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.
Voiced by: Geoff Pierson
Wildcat (Ted Grant)
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.
- Species Surname
- 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.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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-Man Band: They are officially a five member group in "The Hunt" when Arsenal is kicked of The Team and welcomed into theirs.
- The Leader: Virgil. The others follow his lead and he does the talking.
- The Lancer: Arsenal sets the biggest contrast with Virgil because he's a hothead, a veteran, and none too heroic.
- The Big Guy: Tye creates a huge astral form. In "The Hunt" he's referred to as "our big gun".
- The Smart Guy: Eduardo uses cunning in his teleports. His father is also a Star Labs scientist.
- The Chick: Asami is the only girl in the group and Luthor gave the Boom Tube to her; perhaps he thinks Women Are Wiser?
- 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.
- Not Wearing Tights: They are a proto-hero team but they think of themselves as such and don't wear costumes.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
- The Runaway: Well duh. 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.
- 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
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
- Brown Eyes: Pre-abduction.
- 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
- 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.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- 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.
Asami "Sam" Koizumi
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.
- Brown Eyes: Since she has heterochromia it's more like brown eye, on the right. It's heavily implied to be this because of The Reach testing.
- 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
- 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.
- Green Eyes: Since she has heterochromia it's more like green eye, on left. It's heavily implied to be this because of The Reach testing.
- 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: Word of God is that 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.
- Parental Abandonment: Implied. See the Mysterious Past section.
- 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.
- Tights Under Shorts
- Tomboyish Ponytail
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
Voiced by: Michael Trucco
Green Beetle (B'arzz O'oomm)
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
- 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.
- 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