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"Royal We" is the second episode of the third season of Young Justice, and the 48th of the overall series. It debuted on January 4, 2019 on DC Universe, along with the first and third episodes, "Princes All" and "Eminent Threat".


Dick Grayson, Artemis Crock, Conner Kent, and Jefferson Pierce go undercover in Markovia to stop the Bedlam Syndicate's meta-human trafficking cartel – before it claims another victim.


Beast Boy uses his status to do a PSA about the abduction of children by meta-human traffickers.

Garfield Logan appears on the set of Space Trek 3016 to give a public service announcement about meta-human trafficking and encourages people to "scream something" if they see something.

GBS airs footage from the United Nations General Assembly meta-human summit, during which Catherine Cobert announces the Justice League members who resigned in protest of restriction the UN placed on the League's chart. UN Secretary-General Lex Luthor expresses his disappointment, which prompts debate from various ambassadors. Zviad Baazovi, the UN ambassador from Markovia, reveals that in light of events in Markovia, the country has closed its borders to all meta-humans.

July 30, 19:23 EEST

Nightwing and Tigress arrive at Markovburg Airport from Vlatava under fake passports while Superboy and Black Lightning slip into Markovia aboard the Super-Cycle. Nightwing's plan is for he and Tigress to attend a pre-coronation reception for Gregor Markov to investigate anyone who might be connected to the deaths of Viktor Markov and Ilona DeLamb-Markov or to Bedlam's meta-human trafficking. Meanwhile, Superboy and Black Lightning sneak stealth gear into the Markovian National Cemetery and investigate the Markovburg Children's Hospital.

Dick and Artemis go undercover to Gregor Markov's pre-coronation reception to investigate possible suspects in the murder of the royal couple.

At the reception, Nightwing and Tigress observe members of the Markovian royal family, Simon Ecks, and Helga Jace, wondering how any one of them might be involved.

Frederick DeLamb delivers remarks prior to introducing Gregor who, in a private conversation with Brion Markov, assures him DeLamb will only be regent for a year. Brion warns Gregor that DeLamb can do a lot of damage in a year.

Tigress believes Brion can be ruled out and Nightwing identifies Simon as the prime suspect. They get communication from Superboy and Black Lightning that they have dropped off gear as planned and are heading to the hospital.

Brion locates Helga and reminds her about his desire to activate his Meta-Gene, believing that "something daring must be done" to save Markovia. Helga directs him to Simon, who she says is expecting him. Seeing this, Nightwing follows Brion and Simon while Tigress heads to the cemetery.

After discovering an underground lab, Superboy and Black Lightning use camera bugs to hack the surveillance, and investigate further.

Superboy and Black Lightning bypass security to sneak inside the hospital. They enter the morgue, where Black Lightning detects a hidden door and bypasses the lock. The two discover an underground facility and find they can no longer communicate with Nightwing and Tigress. They explore the facility, where they find a disassembled Motherbox and four kids trapped in pods, each filled with a dark substance.

They are discovered by Count Vertigo, who uses his powers to weaken them, then directs Plasmus to take them out. Black Lightning can't get his powers to work and Plasmus grabs Superboy, who is weakened but able to fight him off. Superboy smashes through the floor so he and Black Lightning can escape through the sewers. Vertigo sends Plasmus in pursuit of them.

Vertigo's thugs witness one of the dead teens coming back to life with a glow of violet energy.

Tigress gathers stealth gear in the cemetery when she notices a violet light and investigates. She discovers Henchy and two other traffickers burying several dead Quraci refugees, but one, a teenaged girl, is still alive. Tigress fights off the traffickers, while Henchy retrieves Apokoliptan technology and attacks. The girl generates a red aura to protect Tigress. Tigress and the Quraci teen then escape the cemetery.

Simon drives Brion to the hospital and Nightwing follows them. He contacts Tigress, who is riding in the Super-Cycle with the Quraci teen. When Nightwing arrives at the hospital, he tries to reach Superboy and Black Lightning, who are escaping through the sewers, but still can't contact him. They reach the spillway and Lightning leaps out but is knocked out when he hits the water. Plasmus catches up with Superboy and subdues him.

Artemis checks Black Lightning's vitals after he washes up ashore.

Simon and Brion enter the hospital and Nightwing sends a bug to follow them. When Oracle informs him Superboy's signal has been lost and Black Lightning appears to be separated from him, Nightwing redirects Tigress to find Lightning. On her way, she tries to communicate with the teenaged girl, but the girl doesn't remember what happened to her. Tigress finds Lightning, who informs her that Superboy had been captured.

Plasmus drags Superboy back to Vertigo, who uncovers his identity and decides to place him in the subject room for the time being. Meanwhile, Simon takes Brion into the facility, who realizes that Simon is involved with Bedlam. Brion vows to reveal this to Gregor, but Vertigo subdues Brion with his powers, then orders Simon to sedate him. Vertigo admonishes Simon for revealing the operation to Brion and orders him to take Brion into the subject room.

Drowning in tar, Brion Markov begs Dr. Jace to stop, but she assures that everything will turn out all right.

Lightning explains to Tigress what happened to Superboy and what he learned about Bedlam. Nightwing says the first priority is to rescue Superboy.

Superboy and Brion are placed in pods in the subject room. Vertigo orders Simon to do nothing until he returns. Vertigo meets with Henchy, who tells him what happened at the cemetery. Meanwhile, Helga arrives in the subject room and starts the process for activating Brion's Meta-Gene. Brion wakes up and panics, but Helga assures him it is all for the best.

End credits scene: The Super-Cycle waits parked in the woods outside Markovburg Children's Hospital.


The "royal we" or pluralis maiestatis is a means monarchs would refer to themselves in the first person plural rather than singular, as they are speaking in multiple capacities—both as a private person and as a monarch. This episode features three members of the (extended) royal family: Gregor, Brion and Baron DeLamb, all of whom have multiple capacities.

Cast and characters

Voice actor Character
Troy Baker Brion Markov
Simon Ecks
Steve Blum Henchy
Count Vertigo
Wilhelm Peters  
Greg Cipes Garfield Logan
Zehra Fazal Dead-Girl  
Crispin Freeman Gregor Markov
Kaizen Gamorra  
Grey Griffin Helga Jace
Stephanie Lemelin Tigress
Catherine Cobert
Yuri Lowenthal Garth
Zviad Baazovi  
Jesse McCartney Dick Grayson
Masasa Moyo Cat Grant
Nolan North Conner Kent
Frederick DeLamb
Khary Payton Jefferson Pierce
Mark Rolston Lex Luthor
Sumaan Harjavti  
Johann Mintz
Piotor Platz
Non-speaking roles
Batman (picture)
Batwoman (picture)
Gabrielle Daou
Green Arrow (picture)
Hardware (picture)
Ilona DeLamb-Markov (picture)
Katana (picture)
Plastic Man (picture)
Viktor Markov (picture)
6 Character debut
0 Speaking debut
1 Episode debut




  • In the GBS broadcast of the UN, "liaison" is misspelled "liason".

Cultural references


For complete answers to the questions in this section, click here.

Answered questions


  • Troia: When Bialya produces a hero who isn't a wanted criminal, perhaps the League will consider her or his candidacy.
  • Sumaan Harjavti: That statement is an outrageous exaggeration!
  • Troia: Meaning it is largely accurate.
  • Dick: Hard to feel the aster when both your parents have just been murdered.
  • Brion: The safe course has brought us to these crossroads. Sister missing. Parents dead. Something daring must be done if I am to save Markovia.

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