9. Tobias Whale Rips Out Spine
Of all the Arrowverse moments, this one has to be the most brutal.
Black Lightning is the hidden gem of the Arrowverse, and a large part of that is because of Tobias Whale. Whale has a sense of sadism that can rarely be matched by any other villain. Not only that, but for the most part, he keeps a calm and level head. Rarely does he ever lash out. Whenever he does though, danger is bound to follow.
Tobias has a few vicious moments that stick out, but ripping the bionic spine out of Khalil Payne (Painkiller) takes the cake. The gore, agony, and the actual visual we get of Khalil’s back without his spine is haunting.
We’ve seen Arrowverse villains kill people - even torture a few people. What Tobias did to Khalil is one of the most uncomfortable moments to watch, but at the same time it’s also one of the best.
Props to Tobias for saying “I told you I’d always have your back”, after immediately discarding the now paralyzed Khalil.