Awesome / Suicide Squad

  • Amanda Waller staring down Batman is probably the big one (loosely adapted into the Justice League Unlimited cartoon with Waller offhandedly calling him "rich boy"), but the gradual reveal of Oracle proved to be the one with the most disproportionate effect on the DCU. Byrne's famous cover has become a Memetic Mutation.
    • For perspective, following her crippling in The Killing Joke, Barbara Gordon had been all but written out of the Bat-books and the DCU in general, and most people remembered her as Yvonne Craig in the Batman TV show from the 60s. After this, Oracle's become big enough to get several comic series including Birds of Prey, her own TV show of the same name, repeat Justice League memberships, and inspired the resurrection of a cheesy villain named the Calculator just to be her evil counterpart. She's generally considered one of the sexiest women in the DCU, and it's primarily for her personality and mind.
    • And of course, effortlessly brushing off Batman's warnings to shut down the Squad, sensibly pointing out that if he does go public with the info he gathered, so will she.
  • The titular team, through the machinations of a lovestruck technician, a formerly amnesiac Ax-Crazy Blood Knight goddess, and Poison Ivy, got transported to Apokolips. They survived with very heavy casualties... and then they have to face Darkseid. Long before Batman did, Amanda Waller, infuriate, with half her squad dead, stranded without hope in Hell, surrounded by Parademons and the Fatal Furies, decided she had had enough, and threatened the God of Evil with her handgun.
    • When Darkseid offered to revive the fallen, Waller rebuffed him in no uncertain terms, and told him exactly why.
    • Vertigo takes out the blade he's been stabbed with and uses it to backstab a New God.
  • Shattering the Thinker helmet counts. To wit, she's destroying a powerful piece of technology simply because it made her doubt if she was in charge of her life.
  • Werner Vertigo, half insane and half drugged, manages to fly to the skies above Jerusalem and stops a missile salvo from hitting the Dome of the Rock.
  • Suicide Squad #22: Rick Flag is going to kill a corrupt senator in full public view. Amanda Waller orders Deadshot to stop Flag from killing the senator by any means necessary. Deadshot kills the senator.
  • The resurrection of the Squad. Amanda's been in jail for a year for pulling the lone wolf act for too long, having irritated too many people in power. Sarge Steel comes in, offers her a pittance and a diminutive job, a probably unique chance she won't ever have again. She laughs him off and asks him only to return when he really wants to negotiate. Turns out, there's a massive Eastern Europe crisis and Steel was trying to rope her in for her unique talents. He has to go back later and fully give in her terms, utterly humiliating himself.
  • The Janus Directive crossover. Every governmental agency's at war with each other, with Checkmate, the Force of July, Captain Atom Project, and the Suicide Squad ready to tear each other apart. It's actually Kobra's plan so he can fire his microwave cannon unmolested. To ensure maximum disruption, he targets Waller for assassination by a double in her apartment. She kills the doppelganger, takes her place in Kobra's plans, and pulls the same gambit he was hoping to play.
  • One night, Amanda was returning from her job at Belle Reve, on a moment her future was being jeopardized by idiot subordinate Derek Tolliver and the aforementioned senator, having hallucinations and getting more irritable, and upon almost entering her apartment, she noted the matches she put on the door have been moved... it's her daughter. When the clearly irritated Waller asks why she was there, she began making a scene about how she got in a row with her husband. Waller then tried to convince her to got back more or less gently, and then said husband entered - a massive Scary Black Man. Amanda was not impressed. She then convinced them to go back together - by threatening to quit her job and go live with them. Having fixed the situation, she then realized she could deal with it all, and mentally dared Tolliver to try and take the Squad from her.
    • And then she goes and finds the solution with a little gravedigging. Showing the evidence she'd fished up, Tolliver realized how badly screwed he was. Desperately, grasping at straws, he seriously considers killing her. Amanda tiredly invites him to try.
  • Admit it. How many people can use the fact they're menopausic black females as threats? Amanda Waller can.


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