Characters: Comicbook Teen Titans
The members of the comic book version of the Titans
, past and present, and their worst enemies. See here
for the characters in the animated version
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Silver Age (1964-1969)
Aqualad / Tempest
Abilities: Aquatic adaptation, super-strength, telepathy, super-senses, sorcery, water manipulation
See the Aquaman character sheet
for more info.
Kid Flash I / The Flash III
AKA: Wally West
See the Flash character sheet
for more info.
Robin I / Nightwing
AKA: Dick Grayson
Abilities: Martial arts master, detective skills, acrobatics
See the Batman: Batman and Bat Family character sheet
for more info.
Speedy / Arsenal / Red Arrow
AKA: Roy Harper
Abilities: Master archer and gunslinger
- The Aloner: Tried to be this after Rise of Arsenal until Cheshire manipulated him into joining Deathstroke's team under false pretenses.
- The Atoner
- Artificial Limb: After Prometheus hacked his right arm off, Cyborg designed him a new one. However, this prosthetic isn't permanent, as Roy's right arm is still infected with the flesh-eating bacteria Prometheus laced his blade with. It's designed to "work around the nerve endings". It also causes him great pain to use it, impairs his ability as an archer drastically, and he can't wear anything over it unless it's his costume. It's also a total eyesore.
- Badass Beard: Spotted a soul patch for most of the late 90s and early 2000s until he became Red Arrow.
- Bastard Boyfriend: Averted. While he can be a jerk and a hound dog, Roy has never harmed or mistreated any of the women he's been with, though his relationships have never exactly been steady.
- The Casanova
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: At Lian's funeral, Roy practically strangled Mia and blamed her for Lian's death. The majority of Rise of Arsenal seemed to be everyone coddling Mia Deardren and blaming Roy for Lian's death, even though A. Mia was supposed to be watching Lian and left her alone to fight the Electrocutioner, and B. Star City's destruction was a freak accident.
- Dating Catwoman: Cheshire, much to the revulsion and confusion of everyone around him, including Roy himself.
- Doting Parent: He may have hired nannies from time to time, but he was REALLY good at being a single parent.
- Fiery Redhead
- Evil Redhead: After Rise of Arsenal and up until the end of Titans.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Due to critical research failure and a glaring case of Continuity Snarl, Titans #23 painted Roy out as this during the early years of the Fab Five, to the point that the others knew about Roy's heroin addiction and simply told him to "get help or get out".
- Good Parent: In contrast to Lian's mother Cheshire, who would most likely kill her own daughter if it proved necessary to her own survival, and Roy's mentor Green Arrow, a selfish Jerk with a Heart of Gold who neglected Roy a lot when they were out of costume. While not a perfect father, he's still considered one of the better parents in the DCU.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Following Lian's death he turned antihero, then seemed to straddle the line between antihero and villain when he and Cheshire were planning to kill Deathstroke, then back to hero at the end of Titans.
- Heroic BSOD: Following his arm being hacked off and Lian getting killed.
- Hot Dad
- Ignored Epiphany: Via Status Quo Is God. A notable mini arc in the first Titans series was about Roy coming to terms with Cheshire being tried for her wanton genocide of Qurac and finally putting his lingering feelings of her behind for good after realizing she'll always be a murdering psychopath. However, most writers tend to ignore that for the sake of milking more Wangst out of their not-a-relationship, especially in Rise of Arsenal and the second Titans.
- I Have No Son: Done twice to him. First by Green Arrow when he discovered Roy was a heroin addict, and then by Black Canary in Rise of Arsenal when she officially considered him a lost cause. That came back to bite her in the ass big time when Mortis got a hold of her in Birds of Prey.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Believes it was his fault Lian died, and other people, like Cheshire and Deathstroke, are eager to blame it on him to exploit his broken mental state, even though Lian's death was the result of Prometheus' malfunctioning machine and being left alone by Mia.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Papa Wolf: To Lian, obviously, one of the most adorable and well-adjusted kids in comic book history. Despite requiring nannies from time to time, he never deprived her of love and attention and the two have had an amazingly adorable and loving relationship. What makes this so amazing is that Roy didn't have to sacrifice his brash personality, and just goes to show that he was a better father than his mentor Green Arrow could have ever hoped to be.
- Big Brother Mentor: Also showed this to younger teammate Damage. He nominated Grant for membership during Titans to make it up to him for how things went when Roy led the Titans. He acted as a big brother figure to the younger Titan, and thanks to Roy (and Lian), Grant was able to admit his foster father had abused him so badly when he was younger. Roy was willing to help Grant because he remembered what his teenage years were like and how often he was left to his own devices, and wasn't about to do the same.
- Perma Stubble: In the late 90s and early 2000s. This was considered a part of his rugged appeal, but when it came back after Rise of Arsenal it was just evidence of Roy's physical and emotional deterioration.
- Really Gets Around: Has dated Cheshire, Troia, Grace Choi, Huntress, and Hawkgirl.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He's every bit the lady's man his former mentor is, if not more so, and he can be brash and a bit of a jerk. That doesn't stop him from having scenes with his daughter that manage to redefine the word "adorable".
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Rise of Arsenal.
- Slasher Smile: Had a rather off-putting one during Titans, though this was sometimes attributed to his drug-induced stupor.
- What Does He See In Her?: Regarding Cheshire. While she is rather attractive and seductive, pretty much everyone lacks the ability to understand why Roy still holds some form of emotional attachment towards her given she's a sociopath, though Roy seems to believe its because he doesn't want Lian to see her mother in jail or executed.
- Wound That Will Not Heal: His right arm is said to be infected with dormant flesh-eating bacteria called "nanomites" which were laced in Prometheus' blade. It's for this reason that he was given a removable prosthetic meant to work "around" his nerve endings.
Wonder Girl / Troia
AKA: Donna Troy
Abilities: Super-strength, flight, heightened reflexes
See the Wonder Woman character sheet
Bronze Age (1970-1979)
AKA: Karen Beecher-Duncan
Abilities: Flight, sonic blasts, electric "stings", insect-like size (after Infinite Crisis)
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Initially just had the alias of Bumblebee, but her later appearances had her at a tiny size as well. Her animated incarnation even displays what appeared to be natural wings and shrinking powers.
- Captain Ersatz: Essentially bears some similarity to Janet Van-Dyne/Wasp from Marvel Comics Avengers with her powers and costume, although Karen's shrinking was only introduced in the cartoon (and her later comic self was permanently shrunk to the size).
- Cool Shades: Had these briefly in her OYL get-up.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She was introduced this way, with her technology skills. A retcon after the first Crisis even stated that she made Mal's Gabriel horn for him.
- Happily Married: As part of the Official Couple with Mal, until their relationship became strained from them being disfigured and they divorced offpanel in Doom Patrol.
- Powered Armor: Had elements in this with her original spandex power suit, but plays this straight in her uniform in the Doom Patrol series.
- Power Hair: Has this in her Doom Patrol appearances.
- Ret Canon: Sported her animated counterpart's outfit and hair style (the afro buns) for a time after the One Year Later time jump.
- Retcon: She was originally part of the East Coast team, but Marv Wolfman retconned her in as part of Titans West, as a way of keeping the "fab five" as their own team with everyone else being relegated to the other.
AKA: John Gnaark
Abilities: Super-strength, agility, and intelligence
- Bus Crash: Was never seen again after the '70s Titans series. An offhand mention was then made of him having died, when Marv Wolfman decided to wrap up the whereabouts of the Bronze Age Titans at Donna Troy's wedding.
- Exiled from Continuity: Was never a Titan in Post-Crisis continuity, although some artists (such as Justiniano) would try to sneak him in as a cameo to later "Titans West" flashblacks. His only canonical appearance in Post-Crisis continuity was in a flashback issue as a frozen Neanderthal that had a psychic connection with Lilith, but eventually died.
- Official Couple: With Lilith, up until his abrupt (offscreen) death. Post-Crisis, they had a psychic bond in their brief meeting while Lilith was dating Don Hall.
The Guardian / Herald / Vox
AKA: Mal Duncan
Abilities: Generates multi-dimensional portals; sonic blasts
- Badass Normal: He was initially just a super-strong boxer in his debut.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Vanished from DC titles after a while, and him and Karen were said to have divorced offpanel in the Doom Patrol series.
- Disability Superpower: After his horn exploded in his face and left him mute in "Infinite Crisis", Steel and the Chief of the Doom Patrol fused the parts of the Gabriel's Horn into his body, allowing him to become open portals simply by speaking with a synthesized voice box.
- Happily Married: To Karen, until the whole Infinite Crisis incident and their divorce in Doom Patrol.
- I Have Many Names: Initially just used "Mal" as his codename, but then took on the suit of the original Guardian after his doubts about being an effective team member. He then briefly used the codename "Hornblower" after acquiring the Gabriel's Horn, but went back to his Guardian identity. Post-Crisis, he was always "Herald", and then became "Vox" when he moved to the Doom Patrol.
- Powered Armor: In his Guardian identity.
- Retcon: Was relegated to being a part of the West team in Post-Crisis continuity, rather than the East team. His first two identities were also retconned away, and the nature of the Gabriel's Horn changed from being magical to being of special technology (and made for him by Karen).
Hawk and Dove
AKA: Hank and Don Hall
Abilities: Heightened strength and agility (both), claws (Hawk)
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Due to some Executive Meddling, Hank wound up becoming the villain Monarch in Armageddon 2001. He then changed his codename to Extant and killed a number of Justice Society members, as well as attempting to rewrite history. Post-Blackest Night, Hank's on the side of the heroes again, though not all together.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dove, during Crisis on Infinite Earths. In the actual event, he was disintegrated by the shadow demons. This was retconned in Post-Crisis continuity to him being crushed by falling rubble, so that there would be a body left behind to bury (and confirm his death).
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Don was apparently so at peace with his death that his white aura utterly obliterated any Black Lantern rings that tried to reanimate his corpse.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hawk, in some writers' interpretations. Otherwise, he's more known for being an outright Jerkass.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Underwent this in a guest appearance in The Brave and the Bold in the 1970s. Overlapped with a bit of a Continuity Snarl, as Hank and Don were aged up to being adult men while the rest of the DCU didn't age with them. Wolfman then poked fun at the continuity error in their cameo at Donna Troy's wedding, with the college-aged Hank and Don being baffled when someone had the impression that they were much older.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hawk's Red Oni to Dove's Blue Oni
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Dove and Hawk respectively.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Hank was generally characterized as a short-tempered and fight-happy loudmouth, with Don being the calmer, more pacifistic, and studious brother.
- Co-creator Steve Skeates expressed some dismay with the Flanderization that quickly set in after the heroes' debut, as Steve Ditko was more apt to writing the stories in Hank's favor and making Don come off too passive and weak, rather than balancing out the brothers' characterizations.
The Joker's Daughter / Harlequin
AKA: Duela Dent
Abilities: Acrobatics, clown-themed gadgets
- Exiled from Continuity: For some time during the late '80s and the '90s, coupled with Writer on Board. Marv Wolfman never liked the character, and attempted to employ this during the Post-Crisis era. Phil Jimenez apparently nearly got in trouble for even referencing her during Team Titans. Later writers attempted to downplay Duela's involvement with the original Titans as well, only listing her as an "ally" (much to the chagrin of her fans).
- Fridge Logic: Discussed in-universe in a conversation between Dick Grayson and Duela at Donna Troy's wedding. In the original Duela storyline written by Bob Rozakis, the question of Duela's parentage was eventually resolved with Duela being revealed as Two-Face's daughter sometime after he got married. Much later and under a different writer, Marv Wolfman, at Donna Troy's wedding Dick pointed out that this origin was impossible because Duela was too old for it to be true. Duela was close to Dick's age and Harvey Dent didn't become Two-Face or get married until after Dick Grayson had already become Robin. Duela admonishes Dick for taking so long to figure out such an obvious contradiction.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Duela claimed she was the daughter of multiple super-villains. Pre-Crisis it was believed she was Two-Face's daughter, until it was revealed that she was too old to be his child. Following Infinite Crisis, it was revealed that Duela comes from Earth-3, and is the daughter of the Jokester (a heroic version of the Joker), Three-Face ( a heroic, female version of Two-Face) and the stepdaughter of a heroic Riddler.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: A subversion. When she returned during Donna Troy's wedding, she was significantly older (and heavier), to further support that she wasn't Two-Face's daughter. Following Crisis on Infinite Earths, her next appearance was in a mental institution, where her memories as a Titan were met with skepticism because of how old she was. During her next few appearances she was much younger. See What Could Have Been below.
- Progressively Prettier: Originally had a clown-like face as part of her costume, with exaggerated jaw and mouth, and had poofy violet hair. In recent years and flashback sequences, her in-costume appearance was tweaked for her to appear more conventionally attractive, with only white face paint and her hair shown to be sleeker.
- Red-Headed Hero: Originally, her hair was green as Joker's Daughter, violet as Harlequin, and brown when in her civilian identity. A few years ago she began sporting red hair.
- Sexy Jester: Her whole motif, whether she's calling herself the Joker's Daughter or the Harlequin.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Her death was what started Countdown to Final Crisis.
- What Could Have Been: Her reappearance in Team Titans was meant to reveal that she was a member of the team who'd been driven insane by time travel. In the back of one of the final issues during Zero Hour there was a mock preview for a story involving Duela getting her hands on a reality warping device and using it to turn New York into what it had been during the 1970s.
- The issue where the Titans mourn Duela's death was originally pitched by Geoff Johns to be an issue of her officially joining the team.
- Had Bob Rozakis' original '70s run not been cancelled, Duela and Bette would have been part of a love triangle for Robin's affection.
Lilith / Omen
AKA: Lilith Claynote
Abilities: Precognition, telepathy, teleportation
- C-List Fodder: See below, in the case of Graduation Day. She becomes somehow unable to detect that a Superman android isn't the real deal, and gets her neck snapped when she charges at him and attempts to scratch him.
- Darker and Edgier: Her transition to Omen. However, this was to play up the mystery of her character and the evolution of her psychic abilities to mystical powers. She never once turned into an anti-hero.
- After the New 52, Omen's been revamped as a blind villainess with a revealing outfit and reality-warping powers used for sinister purposes.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Pre-Crisis, her birth mother turned out to be Thia of the Titans of Myth, and her birth father was dead due to being immolated by Thia. Post-Crisis, the identity of Lilith's father turned out to be Loren Jupiter, the man who financed the Titans. Her mother has not yet been revealed. Lilith's stated that her psychic abilities were inherited from her mother, and that she's very secretive. Word of God from Dan Jurgens has it that Lilith's mom is a preexisting DC character.
- Mini Dress Of Power: Wore a few variations of this in her time with the Titans (usually in green or pink), although she also preferred other types of civilian clothing. After she became Omen (pre-New 52), she switched to just wearing her red robe, except for a period when she was a guest star in Titans volume 1.
- Official Couple: With Gnaarrk, Pre-Crisis. Post-Crisis, she had feelings for the redesigned (and soon to be deceased) Gnaarrk, but was also dating Don Hall.
- Red-Headed Hero: Although sometimes depicted as blonde as well.
- Stuffed In The Fridge: Graduation Day. The characters in story made a bigger deal of Donna Troy's death then her's. It can be argued that her death was what began the thread of mutilation and death being more closely associated with the Teen Titans.
The New Teen Titans (1980-1994)
- Baby Talk: Often spoke in this, due to being a toddler. By the time of his cameos in Devin Grayson's Titans, he spoke a little more coherently and like a slightly older child.
- C-List Fodder: Notable for being a gratuitous death of a child character, even if he was in his hulked-out adult mode at the time. He basically was violently gored through by Superboy Prime's heat vision, after attempting to attack him for beheading his "mama".
- Depending on the Artist: As to how monsterish he might have looked, vs. slightly more humanoid appearances.
- Designer Babies: One of the Wildebeest Society's many unusual test subjects.
- Redeeming Replacement: to the Wildebeest Society
- Stuffed In The Fridge: Died alongside his adopted mother Pantha to serve as character development for his father-figure Red Star. Character development that never happened beyond a single issue of Teen Titans.
Beast Boy / Changeling
AKA: Garfield Logan
Abilities: Animal shapeshifting
Cyborg / Cyberion
AKA: Victor Stone
Abilities: Super-strength, invulnerability, technopathy, advanced weaponry, engineering skills
- Arm Cannon
- Gadgeteer Genius: This even evolves to the ability to take himself apart and put himself back together by the time of volume 3.
- Heterosexual Lifepartners: With Beast Boy.
- Hollywood Cyborg
- The Nicknamer: Has a nickname for just about everyone (such as "Goldie" for Starfire and "Witch" for Raven).
- We Can Rebuild Him: And he hated his dad because of this.
- He was further rebuilt by Russian scientists when he wound up comatose from an accident in New Titans, but this attempt went horribly wrong. He became a silent automaton and Living Prop for the majority of the run until the Technis restored his mind- at the cost of him being turned into an emotionless techno-organic alien being, and then evolving into a robotic planetoid before the Titans restored him to a more humanoid form.
AKA: Joseph Wilson
Abilities: Possession of others
- Body Surf: What his power amounts to.
- Camp Straight: Is a sensitive artist who was almost also homosexual, but his creators decided against it in fear of fueling the sensitive artsy gay stereotype. Jericho was instead shown to be a ladies' man and had romantic ties with Raven and Kole.
- The Casanova: Manages to attract quite the women in his time.
- Cute Mute
- Eye Scream: At the end of "Deathtrap" in Titans vol. 2. He got better, at any rate (with a previously-unheard of ability to regrow the eyes).
- Green Eyes: Contact!
- Hand Signals: These are a necessity, due to the mute factor. Perez also insisted on utilizing them for the character in lieu of constant thought bubbles and internal monologues, allowing the readers to pay more attention to Jericho's hand signs and body language.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Has it just as bad, if not worst, as Raven.
- Hotblooded Sideburns: One of the things he's most known for were his muttonchops from the 80's.
- Technical Pacifist
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Raven. Their relationship hasn't been mentioned at all since the NTT era.
- White Sheep: Was the least violent of the Wilsons. Although, his stint of evil at the start of volume 3, Deathtrap, and the New 52 avert this.
AKA: Kole Weathers
Abilities: Flight, can "spin" crystals
- Back from the Dead: Played with and then subverted in Team Titans, due to the different writers' conflicting ideas. Marv Wolfman reintroduced her as a mysterious helper to the team and implied that she had lingered on in the form of a spirit, while Phil Jimenez was told by the editors to explain her away as a false doppelganger. Her limp body is shown hanging behind Monarch, with the implication that she was one of his "puppets".
- Red-Headed Hero
- Sacrificial Lamb: Created to die in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
- Ship Tease: With Jericho. She even asked Jericho if they could have sex.
AKA: Rosabelle Mendez
Abilities: Super-strength, agility, and senses; claws
- C-List Fodder: Had her head punched off by Superboy-Prime in Infinite Crisis.
- Cat Girl
- Deadpan Snarker: Always with a quip or general snark on hand.
- Depending on the Artist: Just how cat-like she looked when unmasked. Sometimes she'd appear with a snout-like nose and a slight point to her earlobes, and sometimes she'd have actual cat ears sprouting from her head or even whiskers. Other times, she'd have a relatively average human face, with the only "cat" feature being her slit-shaped pupils. Her eye color itself varied between being red or yellow.
- Expy: She was the Titans' Wolverine.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: She wasn't just C-List Fodder, but she and her adopted son Baby Wildebeest were killed off to serve as development for her boyfriend Red Star. Development which consisted of a single issue of Teen Titans and two issues of Red Robin.
AKA: Danny Chase
Abilities: Telekinesis, photographic memory
AKA: Raven, Rachel Roth (later alias)
Abilities: Empathy, flight, telepathy, sorcery
- All-Encompassing Mantle
- Astral Projection
- Birds of a Feather: With Beast Boy in the New 52.
- Broken Bird
- Divine Parentage
- Empathic Healer: Could heal others, at the cost of having to feel their agony.
- Emotion Eater: Initially could just instill and influence emotions in others, such as getting Wally West to believe he loved her. By volume 3, she'd developed the power to drain others of emotion as a way to help calm crowds.
- Grand Theft Me: Trigon's evil influence basically manifests as a completely separate persona within her in "The Terror of Trigon", leaving her to astral-project herself out of fear.
- After Raven died at the end of "Titans Hunt", her evil self manifested as her own persona and managed to implant herself into a metahuman to be the second incarnation of "Dark Raven". Luckily, the evil self unknowingly implanted the soul of the good/purified Raven into Starfire.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Part-demon.
- The Heart
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Raven's demonic blood seems to turn her evil at least once a year, or give her paranoia of doing so.
- In the Hood
- Leotard of Power: Wore a unitard after the One Year Later timeskip that paid homage to her animated self's outfit (but covered her legs). It was later discarded in favor of her wearing a dress again.
- The Medic
- Mind Control: Subjects Beast Boy to this in her first appearance in the New 52.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands:In her original portrayal, she was an empath and could teleport, along with inducing feelings in others. After her revival, Geoff Johns and other writers gave her the ability to fly (to tie in with her animated version), to completely deprive others of emotions, and gradually more previously-unseen magical powers for whatever type of story they wanted to tell.
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Technical Pacifist: Actual Pacifist originally.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Beast Boy.
- Woman in White: For a time with her purified self in New Titans. Initially subverted with her being used as a pawn of Brother Blood and being made to torture Nightwing. After being saved by the Titans, she kept up the white uniform to symbolize her freedom- until she wound up corrupted and going evil again.
- In an homage to that arc, the new Brother Blood dressed the reborn Raven up in white to symbolize her being his "bride" in volume 3. However, this time around, Raven rejected the white uniform and went back to the classic blue dress and cloak (although Geoff Johns and Mike McKone seemed to also give her the color-changing powers of her animated self).
AKA: Leonid Kovar
Abilities: Super-strength, speed, and stamina; pyrokinesis
Robin / Red Hood
AKA: Jason Todd
Abilities: Martial arts master, detective skills, acrobatics
See the Batman: Batman and Bat Family character sheet
for more info.
AKA: Koriand'r / Kory Anders
Abilities: Flight, super-strength, invulnerability, energy projection
AKA: Tara Markov
Abilities: Manipulates earth and stone
Team Titans (1992-1994)
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Aside from the main team, the series introduced many other Titans from the future. They were mostly seen as background characters or either acted as allies or enemies to the protagonists.
- Ret Gone: All Team Titans were erased from existence in Zero Hour after their timeline was wiped out. The only survivors were Terra II, Mirage, and Deathwing, who were retconned to be from the main timeline and planted into the alternate future by the Time Trapper.
AKA: Carrie Levine
Abilities: Flight, tracking, razor-sharp beak and talons (later mutation)
AKA: Jonathan Levine
Abilities: Can interface with computers, shape-shifting (with artificial body)
- Brain Uploading: Transferred his mind into a computer before he died, and lived on in the form of a bracelet. His essence was then uploaded into a robotic duplicate of his original body.
- Red-Headed Hero: Before his death and in his artificial body.
AKA: Charlie Watkins
Abilities: Flight, ability to transform into a being of living electricity, generation and control of electricity
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Infamous for his racism, which first manifested in an ignorant comment about finding Mirage attractive even though she had dark skin. This was a trait intended to be expanded on through the series and cause discomfort within the team, but the series' cancellation cut it short.
- Shock and Awe
- Spell My Name with an S: His codename was usually spelled "Killowat" in the comics, while his Teen Titans Go self spells it "Kilowatt".
AKA: David (surname unknown), Dagon
Abilities: Immortality, shape-changing, enhanced senses, strength, durability, and speed
AKA: Lyons (first name not given)
Abilities: Enhanced speed, strength, and durability
Arsenal's Titans (1994-1996)
AKA: Grant Emerson
Abilities: Channel energy to physically enhance himself or fire energy blasts.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Beyond the few years he spent trying to figure out just who his actual birth parents were, the readers discovered that his foster father physically and sexually abused him.
- Killed Off for Real: In "Blackest Night".
- Wound That Will Not Heal: Winds up with a severely disfigured and maimed face, due to being attacked by Zoom in Infinite Crisis. This leads to him wearing a full-face mask to cover up the injuries.
AKA: Kyle Rayner
Abilities: Green Lantern power ring
Impulse / Kid Flash
AKA: Bart Allen
See the Flash character sheet
AKA: Jarras Minion
AKA: Miriam Delgado
- Black Eyes of Crazy: A heroic example, with her having pitch black sclerae but gray irises. This was averted in her later cameos, however, as colorists have seemed to have forgotten.
- Convenient Miscarriage: She appears to miscarry out of trauma at seeing Deathwing again (as he'd raped her and gotten her pregnant). Towards the end of the series, the trope is subverted when it's revealed that Mirage decided to mask her pregnancy and fake the miscarriage, in order to protect herself from Deathwing. Her illusion finally fails when she goes into labor.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: She committed rape by fraud on Nightwing by posing as Starfire. When the act was revealed, Mirage just joked that he should've known something was off.
- Leotard of Power: Wears a white-and-gold leotard as part of her second and better known costume.
AKA: Rose Wilsonnote
AKA: Matrix / Linda Danvers
- Put on a Bus: In the cases of both Matrix AND Linda. The former merged with a New God named Twilight and focus on Peter David's run on Supergirl shifted solely to the latter. Linda was last seen in hell during the Reign of Hell mini-series, and hasn't been seen since.
AKA: Unknown (impersonated Tara Markov)
Abilities: Earth Manipulation
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Threatened Gar's on-and-off girlfriend Jillian, and was shown to be seething over him being close to Flamebird.
- Dishing Out Dirt
- Ill Girl: Early on, it was stated that her powers were weakening her and would eventually kill her. Prestor Jon managed to put a stop to that.
- The Mole: Subverted. She was planted in the Team Titans by Lord Chaos as a way of repeating the success of the first Terra's betrayal. Unfortunately for his plan, she turned against him and stuck with the team.
- Retcon: She was originally meant to be a normal girl that was surgically operated on to resemble Tara Markov. An editor later told Marv Wolfman to hint at her possibly being Tara resurrected, by showing the original Terra's grave to be empty (and having the Time Trapper suggest she was from this timeline). Geoff Johns seemed to be heading in that direction, but nothing came of it. Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti went back to the idea that she was a separate entity, but that she was actually a member of Atlee's race modified to resemble the first Terra.
- Ship Tease: With Damage, though their relationship didn't work out too well. She also had a crush on Beast Boy, but he was uncomfortable with how she resembled the girl that betrayed him.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Killed during World War 3 by Black Adam, to make room for the third Terra, Atlee.
- What Could Have Been: Phil Jimenez wanted her and the Teamers to be from an alternate Earth, and had also played with the idea of revealing her to be a lesbian.
- Originally there was to be a subplot with this Terra in the 52 series and World War 3, in which she would have been driven to insanity by the paranoia of being the original Terra and wind up becoming a villain. She would then be killed by Atlee in self-defense, while trying to take down the Titans. A reference to this scrapped plot was made in the Terra miniseries, due to the first few issues of the series having been written during the original plan.
Atom's Teen Titans and The Titans (1996-2003)
AKA: Toni Monetti
Abilities: Creates constructs of silver plasma.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Her actual father was a H'San N'Tall alien, which caused her skin to gradually become paler as she aged until finally turning silver when her powers fully manifested.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her outfits, especially her first, which made use of:
- Spoiled Brat
AKA: Ray Palmer
Abilities: Able to shrink to microscopic size
AKA: Freddy Freeman
AKA: Jesse Chambers
Abilities: Super-speed and strength, flight
Joto / Hotspot
AKA: Isiah Crockett
Abilities: Flight, Generating and sensing heat.
- Back from the Dead: Coupled with Heroic Sacrifice. He dies saving the team during volume 2, but is reanimated by the H'San N'tall to fight against his team of Titans. He's fully resurrected by the end of run, thanks to Prysm helping restore his mind and soul to make him remember who he was.
- Half-Human Hybrid: His biological father was one of the H'San N'Tall aliens, which caused him to gain his ability to generate heat.
- Ret Canon: Suddenly began sporting the look and powerset of his animated counterpart (outright fire instead of heat) during the 52 mini-series and later cameos. His name was also changed to "Hotspot" as "Joto" (though meaning "heat" in Swahili) is a derogatory term for homosexuals in Spanish.
AKA: Audrey Spears
Abilities: Made of living crystal, flight, refracts light as a crystal.
- All There in the Manual: According to Dan Jurgens and early promotional material for volume 2, her real name is "Audrey Spears". This is never brought up in the series itself, where she's usually referred to her by her codename or the nickname "Prys".
- Half-Human Hybrid: The most obvious case of the four Titans in Jurgens' run. She never got to see her actual appearance until she was freed from her deprivation tank, and only wished she looked fully human. Even so, she opts to stay in space with her alien father and her mother (who was taken as a queen to the species) by the end.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Prefers to go around naked most of the time due to her crystalline nature, but sometimes will wear clothing as a civilian.
AKA: Cody Driscoll
Abilities: Super Senses, enhanced reflexes, strength and durability
Post-Graduation Day (2003-2011)
- C-List Fodder: Molecule was cleaved in half in the "Terror Titans" mini-series, Young Frankenstein was killed by Black Adam, Power Boy was killed by Trigon's sons, and Hawk (Holly) died by a Black Lantern of her predecessor. Later on, Kid Eternity was written out of the book and killed off by way of Executive Meddling, while Red Devil also wound up dying (with a planned resurrection arc shot down by Dan Didio).
- Canon Immigrant: Mas Y Menos appear briefly in reference to former members that joined during a one-year timeskip. They originated from the Teen Titans cartoon.
- Flat Character: Quite a few of the Titans that Johns referenced as having joined the team during the timeskip amounted to being this. Miss Martian, Bombshell, and Zachary Zatara were lucky to have some degree of development and stick around as either part of the team or supporting characters. Meanwhile, characters like Molecule, Young Frankenstein, Talon, Mas Y Menos, and Little Barda weren't so lucky and were either killed off (see above) or simply vanished and were never referenced again.
AKA: Lorena Marquez
Abilities: Aquatic adaptation, enhanced strength and durability
AKA: Jaime Reyes
AKA: Amy Sue Allen
Abilities: Flight, Super Strength, Invulnerability, energy blasts
Abilities: Hand to hand combat
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: To the Riddler. Apparently.
- C-List Fodder: Implied to have been beaten to death by the Riddler at the end of Batman #712, as she's never seen again afterward (although the DC Universe was also shortly rebooted after the storyline).
- Face-Heel Turn: Was a Teen Titan with Duela, but both defected and became villains on Titans East, with Enigma hoping to impress her father.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Red-Headed Hero: Alternates between this and a dark blonde, depending on the colorist.
- Satellite Character: To both Duela and the Riddler.
Hawk and Dove
AKA: Holly and Dawn Granger
Abilities: Heightened strength and agility (both), flight, advanced healing, enhanced perceptions of those around her, can channel destructive beams of light (Dove)
- C-List Fodder: Holly got her heart torn out by a Black Lantern Hank Hall. Though turned into a zombie as well, she was not resurrected (having been disintegrated to ash by her sister's light powers)
- Depending on the Artist: Holly was shown with brown hair, red hair, and blonde hair throughout her short-lived time in the comics. The length of her hair also varied wildly, as did her height and bust size.
- Dawn was originally depicted as a woman of average height in her civilian form, and would grow to be taller as Dove. Her hair would also change from blonde to white, and grow in length. Some of the later colorists forgot this and had her hair white in both of her identities, while artists depicted her hair as the same length in both.
- Depending on the Writer: Geoff Johns and other writers intended for Holly to be the younger sister, though Judd Winick had the impression she was older. Some of the writers also seemed to forget that Dawn was around the age of the New Teen Titans, at times treating her as if she were a little younger.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Dawn's was so strong that her aura could destroy Black Lanterns.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni
- Remember the New Guy: In the Kesels Hawk and Dove series, Dawn was stated to be an only child, which was something which she felt bad about. Geoff Johns attempted to quickly explain Holly's existence by stating that she had been living away in England since her childhood. But a confusing point was that he and other writers treated Dawn's parents as if they had been long divorced, while the Kesels showed them to have a happy marriage.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: During their time as a duo, Dawn was portrayed as the more responsible and cautious elder sister. Meanwhile, Holly was louder, reckless, and more fight-happy.
Kid Devil / Red Devil
AKA: Eddie Bloomberg
Abilities: Fire Breath, enhanced strength and reflexes, healing factor, burning hot skin, limited flight, teleportation
AKA: Christopher Freeman
Abilities: Ability to call back the deceased and transform into them.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Was last seen in Titans getting snatched by Calculator. Some time later, in the pages of Batgirl, Calculator gives an off-hand reference to his death, having been forced to constantly summon the spirit of Calculator's son, Marvin.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Vanished without a trace from Teen Titans, his own team wouldn't express any interest in his whereabouts or fate until a much later arc.
AKA: Bart Allen
See the Flash character sheet
AKA: Megan Morse / M'gann M'orzz
Abilities: Flight, super strength, shape shifting, invisibility, telekinesis, intangibility, optic force blasts, telepathy.
AKA: Amon Tomaz
- Ax-Crazy: What he became.
- Back from the Dead
- Evil Counterpart: In a sense and then played straight. He started out as the Black Marvel Family's answer to Captain Marvel Jr. but wasn't a bad person. Then when he died and came back he gradually became more selfish and prone to violence until he basically became the Marvel Family's answer to Superboy-Prime.
- Expy: Of Captain Marvel Jr. Later of Superboy-Prime.
- Face-Heel Turn
- Flanderization: Started out as a Na´ve Newcomer unaware of the stigma attached to Black Adam. Then became disillusioned and feared he was cursed by Adam's power before he was killed by his seeming friend Sobek. After his undead heroic sacrifice in Blackest Night he became the Token Good Teammate of Slade's mercenary team before gradually become self-deluded, completely selfish, and completely willing to spill blood to get what he wants.
- Ignored Epiphany: In a sense. After being revived as a Black Lantern, Amon was somehow in control of his mind and body, and managed to pull a heroic sacrifice stopping Black Lantern Sobek. Then he came back from the dead and helped killed Ryan Choi.
- It's All About Me
- Na´ve Newcomer: What he started out as.
- Token Good Teammate: Was this for Slade's team until he became fully evil.
Robin / Red Robin
AKA: Tim Drake
See the Batman: Batman and Bat Family character sheet
for more info.
AKA: Kiran Singh
Abilities: Light Manipulation, Flight
- Broken Bird: Kiran mentions that while she was N.O.W.H.E.R.E.'s prisoner she was forced to do horrible things in order to survive.
- Dark Is Not Evil: In the reboot continuity, Kiran's powers have somehow shifted and caused her to look as if she's made up of smoke and charcoal. Fans referred to her as "Charcoal Girl" and assumed she was a completely different character until they found out she was Solstice.
- Light 'em Up/Light Is Good: Her power set.
AKA: Mia Dearden
AKA: Virgil Hawkins
AKA: Conner Kent / Kon-El
See his own page
AKA: Kara Zor-El / Linda Lang
- Evil Counterpart: To Robin, initially. It's never exactly specified which Robin he's the analogue of, though he seems to have a suit more like Tim Drake's note
- Heel-Face Turn: Started out as the Earth-3 Robin and a villain, but jumped Earths and became a hero and member of the Teen Titans.
- Satellite Character: To Duela Dent, as he was said to be her boyfriend.
AKA: Cassandra Sandsmark
See the Wonder Woman character sheet
AKA: Miguel Jose Barragan
Danny the Street
- Genius Loci: He ain't called Danny the Street for nothin'.
Ancillary Teams (Titans West, Titans L.A., Titans East, Honorary Titans)
- Name's the Same: There was previously a villainous "Titans East" at the end of Geoff Johns' run, along with a heroic freedom fighter-type version that appeared in an alternate future.
AKA: Courtney Mason
Abilities:: Super-strength, flight, force beams, channels the Animus entity and can drain the life force from her surroundings
- C-List Fodder: She was first thrown into a coma after having a beam tear through her from Trigon's sons. Sometime later, she was then torn in half and killed by one of Prometheus' portals in Faces of Evil
- Cleavage Window: In her "Titans East" redesign.
- Instant Armor: Had this in her original powerset.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Writers after her reintroduction seemed to forget all about the Animus entity, who could have also saved her from her predicament.
- You Don't Look Like You: Through her own series and her original DCU appearances, Courtney was a tomboyish punk and wore spiked armor that covered her whole body. By the time she was brought back for Titans East, many fans at first confused her for Amethyst of Gemworld as she was redesigned to wear skimpy violet armor, had long flowing hair, and was much more conventionally feminine in appearance and personality.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Sported purple hair for a while after her redesign, until it was changed back to blonde.
See the Aquaman character sheet
for more info.
AKA: Ryuko Orsono
AKA: Mary Elizabeth "Bette" Kane (Pre-Crisis: Betty Kane)
Abilities:: Acrobatics, martial arts, blinding flare goggles (in later costumes)
See the Batman: Batman and Bat Family character sheet
for more info.
AKA: Charley Parker/Ch'al Andar
- Back from the Dead: In a way. Was originally strangled to death in "Titans Hunt" (and then buried!), but a retcon later revealed that his father managed to arrive and resuscitate him with Thanagarian science.
- Eye Scream: Had his left eye bludgeoned and gouged out by Hawkman in their fight, causing him to have wear a cybernetic eye patch in his later appearances.
- Face-Heel Turn: Became a villain in the Hawkman series, jealous and wanting revenge against Carter Hall out of the belief that he had betrayed his father.
- Retcon: In the Pre-Crisis era, he was a fanboy of Hawkman who somehow gained powers from the Matter Master. Post-Crisis, he (initially) had no connection to Hawkman and his powers were unexplained. Then it was later revealed that he was the son of Fel Andar (the fake Hawkman from Invasion) and that his armor was a gift from his estranged father.
- Surfer Dude: He originally was one in his Post-Crisis origin.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Is injured and not referenced again after "Titans East". Fan conjecture is that she could have died during DC's "Death of the New Gods" event as all characters from the Fourth World were wiped out.
Abilities: Super-strength, flight, super-speed, invulnerability, able to sense others' emotions
AKA: Jason Hart
Abilities: Hand-to-hand combat
- Captain Ersatz: Was originally created to replace Robin in the New Teen Titans anti-drug comics by Keebler.
- Canon Immigrant: Sort of, as he was later given an actual identity and profile to confirm his status in the Titans universe, although he never managed to be used in a significant role afterwards. The few times he's shown up usually amount to crowd scenes (such as in Infinite Crisis or at a membership drive), though a Hypertime counterpart of him appeared as part of an alternate universe team in a quick cameo in Titans volume 1.
Son of Vulcan
AKA: Miguel Devante
- Cain and Abel
- Evil Counterpart: To Starfire.
- Face-Heel Turn: For a time in New Titans.
- God Save Us from the Queen!
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Started out as a villain, but underwent an epiphany in later New Teen Titans issues, realizing that she was wrong for her jealousy against her sister and vowing to rule Tamaran fairly. However, she'd go back to being a villain by the time of the Rann/Thanagar War miniseries (after having been believed dead and not having appeared for many years) and murdered Hawkwoman. By the time of R.E.B.E.L.S, she slid into being more of an Anti-Villain. In the New 52 continuity, she seems to have the alignment of the Anti-Hero.
Brother Blood II
AKA: Sebastian Blood IX
AKA: Jade Nguyen
- Asian Babymama: So nice she did it twice: once with Arsenal, and once with Catman.
- Mama Bear: And not just to people trying to hurt her kids. She once staged an elaborate plot to ruin and murder Black Canary because Canary had developed into a psuedo-surrogate mother figure for her daughter.
- Well, at least until their safety proves more of a burden and a liability. At which point she'll go out of her way to conceive a replacement kid, and use that pregnancy as a shield.
- Evil Matriarch: To be fair, staging an elaborate plot to murder the women whom is her daughter's surrogate mother-figure doesn't necessarily make her a Mama Bear. Cheshire was espousing that she had plans to retire, and getting Black Canary out of the way would've made things less complicated for her.
- I Have a Family: She's invoked this a couple of times. A standard defense is to remind Roy Harper that she is the mother of his child, which was useful even after Lian died. In Secret Six, she attempted this on Jeannette while being dangled off a building. Jeannette could not have cared less.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Well, Toxic Ex-Girlfriend Influence on Roy Harper. She eagerly manipulates their past relationship and the fact that she had his daughter just about every time they meet, with key moments being in Rise of Arsenal and the second Titans book. In the former Jade had shown up to kill Roy because of Lian's death, but if she hadn't said "our baby is gone" after she'd been cornered, Roy may have very well killed her. In Titans, Roy only joined Deathstroke's team because Cheshire said he "owed" her for Lian's death.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In Villains United, she was blackmailed into compliance by threats against Lian's safety. Over the course of the miniseries she successfully seduced Catman and managed to conceive a replacement baby in order to betray and leave the Secret Six with Lian's welfare no longer being an issue (that she cared about). It turned out the threat was false, but she didn't know that.
AKA: Carla Moretti
- All There in the Manual: Eric Wallace states she was sexually abused by her favorite uncle when she was fourteen, worked with the Italian Military's bomb squad as a form of a death wish, and got her powers from a nuclear explosion.
- Antihero/Anti-Villain: She's something, but it's not clear what. Her actions are all based on her sense of self-loathing and suicidal tendencies, so it's clear everything she does is just until she can finally die.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Her entire backstory is just one long line of physical and emotional abuse.
- Broken Bird: Her entire character.
- Death Seeker: She believes the world is a terrible place and she yearns to be with her family and finally stop her suffering.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She dies destroying Slade's Methuselah Device, but this is a subversion. It is very clear that she's only destroying the machine to prevent her family from being brought back into what she perceives to be a horrible world and so she can finally satisfy her death wish.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Her powers leave her unable to kill herself, much to her frustration.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She's completely aware of the fact that she is an awful person willing to kill innocents to get to child molesters and serial rapists in high places, yet this is all just stemming the tide until she can finally die herself.
- Knight Templar: She uses her magma powers to kill sex offenders, but goes as far to as willingly have sex with them so she can burn off their reproductive organs using her vagina, which itself was completely unnecessary since she was alone with her victim.
- Narcissist: As far as a Flat Character can go, she's utterly self-absorbed and knows nothing but hating herself and hunting down rapists to stem the tide until she can satisfy her death wish.
- Nice Job Breaking It Antihero/Villain: She attempted to murder a child molester named Nursery Cryme but ended up letting him free by accident.
- Playing with Fire: Her powers are listed as heat and magma generation.
- Rape as Backstory: Was raped by her uncle at 14.
- Survivor Guilt: Her suffering began when she watched her brothers die in an explosion in the field she herself played in numerous times, wondering why she was spared but not them.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Subverted due to the emphasis on "extremist" and the fact that the "well intentioned" part gradually became more and more shallow, until it was clear she only goes out of her way to hunt down rapists and child molesters because she has nothing better to do until she can find a way to die for good.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Not in this horrible world, according to her.
AKA: Temple Fugate
AKA: Slade Wilson
AKA: Unknown (was believed to be a future incarnation of Dick Grayson)
- Bald of Evil: Shaves his head as part of his later look, along with sporting Perma Stubble.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Is never seen or mentioned again after New Titans.
- The Dragon: To the evil version of Raven.
- Evil Counterpart: Of Nightwing, after being infected with a Trigon seed.
- Face-Heel Turn: Starts out as the mentor of the Team Titans, but is corrupted by Raven and stays that way to his last appearance.
- May-December Romance: He was the lover of the 16-year old Mirage before their trip to the past. After that, things took a turn for the worse.
- Retcon: Was originally meant to be a 30-something year old version of Dick Grayson, but editors wanted him explained away as being from the current timeline. His identity remained a mystery. He only states: "You don't want to know what I was before I became Deathwing!"
The Fearsome Five
Introduced in the New 52
series. Leader of the organization NOWHERE, which kidnaps metahuman teens to build an army of said teens, have a few half trained ones escape and spark a panic regarding them, so they can come in and save the day.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: To "save the future", in his own words.
- Go-Go Enslavement: Dresses up all the teens he captures in suits with Tron Lines.
- Gambit Roulette: He claims it was his plan when the heroes thwarted his kidnapping and make an army plans, but given his intitial plan's intelligence, it comes off as more of an Ass Pull.
- Gladiator Games: His scheme to make an army of meta humans he could control.
- Obviously Evil: His attire paints him as the Grim Reaper with Tron Lines, in spite of his attempt to eventually seem heroic to the general populace.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: With round about murder and fear domination.
- Show, Don't Tell: His main problem. He is said to be an expert schemer and manipulator, but his core plan for recruitment is not the most well thought out. It consists of kidnapping metahumans (and some people off the street), forcing them into a Deadly Games battle royal to determine the 'best', which he then makes his private army. Apparently, this has been going on for some time, and the batch sent through the Culling in the early New 52 is the only one that has rebelled.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He wants his organization to be this. However, he himself looks like the Grim Reaper in a Tron Lines suit.
AKA: Neil Richards
Mister Twister / Gargoyle
AKA: Bromwell Stikk
AKA: Deborah Morgna
- All There in the Manual: Apparently a master manipulator, though we don't get to actually see too much of her personality other than her rivalry with Miss Martian. Slade's notes (given in a Wizard magazine article previewing the arc) claim that she reminds him of the original Terra, as well as his daughter Rose.
- Arch-Enemy: Of Miss Martian, who she claims will bring doom to the future that she hails from, so she must kill her to prevent it from happening. But she also claims that she and Inertia have also made Miss Martian their slave to torment.
- Evil Redhead
- Legacy Character: Is from the 60th century and a descendant of Dirk Morgna (Sun Boy from Legion of Super-Heroes) in some way.
- Playing with Fire: Can harness the very power of the sun to supply her with fire and heat.
- What Could Have Been: She was meant to reappear in McKeever's Teen Titans run, having been impregnated with Inertia's child and seeking help from the Titans. Editorial didn't like the idea, although a hint of this scrapped story is shown with her pregnant silhouette being shown in an "Events to come" spread.
The Terror Titans
Trigon the Terrible
The Sons of Trigon
The Wildebeest Society