They agree on a few things, though, one of them being that Cheshire is downright awful. Including Catman, and he's still sexually attracted to her despite her actions.
Evil Versus Evil: Though they are perfectly willing to take on heroes. The team has even been described as a neutral point, siding with neither villains nor heroes.
Man Bites Man: Over the course of the series, only Deadshot and Alice avoided biting off a chunk out of an opponent.
Noble Demon: Huntress has noted that, unlike every other villain team heroes have gone up against, these people would all willingly die to protect one another.
The Notable Numeral: Both played straight and subverted. Word of God is that only the four core members (Catman, Deadshot, Ragdoll, and Scandal) are safe in the long run, though some may leave the team briefly, and across the first four incarnations of the team had three die, two leaving due to betrayal, and a sixth simply quitting. On the other hand, one of the core members was fired but still hung around, and since then two more members have joined. Depending on timing, then, the Secret Six can have five to nine members so far, though they do tend toward six.
Anti Heroine: On the border between an Unscrupulous Heroine and a Nominal Heroine. She's exceedingly short-tempered, has absolutely no qualms about killing or horribly maiming people, and is generally extremely uncompromising, in addition to despising conventional heroes and viewing them as a bunch of stuck-up, self-righteous pricks and hypocrites of the worst kind, but she can always be counted on to do the right thing and cleaves to a morally good path more often than anyone else on the team. She'll never be a hero, but a villain she is not.
Berserk Button: Don't bring up Scandal Savage's dad or do anything to remind her of him. Just don't do it. You'll be very lucky to still be in one piece if you make him enter her mind. Actually, that's probably the easiest way to piss Scandal off, given that she is definitely the most Ax-Crazy of the team and has a ridiculously short fuse, and being insane.
Marry Them All: At the end of the series this is her solution to having both Liana and Kay, saying she wants to marry them both. Also a prime example of Getting Crap Past the Radar, since everyone is so wrapped up in September's reboot that no one seemed to notice that Gail wrote in a polygamous lesbian marriage.
Spicy Latina: Scandal's mother was Brazilian and she was raised there, but she's a comparatively mild example of this trope.
Thomas Blake used to be a pathetic joke of a villain, particularly in recent years where he was portrayed as a fat nerd. After some time in the wilds of Africa, the now chiseled and badass Catman is one of the more (anti) heroic members of the group... most of the time.
Berserk Button: Do not threaten Catman's son. DO. NOT. DO. IT. While the rest of the team will either shoot you, slice you up, cave your head in, or rip you apart if you piss them off, Catman will make it slow. VERY slow. If you're lucky, you'll escape with either part of your face missing or four new assholes. You probably won't be lucky, however.
Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: invoked This series has done wonders for him in terms of popularity, to the point that in his appearance in Red Robin he's considered a legitimate threat to Tim Drake. Not bad for a guy who used to be the Butt Monkey of the DC Universe, and in story more than one person has commented on it.
Floyd Lawton is an assassin, a former member of the Suicide Squad and a former member of Batman's Rogues Gallery, with something of a deathwish. A supremely talented gunfighter, Deadshot is probably the most mercenary of the team, but still has some standards. Under Simone's pen, he has something of a snarky sense of humor.
Arm Cannon: Of the "mounted on the forearms" variety.
Ax-Crazy: Not always, but he occasionally has the urge to kill everyone in sight.
Dark and Troubled Past: His parents openly hated each other, to the point that his mother tried to get his father killed by their sons, but Floyd wound up killing his beloved brother Edward by accident. Later he lost his wife and son, and for most of his life has been unconsciously looking for surrogate brother figures.
Death Seeker: He's not so much suicidal as completely indifferent as to whether or not he lives.
His response to being told straight from the source that he'll be condemned to eternity in Hell when he dies is simply "Ha! Figures."
Even Evil Has Standards: He has no problem shooting an unarmed woman in the back. It's when he finds out she was told that she was free that he gets pissed, since he'd been told she was an escaping prisoner.
When the Six were first put together, both Deadshot and Cheshire were forced into joining when Mockingbird held the safety of their respective children over their heads. The difference between them? By the end of Villains United, it was demonstrated that Lloyd cared more about his daughter Zoe then Cheshire did Lian, as Cheshire went out of her way to conceive a replacement with no hesitation.
Pet the Dog: After learning about how Alice thinks she gave her father cancer, he forces the doctor (who is pretty sure it was Alice who gave it to him) to call and reassure her that it couldn't possibly have been her fault. Although, he might have just done this to make her a more effective team member.
There's also his interaction with his daughter Zoe and her mother. The money he makes as a mercenary gets sent directly to them.
Porn Stache: It's even specifically called this in one issue. He even mentions that some people have said unkind things about it.
Professional Killer: A lot of his jobs are mercenary gigs, but he generally tries to stick with hitman work.
The Sociopath: During the Blackest Night crossover, Yasemin (now a Black Lantern) comments that she thought he was this, but he does in fact have emotions buried deep inside. This is accompanied by a visual of his body being mostly black with a few points of color bleeding through.
Talk to the Fist: If you're on his bad side and he wants to know something, tell him in a quick and concise manner unless you want to get a hole blown in you.
Son of the Golden Age supervillain Ragdoll, Peter Merkel Jr. was born without the super-flexibility of his father and brother. Hundreds of surgical procedures duplicated and even surpassed the ability, letting him bend in strange and horrific ways. Talks to the stuffed body of former member Parademon he keeps in his room. Has no soul.
Abusive Parents: It's a wonder he isn't more fucked up when you consider the state Junior's in and the fact that in comparison she got off lightly.
Word of God says he was always that weird, and just got comfortable enough with the rest of the team that he stopped hiding it.
To the authors credit, she does make some effort to integrate his two seemingly opposing characterizations by having him speak and behave the way he did in the initial mini in certain situations (most notably while rescuing Black Alice in issue #19.)
Word of God is that Ragdoll does have a natural superpower: he recovers from surgery at a phenomenal rate. This was explicitly shown in Six Degrees of Devastation.
Heart Is an Awesome Power: His super-flexibility has all sorts of hidden bonuses, including making him really tough: the force from blunt impacts dissipates relatively harmlessly through his whole body and not even running him over or twisting his head round 180 degrees can break his spine.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: A Cloud Cuckoo Lander in a clown suit whose superpower is bending himself? Well, laugh if you want, but...oh wait, he already wrapped around you and broke your neck. Or pushed you off a cliff...or drove a wrench into your skull...
He says it himself: "You're one of those. One of those enemies who think I am only adorable, and not a threat to be measured most carefully. A joke, a jester, a jape in jammies. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE CORPSES NOW?!"
OOC Is Serious Business: Freaks the team out in a tense situation where he finally stands up straight(his default posture is somewhere between "slightly hunched over" and "full on crouched" in order to defend Black Alice.
The man who broke the Bat, and the only A-lister in the bunch, Bane has recently assumed control of the Six from Scandal. Having kicked his Venom habit, he now uses his cunning mind and natural strength to great effect. Has a weird-but-sweet fatherly relationship with Scandal. See his page for more.
Adorkable: Bane has a few moments of this, most notably when holding a small child Bane initially thinks that he "broke it" when the child begins bawling uncontrollably, apparently forgetting that said child just saw Bane shot repeatedly AND kill the assailants bare-handed and when trying to ask a woman on a date he says her hip size means she'd be good at producing children, and offers flowers and candy in ritual exchange for sexual favors later.
The Atoner: He's not proud of his former dependence on the super-steroid Venom.
Berserk Button: Don't hurt her or even threaten her in front of Bane. Remember what he did to good 'ol Bats? He'll do that to you. Seriously, don't fuck with Scandal in front of Bane.
Bi the Way: Word of God is that she and Scandal were together while they were in the Gulag, but they didn't work out as a couple in long term. Also counts as Amicable Exes since they clearly still care for one another a great deal.
Break the Cutie: Her past... JESUS. The fact that Elizabeth Bathory was involved should clue you in.
Brown Note: Her scream will seriously fuck you up.
The team's new employer, who essentially shanghais control of the team around the time of the Devil's Island mission. Actually Amanda Waller, government agent and founder of the Suicide Squad. The Six only recently learned this Mockingbird's identity.
The Chessmaster: Successfully manipulates the Six against the Suicide Squad in an attempt to get Deadshot to rejoin the latter. It doesn't work, but it's really a win-win situation.
Too Dumb to Live: Turns out carrying out a hit on Giganta's boyfriend was a bad idea. He didn't know that the two of them were a couple at the time, but it was still an immensely bad plan.
Oh, but he only gets even more stupid. Sure, he lived (albeit with every bone in his body broken), but considering that he told Ray Palmer about Slade Wilson being the one who offed Ryan... yeah, once Wilson finds out, Rundine isn't going to be alive for much longer.
Ensemble Dark Horse: Popular enough that he's the only one of the four replacements who looks to be sticking around for a while. Not bad for someone who in recent years is mostly known as a punching bag for Conner Kent.invoked
Man Bites Man: Comes with the territory. Although almost everyone on the team has done this at one point or another, it's basically his whole fighting style. In the Six's promotional video, his specialty is simply listed as "biting and chewing."
Because the team always tends toward six members (though it's had as many as eight at once), and the missions they go on tend to have high body counts, there's a high rate of turnover in the Six's ranks.
The team's mysterious founder. Actually Lex Luthor, who formed the team to fight against the Secret Society formed by his doppelganger Alex Luthor in Infinite Crisis.. Left the Six to their own devices after they were no longer of use to him. See the Superman character sheet for more.
An old man with a magic fiddle; he was one of the Golden AgeFlash's enemies. One of the first recruits into the Secret Six, the Fiddler proved a liability in his first outing, so Deadshot executed him on Mockingbird's orders, and he later returns as an undead Black Lantern during the Blackest Night crossover to get revenge on the Six. See the Flash character sheet for more.
One of the New Gods from Apokolips, a former member of Darkseid's Female Furies. When the Six were hired to infiltrate the Secret Society of Super-Villains, Knockout was their contact on the inside. She turned on the Society and joined them, revealing that she and Scandal were lovers. Like the rest of the New Gods, killed by the Infinity-Man. See the New Gods character sheet for more.
Was brought in when the team started out under its own leadership; they needed his expertise in mind-control devices to counter their enemy, Doctor Psycho. Was ingloriously pushed off a cliff by Ragdoll because there's "only room for one dandy freak on the team." See the Batman character sheet for more.
One of the millions of airborne minions of Darkseid, it's unlikely that Parademon even knew his own name. Blew himself up in a fight with the Society. He had an off-beat friendship with Ragdoll, who stuffed his corpse and keeps it in his bedroom.
He doesn't mind that Ragdoll ultimately decides to leave him in Hell. He likes it there!
A newcomer to the team, Lori Zechlin is a teenage girl who can "borrow" the powers of any magically powered character in the DCU. She quit the Secret Six team after transporting them to the entrance to hell.
Instant Expert: She seems quite skilled at using the magic powers she borrows, but it is eventually subverted when she reveals that she tried to use healing magic to cure her father's asthma, but accidentally messed up his insides and gave him cancer.
It's also further subverted when she clarifies that she suffers from Power Creep, Power Seep, with exceptional levels of power being difficult to maintain for more than a few moments, and in the difference between calling upon people with limited or natural magical abilities, and someone who requires training — Doctor Occult's one of the least powerful people she's tapped into, but his abilities proved too difficult to use reliably.
Nightmare Fetishist: As evidenced by her crush on Ragdoll. Even he was a bit creeped out by this.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She quit the team rather than go with them to Hell. her previous encounter with the place left her that traumatized. Ragdoll notes, when they return, that her room was so bare it was like she was never even there.
Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: As Catman notes during their first meeting, she saw them set up a pedophile killer for death at the hands of the father of one of his victims and didn't even blink.
And then asked for a job.
A mysterious crime lord, who controls the entire West-Coast mob from a crate, using only a pad of paper and a phone. Actually Ragdoll's sister Alex.
Sadistic Choice: Junior's preferred means of torture is to threaten to kill someone, or else kill their family and friends, the victim's choice. It's a lie, and the victim is usually the only one to die. Junior leaves their body where the family — preferably the children — can find it, with a tape recording of their dead loved one begging Junior to kill the family instead.
Averted with Bane. When Junior attempts the above on him, counting out several dozen bricks in a pile and throwing them at him, counting down each time, before offering the Sadistic Choice to save himself or the rest of the Six. Bane interrupts her, tells her that he picks himself, and reminds her of her place in the counting. This is juxtaposed with the rest of the Six voting four-to-one to abandon him.
A poison-loving assassin and former member of the Six, who betrayed them to the Society in the opening story arc and has popped up again a number of times since. See the Teen Titans character sheet for more.
The Chessmaster: What's the best way to manipulate a superhero and a supervillain who both hate your guts? Have their kids. She also once set up a convoluted revenge scheme in Birds of Prey that started off with Jade framing herself.
The Chew Toy: Any time Gail uses her, Cheshire inevitably gets her ass handed to her. She's been thrown out of a helicopter, tortured, shot in the chest, forced to eat Solomon Grundy's cooked flesh, beaten within an inch of her life by Jeannette and then kicked upside the head by Tarantula, left as a bloody heap on the floor by three mercenaries hired to steal her son, and then told said son was killed when he's really alive and been adopted by a loving couple.
Dirty Coward: Any time she gets cornered by Roy Harper or Thomas Blake she's quick to make some mention of the fact that she had their respective children. Also, for all intents and purposes, we've seen that while Jade is quick to dish out some extreme punishment, she's barely able to receive any back without pulling tail. See her encounter with Jeannette.
Even Evil Has Standards: An inversion of sorts. Deathstroke shot her after she divulged the location of the Six because she sold out her own team.
Eviler than Thou: When the only other villain you're listed with under "(Worse) Villains" is Junior, you know you're a monster. Gail Simone's stated Cheshire is one character whom she never writes with any redeeming qualities and cites her nuclear genocide of Qurac as the reason why.
Evil Matriarch: She set out to murder Black Canary because she's taken care of Lian, and the girl comes to see Canary as more of a mother than Cheshire. Of course, whether or not her love for her child is genuine is still up for debate.
Given how she genuinely didn't seem to care that Lian was being used as leverage, or that she died...
Manipulative Bitch: She purposefully nuked Qurac because she knew if anyone would try to call her out on it they would have to remember she destroyed a country considered to be the terrorist capital of the world and may have considered it a blessing. She basically killed millions just to troll everyone.
The Millstone: Almost any time a story is being done about Roy and Lian Harper, chances are the main source of drama will come from their relation to Cheshire. Roy will angst over the fact that he was in love with a genocidal maniac and that Lian will hve to deal with the fact that her mother is a manipulative bitch who could never stop hurting others even if she wanted to (which is not very likely). Some authors have tried to get Roy to move past his old relationship, while others have ignored those movements forward for the sake of cheap drama. The Trial Of Cheshire in the first Titans volume is a decent example of this.
Morality Pet: Her daughter Lian, and later her son by Catman, Thomas Jr.. Now Lian is dead, and Catman convinced her that her son was too, so the Morality Chain may be severed. However, when Lian's safety was held over head to ensure her cooperation with the team, she was more than willing to conceive a replacement child just to leave the Six and betray them.