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     GEN George Washington 

     GEN Matthew Shrieve 

General Matthew Shrieve

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Species: Human

Played by: Marc Singer

First Appearance: "The Return" (Arrow 3x14)

Appearances: Arrow

A general of the United States Army stationed in Hong Kong during Oliver's third year of presumed death who allows Oliver Queen and the Yamashiros to go home. He actually sets them up to be killed and steals the Alpha-Omega virus from Amanda Waller, intending to unleash it all over Hong Kong.


  • Adaptational Villainy: Led the Creature Commandos, a special military unit in the U.S. Army designed to protect America during World War II. Here he's the Big Bad of the Season 3 flashbacks who wants to destroy China on the possibility they can destroy the U.S. This is admittedly not out of character for the comic book Shrieve.
  • Arc Villain: Takes this position from Amanda Waller in the Season 3 flashbacks.
  • Asshole Victim: Oliver gives him what is quite possibly the most brutal and extensive torture session ever seen on Arrow thus far. If you've seen the tropes below however you can tell that it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Initially seems friendly and willing to help Oliver out. Then he goes and tries to have him and the Yamashiro family assassinated.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Two seasons after his appearance, Curtis names his T-Spheres after the ferrets from The Beastmaster, even mentioning Marc Singer by name.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Oliver subjects him to an extensive torture process which includes; getting shot with arrows, a hammer and a saw, after the latter is bound and helpless before him. Considering the fact he released a bio weapon that no doubt killed thousands of people, including Akio, and was very smug and satisfied about it it's very difficult to feel sorry for him.
  • Evil Cripple: A diabetic General Ripper who has little to no regard on human lives.
  • General Ripper: Shrieve is fanatically obsessed with destroying China due to his belief that China's economy may be a military threat to America. That and besides being an actual general, he seems like a Reasonable Authority Figure at first, but is revealed to be an over-zealous, militant bastard in "Broken Arrow" when he enacts a hostile takeover of A.R.G.U.S. and plans to kill thousands of Hong Kong citizens with the Omega.
  • Ill Boy: He has diabetes.
  • Kick the Dog: Laughs in Tatsu and Maseo's faces about the death of their son.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Honestly, usurping Amanda Waller was a bonus for everyone.
  • Mercy Kill: Maseo does this do him after Oliver's extensive torture session.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Wants to release the Omega bio-weapon in the middle of Hong Kong in the name of protecting the United States from a "military" threat.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: In the comics, he's the human leader of the Creature Commandos, a group in the army made up of supernatural creatures like a vampire, werewolf and a gorgon. Here he's just a general in the United States army.
  • Smug Snake: Acts pretty smug to Oliver since he has his men training rifles at him and the Yamashiro's, however it doesn't take long for Oliver and Maseo to kill said men and then for Oliver to beat the shit out of him. He also seems confidant that his men will find him when Oliver has him bound helpless at least before the latter takes up his bow.
  • The Usurper: Kicks Amanda off the A.R.G.U.S. throne and locks her up when he successfully acquires the Omega.
  • Walking Spoiler: For the last quarter of the Season 3 flashbacks, hence why spoilers are unmarked in this folder.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Showed absolutely zero remorse for the death of Akio and no doubt hundreds of other children that would have died from the Alpha/Omega bioweapon.

     GEN Sam Lane 

General Sam Lane

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Pre-Crisis
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Post-Crisis

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Glenn Morshower (Supergirl) | Dylan Walsh (Superman & Lois)

Voiced By: Pedro D'Aguillón Jr. (Latin-American Spanish dub)

First Appearance: "Red Faced" (Supergirl 1x6)

Appearances: Supergirl | Superman & Lois

A general in U.S. Army Intelligence and the father of Lois and Lucy Lane.

see Smallville: Lanes for the Earth-167 character who bears his name and background
see the Arrowverse: Other Earths page to see his counterpart from an Undesignated Earth

Pre-Crisis

  • Absolute Xenophobe: In "Blood Bonds", he tells Astra that the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still gave him nightmares as a kid because it has an alien threatening the humans to stop their evil ways or else be destroyed. This led to his fear and hatred of aliens.
  • And Starring: Is credited with a "Special Guest Star" citation.
  • The Bus Came Back: He's planned to return in the Superman & Lois spin-off.
  • Celebrity Paradox:
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: He doesn't like James. Not because he's friends with Superman and Supergirl but for having too much faith in the likes of them, and he believes James is holding his daughter back. Given that Clark and Lois are an item in this 'verse, he's probably not too fond of that either.
  • Do Unto Others Before They Do Unto Us: As "Red Faced" goes on, it becomes increasingly obvious that this was his motive behind backing the Red Tornado program.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being a nasty and xenophobic General Ripper, he genuinely loves his daughter Lucy, and presumably Lois as well.
  • Expy: He largely stands in for the comics character Wade Eiling, who's currently tied up in the Arrowverse.
  • Fantastic Racism: The man is profoundly prejudiced against aliens, seeing no difference between Supergirl and the Fort Rozz escapees.
  • Freudian Excuse: He might not be so anti-alien if his father hadn't taken him to see The Day the Earth Stood Still as a child.
  • General Ripper: Seems intent with picking a fight with Kryptonians, which would be smart if the target of his ire wasn't Supergirl.
  • Hypocrite: He calls James "self-righteous" for not having an alcoholic drink with dinner. But Lane himself is so staggeringly self-righteous that he believes he knows what's best for everyone and everything, and that anyone who disagrees with him (even his own daughter) is making a big mistake.
  • Jerkass: The man is a complete and absolute asshole to everyone, with the sole exception of his daughter.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In "Blood Bonds", Kara pleads with him not to torture Astra for information, saying that the good guys are better than that. His response? "We are. They aren't." While he is unquestionably an asshole, he's probably correct that Astra's side would not have the same qualms about torture if the roles were reversed.
  • Interservice Rivalry: If it were up to him the DEO would be disbanded and all its duties assumed by Army Intelligence.
  • Never My Fault: Is extremely quick to blame both Supergirl and T.O. Morrow when Red Tornado goes rogue after being damaged, despite the fact that it was his idea to send the untested prototype up against Supergirl in the first place.
  • Odd Name Out: He doesn't follow the Alliterative Family Theme Naming unlike his daughters, though it's possible that his wife also didn't follow(ed) it.
  • The One Guy: The only male in the Lane household.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Doesn't thank Supergirl for saving him and Lucy.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't been mentioned despite being set-up as a major player during the Season 1 finale. He does appear through a phone call with J'onn in the Season 3 premiere.

Post-Crisis

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He no longer has problems with Superman for being a powerful alien, rather he's now finding him problematic due to raising his family interfering with his superheroics.
  • Doting Grandparent: His first onscreen interaction with Superman is to eagerly ask if he can spend time with Jonathan and Jordan soon.
  • Parents as People: As much as he loves his family, he has always prioritized being the good soldier over them.
  • Secret Keeper: He has been in on Clark's and Lois's secret for quite some time as of the beginning of Superman & Lois.
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     LTG Ulysses Grant 

     LTG J.G. Walker 

Lieutenant General J.G. Walker

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Species: Human

Played By: Gary Chalk

First Appearance: "The Recruits" (Arrow 5x2)

Appearances: Arrow

A corrupt U.S. Army General who wants to sell the nuclear triggers left after Genesis and then frames John for it.


     MG Wade Eiling 

Major General Wade Eiling

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"I am not ashamed of my actions, Mr. Allen. You've seen what meta-humans are capable of. Soon, your prison won't be enough."

Species: Human

Known Aliases: The General, "Goldfinger"

Played By: Clancy Brown

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

Appearances: The Flash

A U.S. Army General who's collaborated with Harrison Wells in the past. He returns to Central City after Bette San Souci reveals herself.


  • And Starring: Is credited with a "Special Guest Star" citation.
  • Arc Villain: For the Firestorm storyline. While he doesn't appear until near the end, his confiscation of Stein's research is an indirect catalyst for Stein going to STAR Labs and getting into the accident with Ronnie.
  • Arch-Enemy: Considers Grodd this after being tortured by him.
  • Asshole Victim: He's such a smug, power-hungry dick that it's hard to feel sad when Thawne sics Grodd on him.
  • Badass Baritone: As only Clancy Brown can pull off. When Grodd is speaking through Eiling, he sounds demonic compared to his normal voice.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Played With. He is a genuine threat and someone to be concerned about, but is relatively minor in the grand scheme of things compared the Reverse-Flash. After having enough of Eiling's crusade to turn the meta-humans into living weapons he has him dragged off by Grodd at the end of "Fallout".
  • Celebrity Paradox:
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Uses this to try to get information on Project Firestorm from Professor Stein.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He's quick to get to work making weapons for specific use against each metahuman.
  • The Determinator: Thawne notes that once he has a target in sight, he doesn't let up.
  • Enemy Mine: Acknowledges being in this with Barry as of Grodd Lives
  • Evil Old Folks: Downplayed on the "old" part, since Clancy Brown was only fifty-six when shooting. He wants to use meta-humans as living weapons, throwing the ethics and morality of such things to the wind.
  • Fantastic Racism: He really hates metahumans. However, he calls Barry "one of the good ones" after he is saved from Grodd.
  • Four-Star Badass: He manages to prove quite a dangerous gunman in "Grodd Lives", taking out some armed guards and at least one SWAT member.
  • General Ripper: It is Wade Eiling we're talking about.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: Is aware of the Flash's Secret Identity and says that if he wanted to come after him, he would've already done it.
  • Jerkass: He's rude to everyone, though a little less to Thawne, mostly due to being wary of him.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: The rationalization Eiling gives for the extreme measures he's taking is frighteningly solid: in a few years the USA went from fearing terrorists crashing hijacked airliners into major cities, to super-powered metahumans who can set off nuclear explosions with their minds. America and the US military are hopelessly, hilariously outgunned against existential threats to our very survival, like the Reverse-Flash.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite all of his blatantly illegal actions, he's still able to main his rank in the army.
    • He's eventually freed from Grodd's mind control, though Barry tells him he'll eventually have to pay for his crimes.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He used to torture Grodd with a cattle prod back when he was at STAR Labs. Grodd remembers all too well. When Thawne brings Eiling to him, Grodd is very eager for revenge.
  • Long Bus Trip: Wade Eiling hasn't returned since Season 1 of The Flash.
  • Mysterious Past: It has yet to be fully expanded on, but Thawne claims that Eiling has a history of doing less-than-ethical things that involve science experiments for the purpose of human super soldiers.
  • One-Man Army: Mind controlled or not, if Eiling has a Walking Arsenal at his disposal, he will USE all of it effectively.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He distrusts meta-humans but he's content to leave Barry alone because they have a "common enemy".
  • Put on a Bus: He leaves Team Flash alone after season 1 and hasn't appeared since.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: In the comics he's the nemesis to Captain Atom.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: He's a powerful army general who's willing to bend and outright break rules and laws to get what he wants.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Has apparently been aware that Barry is the Flash for some time. After being rescued from Grodd, he admits this to Barry that he's known for months and becomes a standard Secret Keeper.
  • Spear Counterpart: To Amanda Waller, more or less. Both are high ranking government employees who do extremely immoral and illegal things that they claim are for the greater good of the world, and have an uneasy truce/relationship with the heroes.
  • Unwitting Pawn: It is implied that Thawne gave him Martin Stein to force Ronnie and Stein to re-merge, for an as-of-yet unknown reason. Thawne sics Grodd on Eiling once this is done. And then he moves to Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Uncertain Doom: Is dragged off by Grodd... and it turns out, he's not dead.
  • Villains Never Lie: Promises to never reveal Barry's superhero identity due to having a common enemy in Grodd and the Reverse-Flash.
  • Visionary Villain: How he justifies using meta-humans as super soldiers.
  • You Have Out Lived Your Usefulness: Pulls this on Bette San Souci and tries to on Firestorm — twice. Thus it's pretty karmic that Thawne disposes of him once he is no longer useful to his plans, though he survives.

     BG Hank Heywood 

Brigadier General Henry "Hank" Heywood, Jr.

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Species: Human

Played By: Thomas F. Wilson, Patrick Lubczyk (teen), Dominic Purcell (in Mick Rory's body)

First Appearance: "Moonshot" (Legends of Tomorrow 2x14)

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

The son of Henry Heywood a.k.a. Commander Steel and Nate's estranged father. He serves as a military liaison for the Time Bureau.


  • Abusive Parents: He's emotionally detached to Nate, much to the latter's dismay.
  • Alliterative Name: Henry "Hank" Heywood, Jr.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's unclear which branch of the military he served. Turns out it's the army, since his funeral shows him wearing an army officer uniform that is fitted with a one star insignia, indicating that he was posthumously promoted to The Brigadier.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: He believes in Time Travel, metahumans, telepathic gorillas... but not in magic.
  • The Brigadier: Posthumously promoted to this rank after his death at Neron's hands.
  • Celebrity Paradox: The Back to the Future films has been mentioned several times throughout the Arrowverse. His (older) actor played a major antagonist there.
  • Deal with the Devil: Neron reached out to him to capture the Fugitives and use them for his plan to spread fear across the world and amass the power from it. Although Hank had more benign ideas in mind for the creatures.
  • Disappeared Dad: Henry was recruited by Rip so he wasn't there to witness Hank's life. Hank himself became detached to Nate.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Nate and meet him as a teenager in The '70s, long before his appearance in The Present Day.
  • The Ghost: He's been mentioned by Nate quite a few times before meeting him as a teenager, before finally appearing in The Present Day.
  • Good All Along: While he went about it in a very shady fashion (i.e, embezzling funds from the Time Bureau, hiring people of questionable character to transport the creatures, and working with Neron), he didn't want to enslave the magical creatures for the reasons Neron wanted him to; he wanted to use them to build a theme park for his son.
  • Idiot Ball: He made a deal with a literal demon. He really should have known Neron would have turned on him at the first chance he had.
  • It Runs in the Family: He's a second generation military man.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not exactly easy to get along with and can be a pain towards everyone, not just his own son. However, he's undoubtedly a good person at heart.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: He's a career military man while Nate is an intellectual.
  • Military Brat: Played With. His father was a legendary soldier, but he didn't grew up with him around.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: He arrives at the scene minutes before his father performs a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite his stern attitude, he gets sucked into the Legends zaniness several times.
  • Parents as People: He's very aloof towards his son, believing he should have gotten a useful degree to get a "real job". However, he still cares for him on some level. The revelation of him wanting to create a park Nate came up with as a child cements this.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Gets killed by Neron after trying to sever his connection to him.
  • So Proud of You: When he learns that Nate is a superhero, he didn't hold back saying how proud he is to his son.
    Hank Heywood: Wow, Nathaniel, you did it. You finally found a useful application for that history degree.
    Nate Heywood: (exasperatedly) Still not letting it go.
    Hank Heywood: Take the win, son. You've done good here. I look forward to working with you.
    • He also tells Nate how proud he is of him before his son is revived.
  • Spirit Advisor: After Nate's Heroic Sacrifice in the Legends Season 4 finale, Hank's ghost appears to give his son a pep talk and then eventually pushes him (literally) to come back to life.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When he tells Neron he wants out, the demon tells him he's of no use anymore and kills him.

     COL Jacob Kane 
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     COL Ted Gaynor 

    MAJ Lucy Lane 

Major Lucy Lane, JAGC

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Jenna Dewan Tatum

Voiced By: Adriana Núñez (Latin-American Spanish)

First Appearance: "Fight or Flight" (Supergirl 1x3)

Appearances: Supergirl

Lois Lane’s younger sister and James Olsen’s ex-girlfriend.

see Smallville: Lanes for the Earth-167 character who bears her name and background

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Most comic versions of Lucy Lane have blond hair. Here she has dark brown hair.
  • Adaptational Badass: This version's a Harvard-educated major in the US Army JAG Corps and more than capable of being badass.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The comic book version of Lucy (to make a long story short) is Daddy's Little Villain and the General's personal Dragon. This version, even when she begins the season distrusting Kara, still gives her dad a What the Hell, Hero? moment when his hostility goes too far, and become a more relied on (and reliable) ally as the season goes on.
  • Alliterative Family: With her sister Lois.
  • Alliterative Name: Like her sister, one of the many L.L. who litters the Superman mythos.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Has an Ice Queen demeanor while in uniform.
  • And Starring: Is credited with a "Special Guest Star" citation.
  • Betty and Veronica: While seen by Kara as the Veronica in the Kara-James-Lucy love triangle, Lucy sees herself as the Betty in the same love triangle and Supergirl as the Veronica. Granted she didn't know that Kara was Supergirl at the time.
  • Birds of a Feather: She and James are both Military Brats.
  • Brainy Brunette: She has dark brown hair and is a whip-smart lawyer with a JD/MBA dual degree from Harvard.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Kara mentions that she's a fan of *NSYNC. Her actress was previously a backup dancer of the group (and later its most popular member).
  • Character Development: After Supergirl saved her and her dad, her attitude towards Supergirl changed. And she chose to stay in National City to help in her own way.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Lucy disappears between Seasons 1 and 2 with no explanation offered and no dialogue references made to her at all to explain her absence.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: At first she resists helping Supergirl save Alex and J'onn from being sent off to a lab where she knows they'll get carved up like Christmas turkeys (and which she personally helped send them to) because she personally hates lies and deception, and J'onn and Alex lied by covering up his secret identity as an alien. Thankfully, Supergirl talks her out of this.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Kara expresses this opinion about her shortly after meeting her.
  • Good-Looking Privates: She cuts an even more impressive figure when in uniform.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: While never the big antagonist many of those she's worked for, like her father, have an open hostility to all aliens. Lucy has shown a few times she doesn't really share that sentiment, so it's no surprise when in episode 18 after Kara reveals her secret that she is convinced to help her.
  • Hello, Attorney!: She's a military lawyer working for the Judge Advocate General's Corps. She also happens to be extremely hot.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When she was Locked Out of the Loop, Lucy would voice her ill opinion of Supergirl to Kara's face.
  • Majorly Awesome: She's more cooperative to Kara compared to her father and has been the only positively portrayed member of the U.S. Military on Earth-38 to datenote .
  • Military Brat: She's the daughter of a General, per the norm.
  • Renaissance Man: She's been a lawyer, an army major, a general counsel at a renowned media conglomerate, then a major again, and acting director of the DEO.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Despite feeling deceived by both Supergirl and J'onn, she helps Supergirl free J'onn and Alex from military custody, knowing the horrible fate that awaited them at Project Cadmus otherwise.
  • Secret Keeper: Kara eventually reveals that she is Supergirl to Lucy.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Never mentioned in Season 2.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Starts off as an Army JAG officer, resigns and becomes a Catco Legal consultant, then quits and becomes a JAG officer, then after helping Supergirl ends up as the director of the DEO with J'onn and Alex on the run.
  • You Are in Command Now: After she helps J'onn and Alex escape from the military, J'onn makes sure a human he trusts is set up as the next director of the DEO.

     1LT Joyner 

    Warrant Officer Olsen 
see Kelly Olsen folder in Other Locales

     1SG Floyd Lawton 

     1SG Dick Rory 

First Sergeant Richard "Dick" Rory

Species: Human

Played By: Evan Jones

First Appearance: "Welcome to the Jungle" (Legends of Tomorrow 3x7)

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

Mick Rory's late father, whom he killed. The Legends met him during his time as a member of the Green Berets during The Vietnam War.


     MSG John Diggle 

     SSG Lyla Michaels 

     SGT Andy Diggle 

     SGT Millie Rawlins 

     SGT Bette Sans Souci / Plastique 

Sergeant Bette Sans Souci, EOD

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Species: Metahuman

Known Aliases: Plastique

Played By: Kelly Frye

Voiced By: Alina Galindo (Latin-American Spanish), Megumi Toyoguchi (Japanese)

Appearances: The Flash

A former war veteran who was exposed to large amounts of shrapnel while she was trying to defuse a bomb. As she was being deported to Central City, the particle accelerator explosion instilled her with the ability to make things explode by touching them.

see Smallville: Government to see the Earth-167 character who bears her name and background

     SGT Pete Andrews 

Sergeant Pete Andrews

Species: Human

First Appearance: "The Missing Link" (Supergirl 5x18)

Portrayed By: Sean Astin

A friend of Kelly Olsen during her time in the Army.


     PFC James Jackson 

Private First Class James Jackson

Species: Human

Played By: Eli Goree

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

Appearances: Legends of Tomorrow

A U.S. Army Soldier and Jax's late father who died during the Battle of Mogadishu. The Legends met him during an emergency trip to Jax's birth in 1993.


     Marcus Olsen 

Marcus Olsen

Species: Human

Portrayed By: Ryan Williams

First Appearance: "American Dreamer" (Supergirl 4x19)

Appearances: Supergirl

James Olsen’s father. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves who died during The Gulf War.


     Tyson Skyes 

     Robert DuBois 

     George Adler, Sr. 

     George Adler, Jr. 

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     Gen Roy Stewart 

General Roy Stewart

Species: Human

Played by: Ernie Hudson

First Appearance: "Spartan" (Arrow 7x19)

Appearances: Arrow

A general in the U.S. Marine Corps and Defense Intelligence Agency, and the step-father of John Diggle and the late Andy Diggle.


  • Escape Artist: He is able to escape his restrains with the help of his shoelaces.
  • Four-Star Badass: He hasn't lost a step despite his age, holding his own against Ninth Circle mooks and keeping pace with Diggle in the field.
  • One Steve Limit: With Roy Harper and Roy G. Bivolo.
  • Parents as People: He loves John like his own son, but his method of treating him like a recruit and not a son was by no means perfect. But on the other hand, he could've told John the truth about his father any time but didn't even though it meant John spent a lifetime hating him rather than tarnish the memory of John's father.
  • Related Differently in the Adaptation: He is John Stewart's grandfather in the comic books. Here, he's the step-father to John Diggle, John Stewart's Arroverse counterpart.
  • Romancing the Widow: He courted Diggle's mother some time after his father's death. Diggle is pissed as fuck, unsurprisingly.
  • Tough Love: He was very hard on John and Andy, but it was all just so they could protect themselves.

     Col James Harper 

Colonel James Harper

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: Eddie McClintock

First Appearance: "Manhunter" (Supergirl 1x17)

Appearances: Supergirl

A colonel in U.S. Military Intelligence.


     Col Lauren Haley 

Colonel Lauren Haley

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Species: Human

Portrayed By: April Parker Jones

First Appearance: "Ahimsa" (Supergirl 4x4)

Appearances: Supergirl

A United States Marine Corps officer who was appointed by President Baker to oversee the D.E.O..


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blonde in the comic books.
  • Adaptational Job Change: Her military branch was charged to Marine Corps in the show as opposed to Air Force like in the comics.
  • Bad Boss: She subjects her D.E.O. subordinates to brutal interrogation to try and uncover Supergirl's identity, eventually resorting to using a telepathic alien creature to force them to be absolutely truthful.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Haley initially seems like a Reasonable Authority Figure, albeit rather zealous. At the end of her introduction episode, however, she makes it clear that she has no respect for J'onn, demonstrates Fantastic Racism, and becomes quite cold towards Alex when she expresses her own fondness for J'onn. "Suspicious Minds" flat out shatters whatever facade of decency she had; in the past she oversaw the torture of two Morae so they'd become the perfect government assassin. Later, she finds out Kara's secret and tries to blackmail her into a similar situation.
  • Black Boss Lady: And not a positive example.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Negative example. Haley insists that Alex should strictly follow the chain of command, even demanding salutes.
  • Character Development: Her hostility towards aliens and Bad Boss tendencies lessen over time as President Baker's erratic decisions like launching an illegal Kill Sat behind the D.E.O.'s back and appointing Lockwood, Director of Alien Affairs deeply unnerve her and her priorities focus more to keeping the general populace — humans and aliens save from harm and to prevent bloodshed.
  • Control Freak: Haley is quick to fear anything she (and by extension, the government, military, or the D.E.O.) doesn't control. When Supergirl becomes a free agent, Haley quickly comes to assume, against all rationality, that she is a threat to D.E.O. operations, believes that the President was wrong to dismiss her without a "contingency plan", and sets out to uncover her identity by any means necessary so as to get her back under the D.E.O.'s authority. When she actually does find out, Haley's response is to make it clear that if Kara refuses to follow her orders to the letter and down to the second, Haley will expose her identity and leave all of Kara's loved ones to the mercy of her enemies.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She has a daughter whom she cares for very much, even leaving a conference early to help with a school project.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Hostile to aliens, she may be but she is a law-obeying soldier. To wit:
    • Despite her own xenophobia regarding aliens, she's disgusted by the Children of Liberty and is very unnerved by the cult of personality trying to make a martyr out of Ben Lockwood.
    • She's also disturbed by President Baker blatantly violating protocol by backing a secret satellite to destroy any alien aircraft behind her and the D.E.O.'s backs.
    • In "Stand and Delivered" she orders Brainy to lead security for the aliens and alien activists marching against Lockwood to ensure their own safety from any violence that will inevitably breakout.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • Haley assumes that the only reason that Supergirl would keep intervening in alien threats is to give the D.E.O. grief for no reason, instead of recognising her as a hero. Fantastic Racism is an element in this assumption (Supergirl being a powerful alien that Haley can't control rankles her beyond belief), but it still shows a surprising inability to grasp why Supergirl does what she does.
    • She is absolutely baffled as to why Alex sees aliens as sentient beings worthy of compassion and respect, instead of nonhuman creatures to be tortured, conditioned or blackmailed into being Living Weapons.
  • Evil Is Petty: After hearing that Alex is fond of and loyal to J'onn, Haley starts demanding the the D.E.O. Director salute her.
  • Expy: She is very similar to Amanda Waller.
  • Fantastic Racism: She has no respect for J'onn as the director of the D.E.O., viewing his leadership as perverting its mission (she thinks the organization should capture aliens, rather than work with them). She only tolerates working with Supergirl because she sees her as a Living Weapon, nothing else. This takes a darker turn when we find out that she oversaw the torture of baby Morae so they'd grow up to be the perfect assassins. She later tries to blackmail Supergirl into a similar situation, but it doesn't come to pass. But over the course of the season she's seen slowly growing out of the mindset, especially after seeing Baker and Lockwood abuse their power against aliens; the fact her daughter's favorite teacher is an alien too also helps.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Over the course of the series, she eventually softens up for good, culminating in her helping Alex and Kara against the corrupt government and giving a speech of gratitude towards Supergirl at the end of the season.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Despite her antagonistic demeanor in her debut , she softened up just enough in subsequent episodes just enough to make it seemed like she wasn't that bad only for "Suspicious Minds" to clarify that she is just as xenophobic, paranoid, power hungry as she was when she was introduced, far more in fact than what the audience was initially led to believe. This gets eventually subverted.
  • Knight Templar: She is willing to trigger an explosion that would kill dozens of innocent people rather than leave a Parasite-empowered Jensen on the loose.
  • Lack of Empathy: For aliens, especially, but she has shown some signs of this where human lives are concerned as well, being willing to kill dozens of civilians to take out Jensen (although she at least claims to be glad that Alex managed to talk him down before this became necessary), and using Supergirl's secret identity in an attempt to blackmail her into submitting to Haley's absolute authority, threatening to leave Kara's friends and family to the mercy of Supergirl's many enemies if she refuses to comply. Haley's memory of the information is erased before she can follow through on this threat, but it's still an unsettling look at how little value Haley places on life compared to satisfying her own need for control over an alien.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: She learns Supergirl's identity and tries to blackmail into military service going so far as to threaten her friends and familiy if she doesn't comply. Luckily J'onn erases this from her mind.
  • Moral Myopia: In Haley's eyes, aliens are not human, and therefore, they don't and shouldn't get the same treatment as human beings. This mindset allows her to feel fine with ordering intelligent aliens to be killed without mercy and abusing alien children into becoming Living Weapons for the government.
  • Not So Different: Disturbingly she has a lot with common with Ben Lockwood and the Children of Liberty, the both see aliens as non-human beings who aren't worthy of being treated with respect or basic decency. There is one key difference however— Lockwood wants to see all aliens killed, Haley would rather blackmail or condition them to be government assets instead.
  • Political Officer: She's sent to oversee the D.E.O after Alex disobeys a direct order from the President. Alex is still technically Director, but every decision she makes has to be rubber-stamped by Haley first.
  • Race Lift: Caucasian in the comic books.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: After her first, negative impression, it seems like she will be heading down this route, as she actually acknowledges that her judgment of the Children of Liberty was false and silently compliments Alex for her disobedience. Later, subverted when she tries to blackmail Supergirl to be her personal Living Weapon threatening her friends and families to do so; J'onn wipes her mind before that can happen.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Doesn't seem like it at first, but it later becomes clear that she will run a tight regiment, enforcing her twisted definition of order at all costs. The idea of Supergirl working of her own initiative instead of under her own direct supervision, drives her absolutely crazy.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Supergirl saves her from being killed by a Morae, whom she personally tortured as a child. Haley then reveals she knows her secret, tells her her life as Kara Danvers is over and tries to blackmail her into military service, even threatening her friends and family's safety if she refuses to comply.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Shamelessly took part in the government's policy of using trauma to condition and control tender-age aliens. Haley "justifies" this by pointing out that the victims of her abuse aren't human.

     SSgt Henry Heywood 

     Cpl Paul Knox 

     PFC Michael Terrill 

Private First Class Michael Terrill

Species: Human

The late older brother of Ray Terrill / The Ray II, who was killed in action during his service to the United States Marine Corps.


    Hank Henshaw 
see Hank Henshaw folder in Project Cadmus

    Caroline O'Connor 
see Caroline O'Connor folder in Leviathan

Navy

     PO? Rene Ramirez 

     PO? Phillip Karnowsky 
see Phillip Karnowsky folder in National City Criminals

Air Force

     A1C Raya Van Zandt 

Not identified

    Commander Carson Williams 

Commander Carson Williams

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Species: Metahuman

Played By: Christopher B. Duncan

First Appearance: "The Book of Occupation: Chapter One: Birth of Blackbird" (Black Lightning 3x1)

Appearances: Black Lightning

The commander of the US military forces occupying Freeland in Season 3.


  • Boomerang Bigot: Uses "Meta" as a slur despite being one himself.
  • Co-Dragons: With Major Grey for Odell.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He expresses discomfort at the idea of making Khalil kill his own mother.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He copies Black Lightning's powers, but lacks the Required Secondary Powers to use them safely. This results in his defeat.
  • Killed Off for Real: When he tries to kill Lynn in the third season finale, he finds she temporarily copied Erica’s powers and promptly kills him.
  • Knight Templar: Utterly ruthless in his dedication to serve his country and fight the Markovians, to the point of locking up children en masse and threatening Henderson with demotion and even getting shot when he refuses to comply.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: When Ned Creegan/Cyclotronic calls Carson out for the U.S using him as a weapon, Carson responds by dismissing Ned as nothing more than a coward who abandoned his fellow soldiers.
  • One Steve Limit: Not related to Issa Williams.
  • Power Copying: He is a metahuman who can copy all the powers of other metas.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: He realizes quite quickly that channeling Jefferson's powers without his protective suit was a very stupid idea.

    Major Sara Grey 

Major Sara Grey

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Species: Human

Played By: Katy O'Brian

First Appearance: "The Book of Occupation: Chapter Three: Agent Odell's Pipe-Dream" (Black Lightning 3x3)

Appearances: Black Lightning

A major that reports to Odell during the occupation of Freeland.

see the Arrowverse: Other Earths page for her counterpart in an undesignated Earth

  • Co-Dragons: With Commander Williams for Odell.
  • Enemy Mine: She and Jefferson are eventually forced to form an uneasy alliance after Lynn is abducted by the Markovians.
  • Hate Sink: There is something deeply reprehensible about her, being just as cruel as Odell while having none of his charisma.
  • Killed Off for Real: Shot dead by TC during her raid on Gambi's hideout in the Season 3 finale.
  • Smug Snake: Acts utterly reprehensible while wearing a condescending smile on her face.
  • Stupid Evil: After Odell is shot, she decides to stage a brutal retaliation against Freeland that backfires so badly that the Resistance ends up re-taking territory.
  • You Rebel Scum!: How she refers to the resistance fighters.

    Sergeant Gardner Grayle 

Sergeant Gardner Grayle

Species: Human

Played By: Boone Platt

First Appearance: "The Book of Occupation: Chapter Three: Agent Odell's Pipe-Dream" (Black Lightning 3x3)

Appearances: Black Lightning

One of the few soldiers in the occupation force who seems to have a conscience.



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