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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.
AKA: Carter HallIn 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.)
- 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.
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.
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.In the New 52, Hawkman initially went by Carter Hall and was an archaeologist. It was alter 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.(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.)
- 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
AKA: Charlie Parker / Ch'al AndarCharlie 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 HallThe 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.)
- Fusion Dance: In Zero Hour, she was merged with her husband (Carter Hall) and the Thanagarian Hawkman (Katar Hol) into the Hawkgod, killing her.
- Retcon: In addition to the Hawkworld mess, her name was originally "Sanders", but was changed to "Saunders" with the JSA relaunch to tie her to Speed Saunders.
- Depending on the Writer: Her name remained "Sanders", since some relatives tend to spell their surnames differently.
AKA: Sharon Parker / Sharon HallWhen 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.)
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.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Pre-Crisis. Though she doesn't mind, as long as she's with Katar.
AKA: Kendra SaundersWhen 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.
- 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. Speed mentions she had some issues.
- 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 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.
- Hot Mom: Dude Magnet and Ms. Fanservice, she also had a daughter who she gave up for adoption.
- 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. 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.
- Race Lift: From white (pre-Hawkworld) to black (post-Hawkworld).
- Secret Keeper: Katar and Shayera confide in him when they first arrived.
- Smoking Is Cool: He is occasionally seen smoking a pipe.
Joe TracyA public relations man who worked with Hawkman and Hawkwoman.
Mavis TrentAn 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.
AKA: Norda Cantrell
AKA: Hector Hall
AKA: Cyril SaundersAn 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.
AKA: Naomi CarterA Cherokee medicine woman and the biological mother of Katar Hol.
Byth RokFormer Wingman commander-turned-thief.
- For the Evulz: He steals for the thrill of it. He doesn't care much for the stolen objects' value.
- Shape Shifter: Thanks to an experimental pill (or drug) he stole before escaping to Earth.
AKA: Anton Lamont
- Villain Teleportation: With the Cloak of Cagliostro
The Gentleman Ghost
AKA: James Craddock
- Anti-Villain: He tends to help out the heroes occasionally.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In the earlier comics, it wasn't very clear if he was indeed a ghost or just very skillful.
- Put on a Bus: pre-Hawkworld, he was finally be able to rest in peace along with a restless spirit of a woman. This was rendered out-of-continuity.
AKA: Anton Hastor
- 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.
AKA: Ira Quimby
- Joker Immunity: He's able to get away with the crimes he committed by claiming he was under the magic's influence.
AKA: Ed Dawson
AKA: Mark Mandrill
AKA: Jonathan Cheval
- High-Class Glass: He wears a weaponized monocle.
- Demon Lords and Archdevils: The ruler of one of the Seven Hells in Thanagarian myths and legends.
The Shadow Thief
AKA: Carl Sands
- 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.
- Satan: Almost an equivalent in Thanagarian myth.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: A warrior named Hol sealed him in an urn with the help of the Gods' who created Thasaro.
- Turned Against His Masters
AKA: Vandar AdgSee his own page for info.
- Meganekko: In her civilian guise.
- Self-Made Orphan: She killed her organic food nut mother by tying her up and setting her bed on fire, whether or not she was awake is uncertain. This was after her mother stabbed her dad 47 times, just for making pancakes for him and his daughter. She tells her fellow villains that she also killed her so her dad won't be lonely in the afterlife.
AKA: Etienne Du Vipere
- Aristocrats Are Evil: He was a French nobleman in the 18th century.
- Smallville (Hawkman and Hawkgirl)
- Justice League (Hawkgirl and Hawkman)