Comicbook: Hawk and Dove

Hawk and Dove are a duo of superheroes created by Steve Ditko and Steve Keates.

Hank and Don Hall are two brothers with opossing points of view; while Hank believes in violence as the only way to solve any problem, Don believes in reaching his enemies with an open hand instead of a closed fist. Two Lords of Order and Chaos (cosmic entities of The DCU), to show their peers that order and chaos can work together, bestow the brothers with heightened strenght and agility each time that Hank yells "Hawk!" and Don says "Dove!" Hawk and Dove eventually meet and join the Teen Titans.

After Don's death during Crisis on Infinite Earths, a woman named Dawn Granger becomes the new Dove to keep Hawk balanced.

  • Depending on the Artist: Hank Hall/Hawk's build has varied from being simply brawny to full-on Liefeldian beefiness (it doesn't help that the '80s mini-series was drawn by Liefeld to start with).
    • Artists also waver between showing Hawk and Dove's eyes through their costumes or doing a full-on Batman effect with whiting out their eyes.
    • Dawn Granger/Dove II started out as an average-height girl who would magically grow to become taller as Dove, while her shorter blonde hair would change to become long and white. In recent years, artists often forget this and portray her height as being the same in both forms and her hair winds up often being colored white in civilian mode too.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Due to some Executive Meddling, Hank wound up becoming the villain Monarch in Armageddon 2001. He then changed his codename to Extant and killed a number of Justice Society members, as well as attempting to rewrite history.
  • Force And Finesse: Hawk and Dove's natural inclinations, respectively.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dove, during Crisis on Infinite Earths. In the actual event, he was disintegrated by the shadow demons. This was retconned in Post-Crisis continuity to him being crushed by falling rubble, so that there would be a body left behind to bury (and confirm his death).
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Don Hall during Blackest Night is the only corpse immune to Black Ring resurrection. Dawn Granger has this while alive, and it's weaponized.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hawk, in some writers' interpretations. Otherwise, he's more known for being an outright Jerkass.
  • Killed Off for Real: Don's death has never been either Retconed or reversed; even 30 years (and a reboot) later, his successor Dawn remains the new Dove and his brother Hank's partner.
  • Male Gaze: Dawn get many as Dove.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Underwent this in a guest appearance in The Brave and the Bold in the 1970s. Overlapped with a bit of a Continuity Snarl, as Hank and Don were aged up to being adult men while the rest of the DCU didn't age with them. Marv Wolfman then poked fun at the continuity error in their cameo at Donna Troy's wedding, with the college-aged Hank and Don being baffled when someone had the impression that they were much older.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hawk's Red Oni to Dove's Blue Oni
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Dove and Hawk respectively.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Hank was generally characterized as a short-tempered and fight-happy loudmouth, with Don being the calmer, more pacifistic, and studious brother.
    • Co-creator Steve Skeates expressed some dismay with the Flanderization that quickly set in after the heroes' debut, as Steve Ditko was more apt to writing the stories in Hank's favor and making Don come off too passive and weak, rather than balancing out the brothers' characterizations.