Characters / Squadron Supreme
Expies of the Justice League of America
, based on their Bronze Age
and Silver Age
incarnations. At the start of this story, they are recovering from mind control and faced with a collapse of civilization that makes them take steps they never would have considered in the past.
- 0% Approval Rating: The Squadron as an organization has this when the maxiseries begins,due to their totalitarian rule.
- Alliterative Name: Squadron Supreme.
- Bad Ass Crew: The greatest heroes of this alternate Earth alliied to form the world's greatest super team.
- Blatant Lies: The Squadron starts to indulge in this in the course of trying to maintain the public's trust.
- Despair Event Horizon: The Squadron, as a team, and as individuals, are at this point at the beginning of the maxiseries. The world they banded together to serve and protect has fallen into shambles, and they are largely responsible. This compels the heroes to implement the Utopia Program.
- Domino Mask: Hyperion, Golden Archer, Lady Lark and Tom Thumb all wear a version of one at some point in their superhero careers.
- Evil Counterpart: The Squadron Sinister, which, ironically, served as the mainstream Earth's (and readers on the whole) introduction to the original, heroic group.
- Fanservice: The ladies and gentlemen of the Squadron, by and large, have perfectly toned, attractive bodies, wrapped in tight spandex or such. Artists (and writers) will often find reasons to depict them in even less.
- Five-Man Band: Hyperion, as The Leader, Nighthawk, and later Power Princess, as The Lancer, Tom Thumb as The Smart Guy, Doctor Spectrum, second only to Hyperion himself in raw power as The Big Guy, and Power Princess, the most idealistic and compassionate member of the Squadron, as The Chick, at least in the beginning.
- Flying Firepower: Hyperion, Doctor Spectrum, Nuke, Skylark.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: All the Squadron members' reputations and public images have taken a huge hit due to the whole taking over the world thing.
- Home Base: For the majority of the team's existence, the orbiting satellite called "Rocket Central" served as the headquarters of the Squadron Supreme. After its destruction, the Squadron adopted a cave as their temporary base, until the completion of Squadron City, a hidden complex the size of a small town, fully outfitted with a main headquarters, medical facilities, living quarters for civilians and even parks. Even later, Zarda's homeland, Utopia Isle.
- It's All My Fault: The Squadron largely feel this way for the condition the world is in at the start of the maxiseries. This spurs their undertaking the Utopia Initiative, launching the story.
- Rogues Gallery: The team on the whole can count Master Menace, The Scarlet Centurion, The Institute of Evil, and many other, less notable villains, as recurring, persistent adversaries.
- Secret Identity: Any team member who had one at the beginning of the story unmasked to regain the public's trust at the beginning of the Utopia Initiative.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: The crux of the struggle between Hyperion's Squadron and Nighthawk's Redeemers.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Squadron becomes this in their implementation and enforcement of the Utopia Initiative.
Expy right down to having an Alliterative Secret Identity
that he casually abandons at the start of this story. As the most powerful and respected superbeing on this alternate Earth, Hyperion is its foremost hero and perennial leader of the Squadron Supreme. He seems to lack most of the Super Senses
of his counter part which helps to explain why he is so often ignorant of the failings of his human teammates who struggle to keep up, not to mention the outcry of citizenry who protest his Utopia Initative.
- Achilles' Heel: Hyperion is immune to all forms of radiation except for that generated by Argonite, this world's answer to Kryptonite.
- Alliterative Name: Hyperion's false identity (before he abandoned it) was Mark Milton.
- And This Is for...: Hyperion delivers a devastating beatdown to his evil doppleganger, emphasizing each earth-shaking series of blows with the following:
"You've got to pay for what you've done, with your inhuman LIFE!" (punch)
"No one makes a mockery of me, you hear?" (punch)
"No one uses my reputation to conceal murder and lust!" (punch, punch and more punches)
- Arch-Enemy: Hyperion and Master Menace.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Hyperion is usually the Squadron's leader, and is arguably more powerful than all the rest of his teammates put together.
- Badass in Charge: Hyperion usually leads the Squadron, and has always been its most physically powerful member.
- Beam-O-War: Hyperion engaged in one of these with his evil counterpart. The end result was Hyperion going blind and the destruction of his counterpart.
- Big Good: The foremost superhuman defender of Other Earth by far, the Squadron's Utopia Initiative would never have gotten off the ground without Hyperion's might and reputation backing them. This role was somewhat subverted due to how the Utopia Program ultimately turned out to be a horrifically bad idea, but Hyperion's intentions were wholly noble.
- The Cape
- Deal with the Devil: Makes one with his arch-enemy Master Menace to escape the interdimensional trap Menace put them both in. Hyperion ha to promise not to come after Menace, but only if Menace in turn has to promise not to interfere in the Squadron's Utopia efforts. Shockingly, the devious criminal mastermind doesn't keep his side of the bargain..
- The Determinator: Master Menace shunting him into an alternate dimension did not prevent him from nearly exhausting himself to find a way out.
- Domino Mask: Hyperion wore one until he discarded his secret identity on national television.
- The Dreaded : One of the nicest, most personable members of the Squadron, but also the strongest, all-around most powerful member, whose mere arrival is enough to make armies surrender. A threat from him was enough to make the Scarlet Centurion call off a full-scale invasion.
- Energy Absorption: Hyperion's body absorbs ambient cosmic energy and converts it into his superhuman abilities.
- Everyone Can See It: Even before Power Princess' husband Howard passed away, various Squadron members and their spouses agreed that she and Hyperion would be a great couple. Everyone but Hyperion he later comes around.
- Evil Twin: Played straight when Master Menace recruits Hyperion's Evil Twin to infiltrate the Squadron.
- Eye Beams: Hyperion's version is called "atomic vision".
- Fiery Redhead: Hyperion's hair is more strawberry blond than red, and his demeanor is usually very calm, bordering on dispassionate at times, but when his evil twin's charade is revealed, his pursuit of righteous vengeance is a terror to behold.
- Flying Brick
- Flying Firepower: Hyperion's flight speed and Atomic Vision are a devastating combination.
- Healing Factor: Hyperion eventually learned how to direct his body's energies to grant him this, healing his blindness.
- Handicapped Badass: Hyperion was rendered blind after fighting his evil duplicate, forcing him to wear special glasses to see. This was later undone when Hyperion discovered his healing factor.
- Heel Realization: It's only after he is drained of his powers and defeated in final battle with Nighthawk's Redeemers that Hyperion is forced to really listen to his old ally's reasons why the Squadron was wrong to impose the Utopia Doctrine. The pivotal point of Nighthawk's argument is that the tools and methods Hyperion and co. implemented to create a "perfect" society could easily be perverted for the use of individuals far less altruistic than the current Squadron membership. This makes Hyperion finally realize the Squadron's actions were wrong.
- Hero Insurance: Played with. Hyperion's climactic battle with his Evil Twin destroys much of President's Mountain (this world's stand-in for Mount Rushmore). The cause of the destruction is covered up by the Squadron, but Hyperion nevertheless helps restore the monument weeks later.
- Humble Hero: Despite being Earth's mightiest hero (or perhaps because?), is often seen apologizing for not arriving sooner to save the day, doing more during combat or the like.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Hyperion is virtually invulnerable, having taken blows from Hulk, Gladiator, and the Mighty Thor.
- Red Is Heroic: Has reddish hair, wears a mostly red supersuit, and is his world's foremost superhero.
- Reality Ensues: In the very first panel of the very first issue of the maxiseries, Hyperion is depicted as trying (and failing) to keep the Squadron's "Rocket Central" satellite headquarters from falling out of orbit. Hyperion is indeed possessed of more physical power than probably anyone else on this alternate world, but even he can't do anything against the incredible momentum of a multi-ton orbiting headquarters caught in the inexorable grip of the Earth's gravity, especially without being able to brace himself against anything.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Throughout his tenure as chairman of the Squadron, Hyperion had to deal with a large number of incidents that would try the patience of any leader, most notably Doctor Spectrum's accidental killing of Nuke, Amphibian's discontent and dissenting opinions, and the Whizzer's panic/murderous rampage. For the most part, Hyperion handled all these instances with understanding, professionalism and compassion.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Evil Hyperion certainly regretted stealing the original Hyperion's identity in the end.
- Rousing Speech: Gives one to the people of America and others listening around the world as part of a joint address with the President, to announce the implementation of the Utopia Program.
- Shooting Superman: The Nighthawks try this in "New World Order". Their leader Neal lampshades this act as "a waste of ammunition".
- Super Couple: He and Power Princess form the ultimate one in that particular universe.
- Superdickery: As noted, Hyperion casually reveals his secret identity to Lonni Lake and informs her that the Love triangle was pointless because they could never reproduce. Way to break it to her Hype. He is also shown to be insensitive to the needs of his teammates, not because he's a jerk, but simply because he has no experience being weak and vulnerable.
- Super Strength: Hyperion is the most physically powerful being on his Earth, and has traded blows with both the Hulk and the Mighty Thor.
- Super Speed: Even on foot, Hyperion possesses impressive speed.
- Team Dad: Pretty much the same age as his colleagues, but is still recognized as the ultimate authority of the team by virtue of his power and leadership qualities.
- World's Strongest Man: Hyperion is repeatedly mentioned to be the strongest being on his Earth.
Kyle Richmond, born into a life of privilege, became the masked crime fighter Nighthawk, dedicating his life to the pursuit of justice. He later becomes President of the United States of this alternate Earth, but resigns in disgrace when his domination by an alien force enables his former teammates in the Squadron Supreme to impose a totalitarian state across the world. When the Squadron elects to impose a Utopia Program upon the United States, Nighthawk quits the team in protest and secretly creates a resistance to his former allies' goals. An expy of Batman
- Action Hero: An Olympic level athlete and genius level strategist who swings from rooftops fighting crime.
- Always Someone Better: Nighthawk is probably the most supremely skilled natural human athlete on his world, But he's nevertheless totally outclassed by mainstream Earth's Captain America.
- The Atoner: Resigns as President due to his being used as a puppet by the Overmind to conquer Earth. Richmond feels his inability to resist the alien's mental domination is the main reason society is in shambles, and steps down in shame and repentance.
- Bad Ass Cape: Their capacity to grant its wearer the ability to glide for short distances almost makes it a set of wings. Hyperion even refers to it as such in "New World Order".
- Bad Ass Normal: This world's version of Nighthawk has no powers at all to speak of, relying solely upon his supreme athleticism, gadgets, combat skills and superior strategic, intuitive mind, but was still a founding and key member of the Squadron Supreme and the foremost superhero on the planet except for Hyperion himself.
- Batman Gambit: Fitting, as Nighthawk is an obvious expy of The Trope Namer. His plan to take down the Squadron from within via his Moles depends on his former comrades acting exactly as he anticipates they will. It plays out nearly flawlessly.
- Batman Grabs a Gun:Again apropos, as here, as Batman stand-in Kyle Richmond nearly shoots his former close friend Hyperion with a gun loaded with a bullet carved of Argonite, the one radioactive element that is fatal to the Squadron leader, to prevent him from imposing the Utopia Program. He ultimately can't bring himself to do it.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: By all appearances, Nighthawk and The Mink's whole hero vs. villain relationship was based on this.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: The Overmind's victimization of President Richmond causes the downfall of American civilization.
- Broken Ace: A genius billionaire Olympic level athlete who becomes not only the second greatest superhero of his world, but also President of that world's United States... before it all goes wrong and he resigns in disgrace after being mentally compromised.
- Building Swing: Often depicted doing so as his main means of getting around, as he apparently doesn't have like, a secret cave full of kitschy vehicles....
- Character Death: Nighthawk dies at the hands of a heart attack induced by Foxfire in the climax of the Battle of Squadron City. Nevertheless, his side won.
- The Chessmaster: How he ultimately takes down the Squadron Supreme.
- Crazy-Prepared: Nighthawk keeps a chunk of Argonite in his mansion headquarters just in case he needs to murder his uber-powerful best friend to prevent him from instituting a well-meaning but ultimately flawed Utopia.
- The Cowl: Much like that other guy who wears dark colors and prowls rooftops in the dead of night.
- Dating Catwoman: Though their relationship never really reached the "dating" stage, he and his former enemy The Mink nevertheless shared at least one steamy romantic moment.
- Deal with the Devil: Gets in bed with longtime Squadron enemy Master Menace for the sole purpose of having the criminal genius devise a means to reverse Behavior Modification.
- Honor Before Reason: Blue Eagle, Nighthawk's former teammate in the Squadron Supreme, accidentally discovers the secret hideout of Nighthawk's Redeemers conspiracy, which of course threatens to blow their whole scheme wide open. Master Menace, genius despot and ally of convenience to Nighthawk's team, offers the most pragmatic, obvious solution: use their copy of Tom Thumb's Behavior Modification machine to make Blue Eagle loyal to the Redeemers. Nighthawk vehemently rejects this idea, stating that using the Squadron's corrupt methods to get ahead or even survive would make them no better than his former teammates. Menace lampshades this stance as idealistic nonsense, but the two ultimately compromise with the solution that Menace only brainwash The Eagle to forget he ever saw the Redeemers or their base.
- It's All My Fault: When fellow Squadron member Nuke rejects the notion that the Squadron is responsible for the collapse of society after the Overmind debacle, Nighthawk shoots that right down, claiming paramount blame for himself as President.
- Killed Off for Real: SQUADRON SUPREME #12 depicts the death of Nighthawk at the hands of Foxfire.
- Knight in Sour Armor: The state of the country under his watch and Richmond's various personal defeats have made him this. Nevertheless, he perseveres and plans to save the world from an even greater potential disaster.
- My Greatest Failure: Richmond's term as President is cut tragically short and turned catastrophic due to his mental domination by the alien conqueror The Overmind. Richmond in turn leads The Overmind to the Squadron Supreme, enabling the alien to mentally enslave them as well, and take over the entire world. President Richmond later resigns in disgrace.
- The Lancer: Filled this function when he was a Squadron member and his close friend Hyperion was The Leader. Nighthawk's pragmatism often served to mediate Hyperion's mild Wide-Eyed Idealist tendencies.
- Our Presidents Are Different: As a retired superhero, Kyle Richmond had about as much need for Secret Service protection as a rocket needs training wheels. But he still proves to be no match for the Overmind.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: You'd think so, but no. Despite walking in the midst of beings who can crush mountains, move faster than the speed of sound, created objects out of thin air and fly, Nighthawk remains confident and assured that he's one of the most valued, pivotal, valuable members of the team.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers a crucial, momentous one to Hyperion at the climax of the Squadron/Redeemers battle. Nighthawk describes all the major inherent flaws in the Squadron's Utopia system, with the biggest one being how said system can be corrupted by evil beings to create a Dystopia, which actually happens in "New World Order".
- Rogues Gallery: Nighthawk's includes The Mink, Remnant, The Huckster and... Pinball.
- The Smart Guy: Nowhere near the likes of Tom Thumb in regards to inventive genius, but is a supremely skilled criminologist and strategist, and the one the Squadron always turned to to find a solution to the unsolvable.
- Taking Up the Mantle: His adopted son Neal does this in "New World Order", as does his personal team of revolutionary commandos.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With The Mink. Sadly, with Nighthawk's death, it will remain so.
The Wonder Woman
Expy. A former utopian, long frustrated with simply beating up bad guys and monsters, Princess Zarda sees the initial civil unrest as a chance to rebuild society more in the image of the Utopian society that has since left her behind. Aside from being the leader throughout much of the initiative, she struggles with her aged husband's deteriorating health.
- All-Loving Hero: Zarda comes from a culture where discrimination basically doesn't exist and so she is very respectful and caring toward everyone.
- Amazonian Beauty
- Badass in Charge: Zarda was in charge of the Squadron's Utopia Program and she kicks serious ass.
- Determinator: While fighting against Intertia, Zarda keeps attempting to attack her even after Inertia proves that her efforts are useless. She even attempts to get up and fight after being hit by three redirected blows from Hyperion, but couldn't.
- Does Not Like Guns: Was one of the main proponents of the Squadron's disarmament program, even filming at least one PSA promoting it.
- Flight: Originally, Zarda's ability to fly was the result of her transparent shield. However, it was later retconned to be a result of her own biology.
- Happily Married: Zarda and her late husband Howard. Though there relationship was no longer sexual around the time of his death, it was clear that the two still loved each other very much.
- The Heart: It is Zarda's impassioned pitch at the Squadron's momentous meeting that not only keeps the team from disbanding in the wake of the collapse of America, but inspires them to create a Utopia.
- I Have Your Wife: The Institute of Evil kidnaps Howard Shelton, Zarda's common law husband, along with the rest of the Squadron's family members.
- Immortality: Zarda is about five centuries old, and while she was originally just extraordinarily long lived, she later said she did not age at all.
- Made of Indestructium: Zarda carries a transparent shield made by her people that is virtually indestructible.
- Mayfly–December Romance: With her husband Howard, and later Hyperion. It's different than the typical example, since while she LOOKS younger than both men, she's actually much older than both of them.
- Most Common Superpower: Zarda is quite busty.
- Purple Is Powerful: Most of Zarda's outfits incorporate the color purple.
- Really 700 Years Old: More like 500, but looks no older than 25, thanks to her Utopian physiology.
- She's Got Legs: The various artists working on SQUADRON SUPREME made a point to showcase her attractive stems on various occasions.
- Statuesque Stunner: Her official height is 6'8'', though she usually appears somewhat shorter than that.
- Super Couple: Couples don't get much more famous, revered, or powerful than the Power Princess and Hyperion combo.
- Super Strength: Zarda can officially lift 20 tons and is the third strongest person on her Earth, after Hyperion and Redstone.
- Super Toughness: Zarda, much like Wonder Woman, is extraordinarily tough, but is vulnerable to piercing weapons like bullets.
- Team Mom: The strongest woman on the team, Zarda is also the most compassionate and protective.
- Touched by Vorlons: Zarda's people, the Utopians, were created when the alien Kree came into contact with primitive humans and experimented on them.
- Wardrobe Malfunction: Suffers one at the hands of Doctor Spectrum. She later gets her revenge.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Zarda is the originator and main proponent of the Utopia Program. For a very long time she has strongly believed that mankind could achieve utopia, but it it only after humanity reaches its lowest point that she is able to convince her fellow Squadroners to believe in it as well.
- World's Strongest Woman: Zarda is the strongest woman on her Earth.
The Green Lantern
Expy. Former astronaut Joe Ledger is one of the less mature members of the team until his encounter with a teammate leads to him accidentally killing said teammate. He takes himself off combat duty for the rest of the story, one of the many strains on the team.
- Arch-Enemy: Formerly, Quagmire to Doctor Spectrum.
- Bar Brawl: Spectrum alludes to having one when accosted by patrons in the course of his Nuke investigation.
- Beam-O-War: Engages in one during his battle with Nuke.
- The Casanova: Fancies himself one, at least, hitting on females even while on duty. He's never hurting for company, however.
- Chick Magnet: Even after the collapse of society, Ledger finds himself swamped by members of the "Doctor Spectrum Kissing Section" almost wherever he shows up.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Basically a decent, self-sacrificing hero, but his home is depicted with several adult magazines scattered about, and later intentionally causes his well-endowed teammate Power Princess to suffer a Wardrobe Malfunction in full view of civilian witnesses. Granted, Spectrum intended it as a joke, but he did made a deal to obtain a video of the incident...
- Dating Catwoman: Played with. Joe starts a relationship with Olivia Underwood only after she's behavior modified into becoming a loyal Squadron member. But before that, Foxfire was a member of the Institute of Evil and fought Doctor Spectrum several times.
- Easily Forgiven: Votes to induct the former members of the Institute of Evil into the Squadron Supreme after they've been behavior modified, despite the countless times they've tried to kill him. Spectrum even notes that he's starting to like his old archfoe Quagmire.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: The Doc's energy emissions are multicolored like a rainbow.
- Flight: Doctor Spectrum's Power Prism allows him to fly, even in space.
- Flying Firepower: Doctor Spectrum's Power Prism enables him to emit blasts of energy in flight.
- Green Lantern Ring: As to be expected, the Doctor's Power Prism gives him this superpower.
- Hand Blast: His Power Prism and later, its shards embedded in his body gives him this ability.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Goes into one after accidentally killing his teammate Nuke while trying to restrain him. It lasts until nearly the very end of the maxiseries.
- He's Back: After spending most of the series refusing to use his Power Prism in combat, Spectrum overcomes this in the midst of the Squadron's desperate struggle for survival against Nighthawk's Redeemers contingent. In short order, he neutralizes Inertia, the Mink and Lamprey, even killing the latter by overloading and exploding him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Is(was?)this with Golden Archer. Offers to let Wyatt hit him to let off steam so Macdonald wouldn't get into trouble, and vehemently objects to Archer's later expulsion from the team.
- Hypocrite : Was a strong advocate of the Behavior Modification program (including the inducting of brainwashed former enemies into the Squadron), but vehemently objects to Blue Eagle's proposal to brainwash new potential team members who have no criminal records, calling it a "scummy betrayal of good faith".
- Intangible Man: His Prism gives Spectrum this ability.
- It's All My Fault: Invoked by Dr. Spectrum after the death of Nuke.
- Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: A slightly smarmy, immature, unrepentant practical joker, but when the chips are down, he will go to the wall for his friends and innocents.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Spectrum is a former astronaut so its possible his "Doctor" title is earned, but he doesn't give any indication of being that educated.
- Pacifist: Dr. Spectrum officially resigns from combat duty after the death of Nuke. He stops being one during the conclusion of the original series.
- Power Crystal: A large gem that allows Dr. Spectrum to have powers like Green Lantern.
- Took a Level in Badass: After Black Archer destroys his Prism, coating Spectrum's body with the shards, Spectrum seems to become more powerful and ruthless, taking out three of the most dangerous attacking Redeemers, one after the other.
- Touched by Vorlons: Dr. Spectrum was given his Power Prism by a Skrull, specifically his teammate the Skrullian Skymaster.
The WhizzerThe Flash
Expy, based on the Barry Allen version of the character (except he's a mailman instead of a police scientist.) This version has a family which is the source of most of his strain. That combined with his speed, Stanley Stewart frequently faces the temptation to simply run away in a fight.
- Alliterative Name: Stanley Stewart.
- Big Eater: Must eat huge amounts of food to maintain his body's super-accelerated metabolism. The Whizzer eats so much his wife Maddy feeds guests to their home extreme amounts by force of habit.
- Bullet Time: Perceives reality this way by virtue of his powers.
- Crazy-Prepared: Built an emergency shelter for his family long before the country went to crap. This pays off.
- Death Seeker: Sort of becomes this towards the end of the "Death of a Universe" graphic novel, when it looks like everything is coming to an end, and his family will die without him.
- Doesn't Like Guns: The Whizzer agrees with the team's plans to disarm the populace. This later causes a conflict when he's forced to attack the Institute of Evil with an automatic weapon.
- Happily Married
- The Heart: Shares this role with Power Princess to a degree, as he is extremely sensitive and empathetic.
- Henpecked Husband: Scenes of his home life have slight shades of this. "Stan, what did I tell you about running in the house?"
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Suffers one when his family is kidnapped by the Institute of Evil.
- I Have Your Wife: ...and daughter, courtesy of the Institute of Evil.
- Mundane Made Awesome: His Super Speed enables him to play tennis by himself, against himself.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When the usually mild-mannered Whizzer freaks out when his family is kidnapped, opening fire on the Institute of Evil with a misappropriated machine gun while screaming "DIE, YOU BLOODSUCKERS!!, the supposedly brainwashed Lady Lark still has to comment how out of character this was for Stan.
- One-Man Army: Stan is effectively this, as he can disarm entire crowds before they can react, and mow down seasoned soldiers at 900 feet per second.
- Papa Wolf: Stan's ready to kill when he finds out his family's been abducted.
- Required Secondary Powers: The time he spends in a "hypermetabolic state" must be balanced with time spent in a hypometabolic state. When Squadron membership becomes a full time job, this gets to be difficult.
- The Stoic: Gets this way when he doesn't get enough sleep to replenish his heightened metabolism.
- Super Reflexes
- Super Speed
- The Unintelligible: Stewart becomes this when he tries to talk while running at super speeds.
- Walk on Water: Actually runs, by virtue of his power.
expy minus being the king of anything. Roderick Kingsley also lacks any telepathic abilities. He is the voice of dissent on the team eventually quitting over philosophical differences.
- Apparently Human Merfolk: Amphibian, despite his aquatic superhuman physiology, usually looks entirely human. But the "New World Order" one-shot reveals that if he spends a long period of time in the deeper parts of the ocean, Kingsley's body adapts to the greater pressures and darkness of the murky depths by morphing into a more fishlike appearance.
- Cassandra Truth: Amphibian voices his reservations about the Squadron's undertaking of the Utopia Initiative at the very first meeting about it, but is overruled. This pattern continues when he dissents from the prevailing decision to implement the Behavior Modification program, the induction of brainwashed former Institute of Evil members into the team, and the vote to expel the Golden Archer from the team. In all these instances, Amphibians stance is ultimately proven to be right.
- Dude, Where's My Respect??: Amphibian is a founding member of the Squadron Supreme, as well as one of its strongest, longest serving members. So when his reservations and outright objections to the Utopia Program on the whole and its applications are largely ignored, he feels justifiably slighted.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Amphibian is able to destroy the plans for the behavior modification device by ordering the already brainwashed Ape-X to do so. She must obey him because of that very device.
- Hypocrite : Amphibian is arguably this, as he was one of the Squadron members most opposed to behavior modification. But this doesn't stop Amphibian from exploiting that same brainwashing to compel former Institution of Evil leader Ape X to delete the Behavior Modification machine plans from the Squadrons files. It could be argued that this was ultimately for the greater good, but still..
- Meaningful Name: Despite the fact that Amphibian is apparently not the ruler of an underwater realm, his last name of "Kingsley" is a nod to Aquaman, whom he is an Expy of and actually is one.
- Only Sane Man: To a degree: he opposes the vote to implement the Utopia Program (which he knows will not end well)at the very beginning, but unlike Nighthawk, he opts to remain in the Squadron Supreme to attempt to moderate the eventual damage.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When it finally comes to light that the Golden Archer brainwashed Lady Lark, Amphibian feels quite justified in destroying the plans for the Behavior Modification device and every copy of the machine in house before swimming off into the sunset.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He quits the Squadron and isn't seen for the remainder of the series after Golden Archer is expelled for using the behavior modification device on Lady Lark to make her love him. He didn't quit because he believed Archer was innocent, he quit because the Squadron had the nerve to actually punish Archer for using the device that they all lobbied for. On top of that, he was against the election of former criminals into the Squadron, knowing full well they couldn't say "no" because of the modification.
- Super Strength: Until Redstone shows up, Amphibian is the world's third strongest person after Hyperion and Zarda.
- Super Toughness
- Super Speed: Swimming speed, anyway.
An aging genius little person (though, unlike his Justice League
counterpart, The Atom
, he can't shrink, he's simply short) and the backbone of the initiative. Thomas Thompson is responsible for inventing the miraculous technologies that give the initiative a chance at success though those efforts are not always appreciated.
- Alliterative Name: Thomas Thompson. For that matter, Tom Thumb.
- Blatant Lies: Needs powerful backup to steal the Scarlet Centurion's Panacea Potion, but refuses to compromise the morals of his fellow Squadron members (or at least the core, non-brainwashed ones) by involving them in theft. Thumb lies to former Institute of Evil member Lamprey that the Centurion stole the Potion from the Squadron to make him go along with it.
- Character Death: Tom's death towards the end of the series is a pivotal point in the story, as he was the lynchpin of the technology of the Utopia Program.
- Crazy-Prepared: This trope is played with as Thumb saves the Squadron Supreme from defeat by the Institute of Evil by secretly installing a failsafe feature in his Behavior Modification machine that makes Squadron members immune to its effects. But it's later revealed that Thumb did not install said failsafe until after he'd discovered Lady Lark had already fallen victim to it.
- Dating Catwoman: Played with. Tom becomes quite close with lab partner and former Institute of Evil leader Ape X, but while she has more romantic inclinations toward the diminutive scientist, Tom is totally oblivious and sees their relationship as purely platonic.
- Deal with the Devil: He considers it but can't go through with it.
- Domino Mask: Wore a variation of one when he previously went into combat with the Squadron.
- Downer Ending: Squadron Supreme #9 Tom dies from cancer.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He's annoyed at how little consideration he gets from others, even his own teammates, especially since without him the utopia program would be impossible. (Hyperion, at least, treats him very well.)
- Eureka Moment: Has one when he realizes he can obtain a cure for cancer by visiting the Scarlet Centurion's future.
- Height Angst: He's a dwarf on a team where the vast majority of his colleagues have bodies the average person would die for, and feels his lack of height causes them too overlook, belittle or outright ignore him. The constant taunting by Doctor Spectrum and Golden Archer does not help his self esteem at all.
- Human Popsicle: Tom becomes one when he is placed in a hibernaculum after his death.
- Hypocrite : Tom has no problem voting to expel Golden Archer from the Squadron Supreme when he is discovered to have used the Behavior Modification machine on fellow member Lady Lark, despite the fact that Tom created the machine in the first place, and hid the fact that he knew someone (most likely Archer) used it on Lark.
- Innocently Insensitive: Hyperion, despite his great respect and fondness of Tom, unintentionally but semi-regularly commits this against his diminutive friend by picking him up like a small child or pet.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: The only "person" he seems to feel comfortable with is his Artificial Intelligence, Aida.
- Let's Get Dangerous!!: When the Institute of Evil invades the Squadron's cavern headquarters, Thumb breaks out a stun rifle and force field belt and takes the entire gang head-on. He's swiftly neutralized.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Inverting this with Tom is a central theme of the story.
- Sadistic Choice: Squadron enemy the Scarlet Centurion presents him with one: poison Squadron leader Hyperion (enabling the Centurion to conquer the world)and receive a Panacea Potion that will (supposedly) save cure all disease, or refuse and know that he (Thumb) could have prevented countless millions from ever having to know death.
- Secret Keeper: Nuke makes Tom promise not to tell anyone that his powers are out of control, or that his parents are dying of cancer Nuke gave them. He also hides the fact that someone (all reasonable evidence pointing to Golden Archer) behavior modified Squadron member Lady Lark.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: issue #9 of SQUADRON SUPREME is arguably this, as Thumb undertakes a series of adventures, laced with Blatant Lies and moral compromise, only to ultimately fail in the main purpose of his mission staving off his imminent death from cancer.
- Super Intelligence
Likely a stand-in for the Justice League
member Firestorm (with maybe a little Captain Atom
tossed in for good measure), though the young Albert Gaines's powers merely involved flight and radiation blasts. Unfortunately, as his powers increase, his ambient radioactivity increases to the point where it's dangerous for others leading to his parents deaths. After this, Nuke basically loses it and dies while lashing out at Doctor Spectrum.
- Ax-Crazy: Nuke, as a hot-headed young man with the power of flight and the ability to create mini-nuclear explosions with his hands, was always somewhat reckless, reactionary and maybe overly violent, but once his parents die he starts lashing out with his powers, causing massive property damage, and ultimately sets out to murder at least one of his former teammates.
- Beam-O-War: He and Doctor Spectrum engage in one during their fight, Nuke's nuclear blasts versus Spectrum's Prism energy.
- Can't Spit It Out: By the time he has permission to tell his parents about his secret identity, he can't bring himself to do it because it means admitting that he was unwittingly killing them.
- Character Death: Nuke dies in battle with Doctor Spectrum.
- Clingy Costume: As his power continues to grow stronger, Nuke has to keep wearing a lead-lined suit to avoid killing everyone around him.
- Despair Event Horizon
- Flying Firepower: Nuke's nuclear energy can keep him aloft while he fires immensely destructive bursts of radiation.
- Freak Out!: After his parents die.
- Hand Blast: A one fisted shot can give the uber-powerful Doctor Spectrum a run for his money. Two fists nearly overwhelms him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Nuke dies trying to escape Doctor Spectrum's energy bubble, burning up his own oxygen supply.
- It's All My Fault: Initially felt this way when he first discovered his parents contracted cancer from him. But when it becomes clear that Tom Thumb cannot save them (absolving him from guilt), he swiftly puts the blame for their imminent death on Thumb for failing.
- Never My Fault: He blames Tom Thumb for the deaths of his parents, because he couldn't cure cancer in time. It's obvious that they contracted cancer as a result of exposure to Nuke's powers, but in Nuke's defense, he didn't plan for them to get sick because of his powers.
- Reality Ensues: A superhero whose powerset stems from the generation and release of nuclear energies is going to induce cancer in somebody sooner of later, most likely the people he interacts with most.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: At least in Nuke's mind, Tom Thumb must die for "refusing" to save his dying parents, and is determined to kill not only him but anyone who stands in the way of his vengeance. Doctor Spectrum stops him, fatally.
- Sanity Slippage: Was already reckless and maybe even slightly unhinged before things went to pot, but when it's revealed that his parents will die because of him and nothing can be done, Nuke finally and violently snaps.
Lady Lark (later Skylark)
The Black Canary
expy. When Linda Lewis starts to have feelings for American Eagle, her current boyfriend brainwashes her into loving only him. After the death of Blue Eagle, she becomes an exyp of Hawkgirl
as well, changing her name to Skylark.
- Action Girl: Becomes one as Skylark.
- Alliterative Name: Lady Lark's real name is Linda Lewis.
- Arch-Enemy: Doctor Decibel, the man who gave her her sonic powers, effectively ruining her singing career.
- Boyish Short Hair: After her identity change to "Skylark".
- Brain Washed: Her fate at the hands of her ex-lover, Wyatt Macdonald.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: After the brainwashing, which worked entirely too well on her, to the point where her boyfriend (who wanted to marry her) did everything he could to get away from her. After Archer's death, she became more like herself again.
- Combat Stilettos: Somewhat justified in her original "Lady Lark" identity, as she wasn't truly an Action Girl.
- Domino Mask: Wore one in her previous Lady Lark incarnation; discarded it when the Squadron went public with their identities.
- Easily Forgiven: Averted and played with. During a key Squadron meeting, Lark fervently objects to the induction of the former members of the Institute of Evil into the Squadron, partly because of what they as a team did to her lover Golden Archer, but mostly because Doctor Decibel, a key member of that team, was the one responsible for performing the vocal surgery on her that ruined her career as a singer. But minutes later, when it's revealed that Macdonald, without her knowledge, used Tom Thumb's Behavior Modification machine on her to force Lark to love the Archer, that selfsame brainwashing compels her to exclaim that she doesn't care what her fiance' had done, as she loves him regardless.
- Flight: After the death of Blue Eagle, Lady Lark appropriated his wings for herself, allowing her to fly.
- Flying Firepower: Achieves this upon claiming Blue Eagle's wings and anti-gravity apparatus, and adopting her new code name of Skylark.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Lark was an up and coming pop singer before being forcibly experimented on to gain superpowers. She'd have much rather stayed a pop star, as shown when she relishes the chance to sing in space, where no one is around to be hurt by her powers.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: All her superhero outfits incorporate this.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: By virtue of her Sonic Scream powers.
- Ms. Fanservice: Lark's costumes usually incorporate fishnet stockings and always incorporates a low cut top.
- She's Got Legs: Hence the fishnet stockings. Goes bare when she becomes Skylark, with no complaint voiced.
- Sonic Scream: As a result of her modified vocal chords. The problem is, she can no longer sing with them.
- Stocking Filler: Wears fishnets as part of her usual costume up until her identity change to Skylark.
- Took a Level in Badass: By virtue of her getting over fiancee Wyatt Macdonald's death and rededicating herself fully to crimefighting, taking on the new, more combat oriented identity of Skylark.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Lark had become much more superficial and shallow after she was modified.
Golden Archer (formerly Hawkeye, later Black Archer)
The Green Arrow
expy. Wyatt Macdonald's defining moment in this story comes when Lark refuses his proposal (made after an especially close brush with death.) He chooses to use Tom Thumb's new behavior modification device to make Lark love him.
- The Atoner: After he gets kicked off the team, he join's Nighthawk's insurgents convincing himself that nobody should have the power he abused. He later dies before he can fully atone.
- Badass Normal
- Be Careful What You Wish For: His desire to make Lady Lark love him again results in the disastrous decision to brainwash her into loving him. This results in Archer being driven to distraction (and guilt) by Lark's constant clinging, leading to him being captured by the Squadron's enemies to be tortured and crippled, and later expelled from the Squadron when his treachery is uncovered.
- Bring Me My Brown Pants: It's suggested by Foxfire that Archer is fortunate to be wearing yellow pants when the Institute of Evil captures him.
- Character Death: Archer's death at the hands of Blue Eagle causes Lady Lark a tremendous amount of grief.
- Color Character: GOLDEN Archer, later BLACK Archer.
- Darker and Edgier: His eventual change to Black Archer.
- Domino Mask: Wore one as Golden Archer/Hawkeye, dumped it when the Squadron announced their Utopia Program.
- The Gadfly: As Golden Archer, seemed to enjoy getting a rise out of his teammates with his rough around the edges and all-around snarky manner.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Invoking the Green Arrow/Green Lantern dynamic, he and Doctor Spectrum are the best of friends.
- I Owe You My Life: The Archer says this nearly word for word when the Whizzer saves him from being killed by an Army soldier's bullets.
- If I Can't Have You...: Archer's response to Lark turning down his marriage proposal, at first screaming that she's probably in love with Blue Eagle, and then deciding that he'll make her love him from now on.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Probably the greatest archer on that particular version of Earth. Able to hit the smallest of targets under heated battlefield situations with unerring accuracy.
- Love Makes You Evil
- Meaningful Name: His real last name was "Macdonald", and his code name for the majority of his career was "Golden Archer".
- Never My Fault: The Archer, in his talk with former Squadron member and current Redeemer leader Nighthawk seems to take responsibility for brainwashing Lady Lark with the Behavior Modification machine, but still sort of shifts blame by stating that if the Squadron hadn't invented the machine in the first place, he wouldn't have been tempted to do what he did.
- Oh, Crap!: Archer has this internal reaction when his force field belt fizzles out in the midst of a pitched battle with Army forces, and a soldier opens up a full barrage of bullets upon him. Fortunately, his speedster teammate the Whizzer is there to save him.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: His brainwashing of Lady Lark could definitely be seen as this. When Linda refused Wyatt's marriage proposal, hinting she wanted to break up with him, Macdonald later subjects an unconscious, lingerie wearing Lewis to the Squadron's Behavior Modification machine, programming it to compel her to love him, madly and unconditionally, effectively making her his love slave. By virtue of this alteration, Lady Lark was rendered incapable of refusing any request by the Archer, including sexual. The Squadron, largely disgusted and horrified by this, vote to expel the Archer from the group. Power Princess, one of the main architects of the Utopia Program, proposes that Macdonald be subjected to the same brainwashing treatment the Squadron would give any criminal who committed such an act.
- Yandere: A male version.
Arcanna Jones, a stand-in for Zatanna
, is the Squadron's resident magician and illusionist. Like Whizzer, Arcanna is married and has kids, three of them, and near the halfway point of the series, becomes pregnant a fourth time. Like Amphibian she objected to the use of the behavior modification machines Tom Thumb built, but didn't voice any further objections after their installation.
- Bad Ass Family: All of her children show at least some proclivity towards magic. And this is without touching on what her youngest, Benjamin, becomes.
- Blow You Away: Arcanna is capable of manipulating the wind, allowing for Flight as well.
- Flight: Accomplishes this by riding a tree limb being held aloft by either levitation or wind currents.
- Flying Broomstick: Her method of flight, borne aloft by either levitation or wind while straddling a tree branch invokes this.
- Glamour: Arcanna has no qualms about her body size while pregnant, but makes it so she doesn't look like it because that way her teammates won't treat her like she's made of glass.
- Happily Married
- Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of the "End of a Universe" oneshot, Arcanna must give up her newborn son Benjamin to save reality.
- Hot Witch: A blonde bombshell in fishnets and a low cut unitard who can cast spells.
- I Have Your Wife: Arcanna's husband and children (along with the Squadron's other civilian loved ones)are seized by the Squadron's arch enemies, the Institute of Evil, to be used as hostages.
- Magical Girl Warrior: Other-Earth's premiere super heroine sorceress.
- Magicians Are Wizards: An actual sorceress who made a living pretending to be a fake one, before she took to crime fighting.
- Master of Illusion: Arcanna apparently does this by bending light.
- Making a Splash: Arcanna mentions that she can control water as well.
- Modesty Bedsheet: Arcanna sleeps in the nude, even in the co-ed dormitories, and she is shown this way a few times.
- Ms. Fanservice: There's not much reason to depict Arcanna getting caught sleeping in the altogether, but then again, maybe there is.
- Pregnant Badass: Spends half of the series pregnant, but uses her powers to conceal it in order to put her teammates at ease. The series ends with Arcanna successfully giving birth to her fourth child.
- Shattering the Illusion: A subversion. Arcanna drops the illusion and reveals her pregnancy after her water breaks in the middle of the battle between the Squadron and Nighthawk's allies.
- Squishy Wizard: An extremely powerful sorceress, but possessed of normal human level durability and not particularly strong. But Arcanna can throw a decent punch under extreme circumstances, as Moonglow found out.
- Stocking Filler: Like Zatanna, she wears fishnets.
Blue Eagle (formerly The American Eagle and Cap'n Hawk)
James Dore Jr.s father bequeathed his flying apparatus with wings and superhero identity to his only son, who took up his legacy as a costumed crimefighter, becoming an early recruit of the Squadron Supreme. Basically the Hawkman
- Bad Ass Normal: James Dore has no inherent powers, but his wings, weapons and skills make him a very dangerous opponent.
- Bequeathed Power: James Dore, Sr. left his flight harness and artificial wings to his son James Jr., who became know as The American Eagle, then Capn'Hawk, and finally Blue Eagle.
- Brain Washed: Falls prey to Behavior Modification at the hands of Nighthawk's Redeemers and Master Menace when he stumbles upon their secret hideout.
- By-the-Book Cop: Has strong notions about truth, justice and order. Not a fan of people who don't share the same level of respect for rules and procedure he has, like Doctor Spectrum and Golden Archer.
- Captain Patriotic: Had shades of this, in his former "American Eagle" identity. A fallout with his father, the original American Eagle, over political issues, caused him to take on the newer identity of Cap'n Hawk.
- Cassandra Truth: Not only votes against the induction of the original members of the Institute of Evil into the Squadron Supreme, but later advocates the brainwashing of prospective new recruits to the team without criminal records to ensure they can be trusted. His teammates ignoring Blue Eagle's suggestions come back to bite them in the ass in a HUGE way.
- Color Character: Blue Eagle.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He's a valued and respected senior member of the Squadron, but James Dore's stuffy, somewhat standoffish demeanor makes him unpopular among his peers on a personal level.
- Hope Spot: Lamprey drains his wings' power during the pitched battle at Squadron City, causing Eagle to plummet from the sky, dozens of feet up. Eagle spies an unconscious Pinball in his inflated ball suit, and tries to glide toward him to possibly break his fall. it doesn't work, and both Eagle and Pinball die when Dore breaks his own neck while breaking the criminal's spine.
- I Have Your Wife: The Institute of Evil capture all the Squadron's immediate family, along with Blue Eagle's mother, to use as hostages.
- Its All MY Fault: Feels responsible for the coma former Instituter and current (if brainwashed)Squadron member Quagmire falls into, as Blue Eagle was out joyriding while the former criminal nearly killed himself singlehandedly saving thirty factory workers. This incident causes Dore to soften his attitude toward the inducted former Institute of Evil members.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Pretentious, preachy and a total know-it-all, but as heroic and self-sacrificing as anyone on the team.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Deciphers what Golden Archer did to Lady Lark and ensures that Macdonald be tried and expelled, citing using a device for criminals to brainwash a fellow Squadron member is the ultimate form of betrayal, deserving of the harshest but fair punishment.
- Killed Off for Real: The climactic battle against the invading Redeemers sees Blue Eagle die at the hands of Lamprey.
- Legacy Character: His father was the first American Eagle, serving his country during World War II. Despite a couple of name changes, James Jr. continues to carry on his tradition.
- Taking Up the Mantle: The stormtroopers of the New World Order regime that take over the world in the Squadron's absence are garbed in armor and gear evocative of Blue Eagle, even naming themselves as a group after him.
Longtime enemy of the Squadron Supreme, personal arch-foe of Hyperion, Dr. Emil Burbank is(or was) the foremost criminal mastermind of Earth-712. He is an inventive genius of the highest magnitude, and has plagued the Squadron for years with his attempts at revenge and world domination. In the wake of society's collapse due to the Overmind invasion, Menace manages to take over that world's Middle East region, and later allies himself with former Squadron member Nighthawk in attempting to overthrow the Squadron Supreme's rule of America. Roughly 65% expy of Lex Luthor
, 35%Doctor Doom
- Alas, Poor Villain: After all of Menace's efforts to avoid being subjected to the Squadron's Behavior Modification "New World Order" shows that the once feared, proud super-villain has been reduced to a servile, subservient, broken old man by his new masters in the Global Directorate, using the selfsame machine Menace dreaded.
- Always Someone Better: The widely held belief that the inventive genius of Squadron member Tom Thumb surpassed that of Burbank rankled him to no end. So the opportunity to disprove this notion by devising a machine that could reverse the supposedly irreversible brainwashing effects of Thumb's Behavior Modification device gave Menace no end of personal satisfaction.
- Arch-Enemy: Hyperion.
- Broken Ace: Formerly feared as megalomaniac genius who has had the Squadron and the world itself at his mercy, the "New World Order" one-shot special shows that his capture and Behavior Modification at the hands of the Global Directorate, the new imperialistic rulers of America have rendered him a shattered shade of his former arrogant, domineering self.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Menace and Hyperion make a pact to cooperate to escape the interdimensional shadowland they're in, which is entirely due to Menace's scheming. Menace seals the deal by giving Hyperion "his word as a criminal". It should come as no surprise that he later reneges.
- When Institute of Evil members Remnant, Mink and Pinball beg Menace to spirit them away to another dimension to escape the Squadron's Behavior Modification agenda, Burbank rebuffs their offer to join them in exile, asserting his intention to battle the Squadron to the end, even if he is the last criminal on Earth.
- Deadpan Snarker: Shits verbally upon allies and adversaries alike.
- Deal with the Devil: He and his hated arch-enemy Hyperion strike a bargain to cooperate in escaping Menace's own interdimensional prison. Later, Menace allies with Nighthawk, the second greatest crimefighter of Earth-712, to subvert the Squadron from within. When Nighthawk capitulates to Menace's pragmatic solution to the uncovering of their conspiracy against the Squadron, he feels like he's sold his soul to the Devil.
- The Determinator: "This is MY world. The Squadron will not force me to flee. I will battle them to the end- even if I am the last criminal on Earth!"
- Diabolical Mastermind: The premiere example of Earth-712.
- Enemy Mine: When Nighthawk first approaches Menace with the proposition of teaming up to take down the Squadron, he refuses, mostly due to ego. It is only after Menace's own plan to subvert and destroy the Squadron from within fails that he finally decides to take his old foe up on his offer.
- Evil Is Petty: And how. His career vendetta against Hyperion is (reportedly) based on Hyperion's Atomic Vision supposedly altering Burbank's hormones so that his body hair now grows at an accelerated rate, giving him a perpetual hirsute appearance. And in the "Death Of A Universe" graphic novel, when Hyperion approaches him for aid in thwarting the phenomenon that threatens the existence in all known life, Menace chooses this moment to make Hyperion get on his knees and beg him to help everybody (including himself) NOT DIE. Even the megalomaniac conqueror Scarlet Centurion calls Menace out on this.
- Evil Genius: Again, the archetype of the Squadron's Earth.
- Evil Laughter: Even when faced with the threat of universal annihilation, Burbank can't resist indulging in malevolent chuckling at the irony of the situation.
- Eviler Than Thou: As ruthless and diabolical Menace is, even he must concede that he is no match for the Global Directorate that conquers Earth and enslaves him through Behavior Modification.
- Exact Words: When Menace and Hyperion strike a bargain to escape the interdimensional prison he trapped them in, Menace makes his enemy promise that neither Hyperion nor any Squadron member will try to apprehend him or "abridge his freedom in any way". Hyperion takes it so that when the duo are transported back to their home dimension, several hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface, Hyperion can refuse to grab Menace and help him reach the ground safely, as that would constitute "abridging his freedom" in some way.
- Gadgeteer Genius: From his battle armor to his servitor robots to his dimensional displacement rifle, Master Menace has an arsenal of weapons that attest to his genius.
- Hand Blast: Burbank's armor gives him this capacity.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Menace succeeds in shunting his foe Hyperion to an alternate shadowy dimension, but when his ally, the Evil Hyperion, betrays and tries to kill him, his only avenue of escape is the same dimension he just exiled his Arch-Enemy to. Menace later discovers he has no apparent way to escape.
- Insufferable Genius: Never misses an opportunity to tell or show people how brilliant he is.
- Large Ham: Menace LOVES pork. He's not quite up to the level of hamminess of his partial expy Doctor Doom, but he is fond of Evil Laughter and grandiose speeches extolling his own greatness.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: His battlesuit protects him from huge amounts of damage, being able to withstand multiple blows from a being with the strength of Hyperion.
- Not Me This Time: When the Squadron Supreme return to their native Earth and find it conquered and ruled by some tyrannical entity, Hyperion immediately assumes his old arch nemesis Master Menace is behind it. But when he busts into the enemy's headquarters, Hyperion is shocked to find Menace imprisoned, a broken shell of his former self, enslaved by brainwashing to serve the Global Directorate's aims.
- Oh, Crap!: Menace's internal reaction upon encountering his archfoe Hyperion in the dimension prison he put him in not too long ago.
- Powered Armour: Master Menace's signature battlesuit enables him to engage his super-powered opponents in the Squadron Supreme on a level playing field.
- Pragmatic Villainy: When Squadron member Blue Eagle stumbles upon Nighthawk and Menace's Redeemer conspiracy, Menace suggests that they use the Behavior Modification machine he devised by copying Tom Thumb's to brainwash Eagle into being loyal to the Redeemers; not because he harbors any particular hatred for Eagle, or even the notion that Eagle would be a key asset- it is simply the simplest, most expedient solution. When Nighthawk rejects this plan, Menace retorts that if they (the Redeemers) truly intend to win this struggle against the Squadron, they will have to use all available means and methods to ensure victory, and any reservations preventing Nighthawk from doing so is idealistic nonsense. Menace tops this argument with the notion that their only other option to ensure Blue Eagle doesn't talk is to kill him.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Not that you can blame him, but as soon as it's apparent that his plan to remove the threat of the Nth Man entity by shunting him into another dimension has failed, Menace immediately abandons his allies in the Squadron by teleporting away to safety.
- Take Over the World: Menace's main goal. He actually manages to take over Earth-712's Middle East region,in the wake of the catastrophic upheaval of world governments and society at large due to the Overmind's invasion .
The Institute Of Evil
As they are a super-villain group composed of personal enemies of various members of the Squadron Supreme, they can most likely be considered an expy of The Legion of Doom
. Led by Ape X, this foremost team of superhuman criminals has had a long standing enmity with the Squadron, culminating in the Institute's final defeat and brainwashing when they attempted to kidnap the Squadron's family members. Except for absent members Remnant, The Mink and Redstone, all Institutioners were impressed into service as Squadron members.
Xina the ape was the result of an experiment to grant a simian human level intellect. She turned to a life of crime after her trainer was killed, coming to lead the Institute of Evil. She was eventually captured by the Squadron and brainwashed into joining them and serving as the lab partner to resident genius Tom Thumb, eventually developing strong feelings for him. X later fell prey to a Logic Bomb
, rendering her catatonic for the remainder of the series.
- An Arm and a Leg: Ape X's body is totally truncated below the waist.
- Brain Washed: Her fate, along with the rest of the captured Institutioners, at the hands of the Squadron Supreme.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Alluded to be this during her criminal career, but it's only after Ape X is behavior modified and drafted into the Squadron that we truly see the fruits of her skill. As Tom Thumb's lab partner, she perfects his force field belts, invents non-lethal Pacifier Pistols, assists Thumb in creating the Hibernaculum suspended animation pods, and devises a set of image inducer goggles to enable the blinded Hyperion to see.
- Interspecies Romance: Became quite enamored with Tom Thumb during her time as his lab partner, but he was totally oblivious and nothing developed from it.
- The Leader: As the most intelligent member of the Institute of Evil, Ape X formulates all the group's schemes, devises all the weaponry and paraphernalia and sets overall policy.
- Logic Bomb: Ape X catches new Squadron recruit Moonglow downloading the plans to the Behavior Modification machine to an outside party. Her own brainwashing demands she alert her fellow Squadron members to this clear violation of their bylaws, but that selfsame brainwashing prevents her from "betraying" a fellow Squadron member. Unable to mentally reconcile this conflict, Ape X's brain shuts down and she becomes catatonic for the rest of her life.
Olivia Underwood possessed the power to generate a bioluminescence capable of inducing near-instantaneous rot in both organic and inorganic substances. She was among the Institutioners captured and behavior modified to join the Squadron, where she eventually started a romantic relationship with Joe "Doctor Spectrum" Ledger. Foxfire perished during the battle of Squadron City, killed by former Institute colleague The Mink in retaliation for killing Redeemer leader Nighthawk
- Boyish Short Hair: Has a short cropped blonde hair do', befitting her punk image.
- Brain Washed: Is subjected to the Behavior Modification process along with the rest of her cronies. Notably, even after she is successfully de-programmed, Foxfire still remains loyal to the Squadron, mostly due to her genuine love for Doctor Spectrum.
- Good Costume Switch: Not long after she is Behavior Modified, Foxfire changes from her previous punk rocker styled criminal apparel to a somewhat less provocative(but still daring) outfit.
- Good Feels Good: The major reason (other than her love for Joe Ledger) she stays loyal to the Squadron after her Behavior Modification is reversed.
- Love Redeems: Because of her love for Squadron member Doctor Spectrum, Foxfire stays loyal to them despite her Behavior Modification de-programming at the hands of their enemies, the Redeemers. Unfortunately, this also leads to her death.
- Make Them Rot: Foxfire's bioluminesence can cause rapid deterioration of not only inorganic substances like wood, stone and metal, but also flesh and bodily organs like Nighthawk's heart.
- Redemption Equals Death: As we as readers (or for that matter, Foxfire herself) didn't really know what side she'd take in the superhero war after her brainwashing was undone, it could be argued that Foxfire's first genuine act of "good" was killing Redeemer leader Nighthawk so that the Squadron Supreme could win. She herself is murdered immediately afterward.
Donald Mc Guiggin Lamprey was a career criminal and one of the Institute members captured by the Squadron and subjected to the Behavior Modification process invented by Squadron member Tom Thumb, altering his personality. He had the power to absorb energy from both organic and inorganic sources, giving him the capacity to obtain further superhuman powers. Lamprey was impressed into service to the Squadron and served faithfully, until his Behavior Modification was neutralized by Nighthawk and his Redeemers, turning him into a mole dedicated to their destruction. An expy of Comic Book
/Superman foe the Parasite .
- All Your Powers Combined: During the final battle between the Redeemers and the Squadron, Lamprey uses his ability to absorb the superhuman powers of not only Hyperion, but Power Princess and the Whizzer, probably granting him more physical power than he'd ever absorbed and retained up to that point. This proves to be he downfall, when Lamprey attempts to absorb Doctor Spectrum's power as well.
- Arch-Enemy: Relishes stealing the superhuman energy from Hyperion like no other.
- Being Good Sucks: Lamprey certainly feels this way, as he immediately agrees to join Nighthawk's Redeemer conspiracy, and revels in the opportunity to pay back his oppressors in the Squadron for making him "do good".
- Brain Washed: Along with his fellow Institution of Evil members.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Explodes when he tries to absorb the totality of Doctor Spectrum's Prism Power. There wasn't enough to bury afterward.
- Flying Brick: Becomes one if he absorbs the right superhuman powerset, preferably Hyperion's.
- Foreshadowing: When Blue Eagle's suggestion that the Squadron preemptively modify the behavior of new Squadron recruits is shot down, Lamprey, a Behavior Modified recruit himself, states that the Squadron will regret that decision. Months later, Lamprey is de-programmed, and acts in collusion with these selfsame new recruits to subvert the Squadron from within, and actually ends up killing Blue Eagle.
- The Mole: Acts as one for the Redeemers once his Behavior Modification is undone.
- Power Parasite: His whole deal, making him one of the most feared and potentially dangerous supervillians of Earth-712.
Dr. Anton Decibel was a physician who leading a double life as a costumed criminal. He was responsible for administering the experimental and unwanted throat surgery granting Linda Lewis the sonic powers she would later wield as the crime fighter Lady Lark. He was a key member of the Institute of Evil and was subjected to the Squadron's Behavior Modification program upon the Institute's final defeat, acting as Squadron City's head physician until his death. he was most likely an expy of Green Lantern
- Brain Washed: Right along with the rest of the Institute after their final defeat.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Dies by drowning in his teammate Quagmire's extradimensional ooze.
- Easily Forgiven: By the rest of the Squadron, even after spearheading the operation to kidnap their loved ones, due to his behavior modification. But even then Lady Lark refused to work with him or even speak to him after he was inducted into the Squadron.
- Mad Doctor: Decibel's lack of medical ethics enables him to perform the radical, experimental surgery on Linda Lewis that gave her her Sonic Scream and ruined her singing career.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: An actual accredited surgeon, but certainly leaned more towards the Mad Scientist side while an Instituter.
Career criminal Jerome Myers possessed the ability to tap and manipulate the extra-dimensional Darkforce in the form of a thick, dark, viscous tar-like substance. He was a charter member of the Institute of Evil and an arch-foe of Squadron member Doctor Spectrum. Along with the rest of his teammates, he was defeated, captured, and brainwashed into becoming a loyal, self-sacrificing Squadron member, and was plunged into a coma heroically saving thirty factory workers from an industrial accident. Quagmire was presumed dead when he was eventually sucked into the dimension his dark matter originates from, but it later turned out that he was actually only shunted to the mainstream Earth, free of the Squadron's brainwashing, and reverted to his former criminal ways. He is possibly a loosely translated expy of Green Lantern
's arch enemy Sinestro.
- Arch-Enemy: Formerly, to Doctor Spectrum.
- Brain Washed: His Behavior Modification caused him to pull a Heroic Sacrifice, nearly killing himself to save factory workers.
- Delinquent Hair: Punkish Quagmire sports a blond mohawk.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Blue Eagle punches Quagmire in the face for jerking around on duty supposedly because Quagmire and his other fellow former Institutioners, with their rough, unconventional appearance and manner, make the Squadron Supreme look bad by association. Quagmire points out that Eagle's physically assaulting a teammate in public doesn't exactly do wonders for the Squadron's image either.
- Drugs Are Bad: When Quagmire goes down due to accidental overexposure to Pacifier gas, his longtime teammate Lamprey mentally comments on the irony of his old friend overdosing on a "mellow" drug.
- Felony Misdemeanor: Senior Squadroner Blue Eagle slugs Quagmire for flirting with a factory worker while on duty, mostly out of resentment for having to team with former Instituters.
- Heroic Sacrifice: His Behavior Modification makes him to pull a near fatal one, as he is irresistibly compelled to risk his life to drag nearly 30 factory workers to safety by himself, nearly dying of overexposure to an experimental gas.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Quagmire's ability to manifest an otherworldy, sticky, black muck into his base dimension is very powerful, dangerous, immune to magic and energy and utterly creepy.
- Savage Piercings: Quagmire has a number of these, fitting in with his punk image.
Raleigh Lund is the mentally challenged, shape-changing member of the Institute of Evil, and later, the Squadron Supreme. He, like Foxfire, remains loyal to the Squadron even after his Behavior Modification is undone. A possible expy of Plastic Man
or Elongated Man
- Brain Washed: With the rest of his Institute of Evil contemporaries.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Or pants, or shirts, either. Most likely because they would interfere with his shapeshifting.
- Good Feels Good: Shape, as a Squadron member, experiences acceptance and friendship at levels he'd never had as an Institutioner, and his appreciation keeps him loyal to the Squadron when the other moles within the group turn on them.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Can form hammers from his hands.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: His pliable body gives him this capacity.
Nighthawk, founding member of the Squadron Supreme, quits the team when the Utopia initiative is proposed. He devises a way to overthrow his former teammates and liberate the country from their unintentional tries to recruit a team to infiltrate the Squadron and set them up for failure. The resistance is made up of reformed villains Mink, Pinball, and Remnant, along with new heroes Inertia, Moonglow, Redstone, Thermite, and Haywire.
- Acrofatic: Pinball.
- The Big Guy: Redstone.
- Hailfire Peaks: A weird comic book variant with Thermite, who has fire and ice based powers.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Inertia, who is able to mentally steal the friction from one individual and transfer it at another. She actually knocks Power Princess out cold by channeling Hyperion's punches towards Redstone to her.
- Honor Among Thieves: Remnant is shattered by Pinball's death.