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The Time Masters

    General Tropes 

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. Of course, this argument completely goes out the window when it's reveal the death of Rip Hunter's family was engineered by the Time Masters themselves.
  • 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.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Destroyed in the penultimate episode of the first season.
  • 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.
  • Never Recycle a Building: The Vanishing Point is long abandoned after the Time Masters are destroyed, but it manages to be someone's headquarters twice after its destruction. The first time was by the Legion of Doom in order to hide their presence from the Legends, and the second time was by the Paragons as it was the only place in the multiverse the Anti-Monitor couldn't touch.
  • 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 timeline 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.


    Time Master Druce 

Zaman Druce

Species: Human

Played By: Martin Donovan

First Appearance: "White Knights" (Legends of Tomorrow 1x4)

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

Rip Hunter's old friend and mentor and a member of the Council. He and the Council are later revealed to be masterminding Savage's gradual rule and assure the Legends fail in their endeavors.


  • All There in the Manual: Druce's first name is never mentioned on-screen.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Vandal Savage in Season 1, although his death along with the rest of the Time Masters leaves Savage as the sole Big Bad.
  • Celebrity Paradox: The Marvel Cinematic Universe is acknowledged to exist in his universe. His actor appeared in Ant-Man before appearing here.
  • The Chessmaster: Almost all of the events in Season 1 was orchestarted by him, from Vandal Savage's takeover of the world, to the Legends many altering of history.
  • 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.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He is the hidden villain of Season 1 pulling the strings on Vandal Savage. Although, Savage ends up outliving him and ends up being the final threat.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He treats Rip as an unfortunate pawn to bend to his whim and the Legends as grunts whose only purpose is to die for the good of time.
    "The difference between murder and execution is only a matter of authority. I have it. You don't."
  • 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.
  • Oh, Crap!: While never quite reaching a Villainous Breakdown, he does start panicking when he sees Snart about to make the Oculus explode.
    "No! Shut it down! Shut it down!"
  • Powers That Be: A member of the Time Masters council.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Whenever he sees he's outgunned, he retreats from the scene.
  • Time Police: As part of the Time Masters, his main job is to protect the timeline.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He genuinely believes that his actions of ensuring Vandal Savage's unified rule of Earth is the only way to stop a Thanagarian invasion from destroying the Earth. He just doesn't care how many lives will be killed in the process.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Is a firm believer in this. Due to the Oculus controlling everything and everyone in the timeline, it is his belief that every action has already been made and the future cannot be changed. The Legends are determined to pull a Screw Destiny on him by defying what the Oculus predicts they would do.

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    Time Master Declan 

Declan

Species: Human

Played By: Peter Bryant

First Appearance: "Marooned" (Legends of Tomorrow 1x7)

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

A member of the Time Masters council.


Rank and File

    Captain Hunter 
see the Arrowverse: Legends - Former Members page for Rip Hunter

    Captain Baxter 

Eve Baxter

Species: Human

Played By: Stephanie Cleough

First Appearance: "Marooned" (Legends of Tomorrow 1x7)

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

A Time Master and captain of the Time Ship Acheron.


    Lieutenant Coburn 
see the Arrowverse: Future Characters page for Miranda Hunter
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Enforcers

    Chronos 
see the Arrowverse: Mick Rory page

    The Hunters 

The Hunters

Species: Humans

Played By: TBA

First Appearance: "Progeny" (Legends of Tomorrow 1x10)

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

First Appearance: "The Magnificent Eight" (Legends of Tomorrow 1x11)

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 

    Gilbert 

Gilbert

Species: Artificial Intelligence

Played By: Andrew Pifko

First Appearance: "Marooned" (Legends of Tomorrow 1x7)

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

First Appearance: "Last Refuge" (Legends of Tomorrow 1x12)

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

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


The Legends

see the Arrowverse: The Legends page for the whole team
see the Arrowverse: Legends - Current Members page for current members
see the Arrowverse: Legends - Former Members page for former members

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.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Rip describes them as "lacking imagination", which means they are unequipped to deal with Mallus, unlike the Legends.
  • 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 Hunter 
see the Arrowverse: Legends - Former Members page for Rip Hunter

    Director Bennett 

Director Wilbur Bennett

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

Species: Human

Played By: Hiro Kanagawa

First Appearance: "Aruba-Con" (Legends of Tomorrow 3x1)

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 Sharpe 
see the Arrowverse: Legends - Current Members page for Ava Sharpe

    Interim Director Heywood 
see the Arrowverse: U.S. Military page for Hank Heywood

Agents and other members

    Agent Green 
see the Arrowverse: Legends - Current Members page for Gary Green

    Agent Heywood 
see the Arrowverse: Legends - Current Members page for Nate Heywood

    Agent Darhk 
see the Arrowverse: Legends - Former Members page for Nora Darhk

    Assistant Wu 
see the Arrowverse: Legends - Former Members page for Mona Wu

Others

    Mike / Booster Gold 

Mike / Booster Gold

Species: Human

Played By: Donald Faison

First Appearance: "Knocked Down, Knocked Up" (Legends of Tomorrow 7x13)

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

An unauthorized time traveler who was sentenced to guard a fixed point in time, only to desert it after meeting the Legends.


  • Adaptational Late Appearance: In an unconventional sense. Legends of Tomorrow is a show that makes use of DC characters but isn't really based off any particular superhero team or running series as its source material. And with a few rare exceptions like the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, Legends isn't really known for adapting all that many comic book storylines either. That being said, for a show about DC superheroes involving time travel, especially one that has already featured Rip Hunter, it's really notable to have taken seven seasons for Booster Gold, the time travel DC superhero, to finally appear.
  • Canon Character All Along: He's at first only referred to as "Mike". At the end of his introductory episode, he's suddenly revealed to be Booster Gold.
  • Last Episode, New Character: He's introduced in the Season 7 finale of Legends of Tomorrow which, after the reveal that Legends was cancelled, is the final episode of the series.
  • Race Lift: In the comics, Booster Gold is always a white man. Here, he's black.
  • Time Master: He wouldn't be Booster Gold without if he couldn't do this.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Given the aforementioned Race Lift, it's highly unlikely that he's Rip Hunter's father in this version.


Speedsters

    Barry Allen / The Flash 

    Eobard Thawne / The Reverse-Flash 

    Hunter Zolomon / Zoom / Black Flash 
see the Arrowverse: Other Entities page for Black Flash

    Jay Garrick / The Flash 
see the Arrowverse: Other Earths page for Jay Garrick

    Savitar 
see the Arrowverse: Savitar page

    Nora West-Allen / XS 
see the Arrowverse: West/Allen Family page for Nora West-Allen

    August Heart / Godspeed 

August Heart / Godspeed

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/godspeed_on_his_throne.pnghttps://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/screenshot_20190418_020046_video_player.jpg
Click here to see his original Face in Season 5. 

Species: Human note 

Known Aliases: Godspeed

Played By: Kindall Charters (Original Timeline), Karan Oberoi (New Timeline), Ryan Handley (Masked Actor), B.D. Wong (Masked Voice)

First Appearance: "Godspeed" (The Flash 5x18)

Known Appearances: The Flash

A mysterious speedster after a time in which speedsters were not seen since a devastating crisis.


  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Unlike his comic counterpart, Godspeed is a Starter Villain for XS.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Godspeed was a Vigilante Man who wanted to avenge his dead brother and became a more violent foil to The Flash. Here, there is no indication he has any noble intentions from the start.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • He is a very formidable speedster in the comics who poses a huge threat. Here he's reduced to a Starter Villain for XS and gets defeated by her when she has no experience being a speedster.
    • Averted as of his return in Season Six. He's become more troublesome as he sends Fake Godspeeds in his place, with the fifth one proving to be faster than Barry is at the time and necessitates assistance from Pied Piper. By Season Seven be hard upgraded to the final Arc Villain of the season.
  • Adapted Out: He isn't shown to possess his comic counterpart's ability to sever a speedster's connection to the Speed Force.
  • Amnesiacs are Innocent: In Season 7, August Heart doesn't even remember his name at first when he is found in the present. Unfortunately, he willingly embraces his villainous nature, due to him murdering Jay in the future after regaining his memories.
  • Arch-Nemesis: To Bart, who compares Godspeed as Thawne is to Barry due to him murdering Jay in the future.
  • Arc Villain: He has his own mini-arc in Season Six where he sends fake Godspeeds back to the present while the real Godspeed remains at large. This wraps in Season Seven where he is the Final Boss of the season.
  • Ascended Extra: He first seemed like a throwaway villain for Nora, but then ended up returning as an Arc Villain in Season Six and Seven.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: He is an additional threat to Team Flash throughout Season Six, alongside Bloodwork, the Black Hole Organization, and Eva McCulloch. In Season Seven, after dealing with the Force family, Godspeed becomes the central focus and the final threat.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Since his powers came entirely from Velocity-9, he only has his speed for as long as it is active. He gets stopped when Nora uses the Central City Citizen building's satellites to neutralize the drug.
  • Celebrity Paradox:
    • The Jurassic Park film series was mentioned by Cisco during The Flash Season 1. His voice actor plays a prominent antagonist there.
    • The Disney Animated Canon was confirmed to exist in the Arrowverse during The Flash Season 2. His voice actor also voices the male lead in the Mulan franchise.
    • The Law & Order series was mentioned during The Flash Season 2. His voice actor was a long-running main cast member in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
    • Felicity mentions Mr. Robot during Arrow Season 7. His voice actor plays the Big Bad of the show.
  • Composite Character: With Nora following in her father's footsteps, he's a rough approximate for all three of his speedster enemies;
    • Like Thawne, he's a speedster from the future and uses the Reverse-Flash hand-stab which is the Signature Move of Thawne. Also, he's incredibly self-centered and wants to gain speed just to benefit himself.
    • Like Zoom, he uses Velocity 9 and wishes to steal the Flash's speed.
    • Like Savitar, he has a shining suit, white lightning, and calls himself the "God of Speed".
  • Continuity Snarl: Team Flash's meddling with time and Crisis have changed him up quite a bit and made him more dangerous over time.
  • Dual Wielding: When duelling Barry and Thawne, Godspeed generates two lightning sabers to take them both on at once.
  • Evil Is Hammy: B.D. Wong is clearly having a blast playing a bad guy. Karan Oberoi is taking it to even bigger levels in Season 7.
  • Fantastic Drug: Decades after Zoom and Trajectory used the Velocity 9 serum, he's shown to be the third villain to use it.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: His last name is "Heart" yet he's a psychotic speedster.
  • A God Am I: Goes without saying since he named himself Godspeed. Like Savitar, he too calls himself a "God of Speed".
  • Gold and White Are Divine: Invoked. His suit is white and yellow, and like Savitar before him, he calls himself a "god of speed."
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: During the final battle, Thawne impales him with a blade formed from Speed Force lightning.
  • Hard Light: His lightning saber oddly seems to have physical mass, which can strike against the ones used by Thawne and Barry.
  • Laser Blade: He's the first speedster to manifest a 'lightning saber', which Thawne and Barry quickly follow up on.
  • Light Is Not Good: He's an evil speedster who leaves behind white lightning.
  • Me's a Crowd: He sends multiple copies of himself to the present in order to overwhelm Team Flash. It eventually gets to the point where they form an army wrecking havoc in Central City.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Godspeed can hardly hold a candle to the likes of the Flash, let alone the likes of the Reverse-Flash or Savitar, but he was initially successful as a criminal simply because there weren't any other speedsters to stop him until Nora discovered her powers. Even when he begins his body double scheme, he can't do much more than inconvenience Team Flash until Barry starts losing his speed.
  • Not Named in Opening Credits: Surprisingly averted. Whereas past voice actors of evil speedsters like Tony Todd (Zoom) and Tobin Bell (Savitar and Doctor Alchemy) were unlisted in the opening credits of their respective episodes, B.D. Wong is given full credit in the opening credits every time.
  • Outside-Context Villain: An in-universe example as he is the first new speedster Central City has experienced since the Red Skies Crisis. Nora and Lia even doubt their boss would believe that a speedster is the cause of the string of robberies.
  • Race Lift: The comic version of Godspeed was Ambiguously Brown. The Godspeed of the show is Native American. Post-Crisis he was recast to an Indian actor, bringing him closer to the comics.
  • The Resenter: The post-Crisis on Infinite Earths Heart deeply resents those who have natural speed. He especially hates Bart Allen/Impulse, believing him to be "unworthy" of his abilities.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant:
    • Godspeed was originally a villain to Barry Allen.
    • In-Universe, he goes from being Nora's Starter Villain to a major threat that Barry and Team Flash deal with.
  • Same Character, but Different: Pre-Crisis, he was a petty criminal who gave himself artificial speed at a time when there (seemingly) were no other speedsters around, believing he would be unstoppable. Post-Crisis, he's a mysterious mastermind who is obsessed with stealing Barry's speed, utilizing an army of Godspeed duplicates to do his dirty work for him.
  • Shock and Awe: Can shoot lightning like other speedsters only with virtually no windup. He can do it standing while others need to make laps. Sometimes he's sparking even when standing still.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Pre-Crisis, he believed his artificial speed powers made him a "god of speed". The fact that Nora was able to defeat him with only minimal guidance proved otherwise.
  • Starter Villain: Pre-Crisis, he serves as this for Nora, providing a challenge for her newly-awakened speed.
  • Super Speed: He artificially has it with the help of Velocity 9 and other chemicals.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Painfully defied; After overwhelming both Barry and Thawne, he takes a moment to gloat to Barry about his victory... allowing Thawne to stab him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Post-Crisis he is a much bigger threat, being upgraded to Arc Villain as opposed to the pathetic pre-Crisis Starter Villain.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Through his criminal actions, he helped drive Nora into the influence of Eobard Thawne.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He is Nora's Starter Villain and killed her friend and colleague, Lia.

Godspeed Army


  • Ambiguously Human: One Godspeed is played by Ryan Handely, implying they once had separate lives. But later on it's suggested that they are extensions of the original Godspeed.
  • Broken Record: The arrival of Impulse causes the Godspeeds to stop fighting among each other and instead turn their attention on him, with all of them continuously chanting "Kill the adversary!" before switching to "Kill the adversary and his allies" when the rest of Team Flash arrive.
  • Cloning Blues: They appear to be extensions of the original Godspeed, however many of them seem to possess individuality and try to rebel against their master.
  • Collective Identity: In Season Six, several fake Godspeeds are sent back in time to cause chaos for Team Flash, while the real one is still at large.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: While one lone Godspeed clone ranges from being moderately difficult to take down to causing a lot of trouble, in the Season 7 finale whole scores of them get one-shotted by each member of the Flash family.
  • Enemy Civil War: The Godspeeds in Season 7 have essentially split into two factions. One faction wants to serve under their creator, August Heart, while the other strive to be free. The latter have traveled back in time to kill Heart before he can create his Velocity-9.
  • Me's a Crowd: August Heart creates an army of Godspeeds to stir up trouble for Team Flash.
  • The Unintelligible: Many of the Godspeed clones have a habit of emitting an electronic sounding garble rather than speaking proper words.

Time Criminals Organizations

Time Pirates

    In General 

    Jon Valor 

Jon Valor

Species: Human

Played By: Callum Keith Rennie

First Appearance: "Marooned" (Legends of Tomorrow 2x1)

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

The Leader of the Time Pirates that The Legends met.

see the Smallville: Meteor Freaks page to see Tyler McKnight, the Earth-167 character who bears his physical likeness

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comics, Black Pirate had a strong moral code and was even a hero on some occasions. This version is a straight-up villain.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a black trenchcoat.
  • Badass Normal: He doesn't have powers.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's known as the Black Pirate in the comics. He's never directly called that here outside of Visual Pun.
  • Evil Wears Black: He's clad in an all-black outfit.
  • In Name Only: In the comics, he's a typical nautical pirate from the 16th century, as opposed to a futuristic Time Pirate. Although it does serve as a bit of a Mythology Gag as Black Pirate was pulled from the time stream into the future at one point.
  • The Leader: He is The Captain of the Time Pirates.
  • Villain of the Week: For Season 1 Episode 7 of Legends of Tomorrow.
  • Visual Pun: In the comics, he's known as the Black Pirate. Although he's never called that here (see above), he wears black and is a proud pirate.

The Legion of Doom

    General Tropes 
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"Why don't we work together to change our destinies?"

The Big Bad Trio later Big Bad Quartet that cause the Legends no end of trouble in Season Two, made up some of the most dangerous villains that vexed their friends Flash and Green Arrow: Eobard Thawne - the Reverse-Flash, Damien Darhk — leader of the HIVE, Malcolm Merlyn — the Dark Archer, and eventually Leonard Snart - Captain Cold.


  • Asskicking Equals Authority: The team is composed of Badass Normals and one speedster. It's pretty clear who is in charge.
  • Arch-Enemy: Each of them is this to either Barry or Oliver. Darhk is also one to Sara ever since he killed Laurel.
  • Back from the Dead: Thawne, Darhk, and Snart all died but were bought back due to time travel.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: They achieve their end goal and use The Spear of Destiny to rewrite reality to what they desire it to be. Though it doesn't last as the Legends were able to Set Right What Once Went Wrong, due to the Legion allowing their continued existence for fun.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: A three, later four-man ensemble with Thawne being the one in charge.
  • Co-Dragons: Darhk and Merlyn do the dirty work while Thawne is the mastermind. Eventually subverted as the two quickly get fed up with the arrangement and press Thawne for a more equal partnership.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To Vandal Savage. Vandal Savage was an immortal who could only be killed by Hawkgirl who played the Long Game in the shadows to conquer the Earth with the aide of the Time Masters. In contrast, the Legion of Doom is made up of well-known villains with established history in the Arrowverse. Vandal Savage had a legion of followers, the Legion of Doom has only themselves and whatever hired help they pick up in what era they're visiting.
  • Cool Ship: Thawne can use his speed to travel through time, while the others need a time sphere to do it.
  • The Corrupter: Have made three of the Legends into members through brainwashing, emotional blackmail, or simply going back in time to before they joined.
  • Debut Queue: Thawne and Darhk appear in the Season Two Premiere with the other members joining them in subsequent episodes; Merlyn shows up roughly halfway, while Snart doesn't show up till near the end.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Darhk and Merlyn are used to being the ones in charge and ordering minions around, but in the Legion they do the grunt work for Thawne. They get sick of it eventually and press him to make them all equals.
  • The Dragon: Rip Hunter, due to the Legion rewriting his brain to make him evil and under their control.
  • Evil Counterpart: Much like the Legends, they're a team of powered individuals with time travel capabilities that originally came from Arrow and The Flash. Unlike the Legends, who use their time travel powers to fix aberrations in history, the Legion use their powers to create aberrations in order to suit their own ends. This is somewhat of an unusual example given that typically in the Arrowverse the hero's Evil Counterpart appears as the first season's Big Bad, whereas here they're the Big Bad for season 2.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Out of all of them Merlyn is probably the least pompous.
  • Evil Plan: They want to find The Spear of Destiny which will give them the power to rewrite reality itself, which unlike changes to the timeline can't be undone. Although they all have individual motives for wanting to do so:
    • Thawne wants to use the Spear to get rid of the Black Flash and solidify his own existence despite being a living paradox.
    • Darhk wants to use the Spear to stop Oliver from killing him in 2016.
    • Malcolm wants to use the Spear to reverse his failures and be successful again, as well as resurrecting Tommy and Rebecca from the dead and making Thea love him.
    • Snart is appalled that his future self will go "soft", but he mainly seems to be in it just For the Evulz.
    • Mick wants to use the Spear's power to rewrite his past so that he never burns down his childhood home and inadvertently killing his parents.
  • Faux Affably Evil: All of them switch between chatting politely and then ruthlessly threatening/torturing/killing people on a whim.
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: The group got disbanded after their defeat in the Legends Season 2 finale.
  • Four Is Death: A doom of four members.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
  • Hero Killer: Have directly or indirectly killed four members of The Justice Society of America, and that's not including all the heroes they killed before joining the Legion.
  • In-Series Nickname: Sara initially rejected the name but it eventually stuck.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Nate coined their name from an old Hanna-Barbera cartoon he used to watch.
  • Legion of Doom: An adaptation of the Trope Namer, with all of them being made up of various Big Bads from Arrow and The Flash. Nate labels them this as homage to the original version.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: They achieve their end goal in creating their perfect reality, except... it doesn't last. The Legends go back in time to when they first acquired the Spear and undo their handiwork.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Merlyn was a very minor member in the Justice League Unlimited incarnation of the Legion, used only as a background character.
    • Captain Cold was a member in the very first incarnation of the Legion way back in Super Friends.
    • While Eobard Thawne was never a member of the Legion, he was a member of a very similar villain group called the "Secret Society of Super Villains".
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The Legion was promoted as being a four-man team, so Mick Rory joining the group came as a complete surprise.
  • Noodle Incident: It's never explained how the villains meet, it all happens offscreen with the exception of a flashback that shows Darhk and Thawne recruiting Malcolm just after the Arrow Season Four finale.
  • Paradox Person: Three out of four members! Thawne is a living paradox having wriggled himself out of being RetGoned, while Darhk and Snart were pulled from the timeline before their established deaths. Malcolm is the only one who's not a paradox.
  • Resurrected for a Job: Darhk and Snart were extracted from the timeline prior to their deaths so that Thawne could have some allies.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant:
    • In-universe, they are originally respective Big Bads of Arrow and Flash.
    • The Legion of Doom as a team are also typically enemies of the Justice League, rather than enemies of time travelling heroes.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Both Malcolm and Darhk favor really fancy suits while Thawne prefers to dress in a casual leather jacket.
  • Screw Destiny: They join up to turn their failures into victories.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The inevitable result when three villains who are used to being the ones calling the shots team up.
  • Token Good Teammate: Ironic considering what he was to the Legends, but Mick Rory falls into this, as he's the reason they didn't kill the Legends.
  • Token Super: Eobard Thawne is a speedster on a team of Badass Normals, and he's the one in charge.
  • Transplant: All of them were major villains who faced off against the Flash or Green Arrow before they decided to team up and make life hell for the Legends.
  • Villain Team-Up: An interesting variation in that instead of facing off their respective nemeses, Green Arrow and the Flash, they're fighting those heroes' friends and allies - the Legends instead.
  • Villainous Friendship:
    • Subverted. They all get along quite well at first — especially Thawne and Darhk. Though as time passes, they start questioning each other's choices and abilities and are quick to lose patience with one another. It shows that since each of them is used to being in control, working together as equals is not their cup of tea.
    • They eventually become quite chummy when they actually get the Spear. Well, Snart, Malcolm, and Darhk do — Thawne tries to distance himself from his comrades and keep the Spear for himself which eventually mean the other three turn on him.

    Members 

    Former Members 
see the Arrowverse: Legends - Former Members page for Rip Hunter
see the Arrowverse: Mick Rory page

The Cult of Mallus

    In General 
A cult of evil magic users (and one gorilla) all throughout time dedicated to serving an Ancient Evil, Mallus.
  • Back from the Dead: Two out of four members — and they were brought back by the source of their magic:
    • Kuasa's magic came from the water totem, so her resurrection was very simple; she was brought back via a pool of water (probably one in Zambesi).
    • Darhk's magic was fueled by blood sacrifice, so countless people had to be killed for him to be brought back by a blood moon and Mallus's powers.
  • Connected All Along: The previously unconnected Kuasa and Darhk are now united by serving Mallus, who had been previously unmentioned.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To the Legion of Doom. While the Legion consisted of major villains, specifically the nemeses of Barry Allen and Oliver Queen, the Cult, with the exceptions of Damien Darhk and Grodd, consists of what were previously minor villains in the grand scheme of things. The Legion consisted of one meta-human and three Badass Normals, but the Cult consists of witches, sorcerers, and Grodd. The Legion were loyal only to themselves while the Cult is dedicated to serving Mallus.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Time Bureau and the Legends. While the other organizations act as Time Police and seek to correct anachronisms, the Cult actively creates them throughout history.
  • Legion of Doom: Their membership consists of villains previously seen in the Arrowverse. Bonus points for Damien being a member of the actual Legion of Doom itself.
  • Religion of Evil: A cult made up of evil sorcerers and witches dedicated to serving Mallus. The sole exception is Grodd.

    Mallus 

Mallus

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"I am so much more than a god."

Species: Time Demon

Voiced By: John Noble

First Appearance: "Return of the Mack" (Legends of Tomorrow 3x5, voice), "Guest Starring John Noble" (Legends of Tomorrow 3x17, self)

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

Rip Hunter: Oh, I'm not here to speak to your puppet. I think it's about time you and I met face-to-face.
Mallus: (through Nora Darhk) You cannot look upon my true form and live! While you are hopelessly mortal, I am a god!

An ancient evil so feared that even the Time Masters were afraid of him. He begins to draw allies throughout all of time to himself in Season Three of Legends, forcing Rip to abandon his Time Bureau and hook up with the Legends once more. Ultimately the Legends are forced to break him out of his prison to destroy him for good using the Six Totems of Zambezi. note 


  • Actor Allusion: While Rory is watching The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King with a scene featuring John Noble as Denethor, the Legends all notice how Noble sounds almost exactly like Mallus.
  • A God Am I: Claims to be a god, and so far, he hasn't shown anything to contradict that. When he finally emerges in his true demonic form, he goes one step further and declares, "I am so much more than a god."
  • Ambiguously Human: It's unclear at first whether or not he's human. When his true form is revealed, he most certainly is not human.
  • Ancient Evil: A primordial being so ancient and deadly that even the Time Masters feared him.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Rip Hunter. The man who dedicated his life to stopping Mallus.
  • Big Bad: Of Legends of Tomorrow Season Three, with Damien and Nora Darhk acting collectively as The Heavy.
  • Big "NO!": He screams this right before he is crushed by the Totems' Beebo.
  • Big Red Devil: Big Black Devil to be exact, but otherwise fits the trope perfectly.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Those whom he possesses gain these, though in the case of Nora Darhk, they're Red Eyes, Take Warning instead.
  • Blasphemous Boast: His first words upon resurrecting himself through Nora.
    Mallus: I am so much more than a god!
  • Canon Foreigner: Mallus has no direct analogue to any character in the comics. Though as mentioned under expy there are a few characters who may have served as inspiration for him.
  • Celebrity Paradox:
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
    • The first Legends of Tomorrow Big Bad whose identity has been kept under wraps, as both Savage and the Legion were already established characters who had been seen before on either The Flash or Arrow. He's also the first one who's clearly not human.
    • With The Reveal of his true nature, he's actually one to the entire Arrowverse. He's the first Big Bad with an unknown identity who turns out to be not a pretender with a civilian identity, but exactly what he's made out to be: a transdimensional demon of incredible power.
  • Dark Is Evil: He makes his victims gain black eyes, is a master of dark magic, and is made out to be a demon. His true form is also a gigantic black devil-like demon.
  • Demonic Possession: He's capable of inhabiting human vessels to communicate with others and work his dark magic. It's also how he takes physical form in the penultimate episode, killing Nora in the process, until her father, by way of time travel, takes her place.
  • The Dreaded: Considering the Time Masters feared him, this is really saying something.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: He's a time demon out to lay waste to all of history.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of John Noble, he sounds demonic, and he certainly acts like a demon. Sure enough, he turns out to be a demon.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Claims that nobody can see his true form and live, when using Nora Darhk as a medium to communicate. It's pure boasting, as he's a demon and anyone can look at him just fine, suggesting his remark was an Implied Death Threat.
  • Evil Is Bigger: His true demonic form is huge.
  • Expy:
    • Going by Rip's description and the cult surrounding him, he sounds like Trigon in all but name. This expands when he uses Nora, an Expy of Raven, to come into the physical world.
    • Mallus shares some similarities with the similarly named Dakotaverse character Malleus, being a red and demonic-looking villain who leads a magic-themed team. While Malleus used cybernetic enhancements, however, Mallus is an actual demon.
  • Flat Character: While not entirely without characterization, Mallus is a lot less fleshed out compared to other Arrowverse Big Bads, wanting to destroy the world simply because that's what he does. Though he avoids being a Generic Doomsday Villain by having a defined personality, an Evil Plan, and displays cunning in manipulating people.
  • Foil:
    • To Savitar. While they initially appeared to have a lot of similarities, The Reveal of his true identity gives them a very sharp contrast. Savitar was a man using a God Guise and not a true deity, while Mallus is a legitimate primordial demon of supernatural origin.
    • To Vandal Savage. Both are powerful Ancient Evil beings who consider themselves to be gods, are immortal to a degree, have cults dedicated to worshiping them, and are arch-enemies to Rip Hunter. However, the differences lie in that Savage Was Once a Man before being given powers, while Mallus is a true supernatural entity being a transdimensional demon. In addition, Savage is noted to be one of the first Big Bads in the Arrowverse who is showed off from the start, while Mallus' true nature was kept in the dark for the majority of the season to allow him to invoke Nothing Is Scarier.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: Sports a demonic pair of wings in his true form.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While he isn't explicitly said to have a hand in the events prior to his debut, Rip has stated that even the Time Masters feared him implying to have encountered him in some form before.
  • Horned Humanoid: Sports large demonic horns in his true form.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He resembles a classic devil.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Is rather fond of very pointed barbs, often showcasing his victims' helplessness right before them, or preying on their fears and past traumas.
  • Implied Death Threat: In hindsight, his claim of looking upon his true form and not living becomes this.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Unlike Savage and the Legion of Doom, who often had moments of levity and snark in their scenes, Mallus is essentially devoid of any humor aside from a singe of Black Comedy. His introduction also indirectly shifts the genre of Legends from "time travel comedy" to "time travel comedy/supernatural thriller".
  • Mind over Matter: In typical Demonic Possession fashion, he can telekinetically control his surroundings.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Without the second L, it is Latin for "evil" and it also sounds like "malice". In the finale, he affirms the latter to be the proper pronunciation.
  • No-Sell: Mallus is completely immune to the usual tricks Constantine uses to deal with demons, which is really saying something given he's a master of the occult and an experienced exorcist.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: What makes Mallus so terrifying is that absolutely nothing is known about him, aside from him having a cult and being really damned powerful. The eventual reveal of him as a colossal horned demon actually relieves much of the intimidation.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Mallus takes it furthest of all, wanting to destroy all of time and reality itself.
  • The Omniscient: Seems to know everything about anyone. Of particular note is him knowing John Constantine's past, particularly the damning of the young girl Astra. He's either this or he in some way is connected to his past.
  • Our Demons Are Different: By "Daddy Darhkest", he is assumed to be a demon of the highest order, hence the ability to subvert Constantine's magic but reaction to holy water. Sure enough, he emerges through Nora in the penultimate episode of Season Three as a fully bonafide demon.
  • Outside-Genre Foe: A transdimensional demon of godlike power would be a better fit for Supernatural or Constantine rather than a time travel superhero show. John Constantine himself showing up a couple of times to help the Legends against Mallus only drives the point home. This also serves as the series gradually shifting into being about time travel and the supernatural.
  • Pronouncing My Name for You: Most of the characters pronounced his name as "Mah-luss" before he corrects them in the finale and states it was pronounced as "Malice".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In addition to Nora sporting these whenever he speaks through her, his true demonic form has them.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He's trapped in another dimension of endless cold, locked behind the integrity of history, but he vows that he will soon be free and is ensuring it by having his minions deliberately create anachronisms.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: He's the Big Bad furthest on the threat level spectrum for not just Legends of Tomorrow but the entire Arrowverse as a whole, being a demonic Physical God who threatens the entirety of time itself. The only villain who could possibly outrank him is the Anti-Monitor.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Shares many parallels with Savitar. Both are Ancient Evils with cults dedicated to worshiping them (though Savitar turned out to actually be from the future, not the past), both were locked away in another dimension, both emerged due to the heroes screwing up time, both can possess an avatar through whom they speak, both claim to be gods, and both can influence events throughout history. Subverted, however, with The Reveal that he's a full-blown demon, whereas "Savitar" was a metahuman pretending to be a god.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Mallus is easily the most powerful Big Bad to ever appear in the Arrowverse at the time of his appearance note . The Legends spend most of the season trying to prevent his release and when that fails the only option left is to kill him permanently, as there is no way he could have been left around with the safety of existence still guaranteed.
  • Undignified Death: He's a giant demonic god wannabe who's ultimately killed by more-or-less being crushed by a giant teddy bear.
  • Villain-Beating Artifact: The Zambesi totems were used to imprison him, so he's weak to their power. Well, five of them. He has control over the Death Totem because the tribe that had it chose to ally with Mallus instead of against him, though Sara is ultimately able to break his hold over it.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: He claims one cannot look on his true form and be able to live. The truth is a bit different, as while those who look on him tend to come to harm like Sara, his form itself doesn't appear to be lethal to look at.

Lieutenants

See the Arrowverse: Legends - Former Members page for Nora Darhk

Field Agents

see the Arrowverse: Other Locales page for Kuasa / Water Witch
see the Arrowverse: Past Characters page for Sir Henry Stein
see the Arrowverse Star City Citizens page for Dr. Ellen Moore

    Grodd 

Grodd

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"I am Grodd. Fear me! "

Species: Meta-Gorilla

Played By: Simon Burnett

Voiced By: David Sobolov

First Appearance: "Plastique" (The Flash 1x5)

Appearances: The Flash | Legends of Tomorrow

A gorilla who lived in Star Labs under Thawne's care prior to the accelerator malfunction. General Eiling wanted to use him in mind control experiments, but Thawne was adamant that any such test were to cease as long as Grodd was under his care. He disappeared following the night of the accident.

Grodd quickly established himself as one of Barry's feared foes, but also one to be pitied. He would be banished to Gorilla City on Earth-2 as an act of mercy, but Grodd was too far gone to react kindly to his exile. He later made his way back to Earth-1 and after another battle with Barry, ended up in A.R.G.U.S. custody.

But after the Legends broke time, Grodd ended up in the Vietnam War trying to turn the conflict into the catalyst for World War III, which quickly gained the attention of the recently resurrected Damien Darhk.

After a brief stint as the brutal enforcer of the Cult of Mallus, he was put back into A.R.G.U.S. custody, but escaped due to his powers evolving, only being defeated after a hard fight with the recently redeemed King Shark.

He was then put back into A.R.G.U.S. custody under even tighter surveillance due to his telepathic powers constantly growing.

Post-Crisis, he has come to regret his former deeds and eventually leaves on friendly terms with Barry.

see the Arrowverse: Other Earths page for his Earth-19 counterpart


  • A God Am I: By the time he shows up in Season Three of Legends, Grodd has developed full-blown megalomania, referring to himself in the third person and trying to set off World War III so that he can rule over whoever survives, going so far as to describe this goal as "one nation under Grodd".
  • Adaptational Heroism: Comics Grodd is a murderous overlord and sociopath with a desire to wipe out all of humanity. This version, while still a killer that hates humans, actually has a somewhat valid reason to be the way he is, and does seem to have a soft spot for some people that treat him nicely, such as Caitlin and Eobard Thawne. However, by "Attack on Gorilla City", he's much closer to his comics counterpart, to the point that Caitlin gives up on him ever being redeemed. By his first appearance in Season Three of Legends of Tomorrow, he's basically all the way there, wanting to destroy humanity by any means he can. However, even at this point he remains sympathetic to a degree, as he still laments his personal tragedy. Amaya is able to empathize with him and nearly succeeds in talking him down, when Mick and his father storm the camp at the worst possible time, leading to Grodd feeling betrayed and justified in his hatred. As of Season 6, Grodd has pulled a Heel–Face Turn and is back to being more heroic than his comic counterpart.
  • Adaptational Wimp: ONLY in comparison to some of the characters in Gorilla City. Whereas in most other incarnations, Grodd will almost always pose a massive threat to Solovar to the point where Grodd either overpowers Solovar or Solovar will be forced to call upon other heroes for help in defeating Grodd, this incarnation of Grodd is nowhere near as strong as Solovar, to the point where he gets manhandled by the albino gorilla and outright admits to Team Flash that he can't defeat Solovar in a fair fight. Also a justified trope in that Grodd has spent much of his life as a test subject in a cage for STAR Labs while Solovar has had a lifetime in Gorilla City to hone his powers, strength, leadership abilities, and gladiator skills.
    • Unlike his comic-book counterpart, his repertoire of Psychic Powers does not include telekinesis, at least not yet.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: On the receiving end. King Shark, who towers over him, defeats him during King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd.
  • Amplifier Artifact: During King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd, he gets his iconic crown, which amplifies his telepathic abilities. Even after it is already taken from him, his powers continue to grow, which forces A.R.G.U.S. to put him into a coma to further detain him.
  • Androcles' Lion: An evil example; Grodd seems to have a soft spot for those who treated him nicely (namely, Eobard and Caitlin).
  • And I Must Scream: He ends up in a medically-induced coma under even tighter guard than before.
  • Animal Testing: Eiling wanted to involve him with mind-control experiments, along with other gene therapies for the purpose of making Super Soldiers.
  • Answers to the Name of God:
    Not God. Grodd.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Flash's fourth most persistent enemy after Captain Cold, Zoom, and the Reverse-Flash. The Flash is the one enemy Grodd never wishes to control, who he is never willing to reason with, and wants to destroy at all costs. At least until Season 6, where Grodd finally pulls a Heel–Face Turn and an Enemy Mine with The Flash, putting them as Friendly Enemies.
  • Being Evil Sucks: He did not find satisfaction when trying to carry over his attacks and he realizes that he actually didn't want power.
  • Berserk Button: Don't offer him a banana. Or impersonate his "father".
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He is very fond of Caitlin, but even then he still kidnaps her for his own needs.
    Caitlin. Good.
  • Breakout Villain: Popular enough to not only survive every encounter with the Flash, but to also star in Legends of Tomorrow. It's now considered the norm for him to return at least Once a Season.
  • The Brute: In Legends of Tomorrow, he becomes the personal attack dog for the Cult of Mallus, sent out whenever wide scale destruction is required.
  • Celebrity Paradox: The Marvel Cinematic Universe is acknowledged to exist in this universe. His voice-actor voices Stone in Daredevil (2015).
  • The Chessmaster: In "Attack on Gorilla City", he plays everyone for chumps, and even though he catches a brief Idiot Ball, he has a backup plan. As he himself says, "Father" taught him well.
  • The Comically Serious: His only funny moment thus far involves his dislike of bananas.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers several to Barry over the course of "Grodd Lives." Ultimately, Barry could not take him down with his own strength and had to goad him into getting hit by a train instead.
  • Dark Is Evil: Grodd is covered with dark fur and is a villainous Killer Gorilla.
  • Demoted to Dragon: In Season Three of "Legends" where he's recruited into the Cult of Mallus as their brute.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Like his comic counterpart, Grodd ironically hates bananas.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: He throws Joe's gun away, since "Father" doesn't like them.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Eiling really shouldn't have performed all those experiments (and more) on him.
  • The Dragon: He's effectively this to Eobard, whom he is loyal to and refers to as "Father".
  • The Dreaded: After their initial battle, he becomes this to Team Flash.
  • Easter Egg: The first sign of his existence is a view of his destroyed cage in the pilot labeled with his name, which DC fans would pick up on but non-comics people would just overlook.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • In Season Three, Grodd tricks Team Flash into helping him defeat Solovar in combat which was a ruse to allow Grodd to take control over his army.
    • In Season Six, Grodd once again comes to The Flash for help, only this time he has genuinely changed and the two of them join forces to defeat Solovar in a Journey to the Center of the Mind where they attempt to escape the mental prison.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His attack on the sewer workers seems to have been put in just so we wouldn't have any doubt that he's one of the bad guys, as his revenge on Eiling is quite easy to root for.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He refers to Eobard as "Father".
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The explosion gave him the ability to speak telepathically, with quite an intimidating voice.
  • Fantastic Racism: While he does have a Freudian Excuse for it, Grodd's hatred for humanity becomes more and more extreme every time he appears. By the time he appears on Legends of Tomorrow, he's reached the point that he sees humans as completely inferior to him and wants to rule over them. When he finds out about the Waverider, he even tries to hijack it so he can travel back in time and prevent humans from ever existing.
  • Freudian Excuse: Unlike his comic self, he actually has a semi-decent reason for disliking humans, namely he suffered cruel testing and abuse from General Eiling.
  • Fusion Dance: In "Grodd Friended Me" when Barry and Grodd team up in the mindscape, Barry's merges with Grodd in a similar way to Firestorm. This grants Grodd the powers of a speedster which he uses to defeat Solovar.
  • Genius Bruiser: While he's not quite at the genius level when Barry first meets him, as the gradually improving calculations scrawled on the walls of his lair show, he's definitely getting there. As of "Attack on Gorilla City", he's officially gotten there.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Eiling and his scientists wanted a gorilla capable of mental powers. It not only worked, but he's also grown a lot stronger and immeasurably smarter ...and he hates Eiling so much that he turned him into a human puppet for three months.
  • Heel–Face Return: In Season 6. Months of being left alone with his thoughts in an artificial coma had him realize the wrongness of his actions. After some hesitation, Flash helps him out of it and he is allowed to return to Gorilla City, the only place where he ever felt he truly belonged.
  • Hulk Speak: His speech is noticeably brief, as he is still learning English. Unlike most cases of this trope, however, he's far from stupid. His later appearances have him speaking just fine, but still prefers using Third-Person Person speech.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: In his second appearance he kidnaps Caitlin so he can recreate the Particle Accelerator so there will be more gorillas like him that he can have friends. Team Flash decides to send him to Gorilla City on Earth-2 instead; unfortunately he doesn't like it as he can't stand not being the alpha.
  • The Juggernaut: Grodd is all but unstoppable. Nothing Barry threw at him was enough to take him down, and Team Flash was forced to send him to another Earth in order to stop him.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Eiling treated him horribly while trapped in a cage, but now Grodd returns the favor by torturing him.
  • Killer Gorilla: Grodd is well known in the DC universe as a Knight of Cerebus; it's safe to say that he may as well be on his way to being one here when he finally shows his face. Some poor sewer workers find that out the hard way.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While not quite as intimidating as the Reverse-Flash or Zoom, the humor plummets any time he's onscreen. He manages to seriously Break the Badass and leave Joe a whimpering wreck, something that even Mark Mardon was incapable of doing, and is the only combatant that Flash can't even hope to harm.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: In a sense. He's an extremely physically capable Lightning Bruiser that can also use telepathic warfare against his enemies.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Not only is he strong enough to knock Barry out with one punch, he's fast enough to rush down anyone in his lair and even take the fastest person in the world by surprise, appearing as a blur during so. Though if you watch carefully, it's clear that some of that is watching his opponent and picking exactly the right moment to strike.
  • Mind Control: Thanks to his telepathy, he can take control of the minds of others, as he does with Gypsy in "Attack on Central City".
  • Mind Rape: Several times, he shows Barry his disturbing memories while under Eiling's "care".
  • Neck Lift: Does this to Barry to show how strong he is...and follows it up by putting Barry right through a concrete wall.
  • Noodle Incident: He allegedly destroyed the Great Wall of China offscreen as shown in "Beebo the God of War".
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Grodd is entirely CGI, and therefore one of the most expensive villains to bring to the show. That said, his Mind Control has an impressive range, and anyone unprepared for meeting him is likely Killed Offscreen.
  • Obviously Evil: A hulking brute who speaks in a deep, menacing voice. Even aside from being a Killer Gorilla, Grodd is clearly not one of the good guys.
  • Once a Season: Since the first season of The Flash, he has shown up at least once (sometimes more) in each season of the Arrowverse; usually on his debut show, but in the 2017-2018 season he instead showed up on Legends of Tomorrow.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: After kidnapping Caitlin, Dr. Wells from Earth-2 pretends to be Reverse Flash to get Grodd to release her. The problem is that he said "please". According to Grodd, his "father" never asks, he takes.
  • Out of Focus: Despite being on the Cult of Mallus, Grodd is used sparingly given he's a CG creation. After Darhk saves him from dying, and the Legends don't face him after his recruitment. He's seen in an ancient illustration destroying the Great Wall of China, and he then makes a cameo in "No Country for Old Dads" in a video chat between Ava and Director Bennett, which ends when Grodd murders Bennett! The Legends don't actually fight him again until "Guest Starring John Noble", where he's taken out rather easily, first by Ray's shrink tech and then by Nate wielding the Earth Totem.
  • The Paranoiac: Grodd is traumatised from his mistreatment at the hands of General Eiling and this leads to him becoming a Control Freak who wants power over everyone so that he can't be hurt again, which in turn makes him suspicious and cynical of anyone or anything that preaches softness or sentiment as that invites him and his underlings to be vulnerable and therefore weak. He wants revenge on everyone who ever made him feel weak or humiliated- naturally including heroes like the Flash- and his introduction to Team Flash (through Eiling via telepathy) was the raw and primitive "I am Grodd- Fear me!", which set the tone of the character to come: a villain whose ultimate desire is that everyone fears him too much to ever dare hurt him again.
  • Pet the Dog: He continues to have a soft spot for Caitlin, who was also kind to him at the lab. However, he seems to abandon this in "Attack on Gorilla City", wanting her to die along with Barry and the others.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Making him a Talking Animal would be difficult not to render silly in live action, so instead his voice is telepathic.
  • Psychological Horror: Even when he isn't showing his face onscreen, he can still exert a terrifying presence using his Mind Control telepathy. Particularly unsettling in "Attack on Central City" where he tries to make Joe West perform a Psychic-Assisted Suicide.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His irises are always blood red, which only makes him creepier.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: He is able to remember how things were before the Crisis.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: After being a major recurring villain on The Flash for three seasons, he's transferred to Legends in Season Three as a member of the Cult of Mallus.
  • Room Full of Crazy: He's covered the walls of the sewer tunnel he's been hiding in with his name. The drawings get more advanced (and creepy) as his intelligence grows.
  • Sewer Gator: He'd been hiding in the sewers ever since he escaped.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Whenever Grodd has someone under his Mind Control, the telltale clues are the person speaking in a very rigid and gruff voice, as well as referring to Barry exclusively as "Flash" even when he's unmasked and in the company of friends.
  • The Starscream: On Earth-2, he desperately wants to usurp Gorilla City's leadership from Solovar. So much that he orchestrated events that would have Team Flash beat Solovar for him.
  • Superpower Lottery: All of the meta-humans to appear on the show in the first season each have a single superpower. By comparison, Grodd has Super Strength and Super Toughness (even when considering the fact that gorillas are naturally stronger than humans), Psychic Powers, and is implied to be gradually getting Super Intelligence as well.
  • Super Toughness: Not only is Grodd super tough by human standards, he's super tough even by gorilla standards. He's able to Punch Catch Barry's supersonic punch, and is so resilient that Barry's normal super-speed punches don't even seem to faze him. It takes a speeding subway train to put him down, and even then, he doesn't seem to have been injured at all, just knocked away.
  • Third-Person Person: He frequently refers to himself as Grodd, even after growing out of his Hulk Speak tendencies.
  • Token Non-Human: The only meta-animal of The Flash's Earth-1 Rogues Gallery. He's also the only non-human member of the Cult of Mallus.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As of The Flash Season 5, his powers are constantly growing.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: By the time he returns in "Attack on Gorilla City", he's more actively malicious than he was before, manipulating Team Flash into helping him engineer a coup to overthrow the city's rightful ruler. He only gets worse in Legends Season Three, becoming an Omnicidal Maniac toward humanity like his comics counterpart.
  • Tragic Monster: Grodd was a sweet and gentle gorilla that had the misfortune of being a test subject for inhumane experiments on General Eiling's orders. The Particle Accelerator gave him great power but also isolated him since he's one of a kind.
  • Trapped in Another World: In Season Two, Team Flash sends him to Gorilla City on Earth-2 as a means of getting him out of the way and giving him some peace; unfortunately, he sees being exiled from Earth-1 as his home being taken from him, so he decides to invade it in retaliation.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In the brief times we see Grodd before the accident, he is certainly not the violent ape that he is now.
  • Ventriloquist Animal: He uses his telepathic powers to talk to people, thus he does not need to vocalize or move his lips.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: While he utterly outmatched the Flash in early appearances, no-selling all of his attacks and even casually catching his Supersonic Punch, as of Season 6 Barry has become so powerful that he can flatten the Meta-Gorilla with a single attack.
  • Villainous Friendship: An odd one with the Reverse-Flash, due to Eobard being one of the few people who treated him decently before he got his powers. He even refers to Eobard as "Father".
  • Vocal Evolution: Much like Caesar in the reboot continuity of Planet of the Apes, Grodd starts out with very broken Hulk Speak, before his speech becomes more sophisticated over time. By Season 3, he pretty much speaks like a normal human.
  • Whole Plot Reference: In order to tie him more closely to the show’s mythology, Grodd is given a completely new origin which resembles the Planet of the Apes reboot films more than his traditional comic-book backstory, leaving out all references to Gorilla City until Earth-2 comes along.


AVA Corporation

    Bishop 

Bishop

Species: Human (clone)

Played By: Raffi Barsoumian

First Appearance: "The Satanist's Apprentice" (Legends of Tomorrow 6x05)

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

Founder of the AVA Corporation, a future company with a specialization in bioengineering, particularly cloning. After witnessing the destruction of Earth by human greed, he appointed himself the task of saving humanity by engineering and training a better version of it that can withstand anything.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: A roundabout example. Present Bishop remains a ruthless, if humorous, villain who does all sorts of bad stuff without remorse. However, in the final episode, we're also introduced to Past Bishop who's a slightly egotistical, if well-meaning, scientist who wants to help out the crew, attends Sara and Ava's wedding, and is horrified by what his future self has turned into. Towards the end, he vows to never become like his future evil self but unfortunately for him, the Legends have no choice but to erase his memories and send him back to his own time to preserve their present timeline.
  • Bad Boss: Drops the environmental shields around his compounds to kill off an intruder, which also means killing off all his Ava troopers still outside, as he gives them no warning or order to retreat.
  • Big Bad: For Legends of Tomorrow Season 6.
  • Body Backup Drive: Bishop exists as a consciousness that can be transferred between clone bodies. He uses this as an excuse to eat unhealthy foods, and to casually kill off any of his bodies that get even slightly damaged in favor of moving to a new copy. No longer the case after Sara destroys all his spare bodies, trapping him in the one body he has left.
  • Butt-Monkey: Many times when Bishop appears, he suffers a lot of violence at the hands of Sara Lance while retaining his chipper mood even after being beaten senseless or getting killed a few times. Even Mick Rory gets in on some of the violence when he comes face to face with Bishop.
  • Canon Foreigner: He's an original character created for the show and isn't present in any other DC media. That being said, see Expy below.
  • Devoured by the Horde: His fate in the erased timeline is getting devoured by Mick and Kayla's Necrian children.
  • Death by Irony: He's devoured by the very same alien babies he helped to deliver and bring into the world.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Initially set up as the Big Bad of season 6 and the main instigator of the conflict, but is seemingly Deader Than Dead halfway through the season when his Space Base is destroyed before he has a chance to finish uploading his consciousness to the cloud.
    • Towards the end of the season it's revealed that by the time the base was destroyed he had already uploaded 94% of his DNA anyway and spliced the remaining 6% with Sara's, meaning the Brain Uploading was effectively successful after all, allowing him to return as the overall Big Bad of the season.
  • Expy: Of the New God, Doctor Bedlam from the comics who like Bishop has dozens of disposable clones that he can transfer his consciousness if his old body is destroyed, as well as having an army of mooks at their disposal (Animates for Bedlam and Ava Clones for Bishop). Both of them are also mad scientists.
  • Falsely Reformed Villain: What he is when he finally returns in "Silence of the Sonograms", before it's revealed at the episode's end that no, he's just as evil as ever.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's very chipper and willing to let bygones be bygones in the blink of an eye. He's also the sort to mock someone to their face in a sing-song about the death of their friend.
  • Feel No Pain: One of the benefits of a modified clone body is modified pain receptors.
  • Future Me Scares Me: The Past Bishop regrets what he will become and the Legends feel sorry for him, but are still forced to erase his memories.
  • Genetic Memory: Splicing six percent of Sara's DNA into himself grants him all her fighting skills, override codes for Gideon and insight into how she thinks so he's always one step ahead of her plans.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The main timeline Bishop ends up reforming and avoiding going down the dark path of the erased timeline Bishop. Though the timeline is kept intact by Evil Gideon replacing Bishop with a robot version she created.
  • Laughably Evil: He's a hilarious Butt-Monkey who suffers a lot of comical violence and can elicit laughs with his sing-song vocal quirks. At the same time, he's also an utterly ruthless bastard who will gladly allow all his Ava troopers to be killed off without a shred of remorse.
  • Neck Snap: How Sara kills him the first time.
  • Only One Name: He's simply "Bishop"; whether that is a first or a last name or something else is unknown.
  • Space Base: He has one as his Supervillain Lair, on Pliny X19, but it's destroyed halfway through the season.
  • Stable Time Loop: A younger Bishop was brought in by the Legends to help them defeat his present self, then mindwiped so he can live out history as recorded. Unfortunately it didn't stick and he had copied Gideon, giving him the motive and resources to build his own Waverider to take revenge. Over the course of this, his Gideon forces him to stay as her Captain while replacing him with a robotic double programmed to live out his history as recorded, which set him on this path in the first place.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He is essentially Eobard Thawne minus the Super Speed. Like Thawne, Bishop is also a Mad Scientist with a god complex, also are evil time travellers from the future, and both have Me's a Crowd abilities that are tied to cheating death. Both even use a version of Gideon!
  • Visionary Villain: Bishop genuinely wants to save humanity by changing it for the better. It's just his methods that make him a villain.
  • Yandere: Towards the end of his introductory season he becomes obsessed with Sara, determined to make her the template of his ultimate humans with only him for company after killing off everyone else.

    The Avas 

The Avas

Species: Human (clone)

Played By: Jes Macallan

First Appearance: "The Satanist's Apprentice" (Legends of Tomorrow 6x05)

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

Countless clones created by the AVA Corporation as everything from cooks to servants, of which Ava Sharpe is one.


  • Artificial Human: There is no 'original' Ava so to speak, she is created from genetic traits taken from many samples to form a perfect human specimen.
  • Clone Army: While not all of them are soldiers, Bishop has many Avas at his disposal for his military power.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: To the extent Bishop can be considered their father. They don't have any ill intent, and turn on Bishop once it's pointed out to them that they can think for themselves.

    Evil Gideon 

Evil Gideon

Species: Artificial intelligence program

Played By: Amy Louise Pemberton

First Appearance: "wvrdr_error_100 not found" (Legends of Tomorrow 7x03)

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

A copy of Gideon's program that the younger Bishop made and installed on his copy of the Waverider.


  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: She's a far more ruthless and manipulative version of Gideon.
  • Big Bad: For Legends of Tomorrow Season 7.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Started off The Dragon to Bishop, but later takes over the reins as the main villain of Season 7.
  • Evil Knockoff: Bishop duplicated her from the original Gideon. She shows how Gideon could have turned out without the modifications Rip Hunter made to her program, being much more colder and robotic.
  • In-Series Nickname: Dubbed "Evil Gideon" by the Legends, though she has no love for the name.
  • Knight Templar: Like the Legends, she's absolutely committed to protecting the timeline, but is much more ruthless and bloodthirsty about it.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: She usurps control of Bishop's Waverider from him.

    Robot Legends 

Robot Legends

Species: Robotic clones

Played By:

First Appearance:

Appearances" Legends of Tomorrow


  • Artificial Human: They are described as being 'robot clones', a hybrid of robotic and Bishop's cloning technology, making them very similar to terminators.
  • Blood Knight: An extension of Evil Gideon's more ruthless ethos, they operate less like a police force that arrests criminals and more a temporal wetworks that brutally assassinates any time aberrations.
  • The Dragon: After Evil Gideon becomes the Big Bad, she creates the Robot Legends as her lackeys.
  • Effective Knockoff: Robot Nate is bulkier than regular Nate and durable enough to count as steeled up all the time.
  • Evil Knockoff: Robotic versions of the Legends created by Evil Gideon. Because she can't copy most of their powers she makes up for it by increasing their physical ability.
  • Mirror Match: Literally evil versions of the Legends facing themselves, complete with their powerset.


Independent Time Criminals

    Vandal Savage 

    Phillipé / Abra Kadabra 

Phillipé

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"Maybe you can figure out how I did it, but I doubt you'll have time."

Known Aliases: Abra Kadabra

Played By: David Dastmalchian

First Appearance: "Abra Kadabra" (The Flash 3x18)

Appearances: The Flash

A technologically-advanced criminal from the 64th century on Earth-19. He has outfitted his body with advanced Nanotechnology which allows him to have a range of abilities that most people in the 21st century would perceive as magic.

see the DCEU: Task Force X - New Team page for Abner Krill, the character in an undesignated Earth who bears his physical likeness

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: His comics counterpart was Bald of Evil (balding or completely bald, Depending on the Artist) and looked grotesque; here, he's played by dashing David Dastmalchian. While there have been instances when comic Kadabra is actually portrayed as attractive, it's considerably rare.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He is black-haired in the comics. Here, his hair is dyed white.
  • Adaptation Name Change: His civilian identity's name is Phillipé instead of Citizen Abra.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: In the comics, Abra Kadabra and Gypsy are completely unrelated. Here, he had her former lover and partner Stuffed in the Fridge.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • Zig-zagged. On the one hand, comics Abra is much pettier committing crimes due to being an Attention Whore, has a much higher body count, and has caused a lot of trauma for the Flash. In contrast, this Abra only kills people who get in his way and has the much simpler motive of wanting to return to his own time after being Trapped in the Past. Having said that, this Kadabra apparently lacks his comic counterpart's Freudian Excuse and psychiatric issues, making him less sympathetic.
    • Played straight upon his return in Season 7, where he undergoes a Heel–Face Turn, assisting Barry and team Flash against another villain.
  • Adaptational Wimp: While he's quite powerful here, he's nowhere near the threat he is in the comics, where he's Un-person'd several main characters, turned people into puppets, and doing other reality warping "tricks".
  • Affably Evil: He's always very polite and courteous when going about his criminal activities.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Gypsy for killing her former lover (among many other people).
  • Back for the Dead: He returns in Season Seven where he pulls a Heel–Face Turn and then gets killed.
  • Badass Fingersnap: Uses one to fill a tank with water to drown some cops.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a black suit and is a formidable "stage-magician".
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He's fond of Evil Gloating and is so proud of being an asshole in general.
  • Celebrity Paradox:
    • The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been alluded to before in the Arrowverse. Abra Kadabra's actor previously played Kurt in Ant-Man.
    • The The Dark Knight has been referenced before on the Chronicles of Cisco blog. Abra Kadabra's actor played Thomas Schiff, one of the Joker's deranged followers.
  • Clarke's Third Law: His abilities look like magic, but it's actually advanced technology from the future.
  • Chewing the Scenery: He speaks very theatrically.
  • Deal with the Devil: Abra Kadabra tempts Barry with a deal he just can't resist. If Barry releases him, he will reveal Savitar's true identity.
  • Demoted to Extra: From a recurring threat to Barry and Wally's Arch-Enemy to a Villain of the Week. Though from the looks of things, he'll be back.
  • Dimensional Traveler: He hails from Earth-19, but is able to cross different parts of The Multiverse and commit crimes.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In the Pre-Crisis future, he had a wife and son. Crisis appears to have Ret Goned them.
  • Evil Gloating: When his fate is sealed, he proceeds to continuously rub in that Barry will never find out Savitar's identity from him. He even remarks with glee that withholding the truth from Barry is almost like he got to kill Iris too.
  • Evil Wears Black: He wears a black suit and is a textbook Card-Carrying Villain.
  • Foil: Is very similar to Thawne. Both are enemies of The Flash from the future who get Trapped in the Past with no way home. Both are extremely intelligent and have an advantage over Barry due to future knowledge. The difference however lies in Thawne for the most is a sociopath who only cares about himself, while Abra genuinely has a family that he loves and cares for. Ultimately, Barry is able to guide Abra through a Heel–Face Turn, while Thawne remains his Arch-Enemy.
  • Have We Met Yet?: In the future, he's one of Flash's most persistent foes to the point he even knows his true identity. Due to their long history together, it seems like we'll be seeing him again.
  • Magicians Are Wizards: Has stage-magic-themed abilities as his gimmick.
  • Mysterious Past: Not only is he from the future, but he's from a different Alternate Universe.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Abra Kadabra is only his Code Name. His real name is revealed to be Phillipé.
  • Race Lift: Abra Kadabra is usually Caucasian in the comics, while here he's played by a mixed Arabic and European actor.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After he makes a Heel–Face Turn, he dies in helping the Flash fight a new muscularly buff villain.
  • Small Role, Big Impact:
    • He's initially just a Villain of the Week, but he's ultimately responsible for Caitlin turning into Killer Frost, so that she doesn't die from an injury he inflicted. He also inadvertently gave Barry the idea of travelling to the future to find out Savitar's identity. Finally, he's the first person to let Barry know about his upcoming nemesis DeVoe, which—combined with Savitar's later similar revelation—is what actually spurs Barry to first go after DeVoe in Season Four as soon as he hears the name.
    • His second appearance also sets up the next arc for season 7, as it ends with him being brutally murdered by the monstrous Fuerza, who becomes one of the new big villains.
  • Smug Smiler: He loves giving an evil, overconfident smirk.
  • Swiss-Army Superpower: Nanotechnology from the 64th century offers endless applications that are so versatile they can be passed off as stage magic.
  • Trapped in the Past: He's from the 64th century and is travelling The Multiverse to look for gadgets to create a time machine so he can get home. This is in direct contrast to his comic book counterpart, who hates his home time period.
  • Uncertain Doom: The last we see of him is being escorted back to Earth-19 by Gypsy to await execution for his crimes.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: As of his return in Season 7, Crisis has changed the timeline so that the future he came from no longer exists, with his wife and son implied to have been Ret Goned.
  • We Will Meet Again: Gypsy takes him to Earth-19 to be executed for his crimes there, but his past self will still turn up again to give Barry trouble.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: His hair is dyed white and he's a merciless jackass.

    Grace Gibbons / Cicada II 

Grace Gibbons

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Species: Metahuman

Known Aliases: Cicada II, Cicada 2.0, She-Cada

Played By: Sarah Carter

First Appearance: "Failure Is An Orphan" (The Flash 5x16)

Appearances: The Flash

A meta-human serial killer following her uncle's legacy, who travelled back from the future to stop XS and Team Flash from curing her.

see the Arrowverse: Central City - Citizens page to see her present self
see the Smallville: Meteor Freaks page to see Alicia Baker, the Earth-167 character who bears her physical likeness

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While she's worse than her uncle, she's still somewhat more sympathetic than the comics Cicada who killed in order to absorb life out of a desire for power, rather than a Knight Templar with a misplaced sense of justice.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Her uncle was the original Cicada.
  • Ancestral Weapon: She ends up taking her uncle's dagger as the second Cicada.
  • Ax-Crazy: She becomes perhaps the single deadliest villain in the show to date, with over a hundred kills to her name.
  • Big Bad: In the last quarter of Season Five after her uncle takes the meta-human cure, her future self shows up to bring havoc upon Team Flash.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Justified. As the dark matter shrapnel in her brain has severely compromised her, she sees her uncle as good and anybody who opposes him as bad.
  • Canon Foreigner: Like her uncle, while Cicada is an existing character, Grace Gibbons is original to the show.
  • Celebrity Paradox: The CSI universe is often used to poke fun at Team Flash in the early seasons. Her actress was the recurring lab tech during the sixth season of CSI: NY.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: The very first female Big Bad for The Flash. note  Furthermore, she contrasts her uncle by being a much more unhinged person. Dwyer at least was unwilling to harm non-metas, Grace is willing to kill anyone without powers if it meant they were in her way.
  • Crazy-Prepared: She knew exactly when to interfere with the chain of events that if left undisturbed would mean she wouldn't exist in the future.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: All of her battles with Team Flash end like this in her favor.
  • Dark Action Girl: She becomes so dangerous and notorious that she's dubbed as the most lethal villain in history. In "Failure is an Orphan" she demonstrates why, by showing she's so skilled with her knives she can deflect conventional gun fire from Joe, laser fire from Iris, ice blasts from Killer Frost, concussive blasts from Vibe, and thrown lightning from the Flash. At. The. Same. Time.
  • Dark Is Evil: A genocidal serial killer who dresses in a dark hood and mask.
  • Decomposite Character: She's revealed to be yet another version of Cicada, distinct from her uncle Orlin and David Hersch.
  • Devious Daggers: She's a Serial Killer who uses a pair of meta-tech kukuri She has such skill with them that she can deflect gun and meta-human fire from multiple sources.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Dies mid-way through the Season 5 finale, leaving the Final Boss duties to Eobard Thawne.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Nora. Both are the daughter figures to The Flash and Cicada, both went back in time to save a fate befalling their 'fathers', and both become Legacy Characters. The similarities grow even further when it's revealed they were both unwitting pawns for Eobard Thawne in his plans to escape death row.
  • Eviler Than Thou: She kills her beloved Uncle Orlin when he cements his Heel Realization because he's no longer the metahuman killer she emulated. Not only that; she is perfectly willing to kill non-metahumans unlike her uncle.
  • Expy: Of Kylo Ren, as the obsessive, emotionally immature person who winds up being disappointed in her idol's perceived weakness of redemption, and thereby determined to surpass them and become their Superior Successor. For bonus points, both end up murdering a paternal figure (Kylo with his biological father, Grace with her uncle and father figure) and she has powers to move objects like the Force.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Aside from her Red Right Hand, Grace looks like a normal, attractive young woman, whose soft features make her appear somewhat innocent. Beneath that, any innocence she ever had died long ago, to be replaced by racism, hatred, and cruelty as she indiscriminately slaughters metahumans and anyone else who gets in her way.
  • Fantastic Racism: A combination of the death of her parents, and her own injuries at the hands of metahumans, as well as unconsciously hearing her uncle and Dr. Ambers' anti-meta rhetoric has given her the same metahuman hatred as her caregivers.
  • Final Solution: Her Evil Plan is to use the botched, deadly versions of Cisco's meta-cure to kill every last metahuman.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her parents were (accidentally) killed by a metahuman. Then she was put in a coma by DeVoe's satellite, and was able to listen to Dr. Ambres and Orlin's anti-meta rhetoric thanks to the dark-matter shrapnel in her brain.
  • Future Badass: Evil version. She's a comatose Creepy Child in the present day and a notorious Knight Templar in the future.
  • Hate Sink: Unlike her uncle who was a Well-Intentioned Extremist, Grace is completely devoid of redeeming qualities, indiscriminately killing anyone who gets in her way including her own uncle when he tries to talk her down.
  • Hand Blast: And they are not only powerful, but also versatile, as she can use them basically like a tractor beam to grapple people and objects.
  • Invincible Villain: Team Flash almost never wins a single encounter with her. In fact, she is so powerful that in the end erasing her from existence is the only way to get rid of her.
  • Kid from the Future: Or niece, in this case. She travels back in time to stop her present self from getting cured.
  • Legacy Character: Dons her uncle's mantle in the 2040s.
  • A Lesson Learned Too Well: While unconscious, she constantly overheard Vanessa Ambres and Orlin Dwyer's constant rhetoric about revenge and hatred to metahumans. She becomes so obsessed with it that she becomes even worse than her uncle.
  • Mind over Matter: Her more advanced power gives her a limited form of this, as she can project energy that can lift and move both people and objects.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Team Flash was so focused on catching her uncle, that they're completely blindsided when she arrives from the future, completely without warning.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: She is stuck mentally and emotionally as a child because of the shrapnel in her brain. She has no control over her temper and sees the world in an oversimplified "Us vs Them" mindset.
  • Red Right Hand: While Orlin was able to hide his scar under his clothes, Grace's is stretched across her forehead.
  • Redemption Rejection: Her uncle tries to talk get her to let go of her anger and stop killing, so she kills him.
  • Ret-Gone: When the dagger is sent to the Mirrorverse, she is erased from existence.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Even when her uncle explicitly tells her that he doesn't believe that her parents' deaths at the hands of a metahuman was a deliberate attack, but just an unfortunate accident, she ignores his argument that no money was taken to focus on her belief that all metahumans are evil.
  • Summon to Hand: Just like her uncle, she's able to control the lightning dagger thanks to having another satellite shard lodged in her.
  • Superior Successor: To her uncle who was the original Cicada. While already a dangerous man himself, she's more competent with the dagger and is practically an Invincible Villain with one of the highest body counts in the entire Arrowverse. While Frost is still immune to Grace's depowering skills, she is not as effective against Grace as she was against Orlin.
  • Stable Time Loop: If Team Flash had given her child self the meta-human cure, she wouldn't exist. She goes back in time just as Dr. Ambres is stitching up her Uncle Orlin to prevent that from happening.
  • Too Powerful to Live: She's powerful to the point she's an Invincible Villain who is nigh undefeatable. Never mind choosing whether to spare her or not, killing her is practically an impossible feat. The only option Team Flash had left to put a stop to her is to erase her from existence.
  • Walking Spoiler: She shows up in the final quarter of Season 5 just as Team Flash administers the cure to her Uncle Orlin becoming the Big Bad. She also kills her own uncle.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: Her head wound is still visible in her adulthood.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When she's faced with her plan being foiled and herself being subject to a Ret-Gone, all she can do is howl in rage.

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Alternative Title(s): Arrowverse The Cult Of Mallus, Arrowverse Time Criminals, Arrowverse Time Masters, Arrowverse Grodd

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