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    The Speed Force 
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Species: Interdimensional sentient Force

Played By: Jesse L. Martin (as "Earth-1 Joe West"), Candice Patton (as "Earth-1 Iris West"), John Wesley Shipp (as "Earth-1 Henry Allen"), Michelle Harrison (as "Earth-1 Nora Allen"), Rick Cosnett (as "Eddie Thawne"), Danielle Panabaker (as "Earth-1 Caitlin Snow"), N/A (as "child of Earth-1 Ronnie and Earth-1 Caitlin"), Robbie Amell (as "Earth-1 Ronnie Raymond"), Wentworth Miller (as "Earth-1 Leonard Snart"),

Appearances: Arrow | The Flash | Crisis on Infinite Earthsnote 

The Speed Force is the sentient extra-dimensional source of Barry Allen and all speedsters' powers and the key to honing in on their ability to affect the fabric of reality.


  • Above Good and Evil: The Speed Force isn't bothered whether a speedster is "good" or "evil". They'll only terrorize the speedster if the speedster pisses them off.
  • Accuser of the Brethren: In Season Three, it's really pissed off at Barry for creating Flashpoint, not really caring about his guilt or his efforts to atone, and resolves to Be as Unhelpful as Possible in retaliation. In the finale, it forces Barry into an early retirement by making him occupy Savitar's prison to stabilize the Speed Force's energy, though it claims it won't be the hellish experience for Barry that it was for Savitar, Wally, and Jay.
  • Accomplice by Inaction: It did not stop the Reverse-Flash or Zoom when they killed Barry's parents.
  • Achilles' Heel: It needs a speedster to occupy the prison Barry made for Savitar inside of it. Otherwise, it becomes unstable and will start damaging the physical world.
  • All-Powerful Bystander:
    • It could easily help Barry by cutting off the connection of the evil speedsters he faces and yet it refuses to do so — it only did it once and that was after Eobard killed Nora.
    • It admits to Barry it could've stopped Flashpoint from happening, but allowed it to happen just so Barry could learn the consequences of abusing his powers — no matter the personal collateral damage to Team Flash.
    • In Season Three, Savitar is imprisoned in it, but it doesn't do much to keep him in. In fact, it invests much more energy into keeping Wally and later Jay imprisoned in Savitar's place.
  • Back for the Dead: The Speed Force as Nora appears again in "Death of the Speed Force" in a dying state. It was revealed Barry accidentally damaged it when he had Oliver make him reach his full potential to restore the multiverse.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality:
    • It doesn't distinguish between good and evil speedsters accessing its powers, although it will cut them off if they cross certain lines, but it will be exceptionally harsh to any good speedster who fails to live up to its very high standards.
    • Eobard Thawne went back in time and ended up killed Nora and the real Harrison Wells, amongst others and meddled with events for his own ends. Yet when Barry goes back in time to save his mom, the Speed Force seems more outraged for Barry having a moment of weakness than the unrepentant actions of a cold-blooded murderer.
    • It scolds Barry for giving his speed to Zoom, even though he did it to save Wally's life, something Barry lampshades.
    • It doesn't seem to understand why the Misery Builds Character aesop it tried to teach Barry would fail to stick when Henry was killed only a few days after - especially when was in similar circumstances to Nora's murder.
  • The Chooser of The One: The Speed Force chose Barry to be the Flash. It also forces him into an early retirement in the Season Three finale because the Speed Force will collapse in on itself without an occupant in the prison Barry made for Savitar, and it decides that Barry should be the one to occupy it.
  • Combo Platter Powers: The Speed Force can bestow Super Speed and all the powers that come with it upon humans, see the full course of time and space, cast illusions, and even simulate the effects of Leonard Snart's Cold Gun.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: It has projected itself using four deceased people that Barry knew, namely: Nora Allen, Eddie Thawne, Ronnie Raymond, and Leonard Snart.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: It is the bolt of lightning that struck Barry during the night he got his powers — over two years before its existence is officially confirmed.
  • God Is Flawed: For all its omnipotent and mysterious plannings, the Speed Force never takes into account the emotional turmoil it puts on Berry and cares very little for the tragedy his life, all calming that it's necessary for The Needs of the Many. It reaches it's breaking point when Berry has finally had enough and calls the Speed Force out on everything it has ever done. It ends up rendering the Speed Force to tears.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: The Speed Force manifests as people close to Barry and locations Barry knows.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: It deliberately goes out its way to make Barry's loved ones be the ones who suffer most when he misuses his power.
  • In Mysterious Ways: It's been implied to do this, in any case. The motivation behind Eddie Thawne's Heroic Suicide was his adamant belief that There Are No Coincidences, and despite whatever Eobard Thawne espoused to Barry, his actions during Season 1 were damaging to the timeline. It's all but stated that the Speed Force let Eobard run amok because it knew his actions would eventually lead to Eddie killing himself to stop him, erasing Eobard from existence.... which backfired spectacularly since by waiting so long to deal with Thawne, it created a villain who will simply not die.
  • Jerkass God: The Speed Force can get really nasty when it's angered. It's also not above with playing with the fates of Barry's loved ones just to teach him a lesson — it let Zoom get away with killing Henry just to see if Barry really did learn how to cope with tragedy.
  • Kick the Dog: For some reason, it really doesn't like Wally West, with it's treatment of him in "Into the Speed Force" being just plain cruel. It seems to be on better terms with Wally in "Death of the Speed Force" after gaining a spiritual connection to it.
  • Love Is a Weakness: It doesn't outright state it believes this, but considering it keeps turning a blind eye whenever evil speedsters kill Barry's loved ones and generally No Sympathy to Barry's grief you have to wonder...
  • Misery Builds Character: It tries to get Barry to see that just because he's a hero, he's not immune to tragedy. Unfortunately, it chose to do this just a couple of days before Zoom killed Henry, which broke poor Barry.
  • Never My Fault: It condemns Barry for creating Flashpoint, even though it didn't stop Zoom from killing Henry and putting Barry in the state of mind to do so.
  • No Sympathy: The Speed Force is way too detached from humanity as it doesn't seem to understand or care about the grief or suffering of others; it understands that personal loss is something to be mourned but it doesn't seem to understand just how devastating it can be. Probably justified in that, as an omniscient Sentient Cosmic Force, the lives, deaths, and emotions of individual humans are hard for it to comprehend. Eventually, Barry gets fed up with it and calls it out on everything it's done.
  • Not So Stoic: The Speed Force becomes emotional for the first time as Barry calls out on everything it has ever done to both him and his loved ones. It can't come with a retort, because it knows he's right.
  • The Omniscient: The Speed Force is aware of everything that is happening, from the different Alternate Timelines to every part of The Multiverse.
  • Omniscient Morality License: All the Speed Force cares about is keeping things "just", regardless of the expense it will take on other living souls.
  • Place Beyond Time: The Speed Force seems to be this, as it was not only aware of the Flashpoint timeline, but also of Leonard Snart's Heroic Sacrifice which took place at the Vanishing Point which is outside of time.
  • The Powers That Be: It works in very mysterious ways. It saw fit to strip Eobard Thawne of his powers after he killed Nora, but it didn't do anything to stop Zoom despite all of the mindless carnage he caused, other than sending Time Wraiths after him.
  • Royal "We": It always refers to itself as "we" when talking to Barry, probably because it uses multiple avatars to do so.
  • Secret Test of Character:
    • The whole point of the Speed Force trapping Barry in "The Run Away Dinosaur".
    • It's implied that it let Zoom kill Henry to see if Barry truly learned how to cope with tragedy.
    • Savitar killing Iris is implied to be yet another test.
  • Sentient Cosmic Force: The Speed Force is demonstrated to be sentient when it speaks directly to Barry through avatars of people he loves. The Speed Force even gives him a What the Hell, Hero? speech for giving up his speed in exchange for a single life, when he could have used it to save many more lives. Also, the only way the Speed Force will give him his speed back is if he comes to term with his mother's death.
    Barry: I'm talking to the Speed Force? Isn't that like saying I'm having a conversation with gravity, or light, or...
  • So Proud of You: It admits to being proud of Barry.
  • Stern Teacher:
    • Sent a Time Wraith after Barry the first time he misused his powers in "Flash Back". Unfortunately, Barry didn't take the hint.
    • It's much harder on Barry in "Into The Speed Force" because it's mad that Barry created Flashpoint - it let it happen just so Barry could see the consequences of his actions.
  • Time Abyss: The Speed Force is at least as old as the universe itself, and will last at least that long as well.
    Speed Force: When the first subatomic particle sprang forth from the Big Bang to form reality as you know it, we were there. When the last proton decays, stops vibrating, and plunges the universe into heat death, we'll be there too.
  • Übermensch: The Speed Force has a set of morality and standards exclusive to itself.
  • Warrior Therapist: The Speed Force is apparently one. On both visits, Barry spends the entirety of his time in it resolving his issues. However it tends to not be very effective due to it's Blue-and-Orange Morality and No Sympathy attitude.

    Time Wraiths 
https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/time_wraith.png

Species: Time Wraith

Appearances: The Flash

The Speed Force's temporal agents, horrifying creatures that hunt speedsters that alter the timeline.


  • Ambiguous Situation: How they act is a bit enigmatic. Eobard Thawne implies that they only appear under certain circumstances and that just trying to alter time isn't enough to cause their presence but on the other hand makes a few comments that it was just chance that Barry ran into one and gained its attention. Though it's implied the Speed Force itself sent it after Barry.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Initially appearing as a Villain of the Week, they return in the Season Two finale and prove instrumental in finally beating Zoom.
  • Clock Roaches: Speedster messing with the timeline too much? These guys will take care of the anomaly.
  • Co-Dragons: They are the Speed Force's most loyal enforcers.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: At their core, they just want time to not be torn apart by paradoxes-the ones who show up to investigate the Heroic Sacrifice of Barry's time remnant ignore Barry in favor of Zoom, presumably because they recognized he did that paradox to save the multiverse.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: It's revealed this is basically what they do to their victims when they do it to Zoom after his defeat.
  • The Dreaded: Even Eobard Thawne is scared witless of these guys. Seeing what they did to Zoom when they found him, it easy to see why.
  • Expy: Of Dementors, as lampshaded repeatedly by Cisco and Hartley.
  • Humanoid Abomination: They look like Dementors and freely inhabit, and travel through, time itself.
  • Immune to Bullets: The police fired countless rounds into the wraith without harm. The Time Wraiths may even be Nigh-Invulnerable, as Eobard mentions that no one, even in the future, has found a way to stop them.
  • Long Bus Trip: They have not returned ever since Wally was rescued from the Speed Force in Season 3, until "What's Past is Present".
  • Man of Kryptonite: Any one of them can "eat" Barry's speed and immobilize him.
  • Not So Invincible After All: Most attacks are useless against them, but Hartley discovers that they can be destroyed by low frequency sound.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: In their case, they're Clock Roaches "employed" by The Speed Force.
  • Outside-Genre Foe: A race of ghost-like, supernatural entities that exist in the time stream would fit more with a show like Doctor Who than The Flash.
  • Super Speed: One of them can easily keep up with the Flash and even Eobard Thawne doesn't think he could shake them.
  • Super Strength: Oh yes. Just one of them was able to start breaking into a containment cell in the particle accelerator in order to get to Caitlin, Cisco, and Hartley. Even Girder was unable to even dent such a cell, so the Time Wraiths clearly have a formidable level of strength.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Their decayed appearance evokes the comics' Black Flash, the Grim Reaper of all speedsters. After what they did to Hunter Zolomon, they seem to be the Black Flash's predecessors in this continuity.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Low-frequency sound is fatal to them, as the Time Wraith attacking Barry finds out.

    Black Flash 

Black Flash

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/blackflash.jpg

Species: Time Wraithnote 

Past Aliases: Zoom, The Speed Demon, The Fastest Man Alive, "Jay Garrick", "The Flash", "The Crimson Comet"

Appearances: The Flash | Legends of Tomorrow

"The Flash pulled me from the timeline. He held me captive for months and when I finally got loose, I found myself pursued by something. I..I thought it was a time wraith, the monsters that hunt speedsters who mess with time. But whatever is hunting me is far worse than a time wraith. It can sense the Speed Force. And it's trying to kill me!"
Eobard Thawne

The Grim Reaper of speedsters. The Time Wraiths' personal wetworks agent, the creature sent in when a speedster's abuse of time is so extreme that the Wraiths themselves are concerned to get involved. It wears a black version of the Flash's suit, which covers its entire body like a cancerous growth, and has a Nightmare Face which appears half disintegrated.

The Black Flash is the "devolved" form of Earth-2's Hunter Zolomon, the Big Bad of The Flash Season Two.

See Arrowverse: Hunter Zolomon page for tropes relating to his previous self.

  • Achilles' Heel: Being frozen solid is enough to at least temporarily destroy him. It's implied that this isn't a permanent solution, however (the Black Flash was seemingly destroyed before, but returned nonetheless).
  • Adaptational Species Change: The Black Flash in the comics was allegedly some kind of supernatural entity, being the speedster equivalent of The Grim Reaper. Here, he was once the metahuman speedster known as Hunter Zolomon before being turned into the Black Flash by the Time Wraiths.
  • All There in the Manual: In-Universe, the name "Black Flash" is never spoken or referred to by any of the characters. Eobard usually refers to him as "that thing", and Barry calls him by the name he had when he was a human: Hunter Zolomon. Finally averted in The Flash Season Three finale, when Savitar explicitly refers to him as "Black Flash".
  • And I Must Scream: He's stuck in a decaying body and forced to serve as the enforcer for the Time Wraiths and there are hints that his mind is at least partially still functioning, making his fate this trope.
  • Arrow Catch: He pulls this on Merlyn.
  • Badass in Distress: In "Doomworld", Thawne manages to trap him in a cell with the Spear of Destiny. However, in "Aruba", Sara depowers the Spear and sets him free, (or rather prevents him from being imprisoned) allowing him to finish his mission of killing Thawne.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: When Zoom wanted to become more powerful and stave off death, becoming an undead mindless beast destined to spend untold amounts of time, possibly eternity, as an enforcer for the Time Wraiths probably wasn't what he had in mind.
  • The Brute: He is the Speed Force's most powerful and terrifying enforcer.
  • The Bus Came Back: He gets dragged off into the Speed Force by the Time Wraiths at the end of Season Two, but he later reappears as the Black Flash and starts hunting Eobard Thawne.
  • Chest Insignia: It's much the same as Eobard Thawne's, though the black briefly turned white when he first became the Time Wraiths' servant.
  • Clock Roaches: He serves the Speed Force, hunting time anomalies, with his primary target being Eobard Thawne.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He is never directly referred to as the Black Flash. Eobard calls him "that thing", and Barry calls him by his old name, Hunter. Savitar breaks the trend in "Finish Line", presumably by virtue of his future knowledge.
  • Composite Character: In the comics, Zoom and the Black Flash are two distinctly different characters; here, Zoom becomes the Black Flash.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Eobard Thawne spends most of Legends Season Two running from this guy because he's afraid of being caught by him. Once the Black Flash manages to grab him, we see why, as he kills Thawne in about two seconds flat.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his monstrous appearance and the monstrous villain he once was, the Black Flash is not evil, but merely an enforcer of the Speed Force's will without bias or cruelty.
  • Death of Personality: All traces of Hunter Zolomon's personality seem to have been lost following his transformation, leaving him as a mindless beast. Granted, he was a sociopathic, utterly vile monster who wanted to destroy The Multiverse, and now he only tries to stop rogue speedsters, so this was probably for the best.
  • Determinator: It doesn't matter where or when Thawne goes, the Black Flash will find him.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Thawne tries to turn him into a trophy by using the Spear of Destiny to lock him in a cell. Once freed, he wastes no time in hunting Thawne down and killing him with a single blow.
  • The Dreaded: He's sent after the time aberrant Eobard Thawne, who is utterly scared shitless of him even after his partners figure out a way to hide from him. With how bad Eobard himself is, this is really saying something.
  • Dumb Muscle: He doesn't serve any function beyond finding and killing rogue speedsters. It's quite likely his once impressive mind has decayed along with his body.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: When Hunter got transformed into the Black Flash, his insignia became red-and-white, as it is in the comics. However, this was jettisoned in favor of a red-and-black insignia, which is used from his second appearance onward.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: He was a Hunky Mr. Fanservice pre-Karmic Transformation.
  • Facial Horror: Hunter's half-rotted face is given some lovely close-ups.
  • Fate Worse than Death: John Wesley Shipp confirmed in an interview that Zoom is now trapped in the Speed Force, and will likely become a slave to it for eternity as the Black Flash. Ironically, his fate worse than death was to become Death.
  • Fragile Speedster: More so than the other speedsters. He's faster than the other speedsters, but much more susceptible to their weaknesses as seen with him getting easily killed by an ice blast from Killer Frost.
  • Glass Cannon: He's able to overpower and kill other speedsters with ease, but his durability leaves much to be desired. He's Punched Across the Room by Thawne and easily frozen to pieces by Killer Frost, resulting in his death.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of Legends Season Two, as the Black Flash's quest to erase Eobard Thawne from existence is what drives Thawne to create the Legion of Doom and hunt down the Spear of Destiny in order to rewrite reality and escape his foe's wrath.
  • The Grim Reaper: In the Season Two finale, Zoom becomes the Arrowverse's version of the Black Flash.
  • Handicapped Badass: He's blind, likely due to his eyes rotting away. It doesn't make him any less dangerous.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Black Flash is an undead speedster with decaying flesh.
  • Implacable Man:
    • He is literally Death for speedsters; Eobard Thawne's attempts to outrun him are ultimately futile, and even hiding from him by not using the Speed Force is implied to be a temporary solution at best. Thawne believes that the only surefire way to permanently escape the Black Flash is to rewrite reality itself to undo his fate.
    • When Barry returns to the Speed Force to save Wally, the Black Flash appears (presumably summoned by the Speed Force to force him to leave Wally) and is as nigh unstoppable as when he was Zoom.
  • Irony: Zoom once boasted that he had "beat the rules" of the Speed Force. Now, he's the Speed Force's enforcer, targeting speedsters who broke its rules as he did.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He was a very handsome man before the Time Wraiths got to him.
  • Karmic Transformation: He's now as ugly and monstrous on the outside as he was on the inside as well.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He spends his time as the Black Flash pursuing Eobard Thawne, a murderous supervillain.
  • Knight of Cerebus: When this guy shows up, expect things to get a lot more serious.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Forced to atone for his crimes as Zoom, the Black Flash's main focus is to find Eobard Thawne, a man who should've died long ago for more reasons than one.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He's still wearing the same outfit he was dragged off with in the Season 2 finale, broken mask and all.
  • Living Motion Detector: Due to being blind, he is unable to sense anything at all unless it's moving above a certain speed, at which point he can zero in on it.
  • Logical Weakness: He can sense any living thing by its movement. If a target remains still, he's caught flat-footed.
  • Loss of Identity: All traces of Hunter Zolomon are long gone, with the Black Flash being nothing but a servant of the Speed Force who operates purely on animal instinct.
  • Meaningful Name: Before he became the Black Flash his name was HUNTER.
  • Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Justified, as he's literally the Arrowverse version of the Black Flash, the embodiment of Death for speedsters, meaning it would be strange if he didn't wear black. However, while he initially gained a red-and-white Chest Insignia as in the comics, it's become red-and-black when we see him fully in action, and his boots are black rather than red.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: His transformation into the Black Flash reduced him to a zombie-like speedster with decaying flesh and operating on raw animal instinct. He has none of his humanity left, being only able to scream and growl. However, he's still a far cry from any traditional zombies, including Zombie Girder or the ones that the Legends faced in "Abominations". The Black Flash only hunts one individual in particular, and has no desire to devour him, only to end him.
  • Outside-Context Problem:
    • The Black Flash is something entirely new that Eobard Thawne has never encountered before.
    • As mentioned above, he is summoned by the Speed Force to stop Barry from saving Wally.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: In the Legends Season Two finale, "Aruba", it erases Thawne from existence by performing Thawne's favorite move of speed-stabbing.
  • Power at a Price: As elaborated on in Took a Level in Badass below, transforming into the Black Flash turned the former Hunter Zolomon into an even more powerful and terrifying speedster, but at the cost of becoming little more than an animalistic beast for the Speed Force to send after its enemies.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Although he retains his black suit after becoming the Black Flash, it receives red highlights. He also leaves behind red lightning while he runs instead of blue from the Velocity drug. Ironically, he's less evil as the Black Flash than he ever was as Zoom; Zoom was a deranged sadist, the Black Flash is just the Speed Force's attack dog.
  • Same Character, but Different: He was once the evil Earth-2 speedster Hunter Zolomon/Zoom, but now, he's a zombie-like speedster who serves the Speed Force and hunts anomalies like Eobard Thawne, with all of his humanity (what little he had) gone so that he's reduced to raw animal instinct. When Barry encounters him in the Speed Force, he instantly recognized him, even saying his old name in fear.
  • Serkis Folk: He's rendered entirely in CGI, probably to enhance the Uncanny Valley effect of his movements.
  • The Speechless: As the Black Flash he doesn't speak, just screams and growls, suggesting that he's not even capable of speech anymore. Given his decayed physiology, it's entirely possible he doesn't even have vocal chords anymore.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: The Black Flash stalks Thawne no matter where on Earth or where in time he goes. He finally catches up to his quarry in the Season Two finale of Legends.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After becoming the Black Flash and taking on Time Wraith characteristics, he appears to have become even more powerful than before. Eobard is utterly terrified of him, and Barry just barely survives a confrontation with him, and only then because it's implied that the Speed Force may have allowed it.
  • Touch of Death: Possibly in the Legends Season Two finale: After he fatally speed-stabs Eobard Thawne, instead of just dropping dead, Thawne, and the depowered Spear of Destiny that he was holding, start slowly disintegrating until they disappear entirely. This implies that whatever the Black Flash does when he has someone in his grasp, it's more than just killing them.
  • True Neutral: The Black Flash doesn't take sides, he just goes after any Time Aberrations with no personal bias.
  • Uncertain Doom: Even though Black Flash was frozen and shattered by Killer Frost in Season Three, the chance that he could be reconstructed by the Speed Force was still there. With the Speed Force gone, however, Hunter Zolomon might finally be well and truly dead.
  • Was Once a Man: Zoom's humanity was already highly questionable, but as the Black Flash, he is without a doubt no longer human.
  • Wolverine Claws: Played with. He still has claws on his gloves, but he prefers to just force his whole hand through his victims.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Even with his incredible speed and power, he's as vulnerable to cold as any other speedster, and in fact seems to be more vulnerable to it than he was as Zoom.Explanation  Killer Frost proves this in the Season Three finale of The Flash seemingly killing him with a concentrated burst.
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    Savitar 

    Negative Speed Force 

Negative Speed Force

Species: Interdimensional sentient Force

Appearances: The Flash

"It's a little bit...negative."
Eobard Thawne

A creation of Eobard Thawne's, his own personal Speed Force. Providing all the same abilities as the old one, it requires negative emotions to use.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: Users of the Negative Speed Force generally have black-and-white thinking, poor impulse control, a failure to understand other people, and a tendency to use violence as a first resort
  • Ambiguous Situation:
    • Black Flash has the same red lightning as a user of the Negative Speed Force, but there's no other indication he has a connection to it.
    • Even though it's been established to leech power from the Speed Force, nothing is said of how the Speed Force's destruction will impact it and those using its power.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Thawne, of all people, is reluctant to share its secrets with XS because of the sheer danger it presents to one's mind.
  • The Dark Side: It's a Speed Force fueled by The Power of Hate, and using it does not do wonders for a speedster's mental state.
  • Demonic Head Shake: Speedsters connected to the Negative Speed Force can vibrate their face to disguise themselves, but this is done menacingly with their red glowing eyes.
  • Evil Knockoff: A Speed Force created by Eobard Thawne but powered by negative emotions.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: A variation. The first Speed Force is an omnipresent part of history, having been around since before and after the existence of the universe. The Negative Speed Force, relatively speaking, is a newer creation of Thawne's.
  • Place Beyond Time: Similar to the positive Speed Force, it exists beyond time, but it also shelters its users from changes to the timeline.
  • Power Parasite: The Negative Speed Force leeches positive energy like tachyons from the regular Speed Force and converts it to negative energy for power.
  • Red Is Violent: The timestreams of the Negative Speed Force are bright red, and any speedster connected to it gets red lightning and glowing red eyes.
  • Voice of the Legion: Negative Speedsters can disguise their voices with vibration but theirs is usually more distorted and demonic sounding.

Angels

    Manny 

Manny

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/manny_in_constantine_615x346.jpg

Species: Angel

Played By: Harold Perrineau

Appearances: Constantine

An angel sent to watch over John to warn him of the dark forces that are starting to rise on Earth.


  • All-Powerful Bystander: Manny probably could destroy most Monster of the Week threats John faces with a swipe of his hand, but he doesn't because angels cannot interfere directly with the mortal realm.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is able to annihilate a Fallen Angel within seconds.
  • Big Bad: Of Constantine, though John never finds out about it (on-screen). The Brujería work for him, which means he is behind the Rising Darkness.
  • Celebrity Paradox:
    • Lost was mentioned on the very first episode of Arrow. His actor is a main cast member there for most of its run.
    • The Matrix is acknowledged to exist in this universe. His actor was in the last two films of the film trilogy.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Mocked by John, but he explains this is actually how he has to talk due the Angel's code of non-interference.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Stands toe-to-toe with John in Snark-to-Snark Combat.
  • Demonic Possession: Well, Angelic Possession actually, but basically the same thing. Manny has a habit of talking to John by possessing people nearby to him.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: He often shows up when people are about to die.
  • Evil All Along: The Brujería work for him.
  • Holier Than Thou: Manny frequently calls Constantine out or questions the hard choices Manny has to make and states to the angel Imogen he thinks angels could do better than humans and is frustrated at how humans constantly fail and angels have to act as their "crutch." He doesn't seem to notice that Constantine often does not have a better alternative (largely thanks to Manny not being able to interfere), the many angels that "fell" and continue to pursue evil, and the general human condition.
  • Humans Are Flawed: Expresses this point of view. Constantine agrees with him in this regard. Also a view shared with the angel Imogen. Who murdered one of her human charges to see if she could, this leading to her fall.
  • Morality Chain: He tries to act as this for Constantine. One particularly intense example was "A Feast For Friends", where Manny showed up for no other reason other than to advise against a rather morally questionable decision by Constantine.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: Manny is not his true name, since knowing it would give John a measure of power over him.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Despite his orders of non-interference Manny intervenes to save Zed from a murderous fallen Angel.
  • Spirit Advisor: Of sorts to John, though Constantine complains he's actually very unhelpful.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: It's a Running Gag for him to vanish mid-conversation, much to John's annoyance.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Par the course for angels in this show, he has golden eyes.
  • The Man Behind the Man: The Angel pulling the strings of the Brujería.
  • Time Stands Still: Can pause everything but himself and someone else when he wants to have a private conversation.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Well it's obvious that Constantine put a stop to his Evil Plan, but the specifics are never elaborated upon.

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Demons

The Ruling Triumvirate of Hell

    In General 
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  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Or Triumvirate. The three co-rule Hell as three of the most powerful demons.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: They are the most powerful of all demons, and the rulers of Hell.
  • Evil Old Folks: They take the form of middle-aged business men.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: For Season Four of Legends of Tomorrow. Overthrowing them is Neron's goal, but the Triumvirate only take part in the story when Constantine literally walks right up to them and makes them get involved.
  • Sadistic Choice: They force Constantine to choose between saving either Astra's or Ray Palmer's soul.
  • Stupid Evil: They know that Neron is seeking to overthrow them, but they can't resist the chance of torturing Constantine even though he's their best bet at stopping him.
  • Villain Teleportation: They are demons, and they have the power to disappear and reappear at will.

    Satan / The First of the Fallen 

Satan / The First of the Fallen

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Species: Demon

Voiced By: NA

Played By: Beau Daniels

Appearances: Constantine | Legends of Tomorrow

"The Devil used to be an angel. That's why he's called "The First of the Fallen". You ask a holy type and they'll tell you the soul is the purest expression of God's love, the spark of creation. Every time the First takes a soul, he's exacting revenge, paying back the Almighty for casting him out."
John Constantine

The first angel to fall from God's Grace.


  • Alternate Self: Since Lucifer is canon in the multiverse, he is technically the Earth-1 counterpart of Lucifer Morningstar, both being Satan.note 
  • Arch-Enemy: To Constantine. Papa Midnite might be John's rival in magic, but the First of the Fallen is John's most vicious adversary by virtue of being the first demon.
  • Deal with the Devil: It's established in Constantine that he offers service to humans in exchange for their souls.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of Constantine specifically the episodes "The Devil's Vinyl", where a Vinyl with his voice recorded on it drives people to kill themselves, and "waiting For The Man", where one of his follower sacrifices little girls to him.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Unsurprisingly, his pair of wings has a utterly demonic appearance.
  • The Red Baron: His epithet is the First of the Fallen.
  • Fallen Angel: The first one to fall in fact.
  • Satan: Old Scratch himself, the first fallen angel and one of the co-rulers of Hell.
  • Unseen No More: He was mentionned a few times on Constantine before he properly appeared on Legends of Tomorrow
  • Winged Humanoid: He has wings, although he doesn't show them all the time. Considering he's a Fallen Angel, that was to be expected.
  • Wing Pull: He can sprout a pair of wings out of nowhere.

    Belial 

Belial

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Species: Demon

Played By: Mel Tuck

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

The second member of the Triumvirate.


  • Flat Character: Doesn't stand out in any way from his two colleagues.
  • Minor Major Character: One of the three overlords of hell but gets almost no characterization beyond his status.

    Beelzebub 

Beelzebub

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Species: Demon

Played By: Bill Croft

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

The third member of the Triumvirate.


Other Demons

    Nergal 

Nergal

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Species: Demon

Voiced By: Joey Phillips

Appearances: Constantine | Legends of Tomorrow note 

"You can't save her."

The demon who took Astra Logue to Hell as a result of John Constantine's arrogant actions.


  • Aborted Arc: Thanks to a Retool after the pilot was refilmed, Nergal is only the villain for Constantine's pilot and isn't much in the series proper. He is given a passing mention in Legends of Tomorrow to explain what happened between the end of the show and Season 4 of Legends and appears in flashbacks in "Terms of Service" and "A Head of Her Time".
  • Arch-Enemy: To Constantine. Even after he took Astra, Nergal has sent his minions for others John cares just to twist the knife against him further.
  • For the Evulz: He's a demon; it's what he does.
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
    • In the "Constantine" pilot; Furcifer is hunting Liv down on Nergal's orders.
    • He is this for Legends Season 5. Astra Logue is the main antagonist, but she would have not turned evil had Nergal not take her to Hell.
  • Mesopotamian Monstrosity: Nergal’s name is that of a god from Mesopotamian Mythology. In the original comics, the connection was made more explicit.
  • Small Role, Big Impact:
    • By taking Astra to Hell, he set off Constantine's entire character arc.
    • In the gap between "Constantine" and "Legends" he gave up his ownership of John's soul to Neron setting off the story arc for "Legends" Season 4.
    • As revealed in "Terms of Service", Nergal taking Astra to Hell ultimately set her up to be corrupted into a demon hell-bent on making Constantine suffer.

    Furcifer 

Furcifer

Species: Demon

Appearances: Constantine

A demon sent by Nergal to kill Liv Aberdine, Furcifer is the first demon of the series that John faces.


    Mallus 

    Neron 

Neron

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Species: Demon

Played by: Christian Keyes (when possessing Desmond), Brandon Routh (when possessing Ray)

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

A demon who is after Constantine's soul and the Legends' main adversary in Season Four.


  • Adaptational Ugliness: Comics Neron had a humanoid appearance and quite an attractive one at that. This Neron has a Nightmare Face whenever he possesses a host and a Living Shadow when in his true form.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Comics Neron is stated to be the most powerful magical being in the DC universe, being a Nigh-Invulnerable Reality Warper. This Neron by contrast has restricted mobility and is forced to possess human hosts, and while quite troublesome to fight, it is relatively easy to bring him down and most definitely killable. As opposed to a godlike Lord of Hell, he's comparable to a more standard tier demon that Constantine regularly deals with, albeit a very persistent one.
  • Arch-Enemy: He quickly becomes a very personal enemy to several of the heroes:
    • To John Constantine, for forcing him to banish his lover Desmond to hell and then taking over the latter's body just to torment John.
    • To Nate Heywood, for manipulating and then later killing his father Hank.
    • To Nora Darhk, who is framed for Hank's death and whom he tries to manipulate into letting him possess her, playing mind games with her, involving her own deceased father.
  • Big Bad: Of Legends Season 4.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With his lover Tabitha, after she is freed nearing the end of Legends Season 4.
  • Demonic Possession: Possesses Ray after Nora and John pull him out of Desmond.
  • The Dreaded: The Fairy Godmother willingly chose to be imprisoned in Hell again rather than oppose him. Subverted later when it was more out of love for him than fear, but he still is this to John.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As evil as they both may be, Neron genuinely loves Tabitha.
  • Evil Is Petty: Wanted Constantine's help to overthrow Hell, even gaining ownership of soul to do so - John told him to piss off. Things got messy from there, John's lover Desmond made a deal with Neron to save John, but unfortunately this tethered him to Neron so when John banished Neron to Hell, Desmond was damned too. Nero gets a kick of using Desmond's face and voice just to mess with John.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Neron is witty and charming, acting very friendly towards his enemies. At the same time, he can't seem to go more than a few minutes without saying or doing something to remind the viewers that he's a particularly nasty demon.
  • Hate Plague: He's a a walking, talking, and really quite gleeful one. He causes multiple fights at his motel just by arriving, and his influence causes John and Nora to briefly be at each other's throats, and Nate to punch Ray, although the Legends being aware of his power allows them to get a grip on themselves before things go too far.
  • I Gave My Word: Despite being an evil demon, he is bound to keep his word whenever he makes a deal with somebody. This proves to be his undoing: As he promised to spare Nate in exchange for Ray's body, Constantine and Nate trick him into killing the latter, which causes him to lose Ray's body.
  • Killed Off for Real: After getting expelled from Ray's body, Constantine finishes him off.
  • Leitmotif: "Pop Goes The Weasel." He frequently whistles it, which makes bystanders in his proximity become extremely violent and destructive.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He's Hank's superior in the half-baked scheme to use magical creatures as living weapons.
  • The Mind Is A Play Thing Of The Body: In-series. He takes on a few personality traits of whoever he is possessing. While inside Desmond's body, he is an Affably Evil calm, stoic and always in-control demon. While inhabiting Ray's body, he picks up some of his dorky traits and silly mannerisms. None of these "borrowed" traits make him any less vile and loathsome however.
  • Nightmare Face: Lets just say his face is not something people with Trypophobia should look at.
  • Pungeon Master: While inside Ray's body, he litters his demon-tracking app presentation with genuinely cringeworthy puns. No doubt a minor side-effect of possessing Ray's body.
  • Sadist: According to John, he doesn't just want to win, he wants to win the cruelest way possible.
  • The Starscream: He wants to overthrow the ruling triumvirate of Hell.
  • Supernatural Fear Inducer: In addition to his Hate Plague he also naturally plays up on people's fears. He wants to unleash the magical fugitives the Time Bureau captured on humanity so they'll give up their souls to him in exchange for safety.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The excessively silly Season Four gets balanced out by the fittingly despicable and nightmarish Neron.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Murders Hank Heywood after the latter tries to stand up to him.

    Astra Logue 

    Marchosias 

Marchosias

Species: Hellhound

Aliases: "Gary Jr.", Canine of Chaos

Voiced By: Andrew Morgado

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

A hellhound which impersonated a Jack Russell Terrier that Gary found in Hell and which was adopted by him as his Emotional support animal, before revealing his true colours.


Fifth Dimension

    Mr. Mxyzptlk 

Mr. Mxyzptlk

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Brought To You By The Letter ... "M"?
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"Some say there's no way of knowing. But I say first, ask Mr. Mxyzpltk!"

Species: Interdimensional Imp

Portrayed By: Peter Gadiot (season 2), Thomas Lennon (season 5)

Appearances: Supergirl

A mysterious trickster from the Fifth Dimension.


  • Achilles' Heel: If he can be tricked into saying, writing or even typing his own name backwards, he'll be banished back to the 5th Dimension.note 
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He's not a 3' imp in a bowler hat - he's played by British heartthrob Peter Gadiot. Downplayed in season 5 where he's played by the more homely Thomas Lennon, though still fairly tall and attractive compared to most adaptations.
  • Adaptational Badass: Most versions of the character are 90-pound weaklings and are helpless without their powers. Not this one.
  • Adaptational Curves: Instead of being 3 inches short and scrawny, he's tall and fit in his first body.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the comics, Mxy is a trickster imp whose primary motivation is trolling Superman. Here he's a Stalker with a Crush fixated on Supergirl, though he later comes around.
  • Age Lift: Usually depicted as a balding old man. Here, he's around the late 20s to early 30snote . His later appearance splits the difference and shifts him more into a middle aged man.
  • Alliterative Name: Mr. Mxyzptlk.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: He claims the only things he can't do with his powers are: make someone fall in love with him, stop someone from killing themselves, and make someone drink orange juice.
  • The Atoner: In Season 5, he has been ordered to atone for his mischief by helping all of the people he antagonized in the past.
  • Badass Fingersnap: He sometimes uses fingersnaps to initiate his reality distortion.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: This version of Mr. Mxyzptlk is far more casually murderous than the mischievous imp of the comics. J'onn and Mon-El even note that all 5th dimensional beings love to party, but are dangerous.
  • Brought Down to Badass: When his reality warping powers are temporarily negated, he boasts that he still knows his way around a fist fight and proves it by taking on Mon-El.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Parodied: he dons a Superman outfit emblazoned with the letter "M" in a pentagonal shield. Kara's not amused.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: To be fair, it's probably hard to be of sound mind when you can bend the laws of the Universe into a pretzel.
  • A God Am I: He boasts to Mon-El, "I'm a god, and you're a loser."
  • Good Feels Good: After helping Kara, he contemplates that being a better person genuinely feels good to him.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In his second appearance, he has stopped antagonizing people and instead tries to help Kara fixing her relationship with Lena.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: He laments this as he's being banished back to the 5th Dimension. Kara says you can't force love, you have to let it find you.
  • I Lied: When Mon-El challenges him to a duel for Kara's hand, Mxyzptlk provides pistols that he claims can kill even him. Mon-El immediately shoots him, but it does nothing, then he calls him a fool for thinking he would give him a chance at victory.
  • Moment Killer: Interrupts a romantic moment between Kara and Mon-El at the end of "Luthors".
  • No Ontological Inertia: All of the damage he causes, such as the destroyed statue of Jor-El, resets when he's banished back to the 5th dimension.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: His name has no vowels in it unless you count "y". Good luck pronouncing it.note  Kara pronounces it "Mix-yiz-pitulik".
  • Not Wearing Tights: Mxy is usually wearing colorful tights in the comics. Like all Live-Action Adaptation of the character, he's wearing black clothes. The closest thing he wears to a spandex is the fake Superman suit.
  • The Nth Doctor: It's revealed in "It's a Super Life" that he can glamour his appearances, which accounts for being played by different actors.
  • Physical God: He thinks of himself as a god. Given he can warp reality on a whim, he has a right to this claim.
  • Reality Warper: Mxyzptlk is from the 5th Dimension, where the laws of physics aren't quite so mandatory, and its inhabitants can alter reality as easily as snap their fingers.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: Mr. Mxy usually spends his days annoying Kara's cousin Clark.
  • Smug Super: Thanks to his vast powers, he mocks Mon-El at every turn as an inferior suitor for Kara.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He pops up at the end of "Luthors" to declare he's in love with Kara. He later says he's been observing Kara from the 5th Dimension.
  • Unexpected Character: Despite his comic counterpart being a regular thorn in the Super family's side, he has no relevance to his debut episode's plot and shows up completely unannounced. Of course, ol Mxy's kind of infamous for such behavior.
  • Yandere: He makes it clear he is willing to go as far as destroy the Earth until Kara agrees to be his wife.

Cosmic Entities

    Mar Novu / The Monitor 

Mar Novu / The Monitor

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Species: Maltusian

Played By: LaMonica Garrett

Appearances: Elseworldsnote  | Arrow | Supergirl | Legends of Tomorrow | The Flash | Batwoman | Crisis on Infinite Earthsnote 

An extraterrestrial being of infinite power.


  • Adaptational Species Change: He is a Maltusian since he is a Composite Character with Krona.
  • Adaptational Villainy: He is much more aggressive than his comics counterpart in his plan to save The Multiverse by destroying universes that fail his test, and he shows dismissive cruelty toward anyone who calls him out on it.
  • Aesop Enforcer: He ensures that Oliver learns that there are some times he can't change things and J'onn learns to let go of his past.
  • Alternate Self: Played with. The Mar Novu we knew all along is actually saved from becoming the Monitor through our heroes' time travel intervention and ends up living the long and happy life with his family the Monitor wished he had. Unfortunately, it doesn't matter; in an infinite multiverse this just means a different version of Novu from another timeline created the Anti-Monitor and the Crisis happens anyway.
  • Ambiguously Evil: His manipulative and secretive nature cast doubts on whether he wants to cause the Crisis or if he is trying to avert it. He's eventually confirmed to be on the level, but he's a solid Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Ambition Is Evil: The original Mar Novu was a decent, caring person who loved his family, and in his backstory episode even jokes to his wife that his one flaw is his "overpowering ambition" as a scientist. He's more right than he knows — that one decision to pursue the time travel experiment damns the entire Multiverse.
  • Back from the Dead: He get's killed by Harbinger, who is mind-controlled by the Anti-Monitor in Hour 3 of the Crisis. However, he gets resurrected, as evidence of him reuniting Oliver and Felicity a good 20 years into the future.
  • Badass Baritone: He has a very deep voice.
  • Badass Cape: A Physical God capable of wiping out existence who wears a black-and-yellow cape.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • His gambit to bring Malefic from the Phantom Zone was a plan to make the otherwise powerful J'onn try to reform him and make up with his past in the process.
    • He rescues Lex Luthor due to his wide scientific intelligence. He uses him to find the Superman that serves as the Paragon of Truth.
  • Been There, Shaped History:
    • It appears he's had a far bigger presence in Arrowverse history than first meets the eye. Mar Novu gave vast knowledge to Al-Fatih, the founder and first ever Ra's Al-Ghul, who then used this knowledge to found the League of Assassins. It's also implied that Al-Fatih made the League to maintain balance was something that the Monitor intimated him into doing.
    • It's revealed he Was Once a Man, a scientist who tried to peer into the dawn of time and inevitably opened up The Multiverse to the Antimatter Universe and allowed Mobius the Antimonitor to discover its existence and attempt to destroy it.
  • Big Bad: He is the one responsible for the events of Elseworlds, though Dr. John Deegan is the one actually using the Book of Destiny to warp reality.
  • Big Good: He's become this for the whole The Multiverse with the Crisis approaching, being the one chance everyone has to continue existing. However he's still a Well-Intentioned Extremist. After he dies in Hour 3 of the Crisis, Oliver as the Spectre takes over his role for the last 2 parts.
  • The Chessmaster: The Monitor spends Season 8 of Arrow, Season 6 of The Flash, and Season 5 of Supergirl manipulating events and collecting various allies, all to oppose the Anti-Monitor.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: Mar Novu is facing an unambiguously evil entity attempting to destroy all of existence. However, Mar Novu is not above doing morally grey actions like destroying entire Earths, putting people through outright torturous psychological trials or jeopardizing alternate versions of a hero to find the Paragon of Truth.
  • Composite Character:
    • With the Monitors as a whole, who are less benevolent than the particular Monitor he is based off in the comics.
    • Since the Green Lantern Corps were Adapted Out of this adaptation, his homeworld is Maltus, and Mar Novu takes the role of Krona as the one who attempted to peer into the dawn of time to watch creation unfold.
  • Cosmic Entity: He's about a textbook example as you can get and literally referred to one In-Universe.
  • Create Your Own Villain: In a very literal and cosmic example of this trope, the same time travel accident that suffused the scientist Mar Novu and his protective suit with cosmic energy and turned him into the Monitor also somehow allowed the Antimatter Universe to take physical form and create an avatar based on himself, with a will and personality based on his own.
  • Deal with the Devil:
    • While it may be going too far to describe Novu as evil, he's still an antagonist, and during Elseworlds, Oliver strikes a bargain with him in order to save Barry and Kara's lives. At the end of Arrow Season Seven, Novu comes to collect, telling Oliver of his inescapable death in the coming crisis and recruiting him to help Novu avert the crisis.
    • After the aforementioned bargain comes to pass, Felicity makes her own deal with Novu to be reunited with Oliver. While he does warn her that there is no turning back from this decision, he grants her request with no strings attached.
  • Ex-Big Bad: While he was never evil, he did serve as the main threat of Elseworlds, before he went on to become the Big Good for the Arrowverse leading up to Crisis on Infinite Earths.
  • For Science!: The initial motivation of his mortal self. Similar to Krona in the comics, there seems to be no practical benefit to his time travel experiment but the prospect of being the first mortal to witness the dawn of the universe itself is just too good to pass up.
  • For the Lulz: When he shows up in the "Legends" Season 4 finale, it isn't to stir up trouble or collect one of the heroes to aid him combating the Crisis. He just wants to see what hijinks the Legends are causing for what seems to be his own amusement.
  • A God Am I: Downplayed. He calls himself a god when Oliver confronts him in his realm. Oliver doesn't think he is, but the Monitor counters that there's no better description for what he is, so "god" will have to do.
  • Good All Along: Season 8 of Arrow raises the possibility that Novu will cause the Crisis, rather than avert it, leading Oliver to seek out a means of destroying the Monitor. It's eventually established that Novu is on the side of the angels, and is even a bit kinder than he seems, although he remains a Well-Intentioned Extremist and an example of Good Is Not Nice.
  • Good Is Not Nice: The Monitor is ultimately out to avert the destruction of the multiverse, but his methods are harsh and coldly pragmatic, while the Monitor himself is a callous jerkass, though he's not incapable of kindness.
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
    • For Season Seven of Arrow; Elseworlds is the only time that Novu presents a direct threat, but because of the bargain he struck with Oliver, his shadow looms over the latter half of the season and, totally independent of the season's main threat, Novu removes Oliver from the story, setting him on a path guaranteed to end with his death.
    • At the end of Season Four of Supergirl, Novu brings Malefic J'onzz to Earth, laying the groundwork for whatever damage J'onn's evil brother will cause in Season Five. Subverted, as his intent wasn't for Malefic to wreak havoc, but to allow J'onn to make peace with his brother and his personal demons to ensure that J'onn is ready to fight in the Crisis.
    • Season 8 of Arrow reveals Novu was responsible for creating the League of Assassins, having bestowed divine knowledge upon Al-Fatih, the man who would become the first Ra's Al-Ghul and found the League. Given the League has had a presence in almost every season of Arrow, this makes Mar Novu the Greater-Scope Villain of the entire show.
  • Happily Married: It's revealed he was married to a scientist partner and lived happily with her.
  • Hero Killer: He's very powerful and his introduction alone shows the corpses of several superheroes who failed to stop him. And since he destroyed Earth-90, he also killed the entire cast of The Flash (1990) except for the titular protagonist.
  • Hidden Depths: Hour Three of Crisis On Infinite Earths reveals that Novu once had a family, and that he regrets placing his work above them.
  • Ironic Name: In his origin story it turns out "the Monitor" was originally the affectionate nickname he gave his wife, who acted as his Mission Control in his ill-fated time trip and whose judgment he trusted implicitly. He has since been unwillingly placed in this role for everyone else in the Multiverse.
  • Jerkass Gods: Oliver rejects the notion that Monitor is a god, and Novu himself only uses the term for lack of a better word, but he is unquestionably a being of vast power, and, despite noble goals, is quite a harsh and callous individual.
  • Magical Negro: A god-like entity with an appearance of an African human male.
  • My Greatest Failure: He considers allowing the Anti-Monitor to come into existence to be this.
  • Named by the Adaptation: His comics counterpart is just called the Monitor, with the name Novu actually came from the Overmonitor from the comics. Though eventually the name Mar Novu would also make it into the comics based on the Arrowverse version.
  • Never My Fault: As Oliver notes, he brushes off any responsibility for the harm he causes, trying to claim that he is above moral concerns.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: It is revealed that his actions were the cause of the Crisis.
    • He sent Earth-90 Barry to the Netherverse to silence him in Elseworlds. That way, he exposed Barry to be kidnapped by the Anti-Monitor and made to run a treadmill that empowers an antimatter cannon that destroys Earths.
    • His morally ambiguous tactics made Nash Wells think he was a charlatan and led him to open the Anti-Monitor's prison and thus endanger the Multiverse as a whole.
    • Him travelling to the dawn of time was what unleashed the Anti-Monitor in the first place.
  • Not Helping Your Case: While his fears are rightful, his morally ambiguous approach makes him very distrusted by everyone.
  • Not So Above It All: Even the grim and perpetually serious Monitor isn't safe from the crazy world of the Legends. When they put on their show at Heyworld in the season finale, Mar Novu shows up and proceeds to...just enjoy the hijinks with some popcorn and not much else.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • Meeting with Oliver at the end of Arrow Season Seven, the Monitor sounds genuinely regretful about Oliver's imminent, inevitable death.
    • Oliver's death in the Crisis clearly shocks and even saddens the Monitor, who failed to foresee Oliver dying the way he did, and sorrowfully reflecting on his sacrifice.
    • Working alongside Lex Luthor clearly tries the Monitor's patience; while justifying his presence to Kara, Novu sounds distinctly annoyed that keeping Lex around is necessary.
    • Talking to Lois about his family, Novu actually laughs while reminiscing, and he laments failing to prioritize them over his work as the Monitor.
  • Omniscient Morality License: Certainly believes he has one, since he's trying to save The Multiverse.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Grants Felicity's request to be reunited with Oliver with no strings attached.
    • When speaking to Barry about the latter's upcoming death, Novu seems as regretful as he ever gets, showing definite Villain Respect for Barry.
    • In Season 8 of Arrow, despite the questions raised about Novu's morality, he does this a few times:
      • He is revealed to have brought the future Team Arrow to the present day to allow Oliver to get to know his grown children before he dies and let them have a closure with their father.
      • After Laurel passes a Secret Test of Character to confirm that she can be trusted, the Monitor puts her in a time loop along with Oliver (whom the Monitor is trying to teach a lesson) so that she can make peace with Quentin's death.
    • He actually brought Malefic J'onnz to give J'onn an oportunity to let go of his past.
  • Physical God: He's capable of wiping out universes and is tremendously powerful.
  • Promoted to Opening Titles: LaMonica Garrett gets upgraded to series regular for The Flash and Arrow, simultaneously.
  • Reality Warper: He is capable of erasing universes.
  • Reality-Writing Book: The Book of Destiny lets whoever holds it rewrite the world to their whims. The Monitor gives it to individuals on various Earths to cause chaos, seeing if the heroes would be able to stop them.
  • Ret-Canon: While the Monitor has always existed, the name Mar Novu is a creation of the show, which too eventually made its way into the comics.
  • Sarcasm Failure: Even the seemingly all-powerful and ever-collected Monitor is left speechless when he hears Lex Luthor unironically call himself a hero.
  • Secret Test of Character:
    • He offered to restore the destroyed Earth-2 if Laurel would betray Oliver. When she refused, the Monitor rewarded her (albeit in a characteristically odd way) by allowing her to come to terms with her surrogate father's death.
    • Freeing Malefic from the Phantom Zone was a test for J'onn, to see if he could overcome his personal demons and prove himself a worthy champion to fight in the Crisis.
  • Scary Black Man: A Physical God capable of wiping existence who has an appearance of an African human.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: The primary motive for his actions is to visit various Earths and subject their heroes to the Book of Destiny's reality-warping powers to see if they can overcome it, often resulting in massive casualties.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: While he doesn't directly appear in the fifth season of Supergirl prior to the Crisis itself, his very act of rescuing Malefic from the Phantom Zone and bringing him to National City has a profound impact on the events of the season, as mentioned in Greater-Scope Villain above.
  • The Stoic: Unemotional, patient, and composed at all times, Novu is the picture of godly detachment.
  • Super Reflexes: When Earth-90 Barry charges him, Novu casually flicks a finger and conjures a portal before Barry can do anything.
  • Superhero Paradox: He unwitingly caused the Crisis by all his actions. His interest on going to the Dawn of Time leads to the creation of Mobius, while his morally ambiguous actions end up cauusing the Crisis.
  • Thinking Up Portals: With a twitch of his finger, he can conjure portals from anywhere to anywhere, so quickly that he can portal away a speedster effortlessly.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: He is willing to do morally dubious things to save the multiverse, like destroying universes or endangering alternate versions of Superman.
  • Was Once a Man: 10,000 years ago, he was once a mortal time traveler who journeyed to the dawn of time.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is creating chaos across the multiverse in the hope that heroes would arise and overcome it, because a threat even more powerful than him is coming; as such, if they can't stop him, the multiverse has no chance. Once the Anti-Monitor makes himself known, all of Novu's actions come off as justified compared to the threat that his nemesis poses to everything.
  • Wowing Cthulhu:
    • While he isn’t exactly easy to read, he seems to harbor a deep respect for Oliver in particular, as Oliver isn’t wowed by his godlike feats and treats him no differently than he would any other being, coupled with his bullheaded stubbornness to always be a hero, despite his claims that he isn’t. He tells Oliver with sincerity that he is sorry to inform him of his death in the Crisis, and the first time he actually seems to show emotion is when he is explaining Oliver’s apparent Heroic Sacrifice to the other heroes at the end of the first hour of the crossover.
    • After Lois manages to prompt him into discussing his family (and show actual emotion as he does so), the Monitor takes a moment to be impressed at how capable a reporter she is.
  • You Have Failed Me: When Earth-90 Barry Allen asks him why he's causing destruction, he simply responds with this trope.

    Mobius / The Anti-Monitor 

Mobius / The Anti-Monitor

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Species: Unknown (Antimatter clone of Mar Novu)

Played By: LaMonica Garrett

Appearances: Batwoman | Supergirl | The Flash | Arrow | Crisis on Infinite Earthsnote 

An Alternate Universe version of The Monitor from the Antimatter Universe.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He's a grotesque version of his counterpart with a corpselike pallor, but at least he still looks basically human, whereas the comics Anti-Monitor was a grotesquely distorted suit of armor containing a roiling, shapeless energy cloud. It is because the appearance is more inspired in the New 52 version rather than the original one of Crisis on Infinite Earths.
  • Advancing Wall of Doom: He destroys universes with a wave of antimatter that consumes everything it touches.
  • Alternate Self: To the Monitor, being his antimatter counterpart.
  • And I Must Scream: His final fate is being shrinked down and trapped in the Microverse.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Monitor. Everything Mar Novu does is in preparation for the Crisis and to oppose the Anti-Monitor, and he considers allowing Mobius to come into being at all to be his greatest failure.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: The closest thing we get to an explanation of who the Anti-Monitor is and why he does the things he does. Somehow, he is the Antimatter Universe — a humanoid personification of the negative universe's hunger to destroy all life and form and restore primordial chaos. When Mar Novu exposed himself to the Antimatter Universe at the dawn of time and thanks to his protective gear was not instantly destroyed, the Antimatter Universe stole his body and mind and was able to make a sapient avatar to enforce its will.
  • Atrocious Alias: Cisco thinks the term "Anti-Monitor" is ridiculous. (Note that in the comics, both he and his counterpart just called themselves "The Monitor", and "Anti-Monitor" is only what he's called by the denizens of our universe.)
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Concept art has shown he's gigantic and towers over the heroes. His first encounter with Harbinger shows, however, that he can assume a normal humanoid height to interact with others. He grows gigantic in the final confrontation with the heroes.
  • Badass Boast:
    • His first on-screen speaking lines are him delivering one to Harbinger.
      Anti-Monitor: Universe after universe has fallen before my power. World after world, consumed. With every death, I steal my mirror's strength, while mine grows ever stronger. Who am I? I am the Anti-Monitor.
    • Confronting the heroes for the first time prompts another one:
      Anti-Monitor: It is time to end the age of heroes and all you hold close.
    • In the final battle, he keeps boasting
      Anti-Monitor: I am destiny incarnate, inexorable and inescapable. You are nothing. Insects fated to be crushed beneath my heel without a moment's thought. Fighting is useless. Surrender.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: He actually did succeed in his Evil Plan to wipe out the Multiverse, with his victory lasting for a grand 6 months. The Spectre and the Paragons then have to undo his victory and bring the Multiverse back.
  • Bald of Evil: Unlike the beard and strips of hair on the Monitor, the Anti-Monitor is totally bare-headed.
  • Barrier Warrior: When he gets simultaneously attacked by all the Earth-Prime heroes, he activates a force field that completely negates all their attacks.
  • Big Bad: Of Crisis on Infinite Earths and Arrow Season 8. The Crisis is also a looming presence with serious repercussions throughout The Flash Season 6, Supergirl Season 5, Legends of Tomorrow Season 5, and Batwoman Season 1, effectively making him a part of a Big Bad Ensemble for every season in Year Eight of the Arrowverse.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Survives his initial destruction at the hands of Oliver, albeit in a weakened state. He is still powerful enough to casually fend off the collective assault of Earth's heroes and grow gigantic. He has to be shrunken down to a subatomic level to finally be dealt with.
  • Composite Character: Has the role of the Anti-Monitor from the comic version of the events but has the true name of his New 52 counterpart.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: In Elseworlds, Mar Novu in that the latter did what he did to test if the heroes could survive a someone more dangerous than him, while the Anti-Monitor actually wants to destroy all the multiverse.
  • Cosmic Entity: He has the same powers as Mar Novu, and is stated by the latter to be far more powerful.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: He has very pale, watery blue eyes that bring to mind supernatural creatures in folklore.
  • Dark Is Evil: The Anti-Monitor is a hideous and omnicidal antithesis of the Monitor that covers himself in dark armor and uses the nightmarish shadow demons as his army.
  • Demonic Possession: In Hour Three of Crisis On Infinite Earths, he possesses Harbinger to attack the heroes and the Monitor directly. After he successfully restarts the antimatter wave, he seemingly discards the vessel afterwards, since the Harbinger is shown disintegrated along with the remaining survivors in the Waverider.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone who fears the Crisis fears him, they just don't know it yet. Hell, even the Monitor is scared of him!
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His voice could be heard throughout the final Arrowverse shows before the Crisis. The only one show he wasn't heard is Legends due to their Season premiere airing after the event.
  • Evil Doppelgänger: The evil antimatter counterpart to our Monitor.
  • Evil Gloating: After he is close to destroying the Multiverse, he smugly boasts about all of his plans and how the heroes are completely powerless to stop him.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He could rival Thanos in this regard, with how much he loves to make dramatic Badass Boasts.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He speaks in the Monitor's already deep and powerful baritone, with the Anti-Monitor's voice lacking the hints of kindness that are present in his counterpart.
  • Expy: Appearance-wise, he resembles Apocalypse.
  • Facial Horror: His face is hideously deformed, making him look like a twisted, undead copy of the Monitor.
  • Final Boss: Of Arrow. He is the last opponent Oliver Queen faces and ultimately has to sacrifice himself to stop.
  • A God Am I: His goal is to obliterate the multiverse so that he can reign over the Antimatter Universe. Unlike many characters with this mentality, the Anti-Monitor has the power to back it up.
  • Gravity Master: While possessing Harbinger, the Anti-Monitor demonstrates the ability to increase gravity to the point that even Kryptonians can't move.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of the entire Arrowverse overall. The Anti-Monitor is a threat on a scale that dwarfs every other in the multiverse; everything the Monitor does is to oppose the Anti-Monitor and prevent his wholesale destruction of many universes.
  • Hero Killer: The Anti-Monitor's multiversal rampage has destroyed countless worlds and slain countless heroes, but he truly earns this status by destroying Earth-38, with his legions of shadow demons mortally wounding Oliver in the process. He takes it a step further in Hour Three of the crossover, overpowering all of the heroes and the Monitor with ease, and successfully destroying Earth-1 and the Waverider, killing everyone except for six of the seven Paragons and Lex Luthor.
  • Hidden Villain:
    • While Team Flash and Team Arrow have been aware for a long time of the looming crisis, they may not even realize that there's an actual sapient entity that's causing it (were it not for a minor line by The Monitor during the second part of Elseworlds). Other than this line, he is never directly referenced prior to the crisis itself. However, this is only an In-Universe example, as promotional material has revealed him long before the pre-Crisis storylines, and anyone familiar with the source material would likely have guessed it even prior to that.
    • Applies as well regarding his physical appearance. Even though he had destroyed dozens of universes beforehand, disregarding promotional pics, Mobius did not actually debut until Hour Two of the Crisis (Batwoman Season 1, Episode 9) and only as a cameo in the end.
  • Jerkass Gods: While the Monitor is no paragon of virtue himself, the Anti-Monitor is infinitely worse, being a cruel, sadistic, and megalomaniacal Omnicidal Maniac who destroys universes so that he can rule over the Antimatter Universe as its sole deity.
  • The Juggernaut:
    • The antimatter wave he uses cannot be stopped, only delayed. The best efforts of the heroes only buys time for Earth-38's population to partially evacuate before the world is consumed and billions are killed. Even when the antimatter cannon that produces the wave is destroyed, the Anti-Monitor soon becomes powerful enough to recreate the wave himself, and it destroys Earth-1 unchallenged.
    • The Anti-Monitor himself commands immense power that only grows as he destroys more worlds and saps power from the Monitor. Even when using Harbinger as a vessel rather than fighting himself, he proves capable of overpowering Superman of Earth-96 with ease, defeating the assembled heroes without breaking a sweat, and overwhelming the Monitor himself after a brief contest.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • After using Nash to free himself and instigate the Crisis, the Anti-Monitor turns him into Pariah, forcing Nash to watch the annihilation of the multiverse, powerless to stop the carnage.
    • He uses Earth-90's Barry Allen as a power source for the antimatter cannon.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Crisis he instigates instantly darkens the tone of every story it impacts, with Crisis On Infinite Earths itself quickly becoming one of the darkest and most dire stories in the entire Arrowvere. Overall, he is by far the worst villain in the franchise.
  • In Their Own Image: In destroying the multiverse, the Anti-Monitor intends to replace it with the Antimatter Universe so that he can rule over it.
  • Light Is Not Good: The antimatter wave consumes Earths in a bright light and leaves a white void behind. Harbinger's eyes also glow white while the Anti-Monitor possesses her.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He exploited Nash Wells' hatred for the Monitor in order to free himself.
  • Meaningful Name: A Möbius strip is a two-dimensional surface that only has one side. The Multiverse once had "two sides", the positive matter universe of life and form and its chaotic, formless antimatter counterpart. Mobius the Anti-Monitor is the Antimatter Universe's desire given human shape to annihilate the positive matter side and be all that exists.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: He has invaded and destroyed countless universes.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: The closest the franchise has ever come to the literal definition. He is in all respects unkillable and hence he does not end up dying. Instead he is defeated by trapping him in an eternally shrinking state where he won't be able to cause trouble for the Multiverse any longer.
  • Offscreen Villainy: We don't see him destroy Earth-2 but we know he’s the cause.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His goal appears to be the destruction of the entire Multiverse, one universe at a time.
  • The Omniscient: Another aspect that makes him particularly unsettling is he seems to know everything, no matter what time in history or version of the Multiverse it is. At the Dawn of Time he knew about the Paragons, how he was created from Mar Novu, and even how Oliver Queen was trained by Jim Corrigan. The version of him recreated on Earth-Prime in the new multiverse is also aware of his past defeat, greeting the Paragons again.
  • Palette Swap:
    • Has the same suit as Mar Novu but with darker colors and more muted.
    • Mobius' bluish skin and light blue eye color are both inversion of Mar Novu's brownish skin and dark brown eye color, respectively.
  • Physical God: He's even more powerful than the Monitor, being able to unleash a wave of antimatter capable of destroying the entire multiverse. At the height of his power, he can trigger the antimatter wave without any technology or outside help and obliterate the last of the multiverse.
  • Power Parasite: As he destroys more and more worlds, the Anti-Monitor saps power from the Monitor. Confronting him while possessing Harbinger allows the Anti-Monitor to steal all of the Monitor's power, giving him the ability to restart the antimatter wave and effectively making him a god.
  • Red Shirt Army: He commands an army of Shadow Demons. While each individual one are pretty much fodder that can be dispelled with a single attack, they are capable of overwhelming by sheer numbers.
  • Ret-Gone: Averted. After many villains being dispatched in this way, he is thus far the only one shown to be immune to this. The Paragons try to prevent his creation by stopping Mar Novu from entering the Netherverse, but Mobius reveals that with an Infinite number of Mar Novus there will always be one to go through with it and bring life to him.
  • Sadist: To "thank" Nash for freeing him, the Anti-Monitor turned him into Pariah and cursed him to bear witness to the Anti-Monitor ravaging the multiverse.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was originally sealed in a monolith, until Nash Wells destroyed it and freed him.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: Hands down the most powerful threat of the entire Arrowverse, overtaking the likes of Zoom, Savitar, Mallus, Neron, and even Manny. The Anti-Monitor is a multiversal level threat and destroys entire universes and killing countless trillions on a whim.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: From a certain point of view at least. The original event had him flat out killed in a Rasputinian Death sequence that culminated into him being punched into the sun by the Superman of Earth-2. He wouldn't be revived until decades after his death. In the Arrowverse, the Anti-Monitor is trapped in an And I Must Scream situation
  • Superhero Movie Villains Die: Averted. He might be the only character to be have Complete Immortality, in that there is no known way to kill him. So they do the next best thing, which is to trap him in an eternally shrinking state where he will no longer be able to influence the Multiverse.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: As he proudly boasts, he is "destiny incarnate" and the one villain who is completely immune to being Ret-Gone. Even when the Paragons prevent one Mar Novu from creating his existence, another Mar Novu succumbs to ambition and inadvertently creates him instead.
  • Voice of the Legion: He has a heavily distorted reverberating voice, to an even greater extent than Mar Novu.
  • Worf Had the Flu: In the final hour of Crisis, he is defeated by a makeshift gizmo that shrinks him down into the Microverse, a far cry from the fact he had been able to No-Sell everything the heroes had thrown against him. It is justified, because, thanks to being defeated by Oliver, the Anti-Monitor hadn't reached his full potential, nor had he destroyed any universes in the multiverse.

Spectres

    In General 
Spectres are mysteriously spirit-like beings who are in-tune with The Multiverse tasked with watching over it.
  • Adaptational Distillation: The Spectre's status as the "Wrath of God" and a spirit binding to mortal host are left unexplained in this version. Here the Spectre is just a really powerful entity who is intune with The Multiverse with low-tier Reality Warper powers.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Oliver's Spectre costume covers substantially more than the comics version, which amounted to a pair of speedos and a cloak. Here Oliver averts the Walking Shirtless Scene.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Oliver as The Spectre while still impressive is nowhere near the scope of power Comics Spectre had, with Oliver mostly presented as a low-tier reality warper as opposed to the near-omnipotent power of most versions of the Spectre. In addition, Comics Spectre managed to stalemate the Anti-Monitor, while here it costs Oliver his lifenote  and the Anti-Monitor was ultimately not defeated (though he was severely weakened)
  • Color Motif: Green seems to be the color they are always associated with. It's the color of the Ghostly Glow they display and the color of Oliver's Spectre outfit.
  • Decomposite Character: Played with. While there have been multiple Spectres in the comics, this is the first time the main Spectre isn't Jim Corrigan but instead Oliver Queen. Jim Corrigan is instead shown passing the mantle onto Oliver and serving as his mentor.
  • Guardian of the Multiverse: Along with the Monitor, this seems to be their main role. To server as The Watcher and only step in when all else fails.
  • In the Hood: It's unclear if this applies to Spectres in general or just Oliver, but a green hood is seen as part of his Spectre outfit.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: They are said to be spirits, but they are not quite the same as usual ghosts either. They exist in a special form of resurrected life that is different from truly being alive but isn't dead either, but it is also possible to properly die while in this form. Oliver also creates a corporeal form for himself after his real mortal body no longer existed.
  • Outside-Context Problem: To the Speed Force of all characters. Turns out the Spectre's powers do not mix well with the Speed Force which culminated in it ceasing to exist.
  • Physical God: They are the closest thing we get, save for actual gods, being Reality Warpers who can match up to a multiverse destroying Cosmic Entity.
  • Power Echoes: As the Spectre, Oliver's voice gains a reverb effect.
  • Reality Warping: A fairly low-scale one as examples of this goes, as while there's a lot they can do, they don't seem to be without restrictions on their powers. So far the feats they've displayed are: Teleportation across universes and time, unlocking a speedster's powers to give them full access to the Speed Force, fighting on even ground against another Cosmic Entity, and the most impressive one being recreating a destroyed Multiverse (albeit with some assistance) after it got obliterated with antimatter.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Even the Monitor could not defeat the Anti-Monitor, so Oliver as the Spectre is brought in to finish the job.

    Jim Corrigan 

Jim Corrigan / The Spectre

Species: Human (Spirit)

Played By: Stephen Lobo

Appearances: Crisis On Infinite Earthsnote 

Once a police officer, Jim Corrigan became a spectre. But now it is time for him to pass the mantle on to someone else.

see the Arrowverse: Other Locales page to see the Earth-1 character who bears his name and background

  • 11th-Hour Ranger: He shows up in Hour Three of Crisis On Infinite Earths just before the Darkest Hour to give Oliver the means of saving reality.
  • Alternate Self: A different Jim Corrigan already appeared on Constantine, however Constantine notes that this is not the Jim Corrigan he knows.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Given that Earth-1 Jim Corrigan is played by a different actor, along with the fact Oliver was in Purgatory that the heroes accessed from Earth-666. There is no indication what Earth this Jim Corrigan belongs to.
  • Ghostly Glow: His eyes glow green at times.
  • The Mentor: Becomes Oliver's final mentor who teaches him the powers of the Spectre.
  • Passing the Torch: He passes on the mantle of the Spectre to the recently deceased Oliver Queen.
  • Teleportation: Seems to possess this power, able to teleport the mortals who entered into Purgatory back to the Waverrider (on another Earth).

    Oliver Queen 

The Fates

    In General 
A trio of sisters who are eons old and used the Loom of Fate to decide the destiny of the multiverse. Until one of them, Clotho, scattered the Loom of Fate across the multiverse before being locked away in a magical prison. She is eventually freed by the Legends and assumes the name of "Charlie" and the appearance of a departed Legend, Amaya Jiwe. Thanks to the Crisis, Clotho informs the Legends that pieces of the Loom are all now in Earth-Prime and her sisters are coming for her.
  • Ascended Extra: The Fates are very minor characters in the comics. Here, they are the focus of Season 5 of Legends of Tomorrow (and retroactively, Clotho has been a main character since Season 4).
  • Big Bad: Atropos and Lachesis form a Big Bad Duumvirate for Legends of Tomorrow season 5. Clotho, the third Fate, is the White Sheep, and actually the Legend known as Charlie.
  • Brown Note Being: True to Greek Mythology they have true forms that kill all mortals in their presence.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: The first Arrowverse big bads to be actual deities from real-life mythology (specifically, Classical Mythology). note 
  • The Evils of Free Will: Their prime justification for seeking the Loom and using it to take back control over the fate of humanity, believing their free will has lead to chaos.
  • Time Abyss: They are probably as old as the multiverse itself.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: All of them are capable of shapeshifting, although for most of Season 4, Clotho is locked to Amaya's likeness.
  • The Weird Sisters: The Moirai themselves, the three sisters who decided the fates of mankind.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: They genuinely believe humanity is better off without free will.

    Clotho 

    Lachesis 

Lachesis

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Species: Deity

Played By: Sarah Strange

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

The oldest of the Fates, she was in charge of measuring the thread of life. Currently, she is living in Hell as the Coin Maker, guiding Astra Logue in her crusade against John Constantine.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: For season 5, along with her sister Atropos, though she is clearly the one in charge.
  • Brains and Brawn: The brains to Atropos' brawn. While Atropos gets her hands dirty, Lachesis' specialty is scheming and manipulation.
  • The Corrupter: She's the one who has been pulling the strings on Astra, stoking the girl's hatred of John Constantine.
  • Evil Mentor: She only helps Astra in her revenge against John so she can track down the Loom of Fate. In "The Great British Fake-Off", she outright manipulates Astra by posing as her to take some of the Encores to find the final piece of the Loom.
  • Fate Worse than Death: In-universe. Lachesis is proud of her power and status as a Fate, so getting turned into an ordinary human at the end of Season 5 must have felt like a fate (no pun intended) worse than death for her.
  • God Was My Copilot: The Coin Maker's real identity is revealed four episodes after she debuts. However, Astra doesn't know her true identity until "The Great British Fake-Off".
  • Humanity Ensues: After the Loom is destroyed, she and Clotho both turn into mortals.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite all the suffering her actions brought, Charlie (instead of killing her) forgives her and urges her to try and give living a human life a shot.
  • The Leader: As the oldest, Clotho refers to Lachesis as the leader of the Fates.
  • The Man Behind the Man: She's the one manipulating Astra, the initial apparent Big Bad for season 5.
  • Physical God: As one of the three Moirai.

    Atropos 

Atropos

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Species: Deity

Played By: Joanna Vanderham

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

The middle of the Fates, she was in charge of terminating the thread of life. Unlike Lachesis, she is more proactive in searching for the Loom, terrorizing the Legends who shelter Clotho and the Loom from them.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Clotho cuts her hand with Genghis' sword before sending her down to the time stream. It's regrown the next time she appears.
  • Bad with the Bone: Her weapons of choice are daggers made of bone she pulls from her forearm.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: For season 5, along with her sister Lachesis, though she acts more like The Dragon.
  • Brains and Brawn: The brawn to Lachesis' brains. She is very good at getting her hands dirty and killing people, while Lachesis tends to handle the manipulation.
  • The Grim Reaper: The Greek Mythological equivalent. Being the Fate in charge of cutting the thread to end a person’s life.
  • Hero Killer: In her first appearance she kills Charlie's band-mates and by the end of the episode she kills Behrad, while the heroes don't stand a chance against her. Oh, but it gets worse. In her next major appearance, she summons a Zombie Apocalypse upon London that ultimately kills Sara, Ava, Nate, Zari, Mick, and Constantine while she herself kills both Astra and Gary with her bone knives.
  • The Juggernaut: Given that she's a Physical God, little to nothing can harm her, while she in turns brings mass death and destruction in her wake.
  • Karmic Death: She dies by being dragged into the Loom, the very artifact her and her sister committed several atrocities for to find, seconds before it's destroyed in an explosion.
  • Knight of Cerebus: When she first makes her debut midway through season 5 she makes the tone drastically darker. She starts by killing Charlie's former bandmates, and appears to be an unstoppable force of nature that will get the Loom of Fate by any means. In the episode's climax she even kills Behrad.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: If there is any perceived problem, her first reaction is to brutally kill it.
  • Necromancer:
  • No-Sell: She shrugs off being stabbed by Genghis' sword, which normally disintegrates people to oblivion. That said, the sword is still capable of injuring her, as Charlie cuts her hand with it, although the hand disappears and possibly reattaches itself with her afterwards.
  • No Social Skills: In stark contrast to her sister, she is unable to put any kind of friendly facade whatsoever. She always has a blank stare and speaks extremely bluntly.
  • Physical God: As one of the three Moirai.
  • Superpower Lottery: Super Strength, Nigh-Invulnerability, Time Travel, the ability to easily go to and from hell, necromancy, shapeshifting, and the ability to kill people in two unique ways (in addition to her standard strength and weaponry, both of which are more than enough on their own): by revealing her true form, and by undoing the cheating of death (e.g. by time travel) by severing their chain of fate. Yeah, she's a deity all right.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: In "Zari, Not Zari", she demonstrates her real form twice, the first time killing the last surviving Smell bandmate. The second time, however, she is unable to kill Sara for unknown reasons.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Her name is literally Ancient Greek for "the inevitable". Upon realizing that Behrad basically cheated death by switching places with Zari during the events of "Hey, World!", she pulls his chain of fate and cuts it, killing him.

Unknown

    Music Meister 

Music Meister

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Species: Unknown

Played By: Darren Criss

Appearances: Supergirl | The Flash

A mysterious being playing as a villain who was on Earth-38 before he manages to escape to Earth-1. Manages to put both Supergirl and the Flash under his hypnotic spell.



Alternative Title(s): The Flash 2014 Others

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