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Individuals who have been 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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"With your heart, unlock your greatest power. The thrones of our brothers and sisters await!"

SHAZAM is the title given to the mightiest of mortals, chosen by a council of wizards and blessed with the abilities of both Gods and exceptional men throughout mythology to counter the malicious influence of the Seven Deadly Sins. Long ago the council chose a champion who was consumed by vengeance, causing untold destruction that compelled the wizards to seal him away. From then on the council decreed that only the purest of heart would be chosen as champion.

    In General 
  • All Your Powers Combined: A singular entity blessed with the gifts of six legendary figures.
  • Ancient Grome: The Wizard Shazam tells Billy that Zeus, Atlas, Achilles, Hercules, and Mercury are some of the beings providing him power. The first three are Greek figures, while the latter two are Roman figures (their Greek equivalents would be Heracles and Hermes).
  • Chest Insignia: All of the champions have a lightning bolt as their insignia.
  • Clingy Costume: Implied. Nobody who has inherited the powers of SHAZAM has ever been seen removing any part of their costumes. Played for laughs when Billy Batson has to use the toilet and changes back into his normal self just because his regular clothes are more accessible.
  • 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. Their outfits would later become darker and more metallic, with Mary's in particular bearing some resemblance to Wonder Woman's.
  • Fastest Thing Alive: The champions inherit the speed of Mercury. Downplayed, as they're not shown displaying the time-bending powers that come from using the Speed Force.
  • Gold-Colored Superiority: Befitting their champion epithet, their outfits all have gold accents.
  • Henshin Hero: The transformation into the champion is invoked by shouting "SHAZAM!". Played for laughs with Billy Batson, who changes regardless of how he says it.
  • Heroes Fight Barehanded: Due to having the strength of Hercules, none of them need weapons to fight. The Wizard is the only exception, using his magic staff to combat Sivana.
  • Home Base: Billy figures out the Rock of Eternity makes for a perfect superhero lair for him and his foster siblings.
  • Immune to Bullets: Thanks to the stamina of Atlas, only magic can harm the Champion.
  • Lightning Bruiser: A result of combining the speed of Mercury with the strength of Hercules.
  • Made of Iron: Mortal weapons are completely useless against them.
  • Magic Is a Monster Magnet: The wizards and their champions have an age-old feud with the Seven Deadly Sins. When the last of the wizards bestows his powers onto Billy Batson, the Sins immediately sense this and command Dr Sivana to deal with the new Champion.
    • In Fury of the Gods the Daughters of Atlas are driven entirely by their desire to take the powers of the Champion from mortals, leading to a cataclysm in Philadelphia.
  • Magic Must Defeat Magic: Dr Sivana says as much during his first bout with Billy, as neither can be harmed with non-magical weapons. So far the only thing that's shown to tarnish the Champion's outfit is dragon's breath.
  • Nerves of Steel: The Courage of Achilles. Billy Batson apparently needed time to tap into this power, as seen in his first fight with Doctor Sivana. His foster siblings are much more receptive to this trait, as they fearlessly take on the Seven Sins despite not being able to destroy them even after they gain the powers of SHAZAM.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: The Council of Wizards were gifted with long lifespans that would necessitate superhuman durability and the Champions can only be harmed through supernatural means.
  • Physical God: The champion embodies the power of Zeus and the speed of Mercury, with Hercules being a demigod and Atlas being a titan.
  • Shock and Awe: Lightning is the general source of the Shazam power.
  • Super Empowering: The Wizard and Billy Batson are both able to bestow their powers onto others through the Wizard's staff at no cost to themselves.
  • Useless Without Powers: So far every person that's gained the powers of SHAZAM has been an ordinary human.
  • World's Strongest Man: The champions have the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas and the power of Zeus, making them very dangerous in a fight.

    The Rock of Eternity 
The home base of the wizards and champions.
  • Ancient Artifacts: The Seven Deadly Sins and their magic orb, along with Mr Mind were all held here as a way to protect the various realms from their influence.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While the Rock of Eternity is dark and filled with monstrous talking statues, it is actually a place for noble-minded figures.
  • Mystical Cave: The Rock of Eternity is a base of operations for magic users that exists inbetween dimensions, has doorways leading to other worlds and contains dangerous artifacts and foes.
  • Pocket Dimension: The Rock of Eternity has gateways to worlds that are vastly different from Earth. One such world looks like Earth but has crocdile men in it, hinting that the Rock is the bridge between elseworlds.
  • Portal Crossroad World: Best seen when Billy and his siblings try opening the Portal Doors and seeing all sorts of bizarre scenes.
  • Portal Door: The Rock has several regular-looking doors leading to various alien worlds.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: When a candidate is summoned to the Rock of Eternity for testing, the flow of time at the point they are pulled from seems to slow to a stop since their return seems instantaneous. This is shown when young Thaddeus Sivana was summoned as neither his father or brother were aware of his disappearance.


    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

Portrayed By: Djimon Hounsou

Voiced By: Frantz Confiac (European French dub), Marc-André Bélanger (Canadian French dub), Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese dub), Víctor Covarrubias (Latin-American Spanish dub), Guilherme Lopes (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: SHAZAM! | Black Adam | SHAZAM! Fury of the Gods

"I open my heart to you, Billy Batson. And in so doing, 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.

  • All-Powerful Bystander: By the time the Wizard appears, Earth has dealt with the resurgence of Ares, a near-global collapse of civilization from the Dreamstone, a Kryptonian invasion, Doomsday's creation, a city-wide takeover courtesy of Enchantress, an Apokoliptian invasion and an Atlantean declaration of war. Rather than get involved or lower his expectations for a pure of heart champion, the Wizard stays in his lair keeping watch over the Seven Deadly Sins.
  • Almost Dead Guy: By the time Billy is summoned, the Wizard is on the verge of death due to a combination of his own old age and being attacked by Sivana moments prior. He survives long enough to hastily explain the situation to the boy and, in a last action of desperation, forces him to take his powers, crumbling into dust immediately afterwards.
  • Ancient Keeper: He's been the keeper of the Rock of Eternity for centuries and has kept the Seven Deadly Sins imprisoned there.
  • Anti-Mentor: He's blatantly lacking the people skills needed to be a guide for the new champion. Rather than train someone to be the ideal hero, he just expects them to come fully-formed and coldly rejects them over the smallest of imperfections.
  • Beware the Superman: Discussed. He learned the hard way of the consequences of giving his magic to the wrong person since the previous champion eventually went evil, so he wants to be sure that he gives it to a human pure of heart. However, since Humans Are Flawed, he takes too long to find one that meets his criteria, and is ultimately forced to give his powers to a flawed kid (Billy Batson) and hope for the best.
  • Big Good: He was already a major benevolent figure in the first film, but this was undercut by his character flaws which inadvertedly caused the main conflict. In Fury of the Gods he's a straighter example, as he alerts Billy to the presence of a new danger and encourages Billy when he starts doubting himself.
  • The Bus Came Back: Despite being disintegrated to bits in the first film, he shows up alive and looking younger in the sequel.
  • Character Development: The Wizard started out as a gruff figure that judged everyone through Black-and-White Morality. When the Wizard next appears, he's mellowed out considerably and trusts that Billy will be able to handle things.
  • The Chooser of the One: Deconstructed. He spends a very long time trying to find a worthy successor for his power because his "pure of heart" criteria is very strict and rigid that it causes him to reject Sivana and only choose Billy because the Seven Deadly Sins have been released from their prison and a new champion ois sorely needed.
  • 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.
  • Death by Origin Story: Shazam was mortally wounded by an empowered Dr Sivana, so by the time he finds Billy he only has moments to live.
  • Deus Exit Machina: He disintegrates as soon as his powers are transferred to Billy, leaving the boy to figure things out on his own.
  • Dreadlock Rasta: When he returns in Fury of the Gods his hair is fashioned in such a way.
  • Enigmatic Empowering Entity: His sole purpose throughout the first Shazam film, to the point where he fades away as soon as he finds his champion.
  • 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 from the 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 even 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).
  • Hermit Guru: Downplayed. The Wizard has all the makings of one (old, out of touch, lives in an unknown part of the world) but he never gets to train his successor due to dying as soon as his powers were passed on. Played straight in Fury of the Gods where he's revealed to still be alive and gets a chance to provide Billy with some hands-on guidance.
  • Hero of Another Story: He's been battling threats to humanity for thousands of years, but we meet him at the very end of his life.
  • I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: The now very elderly Wizard chooses Billy Batson to absorb all his powers out of desperation, without even testing him if he’s pure of heart, because he's rotting away and needs a successor to ward off evil and stop the Seven Deadly Sins from unleashing themselves upon humanity.
  • Kidnapped by the Call: This is how the summons by the wizard Shazam works. Without warning, candidates are whisked away from wherever they are, often at considerable distress, and then returned to the exact moment they left when they are rejected.
  • 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 after empowering Billy, ecstatic that he finally has a successor.
  • Last of His Kind: He was part of a group of six similar wizards, and he's the last living member of the council until he meets Billy Batson.
  • 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. Played straight in Fury of the Gods, where he does display a degree of magic but leaves the heroics to Billy and his family.
  • Mentor's New Hope: Billy's heroics in the first film have convinced Shazam that just because the new Champion isn't pure of heart doesn't mean he can't be a great hero.
  • Mirror Character: The Wizard is one to Billy. Shazam has spent an unknown amount of time - possibly centuries - looking for a perfect mortal to carry on his legacy and coldly rejects anyone who shows even a moment of imperfection. Billy has spent his whole childhood looking for his biological mother and runs away from any foster home. To further highlight the parallels, both characters wear red and Billy repeats Shazam's command to say his name when he tries to bestow his powers on his foster siblings.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Billy reacts to his "place your hand on my staff" line as if he meant in a sexual manner. It's clearly a Mythology Gag based on how the Wizard in the original series lured Billy into a dark alleyway, an aspect of Shazam's lore that has aged very poorly in light of several decades' worth of child abductions since its first publication.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: SHAZAM wants to give his powers to someone pure of heart so that the Seven Deadly Sins are kept in check, yet it is his blunt treatment of Sivana as a kid that eventually causes them to be freed.
  • Old Master: An ancient wizard who carries millenniums' worht of wisdom on top of his godly powers.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: The Wizard insists that his successor be pure of heart. This backfires on him, so he ends up settling for a cynical teenager who at that point was only slightly better than the psychotic host of the Seven Deadly Sins.
  • 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 (who has aged more than 40 years by this point), Shazam recalled his name and remembered their first meeting.
  • Progressively Prettier: In contrast to the other Champions who become more physically impressive when they use their powers, the Wizard's looks improve when he relinquishes them. When he reappears in Fury of the Gods, Shazam looks younger and is in better physical shape, having better posture and showing off a well-toned build.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's been around since Ancient Egypt at the very least.
  • Recruit Teenagers with Attitude: Shazam focused on children in the hopse of finding someone pure of heart. When that failed, he settled on the moody and rebellious Billy Batson. Billy would then extend his powers towards his foster siblings, at least two of whom are also teenagers.
  • 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.
  • Super Empowering: The wizard Shazam bequeaths his power to Billy right before dying.
  • Too Desperate to Be Picky: Billy Batson becomes the inheritor of the Wizard's powers not because he was proven worthy, but because Shazam is about five minutes away from dying and Dr. Sivana had just gotten the power of the Seven Deadly Sins, so he needs a new holder that his spell deems potentially worthy right away, regardless of whether or not Billy is truly fit for the position.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Shazam is much less grouchy in Fury of the Gods, providing Billy with words of encouragement which reveal he's overcome his lofty standards from the first film and accepted that having a less than pure heart doesn't stop one from being a hero.
  • Wizard Beard: His beard is quite short compared to most wizards in popular culture, but he's still recognizable as one.
  • Wizard Classic: Wizard Beard, Magic Staff, unnaturally old, billowing robes and his role is to mentor a youth. What else could he be?
  • Wizards Live Longer: He was already elderly when young Thad Sivana first met him and was still living over 40 years later (albeit nearing the end of his lifespan). As one of the original wizards who sealed away Black Adam, he's easily over 1000 years old.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: He delivers this speech to Billy in Fury of the Gods:
    "Billy, everyone can be worthy if given a chance. Now go fight for your family. Go fight for the world."

    The Council of Wizards 

The Council of Wizards
"My brothers and sisters were slain by the Sins. Their thrones lie empty."

Species: Empowered humans

Appearances: SHAZAM! (mentioned, empty thrones)

"You are standing in the source of all magic. The Rock of Eternity. Seven thrones of seven wizards."

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

  • Empty Chair Memorial: Their stone thrones in the Rock of Eternity were left empty for centuries.
  • Long Dead Badasses: They were powerful wizards, and died long ago. Shazam is the Last of His Kind by 1974 and up to the 2010s.
  • The Magic Goes Away: They're all dead by the 1970s, with only Shazam left. Since he was holding off on finding a successor until the last few minutes of his life, the Council was very close to being lost forever.
  • My Greatest Failure: They decided to empower a champion in ancient times. It didn't go well.
  • Precursor Heroes: They were this to the Shazam Family.
  • Rule of Seven: Seven thrones for seven wizards, with only one who lived to see the 21st century. Billy and his foster siblings would succeed them in a sense, though they're still one member short.
  • Seven Heavenly Virtues: Implied. There were intended to be a maximum of seven members on the council who countered the influence of the Seven Deadly Sins.
    • The Wizard Shazam could represent Charity, as he has the ability to pass his powers onto one or more successors. Chastity is another possibility, as he's able to stick to his principles and handle the extreme solitude that comes from being the Sole Survivor for an indefinite period of time, all the while being unable to comprehend why anyone would listen to the Seven Sins.

    Staff of SHAZAM 

Staff of SHAZAM
"Lay your hands on my staff."

Appearances: SHAZAM! | SHAZAM! Fury of the Gods

"With this, all of my powers will become yours. But first, you must prove that you're pure of heart."

The source of the Champion's power.

  • Back from the Dead: In a sense. Billy broke the staff after using it to empower his foster siblings so that Sivana couldn't use it, but in Fury of the Gods Hespera repairs it and is able to access even more of its power.
  • Magic Staff: The Wizard is seen using the staff to shoot energy bolts and transmits his powers to Billy 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.
  • Power Crystal: The head of the staff bears a large glowing gem.
  • Super Empowering: The staff is used to pass on the Wizard's powers to a suitable Champion. As Billy figures out, it can empower several people at once without draining his own power. The Daughters of Atlas also use its magic to cast spells far more potent than anything seen in the first film.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: On at least two occasions the staff has been sought after by the enemies of Shazam for its magical purposes.



    Billy Batson 

William Joseph "Billy" Batson / Shazam
"Oh, hey, what's up? I'm a superhero."
Click here to see Billy's civilian form 

Species: Empowered human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Shazam Family

Portrayed By: Zachary Levi (Shazam), Asher Angel (Billy), David Kohlsmith (4 year old Billy)

Voiced 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), Eduardo Drummond (Brazilian Portuguese, Billy), Léo Rabelo (Brazilian Portuguese, Shazam)

Appearances: SHAZAM! | SHAZAM! Fury of the Gods

Billy: And that's why you don't mess with electricity!
Freddy: Catchphrases obviously aren't one of your superpowers.

Billy Batson is a 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".

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Unlike some of the other heroes, Billy is immediately welcomed by the public rather than feared. Having Freddy take care of his public image was a key factor.
  • 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 Billy 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: Billy's 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. That being said, Billy still falls short of being pure of heart like his Golden Age incarnation, being a slave to the vices typical of a teenage boy.
  • Adaptation Deviation: A big logistical weakness of changing the hero's name from Captain Marvel to Shazam is that he can't introduce himself without transforming back into Billy. The New 52 comic directly addressed this by setting up the requirement that Billy has to say the magic word "with purpose, with belief, with good intentions" to invoke the transformation and showed several times where Billy/Captain Marvel says "Shazam" without changing. The movie adaptation has, for the time being, removed that safeguard for comedic effect.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Billy has black hair in the original comics, but brown hair in the films.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Zig-zagged. Billy's champion identity was 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, Billy'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. It's at this point that Billy begins to appreciate the Vasquez foster home.
  • Alliterative Name: Billy Batson. Also covers his non-powered actor, Asher Angel.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Billy uses his adult form to get into a strip club...only to walk out moments later as he immediately ran out out money. When he tries to get his siblings out of the Rock of Eternity, Billy subconsciously teleports them to the same strip club, to Mary's annoyance.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Subverted. He acts emotionally distant towards his foster siblings at first, but soon opens up to them. First with Freddy, as he's a superhero enthusiast who can teach Billy the ropes, then Darla when she catches him in his champion form.
  • Alternate Self: Billy has one on Earth-66 and another on Earth-167.
  • Animal Motif: Tigers. Billy 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. When grabbing a stuffed animal to comfort a child in the middle of the winter carnival battle, he naturally gravitates toward a tiger plushie again. Doubles as a Mythology Gag to Tawky Tawny.
  • Anti-Role Model: Unlike Superman and Wonder Woman who were born with their powers and are predisposed towards hepling others, Billy is an example of what happens when just anyone can get ahold of superpowers without understanding that such a role will come with long-term issues.
  • The Artful Dodger: Billy starts out an abandoned youth who relies on sneaky tactics to get around. Most notably when he tricks some policemen. His troubled upbringing also means he has no qualms about stealing one of Freddy's collector's items so he could sell it.
  • Atrocious Alias: Billy makes it clear that he's not going to accept "Thundercrack" or "Captain Sparklefingers" as his moniker. He also doesn't have much respect for the name "Shazam".
  • Bad "Bad Acting": As befits a Lighter and Softer superhero work, Billy's attempts at a superhero persona come across like this instead. Quite bizarre for a youth who resorts to theft and trickery to get by.
  • 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.
    • This even extends to his older sister Mary, seen when he finds out she's having second thoughts moving out of the home. Billy reassures Mary (in his own weird way) that it's okay to look out for oneself every now and then.
  • Big Damn Reunion: Subverted. Billy fully expects his reunion with his mother to go like this. Unfortunately, she does not share the sentiment and even makes a point to refuse a hug from him.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Billy's basically a child profusely enjoying being a superpowerful adult, which translates into a larger-than-life public persona. This gets subverted when Dr Sivana tracks him down and give him a challenge, at which point Billy decides running and hiding is a better option.
  • 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.
  • Bully Hunter: Billy stands up to the Breyer Brothers in defense of Freddy, with the implication that this is why he gets chosen.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Billy needs to say "SHAZAM!" to turn into an adult superhero. The drawback is that he can't say the word without transforming, so he's unable to refer to himself as "Shazam".
  • Car Fu: He hurls a truck at a dragon.
  • Catchphrase: "Holy moley." Just like in the comics. In Billy's first appearance he says it sarcastically, but later on he's shown saying it with genuine awe.
  • Celebrity Superhero: Freddy sets up a YouTube channel documenting Billy's powerset and training, which soon goes viral and makes him a household name in Philadelphia. Billytakes advantage of this and uses his powers for busking.
  • 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.
  • The Chew Toy: Massive amounts of the humor in SHAZAM! come from the physical mishaps of the nearly-indestructible hero.
  • The Chooser of the One: At the climax of the film when Doctor Sivana captures Billy's adopted family to force Billy to transfer Shazam's powers to him, Billy realizes that the wizard Shazam also gave him the Super Empowering ability to raise additional champions to fill the vacant seats of the Council of Wizards. Billy uses the wizard's staff to empower his siblings, and then destroys the staff to prevent Sivana from stealing their magic for himself.
  • 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.
  • Clingy Costume: Billy lampshades the difficulty in wearing a superhero outfit and having to use a toilet. Luckily he's able to get past this by just changing forms.
  • 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.
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: At one point Billy carries around a trenchcoat so he can use his superhero form to pass for an adult.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To almost all the previous DCEU heroes thus far:
    • He is most notably a contrast to Superman. While Clark is serious, reserved and takes his powers very seriously, Billy is goofy, outgoing and treats his powers as a joke at first. Clark had powers from birth while Billy received them in his adolescence. Clark came from a loving family in Kansas while Billy is from Philadelphia and has been bounced around foster homes his entire life. Clark is an idealist while Billy is far more cynical. And while Clark's arc revolves around learning to accept being Superman and becoming more laid-back, Billy's arc involves becoming more serious minded and seeing his powers as a responsibility as well as something to enjoy.
    • To Batman. Bruce has no powers while Billy is near to Superman levels. Bruce grew up extremely wealthy while Billy has been homeless or in foster care for much of his life. Bruce operates in the shadows while Billy loves the spotlight. Bruce usually deals with street level crime while Billy handles bigger threats and disasters. Bruce is an adult who has been crimefighting for decades while Billy is a teenager who only just received his powers.
    • To Diana. Diana is a mystical being from an island hidden away from mankind while Billy was an average child from Philadelphia who has lived in poverty his entire life. Diana has been trained in combat and to use her powers since birth and grew up in luxury as a princess while Billy is only just learning to handle his powers. Diana is kind, compassionate and idealistic while Billy is gruff, self-centered and cynical. Diana learns to reconnect with humanity after experiencing loss while Billy learns to trust others and be part of a family.
    • To Aquaman. Arthur has known of his powers since childhood and had training with Vulko while Billy has had to figure things out largely on his own. Arthur has a very close and loving relationship with his father and while both their mother's abandoned them, Atlanna did so only under duress and hated doing so while Marilyn did so by choice and while she did so because she thought it was best for Billy, she isn't implied to have felt much regret afterward. while Billy never knew his own. Arthur operates mostly in water and isn't comfortable in the spotlight while Billy eagerly embraces the fame his powers bring him. Arthur is heir to a vast kingdom and takes that role very seriously while Billy is on his own and treats his powers as a joke at first. Arthur has a close personal connection to Orm, being his half-brther, while Billy and Sivana have no connection beyond being chosen.
  • 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: Billy causes quite a bit of property damage due to his reckless behaviour, though 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 (it helps that he's got his foster siblings to back him up). 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.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: "Hahahaha! I just threw a truck at a dragon! I love my life!"
  • Die or Fly: Billy doesn't figure out how to fly (or teleport) as easily as he figures out his other powers. It isn't until Dr Sivana drags him into the sky and drops him to his apparent death that Billy's flying ability kicks in to save his life.
  • Dirty Coward: Billy 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 Know His Own Strength: Billy is ecstatic at being able to punch through concrete but runs into trouble like ripping open his school bag and nearly killing a mugger accidentally. Billy also has trouble with his Shock and Awe powers; not only does he destroy one man's phone while charging it but he nearly gets a bus people filled with people killed with one careless lightning bolt.
  • 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 teenage boy who can turn into an adult superhero.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He gets a few of these from Freddy within the space of one night.
  • 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. While Billy's natural form is a bit more demure, he does get a bit flustered when he's trying to sneak out of school and fals to come up with a convincing alibi.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The police arrive to a small store responding to a call, Billy politely greets them and explains that he saw something suspicious and called them straight away. They go in to find the store empty, while Billy locks them in, uses the computer database in the car to get an address for his potential mother, and takes their lunch. This boy is clever but definitely not pure of heart.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: In the final battle, Billy recalls the conversation he had with the Wizard Shazam, who mentioned that he ruled the Council of Seven along with his brothers and sisters and that their thrones are waiting. This makes Billy realize that he can use the Wizard Shazam's staff to share his powers with his foster siblings.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Billy may be sullen and willing to commit a bit of mischief, but if you taunt anyone over not knowing who their biological parents are, he'll come at you hard.
  • Family of Choice: Billy has been rejecting foster family after foster family in order to look for his long-lost mother for the past ten years. Once he realizes that his mother intentionally cast him aside at the fair due to having a difficult time raising him as a young single mother, however, he considers his recent foster family his true family.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Due to his Super Strength, a single flick from Billy's finger is enough to send a metal barrel smashing into a wall.
  • Flaw Exploitation: When Billy realizes that Dr Sivana retained Envy while the other six Sins were summoned to fight his siblings, coupled with the fact that the name of each Sin describes their entire personality, Billy decides to agitate Envy to the point where he'd discard Sivana and try to fight Billy.
  • 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. The "flying" part took a while to kick in, though.
  • From Shame, Heroism: Billy was given the powers of the wizard Shazam, but initially used them in vain and self-serving ways. For that, he gets a very scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech from Freddy Freeman and Dr. Sivana. Realizing that Freddy was right after he reunites briefly with his long-lost mother, he calls to apologize, only to find that Sivana has taken Freddy and the rest of his foster family hostage. Billy becomes a true hero as he goes off to save them.
  • From Zero to Hero: Billy's an abandoned child who went on to become a superhero on par with Superman.
  • 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.
  • Hero Does Public Service: Billy uses his lightning powers to recharge mobile phones. This ends up destroying at least one.
  • Heroes' Frontier Step: Billy proves himself worthy to be champion when he bestows the powers of SHAZAM on his foster siblings, simultaneously fulfilling the Wizard's request to replace the fallen council and showing his foster siblings that he accepts them as his family.
  • Heroic Build: He's appropriately ripped in superhero form.
  • Hobo Gloves: Billy wears a pair of grey, wool ones, consistent with him being an abandoned child.
  • 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 no idea what his powers even are at first. He and Freddy figure it out by trial and error, complete with tests and video records. His first attempt at flight doesn't go so well, and he finds out he's bulletproof by being shot.
    • He doesn't even figure out how to change back into his teen self until he's trying to explain the bizarre situation to his foster sister, Darla.
    • He also has troubles mastering his Flying Brick powers once in the sky, at first.
    Billy: I believe I can fly! I believe I can fly! [keeps freefalling] Superman! SUPER-MAN! WHAT ARM IS IT?! [desperately tries to imitate the Man of Steel's flying gestures]
  • Humble Hero: A good sign of who Billy is as a person is his response to the Wizard when offered the powers of Shazam — he gently turns him down, feeling that he isn’t worthy of it.
    Billy: "Look, man, maybe this is magic, and, I don't know, but the people you're looking for, good, pure people, I'm not one of them. I-I don't know if anyone is, really."
  • I Am the Noun: When Billy and Freddy want to buy adults-only products.
    Freddy: We don't even have fake IDs.
    Billy: Look at me. I am the fake ID.
  • I Believe I Can Fly: Billy takes awhile to figure out how to fly, with Freddy suggesting that he just visualise flying and he'll do it. It turns out Billy just had to be thrown into the deep end.
  • I Can't Hear You: Unlike Superman, Billy didn't get enhanced hearing as part of his powerset, which he found out while Dr Sivana was trying to intimidate him from a distance.
  • 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.
  • I Never Told You My Name: One of the things that clues in Mary to deduce Billy's superhero persona is the fact that he calls her by name during their first meeting. While he almost pulls off an explanation that it's his name-reading superpower, he then proceeds to mention that she lives in a group-home which implies he personally knows her.
  • 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.
  • Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: Freddy chronicles Billy's exploration of his powers. This includes showing Billy failing to unlock certain powers which results in countless YouTube followers witnessing him getting hurt in darkly comedic ways.
  • 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 Shall Taunt You: Billy gains an advantage over Dr. Sivana by taunting and goading Envy until it emerges to try and kill him...leaving Sivana completely powerless and allowing the Sins to be beaten and sealed away.
  • It's All About Me: Billy starts out with this mindset due to being on his own for 10 years. It gets deconstructed before his very eyes when he finds his mother and learns that she abandoned him for her own self-interest, compelling Billy to change his tune.
  • It's All Junk: Billy keeps the compass his mother won for him at the fair the day he got lost as his only link to her. When he finds out she willingly abandoned him, and she doesn't recognize it, he leaves it with her.
    Billy: Keep it. It looks like you need it more than me.
  • I Will Find You: Billy spent most of his life trying to find and reunite with his mother. And is disappointed when they meet.
  • Jack of All Stats: Averted. Billy doesn't figure out how to fly until his life is in danger and the courage of Achilles is never demonstrated. Compare this with Freddy Freeman, who can float in the air without even trying.
  • Jerkass Realization: After his encounter with his biological mother, Billy 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 teenage 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.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Billy uses his lightning powers to charge phones and trick vending machines into dispensing dozens of cans. The results are mixed.
  • 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.
  • Made of Iron: He was hit by a truck and wasn't even bruised. Sivana points out that mortal instruments can't hurt magically empowered beings.
  • Manchild: Billy with the Power of Shazam becomes a 14-year old in a 30-something man's body.
  • Memento MacGuffin: Downplayed. Billy treasures the compass trinket he receives from his mother when she won it from the fair when he was a child. It's the only link to his mother that he still has and he believes that it will eventually lead him back to her, but the compass itself doesn't play an important role in the story, and Billy found his mother through other means. He eventually gives the compass back to his mother after he learns that she deliberately abandoned him at that fair, telling her that she needs it more than him.
  • 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.
  • Monster Protection Racket: An unintentional example: While Billy is screwing around with his powers to entertain pedestrians for cash like a street busker, he gets into an argument with Freddy over it. Billy lets loose an errant lightning bolt which strikes a bridge, sending a bus careening over the side. Billy snaps into action to save the bus, and is hailed as a hero with no one (except Freddy, who gives him a massive What the Hell, Hero? over it) the wiser.
  • Mundane Utility: Billy uses his electricity powers to charge random peoples' phones, and by peddling for change by showing off "lightning from my hands" to tourists. Unfortunately, he goes a little overboard and blows up a phone, then one of his larger lightning bolts arcs down into a city bus.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Billy/Shazam means well, but his lack of foresight of his strength and inexperience with his superpowers makes him create a lot of detrimental problems. In his first attempt to help people, he tries to stop a mugger, only to badly freak out and scare away the victim (who had already pepper-sprayed her assailant and needed no help). Later, he nearly obliterates a bus on the freeway, forcing him to save it.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Billy possesses the 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 beatings without showing any bruises.
  • Nominal Hero: At first, confused by his sudden powers and with no pressing threat to deal with beyond the occasional thief or mugger, Billy uses his superhero form to goof around and have fun, taking selfies or impressing tourists.
  • 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.
  • Pretending to Be One's Own Relative: Billy pretends to be his and Freddy's father by switching into his older alter ego form so that he and Freddy can skip school.
  • Primary-Color Champion: A white cape, red suit, with golden emblems and boots.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Billy gives one to Envy, calling him a weak, worthless, ugly runt who the other sins won't let out to play, in order to goad him into leaving Sivana's body, rendering him powerless.
  • Redeeming Replacement: Billy is the first Champion since Teth-Adam used his granted powers to spread terror. While Billy's not exactly a paragon, he does show a knack for performing heroic acts, such as when he tried to stop a mugging and successfully stopped a store robbery on his first night as SHAZAM.
  • 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.
  • Red Ones Go Faster: Billy's signature colour is red and he possesses the speed of Mercury.
  • Refusal of the Call: A minor one. He initially tries to decline the elder wizard Shazam's power but quickly agrees to it (albeit so he can take advantage of his adult form, but eventually he grows into his role as a superhero).
  • Related Differently in the Adaptation: In the comics, Mary was originally Billy's long-lost twin sister. Here, she's his older foster sister, although within the comics Mary and Billy were changed to adoptive siblings in the New 52 line-up. Mary being Billy's foster sister fits with the movie's Family of Choice theme.
  • Right Man in the Wrong Place: The Wizard chose Billy because his lifespan was nearing its end and Sivana had just unleashed the Seven Sins. Billy clearly wasn't his ideal choice, but he does come through after undergoing character development.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: Billy's starts out as a Token Evil Teammate to the rest of his family. His closest confidant Freddy - while not exactly pure of heart himself - is a lot more personable and understands that With Greatpower Comes Great Responsibility, while the rest of their siblings are practically ideal (though Eugene does have a bit of a potty mouth when he's playing online).
  • 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.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Played for Drama. Billy's memory of the day at the fair is bright and happy, and his mother doting and affectionate, because it was seen from the perspective of an excited young boy. However, his mother's own recollection is much more dull and realistic, showing how worn-out and regretful she was. Even certain costuming details - such as the gloves she's wearing - are different.
  • 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.
  • Standardized Leader: Averted. Billy is more-or-less the leader of the SHAZAM family and they do get their powers from him, but his skill-set isn't shown to be any better or worse than the others. For instance, it took him several days before his flight power kicked in while Freddy has a natural aptitude for it. Similarly, Billy has the bare minimum control over his speed and lightning abilities, while Darla and Eugene are much more refined in both.
  • Stepford Snarker: His quips and deflections hide the fact that he's still a lonely young boy hurt over the loss of his mother.
  • Stumbled Into the Plot: Billy gains the power to become Shazam because he got randomly abducted by the wizard.
  • Subverted Catchphrase: The first thing Billy says onscreen is "Holy Moley!". It's subverted since he's feigning innocence so he can outsmart some policemen, but later on he starts using it with total sincerity, so the subversion itself was subverted.
  • Superhero Prevalence Stages: As a Lighter and Softer contrast to previous superheroes in the DCEU, Billy naturally represents the Silver Age. Having the Justice League as a guideline is implied to be a factor in Billy's easygoing approach to being a superhero.
  • Super Intelligence: Billy supposedly possesses 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 so he can discern which Sin 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.
  • Take a Third Option: Once Sivana captures his foster family, he gains leverage over Billy and offers him two choices. Give over the power of Shazam or watch his family die in front of him starting with Darla. Fortunately, Billy remembers the Wizard's final words..."with your heart unlock your greatest power. The thrones of our brother and sisters await" and manifests a third option. He realizes he can share his power with his foster family turning them into the Shazam family, immediately granting them Invulnerability to keep them safe from the Seven Sins.
    Billy: If a superhero can't save his family, he's not much of a hero.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Invoking the name of Shazam makes Billy larger and more muscular, which when combined with his naturally dark hair makes him look similar to Superman.
  • 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, though his control over this is fairly tenuous.
  • 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 a 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.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Deconstructed in Fury of the Gods. Billy starts to deveop Impostor Syndrome as his powers were just handed to him. He also feels like he's not that special since the Justice League (and the Justice Society) seem to have an otherworldly vibe that he just can't replicate.
  • Troubled Teen: Billy lost his mother at the age of four, never knew his father and years of futile attempts to reconnect with the former have taken their toll on his disposition. Billy eventually outgrows this.
  • 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, Billy 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.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Zigzagged. Billy's Dark and Troubled Past is played for drama, but he takes certain actions that make it hard to feel too bad for him. Once he gains the power of Shazam and takes on the form of a muscular man, Billy takes on all sorts of physical harm which is played for comedy since he's impervious to practically everything.
  • Up, Up and Away!: Subverted. Billy mistakenly assumes that just posing like Superman will automatically help him fly when he uses a completely different power source. Even when he does master flight it's not quite clear how he got the hang of it.
  • 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.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Billy initially uses his powers to goof off and become famous. However, Freddy eventually calls him out on his selfish behavior, causing him to realize he needs to accept responsibility to become a real hero.
  • 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 the hope that he would be merciful.

    Black Adam 

Teth-Adam / Black Adam
"Kahndaq needed a hero... instead they got me."

Species: Empowered human

Citizenship: Kahndaqi

Affiliation(s): Council of Wizards

Portrayed By: Dwayne Johnson

Appearances: SHAZAM! (magical hologram) | Black Adam - The Justice Society Files | Black Adam

"I was a slave until I died. Then I was reborn a god. My son sacrificed his life to save me. Now, I kneel before no one."

A slave 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. When Adrianna Tomaz investigated his tomb in the 21st Century, she would reawaken Black Adam.

  • Actor Allusion: Dwayne Johnson took his trademark Smoldering Fascinating Eyebrow from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with him as Teth-Adam, and tries to charm a merchant into selling him an extra apple in a flashback from Black Adam - The Justice Society Files.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Black Adam in the comics has stereotypically villainous features such as a hook nose, widow's peak, high cheekbones, Pointy Ears and a pointed chin. Here he's played by Dwayne Johnson, whose looks are very much of the Gentle Giant variety.
  • Adaptational Hairstyle Change: In the comics, Black Adam styles his dark hair in a buzz cut with a Villainous Widow's Peak, but here he is bald.
  • Alternate Self: Has one on Earth-Prime as Khem-Adam.
  • 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 Authority: He is bald in this adaptation unlike in the comic.
  • 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.
  • Bald Head of Toughness: First, Black-Adam is played by The Rock, the very embodiment of this trope in Hollywood. Second, he is a Physical God on roughly equal footing with Superman, at least according to his actor. Most of the official promotional advertisements for the movie hype him as a serious challenge to the Justice League.
  • Black Cloak: While Wizard-Shazam wears bright red and Billy Batson and his siblings wear white, Black Adam wears a pure black cape.
  • Bullet Catch: Black Adam demonstrates his finesse by grabbing a bullet with his fingertips. Keep in mind that those blessed with the powers of Shazam are naturally resistant to gunfire.
  • 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. The Wizard states that millions died during his rampage.
  • Color Character: Black Adam.
  • Cursed with Awesome: He considers his powers a curse.
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to the Wizard and Billy Batson, Black Adam provides a stark contrast. He grew up in slavery, succumbed to his wrath once empowered and his costume looks charred and sinister rather than the bright and shining outfits of other champions.
  • Death Glare: Black Adam looks like he is staring into everyone's souls at Smoldering Intensity levels.
  • Deity of Human Origin: At least from his point of view, he IS a Physical God, who was once a man that died as a slave.
  • 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.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The teaser shows Black Adam murdering the first person he sees with zero provocation. Turns out there's a very good reason the Wizard sealed him away and imposed strict standards on potential successors. Additionally, his Bullet Catch and Immune to Bullets establish that he's Strong and Skilled.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Adam had a son named Hurut back when he was a slave. Said son's death is what made him so bitter and violent.
  • Flying Brick: He flies very fast and is very durable.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A former slave who ended up becoming a Champion using his powers to rampage against the tyrannical regime of Kahndaq.
    "I was a slave until I died. Then I was reborn a god."
  • The Ghost: Black Adam is only referenced through story in Shazam!, specifically as the reason the wizards do not choose champions quite so carelessly.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Adam's eyes glow bright blue when he's charging up a storm.
  • Good Parents: In Black Adam - The Justice Society Files, he was shown as an understanding and protective father to his son, hoping for a better future for his family.
  • Handwraps of Awesome: Unlike the Wizard, Billy or his siblings who all wear gold bands on their forearms, Black Adam wears metallic bandages.
  • Heroic Build: Teth-Adam was quite muscular even before he became a champion, no doubt due to years of manual labor.
  • 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.
  • Immune to Bullets: In the trailer, several soldiers fire at him with machines guns. Black Adam is not even fazed.
  • In the Hood: His cloak covers his head and gives him Creepy Shadowed Undereyes.
  • Kubrick Stare: It's practically Adam's default expression. Given his past as a slave and his outfit including a hood, it's pretty much a habit formed from circumstance.
  • Made of Indestructium: He holds a rocket that explodes in his hand and shows no scratches after getting caught in the explosion.
  • Manly Tears: Teth-Adam openly weeps when his son dies.
  • Mythology Gag: In one of the movie teasers, he is shown being attacked and absolutely unnafected by Hawkman's Nth Metal mace, an Anti-Magic weapon. That's because in the comics, despite having magic-based powers, he destroys the mace with one hand.
  • No-Sell: An Intergang grunt tries whacking Black Adam in the head with a metal rod. Adam doesn't even flinch, but the rod is bent from the impact.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: The death of his son caused Black Adam to become the person he is now.
  • Papa Wolf: Hurut was the most important person in Teth-Adam's life, and he was devastated upon witnessing his son's death.
  • Physical God: Teth-Adam has powers of divine origin. He died, got revived by the Wizard as the first Champion and became the ruler of Kahndaq. His powers include Flight, Super Strength, generating lightning (which was always considered in mythology and folklore a divine ability), and possibly, Immortality.
  • Race Lift: Black Adam in the comics has African and Middle-Eastern heritage, hailing from a country near Egypt. Dwayne Johnson has African-American, Polynesian, and a bit of Irish heritage, although he does not have Middle-Eastern ancestry. This take on Black Adam also has a darker skin tone than his comic book counterpart.
  • Red Baron:
    • The "mightiest of mortals", a moniker traditionally associated with Billy Batson.
    • Dwayne Johnson often refers to him as "the man in black".
  • Say My Name: A variant. Adrianna Tomaz unleashes Black Adam by standing in his tomb and shouting "Shazam!".
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was kept asleep for 5000 years until Adrianna Tomaz wakes him again.
  • Shockwave Clap: Black Adam can generate intense blasts with a simple - almost gentle - clap.
  • Sinister Silhouettes: When Adrianna Tomaz awakens Black Adam, he's wearing a thick black cloak with a hood obscuring his face. He then demonstrates how dangerous he is by grabbing one of her guards and frying him to death.
  • Super Speed: He reacts fast enough to catch a rocket with his hand.
  • Super Strength: He easily punches an airplane in mid-air while flying, causing the plane to crush. In another sequence he throws a man into the sea, hundreds of meters away.
  • Super Toughness: Machine guns don't harm him, being thrown around and destroying buildings barely make Black Adam to react.
  • Übermensch: After living as a slave and losing his son, Adam swore to never again kneel before another.
  • 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 

The Shazam Family
"What good's power if you got nobody to share it with?"

Species: Empowered humans

Citizenship: Americans

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

Appearances: SHAZAM! | SHAZAM! Fury of the Gods

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.

  • 11th-Hour Ranger: They're all kept on the sidelines during the majority of the first film, but in the final confrontation with Sivana and the Seven Sins Billy empowers them so that he doesn't have to fight alone.
  • Alliterative Name: Billy Batson, Freddy Freeman, Darla Dudley and Pedro Pena.
  • 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. Given they were willing to fight Sivana and his demon allies with little more than whatever objects they could grab, it's safe to say their gumption isn't just born from the courage of Achilles.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: They're a well-behaved group of kids, but they will throw down if they have to.
  • 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.
  • Brainy Brunette: They've all got dark hair and possess the wisdom of Solomon.
  • The Chosen Many: Billy granted all five of his foster siblings with his power both to defend themselves and because he knew they could be trusted with his kind of power.
  • 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.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The new champions seem to be colored based on their aptitudes.
  • 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.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: The family are a mix of ethnic groups who inherit the Council of Wizards.
  • Darker and Edgier: By the time of Fury of the Gods the entire family have had their costumes altered to be more in line with the rest of the DCEU, using darker hues, bolder metals and more distinct chest symbols with a noticable absence of the glowing lights.
  • Dream Team: A close-knit foster family blessed with incredible power with the intention of succeeding the Council of Wizards so they can fight injustice and malevolent forces.
  • Dual Age Modes: All of them, an element that was introduced in the New 52 which deviated from the original telling in which Mary and Freddy retained their teenage appearance while powered-up. Mary later retains her civilian appearance when she powers up.
  • Fast as Lightning: All of them, but Darla especially.
  • 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.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: All six of the new champions wear white capes with gold trim and gain their powers from heavenly beings.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: They're all foster children who are genuinely kind-hearted people.
  • Heroes "R" Us: They form a junior Justice League.
  • Heroic Build: The boys get ripped superhero forms, Pedro especially, while the girls become slender yet curvy.
  • Identically Powered Team: Downplayed. They've all inherited the exact same powers, but display aptitudes for certain abilities.
  • Instant Expert: While Billy has to figure out his powers through trial and error, the others immediately know what powers they have and know how to use it (albeit by specialising in one power per sibling).
  • Kid Hero: They're kids who can turn into superheroes in an instant. Mary is an exception, as she's a high school senior in the first film and the second film is set a few years later.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Billy's foster siblings gained their powers within the final stretch of the first film. Previews for the second film don't even try to hide the fact that they're all superheroes now.
  • 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 figures it out, and turns his foster brothers and sisters into superheroes to carry out that legacy.
  • Leotard of Power: They all wear spandex and capes similar to Superman and Batman.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: They all possess the Wisdom of Solomon to varying degrees. Since it's explicitly referred to as "wisdom" and not "intelligence", neither Billy nor his siblings display any knowledge that they wouldn't have acquired beforehand. Mary in particular was already accepted into her first choice of university and figured out Billy was the new superhero in town just by witnessing his interaction with Freddy. Likewise, Eugene is tech-savvy enough to track down Billy's biological mother.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Mary and Darla initially rely on physical ability rather than flight or lightning.
  • The Magic Comes Back: A deleted scene shows the foster siblings sitting on the thrones of the orignal Council of Wizards, showing that the Council's future is secure.
  • 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.
  • Power Walk: The siblings love confidently strolling towards their latest adventure either in their super forms or their civilian forms. Sometimes they transform while doing a power walk so they can dramatically emerge from the ensuing smoke.
  • Repeated Cue, Tardy Response: In the second film, Billy attempts to summon his siblings while speaking with Hespera.
Billy: I've seen all of the Fast & Furious movies, lady. It's all...about...FAMILY! (beat) Family?! Guys, that was the signal!
  • 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.
    • In Fury of the Gods Mary's Shazam form resembles her normal self but in a superhero costume.
  • Sibling Team: Foster siblings, but their appearance coincides with Billy accepting them as his true family.
  • 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.
  • Standardized Leader: Mary fits the trope more than Billy does, being older, wiser and more grounded with an evenly-balanced powerset, while everyone else specialises in one particular power.
  • Superhero Speciation: While they've all got the same powerset, each sibling has a natural talent for one particular power. Billy himself didn't figure out how to fly until he was forced into a sink-or-swim situation, while Freddy picked it up without even trying. It's possible the siblings will eventually become well-rounded if they practice as much as Billy did.
  • Superpowered Alter Ego: A given, since they can only access their powers by turning into superheroes.
  • Super Team: Billy turns his foster siblings into a team of superheroes to give him a better chance at fighting the Seven Sins.
  • 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. Justified since they're all kids who only found out about the new superhero in town mere days ago.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: They were empowered to combat the Seven Deadly Sins when Billy wasn't strong enought to protect them and fight the Sins at the same time.
  • 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.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Hotness: Especially prevalent with scrawny Eugene and overweight Pedro, who get jacked-up muscles and handsome features.




Species: Unicorns

Citizenship: Olympians

Appearances: SHAZAM! Fury of the Gods

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Unicorns in mythology are notoriously picky about who can get close to them, typically only maidens that are pure of heart. Here they allow any gender to ride them.
  • Cool Horse: About as cool as it gets without having a pair of wings.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: They're all pitch black, yet serve as steeds for the Shazam siblings.