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Alter Ego: Brion Markov

First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold #200 (July, 1983)

The rightful prince of Markovia (and brother of Terra from Teen Titans) who gained the ability to manipulate the energies of the Earth (unlike his sister, who manipulates the earth itself) from an experiment. His powers allow him to control gravity and the Earth's terrain.

  • Break the Haughty: During his time in the Outsiders, Batman gave Brion no special treatment, regarding him simply as another member of the team, subordinate to his wishes. This caused a great deal of friction between Batman and Geo-Force, until Batman earned Geo-Force's respect and trust. Geo-Force learned that he was expected to follow orders without being consulted as to his opinion.
  • Cain and Abel: Unknown to him, he was the Abel to his half-sisters Terra. At first, the Titans did not tell Geo-Force of Terra's betrayal, letting him think that she died a hero. At a later date, however, Batman revealed the truth to Geo-Force, which left him even more heartbroken than before.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Brion is able to manipulate the Earth itself by vibrating and transforming it's crust (the ground). He can use this power to create earthquakes, tap into lava flows, and levitate or create shapes out of solid rock.
  • Gravity Master: Brion is able to manipulate the gravitational field of Earth itself. He can increase the gravity around and within an object to make it extremely heavy or he can decease the gravity around or within an object to make it extremely light.
  • The Leader: He is a skilled leader of teams, military forces and once of a country.
  • Logical Weakness: While Geo-Force is at his strongest when he is firmly on solid earth ground, his powers and health will deteriorate if he is taken off earth for a long period of time. In such instances, Geo-Force will die unless he returns to earth in time.
  • Playing with Fire: Brion is able to manipulate fire and lava from it's source within the Earth.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He is the rightful prince of Markovia and a superhero.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Subverted. During Crisis On Infinite Earths; when Geo-Force, Blue Beetle, and Doctor Polaris are sent back in time by the Monitor, to when Nazis occupied Markovia, Geo-Force tells Doctor Polaris that he can kill the Nazis attacking the three heroes and even joins in.



Alter Ego: Gabrielle Doe

First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold #200 (July, 1983)

An amnesiac, childlike girl with one superpower for each color of the rainbow.

  • Adaptational Gender Identity: The original Halo from Batman and the Outsiders was a cisgender young woman. In the Phantoms season of Young Justice (2010), Halo comes out as non-binary with a preference for they/them pronouns.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the comics, Halo was originally known as Violet Harper, while "Gabrielle Doe" is an alias. Here it's basically reversed: she's a Quraci with the birth name Gabrielle Daou but renames herself "Violet Harper" after deciding that That Woman Is Dead.
  • Amnesiacs are Innocent: When Halo is introduced, she is very sweet-natured and meek, in addition to having amnesia. Later in the series, she is reunited with her parents and learns that her pre-amnesic self was a sociopathic problem child who got involved with a drug dealer.
  • Rainbow Motif: Halo's super powers each had their own color: heat blasts (red), force blasts (orange), bright light (yellow), a stasis beam (green), mirages (blue), a tractor beam (indigo), and violet (all of the other colors at the same time).
  • Superpower Lottery: Halo. She could project heat blasts (red aura), force blasts (orange), bright light (yellow), a stasis beam (green), mirages (blue), a tractor beam (indigo), fly (any color) or all at the same time (violet).
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The restoration of the original Halo after the original Outsiders series ended.
  • The Blank: Halo had a nightmare where she was like this; it reflected her anxiety over not knowing who she really was.
  • The Ditz: Halo. Justified in that she had a childlike innocence about life.
  • Energy Beings: Part of Halo's origin. She was actually such a being trapped in human form.



Alter Ego: Tatsu Yamashiro

First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold #200 (July, 1983)

Katana is a DC Comics superhero first introduced by writer Mike W. Barr in Batman and the Outsiders back in 1983. A martial arts-themed superhero from Japan, Katana was one of DC's earliest Asian superheroes, as well as one of the few Asian superheroes of any notoriety.

Before becoming Katana, she was simply Tatsu Yamashiro, a young Japanese housewife. After Yakuza thugs killed her husband and children, Tatsu took up her husband's blade, Soultaker, and dedicated her life to cutting down evil wherever she encountered it.

The character has long been a supporting player in the DCUniverse, but finally ascended to a lead status as one of the main characters in the New 52 relaunch of Birds of Prey (a title that had previously been criticized for its lack of minorities). In 2013, Katana not only features in her own ongoing series written by Ann Nocenti, but is also a part of Geoff Johns' new Justice League of America line-up. During DC's Rebirth era, Katana served a prominent role as Rick Flagg's second in command in the 2016 run of the Suicide Squad. Then in 2019, DC released a new Batman and the Outsiders series which reunited her with fellow veteran Outsider Black Lightning.

Outside of comics, Katana has been featured in several episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and appeared as a main character in Beware the Batman. More recently, she was a character in DC Super Hero Girls, season three of Arrow, and in Suicide Squad (2016).

  • Ascended Extra: Katana was Batman's principal partner in Beware the Batman, filling the role usually held by Robin and Batgirl.
  • Badass Normal: However, in the New 52, Soultaker is the Sword Totem of the Sword Clan that grants her enlightenment and immortality if she can use it right.
  • Bullet Catch: She does this with her sword, when a maddened Rick Flag shot at Amanda Waller
  • The Bus Came Back: In her New 52 solo series, she's in her twenties as opposed to being in her thirties or forties before New 52. So her only dead loved one was her husband, there was no mention of any children. These days, they brought back her dead kids and there's mention of dead children especially from Amanda Waller.
  • Captain Ersatz: A villain heavily based off Katana named Tsukuri appeared in a few episodes of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.
  • Captain Ethnic: Katana's first few outfits were all based on traditional Japanese Rising Sun imagery. These days, she primarily sports a suit of black armor along with a white mask featuring the Japanese Hinomaru on her forehead.
  • Cool Sword: Soultaker. It drinks the souls of those it kills and then makes them available as ghosts to answer questions.
  • The Corrupter: Batman fears that Amanda Waller is this for Katana, she's twisting Tatsu into going down a bad path (earlier Katana had slashed Batman in the back, nearly killing him because he took down the rest of the squad).
  • Crusading Widower: Starts her career after the death of her family.
  • Death by Origin Story: Tatsu's husband and twin children were killed in her origin story, driving her down the path of vigilantism.
  • Domino Mask: Her current costume. In older incarnations, she wore fuller head coverings.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In issue 13 of the '80s Batman and the Outsiders, Katana (who actually Is Just Better, by the way) is tracking a poisoned and delusional Batman. She stops to save a civilian's life and thus, loses Bats. So she expresses her regret to substitute commander Black Lightning, prompting the following conversation:
    Black Lightning: Don't go committin' Hara-Kiri or anything over it, Katana! You've been through a lot lately!
    Katana: Don't pity me because of the death of my husband, Lightning! I won't have that!
    Black Lightning: Sorry! But any of us would have done the same thing!
  • The Dragon: Katana is this for Rick Flag, Amanda Waller and Harley Quinn. As a killer she's lumped in with the other villainous members of Suicide Squad but she's a volunteer and helps keep order with the squad and watch her bosses's backs.
  • Empathic Weapon: Soultaker contains the spirit of her husband, and a number of other souls.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Her sword, Soultaker, absorbs the souls of those it kills.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: The DC heroine named Katana wields a magical katana called "Soultaker". It cuts through just about anything. It completely resists melting. And yes, she can deflect bullets with it. But it also has a curse: those killed by the sword may have their soul taken into the world within it, and can subsequently be summoned to do the wielder's bidding. And it makes an evil person who holds it even more malevolent.
  • Lady of War: Quietly composed and graceful as she fights enemies with her katana.
  • The Lancer: As of 2019, Katana is essentially this to Jefferson Pierce AKA Black Lightning during their time with Batman's latest incarnation of the Outsiders. In contrast to her previous dynamic with the Suicide Squad's ever-rotating leadership, she has a genuine bond with Jeff as mutual confidants and takes charge of the team whenever he or Batman are indisposed. Once the team eventually disbands, the two decide to stick by each other's sides and adventure together.
  • Master Swordsman: Though not her only skill set, you best believe she's good with a blade.
  • Mentor Archetype: The Next Batman: Second Son reveals that Katana, now Older and Wiser compared to her early days as a merciless Crusading Widower, fulfilled this role to the young Jace Fox during the years of his exile from Gotham City. Not only did Tatsu take Jace under her wing as a protégé, but she has played a crucial part in teaching him how to mature past his self-loathing as well as directly inspire him to become a hero in the first place.
  • Parental Substitute: For Halo, from quite early on in the Outsiders.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Katana's real reason for joining the Suicide Squad is to eventually kill them. Her sword has given her a kill list of people who need punishing and Amanda Waller is one of them.
  • Powers via Weapon: She is a Master Swordsman who has no powers, but her sword has the ability to take the souls of those its wielder kills.
  • Public Domain Artifact: Katana wields a sword made by Muramasa- who was described as being mad; the sword itself steals the souls of those it kills.
  • Rogues' Gallery Transplant: An unusual one, one of her enemies in her New 52 solo series is The Creeper, who was a superhero prior to the world reboot.
  • Sociopathic Hero: After the murder of her entire family at the hands of the Yakuza, Tatsu immediately began spiraling into this trope as a brutal Serial-Killer Killer who left a trail of bodies all across East Asia. Tatsu's seething hatred for all criminals bordered on Black-and-White Insanity, as she viewed her targets as deserving of death even if their crimes were fairly minor or if they had some extenuating circumstances. It isn't until she became a founding member of the Outsiders and made personal connections with various other superheroes did she start to mellow out.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Caught between old traditions and being a young superhero, Katana can definitely come off as this.
    Katana: As my elders would say, my shame is deep. As the kids would say. Epic fail.
  • Soul-Cutting Blade: Soultaker. It not only removes the soul from the body of its victim, but traps the soul in the blade. It's powerful enough to absorb SABBAC body and all.
  • Talking Weapon: Technically it's the soul of her husband (which is trapped in the sword) and it only talks to her. Doesn't come up too often, though.
  • They Call Him "Sword": Her nickname is "Katana".
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Subverted with Katana, although most of the time it was in self-defense. Ironically Batman was OK with this, as editorial were not militant in Batman never allowing villains to be killed off.
  • Token Good Teammate: She and Rick Flag are this for the Suicide Squad.
  • Villain Killer: She's a hero, but make no mistake, she gives no clemency to criminals. Katana lost her husband and children to her husband's jealous brother, who had connections to the Yakuza. After killing her brother-in-law, but failing to save her family, she made it her life's mission to hunt down and kill anyone that was involved in crime, especially those who were present at her family's murder. She uses the very same sword that was used to kill her husband no less.
  • Whole Costume Reference: In an issue of Li'l Gotham, Katana investigates a suspicious street racing gang while wearing the Bride's yellow racing jumpsuit from Kill Bill (which is thus also a second-hand reference to the Bruce Lee tracksuit).
  • Will They or Won't They?: Bryan Hill's run of Batman and the Outsiders establishes this kind of dynamic between Katana and Black Lightning. Tatsu admits that she's actually more than interested in a Relationship Upgrade with Jeff, having spent so many years alone after the death of her husband. But Jeff initially wishes to leave things as they are between them for his own personal reasons. Then this gets developed even further during backup issues set within DC Infinite Frontier, where their Unresolved Sexual Tension has not only evolved to a point where Everyone Can See It, Tatsu's Mother-In-Law Shiori tries to have Jeff assassinated just to spite Tatsu for inadvertently loosing the soul of her late son Maseo.




Alter Ego: Emily "Lia" Briggs

First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders #25 (September, 1985)

A beautiful telepath/telekinetic.



Alter Ego: Wendy Jones

First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders #9 (April, 1984)

  • Back for the Dead: She's recruited for the Suicide Squad, only to get killed by Chemo protecting her teammates.
  • Blow You Away: Windfall has full control over the wind, as indicated by her name.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She was a member of the villainous team the Masters of Disaster, but she defected and joined the Outsiders.

    Atomic Knight 

Atomic Knight

Alter Ego: Gardner Grayle

First Appearance: DC Comics Presents'' #57 (May, 1983)

A man in Powered Armor.

Joined in Vol. 2



Alter Ego: Sebastian Faust

First Appearance: Outsiders Vol 2 #1: Alpha (November, 1993)

The son of Felix Faust.

  • Hates Their Parent: His father Felix Faust tried to use him to pay his debt to a demon, so yeah, Sebastian hates his father.



Alter Ego: Geoffrey Barron

First Appearance: Outsiders Vol 2 #1: Alpha (November, 1993)

An inventor and business magnate.



Alter Ego: Charlie Wylde

First Appearance: Outsiders Vol 2 #1: Alpha (November, 1993)

A bear-like beastman.

  • Bears Are Bad News: He's been turned into a humanoid bear, and he's bad news for his enemies.



Alter Ego:

First Appearance:



Alter Ego: Nema (last name unrevealed)

First Appearance: Outsiders Vol 2 #5 (March, 1994)

  • Absolute Cleavage: Her cleavage is on full display, with only a few strings preventing a wardrobe malfunction.
  • Vapor Wear: Her outfit shows she's clearly not wearing underwear.


    Doctor Light II 

Joined in Vol. 3





Alter Ego: Brainiac-8

First Appearance: Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day #1 (July, 2003)



Alter Ego: Shift

First Appearance: Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day #3 (August, 2003)






    Captain Marvel, Jr. 

    Captain Boomerang II 

Joined in Outsiders Vol. 4

    Martian Manhunter 



    Francine Langstrom 

    Green Arrow 


Alter Ego: Salah Miandad

First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders Vol 2 #3 (February, 2008)

The modified remains of an OMAC taken down by the Outsiders. It now fights on their side. It is remotely controlled by Dr. Salah Miandad, a scientist and behind the scenes member of the Outsiders.

    The Creeper 



Alter Ego: Roy Raymond, Jr.

First Appearance: Detective Comics #650 (September, 1992)

    Freight Train 

Freight Train

Alter Ego: Eric Cecil Moran

First Appearance: Batman Incorporated Vol 2 #1 (July, 2012)


Joined in Batman Inc.

    Red Robin 

Joined in DC Rebirth

    The Signal 

See Batgirl

    Lady Shiva 


Alternative Title(s): Katana