Justice League Unlimited

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Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) is an American animated television series that was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and aired on Cartoon Network. Featuring a wide array of superhero from the DC Comics universe, and specifically based on the Justice League superhero team, it is a direct sequel to the previous Justice League animated series. JLU debuted on July 31, 2004 on Toonami and ended with the episode aired May 13, 2006. It is also the last series set in the long-running DC Animated Universe.

The series is a continuation of its predecessor, taking up soon after Justice League ended. It features a greatly-expanded League, in which the characters from the original series—now referred to as "founding members"—are joined by a large number of other superheroes from the DC Universe; in the first episode, well over 50 characters appear. A number of these were heroes who had made guest appearances in Justice League, Batman: The Animated Series, and Superman: The Animated Series, but many heroes and other characters made their first animated appearances in this series. The general format of each episode is to have a small ad hoc team assemble to deal with a particular situation, with a focus on both action and character interaction.

Most episodes tell a self-contained story, but the series also features extended story arcs, the first involving the building conflict between the League and a secret government agency known as Project Cadmus. This plot line builds upon events that occurred during the second season of Justice League (which in turn built upon events in Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Static Shock, and The Zeta Project), and has affected the plotlines of most of its episodes. It was resolved in a four-part story at the end of the first season of Justice League Unlimited. The second and final season story arc focuses on the new Secret Society (which is based on the Legion of Doom) as the main villains, a loose-knit organization formed to combat the increased superhero coordination of the first season.

Towards the end of the series, certain characters became off-limits to the show. Characters associated with Batman and those who appeared in Batman: The Animated Series (aside from Batman himself) were restricted due to the unrelated animated series The Batman to avoid continuity confusion. However, in the episode "Grudge Match", a silhouette of Nightwing can be seen in one shot crouching amongst the stone gargoyles. Aquaman and related characters were unavailable due to the development of a pilot for a live-action series featuring the character as a young man (similar to Smallville), which wasn't picked up. Characters from DC's "mature readers" Vertigo imprint were also not allowed. No characters from the Teen Titans animated series appeared in JLU, nor vice versa, though Speedy appeared in an episode referencing the Seven Soldiers of Victory after Teen Titans was canceled.

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Loss Z fighters 59 to 83
Loss The Galactic Empire (Star Wars) 144 to 210
Win Brolly 57 to 38
Win Apocalypse 46 to 36
Win The Hulk 59 to 49
Loss X-Men 50 to 53
Win X-Men 134 to 106
Win Tetsuo Shima (Akira) 99 to 39
Win Z fighters 56 to 47
Loss Thanos 101 to 110
Win Z fighters 80 to 75
Win Unicron 121 to 77
Win Guardians Of The Globe 112 to 32
Loss The Looney Tunes 50 to 57
Win Darkseid 51 to 32
Win The Decepticons 57 to 36
Tie X-Men 89 to 89
Win Marvel Zombies 85 to 69
Loss Gods of Asgard 14 to 22
Loss The Avengers 12 to 14
Win Darkseid 18 to 8
Loss World War Hulk 18 to 54
Win Test Character Zero 12 to 8
Win X-Men Evolution 22 to 4
Win Ultron 22 to 2
Win World War Hulk 24 to 18
Loss Doomsday 10 to 13
Win Superman 22 to 4
Win Masters Of Evil 14 to 6
Loss Gods of Asgard 11 to 14
Loss The Avengers 11 to 12
Win The Visitors' Empire 12 to 3
Win Young Avengers 14 to 3
Win Kang the Conqueror 13 to 9
Win Loki 10 to 3
Win Annihilators 8 to 7
Win Fantastic Four 11 to 5
Win Masters Of Evil 22 to 4
Loss Galactus 15 to 18