troperville

tools

toys


main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Characters: Secret Six
    open/close all folders 

The Team

     The Team 

Tropes that apply to the majority of members

  • Antivillain Protagonist: if they do not count as Antiheroes.
  • Abusive Parents
  • Bad Ass
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Though notably, everyone has different standards that often lead them into conflict.
    • 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.
  • Sliding Scale of Anti-Villains: Type I
  • Sociopathic Hero: If they count as Antiheroes.

Members

     Scandal 

Scandal

Former leader of the team, Scandal Savage is the daughter of the immortal supervillain Vandal Savage. Much like him, she's very hard to kill.

  • Antiheroes Want Redheads: She has a type.
  • 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.
  • Archnemesis Dad: She absolutely despises her father. When your dad is Vandal Savage, this is very understandable.
  • Ax-Crazy: Probably the second-most kill-happy of the team after Deadshot.
  • Badass
  • Beauty Mark
  • 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.
  • Butch Lesbian
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Girls Love: First with Female Fury Knockout and then later with Liana, an exotic dancer. And eventually with both. Girl got game.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Especially on this team.
  • Healing Factor
  • I Want Grandkids: Daddy Savage is gonna get that heir.
    • Pfft. He can try.
  • The Lad-ette: To the point that she sleeps in boxers.
  • 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.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Scandal"?: Vandal Savage, that's who.
  • Wolverine Claws: They're gauntlets worn around her forearms.

     Catman 

Catman

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.

     Deadshot 

Deadshot

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.
  • Badass Mustache
  • Badass Normal: Despite what some think, he does not have superhuman aiming skills. He's just that good.
  • Berserk Button: Treating a gun like a toy. It's not that he's in favor of gun control or anything, it just annoys him to see fine weapons in the hands of idiots.
  • Carpet of Virility
  • Combat Pragmatist: Of the "shoot the first chance you get" type.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • 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."
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: In his Suicide Squad days. He's actually been toned down significantly in Secret Six, but whether this is Character Development or Character Derailment is very much YMMV.
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Though he considers himself pretty much irredeemable (see above under Death Seeker) he does everything he can to make sure his daughter is provided for.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Like you would not believe. Almost every single panel where Deadshot is neither masked nor eating, he's smoking a cigarette.
  • The Gunslinger
  • Improbable Aiming Skills
  • Multi-Ranged Master: Implied - when he runs of out bullets in Skartaris he orders Black Alice to find him a bow, or a sling, or anything that shoots.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers multiple ones to a group of white supremacist thugs. The first one results in a thug losing an eye; they only get more humiliating from there.
  • One-Man Army: Has the highest known body count of the core members of the Six; this is what attracts Jeannette.
  • 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.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Or kneecap a girl, sucker-frag a girl, etc.

     Ragdoll 

Ragdoll

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.
  • Attention Whore: "Scandal! Scandal! Look what I can do!"
  • Balls of Steel: By virtue of not actually having any anymore.
  • Berserk Button: He is hardly a nice guy, but when teamed with killers like Bane and Deadshot, he seems less dangerous and certainly less focused. However, if you threaten Black Alice, he will kill you painfully.
  • Beware the Silly Ones
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Does quite a lot of these, especially when casually referencing his castration.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Rivals Deadpool for the biggest one in Western comics.
    • But not at first. In Villains United, he expressly rejects the notion that he's either funny or a clown.
  • Companion Cube: The aforementioned stuffed Parademon.
  • Covered with Scars
  • Crazy Cat Lady: He dresses his horde of pet monkeys up in cosplay outfits and refers to them as his 'adopted children'.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
    • In one case, it's implied he scares Deadshot by being so angry that he stood up straight for the first time.
  • The Dandy: Refers to himself as a "dandy freak" on one occasion.
  • Faux Affably Evil
  • Flanderization: In the initial mini, Ragdoll is explicitly not funny, coming off more as a Mad Artist assassin, but in subsequent books is the Cloudcuckoolander and Faux Affably Evil comic relief of the book.
    • 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.)
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Years of horrible surgeries have given him minimal rejection response to transplants, so while he's had fingers and hands chopped off on several occasions it's not been permanent.
    • 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.
  • Lean and Mean: Weighs seventy-three pounds.
  • Legacy Character: Actually the third Ragdoll, though most people forget his elder brother.
  • Lethal Joke Character
  • Made of Iron: He can take multiple blows from superhumanly strong opponents and actually get off on it.
  • Mistaken Identity: Before Villains United confirmed that he's the Golden Age Ragdoll's son, a handful of fans noted that Ragdoll's flexibility, assassination training, and especially costume coloration reminded them of someone else entirely.
  • Neck Snap: His favorite move. Doesn't work on him, though.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: On passing out in Hell:
    "All kinds of loathsome things might have had their way with me...and I missed all of it!"
  • 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.
  • Personal Space Invader: Basically his entire fighting style.
  • Sorry, Billy, But You Just Don't Have Legs: Fuck that. He gave himself superpowers with a "careful" regime of surgery!
  • Unpopular Popular Character / The Friend Nobody Likes: invoked Regarded as one of the series' highlights by many fans, but his teammates (especially Scandal and Deadshot) are far from shy in telling him that he freaks them right the hell out.
  • The Soulless
  • There Can Be Only One: He's willing to resort to murder to retain his position as 'team freak'.
  • Ugly Cute: Especially when Nicola Scott draws him. invoked
    • Black Alice agrees.
  • Waif-Fu

     Bane 

Bane

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.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Despite being The Atoner, his morality's incredibly skewed. While his first impulse on finding a Get Out of Hell Free card is to destroy it, and frowns on slavery, he's also willing to work with Dwarfstar (though he still makes it clear that he's disgusted by him and is just barely tolerating him), and beat a man's face to pulp for disrespecting a stripper Bane's only just met.
  • Combat Pragmatist: What else would you expect from him?
  • The Comically Serious: As a result of being The Stoic.
  • The Determinator: Bane shrugs off bullet wounds, even arterial ones after he applies a modicum of pressure. See also. Junior's entry for Sadistic Choice.
  • Genius Bruiser
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • No Social Skills: It's what happens when your entire childhood was spent fighting for your life in one of the world's toughest prisons.
  • Overprotective Dad: Even though he's not actually Scandal's father, he's quite protective of her, even interviewing her dates.
  • Papa Wolf: Threatening Scandal around him is a good way to end up a bloody stain. It's the only reason he still keeps any Venom around at all.
  • Prisons Are Gymnasiums: Bane was given a life sentence in utero. Look at him now.
  • The Stoic
  • Villain Decay: Mostly removed. While not quite up to the level in Knightfall, where he was the Evil Doc Savage, he's so far proven to be highly competent.

     Jeannette 

Jeannette

A friend of Scandal's, the mysterious Jeannette is a centuries-old banshee who joins up with the Six in the first storyline of their ongoing. Created just for the series.

     Mockingbird II 

Mockingbird II

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 Second Six

When Scandal, Ragdoll, Catman and Alice leave the team, Bane and Jeannette bring in some replacements.

     Dwarfstar 

Dwarfstar

  • Ax-Crazy
  • Fail O'Suckyname: "Sylbert Rundine?"
  • Fastball Special: In a rare display of teamwork, he hides in the fletchings of one of Lady Vic's arrows to hop between boats.
  • Knife Nut
  • Oh Crap: When he realizes Giganta has learned he had Ryan Choi killed.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • Serial Killer
  • Size Shifter
  • Token Evil Teammate: Everybody is disgusted by him.
  • 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.

     Giganta 

Giganta

See the Wonder Woman character sheet for more.

     King Shark 

King Shark

Currently a member of the first Secret Six.

     Lady Vic 

Former Members

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.

     Mockingbird 

Mockingbird

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.

     Fiddler 

Fiddler

An old man with a magic fiddle; he was one of the Golden Age Flash'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.

     Harley Quinn 

Harley Quinn

Better known as The Joker's Perky Female Minion. Briefly joined the Six in one of their earlier outings under their own command. Quit the team when she decided to reform. See the Batman character sheet for more.

     Knockout 

Knockout

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.

     Mad Hatter 

Mad Hatter

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.

     Parademon 

Parademon

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.

     Black Alice 

Black Alice

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.

  • Black Magician Girl
  • Distaff Counterpart: Her power basically lets her turn into these, complete with Stripperiffic costume variant.
  • Goth: And she's quite insistent that she's not Emo.
  • 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.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's only 16 years old.
  • Mega Manning
  • 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.

(Worse) Villains

     Junior 

Junior

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.

     Cheshire 

Cheshire

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.

  • Acquired Poison Immunity
  • Arch-Enemy: The closest the Six has to one, but mostly to Catman in particular. She's also Roy Harper's.
  • Asian Babymama: To Catman, and earlier to Roy Harper/Arsenal/Red Arrow.
  • Ax-Crazy: God DAMN.
  • Badass Normal
  • 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.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Unfortunately for her the Society aren't idiots.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • 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.
  • Dragon Lady
  • 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 Is Petty
  • 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...
  • Femme Fatalons
  • Freudian Excuse: She was sold into slavery at a very young age.
  • I Have a Family: When Jeannette is dangling her off the roof of a casino by her hair Cheshire tries to get out of it by saying she has a baby, while Jeannette simply responds that she doesn't care.
  • It's All About Me: She has no regard for anyone else unless she can use them.
  • Karma Houdini: Averted multiple times, at least when Gail Simone's the author.
  • Lack of Empathy
  • Laser-Guided Karma: See The Chew Toy. If Gail Simone's the writer, Cheshire will always get what's coming to her.
  • 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.
  • Master Poisoner
  • 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.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In-universe it's usually considered to be her nuking Qurac For the Evulz in Deathstroke #19.
  • Mugging the Monster: The mercenary who went after her and tried to rape her probably should have read up on her history first. Let's just say it doesn't end well for him.
    Cheshire: To be fair, he does have the kind of face that looks better in rictus.
  • Poisoned Weapons: Tends to use her fingernails, among other things.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • The Sociopath: Has in fact referred to herself as a "well-known sociopath".
  • Token Evil Teammate: When she was part of the Six.
The SandmanCharacters/The DCUShazam

random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
116991
7