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.
- 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.
Expy right down to having an Alliterative Secret Identity
that he casually abandons at the start of this story. 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.
- 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.
- Energy Absorption: Hyperion's body absorbs ambient cosmic energy and converts it into his superhuman abilities.
- Evil Twin: Played straight when Master Menace recruits Hyperion's Evil Twin to infiltrate the Squadron.
- Flying Brick
- 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.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Hyperion is virtually invulnerable, having taken blows from Hulk, Gladiator, and the Mighty Thor.
- Superdickery: As noted, Hyperion casually reveals his secret identity to Linda 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.
- The Cape
- World's Strongest Man: Hyperion is repeatedly mentioned to be the strongest being on his Earth.
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.
- Amazonian Beauty
- All-Loving Hero: Zarda comes from a culture where discrimination basically doesn't exist and so she is very respectful and caring toward everyone.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 outifts incorporate the color purple.
- Statuesque Stunner: Her official height is 6'8'', though she usually appears much shorter than that.
- 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.
- Touched by Vorlons: Zarda's people, the Utopians, were created when the alien Kree came into contact with primitive humans and experimented on them.
- Worlds Strongest Woman: Zarda is the strongest woman on her Earth.
The Green Lantern
Expy. The former astronaut 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.
- 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.
- Green Lantern Ring: As to be expected, the Doctor's Power Prism gives him this superpower.
- It's All My Fault: Invoked by Dr. Spectrum after the death of Nuke.
- 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.
- 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, he frequently faces the temptation to simply run away in a fight.
- 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
- 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.
- Super Reflexes
- Super Speed
expy minus being the king of anything. He also lacks any telepathic abilities. He is the voice of dissent on the team eventually quitting over philosophical differences.
- 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.
- 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. Tom is responsible for inventing the miraculous technologies that give the initiative a chance at success though those efforts are not always appreciated.
Likely a stand-in for the Justice League
member Firestorm, though the teenaged Nuke'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.
- 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.
- 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
- Freak Out: After his parents die.
- 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.
The Black Canary
expy. When she 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
- 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.
- Flight: After the death of Blue Eagle, Lady Lark appropriated his wings for herself, allowing her to fly.
- 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.
- Sonic Scream: As a result of her modified vocal chords. The problem is, she can no longer sing with them.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Lark had become more superficial and shallow after she was modified.
The Green Arrow
expy. His 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
- 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.
- Love Makes You Evil
- 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.
- Blow You Away: Arcanna is capable of manipulating the wind, allowing for Flight as well.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Stocking Filler: Like Zatanna, she wears fishnets.
Nighthawk and the resistance
Nighthawk, the Batman
expy, quits the team as soon as the Utopia initiative is proposed. After almost attempting to kill his friend Hyperion to derail the initiative before it begins, he convinces himself there must be a better way and 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.
- Badass Normal
- Batman Gambit: Nighthawk finds unknown superhumans to join the Squadron while they're looking for more manpower, then has one of them steal a copy of the Behavior Modification device so that Master Menace can reverse engineer it to free the brainwashed bad guys the Squadron has coopted. At the climax of the series, he has more than half the Squadron on his side for the final confrontation.
- The Big Guy: Redstone.
- Dating Catwoman: Nighthawk and Mink had the potential to be a couple, fitting since they are expies of Batman and Catwoman.
- Glamour: Moonglow appears as a statuesque blonde, but is really a frumpy, grey-haired woman.
- 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.
- Our Presidents Are Different: In the backstory, Nighthawk served as the President of the United States. That's right. President Batman. Sadly, his administration ended in disgrace because he spent most of it Brainwashed and Crazy. Also as a result, he's not in top physical condition in this story though his mind is as sharp as ever.