A list of characters from the animated movie Justice League: Gods and Monsters and its tie-in media. Some spoilers will be unmarked.
The Justice League
- Anti-Hero: All of them are genuinely trying to do good, but their methods are... less than pleasant.
- Badass Crew: Aside from being a Super Hero team, we have an Alien Flying Brick, a Vampiric Serial-Killer Killer and a literal Physical Goddess.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Every single one of them had at least one traumatic event in his past, with Wonder Woman probably being the worst.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Thanks to their violent methods and disregard of the law, the Justice League isn't exactly well-regarded by the public opinion, with the media flat-out calling them terrorists. They get better by the end of the movie, however.
- Power Trio: Unlike most incarnations of the Justice League, which count at least five to seven members at their beginning, this one starts out with only its version of the big three.
- Thou Shall Not Kill: Averted, as a major departure from the more traditional despictions of the Justice League; these three have no qualm about using their powers to kill their enemies. By the end of the first movie however, Superman is seriously considering playing this trope straight.
- True Companions: Despite being more morally ambiguous than their mainstream counterparts, it's made rather clear they genuinely get along well. Superman and Batman have something of an Odd Friendship, and Superman is clearly sad to see Bekka go at the end of the movie.
Hernan Guerra (Superman)
- Voiced by Benjamin Bratt
In Krypton's final moments, Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van rushed to an incubation pod, in hopes of giving their genetic material so that the legacy of the Kryptonians could live on. After Lara gave hers, Jor-El was subjugated by Zod, who gave his genetic material instead. The pod would land on the faraway world of Earth in a land known as Kansas, found by a local farming couple... who reported it to the authorities. But before the baby inside could be discovered, an illegal immigrant family from Mexico took him as their own. In another life, the last son of Krypton might have been a kind, gentle, dedicated, and hopeful spirit. In this life, however, Hernan is not.
- All There in the Manual: So far, he is the only main character whose civilian name has only been mentioned in the comic tie-in. He is only known as Superman in the movie.
- Ambition Is Evil: At the beginning of the movie, he is seriously considering the option of taking over the world to ensure it becomes a better place. He gets better by the end.
- Badass Beard: Inherited from his father.
- Badass Longcoat: In contrast with mainstream Superman's trademark cape, this one wears this instead.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: He certainly finds Lois Lane attractive, but he finds her personality less than desirable, so he flips from obviously checking her to being passive-aggressive with her. When Lois is out of earshot, he agrees with Bekka that she's a "bitch".
- Child by Rape: A variation. Hernan was not naturally conceived, rather the plan was for Jor-El and Lara to provide their genetic codes to an escape pod that would grow their child on the way to its destination. However, after Lara provided her genetic material, Zod attacked and decided to put his own material into the escape pod instead of Jor-El's. So while Zod didn't touch Lara, Hernan's conception was not remotely consensual on Lara's end.
- Composite Character: He's basically Chris Kent from Last Son as Superman, with Clark's biological mother.
- Eye Beams: As it usually is the case with Superman.
- Flying Brick: Super-humanly fast, strong and durable, capable of flying and has powerful Eye Beams, as usual with Superman.
- Friends with Benefits: The comic shows that Hernan and Bekka have been intimate.
- Genius Bruiser: While not a scientist like Batman, he is shown to have some knowledge of kryptonian technology (at least enough to operate it and adapt it to the Justice League Tower), and uses his smarts to defeat the combined Metal Men during the climax of the movie.
- Good Is Not Nice: He is trying to do good, and he has a good side, but he isn't exactly tactful, especially in his relationship with authorities.
- Happily Adopted: Hernan loves his parents just as much as Clark loves the Kents.
- I Am Not My Father: Once he finds out his father was the real person responsible for the destruction of Krypton, he decides he would rather not follow this path and goes as far as seriously considering to change his methods to ensure it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is arrogant, hot-blooded, cynical and shares some of his father's dark ambitions... But he also genuinely wants to protect Earth, goes out of his way to protect innocents, and wants to make the world a better place. He also has a lot of Pet the Dog moments, as listed below.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Having been raised by a couple of migrant workers, he has seen the ugliness of the world and his views on it are pretty cynical. He still became a superhero and worked his best to make it a better place.Superman: If I deliver justice on a heavy hand, it's because I have been on the receiving hand.
- The Leader: Typically the one who makes decision and leads the group.
- Meaningful Name: Albeit by accident, and only revealed in the tie-in - his adopted surname is Guerra, "war" in Spanish. Furthermore his first name is Hernan, which could be a reference to Spanish invader Hernan Cortes who conquered the Mexica empire. Appropriately warlike for the son of General Zod.
- My Greatest Failure: The comic reveals that, back when he was a child, he accidentally got his beloved foster sister crippled by failing to realize she wasn't as indestructible as he was. This ashamed him so much he spent an entire portion of his life avoiding to use his powers out of fear of injuring someone else, even though his sister didn't blame him for it.
- Nice Guy: Implies he will become this at the end.
- One-Man Army: To the point the government's plan to deal with the Justice League essentially involves finding ways to take him down, because they are under the impression they aren't that hard to defeat without him.
- Pet the Dog: Has several of these:
- In Bomb, he tries to comfort and help Brainiac control his powers, before reluctantly delivering him the Mercy Kill he requested.
- His tie-in comic shows he deeply cares about his foster family, and has him saving a group of children kidnapped by a Carta.
- Dialogue in the movie reveals he took Batman in the Justice League after finding him on the run from everyone, thus saving his life and giving him protection.Batman: Why you took me in, I'll never know.
Superman: You were hungry.
- Pragmatic Hero: He isn't openly blood-thirsty like Batman, but compared to Wonder Woman, his approach of superheroism is more cynical and pragmatic. He becomes a bit more idealistic by the end of the first movie.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He'll do whatever he wants and if you have a problem with that, too bad. These issues seem to stem from the prequel comic, where it is revealed that his parents disapproved of him using his powers for anything, even for good, except for one incident where they begged him to save a falling plane, where he called them hypocritical for it and refused to do anything to spite them.
- Physical God: Not a literal god like Bekka, but considering his powers he might as well be.
- Raised Catholic: His tie-in comic reveals that his family is strongly Catholic and Hernan was raised in the faith though he came to rebel against it in his teens. He does seem to have a sentimental fixation to the Virgin Mary however.
- Smug Super: The main reason he is so unpopular. Unlike Clark, Hernan does see himself as above the rest of humanity and has a hard time perceiving them as equals, nor does he have any qualm rubbing in the government's face they can't do much to stop him. He is genuinely trying to help everyone, but his arrogance make everyone fear what would happen if he went rogue.
- Teens Are Monsters: As a teen, he let a plane crash despite his parents begging him to do something, spitefully saying that it goes against what they've been telling him — don't use your powers and don't be a hero. He even maliciously smiles while watching the plane go up in flames.
- Took a Level in Kindness: By the end of the movie, after discovering the truth about his father and seeing Magnus going off the deep end, he starts reconsidering his methods and plans to go for a more traditional approach of super-heroism.
- Villainous Lineage: Played with; Hernan is a lot more aggressive and willing to kill than Clark ever could be, he also shows inclinations toward ruling the world. All of which seems to be implied to come from his father, Zod. On the other hand while still Happily Adopted, Hernan's adopted parents are low income Mexican immigrants, which has exposed him to the less than ideal America; there was also an incident with his sister that showed him the true dangers of his powers and the real difference between him and humans. This is implied to be where his cynical nature came from. In the end, though, Superman is still a good person trying to help the world, and since he shares the same mother as the original Superman this seems to imply that the biggest natural influence on both is Lara.
Kirk Langstrom (Batman)
- Voiced by Michael C. Hall
A graduate from Gotham University with his friends Will Magnus and Tina Magnus, he studied science in an effort to find a cure for his cancer. Believing he had found the cure to his condition, he used this nanite-infused serum on himself... only to find he had an insatiable hunger for blood, akin to a vampire. He was taken in by Superman and became a member of the Justice League, feeding on criminals and other wrongdoers to satisfy his bloodlust.
- Adaptational Heroism: Sort of. Kirk Langstrom, A.K.A. Man-Bat, is a supervillain in the mainstream Universe and one of Batman's minor rogues, but he also is usually depicted as a Tragic Villain. This incarnation, in reverse, is a Sociopathic Hero.
- All of the Other Reindeer: The comic reveals he was always considered something of a freak by most people in his hometown. Even his own father never really cared for him, due to not approving him being directed toward science rather than manual work.
- Ambiguous Disorder: It's implied even before he became Batman that his stoicism, lack of social skills, and laser focus on his topic of interests were already there, which suggests this trope is in action.
- Badass Bookworm: A brilliant scientist who also happens to be a vampire Batman.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: How he came to befriend Superman.
- Composite Character: He's Kirk Langstrom (Man-Bat in the comics) instead of Bruce Wayne.
- Creepy Good: Well, superhero or not, he is still a blood-sucking monster.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Though not the nicest guy either.
- Daywalking Vampire: He is seen in action during daytime several times in the movie, and doesn't appear to suffer any drawback.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Clearly has feelings for Tina but she instead dated and later married his best friend Will.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: As a side effect of his formula.
- Expy: He has a lot in common with Morbius the Living Vampire. Like, a lot.
- Flying Brick: Weaker than his two teammates, but he is still strong enough to punch through a human body, and fast enough to easily dodge bullets. He is also capable of flight, though he seems to do it thanks to his suit (kinda like Terry McGinnis) rather than as a natural ability.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Sort of. He is still more than willing to kill people gruesomely and suck their blood, but he feeds only on criminals. Whenever he interacts with civilians or other superheroes, he is a pretty decent person, if a bit asocial, and saves innocents like any superhero would.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Magnus until The Reveal. He and Superman are also quite close, with Batman noting that Superman took him in when he was deep in depression and tried to give him a purpose in life.
- Ill Boy: Before his transformation, he suffered lymphoma, and vampirized himself in an attempt to find a cure.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Draining the blood of Harley Quinn at the end of "Twisted". While the scene itself is definitely disturbing, considering the horrifying things Harley has been doing during said episode, its hard to say she didn't deserve it.
- Nice Guy: Despite his lack of social skills and his blood lust, he's polite to civilians, and even feels guilt about killing criminals.
- No Social Skills: Implied. He apparently only ever had two friends in his entire life (three if you count the comic) before he joined the Justice League, and is stated several times to spend most of his free time in his lab.
- We also see he loves Tina, and is a little jealous of her and Magnus together. But never says anything, as he's too focused on his experiments. Now he's too late to even tell her how he feels about her.
- Our Vampires Are Different: In his case, he is science-based vampire, created from combining a artificially created virus based on vampire bat DNA with Magnus' nanotechnology. This gave him distinctive vampiric features such as red eyes, pale skin, fangs and a cold body, as well as superhuman strength, speed and durability, at the cost of a Blood Lust he has to satisfy in order to survive. He however doesn't appear to be affected by sunlight (presumably, garlic and crucifixes wouldnt do anything, either), and can be seen in mirrors.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Unlike Bruce Wayne, this version of Batman is not afraid to kill criminals in cold blood.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has both natural red eyes as a side effect of his formula, and red goggles as part of his costume.
- Serial-Killer Killer: He deals with his vampiric bloodlust by targeting only criminals. Furthermore, he's voiced by the actor of one of the most famous examples of this trope ever written.
- Shrinking Violet: Was a male example before his transformation.
- The Smart Guy: Usually is the one operating machinery in the Justice League Tower, and he is a scientist in his civilian identity.
- Sociopathic Hero: Played with; the comic tie-in show he does have empathy for other people, and genuinely feels guilt for killing people. However, he tends to cast all these doubts aside whenever he goes after criminals and psychopaths, and regularly struggles with his blood lust. In-story, both he and those around him debate whether he is genuinely trying to be a hero or just using it as an excuse to satisfy his hunger.
- Token Evil Teammate: While he is genuinely a good guy who saves lives and tries to do good, he requires killing (or at least brutally injuring) his opponents to survive, and out of the trio he is the one who kills the most often and the most gruesomely. When Superman suggest they should stop killing people at the end of the movie, he reacts like this would be a hassle.
- Token Good Teammate: On the other hand, he has at least two regular friends he regularly talks to. Additionally, of the three, he's probably the closest of the Trinity that had a normal life on Earth.
Bekka (Wonder Woman)
- Voiced by Tamara Taylor
The granddaughter of Highfather, the leader of New Genesis. When she was arranged to marry Orion, son of Darkseid, to secure peace for New Genesis and Apokolips, she wasn't exactly pleased until Orion introduced himself. Sadly, this newfound love only built up to a wedding massacre against Apokolips' attendants by her own grandfather and people. Leaving the New Gods in anger, she met Superman and Batman on Earth, forming the Justice League.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Her sword is explicitly stated to be capable of cutting through everything.
- Adaptational Badass: Bekka in the mainstream universe is a scientist and rarely, if ever, takes part in fight. This one is Wonder Woman, and has all the badassery that comes with it. While this Bekka lacks the original's Charm Person powers, she makes up for it with her impressive fighting skills.
- Battle Couple:
- With Steve Trevor, though their relation has started to get strained by the time of the movie due to Bekka joining the Justice League.
- With Orion. Subverted in that in this universe, while he's not a stranger to combat, he prefers more passive activities to spend his time on.
- Black Swords Are Better: Her sword made by the best Smiths on Apokolips.
- Berserk Button: We don't recommend bringing up what happened at her wedding in any form.
- Boobs of Steel: Definitely fits given her Absolute Cleavage and, well, everything else.
- Broken Pedestal: The comic tie-in reveals she actually had a positive image in the public eyes at first, but lost a lot of her admirers when she started hanging around with Superman and joined the Justice League.
- But Now I Must Go: She leaves the team at the end of the movie to return to New Genesis and deal with her past once and for all. It's left unclear whether she will return or not.
- Cool Sword: One that can cut through anything and open portals to anywhere she wants.
- Combat Stilettos: She wears high heels in her costume. This is used against her when the Metal Man matching her uses it to frame her.
- Composite Character: Bekka from the New Gods as Wonder Woman. She's also the most removed from the character she shares her codename with because of it, as Chris Kent and Man-Bat were still respectively characters from the greater Superman and Batman lores. The only real ties the Wonder Woman and New Gods lores have to each other in the comics basically amounts to just existing in the same universe.
- Dominatrix: Implied to be this in her relationship with Trevor.
- Defector from Decadence: She left New Genesis out of disgust after her grandfather used her wedding to slaughter Darkseid and his council, killing her betrothed Orion in the process.
- Everybody Has Standards: She's a little weirded out when Hernan casually suggests that the League could easily take over the Earth.Bekka: You just got less sexy.
- Fiery Redhead: Red-haired, and quite a temper.
- Fish out of Water: As revealed in the comic, she was this when she first arrived on Earth; the duality of the planet especially puzzled her, since where she came from, Good and Evil were separated between two planets. By the time of the movie however, she has been on Earth for decades, so she has grown out of it.
- Flying Brick: Seemingly not as strong as Superman, but she still has superhuman physical abilities and can fly.
- Friends with Benefits: Bekka is a sexually active woman, with the comic showing that her and Hernan have been intimate and still are when ever Bekka feels like it. She is also intimate with Trevor. Both relationships have a distinct BDSM flavor, where her and Superman fight, break each others bones and then have sex, with Trevor it's a bit softer but there will still be violence then sex.
- Good Is Not Soft: She is closer to a traditional superhero than her two teammates and isn't particularly found of excessive violence. Doesn't mean she has qualms killing villains if she considers it's necessary.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: Frequently reminds this to Trevor about Superman. She distinctly says she belongs to no-one meaning that any sexual relation she is in is strictly pleasure. By the end, however...
- Lady of War: Fairly feminine and graceful, but also a skilled, super-strong fighter.
- Light Is Good: Wears a primarily white costume, and is the closest to a classic hero out of the three leads.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her outfit has an Absolute Cleavage, she is fairly sexually liberated (and implied to be into BDSM with Trevor), and her tie-in comic doesn't shy away from showing her naked at least once.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After Highfather killed Orion."If I had to do it over, I would have warned them all! I would have shouted to the skies!"
- Older Than They Look: Her comic tie-in reveals she has been around on Earth since at the very least before 1962, yet she still looks like a young woman. Probably because, being a New Goddess, she doesn't age.
- Physical Goddess: In her case, she literally is a New God.
- Really Gets Around: She is a lot more sexually liberated than other versions of Wonder Woman.
- Related in the Adaptation: The Bekka of the comics is the daughter of Himon, a scientist on Apokolips. Here, shes the granddaughter of Highfather.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She became attracted to Orion because he was different from his father, being that he showed his gentle side. This is an inversion of the main universe, where she had a type for bad boys like Orion and Batman.
- Teleportation Spam: She can make use of the Mother Box in her sword to do this.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Justified, as she can call it back to her afterwards.
- Token Good Teammate: By far the nicest of the trio, and while she isn't above killing (although in the comic, when they fight the Forever People, she suggests that because they're innocent people, they don't kill them which Superman soon enough objects to), she isn't as cynical as Superman nor as violent as Batman. Before becoming Wonder Woman, she apparently also was this to New Genesis, of all people.
- Tragic Keepsake: The sword she uses in combat was given to her by her late husband.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Superman for considering taking over the world at the beginning of the movie.
- Widowed at the Wedding: Her backstory. She was going to get married with Orion as a symbol of final peace between New Genesis and Apokolips, but her father used an underground rebellion to storm the festivities and killed Darkseid's entire council, including Orion. Disgusted, Bekka then ran away from them.
- Voiced by Penny Johnson Jerald
- Adaptational Heroism: She is more reasonable than her comic counterpart. Additionally, while she's got countermeasures made to deal with the league, given that Herman, Kirk, and Bekka start off a bunch of violent jackasses, it's hard to blame her.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In comparison to the mainstream and some other adaptations, where she can vary from being decent-looking, plain-looking, or even quite unattractive.
- Black Boss Lady: As usual with Waller.
- Everyone Has Standards: While still willing to develop means to fight and take down the Justice League in case they would go rogue, she is disgusted when Dr. Sivana suggests to nuke a city to stop Brainiac.
- Iron Lady: Female, president of the USA, and very commanding.
- Our Presidents Are Different: This version of Amanda Waller is the president of USA.
- Voiced by Tahmoh Penikett
- Amazon Chaser: Presumably the reason why he is in a relationship with Bekka. He does resent it a bit however.
- Battle Couple: With Bekka, though by the time of the movie, their relationship has become strained.
- Distressed Dude: In Big, where he has to be saved from Kobra by Wonder Woman.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He and his men actually manage to injure Superman using Red Sun guns during the climax of the movie.
- Friends with Benefits: Seems to be the closest description for his and Bekka's relationship. As it's more than implied they are sexually intimate, but just as heavily implied they are not a couple.
- Hero Antagonist: In the movie, due to working with the government and being the Inspector Javert.
- Inspector Javert: His position toward the Justice League when they are framed.
- Love Interest: To Bekka/Wonder Woman.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Just like in the mainstream universe, he is a very skilled fighter and competent military, but since he is dating Wonder Woman...
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: To the Justice League, before moving to Inspector Javert when they are framed. You can't really blame him when he gets mad at the Justice League for leaving a slaughter behind them and disregarding the law.
Dr. Thaddeus Sivana
- Voiced by Daniel Hagen
- Adaptational Heroism: Not that this version really is that likable, but he was a Card-Carrying Villain in the source material.
- Asshole Victim: He ends up amongst the scientists killed by the Metal Men.
- Bald of Evil: No hair on his head, and while not exactly evil, still quite a jerk.
- Jerkass: The little we get to see of him in action doesn't exactly make him appear as likable.
- Knight Templar: Took part in a project to eliminate Superman should he go rogue, and when said project goes awry, he suggest dealing with it by nuking a city.
- Lean and Mean: Rather skinny, and definitely not a nice guy.
- Sinister Shades: Wears a pair of dark glasses concealing his eyes.
- Token Evil Teammate: To the government. He seems way too comfortable with advising Waller to nuke a still inhabited city in order to stop Brainiac.
Civilians and Supporting Characters
- Voiced by Paget Brewster
One of the Justice League's most vocal and harshest critics, she serves as a reporter for PLANETNWZ.COM.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Seems to have a bit of this with Superman for the little time they interact with each others; when he acts nice toward her and offers her a tour of the Justice League Tower, she initially is genuinely in awe, but quickly goes back to criticizing his attitude, leading to them arguing.
- Character Development: After the Magnus incident, she praises the Justice League for saving the world and acknowledges they are true heroes.
- Composite Character: She seems to share some traits with Clark Kent, who doesn't exist in this universe, such as wearing glasses and her serious "mild-mannered" attitude.
- Intrepid Reporter: Though unlike her mainstream counterpart, she works on TV news rather than in a newspaper.
- It's Personal: As revealed in the prequel comic, her father was killed as collateral damage in one of Superman's heroics, making her bitter towards him and the League.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Her antagonism toward the Justice League does make sense when you consider they regularly murder criminals and disregard the authorities.
- Meganekko: As a notable departure from her mainstream counterpart, this Lois Lane wears glasses.
- She's Got Legs: Superman takes a moment to appreciate them before talking to Ms. Lane.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She indirectly gives one to the Justice League through one of her news broadcasts in the tie-in comic. After they defeat the Forever People, she reports on the collateral damage their battle did in Mumbay (of which her father was one of the many casualties) and says her father was a true hero, because he would have found another way to keep all those people from dying, which the Justice League wouldn't lift a finger to do.
- Unreliable Narrator: In the prequel comic, she is the narrator and she has a very obvious bias against Superman and seems to love Wonder Woman, at worst saying Bekka was being duped by Hernan.
- Voiced by Jason Isaacs
- Adaptational Heroism: While this version of Luthor still opposed Superman and worked on projects to take him down, his reasons for doing so were more understandable, he doesn't appear to have the usual Green-Eyed Monster side of his mainstream self, and he proves a hero by the end of the movie.
- Age Lift: This incarnation of Luthor is a bit older than he usually is depicted as in mainstream continuity; when Superman's pod arrived on Earth, he already was a grown man walking with a cane.
- Ambiguous Situation: At the start of the film, hes seen with a cane. By the present day, he gets around in his Cool Chair and its clear his muscles have atrophied extensively. Its unclear if his immobility is some kind of motor disease or just from being out in space for too long.
- Bald of Awesome: Though unlike mainstream Luthor, he apparently became bald of old age rather than following an accident.
- Big Damn Heroes: He shows up in the climax of the movie to stop the government's assault of the Justice League by telling them what's really happening.
- But Now I Must Go: Leaves along with Bekka at the end of the movie, having grown tired of this universe and wanting to visit new ones.
- Composite Character: By the end of the movie, he has essentially become this continuity's equivalent of Metron.
- Cool Chair: Has acquired one after moving to live in space.
- Voiced by C. Thomas Howell
- Adaptational Villainy: In the main DCU, he's a scientist trying to help humanity, but here, he's the Big Bad.
- Alas, Poor Villain: He's just so miserable before his death, it is hard not to feel a little bad for him. Especially since he acknowledges how far he's fallen and asks for Kirk's forgiveness.
- Ax-Crazy: He's a bloodthirsty lunatic who wants to take away free will.
- Bad Samaritan: Revealed to be this.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: For most of the movie, Magnus displays an affable Nice Guy facade, and along with Tina is one of the few people to actually treat Kirk kindly, even defending him in front of his other friends. By the end of the movie, it's revealed he actually is a sociopath who killed his own wife out of jealousy, was responsible for the entire plot of the movie, and intends to take away humanity's free will.
- Big Bad: He's the one behind the attacks on the scientists, having created shapeshifting robots to impersonate the Justice League.
- Big Bad Friend: Kirk's best friend since high school, and turns out to be the main villain by the end of the movie.
- Despair Event Horizon: He had one when he accidentally killed Tina, reasoning that, if someone as smart and good as him was capable of such a horrible act, the world was doomed. This is what caused him to lose it and work on a plan to annihilate free will.
- Domestic Abuser: Once hit his wife so hard he accidentally killed her.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Implied. His body language implies he was genuinely remorseful over accidentally killing Tina. And before he kills himself, he begs Kirk to forgive him.
- Faux Affably Evil: He speaks politely to Kirk about how he'll take away humanity's free will.
- Foil: To Kirk; whereas Kirk is asocial, gloomy and was obsessed with his research before his transformation, Magnus is cheerful, affable and apparently had quite a social life. And whereas Kirk, for all his Sociopathic Hero tendencies, is a good guy in the end, Magnus, behind his affable attitude, is a psychopath.
- After the monsters massacre the scientists' meeting at his house, conveniently, he's the only survivor, even though the monsters would've surely made sure they did their job. Being their creator, he likely made sure they did well, but not perfect when "killing" him.
- Who would know the Justice League well enough to almost successfully frame them? It makes no sense for the government to turn against its own workers, especially when these workers are one of the brightest minds on the planet and that they're working together for a common cause, that being a contingency plan against the Justice League. Like in Justice League when Luthor framed the League for firing the Watchtower, the government would see such as level of frame-up as too costly to innocent lives and their own resources and thus would not do it. This rules off the government as one of the suspects. Will, on the other hand, is a close friend of one of the Leaguers and is also shown a motivation in the flashbacks.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He was showing signs of this even during his college days. Whenever Kirk and Tina became slightly affectionate towards each other, he would rudely interrupt them, though he always concealed it with a friendly jab. It is also implied he altered Kirk's bat serum out of jealousy.
- Heterosexual Life-Partner: He was Kirk's main male friend during their teen years. Subverted when he turns to have been a False Friend.
- Hive Mind: His plan to eliminate free will involves detonating a Nanite Bomb, which will use Boom Tubes to teleport nanites into everyone on earth, and forcefully link their minds together.
- Humans Are Bastards: After he lashes out and kills Tina, he concludes that if he was capable of doing such a thing then humanity in general must be hopelessly corrupt. He describes this as a "revelation", but it comes across as a self-excusing rationalization that festers into outright insanity.
- It's All About Me: The reason for his actions; he was so convinced of being one of the finest specimens of humanity, after accidentally murdering Tina, he came to the conclusion that, if he was capable of doing something this horrible, then the rest of humanity had to be even worse, and as such doomed if allowed to keep their free will.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He would rudely interrupt any affectionate moments between Kirk and Tina, but only because he loved Tina. Then he became a Domestic Abuser.
- Mask of Sanity: He is impressively good at hiding his psychosis behind a nice, affable facade.
- Nanotechnology: His area of expertise, and what he used to complete the bat virus with Kirk. Also how he created the Metal Men.
- Never My Fault: Blames Tina's death on her constant concern for Kirk, as if a wife should have to worry about her own husband attacking her.
- Not So Different: Will's ultimate plan of turning all of humanity into a Hive Mind echos the outcome Superman describes when considering taking over the world at the start of the film: everyone in the world connected to a single, productive purpose, and brought together as one. In fact, it's Magnus' monstrous plan that partially motivates Superman to reconsider his methods and become more traditionally heroic.
- Two Guys and a Girl: His dynamic with Kirk and Tina. Cruelly deconstructed; Tina always loved Kirk more despite marrying him, and he was well-aware of this, causing to grow jealous and eventually kill her by accident out of frustration.
- The Sociopath: Under his charming and affable attitude lies a psychopathic monster who planned to take away humanity's free will.
- Walking Spoiler: He plays a fairy significant role in the movie and is connected to one of the major twists.
- Voiced by: Grey Griffin
Will Magnus's wife and Kirk's college best friend (and secret Love Interest).
- Adaptational Skimpiness: Most versions of Platinum, Tina included, generate a dress out of her liquid metal, but when she reveals her true form, Tina goes naked, complete with nipples.
- Dead All Along: By the time we're introduced to her, she's been dead for some time and has been replaced with Platinum.
- Dude Magnet: She had both Kirk and Will into her.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has blonde and is an extremely nice person.
- Kill It with Fire: Bekka drives her sword through Platinum and boom-tubes her to a star.
- Meaningful Name: Tina, as in, tin. Platinum was also known as Tina in the main universes.
- Nice Girl: Tina is a sweet and caring person.
- Noodle Incident: Whatever Will meant about Tina marrying him "out of obligation" is never known. But she hates it whenever he brings that up.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Zig-Zagged. She was truly in love with Kirk, but married Will "out of obligation".
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her romantic attraction and concern for Kirk throughout her relationship with Will kicked off his eventual outburst which resulted in her death. Her death started his descent into insanity and plans to eradicate free will and take over the world by framing the Justice League.
- Voiced by Richard Chamberlain
Bekka's grandfather and leader of New Genesis. After endless wars, he organised a peace deal with Darkseid, whereby Bekka would marry his son Orion.
He and his people stage a coup on Apokolips, killing everyone and alienating Bekka.
- Adaptational Badass: Zig-Zagged. In the comics Highfather is supposed to be equal to Darkseid in power, but this is rarely shown. Here, however, he kills Darkseid by overloading him with the Source from his spear.
- Adaptational Villainy: He's as treacherous as Darkseid, if not moreso.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: As soon as everyone's backs were turned, he and his people killed off Darkseid's Elite.
- The Chessmaster: The marriage was just a ruse to gain control over Apokolips.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Aspires to cleanse the universe of anyone who disagrees with him. With his army and technology, he could very well do so.
- He Who Fights Monsters: It's unknown just how villainous Darkseid was in this universe, but Highfather is certainly no saint.
- Hypocrite: Criticizes Darkseid's lineage as steeped in betrayal, yet betrays Darkseid at the earliest opportunity.Highfather: He was Darkseid's blood. One of countless bastards in an endless line of betrayal.
Bekka: You are one to speak! You are blood soaked in betrayal!
Highfather: Watch your tongue, granddaughter!
- I Lied: He never wanted to live in peace with Apokolips, instead trying to claim it in his name.
- Light Is Not Good: Pretty much evil in contrast to his mainstream counterpart.
- Voiced by Josh Keaton
Orion was Bekka's husband. Their marriage was arranged to maintain peace between New Genesis and Apokolips. He was killed in a coup by New Genesis, which prompted Bekka to leave.
- Adaptational Intelligence: As noted below, this Orion leans more towards science and art than being a warrior.
- Adaptational Wimp: This Orion seems to be less of a warrior that he's usually depicted as.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Orion may be the son of Darkseid, but he's also gentle, intellectual, and shows some creative flair when he makes Bekka's sword.
- Hidden Depths: Unlike canon Orion who was a warrior, this version is more of an artist/scientist. Really stands out considering this Orion grew up on Apokolips where creativity is taboo.
- The Lost Lenore: For Bekka.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Once Bekka got to know him, they genuinely fell in love.
- Sufficiently Advanced Alien: Can create weapons with Mother Boxes in them.
- Voiced by: Carl Lumbly (Silas Stone), Taylor Parks (Victor Stone), Dee Bradley Baker (Ray Palmer), Eric Bauza (Ryan Choi, Stephen Shin), Trevor Devall (Emil Hamilton), Arif S Kinchen (Michael Holt), Jim Meskimen (Victor Fries), Khary Payton (John Henry Irons), Lauren Tom (Kimiyo Hoshi), Kari Wahlgren (Karen Beecher), Dan Gilvezan (Pat Dugan)
The world's finest minds. With the exception of Ryan Choi and Victor Stone, it is discovered that they were members of a joint project between LexCorp and the government, Project Fair Play, created with the goal of creating weapons to level the playing field with the Justice League should they ever turn on them.
- Adaptational Wimp: They're all known for being superheroes (or supervillains, in the cases of Dr. Fries, Dr. Morrow, and Dr. Sivana) in the main continuities, but they never became anything more than scientists in this version. They're effortlessly killed by the drones.
- Age Lift:
- Karen (Bumblebee) is a middle-aged woman, as opposed to being a teenager like in the main continuities.
- Victor (Cyborg) is a young boy, whereas he's usually a teenager or a young adult like in the main continuities.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Silas and Victor die in each other's arms.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: They all die horrible deaths, either by incineration, dismemberment, or getting drained of their blood, thanks to the drones.
- Hope Spot: Ray Palmer almost manages to sneak away from a drone after crashing his car, only for his wife to call. The drone hears his phone ringing and kills him.
- Mythology Gag:
- Ray Palmer and Ryan Choi are coworkers. Ray is the second Atom and Ryan is the third Atom, with Ryan being Ray's protege. In addition, they're both physics experts that are studying shrinking technology.
- Silas's invention is Cyborg's blasters.
- Never My Fault: At the house meeting, they get into an argument about who's at fault and who to blame for what's happening to them. Justified, because they're stressed out about being on a hitlist and are discussing how they're going to protect themselves from the assassins.
- Papa Wolf: Silas attempts to protect Victor from a drone using his invention.
- Red Herring: Project Fair Play is using energy weapons powered by red solar radiation against Superman and is otherwise unrelated to the drones, but Will made sure that the League found out about the project so that it would look like they were going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the people involved.
A trio of mysterious drones who are responsible for killing the various scientists, using their ability to mimic the Justice League's powers to frame them. They actually are this universe's version of the Metal Men, created and controlled by Will Magnus.
- Adaptational Villainy: Much like their master himself, in the main DCU, the Metal Men are always portrayed as heroes, here they are mass murdering Killbots at the behest of a psychopath trying to remove free will.
- All Your Powers Combined: In the movie's climax, they do a Fusion Dance, allowing them to get this.
- Canon Character All Along: They turn out to be this universe's incarnation of the Metal Men.
- Composite Character:
- Tina/Platinum is based on the movie's equivalent of Francine Langstrom, Kirk's wife in the comics.
- They can combine into one drone that has all the powers of the Justice League, just like Amazo.
- Their look and them being superpowered Killer Robots are very similar to O.M.A.C. drones, to the point you'd be forgiven for assuming they were supposed to be them.
- Dark Is Evil: All of them except for Platinum are black-colored.
- The Dragon: Platinum to Magnus.
- Evil Counterpart: Each of them has been intentionally created to mimic the powers of a specific Justice League member, as part of Magnus' plan to frame them.
- Healing Factor: They can regenerate from practically any kind of wound. Except being melted in magma or the sun.
- The Heavy: All Puns aside, while Magnus is the Big Bad of the film his Frame-Up of the Justice League and subsequent Assimilation Plot couldn't be accomplished without the Drones help.
- Kill It with Fire:
- Superman eventually kills them by submerging them in magma.
- Wonder Woman uses a Boom tube to hurl Platinum into the sun.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Each of them also has red eyes.
- Shout-Out: Platinum is a nigh-indestructible Chrome Champion with a Healing Factor, arm-blades, can disguise itself as a normal human, is a unique member of a series of Killer Robots, and has to be thrown into an extremely fiery pit to be destroyed. Sound familiar?
- The Voiceless: Due to them being robots, none of them is capable of talking.
- Would Hurt a Child: The Superman drone has no problem killing Dr. Stone along with his young son Victor.
- Voiced by Tara Strong
- Adaptational Skimpiness: Bruce Timm did this as a Take That! to the increasing use of this trope on her in other adaptations. As you can see, the outfit doesn't leave much to the imagination.
- Adaptational Ugliness: She's far more Gonkish than any other version of Harley, who is usually Ms. Fanservice.
- Adaptational Villainy: By far the most evil and unscrupulous version of Harley ever portrayed in any medium. Unlike her mainstream counterpart, who tends to fluctuate between being an Anti-Villain or Anti-Hero and who has many pitiable qualities, this version seemingly has none. Worse, The Joker is nowhere to be seen, which implies that this version of Harley does what she does For the Evulz.
- Anyone Can Die: Bruce Timm confirmed that Harley's death at the end of Twisted was to set the tone for the series and show that beloved characters are not necessarily safe (even ones he helped create).
- Asshole Victim: Thanks to her far more monstrous actions in this series it's actually quite a relief when Batman drinks her blood at the end of her special because she was too dangerous and too deep into her insanity.
- Ax-Crazy: Jesus Christ. In this depiction, her violent insanity is on par with Joker.
- Body in a Breadbox: Harley's refrigerator is stuffed with dismembered corpses.
- Butterface: She has a shapely body and skimpy outfit like usual. Her face is rather disturbing however. Even ignoring the stitches and weird makeup, her facial features look out of proportion, and her eyes don't seem to both be looking in the same place.
- Chainsaw Good: Until Reality Ensues and the chain breaks on a cement pillar and whips Harley across the torso. Then Chainsaw Very Bad.
- Composite Character: She has the Joker's Ax-Crazy tendencies, as well as his sense of humor. In fact, many of her facial expressions when she encounters Batman resemble those of Joker in the DCAU universe. She's also a crazed serial killer that poses her victims in picturesque positions like Victor Zsasz.
- Drop the Hammer: She first attacks Batman with a sledgehammer.
- Fan Disservice: She's scantily-clad, but her character design has been exaggerated to Gonk-levels of tackiness, as opposed to the more realistically-proportioned Harley Quinn from Batman: The Animated Series.
- Genki Girl: Very much like her mainstream counterpart, only it's laced with the ferocity of a deranged serial killer.
- Graceful Loser: While she's a touch surly about it, she calmly admits defeat when Batman has her pinned against the wall. The gracefulness fades when Batman reveals that he's not sending her to jail and is replaced with very understandable terror.
- Hate Sink: Easily the most detestable villain in this alternate universe. Darkseid was at least Affably Evil since he clearly loved Orion and genuinely wanted him to be happily wed to Bekka, Highfather's actions can be somewhat justified if you choose to believe Darkseid was still evil in this universe, Brainiac was merely a child who had zero control over his actions, and Magnus was clearly not in the least bit sane and even he himself made a Heel Realization by the end of the movie and chose to commit suicide out of guilt for his own atrocities. Harlequin, however, has no sympathetic or likable qualities whatsoever and is an unrepentant psychopath who murders a little boy.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Implied. She's shown picking her teeth in the mirror... after we clearly see that she keeps the leftover body parts of some of her victims in the fridge. Batman mauling her at the end of Twisted would be a clear case of a Karmic Death if she was indeed a cannibal.
- Knight of Cerebus: Unlike her past incarnations, this version of Harley Quinn is clearly a psychotic serial killer, and the short where she's the main antagonist doesn't shy away from showing the gruesome results of her numerous murders, making it that darkest Chronicles short out of the three. Batman knew she was too dangerous to just send to jail, so he did everyone a favor by killing her on the spot via bloodsucking.
- Large Ham: A lot of her dialogue involves her raising her voice.
- Monster Clown: Upgraded from Villainous Harlequin to this.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: While this incarnation is easily the darkest variation, Harley Quin is still very childlike with believing that she's entertaining her victims by letting them have fun forever. Her M.O is killing a victim then converting their corpses into toys along with selecting random victims to be parts of her "family".
- Serial Killer: Murders people and either stores their body parts in her refrigerator, makes toys out of them (like a giant Jack in a box), or uses them for her "family".
- Slashers Prefer Blondes: Her victim intended to be the teen sister in Harley's "family" is a blonde girl.
- Slasher Smile: As might be expected, she sports a psychotic grin.
- The Sociopath: An aggressive and unrepentant Serial Killer who either A) uses her victims as toys, B) grafts their body parts together to make a makeshift mummified family, or C) leaves the leftover parts in a fridge.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Some sources like the DC wikia spells her name as "Harlequin", which can be mistaken for an obscure Green Lantern villain of the same name.
- Stripperific: Harley's outfit in this special bears not an unlikely resemblance to her New 52 debut outfit (which includes a corset and panties instead of hotpants) Bruce Timm admitted in an interview that the look was intentional as "a mean spirited take" to Harley's more Stripperific outfit she's been sporting since the New 52 started.
- Scary Stitches: She has some on her neck, the implications of which are unclear, but disturbing nonetheless.
- Sword Drag: She briefly drags her sledgehammer behind her before attacking Batman with it. It's clearly the Ax-Crazy variant.
- Take That!: As noted above, this version of Harley is a huge potshot at the New 52 Harley and those inspired by her.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: At the end of "Twisted", Harley surrenders to Batman and tells him to take her to jail. Sure Harley, if this was the main DC Universe, you would be. In this one? Batman is a vampire, and you get to be his first onscreen victim!
- Would Hurt a Child: If there was any doubt that this version of Harley is not the same one most audiences are used to then seeing the decaying, petrified corpse of a child in Harley's family probably did the trick.
- Voiced by Tara Strong
- Adaptational Heroism: Brainiac had many incarnations, but most of them were either following A.I. Is a Crapshoot or Aliens Are Bastards. This one.... well, just read the other tropes.
- Adaptation Species Change: He's a genetic engineered boy instead of an alien robot.
- Age Lift: This Brainiac is a little boy, not an adult.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Begs Superman to give him a Mercy Kill in order to stop his rampage. Superman reluctantly does it.
- Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb: Was initially created by the government in an attempt to create a defense against Superman.
- Power Incontinence: He really doesn't mean to go on a rampage and kill people, but is unable to control his powers.
- Walking Spoiler: Almost every trope on this list is a massive spoiler for the twist at the end of his short.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Poor kid didn't even know what he was and definitely didn't mean to cause so much destruction.
- Adaptation Species Change: In a departure from the mainstream comic, this version of Giganta is a non-sentient mecha created by Kobra as a secret weapon rather than an actual person.
- Fem Bot: Still designed to look like a giant woman, for some reason.
- Humongous Mecha: As mentioned elsewhere, this Giganta is a mecha as oppsed to a person.
- The Speechless: Justified, seeing how she is a non-sentient robot in this version.
- Shout-Out: Robot Giganta somewhat resembles Jocasta from Marvel
- Voiced by Bruce Thomas
The Leader of Apokolips and one of the most feared beings in the universe.
- Adaptational Heroism: He's willing to make peace instead of continuing a centuries-old feud. Pronounced in Highfather going against the deal first. The fact Orion genuinely seems to care about him suggest he also is a better father than his mainstream counterpart.
- Affably Evil: He's still a tyrant, but he's willing to make peace with his enemies rather than engage in mindless bloodshed for centuries on end.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Possibly; Orion was raised by him in this continuity, and judging by how the boy react when Highfather kills Darkseid, he must have been a better parent than his mainstream counterpart.
- Evil vs. Evil: As soon as Orion and Bekka are married, Apokolips and New Genesis restart their feud, with New Genesis being the more treacherous of the two.
- Foil: To Highfather.
- Your Head Asplode: Highfather does this to him.
- Adult Fear: They're a family of undocumented Mexican immigrants working as farmers, and then they take in an alien baby they found in a starship which the government is looking for.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Rosa gives one with a Big "SHUT UP!" to Hernan when he angrily tells her that God is a sadist. It shocks him, since she had never been that angry with him before.
- Berserk Button: Rosa is a devout Christian and she takes offense when you speak ill of God or anything/anyone holy.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Rosa is a Nice Girl, but don't tell her that God isn't good.
- Big "SHUT UP!": Rosa gives one to Hernan along with an Armor-Piercing Slap
- Big Little Brother: Valentina is older than Hernan by a couple of years, but due to his powers, she considers him her older brother.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Hitting your children. Once, Manuel almost hit Hernan when he yelled at him for using his powers (though Valentina wonders if it was just because he knew that he would've hurt himself from Hernan's Nigh-Invulnerability), and Rosa slaps Hernan and tells him to shut up when he says God is horrible (and this was minutes after a confrontation with a racist mob). Nowadays, in any other circumstance in the West, this would be heavily frowned upon and might even be grounds for some folks to call in Child Protective Services, but anyone from a non-white family might be able to relate to getting an Armor-Piercing Slap when one of their parents is very upset with them, which hopefully isn't often.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Hernan's father considers hitting Hernan, but goes back on it. Hernan's mother hits him later. Though there's also some Deliberate Values Dissonance in this, since they're otherwise not abusive and perhaps a bit justifiable given the circumstances.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: After rescuing a group of girls (one of which had reminded him of Valentina) from a cartel, he is reminded of his mother's devout commitment to Virgin Mary when the girls reveal that they prayed to her for someone to save them. This convinces Hernan to return home to see his family. Sadly, Rosa passed away while he was gone, but he at least makes amends with his father and sister.
- Foil: To the Kents.
- Good Parents: Deconstructed. They try their best to raise Hernan right, but other issues like everything involving being undocumented Mexican immigrant farmers in the South and Hernan being descended from an evil maniac get in the way of that. But ultimately, it's clear that they love Hernan as if he were their own flesh and blood.
- I Wished You Were Dead: After Hernan unleashes his wrath on a mob of racists harassing them, a stressed out Manuel angrily tells Hernan that it was a mistake to adopt him. He comes to regret it and apologizes to Hernan when he returns.
- Morality Pet: They're this to Hernan. Particularly Valentina. When she becomes paralyzed from the waist down while playing with him when he was using his powers, it causes him to stop using his powers.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Rosa died from cancer years after Hernan left.
- Nice Girl: Rosa and Valentina.
- Parents as People:
- Out of fear of what the wrong people might do if they knew the truth about Hernan, they tell him not to use his powers and even yell at him when he uses them for good, like protecting the other farmers. When a plane comes tumbling out of the sky in Hernan's teenage years, they beg Hernan to do something. A moody Hernan refuses, calling them hypocrites for wanting him to be a hero now (and this was after he accidentally crippled Valentina).
- In one scene, Manuel angrily raises his hand to hit Hernan after yelling at him about his powers, but apologizes and tearfully hugs him. Later, Rosa hits him and tells him to shut up when he speaks blasphemy after unleashing his powers on a racist mob.
An ex-girlfriend of Kirk.
- Adaptational Jerkass: She's based on mainline's Kirk's wife, who, barring the New 52, was a loving and supporting person in Kirk's life.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: It turns out she was just manipulating Kirk for her own ends.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: In most versions, she eventually married Kirk.
The Forever People
A group of rich elites that bought genetic modification to gain superpowers.
- Smug Super: They're wealthy elites that spent their money on getting metagenes, because they wanted to be gods.