The Blue Beetles
- 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".
- Character Death: Was killed in action by Jarvis Kord's robots.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
The distant descendant of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh, Amenhotep was a warlord in modern-day Egypt who seized part of the country for himself. Amenhotep used an atomic bomb to awaken the mummy of Kha-Ef-Re to help him conquer the world, but was defeated by Dan Garrett in his first adventure as the Blue Beetle.
- Historical Character's Fictional Relative: General Amenhotep is the descendant of the pharaoh Amenhotepnote .
- Insane Admiral: A general who seized control of part of Egypt and then used an atomic bomb to awaken a giant mummy in an attempt to Take Over the World.
- Take Over the World: Amenhotep used an atomic bomb to awaken Kha-Ef-Re, the Giant Mummy Who Was Not Dead, to help him conquer the world.
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.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Mister Crabb possesses skin that is deep red for reasons that are never explained.
- Cool Boat: The Scorpion, a submersible tank bristling with high-tech weaponry.
- Cool Tank: The Scorpion, a submersible tank bristling with high-tech weaponry.
- Name's the Same: No relation to the crab with a similar sounding name from SpongeBob SquarePants.
- Power Nullifier: The Scorpion fires beams capable of rendering Blue Beetle powerless.
- Power Pincers: The Scorpion has claws that can almost cut the invulnerable Blue Beetle in half.
Hunter Mann was an entomologist who was accidentally exposed to high amounts of chlorophyll compounds in a Freak Lab Accident. As a result of this exposure, his skin turned green; he developed an invulnerable exoskeleton; and gained the ability to fly, a paralyzing stare, and the ability to command enlarged insects. Donning a praying mantis costume, he became a criminal under the unimaginative alias of the Praying Mantis Man.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin turned green when he gained his powers.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: The Freak Lab Accident gave his abilities similar to those of a praying mantis.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: Can control insects which have been enlarged to giant size.
- Freak Lab Accident: How he gained his powers.
- The Paralyzer: Can paralyze people with his stare.
- Super Toughness: Has an indestructible exoskeleton.
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.
- Evil Uncle: Jarvis Kord was Ted Kord's uncle and a brilliant (but mad) scientist. Ted helped him unknowingly build indestructible super robots in an attempt to use them to take over the world.
- Mad Scientist: A brilliant scientist who intended to build an army of indestructible super robots with which to Take Over the World.
- Robot Master: Constructed an army of indestructible super robots and intended to use them to take over the world.
- Take Over the World: Jarvis' goal.
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.
- Cop Hater: In a variation, Byrnes hates firefighters with a blazing passion: blaming them for leaving him to die in a fire.
- Fire-Breathing Weapon: Created a fireproof uniform that projects Greek fire: a substance that is inextinguishable using water and will burn until it consumes all of its fuel.
- 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.
Conrad Carapax was an archaeologist and a long time rival of Dan Garrett, the original Blue Beetle. After Garrett died fighting Jarvis Kord on Pago Island, Carapax, reasoned that whatever had led Garrett to die on a lost island in the middle of the Atlantic must be important. Carapax travelled there and spent several days searching the island before he stumbled across Jarvis Kord's secret lab. Donning an experimental cybernetic helmet he found there, he electrocuted himself. However, as he died, his brain was uploaded into the Indestructible Robot Jarvis Kords most powerful creation and projected vanguard of his army. Thus was born Carapax, the Indestructible Man.
- The Adjectival Man: After his brain was uploaded into an indestructible robot body, Conrad Carapax frequently referred to himself as 'Carapax, The Indestructible Man'.
- Alliterative Name: Conrad Carapax.
- Brain Uploading: After dying his brain was transferred into the body of the robot.
- Meaningful Name: Carapax is very close in sound to 'carapace'.
- Nigh-Invulnerable: Carapax's robot body is made of a virtually indestructible experimental ceramic polymer.
- Rival Turned Evil: Although Carapax was a rival of Dan Garrett, not Ted Kord.
- Super Strength: Carapaxs robot body is strong enough to lift a 6-man commercial fishing vessel, or rip open a vanadium-steel hatchlock.
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.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Died in his father's arms quoting Shakespeare.
- Expressive Mask: His mask somehow switches between smiling "comedy" and frowning "tragedy" between panels.
- Killed Off for Real: He was killed in a confrontation between his loosely organized gangs and his father's mob.
- Large Ham: Part of his over-the-top stage actor persona.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family
- Wicked Cultured: Quotes Shakespeare while raining down bloody murder with a machine gun.
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.
- Chrome Champion: Prometheus' skin is sold promethium steel.
- 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.
- Eye Beams: Gorgon can fire beams from his eyes that turn people to stone.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: While Scirocco and Prometheus are American, Gorgon and Harpi are Greek, Behemoth is Japanese, Touch-N-Go is latina, and Pterodon is israeli.
- Playing with Fire: Prometheus can generate heat within his body and release it through his hands.
- Taken for Granite: Gorgon's Eye Beams turn people into stone.
- Wolverine Claws: Harpi's talons are capable of slashing though steel.
Arnold Beck was a low-level employee of Kord Omniversal Research and Development, working on the loading dock. After losing his job he grew embittered and embraced the philosophy of radical anarchism: developing a hatred of what he called the American Military/Industrial conspiracy. He was recruited by the Manhunters, who provided him with the Overthrow battlesuit.
- Bomb Throwing Anarchist: Quite literally. His battlesuit generates explosive plasma balls that he lobs using the suit's cesta.
- Bullet Catch: The cesta on the suit are capable of catching most ranged attacks. This even worked against a large number of bullets, or a blast of compressed air. It can them hurl them back or dump them elsewhere.
- Evil Redhead: His red hair is prominently exposed. It's actually a wig attached to his mask.
- I Know Madden Kombat: Uses a cesta to hurl explosive plasma balls in the manner of a jai alai player.
- Jet Pack: The battlesuit is equipped with jet boots.
- Killed Off for Real: He was killed by an OMAC during Infinite Crisis.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: His armor is green and wears a purple mask.
Catalyst is a covert agent for Cornelius/Krieg, the world's largest multi-national pharmaceutical corporation. He was created through illicit genetic and chemical experimentation in a secret laboratory in Nice, France. Nothing is known about his background before being granted his powers, although some evidence indicates he may be a Francophone Swiss.
- The Faceless: His face without the mask is never seen.
- French Jerk: Catalyst is a native French speaker (although whether he is French or Swiss is unclear), and is quite unpleasant. Hes lecherous and has multiple addictions, which he feeds via his powers. He has a sadistic streak, and likes choosing cruel and unusual modes of attack to finish off an opponent.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Catalyst is a chain smoker.
- Poisonous Person: Catalyst is a living drug arsenal, capable of inducing the effects of any drug he wishes in the body of anyone he touches.
Jaime Reyes Villains
The Black Beetle is a villain from the future using Reach technology. The Black Beetle wears what appears to be a black version of Jaime Reyes' scarab suit. The scarab allows him to fly and to fire energy blasts. It also allows him to travel through time and protects him from time portal effects. Black Beetle has a variety of energy-based attack weapons, and melee weapons at his disposal, thanks to the shape-shifting nature of the armor that the black scarab provides.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Gains all of his powers from his black scarab.
- Dark Is Evil: To contrast with Jaime's blue Scarab, he has a black Scarab.
- Flight: The scarab suit allows him to fly.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has glowing red eyes, and is a dangerous enemy of Blue Beetle.
- Riddle for the Ages: His true identity was never revealed.
- Super Strength: The suit allows him to take on Wonder Girl and Superboy simultaneously, and to go toe-to-toe with Mongul, who is easily Superman's equal in physical strength.
- Swiss Army Weapon: The shape-shifting nature of the armor that the black scarab provides allows Black Beetle to create a wide variety of energy and melee weapons.
The Coyote is a humanoid coyote. He was one of a group of villains sent by La Dama to retrieve the scarab from the Brotherhood of Evil. La Dama later killed him for the group's failure to retrieve the scarab.
The aunt of Jaime's friend Brenda, Amparo Cardenas is the biggest crime lord in El Paso. She claims to be an entity older than time itself. She has used by many different aliases through her extremely long life, including "The Dame", "Lady Styx" and "the Lord/Queen of All Beings and Things".
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- You Have Failed Me: Quick to expunge minions who fail, or even simply annoy, him.
Silverback is human mind transferred into a powerful mechanical body and a high-ranking member of the Brotherhood of Evil. Who he was before assuming the identity of Silverback is unknown.
Addison Lao is a criminal scientist who empowers others to do his bidding.
Sky Witness is the first human to have wielded the power of the Khaji-Da. Centuries ago, Sky Witness was member of the Mayan people who witnessed a Khaji-Da—a scarab-like living weapon created by the Reach—crash to Earth. He ventured into the crater and the scarab attached itself to him. However, the damage it had sustained during the crash allowed Sky witness to assert control over it. Using his new powers, he led his people to drive the invading Nahua from the Mayan lands. Khaji-Da's med system unnaturally extended Sky Witness' life; allowing him to rule his people for over 100 years. Eventually it could nolonger sustain him and demanded a new host. Knowing that it intended to use a new host to enact its plan of conquest, he buried the Khaji-Da and himself in his pyramid. Somehow, Sky Witness ended up entombed on the Reach home world in their repository for the honoured dead and was awakened when he sensed the Khaji-Da, now bonded to Jaime Reyes, nearby. Wishing to be united with 'his' scarab, he began to stalk Jaime.
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.
Crusading reporter Vic Sage wears a faceless mask to strike terror into the hearts of criminals as the Question. Vic and Ted met several times both in and out of costume and frequently teamed up with each other, until their tragic deaths within a year of each other. See his own page for more.