[[caption-width-right:250:Even Patriotic Heroes can't catch a break!]]

-> ''The name's Uncle Sam, and we got work ta do.''
-->--'''Uncle Sam'''

The '''Freedom Fighters''' are a team of American super-heroes in Franchise/TheDCU, made up of characters bought out from Quality Comics and led by the nation's spirit [[CaptainPatriotic Uncle Sam]]. Originally they were written as the only heroes on Earth-X, a universe where the Nazis won an extended UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and had completely taken over. They fought against tyranny and oppression in a completely authoritarian world. Eventually they were integrated into the main SharedUniverse. They still operate together in the modern era mostly using {{Legacy Character}}s and fight against contemporary problems that face the country such as corruption and terrorism.

The team first appeared in a crossover, featured in ''Justice League of America'' #107-108 (September-November, 1973). This tale was written by Len Wein, and drawn by Dick Dillin. The team featured familiar characters, Black Condor, Doll Man, Human Bomb, ComicBook/PhantomLady, ComicBook/{{the Ray}}, and Uncle Sam. All were characters from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks. They lay dormant for a few years. Then they got their own series ''"Freedom Fighters''", which had them relocating from Earth-X to Earth-One. Their title lasted for 15 issues, from March, 1976 to July, 1978. This series upgraded the powers of some of the featured and added fellow Golden Ager Firebrand to their ranks. The series then fell victim to the so-called DC Implosion, the cancellation of much of DC's line of comic books. Two wore issues were by then complete. They got printed in ''"Cancelled Comics Cavalcade''" #2 (Fall, 1978).

In the [[TheEighties 1980s]], the Freedom Fighters got a couple of retro tales in the pages of ComicBook/AllStarSquadron (which shifted their universe of origin to Earth-Two), a couple of modern tales, and participation in the ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths. Individual members got revamped in TheNineties, and some were replaced by [[LegacyCharacter Legacy Characters]]. Then most active members died in the ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis #1 (December, 2005), to be replaced by even younger Legacy Characters, and new recruits. The newer version/s of the team received a couple of mini-series over the following years, but so far haven't been more successful than their predecessors in maintaining an ongoing series.

In the Comicbook/{{New 52}}, Justin Gray and Jimmy Palimotti (who wrote the previous reinvention, based on notes by Creator/GrantMorrison) seemed to be re-reinventing the Freedom Fighters a step at a time, with linked miniseries introducing even newer versions of the characters (''The Ray''; ''Phantom Lady and Doll Man''; and ''The Human Bomb''). The third of these ended at the start of 2013, and there's been no further development, so it's probably an AbortedArc.

Not to be confused with either the [[VideoGame/FreedomFighters video game]] or the ''other'' [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog team of comic-book freedom fighters]] (they started in [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAm animation first]], then became a comic book).
!!This Creator/DCComics team contains examples of:

* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Uncle Sam is the "Spirit of America."
* AppearanceIsInTheEyeOfTheBeholder: Or voice, in Uncle Sam's case. To Emma Glenn, his voice sounds like "children singing". To Doll Man II, he sounds like a leader of great compassion and integrity (and a little like [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Ike Eisenhower]]). Doll Man II hypothesizes that this is because Sam is born of all the individual perceptions of America, and may sound differently to everyone.
* CannonFodder: The new Invisible Hood debuted in the first mini-series, then was killed the issue after he was introduced.
** Likewise, S.H.A.D.E.'s policy on metahuman teams operates like this. If one member of a team dies, their name, power, and gear can easily be given to a replacement. Between ''Battle for Bludhaven'' and the first miniseries, there have been three versions of Lady Liberty.
* CanonInvasion: The original Freedom Fighters were all characters owned by Quality Comics before DC bought out the company. There were several cross-overs with the team, who were said to live on Earth-X. Eventually CanonWelding set in and the team was established as having been a part of the ComicBook/AllStarSquadron.
* CaptainPatriotic: Uncle Sam.
* ContinuityNod: Two new members of First Strike were field leader Americommando and the fish-like Barracuda. In the 1970s series, the Freedom Fighters fought against the Crusaders, an expy of the Invaders from MarvelComics, which include Captain America stand-in Americommando and Namor stand-in Barracuda.
* EvilCounterpart: Gonzo the Mechanical Bastard is a modern reworking of the Golden Age character Bozo the Iron Man. Likewise, there is Uncle Sam and Father Time for most of the first miniseries until Time's appearance changed and his true loyalties were revealed, the two Miss Americas, one being the genuine article and the other a robot, and [[spoiler: Ray Terrill and sociopath Stan Silver.]]
* FanBoy: The second Human Bomb was this to [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] as a boy. He even refuses to attack him during the ''Battle For Bludhaven'' miniseries.
* FiveManBand: The current Freedom Fighters fit this more than previous teams, since they have fewer members in the field.
** TheHero: Uncle Sam, later Miss America, when he dies. (It's not a spoiler, he dies all the time.)
** TheLancer: The Ray, Phantom Lady, when she isn't a GameBreaker.
** TheSmartGuy: Firebrand.
** TheBigGuy: Condor.
** TheChick: Human Bomb, ironically, is the most passive member of the team.
** TheSixthRanger: Phantom Lady, since her power to teleport often becomes a GameBreaker.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: John Trujillo received his Black Condor powers from an ancient Native American spider-goddess.
** In a subversion of the trope, he is the angriest and most violent of the Fighters, at least the current ones.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Stan Silver, the third Ray.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Averted and later played straight with Miss America. To be with her husband she used her powers to simulate the aging process, but drops the facade after her husband died so she could go back in the field.
* PatrioticFervor: Uncle Sam is fueled by this.
* PowerIncontinence: The Human Bomb has to stay in his containment suit, or he'll blow up everything around him.
* {{Stripperific}}: Phantom Lady. Not that anyone is complaining, mind you. The current Phantom Lady, with her shirt that's basically a tube top, is actually ''less'' Stripperific than previous incarnations.
* StupidJetpackHitler: The Earth-X stories take place on a world where the Nazis have access to more futuristic technology.
* WillNotTellALie: Uncle Sam.
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Uncle Sam and Miss America.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: On Earth-X, it went on many years longer when the United States didn't enter.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: S.H.A.D.E. treated the Freedom Fighters this way, with Uncle Sam being declared a threat to national security.