyfriend?
    • Ray and Mick become closer throughout the season, with Mick even giving Ray the cold gun and taking Ray on as his partner.
    • Mick’s nickname for Nate, from their first meeting, is “Pretty”. Mick literally never calls Nate anything else.
  • Like You Would Really Do It:
    • Snart pulled a Heroic Sacrifice at the end of Season 1, but people were heavily in doubt that such a beloved character would be gone for good. Lo and behold, he's back in Season 2 due to the Legion of Doom pulling a younger version of him from the timeline. Subverted, since he is later returned to his original point of time and thus destined to die for real.
    • Sara ends up shot and in critical condition with the crew losing hope at the chances of saving her life thanks to the loss of power when the ship is attacked. She survives and is back walking without a problem.
    • No one believed Amaya would be dead for good when Snart froze her with his Cold Gun and then shattered her.
    • Eobard Thawne is killed by the Black Flash, but since he was already RetGoned once and it didn't stick, fans are very skeptical that he's gone for good. He did indeed worm his way back into existence yet again as revealed in "Crisis on Earth-X", where he ended up on Earth-X with Harrison Wells' face, working for the New Reichsmen.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • All women in history are lesbian.Explanation 
    • "Fellowship of the Spear" spawned a tonne of The Lord of the Rings memes.
    • Sara Lance's "thoughtful lesbian face" whenever she spots an attractive, single woman.
    • "Uh guys, I think we broke time."note 
    • Gang-banging the timeline. Explanation 
  • Moral Event Horizon: If you haven't watched Arrow or The Flash then you might not realize how horrible Eobard Thawne and Damien Darhk are, but the show is more than happy to remind viewers of how awful they are in the season premiere more where they try to blow up New York City with a nuke.
  • More Popular Replacement: Nate and Amaya ended up replacing Hawkman and Hawkgirl from the Season 1 lineup, who were heavily disliked for many reasons from a terrible character arc to poor acting. In contrast Nate and Amaya, were tremendously better received by the fandom for being more likable characters and being a better fit for the team.
  • Narm
    • Any scene that has Nazis in it, because the attempts at speaking German sound absolutely cringeworthy to native speakers. Neal McDonough in particular has a horrible pronunciation.
    • In a big reminder of why Vixen was introduced in animated form, Amaya is inexplicably fond of using her gorilla powers over all other animals, simply to give the effects guys less models to deal with.
    • The several intros in Season 2 where the Legends tell the audience they aren't heroes and we should call them Legends. Eventually gets a Lampshade Hanging when Rory takes over the narration in a massively annoyed tone, ending with "Who writes this crap?"
    • George Lucas shouting What I really want is to direct!, causing the time aberration that cost Nate and Ray their powers to go away.
    • Sara telling Jax to let a brainwashed Rip Hunter go free with The Spear of Destiny because it's Christmas.
  • Narm Charm:
    • The Justice Society of America's theme song, which doesn't fit the period in the slightest and sounds very much like Blake Neely is trying to beat Hans Zimmer at his own game. But it still sounds so awesome that hardly anyone minds, plus Zimmer being the regular composer for the DC Extended Universe adds a delicious zinger to the franchises' rivalry.
    • In "Land of the Lost" Rip kissing the human Gideon when he's trapped in his subconscious. He basically gets... intimate with his ship which should be pure squick. But thanks to some damn fine acting from Arthur Darvill and Amy Pemberton it becomes heart-warming.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • The once divisive Rip Hunter earned back the fandom's love by season 2, with his evil Rip portrayal and how the team he assembled has become quite competent. Nearly everyone was saddened when it was announced he would depart the team permanently at the end of Season 2.
    • Similarly, Damien Darhk, who had the misfortune of fulfilling the role of the Big Bad for Arrow's most criticized season, and who was a pretty divisive character in general, was much better received as part of the Legion of Doom for having an interesting dynamic both with his teammates as well as with his resident Arch-Enemy Sara Lance.
  • Ron the Death Eater: After the Invasion! crossover, a number of Flash fans turned hard on Sara, accusing her of hypocrisy for lecturing Barry on irresponsible use on time travel when she tried to kill Damian Darhk. This ignores that Sara was called out herself for these attempts and realized she was being reckless (with her lecture to Barry inspired by her own actions), and that Sara was far from the most vocally mad at Barry over it (not to mention, the main issue Sara and co had being that Barry, who is put on a pedestal by others as a beacon of heroic selflessness, should be above such non-heroic pursuits). This doesn't stop Barry defenders though from declaring Sara 'unwatchable' now for this, though.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: The ship of Ray Palmer and Lily Stein has gained a fairly large fanbase in a short amount of time in spite of their lack of interaction.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • During his time as a film director, Rip laments the acting talents of the guy he cast as Vandal Savage, stating that no one would take him seriously as a villain. So basically, how most people felt about the real Vandal Savage.
    • In the episode Doomworld the brainwashed Sara snaps the alternate reality Felicity's neck after beating the crap out of her in the scene before. Considering Felicity's status as The Scrappy, more then a few fans were watching the scene with glee as opposed to the horror that was probably intended.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Sara's whole argument to allow a brainwashed Rip Hunter go free with a fragment of The Spear of Destiny because it's Christmas and Jax is a hero who should let the holiday spirit show him the gift of life might come across as too sugary.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Marc Guggenheim revealed even before the 2016 seasons of the Arrowverse began that "for the sake of my ulcer" the season's big crossover event would not involve Supergirl beyond Kara herself going to Earth-1 and joining the other teams. This means that at the time when Alex Danvers has just started accepting that she's a lesbian, she doesn't get to talk with Sara about it.
    • The Legion of Doom arc in Season Two, mainly because their membership is composed of Arch Enemies of Barry and Oliver... and Barry and Oliver never show up to help the Legends defeat them, in what could've been a very awesome Avengers, Assemble! CrossOver — especially since Barry is the one responsible for Thawne still being alive. Indeed when the Legion rewrites reality the Legends are kept alive each with their own individual Fate Worse than Death while everybody from Team Arrow and Team Flash have been killed off as if they're simply not worth the Legion's time to torment.
    • The Legends visit Camelot; sounds like a good opportunity to introduce beloved characters Sir Ystin (Shining Knight) and Sir Jason (Etrigan), right? The two are nowhere to be seen, with Galahad being the only named Knight of the Round Table.
    • Captain Cold joining the Legion of Doom mainly because it look until episode 15 for him to show up — out of a seventeen episode season.
    • The MacGuffin for Season Two is The Spear of Destiny, an artifact which can be used to rewrite reality without damaging time. A perfect opportunity to undo all the negative changes caused by Flashpoint and bring Laurel back to life, right? Instead the heroes treat it as a case of No Man Should Have This Power and the Spear itself produces a vision of Laurel to convince Sara to let go of her dream of bringing Laurel back.
    • Crossing into They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character, The Justice Society of America was hyped up prior to the season as being a huge part of the season, and being the original super-team in American comics as well as having multiple incarnations, the team only really appear once at the beginning (and leaves most of them under-developed as characters), and instead are explained as having disbanded to hide the Spear for Rip. Their history with Rip isn't explained and only Amaya (an original character) is of any real importance, and it appears the team only existed in the 40s/50s, rather than living on to the present day. Given the time travel element of the show, they could have met multiple versions of the team's line-up and showcased both older and newer members, but instead we get one version, built up of a limited number of members from different versions, and are all subsequently killed or sent to time periods where they're out of the way.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: In season 2, the Legend's treatment of Rory after he inadvertently leaks their plans to the Legion of Doom makes them come across as a bunch of real jerks. It's pretty obvious to the audience, and should be really obvious to them that it was a genuine mistake since he thought the Snart he was talking to was a hallucination, and yet they still treat him as though he was consciously selling him out. They also admit to his face to never trusting Mick even though he's been completely loyal and compliant since the season started (especially compared to how he was in season 1). It's really hard to feel bad for them when their behavior ultimately pushes him to do the very thing they accused him of and have a Face–Heel Turn for the sake of the one person who didn't treat him like crap. That even after all that, he still felt guilty enough to risk his life to try to make things right with them again only makes them look worse. Even worse is the fact that they did this twice.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Amaya calling out Sara for not using the Spear when they had the chance, even though they had no idea how to use it.
    • Despite having the means to literally rewrite reality, Thawne doesn't use the Spear to bring back his ancestor, Eddie, which would fix the issue of him being a Paradox Person and get the Black Flash to leave him alone. Instead, he just creates a world designed to pander to his ego, locks the Black Flash in a cage, and considers the problem solved, which comes back to bite him in the finale, when the Spear is depowered and an uncaged Black Flash comes calling.
    • The Legends pile on Rory for what was a genuine mistake, accusing him of being unloyal to his face, pretty much showing that after all this time they still don't trust him, even though he's shown to be loyal (if rogue-ish) to them dozens of times. This behavior is what ends up pushing him to betray the team and join the Legion. Later, when he feels bad for what the Legion did to them, he risks his life to bring them back, proving once again his loyalty to them. What do they do after he does this? Again they accuse him of not being trustworthy and leave him behind, which yet again makes him go back to the Legion to make them aware of their plans.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:

     Season 3 
  • Accidental Innuendo: Played for laughs in "Guest Starring John Noble" where Ray says that he and Nora had a connection before adding he could get inside her. Darhk immediately glares at Ray, before Ray clarifies he meant the other kind.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • After the controversial decision of Rip quitting the Legends, it was announced he'd still be in the show forming a new organization of Time Masters — called the Time Bureau.
    • Sara off-handedly mentions having a one time stand with a male Time Bureau agent, as well as having a fling with John Constantine, after a couple years of complaints that the writers seemed to forget she's bisexual rather than just being into ladies. Similarly, John himself has his canonical sexuality acknowledged and referenced (even getting some Ship Tease with poor Gary, of all people) after his origin show was criticized for severely downplaying his interest in men.
    • After The Flash was criticized for greatly under using Wally West note , leading to many fans to petition for him to join the Legends, the announcement came that not only was he appearing, but as of 3.13, would become a series regular. On top of this, when he does appear, he's shown acting more like his classic Justice League selfnote , bringing a lot of fun to the show and proving He Really Can Act regarding Keiynan Lonsdale's performance as him.
    • Rip being the one to recruit Wally since like him, many see Rip as an underused character, and he and Wally working together did show promise. Plus, many believe that Rip could mentor Wally in the dangers of Time Travel better since he has more self-restraints compared to Barry.
  • Broken Base: Wally West joining the cast in the second half; there was controversy before he even joined officially due to concern about how well they could balance him, but now that he's part of the show, there's a belief that moving him to Legends cuts him out of The Flash and his part in the legacy, not helped by how often he talks about being the 'outcast' of Team Flash, which some feel is out of character. However, others point out that the parent show was the one that tried to cut him out in the first place and introduced the idea he felt out of place, and find his time with the Legends to have greatly improved how well his character was being written. The fact Marc Guggenheim is Legends' showrunnernote  often comes up with this, particularly when people are criticising Wally's writing on this show.
  • Crazy Awesome: By this point, it's safe to say that the entire cast - hell, the entire show - is this in one way or another. The Legends specialize in coming up with the most unorthodox plans and letting all hell break loose to save the day. It's hard to say where exactly it started, but the absolute undeniable high point is fighting Mallus and winning with a two-story-tall avatar of Beebo.
    Ava: This is insanity.
    Sara: Insane is what we do best, Ava.
  • Creepy Awesome: Mallus. Ancient Evil, Demonic Possession, Nothing Is Scarier.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Gary, the Butt-Monkey Time Bureau agent who has his fanboying of the Legends severely tested by having to clean up their crap.
    • Gumball the Dominator baby and an E.T. expy.
    • Earth-1 Leonard Snart was already a fan-favorite, but his Earth-X counterpart, Leo Snart seems to be even more warmly received, having all of his doppelganger's humor but also being a Nice Guy. Helps that, unlike old Snart, he wears his comic basis' costume.
    • Beebo was so popular that became a meme and ultimately defeated Mallus.
    • John Constantine, much like brief tenure on Arrow, his time on Legends of Tomorrow made him an instant favorite. Only this time he's sticking around.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • It's a popular fan theory that Gary was the unnamed agent who Sara seduced to get into their headquarters.
    • Mallus' identity. Who he is and what he is? Like with most Arrowverse villains with secret identities, fans have been busy coming up with all sorts of wild theories. Candidates range from reasonable like: Director Bennett, Vandal Savage, Savitar, and Trigon. To outright ridiculous like: Gary, Sarah Lance (Sara's original actress), deceased Earth-1 Laurel's spirit, and Beebo. Turns out none of them were right and Mallus is a completely original character with no secret identity.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Don't try to change the version of your friend from another universe... even if you're trying to help him as much as you're trying to help yourself (Leo giving up on trying to equate Mick with Mickey and allowing him to return to drinking heavily.) Although it's made slightly more friendly by the episode making it obvious that Leo's attempt does more harm than good.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Though the individual fandoms of the two shows already butted heads, having Wally jump over to this show from The Flash pushed things further. Besides the Reddit pages meme-warring, there's a lot of arguing between Legends fans and Flash fans about which show he's 'best' on. Wally's 'basic bitch' line and some of his more Chaotic Good actions (such as getting drunk with Rip, stealing from and pantsing Gary (while drunk, mind) under Rip's request) have lead to some Flash fans insisting that the show is 'ruining' himnote , while Legends fans have generally adored these scenes.
    • One quickly developed with Vixen. While Amaya is plenty popular, a large portion of the fandom misses Mari and dearly wishes she would make another appearance — having not been seen since her guest spot on "Arrow", and have an adventure with Amaya. Despite being alluded to all season long she never showed up and the season finale effectively RetConned her entire show. Naturally fans were furious!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Beebo being a Memetic Badass became all the more hilarious when the Legends use the Totems of Zambesi to create a gigantic Beebo to kill Mallus. The fans were right, Beebo truly is a God now.
  • Ho Yay: After their friendship developed in season two, the tenth episode of the third season ends with Leo announcing that he's going to marry Ray and, when Mick is surprised, clarifies that he's going to be marrying his Ray, not "your Ray."
    • Nate and Wally have gotten a lot of this, particularly with Wally playfully teasing Nate's hair, lots of hugging, generally being happy to spend time together, and Wally openly telling him he loves him.
  • HSQ:
    • Mallus revealing his true demonic form.
    • The Legends use the Totems of Zambesi to create a gigantic Beebo to fight Mallus!
  • Informed Wrongness: The Time Bureau including Rip constantly put down the Legends throughout the first episode and sideline them for being loose cannons that screw up history as much as they save it and the viewers are clearly intended to side against the Bureau. However, the Time Bureau is shown to be much more competent in just that one episode at doing the same job than The Legends have ever been in 2 seasons, all the Time Bureau's criticisms are actually true as the Legends even outright proudly admit multiple times in the episode, and the attempts by The Legends to circumvent them only goes to demonstrate those criticisms true in the process and just result in another alteration both groups end up having to work to fix.
    • This is mitigated as the season goes on when it becomes obvious that the Bureau has a bad case of being Lawful Stupid in anything involving Mallus which it takes its logical conclusion when they mutiny against Rip for trying to stop Mallus, even when they approved agents for said mission. This comes back to haunt them as Damien Darhk and the rest of the Cult run rings around the Bureau without Rip to guide them.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Fans are not convinced Rip really died when he performed his Heroic Sacrifice to delay Mallus. Especially given Gideon already said there was a minute chance of surviving.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Beebo the God of War" has several of these.
      • Beebo. note 
      • After the opening where young Martin Stein shoots a toy arrow with the Arrow theme song playing, people started making "My name is Oliver Queen" monologues for Martin.
      • The Martin Stein Puppet that Leo Snart uses for therapy.
    • Zari's use of cue cards to subtitle Mick and Ray's laundry room bantering provided an exceptionally meme-able image.
    • "Hi Annoyed, I'm Dad."note 
    • Related to season 2's 'All women in history are lesbian' meme, calling the Waverider a 'ship of Bisexuals' owing to both Sara and John being bisexual, and the Ho Yay and Les Yay moments between the different team members, with some assuming that either the entire ship are Bi, or at least that many of their romantic blues would be solved if they were.
    • "Make America Grodd again."note 
  • Memetic Badass: Beebo the God of War. Fans immediately started to treat Beebo like a deity much like the Vikings did. This reached its pinnacle once Beebo canonically defeated Mallus.
  • Narm: For some reason, the crew thought it would be a good idea to make not one but two episodes heavily involving Mari McCabe despite not being able to get her actress on the show, which naturally results in both scripts tying themselves in knots to keep her completely offscreen. The finale's 'solution' for getting around this hasn't helped at all.
  • Narm Charm: The CGI used to render Mallus' true form is less smooth than that of, say, Grodd, but it has the effect of making him subtly unsettling to look at.
    • Beebo vs. Mallus is positively made of this.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Mallus' Demonic Possession of Nora Darhk is downright disturbing. She gains black or red eyes, speaks in a chilling demonic voice, can telekinetically control surroundings, and performs an Exorcist Head for good measure.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor:
    • Nate and Amaya's romance. They both know it can't last since history dictates that Amaya will marry somebody else and have a daughter who will give her two grandkids, Kuasa and Mari. Yet they still can't keep their hands off each other. Kuasa eventually calls Amaya out this on how she's endangering her family.
    • Ava/Sara has gotten this reception from some; while they have believable chemistry, some disliked how much focus it's gotten as it takes away significantly from Sara's plot focus, much like the (also derided) romantic plots on Supergirl or The Flash last season.
  • Signature Scene: Again, Beebo vs. Mallus, which minutes after it aired had already become one of the most iconic scenes of the show, and many people have commented that it is basically the entire show in a nutshell.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Grodd. Unlike Kuasa or the Darhks, he's vastly underused and unlike them he has no motivation other than causing chaos just For the Evulz. Heck, after his debut episode the Legends don't even fight him again until the penultimate episode.
    • Mari McCabe, the present-day Vixen, who despite the origin of her powers being a core plot line of the season and the villain of her animated series being part of the Villain Team-Up for this season, is never used, with the show opting to instead jump through hoops to avoid it and eventually outright retconning her almost out of existencenote ! Though there's an element of Real Life Writes the Plot (Megalyn Echikunwoke being unavailable), simply recasting or making arrangements with Echikunwoke prior to writing the Vixen-heavy season beforehand would have solved this.
    • Rip Hunter, despite being one of the most well-liked characters in the show, is relegated for most of the season first as an Obstructive Bureaucrat then later imprisoned by the Bureau he helped create, and spends most of the season off-screen before performing a Heroic Sacrifice in the Season Finale. Though his place on the team was pretty much void after Sara's promotion, this doesn't excuse why he couldn't have been a more active presence at least, especially after he became The Mentor to Wally briefly, and especially as the Big Bad of the season is established as being his secret arch-nemesis.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: "The Return of Mack" not having actual vampires (even though actual zombies showed up last season) and being nothing more than a vehicle to reintroduce Damien Darhk, a character whom some fans now feel has long since outlived his welcome, back into the show.
  • Unexpected Character: John Constantine returning was a big surprise considering the last time he showed up he was Exiled from Continuity aside from one appearance. Even more so is he's scheduled to be a regular in Season 4 alongside getting his own animated show on the CW.
  • Win the Crowd:
    • The announcement that the producers successfully persuaded Matt Ryan to reprise his role as Constantine on the show for a two episode arc excited a lot of fans. This even got the crew to announce that he'd be bumped up to regular for Season 4, before a renewal was even announced.
    • Grodd becoming a recurring villain, after his occasional appearances on The Flash tended to leave fans wanting a lot more.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Luke Bilyk as Elvis Presley. He can't play the guitar, his singing is clearly dubbed, and he certainly doesn't look the part. Were there seriously no better options out there?

     Season 4 
  • Angst? What Angst?: The last image of Sara Lance in Arrowverse Year Six is at the deathbed of her father. This is never addressed at the start of Arrowverse Year Seven/Season Four of Legends.
  • Awesome Music:
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Ava mourning Sara's death in an alternate timeline is made hilarious by the sheer Wangst involved, dying her hair black and blasting emo rock at all hours. Upon learning the truth, she immediately realizes that of course something's wrong with the timeline if she's acting like this.
  • Designated Hero:
    • All the Legends act like colossal jerks towards Charlie when first meeting her, trying to send her to hell without even asking any questions first and then imprisoning her on the Waverider and basically forcing her to become a member. Special mention goes to John Constantine, who strips her of her powers due to what basically boils down to Fantastic Racism.
    • Later, Charlie and John fall into this when they keep screwing around with the timeline for personal gains.
    • Downplayed, but Rory decides to fire at Constantine and Neron, who is in Ray’s body, and says that it’s what needed to be done when a teammate goes dark, and completely ignoring his past of Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Garima was very popular after appearing in Tagumo Attacks, and fans were happy when she appeared in promotional photos for the mid-season finale.
    • Nora Darhk has become one of the most beloved characters of Season 4. This is mainly because of Courtney Ford's acting, her chemistry with Mona, and her redemption arc is one of the most well-received in the show's history.
    • Kitty Zari. Zari being transformed into a cat in "Legends of To-Meow-Meow" which fans fell head over heels in love with.
    • Puppets of Tomorrow. Also from "Legends of To-Meow-Meow" where Sara, Ray, Nate, and Zari get turned into puppets due to Rory being irresponsible with the Fairy Godmother's power.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Zari and Charlie as opposed to Zari and Nate. Many fans assumed that Zari is LBGT; she casually admitted to Charlie she finds her posing as Amaya and very pointedly did not answer Zari's question if she was staight, plus the two have natural Belligerent Sexual Tension and Zari doesn't have any kind of chemistry with Nate.
  • Ho Yay:
    • The first episode includes Mick meeting Nate's parents, with the scenes coming off a lot like Nate is accidentally introducing his boyfriend to his disapproving father. And then the second episode has Ray ending up naked in Nate's arms just in time to meet Hank.
    • With Sara and Ava now a full time couple, many fans picked up similar Belligerent Sexual Tension vibes between Zari and Charlie. The midseason finale ends with Charlie picking up on Zari saying her Shapeshifter Mode Lock form is hot.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Let's face it. This season's main selling point is Constantine being a main character. The CW plays this up in the advertising even airing the animated miniseries "City of Demons" the week before the premiere just to drum interest.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Mona. Most fans consider her to be a moronic and superfluous character who took up screen time that would've been better spent on either the previously established Legends or the new Legends who were more interesting, more competent, and actually contributed to the season's main plot. And the less said about her werewolf alter ego Wolfie the better.
    • Behrad, Zari's brother who took her place after that version of her was wiped out of existence.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Even though it is just a short scene, the reception to Vandal Savage's appearance in the Season finale has been universally positive due to how hilarious it was.
  • Seasonal Rot: While not horrible, fans consider it the weakest season since Season One for a variety of reasons: the much maligned awkward and forced romance between Zari and Nate which took the focus of several episodes — not helped by the natural chemistry Charlie and Zari, too much focus on the Time Bureau employees at the expense of the Legends, especially Constantine the season's main selling point, the writers constantly changing their mind at the last minute — like turning Hank into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold despite several episodes of setting him up as the antagonist which was their original plan and the way they went about it left a sour taste in most fans' mouths and a rather underwhelming finale which fans might've forgiven had the writers not RetGoned Zari and replacing her with her brother.
  • She Really Can Act: Downplayed as Maisie Richardson-Sellers' performance as Amaya was already quite popular, but this season she really gets to show her range as the completely different character of punk rock shapeshifter Charlie.
  • Shocking Swerve: Hank Heywood was originally intended to be the season's Big Bad, but the writers changed their minds halfway through and gave him what was supposed to be a noble motivation for his actions. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit at all with the way he was acting in the season's first half, and no one seems to have really thought through what they came up with for what he was trying to do, which essentially makes him into the villain from Space Jam who we're still supposed to somehow like.
  • Squick: The demon Neron's face is a vaguely head-shaped mass of pulsating holes. It's bound to make any trypophobe nauseous.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Zari becomes irresistibly attracted to Nate out of absolutely nowhere.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: While Maisie Richardson-Sellers is beloved by the fandom, many think that she already had her time on the show and would've preferred Charlie to be furthermore portrayed by Anjli Mohindra, whose performance was very well received in her debut episode.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: After his real plan is revealed the audience is obviously supposed to view Hank Heywood as redeemed... except that torturing magical creatures to make them docile enough to pose in an amusement park is still pretty screwed up! At best, he's Obliviously Evil with a What Measure Is a Non-Human? mentality, as his actions dip into Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil.

     Season 5 
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