Alan Wellington Scott is the original Green Lantern. Bill Finger and Martin Nodell created the character in 1940, long before Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps were a twinkle in John Broome's eye.
Engineer Alan Scott was traveling on a train when it derailed in a fiery crash, thanks to a sabotaged bridge. Everyone else on the train died, but Alan survived thanks to the protective powers of a mysterious green lantern. A voice filled his mind instructing him to fashion a power ring from the lantern's metal. After bringing the saboteurs to justice, Alan Scott adopted the identity and garish costume of the Green Lantern, the better to make an impression on the criminals he fought against. He climbed his way up the social ladder to become first a broadcaster, and later the owner of Gotham City's biggest media corporation. Meanwhile, as the Green Lantern, he helped found the Justice Society of America and kept Gotham safe from supervillains, fascists, and other threats.
Alan's super-hero career spanned the 1940s, but he retired with the rest of the JSA around 1950. Later this would be revealed to be as a result of Joint Congressional Un-American Activities Committee, who demanded that the members of the JSA reveal their identities. They all refused and retired from the scene. Alan continued his career in broadcasting until the appearance of Hal Jordan as Green Lantern led him out of retirement. He was revealed to operate on Earth-2, in a different dimension from Hal Jordan, and the two universes crossed over many times as the Justice Society met their counterparts in the Justice League.
Then the Crisis on Infinite Earths occurred, and history changed. The Earths were merged, and now shared a common history. Alan became one of the elder statesmen of the superhero community, an honorary member of the GLC, and a father-figure in the new JSA. He's become a mentor to the younger Green Lanterns, especially Kyle Rayner. Just prior to the Crisis, he learned that he had two children by his first wife Rose Canton, also know as the Thorn: Jade, who possessed the power of his ring as an inherent ability, and Obsidian, who had the opposite power—manipulating darkness instead of light.
Alan had also learned that his lantern was in fact the power battery of an ancient Green Lantern that had merged with the Starheart, a sentient mass of wild magic in the form of a green flame, exiled by the Guardians of the Universe. The Starheart briefly became one with him, and for a while he took a new name, Sentinel, but when the green flame nearly consumed him, he externalized the power again and became Green Lantern once more. Later, he harnessed the Starheart's power to create the Emerald City on the dark side of the moon, a haven for mystical creatures from many worlds. He reconciled with his son, and in the last few adventures of the Justice Society, was apparently killed stopping the villain Darken, leaving the other members of the Justice Society to mourn his passing.
- (1940-1948) All-American Comics Vol 1
- (1940-1951) All-Star Comics Vol 1
- (1941-1949) Green Lantern Vol 1
- (1942-1948) Comic Cavalcade Vol 1
- (1963-1984) Justice League of America Vol 1 intermittent appearances
- (1965-1979) Green Lantern Vol 2 intermittent appearances
- (1976-1978) All-Star Comics Vol 1
- (1981-1987) All-Star Squadron
- (1984-1988) Infinity, Inc.
- (1985-1985) America vs. the Justice Society
- (1985-1986) Crisis on Infinite Earths
- (1987-1989) Young All-Stars Vol 1
- (1993-1993) Justice League Europe Vol 1 intermittent appearances
- (1991-1991) Justice Society of America Vol 1
- (1991-2004) Green Lantern Vol 3 intermittent appearances
- (1992-1993) Justice Society of America Vol 2
- (1993-1996) Guy Gardner: Warrior Vol 1
- (1994) Zero Hour!
- (1994-1996) Damage Vol 1
- (1994-2001) Starman Vol 2
- (1995-1996) Fate Vol 1
- (1997-1998) The Book of Fate Vol 1
- (1998-1998) Green Lantern/Sentinel: Heart of Darkness Vol 1
- (1999-1999) Day of Judgment Vol 1
- (1999-2000) Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. Vol 1
- (1999-2006) JSA Vol 1
- (1999-2001) JLA Vol 1 intermittent appearances
- (2002-2003) Doctor Fate Vol 3
- (2004-2005) JSA: Strange Adventures Vol 1
- (2005-2006) Day of Vengeance Vol 1
- (2005-2008) JSA Classified Vol 1
- (2006) Infinite Crisis
- (2006-2009) Green Lantern Vol 4 intermittent appearances
- (2006-2011) Justice League of America Vol 2 intermittent appearances
- (2006-2008) Checkmate Vol 2
- (2006-2007) 52 Vol 1
- (2007-2008) Black Adam: The Dark Age Vol 1
- (2008-2009) Trinity Vol 1
- (2009-2010) JSA vs. Kobra Vol 1
- (2009-2009) Solomon Grundy Vol 1
- (2009-2010) Blackest Night Vol 1
- (2010-2011) DC Universe: Legacies Vol 1
- (2010-2011) Brightest Day Vol 1
- (2017-2019) Doomsday Clock
- DC Universe Online voiced by Jason Phelps
- Young Justice cameo
TropesGolden Age/Earth Two, New Earth iterations
- Ambiguously Gay: The Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular heavily implies that Alan is a closeted gay man, and that Jimmy, his "friend" who died during the train wreck, was actually his lover.
- Armoured Closet Gay: In the Post-Crisis - pre-Flashpoint timeline, he told his son Todd that he couldn't accept being gay as normal, yet after Alan was restored in Doomsday Clock, the Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular implied that Alan was a closeted gay man himself and Jimmy was in fact his lover. He later came out in DC Infinite Frontier.
- Back from the Dead: Doomsday Clock's finale not only sees Dr. Manhattan undo the Ret-Gone he pulled on Alan, but also Alan's Heroic Sacrifice against D'Arken.
- The Big Guy: Frequently considered the most powerful of the JSA, and is sometimes mentioned to be physically quite large as well.
- The Cape: He's always been the classic cape archetype, and as far as post-Crisis DC canon is concerned, he was the first Cape.
- The Chosen One: The mysterious power of the lantern chose Alan to bestow great power upon him.
- Cool Old Guy: He fought in WWII, and is still a part of the JSA.
- Determinator: The Green Lantern Corps' ring may be powered by willpower.... But Alan Scott wrote the BOOK on willpower!
- Closet Gay: As of 2020, it's been implied Alan, much like his son Obsidian and his own New 52 Earth 2 counterpart, is himself gay. He's officially out as of DC Infinite Frontier #0.
- Energy Being: In the New Age, although he was unaware of this at first, Alan Scott's body is now composed entirely of the green energy he's channeled through his ring for 70 years.
- Fountain of Youth: In Generations Alan Scott uses his Green Lantern Ring to stave off the effects of old age, allowing him to fight crime for four decades before finally retiring and passing the torch to Kyle Rayner.
- Gratuitous Animal Sidekick: He was virtually squeezed out of his own book at the tail end of the Golden Age by his own dog, aka "Streak, the Wonder Dog."
- Heroic Sacrifice: He broke his vow about not using the Starheart to save his friends by the fallen god called D'Arken dying in the process.
- Never Found the Body: After releasing the Starheart energies to defeat D'Arken, Alan's body begins to incinerate. Afterwards, the JSA attend a funeral for Alan, whom they believe to be dead.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Owner of his own communications company and president of Gotham's broadcasting stations.
- I Minored in Tropology: In All-Star #2, Alan Scott suddenly has the medical knowledge to both perform an autopsy and fabricate a cure for a drug that is turning men into very strong and obedient soldiers for an (implied) Nazi agent. The explanation? He took a few years of pre-med in college.
- Late Coming Out: DC Infinite Frontier #0 sees him come out to his kids.
- MayDecember Romance: After he was youthened to twenty-five, with his wife remaining around sixty-five.
- Meta Origin: In the Generations universe, Alan Scott's powers come from a missing fragment of the central power battery, giving it a common origin with the other Lanterns even if he didn't originally intend it.
- Mr. Exposition: He provides Kyle, when he becomes the new Green Lantern, with some info about the Green Lantern Corps and what has happened with Hal Jordan.
- My Greatest Failure: His son, Obsidian, turned into a crazy monster influenced by the Shadowlands. He got better.
- Older Than They Look: As with most of the JSA he had his aging slowed due to exposure to temporal energy, then aged rapidly after Extant removed it. His life was saved when he was youthened to about twenty-five after becoming one with the Starheart; when he separated himself from it he aged a few decades closer to his chronological age, but not quite.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Alan Scott had admitted that he would never fully be able to accept homosexuality as normal even though his son was gay. This was before the 2020 implication that he himself was a closeted gay man.
- Retcon: In-universe. After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, he was swapped in for the the now-Ret-Gone Golden Age Superman when it came to previously-documented adventures.
- Ret-Gone: Doomsday Clock #8 reveals Doctor Manhattan casually murdered Alan by making him unable to reach the lantern when it would've saved his life all those years ago, aborting his existence as Green Lantern and one of the fundamental reasons why the current DC Universe is such a nightmare. Issue 12 not only sees Manhattan undo this, but Alan's original death fighting D'arken.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Unlike the Oa-based Green Lanterns, Alan's weakness is not the color yellow, but wooden objects. Also unlike the other Lanterns, he still has this weakness.
- It's suggested that this weakness is psychosomatic; he has a limit to his powers because he thinks he should.
- The Worf Effect: Alan Scott became a regular victim of this in Justice Society of America (New Age). Happened at least once in JSA's run when Blackbriar Thorn stabbed him through the heart and almost killed him. Happened again in two consecutive storylines when the Nazis killed him (sending Jay Garrick into a rage) and again in Marc Guggenheim's first issue as writer when the unknown super-terrorist broke Alan's neck in five seconds flat (sending Jay Garrick into a rage).
- Zorro Mark: In his early Golden Age adventures, Alan would often knock out a villain with a left haymaker, leaving an imprint of his ring (at least temporarily) on his foe's cheek.
New 52 Incarnation
Since the New 52's recreation of Earth-2, Alan and other Golden Age heroes are a part of this alternate universe. Once again depicted as a young man on a very different Earth, Alan is homosexual in the new universe. His power derives from the Earth and "green growing things" rather than a magic lantern or the Starheart. He wears a green bodysuit rather than the old theatrical costume, and is explicitly intended as a replacement for that worlds Superman. A very different man on a different "Earth 2", it remains to be seen if this Alan Scott will last as long as the original.
See Earth 2 characters page.
A power source created by the Guardians of the Universe. Ages ago, before the Green Lantern Corps was formed, the Guardians gathered up all the chaos magic they could in a mass of energy and sealed it within an orb of their green light. The Starheart drifted for eons until a piece of it fell to Earth, where it was found by a man in China who fashioned into a lamp—from which, millennia later, Alan Scott would fashion his power ring. The Starheart imbued his children with its power—Jade gained the power of the green light, while Obsidian gained the shadow power of the dark magic.
The Starheart is alive. Its sentience has at times called itself the Lord of the Green Flame and, during Brightest Day, possessed Alan Scott and his children. With the JSA and JLA's help, Scott absorbed the Starheart into himself and used its power to create the Emerald City on the dark side of Earth's moon.
The daughter of Alan Scott, Jade inherited her father's powers, but without the need for a power ring. She got her start as a superhero with Infinity, Inc., a group made up of the teenage progeny of the Justice Society of America. Years after Infinity disbanded, she met and fell in love with Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, who created a power ring for her to use, making her an honorary Green Lantern. Jade died (like so many of Kyle's girlfriends) saving the Polaris system in Infinite Crisis, but was resurrected by the White Light at the end of the Blackest Night.
During the New 52, Alan Scott was reverted in age to be far too young to have adult children, and was also retconned into being gay. As a result, Jade and Obsidian were wiped from existence, but Jade at least make an apperance in the Ame-Comi Girls universe. As of Doomsday Clock, however, the twins have been reintroduced into continuity.
- Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Jennie becomes so frustrated with Kyle's long forays into space that she cheats on him, bringing their relationship to a messy end. She never stops loving him, however, and feels that he was the one to actually end the relationship by choosing Oa over her.
- Action Girl: She might not be as powerful as her father or Kyle, but she is more than capable of defending herself.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Has green skin.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: When Jennie and Kyle were an item, she frequently worried that he wasn't as invested in their relationship as she was, and felt jealous of Alexandra De Witt and Donna Troy (and, arguably, the entire Green Lantern Corps).
- Did Not Get The Guy: Jennie's interpretation of how things ended between her and Kyle. From her perspective, Kyle ended their relationship by choosing Oa over Earth, leaving Jennie heartbroken. When she finally confronts him about this, however, Kyle points out that her version of events overlooks the fact that she cheated on him and then died shortly thereafter.
- Fanservice Model: By the time Kyle met her, Jade was a model and photographer. Because of her sensuous personality, she's more considered as this instead of a Fashion model.
- Green Thumb: Sometimes, Depending on the Writer she's shown to have inherited her mother's ability to control plants.
- Happily Adopted: When she first debuted, Jennie felt so loyal to her adoptive parents (who, unlike Todd's, were functional and loving) that she decided to keep the surname 'Hayden' instead of changing it to 'Scott.' However, her bonds with her biological family became so intense that she grew apart from her adoptive family, something that she felt guilty about in later years.
- It's All About Me: Jennie is very prone to becoming swept up in her emotions, and frequently overlooks the feelings of others when making decisions.
- Legacy Character: Played with. Jade doesn't have a secret identity, but during 52 a woman named Nicki Jones, who had gained superpowers through Lex Luthor's Everyman Project, assumed the "Jade" identity. Since then, she has been Put on a Bus, allowing Jenny to remain as the sole Jade.
- Ms. Fanservice: She has the Most Common Superpower and even had one Stripperiffic uniform that showed off her midriff and her legs.
- Power Palms: Jade had a special star-shaped birthmark on one of her hands that let her use her Green Lantern Ring-type power.
- Ret-Gone: In the New 52 as Alan Scott was reverted in age to be far too young to have adult children. It later turned out this implicitly applied to the main universe version of Jade and not just any counterpart she may have had on the new Earth-2, when it turned out Alan was murdered by Doctor Manhattan before he became Green Lantern. Which meant her's and her brother's existence were literally nullified by Manhattan.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her nickname is alternately spelled as 'Jenny' or 'Jennie.'
- Stuffed into the Fridge: She even lampshades it when she Came Back Wrong. She's fine now.
- There's No Place Like Home: Even though Jennie initially accompanies Kyle into space, she never stops regarding New York City as home, and is eager to return. As Kyle quickly starts to feel more comfortable in space than on Earth, this ultimately leads to their break-up.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Like her father, Jade's powers are useless against wooden objects.
- Women Are Wiser: As written by Judd Winick, Jennie was frequently portrayed as more practical and perceptive than Kyle.
The son of Alan Scott and twin brother of Jenni-Lynn Hayden/Jade. Like Jade, he joined up with the Infinity, Inc.. After they disbanded, he went through some issues in his life, including succumbing to his own demons and became evil for a while. Thanks to the help of his father and friends, he recovered from that incident and retired. During the events of Brightest Day, however, he quit from retirement and became a superhero once more. Wielder of the Shadowlands, he acts as the security system for the JSA brownstone as his shadow powers allow him to be aware of the entire building at once. Obsidian is also notable for being one of DC's openly gay heroes.
- Abusive Parents: His adoptive father Jim Rice.
- Blessed with Suck: Todd can feel every negative emotion in people around him, can bring out negative emotions in others, and can manipulate shadows to attack and engulf people. Understandably, Todd sometimes has a hard time believing he's a good person given the way his powers have mostly negative effects on people.
- Casting a Shadow: Unlike his sister Jade, whose powers resemble their father's, Obsidian has various shadow-based powers from his father's exposure to shadow energy after a battle with Ian Karkull. Obsidian is connected to the Shadowlands, a dimension of primordial, quasi-sentient darkness. At will, Obsidian can merge with his own shadow and possess the shadows of others. In his shadow form, he is stronger than in human form, can pass through solid objects and can fly. After being corrupted by the Shadowlands, Obsidian was able to control his shadow powers to the point that he could grow to enormous size and create objects out of shadow, in a similar way that his father and sister can create objects out of green energy.
- FaceHeel Turn: Once he went off his medication, he started listening to the voices inside and outside his head telling him to hurt people.
- Hearing Voices: It didn't help that one of the voices Todd heard was actually a Golden Age supervillain with a grudge against the JSA.
- In the Blood: He inherited a tendency toward mental instability from his mother.
- Luke, You Are My Father: He found out he was adopted right before he graduated high school, and met his sister Jenni. They speculated that Alan Scott/Green Lantern might be their biological father, and set out to meet him.
- No Medication for Me: Averted. He's taking medication for his schizophrenia, and it works for him. When he starts acting strangely, Liberty Belle worries aloud that he's quit his meds.
- Retcon: The source of his powers via the Brightest Day event. Before his powers came from the Shadowlands via Ian Karkull (who is also the reason why the JSA age so well when not given another reason) now it's implied that he got that his powers from the Starheart, same as his sister.
- Ret-Gone: As of the New 52, he doesn't exist in the new universe, as his father isn't married. And now a gay man himself (in fact, Word of God is that Alan was made gay at least in part to make up for the loss of Obsidian). It later turned out this implicitly refers to the main version of Obsidian and not just any counterpart of his on the new Earth-2, as Doctor Manhattan murdered Alan before he became Green Lantern and this nullified Obsidian's existence alongside Jade's.
- Separated at Birth: from his twin sister, Jennifer-Lynn Hayden AKA Jade.
- Sibling Team: With Jade.
- Straight Gay: His relationship is mostly in the Manhunter comic.
- There Are No Therapists: Averted. Todd spent several months in a DEO mental hospital. Alan and Jenn-Lynn were shown visiting him.
- The Unfavorite: Alan was in contact with Jenny-Lynn and lost track of Todd for several months and only found him again when Todd covered Milwaukee in darkness during the "Darkness Rising" arc.
When Alan Scott was incapacitated by a group of thugs, a simple taxi driver called "Doiby" Dickles donned a makeshift Green Lantern costume and came to his rescue. Impressed by his spirit, Scott invited Doiby to become his sidekick and eventually revealed his identity to him. Doiby filled the role of comic sidekick, but was also a solid and dependable help for Alan.
Doiby was revisited during the Silver Age, where it was revealed that he fell in love with Princess Raima of the planet Myrg. Rather than return home with Scott, he married the beautiful extraterrestrial and has remained on Myrg since. His few modern day appearances are a sequel to this story in an issue of Green Lantern Corps Quarterly, and some involvement in a couple of adventures with Young Justice.
- Beware the Silly Ones: There's no doubting he's the comic relief of Green Lantern's adventures, but he's usually good for taking out a few Mooks of his own in every fight too at the very least. Plus it takes some serious stones to be willing to face down Solomon Grundy and a bunch of gangsters, especially after it seemed for the whole chapter like Green Lantern had finally met his match and might not be coming to save the day this time.
- Brooklyn Rage: He had an exaggerated Brooklyn accent and propensity for wrench-related violence.
- Bumbling Sidekick: Bumbling for comic relief on occasion, but also very competent on occasion.
- I Call It "Vera": His cab is named "Goitrude".
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: In his Young Justice appearances, Doiby is drawn to look like Mickey Rooney.
- Put on a Bus: Doiby was written out in Green Lantern #45, but since he and Alan were only occasional guest stars in Hal Jordan's book at this point, it's not as bad as it might have been.
A secretary at Alan Scott's broadcasting company, Molly Mayne fell in love with Green Lantern, so she adopted the costumed persona of the Harlequin to commit harmless crimes to attract his attention (to no avail, as he loved only one thing—fighting crime). Over the years, she joined numerous gangs, including the Injustice Society, only to covertly betray them; Green Lantern eventually learned she'd been hired by the FBI to infiltrate them. After this, Green Lantern revealed his secret identity to her and the two were married.
- Alliterative Name: Molly Mayne.
- Badass Normal: All she had were her themed gadgets and her wits, and yet was still portrayed as an equal to Green Lantern.
- Deal with the Devil: Deeply insecure by the apparent age difference between her and Alan (who was more or less ageless) she sold her soul to Neron in Underworld Unleashed to gain eternal youth (and got the ability to induce nightmares to boot). Alan went into Hell to break her out, restoring her old age. Later, he'd lose his ageless appearance.
- Enigmatic Minion: During her days with the Injustice Society, she showed inscrutable behavior, sometimes fighting the heroes and sometimes covertly helping them. All was explained when it turned out she was an FBI infiltrator.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: They project illusions.
- Happily Married: To Alan Scott, apart from a few small bumps on the road—like when he was de-aged to 25 and she was still in her 60's.
- Harmless Villain: By design Molly's villain activities were small time and didn't endanger people as she was doing it for a bit of fun and to get Green Lantern's attention. She later was outright working for the government as a mole in villain groups.
- Retired Badass: Eventually quit the costumed adventurer biz.
- The Mole: For the FBI within the Injustice Society.
- Thememobile: Sometimes drove the Harlequin-Car: a car with windscreen in the form of Harlequin's glasses.
Jimmy Henton was a train engineer and friend of Alan's who was killed when Albert Dekker sabotaged a bridge the train Alan was on was crossing. It was in the aftermath of this accident, which Alan survived due to the Starheart, when Alan became the Green Lantern.
- Black Dude Dies First: While Jimmy's skin wasn't colored differently than Alan's in his first appearance later flashbacks to him make it clear he's African American. He also dies pretty much as soon as Alan is introduced to give Alan a motive for turning hero.
- Bury Your Gays: While Jimmy was firmly in the closet there were hints over the years through flashbacks that he wasn't straight and once he was brought back into continuity with DC Rebirth the fact that Jimmy was gay and in a relationship was made canon. He also died in his first ever appearance and pretty much every subsequent appearance has been as a flashback or photo. The 80th Anniversary Special implies his lover was in fact Alan himself.
- Death by Origin Story: Jimmy was a friend and possible lover of Alan's who was killed in the same train wreck in which Alan gained access to the Starheart.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: When Alan woke from the injuries he sustained in the accident, and being introduced to the Starheart, the first thing he did was stumble over to cradle Jimmy's body.
- Race Lift: In Jimmy's original appearance he had textured black hair and a skin tone similar to Alan's, when he was shown in a comic in 1987 he was depicted as a white man with brown hair, in the Post-Crisis continuity he as African American, and in the DC Rebirth continutity he's a white man with brown hair again.
- AKA: Unknown"Hee hee! I'm so FOOLISH that only I would think of blowing a GAS bubble strong enough to carry me out of here!"
Nothing is known of the petty criminal before he escaped prison by blowing a bubble of sufficient strength to carry his weight and float over the prison walls. Succeeding, he took up the idea that he could succeed if the crimes seemed too foolish or too obvious. Crafted a dunce-capped costume for himself, he took the name the Fool.
- All Balloons Have Helium: The Fool escaped prison by blowing a bubble of sufficient strength to carry his weight and float over the prison walls.
- Dunce Cap: The Fool's costume incorporated one.
- My Little Panzer: What his arsenal was based around: seemingly innocent toys that were actually deadly weapons.
- Obfuscating Insanity/Obfuscating Stupidity: The Fool's crimes were based on him undertaking schemes that seemed completely moronic or completely insane.
Steven Sharpe was once an honest man, but a string of unlucky incidents convinced him that the only way to win at life was to cheat. He became the Gambler, a notorious bank robber who clashed with Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern. He also fought Starman and The Sandman, and was one of the founders of the Injustice Society. Years later, after losing everything he had to his gambling addiction, he committed suicide. He is survived by his granddaughter, Hazard, and his grandson, the new Gambler.
- The Gambler: Sharpe styles his criminal identity after a riverboat gambler, and uses a lot of weaponry in the form of gambling paraphernalia.
- Knife-Throwing Act: One of the skills the Gambler mastered during his time in the carnival was knife throwing.
- Master of Disguise: To the point that he claimed to no longer remember his true appearance.
- Trick Bullet: The Gambler carries a special Derringer, which can fire ammonia or blackout gas in addition to real bullets.
See JSA villains.
Knodar is a citizen of the year 2447 AD in a possible future where crime is a thing of the past and all of society's needs are met by machines. Knodar rebelled against this sterile system by becoming the 'Last Criminal', but was soon caught, and placed in a cell in a customized prison uniform. He escaped and time traveled back to 1947, where he embarked on a crime spree which was stopped by the Green Lantern before being returned home, and to jail, by a man from his own time named Dalmyr. He nonetheless escaped and tangled with the Green Lantern again at least twice more before the end of the 1940s, and later resurfaced during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, whereupon he was challenged by the Star Spangled Kid and private detective Jonni Thunder.
- Born in the Wrong Century: Knodar comes from the year 2447 A.D. Everyone's needs and whims are met by machines so that there is no incentive to steal, therefore no reason to create a crime or criminals. The one person who liked this idea of being a criminal was Knodar. He was inspired from old gangster movies. In his initial try at being a criminal he was caught and placed in a cell for all to see as a social anomaly. He escaped to 1947 and began a crime spree with stolen tech from his time period in an era where a criminal was regarded as a threat rather than an oddity.
- Cool Mask: Knodar's domino mask is actually tatooed on to his face.
- Institutional Apparel: Knodar's bodysuit covered in 'P's (for 'Prisoner') is actually his prison uniform. It was created especially for him because society had not had a criminal in living memory.
- Magic Tool: Knodar carries a device called the Magitron: This device can create anything that the wielder wants, even time machines.
- Nice Hat: When returned in the 1980s, Knodar added a fedora to his costume: taken off the body of a gangster he murdered.
In the late 1940s, a man we now know only as "Sky Pirate" owned and commanded the zeppelin "The Flying Dutchman", and his modus operandi was to bump his airship right up against a penthouse apartment, or other target, and then deploy his pirate crew to invade it, strip it of valuables, and escape in minimum time. His hideout was a natural cave, in the Catskills Mountains.
- Cool Airship: The Flying Dutchman was a zeppelin used by the Sky Pirate and his gang. It had a paint job that resembled a pirate galleon; from far away it gave the appearance of being a flying pirate ship, which is exactly what it was. The ship could emit a smokescreen, which was used to disguise the airship as a cloud. When it docked, the airship ropes were almost invisible, and gave the impression that the Pirate, while balancing on such a line, was floating in the air.
- Death Trap: The Sky Pirate has a habit of using elaborate deathtraps to eliminate prisoners like Alan Scott and Doiby Dickles instead of killing them as quickly as possible.
- Sky Pirate: The Sky Pirate and his gang would rob skyscrapers by barding from the Sky Pirate's Cool Airship the Flying Dutchman.
- Trick Bullet: The Sky Pirate packed a replica flintlock pistol (modified to fire knockout gas, which was strong enough to subdue the Green Lantern).
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The Sky Pirate's main weakness is his terraphobia, a fear of being and/or feeling grounded. He loses confidence and skill when on flat ground or below it.
In the late 1800s, a shady businessman named Cyrus Gold was murdered and dumped in Slaughter Swamp outside Gotham City. For decades, rot, flotsam, and debris from the swamp built up around his body, until finally, in 1944, he rose from the swamp as a hulking zombie. Named Solomon Grundy by a group of drifters after the nursery rhyme (he was "born on a Monday"), he fought Green Lantern Alan Scott to a stand-still because his body was largely composed of wood, Scott's one weakness.
Every time Solomon Grundy is "killed", his body rises again from Slaughter Swamp the next Monday. However, every time he is reborn, Grundy has a different facet of Cyrus Gold's personality. His intelligence ranges from stupid to genius to mindless; his personality may be gentle, reclusive, or sadistic. In any case, Grundy is always a danger to those around him.
Because of Slaughter Swamp's proximity to Gotham, Grundy has sometimes gone up against Batman as well.
In the New 52's Earth 2, Grundy is the servant of a force called the Grey. When Alan Scott became the Green Lantern, Grundy appears at Washington DC to challenge him to a fight to death; with the intent to rid the Green of their champion and to rid the Earth of all life.
- Annoying Arrows: Green Arrow once shot Grundy with enough arrows to fill a pincushion, but inflicted no substantive damage. Given that Grundy is a) Immune to Bullets and b) already dead, this is entirely justified.
- Archenemy: Grundy has tangled with most of the DC Universe at one point or another, but Alan Scott is his most perennial foe, and vice-versa.
- The Brute: In supervillain team-ups he usually plays this role.
- Dumb Muscle: Usually less than brilliant.
- Evil Counterpart: To Alan Scott in the New 52.
- Genius Bruiser: Can be one if he regenerates with a high enough IQ.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Was an attempt by the Parliment of Trees to create a plant elemental like Swamp Thing, but prospective plant elementals need to have died in flames, and Gold had not.
- Healing Factor: Regenerates any injury eventually.
- HeelFace Turn: One the occasions when he awakens with a good aspect of Cyrus Gold's personality. Unfortunately, Cyrus wasn't a very nice guy. At all.
- HULK MASH!-Up: Although Solomon Grundy's creation in 1944 actually predates the Hulk, he is a massive Revenant Zombie with strength rivaling that of Superman and is impervious to most forms of harm including death. Later depictions of him have a more massive physique, third-person speech patterns, and low intelligence. The DC and Marvel co-produced Amalgam Comics line solidified the similarity by merging Hulk and Grundy to create The Skulk.
- Hulk Speak: In some versions.
- Human Pincushion: Grundy will often look this way after a brawl, with arrows, swords, knives, etc, all sticking out of his undead corpse.
- Immune to Bullets: At his weakest.
- Implacable Man: Nothing stops Grundy. Back in the Golden Age he was the only enemy of an individual member who was able to challenge the entire Justice Society by himself.
- Logical Weakness: As a plant based-being he's vulnerable to herbicidal chemicals.
- Man of Kryptonite: The wood in Grundy's body renders Scott's ring almost useless.
- Mundane Solution: After spending the whole chapter trying and failing to defeat Grundy with his power ring, ultimately Green Lantern defeated Grundy by fighting him bare-handed and throwing the zombie in front of a freight train.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: When confronting Green Lantern or Superman this can usually be counted among his powers.
- The Nth Doctor: Every time Grundy dies and comes back he has a different aspect of Cyrus Gold's personality, and differing levels of intellect and physical strength.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Falls under "Type V" (Voodoo). He was created by uncontrolled supernatural forces.
- Resurrective Immortality: Assuming that you can get past the Nigh-Invulnerability and the Healing Factor and actually put Grundy down, you still haven't won, because he won't stay dead. By the next Monday he'll have crawled out of Slaughter Swamp again and resumed his rampage.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: Grundy has fought everybody over the course of his existence, tangling with Superman, Batman, Green Arrow, the JLA, and the JSA, in addition to his original adversary, Green Lantern. This is likely due to both is proximity to Gotham, and the fact that his powers can be altered to make him an appropriate adversary for almost any hero.
- Super Strength: Though how much super strength varies. Sometimes Green Arrow and Batman can put him down, sometimes he can take hits from Superman.
- Tragic Villain: Very much Depending on the Writer; whether Grundy is a childish, rage-prone creature easily manipulated by others into evil or a bloodthirsty and cruel beast that enjoys causing mayhem can vary from one appearance to the next. The multiple unconfirmed and conflicting accounts of Cyrus Gold's death — robbed and left for dead, murdered by a blackmailing pimp, and lynched by a mob on suspicion of being a child molester — also bring into question whether he even deserved his original fate, let alone becoming Grundy.
- The Undead
- Walking Wasteland: In the New 52.
A former star athlete who was banned from playing professionally for cheating, Crock adopted a mask and instead chose a life of crime, where he would never have to play fair ever again.
- Badass Normal: He went up against Green Lantern, the wielder of unimaginable power, with mundane (wooden) sporting equipment. Dude had some serious guts...though being an Olympic-class athlete and exploiting Lantern's weakness helped.
- Blatant Lies: Boasts about having a champion's spirit, but he's just a cheating bully.
- Busman's Vocabulary: Crock peppers his speech with a lot of sporting metaphors.
- Cool Boat: The Injustice Society were competing to see who could pull off the most patriotically-themed crime, so Sportsmaster affixed jet engines to the USS Constitution and flew it.
- Daddy's Little Villain: His daughter Artemis Crock became a supervillain, first under her own name, then as the second villainous Huntress.
- Didn't See That Coming: His attempt to trap Harlequin using a fake case and kill her in revenge for betraying the Injustice Society went awry when it turned out her backup on said case was some dude by the name of, uh, "Superman"?
- Early Installment Character Design Difference: At first he was just a rough-looking guy. Later, he gained a distinctive mask.
- Faking the Dead: How his first encounter with GL ended. He repeated the trick a few times afterward.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Apparently his mastery of sports encompasses the ability to design sports-related gadgets or rig sports equipment with bombs, poison gas or such. Perhaps it makes more sense when you recall that he's also an expert at cheating.
- Instant Expert: Had the ability to instantly master any sport or sport-related talent like a world-record champion, no matter how obscure.
- Outlaw Couple: With the Huntress (Paula Crock).
- Swiss-Army Superpower: Car/boat/airplane/horse racing is a sport. Competitive shooting/archery is a sport. Martial arts, gymnastics, and track and field...all sports. Need we go on?
- Trick Arrow: Used a number of tricked-out sports gadgets.
- Unnecessary Roughness: Banned from sports after deliberately crippling a guy on the other team during a football game.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: During a fight with Green Lantern, he stunned GL with a baseball bat and blew up a corner store with an exploding baseball. The store's unstable owner, who'd looked upon Lantern as a sort of god, killed five people, including Gotham's Mayor, and carved the words "Made of wood" into their chests. The crime went unsolved for decades.
Rose Canton was a Golden Age Flash villain with a split personality. Her good side (Rose) was a mild-mannered botanist, but her evil side (Thorn) was a psychotic criminal with the power to control plants. She marry Alan and is the mother of Jade and Osbidian.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: She gave birth to Jade and Obsidian, but Rose left them to be adopted and never returned to Scott, fearing that Thorn might kill them.
- Fighting from the Inside: While in her Thorn persona, Rose occasionally fought to the surface, begging Flash for help and claiming Thorn was her "sister". After Thorn took over full-time, Rose managed to stab herself in the heart rather than kill her husband and children.
- Heroic Suicide: Rose eventually committed suicide to prevent her Thorn personality from doing further evil.
- In the Blood: She unfortunately passed her mental instability on to Obsidian, exacerbated by his powers.
- Green Thumb: She could control plants, thanks to the sap she was exposed to.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: Started out in The Golden Age Flash's gallery, and most of her fights were against him.
- Spike Shooter: With thorns.
- Spectacular Spinning: She had the rather odd ability to spin at superhuman speeds, which she used to battle The Flash.
- Split Personality: As a child, Rose would blame the bad things she did on an imaginary friend by the name of "Thorn". As she grew, Thorn remained dormant in her psyche until, as a biology student, Rose was exposed to sap from a strange jungle root, which gave her superpowers, but altered her mind. After that, Thorn became a bona fide alternate personality.
- Split-Personality Takeover: Eventually, the Amazons of Paradise island managed to seemingly wipe out the Thorn personality via therapy, and Rose would dye her hair and start a new life under a new name. After romatically pursuing and marrying Alan Scott, Thorn suddenly resurfaced on their honeymoon and Rose was barely able to keep her from killing him, and pretended to have died. After that, Rose mostly lost her grip on Thorn, though she managed to put her kids up for adoption so Thorn couldn't hurt them.
- Super Reflexes: Could react quickly enough to fight The Flash.
- Trick Arrow: She had numerous trick thorns that she would use in a fight.
- Villainesses Want Heroes: Subverted. It is her good side (Rose) that fell in love with Alan Scott.
The immortal Vandal Savage has attempted to rule the world (and on a few occasions, succeeded) countless times since prehistory. Alan Scott was the first superhero who fought Savage, earning him the conqueror caveman's eternal hatred. Savage continues to clash with all of Earth's heroes to this day. See his own page for more.