Characters: Young Justice - Other Heroes

aka: Young Justice-Other Heroes
This page is for listing tropes related to heroes unaffiliated with the Justice League or the Team in the animated series Young Justice.

For other characters that appear in the series, see the Young Justice Character Index.

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    The Justice Society of America 
A precursor to the modern Justice League. While most have only appeared in flashbacks, a few show up in the present day.

Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson)
Voiced by: Edward Asner

  • Death by Adaptation: Bites the big one in his debut episode.
  • Old Superhero: He's well past his prime.
  • Order Versus Chaos: The good doctor works for the Lords of Order.
  • Shipper on Deck: He seems to think Wally and Artemis would make a great couple, too bad they hate each other.
    • He seems to be saying this is why it would work, as his own wife Inza apparently never let him get away with anything.
  • Voice of the Legion: Nabu, while possessing a living body.

The Flash I (Jay Garrick)
Voiced by: Geoff Pierson

Green Lantern (Alan Scott)

Wildcat (Ted Grant)

The Sandman (Wesley Dodds)

    Atlantis 
Queen Mera
Voiced by: Kath Soucie

Topo

  • Fantastic Racism: The victim of it in the tie-in comic. He's referred to as a "fish head" by the Atlantean purists...
  • Mark of Shame: ... who then brand him with a phrase in ancient Atlantean that means "impure."
  • Mundane Utility: Uses his Atlantean sorcery for the purpose creating art.
  • Smoke Out: He uses a variation using octopus ink in the tie-in comics.

Lori Lemaris
Voiced By: Kath Soucie

  • Our Mermaids Are Different: To an extent, courtesy of her character designer. They tried to emphasize her aquatic-ness and make her more deliberately fish like, making her tail and movements closer to an actual fish' rather than the dolphin-like traits mermaids are often given.
  • Painting the Medium: Her appearance in the show has her casting a translation spell, after which all the spoken Atlantean becomes understandable english for the viewer.

King Nanaue Sha'ark

  • Adaptational Heroism: His mainstream DCU counterpart is usually a villain, but here, he's (more or less) one of the good guys.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: He's the king of the Atlantean city-state of Nanaue.
  • Canon Foreigner: Has appeared only in the tie-in comic so far.
  • Fantastic Racism: The victim of it like all other less human-like Atlanteans, but he shows traits of it himself, shown most notably when he refers to most other characters as "chum" and looks down on poor Topo for not being a "predator" like himself.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Repeatedly threatens and even attempts to eat other characters.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Acts like a bully, threatens to eat people, but is generally on everyone's side when they go after the purists. Still, his attempts to take a bite out of their enemies cause some friction.

Ronal

  • Shaping Your Attacks: Ronal can also make water constructs as Aqualad and Queen Mera can, such as when he is shown attacking Ocean Master with one shaped like a barracuda.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He and the other Purists were just used by Ocean Master in order to get at Queen Mera.

    Forever People 

A group of young New Gods from New Genesis, tracking stolen technology back to Earth, including Sphere. They help uncover a weapons trafficking conspiracy headed by Apokolips.

The Group as a whole

Vykin

Dreamer
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle

Bear
Voiced by: Bill Fagerbakke
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Almost as eager to fight Superboy as to befriend him.
  • Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": He adopts "Bear" as an equivalent of his true name in this continuity. His first choice was "Wolf", but that was taken; he likes "Bear" more, though.

Serifan
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker

Moonrider

Infinity-Man

    The runaways 

The group as a whole
  • Alien Abduction: All of them received their powers after being abducted and experimented on by the Reach.
  • Badass Crew: They definitely show signs of becoming one.
  • The Big Guy: Tye creates a huge astral form. In "The Hunt" he's referred to as "our big gun".
  • Breaking the Fellowship: In the finale, Tye, Ed, and Asami all decide to retire/return home since they were never interested in being heroes. Roy continues to strike out on his own since he conflicted with the team. Virgil officially joins up with the team.
  • The Chick: Asami is the only girl in the group and Luthor gave the Boom Tube to her; perhaps he thinks Women Are Wiser?
  • Color-Coded Characters: Virgil is blue, Tye is orange, Sam is green, Ed is yellow, and Arsenal is red.
  • Die or Fly: Artificially done, but the Reach exposed them to various stresses until their superpowers activated.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Virgil's the only one without preexisting issues, and now he's picked up the group issues of not being able to trust anyone or go to anyone for help.
  • Expy: All are based on Superfriends.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Their first "mission" together as a group, they managed to work rather well together in spite of their inexperience and a language barrier.
  • Five-Token Band: Native American, African-American, Japanese, Argentinian and white. See Younger and Hipper below.
  • Hope Spot: While their treatment by the Reach was much worse, immediately after being rescued they are confined within STAR Labs and subjected to grueling physical trials for 14 hours a day.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: They slowly develop control over their powers with each appearance, and "The Hunt" sees them capable enough to mount a successful rescue mission with some help from Arsenal.
  • The Lancer: Arsenal sets the biggest contrast with Virgil because he's a hothead, a veteran, and none too heroic.
  • The Leader: Virgil. The others follow his lead and he does the talking.
  • Not Wearing Tights: They are a proto-hero team but they think of themselves as such and don't wear costumes.
  • The Runaway: Tye ran away from his troubled home life and Ed ran away to see his father. However Virgil is an aversion; he was visiting his sister. Asami's circumstances are still unknown.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Subverted when they help the heroes in "Endgame". Virgil actually joins the Team afterward.
  • The Smart Guy: Eduardo uses cunning in his teleports. His father is also a Star Labs scientist.
  • The Smurfette Principle: They have one female member: Asami. Being that they're all parallels to the ethnic Super Friends, which had no females, she's a genderflipped version of Samurai. As a nod to this, the three boys nicknamed her "Sam."
  • Take a Third Option: They refused to join the Team or remain Luthor's pawns at the end of "The Hunt" since both have problems that they want nothing to do with.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "The Hunt", with some coaching from Arsenal, they manage to keep Black Beetle busy for much longer than anyone would think possible.
  • True Companions: When Ed's father is in trouble, they all go to help, even though it would mean returning to Star Labs where they were running from in the first place.
    • The stretches to Arsenal as well. They rejected the offer to join the team because Arsenal was kicked out. They extend him an offer to join up with them. Ultimately, he goes solo.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Lex Luthor in "The Hunt". However, once they realize this, thanks to Arsenal explaining it, they break ties with him.
  • Wild Card: The Reach, Star Labs, Lex Luthor, and the Justice League have all laid claim to them in the past. They've broken those ties and gone solo. Until Virgil joins the Team.
  • Younger and Hipper: All of them are based on the Captain Ethnic characters from Superfriends, only younger and with their more offensive traits removed. The sole exception is Virgil, though he could be seen as a stand-in for Black Vulcan. If they do become antagonists, they will also be expies of the Ultimen from Justice League Unlimited, only swapping out the Wonder Twins for El Dorado.

Virgil Hawkins (Static)
Voiced by: Bryton James

A young black man from Dakota City. After his metagene is activated, he gains the power to manipulate electricity. He joins the Team as Static with an open offer to become Black Lightning's mentee following the aversion of the Reach apocalypse.

  • Adult Fear: He tells Black Canary that his parents don't know where he is, indicating that he's not a runaway. His first request with her is to let him call his parents and tell them that he's alright.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He's called a 'impressionable fan' by The Reach to discredit his testimony that The Reach are evil. Now he's a bigger problem for them.
  • Badass: Watch him wipe out mooks with a trash can lid.
  • Braids of Action: In the Dreadlock Rasta variant.
  • The Cape: While not an outright boy scout, Virgil is the most idealistic of the group. He's displayed, on several occasions, a desire to use his powers for the greater good (as opposed to his more Heroic Neutral companions) and frequently jumps at the opportunity whenever it presents itself.
    • In fact he joins the team in the ending as Static.
  • Civvie Spandex: His Static uniform basically consists of him changing his shirt into one that looks like his shirt from the comics.
    • This also serves as a Mythology Gag to the comics, where his original costume literally consisted of clothes he found in his closet.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: At the hands of the Reach, who gave him "static shocks".
  • Cool Hat: Always wears a backwards blue cap.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Virgil's main color scheme is black with dark blue, but he is a definite good guy. And even joins the Team in the season 2 finale.
  • Distressed Dude: Introduced as a Reach captive.
  • Dreadlock Rasta: His regular hairstyle. Also doubles as Braids of Action.
  • Electric Black Guy: He is African-American and gained electrical abilities by Reach experimentation.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: For the Team.
  • Expy: He takes the place of Black Vulcan, becoming something of a Composite Character.
  • The Heart: Of the group, Virgil is the one most interested in being a hero. He even leads the others in rescuing the bystanders from Star Labs.
  • Indy Ploy: Virgil tends to think on the fly, as demonstrated in both appearances after he's learned to control his abilities.
  • Innocent Bystander: In first appearance. He tried for Badass Bystander but got ambushed.
  • Jumped at the Call: Pointed a gun at Black Beetle before he got superpowers, and is the only one of the four that doesn't want to be cured.
    • The first to agree to rescue the Team in the events of "The Hunt".
    • And he joins the Team in "Endgame".
  • The Leader: Based on what has been seen in "Runaways", he's mostly a Type 3, with hints of a Type 4.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Although he fully admits to it.
    Virgil: I, uh, I didn't exactly have a chance to come up with a plan...
  • Mundane Utility: Steals a can from a soda machine. Could count as a Mythology Gag as Static often did this in his former show.
    • Uses his levitating manhole cover as a chair.
  • Mythology Gag: The other three runaways are reworkings of three examples of Captain Ethnic from Challenge of the Superfriends. Instead of an update, the fourth Captain Ethnic, Black Vulcan, a black electricity-user, was simply replaced with Virgil (better known as Static), a different black electricty-user. (Black Vulcan himself was an Expy of Black Lightning, who is already in the show).
    • He also uses a charged-up manhole cover to fly after getting a hang of his powers.
  • Nice Guy: On a team with Tye, Ed, and Roy, Virgil is the most adjusted of the group, being quick to volunteer for heroic actions. He almost verges on Token Good Teammate.
  • Only Sane Man: The only member of the team that doesn't have issues.
  • Shock and Awe: Electric blasts, static cling, all that stuff.
  • Survivor Guilt: Virgil makes it clear that he saw many of the other abductees die due to the Reach's experiments.
  • Technical Pacifist: He prefers knocking his opponents out with metal objects to hitting them with electricity.

Tye Longshadow
Voiced by: Gregg Rainwater

An Apache boy and Jaime's friend from El Paso. After his meta gene is activated, he gains the power to project a spiritual giant around his body. He is based on Apache Chief from Challenge of the Superfriends.

  • Abusive Parents: He has this relationship with his mom's live-in boyfriend, which is why he ran away from home. His mother was appallingly neglectful.
  • The Big Guy: His powers increases his height and strength.
  • Childhood Friends: Implied to be this with Jaime Reyes aka Blue Beetle III.
  • Clipped Wing Angel: His Astral Projection form. See Glass Cannon below.
  • The Cynic: Tends to look on the sour side, even more so than Ed.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father is implied to be deceased.
  • Expy: Is a less-stereotypical version of Apache Chief.
  • Glass Cannon: On the one hand, his astral projection power gives him Super Strength. On the other hand, he shares any pain the projection would, which makes it a lot easier to disable him than one would think. Anything that can get through the projection can also potentially hit him, making him extremely vulnerable since he's a standard human otherwise. Tye seems to have gotten better at handling the pain in "The Hunt", but still gets floored pretty easily when Black Beetle lands a solid hit.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jaime aka Blue Beetle III.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: To indicate his somewhat aloof manner and his status as The Cynic. Tye originally had brown eyes, but changed to blue, due to type of tests The Reach did on him and the others.
  • Immune to Bullets: Or lasers, rather. They bounce right off his avatar, though he does admit that the lasers do hurt somewhat.
  • It's Personal: Once he learns that his friend Jaime has been taken over by the Scarab.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Once Jaime is buried by Red Volcano, Tye focuses and gains control of his powers to get him out.
  • Mythology Gag: He's based on Apache Chief from Challenge of the Superfriends, but he's named Longshadow like in Justice League Unlimited (and shares the same voice actor, too!). Also, he really is descended from Apache chiefs of the Mescalero tribe.
  • Official Couple: After Tye gives up the superhero life, he and Asami are revealed to have begun a relationship; she even moves in with him and his mom.
  • Perpetual Frowner: About 99% of the time Tye wears a scowl on his face.
  • Power Incontinence: Once activates his power while dreaming. It's mentioned in the beginning of "The Runaways" that he's the only one out of the four that can't use his power when he wants to. By the end, he's got considerably more control over it.
  • Role Reprisal: From Justice League Unlimited.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: A kid named "Longshadow" who can project a spiritual giant?
  • Super Strength: Summoning his astral form allows Tye to have a drastic increase in strength.
  • Synchronization: Harming his avatar causes him pain.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: He's the tallest of the Runaways, has long, black hair, and is considered very handsome by his female fan base out-of-universe.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: There's also the amount of snark he unleashes from time to time.

Asami "Sam" Koizumi
Voiced by: Janice Kawaye

A Japanese girl who gains chi manipulation powers after her metagene is activated. She is based on Samurai from Challenge of the Superfriends.

  • Action Girl: Proto-super heroine.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Except for two words ("no idea"), she only speaks Japanese in "The Runaways". No subtitles either. Improves a bit in her later appearances.
  • Blow You Away: Inverted. As her powers are still developing, the most she can do currently is propel herself with chi short distances. In "The Hunt" she can project shock waves.
  • Catch Phrase: "Sumimasen" in all its inflections ("Sorry!" "Excuse me!/?" "Thank you").
  • Composite Character: Of Samurai and Crazy Shy Lolita Canary, a Japanese superheroine with a sonic scream and the same Catch Phrase.
  • The Chick: The only female member and, to an extent, is well-adjusted.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied. It wasn't explored in the TV series, but think about it for a moment: She moves in with Tye (her boyfriend) and his mother, that's a decision that's not just made by just mental and physical attraction: It can also mean that Asami's home life was so terrible that when she met the guy that she developed intense feelings for, she decided to stay with him. There's also the fact that she refused to say anything about her, except her name and nationality.
  • Expy: Is a less-stereotypical version of Samurai.
  • Flat Character: Because of the language barrier, Sam has been the least developed of the runaways, instead being mostly reactive to the situations at hand.
  • Gender Flip: In the original Superfriends cartoon, Samurai was a guy.
  • Happily Adopted: A form of this. After "Endgame", Virgil reveals that Sam moved in with Tye and his mom, mostly because the two teens had started a secret relationship.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Her only power thus far is being able to launch herself with her chi powers. She makes the best of it.
  • In-Series Nickname: Called "Sam" by her friends.
  • Ki Attacks: Word of God stated that Sam's power is chi manipulation.
  • Mysterious Past: She is a runaway, but refuses to reveal anything other than her name and nationality.
  • Nice Girl: She's willing to help three guys that she has just met.
  • Official Couple: Virgil informs that she and Tye become this, and have actually had a thing for a while. Asami even moved in with him and his mom.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only one of the group who is female, though she was not the only female abductee.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: She's based on Samurai and the other runaways nickname her Sam.

Eduardo "Ed" Dorado, Jr.
Voiced by: Freddy Rodriguez

An Argentinian who gains the power of teleportation after his metagene is activated. He is based on El Dorado from Challenge of the Superfriends.

  • Brainy Brunette: The resident Smart Guy and has black hair.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Is "given" teleportation powers by The Reach. Ed makes it known that he'd rather be normal.
  • Daddy Issues: Though he seems to get over it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gives a lot of quips.
    Ed: I can only teleport myself, and only along sight lines. Which makes escaping from a windowless, locked hallway somewhat difficult!
  • Expy: Is a less-stereotypical version of El Dorado.
  • Fingerless Gloves: He wears a black pair.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Sometimes slips in some Hispanic words.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: A rare example, in which he's also the smartest of the team.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: He wants a cure the most.
  • In-Series Nickname: Referred to "Ed" by his friends.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Lampshaded in the episode in which his powers were revealed. His father is S.T.A.R. Lab's head teleportation researcher, and refuses to believe that Ed developing teleporter powers is a coincidence.
  • Lean and Mean: Averted. He has his anger issues and can be snarky, but he cares for his friends and father.
  • Messy Hair: Uncombed black hair.
  • Missing Mom: Implied to be dead since Ed was raised by his grandfather and he ran away to go live with his father.
  • Papa Wolf: Inverted in that Red Volcano threatening to tear his father's head off is what finally allows him to teleport with passengers.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He and Tye could have a contest on who frowns the most.
  • Quirky Curls: A cross between this and Messy Hair: for this one he inverts it because while he does have the curls, he's more cynical than quirky.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Ed was raised by his grandfather in Argentina.

    Other Heroes 
Voiced by: Michael Trucco

  • Boldly Coming: Why hello there, Alanna. Partially flipped on its head, however, in that Alanna is far more eager to jump Strange's bones than the other way around.

Blue Beetle I (Dan Garrett)

Green Beetle (B'arzz O'oomm)
Voiced by: Phil La Marr

A Martian archaeologist who found a Reach Scarab on his world, but was able to control it thanks to his mental powers. When he hears of the Reach's arrival on Earth, he travels there to fight with the team.

  • Adaptive Armor: The Reach Beetle armor.
  • Anti-Villain: He is being controlled by his scarab and once he is freed he is not evil at all.
  • Affably Evil: His whole disposition doesn't change even after his outing as The Mole.
  • Aliens Steal Cable: All Martians love television, apparently.
  • And I Must Scream: He was controlled by his Scarab, fully aware and unable to act, for so long that he can hardly remember actually being in control of himself.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Rescues Alpha Squad from Black Beetle.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Martian that the Scarab is possessing and by manipulating Blue Beetle and "fixing him", he does this to Jaime as well.
  • Brought Down to Badass: His scarab is destroyed in the finale, but he's still a Martian.
  • Canon Foreigner: Lampshaded when Impulse points out that he's never heard of him. B'arzz was created when the showrunners realized that, if they established that the Reach sent a scarab to every inhabited world after they'd already established that Mars is still fully populated in this universe, it would only make sense for there to be a Martian scarab user.
  • Eleventh Hour Ranger: As of "Intervention," he is now able to genuinely add his considerable power to the Justice League's side in time for their final showdown with the Reach.
    • And then his Scarab is destroyed in "Endgame". While he helps the League save Earth, he returns to Mars afterward.
  • Genius Bruiser: Has full access to the Scarab's knowledge base.
  • Heel-Face Brainwashing: Zatanna uses an ancient spell which originally freed Blue Beetle's Scarab from Reach control to free both Green and Blue Beetle (again).
  • Magic Pants: The Scarab armor shapeshifts with him.
  • The Mole: Shockingly, it turns out he was working for the Reach all along.]]
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: All the power and knowledge of the Scarab, but it works for him instead of controlling him. Or not.
  • Shapeshifter: He's a Martian, so he can naturally shapeshift.
  • Shout-Out: A Martian named B'arzz O'oomm with green armor. Hmm...
  • Spanner in the Works: Impulse notes that he is curiously absent from history as he knows it. And Green Beetle turns out to the the key factor in setting Blue Beetle on the path of evil...
  • Super Power Lottery: He has a Scarab's considerable arsenal and standard Martian powers (albeit with the Martian weakness to fire).
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Subverted. According to B'arzz, the Scarab wasn't prepared for the unique physiology of a Martian. Turns out it was entirely prepared.
  • The Unsmile: He tries to smile to reassure Miss Martian before she probes his mind. The attempt is off-putting, to say the least.

Secret (Greta Hayes)
Voiced by: Masasa Moyo

  • Catch Phrase: "Secret."
  • Cain and Abel: Killed by her brother. Lampshaded by the magic shop across her home being "Abel's House of Secrets."

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Young Justice-Other Heroes