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Individuals who are gifted with the powers of Shazam (the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury).
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    In General 
  • Costume Evolution: Each wielder of the magic bears a suit with a lightning bolt, but some suits are uniquely tailored to fit the various eras they belong to.
    • The Wizard's suit resembles a tunic, befitting his ancient (possibly pre-historic) nature.
    • Black Adam's suit has armored gauntlets, fitting his warrior background.
    • The new generation (Billy Batson and the Marvel Family) wears suits that resemble the modern superhero outfit, specifically Superman. Mary's outfit has a skirt and Darla's outfit has trousers and sleeves.
  • Shock and Awe: Lightning is the general source of the Shazam power.

    Billy Batson / Shazam 

William Joseph "Billy" Batson / Shazam
"Oh, hey, what's up? I'm a superhero."
"I can take care of myself."

Species: Empowered human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Shazam Family

Played by: Zachary Levi (Shazam) | Asher Angel (Billy) | David Kohlsmith (4 year old Billy)

Dubbed by: Masaki Suda / Megumi Ogata (Shazam / Billy, Japanese) | Manuel Campuzano / Emilio Treviño (Shazam / Billy, Latin-American Spanish) | Tanguy Goasdoué / Tom Trouffier (Shazam / Billy, European French) | Philippe Martin / André Kasper (Shazam / Billy, Canadian French)

Appearances: SHAZAM! | SHAZAM! - Fury of the Gods

Billy Batson is a young teenage boy who grew up without his biological parents and constantly ran away from foster homes in search of his mother.

After being chosen as champion and empowered by the Wizard Shazam, he can turn into an adult superhero with a versatile skillset just by saying the word "Shazam".

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: The rush of sheer power he gets leaves Billy a little cocky and overconfident at first, and only becomes amplified by his newfound fame as "Philly's own superhero", leading him to charge for selfies and busk by doing light shows with his hands, all while blowing off any hero duties or chances to do good deeds. Freddy calls him on it, saying he's become no different than the Bryers. It takes his new family being caught between him and Dr. Sivana for him to finally learn to act responsibly.
  • Acting Unnatural: Whenever he tries to lie, he becomes very stiff and he doesn't know big words to describe things, which turns into a bit of a Running Gag.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: About halfway between his New 52 version, who was more snotty and cynical, and his classic version, who is more or less a pure (and younger) Cheerful Child.note  Instead of being rude and sullen, Billy is quiet, emotionally closed-off, and a little sarcastic for much of SHAZAM!, in part because he thinks his foster family is unnecessary and he doesn't want to get attached to people he's planning to ultimately leave behind. By the end of the movie, after learning to let go of his mother and embrace the Vasquez family, he's become a much nicer person, even leading their pre-dinner family ritual as a gesture of cooperation.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: His infamous cynicism in the New 52 is toned down for the film. Notably, in the comics he was outright nasty when he cruelly reminded Darla that they weren't actually siblings. In the movie, it comes across as him being Innocently Insensitive and he immediately feels bad for bumming Darla out.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Zig-zagged. Originally called Captain Marvel for the vast majority of his history. Promotional material for the film follows the New 52 version in changing his name to match his catchphrase, but in the actual film the transformed Billy is never called "Shazam" himself. This is turned into a running gag as various Atrocious Aliases are proposed and even the villain only calls him the Wizard's champion.
  • Age Lift: A bit older than his classic version, in keeping with the New 52 influences; by the time Shazam! begins, he's explicitly mentioned to be 14, while the pre-Crisis Billy was a pre-teen of indeterminate age (and, in the Golden Age, didn't even know when his own birthday was, due to being an undocumented orphan).
  • All for Nothing: He spent years running away from and rejecting foster families to find his real mother... to find her not wanting to be part of his life anymore.
  • Alliterative Name: Billy Batson.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Subverted. He acts emotionally distant towards his foster siblings at first, but soon opens up to them.
  • Animal Motif: Tigers. He has a tiger on his backpack as well as on the links of his cape. When he last saw his mom, he was begging her to win him a stuffed tiger at the fair. Doubles as a Mythology Gag to Tawky Tawny.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": As befits a Lighter and Softer superhero work, Billy's attempts at a superhero persona come across like this instead.
  • Bad Liar: He's really bad at telling lies, and when he's nervous he starts fumbling up his words, which only serves to give his lie away. His Shazam form has even less of a poker face.
    "Our dad's picking us up, he got held up at the, the... business!... office."
    [After transforming into Shazam] "Oh, hey, there, son! Oh, hey, there, other son that I also have that's related to that son I just passed in the hallway! I'm so sorry I'm late, I got held up at the... business... office... doin' all the work stuff."
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Shazam gets beaten up several times and thrown across concrete buildings. However, he never looks bruised or anything and even his bright white cape remains in pristine condition.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Billy spent most of his life trying to reunite with his mother. When he does, he's left disappointed.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He starts having this more towards the end of the movie in wanting to protect his foster family from harm.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's basically a child profusely enjoying being a superpowerful adult, which translates into a larger-than-life public persona.
  • Break the Cutie: Downplayed, as he doesn't break down completely, but it's clear that he was on the verge of tears by the point when his biological mom tells him that she doesn't want him in her life.
  • Broken Pedestal: Billy spends the entire film convinced that his mother has always been looking for him. He's devastated when he discovers that she voluntarily left him in the foster system and tells her that he's going back to his "real" family.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Billy needs to say "SHAZAM!" to turn into an adult superhero.
  • Catchphrase: "Holy moley." Just like in the comics.
  • Character Development: Fitting in with the film's Coming-of-Age Story, Billy's origin story has him grow from an aloof, irresponsible teen into an all-loving, idealized hero. Billy initially starts out as a loner who doesn't care much about his foster family and is more interested in abusing his superpowers for his own selfish desires. However, after getting called out by Freddy for his recklessness and encountering Dr. Sivana, Billy realizes that he needs to stop goofing around and get serious. After his foster siblings help him find his long-lost mother and learning that she abandoned him as a child, Billy realizes that he was wrong in pushing away his foster family. The final battle showcases his personal growth as he defeats Sivana by empowers his siblings and using his wits, showing that he is now an altruistic and mature hero.
  • Chest Insignia: When transformed, Billy gains a costume with a glowing lightning bolt design on his chest. It seems to be imbued with power, as shown when Freddy Freeman touches it.
  • The Chew Toy: Massive amounts of the humor in SHAZAM! come from the physical mishaps of the nearly-indestructible hero.
  • The Chosen One: Billy is chosen by Shazam the wizard to be the champion of the Council of Seven, but more because Shazam is dying and desperate than any worthiness from Billy's part. It also earns him the enmity (and envy) of Sivana, who wanted to be the Wizard's Chosen One badly before finding other ways to gain powers.
  • The Chosen Zero: For centuries, the wizard Shazam has been searching for a champion to inherit his power. But after the previous champion turned evil, he instituted a test—he would only give his power to the pure of heart. Except that’s easier said than done and basically an impossible standard to force on a random child, so he keeps grabbing children, testing them, and unceremoniously dropping them back where they were after they have been found wanting. He ends up giving the power to Billy Batson because he has run out of time.
    Billy: I-I'm nobody. I don't deserve any power.
    Wizard Shazam: You are all I have.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Billy is chosen as the champion of the Council of Seven but more out of desperation than any worthiness. As a result, Billy gets the powers of a superhero without having any drive to do good. Thus he displays cockiness and arrogance about his superpowers, uses his adult form to illegally buy alcohol and go to a strip club, and even shows off to earn money from amused bystanders. Worse, he flees in front of Dr. Sivana, showing some human cowardice too.
  • Closest Thing We Got: After Sivana claims the powers of the Seven Deadly Sins himself, the Wizard Shazam admits that Billy is "all he has" now despite not being able to formally test his purity of heart. While it's not known if he would have passed had Wizard Shazam been able to test him, the end where he defeats the Seven Deadly Sins and holds the Eye of Sin without even being slightly tempted by them shows that he's grown into a champion worthy of his power.
  • Color-Coded Characters: His usual jacket is red, which literally reflects in his Shazam tights.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Played With as nobody ever calls Billy "Captain Marvel" or even "Shazam", justified since he's very new to the superhero game and hasn't had the time to iron out a name. However, Freddie does try a few nicknames, one of which being the "Red Cyclone" which somewhat sticks.
  • Composite Character: Mainly based on the classic lighthearted Cape we all know and love, but some inspiration of making him cynical at first due to his upbringing were lifted from the New 52. This is reflected in his costume, in that there's a minor New 52 influence with his hood, but it still looks classic to the point where it could be considered retro.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Billy was separated from his mother when he was three and spent all of his life looking for her, while also getting in trouble with the law and ditching all of the foster families who were happy to take him in. Gets worse when he learns his mother willingly abandoned him.
  • Defrosting Ice King: He starts off as rather distant towards his foster siblings, though he eventually grows to appreciate them after realizing that they are his true family.
  • Destructive Savior: Causes quite a bit of property damage due to his reckless behaviour. The damage he causes is more due to childish antics than any collateral damage during heroics.
    • Even minus Billy's initial irresponsibility, the magic lightning here acts much more like real lightning, and worse; while most versions can have Billy harmlessly summon it indoors to transform, the bolt in this continuity will go through anything and everything inanimate to reach him. When he carelessly says "Shazam" in Darla's bedroom, it burns a fist-sized hole in the ceiling through the roof, and knocks out power to the whole house.
    • Averted for his actual heroics since the battle against Dr. Sivana doesn't cause as much destruction as two beings of their powers could make. At worst, a Christmas fair is partially thrashed.
  • Determinator: He did whatever it takes to see his mother again, whether it's breaking the law or ditching his foster families. He's been doing this for the past ten years. All of that has been revealed for nothing as he realizes that his mother never wanted him in the first place.
  • Dirty Coward: He was initially this as he tried to run away from Dr. Sivana, in which even Sivana calls him out for. He gets better at the climax, though.
  • Does Not Like Spam: As Shazam, he alongside Freddy learn the hard way that alcohol is an acquired taste for a reason. After trying one drink, they spit it out in disgust and buy tons of candy, crackers and soda instead.
  • Dual Age Modes: A boy who can turn into an adult superhero.
  • Endearingly Dorky : Fittingly for a fourteen year- old boy discovering godlike powers. Billy jumps up and down laughing like a maniac as he learns his powers, awkwardly attempts to seem heroic when stopping crimes and attempts to use a purposely adult tone of voice to buy beer.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Billy wears a pair of grey, wool ones.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Due to his Super Strength, a single small finger push is enough to propel a metal barrel as if it was an empty beer can.
  • Flying Brick: He possesses the ability to fly and he has the Strength of Hercules.
  • Genius Bruiser: He holds both the Wisdom of Solomon and the Strength of Hercules.
  • Henshin Hero: He only has superpowers when channeling the power of Shazam.
  • Heroic Build: He's appropriately ripped in superhero form.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: One of the things he does in his superhero body is visit a strip club. Later when he needs to escape the temple, he thinks of a different place which is the same strip club, to the disappointment of Mary.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Billy has to learn what his abilities are through trial and error, and they seem to be coming in one at a time — he hurts himself when falling onto a skate ramp while testing out his flight, meaning he doesn't quite have the Stamina of Atlas yet, but shortly afterward can take a bat to the chest and breaks an axe on his own hand, much to his shock (and delight).
  • Ideal Hero: Played with. Traditionally, Captain Marvel is considered more pure and noble than Superman himself. Billy Batson is specifically chosen by the wizard Shazam because of his purity of heart. In the film, taking influence from the New 52, Billy is not as outwardly pure of heart but still ultimately good, and the Wizard chose him more for his potential, as well as the fact that the Seven Deadly Sins had just been released and the Wizard was out of both time and options. He grows into the role by the end of the film.
  • I Have Many Names: Since he can't call himself "Shazam" without changing back into his true identity, Billy ends up with a series of nicknames...none of which sound particularly impressive. One of them is "ZAPtain America".
  • Ineffectual Loner: At the beginning of his movie, Billy believes that he is fine being on his own and doesn't need support, even going as far as preaching it to Mary while under the guise of Shazam. However, he eventually realizes that he's not strong enough to challenge Sivana and the Seven Deadly Sins on his own and that his foster sibling are faithful allies so he decides to share his power with them.
  • Informed Attribute: Played with and justified. He's stated to have the Courage of Achilles, but the first time he meets with an evenly matched foe, he runs and hides; likewise, he certainly doesn't seem to have the Wisdom of Solomon, acting rash, impulsive and downright foolish at times. However, courage and wisdom aren't like speed or strength, and Billy at the time is only focused on his own happiness and not learning anything from his experiences — the opposite of what those things require. Eventually, after he realizes the painful truth that his mother doesn't want him and sees that his adoptive family's in trouble, he shows real bravery and defeats Sivana and the Sins using his head.
  • Irony: Billy as a child acts like a bitter and mature man trapped in a 14 year old boy's body, whereas his adult alter ego is a bright, happy, exuberant and hyperactive ball of energy constantly bouncing off the walls like a five year old.
  • I Will Find You: He spent most of his life trying to find and reunite with his mother. And is disappointed when they meet.
  • Jerkass Realization: After his encounter with his biological mother, he realizes how cold and distant he was towards his foster family and makes it up by embracing his new life with them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Comes with the territory of a rebellious teenager with serious family issues. He can be abrasive, snarky and a Destructive Savior several times, but he's proven to be pure of heart and a good person underneath it all.
  • Kid Hero: His real identity is that of a boy, but he takes on the appearance of an adult in his superhero form.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Technically he isn't a wizard, but all of his abilities are magical.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Having both the Strength of Hercules and the Speed of Mercury, Billy can lift a bus and can also run so fast people will only see a blur.
  • Logical Weakness: As in the comics, Billy is helpless if he's unable to physically shout "Shazam" to trigger his transformation, something Sivana exploits in the finale by attempting to drown him.
  • Manchild: Billy with the Power of Shazam becomes a 14-year old in a 30-something man's body.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Billy normally acts sullen, but the sudden growth spurt and surge of powers bring out a more excitable side to him.
  • Momma's Boy: Deconstructed. Billy has fond memories of his mother and his main goal is to reunite with her, going so far as to run away from suitable foster homes. However, Billy is left heartbroken and disappointed by how selfish his mother is when they do meet.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Stamina of Atlas, which gives him a Healing Factor and toughness pretty much on par with yellow sun-exposed Kryptonians. Billy discovers by accident that he's bullet-proof and takes some severe thrashing without bruises.
  • Personality Power: While becoming an adult is simply a side effect of Billy's transformation into Shazam, it does embody his desire to become old enough to become independent and not have to rely anyone. Eventually, it does end up maturing him by placing responsibility at his feet and making him realize that even possessing the strongest powers in the world aren't going to make him truly happy.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Being able to transform into an adult allows Billy to buy beer, ditch school, and go into strip clubs.
  • Precocious Crush: Downplayed. Billy is not a young boy but a teenager, and the end credits to Shazam shows he apparently has a crush on The Ageless Amazon adult, Wonder Woman.
  • Primary-Color Champion: A white cape, red suit, with golden emblems and boots.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The sullen and reserved Blue Oni to Freddy's hyperactive Motor Mouth Red Oni. Ironically, their signature colours are red and blue respectively.
  • Red Is Heroic: His suit is bright red.
  • Refusal of the Call: A minor one. He initially tries to decline the elder wizard Shazam's power but quickly agrees to it.
  • The Runaway: Billy ran away from twenty-three foster homes in six counties before he was placed at the Vasquez home, all because he wanted to find his mother.
  • Shock and Awe: He can summon lightning bolts and wield electricity, thanks to the Power of Zeus. It takes him a while to get the hang of it.
    Billy: (zapping random passerbys' phones) YOUR phone's charged, YOUR phone's charged...
    (The phone immediately overloads and shorts out)
    Guy: The hell?!
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Billy is seen wearing his jacket and hat throughout the movie, which makes sense given the story takes place during winter. However, it also represents how emotionally closed off he starts off as a result of his bitterness. Becoming Shazam, fighting Sivana, bonding with his foster family, and so on, helps him open up. By the end, Billy is not seen wearing his hat and jacket while eating dinner with the Vasquez family, showing that he has truly opened up to them.
  • Stepford Snarker: His quips and deflections hide the fact that he's still a lonely young boy hurt over the loss of his mother.
  • Super Intelligence: Billy has supposedly the Wisdom of Solomon, but it may be an Informed Attribute as he remains pretty much a teenager in attitude. However, he does use it in the final battle to thoroughly analyze the Sins to realize which one is which, and thus which one is inside Sivana. He then perfectly goads the demon into attacking him and leaving Sivana powerless, giving him the chance to apprehend him and seal the Sins back away. Just before that, he works out his ability to bestow superpowers on his foster siblings by remembering that the wizard instructed him to fill the empty thrones in the Rock of Eternity.
  • Superpower Lottery: As versatile as Superman. Possessing Super Strength, Super Speed, Nigh-Invulnerability, Super Intelligence, and the ability to summon lightning. In contrast, he does not have super hearing, nor any vision-related power.
  • Symbol Motif Clothing: Fittingly, lightning bolts; aside from his huge chest emblem, bolt patterns are etched all over his belt and even appear on his boots.
  • Technopath: His lightning gives him some control over machines with a chance of breaking them. He can instantly charge phones and empty cash and vending machines.
  • Teleportation: At one point, Freddie and Billy test to see if Billy can teleport; the test ends inconclusively, since Freddie was actually testing to see if he could survive being lit on fire. It turns out that Shazam can teleport to and from the Rock of Eternity.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He's a regular kid in the beginning but gains the powers of SHAZAM and gradually learns to control them.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Billy starts off as cynical, bitter loner who doesn't want to be in a "fake" family and gains an ego after becoming Shazam. Having to deal with Sivana, meeting and becoming disillusioned with his mother, and bonding with his siblings, particularly Freddy, helps Billy become a nicer, open person.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He doesn't think much of Sivana at first, and laughs at the idea that a "bad guy" could ever be a threat to him... and then Sivana jabs him in the gut, uppercuts him onto a cop car, grabs his punch without any effort, and flies into the clouds while throttling him. From that point on, Billy is understandably very afraid of what Sivana can or will do.
  • Unrelated in the Adaptation: Unlike the earlier comics, he and Mary aren't blood related siblings in this universe.
  • Unskilled, but Strong:
    • The Wizard leaves Billy without any guidance to speak of (he doesn't even know what powers he has at first, let alone how to use them properly), meaning that he has to test them one at a time with Freddy before he can perfect his skills — and even then, the learning curve is pretty sharp.
    • Billy finds out he can shoot lightning from his fingers by carelessly pointing near Freddy, causing a string of power lines to blow out. Both he and Freddy are too amazed and delighted to consider what could've happened if he'd actually hit him with a bolt by accident.
    • He has about as much combat experience as your typical scrawny teenager. He's also basically a magic-fueled Superman as far as power goes.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Wisdom of Solomon aside, Billy insists that he can take care of himself. His counselor doesn't appear to deny or refute this and pleads with him to at least stay with the Vasquezes until he's of legal age.
  • Younger Than They Look: In his superhero form, Billy looks like a grown man but still remains 14 years old in his mind. In fact, Billy does clarify that he's a teenager to Doctor Sivana in hopes that he will be merciful.

    The Wizard 

The Wizard Shazam
"Say my name so my powers will flow through you!"

Species: Empowered human

Citizenship: Unknown

Affiliation(s): Council of Wizards

Played by: Djimon Hounsou

Dubbed by: Frantz Confiac (European French) | Marc-André Bélanger (Canadian French) | Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese) | Víctor Covarrubias (Latin-American Spanish)

Appearances: SHAZAM!

"Billy Batson. I choose you as champion."

A powerful wizard living in the Rock of Eternity. He has guarded the imprisoned Seven Deadly Sins for centuries, and needs a worthy young successor as his magic grows weak due to his age. He eventually passes his abilities onto Billy Batson, with the latter just having to say his name to gain superpowers.

  • Ancient Keeper: He's been the keeper of the Rock of Eternity for centuries, and has kept the Seven Deadly Sins imprisoned there.
  • Chest Insignia: He has a lightning bolt as insignia, and his powers' next host (Billy) gets it as well, albeit on a different costume.
  • The Chooser of The One: And a very picky one at that, given how long it takes him to find the chosen one. The only reason he ultimately chooses Billy was because circumstances forced his hand although when Billy has his hand on the Eye of Sin at the end, he isn't tempted by the demons at all, showing Billy's experiences with both fighting them and discovering what's really important in his life have at least allowed him to grow into a worthy champion.
  • Composite Character: He's got the name and the flowing white mane of the classic Wizard, but looks much more like the New 52 Wizard, Mamaragan, and has his sometimes rather irritable and ill-tempered side as well.
  • Create Your Own Villain: His blunt treatment of young Thaddeus Sivana set him down the road which led him to villainy, and his rejection of so many others gave Sivana the clues he needed to find the Wizard again and kill him.
    • In ancient times, he gifted the wrong type of person with the powers of Shazam, and had to deal with the destructive consequences.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He summons children into a dark and cold cave, he has a deep and authoritative voice and creepy, long white hair. And all he wants is to find a champion who's pure of heart and give him his amazing powers to fight evils.
  • The Faceless: In the trailer, his face is entirely obscured from the gloom of his surroundings, so much that not even his glowing chest emblem can reveal any part of his face. Averted in the film itself where his face is visible.
  • Fatal Flaw: His Hair-Trigger Temper. If he was a little more charismatic and patient with kids whose morality was still nebulous and thus were not able to display Incorruptible Pure Pureness right away when he found them, then Sivana probably wouldn't have developed such a grudge against him and Billy would have probably been a little more open to taking on the mantle.
  • Go Mad Fromthe Isolation: A Deleted Scene reveals that upon becoming the sole remaining member of the Council, he has had to endure the taunts from the imprisoned Seven Deadly sins for centuries, and may have suffered a breakdown of sorts resulting in his flawed judgement.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: To an extent. He spent decades (maybe centuries) searching for a champion to take the powers of Shazam, and rejected every single one of them because they weren't completely pure of heart. He doesn't seem to grasp that Humans Are Flawed (especially when they're children and need time to mature) and such a person probably doesn't even exist. He relents and chooses Billy only after the Eye of Sin has been stolen, and the movie goes to show that while Billy is a good person deep down, he still has his flaws much like any other person (nothing says this better than using his newfound powers to empty a cash machine).
  • Hero of Another Story: He's been battling threats for thousands of years, but we meet him at the very end of his life.
  • The Kindnapper: Whenever he finds a child who has the potential to be worthy, he summons said child to the Rock of Eternity to put him/her to the test, meaning no harm whatsoever. When sending back the child, it's as if time froze in the outside world for the duration of the test, as in the case of Thaddeus Sivana neither his father nor his brother notice his disappearance in the car for instance.
  • Large Ham: Djimon Hounsou is already a big ham but special mention goes to when he bombastically lists the Shazam powerset when empowering Billy.
  • Last of His Kind: He was part of a group of six similar wizards, and he's the last living one.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: He falls apart into dust after transferring his powers to Billy.
  • Magical Negro: In a sense. While the Wizard has traditionally always been a passive figure whose role is to empower the Caucasian protagonist, said powers did belong to him for quite some time before the story starts.
  • Magic Staff: He is seen using his staff to shoot energy bolts, and transmits his powers to Billy using it when the latter touches it. Sivana tries to have Billy transmit him his powers the same way only for Billy to use it to empower his foster brothers and sisters instead.
  • Passing the Torch: Due to his advanced age, the Wizard Shazam must hand his powers onto someone much younger to continue his legacy.
  • Photographic Memory: Thaddeus Sivana assumed Shazam wouldn't remember him considering how long ago it was when they first met and the many would be champions he rejected over the years but after taking a look at the man, Shazam recalled his name and remembered their first meeting.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's been around since Ancient Egypt at the very least.
  • Say My Name: He orders Billy to do this, triggering his first transformation.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: By necessity, since he didn't have time to properly train his champion even if he'd wanted to. He grants Billy the powers of six mythical entities with little explanation, and can only trust that he will do the right thing and be a hero in the end.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He only wants a champion who's pure of heart, but after the failure of his last seemingly perfect champion led to the Sins wreaking catastrophic death and ruin, his standards are very high; Sivana's research shows that his magic has been finding candidates for decades, all of whom the wizard rejected as impure, and Sivana was rejected at eight years old after being tossed into the test with no explanation or goal. Billy is the only candidate who we see get a complete explanation of the process and the sins aren't around to tempt him, which means he gets the power by default.
    • It could be argued that any of the candidates selected could have been trained into excellent champions, just not perfect ones. Like Billy, who throws away good foster families in search of an ideal he can't have (his mother), the Wizard may have been tossing out worthy champions for decades in search of a perfection no human could reach.

    The Council of Wizards 

The Council of Wizards

Species: Empowered humans

Appearances: SHAZAM! (mentioned, empty thrones)

A council of seven wizards Shazam was part of. By the 20th century, he is the only one left.

    Black Adam / The Ancient Champion 

Teth-Adam / Black Adam
"No one will ever stop me again."

Species: Empowered human

Citizenship: Kahndaqi

Affiliation(s): Council of Wizards

Played by: Dwayne Johnson

Appearances: SHAZAM! (magical hologram) | Black Adam

"Kahndaq needed a hero... instead they got me."

A man from the ancient civilization of Kahndaq. Abused by the corrupt powers that be, he was chosen as Champion by the Council of Wizards — but unlike Billy Batson, he proceeded to abuse his powers for vengeance and personal gain, leading the Council to banish him from Earth and raise their standards for future Champions.

  • Anti-Villain: His rampage in Kahndaq was horrifying enough that the Council of Wizards banished him from Earth for it, and Adam himself admits that his actions were mostly motivated by vengeance and a lust for power. However, he only developed that violent thirst for power due to the injustices he and many others endured at the hands of Kahndaq's ruling elite, and his rampage was mainly targeted at said corrupt figures.
    "Five thousand years ago, Kahndaq was a melting pot of cultures, wealth, power, and magic. Yet most of us had nothing, except for the chain around our necks."
  • Badass Boast: The first two teasers end with Black Adam throwing his weight around.
    "I give you my word — no-one will ever stop me again."
  • Bald of Evil: He's a supervillain played by The Rock, and as the picture above shows, he keeps his actor's signature chrome-dome.
  • Bully Hunter: In one of the teaser trailers, he says that he has a knack for destroying bullies.
  • Civilization Destroyer: What he ended up being.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The Wizard Shazam projects a magical holographic vision of the past to Billy in Shazam!. It shows the ancient champion who was chosen by the Council of Wizards (Black Adam) and the devastation he caused, albeit he's not named.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A former slave who ended up becoming a Champion using his powers to rampage against the tyrannical regime of Kahndaq.
  • The Ghost: Is only referenced through story in Shazam!, specifically as the reason the wizards do not choose champions quite so carelessly.
  • Hero's Evil Predecessor: Was one of, if not the very first champion, and unlike Billy, he used his powers to go on an all-out rampage.
  • The Unfettered: Dwayne Johnson considers a defining trait of the character to be a lack of restraint.
  • Villain of Another Story: Until a time comes if and when he resurfaces in his own film, his bad reputation is just something of a cautionary tale for the wizards when granting people super powers.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: In his time as champion, he went on a destructive power trip.

    The New Champions (SPOILERS) 

The Shazam Family
"What good is power if you can't share it?"

Species: Empowered humans

Citizenship: Americans

Played by: Adam Brody (Freddy Freeman) | Michelle Borth (Mary Bromfield) | Ross Butler (Eugene Choi) | D. J. Cotrona (Pedro Peña) | Meagan Good (Darla Dudley)

Appearances: SHAZAM!

When forced by Dr. Sivana to surrender his powers with the Wizard's staff, Billy Batson/Shazam finds out he can instead use it to share his powers with his foster brothers and sisters, and turns them all into adult superheroes just like him, which allows them to battle Sivana and the Seven Deadly Sins on more even ground.

For tropes applying to individual characters and their normal personas, see Philadelphia - Vasquez foster family. For tropes also applicable to themselves in other universes and adaptations see Shazam Marvel Family.

  • Badass Cape: All kids have these in their superhero forms.
  • Badass Family: Once all the foster kids get the powers of Shazam, they become this.
  • Big Little Brothers: All of Mary's foster brothers tower over her while they are all in their superhero forms.
  • Boots of Toughness: Each of them wears golden boots in their superhero form. Mary has the tallest boots among her siblings as it nearly goes up to her knees while Darla has the shortest as it goes mid-calf.
  • Color-Coded Characters: In casual clothes Billy is red, Freddy is blue, Darla is purple, Pedro is green, Eugene is gray, and Mary is magenta. This transfers directly into Color-Coded Secret Identity for all but Mary, whose Shazam form is pretty much the same shade of red as Billy's, whereas her civilian clothes' magenta is more similar to Darla's purple.
  • Competitive Balance: When they acquire the powers of Shazam, each kid seems to specialize in one aspect — Freddy in flight, Eugene in electricity manipulation, Pedro in strength, and Darla in speed.note  Though seemingly a Master of None, Mary gets the much less showy Super Intelligence, amplifying her natural aptitudes in that regard.
  • Dual Age Modes: All of them, a major New 52 departure from the original telling in which Mary and Freddy retained their teenage appearance while powered-up.
  • Five-Token Band: Between one black kid, one Asian kid, one hispanic kid (who is Ambiguously Gay besides) and one disabled kid, they check a lot of boxes. However, much like the trope description they also have a White Male Lead, there is Two Girls to a Team (making it two thirds male), the character who is shown as the most equal to the hero (being the oldest sibling and the other one besides Billy who doesn't "specialise" in her powers) is the only other white abled-bodied one.
  • Heroic Build: The boys get ripped superhero forms, Pedro especially, while the girls become slender yet curvy.
  • Home Base: Billy figures out the Rock of Eternity makes for a perfect superhero lair for him and his foster siblings.
  • Instant Expert: While Billy has to learn his powers by trial and error, the others immediately know what powers they have and know how to use it.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Due to his love of video games, Eugene cries "Hadoken!" when using his lightning at one point.
  • Kid Hero: They're kids who can turn into superheroes in an instant.
  • Legacy Characters: The Wizard Shazam didn't just pass his powers onto Billy to have him and him alone continue the fight against forces of evil. He intended the empty thrones of his long gone brothers and sisters at the Rock of Eternity to not be empty anymore. Billy!Shazam figures it out, and turns his foster brothers and sisters into superheroes to carry out that legacy.
  • Most Common Superpower: Interestingly, Mary had this before getting the other most common superpowers. Darla's superhero form is played by the very curvaceous Meagan Good.
  • Older Alter Ego: Quoting Shazam the Wizard, the kids are aged up to their full potential when they transform.
  • Personality Powers: They all have the full powerset but the "specialists" could each utilize one right away, under duress, without the learning curve Billy went through — Hero-Worshipper with mobility issues Freddy gets Flight, tech geek Eugene can shoot Lightning, wannabe bodybuilder Pedro gets Super Strength, Brainy Brunette Mary gets Super Intelligence (though not as prominently shown) and Motor Mouth Darla gets Super Speed.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: The kids in their superhero forms wear skintight costumes that accentuate the males' ripped muscles and the females' physically fit body, with Mary's costume being Minidress of Power and Darla's being sleeveless.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: The superhero forms of every Vasquez foster kid bar of course Billy were not featured in any trailer, for a good reason — it's a pivotal moment in the climax.
  • Super Team: Shazam turns his foster siblings into a team of superheroes.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Two girls (Mary and Darla) and the rest are dudes.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Like Billy, they're strong enough to fight the Seven Deadly Sins right away but it takes them some time to harness their powers.
  • Walking Spoiler: All of them bar Billy, as they don't become superheroes until the climax of the film and are mostly absent from promotional material.


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