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Task Force X / The Suicide Squad

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"So that's it, huh? We're the patsies, the coverup. We're some kind of suicide squad."
Deadshot
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A team of supercriminals who were coerced by Amanda Waller into executing dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency, lest they want their head to be blown off.

For the new team appearing in The Suicide Squad, see Task Force X - New Team.


    In General 
  • Affably Evil: The squad's members are all convicted criminals with blood on their hands, yet they have a true sense of camaraderie. They also warm up to Katana, possibly sensing her loneliness, and ultimately decide to help Rick Flagg conclude the mission even though he relieved them of it and destroyed his detonator.
  • Anti-Villain: The Squad is full of hardened criminals, hitmen, and psychopaths but that doesn't mean they aren't willing to save the world if pressed. Then again, it's the very world they are part of and they want to stay alive so it makes sense for them to save it.
  • Badass Normal: Waller specifically recruited them to fight powerful metahumans in place of Superman. Yet with just two exceptions, most members of the Squad don't have innate powers, relying instead on their boldness, gear and skills.
  • Boxed Crook: They're all press-ganged in the squad with promises of reduced prison sentences, not that they really have a choice.
  • Cannon Fodder: One of the main "selling points" of Waller's idea is that, as criminals, most of which without any formal military training or proper equipment, they're very expendable, unlike the expensive well-trained soldiers who the government very much would like to keep alive. Deadshot isn't exactly pleased by the arrangement.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Even after saving the world, they still get dicked out of mostly everything they were promised, and even what little they do get has to be practically forced out of Waller.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Justice League. They are a group of criminals and lowlifes who are forced to fight even worse villains, while the Justice League is a group of superheroes motivated by a sense of morality and righteousness.
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: It zigzags.
    • The various criminals and psychos in the Squad for the most part get along swimmingly to the point that Harley and Deadshot immediately start coordinating their escape plans. To be fair, this is probably a case of Enemy Mine, as Waller has press-ganged them all, so they're all in the same boat.
    • Averted by Boomerang's setting up Slipknot to be killed in order to see if the Explosive Leash is real.
    • El Diablo says the Squad is "my people" and also calls them "family". Harley Quinn likewise calls them all her friends.
  • Exact Words: They're told by Amanda Waller to keep Flagg alive during the mission. They do exactly that, not caring about the life of Flagg's other men.
  • Explosive Leash: A small explosive chip is injected in the neck of every member of the team. Shall they disobey and flee, Rick Flagg and Amanda Waller have a special smartphone application to blow their heads off.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: They only know each other by reputation, but in the end they become this. Bonding over their screwed up lives help.
  • Five-Token Band: Assigning major characters to some of the Five-Token Band Trope definitions you'd get:
    • Deadshot, a black man.
    • Harley, a white woman.
    • Katana, a Japanese (or at least of Japanese descent) woman.
    • Diablo, a Latin-American man.
    • Croc, who unlike the other characters is not fully human but who "evolution took a step backwards in".
    • Boomerang, an Australian.
    • Flagg, a white male American.
    • Slipknot (for how little he was around), a Native-American.
  • Honor Among Thieves: Despite some minor squabbles, there's a surprising lack of any hostility within the Squad, due to their shared struggle.
    Deadshot: To honor among thieves.
    Katana: I'm not a thief.
  • Leitmotif: "Task Force X", particularly the rhythm played throughout the movie when they make a come-back, though the melody at 3:16 plays when they do something heroic.
  • Necessarily Evil: As Amanda Waller puts it when facing doubts about the Task Force X project since it's mostly made of criminals and villains, "sometimes you have to fight fire with fire".
  • Nominal Hero: The Squad is made of hardened criminals, hitmen and psychopaths but that doesn't mean they aren't willing to save the world if pressed (ganged).
  • Put on a Bus: Deadshot and Killer Croc will not be recruited for the next team.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A collection of imprisoned supercriminals, nutcases and metahumans who are forced to work together.
  • Rogues Gallery: Task Force X and their targets are made up of the enemies of various Justice League members and other superheroes. Batman has the largest representation, with Harley Quinn, Deadshot and Killer Croc.
  • Scapegoat: If anything goes wrong, the Squad will be blamed for everything that happens and disavowed by the government.
    Deadshot: So that's it, huh? We're the patsies.
  • Suicide Mission: Amanda Waller plans to send them on missions deemed too dangerous or politically sensitive for normal soldiers. Hence the team's nickname.
  • The Team: They take orders from Big Good (Big Bad?) Amanda Waller, who could push a button to kill any of them at any time. Rick Flagg is The Leader, who reports directly to Waller, and plays field commander. Deadshot is The Lancer as a foil to Flagg, and the 'de facto' leader of the villains, whom they actually respect. Harley is a Perky Female Minion variety Dark Chick, caught between her growing respect and loyalty towards Deadshot and the team, and her love for The Joker. Diablo is The Quiet One and also something of a Secret Weapon, who is loathe to use his abilities, despite being the most powerful Meta-human on the team. Killer Croc is The Big Guy, mostly mute, but the most physical, and physically imposing member. Boomerang is Plucky Comic Relief, with his snide remarks, lame attempts at flirting, and pony fetish. Katana is the The Stoic Token Good Teammate who is first of all there to keep the others in line, fights alongside them. Slipknot is just Cannon Fodder, and the other agents and soldiers are Red Shirts.
  • Worthy Opponent: After disarming them with a flick of her wrist, Enchantress graciously admits her respect for Task Force X's valiant battle against her, and offers them mercy in exchange for their loyalty.

    Deadshot 

Floyd Lawton / Deadshot

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"Don't forget... we're the bad guys."
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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Task Force X ("Suicide Squad")

Played by: Will Smith

Dubbed by: Mario Filio (Latin-American Spanish) | Iván Muelas (European Spanish) | Hiroki Tochi (Japanese) | Greg Germain (European French) | Paul Sarrasin (Canadian French)

Appearances: Suicide Squad

"That's not the rules. No money, no honey."

An expert marksman and assassin. A mercenary by day and a concerned father by night, Deadshot is a conflicted criminal who enjoys the hunt, but is still trying to do right by his young daughter.


  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While he originally posed as an Anti-Hero, the comic version of Deadshot doesn't usually care about any higher purpose, and is motivated mostly by money and his own self-loathing. This Deadshot is given a considerably more heroic personality, and seems to only target other criminals rather than anyone he's paid for. And while he was a father in the comics, the film portrays him as a decent father to Zoe (with her mother undergoing Adaptational Jerkassery to make Floyd look better), while typically Floyd stays away from her because he knows he's far too much of a mess to be a father.
    "That's how I "cut and run"."
  • Arm Cannon: Just like in the comics. Here, they seem to be heavily modified pistols strapped to his forearms.
  • Badass Beard: Unlike his comic version, who usually rocks a handlebar mustache, this version of Lawton has a full beard.
  • Badass Normal: He has no real powers, he's just gifted with supreme hand-eye coordination.
  • Bald of Awesome: Will Smith plays him with a shaved head.
  • Blatant Lies: Deadshot insists that Love Is a Weakness. It's ultimately his love for his daughter that first got him captured, and later motivates him to see his mission through.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: All his weaponry has red and gold decoration.
  • Blood Knight: "Every time I wear this I kill someone. And the worst part? I like doing it."
  • Boom, Headshot!: His specialty, fitting for an assassin. In fact his main ability is that he is able to make said shot with any type of weapon: handguns, sniper rifles, automatic rifles, etc. Angle is not a factor, distance is not a factor, rate of fire is not a factor. If Floyd Lawton wants to put a bullet between your eyes it will happen no matter what.
  • Breakout Character: Set to get his own standalone movie.
  • Broken Pedestal: Averted, while his daughter is fully aware of what he does, she still loves him unconditionally. In fact, when he finds out that she had been writing a letter to him every day he was incarcerated, Deadshot is inspired to help Flagg stop the Enchantress so that he could be worthy of her.
  • Churchgoing Villain: Invoked - David Ayer even said it's a holdover of his Southern Baptist upbringing.
    • Has "I AM THE LIGHT, THE WAY" written on various parts of his armor and a similar version on the barrel of his rifle, a reference to John 14:6, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life." ("Life" is sometimes translated to "light".)
    • He also makes allusions to the Bible, such as swearing he'll get revenge on a guard "like the Holy Ghost," and says that stopping Enchantress and Incubus will be like a chapter out of the Bible.
  • Cold Sniper: He never ever misses; he can haggle the price of someone guy's life in the most casual manner possible.
  • Composite Character: While this Deadshot retains the comic Floyd Lawton's nihilism, Will Smith's comments about Deadshot taking out criminals worse than he is and even Smith's casting suggest this version of Deadshot was combined with the Eric Needham Black Spider, an African-American vigilante.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Biggest one of the team. For instance, after seeing the table of guns that Waller and Flagg clearly want him to impress them with:
    Deadshot: What's this? Cheerleading tryouts?
  • Designated Point Man: Thanks to his aim and skill he usually is in the front of The Team scouting out trouble. Also comes into play with their first encounter with Enchantress' soldiers. He takes point in front of the team and sets himself up from an elevated position where he sets up taking down hostiles with headshot after headshot. In fact, the rest of the special forces team behind him just stop shooting, as he kills off the swarming hostiles before they could even get in their line of fire.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His daughter, obviously. He later becomes pretty fond of Harley Quinn, taking on a big-brother role for her, and the rest of the Suicide Squad.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • The number of hits to his name borders on hundreds. He has no trouble sleeping despite that. He also charges a cool million per kill, two if you give him attitude. However, he makes it a point of pride that he has never killed women or children.
    • He was also visibly disgusted when Waller murdered her own staff just to cover her screw up.
    Deadshot: That is just a mean lady.
    • When Harley Quinn seemingly escapes the team with Joker, Waller offers Deadshot his freedom in exchange for gunning her down. While he briefly humors the idea, he decides to miss the shot on purpose.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: To Zoe. Sure, Floyd wasn’t always there for her due to his criminal status, but she’s the center of his world and he’ll make sure that the money he gets from his assassinations will always be used to give Zoe a happy life.
  • Foil: To Rick Flagg. Both have similar skills, but while Rick is a by-the-book type, Deadshot is a maverick who only cares about results. Rick is also less adept at dealing with the team's quirkiness, while Deadshot has a natural connection with them.
  • Genius Bruiser: He proves that his Improbable Aiming Skills are heavily reliant on a nuanced understanding of mathematics and aerodynamics when he helps his daughter with her homework. He also skims a rather thick binder of classified information in the time it takes the rest of the team to walk down a street.
  • Good Parents: Loves his daughter unconditionally. He even helps her out with her math homework.
  • Gun Nut: Oh, yeah. The first thing he does upon realizing that the gun he's been offered for "cheerleading tryouts" actually is loaded with real bullets? Snort the smoke from the chamber as if it was cocaine.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted when teaming up with Harley Quinn. Floyd avoids melee combat where possible and favours ranged weapons, while Harley relishes the chance to knock heads with her baseball bat and uses her revolver at close range only.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: To absolutely no-one's surprise, despite being a bad guy this time, his mask only makes a few token appearances. The casting agency paid for Will Smith, and you're damn well gonna see Will Smith's face.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite Harley of all people labelling him a "textbook sociopath", and the sheer amount of shit he gets from Flagg, Waller and everyone else on the side of the law, Deadshot consistently proves there's more to him than Flagg's "a serial killer that takes credit cards" crack. By the end of the movie, he's willing to go toe-to-toe with a Physical God to save the world, and be the man his daughter thinks he is.
  • Iconic Outfit: He puts his white mask on when he runs away after the termination of a target.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills:
    • It seems no-one can rival his nigh-superhuman marksmanship skills. He can shoot bullets through the same bullet hole repeatedly without enlarging it with an automatic weapon. He is also an expert in Pinball Projectile ballistics. In fact, his reputation is that he will never, ever miss any shot he aims to make. Unless like in Harley's case, he decides to.
    • According to his file, his aim is perfect up to 4000 meters - 1500 meters further than the longest sniper shot in the real world at the time (thanks to a Canadian sniper in May 2017, the gap between Deadshot and reality is now only 460 metres in Lawton's favour). Given that he tells his daughter that curvature of the Earth and wind are important factors when sniping, it's probably not an exaggeration.
  • Knight Templar: According to Will Smith, Deadshot sees himself as someone who cleanses the Earth of impurities (namely, criminals that are worse than he is).
  • The Lancer: Ends up being this to Flagg by means of also being his foil. While Flagg leads the mission and technically leads the team, the rest of the Suicide Squad look to Lawton for leadership as they trust and respect him more.
  • Long List: He is stated to be "Expert with 9mm Pistol, Gatling Gun, Revolver, Flare Gun, Potato Cannon, Machine Gun, Assault Rifle, Flamethrower, Sniper Rifle, Anti-Tank Rifle, Shotgun, M1 Carbine, Bazooka, Derringer, Uzi, Grenade Launcher, .44 Magnum and Musket."
  • Marquee Alter Ego: Deadshot is most often masked in the comics. Considering it's Will Smith who plays him here, he goes unmasked 99 per cent of his screentime (his mask is only put on once, to cover his face after assassinating someone some time before Batman captures him).
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: He's never stated to be anything other than a regular, if highly trained and talented, human marksman. However, his Improbable Aiming Skills are clearly a bit too improbable both on paper and in the film proper, and the scene where he outperforms all the SEAL soldiers into sheer awe (keeping in mind that those guys are supposed to be some of the best soldiers in the world) hints he should be considered as something beyond the realm of human possibility.
  • Never My Fault: His greatest desire is Batman's death. Because without Batman he wouldn't have been separated from his daughter and would be free to continue being a criminal, a wrong not seen as such in his mind.
  • Noodle Incident: His introduction sheet states that he's apparently killed at least one person with a potato cannon.
  • Noble Demon: Far more principled than most everyone else on the team, refusing to kill women and children and, as he proves with Harley, people he's worked with and feels a sense of loyalty to. It's probably not a coincidence that the one person he's shown killing professionally is a gangster who's rolling over on his bosses/friends. This Deadshot probably considers his death to be a victimless crime.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • He and Flagg develop a grudging respect during the mission.
    • His relationship with Harley eventually turns into something resembling an older brother watching over a wacky younger sister.
  • One-Man Army: Floyd is kill-efficient with multiple weaponry and when you add his incredible aim you have a one man fire team who can kill at any distance with any gun on hand or just as easily mow down small fireteams of minions, Single Handed. This video pegs his on-screen kill tally at 54.
  • Only Sane Man: Of the criminals, he counts as this. He is the only one who points out to the Team that letting Flagg get killed means that the team ends up dying too. Then again when your fellow teammates are a pacifist gangbanger/firedemon, a short tempered bank robber with a unicorn fetish, the Joker's psychopathic girlfriend and a sewer dwelling crocodile man, it's not exactly hard to be the only reasonable one.
  • Papa Wolf: He would do anything for his daughter, even surrender to Batman if she asked him to. Finding out that she had written to him every day but the letters were withheld from him both enrages him and inspires him to aid Flagg in stopping Enchantress.
  • Professional Killer: What he does for a living. Being the best marksman around, he can ask to be paid millions.
  • Race Lift: He's Caucasian in the comics, but is played by the Black-American Will Smith in the DCEU.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His "Deadshot" professional killer costum has a black costume with prominent red highlights.
  • Vigilante Man: Although he is a killer for hire, he mostly takes out other criminals, making a point of pride out of not harming women and children. And, given that he charges a million bucks for his kills, it makes sense that he is usually not employed to take out defenseless innocents.
  • Walking Armory: He has an entire table of confiscated weapons, including rifles, automatic pistols, arm mounted machine guns, and more.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He's a nuanced version. Though he normally doesn't accept hits on women, he is willing to make an exception for Enchantress. He also flat-out says he has no problem kicking Harley's ass if she gets out of hand.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: He doesn't accept hits on children.

    Harley Quinn 
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    El Diablo 

Chato Santana / El Diablo

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"We weren't picked to succeed. You know that, right? We were all chosen to fail."
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Species: Metahuman

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Task Force X ("Suicide Squad")

Played by: Jay Hernandez

Dubbed by: Ángel de Gracia (European Spanish) | Benjamin Panamaria (European French) | Martin Watier (Canadian French)

Appearances: Suicide Squad

"You got nothin' to worry about from me. I'm cool, homie."

A former Los Angeles gang member who can summon flames.


  • Adaptation Name Change: A subtle change. At least promotional material and official sources drop the "El" and call him just "Diablo". It's averted in the movie itself, as Waller does mention that his name on the streets was "El Diablo", but they still don't really refer to him as such that much.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: He is very reluctant to use his fire powers because of how much damage they can cause.
  • Ambiguously Christian: The way he talks about God and the Devil in his dialogue makes it clear he believes in, and respects the idea of them both; and he has a tattoo of a Christian cross-on-a-chain on his right hand, and sometimes wears a Christian cross around his neck. He also mentions his wife prayed for him. However, he seems to, at least partially, have given up his faith - he thinks his wife's praying wouldn't make any difference, and that "even God can't save him".
  • The Atoner: When he is recruited, he regrets using his destructive powers in the past and is very reluctant to use them again, until Deadshot pushes him over the edge amidst a battle.
  • Composite Character: It's a little obscure, but it's there. He takes the name, powerset, appearance and most of the backstory from the Chato Santana version of El Diablo. Then The Reveal at the film's climax shows that he's close to the first & second versions of El Diablo, Lazarus Lane and Rafael Sandoval, in that his powers come from being possessed by a fiery, possibly demonic, spirit — which, like Sandoval's possessor, is given an "Aztec" motif.
  • Cursed With Awesome: He's easily the most powerful member of the team, but due to his traumatic past he's too scared to cut loose, at least until the final battle, at which point he unleashes his full power.
  • Death Seeker: Since he has lost his wife and children, he really no longer cares if he lives or dies, resulting in his Heroic Sacrifice against Incubus.
  • Demonic Possession: He refers to his powers as a curse, believing that they really belong to the Devil who has possessed him. He even refers to "El Diablo" as a separate entity. It turns out to be an implied case of Real After All at the film's climax, although one could argue that he's either possessed or that his magical nature is innate and he's just in denial about it.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: His pacifism and afraid of his own powers; the two times he let loose during the movie show he could end everything by himself easily.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Deconstructed, and the reason for his quiet, pacifistic attitude at the start of the film. As he tells Deadshot, no matter how hard he tried to keep his life as a loving husband and father separate from his life as a brutal criminal, in the end they bled together and killed the people he cared most about.
  • Expy: He really does have a lot in common with the DCEU's version of Superman. Both have heat-based powers that started out as inconveniences until they learned self-control, they feel regret over the death of their loved ones and their character arcs involve coming out of their shells, saving the world and sacrificing themselves to stop a monster.
  • Flaming Skulls: His demon form is a giant flaming skeleton.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Take a closer look at the "teeth" of his Santa Muerte facial tattoos. They're actually Aztec war-feathers, foreshadowing his Aztec-themed demon form with its skeletal frame and elaborate feathered headdress.
  • Functional Magic: Before the big fight at the film's climax, Enchantress insinuates that his pyrokinetic powers are sorcerous in nature, rather than the psychic/mutation-based powers one would normally presume them to be.
  • God in Human Form: Enchantress's comments about his powers being magical in nature and his demon form, suggest he may be possessed by or a reincarnation of some Aztec deity or spirit.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: A related case. The more wealth and respect he won as a street criminal, the stronger his pyrokinetic abilities became, as if feeding on his success.
    The more power on the street I got... The more firepower I got. Like that shit went hand in hand. You know? One was feeding the other.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Given he has a Latino background, he has two lines in Spanish, listed under Pre-Mortem One-Liner and This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!.
  • Heel–Face Turn: A former criminal boss who reveled in his power and murdered in the name of ambition. Even gloating when he incinerates dozens of fellow prisoners during a prison riot. However, after accidentally murdering his family in a fit of rage, he has become more introspective and peaceful, seeking atonement for his past and for killing his wife and children.
  • Heroic RRoD: While overpowering Incubus with his demon form's full power, he overexerts himself, causing the fire blazing over his bones to slowly fade and die until he returns to his human form.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices himself to defeat Incubus, holding him back long enough for a bomb to blow them both to pieces.
  • Martial Pacifist: He avoids fighting whenever he can, but Deadshot motivates him to the point where it is necessary.
  • No Badass to His Valet: The only person who was never afraid of him regardless of how much power he gained was his wife.
  • Number of the Beast: As part of the "Diablo" theme, his TV spot says his core temperature is 666° F.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He can take out an entire building's worth of enemy Mooks with no problem. At full-strength? He can go a few rounds toe-to-toe against Incubus, whom the rest of the cast could barely scratch.
  • Personality Powers: At first; he used to be a boisterous and hot-tempered Pyromaniac gang-banger, but after he killed his wife and kids in a bout of Power Incontinence, he became quiet and reluctant to use his powers.
  • Playing with Fire: He possesses pyrokinesis, to the extent he's basically a walking flamethrower.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: As the bomb below him and Incubus is about to blow, he spouts “Ya te chingaste, wey!” note 
  • Psychic Block Defense: He is the first to fend off Enchantress' Mind Manipulation spell, which makes members of the team hallucinate their fondest dream because he has accepted that he's done horrible things he can't take back.
    El Diablo: I can't change what I did, and neither can you!
    • Given what Enchantress says afterwards, it may also be related to his powers.
  • Story-Breaker Power: From a story perspective, he's reluctant to use his powers because he is powerful enough to slaughter most of the Mooks in the movie in moments.
  • Super Mode: His demon form, which may be some kind of deity possessing him.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't talk a lot on the field and tries to keep his unwillingness to use his powers under the radar as long as possible.
  • Tattooed Crook: His body and face are covered in assorted tattoos, both images of death — like the Sinister Scythe on his forehead — and words.
  • That Man Is Dead: He makes it very clear he's no longer the supervillain he used to be.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: His Pre Ass Kicking One Liner to Incubus, once Diablo unleashes his true form?
    Diablo: Ahora sí, cabrón! note 
  • Token Good Teammate: While it is true that he was a villain, he became more of The Atoner after the death of his wife and children and became one of the most noble of his fellow prisoners.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: It depends on whether he got those sinister facial tattoos before or after getting married.
  • Unstoppable Rage: It's heavily implied that his Aztec-demon monster form also seems to either provoke or send him into one of these, considering that he killed his family in such a rage as well as him being hesitant to go all out again.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: When he truly lets loose, he morphs into a demonic figure that appears as a giant, fiery skeleton wearing an Aztec-style headdress. In this form, he's an even match against Incubus — who until that point had effortlessly shrugged off everything the rest of the team had thrown at him — in single combat for a good long while.
  • Walking Spoiler: Knowing too much about him reveals the fact that he's possibly the incarnation of a god.
  • Willfully Weak: After the unfortunate incident regarding his family, he decided to suppress his power and make himself borderline pacifistic regarding its use again. Deadshot snaps him out of this in time to toast a bunch of Mooks firing on their position.

    Captain Boomerang 

George "Digger" Harkness / Captain Boomerang

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"Yeah, let's go home. That sounds good. You guys wanna go home? Hmm? Or you wanna go back to prison?"

Species: Human

Citizenship: Australian

Affiliation(s): Task Force X ("Suicide Squad")

Played by: Jai Courtney

Dubbed by: José García Tos (European Spanish) | Jérémie Covillault (European French) | Frédérik Zacharek (Canadian French)

Appearances: Suicide Squad | Birds of Prey (photo) | The Suicide Squad

"You know what they say about the crazy ones."

An Australian bank robber and assassin who utilizes deadly boomerangs.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Even with his scruffy hair, gold teeth, and dirty face, 30-something Jai Courtney is a lot younger and more attractive than the scrawny middle-aged man with thinning hair Captain Boomerang is portrayed as in the comics.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He's not as bad as some of his other incarnations. While clearly getting his jollies out of robbery and conflict, he's not provoking people like he usually does. Also, the movie omits his Politically Incorrect Villain aspects from the comics. In the source, he was an unashamed racist and also indicated to be homophobic. Here, he gets along just fine with the multi-ethnic cast without anything to show he's prejudiced.
  • Adaptation Name Change: A subtle change. Prior to release, promotional material and official sources drop the "Captain" and call him just "Boomerang". However, upon the film's release, promotional materials have started to call him Captain Boomerang, and the presentation of his file in the film does as well. He also wears a blue vest, with "Captain" being written on it (in silvery letters).
  • Adaptational Wimp: With shades of Overshadowed by Awesome. In the comics, Captain Boomerang has an array of gadgets and weaponized boomerangs, uncanny accuracy with all throwable projectiles and an at least passing competence in tactics and close quarters combat. In the movie, his seemingly nerfed boomerangs pale in comparison to Deadshot and Flagg's skills and experience, Diablo and Croc's metahuman abilities and Harley Quinn's unpredictability.
  • Amazon Chaser: When Katana puts her sword to his throat, he immediately asks if she has a boyfriend.
  • Awesome Aussie: An Australian villain who makes a living using boomerangs to fight a man who can break the sound barrier. It doesn't get more awesome than that.
  • Ax-Crazy: Beats up armed guards on sight, despite being outnumbered.
  • Badass Longcoat: Wears one with plenty of pockets to hide anything from knives to a plush unicorn.
  • Badass Normal: He's a more-or-less normal guy who happens to be really good with Battle Boomerangs. He can hold his own on a team with the world's greatest marksman and a God in Human Form. His prior run-ins with the Flash are precisely why Amanda picked him out - he's got no special gifts (so to speak) yet survived tangling with a metahuman.
  • Badass on Paper: Waller speaks of Boomerang being recruited because he "took on a metahuman and lived", which admittedly sounds impressive for a normal person. However, the only reason he lived was because said metahuman was The Flash, and he posed absolutely no threat as he was taken down in one hit. The Flash wasn't even at full speed when he ran into Boomerang, not intending to kill the bank robber.
  • Bank Robbery: He was robbing a bank to steal diamonds before the Flash put him behind bars. In fact, he's robbed every bank in Australia, and has now moved on to the United States.
  • Battle Boomerang: His iconic weapon. It's in the name, mate. He also uses one with a remote camera for recon.
  • Blatant Lies: Tells everyone he was unfairly persecuted, despite it being well-known that he was caught robbing a bank.
  • The Bogan: In a cast full of criminals and supervillains, he manages to be the most backstabby and uncouth of the bunch.
  • Breakout Character: Of a sort given his Ensemble Darkhorse reputation caused him to be the only squad mate besides Harley to return for the sequel/soft reboot.
  • Captain Superhero: Captain Boomerang is a "bad guy" example, obviously, but otherwise he fits.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: After abandoning the team once Flagg destroys the phone controlling their nanite bombs, he rejoins them before the final battle.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: His first action is to kill his partner by throwing his boomerang at his throat.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: An oddball who lives in his own little world, which is apparently filled with pink unicorns. According to him, he wasn't robbing a bank when Flash caught him, but playing Mahjong with his nanna.
  • Companion Cube: Boomerang seems unusally attached to his unicorn plushie.
  • Dirty Coward: Alternates between this and Cowardly Lion. He's usually the first to run and hide or buckle under pressure, but he refuses to let his teammates die without him. The best example is when he runs off to chug a beer in a scenario where the team needs all of its long-range fighters.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Captain Boomerang's first appearance shows him robbing an unattended bank, knocking out his own partner from behind and getting one-shotted by the Flash. Compared to his squadmates' introductions, he comes off a bit goofy.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The same guy who will gladly strip the valuables off a corpse wants to know why the hell a black THING covered with eyes is a viable target for that action.
  • Gold Tooth: His left maxillary central incisor has been replaced by a golden one. See here. The bank robber loves his gold.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Slips away to have a beer in the middle of a battle. Then again, he is Australian.
  • Jerkass: There's a reason Jai Courtney's first instruction was "find your inner shitbag".
  • Kick the Dog: Knocks out his partner in a bank robbery during his first scene before getting caught in order to steal his share of the money. Also sets up Slipknot to find out if the explosive implants are real. They are.
  • Land Down Under: Jai Courtney's accent is exaggerated, the character uses boomerangs, and his intro scene is scored with AC/DC.
  • Large Ham: He's a Boisterous Bruiser without any shame.
  • The Load: When going up against two Physical Gods, his boomerang throwing skills prove to be about as valuable as you might expect. Add to that, he convinced Slipknot to try to escape, resulting in his death, and he's generally unpleasant to be around.
  • Perma-Stubble: Has Wolverine-style muttonchops.
  • Pet the Dog: He gives a comforting comment to Deadshot after Harley seemingly dies, and when she turns up alive Boomerang cheerfully gives Harley her bat back.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He always carries a little pink plush unicorn on him, which he's quite fond of. According to Word of God, he's in fact a brony.
  • Robbing the Dead: Rick Flagg calls him out on this, when he tries to loot a $3000 watch off a corpse.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • He seeks to escape the very minute he gets in the field, thinking the Explosive Leash is just a bluff. He convinces Slipknot to escape with him until Rick Flagg blows Slipknot's head off.
    • When Flagg destroyed his phone controlling their Explosive Leashes, Boomerang instantly bolts into the night. He rejoins the team without explanation before the final battle.
    • When he tries this again once the mission is finished, Waller puts him in an even worse solitary than the one he was in before.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Of the Suicide Squad, relatively speaking. While the other members of the team have some redeeming factors, Captain Boomerang has shown to have little-to-no noble qualities. His introduction is him turning on his partner-in-crime to get his cut of a robbery, and later he sacrifices Slipknot just to see if the bombs were real. Additionally, most of the criminals have sympathetic backstories, while Captain Boomerang is just a guy who steals and betrays people because he likes it that way.

    Killer Croc 

Waylon Jones / Killer Croc

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"I'm beautiful."

Species: Mutated human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Task Force X ("Suicide Squad")

Played by: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Dubbed by: Alfonso Vallés (European Spanish) | Frantz Confiac (European French) | Thiéry Dubé (Canadian French)

Appearances: Suicide Squad

"I live in the sewers. Y'all just tourists."

A supervillain who suffers from a condition that causes him to develop reptilian features.


  • Affably Evil: Quite honestly, underneath the stoicism and imposing look, he's probably the most well behaved (relatively speaking, of course) person on the team. Keep in mind, this guy eats people.
  • Ambiguously Human: Killer Croc is usually depicted as an ordinary human with a skin mutation that just so happens to make him look reptillian. A close look at his eyes reveals what appears to be nictitating membranesnote  and he can breathe underwater (or at least hold his breath for a really long time), hinting that he may be a completely new species.
  • Badass Baritone: He has a very, very deep voice to compliment his imposing physique and battle ability.
  • Battle Strip: Rips off his shirt before one fight.
  • Beast Man: He's got a heavy build, scales, a deep voice and sharp teeth.
  • Bald of Evil: Not as if hair is going to grow through scales.
  • The Big Guy: He is the biggest muscle in the team.
  • Deep South: He hails from Tampa (after all, alligators are common in the Everglades) and his intro music is Creedence Clearwater Revival. Plus a Southern dialect can be heard when he talks.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Comes with being played by 6' 2" Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who, in this case, is playing a metahuman supervillain.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: That Badass Baritone clearly frightens his guards.
  • Expy: Killer Croc essentially takes over King Shark's role as the Suicide Squad's animalistic brute with powers based on a specific animal and has a motif based on said animal.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: A non traditional variation; instead of regular leather, his is made of crocodile skin, and has a dragon symbol on one side.
  • I'm a Humanitarian:
    • Yep, he eats people. Though according to reports, he's picky! Also, he's Ambiguously Human so To Serve Man might be more appropriate.
    • When Harley asks Croc's reason for eating people in deleted content, he replies that he gains their power that way. However, he also says that he doesn't want to eat Harley because he doesn't want her craziness.
  • In the Hood: Wears a dark hoodie under his jacket, and pulls up the hood when out in public.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Noticing a trend about it being in the name?
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: While everyone at the airport, including Deadshot and Diablo, are noticing Harley's outfit change, Killer Croc can be seen walking in the background, completely unfazed.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: A genetic disorder caused him to become crocodilian in appearance.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Developing crocodile-like features also gives him the ability to see in water and stay underwater for long period of time.
  • Scary Black Man: He is black, though it's not apparent because of his scaly skin, and yes he is scary, also because of his scaly skin.
  • Scary Teeth: His are jagged and pointy like a crocodile's.
  • Sewer Gator: His favorite environment happens to be sewers. It comes in handy when the team needs to retrieve a bomb stuck in a flooded tunnel.
  • Shipped in Shackles: He's given the Hannibal Lecter treatment given his muscles, teeth and particular diet.
  • Silent Bob: He rarely talks. When he does, it's either intimidating or hilarious.
  • Super Strength: Croc is strong enough to throw around members of Enchantress' army with ease. One ends up thrown through a car windshield by him from at least a dozen feet away. He's also able to throw the Enchantress herself around like a rag doll when he joins the fight against her and gets his hands on her, being the only member of the squad to make her so much as flinch.
  • The Teetotaler: Amusingly enough, in the extended version of the bar scene, he initially rejects the offer, saying 'Drink dulls the mind'. When Harley points out that the world may or may not be ending, he asks for a beer.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: According to Waller, part of his backstory. He looked like a monster, so he was treated like a monster. So he became a monster.

    Slipknot 

Christopher Weiss / Slipknot

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Task Force X ("Suicide Squad")

Played by: Adam Beach

Dubbed by: Stéphane Fourreau (European French) | Frédéric Desager (Canadian French)

Appearances: Suicide Squad

"She had a mouth." note 

A criminal who can climb anything.


  • Adaptational Wimp: Though he was fairly badass in the comics, here the only thing he does is get blown up in a failed escape attempt. Also, because Firestorm hasn't yet been introduced, this version doesn't even have the distinction of beating someone who can break down subatomic particles with a rope, like he did in the comics.
  • Advertised Extra: Appeared in a lot of promotional material, yet he's killed off in his second scene and his introduction is little more than a name-check and skill-listing.
  • C-List Fodder: Slipknot is easily the most obscure and least used in the comics of all the members. Naturally, he's the one who's used to show the bombs are real.
  • Death by Adaptation: Slipknot's escape attempt is lifted from a sequence in the comics where Captain Boomerang also convinced him that the explosive devices used to keep Task Force X under control were a bluff. When the device went off in the comics, he survived because it was on his wrist. Unfortunately for his film counterpart, his device was inside his neck.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When we first see him he's being escorted to the team and he's more or less cooperating. That changes when a female guard calls him "scumbag" so he smacks her in the mouth. Having seen Griggs insult the prisoners all the time it's not hard to imagine that Slipknot's guard were the same and he took a "parting" swing.
  • Doomed by Canon: If you've read the comics you know Boomerang goaded Slipknot into fleeing the team first chance he gets, only for the Explosive Leash to go off. (Boomerang wanted to know for certain those collars were real) The only difference between the comics and the film is that in the comics the Leash was on the wrist: in the movie the Leash is in the neck...
  • Flat Character: Outside of decking a guard and attempting to escape, he doesn't really get a chance to leave an impression.
  • Foreshadowing: Of all the criminals in the team, he's the one who doesn't get his own "introduction" by Amanda Waller. For a good reason, as he's quickly disposed of.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: His main tool is one of these because his talent is climbing and scaling.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He fights with ropes and knots.
  • Instant Knots: His unique skill is "climbing anything" so quick knots are necessary.
  • Race Lift: The comics version of Slipknot is Caucasian, while Adam Beach is mostly of Native Canadian descent and is a member of the Saulteaux First Nations.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: He's given no characterization before Flagg activates his Explosive Leash to show that he means business.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Captain Boomerang convinces him to try to escape the very minute they are unleashed in the field, thinking the Explosive Leash is just a bluff. It's not.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He's basically just there to show that the Explosive Leash was not a bluff. He tries to escape at the very first occasion and Rick Flagg blows his head off.
  • Weapon of Choice: The length of rope he carries is his namesake because it is so distinctive.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He is seen decking a female FBI agent in the face after she calls him "scumbag".
    Slipknot: She had a mouth.

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