DCeased (Comic Book) – TV Tropes

  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: The Anti-Life Equation appears to partially mutate the bodies of its victims so that their fingers become sharper and more claw-like, in order to more easily pass on infection to others.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Justified; once the Anti-Life Equation infection starts spreading, Batman contacts The Flash and Kid Flash and convinces them to stay in isolation instead of trying to help with the crisis. Neither speedster is happy about it, but they agree that one of them becoming a carrier for the Equation would be disastrous. They’re eventually able to get around the problem by putting on contact lenses that blurs their sight enough that they should be safe from witnessing the Equation on any screens. In Issue # 5, these fears come to fruition, with Barry being infected by martian Manhunter and going on to infect many around the globe, including demigod !
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Many have described the story as DC’s take on Marvel Zombies.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: The virus is constantly seeking to infect new and stronger supers, culminating in Anti-life Superman. This trope works in the heroes favor later, with the arrival of an even bigger fish. Ganthet and the Green Lantern Corps.
  • Anachronism Stew: The starting point of the series depicts a universe that subtly blends continuity details from both the pre- and post-Flashpoint DCU.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Poison Ivy expresses sympathy for Batman II/Damian when he tells her Batman I/Bruce died.
  • Arc Words: My mother used to tell me there was no such thing as monsters. There was nothing hide in the night. nothing was going to jump out of the shadows. I wish I could have told my child the same thing. But by the time I was grown, I ‘d seen excessively many monsters. I knew they were very. There was one thing I did n’t know …
  • Atrocious Alias: John Constantine mocks Mister Terrific’s name, pointing out that it makes him sound extremely arrogant. however, after the latter ‘s death, Constantine speaks highly of him and states that he truly earned the name.
  • Badass Family:
    • The Kent family. With the radio-equivalent of a Voice with an Internet Connection Lois Lane as the mother (which also counts her as a Badass Pacifist in this story, as she does none of the fighting yet is still just as badass as her husband Clark and her son Jon), the god-like Superman/Clark Kent as the father, and the demigod-like Superboy/Jon Kent as the son.
    • Black Lightning and his two daughters, Thunder and Lightning, are among the surviving heroes fighting against the infected.
    • The Bat-Family serves as the surrogate family equivalent of this. Alfred, who treats the Bat-Family as his sons, with Damian Wayne as his surrogate grandson. Batman even when he’s infected is still a badass, as he makes an effort to at least hold the infection at bay long enough to contact the remnants of the Justice League. The narraration implies that Nightwing when he was still human had an off-screen moment of badass, as he managed to help defeat Darkseid despite Nightwing being a Badass Normal as opposed to Darkseid’s superhuman badass.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • John Constantine is on the receiving end of this twice: the first by Mister Terrific’s team of heroes, and the second by Doctor Fate and Zatanna. He’s not happy about the second time, since he points out that the two sorcerers only showed up after the other heroes fell
    • In Issue #6, a seemingly doomed final battle to protect the final fleeing survivors of humanity receives this when the entire Green Lantern Corps shows up to battle Infected ! Superman .
  • Bittersweet Ending: Sol/Sector 2814 is completely lost when the infect Superman absorbs the stallion Sun, dooming those left on Earth, but .002 % of world ( around 140 thousand ) are saved with Guy Gardner and the other Green Lanterns leading them to “ Earth 2 ” with hopes to rebuild their world .
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Cyborg kills an infect Giganta. Considering how big she is, the result hole is big enough for him to walk through.
  • Break the Badass: Superman is really put through the wringer in the story, having friends, colleagues, and his beget make infected and turn on him throughout, and it all culminates in his own death and monstrous transformation at the end of the one-fifth issue .
  • Brown Note: The virus can be transmitted visually via the internet; millions are infected instantly while engaging in mundane electronics usage, including Green Lantern, Nightwing, Red Robin, and Joker.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Mister Terrific’s group approaches John Constantine for help, but he refuses and goes to hole himself up at the Oblivion Bar. He changes his mind later, playing a pivotal function in dealing with the interfere Waverider.
  • Colony Ship: once the heroes are able to regroup at the Fortress of Solitude, Cyborg and Lex Luthor start working on plans for arks to take the surviving inhabitants of Earth to another satellite.
  • Covers Always Lie: Some issues feature covers with characters who either don’t actually appear in the specific issue or don’t appear at all, or are shown as being infected but this does not happen in-story if at all. There are even covers showing heroes fighting the infected after previous issues already had that hero turned.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Batman remains protected from the Equation in the Batcave due to both the Bat Computer’s firewall systems isolating the virus and a network of analog cameras placed around Gotham City that allow him to view the outside chaos without worrying about witnessing digital signals carrying the Equation. In addition, he has an electromagnetic pulse ready to go to disable any and all electronics inside Wayne Manor. Unfortunately, these safeguards don’t protect Nightwing and Red Robin from becoming infected. however, he has the foresight to provide Damian with equipment to counter and defeat the members of the Justice League.
    • Wonder Woman reveals that she and Hippolyta had been experimenting in combining magic and kryptonite in sheath Superman ever went rogue – or in this case, zombified
  • Cruel Twist Ending: For one character in particular: after staying behind on Earth out of guilt for unintentionally bringing the virus there in the first place, Cyborg discovers that the remedy for the contagion has been inside of him the solid time. deplorably, he ‘s killed by the infect Wonder Woman before he can communicate with the elimination arks.
  • Darkest Hour: Issue #5, appropriately titled “Hope Lost,” ends with Superman succumbing to the infection.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Green Arrow’s response to Batman’s discovery that the Anti-Life Equation is what triggers the infection. Green Arrow: I constantly knew mathematics would doom us all .
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: John Constantine pulls this off twice: when Waverider prevents Mister Terrific ‘s team from going second in clock time, Constantine arrives and knocks him out. later, Constantine uses a while to keep Waverider from disappearing into the time current, giving an infect Blue Beetle the opportunity to kill him.
  • Didn’t See That Coming:
    • The narration notes that Captain Atom was supposed to be impervious, so he was thought to be safe from the risk of infection. unfortunately, he was in the like board as The Atom when the latter became infect ; the Atom was well able to enter the Captain ‘s body at the microscopic floor to infect the atoms in his still-flesh heart.
    • John Constantine almost literally invokes this: when arriving to confront an interfering Waverider, Constantine uses his magic trick to prevent the prison term traveler from seeing Constantine ‘s own future. As a leave, Constantine is able to knock out Waverider well with some mismanagement and a headbutt.
  • Dramatic Irony: Constantine didn’t want anything to do with Mister Terrific’s team when they first approached him for help. After he comes back late, he ends up being the only one who survives
  • Driven to Suicide: Darkseid is corrupted by the Equation and kills himself by driving into the core of Apokolips and destroys his entire planet, along with himself.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In Issue #6, when the decision is made to evacuate what ‘s left of humanness away from Sol, Guy Gardner jokes that this might look a little bad on the Corps, losing a sector and all. Dinah chews him out over it, but he justifies this by stating that he’s scared right now and being his normal asshole self is the only way he can cope.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • After helping Darkseid create the virus, Desaad of all people is horrified by the realization of what he’s helped unleash on Apokolips. Unfortunately, his attempts to get rid of the virus by chucking Cyborg through a boom tube only serves to hasten the virus’s spread on Earth, while doing nothing to impede a newly-infected Darkseid’s suicide run on the core of Apokolips.
    • Lex Luthor declares a armistice with Superman after the end of Metropolis, as he ‘s authentically heartbroken over the loss of their home city.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Harley Quinn isn’t a saint, but she sincerely tried to convince Poison Ivy to use her new Gotham Jungle as a recourse for human survivors of the crisis, and is very felicitous when she finally agrees
  • Eye Scream: green Arrow kills Aquaman with an arrow through the eye .
  • Facial Horror: One of the defining characteristics of the infected. Once the Anti-Life Equation enters someone’s mind, the victim will desperately claw at their own heads to try to get it out before fully succumbing. As such, all of the infected have their heads scarred with deep, bloody claw marks.
  • Fighting Your Friend:
    • Black Canary and Green Arrow are nearly overwhelmed by an infected Green Lantern. Black Canary is ultimately forced to kill him with a Canary Cry to save both of their lives.
    • In A Good Day to Die, big Barda, Mister Miracle, Booster Gold, and Blue Beetle ( Ted Kord ) are forced to fight their previous teammates Fire and Ice, both of whom have become infect
    • The surviving heroes are eventually forced to fight an infect martian Manhunter. Shortly afterwards, Superman is forced to put down Flash, who Manhunter infected during his attack on the Fortress of Solitude .
    • The infect Aquaman is ultimately killed by fleeceable Arrow. not long after, Wonder Woman, Black Canary, and Cyborg try to defeat the infect Superman.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing:
    • In A Good Day to Die, John Constantine realizes that Chas has been infected when he sees Chas ‘s smartphone lie down in the front seat of his cab, glowing with the bolshevik light of the infection. Chas attacks him seconds late .
    • When Harley goes to break up with Joker, he ‘s hunched over a wall of monitors in his lair. At the conclusion of Harley ‘s speech, a close-up of his face reveals that he ‘s been infected .
    • As Aquaman investigates a drifting bottom, a break smartphone on the floor tips off what he ‘s going to find find to the crew .
  • Foreshadowing: In A Good Day to Die, Waverider obviously sees Superman discovering the Flash in hiding as the key event that “ locks ” the future into plaza. finally, the Flash becoming infected and Superman becoming infected upon stopping him leads into the Darkest Hour
  • From Bad to Worse: The entire series, as the infection spreads and heroes die. Things get even worse in Issue #4 when Captain Atom become infected. His meltdown ends up devastating a massive collocate of the American east coast. Issue #5, appropriately titled “Hope Lost,” ends with the infection of Superman.
  • Godzilla Threshold:
    • Captain Atom is considered to be this to the United States government. As the Equation spreads, Amanda Waller sends him out to destroy as many of the infected as he can with his atomic powers. When he detonates after becoming infected, the destruction is inexplicable : the unleash energy destroys Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, and even reaches Metropolis.
    • Mister Terrific considers his third and final plan to be this: using a time machine to alter history in order to save the earth.
    • The crisis eventually gets so bad that Wonder Woman convinces Hippolyta and the other Amazons to allow survivors from Man ‘s World to come to Themyscira. Lex Luthor late goes vitamin a far as to conclude that humanity has to leave Earth wholly to survive.
  • Green Thumb: Poison Ivy, as usual. She finally turns all of Gotham City into a afforest haven from the infect.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be:
    • An infect Big Barda tears Mister Terrific in half from the waist.
    • This is how an infected martian Manhunter kills Lex Luthor. With Eye Beams
  • Heartbroken Badass: All over the place, due to the nature of the story. Alfred is deeply saddened by the deaths of Batman, Nightwing, and Red Robin, with Robin joining him not long after. Superman is also hit hard after seeing an septic Jonathan Kent.
  • Heroic BSoD: The uncover that Cyborg had the cure all along causes him to incautiously release the Lasso and leave his back turned on the infect Wonder Woman, giving her an open to tear off his head .
  • Heroic Suicide: When he become infected, Superman tries to fly deep into quad and kill himself with oxygen loss before he amply succumbs. He fails
  • Hive Mind: Implied of the victims of the Anti-Life Equation. Confirmed in Issue # 6, when Infected ! Wonder Woman speaks via the Lasso of Truth and states that “ We have a spokesperson. ”
  • Hold the Line:
    • Mister Miracle and Big Barda desperately try to keep the infected outside while the rest of their group attempts to use Booster Gold’s time machine. unfortunately, they ‘re overwhelmed, and an infect Big Barda breaks into the construction, lets the perch of the drove in, and personally kills Mister Terrific.
    • In Issue #6, the Amazons forfeit themselves to hold off the infect Atlanteans long adequate for the second ark to get away from Themyscira and into space .
    • Also in Issue #6, Jon heads into space to battle his zombified beget and buy time for the ark to escape, fully expecting to die in the process. The fight is intense, but it alone lasts a infinitesimal after Superman manages to break Jon ‘s branch. fortunately, that minute bought adequate time for the Green Lantern Corp to arrive .
  • Hope Spot:
    • An In-Universe one. When the Batwing arrives and aids the surviving League members in fighting an infected Giganta, Robin clearly hopes that it means Batman is still alive. Instead, Alfred comes out of the cockpit and sadly confirms the death.
    • In A Good Day to Die, Mister Terrific’s final plan involves using Booster Gold ‘s time machine to go back in clock time and prevent the stallion Anti-Life infection from coming to be. After knocking out the interfering Waverider, it looks like the heroes are going to be able to successfully use the time machine … then Booster Gold is wiped from universe as his future ceases to be, which is immediately followed by the infect break in.
    • Issue #5: After slowing the spread of the infection well by destroying the internet and securing safe havens across the ball for the survivors, the remaining heroes ‘ efforts are undone when martian Manhunter infects Flash, who then proceeds to kill/infect thousands more within seconds. Superman manages to destroy him, but in the process become infected a well and turns while trying to flee Earth.
  • I Choose to Stay:
    • Both Harley and Ivy choose not to dining table the arks leaving Earth. Ivy refuses to leave the Green, and Harley refuses to leave Ivy.
    • Cyborg besides chooses to remain behind out of guilt for unintentionally bringing the virus to Earth.
  • In-Universe Catharsis: Lampshaded by Harley Quinn when she kills an infect joker with a shotgun blast to the stomach. After a consequence of electric shock, she ‘s nothing but exultant that he ‘s last gone

    . Harley: Oh my god … that was the most purgative thing ever !

  • It Can Think: Played with.
    • The superhuman infected are outwardly as stupid as conventional zombies, but are nonetheless capable of using their powers and technologies effectively.
      • An infected Green Lantern is able to use his ring, for example, though not with any subtlety. And Aquaman can still control sea creatures, but only seems to use the most vicious types.
      • Even zombified Badass Normals can still use some of their skills. For example, the infected Nightwing and Red Robin can still use their agility to out-maneuver Batman, who is quite agile himself, and the zombified Birds of Prey can still use enough agility to swoop down from Gotham buildings like they used to do when they were alive.
    • They’re also capable of coming up with some pretty elaborate strategies to attack pockets of resistance. The Atom is able to use his knock to find a manner past Captain Atom ‘s defenses, an septic martian Manhunter crosses the planet while invisible to make a surgical strickle against Lex Luthor and the Flash, and Aquaman bypasses Mera ‘s hydrokinetic defense of Atlantis by filling the surrounding water with infect blood.
    • Furthermore, the Equation uses Captain Atom to blow up three cities using his radiation powers, and then later sends Flash to infect any survivors he finds using his super-speed.
    • After an infect Superman is surrounded by the Green Lantern Corps, he retreats into the Sun to drain it and kill the remaining humans on earth .
    • Issue # 6 reveals that the anti-living are healthy enough to speak when an undead Wonder Woman is interrogated by Cyborg with the Lasso of Truth.
  • Just in Time: Superman arrives just in time to destroy the smart phone and television in the Kent family apartment, saving Lois, Jon, and Damian from becoming infected. deplorably subverted when he ‘s besides late getting to Smallville to save his own founder
  • Karmic Death:
    • Darkseid sought the Anti-Life Equation to subjugate the universe under his control. The corrupted variant he created using Cyborg and the Black Racer ends up subjugating him, which leads to his death and Apokolips’s
    • Waverider coldly deletes Booster Gold from the timeline and condemns the past to its destiny. To top it all off, he tells constantine that it ’ s improbable they will meet again. John decides to repay this by freezing Waverider and have him be killed by an septic Blue Beetle .
  • Kill It with Fire: How Firestorm kills an infected martian Manhunter.
  • Know When to Fold Them: In Issue #6, the infect Superman realizes he ca n’t fight the entire Green Lantern Corps and thus dives into the heart of the sun to absorb it in a last-ditch effort to spread as much death as possible. In turn, Ganthet realizes there ‘s no way they can stop him and opts to get humanness to base hit as Superman ‘s actions would ultimately kill all life sentence in Earth ‘s solar organization and put the virus to sleep .
  • Kraken and Leviathan: Aquaman leads an attack on Themyscira riding on a giant Kraken.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Issue #6 opens with Wonder Woman forging Kryptonite into a magic trick sword to kill an infect demigod.
  • Legacy Character:
    • Black Canary inherits Hal Jordan’s ring after being forced to kill him.
    • After his father’s death, Damian Wayne becomes the new Batman.
    • Jonathan takes his father’s mantle before being forced to stop him from attacking the arks.
    • Wallace West has updated his costume in the final issue and is implied to taken on the mantle of the new Flash.
    • Only Cassie Sandsmark (Wonder Girl) is left to carry the legacy of Diana and the Amazons.
  • Like a Son to Me: It’s clear that Alfred feels this way about the entire Bat Family. He explicitly calls Batman his son before killing him once he’s taken over by the infection. Before leaving Wayne Manor, he refers to Batman, Nightwing, and Red Robin as “[his] boys.”
  • My Friends… and Zoidberg: Played for Black Comedy: Green Arrow is annoyed to discover that Batman did n’t bother coming up with a plan for taking him down like he did with the rest of the League members.
  • Narrator All Along: Issue #5 reveals that the narrator of the series is Lois Lane.
  • New Media Are Evil: The virus is widespread through the use of the internet and smartphones, with 600 million people being affected almost instantly. The surviving Justice League members take back the Daily Planet building since Lois Lane can use the analog broadcasting systems kept there to try and contact other survivors, and Issue #5 opens with them taking down the Internet and other digital communications entirely. Lois mentions that her parents are safe since her father, General Sam Lane, never trusted smart phones, and thus was able to avoid infection long enough to get himself and his wife to a secure bunker. Lampshaded by Green Arrow, who always felt that one day, destroying the internet would be key to saving the Earth.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The heroes added extra down multitude to Themyscira to provide refuge for survivors. unfortunately, doing so finally allows the infect Atlanteans to detect it.
    • According to the narrator Superman ‘s attempted Heroic Sacrifice after he became infect failed because he stopped to say good bye to his kin. As a solution of him succumbing to the infection the sun was destroyed .
  • Our Zombies Are Different:
    • After studying the Equation and how it infects people, Batman concludes that the infected are not technically zombies. Green Arrow immediately points out that the distinction feels pedantic.
    • Usually, instead of feeding on the non-infected, they seek to spread “anti-life” as much as possible, either by killing or infecting anyone they can get their hands on. This is specially obtrusive with Darkseid and Captain Atom ; preferably than trying to eat people, they both perform incredibly damaging suicide attacks to kill as many people as possible upon becoming infected .
    • Issue #4 reveals that the zombies are in fact undead.
    • In some cases the infected do in fact eat their prey, such as an infected Clayface trying to pull people into his mouth to eat them and some Gotham citizen trying to fight off the zombies with his shotgun, only to get over-whelmed and then eaten alive off-panel.
    • To make matters worse then they already were, any infected hero or villain retains their skills or power-sets.
    • Interestingly, as proven by Harley blowing out Joker ’ s guts with a shotgun, the infected don’t need headshots to be killed despite being undead.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: Played for Laughs when Lois Lane decks Lex Luthor after he makes a cruel joke and realizes that Jon saw the whole thing. Lois: Um … violence is never the answer, Jon .Jon: It looked like a pretty good answer just then.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Harley Quinn gets a good one right before killing the joker. Harley:

    Mistah J… you were never any good for me.

  • Pre-Sacrifice Final Goodbye:
    • After he becomes infect, Superman gives his family a dolorous adieu before he flies into space to try and kill himself before the infection takes hold.
    • Hippolyta requests that Wonder Girl communicate her tiara and last words to Diana as the Amazons sacrifice themselves to hold back the infect Atlanteans from the ark. Subverted when Diana becomes an septic.
    • Jon Kent hugs Damian before leaving the ark to face his septic father, a competitiveness he does n’t expect to survive. Subverted when he survives thanks to the arrival of the Green Lantern Corps
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A Good Day to Die focuses on a group of heroes consisting of Mr. Terrific, Big Barda, Mister Miracle, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, and John Constantine. All but Constantine end up killed or infected.
  • “Ray of Hope” Ending: Everyone on Earth is either abruptly or doomed, and the entirety of the surviving population could n’t be evacuated, but the survivors finally resettle on a raw planet and the virus enters a sleeping phase after Superman drains the sunlight.
  • Ret-Gone: Booster Gold fades from being as the Anti-Life crisis wipes his future away.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Cyborg in the final examination return decides to stay behind on earth to seek answers from the now infected-Wonder Woman, partially ascribable to his guilt from being the one to spread the virus in the first stead. He ends up learning that he is besides the source of the likely cure, but is quickly beheaded by Wonder Woman before he could act on it .
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Although overall there is a “Ray of Hope” Ending as discussed above, the story ends this way for Cyborg. After Wonder Woman is infected, he uses the Lasso of Truth to speak to the Anti-Life Equation through her to find out whether there ‘s a cure. Infected ! Wonder Woman informs him that the virus is a binary concept, meaning that Cyborg himself contains the cure — and could have used it at any time had he known or tried, reversing every infection and making all the actual deaths throughout the series otiose. When Cyborg, horrified, tries to inform the fleeing Arks of this, Infected ! Wonder Woman takes the opportunity to kill him .
  • Simultaneous Arcs: A Good Day to Die is a side-story that takes place during the main series. Near the end of the one-shot, Waverider uses his time powers to “ see ” that Superman has just found the Flash in Keystone City, an consequence that takes place early on in Issue # 4 of the main series.
  • So Proud of You:
    • Batman starts to tell Damian this before he fully succumbs to the Anti-Life infection. When he joins up with the other heroes later, Alfred makes clear that this is what Bruce felt about Damian, and that the deceased hero wishes he had told him that more often.
    • After Superman become infected, he tells his son Jonathan how gallant he is of him before trying to kill himself in space.
  • Sole Survivor:
    • John Constantine is the only penis of Mister Terrific ‘s team of heroes to survive being killed or infected.
    • Mera seems to be the merely Atlantean to avoid infection and boards an ark .
  • Staking the Loved One: Once Batman becomes infected, he has Alfred stand by with his shotgun to put him down once he succumbs. Alfred is ultimately forced to do so.
  • Star Killing: rather than trying to fight the integral Green Lantern Corps, the infect Superman chooses to fly into the sunday and starts to absorb its energy. Ganthet notes that this will cause the entire solar system to go cold.
  • Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: While most anti-living do strive to spread the infection, their true goal is to spread anti-life (i.e. death). Anti-living with the means to do so are shown to prioritize simply killing as many people as they possibly can, as quickly as they can, even if it means destroying themselves in the act. This is seen when Darkseid detonates Apokalyps’ core, Captain Atom unleashes a Superpower Meltdown that obliterates several major cities, and Superman destroys the sun
  • Super-Power Meltdown: An infect Captain Atom starts to go critical above Washington, D.C. Superman and Wonder Woman urgently try to fly him up into space before he goes off, but they ‘re besides late ; Washington, Baltimore, and Metropolis are all destroyed in the ensuing explosion.
  • Take a Third Option: The Anti-Life Equation takes this approach in the final climax when Infected ! Superman faces off against the entire Green Lantern Corps. The equality is compelled to spread death and destruction, but is healthy enough to realise that even Infected ! Superman can not defeat them all together — and then rather of fighting them, he alternatively flies into Earth ‘s sun and begins to drain it, frankincense ensuring that it will destroy the solar arrangement much oklahoman and finally kill off everyone remaining there .
  • Take That!: A very subtle one; Issue #6 specifically has “432 Park Ave, New York City” as the ground zero where Infected ! Superman starts slaughtering New York. That address is literally on the same block where Marvel Comics had their offices in the 1970s.
  • Take Up My Sword:
    • After Black Canary is forced to kill an infect green Lantern to save herself and Green Arrow, his power ring chooses her to be its new wielder. Dinah is n’t happy about this, but is urged by Superman to keep the call to help with the impend crisis.
    • Batman gives Alfred a suitcase to deliver to Robin before he succumbs to the Equation. When Damian opens it, it’s revealed to contain a Batman costume and various pieces of equipment, making it clear that Bruce wanted his son to take up his mantle.
    • In Issue #3, the aforementioned Gotham citizen who got eaten alive drops his shotgun, allowing Harley to pick it up and use it on zombified Joker and to fend off against the zombified Birds of Prey.
    • In issue #6 Wonder Woman gives the kryptonite sword to Dinah after she ‘s mortally wounded by Superman.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Subverted in Issue #5 when the narrator suggests that Superman ‘s Heroic Sacrifice might have succeeded if he hadn ’ triiodothyronine taken the time to say adieu to his family
  • Talking to the Dead: Before he leaves the Bat Cave, Alfred sadly apologizes to the corpses of Batman, Nightwing, and Red Robin for not being able to save them.
  • This Is Something He’s Got to Do Himself: Before they learn about the Equation spreading, Harley Quinn is on her way to break up with the Joker while accompanied by Poison Ivy. Ivy declines to enter the Joker’s hideout with Harley, reassuring her that she’s more than strong enough to cut ties with him once and for all. Despite being caught napping by an infect Joker, Harley ultimately succeeds in killing him.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Despite the carnage taking place around him, Superman still tries to adhere to this, reasoning that the Anti-Life infection could potentially be cured. When clearing the Daily Planet building of the the infected, he’s only seen moving them out to the street before blocking the entrance. He only traps an infect Jonathan Kent in the basement rather of hurting him, and he stops Wonder Woman from delivering a fateful blow to an infected Giganta. He ‘s finally forced to kill an infect flash to keep the infection from spreading far, but lone after Cyborg promises him that the Flash is well and sincerely dead.
    • Batman ‘s plan for neutralizing Superman involved using kryptonite to synthesize gasoline that would slow him down. Wonder Woman explicitly notes that it ( along with all of Batman ‘s methods ) was n’t intended to be deadly.
  • Threatening Shark: An septic Aquaman attacks Atlantis with a group of these, which helps to spread infected blood throughout the ocean.
  • Time Police: When Mister Terrific ‘s group of heroes try to use a time car to go back in time and transfer history, they ‘re prevented from doing sol by the appearance of Waverider, who forbids making changes to the timeline.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Cyborg turns his back on zombi Wonder Woman without neutralizing her or finishing her murder, resulting in his end and the virus becoming unstoppable .
  • Uncertain Doom: In the final issue Harley and Ivy decide not to board the Ark and remain on Earth. While Ivy had managed to create a stronghold with her green, the fact that the Infected Superman ends up absorbing and destroying the sun means they likely wo n’t be surviving much longer .
  • Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object: Directly referenced in the narration when Superman flies to confront an infect Flash and meets the speedster capitulum on, letting him smash to pieces against his invulnerable soundbox. unfortunately, the impact is strong adequate to embed some of the Flash ‘s fingers in Superman ‘s abdomen, infecting him. Narrator: That day, we found out what happens when the unstoppable power meets the real property object …

    …they merge

    .

  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Darkseid successfully extracted the missing half of the Anti-Life Equation from Cyborg’s internal Mother Box and combined it with his own, but using the Black Racer’s essence in the process caused the Equation to become corrupt and change into The Plague that proceeds to threaten Earth. Darkseid himself promptly becomes the first to be infected, leading to him unintentionally destroying all of Apokalips.
  • The Worf Effect: The first to fall to the virus? None other than Darkseid himself.
  • Wham Line: From Issue #6: “ The cure is in you. ”
  • Wolverine Publicity: Batman is featured prominently on the covers of the first three issues of the series, leaving the impression that he was going to be the main character of the event. He’s actually one of the first heroes to fall.
  • X-Ray Vision: Superman reveals that he’s kept his eyes set on X-Ray Vision since learning how the Equation spreads. If he can’t see what’s on digital screens, the Equation can’t infect him visually like it has so many others.
  • Zerg Rush: Since the infected don’t demonstrate a high intellect, this is their primary tactic. Considering how many there are, it’s usually enough. This is how Aquaman is infected.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: If the title was not enough of an indication, the infected have plenty of similarities to traditional and non-traditional zombies, and they overwhelm the world.
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