The Blue Beetles
- Badass Normal: His original Fox Comics incarnation only had mild superhuman attributes and an armoured super-suit. The revamped Charlton version was given a considerable power upgrade to help him stand out.
- Captain Ersatz: A surprisingly storied history of being made a victim to this trope:
- I.W. Publishing outright reprinted some Blue Beetle stories in the 1950s but for some reason changed the character's name to "the Human Fly" on the covers.
- Hollis Mason, AKA Nite Owl, from Watchmen is based on the Golden Age Blue Beetle while his successor Dan Dreiberg has more in common with Ted Kord.
- Due to copyright difficulties (Dan Garret is public domain but the name "Blue Beetle" is trademarked by DC), he appears in all but name in the Project Superpowers series under the identity of "Big Blue".
- Sequel Displacement: Even within the DCU, his two successors to the Blue Beetle mantle are miles more popular and well-remembered. It doesn't help that he has little to no exposure in other media outside of an obscure radio drama from the '40s.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The Golden Age version created by Fox Comics was named Dan Garret while his distinct Silver Age version reimagined by Charlton Comics was named Dan Garrett. This is largely kept consistent but there are occasional blips.
- Superpower Lottery: In his Silver Age incarnation, this guy had every power under the sun. Super-Strength, Super-Speed, Breathing Underwater, Size-Shifting, Telepathy, etc..
- Super Serum: His Golden Age origin story has him being granted superhuman strength, durability and agility thanks to a kindly scientist's 'Vitamin 2-X' chemical compound.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: A bit more subtle than most, but to Peter Parker. They are are intelligent bug-themed Science Heroes who are also massive dorks and now have gone to mentor new proteges, both of whom are young Latinos who are intelligent in their own right.
- Badass Normal: One of the best in the DC Universe. He's basically a Batman that has fun.
- Character Death: Was killed by Maxwell Lord in the events building up tine Infinite Crisis. He got better, eventually.
- Defiant to the End: His last words before death are "Rot in Hell, Max" with a smile.
- To the third Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes. He's an older, experienced billionaire hero who lacked the powers of the scarab and had to compensate with his wits, skills, and resources to get ahead. Jaime is a younger, inexperienced teenager from a middle class background who ended up with the scarab's power by accident, and uses that to be a superhero.
- To Batman. Both are billionaire Badass Normals who fight crime as Justice League members, but the former is a dark and brooding stoic compared to him being a bright and upbeat jokester.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Since he lacked the powers of the other Blue Beetles, Ted had to rely on his brains, his fighting skills and his gadgets in every fight.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Best friends with Booster Gold.
- The Mentor: After coming back to life, Ted becomes Jaime's mentor and guide.
- Those Two Guys: Commonly appears with Booster Gold, leading to lots of Ho Yay.
- Adaptive Ability: He can adapt to who he's facing in battle accordingly.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: He's Latino, compared to the first two being white. Actually requested because Keith Giffen had ideas for a Hispanic teen superhero from El Paso, Texas and wanted a way to implement them.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: A mix of Spider-Man and Venom after Venom's HeelFace Turn. On one hand if Ted is Peter's counterpart, than Jaime is Miles' counterpart. They both are Latino teenagers thrust into the superhero life with plenty of power, but also inexperienced. They are also guided by their predecessors, both of whom are accomplished scientists and heroic dorks. On the other hand like Eddie Brock, Jaime is a Christian (or at least has a Christian background) who found and bonded to a shapeshifting supernatural "alien" who was one of the few good members of it's race. Despite both being created for conquest, both the Venom symbiote and scarab would go on to help their host beat back their creators. (Knull and the Symbiote Imperium for Venom and formerly The Reach for Blue Beetle) Both Jaime and Eddie would also struggle with the scarab/symbiote trying to get them to use lethal force on their enemies.
- Bad Powers, Good People: His scarab is a machine meant to destroy and conquer planets. Jaime uses it to be a superhero.
- Clingy MacGuffin: If the scarab were to be removed, he'd die.
- Kid Hero: In the short time he's existed, Jaime has become the DCU's premier teenage hero. He's probably only above Shazam as the youngest person to join the Justice League.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Jaime's ultimate power fantasy, as drawn out of him by Eclipso, is to become... a dentist. Hey, it's a steady job with enough money for him to look after his family.
- Secret Keeper: It's easy to forget he has a Secret Identity considering the long list of people in the know that include his family, his friends Paco and Brenda, Ted Kord, the Justice League, and probably more.
- Strong as They Need to Be: Jaime can be portrayed as someone who can fight with and against the heavy hitters of the DCU, but also lose against low-level metas. This is justified by Jaime's inexperience and constant inner struggle with the scarab.
- Superpower Lottery: It's not as blatant as Dan Garrett, but it's there. The scarab is a Do-Anything Robot that gives him vast destructive power and a wide variety of abilities whenever he needs it. For example, he has Super Strength, Flight, Voluntary Shapeshifting, Arm Cannons, Adaptive Ability to his opponents, Nigh-Invulnerability, and much, much more. However, he's not portrayed as an Ace or an Invincible Hero because of it, because Jaime is at constant odds with the scarab, and is inexperienced overall due to his youth. Also, he often uses a very limited portion of its power, which has the potential to destroy planets (at least, one weapon the Scarab pulled out for him (and Jaime refused to use) was described as having "theistic implications").
- ¡Three Amigos!: With his friends and Secret Keepers Paco and Brenda.
- Upbringing Makes the Hero: Given the scarab's sheer power, it's lucky for everyone that he has such a supportive family.
Dan Garrett Villains
A wicked pharaoh from ancient Egypt, Kha-Ef-Re was buried with the sacred Blue Beetle scarab, which Dan Garrett found when he unsealed the pharaoh's tomb. At that moment, General Amenhotep bombarded the mummy with atomic energy, bringing him back to life and causing him to grow to gigantic size. Garrett put an end to Kha-Ef-Re's rampage as the Blue Beetle.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: A giant mummy!
Ted Kord Villains
Ted Kord's uncle, a scientist and engineer with a talent for robotics. Jarvis hired Ted as a lab assistant, and Ted was horrified when he learned that his uncle had used him to build super-robots to take over the world. Ted and his friend Dan Garrett, secretly the original Blue Beetle, confronted Jarvis in his base on Pago Island, resulting in both Garrett and Jarvis's deaths and the beginning of Ted's career as the Blue Beetle.
Formerly known as the Fleeter Gang, the Madmen are bank robbers led by gangster Farley Fleeter who dressed up in colorful costumes to avoid recognition and act like chaotic lunatics. The Madmen are a persistent thorn in Ted Kord's side who often work as hired goons for other villains.
A sad, depressed man named Hugo who became convinced by modern art that life was meaningless and heroes aren't real. Hugo dressed up as the ugly, heartless statue named "Our Man" and went around the city destroying monuments to heroes until Blue Beetle stopped him.
Lyle Byrnes was a pyrotechnician who was hideously burned in a fire he accidentally started. The firefighters didn't know he was there trapped under rubble and didn't rescue him, so Byrnes swore to kill all firefighters as revenge, creating an asbestos-lined armor suit and gloves that shoot Greek fire, a chemical that can't be extinguished until it burns itself out.
- Meaningful Name: His last name is Byrnes. He starts fires. Get it?
Better known as an enemy of The Flash, Doctor Alchemy raided K.O.R.D. Inc. for a rare metal Ted had in his possession, which he used to internalize the power of the Philosopher's Stone, granting him the power to transmute the molecular structure of any matter. See the Flash Rogues character page for more.
A gun-toting, theater-themed "guardian angel" for all the city's street gangs who tried to bring them all together to overthrow the mafia. In reality the Muse was Richie Perignon, son of mob boss Vincent Perignon, who was actually just trying to put his father out of business so he could pursue his dream of being an actor instead of taking over the family business of crime.
Better known as a foe of The Atom, David Clinton held his niece Angie—Ted Kord's receptionist—hostage and forced her to steal technology for him so he could continue his crime spree in a new city using his time-manipulating gadgets. See the Atom's character page for more.
A team of metahumans given powers by Steve Dayton, a.k.a. Mento of the Doom Patrol, who had gone mad with power and wanted to destroy his step-son Beast Boy and his friends, the Teen Titans. All of the Hybrid's members' powers were due to exposure to the experimental metal promethium. Consisting of:
- Gorgon, a man with snakes for hair that could shoot lasers from their eyes
- Harpi, a flying woman with razor-sharp claws who could shoot energy blasts
- Pterodon, a man with wings and a metal tail
- Behemoth, a huge super-strong brute
- Scirocco, a woman who could summon sandstorms
- Touch-N-Go, a teenage girl who could steal energy from other people
- Prometheus, formerly Ted's factory foreman Curt Calhoun, whose skin was solid promethium metal.
Blue Beetle teamed up with the Teen Titans to defeat them.
- The Bus Came Back: Behemoth reappeared in the Post-Flashpoint continuity as part of the Suicide Squad, while Pterodon was briefly seen during Doomsday Clock as part of Israel's meta-human team Hayoth.
- The Brute: Behemoth.
- Captain Ersatz: They were a blatant stand-in for Marvel's X-Men and some of their villains. Mento was Professor X, Gorgon was Cyclops, Harpi was Banshee, Pterodon was Sauron, Behemoth was Juggernaut, Scirocco was Storm, Touch-N-Go was Rogue, and Prometheus was Colossus.
- C-List Fodder: With the exception of Mento and Pteradon, the entirety of the team was apparently killed at Roulette's Meta-Human Brawl fights.
- Cop Hater: Prometheus' parents were two hippie spree killers, and he traveled across the United States with them until they were cornered by local law enforcement and were gunned down after opening fire on the surrounding police. This traumatic experience caused his hair to turn white, and he vowed to "annihilate the forces of justice" in order to get revenge for his slain parents.
Jaime Reyes Villains
Jaime's nemesis in the 2006 run, and leader of the Reach forces on Earth.
- Adaptational Wimp / Adapted Out: Is replaced in Young Justice by the much-less-threatening Reach Ambassador.
- Arch-Enemy: To Jaime as Blue Beetle.
- Badass Boast: "Reyes. You are angry. But understand... there is nothing you can do. We have taken ten thousand worlds. Some of our games run centuries. Let's see how you play."
- Badass Longcoat
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Only ever referred to by his Caste, "Negotiator."
- Faux Affably Evil: Puts on a polite, gentlemanly front, but can actually be quite petty and vicious.
- Would Hurt a Child: Sends Dawur specifically to murder Jaime's friends and family, knowing full well that includes teenagers Paco, Brenda and Traci and small child Milagro.
- Villainous Breakdown: Big time. At first a methodical and cautious alien overlord, he quickly starts to become more unstable and aggressive as Jaime foils his attempts to take Earth. Finally, he spends his final seconds alive laughing hysterically at how badly Beetle has defeated him.
- Villain with Good Publicity: For a time.
- You Have Failed Me: Quick to expunge minions who fail, or even simply annoy, him.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: He's a were-coyote.
- One-Shot Character: He has only appeared in a single storyline in the New 52.
Dan Garrett Supporting Cast
Ted Kord Supporting Cast
Ted's lab assistant, girlfriend, and confidante in the Charlton Comics/Earth-Four continuity.
- Canon Discontinuity: Tracey doesn't exist in the post-Crisis versions of the DC Universe.
Ted's lab assistant, girlfriend, and confidante in the post-Crisis DC continuity.
A brilliant chemist working for Ted and big brother figure to Melody.
Ted's mousy receptionist. Angela is secretly the niece of the supervillain Chrono, who forces her to steal technology for him until Ted comes to her aid and defeats him.
Ted's college roommate, now the director of STAR Labs' Chicago division.