Characters / Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing

AKA: Alec Holland

Abby Arcane Holland
Swamp Thing's Love Interest (later wife), and Dr Arcane's niece.

Anton Arcane
Abby's uncle and Swamp Thing's Arch-Enemy, Arcane is an Evil Sorcerer Mad Scientist obsessed with gaining immortality. To this end, he has tried several times to get his hands on the Swamp Thing's body.

  • Alliterative Name: Anton Arcane.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • While in Hell, spiders lay eggs inside his body that hatch and eat their way out, causing him awful pain for eternity. To make things worse, the whole thing include a case of Year Inside, Hour Outside.
    • Later, The Parlment of Decay punishes his misuse of the Rot by trapping him a place of peace and life where death doesn't exist... which, considering his obsession with creating a place of endless death and decay, is torture to him.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Swamp Thing. He is by far the most persistant and personal antagonist.
  • Axe-Crazy: Could seriously rival The Joker as one of the most depraved, homicidal villains in the DCU. His "accomplishment" include, among others, molesting his sister as a child, experimenting on his wife, practicing a lifestyle of necrophilia, cannibalism and satanism, and once indirectly raping his own niece.
  • Back from the Dead: Death seems to be more of an inconvenience, really.
  • Bald of Evil: Usually despicted as bald, though there have been exceptions.
  • Big Bad: By far the most prominent villain faced by the Swamp Thing.
  • Demonic Possession: When he managed to escape Hell, he used this to interact with people, even possessing Matt Cable for a time.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Completely ruined his niece's life just because she turned down his request that she becomes his apprentice.
  • Enfant Terrible: Even as a kid, he was a sociopath who took pleasure in hurting and molesting his younger sister. And he only got worse growing up.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Skilled in many forms of magic, including necromancy, among other things.
  • Evil Uncle: Doesn't even begins to describe his relationship with Abby.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Though obviously, it didn't stick.
  • Immortality Seeker: His main goal. Towards this end, he often plotted to steal Swamp Thing's indestructible body to inhabit.
  • Joker Immunity: As noted abouve, he has been killed an incredible number of times, but he always manages to come back and torment the Swamp Thing again.
  • Mad Scientist: He is a brillant enough scientist to create synthetic organic matter, which he uses mostly to create monsters or find ways to become immortal.
  • Necromancer: In the New 52, he became the avatar of the Rot, the force of Decay and Death.
  • One-Winged Angel: Has at several times turned himself into various kind of hulking monsters through his experiments.
  • Reality Warper: Used for horrific results when he possessed Matt Cable.
  • Same Character, but Different: By far one of the villains who has changed the most over the course of years, to the point it's difficult to find a picture appropriate for his page.
  • Spider People: In his third appearance, he became a cybernetic monstrosity, half spider, half zombie, with one compound eye piloting a aircraft shaped like a dragonfly.
  • Take Over the World: Seemingly Anton Arcane's ultimate goal. Later, he had the power to do so when he took possession of Matt Cable's body and his reality warping abilities. And during Rotworld, we saw what the world would be like under Arcane's rule.

Floronic Man

AKA: Jason Woodrue
Jason Woodrue

John Constantine
John Constantine

Matt Cable

Abby's first husband, a government agent.

  • Reality Warper: Acquired these abilities from shock treatments designed to wipe his memory clean.
  • Deal with the Devil: After fatally wounded in a car crash, Arcane in the guise of a fly convinces Mat to let "help" him survive. In reality, Arcane takes over his body and uses it to exact the most twisted revenge upon Abby and Swamp Thing.
  • Death Equals Redemption
  • Death of the Hypotenuse: His coma and eventual death after the Arcane Saga free up Abby to openly enter a relationship with Swamp Thing guilt free.
  • Inspector Javert: At first.
  • Jerkass: During Alan Moore's run, Matt slides more and more into unlikable terrority, becoming colder and distant while abusing his powers to create pornographic fantasies for himself away from Abby. As such, the reader doesn't chide Abby for clearly developing romantic feelings more and more for Swamp Thing
  • Transplant: He became Matthew the Raven in The Sandman.

The Parliament of Trees

The Patchwork Man

Tefé Holland
Tefé Holland

The daughter of Swamp Thing and Abby, conceived when Swamp Thing was using John Constantine's body.

The Un-Men

The Word