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10 DC Comics Where Plot Armor Saved The Day
David Harth
2021-08-07T05:31:26
DC Plot Armor
DC Plot Armor
DC has been putting out some of the best comics for a long time, full of respected heroes fighting intimidating villains. These battles have grabbed the attention of fans for years, proving to be perfect fodder for some of the greatest comics. Unfortunately, some of these battles have been a little too convenient thanks to a little thing called plot armor.
Plot armor protects the heroes and villains, keeping them alive or allowing them to win even when their victory seems impossible. Even the most powerful characters benefit from it, sometimes stretching credulity a bit much.

10 Identity Crisis' Mind Wipes Didn't Affect Everyone Equally

Identity Crisis
Identity Crisis
Identity Crisis has gone through a significant re-evaluation since its release, but there were always plot holes. For example, Dr. Light was mindwiped, which explains why he was an inadequate villain while fighting the Teen Titans. However, he was the only one affected this way.
Identity Crisis revealed that lots of characters had been mindwiped, including Lex Luthor and Batman. However, none of them have been affected adversely. This is a classic example of plot armor – none of the other characters were as changed as Dr. Light, so their mind wipes went off without a hitch.

9 Superboy-Prime Should Have Easily Killed Superboy In Infinite Crisis #4

Superboy Vs Superboy-Prime
Superboy Vs Superboy-Prime
Superboy-Prime went from a pre-Crisis cipher meant to represent the classic Superboy in Crisis On Infinite Earths to a monstrous villain in Infinite Crisis. In Infinite Crisis #4, he went after Conner Kent, the contemporary Superboy. He proceeded to beat on him until the combined forces of the Teen Titans and Justice Society were able to stop him.
Here's the thing – Conner Kent wasn't as powerful as the regular Superman, and Superboy-Prime was easily the most powerful being in the DC Universe at the time, even being able to lift planets. So Conner should have been killed by Superboy-Prime pretty quickly in their first battle.

8 The Batman Who Laughs Somehow Beat Perpetua, A Being Who Created The Multiverse

Death Metal has been criticized for many reasons, and one of those was making the Batman Who Laughs the main villain. It was kind of inevitable; he'd been built up since his debut to be the next big bad. In the story, he found a version of Batman who had Dr. Manhattan powers in the Dark Multiverse and transplanted his brain into his body, gaining godlike power.
As powerful as Dr. Manhattan is, Perpetua comes from a race of beings who create entire multiverses. She's as old as time itself. Even with those powers, The Batman Who Laughs shouldn't have been able to hold a candle to her, but only did so because the plot demanded him to be the eventual main villain.

7 Grail Somehow Outsmarted Darkseid And The Anti-Monitor

The New 52's Darkseid War was billed as a confrontation between the titular villain and the Anti-Monitor but it ended quite differently. The book had its ups and downs, but one of the most improbable parts was how Grail, the daughter of Darkseid and an Amazon assassin, was somehow able to outsmart two of the oldest and most powerful beings in the multiverse.
Grail quickly steals the spotlight from two of the greatest villains in DC history, and the only reason is because of plot armor. She was supposed to be Darkseid War's main villain, but the whole thing felt like a bait and switch.

6 The Flash Survived The Lightning Strike In Flashpoint #2

Flashpoint 2 Cropped
Flashpoint 2 Cropped
Flashpoint was a good story with a checkered legacy due to it being the catalyst for the New 52. However, plot armor helped the story keep going in the second issue. With help from the Thomas Wayne Batman, a powerless Barry Allen tried to recreate the accident that gave him his powers. Unfortunately, it didn't work and he was gravely injured, but somehow survived to do it again and regain his powers.
The thing is that the first attempt almost certainly should have killed him. Instead, he was struck by lightning and surrounded by chemicals. The fact Barry survived at all was a massive example of battleship-grade plot armor.

5 Prometheus Flawlessly Beat The Justice League In JLA #16

Prometheus Copies Batman's Fighting Style
Prometheus Copies Batman's Fighting Style
Prometheus was introduced as the next big DC bad guy in New Year's Evil: Prometheus #1, and his first battle against the team saw him one-shotting every single hero flawlessly. He was built up as an evil reverse Batman by creator Grant Morrison, using well-thought-out plans to beat the team. However, it was just improbable that this would work so well.
Prometheus was able to sneak aboard the JLA Watchtower, hack their systems, and defeat every hero on the team, all without breaking a sweat. It was a great issue, but his plot armor was just astounding.

4 The Hyperclan Somehow Never Encountered Fire Until Batman Attacked Them In New World Order

Speaking of Grant Morrison's JLA, plot armor took effect in the book's first story as well. In JLA #1-4, a new team of heroes called the Hyperclan came to Earth and tried to supplant the JLA as the world's greatest heroes. Their reason behind this wasn't altruistic – they were White Martians trying to soften up the Earth for invasion. Nevertheless, they defeated most of the team and imprisoned them, except Batman and Martian Manhunter, who supposedly betrayed the team.
Batman used fire against them, the Martian's main weakness, but it was weird that they had never encountered fire before, which would have revealed their true appearance. This oddity makes it seem as if plot armor protected them from fire for many years.

3 Just About Any Time A Non-Speedster Villain Beats Flash, It's All Plot Armor

Captain Cold Weather Wizard, Golden Glider, Mirror Master, and Heat Wave
Captain Cold Weather Wizard, Golden Glider, Mirror Master, and Heat Wave
The Flash is one of the most powerful humans on Earth. The Speed Force allows the various people who have been the Flash to beat just about anyone they come up against, using their speed in brilliant and innovative ways. However, a lot of the Flash's Rogues are just normal humans with incredible technology, yet they somehow can stand up to the Scarlet Speedster.
This is just highly improbable and only happens because of plot armor. The Flash has great villains that would be a grave challenge for someone like Batman. The Flash, on the other hand, should be able to take them all down before lunch.

2 Superman Benefits From Plot Armor Way More Than Anyone Realizes

Superman and the Authority feature
Superman and the Authority feature
On the surface, it's kind of weird to think that Superman benefits from plot armor. He's one of the most powerful and skilled superheroes out there and should be able to beat any villain without plot armor. However, the whole concept of Superman is plot armor – he's always strong enough to win the day, no matter what.
A lot of the time, creators introduce villains who are ostensibly more powerful than Supes, have them beat him, and then have Superman come back and redeem himself. Stories like that are the greatest example of Superman plot armor, but plot armor and Superman have gone hand in hand since the Silver Age.

1 Batman Has The Thickest Plot Armor Of All

Batman urban legends
Batman urban legends
Batman has the greatest plot armor in comics. Bruce Wayne is a hero who gets his back broken by a highly skilled behemoth in a luchador mask, but can somehow beat Superman. Batman has lost battles against The Joker, yet he managed to defeat the God of Evil. He can even survive attacks by the Justice League and come out victorious.
Everything about Batman is plot armor. In nearly any Batman comic readers pick up, especially ones where he's part of a team or in a massive universe-shaking event, his massive plot armor is on full display.
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