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* Characters/ArrowversePierceFamily: Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning, Anisa Pierce / Thunder / Blackbird, Jennifer Pierce / Lightning, Dr. Lynn Stewart, [[labelnote:Etc.]]Alvin Pierce[[/labelnote]], Grace Choi / Shay Li Wylde

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* Characters/ArrowversePierceFamily: Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning, Anisa Pierce / Thunder / Blackbird, Jennifer Pierce / Lightning, Dr. Lynn Stewart, Alvin Pierce, [[labelnote:Etc.]]Alvin Pierce[[/labelnote]], Grace ]]Grace Choi / Shay Li WyldeWylde[[/labelnote]]


* Characters/ArrowversePierceFamily: Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning, Anisa Pierce / Thunder / Blackbird, Jennifer Pierce / Lightning, Dr. Lynn Stewart, [[labelnote:Etc.]]Alvin Pierce[[/labelnote]]
* Characters/ArrowverseFreelandCitizens[[note]]Peter Gambi, Grace Choi / Shay Li Wylde, Jeremiah Holt, Perenna, Jamillah Olsen, Bill Henderson, Ana Lopez, Hassan Shakur, Kara Fowdy, The School Board, Mike Lowry, Napier Frank, Tavon Singley, Brandon, Baron / TC[[/note]]

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* Characters/ArrowversePierceFamily: Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning, Anisa Pierce / Thunder / Blackbird, Jennifer Pierce / Lightning, Dr. Lynn Stewart, [[labelnote:Etc.]]Alvin Pierce[[/labelnote]]
Pierce[[/labelnote]], Grace Choi / Shay Li Wylde
* Characters/ArrowverseFreelandCitizens[[note]]Peter Gambi, Grace Choi / Shay Li Wylde, Jeremiah Holt, Perenna, Jamillah Olsen, Bill Henderson, Ana Lopez, Hassan Shakur, Kara Fowdy, The School Board, Mike Lowry, Napier Frank, Tavon Singley, Brandon, Baron / TC[[/note]]


* Characters/ArrowverseFreelandCriminals: Tobias Whate, Lady Eve, Lala[[note]]Marcus Bishop / Shakedown, Darryl Robinson / Coldsnap, Rebecca Jones / New Wave, Joe / Heatstroke, Will, Tori Whale, Joey Toledo, Syonide, Khalil Payne / Painkiller, Todd Green, The Looker, Frank "Two-Bits" Tanner, Giselle Cutter, Instant[[/note]]

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* Characters/ArrowverseFreelandCriminals: Tobias Whate, Whale, Lady Eve, Lala[[note]]Marcus Bishop / Shakedown, Darryl Robinson / Coldsnap, Rebecca Jones / New Wave, Joe / Heatstroke, Will, Tori Whale, Joey Toledo, Syonide, Khalil Payne / Painkiller, Todd Green, The Looker, Frank "Two-Bits" Tanner, Giselle Cutter, Instant[[/note]]


* Characters/ArrowverseFreelandCriminals: Tobias Whate, Lady Eve, Lala[[note]]Marcus Bishop / Shakedown, Darryl Robinson / Coldsnap, Rebecca Jones / New Wave, Joe / Heathstroke, Will, Tori Whale, Jeoy Toledo, Syonide, Khalil Payne / Painkiller, Todd Green, The Looker, Frank "Two-Bits" Tanner, Giselle Cutter, Instant[[/note]]

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* Characters/ArrowverseFreelandCriminals: Tobias Whate, Lady Eve, Lala[[note]]Marcus Bishop / Shakedown, Darryl Robinson / Coldsnap, Rebecca Jones / New Wave, Joe / Heathstroke, Heatstroke, Will, Tori Whale, Jeoy Joey Toledo, Syonide, Khalil Payne / Painkiller, Todd Green, The Looker, Frank "Two-Bits" Tanner, Giselle Cutter, Instant[[/note]]


* Characters/ArrowverseFreelandCitizens[[note]]Bill Henderson, Peter Gambi, Grace Choi / Shay Li Wylde, Jeremiah Holt, Perenna, Jamillah Olsen, Kara Fowdy, The School Board, Mike Lowry, Napier Frank, Tavon Singley, Brandon, Baron / TC[[/note]]

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* Characters/ArrowverseFreelandCitizens[[note]]Bill Henderson, Peter Characters/ArrowverseFreelandCitizens[[note]]Peter Gambi, Grace Choi / Shay Li Wylde, Jeremiah Holt, Perenna, Jamillah Olsen, Bill Henderson, Ana Lopez, Hassan Shakur, Kara Fowdy, The School Board, Mike Lowry, Napier Frank, Tavon Singley, Brandon, Baron / TC[[/note]]


* Characters/ArrowverseFreelandCriminals[[note]]Tobias Whate, Lady Eve, Marcus Bishop / Shakedown, Darryl Robinson / Coldsnap, Rebecca Jones / New Wave, Joe / Heathstroke, Lala, Will, Tori Whale, Jeoy Toledo, Syonide, Khalil Payne / Painkiller, Todd Green, The Looker, Frank "Two-Bits" Tanner, Giselle Cutter, Instant[[/note]]

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* Characters/ArrowverseFreelandCriminals[[note]]Tobias Characters/ArrowverseFreelandCriminals: Tobias Whate, Lady Eve, Marcus Lala[[note]]Marcus Bishop / Shakedown, Darryl Robinson / Coldsnap, Rebecca Jones / New Wave, Joe / Heathstroke, Lala, Will, Tori Whale, Jeoy Toledo, Syonide, Khalil Payne / Painkiller, Todd Green, The Looker, Frank "Two-Bits" Tanner, Giselle Cutter, Instant[[/note]]



* Characters/ArrowverseUSGovernment[[note]]President, Martin Proctor, Percy Odell, Helga Jace, Issa Williams, Wendy Hernandez, Maryam Luqman[[/note]]

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* Characters/ArrowverseUSGovernment[[note]]President, Characters/ArrowverseUSGovernment: Martin Proctor, Percy Odell, Helga Jace, Jace[[note]]President, Issa Williams, Wendy Hernandez, Maryam Luqman[[/note]]



* Characters/ArrowverseOtherLocales [[note]]Yuri Mosin, Tyson Skyes / Gravedigger[[/note]]

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* Characters/ArrowverseOtherLocales [[note]]Yuri Mosin, Characters/ArrowverseOtherLocales: Tyson Skyes / Gravedigger[[/note]]Gravedigger [[note]]Yuri Mosin[[/note]]


!!Groups & Organizations
* Characters/ArrowverseUSGovernment[[note]]President, Martin Proctor, Percy Odell, Helga Jace, Issa Williams, Wendy Hernandez, Maryam Luqman[[/note]]
* Characters/ArrowverseUSMilitary[[note]]Carson Williams, Sara Grey, Gardner Grayle[[/note]]



* Characters/ArrowverseEarthBLGovermentAndMilitary[[note]]Carson Williams, Sara Grey, Martin Proctor, Percy Odell, Helga Jace, Issa Williams, Wendy Hernandez, Maryam Luqman[[/note]]
* Characters/ArrowverseEarthBLOtherLocales [[note]]Yuri Mosin[[/note]]

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* Characters/ArrowverseEarthBLGovermentAndMilitary[[note]]Carson Williams, Sara Grey, Martin Proctor, Percy Odell, Helga Jace, Issa Williams, Wendy Hernandez, Maryam Luqman[[/note]]
* Characters/ArrowverseEarthBLOtherLocales
Characters/ArrowverseOtherLocales [[note]]Yuri Mosin[[/note]]Mosin, Tyson Skyes / Gravedigger[[/note]]


* [[Characters/ArrowverseOtherLocales Earth-1]]
* [[Characters/ArrowverseEarth2 Earth-2]]

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* [[Characters/ArrowverseOtherLocales Earth-1]]
* [[Characters/ArrowverseEarth2 Earth-2]]
[[Characters/ArrowverseOtherEarths Gen's Earth, Jinn's Earth]]


A list of characters that appear in ''Series/BlackLightning2018''. In the Series/{{Arrowverse}}, the pre-Crisis Earth never received a canon designation but is [[FanNickname popularly addressed]] as Earth-BL after the show's initials, mainly because [[TheWikiRule the Arrowverse Wiki]] had to call it ''something''. Main characters will be listed next to their page, while minor characters will be listed under an expandable note.

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A list of characters that appear in ''Series/BlackLightning2018''. In the Series/{{Arrowverse}}, the pre-Crisis Earth never received a canon designation but is [[FanNickname popularly addressed]] as Earth-BL after the show's initials, mainly because [[TheWikiRule the Arrowverse Wiki]] hadn't thought of their temporary universe designation system yet and had to call it ''something''. Main characters will be listed next to their page, while minor characters will be listed under an expandable note.


A list of characters that appear in ''Series/BlackLightning2018''. In the Series/{{Arrowverse}}, this Earth was designated but is [[FanNickname popularly addressed]] as Earth-BL after the show's initials. Main characters will be listed next to their page, while minor characters will be listed under an expandable note.

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A list of characters that appear in ''Series/BlackLightning2018''. In the Series/{{Arrowverse}}, this the pre-Crisis Earth was designated never received a canon designation but is [[FanNickname popularly addressed]] as Earth-BL after the show's initials.initials, mainly because [[TheWikiRule the Arrowverse Wiki]] had to call it ''something''. Main characters will be listed next to their page, while minor characters will be listed under an expandable note.


!!Remember Spoilers Are For Current Season only.

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!The Pierce Family
[[folder:Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning]]
!![[ComicBook/BlackLightning Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning]]
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!!!'''Played By:''' Creator/CressWilliams
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018'' | ''Series/{{Crisis on Infinite Earths|2019}}''

-> "''Don't mistake my patience for weakness, boy.''"

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A former vigilante turned high-school principal. He is forced back into heroics when the gangs he once fought target his family.\\
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Jefferson can absorb and manipulate electricity.

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!!Remember Spoilers Are For Current Season only.

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!The Pierce Family
[[folder:Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning]]
!![[ComicBook/BlackLightning Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning]]
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!!!'''Played By:''' Creator/CressWilliams
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018'' | ''Series/{{Crisis on Infinite Earths|2019}}''

%%No spoilers are allowed outside of examples. Also, Hank Henshaw's true identity is unspoiled to avoid his section being Swiss cheese.

-> "''Don't mistake my patience for weakness, boy.''"

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A former vigilante turned high-school principal. He is forced back into heroics when
[[{{Characters/Arrowverse}} return to the gangs he once fought target his family.\\
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Jefferson can absorb and manipulate electricity.
Arrowverse characters index]]

A list of characters that appear in ''Series/BlackLightning2018''. In the Series/{{Arrowverse}}, this Earth was designated but is [[FanNickname popularly addressed]] as Earth-BL after the show's initials. Main characters will be listed next to their page, while minor characters will be listed under an expandable note.

'''BEWARE OF UNMARKED SPOILERS!'''



* HundredPercentAdorationRating: Jefferson is said to be extremely popular (in his civilian identity) among the people of Freeland for his work with kids and the school. He's even nicknamed "Black Jesus". As for Black Lightning, except among cops and criminals, the people of Freeland hold him in awe.
* ActionDad: A father of two and a superhero.
* AlmightyJanitor: In Season Two, where he's forced to step down as principal, but stays on as history teacher.
* AmicableExes: With his ex-wife Lynn. There's still [[IncrediblyLamePun sparks]] of attraction between them and part of why Jefferson is reluctant to become Black Lightning again is that he believes there's a possibility of them getting back together.
* AngryBlackMan: He usually tries to avoid being this, but when he's reached his limits, it'll be played straight. It's not natural, being a side effect of the serum that gave him his powers.
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted--his new armor goes a long way in keeping him from getting full of bullet holes. However, it has its limits; getting shot at close range with a pistol is enough to give him a large cut (though that may have been from hitting an unarmored area).
* BadassInANiceSuit: As a principal, he's almost always dressed in a suit and tie, and can both fight and stand up to aggressive cops and the 100 with nary a blink while wearing it.
* BadassTeacher: A high school principal who can shoot lightning bolts. He refuses to have metal detectors in his school because he doesn't want his pupils treated like criminals. Harm his students, and he will make you regret it.
* BaldOfAwesome: Before giving up his vigilante activities, Jefferson sported this while wearing his older costume as part of the greater MythologyGag to his character's look in the comics.
* BroughtDownToBadass: Even when Tobias Whale prepared a countermeasure for his powers, Jefferson was still strong and skilled enough to take down the villainous albino in pure hand-to-hand combat.
* ClarkKenting: A justified example. It is mentioned that he does something with his powers that makes it hard for people to look directly at his face; it also disrupts cameras, though of course this doesn't show on screen.
* CoolTeacher: He's very supportive towards all his students, not just his current ones, but also the adults in the city who were his students at school years prior. He worries and cares about them, supports and encourages them and doesn't treat them like kids, but rather like young folks ready to take the first steps into adulthood and all they can achieve with it. In return, the majority of the students greatly respect him for this, working hard to achieve and exceed his expectations for them, and as seen in episode 11, they will not hesitate to confront the police when Jefferson gets accused of a crime, firmly believing in Jefferson's innocence.
* CosmicHorrorReveal: He does ''not'' deal well with the sudden knowledge that his universe is only one among many, and that everything in it has just been destroyed.
* DentedIron: His powers allow him to recover from injuries faster than most people, but his HealingFactor is not as good as it used to be.
* DoNotGoGentle: Of all the heroes in the third hour of the CrisisCrossover he has the most reason to succumb to despair, being the SoleSurvivor of his universe with not even any alternate analogues of his loved ones left in existence. But even knowing that he's joined the battle in its DarkestHour, he quotes Creator/DylanThomas and resolves to spend his last day of existence still fighting.
* DoubleStandard: Called out as a victim of this on the news; though other superheroes are confirmed to exist, Black Lightning is the only one treated as a vigilante, which is speculated to be because of his race. Though, as noted, he tends to lay out racist cops (not that they wouldn't have had it coming), which doesn't make him look good to the local police.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Despite being a well-loved pillar of the community, he's the suspect of racial profiling ''a lot'' -- and he's fed up with it.
* ElectricBlackGuy: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Duh]], given that his comics counterpart was [[UrExample the origin of this trope]].
* ElementalPunch: He can channel electricity into his fists in order to make his punches more effective.
* EnergyAbsorption: Jefferson takes most of his powers from external sources. He is also immune to electric shocks, as Looker and her Sanges in Season 2 find out: Wrongly assuming that Black Lightning's powers come from his suit, they accidentally charge the drained Jefferson with electricity (to torture and kill him), allowing him to fight back.
* ExperiencedProtagonist: In contrast to other Creator/DCComics superheroes on Creator/TheCW, he's in his late 40s and long past his origin story.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:He alongside Clark, Iris, Ralph, Nash and Diggle, is among the final survivors of the entire Multiverse [[DefiantToTheEnd to stand in defiance of the Anti-Monitor]] before being erased by Antimatter.]]
* FamedInStory: Jefferson is famous not only as an Olympic medal winner, but as one of the best, if not ''the'' best educator in the country.
* FishOutOfWater: Although he's a seasoned superhero in his own world, the concept of the Multiverse has him almost as in over his head as poor Ryan Choi.
* {{Flight}}: As of "And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light", he can use his powers for short bursts of flight.
* ForceField: A new trick of his is to create a field of electricity that deflect bullets.
* FriendToAllChildren: He is a teacher so it's a given.
* GlowingEyes: His eyes turn light blue and spark when his powers activate.
* GoodIsNotNice: As Black Lightning; while a civil, model citizen, well-respected school principal and loving, dedicated father and family man, he is aggressive and relentless in his vigilante guise, shown to brutally beat up and [[ElectricTorture electrify]] suspects to get them to give him what he wants.
* HealingFactor: Jefferson's abilities also allow him to regenerate faster than a normal human.
* HesBack: The whole point of the first season is that he's ending his retirement from being Black Lightning in order to take on the threats to his community. Indeed, the excerpt from Godholly's "Black Lightning", used for the opening title card, includes these lines:
-->''I saw a superhero and he was black\\
He said'' "This is for the streets: Black Lightning's back!"
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Does this a lot. While not TheAlcoholic, he's pretty quick to reach for a drink when he's upset or stressed about something.
* JiveTurkey: Invoked and downplayed; much like the 70's comics, Jefferson in-character as "Black Lightning" acts more cocky and self-assured, uses more AAVE and slang, and has a thicker drawl than when he's out of costume, in order to disguise his identity further. But by the same token, his specific vernacular plays the trope back up; as an older man, he's not as in tune with what modern slang is. He drops the act whenever he's alone with somebody that knows.
* JustInTime: For whatever reason, Pariah was only able to teleport Jefferson out of his reality ''right'' before it was destroyed.
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: After one too many brushes with death, his wife divorced him and is part of the reason why Jefferson gave up being Black Lightning.
* MessianicArchetype: There's a reason he's called the "Black Jesus" of Freeland.
** He's never overtly harsh, extremely forgiving and patient, and dedicated to making the city a better place. As Black Lightning he's by and large seen as the city's savior.
** In Season 2, [[spoiler: he steps down as principal in order to convince the school board to keep Garfield open knowing that the price to pay will be to have his name and his reputation dragged through the mud.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When he realizes he just unknowingly beat up Anissa.
* NeverMyFault: Jefferson tends to blame everyone else for problems he is also partially responsible for. Anissa is frequently the one who calls him out on it.
* NotSoDifferent: Jefferson only starts to manage to reconcile himself to his situation when he speaks to [[Series/TheFlash2014 Earth-1's Flash]], who, despite his much greater power level and familiarity with the Multiverse, turns out to be an ordinary man with a past much like his own and a similar moral code he also inherited from his father. It's an especially comforting moment for Jefferson when Barry recognizes his reference to "Literature/DoNotGoGentleIntoThatGoodNight", meaning Creator/DylanThomas (and other RealLife literature) is TheConstant between his world and Earth-1, and something he loves still exists to defend.
* OverprotectiveDad:
** PlayedForLaughs in Season 1, when he intimidates Khalil, who he knows is a guy Jennifer wants to sleep with.
** He is ''not'' happy at first that Anissa is running out as Thunder, and tries to rule her in because of her inexperience. While he does have a point, he sometimes overdoes it in Season 2, as his daughter ''has'' learned from her mistakes and he can't treat her like a child forever.
** In Season 2, he forbids Jennifer from going to school, as her powers start running out of her control. He and Lynn then decide, after no apparent improvement, that Jennifer should receive in-home tutoring. [[spoiler:Jennifer eventually elopes with Khalil, after being fed up with her parents' strict parenting and Jefferson is being called out by Anissa.]]
* PapaWolf: To his daughters. He comes out of retirement when his daughters are threatened.
* PaperThinDisguise: Subverted as one would think a simple mask isn't enough to keep either his best friend or his daughters from recognizing him up close. However, it's stated that his electrical aura makes it "hurt to look directly at him" and thus no one is able to get a really close look.
* ParentsAsPeople: PlayedWith -- he loves his daughters, but he can be overly harsh ''especially'' on Anissa, who has a tendency to court controversy in doing what she believes is right, often lecturing her like a teenager even though she's a college student and technically an adult. It's played with because he almost always turns out to be right.
* PoweredArmor: Jefferson got a less bulky form of this through Gambi. There's an exoskeleton frame under all those plates of armor and that seems to give him a boost in strength, as he easily lugs around large thugs. The armor also gives him better control over his powers and requires a control module to fully work.
* PowerIncontinence: Going years without using his powers means he has less control over them when he's angry or upset. When two police officers terrorize him and his daughters and refuse to apologize, nearby electronics go on the fritz until he calms himself down.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Turns out that being able to stimulate your partner's nervous system directly with low-level electrical discharges makes sex memorable, as he and Lynn demonstrate.
* PrepositionsAreNotToEndSentencesWith: Jefferson incorrectly informs a young boy that sentences shouldn't end with prepositions.
* PsychoactivePowers: Jefferson's rage, even when he appears outwardly in control, messes up nearby electrical devices. And the more he uses his powers, the angrier he seems to become. This is because they came from a vaccine that was supposed to make people docile but instead made them into metahumans, making them angrier and irrational as a side effect.
* RealAfterAll: Jefferson is starstruck when he meets the two Supermen from [[Series/Supergirl2015 Earth-38]] and [[Film/SupermanReturns Earth-96]], in a way that implies that Superman on his Earth is either an urban legend or [[ComicBooksAreReal pure fiction]]. (Note that alternate Earths being MutuallyFictional has a long history in DC Comics.)
-->'''Black Lightning''': The Franchise/{{Superman}} thing is real?! After all these years...
* RealMenLoveJesus: He's a devout Christian who honestly believes that his powers are a gift from God. Turns out they're due to the ASA's experiment with an illegal vaccine. ''However'', he is the only one given that vaccine who didn't die, so perhaps it was a gift from God after all.
* RetiredBadass: Introduced in the series having been out of the superhero game for years, having given it up due to the toll it took on his marriage and family.
* SaveOurStudents: He thought he could make more of a difference by ensuring his students have a decent education and be kept away from the One Hundred's toxic influence. He even relinquishes much of his authority over disciplinary matters just to save ''one'' student from being expelled.
-->'''Vice Principal Fowdy:''' I mean, you do everything you can to help them succeed, but the students still have to do their part. If they don't, then those students choose for you.\\
'''Jefferson:''' If my teachers had taken that approach, I never would've made it.
* SecretIdentityVocalShift: He gives his voice an echo at times (often in front of his daughters) to cover his identity. According to Jennifer, Black Lightning also does something with his powers that makes it hurt to look at him directly.
* ShockAndAwe: His powerset. Lynn compares him to a battery -- he draws electricity out and then redirects it.
* ShockingSwerve: InUniverse. From his perspective, the sudden appearance of the red skies, the revelation of TheMultiverse's existence and the destruction of his world are all this, interrupting his struggle with the ASA over the fate of Freeland with a massive OutsideContextProblem.
* ShootingSuperman: Or in this case, tasering the guy with electrical superpowers. When two officers try it, he just grabs the lines and returns the electricity.
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Jefferson's worst nightmare has come true during ''Crisis'' -- his entire family is dead, as is the whole community of Freeland, as is everyone else in his universe, and he wasn't able to do anything to stop it.]]
* StrongAndSkilled: Jefferson has years of experience as a superhero and is a trained martial artist and athelete.
* SupernaturalMartialArts: Uses his powers to supplement his already formidable martial arts skills. He seems ''more'' inclined to fighting up close and personal than just zapping people from a distance.
* SuperToughness: He may have a problem with bullets, but Black Lightning can jump from three or four stories up to the street with no effect.
* SurvivalMantra: His famous call-and-response he used with his students in his own world becomes the set of words he clings to to hold himself together in the CosmicHorrorStory he's woken up in.
-->'''Black Lightning''': Where's the future? Right here. And whose life is this? Mine. And what are you gonna do with it? ''[[TheAntiNihilist Live it by any means necessary]]''.
* TakeMeInstead: He's ''furious'' with Pariah for choosing to save him just because the Earth-1 heroes need his powers to contain the antimatter wave, while letting everyone else in his universe die. (What makes this worse is knowing that his daughter Jennifer, whom he was just trying to save, has powers that would be more legitimately useful in the Crisis than his, but she died precisely because those powers left her trapped in the VoidBetweenTheWorlds when the antimatter arrived.)
* {{Telekinesis}}: He can use his lightning to draw enemies in and lift them in the direction he wants. In the first episode, one punk found this out when Jeff lightning-lifted the guy over a motel banister and hurled him into his car.
* ThouShallNotKill: Subverted -- he became Black Lightning so he could kill Tobias Whale for killing his father. Nonetheless, his general rule is to not use lethal force unless it's necessary.
* TotallyRadical: Black Lightning uses a lot of antiquated mid-90s to early 00s slang when acting as a superhero. For instance, he opens a conversation with "Wassup?"
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Heroic example. Jeff can turn his voice into this at will.
* YellowLightningBlueLightning: Blue, with his chestplate referencing both kinds.
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[[folder:Anissa Pierce / Thunder / Blackbird]]
!!Anissa Pierce / Thunder / Blackbird
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!!!'''Played By:''' Nafessa Williams
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

-> ''"And I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired." (quoting Fannie Lou Hamer)''

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Jefferson's eldest daughter. She is a medical student, who also works at his school as a part-time teacher when not at college, and is much more politically active than her father would like.\\
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Anissa can manipulate the density of her body, gaining superhuman strength and toughness when she holds her breath.
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* AchillesHeel: Anissa's powers are tied to how long she can hold her breath. A surprise attack when she is off-guard or waiting until she tires out are ways to harm her.
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: {{Inverted}}. In the comics, Anissa coming out as a lesbian to her father caused friction between them. Here, she's already out and her family is shown to be perfectly fine with it.
* AdaptationalSuperpowerChange: Anissa in the comics simply had the ability to increase her density. Here she has SuperStrength and is NighInvulnerable.
* AffectionateNickname: Jennifer affectionately calls Anissa "Harriet", after Harriet Tubman.
* AntiHero: Starting with Season 2, she starts acting a lot more angry and even downright ruthless. Fittingly, she abandons "Thunder" and goes full-time "Blackbird".
* BetaOutfit: Her first costume that she assembles herself is a flashy, form-fitting spandex outfit complete with blonde wig and heavy makeup, a MythologyGag to her original costume in the comics. She [[CostumeEvolution later gets a proper costume]] [[Comicbook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders resembling her Outsiders incarnation]] provided by Gambi when she starts partnering with her father.
* BigSisterInstinct: ''Judo flips'' a gang member who harasses her sister at school.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Whenever an injustice or someone in trouble catches her eye, Anissa cannot stop herself from jumping in to save the day. According to Lynn, she's been like this since she was a little girl.
* CompositeCharacter: The comic version of Thunder has the ability to manipulate her density, but that's it. The SuperStrength is her girlfriend Grace's power.
* CurbStompBattle: Her encounters with gang members and criminals become this, with nearly fatal results during one such encounter, but it becomes literal in "Black Jesus".
* DaddysGirl: Is close to her dad and do not even think about insulting her father or his superhero identity.
* DieOrFly: Anissa's powers activate for the first time when a store robber threatens her with his gun and she starts to hyperventilate.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Jennifer has given her the nick-name "Harriet Tubman" due to her political activism. On the other hand, it can also count as an AffectionateNickname, since Jennifer really adores her elder sister.
* {{Expy}}: In a show full of Biblical motifs, Anissa represents the disciples of Jesus Christ. She has a whole-hearted faith in Black Lightning as Freeland's salvation and wants to follow his example by becoming a vigilante, too; a decision which, due to her human flaws, has mixed results.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The responsible sibling to Jennifer's foolish sibling. However, when it comes to Anissa's attempts at being a superhero, she is clearly hotheaded and doesn't consider the bigger picture of what her powers can do to the innocents around her until after she's used them.
* GirlyBruiser: She's very feminine and her civilian outfits tend to be very fashionable and brightly colored. However, her default fighting style, due to her power of SuperStrength, involves a lot of direct punching and brute force.
* GoneHorriblyWrong:
** Anissa's first attempt at being a hero in "Black Jesus", after encountering two drug dealers, she later finds them and punches them out with her super strength, but she quickly realizes to her horror that she seriously injured one man and nearly killed the other. And such things keep happening; moral of the story is... super-charged strength takes an awful lot of getting used to using, and is impossible to practice getting to know and stay private for more than five minutes. Until you do get it right, you'll keep accidentally putting either too much or too little into it.
** In "Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder", she destroys a statue of Robert E. Lee in response to a protester who had been killed. The statue explodes and the fragments end up injuring several nearby civilians who had gathered to mourn.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Inverted with her and her father. His electricity gives him long range attacks while she is limited to close range.
* HealingFactor: She heals from bruises and concussions rather quickly, as an implied metahuman trait.
* ImmuneToBullets: Anissa is bulletproof so long as she keeps her power activated, but when she starts exhaling, she is vulnerable again. Gambi makes her [[BulletproofVest suit bulletproof]], fixing a fatal weakness of hers.
* JumpedAtTheCall: About a week after discovering her powers, Anissa is raring to suit up and be a superhero. Unfortunately, this show doesn't beat around the bush that heroism and recklessness are a ''bad'' combination.
* LipstickLesbian: You wouldn't realize it until it's casually mentioned in the second episode that she and Chenoa have been together for a year. She seems to have a new hairstyle or outfit in every single scene she's in.
* MostCommonSuperpower: Hilariously subverted, as her first attempt at a superhero costume quickly breaks a seam due to "too much ass." And then her derriere becomes a RunningGag.
* MsFanservice: The first and second episode spend quite a bit of time with her in just her underwear, she's [[GirlOnGirlIsHot shown post-sex next to her girlfriend]], and her early attempts at a superhero costume are deliberately skintight and revealing comics-accurate outfits. Of the female cast, she seems to be the one with most MaleGaze.
* NighInvulnerable: When her powers are activated, she's immune to small arms fire, concussive blasts and explosions, kinetic force and can shrug off bolts from Black Lightning unless he ups the voltage.
* PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher: Often is seen at protests. Unfortunately for her they often turn violent (due to the 100) and her father chews her out even though what results isn't her fault.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Or gets you severely concussed by your own father and outed as a super to both your parents. Admittedly, clamming up instead of coming clean at every possible point before that to discuss the whole "I'm super-strong when I put thought into it, sometimes -- and I think it has something to do with Granddad" thing is very understandable.
* PsychoactivePowers: Anissa's metahuman abilities only activate when she takes deep breaths to calm down and focus. Syonide deduces this as her AchillesHeel, taking advantage of her respiratory cycle to gain the upper hand in their fight.
* PrimaryColorChampion: Her [[https://78.media.tumblr.com/7cb704ef6537bb5466dd75d104571be3/tumblr_p45l403cGV1rk0k4co1_1280.jpg first outfit]].
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: These words may as well be Anissa's life mantra; There is no boundary this woman won't cross or risk she won't take to do what she feels is right.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: After her father tries to control her too much and brings up that she should do as she is told so long as she's living under his roof, she declares that she's leaving the house. They eventually make up, but Anissa still stays out of the house.
* SecretKeeper: One of the few people who know that Jefferson is Black Lightning.
* SecondSuperIdentity: Aside from being the heroine Thunder, she also sneaks around at night in dark hoods, brutally beating up criminals and stealing money for those in need. The streets label her second alias "The Blackbird".
* ShockwaveStomp: Like her counterpart in the comics, Anissa can generate a localized shockwave, throwing her opponents off their feet, by stomping hard on the ground via SuperStrength; the same effect is present when she [[ShockwaveClap claps her hands together.]]
* SmugSuper: Anissa has the makings of one as of "Black Jesus" - her desire to save Freeland from the 100, combined with inspiration from Black Lightning, drives her to punch the crap out of criminals with powers she barely understands and hardly a thought to the consequences. When Jefferson takes Anissa under his wing, a frequent lesson in his vigilante curriculum is that she can't be this.
* SoapboxSadie: As noted, she's very political. She quotes civil rights leaders, goes to protests, and films the police when Jefferson is pulled over. It leads her to conflict with Jefferson, who believes she's taking unnecessary risks.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: While she doesn't inherit her father's ShockAndAwe powers, Anissa's abilities far out-class Jefferson's on a physicality level, with {{Nigh Invulnerab|le}}ility as her greatest asset.
* SuperStrength: She learns about this when she accidentally breaks the bathroom sink at the end of the pilot episode.
* SuperToughness: She has super strength, so having the toughness is [[RequiredSecondaryPowers par for the course]] (both her strength and toughness are the result of her being able to increase her mass while keeping the volume of her body). So long as her powers are activated, she has NighInvulnerability.
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: The trauma from being kidnapped and threatened is what awakens her latent powers.
* WhatTheHellHero: Is often the one who calls out her father or Gambi for keeping things from her. In Season 2, when her father tries to partially blame her for [[spoiler:Jennifer's elopement with Khalil, Anissa is fed up with her father's tendency to always see the fault in everyone [[NeverMyFault but himself]], and calls him out for his overprotectiveness that pushed both his daughters away]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jennifer Pierce / Lightning]]
!!Jennifer Pierce
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!!!'''Played By:''' Music/ChinaAnneMcClain
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

Jefferson's youngest daughter, who resents having to be the model student at school because her daddy's the principal.\\
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Like her father, Jennifer can manipulate electricity, but her ability to generate electricity far outweighs Jefferson's.
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* AffectionateNickname: The people that are close to her sometimes shorten her name to "Jenn". Khalil also calls her "J".
* AlphaBitch: Subverted; though she acts rebellious in school (including smoking weed and drinking in school), and the "Queen of Garfield" nickname would infer this, it's apparent she's doing this to try and avoid bullying for being the principal's daughter, with the Queen of Garfield nickname being used in jest. In the fifth episode, she has to defend herself from two rivals, and she admits to her dad that she's a "target" at school.
* BadassAdorable:
** Even [[TheDragon Lala]] is amused in the pilot, when Jennifer lets Will know what she thinks of him - [[GroinAttack with her knee.]]
** In "And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light" two rivals from school attack, and [[CurbStompBattle Jennifer effortlessly takes both of them down]], demonstrating that Jefferson and Lynn made sure ''both'' their daughters could handle themselves in a fight.
* BeingGoodSucks: Her attitude towards life at this point in time.
* BigSisterWorship: Jennifer really looks up to Anissa. In Season 2, when Anissa has a falling out with their father, causing her to move out, Jennifer is disappointed, especially since she is basically in confinement and has no one to talk to who can understand her other than her sister, [[spoiler:which is why she is drawn back to Khalil]].
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: She's at the age when she wants to act out -- her dad also being her principal doesn't help.
* DieOrFly: Sort of. Jennifer burns her phone and the poster in her hands, when her friend, Kiesha, starts to fall from a high place and Jennifer reacts in panic.
* ElementalShapeshifter: In "Shadow of Death: The Book of War" she appears to briefly turn entirely into electricity, as she does in the comics.
* {{Elopement}}: In Season 2, [[spoiler:she decides to run away with Khalil, after fearing to be locked in her house forever and seeing how Khalil can no longer work for Tobias]].
* EvilMeScaresMe: She makes no secret that she's greatly disturbed by the deeds of her Earth-2 counterpart.
* EyeColorChange: When Jennifer's powers flare up, her eyes turn the same orange of her lightning.
* {{Foil}}: To her older sister Anissa, when it comes to how they deal with their superpowers. While Anissa [[JumpedAtTheCall almost immediately]] decided to go out and find some bad guys to beat up, Jennifer [[RefusalOfTheCall wants no part of it]] and would [[IJustWantToBeNormal make her powers go away if she could]].
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The foolish sibling to Anissa’s responsible one in all ways ''except'' in their discovery of superpowers. While Anissa wants to use hers to crush the first wrong she sees, Jennifer would ''much'' rather her life remain safe and crime fighting-free, thank you very much. It's one thing to crash a club you're not supposed to be in to add spice to life, but powers are a whole other barrel of danger. It's probably because of her history of being a bit of a screw-up that she immediately spots how suddenly getting powers isn't going to be automatically a fantastic thing or become a universal solution to her life's problems.
* HiddenDepths: She wants to be just a normal teenager, and so tries to act like one; however, even without her abilities, thanks to her exceptional parenting, she's clearly not average--she can defend herself against multiple targets in unarmed fights, has good enough grades and extracurriculars to apply to Harvard, is the one who figures out how Issa's powers work, and occasionally says things so profound that it takes Anissa aback.
-->'''Jennifer:''' [Anything] can turn bad real quick if it becomes your only joy.\\
'''Anissa:''' ...that's actually deep.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: She's ''horrified'' when she discovers she has powers, seeing it as ruining her chance for a normal life.
* LikeParentLikeChild: Jennifer inherited electricity-based powers similar to Jefferson's.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Jennifer was the last one of the family to learn about her own and their father's powers. Anissa eventually reveals it to her, soon after Jennifer asks Anissa for help after burning her phone with her powers.
* PhoneaholicTeenager: She spends ''way too much'' time on her phone.
* PowerIncontinence: It suddenly becomes an issue in Season 2, as her powers start to randomly activate with no way to turn them off. She [[PowerFloats floats in her sleep]].
* PsychoactivePowers: Like her sister, she gets power fluctuations. Except in her case, the more she tries not to use them and the more into denial she gets... the more of it she builds up and stores, until just getting frustrated, hyped or relaxing her guard too much = zappy-zap.
* RefusalOfTheCall: In direct contrast to Anissa, Jennifer has ''no'' desire to be a hero. She just wants to be normal. Though she seems to have changed her mind when she discovers that her powers basically heals her dad.
* SecretKeeper: One of the few people to know who Black Lightning is.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: In Season 2, Jennifer struggles more and more to control her powers. Her parents forbid her from going to school and eventually decide that getting an in-home tutor for her would be best. [[spoiler:Jennifer is ''not'' amused about this, and then runs away with Khalil.]]
* ShockAndAwe: Discovers she has the power to shoot electricity from her hands in the episode "The Book of Revelations." However her powers aren't exactly like Jefferson's -- Lynn compares his powers to a battery; Jennifer is a ''generator'' since her cells produce pure energy.
* SuperiorSuccessor: While she still as a lot to learn, her powers far surpass the ones of her father.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: Mixed with LamarckWasRight, Jennifer inherits her father's metahuman traits, but it's implied she's potentially more powerful than Jefferson by the ability to generate electricity rather than having to absorb and store it like he does.
* {{Telekinesis}}: Like her father, Jennifer can use her powers to make others float and throw them in the air.
* UnskilledButStrong: Her powers are far more powerful than Jefferson's, but she lacks control over them.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: A large chunk of what happens in the premiere happens because she was stupid enough to sneak into the One Hundred's local club.
* YellowLightningBlueLightning: She dispels yellow-orange electricity, same as her comic counterpart.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lynn Stewart]]
!!Lynn Stewart
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!!!'''Played By:''' Creator/ChristineAdams
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

Jefferson's ex-wife, a neuroscientist who left him because of his Black Lightning activities.
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* AdultFear: When she finds out Anissa has powers and is actively trying to follow in her father's footsteps, Lynn is obviously terrified of what might happen. Note also her face when she realizes that if one daughter has inherited it (and that it's gone to her head)... What about the other, more reckless one? Yeah: that right there? That's dread.
* AesopAmnesia: How she feels about Jefferson being Black Lightning varies from episode to episode. One episode, she's unhappy but understanding that the city needs Black Lightning, the next she's berating Jefferson for putting himself in danger. However, [[JustifiedTrope this is well within character.]] She started out actively supporting Jefferson being Black Lightning, only souring on it over time as his injuries started stacking up. At the same time, she is still the activist fire-brand she's always been. The "protect my own" instinct clashes with itself more than once, because her family is not the only thing she is protective of. Note how she reacts if somebody tries to do unethical medical research near her, or tries to steal her research to do unethical things with.
* AmicableExes: She still loves Jefferson and there's still sparks between them; Jefferson hopes they can get back together. They make a point of having a family dinner every week. In episode 12 she outright seduces Jefferson, calling him to her place for a fake emergency only to be waiting for him wearing lingerie. He...didn't take much convincing. She moves back into the house in Season Two and she and Jefferson are more or less a married couple, without the actual marriage part.
* GoodParents: Loves her daughters very much and has joint custody of them.
* HeroismAddict: {{Discussed}}; Lynn believes, or has at least convinced herself, that Jefferson is addicted to his powers. Gambi, however, believes that his addiction wasn't to his powers at all but to ''her''. Jefferson himself, on the other hand, disagrees with the whole idea of him having an "addiction" in the first place.
* JerkassBall: Grabs it whenever she's around Gambi, whom she blames for Jefferson's vigilantism.
* TheLastStraw: Made Jefferson promise to give up being Black Lightning because Lynn could not stand him coming home bleeding in the bath-tub every night. Jefferson went back on that promise, and Lynn divorced him after a very bloody battle with Tobias.
* TheMedic: Reluctantly to her husband when he suffers injuries too severe for Gambi to treat.
* OnlySaneMan: PlayedWith. Her husband and daughters all have super-powers and inevitably find themselves in dangerous situations, leaving Lynn in an almost perpetual state of AngerBornOfWorry. On the other hand, she almost always turns out to be wrong.
* NotQuiteTheRightThing: She meant well when she made Jefferson promise to give up the hero gig, but it led to utter disaster. Sure your husband will no longer put himself in danger (at least, for a while), but the bad guys ended up basically taking over the city, which in the long run put everyone of its citizens in danger, including Lynn and the girls.
* SecretKeeper: One of the few people who know that Jefferson is Black Lightning.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Literally the ''only'' one at the ASA who sees the pod kids as human beings worthy as respect instead of disposable assets.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Again, her making Jefferson promise to give up super-heroics allowed The 100 to take over the city.
* WetBlanketWife: PlayedForDrama, as she insisted that Jefferson stop being Black Lightning. It smoothed out his relationship with her and their kids, but it also allowed crime to flourish in Freeland for years. She eventually comes to terms that Black Lightning is needed again, whether she likes it or not.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Alvin Pierce]]
!!Alvin Pierce
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!!!'''Played By:''' Keith Arthur Bolden

-> ''"The future belongs to those who prepare for it today". (quoting Malcolm X)''

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Jefferson's father, who was an investigative reporter. He looked into Tobias Whale's corrupt dealing when he was city leader that got him killed. But he also uncovered another secret, one that was much more dangerous than a crooked politician's dealings.
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* EducationPapa: A rare positive example. What does he do when Jefferson got suspended for breaking another kid's nose during a fight for self-defense? Have him study the Constitution rather than waste his time watching TV and then quiz him before dinner.
* GoodIsNotSoft: When Gambi tried to get him to stop his very detailed articles about Tobias and the ASA's experiments less he get killed, Alvin's response was give him TheReasonYouSuckSpeech for trying to use him as a way to assuage his guilt without putting his own life on the line.
* GoodParents: A stern, but affectionate father who ultimately wanted his son to have a good future, and not to squander away his opportunities.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: His reports about Tobias Whale's corrupt dealing as a civic leader got him killed; the latter [[CruelAndUnusualDeath literally shoved his articles down his throat until he died]]. He also uncovered a DarkSecret about kids who were experimented on and disappeared. His editor buried the story after he was murdered. In truth, his death was orchestrated by the ASA, the government agency responsible for experimenting on those kids; Tobias was just a smokescreen and an enforcer.
* HonorBeforeReason: He knew that his articles would anger the wrong people and get him killed. He saw it as a necessary sacrifice to make Freeland a better place for his son.
* IntrepidReporter: He had a knack for uncovering things people wanted kept secret. It got him killed.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: His relationship with Jefferson is exactly like the one Jefferson has with daughters now.
* PapaWolf: Part of his motivation for his reports was for what the ASA's vaccine did to Jefferson.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: His murder by Tobias Whale is what inspired Jefferson to become Black Lightning. However, it turns out Tobias was just the cover for the ASA.
* PosthumousCharacter: He's been dead since long before the series began.
[[/folder]]

!Allies

[[folder:Bill Henderson]]
!!Deputy Chief Bill Henderson
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!!!'''Played By:''' Damon Gupton
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

A friend of Jefferson's and a high ranking officer in the police force, who tried for years to arrest Black Lightning, unaware he was chasing his friend. Currently, he's overwhelmed as the One Hundred throw Freeland into chaos.
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* TheCommissionerGordon: Becomes this late in Season 1. He starts out as a high-ranking cop that will ''grudgingly'' work with Black Lightning if the situation warrants it, though he'll also try to arrest Black Lighting (and talk badly about him in public) if the opportunity arises. When certain events transpire, and Henderson must put his money where his mouth is, he hits a RankUp as a reward. Later, when he finds out about Gambi, he secretly calls on him for technical and investigative support.
* EveryoneHasStandards: He may be black and frustrated with the rampant racism in the department, but he will not tolerate any attack on racist officers.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: In the black community, he's more or less become their scapegoat for everything wrong with the police. His dislike of Black Lightning also puts him at odds with the rest of his community who see him as their savior.
* FriendOnTheForce: Eventually becomes this, after he figures out Black Lightning's identity.[[spoiler: Becomes this again to the Resistance in Season 3.]]
* InspectorJavert: A more sympathetic example than most but he spent most of his career trying to arrest Black Lightning despite the good he was doing -- he wasn't being personally vindictive, he was just doing his job (though Black Lightning's tendency to attack racist cops might have something to do with it) . That said, he ''will'' accept Black Lightning's help in an off the books type-manner, but he's not overtly enthusiastic about it.
* PoliceAreUseless: Played with; he's treated sympathetically and Jefferson considers him a friend, but he's unable to either combat the 100 effectively or prevent his officers from engaging in racist abuse. His priorities are also called into question as his department is seemingly able to arrest protesters with no problem[[note]]Though he claims this is for their own safety; the police will be brutal, but he thinks it's better than the 100 killing the protesters, as they're liable to do so[[/note]], and he spent his career hunting the only man capable of making a difference against the 100, while being useless in actually combating them without him. However, the second episode reveals that there are cops on Whale's payroll meaning that Henderson isn't as impotent as he seems -- merely under siege from all fronts and trying to make the best of a bad situation. {{Averted}} in a later episode when he saves Black Lightning with old fashioned police work, while a flashier plan using super powers and advanced technology fails.
* RaceLift: The ''Superman'' version of Henderson is white.
* RankUp: At the beginning of the show he's an Inspector. But near the end of season one, after he uncovered Deputy Chief Clayman's corruption in the police force and him trying to frame [[HundredPercentAdorationRating Jefferson Pierce]], Clayman is arrested and Henderson becomes the new Deputy Chief.
* SecretKeeper: In Season 2, he deduces on his own who Black Lightning is, after linking Black Lightning's return to Jefferson Pierce's daughers' abduction. He quickly realizes then that Thunder must be close to Jefferson too.
* ToBeLawfulOrToGood: Is often torn between the two. [[spoiler: In Season 3, he chooses 'good', as he becomes TheMole for the Resistance.]]
* {{Transplant}}: Played with; in the comics, Henderson is a supporting ComicBook/{{Superman}} character, a member of the Metropolis Police Department, but he also had run-ins with Black Lightning when the latter had his first comic book run.
* WhatTheHellHero: Early in Season 2, he confronts Black Lightning, having deduced that it's Jefferson Pierce. He is not happy about how many times Jefferson has lied to his friend.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Peter Gambi]]
!!Peter Gambi
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!!!'''Played By:''' Creator/JamesRemar
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

->''"Do you remember why you became Black Lightning? You wanted to give the people hope. You wanted the evil that's out there to have something to fear. Right now, there's nothing to fear and evil's running rampant like a plague through this city. Hell, through this world!"''

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A tailor and Jefferson's oldest friend and confidant. He made the Black Lightning costume and actively encourages Jefferson to go back to heroics. There is more to him than meets the eye.
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* AdaptationalHeroism: In the comics, [[spoiler:he was a mobster who killed Alvin Pierce]], grew remorseful and helped Jefferson become Black Lightning to atone for his sins. In the show, it's [[GreyAndGrayMorality complicated]] - Gambi's a former ASA agent who grew disgusted with their mission, so he leaked info about their illegal experiments to the press via Alvin Pierce, which got him killed. It's unclear what he did and didn't do as an agent. Nevertheless, he becomes Black Lightning's mentor for the show just like the comics.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: He's done things like delete footage of Tobias Whale and lie to Jefferson about Anissa's presence at a crime scene. He's also a friend and ex-mentor to Lady Eve. However, it becomes clear later that he's on the side of good, and he's worried about Jefferson's vendetta against Tobias.
* AntiHero: Outside of [[GoodIsNotNice Black Lightning]], Gambi has a very complicated mindset in terms of dealing with things. He straight out kills Joey Toledo and when investigating the weapon that framed Black Lighting for the murder of Lady Eve, he injects someone with snake venom, all the while calmly asking them for information before giving them the antidote once Gambi had gotten what he needed out from them. He's also the one who kills Martin Proctor in the season one finale.
* TheAtoner: He was part of a government agency that was doing illegal experiments with a vaccine to try and keep people docile. When he found out what they were doing -- and more importantly, that the vaccine was killing people or making them metahumans -- he quit and leaked the project to Alvin. When Alvin got killed, Gambi trained Jefferson as his way to atone.
* BackAlleyDoctor: He uses his tailor skills to stitch Jefferson up.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: Well, 'former bad guy turned AntiHero', but the trope still applies. He sees himself as a monster for his past deeds and insists that Jefferson should ''not'' cross the line and leave the morally ambiguous stuff to him instead, like killing Proctor.
* BrokenPedestal: Jefferson saw Gambi as a mentor and father figure. This starts breaking down when Jefferson became suspicious of how Gambi keeps stalling him about dealing with Tobias Whale. It ends completely with the revelation that Gambi was an ASA agent who had a role in the experimental vaccine to pacify the population and that Gambi's whistle-blowing also got Jefferson's father killed. It becomes a something of a RebuiltPedestal when Jefferson realizes that Gambi will ''never'' betray him; he might not be able to forgive Gambi for what he did, but knows he's a loyal friend who deeply cares for him and his family.
* TheConfidant: For Jefferson and has become one for Anissa, too.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: It's implied he is or ''was'' connected to Freeland's underground as Jefferson relies on him to find out what's going in the city and to be alerted by any new criminal activity. He was actually an agent for the ASA who quit when he found out their illegal experiments to keep people docile were either killing people or turning them into metahumans. He leaked the project to Alvin Pierce, who got killed by the ASA. He trained Jefferson to be Black Lightning as his way to atone.
* DecompositeCharacter: [[spoiler:His role as the man who killed Alvin Pierce is given to Tobias Whale.]]
* DeepCoverAgent: To Freeland, he's a much-loved tailor whose shop helped revitalize down town. In reality, he's an agent for the ASA assigned to find metahumans, so he became a tailor to integrate himself into the community. He's actually stopped working for the ASA, having become disgusted with their mission, but his superiors don't know that.
* FakingTheDead : [[spoiler:In the opening minutes of "Requiem" he's attacked by hitmen and his SUV explodes as he's trying to escape. We don't see a body / remains, and sure enough he's alive and well. He jumped out of his car and exploded it himself, so he can lay low and figure out who ordered the hit.]]
* GadgeteerGenius: He's the one who designed Jefferson's new hi-tech costume.
* HollywoodHacking: Another of his specialties -- it wouldn't be a CW superhero show without it.
* HonoraryUncle: Jefferson's daughters affectionately address him as "Uncle Gambi".
* IAmAMonster: He says this word for word, right before he kills Martin Proctor in the season one finale, and then disposes of the body.
* IHaveManyNames: Peter Gambi is an alias. His name is actually Peter Esposito.
* KeepingSecretsSucks: He learns this the hard way when events spiral so out of control that he can no longer keep his past with the ASA a secret from Jefferson. Jefferson's reaction is what you would expect -- he tells Gambi to stay away from his family and makes it clear that they're no longer friends. However they are semi-reconciled when Jefferson realizes no matter what Gambi will never betray him or his family.
* LikeASonToMe: After the death of his father, Gambi pretty much acted as a ParentalSubstitute for Jefferson.
* LivingLegend: Amongst the ASA. He's able to use his connections to have Lynn examine the kids in their custody in Season Two.
* MadeOfIron: The ASA tortures him to try to get him to give up Black Lighting. It doesn't work.
* MinoredInAssKicking: He easily wipes out Joey Toledo's thugs before assassinating Toledo himself.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: While he was always remorseful for his ASA actions, the sight of the metahumans he identified thirty year ago being kept in stasis is what really drives the point of he was part of something downright monstrous.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Gambi has a bad tendency of doing things with good intentions that blow up in his face and have unforeseen consequences that often make things worse.
** After learning the truth about the ASA's illegal experiments, he leaked the knowledge to the press via Alvin Pierce, hoping to expose them. Instead Alvin got killed, with Tobias apparently killing him for exposing his corruption being a convenient cover.
** He kills Joey Toledo with Lady Eve's approval, hoping it will get the increasingly cocky and reckless Tobias to back down and go back into the shadows (and get Jefferson to abandon his vendetta). Instead, Tobias sees it as TheLastStraw in Lady Eve's mistreatment of him, so he has his men kill Lady Eve and frame Black Lightning for it. Not only does this turn the community against Black Lightning for killing a much-loved public figure, it also compels the ASA to order a hit on Black Lightning for what they see as his unknown interference with their operation.
* PlayingBothSides: He pretends to be an ally of Lady Eve and the ASA, when in truth he's working with Jefferson to fix the damage they've all done to Freeland. {{Deconstructed}} as events spiral out of his control and his delicate balancing act of helping Jefferson without raising suspicion from Lady Eve and the ASA is thrown out the window when Tobias has his men frame Black Lighting for Lady Eve's murder means the ASA wants to take him out, and Gambi is powerless to stop it.
* ParentalSubstitute: He's known Jefferson since he was twelve and is the closest thing to a father Jefferson has had ever since his father was murdered.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: He's supposed to be a tailor, but sure spends a lot of his time spying on people and working the streets while Jefferson's at the school.
* RebuiltPedestal: After keeping Jefferson's secret safe from the ASA (ColdBloodedTorture be damned) and helping to free him from jail, Jefferson doesn't know if he can forgive Gambi's past misdeeds, but he does consider Gambi fully a friend and a part of the family.
* SecretKeeper: One of the few people who know that Jefferson is Black Lightning. He was originally the only one, before Jefferson met Lynn.
* SharpDressedMan: Justified, he's a tailor.
* TokenWhite: Sole white character in the main cast.
* UndyingLoyalty: Despite his shady past, he's 100% loyal to the Pierce family. When the ASA tortures him to find out who Black Lighting is, Gambi does ''not'' give him up.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: For a tailor, Gambi has a ton of hi-tech computer gear in his basement, not to mention whatever the Black Lightning suit is made of. Turns out he's a former spy, and his boss still thinks he's working for them, so all of his equipment is part of that job.
* WouldNotHurtAChild: The whole reason he turned against the ASA, experimenting on and killing kids was just too much for him. It's also why he kills Proctor with not a hint of remorse.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Grace Choi / Shay Li Wylde]]
!!Grace Choi / Shay Li Wylde
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!!!'''Played By:''' Chantal Thuy
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

A bartender and librarian who strikes up a friendship with Anissa.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Her hair is (presumably dyed) red in the comics, but brown here.
* AdaptationalCurves: {{Inverted}}; Grace Choi in the comics stands at a whopping 7' tall, a [[ButchLesbian masculine-looking (literal) Amazon]] with a muscular frame. Chantal Thuy is neither 7' tall or muscular, nor does she look even remotely Amazonian.
* AdaptationalPersonalityChange: The comic book version of Grace is a more physically aggressive than Anissa, [[AdaptationalWimp whereas the TV version is not even a fighter]]. {{Justified}} because Grace isn't a metahuman in the latter. [[spoiler:Or at least hasn't discovered her powers yet.]]
* BiTheWay: She's openly bisexual and says as much to Anissa in the fourth episode. She's also a bartender at a local lesbian bar.
* ClosetGeek: She enjoys reading comic books such as ''ComicBook/TheOutsiders'' and admits that reading them is cool, advising Anissa that their powers might help her understand her "research on genetic mutation".
* HotLibrarian: She works as a librarian where Anissa ends up researching her latent powers on.
* OutOfFocus: Despite being a vital character in Anissa's arc, Grace hasn't been since the early episodes of Season 1 and had been largely out of Anissa's life, especially once she becomes Thunder. She starts becoming prominent again in season 2.
* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler:She was sold to a child prostitution ring at 16, disappeared after it got shut down, and reappeared as Grace Choi.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: She is visibly hurt when she sees Anissa again, flirting with a celebrity. She is hurt because she thought she and Anissa's relationship was more than just a fling and Anissa suddenly stopped contacting Grace after she discovered her powers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Reverend Holt]]
!!Reverend Jeremiah Holt
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!!!'''Played By:''' Clifton Powell
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

->''"Let me tell you a little bit about your constituents. You see, the black folk here in Freeland, we always knew Tobias was still here. And we always knew Tobias was runnin' The One Hundred. And I knew it was him and The One Hundred that tried to kill me... If I'm wrong you can take that money and buy your own clinic. Name it after yo' mama for all I care. But you're not getting mine, understand? Now, if I'm right, and I know I am you can tell Tobias I said "he can keep his money and he can kiss my holy ass"."''
\\

The local reverend of Freeland United Methodist Church.
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* BadassPreacher: While he prefers peaceful protests, he is not shy to draw a gun on unwanted intruders in his church.
* GoodShepherd: A very moral and brave man.
* HandicappedBadass: In Season 2 he is shown needing a cane to walk around after being shot. Not that this keeps him down.
* HonourBeforeReason: Him organizing a peaceful protest against The One Hundred in the light of Lawanda's death might have been noble, but also quite foolish. Indeed, it is only Black Lightning's interference that prevents any casualties and both Khalil and Jeremiah himself get critically wounded nevertheless.
* NotAfraidToDie: When Khalil tells him he's on Tobias's hit list and needs to leave Freeland, Holt isn't scared telling the young man he's not afraid of Tobias and that his fate is in God's hands.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: He's apparently killed by Cutter on Tobias' orders with a poisoned handkerchief. However, he reappears in the Season finale, just having been put into a coma.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: In Season 3, where he's one of the main pillars of the resistance against the ASA, now carries a gun and will not hesitate to use it to protect innocent civilians.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Perenna]]
!!Perenna
[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/4_21.jpg]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Erika Alexander

A metahuman therapist, whom Lynn and Jefferson enlist to help Jennifer learn how to control her powers.
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: A kind, compassionate woman, but she can inflict a vicious MindRape if she needs to defend herself.
* TheEmpath: One of her powers.
* MindRape: She inflicts this on a couple of Markovia agents who tried to kidnap her.
* WarriorTherapist: She's specializes in helping metas who struggle to control her power.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Jamillah Olsen]]
!!Jamillah Olsen
!!!'''Played By:''' Adetinpo Thomas

A reporter, introduced during the occupation of Freeland.
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* IntrepidReporter: She has been reporting on Freeland's occupation from the start, unafraid to get in harms way.
* TheVoice: Of the Resistance, eventually.
[[/folder]]

!Antagonists

!!The ASA
[[folder:In General]]

A mysterious government agency with decidedly malevolent motivations.
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* GoneHorriblyWrong: Thirty years ago, they created a vaccine to make people docile. Instead, it either killed them or gave them powers.
* GreaterScopeVillain: They are the ones responsible for everything bad happening in Freeland. They were the ones who ordered the hit on Alvin Pierce, and the ones who made the Green Light drug to be distributed via the 100. They're also responsible for giving Tobias and Jefferson their powers; it was completely unintended. They made a vaccine meant to make people docile, but instead, it gave them powers... if it didn't kill them; Jefferson was the only one to survive into adulthood.
* HateSink: [[UpToEleven They manage to achieve this in their]] ''[[UpToEleven debut]]'' [[UpToEleven episode]]. They decided to use a city with a large African American population as guinea pigs to experiment with a vaccine to make the populace docile in a "very politically-explosive environment" -- in other words, drug black people so they won't fight back against racism and oppression. Then they discovered that their vaccine was instead turning kids into metahumans, if it didn't kill them. They responded by refining it into Green Light and releasing it into the city via the 100, hoping to create more metas without a care for how many people are killed, lives ruined, or families broken as a result.
* ForScience: They've been using the people of Freeland as unwitting guinea-pigs for sick experiments in social engineering and eugenics for thirty years.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: They chose a city with a large African American population, notorious for racial tension, to do experiments to make people ''docile''; there's no way they would've chosen a white city to do that. The obvious implication is that they don't want black people to fight against injustice subjected upon them.
* PragmaticVillainy: When they realized that only ''one'' kid became a metahuman they did the math and stopped their experiments; Proctor's experiment is a rogue operation.
* TheSociopath: They thought that a powder-keg city like Freeland, filled with racial tension, was a great place to run an illegal experiment on how to make people -- particularly African Americans -- '''''docile'''''. This tells you all you need to know about them. Thirty years later, they're hoping the Green Light drug will turn people into metahumans for experimentation, not giving a damn how many people it kills or lives it ruins.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Martin Proctor]]
!!Martin Proctor
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!!!'''Played By:''' Gregg Henry

The director of the ASA's Freeland operations.
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* AssholeVictim: Gambi shoots him dead at the end of season one, knowing Proctor will not stop his rogue operations.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Using deductive reasoning skills, he is able to figure out that Gambi has betrayed him and is working with Black Lightning, and later that Black Lightning and Jefferson Pierce are one and the same.
* BigBad: He's the ''real'' main antagonist of the first season, and the one behind all of the problems in Freeland.
* BigBadWannabe: He gets pretty much reduced to this in the Season 1 finale. All of his schemes to get Black Lightning utterly fail, Tobias Whale betrays him and forces him to flee, and in the end he is left without a single one of his men, at the mercy of the Pierce family and Gambi, while still babbeling on that his actions were justified. Then, when Jennifer zaps him after one too many of his racist taunts, he has the audacity to actually try and beg his way out of it, while ''stil'' acting condescendingly. All that it earns him is a quick death at the hands of Gambi.
* CanonForeigner: There is no Martin Proctor in any Creator/DCComics {{Continuity}}.
* DirtyCoward: What does he do when Black Lightning confronts him in the Green Light lab? Take one of his own scientists hostage and threaten to shoot him. Black Lightning's response is to point out that since the scientist's creation has been killing scores of lives, he'd be doing everyone a favor.
* FauxAffablyEvil: At first, he seems pleasant enough, at least to Gambi. This quickly evaporates as he reveals himself to be a downright sadistic piece of work, ordering Gambi's torture to suss out who Black Lighting is -- and he considers that "asking ''nicely''".
* HateSink: He's an idiotic, smug, cowardly, racist ASA agent who restarts the organization's vaccine program to turn black teenagers into his super-powered pawns, uncaring as the drug kills countless. Refusing to admit any guilt for his actions, when called out on the damage he's done, Proctor just responds that the teens he killed would have "wound up on welfare or in prison anyway".
* {{Jerkass}}: He's a racist murderer who's hiding behind the illusion of power, being a rogue ASA agent who continued operations after the Freeland operations were shut down (for which he blames PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad).
* KnightOfCerebus: The situation in Freeland becomes far more frightening when you realize that all of its troubles are actually caused by a corrupt and extremely racist government organization that has been continually operating for decades, and this creep is at the head of it.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Makes a point of how he wants to kill Black Lightning's "black ass", and in the season one finale every other line out of his mouth expresses his bigotry for black people, while quoting "[[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Make America Great Again]]".
* RogueAgent: His operation isn't known or sanctioned by the government. [[spoiler: Except it was, as revealed in Season 3.]]
* TheScapegoat: [[spoiler: He actually ''was'' a sanctioned agent, he was just declared to be rogue to draw attention away from the government.]]
* SmugSnake: Despite all the resources at his disposal, he's nowhere near as competent or scary as he thinks he is. Best exemplified in "The Book of Pain" where he has a VillainousBreakdown over the idea of Black Lightning being dead. In "The Book of War", he throws everything he's got at the Pierce family ... and still loses.
* StupidEvil: Oh dear lord yes!
** The first ASA experiment ended in failure since all the teens who developed metahuman abilities died ... except Jefferson. Yet Proctor decides to start it again without the knowledge of his superiors and the results are ''exactly'' the same. He's convinced all he needs is Black Lighting'a DNA to make his test subjects to make them stable and live. It's unclear if this would actually work or not.
** In the finale, he throws the full force of his agents against the Pierce family... and it all it does is attract the attention of the police who quickly arrest the agents, thereby exposing him.
* TooDumbToLive: In the Season 1 finale, when confronted by Gambi and the Pierces he makes racist remark after racist remark. It's like he was ''begging'' to be killed.
* VillainousBreakdown: When things don't go according to his plan, he quickly loses his composure and devolves into hysterical yelling.
* VillainousLegacy: Despite being dead his actions are still being felt in Season Two: the ''real'' ASA takes custody of the kids in stasis, and refuse to release them to their parents or have any outside scientist examine them. Plus there are scores of teens with latent powers thanks to Green Light -- so called "Green Light Babies" and their existence is adding fuel to the fire in Freeland causing an uptake in police shootings and FantasticRacism beginning to ferment.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Percy Odell]]
!!Percy Odell
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!!!'''Played By:''' Bill Duke

The ASA agent put in charge of cleaning up Proctor's mess. He's very no-nonsense and very obstructive.
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* AmbiguouslyEvil: It's hard to tell where his moral compass lies given what agency he works for and his general demeanor. [[spoiler: "Original Sin" crosses out the ambiguous part. He subjects Wendy to a grueling test that could've killed her, it's revealed he's had cameras planted in the Pierce house and then proceeds to murder all the agents who've been monitoring them on his behalf -- it's all but stated that the wants to blackmail Jefferson and possibly the girls into ASA service; at the end of the finale he does just that .. so they can take down Markovia agents.]]
* BaldOfEvil: He's played by the naturally bald Bill Duke, and is definitely up to no good.
* BigBadEnsemble: While he opposes Markovia in Season 3, the downright authoritarian measures he takes in securing Freeland make him just as much as a threat to Jefferson and his family.
* ControlFreak: A key aspect of his character is his desire to be in control of pulling all the strings of everything going on in Freeland, something he is [[TheChessmaster very good at doing]].
* {{Expy}}: He's basically a male version of Amanda Waller.
* EvilOldFolks: Bill Duke is in his mid-seventies, and it's presumed his character is around the same age. He even mentions to Jennifer how he marched alongside UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr during the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement, though it's [[UnreliableExpositor unclear]] if he's actually telling the truth about that or if it's just a lie to manipulate her. Even so, he's definitely old enough to make that a plausibility.
* FakeGuestStar: He appears in half of season 2's episodes and in every single episode in season 3, yet only gets recurring billing.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: He wears a menacing pair of specs.
* HateSink: While he skirted mostly around AmbiguouslyEvil or WellIntentionedExtremist territory in Season 2, by Season 3 it is hard to find anything even remotely redeemable about the guy. [[spoiler: Not only does he murder Issa after he learns some truths during an interview with Tobias the he (Odell) ordered, he also has a brain-washed Khalil murder Khalil's mother, manipulates Jennifer into working for him as a ChildSoldier, keeps Jefferson in line by threatening to take his daughters from him and experiment on them and gets Lynn addicted to Green Light to ensure her productivity, not caring one bit about the suffering his actions cause]].
* {{Jerkass}}: It's made abundantly clear that he was little sympathy for the teens who were given powers against their will, seeing them as potential weapons at best and dangers at worse instead of being human beings. Even his interactions with Lynn are at the best of times dismissive, and he refuses to share any information with her if he doesn't have to.
* ManipulativeBastard: He stops at nothing to get what he needs, people are mere pawns in his schemes. [[spoiler: He basically molds Jennifer into a ChildSoldier working for him and gets Lynn addicted to Green Light to ensure her productivity.]]
* NonActionBigBad: He's dangerous due to the vast resources at his disposal and his [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] tendencies, but there's no evidence he would be competent in physical combat, particularly due to a seeming lack of powers and his advanced age.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: He initially denies Lynn's access to examine the kids in the pods, and is none too happy when Gambi pulls strings to have him overruled.
* SecretSecretKeeper: Implied very strongly to know more about the Pierce family than he lets on. At the very least it's known that he keeps a close enough eye on Lynn [[spoiler: to save her life from would-be hitmen]], and tells Lynn on multiple occasions that he's tired of her lying to him. [[spoiler: "Pillar of Fire" seemingly confirms he knows that Jefferson is Black Lightning since he makes a point to tell Lynn that no metahuman even one who throws lightning bolts would be safe from Markovia. It's outright confirmed he knows at the end of "The Omega".]]
* TheSociopath: It's much more low-key than Dr. Jace, but in "Original Sin" he makes clear he only sees people in terms of their usefulness and nothing more -- he goes so far as to compare the pod kids to dogs -- not as pets but animals who can be trained to be useful creatures.
* TheStoic: He has all the emotion of a rock. It's very unnerving.
* UncertainDoom: [[spoiler: He gets apparently [[DroppedABridgeOnHim unceremonously killed]] during a shootout with Colonel Mosin and his troops in episode 3x06, but it's left ambiguous enough for him to turn up alive later.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Man will do anything to protect his country (and the world) from Markovia's aggression. This takes him down some very dark places.
* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler: Not directly, but after reviving and reprogramming Painkiller, he sends Khalil to kill his own mother.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dr. Helga Jace]]
!!Dr. Helga Jace
!!!'''Played By:''' Jennifer Riker
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A brilliant, but insane scientist that Agent Odell brings in to help Lynn with the kids in the pods.
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* BoxedCrook: She's criminally insane but she's the only scientist brilliant enough to help Lynn with the pods.
* DirtyCoward: She'll switch allegiances at the drop of a hat to ensure her own survival. [[spoiler: This backfires ''spectacularly'' in "The Omega". In her desperation to avoid the ASA's wrath for secretly working with Tobias, she makes a deal to give Black Lightning intel on Tobias in exchange to being brought into police custody, where she's quickly found and captured by a metahuman bounty hunter working for Markovia.]]
* DoubleAgent: The Markovia Government invited her to work on their metahuman program; in truth the ASA sent her there to undermine it on their behalf.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Absolutely nobody likes her, given her insanity. Even Agent Odell seems to regard her as NecessarilyEvil at best since he agrees to Lynn's request to keep Dr. Jace away from her and only keeps her around because if anything happened to Lynn she's the only one who could save the pod kids.
* ItsAllAboutMe: She's only interested in her own well-being and will side with anyone she thinks can guarantee that, and [[ChronicBackStabbingDisorder will happily sell out her current employers if a better offer comes along]].
* LackOfEmpathy: She doesn't understand why Lynn would refuse to use a serum that would save some of the kids in the pods, but kills the rest. [[spoiler: She then lies to her about coming up with a solution to get Lynn to take action ... and Lynn is not happy with the results.]]
* MadScientist: Even Tobias acknowledges she's absolutely crazy.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler: She's the one who gave Tobias his anti-aging serum and took it herself and she hasn't aged a day.]]
* RestrainingBolt: She's outfitted with one to keep her in line.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Traditionally she's a Comicbook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders villain.
* TheSociopath: Her unethical experiments resulted in 10 people losing their feet and one dying; she's unrepentant.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Lynn ''really'' doesn't want her around since she's insane, but Agent Odell forced her hand. [[spoiler: She's taken off the project after lying to Lynn about a serum that ended up killing half the kids.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: The audience has always known she's a MadScientist but "Prodigal Son" reveals that [[spoiler: she was the architect of the original ASA vaccine program and the one who created Tobias' anti-aging serum.]]
[[/folder]]

!!The One Hundred
[[folder:In General]]
The One Hundred, or The 100, is a gang of criminals who reside in Freeland, terrorizing the city at any given chance. The leader of the gang is Tobias Whale.
----
* GangBangers: Their whole shtick, although Tobias is more refine in his choices and talks down to those who does the ghetto life.
[[/folder]]

!!!Leadership
[[folder:Tobias Whale]]
!!Tobias Whale
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!!!'''Played By:''' Marvin "Krondon" Jones III
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

->''"Do you believe in the Resurrection, Latavius? The concept itself is beautiful, but it's a complete fantasy."''

\\
The boss of the One Hundred, formerly a city politician who killed Jefferson's father which set him down the path of being Black Lightning.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: He's not morbidly obese like his counterpart in the comics.
* AffablyEvil: It is hard to pin-point if Tobias is genuinely nice to his co-horts or just [[FauxAffablyEvil a snake in the grass]]. While he is a BadBoss to his men, he did love his sister, cared about Syonide, and is willing to break his father's spinal cord without a moment's notice. Essentially, if you play your cards right for him, Tobias will end up taking care of you, as if you were family to him. As long as you don't double-cross him.
* ArchEnemy: For Black Lightning ever since he killed his father, an IntrepidReporter, by literally shoving his articles down his throat. However, it turns out in "The Book of Revelations" that the ASA apparently ordered him to.
* BadBoss: He does not take failure kindly.
** He feeds one man to a tank filled with piranhas and impales Lala with a harpoon in the pilot episode.
** He treats Painkiller harshly throughout his "apprenticeship", verbally and psychologically abusing him at almost every turn to mold him into a better employee. [[spoiler:Taken UpToEleven when Khalil can't go through with murdering Rev. Holt; after deciding that his teaching has failed because he was too ''lenient'' and ''friendly'' with the boy, Tobias proceeds to beat Khalil half to death and punch his head against the piranha tank until the reinforced glass shatters, while ordering him to kill his own mother as further punishment. Ironically, he had no idea that the reason for Khalil's betrayal is because he knew Tobias was the one who shot him.]]
--->'''Whale:''' You done broke my damn fish tank.
** He predominantly employs black people, and owing to his intense dislike of black people, he rarely lets a moment pass when he doesn't throw slurs at them like they're going out of style.
** [[spoiler: Cavalierly approves of Cutter killing Todd, despite the young man having been his most competent and loyal employee in awhile simply because he's no longer of any use and he'd be a loose end otherwise.]]
* BenevolentBoss: He is actually a pretty cool and reasonable boss if his men don't disappoint him. When Painkiller goes a little overboard, Tobias forgives him with no issue and tells him not to apologize.
* BerserkButton: He doesn't like "church-singing negroes" on the basis that they all want to go to heaven, but none of them want to die.
* BigBad:
** Initially of Season 1, being the leader of the One Hundred gang and the murderer of the hero's father. [[SubvertedTrope However]], the ASA gradually proves itself to be the true threat of the season, with Martin Proctor serving as the actual BigBad. Once Proctor is dead and the ASA's experiments are revealed to the public, Whale is right back on top. Emphasized when he declares himself "the king of Freeland" at the end of the season.
** He is back into the position full time in Season 2, being more powerful than ever due to Proctor's suitcase.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Lady Eve, though he seems to be at the lower position, until he upstages her.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Is an absolutely terrible person, but he's more than happy to hold press conferences and pass himself off as a well-meaning citizen of Freeland who abhors violence. Nobody actually believes this (him being a murderous gang leader is an OpenSecret) so he mostly just does it to {{Troll}} the police.
* BoomerangBigot: He really doesn't like black people and says some pretty heinous things, even though albinism aside, Whale himself is African-American. This is because his albinism makes him an outcast in the black community -- his father abused him for it.
-->'''Whale:''' "Squeeze these darkies till they crack."\\
'''Lala:''' "...Damn, boss. You really DO hate black people."\\
'''Whale:''' "No, I love black people. I hate incompetent, thick-lipped, scratch-where-it-don't-itch Negroes like you. Y'all keep us acting like newly-freed slaves."
* CharacterTics: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l-nZYmDVtM The man loves adjusting his suit.]]
* TheCorrupter: According to Gambi he has a long history of bringing out the worst in people. Within the show, he pulls this on Khalil and Todd, and it's mentioned that Lala was a straight-A student before he met Tobias. Additionally, Tobias took in a homeless Syonide and molded into an assassin.
* CorruptPolitician: Used to be one until Jefferson's father exposed him. His response to that was to murder him and then become the most feared gangster in they city.
* DemotedToDragon: After his devastating encounter with Black Lightning, the ASA nurses him back to health and Martin Proctor takes direct command of him. However, see DragonWithAnAgenda below.
* DragonAscendant: By end of the SeasonFinale, Proctor and Lady Eve have been taken out, leaving Tobias as the last villain standing and apparent BigBad of Season 2.
* DragonWithAnAgenda:
** He's the subordinate and occasionally the enforcer for Lady Eve. However, he's sick of being middle management and running a gang of thugs. Instead, he wants to have a seat with the Shadow Board and be approached as an equal. Then he succeeds in offing her...
** He is also this to Martin Proctor, after the latter provides him with medical care and orders him to bring in Black Lightning alive. He does as he is told, but plans to overthrow Proctor soon.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: He really chafes at how, despite all the money he makes for Lady Eve, she regards him as little more than another one of her minions; he used to be a city politician and he really resents being kept in what he considers a menial position instead of being allowed to move up the ranks in Lady Eve's organization. It's implied his current position is a result of a past disgrace, possibly Alvin Pierce's articles exposing his corruption.
* EntertaininglyWrong: He initially doesn't consider Black Lightning's return too worrisome as he thinks he killed the "original" Black Lightning and this is just a new person taking on the role who isn't as intent on fighting him. He eventually realizes his error.
* EvilAlbino: He's the evil man who controls the 100 and is played by an actual albino actor.
* EvilSoundsDeep: He has a deep and booming voice, and commands quite a bit of respect from his subordinates and associates.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** He loves and trusts his sister, Tori. She's the one person in the world he is willing to be vulnerable around. When she is shot and killed, he does ''not'' take it well.
** He seems to regard Syonide as a surrogate daughter, in his own twisted way. [[spoiler: When Fowdy kills her, Tobias' response is to send a '''''harpoon''''' through her stomach when she's dumb enough to break into his office, and his subsequent abuse of Khalil is because he didn't try to protect her like he should've.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He's not happy about Lala killing Lawanda, although this is partially because he reasons that a man who's willing to murder "somebody's mama" is capable of anything -- including "turning rat". He again shows that he does not try to get RevengeByProxy on someone's mother, [[spoiler:after Khalil runs away from him]].
* EvilMentor: To Khalil.
* {{Foil}}: To Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, as far as their relationship with their fathers. Jefferson had a [[GoodParents very loving father]] whose death (at Tobias hands) inspired his heroics. Tobias had a [[AbusiveParents very abusive father]] who inspired his villainy, and who Tobias himself kills later on in life.
* FreudianExcuse: He had a ''very'' unhappy childhood - his father was abusive because he was sickly and an albino and would beat his sister, too. At his sister's suggestion, he resolves his issues in a [[SelfMadeOrphan very villainous way]].
* TheHeavy: Even after it turns out he's not the true BigBad of Season 1, almost all of the major running plots of the show are connected to him in some way or another. The activities of [[StarterVillain Lala]] and the 100 in general (with him being the [[ManBehindTheMan behind-the-scenes leader]]), the murder of Jefferson's father, the streets being flooded with [[FantasticDrug Green Light]], the shooting that injured Reverend Holt and crippled Khalil, Gambi keeping secrets from Jefferson, etc., can all be directly or indirectly traced back to him. Basically, if something bad is going on, it's a safe bet that Whale was involved.
* HeroKiller: {{Subverted}}; he believes he killed Black Lightning when, in reality, Jefferson finally gave up after his wife divorced him after a particularly bloody fight. He believes Black Lightning's resurgence is just [[LegacyCharacter somebody living up to his legacy]]. He isn't too happy to find out the truth, and for good reason - he built his reputation as "the man who killed Black Lightning" so it seems like he "lied on his resume" so to speak. The medical examiner who lied to him about seeing Black Lightning's corpse [[DisproportionateRetribution ends up dead]].
* HeKnowsTooMuch: One of Tobias' most frequent reasons for killing people, as he absolutely hates "loose ends".
* KarmaHoudini: Commits heinous acts on a very regular basis, and always gets away with them because of his money and connections. Him being a murderous gang leader is an OpenSecret, but he always destroys any evidence that could directly prove it.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: The season 2 finale finally sees Whale get his comeuppance. He is beaten handily by Black Lightning and Lightning and is imprisoned in an off the books prison for metahumans called the Pit. [[spoiler: The season 3 premiere also reveals that the serum that slows his aging is wearing off and he is dying.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: He breaks his abusive father's spine and leaves him to die a slow and painful death. He also had Lady Eve murdered.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: He's oblivious to the fact that the 100 is being used by the ASA to move Green Light in the hopes of creating metahumans. Proctor doesn't let him until the finale.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He was given a serum along with his sister years ago that keeps him from aging, so his actual age is indeterminate. In the {{Flashback}} for "And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light", his father is sporting [[SeventiesHair 1970s-era sideburns]], so if Tobias was a teenager at the time (implied by the dialogue), it puts him in his 50s or even early 60s in the present. Jefferson explicitly states he hasn't aged in thirty years.
* OpenSecret: "Officially" he's been missing from Freeland ever since Black Lightning retired and only now has just recently returned. But Rev. Holt tells a city councilman in "The Perdi", everyone in Freeland has known that Tobias was still in town and running the One Hundred for decades.
* OutOfFocus: After the EnemyCivilWar that results in the deaths of both his sister and Lady Eve, he remains out of the picture for the next few episodes, with the ASA taking center stage as the antagonists. That isn't the case in season 2 where he firmly takes the helm as BigBad.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Syonide - he found her malnourished and abused in an orphanage and then took her in. Problem is he trained her to be an assassin too and then had a procedure done on her that turned her into something more than human.
* PlayingGertrude: Krondon was a mere 35 when the first season aired, yet Tobias was already an established adult villain in flashbacks 30 years ago, meaning he must be at least 50. Subverted when it's revealed later that he [[OlderThanTheyLook takes a serum that keeps him from aging]].
* PragmaticVillainy: He eventually decides to stop selling Green Light since it kills too many junkies, reasoning the dead can't be repeat customers. He's completely unaware of Green Light's true intention -- to turn people into metahumans.
* RedHerring: The audience is led to assume that he's the mastermind behind Freeland's woes, until "Lawanda: The Book of Burial" reveals that Lady Eve is the ''true'' mastermind and Whale is merely running the 100 on her behalf.
* SatanicArchetype: If Jefferson is the "Black Jesus" of Freeland, than Tobias is its Devil; he was a city leader like Jefferson, but his corrupt dealings got him cast out. He also tries to turn the people ''against'' Black Lightning. He comes to Khalil after he's been paralyzed (by a bullet fired at his own order) and poses as a sympathetic benefactor by paying off his medical bills and giving him expensive gifts, then tries to convince him to blame Black Lightning for his current state. Sadly, it works, as Khalil turns against his former friends at Garfield and falls further under Tobias' influence with the promise to walk again.
* ScaryBlackMan: Played with; what Tobias lacks in skin tone he makes up for with an intimidating presence.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: He shows off his planning skills in a match with Khalil, specifically admonishing him for throwing his pieces too far ahead and letting Tobias chip away at his defenses.
* SuperStrength: Tobias is strong enough to lift a grown man by the neck with one hand, choke him to death, and break his father's spine just by squeezing him hard with [[DeadlyHug a hug]]. Gambi confirms it's due to the same serum that is keeping him TheAgeless, and it's making him stronger as he gets older; currently he's three times stronger than a normal human.
* TraumaButton: Whale experiences a vivid {{Flashback}} at the mention of his father. This comes complete with him repeating the words aloud from the memory, and flinching at his remembered violence.
* UngratefulBastard: Had his henchman Dwayne killed after the latter saved his life, for supposedly leaving his sister for dead.
* UnknownRival: Played with as he doesn't know the reason Black Lightning came after him in the first place is because he killed Jefferson's father. For a short time, he also doesn't realize this is actually the original Black Lightning and not just a successor.
* WildCard: He's rather unpredictable, which makes things harder for the villains and the heroes alike. Killing Lady Eve makes things difficult for Black Lightning ''and'' the ASA. It makes the community think Black Lightning has gone rogue, while the ASA loses their liaison to Freeland's underworld and their primary way of moving Green Light.
* YouSeeImDying: [[spoiler: In Season 3, due to being deprived of his serum, his age is catching up to him in prison. He laters gets cured by Lynn, due to using him as a lab rat.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lady Eve]]
!!Lady Eve
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!!!'''Played By:''' Music/JillScott
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

->"''I don't mind people believing in God. They just can't believe they can take back these streets.''"

\\
A funeral parlor owner connected to Tobias Whale, backed by a secretive underground criminal group in Freeland.
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* AbortedArc: Her group, the Shadow Board, was hyped to be a major influence behind the scenes in Freeland, as Lady Eve had backed Tobias and was seemingly pulling his strings. With her death, the plot went nowhere afterwards. Although, this was because Tobias made sure he wasn't anywhere near her death as the Shadow Board would go after him.
* CharacterDeath: Is assassinated in the mid-season by Whale's hitmen.
* DeepCoverAgent: She was a former agent of the ASA and previously a protege of Gambi. After retiring to be a crime boss, she still has links to the ASA with her death triggering the ASA's kill order on Black Lightning.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Whatever organization she's leading it's much more sophisticated than the 100 (which seems to be only a smokescreen for her enterprise). For starters they have enough pull to hire semi-truck drivers to deliver drugs amongst other things.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: She's initially introduced as "the greater threat behind [[TheHeavy Tobias Whale]]", but is KilledOffForReal half-way through the first season.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Lady Eve appeared in the pilot during Jefferson's award ceremony.
* {{Expy}}: Fitting with the show's Biblical motif, Lady Eve parallels UsefulNotes/{{Lilith}}, an unpredictable individual who absolutely refuses to be subservient to any man. She used to work with Gambi at the Agency, but left for a life of organized crime. She has an arrangement with Gambi that she won't go after the Pierce family, while Gambi promises to leave Tobias be, but she breaks that promise by having her goons attack Lynn's lab to stop her from researching the Green Light drug.
* FauxAffablyEvil: She sends out thank-you notes when people give her gifts, but she's a remorseless crime lord that even Tobias is intimidated by.
* TheManBehindTheMan: To Tobias Whale.
* MinoredInAssKicking: She shows her agent combat skills during an attempted assassination by evading and takes down her attackers, including snapping one goon's neck with his own weapon. Too bad she didn't know there was one last killer hidden in a coffin.
* OddFriendship: Had one with Gambi, who's Black Lightning's foremost ally. Gambi still looks out for his protege when it doesn't harm the Pierces.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: She makes a few digs at Tobias's albinism, telling him how albinos used to be killed and then grounded up for magic powder. One gets the impression that if Tobias wasn't albino, she'd let him move up in her organization.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Eve has a very soft, lilting voice that she maintains even when she's subtly threatening Tobias, or embalming someone alive.
* TortureTechnician: She embalmed a cadaver in "Black Jesus" ''[[BodyHorror while he was still alive]]''.
* TheUnfettered: As she herself says, she'd take out her own mother if she had to.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: To Freeland, she seems to be a wealthy funeral parlor owner who likes to give back to the community, when in reality she's the one responsible for all of Freeland's woes. Tobias exploits this by having his men murder her with stun guns -- that way, it appears she's died of electrocution and Black Lightning has gone off the deep end.
[[/folder]]

!!!Current

[[folder:Masters of Disaster]]

Four criminal metahumans who were put into pods, revived by Tobias Whale and forced into his service.
----
* BoxedCrook: Former criminals that were forcebly used in government black ops, and now by Tobias Whale.
* ElementalPowers: Each of them controls an element.
* ExplosiveLeash: Tobias puts lethal devices into them to control them.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Marcus Bishop / Shakedown]]
!!Marcus Bishop / Shakedown
!!!'''Played By:''' Hosea Chanchez
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018'

The first Master of Disaster released by Tobias. He has vibrational powers.
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* RaceLift: This is the first Shakedown that is African American. The previous versions were white.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Darryl Robinson / Coldsnap]]
!!Darryl Robinson / Coldsnap
!!!'''Played By:''' Derrick Lewis
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018'

A Master of Disaster released by Tobias. He has cryokinetic powers.
----
* AnIcePerson: His powers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rebecca Jones / New Wave]]
!!Rebecca Jones / New Wave
!!!'''Played By:''' Brooke Ence
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018'

A Master of Disaster released by Tobias. She has hydrokinetic powers.
----
* DesignatedGirlFight: She is the only female of the group and off course fights Thunder during the finale.
* MakingASplash: Her powers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Joe / Heatstroke]]
!!Joe / Heatstroke
!!!'''Played By:''' Estaban Cuete
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018'

A Master of Disaster released by Tobias. He has pyrokinetic powers.
----
* KilledOffForReal: Lala shoots him dead, saving Jefferson in the process.
* PlayingWithFire: His powers.
[[/folder]]

!!!Former

[[folder:Lala]]
!!Latavius "Lala" Johnson
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!!!'''Played By:''' William Catlett
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

A former student of Jefferson's. He is now a high ranking member of the 100.
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* AchillesHeel: Tobias had failsafes should Lala revolt against him post resurrection. The first is the phrase "The Devil deals the cards" which hypnotizes Latavious to do his bidding. The second is the phrase "E Pluribus Unum" (Out of many, one); which causes the tattoos in Lala to revolt and incapacitate him.
* AssholeVictim: Gets murdered by Whale; even when resurrected, Lala is still under Tobias' thumb and is forced to do his bidding.
* BackFromTheDead: He comes back to life at the end of "Equinox: The Book of Fate". Tobias spent a million dollars to do so. Season 2 reveals that the newfound gift of life when combined with a curse that keeps reminding him and haunting him with the people he's killed, makes him completely miserable to the point of being a DeathSeeker.
* CameBackWrong: Along with the obvious, hallucinating his murder victims and being under Tobias' control, Lala's demeanor noticeably changes with his resurrection. Pre-death, Lala was a LargeHam, with almost every scene he was in yelling at someone or making threats. Post-resurrection, he shifts to being more soft-spoken, both in conversation and in conversing with his hallucinations.
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: He's the show's version of Creator/DCComics villain "Tattooed Man".
* CharacterDeath: Killed by Tobias at the end of "Lawanda: The Book of Hope"; {{Subverted}} due to his resurrection.
* TheChewToy: Is constantly being beaten up and abused by Tobias, who admits that he just [[ItAmusedMe loves messing with Lala]]. Considering he's a murderous gang leader though, it's [[AssholeVictim hard to feel very sorry for him]].
* DoNotCallMePaul: He really doesn't like to be called Latavius.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: {{Averted}}; when the supply of Green Light dries up after Black Lightning and Thunder destroy the factory, Lala decides to corner the market on old-school illicit drugs by buying vastly more quantities than he used to. His supplier is suspicious it's a setup...so as collateral, Lala tells him where his mother lives, to let him know he's serious.
* FauxAffablyEvil: When talking to Will about getting his money back, he's deeply amused when Jennifer sucker-punches Will. He acts polite when he speaks with Jefferson at first, and pretends to keep the gangs out of the school out of respect for his old teacher but this quickly crumbles when Jefferson interferes with his abuse of a kid and he pulls a gun on Jefferson.
* FluffyTheTerrible: "Lala" is not the nickname one would expect from a ruthless and feared gang boss. His name Latavius sounds more awesome.
* MilesToGoBeforeISleep: Hates the reanimation and being back alive due to the guilt he's got to live with. He's hoping that once he kills Tobias, he'll finally get to rest in peace again.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: {{Lampshaded}}, as Lala's first response to almost any problem is to put the problem down permanently.
-->'''Will:''' "You always murking somebody. Just like [[TalkingToTheDead how you killed me]]."
* TheOldestProfession: As a high ranking member of The 100, he is in charge of the Seahorse Motel which is used as a brothel.
* OnlyKnownByHisNickname: No one really calls him by his first name, only Jefferson does.
* PragmaticVillainy: The ''only'' thing stopping him from targeting the Garfield students is that he knows that trying to attack the "Black Jesus of Freeland" would be the only thing that would properly galvanize the cops to take action. This doesn't stop them from ordering the Pierce sisters deaths so they can hide the bodies so they can't testify.
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: Jefferson's former student turned gang banger.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Lala's LargeHam tendencies seemingly died with him, and he almost never raises his voice after his resurrection.
* StarterVillain: Lala's the driving force of Jefferson's torment, Will's actions and has connections to the antagonists but after Black Lightning puts him in jail and Whale kills him, his status places him as that.
* TalkingToTheDead: To Lawanda and Will after he comes BackFromTheDead, but only he can see or hear them. According to Tobias, this is a side-effect of the "reanimation" process - that Lala will encounter all the people he's killed, with images of them literally tattooed to his body.
* TookALevelInBadass: By season 3, his ability to come BackFromTheDead [[spoiler: works almost instantaneously and he's developed the ability to manifest the people in his tattoos at will to use as {{Mooks}}.]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid: He was a straight-A student before he met Tobias, and Jefferson seems to have had some regard for him before he became a criminal.
* WildCard: In Season 2, being wildly unpredictable due to constantly hearing voices. He first assaults Jefferson, but then decides to go after Tobias instead. He later saves Black Lightning's life, saying that he's only interested in stopping Tobias' plans.
* WouldHurtAChild: Is seen beating a boy probably no older than twelve for playing video games instead of dealing weed. He was also perfectly willing to kill the Pierce sisters and have them "disappear".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Will]]
!!Will
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!!!'''Played By:''' Dabier
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

Lala's cousin and a low-level thug in the 100.
----
* AssholeVictim: Lala absolutely believed he deserved to die - a coward and misogynist who was willing to force Jennifer into prostitution to fix his issues.
* CharacterDeath: Brutally executed by Lala in "Lawanda: The Book of Hope".
* EntitledToHaveYou: Seems to think he still has a shot with Jennifer, even ''after'' he almost got her trafficked into prostitution.
* EvilIsPetty: Kidnaps the Pierce sisters after Anissa came to Jennifer's rescue and Will couldn't take the hint to leave.
* NoRespectGuy: Every scene Will is in has him being beaten, insulted, or otherwise humiliated.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: He gets his ass handed to him so much, that it's a sobering shock when he busts into the school with his armed cronies to kidnap the Pierce sisters.
* StalkerWithACrush: Jennifer references this trope by name when he reveals he followed her to school after using her social media to find out where she attended.
* StupidEvil: Kidnaps Jefferson's daughters right out of the school in front of dozens of witness and security cameras which results in the cops bringing real heat against the 100 -- which is exactly why Lala never targets the school.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tori Whale]]
!!Tori Whale
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!!!'''Played By:''' Edwina Findley
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

Tobias' younger sister, who comes from Miami to Freeland to help him kill Black Lightning.
----
* CanonForeigner: Created exclusively for the show as the comic book version of Tobias Whale never had a sister.
* CharacterDeath: Dies in "Equinox: The Book of Fate" due to a stray bullet.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: She's just as ruthless as her brother is, but genuinely cares about him since they were both abused by their father.
* FreudianExcuse: Her father was verbally and physically abusive.
* OlderThanTheyLook: She and Tobias were given a serum along years ago that keeps them from aging, so her actual age is indeterminate.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Joey Toledo]]
!!Joey Toledo
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!!!'''Played By:''' Eric Mendenhall
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

One of Tobias's top lieutenants. He's been around since Black Lightning's first crusade.
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* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: He was the major supplier of Green Light in Freeland.
* CharacterDeath: Gambi kills him, on the advice of Lady Eve, as a method to suppress Tobias.
* CoDragons: To Tobias, alongside Syonide
* GigglingVillain: To highlight that he's a little off-kilter.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Syonide]]
!!Syonide
[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/syonide.jpg]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Charlbi Dean
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

Tobias's right-hand woman, who trained her to become an assassin when he took her from an orphanage when she was eight-years old.
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* AbsoluteCleavage: Prone to this when not [[BareYourMidriff Baring Her Midriff]].
* AwesomeByAnalysis: Syonide is the first person to deduce Thunder's PsychoactivePowers and exploit them to her advantage during their fight in one of Garfield High's classrooms.
* BareYourMidriff: Seems to have a preference for this type of outfit, even in combat. Justified with having armor plates grafted beneath her skin and not really needing protection anyway.
* CoDragons: To Tobias, alongside Joey Toledo and later Khalil.
* CompositeCharacter: She is based on the same-named Creator/DCComics villain, the second "Syonide" who was an unnamed female assassin. However, she carries the first Syonide's background of working for Tobias Whale.
* {{Cyborg}}: She has armor plates grafted beneath her skin that enhance her durability and strength.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: According to Gambi, she was found in the trash as a baby with its umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. She was abused and malnourished at an orphanage until she was eight. Then Tobias got ahold of her and he fed her, clothed her, augmented her, and turned her into an assassin 100% loyal to him.
* DualWielding: She prefers to go GunsAkimbo; in close-quarters, Syonide will whip out a pair of nightsticks.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Doubling with {{Pun}}, her name is pronounced as "cyanide".
* TheQuietOne: To the point she was TheVoiceless until the season one finale.
* MadeOfIron:Tobias had carbon fiber armor grafted to her body beneath the surface of the skin.
* {{Sadist}}: She enjoys the tasks her boss gives her; Gambi states Tobias trained her to inflict pain unto others.
* ShoutOut: Compare Syonide's DarkAndTroubledPast to the same origins of the eponymous character from ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: Dies a few minutes into the Season 2 premiere, after acting as a recurring secondary antagonist throughout the first season.]]
* TykeBomb: Taken by Tobias as a young child to be molded into a deadly and ruthless assassin.
* UndyingLoyalty: No matter where Tobias goes, Syonide is almost always seen with him, defending and carrying out his orders.
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler: Is killed off in "The Rise of the Green Light Babies" by Kara Fowdy of all people.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Khalil Payne / Painkiller]]
!!Khalil Payne / Painkiller
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[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/painkiller.jpeg]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Jordan Calloway
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

Jennifer's ex-boyfriend, a high-school track star until he got paralyzed thanks to a gunman from the 100. Tobias comes to to him after his accident to try and turn him against Black Lightning.
----
* AdaptationOriginConnection: As a new enforcer for Tobias following reconstructive spinal surgery (courtesy of the ASA), Khalil's DreadlockWarrior ScaryBlackMan appearance, who has SuperStrength and [[PowerFist forearm bracers that fire anethestic syringes]], he becomes the show's version of the super villain "Painkiller" from the ''Black Lightning'' comics.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Following his Season 3 resurrection, Painkiller takes on a cheerful persona who speaks matter-of-factly about the horrible things the ASA has trained him in. Hits its peak when he questions the ASA sergeant he poisoned while sparring with him about what is going through his mind as he dies as he's become philosophically interested in the idea of how his victims feel.]]
* AllForNothing: He joined up with Tobias because Tobias gave him gifts and the use of his legs. In the end he can't go through with being an effective criminal and Tobias rips his artificial spine out, making him a cripple once again.
* ApologeticAttacker: Played with: when confronted by Jennifer about his [[spoiler:"killing" Black Lightning, he admits he actually ''likes'' Black Lightning and didn't want to kill him]] but that he was and still is under Tobias's thumb.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Once he begins to lash out at everyone following his paralysis, Jefferson speculates that's who he is truly after he lost everything. Subverted in season 2 after he becomes nicer and starts to chafe under Tobias' thumb.
* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler: Following his resurrection by the ASA, Khalil now has a TouchOfDeath and knowledge of numerous martial arts to make him the perfect killing machine.]]
* CameBackWrong: [[spoiler: He is resurrected by the ASA and made completely obedient via a brain chip. He is ordered to kill his mother by Odell, which he does without any hesitation.]]
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: He's actually the Black Lightning RoguesGallery member Painkiller.
* CharacterDeath: Dies in episode 11 of season 2. [[spoiler: But then he gets resurrected in Season 3...]]
* CoDragons: Becomes this to Whale alongside Syonide after becoming enhanced.
* DisabledInTheAdaptation: As far as the comics go, Painkiller never suffered any kind of spinal surgery.
* DreadlockWarrior: As Painkiller. They are cut when he runs away with Jennifer.
* DreamCrushingHandicap: He had plans to become a professional athlete, but those plans got derailed when he got shot in the spine, leaving him unable to walk.
* DudeWheresMyReward: As part of his fall from grace he gives Jennifer a vicious rant on how he spent his entire life "doing everything right", and then God decided to take away the use of his legs.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Even at his worst, he still loves his mother.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Starts out clean cut, but he has relatively long [[DreadlockWarrior dreads]] when he reappears as one of Tobias' enforcers after getting reconstructive spinal surgery. The InUniverse explanation is that his hair grew extremely fast as a side effect of the drugs he took to recover, but it's ultimately meant to symbolize that he's no longer the straight edge student he used to be.
* {{Expy}}: As a reference to Biblical motifs, Khalil represents [[Literature/BookOfJob Job]], a good, prosperous man whom Satan (with God's permission) beset one disaster after another on Job's life in order to test whether he abandons his faith in God. Unlike Job, Khalil doesn't have the strength to continue keeping his faith when events turn his life against him, thus succumbs to Tobias' temptations.
** In Season Two, when he finally leaves Tobias he becomes the Prodigal Son.
* ForcedIntoEvil: He doesn't actually want to work for Tobias, but feels he has no other choice since Tobias would kill him if he tried to leave. This eventually happens.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Although it wasn't apparent that he becomes the show's version of Painkiller, the first meeting between him and Tobias Whale contains the following dialogue.
-->'''Tobias''': If you'd like, I can show you how to kill your pain.
* HeelRealization: When Tobias orders him to kill Reverend Holt, Khalil begins to regret his choice of working for him, as he's known the reverend for years and his mother goes to that same church. When he realizes Whale himself was the man behind the shooting that caused his paralysis, Khalil tries to find a way out.
* IKnowKungFu: [[spoiler: The chip that Odell uses to control Khalil also downloaded knowledge of 23 martial arts styles into his brain]].
* MeaningfulName: His surname "[[{{Pun}} Payne]]" foreshadows his transformation into the super villain Painkiller].
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Painkiller in the comics never had a given name; instead, this version of the villain is named [[MeaningfulName Khalil Payne]].
* NiceGuy: He's sweet, respectful, has a good head on his shoulders, and deeply cares about Jennifer. {{Subverted}} following his paralysis. And then played straight again after his HeelRealization.
* PoisonousPerson: The implant used for Khalil's spinal surgery has given him an additional paralytic substance that he can extract and weaponize into syringes fired from his forearm bracers. [[spoiler: After being resurrected by the ASA, he can now administer this substance into a [[TouchOfDeath person's system via touch]] with varying degrees of lethality.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: He eventually revolts against Tobias, and despite his and Jennifer's best efforts to stay ahead of the villain, is ultimately killed by him.
* SadisticChoice: In Season 2, he is forced into one, when Tobias orders a hit on Reverend Holt. Either he kills the man who has supported his mother's community for years, or Tobias will retaliate against him and his loved ones. He decides to TakeAThirdOption and runs away with Jennifer.
* SecretKeeper: He is the only one besides her family, who knows about Jennifer's powers.
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: He kills his mother on Odell's orders after being resurrected.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: After his accident and thanks to Tobias' toxic influence, he blames Jennifer for his current state and God for punishing him even though he did everything right in life.
* TragicVillain: A promising student with a bright athletic future ahead of him whose life ends up destroyed because of the harsh reality of Freeland, then ends up being manipulated into becoming a thuggish enforcer for the group that ruined his life to begin with.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Was a genuine NiceGuy before suffering a DreamCrushingHandicap and then being subjected to [[TheCorrupter Tobias' influence]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Todd Green]]
!!Todd Green

!!!'''Played By:''' RJ Cyler

A brilliant computer and robotics student who after burning his bridges at his college falls in with Tobias.
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* TheCorruptible: Some flattery and $100,000 was all it took for Todd to sign up with Tobias.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Todd's an undisputed genius, but he always had doors slammed in face because of his background and lack of connections.
* TheDragon: To Tobias after Syonide dies and Khalil goes rogue.
* HatesBeingTouched: As displayed when being escorted out by two guards in his debut episode, he shakes them off and insists they stop touching him when they have his arms grabbed, then later when Tobias is recruiting him, he has two ladies sit at each of Todd's sides and be flirty with him, and though not hating the attention, Todd is clearly uncomfortable with the ladies being so close and having their hands all over him. Tobias takes notice of this, as in a later episode, he simply gives a light tap on Todd's arm while complimenting him on a job well done, which Todd appreciates.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Unlike Khalil, he adapts to working for Tobias very well, able to do anything the man asks efficiently and without any twinge of a guilty conscience.
* {{Foil}}: To Khalil, both are promising students who had their dreams shattered -- Khalil because of his injury and Todd because of racism and classism. But unlike Khalil, Todd adapts extremely well to working with Tobias, and shows no hesitation for any of the illegal activities Tobias asks him to do. For emphasis, Khalil was a physical threat, whereas Todd is a TechnoWizard.
* RantInducingSlight: Finding out he lost a research grant to some rich kid, whose dad made a sizable donation really set him off, especially ''after'' the Grant Board complimented on his extraordinary work the past year.
--> '''Todd:''' The same Garett Tortolani whose rich white dad just donated a new wing to the research center?
--> '''Board Member:''' Quite frankly, I resent the implication, Mr. Green.
--> '''Todd:''' Well, you can resent it all you want. That doesn't make it any less true.
--> '''Board Member:''' Good day, Mr. Green. The panel's decision has been made, and that decision is final.
--> '''Todd:''' Some straight bull! You can take that grant to hell, 'cause that's where all of you corrupt, racist bastards are going! ''[looks at the [[CategoryTraitor sole Black member]]]'' [[SarcasmMode Thank you, brother]].
* RealityEnsues: His little outburst at the grant board results in him being escorted out of the building by security and, as implied by the CardboardBoxOfUnemployment he's carrying, expulsion.
* TragicVillain: A promising student with a bright future in robotics gets his research grant denied because of blatant favoritism upon the Board's part -- they gave it to a rich white kid whose dad make a sizable donation the week before, then ends up being corrupted by Tobias.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: He was a hopeful and optimistic kid in science before Tobias got his hands on him.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: When Todd does all he can to help Tobias with the pod kids, he's of no more use, so Cutter lets him go with a new car ... that's rigged to explode.]]
[[/folder]]

!!The Sange

[[folder: In General]]
The white people of South Freeland engaged in a century long feud with the African American population -- the Perdi. The Sange are under the control of the Looker.
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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: They hate all black people, and are not above lynching to make it known. Though how much of it is due to their own hatred or the Looker's control is unknown.
* PunchClockVillain: Once they're free from the Looker's control they end their feud with Black Lightning.
* SuperSpeed: What seems to be their only power.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: The Looker]]
!! The Looker
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!!!'''Played By:''' Sofia Vassilieva
--> '''The Looker:''' I'm a proud White American.\\
'''Black Lightning:''' You're a racist.\\
'''The Looker:''' Now, how did you jump to racist so quick?\\
'''Black Lightning:''' Nice flag. ''[eyes the Confederate Flag on the wall]''\\
'''The Looker:''' The joys of minority privilege. It's okay for you to wear a shirt saying, "I'm black, and I'm proud," but if I wear one saying, "I'm white, and I'm proud," I'm a racist?\\
'''Black Lightning:''' No, your T-shirt would say, "I kill and hang Perdi from trees".

A mysterious white woman with mind controlling powers who took over the Sange, after the ASA's original vaccine experiment ended and rules South Freeland like her own kingdom, terrorizing the local black population - the Perdi.
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* AdaptationalVillainy: Because of InNameOnly, the Looker becomes this on the series. She was Black Lightning's team member in "Batman and the Outsiders", here she's a full blown villain.
* AmbiguousSituation: It's presumed she's another survivor of the ASA vaccine, but it's never explicitly proven.
* TheAssimilator: The "Element", a metallic substance she emits, allows her to do this to the white population of South Freeland, making them a part of her HiveMind.
* BadBoss: Mind controls the Sange and punishes them severely.
* BadPowersBadPeople: She emits a mysterious liquid metallic substance that can make other people part of her HiveMind, and she uses this horrific power for evil purposes.
* BroughtDownToBadass: Even without her mind controlling powers, she gives Thunder one hell of a fight.
* CruelMercy: Jefferson opts to hand her over to the ASA, indifferent to the inhumane experiments that she'll undoubtedly go through.
* FemmeFatalons: Through which she channels her powers.
* FillerVillain: Her side-plot is completely unrelated to Jefferson's main feud with Tobias Whale in Season 2.
* HateSink: Blatantly white supremacist, she's the only villain who Jefferson hates more than Tobias -- not even he hangs black people from trees.
--> '''Black Lightning:''' I'm going to ''enjoy'' taking you down.
* MindManipulation: She controls people via some liquid silver element she admits.
* NoNameGiven: We never find out her real name.
* NotSoDifferent: She ''tries'' to claim this between her and Black Lighting claiming they just look after their own. He shuts her down pretty quickly; Jefferson doesn't discriminate against race, only hate and that's not even going into how she uses her powers to force the Sange to be her slaves.
* OlderThanTheyLook: She's mentioned to have come to South Freeland 30 years ago, but looks in her 20s.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Has black people lynched from trees, enough said.
* SmugSnake: Her entire behaviour ''oozes'' of smug superiority.
* RichBitch: Uses her powers to enrich herself but not her minions.
* ThereIsAnother: After Jefferson, she's the only one who survived the ASA's vaccine experiment.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: The Looker in the comics was a psychic vampire model (or just a vampiric one in the ''New 52''). Here, the character [[InNameOnly only shares the name]] of the Looker and nothing else more.
* WrongGenreSavvy: When she has Jefferson captured, she firmly believed that Black Lightning's powers came from the suit, and not from himself or anything electrical.
[[/folder]]

!!Markovia

[[folder: In General]]

A belligerent Eastern European nation, who wishes to start their own metahuman program; Dr. Jace used to work with them.
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* BigBadEnsemble: In the last quarter of Season Two, where they send intelligent agents to Freeland to try and kidnap scientists and metas for their own program. In Season 3, they remain a threat, while the opposing ASA also causes trouble for Freeland.
* {{Ruritania}}: Located somewhere in Eastern Europe.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Well it's not their explicit goal, but as Lynn points out if they did realize their goal of creating a metahuman army nobody else in the world would stand a chance against them so the implications are obvious.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: As Odell explain to Lynn, to Markovia any metahuman who isn't on their side is considered a threat to them.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Yuri Mosin]]
!! Yuri Mosin
!!!'''Played By:''' Thomas Belgrey

A markovian Colonel.
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* BeardOfEvil: Has one.
* RousingSpeech: Gives one to his troops, promising them lots of american blood.
[[/folder]]

!Civilians

[[folder:Vice Principal Kara Fowdy]]
!!Vice Principal Kara Fowdy
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!!!'''Played By:''' Skye P. Marshall

The vice principal of Garfield High, whom Jefferson often takes for granted.
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* ArmedLegs: Fights [[spoiler:Syonide]] in Season Two with CombatStilettos that have ''literal'' stilettos that extend from the heels.
* BeingEvilSucks: She wants '''out''' of the ASA in Season Two when the whole ugly truth of Proctor's operation comes to light.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Despite being the vice principal, Jefferson treats her like his secretary.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She seems like a harassed if nice lady, but is actually an ASA spotter - she turns in her own students who exhibit metahuman activity. Worse, she's completely aware they're being kept in stasis, and doesn't so much as bat an eye.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:Dies a painful but inevitable as a result of her internal injuries from jumping out of Tobias' window plus the harpoon in her stomach.]]
* DarkActionGirl: She reveals herself as this Season Two displaying previously unseen combat and espionage skills -- she's proficient enough to kill [[spoiler:Syonide...but not enough to kill Tobias Whale.]]
* DeepCoverAgent: She's uses her job as vice principal to look for students who exhibit metahuman activity after taking Green Light then sell them out to the ASA.
* {{Determinator}}: Shows a borderline superhuman tolerance for pain in season 2; [[spoiler:after being harpooned in the gut, maintains enough self-control to run through a plate glass window and jump off a building to avoid being killed by Tobias Whale, even while screaming in agony from, not to harp on it, the ''harpoon in her gut''. Later turns up battered and unconscious but alive at Gambi's; it's unclear if she dragged herself there by sheer force of will before passing out or was left there by persons unknown.]]
* DirtyCoward: She's clearly not of physical confrontation, but seems completely unwilling to even entertain engaging in fights she knows she can't win: in Season Two, he's desperate to leave the ASA not out of remorse but to avoid her much deserved punishment.
* {{Expy}}: Keeping in line with the show's Biblical motifs, Fowdy is Judas Iscariot - not only is she working for the ASA as a "spotter" for metahuman activity, once she finds out that Jefferson is Black Lightning, she sells him out to the cops on their behalf.
* FindingJudas: She's forced to have Jefferson arrested on trumped up drug charges, yet is very uncomfortable with it. Like the TropeNamer, Fowdy comes to regret her betrayal and finds out the hard way that it can't be so easily undone.
* {{Foil}}: To Gambi. Both were ASA spotters. The difference is that Gambi shows genuine remorse over his actions and wishes to atone, while Fowdy does not and merely wished to avoid the consequences of her actions.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Suffers no consequences for kidnapping her own students, even when Proctor's rogue operations are unveiled at the end of Season One. Subverted in Season Two, where she's well aware it's only a matter of time before somebody uncovers her role in Proctor's scheme and is desperate to leave the ASA before it happens. [[spoiler:She ends up dead]].
* MoralMyopia: She hates how her ASA superiors forced her to betray Jefferson, but shows no sign of guilt for turning her students over to the ASA. She claims to Gambi that she had no idea that Proctor's operation was rogue; [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Gambi pointedly asks her how much of a difference that's supposed to make]].
* OutOfFocus: She gets very little attention until "Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption" when it's revealed she's working for the ASA as a spotter.
* RetiredMonster: What she aspires to be in Season Two.
* WalkingSpoiler: Certain plot points in season one become difficult to talk about with regards to Fowdy.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The School Board]]
!!The School Board
!!!'''Played By:''' ???

The School Board that overseas Garfield High School. Despite Jefferson's success in making a Garfield a model school and his reputation, they often butt heads with him.
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* ApatheticTeacher: They care more about Garfield's reputation than the students themselves. As Jefferson point out they always find money for metal detectors and security guards, but never for stuff like computers and books.
* BadBoss: They could always replace Jefferson as principal with somebody else, and Jefferson knows they would if he butts heads with them one time too many.
** In Season Two, [[spoiler: they only agree to reopen Garfield when Jefferson offers them his resignation; he knows too well that they will gleefully exploit the chance to drag his name through the mud.]]
* HateSink: They tried to expel an otherwise model student who screwed up one time by ''email''.
* {{Jerkass}}: They look down on Jefferson for being "arrogant" despite his reputation as being on of the best educators in the country and condescend him at every opportunity. Though "arrogant" in this case seems less to mean "prideful" and more "refuses to do do whatever we say without question".
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** While it's understandable they want to take disciplinary action against a student who publicly overdosed in the school, they go too far by avoiding kind any of hearing for the student and by failing to acknowledge that the drug dealers are deliberately targeting the student body.
** They also legitimate security concerns about the kids' safety in Season Two in light of all the gang attacks on it in season two.
* OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: We know little about them, save they don't see eye to eye with Jefferson on anything.
* PointyHairedBoss: Jefferson is one of the best educators in the country, and yet rather than seeing him as an asset they seem him as a problem for being "arrogant" because he refuses to comply with their racist outlook on how to run the school.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: While not "villains" per say, they are mainly affluent whites (and one black man) who look down on Jefferson as "arrogant", fail to empathize with the black students who make up Garfield's student population and make no secret of how they wish to replace Jefferson with someone who will comply with desires without question. [[spoiler: In Season Two they get their wish.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Jefferson has final say on disciplinary matters, but they more or less blackmail him into forfeiting that authority in exchange for letting a student they wanted expelled stay in school.
* UltimateJobSecurity: It's really a mystery how they still have their positions especially since by and large the parents and students usually side with Jefferson and not them.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mike Lowry]]
!!Mike Lowry
!!!'''Played By:''' P.J. Byrne

The new principal that was hired after Jefferson stepped down.
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* ApatheticTeacher: In "Just and Unjust" it's made abundantly clear he has no affection at all for his students, and in fact outright resents them for having opportunities in life that he never got at their age.
* DoubleStandard: Claims to be a victim of this, since his parents were drug addicts and he had to spend time sleeping on the street and eating dog food, yet because he wasn't black nobody felt sorry him (ignoring that plenty of kids black or white would get the same indifferent treatment due to the stigma of poverty and drug addiction).... so he takes out on his black students, who he flat admits he doesn't feel any sympathy for at all.
* EveryoneHasStandards: In "Lynn's Ouroboros", he protests the detainment of a student on grounds of suspected metahuman status. He even takes a blow to the nose for his troubles.
* {{Foil}} To Jefferson. Jefferson is stern, but fair and knows every kid in the building and makes a point of having meaningful discipline policies that are focused more on personal development that punishment. Lowry is apathetic, tyrannical, and doesn't seem to have much faith in his students and favors disastrous zero tolerance policies which cause more harm than good - i.e. kicking kids out to the street for minor infractions and into the hands of predatory street gangs.
* FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse: He had a rough time of it when he was younger, but as Jefferson points out, he's still got a lot more benefit of the doubt due to being white, despite his claims to the contrary and it's certainly not a good enough reason to take it out on the students.
* GreenEyedMonster: He seems envious on how much the students admire and respect Jefferson, while they almost universally despise him. On a personal level he resents how Jefferson had an award-winning journalist for a father, while all he got for a dad was a drug addict.
* HateSink: Immediately after becoming principal he starts undoing many of Jefferson's policies, including installing metal detectors at the entrances. Jefferson immediately starts hating his guts, although this evolves into pity when he learns why he acts this way.
* IRejectYourReality: He doesn't seem to understand or care about the racism his students and faculty face -- regardless of their social position; even a famous educator like Jefferson has to put up with the indignation and humiliation of police profiling, which Lowry despite his poor background never has and never will. His refusal to recognize this is one of many sources of animosity between him and Jefferson.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: He wants to prove himself better than Jefferson, despite condescending at him at every turn.
* JerkAss:
** He's very rude to Jefferson, saying that his changes to school policy that Jefferson had long fought against were necessary because of Jefferson's failures.
** Flat out admits that he refuses to empathize with his students, because nobody showed him any compassion as a poor white boy who had to sleep on the street because of his junkie parents.
* LowerClassLout: His parents were drug addicts, and despite managing to become an educator he maintains the general attitude by how he treats his students and Jefferson, believing they've been given unfair advantages he never got and relishing the authority he has as principal over them -- he makes a point of Jefferson's dad being an award-winning journalist while his dad was a junkie.
* {{Manchild}}: The reason he refuses to reach out and sympathize with his students? Because nobody felt sorry for him and his shitty home life.
* NotHelpingYourCase: He ''hates'' being called racist, then goes on to explain that since nobody felt sorry him and his shitty home life (allegedly because he was white) he doesn't' feel sorry for his black students at all, and proceeded to disrespect and condescend to them at every turn, which of course makes him come off as racist.
* NotSoDifferent: His parents were drug addicts, something that many of his students can probably relate to. Yet rather than be the stable presence in their lives, he's the exact opposite.
* NoRespectGuy: Neither the staff nor students show him much respect due not only to Jefferson's popularity but his own disastrous policies and how he wanted his name to be addressed with ''Principal'' isn't really gonna earn him any respect either.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He institutes a zero tolerance policy and expels a student for getting into a fight. While he may think it's to keep the student body safe, such policies generally do more harm than good.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Napier Frank]]
!!Napier Frank
!!!'''Played By:''' Robert Townsend

An old friend of Jefferson, who's also an Olympian and the only African-American member on the School Board
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* AndStarring: Robert Townsend is billed as a "Special Guest Star".
* BerserkButton: Don't you dare imply he's the "house nigger" for his white colleagues. When Jefferson becomes upset at him siding with the School Board over possibly closing Garfield for good, he goes on a [[NotHelpingYourCase rant how Jefferson's "arrogance" makes his job harder amongst his white colleagues for constantly having to defend him]].
* FriendOnTheForce: He's Jefferson's main advocate on the School Board.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: He accuses Jefferson of caring more about his job than his students. [[spoiler: When Jefferson resigns in order to keep the school open, he comes to regret his harsh words.]]
* OldFriend: For Jefferson and they managed to go to the Olympics together.
* TokenMinority: The only black member on the otherwise white School Board. And he doesn't like any insinuation that he's subservient to the white majority.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Two-Bits]]
!!Frank "Two-Bits" Tanner
!!!'''Played By:''' Jason Louder

A childhood friend of Jefferson's, several years younger than him, who fell into petty crime.
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Invoked; he says he's done a lot of things he's not proud of to survive, but when he witnessed a child getting snatched off the street he had to tell someone.
* FriendlyEnemy: Tries to take a selfie with Black Lightning. While Black Lightning is beating him up.
* HarmlessVillain: By the standards of the show. While he sells Green Light, he's largely a petty criminal just doing what he needs to in order to provide for his family. After the supply of Green Light dries up he's selling (presumably stolen or bootleg) ''[=DVDs=]'' (in 2018!) off the side of the road. He later reveals he doesn't even carry a gun because he's on probation.
* MeaningfulName: Despite all the heavy crime in the city, Two-Bit was either unable or unwilling to get into anything worse than pushing drugs on the street (though on the other hand, Green Light is not exactly marijuana or ecstasy).
* MotorMouth: Almost all the time, as if perpetually nervous.
* OddFriendship: Though they're more acquaintances than friends now, he and Jefferson give off this vibe when they meet again. Two-Bit even specifically calls him out on it, saying he's too bougie to be hanging out at the bar where Two-Bit and his crew do, and deduces that he must want something.
* TookALevelInKindness: He was always a friendly enough guy for a criminal, but by Season 3, he has put his criminal endeavors on hold and has joined the resistance against the ASA, doing his best to ruin their plans and help innocent civilians, at one point seen bringing food to a group of young teenagers hiding from the ASA.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tavon Singley]]
!!Tavon Singley
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!!!'''Played By:''' Jasun Jabbar

A student at Garfield Highschool.
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* TheHeart: He was universally beloved by his teachers, classmates, friends and family alike for always seeing the best in people [[spoiler: which is mentioned by Jefferson during his funeral]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: After being arrested by the ASA on false charges of being a metahuman and broken out by the Resistance, Anissa tries to bring him back to his parents on Jefferson's behalf. Unfortunately, they are attacked by Painkiller and Tavon gets fatally poisoned.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: He's one of the most fiercely loyal students towards Jefferson, and pretty much the first to protest Jefferson's ouster as school principal.
[[/folder]]

!Military

[[folder:Commander Carson Williams]]
!!Commander Carson Williams
!!!'''Played By:''' Christopher B. Duncan

The commander of the US military forces occupying Freeland in Season.
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* BoomerangBigot: Uses "Meta" as a slur despite being one himself.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: He expresses discomfort at the idea of making Khalil kill his own mother.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: He copies Black Lightning's powers, but lacks the RequiredSecondaryPowers to use them safely. This results in his defeat.
* KnightTemplar: Utterly ruthless in his dedication to serve his country and fight the Markovians, to the point of locking up children en masse and threatening Henderson with demotion and even getting shot when he refuses to comply.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: When Ned Creegan/Cyclotronic calls Carson out for the U.S using him as a weapon, Carson responds by dismissing Ned as nothing more than a coward who abandoned his fellow soldiers.
* OneSteveLimit: Not related to Issa Williams down below.
* PowerCopying: He is a metahuman who can copy all the powers of other metas.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Major Sara Grey]]
!!Major Sara Grey
!!!'''Played By:''' Katy O'Brian

A major that reports to Odell during the occupation of Freeland.
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* SmugSnake: Acts utterly reprehensive while wearing a condescending smile on her face.
* YouRebelScum: How she refers to the resistance fighters.
[[/folder]]

!Metahumans

[[folder:Issa Williams]]
!! Issa Williams
!!!'''Played By:''' Myles Truitt

One of the "Green Light Babies" who took Green Light and gained nascent powers. He is killed by the police in the first scene of season 2, but he comes back to life as the ASA is taking custody of his body.
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* BackFromTheDead: As the ASA drag him away from his funeral in a body bag, he wakes up, to the confusion and horror of everyone present.
* CannotTellALie: His looking someone in the eye turns other people into this, forcing them to blurt out their deepest, most harmful feelings.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler: Gets fatally poisoned by Odell after having questioned Tobias Whale, who revealed the president's involvement in the whole Freeland debacle.]]
* LegallyDead: Between the fact that he actually died and his family wants nothing to do with him, the ASA has no issues picking him up off the street and keeping him indefinitely. Lynn eventually sets him up with his friend, who had previously been terrified of him.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: Since his powers come from Green Light rather than being a natural meta, eventually every cell in his body will simply fall apart, with no way to tell how long he has.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Wendy Hernandez]]
!! Wendy Hernandez
!!!'''Played By:''' Madison Bailey

One of the original powered children, created by the same vaccine that created Black Lightning thirty years ago. She has been in a pod for thirty years, and only wakes up when one of the other kids accidentally blows it open.
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* AdaptationNameChange: Of Master of Disaster/Outsider/Strike Force Kobra/Suicide Squad member Windfall's identity Wendy Jones.
* BlowYouAway: Her power is aerokinesis, allowing her to enhance even the smallest breeze into a hurricane.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: She initially looks for all her old friends and family, unaware that after thirty years most of them are dead, the rest have moved on, and all their old haunts have been closed down.
* HeroicBSOD: As Lynn put it, spending thirty years in a pod and then waking up to a scene out of a horror movie did her no favors. She suffered a psychotic break of some sort, and scenes from her perspective show that she couldn't even comprehend what people were trying to say to her.
* PunnyName: Her name is Wendy and she has '''wind''' powers.
* RaceLift: From Caucasian to Hispanic.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Cutter]]
!!Giselle Cutter
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!!!'''Played By:''' Kearran Giovanni

A hitman who is hired by Tobias to bring Khalil, who ran away, back.
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: While she may have slaughtered the police trying to get Khalil, she was horrified seeing how Tobias ripped the spinal implant from Khalil's back with his barehands.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Can throw her knives with alarming accuracy. Justified, if she truly has telekinesis powers.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoilers: Commits many murders and helps out Tobias in many ways, and gets away with it all with no consequences brought upon her]].
* KnifeNut: Favors all kinds of knives as her weapons. Also uses knives to [[PinnedToTheWall pin]] her targets or bystanders down in a KnifeOutline, if they are in her way.
* MeaningfulName: She is a KnifeNut who likes to cut people.
* OldFlame: Apparently, she and Tobias were a couple in the past. They hook up again in the present.
* PoisonedWeapons: Some of her blades are coated in poison. She deliberately uses one on Khalil, so he can't run away too far from her.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: [[spoiler: In the Season Two finale, once Tobias starts getting abusive to her as part of his VillainousBreakdown she leaves him and Freeland.]]
* {{Telekinesis}}: According to Gambi, she can throw knives from impossible angles that fly in an arc and that bullets never hit her, which hints at telekinesis powers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Maryam Luqman]]
!! Maryam Luqman
!!!'''Played By:''' Zoe Renee

A Muslim girl and metahuman in the custody of the ASA.
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* AllTheOtherReindeer: As a black Muslim girl, she endured constant bigoted abuse at a predominantly white college.
* IllGirl: She is already in a bad state when introduced, and every time she uses her powers, her condition worsens.
* {{Invisibility}}: She can blend in with her environment.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Brandon]]
!! Brandon
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!!!'''Played By:''' Jahking Guillory

A new student at Garfield High School, starting Season 3. He is later revealed to be a metahuman.
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* DishingOutDirt: He can manipulate the Earth. He can even create expensive materials like diamonds out of basically nothing.
* NiceGuy: While he seems a little shady at first, he is quite friendly.
* ShipTease: He gets close with Jennifer rather quickly.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: The real reason he is in Freeland is because he is after Dr. Jace, who killed his mom.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Instant]]
!! Instant
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!!!'''Played By:''' Tosin Morohunfola

A metahuman bounty hunter with teleporting abilities, hired by the Markovians.
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* BountyHunter: Though he acts more like a hired thug.
* NotWhatISignedUpFor: He immediately teleports himself and Mosin out when he faces Black Lightning, as fighting him wasn't part of their deal.
* TeleportSpam: He uses his powers to great effect.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Baron / TC]]
!! Baron / TC
!!!'''Played By:''' Christopher Ammanuel

A metahuman and former pod kid with the ability to talk to computers. He befriends Gambi in season 3 and later takes shelter in Gambi's shop during the ASA crackdowns.
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* FishOutOfTemporalWater: He was one of the pod kids, and thus spent thirty years in suspended animation before being freed. The shock of emerging in a world with so many smart devices overwhelmed and sent him fleeing to an old radio station.
* NoSocialSkills: He prefers talking to computers, and doesn't much like dealing with people.
* PowerIncontinence: When first introduced, he's hiding out in an old radio station, as he can't stop the various computers, smartphones, tablets, and other devices from talking to him.
* {{Technopath}}: His powers enable him to communicate with computers.
[[/folder]]

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[[index]]
!! Freeland
* HundredPercentAdorationRating: Characters/ArrowversePierceFamily: Jefferson is said to be extremely popular (in his civilian identity) among the people of Freeland for his work with kids and the school. He's even nicknamed "Black Jesus". As for Pierce / Black Lightning, except among cops and criminals, the people of Freeland hold him in awe.
* ActionDad: A father of two and a superhero.
* AlmightyJanitor: In Season Two, where he's forced to step down as principal, but stays on as history teacher.
* AmicableExes: With his ex-wife Lynn. There's still [[IncrediblyLamePun sparks]] of attraction between them and part of why Jefferson is reluctant to become Black Lightning again is that he believes there's a possibility of them getting back together.
* AngryBlackMan: He usually tries to avoid being this, but when he's reached his limits, it'll be played straight. It's not natural, being a side effect of the serum that gave him his powers.
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted--his new armor goes a long way in keeping him from getting full of bullet holes. However, it has its limits; getting shot at close range with a pistol is enough to give him a large cut (though that may have been from hitting an unarmored area).
* BadassInANiceSuit: As a principal, he's almost always dressed in a suit and tie, and can both fight and stand up to aggressive cops and the 100 with nary a blink while wearing it.
* BadassTeacher: A high school principal who can shoot lightning bolts. He refuses to have metal detectors in his school because he doesn't want his pupils treated like criminals. Harm his students, and he will make you regret it.
* BaldOfAwesome: Before giving up his vigilante activities, Jefferson sported this while wearing his older costume as part of the greater MythologyGag to his character's look in the comics.
* BroughtDownToBadass: Even when Tobias Whale prepared a countermeasure for his powers, Jefferson was still strong and skilled enough to take down the villainous albino in pure hand-to-hand combat.
* ClarkKenting: A justified example. It is mentioned that he does something with his powers that makes it hard for people to look directly at his face; it also disrupts cameras, though of course this doesn't show on screen.
* CoolTeacher: He's very supportive towards all his students, not just his current ones, but also the adults in the city who were his students at school years prior. He worries and cares about them, supports and encourages them and doesn't treat them like kids, but rather like young folks ready to take the first steps into adulthood and all they can achieve with it. In return, the majority of the students greatly respect him for this, working hard to achieve and exceed his expectations for them, and as seen in episode 11, they will not hesitate to confront the police when Jefferson gets accused of a crime, firmly believing in Jefferson's innocence.
* CosmicHorrorReveal: He does ''not'' deal well with the sudden knowledge that his universe is only one among many, and that everything in it has just been destroyed.
* DentedIron: His powers allow him to recover from injuries faster than most people, but his HealingFactor is not as good as it used to be.
* DoNotGoGentle: Of all the heroes in the third hour of the CrisisCrossover he has the most reason to succumb to despair, being the SoleSurvivor of his universe with not even any alternate analogues of his loved ones left in existence. But even knowing that he's joined the battle in its DarkestHour, he quotes Creator/DylanThomas and resolves to spend his last day of existence still fighting.
* DoubleStandard: Called out as a victim of this on the news; though other superheroes are confirmed to exist, Black Lightning is the only one treated as a vigilante, which is speculated to be because of his race. Though, as noted, he tends to lay out racist cops (not that they wouldn't have had it coming), which doesn't make him look good to the local police.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Despite being a well-loved pillar of the community, he's the suspect of racial profiling ''a lot'' -- and he's fed up with it.
* ElectricBlackGuy: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Duh]], given that his comics counterpart was [[UrExample the origin of this trope]].
* ElementalPunch: He can channel electricity into his fists in order to make his punches more effective.
* EnergyAbsorption: Jefferson takes most of his powers from external sources. He is also immune to electric shocks, as Looker and her Sanges in Season 2 find out: Wrongly assuming that Black Lightning's powers come from his suit, they accidentally charge the drained Jefferson with electricity (to torture and kill him), allowing him to fight back.
* ExperiencedProtagonist: In contrast to other Creator/DCComics superheroes on Creator/TheCW, he's in his late 40s and long past his origin story.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:He alongside Clark, Iris, Ralph, Nash and Diggle, is among the final survivors of the entire Multiverse [[DefiantToTheEnd to stand in defiance of the Anti-Monitor]] before being erased by Antimatter.]]
* FamedInStory: Jefferson is famous not only as an Olympic medal winner, but as one of the best, if not ''the'' best educator in the country.
* FishOutOfWater: Although he's a seasoned superhero in his own world, the concept of the Multiverse has him almost as in over his head as poor Ryan Choi.
* {{Flight}}: As of "And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light", he can use his powers for short bursts of flight.
* ForceField: A new trick of his is to create a field of electricity that deflect bullets.
* FriendToAllChildren: He is a teacher so it's a given.
* GlowingEyes: His eyes turn light blue and spark when his powers activate.
* GoodIsNotNice: As Black Lightning; while a civil, model citizen, well-respected school principal and loving, dedicated father and family man, he is aggressive and relentless in his vigilante guise, shown to brutally beat up and [[ElectricTorture electrify]] suspects to get them to give him what he wants.
* HealingFactor: Jefferson's abilities also allow him to regenerate faster than a normal human.
* HesBack: The whole point of the first season is that he's ending his retirement from being Black Lightning in order to take on the threats to his community. Indeed, the excerpt from Godholly's "Black Lightning", used for the opening title card, includes these lines:
-->''I saw a superhero and he was black\\
He said'' "This is for the streets: Black Lightning's back!"
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Does this a lot. While not TheAlcoholic, he's pretty quick to reach for a drink when he's upset or stressed about something.
* JiveTurkey: Invoked and downplayed; much like the 70's comics, Jefferson in-character as "Black Lightning" acts more cocky and self-assured, uses more AAVE and slang, and has a thicker drawl than when he's out of costume, in order to disguise his identity further. But by the same token, his specific vernacular plays the trope back up; as an older man, he's not as in tune with what modern slang is. He drops the act whenever he's alone with somebody that knows.
* JustInTime: For whatever reason, Pariah was only able to teleport Jefferson out of his reality ''right'' before it was destroyed.
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: After one too many brushes with death, his wife divorced him and is part of the reason why Jefferson gave up being Black Lightning.
* MessianicArchetype: There's a reason he's called the "Black Jesus" of Freeland.
** He's never overtly harsh, extremely forgiving and patient, and dedicated to making the city a better place. As Black Lightning he's by and large seen as the city's savior.
** In Season 2, [[spoiler: he steps down as principal in order to convince the school board to keep Garfield open knowing that the price to pay will be to have his name and his reputation dragged through the mud.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When he realizes he just unknowingly beat up Anissa.
* NeverMyFault: Jefferson tends to blame everyone else for problems he is also partially responsible for. Anissa is frequently the one who calls him out on it.
* NotSoDifferent: Jefferson only starts to manage to reconcile himself to his situation when he speaks to [[Series/TheFlash2014 Earth-1's Flash]], who, despite his much greater power level and familiarity with the Multiverse, turns out to be an ordinary man with a past much like his own and a similar moral code he also inherited from his father. It's an especially comforting moment for Jefferson when Barry recognizes his reference to "Literature/DoNotGoGentleIntoThatGoodNight", meaning Creator/DylanThomas (and other RealLife literature) is TheConstant between his world and Earth-1, and something he loves still exists to defend.
* OverprotectiveDad:
** PlayedForLaughs in Season 1, when he intimidates Khalil, who he knows is a guy Jennifer wants to sleep with.
** He is ''not'' happy at first that Anissa is running out as Thunder, and tries to rule her in because of her inexperience. While he does have a point, he sometimes overdoes it in Season 2, as his daughter ''has'' learned from her mistakes and he can't treat her like a child forever.
** In Season 2, he forbids Jennifer from going to school, as her powers start running out of her control. He and Lynn then decide, after no apparent improvement, that Jennifer should receive in-home tutoring. [[spoiler:Jennifer eventually elopes with Khalil, after being fed up with her parents' strict parenting and Jefferson is being called out by Anissa.]]
* PapaWolf: To his daughters. He comes out of retirement when his daughters are threatened.
* PaperThinDisguise: Subverted as one would think a simple mask isn't enough to keep either his best friend or his daughters from recognizing him up close. However, it's stated that his electrical aura makes it "hurt to look directly at him" and thus no one is able to get a really close look.
* ParentsAsPeople: PlayedWith -- he loves his daughters, but he can be overly harsh ''especially'' on Anissa, who has a tendency to court controversy in doing what she believes is right, often lecturing her like a teenager even though she's a college student and technically an adult. It's played with because he almost always turns out to be right.
* PoweredArmor: Jefferson got a less bulky form of this through Gambi. There's an exoskeleton frame under all those plates of armor and that seems to give him a boost in strength, as he easily lugs around large thugs. The armor also gives him better control over his powers and requires a control module to fully work.
* PowerIncontinence: Going years without using his powers means he has less control over them when he's angry or upset. When two police officers terrorize him and his daughters and refuse to apologize, nearby electronics go on the fritz until he calms himself down.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Turns out that being able to stimulate your partner's nervous system directly with low-level electrical discharges makes sex memorable, as he and Lynn demonstrate.
* PrepositionsAreNotToEndSentencesWith: Jefferson incorrectly informs a young boy that sentences shouldn't end with prepositions.
* PsychoactivePowers: Jefferson's rage, even when he appears outwardly in control, messes up nearby electrical devices. And the more he uses his powers, the angrier he seems to become. This is because they came from a vaccine that was supposed to make people docile but instead made them into metahumans, making them angrier and irrational as a side effect.
* RealAfterAll: Jefferson is starstruck when he meets the two Supermen from [[Series/Supergirl2015 Earth-38]] and [[Film/SupermanReturns Earth-96]], in a way that implies that Superman on his Earth is either an urban legend or [[ComicBooksAreReal pure fiction]]. (Note that alternate Earths being MutuallyFictional has a long history in DC Comics.)
-->'''Black Lightning''': The Franchise/{{Superman}} thing is real?! After all these years...
* RealMenLoveJesus: He's a devout Christian who honestly believes that his powers are a gift from God. Turns out they're due to the ASA's experiment with an illegal vaccine. ''However'', he is the only one given that vaccine who didn't die, so perhaps it was a gift from God after all.
* RetiredBadass: Introduced in the series having been out of the superhero game for years, having given it up due to the toll it took on his marriage and family.
* SaveOurStudents: He thought he could make more of a difference by ensuring his students have a decent education and be kept away from the One Hundred's toxic influence. He even relinquishes much of his authority over disciplinary matters just to save ''one'' student from being expelled.
-->'''Vice Principal Fowdy:''' I mean, you do everything you can to help them succeed, but the students still have to do their part. If they don't, then those students choose for you.\\
'''Jefferson:''' If my teachers had taken that approach, I never would've made it.
* SecretIdentityVocalShift: He gives his voice an echo at times (often in front of his daughters) to cover his identity. According to Jennifer, Black Lightning also does something with his powers that makes it hurt to look at him directly.
* ShockAndAwe: His powerset. Lynn compares him to a battery -- he draws electricity out and then redirects it.
* ShockingSwerve: InUniverse. From his perspective, the sudden appearance of the red skies, the revelation of TheMultiverse's existence and the destruction of his world are all this, interrupting his struggle with the ASA over the fate of Freeland with a massive OutsideContextProblem.
* ShootingSuperman: Or in this case, tasering the guy with electrical superpowers. When two officers try it, he just grabs the lines and returns the electricity.
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Jefferson's worst nightmare has come true during ''Crisis'' -- his entire family is dead, as is the whole community of Freeland, as is everyone else in his universe, and he wasn't able to do anything to stop it.]]
* StrongAndSkilled: Jefferson has years of experience as a superhero and is a trained martial artist and athelete.
* SupernaturalMartialArts: Uses his powers to supplement his already formidable martial arts skills. He seems ''more'' inclined to fighting up close and personal than just zapping people from a distance.
* SuperToughness: He may have a problem with bullets, but Black Lightning can jump from three or four stories up to the street with no effect.
* SurvivalMantra: His famous call-and-response he used with his students in his own world becomes the set of words he clings to to hold himself together in the CosmicHorrorStory he's woken up in.
-->'''Black Lightning''': Where's the future? Right here. And whose life is this? Mine. And what are you gonna do with it? ''[[TheAntiNihilist Live it by any means necessary]]''.
* TakeMeInstead: He's ''furious'' with Pariah for choosing to save him just because the Earth-1 heroes need his powers to contain the antimatter wave, while letting everyone else in his universe die. (What makes this worse is knowing that his daughter Jennifer, whom he was just trying to save, has powers that would be more legitimately useful in the Crisis than his, but she died precisely because those powers left her trapped in the VoidBetweenTheWorlds when the antimatter arrived.)
* {{Telekinesis}}: He can use his lightning to draw enemies in and lift them in the direction he wants. In the first episode, one punk found this out when Jeff lightning-lifted the guy over a motel banister and hurled him into his car.
* ThouShallNotKill: Subverted -- he became Black Lightning so he could kill Tobias Whale for killing his father. Nonetheless, his general rule is to not use lethal force unless it's necessary.
* TotallyRadical: Black Lightning uses a lot of antiquated mid-90s to early 00s slang when acting as a superhero. For instance, he opens a conversation with "Wassup?"
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Heroic example. Jeff can turn his voice into this at will.
* YellowLightningBlueLightning: Blue, with his chestplate referencing both kinds.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Anissa
Anisa Pierce / Thunder / Blackbird]]
!!Anissa
Blackbird, Jennifer Pierce / Thunder / Blackbird
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!!!'''Played By:''' Nafessa Williams
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

-> ''"And I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired." (quoting Fannie Lou Hamer)''

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Jefferson's eldest daughter. She is a medical student, who also works at his school as a part-time teacher when not at college, and is much more politically active than her father would like.\\
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Anissa can manipulate the density of her body, gaining superhuman strength and toughness when she holds her breath.
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* AchillesHeel: Anissa's powers are tied to how long she can hold her breath. A surprise attack when she is off-guard or waiting until she tires out are ways to harm her.
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: {{Inverted}}. In the comics, Anissa coming out as a lesbian to her father caused friction between them. Here, she's already out and her family is shown to be perfectly fine with it.
* AdaptationalSuperpowerChange: Anissa in the comics simply had the ability to increase her density. Here she has SuperStrength and is NighInvulnerable.
* AffectionateNickname: Jennifer affectionately calls Anissa "Harriet", after Harriet Tubman.
* AntiHero: Starting with Season 2, she starts acting a lot more angry and even downright ruthless. Fittingly, she abandons "Thunder" and goes full-time "Blackbird".
* BetaOutfit: Her first costume that she assembles herself is a flashy, form-fitting spandex outfit complete with blonde wig and heavy makeup, a MythologyGag to her original costume in the comics. She [[CostumeEvolution later gets a proper costume]] [[Comicbook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders resembling her Outsiders incarnation]] provided by Gambi when she starts partnering with her father.
* BigSisterInstinct: ''Judo flips'' a gang member who harasses her sister at school.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Whenever an injustice or someone in trouble catches her eye, Anissa cannot stop herself from jumping in to save the day. According to Lynn, she's been like this since she was a little girl.
* CompositeCharacter: The comic version of Thunder has the ability to manipulate her density, but that's it. The SuperStrength is her girlfriend Grace's power.
* CurbStompBattle: Her encounters with gang members and criminals become this, with nearly fatal results during one such encounter, but it becomes literal in "Black Jesus".
* DaddysGirl: Is close to her dad and do not even think about insulting her father or his superhero identity.
* DieOrFly: Anissa's powers activate for the first time when a store robber threatens her with his gun and she starts to hyperventilate.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Jennifer has given her the nick-name "Harriet Tubman" due to her political activism. On the other hand, it can also count as an AffectionateNickname, since Jennifer really adores her elder sister.
* {{Expy}}: In a show full of Biblical motifs, Anissa represents the disciples of Jesus Christ. She has a whole-hearted faith in Black Lightning as Freeland's salvation and wants to follow his example by becoming a vigilante, too; a decision which, due to her human flaws, has mixed results.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The responsible sibling to Jennifer's foolish sibling. However, when it comes to Anissa's attempts at being a superhero, she is clearly hotheaded and doesn't consider the bigger picture of what her powers can do to the innocents around her until after she's used them.
* GirlyBruiser: She's very feminine and her civilian outfits tend to be very fashionable and brightly colored. However, her default fighting style, due to her power of SuperStrength, involves a lot of direct punching and brute force.
* GoneHorriblyWrong:
** Anissa's first attempt at being a hero in "Black Jesus", after encountering two drug dealers, she later finds them and punches them out with her super strength, but she quickly realizes to her horror that she seriously injured one man and nearly killed the other. And such things keep happening; moral of the story is... super-charged strength takes an awful lot of getting used to using, and is impossible to practice getting to know and stay private for more than five minutes. Until you do get it right, you'll keep accidentally putting either too much or too little into it.
** In "Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder", she destroys a statue of Robert E. Lee in response to a protester who had been killed. The statue explodes and the fragments end up injuring several nearby civilians who had gathered to mourn.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Inverted with her and her father. His electricity gives him long range attacks while she is limited to close range.
* HealingFactor: She heals from bruises and concussions rather quickly, as an implied metahuman trait.
* ImmuneToBullets: Anissa is bulletproof so long as she keeps her power activated, but when she starts exhaling, she is vulnerable again. Gambi makes her [[BulletproofVest suit bulletproof]], fixing a fatal weakness of hers.
* JumpedAtTheCall: About a week after discovering her powers, Anissa is raring to suit up and be a superhero. Unfortunately, this show doesn't beat around the bush that heroism and recklessness are a ''bad'' combination.
* LipstickLesbian: You wouldn't realize it until it's casually mentioned in the second episode that she and Chenoa have been together for a year. She seems to have a new hairstyle or outfit in every single scene she's in.
* MostCommonSuperpower: Hilariously subverted, as her first attempt at a superhero costume quickly breaks a seam due to "too much ass." And then her derriere becomes a RunningGag.
* MsFanservice: The first and second episode spend quite a bit of time with her in just her underwear, she's [[GirlOnGirlIsHot shown post-sex next to her girlfriend]], and her early attempts at a superhero costume are deliberately skintight and revealing comics-accurate outfits. Of the female cast, she seems to be the one with most MaleGaze.
* NighInvulnerable: When her powers are activated, she's immune to small arms fire, concussive blasts and explosions, kinetic force and can shrug off bolts from Black Lightning unless he ups the voltage.
* PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher: Often is seen at protests. Unfortunately for her they often turn violent (due to the 100) and her father chews her out even though what results isn't her fault.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Or gets you severely concussed by your own father and outed as a super to both your parents. Admittedly, clamming up instead of coming clean at every possible point before that to discuss the whole "I'm super-strong when I put thought into it, sometimes -- and I think it has something to do with Granddad" thing is very understandable.
* PsychoactivePowers: Anissa's metahuman abilities only activate when she takes deep breaths to calm down and focus. Syonide deduces this as her AchillesHeel, taking advantage of her respiratory cycle to gain the upper hand in their fight.
* PrimaryColorChampion: Her [[https://78.media.tumblr.com/7cb704ef6537bb5466dd75d104571be3/tumblr_p45l403cGV1rk0k4co1_1280.jpg first outfit]].
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: These words may as well be Anissa's life mantra; There is no boundary this woman won't cross or risk she won't take to do what she feels is right.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: After her father tries to control her too much and brings up that she should do as she is told so long as she's living under his roof, she declares that she's leaving the house. They eventually make up, but Anissa still stays out of the house.
* SecretKeeper: One of the few people who know that Jefferson is Black Lightning.
* SecondSuperIdentity: Aside from being the heroine Thunder, she also sneaks around at night in dark hoods, brutally beating up criminals and stealing money for those in need. The streets label her second alias "The Blackbird".
* ShockwaveStomp: Like her counterpart in the comics, Anissa can generate a localized shockwave, throwing her opponents off their feet, by stomping hard on the ground via SuperStrength; the same effect is present when she [[ShockwaveClap claps her hands together.]]
* SmugSuper: Anissa has the makings of one as of "Black Jesus" - her desire to save Freeland from the 100, combined with inspiration from Black
Lightning, drives her to punch the crap out of criminals with powers she barely understands and hardly a thought to the consequences. When Jefferson takes Anissa under his wing, a frequent lesson in his vigilante curriculum is that she can't be this.
* SoapboxSadie: As noted, she's very political. She quotes civil rights leaders, goes to protests, and films the police when Jefferson is pulled over. It leads her to conflict with Jefferson, who believes she's taking unnecessary risks.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: While she doesn't inherit her father's ShockAndAwe powers, Anissa's abilities far out-class Jefferson's on a physicality level, with {{Nigh Invulnerab|le}}ility as her greatest asset.
* SuperStrength: She learns about this when she accidentally breaks the bathroom sink at the end of the pilot episode.
* SuperToughness: She has super strength, so having the toughness is [[RequiredSecondaryPowers par for the course]] (both her strength and toughness are the result of her being able to increase her mass while keeping the volume of her body). So long as her powers are activated, she has NighInvulnerability.
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: The trauma from being kidnapped and threatened is what awakens her latent powers.
* WhatTheHellHero: Is often the one who calls out her father or Gambi for keeping things from her. In Season 2, when her father tries to partially blame her for [[spoiler:Jennifer's elopement with Khalil, Anissa is fed up with her father's tendency to always see the fault in everyone [[NeverMyFault but himself]], and calls him out for his overprotectiveness that pushed both his daughters away]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jennifer Pierce / Lightning]]
!!Jennifer Pierce
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!!!'''Played By:''' Music/ChinaAnneMcClain
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

Jefferson's youngest daughter, who resents having to be the model student at school because her daddy's the principal.\\
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Like her father, Jennifer can manipulate electricity, but her ability to generate electricity far outweighs Jefferson's.
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* AffectionateNickname: The people that are close to her sometimes shorten her name to "Jenn". Khalil also calls her "J".
* AlphaBitch: Subverted; though she acts rebellious in school (including smoking weed and drinking in school), and the "Queen of Garfield" nickname would infer this, it's apparent she's doing this to try and avoid bullying for being the principal's daughter, with the Queen of Garfield nickname being used in jest. In the fifth episode, she has to defend herself from two rivals, and she admits to her dad that she's a "target" at school.
* BadassAdorable:
** Even [[TheDragon Lala]] is amused in the pilot, when Jennifer lets Will know what she thinks of him - [[GroinAttack with her knee.]]
** In "And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light" two rivals from school attack, and [[CurbStompBattle Jennifer effortlessly takes both of them down]], demonstrating that Jefferson and
Dr. Lynn made sure ''both'' their daughters could handle themselves in a fight.
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* BeingGoodSucks: Her attitude towards life at this point in time.
* BigSisterWorship: Jennifer really looks up to Anissa. In Season 2, when Anissa has a falling out with their father, causing her to move out, Jennifer is disappointed, especially since she is basically in confinement and has no one to talk to who can understand her other than her sister, [[spoiler:which is why she is drawn back to Khalil]].
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: She's at the age when she wants to act out -- her dad also being her principal doesn't help.
* DieOrFly: Sort of. Jennifer burns her phone and the poster in her hands, when her friend, Kiesha, starts to fall from a high place and Jennifer reacts in panic.
* ElementalShapeshifter: In "Shadow of Death: The Book of War" she appears to briefly turn entirely into electricity, as she does in the comics.
* {{Elopement}}: In Season 2, [[spoiler:she decides to run away with Khalil, after fearing to be locked in her house forever and seeing how Khalil can no longer work for Tobias]].
* EvilMeScaresMe: She makes no secret that she's greatly disturbed by the deeds of her Earth-2 counterpart.
* EyeColorChange: When Jennifer's powers flare up, her eyes turn the same orange of her lightning.
* {{Foil}}: To her older sister Anissa, when it comes to how they deal with their superpowers. While Anissa [[JumpedAtTheCall almost immediately]] decided to go out and find some bad guys to beat up, Jennifer [[RefusalOfTheCall wants no part of it]] and would [[IJustWantToBeNormal make her powers go away if she could]].
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The foolish sibling to Anissa’s responsible one in all ways ''except'' in their discovery of superpowers. While Anissa wants to use hers to crush the first wrong she sees, Jennifer would ''much'' rather her life remain safe and crime fighting-free, thank you very much. It's one thing to crash a club you're not supposed to be in to add spice to life, but powers are a whole other barrel of danger. It's probably because of her history of being a bit of a screw-up that she immediately spots how suddenly getting powers isn't going to be automatically a fantastic thing or become a universal solution to her life's problems.
* HiddenDepths: She wants to be just a normal teenager, and so tries to act like one; however, even without her abilities, thanks to her exceptional parenting, she's clearly not average--she can defend herself against multiple targets in unarmed fights, has good enough grades and extracurriculars to apply to Harvard, is the one who figures out how Issa's powers work, and occasionally says things so profound that it takes Anissa aback.
-->'''Jennifer:''' [Anything] can turn bad real quick if it becomes your only joy.\\
'''Anissa:''' ...that's actually deep.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: She's ''horrified'' when she discovers she has powers, seeing it as ruining her chance for a normal life.
* LikeParentLikeChild: Jennifer inherited electricity-based powers similar to Jefferson's.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Jennifer was the last one of the family to learn about her own and their father's powers. Anissa eventually reveals it to her, soon after Jennifer asks Anissa for help after burning her phone with her powers.
* PhoneaholicTeenager: She spends ''way too much'' time on her phone.
* PowerIncontinence: It suddenly becomes an issue in Season 2, as her powers start to randomly activate with no way to turn them off. She [[PowerFloats floats in her sleep]].
* PsychoactivePowers: Like her sister, she gets power fluctuations. Except in her case, the more she tries not to use them and the more into denial she gets... the more of it she builds up and stores, until just getting frustrated, hyped or relaxing her guard too much = zappy-zap.
* RefusalOfTheCall: In direct contrast to Anissa, Jennifer has ''no'' desire to be a hero. She just wants to be normal. Though she seems to have changed her mind when she discovers that her powers basically heals her dad.
* SecretKeeper: One of the few people to know who Black Lightning is.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: In Season 2, Jennifer struggles more and more to control her powers. Her parents forbid her from going to school and eventually decide that getting an in-home tutor for her would be best. [[spoiler:Jennifer is ''not'' amused about this, and then runs away with Khalil.]]
* ShockAndAwe: Discovers she has the power to shoot electricity from her hands in the episode "The Book of Revelations." However her powers aren't exactly like Jefferson's -- Lynn compares his powers to a battery; Jennifer is a ''generator'' since her cells produce pure energy.
* SuperiorSuccessor: While she still as a lot to learn, her powers far surpass the ones of her father.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: Mixed with LamarckWasRight, Jennifer inherits her father's metahuman traits, but it's implied she's potentially more powerful than Jefferson by the ability to generate electricity rather than having to absorb and store it like he does.
* {{Telekinesis}}: Like her father, Jennifer can use her powers to make others float and throw them in the air.
* UnskilledButStrong: Her powers are far more powerful than Jefferson's, but she lacks control over them.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: A large chunk of what happens in the premiere happens because she was stupid enough to sneak into the One Hundred's local club.
* YellowLightningBlueLightning: She dispels yellow-orange electricity, same as her comic counterpart.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lynn Stewart]]
!!Lynn Stewart
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!!!'''Played By:''' Creator/ChristineAdams
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

Jefferson's ex-wife, a neuroscientist who left him because of his Black Lightning activities.
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* AdultFear: When she finds out Anissa has powers and is actively trying to follow in her father's footsteps, Lynn is obviously terrified of what might happen. Note also her face when she realizes that if one daughter has inherited it (and that it's gone to her head)... What about the other, more reckless one? Yeah: that right there? That's dread.
* AesopAmnesia: How she feels about Jefferson being Black Lightning varies from episode to episode. One episode, she's unhappy but understanding that the city needs Black Lightning, the next she's berating Jefferson for putting himself in danger. However, [[JustifiedTrope this is well within character.]] She started out actively supporting Jefferson being Black Lightning, only souring on it over time as his injuries started stacking up. At the same time, she is still the activist fire-brand she's always been. The "protect my own" instinct clashes with itself more than once, because her family is not the only thing she is protective of. Note how she reacts if somebody tries to do unethical medical research near her, or tries to steal her research to do unethical things with.
* AmicableExes: She still loves Jefferson and there's still sparks between them; Jefferson hopes they can get back together. They make a point of having a family dinner every week. In episode 12 she outright seduces Jefferson, calling him to her place for a fake emergency only to be waiting for him wearing lingerie. He...didn't take much convincing. She moves back into the house in Season Two and she and Jefferson are more or less a married couple, without the actual marriage part.
* GoodParents: Loves her daughters very much and has joint custody of them.
* HeroismAddict: {{Discussed}}; Lynn believes, or has at least convinced herself, that Jefferson is addicted to his powers.
Characters/ArrowverseFreelandCitizens[[note]]Bill Henderson, Peter Gambi, however, believes that his addiction wasn't to his powers at all but to ''her''. Jefferson himself, on the other hand, disagrees with the whole idea of him having an "addiction" in the first place.
* JerkassBall: Grabs it whenever she's around Gambi, whom she blames for Jefferson's vigilantism.
* TheLastStraw: Made Jefferson promise to give up being Black Lightning because Lynn could not stand him coming home bleeding in the bath-tub every night. Jefferson went back on that promise, and Lynn divorced him after a very bloody battle with Tobias.
* TheMedic: Reluctantly to her husband when he suffers injuries too severe for Gambi to treat.
* OnlySaneMan: PlayedWith. Her husband and daughters all have super-powers and inevitably find themselves in dangerous situations, leaving Lynn in an almost perpetual state of AngerBornOfWorry. On the other hand, she almost always turns out to be wrong.
* NotQuiteTheRightThing: She meant well when she made Jefferson promise to give up the hero gig, but it led to utter disaster. Sure your husband will no longer put himself in danger (at least, for a while), but the bad guys ended up basically taking over the city, which in the long run put everyone of its citizens in danger, including Lynn and the girls.
* SecretKeeper: One of the few people who know that Jefferson is Black Lightning.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Literally the ''only'' one at the ASA who sees the pod kids as human beings worthy as respect instead of disposable assets.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Again, her making Jefferson promise to give up super-heroics allowed The 100 to take over the city.
* WetBlanketWife: PlayedForDrama, as she insisted that Jefferson stop being Black Lightning. It smoothed out his relationship with her and their kids, but it also allowed crime to flourish in Freeland for years. She eventually comes to terms that Black Lightning is needed again, whether she likes it or not.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Alvin Pierce]]
!!Alvin Pierce
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!!!'''Played By:''' Keith Arthur Bolden

-> ''"The future belongs to those who prepare for it today". (quoting Malcolm X)''

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Jefferson's father, who was an investigative reporter. He looked into Tobias Whale's corrupt dealing when he was city leader that got him killed. But he also uncovered another secret, one that was much more dangerous than a crooked politician's dealings.
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* EducationPapa: A rare positive example. What does he do when Jefferson got suspended for breaking another kid's nose during a fight for self-defense? Have him study the Constitution rather than waste his time watching TV and then quiz him before dinner.
* GoodIsNotSoft: When Gambi tried to get him to stop his very detailed articles about Tobias and the ASA's experiments less he get killed, Alvin's response was give him TheReasonYouSuckSpeech for trying to use him as a way to assuage his guilt without putting his own life on the line.
* GoodParents: A stern, but affectionate father who ultimately wanted his son to have a good future, and not to squander away his opportunities.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: His reports about Tobias Whale's corrupt dealing as a civic leader got him killed; the latter [[CruelAndUnusualDeath literally shoved his articles down his throat until he died]]. He also uncovered a DarkSecret about kids who were experimented on and disappeared. His editor buried the story after he was murdered. In truth, his death was orchestrated by the ASA, the government agency responsible for experimenting on those kids; Tobias was just a smokescreen and an enforcer.
* HonorBeforeReason: He knew that his articles would anger the wrong people and get him killed. He saw it as a necessary sacrifice to make Freeland a better place for his son.
* IntrepidReporter: He had a knack for uncovering things people wanted kept secret. It got him killed.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: His relationship with Jefferson is exactly like the one Jefferson has with daughters now.
* PapaWolf: Part of his motivation for his reports was for what the ASA's vaccine did to Jefferson.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: His murder by Tobias Whale is what inspired Jefferson to become Black Lightning. However, it turns out Tobias was just the cover for the ASA.
* PosthumousCharacter: He's been dead since long before the series began.
[[/folder]]

!Allies

[[folder:Bill Henderson]]
!!Deputy Chief Bill Henderson
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!!!'''Played By:''' Damon Gupton
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

A friend of Jefferson's and a high ranking officer in the police force, who tried for years to arrest Black Lightning, unaware he was chasing his friend. Currently, he's overwhelmed as the One Hundred throw Freeland into chaos.
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* TheCommissionerGordon: Becomes this late in Season 1. He starts out as a high-ranking cop that will ''grudgingly'' work with Black Lightning if the situation warrants it, though he'll also try to arrest Black Lighting (and talk badly about him in public) if the opportunity arises. When certain events transpire, and Henderson must put his money where his mouth is, he hits a RankUp as a reward. Later, when he finds out about Gambi, he secretly calls on him for technical and investigative support.
* EveryoneHasStandards: He may be black and frustrated with the rampant racism in the department, but he will not tolerate any attack on racist officers.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: In the black community, he's more or less become their scapegoat for everything wrong with the police. His dislike of Black Lightning also puts him at odds with the rest of his community who see him as their savior.
* FriendOnTheForce: Eventually becomes this, after he figures out Black Lightning's identity.[[spoiler: Becomes this again to the Resistance in Season 3.]]
* InspectorJavert: A more sympathetic example than most but he spent most of his career trying to arrest Black Lightning despite the good he was doing -- he wasn't being personally vindictive, he was just doing his job (though Black Lightning's tendency to attack racist cops might have something to do with it) . That said, he ''will'' accept Black Lightning's help in an off the books type-manner, but he's not overtly enthusiastic about it.
* PoliceAreUseless: Played with; he's treated sympathetically and Jefferson considers him a friend, but he's unable to either combat the 100 effectively or prevent his officers from engaging in racist abuse. His priorities are also called into question as his department is seemingly able to arrest protesters with no problem[[note]]Though he claims this is for their own safety; the police will be brutal, but he thinks it's better than the 100 killing the protesters, as they're liable to do so[[/note]], and he spent his career hunting the only man capable of making a difference against the 100, while being useless in actually combating them without him. However, the second episode reveals that there are cops on Whale's payroll meaning that Henderson isn't as impotent as he seems -- merely under siege from all fronts and trying to make the best of a bad situation. {{Averted}} in a later episode when he saves Black Lightning with old fashioned police work, while a flashier plan using super powers and advanced technology fails.
* RaceLift: The ''Superman'' version of Henderson is white.
* RankUp: At the beginning of the show he's an Inspector. But near the end of season one, after he uncovered Deputy Chief Clayman's corruption in the police force and him trying to frame [[HundredPercentAdorationRating Jefferson Pierce]], Clayman is arrested and Henderson becomes the new Deputy Chief.
* SecretKeeper: In Season 2, he deduces on his own who Black Lightning is, after linking Black Lightning's return to Jefferson Pierce's daughers' abduction. He quickly realizes then that Thunder must be close to Jefferson too.
* ToBeLawfulOrToGood: Is often torn between the two. [[spoiler: In Season 3, he chooses 'good', as he becomes TheMole for the Resistance.]]
* {{Transplant}}: Played with; in the comics, Henderson is a supporting ComicBook/{{Superman}} character, a member of the Metropolis Police Department, but he also had run-ins with Black Lightning when the latter had his first comic book run.
* WhatTheHellHero: Early in Season 2, he confronts Black Lightning, having deduced that it's Jefferson Pierce. He is not happy about how many times Jefferson has lied to his friend.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Peter Gambi]]
!!Peter Gambi
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!!!'''Played By:''' Creator/JamesRemar
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

->''"Do you remember why you became Black Lightning? You wanted to give the people hope. You wanted the evil that's out there to have something to fear. Right now, there's nothing to fear and evil's running rampant like a plague through this city. Hell, through this world!"''

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A tailor and Jefferson's oldest friend and confidant. He made the Black Lightning costume and actively encourages Jefferson to go back to heroics. There is more to him than meets the eye.
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* AdaptationalHeroism: In the comics, [[spoiler:he was a mobster who killed Alvin Pierce]], grew remorseful and helped Jefferson become Black Lightning to atone for his sins. In the show, it's [[GreyAndGrayMorality complicated]] - Gambi's a former ASA agent who grew disgusted with their mission, so he leaked info about their illegal experiments to the press via Alvin Pierce, which got him killed. It's unclear what he did and didn't do as an agent. Nevertheless, he becomes Black Lightning's mentor for the show just like the comics.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: He's done things like delete footage of Tobias Whale and lie to Jefferson about Anissa's presence at a crime scene. He's also a friend and ex-mentor to Lady Eve. However, it becomes clear later that he's on the side of good, and he's worried about Jefferson's vendetta against Tobias.
* AntiHero: Outside of [[GoodIsNotNice Black Lightning]], Gambi has a very complicated mindset in terms of dealing with things. He straight out kills Joey Toledo and when investigating the weapon that framed Black Lighting for the murder of Lady Eve, he injects someone with snake venom, all the while calmly asking them for information before giving them the antidote once Gambi had gotten what he needed out from them. He's also the one who kills Martin Proctor in the season one finale.
* TheAtoner: He was part of a government agency that was doing illegal experiments with a vaccine to try and keep people docile. When he found out what they were doing -- and more importantly, that the vaccine was killing people or making them metahumans -- he quit and leaked the project to Alvin. When Alvin got killed, Gambi trained Jefferson as his way to atone.
* BackAlleyDoctor: He uses his tailor skills to stitch Jefferson up.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: Well, 'former bad guy turned AntiHero', but the trope still applies. He sees himself as a monster for his past deeds and insists that Jefferson should ''not'' cross the line and leave the morally ambiguous stuff to him instead, like killing Proctor.
* BrokenPedestal: Jefferson saw Gambi as a mentor and father figure. This starts breaking down when Jefferson became suspicious of how Gambi keeps stalling him about dealing with Tobias Whale. It ends completely with the revelation that Gambi was an ASA agent who had a role in the experimental vaccine to pacify the population and that Gambi's whistle-blowing also got Jefferson's father killed. It becomes a something of a RebuiltPedestal when Jefferson realizes that Gambi will ''never'' betray him; he might not be able to forgive Gambi for what he did, but knows he's a loyal friend who deeply cares for him and his family.
* TheConfidant: For Jefferson and has become one for Anissa, too.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: It's implied he is or ''was'' connected to Freeland's underground as Jefferson relies on him to find out what's going in the city and to be alerted by any new criminal activity. He was actually an agent for the ASA who quit when he found out their illegal experiments to keep people docile were either killing people or turning them into metahumans. He leaked the project to Alvin Pierce, who got killed by the ASA. He trained Jefferson to be Black Lightning as his way to atone.
* DecompositeCharacter: [[spoiler:His role as the man who killed Alvin Pierce is given to Tobias Whale.]]
* DeepCoverAgent: To Freeland, he's a much-loved tailor whose shop helped revitalize down town. In reality, he's an agent for the ASA assigned to find metahumans, so he became a tailor to integrate himself into the community. He's actually stopped working for the ASA, having become disgusted with their mission, but his superiors don't know that.
* FakingTheDead : [[spoiler:In the opening minutes of "Requiem" he's attacked by hitmen and his SUV explodes as he's trying to escape. We don't see a body / remains, and sure enough he's alive and well. He jumped out of his car and exploded it himself, so he can lay low and figure out who ordered the hit.]]
* GadgeteerGenius: He's the one who designed Jefferson's new hi-tech costume.
* HollywoodHacking: Another of his specialties -- it wouldn't be a CW superhero show without it.
* HonoraryUncle: Jefferson's daughters affectionately address him as "Uncle Gambi".
* IAmAMonster: He says this word for word, right before he kills Martin Proctor in the season one finale, and then disposes of the body.
* IHaveManyNames: Peter Gambi is an alias. His name is actually Peter Esposito.
* KeepingSecretsSucks: He learns this the hard way when events spiral so out of control that he can no longer keep his past with the ASA a secret from Jefferson. Jefferson's reaction is what you would expect -- he tells Gambi to stay away from his family and makes it clear that they're no longer friends. However they are semi-reconciled when Jefferson realizes no matter what Gambi will never betray him or his family.
* LikeASonToMe: After the death of his father, Gambi pretty much acted as a ParentalSubstitute for Jefferson.
* LivingLegend: Amongst the ASA. He's able to use his connections to have Lynn examine the kids in their custody in Season Two.
* MadeOfIron: The ASA tortures him to try to get him to give up Black Lighting. It doesn't work.
* MinoredInAssKicking: He easily wipes out Joey Toledo's thugs before assassinating Toledo himself.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: While he was always remorseful for his ASA actions, the sight of the metahumans he identified thirty year ago being kept in stasis is what really drives the point of he was part of something downright monstrous.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Gambi has a bad tendency of doing things with good intentions that blow up in his face and have unforeseen consequences that often make things worse.
** After learning the truth about the ASA's illegal experiments, he leaked the knowledge to the press via Alvin Pierce, hoping to expose them. Instead Alvin got killed, with Tobias apparently killing him for exposing his corruption being a convenient cover.
** He kills Joey Toledo with Lady Eve's approval, hoping it will get the increasingly cocky and reckless Tobias to back down and go back into the shadows (and get Jefferson to abandon his vendetta). Instead, Tobias sees it as TheLastStraw in Lady Eve's mistreatment of him, so he has his men kill Lady Eve and frame Black Lightning for it. Not only does this turn the community against Black Lightning for killing a much-loved public figure, it also compels the ASA to order a hit on Black Lightning for what they see as his unknown interference with their operation.
* PlayingBothSides: He pretends to be an ally of Lady Eve and the ASA, when in truth he's working with Jefferson to fix the damage they've all done to Freeland. {{Deconstructed}} as events spiral out of his control and his delicate balancing act of helping Jefferson without raising suspicion from Lady Eve and the ASA is thrown out the window when Tobias has his men frame Black Lighting for Lady Eve's murder means the ASA wants to take him out, and Gambi is powerless to stop it.
* ParentalSubstitute: He's known Jefferson since he was twelve and is the closest thing to a father Jefferson has had ever since his father was murdered.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: He's supposed to be a tailor, but sure spends a lot of his time spying on people and working the streets while Jefferson's at the school.
* RebuiltPedestal: After keeping Jefferson's secret safe from the ASA (ColdBloodedTorture be damned) and helping to free him from jail, Jefferson doesn't know if he can forgive Gambi's past misdeeds, but he does consider Gambi fully a friend and a part of the family.
* SecretKeeper: One of the few people who know that Jefferson is Black Lightning. He was originally the only one, before Jefferson met Lynn.
* SharpDressedMan: Justified, he's a tailor.
* TokenWhite: Sole white character in the main cast.
* UndyingLoyalty: Despite his shady past, he's 100% loyal to the Pierce family. When the ASA tortures him to find out who Black Lighting is, Gambi does ''not'' give him up.
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: For a tailor, Gambi has a ton of hi-tech computer gear in his basement, not to mention whatever the Black Lightning suit is made of. Turns out he's a former spy, and his boss still thinks he's working for them, so all of his equipment is part of that job.
* WouldNotHurtAChild: The whole reason he turned against the ASA, experimenting on and killing kids was just too much for him. It's also why he kills Proctor with not a hint of remorse.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Grace
Grace Choi / Shay Li Wylde]]
!!Grace Choi / Shay Li Wylde
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!!!'''Played By:''' Chantal Thuy
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

A bartender and librarian who strikes up a friendship with Anissa.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Her hair is (presumably dyed) red in the comics, but brown here.
* AdaptationalCurves: {{Inverted}}; Grace Choi in the comics stands at a whopping 7' tall, a [[ButchLesbian masculine-looking (literal) Amazon]] with a muscular frame. Chantal Thuy is neither 7' tall or muscular, nor does she look even remotely Amazonian.
* AdaptationalPersonalityChange: The comic book version of Grace is a more physically aggressive than Anissa, [[AdaptationalWimp whereas the TV version is not even a fighter]]. {{Justified}} because Grace isn't a metahuman in the latter. [[spoiler:Or at least hasn't discovered her powers yet.]]
* BiTheWay: She's openly bisexual and says as much to Anissa in the fourth episode. She's also a bartender at a local lesbian bar.
* ClosetGeek: She enjoys reading comic books such as ''ComicBook/TheOutsiders'' and admits that reading them is cool, advising Anissa that their powers might help her understand her "research on genetic mutation".
* HotLibrarian: She works as a librarian where Anissa ends up researching her latent powers on.
* OutOfFocus: Despite being a vital character in Anissa's arc, Grace hasn't been since the early episodes of Season 1 and had been largely out of Anissa's life, especially once she becomes Thunder. She starts becoming prominent again in season 2.
* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler:She was sold to a child prostitution ring at 16, disappeared after it got shut down, and reappeared as Grace Choi.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: She is visibly hurt when she sees Anissa again, flirting with a celebrity. She is hurt because she thought she and Anissa's relationship was more than just a fling and Anissa suddenly stopped contacting Grace after she discovered her powers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Reverend Holt]]
!!Reverend
Wylde, Jeremiah Holt
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!!!'''Played By:''' Clifton Powell
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

->''"Let me tell you a little bit about your constituents. You see, the black folk here in Freeland, we always knew Tobias was still here. And we always knew Tobias was runnin' The One Hundred. And I knew it was him and The One Hundred that tried to kill me... If I'm wrong you can take that money and buy your own clinic. Name it after yo' mama for all I care. But you're not getting mine, understand? Now, if I'm right, and I know I am you can tell Tobias I said "he can keep his money and he can kiss my holy ass"."''
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The local reverend of Freeland United Methodist Church.
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* BadassPreacher: While he prefers peaceful protests, he is not shy to draw a gun on unwanted intruders in his church.
* GoodShepherd: A very moral and brave man.
* HandicappedBadass: In Season 2 he is shown needing a cane to walk around after being shot. Not that this keeps him down.
* HonourBeforeReason: Him organizing a peaceful protest against The One Hundred in the light of Lawanda's death might have been noble, but also quite foolish. Indeed, it is only Black Lightning's interference that prevents any casualties and both Khalil and Jeremiah himself get critically wounded nevertheless.
* NotAfraidToDie: When Khalil tells him he's on Tobias's hit list and needs to leave Freeland, Holt isn't scared telling the young man he's not afraid of Tobias and that his fate is in God's hands.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: He's apparently killed by Cutter on Tobias' orders with a poisoned handkerchief. However, he reappears in the Season finale, just having been put into a coma.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: In Season 3, where he's one of the main pillars of the resistance against the ASA, now carries a gun and will not hesitate to use it to protect innocent civilians.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Perenna]]
!!Perenna
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!!!'''Played By:''' Erika Alexander

A metahuman therapist, whom Lynn and Jefferson enlist to help Jennifer learn how to control her powers.
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: A kind, compassionate woman, but she can inflict a vicious MindRape if she needs to defend herself.
* TheEmpath: One of her powers.
* MindRape: She inflicts this on a couple of Markovia agents who tried to kidnap her.
* WarriorTherapist: She's specializes in helping metas who struggle to control her power.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:
Holt, Perenna, Jamillah Olsen]]
!!Jamillah Olsen
!!!'''Played By:''' Adetinpo Thomas

A reporter, introduced during the occupation of Freeland.
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* IntrepidReporter: She has been reporting on Freeland's occupation from the start, unafraid to get in harms way.
* TheVoice: Of the Resistance, eventually.
[[/folder]]

!Antagonists

!!The ASA
[[folder:In General]]

A mysterious government agency with decidedly malevolent motivations.
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* GoneHorriblyWrong: Thirty years ago, they created a vaccine to make people docile. Instead, it either killed them or gave them powers.
* GreaterScopeVillain: They are the ones responsible for everything bad happening in Freeland. They were the ones who ordered the hit on Alvin Pierce, and the ones who made the Green Light drug to be distributed via the 100. They're also responsible for giving Tobias and Jefferson their powers; it was completely unintended. They made a vaccine meant to make people docile, but instead, it gave them powers... if it didn't kill them; Jefferson was the only one to survive into adulthood.
* HateSink: [[UpToEleven They manage to achieve this in their]] ''[[UpToEleven debut]]'' [[UpToEleven episode]]. They decided to use a city with a large African American population as guinea pigs to experiment with a vaccine to make the populace docile in a "very politically-explosive environment" -- in other words, drug black people so they won't fight back against racism and oppression. Then they discovered that their vaccine was instead turning kids into metahumans, if it didn't kill them. They responded by refining it into Green Light and releasing it into the city via the 100, hoping to create more metas without a care for how many people are killed, lives ruined, or families broken as a result.
* ForScience: They've been using the people of Freeland as unwitting guinea-pigs for sick experiments in social engineering and eugenics for thirty years.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: They chose a city with a large African American population, notorious for racial tension, to do experiments to make people ''docile''; there's no way they would've chosen a white city to do that.
Olsen, Kara Fowdy, The obvious implication is that they don't want black people to fight against injustice subjected upon them.
School Board, Mike Lowry, Napier Frank, Tavon Singley, Brandon, Baron / TC[[/note]]
* PragmaticVillainy: When they realized that only ''one'' kid became a metahuman they did the math and stopped their experiments; Proctor's experiment is a rogue operation.
* TheSociopath: They thought that a powder-keg city like Freeland, filled with racial tension, was a great place to run an illegal experiment on how to make people -- particularly African Americans -- '''''docile'''''. This tells you all you need to know about them. Thirty years later, they're hoping the Green Light drug will turn people into metahumans for experimentation, not giving a damn how many people it kills or lives it ruins.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Martin Proctor]]
!!Martin Proctor
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!!!'''Played By:''' Gregg Henry

The director of the ASA's Freeland operations.
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* AssholeVictim: Gambi shoots him dead at the end of season one, knowing Proctor will not stop his rogue operations.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Using deductive reasoning skills, he is able to figure out that Gambi has betrayed him and is working with Black Lightning, and later that Black Lightning and Jefferson Pierce are one and the same.
* BigBad: He's the ''real'' main antagonist of the first season, and the one behind all of the problems in Freeland.
* BigBadWannabe: He gets pretty much reduced to this in the Season 1 finale. All of his schemes to get Black Lightning utterly fail, Tobias Whale betrays him and forces him to flee, and in the end he is left without a single one of his men, at the mercy of the Pierce family and Gambi, while still babbeling on that his actions were justified. Then, when Jennifer zaps him after one too many of his racist taunts, he has the audacity to actually try and beg his way out of it, while ''stil'' acting condescendingly. All that it earns him is a quick death at the hands of Gambi.
* CanonForeigner: There is no Martin Proctor in any Creator/DCComics {{Continuity}}.
* DirtyCoward: What does he do when Black Lightning confronts him in the Green Light lab? Take one of his own scientists hostage and threaten to shoot him. Black Lightning's response is to point out that since the scientist's creation has been killing scores of lives, he'd be doing everyone a favor.
* FauxAffablyEvil: At first, he seems pleasant enough, at least to Gambi. This quickly evaporates as he reveals himself to be a downright sadistic piece of work, ordering Gambi's torture to suss out who Black Lighting is -- and he considers that "asking ''nicely''".
* HateSink: He's an idiotic, smug, cowardly, racist ASA agent who restarts the organization's vaccine program to turn black teenagers into his super-powered pawns, uncaring as the drug kills countless. Refusing to admit any guilt for his actions, when called out on the damage he's done, Proctor just responds that the teens he killed would have "wound up on welfare or in prison anyway".
* {{Jerkass}}: He's a racist murderer who's hiding behind the illusion of power, being a rogue ASA agent who continued operations after the Freeland operations were shut down (for which he blames PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad).
* KnightOfCerebus: The situation in Freeland becomes far more frightening when you realize that all of its troubles are actually caused by a corrupt and extremely racist government organization that has been continually operating for decades, and this creep is at the head of it.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Makes a point of how he wants to kill Black Lightning's "black ass", and in the season one finale every other line out of his mouth expresses his bigotry for black people, while quoting "[[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Make America Great Again]]".
* RogueAgent: His operation isn't known or sanctioned by the government. [[spoiler: Except it was, as revealed in Season 3.]]
* TheScapegoat: [[spoiler: He actually ''was'' a sanctioned agent, he was just declared to be rogue to draw attention away from the government.]]
* SmugSnake: Despite all the resources at his disposal, he's nowhere near as competent or scary as he thinks he is. Best exemplified in "The Book of Pain" where he has a VillainousBreakdown over the idea of Black Lightning being dead. In "The Book of War", he throws everything he's got at the Pierce family ... and still loses.
* StupidEvil: Oh dear lord yes!
** The first ASA experiment ended in failure since all the teens who developed metahuman abilities died ... except Jefferson. Yet Proctor decides to start it again without the knowledge of his superiors and the results are ''exactly'' the same. He's convinced all he needs is Black Lighting'a DNA to make his test subjects to make them stable and live. It's unclear if this would actually work or not.
** In the finale, he throws the full force of his agents against the Pierce family... and it all it does is attract the attention of the police who quickly arrest the agents, thereby exposing him.
* TooDumbToLive: In the Season 1 finale, when confronted by Gambi and the Pierces he makes racist remark after racist remark. It's like he was ''begging'' to be killed.
* VillainousBreakdown: When things don't go according to his plan, he quickly loses his composure and devolves into hysterical yelling.
* VillainousLegacy: Despite being dead his actions are still being felt in Season Two: the ''real'' ASA takes custody of the kids in stasis, and refuse to release them to their parents or have any outside scientist examine them. Plus there are scores of teens with latent powers thanks to Green Light -- so called "Green Light Babies" and their existence is adding fuel to the fire in Freeland causing an uptake in police shootings and FantasticRacism beginning to ferment.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Percy Odell]]
!!Percy Odell
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!!!'''Played By:''' Bill Duke

The ASA agent put in charge of cleaning up Proctor's mess. He's very no-nonsense and very obstructive.
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* AmbiguouslyEvil: It's hard to tell where his moral compass lies given what agency he works for and his general demeanor. [[spoiler: "Original Sin" crosses out the ambiguous part. He subjects Wendy to a grueling test that could've killed her, it's revealed he's had cameras planted in the Pierce house and then proceeds to murder all the agents who've been monitoring them on his behalf -- it's all but stated that the wants to blackmail Jefferson and possibly the girls into ASA service; at the end of the finale he does just that .. so they can take down Markovia agents.]]
* BaldOfEvil: He's played by the naturally bald Bill Duke, and is definitely up to no good.
* BigBadEnsemble: While he opposes Markovia in Season 3, the downright authoritarian measures he takes in securing Freeland make him just as much as a threat to Jefferson and his family.
* ControlFreak: A key aspect of his character is his desire to be in control of pulling all the strings of everything going on in Freeland, something he is [[TheChessmaster very good at doing]].
* {{Expy}}: He's basically a male version of Amanda Waller.
* EvilOldFolks: Bill Duke is in his mid-seventies, and it's presumed his character is around the same age. He even mentions to Jennifer how he marched alongside UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr during the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement, though it's [[UnreliableExpositor unclear]] if he's actually telling the truth about that or if it's just a lie to manipulate her. Even so, he's definitely old enough to make that a plausibility.
* FakeGuestStar: He appears in half of season 2's episodes and in every single episode in season 3, yet only gets recurring billing.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: He wears a menacing pair of specs.
* HateSink: While he skirted mostly around AmbiguouslyEvil or WellIntentionedExtremist territory in Season 2, by Season 3 it is hard to find anything even remotely redeemable about the guy. [[spoiler: Not only does he murder Issa after he learns some truths during an interview with Tobias the he (Odell) ordered, he also has a brain-washed
Characters/ArrowverseFreelandCriminals[[note]]Tobias Whate, Lady Eve, Marcus Bishop / Shakedown, Darryl Robinson / Coldsnap, Rebecca Jones / New Wave, Joe / Heathstroke, Lala, Will, Tori Whale, Jeoy Toledo, Syonide, Khalil murder Khalil's mother, manipulates Jennifer into working for him as a ChildSoldier, keeps Jefferson in line by threatening to take his daughters from him and experiment on them and gets Lynn addicted to Green Light to ensure her productivity, not caring one bit about the suffering his actions cause]].
* {{Jerkass}}: It's made abundantly clear that he was little sympathy for the teens who were given powers against their will, seeing them as potential weapons at best and dangers at worse instead of being human beings. Even his interactions with Lynn are at the best of times dismissive, and he refuses to share any information with her if he doesn't have to.
* ManipulativeBastard: He stops at nothing to get what he needs, people are mere pawns in his schemes. [[spoiler: He basically molds Jennifer into a ChildSoldier working for him and gets Lynn addicted to Green Light to ensure her productivity.]]
* NonActionBigBad: He's dangerous due to the vast resources at his disposal and his [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] tendencies, but there's no evidence he would be competent in physical combat, particularly due to a seeming lack of powers and his advanced age.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: He initially denies Lynn's access to examine the kids in the pods, and is none too happy when Gambi pulls strings to have him overruled.
* SecretSecretKeeper: Implied very strongly to know more about the Pierce family than he lets on. At the very least it's known that he keeps a close enough eye on Lynn [[spoiler: to save her life from would-be hitmen]], and tells Lynn on multiple occasions that he's tired of her lying to him. [[spoiler: "Pillar of Fire" seemingly confirms he knows that Jefferson is Black Lightning since he makes a point to tell Lynn that no metahuman even one who throws lightning bolts would be safe from Markovia. It's outright confirmed he knows at the end of "The Omega".]]
* TheSociopath: It's much more low-key than Dr. Jace, but in "Original Sin" he makes clear he only sees people in terms of their usefulness and nothing more -- he goes so far as to compare the pod kids to dogs -- not as pets but animals who can be trained to be useful creatures.
* TheStoic: He has all the emotion of a rock. It's very unnerving.
* UncertainDoom: [[spoiler: He gets apparently [[DroppedABridgeOnHim unceremonously killed]] during a shootout with Colonel Mosin and his troops in episode 3x06, but it's left ambiguous enough for him to turn up alive later.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Man will do anything to protect his country (and the world) from Markovia's aggression. This takes him down some very dark places.
* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler: Not directly, but after reviving and reprogramming
Payne / Painkiller, he sends Khalil to kill his own mother.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Dr. Helga Jace]]
!!Dr. Helga Jace
!!!'''Played By:''' Jennifer Riker
[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/5_1_3.jpg]]

A brilliant, but insane scientist that Agent Odell brings in to help Lynn with the kids in the pods.
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* BoxedCrook: She's criminally insane but she's the only scientist brilliant enough to help Lynn with the pods.
* DirtyCoward: She'll switch allegiances at the drop of a hat to ensure her own survival. [[spoiler: This backfires ''spectacularly'' in "The Omega". In her desperation to avoid the ASA's wrath for secretly working with Tobias, she makes a deal to give Black Lightning intel on Tobias in exchange to being brought into police custody, where she's quickly found and captured by a metahuman bounty hunter working for Markovia.]]
* DoubleAgent: The Markovia Government invited her to work on their metahuman program; in truth the ASA sent her there to undermine it on their behalf.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Absolutely nobody likes her, given her insanity. Even Agent Odell seems to regard her as NecessarilyEvil at best since he agrees to Lynn's request to keep Dr. Jace away from her and only keeps her around because if anything happened to Lynn she's the only one who could save the pod kids.
* ItsAllAboutMe: She's only interested in her own well-being and will side with anyone she thinks can guarantee that, and [[ChronicBackStabbingDisorder will happily sell out her current employers if a better offer comes along]].
* LackOfEmpathy: She doesn't understand why Lynn would refuse to use a serum that would save some of the kids in the pods, but kills the rest. [[spoiler: She then lies to her about coming up with a solution to get Lynn to take action ... and Lynn is not happy with the results.]]
* MadScientist: Even Tobias acknowledges she's absolutely crazy.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler: She's the one who gave Tobias his anti-aging serum and took it herself and she hasn't aged a day.]]
* RestrainingBolt: She's outfitted with one to keep her in line.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Traditionally she's a Comicbook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders villain.
* TheSociopath: Her unethical experiments resulted in 10 people losing their feet and one dying; she's unrepentant.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Lynn ''really'' doesn't want her around since she's insane, but Agent Odell forced her hand. [[spoiler: She's taken off the project after lying to Lynn about a serum that ended up killing half the kids.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: The audience has always known she's a MadScientist but "Prodigal Son" reveals that [[spoiler: she was the architect of the original ASA vaccine program and the one who created Tobias' anti-aging serum.]]
[[/folder]]

!!The One Hundred
[[folder:In General]]
The One Hundred, or The 100, is a gang of criminals who reside in Freeland, terrorizing the city at any given chance. The leader of the gang is Tobias Whale.
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* GangBangers: Their whole shtick, although Tobias is more refine in his choices and talks down to those who does the ghetto life.
[[/folder]]

!!!Leadership
[[folder:Tobias Whale]]
!!Tobias Whale
[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tobiaswhale.jpeg]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Marvin "Krondon" Jones III
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

->''"Do you believe in the Resurrection, Latavius? The concept itself is beautiful, but it's a complete fantasy."''

\\
The boss of the One Hundred, formerly a city politician who killed Jefferson's father which set him down the path of being Black Lightning.
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: He's not morbidly obese like his counterpart in the comics.
* AffablyEvil: It is hard to pin-point if Tobias is genuinely nice to his co-horts or just [[FauxAffablyEvil a snake in the grass]]. While he is a BadBoss to his men, he did love his sister, cared about Syonide, and is willing to break his father's spinal cord without a moment's notice. Essentially, if you play your cards right for him, Tobias will end up taking care of you, as if you were family to him. As long as you don't double-cross him.
* ArchEnemy: For Black Lightning ever since he killed his father, an IntrepidReporter, by literally shoving his articles down his throat. However, it turns out in "The Book of Revelations" that the ASA apparently ordered him to.
* BadBoss: He does not take failure kindly.
** He feeds one man to a tank filled with piranhas and impales Lala with a harpoon in the pilot episode.
** He treats Painkiller harshly throughout his "apprenticeship", verbally and psychologically abusing him at almost every turn to mold him into a better employee. [[spoiler:Taken UpToEleven when Khalil can't go through with murdering Rev. Holt; after deciding that his teaching has failed because he was too ''lenient'' and ''friendly'' with the boy, Tobias proceeds to beat Khalil half to death and punch his head against the piranha tank until the reinforced glass shatters, while ordering him to kill his own mother as further punishment. Ironically, he had no idea that the reason for Khalil's betrayal is because he knew Tobias was the one who shot him.]]
--->'''Whale:''' You done broke my damn fish tank.
** He predominantly employs black people, and owing to his intense dislike of black people, he rarely lets a moment pass when he doesn't throw slurs at them like they're going out of style.
** [[spoiler: Cavalierly approves of Cutter killing Todd, despite the young man having been his most competent and loyal employee in awhile simply because he's no longer of any use and he'd be a loose end otherwise.]]
* BenevolentBoss: He is actually a pretty cool and reasonable boss if his men don't disappoint him. When Painkiller goes a little overboard, Tobias forgives him with no issue and tells him not to apologize.
* BerserkButton: He doesn't like "church-singing negroes" on the basis that they all want to go to heaven, but none of them want to die.
* BigBad:
** Initially of Season 1, being the leader of the One Hundred gang and the murderer of the hero's father. [[SubvertedTrope However]], the ASA gradually proves itself to be the true threat of the season, with Martin Proctor serving as the actual BigBad. Once Proctor is dead and the ASA's experiments are revealed to the public, Whale is right back on top. Emphasized when he declares himself "the king of Freeland" at the end of the season.
** He is back into the position full time in Season 2, being more powerful than ever due to Proctor's suitcase.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Lady Eve, though he seems to be at the lower position, until he upstages her.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Is an absolutely terrible person, but he's more than happy to hold press conferences and pass himself off as a well-meaning citizen of Freeland who abhors violence. Nobody actually believes this (him being a murderous gang leader is an OpenSecret) so he mostly just does it to {{Troll}} the police.
* BoomerangBigot: He really doesn't like black people and says some pretty heinous things, even though albinism aside, Whale himself is African-American. This is because his albinism makes him an outcast in the black community -- his father abused him for it.
-->'''Whale:''' "Squeeze these darkies till they crack."\\
'''Lala:''' "...Damn, boss. You really DO hate black people."\\
'''Whale:''' "No, I love black people. I hate incompetent, thick-lipped, scratch-where-it-don't-itch Negroes like you. Y'all keep us acting like newly-freed slaves."
* CharacterTics: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l-nZYmDVtM The man loves adjusting his suit.]]
* TheCorrupter: According to Gambi he has a long history of bringing out the worst in people. Within the show, he pulls this on Khalil and Todd, and it's mentioned that Lala was a straight-A student before he met Tobias. Additionally, Tobias took in a homeless Syonide and molded into an assassin.
* CorruptPolitician: Used to be one until Jefferson's father exposed him. His response to that was to murder him and then become the most feared gangster in they city.
* DemotedToDragon: After his devastating encounter with Black Lightning, the ASA nurses him back to health and Martin Proctor takes direct command of him. However, see DragonWithAnAgenda below.
* DragonAscendant: By end of the SeasonFinale, Proctor and Lady Eve have been taken out, leaving Tobias as the last villain standing and apparent BigBad of Season 2.
* DragonWithAnAgenda:
** He's the subordinate and occasionally the enforcer for Lady Eve. However, he's sick of being middle management and running a gang of thugs. Instead, he wants to have a seat with the Shadow Board and be approached as an equal. Then he succeeds in offing her...
** He is also this to Martin Proctor, after the latter provides him with medical care and orders him to bring in Black Lightning alive. He does as he is told, but plans to overthrow Proctor soon.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: He really chafes at how, despite all the money he makes for Lady Eve, she regards him as little more than another one of her minions; he used to be a city politician and he really resents being kept in what he considers a menial position instead of being allowed to move up the ranks in Lady Eve's organization. It's implied his current position is a result of a past disgrace, possibly Alvin Pierce's articles exposing his corruption.
* EntertaininglyWrong: He initially doesn't consider Black Lightning's return too worrisome as he thinks he killed the "original" Black Lightning and this is just a new person taking on the role who isn't as intent on fighting him. He eventually realizes his error.
* EvilAlbino: He's the evil man who controls the 100 and is played by an actual albino actor.
* EvilSoundsDeep: He has a deep and booming voice, and commands quite a bit of respect from his subordinates and associates.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
** He loves and trusts his sister, Tori. She's the one person in the world he is willing to be vulnerable around. When she is shot and killed, he does ''not'' take it well.
** He seems to regard Syonide as a surrogate daughter, in his own twisted way. [[spoiler: When Fowdy kills her, Tobias' response is to send a '''''harpoon''''' through her stomach when she's dumb enough to break into his office, and his subsequent abuse of Khalil is because he didn't try to protect her like he should've.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He's not happy about Lala killing Lawanda, although this is partially because he reasons that a man who's willing to murder "somebody's mama" is capable of anything -- including "turning rat". He again shows that he does not try to get RevengeByProxy on someone's mother, [[spoiler:after Khalil runs away from him]].
* EvilMentor: To Khalil.
* {{Foil}}: To Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, as far as their relationship with their fathers. Jefferson had a [[GoodParents very loving father]] whose death (at Tobias hands) inspired his heroics. Tobias had a [[AbusiveParents very abusive father]] who inspired his villainy, and who Tobias himself kills later on in life.
* FreudianExcuse: He had a ''very'' unhappy childhood - his father was abusive because he was sickly and an albino and would beat his sister, too. At his sister's suggestion, he resolves his issues in a [[SelfMadeOrphan very villainous way]].
* TheHeavy: Even after it turns out he's not the true BigBad of Season 1, almost all of the major running plots of the show are connected to him in some way or another. The activities of [[StarterVillain Lala]] and the 100 in general (with him being the [[ManBehindTheMan behind-the-scenes leader]]), the murder of Jefferson's father, the streets being flooded with [[FantasticDrug Green Light]], the shooting that injured Reverend Holt and crippled Khalil, Gambi keeping secrets from Jefferson, etc., can all be directly or indirectly traced back to him. Basically, if something bad is going on, it's a safe bet that Whale was involved.
* HeroKiller: {{Subverted}}; he believes he killed Black Lightning when, in reality, Jefferson finally gave up after his wife divorced him after a particularly bloody fight. He believes Black Lightning's resurgence is just [[LegacyCharacter somebody living up to his legacy]]. He isn't too happy to find out the truth, and for good reason - he built his reputation as "the man who killed Black Lightning" so it seems like he "lied on his resume" so to speak. The medical examiner who lied to him about seeing Black Lightning's corpse [[DisproportionateRetribution ends up dead]].
* HeKnowsTooMuch: One of Tobias' most frequent reasons for killing people, as he absolutely hates "loose ends".
* KarmaHoudini: Commits heinous acts on a very regular basis, and always gets away with them because of his money and connections. Him being a murderous gang leader is an OpenSecret, but he always destroys any evidence that could directly prove it.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: The season 2 finale finally sees Whale get his comeuppance. He is beaten handily by Black Lightning and Lightning and is imprisoned in an off the books prison for metahumans called the Pit. [[spoiler: The season 3 premiere also reveals that the serum that slows his aging is wearing off and he is dying.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: He breaks his abusive father's spine and leaves him to die a slow and painful death. He also had Lady Eve murdered.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: He's oblivious to the fact that the 100 is being used by the ASA to move Green Light in the hopes of creating metahumans. Proctor doesn't let him until the finale.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He was given a serum along with his sister years ago that keeps him from aging, so his actual age is indeterminate. In the {{Flashback}} for "And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light", his father is sporting [[SeventiesHair 1970s-era sideburns]], so if Tobias was a teenager at the time (implied by the dialogue), it puts him in his 50s or even early 60s in the present. Jefferson explicitly states he hasn't aged in thirty years.
* OpenSecret: "Officially" he's been missing from Freeland ever since Black Lightning retired and only now has just recently returned. But Rev. Holt tells a city councilman in "The Perdi", everyone in Freeland has known that Tobias was still in town and running the One Hundred for decades.
* OutOfFocus: After the EnemyCivilWar that results in the deaths of both his sister and Lady Eve, he remains out of the picture for the next few episodes, with the ASA taking center stage as the antagonists. That isn't the case in season 2 where he firmly takes the helm as BigBad.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Syonide - he found her malnourished and abused in an orphanage and then took her in. Problem is he trained her to be an assassin too and then had a procedure done on her that turned her into something more than human.
* PlayingGertrude: Krondon was a mere 35 when the first season aired, yet Tobias was already an established adult villain in flashbacks 30 years ago, meaning he must be at least 50. Subverted when it's revealed later that he [[OlderThanTheyLook takes a serum that keeps him from aging]].
* PragmaticVillainy: He eventually decides to stop selling Green Light since it kills too many junkies, reasoning the dead can't be repeat customers. He's completely unaware of Green Light's true intention -- to turn people into metahumans.
* RedHerring: The audience is led to assume that he's the mastermind behind Freeland's woes, until "Lawanda: The Book of Burial" reveals that Lady Eve is the ''true'' mastermind and Whale is merely running the 100 on her behalf.
* SatanicArchetype: If Jefferson is the "Black Jesus" of Freeland, than Tobias is its Devil; he was a city leader like Jefferson, but his corrupt dealings got him cast out. He also tries to turn the people ''against'' Black Lightning. He comes to Khalil after he's been paralyzed (by a bullet fired at his own order) and poses as a sympathetic benefactor by paying off his medical bills and giving him expensive gifts, then tries to convince him to blame Black Lightning for his current state. Sadly, it works, as Khalil turns against his former friends at Garfield and falls further under Tobias' influence with the promise to walk again.
* ScaryBlackMan: Played with; what Tobias lacks in skin tone he makes up for with an intimidating presence.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: He shows off his planning skills in a match with Khalil, specifically admonishing him for throwing his pieces too far ahead and letting Tobias chip away at his defenses.
* SuperStrength: Tobias is strong enough to lift a grown man by the neck with one hand, choke him to death, and break his father's spine just by squeezing him hard with [[DeadlyHug a hug]]. Gambi confirms it's due to the same serum that is keeping him TheAgeless, and it's making him stronger as he gets older; currently he's three times stronger than a normal human.
* TraumaButton: Whale experiences a vivid {{Flashback}} at the mention of his father. This comes complete with him repeating the words aloud from the memory, and flinching at his remembered violence.
* UngratefulBastard: Had his henchman Dwayne killed after the latter saved his life, for supposedly leaving his sister for dead.
* UnknownRival: Played with as he doesn't know the reason Black Lightning came after him in the first place is because he killed Jefferson's father. For a short time, he also doesn't realize this is actually the original Black Lightning and not just a successor.
* WildCard: He's rather unpredictable, which makes things harder for the villains and the heroes alike. Killing Lady Eve makes things difficult for Black Lightning ''and'' the ASA. It makes the community think Black Lightning has gone rogue, while the ASA loses their liaison to Freeland's underworld and their primary way of moving Green Light.
* YouSeeImDying: [[spoiler: In Season 3, due to being deprived of his serum, his age is catching up to him in prison. He laters gets cured by Lynn, due to using him as a lab rat.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Lady Eve]]
!!Lady Eve
[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ladyeve.jpeg]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Music/JillScott
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

->"''I don't mind people believing in God. They just can't believe they can take back these streets.''"

\\
A funeral parlor owner connected to Tobias Whale, backed by a secretive underground criminal group in Freeland.
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* AbortedArc: Her group, the Shadow Board, was hyped to be a major influence behind the scenes in Freeland, as Lady Eve had backed Tobias and was seemingly pulling his strings. With her death, the plot went nowhere afterwards. Although, this was because Tobias made sure he wasn't anywhere near her death as the Shadow Board would go after him.
* CharacterDeath: Is assassinated in the mid-season by Whale's hitmen.
* DeepCoverAgent: She was a former agent of the ASA and previously a protege of Gambi. After retiring to be a crime boss, she still has links to the ASA with her death triggering the ASA's kill order on Black Lightning.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Whatever organization she's leading it's much more sophisticated than the 100 (which seems to be only a smokescreen for her enterprise). For starters they have enough pull to hire semi-truck drivers to deliver drugs amongst other things.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: She's initially introduced as "the greater threat behind [[TheHeavy Tobias Whale]]", but is KilledOffForReal half-way through the first season.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Lady Eve appeared in the pilot during Jefferson's award ceremony.
* {{Expy}}: Fitting with the show's Biblical motif, Lady Eve parallels UsefulNotes/{{Lilith}}, an unpredictable individual who absolutely refuses to be subservient to any man. She used to work with Gambi at the Agency, but left for a life of organized crime. She has an arrangement with Gambi that she won't go after the Pierce family, while Gambi promises to leave Tobias be, but she breaks that promise by having her goons attack Lynn's lab to stop her from researching the Green Light drug.
* FauxAffablyEvil: She sends out thank-you notes when people give her gifts, but she's a remorseless crime lord that even Tobias is intimidated by.
* TheManBehindTheMan: To Tobias Whale.
* MinoredInAssKicking: She shows her agent combat skills during an attempted assassination by evading and takes down her attackers, including snapping one goon's neck with his own weapon. Too bad she didn't know there was one last killer hidden in a coffin.
* OddFriendship: Had one with Gambi, who's Black Lightning's foremost ally. Gambi still looks out for his protege when it doesn't harm the Pierces.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: She makes a few digs at Tobias's albinism, telling him how albinos used to be killed and then grounded up for magic powder. One gets the impression that if Tobias wasn't albino, she'd let him move up in her organization.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Eve has a very soft, lilting voice that she maintains even when she's subtly threatening Tobias, or embalming someone alive.
* TortureTechnician: She embalmed a cadaver in "Black Jesus" ''[[BodyHorror while he was still alive]]''.
* TheUnfettered: As she herself says, she'd take out her own mother if she had to.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: To Freeland, she seems to be a wealthy funeral parlor owner who likes to give back to the community, when in reality she's the one responsible for all of Freeland's woes. Tobias exploits this by having his men murder her with stun guns -- that way, it appears she's died of electrocution and Black Lightning has gone off the deep end.
[[/folder]]

!!!Current

[[folder:Masters of Disaster]]

Four criminal metahumans who were put into pods, revived by Tobias Whale and forced into his service.
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* BoxedCrook: Former criminals that were forcebly used in government black ops, and now by Tobias Whale.
* ElementalPowers: Each of them controls an element.
* ExplosiveLeash: Tobias puts lethal devices into them to control them.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Marcus Bishop / Shakedown]]
!!Marcus Bishop / Shakedown
!!!'''Played By:''' Hosea Chanchez
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018'

The first Master of Disaster released by Tobias. He has vibrational powers.
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* RaceLift: This is the first Shakedown that is African American. The previous versions were white.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Darryl Robinson / Coldsnap]]
!!Darryl Robinson / Coldsnap
!!!'''Played By:''' Derrick Lewis
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018'

A Master of Disaster released by Tobias. He has cryokinetic powers.
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* AnIcePerson: His powers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Rebecca Jones / New Wave]]
!!Rebecca Jones / New Wave
!!!'''Played By:''' Brooke Ence
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018'

A Master of Disaster released by Tobias. She has hydrokinetic powers.
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* DesignatedGirlFight: She is the only female of the group and off course fights Thunder during the finale.
* MakingASplash: Her powers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Joe / Heatstroke]]
!!Joe / Heatstroke
!!!'''Played By:''' Estaban Cuete
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018'

A Master of Disaster released by Tobias. He has pyrokinetic powers.
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* KilledOffForReal: Lala shoots him dead, saving Jefferson in the process.
* PlayingWithFire: His powers.
[[/folder]]

!!!Former

[[folder:Lala]]
!!Latavius "Lala" Johnson
[[quoteright:207:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/latavius.jpg]]
!!!'''Played By:''' William Catlett
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

A former student of Jefferson's. He is now a high ranking member of the 100.
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* AchillesHeel: Tobias had failsafes should Lala revolt against him post resurrection. The first is the phrase "The Devil deals the cards" which hypnotizes Latavious to do his bidding. The second is the phrase "E Pluribus Unum" (Out of many, one); which causes the tattoos in Lala to revolt and incapacitate him.
* AssholeVictim: Gets murdered by Whale; even when resurrected, Lala is still under Tobias' thumb and is forced to do his bidding.
* BackFromTheDead: He comes back to life at the end of "Equinox: The Book of Fate". Tobias spent a million dollars to do so. Season 2 reveals that the newfound gift of life when combined with a curse that keeps reminding him and haunting him with the people he's killed, makes him completely miserable to the point of being a DeathSeeker.
* CameBackWrong: Along with the obvious, hallucinating his murder victims and being under Tobias' control, Lala's demeanor noticeably changes with his resurrection. Pre-death, Lala was a LargeHam, with almost every scene he was in yelling at someone or making threats. Post-resurrection, he shifts to being more soft-spoken, both in conversation and in conversing with his hallucinations.
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: He's the show's version of Creator/DCComics villain "Tattooed Man".
* CharacterDeath: Killed by Tobias at the end of "Lawanda: The Book of Hope"; {{Subverted}} due to his resurrection.
* TheChewToy: Is constantly being beaten up and abused by Tobias, who admits that he just [[ItAmusedMe loves messing with Lala]]. Considering he's a murderous gang leader though, it's [[AssholeVictim hard to feel very sorry for him]].
* DoNotCallMePaul: He really doesn't like to be called Latavius.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: {{Averted}}; when the supply of Green Light dries up after Black Lightning and Thunder destroy the factory, Lala decides to corner the market on old-school illicit drugs by buying vastly more quantities than he used to. His supplier is suspicious it's a setup...so as collateral, Lala tells him where his mother lives, to let him know he's serious.
* FauxAffablyEvil: When talking to Will about getting his money back, he's deeply amused when Jennifer sucker-punches Will. He acts polite when he speaks with Jefferson at first, and pretends to keep the gangs out of the school out of respect for his old teacher but this quickly crumbles when Jefferson interferes with his abuse of a kid and he pulls a gun on Jefferson.
* FluffyTheTerrible: "Lala" is not the nickname one would expect from a ruthless and feared gang boss. His name Latavius sounds more awesome.
* MilesToGoBeforeISleep: Hates the reanimation and being back alive due to the guilt he's got to live with. He's hoping that once he kills Tobias, he'll finally get to rest in peace again.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: {{Lampshaded}}, as Lala's first response to almost any problem is to put the problem down permanently.
-->'''Will:''' "You always murking somebody. Just like [[TalkingToTheDead how you killed me]]."
* TheOldestProfession: As a high ranking member of The 100, he is in charge of the Seahorse Motel which is used as a brothel.
* OnlyKnownByHisNickname: No one really calls him by his first name, only Jefferson does.
* PragmaticVillainy: The ''only'' thing stopping him from targeting the Garfield students is that he knows that trying to attack the "Black Jesus of Freeland" would be the only thing that would properly galvanize the cops to take action. This doesn't stop them from ordering the Pierce sisters deaths so they can hide the bodies so they can't testify.
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: Jefferson's former student turned gang banger.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Lala's LargeHam tendencies seemingly died with him, and he almost never raises his voice after his resurrection.
* StarterVillain: Lala's the driving force of Jefferson's torment, Will's actions and has connections to the antagonists but after Black Lightning puts him in jail and Whale kills him, his status places him as that.
* TalkingToTheDead: To Lawanda and Will after he comes BackFromTheDead, but only he can see or hear them. According to Tobias, this is a side-effect of the "reanimation" process - that Lala will encounter all the people he's killed, with images of them literally tattooed to his body.
* TookALevelInBadass: By season 3, his ability to come BackFromTheDead [[spoiler: works almost instantaneously and he's developed the ability to manifest the people in his tattoos at will to use as {{Mooks}}.]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid: He was a straight-A student before he met Tobias, and Jefferson seems to have had some regard for him before he became a criminal.
* WildCard: In Season 2, being wildly unpredictable due to constantly hearing voices. He first assaults Jefferson, but then decides to go after Tobias instead. He later saves Black Lightning's life, saying that he's only interested in stopping Tobias' plans.
* WouldHurtAChild: Is seen beating a boy probably no older than twelve for playing video games instead of dealing weed. He was also perfectly willing to kill the Pierce sisters and have them "disappear".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Will]]
!!Will
[[quoteright:206:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/blacklightningwill.jpg]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Dabier
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

Lala's cousin and a low-level thug in the 100.
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* AssholeVictim: Lala absolutely believed he deserved to die - a coward and misogynist who was willing to force Jennifer into prostitution to fix his issues.
* CharacterDeath: Brutally executed by Lala in "Lawanda: The Book of Hope".
* EntitledToHaveYou: Seems to think he still has a shot with Jennifer, even ''after'' he almost got her trafficked into prostitution.
* EvilIsPetty: Kidnaps the Pierce sisters after Anissa came to Jennifer's rescue and Will couldn't take the hint to leave.
* NoRespectGuy: Every scene Will is in has him being beaten, insulted, or otherwise humiliated.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: He gets his ass handed to him so much, that it's a sobering shock when he busts into the school with his armed cronies to kidnap the Pierce sisters.
* StalkerWithACrush: Jennifer references this trope by name when he reveals he followed her to school after using her social media to find out where she attended.
* StupidEvil: Kidnaps Jefferson's daughters right out of the school in front of dozens of witness and security cameras which results in the cops bringing real heat against the 100 -- which is exactly why Lala never targets the school.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tori Whale]]
!!Tori Whale
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!!!'''Played By:''' Edwina Findley
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

Tobias' younger sister, who comes from Miami to Freeland to help him kill Black Lightning.
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* CanonForeigner: Created exclusively for the show as the comic book version of Tobias Whale never had a sister.
* CharacterDeath: Dies in "Equinox: The Book of Fate" due to a stray bullet.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: She's just as ruthless as her brother is, but genuinely cares about him since they were both abused by their father.
* FreudianExcuse: Her father was verbally and physically abusive.
* OlderThanTheyLook: She and Tobias were given a serum along years ago that keeps them from aging, so her actual age is indeterminate.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Joey Toledo]]
!!Joey Toledo
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!!!'''Played By:''' Eric Mendenhall
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

One of Tobias's top lieutenants. He's been around since Black Lightning's first crusade.
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* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: He was the major supplier of Green Light in Freeland.
* CharacterDeath: Gambi kills him, on the advice of Lady Eve, as a method to suppress Tobias.
* CoDragons: To Tobias, alongside Syonide
* GigglingVillain: To highlight that he's a little off-kilter.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Syonide]]
!!Syonide
[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/syonide.jpg]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Charlbi Dean
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

Tobias's right-hand woman, who trained her to become an assassin when he took her from an orphanage when she was eight-years old.
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* AbsoluteCleavage: Prone to this when not [[BareYourMidriff Baring Her Midriff]].
* AwesomeByAnalysis: Syonide is the first person to deduce Thunder's PsychoactivePowers and exploit them to her advantage during their fight in one of Garfield High's classrooms.
* BareYourMidriff: Seems to have a preference for this type of outfit, even in combat. Justified with having armor plates grafted beneath her skin and not really needing protection anyway.
* CoDragons: To Tobias, alongside Joey Toledo and later Khalil.
* CompositeCharacter: She is based on the same-named Creator/DCComics villain, the second "Syonide" who was an unnamed female assassin. However, she carries the first Syonide's background of working for Tobias Whale.
* {{Cyborg}}: She has armor plates grafted beneath her skin that enhance her durability and strength.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: According to Gambi, she was found in the trash as a baby with its umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. She was abused and malnourished at an orphanage until she was eight. Then Tobias got ahold of her and he fed her, clothed her, augmented her, and turned her into an assassin 100% loyal to him.
* DualWielding: She prefers to go GunsAkimbo; in close-quarters, Syonide will whip out a pair of nightsticks.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Doubling with {{Pun}}, her name is pronounced as "cyanide".
* TheQuietOne: To the point she was TheVoiceless until the season one finale.
* MadeOfIron:Tobias had carbon fiber armor grafted to her body beneath the surface of the skin.
* {{Sadist}}: She enjoys the tasks her boss gives her; Gambi states Tobias trained her to inflict pain unto others.
* ShoutOut: Compare Syonide's DarkAndTroubledPast to the same origins of the eponymous character from ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: Dies a few minutes into the Season 2 premiere, after acting as a recurring secondary antagonist throughout the first season.]]
* TykeBomb: Taken by Tobias as a young child to be molded into a deadly and ruthless assassin.
* UndyingLoyalty: No matter where Tobias goes, Syonide is almost always seen with him, defending and carrying out his orders.
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler: Is killed off in "The Rise of the Green Light Babies" by Kara Fowdy of all people.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Khalil Payne / Painkiller]]
!!Khalil Payne / Painkiller
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[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/painkiller.jpeg]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Jordan Calloway
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

Jennifer's ex-boyfriend, a high-school track star until he got paralyzed thanks to a gunman from the 100. Tobias comes to to him after his accident to try and turn him against Black Lightning.
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* AdaptationOriginConnection: As a new enforcer for Tobias following reconstructive spinal surgery (courtesy of the ASA), Khalil's DreadlockWarrior ScaryBlackMan appearance, who has SuperStrength and [[PowerFist forearm bracers that fire anethestic syringes]], he becomes the show's version of the super villain "Painkiller" from the ''Black Lightning'' comics.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Following his Season 3 resurrection, Painkiller takes on a cheerful persona who speaks matter-of-factly about the horrible things the ASA has trained him in. Hits its peak when he questions the ASA sergeant he poisoned while sparring with him about what is going through his mind as he dies as he's become philosophically interested in the idea of how his victims feel.]]
* AllForNothing: He joined up with Tobias because Tobias gave him gifts and the use of his legs. In the end he can't go through with being an effective criminal and Tobias rips his artificial spine out, making him a cripple once again.
* ApologeticAttacker: Played with: when confronted by Jennifer about his [[spoiler:"killing" Black Lightning, he admits he actually ''likes'' Black Lightning and didn't want to kill him]] but that he was and still is under Tobias's thumb.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Once he begins to lash out at everyone following his paralysis, Jefferson speculates that's who he is truly after he lost everything. Subverted in season 2 after he becomes nicer and starts to chafe under Tobias' thumb.
* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler: Following his resurrection by the ASA, Khalil now has a TouchOfDeath and knowledge of numerous martial arts to make him the perfect killing machine.]]
* CameBackWrong: [[spoiler: He is resurrected by the ASA and made completely obedient via a brain chip. He is ordered to kill his mother by Odell, which he does without any hesitation.]]
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: He's actually the Black Lightning RoguesGallery member Painkiller.
* CharacterDeath: Dies in episode 11 of season 2. [[spoiler: But then he gets resurrected in Season 3...]]
* CoDragons: Becomes this to Whale alongside Syonide after becoming enhanced.
* DisabledInTheAdaptation: As far as the comics go, Painkiller never suffered any kind of spinal surgery.
* DreadlockWarrior: As Painkiller. They are cut when he runs away with Jennifer.
* DreamCrushingHandicap: He had plans to become a professional athlete, but those plans got derailed when he got shot in the spine, leaving him unable to walk.
* DudeWheresMyReward: As part of his fall from grace he gives Jennifer a vicious rant on how he spent his entire life "doing everything right", and then God decided to take away the use of his legs.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Even at his worst, he still loves his mother.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Starts out clean cut, but he has relatively long [[DreadlockWarrior dreads]] when he reappears as one of Tobias' enforcers after getting reconstructive spinal surgery. The InUniverse explanation is that his hair grew extremely fast as a side effect of the drugs he took to recover, but it's ultimately meant to symbolize that he's no longer the straight edge student he used to be.
* {{Expy}}: As a reference to Biblical motifs, Khalil represents [[Literature/BookOfJob Job]], a good, prosperous man whom Satan (with God's permission) beset one disaster after another on Job's life in order to test whether he abandons his faith in God. Unlike Job, Khalil doesn't have the strength to continue keeping his faith when events turn his life against him, thus succumbs to Tobias' temptations.
** In Season Two, when he finally leaves Tobias he becomes the Prodigal Son.
* ForcedIntoEvil: He doesn't actually want to work for Tobias, but feels he has no other choice since Tobias would kill him if he tried to leave. This eventually happens.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Although it wasn't apparent that he becomes the show's version of Painkiller, the first meeting between him and Tobias Whale contains the following dialogue.
-->'''Tobias''': If you'd like, I can show you how to kill your pain.
* HeelRealization: When Tobias orders him to kill Reverend Holt, Khalil begins to regret his choice of working for him, as he's known the reverend for years and his mother goes to that same church. When he realizes Whale himself was the man behind the shooting that caused his paralysis, Khalil tries to find a way out.
* IKnowKungFu: [[spoiler: The chip that Odell uses to control Khalil also downloaded knowledge of 23 martial arts styles into his brain]].
* MeaningfulName: His surname "[[{{Pun}} Payne]]" foreshadows his transformation into the super villain Painkiller].
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Painkiller in the comics never had a given name; instead, this version of the villain is named [[MeaningfulName Khalil Payne]].
* NiceGuy: He's sweet, respectful, has a good head on his shoulders, and deeply cares about Jennifer. {{Subverted}} following his paralysis. And then played straight again after his HeelRealization.
* PoisonousPerson: The implant used for Khalil's spinal surgery has given him an additional paralytic substance that he can extract and weaponize into syringes fired from his forearm bracers. [[spoiler: After being resurrected by the ASA, he can now administer this substance into a [[TouchOfDeath person's system via touch]] with varying degrees of lethality.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: He eventually revolts against Tobias, and despite his and Jennifer's best efforts to stay ahead of the villain, is ultimately killed by him.
* SadisticChoice: In Season 2, he is forced into one, when Tobias orders a hit on Reverend Holt. Either he kills the man who has supported his mother's community for years, or Tobias will retaliate against him and his loved ones. He decides to TakeAThirdOption and runs away with Jennifer.
* SecretKeeper: He is the only one besides her family, who knows about Jennifer's powers.
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: He kills his mother on Odell's orders after being resurrected.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: After his accident and thanks to Tobias' toxic influence, he blames Jennifer for his current state and God for punishing him even though he did everything right in life.
* TragicVillain: A promising student with a bright athletic future ahead of him whose life ends up destroyed because of the harsh reality of Freeland, then ends up being manipulated into becoming a thuggish enforcer for the group that ruined his life to begin with.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Was a genuine NiceGuy before suffering a DreamCrushingHandicap and then being subjected to [[TheCorrupter Tobias' influence]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Todd Green]]
!!Todd Green

!!!'''Played By:''' RJ Cyler

A brilliant computer and robotics student who after burning his bridges at his college falls in with Tobias.
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* TheCorruptible: Some flattery and $100,000 was all it took for
Todd to sign up with Tobias.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Todd's an undisputed genius, but he always had doors slammed in face because of his background and lack of connections.
* TheDragon: To Tobias after Syonide dies and Khalil goes rogue.
* HatesBeingTouched: As displayed when being escorted out by two guards in his debut episode, he shakes them off and insists they stop touching him when they have his arms grabbed, then later when Tobias is recruiting him, he has two ladies sit at each of Todd's sides and be flirty with him, and though not hating the attention, Todd is clearly uncomfortable with the ladies being so close and having their hands all over him. Tobias takes notice of this, as in a later episode, he simply gives a light tap on Todd's arm while complimenting him on a job well done, which Todd appreciates.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Unlike Khalil, he adapts to working for Tobias very well, able to do anything the man asks efficiently and without any twinge of a guilty conscience.
* {{Foil}}: To Khalil, both are promising students who had their dreams shattered -- Khalil because of his injury and Todd because of racism and classism. But unlike Khalil, Todd adapts extremely well to working with Tobias, and shows no hesitation for any of the illegal activities Tobias asks him to do. For emphasis, Khalil was a physical threat, whereas Todd is a TechnoWizard.
* RantInducingSlight: Finding out he lost a research grant to some rich kid, whose dad made a sizable donation really set him off, especially ''after'' the Grant Board complimented on his extraordinary work the past year.
--> '''Todd:'''
Green, The same Garett Tortolani whose rich white dad just donated a new wing to the research center?
--> '''Board Member:''' Quite frankly, I resent the implication, Mr. Green.
--> '''Todd:''' Well, you can resent it all you want. That doesn't make it any less true.
--> '''Board Member:''' Good day, Mr. Green. The panel's decision has been made, and that decision is final.
--> '''Todd:''' Some straight bull! You can take that grant to hell, 'cause that's where all of you corrupt, racist bastards are going! ''[looks at the [[CategoryTraitor sole Black member]]]'' [[SarcasmMode Thank you, brother]].
* RealityEnsues: His little outburst at the grant board results in him being escorted out of the building by security and, as implied by the CardboardBoxOfUnemployment he's carrying, expulsion.
* TragicVillain: A promising student with a bright future in robotics gets his research grant denied because of blatant favoritism upon the Board's part -- they gave it to a rich white kid whose dad make a sizable donation the week before, then ends up being corrupted by Tobias.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: He was a hopeful and optimistic kid in science before Tobias got his hands on him.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: When Todd does all he can to help Tobias with the pod kids, he's of no more use, so Cutter lets him go with a new car ... that's rigged to explode.]]
[[/folder]]

!!The Sange

[[folder: In General]]
The white people of South Freeland engaged in a century long feud with the African American population -- the Perdi. The Sange are under the control of the Looker.
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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: They hate all black people, and are not above lynching to make it known. Though how much of it is due to their own hatred or the Looker's control is unknown.
* PunchClockVillain: Once they're free from the Looker's control they end their feud with Black Lightning.
* SuperSpeed: What seems to be their only power.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: The Looker]]
!! The Looker
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!!!'''Played By:''' Sofia Vassilieva
--> '''The Looker:''' I'm a proud White American.\\
'''Black Lightning:''' You're a racist.\\
'''The Looker:''' Now, how did you jump to racist so quick?\\
'''Black Lightning:''' Nice flag. ''[eyes the Confederate Flag on the wall]''\\
'''The Looker:''' The joys of minority privilege. It's okay for you to wear a shirt saying, "I'm black, and I'm proud," but if I wear one saying, "I'm white, and I'm proud," I'm a racist?\\
'''Black Lightning:''' No, your T-shirt would say, "I kill and hang Perdi from trees".

A mysterious white woman with mind controlling powers who took over the Sange, after the ASA's original vaccine experiment ended and rules South Freeland like her own kingdom, terrorizing the local black population - the Perdi.
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* AdaptationalVillainy: Because of InNameOnly, the Looker becomes this on the series. She was Black Lightning's team member in "Batman and the Outsiders", here she's a full blown villain.
* AmbiguousSituation: It's presumed she's another survivor of the ASA vaccine, but it's never explicitly proven.
* TheAssimilator: The "Element", a metallic substance she emits, allows her to do this to the white population of South Freeland, making them a part of her HiveMind.
* BadBoss: Mind controls the Sange and punishes them severely.
* BadPowersBadPeople: She emits a mysterious liquid metallic substance that can make other people part of her HiveMind, and she uses this horrific power for evil purposes.
* BroughtDownToBadass: Even without her mind controlling powers, she gives Thunder one hell of a fight.
* CruelMercy: Jefferson opts to hand her over to the ASA, indifferent to the inhumane experiments that she'll undoubtedly go through.
* FemmeFatalons: Through which she channels her powers.
* FillerVillain: Her side-plot is completely unrelated to Jefferson's main feud with Tobias Whale in Season 2.
* HateSink: Blatantly white supremacist, she's the only villain who Jefferson hates more than Tobias -- not even he hangs black people from trees.
--> '''Black Lightning:''' I'm going to ''enjoy'' taking you down.
* MindManipulation: She controls people via some liquid silver element she admits.
* NoNameGiven: We never find out her real name.
* NotSoDifferent: She ''tries'' to claim this between her and Black Lighting claiming they just look after their own. He shuts her down pretty quickly; Jefferson doesn't discriminate against race, only hate and that's not even going into how she uses her powers to force the Sange to be her slaves.
* OlderThanTheyLook: She's mentioned to have come to South Freeland 30 years ago, but looks in her 20s.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Has black people lynched from trees, enough said.
* SmugSnake: Her entire behaviour ''oozes'' of smug superiority.
* RichBitch: Uses her powers to enrich herself but not her minions.
* ThereIsAnother: After Jefferson, she's the only one who survived the ASA's vaccine experiment.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: The Looker in the comics was a psychic vampire model (or just a vampiric one in the ''New 52''). Here, the character [[InNameOnly only shares the name]] of the Looker and nothing else more.
* WrongGenreSavvy: When she has Jefferson captured, she firmly believed that Black Lightning's powers came from the suit, and not from himself or anything electrical.
[[/folder]]

!!Markovia

[[folder: In General]]

A belligerent Eastern European nation, who wishes to start their own metahuman program; Dr. Jace used to work with them.
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* BigBadEnsemble: In the last quarter of Season Two, where they send intelligent agents to Freeland to try and kidnap scientists and metas for their own program. In Season 3, they remain a threat, while the opposing ASA also causes trouble for Freeland.
* {{Ruritania}}: Located somewhere in Eastern Europe.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Well it's not their explicit goal, but as Lynn points out if they did realize their goal of creating a metahuman army nobody else in the world would stand a chance against them so the implications are obvious.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: As Odell explain to Lynn, to Markovia any metahuman who isn't on their side is considered a threat to them.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Yuri Mosin]]
!! Yuri Mosin
!!!'''Played By:''' Thomas Belgrey

A markovian Colonel.
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* BeardOfEvil: Has one.
* RousingSpeech: Gives one to his troops, promising them lots of american blood.
[[/folder]]

!Civilians

[[folder:Vice Principal Kara Fowdy]]
!!Vice Principal Kara Fowdy
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!!!'''Played By:''' Skye P. Marshall

The vice principal of Garfield High, whom Jefferson often takes for granted.
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* ArmedLegs: Fights [[spoiler:Syonide]] in Season Two with CombatStilettos that have ''literal'' stilettos that extend from the heels.
* BeingEvilSucks: She wants '''out''' of the ASA in Season Two when the whole ugly truth of Proctor's operation comes to light.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Despite being the vice principal, Jefferson treats her like his secretary.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She seems like a harassed if nice lady, but is actually an ASA spotter - she turns in her own students who exhibit metahuman activity. Worse, she's completely aware they're being kept in stasis, and doesn't so much as bat an eye.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:Dies a painful but inevitable as a result of her internal injuries from jumping out of Tobias' window plus the harpoon in her stomach.]]
* DarkActionGirl: She reveals herself as this Season Two displaying previously unseen combat and espionage skills -- she's proficient enough to kill [[spoiler:Syonide...but not enough to kill Tobias Whale.]]
* DeepCoverAgent: She's uses her job as vice principal to look for students who exhibit metahuman activity after taking Green Light then sell them out to the ASA.
* {{Determinator}}: Shows a borderline superhuman tolerance for pain in season 2; [[spoiler:after being harpooned in the gut, maintains enough self-control to run through a plate glass window and jump off a building to avoid being killed by Tobias Whale, even while screaming in agony from, not to harp on it, the ''harpoon in her gut''. Later turns up battered and unconscious but alive at Gambi's; it's unclear if she dragged herself there by sheer force of will before passing out or was left there by persons unknown.]]
* DirtyCoward: She's clearly not of physical confrontation, but seems completely unwilling to even entertain engaging in fights she knows she can't win: in Season Two, he's desperate to leave the ASA not out of remorse but to avoid her much deserved punishment.
* {{Expy}}: Keeping in line with the show's Biblical motifs, Fowdy is Judas Iscariot - not only is she working for the ASA as a "spotter" for metahuman activity, once she finds out that Jefferson is Black Lightning, she sells him out to the cops on their behalf.
* FindingJudas: She's forced to have Jefferson arrested on trumped up drug charges, yet is very uncomfortable with it. Like the TropeNamer, Fowdy comes to regret her betrayal and finds out the hard way that it can't be so easily undone.
* {{Foil}}: To Gambi. Both were ASA spotters. The difference is that Gambi shows genuine remorse over his actions and wishes to atone, while Fowdy does not and merely wished to avoid the consequences of her actions.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Suffers no consequences for kidnapping her own students, even when Proctor's rogue operations are unveiled at the end of Season One. Subverted in Season Two, where she's well aware it's only a matter of time before somebody uncovers her role in Proctor's scheme and is desperate to leave the ASA before it happens. [[spoiler:She ends up dead]].
* MoralMyopia: She hates how her ASA superiors forced her to betray Jefferson, but shows no sign of guilt for turning her students over to the ASA. She claims to Gambi that she had no idea that Proctor's operation was rogue; [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Gambi pointedly asks her how much of a difference that's supposed to make]].
* OutOfFocus: She gets very little attention until "Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption" when it's revealed she's working for the ASA as a spotter.
* RetiredMonster: What she aspires to be in Season Two.
* WalkingSpoiler: Certain plot points in season one become difficult to talk about with regards to Fowdy.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The School Board]]
!!The School Board
!!!'''Played By:''' ???

The School Board that overseas Garfield High School. Despite Jefferson's success in making a Garfield a model school and his reputation, they often butt heads with him.
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* ApatheticTeacher: They care more about Garfield's reputation than the students themselves. As Jefferson point out they always find money for metal detectors and security guards, but never for stuff like computers and books.
* BadBoss: They could always replace Jefferson as principal with somebody else, and Jefferson knows they would if he butts heads with them one time too many.
** In Season Two, [[spoiler: they only agree to reopen Garfield when Jefferson offers them his resignation; he knows too well that they will gleefully exploit the chance to drag his name through the mud.]]
* HateSink: They tried to expel an otherwise model student who screwed up one time by ''email''.
* {{Jerkass}}: They look down on Jefferson for being "arrogant" despite his reputation as being on of the best educators in the country and condescend him at every opportunity. Though "arrogant" in this case seems less to mean "prideful" and more "refuses to do do whatever we say without question".
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** While it's understandable they want to take disciplinary action against a student who publicly overdosed in the school, they go too far by avoiding kind any of hearing for the student and by failing to acknowledge that the drug dealers are deliberately targeting the student body.
** They also legitimate security concerns about the kids' safety in Season Two in light of all the gang attacks on it in season two.
* OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: We know little about them, save they don't see eye to eye with Jefferson on anything.
* PointyHairedBoss: Jefferson is one of the best educators in the country, and yet rather than seeing him as an asset they seem him as a problem for being "arrogant" because he refuses to comply with their racist outlook on how to run the school.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: While not "villains" per say, they are mainly affluent whites (and one black man) who look down on Jefferson as "arrogant", fail to empathize with the black students who make up Garfield's student population and make no secret of how they wish to replace Jefferson with someone who will comply with desires without question. [[spoiler: In Season Two they get their wish.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Jefferson has final say on disciplinary matters, but they more or less blackmail him into forfeiting that authority in exchange for letting a student they wanted expelled stay in school.
* UltimateJobSecurity: It's really a mystery how they still have their positions especially since by and large the parents and students usually side with Jefferson and not them.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mike Lowry]]
!!Mike Lowry
!!!'''Played By:''' P.J. Byrne

The new principal that was hired after Jefferson stepped down.
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* ApatheticTeacher: In "Just and Unjust" it's made abundantly clear he has no affection at all for his students, and in fact outright resents them for having opportunities in life that he never got at their age.
* DoubleStandard: Claims to be a victim of this, since his parents were drug addicts and he had to spend time sleeping on the street and eating dog food, yet because he wasn't black nobody felt sorry him (ignoring that plenty of kids black or white would get the same indifferent treatment due to the stigma of poverty and drug addiction).... so he takes out on his black students, who he flat admits he doesn't feel any sympathy for at all.
* EveryoneHasStandards: In "Lynn's Ouroboros", he protests the detainment of a student on grounds of suspected metahuman status. He even takes a blow to the nose for his troubles.
* {{Foil}} To Jefferson. Jefferson is stern, but fair and knows every kid in the building and makes a point of having meaningful discipline policies that are focused more on personal development that punishment. Lowry is apathetic, tyrannical, and doesn't seem to have much faith in his students and favors disastrous zero tolerance policies which cause more harm than good - i.e. kicking kids out to the street for minor infractions and into the hands of predatory street gangs.
* FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse: He had a rough time of it when he was younger, but as Jefferson points out, he's still got a lot more benefit of the doubt due to being white, despite his claims to the contrary and it's certainly not a good enough reason to take it out on the students.
* GreenEyedMonster: He seems envious on how much the students admire and respect Jefferson, while they almost universally despise him. On a personal level he resents how Jefferson had an award-winning journalist for a father, while all he got for a dad was a drug addict.
* HateSink: Immediately after becoming principal he starts undoing many of Jefferson's policies, including installing metal detectors at the entrances. Jefferson immediately starts hating his guts, although this evolves into pity when he learns why he acts this way.
* IRejectYourReality: He doesn't seem to understand or care about the racism his students and faculty face -- regardless of their social position; even a famous educator like Jefferson has to put up with the indignation and humiliation of police profiling, which Lowry despite his poor background never has and never will. His refusal to recognize this is one of many sources of animosity between him and Jefferson.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: He wants to prove himself better than Jefferson, despite condescending at him at every turn.
* JerkAss:
** He's very rude to Jefferson, saying that his changes to school policy that Jefferson had long fought against were necessary because of Jefferson's failures.
** Flat out admits that he refuses to empathize with his students, because nobody showed him any compassion as a poor white boy who had to sleep on the street because of his junkie parents.
* LowerClassLout: His parents were drug addicts, and despite managing to become an educator he maintains the general attitude by how he treats his students and Jefferson, believing they've been given unfair advantages he never got and relishing the authority he has as principal over them -- he makes a point of Jefferson's dad being an award-winning journalist while his dad was a junkie.
* {{Manchild}}: The reason he refuses to reach out and sympathize with his students? Because nobody felt sorry for him and his shitty home life.
* NotHelpingYourCase: He ''hates'' being called racist, then goes on to explain that since nobody felt sorry him and his shitty home life (allegedly because he was white) he doesn't' feel sorry for his black students at all, and proceeded to disrespect and condescend to them at every turn, which of course makes him come off as racist.
* NotSoDifferent: His parents were drug addicts, something that many of his students can probably relate to. Yet rather than be the stable presence in their lives, he's the exact opposite.
* NoRespectGuy: Neither the staff nor students show him much respect due not only to Jefferson's popularity but his own disastrous policies and how he wanted his name to be addressed with ''Principal'' isn't really gonna earn him any respect either.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He institutes a zero tolerance policy and expels a student for getting into a fight. While he may think it's to keep the student body safe, such policies generally do more harm than good.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Napier Frank]]
!!Napier Frank
!!!'''Played By:''' Robert Townsend

An old friend of Jefferson, who's also an Olympian and the only African-American member on the School Board
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* AndStarring: Robert Townsend is billed as a "Special Guest Star".
* BerserkButton: Don't you dare imply he's the "house nigger" for his white colleagues. When Jefferson becomes upset at him siding with the School Board over possibly closing Garfield for good, he goes on a [[NotHelpingYourCase rant how Jefferson's "arrogance" makes his job harder amongst his white colleagues for constantly having to defend him]].
* FriendOnTheForce: He's Jefferson's main advocate on the School Board.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: He accuses Jefferson of caring more about his job than his students. [[spoiler: When Jefferson resigns in order to keep the school open, he comes to regret his harsh words.]]
* OldFriend: For Jefferson and they managed to go to the Olympics together.
* TokenMinority: The only black member on the otherwise white School Board. And he doesn't like any insinuation that he's subservient to the white majority.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Two-Bits]]
!!Frank
Looker, Frank "Two-Bits" Tanner
!!!'''Played By:''' Jason Louder

A childhood friend of Jefferson's, several years younger than him, who fell into petty crime.
----
Tanner, Giselle Cutter, Instant[[/note]]
!!Others
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Invoked; he says he's done a lot of things he's not proud of to survive, but when he witnessed a child getting snatched off the street he had to tell someone.
* FriendlyEnemy: Tries to take a selfie with Black Lightning. While Black Lightning is beating him up.
* HarmlessVillain: By the standards of the show. While he sells Green Light, he's largely a petty criminal just doing what he needs to in order to provide for his family. After the supply of Green Light dries up he's selling (presumably stolen or bootleg) ''[=DVDs=]'' (in 2018!) off the side of the road. He later reveals he doesn't even carry a gun because he's on probation.
* MeaningfulName: Despite all the heavy crime in the city, Two-Bit was either unable or unwilling to get into anything worse than pushing drugs on the street (though on the other hand, Green Light is not exactly marijuana or ecstasy).
* MotorMouth: Almost all the time, as if perpetually nervous.
* OddFriendship: Though they're more acquaintances than friends now, he and Jefferson give off this vibe when they meet again. Two-Bit even specifically calls him out on it, saying he's too bougie to be hanging out at the bar where Two-Bit and his crew do, and deduces that he must want something.
* TookALevelInKindness: He was always a friendly enough guy for a criminal, but by Season 3, he has put his criminal endeavors on hold and has joined the resistance against the ASA, doing his best to ruin their plans and help innocent civilians, at one point seen bringing food to a group of young teenagers hiding from the ASA.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tavon Singley]]
!!Tavon Singley
[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tavon.png]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Jasun Jabbar

A student at Garfield Highschool.
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* TheHeart: He was universally beloved by his teachers, classmates, friends and family alike for always seeing the best in people [[spoiler: which is mentioned by Jefferson during his funeral]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: After being arrested by the ASA on false charges of being a metahuman and broken out by the Resistance, Anissa tries to bring him back to his parents on Jefferson's behalf. Unfortunately, they are attacked by Painkiller and Tavon gets fatally poisoned.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: He's one of the most fiercely loyal students towards Jefferson, and pretty much the first to protest Jefferson's ouster as school principal.
[[/folder]]

!Military

[[folder:Commander Carson Williams]]
!!Commander Carson Williams
!!!'''Played By:''' Christopher B. Duncan

The commander of the US military forces occupying Freeland in Season.
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* BoomerangBigot: Uses "Meta" as a slur despite being one himself.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: He expresses discomfort at the idea of making Khalil kill his own mother.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: He copies Black Lightning's powers, but lacks the RequiredSecondaryPowers to use them safely. This results in his defeat.
* KnightTemplar: Utterly ruthless in his dedication to serve his country and fight the Markovians, to the point of locking up children en masse and threatening Henderson with demotion and even getting shot when he refuses to comply.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: When Ned Creegan/Cyclotronic calls Carson out for the U.S using him as a weapon, Carson responds by dismissing Ned as nothing more than a coward who abandoned his fellow soldiers.
* OneSteveLimit: Not related to
Characters/ArrowverseEarthBLGovermentAndMilitary[[note]]Carson Williams, Sara Grey, Martin Proctor, Percy Odell, Helga Jace, Issa Williams down below.
* PowerCopying: He is a metahuman who can copy all the powers of other metas.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Major Sara Grey]]
!!Major Sara Grey
!!!'''Played By:''' Katy O'Brian

A major that reports to Odell during the occupation of Freeland.
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* SmugSnake: Acts utterly reprehensive while wearing a condescending smile on her face.
* YouRebelScum: How she refers to the resistance fighters.
[[/folder]]

!Metahumans

[[folder:Issa Williams]]
!! Issa Williams
!!!'''Played By:''' Myles Truitt

One of the "Green Light Babies" who took Green Light and gained nascent powers. He is killed by the police in the first scene of season 2, but he comes back to life as the ASA is taking custody of his body.
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* BackFromTheDead: As the ASA drag him away from his funeral in a body bag, he wakes up, to the confusion and horror of everyone present.
* CannotTellALie: His looking someone in the eye turns other people into this, forcing them to blurt out their deepest, most harmful feelings.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler: Gets fatally poisoned by Odell after having questioned Tobias Whale, who revealed the president's involvement in the whole Freeland debacle.]]
* LegallyDead: Between the fact that he actually died and his family wants nothing to do with him, the ASA has no issues picking him up off the street and keeping him indefinitely. Lynn eventually sets him up with his friend, who had previously been terrified of him.
* YourDaysAreNumbered: Since his powers come from Green Light rather than being a natural meta, eventually every cell in his body will simply fall apart, with no way to tell how long he has.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Wendy Hernandez]]
!!
Williams, Wendy Hernandez
!!!'''Played By:''' Madison Bailey

One of the original powered children, created by the same vaccine that created Black Lightning thirty years ago. She has been in a pod for thirty years, and only wakes up when one of the other kids accidentally blows it open.
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* AdaptationNameChange: Of Master of Disaster/Outsider/Strike Force Kobra/Suicide Squad member Windfall's identity Wendy Jones.
* BlowYouAway: Her power is aerokinesis, allowing her to enhance even the smallest breeze into a hurricane.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: She initially looks for all her old friends and family, unaware that after thirty years most of them are dead, the rest have moved on, and all their old haunts have been closed down.
* HeroicBSOD: As Lynn put it, spending thirty years in a pod and then waking up to a scene out of a horror movie did her no favors. She suffered a psychotic break of some sort, and scenes from her perspective show that she couldn't even comprehend what people were trying to say to her.
* PunnyName: Her name is Wendy and she has '''wind''' powers.
* RaceLift: From Caucasian to Hispanic.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Cutter]]
!!Giselle Cutter
[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cutter_5.jpg]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Kearran Giovanni

A hitman who is hired by Tobias to bring Khalil, who ran away, back.
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: While she may have slaughtered the police trying to get Khalil, she was horrified seeing how Tobias ripped the spinal implant from Khalil's back with his barehands.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Can throw her knives with alarming accuracy. Justified, if she truly has telekinesis powers.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoilers: Commits many murders and helps out Tobias in many ways, and gets away with it all with no consequences brought upon her]].
* KnifeNut: Favors all kinds of knives as her weapons. Also uses knives to [[PinnedToTheWall pin]] her targets or bystanders down in a KnifeOutline, if they are in her way.
* MeaningfulName: She is a KnifeNut who likes to cut people.
* OldFlame: Apparently, she and Tobias were a couple in the past. They hook up again in the present.
* PoisonedWeapons: Some of her blades are coated in poison. She deliberately uses one on Khalil, so he can't run away too far from her.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: [[spoiler: In the Season Two finale, once Tobias starts getting abusive to her as part of his VillainousBreakdown she leaves him and Freeland.]]
* {{Telekinesis}}: According to Gambi, she can throw knives from impossible angles that fly in an arc and that bullets never hit her, which hints at telekinesis powers.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Maryam Luqman]]
!!
Hernandez, Maryam Luqman
!!!'''Played By:''' Zoe Renee

A Muslim girl and metahuman in the custody of the ASA.
----
Luqman[[/note]]
* AllTheOtherReindeer: As a black Muslim girl, she endured constant bigoted abuse at a predominantly white college.
Characters/ArrowverseEarthBLOtherLocales [[note]]Yuri Mosin[[/note]]
!!TheMultiverse
* IllGirl: She is already in a bad state when introduced, and every time she uses her powers, her condition worsens.
[[Characters/ArrowverseOtherLocales Earth-1]]
* {{Invisibility}}: She can blend in with her environment.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Brandon]]
!! Brandon
[[quoteright:210:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/brandon_3.jpg]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Jahking Guillory

A new student at Garfield High School, starting Season 3. He is later revealed to be a metahuman.
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* DishingOutDirt: He can manipulate the Earth. He can even create expensive materials like diamonds out of basically nothing.
* NiceGuy: While he seems a little shady at first, he is quite friendly.
* ShipTease: He gets close with Jennifer rather quickly.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: The real reason he is in Freeland is because he is after Dr. Jace, who killed his mom.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Instant]]
!! Instant
[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/instant.png]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Tosin Morohunfola

A metahuman bounty hunter with teleporting abilities, hired by the Markovians.
----
* BountyHunter: Though he acts more like a hired thug.
* NotWhatISignedUpFor: He immediately teleports himself and Mosin out when he faces Black Lightning, as fighting him wasn't part of their deal.
* TeleportSpam: He uses his powers to great effect.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Baron / TC]]
!! Baron / TC
!!!'''Played By:''' Christopher Ammanuel

A metahuman and former pod kid with the ability to talk to computers. He befriends Gambi in season 3 and later takes shelter in Gambi's shop during the ASA crackdowns.
----
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: He was one of the pod kids, and thus spent thirty years in suspended animation before being freed. The shock of emerging in a world with so many smart devices overwhelmed and sent him fleeing to an old radio station.
* NoSocialSkills: He prefers talking to computers, and doesn't much like dealing with people.
* PowerIncontinence: When first introduced, he's hiding out in an old radio station, as he can't stop the various computers, smartphones, tablets, and other devices from talking to him.
* {{Technopath}}: His powers enable him to communicate with computers.
[[/folder]]
[[Characters/ArrowverseEarth2 Earth-2]]
[[/index]]
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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Makes a point of how he wants to kill Black Lightning's "black ass", and in the season one finale every other line out of his mouth expresses his bigotry for black people, while quoting "[[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Make America Again]]".

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Makes a point of how he wants to kill Black Lightning's "black ass", and in the season one finale every other line out of his mouth expresses his bigotry for black people, while quoting "[[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Make America Great Again]]".


[[folder:TC]]
!! Technocrat

to:

[[folder:TC]]
[[folder:Baron / TC]]
!! TechnocratBaron / TC


* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Makes a point of how he wants to kill Black Lightning's "black ass", and in the season one finale every other line out of his mouth expresses his bigotry for black people, while quoting "[[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Make Donald Drumpf Again]]".

to:

* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Makes a point of how he wants to kill Black Lightning's "black ass", and in the season one finale every other line out of his mouth expresses his bigotry for black people, while quoting "[[UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump Make Donald Drumpf America Again]]".


* FishOutOfTemporalWaters: He was one of the pod kids, and thus spent thirty years in suspended animation before being freed. The shock of emerging in a world with so many smart devices overwhelmed and sent him fleeing to an old radio station.

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* FishOutOfTemporalWaters: FishOutOfTemporalWater: He was one of the pod kids, and thus spent thirty years in suspended animation before being freed. The shock of emerging in a world with so many smart devices overwhelmed and sent him fleeing to an old radio station.

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