Characters: Young Justice - Justice League
aka: Young Justice-Justice League
This page is for listing tropes related to members of the organization known as the Justice League
in the animated series Young Justice
For other characters that appear in the series, see the Young Justice Character Index
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- Adults Are Useless: Generally averted. The incident with Red Tornado stands out as an example of where they should be far more competent, but otherwise they are pretty on the ball.
- Back for the Finale: The six that were in Rimbor, Hawkman, Icon and the Green Lantern members that joined them.
- Badass Crew: Actually subverted. Individually each League member is incredibly powerful, but they aren't a cohesive force like The Team is so their capabilities when working in groups tend to be somewhat underwhelming.
- Which is Fridge Brilliance. The Team consider each other family, while the League are more like adults at work. Several of them are friends, but not in the same way.
- Big Good: The League itself, which the characters frequently mention as possible support when it looks like the situation is something they can not handle themselves. The League also has a rotating chairman who embodies the trope more then others.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: At the end of Season 1, the entire League is taken over by Vandal Savage and Klarion.
- Clear Our Names: A variation. The "sixteen hours" (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, John Stewart, and Hawkwoman) Leaguers leave Earth (with Hawkman, Hal Jordan, and Icon in tow) to do face charges in "Alienated". Although they actually did do it, they were actually Brainwashed and Crazy at the time.
- Demoted to Extra: The entire team, since the series focuses their sidekicks. Cartoon Network even touted the show this way in early promos, counting on the audiences familiar with the Justice League cartoon to cause shock when the protagonists were revealed to be the children.
- Elaborate Underground Base: Formerly operated out of Mount Justice.
- Final Boss: The season 1 finale has the Team fight the entire league... and win. See The Worf Effect.
- Helping Would Be Kill Stealing: Sometimes.
- Heroes Of Another Story
- Heroes With Bad Publicity: As of the second season, the entire League are wanted criminals in Rann space. This is because the Light sent a team of brainwashed Leaguers to their area of space and had them go on a rampage while broadcasting their identity.
- Closer to home, G. Gordon Godfrey is running a smear campaign on the Justice League, particularly the alien members. It seems to be working.
- Living Prop: Some members haven't received lines yet.
- Loads and Loads of Characters
- Order Versus Chaos: Order to The Light's chaos.
- Put on a Bus: The six Leaguers who were brainwashed into attacking Rimbor have now left to stand trial and prove their innocence. Accompanying them are Hawkman (who refuses to leave Hawkwoman) and Icon, who's acting as advocate.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of the League members who regularly interact with the Team are this.
- Space Base: The Watchtower
- Spiritual Successor: to the Justice Society of America, as usual.
- Story-Breaker Power: Probably the reason why most of the League's strongest members get Put on a Bus to space early in season 2. Freely admitted by Greg Weisman when it comes to the League's two Green Lanterns: they are frequently off world because they're so powerful that they should be able to neutralize just about anything, but also justified because they're responsible for protecting more than just Earth.
- Two Girls to a Team: Although there are three female members on the team, which technically means it doesn't count, the full roster is sixteen members so the essential truth of this trope is still in play. Interestingly, Wonder Woman seems to be actively working against this, as one of her stated criteria for an ideal new member to the League is that they be a woman to help shift the gender ratio.
- The Worf Effect: As stated above, the entire League is beaten by the Team in the season 1 finale. Justified by the fact that Klarion had to control all of them at once (therefore making it harder to make them each effective in battle), while the Team could take on one to a few at a time. Kid Flash comments on this to Artemis.
The Big Blue Boyscout- though, perhaps a little less so than most interpretations. Though still the symbol for Truth, Justice and American Way, Superman was more than a little freaked out about the discovery of his clone, Superboy. He spent most of the first season avoiding any responsibility for him, despite the efforts of the rest of his colleagues to make him reconsider. He eventually accepts Conner as a little brother rather than a son come season 2.
One of the most powerful characters, with flight, super-strength, heat-vision and much, much more.
Note: Some of the tropes listed for Superman here are from the tie in comic, NOT
the animated series itself, so don't be surprised if a few come off as Informed Attribute
or All There in the Manual
The Dark Knight of Gotham city. Like always, he's brooding and suspicious, but his caring nature is much closer to the surface than in most interpretations. He has a close relationship with the first Robin, Dick, and eventually takes the entire Team under his wing.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Compared to other incarnations where he's The Stoic, he's much more expressive here.
- Uncle Pennybags: Besides being Dick's and Tim's legal guardian, he also provides for Superboy's expenses and gives Artemis an expensive scholarship to a private school.
03: Wonder Woman
When all is said and done, the question must be - whom do we trust?
Wonder Woman seems to stand as the moral center of the League. She takes a backseat in the story for the majority of the time, but is quick to call Superman and Batman out on their mistakes, and takes on Wonder Girl as her protege between seasons 1 and 2.
- Badass Princess: She's the daughter of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, and she kicks ass.
- Friend to All Children: Implied. She didn't agree with Batman's choice of letting Robin I enter the world of crimefighting at the age of nine; earlier, Wonder Woman didn't like the idea of Captain Marvel being in the League when he is only ten.
- Older Than She Looks: Her official stats say she's ninety-years-old (of course, she is partially immortal; physically she's roughly in her 30s).
- Rapunzel Hair: Reaches down her waist.
04: The Flash
Mentor to Kid Flash, the
Flash has taken up his mantel from its previous owner, Garrick. He's a dedicated uncle and mentor, and one of the more friendly League members, though still serious when needed.
05: Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
(King Orin of Atlantis/Arthur Curry)
King of Atlantis, mentor to Aqualad, and later Lagoon Boy.
- Badass Beard: Much like another Aquaman, he maintains his classic look whilst having the beard the character was first seen with during the 90's.
- Chew Toy: He thinks Aqualad has betrayed him, Aquagirl is dead, and Lagoon Boy has been captured by Aqualad and Black Manta.
- Is faring a bit better after "Before the Dawn" now that Lagoon Boy has been rescued but now Aqualad is catatonic as a result.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Seems to be an Atlantean thing; webbed feet do make swimming easier, though.
- The Good King: Of Atlantis.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A wise and reasonable adult, who happens to be a hero.
07: Martian Manhunter
Trauma tends to linger - as I know you know, my friend.
The uncle of Miss Martian, this green skinned alien is a serious and reserved figure, though still a kind one. He clearly cares deeply for his niece, and it a formidable super-hero.
08: Green Arrow
The supposed "Uncle" of Artemis, Green Arrow is a friendly face, politician and capable fighter. He suffered a falling-out with his first side-kick, Speedy (who took on the mantel Red Arrow) though he still cares deeply for him and tried to bring him back to the straight and narrow. Took Artemis on as his new protege to teach her his skills and give her an outlet for her super-heroing, per Batman's request
. In a relationship with Black Canary.
- Badass Beard
- Badass Normal
- Blatant Lies: Claiming Artemis is his niece, which Red Arrow knew immediately was a lie.
- Butt Monkey: He has it worse than Aquaman. He thinks Artemis is dead, Red Arrow Rage Quit, and the original Speedy (Now Arsenal) was pissed off that he stopped looking and went to try and assassinate Luthor.
- Cool Uncle: To Artemis though it's an obvious lie. After Roy marries Cheshire, Green Arrow technically becomes this to Artemis.
- Doom Magnet: Starts to see himself as this in "Satisfaction".
- Expressive Mask
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: See Nice Guy
- In the Hood
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Inverted. As of "Satisfaction" (Season 2, Episode 8), Oliver comes to consider himself a complete failure as a mentor. Speedy I was kidnapped and replaced by a clone without him ever noticing, something which his former protégé angrily chews him out for in addition to having stopped looking for him. Red Arrow fell into a Cloning Blues-induced spiral of self-destruction that Oliver couldn't avert. Finally, as far as he knows, Artemis was just killed in the line of duty.
- Nice Guy: One of the easiest League members to talk to and is a member of the Justice League.
- Official Couple: With Black Canary.
- Parental Substitute: Artemis always admired Green Arrow, even before she joined The Team. So, it's subtly hinted that after the duo became protégé and student, Artemis sees Green Arrow as a father figure. And if you consider what kind of father Sportsmaster was...
Hawkwoman (Shayera Thal)
Voiced by Danica McKellar ("Agendas")
She's grounded for life!
Zatara appears to be one of the older Leaguers— while Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman have the years, they age differently. Zatara took a turn as the team's Den Mother after Captain Marvel and later brought his daughter, Zatanna, to meet them.
- Doomed by Canon: Zatara never has been a member of the Justice League in any incarnation, only his daughter Zatanna has... More to the point, Zatara is deceased in the comics due to a Swamp Thing storyline published in the Eighties.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Allows Nabu to take him as a host to save Zatanna from the same fate.
- Legacy Character: Becomes the new Doctor Fate.
- Over Protective Dad: Considering how weak Zatanna seems to be in actual combat at this point, this may be justified.
- Even as the new Doctor Fate his fatherly instincts make a quick surfacing when Zatanna is considered for League membership.
12: Captain Atom
13: Black Canary
A powerful hand-to-hand fighter aided with her "sonic scream", Black Canary is one of the main mentors to the team. Although her role was initially to train them in fighting and make sure they didn't get into trouble, she stepped into a more emotionally supportive role, even offering them therapy sessions when necessary. In a relationship with Green Arrow.
- Stern Teacher: To the Team, but gives praise when it is deserved.
- Taught by Experience: Firmly believes that injuries and setbacks in missions is "part of the heroes job" and helps mature the hero.
- Warrior Therapist: As shown in "Disordered". Not only does she train them, she helps them deal with trauma.
- You Are Not Alone: Invoked. Black Canary tries to tell Clone!Roy that even though he feels lost, that doesn't means he's alone. Sadly, it doesn't sink in to him.
14: Green Lantern (John Stewart)
15: Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel voiced by Rob Lowe ("Alpha Male" & "Humanity"), Chad Lowe ("Secrets" and after)
Billy Batson voiced by Robert Ochoa (Season 1), Chad Lowe (Season 2)
Though on the surface just a brave and chivalrous super-hero, Captain Marvel is actually just a good-hearted young boy in a powered adult's body. A little boy who just really, really
wants the Team and Justice League to like him. Don't let his puppy-dog demeanor fool you, though. His good nature earned his powerful abilities, and when he's not fooling around, he's pretty wise, too.
- Adorkable: He tries so hard to fit in.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Being a young boy on the inside, Billy can be easily distracted by something cool. Like tigers.
- Ascended Fanboy: Billy idolizes all heroes.
- Badass: As Captain Marvel, he is an incorruptibly pure Flying Brick and world renowned hero; as 10-year old kid Billy Batson... he's even better. Billy was willing to risk oblivion to save somebody's life, and kept a cool head during a global catastrophe when all the adults of the world disappeared. The episode "Misplaced" is basically about why he deserves the power of Captain Marvel.
- 15 year old Billy is no slouch either. During his fight with Despero he went Papa Wolf in order to protect The Team and while he had to know it would end badly if it didn’t work, he tried to use his transformation lighting as his ace against Despero. It didn’t work, but it’s the thought that counts.
- Brainy Brunette: Has the Wisdom of Solomon.
- Butt Monkey: He constantly tries to get close to the team, who are essentially his peers. The team tends to assume that he's as authoritarian and hard-nosed as the other members of the League, so they (often unintentionally) undermine, take advantage of, or otherwise reject him in the process of saving the day. It's probably not the case after Billy revealed who he really was to them in "Misplaced".
- Calling Your Attacks: He would sometimes announce or reference which of his powers he was using at a time, whether it was using the Power of Zeus and Speed of Mercury to drill into the ground, or cite the Wisdom of Solomon as the source of his good advice.
- Flying Brick
- Genre Savvy: He doesn't waste time trying to convince the team who he is— he skips straight to "Quick, read my mind!"
- Henshin Hero
- Heroic Build
- He Is All Grown Up: 15 year old Billy Batson, ladies and gentlemen.
- Honorary True Companion: Honorary because he won't join the team; he's part of the Justice League. During Invasion, the League usually paired with former team members Rocket and Zatanna, and he was with Zatanna helping the group who lived at Mount Justice move.
- I'm Standing Right Here: After his secret's revealed to the League at large, they have to debate whether he can stay.
Red Tornado: He does possess an adult body and the wisdom of Solomon.
Aquaman: Wisdom does not equal maturity.
Marvel: Hey, I'm sitting right here!
- Just a Kid: He gets this treatment from some of the League in "Agendas" after real age was revealed.
- Man Child: As with the comic example, Captain Marvel is really a kid. However, none of the teens know his real form, so he definitely comes off as being this trope.
- Nephewism: In this version, Billy is being properly cared for by his Uncle Dudley.
- Nice Guy: The nicest.
- One of the Kids: Captain Marvel is known for retaining his innocence, but this incarnation is especially childish.
- Papa Wolf: In order to protect the team from Despero. Considering his true age, maybe its more of a Big Brother Instinct.
- Secret Keeper: Billy has to keep the identity of Captain Marvel a secret due to the fact that he's really a ten-year-old kid. As of "Misplaced", the Team knows about his true identity. It's also clear that Batman knows but other Leaguers like Zatara don't, though they find out after this.
- Sixth Ranger: How he views himself in regards to the team. Unfortunately for him, the team didn't know that he's a kid until he revealed himself in "Misplaced", so they did what they can to keep him out of the loop.
- Something Only They Would Say: Billy goes back to the world of kids in Misplaced and asks Miss Martian to read his mind to prove that he's really Captain Marvel. Kid Flash doesn't buy it. Then, Billy goes:
Billy: Gee Wally, do I really have to bring you nachos and pineapple juice to get on your good side?
- Super Strength
- Tagalong Kid: Despite never being a kid at the time.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In "Agendas", he's the first Leaguer to call out Nabu for the events of "Misplaced". He doesn't know why they're even keeping him in the League.
- Shortly after, however, the rest of the League, particularly Wonder Woman, call him out for concealing his age.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Lampshaded by Captain Marvel himself (the "wise" part anyway), when Aqualad thanks him for a pep talk.
Marvel: Hey, wisdom of Solomon.
- Seems to be in an "Only when I feel like it" way, since whenever nothing serious is going down, he's just a big kid.
- As pointed out by Aquaman when the League finds out about his alter-ego, "wise" doesn't necessarily mean "mature".
- You Didn't Ask: The reason why he hid his age from the Justice League.
- Younger Than They Look: As Captain Marvel. Billy looks his young age.
16: Red Tornado
Human customs still elude me.
A robot with wind powers, Red Tornado doesn't quite get
human emotions. That doesn't stop him for caring deeply for the Team he's been assigned to protect, (in his own way).
- Badass Cape
- Blow You Away
- Color Character
- Demoted to Extra: He's conspicuously absent in the second season (likely because Nightwing and the others have replaced him in the mentor role), and has only had one non-speaking appearance in "War".
- Face-Heel Turn: Subverted. It seems as if he defects in "Homefront", but in reality, he leaves to protect the Team and to find his creator, T.O. Morrow.
- Fake Defector
- Helping Would Be Killstealing: Every time the team ask for help he tells them they have to do it on their own.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Was trying to make one with his siblings when he nearly melted to take down his evil brother. Superboy saved him at the last minute.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Old Superhero/Older Than He Looks: It's revealed that before the Justice League was formed, he was part of the Justice Society of America (see below) decades earlier. Of course, being an android, he hasn't physically aged.
- Red Is Heroic
- Robot Buddy
- The Stoic: He is a robot, so stoicism isn't unexpected for him. "Auld Acquaintance", however, shows that, while in his "John Smith" body, he can display emotion far more readily. Specifically, when ordering the team to get out of the cave, the urgency in his voice is especially noticeable.
- Team Mom
- Took a Level in Kindness: He became the Den Mother in order to become more human. It has had an effect, as he's come to care for the Team... and later on, his "father."
17: Doctor Fate
Fate has intervened.
An ancient being tasked with protecting the world from the powers of chaos, Dr. Fate must take on a mortal body as his host- and he doesn't much care what said host has to say about it. While he can be a major asset to the forces of good, the price paid might sometimes be too high.
18: The Atom
Mentor to young heroine and his lab assistant, Bumblebee.
19: Plastic Man
We both seem to have found teams that suit us.
- Genius Bruiser: In addition to being a powerful superhero, Icon is also experienced in handling interplanetary law.
21: Red Arrow
22: Blue Beetle II
The second Blue Beetle. His death in a lab explosion indirectly led to Jaime finding the Scarab and becoming his successor.
- Badass Normal: He never used the Scarab himself, just based his hero persona on it.
- Color Character: Blue Beetle.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Going head to head against both Deathstroke and Sportsmaster at the same time in order to keep the Light from getting the Scarab forever cements him extremely Badass. Taking into account the fact that Jaime ended up getting it, this also means that the explosion which claimed his life probably wasn't deliberate on the part of the villains.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Batgirl's dialogue in "Intervention" and everyone's initial belief that the Scarab was something he created implies that he was this.
- Genre Savvy: Of the Properly Paranoid type. Ted knew better than to just slap a piece of alien technology onto his back and hope for the best.
- On the other hand, had he done so he might have survived his encounter with Deathstroke and Sportsmaster.
- Legacy Character: The second Blue Beetle.
- Posthumous Character: He died during the Time Skip between seasons 1 and 2, making him this in relation to season 2 (he would have been alive during season 1, but he never appeared).
- Sonic Stunner: Apparently his weapon of choice, no doubt inspired by the Scarab armor's version.
23: Black Lightning
- Electric Black Guy: An electric powered hero of African descent.
- Meaningful Name: Not only does is he of African descent and have electrical powers, but he generates literally black lightning.
- Shock and Awe: With a distinctive black coloration.
24: Green Lantern (Guy Gardner)
Earth's third Green Lantern. When the League considers an expansion in "Agendas", the Flash puts his name forward - something Hal and John are both very
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves a falling bus of children when Green Arrow, Red Arrow, and Black Canary all fail to stop it from falling.
- Imagination-Based Superpower: Being a Green Lantern, his ring can create anything he can think of.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Implied. Judging by Hal’s and John’s "No. Just... No" Reaction at the idea of letting Guy join the League and Cassie’s own exclamation that he doesn’t like anyone one could reasonably say that he’s a bit difficult in terms of personality. However, Guy is a hero first, as seen when he saves a bus full of innocents. Nightwing also says that Guy is actually fond of Jaime Reyes in his own way (Which is quite possibly a Shout-Out to the fact Guy was rather fond of Jaime in the comics as well), which is a telling thing for Cassie.
- "No. Just... No" Reaction: How Hal and John react to the proposal of adding Guy to the League, though they eventually add him to the League anyway.