Characters / Justice League of America

The Justice League of America (JLA for short)is the premier superteam of The DCU, a corps d'elite consisting of the company's most popular and iconic characters. The characters most commonly associated with the JLA are the so-called "Big Seven" of Superman, Batman 1989, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter, but most of DC's top characters have been associated with the team at some point in their careers.

Many of these characters' series have their own character sheets; see there for details.

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    Silver Age (1960-1970) 
AKA: Orin / Arthur Curry
Abilities: Aquatic adaptation, super-strength, super-swimming, marine telepathy, underwater breathing

The King of The Seven Seas. Born Prince Orin of Atlantis, Aquaman was left for dead as an infant because of his people's superstitions about blond-haired individuals. He was raised by a human lighthouse-keeper who gave him the name Arthur Curry; after his adoptive father's death, Arthur became the hero Aquaman, sought out Atlantis, and claimed his rightful place as king. Aquaman was a founding member of the Justice League and has been a steadfast member for most of its incarnations. See his own page for more.

AKA: Raymond "Ray" Palmer
Abilities: Able to shrink to microscopic size, mass alteration, scientific genius

The Mighty Mite. A research scientist and professor of physics from Ivy Town, Connecticut, Dr. Ray Palmer discovered a fragment of white dwarf star matter that had fallen to Earth one night. Taking his discovery back to his lab, Ray built it into a belt that allowed him to shrink down to microscopic size. After rescuing a group of local miners from a cave-in, Ray decided to become a full-time superhero: the mighty mite known as the Atom. He was a member of the Justice League up until the destruction of the team's original satellite, and has been a reserve member for most of the years since then.

AKA: Bruce Wayne
Abilities: Martial arts master, detective skills, high tech equipment

The Dark Knight Detective, ur-Badass Normal and usually the brains of the team. Usually operates behind the scenes, but was the team leader during the "International" era. See his own character sheet for more.

AKA: Dinah Laurel Lance
Abilities: Ultrasonic scream, martial arts master, motorcycle

The Bird of Prey. Black Canary is noted for her martial arts skills and her "Canary Cry"—a high powered, sonic scream with the ability to shatter objects and incapacitate villains. Dinah is the daughter of the Golden Age Black Canary, Dinah Drake, who was a member of the JSA. Dinah is also notable for having been one of the few characters to have served with both the Justice Society and the Justice League. She is currently married to Oliver Queen, a.k.a. Green Arrow. After Infinite Crisis, she was elected the leader of the JLA. See her own page for more.

AKA: Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen
Abilities: Super-speed and reflexes, cyclone creation, phasing

The Fastest Man Alive. Barry "the Flash" Allen was one of the JLA's founding members and de facto leader in their first adventure. He was a member for years, up until the Detroit era. Shortly after leaving the League, Barry heroically sacrificed his life to destroy the Anti-Monitor's doomsday device in the Crisis on Infinite Earths, becoming one with the Speed Force that gave him his powers... but during the Final Crisis, Barry willed himself back to life from the Speed Force to help save the world from Darkseid and has taken up membership in the League once more. He is close friends with Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern. See the Flash character sheet for more.

AKA: Oliver Jonas Queen
Abilities: Master archer

The Emerald Archer. A jetsetting young billionaire turned socially-conscious superhero, Green Arrow has been a member of the Justice League on and off since its early days. Ollie keeps the rest of the League in touch with humanity, always sticking up for the little guy. He is currently married to Dinah Lance, aka Black Canary. See his own page for more.

AKA: Harold "Hal" Jordan
Abilities: Green Lantern power ring, allows him to fly and create hard light constucts

The Emerald Crusader. The first member of the star-spanning Green Lantern Corps to come from Earth, Hal Jordan was one of the JLA's founding members and its first leader (though the Flash was the one everyone listened to). Although initially coming to blows with the Flash, Hal and Barry quickly became close friends. Hal was a member of the League throughout the Secret Sanctuary and Watchtower eras, and was briefly the leader of Justice League Europe. Hal died in the Final Night, but after his resurrection he has been an on-again-off-again member, briefly creating his own splinter team in Cry for Justice. See the Green Lantern character sheet for more.

AKA: Carter Hall; Katar Hol
Abilities: Flight, mastery of various weapons, enhanced strength

The Winged Avenger. The reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian prince, Hawkman was a founding member of the Justice Society and, years later, joined the Justice League as well. Hawkman has a vitriolic relationship with Green Arrow, the archer's radical progressive opinions often clashing with Hawkman's staunchly traditionalist mores. He had a close friendship with The Atom.note See his own character sheet for more.

AKA: J'onn J'onzz / John Jones
Abilities: Super-strength, flight, shapeshifting, intangability, telepathy, optic blasts

The Alien Atlas. The mysterious Manhunter from Mars is one of the JLA's longest-serving members. Although he arrived on Earth in the 1950s, J'onn laid low for decades before he felt comfortable revealing himself to humanity and quickly became one of the Justice League's founding members. Underneath his cold exterior is a warm and caring soul, and many consider him to be The Heart of the League. See his own page for more.

AKA: Kal-El / Clark Joseph Kent
Abilities: Super-strength, speed, senses, flight, and invulnerability, heat and x-ray visions

The Man of Steel and easily Earth's most famous hero, Superman inspired the League's original members to come together. Superman has an on-again-off-again membership in the League, but when he is active member, he gravitates toward leadership (sometimes to the chagrin of the actual leader, in the case of Black Canary). See his own character sheet for more.

AKA: Diana of Themyscira / Diana Prince
Abilities: Super-strength, flight, heightened reflexes, magic weaponry, empathy, animal communication

The Amazing Amazon was one of the founding members of the Justice Leaguenote . She has been a member of the JLA throughout most of its history (absent only during the Detroit era and part of the International era), and was briefly the League's leader after Zero Hour!. See her own character sheet for more.

    Bronze Age (1970-1984) 

AKA: Ralph Dibny
Abilities: Stretchable body, detective skills
A friend of the Flash from Central City, Elongated Man was the first new member inducted into the JLA after their move to their orbiting satellite. A merry wisecracker, he helped lighten things up among the more serious Leaguers. He was a member throughout the Satellite, Detroit, and International eras, and his wife Sue Dibny was even made an honorary member. Tragically, Sue was murdered in Identity Crisis, and after a soul-searching journey, Ralph was killed as well. See his own page for more.

AKA: Ronald "Ronnie" Raymond
Abilities: Capable of transmuting the elements, flight, energy blasts

The Nuclear Man! Firestorm was created when high school jock Ronnie Raymond and physicist Martin Stein were caught in a nuclear accident and fused together into one being. They could separate whenever they wanted, but when merged as Firestorm (with Ronnie usually in control physically and Stein offering helpful advice in his head), they had the power to fly, project bolts of energy, and, most spectacularly, transmute the atoms of any substance into another substance. Ronnie was killed by the Shadow-Thief in Identity Crisis and the Firestorm Matrix was transferred to another young man, Jason Rusch, during Blackest Night Ronnie was resurrected by the White Light. As of Brightest Day, Ronnie and Jason share the Matrix together. See his own page for more.

Hawkwoman I
AKA: Shiera Hall; Shayera Hol
Abilities: Flight, mastery of various weapons, enhanced strength

Hawkman's wife. Shiera Hall came out of retirement at the same time as her husband, but did not join the Justice League until years later.note  See the Hawkman character sheet for more.

AKA: John Smith
Abilities: Flight, wind generation and manipulation, computer brain

The Red Tornado is an android created by the criminal scientist T.O. Morrow. Morrow intended the android to infiltrate and sabotage the Justice Society of America, but he never planned on Reddy having a conscience. Red Tornado turned on his master and helped the JSA and JLA come together to defeat Morrow, after which he became a member of the League. He gained a true soul after he was merged with an alien elemental, the Tornado Tyrant. Reddy has been trying to function in human society ever since, and after many difficult years, he eventually fell in love with a human woman and adopted a young girl, Traya, as his daughter. In addition to the League and Society, Reddy has also been a member of Primal Force and Young Justice (as their mentor). See his own page for more.

AKA: Zatanna Zatara
Abilities: Sorcery, reality warping

Giovanni Zatara was a world-famous Stage Magician in the 1940s, but his powers were more than just illusion—by speaking backwards, he could perform incredibly powerful magic spells, which he used as a member of the All-Star Squadron in World War II. Zatara fell in love with Sindrella, a sorceress from an otherworldly race of mystics, and together they had a daughter—Zatanna Zatara. Zatanna has surpassed her father as both a wizard and entertainer, and when she's not helping out the Justice League she's drawing crowds as the world's greatest illusionist. She has had a tumultuous relationship with fellow mystic John Constantine. See her own page for more.

    Detroit Era (1984-1986) 

AKA: Cynthia "Cindy" Reynolds
Abilities: Invisibility

Cindy Reynolds was born into a happy suburban family, but her parents' relationship eventually soured. Fleeing their breakup, Cindy took to the streets when she manifested the power to turn invisible. She ran away to Detroit at around the same time the Justice League set up shop there, and after using her powers to covertly aid them in a fight, she was offered membership. Gypsy is almost a surrogate daughter to the Martian Manhunter and joined him in his Justice League Task Force. She has also been a member of the Birds of Prey.

  • Action Girl: Aside from her powers, Gypsy is an expert in hand-to-hand combat. She has been trained by Bronze Tiger, and Shiva has offered to train her as well.
  • Does Not Like Shoes
  • Fad Super: Gypsy was originally a transparent (hah) attempt to cash in on Cyndi Lauper's popularity.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Gypsy's main strengths are her skill at stealth, martial arts, firearms, and electronics. The invisibility is just a little extra.
  • Hot Gypsy Woman: She is indeed part Roma, but despite her name, writers don't usually harp on it and she's defined by more than just her ethnicity.
  • Invisibility: Originally she could only cloak herself, but as she's grown older, she's learned to affect multiple people and objects.
  • Kid Hero: At first.
  • Master of Illusion: Gypsy's primary power is that of illusion casting, which she can use in a large variety of ways focusing on invisibility and camouflage. She can camouflage both herself and someone standing in close proximity to her.
  • Mutant: Her powers were inborn rather than gained from an external source.
  • Parental Abandonment: They were eventually killed by Despero.
  • The Runaway
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Justice League Task Force. She went from merely turning invisible to gaining proficiency in swords and firearms.

Steel II
AKA: Hank Heywood III
Abilities: Cyborg body grants super-strength and invulnerability

Henry "Commander Steel" Heywood was a World War II superhero and the world's first cyborg. Obsessed with carrying on his legacy, he subjected his grandson Hank Heywood III to the same procedure that gave him his powers and encouraged him to join the newly restructured Justice League, lending them a bunker for use as their base of operations. Hank struggled to adapt to life as a cyborg and clashed with the older JLAers. In the last days of the League's Detroit era, Steel was mortally wounded by one of Professor Ivo's robots and placed on life support by his grandfather; Despero, seeking revenge against the League, tracked him down in this state and ripped him limb from limb.

AKA: Paco Ramone
Abilities: Generates damaging vibrations

A teenage gang member from Detroit, Paco Ramone was born with the power to create vibratory shock waves—a "one-man earthquake". When the Justice League moved to Detroit, Paco declared himself a member, and the League, desperate for new blood, accepted him. Despite his goofy exterior, he proved himself a hero. Tragically, he was killed by Professor Ivo's androids, becoming the first Justice League member to be killed in action.

  • Cool Shades
  • Dance Battler: During its Detroit phase, used breakdancing moves as part of his fighting style.
  • Fad Super: Like Gypsy. In Vibe's case, he was supposed to cash in on the mid-80s breakdancing craze.
  • Killed Off for Real: During Darkseid's assault on Earth's "legends," Paco left his JLA comrades to seek the familiar solace of the streets. Vibe was attacked by one of Professor Ivo's androids, and despite a valiant effort, became the first Justice League member to be killed in the line of duty.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He put on an over-the-top Puerto Rican accent ("Are chu the Chustice League?") and goofy persona to fit in on the streets.
  • Plucky Comic Relief

AKA: Mari Jiwe McCabe
Abilities: Channels the powers of various animals through the totem she wears

    Justice League International (1986-1994) 

Agent Liberty
AKA: Benjamin Lockwood
Abilities: Suit provides weaponry, forcefields, and limited flight

Abilities: Sorcery, communes with the dead
  • The Real Remington Steele: The first Bloodwynd who joined the Justice League was really the Martian Manhunter in disguise and under Mind Control. The Atom and the Ray later found a real Bloodwynd trapped inside the magic gem J'onn was wearing while impersonating him.

AKA: Ted Kord
Abilities: Stealthy acrobat, high tech equipment

Ted Kord was a student of archaeologist Dan Garrett and nephew of wealthy industrialist Jarvis Kord. Garrett uncovered a plot by Jarvis to unleash a horde of killer robots on the world and revealed to Ted that he was in fact the masked hero, the Blue Beetle. Dan destroyed Jarvis' androids but died in the battle, passing on the mantle of Blue Beetle to Ted. As the Blue Beetle, Ted was invited to join Justice League America by Max Lord, where he became best friends with Booster Gold and together they got into all kinds of wacky hijinks; both of them later joined Captain Atom's "Extreme Justice" team. Tragically, Ted was murdered by Max Lord when he uncovered the OMAC Project, but not before he relayed the information to the Justice League, helping them put an end to Lord's machinations. See the Blue Beetle page for more.

AKA: Michael Jon Carter
Abilities: Equipment grants flight, super-strength, energy blasts, and force-fields

Born in the 25th century, football star Michael Jon Carter was ruined in a gambling scandal. Seeking a new life, he stole some high-tech equipment and fled back in time to our era, where he set himself up as the first for-profit superhero, Booster Gold. Booster joined Justice League America shortly after its reconstruction under Max Lord and became best friends with the Blue Beetle (with whom he got in trouble many times with his get-rich schemes). Despite his glory-seeking nature, Booster still (usually) pulls through and does the right thing. See his own page for more.

AKA: Nathaniel Adam
Abilities: Flight, super-strength, invulnerability, energy absorption and manipulation, intangibility

Captain Nathaniel Adam was the subject of a secret military experiment that granted him incredible powers, but catapulted him decades into the future. After arriving in the present era, "Captain Atom" became an agent of the U.S. government. He was appointed to Justice League International as America's official representative to counter the Russian superhero, Rocket Red. Eventually, he grew tired with the League's reactive tactics and formed his own Justice League, unofficially known as "Extreme Justice". See his own page for more.

AKA: Kent and Inza Nelson
Abilities: Sorcery

The master mystic of the Justice Society was one of Justice League International's charter members, but only served briefly before the magic that kept him from aging failed and he died of old age. At this point, Fate was a merging of his original incarnation, Kent Nelson, and his wife, Inza. Their legacy passed on to Linda and Eric Strauss. See his own page for more.

AKA: Linda and Eric Strauss
Abilities: Sorcery

Linda Strauss and her adopted-son-turned-husband (ew) Eric were chosen by the Lords of Order to replace Kent and Inza Nelson as Doctor Fate. They joined the JLI during the Millennium event, but only served for two months. They were killed by the Lords of Chaos, and the mantle of Doctor Fate passed back to the resurrected Kent and Inza. See the Doctor Fate page for more.

Doctor Light III
AKA: Kimiyo Hoshi
Abilities: Light generation and manipulation, flight

Japanese physicist Kimiyo Hoshi was granted power over light energy by the Monitor during the Crisis on Infinite Earths and played a vital role in saving the universe. Afterwards, she became a member of Justice League Europe and, after moving to the United States, the Justice League of America. Kimiyo has a cold exterior, but is good at heart, especially where her children are concerned. She has clashed several times with her evil predecessor, Dr. Arthur Light.

AKA: Beatriz da Costa
Abilities: Fire generation and manipulation, flight

A former Brazilian secret agent, Beatriz da Costa gained mystic power over fire and joined the Global Guardians as Green Flame. Here she met her lifelong friend, Tora Olafsdotter, aka Icemaiden. When the Justice League went international, they joined the team as Fire and Ice. She has also been a member of the international spy organization Checkmate.

AKA: Jason "Jay" Garrick
Abilities: Super-speed

The original Flash was the leader of Justice League America for a brief time. He served in the role temporarily to help instill a sense of teamwork and leadership in the disorganized team. See the Flash character sheet for more.

General Glory
AKA: Joseph Jones
Abilities: Heightened strength, Olympic-level athlete

AKA: Guy Gardner
Abilities: Green Lantern power ring

This roughnecked Green Lantern was one of the charter members of Max Lord's JLI. His crude and hot-tempered personality put him at odds with the rest of the team, though he somehow managed to win over the Shrinking Violet Ice and he acted polite in the presence of General Glory. He quit the team in a huff due to his jealousy toward Superman. See the Green Lantern character sheet for more.

AKA: Fel Andar / Carter Hall, Jr.
Abilities: Flight, mastery of various weapons

A Thanagarian spy stationed on Earth in preparation for an upcoming invasion, Fel Andar presented himself as Carter Hall, Jr., the son of the original Hawkman. When his partner, Hawkwoman (an Unwitting Pawn), discovered his ruse, he killed her and fled back to Thanagar.note  See the Hawkman character sheet for more.

Hawkwoman II
AKA: Sharon Parker
Abilities: Flight, mastery of various weapons

A human woman brainwashed into the role of Hawkwoman by the Thanagarian invasion force, Sharon Parker uncovered her husband Fel Andar's plot and revealed him to Maxwell Lord and the Martian Manhunter. In retaliation, he killed her.note  See the Hawkman character sheet for more.

AKA: Helena Bertinelli
Abilities: Martial arts master, crossbow expert

AKA: Tora Olafsdotter
Abilities: Cold control

Tora Olafsdotter is the heir to a clan of Norwegian Roma, and her heritage gives her power over ice. She debuted as the superheroine, Icemaiden, taking the name from Sigrid Nansen, another ice-based heroine whom she replaced in the Global Guardians. She became close friends with Green Flame, and they later joined the Justice League International, changing their code-names to Ice and Fire. She began dating Guy Gardner, but the relationship was rocky due to his hot-headed nature, the fact that Fire hated him, and her sublimated attraction to Superman. Ice was killed by the Overmaster, but was resurrected under strange circumstances and resumed her relationship with Guy.

AKA: Sollis
Abilities: Light generation and manipulation, flight

AKA: Scott Free
Abilities: Super-escape artist, martial arts master, wields divine technology

Abilities: Super-strength, flight, psionic powers, forcefields, optic blasts

See Superman rogue gallery

Abilities: Super-strength, invulnerability, healing factor; wields the Astro-Harness

The Ray II
AKA: Ray Terrill
Abilities: Light generation and manipulation, solid light constructs, conversion to energy form, flight

Rocket Red #4
AKA: Dmitri Pushkin
Abilities: Power armor grants super-strength, flight, invulnerability, energy blasts, and mecha-empathy

This jovial Russian soldier was chosen to replace the traitorous Vladimir Mikoyan on Justice League International's roster. Dmitri was a fan of Western culture who nonetheless devoted himself to Russia's military. He became close friends with Animal Man, with whom he bonded when he learned they were both family men. Years later, Dmitri sacrificed his life to save his former JLI cohorts from rampaging OMAC cyborgs in the prelude to Infinite Crisis.

Rocket Red #7
AKA: Vladimir Mikoyan
Abilities: Power armor grants super-strength, flight, invulnerability, energy blasts, and mecha-empathy

Tasmanian Devil
AKA: Hugh Dawkins
Abilities: Transforms into super-strong beast

A hero from Australia, Hugh Dawkins was born with the mutant ability to morph into an aggressive, furry monster. After saving his father's life, he decided to become a superhero. Dawkins was a member of the Global Guardians before joining the JLI. His most notable adventure with them was helping the League fight his former team, who had been brainwashed by the Queen Bee of Bialya. He left after Ice's death due to the team's disorganization. He has continued to work with the Global Guardians worldwide and solo in Australia.

    Justice League Europe (1989-1993) 

AKA: Bernhard "Buddy" Baker
Abilities: Channels the powers of various animals

During a freak accident, Buddy Baker was imbued with the power to channel the abilities of any animal on Earth. He became Animal Man, using his abilities to fight for the animal kingdom against human cruelty and exploitation, but still finds time to live a relatively normal home life with his wife and kids. Buddy was briefly a member of Justice League Europe and has remained a reserve member since then, serving as the League's resident expert on animal-related weirdness. Oh, and he knows he's in a comic book. See his own page for more.

Blue Jay
AKA: Jay Abrams
Abilities: Flight, able to shrink to six inches

The alternate Earth known as Angor was once protected by the Justifiers, a team of avenging superheroes who clashed with the Justice League a couple of times. Angor was ravaged and the Justifiers killed by the supervillains known as the Extremists—all save the size-shifting Blue Jay and his teammate Silver Sorceress. They fled to our Earth and joined Justice League Europe after helping them defeat robot duplicates of the Extremists and Jay even led the team for a while.

Crimson Fox I / II
AKA: Vivian and Constance d'Aramis
Abilities: Super-speed and agility, pheromone control, enhanced senses

The superheroine called the Crimson Fox was actually two people—Vivian d'Aramis and her presumed-dead twin sister, Constance. The owners of a Parisian perfumery, the two of them alternated between superheroics and civilian life so they could each have some time living a normal life. They joined Justice League Europe, with their teammates none the wiser, and both fell in love with Metamorpho. Vivian was killed in action and Constance took over the Crimson Fox persona until the JLE was disbanded. A few years later, Constance tried to reform the JLE, but was murdered by the Mist.

AKA: Wallace Rudolph "Wally" West
Abilities: Super-speed

Barry Allen's nephew, Wally West. He was originally Barry's sidekick, Kid Flash, but when Barry died in Crisis on Infinite Earths, Wally took up his mantle as the third Flash. Wally was a member of Justice League Europe, and during this time had a very obnoxious, lecherous personality. However, his membership in the reconstituted Justice League of America forced him to grow up, and he soon became one of the world's greatest heroes. Wally was the first member of the Teen Titans to "graduate" to the Justice League. See the Flash character sheet for more.

AKA: Chandi Gupta
Abilities: Fire and ice control, mystical longbow

AKA: Rex Mason
Abilities: Transmutes his body into various elements

AKA: Kara Zor-L / Karen Starr
Abilities: Super-strength, speed, senses, flight, and invulnerability, heat and x-ray visions

Silver Sorceress
AKA: Laura Nielsen
Abilities: Sorcery

  • Expy: To Scarlet Witch.
  • Killed Off for Real: Killed by Dreamslayer, one of the entities who had destroyed her old world.
  • Sole Survivor: She, Blue Jay and Wandjina (a character based on Marvel's Thor) come from an alternate Earth, the only survivors of a nuclear holocaust.

    Post-Zero Hour Era (1994-1996) 

Amazing-Man (Will Everett III)

Blue Devil (Daniel Cassidy)

Icemaiden (Sigrid Nansen)

Nuklon (Albert Rothstein)

Obsidian (Todd James Rice)

Plastique (Bette Sans Souci)

AKA: William MacIntyre
Abilities: Electromagnetic manipulation

Triumph was one of the founding members of the Justice League. In fact, it was he who assembled the League. But a Negative Space Wedgie sent him to limbo and erased him from history, removing everyone's memory of him. When he got back, needless to say, he was pissed. After making waves in the League, he was punted off to the team's training group, the Justice League Task Force, and soon after quit in anger. In desperation, he made a deal with the demon Neron that resulted in him turning evil. After an unsuccessful attempt at destroying the League, he was turned to ice by The Spectre, and kept in the trophy room of the JLA Headquarters. The HQ was eventually blown up in a later story, with him still inside.

  • The Chew Toy: Partially why he became evil; he could've been a great hero if the cosmos had ever stopped shitting on him.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: Deciding he was tired of being beneath heroes like Superman his final appearance has him deciding to kill the JLA and replace them with his own brand of heroes brainwashed into loyalty. After defeating him, Superman plainly tells him to his face that Smug Super tendencies aside, Triumph was powerful and courageous. He would've been perfectly welcome in the JLA if he'd just asked for membership.
  • Face–Heel Turn
  • Green Lantern Ring: He can manipulate all forms of energy, which gives him an almost unlimited range of powers. His powers include Force Fields, energy blasts, redirecting energy, and Energy Absorption.
  • Hide Your Gays: In petty retaliation for the rumors that Triumph was gay, co-creator Brian Augustyn gave Triumph a girlfriend... who allegedly dumped him because his junk was very small. Real mature.
  • Jerkass: Made all the more frustrating in that he was usually right about everything and had a legitimate reason for being a jerkass.
  • Remember the New Guy: Triumph was one of the founding members. He was the team leader of the original five members.
  • Ret Gone: He "saved the world" and disappeared in a time loop for a while.
  • Shock and Awe: Had control over the entire electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Smug Super: Was absurdly powerful and knew it. Was written for a while to be "always right."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: A fatal case. Triumph was frozen by The Spectre and kept in the JLA trophy room during Grant Morrison's run on the book. At the climax to Morrison's run the blew up the HQ, only he forgot to get Triumph out first. He's been dead ever since.

The Wonder Twins (Zan and Jayna)

    JLA (1996-2006) 

Aztek (Curt Falconer)

AKA: Barda Free
Abilities: Super-strength; Mega-rod projects energy blasts and manipulates gravity; Aero-disks grant flight

Once the brutal leader of the Female Furies in service to Darkseid, lord of Apokolips, Big Barda fell in love with his erstwhile son Scott "Mister Miracle" Free and joined him in fighting tyranny. Barda and Scott settled down on Earth in suburban married bliss, but still leapt at any chance to fight evil, Barda's godlike strength complementing Scott's brilliant mind. Barda joined her husband in some adventures with Justice League International, and later officially served on the JLA as one of the New Gods' representatives alongside Orion. See the New Gods character sheet for more.


Green Arrow II (Connor Hawke)

See Green Arrow character sheet

AKA: John Stewart
Abilities: Green Lantern power ring

See the Green Lantern character sheet

AKA: Kyle Rayner
Abilities: Green Lantern power ring

See the Green Lantern character sheet

Hourman III (Matthew Tyler)

Jesse Quick (Jesse Chambers)

Major Disaster (Paul Booker)

  • The Alcoholic: Major Disaster develops a huge drinking problem over the course of the Justice League Elite miniseries, much to his teammates' chagrin. After his drinking causes his powers to crap out at a really bad time, resulting in the death of Manitou Raven, he ultimately decides to get sober.
  • The Atoner: He is atoning for his career as a supervillain.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: His ability is to make disasters happen (Earthquakes, meteor showers, blackouts, floods). While this was played straight while he was a villain, he's eventually coaxed into turning Face by Superman and uses his evil-seeming power for good.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He starts off as one, but increasingly turns to alcohol to deal with all the shit he's gotten involved with.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Major Disaster blames himself for Manitou's death, because he was so drunk that Manitou had to step in and save him.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Major Disaster isn't interested in going back to being a supervillain, but he's also increasingly disillusioned with being a superhero.
  • Sole Survivor: The first issue of the Suicide Squad 2001 series ended with Major Disaster the only known survivor of the mission — though it was later revealed that Cluemaster survived as well.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Manitou's death leaves Major Disaster such a wreck that he decides to retire from superheroics altogether.
  • Token Evil Teamate: Wasn't evil when he joined the team, though he was treated like this by some of the other members, especially Green Arrow and Atom.

Manitou Raven

Oracle (Barbara Gordon)

AKA: Patrick "Eel" O'Brien
Abilities: Superhuman elasticity/plasticity, malleability, resilience, durability and agility, shapeshifting

Steel III (John Henry Irons)

Tomorrow Woman (Clara Kendall)
A robot created by Professor Ivo & T. O. Morrow to destroy the team, she overcame her programming at the cost of her own life. During the Trinity event, she was a superhero in the altered universe. Upon learning of her fate in the original universe, she decided to change it back anyway to save the world from the Troika. However, afterwards, a woman resembling her named Clara Kendall was spotted in the reformed universe.

Wonder Woman III (Queen Hippolyta)


    Justice League Elite (2004-2005) 

Batgirl III (Cassandra Cain)

Coldcast (Nathan Jones)

Manitou Dawn

Menagerie (Sonja)

Naif al-Sheikh

Sister Superior (Vera Lynn Black)

    Post-Infinite Crisis Era (2006-2009) 

Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce)

Red Arrow (Roy William Harper, Jr.)

Geo-Force (Brion Markov)

    Post-Final Crisis Era (2009-2010) 

Congorilla (Bill Glenmorgan)

  • Revenge: His troop was killed to kidnap a Gorilla City scientist who was living with them, motivating his return to superheroics
  • The Bus Came Back

Cyborg I (Victor Stone)

Guardian (Jim Harper)

Mon-El (Lar Gand/Jonathan Kent II)

    Post-Blackest Night Era (2010-2011) 

Batman 1989 III (Richard John "Dick" Grayson)

Jade (Jennie-Lynn Hayden)

Jesse Quick (Jesse Chambers)

Starman (Mikaal Tomas)

Supergirl (Linda Lang / Kara Zor-El)

    Justice League: Generation Lost (2010-2011) 

AKA: Jaime Reyes
Abilities: Scarab provides advanced alien battlesuit

High school student Jaime Reyes found the long-lost Blue Beetle scarab buried in a vacant lot. The scarab bonded to Jaime's spine, giving him access to an alien battlesuit capable of challenging Green Lanterns, which he put to use protecting El Paso as the third Blue Beetle. While he met and hung out with the JLI pretty early on, he didn't join until a Max Lord-directed OMAC attack on his house got him caught up in the JLI's quest to track Max down. See the Blue Beetle page for more.

Rocket Red #7
AKA: Gavril Ivanovich
Abilities: Power armor grants super-strength, flight, invulnerability, energy blasts, and mecha-empathy

Gavril Ivanovich was a captain in the Rocket Red Brigade, but resigned out of disgust with Russia's continuing Westernization. He built his own Rocket Red suit (a throwback to earlier models), and set himself against corporations and rogue KGB cells. A long-standing admirer of the JLI, when they showed up in Russia on Max Lord's trail, he jumped at the chance to team up with them (even if they were initially dubious).

  • Ascended Fanboy: Of the JLI.
  • The Blacksmith: Makes and repairs his own armor.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's very loud and energetic.
  • Color Character
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Killed early on in the New 52 Justice League International.
  • Eloquent In My Native Tounge: He's a genius... in his native Russian. Due to his disdain for western culture, he's not got the greatest grasp of English.
  • Flight
  • Hypocrite: Sees no contradiction in fighting Westernization and teaming up with the JLI. For one, the JLI are working for the greater good. For another, he loves being on the JLI. (And yes, it has been pointed out to him...)
  • Nice Guy: Hatred of the west, capitalism and democracy aside, he's actually quite sociable and good-natured. When one of his former teammates is threatened by Max Lord's schemes, Gavril pleads for the JLI to save him, despite them having been trying to arrest him not ten minutes previous. When it fails, he's saddened, and mourns the guy.
  • Powered Armor: He is a Rocket Red after all. His is customised, and built like a tank compared to his more streamlined teammates.
  • Super Strength
  • Technopath
  • Why We Are Bummed Communism Fell

    Justice League (New 52) (2011-) 


Element Woman

The Atom / Atomica of Earth-3

Real Name: Rhonda Pena

Lex Luthor

Captain Cold
Real Name: Leonard Snart

Power Ring II
Real Name: Jessica Cruz

    Supporting Characters 
Catherine Cobert


Lucas "Snapper" Carr

AKA: Unknown
Abilities: Sorcery, immortality

A mysterious wanderer who pops up all throughout space and time whenever he is needed. In the League's early years, he was offered membership and accepted, but has never performed active duty—he's more of an honorary member, really. Still, the Stranger appears from time to time to warn the League of impending danger and help them out in times of dire need. See his own page for more.

A mangy, ill-tempered tabby taken in by Power Girl during her time with Justice League Europe. The cat had a violent relationship with the rest of the team, especially Guy Gardner, and frequently tried to eat Blue Jay.

Sue Dibny


Abilities: Power mimicry

An android created by Professor Ivo for the purpose of gathering data to create his immortality potion. Since then, Amazo has resurfaced numerous times under the control of other villains as a recurring thorn in the Justice League's side. Amazo has no ambition of his own and merely follows orders. Over time, numerous copies of the Amazo android have surfaced. What makes him a deadly threat is his ability to copy the powers of any superhuman—including the JLA.

  • Do-Anything Robot
  • The Dragon: Amazo pops in this role to numerous villains, including Professor Ivo, Black Mask, and Solomon Grundy.
  • Mega Manning
  • Pointy Ears
  • Powers as Programs
  • Punch Clock Villain: Related to his position as The Dragon, Amazo is largely compelled by his programming to do whatever horrible thing his boss is doing, which often involves clashing with the Justice League. Several stories show that even though he doesn't particularly hate (or like) the League, he's just doing what he was made to do.

The Crime Syndicate
The Justice League's counterparts from the Antimatter Universenote , who are just as evil as the League is good. They rule their Earth with an iron fist from their moon citadel, the Panopticon. See the pages of the individual league members for their respective Syndicate counterparts.

The Demons Three
  • Our Demons Are Different
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: To Felix Faust on many occasions.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: They are evil beings who ruled the Earth a billion years ago until being imprisoned in crypts by mysterious powerful entities called the Timeless Ones. The three Demons were eventually summoned/released in the present by Felix Faust, with occasional other escapes from imprisonment since then.


Doctor Destiny (John Dee)
  • Meaningful Name: He shares a name with John Dee, a real-life 17th-century mystic.

Doctor Light II (Arthur Light)

Felix Faust
Abilities: Sorcery

A wicked sorcerer from the ancient African empire of Kor was killed when he attempted to usurp the emperor's throne. Ages later, in the 1920s, his spirit took over the body of an amateur mystic who accidentally opened a portal to the other side. Inspired by Goethe's story, the reincarnated wizard took the name Felix Faust and began rebuilding his power. He has clashed with the Justice League many times over the years, often allying with the Demons Three, Neron, and other fiends in his quest for mystic might. He played a part in the death of Elongated Man.

  • Deal with the Devil: Like the literary Faust, Felix has sold his soul to countless demons for power, but always finds a way to get back his ownership.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Emphasis on the "evil" part, and probably one of the most morally bankrupt individuals in the DCU.
  • Faustian Rebellion: Tried this with Neron by attempting to rip him off. He didn't succeed.
  • Really Several Thousand Years Old: No one knows quite how long he's been around, but it is known that he's been around for at least several millennia.
  • Redeeming Replacement: His son, known simply as Faust.
  • Stupid Evil: His thirst for power sometimes makes him cross into this territory, as he has a long history of making deals that he can't possibly fulfill and then attempting to worm his way out of living up to his end of them simply because it's his trademark, not to mention ripping people off and doing absolutely disgusting things for power even when he could have just as easily done less awful things and gotten the same result.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: He owns several, including the Necronomicon.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Killed a young girl and stole her soul so that he could use it to rip off Neron in a deal. Neron saw through it right away and was absolutely disgusted by it.

The Injustice Gang / The Injustice League / The Secret Society of Super-Villains

Kanjar Ro

The Key

AKA: Justin Ballantine
Abilities: Godlike charisma

Libra was once Justin Ballantine, a boy whose parents died as a result of tragic accidents. He became obsessed with the balance of the universe, specifically the moral balance between good and evil. He organized the first Injustice Gang and stole the powers of the Justice League, but the power was too much for him and he disintegrated into the cosmos. Years later, he coalesced again on Apokolips, where he swore loyalty to Darkseid and became one of the New Gods. Libra returned to Earth as Darkseid's prophet and reformed the Secret Society of Super-Villains, using them to bring about Darkseid's conquest of Earth. During the heroes' counterattack, however, he was killed by Lex Luthor.

Maxwell Lord
Abilities: Extreme mind control

Following the JLA's decimation in the Legends crossover, the smug tycoon Max Lord stepped in to fund the formation of a new UN-sponsored Justice League with an international mandate. He also discovered that he possessed the ability to mentally "push" people. As the manager of Justice League International, Max became good friends with many of the members, but his involvement with them caused him great pain, including an unwilling transformation into a cyborg and an extended coma. This led him to believe that superheroes only cause trouble for normal humans, and he set about a plan to eradicate them. Using his mind-control powers to take over Checkmate, he created an army of cyborg OMACs and even killed his one-time friend Blue Beetle before he himself was killed by Wonder Woman.

After the Blackest Night, Max was resurrected by the White Light. He is currently at large, having taken over Checkmate once again.

  • Anti-Hero: As a White Lantern, Max is apparently acting in good faith to fulfill the White Entity's requirement that he prevent a superhuman war from destroying civilization. It's just that, with the body count and the mind control and the killing his erstwhile friends, he's got a funny way of going about it.
  • Cape Buster
  • Beware the Superman: His whole villain shtick is geared towards preventing the rise and control of superhumans. This mindset of stopping "powerful people" was fueled by his own mother throughout childhood after his father was assassinated on the order of corrupt corporate executives. Hypocritically, he is a superhuman himself.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Originally it was explained as Evil All Along, but it was later retconned that he was good during the JLI days, but turned evil sometime after.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Lots of creepy eewwness while running Checkmate.
  • Milkman Conspiracy: Kind of subverted, in that Max took the JLI - a UN-backed international organization staffed by superhumans - and, over twenty years, turned it into a bit of joke precisely so his association with it would place him Beneath Suspicion and everyone else's low opinion of the Leaguers would leave them powerless to stop his Evil Plan.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Or, when he whammies the whole world at once, psychic gushing of blood out of every orifice. Eew.
    • Hardly limited to that one instance. This guy is more or less the DCU poster boy for psychic nosebleeds.
  • Robot Buddy: L-Ron, in happier times.
  • Smug Snake: Despite his occasional moments of Magnificent Bastardry, the climax of Generation Lost reveals him as just a very high-functioning Smug Snake. His big master plan that we waited twenty issues for? He makes an Amazo OMAC and sics it on Wonder Woman. Why? Petty revenge, which he cheerfully admits himself.
  • There Are No Good Executives
  • We Can Rule Together: Lampshaded in a showdown with Ted Kord. Right before Max put a bullet between Ted's eyes.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist
  • We Used to Be Friends: In the bwa-ha-ha JLI days, he really appeared to be buddies with ol' Booster and Beetle and the gang.

Morgaine le Fey


The Overmaster

Professor Ivo (Anthony Ives)

AKA: Unknown
Abilities: Genius, master martial artist, downloads fighting styles directly into his brain.


The Royal Flush Gang
Group of normal human criminals costumed to resemble playing cards. Initially just a gang put together by Amos Fortune, they have since come into their own.

  • The Constant: There have been a few teams by this name across a few continuities. The only thing most of them have had in common has been the name
    • The original version were recruited by Amos Fortune to absorb the luck of the Justice League
    • Hector Hammond recruited a roster that used advanced technology to do his bidding
    • Then there was the reveal that they had become a genuine grassroots supercrime organization, with 52-member cells in every major city in America
    • And "Arcana", who were a semi-mystical group who planned to take over the world using rituals
    • The DCAU had two versions:
      • a team of mutant children who were broken free of their government handlers and costumed by the Joker
      • a dynasty of masked thieves with a feud with Batman
    • Batman: The Brave and the Bold had a group of Old West cardsharps
    • Arrow had a trio armed robbers in hoodies and decal'd hockey masks
    • Broad Strokes: The current version combines the costumes of the Arrow version, the weapons of the Hector Hammond version, and the cell-structure of the third version
  • Weapon of Choice: The Royal Flush Gang habitually uses "card scooters" - hoverboards painted to look like giant playing cards

The Shaggy Man
A robot that resembles a sasquatch. Pre-Flashpoint, built by Dr Zagarian to road-test plastalloy, a material for building replacement limbs. The result went a little... rampage-y, and was dumped in space by the Justice League. Years later, it was recovered by Wade Eiling, who put his mind into it to escape his encroaching cancer.

Post-Flashpoint, it was built by Professor Ivo to give the Secret Society some muscle.

  • Cosmic Horror Story: literally! He lives in shadow and draws energy from suns. He's a stellar vampire.
  • Dark Messiah: to Shadow Thief, due their similarity of powers

The Lord of Time
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: he's from a billion years in the future, yet sounds and looks like a normal human supervillain. No explanation has ever been given for this.
  • Time Master
  • Took a Level in Badass: Introduced initially as just a distraction used by Felix Faust for a scheme, he has since become Epoch, Lord of Time, former owner of the fortress at Vanishing Point, on a permanent mission to render history safe by eliminating powerful beings and artefacts.

Starro the Conqueror

T.O. Morrow
AKA: Thomas Oscar Morrow
Abilities: Genius engineer

A self-proclaimed Mad Scientist, T.O. Morrow invented a television that could see into the future. He used the knowledge he gained to create fantastic inventions to help him in his crimes, culminating in his ultimate creation, the Red Tornado android, which he used to infiltrate the Justice Society (to no avail as the robot turned on him). He also created Tomorrow Woman with Professor Ivo.

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Out of the five androids he built to serve him, three turned good (Red Tornado, Red Torpedo, and Tomorrow Woman), one went rogue (Red Inferno), and one tried to kill him (Red Volcano). For the record, he considers it a point of pride that the artificial intelligences he builds are capable of making their own decisions to such a degree that they can defy his wishes, though he does get annoyed at Red Tornado's tendency to perform heroic sacrifices.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • He refuses to participate in the creation of the Wonder Woman villain Genocide because she required grave dirt from the sites of (among others) Nazi atrocities (he's Polish).
    • In a twist on this trope, he helped the Justice League find and sabotage a deactivated AMAZO before it could break Professor Ivo out of prison (he was sick of listening to Ivo boast about it), but since he doesn't want to help them out too much, he arranged so that the League would still wind up having to fight it. Turned out evil has standards to which it can help the good guys too.
  • Lovable Rogue
  • Mad Scientist
  • Odd Friendship: With Will Magnus, the creator of the robot superheroes, the Metal Men. Morrow was one of Magnus's teachers and the only person to not laugh at his theories.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Eventually justified when it was revealed he was actually born "Tomek Ovadyah Morah" and changed his name to "T.O. Morrow" deliberately.
    • Stealth Pun: Though even his real name might let him go by "Tom Morah".

White Martians
Abilities: Super-strength, flight, shapeshifting, optic blasts

The Martian species was split into two races or factions: the peaceful, philosophical Green Martians and the warlike White Martians. The Whites hated the Greens and made war on them, but after a long and bloody conflict they lost and were locked away in stasis in the extradimensional Ghost Zone. Today, the Green Martians are all but extinct, but the White Martians have escaped numerous times to wreak havoc on Earth, often using their shapeshifting powers to infiltrate human society. J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter, is their most reviled enemy.