Characters / Young Justice - The Light
aka: Young Justice-The Light

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This page is for listing tropes related to members of "The Light", a mysterious council of DC bad guys who seem to be behind almost every major crime the Team encounters in the animated series Young Justice. Their alliances even extend off-planet - Desaad has supplied them with the technology of the New Gods, and they add the Kroloteans' "Competitor", the Reach, to their contacts in season two. The last scene of season two shows that they also know Darkseid.

While they control a large number of minor baddies from DC lore who do their bidding and dirty work, the group itself is a mere 7 members. As of season 2, the members are:
  • Vandal Savage (L1)
  • Ra's al Ghul (L2)
  • Lex Luthor (L3)
  • Queen Bee (L4)
  • Black Manta (L5)
  • The Brain (L6)
  • Klarion the Witch Boy (L7)

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

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     In General 
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, the organization is called the Secret Society of Super Villains, something hinted at in "Revelation" when Batman refers to it.
  • Affably Evil and Faux Affably Evil: All of them fall into one of the two. Vandal Savage, Lex Luthor, Ra's Al Ghul, The Brain and Black Manta are all Affably Evil, Klarion is Faux Affably Evil and Queen Bee switches between both of them with chilling speed
  • Anti-Villain: Although still horrible people, its individual members are portrayed far more sympathetically than their comic book counterparts, being both more well intentioned visionaries and more human, some of them shown to have sincere concern about certain people. The exceptions are Klarion, Ocean Master and Queen Bee, which are depicted as psychopaths, and even then the latter simply didn't get more relevant screen time.
  • Badass Crew: They are all among the most powerful and influential individuals on Earth, although Luthor, Queen Bee, and the Brain are non-combative (though no less dangerous for it).
  • Big Bad Duumvirate:
    • The group as a whole takes this role. "Auld Acquaintance" reveals Vandal Savage had the idea to form the group, but they act as an alliance of equals.
    • With the Reach in Season 2. And with Darkseid since at least "Bereft".
  • Breaking the Fellowship: In "Summit", the Brain and Black Manta are captured, Ra's is stabbed and dead for the moment, Savage and Klarion are on the WarWorld, and Luthor and Queen Bee were presumably left on Earth.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Their plans seem to require the Justice League. It got to the point Vandal Savage had to get Klarion to give up so he wouldn't destroy the Watchtower even after the attempt to take over the League failed.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Averted, the only time they ever do stuff like this is using it as a distraction to their real plan. They also have a benign name instead of the Legion of Doom or the Secret Society of Super Villains.
  • The Chessmaster: Pretty much effortlessly manipulated the heroes at every turn and still managed to profit even when their plans failed.
  • Complexity Addiction: Exploited. The Light often stages complicated attacks they expect to fail as distractions for far simpler operations.
    • In "Coldhearted", they use floating fortresses to cause a mini-ice age across North America and distract the majority of the heroes, leaving only Kid Flash to save their real target, a heart transplant meant for a dying young girl. Their agent Count Vertigo is unfortunately too incompetent to avoid tipping Wally off.
    • In "Misplaced", they cast a spell that divides the entire planet into parallel dimensions as a distraction to quietly steal a minor specimen from a lab in Gotham City.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Black (Black Manta), Middle-Eastern (Queen Bee and Ra's), Cro-Magnon (Savage), White (Luthor), interdimensional (Klarion), French (Brain), and Atlantean (Ocean-Master). They pulled out all the stops.
  • Evil Plan: Taken from Vandal Savage's Motive Rant in the season one finale; something about destroying the status quo and forcing humans to develop faster.
    • Further clarified in "Summit": the Light wants to turn Earth into a galactic power.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Manta and Aqualad nuke a Krolotean base at the behest of the Reach. Then, after about half a season of co-operation, they start working against the Reach too.
  • The Faceless: When they're projected on their view-screens, you can't make out more of each member than a glowing silhouette.
  • Identity Concealment Disposal: For whatever reason, they stop using the face-concealing glowing silhouette monitors after the episode "Revelations" and instead use monitors that leave their faces completely visible.
    • Possibly justified: in the Light's appearances after "Revelations," the screens are located within an actual Light member's residence. Presumably, they issue silhouette-only interfaces to their minions, but converse among themselves with regular video.
  • The Illuminati: The Light seems to have a lot of Illuminati-characteristics, down to their group's name being similar to "the enlightened ones".
  • Kansas City Shuffle: The Light regularly uses the heroes attempts to "stop the evil plan" to further their real machinations.
    • In "Usual Suspects", The Light stages a fake attack on the Team so the League itself will bring dangerous devices the Light's agents are carrying at the time on board the Watchtower.
  • Karma Houdini: By the end of the series, most of the Light gets off scot free. Vandal escaped in the WarWorld to join Darkseid, Klarion can't ever be punished by Dr Fate's own admission, Lex Luthor and Queen Bee are spared thanks to the Villain with Good Publicity status, and Ra's Al Ghul was taken off to be resurrected by Ubu. Only the Brain and Black Manta were actually captured.
  • Legion of Doom: Serve as an interesting reconstruction of the concept.
  • Light Is Not Good: They're called the Light and they're evil. Simple as.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Make that "The Committee Behind Cadmus". Nearly every villain in the series so far is working for them, or at least somehow connected to the group.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: They started out this way.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Chaos to the Justice League's order. Though in this case, they don't want to destroy the world, just prevent humanity's stagnation from too much peace and status quo.
  • Out-Gambitted: In "Summit". Though even then, Savage still succeeded in getting Black Beetle to leave Warworld's key chamber unguarded so he could hijack it.
  • Out of Focus: Some of the members tend not to be seen for long stretches of time.
    • Ocean Master definitely has it worst, being the only team member who never serves as an episode's main villain. He does not even have any lines while in his Ocean Master identity, the only times he speaks he is either in his concealed L-5 persona or in his civilian identity as Prince Orm. In the second season he has been ousted from the group for unexplained reasons and has yet to make any sort of appearance.
    • In the second season the focus is mostly on Vandal, Lex and Manta. The other four members have mostly just appeared in cameos during the Light's video conferences and have had few if any lines.
  • Rule of Seven: They have never had more than seven members at a time so far.
  • Shadow Archetype: You might notice how there are seven members of The Light just like there were seven founding members of the Justice League. There's even a structural similarity. Superman and Batman's Arch-Enemy foes, one female, a joker who's more powerful than you might think, a water guy, a really old member, and someone who uses technology to further their goals.
  • The Smurfette Principle: They have only one female member, Queen Bee.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": THE Light.
  • Take Over the World: And then the galaxy.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Pointedly averted. The members of the Light, unlike most supervillain alliances in comics or adaptations, work together very well.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Kaldur outright calls the Light out on this, stating that the reason his team seems to constantly be in the Light's way and is more than once victorious in ways not even the Justice League is capable of is because the Light is constantly underestimating them, which is their major weakness. Vandal Savage has to concede the point, not that it convinces him to actually make more than a token effort to kill the team.
  • The Unfettered: As a group, they allow nothing to interfere with their goals. Threatening millions of innocent lives, hanging their own allies out to dry, aligning with Darkseid... everything's fair play in the Light's book.
  • The War of Earthly Aggression: Their ultimate goal, according to Vandal Savage, is to make Earth "take its rightful place at the center of the cosmos," which, according to Aqualad, means instigating a war of conquest that would lead to the Light controlling the entire Milky Way.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Want to fast-track humanity's advancement and put Earth on top throughout the universe. Unfortunately, they're also willing to do almost anything to get there.
  • Xanatos Gambit: The Light are experts at these, setting up hedges in nearly every episode that ensures that no matter whether the heroes win or lose, The Light's plans continue moving forward.
  • You Are Number 6: Before each member was revealed they were only known by their number within the Light in the credits.

Current Members

    L1: Vandal Savage 
Voiced by Miguel Ferrer

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"50,000 years of life, and nothing ever troubled me as much as the founding of the Justice League."

An immortal supervillain who founded the Light and acts as the groups prima inter pares.
  • Action Dad: While his children are never seen on screen (like Lex Luthor or Black Manta) or in the comics (like Ra's al Ghul) he uses his own experience as a father to help comfort Black Manta while he was mourning his son's catatonic state and understanding Manta's desire to avenge him.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Sort of. While he's still definitely a villain here, he's more of a Knight Templar visionary as opposed to the horrifically brutal and amoral psychopath of the comics.
  • Affably Evil: He's very calm and politely spoken, as well as quite friendly with his fellow villains.
  • Badass Baritone: Has a very deep voice courtesy of Miguel Ferrer.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Delivers one to Kid Flash in "Coldhearted":
      Savage: You'll "handle" me? Little hero, do you really think you have what it takes to survive Vandal Savage?
    • He delivers one to the Team in "Summit":
      Savage: I've had my fill of your interference. Do not expect to survive.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a dark blue coat without lapels in his every appearance.
  • Beard of Evil: Mutton-chops, to be specific.
  • Big Bad: Founder and first among equals of The Light.
  • Contemplative Boss: His standard pose.
  • Contemporary Caveman: Very evident in his design.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: He came up with the idea for The Light, and is often seen planning with other members or setting their plans in motion.
  • Earth Is the Center of the Universe: He appearantly holds the opinion that Earth's rightful place is "at the center of the cosmos".
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He goes out of his way to console Black Manta after Kaldur is accidentally mind-raped into a vegetative state by Miss Martian, admitting that were he put in the same position, as a father, he would stop at nothing to get back or avenge his child.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has a deep, menacing voice.
  • Fallen Hero: Word of God is that Savage was a hero at one time or another.
  • Genius Bruiser: The genius part is obvious, but he's also a very dangerous hand-to-hand combatant.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has three scars on his face. Word of God says they're from a run-in with a cave bear.
  • The Heavy: While the Light is an alliance of equals, Savage is the most prominent member, is considered first among equals, personally spearheads the Light's plots in both season finales, and the formation of the Light was his idea, with Savage extending invitations to the rest of the group. Savage isn't the sole Big Bad, but he definitely has the most impact on the plot.
  • Heroic Build: Played with. He has a huge, muscular figure, and was once a hero; now he's one of the main villains, but Vandal seen more as a Knight Templar.
  • Implacable Man: Takes full body rams powered by Super Speed with as much difficulty as getting breathed on.
  • Kneel Before Zod: At the end of "Usual Suspects" he makes the entire mind-controlled Justice League bow to him.
  • Knight Templar: Savage believes that the Light's efforts are ultimately for the betterment of humanity.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Considering he caught Wally by surprise, he clearly qualifies.
  • Papa Wolf: At least implied to be one, what with him seemingly sympathising with Black Manta's plight and even appearently extending his concern to Kaldur (pragmatic reasons, of course, are also a possibility, but he seemed overly emotional about his betrayal).
  • Pet the Dog: When he hijacked the WarWorld, he took the time to send the Leaguers guarding it back to the Watchtower, even though in his mood one would expect him to just murder them. Then again, he may have done it to give the Reach a hard time.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Closer to fifty-thousand.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Subverted. He tried to kill Wally, claiming in order to take revenge against The Flash. According to him, he has a score to settle with the Scarlet Speedster. However, in reality he was only trying to delay him from his mission.
  • Scars Are Forever: He got those scars before he gained his immortality from a meteorite's radiation, meaning that he's had them all his life.
  • The Social Darwinist: He is a firm believer of conflict helping to advance the species. He founded The Light because he believes the Justice League's goal of helping humanity is holding mankind back.
  • The Stoic: Savage is very calm and collected. Even during his Villainous Breakdown, he keeps his cool.
  • Time Abyss: Somewhere in the neighborhood of 50,000 years old.
  • Touché: When Kaldur's Engineered Public Confession utterly destroys the Reach/Light alliance, he admits that no one has ever set him back so thoroughly in his entire life, and would even be impressed were he not so utterly enraged.
  • Tranquil Fury: During his Villainous Breakdown, it's quite clear he's completely enraged, but he keeps a steady tone throughout.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In "Summit", when the Team manage to completely Out Gambit both the Light and the Reach. While he keeps his composure, he still becomes visibly enraged by the loss they suffered.
  • Villainous Friendship: While all of the Light are generally cordial to each other, Savage is shown to be on good terms with several supervillains, including Ra's al Ghul (Word of God refers to Savage and Ra's as "old friends"), Lex Luthor, Klarion, Black Manta, Sportsmaster, and even Darkseid.
  • Villain Team-Up: Seemingly with Darkseid, considering how casually he greet the God of Evil Physical God
  • Visionary Villain: He founded the Light with the vision of putting Earth in its "rightful place at the center of the cosmos". Word of God is that Savage even thinks of himself as a visionary.
  • We Need a Distraction: His role in "Coldhearted" amount to this.

    L2: Ra's Al Ghul 
Voiced by Oded Fehr

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"Thus, another corner of the world, sees the Light"

The centuries old founder and master of the League of Shadows.

    L3: Lex Luthor 
Voiced by Mark Rolston

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"Oh, I wasn't talking about the weaponry. I myself never go armed. No, the greatest arsenal any man can bring to the party consists of the resources of his own mind. His intelligence, his stratagems, his force of will."

CEO of LexCorp, Luthor presents a benevolent public face while using his wealth, intellect, and resources to serve the Light's agenda.
  • Arms Dealer: The "corporate lobbyist" type, as in the DCAU.
  • Baddie Flattery: His praise of Arsenal's attempt to kill him was quite flattering.
  • Bald of Evil: As is more or less standard with Luthor.
  • Benevolent Boss: Unlike other incarnations, this Luthor shows genuine concern for his bodyguard Mercy when her artificial arm gets blown off in "Satisfaction".
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He uses the output of Lexcorp to assist the Light's Evil Plan and other personally evil goals.
  • Crazy-Prepared: "I don't believe in risk, I believe in preparation." Case in point, his desk is a bomb shelter.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Completely inverted in "Targets", where Lex uses a few well placed super assassins to help sell his most recent advances in cyborg weapons technology to a major government. He also essentially bribes Arsenal into not killing him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Almost half of what he says is snark, and he's never less than 100% deadpan.
    Luthor: Sigh... who knew enabling an Alien Invasion would entail so much paperwork?
  • Deal with the Devil: He's fond of tempting heroes by offering them some piece of technology that makes them more powerful in order to make them dependent on him.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He seems genuinely surprised that the Runaways would take offense to him using them for his own ends, as if he expected them to assume he was to begin with. He doesn't even make any effort to deny it.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Bruce Wayne. He's the Corrupt Corporate Executive who heads an N.G.O. Superpower that is opposed to the League while Wayne is an Honest Corporate Executive who supports the League.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Lex and the League of Assassins don't get along... later revealed to be a front, as both Luthor and Ra's al Ghul are members of The Light.
  • Expy: This version of Lex Luthor borrows heavily in terms of both personality and methods from David Xanatos, who was also created by Young Justice showrunner Greg Weisman.
    Luthor/Xanatos: Revenge is a sucker's game.
  • The Face: As the only member of the Light not to be a known criminal, Luthor more or less runs the public face of the Light, especially in their more overt actions in Season 2, such as their "support" of the Reach.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Is polite, respected, kind to his employees and genuinely wants to make the world a better place. But he's still Lex Luthor, the man who wrote the book on self-centeredness, and is working to carry out The Light's decidedly social darwinist agenda.
  • Glorified Sperm Donor: Tries for this with Superboy. If he hadn't had that code word to put him in a catatonic state, he'd have gotten his face punched in.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: He supplied some of Superboy's DNA, making him effectively Superboy's human father.
  • Manipulative Bastard: As displayed in his interactions with Red Arrow, Superboy, Arsenal, and the Runaways.
  • Narcissist: Of particular note is the large portrait of himself that he keeps in his office.
  • Nerves of Steel: We have yet to see him lose his cool.
    Luthor: (after his office has been blown up) And that, my dear, is why I spent top dollar for a customized desk.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Believes physical combat to be beneath him.
  • Not So Different:
    • Tells Superboy that the hero has far more in common with an Anti-Villain like Luthor than with Superman and his Black and White Morality.
    • He also uses this to successfully recruit a team in "Runaways".
  • President Evil: "Endgame" implies he will become the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He still has his "power suit", i.e. the three piece silk suit and tie.
  • Talking Your Way Out: Saves himself from Arsenal's dramatically ironic assassination attempt by simply giving a speech that deconstructs the hero's motivations.
    Luthor: What is you really want son: Revenge? Or satisfaction?
  • Unwitting Pawn: Invoked as he attempts to recruit the runaways. When he offers them help, Virgil points out that he's been working with the Reach, who the runaways mean to avoid at all cost. Luthor deflects this by claiming that he suspects that they are using him, and they appear to buy it. And to all appearances, Luthor is only in a business partnership with the Reach. Nobody outside of the League or Young Justice knows that they're both with the Light.
  • Villain Team-Up: With Ra's al Ghul in "Targets". It's only later that we learn it's because they're both members of The Light.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: To the point where he's seen as the most likely candidate to take over as Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: This version of Lex Luthor tends towards this, or at least he likes to pretend to.

    L4: Queen Bee 
Voiced by Marina Sirtis

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"Now, your performance... a bit over the top, I think."

The ruler of Bialya with the power to manipulate pheromones to control people based on their attraction to women.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Queen Bee's powers are based on her target's sexual attraction to women, but Bee's own sexuality is ambiguous. Word of God describes her sexual orientation as a spoiler.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Possibly subverted; nothing about her outfit seems particularly bee-like (except possibly her earrings, which vaguely resemble stingers, and the thin cape that vaguely resemble a bee's wings), and Word of God suggests that "Bee" might just be her real name.
    • Bee also connects to her superpower, pheromone control of men (and some women).
  • Cleavage Window: Her shawl and corset-like top can give her the appearance of this.
  • Composite Character: There have been four Queen Bees in DC Comics. Two of them were ordinary humans who ruled Bialya (one of whom used brainwashing), and two were aliens with mind control pollen. The YJ Queen Bee is a human with mind control pheromones, who rules Bialya.
  • The Dark Chick: The sole woman amongst the Light, and her powers are well-suited for manipulation.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: According to Batman, she has the ability to put most men and some women under her thrall (no doubt a thinly veiled reference to her power working on lesbians and bisexuals of both genders, and not working on gay men). This is demonstrated when she uses her powers on Marie Logan to make her commit suicide.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Averted, but lampshaded. Queen Bee is actually very subtle and sinister, and critiques M'gann's impersonation of her, complete with cliché Evil Overlord "Qurac WILL be mine!", as over the top.
  • Evil Is Petty: She murdered Marie Logan during the timeskip. The only logical reason for her to bother would be to spite M'gann.
  • Evil Overlord: We don't know exactly the state Bialya is in, but this is probably the best description of what Queen Bee is. Her main contribution to the Light consists of access to Bialyan soil, where larger scale operations can take place away from most prying eyes.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Especially in "Image", where she adopts a polite tone... while blackmailing M'gann and threatening to force Garfield to harm himself.
  • Femme Fatale: Invoked. She relies on other people's attraction to her in order to manipulate them.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Even if she wasn't part of The Light, Queen Bee's ruthless behaviour (both on interpersonal and inter-country levels) disqualifies her from being the good kind of queen.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Just listen to what she says to M'gann.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: As per the trope description, Queen Bee responds with more ruthlessness and bloodlust than her male counterparts to her plans being thwarted: the men (except Klarion) always respond with calm and usually go "all part of the plan"; Queen Bee went (by herself) straight to where the heroes were staying, held a child essentially at gun-point, and told M'Gann she'd ruin her life if she ever interfered with her plans again, like a sociopathic Regina George. The boys of the Light (almost always) have people killed for them; Queen Bee does it herself. Also, while her compatriot in the Light, Lex Luthor, doesn't believe in revenge, Queen Bee certainly does.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: While her Mind Control could certainly make someone fight for her, there's no indication that she could take on your average superhero alone. In "Usual Suspects," she's quickly taken out so that the Team won't have to worry about her turning them against each other.
  • Qurac: Runs a nation known as Bialya, which is a near-anagram of Libya.
    • Which apparently is right next door to the actual DC Comics fictionation Qurac, as the team infiltrate her country by crossing the border. (Qurac is actually a decent country in this continuity, though.)
      • However, the tie-in comic indicates that the new Qurac government replacing the previous president during the time-skip now answers to Queen Bee.
    • Bialya also subverts most of the Qurac stereotypes as it's run by a scantly-clad woman rather than being a No Woman's Land and has an extremely strong and well-equipped military that is capable of giving superheroes a serious fight.
  • Personality Powers: A vampy dictator who can literally control men's minds.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: She threatens to make Garfield "damage himself" if M'gann tries to attack her. The final issue of the tie-in comic also reveals that she used her powers to make Marie Logan drive her car off a cliff.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia: Queen Bee certainly dresses the part of royalty, with her gold jewellery and regal looking shawl.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Albeit an evil something, but she doesn't send mooks to threaten Gar and blackmail Miss Martian, she does that personally.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female member of The Light.
  • Softspoken Sadist: When she blackmails Miss Martian to reveal her Dark Secret if she doesn't cooperate with her. She's also chillingly courteous to Marie Logan while forcing her to kill herself.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: All signs point to her name actually being Bee.
  • The Vamp: Her personality, behavior and powers only further cement this.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In "Images", she casually threatens to make Garfield hurt himself if Miss Martian tries anything against her.

    L5: Black Manta 
Voiced by Khary Payton

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"It is not in success where true character is revealed, but in failure."

Aquaman's Arch-Enemy and Aqualad's biological father. Manta joins the Light in Season 2 to replace the disgraced Ocean-Master.
  • Action Dad: To Aqualad in Season 2.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Sort of, like Savage. Here, Manta shows more humanity, and seems to genuinely care for his son, whereas in the comics he ruthlessly tried to murder him.
  • A Father to His Men: He seems to treat his men rather well, going with his Noble Demon "virtues".
  • Affably Evil: To an extent. He even uses an assassination mission as a way to teach his son honesty. He also never raises his voice when talking to his men, whom he doesn't abuse (they don't seem scared of him in the slightest). Unless Aqualad's safety is involved. In "Complications", when Manta goes to rescue Kaldur from Cheshire his men are already trying to reopen the sealed door. Manta blows it up without waiting for any of them to get out of the way.
  • Arch-Enemy: It doesn't receive a great deal of focus (the show focuses on the young heroes, not the Justice League), but Manta is described by Lagoon Boy as Aquaman's worst enemy. Manta later expresses disappointment that Aquaman didn't die in the explosion that destroyed Malina Island.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To Aqualad in Season 1.
  • Artificial Gill: The secondary purpose of his armor, since he isn't an Atlantean.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: His default pose. Example.
  • Badass Mustache: More of a goatee really.
  • Badass Normal: With the exception of his artificial gills, he's a completely normal man with a suit of power armor.
  • Berserk Button: Do not mess with his son.
  • The Brute: In a sense, while other members of the light specialize in assassination, technology, magic, or such, he deals in direct military action.
  • Characterization Marches On: In "Downtime", he comes across as brash and petty. In the second second onward, he shows a LOT more tact and grace.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Wears Powered Armor but otherwise has no powers.
  • Color Character: He is Black Manta, afterall.
  • Consummate Professional: Manta's troops are among the most efficient and well-trained mooks of the show and Manta treats them very respectfully.
  • Dark Is Evil: His intimidating, pitch-black armor makes this abundantly clear.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Hits nearly all of the prerequisites.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Is promoted to take Ocean Master's place on the Light in the 3rd episode of season 2.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His son, Aqualad. This is noted well in "The Fix" where, he is immediately at his son's side when Aqualad—due to being affected by M'gann's Mind Rape sometime back, mumbles his first word in his slowly repaired state: "Father." He is also genuinely conflicted and heartbroken when he discovers Aqualad is a mole for the heroes.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Kaldur attempted to convince his father to undergo a Heel–Face Turn after being outed as The Mole. Manta truly wants Kaldur to do the opposite.
  • Eye Beams: His primary form of offense.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Black Manta is genuinely pained when it's revealed that Kaldur was actually a Reverse Mole.
  • Large Ham: At times.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: During the Time Skip Aqualad learned Black Manta was his father, and switched sides... to infiltrate Black Manta's organization.
  • Malcolm Xerox: While nowhere near as intense as his comic counterpart (who was actually playing it up as a way to scam people for funds and men, but still), Manta shows subtle signs of it in "Summit" when The Reach state The Light aren't equal partners but simply The Reach's favored agents. Manta comes to blows with Black Beetle over the notion that Manta refuses to be anyone's slave and later on waxes on about how one must be ruthless to truly stay a free man.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Check out the inside of his sub.
  • No MacGuffin, No Winner: Invoked. Later revealed to be his Plan B.
  • Noble Demon: Manta has his own honor code, and is shown to actually be a caring father towards Kaldur in Season 2. Kaldur admits he admires these qualities and tries to convince his father to pull a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Offing the Offspring: He attempted it in "Downtime" by shooting at Aqualad and Garth. He didn't care if he killed his own son in an explosion he himself caused. They're working together by Season 2...except not.
  • Papa Wolf: His behavior in season 1 notwithstanding, he doesn't take kindly to threats against his son. He absolutely refuses to let Sportsmaster have Aqualad in exchange for the death of Artemis, and swears revenge on Miss Martian for rendering him comatose.
  • Pet the Dog: Whenever he's with Kaldur in Season 2. The guy's evil, but he's a great dad. And no, he isn't just putting it on to gain his trust... he shows an equal amount of affection towards a comatose Kaldur, and goes to extreme lengths to restore his mind. Even after a mission that Kaldur is technically successful, but not because of his own actions, he praises his son for the mere act of not taking credit where he did not expressly deserve it.
    • Also, he seems to genuinely appreciate Tigress and her friendship with his son.
  • Powered Armor: Without it he couldn't do much underwater since it also acts as scuba gear.
  • Scary Black Man: Masked, but he still counts.
  • Secret Test of Character: Subjects his son to one, which he passes. But that doesn't mean he should rest easy.
  • Shipper on Deck: Seems to think Aqualad and "Tigress" are a couple.
  • Spotting the Thread: In "Downtime", he almost instantly noticed one of his men carrying water-bearers and realised that the trooper was Aqualad in disguise.
  • Third-Person Person: On occasion.
  • Wicked Cultured: Complete with decorative tribal masks and a glass of red wine.

    L6: The Brain 
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"Sil vous plait, Capitaine, do not struggle- brain extraction is largely painless. Ze benefits are EN-NOR-MOUS. Just look at what it has done for me."

A brilliant French scientist who implanted his brain in a cybernetic shell.

    L7: Klarion the Witch Boy 
Voiced by Thom Adcox

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"Order went out in the 20th century!"

A powerful, but immature Lord of Chaos who handles the Light's needs in the field of sorcery.

Former Members

    L5: Ocean Master (Prince Orm of Atlantis) 
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Ocean-Master is the secret identity of Prince Orm, the younger brother of Aquaman. He was the leader of the Atlantean purists and a former member of the Light, designated L-5.
  • Bishōnen: The few times he appears without a mask on at least.
  • Barrier Warrior: He can only use defensive magic.
  • Cain and Abel: With Aquaman.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Ocean Master is actually mentioned and appears very briefly in a flashback told as a story in "Downtime." This is before it's revealed that Orm is him or that he's a member of The Light.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In season two, Savage tells Black Manta that he's been chosen to replace "poor, disgraced Ocean-Master." We never find out why he's no longer part of the Light.
  • The Evil Prince: Well he IS the prince of Atlantis.
  • Fantastic Racism: In the comic tie-in, he leads the Purists, a cult dedicated to "cleanse" Atlantis from non-humanoid Atlanteans. He actually doesn't give a damn about the Purist cause, but they make convenient minions.
  • Foregone Conclusion: A version of Aquaman's brother who seems to be a decent person? That's not gonna last long...
  • Noodle Incident: We still don't know what happened over the Time Skip that caused him to get kicked out of The Light.
  • Out of Focus: Compared to the other members of the Light. Not only is he absent in season two for unknown reasons, but he only speaks in one episode (where Black Manta was The Heavy). In fact, the show never even reveals his real identity; if you were unfamiliar with Aquaman canon and didn't read the tie-in comic, you probably wouldn't realize that he and that nice Prince Orm were the same person.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Ocean Master does nothing onscreen as a member of the Light, though he does have a larger role in one of the comic tie-in's plotlines. When the second season begins, he's been Put on a Bus during the Time Skip.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The crown prince of Atlantis, and an active supervillain and member of the Light.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Or more specifically, would hurt said child's pregnant mother in an attempt to gain her power, thereby killing said child at the same time. It should be noted that that child was going to be his niece or nephew. Luckily, he was stopped.

Alternative Title(s): Young Justice-The Light

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