Characters / Shazam

Good ol' Captain Marvel has built up quite a supporting cast over his 70+ years of existence. Read more about them here.

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    The Marvel Family 

Chosen by the wizard Shazam, the Marvel Family are empowered by six ancient gods and heroes, possessing the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury.

Captain Marvel / Marvel / Shazam (New 52)
AKA: Billy Batson

The World's Mightiest Mortal himself, Captain Marvel is one of Earth's most powerful heroes. Clad in his red uniform and white-and-gold cape, Cap stands as a symbol of courage, strength, and kindness. What few know, however, is that he is in fact Billy Batson, a young orphan empowered by the great wizard Shazam to be his champion. Whenever he speaks the wizard's name—"SHAZAM!"—Billy is transformed into the mighty Captain Marvel!

Billy's parents, famous archaeologists, were murdered by Theo Adam. After spending most of his childhood penniless and alone on the streets of Fawcett City, Shazam helped Billy find his long-lost twin sister, Mary, with whom he shared some of his vast power; he was then adopted by Mary's surrogate parents, the Bromfields. When not fighting evil as Captain Marvel, Billy is a schoolboy who moonlights as a novelty DJ for Whiz Radio.

After Shazam was killed during the Infinite Crisis, Captain Marvel gained his power as the new wizard, Marvel. This was short-lived, as Shazam was resurrected a couple years later. Due to mistakes Billy, his sister, and Black Adam made in the wizard's absence, Billy is currently powerless, but the time will surely come when he regains his power as Captain Marvel once again.

However, reality was reset before the Marvels could regain their powers. This resulted in some major changes to Billy's personalities in both identities. Billy was still mostly a good kid, but he was now a very troubled foster child and he wanted to grow up as fast as possible so that no one would have to take care of him. His superheroic codename was also changed to "Shazam", and his powers were now far more connected to his magical nature.

Billy also appears in Jeff Smith's Monster Society of Evil and its followup Billy Batson and the Power of Shazam. In both he is much the same character as he was in the Golden Age and the 90s series The Power of Shazam.
  • Alliterative Name: Billy Batson
  • All Your Powers Combined: Has Solomon's Wisdom, Hercules' Strength, Atlas' Stamina, Zeus' Power, Achilles' Courage, and Mercury's Speed.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Originally Fawcett's version of Superman. Now effectively an expy, since DC now owns both characters.
  • Archenemy: Has considered Black Adam, Dr. Sivana, and Mister Mind to be his archfoes at various points. The feeling is definitely mutual.
  • Badass Cape: Though an unusually short one.
  • Big Good: He is often treated like this, even in comparison to Superman, possibly due to Children Are Innocent. It's explicitly stated in the comics that Billy Batson would be Marvel full-time to help people, if not for the wizard Shazam insisting that Batson himself deserves some happiness in his life, too.
  • Black Bead Eyes: As Billy Batson, in the early comics.
  • Chest Insignia: The big lightning bolt.
  • Darker and Edgier: As of the New 52 and rename to "Shazam", all his more idealistic elements have been made much more cynical.
  • Death by Origin Story: His parents. In modern continuity, they were killed by Black Adam's descendant/reincarnation.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: The Big Red Cheese. Bestowed upon him by Doctor Sivana.
  • Eyes Always Shut: As Captain Marvel.
  • Flight: A side effect of gaining his speed from Mercury.
  • Flying Brick: In the mold of Superman.
  • Friend to All Children: The original hero for all children everywhere.
  • Fun Personified
  • Genius Bruiser: When he remembers to properly utilise the Wisdom of Solomon, Captain Marvel is capable of being extremely intelligent. Billy himself was often written as very clever and insightful when writers didn't lazily make Cap seem less sophisticated in an effort to make him appear more "childlike".
  • The Good Captain
  • Good Counterpart: Created by Shazam to be a good counterpart to Black Adam.
  • Heroic Build
  • Hero-Worshipper: Of Superman.
  • Ideal Hero: Even more ideal than Superman.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: In the '90s Crisis Crossover Underworld Unleashed, Billy's soul was so darn pure that not even the demon prince Neron could corrupt him. In fact he was stated out loud as having the most virtuous spirit of all DC heroes, even Superman. Superman is sometimes played as an older mentor to an even more idealistic younger brother, who can help out whenever there is magic or kryptonite involved.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His New 52 incarnation. With said heart of gold buried waaaaaaay down.
  • Kid Hero
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: To sometimes ludicrous levels, actually. In Billy Batson and the Power of Shazam it's a miracle he can stand up his chin sticks out so far.
  • Man Child: He often comes across this way, but for a different reason—he's a young boy (or sometimes teenager) named Billy who can transform into an adult superhero. Early on the two forms had different personalities, but most modern interpretations make them the same person, acting like a Cheerful Child in both forms (though Marvel gets a bit of maturity from having the Wisdom of Solomon as one of his powers).
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: When transformed, he has no weaknesses whatsoever, as his magic invulnerability works against pretty much any type of assault. Basically the most invulnerable DC hero around. During a battle with the galaxy-ravaging Void Hound, he was hit by an attack that warped space to teleport him inside out, but was only dazed, and it was stated outright that if any other hero had been hit (including Wonder Woman and the Kryptonians) they would probably have died. At the height of their power during the later Golden and Silver Ages, the Marvels were literally invulnerable, to the point that Captain Marvel and Black Adam were incapable of hurting each other (this was done away with in the Bronze Age and Modern Ages). Basically, while Superman and Captain Marvel are virtual equals in most physical respects like Strength, Speed and Durability, the Captain can survive certain effects that Superman might not due to the mystical nature of his invulnerability (like magical attacks, or the aforementioned warp/inside out beam).
    • Shazam is less invulnerable than Captain Marvel, if his getting killed in one hit in Injustice is any indication.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His appearance was based on actor Fred MacMurray.
  • Older Alter Ego: The God of it.
  • Put on a Bus: The general treatment ever since Marvel Comics appropriated his name. These days his main purpose is to fight Superman when the writers are lazy, though he has had a few good runs, including the 1995-1999 series and the First Thunder and Monster Society of Evil miniseries.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: Not that Billy Batson is ugly, but Cap is better looking (not to mention not jailbait).
  • Shock and Awe: The New 52 Shazam can just shoot lightning directly, without having to summon and dodge.
  • Sibling Team: With Mary.
  • Super Intelligence: Having access to Solomon's Wisdom boosts Billy's IQ to genius levels.
  • Super Reflexes: Part and parcel with the Super Speed.
  • Super Speed: Right up there with Superman in this department. Having Mercury as the source of your speed is a good place to be.
  • Super Strength: Again, to Superman levels. Given that it's coming from Hercules, this should not be surprising.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Though, as he tells Captain Nazi, he has no obligation to save him.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: In some of his cartoonier incarnations.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Stargirl. They didn't.

Mary Marvel
AKA: Mary Batson Bromfield

Captain Marvel's twin sister. While Billy was consigned to poverty after their parents died, Mary was taken in by a kindly rich couple, the Bromfields. When the siblings became teenagers, they met by chance when Mary entered a contest emceed by Billy. When Billy was captured by a gang of thugs, Mary was granted the powers of Shazam and saved her brother, transforming into an adult version of herself. They were reunited at last and the Marvel Family was born.

When Shazam died, Mary lost her powers, leading her on a quest to regain them. After gaining the powers of Black Adam, she fell victim to the silver tongue of the demon Eclipso, who brought her to the evil god Darkseid. Darkseid brainwashed Mary and his minion, Desaad, possessed her. After using Mary's body to fight the heroes of Earth, Desaad was cast out when Freddy Freeman used Shazam's power to exorcize him. She is currently powerless, her corruption by Darkseid having proven her unworthy to the resurrected Shazam; whether this would have changed was not seen by the time of the reboot.

An alternate version of Mary appears in Jeff Smith's Monster Society of Evil. This version is a ten year old girl who is accidentally granted her powers when Billy transforms into Captain Marvel at too close a range; unlike him, she remains ten when she invokes the power of Shazam.

Captain Marvel, Jr. / CM3 / Shazam II
AKA: Freddy Freeman

A friend of Billy Batson's who was crippled by Captain Nazi in both Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis continuity, Freddy Freeman was granted a portion of Billy and Mary's powers in order to help him walk again. When he says "Captain Marvel" he is transformed into a physically perfect version of himself, with a portion of Captain Marvel's powers, with a strikingly distinctive yellow on blue (with a red cape) variation of the Marvel costume. He's had issues with Billy at various points, most notably due to his own interest in Mary and Billy's insistence on protecting his sister.

During the Trials of Shazam series (when Billy had ascended to become the Wizard Marvel), he became the superhero Shazam, wearing a costume identical to Captain Marvel's, but with his own face and somewhat longer hair.
  • Alliterative Name: Freddy Freeman
  • All Your Powers Combined: The same beings who empower Billy (and in modern continuity Mary) empower Freddy.
  • Badass Cape
  • Berserk Button: Captain Nazi is a walking berserk button for Freddy during the 90s series, and the mere mention of the man, let alone the sight of him, can send Freddy into a homicidal rage.
  • Breakout Character
  • Break the Cutie: Happened to him at the hands of Captain Nazi.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Unlike Billy and Mary, his "magic word" was "Captain Marvel!", not "Shazam!" (meaning that he couldn't even say his own name, hence the "CM3" apellation). This changed when he became the leader of the Marvel Family.
    • As Shazam, he had to say "Shazam", which led to the same problem.
  • Clark Kenting: Though likely justified, as Freddy's status as a cripple will stop most people from thinking he could be a superhero.
  • Custom Uniform: It wasn't of his own design, but with everyone else in the Marvel Family having the the gold on red with a white cape color motif, Junior was a boldly striking contrast with his gold on blue with a red cape style. It was mitigated a bit when Mary changed her costume to gold on white.
  • Darker and Edgier: But just a little bit, and the drawing style for his original stories was never nearly as goofy as for the others, nor was the tone, which may be why he was chosen to replace Billy.
  • Death by Origin Story: His grandfather, killed by Captain Nazi.
  • Flying Brick
  • Foil: To Billy in both their guises in the 90s comic. Billy's something of a social outcast known only from the radio, while Freddy was the king of the school, and later ended up as the city's best known charity case. Conversely, Captain Marvel is a well-known and loved superhero on paar with Superman, while Captain Marvel Jr. is frequently seen as a loose cannon, particularly after some of his dustups with Captain Nazi.
  • Kid A Nova: Prior to his crippling, which is why Billy warns him away from Mary.
  • Hot-Blooded: Easily has the hottest temper of the three, which gets him in trouble fairly often.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Both Billy and Mary worry that Freddy just wants to use Mary.
  • Legacy Character: His switch to the second Shazam.
  • Lovable Jock: He was one of these before Captain Nazi mangled his spine. He lost his athletic ability and most of his friends.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: On the receiving end of this from Billy.
  • Nice Guy
  • Shout-Out: Elvis Presley was a huge Captain Marvel, Jr. fan when he was a kid, and his iconic Vegas outfit was in fact based on Freddy's costume. Modern writers have returned the favor by making Freddy a huge music fan with a love of Elvis in particular.
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick
  • Super Intelligence: Though of the three, he's the most likely to ignore the advice that Solomon gives him.
  • Super Reflexes
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Though unlike Billy and Mary he comes close to violating it with Captain Nazi.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Enters it whenever he's around Captain Nazi. It takes Billy and Mary to hold him back.
  • UST: On and off with Mary.

Shazam I / The Old Wizard / The Champion
AKA: Jebediah of Canaan

The former wielder of Captain Marvel's powers, Shazam is the wizard who granted Billy Batson his powers.

Uncle Dudley / Uncle Marvel
AKA: Dudley H. Dudley

Mister Tawky Tawny

A talking tiger that was originally Mary's doll.

Marvel Bunny
AKA: Hoppy

The Lieutenant Marvels (Tall Marvel, Fat Marvel, and Hill Marvel)
AKA: "Tall" Billy Batson, "Fat" Billy Batson, and "Hill" Billy Batson

Three young boys from across the United States who just happened to share the same name as Billy "Captain Marvel" Batson—"Tall" Billy from Texas, "Fat" Billy from Brooklyn, and "Hill" Billy from down south. Travelling to Fawcett City to meet the famous kid radio star, the four formed the "Billy Batson Club". When the quartet were kidnapped by Doctor Sivana, Billy gave the other three the ability to transform into the Lieutenant Marvels by saying "Shazam". Afterwards, the three became members of the Marvel Family, aiding the Big Red Cheese on a part-time basis.

The three Lieutenant Marvels were erased from history by the Crisis on Infinite Earths (though post-Crisis versions of them were briefly seen in Trials of Shazam!, only to immediately lose their powers).

Eugene Choi

Making an appearance both in Flashpoint and New 52, Eugene is an orphan child who makes up the brains of the whole marvel family. Sporting an asian them and being a total brainiac he sports an mixed breed chinese/american appearance and inherits the wisdom of Solomon as a part of Captain Thunder.

Pedro Peña

An unassuming gentle giant of latino/american dissent within a family of orphans and resident fat kid at Fawcett City Highschool. Pedro assumes the Strength of Hercules when the marvel family comprise Captain Thunder in Flashpoint verse.

  • Badass Beard: His Shazam form gains an impressive beard.
  • Big Fun: He's chubby, goofy and kind.

Darla Dudley

A young African/American girl who supports the Speed of Mercury for her Captain Thunder persona, she is the youngest and most bubbly sort within the family acting as the goofy yet lovable and hyperactive sibling within the marvel family.

Captain Thunder

Characters named Captain Thunder have made numerous appearances in various DC comics.

Before introducing Captain Marvel to the main DC Universe, DC introduced this expy as an ally/foe of Superman, appearing in Superman #276 in 1974. Willie Fawcett inherited his power from a Mohegan medicine man named Merokee, who then gifted him with a thunderbolt emblazoned belt buckle and the powers of various animals and natural forces. When he rubs the belt buckle and says the word "Thunder!", he transforms into Captain Thunder. Willie eventually went on to become the protector of his dimension of Earth-276 (named after his first comic appearance).

The Captain Thunder of the broken Flashpoint universe came to be when six orphan kids (Billy, Mary, Freddy, and three others) got on the same train at the same time, transporting them all to the mystical rock of eternity where the Wizard Shazam sat waiting for them Unable to give sole ownership of the power to just one child, Shazam divided the individual powers of their Superpowered Alter Ego to each of the six street urchins giving them a letter corresponding to the different attribute.



  • Alliterative Name: Yes for Billy Batson, Freddy Freeman, Darla Dudley, and Pedro Peña. Mary Bromfield and Eugene Choi, not so much.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Literally, as the six kids physically combine into a single hero, with Eugene's Wisdom of Solomon, Pedro's Strength of Hercules, Mary's Stamina of Atlas, Freddy's Power of Zeus, Billy's Courage of Achilles and Darla's Speed of Mercury.
  • By The Power Of Grey Skull: "S.H.A.Z.A.M!" must be shouted in unison
  • Flying Brick / Super Power Lottery
    • Flight: From Mercury.
    • Henshin Hero: Team S.H.A.Z.A.M speaks the word in unison, and combine into a single hero.
    • Nigh Invulnerable
    • Shock and Awe: Captain Thunder has access to the same magic lightning as the classic version, with the same summon-and-dodge limitation.
    • Super Strength: Hercules' strength, as mentioned above.
    • Super Speed: Thanks to the speed of Mercury.
  • Fusion Dance: He's a composite being of the children's divine powers.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Captain Thunder is scarred from an attack by Wonder Woman.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • This time to both the Pre-Crisis version and the original ashcan publication, plus to the original idea that Captain Marvel would be six kids until Fawcett comics had them cut it down to just one. It's also similar to the Rainbow Squad, a team of pre-crisis villains who each had one of Captain Marvel's powers.
    • Darla Dudley is a callback (combined with One Steve Limit) to Mary Dudley, aka "Freckles Marvel".
    • Inverted that these same kids would continue to be Billy's foster-siblings in the New 52.

    The Black Marvel Family 

Black Adam / Mighty Adam
AKA: Theo Adam / Teth-Adam

Black Adam was an Egyptian champion of Shazam given his powers, who was sent into suspended animation after corrupting them upon the deaths of his family. In modern times, he was reincarnated in the body of a descendant, a thief and a murderer. Eventually, his original personality took hold, though before long, it was revealed that he was pretty brutal in the old days as well. Twisting various other legacy heroes to his ways, he formed his own team, took over his home country (killing the dictator in charge), and became a huge Anti-Hero character. He gained and lost a new family once his new team broke up, as Isis and Osiris were brutally killed in the 52 event, and he became a genocidal maniac as a result. Shazam has finally decided to punish him by turning him into a statue, and until the New 52 reboot, he remained stuck that way.

A very different version of Black Adam appears in the alternate continuity of Billy Batson and the Power of Shazam. This version is a fellow schoolmate of Billy's who can nonetheless transform into the adult Black Adam.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Shu's Stamina, Heru's Swiftness and flight, Amon's Strength, Zehuti's Wisdom, Aton's Power, and Mehen's Courage.
  • Anti-Hero: Type V; a defining modern example. Despite being a hero on the JSA, he had no problem with killing people, finally quitting the team when they let Kobra go rather than see anyone die.
  • The Atoner: Initially, he joins the JSA to prove himself a hero, decrying the actions of Theo Adam. It doesn't turn out too well.
  • Breakout Character/Breakout Villain: Despite being a one-shot character in the Golden Age (who died in his one and only appearance), he was brought back in the 1970s for good, and proved to be a massively popular character in the 90s, eventually starring in his own miniseries, joining the JSA, and being a big player in the DCU. In fact, it got to the point where Black Adam has more presence in the DCU than the Big Red Cheese himself.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Shazam!"
  • Can't Take Criticism: If he feels you are anything less than respectful in his presence, that's more than enough reason for him to end you. Insulting him directly, makes him even more vicious.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: 5,000 years ago, his methods were grade-A heroic.
  • Enfante Terrible: In Billy Batson and the Power of Shazam.
  • Evil Counterpart: Inverted. While Theo Adam didn't transform into Black Adam until after Billy had become Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel himself was originally created as the good counterpoint to the ancient Black Adam, who Shazam knew could be reawakened.
  • Fallen Hero: Black Adam was once a great hero in ancient Egypt, but fell to evil. He's tried to clean up his act in recent years, but is still an antihero at best.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: His New 52 incarnation is confused and disoriented by the modern day, at first.
  • Flying Brick
  • Genius Bruiser: Black Adam is sometimes written this way, at least when he's a protagonist. Unlike with Captain Marvel, there's no supernatural element present. When he's a villain, for the record, he is typically of average intelligence.
  • Gorn: Various writers and artists could be said to indulge themselves to this with Adam stories, as he has Superman-level powers and no problems with killing. His mini-series was particularly bad. He's shred limbs, torn people in half, stomped people into goo, and punched a guy's metal mask through his face.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door
  • Heroes Evil Predecessor: was previously empowered by Shazam but turned evil, meaning Captain Marvel was recruited to replace him.
  • Knight Templar
  • Love Makes You Evil:
    • In some continuities' backstories, Adam was denounced and banished by the wizard for falling in love with an evil woman (such as Blaze in The Power of Shazam! or Princess Jemai in the Filmation cartoon). Of course, Adam doesn't see his lover as evil, hence his anger at the wizard.
    • His New 52 incarnation turned evil because he wanted to use his power to get back at the people who killed his family.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: There's not much out there that can hurt Black Adam; there have been times when neither he nor Captain Marvel could hurt the other.
  • Pointy Ears: Inexplicably. At first it was probably to give him a demonic appearance, but now it's just The Artifact (and makes him look like the Sub-Mariner's long-lost twin).
  • Reincarnation: Theo Adam is a descendant and reincarnation of the original Teth-Adam.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He demolishes an entire country, a Libya-stand-in called Bialya, when he finds out they allied with those who murdered Osiris and Isis.
  • Super Reflexes
  • Taken for Granite: Turned into a statue as punishment by the wizard Shazam after giving up his powers. He's still in this state to this day.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Averted withe extreme prejudice.
  • Token Evil Teammate: During his tenure with the JSA.
  • Villainous Friendship: Strikes one up with Sinestro during Forever Evil, due to their similar ideologies.
  • We Used to Be Friends: In Ancient Egypt, he was close friends with Katar Hol (Hawkman's original persona) and Nabu (the original Doctor Fate persona).
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist
AKA: Adrianna Tomaz

  • Back from the Dead: She was killed by the Horseman of Pestilence, but revived by Evil Sorcerer Felix Faust to torment Adam. It backfired when she castrated him with her bare hands.
  • Corrupt the Cutie. Having her home destroyed, being killed, being resurrected to be used as a sex slave by Felix Faust, being turned to stone, and being resurrected again definitely ruined any sunny outlook she originally had about life.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "O Mighty Isis!" or "I am Isis!"
  • Canon Immigrant: She was originally the star of a short-lived TV show from the '70s, though the comic version bears little resemblance to the original. This is because DC doesn't own the rights to the TV series version of the character, but have the loophole that the name "Isis" is in the public domain.
  • Elemental Powers
  • Friend to All Children / Friend to All Living Things
  • Fertile Feet
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Currently good.
  • Knight Templar: After her resurrection. To the point she declared Kahndaq a closed state to all foreign influence with the consequence of foreign intrusion being another World War III event caused by her.
  • Mind over Matter
  • Morality Pet: She used to be this for Adam by encouraging him to use his powers to improve his country and placating his temper when he gets wrathful, but her eventual last words that Adam was correct in his vicious approach and that he should obtain vengeance before her death after Kahndaq was attacked terminated that status.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge
  • Taken for Granite: Unlike Adam, she was freed from this fate.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Not originally, but she slips into genocidal mode after Black Adam frees her from Felix Faust's control. After Osiris reverts her back to normal from her stone state, she keeps slipping back from maniacal to good until Osiris is able to get her back to sanity.

AKA: Amon Tomaz

Sobek / Famine
AKA: Yurrd the Unknown


Aunt Minerva
AKA: (Name Unknown)

The former wife of a deceased gang lord, Minerva proved herself very adept at taking over and running his crime ring, and now spends her time constantly searching for (often unwilling) candidates to be her next husband.
  • Abhorrent Admirer / Stalker with a Crush: She is disturbingly devoted in her love for Captain Marvel, once fretting that he'd think something terrible had happened to her because she'd only written him ten letters that day.
  • Black Widow: Oddly enough, subverted; she's had five previous husbands, but it's never implied to be anything but a case of very bad luck. She's not even much of a Gold Digger.
  • Evil Old Folks
  • Lady and Knight: Dark Lady type. Her main hang-up seems to be falling for powerful men, regardless of whether they're good or bad, that can protect her from harm (despite not needing their help in the slightest). As a result, she's become smitten with Captain Marvel, Sivana, Ibac — even Uncle Dudley, when he fought off the goons of another mob boss seeking revenge on her.

AKA: Angelica Blaze

One of Shazam's children, the demoness Blaze battles her brother Satanus for control of their Hell dimension.

Captain Nazi
AKA: Albrecht Krieger

A Nazi super soldier and enemy of Captain Marvel who, in both Pre-and-Post-Crisis continuities crippled Freddy Freeman and murdered his grandfather. He's served in several supervillain teams since then, but always returns to clash with the Marvels, and Captain Marvel Jr. in particular.

Chain Lightning
AKA: Amy

A troubled girl with electrical powers and a fractured personality, Amy was saved by Captain Marvel Jr. when she tried to commit suicide. She eventually developed a crush on him, which the three alternate personalities (Amber, The Inner Child, and Id) skewed into a dangerous obsession.
  • Abusive Dad: Referenced by The Inner Child.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Her costume stops her from overloading and killing herself, and helps to keep the other three under control.
  • Death Seeker: Amy can definitely come off like this.
  • Driven to Suicide: Amy tried to kill herself during a brief period when she was in control.
  • Enemy Without: When Chain Lightning drained the three Captain Marvels of their powers, all three of her alternate personalities manifested independently of Amy.
  • Enfante Terrible: The form taken by The Inner Child when manifested.
  • Energy Absorption: Can drain electricity from anything, including the Marvel Family.
  • Foil: To Freddy, who is more or less emotionally stable, but physically crippled, while she is physically fine, but too mentally damaged to live her own life.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Amy makes a variant on one when she absorbs Amber, The Inner Child, and Id back into herself, losing her mind again in order to save Junior.
  • Insanity Defence: Gets off on this, and with good cause, seeing as Amy isn't the one who actually breaks the law.
  • It's All About Me: The Amber persona evidences traits of this.
  • Love Makes You Crazy/Love Makes You Evil: Seeing Captain Marvel Jr. holding hands with Mary Marvel was enough to trigger a relapse, shortly after her release from the hospital.
  • Man of Kryptonite: With a big enough charge, she can force the Marvel family to revert to their normal forms.
  • The Mentally Ill: Amy's a depressed, suicidal girl, with three alternate personalities in addition to her own, who has to be heavily medicated in order to stay functional.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: When under Amber's influence she tries to kill anybody she sees as standing between herself and Junior.
  • Only One Name: None of her personas have last names.
  • Psycho Electro: Very unbalanced and possessed of electric powers.
  • Shock and Awe
  • Split Personality: Three personalities, plus Amy.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: Amber is usually dominant.
  • Stalker with a Crush
  • Stripperiffic: Amber's costumes tend to be along these lines when she manifests physically.
  • Tragic Villain: Amy's an innocent girl who just happens to suffer from a crippling mental illness.
  • Villainous Crush: On Captain Marvel Jr.

Doctor Sivana
AKA: Thaddeus Bodog Sivana, Sr.

The world's foremost Mad Scientist, Doctor Thaddeus Bodog Sivana is a spiteful, petty, raving troll of a man who will settle for nothing less than total global domination... if only he can get rid of that Big Red Cheese first.

The Golden Age version was a typical mad scientist who dreamed of not only ruling the world, but the entire universe. With the ability to whip up any gadget he can think of (as well as escape prison at a whim by literally walking through the walls - it's scientific!), he caused much more trouble than you'd imagine a small gremlin like him could cause. A little-known fact is that, at one point, he was explicitly stated to be the current human avatar of Pride, one of the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man.

The Post-crisis version followed Lex Luthor's example, starting as the CEO of Sivana Industries. However, his battles with Captain Marvel led to his financial ruin, which caused him to slip deeper and deeper into insanity. He was also the employer of Theo Adam, and accidentally provided him with the scarab that turned him into Black Adam; he later helped create the Four Horsemen who killed Isis and Osiris. Today, Sivana is a rogue scientist who has allied himself with the Secret Society of Super-Villains, the Injustice League, and the Oolong Island Science Squad.

In the alternate continuity of Jeff Smith's The Monster Society of Evil, Sivana is US Attorney-General, and betrays the human race to Mister Mind in exchange for his advanced technology.
  • Arch-Enemy: Was Captain Marvel's archnemesis during the Golden Age (appearing in fully half his stories) and proudly proclaims himself the holder of this title in The Power of Shazam. Although these days he's more or less lost this status to Black Adam.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Big Bad: Especially during the Golden Age.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He proudly proclaims himself the World's Wickedest Scientist.
  • Catch Phrase: A relic of the former popularity of the series, his Catch Phrase is now more famous by far than he is: "Curses! Foiled again!"
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Starts out as one in modern continuity, only to lose it all during Captain Marvel's origin story.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: He invokes a few of these traits, including his Evil Laugh and Catch Phrase "Curses! Foiled Again!"
  • Dirty Coward: Sometimes portrayed this way, particularly in the Monster Society of Evil continuity.
  • Embarrassing First Name/Embarrassing Middle Name: Thaddeus Bodog Sivana. You'd be evil too if that was your name.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His children, and not just the evil ones. In The Power of Shazam, when he and Captain Marvel are escaping from the Venusian worms, he is insistent that they also have to free his son Magnificus, who is very much the White Sheep of the family.
  • Evil Cripple: Downplayed. Sivana is sometimes portrayed as needing the aid of a cane to walk due to his age.
  • Evil Genius: Provides the page image.
  • Evil Laugh: "Heh! Heh! Heh!"
    • In one story, this is even the tip-off for Billy that he's actually arrested an Identical Stranger that Sivana himself kidnapped and framed - in all the time they were talking, the man didn't laugh like Sivana even once!
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: His New 52 incarnation starts off looking normal, until he's exposed to magic. As the sort goes on it starts warping his appearance, and by the end of it he's got the usual pointed ears, hunched posture and yellowed teeth.
  • Evil Old Folks: No age has ever been given for Sivana, but given his wizened appearance, his adult children, and the fact that he leans on a cane, he has to be well into his sixties at least.
  • Expy: In First Thunder and The Power of Shazam graphic novel, he's one for the modern day Luthor.
  • The Family That Slays Together: His daughter Georgia and son Thaddeus Jr. frequently assisted in his criminal enterprises during the Golden Age.
  • Fantastic Science: To the point where he could do math equations that let him walk through walls in the Golden Age.
  • For the Evulz: Best summed up by the assassin Merlyn, who, when discussing why people kill comments that "Luthor and Grodd do it for power. Joker and Sivana do it for kicks."
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul
  • Lean and Mean: A skeleton.
  • Mad Scientist: The Ur-Example in The DCU, and a classic one to this day.
  • Miniature Senior Citizen: Comes up to Captain Marvel's waist.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Subverted in the 90s comics, where he appears to have sold out the human race to the Venusian worms, but was actually being braincontrolled by one of them. Played straight in Monster Society of Evil, where he does betray humanity to Mister Mind in exchange for access to his advanced technologies.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Though he does at least legitimately hold a doctorate.
  • Obviously Evil: Just look at the guy!
  • Riches to Rags: In the 90s comic.
  • The Rival: First Thunder portrays him as one for Lex Luthor.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses
  • Scary Teeth: Has a positively enormous overbite, with teeth almost overlapping across his bottom lip. Georgia and Thaddeus Jr. bear it as well.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: He's a genius, and incredibly short. One of the few other Shazam characters smarter than him is Mr. Mind... who's only a few inches tall.
  • Take Over the World: His stated goals are, in no particular order—1) Become Rightful Ruler of the Universe in fact as well as in name; 2) Spread evil, wickedness, and nastiness throughout the cosmos; and 3) humiliate, discredit, and ultimately KILL CAPTAIN MARVEL! Heh heh heh!
  • They Called Me Mad!: The original version turned to villainy when his colleagues scorned his innovative theories. Unfortunately, this sparked a megalomaniacal grudge against humanity so insanely intense that when Captain Marvel revealed his beneficial inventions (that Sivana considered useless for his criminal plans) to the world and it granted him the Nobel Prize for Physics in gratitude, Sivana considered it an insult!
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Which explains why two of his kids didn't turn out hideous.

Georgia Sivana

Dr. Sivana's youngest daughter, and the twin sister of Thaddeus Sivana Jr, Georgia Sivana inherited her father's meanstreak, and regrettably, his looks. A miserable, resentful girl, she frequently clashed with the Marvels (and Mary Marvel in particular) during the Golden Age; she hasn't appeared much since.

Thaddeus Sivana, Jr.

Dr. Sivana's youngest son, and the twin brother of Georgia Sivana. Like his sister and her antipathy towards Mary, he found a nemesis of his own in Freddy Freeman, having been introduced to Captain Marvel Jr. by his father specifically to keep Freddy out of his way (also like his sister).

AKA: Stanley "Stinky" Printwhistle

A scrawny criminal who gains Caligula's cruelty, Ivan the Terrible's ability to inspire terror, Ceasare Borgia's cunning and Atilla the Hun's ferocity when he says "Ibac". Somehow this results in a Dumb Muscle bruiser who poses little threat to anyone with superpowers.
  • Bald of Evil
  • The Brute
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Saying "Ibac!" sees him gain the powers of some of the worst people in history.
  • Dumb Muscle
  • Evil Counterpart: Was intended by Satan to be this to Captain Marvel. It didn't work out.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: The milquetoast Stanley keeps trying to reform, but the temptation of becoming the monster once again is simply too much for him to stand.
  • Retcon: His "Curse of Shazam" version changes everything about him, making Ibac his actual name, and turning him into a warlord who lived several thousand years ago, calling him "the man who invented evil".
  • Unfortunate Names: Bearing the name "'Stinky' Printwhistle" is not a fate to be wished on anybody.
  • Villain Decay: IBAC started out as seeming like a pretty credible threat, especially with being given his powers by Satan himself and among Captain Marvel's first super-powered enemies besides. By the end of his second appearance, though, Cap was actively toying with him before finally taking him out. The rest of their Golden Age battles were similarly one-sided, although they were trying a little harder when DC relaunched the series

King Kull

Former ruler of the "Submen", a brutish but technologically skilled humanoid race that ruled over early man until being overthrown in a sudden revolution. Now set free after eons of suspended animation, he plots to conquer the modern world anew.

  • Evil Laugh: In sharp contrast to Sivana's high-pitched, wheezy chuckle, his is a booming, throaty guffaw.
  • Genius Bruiser: He doesn't really look like one, but he was the king of a technologically advanced species.
  • Super Strength
  • Ultraterrestrials: He comes from a race of super-advanced cavemen.

Madame Libertine

The great-niece of Captain Nazi, and granddaughter of his Mad Scientist brother, Wolf, Madame Libertine is a committed Neo-Nazi who possesses the power to make people lose their inhibitions. She has a rocky relationship with her misogynistic great-uncle, yet aids him nonetheless.

Mister Mind
Post-Crisis Mister Mind

An evil worm (or caterpillar) from Venus, Mister Mind uses his telepathic powers to try and rule the world. The Pre-Crisis, Golden Age Mind wore spectacles, used a voice box to communicate with regular humans, and ran a group called The Monster Society of Evil, which included most of Captain Marvel's major enemies, and tried to sabotage Allied efforts during WWII.

Despite what you might be expecting after reading the above, he's one of the few Captain Marvel villains who isn't Played for Laughs Post-Crisis. Reimagined as a more realistic looking caterpillar, Mind's telepathic powers were made far more potent, making him one of the most powerful psychics in the DCU. He tried to pave the way for his species to invade Earth, and following his defeat hijacked Sarge Steel and tried to trigger a nuclear holocaust, destroying Mary Marvel's hometown of Fairfield in the process. Since then, he's evolved into the Hyperfly and tried to devour the multiverse, clashed with Lex Luthor on behalf of the Zone Child, and remained a major player in the Post-Crisis world.

A version of Mind also appears in the Alternate Universe of The Monster Society of Evil, as a tiny snake from another dimension who invades Earth with his army of monsters and giant robots, manipulating the likes of Dr. Sivana to serve his purposes.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: His entire species was pretty godawful, a fact that Mind acknowledges during a conversation with Captain and Mary Marvel.
  • Alien Invasion: The scout for an alien invasion from Venus.
  • Archenemy: To the Marvel Family as a whole, in both the Golden Age and the Dark Age & Modern Age of Comic Books. Individual enemies like Sivana and Captain Nazi have claims on Captain Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr., but when it comes to threatening the Marvels as a group, nobody holds a candle to Mister Mind.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Creates a hallucination of himself growing to several hundred feet and then rampaging through Washington and the White House.
  • Badass Bookworm: Surprisingly resilient for something so small, Mind manages to give the Captains a good fight after climbing into his Powered Armour.
  • Battle in the Centre of the Mind: Takes on Luthor this way in The Black Ring.
  • Big Bad: Of the Monster Society of Evil, and numerous arcs in the comics, with and without the Society behind him. He was also the Big Bad in Jeff Smith's "Monster Society of Evil", which takes place in an alternate universe.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Let's see — he's immune to electricity, hibernates when frozen, can survive beatings no one should be able to, can breed without mating, and oh yeah, can pass his memories onto his offspring via a strand of RNA.
  • Breakout Character/Breakout Villain: Mister Mind has gone onto be a much bigger player in the larger DC Universe than Captain Marvel has.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: During the 1940s when he ran a "School of Evil". The modern version of the character drops these qualities in favour of a more classic Alien Invasion.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Depending on the Artist: How many legs he has, how long he is, and how anthropomorphic he looks.
  • Evil Genius
  • Evil vs. Evil: Has clashed with Lex Luthor in the pages of Action Comics.
  • Eviler Than Thou: With Dr. Sivana in The Power of Shazam. Mind won out.
  • Hive Mind: The only survivor of one, he has all the powers of everyone who was ever connected to him.
  • Hive Queen: Hive King actually, controlling every single one of his larvae.
  • Humongous Mecha: Brings three giant robots to invade Earth and scour it of life in "Monster Society of Evil." From his perspective, the Powered Armour he used in Power of Shazam is probably an example of this as well.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Played with in The Black Ring. Mind goes through a lot of trauma and would be sympathetic — but, as Luthor reminds himself, this is the being that nuked a city and tried to devour the multiverse.
  • It's Personal: With the Marvels after he nukes Fairfield.
  • Kangaroo Court: Found himself on the end of one when he was arrested with a six-digit killcount. Not even his attorney would defend him. Sounds unfair, but... it's Mr. Mind.
  • Karma Houdini: Post-Crisis Mind was last scene making his escape into deep space with Luthor's Lois Lane robot as a bodysuit. The reboot happened immediately afterwards, so he never got his commeuppance.
  • Kill All Humans: Tries this in his second appearance in The Power of Shazam, attempting to arrange a nuclear holocaust.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In The Power of Shazam, where he enslaved minds, mutated Sinclair Batson into a twisted mess, blew up Fairfield and threatened the world with nuclear annihilation, a far cry from the petty criminals that Captain Marvel normally dealt with.
  • Laughably Evil: When he went up against Luthor in Action Comics.
  • The Leader: Of the Monster Society of Evil in both the Golden Age and Jeff Smith's version.
  • Made of Iron: Mind has survived freezing, blowing up, being thrown off a skyscraper, and numerous other events that should kill a human, let alone a being of his size. His Bizarre Alien Biology may be a part of this.
  • The Man Behind the Curtain: In his first confrontation with Captain Marvel in the Golden Age he only talked through media, or intermediary bodies he had possessed, and never revealed himself. As a result, it was quite a surprise to find out the fearsome Mister Mind actually was a mere worm. The same thing happens in Jeff Smith's "Monster Society of Evil", where Mind hides inside a giant robot, and when asked to show himself, uses a much larger projection. Billy and Mary are quite shocked when they meet the real Mister Mind.
  • The Man Behind the Monsters: In The Monster Society of Evil, he has an army of talking alien alligators, centaurs, cyclopes, and other strange beings at his disposal.
  • Meaningful Name: Mister Mind is a telepath, and an immensely intelligent one at that.
  • Mind Rape: Does it to Sarge Steel and Luthor.
  • The Napoleon: Exaggerated. He's a two-inch long worm with dreams of world conquest.
  • Narcissist: Of the kind that reacts to humiliation with a nuclear strike. Mind's all about feeding his ego, and can't bear anything that might make him seem weak.
  • Nice Hat: Dons a black cowboy hat when threatening Luthor during The Black Ring. Justified, as they are in a western-style fantasy, and Luthor is perceiving Mind as the villain or "black hat".
  • Nuke 'em: Tries to cause a nuclear holocaust in The Power of Shazam and succeeds in obliterating the town of Fairfield with the atomic robot Mister Atom.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: During Comic Book/52 when he evolves into The Hyperfly and tries to devour the multiverse.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: A Golden Age comic gave him a killcount of 186,744 people. This was before he Took a Level in Badass.
  • Powered Armour: Mind has an eight-foot tall suit that he dons to fight Captain Marvel and Mary Marvel head on. From his point of view it's probably more of a Humongous Mecha.
  • Pride: Easily his big sin.
  • Psychic Powers: Including telepathy and Mind Rape.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Can control you from a distance via telepathy, or crawl in your ear for total mental domination.
  • Reality Warper: During 52 as The Hyperfly, which was able to eat portions of space/time.
  • Red Baron: Much as Sivana is the "World's Wickedest Scientist", Mind has sparingly been referred to by the title of "World's Wickedest Worm".
  • Robot Master: Has regularly used robots to do his fighting for him.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Only a few inches tall, arguably the smartest person in the whole series.
  • Starfish Aliens: He's a two-inch alien worm.
  • Telepath: One of the strongest ones in the DCU.
  • Truly Single Parent: Produces large numbers of larval offspring whom he then mind controls into doing his bidding.

Sabbac I
AKA: Timothy Karnes

Freddy Freeman's former foster brother, Timothy Karnes used black magic to contact Hell and gain powers from six of the most powerful archdevils and demon lords in existence. When he says "Sabbac" he is transformed into a green-robed version of himself, empowered by the demons in much the same the Marvel Family is empowered by its benefactors.

Sabbac II
AKA: Ishmael Gregor

A Russian mob boss with a serious craving for power, Ishmael Gregor killed the original Sabbac and stole his power in a black magic ritual, transforming into a new version of Sabbac that stood several stories tall.

    Other Heroes 

In addition to the Marvel Family, Fawcett City is home to various other heroes, mostly drawn from DC's acquisitions from Fawcett Comics.

Bulletman and Bulletgirl
AKA: Jim and Susan Barr

Ibis the Invincible
AKA: Amentep

AKA: Jack Weston

Mister Scarlet and Pinky the Whiz Kid
AKA: Brian and Pinkerton Butler

Spy Smasher
AKA: Alan Armstrong

Kid Eternity
AKA: Kit Freeman

A boy who died before his time, and was given the ability to return to Earth (with his guardian, Mr. Keeper, the angel who messed up the books) and summon historical, legendary, and mythical figures to aid him by saying the word "Eternity!"

  • Canon Welding: Pre-Crisis, he was unrelated to the Marvels (and his real name was unrevealed), but in the 1970s, he was retconned into being Freddy Freeman's brother. They further retconned it so that Kit had died in Freddy's place.
  • Darker and Edgier: Post-Crisis, they changed his origin so that he'd gone to Hell instead of Heaven, Mr. Keeper was a demon instead of an angel, and the "historical figures" he summoned were more demons in disguise.

The Squadron of Justice

A team of super-heroes brought together by the god Mercury, the informally-named Squadron of Justicenote  was the Earth-S counterpart to Earth-1's Justice League and Earth-2's Justice Society. Comprised of Captain Marvel, the Lieutenant Marvels, Bulletman, Bulletgirl, Ibis, Mister Scarlet, and Pinky, they came together to rescue Shazam from the clutches of King Kull. They won the day with the aid of the JLA and JSA. The Squadron of Justice does not exist post-Crisis.


Sterling Morris

Sterling Morris is the owner of WHIZ Radio in Fawcett City in the original and current continuities, and the owner of SNN and WHIZ TV in the Earth-5 continuity. As such, he's Billy Batson's boss.

  • Honest Corporate Executive: In all continuities he's more than willing to hire Billy to work as a correspondent. In The Monster Society of Evil, he accepts Captain Marvel's claims that Sivana is corrupt, despite Cap being on Sivana's wanted list.
    • That said, he sometimes acknowledges that his media empire is a business, and he admits that Billy Batson's reporting is fantastic for ratings.
  • Da Editor: In addition to owning the radio (or TV) station, he personally oversees its operations and programming.

Helen Fidelity

Helen Fidelity is a reporter for SNN and WHIZ TV, who meets and befriends Captain Marvel, Billy, and their friends during Mr. Mind's invasion in The Monster Society of Evil, and appears in the Sequel Series, Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam.

Venus Sivana

The ex-wife of Dr. Sivana and mother of his children, Magnificus and Beautia.
  • Abusive Parents: Despite being amicable to her biological children, she blatantly voices her dislike and disparages her step-children, Georgia and Thaddeus Jr. She also ordered her son Magnificus to remove a feral Sobek from the family dinner table because he was ruining the peach cobbler she made for their charity dinner with the Black Marvel Family despite his blatant fear of Sobek.
  • Amicable Exes: She originally had angrily divorced Dr. Sivana after finding out he cheated on her with another woman. It was later retconned in 52 that their marriage ended because of his obsession with Captain Marvel and that despite his madness she still loves him greatly.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: She's where Magnificus and Beautia got their attractive looks from. Why she got with Dr. Sivana in the first place is unknown.
  • Upper-Class Twit: She's notable ditzy and displays traits commonly seen with The Beautiful Elite. She's also somewhat prejudiced, as she referred to the Black Marvel Family as "camel jockeys" after Isis and Osiris had an argument in Arabic.

Beautia Sivana
''"Just call me 'Tia. Otherwise you're just stating the obvious."

The oldest daughter of Dr. Sivana, Beautia is stunningly pretty, and exceptionally pleasant, if vain. Initially willing to work for her father, she quickly turned on him, becoming an ally and friend of the Marvel Family during the Golden Age. In the Dark Age and Modern Age, we only meet her after her Heel–Face Turn. In both continuities, she has a serious crush on Captain Marvel.

Magnificus Sivana

Dr. Sivana's oldest son, Magnificus possessed Super Strength during the Golden Age, and briefly worked for his father, before performing a Heel–Face Turn and siding with Captain Marvel. In the Post-Crisis verse we only meet him post-Heel–Face Turn, without any powers, and working as an astronaut.