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The Time Masters

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An organization tasked with protecting the timeline from Time Criminals, who have an extreme apathy to humanity.


  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Nope, they have nothing to do with Time Lords. Though you could be forgiven for thinking that.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, the Time Masters is actually the name for the superhero team assembled by Rip Hunter to serve as Time Police, rather than the corrupt version who is hunting him down in the show. This turns out to be a case of Decomposite Character as such a team do later appear in the Arrowverse as the Time Bureau.
  • Badass Longcoat: They wear brown longcoats as part of their uniform.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: They cause problems for the Legends just as Savage does, because they don't approve of Rip going AWOL to stop Savage. As it turns out in "River of Time", however, the real reason is because they've been in league with Savage the entire time.
  • Celibate Hero: Invoked and enforced. Time Masters discourage their members from starting families. They probably consider Rip Hunter's rebellion an example of what that rule is meant to avert.
  • Composite Character: The name they are given in the comics is the Linear Men, who are an organization of heroes who reside at the Vanishing Point acting as Time Police. The name "Time Masters" actually comes from a team that Rip Hunter assembled.
  • Cool Ship: They are assigned with their own ships for Time Travel.
  • Evil All Along: Probably to no one's great surprise, they were working with Savage the whole time.
  • A God Am I: They literally play God with people's timelines.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Vandal Savage may have been the immediate threat that the Legends have been trying to stop, but it was the Time Masters that enabled Savage's rise of power to begin with, and they were responsible for the Legends' failures at every turn.
  • Hate Sink: While Vandal Savage is badass and funny, the Time Masters are unpleasant, hypocritical Knight Templars who cause far more trouble for the team than he does.
  • The Heavy: They directly oppose Rip and cause problems for him and his crew even more than Savage and his followers do.
  • Hypocrite: They chide Rip for abandoning his duty to protect the Timeline by stopping Savage, and yet they have an assassin who specializes in erasing people from history. And as it turns out they've been helping Savage manipulate time all along..
  • Informed Ability: They are supposed to protect history. Given how The Flash (2014) shows how easily time can be changed, it makes you wonder just how effective they are in their job. Turns out they aren't interested in that in the least. It's just a pretext for helping Savage rise to power.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: If they find you guilty of time crimes, don't expect an impartial hearing.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: They found Mick Rory after Snart stranded him, and then brainwashed him into becoming Chronos, then they decide to Ret-Gone the team.
  • Kangaroo Court: They order the Legends to be Ret-Gone from history even though all of them sans Rip are from time periods before the Time Masters even exist.
  • Knight Templar: They take their job of protecting the timeline - very seriously to the point that all outside worldly concerns are of no importance to them.
  • Lack of Empathy: Given their job, emotional detachment is a necessity, but they take it to the point of sociopathy, seeing no reason to stop an immortal despot who has just conquered the world. As it turns out, they are in league with said immortal despot in the first place, so refusing to stop him isn't exactly a issue of morality.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: They see Vandal Savage of all people as the lesser evil compared to a Thanagarian invasion. Given the damage Savage inflicted on the world by 2166, this is a dubious prospect at best.
  • The Master: An organization of "Masters". Most of them seen to viewers are decidedly evil.
  • Meaningful Name: The Council in particular (and likely at least some beneath them) do not actually act as Time Police; rather, they use the Oculus as a means of controlling time to their own ends to protect "humanity" over individual humans or their free will. As such, they are effectively "masters" of time.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Originally they merely wanted to stop just Rip, but then they widen their scope to take out everyone else out on the team out of spite rather than return them to their proper place in time.
  • Obstructive Bureaucracy: They continue to turn a blind eye on Vandal Savage's world conquest despite the fact that it can cause the end of history and the timeline they have sworn to protect.
  • Omniscient Morality License: They protect time, including all the horrors of history. Their justification is simply that it's the way things were meant to be. In truth, they are guiding time (including Savage's rise to power) to their own ends, including to defeat an alien invasion that will otherwise wipe out the human race.
    Druce: The only place in the universe where free will exists is here, at the Vanishing Point.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Savage and his followers' Blue Oni. Of the two players in the Big Bad Ensemble, the Time Masters directly clash with Rip's team far more than Savage's group, who tend to execute their plans discreetly if necessary.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: In worst case scenarios such as dealing with formidable criminals, they willingly bend/disregard their own rules by erasing them from existence.
  • Space Navy: While a Time Police organization, they use the U.S. Navy ranking system instead of the one used by the U.S. police. Their Waveriders are equipped for space travel, so that may explain it.
  • That Man Is Dead: Members are required to relinquish their birth names not only to protect their families, but also to devote their lives to the organization.
  • Time Master: Yes, really. They have all the means for Time Travel such as ships and devices. The Occulus is their main source of this.
  • Time Police: Their main job is to protect the timeline. They don't seem to be very good at it.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Most of them were still children when recruited and trained by the organization.
  • Unwitting Pawn: It's implied that only those on the Council know that they're manipulating the Time Line on Savage's behalf, and that the rank and file are being hoodwinked.
  • Villainous Breakdown: They seem rather irritated that the Legends' meddling in time proves rather hard to stop to the point that they decide to try to have them Ret-Gone as a last resort...
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: They believe that only Savage can save the world from a Thanagarian invasion in 2174, so they help him rise to power. Rip calls them out on how utterly insane this is.
  • While Rome Burns: Vandal Savage has literally conquered the entire world right before their eyes. Their reaction? Not our problem.
    Time Master: Our responsibility is to protect the timeline, not humanity.

Council

     In General 

Time Masters Council

Species: Humans

Played By: Martin Donovan, Peter Bryant, Mackenzie Gray, Simone Bailly, Christopher Logan

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

The authority figures of the the organization.


     Zaman Druce 

Zaman Druce

Species: Human

Played By: Martin Donovan

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

Rip Hunter's old friend and mentor and a member of the Council.


  • Celebrity Paradox: The Marvel Cinematic Universe is acknowledged to exist in his universe. His actor appeared in Ant-Man before appearing here.
  • Character Death: Killed in the destruction of the Oculus.
  • Evil Former Friend: Is willing to execute Rip.
  • Evil Mentor: Uses his fatherly relationship with Rip so he can lead him to his executioner, and later betrays him to Vandal Savage.
  • Meaningful Name: "Zaman" is Hebrew for "Time", and he is a time traveler.
  • Non-Action Guy: He's not a fighter. When Heat Wave and Firestorm intervene in Rip's execution, he immediately flees the scene.
  • Powers That Be: A member of the Time Masters council.
  • Smug Snake: Thinks he can't possibly lose, despite the Oculus (the thing that allows him to manipulate history) having a blind spot.
  • Time Police: As part of the Time Masters, his main job is to protect the timeline.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He believes that Vandal Savage's rule is the only way to save Earth from a Thanagarian invasion.
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     Declan 

Declan

Species: Human

Played By: Peter Bryant

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

A member of the Time Masters council.


Rank and File

    CAPT Rip Hunter 

    CAPT Eve Baxter 

Captain Eve Baxter

Species: Human

Played By: Stephanie Cleough

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

A Time Master and captain of the Time Ship Acheron.


    LTJG Miranda Couburn 
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Enforcers

     Chronos 

Chronos

A time traveling bounty hunter who is intent on capturing Rip Hunter. He has a personal motive for this, however...

     The Hunters 

The Hunters

Species: Humans

Played By: TBA

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

A group of mercenaries built to bring in the Legends should Chronos fail to do so.


     The Pilgrim 

The Pilgrim

Species: Metahuman

Played By: Faye Kingsley

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

A metahuman who has the ability to freeze motion and the Time Masters' most feared agent. She is sent out on their most desperate missions.


  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, The Pilgrim is a hero.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Has dark hair, a dark outfit, and a very dark and unpleasant personality.
  • Asshole Victim: Her death was truly something to be celebrated.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a black trenchcoat.
  • Dark Action Girl: The most feared assassin of the Time Masters, capable of fighting Sara to a standstill.
  • Determinator: She will complete her mission no matter what; an especially fitting trope, given that she's basically the Arrowverse equivalent of The Terminator.
  • The Dreaded: Even more than the Hunters. And unlike them, she proves she's worth the hype.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: The Time Masters' go-to person in their most desperate missions.
  • Evil Is Petty: When she can't kill the Legends younger selves she resorts to holding their loved ones hostage to get them to comply.
  • Evil Wears Black: Clad mostly in a black outfit.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Despite having Time Freezing powers, she prefers hand-to-hand and tactical combat.
  • Godzilla Threshold: She gets sent out when absolutely every other option is exhausted.
  • I Have Your Wife: Since she couldn't kill the younger selves of the Legends, she kidnaps their loved ones instead.
  • Karmic Death: She frequently Ret-Gone people by killing their younger selves. She met her end literally by the hands of young Rip Hunter.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The first villain to make use of the Time Travel aspect of the show to dispatch her enemies. Her actions also push the Legends to attack Savage at his strongest in fear of being erased from their own personal timelines.
  • Made of Iron: She's extremely tough. Sara got a few staff whacks on her that she completely ignored. Cops' bullets bounce off of her. Rip blasts her out the window of a Palmer Tech top-floor office and she comes back without a scratch. Later, Rip's younger self stabbed her]] a few times, which just ended up pissing her off and distracting her.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Easily overpowers cops, Sara, and Jax's soldier dad despite looking like a normal woman.
  • No Body Left Behind: She gets distracted after Kid Rip repeatedly stabs her, causing her to lose focus on using her Time Master powers. This allows the Legends to regain their movement and simultaneously blast her until she literally turns to dust.
  • One-Man Army: Capable of fighting the Legends by herself.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Her outfit is black with red accents and is the Time Masters' most feared agent
  • Ret-Gone: Her main MO is to erase troublemakers from existence.
  • The Sociopath: She shows no humanity whatsoever and is downright eager to murder her targets as children.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: After young Rip stabs her, the team proceeds to destroy her until she's nothing but dust.
  • Time Stands Still: Able to manipulate time within her immediate vicinity.
  • Underestimating Badassery: She really shouldn't have underestimated Rip's younger self.
  • Villain of the Week: For Episode 1x12.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Her MO is taking out troublemakers in their childhoods. And if that doesn't work, she'll just hold your loved ones hostage instead.

Other Members

    Gideon II 

     Gilbert 

Gilbert

Species: Artificial Intelligence

Played By: Andrew Pifko

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

An artificially intelligent construct from the future similar to the Gideons.


     Mary Xavier 

Mary Xavier

Species: Human

Played By: Celia Imrie

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

A member of the Time Masters and caretaker of their recruits.


The Time Bureau

     In General 
The Time Masters' successors, formed by Rip Hunter after he came to believe he no longer had any place on the Waverider. They try to take the Legends' place as protectors of time, which causes the two groups to butt heads.

After Neron nearly caused havoc in Washington with magical creatures the Bureau were meant to safeguard, the government ceased all funding and has been shut down.


  • Always Someone Better: They are depicted as being far more competent than the Legends at being Time Police, even running a simulation of one of the Legend's past missions and mocking the Legends' stupid decision at that time. However, by the mid-point of Season Three, it's obvious they are way out of their depth, as Darhk and Mallus are running rings around them, creating chaos on a massive scale.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike the Legends, the Bureau rely on training and gadgets, and not recruiting any superpowered members.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: After the Time Bureau closes down, most of the recurring cast go their separate ways. Ava joins her girlfriend Sara and the Legends, Gary becomes John Constantine's apprentice, and Nora - still a fairy godmother - goes from kid to kid and helps fulfill their wishes.
  • By-the-Book Cop: In sharp contrast to the Legends, they strictly adhere to rules and order, being very careful to not damage the timeline. They even turn against Rip for doing a mission behind their back, even though it technically wasn't.
  • Foil:
    • To the Time Masters. Both act as Time Police; however, the Time Masters trained Rip Hunter and are opposed to him, while the Time Bureau were trained by Rip and fully (at first) back him. Also, the Time Masters are corrupt manipulators, while the Time Bureau are dedicated to protecting the timeline. This is also reflected in the Time Masters' traditional Time Lord-esque garbs, while the Bureau dress sharply in suits.
    • To the Legends. Both are teams formed by Rip Hunter to be successors to the Time Masters. However, the Legends are reckless and a bit incompetent, messing up history just as often as they fix it, while the Time Bureau are strict By The Book Cops. Furthermore, the Legends treat each other like a big (dysfunctional) family, while the Time Bureau remain strictly professional like a government-run organization. The Legends, while keen to fix mistakes and generally maintain stability, are not above pulling a Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right! if the circumstances warrant it — Jax and Amaya freed an entire plantation of slaves during the Civil War, and later kept Zari from landing in A.R.G.U.S. custody; by contrast, Agent Sharpe wanted to throw her under the bus.
  • Hero Antagonist: They butt heads with the Legends in Season Three, but aren't villains.
  • Jerkass: With the exception of Rip, they all look down on the Legends and see no reason to disguise it; at least originally.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: They don't approve of the Legends in part because of how sloppy and indiscreet they are, not to mention they cause as many problems as they fix.
  • Lawful Stupid:
    • In "Zari", they were more concerned about making sure Zari ended up in a prison run by a fascist-minded A.R.G.U.S. than about exactly why a time-traveling water witch was hunting her down.
    • They refuse to believe in Rip's theories about Mallus. When he's proven right, they arrest him for going rogue, even though Bennett approved the use of agents for the mission. This comes back to bite them; without Rip's leadership, the Cult of Mallus is able to run amuck with impunity.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Arresting Rip was the worst possible thing they could've done — without his leadership, Damien Darhk is able to run rings around them.
  • Not So Different: From the Time Masters. When Rip finds evidence of a great evil throughout time, they refuse to believe him in fact, they arrest him, even though he's their leader and founder, for actually doing something about it.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Rip describes them as "lacking imagination", which means they are unequipped to deal with Mallus, unlike the Legends.
  • Reality Ensues
  • Time Police: They act as proper Time Police, which both the Time Masters and the Legends failed at.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After the events of Season 3 brought them down a peg or two, they're much nicer to the Legends in Season 4 complete with throwing them an award ceremony for taking down Mallus and fixing the last anachronism.
  • Undying Loyalty: Averted, they are loyal to their rules not their leaders; they mutiny against Rip for going behind their backs to stop Mallus since they refused to take his fears seriously.
  • Weak, but Skilled: They're good at wiping memories and putting things back where they belong, but they have no combat experience or imagination and aren't good with dealing with the unexpected. This is why Rip relents to let the Legends do their thing.

Leadership

     Director Rip Hunter 

     Director Wilbur Bennett 

Director Wilbur Bennett

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/wilbur_bennett.png

Species: Human

Played By: Hiro Kanagawa

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

Rip's co-director in running the Bureau. Despite this, the two often clash.


  • Asshole Victim: He spends his last moments berating Ava for not arresting Rip, unaware that Grodd is behind him. Guess how well that ends for him.
  • Big Good: Runs the Bureau with Rip. He becomes sole director after he arrests Rip for doing a mission behind his back. Turns out he's completely inept at his role, since without Rip's leadership, the Cult of Mallus are running wild and claiming many agents' lives.
  • Canon Foreigner: Does not exist in any other DC continuity, and was created solely for the show.
  • Jerkass: In addition to his condescending treatment of the Legends, he refuses to believe Rip about Mallus, then mutinies against him for going behind his back...even though Bennett actually approved the mission in the first place.
  • Lawful Stupid: Arrests Rip for going rogue, even though he himself approved agents for Rip's mission to stop Mallus.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: By far the worst offender yet seen in the Bureau. His sheer arrogance and pigheaded stupidity wind up getting him killed when he's too busy chewing out Ava to realize a pissed-off Grodd is heading straight for him.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Dismisses Rip's fears about Mallus. Even after Rip is proven right, he promptly removes the man from his position as Director and has him locked in prison.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He gets zero development before being killed by Grodd.

     Director Ava Sharpe 

Agents

     Agent Gary Green 

     Agent Nate Heywood 

     Mona Wu 

     Nora Darhk 

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