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The Justice League
The Flash: What, like a bunch of Super Friends?
Superman: More like a... Justice League.
After Hawkgirl initially betrayed the Earth for Thanagar's conquest (which ultimately failed due to Hawkgirl doublecrossing the Thanagarians and aiding the efforts of the League) and the subsequent loss of the Watchtower, the team reformed without the self-exiled Thanagarian. In addition the team began to expand its roster to include more superheroes, as well as constructing a new Watchtower.
- As Long as There Is One Man: This is presented in "Dark Heart":Atom: Amazing. Show him a weapon that destroyed its creators and every other thing it saw, and he wants to play with it. What's to stop history from repeating itself right here on Earth?
Superman: We are.
- Big Good: The founding members of the League are this.
- Character Development: All seven members gain significant development over the course of the series, as do a fair share of their members in Unlimited.
- Color-Coded Characters: In early promos, Superman - Red; Batman - Blue; Wonder Woman - Yellow; Green Lantern - Green; Flash - Orange; Hawkgirl - Gold; J'onn Jonzz - Teal.
- Consummate Professional: By the time of Unlimited, the League has developed proper ranks, chain of command and categorized villain threats by particular grades. They have a Mission Control who assigns teams with proper skillsets and group leaders, and in season five, they organize duty and roster by shifts to the extent that superheroism has become a 9-5 job which Hawkgirl notes actually gives them spare time. Indeed, Grodd laments that the League has become so professional that they have shut down single-villain crimes altogether.Superman: "Each of you brings something different to the table: strength, speed, stealth, whatever. But we all have one important thing in common. Each of us is willing to make the sacrifices a hero needs to make, including the ultimate one. Since there are so many of us, we can do more than just put out fires, both literal and figurative. We can be proactive, we have a chance to do real good in the world. But we're going to have to work together. J'onn will be up here keeping an eye on things. He's the one who'll decide who's going where, and when. I know that some of you are used to making those decisions yourself, but we have to be more coordinated than that. We can't just be cowboys anymore... Or cowgirls."
- Demoted to Extra: The Original Seven suffer this to some extent in the last season. Despite being the main characters, they only appear in less than half of the final thirteen episodes, with some episodes ("Patriot Act", "Grudge Match", and "Alive!") focusing on the expanded Justice League members instead.
- Determinators: All of them.Supergirl: I'm worried about them, Steel. I'm worried about my cousin.Steel: Don't be. Everybody in the League is good at their job. But those seven, they're the best ever. Not because they're the most powerful, they aren't. Not all of them. And it's not just because they were the first. It's because they're special. They've proven it time and again. They make the hard choices, they set the example, they do what's right, not what's easiest, and they always come out on top. They're gonna be okay, Kara. We all are.
- Experienced Protagonist: In the Original Seven, only the Flash and Wonder Woman stand out for being rookies, at least at first. And of course by the time of Unlimited, even they are just as experienced as the other five. In the wider League of the final seasons, Supergirl and Booster Gold played the rookie, with Supergirl becoming a complete professional by the final season.
- The Friends Who Never Hang: Averted with the original seven, they all have their own interactions with one another as well as adventures. Played Straight with the expanded league, as their numbers have greatly expanded.
- Genius Bruiser: All of the founding members, and many of the rest of the League, show a broad knowledge of science and criminology in addition to their formidable combat skills.
- The Ghost: Plastic Man is mentioned to be part of the team but he is never seen on-screen.
- Godzilla Threshold: "Omega Level Threat" is essentially "all hands on deck" for the League, a threat so great that it needs every single hero: active, off-duty and reserve. The instances that qualify are: Mordru's attack in "The Greatest Story Never Told", Amazo's Return, the Dark Heart, and of course (as is implied by the name) Darkseid himself.
- Idiot Ball: When they rebuilt the Watchtower, they added Binary Fusion Generator cannon in case of another crisis, in case of another attack like the Thanagarian Incident. Instead, it caused a rift between the League and the USA government who understandably were really uncomfortable with the League having such a weapon in their possession. After it was hi-jacked, the League dismantled it.
- Jumped at the Call: In "Secret Origins", Superman and Batman investigate Jonn Jonzz's distress call. After they rescue him, J'onn calls for back up and the other four members of the Original Seven are the only heroes that respond. At first, it seems like they're the only active heroes in the DCAU. However, by the time of the Unlimited seasons, it's clear that a lot of other people could've responded to the call if they wanted to.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Narrowly averted, but during the first couple of seasons of Unlimited, they unconsciously began acting like their Justice Lord counterparts. In "Initiation", John vents to J'onn he had to use a lot of will power to keep himself from beating up an obstructive general. Then we find out about the Binary Fusion Generator which they later get rid of.
- N.G.O. Superpower: Ostensibly a super-team of like-minded do-gooders, the League eventually claims a jurisdiction beyond that of most governments, especially in the Unlimited seasons where they are essentially a super-powered army with a huge support team in possession of great power and technical know-how. Amanda Waller outright calls the League the most powerful organization in the world and forms Cadmus explicitly to serve as a check-and-balance against it.
- Omniscient Council of Vagueness: The rest of the League apparently see the original seven as this. The Question notes that they have their own conference hall exclusive to them and, in his usual paranoid style, accuses them of holding secrets from the rest, which in one specific case happens to be true. They also have the power to unilaterally disband the League if they choose though Green Arrow overrides this and insists that the rest will continue without the seven, noting that the League has become bigger than them. The mundane answer is that being that they were there first, they formed bonds and a shorthand that made them trust each other more easily than the rest of the League.
- One Steve Limit: Averted with John Stewart and J'onn J'onzz; Flash even refers to them as "The two Johns" once.
- Sidekick Glass Ceiling: This shows up in the group dynamic:
- In the Unlimited phase, the newer superheroes (especially the Question) think that the Original Seven enforce Tall Poppy Syndrome and keep secrets from the rest of the group, as well as create a sense, unintentionally, that the latter are there at their pleasure rather than true partners. There are some hints at this for instance Wonder Woman in "The Balance" has an override function as a senior leader that allows her to enter Hawkgirl's quarters without her permission, and she's a fellow member of the original seven. Superman seems to be especially insistent and domineering on Captain Marvel. Green Arrow, who Batman kept along to serve as the group's conscience reverses this when he calls out Superman and the team for trying to dissolve the League, insisting that if the Original Seven want to step down and retire, that's fine since they've certainly earned it, but the League will continue with or without them and the rest will take their place. This more or less convinces Superman and the rest to band together.
- Elongated Man gets livid at more or less being considered one of "two stretchy guys" (the other being Plastic Man, who is never seen in this continuity) by Green Lantern during the Battle against Mordu (with the implication being that he's not even their first choice). While Booster Gold in an effort to prove himself to the rest of the League gets irritated at handling crowd control though he does realize that true heroism sometimes comes from being part of The Greatest Story Never Told.
- The Flash, being the Kid Hero of the original seven, still whines about not being taken seriously despite the fact that he's a founding member with a seat in the conference table (and he has plans on putting his logo on it). This disappears when he plays a decisive role in ending Brainthor after which the rest of the League start treating him with respect, with Batman agreeing to attend a Flash museum event. Likewise, Hawkgirl who has a mixed relationship on account of her past as a Thanagarian infiltrator is called out by J'onn J'onzz for not throwing her weight around as a team leader, and still acting out her Angst and he rectifies it by putting her in charge.
- Sidekick Graduations Stick: Some of the minor League members gradually do level-up in the organization.
- J'onn J'onzz as Mission Control made it a point to assign teams that paired veterans and experienced members with rookies and newbies hoping that the mission would give them experience. He explicitly mentions this to Green Lantern when he grumbles about having to partner with Supergirl, and likewise assigned Vixen and Vigilante because neither had experience in outer space missions. Much later, Stargirl and STRIPE are seen partnering up with Supergirl and Green Lantern for similar reasons.
- Supergirl began "Initiation" as a rookie with Green Lantern assigned, reluctantly, as her mentor. By the time of the final season, she's more or less Green Lantern's partner on equal footing and becoming a prized, and beloved member of the League in her own right, and Superman purposefully distances himself away so that she could step outside his shadow.
- Green Arrow was more or less the last guy recruited by the League, but he also becomes the unofficial eighth member of the original seven, on First-Name Basis with both Superman and Wonder Woman and the linchpin and go-between from them to the expanded league being able to have adventures with both groups. Likewise, Mr. Terrific is made into Mission Control taking over from J'onn J'onzz.
- Slave to PR: They learn slowly that merely saving people with superior powers without assuaging fears will have consequences. Their lack of concern for their image leads demagogues like Glorious Godfrey to paint them as the stuck-up "Just Us League" while Cadmus and other branches use some lingering fears and concerns to mobilize against them. Eventually they form a base on Earth to be more transparent and accept a government liasion to overview their missions.
- The Team - They all play a variety of roles especially since they did very few missions as a full team of seven. Most consistently however:
- The Hero / The Leader: Superman (The founder, 'first among equals,' and embodies the League's best ideals)
- The Lancer / The Ace: Batman (An Honorary True Companion and Aloof Ally before joining officially. Superman's foil and good at everything by virtue of being Batman. Also has shades of The Smart Guy along with J'onn, due to his technology and brilliant strategic mind.)
- The Chick: Wonder Woman (New to 'Man's World.' Likes to dabble in being a normal woman when she's not on duty)
- By-the-Book Cop: Green Lantern (The most disciplined and take charge member, though he has less clout than the Trinity above)
- Plucky Comic Relief / The Heart: The Flash (Lighthearted wisecracker, but the team would fall apart or change drastically without him)
- The Big Guy: Hawkgirl (despite physically being the smallest by far she rushes head first at any situation)
- The Smart Guy / Mission Control: J'onn Jonzz (Uses mental powers to gain knowledge no one else could. Assigns duties for the expanded league.)
- Thou Shall Not Kill: Played With. They are all firmly opposed to killing the enemy, but Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl and even Superman are all shown to struggle the most with their restraint, coming dangerously close to crossing the line throughout their screentime. In particular, it's needlessly killing the villain when other options were available, but killing in self-defense seems to be accepted, as Hawkgirl doesn't get any flack for Kragger's death.
- Token Minority: GL is black, Hawkgirl and the Thanagarians are meant to be vaguely Hispanic. The team averts the Smurfette Principle by having two core female members however.
- Batman gets called out as a 'minority' among the League as The Team Normal, but if anything it only fuels his fire to continue being The Ace despite not having powers.
- The producers explained that picking John Stewart to be the Green Lantern and including Hawkgirl instead of another character such as Aquaman was a deliberate move on their part to bring more diversity to the team.
- True Companions: They grow to genuinely care for each other, even referring to each other on a First-Name Basis while very few outside of the seven founding members even know their secret identities.
- Two Girls to a Team: Hawkgirl and Wonder Woman, two out of seven. While their appearances might suggest a Tomboy and Girly Girl dynamic, the actual contrast was in their experience (with Wonder Woman as the Naïve Newcomer and Hawkgirl as a bit of a cynic) and in their attitudes towards men, with Wonder Woman having a touch of Women Are Wiser at first. When it turns out that Hawkgirl is a traitor, Wonder Woman comes to strongly dislike her and holds a grudge against her for half of Unlimited.Wonder Woman: You men! Unless you do it on your own it doesn't count!
Hawkgirl: It's not just the men, you stuck-up...
- Underwear of Power: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, J'onn J'onnz, and Hawkgirl (via her first outfit).
- The Worf Barrage: In "The Return", the entire expanded Justice League is defeated by the android AMAZO as they try to prevent him from getting to Luthor.
Superman (Kal-El / Clark Kent)
Batman (Bruce Wayne)
Wonder Woman (Diana)
Hard-nosed and no-nonsense when first introduced, John Stewart had been patrolling deep space as a Green Lantern for ten years prior to the start of the series. He had been recruited by the Green Lantern Corps and trained for ten years before returning shortly to Earth after Abin Sur's death. He became a founding member of the Justice League. Due to his by-the-book approach to super-heroics, John tends to treat his fellow Leaguers like well-intentioned rookies.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: In relation to the League itself. In the comics, John was created years after the League formed. Here, he replaced Hal Jordan as a founding members.
- Adaptational Late Appearance: In relations to Green Lanterns seen in the universe. While he was still a GL before Kyle Rayner here as in the comics, we don't see this version of John until after we meet Kyle.
- Amazon Chaser: If his relationships with Katma Tui, Hawkgirl, and Vixen say anything, it's that John loves dangerous and formidable females. His affection for Hawkgirl is tied to her being the most inclined to get in a fight.
- Amicable Exes: Despite some awkwardness and lingering tension, John and Shayera get along well enough, capable of working together and looking out for each other.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: A particularly jarring example early in the series through "The Brave and the Bold", where he expresses disbelief at Flash's story about a talking gorilla (Solovar). Flash, quite justifiably, calls him out on it.Flash: Hey, we've both got a Martian's phone number on our speed dial. I think I deserve the benefit of the doubt here.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: His 8-year-old self in "Kid Stuff" was this.Young Green Lantern: I'll make a laser cannon! No, a missile launcher! Oh oh! I know!
Young Batman: Just pick something!
- Badass Baritone: As voiced by Phil Lamarr.
- Badass Beard: He sports one in Unlimited. James Tucker on Stewart's Unlimited goatee:"It represents an ending to the Green Lantern / Hawkgirl relationship. Usually when people break up, they get a makeover. We didn't want to do a major [redesign], but we could do tweaks here and there, and that helps to give it an evolved feeling, like things have changed, characters have moved on."
- Badass Creed: You know the one.
- Badass Longcoat: He commonly wears a brown coat on his off-time. An emerald longcoat also appears to be Green Lantern Corps formal wear as shown in "Hereafter".
- The Static Shock episode "Fallen Hero" has him with it when he gets to Dakota.
- Badass Normal: In "The Savage Time", when his ring's run out of juice, his previous skills at hand-to-hand combat and weapons usage from his time in the Marines serve him in good stead.
- Bald, Black Leader Guy: John is this whenever he leads a mission in the Unlimited seasons. He's particularly strict with Supergirl and Stargirl due to their impulseiveness.
- Bald of Awesome: He has a shaved head by the time of Unlimited.
- Barrier Warrior: A frequent defensive use of his powers.
- Bash Brothers: With Flash.
- Because Destiny Says So: In "Shadow of the Hawk", John believes that he and Shayera are destined to be together because they have a son in the future. Batman informs him that if he really believed that, he wouldn't be with Vixen. See Screw Destiny below.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Hawkgirl in the first two seasons of Justice League.
- Boring, but Practical: This is how he used the ring's powers during the first season. He used simple energy beams and spherical barriers for the most part. Katma Tui later called him out on it (giving an in-universe voice to fan backlash on the same point—he's known in the main DC universe for extremely detailed and complex constructs), following which his use of the ring became more Simple, yet Awesome. This is lampshaded later on in "Kid Stuff" where he is temporarily turned back into a kid and starts making all kinds of crazy constructs, showing how he lost a lot of his imagination when he reached adulthood.
- Brought Down to Badass:
- In "The Savage Time", after having expended most of the ring's power to tow the Javelin back to the Watchtower, he's forced to rely on his prowess as a Military Superhero.
- He becomes this again in "Starcrossed", when Hro Talak destroys his power ring and he has to fight him as just a mortal human.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Despite his hard-nosed exterior, he's got quite a soft and vulnerable side as his personal relationships will attest, even being brought to tears when Hawkgirl left the team.
- By-the-Book Cop: He is this given his military background, especially apparent in the first two seasons. He loosens up a bit over the course of the series.
- The Cameo: Though he doesn't appear in person in Justice League vs. The Fatal Five due to being on Rann with the rest of the Green Lantern Corps to fight Dominators, a statue of him appears in the Green Lantern display of the superhero museum in the 31st century.
- Casual Interstellar Travel: He could travel across interstellar distances with his ring which he would often do whenever the League didn't have a spaceship available.
- Character Development: This ex-marine has his share of Hidden Depths. He grew up on cheesy comics, his favourite film is Old Yeller, and he's a bit of a romantic. By the time of Unlimited, he's even willing to make bad puns in Flash's absence.
- Character Focus: In the first two seasons, John manages to be the dramatic core of the show, either through his relationship with Hawkgirl, his struggles in proving he's more than just his ring, or another episode-specific problem. More episodes feature John as either the main Leaguer to follow or give him a significant B-plot in the story than anybody else in the cast during the initial two seasons. Hes also the one that deals with the main villain personally in both of the first two season finales. Following the apex of his dramatic story in "Starcrossed", his spotlight moves towards other characters.
- Chick Magnet: John Stewart is the Justice League member with the most romantic drama throughout the seasons. When J'onn assigns Hawkgirl (his ex) and Vixen (his current girlfriend) on the same team, the former notes that difficult as it is to believe, he really doesn't take GL's love life into consideration when assigning missions.
- During the Leagues missionon Kalanor, its revealed John had a relationship with his mentor Katma Tui as well.
- Clear My Name: John had two episodes in the DCAU that feature this trope:
- The Comically Serious: At first. Eventually, he becomes a Deadpan Snarker, possibly due to Flash rubbing off on him.
- Composite Character: His role of being the Green Lantern of Earth that co-founded the Justice League resembles Hal Jordan. Static Shock added to this by giving him Hal's role in Sinestro's removal from the Green Lantern Corps. Additionally, In the comics, Hawkman is the man who is destined to end up with Hawkgirl after reincarnation. In this adaptation, it's John. While Shayera was married to Hawkman in a previous life, John was her one true love back then.
- Consummate Professional: John Stewart is at heart a professional soldier and a man of duty. He takes his roles as a protector of Earth, a member of the Green Lantern Corps, and a founding member of the Justice League with the utmost seriousness. At times, this has led him into conflict with comrades like the Flash or Supergirl, who do not appear to share this serious attitude. He later grows out of this and ends up enjoying himself more along with easing up with the other members.
- Determinator: On more than one occasion, John has been the last member of the League to be brought down by a villain due to his refusal to stop fighting. In "Hereafter", the future Vandal Savage even admitted that he was the hardest to kill when he slaughtered the League.
- Et Tu, Brute?: In "Starcrossed", it hit Green Lantern the hardest that Hawkgirl was revealed to the entire planet as a spy. To make matters worse, she revealed that she was engaged to the Thanagarians' commander, Hro Talak.
- Flight: He is able to fly thanks to the Green Lantern Ring.
- Fountain of Youth: In "Kids Stuff", Green Lantern alongside Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are transformed into eight-year-olds in a desperate attempt to save the world from the magic of Mordred. Lantern gets back his boyish enthusiasm for toys and costumes along with a shortened attention span, unable to decide what to do with his powers. He also is short-sighted as a kid, so he unintentionally forms a pair of Cool Shades. Taking advantage of his power ring, he creates a giant punching glove, performs Sky Surfing, and uses a Humongous Mecha that fires missiles.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: He frequently does this.
What the devil's going on here?
- In "The Return", he questions Dr. Fate as he and the Green Lantern Corps have discovered that AMAZO, Luthor, and The Atom have apparently vanished.
- Green Lantern Ring: Obviously.
- Has a Type: As mentioned above, John is an Amazon Chaser.
- Hero of Another Story: In "Patriot Act", he's busy preventing a sun from going nova.
- Heroes Want Redheads: He has a complicated relationship with Hawkgirl, who he's expressed the most interest in throughout the series.
- Heroic Willpower: The power behind his ring.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Flash, though it took them a while to develop this. By the end of "Eclipsed", he starts calling Wally "buddy" despite being critical of him doing endorsements at the start.
- Honor Before Reason: He has a habit of this and it bites him hard sometimes, such as when he insists on fighting fairly against Hro Talak in "Starcrossed" despite the entire Earth being at risk.
- Hidden Depths: His favorite film is Old Yeller.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: In "Metamorphosis", he meets his old army friend, Rex Mason who's made a successful life for himself. After, John admits to Hawkgirl that he's having misgivings about the choices he's made; had he taken a different path, he might have ended up like Rex. In the end after a climatic battle, John is left satisfied with his life after helping Rex and his fiancé.
- Imagination-Based Superpower: The power ring can theoretically do anything. Its only limitations being the imagination and willpower of its wielder. In "Hearts and Minds", he was re-taught in its use by Katma Tui, who criticized him (and other Corps members) for using their Rings "like jackhammers."
- Important Haircut: As outlined above. However, Shayera didn't appreciate the change.John: (surprised to see Shayera again) Shayera?
Shayera: (Beat) Hate the beard.
- Interspecies Romance: With Katma Tui (a Korugarian) and later with Shayera Hol (a Thanagarian). This is unintentionally (or not) played with later, as he has a romance with Vixen, who happens to have animal-based powers.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be abrasive and dominant (as shown in "Secret Society"), but he's a real softie deep down and a true friend.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": In "Legends", he meets his childhood comic book superheroes, the Justice Guild and credits his own heroic aspirations to them. At the end, he mourns their Heroic Sacrifice despite not having been real.
- Kryptonite Factor: The comics Lanterns weakness to yellow is played with subtly in "Starcrossed" and "The Great Brain Robbery".
- Love Triangle: With Shayera and Hro Talak in "Starcrossed" and again with Vixen and Shayera in Unlimited.John: Why did you do that?J'onn: Vixen hasn't spent much time in space. Good experience for her.John: You know what I mean - sending my girlfriend and my ex on the same mission?J'onn: Difficult as it may be for you to believe, I don't take your love life into consideration when I make command decisions.
- Military Superhero: He served in the Marines prior to becoming a Green Lantern. He even has a marine tattoo on his shoulder. When his ring dies in "The Savage Times", John simply picks up a rifle and keeps going as part of Easy Company.
- Mundane Utility: He uses his ring like this occasionally. In "Comfort and Joy", he uses it to make a snowman.
- The Needs of the Many: In "Maid Of Honor", when a Kill Sat is hijacked, he argues stopping the Kill Sat takes priority and the staff onboard would lay down their lives for the sake of the Earth. Flash and J'onn convince him otherwise and GL ends up rescuing the men himself.
- Not So Above It All: He was shown to enjoy going sledding on snow during Christmas in "Comfort And Joy".
- Number Two: Due to Batman's more aloof nature and tendency to work apart from the team, Green Lantern often acted as the unspoken Second-in-Command and sometimes the actual leader of the team.
- Official Couple: He was initially this with Shayera in the first two seasons of Justice League. Then, he was this with Vixen by the time of Unlimited. This later becomes an awkward Love Triangle after Shayera rejoins the League and he discovers that they have a son in the future.
- Papa Wolf: In "The Once and Future Thing Part Two: Time, Warped", he travels to the future and, to his surprise, meets his and Shayera's son Rex Stewart (who is the hero Warhawk). When Warhawk was nearly killed by Woof, John saved him by blasting the splicer with his ring."Get away from my kid!"
- Psychosomatic Superpower Outage: In "Hearts And Minds", John's first encounter with Despero somehow messed with his head, leaving him unable to use the ring. Katma starts retraining him, and he ultimately recovers himself just in time to save her and Hawkgirl.
- Reincarnation Romance: A Love Triangle. Hawkman and Shayera's previous incarnations were married, but Hawkman's decision to focus on the expansion of Egypt caused him to neglect his wife (who desperately wanted to bear his child). The lack of intimacy eventually drove Shayera into the arms of John's previous incarnation, who was Hawkman's best friend.
- Remember the New Guy?: Everyone recognizes him - or at least his organization. Of course, the Green Lantern Corps and their individual members had already been shown back in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "In Brightest Day" (where new recruit Kyle Rayner was the focus character).
- Screw Destiny: At the end of "Ancient History" (which is the final chapter in their Romance Arc), he finally tells Shayera about the time he and Batman went to the future. He tells her about their son, Warhawk, but then contends that if they are destined to be together, it will be on their terms, not fate's, and for now, he is staying with Vixen.Green Lantern: I won't be destiny's puppet. Whatever the future holds, we'll make those choices ourselves.Shayera: Don't say you don't love me.Green Lantern: I'll never say that. But you need to know. I'm staying with Mari.
- Bruce Timm has gone on record saying that Shayera and John do get back together and eventually have Warhawk. What happens between John and Vixen or how long it all took was left to speculation.
- Semper Fi: He's a former Marine. When the League got transported to WWII and his ring was running on fumes, his experience helped get him in with Sgt. Rock's Easy Company.
- Space Police: He is a member of the Green Lantern in addition to being the most professional and by-the-book of the Justice League. He also has ambitions for the League to become a full time professional fighting force, noting that they have the potential to be the greatest in the universe. By the time season five rolls out, one can be sure that the League lived up to his expectations.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Well, he did receive a lot of screen time in the first two seasons.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: He is the Straight Man to Flash's Wise Guy.
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: John's long absence from his home world has left him with some difficulty fitting back into normal Earth society, but his experiences with the Justice League have helped him to deal with this by the time of Unlimited. In "Only A Dream", his greatest fear is no longer belonging in the neighborhood he grew up.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Beneath John's hard-nosed military exterior, there remains a certain (and normally well-hidden) streak of playfulness and sentimentality. On the rare occasions he allows himself to let his guard down, he is not above using his power ring to play in the snow, fondly recalling the comic book heroes of his youth, or even admitting to a certain weakness for his favorite film Old Yeller.
- Teacher/Student Romance: It is all but said out loud that he had one with Katma while she was training him as a Green Lantern.
- Token Minority: This is one of the complaints made about him in the early episodes. Supposedly, this is why John Stewart was chosen for the team despite the DCAU already having an established Green Lantern introduced back in Superman: The Animated Series, (a Hal Jordan-like Kyle Rayner). However, it helps that Stewart did occasionally appear in the JLA comic book years before when he was Hal Jordan's backup.
- Word of God is that the writers found casting him liberating: as a lesser-known Lantern, they got more creative freedom with his history and storyline.
- Ironically, the show's popularity made people complain, when the Green Lantern movie started production, about the protagonist being the Caucasian Hal Jordan, as people unfamiliar with the comics believed John was the original guy rather than Hal, and casting a white guy was just Hollywood racism.
- Vitriolic Best Buds:
- His relationship with Batman, who unexpectedly becomes his confidant about his relationship woes with Hawkgirl (Batman not-so-discreetly ships them, albeit in his sarcastic, passive-aggressive fashion) while never losing his chance to needle him about his attraction to Wonder Woman.
- He also develops this with Supergirl. In season five, on their mission against the giant turtle in Japan, he mockingly calls her rookie while the latter sticks her tongue out at him.
- Weaksauce Weakness: It's never directly referred to, but yellow objects just happen to break through his constructs. It doesn't seriously hamper his fights with Sinestro, however.
- Working with the Ex: With Katma Tui in "Hearts and Minds", and later with Shayera after "Wake the Dead." Although with Shayera, it's the hardest on him due to knowing they have a son together in the future.
- In "Task Force X", Deadshot taunts Green Lantern in an elevator, asking him if he's seen Hawkgirl, and Green Lantern is visibly bothered by this.
- You Have to Believe Me!: "Fallen Hero" has him use this to get close to Static to plant his power-depleted ring on Static (so that it can't be stolen by Sinestro).
The Flash is a young and popular superhero from Central City as well as a founding member of the Justice League. Apart from his vast speed powers, Wally's most significant qualities were his approachability and his down-to-earth, quintessentially human naturequalities that many said made him the "heart of the Justice League". He made his first appearance in the DCAU via the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Speed Demons." He was initially portrayed as a show-boater and skirt-chaser and often ran ahead of the others and got into trouble about as fast as he could run. Eventually, his importance was expanded on within the series (starting with "A Better World"). See here for more information.
Hawkgirl (Shayera Hol)
- Action Girl: Just like Diana.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: The Shayera of the comics wouldn't join the League until years after it existed. Here, like with John and Wally, she's a founding member.
- Adaptational Villainy: While the Thangarians were occasionally presented as villains in the comics, this was the first time that she has ever participated in any sort of plan that could be considered evil. Following the aftermath of that evil scheme, she abandons the superhero identity Hawkgirl as it has became a Fantastic Slur towards her.
- All of the Other Reindeer: A lot of people, including among the general populace, within the League, and even among the Thanagarians still haven't forgiven her for her role in the Thanagarians' conquest of Earth, as shown in "Hunter's Moon." In the Thangarians' case, it's more, "Because you betrayed us, Thanagar was conquered and Hro Talak is dead."
- Amicable Exes: Despite some awkwardness and lingering tension, John and Shayera get along well enough, capable of working together and looking out for each other.
- Anti-Magic: One of the properties of her mace is to destroy anything magic-related, to the point both Doctor Fate and Wonder Woman have to get her help at different points when going up against powerful magics because of how powerful it is.
- The Atoner: Post-"Starcrossed", beginning with her return in "Wake the Dead".
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Subtlety isn't her strong suit.Shayera (vs. Brainiac): Less talking, more hitting!
- Bare Your Midriff: As pictured, her second superhero outfit shows off her toned midriff.
- Becoming the Mask: Before her cover was revealed in "Starcrossed", she played up her story very convincingly.
- Betty and Veronica: She eventually becomes the Betty to Vixen's Veronica in regards to John's Archie.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Green Lantern in the first two seasons of Justice League.
- Blood Knight: As we see in "Comfort And Joy", her idea of celebration involves starting a Bar Brawl.
- Boisterous Bruiser: "Less talking, more hitting!".
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In "Grudge Match", she is mind controlled along with other female Leaguers to fight in Roulette's underground ring.
- The Bus Came Back: She returns in "Wake the Dead". And before that, she made a brief cameo at the end of "The Return".
- The Cameo: In Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, a statue of her appears in the superhero museum in the 31st century.
- Carry a Big Stick: Or mace. With a touch of Anti-Magic for good measure.
- Character Development: She starts off rather short tempered, quick to snap at other members of the league, and had a hard time seeing eye to eye with some of the members as a result. However, over time Shayera mellows at somewhat with her temper, becomes genuinely friendlier and understanding, and overall a happier person as she adapts to her life with the other members of the league.
- Civvie Spandex: Post-"Starcrossed". Once she rejoins the Justice League, she wears an outfit closely akin to a jogging suit. It's also very similar to the outfits of the regular staff aboard the Watchtower. As her last outfit was part Thanagarian uniform, and there was a need for her to be more connected to the humans after the incident, this change is likely intentional.
- Claustrophobia: In "Only A Dream", Hawkgirl's greatest fear is being trapped in a coffin and buried alive, after having her wings restrained.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: An interesting example. She initially only goes by "Hawkgirl", but she's exclusively called "Shayera" post-"Starcrossed". In this adaptation, the use of her real first name acts as a marker of Character Development, as it shows the team looking past her manufactured superhero alter-ego and coming to acknowledge her Hidden Depths.
- Composite Character: The final season of Unlimited she is the reincarnation of Chay-Ara, like the Shiera Hall/Kendra Saunder version of Hawkgirl, though the idea of Shayera as a past life of Chay/Shiera/Kendra's would be Ret-Canon to the comics in 2019. Additionally, she takes over Aquaman's role as a founding member of the League and her role in "Starcrossed" partially incorporates elements of Batman's role in Justice League of America: Tower of Babel.
- Combat Pragmatist: She has no qualms in doing whatever it takes to win, including biting the flesh of her opponent to get an opportunity to free herself.
- Conflicting Loyalty: Between her duty as a Thanagarian officer and agent and a member of the Justice League. Eventually, she has to make a choice, but it comes at a heavy price and indeed The Flash notes that she was in "the ultimate no-win situation". Alfred for his part consoles her and notes that despite what others say, he (not being a soldier or superhero) considers her actions heroic.
- Cool Big Sis: She acts this way toward Flash, when they're not sniping at each other. The best examples of this are "Divided We Fall" and "I Am Legion."Flash: She loves me. She's kind of like the big sister I never had. Only, you know, shorter.
- Cute Bruiser: This is played fully straight after she ditches her mask.
- Deadpan Snarker: She especially had a talent for dishing verbal ownage out on Flash:Flash: Fastest man alive.
Hawkgirl: Which probably explains why you can't get a date.
Batman: Until about 5 years ago, when he started claiming that aliens landed in ancient Egypt.
- In "Shadow of the Hawk":
Hawkgirl: Well, then, he must be a lunatic because we all know that there's no life on other planets.
- Decomposite Character: Shayera absorbed roles held traditionally by Aquaman (a founding member of the League) and Batman (a member who went behind the League's collective backs to devise ways to take them down that fell into enemy hands).
- Deep Cover Agent: She is revealed to be one in "Starcrossed". She justified her actions because she thought she was helping Thanagar in a way that wouldn't involve hurting Earth. She defected when she learned that Earth would be destroyed in the process.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: In "The Terror Beyond", as much as the censors will allow:Ichthultu: Speak to me, child of Thanagar.Hawkgirl: I have nothing to say to you. I have a gesture, but my hands are tied.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Carter Hall, a.k.a. Hawkman, though she showed up in the series first.
- Double Agent: She is a spy for Thanagar. However, she's also a genuine hero with loyalties to Earth just as strong as those to Thanagar. When these interests come into conflict, she's left with absolutely no good choices at all.
- Drop the Hammer: Hawkgirl carries a mace made of Nth metal, which could generate electric currents and repel magical energies. She was skilled at wielding and throwing the mace accurately.
- Dude Magnet: At least three men have shown an interest in her throughout the series: John Stewart, Hro Talak, and Carter Hall. While she was attracted to all three men, she only ever loved John and Hro, and in the end the love of her life turned out to be John.
- The Exile: From Thanagar (permanently) and the League (temporarily, and self-imposed* ) after "Starcrossed".
- Fantastic Slur: She considered her superhero identity Hawkgirl as this against her due to her involvement in the Thanagarian invasion.
- Fiery Redhead: She has red hair.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Solomon Grundy in "The Terror Beyond". Hawkgirl still considers him a friend in the much later episode "Wake the Dead".Solomon Grundy: Bird-nose help Grundy? But Bird-nose and her friends hate Grundy.Hawkgirl: Grundy help Bird-nose, Bird-nose help Grundy, okay? Excuse me, Hawkgirl smash.
- Flight: Most of the League have the ability, but she seems most agile in the air (possibly the real purpose of the wings).
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: After "The Balance", she and Wonder Woman reach an accord again. Wonder Woman is willing to forgive her, but their relationship just won't be the same anymore. The metaphor used is that they'll be like oil and vinegar: They can go together, but they don't mix.
- Glass Cannon: While Thanagarians DO possess greater strength and durability than ordinary humans and Shayera can deal out some heavy damage with her mace, expect her to get taken out more easily than her more invulnerable teammates.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: To Green Lantern in "War World" and Superman in "The Terror Beyond". She's always the bad cop ("Why play against type?").Green Lantern: You can talk to me... (points to Shayera, who's got her mace in hand) Or you can talk to her.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: In "Comfort and Joy", she takes John to an alien club, drinks alien liquor and gleefully starts a bar fight. It is EPIC!
- Heroic BSoD: In "Wake the Dead", it's revealed she's been a guest in Dr. Fate's tower. Fate explains she's trying to "find her way" after the Thanagarian invasion and her quitting the Justice League, both of which was very difficult for her. She breaks out of it hearing Grundy needs help and decides to rejoin the league when GL and Superman welcome her back.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Played straight and Reconstructed in "Wake the Dead".Green Lantern: (as several onlookers jeer Shayera) Back off! She doesn't have to take that from you people!Shayera: Yes, I do. But it's okay. I guess I deserve some of it.(Her hand is taken)Mother: You saved our lives. God bless you, Chica Halcón.Green Lantern: You deserve that, too.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: She has this after the events of "Starcrossed".
- Hidden Depths:
- This is true for most of the main cast, but this is especially in her case since her public persona seems to be the simplest one. She is actually a cover Thanagarian agent planning to prepare what she believes to be the occupation of Earth, gathering intel on her comrades. She was a spy instructor back on her planet, but eventually sides with the League, becoming The Atoner in the process. Even without the persona reasoning, she also shows a great brain for strategy, as seen below under Smart People Play Chess, in outsmarting Batman and Aquaman.
- As "Starcrossed" demonstrates, she has figured out Batman's identity with him none the wiser and casually walks right into the Batcave to give the Justice League the intel they need.
- Hollywood Atheist: A complex example. Though she claims Thanagarians have Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions, she also wonders aloud that Diana's belief in gods must be comforting. The truth is that Thanagarians once worshiped Eldritch Abominations. They didn't outgrow them, they rejected them and their Nth Metal technology was developed to kill them. This led to them being a culture of Nay Theists.
- Hot-Blooded: She is very passionate and intense.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She tries to justify her betrayal in "Starscrossed, Part 3"."I came to this planet as a patriot. I had a mission and I carried it out... what I couldn't know, was that I would come to care for the Earth and her people, that I'd come to care for all of you. I've spent the last five years torn between my feelings and my duty."
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: It is emphasized more than Diana's.
- Informed Ability: She is said to be extremely intelligent and an expert in strategy and espionage, she isn't shown on screen to employ strategies other than Attack! Attack! Attack!. This is justified however, as her Blood Knight nature shows that she prefers that sort of strategy.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She sometimes comes across this way, she can be loud, abraisve and not one to filter herself or what she says, but she's someone who cares very much for her friends and the people of Earth, and is willing to do anything to keep them safe.
- The Lad-ette: Her hobbies include smashing things, chugging Gargle Blasters, eating gross foods, and starting intergalactic Bar Brawls. Interestingly, this aspect of her characterization is majorly downplayed in "Starcrossed" and afterward.
- Leeroy Jenkins: She's quite capable of formulating and following plans when absolutely necessary, but usually she eschews this in favor of simply smashing things with her mace.
- In "Hunter's Moon", one of the Thanagarians flat-out says that in a hostile environment, she is far more skilled than all of them combined, having been an instructor in espionage strategies. So you can either think that it is what she prefers, or that her strategy of choice is part of her cover story. Considering that she is in this story supposed to be part of a Space Police, the former may be the most believable.
- Love-Interest Traitor: To Green Lantern in "Starcrossed".
- Love Triangle: She is involved in three, with John Stewart/Hro Talak, then with John/Vixen, and then again with John/Hawkman. The lady is certainly busy when it comes to romance.
- Man Bites Man: In "Hunter's Moon", Shayera restrained by Kragger resorts to this and overpowers him.
- Military Superhero: Not as much as Green Lantern, but as a former member of the Thanagarian military, she had extensive training in tactics, military science, and personal combat skills.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: She notes in her resignation speech that she considered her work as a spy as patriotic duty to Thanagar, but she came to care for Earth and the Justice League. She loyally served the Thanagarian government until they decided to sacrifice Earth.
- Nay-Theist: Thanagarians used to worship an Eldritch Abomination of a god before rejecting its influence; they are now staunch atheists as a result. By later in the series, she has had a chance to read the Good Book enough to know how to intimidate the demons of Tartarus (by pretending to be an angel) in "The Balance."
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In "Eclipsed", the League is able to separate the mind control diamond from Green Lantern, Hawkgirl recklessly smashes it with her mace into fragments which scatter throughout the area and stick to every other League member, except Flash, the only one fast enough to evade them. Now Flash is the only one of them not possessed and ended up saving them.
- Not His Sled: In the comics, she really was a Space Police officer. In this adaptation, she is a spy and soldier.
- Not What I Signed on For: She switches sides after learning that the Thanagarian plan isn't to occupy Earth, but rather to destroy it.
- Odd Friendship: With Vixen, her ex's girlfriend. The two have a lot in common, and talk quite casually about their awkward love triangle. Vixen at one point even dares Shayera to make a move on John Stewart while she's out of town, and the two just smirk.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She is the smallest member of the Justice League (as far as the original seven members), but probably the most belligerent and will still kick your ass.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Flash.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: The Unlimited opening credits consists of random quick shots from different episodes with HD images of six of the founding members flashing in between, but Shayera isn't included among them until "Wake The Dead", which is the episode where she officially returns to the League.
- Proud Warrior Race Girl: Of the Thanagarians. After the events of "Starcrossed", she's stripped of her rank and exiled, causing her to become depressed from losing a piece of her identity.
- Psychic Block Defense: Like all Thanagarians, she has a strong resistance to telepathy. In "Only A Dream", J'onn was unable to enter her dream.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of "Starcrossed", she resigns from the Justice League and flies off to go soul searching.
- Reincarnation Romance: She is involved in a Love Triangle. Hawkman and Shayera's previous incarnations were married, but Hawkman's decision to focus on the expansion of Egypt caused him to neglect his wife (who desperately wanted to bear his child). The lack of intimacy eventually drove Shayera into the arms of John's previous incarnation, who was Hawkman's best friend.
- Reformed, but Rejected:
- At the end of "Starcrossed," Wonder Woman and Batman still vote against her rejoining the League even after she betrayed the Thanagarians to help the Earth note
- Even after rejoining the team, Hawkgirl's former betrayal still casts a present among the team. Of the two who voted against her rejoining, Batman is willing to let bygones be bygones while Wonder Woman continues to hold a grudge until she finally forgives her.
- Remember the New Guy?: She was a blatant example of this. She had never shown up anywhere onscreen in the DC Animated Universe prior to her first appearance in "Secret Origins" (the three-part premiere episode of Justice League) but the other main characters evidently already knew who she was.
- "Starcrossed" mentions that she's been on Earth for 5 years now. It is highly doubtful that the first two seasons went on for five years in-universe.
- Ret-Canon: As noted under Composite Character, the idea of Shayera Hol being part of Chay-Ara/Shiera Saunders/Kendra Saunders's past lives was imported to the comics in 2018.
- Screaming Warrior: On average, it was about one yell for every swing of her mace. The word is that her voice actor really enjoyed that part of the job.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Despite her status as The Lad-ette, Hawkgirl can still look feminine when she wants to, as exemplified in "Shadow of the Hawk" when she dons a short pink dress for a date:Green Lantern: Shayera, I wanted to... (sees her in the dress) JUDAS PRIEST!
- Shipper on Deck: She encourages Flash to tell Fire how he feels about her in "I Am Legion" and even shifts the position of their Javelin (while claiming it was turbulence) to get Fire to fall into Flash's lap.
- Shoot the Dog: She has to do this to a resurrected and rampaging Solomon Grundy in "Wake The Dead".
- She also references the most famous instance of this trope, John's favorite movie, before she goes through with it.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She is the current page image.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Her two costumes have her arms bare.
- Smart People Play Chess: Despite her short fuse and often brutal M.O., Hawkgirl has a keen mind, as she regularly defeated Batman at chess offscreen. Onscreen, Aquaman only beats her because she's too distracted by self-loathing to take him seriously.
- Space Police: Her cover story prior to "Starcrossed".
- It doubles as a Mythology Gag, as in the early 1960s comics Shayera and Katar (they're a married couple) were in fact Thanagerian cops who pursued a criminal to Earth and decided to stay there and fight crime as the titular Hawk-heroes.
- Stationary Wings: Her wings don't actually move most of the time when she's flying, though if pinned she apparently can't fly.
- Take My Hand: She says the trope name verbatim before pulling Flash out of the Speed Force in "Divided We Fall".
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
- She does this with Wonder Woman in "The Balance". Diana needs Shayera's Nth metal mace, which disrupts magic. She tries to steal it, but Shayera catches her. Swallowing her pride, Diana asks to borrow it, but Shayera insists on coming with her. In the end, Diana and Shayera make peace. They may not be friends, but they are both content with being good teammates.
- She is this with Vixen and Vigilante in "Hunter's Moon". Shayera is noted as not having been pulling her weight as a leader. Vixen is dating her ex. Vigilante spent time imprisoned and suffering under the Thanagarian occupation Shayera brought about. Despite all this, they settle their differences, and become Fire-Forged Friends.
- Tell Me About My Father: Inverted. In "Ancient History", Shayera ends the episode by asking Batman to tell her about her son Warhawk.
- That Man Is Dead: Ever since the Thanagarian invasion, she discarded the identity "Hawkgirl", saying how it was a sham.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: With her mace.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Korschian Oysters mentioned in "Starcrossed" and "Shadow of the Hawk".
- Unobtainium: Hawkgirl carries a mace made of Nth metal, which could generate electric currents and repel magical energies.
- Unwitting Pawn: She was sent to spy on Earth and uncover its defenses. She assisted with the Thanagarian occupation, even tolerating the enslavement of human workers, but just barely. However, when she learned that the invaders were actually planned to destroy Earth rather than just subjugate it temporarily she immediately switched sides again. Unfortunately, it wasn't immediately enough: When John lowered his ring and trusted her before, she knocked him out because she didn't know what the actual plan was. Her reputation remains tattered at best for the rest of the series.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Flash and Wonder Woman, the latter is more vitriolic after "Starcrossed" and only "buds" after "The Balance".
- Was It All a Lie?: In "Starcrossed", before leaving, she told Green Lantern that she loved him and never lied about that.
- Weak, but Skilled: Compared to her teammates. Although she doesn't have Super Strength to the extent of Superman and Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl is incredibly skilled in martial arts. An example would be how she single-handedly defeated four of the Green Lantern Corps members in hand-to-hand combat in "In Blackest Night".
- Weapon of Choice: Her electrified Nth-metal mace, which is one of the few devices on the planet that can counter magic.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In her case, enclosed spaces. Her fear is so intense that she comes the closest to dying out of the Justice League's members who were victims of Doctor Destiny.
- Winged Humanoid: With the wings being part of her biological structure (as opposed to artificial like those of the Hawk-related heroes in the comics).
- Working with the Ex: She does this with Green Lantern in JLU.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Not only is she exiled, but the worst part is that after the Thanagarian invasion failed, their mortal enemies took over their home planet. At the end of "Starcrossed" when the League are about to vote to keep her in or out, J'onn cites this as part of the reasons to keep her, because she has become a pariah to her own people and the League is the only home she has left. However, Justice League vs. The Fatal Five does mention she's gone back to Thangar for an unspecified reason.
- You Got Spunk: In "The Terror Beyond", Hawkgirl's verbal Flipping the Bird to Ichthultu impresses the latter.
Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onzz)
After the conquering race known as the Imperium wiped out all other life on his home planet of Mars, J'onn J'onzz managed to seal them away and set himself as a guard over them to prevent their escape. However, many years later they were unwittingly released by Earth astronauts and set their sights on conquering Earth. With the help of six of Earth's mightiest heroes, J'onn was able to defeat the Imperium and eventually adopted Earth as his new home.
- 10-Minute Retirement: In "Tabula Rasa", he abandons the Justice League after he had seen the selfishness of humans.
- The Ageless: He was guarding the shapeshifting invaders for 500 years prior to the start of the series. And according to him, he's not going to be dying from age anytime soon. In "The Once and Future Thing Part Two: Time, Warped", one of Warhawk's comments implies that J'onn is still an active member of the Justice League in the Batman Beyond era. However, he was killed during the Watchtower's destruction, along with Superman. After Chronos was stopped, this fate ceased to be and he's presumably still active in the restored timeline.
- Alien Among Us: Although, it only comes into play when he has to blend in with humans under a disguise. Most of the time, he is in his default human-Martian hybrid form and those who know of him or are familiar with him in this form know he's from Mars.
- Alliterative Name: Both J'onn J'onzz and the Martian Manhunter.
- Apocalypse How: This is the fate of his home-world prior to the start of the series.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Everyone seems to defer to the founding seven of the league, but J'onn seems to run and direct the League Station.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: In Unlimited, he's the highest authority in the Watch Tower, although equal with the other founding members. In "Task Force X", he shows the Villain Protagonist group just why he's in charge other than being The Smart Guy.
- Badass Baritone: Thanks to being voiced by Carl Lumbly.
- Badass Cape: He wears one in his rather humanized form.
- Bald of Awesome: He is a bald, green colored martian who is a very powerful telepath.
- Batman Gambit: In "Tabula Rasa", he figures out Amazo is being used by Luthor to destroy the League, so he allows the android to copy his powers (namely his Telepathy). While this makes Amazo more powerful, it also allows him discover Luthor's deception and leaves him to defeat Luthor.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: J'onn is not a talker and quite emotionally detached. However, it wouldn't go well for anybody who truly angered him.Clock King (showing a slide): Martian Manhunter. Flight; super-strength —
Deadshot: — and a shape-shifter and he can read minds. The chair's starting to sound better and better.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns in time for the Grand Finale.
- The Cameo: In Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, a statue of him appears in the superhero museum in the 31st century.
- Character Development: He slowly realizes the implications of what it means to be the Last Martian, doomed to be eternally alone on Earth, and simultaneously grows detached and unfeeling towards humanity at large. He finally leaves the League in order to find some connection to humanity; when he reappears as a 'guest star' in "Destroyer", he has found a personal life and honest emotional companionship on Earth.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: An animated example. He is only referred to as either "J'onn" or "the Martian" by the Justice League members and other characters in the DCAU. However, he is referred to as "The Martian Manhunter" once in the entire series during the briefing in "Task Force X".
- The Comically Serious: Almost as much as Batman.
- Creepy Good: In "Task Force X", the Villain Protagonist group acknowledge this.
- Deadpan Snarker: He is shown to have a very sharp and deadpan wit like his fellow founding League members sometimes.Batman: (while helping J'onn fight a bunch of Brainiac drones) Having fun?
J'onn J'onzz: (completely deadpan) Yes.
- Deal with the Devil: In "A Knight of Shadows", he almost hands the Philosopher's Stone to the sorceress Morgaine Le Fay, so she can use it's power to bring back Mars and his family, but he instead crushes it to powder. Shocked, Morgaine tells him he has given up his only chance for happiness to which he responds "the price was too high" because he would have lost the new family he made on Earth.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: In "War World", something on War World's atmosphere weakens the Martian Manhunter and presents him from rescuing Superman by brute force. This effects his attempt to impersonate Mongul.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: From losing his family and planet after years of living a highly introverted lifestyle short of interacting with the founding members, J'onn finds a new mate on Earth to share a life with, and he even becomes more accustomed to Earthly speech patterns in the last episode seeming more casual in conversation with others.
- The Empath: Because of his telepathic abilities, he acts as a counselor and empath for the League in the Unlimited seasons.
- Exposed Extraterrestrials: In his true form...and, technically, the rest of the time as well, since he's a shapeshifter. Even then, he barely wears any clothes (as pictured). Only his Justice Lord counterpart and human alter egos are fully clothed.
- Flight: J'onn is not only able to fly, but is able to do so at speeds of the level of meta-humans.
- Flying Brick: Although it is not on Superman's level, he comes with his own set of unique powers on top of it.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: During his introduction in "Secret Origins", he is first seen in his natural Martian form. Upon being freed by Superman and Batman, he shifts into his more familiar hybrid form in an effort to gain Batman's trust.J'onn: (shifts into hybrid form) I am J'onn J'onzz.
(He holds out his hand to Batman. The Bat doesn't take it, but continues to have eyes narrowed)
Superman: Don't take it personally, J'onn. He doesn't trust anyone.
J'onn: A wise policy.
- Future Badass: Implied by certain lines of dialogue to still be an active League member in the Batman Beyond era.
- Genius Bruiser: He is one of the strongest and wisest superheroes in the DCAU.
- Good Is Not Soft: Much to Task Force X's dismay.
- Healing Factor: In "Task Force X", he was torn in half by the Annihilator and pulled himself back to together in seconds.
- Heroic BSoD: In "Tabula Rasa", he's unable to continue being a hero having seen the selfishness of human beings. His faith in humans is restored having read the thoughts of a search party looking for a lost girl.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Superman, who J'onn looks up to as a kindred spirit, and the latter brought him to meet Ma and Pa Kent for Christmas.
- Humans Are Flawed: He learns about this in "Tabula Rasa". In an attempt to use his telepathy to track Luthor down, J'onn scans all of Metropolis at once and is overwhelmed by the selfishness he finds in humanity. He questions his reasons for fighting for humanity until he see's a search party looking for a lost girl, and ends up finding her himself with renewed faith in humanity.
Wonder Woman: You don't actually like humanity all that much, do you?
- It came up again, albeit more subtly, in "To Another Shore". It resulted in him taking a sabbatical from the League so he could learn to live among humans.
J'onn: I don't dislike them...
- Human Disguise: J'onn appears in a form resembling his comic book counterparts classic alter ego Detective John Jones in "Comfort and Joy", "Starcrossed", and "To Another Shore".
- Humble Hero: In "Tabula Rasa", J'onn brings a missing girl to the search party and departs before they can congratulate him.Wonder Woman: You're not getting away that easily. [hugs him]
- Intangible Man: J'onn is also able to alter his density at the molecular level, which in practice allows him to become invisible and pass through solid objects (and vice versa).
- Intangibility: He can phase through solid matter. In "Task Force X", he phased his hand through one of the Villain Protagonist and caused him to faint.
- Interspecies Romance: He eventually settled down with an elderly Chinese woman.
- Journey to Find Oneself: This is the reason why he gets Put on a Bus in "To Another Shore" after it's pointed out to him he's Not Good with People. Since he is The Ageless, J'onn realizes that if he does not learn to connect with humanity, he will be alone forever.
- Kryptonite Factor: It's hinted through various blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments that he's vulnerable to fire, just like his comic book counterpart. Although, the very sight of it doesn't psychologically cripple him as it did in the comics. He still winds up flying through burning rocket exhaust quite often.
- Jonn also seems to be particularly vulnerable to getting electrocuted as he is taken down often this way to the point that when the Thanagarians bring out weapons designed to specifically take down each member of the League, Jonn gets electrocuted.
- Last of His Kind: He is the last martian. Morgaine Le Fay exploits it for all it's worth in "A Knight of Shadows".
- The Leader: The de facto in "Unlimited"; technically the Founding Seven all share the role but since J'onn serves as Mission Control he's more or less the one in charge. He was also able to expel Huntress from the League without consulting the others.
- Lightning Bruiser: He possesses strength and speed comparable to that of Superman and Wonder Woman.
- The Medic: J'onn has taken on the role of a doctor in episodes such as "Fury", "A Knight of Shadows", and "Hearts and Minds".
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: This happens to him in "Tabula Rasa", leading him to briefly conclude that Humans Are the Real Monsters.
- Mind over Manners: In "A Better World", he tells Batman (in response to the Dark Knight's suggestion to read his Justice Lord counterpart's mind to ascertain the truth of his cover story) that Martians can't and won't violate one another's private thoughts in such a manner. As far as most villains go, though, he'll delve into mind-reading to glean information, but that's about it.
- Mind Rape: In "Starcrossed", he needs to telepathically learn how to fly a Thanagarian fighter... except Thanagarians are naturally resistant to his telepathy. He grimly decides "I'll just have to try harder", and...irreparably brain-damages his subject. The safety of the entire planet depended on him getting that information, but the consequences are shown seasons later when Kraggar shows up again, partially paralyzed and drooling.
- Mission Control: In Unlimited, he delegates missions to the expanded League. J'onzz's main management style consisted of organizing the expanded league into smaller rosters with clear ranks and roles, with each unit having a rookie or someone who had no experience in the particular kind of mission (for instance he sent Vixen and Vigilante alongside Hawkgirl because the former two didn't have experience in outer space, while the latter was not pushing her weight as a Founding Member and taking these kinds of duties). Over time, the rookies became professionals, in turn helping out others. J'onn was considered to be incredibly efficient in this role and Grodd laments on how he made the League strategically unbeatable.
- The downside of this role was that he spent nearly two years in the Watchtower, rarely taking active part in a mission and almost never interacting with other humans. Wonder Woman, who felt particularly close to J'onn, encouraged him to get out more. Realizing that she was right, and that he would be forever alone unless he learned to live among humans, J'onn took a leave of absence from the League and spent several months on Earth in a human guise. Mr. Terrific took J'onn's place as League coordinator.
- Mook Horror Show: In "Task Force X", J'onn is the Hero Antagonist. The final battle scene turns into a Curb-Stomp Battle as things go south during the Task Force mission, complete with looming music and the POV of the protagonists from their outmatched position.J'onn: Ask yourselves: Is being in here with me what you truly desire?
- Naïve Newcomer: He was initially this on Earth.
- The Needs of the Many: J'onn's justification for refusing to get involved in the Enemy Civil War on Apokolips in "The Ties That Bind" in order to rescue someone. Basically, it's better for everybody if the two factions are focused on fighting each other rather than helping a few people. Flash gets involved anyway and in the end, J'onn assists him in rescuing the captured.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: An increase in his density results in a blue aura that increases his strength and invulnerability. Shown at his maximum level when battling Etrigan, who had been able to punch J'onn around until J'onn increased his density to the max and turned into something resembling a statue, causing Etrigan to injure his hand when he attempted to punch him. Of course, this begs the question of why he doesn't do that more instead of getting punched silly by the villain of the week every episode. This also allows J'onn to fully recover after sustaining severe physical damage, such as being torn apart into two by the Annihilator.
- Nonhumans Lack Attributes: J'onn's true form, and also every other Martian seen in flashbacks. His wife was drawn with narrower shoulders and a slightly emphasized "chestplate" on her exoskeleton, and that's about it.
- Not So Above It All: As the end of "The Ties That Bind" can attest.J'onn: I was only going to ask if you wanted to play Brawlin' Bots.
Flash: Dibs on the green one! (runs off)
J'onn: I wanted the green one... (smirks)
- Platonic Life-Partners: This is his bond with Diana, who helps him out in his brief spells when he feels alienated from humanity.
- Pragmatic Hero: He is shown to be this at various points. One example is his refusal to help Mister Miracle and Big Barda free their friend from Apokolips. Why? Because it's in everyone's best interest if the Enemy Civil War there continues and as such he doesn't want to do anything that would help either side. He also advises Batman to kamikaze a nuke and doesn't even try to talk him out of it.
- Psychic Powers: It is usually of the Telepathy variety.
- Psychic Radar: He can detect the presence of other people. In "Tabula Rasa", he's able to find a missing girl who was lost in the woods at night.
- Put on a Bus: This happens to him the end of "To Another Shore".
- Really 700 Years Old: He's at least five centuries old and still the picture of good health.
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: His natural Martian form: his "everyday" appearance is an attempt at being not too green.
- Secret Identity: Whenever he masquerades as a human, he usually takes the appearance of a brown-haired Caucasian man (presumably named John Jones just like in the comics). Most notably, he uses this form when hiding from the Thanagarians alongside Superman (as Clark Kent) in "Starcrossed" and again when he gets Put on a Bus in "To Another Shore". He later takes the form of an elderly Chinese man prior to his return in the Grand Finale.
- Shadow Archetype: Of Superman. While both J'onn and Superman are powerful, heroic aliens who suffered the loss of their respective races, they are very different in the respect that Superman considers Earth his true home and sees himself as human. J'onn, on the other hand, grew into his adulthood on Mars. He accepts Earth as his new home but will always have reverence for Mars.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: A strange example of this. J'onn's familiar "superhero" form is a compromise between a human form and his true more alien appearance.
- The Smart Guy: Aside from Batman.
J'onn: This technology is amazing. How does it work?Paran Dul: The circuits utilize Nth metal an element with properties you couldn't begin to understand.J'onn: Which properties wouldn't I understand? The hyper conductivity or the mason graviton inversion?
- In "Starcrossed":
- Shoryuken: In "Task Force X", he hands an uppercut to the Annihilator and overpowers it.
- Sole Survivor: J'onn is the last surviving martian against their war with the Imperium race.
- The Spock: J'onn possesses a wealth of scientific knowledge and technological expertise, crucial to the success of the Justice League.
- The Stoic -> Not So Stoic: This trope is perhaps best exemplified in "The Ties That Bind".
- Superhero Speciation: In the comics, Superman and Manhunter have a good deal of overlap in abilities. Here, their power sets are largely distinct: J'onn favors his intangibility, invisibility, shapeshifting, and telepathy, while his Super Strength is downplayed and he never demonstrates Super Speed, Super Senses, or Eye Beams at all.
- Super Strength: This ability is downplayed due to Superhero Speciation, but he can still trade blows with Solomon Grundy or the Annihilator. His superhuman strength makes him much stronger than the other members of the League, with the exceptions of Superman and Wonder Woman.
- Telepathy: He can read minds and project his thoughts. He also rescues Green Lantern, Flash, and Superman from Dr. Destiny in "Only A Dream" by entering their dreams. He also had the ability to mental shield people from being detected. The other founding members can also contact J'onn without his effort, such as when Batman was held captive in "Injustice For All" and reached out to him after destroying the psychic shield he was kept in.
- Troll: He has his moments, especially as Mission Control.Batman (battling Parasite): J'onn, we're in trouble!
J'onn: Are you asking for help?
J'onn: (deadpan) You never ask for help.
Batman: Just get us some reinforcements.
- The Worf Effect: In the first season of Justice League, J'onn seemed to be the love child of Worf and Deanna Troi. He only got to show off his telepathy when the writers wanted to show what utterly impressive mental abilities the Guest Villain of the Week had. Unfortunately, J'onn spent much of his time dropping to his knees clutching his temples. When he finally got to show off his shape-shifting abilities against Metamorpho (who, after his HeelFace Turn, by contrast is allowed to use his ridiculously overpowered version of Voluntary Shapeshifting creatively), he got his ass handed to him again, just to show that This Week's Guest Star was tougher. Fortunately, he became much cooler as the show went on and the writers figured out ways to challenge him and allow him to use his powers without being unstoppable.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Batman tells Etrigan that he would trust J'onn with his life, but J'onn isn't above subtly trolling him over the intercom.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He is able to transform into any shape he desires in addition to being able to become intangible and invisible.
- Warrior Therapist: He acts as Wildcat's therapist in Unlimited. Likewise when Supergirl dreams about Galatea she consults J'onn.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Although, his home planet Mars had been long gone before the start of the series.
- Younger Than They Look: Despite being over 1,000 years old, he maintains the appearance of what appears to be a middle-aged man.
- Zen Survivor: As the last survivor of his race after their war with the Imperium, J'onn became this after centuries of guarding against the Imperium, traveling to Earth and goes from a pacifist to a veteran warrior.
The Expanded League
Aquaman (King Arthur)
Aquaman was the King of the undersea realm of Atlantis and a member of the Justice League. See here for more information
Green Arrow (Oliver Queen)
Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) is a superhero recruited into the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion. He came from a wealthy background, but held left-wing views from an early age. A skilled archer, he dressed himself as Robin Hood, developed an arsenal of trick arrows with various functions, dubbed himself Green Arrow and became a vigilante.
- Archer Archetype: Naturally, as with most versions of the character.
- Badass Beard: He sports a beard that is awesome, as always.
- Badass Normal: His superpower is being a talented archer and hand-to-hand fighter.
- Battle Couple: With Black Canary.
- Bourgeois Bohemian: He comes from a wealthy background, but is a self-described 'old lefty' who marched against nuclear energy in college and sold his company to fund a career as a street-level vigilante.
- Breakout Character: He is one of the most popular characters in the Unlimited seasons.
- The Cameo: In Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, a statue of him appears in the superhero museum in the 31st century.
- Character Development: In his debut episode, Green Arrow was highly skeptical of the entire League and their purpose, and his only initialy reason for sticking around was to get to know Black Canary. However, he later makes a Rousing Speech to the Original Seven members of the League (Superman, in particular) about all the good the League has done and will continue to do even if the Original Seven decided to retire.
- The Conscience: He was recruited as this role in the form of the team's political adviser to deal with any possible slide into the Justice Lords. When tempers were running high about Cadmus, Oliver did not disappoint in saving the team's soul.
- Crimefighting with Cash: Downplayed - possibly to avoid too much overlap with Batman. He's got the dough to do it, but seems to prefer wacky arrow-gadgets to, say, orbital space stations.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a very deadpan and sarcastic sense of humor, which is one of the reasons why he was recruited to provide the 'normal human' point of view, so in a way, the rest of the team is asking for it.
- Determinator: No matter what enemies stand against him, Green Arrow never surrenders.
- Faking the Dead: He does this in "The Cat and the Canary" in order to prove a point to Wildcat.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Captain Atom.
- The Heart: To a lesser extent than Flash. Batman specifically suggested his recruitment at the beginning of Unlimited for this reason, considering him to be Closer to Earth than most other superheroes.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: It's his idiom, of course, but some of his shots do strain plausibility.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Supergirl - a very unexpected, plausible and touching development.
- Master Archer: The greatest bowman in the world, and so good he's a Badass Normal in a team largely composed of superpowered powerhouses.
- Mythology Gag: His design resembles his comic book counterparts own from the Silver Age.
- Non-Idle Rich: He eventually sells his company for $3 billion (although he notes with taxes and legal fees he'd be lucky to get a billion and a half) to devote himself full time to crimefighting.
- Only Sane Man: Batman specifically wanted him on the League for this reason.
- Refusal of the Call: He never responded to the League's initial invitation to join, requiring John Stewart to track him down and more or less kidnap him with the teleporter, then tells Batman that he refused because "someone needs to look after the little guy." By the end of his debut episode, he accepts the offer to join, partially due to coming around to Batman's way of thinking, but mostly due to Black Canary.
- Shipper on Deck: In "Far From Home", he is very clearly in favor of the budding courtship between Supergirl and Brainiac 5.
- Small Steps Hero:
- In his first appearance, he openly identifies as this, noting that he fights smaller crimes that affect the little guy while the Justice League spends more time fighting monsters and aliens far away from home. Batman rebuts this convincingly:Batman: Those monsters you don't fight? They tend to step on little guys.
- Also averted in the episode itself, where Green Arrow eventually does fight a giant monster. Later episodes have him fighting against an assortment of threats big and small, but it's true that he usually does handle street-level threats.
- In his first appearance, he openly identifies as this, noting that he fights smaller crimes that affect the little guy while the Justice League spends more time fighting monsters and aliens far away from home. Batman rebuts this convincingly:
- Straw Character: In this case, Straw Liberal as he's clearly liberal in his politics, but it isn't carried into a Flanderization. He often disagrees with the other heroes, but shows only respect for their abilities and their motives.Green Arrow: Is that a containment suit?
Captain Atom: Uh-huh. I'm not flesh and blood anymore. Just living energy.
Green Arrow: That wouldn't be nuclear energy, would it?
Captain Atom: With a name like 'Captain Atom', what do you think?
Green Arrow: I think you're what I marched against back in college!
- Theme Music Power-Up: He even sings his own theme song once!
- Trick Arrow: He's a recurring character from Unlimited onwards, and naturally gets to show off his collection of trick arrows.Green Arrow: [freeing himself from ice] And Black Canary said a buzzsaw arrow was self-indulgent!
- Villain Has a Point: Is the first to admit that Cadmus is entirely within their right to worry about the League becoming a threat, but is still willing to fight against the agency when the time comes.
Black Canary (Dinah Lance)
Black Canary (Dinah Lance) is a superhero who is a member of the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion. She was trained by Wildcat and is one of the League's best hand-to-hand fighters with the ability to project a Sonic scream.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Her sonic abilities would deafen, kill or even shred an ordinary human, so she usually restricts them to inanimate objects or foes that she knows to have superhuman durability.
- Battle Couple: With Green Arrow.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In "Grudge Match", she is mind controlled along with other female Leaguers to fight in Roulette's underground ring.
- The Cameo: In Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, a statue of her appears in the superhero museum in the 31st century.
- Civvie Spandex: She's dressed like a cocktail waitress.
- Empowered Badass Normal: She is a excellent fighter. With the addition of her sonic power, she is more badass.
- Fights Like a Normal: Her superpower is a bit too lethal to use against humans. Thankfully, she was trained by Wildcat, and is one of the League's best hand-to-hand fighters. Not to mention she can't use the Canary Cry for long—it's probably a good idea to conserve it. In "Double Date", she tries to use it for more than a few seconds against Mandragora. She can't take him down and winds up passing out.
- Good Is Not Nice: She acts like an Anti-Hero, but fights for the side of justice.
- Head-Turning Beauty: A few background events show that she's "noticed" by several League members. With Green Arrow, it's a Character Arc.
- Ink-Suit Actor: She resembles a blonde version of her voice actress.
- Male Gaze: She tends to get subjected to these, mainly via camera shots that are focused on her voluptuous body, buxom breasts, curves, nice rear end, and long toned yet shapely legs.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Her Canary Cry, an ultrasonic scream capable of anything from incapacitating an opponent to wrecking a building. However, sustaining the scream for long periods of time can leave her exhausted.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her character design has to be one of the most obvious example of this trope in the series through the fact that she is a very beautiful, blonde-haired woman who wears an outfit that highlights her voluptuous body. Her initial conversation/sparring session with Green Arrow in "The Cat and the Canary" sans jacket is jaw-dropping, all blonde hair and curves flattening on the mat. She lets him get on top of her and pin her arms behind her back, to convince him to do her a favor note . In the same episode, it's exploited by the Meta-Brawl announcer, who puts her into the ring because the men are going mad for her.
- Reused Character Design: She was originally going to appear in The New Batman Adventures, but for whatever reason, those plans fell through. As a result, her character design was retooled into a character design for an incidental (an implied prostitute) in The New Batman Adventures, the "Chase Me" short, and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, but that design was kept when she got to formally appear in Justice League.
- She's Got Legs: And those fishnets show off every inch of her long toned yet shapely legs.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She acts like a bad girl, but she's in love with Green Arrow.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Black Canary Fights Like a Normal despite having powers and built her motorcycle by hand, but wears cocktail waitress stockings and a decent amount of makeup.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She punched Mandragora when he makes a nasty insult against Green Arrow.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: She is this with Huntress after some initial... rivalries.
The Question (Charles Szasz / Victor Sage)
The Question is a superhero and a member of the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion. He has conspiracy theories and brilliant deductive skills. He uses a special flesh-colored mask that covered his face, along with a special yellow gas that could change the colors of his hair and clothing.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the comics he's considered one of the top martial artists in the DC universe, having been trained by Richard Dragon (who jockeys for position with Lady Shiva as the best martial artist in DC comics). Here, while he is certainly a capable fighter, he's more known for his eccentricities and detective skills than for his combat abilities, and loses to Green Arrow (who is himself skilled, but nothing really special) in a hand-to-hand fight.
- Agent Mulder: The guy believes that aglets have a sinister purpose, and that topically applied fluoride renders teeth visible by spy satellite. On the other hand, he's proven to be a highly talented detective, either in spite of his paranoia or even perhaps because of it. For what it's worth, he did nail it with his theory about Baskin Robbins' secret, hidden Flavor 32.
- Anti-Hero: His interrogation techniques are similar to Batman's, but he's even more ruthless. Plus he had no problem with hunting down and killing Luthor without the League's knowledge if it kept the world safe from Armageddon and the League's reputation as heroes in tact.
- Arkham's Razor: The entire reason Batman recruited him, as he notes in "The Doomsday Sanction." Even "The World's Greatest Detective" needs a tenuous connection to get results; Question has a unique ability to learn world-shattering secrets starting from absolutely nothing.Batman: I admit, he's wound a bit too tightly. But if anyone can find a hidden link from Luthor to Cadmus, he's the man.
- Armor-Piercing Question:
- He gets one on Superman when he confronts him with the possibility of a war between the League and Cadmus if Luthor became president, which Superman doesn't properly respond to:Superman: We would never fight the government!
The Question: Not even if Luthor was the government?
- He has another extended exchange in "Flashpoint" where he discusses his attempt to murder Luthor:The Question: I went to kill Luthor so that you wouldn't be able to.
Superman: That's not how we do things.
Question: How do we do things, Superman? Your counterpart killed Luthor, this Luthor is scheming to enrage you...
Superman: Doing a pretty good job of it.
The Question: Ruining your reputation, turning your friends and comrades against you, creating a superpowered arms race, but you cannot succumb!
Superman: I can shut down Cadmus without killing Luthor.
The Question: Carry on, then. If you're wrong, it's not like it's the end of the world, right?
- He gets one on Superman when he confronts him with the possibility of a war between the League and Cadmus if Luthor became president, which Superman doesn't properly respond to:
- Badass Bookworm: He is one of the greatest detectives in the DCAU and a The Chessmaster to boot and involves interrogating suspects and beating up their security detail.
- Badass Longcoat: In the time honored tradition of detectives, he wears one. The difference is that he's investigating super villians.
- Badass Normal: One of the 'non-supers' in the league. Justified as his talents are detective work, not super powers. Batman hints Vic may be the superior detective, in part due to his open mind. After all, Batman only considers sane theories, which - in a superhero universe - is more of a limitation than it sounds.
- Battle Couple: With Huntress. They casually discuss dating plans while kicking butt.
- The Blank: He's the page image because his gadget hides everything on his face.
- Breakout Character: He is one of the most popular characters in the Unlimited seasons.
- Car Fu: He does this to a group of Darkseid's Parademons during the series finale. He even punches one out of his window.
- Catchphrase: "Obvious, in hindsight".
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Comes with his status as the League's resident Conspiracy Theorist.
- Coat, Hat, Mask: His "power suit" consists of a blue overcoat, fedora, and that skin mask of his.
- Comically Missing the Point: When Supergirl expresses shock that he goes through her trash he responds with a scoff and says, "Please. I go through everyone's trash."
- Conspiracy Theorist: The full extent of his theories have not been revealed, but he believes in a single, all-encompassing cabal of powerful individuals who have ruled the earth since Ancient Egypt, currently connected to such diverse phenomena as Crop Circles and boy bands. He hasn't figured out how it all ties together, but he's convinced that it does. There is also a hidden background to the plastic tip on the end of shoelaces, aglets, whose true purpose is sinister.Question: Topically applied fluoride doesn't prevent tooth decay. It does render teeth detectable by spy satellite.
- Crazy Survivalist: (Then again, he has been right before...)Green Arrow: Does everything have a sinister motive in your world?
Question: Yours too. You just don't know it yet.
- Creepy Monotone: Used as often for comedic effect as gravitas. He sings a pop song while breaking into a research lab.
- Deadpan Snarker: Every time Green Arrow mocks his theories he has an appropriate zinger in response. He also trades barbs with his girlfriend during stake-outs.
- Demoted to Extra: He undergoes this to a certain extent after the Cadmus arc. He was still there, but he wasn't a big part of the plot anymore.
- Did Not See That Coming: He certainly didn't count on the fact that Luthor's presidential campaign is a complete fake, just to spite Superman. Nor that he would have super strength.
- Entertainingly Wrong: Much like Rorschach in Watchmen he connects the dots and thinks he's latched on to the truth only to realize that he reasoned, understandably and plausibly, on wrong premises, the League!Earth is not going to follow the Lord!Earth timeline, League!Supes would never break his one rule like Lords!Supes would and ultimately the real plot was Brainiac hijacking Luthor's body and mind for his own purposes and Luthor decides that he'd rather be a God. However, he was almost proven right, when Superman had, for one moment, intended to kill Luthor.
- Establishing Character Moment: This exchange he has with Green Arrow and Supergirl tells you everything you need to know about the Question.Green Arrow: Hold your horses. No one asked for more help. This whole trip must just prove that the kid shouldn't eat nachos before bed.
Question: Peanut butter sandwiches.
Supergirl: How did y—what, do you go through my trash?
Question: Please. I go through everyone's trash.
- The Faceless: Complete with Dramatic Unmask in "Flashpoint".
- Failed a Spot Check: Dismisses Huntress's concerns about Black Canary in the episode "Grudge Match" only for her suspicions to turn out to be right on the money. Just goes to show that even the Question is fallible.
- The Fatalist: As a nod to how his creator Steve Ditko envisoned him, he cites the Law of Identity as part of his reasoning why he believes that the League will eventually become like the Justice Lords if Luthor ever became president regardless of assertions to the contrary.Question: Everything that exists has a specific nature. Each entity exists as something in particular and has characteristics that are part of what it is. "A" is "A". And no matter what reality he calls home, Luthor is Luthor.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: His lone wolf nature and Cloudcuckoolander sensibility gives him this status among the Justice League. Especially given his conspiracy theorist tendencies and creepier behaviors like going through the trash of his fellow League members.
- When Batman announces that he's put him in charge of anti-Cadmus research, the rest of the seven, which includes Superman and Martian Manhunter complain and groan - and Batman, of all people, admits that the Question is "wound a little too tight".
- He and Green Arrow do tend to partner up a lot, since their power level and skill sets suit them to investigation work. Arrow isn't always thrilled about it, but he's willing to go along.
- Superman attempts to avert this in his usual way, even if the Question constantly rebukes what he has to say, Clark does his best to reassure him that his view of things won't come to pass, but the Question stubbornly refuses to change what he thinks.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: When he learns all about the Justice Lords. While he was already eccentric, he becomes noticeably more unstable in response to this discovery.
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: He is usually good at avoiding this, but he fails to realize how petty Luthor truly was.
- Good Is Not Nice: Unlike the League, he has no problems with murdering people to ensure they won't be a problem in the future.
- Great Detective: He's just as good as a detective as Batman is if not better. After all, Batman trusted him to find the link between Cadmus and Luthor instead of doing it himself.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: The Question is incredibly cynical, paranoid, and intrusive as a person, rarely caring what someone else thinks about his methods. But despite it all, the Question does care about the others: He helps Huntress with her personal vendetta purely because he liked her, rather than the promise of Cadmus info she offered. And while he ultimately attempts to kill Luthor so that there isn't a repeat of the Justice Lords, he does so in a manner to ensure the rest of the League won't be dragged down with him, and specifically cites that Superman's legacy, a man he had been on edge about and extremely doubtful of, will remain intact.
- Improvised Weapon: The Question does not carry weapons, and trusts to the environment to provide defense and distraction. Notable examples include a potted plant, a computer monitor, a bedpan and a grenade belt.
- Lighter and Softer: This incarnation is more like Steve Ditko's Question, albeit one with a less stringent morality.
- Lonely Together: Implied to be the bedrock of his relationship with Huntress. He was the only one who tried to help her resolve her personal vendettas and actually treats her respectfully, mainly because he's also seen as a crazed loner Anti-Hero who doesn't play nice with other members of the League.
- Made of Iron: Gets captured and tortured by Cadmus for a while: he holds out, and within a few hours of his rescue he's back in the thick of things.
- Manchurian Agent: One tie-in comic has him be used as this by an unknown party. He's so paranoid that he winds up figuring himself out before he can actually do any damage.
- Mellow Fellow: Never gets angry and rarely breaks his Creepy Monotone, no matter what happens. Well, there was that time he discovered info about the Justice Lords...
- Necessarily Evil: Tries to invoke this against Luthor to ensure that the Justice Lords don't happen in their world by killing him before it could happen.
- Nerves of Steel: For a hero with no real powers, it takes guts to stand up to Galatea - who's as strong as Supergirl and more than capable of murder at her slightest whim - and tell her to kill him to prove his point. (And let his teammate get an open shot at her.)
- Obfuscating Stupidity: While he is very much a crackpot, The Question is also far sharper than he lets on. His detective skills are actually on par with Batman's - if not better, as Batman has problems with Arbitrary Skepticism despite his best efforts; oddities such as Supergirl's Psychic Dreams and Cloning Blues tend to throw him off, while Vic is essentially a Heinlein detective; able to reason logically with unfamiliar, hard-to-believe facts as easily as with the commonplace.
- Odd Friendship: With Green Arrow, his off-on investigating partner, who is an archer and basically his Agent Scully.
- Official Couple: With Huntress, who becomes his girlfriend and also an investigating partner.
- Plausible Deniability: Invoked. He knows that if he kills Luthor, nobody will blame the League... because the Question's a well known nutjob, who even the League just about tolerates.
- The Power of Trust: One JLU comic book had a story where the paranoid Question tries to find which member of the League had planted a bomb. He refuses help from the other heroes since he distrusts all of them. It turned out to have been done by himself, under a villain's mind control. Obviously An Aesop about the fact that sometimes you just have to trust others. Extra points for having The Question rescued by Martian Manhunter, his prime suspect.
- Properly Paranoid: Often times his suspicions are confirmed. There was a secret thirty-second flavor.
- Reality Ensues: For all of his amazing analytical abilities, Question does suffer from paranoia, something that only only grows as he finds out more and more dark secrets involving the Justice Lords and Cadmus. Additionally, he's an incredibly hard person for people to connect to, and even harder for him to trust people, which leads to him taking drastic actions by himself.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Either he's the world champion at this particular trope, or there really is a centuries-long, absolutely secret military/industrial conspiracy linking boy bands, crop circles, the 32nd flavor at Baskin-Robbins, actors being elected to public office, the Girl Scouts, and... much, much more.
- Sanity Slippage: Admittedly not particularly stable to begin with; he gets much worse in his realization that You Can't Fight Fate.
- The Soulsaver: He stops Helena from killing Mandagora, since it would mean that she would put his son Edgar through the same trauma she went through. This is also why he decides to kill Luthor, rather than risk Superman doing it one day. Taking Luthor's life, or any life, would ruin Superman personally and morally, but the Question feels that he, as "a well-known crackpot", can bear that burden better and keep the League's reputation in tact.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Pumps a guy for information while blasting generic pop music.
- Strong Girl, Smart Guy: With Huntress, as he mainly does detective work while she acts as the muscle.
- Team Member in the Adaptation: Vic was usually more of a loner in the comics, but here he's one of the newer recruits of the League.
- What the Heck Is an Aglet?: "The plastic tips at the end of shoelaces are called aglets. Their true purpose is sinister."
- Who Shot JFK?: According to Question: "There was a magic bullet. It was forged by Illuminati mystics to prevent us from learning the truth!"
Metamorpho (Rex Mason)
Rex Mason is a former Marine who served with John Stewart before becoming an executive at Stagg Enterprises. After revealing to his boss Simon Stagg that he was leaving the company and marrying his daughter Sapphire, Stagg set him up to be exposed to a mutagen as a test subject for his "Metamorpho" project. He's later considered for membership in the League after Superman is seemingly disintegrated by Toyman before finally joining it during the League's expansion after the Thanagarian invasion.
- Blessed with Suck: Mason's powers come bundled with a freakish appearance.
- Demoted to Extra: He had a two part episode dedicated to him in the first season. After that, he's usually just seen in the background without any speaking lines.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: His default form.
- Hidden Depths: Despite the front he puts on, he actually looks up to his friend John Stewart and wishes that he too could be a hero.
- Nigh-Invulnerable: His powers allow him to change his chemical make up to avoid taking damage.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Downplayed. He and Sapphire are engaged and the trope took into effect after his accident (Rex was quite the looker before it), Sapphire doesn't seem to mind though.
- Underwear of Power: In his default human appearance, Metamorpho is naked except for his underwear of power which therefore are presumably part of his body.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting
Captain Atom (Nathaniel Adams)
A former captain in the United States Air Force: an experiment reduced him to a sentient cloud of nuclear radiation, and he now inhabits a human-shaped containment suit. In addition to the typical powers, he can both generate and absorb any kind of radiation.
- Adaptational Wimp: His comic book counterpart is a Physical God with almost unmatched powers to manipulate any kind of energy and being borderline unkillable. Here, he goes down against Superman.
- The Cameo: In Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, a statue of him appears in the superhero museum in the 31st century.
- Determinator: In "Flashpoint", he stubbornly fights Superman despite both of them knowing that he is less powerful and could never win in a one-on-one match. Superman is then forced to beat him into submission.
- Energy Beings: There's just a luminous, deadly cloud inside that robotic-looking shell.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Green Arrow.
- FaceHeel Turn: Cadmus manipulates him into a FaceHeel Turn by way of his Air Force commission in the second season of Unlimited. He returns to supporting the League as soon as those orders are countermanded.
- Going Critical: If anything ruptures that suit, things will get bad for the Captain, and much worse for anybody nearby.
- HeelFace Turn: When Cadmus attacks the Watchtower, he chooses to fight alongside his fellow heroes again.
- I Love Nuclear Power: He is a product of that mindset, but his own feelings on the matter have to be mixed at best.
- Lawful Stupid: See My Country, Right or Wrong.
- Man of Kryptonite: He can emit any kind of radiation. While fighting Superman in "Flashpoint", he replicates the 'red sun' energy signature that slowly drains Superman's powers: he might have been able to replicate real Kryptonite instead, but he was not fighting to kill - just to win.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Eiling reactivates his commission to the Air Force, resulting in his FaceHeel Turn when he attacks Superman to keep him from rescuing Question instead of trying to see if Superman was justified in his actions first.
- Mythology Gag: In "Task Force X", he and Plastique have two interactions. In the comics during the '90's, the two were romantically involved and even got married (although it received complaints from fans that their romance was mostly informed than shown).
- The Stoic: He's curt and clipped in his speech, and usually prefers receiving orders to making speeches.
Vixen (Mari McCabe)
Vixen (Mari McCabe) is a member of the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion. In her civilian life, she is a fashion model. She also dated John Stewart after Hawkgirl resigned from the league. Vixen is in possession of a mystical amulet, that upon being touched, allowed her to mimic the abilities of any animal of her choice, all without changing her form.
- Absolute Cleavage: Just like her comic book counterpart, she wears a form-fitting orange body suit with a long cleavage as her superhero uniform.
- Animal Themed Super Being: A vixen is a female fox, and she has the ability to take on the abilities of any animal she can think of, such as the strength of an elephant or the speed of a cheetah.
- Battle Aura: Whenever she taps into her totem's power, the animal chosen briefly appears as an incorporeal or astral projection.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In "Grudge Match", she is mind controlled along with other female Leaguers to fight in Roulette's underground ring.
- The Cameo: In Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, a statue of her appears in the superhero museum in the 31st century.
- Love Triangle: She's involved in one with with John and Hawkgirl.
- Male Gaze: There are lots of shots focused on her nice butt, breasts, legs, and body and they are often specifically emphasized for her.
- The Missus and the Ex: Gets put on a team with Hawkgirl for a space mission, which makes John Stewart very anxious. They end up getting along very well and by the the mission's end, swap embarrassing stories about John.
- Most Common Super Power: She has a very large bust.
- Ms. Fanservice: Just look at the pic! She wears a form-fitting orange body suit that highlights her body.
- Mutually Exclusive Powerups: She can use only an abilities one by one.
- Noble Bigot: Despite her romantic rivalry and her grievances against her for being part of the Thanagarian invasion, she still collaborates with Hawkgirl like a fellow teammate.
- Powers via Possession: Vixen was in possession of a mystical amulet, that upon being touched, allowed her to mimic the abilities of any animal of her choice all without changing her form. Her powers did have restrictions though; she did seem to be incapable of mimicking animals that could fly.
- Romantic False Lead: For John. By the end of the show, John Stewart's relationship with Vixen is treated respectably enough that, even when Shayera learns of her and John's future offspring Warhawk, John still refuses to leave Vixen (who is actually injured at that time) instantly simply because destiny says otherwise. He will instead wait for everything to happen between the three of them organically (and presumably post-series finale, if the fact that Rex/Warhawk is Shayera and John's Kid from the Future says something). Shayera, though logically not happy, more or less accepts his decision and, instead of complaining, she goes have a talk with Batman (so he can tell her about Warhawk).
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Averted. Vigilante assumes she somehow must have "jungle tracking skills", to which Vixen replies that she wouldn't know, because for starters, she lives in a loft in Chelsea.
- Statuesque Stunner: It comes with being a professional model in her downtime.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: In the non-canon Batman Beyond Unlimited comic book continuation, a flashback into Warhawk's origin story revealed that Vixen was killed by Shadow Thief just as John was proposing to her.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Vixen ends up befriending Shayera, even saving her life at some point, and Shayera doesn't make too much of a fuss at their relationship despite the unspoken, though sometimes blatantly hinted-at, tensions still existing.
Hawk and Dove (Hank and Don Hall)
Hawk & Dove are a pair of brothers who are a team of superheroes and members of the Justice League.
- Bash Brothers: Very rarely are they seen apart.
- Big Brother Instinct: At the end of the day, Hawk loves his little brother and desperately tries to stop him from facing off against the Annihilator.
- Brains and Brawn: Hawk's the brawn, Dove's the brains.
- Casting Gag: Hank/Hawk and Don/Dove voiced by the same actor who played Kevin and Wayne Arnold on The Wonder Years, Fred Savage and Jason Hervey respectively. In a twist, they voiced the opposite character they played in TWY though, Savage, who played the meek Kevin, voiced the Hot-Blooded Hank, whereas Hervey, who played the abrasive Wayne, voiced Don the Technical Pacifist.
- Hot-Blooded: Hawk, as the aggressive fighter.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hawk is the red to Dove's blue.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: By the very nature of their powers, they're this.
- Strawman Political: Hawk is a conservative and Dove is a liberal, but they're both limited to generic talking points like Dove wanting to have everyone give peace a chance and Hawk being pro-military.
- Technical Pacifist: Dove. He will not kill and disapproves of violence. This means he doesn't start fights: but he does finish them.
Big Barda was a New God from Apokolips who was married to Mister Miracle, and would later become a member of the Justice League Unlimited.See here for more info.
- Battle Couple: With Mister Miracle.
- The Big Girl: Brawn usually comes before brain with her.
- Berserk Button: Granny Goodness.
- Dark and Troubled Past: She was one of Granny's Female Furies.
- Happily Married: To Mister Miracle.
- Hot-Blooded: Whew boy.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's bull-headed and rather bitchy but she has it wear it counts.
- Stripperific: When not wearing her battle armor.
- Tsundere: She has shades of this towards Scott, but they still have a very loving relationship.
Vigilante was a gunman garbed as a cowboy, and member of the expanded Justice League.
- A-Team Firing: He can't hit the broadside of the barn if the episode needs him to be. Shayera lampshades this.Shayera: Can you even see where you're shooting at!?
- Badass Biker: He uses a bike for transportation.
- Badass Normal: No powers other than guns, a lasso, skill, tenacity and sheer bravery.
- Cowboy: His whole theme.
- Day in the Limelight: He gets a bit more Screentime in "Hunter's Moon" and "Patriot Act".
- Fanboy: Of Clint Eastwood. He even says to Shining Knight to watch what he says about Clint Eastwood's character in Dirty Harry, if he wants to keep watching movies at his room.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards Thanagarians for torturing him during the invasion, to a point he addresses Hawkgirl by this name as a Fantastic Slur. He also called the Thanagarians "filthy hawks".
- Guns Akimbo: He wields a pair of revolvers as his standard weapons.
- The Gunslinger: In keeping with his Old West theme.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Shining Knight.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Zigzagged. While he is a skilled gunman, he prefers shoots several bullets at once rather than making precision shots, ensuring that at least one bullet will hit its mark.
- Nice Hat: A white cowboy hat.
- Noble Bigot: Despite his Fantastic Racism against the Thanagarians for the invasion and torturing and against Hawkgirl for her participation, he still cooperates with the latter.
- Odd Friendship: One's a modern-day vigilante with a fondness for cowboys, the other is an Arthurian knight that's a Fish out of Temporal Water who still clings to his culture even if he's not in the right era. How they managed to strike a Bromance is anybody's guess, but probably stems from them both being Seven Soldiers members in the comics.
- Primary-Color Champion: Vigilante's heroic outfit consists of a white cowboy hat, white pants, a long-sleeved blue t-shirt, and a red bandanna.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: His favorite weapons, keeping with his Cowboy theme. If "Hunter's Moon" is to be believed, it seems he uses Laser Cartridges.
- Those Two Guys: With Shining Knight.
- Tragic Bigot: Given that he was tortured during the Thangarian invasion, it can be understandable why he viewed them as "filthy hawks".
Shining Knight (Sir Justin)
A knight of Arthur's court thrown into the present.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: His enchanted sword has exceptional cutting capabilities.
- Badass Normal: Other than having magical weapons, he has no superpowers.
- Bling of War: His Chain mail is completely covered in gold and can withstand quite the beating.
- Determinator: He was fighting a mutated and transformed General Eiling and refused to give in no matter how badly the General hurt him.General Eiling: You can't win.
Shining Knight: I'll die as befits a knight: Defending the weak!
- After the fight he's rushed off to the emergency room... but insists on stopping first to thank the people who ended the struggle.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: He doesn't particularly want to adapt to the twenty-first century, which he considers a time of weak morals.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Vigilante.
- Odd Friendship: One's an Arthurian knight that also happens to be a Fish out of Temporal Water, while the other is a modern-day vigilante cowboy. How they became best friends is anybody's guess...
- Knight in Shining Armor: Obviously.
- Those Two Guys: With Vigilante.
S.T.R.I.P.E (Pat Dugan)
Stargirl's stepfather, Pat Dugan... or more precisely, S.T.R.I.P.E., the code name for the bulky, clunky-looking Powered Armor that he fights crime with.
- Badass Family: With Stargirl, his stepdaughter.
- Badass Normal: He's a normal man with a badass piece of Powered Armor.
- Cool Old Guy: If it weren't for Wildcat, he'd probably be the oldest guy on the team.
- Deadpan Snarker: He only really got lines during "Chaos at the Earth's Core", but this seems to be his favored means of bursting Stargirl's self-importance.Pat: If I was you, I wouldn't talk behind somebody's back when they got super-hearing.
- Overprotective Dad: He claimed to be one according to Stargirl.
- Powered Armor: Starts off as more of a Mini-Mecha before gradually becoming more like this in the final season.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He is the Blue to Stargirl's red-oni tendencies.
- Those Two Guys: With Stargirl, although the episodes that include them tend to focus on her.
Stargirl (Courtney Whitmore)
Stargirl was a member of the Justice League, with her partner (and stepfather) S.T.R.I.P.E., after the Thanagarian invasion.
- Alpha Bitch: Sort of. She's vain and fame seeking, has a large sense of entitlement, and mocks and belittles those around her to ease her own feelings... but she does go out there and risk her life regularly for the public good.
- Badass Family: With S.T.R.I.P.E, her stepfather.
- Badass Normal: All of Stargirl's powers are actually derived from her Cosmic Staff; she has no superpowers of her own. And let's face it, how many teenage girls, if granted a weapon that fired energy blasts and enabled them to fly, would use the weapon to fight supervillains?
- Bare Your Midriff: For once, the costume design is relatively in-character considering teen styles at the time the cartoon was made.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: In addition to the Alpha Bitch traits mentioned above, S.T.R.I.P.E. is in fact her stepdad and partner.
- Character Development: Over the course of "Chaos at the Earth's Core", she comes to respect Supergirl and ultimately saves her life. By the end of the episode, the two seem to be starting a friendship, with each of them complaining to the other about their respective overprotective relatives.
- Clothes Make the Superman: She gets her powers from her cosmic staff, which allows her to fly, direct telekinesis, and shoot beams of energy.
- Driven by Envy: She gets very jealous upon seeing Supergirl's popularity in Japan.
- Flight: She wields a cosmic staff that enabled her to fly.
- Glory Hound: While she usually means well, she is fame seeking, and believes her heroics deserve more recognition.
- Headbutting Heroes: With Supergirl in "Chaos at the Earth's Core" though by the end of the episode, they've formed a tentative sort-of friendship.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She may be a bit bratty, but she cares about helping people and has no patience for evil.
- Kid Hero: In the comics, Stargirl debuted as a 16-year-old kid. While her age isn't explicitly stated in JLU, she lives with her stepdad and is drawn as a teenage girl. The tie-in comics establish that she is indeed still a teenager and attends high school.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Her impetuosity sometimes gets the best of her performance.
- Little Miss Badass: The youngest member of the league after Billy Batson, but fights giant monsters, supervillains, and alien invasions without pause.
- Primary-Color Champion: Stargirl's heroic outfit consists of a mixture of red, white, and blue.
- Team Member in the Adaptation: Courtney and Pat were more associated with the Justice Society in the comics, but here they're part of the League thanks to the absence of the Society.
- Those Two Guys: When she appears, she's with S.T.R.I.P.E.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She does become nicer over time.
Booster Gold (Michael Jon "Booster" Carter)
Booster Gold was a shamelessly self-promoting superhero from the year 2462 A.D., and a member of the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion. Accompanied by his Robot Buddy Skeets who usually tries to balance out Michael's grandstanding behavior while aiding him.
- Breakout Character: His A Day in the Limelight episode leads to him being an Ascended Extra in Batman: The Brave and the Bold (which leads to him also being featured in Justice League Action).
- Character Development:
- After "The Greatest Story Never Told", he seems to abandon his grandstanding and adopts a professional commitment to helping others.
- Notably, despite previously being sidelined to minimal roles, he takes an active role in repelling the Dark Heart, providing disaster relief in New Mexico after the fusion cannon is fired, repels the attack of the cloned Ultimen on the Watchtower II, and answered the League's call to arms when Darkseid's forces invaded.
- Clothes Make the Superman: All of his superpowers come from his costume and equipment.
- Companion Cube: Skeets.
- Creator Cameo: Bruce Timm voices his vocal cameo in Batman and Harley Quinn.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When he's not seeking glory, he can be a pretty good superhero if he tries hard enough.
- A Day in the Limelight: The only episode to really focus on him is "The Greatest Story Never Told".
- Deadpan Snarker: It's so habitual that even his robot has started picking up the habit.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: In the end, he was willing to risk his own life to put an end to the menace. He eventually succeeded, and even though this deed didn't grant him his wanted mega-fame, it did earn him admiration (and possibly something more) from Dr. Simmons, who saw the heroism in him when he was no longer capable of seeing it himself.
- Flight: Not exceptional in the League, although judging by his ability to escape gravity wells, he can generate a lot of thrust.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Downplayed. The founding members of the League arent blind to his antics and treat him accordingly, though other Leaguers seem to accept him (though are also aware of his glory-seeking) if his background appearances are any indication.
- Glory Seeker: Although he promoted himself as a fighter for justice, in reality, he left the future in pursuit of mega-fame and fortune.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: It's even the title of the episode. While the others are busy with an evil wizard, Booster Gold is sucked into dealing single-handed with a catastrophe indirectly caused by the offscreen battle. The others never get to know about this.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: For however big his ego may be, he's aware that he's not well-liked among more prominent heroes and is relatively unknown to the public. We get a glimpse of his low self-esteem in the climax of his episode, where he cracks from the Trauma Conga Line and confesses to Dr. Simmons that he was a loser back home too and it's part of why he went back to the past to try to become rich and famous.
- It's All About Me: Lessened, at least temporarily, by his deep sense of failure near the end of "The Greatest Story Never Told".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A narcissist, but - deep inside - a hero.
- My Name Is Not Durwood: He frequently gets confused for Green Lantern, much to his annoyance and confusion. Their costumes aren't even the same color.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: In the tie-in comics, Kara mentions that when Booster debuted, he originally wanted to use something else as his superhero name (likely Goldstar, per as that's what he wanted in comics), but stumbled over his words and said his nickname instead. Apparently, the news spread word of it before he could object.
- Those Two Guys: In the tie-in comics with Blue Beetle.
- Time Travel: He travelled to the past to seek glory as a superhero.
- Time Travel for Fun and Profit: In the comics, this is purposely invoked (he actually has a deeper reason to act like a pompous buffoon abusing time travel). Not clear if this is the case in the animated version.
- Trauma Conga Line: During the events of "The Greatest Story Never Told". It's not clear if he's always a Butt-Monkey or if this is an incredibly bad day for him.
Mister Terrific (Michael Holt)
Mr. Terrific was a member of the Justice League following the Thanagarian invasion.
- Ascended Extra:
- Genius Bruiser: Uses his T-Spheres for power and is able to outsmart Luthor. He's considered to be one of the three smartest people on Earth by Batman (Word of God is that he's in third place, and it is confirmed in the show that Luthor is in first place).
- The Leader: Not so much. He's Mission Control and in charge of League deployments, but not being a founding member, he lacks J'onn's moral and disciplinary authority.
- Living Prop: Although a super-genius would be very useful in planning planet-wide superhero logistics, Mr. Terrific gets almost no focus until late in the series, when somebody has to take over Mission Control.
- Mission Control: After J'onn takes a leave of absence.
Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson)
Doctor Fate was a member of the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion who has magic powers. He and Superman knew each other prior to the series. See here for more infomation.
Zatanna is a magician and stage performer with real magical powers, who joined the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion. See here for more info about her.
Fire (Beatriz da Costa)
Fire was a member of the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion, and she was usually seen accompanied by her friend Ice. Fire could project flame bolts and actually turn herself into a being of green fire, whereupon she could fly.
- Action Bomb: She releases an omnidirectional blast of fire while fighting a robot squid.
- Bare Your Midriff: She is always wearing something that shows off her toned stomach, be it her superhero outfit or a bikini.
- Censor Steam: Strategically placed flames when she activates her powers.
- Color Motif: Green. Her hair and eye color are both green. Her costume is dark green. And whenever she emits her flames, they are of light green color.
- Curtains Match the Window: Green hair and eyes.
- Flying Firepower: She can fly outside her flame form, however.
- Ms. Fanservice: Aside from being mostly naked in the flame form, she was briefly seen in a bikini in "Destroyer."
- Naïve Newcomer: For starters, she thinks the Flash's reserved attitude towards her is because he is mentally preparing himself for the battle to come.
- Playing with Fire: If you couldn't tell by her name.
- Technicolor Fire: Her flames are bright green.
- Statuesque Stunner: Fire, the object of Flash's not-so-subtle affections, is the tallest one on the team when she, he, and Hawkgirl go to Blackhawk Island.
- Those Two Guys: With Ice.
- Wreathed in Flames: She activates her power by transforming into a being of living fire, with small flames covering her lady parts.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With the Flash: nothing seemed resolved by the time of the grand finale. Given that the tie-in comics show Flash dating Linda, it would seem that Flash has settled for just being friends with Fire.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has light green hair.
Ice (Tora Olafsdotter)
Ice was a member of the expanded Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion with the ability of cytokinesis.
- An Ice Person: A heroic example.
- Nice Girl: Her characterization is revealed to be this in a cut episode. In one scene, she tells Fire not to rough up J'onn (who is hostile from essentially being drugged) any further because heroes show compassion and mercy, which just results in J'onn being able to recover and beat them up before fleeing.
- Those Two Guys: With Fire, though she doesn't even get Fire's amount of screen time.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Light-blue to white hair.
Red Tornado was a robotic member of the expanded Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion.
- Blow You Away: His abilities were strong enough to take on three copies of Wind Dragon from the Ultimen, while only using one hand, as they used all their might in making wind tunnels. Effortlessly counteracted a tornado created during "The Great Brain Robbery".
- Flying Brick: Presumbly has above-human strength and durability, but focused on wind powers.
- Mechanical Lifeforms: An android
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Was ripped in half by Amazo. Fortunately, he got better.
Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny)
Elongated Man was a member of the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion. He has the ability to stretch his body to tremendous lengths and is a skilled detective.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Somewhat immature superhero with a chip on his shoulder whose attitude and seemingly lame powers gets him relegated to mere crowd control with Booster Gold, but ends up playing a pivotal role in defeating Mordu, a colossal evil sorcerer that was a match for the entire League. Played for Laughs in that this happens entirely offscreen.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Other heroes find him talkative and arrogant, though not as bad as how they see Booster.
- Deadpan Snarker: Given that Jeremy Piven is the voice behind the character, it should come as no surprise that Elongated Man is known to lighten the mood with some dry humor, more specifically this little gem from the episode "The Greatest Story Never Told"''Elongated Man (repeating back what Green Lantern/John had just told him): We don't need two stretchy guys. This is so NOT fair! I realize Plastic Man is in the League too, but come on i have it all over that guy. One time i disguised myself as a vase. Ok maybe not, who'd want to anyways? But i am a detective, which means i'm like Batman and Plastic Man rolled into one.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Complains about this with Flash and Booster Gold.
- Not So Different: After complaining about how he feels the other heroes not only exclude him, but rub it in when comparing him to Plastic Man, he proceeds to do just that to Booster Gold when they finally ask him to join the fight.
- Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Takes down Mordu, a threat that warranted the entire League, with nothing more than "stretching in the right place at the right time."
- Rubber Man: As always.
- Superhero Speciation: Invoked by Green Lantern: they already have Plastic Man on the scene, and "We don't need two stretchy guys."
The Crimson Avenger (Lee Walter Travis)
The Crimson Avenger was a member of the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion.
- A Day in the Limelight: Receives a few in the tie-in comic.
- Costume Evolution: During the first two seasons of Unlimited, he wore his costume from the comics, but during its last season, he looked like a red version of The Green Hornet.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: With Stargirl in one issue of the tie-in comic, courtesy of Morgaine le Fay. With not only their gender differences but also age differences, it gets pretty squicky for them soon enough.
- The Quiet One: He doesn't talk much in the show, though he's a bit of a Deadpan Snarker in the tie-in comic, especially towards Stargirl.
Doctor Light (Kimiyo Hoshi)
Doctor Light was a member of the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion. She has the power of photonics, also known as the ability to control light waves.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: When Waller informs her and a bunch of other Leaguers that Ace's illusions have become real, Light says that she very much doubts that. Waller reiterates what she just said, adding on that if it gets out of hand, Ace could destroy the world.
B'wana Beast (Michael "Mike" Maxwell)
B'wana Beast was a member of the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion. He was rather cocky and flirtatious with women, but dexterous nonetheless.
- All Men Are Perverts: When he first meets Zatanna, he stares at her legs and seductively growls at her.
- A Day in the Limelight: He's a major character in "This Little Piggy", being one of the lesser known heroes enlisted by Batman to look for Wonder Woman, who had been magically turned into a pig.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Implied. Zatanna is unimpressed by him for being a pervert when they first met, and a cut episode compares him to the likes of the Flash, Elongated Man, and Booster Gold, with John also calling him embarrassing and lacking dignity. Batman seems to be the only one that respects him.
Blue Devil (Daniel "Dan" Cassidy)
Blue Devil was a member of the Justice League after the Thanagarian invasion.
- The Cameo: Can be seen as one of the background Justice Leaguers.
- In "Destroyer", he has a single line, saying "Get to the Javelins!" while watching Darkseid's forces invade Earth from the Watchtower along with Hawkgirl, Mr. Terrific, and some other Leaguers.
- A Day in the Limelight: He has Issue #25 in the tie-in comic to himself.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: His demonic, monstrous appearance has scared children and other civilians while trying to rescue them. This is part of why he hates his demon body. On the other hand, children find him cool if they witness him fighting crime and monsters.
- I Am a Monster: He hates himself for his new appearance.
Wildcat (Ted Grant)
An aging superhero who mentored countless superheroes who is bitter over being left off missions due to his age.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing:As the name suggest's he is cat themed.
- Badass Normal: No super powers but still capable of kicking ass both inside and outside the ring.
- Boxing Battler: His main style of fighting.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: Has taught many up and coming heroes how to fight including Black Canary.
- Famed in Story: Is a well known contestant in the underground Meta Brawls.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: How he solves all his fights and problems.
- Grumpy Old Man: Is tough and Grumpy in his old age refusing any help roughly.
- Old Superhero: Much to his grief.
- Precursor Heroes: As an old hero and crimefighter he is this for the new generation.
Jason Blood was a knight of King Arthur who betrayed Camelot to Morgan le Fay. As punishment, Merlin bound him to the demon Etrigan, granting him immortality, and charged him to oppose Morgan forever after.
See here for more details.
Plastic Man (Patrick "Eel" O'Brien)A member of the League with similar powers to Elongated Man.
- The Bus Came Back: If you treat the Batman Beyond comic as canon, then Plastic Man has been a member of the new Terrific Trio even into his old age, alongside Zeta and Earth Mover.
- The Ghost: He doesn't actually appear, only mentioned in the Trope Namer for The Greatest Story Never Told. He does appear in the tie-in comics, though.
Introduced post-Justice League Unlimited
- The Cameo: A waitress dressed as her appears at the superhero-themed breastaurant in Batman and Harley Quinn, confirming that she does exist in the DCAU outside of the dubiously canon tie-in comics.
- The Ghost: What Power Girl herself actually was in Batman and Harley Quinn.
- Remember the New Guy?: Her appearance and membership in the League is never explained. What the others, especially Supergirl, think of her considering Galatea is a Captain Ersatz expy of her is not addressed.
- Ambiguous Situation: Just which Black Condor it is who's in the League, given his status as The Ghost. While the second one, Ryan Kendall, was a member of the Justice League International, given the multiple cases of Team Member in the Adaptation in the expanded League, it could very well be the original Richard Grey Jr. incarnation or John Trujillo, who replaced Kendall after his death in Infinite Crisis, who's part of the DCAU League.
- The Ghost: He's one of the Leaguers mentioned to be available by Booster Gold in Batman and Harley Quinn, confirming that he does exist.
Triumph (William MacIntyre)
Green Lantern / Limelight (Jessica Cruz)
A young woman troubled with anxiety, who turns out to be the newest Green Lantern on Earth. Though troubled with anxiety in the present, she will become a legendary heroine known as Limelight. And the Fatal Five has set their sights on her...
- Action Girl: Her mental trauma ultimately does nothing to deter her from being one. Once she comes to terms with her issues, she becomes a One-Man Army and takes down the Fatal Five.
- Adaptation Expansion: Jessica will take on the superhero moniker of Limelight at some point in the future, an original concept made for her in this continuity.
- Adapted Out:
- There's no indication that she ever had a Power Ring, likely because the DCAU doesn't have a Crime Syndicate universe or at least never came into contact with one.
- There's no sign of fellow Green Lantern Simon Baz, whose place in Jessica's character arc seems to have been taken by Thomas.
- Badass Creed: "Everyday, in every way, I am getting better." Not really. But you know the one we mean.
- Character Development: She starts off as a girl troubled with anxiety that struggles to pull herself together to becoming a brave heroine who is able to overcome her troubles and save the day.
- Commonality Connection: Jessica and Thomas bond over being troubled heroes.
- Dark and Troubled Past: On a hiking trip with two of her friends, they came across a mobster burying a dead body. He executed her two friends and she barely managed to escape with her own life by falling from a cliff.
- Earned Stripes: Jessica gains her iconic eye lantern when she has her Heroic Willpower moment.
- Famed in Story: Thomas reveals to her that she'll become a famous, beloved heroine known as Limelight.
- Glowing Eyes: While fighting Validus, her eyes briefly glow green while trying to break out of his grasp.
- Heroic Second Wind: Has one after the Fatal Five successfully break out Emerald Empress and Validus despite her efforts to stop them, which results in several Green Lanterns on guard including herself and Kilowog getting badly injured and her ring getting destroyed.
- Heroic Willpower: In the climax of Vs. The Fatal Five, the Persuader slices her ring open, but as expected from a member of the Green Lantern Corps, she's able to fix it by sheer heroic willpower.
- Hikikomori: She has trouble leaving her apartment due to her extreme anxiety.
- MacGuffin Super Person: The Fatal Five go after her during the events of the movie because the rest of the Green Lantern Corps is busy on Rann and as a troubled newcomer, she be easily cowed into freeing Emerald Empress and Validus from prison on Oa.
- Nervous Wreck: She suffers from severe anxiety and PTSD, due to seeing her friends get murdered and nearly getting murdered herself.
- Nice Girl: Despite being troubled with her own issues, she reaches out to Thomas to also try to help him work out his issues.
- Sole Survivor: She was the only one out of her and two friends that survived a murder attempt.
- You Are Not Alone: She and Thomas help each other cope with their own issues and end up growing close because of this.
Miss Martian (M'gann)
A teenage Martian heroine who aspires to join the Justice League, but must first undergo Batman's tutelage.
- Ambiguous Situation: What Miss Martian's true ethnicity is. Justice League established that the only Martians were the Green Martians while the White Martians were replaced by their Canon Foreigner expy, the Imperium, in addition to the fact that J'onn was the only survivor of the Imperium invasion. Either Miss Martian really is a Green Martian in this version, she's somehow a member of the Imperium, or the White Martians have been retconned back into existence.
- Cute Monster Girl: She's a Martian, but she's made herself look like a human save for the green skin.
- Deadpan Snarker: When Batman lectures her and says that he doesn't want to work with teenagers, she silently transforms into Robin II. He admits she has a point.
- Foil: To Batman. Her dorky teenage attitude and his dark broody self clash like day and night, but they seem to get along rather well, some awkwardness aside. The closest comparison to their relationship may be the one between John Stewart and Kara.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: She claims to be the good cop to Batman's bad cop.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: The form she assumes, except maybe a more cuter take.
- Intangibility: One of her powers as a Martian. It becomes helpful when Mano, who can destroy anything with a single touch, tries to kill her while she's seemingly unconscious by touching her head.
- Mythology Gag: She has her Young Justice Season 2 outfit.
- Playing Possum: Manages to get the upper hand on Mano when he attempts to kill her by playing dead.
- Power Trio: Subverted. Although she, Jessica, and Thomas are the main three teen heroes of the movie, she's not as close to either of them as Jessica and Thomas are to each other. When she tries befriending Thomas, he's too out of it to respond to her but responds better to Jessica, so Miss Martian leaves the two be.
- Redhead In Green: She's a ginger with green skin.
- Superpower Lottery: She's got flight, intangibility, telepathy, shapeshifting, and super strength. Notably her debut movie plays up her strength (and by extension the strength of Martians in general), whereas the original series downplayed her uncle's.
- Weak to Fire: Like all Martians, she's weak to fire or at least has a psychological fear of it. In one scene, she's frightened by a spreading fire and Batman runs over to shield her with his cape.
Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
A U.S. Air Force pilot stationed at Broome Lake. In another life, Hal Jordan would have been the Green Lantern that joined the Justice League. During the crisis caused by Chronos's tampering with the timeline, he briefly appeared in place of John Stewart. At some point in the main timeline, he eventually becomes a Green Lantern and joins the Justice League.
- Ambiguous Situation:
- Star Sapphire is Carol Ferris, so how much of her backstory in this continuity has to do with Hal is unknown. She seems to be more of a supervillain for hire in this version and she genuinely supported Aresia's effort to eradicate men due to her past experience with "some unpleasant men over the years", if that's any indication of the state of their relationship.
- Artwork of him as a Green Lantern can be seen in the Superbabes breastaurant in Batman and Harley Quinn, which could suggest that he became a Green Lantern at some point after Justice League Unlimited if you view it as more than just an Easter Egg. Justice League Vs. The Fatal Five confirms that this is true, although whether or not he joined before or after Batman and Harley Quinn is unclear.
- The Cameo:
- In Superman: The Animated Series episode "In Brightest Day", a plane at the Broome Lake Air Force Base while Kyle Rayner and Sinestro duke it out can be seen labeled as belonging to "Colonel Hal Jordan".
- In Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, a statue of him appears in the Green Lantern display in the superhero museum in the 31st century.
- Decomposite Character: Justice League vs. the Fatal Five confirms that Hal does become a Green Lantern in the normal timeline, but his origin of getting the ring from Abin Sur was given to Kyle Rayner and his roles as a founding member of the League and the GL responsible for Sinestro's removal from the GLC were given to John Stewart.
- Demoted to Extra: A main character in the comics, Hal's only appeared in cameos in the DCAU.
- Dull Surprise: He initially doesn't realize that he's fluctuated into the main timeline and remains calm when he does, briefly introducing himself before getting back to business.
- For Want of a Nail: If things had been different somehow, he would've been the Green Lantern on Earth instead of John. His appearance in "The Once and Future Thing" implies that he comes from a near-identical timeline with the only difference being that he's there in place of John, since John also has a Dull Surprise when he re-fluctuates back.
- In Spite of a Nail: Regardless, Hal will eventually become a Green Lantern and join the Justice League, as shown in Vs. The Fatal Five.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: While trying to get information about Chronos's whereabouts from his wife, he assures her that the League will try their best not to hurt her husband.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: Sinestro and Star Sapphire (who is confirmed by Word of God to be Carol Ferris) are instead Kyle and John's enemies. John was responsible for Sinestro's expulsion from the Lantern Corps while Sinestro gets involved in Kyle's origin story, and whatever is up with Star Sapphire is never explained.
Green Lantern (Guy Gardner)
A future Green Lantern and member of the Justice League.
- The Cameo: In Justice League vs. The Fatal Five, a statue of him appears in the Green Lantern display in the superhero museum in the 31st century.
- A Day in the Limelight: He's the main character of an issue in the tie-in comic.
Blue Beetle (Theodore Stephen "Ted" Kord)
A superhero active prior to the Thanagarian invasion alongside Booster Gold.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's unknown if he succeeded Dan Garrett and if Jaime Reyes would succeed him in the mantle of Blue Beetle. And while we're on that note, it's unknown if he ends up dead like he usually does.
- Those Two Guys: With Booster Gold in the tie-in comics.
Steel II (Natasha Irons)
- The Cameo: She appears as one of the attendees at Superman's funeral in "Hereafter".
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Possibly subverted. In her first stint as a superhero, she doesn't use any of her three codenames from the comics, but nothing is stopping her from using them later in her career.
All-Star (Olivia Dawson)
The local hero of Apex City. Though not a formal member of the Justice League, she worked together with them while fighting Brainiac in her hometown and was granted honorary membership by Batman after losing her powers defeating Brainiac.
- Canon Foreigner: She was created for the Justice League Adventures tie-in comic for the Justice League cartoon.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Her Star Charm gave her her powers. After it was destroyed while fighting Brainiac, she was forced to retire from superhero-ing.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Being a teen hero, she was ecstatic when she got to work with the Justice League.
An angel from Heaven that came to Earth and became a superhero.
Doctor Richard Occult
A private investigator that uses magic to confront the supernatural.
Mary Marvel (Mary Batson)
Billy Batson's sister and Captain Marvel's female counterpart. Unlike her male counterpart, she joined and stayed in the League.
Animal Man (Bernhard "Buddy" Baker)
A superhero who can mimic animals as his power.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Averted. The League sees his power as useful, viewing him as similar to Vixen and B'wana Beast.