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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: These words may as well be Anissa's life mantra; There is no boundary this woman won't close or risk she won't take to do what she feels is right.

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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: These words may as well be Anissa's life mantra; There is no boundary this woman won't close cross or risk she won't take to do what she feels is right.


!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

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!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''
''Series/BlackLightning2018'' | ''Crisis on Infinite Earths''


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* OldFlame: Apparently, she and Tobias were a couple in the past.

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* OldFlame: Apparently, she and Tobias were a couple in the past. They hook up again in the present.


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* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: [[In the Season Two finale, once Tobias starts getting abusive to her as part of his VillainousBreakdown she leaves him and Freeland.]]

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* CharacterTics: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l-nZYmDVtM The man loves adjusting his suit.]]


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* 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.


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* SoftSpokenSadist: Lala's LargeHam tendencies seemingly died with him, and he almost never raises his voice after his resurrection.


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* NoRespectGuy: Every scene Will is in has him being beaten, insulted, or otherwise humiliated.


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* 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.

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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.

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* 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.


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* 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.


* FauxAffablyEvil: He often speaks with a fake veneer of charm and niceness, so when his true viciousness comes through it's quite unnerving.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: He often speaks with a fake veneer of charm and niceness, so when his true viciousness comes through it's quite unnerving.


* BackFromTheDead: He comes back to life at the end of "Equinox: The Book of Fate". Tobias spent a million dollars to do so.

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* 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.


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* 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.


He said "''This is for the streets: Black Lightning's back!''"

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He said "''This said'' "This is for the streets: Black Lightning's back!''"back!"

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* 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.


* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: He's killed by Cutter on Tobias' orders with a poisoned handkerchief.]]



* 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.]]




[[folder:Marcus Bishop/Shakedown]]

The first Master of Disaster released by Tobias

* RaceLift: This is the first Shakedown that is African American. The previous versions were white.
This section is a work in progress.

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\n[[folder:Marcus Bishop/Shakedown]]\n\nThe first Master [[folder:Masters of Disaster released Disaster]]

Four criminal metahumans who were put into pods, revived
by Tobias

Tobias Whale and forced into his service.
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* RaceLift: This is the first Shakedown BoxedCrook: Former criminals that is African American. The previous versions were white.
This section is a work
forcebly used in progress.government black ops, and now by Tobias Whale.
* ExplosiveLeash: Tobias puts lethal devices into them to control them.



!!!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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!!!Former

[[folder:Lala]]
!!Latavius "Lala" Johnson
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[[folder:Marcus Bishop / Shakedown]]
!!Marcus Bishop / Shakedown
!!!'''Played By:''' William Catlett
Hosea Chanchez
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

A former student
''Series/BlackLightning2018'

The first Master
of Jefferson's. Disaster released by Tobias. He is now a high ranking member of the 100.has vibrational powers.



* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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".

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* AssholeVictim: Gets murdered by Whale; even when resurrected, Lala RaceLift: This 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.
* 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.
* 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
Shakedown 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.
* 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.
* 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".
African American. The previous versions were white.



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

Lala's cousin and a low-level thug in the 100.

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

Lala's cousin and a low-level thug in the 100.
''Series/BlackLightning2018'

A Master of Disaster released by Tobias. He has cryokinetic powers.



* 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.
* 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.
* 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.

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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.
* 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.
* 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.
AnIcePerson: His powers.



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

Tobias' younger sister, who comes from Miami to Freeland to help him kill Black Lightning.
''Series/BlackLightning2018'

A Master of Disaster released by Tobias. She has hydrokinetic powers.



* 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.

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* CanonForeigner: Created exclusively for DesignatedGirlFight: She is the show as only female of the comic book version of Tobias Whale never had a sister.
group and off course fights Thunder during the finale.
* 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:
MakingASplash: 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.
powers.



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

One
''Series/BlackLightning2018'

A Master
of Tobias's top lieutenants. He's been around since Black Lightning's first crusade.Disaster released by Tobias. He has pyrokinetic powers.



* 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.

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* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: He was KilledOffForReal: Lala shoots him dead, saving Jefferson in the major supplier of Green Light in Freeland.
process.
* 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.
PlayingWithFire: His powers.



[[folder:Syonide]]
!!Syonide
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!!!'''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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[[folder:Syonide]]
!!Syonide
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!!!Former

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

A former student of Jefferson's. He is now a high ranking member of the 100.



* 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.]]

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* AbsoluteCleavage: Prone to this AssholeVictim: Gets murdered by Whale; even when not [[BareYourMidriff Baring Her Midriff]].
* AwesomeByAnalysis: Syonide
resurrected, Lala is still under Tobias' thumb and is forced to do his bidding.
* BackFromTheDead: He comes back to life at
the first person end of "Equinox: The Book of Fate". Tobias spent a million dollars to deduce Thunder's PsychoactivePowers and exploit them to her advantage during their fight in one of Garfield High's classrooms.
do so.
* 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
CanonCharacterAllAlong: He's the same-named show's version of Creator/DCComics villain, the second "Syonide" who was an unnamed female assassin. However, she carries the first Syonide's background of working for villain "Tattooed Man".
* CharacterDeath: Killed by
Tobias Whale.
at the end of "Lawanda: The Book of Hope"; {{Subverted}} due to his resurrection.
* {{Cyborg}}: She has armor plates grafted beneath her skin TheChewToy: Is constantly being beaten up and abused by Tobias, who admits that enhance her durability 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 strength.
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.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: 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.
* 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.
* 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 Gambi, she was found in Tobias, this is a side-effect of the trash as a baby "reanimation" process - that Lala will encounter all the people he's killed, with its umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. She images of them literally tattooed to his body.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: He
was abused a straight-A student before he met Tobias, and malnourished at an orphanage until she was eight. Then 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 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;
instead. He later saves Black Lightning's life, saying that he's only interested in close-quarters, Syonide will whip out a pair of nightsticks.
stopping Tobias' plans.
* 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
WouldHurtAChild: Is seen with him, defending 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 carrying out his orders.
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler: Is killed off in "The Rise of the Green Light Babies" by Kara Fowdy of all people.]]
have them "disappear".



[[folder:Khalil Payne / Painkiller]]
!!Khalil Payne / Painkiller
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!!!'''Played By:''' Jordan Calloway

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[[folder:Khalil Payne / Painkiller]]
!!Khalil Payne / Painkiller
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[[folder:Will]]
!!Will
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!!!'''Played By:''' Jordan CallowayDabier



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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Jennifer's ex-boyfriend, Lala's cousin and a high-school track star until he got paralyzed thanks to a gunman from low-level thug in the 100. Tobias comes to to him after his accident to try and turn him against Black Lightning.100.



* 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.
* AllForNothing: [[spoiler: 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.
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: He's actually the Black Lightning RoguesGallery member Painkiller.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler: Dies in episode 11 of season 2.]]
* 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. [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler: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: [[spoiler: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.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: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: [[spoiler:He is the only one besides her family, who knows about Jennifer's powers.]]
* 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]].

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* AdaptationOriginConnection: As AssholeVictim: Lala absolutely believed he deserved to die - a new enforcer for Tobias following reconstructive spinal surgery (courtesy of the ASA), Khalil's DreadlockWarrior ScaryBlackMan appearance, coward and misogynist 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.
* AllForNothing: [[spoiler: 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
was willing to force Jennifer about into prostitution to fix 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.
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: He's actually the Black Lightning RoguesGallery member Painkiller.
issues.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler: Dies Brutally executed by Lala in episode 11 "Lawanda: The Book of season 2.]]
Hope".
* CoDragons: Becomes this EntitledToHaveYou: Seems 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. [[spoiler: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,
think he still loves his mother.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Starts out clean cut, but he
has relatively long [[DreadlockWarrior dreads]] when a shot with Jennifer, even ''after'' he reappears as one of Tobias' enforcers almost got her trafficked into prostitution.
* EvilIsPetty: Kidnaps the Pierce sisters
after getting reconstructive spinal surgery. The InUniverse explanation is that his hair grew extremely fast as a side effect of the drugs he took Anissa came 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. [[spoiler: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: [[spoiler: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.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: He eventually revolts against Tobias, and despite his and
Jennifer's best efforts rescue and Will couldn't take the hint to stay ahead leave.
* 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.
* StupidEvil: Kidnaps Jefferson's daughters right out
of the villain, is ultimately killed by him]].
* SadisticChoice: In Season 2, he is forced into one, when [[spoiler:Tobias orders a hit on Reverend Holt. Either he kills
school in front of dozens of witness and security cameras which results in the man who has supported his mother's community for years, or Tobias will retaliate cops bringing real heat against him and his loved ones. He decides to TakeAThirdOption and runs away with Jennifer.]]
* SecretKeeper: [[spoiler:He is
the only one besides her family, who knows about Jennifer's powers.]]
* 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
100 -- which is exactly why Lala never targets 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]].
school.



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

[[folder:Tori Whale]]
!!Tori Whale
[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/toriwhale.png]]
!!!'''Played By:''' RJ Cyler

A brilliant computer and robotics student
Edwina Findley
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

Tobias' younger sister,
who after burning his bridges at his college falls in with Tobias.comes from Miami to Freeland to help him kill Black Lightning.



* 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.]]

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* TheCorruptible: Some flattery and $100,000 was all it took CanonForeigner: Created exclusively for Todd to sign up with Tobias.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Todd's an undisputed genius, but he always had doors slammed in face because
the show as the comic book version of his background and lack of connections.
* TheDragon: To
Tobias after Syonide dies and Khalil goes rogue.
Whale never had a sister.
* HatesBeingTouched: As displayed when being escorted out by two guards CharacterDeath: Dies in his debut episode, he shakes them off and insists "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 stop touching him when they have his arms grabbed, then later when were both abused by their father.
* FreudianExcuse: Her father was verbally and physically abusive.
* OlderThanTheyLook: She and
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 were given 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
serum along years ago that decision keeps them from aging, so her actual age 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.]]
indeterminate.



!!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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!!The Sange

[[folder: In General]]
The white people
[[folder:Joey Toledo]]
!!Joey Toledo
[[quoteright:200:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/joeytoledo.png]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Eric Mendenhall
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

One
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.Tobias's top lieutenants. He's been around since Black Lightning's first crusade.



* 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.

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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 TheAggressiveDrugDealer: He was the Looker's control is unknown.
major supplier of Green Light in Freeland.
* PunchClockVillain: Once they're free from CharacterDeath: Gambi kills him, on the Looker's control they end their feud with Black Lightning.
* SuperSpeed: What seems
advice of Lady Eve, as a method to be their only power.suppress Tobias.
* CoDragons: To Tobias, alongside Syonide
* GigglingVillain: To highlight that he's a little off-kilter.



[[folder: The Looker]]
!! The Looker
[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/2_835.jpg]]
!!!'''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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[[folder: The Looker]]
!! The Looker
[[folder:Syonide]]
!!Syonide
[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/2_835.jpg]]
org/pmwiki/pub/images/syonide.jpg]]
!!!'''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
Charlbi Dean
!!!'''Appearances:''' ''Series/BlackLightning2018''

Tobias's right-hand woman, who trained her
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
become an assassin when he took her 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.
an orphanage when she was eight-years old.



* 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.
* BadBoss: Mind controls the Sange and punishes them severely.
* 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.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: Because of InNameOnly, the Looker becomes 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 series. 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 Black Lightning's team member in "Batman abused 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.
* BadBoss: Mind controls the Sange and punishes them severely.
* BroughtDownToBadass: Even without her mind controlling powers,
malnourished at an orphanage until 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
was eight. Then 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
got ahold of her and Black Lighting claiming they just look after their own. He shuts he fed her, clothed her, augmented her, and turned her down pretty quickly; Jefferson doesn't discriminate against race, only hate and that's not even going into how 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 uses was TheVoiceless until the season one finale.
* MadeOfIron:Tobias had carbon fiber armor grafted to
her powers to force body beneath the Sange to be surface of the skin.
* {{Sadist}}: She enjoys the tasks
her slaves.
* OlderThanTheyLook: She's mentioned to have come to South Freeland 30 years ago, but looks in
boss gives her; Gambi states Tobias trained 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.
inflict pain unto others.
* ThereIsAnother: After Jefferson, she's ShoutOut: Compare Syonide's DarkAndTroubledPast to the only one who survived same origins of 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
eponymous character [[InNameOnly only shares from ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: Dies a few minutes into
the name]] 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 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.
Green Light Babies" by Kara Fowdy of all people.]]



!!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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!!Markovia

[[folder: In General]]

A belligerent Eastern European nation, who wishes
[[folder:Khalil Payne / Painkiller]]
!!Khalil Payne / Painkiller
[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/khalil.png]]
[[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 start their own metahuman program; Dr. Jace used a gunman from the 100. Tobias comes to work with them.to him after his accident to try and turn him against Black Lightning.



* 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.
* {{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.

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* BigBadEnsemble: 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.
* AllForNothing: [[spoiler: He joined up with Tobias because Tobias gave him gifts and the use of his legs.
In the last quarter 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.
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: He's actually the Black Lightning RoguesGallery member Painkiller.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler: Dies in episode 11
of season 2.]]
* 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. [[spoiler: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, where they send intelligent agents when he finally leaves Tobias he becomes the Prodigal Son.
* ForcedIntoEvil: He doesn't actually want
to Freeland work for Tobias, but feels he has no other choice since Tobias would kill him if he tried to try leave. [[spoiler:This eventually happens.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Although it wasn't apparent that he becomes the show's version of Painkiller, the first meeting between him
and kidnap scientists Tobias Whale contains the following dialogue.
-->'''Tobias''': If you'd like, I can show you how to kill your pain.
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: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 metas for their own program.
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.]]
* {{Ruritania}}: Located somewhere in Eastern Europe.
MeaningfulName: His surname "[[{{Pun}} Payne]]" foreshadows his transformation into the super villain Painkiller].
* 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 NamedByTheAdaptation: Painkiller in the world would stand comics never had a chance 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.
* 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.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: He eventually revolts
against them so Tobias, and despite his and Jennifer's best efforts to stay ahead of the implications are obvious.
villain, is ultimately killed by him]].
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: As Odell explain to Lynn, to Markovia any metahuman SadisticChoice: In Season 2, he is forced into one, when [[spoiler:Tobias orders a hit on Reverend Holt. Either he kills the man who isn't on their side 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: [[spoiler:He
is considered a threat the only one besides her family, who knows about Jennifer's powers.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: After his accident and thanks
to them.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]].



!Civilians

[[folder:Vice Principal Kara Fowdy]]
!!Vice Principal Kara Fowdy
[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/karafowdy.jpg]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Skye P. Marshall

The vice principal of Garfield High, whom Jefferson often takes for granted.

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!Civilians

[[folder:Vice Principal Kara Fowdy]]
!!Vice Principal Kara Fowdy
[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/karafowdy.jpg]]
[[folder:Todd Green]]
!!Todd Green

!!!'''Played By:''' Skye P. Marshall

The vice principal of Garfield High, whom Jefferson often takes for granted.
RJ Cyler

A brilliant computer and robotics student who after burning his bridges at his college falls in with Tobias.



* 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.

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* ArmedLegs: Fights [[spoiler:Syonide]] in Season Two TheCorruptible: Some flattery and $100,000 was all it took for Todd to sign up with CombatStilettos that have ''literal'' stilettos that extend from the heels.
Tobias.
* BeingEvilSucks: She wants '''out''' DudeWheresMyRespect: Todd's an undisputed genius, but he always had doors slammed in face because 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,
background and doesn't so much as bat an eye.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:Dies a painful but inevitable as a result
lack of her internal injuries from jumping out of Tobias' window plus the harpoon in her stomach.]]
connections.
* 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 TheDragon: To 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.
Syonide dies and Khalil goes rogue.
* {{Determinator}}: Shows a borderline superhuman tolerance for pain in season 2; [[spoiler:after HatesBeingTouched: As displayed when being harpooned escorted out by two guards in the gut, maintains enough self-control to run through a plate glass window his debut episode, he shakes them off and jump off a building to avoid being killed by insists they stop touching him when they have his arms grabbed, then later when Tobias Whale, even while screaming in agony from, is recruiting him, he has two ladies sit at each of Todd's sides and be flirty with him, and though not to harp on it, hating 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
attention, Todd is 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 ladies being so close and finds out 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 hard way that it can't be so easily undone.
man asks efficiently and without any twinge of a guilty conscience.
* {{Foil}}: To Gambi. Both were ASA spotters. The difference is that Gambi shows genuine remorse over Khalil, both are promising students who had their dreams shattered -- Khalil because of his actions injury and wishes to atone, while Fowdy does not Todd because of racism 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
classism. But unlike Khalil, Todd adapts extremely well aware it's only a matter of time before somebody uncovers her role in Proctor's scheme to working with Tobias, 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 hesitation for turning her students over 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 ASA. She claims to Gambi 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 she had no idea decision is final.
--> '''Todd:''' Some straight bull! You can take
that Proctor's operation was rogue; [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Gambi pointedly asks her how much of a difference grant to hell, 'cause that's supposed to make]].
where all of you corrupt, racist bastards are going! ''[looks at the [[CategoryTraitor sole Black member]]]'' [[SarcasmMode Thank you, brother]].
* OutOfFocus: She gets very RealityEnsues: His little attention until "Sins outburst at the grant board results in him being escorted out of the Father: The Book of Redemption" when it's revealed she's working for building by security and, as implied by the ASA as a spotter.
CardboardBoxOfUnemployment he's carrying, expulsion.
* RetiredMonster: What she aspires to be in Season Two.
* WalkingSpoiler: Certain plot points in season one become difficult to talk about
TragicVillain: A promising student with regards a bright future in robotics gets his research grant denied because of blatant favoritism upon the Board's part -- they gave it to Fowdy.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 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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[[folder:The School Board]]
!!The School Board
!!!'''Played By:''' ???

Sange

[[folder: In General]]
The School Board that overseas Garfield High School. Despite Jefferson's success white people of South Freeland engaged in making a Garfield a model school and his reputation, they often butt heads century long feud with him.the African American population -- the Perdi. The Sange are under the control of the Looker.



* 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.

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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 They hate all black man) who look down on Jefferson as "arrogant", fail people, and are not above lynching to empathize with the black students who make up Garfield's student population and make no secret of it known. Though how they wish much of it is due to replace Jefferson with someone who will comply with desires without question. [[spoiler: In Season Two they get their wish.]]
own hatred or the Looker's control is unknown.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Jefferson has final say on disciplinary matters, but PunchClockVillain: Once they're free from the Looker's control 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
end their positions especially since by and large the parents and students usually side feud with Jefferson and not them.Black Lightning.
* SuperSpeed: What seems to be their only power.



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

The new principal that was hired after Jefferson stepped down.

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[[folder:Mike Lowry]]
!!Mike Lowry
[[folder: The Looker]]
!! The Looker
[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/2_835.jpg]]
!!!'''Played By:''' P.J. Byrne

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 new principal that was hired 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 Jefferson stepped down.the ASA's original vaccine experiment ended and rules South Freeland like her own kingdom, terrorizing the local black population - the Perdi.



* 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.
* {{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.

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* ApatheticTeacher: In "Just AdaptationalVillainy: Because of InNameOnly, the Looker becomes this on the series. She was Black Lightning's team member in "Batman and Unjust" the Outsiders", here she's a full blown villain.
* AmbiguousSituation: It's presumed she's another survivor of the ASA vaccine, but
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.
explicitly proven.
* DoubleStandard: Claims to be a victim of this, since his parents were drug addicts BadBoss: Mind controls the Sange and he had punishes them severely.
* BroughtDownToBadass: Even without her mind controlling powers, she gives Thunder one hell of a fight.
* CruelMercy: Jefferson opts
to spend time sleeping on hand her over to 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 ASA, 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.
* {{Foil}} To Jefferson. Jefferson is stern, but fair and knows every kid in the building and makes a point of having meaningful discipline policies
inhumane experiments 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 she'll undoubtedly go through.
* FemmeFatalons: Through
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.
she channels her powers.
* 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
FillerVillain: Her side-plot 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
completely unrelated to Jefferson's popularity but his own disastrous policies 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 he wanted his name she uses her powers to force the Sange to be addressed with ''Principal'' isn't really gonna earn him any respect either.
her slaves.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He institutes 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 zero tolerance policy psychic vampire model (or just a vampiric one in the ''New 52''). Here, the character [[InNameOnly only shares the name]] of the Looker and expels a student for getting into a fight. While he may think it's to keep nothing else more.
* WrongGenreSavvy: When she has Jefferson captured, she firmly believed that Black Lightning's powers came from
the student body safe, such policies generally do more harm than good.suit, and not from himself or anything electrical.



[[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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[[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
!!Markovia

[[folder: In General]]

A belligerent Eastern European nation, who wishes to start their own metahuman program; Dr. Jace used to work with them.



* 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.

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* BerserkButton: Don't you dare imply he's BigBadEnsemble: In 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
last quarter 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
Season Two, where they managed send intelligent agents to go Freeland to try and kidnap scientists and metas for their own program.
* {{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 Olympics together.
* TokenMinority: The only black member on
world would stand a chance against them so the otherwise white School Board. And he doesn't like implications are obvious.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: As Odell explain to Lynn, to Markovia
any insinuation that he's subservient metahuman who isn't on their side is considered a threat to the white majority.them.



[[folder:Two-Bits]]
!!Frank "Two-Bits" Tanner

A childhood friend of Jefferson's, several years younger than him, who fell into petty crime.

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[[folder:Two-Bits]]
!!Frank "Two-Bits" Tanner

A childhood friend
!Civilians

[[folder:Vice Principal Kara Fowdy]]
!!Vice Principal Kara Fowdy
[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/karafowdy.jpg]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Skye P. Marshall

The vice principal
of Jefferson's, several years younger than him, who fell into petty crime. Garfield High, whom Jefferson often takes for granted.



* 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.

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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
ArmedLegs: Fights [[spoiler:Syonide]] in Season Two with Black Lightning. While Black Lightning is beating him up.
* HarmlessVillain: By
CombatStilettos that have ''literal'' stilettos that extend from the standards heels.
* BeingEvilSucks: She wants '''out'''
of the show. While he sells Green Light, he's largely a petty criminal just doing what he needs ASA in Season Two when the whole ugly truth of Proctor's operation comes to in order to provide for light.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Despite being the vice principal, Jefferson treats her like
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 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 even carry so much as bat an eye.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:Dies
a gun because he's on probation.
* MeaningfulName: Despite all
painful but inevitable as a result of her internal injuries from jumping out of Tobias' window plus the heavy crime 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 city, Two-Bit 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 either unable or left there by persons unknown.]]
* DirtyCoward: She's clearly not of physical confrontation, but seems completely
unwilling to get into anything worse than pushing drugs on even entertain engaging in fights she knows she can't win: in Season Two, he's desperate to leave the street (though on ASA not out of remorse but to avoid her much deserved punishment.
* {{Expy}}: Keeping in line with
the other hand, Green Light show's Biblical motifs, Fowdy is Judas Iscariot - not exactly marijuana or ecstasy).
* MotorMouth: Almost all
only is she working for the time, ASA as if perpetually nervous.
* OddFriendship: Though they're more acquaintances than friends now, he and
a "spotter" for metahuman activity, once she finds out that Jefferson give off this vibe when they meet again. Two-Bit even specifically calls is Black Lightning, she sells him out to the cops on it, saying he's too bougie their behalf.
* FindingJudas: She's forced
to be hanging 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 bar end of Season One. Subverted in Season Two, where Two-Bit she's well aware it's only a matter of time before somebody uncovers her role in Proctor's scheme and his crew do, and deduces 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 he must want something.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.



!Metahumans

[[folder:Issa Williams]]

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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!Metahumans

[[folder:Issa Williams]]

One of the "Green Light Babies" who took Green Light
[[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 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.reputation, they often butt heads with him.



* 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.
* 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.

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* BackFromTheDead: As ApatheticTeacher: They care more about Garfield's reputation than the ASA 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 him away from his funeral in a body bag, he wakes up, to name through the confusion and horror 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 everyone present.
* CannotTellALie: His looking someone
the best educators in the eye turns other people into this, forcing them to blurt out their deepest, most harmful feelings.
* LegallyDead: Between the fact that he actually died
country and his family wants nothing 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 him, Jefferson on anything.
* PointyHairedBoss: Jefferson is one of
the ASA has no issues picking him up off best educators in the street country, 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
yet rather than seeing him as an asset they seem him as a problem for being a natural meta, eventually every cell in his body "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 simply fall apart, comply with no way to tell 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 long he has.they still have their positions especially since by and large the parents and students usually side with Jefferson and not them.



[[folder:Wendy Hernandez]]

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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[[folder:Wendy Hernandez]]

One of the original powered children, created by the same vaccine
[[folder:Mike Lowry]]
!!Mike Lowry
!!!'''Played By:''' P.J. Byrne

The new principal
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.was hired after Jefferson stepped down.



* 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.

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* AdaptationNameChange: Of Master 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 Disaster/Outsider/Strike Force Kobra/Suicide Squad member Windfall's identity Wendy Jones.
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.
* BlowYouAway: Her power {{Foil}} To Jefferson. Jefferson is aerokinesis, allowing her 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 enhance 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 smallest breeze 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 hurricane.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: She initially looks for all her old friends and family, unaware that after thirty years most of them are dead,
fight. While he may think it's to keep 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.
student body safe, such policies generally do more harm than good.



[[folder:Cutter]]
!!Giselle Cutter
%%[[quoteright:250:]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Kearran Giovanni

A hitman who is hired by Tobias to bring Khalil, who ran away, back.

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[[folder:Cutter]]
!!Giselle Cutter
%%[[quoteright:250:]]
[[folder:Napier Frank]]
!!Napier Frank
!!!'''Played By:''' Kearran Giovanni

A hitman who is hired by Tobias to bring Khalil, who ran away, back.
Robert Townsend

An old friend of Jefferson, who's also an Olympian and the only African-American member on the School Board


Added DiffLines:

* 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

A childhood friend of Jefferson's, several years younger than him, who fell into petty crime.
----
* 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.
[[/folder]]

!Metahumans

[[folder:Issa Williams]]

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.
----
* 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.
* 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]]

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.
----
* 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:250:]]
!!!'''Played By:''' Kearran Giovanni

A hitman who is hired by Tobias to bring Khalil, who ran away, back.
----


* 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 employees if a better offer comes along]].

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* 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 employees employers if a better offer comes along]].


* 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. [[spoiler:And now she's working for Tobias, as well, making her a triple agent.]]

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* 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. [[spoiler:And now she's working for Tobias, as well, making her a triple agent.]]


Added DiffLines:

* 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 employees if a better offer comes along]].





[[folder:Spoiler Character]]
See Helga Jace above in the ASA folder
[[/folder]]

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[[folder:Spoiler Character]]
See Helga Jace above in the ASA folder
[[/folder]]
!!!Former



* WildCard: In Season 2, being wildly unpredictable due to constantly hearing voices. He first assaults Jefferson, but then decides to go after Tobias instead.

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* 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.



!!!Former

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