[[caption-width-right:350:Why don't superheroes [[ThereWasADoor ever use the door?]]]]

'''The Outsiders''' (not to be confused with [[Literature/TheOutsiders the novel of the same name]]) are a Creator/DCComics superhero team that has starred in its own comic book series several times. The group is best known as "Batman's own superhero team" since he formed it, though he's no longer a regular member.

The first series, ''Batman and the Outsiders'', was launched after the cancellation of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'', Batman's own TeamUpSeries, in the early 1980s. Writer Mike W. Barr and artist Jim Aparo, both of whom had extensive experience with Batman, created the team and launched the series on the last issue of TB&TB, #200 (July, 1983).

In that story, Batman is angry at the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} for refusing to help him rescue his friend, Lucius Fox, from being caught in the middle of a military coup in the European nation of Markovia (because they didn't want to start an international incident). He quits the team and goes alone, ending up running into various other heroes while there, including:
* '''Black Lightning''', a black superhero with electrical powers.
* '''Metamorpho''', an [[HiredGuns adventurer]] transformed into a chemical shapeshifting creature by an ancient artifact.
* '''Geo-Force''', the rightful prince of Markovia (and brother of Terra from ComicBook/TeenTitans) who gained the ability to manipulate the energies of the Earth (unlike his sister, who manipulates the earth itself) from an experiment.
* '''Katana''', a female samurai wielding a cursed sword (it steals souls) on a mission of revenge against the man who killed her family. Batman saved her life so she feels indebted to him.
* '''Halo''', an amnesiac, childlike girl with [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience one superpower for each color of the rainbow]] (Batman basically brings her along out of pity.)

(ComicBook/BlackLightning and ComicBook/{{Metamorpho}} were already established characters; ComicBook/{{Katana}} and the others were introduced in that story.)

After rescuing his friend (and incidentally ending the coup) Batman invited the heroes to stay together as a team, which they did, as The Outsiders, based off Bruce Wayne's penthouse.

Later in the series, '''Looker''', a beautiful telepath/telekinetic, and '''Atomic Knight''', a man in PoweredArmor, joined the team. (Atomic Knight was also a pre-existing character).

Eventually, the group left Batman (ironically, after he refused to help with a crisis in Markovia, busy with his own priorities) and the series changed its name to simply The Outsiders. (Batman later rejoined the League.)

The team disbanded when the series was canceled, but not before Halo recovered her memories and Katana got her revenge. Under the original name they lasted for 32 issues (August, 1983-April, 1986). As simply Outsiders, they had another 28 issues (November, 1985-February, 1988).

A short lived relaunch had Geo-Force looking for heroes to defend Markovia against a vampire lord. These included Superman's AntiHeroSubstitute '''[[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman the Eradicator]]''', and the magic-user '''Faust''', [[RedeemingReplacement son of Felix Faust]]. Over the course of their first story Looker became a vampire, which is now seen as her status quo. They were also joined by '''Technocrat''', another PoweredArmor guy. This version lasted for 24 issues (November, 1993-November, 1995).

In August 2003, a new version of The Outsiders was launched, now led first by ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} (Batman's former protege Robin) and then by Arsenal (Speedy, ComicBook/GreenArrow's ex-partner). This version wasn't as popular as the first, and has something of a reputation for being composed of "heroes currently not being used by the League or the Titans" sort of like Marvel's ComicBook/TheDefenders. Despite this, it went on to be the longest-running ''Outsiders'' title to date, making it to 50 issues up to November 2007 before being relaunched.

This version got two new directions in rapid succession, when Batman first recreated them as an "undercover" team that would be seen as borderline villains (a reflection on [[NiceJobBreakingItHero how successful the previous version had been]]), and then promptly [[ComicBook/FinalCrisis disappeared]], leaving Alfred Pennyworth to reassemble the original lineup, plus '''ComicBook/TheCreeper''' and '''Owlman''' (not the MirrorUniverse version, but a minor Gotham City detective wearing the same costume).

This version of the team then broke in half in the wake of ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'', when Geo-Force started treating them as Markovian special forces. Black Lightning, Metamorpho, Owlman and the Creeper split off, leaving Geo-Force, Katana, and Halo. When Markovia signed a non-aggression pact with New Krypton, they were joined by a new version of the Eradicator, while Black Lightning's team were joined by the bruiser '''Freight Train'''. The Markovian team is later bolstered by Looker and '''[[ComicBook/WonderWoman the Olympian]]'''.

A teenage version of The Outsiders (initially featuring only Black Lightning, Metamorpho and Katana) appeared in a few episodes of the cartoon version of ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold The Brave and the Bold]]''. A later episode added Geo-Force and Halo to the roster and showed Black Lightning and Katana in their traditional costumes. The Outsiders are also formed in the final episode of ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'', consisting of Batman, Katana, Alfred, Oracle, Metamorpho, and Man-Bat.

* AmazonianBeauty: Grace Choi.
* TheAtoner: Indigo joined the team ostensibly to atone for her actions during the ''Graduation Day''. [[spoiler:She was actually a new version of Brainiac.]]
* AttackHello: How ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} joined the "undercover" team.
* AwesomeBackpack: Worn by a villain called Cryonic Man.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: The plan of the man who organized the patriotic superteam, [[CaptainGeographic The Force Of July.]]
* [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]]: Katana, to Halo.
* TheBlank: Halo had a nightmare where she was like this; it reflected her anxiety over not knowing who she really was.
* ButchLesbian[=/=]LipstickLesbian: This very accurately describes [[spoiler:Thunder and Grace's relationship, with Grace being the butch and Thunder, the lipstick.]]
* The "One Year Later" arc featured the team going on a mission to an African country in the middle of a civil war, where Monsieur Mallah and the Brain had gone into business selling clones of superheroes to the various belligerents.
* DirtyBusiness: In theory anyway. They were made to handle situations too dirty for the League to handle. However, it doesn't quite work when their founder is one of the greatest moral paragons in comics. The worst act out of all the Outsiders teams was one brutal interrogation.
* TheDitz: Halo. Justified in that she had a childlike innocence about life.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Katana's attitude.
* EnergyBeings: part of [[spoiler:Halo's origin. She was actually such a being trapped in human form.]]
* EverybodyKnewAlready: In one story, Batman is knocked out and in danger of death; the rest of the team decides to contact Bruce Wayne (who they know as their rich patron). To prevent them from wasting time, Alfred lets them in on the truth. Later, when Batman reveals his identity to the team, they pretend to be surprised.
* EveryoneHasLotsOfSex: A frequent complaint about the Winick-helmed incarnation of the series was that there was a lot of focus on the characters' sex lives.
* FollowTheLeader: Owlman was added to the team around the time that DC's parent company released a movie adaptation of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', and his costume bears a strong resemblance to Dan Dreiberg's Nite-Owl costume in the film.
* FreezeRay: Used by Cryonic Man.
* LadyOfWar: Katana.
* LighterAndSofter: The original series was this, compared to other Batman comic books of the time.
* MasterSwordsman: Katana.
* MindControlDevice: Princess Tamira used an obedience potion on Emily Briggs before the Princess's brother, Mardo, turned her into Looker.
* TheMole [[spoiler:Brainiac 8]] in the Nightwing incarnation.
* ThePsychoRangers: Batman villain Maxie Zeus organized his own team with counterparts to the original Outsiders.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Both teams, to some degree.
* RainbowMotif: Halo's super powers each had their own color: heat blasts (red), force blasts (orange), bright light (yellow), a stasis beam (green), mirages (blue), a tractor beam (indigo), and violet (all of the other colors at the same time).
* RoguesGallery: Their most recurring foes tend to be teams, like the aforementoned Force of July and the Masters Of Disaster.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Geo-Force.
* SceneryCensor: A scene involving a nude Batgirl.
* SoulCuttingBlade: Katana's sword.
* StatuesqueStunner: Grace. She stands at an imposing height of approximately seven feet tall.
* SuperpowerLottery: Halo. She could project heat blasts (red aura), force blasts (orange), bright light (yellow), a stasis beam (green), mirages (blue), a tractor beam (indigo), fly (any color) or [[spoiler: all at the same time (violet).]]
* ThisIsNoTimeForKnitting: Devils are boiling out of a gate, Thunder swears, and her father, Black Lightning, rebukes her. She wonders that he worries about her language then, and he says that fighting demons is exactly when you don't want to offend Heaven.
* ThouShallNotKill: Subverted with Katana, although most of the time it was in self-defense. Ironically Batman was OK with this, as editorial were not militant in Batman being a nazi about never allowing villains to be killed off.
** Similarly evoked during Crisis On Infinite Earths; when Geo-Force, Blue Beetle, and Doctor Polaris are sent back in time by the Monitor, to when Nazis occupied Markovia, Geo-Force tells Doctor Polaris that he can kill the Nazis attacking the three heroes and even joins in.
* VerySpecialEpisode: The Outsiders once team up with John Walsh (yes, ''[[Series/AmericasMostWanted that]]'' John Walsh) to go after a child trafficker who has kidnapped Lian Harper.
* WardensAreEvil: In #4, Warden Brewster of Gotham State Prison deliberately denies a prisoner (codenamed "Meltdown") needed medical treatments and then lies that the Prison Board was responsible. He does this to trick the dangerously radioactive felon into escaping so he can be killed to save the public. Turns out the warden has decided rehabilitation doesn't work, so he's been finding ways to "legally" off prisoners.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Nightwing was pissed to discover that [[spoiler:his team, which was supposed to be free of Batman's influence, was being sponsored by a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises.]]
** In later issues, Geo-Force became increasingly warlike and distant, seemingly viewing the team as an adjunct to the Markovian military, until Black Lightning finally snapped.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The restoration of the original Halo after the original Outsiders series ended.
* WithThisRing: When Sapphire Stagg is kidnapped from her wedding to Metamorpho, the rings are lost during the battle to rescue her. Metamorpho formed two gold rings from his own body to replace them.