Characters: DCAU-Justice League
aka: Justice League
A list of characters in the DCAU
who first became prominent in Justice League
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The Founding members
- Big Good: The founding members of the League are this.
- Color-Coded Characters: In early promos, Superman - Red; Batman - Blue; Wonder Woman - Yellow; Green Lantern - Green; Flash - Orange; Hawkgirl - Gold; Martian Manhunter - Teal.
- Demoted to Extra: They suffer this to some extent in the last season. Despite being the main characters, they only appear in less than half of the final thirteen episodes, with some episodes ("Patriot Act," "Grudge Match" and "Alive!") focusing on recurring characters instead.
- Determinators: All of them.
- Foil: Comes in 3 groups of 2, with Martian Manhunter being left out.
- Jumped at the Call: In the pilot Superman and Batman investigate Martian Manhunter's distress call. After they rescue him J'ohnn calls for back up and the other 4 are the only heroes that respond. At first it seems like they're the only active heroes in this continuity but by the time Unlimited rolls around its clear that a lot of other people could've responded to the call if they wanted to.
- The Team - They all play a variety of roles especially since they rarely ever did any missions as a full team of seven. Most consistently however:
- Token Minority: GL is black, Hawkgirl and the Thanagarians are meant to be vaguely Hispanic. The team averts the Smurfette Principle by having two core female members however.
- Batman gets called out as a 'minority' among the League as The Team Normal, but if anything it only fuels his fire to continue being The Ace despite not having powers.
- True Companions: They grow to genuinely care for each other, even referring to each other on a First Name Basis while very few outside of the 7 founding members even know their secret identities.
- Two Girls to a Team: Hawkgirl and Wonder Woman, two out of seven. While their appearances might suggest a Tomboy and Girly Girl dynamic, the actual contrast was in their experience (with Wonder Woman as the Na´ve Newcomer and Hawkgirl as a bit of a cynic) and in their attitudes towards men, with Wonder Woman having a touch of Women Are Wiser at first. Notably, neither was The Chick, as that role was filled by The Flash.
Wonder Woman: You men!
Unless you do it on your own it doesn't count!
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"I'm not really a 'people person'. But when you need help - and you will - call me." ALTER EGO:
Bruce Wayne Voiced By: Kevin Conroy
Hera, give me strength! ALTER EGO:
Diana, Princess of Themyscera Voiced By: Susan Eisenberg
The proverbial "stranger in a strange land." In the DCAU, she defied her mother's admonition to leave matters of Man's World alone, at the time the Imperium were attacking, and stole her outfit from Athena's temple before venturing out in response to the Martian Manhunter's telepathic summons.
- Action Girl
- All Girls Want Anti-Heroes: She develops a crush on Batman, which Batman refuses to explore further, much to her frustration.
Wonder Woman: No, no dating for the Batman. It might cut into your brooding time.
Batman: One, dating within the team always leads to disaster. Two, you're a princess from a society of immortal warriors, I'm a rich kid with issues — lots of issues.
- Alliterative Name
- Artificial Human: The series goes with her Silver Age origin, where Hippolyta sculpted the infant Diana out of clay. This is hinted at in "Maid of Honor" where Princess Audrey teases Diana about having "feet of clay," to which Diana replies, "You have no idea."
- The Artifact: In this version, her costume's design makes even less sense than it does in most others, but (of course) it's far too iconic to change. In the first episode, Diana finds it laid out on an altar in an ancient Themysciran temple built to honor Athena; apparently, the American flag and the letter "W" both existed in Ancient Greece.
- Badass Princess
- Ambadassador: In the final season. Diana (at her mother's request) represents Themyscira at the world global warming conference.
- Berserk Button: Do not question what she wears (or doesn't in that matter), EVER.
- Blood Knight: Has shades of this on occasion. In "Hawk and Dove", she is livid at a gang of bank robbers for disrupting her "day off" and was about to give the leader a very severe beating until J'onn J'onzz intervened and called her back for a mission.
- Boobs of Steel
- Brought To You By The Letters WW
- Chainmail Bikini: Her Chest Insignia, which is designed to resemble two W's. Also see the trope immediately above.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Very notable in the show. During the Thanagarian Invasion, she risked blowing her cover while hiding to save a couple from falling debris. Also, when they traveled back in time to the old west, she insisted they save a man taken to jail even though it hardly had any significance.
- Cool Plane: Her invisible jet, later in the series.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Despite being super strong, she sometimes exclaims "Hera give me strength!" Which maxes her strength out to the point where it rivals Superman's. She even states that there were times that without her belief in Hera, she would not have been successful.
- Determinator: Oh, yes. Just watch her fight against Mongul—he's thrashing her all across the Fortress of Solitude, yet she still refuses to stay down even when it becomes clear that she'll die if she suffers any more punishment.
- Does Not Like Men: Traces of it showed up here and there throughout the early episodes, with "Fury" being one of the more noteworthy examples. In her case it was excusable, since she'd grown up on an island with no men, and she did get Character Development.
- She completely averts this after the 1st season, to the point of showing romantic interest in various men throughout the series.
- Et Tu, Hawkgirl?: At first.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- The Exile: After "Paradise Lost".
- Flying Brick: She's able to go toe-to-toe with Superman though that was a case of Tomato in the Mirror.
- Immortal Immaturity: If anything, she often acts significantly less mature than she looks, despite actually being thousands of years old.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Somehow manages to throw a dagger with her mouth and hit a tiny button on a control panel in Starcrossed.
- Improbable Weapon User: On one occasion she used her tiara as a Precision-Guided Boomerang.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though the jerk part lessens more and more over the course of the series.
- Jumped at the Call
- Knight Templar: On at least two occasions, someone has had to stop her from breaking the Thou Shalt Not Kill maxim (The Flash prevents her from killing Toyman in "Hereafter," and J'onn stops her from killing a random crook and later calls her out on it in "Hawk and Dove").
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Hades says that he and Hippolyta sculpted Diana together, making him her "father" of sorts. Diana doesn't angst over this, at least not visibly.
- Ms. Fanservice
Flash: (sees her for the first time) Where have you been all my life?
Wonder Woman: (confused) Themyscira.
- To be fair though, Flash hits on every hot girl he sees, not just Diana.
- There's also this exchange from "Eclipsed," where her outfit has been criticized by a talk show host who's giving the League a bad name.
Wonder Woman: (angrily) What's wrong with the way I look?!
- Na´ve Newcomer: In the first season.
- Power Limiter: Isn't the absence of her lasso's truth-forcing magic conspicuous? Turns out her armor's power was limited because she stole it. Hippolyta unlocks the armor's full-potential, including the lasso's magic, in Unlimited episode "The Balance".
- Oh My Gods!: "Great Hera!" A serial offender, that's pretty much her Catch Phrase.
- Parodied by Flash in the first part of "The Savage Time": "Great Jumpin' Hera!"
- One-Gender Race: Themyscera.
- Politically-Active Princess: Only in the final season.
- Rebellious Princess
- Requisite Royal Regalia:
- Her tiara.
- She dons a more extravagant outfit of white and gold that possibly crosses over with Bling of War to attend Superman's funeral in Hereafter.
- Royal Brat: In early episodes. It caused Green Lantern to address her as "princess" in a decidedly unflattering manner at times.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Statuesque Stunner: As with any other adaptation, stands just inches below Batman (confirmed 6'3") and Superman.
- Super Reflexes: Bullets-and-bracelets, anyone?
- Super Strength
- Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She becomes this in the episode "Kid Stuff" when she is briefly transformed back into a bossy 8-year-old girl, voiced by Dakota Fanning:
You can't tell us what to do! You're not our mom! Young Wonder Woman:
No, but I promise you, we will
find all your moms. And I'm gonna TELL
- Transformation Sequence: In "To Another Shore," she displays the ability to transform from civilian attire into her Wonder Woman outfit by spinning in place for a few seconds.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Batman, to her frustration. The comic reveals that she ended up with Justice LORD Batman.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: "Dark Heart" features a sequence where she carried The Atom in her cleavage. Good thing she didn't inhale...
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Diana implies that she would be one for Batman if he ever finally agreed to date her.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Shayera. Especially after the Thanagarian Invasion.
- You Can't Go Home Again: In "Paradise Lost," for violating Themyscera's edict forbidding men to be brought there. It's eventually revoked out of necessity in "The Balance."
We all need to be held accountable. We have too much power not to be. ALTER EGO:
John Stewart Voiced By: Phil LaMarr
Hard-nosed and no-nonsense when first introduced, John Stewart had been patrolling deep space as a Green Lantern for 10 years prior to the start of the series. According to the series' promotional info, because of his by-the-book approach to super-heroics, he tended to treat his fellow Leaguers like well-intentioned rookies. Between "Starcrossed" and the beginning of Unlimited
, he shaved his head bald
and began sporting a goatee
- Actor Allusion: "Legends" reveals that John has a fondness for the Justice Guild of America, a team of comic book heroes in-universe. Phil LaMarr is a massive comic book fan in real life.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: A particularly jarring example early in the series, in "The Brave and the Bold," where he expresses disbelief at Flash's story about a talking gorilla (Solovar). Flash, quite justifiably, calls him out on it.
Hey, we've both got a Martian's
phone number on our speed dial. I think I deserve the benefit of the doubt here.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: His 8-year-old self in the episode "Kid Stuff."
Young Green Lantern: I'll make a laser cannon! No, a missile launcher! Oh oh! I know!
Young Batman: Just pick something!
- Badass Baritone: As voiced by Phil Lamarr.
- Badass Beard: Sports one in Unlimited.
- Badass Creed: You know the one.
- Badass Longcoat: Commonly wears a brown coat on his off-time. An emerald longcoat also appears to be Green Lantern Corps formal wear according to Hereafter.
- The Static Shock episode "Fallen Hero" has him with it when he gets to Dakota.
- Badass Normal: During "The Savage Time," when his ring's run out of juice, his previous skills at hand-to-hand combat and weapons usage from his time in the Marines serve him in good stead.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: Several times in Unlimited.
- Bald of Awesome: In Unlimited.
- Barrier Warrior: A frequent defensive use of his powers.
- Bash Brothers: With Flash.
- Boring, but Practical: How he used his ring's powers during the first two seasons—he used simple energy beams and spherical barriers for the most part. Katma Tui later called him out on it (giving an in-universe voice to fan backlash on the same point—he's known in the mainline DC universe for extremely detailed and complex constructs), following which his use of the ring became more Awesome, but Impractical. This is lampshaded later on in an episode of Justice League Unlimited where he is temporarily turned back into a kid and starts making all kinds of crazy constructs.
- Brought Down to Badass: In "The Savage Time," after having expended most of the ring's power to tow the Javelin back to the Watchtower, he's forced to rely on his prowess as a Military Superhero.
- And again in "Starcrossed", when Hro Talak destroys his power ring and he has to fight him as just a mortal human.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center
- By-the-Book Superhero: Given his military background, especially apparent in the early seasons. He loosens up a bit over the course of the series.
- Clear My Name: John had two episodes, though not in the same series. "In Blackest Night" for Justice League (he was charged with destroying a planet but framed by Kanjar Ro through the Manhunters), and "Fallen Hero" in Static Shock (he was charged with Earth robberies but framed by Sinestro, who impersonated John).
- The Comically Serious: At first. Eventually becomes a Deadpan Snarker, possibly due to Flash rubbing off on him.
- Flight: Via the Green Lantern Ring.
- Green Lantern Ring: Obviously.
- Heroic Willpower
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Flash.
- Hidden Depths: His favorite film is Old Yeller.
- Important Haircut: As outlined above; however, Shayera didn't appreciate the change.
John: (surprised to see Shayera again)
Shayera? Shayera: (Beat)
Hate the beard.
- Interspecies Romance: With Katma Tui (a Korugarian) and later with Shayera Hol (a Thanagarian).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Military Superhero: He served in the Marines prior to becoming a Green Lantern.
- Number Two: Due to Batman's more aloof nature, Green Lantern often acted as the unspoken Second-in-Command.
- Official Couple: Initially with Shayera in the original series. Then with Vixen in Unlimited. This later becomes an awkward Love Triangle after Shayera rejoins the League and after he discovers that they have a son in the future.
- Reincarnation Romance: With Shayera.
- Remember the New Guy: He counts as this, though his example isn't as obvious as Hawkgirl's because the Green Lantern Corps and their individual members had already been shown in the earlier Superman: The Animated Series episode "In Brightest Day" (where new recruit Kyle Rayner was the focus character).
- Screw Destiny: Even after going to the future and seeing his son by Shayera, he's determined that any possible relationship with Shayera should be based on how they're feeling now, not Because Destiny Says So.
John: I will not be destiny's puppet.
- Semper Fi: He's a former Marine. When the League got transported to WWII and his ring was running on fumes, his experience helped get him in with Sgt. Rock's Easy Company.
- Space Police
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Well, in Justice League.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: The Straight Man to Flash's Wise Guy.
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: His greatest fear is no longer belonging in the neighborhood he grew up.
- Token Minority: One of the complaints made about him in the early episodes. Supposedly, this is why John Stewart was chosen for the team despite the DCAU already having an established Green Lantern introduced in Superman: The Animated Series, (a Hal Jordan-like Kyle Rayner). However, it helps that Stewart did occasionally appear in the JLA comic book years before when he was Hal Jordan's backup.
- Word of God is that they actually enjoyed using John quite a bit, because as a lesser-known Lantern, they got more creative freedom with him then they would've gotten with Kyle or Hal.
- Ironically, the show's popularity made people complain, when the Green Lantern movie started production, about the protagonist being the Caucasian Hal Jordan, as people unfamiliar with the comics believed John was the original guy rather than Hal, and casting a white guy was just Hollywood racism.
- Weaksauce Weakness: It's never directly referred to, but yellow objects just happen to break through his constructs. It doesn't seriously hamper his fights with Sinestro, however.
- Working with the Ex: With Katma Tui in "Hearts and Minds," and later with Shayera after "Wake the Dead."
- You Have to Believe Me: "Fallen Hero" has him use this to get close to Static to plant his power-depleted ring on Static (and avoid it being taken by Sinestro).
Dude. The bad guys went down, and nobody got hurt. Know what I call that? A really good day. ALTER EGO:
Wally West Voiced By:
Charlie Schlatter in Superman: The Animated Series
, Michael Rosenbaum in Justice League (Unlimited)
Quite possibly the youngest of the Original Seven, the Flash was first seen in the Superman: The Animated Series
episode "Speed Demons." Initially portrayed as a show-boater and skirt-chaser, he often ran ahead of the others and got into trouble about as fast as he could run. Eventually his importance was expanded on within the series' continuity, starting with the episode "A Better World."
- 100% Adoration Rating: In Central City, pretty much everyone who isn't a supervillain loves Flash. He also seems to know a lot of the people he saves too, since he directly addresses some of the citizens.
- Alliterative Name: His real name, Wally West.
- All-Loving Hero: He's even talked supervillains into turning themselves in.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Subverted, though just barely.
- Bad Liar: "The Great Brain Robbery" plays it for humor.
- Bash Brothers: With Green Lantern.
- Beneath the Mask: Perhaps best revealed in "Hereafter," after Superman's supposed death.
Flash: (dejectedly) I used to be able to goof around because I always knew (Superman) would have my back. Now all I've got is his example. And that's gonna have to be enough.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As both Justice Lord!Batman and Brainiac!Luthor found out.
- "Secret Society" also shows this trope in action with him. Put it this way: Batman will intimidate information out of you by dangling you over the edge of a rooftop by your legs and threatening to drop you. Flash? He actually will drop you. And taunt you on the way down. Subverted in that he can break your fall if he so chooses, though.
- Big Eater: Due to Required Secondary Powers (which really does not nearly account for how much energy he uses, but hey, it is comic book physics, we are used to it).
- Butt Monkey
- But Now I Must Go: Defied when the other Leaguers pull him out of the Speed Force.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Hits on Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl constantly, is thrilled at the prospect of visiting Themyscira, and is not above using his cred as a superhero to chat up the ladies. He's also, well, The Flash, a genuine hero and as gentlemanly as Superman, when it comes down to it. Though, remember, "Because I'm a Stud!"
- This is played for laughs in one episode, where two girls are seriously turned off when he flirts with them; then a car crashes through the diner they're in, and he has to move them to safety before they're crushed, then rush after the driver. Then one of them gets angry at the other for telling her to ignore him!
- When he developed a crush on Fire, he becomes shy and nervous around her.
- Clothing Damage: He gets this on a couple of occasions, most especially during "Divided We Fall" and "Flash and Substance." As the latter episode reveals, he's got a drawer full of costume-rings for spare uniforms due to this trope.
- Commuting on a Bus: He was largely absent during the first season of Justice League Unlimited—making only three voiceless cameos.
- Composite Character: He's Wally West with Barry Allen's superhero origin and day job as a forensic scientist.
- However, Barry did exist in the DCAU, but was only shown briefly in a flashback in a tie-in comic.
- The Conscience: For the Justice League and especially for his fellow members of the Original Seven, as "A Better World" reveals. He tries to invoke this with Justice Lord Superman when the other man has Flash at his mercy but it doesn't work.
- Also in "Hereafter", he's the one who stops Wonder Woman from killing Toyman just after Superman is apparently killed, reminding her that it's not what Superman would do.
- Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: For Lightspeed Energy Bars in "Eclipsed."
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Okay, so he is touted as the Plucky Comic Relief of the founding members, he's a Big Eater who stuffs his face often due to Required Secondary Powers, he's a Chivalrous Pervert who rarely (if ever) has any luck with the ladies, frequently says the wrong thing at just the wrong time, and is capable of being taken down in one hit. Digested all that? Well, here's what this same guy is capable of doing when he quits fooling around: rewiring Grodd's Mind Control helmet so it'll fry the ape's brain (though he got better), holding his own against Justice Lord Superman and throwing him hard and fast enough to momentarily stun him on impact, tricking Justice Lord Batman into releasing him from his restraints, taking out an entire space-station of armed mooks when sufficiently aggravated, leading a successful infiltration of Apokolips, and curb-stomping Brainiac!Luthor all by himself... and this is all without taking his day-job into consideration.
- In "Eclipsed", he took on the rest of the mind controlled Big Seven by himself. At this point, it only seems fair because he was trying not to hurt them and they were working without, well, him.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Vibrating through an object at high enough super-speed causes that object to explode; hence, he doesn't use it very often. (It's also a Mythology Gag, where in the comics he'd cause things to explode by vibrating through them.)
- "I can never go that fast again. If I do, I don't think I'm coming back."
- Deadpan Snarker
- Demoted to Extra: He had no lines in the first season (of Justice League Unlimited, that is) because of voice actor Michael Rosenbaum's commitments on Smallville (though you may not notice simply on the basis that the cast is frickin' huge). He came roaring back for the second and third seasons though (in particular the Season Finale of the second season), and even complained to a fellow Leaguer about not getting any respect despite being one of the original seven.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: In "Ties That Bind," he notes that he's treated like a kid sidekick despite being "one of the original seven."
- It's subverted to some extent, since while Batman would formerly belittle him in the earlier episodes, he's considerably more respectful in the episode Flash and Substance, silently rebuking Orion's condescending tone. More importantly he accepts an invitation to visit the Flash museum in the hometown.
- Eagle Eye Detection: "Flash and Substance" proves he's capable of this in his day job.
- The Fool: Although he does have superpowers and is far from incompetent, he's by far the most lackadaisical of the original Justice League superheroes. He certainly fits the characteristic of living on the edge, all the while having a cheerful (and seemingly naive) attitude, no matter how bad the situation gets.
- Fragile Speedster: Most of the time. He sometimes leans towards combining it with Glass Cannon, or even becoming a full-on Lightning Bruiser depending on how serious he's getting and how well his Required Secondary Powers are working this week. Especially early on, though, he's often taken out of the fight with one lucky hit.
- Freak Lab Accident: His hallucinations in "The Brave and the Bold" show the iconic chemical-bath-via-lightning-bolt-through-lab-window origin.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: With Lex Luthor in "The Great Brain Robbery."
- Friendly Enemy: With the Trickster.
- Friend to All Children: As shown in "Comfort and Joy," where he seeks to bring a special toy to the children at an orphanage. Mirror Master later exploits this to trap him in "Flash and Substance," but it fails.
- Fun Personified: Mostly takes this role, even in his (very, very slightly) serious moments.
- The Gloves Come Off: Similar to Superman, Flash actively holds his powers back. Part of it is due to the outright destructive potential of his powers and other part is his own fear of his powers. The Brainthor fight shows the full effects of this; Flash runs so fast that not only does he almost end his own life, but he causes massive destruction in his path.
- Good People Have Good Sex: If Tala's subtext-laden dialogue in The Great Brain Robbery is to be believed.
- Handsome Lech: He's a skirt chaser, but he's also shown to be fairly successful at seducing women. Two random women are seen drooling over him, reporter Linda Park (his wife in the comic) clearly has a crush on him, as does Fire, and Giganta takes time from her "Five Minute" head start to kiss him before fleeing the league. Also, when brain-switched with Lex Luthor, it's revealed by Tala that for all the "Fastest Man alive, huh?" jokes about his... prowess, he's actually a gentle, attentive, and in her words enthusiastic lover leading to her being disappointed when they switch back.
- The Heart: As outlined in "A Better World," his death in the Justice Lords' universe was the trigger for their turning into Knight Templars. But it's better defined in this exchange from "Hereafter", just after everyone thinks Superman's been killed:
Toyman: (as Wonder Woman holds him by the collar) Wh-what are you going to do to me?!
Wonder Woman: (enraged) I'm going to punch a hole in your head!
Flash: (restrains her free arm) We don't do that to our enemies!
Wonder Woman: Speak for yourself!
Flash: I'm trying to speak for Superman.
(Wonder Woman's anger turns to sorrow, as she realizes what Flash is telling her, and she drops Toyman to the ground)
- Also worth noting that while the rest of the founders try to tiptoe around the remaining tension between Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl, Flash is the only one willing to try and get them to break the ice.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Wonder Woman's words on seeing him unmasked for the first time:
Wonder Woman: (ruffling Wally's hair) Red hair... it suits you.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Green Lantern.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: As with the below trope, Wally almost never uses his true power, as most of it is incredibly lethal. Phasing-induced Tele-Frag killing, mach punches, and the like aren't really skills befitting someone invoking the Kid-Appeal Character.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The creators could see Superman potentially turning into a Knight Templar, but not Flash.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Though he's also quite popular with the older fanbase.
- Lame Comeback: He's responsible for several. Hey, they can't all be winners.
- Legacy Character: "Flash and Substance" suggests he's not the first Flash since his old Kid Flash costume is seen in the Flash Museum, along with Jay Garrick's helmet). Later tie-in comics have Jay and Bart Allen make appearances and go back and forth on whether Barry actually existed, although the recent (and definitely canon) Justice League Beyond implies that there is no Barry.
- Let's Get Dangerous: And when he does, he's a force to be reckoned with.
- Morality Chain: See also The Heart above.
- Nice Guy: It's why the residents of Central City love him.
Orion: (about Flash)
Central City builds statues to this...fool
. Who makes bad jokes! Who concerns himself with pitiful men like the Trickster
! I don't understand.
Batman: No... you don't.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: As Orion declares, "You play the fool to hide a warrior's pain."
- Flash responded with the character quote at the top of this section, and readers may note he's not actually confirming or denying what Orion said. He is a scientist in his day job and has shown that he has deep fears about what his powers could do to him, but he really is that happy when things go well.
- Oblivious to Love: Linda Park all but opens her shirt to flash Wally, but he has no idea she's hitting on him. Or does he?
- To be fair, he knew there were supervillains coming for him, so he needed to focus.
- Odd Friendship: He and Kilowog immediately hit it off, and are shown as good friends throughout Kilowog's appearances despite their differences.
- OOC Is Serious Business: While this applies to the other members of the Original Seven on various levels, he's the one that gets it most significantly—whenever he's not cracking a joke or chasing a skirt, you know the situation is bad. "Divided We Fall" provides perhaps the best example of this trope in action.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: In this continuity, Flash's status as "The Fastest Man Alive" is always appended by saying Superman and Supergirl are close, and can do much more. Flash does however show more control over his speed than Superman ever does. He's a great deal more versatile in his application of super-speed, as well. Episodes such as "Eclipsed" and "Divided We Fall" suggest he is indeed faster by far.
- Platonic Life Partners/Like Brother and Sister: With Hawkgirl.
She loves me. Seriously, she's like the big sister I never had. Only, you know, short
- Plucky Comic Relief: Often, until he decides to get serious.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Rains down who knows how many punches thrown at Super Speed on the downed Luther/Brainiac fusion near the end of the second season.
- In order to build up enough of a head start, he repeatedly ran around the world at super speed.
- Red-Headed Hero
- Sad Clown: A Defied Trope - Orion assumes he's this (see Obfuscating Stupidity), but Wally really doesn't care about a destroyed Flash Museum so long as no-one got hurt.
- Speed Blitz: When he isn't playing around.
- Super Reflexes: He's the only member of the League who successfully dodges the pieces of the Eclipso gem when Hawkgirl smashes it with her mace. However, early in the series his shows of power were limited by having him get tripped by obvious items. A lot.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: The Wise Guy to Green Lantern's Straight Man.
- Super Speed: Duh.
- Took a Level in Badass: Played with in that, The Flash always remains down to earth and cheerful but can pull off something unexpected and powerful when the occasion calls for it, in a way that truly changes the game for the entire league. The rest of the team, which tended to condescend to him for his clown-like behavior nature quickly pick up on this and as such, even Batman shows respect to him in the later episodes.
- Two occasions stand out. The first one is when he outsmarts an Alternate Universe Batman by pulling a Batman Gambit on him by making creative use of his powers that neither him nor main-universe Batman was aware of. This earns him praise from the master himself.
- The other is his defeat of Brainthor, regarded in-universe and among his fans as his Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Time Stands Still: "Only a Dream" reveals this to be Flash's greatest nightmare; specifically, that he'll one day go so fast he'll never be able to slow down again while everything about him appears frozen in place, and thus living out his entire life-span in the time it'll take a little girl to tie her shoelace.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Seems to have a thing for iced mochas. He is also frequently seen eating large quantities of hamburgers.
- Tranquil Fury: He's scarcely ever shown to be angry, or even aggravated. However, as "Secret Society" shows...
(Flash is dangling a thug over a rooftop by his legs)
Thug: (not intimidated) Who do you think you are—Batman?
Flash: It's been a long night. Just tell me where Shade is, okay?
Thug: Look, buddy, I know Batman. I once ratted out a counterfeiter to Batman.
(Flash's face is totally without emotion)
- The Trickster: Both himself and his enemy, The Trickster.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Batman, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The sheer number of times he's tripped on things he should've seen coming... though part of this may be him limiting his own power, as when he actually tries, he's arguably one of the most dangerous of the original seven.
- Or rather, the writers limiting his power. Word of God states that they tended to do this because, otherwise, Flash is so powerful he could beat everybody easily.
- Goes a little far in the other direction though. Very often in early seasons Flash is beat up by random Mooks, and needs another member of the League to bail him out.
- Worf Had The Flu: Writers intentionally held Flash back in the series to keep him from being overpowered. This lead to the above trope where Flash would find himself struggling with mooks sometimes. Season 2 of Unlimited showed that when Flash fully stops holding back, he's arguably one of the most powerful members of the group.
Less talking, more hitting!
ALTER EGO: Shayera Hol
Voiced By: Maria Canals-Barrera
An advance scout for the Thanagarian army, Shayera Hol came to Earth to ascertain it as a good tactical point for her people in their war against another alien race known as the Gordanians. While on Earth, she adopted the superhero identity of Hawkgirl and, as her cover story, claimed that she was a cop who got transported there via a teleportation device called a Zeta Beam while chasing after a band of criminals
- 10-Minute Retirement: "Starcrossed" resulted in this.
- Achilles' Heel: Doctor Fate stood no chance against her with her Nth metal mace.
- Action Girl: See character quote.
- Adaptational Villainy: While the Thangarians were occasionally presented as villains in the comics, this was the first time she ever participated in any sort of plan that could be considered evil.
- All of the Other Reindeer: A lot of people, including among the general populace, within the League and even among the Thanagarians still haven't forgiven her for her role in the Thanagarians' conquest of Earth, as shown in the Unlimited episode "Hunter's Moon." In the Thangarians' case, it's more, "Because you betrayed us, Thanagar was conquered and Hro Talak is dead."
- Anti-Hero: Type III.
- Anti-Magic: One of the properties of her mace is to destroy anything magic-related.
- The Atoner: Post-"Starcrossed," beginning with her return in "Wake the Dead."
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Subtlety isn't her strong suit.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her second superhero outfit, pictured.
- Becoming the Mask: Before her cover was revealed in "Starcrossed," she played up her story very convincingly.
- Betty and Veronica: She eventually becomes the Betty to Vixen's Veronica in regards to John's Archie.
- Blood Knight: By far the most eager to fight among the original seven.
- Boisterous Bruiser: "Less talking, more hitting!"
- Carry A Big Mace: With a touch of Anti-Magic for good measure.
- Civvie Spandex: Post-"Starcrossed," once she rejoins the League she wears an outfit closely akin to a jogging suit. It's also very similar to the outfits of the regular staff aboard the Watchtower. As her last outfit was part Thanagarian uniform, and there was a need for her to be more connected to the humans after the incident, this change is likely intentional.
- Cool Big Sis: Acts this way toward Flash, when they're not sniping at each other. The best examples of this are "Divided We Fall" and "I Am Legion."
Flash: She loves me. She's kind of like the big sister I never had. Only, you know, short.
- Cowboy Cop
- Cute Bruiser: Played fully straight after she ditches her mask.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially had a talent for dishing verbal ownage out on Flash:
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: As literal a version as the censors and lawyers will allow: "I have nothing to say. I have a gesture, but my hands are tied."
- Distaff Counterpart: To Carter Hall, a.k.a. Hawkman, though she showed up in the series first.
- Drop The Mace
- The Exile: From Thanagar (permanently) and the League (temporarily, and self-imposed* ) after "Starcrossed."
- Fiery Redhead
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: To Superman in "The Terror Beyond" and GL in "War World". She's always the bad cop ("Why play against type?").
Green Lantern: You can talk to me... (points to Shayera, who's got her mace in hand) Or you can talk to her.
- Heroes Want Redheads
- Hidden Depths: True for most of the main cast, but especially in her case since her public persona seems to be the simplest one. She's a cover Thanagarian agent planning to prepare what she believes to be the occupation of Earth, gathering intel on her comrades, she was a spy instructor back on her planet, but eventually sides with the League, becoming The Atoner in the process. Even without the persona reasoning, she also shows a great brain for strategy, as seen below under Smart People Play Chess, in outsmarting Batman and Aquaman.
- Hollywood Atheist: A complex example - though she claims Thanagarians have Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions, she also wonders aloud that Diana's belief in gods must be comforting. The truth is that Thanagarians once worshiped Eldritch Abominations. They didn't outgrow them, they rejected them, and their Nth Metal technology was developed to kill them. This led to them being outright Flat Earth Atheists.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She tries to justify her betrayal in "Starscrossed, Part III".
"I came to this planet as a patriot. I had a mission and I carried it out... what I couldn't know, was that I would come to care for the Earth and her people, that I'd come to care for all of you. I've spent the last five years torn between my feelings and my duty."
- Impossible Hourglass Figure
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sometimes comes across this way.
- The Lad-ette: Hobbies include smashing things, chugging Gargle Blasters, eating gross foods, starting intergalactic Bar Brawls, and Getting Crap Past the Radar.
- Leeroy Jenkins: She's quite capable of formulating and following plans when absolutely necessary, but usually she eschews this in favor of simply smashing things with her mace.
- Love Triangle: She's involved in three, with John Stewart/Hro Talak, then with John/Vixen, and then again with John/Hawkman. The lady is certainly busy.
- Nay-Theist: Though post-"Starcrossed," she has had a chance to read the Good Book enough to be Genre Savvy about how to intimidate Tartarus demons in "The Balance."
- Odd Friendship: With Vixen, her ex's girlfriend. The two have a lot in common, and talk quite casually about their awkward love triangle. Vixen at one point even dares Shayera to make a move on John Stewart while she's out of town, and the two just smirk.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She's the smallest member of the Justice League (as far as the original members), but probably the most belligerent and will still kick your ass.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Flash.
- Proud Warrior Race Girl: As we see in the Christmas Episode, her idea of celebration involves starting a Bar Brawl.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of "Starcrossed."
- The Bus Came Back: "Wake the Dead." And before that, a brief cameo at the end of "The Return."
- Reincarnation Romance: With Green Lantern and Hawkman - a Love Triangle from a previous life that ended up getting them all killed.
- Reformed, but Rejected: After rejoining the team, Hawkgirl's former betrayal still casts a present among the team. Batman takes her presence in stride while Wonder Woman continues to hold a grudge until she finally forgives her.
- Remember the New Guy: She was a blatant example of this. She'd never shown up anywhere onscreen in the DCAU continuity prior to her first appearance in the three-part premiere episode "Secret Origins," but the other main characters evidently already knew who she was.
- "Starcrossed" mentions that she's been on Earth for 5 years now. Highly doubtful that the first two seasons went on for 5 years in-universe.
- The Scrappy: In-Universe after the Thanagarian Invasion, she remains hated and distrusted by a large segment of the Earth's population. In one episode, Batman points out that she apparently has a very large Hatedom on Internet forums.
- Screaming Warrior: On average, it was about one yell for every swing of her mace.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Despite her status as The Lad-ette, Hawkgirl can still look feminine when she wants to, as exemplified in "Shadow of the Hawk" when she dons a little pink dress for a date:
Shayera, I wanted to... (sees her in the dress) JUDAS PRIEST
- Shipper on Deck: She encourages Flash to tell Fire how he feels about her in "I Am Legion," and even shifts the position of their Javelin (while claiming it was turbulence) to get Fire to fall into Flash's lap.
- Shoot the Dog: Has to do this to a resurrected and rampaging Solomon Grundy.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She's the current page image.
- Smart People Play Chess: The promotional material says she's able to beat Batman at chess. This isn't entirely unfounded in the show; she knew Batman's identity without being told. Given how freaking obsessive he is about that, she's obviously much more intelligent that her combat strategy would suggest. Onscreen, Aquaman only beats her because she's too distracted by self-loathing to take him seriously.
- Space Police: Her cover story prior to "Starcrossed."
- Doubles as a Mythology Gag, as in the early 1960s comics Shayera and Katar (there a married couple) were in fact Thanagerian cops who pursued a criminal to Earth and decided to stay there and fight crime as the titular Hawk-heroes.
- Take My Hand: She says the trope name verbatim before pulling Flash out of the Speed Force.
- Tell Me About My Son: Sits down beside Batman and asks him this. (Time Travel was involved.)
- That Girl Is Dead: Ever since the Thanagarian invasion, she discarded the identity "Hawkgirl", saying how it was a sham.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Flash and Wonder Woman, the latter more vitriolic after "Starcrossed," and only "buds" after "The Balance."
- Weapon of Choice: Her electrified Nth-metal mace, which is one of the few devices on the planet that can counter magic.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In her case, enclosed spaces.
- Winged Humanoid: With the wings being part of her biological structure (as opposed to artificial like those of the Hawk-related heroes in the comics).
- Working with the Ex: With Green Lantern, after "Wake the Dead."
- You Can't Go Home Again: Not only is she exiled, but the worst part is that after the Thanagarian invasion failed, their mortal enemies took over their home planet.
- Your Cheating Heart: In a past life, she did this to her husband with his best friend.
Ask yourselves - is being in here with me what you truly desire?
ALTER EGO: J'onn J'onzz
Voiced By: Carl Lumbly
After the conquering race known as the Imperium wiped out all other life on his home planet of Mars, J'onn J'onzz managed to seal them away and set himself as a guard over them to prevent their escape. However, many years later they were unwittingly released by Earth astronauts and set their sights on conquering Earth. With the help of six of Earth's mightiest heroes, J'onn was able to defeat the Imperium, and eventually adopted Earth as his new home.
- 10-Minute Retirement
- The Ageless: He was guarding the shapeshifting invaders for 500 years prior to the start of the series. And according to him, he's not going to be dying from age anytime soon.
- Alien Among Us: Though it only comes into play when he has to blend in with humans under a disguise. Most of the time he's in his default human-Martian-hybrid form, and those who know of him or are familiar with him in this form know he's from Mars.
- Alliterative Name
- Apocalypse How: The fate of his home-world prior to the start of the series.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Everyone seems to defer to the founding seven of the league, but J'onn seems to run and direct the League Station.
- Badass Baritone
- Bald of Awesome
- Deadpan Snarker: Even he joins in sometimes.
Batman: (while helping J'onn fight a bunch of Brainiac drones) Having fun?
Martian Manhunter: (completely deadpan) Yes.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: From losing his family and planet after years of living a highly introverted lifestyle short of interacting with the founding members, J'onn finds a new mate on Earth to share a life with, and he even becomes more accustomed to Earthly speech patterns in the last episode seeming more casual in conversation with others.
- Exposed Extraterrestrials: In his true form...and, technically, the rest of the time as well, since he's a shapeshifter. Even then, he barely wears any clothes, as pictured. Only his Justice Lord counterpart and human alter egos are fully clothed.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: When first met in "Secret Origins," he's in his natural Martian form. Upon being freed, he shifts into his more familiar hybrid form in an effort to gain Batman's trust.
J'onn: (shifts into hybrid form) I am J'onn J'onzz.
(He holds out his hand to Batman. The Bat doesn't take it, but continues to have eyes narrowed)
Superman: Don't take it personally, J'onn. He doesn't trust anyone.
J'onn: A wise policy.
- Good Is Not Soft: To Task Force X's dismay.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Developed this view in "Tabula Rasa," though he found himself proven wrong shortly afterward. It came up again, albeit more subtly, in "To Another Shore," resulting in him taking a sabbatical from the League so he could learn to live among humans.
Wonder Woman: You don't like humans very much, do you, J'onn?
J'onn: I don't dislike them...
- Intangible Man: A frequent method of avoiding attacks.
- Interspecies Romance: He eventually settled down with an elderly Chinese woman.
- Journey to Find Oneself: The reason he gets Put on a Bus.
- Kryptonite Factor: It's hinted through various blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments that he's vulnerable to fire, like his comic book counterpart, although the very sight of it doesn't psychologically cripple him as it did in the comics. He still winds up flying through burning rocket exhaust quite often.
- Last of His Kind: It's a source of angst for him. Morgaine Le Fay exploits it for all it's worth in "A Knight of Shadows".
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Happens to him in "Tabula Rasa," leading him to briefly conclude that Humans Are the Real Monsters.
- Mind Over Manners: In "A Better World," he tells Batman (in response to the Dark Knight's suggestion to read his Justice Lord counterpart's mind to ascertain the truth of his cover story) that Martians can't and won't violate one another's private thoughts in such a manner. As far as most villains go, though, he'll delve into mind-reading to glean information, but that's about it.
- Mind Rape: In "Starcrossed", he needs to telepathically learn how to fly a Thanagarian fighter... except Thanagarians are naturally resistant to his telepathy. He grimly decides "I'll just have to try harder," and effectively lobotomizes his prisoner. The entire planet depended on him getting that information, but the consequences are shown seasons later, when Craggar shows up again, paralyzed and drooling.
- Mission Control: In Unlimited, he delegates missions to the expanded League. Then he gets Put on a Bus, and Mr. Terrific takes his place in this role.
- Na´ve Newcomer: To the Earth.
- Nonhumans Lack Attributes: J'onn's true form, and also every other Martian seen in flashbacks. His wife was drawn with narrower shoulders and a slightly emphasized "chestplate" on her exoskeleton, and that's about it.
- Not so Above It All: As the end of "The Ties That Bind" can attest.
J'onn: I was only going to ask if you wanted to play Brawlin' Bots.
Flash: Dibs on the green one! (runs off)
J'onn: I wanted the green one... (smirks)
- Psychic Powers: Usually of the Telepathy variety.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of "To Another Shore."
- Really 700 Years Old
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: His natural Martian form and his usual default appearance, arguably.
- Secret Identity: When in full-human form, he usually takes the appearance of a brown-haired Caucasian man; most notably, he uses this form when hiding from the Thanagerians alongside Superman (as Clark Kent) in "Starcrossed," and again when he gets Put on a Bus in "To Another Shore." He later takes the form of an elderly Chinese man prior to his return in the Grand Finale.
- The Spock
- The Stoic -> Not So Stoic: Perhaps best exemplified in "The Ties That Bind."
- Superhero Speciation: In comics continuity, Superman and Manhunter have a good deal of overlap in abilities. Presumably to keep Superman unique, J'onn favors his intangibility, invisibility, shapeshifting, and telepathy, while his Super Strength is downplayed and he never demonstrates Super Speed, Super Senses, or Eye Beams at all.
- Super Strength: Although in this series' continuity, it's toned down somewhat.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can transform into any shape he desires, along with becoming intangible and invisible.
- Warrior Poet
- Warrior Therapist: Acts as Wildcat's therapist in Unlimited.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Although his old home had been long gone before the start of the series.
The Expanded League
Green Arrow (Oliver Queen)
Voiced by Kin Shriner
- Archer Archetype
- Badass Beard
- Badass Normal
- Battle Couple: With Black Canary.
- Breakout Character / Spotlight-Stealing Squad of Unlimited.
- Crimefighting with Cash: He started out as a virtual carbon-copy Expy of Batman by, interestingly, the same company.
- Deadpan Snarker: At times
- Faking the Dead: In "The Cat and the Canary", to prove a point to Wildcat. Not with an Induced Death arrow, sadly.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Captain Atom.
- The Heart: To a lesser extent than Flash. Batman specifically suggested his recruitment at the beginning of Unlimited for this reason, considering him to be Closer to Earth than most other superheroes.
- Improbable Aiming Skills
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Supergirl.
- Shipper on Deck: In "Far From Home", he is very clearly in favor of the budding courtship between Supergirl and Brainiac 5.
- Straw Liberal: Averted, though he still shows his views on occasion. In his first episode, he's suspicious about Captain Atom, a nuclear powered government superheronote but is respectful when the latter goes to pull off a Heroic Sacrifice. He also understands that in a world of monsters and aliens and other horrors, the Justice League definitely plays a role.
- Theme Music Power-Up: He even ''sings'' his own theme song once!
- Trick Arrow: He's a recurring character from Unlimited onwards, and naturally gets to show off his collection of trick arrows
- Twang Hello
Black Canary (Dinah Lance)
The Question (Vic Sage)
Huntress (Helena Bertinelli)
Kicked out of the league for attempted murder, but still helps her boyfriend, the Question out occasionally.
Captain Atom (Nathaniel Adams)
Voiced by George Eads ("Initiation") and Chris Cox ("The Greatest Story Never Told" onward)
A former captain in the United States Air Force, who was converted to pure energy and now inhabits a containment suit. In addition to the typical powers
, he can both generate and absorb any kind of radiation.Cadmus manipulates him into a Face-Heel Turn by way of his Air Force commission in the second season of Unlimited. He later rejoins the good guys
Vixen (Mari McCabe)
"What makes you think I know anything about the jungle? I live in a loft in Chelsea."
Hawk (Hank Hall) and Dove (Don Hall)
Hawk voiced by Fred Savage
Dove voiced by Jason Hervey
- Bash Brothers
- Brains and Brawn: Hawk's the brawn, Dove's the brains.
- Casting Gag: Fred Savage and Jason Hervey's most famous roles are bickering brothers Kevin and Wayne Arnold on The Wonder Years. Originally they were going to read for the opposite part to go in line with their characters on said show, but after changing voices for a non-recorded read-through, everyone realized they liked the new voices a lot better and went with it. Hence the otherwise meek Savage played the violent Hawk and previously belligerent Hervey played the pacifistic Dove.
- Hot-Blooded: Hawk
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hawk is the red to Dove's blue.
- Sibling Yin-Yang
- Technical Pacifist: Dove. He won't kill you period and disapproves of violence. Not that this will stop him from kicking the crap out of you.
Shining Knight (Sir Justin)
Voiced by Chris Cox
A knight of Arthur's court thrown into the present.
A mecha operated by Stargirl's stepfather, Pat Dugan.
Stargirl (Courtney Whitmore)
Voiced by Giselle Loren
- Action Girl
- Alpha Bitch: Sort of. She's vain and fame seeking, has a large sense of entitlement, and mocks and belittles those around her to ease her own feelings, but means well beneath it all.
- Badass Family: With S.T.R.I.P.E, her stepfather.
- Badass Normal: All of Stargirl's powers are actually derived from her weapon; she has no superpowers of her own. And let's face it, how many teenage girls, if granted a weapon that fired energy blasts and enabled them to fly, would use the weapon to fight supervillains?
- Bare Your Midriff
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: In addition to the Alpha Bitch traits mentioned above, S.T.R.I.P.E. is in fact her stepdad and partner.
- Character Development: Over the course of "Chaos at the Earth's Core", she comes to respect Supergirl, and ultimately saves her life. By the end of the episode, the two seem to be starting a friendship, with each of them complaining to the other about their respective overprotective relatives.
- Genre Savvy: She is well aware of how her Alpha Bitch actions look and recognizes that her words make her "petty."
- Glory Hound: While she usually means well, she is fame seeking, and believes her heroics deserve more recognition.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She gets very jealous upon seeing Supergirl's popularity.
- Headbutting Heroes: With Supergirl in Chaos at the Earth's Core though by the end of the episode, they appear to be becoming friends.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure
- Kid Hero: In the comics Stargirl is a 16 year old kid, and while her age isn't explicitly stated in JLU, she lives with her stepdad and is drawn as a teenage girl.
- Leeroy Jenkins
- Little Miss Badass
- Ms. Fanservice
- Took a Level in Kindness: See Character Development.
Supergirl (Kara In-Ze/Kara Kent)
Voiced by Nicholle TomSee here for more info
Booster Gold (Michael Jon Carter)
Voiced by Tom Everett Scott
Mister Terrific (Michael Holt)
Voiced by Michael Beach
Steel (John Henry Irons)
Voiced by George DelHoyo, Oded Fehr
Voiced by Maria Canals
Voiced by Powers Boothe
- Blow You Away: Strong enough to take on three copies of Wind Dragon from the Ultimen, while only using one hand, as they used all their might in making wind tunnels. Effortlessly negated a tornado created by Luthor in the Flash's body.
- Flying Brick
- Mechanical Lifeforms: An android
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Was ripped in half by Amazo. Fortunately, he got better.
Voiced by Jeremy Piven
Future League Members
Other Major Allies
Voiced by Kim Mai Guest
Voiced by Dennis Haysbert
- Big Eater: Even moreso than The Flash.
- Extreme Omnivore: At one point, he eats a videotape, proclaiming it to be delicious.
- Big Fun
- The Engineer: His other skill outside of his Green Lantern powers. In "Hearts and Minds", he is able to rapidly construct a carbon bomb with relative ease.
- Odd Friendship: With Flash. They bond over their mutual friendship with John Stewart, their wise-cracking personalities, and their love of food.
- Pig Man: Which makes Flash inviting him to a bratwurst cookout all the more hilarious.
- Redemption Earns Life: Notably in "Blackest Night", he was the only member of the Green Lantern Corps to speak up for and defend John Stewart's character during his trial (albeit after some convincing from Hawkgirl). Later in "Hearts and Minds", several of his colleagues are killed in battle while he is spared and would go on to become a semi-regular Recurring Character.
Captain Marvel (Billy Batson)
Voiced by Jerry O'Connell (Marvel) and Shane Haboucha (Billy)
- Ascended Fanboy: He openly admits to idolizing the Justice Leaguers (especially Superman) before briefly joining himself.
- The Cape: Is arguably an even bigger archetype of this trope than Superman himself, much to the latter's annoyance.
- Man Child: Comes off like this towards the rest of the League sometimes (who are unaware that his secret identity is a child).
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your School Life: Explored briefly when Billy is shown to be failing at elementary school due to his constant superhero duties.
- Nice Guy: His cheerful and positive attitude rubs off so warmly on the Justice League that even Batman takes a liking to him.
- Older Alter Ego: Billy and Marvel.
- The Pollyanna
- Unwitting Pawn: Of a Batman Gambit that Lex Luthor and Cadmus performed on Superman to make him look bad in public.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He's far far towards the ideal end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism. Justified since he is actually only a young child beneath his superhero exterior.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers a fairly brutal one towards Superman after the latter destroyed Lexor City during their fight. He also announces his resignation from the Justice League in the same speech. Superman is crushed.
Hawkman (Carter Hall)
Voiced by James Remar
- Adventure Archaeologist
- Ancient Astronauts: After unearthing the Asbsorbacron, he begins to believe that Ancient Egypt was actually founded by Katar Hol and Chay-Ara Hol, two Thanagarian officers who crash-landed on Earth 4000 years ago.
- The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right: It is mentioned that he lost much of his credibility in the archaeology field when he began proclaiming his Thanagarian Ancient Astronauts theory and even Hawkgirl thinks he is delusional when he insists that they are the reincarnations of the ancient Thanagarians. Then in "Ancient History", the Shadow Thief reveals that his claims were right all along.
- Continuity Snarl: True to the comics. He is actually the second incarnation of Hawkman to appear in the DCAU, with the first being Hro Talak, who was an Expy of the Silver Age origin of the character.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After discovering the true history between Katar Hol, Chay-Ara Hol, and Bashari, he quickly apologizes to Shayera and leaves, realizing that she is destined to be together with Green Lantern.
- Meaningful Rename: His birth name was Joseph Gardner, which he then changed to Carter Hall to be closer to the ancient Katar Hol's.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: A variation. In "Ancient History", Shadow Thief kidnaps Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and Green Lantern and brings them together. He then reveals that he is Hawkman's own escaped "dark side", a personification of his inner desires, and attempts to kill Green Lantern so that Hawkman and Hawkgirl could be together.
- Reincarnation Romance: He believes that he and Hawkgirl are the reincarnation of Katar and Chay-Ara Hol. Subverted when it turns out that the ancient Chay-Ara was actually in love with a human named Bashari, Green Lantern's past life.
- Shadow Archetype: A literal example with the Shadow Thief, who turns out to be Hawkman's inner id, who escaped from his body when he touched the Asbsorbacron.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Hawkgirl.
- White Knighting: Batman mentions that Carter has been banned from various anti-Hawkgirl internet forums, apparently for repeatedly trolling other users and viciously defending Shayera's honor.
- Winged Humanoid: With a pair of artificially constructed wings.
Deadman (Boston Brand)
Voiced by Raphael Sbarge
Voiced By: CCH Pounder
Amanda Waller serves as the Director of Cadmus, with a direct line to the President of the United States.
- Action Girl: And does it without any superpowers, no less.
- Anti-Villain: Waller, being more antagonistic of the League, is a Type 3. She does some pretty shady things, but never truly crosses the line.
- The Atoner
- Badass Normal: Takes on Brainithor with a handgun. Granted, it's a high-tech handgun, but still.
- Black Boss Lady
- Break Them by Talking: Batman confronts her in her bathroom and starts his usual intimidation tactics. This is her response... and Batman can't find a single hole in her logic. (They later disagree, very strongly, about acceptable means to the end.)
- Cool Old Lady: In the Batman Beyond epilogue. Terry is a little surprised to discover this, to say the least.
- General Ripper: Disobeys a direct order from the President and launches a full-fledged assult on the Watch Tower.
- Genre Blindness: Thought that trusting Lex Luthor was a good idea. Batman even lampshades this. To give her credit, she knew Luthor was a snake, she just let her guard down to his betrayal.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Aside from the Genre Blindness above, there's also the fact that her organization includes a nut who decided to use a special nuclear missile to kill Superman, Doomsday, and everything in the area to due it being used for drug smuggling. She's not pleased to hear this.
- Iron Lady: So iron, she stands up to Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman at the same time upon her first introduction, chews out the Goddamn Batman, and personally confronts Lex Luthor in his lair upon discovering his treachery.
- Irony: Cadmus creates a team of cloned superheroes to combat the League in the event that they go rogue, but plots to have them killed and replaced by a new batch when they turn out to be unstable. What do the clones do when they find out? Yep, you guessed it: they go rogue, and the League has to save the day. Waller fails to see any irony in this.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Batman grudgingly ends up taking this view of Waller after he confronts her about her zealous leadership of Cadmus and she explains her side of the story: "We started to wonder what would happen if you took the same action that the Justice Lords did, so I had my people run some computer simulations. If the Justice League ever went rogue, what do you think would be the result?...In every single scenario you'd beat us...badly. But that was before Cadmus; now we have the technology to defend ourselves." Batman, being a Badass Normal and highly intelligent, is left grudgingly admitting to himself that Waller actually has a perfectly legitimate point. Green Arrow concurs with this as well. However after that Cadmus began acting like the League had already gone rogue (breaking in to Watch Tower, manipulating Superman to ruin his already battered public image), which just raised the tensions between the two groups.
- Karma Houdini: Planned to murder Terry's parents but doesn't face repercussions.
- Scary Black Woman
- Token Wholesome: One of the rare examples of a female comic book character who is not a Ms. Fanservice, Amanda is fairly overweight and dresses conservatively.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Her motive is to give ordinary people a fighting chance if the League decides the world would be better off with them running it. Her methods are more... debatable. There's also the fact that Lex has his own nefarious purposes for backing Cadmus's activities, and is ready to betray Waller and the organization as soon as he no longer needs them.
- She also decides many years after the events of JLU that Batman—who is slowly starting to show signs of aging—needs to continue protecting Gotham, so she takes it upon herself to partially-clone Bruce Wayne's DNA, find an unwitting surrogate mother to unknowingly carry it, and then manipulate circumstances to push the resultant child towards becoming a new Batman. Waller sums up and lampshades her own status as a Well-Intentioned Extremist thus: "You know, the Lord's been a great comfort to me all these years...Yeah, I've got a lot to answer for when I meet Him, but I'd like to believe that for all the harm I've caused, I've also done some good. Maybe the angels need a sharp sword too."
- Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Averted; Waller will shoot a supervillain in cold blood.
General Wade Eiling
Gen. Eiling (presumably) serves as the military director of Cadmus. Since actual military operations are rare within the organization, he more generally appears as Amanda Waller's right hand man, aiming for practical matters that even surprise her. After the fall of Cadmus as it was, Eiling decides to be more hands on and turns himself into a metahuman to directly fight the League
. Eiling notably looks little like his comic inspiration, and is more a case of Ink-Suit Actor
for his voice actor, JK Simmons
, and an expy of his role J. Jonah Jameson in various Spider-Man
- Four-Star Badass: Aspires to be this.
- Bald of Awesome
- Bald of Evil
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially after becoming the General. He spends most of his battle against the League's Badass Normals mocking them.
- Expy: He becomes an Expy of The Hulk by using the Captain Nazi serum. He's more articulate but possibly even more dangerous due to being a Principles Zealot.
- General Ripper: He turned himself into a variant of the Shaggy Man (a creature that is almost completely invincible & monstrous) in order to protect America from the League and metahumans in general... and ends up only fighting members of the League without metahuman powers (though the heroes in question have some cool gear).
- He Who Fights Monsters: Eiling started out simply mistrusting the League, but eventually went to conspiracy-joining levels just like Hardcastle. Goes right into this after taking the Captain Nazi serum. In a variation, however, he stops his ensuing rampage when Metropolis' citizens point this out to him.
- Heel Realization: Has one in "Patriot Act," after his drive to protect humanity from the super powered heroes leads him to gaining super powers and thrashing several human heroes without powers. He even lampshades it:
Alright, I've become what I hate. I'll give you that.
- Hypocrite: He goes after the Justice League because he believes metahumans are dangerous and can't be trusted. He ends up becoming a metahuman himself, and goes after a group of heroes who have no powers. When a nearby civilian points out that he's the only one at the site of the battle with powers, he concedes the kid's point and leaves, and is not seen again.
- No Sell: This becomes his automatic mode after taking the Captain Nazi serum.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Tends to go for the most direct, often military, solution to problems. He responds to Waller calling him out on nuking a populated island where Doomsday and Superman were fighting with "We have to sanction Doomsday, we were gonna get to Superman somewhere down the line, and we've been trying to stop drug traffic from San Baquero for years. The way I see it: three birds, one stone."
- Put on a Bus: After he stops his rampage, following the aforementioned He Who Fights Monsters revelation, he's never seen again, despite emerging from that fight mostly unscathed and not being detained, arrested, or de-powered.
- Super Strength: After taking the Captain Nazi serum.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Pretty much the same as Waller... except, while she's later willing to work with the League post-"Divided We Fall," he continues to be prejudiced despite Waller herself telling him he needs to get over it.
Eiling: The Justice League is a bigger threat to us now than the Soviets ever were.
Waller: (shortly after) It's a different world, General...learn to live in it.
Tala serves as the Magic/Mysticism division head, and is the sole female division head. After the collapse of Cadmus, she becomes the right hand of the leader of the Secret Society, whomever that may be.
- Adaptational Wimp: From evil goddess in the comics to every human level Big Bad's girlfriend, rarely acting in her own right.
- Alas, Poor Villain: She gets betrayed repeatedly and then Lex essentially sacrifices her to try and resurrect Braniac. Her efforts to screw the Society over bring back Darkseid.
- Butt Monkey: Things just keep going wrong for Tala. Working for the government to revive the Annihilator results in her being tricked into being trapped inside a mirror forever. Being set free means she has to become a supervillain and, possibly against her will, winds up in a very weird bestiality-based relationship (remember, Grodd thinks of humans as an inferior species, so he's also having sex with an animal, from his viewpoint). Then her old "boyfriend" gets dumped and she winds up in an abusive relationship with a lunatic (Luthor). And finally she's used as a sacrifice in a bit of mad science-wizardry that annihilates her (and has terrible repercussions.)
- Dark Action Girl: Physically weak but a very powerful sorceress.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Extra points for going to the snowy regions of Nanda Parbat completely barefoot and barelegged
- Dying Curse: Tampers with Luthor's attempt to revive Brainiac by having Darkseid revived instead as a final form of payback.
- Evil Sorcerer
- Femme Fatale
- Interspecies Romance: With Grodd.
- Lady Macbeth: Was this to Lex and Grodd.
- Living Battery: Used as this by Lex Luthor to bring back Brainiac, killing her. Which he planned to from the beginning.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Spends most of her time grovelling before more powerful villains but is deadly when she doesn't get her own way and is a very skilled sorceress.
- Really Gets Around: She all but says she and her tutor, Felix Faust, used to be lovers, she used to be Grodd's girlfriend, she immediately starts sleeping with Luthor when he takes Grodd's place, and seems only bothered by the revelation she slept with Flash-in-Luthor's-body because that means Luthor will go back to being the less enjoyable lover that the real deal is.
- Sensual Slav
- Smug Snake: Is easily manipulated and usually ends up failing in the face of more cunning villains or becoming their unwitting pawns.
- Sycophantic Servant
- Wicked Witch
- Woman in Black
- Woman Scorned: Betrays Luthor for not paying enough attention to her. Not her smartest move. She freed Darkseid instead of Brainiac as the final "screw you" to Lex.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Did she really think claiming "I'm a sick person" was going to work on Luthor? As he puts it, moments before having her executed "I'm a sick person, too."
Dr. Emil Hamilton
Voiced By: Victor Brandt, Robert Foxworth
Dr. Hamilton serves as the Genetics division head. after a falling out with Superman at the end of Superman: The Animated Series
, Dr. Hamilton turns to a power that he believes can keep the League in check. Galatea is his most prized project, and he shares a father-daughter type relationship with her.See here for more info
Dr. Milo serves as the Splicing division head. His work was the least successful of each of the divisions. He was killed in his only featured episode after the beginning of the "Bat-Embargo", where characters more central to Batman stopped appearing in case they were to appear on The Batman
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Dr. Hugo Strange
Voiced By: Ray Buktenica
Dr. Strange serves as the first Psychology division head. He was also written out after the beginning of the "Bat-Embargo", where characters more central to Batman stopped appearing in case they were to appear on The Batman
.See here for more info
Voiced By: Jeffrey Combs (uncredited)
Dr. Moon serves as the second Psychology division head, replacing Dr. Strange.
- For the Evulz: Would continue to torture, even after receiving information, if it entertained him.
- Torture Technician: Used to attempt to force information out of The Question.
Voiced By: Tim Matheson
Maxwell Lord serves as the manager and public face of the Ultimen, and is less involved with the gritty missions of Cadmus as compared to most officers and agents.
- Adaptation Decay: No trace of psychic powers is shown here.
- Nice Guy: Actually seems to care about the Ultimen, despite knowing their artificial nature. Not that this saves him from their wrath when they turn on him.
- Batman claims to know Max Lord personally, and insists that the only thing he cares about is money. All of his actions in this episode seem to run contrary to this.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the comics, he turned on the League, and eventually had to be killed. Here, he was hunted by the Ultimen, who wound up sparing him.
Colonel Rick Flagg, Jr.
Voiced By: Adam Baldwin
Col. Flagg serves as the leader of Task Force X, and the only non-criminal on the team.
Voiced By: Nicholle Tom
Dr. Hamilton's creation and surrogate daughter, Galatea is a clone of Supergirl, but with a more pragmatic personality. This artificial status irks her to no end.
- Blondes are Evil
- Blood Knight: Only cares about fighting and proving herself superior to Supergirl, and defies Waller when Galatea is told to stop.
- Boobs of Steel: She's a clone of Supergirl, just aged slightly more. This means that she's a little stronger...and has grown about three cup sizes.
- Cleavage Window: Naturally, given that she's an Expy of Power Girl.
- Cloning Blues: She's a clone of Supergirl, but views herself as superior to the original...and feels a rather crazed desire to prove it.
- Dark Action Girl: Also an Evil Twin.
- Evil Counterpart/Evil Twin: To Supergirl.
- Expy: She is not exactly Power Girl, but she wears a similar costume, which one scene made identical with the addition of a red "towel" hanging over her shoulder, and shares the background of "not exactly Supergirl, but close."
- Eye Beams: Has heat vision.
- Farmer's Daughter: In Fearful Symmetry The Question questions a reporter on the source of one of his stories. He mentions that he got it from a girl he was seeing, which turned out to be Galatea. He specifically describes her as "blonde hair, blue eyes, real farmer's daughter type".
- Flying Brick
- Important Haircut: Her short bob haircut is one of the surest signs that her upbringing was very different from Supergirl's.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure
- Meaningful Name: There's a Greco-Roman myth (most famously chronicled in Ovid's The Metamorphoses) about a sculptor named Pygmalion who sculpts a statue of his ideal woman and falls in love with it, naming it "Galatea", and eventually marrying it after the Gods bring it to life; similarly, Hamilton artificially creates Galatea to be his ideal warrior woman, but eventually comes to see her as a surrogate daughter. Also, the Greek name "Galatea" literally translates to "She who is milky white", hence Galatea's pale complexion and all-white costume.
- Super Strength
- Twin Telepathy: In Supergirl's dreams, she relives the memories of Galatea. In turn, Galatea feels she has to kill Supergirl because she fears Supergirl's conscience is beginning to affect her, rendering her less effective as an assassin.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She's defeated by electrocution, but doesn't seem dead....but we'll never know for sure, since she's not seen or mentioned ever again.
- Woman in White: Wears an entirely white costume; despite being an Expy of Power Girl, her costume lacks PG's red cape.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
- Cloning Blues: As clones, their powers are unstable, and they will eventually degenerate and die.
- Curbstomp Battle / Shooting Superman: they are on the receiving end of these tropes twice. The original Downpour attempts to drown Aquaman in "Ultimatum", while three copies of Wind Dragon are effortlessly neutralized by Red Tornado. A Longshadow clone at least puts up a fight against Atom Smasher.
- Expy: Of the Superfriends original characters, the Wonder Twins, Black Vulcan, Apache Chief and Samurai. As a result, they're all diverse, too.
- Fake Memories: The original team were implanted with these.
- Heel-Face Turn: Longshadow quits and joins the team until his eventual death, under the encouragement of Wonder Woman.
- Heroic Albino / Evil Albino: Depending how you look at their alignment, Shifter and Downpour.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Wind Dragon spontaneously develops freezing powers, and Longshadow develops super hearing. This actually becomes a plot point, cluing their overseers into their eventual degeneration.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The Longshadow that joined the League was never mentioned again.
- Given he as degrading throughout the episode, it's likely he died soon after.
Task Force X
A team of criminals who would receive pardons if they completed special ops missions on behalf of Cadmus, while keeping the hands of governments clean. Task Force X is effectively the Suicide Squad, but with a that team's more censor friendly name. Its members include: director Col. Rick Flagg, coordinator Clock King (a Batman rogue), Captain Boomerang (a Flash rogue), the hitman Deadshot, and explosives expert Plastique, in her first appearance.
The Secret Society
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That's right, conspiracy buff. I spent 75 million dollars on a fake presidential campaign,
all just to tick Superman off. Voiced By: Clancy Brown
Voiced By: Powers Boothe
A mastermind gorilla from Gorilla City, a place where many hyper-intelligent gorillas live. After being ousted for his experiments in mind control, he turns to full-time villainy in order to gain wealth and resources to continue his research. He is most notable for organizing a number of villainous alliances to counter the Justice League.
- Big Bad: Of the Secret Society and the Legion of Doom. Competes with Luthor and Darkseid for this title when it comes to the show as a whole.
- Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: In this version, he sticks to his given name (just "Grodd") rather than calling himself "Gorilla Grodd".
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Following his first defeat. Grodd spent months observing the League to learn all that he could, which allowed him to make better use of his new empathic power. And when forming the Secret Society, he selected members that couldn't be bribed into betraying him (as was done to Luthor) and performed team-building exercises so that they would trust each other. Much later, when forming the Legion of Doom, he actively kept its existence a secret from the League - going as far as to wire members' brains to short-out if questioned or mentally probed.
- Diabolical Mastermind: Especially in Justice League Unlimited. The other members of the Legion of Doom pay him twenty-five percent of their profits; in exchange, he provides the muscle to keep the League off their backs.
- The Empath: Evil version. He can influence people to say things they'd otherwise keep to themselves by playing on their emotions.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Subverted to hell and gone.
- Eviler than Thou: With Luthor.
- Evil Genius: He plans a lot of his schemes out very carefully, and is a skilled telepath.
- Evil Plan: Subverted. Turning every human (and Kryptonian, etc) on Earth into a gorilla is just... goofy. Luthor calls him on it.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Genius Bruiser: He's a 600 pound gorilla with an intellect that rivals that of Lex Luthor.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Luthor uses his own Mind Rape powers on him.
- Interspecies Romance: Every single one of his lovers has been human. He's so into them that he turned Giganta from an ape to a human just to suit his particular fetish.
- Killed Off for Real: By being Thrown Out the Airlock.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Mind Rape: His specialty.
- Kavorka Man: Or ape, first there was the hot scientist in his debut episodes, then Giganta and lastly Tala. Must be the smarts.
- Only One Name: Just "Grodd". No surname.
- Social Darwinist: Believes the strong should rule and the weak obey. He repeatedly scoffs at "society's petty restrictions" for daring to keep the criminal element down.
- True Companions: What he tries to turn the Secret Society and then the Legion of Doom into.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever
- Boobs of Steel: Within the original Secret Society alone, compare her chest size with that of cold-blooded distance striker, Killer Frost, who she shares a voice actress with.
- Evil Redhead
- Magic Skirt: Strangely enough, considering she wears a tiny dress and can grow to giant size, we never see the obvious outcome, even when she falls over. Possibly subverted on-screen, judging by the Shade's reaction to seeing her grow right in front of him (with him standing under her, looking up).
- Most Common Superpower
- My Master, Right or Wrong: While genuinely criminal, her main connection is her devotion to Grodd for, "As long as he needs me."
- Or until he fries her brain.
- Woman Scorned: To Grodd.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Invokes this on Superman one time. Wonder Woman doesn't have a problem, though...
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Voiced By: Stephen McHattie
Voiced By: Olivia d'Abo
Recurring and Significant Villains
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The Justice Lords
The counterparts of the Justice League in an alternate universe, the history of their universe was mostly the same as the history of the League's universe, but in the Lords' universe, President of the United States Lex Luthor
murdered The Flash
and almost brought the world to nuclear war. Superman
simply decided to kill Luthor, and his experience with killing caused him to unleash a totalitarian brand of justice on their Earth. Lord Batman then built a dimensional portal in his lengthy spare time, discovering the League's universe, with the Lords trying to go to this universe and unleash their totalitarian rule there.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Considering they first took command over the world by murdering the president. Justice Lord Batman makes a military general follow his orders.
- Brought Down to Normal: The Lords are permanently removed of their powers and abilities, and sent back to their universe to never be seen or heard from again.
- Cynicism Catalyst: They turned into knight templars after their Flash was killed.
- Despair Event Horizon: The murder of "their" Flash by the American President - Lex Luthor, who has also brought their world to the brink of nuclear Armageddon.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Despite having 'Justice' in their organization name, the Lords seem to have forgotten the meaning of it.
- Enigmatic Minion: It's never made entirely clear what Lord Batman's deal is. He refuses to take part in the 'utopia' he helped make, makes the portal allowing the Justice Lords to cross into another dimension, but seems hesitant at best to actually use it for anything. His later actions imply that he wanted to justify his own actions to a 'non-fallen' version of himself, and when he failed to do it, gave up.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. Justice Lord Superman has no problem killing Justice League Flash explaining that it would be another thing that he wouldn't mind doing.
- Evil Overlords
- Evil Twins: A classic example, being from a Mirror Universe where they took a hard-line approach to crime fighting.
- Expy: They were heavily inspired by The Authority, which the producers had begun to read between seasons one and two, and one idea they had was to see what the world would be like if the League ever tried to emulate their tactics.
- When Brainthor summons up robot versions of the Justice Lords to distract the League, he has to create a new one for Flash (since Flash of that universe died before they became the Lords). The costume he gives Flash is identical to the costume of famed Flash Villain Professor Zoom, The Reverse-Flash.
- Fallen Heroes: Following the death of their Flash, they became Knight Templars and transformed their earth into a metahuman-ruled dystopia where dissidents and supervillains were lobotomized. The Superman quote from the episode "A Better World" is given just before he crosses the line and kills Luthor, who was responsible for Flash's death, with his heat-vision.
- Heel-Face Brainwashing: Lord Superman's favorite way to deal with villains, by frying their brains via his heat vision which turns them into the walking dead.
- Heel-Face Turn: Not the group themselves but the Lord Batman, after some words from his other self.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Lampshaded by "our" Batman when he notes that what the Lords do isn't that far removed from what the League does.
- Kick the Dog
- Killed Off for Real: The Flash, which cemented Superman's fall and soon the rest of the League.
- Knight Templars: Decided to end crime by ruling their world as fascist dictators. Interestingly, in this version, the straw that broke the camel's back was Superman killing Luthor, in response to his murder of the Flash. The aftermath of this encounter was seen in the first two seasons of JLU.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: In the opening scene of the episode, the Lord Superman's murder of Lex Luthor for the killing of "their" Flash.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: The alternate Superman says it with heat vision.
- Story Arc: The effects of A Better World, in particular that another universe's League had gone rogue and murdered the President of the United States and took control of the entire world, had far-reaching effects for the rest of the series and the DCAU as a whole.
- They Who Fight Monsters: Became totalitarian overlords on their world in their attempts to preserve peace and security.
- Well Intentioned Extremists: What the Lords cast themselves as.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The alternate world, now stripped of superhuman protection, had better hope that there is no alternate version of Darkseid, Despero, or even Lobo out there...
Voiced By: Phil Morris
A man who has existed for eons due to his interactions with a mysterious meteor that landed on Earth. He is an intellectual genius and a master strategist who can account for numerous outcomes due to his long life. Like many of his ilk, he thirsts for power and being nigh-immortal, is aware that once he has it he will be undisputed for eternity.
Professor Ivo's Android a.k.a. "A.M.A.Z.O."
"There's nothing I want from you anymore, none of you have anything for me now."
Voiced By: Robert Picardo
- Adaptive Ability: He was able to take Superman's powers and then overcome his Kryptonite Factor after exposure to kryptonite, and his own nanotech weaknesses which causes Luthor's only weapon against him to fail.
- A God Am I: Amazo himself never directly claims godhood, but J'onn does it for him after he leaves Earth. When Luthor sneers at this, Superman points out that Luthor will be doing a lot of praying if he comes back.
- All-Powerful Bystander: With all his powers when he fought as a good guy he was never useful.
- All Your Powers Combined: This is his schtick at first before he leaves Earth to become a full on Reality Warper.
- Assimilation Backfire: At first after copying Superman's powers, but then, as mentioned above, he overcame the Kryptonite Factor. However, after copying Martian Manhunter's powers, including telepathy, he uses it to discover that Lex Luthor has been deceiving him, and basically calls off the conflict with the Justice League.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Amazo has the ability to copy one's powers, natural abilities, equipment, and DNA signature simply by looking at them.
- Captain Ersatz: He looks more like Marvel Comics' Super-Adaptoid than the comic book Amazo.
- Children Are Innocent: Played with, he was very child like at first in how he behaved and his understanding of the world, and in how easy it was for Luthor to trick him into fighting the League.
- Complete Immortality: Luthor even brings it up in his Break Them by Talking.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In "The Return," the android is attacked by every defender Earth can get their hands on, en masse. It is possible that they slowed his approach to his objective, but not by more than a few seconds.
Amazo: I have evolved far beyond what I was when we last met. You do not want to challenge me.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Happens twice:
- Luthor Standing in the palm of Amazo's hand literally:
Luthor: You know, when I heard you were coming I was actually afraid of you, petrified, but now when I see your fear your uncertainty, I just pity you!
- Aquaman playing chess with Hawkgirl while Amazo watches:
- Neither times did he vaporize them or wipe them from existence, but he could have easily.
- A God Am I: If anyone had the right to say this, it was him. He never refers to himself as a god, but others suggest it.
- Amazo leaves Earth by flying into the night sky.
The Flash: Where is he going?
Martin Manhunter: Where gods belong.
- Golden Super Mode: A variant; He returns to Earth with a golden body, several magnitudes more powerful than he was before, which then was enough to defeat the entire Original Seven.
- Heroic Build
- Implacable Man: He was this towards Luthor, not even the entire Justice league could stop him.
- After Lex and Atom shrink down to escape Amazo and find themselves in Amazo's hand:
Amazo: Did you really think I couldn't follow you here? No universe however large however small is denied to me.
- It took one of Luthor's epic speeches to stop Amazo from destroying him and The whole universe
Green Lantern: "What's going on?"
- What finally held him back was Solomon Grundy's chaos magic, when he realized that his own power was feeding him.
- Instant A.I., Just Add Water: Justified by him getting his personaliy from humans, and helps him avert most negative robot tropes.
- Instant Expert: He has no problem using the powers he just gained.
- Kick the Dog: On his return to Earth, he vaporized Oa, which the GL Corps are determined to get revenge for. Subverted when it turns out he just teleported it to a different dimension.
- The Juggernaut: "The Return" episode consist of pretty much entire Justice League (Founding Members and Extended League) getting hammered while failing to even significantly slow him down.
- Long Bus Trip: The writers may have wisely concluded that his presence would for the most part, have render the Justice League completely irrelevant.
- Mechanical Evolution: His ability to evolve was so potent that by his second appearance he had even evolved beyond being a machine.
- Person of Mass Destruction
- Physical God: Goes from newborn to Physical God in the course of a few months... and is Put on a Bus.
- Power Copying: By the end of his first episode he had all the powers of the Justice league and in the next he left to explore the universe... where he accumulated much more power.
- Power Glows
- Powers as Programs: When he scans someone he can alter himself at the molecular level to utilize their powers e.g. grow wings, form a green lantern ring.
- Smart People Play Chess: Either he's really good or Aquaman's really bad. Most likely the former, because he IS a super-intelligent android.
- Story Breaker Power: He is only in four episodes and is Put on a Bus at the end of every episode except the first. He turns out to still have one weakness: 'chaos magic', or any form of magic, is able to draw on him (possibly copying his Power Copying). It's too bad no one exploited this during his return.
- Straw Nihilist: Downplayed. His main arc is finding the meaning of his existence.
- Superpower Lottery: He was designed to be the winner. On his return to Earth he has Flight, Super Strength, Nigh-Invulnerability minus the nigh, vast energy manipulation, psionic powers like Telepathy and telekinesis, super-hearing, can teleport himself across interstellar distances, shrink into a subatomic universe, shift entire planets into other dimensions and just as easily bring them back unharmed, and... well, basically any power that anyone else has, except magic.
- Tin Man: Averted, he is very emotional and is searching for a meaning in life.
- Too Powerful to Live: Subverted; rather than being killed off, he's just Put on a Bus at the end of every appearance.
- Ultimate Life Form: Luthor sure thinks so, considering he made his own Amazo body to have his mind transfered into, that was destroyed by the weapon he made to fend off Amazo.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: When fighting Solomon Grundy, Grundy used chaos magic to absorbed and repelled Amazo's cosmic blast, to prevent Grundy from becoming stronger, Amazo teleported himself several light-years away until he could figure out how to solve the problem and has not been seen since.
- World-Healing Wave: Inverted then exaggerated when on his way back to earth, Oa is in his way, so he transported Oa to another dimension, when the greens lanterns asked him politely to put it back, he did.
"Happy Birthday, Kryptonian. I give you oblivion."
Voiced By: Eric Roberts
The cruel dictator of War World. He gains amusement from watching others fight in his arena, which he captures from around the galaxy to become gladiator slaves. He is deposed by Superman following his experience on War World but comes to Earth later in order to have his revenge against the Man of Steel.
Voiced By: Glenn Shaddix
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Approaching this, if not already there.
- Composite Character: Of the original Stephano Mandragora and Tobias Whale.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For being a world class sleaze and murdering sociopath, he seems to be a truly loving and dedicated father.
- Evil Albino
- Fat Bastard: A homage to the Kingpin. Though, neither of them are fat, and their polite mannerisms hide a very cruel personality.
- Faux Affably Evil: Just watch how he taunts Green Arrow and Black Canary.
- In the Blood: Given that his son Edgar looks exactly the same as he does.
- Jabba Table Manners: Slurping down oysters in "Double Date". Bonus points for leering at Black Canary as he says, "I like my oysters nice and juicy." Ew. And then you remember that oysters are supposedly an aphrodisiac.
- Lightning Bruiser: The guy is HUGE, but he moves just as fast as Black Canary when she attacks him. Foreshadowed earlier in the episode when, after she punches him, states that there's no fat, only muscle.
- Made of Iron: He turns out to have superhuman resistance to damage, if not a very high degree of it.
- Man in White
- Morality Pet: His son, Edgar.
- Papa Wolf: A rival mob kidnapped his son, and it's suggested that said mob are no longer a problem after his son was rescued.
- Stout Strength: Effectively a Kingpin Expy and then some: Black Canary's Canary Cry—which could kill someone if she uses it too close to them, even at a distance can flip a truck end over end, and once destroyed an arena—does no damage besides ripping off his shirt. Then again, his son eventually became a high-powered psychic.
- Foreshadowed in the beginning when Canary slaps him for a crass remark involving oysters. She winces in pain afterwards since slapping him was like hitting a brick wall and she doubts there is even an ounce of fat on him.
- Super Strength
- Villainous Glutton: One would assume he is fat (just look at this picture◊), but it turns out that that is all muscle, to the point where Black Canary punched him as hard as she could and hurt her hand.
Voiced By: Michael York
Voiced By: Ian Buchanan
- Adaptational Villainy: Hades in the myths is one of the more decent Greek gods, and in the comics, while he can be an antagonist, isn't usually so much a villain as sometimes an obstacle to Wonder Woman.
- Bastard Boyfriend: To Hippolyta.
- Beard of Evil
- Everybody Hates Hades: He's depicted as the Satan-equivalent of the DCAU Greek Pantheon.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Hijacked by Jesus: He's a Greek Satan.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: To Wonder Woman.
- The Man Behind the Man: To Felix Faust.
- One-Winged Angel: At first shows up looking like a regular guy in Greek-esque armor. Later, his face gets burned off and we see "his true face"; a grey-skinned, demonic-looking monster, with horns, an elongated jaw and multiple forked tongues.
- Physical God
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Released by Felix Faust in the hopes that Hades will grant him "ultimate knowledge" in return. Hades naturally betrays Faust by causing him to instantly age to an old man since "Ultimately, pain and suffering are all humans will ever know."
Morgaine Le Fey
Voiced By: Olivia d'Abo
Voiced By: Virginia Madsen
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Less significant villains
Doctor Destiny / John Dee
Voiced by: William Atherton
- Affably Evil: Initially comes across as this, being polite and courteous to the warden and staff at the prison...
- Faux Affably Evil: But when his life starts falling apart, the politeness is revealed to be something he uses for tormenting his enemies and victims, as well as covering his pettiness and inferiority complex.
- And I Must Scream: What he usually inflicts on his victims, and later on the receiving end when he accidentally drugs himself in his fight with Batman, essentially lobotomising himself as his powers trap him in his mind, humming "Frere Jacques" forever with little awareness of the outside world. He seems to recover by the start of Season 5, appearing as a member of the new Secret Society.
- Arc Villain: For "Only A Dream".
- Badass: Utter crap as a human being, but for a so-called nobody he came incredibly close to killing almost all of the Justice League without even physically harming them.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: His plan consisted of exploiting a prison riot to hijack the Materioptikon, which worked well as the Justice League was occupied with five supercriminals. He then bided his time until the League was exhausted and mostly fell asleep, and chose that moment to strike. He eventually decided to delay the heroes by withdrawing and only guarding a single mind, instead of letting them go through each one and all wake up.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His solution to his wife leaving him after countless years in prison? Go into her dreams after stalking her and her new boyfriend, torment her with heavily implied rape in her dream on top of the explicit Mind Rape, and leave her stuck in her nightmares until she dies from being tortured into insanity.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His voice was on the more nasal end of this trope at first, then he got his powers and dived almost headfirst into it.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Discussed In-Universe by Batman and Green Lantern. Lantern thinks that Dee is a nobody, at which point Batman brings up Odysseus and his removal of the cyclops' eye and how the cyclops could only say that "Nobody" had removed its eye. As it turns out, he was once a petty Lexcorp employee caught for guarding smuggled weapons.
- Killed Off for Real: Possibly. If he was, this is a rare case in which the creators and animators did this by accident. He appears in "Alive" supposedly as part of Luthor's group, although it's likely that this is a colouring error for what was supposed to be Major Disaster.
- Stalker Without A Crush: Towards his wife by the time he escapes. He's no longer romantically interested in her, just pissed off that she left him behind.
- Underestimating Badassery: In spite of his accurate analyses of the other League members, he didn't take Batman as seriously as he should have done.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He disappears shortly after his cameo in "Alive", and doesn't reappear after Darkseid explodes the Society's ship, which implies he's dead. Then again, given how his appearance in that episode is supposedly an animation error, this might not be the case.
- Would Hit a Girl: When he bumps into his wife in her dreams, he tortures her into insanity, which kills her even after she's been sedated.
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