Useful Notes on Legion Continuity:
The Legion of Super-Heroes has been ongoing in one form or another since 1958, encompassing three completely distinct continuities and several more "branch" continuities. That being the case, there are many alternate versions and a lot of Character Development involved, and what tropes apply to what characters varies from version to version. Here's a thumbnail reference for what refers to what part of continuity:
—The original continuity, prior to the 1994 Zero Hour!
continuity reboot. These stories take place on Earth-1 (Pre-Crisis), Earth-0 (Post-Crisis continuity) or an Earth-2-ish continuity (Post-Flashpoint continuity).
—"Five Years Later", the fourth volume of the Preboot title, a Darker and Edgier
continuation following (as the title suggests) a five-year Time Skip
. The 5YL stories were mostly written by T
om and M
ary Bierbaum and drawn by K
eith Giffen, usually abbreviated to "TMK".
—The state of Legion continuity after a Cosmic Retcon
unleashed during V4 to write the Pocket Universe Superboy out of continuity. Glorith was a time-controlling villainess who took advantage of the retcon.
—One of the most significant ongoing storylines from 5YL, involving a group of time-paradox duplicates of the early Legion (who went on to star in the Spin-Off Legionnaires
until Zero Hour!
). The term comes from the cryptic labels of the People Jars
the duplicates were found in. note
—The version of the original continuity Legion that appeared starting in 2007's "The Lightning Saga", branching off from the Preboot continuity just before 5YL, except that Superboy didn't die.note
So named because it brought back the "classic" Legion and their costumes, de-rebooting them, and was started by Geoff Johns
—The continuity following the 1994 Zero Hour!
reboot, up until it was rebooted again in 2004. These stories take place on Earth-247.
Archie Legion—The relatively lighter initial portion of the Reboot.
—The Darker and Edgier
"Legion of the Damned" and "Legion Lost" stories by D
an Abnett an
—The continuity following the 2004 reboot, re-envisioning the Legion as a rebellious youth movement in a stagnant society. These stories take place on Earth-Prime.
—Legion of Three Worlds
, a Final Crisis
limited series bringing together the Retroboot, Postboot, and Threeboot Legions.
Characters below are listed in the era in which they were introduced, not when they joined the Legion. For instance, Night Girl was introduced in the 1960s but didn't become a full member until 2007, while Kid Quantum was introduced in 1990 but Retconned into being a member during the Silver Age era.
The Animated Adaptation has its own main page and character sheet.