The Justice League of America (JLA for short) is the premier superteam of The DCU, a corps d'elite consisting of the company's most popular and iconic characters. The characters most commonly associated with the JLA are the so-called "Big Seven" of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter, but most of DC's top characters have been associated with the team at some point in their careers.
Many of these characters' series have their own character sheets; see there for details.
- Silver Age (1960-1970)
- Bronze Age (1970-1984)
- Detroit Era (1984-1986)
- Post-Zero Hour Era (1994-1996)
- JLA (1996-2006)
- Post-Infinite Crisis Era (2006-2009)
- Post-Final Crisis Era (2009-2010)
- Post-Blackest Night Era (2010-2011)
- New 52 era (2011-2016)
Detroit Era (1984-1986)
Cindy Reynolds was born into a happy suburban family, but her parents' relationship eventually soured. Fleeing their breakup, Cindy took to the streets when she manifested the power to turn invisible. She ran away to Detroit at around the same time the Justice League set up shop there, and after using her powers to covertly aid them in a fight, she was offered membership. Gypsy is almost a surrogate daughter to the Martian Manhunter and joined him in his Justice League Task Force. She has also been a member of the Birds of Prey.
- Action Girl: Aside from her powers, Gypsy is an expert in hand-to-hand combat. She has been trained by Bronze Tiger, and Shiva has offered to train her as well.
- Artistic Age: She was only 14 when she first joined Justice League Detroit, but youd never know, because she was drawn as more developed like a young adult.
- Fad Super: Gypsy was originally a transparent (hah) attempt to cash in on Cyndi Lauper's popularity.
- Fights Like a Normal: Gypsy's main strengths are her skill at stealth, martial arts, firearms, and electronics. The invisibility is just a little extra.
- Hot Gypsy Woman: She is indeed part Roma, but despite her name, writers don't usually harp on it and she's defined by more than just her ethnicity.
- Invisibility: Originally she could only cloak herself, but as she's grown older, she's learned to affect multiple people and objects.
- Kid Hero: At first.
- Magical Romani: Of Romani descent, and has the power of illusion. Also invoked with her superhero name, Gypsy.
- Master of Illusion: Gypsy's primary power is that of illusion casting, which she can use in a large variety of ways focusing on invisibility and camouflage. She can camouflage both herself and someone standing in close proximity to her.
- Mutant: Her powers were inborn rather than gained from an external source.
- Parental Abandonment: They were eventually killed by Despero.
- Roguish Romani: Gypsy is sometimes Romani, sometimes not, Depending on the Writer. She did start as basically a street thief.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Justice League Task Force. She went from merely turning invisible to gaining proficiency in swords and firearms.
A teenage gang member from Detroit, Francisco "Paco" Ramone was born with the power to create vibratory shock waves—a "one-man earthquake". When the Justice League of America moved to Detroit, Paco declared himself a member, and the League, desperate for new blood, accepted him. Despite his goofy exterior, he proved himself a hero. Tragically, he was killed by Professor Ivo's androids during the Legends crossover, becoming the first Justice League member to be killed in action.
Several Cosmic Retcons later, Vibe was reimagined for the New 52 relaunch, renicknamed and respelled as "Cisco" Ramón. After Cisco was caught in the event horizon of a Boom Tube when Darkseid's forces attacked Earth, his vibrational frequency was set out of sync with the rest of the world, making it impossible to film or photograph him, and leaving him able to sense dimensional disturbances and generate shock waves. He joined Steve Trevor's Justice League of America, and received his own short-lived series, Justice League of America's Vibe. He disappeared during Forever Evil (2013), his fate currently unknown.
This comic book character demonstrates examples of:
- Adaptation Name Change: Originally, Vibe's civilian name was Paco Ramone. The New 52 and The Flash (2014) have him addressed as Cisco Ramon.
- All-Loving Hero: What continues to get Cisco in hot water with while working for A.R.G.U.S. While Amanda Waller clearly wants brutal pragmatism in every fight, Vibe's sympathetic tendencies lead him to quickly trying to help his targets instead of taking them down.
- Arch-Enemy: In the New 52, Vibe's is Rupture, a relentless warrior with the same vibrational powers and a glowing red scythe. He also turns out to be Armando, Cisco's presumed-dead oldest brother.
- Captain Ethnic: Oh, Paco, Paco, Paco. This was of course dropped with the Cisco version of Vibe.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Vibe went missing during Forever Evil (2013), and hasn't reappeared since.
- Cool Shades: The shades are part of Paco's image as a gang member. However, he keeps them even in his superhero costume. Cisco, meanwhile, only has them as part of the costume. When he appeared on The Flash (2014), the shades were his way of sensing dimensional disturbances and the like.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: After Cisco acts directly against Waller's orders, a small Suicide Squad lineup of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, King Shark, and Crowbar are sent to take down the highly empowered Vibe and Gypsy. The Squad very quickly bring the two in.
- Dance Battler: Paco used breakdancing moves as part of his fighting style.
- Fad Super: Paco, much like his teammate Gypsy. He was supposed to cash in on the mid-80s breakdancing craze.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: When the various eras of the DCU were starting to come apart in Crisis on Infinite Earths, he managed to put them back together while everyone else was fighting. You was saying, everyone? And keep in mind the shockwaves weren't just for show, too.
- Incompletely Trained: Vibe's biggest problems in the New 52 stem from this. While he seems to be one of the most highly-powered metahumans in the DCU, capable of ripping apart multiple realities at once (Waller is worried he could casually damage the timeline during one battle) , he simply doesn't have the training to hold his own against a more disciplined opponent.
- Killed Off for Real: During Darkseid's assault on Earth's "legends," Paco left his JLA comrades to seek the familiar solace of the streets. Vibe was attacked by one of Professor Ivo's androids, and despite a valiant effort, became the first Justice League member to be killed in the line of duty.
- Make Some Noise: Originally, Vibe's power was projecting sonic shockwaves from his hands.
- Mass Super-Empowering Event: In the New 52, Vibe gets his powers from Darkseid's invasion, alongside Armando. It's not just the two, however, who gain the new abilities; Detroit, the city itself, becomes a conduit of vibrational multiversal power like Cisco has within himself.
- Mythology Gag: The Cisco Ramone version mentions, rather derisively, having the middle name "Paco."
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Paco put on an over-the-top Puerto Rican accent ("Are chu the Chustice League?") and goofy persona to fit in on the streets.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Much is made of how potentially dangerous Cisco's powers are if he does not get them under control.
- Plucky Comic Relief: The Paco version. Very much so.
- Seers: The New 52 version of Vibe. The shockwaves come as a bonus.
- Swiss-Army Superpower: Vibe's abilities are quite versatile. In addition to the above moment listed under Heart Is an Awesome Power, the current version's powers grant him Invisibility to electronic devices, being able to hack machines, and can even disrupt the Speed Force. This makes him theoretically one of the most dangerous metahumans on the planet.
- Sinister Scythe: Rupture uses a glowing red-bladed scythe to focus his vibrational powers.
- Ugly Cute: Cisco runs across a multiversal messenger creature who, when removing his face-mask, has visible face tentacles and big, puppy-like eyes. Seeing as he immediately shows it mercy, this is his response In-Universe as well as the reader's.
- Vibroweapon: The current version of Vibe has the power to manipulate vibrations.
Will Everett III
- Heroic Lineage: He carried on his grandfather's heroic tradition.
- Energy Absorption: He could absorb and duplicate vast amounts of energy, as when he defeated the Overmaster by draining and duplicating its powers.
- Killed Off for Real: Will was apparently killed by a supervillainess named the Mist, along with the Crimson Fox and Blue Devil. In Amazing-Man's case, Mist tricked him into mimicking glass and then shattered him.
- Material Mimicry: Amazing Man could cause his body to duplicate the properties of any inorganic material he touched from stone to glass.
- Token Minority: The only black guy in the group.
One was the first heroine to use the name and for a time was replaced by Ice. After Ice had left the Global Guardians, joined the Justice League International, and was killed by the Overmaster, Sigrid re-emerged. She chose to honor the fallen heroine by serving as her replacement in the Justice League.
- Abusive Parents: Her scientist mother who constantly belittled her for not having a boyfriend and not being a top scientist.
- Ambiguous Situation: After the "Infinite Crisis", it was revealed that Icemaiden had at some point been abducted by the supervillain Warp, a capture paid for by a mysterious "organ-napper" who turned out to be former film actress Delores Winters. Winters longed for new flesh to replace her own aging skin and had her personal physician surgically flay the Icemaiden in order to harvest her superpowered skin. Icemaiden did not die, however, and eventually was placed, comatose, into a hydration womb within a facility of S.T.A.R. Labs. Later, in the same story, the hydration womb is cracked. It is unknown if Icemaiden survived.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: She has blue skin.
- Famous-Named Foreigner: She is presumably named after the Arctic explorer Fridtjof Nansen.
- An Ice Person: Icemaiden possesses abilities surrounding ice, snow and cold. She can control small quantities of snow and ice, and project ice shields and icicles from her body, but her greatest ability is to become very cold and create ice armor in times of great stress. Her powers are closely linked to her mental state.
- Replacement Goldfish:
- Fire basically used Sigrid to try and fill the void left by Tora's death. Sigrid eventually grew tired of Fire's behavior and shocked her into accepting that Tora was dead by offering to truly pretend to be Tora.
- During her time in the JLA, she was disliked and criticized by Guy Gardner, who had also not come to terms with Ice's death.
William "Will" MacIntyre
Triumph was one of the founding members of the Justice League. In fact, it was he who assembled the League. But a Negative Space Wedgie sent him to limbo and erased him from history, removing everyone's memory of him. When he got back, needless to say, he was pissed. After making waves in the League, he was punted off to the team's training group, the Justice League Task Force, and soon after quit in anger. In desperation, he made a deal with the demon Neron that resulted in him turning evil. After an unsuccessful attempt at destroying the League, he was turned to ice by The Spectre, and kept in the trophy room of the JLA Headquarters. The HQ was eventually blown up in a later story, with him still inside.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the miniseries Trinity (2009), when the world was fundamentally altered by Morgaine le Fey and Enigma, Triumph reappears in the new timeline as a member of the Justice Society International in a world where Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman never existed. Like a real hero, Triumph fights to help restore the reality that should be, knowing full well that it will mean his death and he finds comraderie in Tomorrow Woman, who faces the same fate.
- Ambiguously Gay: Triumph's main creator Christopher Priest revealed that he was written from the start as gay, though this was never revealed on-panel as "an appropriate storyline to deal sensitively with that issue" never came up.
- Challenging the Chief: All the time with the Martian Manhunter, who was leader of the Justice League Task Force when Triumph was a member. Having organized the very first incarnation of the JLA itself, including Martian Manhunter (though J'onn didn't remember any of this), Triumph resented being subordinate to him. This eventually got so bad that Martian Manhunter crippled Triumph, albeit accidentally.
- The Chew Toy: Partially why he became evil; he could've been a great hero if the cosmos had ever stopped shitting on him.
- "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Deciding he was tired of being beneath heroes like Superman his final appearance has him deciding to kill the JLA and replace them with his own brand of heroes brainwashed into loyalty. After defeating him, Superman plainly tells him to his face that Smug Super tendencies aside, Triumph was powerful and courageous. He would've been perfectly welcome in the JLA if he'd just asked for membership.
- Doomed Contrarian: An arguably meta example, as his tendency to argue with the big names like Superman and Martian Manhunter about things earned him the hatred of readers and DC writers. Once his creator was gone they couldn't kill him off fast enough.
- Driven to Villainy: The inadvertant loss of his soul (long story) left him Not Himself and he came under the influence of an evil 5th dimensional imp named Lkz.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: After being frozen by the Spectre (read below) he was stuffed in the JLA's trophy room until it was blown up. His fate was never explicitly stated, but was implied as heavily as it is possible to imply something.
- Fallen Hero: Triumph was lost for decades in a time warp, and returned to join the Task Force as its leader. His difficulties in adapting to the new times, added to the desertion of Martian Manhunter and Aquaman from the TF's ranks (which caused the government to close it down due to the real Justice League returning), ended with him broke and being harassed by common thugs. The inadvertant loss of his soul left him Not Himself and he came under the influence of an evil 5th dimensional imp named Lkz, he wreaked havoc and mentally dominated his former allies into fighting the JLA. When he failed, he was frozen screaming.
- Flanderization: When written by writers who weren't Christopher Priest Triumph's Jerkass tendencies tended to get dialed Up to Eleven while conveniently omitting him actually being right about things.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: A particularly tragic example and a deconstruction of the trope by showing some of its nasty repercussions if the friend in question REALLY doesn't like being forgotten. Triumph was the one who gathered and founded the Justice League of America before being wiped from existence by a time rift when he attempted to sacrifice himself to save the world, and as a result of the self-correcting timestream, was wiped out of everyone's memory, never to be seen or heard from again. A decade later, a time-space alteration brought him back into a world which he was rightfully a part of, but had never existed in and his attempts to retake his position as one of the original heroes of the world were rejected by colleagues who no longer even acknowledged his existence. After being shunted to a lesser-known Justice League Task Force by Martian Manhunter and kicked out for insubordination, the Demon Neron offered to trade the precious lost years of is life on Earth for Triumph's soul. He refused, but eventual meddling by his teammates sealed the deal, giving Triumph back his lost years but showing him the world he left behind was exactly the same and his absence made no difference at all, essentially leaving Triumph with nothing after all his sacrifice. At that point, Triumph predictably snaps and opts to destroy the current League to start his own to get back the prestige he felt he lost.
- Green Lantern Ring: He can manipulate all forms of energy, which gives him an almost unlimited range of powers. His powers include Force Fields, energy blasts, redirecting energy, and Energy Absorption.
- Hand Blast: He can store energy in his hands and send it through metallic wiring as a powerful electric current. He can project powerful electric blasts from his eyes capable of melting thick plastic or rubber objects, or even shredding through steel alloys like confetti.
- Handicapped Badass: During his time with the Justice League Task Force Martian Manhunter beat him up so badly after one Challenging the Chief moment too many that he broke his back. Being too proud to reveal any vulnerability, Triumph used his powers to compensate for this injury.
- Hate Sink: Enforced hard. Creator Christopher Priest intentionally wrote Triumph as a bit unlikable, basing his personality off of DC's Director of Creative Services (and Priest's colleague) Neal Pozner, who Priest describes as "very direct and headstrong and always right", particularly right in the way that tends to annoy people. So fans didn't like Triumph and Priest expected that. What Priest didn't expect was for his co-workers to dislike Triumph, which they did, and apparently very passionately — Priest claims he literally had to remind his co-workers that Triumph was a fictional character. As one might expect of a character of this type, when handled by other writers he tended to get hit with Flanderization and lots of (from the point of view of those writers) Take That, Scrappy! moments, many of which in retrospect seem quite petty and mean spirited. And as the cherry on the petty cake, once Priest departed DC writers wasted no time in killing the hated Triumph off in what Priest aptly terms "a Persian bazaar manner".
- Hide Your Gays: In petty retaliation for the rumors that Triumph was gay, co-creator Brian Augustyn gave Triumph a girlfriend... who allegedly dumped him because his junk was very small. Real mature.
- Humiliation Conga: Basically his entire history was one of these, but special mention goes to the period when Martian Manhunter broke his back. After quitting the Justice League Task Force, he was rejected by 77 universities, had his powers stolen by Amazo and got hit with a shrink ray that infamously restored "almost all" of his anatomy (aka the mean-spirited dick joke referenced above).
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Triumph's last storyline showed how much he'd been holding back up to that point; after losing his soul and having his powers restored, he immediately seized the JLA Watchtower and stomped most of the JLA itself singlehandedly. Superman even admitted while struggling with him that Triumph must still have some of his innate goodness left, since if he didn't he'd have already killed him.
- Jerkass: He was portrayed as a hot-headed, arrogant, and self-righteous individual who felt he was "denied his destiny" to become one of Earth's greatest heroes. Made all the more frustrating in that he was usually right about everything and had a legitimate reason for being a jerkass.
- Jerkass Has a Point: The entire point of his character, as creator Christopher Priest wrote him as the sort of person who is usually right about things and is not shy about letting people know it.
- Loser Son of Loser Dad: His driving motivation for becoming a hero in the first place was to not turn out like his old man, a petty criminal and Disappeared Dad.
- No Social Skills: Priest describes him as having "terrible interpersonal skills" and being a "completed inverted person".
- Outdated Outfit: He was deliberately given a "bland and Silver Agey" outfit — due to actually being from the Silver Age.
- Power Floats: In the vein of traditional comics heavyweights like Superman and Magneto. This later became a plot point when Martian Manhunter crippled him and he began using his powers to pretend he was fine.
- Remember the New Guy?: Triumph was one of the founding members. He was the team leader of the original five members.
- Ret-Gone: On his first mission with the fledgling Justice League, Triumph seemingly "saved the world", but was teleported into a dimensional limbo that also affected the timestream, resulting in no one having any memory of him and his original peers now being veterans.
- Rightly Self-Righteous: A solid deconstruction. Though his reasons and motives are sound, his sense of self-righteousness greatly annoys his teammates and he has an unfortunate tendency to use people more as pawns than as teammates and concentrate on his plans more than teamwork. This results in him being fired from the League Task Force for insubordination and even having his broken by an irate Martian Manhunter for challenging his decisions too often.
- Shock and Awe: Had control over the entire electromagnetic spectrum.
- Smug Super: Was absurdly powerful and knew it. Was written for a while to be "always right."
- Superpower Lottery: Triumph had the power to manipulate the electromagnetic spectrum, an enormously versatile ability which he could use for a wide variety of effects. Superman himself admitted that Triumph could kill him anytime he wanted by siphoning the solar energy from his body.
- Taken for Granite: At the end of The 90s' JLA arc, the Spectre transformed Triumph into ice and prepared to smash him with a hammer, but was stopped by a compassionate plea by the angel Zauriel. His ice form was stored in the Justice League headquarters, marked "Founding Member of the J.L.A" as a memorial.
- Tuckerization: Invoked, as Christopher Priest literally calls Triumph " a gentle tuckerization" of Neal Pozner. Though he actually meant No Celebrities Were Harmed, as Triumph is based on Pozner, not named after him. Priest can be forgiven for the error however, as he wrote this in 2003, well before either trope was officially codified.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: A fatal case. Triumph was frozen by The Spectre and kept in the JLA trophy room during Grant Morrison's run on the book. At the climax to Morrison's run, they blew up the HQ, only they forgot to get Triumph out first. He's been dead ever since.
The Wonder Twins
Zan and Jayna
The Wonder Twins are a BrotherSister Team (and their pet monkey, Gleek) of superheroes owned by DC Comics, best known for co-starring (alongside the Justice League) on the Superfriends television show (and its comic-book Spin-Off).
Created by artist Alex Toth, the Twins (Zan and Jayna) were a replacement for the show's earlier Audience Surrogates, Wendy, Marvin, and Wonderdog. Unlike their predecessors, the Twins (and Gleek) have superpowers and so are more believably useful to the superheroes: Zan can change into any form of water, and Jayna can change into any animal, but they can activate their powers only by touching first. Gleek has an elastic and prehensile tail.
The trio also starred in some segments of the show by themselves, though usually in humorous adventures, or to teach children valuable lessons.
The Wonder Twins had their first comic book appearance in Super Friends #7 (October, 1977). The characters were further developed in the comic: it turns out they are mutants on top of being aliens. Because of this fact, after their parents' death (in a plague) they were adopted by the owner of a Space Circus, who only wanted them as part of their freak show. Fortunately, the circus' clown raised them well and gave them Gleek. Eventually, however, they decided to escape and hid on a supposedly uninhabited planet... that turned out to contain the secret base of Grax, a (pretty obscure) Superman villain. They overheard him planning to blow up the Earth with hidden bombs. The Twins go to Earth and contact the League, who (with help from several international superheroes — not the same ones seen in the TV show) foiled the plan. Afterwards, the trio were allowed to succeed Wendy, Marvin, and Wonderdog on the team, as Wendy and Marvin were conveniently retiring to go back to school.
Zan and Jayna then live with Professor Carter Nichols, an old friend of Batman. They, too, attend high school, under their own secret identities (as Johan and Johanna Flemming, a pair of "foreign transfer students" from "Esko," a real town in Sweden) and have adventures of their own.
The Twins were eventually phased out of the TV show (with no explanation). When the comic was canceled, they pretty much disappeared (note that Super Friends was never canonical with the rest of DC Comics). Much later, they were reintroduced (Post-Crisis) as a pair of alien slaves rescued by Captain Atom's version of the League. This version of the Twins first appeared in Extreme Justice #9 (October, 1995).
A pair of characters based on them (Downpour and Shifter) also appeared in an episode of Justice League Unlimited ("Ultimatum", and clones of them in "Panic in the Sky"). Another version of them also appeared on the the Smallville episode "Idol." They appeared in Teen Titans Go! as well, with them briefly joining the team. Adult Swim once created five shorts called The New Adventures of the Wonder Twins, which was a more adult, Dark Comedy take on the twins.
The Wonder Twins provides examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: The Twins' lives as Johan and Johanna were shown only in the comics.
- All the Other Reindeer: The Exorians didn't want to care for children with "mutant powers." Their hypocrisy is made obvious in a later story when they demand that the Twins save them from another duo of Exorian shapeshifters. This is also probably a Shout-Out to Marvel's X-Men.
- Amazing Technicolour Wildlife: Gleek is a blue monkey. Justified, since he's an alien.
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Their occasional role on Super Friends.
- Animorphism: Jayna's superpower.
- Canon Immigrant: Born in the animated series Superfriends, it wasn't until the Extreme Justice comics that they were officially part of the DC universe.
- Chest Insignia: Stylized Z and J, respectively. Justified, as they only added the letters to their Space Clothes after joining the Superfriends. One of the comics has them getting the insignias specifically because of their admiration of Superman's "S" symbol.
- Death by Origin Story: Their parents.
- Dumb Blonde: Subverted; as Johan and Johanna, they dyed their hair blond (using one of Carter's inventions) and acted very intelligently.
- Edutainment: The Wonder Twins segments.
- Elemental Shapeshifter: Zan's powers, with a generous side of Making a Splash and An Ice Person.
- Fictionary: Interlac, the language spoken by the Twins before coming to Earth.
- Half-Identical Twins
- Harmless Liquefaction: Zan usually transforms into some form of water, sometimes in liquid form
- Invocation: Doubles as the Twins' Catchphrase. Each will say "Form of [X]!" before transforming.
- Parental Substitute: First the clown, then Professor Nichols.
- Prehensile Tail: Gleek. Not all of the results were desired, though.
- Private Profit Prison: The 2019 Wonder Twins comic series dealing with a privatized prison owned by Lex Luthor. In the vein of commentary on real-life issues relating to them, many inmates were incarcerated for minute crimes—such as overdue parking fines, which showed that even members of Lex Luthor's criminal organization aren't immune to his whims—and provided cheap labor in the form of a call center.
- Recycled IN SPACE!: The circus.
- Rubber Man: Gleek, but only in his tail.
- Sibling Team
- Super Zeroes: Like Aquaman, the twins have a reputation of being lame characters from the TV show; in the comic, they are far more effective. Even on Superfriends, they were fairly creative. Would you have thought of becoming a "steam-powered ice jet"?
- Suspiciously Similar Substitutes: Appearance and powers aside, they weren't much different from Wendy and Marvin.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Zan could turn into water, including ice and steam; Jayna could turn into animals, including mythological ones or alien ones.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?:
- Zan. Jayna can turn into all sorts of creatures. Cool, right? Zan can turn into various forms of water. That's it. Though with him, it depends on usage. In the show, he preferred a rather useless bucket of water. However, nothing's stopping him from using ice or water powers the way Spider-Man villain Hydro-Man does. If not shackled to the Idiot Ball, he could be the most powerful character on the show, barring Superman.
- This was actually parodied in one of Cartoon Network's commercials, with Zan griping about his useless powers — he could be defeated by a sponge! "It wouldn't even have to be an evil sponge!"
- Lampshaded and defied in their Teen Titans Go! cameo. The Titans find Zan pretty much useless, but he does demonstrate some practical uses for his power — redirecting a rhino by becoming the ice under her feet, managing to briefly evade capture (until Beast Boy turns into a pelican), and finally demonstrating the Swiss-Army Superpower idea — to turn into an ice unicycle.
- Wonder Twin Powers: Trope Namer. Note that saying "Wonder Twin Powers, activate!" is not actually necessary, nor do they need to touch by the hands. In Smallville, though, Clark stops a second round of Let's You and Him Fight before it starts by putting his hand between theirs when they are going to touch and power up.
Major Disaster is a super-villain and enemy to Green Lantern with the ability to cause chaos and natural disasters. This involves probability manipulation. His career began as a cheap criminal who hired scientists to develop high-tech weapons, although he later internalized their effects and gained super-powers. Later in his career he became a hero when Maxwell Lord invited him to join the Justice League.
- The Alcoholic: Major Disaster develops a huge drinking problem over the course of the Justice League Elite miniseries, much to his teammates' chagrin. After his drinking causes his powers to crap out at a really bad time, resulting in the death of Manitou Raven, he ultimately decides to get sober.
- The Atoner: He is atoning for his career as a supervillain.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: His ability is to make disasters happen (Earthquakes, meteor showers, blackouts, floods). While this was played straight while he was a villain, he's eventually coaxed into turning Face by Superman and uses his evil-seeming power for good.
- C-List Fodder: He's killed by Superboy Prime in Infinite Crisis.
- Deadpan Snarker: He starts off as one, but increasingly turns to alcohol to deal with all the shit he's gotten involved with.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Major Disaster blames himself for Manitou's death, because he was so drunk that Manitou had to step in and save him.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Major Disaster isn't interested in going back to being a supervillain, but he's also increasingly disillusioned with being a superhero.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: He uses homophobic and sexist insults towards his teammates in the Justice League Elite rather regularly.
- Sole Survivor: The first issue of the Suicide Squad 2001 series ended with Major Disaster the only known survivor of the mission though it was later revealed that Cluemaster survived as well.
- Survivor's Guilt: Manitou's death leaves Major Disaster such a wreck that he decides to retire from superheroics altogether.
- Token Evil Teammate: Wasn't evil when he joined the team, though he was treated like this by some of the other members, especially Green Arrow and Atom.
- Captain Ersatz: Joe Kelly confirmed he was based on Apache Chief.
- Creepy Good: Some of his spells are rather disturbing to look at, but he's definitely a good person.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: He's over a thousand years removed from when he was born, due to time travel. He's adjusted much less easily than his wife.
- Magical Native American: Sort of. He's Native American in origin, but Atlantean in citizenship.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Basically had this moment when he saw the Justice League in action and realised that they were true heroes, to the extent that Green Lantern turned from a battle for his life to protect Atlantean citizens who considered him an enemy.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: One version of him lived for a few thousand years in hiding until he could emerge in the future to help the Justice League go back in time and stop Gamemnae by changing history, which required the older Manitou to sacrifice his life while his now-alternate past self returned to the present with the League.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: He is gaunt, pale, and scarred, while Dawn is gorgeous.
- The Workaholic: Which causes his relationship with his wife Dawn to deteriorate.
A robot created by Professor Ivo & T. O. Morrow to destroy the team, she overcame her programming at the cost of her own life. During the Trinity event, she was a superhero in the altered universe. Upon learning of her fate in the original universe, she decided to change it back anyway to save the world from the Troika. However, afterwards, a woman resembling her named Clara Kendall was spotted in the reformed universe.
Zauriel was once a member of the Eagle Host, one of the Four Angel Hosts of Heaven. Then he fell in love with a mortal female and willingly gave up his Divinity to be with her. Now mortal, he lives among us as Heaven's Mortal Champion.
- I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He left Heaven because he fell in love with a mortal woman, but in the JLA: Paradise Lost mini-series, when he sees her with the boyfriend she already had and they declare their love for each other, Zauriel just smiles because he knows she's happy.
- Our Angels Are Different: Wings, flaming sword, humanoid but inhuman looking. Divided into four "hosts": Man, Bull, Eagle and Lion. Zauriel of the Eagle Host was technically a fallen angel during his time with the League (he was a guardian angel who cared too much about the woman he was guarding), but not as fallen as his arch-enemy Azmodel of the Bull Host, who was working with Neron.
- The Sleepless: He saw the dawn of creation and hasn't slept since so he'll never miss another dawn that beautiful.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Morrison created Zauriel during his tenure as writer of JLA, but was forbidden from using his originally intended name of Hawkman. At the time, Hawkman had been declared off-limits by DC editors due to the character's convoluted continuity. Morrison does allude to a Hawkman-connection by having Aquaman mistake Zauriel as "Katar" when the two characters first meet in the middle of a frantic battle.
- Time Abyss: As an angel, he's older than creation itself.
- Damsel in Distress: When Lorraine was a normal girl, as daughter of a senator, she frequently found herself the target of those who would seek to use her as a vehicle for sabotaging her father's political efforts and is often kidnapped.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: She was kidnapped and subjected to extensive programming to kill Firestorm (and transformed into Firehawk to have the ability to do so). She threw it off, but not before a fight.
- Distaff Counterpart: Lorraine is turned into Firehawk by being forcibly subjected to the same type of reactor meltdown that created Firestorm. Her powers are similar, but are more focused on nuclear fire than molecular restructuring.
- Flaming Hair: Firehawk is perpetually surrounded by a corona of "atomic fire". This ambient corona is for visual effect only, and does not possess any thermal properties. Lorraine's complexion takes on a golden or orange hue when in her Firehawk form.
- Flying Firepower: Firehawk can channel the nuclear energy within her body, granting herself the ability to fly.
- Hand Blast: Firehawk can generate waves of thermal nuclear energy, which she can focus into blasts of heat from her hands.
- Invocation: Though she doesn't need to, Lorraine Reilly tends to say "Firehawk!" upon transforming.
- Love Interest: Firehawk was once romantically involved with Firestorm. In later years, she became involved with the futuristic hero known as Booster Gold.
- Rescue Romance: Lorraine developed an immediate attraction towards the nuclear hero when he saved her, but constantly wrestled with her emotions, acknowledging the fact that she knew very little about him.
Brion Markov is Geo-Force, a powerful super-hero and member of the royal family in Markovia. His powers allow him to control gravity and the Earth's terrain. This has lead him to become a long-standing member of the Outsiders and he later joined the Justice League. His sister is Terra of the Teen Titans.
- Break the Haughty: During his time in the Outsiders, Batman gave Brion no special treatment, regarding him simply as another member of the team, subordinate to his wishes. This caused a great deal of friction between Batman and Geo-Force, until Batman earned Geo-Force's respect and trust. Geo-Force learned that he was expected to follow orders without being consulted as to his opinion.
- Cain and Abel: Unknown to him, he was the Abel to his half-sisters Terra. At first, the Titans did not tell Geo-Force of Terra's betrayal, letting him think that she died a hero. At a later date, however, Batman revealed the truth to Geo-Force, which left him even more heartbroken than before.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Brion is able to manipulate the Earth itself by vibrating and transforming it's crust (the ground). He can use this power to create earthquakes, tap into lava flows, and levitate or create shapes out of solid rock.
- Gravity Master: Brion is able to manipulate the gravitational field of Earth itself. He can increase the gravity around and within an object to make it extremely heavy or he can decease the gravity around or within an object to make it extremely light.
- The Leader: He is a skilled leader of teams, military forces and once of a country.
- Logical Weakness: While Geo-Force is at his strongest when he is firmly on solid earth ground, his powers and health will deteriorate if he is taken off earth for a long period of time. In such instances, Geo-Force will die unless he returns to earth in time.
- Playing with Fire: Brion is able to manipulate fire and lava from it's source within the Earth.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He is the rightful prince of Markovia.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Subverted. During Crisis On Infinite Earths; when Geo-Force, Blue Beetle, and Doctor Polaris are sent back in time by the Monitor, to when Nazis occupied Markovia, Geo-Force tells Doctor Polaris that he can kill the Nazis attacking the three heroes and even joins in.
Gavril Ivanovich was a captain in the Rocket Red Brigade, but resigned out of disgust with Russia's continuing Westernization. He built his own Rocket Red suit (a throwback to earlier models), and set himself against corporations and rogue KGB cells. A long-standing admirer of the JLI, when they showed up in Russia on Max Lord's trail, he jumped at the chance to team up with them (even if they were initially dubious).
- The Blacksmith: Makes and repairs his own armor.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's very loud and energetic.
- Color Character: Like his predecessor, hes named rocked red after his red suit of armor.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Killed early on in the New 52 Justice League International.
- Eloquent in My Native Tongue: He's a genius... in his native Russian. Due to his disdain for western culture, he's not got the greatest grasp of English.
- Flight: His Rocket Red suit allows him this.
- Hypocrite: Sees no contradiction in fighting Westernization and teaming up with the JLI. For one, the JLI are working for the greater good. For another, he loves being on the JLI. (And yes, it has been pointed out to him...)
- Nice Guy: Hatred of the west, capitalism and democracy aside, he's actually quite sociable and good-natured. When one of his former teammates is threatened by Max Lord's schemes, Gavril pleads for the JLI to save him, despite them having been trying to arrest him not ten minutes previous. When it fails, he's saddened, and mourns the guy.
- Powered Armor: He is a Rocket Red after all. His is customized, and built like a tank compared to his more streamlined teammates.
- Super Strength: Again, his suit grants him this.
- Technopath: He's able to sense, and control machines/computers like most reds.
- Why We Are Bummed Communism Fell: Like Crimson Dynamo from Marvel, he is this.
- Real Name: Emily Sung
- Affirmative Action Legacy: She's a Korean woman who's essentially the new Metamorpho.
- Canon Immigrant: She was one of the only characters from Flashpoint to appear in the regular DC Universe after time was altered.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: She shows the same kind of excitement an overeager child would about getting to join the Justice League, and even brought hamburgers for everyone when she was invited as a member. She also likes to bring juice boxes with her and remember to have extra for other people.
- Name's the Same: She shares the name with a D-List villainess named Element Woman, a white-haired white woman.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She disappeared from the Justice League following Forever Evil (2013) and when she returned she was now with the Doom Patrol, having been convinced by Niles Caulder the League abandoned her. Then she disappeared again.
Katana is a DC Comics superhero first introduced by writer Mike W. Barr in Batman and the Outsiders back in 1983. A martial arts-themed superhero from Japan, Katana was one of DC's earliest Asian superheroes, as well as one of the few Asian superheroes of any notoriety.
Before becoming Katana, she was simply Tatsu Yamashiro, a young Japanese housewife. After Yakuza thugs killed her husband and children, Tatsu took up her husband's blade, Soultaker, and dedicated her life to cutting down evil wherever she encountered it.
The character has long been a supporting player in the DCUniverse, but finally ascended to a lead status as one of the main characters in the New 52 relaunch of Birds of Prey (a title that had previously been criticized for its lack of minorities). In 2013, Katana not only features in her own ongoing series written by Ann Nocenti, but is also a part of Geoff Johns' new Justice League of America line-up. During DC's Rebirth era, Katana served a prominent role as Rick Flagg's second in command in the 2016 run of the Suicide Squad. Then in 2019, DC released a new Batman and the Outsiders series which reunited her with fellow veteran Outsider Black Lightning.
Outside of comics, Katana has been featured in several episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and appeared as a main character in Beware the Batman. More recently, she was a character in DC Super Hero Girls, season three of Arrow, and in Suicide Squad (2016).
- Katana (2013-2014)
Tropes seen in these series include:
- Ascended Extra: Katana was Batman's principal partner in Beware the Batman, filling the role usually held by Robin and Batgirl.
- Badass Normal: However, in the New 52, Soultaker is the Sword Totem of the Sword Clan that grants her enlightenment and immortality if she can use it right.
- Bullet Catch: She does this with her sword, when a maddened Rick Flag shot at Amanda Waller
- The Bus Came Back: In her New 52 solo series, she's in her twenties as opposed to being in her thirties or forties before New 52. So her only dead loved one was her husband, there was no mention of any children. These days, they brought back her dead kids and there's mention of dead children especially from Amanda Waller.
- Captain Ersatz: A villain heavily based off Katana named Tsukuri appeared in a few episodes of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.
- Captain Ethnic: Katana's first few outfits were all based on traditional Japanese Rising Sun imagery. These days, she primarily sports a suit of black armor along with a white mask featuring the Japanese Hinomaru on her forehead.
- Cool Sword: Soultaker. It drinks the souls of those it kills and then makes them available as ghosts to answer questions.
- The Corrupter: Batman fears that Amanda Waller is this for Katana, she's twisting Tatsu into going down a bad path (earlier Katana had slashed Batman in the back, nearly killing him because he took down the rest of the squad).
- Crusading Widower: Starts her career after the death of her family.
- Death by Origin Story: Tatsu's husband and twin children were killed in her origin story, driving her down the path of vigilantism.
- Domino Mask: Her current costume. In older incarnations, she wore fuller head coverings.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In issue 13 of the '80s Batman and the Outsiders, Katana (who actually Is Just Better, by the way) is tracking a poisoned and delusional Batman. She stops to save a civilian's life and thus, loses Bats. So she expresses her regret to substitute commander Black Lightning, prompting the following conversation:Black Lightning: Don't go committin' Hara-Kiri or anything over it, Katana! You've been through a lot lately!
Katana: Don't pity me because of the death of my husband, Lightning! I won't have that!
Black Lightning: Sorry! But any of us would have done the same thing!
- The Dragon: Katana is this for Rick Flag, Amanda Waller and Harley Quinn. As a killer she's lumped in with the other villainous members of Suicide Squad but she's a volunteer and helps keep order with the squad and watch her bosses's backs.
- Empathic Weapon: Soultaker contains the spirit of her husband, and a number of other souls.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Her sword, Soultaker, absorbs the souls of those it kills.
- Katanas Are Just Better: The DC heroine named Katana wields a magical katana called "Soultaker". It cuts through just about anything. It completely resists melting. And yes, she can deflect bullets with it. But it also has a curse: those killed by the sword may have their soul taken into the world within it, and can subsequently be summoned to do the wielder's bidding. And it makes an evil person who holds it even more malevolent.
- Lady of War: Quietly composed and graceful as she fights enemies with her katana.
- The Lancer: As of 2019, Katana is essentially this to Jefferson Pierce AKA Black Lightning during their time with Batman's latest incarnation of the Outsiders. In contrast to her previous dynamic with the Suicide Squad's ever-rotating leadership, she has a genuine bond with Jeff as mutual confidants and takes charge of the team whenever he or Batman are indisposed. Once the team eventually disbands, the two decide to stick by each other's sides and adventure together.
- Lawful Neutral: Katana probably falls here. She probably would be Lawful Good, except she seems a bit too harsh in general, such as basically viewing all criminals as deserving of death even if their crimes are farily minor or they have some extenuating circumstances or the like.
- Master Swordsman: Though not her only skill set, you best believe she's good with a blade.
- Mentor Archetype: The Next Batman: Second Son reveals that Katana, now Older and Wiser compared to her early days as a merciless Crusading Widower, fulfilled this role to the young Jace Fox during the years of his exile from Gotham City. Not only did Tatsu take Jace under her wing as a protégé, but she has played a crucial part in teaching him how to mature past his self-loathing as well as directly inspire him to become a hero in the first place.
- Parental Substitute: For Halo, from quite early on in the Outsiders.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Katana's real reason for joining the Suicide Squad is to eventually kill them. Her sword has given her a kill list of people who need punishing and Amanda Waller is one of them.
- Powers via Weapon: She is a Master Swordsman who has no powers, but her sword has the ability to take the souls of those its wielder kills.
- Public Domain Artifact: Katana wields a sword made by Muramasa- who was described as being mad; the sword itself steals the souls of those it kills.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: An unusual one, one of her enemies in her New 52 solo series is The Creeper, who was a superhero prior to the world reboot.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Caught between old traditions and being a young superhero, Katana can definitely come off as this.As my elders would say, my shame is deep. As the kids would say. Epic fail.
- Soul-Cutting Blade: Soultaker. It not only removes the soul from the body of its victim, but traps the soul in the blade.
- Talking Weapon: Technically it's the soul of her husband (which is trapped in the sword) and it only talks to her. Doesn't come up too often, though.
- They Call Him "Sword": Her nickname is "Katana".
- Token Good Teammate: She and Rick Flag are this for the Suicide Squad.
- Villain Killer: She's a hero, but make no mistake, she gives no clemency to criminals. Katana lost her husband and children to her husband's jealous brother, who had connections to the Yakuza. After killing her brother-in-law, but failing to save her family, she made it her life's mission to hunt down and kill anyone that was involved in crime, especially those who were present at her family's murder. She uses the very same sword that was used to kill her husband no less.
- Whole Costume Reference: In an issue of Li'l Gotham, Katana investigates a suspicious street racing gang while wearing the Bride's yellow racing jumpsuit from Kill Bill (which is thus also a second-hand reference to the Bruce Lee tracksuit).
- Will They or Won't They?: Bryan Hill's run of Batman and the Outsiders establishes this kind of dynamic between Katana and Black Lightning. Tatsu admits that she's actually more than interested in a Relationship Upgrade with Jeff, having spent so many years alone after the death of her husband. But Jeff initially wishes to leave things as they are between them for his own personal reasons. Then this gets developed even further during backup issues set within DC Infinite Frontier, where their Unresolved Sexual Tension has not only evolved to a point where Everyone Can See It, Tatsu's Mother-In-Law Shiori tries to have Jeff assassinated just to spite Tatsu for inadvertently loosing the soul of her late son Maseo.
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