Enemies faced by Batman
Garfield Lynns / Firefly
Appearances: From the World of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
A Gotham City-based criminal who specializes in pyrotechnics.
- Destroy the Evidence: He is hired to burn some incriminating evidences.
- Kill It with Fire: He is hired to destroy a building and tries burning Batman upon confrontation.
- Psycho for Hire: He is contracted to burn incriminating evidences. And he loves every minute of it.
- Pyromaniac: True to the text, he loves his flamethrower and explosives.
- Smug Snake: Puts too much faith in his gadgets and flamethrower, believing that's what allows him an advantage over Batman. He's wrong.
- See his page.
- See her page.
Played by: Joe Manganiello
Appearances: Justice League | Zack Snyder's Justice League
Other appearances: Test footage
- Lex Luthor: If you want the Batman, here is something that can help you...His name is Bruce Wayne.Deathstroke: Hmm! On second thought, we do have something to celebrate!
A professional assassin who's recruited by Lex Luthor, as both villains have a score to settle with Batman.
- Aborted Arc:
- His appearance in Justice League as Zack Snyder and Chris Terrio intended it was meant to be an Early-Bird Cameo before Ben Affleck's Batman film project at the time (which morphed into the non-DCEU film The Batman), in which he was supposed to be the main villain, as he's hired by Lex Luthor to kill Batman. That project was scrapped.
- The meaning of his appearance was tweaked in the theatrical version as Luthor recruited him into his "league". If there were plans behind this, those did not materialize either.
- Age Lift: Typically depicted as being in his 50s, here Deathstroke is played by an actor who's at least a decade younger than his comics self.
- A Glass of Chianti: Upon hearing Batman's true identity, Deathstroke decides to celebrate by having a glass of champagne with Lex Luthor.
- Arch-Enemy: He considers Batman to be this, for reasons unexplained. Lex remarks that his hatred of the Caped Crusader is so strong he's willing to kill him pro-bono.
- The Cameo: He appears in the post-credits scene of Justice League, in which he has a meeting with Lex Luthor on a yacht to discuss the creation of a Legion of Doom.
- Cool Mask: Wears a black and orange mask that conceals his missing/sightless eye.
- The Dreaded: Even someone as powerful and deranged as Lex Luthor treads lightly around Deathstroke, remarking that he values living too much to dare risk wasting Slade's time.
- Evil Former Friend: Possibly: actor Joe Manganiello went on record to say that, in the DCEU, Slade and Bruce were both trained within the League of Assassins (mirroring Batman Begins for Bruce with the League of Shadows). Apparently enough time passed since then for Slade to not be aware that Bruce became Batman. With this in mind, his reaction to finding out Batman's identity could be less of a "ah, famous billionaire Bruce Wayne" and more of a "Ah... THAT Bruce Wayne..."
- Legion of Doom: In the theatrical cut, he becomes Lex Luthor's first associate as he forms a league following the return of Superman and the Justice League's formation.
- Master Swordsman: Wields at least two different kinds of swords, hinting at his diverse skill set.
- Mythology Gag: His black and orange body armor heavily resembles the version from Batman: Arkham Origins.
- Professional Killer: He is a high profile assassin for hire. Since his next target is Batman however, he offers to do it pro bono.
Appearances: Zack Snyder's Justice League
See also the Knightmare page for more on that setting's characters.
- Darker and Edgier: His trademark blue-and-orange armour is now painted in muted colours for camouflage and he sports a wild Mohawk.
- Enemy Mine: He's apparently given up his vendetta against Batman due to Darkseid's conquest of Earth forcing any potential resistants left to work together.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's not too eager to have The Joker on his team. Keep in mind he doesn't seem to have any complaints working with the Flash, Mera or Cyborg, the latter of whom is one of his enemies in the comics.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: Darkseid having scorched the Earth is enough for him to call a truce with Batman and work alongside him and remnants of the Justice League to try undoing this mess.
- Eyepatch of Power: He still wears an eyepatch over his right eye, albeit a cruder one this time around.
- Future Badass: He survived the apocalypse brought upon Earth by Darkseid and takes part to La Résistance against Darkseid and evil Superman.
- Mythology Gag: The idea of Deathstroke joining the Insurgency to take down Superman is very similar to his role in Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Enemies faced by the Suicide Squad
Species: Inter-dimensional mystical entity
Affiliation(s): Advanced Research Group Uniting Superhumans (A.R.G.U.S.)
Played by: Cara Delevingne
Dubbed by: Jessica Ángeles (Latin-American Spanish), Maribel Pomar (European Spanish), Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Nastassja Girard (European French), Geneviève Déry (Canadian French), Carol Crespo (Brazilian Portuguese)
Appearances: Suicide Squad
- "Why are you all here? Because the soldier led you? And all for Waller. Why do you serve those who cage you? I am your ally. And I know what you want. Exactly what you want."
The spirit of an ancient evil sorceress inadvertently unleashed by archaeologist June Moone after centuries of imprisonment. She and June now share a body, and with it supernatural abilities that have drawn the attention of Amanda Waller.
- Adaptational Skimpiness: Her comic counterpart usually wears more covering than in this film.
- Adaptational Ugliness: Despite wearing a more revealing outfit than her comic counterpart, she's also messier and creepier looking. Subverted once she's empowered by her brother.
- Adaptational Villainy: Played with. In the comics, she's a member who's gone on multiple missions with the Suicide Squad, including their first against Brimstone, before she left when the entity was destroyed. However, she had to be kept under check and was just as dangerous to her teammates as she was to her enemies. Here, she's the straight up Big Bad to the Suicide Squad and plans to Take Over the World, and never goes on a mission with the squad and in fact she's what causes their first mission to begin (though she was proposed for the squad, it didn't happen before she went rogue). That said, the Suicide Squad were never saints to begin with, she was always portrayed as a truly villainous character kept under a leash, was (relatively speaking) the Token Evil Teammate to them, and had been an antagonist in the comics such as to Justice League Dark. Basically, both versions are evil, but Movie!Enchantress never got to do any good unlike Comics!Enchantress.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's a very intimidating Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette.
- The Antichrist: She puts her plan into motion after the passing of a Jesus-like figure, all the while doing things that Superman would frown upon, such as turning people into minions against their will and demanding that the world worship her or be destroyed.
- Ax-Crazy: Highly destructive and uncaring.
- Badass Cape: Attempted. Her empowered form has a flowing blue-green cape, unfortunately, it's obviously CGI nature, along with it looking way too big compared to the actress "wearing" it kind of ruins the effect.
- Beat Still, My Heart: Her heart has been removed from her body and serves as a Soul Jar.
- Big Bad: Of Suicide Squad.
- Black Speech: She speaks an ancient language that sounds demonic with her brother — it was nicknamed "Moonspeak" by the filming crew, which is also a slang word for confusing foreign languages. She switches to English when addressing the Squad and Amanda Waller.
- Blood Knight: Despite her possessing the capability to wipe out Task Force X with absolutely no trouble, she decides to have a little fun with them by going toe-to-toe with all of them at once, even reverting herself to her weaker form to even the odds a little.
- BrotherSister Team: She works to release her brother, Incubus, and together they are the major villains of Suicide Squad.
- The Caligula: She's completely psychotic and demands worship.
- Cold Ham: Her lines are overtly dramatic as expected from a villain, but not delivered with full force given Cara Delevigne's Dull Surprise.
- Dark Action Girl: At first purely of the Black Magician Girl variety, but she gets two magical swords in the final battle and goes toe-to-toe with the entire squad in close quarters combat.
- Dating Catwoman: June is in a relationship with Rick Flag, which means he's technically dating Enchantress at the same time.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Whenever June shifts to Enchantress, regardless of whatever she was wearing before, her clothes transform into the black, chain mail bikini, and later the Blue gown and headpiece. In both Enchantress outfits, the witch seems to prefer going barefooted. In her weakened, demonic form, her feet and hands are black with grime, as in this state she tends to crawl around on all fours like Gollum.
- Demonic Possession: The summary of Enchantress's relationship to June; when the archaeologist disturbed the vessel that the Enchantress's essence was sealed inside of, Enchantress possessed her and now co-opts her body whenever she desires.
- Dual Wielding: Gets two swords in the climax when fighting Task Force X.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: After possessing June. Before, it's a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl.
- Entitled Bastard: Believed that Rick Flag wouldn't kill her even after bragging about how June was well and truly dead by now.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She genuinely loves her brother as she is visibly horrified when he is killed and after her defeat she begs to be finished off so she can be Together in Death with him.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Amanda Waller finds out trying to use her was definitely not a good idea.
- Evil Luddite: She sounds incredibly disdainful when commenting on how humanity now worships machines instead of revering her, and her plan is to "pay them back in kind" by using a magitek doomsday-weapon to obliterate all of the planet's military facilities and secret bases.
- Evil Sounds Deep: She gets a Voice of the Legion when she is empowered.
- Fan Disservice: She's an attractive woman in little clothing but her dark ragged look can make it come off as more creepy than titillating. She cleans up after getting her heart back.
- Fanservice Pack: Her empowered form inexplicably makes her breasts larger.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: After attaining her full power, she cleans up nicely.
- A God Am I: At one point in the film, she comments on how humanity once worshipped her and her brother, but has now forsaken her to "worship machines".
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Compared to her brother, she's small and fights with magic, though she certainly can throw down in close quarters combat *very* well.
- Heart Trauma: Waller is in possession of the Enchantress's physical heart, which considerably weakens the latter if Waller physically abuses it. Flag ultimately kills her by crushing the heart.
- Hot Witch: Even with her scraggly appearance, Enchantress is still played by fashion model Cara Delevingne.
- Humanoid Abomination: Due to her magical powers and feral mannerisms, she feels very out-of-place considering how grounded in reality the previous DCEU films were. During one of her transformations, she briefly grows an extra hand from under June's sleeve.
- It's All About Me: Her overriding of June's free will is just the first in a long line of clues that she's fundamentally a very selfish person with an over-inflated ego. She treats her own brother as little more than a glorified mook despite needing his assistance to stay alive at one point.
- Join or Die: Attempts this with Task Force X after they deliver a good fight. Harley appears to comply.
- Lady of Black Magic: An ancient, evil sorceress who is scantily-clad and has immense magical powers. She also stops her feral mannerisms and conducts herself much more sophisticatedly once she regains her heart.
- Light Feminine Dark Feminine: She is the dark to June Moone's light. Whereas June is a Proper Lady who dresses conservatively, the Enchantress is scantily-clad and moves sensually.
- Lunacy: Her host's last name is Moone, she wears a crescent moon accessory on her head whilst wielding darkness-themed powers, and the ancient language she speaks with her brother is called Moonspeak.
- Magic Dance: The moves she performs during her ritual.
- The Magic Goes Away: During a conversation she has with El Diablo at the film's climax, she notes that this happened in the distant past... but then asserts that now the magic is coming back, citing the rise of Metahumans as a symptom of this trait.
- Mook Maker: She can transform normal civilians into all-black Humanoid Abomination Mooks, which she sends against Task Force X.
- Ms. Fanservice: Double Subversion; for much of the movie she wears a black-and-metal bikini that leaves little to the imagination while being generally creepy looking. Her appearance after regaining her heart plays this trope even straighter, since her dress is just as revealing, but she looks alluring and seductive instead of disheveled and creepy like in her original look. And then there is the ritualistic dance she performs.
- One-Shot Character: She gets destroyed at the end of her first film appearance, in Suicide Squad.
- Orifice Invasion: Her spirit form flows into June Moone through her mouth and nose.
- Outside-Genre Foe: She is a straight up magic-using witch in a cinematic universe that has so far been built upon science fiction.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: It's subtle, but her plan basically amounts to "cause The End of the World as We Know It because everyone's stopped paying attention to me."
- Person of Mass Destruction: When she cuts loose, she reveals herself to be possessing world-ending levels of power.
- Really 700 Years Old: She is over 6,313 years old, making her a millennium older than Wonder Woman.
- Rule of Symbolism: She rises to power after the death of Superman, just like how the moon shines brightest after the sun has set.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Enchantress was unleashed after June Moone messed with an artifact she shouldn't have.
- Sealed in a Person-Shaped Can: Now, she inhabits June's body.
- Shadow Archetype: To Shazam. Both can transform by calling their names and their powers are magic-based. Unlike Shazam, Enchantress is her own separate identity and rather than empower her host the way Shazam does with Billy Batson and his allies, she's basically a parasite that overrides free will.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: After regaining her heart, all the dirt in her body disappears making her appearance literaly more cleaned up.
- Smug Super: She is very self-assured about her power. Although it's fairly justified considering that she packs enough power to cause the end of the world singlehandedly.
- Sophisticated as Hell: After she starts speaking English, she generally speaks in a very sophisticated way. Up until Flag is about to kill her by crushing her heart, at which she says that he doesn't "have the balls".
- Soul Jar: Waller keeps her under her thumb because she possesses the Enchantress's heart. Rick Flag destroying the heart is what defeats her for good.
- The Starscream: The whole reason Task Force X was formed was that she turned on Amanda Waller the first chance she got.
- Squishy Wizard: In comparison to her brother. She's never shown to possess anywhere near his level of raw physical strength and toughness, but her magic powers are far more impressive, being sufficient to deal significant damage to the entire world if properly focused and amplified. Such power is not directly applicable in personal combat, though, which is why she hides behind her brother and an army of Mooks.
- Supering in Your Sleep: How Enchantress manages to escape captivity, from June accidentally saying her name in her sleep.
- Superpowered Evil Side: June Moone can summon Enchantress by saying her name.
- Superpower Lottery: Part and parcel of being a god. Superhuman strength (though only to around Killer Croc levels), toughness (bullets from Deadshot's rifle bounce off her) and reflexes, telepathy, mind control, teleportation, limited regeneration, telekinesis, longevity, ability to project illusions... the list goes on.
- Teleport Spam: Teleportation is part of her abilities, and she uses it when fighting Task Force X.
- Voice of the Legion: Her voice is deep and reverberating when she talks to the Suicide Squad as they have come to confront her.
Kinich Ahau / Incubus
Species: Inter-dimensional mystical entity
Played by: Alain Chanoine
Dubbed by: José Luccioni (European French)
Appearances: Suicide Squad
The brother of Enchantress, a demon who was sealed in a small statue. Upon being freed from it by his sister, he possesses Midway City businessman Gerard Davis, adopting his face, and merges three additional people into himself, growing much bigger than his sister's human size.
- Adaptational Ugliness: In the comics, Incubus's host body appears as an average-looking human man, whereas here he becomes a towering, demonic creature.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: He and his sister treat each other like equals, he appears to be equal in power to her, and it was actually he who kickstarted the plot (well, besides Waller) by helping his sister escape and regain her power. Enchantress functions as the more visible Big Bad of the two though, as Incubus doesn't say much and dies before the main climax.
- Black Speech: He speaks the same ancient language as his sister ("Moonspeak") when talking to her, and it sounds demonic.
- Body Horror: His transformation from his human host into his true form starts by grabbing three extra people and quickly degenerating into a wriggling mass of flesh as the new form begins to assert itself; then as it takes form, it finishes by catching on fire and growing his exoskeleton from his skin like a fungus.
- BrotherSister Team: He's his sister's muscle as she carries out her scheme.
- The Brute: He is Enchantress's last rampart, and he's fit for the task due to his sheer brute force.
- Combat Tentacles: Emits them to attack and feed.
- Demonic Possession: He quickly finds a human host once Enchantress frees him, but that doesn't seem to be enough and he absorbs several other people before adopting his definitive form.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Apparently, a mere bomb is enough to destroy him. Very likely a shaped charge considering how small it was and the fact that he survived worse in earlier scenes.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely loves his sister, sharing some of his power with her until she gets her heart back and she is horrified by his death.
- Evil Is Bigger: In contrast to the still human-sized Enchantress, her brother is a towering beast.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is deep when he talks to his sister.
- Flat Character: He doesn't have much of a personality outside of being extremely cruel and caring about his sister.
- Force and Finesse: He's the Force that complements his sister's Finesse.
- A God Am I: He was worshiped as a deity several millennia ago just like his sister.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Moreso than his sister. While Enchantress at least had a vision of what she wanted, Incubus seems to just go with her plans and acts as her muscle for the most part.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Compared to his sister, he's large, imposing, and fights physically.
- Hero Killer: On top of killing at least a couple dozen National Guardsmen, the titular squad is absolutely no match for him, and only narrowly avoid all dying against him. He requires a Heroic Sacrifice from El Diablo (and Navy SEAL Lieutenant Edwards) to beat.
- Horned Humanoid: He has antler-like horns on his head.
- Humanoid Abomination: Bordering on Eldritch Abomination. His body (which is made up of three people meshed together) is wreathed in flames and encased in a black exoskeleton, and he can turn his arms into tendrils.
- Immune to Bullets: Early in the movie we see Humvees with .50 BMG machine guns unload on him to no effect. Deadshot's small arms are, of course, even less effective. Anti-tank weaponry, on the other hand...
- Non-Indicative Name: For someone called "Incubus", he does no seducing, instead "feeding" directly on humans.
- No Name Given: Narrowly averted: his name is displayed on Enchantress's "profile shot", where it lists him as her brother. It's never acutally spoken by anyone on the movie, however.
- One-Shot Character: Like his sister, he gets destroyed at the end of his first film appearance, in Suicide Squad.
- Orifice Invasion: His spirit form flows into Gerard Davis through his mouth.
- The Quiet One: He doesn't speak much.
- Race Lift: The Incubus host in the comics was white, while he is black in the movie.
- Reused Character Design: He resembles Firestorm when he's at full power, even requiring more than one human host to maintain himself.
- Scary Black Man: As a result of his host happening to be a black man and assuming his visage as well.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He was imprisoned in a small statue in the same cave as Enchantress. She frees him once she manages to foil Amanda Waller's attempts to control her.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Due to being a Walking Spoiler, directly related to how Enchantress figures into the plot. However, he actually appears as a Freeze-Frame Bonus in most of the trailers as something destroying an oncoming train.
- Superpower Lottery: As a result of his divine status.
- Super Strength: He can toss 3-ton Humvees around effortlessly, shatter concrete pillars with his punches, shoot his tentacles through armored attack helicopters, and overpower El Diablo's Fire God form.
- Super Toughness: See Immune to Bullets. He's very tough, but he has his limits. El Diablo's flames also have little effect on him.
- Healing Factor: He regenerates his hand after Katana cuts it off, and seemingly heals from the burns El Diablo causes on him.
- Psychic Powers: To a light extent. He levitates some items (such as Enchantress's heart) and communicates with his sister telepathically.
- Mind Manipulation: He can take control of people by touch. He gets a host this way, and can brainwash people to turn them into his mooks.
- Super Empowering: As long as Enchantress doesn't have her heart, Incubus shares his power with her.
Eyes of the Adversary
Species: Mutated humans
Appearances: Suicide Squad
Humans who get forcibly turned into monstrous grunts by Enchantress.
- Alien Blood: They "bleed" black grit, as if their bodies are petrified and their stone-like tissue shatters from damaging impacts.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Anytime they appear, they start attacking everyone in sight.
- And I Must Scream: These are people who got turned into abominations.
- Body Horror: The sight of a person transforming into one is unnerving, to say the least.
- Canon Foreigner: They are an original creation of the film.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: They're black and covered in eyeballs.
- Horned Humanoid: A select few have curved black horns.
- Humanoid Abomination: Their flesh is warped and covered in eyes. They also feel no pain and can only be permanently killed by destroying their heads.
- Mooks: They're an army of foot soldiers who serve Enchantress, and they're basically Cannon Fodder the Suicide Squad has a jolly time tearing through.
- Was Once a Man: They are horribly mutated humans. Their clothes and accessories are still present.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It is not known if the remaining people who were turned into such creatures reverted back to normal, died or remained as such when Enchantress was destroyed.
Starro the Conqueror
Species: Alien Starfish
Film Appearances: The Suicide Squad
A gigantic, literal Starfish Alien who conquers planets through mind-control.
Enemies faced by Aquaman
- See The Seven Seas.
David Kane / Black Manta
Affiliation(s): Jesse Kane's Pirates, Atlantis (in service of Orm)
Played by: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Dubbed by: Erick Selim (Latin-American Spanish), Baudouin Sama (European French), Martin Desgagné (Canadian French)
Film appearances: Aquaman
Other appearances: The Adventures of Aquaman & Mera
- "But now I have Atlantean steel! Call me Black Manta!"
A ruthless pirate and mercenary who uses a powered diving armor he made using Atlantean technology. He has a score to settle with Arthur Curry/Aquaman after the latter let his father die.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Only slightly, but in the comics, Black Manta is typically depicted with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. In the movie, he at least loves his dad.
- Adaptation Name Change: Given the last name Kane, in the comics his last name is either Hyde or unknown.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When his father is in danger, he begged Aquaman to save him. However, due to what they did (namely, ruthlessly killing sailors), he refuses.
- Ancestral Weapon: His father gives him a dagger that had belonged to his grandfather. Though he initially scoffs at it, he ends up keeping it to honor his grandfather's legacy.
- Arch-Enemy: He regards Aquaman as his for the death of his father.
- BFG: Defied. While experienced in the use of firearms, this guy clearly prefers using his blades and swords for killing. When given the large plasma rifle by Orm, he instead reworks it into a diving helmet and refitted the plasma emitters to work as optic lasers.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Both of his suits include retractable blades on the arms.
- The first suit's blades were plain steel, were of no use against Aquaman and ended up broken by him.
- Those of the Black Manta suit are made of a much tougher metal (Atlantean steel) and they can definitely hurt Aquaman.
- Blood Knight: At the beginning of Aquaman, he reveals that he looked forward to fight the half-human half-Atlantean, but the latter proves to be too tough for conventional weapons and the situation degenerates into It's Personal territory. On their next encounter, he delights in stabbing Aquaman several times.
- Cape Buster: The Black Manta armor is entirely designed to track and kill Aquaman. The Atlantean steel-made armor provides mostly No-Sell against the human-Atlantean's Super Strength, the blades can hurt him and the plasma beams also leave him with burns to some extent. Whilst he doesn't succeed, Manta wounds Arthur to the point of exhaustion, causing him to lose consciousness and thus far, he's the one opponent who has come the closest to killing Arthur in the entire DCEU.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He makes no attempt to justify his actions. He openly states to the submarine captain that he is a pirate, tells Aquaman that he "plunders the seas" and seems amazed at the fact that his group's reputation precedes them.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Despite being an ordinary (or at best, Badass Normal) human, he wears a Powered Armor made of Atlantean steel that allows him to go toe-to-toe with super strong Atlanteans, including Aquaman.
- Composite Character: This version of Black Manta's armor is a composite of his most classic look with a more tactical design akin to his appearance in Young Justice.
- Cool Helmet: His visual signature, as in other media. We actually see him create it from modifying Atlantean tech, with the signature manta-shape being a practical design choice rather than purely aesthetic one as when he added eye beams the helmet exploded because it was too small.
- Costume Evolution: He initially wears the same diving combat suit as his father and the rest of their gang of hijackers. Then he builds himself a more powerful and distinctive one out of the Atlantean technology Orm gives him and becomes Black Manta.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He is in WAY over his head trying to use conventional human-made weapons against Aquaman during their first fight on the submarine and Arthur easily wipes the floor with him. By the time of their second fight in Sicily, he's equipped with the Black Manta suit of Power Armor, making for a much more evenly matched fight.
- Darth Vader Clone: He dons black armour complete with an iconic helmet, favours blades and red plasma as his weapons of choice and has a voice changer giving him a very intimidating voice. There's also the fact that he becomes a villain after losing someone he loved, works to help another villain establish an autocracy and leads a squad of Faceless Goons wearing armors. Ironically, the character himself predates Darth Vader by a decade making this an example of turning an older character into a clone.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Downplayed. While he's a very formidable opponent as Black Manta, he's defeated well before the climax, and remains out of the picture for the plot to focus on stopping Orm. Unlike other examples of the trope, however, he survives.
- The Dragon: He was the second-in-command of his father's pirate crew, until they were all wiped out by Aquaman. Kane later plays with the role for Orm when he becomes Black Manta, but it was mostly to avenge his father.
- Dragon Their Feet: Black Manta outlasts both his father and Orm by being the only villain still active at the end of the movie, but he isn't finished with Aquaman yet.
- Dragon with an Agenda: While more of an associate of Orm, he's clearly only in it to kill Aquaman and doesn't care for Orm's own goals.
- Dual Wielding: Regularly fights with both his retractable arm blade and handheld sword in conjuction with one another, with deadly effectiveness.
- Empowered Badass Normal: He and his dad gave Aquaman as much of a fight as any unaugmented humans could. Then he got a power suit and was able to almost defeat Aquaman.
- Entitled Bastard: Seriously expected Aquaman to save his father from certain death, when his dad shot at Aquaman seconds after being shown mercy.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He was very close with his father. He begs Aquaman to save him and, when he refuses, spends the entire movie seeking revenge against Arthur for letting him die. He even tells Orm to Keep the Reward, considering revenge to be a reward in and of itself.
- Evil Is Hammy: Once he has the Black Manta suit on, every line of dialogue out of Kane's mouth is loud and looking for scenery to chew.Arthur: Who the hell are you?
Black Manta: Perhaps THIS! WILL JOG YOUR MEMORY!!!
- Evil Sounds Deep: His suit augments and deepens his already quite intimidating baritone.
- Eye Beams: The main weapon of his suit consists of red water-powered plasma beams shot through the helmet's eyes.
- The Family That Slays Together: David took part to his father's sea hijacking operations before becoming Black Manta, and they killed people doing so.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Originally just second-in-command to a well-stocked team of pirates, he gains some Atlantean technology and customises it to become a serious threat to Aquaman.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He is a good enough of an engineer to adapt some high-tech Atlantean Powered Armor given to him by Orm into something more to his liking, and to completely rework a prototype water-powered plasma rifle into his suit's helmet.
- Genius Bruiser: While a big, strong warrior first and foremost, he's also a skilled engineer and Gadgeteer Genius who can work with and even improve Atlantean technology.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Inverted. He's Aquaman's archnemesis who uses mostly bladed weapons as opposed to Arthur's trident. (Hilariously, Arthur did a one point in his training days with Vulko asked if he could get a sword rather than his mother's quindent.)
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His armor's targeting system gets damaged in his fight against Arthur/Aquaman in Sicily, and when Arthur throws a chain with stone stumps at him like a bolas, those entangle his helmet and the plasma beam backfires in his face.
- Imported Alien Phlebotinum: He created his Black Manta suit using Atlantean technology provided to him by Orm.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: In The Stinger, even when injured and resting on a bed, he manages to throw his grandfather's knife and hit one specific newspaper clipping of a human silhouette under the headline "Who is Aquaman?"
- Incoming Ham: He explodes the area around Aquaman and Mera before showing up to them quoting Lovecraft in that deep voice ("Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men.").
- It's Personal: After a submarine hijack turns sour thanks to Aquaman, David is forced to abandon his father in the sub, having previously begged Aquaman to show mercy but the latter denying help and basically leaving the two men for dead. Kane then focuses entirely on tracking and killing Aquaman, even disdaining gold in favor of any way to enact revenge on the man who let his father die.
- Jet Pack: His Black Manta suit includes a jet pack, making him as mobile in the surface world as he is in the water.
- Keep the Reward: After the death of his father, David is so obsessed with revenge against Aquaman that he refuses the payment Orm promised him for the remote controlled submarine that served for the False Flag Operation to rally King Nereus to Orm's side.Orm: Kill [Arthur] and the woman he's with and you will be rewarded.David Kane: Killing him is my reward!
- Knife Nut: He seems to favor short blades.
- Legacy Character: He is the second "Manta" of his family, the first being his grandfather.
- Master Swordsman: He prefers his swords and blades in combat, and would have landed a killing blow in his and Arthur's first encounter on the sub had it not been for the latter's Atlantean physiology.
- Meaningful Name: His name is David Kane, and his father's name is Jesse Kane. In the Bible, David, son of Jesse, becomes a great king of Israel. So Black Manta is essentially destined to become a great, epic supervillain.
- Mighty Glacier: He was a borderline Lightning Bruiser during his first encounter with Aquaman, landing a few strikes with his blades that would have been fatal if not for Arthur's Atlantean durability. After donning his iconic suit, his movements is noticeably more clunky to due its bulk and weight, but the tradeoff is better protection against heavy blows and having more access to weapons that can actually hurt Arthur, and the suit's thrusters grant him flight and brief bursts of speed.
- Moment Killer: When Arthur and Mera are about to share their first kiss in Sicily, he throws a bomb at them, arriving in the scene to settle his score with Aquaman.
- Moral Myopia: He wants revenge on Aquaman for leaving his father to die, but Aquaman only did so because the two of them just murdered numerous innocent Russian sailors and the captain while seizing their sub (and likely would have killed the entire crew had Aquaman not interfered), and worse the only reason his father got injured in the first place was due to trying to kill Aquaman!
- Not Quite Dead: He is shown alive in the post-credits stinger, although admittedly Aquaman and Mera spoke of him in the present tense even after Aquaman last saw him falling down a cliff wall with heavy balls and chain around his neck, his armour badly damaged to boot, so this might be more of a twist for the audience than the heroes.
- Plasma Cannon: Orm provides him with an Atlantean weapon technology that converts water into plasma. He manages to reverse-engineer it to adapt it to his Black Manta suit's helmet.
- Powered Armor: His Black Manta suit doubles as this, being reinforced with Atlantean technology and Atlantean steel.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: He delivers one to the Russian submarine captain right before running him through.David Kane: I'll make you a deal: I don't tell you how to captain, and you don't tell me how to pirate.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: His Black Manta suit is an all black armor with red eyes. It was adapted from a white Atlantean suit.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His Black Manta suit's eyes glow red and can shoot red plasma beams.
- Revenge Myopia: He utterly hates Aquaman for leaving his father to die, not caring that they were pirates attacking an innocent submarine and said father actually attacked Aquaman when he tried to spare him.
- Ruthless Modern Pirates: He accompanies his father to hijack a submarine.
- Scary Black Man: Despite being an ordinary human, his arsenal makes him incredibly dangerous. He becomes even more menacing with his lust for revenge against Aquaman.
- Submarine Pirates: His father's gang specializes in the hijacking of conventional submarines, using an advanced prototype of a stealthy submarine they stole.
- Took a Level in Badass: Downplayed. He's a skilled fighter, but due to Aquaman's Atlantean biology, his weapons are largely ineffective. Once he's provided with Atlantean weaponry and crafts power armor to boot, he's able to put those skills to good use and become a serious threat to Aquaman.
- Unknown Rival: Considers Aquaman to be his arch-nemesis, but Aquaman sees him as little more than another bad guy to beat up. At least until he gets an upgrade courtesy of Orm.
- Villainous Legacy: Played With. David's grandfather was one of the very first frogmen of the United States, during World War II. He was so good at being unseen he was nicknamed "Manta", before turning to scavenging and piracy after being disrespected by the US government note . David's father Jesse is a pirate as well and hands David the knife that originally belonged to that grandfather. David fittingly ends up calling himself Black Manta, combining his grandfather's nickname with the black outfits belonging to his father's crew.
- Villainous Underdog: His first fight against Aquaman is completely one-sided, with Aquaman's strength, durability, and skill easily outclassing David and forcing his father to help him. As in the comics he's a regular human going up against a super-human and uses armor to compensate. The scene where he crafts his armor reinforces this and shows off his ingenuity and fallibility as he incorporates the plasma blaster into his helmet but nearly kills himself when the first attempt fails.
- Villainous Valor: During their first meeting, he continues to try and fight Arthur, even though he is clearly outmatched, with none of his weapons working against the Atlantean.
- Walking Armory: Initially he attacked Aquaman with just knives and an assault rifle. After donning his iconic suit, Kane had access to his signature plasma beams, Atlantean steel swords, wrist blades, and an electrified harpoon launcher.
- Wicked Cultured: Has enough literary knowledge to quote H. P. Lovecraft:"Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men!"
- You Killed My Father: The reason for his hatred of Arthur. While fighting Arthur in a submarine, David's father Jesse got trapped under a torpedo. David begged Arthur to help him out as the sub was sinking, but he refused, as a punishment for all the deaths the Kanes caused with their piracy.
Enemies faced by Shazam
Doctor Thaddeus Sivana
Species: Empowered human
Affiliation(s): Sivana Industries, The Seven Deadly Sins (as their champion)
Played by: Mark Strong, Ethan Pugiotto (as a child)
Dubbed by: Alfredo Gabriel Basurto (Latin-American Spanish), Takehito Koyasu (Japanese, adult), Sara Matsumoto (Japanese, young), Éric Herson-Macarel (European French), Patrick Chouinard (Canadian French), Hércules Franco (Brazilian Portuguese)
- "What you said to me all those years ago made me realize who I really was. And you know something? I am not pure of heart."
The son of the head of Sivana Industries, he has spent his life researching everything he could about the Wizard Shazam, whose test he failed when he was a young boy. He found his way to the Rock of Eternity and got corrupted by the Seven Deadly Sins when he touched the Eye of Sin, becoming their champion.
- Abled in the Adaptation: From his childhood and up to the movie's setting, Sivana wore eyeglasses like his comics counterpart. After gaining the power of the Eye of Sin, which lodges itself into his right eye, he doffs them and doesn't seem to need them anymore. Until he is depowered by Shazam and goes back to wearing his glasses.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Understandable, considering that the original version is basically a Gollum-like figure. There's an attempt to make Mark Strong uglier by giving him a scar and a supernatural eye, but since Strong is still quite a handsome fellow, it's to little avail.
- Adaptational Badass: Doctor Sivana in the comics is a non-combatant Mad Scientist who never fights, which means he's a definite Villainous Underdog against someone like Captain Marvel/Shazam. Doctor Sivana here however, catches a punch by the Kid Hero with no effort, which should tell you a lot about how powerful this version is. Aside from Super Strength, he has a form of Telekinesis, has mastered the power of Flight, and can toss lightning bolts. However, he's Depowered when the Sins are resealed.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: The adult Thaddeus is always seen clad in an immaculate business suit, topped off with a...
- Badass Longcoat: He wears a black leather longcoat once he grows fully into his villainous role.
- Bald of Evil: Both due to the comics and due to the actor's trademark baldness.
- Berserk Button: Because of how poorly his father and brother treated him, he hates hearing anything about families. As he was leaving his father's company through the elevator, the elevator plays a video about how Sivana Industries cares about families which results in Sivana punching the screen. Later on, he takes sadistic pleasure in taunting/threatening Billy's foster siblings.
- Big Bad: The Dragon-in-Chief to the Seven Deadly Sins in SHAZAM!
- Breaking Speech:
- He keeps it brief and simple, but he tells the Wizard that he isn't pure of heart and while that qualifies him to be the champion of the Seven Deadly Sins, the Wizard will never find anyone who can be his champion.
- He gives a few of these to Billy, in an attempt to shake him or demean him.
- The Bully: As soon as he gets his powers, he proceeds to abuse it with slaying his family members and pursuing his rival, even seeking to harm his loved ones.
- Butt-Monkey: The end credits to Shazam! shows animated sequences of him getting repeatedely thwarted and humiliated by Billy and his siblings. One particular moment is when Billy swaps his Eye of Sin with the compass keychain he got from his mother.
- Cain and Abel: His hatred for his brother (his father's clear favorite) has culminated with murder.
- The Chosen Wannabe: As a child, he was deemed not worthy by Shazam and subsequently spent much of his adult life trying to return to the Rock of eternity. He later becomes envious of Billy for being chosen by the Wizard.
- The Comically Serious: He is completely humorless, but can be subjected to this when fighting Billy at the toy store as Billy throws toys at him advancing to no avail, first interrogating Freddy who hysterically thinks he will read his mind and finally trying to spout Evil Gloating in the final battle despite being far away and Billy unable to hear him in a distance.
- Composite Character: With his powers of super strength, flight and electrical powers; he takes inspiration from Black Adam.
- With him being empowered by the Seven Deadly Sins, it also draws influence from the New 52 version of SABBAC, who is the result of all the sins possessing a human.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His childhood at the hands of a terrible father and brother. The latter of whom bullied him simply for taking interest in a Magic 8-Ball.
- Decoy Protagonist: The first few minutes of the movie showcase him in the spotlight, making it seem like he'll be the central focus, only to show that it was just the origin story of his descent into darkness.
- Demonic Possession: Somewhat. Sivana is in control of his own actions when the Seven Deadly Sins inhabit his body and he uses them to settle personal scores. However, as he was warned, the Sins are not necessarily interested in Sivana himself but merely need a conduit to infest the real world. They ultimately don't care about his well-being and would just as soon let him die so long as they can escape, which is what happens when Shazam tempts the last demon to act on its own agenda in the climax, leaving Sivana just a regular mortal. In other words, they possess his body but not his mind.
- De-Power: Like Billy, his powers aren't his, instead being granted by the Seven Deadly Sins. When they're sealed away again at the end, Sivana is left completely powerless.
- Disproportionate Retribution: While he had every right to get angry at his father and brother for their poor treatment of him, he takes things way too far by viciously murdering both of them. He also didn't have a problem against murdering the other board members despite them not doing anything to wrong him.
- Dragon-in-Chief: The de facto main antagonist, but is the champion to the Seven Deadly Sins, who ultimately view him as a means to an end, but his scheming is their only hope of being unleashed into the world.
- Driven by Envy: Generally, he qualifies for this jealousy trope.
- Evil Counterpart: To Billy. Both of them had troubles with families (Billy being separated by his mother, Sivana growing up with an abusive father and Big Brother Bully), have a "look for number one" mindset, and were considered candidates for Shazam's powers. However, Billy was considered worthy, while Sivana wasn't. Throughout the film, Billy grows out of his selfish mindset and learns what makes a family, while Sivana hates even the concept of it and keeps his self-centered mindset.
- Evil Is Petty: He wants to be the most powerful being on earth, just for his own pleasure and satisfaction.
- When entering the Vasquez's family house, he compliments the foster kids about it... then he changes his mind and says it's a shithole. Presumably because, it being a family home, it reminds him of his abusive family.
- Eye Scream: The Eye of Sin (the artifact that summons the Seven Deadly Sins) embedded itself in his right eye socket with enough force to send him flying across the room. In The Stinger, it is shown that he still has his regular eye, though the scar is still present.
- Evil Plan: Find his way back to the Rock of Eternity and use the power that the Seven Deadly Sins promised him as a child to get even with everyone who ever crossed him: His family, Wizard Shazam and, by association, Shazam himself.
- Evil Sorcerer: After getting the Eye of Sin, he gains the capacity to channel the Seven Deadly Sins' magic to great effect.
- Fatal Flaw: Envy. Resented his father and brother, especially since they were the ones who were running Sivana Industries, a company he wanted to run when he was older but they always disregarded him. Realising this also proves to be the key to defeating him. Since his own greatest sin was envy, that was the sin that he kept in his own body, to retain his own powers while summoning the others to battle the Marvel family. Knowing that allowed Billy to taunt Envy itself into attacking in person, departing Sivana's body and thus allowing the sins to be defeated.
- Faux Affably Evil:Sivana: (referring to the Vasquez household) Oh, how quaint. Actually I take that back. What a shithole.
- Freudian Excuse: He was belittled and talked down to constantly by his father and older brother even before Shazam deemed him not worthy and subsequently being blamed for the accident that crippled his father and left him estranged from his family. Pursuit of Shazam's powers was all he felt he had left.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Started off as a shy kid being picked on by his brother and father, but later becomes a Psychopathic Manchild who is not willing to stop at anything to achieve his goals.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He acquires nasty scars around his eye after the Eye of Sin lodges itself into his eye.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Although he gets his powers from the Seven Deadly Sins, he embodies Envy the most, being envious of Billy for being chosen by the Wizard and envious of his brother Sid for being their father's favorite. Appropriately, Envy is the only demon he never explicitly summons himself, only being coaxed out after Billy taunts said demon.
- Healing Factor: Relies on this trope as he somehow lacks Shazam's Nigh-Invulnerability (a replica Batarang somehow leaves a mark on him, twice). As it turns out this is zigzagged, when empowered by the seven deadly sins he has Nigh-Invulnerability like Shazam and a healing factor but if they all leave his body at once he goes back to being a normal human until at least one returns. For this reason he usually keeps one, Envy, inside of himself to avoid being vulnerable.
- The Heavy: While the Sins are the greater threats, Sivana's rampage and quest for revenge receives more prominence.
- Hotter and Sexier: In the comics he was a withered-up Mad Scientist. Here he is young enough to have a father and is considerably handsome.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Sivana's strategy to draw out Billy is to take his foster-siblings hostage or wreak havoc on innocent civilians.
- It Must Be Mine!: He will take the Wizard's power for himself, no matter if he's worthy or not.
- Knight of Cerebus: Sivana is shown to be a highly credible threat. Not once is he shown to be funny. The moments he does get a laugh, its a small one. The Punch Catch he performs on Billy signals shit gets real following Billy's funny Does Not Know His Own Strength and How Do I Shot Web? antics, and utterly trashes him.
- Lack of Empathy: He doesn't bat an eye when his head researcher gets disintegrated in front of him, only caring that he finally found what he was searching for his entire life.
- Logical Weakness: He gets his powers from being possessed by the Seven Deadly Sins, and can release all seven of them into physical manifestations. However, as Mary quickly deduces, he's nothing but a regular human should he summon all seven at the same time. Billy exploits this by luring him far away from the other six before taunting the seventh one out of him.
- Mad Scientist: He's implied to be a brilliant and evil scientist, enough to make him sufficiently wealthy to fund large-scale research into all the people the Wizard Shazam summoned for the last several decades.
- Magic 8-Ball: He loved playing with his Magic 8-Ball as a child and kept it with him into adulthood. The Seven Deadly Sins made it actually magical when they sent him the "Find us" message after he was rejected by the Wizard Shazam.
- Magical Eye: The Eye of Sin, a magical Glass Eye that serves as the source of his power, the conduit of the Sins.
- Magic Staff: He possesses Shazam's staff for most of the climax to force Billy to give him the power, only for Billy to steal it and instead use it to empower his foster siblings.
- Magic Versus Science: Averted. While in the comics his inventions give him the means to fight Shazam, whose abilities were given to him via magic, both characters are fully magical in this incarnation. Sivana himself notes that the weapons of man cannot stop those powered by magic, like Billy and himself.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Doctor Sivana. It's never established exactly what he's a doctor of, he seems to be some sort of psychiatrist as he was involved in a study of mass hysteria as a cover for searching for Shazam's sanctuary.
- Never My Fault: He blames the Wizard Shazam for rejecting him and thus making him who he is. He conveniently forgets that he gave in to the Seven Deadly Sins and nearly freed them. No doubt a trait he picked up from his family when the car accident he got blamed for himself could have been prevented if his brother hadn't bullied him, or if his father had just made the latter stop instead of making Thaddeus stand up for himself and blaming the victim for his treatment.
- Oh, Crap!: He has one when he realizes Billy's taunts are getting to Envy, and a bigger one when Envy leaves him and he nearly falls to his death as a result.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: The Sivana family and Thaddeus himself when he was younger are American, but Mark Strong's accent is definitely shaky.
- Psycho Electro: Can throw lightning bolts and is a supervillain.
- Punch Catch: Grabs Billy's fist when he tries to deliver a punch, much to the hero's surprise.
- Red Right Hand: He is one-eyed and has a nasty scar underneath his magical eye.
- Refused by the Call: As a child, he couldnt resist the temptations of the Seven Deadly Sins and was denied Shazams powers. Predictably, this led Sivana to hold an enormous grudge against the wizard Shazam.
- Patricide: He has his own father killed by Greed, just after slaughtering Mr. Sivana's board of directors (including Sid, Thaddeus' older brother) to show off his power and terrify him.
- Psychopathic Manchild: All in all, everything he does stems from his childish obsession with obtaining the champion's powers after being rejected by the Wizard for something that was his own fault when he was younger.
- Room Full of Crazy: After his defeat, he vainly tries to get back into Shazam's sanctum by repeatedly writing the symbols, only for Mister Mind to approach him instead.
- Self-Made Orphan: Orders Greed to murder his father.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a pretty nice suit and leather coat when he confronts Shazam.
- Sibling Murder: He murders his own brother after being empowered by the Seven Deadly Sins.
- Sinister Shades: He wears glasses but after getting the Eye of Sin placed in his right eye he starts wearing sunglasses to hide it.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: He hardly ever raises his voice when threatening others, making him all the more intimidating.
- Start of Darkness: Him being rejected by Shazam and his family's car crashing moments later shortly before being blamed by his father and brother definitely kickstarts his descent into villainy.
- Super Strength: Once he is empowered by the Seven Deadly Sins, his strength is on part with Billy!Shazam.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: If he can't be good enough to be a hero, then he's fine being a villain.
- The Un-Favourite: Thaddeus was the unfavourite compared to his older brother Sid. Not only does Mr. Sivana looks down on Thad and practically calls him a wimp, he also tolerates and even approves of Sid's bullying to some degree. No wonder Thaddeus goes to kill his family first.
- Unwitting Pawn: Played With. Both Billy and the Wizard Shazam tell him that the Seven Deadly Sins are just using him as a puppet. Sivana ignores them but doesn't have a rebuttal either — since the Sins might feasibly abandon him at any moment anyway, it's likely he's doing whatever they want so that they stay with him and he won't lose the powers granted to him. It's also shown the Sins have no real investment in him personally, and have tempted every potential Champion and he's simply the one to actually set them free. Sure enough, when Billy goads Envy enough, it leaps out and leaves Sivana powerless and almost falling to his death.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He used to be a polite, sensitive boy before his rejection by Shazam and the car accident turned him into a villainous Mad Scientist. It's worth noting that, at some point, Shazam's magic deemed him worthy enough to be a contender as a champion, even though Shazam himself ultimately didn't deem him completely pure enough.
- Villain Has a Point:
- When Sivana returns to the Rock of Eternity, he calls out the wizard Shazam for putting him through his test of character while he was a child. He points out that he was transported to a fantastic realm, offered a glimmer of hope to a champion, and then was called unworthy and summarily tossed back when he failed and how this shattered the self-esteem of a young, impressionable child.
- Not only that, but Sivana's jibe at the wizard that there is no pure soul is also true. No mortal is perfect, but the best one can do is to keep trying and never give up.
- And while he did take it overboard, Sivana was right to be angry with his father and brother of constantly insulting, degrading, and disrespecting him.
- He was mostly saying this to demean him, but he had a right to call out Billy for being a coward since the latter put others' lives at risk just to escape from him. Though at this point, Billy had conquered his fears of him.
- When Sivana returns to the Rock of Eternity, he calls out the wizard Shazam for putting him through his test of character while he was a child. He points out that he was transported to a fantastic realm, offered a glimmer of hope to a champion, and then was called unworthy and summarily tossed back when he failed and how this shattered the self-esteem of a young, impressionable child.
- Villainous Breakdown: It's understated, but getting abandoned by all the Sins, nearly getting him killed, and later on locked up in a prison cell without his powers leads him into a slightly unhinged state by the end of the film.
- Willing Channeler: The Eye of Sin allows him to house the Seven Deadly Sins inside his body, and he needs at least one of them in there to use his own powers.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: It's implied that he spent his entire childhood being told he wasn't good enough by his own family. After meeting a godlike wizard who only had the same thing to tell him, he dedicated his life to proving his nay-sayers wrong, becoming a supervillain as a result.
- Would Hurt a Child: Considering his nemesis, it's obvious he has no issue with bringing harm to Billy or any of his foster family.
The Seven Deadly Sins - Pride, Envy, Greed, Wrath, Sloth, Gluttony, and Lust
Played by: Steve Blum, Fred Tatasciore, Darin De Paul (voices)
- YOU NEVER FOUND YOUR CHAMPION. BUT WE FOUND OURS!
Seven powerful demons based on the Seven Deadly Sins. They were encased in stone statues within the Rock of Eternity by the Council of Seven Wizards. They chose Thaddeus Sivana as their "champion".
- Always Chaotic Evil: Their purpose is to cause destruction in the world.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance:
- Pride is the only Sin to have wings, to fly away and be aloof and distant from the others. Given that all the Sins can turn into smoke and thus rise into the air, it's also a meaningless attribute, symbolizing how vanity creates an inaccurate and exceptional self-image.
- Wrath is bulked up and always snarling and is the most combative and confrontational of the bunch.
- Lust has a long tongue used to lick females. It does not look hot at all, but its an avatar of uncontrollable sexual desire; it is formed from beauty, but it is not beauty itself.
- Greed has four arms, more arms than is necessary and also useful for grabbing as much as it desires.
- Gluttony is revoltingly obese and has a mouth from his belly to his face.
- Sloth has tentacles which enable it to reach out and grab things, rather than using its limbs to properly move around.
- Envy is the smallest and weakest of the bunch, and as befits its name, it gets baited easily by Shazam for being a runt.
- This is a plot point, as Shazam, using the Wisdom of Solomon, is easily able to deduce which Sin is still in Sivana by analyzing the appearance of the other five to correctly guess which one they are.
- Berserk Button: Envy avoids getting directly involved until Billy calls him a cowardly runt who's too afraid and weak to fight, although specifically he's playing on Envys' own "envy" at all other six sins being free to run around while he is stuck holding the fort.
- The Brute: Pretty much all of them are brutish, but Wrath is mostly to do the villainous heavy lifting.
- Butt-Monkey: During the fight with the Shazam Family, Lust was pushed out of the way by Wrath and then later by Pride.
- Casting Gag: Envy is voiced by Steven Blum, who previously portrayed Starscream, a character himself so Driven by Envy he became a trope.
- Chekhov's Gun: They are tied to the Orb of Sin, a Glass Eye that can be used to imprison or free them.
- The Corrupter: When the Wizard Shazam summons a candidate to see if they're pure of heart, the Sins would tempt them to free them with the promise of power and if the candidate complies with them then Shazam rejects them and sends them back to where they were.
- The Dividual: With the possible exception of Envy, none of them seem to have much in the way of differing personalities.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Lust threatens Darla — a child — with its phallic tongue.
- Evil Is Petty: During the final battle, they go out of their way to knock over a ferris wheel with people in it, even though this serves no real purpose other than general misanthropy.
- Evil Sounds Deep: As one might guess from their three voice actors, their voices are appropriately demonic.
- Expy: Demons encased in stone who inhabit a human host and plot to bring about Pandemonium, but are thwarted by a plucky band of unlikely heroes who use electricity-based powers. They're dead ringers for the demon dogs from Ghostbusters
- Fat Bastard: Sloth and Gluttony are the fattest of the Sins.
- Greater-Scope Villain: They're the true villains of SHAZAM but must rely on Sivana as their champion, and it's his machinations that are their only hope of being unleashed into the world.
- Hero Killer: A Deleted Scene reveals that they are the ones who killed off the Council of Wizards.
- Invincible Villain: They're personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins and can't be physically destroyed, even by Shazam's great power. They can only be temporarily subdued before reforming and the only way to keep them contained is to seal them in stone.
- Manipulative Bastard: They leave breadcrumbs for Sivana to follow that lead to him finding the Rock of Eternity and setting them free; they then encourage him to find Shazam's champion and steal his power too. Both Shazam and Billy warn him that they are just using him but Sivana is so insecure about his own strength that he follows anyway.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous:
- Greed has four arms which is fitting considering what he represents.
- Sloth can transform his arms into multiple tentacles.
- The Napoleon: Envy is the smallest of the Sins and Billy gets him to come out of Sivana by calling him a cowardly runt.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Yeah, Nice Job Leaving Your Host in the final battle, Envy!
- Obviously Evil: Their demonic appearance should be obvious they're not friendly at all.
- Our Demons Are Different: Each of the demons varies in appearance and are the physical manifestations of the Seven Deadly Sins.
- Overly Long Tongue: Gluttony and Lust have very long tongues.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Supposedly killed millions of people and destroyed entire civilizations the last time they were set loose upon the world.
- Poisonous Friend: To Sivana. They gave him magical power, but he's not worth anything to them beyond being used as a channel.
- Powers via Possession: When they possess Sivana, they grant him the same powers as Shazam — Super Strength, Nigh-Invulnerability, Super Speed, Flight, and Lightning Bolts. Sivana needs at least one of them to possess him to gain these powers, but if all of them are summoned out of Sivana, then he loses their powers.
- Primal Stance: All the demons, barring Pride, have a hunched posture to emphasize their monstrous nature. Lust, in particular, usually crawls on all fours, and Wrath walks on his knuckles like a gorilla.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: They all have red eyes to support the demon motif.
- The Runt at the End: Envy, appropriately enough, is the smallest and least imposing of the Sins, and often hangs in the background while the other six do their thing.
- Seven Deadly Sins: They're entirely based on this idea of seven kinds of sins and have appropriate forms to go with this.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Downplayed. Despite them being one of the main antagonists, they only appear in one of the teasers as their statue forms.
- Super Smoke: When Billy tries to fight Wrath, he turns himself into smoke to avoid getting hit.
- Taken for Granite: In order to prevent the Sins from wreaking havoc in the world, the Council of Seven Wizards had them encased in stone.
- The Vamp: Discussed about Lust, who is an ugly demon like the rest, though Billy comments he thought Lust would be better looking. Considering the Seven Sins are influenced by their motifs as opposed to elicting these traits in others, it makes sense Lust would resemble a perverted fiend instead of a sexy succubus.
- Villain Decay: In-Universe, they were a formerly ancient evil who once destroyed whole civilisations and slaughtered millions once upon a time, but in the movie proper the only people they kill are those to do with Sivanas' revenge and while they terrorise parts of Philadelphia and are certainly dangerous, they aren't portrayed as quite the world-threatening menace Shazam makes them out to be, although this may be because they want the Champion to be vanquished first before they dare to fully cut loose with their powers.
- Winged Humanoid: Pride has wings and is the only sin that can fly.
- Wolverine Claws: Pride can grow out his talons.
Species: Venusian worm
Played by: David F. Sandberg (voice)
- "Primitive symbols. You walking, talking monkeys with your cave drawings, you assume there's only one way to gain magic. No, no, no, there are more ways than a mind can imagine."
A highly intelligent alien caterpillar who was imprisoned at the Rock of Eternity and managed to break free.
- Badass Boast: He gets a pretty impressive boast in during his Establishing Character Moment:Dr. Sivana: What in God's name...?
Mr. Mind: I name the gods, Doctor, not the other way around.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The worm is seen at the start of the movie, when Sivana is meeting the Wizard. It disappears when Billy meets the Wizard. Only to show up in the mid-credit stinger.
- Creator Cameo: He is voiced by the director of SHAZAM!, David F. Sandberg.
- Evil Laugh: He gives off several pretty menacing ones while speaking of his plans to Sivana.
- Evil Sounds Deep: The communicator he wears gives him a deep, gravelly voice that's all the more jarring for his diminuitive size.
- Green and Mean: Being an alien bug who has it in for humanity, this was inevitable.
- Insectoid Aliens: He's an alien worm from the planet Venus.
- Large Ham: Sandberg is clearly having a blast voicing the alien worm.
- Starfish Aliens: An oversized caterpillar intelligent enough to patronise a human with a doctorate that requires a communication device.
- Radio Voice: Speaks via a communicator, giving him one of these.
- Riddle for the Ages: Was once held captive in the Rock of Eternity. When the film returns there later on, he's gone, implying he somehow escaped the Wizard and made his way out of the Rock of Eternity in the intervening 45 years or after Sivana released the Seven Sins.
- Vocal Dissonance: Justified since he's speaking through a machine, but correlating David Sandberg's voice with an alien worm is jarring to say the least.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard to explain about his appearance without talking about how Doctor Sivana is in prison at the end of the film.
- We Can Rule Together: Gives Sivana this offer after showing up. Given what happens in the comics, it's a Foregone Conclusion that Sivana accepts, even though we don't see it happen.
Enemies faced by the Birds of Prey
Roman Beauvais Sionis / Black Mask
Affiliation(s): Black Mask's Gang
Played by: Ewan McGregor
Dubbed by: Sergio Gutierrez Coto (Latin American Spanish), Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese), Marcus Jardym (Brazilian Portuguese)
Appearances: Birds of Prey
- "You're so tiresome! If you want my mercy, shut that hole in the middle of your face and listen. You're going to get me my diamond."
A psychopathic Gotham mob boss Harley Quinn and the women who would end up forming the Birds of Prey run into.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Toward Black Canary, his "Little Bird." It's unclear just how romantic (if at all) his feelings are for her, but he's clearly very fond of her and wants her around him as much as possible since she's "the only one who calms [him]" However, his attention clearly makes her uncomfortable and she'd rather be anywhere else.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Hes far more flamboyant and hammy than the explosive and intimidating Mask of the comics.
- Adaptational Sexuality: Comics Black Mask has never been hinted to be anything but heterosexual.
- Adaptational Wimp: While always an unpowered crime boss, the comics version is a giant intimidating man that can handle himself in fisticuffs with the likes of Catwoman or Red Hood, on top of being an expert gunman. This version is none of those things, and is even a bit of a pushover.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the comics, Black Mask has confronted Cassandra Cain once, but never did they have any connection. Here, he targets Cain.
- Ambiguously Bi: Hes quite taken with and possessive of Dinah, but hes also very flamboyant and some of his interactions with Zsasz border on romantic.
- Bad Boss: After Harley Quinn crippled his driver, he fires him just to stay in the Joker's good graces.
- Bait the Dog: Roman's second scene and the first to really establish him has him torturing to death a rival criminal as well as his family. When he and Zsasz finish with the wife, Roman muses on sparing the daughter for a second—then notices she has a snot-bubble in her nose from crying so hard, and orders her killed out of disgust.
- Berserk Button:
- Family, after his own parents emotionally abused him, willed him nothing and forced Roman to make it on his own (at least according to him). Mr. Keo mentioning the word to emphasize the insular bond of the Golden Lions sets him off on a seething rant about how little the concept means to him and how badly he was treated throughout his childhood. He not only murders Keo's family afterward on a whim, but is revealed to have had a hand in the Bertinelli massacre.
- Being ignored — or worse, mocked. He slugs Harley in the face while holding her captive for not giving him proper deference, and the mere possibility that he's being laughed at while he's in a foul mood spurs him to publicly humiliate an innocent woman.
- Feeling rejected or betrayed in any way. He horrifically tortures and murders Keo and his family due to the latter declining Roman's We Can Rule Together offer, pressures Black Canary into accepting his "offer" that she be his personal driver on this grounds, and orders a hit on Black Canary after he finds out she contacted someone else about Cassandra Cain.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist for the ladies of Birds of Prey.
- Big Bad Wannabe: As bad as Sionis can be, the consensus on the street still places the Joker as a much bigger threat than him. Telling is that there's never been any mention of him dealing with the Batman.
- Camp: His sexuality is ambiguous, but he's a flamboyant man.
- Catchphrase: He says the word "kay" on more than one occasion.
- Collector of the Strange: He shares his other incarnations' love of tribal masks, along with a number of East Asian curios in his apartment. He even has a few shrunken heads on display, because he's tickled by the power trip of using anonymous dead people as decoration.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Played with. Harley mentions that he is "also known as Black Mask" in her narration near the start of the movie, but this is the first and last time we hear anyone call him this.
- Depraved Bisexual: Is implied to have a relationship with Zsasz, as well a Villainous Crush on Dinah, and is as evil as they come.
- Dirty Coward: The only reason he was ever nice to Harley was because he's scared of the Joker. When the Joker leaves Harley (and apparently Gotham as well), Sionis drops the friendly act.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His Establishing Character Moment has him brutally torture to death a rival crime boss and his family for the heinous act of politely declining Roman's We Can Rule Together offer.
- Dramatic Irony: Spends a good portion of Birds of Prey searching for Cassandra Cain after she swallowed a diamond he wanted. Little does he know, his new driver Black Canary personally knows the girl and how to reach her, but due to his own self-absorbed narcissism and his insistence on cutting the girl open rather than waiting for the diamond to pass naturally, this prevents Canary from telling him, and later pushes her to turn on him to protect the girl.
- Evil Is Hammy: He's quite flamboyant, with wild hand gestures, extravagant outfits and over-the-top facial expressions.
- Expy: As an Ambiguously Gay and relentlessly sadistic mob boss who is violent towards women and may be in a romantic and sexual relationship with his top assassin, he's remarkably similar to Franz Sanchez from Licence to Kill.
- To Bruce Wayne. Both came from rich families, but while Bruce became a vigilante to honour their memories, Roman became a crime lord out of resentment toward his parents. When Bruce acts like a playboy, it's all an act, but when Roman does it, it's to hide just how cruel he is. Bruce was brave enough to take on the Joker, then Superman and Doomsday, while Roman is outright afraid of the Joker and bullies people who aren't a threat to him.
- To Orm. Both are the bluebloods of their respective regions and they seek to rise to the top by coercing their rivals into working for them. The difference is that Orm maintains a dignified façade, can hold his own in a fight and displays plenty of cunning when he needs to, while Roman can't be taken seriously either as a businessman or as a crime boss, needs his goons to fight for him and resorts to brute force at the first sign of resistance.
- Gayngster: He's an Ambiguously Bi crime boss.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Roman is a savage beast who can flip from polite and charming one second to a violent lunatic over the slightest of triggers. He arbitrarily has a woman tortured to death because her mucus grosses him out, forces a woman to strip herself in public because he thinks she's laughing at him, and spends the second half of the movie flying into so many berserk rages even Black Canary and Zsasz seem wary of him at times.
- Hate Sink: He's a misogynist, a sadist, a Spoiled Brat and a Dirty Coward who would murder a kid.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Roman is a virulent misogynist who sees women as tools and things for him to abuse, and this even extends to his nightclub singer Dinah Lance who constantly lives in fear of Roman snapping on her for any given reason and is still treated miles better than most of the other women Roman sees. Notably, during the overly long list of ways Harley has slighted Roman, one of them is simply "having a vagina."
- If I Can't Have You...: He's possessive of Dinah, and goes apeshit when she betrays him, sending his network of criminal buddies to kill her (as well as the rest of the eventual Birds of Prey members, Harley, and Cassandra Cain).
- It's All About Me: When he notices Canary is beginning to sing louder and drawing attention, he starts schmoozing with the guests in a very exaggerated way to bring their focus back to himself.
- Laughably Evil: He's a horrible person, but he manages to be even funnier than the Joker. He can watch Zsasz rip a person's face clean off their skull, but is squicked out by a bit of snot. He also has a habit of reacting petulantly over anything he doesn't own. When Roman holds Cassandra hostage, he's annoyed that she's ignoring him to chat with Harley, then he gets blown up in a decidely anti-climactic fashion.
- Ludicrous Gibs: Cain and Harley finish him off by chucking him off a pier with an active grenade in his hands, resulting in Roman blowing to literal pieces.
- Male Gaze: A chunk of Sionis' characterization is built around this. His way of power-tripping over an innocent woman he's perceived to have wronged him is to force her into a Shameful Strip; he makes his "pretty bird" Dinah Lance wear a revealing ensemble at his nightclub that, in a double-whammy of misogyny and racism, harks back to blaxploitation; he also has paintings of naked, tied-up women (some of whom have their faces scrawled out) as the main decoration on the walls of his home.
- Malevolent Masked Man: It's in his name, and him being a crime boss ensures no confusion. He only dons his trademark mask in the movie's last act, but it signals the point the gloves have come off.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He runs a lucrative nightclub and fancies himself to be a sophisticate. He's also very evil.
- Marquee Alter Ego: He only briefly wears his trademark skull mask in the climax, and ditches it in his final confrontation with Harley Quinn. It's in stark contrast with the comics, in which he's pretty much always seen wearing it.
- Narcissist: McGregor describes him as "an absolute narcissist". Despite coming from a privileged background he performs some mental gymnastics to make it seem like he was somehow a victim of it all.
- Neat Freak: In the most twisted, prissy way imaginable. He loves everything and everybody he finds pretty, and hates something as aesthetically distasteful to him as a snot bubble so much that he'd decide to let someone die a drawn-out, painful death just for exposing him to it.
- Practically Joker: Ewan McGregor's portrayal made a lot of fans think he would make a good Joker. Hes portrayed here as a flamboyant, swaggering mobster whose jocular and disarming nature contrasts with his sheer ruthlessness and sadism, and he has a specific bone to pick with Harley Quinn. In keeping with the Joker's penchant for effeminate makeup, Roman even wears Guyliner in some scenes.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: In the comics, Roman's mask is made of wood (from his father's coffin, specifically). This version's mask is made out of leather, since it's much more comfortable and easier to wear.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Very much so. Despite being a wealthy crime boss, he very much comes across as a toddler on a power trip. He has no empathy for others, childishly says "ew" every time he sees something distasteful, eagerly shows off his personal gallery to Black Canary like a five-year-old showing off his toys, and throws violent temper-tantrums every time things don't go exactly his way. (It doesn't take a lot to make him angry.) He also publicly humiliates at best, brutally tortures and murders (at worst) anyone who displeases him.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: In the comics, he has a history of tangling with Batman before becoming the Arch-Enemy to Catwoman. Here, he's the villain to Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey, and there is no mention of Batman having faced him before.
- Sadist: One of the hallmarks of any iteration of Black Mask, and Birds of Prey's incarnation of Roman Sionis is one of the most brutal of them all. He has a nasty tendency to have the faces of his victims flayed off—while they're alive.
- Shout-Out: He probably has more in common with Gary Oldmans Norman Stansfield from The Professional than the Black Mask of the comics. Seeing as how that film served as a major source of inspiration for Birds of Prey, it probably isnt a coincidence.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: One of the reasons Black Mask has been able to wrap essentially the whole city around his finger is that both lawbreakers and law enforcement figures (such as cops and judges) are willing, even keen, to take his bribes.
- Skewed Priorities: Unfazed by the sight of someone getting skinned alive, but a bit of snot grosses him out.
- Superhero Movie Villains Die: Gets blown to bits at the end courtesy of Cassandra unpinning a grenade on him.
- Undignified Death: Already belittled, humiliated, injured, and reduced to a desperate thug by the time he bites it, Roman gets thrown off the pier by Harley, flailing and shrieking as he falls, and is blown to shreds before he even hits the water.
- Verbal Tic: A prissy little "ew" whenever he encounters anything he finds distasteful.
- Villainous Crush: "Crush" might be overstating it, but he's clearly very fond of Black Canary. After "promoting" her to be his personal driver he seems to want her around as much as possible, eagerly shows off his collection of the strange, and at one point after a violent episode he urges her to dance with him since she's "the only one who calms [him]." Unfortunately for him (and her), his feelings are entirely one-sided and she'd rather be as far away from him as possible.
- Villainous Friendship: With Zsasz, who Harley calls his "BFF," though it's also implied the two may be more than just friends. That said, his friendship with Zsasz is more along the lines of a shared fondness for each other's bloodlust and cruelty than any genuine care for one another. Their relationship is described as hinging on a "love of anarchy."
- Would Hurt a Child: Roman has zero compunction killing Cain for the diamond she swallowed, and neither does he have any qualms with arranging massacres on crime families that sweep up the innocent kids with them. Young Huntress barely survived the massacre of her family this way, a slaughter Roman himself funded.