Characters / Hawkman

Numerous people have worn the mantle of the Hawk over the years. Here's a run-down on the Hawkmen, Hawkwomen, and other assorted Hawkpeople who have flown the skies of the DC Universe since 1940, plus their friends and enemies.

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    Hawkman 
Despite his reputation as a big, flying Continuity Snarl, Hawkman's history has been more or less sorted out. (For now.) Here is, more or less, how the Winged Wonder's history works out in the current DC Universe.

Hawkman I

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AKA: Carter Hall

In Ancient Egypt, Prince Khufu discovered a crashed alien vessel from the planet Thanagar. Using the "Nth metal" that powered the craft, he and his beloved, Princess Chay-Ara, crafted golden wings that allowed them to become Egypt's greatest heroes, but the jealous priest Hath-Set killed them with an Nth metal knife. This began a cycle of reincarnation as Khufu and Chay-Ara were reborn throughout the ages, always to meet and fall in love, and always to die at the hands of the reincarnated Hath-Set.

In the early 20th century, Khufu was reincarnated as American archeologist Carter Hall, who became the costumed hero Hawkman alongside Shiera Saunders as Hawkgirl. Hawkman became one of the founders of the Justice Society of America and later its chairman. He retired with the rest of the Golden Age mystery men, but when the Silver Age began, he joined the Justice League of America as a mentor to the younger heroes. After Crisis on Infinite Earths, he and the rest of the JSA were banished to Limbo to stave off Ragnarok, but were rescued during Armageddon 2001; during Hall's absence, Fel Andar and Katar Hol assumed the mantle of Hawkman in succession.

During Zero Hour, Carter Hall merged with Shiera, Katar Hol, and the Hawkgod to become a composite Hawkman, who was later killed. Years later, a cult of Thanagarian priests resurrected Carter Hall, who now retains the memories of his past lives and Katar Hol's. Hall went on to join the JSA and made St. Roch his base of operations, working alongside Kendra Saunders.

(Before Hawkworld, Carter Hall lived on Earth-Two and had remained a member of the JSA throughout the Silver Age and the Bronze Age.)

  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Geoff Johns retconned in a connection between the Hawks, Doctor Fate and Black Adam. In JSA, it's shown that, after Khufu and Chay-Ara discovered the Thanagarian spaceship that granted them the Nth metal they use for flight, Nabu was their magical adviser and Black Adam their close confidante (after the death of his people).
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: He was an Eqyptologist, in some continuities. Think of him as a cross between Indiana Jones and Conan the Barbarian—with wings.
  • Badass Bookworm: He's an archaeologist and historian and, depending on the version, a museum curator. He also is one of the most violent people in the superhero community and likes to bash his problems with a mace.
  • Feuding Families:
    • He started the feud between the Hawk and Arrow families post-Crisis — his conservative view of the world put him at odds with Oliver Queen, and their families followed as a result. Roy Harper even likens the two families to the Capulets and Montagues when wanting to date Kendra.
    • Dark Nights: Metal sets up a feud between the Hawk Clan from the stone age and the Bat Clan. It's implied that this will lead to a feud between the Hawks and Batman, which Kendra may have already started.
  • Headbutting Heroes: With Oliver Queen. The two do not like each other due to their vastly different political views, but they will work together when they have to. Begrudgingly.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Modern stories tend to depict him as this with Ray Palmer.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Carter is violent and a jerk to almost everyone around him, but he ultimately means well.
  • Love Triangle: Between Carter, Shiera, and Mavis Trent; and Carter, Kendra, and Roy Harper.
  • Mentor: To the JLA post-Crisis. He had already served in the JSA and was the Older and Wiser member of their successor.
  • Put on a Bus: Several times. Occasionally for his own book, once because he was off on Thanagar and Kendra got his ongoing, once because he was supposed to be dead in Final Crisis, another because of whatever happens to him in Blackest Night.
  • Red Baron: "The Winged Wonder". (Green Arrow likes to call him "the Flying Fascist").
  • Reincarnation Romance: Khufu and Chay-Ara will always find each other in the end. And die because of it. It doesn't stop them from trying, however.
  • Stalker With a Crush: He came off this way at first toward Kendra Saunders. He believes he and Kendra to be soul-mates, he claims to know everything about her (and is proven wrong quite a few times), and immediately starts heavily hitting on her and spying on her the moment he returns. He actually gets called out on this by everyone who knows about it, from JSA members to Oliver Queen to his best friend Ray Palmer.
  • Strawman Political: He's often used as a conservative for other characters, particularly Oliver Queen, to argue with.
  • Weapon of Choice: An Nth-metal mace is his go-to weapon, though he has experience with all weapon types.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Carter is this to himself. The Atom once described Carter Hall as "a man of culture, who enjoys fine wine", yet, Hawkman as "a barbarian" who he is happy is on their side.

Hawkman II

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AKA: Fel Andar / Carter Hall, Jr.

Fel Andar was a Thanagarian agent in deep cover on Earth, gathering information for an invasion. After Crisis on Infinite Earths, when Carter Hall was trapped in Limbo with the rest of the JSA, Andar posed as Carter Hall's long-lost son and, with a duped human woman as "Hawkwoman", joined Justice League International as Hawkman. Hawkwoman learned the truth and exposed Andar, who killed her and fled back to Thanagar, where he was imprisoned for failure.

Years later, during the Rann-Thanagar War, Fel Andar tried to reunite with his son Charlie Parker and atone for his crimes, but was killed by the Tamaranian warlord Blackfire (sister of Starfire).

(Before Hawkworld, Fell Andar—two "l"s—was a Thanagarian spy who fought Katar Hol in The Shadow War of Hawkman, which was rendered out-of-continuity. The JLI's Hawkman and Hawkwoman were Katar and Shayera Hol.)

  • Not Quite Dead: It is implied that Fell Andar survived following The Shadow War of Hawkman.

Hawkman III

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AKA: Katar Hol / Carter Hall (pre-Hawkworld)

In the 1940s, Thanagarian nobleman Paran Katar visited Earth. Here, he met Carter Hall, who inspired him to create a corps of winged police officers called the Wingmen. He also fell in love with a Native American woman named Naomi, with whom he had a son, whom he named Katar Hol after Carter. Paran took his son back to Thanagar.

Katar became a Wingman, and after stopping the criminal Byth with the aid of his partner, Shayera Thal, they were sent to Earth as ambassadors not long after Fel Andar was sent as a spy. Katar was dubbed the new Hawkman by the press. He met Carter and Shiera Hall and learned of his half-human heritage, but due to their troubled relationship, Shayera broke away from him.

In Zero Hour, Katar was merged with Carter, Shiera, and the Hawkgod to become a composite Hawkman, but the conflicting voices in his mind drove him mad. He was banished to Limbo by Martian Manhunter and the sorcerer Arion. Years later, Carter Hall was resurrected on Thanagar with both his and Katar's memories.

(Before Hawkworld, Katar and Shayera were married, arrived on Earth in the Silver Age, and were members of the Justice League through to the International era. After Hawkworld, their place in the pre-International League was taken by Carter and Shiera Hall and in the JLI by Fel Andar and Sharon Parker.)

In the New 52, Hawkman initially went by Carter Hall and was an archaeologist. It was later revealed that this was an assumed identity (somehow), and that this Hawkman was actually a Thanagarian named Katar Hol. This Hawkman would go on to join the Justice League of America and Justice League United. He would later sacrifice himself alongside his JLU teammate Adam Strange in order to stop Despero from conquering the galaxy.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Shayera calls him "peacock".
  • Battle Couple: With Shayera, until she broke up with him.
  • Child of Two Worlds: He was known as the "Policeman of Two Worlds", but plays this trope straight when it's revealed that he has a human mother.
  • Cultural Rebel: Inverted, he prefers the old ways of Thanagar rather than the newer, assimilated culture Thanagar has become.
  • Fan of the Past: On Thanagar, he collected a lot of Thanagarian artifacts before his culture assimilated with those they've conquered.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-Thanagarian (father's side), half-human (mother's side).
  • Killed Off for Real: He was killed in the Hawkgod dimension after being separated from Carter Hall.
  • Self-Made Orphan: A drugged Katar Hol killed his father because his soon-to-be archenemy Byth told him he was smuggling weapons. Katar found out his dad was smuggling food and medicine to the oppressed lower-class citizens. Katar was around 18 at the time.
  • Space Police: He's referred to as an "alien cop" by Green Arrow.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: In the Silver Age, he could talk with birds as a side-effect from the device that gave him knowledge of Earth.
  • Strawman Political: In the Bronze Age, the JLA writers used him as a conservative strawman for Green Arrow to knock down. Post-Hawkworld, this trait was passed to Carter Hall.
  • Weapon of Choice: Pre-Hawkworld, a mace. Post-Hawkworld, a katar.
  • Winged Humanoid: Of the "Vanishing Wings" subtrope in Post-Zero Hour before he died.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: He doesn't mind of course. He sees Earth as his true home.

Golden Eagle / Hawkman IV

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AKA: Charlie Parker / Ch'al Andar

Charlie Parker was an orphan in Midway City who lived a troubled life of crime, but when he turned 18 he was taken in by Carter Hall, who gave him a job at his museum. Charlie idolized Hawkman, who gave him a Thanagarian battlesuit and trained him to fight crime as Golden Eagle. During an adventure with the Teen Titans, Charlie was apparently killed.

Years later, when Carter had apparently fallen in battle, Charlie resurfaced and took the identity of Hawkman and tried to seduce Kendra Saunders, the new Hawkgirl. She refused his advances and he tried to kill her, but Carter returned and stopped him. Charlie revealed that he was Ch'al Andar, the son of the impostors Fel Andar and Sharon Parker, and wanted revenge on Hawkman in the name of his father. Carter defeated Charlie and brought him to Thanagar for trial.

On Thanagar, Charlie was pardoned and became an officer on the Wingmen. During the Rann-Thanagar War, he was reunited with his father, who pled with him to give up his plans of revenge just before he was killed by Blackfire. He is currently living on Thanagar and has apparently abandoned his crusade against Carter Hall.

    Hawkgirl / Hawkwoman 

Hawkgirl I / Hawkwoman I

AKA: Shiera Saunders Hall

The modern-day reincarnation of the Egyptian princess Chay-Ara, Hawkwoman (originally known as Hawkgirl) has been reborn throughout the ages with her lover, Hawkman. She was a member of both the Justice Society and the League, though she was denied League membership until the move to their sattelite because she was deemed redundant with Hawkman.

Shiera was exiled to Limbo with Carter after the Crisis on Infinite Earths, and escaped with him as well. She was merged into the composite Hawkman during Zero Hour, trapped in Limbo again, and resurrected in the body of her cousin, Kendra Saunders; Kendra died in Blackest Night, and Shiera was resurrected in her original body in Brightest Day.

(Before Hawkworld, Shiera lived on Earth-Two and remained a member of the JSA throughout the Silver and Bronze Ages; the JLA's Hawkwoman was Shayera Hol.)

  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Geoff Johns retconned in a connection between the Hawks, Doctor Fate and Black Adam. In JSA, it's shown that, after Khufu and Chay-Ara discovered the Thanagarian spaceship that granted them the Nth metal they use for flight, Nabu was their magical adviser and Black Adam their close confidante (after the death of his people).
  • Back from the Dead: At the end of Blackest Night, the White Entity revives Shiera and Carter after Kendra and Carter died at the onset of the event.
  • Fusion Dance: In Zero Hour, she was merged with her husband (Carter Hall) and the Thanagarian Hawkman (Katar Hol) into the Hawkgod, killing her.

Hawkwoman II

AKA: Sharon Parker / Sharon Hall

When Fel Andar infiltrated Earth, he fell in love with human woman Sharon Parker, and together they had a son, Charlie. He never told her about his Thanagarian origin. After Carter Hall disappeared following Crisis on Infinite Earths, when Charlie was four years old, Thanagar activated Andar. They brainwashed Sharon, and with Andar she joined Justice League International as Hawkwoman. Charlie was abandoned.

Eventually, Sharon discovered the truth about her husband and exposed him to the Justice League. For this betrayal, Andar murdered her.

(Before Hawkworld, the JLI's Hawkwoman was Shayera Hol.)

Hawkwoman III

AKA: Shayera Thal II / Shayera Hol (pre-Hawkworld) / Shiera Hall (pre-Hawkworld)

The daughter of disgraced Thanagarian noblewoman Shayera Thal I, Shayera conceived when her mother was only 13 and abandoned in Thanagar's Downside slums as an infant. She worked her way up into the Wingmen police, where she met Katar Hol.

Shayera and Katar traveled to Earth to apprehend the shapeshifting criminal Byth. They succeeded, and after working together on Earth for some time, they fell in love and decided to leave the corrupt Thanagar behind them. Earth's media dubbed them the new Hawkwoman and Hawkman.

When Katar was merged into the composite Hawkman during Zero Hour, the new Hawkman broke off his relationship with Shayera, who retired from the superhero life to become a police officer in Detroit. Years later, she took up the mantle of the hawk again to aid the resurrected Carter Hall and the new Hawkgirl, Kendra Saunders, to catch Byth one last time, after which she returned to Thanagar. She later aided the Hawks against Thanagar during the Rann-Thanagar War, but was killed by Blackfire.

(Before Hawkworld, Shayera Hol was Katar's wife, came to Earth in the Silver Age, and joined the JLA in the Bronze Age. Post-Hawkworld, her place in the JLA was taken by Shiera Hall and in the JLI by Sharon Parker.)

  • Action Girl: Probably the best example of the trope among the Hawk-ladies.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Katar calls her "magpie", which she hates, in return for "peacock".
  • Dead Gal Junior: Shayera is named after her mother.
  • Deep Cover Agent: She was secretly assigned to watch over Katar as he's becoming increasingly independent.

Hawkgirl II

AKA: Kendra Saunders

When the composite Hawkman died after being banished to Limbo, Shiera Hall's soul was not reincarnated as usual. Her young cousin Kendra Saunders attempted suicide, and Shiera's soul took up residence in her body. Her grandfather, adventurer Cyril Saunders, encouraged her to become the new Hawkgirl, but she had no memory of any of her past lives. She joined the JSA following the death of the first Sandman.

Kendra resisted the advances of the resurrected Carter Hall, of whom she had no memory. As time went on, however, she regained bits and pieces of her memories and reluctantly restarted her relationship with Carter, although it wouldn't last. She later joined the Justice League of America, starting a relationship with Roy Harper (then calling himself Red Arrow). At the beginning of the Blackest Night, Carter and Kendra were attacked and killed by Black Lanterns; with her dying breath, Kendra admitted her love for Carter.

For the Earth 2 version of Kendra, see Earth 2.

  • Affectionate Nickname: She's called "pretty bird" by Roy Harper, a name Oliver Queen uses for Black Canary.
  • Ambiguously Brown: She was coloured as darker skinned than the White members of the JSA, but her ethnicity wasn't established until Hawkman, which establishes that she's half-White, half-Hispanic.
  • Attempted Suicide: Part of her origin story is that she attempted suicide and Shiera's soul resided in her body. Speed Saunders implies it wasn't the first time, either.
  • Bare Your Midriff: On every one of her outfits.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Stargirl while they were on the JSA.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Before becoming Hawkgirl, Kendra had this. Before the attempted suicide, she had also given birth to a baby and given the baby up for adoption. Before that, both her parents were murdered. Speed mentions she had some serious issues growing up all around.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: When she first appeared, she was more than a little aggressive and dismissive towards her JSA teammates. After a few adventures, she warms up to them a lot.
  • Dude Magnet: She's described as very attractive, and almost always has someone pining for her. She has even been described as an "angel".
  • Good People Have Good Sex: According to Roy Harper, she's the best lay he's had, beating out Femme Fatale Cheshire.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A somewhat stranger case. Once she started having feelings for him, Kendra wasn't not with Carter for his happiness' sake, but his safety as Shiera's soul revealed to her that the Hawks can never survive as long as they are together, causing her to break off from him.
  • Love Triangle: With Hawkman and Sand in JSA, with Hawkman and Red Arrow post-Infinite Crisis.
  • Ms. Fanservice: With Bare Your Midriff and pants that have a plunging waist depending on the artist. Her butt also gets a decent amount of focus. In a crossover between JSA and Hawkman, she wore a Chainmail Bikini for... some reason.
  • Screw Destiny: Part of her character that was unique to her was that she refused to fall in line with the expectations of Hawkman and others, just because she was Hawkgirl. This is part of why she disliked Carter at first.
  • Weapon of Choice: A spear, when she's not using her mace, anyway.

Hawkgirl/Lady Blackhawk

AKA: Kendra Saunders

Introduced during the Dark Multiverse crisis, Kendra Saunders is the reincarnation of Chay-Ara. This time, Kendra seems to retain all memories of her past lives. Initially working as Hawkgirl alongside Carter Hall, both started an organisation called the Blackhawks, dedicated to unravelling the wider mysteries of the Immortal Men. Kendra destroyed her wings after learning the true dangers of Nth Metal. Carter would venture into the Dark Multiverse to unravel its mysteries, while Kendra remained on Earth and took up the identity of Lady Blackhawk. She initially appeared to be hunting Batman before revealing the nature of the Dark Multiverse to the Justice League.
  • Adaptational Origin Connection: This Kendra is tied to the wider immortals of the DCU — Chay-Ara and Khufu were actually immortals and given amnesia by Hath-Set, this somehow causing them to reincarnate over time.
  • Benevolent Conspiracy: The Blackhawks are the secret conspiracy good counterpart to the Immortal Men.
  • Composite Character: While she takes the Lady Blackhawk codename from the Pre-New 52 Zinda Blake and the Kendra Saunders name, she's largely Shiera Hall. She even has green eyes like Shiera, as opposed to Kendra's brown eyes, to drive it home.
  • Hero Antagonist: She has noble motives for trying to keep Batman from investigating the Dark Multiverse, but she's placed as an antagonist for Batman in All-Star Batman.

    Supporting Characters 

George Emmett

  • Race Lift: From white (pre-Hawkworld) to black (post-Hawkworld). Though post-Return of Hawkman states the two are separate characters.

Joe Tracy

A public relations man who worked with Hawkman and Hawkwoman.

Mavis Trent

An archaeologist who worked for a Chicago museum. She flirted with Hawkman constantly.

  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Shayera's Betty.
  • Killed Off for Real: Pre-Hawkworld, she was killed by Thanagarian Wingmen in The Shadow War of Hawkman. This was rendered out-of-continuity by Hawkworld.

Northwind

AKA: Norda Cantrell

Silver Scarab

AKA: Hector Hall

Speed Saunders

AKA: Cyril Saunders

An American adventurer, detective, and secret agent. Speed was Shiera Saunders's first cousin and grandfather of Kendra. He was also a life-long friend of Wesley Dodds, the Sandman. Though now in his 80s, he remains as hale as ever.

Faraway Woman

AKA: Naomi Carter

A Cherokee medicine woman and the biological mother of Katar Hol.

    Villains 

Byth Rok

Former Wingman commander-turned-thief.

  • Corrupt Cop: As a Wingman, he stole and abused his power often. He even framed Katar at one point.
  • Evil Counterpart: Justice League United positioned him as one to Martian Manhunter, what with encouraging Ultra's evil tendencies while J'onn did not. They also have similar powers.
  • For the Evulz: He steals for the thrill of it. He doesn't care much for the stolen objects' value.
  • Shapeshifter: Thanks to an experimental pill (or drug) he stole before escaping to Earth.

Fadeaway Man

AKA: Anton Lamont

The Gentleman Ghost

AKA: James Craddock

See his own page for info.

Hath-Set

AKA: Anton Hastor

  • Arch-Enemy: To Carter and Shiera Hall.
  • Depending on the Writer: In early comics, Hath-Set was reincarnated countless times, along with Carter and Shiera. Though later comics claim that he's a disembodied spirit that can possess/manipulate his descendants.
    • In Geoff Johns' run, it is explained that his spirit evolved to the point where he could possess his descendants.
  • Grand Theft Me: He can possess the bodies of any of his many descendants.

I.Q.

AKA: Ira Quimby

Konrad Kaslak

  • Joker Immunity: He's able to get away with the crimes he committed by claiming he was under the magic's influence.

Lion-Mane

AKA: Ed Dawson

The Manhawks

Matter Master

AKA: Mark Mandrill

The Monocle

AKA: Jonathan Cheval

Onimar Synn

  • Ancient Evil: He terrorized Thanagar at the dawn of its history before being sealed away for a thousand years in a vault of Nth Metal, only to return centuries later to resume his reign of terror.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: The ruler of one of the Seven Hells in Thanagarian myths and legends.
  • The Dreaded: The most feared of the Seven Devils that plagued Thanagar at the dawn of its history.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Towers over his foes, and has the ability to grow even larger.
  • Galactic Conqueror: Seeks to conquer the universe through the use of his undead army.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He is also known as the Sin-Eater and the Eater of Souls.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was imprisoned in a vault of Nth Metal by the hero Kalmoran, where he remained for a millennia before ultimately reemerging.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Intends to roam the universe, devouring the souls of all those he comes across to add them to his undead army.
  • Sadist: He relishes in the pain and suffering of others.
  • Soul Eating: He devours souls for nourishment. Those he kills in this manner are normally resurrected into his zombie-like servants.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Those whose souls are devoured by him are resurrected as his undead slaves.

The Shadow Thief

AKA: Carl Sands

Thasaro

  • Deal with the Devil: A Thanagarian cult tried this with him, but he kills them all.
  • Elseworld: He appears in the non-canon The Legend of Hawkman.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Created by the high gods to test warriors, but Thasaro started to enjoy killing his opponents too much and has become hard for the gods to control.

Vandal Savage

AKA: Vandar Adg

See his own page for info.

Hummingbird

Count Viper

AKA: Etienne Du Vipere


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