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The following is for the characters of DC Comics' Earth 2 series.


     Flash (Jay Garrick)

A recent college graduate with no aim in life. The dying god Mercury happens to crash near him one night, and gives Jay his superspeed so Jay can avert a coming disaster even greater than the Apokolips War.

Initially an updating of the original Jay Garrick, Rebirth revealed that the original does exist, making this Jay a separate character entirely.

  • Appropriated Appellation: He didn't have any alias at first; however, when he saved a couple from Parademons and said he'd get everything fixed in a flash, they misheard it and thought he was giving them his name. When they appear on TV and tell their story about being saved by a hero who dubs himself "The Flash", Jay gladly adopts the codename.
  • Butt-Monkey
  • Clothing Damage: It happens, but since his costume is a part of his powers he can just will it to repair itself.
  • Cool Loser: Joan says he's basically got no prospects, and he thought so too. Of course, he's still a nice guy and has superspeed.
  • Decomposite Character: He was initially the Younger and Hipper version of the Jay Garrick on Earth-2; however with DC Rebirth it's revealed that original version of character still exists on main Earth, and this version of him is a completely separate character.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: People outright tell him he has no talent or future — worst part is, according to his mother, he started to believe it himself. A dying god crashing a few miles from where he was changes this.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: With his version of Joan Williams. He's basically what would've happened if the original Jay never got superspeed in college, with a somewhat jerkier Joan as well.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: A mild version, after being unceremoniously dumped and stepped on by his college girlfriend Joan.
  • Female Gaze: On top of the detailed Sensual Spandex, the camera loves his well-formed hindquarters.
  • Good Feels Good: He's always making it clear how much he loves being a hero.
  • The Heart / Nice Guy: The kindest, most moral person in the team, and the one who holds it together, really.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: He has a problem with his... brakes.
  • I Have Your Mom: Jay's mother was taken hostage by villains more than once in order to coerce him.
  • Jumped at the Call: Jay wastes no time becoming a hero once he gets his powers.
  • Love Hurts: Dumped in his first appearance, by the woman who before the reboot was his wife.
  • Mercury's Wings: His helmet had stylized wings on the side.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Being now portrayed as a handsome young man aside, see Female Gaze above. Nicola Scott herself has dubbed his butt the "shiny butt".
  • Ordinary College Student: Before getting his powers. Emphasis on the ordinary; he didn't stand out at all.
  • Super Speed: His primary power, gifted by the god Mercury.
  • Vapor Wear: While his former version used Civvie Spandex, New 52 Jay gets full-fledged classic superhero tights.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He's the one that's happiest about being a hero, and that right from the beginning talks about how the new heroes should take up from the deceased Wonders and fight to protect the world.
  • Younger and Hipper: Along with many of the other Golden Age JSA members. Jay is now in his early twenties.

     Green Lantern (Alan Scott)

CEO of the Global Broadcasting Corporation. Chosen by the Green, the planet's sentient life force, to become the Earth's champion after a terrorist attack on the train he and his fiance were traveling on.

  • Adaptational Sexuality/Composite Character: His sexual orientation in the New 52 is explicitly taken from his now non-existent son Obsidian.
  • The Cape: The force that gave him his powers outright tells him that he's supposed to fill this role in place of the fallen Superman.
    • Although he no longer has an actual cape.
  • The Chosen One: The force chose him to bestow its power upon.
  • Composite Character: Being a chosen champion of the Green makes him a composite of Green Lantern and Swamp Thing.
  • Green Lantern Ring: This one works as a conduit for the power he has been given by the Green, created from the ring he was about to give to his lover.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After Sam's death.
  • I Work Alone: Refuses to join Jay and Kendra after their first team-up. He gets over it.
  • Logical Weakness: His power comes from the planet itself. Spaceflight strains the connection and runs the risk of his power running out.
  • Straight Gay
  • Tragic Keepsake: When he is told that he needs an item to channel his power through, he chooses the ring that he proposed to his boyfriend Sam with.
  • Younger and Hipper: Appears to be a man in his twenties.

     Hawkgirl (Kendra Munoz-Saunders)

Archaeologist and adventurer. It is still unclear how she received her wings, but it was during a job for the World Army, causing her to desert in resentment.

     Dr. Fate (Khalid Ben-Hassin)

An Egyptologist who one day found an artifact of great magical power: the Helmet of Nabu. Touching it allowed the dead sorcerer to enter his mind and teach him magic, but using it is dangerous for Khalid's sanity, as it allows Nabu more control over his body. Khalid creates the "Dr. Fate" identity in an attempt to keep Khalid's and the composite Khalid/Nabu identities distinct.

  • Early-Bird Cameo: Khalid first appears rambling in an alleyway, long before we learn he's Doctor Fate.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted, naturally.
  • Power at a Price: The Helm of Nabu will slowly degrade his sanity so long as he uses it.
  • Race Lift: Originally having Caucasian hosts pre-New 52, his host here is Egyptian.
  • The Smart Guy: In terms of magic.
  • Talkative Loon: Using Nabu's magic occasionally causes this. It gets much worse when Superman's clone cracks the Helmet of Nabu.

     Mr. Terrific (Michael Holt)

A scientific genius who accidentally warps to Earth-2. He is immediately captured by Sloan and brainwashed, but he is rescued and deprogrammed by the Wonders and recruited to help resist the second Apokolips invasion. Tropes relating to Micheal and his predecessors other iterations can be found on the dedicated Mister Terrific page.

     Superman (Kal-El/Clark Kent)

  • Adaptation Name Change: A relatively minor example, but before the New 52, the Superman of Earth-2 was named Kal-L; now he matches the main DCU's Kal-El.
  • Killed Off for Real: As it appeared to be the case when the so-called "brainwashed Superman" was revealed to actually be a clone.

     Batman I (Bruce Wayne)

     Wonder Woman (Princess Diana of Amazonia)
Not to be confused with Wonder Woman's Golden Age iteration, whose world was later termed "Earth-Two" and whose associated tropes can be found here.
  • Action Mom: She had a daughter before she died.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She fell for a man and had a daughter with him. That man? Steppenwolf.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Literally stabbed in the back by her former lover.
  • Killed Off for Real: A large unnatural blade through the chest cavity can take out even an Amazon permanently.
  • Last of Her Kind: Second-last, but since all the other Amazonians are gone, it still stands.
  • Mama Bear: Defended her daughter and tried to convince her to switch sides. It doesn't matter if the father is Steppenwolf, she still wants to help her daughter.

     Supergirl/Power Girl (Kara Zor-El/Karen Starr)

     Robin/Huntress/Batman IV (Helena Wayne)
For the 50 issue feature of the original Earth-Two Huntress see Wonder Woman (1942).

     Batman II (Thomas Wayne)

A mysterious man wearing a black and red version of Batman's costume who begins making appearances in the ruins of Gotham City. Unlike the original Batman, however, he has no qualms with killing or using guns. He is actually Bruce Wayne's father, Thomas. While he was a respected surgeon and philanthropist by day, the drugrunners and mobsters he associated with in his youth eventually came for their due, leading to his and his wife's lethal "mugging" in Crime Alley. However, Thomas managed to survive the assassination attempt and decided to lay low. When he tried to come back into the adult Bruce's life, he was met with cold rejection. However, after Bruce's death, Thomas decides to take up his mantle to make up for his sins.


     Accountable (James Olsen)


Another Kryptonian, who was secretly held beneath Arkham by the World Army—for his own protection, according to Sloan. Back on Krypton, he had been adopted by Jor-El and Lara and was saved from its destruction along with Superman, Supergirl, and an unnamed fourth Kryptonian. Batman II and Red Tornado find him and recruit him to help against the renewed Apokolips invasion in the present.

  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Kara.
  • Ironic Fear: He's agoraphobic. Given that he's Kryptonian, and would have the power of a god if he would only spend some time outside in the sun... A talk from Red Tornado helps him get over it.
  • Pacifist: Lies about knowing what he's capable of because he doesn't want to hurt anyone.
  • There Is Another: A secret third Kryptonian. His reveal also alludes to a fourth.

The World Army

     Commander Amar Kahn

Commander of the World Army Intelligence Division.

     The Atom (Al Pratt)

Member of the World Army who received his abilities during the final days of the Apokolips War.

     Mr. 8 (Terry Sloan)

One of the original eight wonders. During the Apokolips War, he caused the destruction of several nations that had fallen to Darkseid's Anti-Life Equation. For this, he is considered by the public to be one of the greatest war criminals in history. However, he is currently secretly allied with the World Army.

  • Adaptation Name Change: His Wonder alias is Mr. 8 instead of Mr. Terrific.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Compared to his pre-New 52 counterpart.
  • Anti-Villain: Wishes to make his world stronger, no matter what the cost.
    • As Michael Holt eventually realises, Terry never said Earth-2 is his world. By this point Terry had shifted into full-on villainy.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Evil Counterpart: To Michael Holt, the New-52 Mr. Terrific. In the old continuity, he was even the first Mr. Terrific.
  • Evil Red Head
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He was the eighth Wonder back in the Ternion days. That's pretty much it.
  • Fallen Hero: Was once on par with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in terms of heroism. Then stuff happened...
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The firepits he created may have killed the potentially dangerous Anti-Life-infected humans, but they're still Apokaliptian firepits. When Brutaal renews the invasion, they start spawning Parademons by the millions.
  • Nuke 'em: His default response to pretty much everything.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Willingly annihilated Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Pakistan and South Africa so the populations there infected with the Anti-Life Equation could not be used as weapons.

     Major Sonia Sato

     Sandman (Wesley Dodds)

Leader of the Sandmen, a group that all share the same powers.

  • Decomposite Character: He is now only one of a squad of Sandmen—the leader, but still.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: Dodd's own face is shown frequently enough, but the same can't be said for his subordinate Sandmen.
  • Jerkass: When he takes Jay's mom hostage, he openly admits he's a bastard.
  • The Leader: Of the Sandmen.
  • Teleportation: Exactly how the technique works hasn't been defined, but a silvery sand scatters with every teleport, and apparently the gas masks are required.

     Red Arrow (Connor Hawke)

An expert archer in the employ of the World Army.

  • Adaptation Name Change: Red Arrow is usually one of the names used by Connor's adoptive brother Roy, not Conner.
  • The Archer
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Composite Character: Of Connor Hawke (pre-New 52 Green Arrow II) and Roy Harper (pre-New 52 Red Arrow/Arsenal). He operates solo like Connor and has his real name, but has a prosthetic arm and operates as Red Arrow like pre-New 52 Roy.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him
  • Race Lift: While DC has historically had trouble portraying his ethnicity consistently, the pre-New 52 Connor was half-black, half-white. He looks simply Caucasian here.

     Captain Steel (Hank Heywood Jr.)

An operative of the World Army. His father replaced his skeleton with an experimental metal to counter a bone disease that would have killed him by his 18th birthday. However, this left him with reduced emotions.

  • Adaptation Name Change: Pre-New 52, the character was Commander Steel or Citizen Steel or just Steel. Captain Steel is a new one.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father committed suicide to prevent Apokolips from discovering his research.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In Future's End, he was captured, and vivisected by Cadmus at some point.
  • Race Lift: He's Filipino and possibly half-Caucasian—he has an Anglo surname, but it isn't stated whether he's biracial or adopted.
  • The Stoic: Just before going on the Red Torpedo expedition into the Rio de Janeiro firepit, he makes it a point to say just how little he cares about anything.
    • Not So Stoic: The above sets up the payoff of Captain Steel quickly returning from the pit, barely alive, practically in hysterics over encountering a highly dangerous entity he calls the Red Lantern.

     Red Tornado (Lois Lane)

An experimental gynoid with the power to manipulate wind the World Army has been attempting to perfect for years. However, its operating system only begins to run properly when General Sam Lane uploads the mind of his dead daughter, Lois.


     Solomon Grundy

A vicious zombie and an avatar of "The Grey", a sentient force that exists within the Earth to wipe it clean for new life to evolve from scratch. His presence causes everything to die. Since the Grey cannot stop him once released and he cannot die, Green Lantern exiles him to the moon. However, his Villains' Month issue opens with him crashing back to Earth.

According to his Villains' Month issue, he was originally simply a butcher living in the South during the late 1800s. After years of hardship and his boss molesting his wife until she committed suicide, he snapped and killed everyone in the shop, then himself.

  • Complete Immortality: Every time he's ripped apart, he simply regenerates, and he will likely last forever, since he's a zombie that feeds on life force. Even disconnecting him from the Grey and dropping him on the moon doesn't seem to do any good besides getting him out of the way.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Green Lantern, the avatar of the Green.
  • Madness Mantra: The Solomon Grundy nursery rhyme, which he originally sang to his baby; the poem turns into this trope during his Murder-Suicide.
  • Murder-Suicide: In his origin he kills all his coworkers, then himself.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Green Lantern defeats him by putting him in a place where there is no life for him to corrupt. Namely, the moon.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Solomon's wife.
  • The Undead
  • Walking Wasteland: He's a pretty powerful one. The wasteland continually spreads at a rate that can desertify the entire planet within three days.


High Marshall of Darkseid's forces. After the Apokolips War is finally won and the Boom Tubes are sealed, he is stuck on Earth 2. After five years, he has decided he is content with his being marooned and rejects Darkseid to conquer the world for himself.

     Brutaal (Clone Superman)

One of Steppenwolf's three Hunger Dogs.

  • Beware the Superman: Literally.
  • Big Bad: For the Dark Age arc and the Kryptonian arc.
  • The Dragon: To Steppenwolf.
  • The Dreaded
  • Evil Knockoff: As revealed in Issue #26.
  • Mythology Gag: As he begins to crumble and die, the chain holding up his cape and "S" shield breaks and causes the shield to swing around and turn backward. While he's never named as such, his appearance and quickly deteriorating grammar ("") in this scene make him a dead ringer for Bizarro.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over
  • Super-Persistent Missile: Unlike Superman, his Eye Beams can change angle like Darkseid's Omega Beams. Superman's clone has been enhanced with a portion of the Omega Force, Darkseid's power source.


Daughter of Steppenwolf and Earth-2's Wonder Woman.

Tropes relating to her original Earth-Two iteration can be found here.

     The Hunger Dogs


Assassin of Apokolips. Like Steppenwolf, trapped on Earth 2. Unlike Steppenwolf, still loyal to Darkseid.


     Mister Miracle (Scot Free)

A New God and an expert escape artist.

     Big Barda

  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Double-crosses the heroes to serve Darkseid again, then switches sides back and forth just to hide and protect her own neck.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: As per standard, Barda's taller than Scott by several feet.

     Aquawoman (Queen Marella)

The queen of Atlantis. The World Army holds her in stasis for reasons unknown, but Batman II decides to free her to gain an ally against Apokolips.

  • Anti-Hero
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her stomach is completely exposed.
  • Distaff Counterpart: For Aquaman.
  • Made of Iron
  • Making a Splash:
    • As she tells her former captors, most of the human body is water — and she can remove all of it with a thought.
    • She can give you a stroke by moving cerebro-spinal fluid into the ventricles of your brain.
  • Mythology Gag: The name Aquawoman is one that Mera, Aquaman's wife/girlfriend, is called by civilians in the mainstream universe. She doesn't like it, and neither does Marella.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Like Aquaman, is the ruler of Atlantis who kicks ass.

     The Graysons

A civilian family, living in the World's Army refugee camp. Dick Grayson is a journalist, while his wife Barbara is a cop. Together, they have a son, Johnny.

  • Action Girl: Barbara, as she is a Fair Cop.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Dick has one of these moments in the monthly issue.
  • The Everyman: According to lead writer Daniel H. Wilson, Dick will provide an ordinary person's perspective of the upcoming war.
  • Happily Married: With a kid.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Dick is more a mild-mannered Nice Guy, while Barbara, as a cop, is more confrontational
  • Papa Wolf/Mama Bear: Dick and Barbara are rather protective of their son, in their own ways.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Barbara gets shot while the Graysons attempt to board a train, leaving Dick grieving over her.
  • Tempting Fate: Dick often talks about how the family needs to stick together. Sadly, they don't.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After losing his wife and spending a few days with Ted Grant, Dick somehow manages to become a very competent fighter. He's also shown piloting a fighter ship alongside Thomas Wayne, with no explanation as to how he learned to fly a ship, or how he met Thomas.

     Lee Travis

A reporter for the Global Broadcasting Company.

  • Composite Character: Has the name and job of the original Crimson Avenger, but the race and gender of the second.
  • Gender Flip: The name previously belonged to a male in his pre-New 52 incarnation as the Crimson Avenger.
  • Race Lift: Was Caucasian, now African-American.


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