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"),
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.
- Big Good: The source of Barry and other good (and evil) speedsters' powers.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 itself chose Barry to be the Flash. Barry gives a Lampshade Hanging for how ridiculous this sounds when he is having a conversation with its avatar of Joe West.Barry: I'm talking to the Speed Force? Isn't that like saying I'm having a conversation with gravity, or light, or...
- 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.
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.
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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Worf Effect: Even with his incredible speed and power, he's as vulnerable to cold as any other speedster. Killer Frost proves this in the Season Three finale of The Flash.
Negative Speed Force
Species: Interdimensional sentient Force
- "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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Played By: Harold Perrineau
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:
- 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.
The Ruling Triumvirate of Hell
- 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
Voiced By: NA
Played By: Beau Daniels
Appearances: Constantine | Legends of Tomorrow
The first angel to fall from God's Grace.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Played By: Mel Tuck
Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow
The second member of the Triumvirate.
Played By: Bill Croft
Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow
The third member of the Triumvirate.
- Beelzebub: Yup, that's who he is.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: In-Universe. Despite being apparently the least popular of the Triumvirate, he's Constantine's personal favorite.
- 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 next to no focus.
Voiced By: Joey Phillips
Appearances: Constantine | Legends of Tomorrow note
The demon who took Astra Logue to Hell as a result of John Constantine's arrogant actions.
- 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.
- 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.
A demon sent by Nergal to kill Liv Aberdine, Furcifer is the first demon of the series that John faces.
- The Dragon: To Negal.
- A God Am I: "Down here, I'M GOD!" He says it as he notices he's absolutely surrounded by electricity.
- Fluffy the Terrible: The name "Furcifer" sounds like a good name for a demon, until you learn that it's actually a type of Chameleon.
- Power of the Storm: Able to summon powerful lightning and tempests.
- Shock and Awe: Has control over electricity which manifests in control over power lines, a city's electrical grid and even dead bodies.
- Starter Villain: His function is pretty much to foreshadow larger threats.
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.
- 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 latters 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.
- Composite Character: 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 Adorkable traits and silly mannerisms. None of these "borrowed" traits make him any less vile and loathsome however.
- 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.
- 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.
Species: Cursed Human / Demon Hybrid
Played by: Bailey Tippen (Constantine); Melody Niemann (Legends of Tomorrow); Olivia Swann (adult)
Appearances: Constantine | Legends of Tomorrow
A girl who was the unfortunate victim of exorcism conducted by John Constantine that went horribly wrong before the start of his solo show sometime in 2014 resulting in her murder and wrongful damnation in Hell by the demon Nergal. Constantine was forever haunted by that act, desperately wishing for a chance to go into Hell and rescue her. He finally got his chance in 2019.
However her time in Hell took a toll on her. Whatever happened she was corrupted thanks to her fear and anger at John Constantine for failing to save her and prematurely aged into a grown woman who was allowed to enter the demon hierarchy rather than be tormented. And she has ambitions to rise up in the ranks...
- Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Astra was never corrupted by her time in Hell and indeed stayed a child until John finally rescued her. Here she's been corrupted and gladly rejects a chance at Salvation just to spite John.
- Ambition Is Evil: Literally, she wants to rise in the demon hierarchy in Hell and with Neron out of the picture, she's free to do just that.
- Big Bad: For Season 5 of "Legends" thanks to the damned souls she's restored to life.
- Break the Cutie: She had the misfortune to be possessed by a demon. And John had the bright idea to summon Nergal to order the lesser demon away. Nergal did ... and then killed her and dragged her soul to Hell. And her time in Hell turned her into a demon with ambitions to rise in the hierarchy.
- The Cameo: Bailey Tippen returns in the third season of Legends of Tomorrow for a brief voice cameo, when Mallus (while possessing Sara) glamours his voice to be that of Astra's in an attempt to manipulate Constantine.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She was originally just part of John's backstory the girl he couldn't save because of his own arrogance and the guilt driving him to redemption. Who would've thought she'd come back five years later as a Big Bad?
- Dragged Off to Hell: John's solution to cast out the demon possessing her was to summon Nergal to order it away. After Nergal did that, he then violently killed Astra and took her soul with him back to Hell.
- Enemy Mine: She helps John and Nora free Ray's soul from Neron's vault, because she needs Neron out of the way to further her own ambitions.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: John blames himself for her death and eternal damnation. Interestingly, everybody else involved in the New Castle incident also had similar responses, from Gary turning to heavier drugs to others being absolutely horrified at the idea of working with Constantine again.
- Not His Sled: In the comics, John did manage to rescue her and send her to Heaven. Here she's been corrupted by Hell and refuses the chance to leave as spite for John failing her all those years ago.
- Race Lift: Astra is white in the comics but black in the show.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: No innocent child is bound to do well in Hell; we don't know the specifics but she now aspires to climb up the demon hierarchy.
- Walking Spoiler: John goes to Hell in the penultimate episode of Season 4 of "Legends". The ruling Triumvirate offers to free her, but Astra's time in Hell has corrupted her. And she wants revenge for John's failure to save her.
- Younger Than They Look: Nergal took her to Hell when she was only a little girl. But during her time there, she was corrupted
Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow (mentioned only)
An alien species that will conquer Earth in the very distant future.
- Alien Invasion: They are seemingly fated to conquer Earth, which is why the Time Masters manipulated events to put Vandal Savage in charge. They believe a united Earth, even under Savage, is the only way to stop them.
- The Ghost: They have yet to make an appearance.
- Greater-Scope Villain: To Season One of Legends of Tomorrow, as they provided Vandal Savage with his powers to begin with (along with Hawkman and Hawkgirl) and are also the reason the Time Masters helped him rise to power, but do not actually make an appearance in the season.
- Precursors: They were the ones responsible for the meteor shower in Ancient Egypt that granted Vandal Savage immortality and Kendra and Carter their powers.
- Winged Humanoid: Kind of their trademark, as their Nth metal creates these.
Appearances: The Flash | Arrow | Legends of Tomorrow
An Alien Invasion force that engages all of the heroes of the Arrowverse.
- See Arrowverse: Earth-38 Outside Earth page for for their Earth-38 counterparts.
- Adaptational Deviation: Of a Race Lift sort: post-Crisis, they were normally yellow, not green, with giant red spots on their heads. (The original pre-Crisis Domninators were blue.)
- Always Lawful Evil: As with their comic counterparts.
- Androcles' Lion: Subverted. The Dominator who was saved from human experimentation by Cisco, Felicity, and Nate is grateful, but not enough to want to spare the metahumans on Earth.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: They are a full species rather than a villain who operated alone at the time. The Dominators are hardly interested in any star-crossed couple, but on metahumans, especially Barry. Another difference is that Vandal Savage was a human mutant while the Dominators are aliens.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The adult Dominator that attacks the Legends in the 1980s is only there to rescue her child. Once the Legends rescue the baby Dominator from the human government agents that have captured it and reunite it with its mother, she is grateful to them and immediately leaves Earth without causing any further trouble.
- Exposed Extraterrestrials: Unlike in the comics where they wore robes, here they are nude, in part because CGI of flowing robes would be difficult.
- Fantastic Racism: Having seen meta-people run rampant on other worlds, they've made it their mission to purge other planets of them ASAP.
- Little Green Men: Their minions, though the Dominion leaders share that trope.
- Mind-Control Device: Their devices are capable of controlling anyone, including Supergirl.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The Dominator leaders' mouths are filled with absurdly long, dagger-like teeth.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Dominators. Lampshaded by Wally:Wally: Okay, that is not the name of a species that comes in peace.
- Obviously Evil: Between their appearance and their name, it's pretty obvious that they fit the stereotype of evil, invader aliens. However, it's also played with in that they're Well Intentioned Extremists who genuinely believe they're doing the heroic thing for the universe.
- Out Of Context Villain: Aliens are something completely out of Barry and Team Flash's expertise, leading Barry to consult Kara, who is a friendly alien.
- Scary Dogmatic Aliens: Their dogma being "any potential threat to our world has to be eliminated".
- Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Their Earth-38 counterparts had no qualms buying slaves, so it's likely the Earth-1 Dominators do, too.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Their ultimate goal is to deal with perceived threats to their world, including Metahumans (which they've seen happen to other words) after Barry created Flashpoint. That includes killing millions if needed.
StarroA starfish from outer space that Kid Flash defeated in Blue Valley.
- Easter Egg: Nothing more than a fun nod for the fans.
- The Ghost: Wally only mentioned it and it has yet to make a physical appearance.
- No Name Given: Wally never refers to it as Starro, only calling it "a starfish from outer space".
- Noodle Incident: It apparently invaded Blue Valley at some point before Wally put a stop to it.
- Offscreen Villainy: It never makes a physical appearance, as Wally defeats it offscreen while he's in Blue Valley.
- Starfish Aliens: A literal starfish alien.
Species: Interdimensional Imp
Portrayed By: Peter Gadiot
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Age Lift: Usually depicted as a balding old man. Here, he's around the late 20s to early 30snote .
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- An Ice Person: Thanks to copying Killer Frost's powers.
- Assimilation Backfire: Assimilating all of the superheroes' powers means he has all of their weaknesses as well.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: Designed to fight metahumans with the capability to copy their powers.
- Combo Platter Powers: Due to copying various hero's abilities, as well as Superman and Supergirl's own combo platter powers.
- Fun with Acronyms: Anti Metahuman Adaptive Zootomic Organism.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Possibly has this due to copying Green Arrow's skills.
- Mythology Gag: His design is similar to the A.M.A.Z.O. from Justice League Unlimited, whose name was also in an acronym.
- One Steve Limit: The name Amazo was first used for the ship that Oliver was imprisoned aboard during the Season 2 flashbacks. This version is much Truer to the Text.
- Power Copying: As with all versions of Amazo.
- Rubber Man: Thanks to copying Elongated Man's powers.
- Super Speed: Thanks to copying Flash's speed. Although whether or not this means he can access the speed force is left unknown.
Played By: Darren Criss
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.
- Adaptational Badass: The Batman: The Brave and the Bold Music Meister could only hypnotize victims into doing his dirty work, but didn't have much in the way of direct combat. While this Music Meister is a borderline Reality Warper with a wide array of impressive powers, including draining the powers of his victims.
- Adaptational Dye Job: In Batman: The Brave and the Bold he was a carrot top, while Darren Criss has black hair.
- Adaptational Heroism: He put Kara and Barry under his spell as a Secret Test of Character rather than out of malice, as opposed to the original Music Meister, a Card-Carrying Villain who, despite having a sympathetic origin, had no empathy and was really only out to get rich.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: The original Music Meister put his victims into a hypnotic trance where they would sing and be under mind control. This Music Meister induces a coma in his victims, where they enter a shared dream world where their powers are removed and they must fulfill certain conditions (sing in a musical in Barry and Kara's case) in order to escape. He also acquires the powers of those under his spell.
- Affably Evil: During the entire crossover he's very friendly and cheerful to everyone. It makes sense once it turns out he isn't that evil.
- Alliterative Name: Music Meister.
- Ambiguously Evil: Ultimately, his reason for trapping Kara and Barry in the dream world was to get them to repair their relationships with Mon-El and Iris. However, he seemed unconcerned about the possibility of them getting killed within it.
- Ambiguously Human: His exact nature is unclear. While he might look human, his abilities and his statements of the heroes not being able to comprehend what he is, suggest he's something else altogether.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's unclear just how he managed to end up on Earth-38, since he apparently can't actually travel between Universes.
- Arc Villain: Of the 2017 crossover between Supergirl and The Flash
- Blue and Orange Morality: The Music Meister traps Barry and Kara in a dream world where they could potentially be killed and steals their powers so he can rob a bank. The reason he put everyone through this was to teach Barry and Kara the importance of love, and as a side benefit help Wally get his confidence back. Once they learn the lesson and wake up, he's satisfied that his work is done and leaves to teach someone else a lesson.
- Canon Immigrant: Technically. He debuted on Batman: The Brave and the Bold before making his way onto CW's Arrowverse, but he has yet to make an appearance in the source material.
- Captured on Purpose: He allows himself to be captured by the D.E.O. so that he can snatch the inter-dimensional transporter and escape to Earth-1. He later effortlessly breaks out the Pipeline at S.T.A.R. Labs.
- Civvie Spandex: This Music Meister dresses in mostly normal looking clothes, unlike his Batman: The Brave and the Bold counterpart who has a notorious habit of frequently changing outfits.
- Composite Character: His god-like powers and prankster nature make him more like Mr. Mxyzptlk.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He's mentioned in the possible future visited by Barry before appearing in person in the crossover.
- Evil Is Hammy: He's very theatrical and cheeky, much like his animated counterpart.
- Evil Wears Black: Music Meister dresses in various shades of black, save a red handkerchief.
- Good All Along: Ultimately, the reason he did everything was to help the heroes deal with their personal problems.
- Great Gazoo: Shows up out of nowhere to teach Kara and Barry a lesson, and then vanishes without explaining who or what he is.
- Humanoid Abomination: He has a long list of reality defying powers and says that the heroes wouldn't even understand where he's from or what he is.
- Hypnotic Eyes: He can send people into a coma. When he does his eyes flash.
- Inexplicably Awesome: He refuses to explain what he is.
- In Name Only: He shares virtually no common traits with the original Music Meister; in fact, he seems to take more after Mr. Mxyzptlk than his namesake.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: He sends Kara and Barry into a musical film fantasy.
- Magic Eye: His eyes possess the ability to send people into a coma.
- Medium Awareness: He claims to be aware of everything, and does have knowledge of cultures throughout The Multiverse.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: His animated counterpart had multiple costumes colored green and purple. Here, he wears a black suit.
- Musical World Hypotheses: His comatose victims are placed into a shared dream, where they must fulfill certain conditions in order to escape. In "Duet" he places Kara and Barry into a musical film scenario coincidentally informed by their fond memories of the genre.
- The Music Meister: In a different way to the Trope Namer who he's based off. This Music Meister sends his victims into a coma where they end up in a shared dream, and the only way to escape is to fulfill certain conditions (in Barry and Kara's case, singing).
- Mysterious Past: Nothing is known about what he is, or where he's from, and he refuses to shed any light on these questions.
- Nice Guy: While he's a Sink-or-Swim Mentor with enigmatic motives, he's a Shipper on Deck for Barry and Iris, and Kara and Mon-El, as well as telling Wally that he's a big fan.
- He also seems to genuinely enjoy the chance to sing and dance with the other characters in Barry and Kara's dream-state, and speaks kindly to them and to Wally.
- The Omniscient: He's aware of what's happening to characters on both Earths-1 and 38, implying he's also aware of the entire Multiverse.
- Power Nullifier: While in the Music Meister's coma, superheroes will have lost their powers.
- Power Parasite: Somehow, he was able to drain Kara and Barry's powers through their dream-state. Whether or not it's permanent for him is never stated.
- Reality Warper: He displays the ability to teleport, and is implied to be a 5th-Dimension Imp like Mr. Mxyzptlk (or something else entirely).
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: In his initial appearance on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, he was a Batman villain.
- Shipper on Deck: He plays Cupid for Barry & Iris and Kara & Mon-El. Why? Who knows?
- Super Power Lottery: This Music Meister displays an impressive array of powers. In addition to his traditional music inducing hypnotism, he's also a Power Parasite, a Power Nullifier, displays Medium Awareness, and uses teleportation.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: As played by Darren Criss, he's pretty cheeky when he escapes to Earth-1.
Mar Novu / The Monitor
Played By: LaMonica Garrett
Appearances: Elseworldsnote | Arrow | Supergirl | Legends of Tomorrow | The Flash | Crisis on Infinite Earths
An extraterrestrial being of infinite power.
- Adaptational Villainy: So far, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Composite Character: With the Monitors as a whole, who are less benevolent than the particular Monitor he is based off in the comics.
- Cosmic Entity: He's about a textbook example as you can get and literally referred to one In-Universe.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Named by the Adaptation: His comics counterpart is just called the Monitor. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Super Reflexes: When Earth-90 Barry charges him, Novu casually flicks a finger and conjures a portal before Barry can do anything.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wowing Cthulhu: While he isnt exactly easy to read, he seems to harbor a deep respect for Oliver in particular, as Oliver isnt 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 isnt. 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 Olivers apparent Heroic Sacrifice to the other heroes at the end of the first hour of the crossover.
- You Have Failed Me: When Earth-90 Barry Allen asks him why he's causing destruction, he simply responds with this trope.
Played By: LaMonica Garrett
Appearances: Crisis on Infinite Earths
An Alternate Universe version of The Monitor from an Anti-Matter universe.
- Advancing Wall of Doom: He destroys universes with a wave of anti-matter that consumes everything it touches.
- Alternate Self: To the Monitor, being his antimatter counterpart.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Concept art has shown he's gigantic and towers over the heroes.
- 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 and Legends of Tomorrow Season 5, effectively making him a part of a Big-Bad Ensemble for every season in Year Eight of the Arrowverse.
- Cosmic Entity: He has the same powers as Mar Novu, and is stated by the latter to be far more powerful.
- The Dreaded: Everyone who fears the Crisis fears him, they just don't know it yet. Hell, even the Monitor is scared of him!
- Evil Doppelgänger: The evil antimatter counterpart to our Monitor.
- Greater-Scope Villain: The Anti-Monitor is a threat on a scale that dwarfs every other in the Arrowverse; everything the Monitor does is to oppose the Anti-Monitor and prevent his wholesale destruction of the multiverse.
- 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.
- Offscreen Villainy: We don't see him destroy Earth-2 but we know hes the cause.
- Omnicidal Maniac: His goal appears to be the destruction of the entire Multiverse, one universe at a time.
- Palette Swap: Has the same suit as Mar Novu but with darker colors and more muted.
- 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 on a whim.