The heroes and villains of DC Comics are fighting titanic wars for the fate of the Multiverse, but not all of them are straightforward. Often, heroes and villains have secrets and plots within plots. These secrets and plots may be quite harmless, but in other cases they have had wide-ranging consequences and brought existence to the brink of destruction.
Saving the Multiverse is never easy, and the machinations of the players involved only make it harder. The greatest heroes had to deal with secrets that almost destroyed them, but somehow they rallied and eventually won.
ten Terra’s betrayal nearly ended the Teen Titans
Terra was never the sweetest of the Teen Titans, but her teammates accepted her, giving her a new life and friends who loved her. Unfortunately for the team, Terra was not just a broken teenager with a bad attitude, she also worked for Deathstroke. Together, the two of them attacked the Titans, took them hostage and brought them to the Hive Headquarters.
Terra’s secret nearly wiped out the entire team. Deathstroke used Terra’s hatred to carry out his own missions, but it almost burned him. When Terra pounced on everyone, Deathstroke and the Titans survived, but she did not. Despite the betrayal, the Titans still mourned her death.
9 The resurrection of Jason Todd has given Batman a formidable new foe
The death of Jason Todd was an important event in the life of Batman, changing his views on the fight against crime for many years. Little did he know that Todd wouldn’t be dead for long. Depending on the continuity, he was either brought back to life when Superboy-Prime breached the walls of reality, or when Todd was placed in the Lazarus Pit by Talia al Ghul.
Todd was trained by the al Ghul and became a more experienced fighter. He will don the mantle of the Red Hood and return to Gotham for revenge. He spent years fighting Batman and his minions before eventually reforming, but there was a time when he was Batman’s most vicious new enemy.
eight The Harbinger was possessed by a shadow demon fighting the Anti-Monitor’s forces.
The Harbinger was the Monitor’s right hand, aiding him in his covert war against the Anti-Monitor. Eventually, the Monitor began recruiting heroes and villains, with Harbinger assisting them on their missions to destroy the Anti-Monitor’s vibration forks. The Anti-Monitor sent his Shadow Demons after them, and one of them possessed the Harbinger.
The Harbinger returned to the Monitor’s moon and fought the demon within her to no avail. She eventually followed the Anti-Monitor’s orders and killed the Monitor. Luckily for everyone involved, the Monitor had a contingency plan.
7 Hyperclan were white Martians
The Justice League has experienced exciting adventures, fighting against dangerous and insidious enemies. However, the Hyperclan turned out to be a unique case. The new superhero team took a different approach to their mission, chasing the villains before they attack and using their powers and technology to solve Earth’s problems.
However, the Hyperclan had a terrible secret. They were White Martians and forerunners of the invasion of militant aliens. They defeated the Justice League and imprisoned them. If not for Batman and Martian Manhunter, they would have destroyed humanity.
6 Darkseid and his minions survived the death of their bodies and almost conquered the Earth
Darkseid is a major threat whenever he appears. As the God of Evil, he is very difficult to kill. When the rest of the New Gods began to be killed, Darkseid and his minions survived. Their spirits made their way to Earth, taking possession of human bodies. Darkseid found the Anti-Life Equation and launched his most successful attack on the Multiverse.
Darkseid and his lieutenants inflicted massive damage on the heroes, which was exacerbated when the destruction of Darkseid’s first body created a black hole and began pulling the Multiverse into it. Darkseid had all the cards, but the heroes found a way to win.
5 Batman planned to kill the Justice League
Batman often planned the impossible, including making plans to kill the Justice League if they ever went evil. While this could be seen as a pragmatic and reasonable goal, there was a problem: Batman never shared this plan. This led to surprise when Ra’s al Ghul used Batman’s plans against the League.
The attack devastated the Justice League. They eventually defeated their enemy, but the damage done to the League was much worse than a nearly lost battle. The team temporarily lost confidence in Batman completely, kicking him out of the League.
four Maxwell Lord spent years getting information about the League
Maxwell Lord was the perfect plant. He spent years funding the Justice League International, acting as their jester’s mascot. Beneath it all, however, was a prudent man who sought to ensure that metahumans would never fall prey to humanity. He used his time in the League to get as much information as possible about the members of the League.
After the Justice League International broke up, Lord went to Chess and became their Black King. He used the information and created a plan to defeat the heroes of the world, even bribing Batman’s companion Brother Eye to help him. Blue Beetle tracked him down, but Lord defeated and killed his old teammate.
3 Alexander Luthor and Superboy-Prime kept their true plan from Earth-Two Superman
During the event Infinite Crisis, heroes of the first A crisis endangered the DC Universe. Alexander Luthor, Superboy-Prime and Superman of Earth-Two and Lois Lane returned to the DC Universe ostensibly to reclaim Earth-Two and save Lois’ life. However, Luthor and Prime had their own plan to restore the entire Multiverse by manipulating both hero and villain.
Eventually, the heroes found out what was really going on and convinced Earth-Two’s Superman to help them after Lois died of old age. The villains were defeated, but the Earth-Two Superman lost his life, reunited with the woman he loved.
2 Justice League Mind Erasers Changed Team Dynamics
The Justice League is the epitome of superhero teams. The team had rules, although many heroes broke them. There were times when the League’s enemies learned their secret identities, forcing a group within the League to take matters into their own hands. In such situations, Hawkman, The Atom, Hal Jordan, Barry Allen, Green Arrow, Elongated Man, Black Canary, and Zatanna often wiped the memory of the villains.
After Dr. Light attacked Sue Dibny, the team erased his memory, but Batman returned to check everything. They ended up erasing his memory too. When the team was already weaker, this dark secret was revealed and destroyed the League for a while.
one Guardians hid the parallax in the central battery
There are several benefits to being a member of the Green Lantern Corps, but the Guardians of the Universe can be a little secretive. For years, Green Lantern rings were weak to yellow, and no one but the Guardians knew why. Many years ago, they defeated the fear creature Parallax and imprisoned it in the Central Power Battery, which caused a yellow impurity in the rings.
As a result, Parallax took possession of Hal Jordan, which for many years foreshadowed the death of the Corps and the Guardians. Had the Ohans not kept their secret and told the Corps the truth, this tragedy would never have happened.
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