[[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. There was also '''Wylde''', a bear-like beastman. 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) and Jade (Franchise/GreenLantern Alan Scott's daughter, former GL for a while and an ex-ComicBook/InfinityInc). 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. Also, Katana appears in the recent ''Film/SuicideSquad''. ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' had an alternate universe version of the group, called Batman's Outsiders, consisting chiefly of the offspring of the WellIntentionedExtremist Justice Leaguers led by Superman.

* 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.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: It's revealed by issue 40 that the reason why Deathstroke had been masquerading as Batman and feeding intel to the Outsiders was because the villains they were taking down had plans that were in conflict with the Secret Society. THEN it turns out this was actually a plan by Dr. Sivana who had joined the Society specifically in return to set up his own plan.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:The overarching villain of the 2003 series turns out to be Dr. Sivana, who's been orchestrating most of the series events from behind the scenes.]]
* 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.
* CloneDegeneration: The clone of Jay Garrick (the original Flash) created by The Brain, has to wear a suit that excretes a powerful anti-bacterial solution to keep his body from eating itself.
* CloningBlues: Recruited first as an amnesiac ComicBook/{{Metamorpho}}, later was faced by the original one and stated as a clone of him. After that he renamed as ''Shift'' and stayed in the team until he's going DrivenToSuicide and remerged with Metamorpho.
* DepravedBisexual: The brutal dictator of the African country the team infiltrates is revealed to be one of these when he forces Thunder (who's undercover as one of his military advisors) to sleep with him. Originally, she believed he was only into men, but one of the other advisors says that the dictator just has "specific" tastes that don't correspond to gender. [[spoiler:She never sleeps with him, instead Shift masquerades as her and douses him with a hallucinogen.]]
* DeathSeeker: The Brain is revealed to be one of these, having been driven nigh-suicidal by his existance as a disembodied brain. Worse, he cant really off himself anyway, and Mallah refuses to do it because he cant face life without his master.
* DirtyBusiness: In theory anyway. The Outsiders 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.
* DrivenToSuicide: Shift effectively kills himself by remerging with Metamorpho after a botched prison break to rescue Black Lightning results in him accidentally killing 47 people at Iron Heights.
* 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.
* EvilLuddite: An interesting version. [[spoiler: Dr. Sivana's grand plan, specifically named after Ned Ludd, turns out to be to destroy all technology on Earth with a device that will also wipe the memories of every intelligent being on the planet, leaving them all blank slates for him to mold and rebuild in his own image, and let him shape a new technological foundation.]]
* FanDisservice: When Sabbac gains control over the Seven Deadly Sins in the 2003 series, he promptly unleashes Lust on the Fearsome Four, leading to the reader getting an eyeful of Shimmer and Psimon getting it on, and Mammoth and Jinx hooking up, along with the entire prison and staff of Alcatraz.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Rather than taking the African dictator to the World Court or something, the Outsiders end up dumping him on a small, barren island hundreds of miles from anything. There's just enough resources to barely survive, but basically no shelter.
* FireIceDuo: The Masters of Disaster included members called Heatstroke and Coldsnap. They were lovers whose powers prevented them from even touching. Their motivation for being supervillains was to earn enough money to find a cure for their powers so they could be together.
* FreezeRay: Used by Cryonic Man.
* LadyOfWar: Katana.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The opening panel of the [[{{Cancellation}} final issue]] of the 2003-2007 run depicts Grace (restrained by [[ComicBook/{{Metamorpho}} Rex]] and [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter J'onn]]) angrily declaring to the reader that they've "killed the Outsiders!" ...only, as we switch perspective, it is revealed that she was actually yelling at Franchise/{{Batman}}.
* 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:Indigo, aka 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 aforementioned Force of July and the Masters Of Disaster.
** In the 2003 series, they end up encountering the old ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' villains the Fearsome Five (later Four) several times.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Geo-Force. The second Sabbac also becomes a recurring foe.
* SceneryCensor: A scene involving a nude Batgirl. Also, in 2003 series, [[http://static2.comicvine.com/uploads/original/0/8190/250873-174481-shift.jpg this scene]] involving Shift and Indigo.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: After deciding that the team is distracting him from his mission to protect Gotham City, Batman declares the team dissolved. They instead decide to remain together without him, which was evidently [[BatmanGambit just the outcome he'd been hoping for]].
* SoulCuttingBlade: Katana's sword. It's powerful enough to absorb ''SABBAC'' body and all.
* 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).]]
* SummonBiggerFish: [[spoiler: Katana releases Sabbac from her sword, in return for him destroying Sivana's lab]]
* 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 never allowing villains to be killed off.
** Similarly evoked during ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''; 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.
* YouAreInCommandNow: In 2003 incarnation, seeing the team was going to nowhere because of Nightwing (who ''wasn't'' in the team enough to command it) and Arsenal (severely damaged an unable to replace Nightwing), Jade takes the leadership of the group. That, until she goes to [[ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis Rann-Thanagar War]] and dies in the middle of the war.