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Amanda Waller/White Queen & Maxwell Lord/Black King (Checkmate)
Checkmate — Amanda Waller / White Queen (Pam Grier), Maxwell Lord / Black King (Gil Bellows)
An enigmatic government agency with a Chess Motif
, Checkmate competes with Major Zod to be the main antagonist of Season 9. Run by the White Queen and the Black King, Checkmate keeps tabs on paranormal activity and has a definite With Us or Against Us
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Waller is far better looking than she is in the comics. Though, she's played by Pam Grier, so that's not all that surprising.
- Asshole Victim: It is hard not to root for Zod when he throws Waller into a windshield, then burns the whole Checkmate castle to the ground with heat vision.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Waller and Lord.
- The Chessmaster: Waller, of course.
- Chess Motifs: No kidding. All agents are assigned a chess-themed codename (Pawn, Knight, Rook, etc.) that denotes their rank within the organization. Moreover, Checkmate itself is split into two halves — intelligence (headed by the White Queen) and field operations (under the Black King).
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Lord.
- Government Conspiracy
- Iron Lady: Waller, to no one's surprise.
- Mind Rape: Lord's specialty.
- Necessarily Evil: How Waller sees the group.
- Out-Gambitted: By Zod.
- Super Villain Packing Heat: Lord
- Telepathy: Lord, again.
- With Us or Against Us: Waller's attitude towards Clark and superhumans in general.
Cameron Mahkent/Icicle II
Cameron Mahkent / Icicle II (Wesley Macinnes)
The son of Joar Mahkent, a former enemy of the Justice Society of America, Icicle is recruited by Checkmate to serve as an assassin, with the promise that they will help him locate and kill off the JSA's members. Appears in Season 9's "Absolute Justice".
- Adaptational Badass: Icicle in the comics is a competent, B-list supervillain. This one's a little stronger, to say the least. Not only did his father manage to kill Hawkgirl in the Back Story, but Cameron himself has near Story Breaker Power, freezing anything that's within the immediate vicinity of his target. He's able to take out three members of the JSA, and might well have done more if he hadn't put on the Helmet of Nabu.
- An Ice Person: Duh
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance
- Avenging the Villain: Hawkman put his father, the original Icicle, in a coma. Now he's out for revenge on the JSA.
- Blade on a Stick: Or, more accurately, a really long icicle.
- Evil Albino
- Hell-Bent for Leather: His jacket, complete with chains and studs.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Using the Helmet of Nabu interferes with his concentration and allows his defeat.
- In the Blood: His dad was a contract killer with a freeze gun; Cameron is a government assassin with cryogenic energies in his bloodstream.
- Lamarck Was Right: His father's use of freezing weaponry granted Cameron his powers.
- Not What I Signed On For: When Waller reveals her real goals to him.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: Him versus the JSA. He's rather sneeringly contemptuous of their ages, to boot.
- Professional Killer
- Psychotic Smirk: His usual facial expression.
- Self-Made Orphan: His mom died of hypothermia giving birth to him, and he himself performs a Mercy Kill on his comatose father.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Waller and Checkmate. He's actually listed as a "Black Pawn".
- Walking Wasteland: His presence alone causes snowstorms. Luckily, they leave with him.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: May have been done to him by Waller.
Stuart Campbell (Ryan McDonell)
A Checkmate agent and former employee of Tess Mercer, Stuart is a top computer hacker and technician. He was recruited by Checkmate after being betrayed by Tess.
A squad of super-powered operatives retained to do jobs even Checkmate wouldn't touch. The Suicide Squad, led by superhero fan-boy Rick Flag, went rogue following the agency's destruction in Season 9. Opposed on principle to the Vigilante Registration Act, the squad is out to stop its implementation no matter what the cost. Along with Darkseid
, they provide most of Season 10's conflict.
- Badass Crew: Between Rick Flag, Deadshot, Plastique, and Warp, they count.
- The Chessmaster: The Squad, as a whole, is proving to be superb at warping events to their own advantage. Bonus points to Deadshot for his method of putting the Squad's mark on Clark.
- Cool Car: The Squad van, which appears in "Ambush". It's effectively a mobile base, equipped with state-of-the-art electronics, tracking equipment, satellite up-links and a missile launcher.
- Enemy Mine: With the Justice League as of "Collateral". Who knows how long that'll last.
- Evil Counterpart: The team, as a whole, to the Justice League. They both hate the VRA, they're both made up of superhumans and led by a Badass Normal, and they both try to stay under the radar. The Squad goes much, much further in their attempts at taking down the act, though.
- Heel-Face Turn: Chloe blackmails the Squad into making a collective one.
- Put on a Bus: After "Collateral".
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Suicide Squad, Deadshot, Warp, even Plastique. None of them are real reassuring, to say the least.
- Weaponized Car: The Squad van is equipped with a homing missile launcher, in addition to all its other gadgetry.
- Western Terrorists: See Flag's entry for how.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: They just vanish after "Collateral" with no real reason.
Rick Flag (Ted Whittall)
"Let's show these boys what it's like to mess with the Suicide Squad."
The Squad's leader. Flag is, to put it mildly, very damaged. Formerly the field leader for Checkmate's teams of super-powered agents, his lengthy association with metahumans has caused him to identify with them instead of normal people. He's violently opposed to the VRA, and wants to force every superhero to see things his way, regardless of their own feelings.
- Anti-Hero: Flag has a genuine regard for superheroes, and is gathering an army to fight off Darkseid in an effort to save the Earth...but his Blood Knight tendencies continually serve as a foil for the JLA's more tempered methods. To elaborate, Flag is technically on the same side as Clark and the JLA on the issue of registration; the problem is that he's way too eager to use violence to resolve this issue. In "Collateral", he ends up coming to the rescue of the captured superheroes, and he never gives away their secrets. Still, Clark and his friends try to convince him to be more diplomatic, and try to warn him that his militia-style tactics are unintentionally giving the VRA more material to use as anti-vigilante propaganda.
- Badass Normal: At first, his Badass status is somewhat doubtful, but after watching him attack a government special ops team in "Collateral", using only his own mundane abilities? Definitely.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Seems fond of it.
- Complexity Addiction: As evidenced by his absolutely 1960s-ish plan to kill General Lane. He has Deadshot on the team. Does he use him? No. Instead, he uses a laser in a pen given to the general's daughter Lucy to guide in a homing missile that he launches from the back of his van. There's complex, and then there's that.
- Foil: To Oliver.
- Guns Akimbo
- Jerk Ass
- Jerkass Has a Point: Pretty much everything Flag predicted about the VRA—namely that the officials in charge would abuse their power, persecute the superheroes, and threaten America's freedoms—turned out to be exactly what ended up happening after the VRA legislation passed, making Flag's warnings seem like a Cassandra Truth. After this happens, Flag fights to rescue Clark and the other JLA members from the lab where they are being held.
- Just Between You and Me: To Oliver about Chloe's "death".
- Large Ham: Dear God. Flag chews more scenery in a few episodes than Zod did in a season, complete with reciting The Star-Spangled Banner as he fires a missile at General Lane.
- Patriotic Fervor: He really loves America, and views the government's VRA program as a genuine threat to America's freedoms. Clark fully agrees with this view, but not with Flag's militia-style solutions.
- Properly Paranoid: Flag would seem totally nuts if the guy running the Vigilante Registration Act wasn't General Slade Wilson. Indeed, pretty much everything Flag predicted about the VRA—namely that the officials in charge would abuse their power, persecute the superheroes, and threaten America's freedoms—turned out to be exactly what ended up happening after the VRA passed, making Flag's warnings seem like a Cassandra Truth. The heroes are hunted and persecuted by General Wilson and Lieutenant Trotter, privacy rights were routinely violated by the VRA, and it's mentioned that Trotter's agency even forced a mandatory curfew onto all citizens of Metropolis.
- Right Wing Militia Fanatic: Has definite shades of this.
- Secret Keeper: Flag knows the identities of all the heroes. So far he's told nobody. Makes sense, since he genuinely respects them, and wants to earn their trust.
- Smug Snake
- Sociopathic Soldier: Flag's a mix of Types I, II and IV — a radical militia-esque ex-soldier with Patriotic Fervor and blatant insanity to spare, and whose previous missions for the government have more or less broken him.
- Supervillain Packing Heat: Two pistols, and a carbine.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Flag's attempt at assassinating General Lane involved a missile. To kill one guy.
- Western Terrorists: Flag's a U.S. militia-esque nut who lashes out at anyone who wants to force super-powered vigilantes to register, complete with political assassinations, bombings and missile strikes.
- You Look Familiar: His actor played Lana's martial arts trainer in Season 8's "Power".
Floyd Lawton / Deadshot
Floyd Lawton / Deadshot (Bradley Stryker)
"Somewhere out there, we all got a bullet with our name on it."
A contract killer at the top of America's Most Wanted lists, Deadshot is retained by Flag to mark the Blur with the Squad's symbol. Using Cat Grant as bait to draw Clark out in the open, Deadshot succeeds, although he's imprisoned for it; Flag and Plastique later bust him out. The best shot in-universe, Deadshot affects a laid-back demeanor that conceals his fatalistic tendencies
and disillusionment with life.
Bette San Souci/ Plastique
Bette Sans Souci / Plastique (Jessica Parker Kennedy)
First appearing in Season 8, Bette is a homeless girl with the power to project rings of explosive force from her body. On the run from LuthorCorp's Black Creek facility, she is taken in by Chloe, whom she later turns on. Captured and imprisoned in Belle Reve after a brief battle with Clark, Bette was loosed by Tess Mercer on the condition that she join Tess' Injustice Gang (see LuthorCorp and Associates
) where she was code-named "Plastique". Following the defeat of the Gang, she was recruited into the Suicide Squad by Flag sometime before Season 10. Best described as paranoid, selfish and bitter, she's a beautiful fit with the rest of the Squad.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: When Bette uses her powers, her irises glow yellow and her pupils narrow to black slits.
- Broken Bird: Plastique retains this status from her first appearance. She is a very damaged little girl.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome / What Happened to the Mouse?: Her final appearance revealed she'd joined the Squad while they were still Clark's enemies. No mention of her after the Squad made its collective Heel-Face Turn.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When she uses her powers.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: After joining the Injustice Gang and the Suicide Squad.
- It's All About Me: Bette is out for herself and nobody else. She wants to stay free and safe, and anyone who she suspects might compromise that tends to end up dead.
- Mad Bomber
- Person of Mass Destruction: She causes objects to explode, whether they're the size of a person, or the size of a bus. If you're name isn't Clark, you better run.
- Race Lift: Was a Quebecois terrorist in the comics. Here, she's of Asian (perhaps French-Indochinese) descent.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She's a part of the Suicide Squad in the beginning of season ten, but doesn't show up with Flag and Deadshot when they come back in "Collateral," and is never mentioned.
Emil La Salle/Warp
Emil LaSalle / Warp (Elias Toufexis)
General Slade Wilson
General Slade Wilson (Michael Hogan)
An aging general with a long history of war-crimes charges behind him, Slade is the man chosen by the government to enforce the Vigilante Registration Act. Very much the ideological opposite of Rick Flag, Slade believes that no one can be allowed the power to threaten the government and seeks to defend America from all threats, wherever they may come from. He's crazy, to say the least. A key antagonist in the first half of Season 10.
Lieutenant Trotter (Lori Ann Triolo)
Formerly aide to General Slade Wilson, Trotter took control of the Department of Domestic Security's VRA strike team following Wilson's imprisonment in the Phantom Zone
. She captured several members of the Justice League
and Justice Society
, imprisoning them in a virtual reality world while she attempted to figure out how to neutralize or control their powers. Defeated by the combined efforts of the League, Chloe Sullivan and the Suicide Squad, she was left imprisoned in her own virtual reality program.
- Dragon Ascendant: For an episode, anyway.
- Grand Theft Me: In the virtual world, she temporarily jacks Chloe's avatar in order to mislead Clark.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: Trapped in her own virtual world.
- Iron Lady
- Knight Templar
- Sociopathic Soldier: She's basically General Ripper, Junior.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: After the VRA legislation passes, Trotter's agency gains an absurd amount of power, to the point where she is able to order a mandatory curfew for all citizens of Metropolis, in addition to all her violations of privacy rights.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Her reasoning for not just shooting Chloe on sight are basically nonexistent, especially since she had 90% of the main heroes already in custody anyway and therefore didn't really need Chloe alive. By the time she gives her soldiers the order to kill Chloe, it's already too late.
- With Us or Against Us: Shares her superior's attitude towards the vigilantes, as well as their supporters, given the way she acts towards Emil, Lois, and Tess. Who knows what would've happened to Tess and Emil if she'd gotten away with them but not the rest of the team.