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The Crime Syndicate Of Americanote 

Debut: Justice League of America #29 (1964)

The Justice League's counterparts from the Antimatter Universenote , who are just as evil as the League is good. They rule their Earth with an iron fist from their moon citadel, the Panopticon.

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  • Adaptational Species Change: Since the original Crime Syndicate were wiped out by the Crisis, a different version was created in their place. In 1992's Justice League Quarterly #8, it's revealed the Justice League and Justice Society encountered a group of Qwardians known only as the Crime Syndicate (not "of America"), wearing similar costumes to the pre-Crisis versions. It's unclear if even this version and their fights remained canon post-Infinite Crisis, though it was implied the Qwardians used the Antimatter Earth Syndicate's aliases.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The original Crime Syndicate were villains, but nowhere near as brutal or perverse as the versions created after their destruction. The original group weren't so much "evil" as they were "bad guys," nor was their world a place where good and evil were switched and evil always won. The Pre-Crisis Syndicate were true friends who cared about each other, while the Antimatter and post-Flashpoint Syndicates loathed each other (except Johnny Quick and Atomica) and would've gladly abandoned their teammates had they no further use for them.
  • Back for the Dead: They were brought back to life by Perpetua to use them as pawns in her war against the Multiverse. During Dark Knights: Death Metal Multiverse's End, Owlman turns on Perpetua, kills his teammates and then himself after becoming reassured that once the Multiverse is properly restored, they'll be back to life.
  • Berserk Button: Comparing the Crime Syndicate to the Justice League is a really good way to get on their bad side. An even worse thing to do is to confuse the two.
  • Bizarro Universe / Mirror Universe: Their home is Earth-3 (later rewritten during DC's Post-Crisis period to be in Qward the anti-matter universe) where Earth history is reversed (Britain fought the Revolutionary war to gain independence from America, President John Wilkes Booth was assassinated by Abraham Lincoln, and so on) and everyone generally acts the opposite of their counterparts in the "normal" universe (i.e., all heroes are villains and vice versa). Also (Post-Crisis) the laws of physics are changed so that evil always wins.
    • Another version of this morality-swapped universe is the post-Infinite Crisis Earth-3 which differs slightly from the antimatter version. It's supposed to be the morality-swapped version of Earth-2, while the antimatter universe is the morality-swapped version of the main Earth.
    • Following the New 52 relaunch, Earth-3 is the moral inverse of the main Earth (retconning the plan to have Earth-3 be an inverted Earth-2), while Earth-29 is a Bizarro universe where everything's the opposite of the main DCU and Bizarro is the main (sort of) hero.
  • The Bus Came Back: The Green Lantern Season Two #8 reveals the Antimatter Crime Syndicate and their Earth still exist within Qward, separate from the new Earth-3 Crime Syndicate.
  • Card-Carrying Villains: Their Pre-Crisis versions.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the entire Justice League of America.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The pre-Crisis Syndicate died trying to save their world from being destroyed.
  • Kick the Dog: The Post-Crisis version enjoys throwing counterfeit money on the people of Earth to see them beat each other up for money. When a man in the crowd realizes the money's fake and loudly curses the Syndicate, an irritated Ultraman snipes him with heat vision.
  • Logical Weakness: They're able to match with the heroes they are counterparts of. So naturally, throwing in a hero that the Syndicate doesn't have a counterpart to (i.e., Aquaman, Martian Manhunter), or the Justice League teaming up with another superhero team (such as the Justice Society of America of Earth-2) is a good way to guarantee their defeat.
  • Oh, Crap!: In their first appearance, they were trapped between dimensions in a bubble of Green Lantern energy that got nicknamed, "the Devil's Island of Space". All this meant was that, for them to break free, something big was going down.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Emphasis on psycho on the recent incarnations of the Crime society. They serve as a villainous foil to the heroic Justice League.
  • Sacrificial Lion: The pre-Crisis Syndicate, not to mention their entire universe, are killed in the opening of Crisis on Infinite Earths to show that anyone can die, regardless of how powerful they are (and also, as part of DC's cleaning house of multiverses).
  • Sixth Ranger: Usually, the team tends to stick to a core five of evil Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash. Forever Evil added evil versions of Aquaman (Sea King), Atom (Atomica), Firestorm (Deathstorm), and Alfred Pennyworth (the Outsider).
  • Villainous Friendship: What they had in the pre-crisis incarnations, they respected and trusted each other. Now of days they are pure Teeth-Clenched Teamwork without the teamwork, who hate their enemies only marginally more than they hate each other.
  • Xtremely Kool Letterz: America of the Antimatter Earth is spelled Amerika.

New 52 Ultraman
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AKA: Kal-Ul (Pre-Crisis), Lieutenant Clark Kent (Post-Crisis), Clark Kent/Kal-Il (New 52)

One of Superman's first and best known evil counterparts, Ultraman is a criminal from an alternate universe who gains his powers by being exposed to Kryptonite. There have been three versions so far:

The Pre-Crisis incarnation hailed from the partially-reversed world of Earth-3. He was Kal-Ul, an evil Kryptonian from Krypton-3, and one of the five founding members of the Crime Syndicate of America. Every time he was exposed to Green Kryptonite he gained a new superpower, and was the member of the Crime Syndicate who revealed the existence of Earths 1 & 2 to the others. He fought Superman both as a member of the Crime Syndicate, and in alliance with Lex Luthor of Earth-1 and Alexei Luthor of Earth-2, earning the undying enmity of his Earth's Alexander Luthor Senior in the process. He died during the Crisis when the antimatter wave destroyed Earth-3, but made a few appearances Post-Crisis despite this, as The Dragon in a Supergirl story set in Kandor and as a member of the Crime Society of America on the new Earth-Three that was revealed during the events of 52.

The Post-Crisis variant hailed from an Anti-Matter Universe. He was a human astronaut named Clark Kent who suffered an accident in space and was rebuilt by aliens who didn't understand human anatomy. Now criminally insane and powered by exposure to Anti-Kryptonite, the Terror of Steel keeps dominion over Earth along with his version of the Crime Syndicate killing dissenters and taking what he wants, believing that lesser human beings have no right to tell him what to do. He is unhappily married to his teammate Superwoman, whom he alternately lusts after and hates. Arrogant, violent, and more than a little dim, he is almost nothing like the Superman, or the Clark, we know and love.

The New 52 created a third variant. Once again of Kryptonian origins, Kal-Il makes his home on a new Earth-3 that is stated to be the origin of evil itself. Having murdered his foster parents and adopted the identity of Clark Kent, this Ultraman is one of the leading members of the newest Crime Syndicate, with Evil Counterparts of all of the JLA members, including the relatively new additions Deathstorm and Grid. Gaining power from Green Kryptonite by utilizing it as a Fantastic Drug, and Weakened by the Light of the Yellow Sun, he remains one of the leading antagonists of Forever Evil.

Not to be confused with the identically named star of the Japanese Ultra Series.

  • 0% Approval Rating: Not Pre-crisis, but definitely the Antimatter and Post Flashpoint versions. His teammates all fucking hate him, especially Owlman and Superwoman, who he’s married to. Mostly due to him being abusive, Hot-Blooded and kind of an idiot.
  • Affably Evil: Pre-Crisis Ultraman was a genuinely cheerful Boisterous Bruiser who got along well with his teammates, and would compliment his adversaries as they fought.
  • Adaptational Species Change: The Post-Crisis version is human.
  • Archenemy: Of Alexander Luthor Sr. in both of the pre-New 52 continuities.
  • Badass Cape: As befits an evil Superman.
  • Big Bad: Of any story involving the Crime Syndicate.
  • Blood Knight: He and the rest of the Syndicate alike, Pre-Crisis.
  • Brains Evil, Brawn Good: Inverted. He's the evil Brawn to Alexander Luthor Senior's Brains, Pre-and-Post-Crisis.
  • Break the Haughty: Forever Evil serves as a very lengthy one for the New 52 version.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Massive "U" on his chest Pre-Crisis; Post-Crisis and New 52 it's a shield-like Superman's with a U-shape in the centre.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Pre-Crisis he's characterized as a bluff, cheerful man, who loves a good challenge and enjoys facing a Worthy Opponent.
  • Came Back Strong: The post-crisis version was given superpowers after being brought back to life by aliens (presumably Anti-Matter Kryptonians).
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Pre-Crisis Ultraman, who cheerfully identified as evil, and was baffled as to why anybody would ever want to do anything good. The Post-Crisis and New 52 versions can edge towards the trope.
  • Chest Insignia: Pre-Crisis Ultraman has a "U" without a shield, Post-Crisis Ultraman has a "U" inside an upside-down version of Superman's "S" shield, and the New 52 Ultraman has a "U" within a different shield altogether.
  • Clark Kenting: Post-Crisis Ultraman does this, only with a fake mustache instead of glasses.
  • Cruel Mercy: At the end of Forever Evil, Luthor chooses not to kill Ultraman, preferring to leave him depowered and all but crippled, forced to live out the rest of his life as the weakest man on Earth. Ultraman proceeds to spend the rest of the comic crying in a prison cell.
  • Demoted to Dragon: A variant of the Pre-Crisis version of Ultraman appears as Saturn Queen's Dragon in a Supergirl Post-Crisis story arc.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Post-Crisis Ultraman once used his heat-vision to blow up a citizen badmouthing on the Crime Syndicate.
  • Domestic Abuse: Post-Crisis Ultraman to Superwoman. The New 52 version refrains from doing the same solely because he wants her to in perfect condition when he impregnates her.
  • Dumb Muscle: In both the Pre-Crisis and Post-Crisis continuities, Ultraman is an impulsive egomaniac, and while not particularly stupid, comes off this way in comparison to our Superman. He usually lets Owlman do his thinking for him. This may be justified if he has not yet gained Superman's Super Intelligence. New 52 Ultraman, while not a genius, is a considerably more effective and intelligent leader.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Pre-Crisis, when he sacrifices himself to try and save his world.
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: Post-Crisis Ultraman wants a brutal dictatorship that he can lord it over, and will use any means to do this. New 52 Ultraman is just as bad, and adds to it a survival of the fittest philosophy.
  • Enemy Mine: With Superman and the JLA against the antimatter Brainiac, Post-Crisis. Pre-Crisis, he and Alexander Luthor teamed to try and stop the Antimonitor.
  • Enfante Terrible: New 52 Ultraman, who burned off one of Johnny Kent's hands and forced him and Martha to serve as his surrogate parents, then subsequently murdered them.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Pre-Crisis Ultraman genuinely cared for the other members of the Crime Syndicate, and died trying to save his world from the Antimonitor. Post-Crisis and New 52 Ultraman, not so much.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When the Pre-Crisis Ultraman was brought back in Animal Man, he expresses disgust at his raving, homicidal counterpart Overman and vainly attempts to stop him from setting off a doomsday bomb.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: None of the Ultramen have ever understood what drives their heroic counterparts. Since they come from a world wherein evil usually wins out, this isn't exactly surprising.
  • Evil Counterpart: But not an Evil Twin, at least Pre-and-Post-Crisis. Kal-Ul was never a direct analogue to our Kal-El (if anything, his name might indicate a connection to Kryptonian villain Quex-Ul), and the Antimatter Clark Kent is both entirely human and bears only a passing resemblance to ours. As an evil being with all of Superman's powers who gains energy from Kryptonite, he definitely makes for a solid contrast with Superman, though.
  • Evil Twin: The New 52's Kal-Il may use a slightly different spelling of his name, but he's a dead-ringer for our Superman, and his backstory has far more parallels to Superman's than any previous version of the character.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Pre-Crisis Ultraman versus the Anti-Monitor, and Post-Crisis Ultraman's clash with the Antimatter Brainiac, in a classic Lawful Evil versus Chaotic Evil duel.
  • Evil Is Petty: Post-Crisis Ultraman is just a dick to everyone on general principle.
  • Evil vs. Evil: New 52 Ultraman finds himself opposed by Lex Luthor and a band of like-minded villains who hate taking their orders from the Crime Syndicate.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Pre-Crisis Ultraman dies flying into the antimatter wave after declaring he will not give up.
  • Famous Last Words: Pre-Crisis Ultraman's declaration that he will fight onto the end as he flies into the antimatter wave.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe/Superheroes Wear Tights: Inverted, due to his immorality. Not so much Pre-Crisis, but Post-Crisis Ultraman appears to be wearing a skintight suit of pajamas, while New 52 Ultraman has a costume that's an almost exact match for Superman's.
  • Freudian Excuse: In the New 52 Jor-Il and Lara were a loveless couple from a race of narcissistic Social Darwinists, who sent their child to Earth in a ship that constantly bombarded him with messages about how he had to be superior to all those around him, or give up and die.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Pre-Crisis Ultraman and the rest of the Crime Syndicate sacrificed themselves fighting against the Anti-Monitor in order to save Earth-3.
  • Jerkass: Extraordinaire Post-Crisis. The New 52 toned this down a bit, but he's still a colossal jackass when compared to his Affably Evil Pre-Crisis counterpart.
  • Joisey: Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths gave Ultra-Man this accent, to emphasize him as a mob boss, or in his words, "da don of dons." Brian Michael Bendis' Superman run also portrays Ultraman this way.
  • Kill Sat: The Earth-3 version uses Eye Beams to kill citizens from space if he hears them say anything bad about him.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Inverted. Exposure to Green Kryptonite gives Ultraman more superpowers rather than weakening him. This allowed Pre-Crisis Ultraman to take on both Earth-1 and Earth-2 Superman, by attacking them with Green K. In the New 52, he even expands his powers by crushing, burning, and snorting Green K. Blue Kryptonite, on the other hand, does harm him — just like Earth-1's Bizarro.
  • Lack of Empathy: Post-Crisis and New 52. Averted by the Pre-Crisis Ultraman, who saw the rest of the Syndicate as his friends.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Post-Crisis Ultraman has this look, which coupled with his being a Perpetual Frowner gives him a uniquely sour face.
  • The Leader: Of the Crime Syndicate in all incarnations.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Considering all versions are evil Supermen.
  • Magic Meteor: Kryptonite gives him new powers.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The pre-crisis version develops new powers when exposed to kryptonite.
  • One Steve Limit: The DCU has another Ultraman in the Legion of Super-Heroes though he's usually called Ultraboy when the Legion are teenagers.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Post-Crisis Ultraman's lobotomization of the Antimatter Brainiac was well-deserved but still harsh to watch.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Post-Crisis Ultraman never ever seems to smile.
  • Power Degeneration: Post-Crisis and New 52 if he goes without refuelling on Kryptonite for too long.
  • Retgone: Pre-Crisis Ultraman, along with the rest of the Crime Syndicate. As of the New 52, Post-Crisis Ultraman is gone as well.
  • Self-Made Orphan: New 52 Ultraman made himself an orphan again when he murdered the Kents.
  • Shadow Archetype: Demonstrates what happens when absolute power is given to a small-minded, petty jerk, and demonstrates why Earth-1/the Matter universe is so lucky to get the Superman that it did.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Pre-Crisis Ultraman sported some seriously awful shoulder pads.
  • Smug Snake: So very much.
  • Smug Super: All versions, though the Pre-Crisis version is a more classic example.
  • Social Darwinist: His New 52 counterpart is disgusted by a world where the strong protect the weak, and views a society based around anything other than dog-eat-dog principles as destined to be destroyed. He even goes so far as to use Superwoman—whom he hates—as the mother of his child, because he wants the child's genetics to be as strong as possible.
  • Superpower Lottery: Matches Superman in this regard.
    • Blow You Away: Regularly uses his super breath to this effect.
    • Eye Beams: Pre-Crisis he first gained them during his battle with The Flash, when the latter tried to use Green K against him. They quickly become one of his favorite weapons.
    • Flying Brick: Modeled on the Ur-Example.
    • Flying Firepower: Courtesy of his Eye Beams and hurricane force breath.
    • In a Single Bound: His superhuman strength allows this.
    • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Justified, as exposure to Kryptonite/Antikryptonite grants him more power.
    • Nigh-Invulnerable: Survives a nuclear blast that would have killed entire cities during his battle with Starman, Pre-Crisis. It takes being bombarded with antimatter to knock him out, and that doesn't hurt him, it just robs him of his senses. It isn't until his battle against the Antimonitor when we finally discover what it takes to kill him—a wave of antimatter so concentrated that it can burn down whole universes. The Post-Crisis and New 52 versions are less durable, but remain still on par with the modern Superman.
    • Super Breath: Can be hurricane-force winds or arctic cold.
    • Super Speed: An absurdly fast flier, and a fast runner, too, matching Superman.
    • Super Strength: Usually as strong as the Trope Codifier in terms of sheer strength. Case in point moving a moon alone, and injuring his counterpart.
    • Super Senses: He actually possesses some Superman doesn't have, as Pre-Crisis he could see through the veil between Earths 1, 2, and 3.
    • X-Ray Vision: Can see through almost anything.
  • Take Over the World: Post-Crisis and New 52 he pulled this off.
  • Token Evil Teammate: The Post-Crisis version is this in the Supermen team of Final Crisis; he even ends up becoming The Dragon. He was only recruited because a clash with Superman would allow the latter to ascend to the Monitors' plane of existence.
  • Touched by Vorlons: The Post-Crisis version was an astronaut brought back to life and given powers by aliens after he died on a space mission.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Post-Crisis Ultraman who immediately betrayed (and conquered) his nation the moment he gained his powers (though to be fair, it's implied the process that empowered him drove him insane).
  • Underestimating Badassery: Post-Crisis Ultraman does it to both Superman and the Martian Manhunter, and gets his ass kicked because of it.
  • Underwear of Power: Post-Crisis Ultraman's outfit is a one-piece suit that's entirely in blue, which makes him look like he's in footie pajamas.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Superwoman Post-Crisis, though she apparently doesn't have much say in the matter. She immediately begins cheating on him with Owlman. New 52 Ultraman takes it even farther, using her as the mother of his child, while freely admitting that he'd like to tear her limb from limb.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Due to killing all his adversaries, Post-Crisis Ultraman has minimal fighting experience compared to Superman, particularly against opponents on his level.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Post-Crisis and pre-New 52, Superman noted that this essentially applied to this version of Ultraman; when the two fought in Trinity, Superman explicitly told Ultraman during the fight that killing his enemies actually made him weaker than Superman as he killed new foes who may have only just received their powers and barely knew what they were doing, whereas Superman letting his foes live meant that they practised and gained more experience with their powers and thus inspired Superman to do the same. As a result, Superman has actual experience at fighting beings equal to or greater than him in terms of raw power, where Ultraman basically just "sit[s] on a pile of skulls and calls [himself] tough".
  • Villain Team-Up: Pre-Crisis Ultraman allied with Lex Luthor and Alexei Luthor in one memorable story, nearly killing the Supermans of Earths-1 & 2 in the process.
  • Villainous Friendship: What made the Pre-Crisis Crime Syndicate as dangerous as they were was their genuine liking of one another and willingness to work together. Averted Post-Crisis and in the New 52, where their union is more based around being able to better conquer the world, and have no qualms whatsoever with stabbing one another in the back.
  • Weakened by the Light: In the New 52, he is weakened by yellow sunlight.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: In the New 52 version, he needs to repeatedly snort/eat Kryptonite like a junkie to keep his powers, which are drained by sunlight. When the moon is moved out from in front of the sun, and he's exposed to direct light, he's left all but crippled.
  • Worthy Opponent: Pre-Crisis Ultraman comes to see the Barry Allen Flash and Ted Knight Starman as such when they successfully stand up to him despite their lower levels of power.


AKA: Thomas Wayne, Jr.

Batman's evil counterpart. He is almost as dangerous as the Joker and as skilled as Batman.

Pre-Crisis, Owlman hailed from the partially reversed world of Earth-3. Born with low-level superintelligence, he experimented with his brain to increase these powers, eventually developing the power to control the minds of others. He was a founding member of the Crime Syndicate of America and served as their ideas man and evil genius. He eventually died alongside his teammates, trying to protect their world from the Anti-Monitor in Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Post-Crisis, Owlman is the Thomas Wayne Jr. of the Antimatter Universe. Driven mad by the deaths of his mother and father and his brother Bruce, he decided to conquer the Gotham underworld as the villainous Owlman, alongside Boss Jim Gordon. He later joined the Crime Syndicate of Amerika and maintains a longstanding affair with teammate Superwoman, much to the disgust of her husband, Ultraman.

In the New 52, Thomas Wayne Jr. is the leader of Crime Syndicate and hails from Earth 3. A Control Freak who sees compassion, love and sacrifice as a weakness and an embarrassment, although experiences such things himself. Had his Earth's version Alfred kill his parents and himself killed his younger brother Bruce for being "weak". Almost succeeded in taking his Gotham under complete control, using such methods as branding criminals and taking over their operations. His Earth's Joker was his main problem, by destroying his work, poisoning Alfred and killing Dick Grayson. In return, Owlman disposed of him. The threat of Anti-Monitor and, maybe, Darkseid as well resulted in the destruction of Earth 3 and Crime Syndicate escape to Prime Earth to have a chance to fight back. After a loss to the Injustice League, Owlman allied himself with Lex Luthor and, later, the Justice League to have a chance to defeat Anti-Monitor once and for all.

  • Adult Fear: In the New 52, Owlman's substitute brother/son ran away from home after a big fight with his mentor, only for the Joker to ambush him, chop him to pieces and leave Owlman to find the remains. It made Owlman a wee bit overprotective about mainstream Dick Grayson, whom he abducted and locked to keep him safe.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Post-Crisis pre-New Owlman to his father, Thomas Wayne Senior, who turns up alive and hoping to put his villainous son behind bars—or under the ground—for good.
    • Since the New 52, both existing versions do count.
  • Anti-Villain: Both Thomas Wayne Jr and Senior.
  • Ax-Crazy: Post-Crisis Owlman is a raving lunatic.
  • Badass Normal: Physically speaking, anyway. True with Thomas Wayne, Jr.
  • Cain and Abel: With the Matter Universe in an odd way Post-Crisis (both existing versions).
  • Composite Character: "Lincoln March" iteration, see the Court of Owls.
  • Control Freak: Both versions.
  • Determinator: Like his heroic counterpart, everything he does he does with extreme ruthless tenacity to rule over Gotham.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The New 52 Owlman, obliterated by Doctor Manhattan after unexpectedly discovering his tampering with the universe.
  • Enemy Mine: Only briefly he frees John Stewart from imprisonment and destroys the evil Batmen from the Dark Multiverse that were on his Earth knowing he will be reborn if good wins.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His Antimatter incarnation was driven to villainy after losing his mother Martha and especially his younger brother Bruce. It really says something that even in a world where evil always triumphs over good, he still feels that level of love for his late brother.
    • His New 52 incarnation had a deep bond with his sidekick Talon/Dick Grayson, so much that he tried to replace him by his mainstream version whose safety he was constantly fretting over. Even Owlman's teammates remarked on it.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Batman, quite literally given the nature of his existence. He actually takes it so seriously he's disgusted at the sheer mention of the Batman Who Laughs, seeing himself as Batman's true opposite.
  • Evil Genius: To the Crime Syndicate as a whole. This was particularly noticeable Pre-Crisis, when their every major plan was his.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Pre-Crisis with the Antimonitor, and Post-Crisis with the Antimatter Universe Brainiac.
  • Freudian Excuse: Lost his brother and mother in Post-Crisis. Lost his partner in the New 52.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In Dark Nights: Death Metal, he realizes that every single incarnation of the multiverse has had some version of him and the Crime Syndicate. He then gleefully blows him and the evil batmen up, proclaiming that he is the original evil counterpart of Batman. While the others are dumb, one-off ideas for this one event, he's just too good of an idea to ever be killed of properly.
  • The Lost Lenore: In the New 52, his sidekick Talon/Dick Grayson. Owlman was ready to abduct the mainstream Dick to fill the void, in spite of knowing it wouldn't be the same youth he loved as a brother.
  • No Name Given: The Pre-Crisis version.
  • Ominous Owl: The motif.
  • Other Me Annoys Me: Expresses nothing but contempt for the Batman Who Laughs and the other Batmen from the Dark Multiverse, seeing them as aberrations.
  • Psychic Powers: Pre-Crisis Owlman could use his superbrain to mind control others.
  • The Resenter: Towards his father, Post-Crisis. Thomas Jr. blames Thomas Sr. for the deaths of his brother and mother.
  • Smug Snake: Not nearly as smart as he thinks he is.
  • Super Intelligence: Both previous versions of Owlman have increased their intelligence to superhuman levels.
  • Taking You with Me: During Death Metal Multiverse's End, realizing he will be reborn if the Multiverse is properly restored, he takes out Perpetua's control towers that are allowing her to destroy the Multiverse, killing himself and all the evil Batmen from the Dark Multiverse that were present.
  • Vigilante Man: Post-Crisis, when he sought to control crime.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has a mild and quiet one when the anti-matter version of him ends up on Batman's earth and finds the grave of Thomas and Martha Wayne. He wasn't expecting both of versions of his parents to be dead and kneels in front of the tombstone with his head down. This is entirely because in this world he doesn't have a version of his father he can still hurt.
  • Villainous Friendship: Pre-Crisis, when he and the rest of the Syndicate were portrayed as a close-knit group of criminal friends. Owlman in particular seems horrified when his teammate Johnny Quick perishes against the Antimonitor. On Earth-3, Owlman had this with Alfred Pennyworth and Dick Grayson.
  • Yandere: His New 52 version arranged for Dick Grayson's family to be murdered because he thought the boy would be the brother he always wanted. After Talon's demise, Owlman abducted the mainstream Dick Grayson to try and replace him, right after publically outing Nightwing's Secret Identity to ensure the youth had nowhere to run.

New 52 Superwoman
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An evil Amazon from an alternate universe. There have been two main versions.

Pre-Crisis Superwoman was renegade Amazon from Earth-3 who was exiled from her people, and cursed with ageing. Turning criminal, she founded the Crime Syndicate of America, alongside Ultraman, Owlman, Johnny Quick, and Power Ring, and proceeded to terrorize the people of the American Empire for years, before being imprisoned by first the Justice League of Earth-1, and then Alexander Luthor Senior. She, alongside her teammates, died defending Earth-3 against the Anti-Monitor.

Post-Crisis Superwoman hailed from an Antimatter Universe. She was an Amazon who lived undercover as her world's Lois Lane, before joining up with the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, and conquering the world. A dominatrix who maintained a harem for her personal amusement, she was married to Ultraman but maintained numerous affairs with both her victims and teammate Owlman, and was essentially every "bad woman" stereotype rolled into one.

The New 52 introduced a version of the character very similar to the Post-Crisis one, though with the added detail that she was constantly seeking a strong man to father children upon her.

  • Alpha Bitch: Both her Post-Crisis and New 52 versions love to degrade Ultraman in front of their teammates.
  • Badass Cape: Her cape is quite badass.
  • Dark Action Girl: All three versions
  • Dark Chick: In all three versions of the Crime Syndicate
  • Designated Girl Fight: Pre-Crisis. While the rest of the Crime Syndicate and the Justice League mixed it up in their first clash (Superman facing Power Ring, and The Flash, Ultraman, etc), Superwoman fought Wonder Woman, then Black Canary of the JSA, then Wonder Woman again.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Wonder Woman, complete with a lariat. Not an Evil Twin in the first two versions, however; she is explicitly not Diana of Themyscira in either version.
  • Evil Twin:
    • Post-Crisis, she's the Antimatter Universe's version of Lois Lane.
    • While her New 52 incarnation's identity is never revealed, she looks exactly like Wonder Woman, albeit with a paler skin tone. Given that most of her teammates are explicitly the same people as their Prime Earth counterparts, it's not an unlikely assumption to make.
  • Evil Matriarch: In the New 52 she's obsessed with having a child that will bring about an age of darkness, according to an Amazonian prophecy.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Pre-Crisis with the Anti-Monitor and Post-Crisis with Antimatter Universe Brainiac. The New 52 version ends up freeing Alexander Luthor and turning on the entire Crime Syndicate because he is "stronger than they are".
  • Eye Beams: Post-Crisis Superwoman has these for some reason.
  • Femme Fatale: Her Post-Crisis and New 52 versions manipulated Ultraman and Owlman by sleeping with them.
  • Flying Brick: Pre-and-Post-Crisis alike.
  • Goth: While she's always dressed in black with a gold cape, her New 52 incarnation takes this a step further by giving her a pale skin tone and an association with death.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The Pre-Crisis Superwoman does this when she's brought back in Convergence, after spending a year on death row for accidentally killing philanthropist Bruno Mannheim.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She (or rather an illusion of her) calls Power Girl a tramp for her chest-window costume, while her own costume is just as revealing (if not more).
  • Leotard of Power: Her attire in almost all incarnations.
  • Mind-Control Device: Her "Lasso of Submission" that compels the tied individual to obey and love the wielder.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Like Wonder Woman she is this. Ultra Man noted how hard it would be to tear her apart, this coming from someone who moved the moon really says something about her.
  • Really Gets Around: Post-Crisis, where she has a harem of mind controlled men to "service" her. In the New 52, she'll sleep with anybody she thinks is "strong" including Owlman, Ultraman, and Alexander Luthor.
  • Skunk Stripe: Pre-Crisis Superwoman developed one as proof that her immortality had been lost.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Very tall and attractive.
  • Super Reflexes: Extreme sharp reflexes.
  • Super Speed: Not to the same level as Johnny Quick or Ultraman, though she does still run much faster than normal humans.
  • Super Strength: Tremendous amounts of strength, almost on par with Ultra Man.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Ultraman Post-Crisis and New 52. Neither of them is happy with it.
  • The Vamp: Post-Crisis and New 52.
  • Villainous Friendship: Pre-Crisis, when she and the other members of the Syndicate were genuinely friends and would try to help one another.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Post-Crisis where she constantly cheats on Ultraman with Owlman and various others. In the New 52, she's capable of loyalty only so until she meets somebody stronger.

    Johnny Quick
New 52 Jonny Quick
Click here  to see Pre-Crisis Johnny Quick

AKA: Johnathan Allen

The Flash's Crime Syndicate counterpart.

  • An Arm and a Leg: New 52 Johnny Quick gets his leg frozen and shattered by Captain Cold.
  • Asshole Victim: Soon after losing his leg to Captain Cold, Johnny gets his powers stolen and neck snapped by Mazahs/Alexander Luthor. Given how much of a monster Quick was, nobody sheds any tears over his death.
  • Ax-Crazy: In Forever Evil, his idea of "blowing off steam" is running around at the speed of light butchering countless people with his girlfriend Atomica.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Antimatter Universe Johnny Quick from Grant Morrison's JLA: Earth-2 gets his powers from "Speed Juice," a drug with similar effects to Velocity 9, including its addictive nature and painful withdrawal symptoms. It's also made from his predecessor's blood.
  • For the Evulz: While the New 52 Syndicate are all irredeemably evil, each of them has some kind of substantial motive. Johnny Quick just kills innocent people for shits and giggles.
  • Hero Killer: During Forever Evil, one of the first things he and Atomica do after the Syndicate takes over Prime Earth is butcher the first incarnation of the Doom Patrol.
  • Legacy Character: Antimatter Universe Johnny Quick is actually the second man to bear the title, as the drugs that give him his powers are made from his predecessor's blood. His predecessor resembles the Pre-Crisis version, essentially making the Antimatter version Wally West's counterpart.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Downplayed, but his New 52 incarnation is drawn to emphasize his manic grin.
  • Motor Mouth: He'sanevilversionoftheFlashwhatdidyouexpect?
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: During "Syndicate Rules", the antimatter Johnny Quick displayed racism, as he was in the middle of calling some Chinese people "yellow" when Owlman decided to beat the crap out of him for ruining a plan to relieve the CSA's boredom and called the Race Lifted Power Ring "Black Power Ring".
  • Sadistic Choice: The New 52 version appears to be a fan of these, as he forced Earth-3 Leonard Snart and Mick Rory's counterparts to fight to the death in exchange for not harming the winner and his family...
  • Slasher Smile: His default expression.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He thought disarming Captain Cold was enough to kill him with no issue. The very next page his leg is frozen and shattered to pieces.
  • Villainous Friendship: In the New 52, he works with Rhonda Pineda, alias Atomica, as professional thieves and killers.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Rhonda Pineda, he cares for her greatly.
  • Would Hurt a Child: New 52 version. While children are Atomica's favorite victims, he's not above joining her.

    Power Ring
New 52 Power Ring
Click here  to see Post-Crisis Power Ring
Click here  to see Pre-Crisis Power Ring

AKA: Joseph Harrolds (First Power Ring, Post-Crisis), Harold "Hal" Jordan of Earth-3 (New 52)

An Evil Counterpart to the main universe Green Lantern, Power Ring hails from an alternate universe and is a founding member of the Crime Syndicate of America. Pre-Crisis he was a petty criminal who gained a magical ring from a Tibetan mystic named Volthoom; this ring made him one of the most powerful villains on Earth-3, second only to Ultraman.

Post-Crisis (where he was from the Antimatter Universe) and in the New 52 (when he was from a destroyed Earth-3), Power Ring is portrayed as suffering from a curse, with his ring dominating his every thought, and controlling everything he does. He is little more than a pawn for Ultraman, Owlman, and the rest of the Crime Syndicate.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Sinestro slices off the New 52 version's arm with a buzzsaw construct, inadvertently freeing him from Volthoom.
  • Artifact of Doom: The ring in all continuities.
  • Blessed With Suck: Most versions of Power Ring are essentially enslaved by the ring, rather than using it for their own ends. Most Power Rings are still evil, just frustrated at their lost free will. The Post-Crisis Power Ring was able to con another man into taking the ring off his hands.
  • Body Horror: The New 52 version is slowly and painfully killing Jordan every time it charges, causing his arm to swell with tumorous growths. His predecessor, an Abin Sur counterpart, was covered in deformities when he passed on the ring.
  • Butt-Monkey: In Forever Evil. While Ultraman is the one the team hates the most, Power Ring is the one they respect and listen to the least while Deathstorm views him as a lab rat for the effects of the ring.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Pre-Crisis Power Ring inflicts one on Superman after taking the battle to Earth-3 where he has the edge.
    • Suffers one himself in New 52 against Sinestro. A guy who gets stronger the more scared he is of his enemy vs. a guy who gets stronger the more scared his enemy is of him? Not much of a fight.
  • Dirty Coward: In the New 52, where the ring makes him paranoid.
  • Evil Counterpart: To our Green Lantern in all continuities—though the Pre-Crisis Power Ring had more in common with Alan Scott, the Earth-2 Green Lantern, than Earth-1 Green Lantern Hal Jordan.
  • Evil Genius: Pre-Crisis Power Ring played this role alongside Owlman. Owlman would come up with the plans, but it was Power Ring who would find a way to magically implement them.
  • Evil Twin: In the New 52 where in addition to being an evil Green Lantern he is Earth-3's Hal Jordan.
  • Go Out with a Smile: New 52 Power Ring dies smiling and thanking Sinestro for freeing him from the ring's control.
  • Green Lantern Ring: Has an evil variant of one.
  • Grew a Spine: New 52 Power Ring grows one just in time to die fighting Sinestro.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Pre-Crisis Power Ring died alongside Ultraman, Superwoman, and the rest of the Crime Syndicate, attempting to save Earth-3 from the Anti-Monitor's antimatter wave.
  • Killed Off for Real: The New 52 Power Ring was pretty definitively killed by Sinestro.
  • Legacy Character: Joseph Harrolds tricked another man into taking the ring Post-Crisis, and that replacement was later replaced by Cosmic Retcon with another.
  • No Name Given: The Pre-Crisis version. Though the Post-Crisis version's predecessor (resembling the Pre-Crisis version) is named Joseph Harrolds.
  • Race Lift: When the antimatter universe was restored after the event of JLA/Avengers, the second Antimatter Power Ring was changed from a Kyle Rayner counterpart to a John Stewart one.
  • Ret-Gone: The second Post-Crisis version, Kyle Rayner's counterpart, who was replaced by John Stewart's counterpart in the fallout of JLA/Avengers.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: In some versions, the ring contains an entity called Volthoom (the name of the monk who gave Power Ring his ring in Pre-Crisis).
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Ultraman in the New 52.
  • Villainous Valor: New 52 Power Ring, who overcomes his fear and decides to die standing up in his battle with Sinestro.


AKA: Rhonda Pineda

The counterpart to the Atom, introduced in the New 52 continuity. Rhonda Piena was a crook in Central City, who went on a crime-wave with her boyfriend, Johnny Allen, until they were cornered on the roof of Star Labs in a thunderstorm. Rhonda fell through a lab roof into a chamber containing Ray Palmer, the incarcerated villain Atomico, and when the lightning struck the building was granted a version of his powers. She briefly infiltrated the Justice League as a version of the Atom, only to reveal her true colors when the rest of the Crime Syndicate crossed over.

  • Ax-Crazy: She loves killing and mutilating folk.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The only redeemable thing about her is her devotion to Johnny Quick, but even that makes her evil because they're both so depraved.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Atom, specifically the Ryan Choi version, rather than Ray Palmer.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She pretended to be a sweet, geeky, well-meaning young woman who hated being a mole for Amanda Waller. When she reveals she's an unrepentant villain and serial killer, she still refers to people as "Honey" and such, only she does so for the sake of being a bitch.
  • Killed Off for Real: During Forever Evil, Lex Luthor steps on her.
  • The Mole: She infiltrated the Justice League on orders for Amanda Waller and the Justice League of America, only to then reveal she was actually a mole for the Outsider and Secret Society.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Johnny Quick.
  • Would Hurt a Child: One of Rhonda's favorite activities is going after children.

New 52 Deathstorm
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AKA: Martin Stein

Originally introduced Post-crisis during Blackest Night when a black lantern ring attached itself to then dead Ronnie Raymond. At the end of the event, he managed to fuse himself into the firestorm matrix, making him one of the few Black Lanterns to 'survive' past it before meeting his end during Brightest Day.

The New 52 retconned him into the being The Earth 3 version of Martin Stein and the counterpart to Firestorm. A mad scientist with a fondness for determining the link between life and death, Stein was hired by Alex Luthor to find a way to fight the Crime Syndicate and the Anti-Monitor. However, his results wound up fusing him to the corpse of one of his subjects.

  • Always Second Best: Lacks Firestorm's ability to transmute objects into kryptonite.
  • Breakout Character: The post-crisis version from the Black Lanterns thanks to his Creepy Awesome appearance and Faux Affably Evil personality.
  • Flaming Skulls: The most obvious difference between him and regular Firestorm is his head looks like a skull that's on fire.
  • For Science!: Decidedly villainous version. He's technically Power Ring's doctor, but refuses to do anything to help, instead making Jordan keep the ring on to see what'll happen.
  • Killed Off for Real: Alex Luthor breaks his neck and steals his powers during Forever Evil.
  • Mad Scientist: Stein had a habit of experimenting on people to determine the link between life and death. The lucky ones didn't leave his lab alive.
  • No Name Given: initially just known as Black Lantern Firestorm during Blackest Night, he would give himself the name Deathstorm during Brightest Day.
  • '90s Anti-Hero: Deliberately designed after one Post-crisis.
  • Totally Radical: His Post-Crisis version spoke like this, mostly dropped for his New 52 incarnation.

    Sea King



     Alexander Luthor
Heroic Pre-Crisis Earth 3 version
Post-Crisis version from the Antimatter Universe
Villainous version from Post-Flashpoint Earth 3 as Mazahs

  • Adaptational Villainy: With each version. Lex had fewer morals. The Pre-Crisis version was an absolute hero, comparable to Superman. The post-crisis version from the Antimatter Universe was still a hero but was willing to do morally ambiguous things for the greater good. This is justified as his world was ruled by the Crime Syndicate and they were desperate measures. Also justified in that Pre-Crisis followed a little bit more Black-and-White Morality while this version was more developed. The third version from the post Flashpoint Earth 3, claimed to be a hero but was a villain making him pretty much just like the regular version of Lex.
  • Big Good: The first two versions are this for Earth 3. The third, not so much.
  • Good Counterpart: As stated above, the first two are this to regular Lex Luthor. Subverted with the third who was just as bad as the main Lex, which is partially what caused the latter to perform Heel–Face Turn... for a time!
  • Mega Manning: The Post Flashpoint version has this ability. He copies the powers of those he kills. At the end of his life he had copied this of Mazahs (Earth 3 Shazam) Hawkking (Hawkman) Johnny Quick and Deathstorm.
  • Reality Ensues: for Post Flashpoint Alexander. While the first two versions follow the regular Mirror Universe rules by being a good version of the main Lex to counter evil Superman, the third one still has his main counterparts obsession with his worlds Kal. And it turns out that obsession with your archenemy isn’t good for your moral compass no matter how good or bad that enemy is.


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