Trivia: Princess Audri of Kaznia from the second season episode "Maid of Honor" is mentioned.
Trivia: Ares uses the "mortal" name Sera, which is Ares spelled backwards.
(Dove armlocks a thug)
Dove: Now, how about'cha calm down, and I'll let ya go?
Thug: How about you kiss my (Dove tightens his hold)...aagh!
Dove: You see, doesn't this prove exactly what I've been saying for years?
Hawk: Couldn't tell you – I do my best not to listen.
Hephaestus: Patience, brother. You know how much I care about the details.
Ares: It doesn't have to be pretty, Hephaestus. Where it's going things aren't supposed to be pretty.
Ares: But I'll be back and sooner than you think. Wherever there's prejudice, ignorance, inequality, I'll be there.
Wonder Woman: And I'll be waiting.
Hephaestus: (to Wonder Woman) Come back when you have more time-–I'll let that suit out a little.
Ares: I didn't give you the Annihilator so you could run your enemies out of town, I gave you the Annihilator so you could annihilate them!
Hawk: There's no one inside that thing! How do you fight that?
Wonder Woman: You hit it 'til it breaks.
Dove: Almost all aggression can be cured with education.
Hawk: Yeah? Then how come some of the best-educated guys in the world work at the Pentagon?
Don: This is ridiculous! Just because I disagree with you, doesn't make me unpatriotic!
Bar Patron: No. But you being a bleeding heart punk makes you unpatriotic.
Hank: Actually, I got to agree with him on that one.
Ares: You said "Come back Tuesday." It's Tuesday-–I want my suit!
This episode along with "Initiation" and "Kid Stuff" was released on DVD as Justice League Unlimited: Saving The World.
Character bios: Hawk & Dove, Ares
The teaming of Hawk & Dove with Wonder Woman appears to be an allusion to the New, Original Wonder Woman TV movie, which featured the opening dialogue: "Make a hawk a dove, stop a war with love..."
Michael York voices a similar character in one Superman: The Animated Series episode. In "Tools of the Trade" he played Kanto, one of Darkseid's minions, and just like Ares, he "descended" to Earth bearing "gifts" with second intentions.
Only Leaguers Wonder Woman, J'onn J'onzz, Hawk, and Dove appear in this episode.
This episode reunites Fred Savage and Jason Hervey, who played brothers in the series The Wonder Years. In a bit of a role reversal, Savage (who played the more passive Kevin) voices the short-tempered Hawk while Hervey, who played the bullish Wayne, plays the calmer Dove. Savage and Hervey originally were cast for Dove and Hawk respectively, but the producers later switched their roles.
Although there is no creature or mechanism specifically like the Annihilator in the DC universe going by that name, in appearance the Annihilator looks a great deal like Monarch. Monarch was a major super-villain who appeared in the Armageddon mini-series and crossover event, and turned out to be Hawk turned evil.
Ares: You said "Come back Tuesday."
In the episode, Ares mentions that Hephaestus told him to return on Tuesday. In Romantic languages, Tuesday is named after Mars, Ares' Roman name.
Hawk: (to Dove) And another thing, don't go all Gandhi on me and think you can pull this every time!
Mahatma Gandhi was the most prominent advocate of Satyagraha, the philosophy of non-violent resistance as a means of revolution. Gandhi employed this way of protest to bring an end to the British Raj. Hawk is pro-violence, and Dove is not – thus the comparison.
Hephaestus: I do leave a small weakness in each of my creations – an Achilles' heel, if you will.
In Greek mythology, Achilles was the son of Peleus and Thetis. Thetis held Achilles by his heel and dipped him in the magic river Styx to make him invincible. His only weakness was the heel that was not immersed in the river. Achilles was killed by being shot to the heel with a poisoned arrow. Therefore, the expression "Achilles' heel" became to designate something's or someone's weakness or vulnerable spot.
The Annihilator bears a strong resemblence to Marvel Comics' Destroyer, another suit of living armor with vast destructive capabilities, which first appeared battling the mighty Thor, Norse god of Thunder, in Journey Into Mystery #118. The Destroyer was created at the order of Odin, All-Father and ruler of the gods of Norse mythology as a defense against immensely powerful foes. Despite its intent as a defensive measure, the Destroyer has often been used as a weapon against both the Norse Gods and humanity. The Annihilator bears a striking resemblance to a streamlined, "modern" version of the Destroyer armor, especially the "grille" on the faceplate. The primary difference between the two is that the Destroyer requires the soul of a sentient being to animate it, as opposed to Ares simply bestowing life upon the Annihilator.
Hephaestus, known as Vulcan in Roman mythology, was the god of fire, especially the blacksmith's fire, as well as the god of volcanoes. He was the master forger for the gods, and created the thunderbolts that Zeus threw whenever he was angry. Hephaestus, like Ares, was the son of Zeus and Hera. This episode's depiction of Hephaestus closely matches the classical description; lame and deformed. However, Hephaestus here is more congenial towards Ares than the Greek myths have often portrayed the two.
Wonder Woman: Yeah, like that'll work.
The scene where a criminal is going to throw his empty gun at Wonder Woman is a homage to the original Adventures of Superman series. Each week, the criminals would empty all their rounds into Superman, and the hero wouldn't blink... but when the empty gun was thrown at him, Superman would duck.
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